Mosquito Infestation in Arizona Due to Storms

The storms recently witnessed in Arizona has created a pest infestation that is unlikely for our region.

The storms — including one that began Wednesday — have established a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Maricopa County environmental officials say they have received more than 10,000 mosquito-related complaints so far this year. County Environmental Services Department spokesman Johnny Dilone said that is nearly double the number of calls from the same period in 2013.
All mosquitoes must have water to complete their life cycle. Stagnant water left from monsoon rains can increase mosquito activity. Rain and irrigation water can produce hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes if larva are allowed to stand as little as three days. In areas where ponding cannot be prevented, the water can be treated within 24 to 48 hours to kill the developing mosquitoes before the biting adults can start emerging.

Here are a few tips from Maricopa County’s Vector Control program on what you can do to eliminate mosquito breeding.

checkmarkDrain animal watering troughs, bird baths, pet watering dishes, etc. weekly.

checkmarkRepair water leaks, sprinkler systems or coolers that cause water to pond.

checkmarkRemove vegetation and floating debris in and around ponds and stagnant swimming pools to limit breeding potential.

checkmark Fill in low spots, control the irrigation in your yard or pastures, and drain standing water from buckets and other containers that can collect water on your property.

If further assistance is needed call Bug Guardian today!

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Bee Control in Arizona

Bee in Arizona

Bee Control in Arizona

Bee on leaf in ArizonaThe Arizona bee population has escalated in urban areas. Bees are important insects, but do not belong at our homes in swarms of thousands. We see an increase in bees during any temperature spike. Windy days also tend to move swarms into new areas.

Bee Swarms On Your Property

Bee swarms that arrive on your property need to be addressed immediately. A swarm of thousands can arrive in a few minutes and may be dangerous to your family and neighbors. Africanized bees are found in the valley. They look the same as domestic, but are aggressive. Africanized bees have attacked dogs, and may pose a danger to you and your pets. Avoid swarms and consider calling for professional bee control.

A swarm that lands on your home may cause structural damage. Hives are often found under eves, within pillars, under sheds, hot tubs, BBQs, and other hollow voids. Here is where they often will stay to build honeycomb. You may see only a few bees entering a small hole or crack, but usually 1000s are within the structure. The average swarm involves 10,000 to 20,000 bees. Be cautious around water meter and irrigation boxes. In Chandler, a landscaper was stung over 100 times when a bee swarm was disturbed in a valve box.

Bees that move in, are here to stay. Call Bug Guardian Pest Control, 480-345-2847

 

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Exterminating Black Widow Spiders in Arizona

Female black widow spider in web

Black Widow Spiders

Female Black widow spiderSpring and summer is when you find an over abundance of spiders around the house. In many instances, at least one of these spiders can be identified as the black widow . The males and females are distinctly different in appearance. The female is shiny black with a bright red hourglass shaped marking on the underside of the abdomen. The female hangs upside down in the web such that the red hourglass faces up. The egg sacs, which contain up to several hundred eggs, are most frequently encountered from May to October. The female typically stays with and guards the sac until the eggs hatch.

 

Control

Periodically check areas in and around the home where black widows may occur. When discovered they can be most effectively destroyed by crushing or vacuuming the web and spiders.

Exterminating Black Widow Spiders

Black windows can be destroyed with direct contact of pesticides. Spiders do no absorb chemicals through their legs or feet as ants, roaches and other insects do. Bug Guardian Pest Prevention has years of experience exterminating black widow spiders and keeping them from infesting houses throughout Arizona’s East Valley. A monthly pest control plan is created to make sure that your home is protected from these dangerous spiders. Call us today (480) 345-2847 for extermination of black widows with 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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Scorpion Control in Arizona

How To Tell If You Have Scorpions

What Scorpions Look LikeScorpions are a distinctive and well-recognized group of arachnids. They are most easily distinguished by their lobster like appearance, but especially by their fleshy “tail” that terminates in a bulbous sack and prominent stinger. The larger front pincers are used to capture and hold prey while feeding. the stinger is used to subdue prey and for defense.

 

 

 

Things You Might Not Know About Scorpions

Scorpion glows under UVWhen exposed to ultraviolet light (UV or black light),  scorpions fluoresce a light yellow green color. When they fluoresce  they may be easily spotted for capture, physical killed or sprayed with an insecticide from several yards away.

 

Scorpion Control In Arizona

During dry weather, scorpions are attracted to moisture. Because of this habit, they may be trapped by spreading wear burlap bags and collecting the scorpions during the day. Scorpions are discouraged from areas around homes by removing potential cover, such as stones, lumber, and other debris. Sealing entrances into homes can also exclude them. Applications of residual insecticides can increase scorpion control. Applications should be directed to harborages, such as stone piles. It is not necessary to treat lawns. Exterior foundation treatments every month with a pesticide directed to scorpions will provide control

While it may not be possible to achieve full elimination of a scorpion infestation in your area with this method, a preventative monthly maintenance plan, along with Bug Guardian’s service guarantee can make a world of difference in your goal of pest free living.

Bug Guardian Pest Control offers scorpion control, scorpion removal and scorpion extermination and sealing. Get rid of scorpions with pet & kid friendly,  scorpion control.

For all your Scorpion treatment needs in Arizona please call Bug Guardian Pest Prevention at (480) 345-2847

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As Fall ends and Winter arrives

PESTS BEGIN TO INVADE HOMES AS FALL ENDS AND WINTER ARRIVES

Bug Guardian Pest Prevention reminds homeowners to be cautious of unwanted pests as the season changes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – PHOENIX, AZ (1/3/2013) – As the fall season ends and the winter season arrives many homeowners think pests go away until the spring season.   This is not always the case.  The winter season is also a peak time for pests to make their way indoors seeking food, shelter and warmth.   Bug Guardian Pest Prevention, a pest control company servicing the Phoenix, AZ metro area, warns that homeowners are likely to experience increased pest activity inside the home as the seasons change.

“Transitioning from the fall to winter months, smaller pests including spiders, cockroaches and rodents search for a place to take refuge from the cold winter ahead – and houses are a great option,” said Tom Taylor, Owner at Bug Guardian Pest Prevention. “Unfortunately, these pests usually multiply fast, leading to a greater infestation and pest problem.  They can damage homes and can even become a danger to our health from the diseases they carry.”

Experts at Bug Guardian Pest Prevention recommend the following tips to keep pests at bay during the seasonal change:

  • Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home with caulk.
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in trash containers with lids.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery well-trimmed and away from your home.

“We also encourage homeowners to always be on the lookout for telltale signs of a pest infestation. If you find rodent feces, hear sounds of scurrying in the walls or observe gnaw marks on wires, it’s best to contact a pest professional to inspect and treat the potential problem,” added Bug Guardian Pest Prevention.

For more information on these pests and how to protect your home, visit:  www.mybugguardian.com

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The Bug Guardian Gets a New Website

 

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