What attracts ants inside your home?

Attracts ants inside Peoria home

When it comes to household pests, ants are the number one problem. These tiny nuisances can invade your Peoria home without warning and be nearly impossible to get rid of without professional help. Ant colonies can have thousands of individual ants residing in them, making it hard to stop the invasion once it begins.

There are, however, some things that you can do around the house that will make your home a less desirable place for the ants to forage for food. Understanding what attracts ants to your home is the key.

WHAT ANTS ARE ATTRACTED TO IN YOUR HOME

Ants are continually looking for food and water. They are attracted to anything that is damp or that contains standing water in your home. They are also attracted to anything that is sugary or smells sweet. Ants are also attracted to bread and pet food.

To prevent ants from searching for food, make sure to eliminate any standing water in your kitchen area and be sure to wipe out the sink when you are done. This should also be applied to your bathroom. Additionally, you should make sure that damp clothes or towels are not left on the floor, the ants will chew on these items to get the water out, destroying the cloth.

Store bread and other dry goods in plastic containers to prevent ants from smelling these products. Placing a bay leaf in each container will provide extra protection. Store fruit in the fridge and wipe down the outside of containers of syrup and honey. Clean up any spills immediately. I you delay cleaning up the spill, the ants will come, even if it is cleaned up later.

Do not allow pet food to remain on the floor in their dish over night or for extended periods during the day. Ants will attack the food and keep returning once they established a continual source of food.

If you recycle soda cans or other containers, make sure to thoroughly rinse them out before placing them in the recycle bin. Recycle bins are often the leading cause of ant infestations.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR AN ITEM TO BECOME COVERED IN ANTS?

The timing on ants can be very different based on each individual situation. If the home has already been invaded by ants and they are lurking in the shadows waiting for a meal, they could react instantly to finding food and water. If the ants are still outside or have not marked this area as a place to find food, it could take several hours or days.

Ants will return to the same spot over and over once they have established that it is a good source of food and water. Once this has happened, the only option is to have a professional come in and handle the issue. .

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DANGEROUS SPIDERS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

black widow dangerous spider

There are literally thousands of spider species in North America, all of which are important parts of a healthy ecosystem. While most pose no threat to humans and pets, there are a handful of species that are considered pests and can cause serious health problems or death. Here are some of the most common dangerous spiders and what to do about them.

WIDOW SPIDERS

black widow dangerous spiderWidow spiders (Latrodectus) are members of the comb-footed spider family and can be identified by their messy, tangled webs. The black widow is the most familiar widow species and is typically found in the American South and Southwest. However, there are also other varieties of the black widow that can be found in Northern states. Two other widow species, the false widow and the brown widow, are also located in many portions of the country.

All but the false widow posses the characteristic hourglass pattern on their undersides. Interestingly, only the females are dangerous. The small, drab-colored males are harmless. That said, any pest control company will tell you that the female widows bite can cause serious problems. These include severe pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches and severe muscle cramps. In small children, the elderly and those with compromised immunity, the bite can be fatal.

RECLUSES

recluse dangerous spiderThe most well-known species in this group (Loxosceles) can be identified by the telltale violin pattern on its head, or cephalothorax. These spiders are mainly restricted to the Southern states. However, there are other recluse varieties in many portion of the US that pose little or no threat. True to their name, recluses prefer to stay hidden and aren’t aggressive.

They’re wandering hunters, which means that they don’t spin webs. The danger of these spiders, while real, is dramatically over-blown. It’s common for people to mistake insect bites, MRSA and certain skin conditions as recluse bites, even when these cases occur outside of the spiders’ natural range.

Even if you live in an area where the recluse population is abundant, few actual bites occur. In one case, exterminators found more than 2,000 brown recluses in a family’s home. In the eight years the family had been living there, not a single bite occurred. Even if someone is bitten, the bite doesn’t always result in infection and necrosis. In healthy individuals, little more than time and an ice pack may be all that’s needed.

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Proper Bee Removal in Scottsdale

Without performing a honeycomb removal, future bee colonies have the potential to re-build in the same location due to familiar scents and honeycomb debris in the area. Multiple colonizations can cause greater damage, and can result in possibly having to replace sheet rock, carpets, siding and attracting other unwanted insects.

What Kind and Where Can Bees Be Found

Bee infestations may include:

  • Africanized honeybees
  • Honey Bee
  • Carpenter bees
  • Small cavities
  • Yellow jackets
  • Paper wasps
  • Hornets

Bee colonies may be located in:

  • Small cavities
  • Trees & Shrubs
  • Sides of Buildings
  • Roof & Eve Overhangs
  • Crawl Spaces

Bee colonies may also be Located In:

  • Block Walls
  • Drain Pipes
  • Water Meter & Value Boxes
  • Appliances & Junk Piles
  • Anything that makes them feel safe

 

Expert Bee Removal services in Scottsdale, Arizona are offered by Bug Guardian Pest Prevention we have experience dealing with Bee hives and their complete removal. If you fear you have an infestation feel free to call Bug Guardian Pest Control today!

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Is the Landlord or Tenant Responsible for Pest Control in Arizona?

The Arizona climate is considerably different than other parts of the country. With the Arizona heat comes a great deal of unwanted pests.Scorpions, black widow and brown recluse spiders, a variety of ants, and cockroaches all love to call this area home. Add to the fact that places like Arizona are major tourist destinations, and you can also add bed bugs to the mix of unwelcome pests.

Because of this keeping your rented home or apartment free of unwanted pests is essential to your health and happiness.  Spider and scorpion bites can be very painful and dangerous as an example. So it is essential to have continual pest control services in your apartment to ensure that the residents are not harmed.

The question is, who is responsible for pest control services in Arizona, the landlord or the tenant?

LANDLORD RESPONSIBILITIES FOR PEST CONTROL

According to the Landlord Tenant Act (Title 33, Chapter 10, Article 2, Section 33-1324):

A. The landlord shall:
1. Comply with the requirements of applicable building codes materially affecting health and safety as prescribed in section 9-1303.
2. Make all repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and keep the premises in a fit and habitable condition.
3. Keep all common areas of the premises in a clean and safe condition.
4. Maintain in good and safe working order and condition all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and other facilities and appliances, including elevators, supplied or required to be supplied by him.
5. Provide and maintain appropriate receptacles and conveniences for the removal of ashes, garbage, rubbish and other waste incidental to the occupancy of the dwelling unit and arrange for their removal.
6. Supply running water and reasonable amounts of  hot water at all times, reasonable heat and reasonable  air-conditioning or cooling where such units are  installed and offered, when required by seasonal  weather conditions, except where the building that  includes the dwelling unit is not required by law to be  equipped for that purpose or the dwelling unit is so  constructed that heat, air-conditioning, cooling or hot  water is generated by an installation within the  exclusive control of the tenant and supplied by a direct  public utility connection.

State law requires that the landlord keep the unit in properly maintained and habitable order for the rental lease to remain in effect. However, the law clearly states that if damages or other conditions cause the property to become uninhabitable, the landlord is not responsible for the damages.

WHEN IS THE LANDLORD RESPONSIBLE?

In most cases, it has been found that landlords are responsible for providing pest control prior to renting the property and if any pests are found within the first 30 days of a rental contract. After the 30 days, it is assumed that the pest infestations are caused by the liing habits of the renter.

For instance, a renter that does not properly dispose of garbage or has visitors that bring bed bugs into the home are responsible for ridding the apartment of the infestation. However, if the infestation is caused by something that happened to the house that the landlord has not repaired, such as a leaking roof, the pest control is the landlords responsibility, regardless of how much of the lease time passed.

For the landlord to be responsible legally for pest control services after the initial 30 days, it must be proven that their actions are responsible for the infestation.

WHAT RENTERS NEED TO DO BEFORE MOVING IN

It is very important for any renter to make sure that they clearly read the terms of their lease agreement before signing it and moving in. The responsibility for pest control services should be clearly stated in the contract. You will discover by reading the terms if the landlord will continue to provide services for pest control of if you are responsible.

If the terms for pest control are not in your contract, make sure that you ask about these terms and ask for them to be placed in writing. By having the terms in writing, you can guarantee that you will have continued pest control services either by the landlord or by yourself.

If you are required to provide your own services, you can have Bug Guardian Pest Prevention complete monthly treatments. Treatments that take place at longer intervals can allow many pests to enter the home.

Arizona is a wonderful place to live. However, all residents understand how important it is to keep unwanted pests out of their homes. Know the terms of your contract, and if necessary, sign up for pest control service to begin a month after you move in.

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Why Roaches Are Bad For Your Arizona Home

Cockroaches are extreme survivors.  They’re the oldest surviving insect form on the planet and have been present on Earth for nearly 350 million years.

There are approximately 3500 identified cockroach species that roam the earth.  Cockroaches come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors and are found in almost every environment on the planet.  The general shape of a cockroach is oval and flat-bodied, which allows them to squeeze into all types of cracks and crevices.

There are about 70 different species of cockroaches found in the U.S.   The majority of cockroaches serve very important ecological roles as scavengers, however, there aresome species that are considered pests and give cockroaches their bad name with humans, including German cockroaches and America Cockroaches

There are many reasons why roaches are bad roommates for humans. The species of roaches that are considered pests live in or around houses and buildings.  Indoors, cockroaches multiply quickly, contaminate many surfaces with their feces and are often found inside kitchen cabinets, helping themselves to your food.

But besides being a nuisance and an all around disgusting little creatures, there are bigger reasons why we need to control cockroaches.  Cockroaches have been shown to sometimes carry disease-causing microorganisms on their bodies.

Microbes found on cockroach bodies include several types of bacteria, worms, fungi and viruses.  While cockroaches have never been linked to the direct transmission of any disease, they can contaminate clean surfaces with these disease-causing microbes.

Another big reason for controlling cockroaches is that they produce several very potent allergens that have been linked to the development of asthma.  In fact, cockroaches are the number one cause of allergies among inner city children, and 26% of the US population is said to be allergic to cockroaches. In the video below we have compiled other prevalent facts about cockroaches and cockroach prevention tips.

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Tips to Keep Your Anthem Home Flea & Tick Free

February  marks the beginning of warmer weather in Anthem, Arizona but with that warm weather comes more pests. Today we are specifically talking about Fleas & Ticks and how to protect your dogs and cats from them.

These are the best way to keep your furry family members free of unwanted fleas & ticks:

  • Providing a balanced diet with real food to keep the immune system vital and strong.
  • Bathing and brushing your dog regularly and doing nose-to-tail body checks when you come in from outside. If you recall from previous posts, this is also a great way to check your dog for any signs of new bumps, lumps or other tender spots.
  • Steering clear of old, stagnant water and any areas which have been treated with chemicals of any sort in both your own yard and the areas you run your dog,
  • Using natural pest deterrents, some of which are described above.
  • Being prepared with both the tools and the knowledge of how to safely remove a tick if you do find one. The traditional way is still the best, using tweezers or a tick remover tool. Other methods which promote using a match, petroleum jelly or swivel methods of making the tick ‘dizzy’ are not as reliable and may actually cause the tick to burrow deeper or leave parts still attached. As always, if in doubt, consult your vet.

If you find that you’re having an infestation of fleas and ticks at your Anthem home feel free to call Bug Guardian Pest Prevention today!

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Bee Control in Cave Creek

Bee in Arizona

Bees can be found around Cave Creek homes during the spring and summer months of the year. Bees typically make nests in openings and on exterior furniture and light fixtures. They will also set up residence under light fixtures, deck railings and eaves of Cave Creek homes.

Bee problems are most noticeable during the spring and summer, when bees are notorious for disrupting outdoor activities, especially when food or drinks are available. One way to implement bee control is to keep food or drinks covered while outdoors, which will help to get rid of bees when they are searching for food. It is important to take extra caution when shooing away bees to prevent stings or other bee problems.

The experts at Bug Guardian Pest Prevention specialize in safe bee control and bee removal solutions. Sometimes bees can be difficult to control, particularly when the bee nests are concealed or difficult to access.Bug Guardian Pest Prevention knows effective methods for getting rid of bees and their nests, and preventing bees from building future nests in the same location. In order to protect you and your family from getting stung during bee removal, it is best to contact aBug Guardian Pest Prevention expert who has the proper gear and bee control solutions.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Wolf Spiders

The wolf spider is a strong, agile hunter that often chases their prey at high speeds. Not only are these creatures intimidating to watch, but there are several interesting facts about them you may not know. The following are 10 things you didn’t know about these incredible and sometimes frightening spiders.

1. They Don’t Spin Webs

A wolf spider does not spin webs like normal spiders. Their primary activities include hunting and reproduction.

2. They Have an Interesting Courtship

Males often perform strange rituals before courting. This sometimes includes complex leg signals. Mating can also be dangerous as the females sometimes kill and eat the males after the process is finished.

3. They Have Many Offspring

These spiders carry egg sacs during their reproduction time that can hold up to 365 eggs.

4. They Were Mistakenly Named

Some people may believe they were named after wolves for their hairy, wolf-like appearance. The spider was named after wolves, however, because early scientists believed that they hunted in packs.

5. Finding a Wolf Spider

Many people may know these spiders have large eyes, but may not know that they reflect light. This makes them easy to spot at night.

6. There are Different Breeds

We may use the general name for all types of wolf spiders but there are different types. The South American species, for instance, has a bite that can cause serious medical problems.

7. Carrying Their Babies

This species of spider actually carries their babies around on their back. After a few weeks the baby spiders are on their own.

8. They are Fierce Hunters

These spiders are known to be ambush hunters. They eat a wide variety of prey, depending on their habitat. This can vary extensively since they live on every continent except for Antarctica.

9. They Run Quickly

These spiders can run very quickly. Some of them may even run fast enough to cover two feet in a second.

10. Seek Professional Assistance

Because of their speed, potential bite, and reproductive abilities, you’ll want to call professional pest control services to help rid your home and property of these spiders. Contact Bug Guardian Pest Prevention for help keeping your home pest free.

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The Insects That Can Enter Your Home Through Drains

We have all had those moments when we have worried about creepy-crawlies climbing into our homes through drains. But most of us dismiss this scenario as an impossibility, after all how could insects travel such a vast distance without being washed away by flowing water? Well, as it happens, there is one exception–drain flies. It would not be accurate to say that drain flies travel from sewers only to eventually arrive in people’s homes; instead, drain flies prefer moist conditions, such as the environment that exists directly below sink and shower drains.

Drain flies thrive within homes and other indoor locations that have been abandoned for extended periods of time. You will likely not encounter a drain fly in a home where water runs frequently, due to the obvious reason that running water would wash drain flies down the drain quickly. Therefore, drain flies are rarely a serious problem, and they are always a merely temporary problem.

Homeowners often spot drain flies upon returning home from a vacation, but luckily, drain flies will disappear once normal household activity resumes. However, sometimes homes can be abandoned for a long enough time to allow drain flies to establish a more stubborn presence within homes, and this is especially true when drain fly populations have grown to sizes that homeowners cannot manage without the assistance of a pest-control professional. Drain fly infestations, although rare, are often particularly difficult to be rid of once they multiply to a certain point.

Much like the majority of gnats, drain fly larvae require moist environments in order to survive. When drain flies infest indoor locations, they are most often found dwelling within toilet bowls, sink and floor drains, within basement drains and within drain pans located underneath refrigerators. It is not uncommon to find drain fly larvae squirming within shallow areas of standing water that are located both outdoors and indoors. If you should discover drain flies within your home, they can most likely be exterminated entirely with a rolled up newspaper and a thorough drain cleaning. But if these methods do not rid your home of these drain-dwelling gnats, hiring a pest control professional may become necessary.

Have you ever witnessed an insect climb into your home through a drain? If you have, was the insect a drain fly?

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Arizona Bark Scorpions in Cave Creek

The Arizona bark scorpion is known for its venomous sting, which can be lethal, especially for small children and elderly people. For this reason alone pest prevention for your home in Cave Creek should be a top priority to protect your family and property from infestation.

 

scorpionIf you are unsure of what a Bark Scorpion looks like here are some facts:

  • Light brown to brownish yellow in color
  • Pincers are elongated and thin
  • Thick, lobster-like pedipalps
  • Tail is also slender and yellow to light brown in color

 

Its venom can cause severe pain. Symptoms such as numbness, frothing at the mouth, difficulties in breathing, muscle twitching and convulsions can be observed on a human that has been stung.

 

If you believe that your home has played host to the Arizona Bark Scorpion call the professionals at Bug Guardian Pest Prevention today!

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