Pest Control Services Can Improve Your Quality Of Life

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No matter where you live in the greater Phoenix Valley, insects and other pests can be a problem throughout the year. Whether its insects or rodents, regularly schedule pest control services can eradicate them and restore your normal quality of life.

Not only do these professionals play a significant role in eliminating pest infestations, a pest control maintenance plan can protect you, your family, and your home throughout the year. Even though you may not have hired a pest control service in the past, your life may have been influenced in some way by these professionals. The following is a list of several ways in which these companies can positively impact your quality of life:

Home protection – some pests, such as termites, can damage to your home’s structure over time if they are not eradicated. For being as small as they are, these pests can cause thousands of dollars in damages. Calling out a reputable pest control company to inspect your home and eliminate any existing problems is an integral component of home protection.

Pest expertise – pest control professionals undergo rigorous education and training when it comes to pest behavior. Basically, each one is an expert in his or her field of endeavor. As a result, they can advise you on the proper solution for your specific circumstances in order to protect your home and everyone in it.

Prevents physical health problems – certain pests are disease carriers, deliver extremely painful bites and/or stings, and in some instances, lead to health problems that are life-threatening. One of the biggest pest problems during the warmer months of summer are those varieties of mosquitoes that spread malaria and the West Nile Virus. Regularly scheduled pest control services will prevent them from becoming a problem.

Protects your food supply and keeps it safe – professional pest control specialists are instrumental in protecting our food supplies and keeping them safe for human consumption. From commercial and residential properties to food processing plants and restaurants, pest control is essential to controlling ants, cockroaches, rodents, and a wide range of other bothersome pests.

Your peace of mind – investing in regularly scheduled pest control services can go a long way to providing you with peace of mind. There is considerably less stress and worry when you know that your home and family members are well protected from insects and rodents. Plus, your quality of life and safety within your home will not be jeopardized by infestations and any resulting health problems.

Why put the health and well-being of your loved ones and pets in jeopardy? To ensure a better quality of life and a safer living environment, contact a professional pest control specialist today and schedule a thorough inspection of your home and property. There are plenty of companies online which can be contacted to ensure that you have a clean and healthy home. It is best to get a written quote before you work with a pest control company.

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7 Helpful Pest Control Tips For Homeowners To Consider

Many homeowners in the greater Phoenix Valley have benefited from preventative pest control services.  These professionals have been educated and trained at identifying the different types of pests, how they enter your home, and using the proper chemicals and equipment to eradicate them.  They can also customize a preventative pest control plan that is tailored to address the specific needs of your household.  However, there are certain steps that you can take in between treatments that will be helpful as well.

Block all entry points – if you find any exterior entry points into your home, you should block them or seal them up.  Areas that you want to be sure to inspect include doors, electrical sockets, plumbing, and windows.  Certain foam sealants are inexpensive, quick fixes.  Plus, weather stripping around doors and windows should be inspected and replaced as needed.  This not only prevents pests from entering your home, it makes it more energy-efficient as well.

Destroy their homes – depending on the pest, this may require a little bit of effort to find where they are living in your home.  Make sure you inspect exterior and interior storage areas.  This includes inspecting your attic and garage.

Eliminate their food supply – store food in the refrigerator or in sealed containers and be sure that you clean up crumbs, food debris, and grease from counters, cracks, and crevices and off your dining room and kitchen tables.

Eliminate their water supply – look for excess water accumulation in certain areas of the home such as A/C unit, bathtub and shower stall areas, hot water heaters, signs of over-irrigation in the yard, and under sinks.  Be sure to remove all debris and dirt from your rain gutters as well.

If you’re not seeing any results when using OTC pesticides, quit buying them – while some over-the-counter baits and sprays may be effective, most of them will not be residual enough to prevent any future infestations.  One of the benefits of hiring a pest control service is that they use industrial strength chemicals and prevent you and your family from being exposed to them.

Remove branches and trim plants that brush up against the house – by trimming everything out to a distance of 2 feet from the home, you eliminate any means for them to access your home.

Sign up with a local professional pest control service – preventative pest control is a must in the greater Phoenix Valley.  In addition to eradicating pest infestations, they can customize regularly scheduled preventative pest control plans that are tailored to you and your family’s specific needs.

The bottom line is that you can only protect your household against pest infestations as thoroughly as the products you purchase over the counter are effective.  So if pests are a recurring problem in your home, it’s time to consider signing up with a local area pest control service.

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All You Need to Know About Earwigs

Earwigs are feared by many people due to their appearance. However they are pretty harmless to humans. When it comes to them being a nuisance or pest though, that’s a whole difference story. Earwigs can be found all over the country including cities such as Pittsburgh or Crafton, PA. Once an infestation is found, simply applying an insecticide will not rid them from a home. A homeowner will need to contact their local exterminator to rid of this pest problem as efficiently and smoothly as possible.

What do earwigs look like?

As stated before, earwigs have a unique appearance that can frighten humans who encounter this insect. There are over 20 species of earwigs in the US alone. They can range from 5 to 25 mm depending on what type of species they are. Most are dark brown or black with flattened bodies. These insects also have pincers which are located on the back of the abdomen. The pincers are what frighten people the most. Many believe that these pincers can cause harm, but in reality, they are only used as a defense mechanism and rarely break the skin.

Where do earwigs live and what do they eat?

Earwigs prefer to live in dark, damp areas. They can be found under rocks, logs, in mulch, or damp areas like dark basements and unventilated crawl spaces. Earwigs often migrate into homes when they need to find food or if there is a change in the weather that makes their current living area unlivable.

These insects are omnivores and will eat both plants and insects. While it would take a very large population of them to do serious damage to plants, the question has been raised as to whether or not they are a threat to crops. For homeowners, they may find some earwigs in their flower pots and plants for feeding. Bug exterminators can easily identify areas they typically live and hide.

What to do if there is an infestation

Earwigs are commonly found outside of the home, but sometimes if the conditions are right, they will come indoors. Again, due to an earwig’s threatening appearance, seeing more than one in a home or apartment can cause panic and is considered an infestation. If multiple earwigs are found, it’s best for the homeowner or renter to call an exterminator to eliminate the problem. Local insect control companies such as Spectrum Pest Control have the expansive knowledge to serve homeowners and business and eliminate these pests from the premises.

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Keep Visitors Happy by Making Sure Bed Bugs Aren’t in Your Hotel

In the words of Warren Buffett, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” Bed bug infestations are a constant problem throughout hotels in the New York City and Long Island area. At Standard Pest Management, our biggest goal is to reduce the impact of any unwanted guests by providing discreet, effective hotel pest control in NYC.

The Hotel Bed Bug Epidemic Is Real and Pest control for the hospitality industry is an important aspect of modern hotel management. It really does represent a unique challenge because with every guest that checks in there is a chance of bed bug introduction. In fact the odds increase when guests have stayed in several hotels during their travels. for hotel managers and others in the extermination business.

Our Commercial Pest Management Hospitality Program

incorporates training of staff, monitoring for bed bugs, visual inspections, electronic data collection or canine inspections. Standard pest understands the needs of the hospitality industry and employs an action plan to provide for those needs. Whether it’s an individual technician assigned to your property for the day or a team needed to tackle a larger project, our goal is to make sure your hotel is kept clear of not just bed bugs, but from, cockroaches, rodents, and flies as well.

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Ants are still number one

Argentine ant removal in arizona

Ants still top the charts as a chief concern for homeowners. This news comes from research recently conducted and released by the National Pest Management Association.

Because ants reproduce rapidly, and because different species require different treatments, proper species identification and prompt control measures are good reasons why you need to contact Bug Guardian to keep these trailblazing pests in check.

Ants can find their way into many parts of your home, and Bug Guardian has identified some of the most common areas and below is providing helpful tips for keeping them out:

  • Kitchen: Ants, particularly California’s most commonly encountered specie – the Argentine ant – love to feed on sweets and fruit, in addition to grease, oil, meats, and corn meal. This makes kitchens a prime target for a variety of ant species.
  • Bathroom: Moisture makes bathrooms highly susceptible to infestations. Carpenter ants are known to build nests in damp areas, e.g., behind bathroom tiles or under sinks.
  • Backyard: Ants nest under rocks, in rotting logs, and under piles of bricks or lumber.
  • Driveway/walkway: Ants forage along sidewalks looking for a bite to eat, and pavement ants often tunnel under concrete slabs, sidewalks and driveways, or nest in nearby structures.

Bug Guardian Pest Prevention tip: Eliminate standing water around the home and ensure that gutters and downspouts are functioning properly.

Ants are social insects that live in large colonies, so if you see one or two, you can bet there are many more to follow. Bug Guardian can help identify the species, find cracks and crevices where ants may be coming in, locate nests, and eliminate the problem.

Bug Guardian offers some additional tips that homeowners can follow to reduce the ant threat:

  • Seal cracks and crevices around the home using a silicone-based caulk.
  • Replace weatherstripping and repair loose mortar around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed away from the home.
  • Store food in sealed containers and keep ripe fruit in the refrigerator.
  • Routinely check under sinks for areas of moisture and repair any leaky pipes.
  • Dispose of garbage on a regular basis.
  • Keep pet bowls clean and wipe up any spilled food or water around them promptly.
  • Store dry pet food in a sealed plastic container rather than in the paper sacks in which it often comes packaged.

If you’re having a problem with ants in and around your home, call Bug Guardian Pest Prevention today!

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Don’t Let Unwanted Pests Ruin Your Tailgate Party

unwanted pests ruin your tailgate

Football season is in full swing and for fans across the country that means weekends are centered around tailgating with family and friends before the game. The early fall is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but those yummy snacks and the delicious grilled fare leave pests like bees, flies and ants looking to crash your party.

To keep pests from ruining your tailgate fun this football season, we recommend the following tips to keep your tailgate pest-free.

  • Bees are still active this time of year and attracted to sweets, so be sure to keep desserts in sealed containers and serve sugary drinks in covered pitchers.
  • House flies are a common nuisance pest at outdoor parties. To prevent these unwanted guests from crashing your tailgate, be sure to bring well-sealed garbage cans along with your tent and grill and remove the trash regularly throughout the day.
  • Ants can quickly infest an outdoor party and even hitchhike back into your car or home and carpenter ants and Argentine ants are the most common types found this time of year. To prevent ants from enjoying your pre-game goodies, keep food sealed in airtight containers and cover it immediately after grilling.

With these simple tips, you can ensure your tailgate party is free of pests. If it was only that easy to take care of the opposing team!

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Bed Bug Prevention While Traveling

Spring break is coming up and with it many people in Arizona will be traveling and we all know how disgusting and traumatic bed bugs can be. They cause anxiety, panic and can be extremely difficult to get rid of. They seem to infect every corner of the Earth and love a good trip. The key to never getting bed bugs is understanding how to search, identify and prevent them. This bed bug prevention guide illustrates some of the basic precautions to take when traveling and how to handle your luggage upon arrival at hotels and when you’re coming home.

Identifying Bed Bugs

Obviously, to be able to prevent bed bugs you need to know what they look like and how to identify them. The main ways to identify if there is a bed bug problem is by looking around the bed and mattress seams for black specks that seem to resemble pepper flakes. These are bed bug feces and are a sure sign that there is a bed bug presence. Bed bugs themselves are rather flat with a slight elliptical shape to them with a reddish-brown color. They are usually no bigger than an apple seed in size.

Preparation When Traveling

There are some basic things you should do before embarking on your trip like:

Pack a flashlight – You’ll need one to inspect for bed bugs in your hotel room and around the bed where you plan on sleeping.

Use a hardshell or collapsible suitcase – Hardshells usually are easy to clean and don’t have seams where bed bugs can hide. If a hard-shell isn’t possible than a collapsible type suitcase is another option as these can be washed easily upon arriving home.

Bring a plastic bag (optional) – If you want to be extra careful, bring a large garbage bag to put your suitcase in during your trip. This will make it even more difficult for bed bugs to get into your luggage.

Read reviews carefully – Of course doing your due diligence on any place you plan on staying in is paramount. Any reviews that mention bed bugs should be taken seriously. Avoid any place with reviews mentioning bed bugs at any point during the establishment’s history, even if the review is old.

Inspecting for Bed Bugs

Upon arriving at your hotel, hostel or wherever you’re staying immediately put your luggage in a bathroom during the inspection process. Bathrooms are much safer to store your luggage in since they are usually full of slippery surfaces and tiles that bed bugs do not like. This will give you some time to inspect your room thoroughly before bringing your luggage into the actual hotel room main area.

Check All Areas of Your Room

You’ll want to be as thorough as possible with your inspection of your room. Areas you’ll want to check are:

  • Head boards
  • Box frames
  • Night stands
  • Book shelves
  • Mattress pleats
  • Curtain pleats
  • Sheets and pillows
  • Any items that have small crevices and crannies (like alarm clocks)

Keep Luggage Off the Ground

Once you’ve determined that room is clear, you can bring your luggage out from the bathroom into your room. Even though you may think that you are clear if you didn’t see anything during your inspection, you still want to be careful. Keep all of your luggage off of the floors, preferably on a desk or table that can’t easily be climbed up on from the ground.

Inspecting Rental Cars for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are hitchhikers and they love to travel. That means that they can also end up in rental cars and get into any items you may have stored in the trunk or inside the car. After picking up your rental, do a quick sweep of the trunk, inside and tire areas to ensure there are no bed bugs hiding out in the rental. Check under spare tires as well for any remnants of past or present bed bug infestations.

Coming Home

Never assume that you came home bed-bug free. It’s always best to assume that you DID come home with bed bugs and get in the habit of handling your items as such upon arriving home. Some basic things to do when you’re coming home from your trip include:

Wash all your clothing in hot water. Even the clothing you didn’t wear. – If any bed bugs slipped in during any point of your trip, they will be killed during the wash.

Inspect Your Luggage Outside Your Home

Before bringing your luggage into your home, do a thorough inspection outside with a flashlight and a keen eye. The last thing you want to do is bring a single bed bug into your home from not checking your luggage thoroughly. You’ll want to inspect all necessary parts of your suitcase where bed bugs may be hiding such as:

  • Seams and folds in your suitcase
  • Zipper pockets
  • Outside edges or crannies

Staying Alert

After following these basic steps and educating yourself on how to identify bed bugs and prevent them, you’ll be able to travel the world and have peace of mind knowing that your chances of bringing bed bugs home with you are very slim. Staying alert and being diligent in your efforts will ensure you have many safe travels that are free of bed bugs. Check out the infographic below that helps illustrate the bed bug prevention process. And of course for any bed bug related situations be sure to talk to an expert at Bug Guardian Pest Prevention for possible bed bug treatment options.

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Arizona Pest Q&A

Arizona is known for having a dry arid climate from Phoenix down to the Mexico border. With that dry climate comes a multitude of pests such as scorpions, spiders, ants and bees. However, here are three common questions that are asked that you might want answers for yourself about Arizona pests.
Q. What makes homes attractive to pests?
A. Pests are attracted to food, water and shelter. Exclusion techniques and removing food and water sources will help deter pests. Simple measures such as keeping food in sealed containers and cleaning up after each meal to avoid leaving crumbs can help. Fix leaky pipes and drains to ensure that if pests do get in, they won’t have ideal conditions in which they can thrive.
Q. How do pests get into homes?
A. Pests enter structures through cracks and crevices around windows, doors, along foundations, ripped screens, uncapped chimneys, and also through holes where utilities enter a structure. Firewood, groceries, and other deliveries can carry pests in, too. Seal any openings with silicone caulk or steel wool, and to avoid hitchhiking pests, examine packages thoroughly before bringing them inside.
Q. Where are pests most likely to settle in?
A. Pests have direct access to basements and attics through roofs and foundations, so they should be kept well ventilated, dry, and clutter-free. Also, because of the concentration of food and water, kitchens and bathrooms are other common areas.

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Get Rid of Crickets with Bug Guardian Pest Control in Your Anthem

Get Rid of Crickets with Bug Guardian Pest Control in Your Anthem

Although crickets are not harmful to humans, this does not mean a cricket infestation should be taken lightly. Because crickets feed on trash, paper, wallpaper glue, furs and fabrics, a cricket infestation can lead to destruction if left unchecked. Crickets are also the number one food source for scorpions. Cricket pest control in Arizona is a must and part of pest prevention plans offered by Bug Guardian.

 

Watch Out for the Signs of Crickets

At Bug Guardian, we take your cricket problem seriously. We want to be the pest control company homeowners in Anthem and beyond call when they start to see the first potential signs of crickets, such as:

  • Loud chirping heard in and around your home
  • Cricket droppings around entry points and along the exterior foundation
  • Small, dark bugs with elongated bodies and antennae (crickets)

Our cricket control experts will not only treat your pest problem using the safest, most reliable cricket extermination methods available on the market today — we’ll ensure that your property remains cricket free through our regular scheduled services.

Call Bug Guardian at (480)345-2847 for Professional Cricket Control Service in Anthem

If you’re dealing with a cricket infestation in your office, apartment or place of residence, don’t hesitate to reach out to Bug Guardian Pest Control for effective cricket treatments in Anthem Arizona

 

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Differences Between Wolf Spider and Brown Recluse

Wolf spiders and brown recluse spiders are often confused for each other, due to their similar appearance. However, there are notable differences between the two. Differentiating between these two is important, since while the bite of a wolf spider is harmless to humans, brown recluses are venomous, and can cause tissue damage. As a matter of fact, wolf spiders are also venomous and their bites can sting, but don’t cause any long-term damage.

Location

Wolf spiders are found virtually all over the world, apart from the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. Brown recluse spiders, on the other hand, are only found in southeastern North America.

While living in Arizona you don’t have to worry about brown recluse spiders, though local and easily terminable infestations of the spider have been found.

The Violin on the Neck

brown recluse violin neck

Though other species of spiders (particularly cellar spiders and pirate spiders) have similar markings, it is one of the many traits that can help identify a brown recluse spider, since it clearly differs from the other two types of spiders in superficial visual characteristics. As far as their comparison with wolf spiders goes, the latter don’t have any such markings.

Eyes

Both brown recluse and wolf spiders have contrasting and peculiar arrangements of eyes, which can be used to identify them.

brown recluse wolf spider eyes

Legs

All spiders, being arthropods, have 8 legs. However, the individual design of their legs varies massively between species. In this case, wolf spiders have stockier legs with spines. In contrast, the brown recluse spider’s legs are much more slender, and don’t have spines. Instead, they are often covered in fine hair.

brown recluse wolf spider legs

Color

The color of various individuals of both types may vary, but there is one important identifying factor. The brown recluse spider always has a uniformly-colored abdomen, while the wolf spider’s abdomen has patches and lines in different colors.

brown recluse wolf spider color

Armed with these tips, you should now have no trouble in distinguishing between these two confusing species of arachnids. Remember: Wolf spiders―the spiny-legged, multicolored, eight-eyed, non-violin-marked ones―are perfectly safe for humans, while brown recluse spiders―the hairy-legged, uniformly colored, six-eyed, violin-marked ones―can cause serious injuries, and should be kept at arm’s length.

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