Roof Rats in Phoenix

Roof rats in Phoenix AZ

Roof rats in Central PhoeinxThe roof rat is also known as the black rat, even though it is not necessarily black in color, but rather is usually dark brown. Your typical roof rat is between 13 to 18 inches long, including its tail. In fact, it is distinguished from other rats by that tail, which is longer than the rest of its body. Roof rats are sleek, slender, and agile. Their have large ears.

Are there roof rats in the Phoenix area?

Yes, there are. The rat outbreak first occurred in the Phoenix area in 2001 when they appeared in the Arcadia neighborhood in east Phoenix. In 2004 there were confirmed roof rat sightings in Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale, Paradise Valley, and Glendale. We can assume that every neighborhood has roof rats now.


What else you should know about roof rats

  • Roof rat droppings are long and cylindrical.
  • Roof rats are nocturnal.
  • Roof rats can transmit diseases like the bubonic plague and typhus. At this point, none of the roof rats captured and tested in Maricopa County have been diseased.
  • Roof rats will enter homes and buildings. They only need a hole the size of a quarter to gain entry.
  • Roof rats are good climbers. They can climb walls and use utility lines and fences to travel from structure to structure.
  • Outside, roof rats will nest in trees, woodpiles, garbage, and plants. In our area, oleanders seem to be a popular nesting location.
  • Inside, high places, like attics, are their preference.
  • Roof rats do not burrow in the ground or swim.
  • Roof rats eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, pet food and invertebrates (spiders and worms, for example). They will also eat paper.
  • Female roof rats can each have up to four litters a year, each containing five to eight young. In urban areas where they have no natural predators, the survival rate of the babies is high.
  • If you have the following items around your home, you may be more prone to attracting roof rats: palm trees, yucca plants, pampas grass, honeysuckle, Italian cypress trees, any heavy shrubbery, wood piles, and storage boxes.

How to tell if you have roof rats

If you have citrus trees, and you notice hollowed-out fruit on the ground or in the trees, this is an indicator that roof rats are present. If you hear gnawing or scratching sounds in the attic or in the walls, you may have roof rats. Pay attention to any droppings in attics and storage areas. If you notice oily rubmarks on the house, or small holes in the screens, you could have roof rats.

What you can do to get rid of roof rats

Trapping roof rats seems to be the preferred method of control, especially if you have small children or pets that might be affected by poisons. Contact Bug Guardian Pest Control today at (480)345-28547 for assistance with Roof Rat removal.

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Cricket Pest Control in Arizona

Cricket removal in Arizona

Mesa, Marciopa, Chandler, Gilbert AZ & Surrounding Areas: Get Rid of Crickets with Bug Guardian Pest Control

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 Defense Pest Control, we take your cricket problem seriously. We want to be the pest control company homeowners in Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, 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 Guadian at (480)345-2847 for Professional Cricket Control Service in the East Valley

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 Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley and surrounding areas in the East Valley.

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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 widowThe 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.



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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