How to Treat for Mosquitoes

Protect your BBQ from Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are not only nuisance insects when buzzing around people’s ears, but also when they are causing allergic reactions and transmitting disease-causing pathogens via their bites. To manage these unwelcome bloodsuckers in and around homes or farms, it is recommended to do a thorough inspection to determine where to treat first, and then to choose the product and treatment method best suited for your situation. As you may know, mosquito management products are designed for treating diverse types of areas; therefore, the selected treatment option should be based on the understating of why, where, when and how to treat for mosquitoes. It is important to know that there are nuisance mosquito control programs, which are usually done by pest management companies, and vector mosquito control programs, which are done by government agents. Anyhow, both programs can co-exist and be mutually beneficial. Here, I will mention three mosquito applications commonly used by the pest control industry.

  1. Applications of larvacides. If properly conducted, this method can be effective and pose minimal risk to people and the environments. Larvacides are usually applied to water surfaces where mosquitoes are breeding. They will eliminate the mosquito larvae as they develop.
  2. Applications of adulticides. EPA approved residual insecticides can be used to treat mosquito’s resting and landing areas. Depending on the product’s label instructions, repeated applications may be needed, as the residual effects of the insecticides will last only for a maximum of one week or less, especially after rains. However, this treatment option is best suited to provide short-term relief from the mosquito bites for a special outdoor party or event. Residual insecticides can be applied with standard pump sprayers for small areas or with power sprayers for large areas. To maximize your success of reducing mosquitoes, treat around landscaping plants, turf and ground cover, under decks, around windows and doors, to exterior siding, around building foundations, grass areas adjacent to or around a structure, and other places where mosquitoes may rest/hide, such as shrubs, tree canopies, hedges, dense vegetation, exterior walls, under decks, porches and other shady areas that aren’t receiving direct sunlight. The residual effects of these materials will kill mosquitoes as they enter and land on treated surfaces.
  3. Space Treatment: (Mosquito Misting System) This option uses special products that can be applied via fogging or misting machines. To achieve quick knockdown, immediate and complete management of mosquito populations, space treatments should be done when mosquitoes are most active around sunset or sunrise. Besides the notice of application, it is important to make sure that no non-target organisms, such as, humans or pets will not be exposed directly to the pesticide during fogging or misting. Additionally, it is unfavorable to treat for mosquitoes when the wind speed is more than 10 mph, during hot weather or when it rains.

Finally, remember that mosquito management requires an understanding of the mosquito habits as well as the familiarity with product label instructions and safety procedures which makes it best handled by the professionals. Here at Bug Guardian Pest Prevention we know how to protect you and your loved ones from these blood suckers.

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Tempe Scorpion Control

Arizona scorpion pest control

Tempe and the rest of Arizona is heating up, its time to start looking into Tempe Scorpion control. Scorpions are related to spiders and mites but belong to their own order, Scorpions. They are eight-legged with crab-like pincer appendages on the front end and the scorpion’s tail is usually elongated and terminated by a venomous stinger.

Scorpions use their stinger to subdue prey and for self-defense. Some scorpions can deliver deadly venom when they sting, while the venom and sting in some are no worse than that of a wasp. Highly venomous species occur in northern Africa, the Middle East, South Africa, east Africa, South America and one species in the Southwestern US including Arizona, officially named Centruroides, also known as bark scorpions. Anti-venom (antivenin) is available for these venomous species.

Scorpions hunt at night. Occasionally they may wander into houses as they search for food and water. They are most often encountered outdoors under loose debris and cracks and crevices. Gardeners should protect their hands with work gloves, especially around wood or debris piles.


Many times scorpions can be eliminated by using various eco-friendly methods including food elimination, catch and trap, even planting fresh lavender can help keep these pests far away from your home. Compared to many other dangerous insects and spiders, scorpions are pretty high on most people’s pest control priority list if you happen to live in Arizona!

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Bee Control Tips & Removal in Queen Creek

Bee Control Tips & Removal in Queen Creek

Springtime brings warmer weather and beautiful flowering plants to the desert landscapes in Queen Creek.  The splash of color and lovely scent of these flowers attract not only human attention but also hundreds of thousands of bees.  Although bees can be docile and help in the growth of plants, they can also swarm and sting when they feel threatened.  Bee stings can be potentially fatal if a person is severely allergic, not to mention painful and dangerous to children and pets.   A sad reminder of this occurred on March 12th in Florence, AZ when bees swarmed and attacked a child and four dogs, Three of the dogs did not survive.  So what should you do if you see a bee swarm, bee hive or honeycomb on or around your Queen Creek residence?  Let us help with some preventative tips and an explanation of the delicate bee removal process.

Tips for Bee Control & Removal in Queen Creek

  1. Prevent Bee Colonies From Settling In Your House

    • Bee hives can be found in chimneys, on roofs, on the high eaves of your house or outdoor buildings (like work sheds or garages), as well as barbeques, hot tubs or any hollow area. Close any openings that you can in the walls or roof and put tight covers on barbeque grills or hot tubs. Tight mesh over your chimney will also discourage any bees from settling in these spaces.
    • If you see a huge swarm of bees on or around your home don’t panic!  Save some money before calling bee removal experts and try to observe if they are flying into any space or if they are just a feral bee swarm, which is a bee colony that is trying to find a new home. These colonies  may merely rest for 24-48 hours before moving on.
      After 3 days, if there continues to be a lot of bees flying around your home then you most likely have a hive somewhere. If it is endangering any people or animals then you should call to have it removed.
  2. Removing Bee Hives or Colonies

    • Don’t think a colony of bees will just go away after a week or two! If bees have decided your home is a good place to make their new home then they start making a hive which, if hidden and undisturbed, can stay there for years.
    • Queen Creek has such mild winters that bees can swarm most any time of year, but are more likely to build new hives during early spring and through the summer.
    • If you encounter a hive it is not advised to approach the bees or to remove the beehive yourself as it is very difficult to determine whether they are docile honey bees or the extremely aggressive Africanized bee
    • Because Africanized bees (aka ‘killer bees’) have been known to attack even if loud noises come near their hive it is best to leave bee colony or beehive removal to the professionals that have special equipment and protective clothing that can handle getting into tight spaces with thousands of bees
  3. Safeguard from Future Bee Invasion

    • Once the physical hive is removed it is important to determine if there is any honey comb left behind and to ensure it is removed as well. Bee’s honey comb will start melting in our hot Arizona temperatures which creates a horrible stench, causes damage to drywall and stucco and also attracts ants, roaches and even more bees.
    • Discuss any follow-up action plans with your bee removal or pest control company and depending on your needs, keeping a certain level of monthly or quarterly pest control management may help avoid future issues.

This time of year bee swarms are very common and because the species are so difficult to differentiate, please don’t take any unnecessary risks. If you see a lot of bee activity over consecutive days and are living in Queen Creek or the surrounding areas please call a local bee removal or pest control company to help address your concerns.

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