Know When to Hire a Pest Professional

Why Do-It-Yourself Measures Aren’t Always Enough

 

When pests find their way indoors, homeowners are often tempted to try and control the problem on their own, but the truth is that most pests are better left to professionals. After all, pest professionals have the knowledge, tools and training to safely and properly eliminate pest infestations.

“When a homeowner attempts to treat a pest problem on their own, they are often treating the ‘tip of the iceberg’, and not the root cause of the problem,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “The pests you see might be eliminated, but a larger infestation can continue to grow out of sight. These infestations can pose significant health risks to your family and cause damage to your property.”

There are several pest scenarios that should always be handled by a professional. These include:

Bed Bugs

  • Bed bugs are notoriously elusive, hiding out in hard to detect places like behind electrical switches and under wallpaper. In addition, they are very hardy pests, having been known to live for several months without a blood meal, and withstanding a wide range of temperatures, from nearly freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.  In fact, according to the NPMA’s Bed Bugs in America survey, bed bugs are THE most difficult pest to treat – more difficult than cockroaches, termites and ants! Even when working with a professional, it can take several treatments before the bugs are completely eliminated.

Stinging Insects

  • Stinging insects – such as wasps, yellow jackets or fire ants – should always be left up to the professionals. Many stinging insect species will swarm en masse if their nests are threatened, posing a serious health risk to homeowners. In fact, these pests send more than half a million people to the emergency room every year. Those with allergies to insect stings are especially at risk.

Reoccurring infestations

  • No matter the type of pest, if you have an infestation that keeps coming back, it’s time to contact a professional. More likely than not, there is an underlying cause that needs to be addressed before the problem can really be resolved. A trained professional will be able to inspect your home, identify the infestation and determine a plan to treat the problem most effectively.

If you suspect you have an infestation, your first step should always be to call the qualified and licensed people at Bug Guardian Pest Prevention.

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What to Know About Rodent Control in Arizona

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RODENT CONTROL

Roof rats and other vermin seek shelter when the going gets rough. The walls, attic, and basement of your warm, cozy property provide an ideal environment for rodent families to escape from the snow and sleet. Plus, a never-ending supply of food via your kitchen is always within easy reach. Whether you’re trying to keep your home hygienic and pleasant for your family or looking to run a business, rodents are always bad news.

SIGNS YOU MAY NEED A RODENT CONTROL IN ARIZONA

The tricky thing about a rodent infestation is that you can actually have one for quite some time before you’re truly aware of it. A handful roof rats may not cause much of a stir by themselves. However, an entire colony of them is another story. Often, property owners only discover they have a roof rat control issue on their hands once things have gotten completely out of hand.

You can learn to catch potential issues that might eventually require roof rat extermination services in Arizona by learning to recognize the signs as early as possible. Mice and other rodents always leave behind evidence of their presence. Gnaw marks or other damage caused to stored items in your attic, closets, basement, or other out of the way places are often among the first signs of an issue. Some people may notice scurrying or gnawing noises coming from inside the walls.

Actual droppings are, of course, a clear sign that you’re dealing with rodents. Mice and rats are nibblers when it comes to their eating habits, so they tend to generate a lot of droppings scattered over the areas where they feed or spend time. Also, rodent urine and feces contains pheromones and other compounds that attract even more rodents. This can make it extra tough to get an issue with roof rats under control once it starts.

When looking to rid your property of roof rats or other rodents and pests call Bug Guardian Pest Prevention today!

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German Cockroaches 101

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There are about 4,000 living species of cockroaches in the world, 70 of which are found right here in the United States. If you’ve ever encountered a cockroach at home, a restaurant or a public bathroom, it could have been anAmerican cockroach, a brown-banded cockroach or an oriental cockroach, but chances are it was likely a German cockroach— the most common species of cockroach found all over the world.

What does a German cockroach look like?

Cockroaches, in general, are flat and oval in shape with six legs and a pair of antennae. German cockroaches range in size from ½ inch to 5/8 of an inch long. They are light brown to tan in color and often distinguished by two dark stripes down their back.

Where do German cockroaches live?

German cockroaches prefer warm and humid environments, close to food and water sources. They frequently invade residential properties by hitchhiking in grocery bags, cardboard boxes and secondhand appliances. Homeowners are most likely to find a German cockroach crawling around the bathroom or kitchen.

What do German cockroaches eat?

German cockroaches will feed on almost anything, including soap, glue and toothpaste!

Are German cockroaches dangerous?

German cockroaches are more than just nuisance pests – they have been linked to disease transmission by picking up germs on the spines of their legs as they crawl through decaying matter. These germs are then transferred to food and other common surfaces that humans frequently touch. In fact, cockroaches are known to spread at least 33 different types of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other human pathogens. Additionally, the saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies of cockroaches contain proteins that trigger allergies and increase asthma symptoms, especially in children.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Practicing good sanitation is key to preventing an infestation, as cockroaches spend most of their time near food sources. Homeowners should make a concerted effort to keep kitchen counters and floors clean and free of crumbs. It’s also important to vacuum frequently and dispose of garbage on a regular basis.

If you find one cockroach in your home, it’s likely there are many more hiding in cracks and crevices. German cockroaches can breed at a rate of up to six generations per year. If you suspect you have a cockroach infestation, contact Bug Guardian Pest Control today!

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