How to Remove a Tick from Your Child: A Guide for Parents

Ticks are familiar to many of us in Arizona,where they are found year-round in most of the state.There’s no doubt that these parasites are scary, but that doesn’t mean you have to wrap your kids in bubble wrap or lock them in their bedrooms. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about removing ticks, that way you can relax when the kids head outside to play.

How do I remove a tick from my child?

A tick has bitten your child and is still latched to your child’s skin, what do you do next?
“The best advice for parents who find a tick attached to their child is to not panic,” says Kristen Nordlund, a public affairs officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “There are simple steps they can take to remove the tick with a set of fine-tipped tweezers.”
The following tick removal process comes directly from the CDC:

  1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
  2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
  3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
  4. If your child develops a rash or fever within the next few weeks after the tick was removed, take them to a doctor and make sure to tell him or her about the recent tick bite.

Ticks usually need to be attached for several hours in order to spread a disease. For example, the blacklegged (or deer tick) needs to be attached for about 24 hours to pass on Lyme disease. It is also important to know that not everyone who gets Lyme disease will have the “telltale” bull’s eye rash. It’s always a good idea to have your child tested more than once for a tickborne disease because sometimes tests can come back as false negatives.

We know ticks are still terrifying, but we hope you feel better prepared with this information. If you feel that your home has a pest problem feel free to call Bug Guardian Pest Prevention today at (480)345-2847.

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Black Widow Control in Anthem

As the temperature increases in Arizona you might notice that more and more black widows are noticeable in your Anthem home.
Why be concerned about Black Widow Spiders?

  • The venom of a Black Widow Spider is 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake!
  • The Black Widow Spider bite feels like a pinprick. If bitten, a person experiences nausea, muscle ache, and paralysis of the diaphragm which makes breathing difficult. In rare cases, bites can be fatal—especially to small children or the elderly.
  • Black Widow Spiders are shy but move quickly and bite, if disturbed.

Identifying Black Widow Spider Infestations:

  • Identifying Black Widow Spiders of the female species is easier, as they can be seen hanging upside down on their webs, which makes the red hourglass mark very visible. The male Black Widow Spiders are harmless—only the females bite.
  • Black Widow Spiders can be found hiding in dark places like garages, wooden piles, cellars, shades, etc. and the webs can be observed closer to the ground.
  • The female Black Widow Spider spins a large web in which they suspend a cocoon filled with hundreds of eggs, and the female Black Widow Spider rarely leaves the web.
  • If you spot a Black Widow Spider, do not bother it.

Black Widow Spider Control must be thorough and your cooperation enlisted in removing any Black Widow Spider webs. If you believe you have a Black Widow Spider infestation in your Anthem home contact Bug Guardian Pest Control today.

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9 Do It Yourself Pest Control Tips for Cave Creek Homes

To protect your home and help prevent the potential or continued infestation of your home, follow these tips.
1. Seal Exterior Walls and Cracks – Even small cracks can make way for pests to get through.
2. Fix Loose-Fitting Windows and Doors – Loose fittings can create access points for pests to enter.
3. Seal Gaps Around Plumbing – Scorpions can enter houses through plumbing gaps.
4. Keep Leaves and Yard Debris Away from Home – Debris around the home can attract roaches, scorpions, ants, and other pests.
5. Wash Clothing in Hot Water after Hotel Stays – Bed bugs are often transferred from hotels to homes via clothes.
6. Steam Clean the Mattress – Steam cleaning your mattress will kill bed bugs.
7. Keep Your Home Clean – Put food away, wash dishes, and take out trash. Pests like roaches are attracted to food.
8. Clean around Walls and Cracks with Detergent – Cleaning smells can deter ants from entering the home.
9. Maintain Regular Scheduled Pest Control Visits – End existing infestation and help prevent future pest problems by calling the professionals at Bug Guardian Pest Prevention.
Following these steps will help to prevent infestation from all types of pests in Cave Creek Arizona.

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Flea and Tick Pest Control for Your Peoria

Most Peoria pet owners know the importance of keeping their pets free from fleas and ticks – they can cause itching, irritation, and the transmission of harmful diseases.  But what most pet owners don’t know is that only a very small fraction of the infestation actually occurs on the pet – 95% of the infestation is eggs, larvae, and pupae that are in the pet’s environment. This is why the preventative treatments for your pet are only part of the solution.

Even the healthiest homes and yards can have fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks can infest your lawn, yard and garden in a variety of ways and make you and your pets miserable. Migration from other yards, carried in by nocturnal mammals or strays passing through can all contribute to an increased population of fleas and ticks. At Bug Guardian Pest Prevention we have a proven program that is centered around using quality pesticides that are family and pet friendly.

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Warmer Weather means more Pests in Arizona

Arizona residents know that in February we move from the winter chill into warmer temperatures in the 80s. With this warmer weather also means an increase the pests around your home in the Valley.

The warmer the weather gets, the more insects we will be seeing. This means that with the warmer climate comes an ever increasing number of insects. And this will continue as long as temperatures continue to rise. While this is a good thing for a number of insects such as butterflies, this also means an ever-increasing number of bad insects such as scorpions.

 How to Discourage Pests from Entering Your Home


  1. Eliminate debris (rocks, wood piles, etc) pests can hide under during the day around your home, & several feet out.
  2. Repair any leaky pipes.
  3. Add door sweeps.
  4. Make sure all weather stripping around your home is in good order.   
  5. Screen vents around and on top of your home.
  6. Change exterior light bulbs to yellow bulbs, because they are less attractive to MANY bugs!
  7. Make sure your not over watering. (most watering systems are set daily, but every 2 to 3 days is sufficient)
  8. Fix broken watering system parts. 
  9.  Make sure all water on your property is draining. (no hidden puddles)
  10. Trim all plants, and make sure they aren’t touching your house.
  11. Keep grass areas trimmed low.
  12. Clean up all food crumbs, spills, etc., in a timely manner.
  13. Seal all concrete expansion joints with calk.
  14. Calk all block fence “I” blocks  
  15. Prevent “sewer roaches” from coming up drains by using ALL drains regularly.  Pipes under drains have a U shaped loop call a “trap”.   If these drains are used regularly, water will stay in the bottom of the U shaped pipe.  This water in the  ”trap” prevents sewer roaches from coming through and into your home
  16. Contact a Pest Prevention Professional such as Bug Guardian for regular visits
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