DIY Pest Control: Problems & Dangers

DIY pest control

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when it comes to pest control comes down to do-it-yourself solutions gone awry. Oftentimes, the very pest he or she is trying to eliminate or prevent is actually drawn indoors more-so through the use of misplaced baits and/or traps.

When dealing with pesticides and baits/traps, it is 100% necessary to be trained in the use of chemicals and to understand what the repercussions could be for you and your family.

Pests can make their way into any home. The negative connotations associated with a possible pest issue should not hinder a homeowner from reaching out to a pest control company that will handle the problem most efficiently and professionally. DIY solutions are not a quick fix, and can potentially cause even more of a headache. Reach out when you need help to receive professional insight and solutions.

When it comes to pest control, expertise is important – not just because it’s the fastest way to eliminate pests, but because it’s critical to controlling pests safely. Too often, we uncover botched DIY pest control attempts that ultimately result in a call for professional help. While that’s concerning from a pest control perspective, and can cost homeowners more money in the long run, it is even more upsetting when the methods attempted put homeowners at risk for harm.

Other instances of misdirected DIY are less dire…for example, using traps to kill ants but never identifying their source. (In most cases, this means that ants will return.) Knowledge is the most powerful form of pest control, so before covering your home in traps, consider turning to a professional who is certified to keep family members and pets safe and sound.

The DIY pest control market is strong, with homeowners seeking ways to manage pest control needs on their own. Home pest control remedies aren’t always effective, however, so it is important to consider the long-term cost when thinking about DIY.

DIY pest control can in the worst cases be dangerous. There are instances, Froio says, where people have burned down their homes or harmed or killed others when using pest control materials and methods that they don’t understand. Many times, people also over-apply pest control materials, which can be dangerous to the occupants of the home.

Bug Guardian Pest Prevention is here to help. Beyond addressing your immediate pest control needs, we’ll help you understand the pest prevention and exclusion techniques, both indoors and out, that lead to more effective solutions.

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What Happens to Mosquitoes During the Winter?

Arizona Mosquito Season

It’s the time of year when holiday parties, festive feasts and exchanging gifts are enjoyed by family and friends. Cold weather is associated with Christmas trees, snowmen and even the occasional snow ball fight or for residents of Phoenix, decorating a Cactus instead a of a pine tree. One thought that doesn’t usually cross our minds during this time of year is the presence of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are one of the most annoying pests that we endure throughout the warm parts of the year. Their bites are irritating and their buzz even more so. The presence of mosquitoes makes being outdoors less appealing. Most species of mosquitoes disappear during this time of year because they cannot survive the cold weather, however there are some mosquitoes that are strong enough to last through the winter, and they lay in wait to annoy us again when the temperatures begin to rise.

How do Mosquitoes Survive the Winter

The mosquitoes that survive the cold weather do so by hibernating, just like some animals do during the winter. Mosquitoes that hibernate throughout the winter will come out in the spring time to begin sucking our blood and the blood of our pets once again. It is an annoying occurrence that is difficult to remedy and not an important item on our list of issues to handle at the moment. Mosquitoes that do not survive the winter temperatures leave eggs behind that will hatch with the first breeze of warm spring air.

How do Mosquitoes Hibernate

Some mosquitoes will hatch in the fall and hibernate as larvae; they find shelter in the bottoms of muddy pools to protect themselves from freezing. Mosquitoes that find a way to last through the freezing winter temperatures seem to be even more aggressive than those who seasonably show up in the spring time. Mosquitoes not only pack an annoying bite that can itch for a long period of time, but mosquitoes also can carry dangerous diseases that are harmful to you and your family.

Mosquito Prevention & Control

The best way to prevent mosquitoes form hibernating on your property is to have regular maintenance visits from your pest control professional. When you have your home and property treated on a regular basis, you eliminate the chances of any type of infestation from occurring, including the presence of mosquitoes. Regular maintenance visits from Bug Guadrian Pest Prevention will ensure that not only mosquitoes stay away from your home, but also other annoying and harmful insects.

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When DIY Pest Control Won’t Cut It

When DIY Pest Control Won't Cut It

Three signs it’s time to call in a pro

As a homeowner, you know there are some home projects you can take on yourself (painting the guest room) and some that are better left to the professionals (installing electrical wiring in the basement). The same logic goes for pest control. In some cases, do-it-yourself measures are fine but in others, it is best to call in a pest professional to ensure the job is done correctly and safely. So how do you know which pest scenarios are DIY-approved and which are pro-worthy?

In most cases, the answer depends on the several factors, including the type of pest, its threats to your family’s health, the potential for property damage and the size of the infestation. For example, one lone yellow jacket that found its way into your home is no cause for alarm. But a nest of yellow jackets near your front porch? Time to call in the pros.

Specifically, here are a few pests that you should leave to the pros:

 1.    Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are certainly not a pest that should be handled on your own. For one, they are notoriously elusive, often hiding out in hard to detect places like behind electrical switches and under wallpaper. A trained pest professional will know where bed bugs are likely to hide in your home and can develop a treatment plan to target the pests while ensuring the safety of your family and pets.

To effectively treat a bed bug infestation all stages of the bed bug life cycle must be treated, including bed bug eggs, nymphs (babies) and adult bed bugs. Unfortunately, DIY pest control methods are often ineffective against bed bug nymphs and eggs. Attempts to control a bed bug infestation on your own may only exacerbate the problem and give the infestation time to grow. And bed bugs reproduce quickly – one female bed bug can lay one to five eggs in a day and more than 500 in their lifetime, meaning that a small infestation can quickly grow out of control.

In addition, homeowners that attempt to control a bed bug infestation on their own often spend more money in the long run on failed treatments. Some residents with bed bug infestations unnecessarily throw out furniture, clothing and other personal property in an attempt to control an infestation. In extreme cases, homeowners have seriously damaged their homes or sickened their families by misusing pest control products.

 2.    Stinging Insects

Infestations of any type of stinging insect – such as wasps, yellow jackets or fire ants – should always be left up to the professionals. Stinging insects pose serious health risks. In fact, they send half a million people to the emergency room every year. A single colony of stinging insects can contain anywhere from a few hundred to 80,000 members, which can attack if their nest is threatened. Those with allergies to insect stings are especially at risk, but if a large nest of stinging insects attacks, it can be life threatening to anyone.

 3.    Reoccurring or heavy infestations

No matter the type of pest, if you have an infestation that keeps coming back no matter what you try, it’s time to contract a professional. Reoccurring pest infestations are a sign that your home is just too enticing for pests. Perhaps a small access point (such as a tear in a window screen or a crack in the foundation) is providing easy access indoors for ants. Or perhaps a drip under the bathroom sink is creating the perfect conditions for cockroaches. Whatever it is, a trained pest professional will inspect your home, determine the infestation and help you resolve it once and for all.

DIY methods are also no match for heavy pest infestations.  Because many pests pose serious health and property threats, a sizable pest infestation should be left up to the professionals to handle, before it can grow any larger.

As a homeowner, there are a lot of DIY steps you can take to help prevent pests from finding their way into your home, but even these are most effective when completed in partnership with a pest professional. And, if you suspect you have an infestation, your first step should always be to call Bug Guardian Pest Control. We will be able to properly identify your pest problem and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.

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One Time Pest Services in Surprise

One Time Pest Services in Surprise

Infinite questions crop up in a Surprise property owner’s mind when a pest invasion takes place. How did the annoying bugs get in? Will they get away on their own? Should I call a pest exterminator? Which pest service must I get?

One-Time Pest Services are designed to deal with a current pest problem from general household pests such as ants, silverfish, cockroaches, earwigs, black widows, crickets and more in your home or business, without any ongoing agreements.

While many exterminators treat all pests the same by spraying pesticides everywhere. We want to diagnose and treat each pest control issue for the specific problem that it is.  We will use the proper techniques and products needed to resolve your specific problem.  We will spend as much time as needed to properly treat your pest control problem.  We will charge you as much as the job needs and no more, we do not believe in price gouging our customers.  You will like the fact that we do not engage our customers in contracts and do not charge start up fees.  We also offer 100% guarantee on our services.

Bug Guardian Pest Prevention offers pet & kid friendly, safe, non toxic, organic, natural pest control. Professional, licensed extermination, removal, control, management service for pests. Get rid of scorpions, ants, bedbugs, black widow spiders, crickets etc. Contact Bug Guardian Pest Control today to schedule a time for us to come out to your Surprise property today!

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The Importance of Pest Control

Ahwatukee Pest Control

If you’re a homeowner, it’s important to never underestimate the importance of pest control. Without proper prevention and extermination in the event of an infestation, there are some horrible things that can go wrong that will cause problems for not only your home, but the well being of your family.

Here are a few reasons why you should remember the importance of pest control and consult with professional pest extermination services.

These Pests Can Cause Serious Damage to Your Property
The structural damage that will occur if your home is infested by damaging bugs like termites will eventually lead to even more expensive repairs. In an average year, termites are responsible for up to $2 billion in property damage in the United States. Financial issues resulting from structural damage is one of the most frustrating parts of homeownership and dealing with pests. Don’t let these bugs destroy your property anymore. Call pest control services today.

Certain Bugs Can Even Harm You and Your Family
Certain bugs have vicious bites or painful stings that can harm anyone in your home. In addition to the physical pain, flies and other airborne bugs often carry diseases that can get you and your family sick, as well as ruin your food. Termite infestations can be so severe that they can cause serious structural damage that could potentially put your family in direct risk as well. Don’t let these pests harm your family in any way; call professional help today.

Infestations Lead to Overwhelming Stress
Your home should be a place where you and your family can just relax and not worry about a thing. If pests overrun your property, however, you won’t be able to enjoy your home, sleep, or even think about anything other than getting rid of these unwanted guests.

As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to protect both your family and your entire property from these annoying and potentially damaging bugs. Don’t wait until the damage is too severe, because you’ll end up spending much more on repairs than you want. Never forget the importance of pest control and talk to Bug Guardian Pest Prevention today.

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