Here are 5 common winter pests in Phoenix, Arizona

We’ve previously written about summer pests in Phoenix. However, just because temperatures are dropping as we enter winter doesn’t mean you can rest easy. There are multiple types of winter pests in Phoenix that you need to be aware of.

In this blog post, we’ll review five of the most common types of winter pests here in the Valley, and what you should do to deal with each of them.

The top 5 winter pests in Phoenix

Here are five of the most common winter pests in Phoenix. If you spot these creepy-crawlies, call Arizona’s Best Pest & Termite Services for professional pest prevention and treatment.

1. Spiders

Spiders are just one of the more common winter pests in Phoenix.Spiders seek out the warmth of your home during the winters here in the Valley. Many spiders are harmless. The cellar spider—commonly known as the “Daddy Long-Legs Spider” in the United States—is an example of a spider that poses no threat to humans, but is a predator to other insects. Unless you’re an arachnophobe, we recommend leaving them be.

The same is not true for two other species: the black widow and the brown recluse, both found here in Arizona. These spiders love to make their winter homes in Phoenix garages, attics, and other secluded spaces. As venomous species, both can pose a threat to you and your family.

If you spot either the black widow—one of the most recognizable spiders in the world—or the brown recluse, call Arizona’s Best Choice for service.

2. Ants

Ants are less active outside during the winter, as they tend to hibernate under the ground during the colder months. However, once inside your home, ants feel the warmth and begin to start their foraging behaviors. In this way, ants can be one of the more surprising winter pests in Phoenix.

A winter ant infestation is typically a sign that the colony is well-built and somewhere in close proximity to your home. Give us a call for a free pest inspection, and we’ll advise you on the best way to deal with the ants.

3. Termites

This is the big one. Winters in Phoenix, Arizona are termite season, as it’s when termites are most active. Elsewhere around North America, nightly frosts can claim the lives of entire termite colonies. However, the mild winter weather here in the Valley and the warmth of your home is enough for the termites to thrive and multiply.

Termites require immediate treatment from a professional team. Left to their own devices, drywood termites can damage or destroy your home. Look for the signs of subterranean termites in your home, and then give us a call for a free termite inspection.

4. Cockroaches

Cockroaches are primarily a summer pest in Phoenix. However, drawn in by the warmth of your home, they may also be seen in the winter in your house. Besides being completely disgusting, roaches carry a large number of microbial pathogens, including salmonella, streptococcus, and Staphylococcus.

If you suspect your home has roaches, call in our team—even in the colder months, roaches can multiply and become a big headache for you and your home.

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5. Small Rodents

Small rodents, such as mice and rats, are also active inside the house during the winters. These pests can seek shelter inside the house to avoid the cold. Much like roaches, rodents pose a health risk because of the different pathogens they carry. You need to be vigilant when the weather changes and temperature decreases.

Consider calling a pest control expert to eliminate the rodents from inside the house.

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Contact Arizona’s Best Pest for pest control services in Phoenix

For affordable and effective control of winter pests in Phoenix, Arizona, contact the team here at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. We have highly experienced and professional pest control experts who can eliminate all types of pests around the house.

To get in contact with us, call us at (480) 986-8500 or contact us online.

Here are six ways to ensure a pest-free home

Pests are gross. There’s little disagreement on that subject. You don’t want them in your house, period. In this blog, we’ll discuss six ways to help ensure that you have a pest-free home. Here are our tips:

#1. Keep your entire house clean

Pictured: Technician ensuring a pest-free home with pest treatment.The best and the most reliable way to get a pest-free house is to keep your home clean. An unclean and cluttered house can become an incubator for pests. Pests thrive in such conditions.

Make sure that you clean your house every day or every other day. Mop your floors with disinfectants weekly. Dry clean your carpets, rugs, and curtains every few months. Keep up with all these cleaning routines, and your home is less likely to face any pest problems.

#2. A clean kitchen increases your chances of a pest-free home

Kitchens are among the favorite places for pests to flourish and spread. Kitchens have a slightly higher temperature than the rest of the house, they have more moisture, and there is food there. All of these combine to give insects and vermin an ideal place to call home.

Don’t leave your kitchen cabinets and counters soggy or covered in food. Make sure that you are not leaving any unwashed dishes in your kitchen sink overnight because it will lead to infestation. Also keep all the food items in air tight jars in the kitchen. Cleaning all the clutter from your kitchen is also important because it will give pests fewer places to hide.

#3. Look out for cracks and openings

No matter how clean your house is, if there are even small cracks in and around your house, then the time is not far away when your house will be hosting unwanted guests. Make sure to seal and close all such openings, otherwise all your cleaning efforts will go in vain. Arizona’s Best Pest & Termite offers home sealing services.

#4. Take care of your pet’s health

Taking care of your pets is also an important, as well. Having them scheduled for regular veterinary appointments will help keep them free from any infestation. Some of these infestations could spread around the house and compromise your health, too.

In addition, don’t keep pet food in the open where it is easily accessible to pests.

#5. Dispose of garbage regularly

Pests love garbage. And if you are not disposing your household garbage daily, you are inviting rats, cockroaches, and more to come into your house. You don’t want that!

#6. Know when to wave the white flag and call Arizona’s Best Pest & Termite for a pest-free home

Even after doing all the preventive measures listed above, there’s still a chance that your house can get infested with pests. If you notice that usual do-it-yourself pest control techniques aren’t working, then it’s time to call a professional pest control company.

If you suspect you have pests, give our team a call. We offer free pest control inspections in the Phoenix metro area, and we can provide you with professional pest and termite control services. We have specialized treatments for a number of different pests.

Home sealing + Treatment = Say goodbye to pests

The treatments from AZ Best Pest are effective at eliminating pests. So is sealing your home. However, if you really want to ensure that pests get out and stay out, combining traditional pest control methods and pesticide with a home seal can make a real difference. In this post, your friends at AZ Best Pest explain how home sealing and regular treatment are a match made in heaven—a bug-free heaven, that is!

Arizona Home Sealing ServicePesticide treatment eliminates pests in your home

A traditional and well-known form of pest control, pesticide treatment is an effective way to kill pests that are in your home, from roaches and silverfish to crickets and ants. For predatory pests such as bark scorpions, using pesticide will kill off pretty supplies and encourage them to leave. Overall, insecticides are still a popular method of pest control for one reason: they work and help guarantee a pest-free future for your home.

That’s why AZ Best Pest uses Demand CS. Specially formulated for use by leading pest control agencies and companies, Demand CS is up to 200 times as powerful as your normal, run-of-the-mill pest control. Yet, it’s still safe for pets and children to be around after it dries. Demand CS is great for use in Arizona, since it’s especially resistant to UV rays and is formulated to stand up to even the most torrential downpours.

Our technicians thoroughly treat all areas of your home, including the exterior and interior. We get the places that are hard-to-reach, yet make perfect homes for pests. We use a combination of sprays and granules to target different types of pests.

Home sealing prevents re-entry

Home sealing involves having a pest control professional use caulking, weather stripping, wire mesh, and an assortment of other supplies and tools to “seal” off your home, blocking common pest entry points. In most cases, pests such as bark scorpions can squeeze between spaces as thin as a credit card. We’ll block those points of entry, but it’s also worth noting that most pests often find the easiest way in. In fact, they may even be “polite” enough to use the front door, waltzing in through a gap between the frame and the door itself.

Our 21-point home sealing process blocks these pest highways into your home, denying them access to what’s inside.

It’s all part of the AZ Best Pest process

With home sealing as your first line of defense and pest control as your second one, pests don’t stand a chance. Those already in your home and walls will succumb to the treatment, while new ones won’t be able to move in and take their place.

The best part? All of this is already included in the AZ Best Pest home sealing process! We not only seal your home’s entry points, but we also apply treatments throughout the interior and exterior, including in often-overlooked places such as the attic.

If you’re looking to give cockroaches, crickets, or scorpions the permanent boot, give AZ Best Pest a call. Our trained and experienced technicians can help you evict your unwanted residents with a combination of proven treatments.

Summer is the season for bugs—and pest control

Phoenicians have a lot to dread when summer rolls around. It’s the end of the Sonoran Desert’s beautiful weather, and temperatures begin to creep up into the triple digits. It’s the start of hot “grill-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk” days. Unfortunately, the heat also tends to bring out every insect conceivable. Arizona summers are officially scorpion season.

Don’t panic. While AZ Best Choice Pest Control can’t do much about the heat outside, we can help keep the pests confined outside of your home. Give us a call to schedule your free pest inspection from central Arizona’s pest control experts.

Scorpion Control PhoenixWhy do pests love summer so much?

Many different pests are less active in the winter. Creatures such as roaches and crickets enter your home seeking both food and water. In the summer, there is more competition for both, and other predators are present that chase them into your home.

During the winter, the Arizona Bark Scorpion, for example, enters hibernation. Joining about thirty other scorpions for warmth, these pests will find a warm place to nest for the season, and then emerge again in the summer. That’s not to say that you won’t find a stray scorpion here-or-there between September and April. It’s just not peak season.

What kind of pests can I expect to see in the summer?

Here are some of Arizona’s most notorious summer visitors:

  • Cockroaches
  • Crickets
  • Bees
  • Wasps
  • Bark Scorpions
  • Silverfish
  • Mosquitos
  • Flies
  • Ants
  • Termites (late summer, during the monsoon)

What’s effective at stopping insects?

The technicians at AZ Best Pest use a powerful, advanced treatment known as Demand CS. It’s 200 times more powerful than a store-bought pesticide, and it doesn’t break down under the strain of UV rays or when hit by rain. In fact, this treatment can bar insects from your home for an entire season.

How can I deal with scorpions in my home?

Give AZ Best Pest a call, and we will schedule a free home inspection with you to identify where scorpions may be hiding and how they can be dealt with. Unlike other pests, insecticides do not impact scorpions as much, beyond making them more sluggish and restrained in their movements. However, effective pest control that kills off the scorpion’s food supply of crickets, ants, and roaches in your home will also deter scorpions from entering, as will blocking their easy pathways.

az pest control 2What can I do for a better defense?

If you’re ready to stop the onslaught of pests that starts in May, talk to AZ Best Pest about our 21-step home sealing program. This process involves us inspecting your home and then sealing off all common entry points to the inside, such as doors, windows, and vents. For those who are truly serious about denying pests entry, combining a home seal with regular pest control and pest-prevention techniques will likely get the job done.

Who should I call?

When the heat is on—and so are the bugs—call AZ Best Choice Pest Control. We provide service to both the Phoenix metro area and Casa Grande. Our trained and experienced technicians have the skills and equipment needed to get the job done and kick insects and other pests out of your home. Schedule your free inspection with us today!

Home sealing can help lock pests out of the house

As the saying goes, your home is your castle. If so, then your castle might be under siege, day and night, by a host of pests looking to invade. From roaches and rodents to scorpions and spiders, these unwelcome guests aren’t the type to ring the doorbell. If there’s a way in, they’ll find it.

It’s time to fortify your defenses. A home sealing from AZ Best Pest can help you secure your keep, by closing off most of the pathways insects and pests use to get into your house. While you can’t completely shut away your house from the outside world—after all, you need oxygen—it’s a great step toward a pest-free home.

pest-control-scorpionsWhy get a home sealing?

You may not realize it, but your home—no matter how old—probably has minor imperfections. Small cracks in the foundation from the weight of the house settling. A front door that leaves a tiny gap. Deteriorating screens on exhaust vents. Sure, minor stuff to you. But, to the pests looking to march inside, it might as well be a superhighway.

When you let AZ Best Pest seal your home, we:

  • Dust all cracks and crevices prior to sealing.
  • Seal the Foundation.
  • Place insect monitors in the garage.
  • Seal the underside of door frames.
  • Seal underneath door thresholds.
  • Adjust weather stripping on doors.
  • Power dust attic space.
  • Seal around A/C lines.
  • Seal around A/C boxes.
  • Seal around Electrical boxes.
  • Seal around Cable boxes.
  • Seal around plumbing clean outs.
  • Seal around exterior plumbing entry.
  • Screen exhaust vents.
  • Power spray exterior.
  • Granulate perimeter and/or yard.
  • Dust block wall voids.
  • Dust & seal around plumbing under cabinets.
  • Dust exterior wall voids via switch plates.
  • Dust window tracks.
  • Dust cabinet false bottoms.

Why choose AZ Best Pest?

Our goal is to banish pests from your home—for good. If you find yourself counting scorpions instead of sheep to get to sleep, it’s time to give us a call.

Here are three other reasons to go with AZ Best Pest:

  1. We offer a free home sealing inspection: At no cost to you, we’ll come out to your residence and inspect your home for leaks and gaps, and provide you with a detailed analysis of where and how insects and other pests are getting into your home. Even if you don’t decide to use our services, we’ll still provide you with some tips and pointers for solving your pest problems.
  2. Our process involves 21 steps: We pride ourselves on being thorough, and leaving our customers with a pest-free residence. There are 21 different steps that form our home sealing service, and we make sure that all bases are covered.
  3. We offer multiple options for different budgets: Pests have already invaded my home, you think. Now, they’re going to cost me a ton of money. AZ Best Pest offers several home sealing plans, so you can choose how much you can spend. We’ll work with you to pick the home seal that’s best for your house and your budget.

If you’re interested in our home sealing services, schedule your free inspection with us online, or give us a call at (480) 426-8406.

Rodent Pest Control AZ to the Rescue

Rodent Pest Control AZ to the RescueThe term “Rodent” always means rats! These mammals are a constant companion of the human race. They live in small dark corners of our homes. They wait patiently until the coast is clear, and then they come out of hiding like ghosts to scavenge on food they can find. They are highly intelligent in terms of survival instincts and they almost never fail to find places where you may have hidden some goodies. Nonetheless, pest control AZ service always sniffs them out by taking advantage of their weakness.

There is nothing to shy away from if you freak out at the sight of rats. They do look creepy and sneaky. They are very fast as well, which is why most people get afraid of them and prefer to call in professional help. To add to the completely notorious reputation these creatures have, they spread a number of illnesses being carriers of several harmful microorganisms (particularly bacteria).

If you have even a single rat in the house, the best thing for you to do is call for help without wasting time. The more you put things off, the greater the chances that their numbers will increase. When this happens, living in your own home will become almost impossible because these mini companions will take control of your life by exploiting your fear of them. They will find a way to ruin your furniture, cloths and even steal your food.

If you have kids in the house, you would have to live a nightmare with constant fear and screams every now and then. You need to call professionals without further delay!

What Would the Professionals Do

What the professionals would do depends on the extent to which the rats have multiplied in your home. If they are in large numbers, the professionals may have to ask you to leave the house for a few days until they resolve the problem. They will likely use a mousetrap to catch the rat if it is just one. When there is more than one, the best approach would be to use fumigation agents. After they are certain that the eradication process was successful, they will help clean up so you do not have to see the mess.

Can You Do What They Do

Handling eradication of these creatures is not a good idea. Many people have tried, and failed because the approach you would take would not be foul proof. You need to know how to trace them, control them and then eradicate them, and professionals at the best pest control AZ Company undergo specific training for this.

Where to Shout for Help

Call Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services immediately you feel you have rodent problem. Help is a call away! Their helpline 480.986.8500 is always online, and professionals listen to you. They come over to your place whenever you call and help you eradicate them within no time, keeping your convenience and satisfaction as their number one interest.

Hiring Professionals for Pest Removal

You can face trouble from pests at home any time. One fine morning when you wake up and walk into the kitchen, you might find that the pipes in the kitchen have been damaged. You might find food substances spilled across the floor or see something unusual in your homes. These issues can be caused by pests. You need to find out remedies without wasting time in order to remove pests because it can become uncontrollable if prolonged. How to get the pests removed quickly? You can try out the common methods used by people to remove the pests from personal spaces first. However, this should be done only if the situation is totally under control. If you think there was too much damage suffered already, you should look for a pest control company without wasting any more time.

Look for options nearby
When you hire professionals to take care of any issue, the first thing that would expect from them is timely action. You would also want the cost incurred to be well under your budget. To get both these factors right when it comes to pest removal, look for options close to your home. When you do this, you will be able to walk in to the office in case you are in need of their services one other time after the schedules work is complete. You might need their help to discuss preventive measures or if the pests reappear. Another advantage of choosing an agency close to your home is that you will be able to discuss the process in detail before hiring them. You will be able to get details about the substances used for pest removal. You can check whether the materials used are approved by the local bodies in charge of environmental protection. When you step into the agency office, you can demand the documents that grant the agency permission to carry out the pest control services.

Search the web
Sometimes, the pest control agencies near your home might not be good enough. In such cases, the next best option before you is to browse through the internet. You will be able to find out agencies that deal with pest removal when you use the major search engines. You will also be able to get details of agencies that are specialized in each type of pests and rodents that are commonly found in the country. The home termite removal and cockroach expulsion for example are two entirely different processes and the specialists does it better. If you choose a good pest elimination company, you will be able get rid of all the pest related problems that you are facing. Ask the technicians visiting your home to take a look around your house to identify the intrusion points. Identifying the key entry points of pests will help you in avoid the infection in future.

When you hire professionals for pest removal, you will be able to get rid of the trouble and also avoid occurrence of similar issues in the future.

 

Points To Consider When Doing Pest Control

Are pests creating nuisance in your life? Have you finally decided to do pest control treatment and get rid of the problems caused from termites? Even if you are planning to consult pest control company or do it yourself, you have to keep certain points into consideration for getting the desired results. Scroll below and learn the points, which will help you do the pest or termite treatment properly.

Points To Consider When Doing Pest Control:
• If you are doing the pest treatment on the own, then make sure that you use the pesticides very carefully. It is important to read the instructions on the label carefully and also go through the safety instructions properly.

• Make a wise selection of pesticide when doing the treatment on the own. For instance, if the problem of pest is in your home, then only go for pesticides suitable for residential purpose. If you’ll pick up pesticides for commercial purpose, then it might raise certain toxic issues.

• In case, there is any leftover pesticide, then dispose the pesticide as well as container carefully & safely. For careful handling, go through the disposal instructions mentioned on the label.

• If you are consulting the pest control company, then make sure that it conducts proper pest and termite inspection and identify the source of origin. It is important to treat this problem from the core.

• Make sure that you do not overdo any treatment. If you think that if you’ll do the treatment twice, then it would be more effective, then this is a wrong perspective.

• Also, make sure that you do not overuse the pesticide. Overusing the pesticide can be harmful for the health of the residents.

• Never change the pesticide container. Also, never use the container of pesticide to stock other products, not even if it is washed several times. Just dispose the pesticide container.

Along with these, it is important to work on pest prevention methods by adopting certain habits. Some of them are:

• Make sure that you do not create a source of food, water or shelter for the pests at your home.

• No food item should be kept unopened. These should be properly stocked in the properly sealed containers (plastic or glass).

• Take special precautions when handling the garbage. It should be properly disposed of in tightly covered garbage bins.

• To stop the source of water for the pests & termite, make sure that there isn’t any water accumulation in or near the house. If there is any water leakage, then also it is important to fix it immediately.

• Do not make a stack of newspapers, magazines, or cardboards in the house. Such items become a source of shelter for the termites, pests or rodents.

• Immediately seal any crack or crevice in the cabinet or wall, if there, as these become the common place of shelter for the pests.

Valuable Tips To Keep Pests Away From The Kitchen

Kitchen is the most important area of a house and this is that part of the house that requires special maintenance & care. In most of kitchens it is found that pests are the most common problem that is found at this place and people search out for pest management team that can help in getting rid of them. If your kitchen is out of those, which is going with the problem of insects, it would be better to avail pest inspection services before it rises. And if you do not want insects to enter your kitchen then here are some of the tips by which pests are going to remain away from your pantry area:

•    Keep the area dry and moisture free
There are many insects that get attracted to the stagnant water. So if your kitchen has even little water standing on the corners or under the sink, clean it and make the area dry. Remember to make the area moisture free and have a look on the pipes that they do not leak or create suitable places for bugs to live in. This includes taking care of the places that includes garbage, damp recyclables, glasses of liquid, etc.

•    Boric acid is going to help a lot
The second method by which your kitchen area is going to keep pests away is with the help of boric acid. This acid is a flour and is very effective in killing the insects. All you need to do is to sprinkle this acid flour to the areas where you think pests can enter your kitchen. When pests will enter they will eat the mixture and die. If this acid is not available then you may buy its supplement i.e. Borax detergent, which is also used for the same purpose. It can be used directly or you can mix it with sugar or water, which is mostly searched by the insects.

•    Keep the garbage away
The next important tip is to keep the kitchen area clean and tidy all the time. Keep in mind that the garbage should not be collected in short intervals, which is mostly noticed in most of the kitchens. Some of the homes have separate bins in their pantry, which is essential but their care is also essential. Remember to clean it short intervals and throw the garbage more frequently from the slabs, etc.

Tips To Keep Your Home Away From Pests

Are you going through the problem of pests? Is your home near to the forest area which gives rise to increase of pests? Well, in this competitive life, one hardly gets any time for keeping their home termite or insect free but the fact is that this pest problem is the problem from which people want to get rid of. People are always in search of the methods by which insects or pests can stay away from their place. Here are several tips that help in keeping the home away from vermin:

•    Go for home inspection services frequently

With the help of home inspection one gets to know about his home and by what problem it is going with. One, who goes with the home inspection services, is the one who do not face the problem related with the pests or any insect. It is always beneficial to go with the home inspection services where one gets to know about the home and corners of the home where pests cannot be noticed. Inspection is not only done in homes, but also if you want to go with the inspection at commercial place then also you can avail the business pest services.

•    Seal up holes or cracks

The next tip that is going to make your home insect free is to seal up holes or cracks if there are any. Holes or cracks at your place can be the major points from where they enter the home. The best and effective way is to seal up the holes, which might be in the corners, or at the hidden points. Rodents, insects, scorpions, enter the place from where they can be away from the individual’s eyes. So, to avoid such situation make sure that there is no way for the insects to enter your place. You can also take help of insecticides, or pesticides, or sprays, which can stop them to enter.

•    Take the garbage out regularly

The third important point, due to which insects or rodents enter the house, is because of the garbage that is not thrown frequently. Keep in mind to get remove the garbage from the surroundings, as it is going to attract bugs. Insects are more prone to odors and even if we can’t smell the garbage, but they are going to smell it. If you are going with the problem of bugs then do empty your bins and try to maintain a healthy environment.