Here are 5 signs you have roof rats

Roof rats are a common pest throughout the Phoenix metro and Casa Grande. Their ability to easily travel from home to home makes this rodent a headache for homeowners. In this blog, we’ll review some of the signs you have roof rats — and when you need to call Arizona’s Best Choice for services.

#1. Half-eaten citrus around your home

One of the reasons that roof rats have flourished in the East Valley is because of the prevalence of backyard fruit trees, especially citrus trees. This provides the rats with a convenient food source close to warmth and shelter.

The rats typically will target the lowest hanging fruit—literally. They’ll eat oranges, lemons, and more that have fallen to the ground.

One of the most effective ways to determine if you have roof rats is to check the fruit that has fallen in your yard. If you’re noticing half-eaten fruit, or fruit with tiny bite marks in it, it might be a sign you have roof rats.

#2. You hear squeaking or scratching noises

Roof rats are generally not quiet pests. In the process of nesting, they’ll often make squeaking or scratching sounds. When it’s quiet at night, listen inside of your house.

If you hear noises that can’t be otherwise explained by your appliances, call Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite for a free pest inspection.

#3. Your pets are acting strangely

Take notes on the behavior of your pets. Both cats and dogs have far better hearing and noses than humans, and they’ll often detect the presence of roof rats in your attic before you do.

If they’re constantly staring up at the ceiling, seemingly barking or hissing at nothing, or are trying to get higher to smell, it could be a sign that something is up there worth checking out.

#4. You may see rat droppings

If you have roof rats, you may see rat droppings around your home, outside your home, or in your yard. These droppings may be near the dropped, eaten fruit mentioned in #1.

Reminder: rat droppings, urine, and nest can contain dangerous pathogens and bacteria that can make you very sick. So, keep your distance and call in the experts at Arizona Best Choice Pest & Termite Services.

#5. You may see the rats themselves

Roof rats are generally larger than common mice, and much of their diet—such as citrus and fruit dropped from trees—is found outside. That’s why many Valley homeowners find out they have roof rats by actually seeing one around their home, outside their home, or in a high place.

Call Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite for a free roof rat inspection

If you suspect that your Valley home has roof rats, contact us at Arizona’s Best Choice to schedule your free roof rat inspection. We’ll send one of our experienced techs out to your home to check for signs of roof rats and determine if further treatment is needed.

Here’s how a pigeon infestation can hurt your business

We may live in a city named after a bird of mythology, but the most common bird in the Valley is probably the pigeon. You can find these pests all over parking lots, businesses, and parks. They may look innocent enough, but they’re actually a public nuisance. A pigeon infestation is bad news for businesses, homes, vehicles, and more.

If you own a business in the Valley or in Casa Grande, you need a professional to inspect for pigeons and help you develop a plan for dealing with these pests. Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite offers pigeon control services. Contact us for a free inspection.

How a pigeon infestation impacts your business

Pictured: Pigeon infestation on a local rooftop here in the Valley.

Businesses should not take a pigeon infestation lightly. Here are some of the ways in which a pigeon infestation can hurt your business.

1. Pigeons create a perception that your business is dirty

This isn’t to say that pigeon droppings and nests aren’t dirty. But, perception matters here. Even if the pigeons are just on the roof or hanging out by your front door, their presence could send the wrong messages to your customers and employees about the cleanliness of your business.

Customers may be hesitant to park in front of your business. Your employees might think about parking elsewhere and walking to work. That’s a lot of trouble caused by some birds, and it’s why we recommend that you invest in some pigeon deterrence from Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services.

2. They can damage your property

Pigeons aren’t just a blight for sight. Their droppings are highly acidic, and can actually damage the roof of your business over time. “Sure, but I rent.” Yes, but all those droppings can smell and make your roof less effective at dealing with rain, leading to a whole host of other problems and damages to your business.

For example, it’s common for pigeons to build nests in exposed roof drains and gutters. These nests can cause a “dam” effect, blocking the effective removal of water from the roof after a summer monsoon. All that extra weight can cause problems for your roof—and, in extreme cases, even a collapse.

3. Pigeons can pose a serious health risk

Not many people know that pigeons are a source of several infectious diseases, including bronchiolectosis, hypoxia, peribronchial fibrosis, pulmonary cysts, to name just a few. Theses diseases are mainly spread to humans through contact with feather dust, dried bird droppings, and mites.

If your business serves or prepares food, this problem is even more pronounced. You simply cannot have a pigeon infestation and expect your business to be as clean as you’d like it. You’ll need professional pigeon removal services.

4. They can damage vehicle and building paint

Those acidic droppings we mentioned earlier? That same property means they can really damage the paint on vehicles and buildings, causing significant property damage for you and your customers if left unchecked.

Often, the biggest problem is company cars and vehicles, which are constantly on-site—and, therefore, a consistent target for pigeons. You spent thousands wrapping and branding your business’ vehicles. It’s not worth it to let a pigeon ruin all that.

Call Arizona’s Best Choice for help with your business’ pigeon infestation

Pigeons might seem innocuous enough. They certainly don’t have as much bad publicity as other pests found here in the Valley. But, if you’re a business owner, you need to be ready to deal with pigeons quickly and effectively. For that, you’ll want the help of the experts at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services.

We’re the best choice for pest control and pigeon control here in the Phoenix metro and in Casa Grande. Contact our team today to schedule your free pest inspection. We’ll help you develop a game plan for dealing with your pigeon problems.

The 5 best ways to avoid bed bugs this holiday season

Bed bugs are terrible. They can infest homes, motels, and even airplanes, traveling through luggage and clothing to new places to feed. In this blog, we’ll run through the 5 best ways to avoid bed bugs while you’re traveling for the holidays.

At Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite, we offer free bed bug inspections in the Phoenix and Casa Grande area. Contact us to schedule yours!

5 ways to avoid bed bugs infesting your home

1. Clean used furniture before bringing into your home

It’s a great feeling when you find that perfect couch, chair, or fabric-backed headboard for your bed at your local consignment store. However, buying used furniture could mean you’re getting something else thrown into the deal: bed bugs.

Avoid bed bugs like this one!

Bed bugs can hitch a ride on used furniture into your home, where they’ll spread to infect your home. If you do choose to buy used furniture that has any kind of fabric, thoroughly inspect it for bed bugs.

Keep your new piece in “quarantine”, in a garage or on a patio, separated from other pieces of furniture, carpet, and pet / human interaction. If you’re planning on reupholstering the piece, do that before you bring it into your home.

As a side note: used mattresses are typically a bad idea. Obviously, this is a popular place for bed bugs to hide, and buying a used mattress could be asking for trouble.

2. Read hotel and motel reviews

 

Bed bugs are natural hitchhikers, and their transit hubs to new places are hotels and motels. Bed bugs are the terror of the hospitality industry, and they should be: bed bugs can not only ruin your vacation, but ensure that your return home is just as awful.

Before you book your next hotel or motel stay, check out online reviews and see what people are saying.

  • If there’s multiple reviews alluding to the presence of bed bugs and no attempt to address these customer concerns, you should probably look elsewhere.
  • If there’s only one review that mentions bed bugs, and the hotel has responded and provided follow-up, they might be okay. You can call the hotel and ask about the precautions they take to prevent bed bug infestations.

Always check your hotel bed for bed bugs before getting into it, putting clothing on it, or opening your luggage.

A final note: the price of the hotel has little to do with its chances of having bed bugs. Often, a high-end hotel is just as likely to have or not have bed bugs as a chain motel. Bed bugs cut across class lines!

3. Put your luggage on watch

If you’re a frequent traveler, your risk of bringing home bed bugs goes up significantly. You need to develop a routine for handling your luggage and laundry when you return home to avoid bed bugs. Try this:

  1. Pack your garments into plastic bags inside of your suitcase to prevent any potential cross-contamination.
  2. Without bringing them into any other space of your home or mixing them with other clothes, immediately throw your clothes from the trip into the wash when you get home, and wash them on the highest heat setting possible.
  3. If you have an extra space freezer in your garage that your suitcase fits into, you can always freeze your luggage to kill off any remaining bed bugs (or bacteria!). Two hours of 23 degree temperatures or lower will eliminate any bed bugs.
  4. If you don’t have that freezer, you can hand wash your suitcase with hot water and a brush. Inspect for bed bugs as you go.

These steps might seem extreme, but, for the frequent traveler, they’re a way of ensuring that bed bugs don’t infest your home when you return.

4. Be careful when using shared laundry facilities

If you use a laundromat, be cautious of the risk of bed bugs. The hot water of a washer and the heat of a dryer can kill bed bugs, but the risk of cross-contamination comes when people are transferring laundry or folding it to be put away.

5. If you suspect you have bed bugs, call in the pros!

This one’s important. If you have even a sneaking suspicion that your home, bed, or furniture has bed bugs and that they’ve gotten past your defenses, you need to call a professional pest control company. Here in Phoenix and Casa Grande, that’s us here at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services.

Avoid bed bugs with our tips and our help!

Our technicians are bed bug control experts, and we offer free bed bug inspections here in the Valley and Casa Grande. If you need us to check for bed bugs in your home, call us at (480) 986-8500 or contact us online.

Hotel pest control: 5 pests and how to deal with them

There’s nothing that hurts the bottom line of any hotel, motel or bed-and-breakfast quite like a pest infestation. Guests expect a clean, safe environment. Any pest problems, and it’s not just them who won’t be rebooking—your online reviews will take a hit, as well. That’s why hotel pest control is important.

Hiring professionals to handle your lodging pest control needs is equally important. In this blog, we’ll run through the top pest problems that plague hotels and motels, and why experts are best trained and equipped to handle them.

Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services is your top choice for effective commercial pest control in Phoenix and Casa Grande. To schedule service for your business, contact our team.

Hotel pest control matters5 most common pests in hotels and motels

Just like homes, hotels and commercial businesses can have all manner of pest problems. Here are the top-5 pests that you need to look out for and get hotel pest control to deal with:

Bed bug infestation

There’s no two ways about it: bed bugs are the most dreaded pests in hotels and motels. Nothing will kill your business faster or expose you to greater legal liability than bed bugs. Nothing will ruin your reputation faster—even if the extent of the actual infestation is limited.

Your team should regularly be spot-checking beds, furniture, and more for bed bugs. We recommend giving us a call for both preliminary and post-discovery bed bug inspections and treatment.

Bed bugs can spread from room-to-room faster than you’d think, and you don’t know the true extent of the problem until you have a professional inspect your rooms. If you close your eyes and hope the problem goes away, you’re heading for disaster.

Rodents (mice and rats)

Rodents like to be where warmth, humans, and food are. Hotels and motels are the juncture of all three. Rodents are not just gross (although they totally are) or disease-carriers (although they totally are), but they can also cause property damage and bigger problems. Rats and mice living in walls have been known to chew through electrical cords and start fires.

Our team can set up discrete traps after our preliminary inspection, and work with you on a defined plan for getting rid of all rodents and preventing re-infestation. This will likely include a mixture of traps, blocking entries, and perhaps changes to how trash and food waste is disposed at your hotel.

Prevent a cockroach infestation

They’re disgusting. If a guest finds one of these in their room, you can expect to receive a very angry call or perhaps worse. The guest is well within their rights: cockroaches represent a great health threat. They carry a large number of deadly pathogens that can cause serious diseases.

Roaches in a home are one thing, since the factors that led to their proliferation can be tightly controlled by the homeowner. However, in a hotel setting, they’re very difficult to get rid of without the intervention of a professional. That’s because guests often eat and drink in their rooms, and there are plenty of places for roaches to hide and breed.

Arizona’s Best Choice can help you get rid of your roach problems with a series of traps, treatments, and advice on how to eliminate the roach’s food supply.

Get rid of the flies

Most hotel owners and managers probably wouldn’t put flies on their top list of pests that they think of needing to deal with. However, flies are a big hassle for guests, and eliminating them is important. However, traditional means of elimination—such as fly swatters and flypaper—aren’t going to “fly” with your guests.

We have multiple means of helping you get rid of flies for good. In addition to our treatments, we’ll suggest plants and ways to discourage flies from hanging around your rooms, lobby, and common areas.

Termite Prevention

Most guests aren’t going to notice termites. However, your entire property could be endangered by a termite infestation, ruining your investment and possibly even leading to you needing to close the hotel to have repairs made. That’s a lot of lost revenue and spent cash on dealing with a problem that can be prevented with effective termite control.

Just like we do for property management companies, we can help your hotel manage your termite treatment needs. We use an effective treatment and back our work with a warranty. Our team is thorough. It’s one of the most effective ways of dealing with termites.

For hotel pest control, call us

It’s important that you handle things right with your guests. Trust, communication, honesty, and doing the right thing by your guests goes a long way. So does corrective action, which is why it’s so important to call in the professionals as soon as possible.

Here in Phoenix and Casa Grande, Arizona, Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite is, well, the best choice out there for commercial pest control and hotel pest control services. Our highly trained and professional technicians have years of experience working with hotels and motels.

Get started with an estimate and a bid. Contact us today, or give us a call at (480) 986-8500.

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.

Go beyond weed killer with our weed services

Weeds: Nothing is quite as capable of destroying your weekend than having to sit out in the yard and yank these pesky plants out of the ground. Weed killer only works sometimes, and they seem to crop up soon after they are ripped apart from the ground.

Pictured: Weed killer and pulling weeds only does so much.

However, proper weed control is essential. Weeds suck important nutrients from the ground needed by other plants. Left untreated, weeds soon spread over the entire lawn.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss why you should call us at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite services for effective weed services. For a free weed inspection, call us at (480) 986-8500 or contact us online.

Why you need to deal with weeds (with more than just weed killer)

Against a wide variety of weeds, your average store-bought weed killer doesn’t stand a chance. You have two choices: you can break your back pulling weeds out of your yard every weekend, or you can treat weeds like the pests they are by calling us. We have solutions for weeds that get rid of them for good.

Here are three big reasons why you should take weeds seriously:

#1. Weeds can destroy your yard (and the environment)

The impact of a weed infestation in your yard go far beyond just having an upset HOA fine you—although that happens, too! In fact, weeds can destroy your yard’s beauty, reducing it to an embarrassing dead patch. Here’s why.

One of the things that makes weeds so successful is that they are competitors. They have evolved specifically to fight for space and the right to grow and thrive. For plants, that means having access to water, nutrients, and sunlight.

Weeds are ruthless in this regard. They aggressively steal nutrients from the soil needed by your grass, trees, or bushes. They soak up water, denying it to the other plants. And, given enough time, they grow tall enough to choke off their competitors from sunlight, killing them and leaving more of everything for themselves.

Here in Arizona, many yards make use of native plants, including cacti, palo verde trees, and more. Unlike invasive weed species—including Prickly Acacia, Gorse, Mesquite, and Parkinsonia—they’re not built for that level of competition. They need help.

#2. Weeds can provide safe harbor for pests

A weed invasion changes the balance of ecological communities. Birds, lizards, and native insects are not able to thrive in a weed-filled environment, while other, hardier survivors succeed in their absence. Without birds or lizards to keep them in check, crickets, ants, and roaches profligate.

In this way, a weed infestation can actually trigger a different kind of pest infestation in your home.

#3. Some weeds can trigger allergies

Not many people know that weeds can also adversely affect human health. Certain weed species—such as Ragweed, Parthenium Weed, Privet, and Ryegrass—can cause respiratory issues and asthma, particularly in senior individuals and children. Others trigger allergies in the spring, making your life miserable. You need weed control.

Store-bought weed killer often isn’t enough

Now that we’ve reviewed some of the things that make weeds a serious problem, let’s turn our attention to dealing with the said problem.

Here’s the bad news: if you’re relying on store-bought weed killer to get the job done, you might need to keep waiting. Weed killer is treating the symptom. To treat the disease, you need the advice and tools of a professional weed control specialist at Arizona’s Best Choice.

Our certified technicians have experience dealing with all kinds of weeds. We know where to spray, how to spray, and what to do to kill weeds without ruining your yard or negatively impacting the environment.

When it comes to weeds, trust the experts.

Call Arizona’s Best for weed killing and removal services

Here in the Valley, the best choice for weed killer services is Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. Our professional team consists of Arizona-certified technicians who are licensed, bonded and insured.

To get started with your FREE weed control inspection, 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.

Tips for dealing with a rat infestation

How to deal with a rat infestation in your home

Mice and rats can be a real source of trouble for your home.

Rats are a great nuisance when inside the house. The little creatures do major damage to houses. They gnaw at home furnishing, internal structures, insulation, and wiring. Also, these rodents also pose a health concern as they are known to carry over 70 diseases–some of which can even kill humans.

If you are facing a rat problem inside your house, the following five tips will help in dealing with these rodents.

1. Don’t go out and adopt a cat as a solution to your rat infestation

Yes, cats are great hunters and the natural predator of rats, mice, and other rodents. The symbiotic relationship between cats and humans over the course of human history is in part built on the cat’s ability to keep our grain silos and homes free of mice.

However, cats that catch mice and rats—known as “mousers”—live far shorter lives than those that don’t. There’s a reason for that. Mice and rats are disease-carriers, so when your cat catches a rat, there’s a chance of infection. Or the passage of ticks. Or for the cat to ingest poison that the rat has consumed at some point. Plus, a cat will only be able to do so much, as rats in walls—where they nest and produce successive generations—are out of their reach.

If you adopt a cat, do so because you’re looking for a lovable companion. Leave the “mouser” duties to a professional pest control technician.

2. Instead, start by cleaning your house

Trash and clutter are the best friends of rats living in your home. They love clutter of all kinds, as it provides them the perfect hiding place and it’s warm bedding to bring back to nests. Start by de-cluttering your home. Make sure that the kitchen, attic, closets, and the basement are clean.

Also, you should empty trash cans in the kitchen and bathroom on a regular basis. That’s part of our next tip.

3. Eliminate their food sources

One of the preferred tactics of generals and commanders in a war is to cut off the enemy’s supply lines. You can also apply this tactic in your war against rats. Eliminating the food source will impact the desire of the rats to hang around in your house.

You should also avoid giving the rats a reason to stay around your house and dump all of your accumulated garbage immediately. Also, you should consider placing a lockable lid on the garbage can. This will prevent easy access for rats to their food source.

4. Don’t use cheap rat poison

The cheapest way to deal with a rat problem is to use rat poison. However, this is not an effective way to eliminate rats from inside the house. It rarely actually solves the problem, and can often make things worse. In fact, apart from the horrible smell, it can pose a health concern as rats can die in hard to reach areas. We don’t think we need to elaborate on how horrible that can be.

5. Instead, contact your local experts at Arizona’s Best Choice

The most effective pest control strategy with a rat infestation is to call in the rodent control experts at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. We have experience in removing and eliminating rats in a safe, quick, and effective manner.

True pest control professionals, our team knows all of the effective techniques that can get rid of your rat infestation once and for all.

Call Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite for help with a rat infestation

If you are facing any kind of rodent problem in the Phoenix metro area, call Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. We have a team of qualified and experienced pest control experts who can quickly eliminate rats inside the house. You can count on our experts to do a professional job in clearing your house from all kinds of rodents and pests.

Here’s how to prevent (and eliminate) a cockroach infestation

How to Prevent and Eliminate Cockroach InfestationDo you have cockroaches? The best thing to do is to give the professionals at Arizona Best Choice Pest & Termite Services a call at (480) 986-8500. Then, keep reading to learn more about steps you can take to eliminate a cockroach infestation.

All about cockroaches

If you haven’t seen a cockroach before, consider yourself lucky.

Cockroaches are reddish-brown pests that predate humans and have been in existence in their current form for more than 70 million years. Infamously, many scientists believe they could even survive nuclear war. Given this, cockroaches shouldn’t be underestimated.

Roaches are not just a mere nuisance. They also contribute to deadly diseases. The pests carry millions of infectious agents that can lead to different diseases ranging from food poisoning to diarrhea. The insect can carry salmonella, which causes food poisoning. Studies have found that incidences of food poisoning dropped once the cockroaches were eliminated from the house.

Here we will share some tips that can help prevent and eliminate cockroach infestation in the house.

1. Place cockroach baits

You should place cockroach baits in places where they tend to thrive, such as under the sink, near the drains, and in corners of your kitchen. Once the roaches eat the bait, they will die a slow death. Also, they will infect the colony through their droppings.

The bait should be placed close to the area where the roaches will eat, so it can be taken back to the colony. You can buy commercial baits in the store.

Also, you can make homemade bait by mixing one part powdered boric acid, one part white sugar, and one part white flour. The flour and sugar will attract the nasty little pests while the boric acid will prove to be fatal for them. You should apply the powdered bait under the refrigerator, behind drawers and cabinets, and even under your stove.

Truthfully, both homemade and store-bought baits have a limited ability to take out a hardy cockroach infestation. For that, give Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services a call.

2. Set cockroach traps

Cockroach traps are commonly available in stores. There are many different types of traps. The traps simply lure the insects inside and then block the exit. Keep in mind that you can use the traps to capture only a few of the insects—they are not effective in exterminating colonies. Similar to baits, you should place the traps near the place where they congregate.

3. Fix water leaks

Cockroaches thrive near water sources. They can live months without food, but only days without water. You should look for leaks inside the house and fix them instantly. The roaches will most likely eat your baits once the source of water has been eliminated.

4. Cover the trash can

Trash cans are the favorite eating spot for roaches. To avoid a cockroach infestation, you should keep the trash can lid closed. Also, it’s advisable that you use a separate trash can for discarded food items. Furthermore, you should not let trash sit in the can for too long, and dispose it regularly.

5. Contact us for help with a cockroach infestation

The most effective ways to exterminate cockroaches from the house is to call reputable pest control experts. Professional exterminators use safe and effective measures to reduce pest infestation from the house. Experienced professionals will offer guarantees of the work so that you can rest at ease that your money will not be wasted.

In case, you want professional help in removing cockroach infestation in Phoenix, AZ or the surrounding areas, contact us: Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services.

Here’s how you can help prevent pest infestations in your home

How to Prevent Pest Infestations inside the HousePests. They’re something no one wants in their home. If you’re someone who wants a pest-free home, it’s essential that you declare war on the pests and make your house a no-entry zone for those pesky creatures.

In this article, we have listed three essential preventive pest control strategies that can ensure that pests do not have a chance to invade your house.

1. Keep a keen eye out for pests—and think about where they might be

In order ensure that your house does not become a home for pests, keep a close eye on the exterior and interior of the house. Examine entry points inside the house from the front yard and the backyard. You will have a greater chance of preventing pest infestation inside the house if you stop them in their tracks.

Bathrooms are the prime entry point of rodents and cockroaches. These pests make way through the drains and pipes of the house. Another place you should keep an eye for pests is the kitchen. Here, ants will often make colonies remain close to the food source.

The garage is the prime spot for cockroaches, mice, and spiders. Pests such as mosquitoes and termites that love dark and moist places can be found in the basement and the attic. Lastly, the yards could become the home for bees, wasps, mosquitoes, and ants. They tend to build their nests around flowers and grass near the home.

2. Take preventative measures

Apart from keeping a close watch on the pests, it’s also important to take precautionary measures to prevent pest infestations. Consider keeping the rooms clean at all times to avoid making an ideal home for pests who scavenge human crumbs. Clean and dry rooms signal to the dirty pests that they are not welcome inside the house.

Sealing the access points is another way to prevent pest infestations. Consider sealing cracked siding, fascia, and soffits. Also, the space around the doors and windows should be sealed to prevent entry of the pests. This is one of the most effective forms of pest control, and that’s why we offer home sealing services.

3. Schedule a free pest and termite inspection with us!

Remember: you can’t always detect or prevent every pest infestation. Sometimes, by the time that you have discovered the pest infestation, they will have caused irreparable damage. Or, the pests you’re looking for—such as termites—can be difficult to find and detect. You need to call in an expert.

Our technicians have experience in detecting the trails that are left behind by the pests. We take quick and effective measures minimizing the damage done by the pests. Best of all? We offer free pest inspections in the Phoenix and Casa Grande areas. Call us to schedule yours today!

Arizona’s Best Choice can help you prevent pest infestations in your home

If you want the help of professional pest control experts in Phoenix and Casa Grande, Arizona, contact us. We have highly experienced and courteous technicians who can take quick and effective measures deal with all kinds of pest problems.