Here are 6 tips for dealing with a rat infestation

A rat infestation is not only gross, but is also a dangerous nuisance. Left unchecked, they can do major damage to your house by gnawing at home furnishing, internal structures, insulation, and wiring. Beyond that, they’re known to carry more than 70 diseases—some of which can be easily transmitted to humans.

Here in Phoenix, homeowners most often deal with roof rat infestations on their property. However, whether you have roof rats or other types of rodents, keep reading. We’ll review 6 rodent control tips for dealing with a rat infestation in your home or on your property—and when you need to call in the experts here at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services.

Do you have a rat infestation?

Have reason to think you might have roof rats or other types of rodents in your home? Check out our latest infographic to learn more about the best ways to deal with a rodent infestation. Then, call us for a free pest inspection here in Phoenix and Casa Grande.


Call a pest control expert when you need help with a rat infestation.How do you prevent a rat infestation?

The key to preventing rats from moving in is to deny them shelter and sustenance. Let’s review how you can go about making your home an undesirable place for rats to live.

Denying rats food or water

Rats are hardy survivors who can eat just about anything to survive. This has allowed them to cohabitate alongside humans for thousands of years. Completely denying rats access to food is difficult. However, that doesn’t mean you have to make it easy for them, either. There are two common sources of food here in the Valley that these rodents just love:

  • Fallen citrus fruit: Here in the Valley, we’re famous for our backyard citrus trees that flourish due to our warm climate. Yet, fallen citrus is a highly nutritious and appealing food for rats.
  • Outdoor cat and dog food: As it turns out, the food that your dog and cat love is also loved by most rats. When food bowls are placed outdoors, it’s an easy target for a hit-and-run. Think of this as a rat drive-thru lane.

By picking up fallen citrus and removing pet food as soon as your pets are done eating, you have eliminated two easy sources of food for rodents. Rats are opportunists: if they have to work hard to find food around your home, chances are that they’ll pick an easier target somewhere else. After all, the Valley has no shortage of citrus trees.

Denying rats shelter

Rats also need a place to hunker down where they’ll be protected from predators and can raise their young. Roof rats, infamously, use overhanging branches to get onto the roof and then into the attic through its weep holes and vents. Other rats use dark, quiet backyard spaces—piled lumber, neglected storage sheds, and old sitting vehicles—as their base of operations. Overgrown bushes and shrubs can also present ample shelter for rats. Rats are nocturnal: give them a place to hide during the day, and they’ll be content to come out at night looking for food.

So, if you want to prevent an infestation, deny these rodents safety and shelter. Clean up your backyard and storage sheds so that there’s nowhere left to hide. Trim down bushes to deny rats shade. In your roof, make sure that your weep holes and vents are sealed with strong wiring that allows air and moisture to continue moving, but blocks rats from getting inside.

What are the warning signs of an infestation?

Here are some of the potential signs of a rat infestation:

  • Sightings: In most cases, a single rat isn’t a one-off. It could mean there are more rats around your property. Rats do their best to avoid humans and their pets, so outdoor cameras—especially motion-sensing ones—are ideal for catching them in the act.
  • Half-eaten citrus: If you notice that your fallen citrus is all half-eaten, it could be a sign of rodent activity in your yard. Some birds also consume citrus fruit, but rarely with the voraciousness of a family of rats.
  • Pets on alert: Your dog or cat has better hearing and a sense of smell that you do. If your pets are acting strangely and have their attention fixated on the ceiling of your home, it could be something they sense in your attic.
  • Noises: Of course, not all rat-related sounds are beyond the range of human hearing. As rats tussle and scratch around in an attic, you can often hear it on a quiet night. Listen carefully, and you may even hear the telltale squeaks of rats or mice.

What should you do if you have rats?

Call in the experts

A rat infestation is rarely solved by a do-it-yourself approach. In fact, 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.

Have your home professionally sealed

Home sealing is an effective way of blocking pests—including rodents—from getting into your home. Home sealing is especially helpful with rodents because, as resourceful as they can be at times, there are only so many spaces a rat can fit through to get into your home. Contrast that with another common Phoenix pest, the Arizona Bark Scorpion, which can squeeze into spaces the width of a credit card.

By having a pest technician seal under windows and doors, replace mesh at weep holes, and advise you on other steps, you can block easy access to your home for rats. Denied easy access, food, and shelter, rats will probably eventually move on.

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.

Clean your home

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.

What should you not do?

Don’t adopt a cat thinking it will solve your rat problems

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.

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.

If you do need to clean up a dead rat, be sure to follow the safety guidelines in this article. Most disease transmission between rats and humans occurs when a homeowner touches or gets near a dead rat without proper protection.

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 our team at 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 are the signs of a flea infestation in your home

A flea infestation typically begins when the insects jump on a pet while outside and the animal unwittingly brings them inside. Fleas are parasites that feed on blood. Given the choice, they prefer to bite animals such as cats or dogs. Nevertheless, if your home is infested with this type of pest, you are also at risk of bites.

Bites from fleas are irritating to people and pets alike. Though the risk is small, they may also transmit diseases to humans. It is important to be able to recognize the signs of an infestation and contact us so that we can treat it as soon as possible.

What are the signs of a flea infestation?

Flea bites

Fleas themselves are very tiny insects, measuring only a fraction of an inch. They prefer to bite when their victims, whether canine, feline, or human, are at rest. They can live on the backs of cats or dogs unnoticed because they are small enough to hide within the fur. They can also hide in areas around the home. Therefore, you may notice their bites on yourself, your family, or your pets before you see the fleas themselves.

Flea bites have some similarities with mosquito bites, and it is easy to confuse the two. Nevertheless, unlike mosquito bites, flea bites do not swell up. While mosquito bites are typically isolated, flea bites occur in clusters. Flea bites may bleed more than mosquito bites and then scab over. Rarely, flea bites can cause allergic reactions, such as rashes or hives. More often, they cause itchiness, and sometimes pain or soreness.

Unusual pet behavior

Dogs and cats can bring a flea infestation into your home from the outside.

Dogs and cats can bring a flea infestation into your home from the outside.

Unfortunately, dogs and cats cannot communicate directly with their owners that they feel itchy and uncomfortable. However, pets can convey to humans that they might have fleas by their behavior.

  • The following are behavioral signs that your pet may have fleas:
  • Unusual restlessness
  • Head shaking
  • Frequent scratching, biting, or licking themselves

A flea infestation can also cause hair loss in cats and dogs. You may notice red skin occurring in unusual patches. If you notice signs like this from your pet, you should conduct an inspection of your pet’s fur with a fine-tooth comb and a bowl of soapy water in which to drop any fleas you find. The soap will kill the fleas.

Eggs or flea dirt

You should check your pet’s bedding and your furniture for flea eggs. These are very tiny, with the appearance of small particles similar to salt and pepper.

You may also notice black or reddish-brown specks on the skin of your cat or dog, as well as in areas where your pet spends a lot of time resting. The common term for this is “flea dirt,” but it actually consists of the insects’ feces.

One way to be sure whether the specks are flea dirt is to expose them to water. Flea dirt turns red in water because it consists mostly of blood that the insects have digested after biting their hosts.

Have our team treat the flea infestation in your home

Once you know you have an infestation, treating fleas becomes necessary. It is not only your home’s interior that may be infested, but your yard as well. Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services offers flea treatment as part of the residential pest control services we offer, both inside and out. today for more information.

Here are the 10 qualities of a great pest control company

Are you in need of a great pest control company? It can be intimidating and frustrating when you know you have a problem with pests but are unsure of what companies you can trust. When searching for a pest control service, there are things you should be looking for and expecting. In this article, we’ll review the 10 qualities of a great pest control company and how the team at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services meets that standard.

10 qualities of a great pest control company

1. Current license and insurance coverage

The first thing any reputable pest control service should have is a current license and insurance coverage. The chemicals used in this profession require specialized training and understanding to avoid any unnecessary harm. Also, full insurance coverage is necessary to protect you from liability.

2. Knowledgeable technicians

Next, a technician should be able to talk about the pests in your home or property and educate you on how to prevent further issues. Also, they should be able to explain why their choice in treatment will be effective.

3. Trained technicians

It is not enough for a person to simply work for a pest control service. A true technician will be trained and certified as a technician, which shows a certain level of expertise beyond a mere employee.

When you consider the qualities of a great pest control company, you'll realize our team has them in spades!4. Excellent reputation and references

Also, a company should have an excellent reputation and be able to provide several references with contact information. However, you can also check a company’s reputation through service review sites and possibly the Better Business Bureau.

5. Experience

While pest control businesses seem to pop up every day, you should find a company with some experience. Also, it is helpful to find a brick-and-mortar business, rather than just a website. Building and experience show a level of investment and success of the enterprise.

6. Inspections and assessments

Next, most pest control services should provide inspections and assessments of your property before specifying a plan for pest removal. While discussing hypothetical solutions is one thing, it is nearly impossible to recommend a plan of action without first seeing the premises.

7. Custom plan

Every property is different, and every infestation is different, which means that each project should include a custom plan. If a service attempts to present a one-size-fits-all solution, then you should be cautious of the business.

8. Availability and flexibility

Pest control services must be available and flexible to suit the needs of clients. You never know when a pest problem may arise, which means it is impossible to put a strict schedule on response times and efforts. Always look for companies that prioritize your business and needs.

9. Follow-up and follow-through

A reputable pest control company is about more than removal. Control means that a business should help to educate clients about future prevention and should also help to install preventative measures before leaving the property.

10. Promises and guarantees

Last, any pest control companies worth their salt should offer promises and guarantees for their services. If you happen to experience a resurgence in an infestation, you should not have to pay more, especially if the original problem wasn’t resolved.

Are you looking for a high-rated pest control company? If so, then contact Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services for a free pest inspection and consultation.

Avoid bringing a bed bug infestation home with you this fall

For years, the common nursery rhyme and bedtime saying, “Don’t let the bedbugs bite!” probably felt like a relic of a day long past. Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, bed bug cases were rare. Unfortunately, bed bugs have made a big comeback in recent years. As certain harmful pesticides were banned and the bugs gained more resistance to the ones that remained, bed bugs took advantage of being forgotten about to spread throughout the United States. As it once did many decades ago, the idea of a bed bug infestation strikes fear into the heart of any homeowner today.

Unlike roaches, rodents, and many other types of pests, bed bugs typically do not infect homes by coming in from the outside environment. Instead, they rely on humans to unknowingly transport them to new feeding grounds. If you want to avoid a bed bug infestation this fall, you need to take action to avoid carrying them and call in a pest professional if you suspect you have accidentally brought them into your home.

With the right precautions, most homeowners can avoid transmitting a bed bug infestation into their home.

For most homeowners, the idea of a bed bug infestation is terrifying. However, by following our travel tips, you can greatly reduce your risk of bringing bed bugs into your home.

Why is fall a critical time for bed bug transmission?

There’s a lot of travel happening in the fall. In the early part of the season, homeowners are returning from late summer vacations where they stayed in different hotels, potentially exposing their belongings to bed bugs. Students are headed to college dorms and then back home to do their laundry (we’ve all been there, right?), and bed bugs can hitch a ride in those dirty socks and college tees. As the season progresses, business travel picks up and the holidays arrive. Thanksgiving travel and accommodations are an ideal opportunity for bed bugs to find new homes.

Bed bug cases then typically reach their peak during the winter and the holiday season, where travel is at its highest.

Be bed bug smart

When traveling, keep these tips in mind, and you’ll greatly reduce your chance of transmitting an infestation back to your home:

  • Rethink your assumptions: Many people make the mistake of thinking that bed bugs are only present in dirty, rundown motels. Unlike roaches, however, bed bugs have little preference for cheap motels versus 5-star hotels. If there are beds and humans they can draw blood from, bed bugs are open to colonizing that space.
  • Check the hotel bed: Before you sit, lay down, or put any luggage on the bed, perform a bed bug check. Lift the mattress and look underneath for bed bugs, which are typically near the head of the bed. Pull back the sheets and look for any dark red spots. If there are any bed bugs, signs of bed bugs, or something doesn’t feel right, talk to hotel management and request a new room.
  • Quarantine your personal items: Most bed bugs hitch a ride in luggage and dirty clothes. When staying in a hotel, keep your luggage elevated on a hard surface, such as a luggage rack, a dresser, or a table.
  • Purge when you return: It’s a good habit to immediately wash and dry your clothes directly from the suitcase when you get home. Avoid bringing the luggage or any of the clothes onto carpet, furniture, or beds until the clothes have been exposed to 30 minutes in the dryer on a heated setting.

What should you do if you suspect you have bed bugs?

An unwelcome hitchhiker can quickly become a bed bug infestation in your home. If you suspect that you have brought home bed bugs with you, you’ll want to call our team immediately. We offer free bed bug inspections here in the Valley. If the infestation is caught early, the bed bugs can be quarantined to a specific part of your home, which limits the disruption of bed bug treatments.

Don’t try to fight a bed bug infestation on your own. Bed bugs are a relatively hardy pest that is well-adapted to life with humans. Without the help of a professional, treating bed bugs will feel like playing a game of “whack-a-mole” at the local arcade—you’ll think you’ve dealt with the infestation only to find bed bugs popping back up in a new part of your home. This can induce a state of panic and paranoia for homeowners. It’s just not worth it.

Again, if you think your home might have a bed bug problem, you’ll want to call in the experts. Here in Phoenix and Casa Grande, the team at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services offers free bed bug inspections, and we’re known Valley-wide for our expert, effective bed bug treatment. Give us a call today!

Here’s what to do if your home has an ant infestation

Usually, ants aren’t very threatening, yet they can be an extreme nuisance to homeowners. An ant infestation can be very difficult to treat and eradicate completely from your home and property . In this article, we will discuss how to prevent ant infestations from happening in the first place, and how to treat them should they happen.

If you are having ant problems and are dealing with an ant infestation, call the local experts here in Phoenix and Casa Grande. Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services is ready for help!

Trust a professional pest control technician and company to handle your ant infestation here in Phoenix, AZ.What kind of ants are there here in Arizona?

First, let’s start with a list of the kinds of ants that could possibly invade your Phoenix home. These include:

  • Carpenter Ants
  • Pavement Ants
  • Fire Ants
  • Thief Ants
  • Pharaoh Ants

If ants have already invaded your home this summer, your next step as a responsible homeowner should be to call Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. We are your best option for getting rid of an ant infestation. Unfortunately getting rid of the ants is not always an easy fix.

An important fact to keep in mind is that ants are social insects, so once one ant enters your home, the other ants in the colony will follow. Also, once they are inside of your home, there is a very little chance that they will go away on their own.

Here are a few things you should ask yourself when dealing with an ant infestation:

Why do you have an ant problem?

There are a number of reasons why ants would want to enter your home, but most of the time they are searching for food. Your home just happens to be close to where the queen decided to establish her colony. Just like people, ants need to eat to survive. They also have to provide a food source for their young. It’s an impartial, unemotional decision on their part: it’s not like they are looking to cause you and your family distress.

If there is an easy food source in the form of food on the floor, counters, or in the dog bowl, your home can be a candidate for an ant colony. In contrast to being outside, ants inside are protected from predators and from the elements, as well.

Is it easy to get rid of an ant infestation?

In a simple answer, no. Ant control is not always an easy fix. Some ant infestations have nothing to do with how clean or dirty a home is. Your property could just simply be an ant’s perfect haven. This can create problems for homeowners as during the summer months, large swarms of winged ants can start to develop new colonies, sometimes right in the cracks of your walls.

What’s the best way to get rid of ants?

When you realize your home has an ant problem, make your first call to Arizona’s Best Pest Control. We have the equipment, employees, and treatments in place to tackle your ant problem right away. We can even help you set up preventative measures to keep the ants out for good!

As with most things relating to owning a home, the best way to get rid of ants is learning how to prevent them in the first place. Having an ongoing maintenance plan with a trusted and experienced pest control company is the key to managing the pest problems in your home.

We’re that company for you here in the Phoenix metro area. Our service technicians will work with your specific home and infestation scenario to create the best approach for getting rid of your ant infestation and keeping them out of your house in the future. This includes both interior and exterior treatments, a home seal to plug any points of entry to your home, and placing insect growth regulators around your home’s property.

Do DIY ant sprays work?

Ant sprays that can be bought at the local hardware store can come in various forms. An important note about these sprays is that they can be harmful if the product labels directions are not very specifically followed. Unfortunately, they also usually won’t solve an ant infestation and can end up being a waste of money anyways as homeowners end up calling a pest control company in the end.

Most over-the-counter products you can purchase yourself have no real lasting effects on a large ant infestation. They are meant to kill the ants instantly and act as a deterrent. If the ants are still able to enter your home, they will just find a way to maneuver around the spray. Without killing the queen, the colony will remain intact and still keep producing offspring to add to the infestation.

In addition to the factors above, some colonies are almost impossible to reach without specialized equipment. If a colony or nest is located within the walls of your home, a simple over-the-counter spray will not be efficient enough to treat and destroy the colony at its source. The same goes for outdoor colonies as well, which can extend far below the surface of the ground, which is where most over-the-counter treatments stop working.

Call us for ant control services here in Phoenix and Casa Grande

If you notice that you have an ant problem in or around your home, call our team today! Our Phoenix pest control technicians will not only use chemicals to deter insects and other pests from entry, but will find where the pests live and identify how pests are entering your home. As an added bonus, we offer free pest control inspections! Let us tackle your home’s pest problems, so you don’t have to.

Here are 5 signs that you may have a termite problem

If you see signs of termites in your home, call Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services for a free termite inspection.

As a homeowner in the Phoenix metro area, it is important to understand the potential warning signs associated with a termite infestation. Termite activity here in the Valley is very common and often very destructive. However, if you catch the signs of an infestation early, you can help prevent destructive damage from being done to your home.

The longer the time that termites have to feast on your home, the more expensive it is going to be to make repairs and treat the infestation. That’s why detecting early warning signs is so important. However, detecting these signs are almost impossible if you don’t know what you are looking for.

In this article, we will discuss 5 of the most common warning signs that you have a termite infestation. If you notice these signs in your home, it’s a good idea to go ahead and call Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services to get started removing them as soon as possible!

What are the 5 signs you have a termite problem?

1. Mud tubes

Mud tubes are what give the termites a way to travel and a source of moisture while they make their way into your home without being exposed or drying out in the Arizona heat. You may notice a mud tube climbing up your home’s foundation, and still see no signs of active termites in or around it. However, if you were to dig around in the tube a bit, you would probably catch a few termites scattering towards safety.

These mud tubes are the subterranean termite’s primary means of travel and almost serve the same purpose as an anthill would for ants. You will find these mud tubes most visible when they are on flat and conspicuous surfaces like foundations, walls, floors, and ceilings. They may also be found in the small cracks and crevices of your home as well, so keep an open eye out for the tubes as they are an almost definite sign of termite activity.

2. Swarms

Swarmers are termites that have wings. Both kinds of termites that you will find out here in the desert (subterranean and drywood) both have swarmers in their colonies. Drywood termites will usually have smaller swarms, typically less than 100, while subterranean termites can have thousands in their swarm. You’ll likely notice the swarms outside, but sometimes they can be found inside your home as well.

These swarms are often usually missed by the homeowner, but you can be on the lookout for discarded wings around your home. This will be a sure sign that a swarm has been around. Either way, make sure you call Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite ASAP is your see signs of swarms or discarded wings!

3. Damaged wood

It’s no secret that termites and wood damage go hand-in-hand. Different types of termites will devour wood in different, unique ways. For example, drywood termites will eat across the wood grain, while subterranean termites will follow along the grain of the wood. This wood damage can be detected in any area around your home. There are also many tools that professionals use to inspect homes for termite wood damage. If you see signs of wood damage in or around your home, it’s a very likely sign of termites and you should call in a termite professional.

4. Holes in floors and paint

The damage being done by termites in hidden areas of your home—such as underneath floors, inside walls, and above ceilings—may be the most extensive, but the hardest to notice. However, look for swollen surfaces, chipped or damaged paint, and small surface holes. These are some of the same signs you might see with water damage to a home. This damage also includes a musty, distinct smell.

5. Termite droppings

As with any insect or rodent that can potentially infest your home, one of the biggest warning signs they can leave behind is their droppings. Termite feces, known as frass, can present itself in several different ways. Subterranean termites will use their frass as building material for their mud tubes. Drywood termites, on the other hand, will leave small pellets that look like wood pieces piled up around their active areas. If you notice any frass in or around your home, this is probably a good sign that you have a termite problem that needs to be addressed immediately!

Schedule annual inspections to prevent termites

As a homeowner, your eye for detecting termites may not be well-trained. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced and trained professional come out to your home and take a look. It’s recommended that homeowners schedule yearly inspections of their home to help prevent full infestations.

Between inspections, make sure you are paying close attention to the 5 warning signs of a termite infestation that we mentioned above. If you do happen to notice one of these signs, call the professionals at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services so we can complete a thorough inspection of your home and help you decide on a plan of action to tackle your termite problem before it gets any worse.

Choose AZ Best Pest for your commercial pest control in Phoenix

You’ve worked hard to make your business what it is. When pests invade your space, they’re more than just an annoying nuisance: they could be threatening your property or your livelihood. You need a team you can trust with your commercial pest control in Phoenix. It’s time to call Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services! No matter what your pest control needs are, we can help. Our technicians do more than just handle pests for your business: we provide businesses and those who run them with peace of mind.

We're your trusted team for commercial pest control in Phoenix.

Call Arizona’s Best Choice for commercial pest control in Phoenix.

Do you suspect you have pests? Whether you’re dealing with roaches in your restaurant or termites in your tenement, start by contacting our team for a free pest inspection here in Phoenix and Casa Grande.

The leading name in commercial pest control in Phoenix

From scorpions and termites to pigeons and roaches, we’ve got you and your business covered. We offer free inspections, so you know what you’re dealing with, and our results come with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. Our technicians treat interiors as well as exteriors.

We’re more than a spray-and-pray pest control company. In contrast, our highly trained and experienced technicians work with you to formulate a battle plan for taking on pests and keeping them out of your business for good. This often involves a well-rounded, multifaceted approach that both removes the current infestation while also putting up barriers to pests returning.

Of course, the safety and comfort of your business, customers, and employees is paramount. That’s why we specialize in a delicate touch that works around your hours and the unique needs of your individual business.

Be proactive when it comes to your pest control

You can try to take care of your pest problem on your own. One problem with that is you don’t have the technology or experience to know if the issue has been fully dealt with; there’s a chance your solution was only a stopgap. The only way to truly handle the issue is to work with professional technicians.

Know that our technicians have been certified by the state, and they have the abundant experience necessary to know how to take care of a variety of pests that can try to move in. We’re highly familiar with treating a variety of commercial sites:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Commercial offices
  • Property management

Give us a call today

If there’s even a possibility your place of business has a pest problem, it’s best to look into it immediately rather than wait, which can result in the issue getting worse. Our company has 20 years of solid experience taking care of Phoenix and Casa Grande’s pest problems, and we’d love to do the same for you.

When you need pest or termite control services here in the Valley, contact our team here at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services by calling us at (480) 986-8500. We’re proud to be your source for commercial pest control in Phoenix!

Our tips for getting rid of crickets in your home this spring

Crickets might not be the most dangerous pest here in Arizona—bark scorpions and killer bees rank above them. Destructive? That goes to termites. They’re also not the most disgusting: most people would argue that roaches are far more gross. However, with their penchant for spreading throughout the home and their incessant chirping, they’re arguably one of the most obnoxious pests we’ll start to see emerge this spring. Getting rid of rickets this spring should be your priority.

Getting rid of crickets starts with calling our team.

If you have a home here in Phoenix, your priority should be getting rid of crickets, which can serve as a food source for bark scorpions.

In this article, we’ll review the ways you can prevent crickets from taking over your home. If you’re struggling with pests problems this spring, give us a call. We offer free pest inspections here in Phoenix and Casa Grande.

Why deal with crickets?

Beyond how annoying that chirping is, crickets can quickly spread through your home. In severe infestations, crickets can eat fabric, which can wreak havoc on clothing, furniture, carpet, and linens. Plus, they’re pretty gross to just find around.

As a final benefit to dealing with your cricket problem, crickets are the primary prey of bark scorpions. If you’ve had scorpion issues in the past, it’s not a bad idea to deal with both problems at once by eliminating their food supply before summer rolls around.

Getting rid of crickets in your home

Vacuum frequently

Most cricket problems get worse when the insects lay eggs and new crickets are born. The best way to remove these eggs is by vacuuming rugs, upholstery, and other soft-touch surfaces with a vacuum that has a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Empty the vacuum bag into a sealed plastic bag before placing it in the garbage. Getting rid of crickets can be as simple as preventing them from multiplying and spreading.

Groom the yard

Crickets tend to enter the home when they are already nesting outside the property. To prevent these insects from getting too comfortable in your yard, mow the lawn frequently and keep stacked wood, compost, and leaf piles away from the home. Trim ground cover and bushes where crickets like to hide. Have wet leaves cleaned from the gutters to prevent these insects from nesting there.

Declutter and dehumidify

Inside the home, crickets tend to stick to warm, damp areas like the attic and the basement. Remove cardboard boxes, newspapers, and other clutter that can hide these insects. If your home is humid, use a dehumidifier. Once you’ve made the space less palatable for crickets, you can spray insect repellent or place traps to keep them away.

Turn out the lights

Bright lights attract crickets, so you may want to keep bright outdoor lights off at night when you’re not using them. Keep the shades drawn at night to prevent the insects from being drawn to the light seen through your windows.

Seal the perimeter

Sealing the home from crickets removes any cracks and crevices where the insects can enter. This can efficiently be done with the help of the professionals on our team. As part of our comprehensive home sealing process, our technicians will find and fill cracks in the windows and doors through which crickets and other pests are accessing the home.

Call Arizona’s Best Choice for help getting rid of crickets this spring

If you’re facing major pest problems heading into the long, hot summer, now’s the time to call your friends at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services for a free pest inspection. We can help determine what pest problems exist and how to go about dealing with them in an effective, long-lasting way. That way, you can enjoy a pest-free summer.

We’re Phoenix’s choice for professional pigeon control services

Pigeons are a familiar and even expected part of city life. However, when there’s a pigeon infestation in your home or business, it’s bad news for you. Not only are pigeons off-putting to, well, just about everyone, but their droppings can be a major health risk and the acidity of them can damage your home or storefront. Not good!

One of the things that has made Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services one of the Valley’s leading pigeon control companies is that we take a holistic approach to pigeon management. It’s not enough to shoo away the birds and hope for the best. Instead, we install humane tools for preventing pigeons from roosting in the first place, so that they’ll move on.

Have our team deal with your pigeon problem with our pigeon control services.

For pigeon control services here in Phoenix and Casa Grande, call your trusted team at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services.

Whether you’re currently experiencing an infestation or simply want to be prepared to protect your home or business, call our team for professional Phoenix pigeon control services. We have earned the trust and business of your neighbors by getting results. We start with a free inspection, so you rest assured you are getting the right services for your needs.

Keep your home or business from going to the birds

Pigeons around your home can be vectors for illnesses that may harm your family. Pigeon infestations can become quite severe and cause serious damage to your home. Addressing the problem early can help ensure the safety of your family, home, and possessions.

Many Phoenix-area businesses also experience issues with pigeons. They can be harmful to your employees, damage property, and can even scare away customers. Calling in the experts early can help keep your business in the best possible condition.

We start by cleaning up the existing problems and removing the current population. Following this, we install netting, bird spikes, and other equipment to discourage the pigeons from returning.

Our people make us the best in the business

Arizona’s Best Choice Pest and Termite Services has become the go-to Phoenix pigeon control team thanks to our team of expert technicians. Customer service is our top priority and our team members are committed to keeping you and your home or business safe from pests.

We are Arizona-certified, licensed, bonded, and insured. Our pigeon pest control services are backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. You can feel confident that you are getting the best possible pest removal and control services.

Start today with a free inspection

If you are experiencing problems with pigeons at your home or business, call our team for professional Phoenix pigeon control services. We are here to help you address the problem promptly and effectively. Contact us to schedule your free pest inspection.

Here’s why sealing your home this winter just makes sense

As the weather cools down here in the Valley, you’re probably seeing less pest activity inside of your home. Don’t take this to mean you should lower your defenses! To the contrary, now’s the perfect time of year to start getting your home ready for summer and keeping pests out. Sealing your home this winter just makes sense.

Winter is the perfect time for sealing your home here in Phoenix.,In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of home sealing, how it works, and why you should call Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. We’ll also review some of the other reasons to have us seal your home.

Benefits of sealing your home

#1. Eliminates points of entry

Many pests can fit through a tight squeeze. The Arizona Bark Scorpion, for instance, can squeeze between spaces as thick as a credit card. If you’re going to block pests from getting into the living spaces of your home, you’re going to need some expert help.

That’s where we come into the picture. Our home sealing specialists are experts when it comes to identifying pest points of entry and how to best seal them for deterrence.

Every home’s pest situation is unique. There are, however, some common ways that pests use to get into people’s homes. Here’s just a few:

  • Unsealed doors or windows
  • Openings around pipes or faucets
  • Torn screens
  • Cracks in walls and foundations
  • Broken screens or mesh on weep holes

By addressing these pest superhighways into your home, you can prevent a lot of pests from getting in, leading to a better, pest-free summer.

#2. Save energy and improves your air

Air leaks are a major cause of energy loss in the home. You spend a lot of money cooling your home in the summer and heating it in the winter: wouldn’t it be better for some of that money to stay in your pocket? By sealing air leaks around doors, windows, and elsewhere, our team can help you keep your home comfortable for less.

Plus, sealing these entry points will help keep your indoor air pollen- and dust-free. That means easier breathing for you and your family when you’re enjoying time inside the house.

#3. A thorough and effective form of pest control

Arizona’s Best Choice Pest and Termite Services works hard to comprehensively seal your home. Our state-certified pest control technicians inspect your home, close spaces between doorways and windows, and seal cracks and crevices. All-in-all, the 21-step process includes the use of wire mesh, caulk, and weather stripping. It’s individualized to your home, which means we inspect for pest points of entry and then deal with them, one-by-one.

Contact us for a quote

Shut off your home to pests while also boosting your energy-efficiency and improving your indoor air quality. Call the team at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services today to schedule your free pest inspection and talk more with our techs about our home sealing service.