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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Here are the 3 major signs you have termites in your home

Termites can cause thousands of dollars in property damage in a short amount of time, causing them to be one of a homeowner’s worst nightmares. These small insects eat wood and can cause substantial damage to the structure of a building. Termite damage typically is not detected immediately, but there are 3 major signs you have termites in your home. We’ll review these signs in this blog post.

Checking your home periodically for signs of termites could help you discover an infestation before the damage becomes severe. Of course, the best way to know for sure that you do or do not have a termite infestation is to contact the team at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. We offer free in-home inspections and estimates in the Valley and Casa Grande.

Here are the signs of termites:

#1. Clicking noises

If there are termites hidden deep within your walls, chances are you won’t be able to see them. But, you may be able to hear them. The fact that they create hollow tunnels and caverns in walls while leaving a thin layer of wood at the surface allows them to go undetected for months.

As termites eat wood, their mandibles make soft clicking noises. When this sound is multiplied by the several thousand insects that belong to a single colony, it because audible when you listen carefully. If you hear a clicking sound when your house is quiet, your home may have a termite problem.

#2. Termite tubes

Another major indicator of termites is the presence of brown clay shelter tubes. Termites build these structures along foundation walls and use them to find food, protect themselves from predators, and travel through a building.

These tubes are small and narrow when a colony first builds them, but the tubes are widened over time. The wider the shelter tubes, the more damage has been done to your home. Having your home inspected annually by Arizona’s Best Choice Pest and Termite Service is a great way to discover termite tubes before the insects cause much damage.

However, you can also do a quick check at home. Walk around your home and look at the foundation for any mud tubes. Then, go into the attic and use a flashlight to look at the wood beams. Termites will often make mud tubes to travel between beams.

#3. Hollow wood or sagging floors

One of the most obvious termite warning signs is the presence of hollow wood. The insects leave huge, hollow caverns in wood, causing severe structural damage. You can check for this by periodically tapping the walls of your house. If you’re tapping studs and the sound being returned is hollow, it could be an early alert to termite damage.

Do you have a basement or a second floor? This same hollowing out of support beams could lead to sagging floors on either your ground floor or second floor. The presence of a sagging floor is a major, dangerous indicator of a termite infestation.

If you’re seeing signs you have termites, call us!

Based on these tips, if you suspect that you have a termite problem, contact us at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. We’re proud to offer termite treatment options throughout the Phoenix metro and Casa Grande, and we offer free pest inspections and estimates.

Here’s how you can spot the signs of a termite infestation

A termite infestation in your home is very bad news. The sooner you can detect a termite invasion, however, the more likely that you can minimize the damage these insects will do your home. That’s why it’s important for Arizona homeowners to be aware of the signs of a termite infestation.

get-rid-of-termites-professionallyHere at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services, we offer free termite inspections in the Valley and in Casa Grande. If you suspect that you have termites, it’s time to call in the experts. Contact us online to get started today.

Detecting any damage

Many homeowners first realize they have a termite problem when they see damage caused by the insects. If you notice any of the following, it’s time to schedule a termite inspection:

  • Many tiny holes in the wood (about the size of a nail)
  • Fissures or cracks in the wood
  • Small tunnels made from mud or soil on the home’s foundation
  • Sagging, drooping, or discolored drywall
  • Peeling paint
  • Buckling or blistered wood or laminate floorboards
  • Loose tile
  • Doors or windows that are difficult to open
  • Wood with a hollow sound or honeycomb appearance
  • Quiet clicking sounds in the walls

In addition to structural damage, you might also find piles of discarded termite wings that look like fish scales, mounds of termite droppings, or even live swarms of the insects. Some termite species shed their wings when they mature.

The live bugs look almost like ants but range in color from white-to-light brown. The droppings are a dark brown or black powder that collects on the outside of the termite tunnels.

Preventing a termite infestation

You can take a few proactive steps to lessen the chances that termites will decide to set up shop at your property. Here’s a few things to watch out for:

  • Remove wood and dead trees from your yard or property.
  • Keep firewood and construction materials in a dedicated shed, as far from your house as possible.
  • Build outdoor structures with treated wood, which repels termites.
  • Spread landscaping mulch away from your home’s foundation.
  • When possible, direct the flow of water (from your hose or irrigation) away from the foundation of your home, so that the soil near your foundation is consistently dry.

Be sure to check out this article for more on the signs of a termite infestation.

Dealing with the signs of a termite infestation

A professional inspection by an experienced termite specialist is the best course of action if you suspect you have termites. However, any existing signs of termite damage may mean that the problem is already well-entrenched. If you’re concerned about termites, you may even want to schedule an annual inspection and preventive treatment.

Call in the experts at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services

Call us here at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services to schedule a free termite inspection. We have been serving homeowners in Phoenix and Casa Grande for more than 20 years, and have more than 7,000 loyal clients who will speak to our effective treatments and outstanding customer service.

Here’s why we hire the best pest technicians in the Valley (and Casa Grande!)

When you call us to service your home, you want to know that our pest technicians will take care of you, your home, and your family. At Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services, you know we will value you as a customer because of how we value everyone we employ.

Pictured: Our pest technicians are amongst the best in the Valley.In this blog, we’ll review some of the ways that we treat our employees, and why you should call our pest technicians for your pest control needs.

Why do people love working for us?

At the end of the day, our business is not about a number and a dollar sign. It is about people building lives for their families. Each of our pest technicians is working to create a meaningful life in and around their career.

People love working for Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services for many reasons:

  • We prepare our employees for success. With extensive training and support, they are equipped to grow professionally and personally.
  • We offer jobs in Casa Grande, Mesa, and Phoenix.
  • Our compensation is fair and competitive.
  • After 20 years in business, anyone can build a lifelong career with us.

Our technicians take pride in the work they do and the company they work for.

Why should employee satisfaction matter to customers?

Simply put, a company has a personality and habits in the same way people do. When a business treats their employees unfairly, they will not have their clients’ best interests in mind, either. We invest in the success of our staff through training, stability, and support.

This is also an investment in our customers, because happy workers who are well-trained and taken care of will go above-and-beyond for our clients. Our business is like a family. The strong bond between us and our pest control techs, makes us want to take care of each other and work together to make our customers happy.

Schedule your free inspection from our great pest technicians!

At Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services, we have a deep desire to give the best quality of work to each and every customer. Whether you want your home treated for scorpions, termites, or other pests, we have the most effective tools around.

Get started by scheduling a free pest inspection for your home.

5 facts you should know about the Arizona bark scorpion

Native to the Sonoran Desert, the Arizona bark scorpion is light brown in color and very small. Some homeowners in Arizona may come up against this pest on a regular basis, so it’s important to be educated about scorpions and know when it’s time to contact a professional for help getting rid of them.

Here are Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services, we offer free scorpion inspections in the Valley and Casa Grande. If you suspect that you have scorpions, contact our team today!

Things to know about scorpions:

1. They eat other pests around and in your home

The scorpion is in or around your home to eat spiders and insects. They can go days without food but must have access to water regularly to survive.

2. Bark scorpions are nocturnal

This type of scorpion sleeps during the day and is active at night. This doesn’t mean that you won’t see them during the day if you accidentally stumble upon where they are hiding on. They prefer to hide under wood, debris, or rocks outside, and may also make a home in a tree somewhere on your property.

3. They can enter your home easily

The bark scorpion prefers to be outside hiding under rocks and logs, but may enter your house looking for prey in the summer when it’s hot. They get into the home through voids in the walls and can squeeze into tiny spaces.

4. They are easy to find

One of the lesser known facts about Arizona bark scorpion is that they glow in UV light. If you are hunting for scorpions, purchase a blacklight at your local hardware store and watch for them to glow.

5. They can be very dangerous

If you are stung by a scorpion, you could feel acute pain for up to three days. The affected area may also be numb and tingle for a while. Although fatalities are extremely rare, some people report convulsions and allergic reactions to scorpion bites.

Stings from the bark scorpion are extremely painful, and children and pets are more likely to experience life-threatening problems from them. If you or someone close to you has been bit by a scorpion, it’s a good idea to seek medical attention.

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At Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services, we know all about scorpions, how they enter homes, and—most importantly—how to remove them safely. Contact us today to schedule a consultation

Why we use Altriset termite treatment here at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite

If your home has termites, you don’t have time to fool with products and so-called experts who might not live up to their hype. Here at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite, we rely on our experienced employees as well as Altriset termite treatment to take care of termites. Here, we’d like to tell you why.

Here’s how Altriset works:

When it comes to taking care of termites, the way Altriset works is it prevents termites from gnawing away at your property by paralyzing their mouthparts. Once termites come into contact with the product, it doesn’t immediately take effect, allowing them to continue their normal habits without them becoming “suspicious.”

This allows for more termites to be exposed. Altriset also provides lasting effects, and even better is the fact that it lasts for a while, better ensuring that every single termite is eradicated.

We’re also proud of the fact that this termite product attacks termites and only termites. This means you can treat your property without worrying about harming helpful bees and earthworms. We see no need to do more harm than good to organisms that do more good than harm.

You might also be worried about the effects of the pesticide if you have animals or children who might come into contact with it.

Here are the benefits of Altriset:

There are also several benefits to be enjoyed by using Altriset. For instance, the product has been officially registered as reduced-risk by the Environmental Protection Agency. It also has a low use-rate per gallon.

Once the fromula has done its job, it continues to do its job long afterward, meaning there’s less chance of you experiencing a re-infestation. This healthy “shelf life” also means that you don’t have to spend more money than necessary on additional treatments.       

Outside of Altriset, there are a number of benefits you receive when you leave the job to us. Our technicians offer free inspections, so you know for a fact what kind of pest problem you have, and we offer 100% guaranteed termite service for your full satisfaction.

Choose AZ Best Pest: the team that uses Altriset termite treatment

Be sure to contact us here at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite to find out more about Altriset and all other pest control products and plans we offer. See how easy it can be to handle pests when the job is left to the pros.