Tips to Preventing a Pest Infestation in Your Business

An important part of operating a successful business is maintaining a positive public image. Nothing ruins that image faster than the presence of nasty insects and vermin: pests can quickly tarnish your business’s reputation by portraying an image of filth, sickness, and disease- not to mention the increased risk of illnesses, injuries, and potential litigation situations. To avoid all this, keep the following commercial pest control tips in mind:

  1. Sign up for Arizona exterminator services that can help protect your business year round. Added on to your own preventative measures, professional pest and insect exterminator services drastically reduce pest-related risks.
  2. Create a barrier around your business by sealing any cracks, holes, or gaps in the building’s exterior.
  3. Install screens on any windows or doors you intend to keep open during warmer months. Companies with loading docks can use flaps or large screens to keep pests out.
  4. Keep garbage under control- empty trash bins and take out cardboard every day; place outdoor dumpsters away from the building’s exterior to keep trash-loving pests at a distance; ensure dumpster bins have lids that close; and don’t allow cardboard to accumulate near bins.
  5. Sanitize all food surfaces before and after every use to prevent pests like flies and ants from swarming.
  6. Seal all open food in airtight containers so pests can’t get in. This is just as true for business offices as it is for restaurants.
  7. Avoid heavy, ornate landscaping and outdoor water features, as they attract pest birds.
  8. Employee training can help everyone understand and recognize pest problems so they can be reported promptly and discretely.

For the best commercial pest control in Arizona, please contact Arizona Best Choice Pest Control. We offer a variety of commercial pest control options tailored to fit your company’s specific needs. Our specialized Arizona exterminator services are designed to eliminate all pest threats so you can put your mind at ease and focus on running your business. Whether you need an insect exterminator, termite inspection or other services, Arizona Best Choice has the right commercial pest control method for your business. If you need the best commercial pest control in Arizona today, contact us online to set up a free consultation.

Preventing Pet Infestation While You Are Away

Summer has officially hit full-swing here in Arizona, and it’s likely many of you will be heading out of town for summer vacations. An often overlooked aspect of being away from home for long periods in Arizona is residential pest control: bugs and other critters can do considerable damage while you’re off enjoying your break. Before you call the travel agent and pack your bags, consider the following tips to help bug proof your home while away:

  • In the yard, remove or drain sources of standing water (birdbaths, flower pots, kiddie pools, rain gutters, etc.) as they are breeding grounds for pests.
  • Ants and other bugs use plants and branches as a means of entry into your home. To prevent this, cut tree branches and other plants away from your house’s exterior.
  • Use airtight containers to store all loose or leftover food items in the pantry. Meal moths in particular love pantry items like cereals, grains, and dried fruit.
  • A simple way to bug proof your home is to clean it: take out the garbage, wash all dishes, and don’t leave dirty laundry lying out. Even one dirty plate can attract ants, roaches, and more.
  • Ensure all faucets are turned off tight. Moisture in the home attracts termites, roaches, and other pests, so it’s important to eliminate its sources.
  • When packing the car, use airtight containers for snacks to ensure ants don’t tag along with your family.
  • When packing luggage, seal clothes in large plastic bags within your suitcase; keep them sealed during hotel stays to prevent bed bugs from hiding in them. When you get home, inspect and vacuum suitcases before bringing them inside and wash all clothing- even unworn items- in hot, soapy water.

These tips to bug proof your home will help put your mind at ease while you’re on vacation with your family this summer. Should you come home to an unfortunate pest problem, count on the expert services from Arizona’s Best Choice. We back up all of our Arizona residential pest control services with warranties, and offer Arizona home sealing services that keep pests out while you’re away. If you need help at work, our state certified service personnel perform the best commercial pest control in Arizona. If it’s time for professional Arizona residential pest control, contact us online to find the location closest to you.

 

Pest Proof Your Pantry

Dry goods in your kitchen cabinets and cupboards are natural magnets for pests like beetles, meal moths, and mice. Foods like flour, sugar, cocoa, dried fruits, pastas, cereals, corn meal and other grains should always be sealed with tight-fitting, insect-proof lids. It’s also a good idea to regularly clean out and reorganize your pantry to monitor any possible pest activity. Here, we’ll take a closer look at common pantry culprits that typically require a call to pest control:

  • Indian Meal Moths

These small, reddish-brown moths typically hide in dried fruits, flour, corn meal, sugar, and even dry dog food. While their life-cycle is less than a month, females can lay up to 200 eggs a week. Their larvae also leaves behind a fine webbing covering infested items. When infestations occur, shelves should be cleaned and infested materials should be destroyed. If you wish to save items, expose them to 140° F for over 30 minutes, or freeze for a few days. If infestations occur regularly, a professional insect exterminator may be necessary.

  • Merchant Grain Beetles

These small, flattened, dark brown insects lay their eggs in cereals, cake mix, chocolate and pasta. They use their saw-like teeth to chew through most traditional packing methods, as well as any food in their paths. Pest control measures are the same as for meal moths.

  • Mice and Rats

Rodents are fairly standard home invaders year-round, and will chew through just about anything to get at dry goods. Small and sneaky, they can fit in through the tiniest crack or crevice, and generally go undetected in most homes. There are many widely accepted pest control methods for preventing rodent infestations, but it’s often best to leave it to a professional Arizona residential pest control company.

The best prevention for all pests is a clean and uncluttered home, and a pantry stocked with air-tight, chew-proof containers. If at any time you suspect an infestation, clean the area thoroughly and call a trusted pest control service like Arizona Best Choice. Our professional Arizona exterminators offer complementary inspections, and we fully guarantee all of our Arizona residential pest control services. Visit us online to find the location closest to you.

 

Preventing a Scorpion Infestation

Scorpions are among the most feared and despised pests in the world. With their terrifying appearance and poisonous sting, scorpions are a natural nemesis for most homeowners and families in Arizona. Scorpions, however, have been around for millions of years and extinction is apparently nowhere on the horizon- so your best bet for home protection against scorpions is to always be prepared. By following these tips, you can significantly decrease the number of scorpions you’ll encounter on your property:

  • Seal cracks and crevices around your home: they are prime entry points for scorpions. Another alternative for keeping scorpions at bay here in Arizona is scorpion repellant sprayed around doors and windows.
  • Scorpions are surprisingly attracted to water; eliminate standing water and leaks wherever possible (air conditioners, hoses, etc.).
  • Clear brush, debris and leaf piles around your house’s perimeter, and store firewood 30 feet away from your home.
  • Crickets are one of scorpions’ favorite meals; if you keep crickets way, you’ll also keep scorpions away.
  • Scorpions hide in dark places during daytime hours and venture out into houses at night. Check cupboards and closets periodically to ensure there are none hiding in wait.

Some other useful facts that aid in home protection against scorpions:   

  • The best time to hunt scorpions is in the dark. Because their skeletons glow, a black light can easily detect them. Ultraviolet LED flashlights typically cost under $20.
  • Newer homes outside of busy city centers generally attract more scorpions.
  • Scorpions tend to travel solo, and like to hide alone all day under rocks and in holes. One exception is baby scorpions, who travel on their mother’s backs until they’ve matured.
  • The average scorpion living in the wild has a life of expectancy of about 3-6 years.
  • It’s best to not handle a scorpion by yourself: call a professional for removal.

If you need professional scorpion extermination or removal, trust the skilled and friendly technicians at Arizona Best Pest Control. We offer free scorpion inspections, as well as trusted and effective Arizona scorpion repellants and control methods. For more information on Arizona Best Pest Control’s innovative and reliable scorpion extermination services, contact us online to find the location closest to you.

 

Physical Signs of a Termite Infestation: Part 2

In part 1 of our series on the physical signs of a termite infestation, we examined on of the most obvious signs of termite infestation: tunnels. In part 2, we will examine two slightly less obvious signs termite infestation.

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  • Pellets

Drywood termites infest homes and business in other ways.  Unlike Subterranean termites, Drywood termites fly in and colonize inside the home.  They enter homes through gaps in eaves, cracked or peeling paint, door frames, and window frames.

Drywood termites are good house keepers.  After eating wood inside a wall, the create kick holes or exit holes in the wall.  They can then, start cleaning house, and kicking the fecal pellets out of the hollow galleries.

  • The presence of “swarmers”

The second red flag that termites are infesting is the presence of winged swarmers: these are winged termites that are produced when the colony has multiplied extensively. Their job is to find new nesting places where they can set up satellite colonies. March and April are big months for swarmers, but a warm autumn also works. They are often mistaken for flying ants, but don’t take any chances: if you see something that looks like a swarmer call for a termite home inspection right away.

Termites breed in thousands and have a highly organized and efficient colony structure. When you spot any of these signs don’t hesitate to call the termite control experts at Arizona’s Best Choice for an inspection. We provide custom termite treatments in AZ that suit each situation’s unique termite control needs. Our professionally trained staff knows how to eliminate Arizona termites for good, and provides every customer with a warranty to back up our services. If it’s time for a termite inspection, visit us online to find the location closest to you

When you spot any of these signs don’t hesitate to call the termite control experts at Arizona’s Best Choice for an inspection.

Physical Signs of a Termite Infestation: Part 1

Got Termites?  Not Sure?

In Arizona, every home or business should be inspected at least once a year, regardless of age of home, or history.  When termites decide to invade, they can be very tough to stop: not only are they crafty and persistent, but they’re virtually invisible right up until the damage is done.  Taking proactive measures with a termite home inspection is a great way to prevent costly repairs and restoration. However, if you suspect the damage is already underway, this article will help you recognize the tell-tale signs of termite infestations.

An experienced termite inspector will not only be able to alert you of a possible termite concern, but can also identify conditions conducive to a termite infestation and provide advice for correcting these conditions.

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Tunnels

These are a sure sign of termite presence. Sometimes, the evidence is obvious, such as a noticeable mud tunnel on an exterior foundation of walls, or hanging out of an interior wall or ceiling.  However, sometimes the evidence can be inconspicuous, such as a spec of dirt on the wall that after it is scraped away reveals a hole in the drywall, or a bubble in the paint of an interior baseboard or door frame.  Subterranean termite tunnels can be rough in appearance, tubular, and built in an irregular pattern. Subterranean mud tunnels may also contain fecal matter- a health hazard that warrants the need for an immediate termite inspection.

Subterranean termite colonies live underground, and gain entry into homes along exterior foundation walls, interior cracks, or plumbing entry points.  Our trained termite staff provide years of experience it handling Arizona Termites and their entry points.

Termites breed in thousands and have a highly organized and efficient colony structure. In part 2 of this series we will review how to identify additional signs of a termite infestation.  At Arizona’s Best Choice, we provide custom termite treatments in AZ that suit each situation’s unique termite control needs. Our professionally trained staff knows how to eliminate Arizona termites for good, and provides every customer with a warranty to back up our services. If it’s time for a termite inspection, contact us online to find the location closest to you.

Home Pest Control Tips

Every time you return to your home it’s very likely that some form of critter or pest is coming in with you. Since many bugs and vermin are also disease carriers, it’s important to take steps to keep as many of them out as possible. Investing in an Arizona exterminator is one good step to take, but there are many day-to-day pest control tips you can put into practice as well:

1. Stock up on plastic containers – Food or edible items in cardboard or paper packaging should be placed in tightly sealed plastic containers. This not only keeps pests out, but also keeps food fresher longer.
2. Inspect Mesh screens – If you have mesh screens on windows and doors, ensure they don’t have any tears, gaps, or holes in them. Airing your house out shouldn’t mean letting pests in.
3. Seal garbage bins – Another tip for avoiding a call to an Arizona exterminator is to make sure your garbage cans aren’t a mess. Use strong, airtight, plastic bags and buy garbage cans with sealable lids to keep rats and raccoons out. Also, make sure the cans aren’t top-heavy: eager critters can knock those over easily.
4. Fill cracks – Pests can get into your house through the smallest cracks and holes, so it’s extremely important to fill the walls outside your home. You can try filling smaller cracks with caulk, but professional home sealing in Arizona is recommended for bigger jobs.
5. Keep a clean house – This is the most basic pest control tip of all: messy houses provide excellent hiding spots for pests. Keep things neat and clean, and regularly go through your belongings to donate, throw out, or recycle old and unwanted possessions. The less you have, the less they can hide behind (or in, or under).
6. Clean your yard – Like your house, an unkempt yard is a free-for-all for bugs and vermin. Raccoons and mice can easily climb unruly bushes and trees near your home, and piles of junk or leaves make great nesting places.
7. Call the professionals – If you’ve done all you can but you’re still having pest problems, call a Phoenix residential pest control provider right away.
At Arizona Best Choice Pest and Termite Services, we provide expert pest control that will send your unwanted guests packing in a hurry. From powerful exterior sprays to interior injection systems, our reliable services have made us a trusted name in extermination and home sealing in Arizona. We also happily service commercial properties that are in need of serious, professional pest control. Visit us online https://www.azbestpest.com/contact-us/ to find the location closest to you.

Household Pests Infestations

With over twenty varieties of common household pests circulating year-round, homeowners would be wise to invest in a pest control home seal or extermination services to ensure as few unwanted pests as possible. Here, we’ll examine times of year for specific infestations and some tips for prevention so you can determine the appropriate form of Arizona residential pest control.

  • Year-round : roaches, silverfish, bedbugs
  • Jan – Feb : rats, mice, lady beetles, boxelder bugs, cluster flies
  • Mar – Apr : ants, spiders, termites
  • May – Jun : caterpillars, ticks, fleas, centipedes, wasps, hornets, bees, mosquitos, garden/occasional pests

* All pests are active by June, so we’ll look just at the most common requests for pest control home seals and extermination from July on:

  • Jul – Aug : moths, mosquitoes, bat bugs, carpenter bees, bird lice
  • Sep – Oct : millipedes, spiders, bees, ants, flies, fleas
  • Nov – Dec : rats, mice, bedbugs, roaches, squirrels, bats

When it comes to Arizona residential pest control and prevention, some areas of your home require extra attention. Kitchens, and all the food they store, are highly conducive to ant colonies, while closets provide dark corners and lots of clutter for spiders to hide in. Moist pipes and drains in bathrooms provide excellent entry points for cockroaches and rodents, while dark, rarely-visited basements are suitable homes for a host of infestations.

There are several steps you can take to help prevent a household pest infestation. First, a clean and dry home that is free of excess clutter isn’t very appealing to pests. Keep food in tightly sealed containers, and switch from pest-attracting cardboard to plastic storage boxes. Investing in one of Arizona’s home sealing service providers to seal access points around doors, windows, drains and soffits will keep pests out. Arizona Best Choice Pest and Termite Services is an experienced and reliable provider of home sealing. It’s also a good idea to hire an exterminator from one of Arizona’s best pest control services to evaluate your home on a regular basis. At Arizona Best Choice, we can provide you with valuable information on Arizona residential pest control and prevention all year long.

To schedule a free pest and termite inspection, contact Arizona Best Choice Pest and Termite Services. We’ll evaluate your home and determine the best course of action for your pest control needs. As providers of Arizona’s best pest control services, we offer a wide variety of proven effective residential and commercial extermination options. And our pest control home sealing can help you keep unwanted critters out all year long. Contact us online to find the location closest to you.

 

The Importance of Professional Pest Management

Pest control is an underestimated factor in your overall health. That’s why, when you see a roach or a rat when you’re out for dinner, it’s more than just creepy- it’s potentially hazardous. Pests carry germs and bacteria that can compromise your immune system and make you sick, especially if you’re young or elderly. Without a qualified Arizona exterminator your house or place of business could be at risk.

The importance of proper Arizona residential pest control in your home or office cannot be understated. First, it prevents pest colonies already inside a home from becoming bigger. It limits their population and effectively eliminates them before they have a chance to multiply and cause more damage to your home. Second, it prevents more pests from entering the home and breeding with pests already inside. Third, getting rid of pests with the help of Arizona’s best pest control services reduces health risks from pest-related germs to everyone living in your house or working in your establishment.

When you’re not at home or at work, the need for effective pest control is just as great. It’s important to feel safe and healthy when dining in restaurants or buying your morning coffee, and an Arizona exterminator is often necessary to prevent unwanted- and disgusting- situations from arising. You’ve probably heard stories about roaches in salads or rat droppings in the bottom of mugs: the fact is, it does happen and it could be dangerous. If you encounter a pest when you’re in an establishment, speak to the owner immediately and consider a visit to a doctor- especially if anything tainted has been consumed. If you’re on the receiving end of the complaint, consider Arizona residential pest control to eliminate the problem.

Arizona Best Choice Pest and Termite Services understands the relationship between pest management and your health. From rats and spiders to flies and roaches, we have been providing Arizona’s best pest control company for over 15 years. Our team of Arizona exterminators are thoroughly trained and armed with the most advanced pest control methods available to keep you and your loved ones out of harm’s way. Visit our contact page to find the location closest to you.

Are Scorpions Infesting Your Home?

A scorpion sighting is an unsettling experience, especially if it’s in your home. If your house has not undergone home sealing for scorpions, it’s even more likely you’ll unexpectedly come upon one. But if you understand the habits and nature of scorpions you can prevent unwanted encounters with them.

What do they look like?

Scorpions have two large, grasping front claws, six smaller legs, and a long tapered body with a segmented tail. They come in all sizes, from one inch to seven, and are often black. There are currently 1,400 known species of scorpion in the world, but thanks to scorpion extermination services and natural evolution over 100 species of scorpion have gone extinct.

Should I worry about scorpions where I live?

Somewhat. While scorpions can survive almost anywhere, they prefer a climate of 68-99 degrees Fahrenheit. For that reason, there is a higher concentration of them in southern states like here in Arizona. They are resourceful creatures who need very little to survive- just a bit of moisture, shade, and bugs for food. If you scorpion proof your home, you may never have to see one scuttling in your garden for dinner.

When are scorpions most active?

Since many species of scorpion are nocturnal, you’re most likely to see one at night. They typically rest someplace shady during the day, saving up energy for nighttime activities.

If I see a scorpion, what do I do?

Don’t approach, touch, or handle a scorpion: they strike when they feel threatened.

Back away slowly and seek shelter. If you think you have scorpions, you should scorpion proof your home. In the meantime, protect yourself by checking inside shoes and clothes for scorpions before putting them on. Wear hard-soled slippers, and carry a handheld black light at night: the scorpion’s exoskeleton will glow under it.

What if I get stung?

While it may take hours for the scorpion’s venom to affect you, you should seek emergency medical treatment immediately.

How will I know if my home is infested?

If you see more than one scorpion per month, or think you have seen juvenile scorpions, there may be in infestation near or in your home. If so, you can try home remedies like glue traps or bug zappers, but it may be time to look into home sealing for scorpions.

Since scorpion stings are not just painful but also potentially dangerous, a professional scorpion extermination service is recommended. At Arizona’s Best Choice Pest and Termite Services, we are proud to be desert pest specialists who excel at scorpion extermination. We are are leaders in effective home sealing, and have the knowledge, training and understanding to successfully scorpion proof your home. Visit our contact page to find the location closest to you https://www.azbestpest.com/contact-us/ and learn more about our scorpion extermination services.