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Summer is the season for bugs—and pest control

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

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

Scorpion Control PhoenixWhy do pests love summer so much?

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

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

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

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

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

What’s effective at stopping insects?

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

How can I deal with scorpions in my home?

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

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

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

Who should I call?

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

It’s time to evict your unwelcome rodent guests

Most Arizonans are more familiar with pests like scorpions and roaches, but don’t let your guard down: mice and rats can also get into your personal space and give you and your family a headache. Agile and hardy survivors, these tiny rodent mammals thrive alongside humans, content to live in your walls and feed on your trash.

What’s the difference between rats and mice?

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While often talked about as if they’re synonymous, rats and mice are actually quite different from one another, in appearance, behaviors, and even food sources:

  • Mice: These sparrow-sized rodents are tough scavengers, with excellent senses and the ability to breed very rapidly. They tend to establish a nesting site within your home, and then conduct short expeditions out from there to find food: they enjoy cereals, grains, and seeds. If there’s an opening of more than ¼ of an inch, they can squeeze through it. They drop black feces that smell musty.
  • Rats: Larger than mice, Arizona hosts three species—brown, black, and roof rats. They have poor eyesight, and rely on their other senses to get around. Both mice and rats are omnivores—meaning they can and will eat both meat and plant matter—but rats are more likely to engage their carnivorous side, and become a predator for smaller creatures. Unlike mice, they’re willing to travel to get what they want—and where they want.

How do I tell if I have a rodent problem?

Look for their droppings, or take a look around at your home. If you see wood or paper that has been gnawed at, it might be time to call AZ Best Pest.

Here are some other favorite hiding places:

  • In ceilings and walls
  • In attics and crawlspaces
  • Under or behind cabinets, counters, shower stalls, and bathtubs
  • In close proximity to hot water heaters and furnaces
  • In storage, including stored clothes, paper, or boxes
  • In trash that has been left on the ground
  • Under tall grass, bushes, or vines that have not been trimmed

How do I keep rats and mice out?

Making Life Impossible For PestsRats and mice are relatively skilled at sneaking into your home. Once there, they’ll establish a nest, where they can breed and establish a viable population.

Rodents benefit from human mess and trash. Unlike pests that are bloodsucking (like mosquitos) or predatory to other pests (scorpions), mice and rats have picked your home because they have regular access to warmth, security, and food. Here are some steps you can take to make your house an unwelcoming place:

  • Pick up garbage and keep your home and property clean, especially of food waste.
  • Make sure your garbage lids are securely closed, or fastened.
  • Trim your bushes and trees around your property. The latter is especially important, as roof rats can climb into your roof from trees overhanging your property.
  • Do not leave unconsumed pet food outside.

What do I do if I have rats and mice?

Give AZ Best Pest a call, or schedule a free rodent control inspection with us online. We provide fast, Valley-wide service throughout the Phoenix metro, and we’ll help you tell your home’s rodents that it’s time to hit the road.

Here are the 8 most common summer pests here in Phoenix

What crosses your mind when you think of summers here in Phoenix? Maybe it’s the endless pool parties, the 3 months when the kids are out of school, the yummy summer snacks and drinks, or perhaps it is your strategy for not getting burned by the seat belt in your oven of a car. What about summer pests, though? Yuck.

Unfortunately, pest control is one of those tedious chores we tend to think about after the fact, and while the intense summer heat might take a damper on our lifestyle, there are many summer pests that are as active as ever in the summertime.

The Arizona Bark Scorpion is one of the most-common and feared summer pests here in Phoenix.Some of them are very harmful and some are just bothersome. Either way, it is good to know what pests to keep your eye out for this summer and how to be preventative when it comes to summer pest control.

Here are the 7 most-common summer pests here in Phoenix

#1. Scorpions

It is no wonder this little creepy crawly made it to the top of our list. The bark scorpion is one of those famous pests we have here in Arizona- lucky us! Even though they are not one of those pests that look scary, they are dangerous. They will cause harm, and you should take whatever precautions necessary to avoid these little guys at ALL COSTS!

Sorry if that is a frightening reality, but if you have ever been stung by a scorpion, you know the pain they can cause. In young children or elderly people, they can cause much more than pain, an agonizing scorpion sting can actually cause severe physical symptoms and in extreme cases, it can potentially even be fatal. It is important to take necessary precautions to keep your home scorpion-free this summer!

#2. Tarantulas

There are around 30 different species of tarantulas in Arizona, and during monsoon season they become very active! They are venomous and will bite, but only if extremely aggravated and provoked to do so. During summer nights, you may see tarantulas wondering around the desert. As far as venomous spiders go, they are considered a gentile species and if left alone, will not cause harm.

#3. Ticks

The most common species of ticks in Arizona is the Brown Dog Tick. As their name would suggest, they are found to be most harmful to dogs. While dogs are preferable to these ticks, if a k-9 cannot be found, the ticks will feed on other animals and even humans. Brown Dog Ticks enjoy being around the Oleander Bushes that are commonly found throughout Arizona. Make sure to get preventative tick treatment for your pets this summer to keep these little blood-suckers away.

#4. Ants

These little pests are scavengers and can destroy a fun family picnic in no time at all! Since their attraction to food is so strong, within a matter of minutes of spilling food or a drink on the floor, you could find yourself with a collection of ants that was not there just a few minutes prior. While these tiny pests have food on their minds, they do have a painful little bite! Take precautions to keep food, drinks and other items such as dog or cat food picked up and stored away, so ants will pass up on your house and head to the next one!

#5. Bees

We largely begin to see a problem with wasps and bees in the mid to late spring, but continues throughout the summer. Bee attacks in Arizona have seem to become more and more frequent. These attacks are caused by the Africanized Honeybees here in Arizona that are know to be more territorial and aggressive, with little to no provocation.

It is important to know what to do, should you find yourself in the middle of a bee attack. Use caution and stay on the look out in trees and bushes where a colony resides.

#6. Cockroaches

These yucky little pests LOVE summertime in Arizona, and will quickly invade your home if you are not careful. Since sewers and storm drains are typically their breeding ground of choice, when it rains, they look for shelter. They do not need much room to squeeze inside an area only about 1/16th of an inch (about the width of a credit card.)

Cockroaches will avoid homes that have been treated for pests; but those that have not, are prime targets. Once they are inside, they will munch down on any and everything. Our suggestion is to get your home treated, especially before monsoon season sets in.

#7. Crickets

While the sweet hum of a cricket chirping at night may lull you to sleep, that chirping should be cause for concern. Where there are crickets, there will be scorpions. A little cricket is like a delicacy at a 5 star restaurant for a scorpion.

One technique for keeping scorpions away from your home during the summer is by eliminating their food source, and crickets make a perfect meal for a hungry scorpion!

#8. Spiders

There are a wide variety of spiders in Arizona, some harmful and some not. Spiders will typically form their webs outdoors. You will, often times, see them around your patio furniture, outdoor toys & equipment, and underneath that shady umbrella.

Avoid taking outside items into your house because you never really know if a spider or another type of pest could be hitching a ride into your home. When it comes to spiders this summer, always err on the side of caution. Should spiders become a large problem in or around your home, make sure to talk with a professional about your pest control options.

We offer preventative pest services for all seasons

When it comes to summer pests, its good to take a preventative approach. Since so many pests are still active during these hot summer months, you want to make sure and take the proper steps to keep your family, pets and home, safe.

Look for a quality pest control company to seek advice from and discuss your concerns when it comes to pest control this summer. Our team at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services will even give you a free inspection of your home to give you a better sense of what can be done about your summer pests.

Give us a call at (480) 986-8500 to schedule your free inspection.


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Keeping your Phoenix, Arizona Home Scorpion-Free

Living in Arizona, you have had to learn to become uncomfortably familiar with scorpions. If you have ever had to endure the agonizing pain of a scorpion sting, you know just how dangerous these insects are! Especially for children and elderly, scorpion stings can cause serious physical problems. Not only are their stings dangerous and scary, but once you’ve survived a scorpion sting, you will always be on the look-out, and will loose a sense of safety when in your own home. It’s important that Arizona residents learn about specific behaviors of scorpions in order to learn how to best control them.

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Scorpions in Arizona

The most common species of scorpion you will see in Arizona, is the Bark Scorpion. Unfortunately, this little pest is also one of the most dangerous types in the world. They pack a powerful sting, and unlike bees do not die afterwards. Here are some common behaviors of these scorpions that are important to know to keep yourself safe.

These Bark Scorpions are found throughout the entire southwest. The Sonoran Desert is the best environment for them to thrive in! They are very sensitive to light, so during the day, they find clever places to hide that are shady and dark. These dark places will include any shady areas you have in your home including your shoes, towels, clothes and beds! Scorpions are always looking for water, so you will commonly see them in sinks or near a water source.

They like to come out at night and do their hunting. Typically the Arizona Bark Scorpion lives off of other insects like crickets and roaches. They are very resilient and can become aggressive when they feel threatened, which often times leads to those nasty stings when humans come in contact with them by accident.

Scorpion Stings

Being stung by a scorpion is a painful experience. And since most scorpions like to hide out of site, and are often times hard to spot, these stings can happen at any time, making it even more scary to be sharing your home with these creepy crawlies. Most scorpion stings occur on hands and feet, when a person is walking around with out shoes or grabbing for something when they encounter a scorpion. Most people commonly experience pain, swelling, numbness, and some redness, while others who are allergic could demonstrate more sever symptoms such as vomiting, difficulty breathing, and twitching of the neck, head, and eyes. If you experience any of these symptoms you should seek medical help right away, as the Arizona Bark Scorpion’s venom is extremely toxic and stings should be taken very seriously.

How to Avoid Scorpions

If you live in Arizona long enough, you will more than likely encounter a scorpion whether in your own home, at work, or a friend or family members house. However, you are not going to see the EVERY day, and you shouldn’t have to be worried about getting stung by a scorpion every time you slip your foot into your shoe. It’s important to simply be aware that they are around. Here are a few tips to help you avoid scorpions in your home.

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  • Seal openings– Scorpions can slip into your home through a space as thin as a credit card! Make sure all of the openings around doors and windows are tightly sealed.
  • Clean the Clutter– In the daytime, scorpions around your house will find shade in rocks, wood piles, and debris around your home. Make sure to keep the area around your home clear eliminating places for them to hide.
  • Eliminate their Food Source– Knowing that scorpions like to feed on crickets, roaches and other insects, eliminate their food source with general pest control measures. Without anything to eat, they’ll likely leave your home alone.
  • Clean the Corners– Clean in the areas of your home that are typically avoided such as under furniture, in corners, and behind large items. Also, keep clothes and shoes picked up off the floor, this is often the perfect hiding spot for hiding.
  • Protect those Toes– Slip some flip flops on before walking around at night. Since scorpions hunt at night, this is the time you will typically find them crawling across your floors.
  • NO Towels on the Floor– Throwing your damp towels on the bathroom floor is just asking for trouble! A cold, damp, dark place is the PERFECT resting spot for a scorpion.
  • Scorpion Hunting– Get a black light and put on your scorpion hunting hat. After dark, take a walk around your home shining the light into all of the corners, cracks, and crevices. The scorpions will glow bright green, making them easy to spot and eliminate. Go ahead and take a walk on the inside of your house too- just in case.
  • Call the Pros– Seek help from the professionals. Unfortunately, because scorpions are SO resilient, they do not respond to regular pesticides, but rest assured that a professional pest control company with experience in scorpion control can help!

Professional Scorpion Control

A professional pest control company can help give you quality options for controlling your scorpion problem in Phoenix, AZ. These would include eliminating the food source with a general pest control treatment, a home sealing service to keep those nasty scorpions outdoors, and applying a scorpion control product outside your home on a regular basis to prevent scorpions from getting inside!

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Finding the Best Pest Control Company in Arizona

Before hiring a pest control company to help you control the scorpions around your home, it’s important to do your research! Not all pest control companies are created equal, especially in Arizona where there are about a million options to choose from. It is important to choose a company that has been in business for many years, showing that they have experience and have produced great results for their customers. Also, look for a company with certified technicians. Certified technicians will have the most knowledge to help with whatever pest problem you might have. Do your research, and choose a company that will genuinely help you control the scorpions in your home to keep your family safe. For the very best pest control in Phoenix, Arizona, give us a call at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. It would be our pleasure to help you get rid of those scorpions!

 

 

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.

 

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.