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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!

Why AZ Pest Control is a Smart Investment for Home and Property Owners

If you live in Arizona and are experiencing serious pest issues, you surely want to hire an AZ pest control team to help you. You don’t have to wait until you actually find pests inside your property – you should regularly hire a pest control service to keep these little creatures as far away as possible.

Sometimes, homeowners and business owners have to deal with all kinds of unwanted insects or bugs. This can seriously damage the furniture and structure of any property. That is why hiring a pest control company to exterminate the pests is the best solution available.

But, when it comes to choosing the right company to do the job, you should think carefully because you don’t deserve a team that is only going to spray obvious openings and windows. What you want is the entire AZ pest control package and an assurance that you won’t be seeing pests anytime soon.

What damage can pests cause?

  • Rats, which can cause a fire on your property and transmit diseases such as leptospirosis, rat bite fever, trichinosis, salmonella and many more, bite more than 45 000 people a year.
  • 50% of our food crops can be destroyed by pests if pest management practices don’t exist.
  • Lots of people fear insects and can’t stand seeing them. This can lead to stress and insomnia.
  • Apart from the fear, more than 2 million people in the US are allergic to insects, more than ¼ of them suffer from insect stings every year and about 100 people die as a consequence
  • Cockroaches contribute to children asthma and about 44% of children are allergic to them.Pests can cause a lot of damage
  • Each year, homeowners and business owners complain that insects and rodents are severely damaging their property.
  • If you own a business in the food industry, you could get a heavy fine for not having an adequate pest management program.

How to choose the right AZ pest control company?

Nowadays, pest control services are better than ever before. When you are hiring a pest control service, you are not only hiring a man to spray your home or office – it is much more than that. A team of professionals with the right education and training will come to your property and provide you with effective pest extermination, finally putting your mind at ease.

In order to feel safe and comfortable while you are at home, you need to make sure that you choose the right pest control company. Each home is unique, meaning that the same pest control methods can’t be used everywhere. A good pest control company will make a special plan to keep the invaders out of your property. Feel free to cooperate with the company and ask its experts to start monitoring your home and make sure everything is okay.

If you choose a company offering green services, you can be proud of yourself for contributing toward a healthier environment. This company will know which products won’t harm your furniture and make sure your family is safe.

Hiring skilled AZ Pest Control technicians is a decision that can benefit you in the long run

Companies with a rich background are available most of the time, so if you need their services, they will even work on holidays and weekends to help you get rid of the pests once and for all. If you’ve been а loyal client for a while and all you need is a small service (like an inspection), these companies will most likely come and help you free of charge.

A good pest control company will know how to identify the creatures that are pestering you and deal with them in the best way possible. You will also get information about the pests so that you can make sure that they never come back again. Once a company shows that you can count on it, you will know that you have someone you can rely on when faced with all kinds of pests.

The moment you choose to get in touch with the best AZ pest control company, feel free to give us a call. We, at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services, can offer you various pest control services with which you can get rid of pests for good. You can count on us if you are serious about overcoming the struggle against the creepy crawlers.

We have 16 years of professional experience, so we can guarantee that you will be happy with our pest and termite control methods. At the same time, we make sure that we constantly invest in new pest control products and equipment. As for our experts, they are regularly trained and educated so that they can always meet your expectations.

Types of pest control

There are many types of pest control and it is really important to be able to recognize them:

  • Pest-destroying animals – cats can get rid of unwanted insects and rats, but they can’t eliminate them all.
  • Poisoned bait – it is effective against mice and rats only if there is no other food nearby.
  • Pesticides – a method of pest control that involves spraying pesticides using handheld products, trucks or planes.
  • Sterilization – one of the best methods because it can’t harm humans.
  • Mechanical pest control – involves hands-on techniques, as well as devices, natural ingredients and simple equipment.
  • Biological pest control – eliminating pests with minimal harm to the environment
  • Physical pest control – а method which includes setting up barriers and removing insects.

Here are some tips on how to prevent pests from entering your property:

  • Spray all of the obvious holes around your doors and windows.
  • Remove the trash each day and make sure you don’t have crumbs on the floor.
  • Keep the kitchen clean and keep the food away from visible places because pests are big fans of food.
  • Clean, sweep and vacuum on a regular basis because you don’t know when you’re going to spot the pests in a dark corner of your home.
  • Take care of your plants and make sure they don’t attract pests.
  • Wash dirty dishes after very meal because pests love leftovers.
  • If you have a pet, don’t leave its food open throughout the night because pests are attracted to that, too.
  • Don’t leave water in the sink and clean the counter as soon as possible because pests can swim.
  • If you have something that leaks, like a radiator or a dishwasher, fix it immediately.
  • Always check the bags and boxes you bring home so that you make sure there are no pests inside.
  • Set traps for mice and rats; just make sure children and pets can’t touch them.

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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Pest Control for Real Estate Agents

With all the hard work that goes into staging and selling a home, the last thing a real estate agent needs is a surprise pest infestation. It is a serious problem that could turn off buyers, cause costly delays and potentially hold up a closing. Instead of waiting until the last minute to invest in Arizona residential pest control, it’s wise to make it one of the first things you do when taking on a home to sell or rent.

Termites are a particularly troublesome pest that can send potential buyers running in the opposite direction. Because their presence often goes undetected until the damage is extreme, it is very important that real estate agents acquire the services of only the best commercial pest control in Arizona. At Arizona’s Best Choice Pest Control, we offer reliable inspections to determine the presence of termites, followed by the most thorough services and treatments to bug proof your home and make the property more appealing to buyers. Furthermore, we provide a Wood Destroying Insect Information Report that real estate agents can show to potential buyers- if a buyer knows that a pest problem has been dealt with, they are much more likely to commit to purchasing.

Another serious Arizona pest problem is scorpions. These dangerous and crafty critters hide in foliage and under rocks during the day, waiting until nighttime to come out and strike. If not handled properly, the presence of scorpions can turn into a terrifying deterrent for many a homeowner or real estate agent. To eliminate the problem before it gets out of control, trust the expert services offered at Arizona’s Best Choice. We provide unparalleled home protection against scorpions, and can get a house in selling shape quickly and safely.

For all your Arizona residential pest control needs, please contact us. We would be happy to assist real estate agents with home protection against scorpions, termites, and any other pest problem with the best residential and commercial pest control in Arizona.

 

 

 

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.