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Go beyond weed killer with our weed services

Weeds: Nothing is quite as capable of destroying your weekend than having to sit out in the yard and yank these pesky plants out of the ground. Weed killer only works sometimes, and they seem to crop up soon after they are ripped apart from the ground.

Pictured: Weed killer and pulling weeds only does so much.

However, proper weed control is essential. Weeds suck important nutrients from the ground needed by other plants. Left untreated, weeds soon spread over the entire lawn.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss why you should call us at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite services for effective weed services. For a free weed inspection, call us at (480) 986-8500 or contact us online.

Why you need to deal with weeds (with more than just weed killer)

Against a wide variety of weeds, your average store-bought weed killer doesn’t stand a chance. You have two choices: you can break your back pulling weeds out of your yard every weekend, or you can treat weeds like the pests they are by calling us. We have solutions for weeds that get rid of them for good.

Here are three big reasons why you should take weeds seriously:

#1. Weeds can destroy your yard (and the environment)

The impact of a weed infestation in your yard go far beyond just having an upset HOA fine you—although that happens, too! In fact, weeds can destroy your yard’s beauty, reducing it to an embarrassing dead patch. Here’s why.

One of the things that makes weeds so successful is that they are competitors. They have evolved specifically to fight for space and the right to grow and thrive. For plants, that means having access to water, nutrients, and sunlight.

Weeds are ruthless in this regard. They aggressively steal nutrients from the soil needed by your grass, trees, or bushes. They soak up water, denying it to the other plants. And, given enough time, they grow tall enough to choke off their competitors from sunlight, killing them and leaving more of everything for themselves.

Here in Arizona, many yards make use of native plants, including cacti, palo verde trees, and more. Unlike invasive weed species—including Prickly Acacia, Gorse, Mesquite, and Parkinsonia—they’re not built for that level of competition. They need help.

#2. Weeds can provide safe harbor for pests

A weed invasion changes the balance of ecological communities. Birds, lizards, and native insects are not able to thrive in a weed-filled environment, while other, hardier survivors succeed in their absence. Without birds or lizards to keep them in check, crickets, ants, and roaches profligate.

In this way, a weed infestation can actually trigger a different kind of pest infestation in your home.

#3. Some weeds can trigger allergies

Not many people know that weeds can also adversely affect human health. Certain weed species—such as Ragweed, Parthenium Weed, Privet, and Ryegrass—can cause respiratory issues and asthma, particularly in senior individuals and children. Others trigger allergies in the spring, making your life miserable. You need weed control.

Store-bought weed killer often isn’t enough

Now that we’ve reviewed some of the things that make weeds a serious problem, let’s turn our attention to dealing with the said problem.

Here’s the bad news: if you’re relying on store-bought weed killer to get the job done, you might need to keep waiting. Weed killer is treating the symptom. To treat the disease, you need the advice and tools of a professional weed control specialist at Arizona’s Best Choice.

Our certified technicians have experience dealing with all kinds of weeds. We know where to spray, how to spray, and what to do to kill weeds without ruining your yard or negatively impacting the environment.

When it comes to weeds, trust the experts.

Call Arizona’s Best for weed killing and removal services

Here in the Valley, the best choice for weed killer services is Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. Our professional team consists of Arizona-certified technicians who are licensed, bonded and insured.

To get started with your FREE weed control inspection, call us at (480) 986-8500 or contact us online.

Here are six ways to ensure a pest-free home

Pests are gross. There’s little disagreement on that subject. You don’t want them in your house, period. In this blog, we’ll discuss six ways to help ensure that you have a pest-free home. Here are our tips:

#1. Keep your entire house clean

Pictured: Technician ensuring a pest-free home with pest treatment.The best and the most reliable way to get a pest-free house is to keep your home clean. An unclean and cluttered house can become an incubator for pests. Pests thrive in such conditions.

Make sure that you clean your house every day or every other day. Mop your floors with disinfectants weekly. Dry clean your carpets, rugs, and curtains every few months. Keep up with all these cleaning routines, and your home is less likely to face any pest problems.

#2. A clean kitchen increases your chances of a pest-free home

Kitchens are among the favorite places for pests to flourish and spread. Kitchens have a slightly higher temperature than the rest of the house, they have more moisture, and there is food there. All of these combine to give insects and vermin an ideal place to call home.

Don’t leave your kitchen cabinets and counters soggy or covered in food. Make sure that you are not leaving any unwashed dishes in your kitchen sink overnight because it will lead to infestation. Also keep all the food items in air tight jars in the kitchen. Cleaning all the clutter from your kitchen is also important because it will give pests fewer places to hide.

#3. Look out for cracks and openings

No matter how clean your house is, if there are even small cracks in and around your house, then the time is not far away when your house will be hosting unwanted guests. Make sure to seal and close all such openings, otherwise all your cleaning efforts will go in vain. Arizona’s Best Pest & Termite offers home sealing services.

#4. Take care of your pet’s health

Taking care of your pets is also an important, as well. Having them scheduled for regular veterinary appointments will help keep them free from any infestation. Some of these infestations could spread around the house and compromise your health, too.

In addition, don’t keep pet food in the open where it is easily accessible to pests.

#5. Dispose of garbage regularly

Pests love garbage. And if you are not disposing your household garbage daily, you are inviting rats, cockroaches, and more to come into your house. You don’t want that!

#6. Know when to wave the white flag and call Arizona’s Best Pest & Termite for a pest-free home

Even after doing all the preventive measures listed above, there’s still a chance that your house can get infested with pests. If you notice that usual do-it-yourself pest control techniques aren’t working, then it’s time to call a professional pest control company.

If you suspect you have pests, give our team a call. We offer free pest control inspections in the Phoenix metro area, and we can provide you with professional pest and termite control services. We have specialized treatments for a number of different pests.

Here are 6 tips for dealing with a rat infestation

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

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

6 tips for dealing with a rat infestation

1. Don’t go out and adopt a cat as a solution to your rat infestation

Yes, cats are great hunters and the natural predator of rats, mice, and other rodents. The symbiotic relationship between cats and humans over the course of human history is in part built on the cat’s ability to keep our grain silos and homes free of mice.

However, cats that catch mice and rats—known as “mousers”—live far shorter lives than those that don’t. There’s a reason for that. Mice and rats are disease-carriers, so when your cat catches a rat, there’s a chance of infection. Or the passage of ticks. Or for the cat to ingest poison that the rat has consumed at some point. Plus, a cat will only be able to do so much, as rats in walls—where they nest and produce successive generations—are out of their reach.

If you adopt a cat, do so because you’re looking for a lovable companion. Leave the “mouser” duties to a professional pest control technician.

2. Instead, start by cleaning your house

Trash and clutter are the best friends of rats living in your home. They love clutter of all kinds, as it provides them the perfect hiding place and it’s warm bedding to bring back to nests. Start by de-cluttering your home. Make sure that the kitchen, attic, closets, and the basement are clean.

Also, you should empty trash cans in the kitchen and bathroom on a regular basis. That’s part of our next tip.

3. Eliminate their food sources

One of the preferred tactics of generals and commanders in a war is to cut off the enemy’s supply lines. You can also apply this tactic in your war against rats. Eliminating the food source will impact the desire of the rats to hang around in your house.

You should also avoid giving the rats a reason to stay around your house and dump all of your accumulated garbage immediately. Also, you should consider placing a lockable lid on the garbage can. This will prevent easy access for rats to their food source.

4. Don’t use cheap rat poison

The cheapest way to deal with a rat problem is to use rat poison. However, this is not an effective way to eliminate rats from inside the house. It rarely actually solves the problem, and can often make things worse. In fact, apart from the horrible smell, it can pose a health concern as rats can die in hard to reach areas. We don’t think we need to elaborate on how horrible that can be.

5. Seal your home

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

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

6. Call in the experts

The most effective pest control strategy with a rat infestation is to call in the rodent control experts at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. We have experience in removing and eliminating rats in a safe, quick, and effective manner.

True pest control professionals, our team knows all of the effective techniques that can get rid of your rat infestation once and for all.

Call Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite for help with a rat infestation

If you are facing any kind of rodent problem in the Phoenix metro area, call our team at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. We have a team of qualified and experienced pest control experts who can quickly eliminate rats inside the house. You can count on our experts to do a professional job in clearing your house from all kinds of rodents and pests.

Here’s how you can help prevent pest infestations in your home

How to Prevent Pest Infestations inside the HousePests. They’re something no one wants in their home. If you’re someone who wants a pest-free home, it’s essential that you declare war on the pests and make your house a no-entry zone for those pesky creatures.

In this article, we have listed three essential preventive pest control strategies that can ensure that pests do not have a chance to invade your house.

1. Keep a keen eye out for pests—and think about where they might be

In order ensure that your house does not become a home for pests, keep a close eye on the exterior and interior of the house. Examine entry points inside the house from the front yard and the backyard. You will have a greater chance of preventing pest infestation inside the house if you stop them in their tracks.

Bathrooms are the prime entry point of rodents and cockroaches. These pests make way through the drains and pipes of the house. Another place you should keep an eye for pests is the kitchen. Here, ants will often make colonies remain close to the food source.

The garage is the prime spot for cockroaches, mice, and spiders. Pests such as mosquitoes and termites that love dark and moist places can be found in the basement and the attic. Lastly, the yards could become the home for bees, wasps, mosquitoes, and ants. They tend to build their nests around flowers and grass near the home.

2. Take preventative measures

Apart from keeping a close watch on the pests, it’s also important to take precautionary measures to prevent pest infestations. Consider keeping the rooms clean at all times to avoid making an ideal home for pests who scavenge human crumbs. Clean and dry rooms signal to the dirty pests that they are not welcome inside the house.

Sealing the access points is another way to prevent pest infestations. Consider sealing cracked siding, fascia, and soffits. Also, the space around the doors and windows should be sealed to prevent entry of the pests. This is one of the most effective forms of pest control, and that’s why we offer home sealing services.

3. Schedule a free pest and termite inspection with us!

Remember: you can’t always detect or prevent every pest infestation. Sometimes, by the time that you have discovered the pest infestation, they will have caused irreparable damage. Or, the pests you’re looking for—such as termites—can be difficult to find and detect. You need to call in an expert.

Our technicians have experience in detecting the trails that are left behind by the pests. We take quick and effective measures minimizing the damage done by the pests. Best of all? We offer free pest inspections in the Phoenix and Casa Grande areas. Call us to schedule yours today!

Arizona’s Best Choice can help you prevent pest infestations in your home

If you want the help of professional pest control experts in Phoenix and Casa Grande, Arizona, contact us. We have highly experienced and courteous technicians who can take quick and effective measures deal with all kinds of pest problems.

Here’s How You Can Help Termite-Proof Your Home

Termite-Proof Your HomeEvery year, termite infestation in the United States costs thousands of dollars in structural and property damage. The actual extent of the damage depends on the size of the colony, type of termite, and the food sources present inside and around the house.

Once the termite has infested a home, it is costly and difficult to exterminate them. Moreover, the damage done to the foundation of the house or the furniture inside can cost top dollars for the property owners.

A colony of termites can cause extensive damage in just about six months after infestation. In warmer climates, the colony can infest and ravage through the wooden structures even more quickly. That’s why it’s important that you identify and exterminate termites from the house as early as possible. In this blog posts, we’ll review some tips to termite-proof your home.

How do you know if you have a termite infestation?

The most common type of termite in the US is the subterranean termite that builds mud tunnels from the ground towards the food source. Other less common type includes dry wood termites, damp wood termites, Formosan termite, and conehead termites. All of these termites can do major damage to the property.

The foremost thing that you can do to avoid termite damage is to keep a look out for termites. The earlier you detect and remove the termites from the house, the less will be the damage. Consider probing exposed wood using a screwdriver or other similar tool. If you detect hollow spots in the woods, a termite colony might have invaded your house.

Of course, the best way to know for sure if you have a termite inspection or not is to call the team at Arizona’s Best Pest & Termite Services. We offer free in-home termite inspections.

Apart from keeping an eye for the termites, you can also take certain steps to prevent the natural pests from invading your home.

1. Termite-proof your home foundation

When constructing the home, you should ask the constructor to use a concrete foundation and leave a space between the wood and the soil. Also, it’s important that the exposed wood surfaces should be covered with a metal barrier or sealant to prevent termite infestation.

2. Keep the soil around the foundation dry

Another important tip to prevent termite infestation is to keep the soil around the house dry. The house exterior can act as a portal through which the termites can invade your house. Proper drainage and grading can prevent moisture around the house thereby preventing a termite infestation. Also, you should consider maintaining the downspouts and the gutters to termite-proof the house.

3. Maintain your roof tiles

Broken roof tiles can also act as a gateway for the termites to enter the house. You should check the roof and repair any cracked or broken roof tiles. Also, you should take measures to keep the roof dry to avoid termite infestation.

4. Confirm that your air conditioner is properly placed

Termites are attracted to the moisture released by the air conditioner. To avoid termite infestation, you should consider putting the air conditioner unit away from the foundation of the house. This will prevent the termites from making a meal of the wooden items inside or outside the house.

Call Arizona’s Best Choice for more professional advice to termite-proof your home

For more information on how to reduce the chances of termite infestation in Phoenix, AZ, you can contact Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services.

What You Should Know About Subterranean Termites

Subterranean TermitesTermites are found almost everywhere in the world. They are a menace to deal if they colonize inside the house. A colony of termites can cause major damage that can cost hundreds of dollars to the house owner. The termites eat anything made of wood including doors, frames, chairs, tables, and other items made of wood.

Most people have come across drywood termites that are the standard invasive species eating the woods inside the house. However, a totally different species of termites also exist, known as subterranean termites, that can destroy the house from top to bottom.

Subterranean termites: An introduction

Subterranean termites are particularly common in the southeastern parts of the United States, but can also be found in Arizona and the Southwest. These termites like to feed on moist wood located on the ground. They are especially fond of studs and other part of the house that have been exposed to moisture.

Unlike drywood termites, the subterranean termites tend to reside on the ground. They come out enjoy feasting on wood structure of the house before going back into the tunnels. A tell-tale sign of these invaders include mud tunnels that they build from their underground home to the moist wood that they like to eat. The tunnels protect them from predators and also from drying out.

How to protect your home against a subterranean termite infestation

Keep soil, stacked wood, and other debris away from the foundation of the home. This will reduce the chances of subterranean termites infecting your house.

You should look for mud tunnels that indicate the presence of the termite infestation. Look at the foundation of the home to find out whether mud shelter tubes are present.

The termite shelter tubes are hollow soil tunnels that extend from the sold to the house. It serves as a tunnel through which termites travel and carry the food supply. In case you find this unusual mud structure, you should let a professional exterminator examine your house.

An important point to keep in mind is that once the property has been treated of termite infestation, you should not think that the termites won’t attack the house again. Annual inspection of the property by a professional is important as it will ensure that the house becomes protected from the scourge of subterranean infestation.

Call Arizona’s Best Choice for help from a professional

If you suspect that your house has been infected with subterranean infestation, the first thing that you should do is to call a termite control company. The professional will inspect the property and take instant action to remove the termite infestation from the house.

Suspect that you have termites? Give us a call!

To get in touch with professional subterranean termite control experts in the area of Arizona, you can contact Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. We use environmentally friendly products to clean the pests. All our treatments are safe and approved by the EPA.

How To Prevent A Rat Infestation Inside Your Home

Rat Infestation Inside the HouseRats are a serious threat to the health of the individuals. They carry different kinds of infectious diseases that can transfer to humans and pets inside the house. A rat infestation is bad news for homeowners.

The pesky little creatures can also cause damage to the electrical wiring that can pose a serious fire threat. The annoying part about rat infestation is that they tend to breed fast. Once a couple of rats enter the house, they can literally take over your house within a short time.

Prevention is the best cure when it comes to avoiding rat infestation. Here are three tips that can prove invaluable in preventing rats to infest your home.

If you do find yourself with a rat infestation, give Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services a call. We offer free rodent control inspections.

1. Seal the entry points to your home

You must seal the entry points through which rats can enter the house. Not many people know that the door and windows are the most common entry points for the rodents. By sealing the doors and windows, you can reduce the chance of rodents breaking inside the house.

To seal large holes, you can use lath metal, hardware cloth, cement, or metal sheeting. Steel wool can be used to fix small holes from where the rats can enter the house. You can find these materials in your local hardware shop.

In addition, you can use flashing around the base of the home to prevent entry of the rodents. The garages and outbuildings should also be sealed to avoid the entry of rodents. Also, if you have seen rats in your garden, you should be careful when entering and exiting the house. The rodents can dart through when you leave the door open for a few minutes.

2. Remove the nesting sites

You should detect and remove possible nesting sites of the rats outside the house. Garbage cans, woodpiles, and elevated hay are some of the common nesting places for the rates. Keep woodpiles far away from the house at least 100 feet or more.

Also, you should get rid of old tires, cars, and trucks that the mice could use as homes. Keeping grass and shrubbery cut within 100 feet of the house will also eliminate the chances of the rats making their nest around the house.

3. Call AZ Best Pest for professional help

You should contact professional rat control company for instant and effective results. The pest control experts will make a thorough inspection of the house and take instant action to remove rodents from and around the house.

We can help you with any rat infestation problems

If you want expert rodent control services in Phoenix, AZ, you can contact Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. We have a team of expert exterminators that can eliminate all kinds of pests from the house.

The Pied Piper of Phoenix, dealing with Rats and more

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Rats are the creatures associated with spreading of the Black Plague during the Middle Ages. Of course, the origin of the disease was due to a lot of other factors such as extremely poor hygiene and bad state of the sewage system to note a few, but the pest that is accountable for spreading the plague from city to city and even entire continents, is the roof rat.

What are roof rats?

In scientific terms, the roof rat is known as ‘Rattus Rattus’ and belongs to the Rodent family. The roof rat is also commonly known as the black rat even though its fur is usually dark brown in color.

The roof rat is easily distinguished with its tail, which is very long, thin and hairless, as compared to other rats. A fully grown adult rat reaches to about 13 to 18 inches long, including its tail!

In addition to that:

  • Roof-rats are nocturnal creatures, hence more commonly spotted during the night, which is why it won’t be easy to figure out if there is a pest infestation or not.
  • Their droppings are long and cylindrical, and carriers of parasites and viruses.
  • They are good climbers, and prefer higher ground like trees and woodpiles. In your home, you will find the rat most probably in your attic or ceiling hence the name roof-rat.
  • Roof-rats are so agile and flexible that they only need a hole the size of a quarter to gain entry into homes and buildings.
  • Female roof-rats can have up to 4 litters a year, each litter containing five to eight young.
  • The diet of roof-rats is pet food, nuts, vegetables, fruits, and spiders and worms.

What are the diseases carried by roof-rats?

Rats are the major carriers of diseases that are fatal to humans. These pests carry parasites in the form of fleas, which effectively spread disease and death wherever they go.

Rats carry the following diseases:

  • Bubonic Plague
  • Salmonella
  • Rat-bite fever
  • Tape-worms
  • Murine Typhus
  • Repair broken and torn screens of doors
  • Keep lids on trash cans
  • Clean debris from the yard, and area of storage
  • Don’t leave pet food outside
  • Roof-rats love ripe citrus fruits, which is why you should pick the citrus fruits from your trees as soon as they ripen

What can you do to control this pest invasion?

If you have tried everything of the above and still cannot rid your home of the pesky little critters, there are a number of good pest control agencies that you will find in Phoenix that are only a click away. You can hire their services, to make your home rat-free!

 

Termites – Treatment and Prevention

Your home is the largest investment of your entire life, thus don’t settle for second best when it comes to its maintenance and prevention of pests.

There are a number of pest control agencies in Phoenix that specialize in termite control and its treatment, but you have got to dig really deep in order to find the one that fits your needs [and your budget], as not all termite control agencies in Phoenix are the same.

The best termite control and treatment agency is one that does a thorough job of removing the pesky little insects and ensures that another infestation doesn’t sprout up.

It should be mentioned that effective and long-term treatments of termites requires hard work. Companies that focus on low prices and quick jobs with 5 to 10 year warranties are more intent on producing a large volume of work. Therefore, they don’t focus on the quality of the termite treatments they use and are not exactly worried about the long term control of the problem.

Deciding on a treatment for termites can be confusing, especially when pest control agencies offer so many options. To decide on an effective termite treatment plan, homeowners in Phoenix should ask themselves the following questions:

Can I Treat The House Myself?

No, you cannot. Treating a house from termites requires a special set of skills. Building construction knowledge is required to identify the areas where termites are likely to enter. Usage of specialized equipment such as masonry drills, pumps, large capacity tanks, and treatment rods is usually a part of termite control treatments.

How to choose an effective termite control company?

As with any service provider, references are invaluable in determining the truth as to the quality of work they boast of. Call at least 2-3 companies, and consult with them about inspection, treatment procedures, and its estimates. This will allow you to compare their services. The company you eventually choose should be licensed by the Department of Agriculture, or the relevant agency responsible for the regulation of termite control in Phoenix.

Which Treatment Plan Will Work?

There are generally two very broad categories of termite treatment, chemical use and baits. You should first have your house inspected for evidence and then decide upon a treatment.

The purpose of applying chemicals in the soil is to create a long-lasting barrier that prevents, and in most cases, kills, termites that are in the soil. The other treatment for termite control is the use of baits or traps. These baits consist of paper, cardboard, or other palatable food, which is combined with a slow-acting substance, which is lethal to the pests.

The effectiveness of the two treatments is varied between the usage of only one, on some properties and a combination of the two on others.

In the end, everything boils down to the fact of your satisfaction.