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

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

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

Why do people love working for us?

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

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

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

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

Why should employee satisfaction matter to customers?

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

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

Schedule your free inspection from our great pest technicians!

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

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

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

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

Here’s how Altriset works:

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

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

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

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

Here are the benefits of Altriset:

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel pest control: 5 pests and how to deal with them

There’s nothing that hurts the bottom line of any hotel, motel or bed-and-breakfast quite like a pest infestation. Guests expect a clean, safe environment. Any pest problems, and it’s not just them who won’t be rebooking—your online reviews will take a hit, as well. That’s why hotel pest control is important.

Hiring professionals to handle your lodging pest control needs is equally important. In this blog, we’ll run through the top pest problems that plague hotels and motels, and why experts are best trained and equipped to handle them.

Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services is your top choice for effective commercial pest control in Phoenix and Casa Grande. To schedule service for your business, contact our team.

Hotel pest control matters5 most common pests in hotels and motels

Just like homes, hotels and commercial businesses can have all manner of pest problems. Here are the top-5 pests that you need to look out for and get hotel pest control to deal with:

Bed bug infestation

There’s no two ways about it: bed bugs are the most dreaded pests in hotels and motels. Nothing will kill your business faster or expose you to greater legal liability than bed bugs. Nothing will ruin your reputation faster—even if the extent of the actual infestation is limited.

Your team should regularly be spot-checking beds, furniture, and more for bed bugs. We recommend giving us a call for both preliminary and post-discovery bed bug inspections and treatment.

Bed bugs can spread from room-to-room faster than you’d think, and you don’t know the true extent of the problem until you have a professional inspect your rooms. If you close your eyes and hope the problem goes away, you’re heading for disaster.

Rodents (mice and rats)

Rodents like to be where warmth, humans, and food are. Hotels and motels are the juncture of all three. Rodents are not just gross (although they totally are) or disease-carriers (although they totally are), but they can also cause property damage and bigger problems. Rats and mice living in walls have been known to chew through electrical cords and start fires.

Our team can set up discrete traps after our preliminary inspection, and work with you on a defined plan for getting rid of all rodents and preventing re-infestation. This will likely include a mixture of traps, blocking entries, and perhaps changes to how trash and food waste is disposed at your hotel.

Prevent a cockroach infestation

They’re disgusting. If a guest finds one of these in their room, you can expect to receive a very angry call or perhaps worse. The guest is well within their rights: cockroaches represent a great health threat. They carry a large number of deadly pathogens that can cause serious diseases.

Roaches in a home are one thing, since the factors that led to their proliferation can be tightly controlled by the homeowner. However, in a hotel setting, they’re very difficult to get rid of without the intervention of a professional. That’s because guests often eat and drink in their rooms, and there are plenty of places for roaches to hide and breed.

Arizona’s Best Choice can help you get rid of your roach problems with a series of traps, treatments, and advice on how to eliminate the roach’s food supply.

Get rid of the flies

Most hotel owners and managers probably wouldn’t put flies on their top list of pests that they think of needing to deal with. However, flies are a big hassle for guests, and eliminating them is important. However, traditional means of elimination—such as fly swatters and flypaper—aren’t going to “fly” with your guests.

We have multiple means of helping you get rid of flies for good. In addition to our treatments, we’ll suggest plants and ways to discourage flies from hanging around your rooms, lobby, and common areas.

Termite Prevention

Most guests aren’t going to notice termites. However, your entire property could be endangered by a termite infestation, ruining your investment and possibly even leading to you needing to close the hotel to have repairs made. That’s a lot of lost revenue and spent cash on dealing with a problem that can be prevented with effective termite control.

Just like we do for property management companies, we can help your hotel manage your termite treatment needs. We use an effective treatment and back our work with a warranty. Our team is thorough. It’s one of the most effective ways of dealing with termites.

For hotel pest control, call us

It’s important that you handle things right with your guests. Trust, communication, honesty, and doing the right thing by your guests goes a long way. So does corrective action, which is why it’s so important to call in the professionals as soon as possible.

Here in Phoenix and Casa Grande, Arizona, Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite is, well, the best choice out there for commercial pest control and hotel pest control services. Our highly trained and professional technicians have years of experience working with hotels and motels.

Get started with an estimate and a bid. Contact us today, or give us a call at (480) 986-8500.

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.

Do you need professionals to get rid of termites?

So you think you have termites invading your home and now you are doubtful whether you should try DIY pest control methods or contact professional exterminators. In this article, we will share a couple of important things you should know in order to get rid of termites effectively. But first, let’s look at the common termite infestation signs.

Common signs of termite infestation

Before you start planning your termite control strategy, it is crucial to determine their kind and the level of infestation on your property. In Arizona, there are two kinds of termites that are common – subterranean and drywood termites.

Subterranean termites are winged termite species, about 3/8″ long. Their bodies are flat and light brown in color. Drywood termites are similar to the subterranean kind, but somewhat larger. They are not as common as their subterranean counterpart, but can cause costly damage to people’s properties.

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Subterranean termites create mud-tubes from the soil to the wooden elements inside your home. The tubes can have the size of a pencil, but can also get much larger if left untreated. These home invaders can excavate wooden surface in houses and cover holes with soil, saliva and feces.

Another sign of termite presence is the appearance of swarmers near sources of light. They are most commonly noticed in spring and sometimes during the fall season. If you notice swarmers outdoors, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are inside your house. However, if you notice these winged, ant-like pests or a pile of wings inside your cozy home – it’s a sure sign of a termite infestation.

Damaged wood is another common sign of termite presence. The wooden surface will most likely appear damaged or crushed, and sound weird when tapped. As drywood termites nest and live inside the wood, they are challenging to detect until they have already caused enormous damage. Common signs of drywood termites include small sand piles around your house, which are actually termite fecal droppings.  

DIY termite control vs. professional termite control

When deciding on termite control methods, people have two options to choose from: a do-it-yourself treatment or contacting professional services. Even though DIY termite control products are “more affordable”, a professional approach that’s reasonably priced will be more effective and more cost-effective in the long run.  

Due to the recent recession and the shrinking of the middle class, people tend to save money and contact a pro only when its an “absolute most”. They  first try to solve their termite issues using products they can find in local stores. By purchasing pest control products and applying them to infested areas on your own, you may be able to save a little money. However, as you are probably not a skilled termite control technician, you can’t be certain if your termite issue will be successfully solved.  

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If you can’t determine the level of infestation properly, you can cause additional damage. You will not only make the termite infestation worse, but you can also put the health of your family, pets and plants at risk. This is due to the strong and dangerous poison most termite control products consist of.

In order to avoid any risks and ensure a termite-free environment, it is always wiser to contact professional termite control technicians. Termite control professionals will determine the magnitude of the infestation and then create a strategy to safely remove the little invaders from your property in no time.

Why hire a pro to get rid of termites?

When using DIY termite control products, people risk spreading the infestation throughout their property. This is not an unusual occurrence, as it takes more than a strong pesticide to get rid of the persistent, hardworking pests. Professional termite control technicians use strong pesticides only when absolutely necessary. They apply these products appropriately, without causing any additional damage.

If left untreated, termites will gnaw and chew through wooden objects and surfaces, causing enormous damage to your house or building structure. The same thing happens if termites are treated improperly. Experienced and skillful technicians will take care of the infestation quickly, safely and efficiently.

Hiring a pro will ensure a healthy, termite-free environment. As using DIY termite control products can be highly toxic, you may expose your family to health risks. Also, you or a member of your family could easily come in contact with termite droppings which can cause certain health issues.

A DIY termite control approach can be time consuming and frustrating due to the lack of experience and desired results. Instead of investing your time, effort and money in attempts that could easily fail, it’s always better to leave the matter to already proven and successful professionals.

Some termite species can be resistant to DIY termite treatment products. Hiring an experienced pro can save you money as you would not have to buy costly products that may not be as effective as expected. Professional companies know the most effective, yet safe methods to ensure you a termite free environment.

In order to prevent termite invasions in the future, it’s crucial to learn about their life cycle, habits, behavior, the places they hide, etc. A proven professional termite control company like Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services will provide you with both effective treatment and useful information.

When hiring a professional termite control company, you protect yourself from worrying about these invaders eating their way through your living room or kitchen. You can leave the hard work to the experienced pros while you focus on your daily chores or plan your next getaway weekend. At Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services, we can ease your worries about providing a safe and clean environment for your family members and pets.

Why choose us?

When dealing with termites, be it subterranean or drywood, you deserve only the best treatment. At Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services, we provide premium services for reasonable prices. We take our customers seriously and handle each termite control case in a highly professional manner. Our team of experienced and skillful professionals understands termite behavior, so everyone knows what to look for when inspecting your property.

So, don’t hesitate to schedule your free termite inspection today and check out our current promotions:

 

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How to recognize and exterminate termites effectively

If you live in Arizona, chances are you’ve had an encounter with termites. These little creatures are a constant threat to all homeowners in Arizona. The mild winters, humid springs, seasonal wind shifts and resultant rainfalls create conditions in which termites can thrive.

Things to know about termites in Arizona

Termites are tiny, whitish insects, often mistakenly referred to as white ants. Their primary source of nutrition is cellulose (the main constituent of plant cell walls) from dead plants, dead parts of living trees, as well as wood used in human constructions.

Arizona is home to three types of termites: dampwood, drywood and subterranean.

Although dampwood and drywood termites can cause substantial damage under certain conditions, the subterranean type is considered a major urban pest.

Termites live in highly organized colonies, consisting of different groups of individuals called castes, each with a specific role. The queen and king are the initial pair that creates the colony.

Soldier termites defend the colony from invaders. Worker termites tend to the queen and offspring, gather food and maintain the nest. In the process, they chew and eat the wood, leading to its destruction.

Reproductives (swarmers or alates) are the future kings and queens. When the primary colony is mature, they leave in search for other places to nest.

The colonizing flight is referred to as swarming. Termites in Arizona mostly swarm on a warm day after a rainfall. In such conditions, the temperature and humidity outside resemble the environment inside the colony.

Thousands of homeowners have problems with termites in Arizona

Ecological significance

Termites are actively involved in the recycling of plant material in nature. They break down dead trees and other wood material that would otherwise accumulate, while facilitating soil aeration. Termites become pests when their environmental role of recyclers expands to man-made constructions.

Signs of termite damage

Their ecological role notwithstanding, termites can cause severe damage to human homes. They can compromise the integrity of wooden constructions, necessitating extensive repairs. Once they get inside, termites feed on wooden cabinets, floors, ceilings and furniture.

Subterranean termites live underground, in contact with damp soil as a source of moisture. They access surface wood structures through tunnel-like structures located near the foundation.

The damage done by subterranean termites is not easily noticeable. You may not be aware that your home is on their menu until the infestation is in full swing.

External signs of damage include buckling floors, swollen ceilings and maze-like structures within walls or furniture. Also, termite secretions can smell similar to mildew or mold.

Drywood termites live inside wooden structures, walls and furniture. They don’t depend on external moisture for survival. Drywood termites tend to work insidiously. Their presence can become apparent only after the wood has been devoured so extensively, that the surface cracks and exposes maze-like tunnels.

The signs of infestation include cracking on painted wood surface and presence of piles of pellet-shaped termite droppings (frass).

Termites can easily find a way inside your home

What does termite control involve

Arizona belongs to a geographic zone with a high potential for termite damage. This means comprehensive termite control measures are required to keep homes safe and pest free. Termite control refers to both preventive measures and eradication methods.

Ways to prevent infestation

It’s better to be safe than sorry. So, do your best to make your home less appealing to termites. Consider the tips the follow.

Preventing accumulation of moisture in your home

Fix water leaks (faucets, plumbing, air conditioners), keep gutters in good condition, eliminate standing water on the roof, seal all entry points around water and utility lines.

Restricting access to termite food sources

Keep firewood, lumber or paper away from the foundation or crawl space. Check wooden fences for damage and keep wooden structures in your yard away from the soil. Cover outside vents with screens.

Ways to deal with а termite infestation

If you find termites or signs of their work, do nоt attempt to exterminate them yourself. If you disturb the nest, they will simply relocate and appear elsewhere.

The best thing to do is rely on termite control experts to take care of the problem. When it comes to dealing with infestations, there is no substitute for skill, training and experience.

  • Termite control experts are able to detect signs that are not readily visible to the untrained eye.
  • They apply the treatment in a way that reduces exposure to people and pets, keeping you safe.
  • Each case of infestation is unique and requires a customized approach. Experts will conduct an initial inspection to correctly identify the level of infestation and then recommend the best approach.

We, at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services, take pride in the fact that we have both the experts and the equipment necessary to get rid of any termite infestation in no time.

Termite control experts can help you locate and exterminate termites in no time

One of the most effective termite control methods is the placement of chemical barriers at the main entry points around your home. You can use repellent or non-repellent termiticides for this purpose.

Repellents keep the termites away by forcing them to change direction. They must be applied to the entire perimeter of the home in order to work.

Non-repellents are undetectable by termites. As a result, they carry the termiticide around, spreading it throughout the colony to termites outside the treated area. This allows rapid control of the termite population.

Make sure that the termite control company you choose uses high-quality, heat-resistant termiticides in proper concentrations. For example, the non-repellent insecticide Altriset provides lasting protection, maintaining high concentrations in the soil for years.

Bait/monitoring systems are another method of termite control. Monitoring stations are set up at various locations around your home. If signs of termite activity are detected, these monitoring stations will be replaced by baits.

Termites that ingest the bait will share it with the colony, resulting in effective termite control, although it may take some months or even years for the method to be highly effective. In contrast, termiticides can deal with the infestation in less than three months.

Wood treatment involves application of odorless and immediately effective chemicals. This treatment also protects against future termite infestations. The product can be applied directly to the wood or injected into it.

Fumigation is a whole-structure treatment, used when multiple colonies are found. For this purpose, termite specialists erect a tent around the house and expose the entire area to gaseous chemicals. The gas spreads throughout the home, reaching all cracks and crevices that may be harboring termites.

Keep in mind that annual control inspections are necessary even after a successful eradication to ensure that the situation remains under control.

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.

Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services has been providing protection for Arizona home and business owners against Arizona Termites for over 15 years.  Subterranean Termites or Drywood Termites, we are your home town solution.

  • 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.

Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services has been providing protection for Arizona home and business owners against Arizona Termites for over 15 years.  Subterranean Termites or Drywood Termites, we are your home town solution.

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.