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A longer Phoenix summer means more pests in your home

Unlike in other parts of the country, the Arizona summer seems to go on forever, with the stubborn heat sticking around well into October and even November. We humans may gripe about the toasty temps and sudden storms, but Phoenix summer pests thrive this time of year. That means you may be sharing your home with a host of uninvited guests.

Why are pests so active now?

Summer is prime time for crawling critters—especially during the monsoons in July and August. The combination of heat, moisture, and humidity create optimal conditions to feed and breed, leading to population explosions. Bark scorpions, termites, and ants top the list of troublesome summer pests for Valley homeowners.

A long Phoenix summer is scorpion season

Thanks to this summer bounty, bark scorpions snack on a smorgasbord of bugs all season long. The rising temps signal the start of the mating period, when scorpions reproduce and raise their young. (Fun fact: Baby scorpions hitch rides on their mother’s back.)

Scorpions may slink into your home in pursuit of their prey. Once inside, they seek out dark corners, cabinets, or bathtubs, where you might have an unfortunate encounter with one of them by brushing up against it. While rarely fatal, a bark scorpion’s sting can be painful and may cause an allergic reaction.

Beware the tiny termite

Termites are a year-round problem in Phoenix, but become especially active during monsoon season, feasting on damp wood and soil. If these tenacious creatures target your home, they can wreak havoc from the foundation to the attic.

In fact, termites cause more damage than fires, storms, floods, and earthquakes combined. Long, skinny mud tunnels are telltale signs of termites, but you should hire a professional to confirm if you have an infestation.

Prepare for an ant invasion

Ants love hot weather and are out in force during the summer months. After a monsoon rain, you may spot swarms of flying ants preparing to mate and start up new colonies.

Heavy downpours can drive ants to seek dry shelter in your home, where the industrious insects may decide to set up shop permanently. Certain species, like carpenter ants, can cause serious harm to your property.

Contact us for a free pest inspection this summer

To protect your home and family, get your property inspected by an experienced pest control company. At Arizona Best Choice Pest & Termite Services, our technicians use state-of-the-art methods to safely and effectively treat your home. Contact us now for your free pest inspection.

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.

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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.

Here are 5 common winter pests in Phoenix, Arizona

We’ve previously written about summer pests in Phoenix. However, just because temperatures are dropping as we enter winter doesn’t mean you can rest easy. There are multiple types of winter pests in Phoenix that you need to be aware of.

In this blog post, we’ll review five of the most common types of winter pests here in the Valley, and what you should do to deal with each of them.

The top 5 winter pests in Phoenix

Here are five of the most common winter pests in Phoenix. If you spot these creepy-crawlies, call Arizona’s Best Pest & Termite Services for professional pest prevention and treatment.

1. Spiders

Spiders are just one of the more common winter pests in Phoenix.Spiders seek out the warmth of your home during the winters here in the Valley. Many spiders are harmless. The cellar spider—commonly known as the “Daddy Long-Legs Spider” in the United States—is an example of a spider that poses no threat to humans, but is a predator to other insects. Unless you’re an arachnophobe, we recommend leaving them be.

The same is not true for two other species: the black widow and the brown recluse, both found here in Arizona. These spiders love to make their winter homes in Phoenix garages, attics, and other secluded spaces. As venomous species, both can pose a threat to you and your family.

If you spot either the black widow—one of the most recognizable spiders in the world—or the brown recluse, call Arizona’s Best Choice for service.

2. Ants

Ants are less active outside during the winter, as they tend to hibernate under the ground during the colder months. However, once inside your home, ants feel the warmth and begin to start their foraging behaviors. In this way, ants can be one of the more surprising winter pests in Phoenix.

A winter ant infestation is typically a sign that the colony is well-built and somewhere in close proximity to your home. Give us a call for a free pest inspection, and we’ll advise you on the best way to deal with the ants.

3. Termites

This is the big one. Winters in Phoenix, Arizona are termite season, as it’s when termites are most active. Elsewhere around North America, nightly frosts can claim the lives of entire termite colonies. However, the mild winter weather here in the Valley and the warmth of your home is enough for the termites to thrive and multiply.

Termites require immediate treatment from a professional team. Left to their own devices, drywood termites can damage or destroy your home. Look for the signs of subterranean termites in your home, and then give us a call for a free termite inspection.

4. Cockroaches

Cockroaches are primarily a summer pest in Phoenix. However, drawn in by the warmth of your home, they may also be seen in the winter in your house. Besides being completely disgusting, roaches carry a large number of microbial pathogens, including salmonella, streptococcus, and Staphylococcus.

If you suspect your home has roaches, call in our team—even in the colder months, roaches can multiply and become a big headache for you and your home.

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5. Small Rodents

Small rodents, such as mice and rats, are also active inside the house during the winters. These pests can seek shelter inside the house to avoid the cold. Much like roaches, rodents pose a health risk because of the different pathogens they carry. You need to be vigilant when the weather changes and temperature decreases.

Consider calling a pest control expert to eliminate the rodents from inside the house.

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Contact Arizona’s Best Pest for pest control services in Phoenix

For affordable and effective control of winter pests in Phoenix, Arizona, contact the team here at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. We have highly experienced and professional pest control experts who can eliminate all types of pests around the house.

To get in contact with us, call us at (480) 986-8500 or contact us online.

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.

Drywood Termites: What you need to know about this Arizona termite type

Drywood TermitesDrywood termites—as the name itself might suggest—feed on dry wood. The termites establish colonies in structural wood, furniture moldings, fence and utility posts, window and door frames, and many more places.

It’s not easy to detect a drywood termite infestation. However, there are certain signs that termites leave that can signify of a possible termite infestation. We’ll review that in this blog post.

If you suspect that you have termites, give Arizona Best Choice Pest Control a call for your free termite inspection. Contact us.

Where do drywood termites live?

Drywood termites are found in coastal regions in the south and southwestern part of the United States. However, in rare cases, these termite infestations can also occur in the northern part of the country as well.

Unlike most termites that build colonies in the moist soil and prefer to eat damp wood, drywood termites can thrive in dry places as well, and specialize in eating bone-dry wood. This makes Arizona homes a tasty target.

How to detect a drywood termite infestation

Drywood termites live mostly within the wood on which they feed. They can be found inside built-in cabinets, furniture, door and window frames, exposed beams, window paneling, and baseboards around the perimeter of your home.

After a colony of termites has taken up residence inside the house, they can go undetected for years as they burrow into the wood. Only once the pests have done significant damage to the wood are they noticed by the homeowners.

That being said, there are certain telltales signs that can indicate the presence of a termite infestation.

Drywood termites extract water from the feces. This result in a unique fecal pellet called frass. The pellets are hexagonal in shape and are about 1 mm long. If you see these small pellets near furniture items inside the house, your home may be infested by drywood termites. You should contact a termite control professional as soon as you find the pellets to detect and remove termite infestation.

Another telltale sign of a termite colony are mud tunnels. The termites build mud tunnels that connect the nest to their food source (wood). The appearance of mud tunnels is a clear indication of a termite infestation that needs to be removed by a pest control professional.

The tunnels may contain wood-like broken fecal materials. You can break open the tunnels to find out if the termites are active inside.

The third telltale sign of drywood termite infestation include swarms of winged insects. The winged insects are a group of male and female termites that usually occur during four or five years after a termite infestation. They fly in search for a new colony of the termites. Swarming usually occurs during spring and autumn seasons. Also, the swarms of winged drywood termites usually occur during the rainy season.

Final words of advice!

Keep in mind that removing a drywood termite infestation is not a DIY project. Only a pest control expert can remove the termite infestation and keep termites from re-infesting your home.

The professional can quickly locate the source of the infestation and take steps to eliminate the colony from the house. What’s more, the pest control professional can treat the affected areas inside the house so that termite infestation does not occur again.

If you want help in removing termite infestation in Arizona, you should contact Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. We offer a free termite inspection.

Here’s how to tell if you have a carpenter ant infestation

Carpenter AntIf left untreated, a carpenter ant infestation can cause a great damage to wood furniture items inside the house. The ants develop a colony of satellite nests inside the home. You must contact a professional pest control company to remove the threat posed by carpenter ant infestation. 

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If you suspect you have a carpenter ant problem, call the pros here at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest Control. Contact us.

What is a carpenter ant?

Carpenter ants damage the wood within which they have built their nest. These insects live in large colonies consisting of worker ants and a queen ant. The worker ants are about a quarter-to-a-half inch in size. They cooperate to gather food for the entire colony.

A colony of ants is established after a queen ant—that is generally three-quarter inch in size—lays her eggs. The ants usually live near fallen trees in the woods. However, sometimes they make a colony inside a house.

A carpenter ant infestation is generally not easy to identify. Some of the telltale signs of a carpenter ant infestation include the following:

1. Sawdust pileup

Carpenter ants generally excavate through the wood. They tend to kick out the sawdust material. If a carpenter ant infestation is present in the house, if you find the sawdust in the corners, crawl spaces, and dark areas inside the house.

2. Large ants

Unlike drywood termites, carpenter ants typically don’t just tunnel through the wood. They also look for food from other sources. You can see them marching across the kitchen. While most of the carpenter ants are black, some species have yellowish or reddish colorization.

During the early summer and spring months, you might run across the winged ants that fly in search of new colonies. The ants have bent antennae and slender waist, unlike termites that have smaller wings. If you stumble across ants that fit this description, you should call Arizona’s Best Pest Control to look for carpenter ant infestation.

3. Signs of wood damage

You should look for wood damage to identify a carpenter ant infestation. If you see small rectangular holes or a distinct discoloration of the wood, it may indicate an infestation. The damaged wood may indicate the beginning of a tunnel that may run deeper inside the wooden structure.

In the end, remember that a carpenter ant infestation can do major damage inside a home. It is important that you take instant actions to identify and remove the infestation.

If you see any of the above three signs that are described in this article, you should immediately contact a professional pest control company like Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite. We’re an experienced and trusted company of pest control professionals.

Our experts can quickly detect signs of a carpenter ant infestation and take instant actions to remove the nuisance from the home.

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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