While your garden and home may have less insects during the cooler winter months, that doesn’t mean that you are 100% in the clear. There are many pests that still cause issues for homeowners and businesses throughout the winter months. Keeping a year round pest control treatment schedule is key to keeping these pests controlled all year long.
When the temperatures drop and before snow begins to fall, pests will start looking for a warmer place to stay for the winter. That means the insects will invade your home to beat the cold. Below are some pests you need to consider when making your winter pest plan.
If you have read any of the AZEX Pest Solutions previous blog posts you are well aware the bed bugs have made a major comeback in the United States. AZEX Pest Solutions is deep in the war against bed bugs and has been making great strides in reducing the number of bed bugs in Arizona; however, we still need your help. Educating the public about bed bugs is essential to the success of the AZEX mission to eradicate bed bugs from our state. While bed bugs may not be something that most people WANT to think about, with the 700% population increase that we have seen in the past few years, it is becoming something that NEEDS to be discussed.
Rodents are a big problem for many Americans, and pest management professionals should be experienced at eradicating rodents quickly. Listening to questions and concerns of clients and asking critical questions is part of the rodent elimination process. The initial inspection is also an extremely important step in rodent extermination.
Here are 10 signs that the AZEX Pest Solutions technicians will look for when inspecting a home or business for rodent activity.
Rodent Tracks – Tracks can be seen in outdoor soil or inside in dusty areas where the tracks would be undisturbed. The pattern and shape of tracks will let a trained technician know what type of rodent has been present in the area.
A recent article published in a Hollywood newspaper outlined a terrible tale of a severe bed bug infestation that plagued a senior assisted living facility, which ultimately resulted in a $15,000 fine. A pest control company found over 4,000 live bed bugs in the 20 room facility, which was recorded in the state records. The deeply disturbing infestation was left untreated for an extended time, most likely months on end, which allowed it to grow into an extreme level. A local exterminator was able to solve the problem and the facility will remain open. State officials required the resignation of one of the owners.
As we are nearing warmer weather, many Arizona residents are gearing up for their yearly pest control services and preventative measures. One of the most hated insects native to Arizona is the Scorpion. Their painful sting can be dangerous, especially to small children, pets, or elderly.
Scorpions are arachnids and are related to spiders, mites, and ticks. Scorpions have 8 legs, an extended segmented body, an erectile tail, and a stinger. The first segment of the scorpions body is called the cephalothorax and includes the head, eyes, mouth, claws, and 4 of its legs. The claws are used to seize prey and defend the scorpion against predators.
Finding out you have a bed bug problem is bad enough, but when those same bed bugs start hurting you and your family’s health the problem quickly turns dangerous. It has been proven that bed bugs cannot transmit blood borne illnesses, which leads many to believe that their bites are harmless. Unfortunately, this is not the case for all families. Bed bug infestations cause a variety of health issues, not to mention the risks that are associated with their extermination. Many extermination methods leave harmful chemicals behind which can cause serious health issues.
Arizona is one of the few states to be blessed with mild climates year round. While many people may enjoy these warm winter months, the warmth also allows for many insects to remain alive and active year round. Because of this, residents of Arizona are encouraged to stick to a year round pest control plan to make sure their house isn’t home to dangerous and unwanted insects.
Winter pests in Arizona include many of the same pests that you might see during the warmer summer months. Many bugs will simple move indoors to avoid the colder nights and occasional winter storms. Arizona residents should be prepared for these pests to remain during the winter and take precautions as needed.