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Get Ahead of Year-Round Bugs In The New Year

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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.

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Be An Active Part of The Bed Bug Solution

Be An Active Part of The Bed Bug Solution

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. 

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You Could Be Fined For Having Bed Bugs

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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.

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AZEX SteriHeat – Turning Up The Heat On Bed Bugs

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Bed Bugs HATE heat; it’s a well-known fact in the pest control world.  While more and more pest professionals are offering heat treatments to rid homes and businesses of bed bugs, AZEX is taking it one step further with their revolutionary STERIHEAT process. 

Get the Facts:

  • SteriHeat treatments are a 1 time treatment that have an active treatment time of 6-8 hours.
  • Set up and tear down are included in the treatment times – meaning your home or business will be operational after just one full work day!
  • Weather conditions, such as rain, wind or snow won’t effect the treatment accuracy.
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DIY Pest Inspection Guide

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The very first step in any pest control program is inspecting the environment where pest activity is suspected.  Identifying problem areas around your home can also help in preventing future pest problems as well.

Here are some tips to perform a successful pest inspection:

  1. Inspect problem areas that can attract pests
    1. Are there tree branches or bushes touching the structure?
    2. In there dense or tall weeds or grass on the property?
    3. Is there pine needles or mulch covering the ground?
    4. Do you have standing water or overly moist areas near your home?
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All About the Dreaded Scorpion

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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. 

Scorpion Facts

Anatomy

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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.

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How to Stay Bed Bug Free in Your New Home or Apartment

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Are you planning to move this year?  Are you buying a new home or moving into a new rental or apartment?  These times can be very stressful, especially if you unintentionally walk into a bed bug infestation!  AZEX Pest Solutions is here to help you keep your moving experience bug free by offering K-9 inspections and heat treatments.

6 tips to make sure that you stay bed bug free throughout your move:

  1. Schedule a K-9 inspection before you purchase a home or sign a lease agreement.  A pre-inspection will tell you if bed bugs are hiding in the walls, under carpets or in cracks and crevices in the walls where it is difficult to see.  If bed bugs are detected during the inspection, a heat treatment can be applied to eliminate the bugs.
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5 Popular DIY Bed Bug Treatments and Why They Don’t Work

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There are countless DIY methods out there that claim to kill bed bugs.  Just a quick Google search will bring up hundreds of articles claiming that you can rid yourself of bed bugs using “this magical method”.  Unfortunately, it’s not that easy.  Bed bugs are extremely resilient and hearty.  Bed bugs are known for reoccurring infestations because the eggs and nymphs are nearly impossible to see and like to hide inside furniture and bedding.  A DY treatment MAY kill the live bugs, but with all of those eggs waiting to hatch, it’s just a matter of time before the bugs start to thrive again.  We have compiled a list of some of the most popular DIY methods and why they don’t work.  But, before you lose hope, we also have a method that DOES WORK – So read on, and find out the one way that kills bed bugs THE FIRST TIME!

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The Dangers of Traditional Chemical Bed Bug Treatments

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Humans have been trying to eliminate bed bugs for 100’s of years.  We have tried many different elimination methods, some of which have almost proven successful. But, over the years we have learned another lesson; bed bugs are extremely hardy and adaptable.  Traditionally exterminators have used chemical treatments to kill the bugs.  While this worked for many years, bed bugs have since developed a resistance to these chemicals and continued to thrive.  With every new chemical substance that we introduce into our bed bug arsenal, not only do bed bugs evolve, we also damage the environment in the process.  Here are some of the dangers that pesticides pose to our health and the health of our environment:

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Bed Bug News Update

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Bed bugs are at it again!  There have been many bed bug stories in the news lately and in an effort to educate people about bed bugs, we have compiled a list of some of the biggest stories in bed bug news from around the world.

 

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A mother of 4 was interviewed by local news earlier this year regarding a bed bug problem that has plagued the family since October 2012.  Ineffective pest control efforts resulted in spreading the bugs around the public housing unit and required countless follow up treatments. The woman’s children were reportedly traumatized by the bug problem which ultimately encouraged the mother to search for legal help.  After taking the housing authority to court, a settlement was reached.  [1]

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