As temperatures warm up in Arizona many rodents are going to become more active. In the winter rats, mice, and other pests hibernate to keep warm. As temperatures rise they will begin venturing out from their dens in search of food and new places to nest. This “busy season” for vermin means that we must be diligent in our efforts to keep pests from entering our homes. One of the most commonly seen rodents during this time of year is the “Roof Rat”. The roof rat is actually just a black rat, although than can be many other colors and can be easily identified by their long scaly tails, large ears and small bodies. Roof rats love to climb and can often be found in trees, shrubs and attics, hence the name “Roof Rat”.
Bed bugs have been a burden to homeowners and business owners alike throughout the U.S for 100’s of years. These blood sucking insects are enough to drive people mad and cause many rumors and myths. AZEX Pest Solutions is here to debunk some of these myths and educate the public with information regarding the blood sucking insects.
The method around this popular DIY bed bug treatment is to sprinkle baking soda around the bed bug infested areas. After a few days you should vacuum the baking soda up and repeat the process until all the bed bugs are dead. The baking soda is believed to absorb into the surface fluids on the outer layer of the bed bug’s shell and cause them to become dehydrated.
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.
In the Prescott/Phoenix area the AZEX technicians are constantly dealing with the “fear factor” of some bugs. Some pests are just “scarier” than other, which of course is very subjective and may or may not mean that these bugs/pests are dangerous. Here we take a quick look at each of these pests and evaluate if they are actually dangerous and what you should do if you spot of these creatures.
#5: Rats and Mice
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:
- Inspect problem areas that can attract pests
- Are there tree branches or bushes touching the structure?
- In there dense or tall weeds or grass on the property?
- Is there pine needles or mulch covering the ground?
- Do you have standing water or overly moist areas near your home?
While most residents in Arizona know that summer is the prime time for bug activity, native Arizonians know that unfortunately summer isn’t the only season when bug issues arise. AZEX Pest Solutions wants to help keep you pest free all year round. Here are a few monthly tips that you can do to help keep bugs away for all of 2017!
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