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?
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.
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!
Have you ever had a question about an insect found in your home or yard? Ever see a bug and wonder what it is or if it is dangerous? The technicians at AZEX get 1000’s of questions every year about anything from ants to bed bugs. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions
What makes homes attractive to pests?
For the people that find bed bugs in their home or business, panic is often the first reaction. Tiny bugs crawling on your skin and feeding off your blood isn’t the way anyone wants to wake up! While bed bugs are not known to spread diseases, their presence in your home can cause other medical issues and attempting to kill them can introduce dangerous chemicals and fumes into the air that can be dangerous to you, your family, and your pets.
Ecologically termites are important to nature. In nature, termites breakdown wood for the surrounding ecosystem to recycle. But when they enter your home they can be an expensive problem. By familiarizing yourself with the signs of an infestation and knowing a few key tips you can prevent costly repairs.
Termite workers have a soft white body that easily dries out if exposed to air and sun light too long. Because of their delicate body they tend to stay in the nest or underground. They only venture out on warm, humid days. If you see a white termite, you can bet that there is a nest close by.