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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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Top 5 Scariest Bugs In Arizona

Top 5 Scariest Bugs In Arizona

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

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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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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 Ultimate Pest Q & A

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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?

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A Treatment For Bed Bugs That’s Actually Good For Your Health

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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.

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Termites – Detection and Extermination

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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 Detection

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.

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Get A Head Start On Scorpions

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Scorpions tend to “bed down” and hibernate during the chilly winter months, this gives proactive home owners the chance to get a head start on their scorpion control plan.  Here are a few things you can do this winter and early spring to keep your house scorpion free.

 

Tip 1:  Seal the structure and perform routine maintenance.

Sealing your home will make a impact on how many scorpions are able to sneak into your home. Seal the doors, windows and any areas where there is an opening into the home.  You should always seal the structure before any major landscape cleaning or pest control spraying to avoid encouraging the scorpions to come inside.  Most times if you see a scorpion in your home, it will be sick or dying.  Usually this happens after a pest control spray, as healthy scorpions tend to avoid hums contact.

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Safe Heat Treatments

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There are many methods and businesses that promise to kill bed bugs.  Some methods require chemicals being dumped into your home, other require many hours of cleaning and discarding furniture to get rid of the pests.  While all of these countess DIY options promise to kill bed bugs, the truth remains that these treatments are not very accurate.  Many people are still left with a bed bug problem after many DIY applications and inexperienced chemical treatments that can even allow the infestation to grow and spread to other rooms.  Do you really want to spend months and 100’s of dollars trying to get rid of bed bugs?  There is a safe and easy way to kill bugs by hiring a professional bed bug exterminator that offers heat treatments.  AZEX Pest Solutions offers the revolutionary and eco-friendly Steriheat treatment.  By using a professional service you can get rid of the bugs in as little as one treatment.

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