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15 Ways To Keep Pests From Taking Over Your Home

It’s that time of year again; The days are getting warmer and the bugs are coming out of hiding. In Arizona that can mean spiders, scorpions, centipedes, ants, rodents and more. To keep your home safe from bugs the AZEX Pest Solutions team recommends a routine pest treatment schedule as well as maintenance around your home to deter pests.
Here are some tips to help you work with your Azex technician and current pest control plan.
1. Always cover your garbage can and make sure it closes tightly – Birds and rodents love to find food and other discarded items in your garbage. Deter these rodents from ever finding your property by keeping all garbage sealed.
2. Make sure to fix any leaky plumbing, faucets and hoses – Excess moisture will attract insects of all types, and could cause mold damage as well.
3. Seal all holes, cracks and openings into your home – these are perfect insect doorways into your home.
4. Keep your trees and bushes trimmed and away from your house – rodents and insects can use any extra coverage around your home as a way to access the foundation of the home undetected.
5. Cover any uneaten pet food or store it until the next meal time – pet food can attract rodents, ants and other pests.
6. Don’t leave crumbs and other food splatters uncleaned – cockroaches and ants love crumbs. Don’t leave a free buffet out for insects.
7. Properly dispose of any tree trimming and leaves – Remove leaves, lawn trimmings, branches and other landscaping debris to avoid creating harborage for pests.
8. Keep your grass short – Scorpions, centipedes, ants, earwigs and other insects love to live in overgrown lawns. Keep the grass trimmed, not over watered, and clean of trimmings.
9. Don’t allow water to pool outside – standing water can attract mosquitoes, no-see-ums and other bugs. Water is also an attraction for rodents and pest birds.
10. Get a cat or dog – It has been proven that homes with pest often have less rodent activity.
11. Regularly vacuumed carpets and upholstery – keeping your home free of dust, crumbs and other particles that settle in the carpets can help keep dust mites and other small pests away.
12. Clean up your dirty laundry – A recent study proved that bed bugs are attracted to your dirty laundry. Don’t give bed bugs a place to hide – clean up that laundry pile.
13. Make sure your garage door shuts completely – This is often one of the first places that pests will enter a home.
14. Remove and clean up any fallen fruit or un-eaten vegetables from your garden – For the

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Do DIY Termite Treatments Work?

Whether the goal is to save money, or if you’re just tired of waiting for your exterminator to fit you into their business schedule, many people turn to DIY methods for pest control. 

There are two main types of termite treatments; Chemical and Bait.  We will discuss both below and why they will, or will not, solve your termite problem.

Chemical Treatments

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Save Money With Regular Pigeon Control

Each year thousands and thousands of dollars are spent cleaning up after pests birds.  Pigeons love to nest and roost on buildings, in parking garages, on rooftops, and balconies.  Their feces is extremely acidic and can erode building materials, damage paint and cause other damages to your home or business.

With regular Pigeon Control treatments from Azex Pest Solutions, you can save money on all the repairs below buy simply keeping the birds off your property.  The longer birds are allowed to nest or roost in an area, the harder it will be to get them to leave.  It’s important to take a proactive approach with regular treatments, clean up and policy enforcement.

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10 Poison Free Tips to Keep Rodents Away

Rodents are not only an unnerving sight to see in your home, but they can also be quite dangerous.  Mice and rats can chew through papers, boxes and even electrical wiring.  Electrical damage by rodents has been known to and cause fires in your home and could even cause serious injury to your family members.  In addition to the destruction and annoying messes in your home, rodents can also contaminate your food and spread diseases that cause many serious health risks.

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November Pest Control Tips

November is here and that means football, family and Thanksgiving. With all the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holidays, preparing for guests, parties; you can’t afford to be harboring the neighborhood pests. The good news is, these helpful November no-no’s will help you put up the roadblocks!

Holiday Leftovers
Most people would agree that Thanksgiving is the food holiday.  With all that food coming in and out of your home/kitchen, you might find yourself leaving some things behind. Crumbs and spills are a perfect welcome mat for pests, and trust us when we say, they will take advantage of your inadvertent hospitality. Make sure you seal up food properly and do a thorough clean up after each meal.

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Cockroaches Facts, Identification & Control

Any pest problem can be an annoying problem for business owners, tenants or homeowners, but cockroaches often top the list in the most hated pests.  Their resilience and hardiness makes them hard to get rid of.  The pros at AZEX have compiled some tips, tricks and info for how you can identify, prevent, and eliminate a cockroach problem.

 

Identification:

  • Cockroaches can measure over 2 inches in length, depending on the species.
  • Cockroaches can be identified by their 6 legs, 2 antennae and some species even have wings.
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Why Dryer Sheets Won’t Prevent or Remove Bed Bugs

SocialPost_7In an age of home remedies and DIY hacks, bed bugs get just as much attention as any other problem that people want a quick fix for. One of the simplest proposed solutions that you might have seen mentioned online is using dryer sheets to treat bed bugs. Simply put, this is not an effective method.

The method you might see says that you should place dryer sheets under your mattress, in drawers, or underneath sofa cushions, pretty much everywhere that you might think a bed bug might try to live. The hope is that this will drive away the bed bugs and ultimately get rid of your problem. Unfortunately, this is a myth and isn’t backed by any scientific findings: There’s no proof that dryer sheets will kill or even repel bed bugs.

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Mothballs Won’t Help You Exterminate Pesky Bed Bugs

SocialPost_6Mothballs have a deep history of being used for pest management and prevention. As their name suggests, they are widely used to prevent damage from moths such as clothes moths. They are small balls of chemical pesticide and deodorant, which people have also claimed to help with snakes, bats, rodents, silverfish, and bed bugs.

Many of these claims fall into the category of myth or old wives tale because mothballs have not been able to effectively treat much beyond moths and some mold due to their composition.

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The Boiling Water “Myth” That Won’t Get Rid of Your Bed Bugs

SocialPost_5Dealing with bed bugs is extremely frustrating and although drastic times lead to drastic measures, you should not try and kill bed bugs with boiling water. This is one method you may have heard of because a bed bug cannot survive boiling water being poured on it, however, it will not address your situation.

The myth goes, that by pouring boiling water on your affected mattress, you’ll get rid of your bed bug problem. Although this method may seem logical, it is not effective for treating a bed bug infestation. The water may kill some of the bed bugs, but you’ll miss the bed bugs tucked away in other areas of the room. Since bed bugs are masters at hiding, you won’t be able to reach all of them in an affected area with boiling water.

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