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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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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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Protect Your Home From A Threat You Can’t See

Termites can cause thousands in damages for home owners and business owners alike.  In fast U.S. homeowners face an estimates $50 billion in repairs per decade due to termite damages.  Even a single attack could leave your with thousands in repair bills.  That’s why AZEX believes you should prevent the problem BEFORE termites can damage your property.  Prevention is the best way to avoid costs, headaches and the hassle of repairing your home or business.  AZEX proudly offers the Sentricon system, which can kill the entire termite colony, and keeps working for up to a year!

termites infographic

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Arizona Bark Scorpion

The Bark Scorpion is one of the many pests that are native to the state of Arizona.  This scorpion delivers a painful and dangerous sting making them one of the most feared insects in the area. If you live in an area with these scorpions you should be aware of what to do if you see one and how AZEX can help keep your home safe.

Identifying Features

scoprion with babiesThe bark scorpion can be identified by it two body parts and long whip-like tail.  Usually Bark Scorpions grow to 2-3 inches long.  They have 8 legs, a pair of pedipalps that are used for grabbing pray and are usually a light to medium brown color. You may also see them carrying their young on their back as seen in the picture to the left. 

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Clean Bed Bug Treatments

Traditionally bed bugs have been eradicated with chemical sprays and powders that slowly kill bed bugs on contact.  After witnessing countless allergic reactions, and negative heath effects in various news articles the innovators at AZEX developed a way to kill bed bugs quickly, affordably, and IMPROVE the air quality in your home, all at the same time! 

Introducing Azex SteriHeat

The Azex SteriHeat process uses filtration which is essential for indoor air quality. The owner of AZEX believes that indoor airborne particulates generated by convective heating processes, such as most bed bug heat treatments, require the use of engineering control, specifically filtration, to manage the aerosol.  This is an integral part of the AZEX SteriHeat process and should be a standard in all bed bug heat remediation efforts where a convective process is used.

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Get Ahead of Year-Round Bugs In The New Year

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

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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AZEX SteriHeat – Turning Up The Heat On Bed Bugs

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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