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Before Your Summer Vacation – Bed Bug Awareness Tips

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As part of Bed Bug Awareness Week we are covering one of the most asked bed bug questions; How to I avoid getting bed bugs?  Nobody wants to bring bed bugs home from their summer vacation!  A bed bug infestation can be a very un-nerving experience.  Bed bugs can have countless psychological effects on their victims by combining paranoia and insomnia.  And with summer in full effect AZEX Pest Solutions wants to remind travelers that bed bug awareness is KEY in preventing the spread of infestations.  A few simple tips and tricks can keep you bed bug free this summer and can prevent the spread of existing infestations.

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Rat Season is Coming; AZEX Tips to be prepared!

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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”. 

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Busting Myths: DIY Bed Bug Home Remedies

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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.

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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.

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Be An Active Part of The Bed Bug Solution

Be An Active Part of The Bed Bug Solution

If you have read any of the AZEX Pest Solutions previous blog posts you are well aware the bed bugs have made a major comeback in the United States.  AZEX Pest Solutions is deep in the war against bed bugs and has been making great strides in reducing the number of bed bugs in Arizona; however, we still need your help.  Educating the public about bed bugs is essential to the success of the AZEX mission to eradicate bed bugs from our state.  While bed bugs may not be something that most people WANT to think about, with the 700% population increase that we have seen in the past few years, it is becoming something that NEEDS to be discussed. 

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You Could Be Fined For Having Bed Bugs

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A recent article published in a Hollywood newspaper outlined a terrible tale of a severe bed bug infestation that plagued a senior assisted living facility, which ultimately resulted in a $15,000 fine. A pest control company found over 4,000 live bed bugs in the 20 room facility, which was recorded in the state records.  The deeply disturbing infestation was left untreated for an extended time, most likely months on end, which allowed it to grow into an extreme level.  A local exterminator was able to solve the problem and the facility will remain open.  State officials required the resignation of one of the owners.

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AZEX SteriHeat – Turning Up The Heat On Bed Bugs

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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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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

Scorpion Diagram

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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How to Stay Bed Bug Free in Your New Home or Apartment

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Are you planning to move this year?  Are you buying a new home or moving into a new rental or apartment?  These times can be very stressful, especially if you unintentionally walk into a bed bug infestation!  AZEX Pest Solutions is here to help you keep your moving experience bug free by offering K-9 inspections and heat treatments.

6 tips to make sure that you stay bed bug free throughout your move:

  1. Schedule a K-9 inspection before you purchase a home or sign a lease agreement.  A pre-inspection will tell you if bed bugs are hiding in the walls, under carpets or in cracks and crevices in the walls where it is difficult to see.  If bed bugs are detected during the inspection, a heat treatment can be applied to eliminate the bugs.
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The Dangers of Traditional Chemical Bed Bug Treatments

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Humans have been trying to eliminate bed bugs for 100’s of years.  We have tried many different elimination methods, some of which have almost proven successful. But, over the years we have learned another lesson; bed bugs are extremely hardy and adaptable.  Traditionally exterminators have used chemical treatments to kill the bugs.  While this worked for many years, bed bugs have since developed a resistance to these chemicals and continued to thrive.  With every new chemical substance that we introduce into our bed bug arsenal, not only do bed bugs evolve, we also damage the environment in the process.  Here are some of the dangers that pesticides pose to our health and the health of our environment:

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