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.
Step 1: Eliminate Food and Water
Remove all potential source of food from the premises, such as bird seed and garbage. Routinely harvest ripe fruit and pick up all fruit that has fallen to the ground from surrounding trees. Avoid storing food in garages and storage sheds unless the location is rat-proof. Keep trash cans closed and with tightly fitting lids. Repair any leaking faucets, sprinklers and/or piping. Do not allow standing water.
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.
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?
Summer is quickly approaching and with the warmer weather comes BUGS! Azex is here to help you relax and be able to enjoy soaking up the sun, by keeping your home or business bug free. We offer a variety of services that covers all of Arizona’s bug problems.
Ants can be an extremely annoying and disruptive problem. We treat all types of ants including, fire ants, sugar ants, crazy ants, thief ants, odorous house ants, carpenter ants and MORE! Call us for more information and to receive a treatment quote.
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.
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.
As summer kicks off with kids getting out of school, many families are planning vacations and kids summer camps. But, while you are out planning the best vacation ever, bed bugs are gearing up for their prime time as well. Nearly half (49 percent) of all bed bug infestation calls occur during the summer months. Also in a study compiled from the NPMA’s 2011 Bed Bugs in America Survey, “…Nearly 80 percent (of people surveyed in America) are most concerned about encountering bed bugs at hotels; 52 percent on public transportation; 49 percent in movie theaters; 44 percent in retail stores; 40 percent in medical facilities; 36 percent in their own homes; and 32 percent equally pointed to places of employment and friends’ homes.”  With the frightening rise of bed bug infestations nationwide, precautions should be taken to prevent bringing unwelcome critters home from your family vacation. Here are some tips to avoid these unwanted guests.