Stealth Bed Bugs! Phoenix / Scottsdale Bed Bug Treatment & Inspection

How long can you go without a Bed Bug treatment and not know you have an infestation? Quite a while!

As pest pros here in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area we often find folks in serious need of a bed bug treatment who had just realized they might have a problem!  Bed bugs are super stealthy and can live in your home, feeding on your blood for months without being found out!H

ow is this possible? In this article I explain how Bed Bugs can go undetected so long, and I’ll give you some pointers on how to find them before your infestation gets out if control!

There’s three main reasons why bed bugs can go extended periods of time without being detected:

  • Their bite is very light and usually unnoticed.
  • Their bites leave little to no marks on many people.
  • They generally are only out and feeding while you are sleeping.

Let’s go through each item and then we’ll look at how we can detect them earlier. So that you can get your bed bug treatment done before your infestation gets really crazy!

Their bite is very light and usually unnoticed.

Many folks who find out they have a bed bug infestation are very surprised that they never felt a bite. I’ve had customers tell me things like “I’d know if I had bed bugs because I’d feel them biting me, right?” Wrong!

While a bed bug is biting you it injects it’s saliva into you which has a numbing agent in it. It will also contain a blood anticoagulant which helps the blood to flow freely out of you, further preventing irritation. In these ways most bed bug bites go completely undetected at the time of the bite. These dudes are stealthy!

Their bites leave little to no marks on many people.

“I would know if I had a bed bug problem because I would have marks where they bit me like other people I know have had. Right?” Nope.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, bed bug bites leave no visible or felt evidence behind on many people, to tell us they’ve been there, ate there, and loved it. (They could at least get on Yelp and let us know what they thought of the service at that bedroom/restaurant!)

Believe it or not it, according to some studies it’s at least 30% of all people that have no reaction to bed bug bites! In the Elderly the number can be as high as three-fourths of folks not having any reaction. Also, how a person commonly reacts to mosquito bites has a direct correlation with if or how severely they will react to bed bug bites. Folks who normally have mild reactions to mosquito bites, usually have little or no reaction to bed bug bites, and vise versa.

They generally are only out and feeding while you are sleeping.

This is the biggest and most obvious reason so many bed bug treatments get delayed for so long. These dudes are stealthy! They hide in the folds, cracks and crevices of your mattress, box spring, and frame waiting to come out under cover of darkness, to feed on you. This can go on for months without any notice from you!

So what can I do to find them before they get out of control?

We recommend periodically checking your box springs, mattress and bed frame every couple of weeks. The life cycle of bed bugs is about 4 weeks to sexual maturity so spotting a few after two weeks would help the treatment be successful faster.

Bed bug treatments vary quite a bit in not only their content, from company to company, but also price. Getting an inspection and estimate is the best first step to take after you initially identify or suspect a bed bug infestation. At NaturZone Pest Control we not only have a method that is unique in it’s effectiveness, but also very unique in that usually require NO PREPARATION by our customers. Not only that, but we can usually give a FULL ONE-YEAR WARRANTY on our bed bug treatments! That is very uncommon in the industry and demonstrates how confident we are in our methods!

If you’re having a problem with Bed Bugs…or any other pest…or simply a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Jeffrey

PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Bed Bugs and their feces on a Bed Frame. Some companies would ask you to throw out this frame as part of the “preparation” for their treatment.

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Are Your Neighbors Breeding Bugs?! Phoenix / Scottsdale Pest Control

In Phoenix and Scottsdale pest control experts have to take every factor into consideration when solving Bug problems. Sometimes the Neighbors are a part of the problem though. 

Phoenix pest control and Scottsdale pest control companies are always asked about the likelihood that a neighbor is the cause of or a contributor to a pest problem like scorpions, spiders, ants, and cockroaches. Often the answer is no. But sometimes it’s glaringly obvious that something the neighbors are doing, or not doing is a big part of the problem.

When I’m asked about this possibility the answer often falls into one of three categories:

  • The neighbors are not part of the problem.
  • The neighbors are definitely contributing to the issue.
  • It is a widespread issue that everyone needs to address.

Let’s look at these three individually.

The neighbors are NOT part of the problem.

This is the definitely the most common answer that I give to this question. More often than not bug problems can be solved and treated on your property without sorting about what, if any, contributions have been made by the neighbors.

Usually treating your yard with a bait, and structures like the house and block fence, with a spray or other targeted treatment, will be enough to keep bugs out of your home.

So often I have had folks sure that the neighbors were the cause of the roaches or the scorpions only to realize a week or two after my initial service, that the issue has stopped with a treatment on their property. It’s really that simple most of the time and the homeland bad feelings are almost always unfounded.

The neighbors are definitely contributing to the issue.

When I walk into a yard, like the one in the video above, and see a well trimmed yard with a jungle growing on the other side of the fence, I know right away that there are factors at play in the neighbors yard.

Don’t get me wrong, folks may have a beautiful yard that is well kept, but if you have vines and thick shrubs growing up against the fence, that will provide immense structure for the bug de jure to live and thrive, free of pesticides, and in relative luxury. They just love the cool, moist little nooks and crevices all over inside that fence when it’s completely protected from Phoenix and Scottsdale pest control techs.

Of course, this is a huge problem when it comes to scorpions. Scorpions thrive inside block fences and the best way to control them is to treat those fence columns directly.

But please don’t have any ill will toward your neighbors in these situations. They are likely completely ignorant of the their part in the issue. After all, you’re the weirdo reading pest control blogs!

They often just need to be educated about the problem. Sometimes recommending a Phoenix pest control or Scottsdale pest control guy to them is all they need. It’s also a very good idea to both get treatment at the same time as this often can provide a huge it to the pest population so big that they may never recover.

It’s a widespread issue that everyone needs to address.

Sometimes a pest issue can affect an entire neighborhood so much that all or most of the properties need to be treated by a professional in order to get the problem under control.

A few years ago I went into a small neighborhood with small homes all built very close together. I had quite a few customers in there, and noticed that many of the homes that I was not treating had black widow webs around the foundation. After taking a look around the neighborhood it was clear that it was an issue for almost everyone.

I talked to some of the neighbors of my customers and they didn’t know why they kept coming back. I explained that if I was able to treat many of them all at the same time that the black widow population would become much more manageable and probably cease to be an issue. I ended up servicing quite a few homes there and have not seen black widows in that neighborhood since.

In all three of the situations above a thorough treatment, done right, can help control the issues for you!

If you’re having a problem with any of these pests…or you simply have a question about pest control…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Jeffrey

PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Scorpions will be BAD this year! Phoenix / Scottsdale Scorpion Control

With the relatively warm winter and spring we just had, Phoenix and Scottsdale Scorpion Control is shaping up to be a wild ride this year!

In Phoenix and Scottsdale scorpion control is always serious business, but in years after a warm winter, and almost no spring to mention, scorpion activity can ramp up very quickly!

As a general rule I like to use new accounts as a way to gauge scorpion activity. During this last winter, I had new accounts from scorpion infestations every month of winter and into spring. This means that the scorpions didn’t even take their semi-customary winter break from terrorizing valley residents. And, more importantly, it means that they have had an almost uninterrupted, long breeding season.

Just today I did a first service for some folks who have been seeing a lot of baby scorpions. This means that the scorpion season has officially started, even though it never really ended this time.

What to Watch For

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These. Watch For these.

A lot of folks ask me what to watch for in order to to determine when they should start a Phoenix and Scottsdale scorpion control program. We’ll get to when in a minute.

Scorpions, just like their family members in the wild, enjoy being in areas that are the least like the burning desert as they can find. This means they’re looking for shade, moisture, bugs to eat, and protection from predators (like exterminators). If you have areas around your home that offer shade for a lot if the day, retain moisture, and offer protection to scorpions and their table fare, you need to check these areas, or have a professional check them.

If you see crickets, and roaches and other bugs around your home, you essentially have a free buffet for scorpions. I don’t know about you, but if I had a free buffet in my area, I’d be there every day!

When is the Best Time to Start?

Folks that aren’t already on a regular pest control scheduled service often ask when the best time is to start Phoenix and Scottsdale scorpion control services. Well the answer is about two months ago. Yeah, I know. You don’t have a Delorian OR a flux capacitor so starting two months ago is not an option for you.

Well I have good news for you, the second best time to start is RIGHT NOW! It’s so cliche but it’s true. If you live in or near an area with scorpions you need to start your Phoenix and Scottsdale scorpion control program BEFORE you start seeing scorpions. Prevention is the key to living much more happily this summer.

Scorpion problems that are left to grow into the dog days of summer can take more time to get under control. The higher the numbers of scorpions get, the higher chance they have of getting inside your home!

It’s important to recognize that scorpions are one of the toughest pests to kill. So this means that we need to use absolutely everything in our toolbox that can help to control them. We recommend starting with a complete crack and crevice flush out as well as a foundation flush. We also recommend adding a full dusting the first time to really attack the scorpions where they live!

How Often Should I Have Service?

For a light scorpion infestation I recommend a Bi-monthly service. Having service every two months, after a very thorough initial service, can take care of most light to moderate infestations.

Heavy infestations should be treated every month in order to keep the scorpion population low and stay on top of the problem. Folks who live in more natural desert areas like up against a mountain or preserve usually need monthly service to keep things under control. When you live that close to their natural habitat, you have to stay diligent.

If you’ve got a problem with scorpions…or any pest…or you simply have a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to living Pest Free,

Jeffrey

PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Scorpions in Your Fence! – Phoenix Pest Control – Scottsdale Pest Control

Scorpions may be living in your fence. Don’t make it easier on them! Phoenix Pest Control & Scottsdale Pest Control Scorpion experts can help!

In the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix Pest control and Scottsdale pest control scorpion experts know that one of the hot spots for scorpion activity is inside the cracks of block fences. Here’s one way you can make it a less friendly place for them to live.

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Block fence columns with plants on them can be extra friendly spots for scorpions to live!

Block fences harbor all kinds of creepies, but the big one many folks are worried about is scorpions. Block fences are pretty easy to treat, except when they have plants growing up against them. This featured video gives you a quick tip. Enjoy!

 

If you’ve got a problem with scorpions…or any pest…or you simply have a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to living Pest Free,

Jeffrey

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4 Hiding Spots for Crickets – Phoenix Pest Control Scottsdale Pest Control

Hiding spots for crickets are easy for Phoenix pest control and Scottsdale Pest Control pros to find, so where do you look?

Most Phoenix Pest Control and Scottsdale Pest Control exterminators know right where to find your crickets and exterminate them. So how do YOU find them? In  this article I’ll give you my favorite 5 spots to find and kill crickets outside the home so that they don’t ever get inside the home and bother you, depriving you of sleep and peace.

Why eliminate crickets?

Other than the obvious reason, that their chirping inside your home can drive the sanity from the most patient person, there are also another reason to get rid of these annoying little guys. They provide a major food source for more menacing pests like Black Widow spiders and Scorpions! In fact, in most scorpion control programs, Phoenix pest control and Scottsdale pest control exterminators make their first step eliminating the food sources of the scorpions of which crickets are usually the most plentiful. Kill the crickets and many times the scorpions will have no reason to be on your property.

What’s more, many times while treating for crickets I’ll end up killing scorpions too. So let’s look at five spots where your likely to find crickets on your property.

  • The Foundation of Your Home
  • Cracks and Crevices
  • Block Fence Voids
  • Water Boxes
  • Underneath Ground Covering Plants

The Foundation of Your Home

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Foundation’s should be treated up to the weep screed (that lip that sticks out) to eliminate this as a place for crickets to live and enter your home.
  1. Just a few inches up from the ground on your foundation is a metal lip called a “Weep Screed” that lets your walls breath. It also provides an excellent hiding spot for crickets and others to hide, but also to get into your home. These weep screeds have a gap behind them that is sometimes big enough to get fingers behind but usually just a couple millimeters wide. It also has holes every 2-3 feet called “weep holes’.

I always use a liquid pesticide and spray the entire foundation making sure to angle my spray upwards toward the weep screed and weep holes in order to get as much as possible into the cricket’s living quarters.

Cracks and Crevices

There are lots of different types of cracks and crevices around most properties. The major one is the crevice between your house slab and your patio slab oranywhere else where two slabs of concrete meet each other. This spotprovides protection from us humans as well as from the sun. It is also usually much cooler down there.

I usually flush these crevices with a liquid but sometimes if there is diffrent structure to it I may use an aroesol or a dust treatment.

Block Fence Voids

The empty spaces inside block fences are always a target for any good Phoenix pest control or Scottsdale pest control exterminator. They provide a cool place protected from the sun and humansand there is LOTS of space in there.

Pest Control Expert Bill Stewart says: “I like to dust block fence voids once or twice a year. We always watch for pest activity to change throughout the year and then decide the best time for the treatment at each property.”

In addition to that dust treatment I regularly flush the cracks and crevices of block fences while doing rutine services.

Water Boxes

Those plastic boxes that have your irrigation equipment inside them are often hot spots for cricket activity, and their predators. Not surprisingly, it’s rather moist and cool in them which is like an oasis for critters in the hot summers…and springs…and falls that we have here in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. Usually I’ll hit these with  a quick hit of arosole which clears them out and kills them quick.

Underneath Ground Covering Plants

Some of the biggest areas in need of cricket treatment are under those pretty ground cover plants in your yard. These plants provide a cool, moist and protected area for all manner of critter and creepy crawly to live, love and laugh in. Try to keep these to a minimum suare footage as well as keeping the dead and decaying leaves and twigs cleared out fom under them. I often treat around or underneath these when possiblebut sometimes they are so big that adaquate cricket treatment is very dificult.

If you’re having a problem with crickets…or any other pest…or simply a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Jeffrey

PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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How to Get Rid of Ants! – Phoenix Pest Control – Scottsdale Pest Control

Ants are often a problem for homeowners but not so much for Phoenix Pest Control and Scottsdale Pest Control techs. Why?

Many Phoenix Pest Control and Scottsdale Pest Control companies are good at killing ant colonies while individuals struggle with ant issues and often see the problem get worse and worse. So why is this? What is the secret that the pros know about getting rid of ants, their queens, and their entire colonies that most folks don’t know about? I’m going to give you some of our “tricks of the trade” in this article.

First it’s important to look at why ant problems don’t usually get better and often can get worse with many store bought products, even those that  are labeled as ant killers. Many of the products that say they are ant killers on the label are actually telling the truth, kinda. A lot of these sprays and powders have active ingredients that will kill AN ant or even a few hundred ants that are outside at the time you spray them, but they don’t kill the thousands that are still underground including the queen.

The other issue with these sprays and dusts is that many have repellent active ingredients that tip off all of the ants that survived your massacre to your game. These repellent products usually achieve one of two things: The better result is that the ants move their hole away from the treated area, sometimes as little as an inch or two away. The worse scenario is that the colony perceives the treatment as an attack, which it is, and they go into a sort of “emergency mode”, splitting the colony in two, making a second queen, and doubling your ant problems.

I have actually seen cases where a person treated an ant hill with aerosol brand X and a few days later they had three new ant hills just a few feet apart from each other.

So what do I do then?

A good Phoenix pest control or Scottsdale pest control company will usually do one of two types of treatments:

  • A non-repellent spray treatment or
  • A bait treatment

A non-repellent spray can allow the ants to go about their business for a while, not knowing that they are walking on and collecting little particles of pesticides on them. These particles can be rubbed off onto other ants inside the colony and pretty soon they are all sick and die.

A bait treatment is the more common and sometimes easier treatment to do. Ant baits come in four basic forms:

  • Liquid
  • Gel
  • Bait Stations
  • Granular

Liquid baits are usually very basic. Essentially sugar water syrup with an active ingredient in it that kills the ants when they eat it. The pros to these are that they are simple to apply and appeal to a lot of different types of ants. Normally you’d just drop some right next to a line of ants and if they like it you’ll see them start eating it pretty fast. The cons are that they can dry out fast, making the bait difficult to harvest for the ants. They can also be a sticky mess!

Gel baits have similar pros and cons to liquid baits. But they have one big advantage. They can defy gravity when injected into cracks and crevices like the spaces behind cabinets. This makes them nice for interior treatments.

Bait stations can be nice when you want to just “set it and forget it” because they simple to use, don’t cause a mess, and tend not to dry out as easily as liquids or gels.

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Ants collecting some granules of bait. They look really hungry!

Granular baits, my favorite for outside treatments, the ease of just shaking them around the area where you see ants. They also can help you do some detective work. If you don’t know where the ants are coming from you can put some bait granules in or near their path and after they start taking the bait you can follow it and you can bet they’ll be taking it home!

When you successfully bait an ant colony it’s important to let them go about their business until they die out. You want to avoid causing them any alarm which may cause them to stop eating the bait or move out of the area. It can sometimes take a couple weeks to see the activity stop, but your patience will be rewarded.

Good Phoenix pest control and Scottsdale pest control techs will have several different ways to deal with ants with them. This is one of the advantages of using a pro. If the ants aren’t interested in one type of bait, we’ve got a couple others to try. sometimes they aren’t interested in  any of the baits. This is usually when it’s best to do a non-repellent spray treatment.

If you’re having a problem with ants…or any other pest…or simply a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Jeffrey

PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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No Prep Bed Bug Control Treatment! – Phoenix / Scottsdale Bed Bug Treatment

In Phoenix and Scottsdale Bed Bug Treatment is available that requires NO PREP and is guaranteed for a full year!

How can a Scottsdale Bed Bug Treatment be done without the customer doing any preparation before the service begins? It’s actually quite simple! Every day we get calls from folks expecting a massive task ahead of them because bed bug preparation is usually a lot of work when you ask many other pest control companies or consult the internet.

The vast majority of the preparing that you read about online doesn’t need to be done if the service is done right and a few simple instructions are followed after the treatment is done. And the best part about these instructions is that they are usually not a list of things to do, but rather a few things to not do after the treatment.

I’ll go through a few of the things that are sometimes asked of bed bug customers that we don’t ask of you. Then we’ll look at the service and what you can expect as well as a few things you’ll be asked not to do.

Things we DON’T ask you to do:

  • Throw out your mattress, box springs, or bed.
  • Toss out any other furniture.
  • Throw away any clothing.
  • Empty and bag your closets and/or dressers.
  • Move furniture.
  • Remove outlet covers.

We don’t ask you to do any of these things because when a bed bug control treatment is done correctly, these things are completely unnecessary. Oh, also we won’t ask you to leave at any time during the treatment. We would never do any type of treatment in your home that would require you to leave.

So what do we do? The Phoenix and Scottsdale bed bug treatment is based on isolating your bed from bed bugs and then treating the area with a people and pet friendly pesticide that kills bed bugs. Part of this involves moving the bed a foot or two, but, believe it or not, we’ll actually do that for you! It’s like a little bonus we through in.

When your bed is isolated and the bed bugs are cut off from access to your blood, they wander around aimlessly looking for someone else to eat. When this happens they keep coming in contact with the pesticide and then they die.

Any blood suckers that are in your walls, carpet, dresser, closet , or anywhere else will still smell you and be attracted to you and will not have access to you, but they will get pesticide on them when they try to get to you.

Things to NOT DO after the treatment:

  • Put your bed back up against the wall.
  • Let your bed linens touch the floor.
  • Allow your curtains to touch your bed.
  • Turn off the lights during occupancy of some rooms.
  • Get drunk and have “BED BUG BAIT” tattooed to your face!

After a bed bug treatment is done you’ll get a bit of an education from your tech about what was done, how it works, and what you should or should’t do.

We ask folks to sometimes leave the lights on in certain rooms while they are in those rooms to confuse the bedbugs and keep them in the the places where we want them to be. Your tech will let you know which lights it’s a good idea to leave on and for how long after the service you should do that.

We kill the bed bugs living on your bed with mattress encasements and appropriate treatment, and then completely isolate your bed with interceptors during the bed bug control treatment. So it’s super important that your bed remains isolated. This is why you should not move your bed against a wall or curtain, or let other furniture touch it. It’s also important to make sure your sheets, blankets and bed skirts don’t touch the floor.

The best part of this service is that it is guaranteed for an entire year! This means that if you have those nasty, blood-sucking bed bugs come back within a year of the treatment, we’ll come back and do a free treatment. Think of it like having a bed bug insurance policy!

If you’re having a problem with Bed Bugs…or any other pest…or simply a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Jeffrey

PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Bed Bugs and their feces on a Bed Frame. Some companies would ask you to throw out this frame as part of the “preparation” for their treatment.

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Why Use an Exterminator? Phoenix / Scottsdale Exterminators – Pest Control

In Phoenix and Scottsdale, exterminators are often asked “Why can’t I do it myself?” You can, but here’s a few reasons why you should maybe let a pest control pro do it instead.

Phoenix and Scottsdale exterminators, like any other service industry, often have to explain why it’s best to use a pest control company rather than doing it themselves. A lot of the time it isn’t necessary. And a lot of the time it is definitely helpful to have a pro make your problem theirs.

There are lots of reasons to use an exterminator as opposed to doing your own pest control. Here’s a few of them:

  1. Knowledge and Experience
  2. Professional Equipment
  3. A Wide Selection of Products
  4. You’re Just Lazy
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The right tools, products, and knowledge of how to use them are the best reasons why you should call a professional exterminator. Plus, you just might not want to do it!

Knowledge and Experience

Extensive training and study goes into not only the knowledge necessary to getting an exterminator’s certification but especially the practical side of pest control. More than just knowing a set of facts that government wants you to know, good pest management requires knowledge in the areas of pest identification, life cycles of pests, hiding places for bugs, and the behaviors of all of your target critters.

A good exterminator will also be able to pass on some of his knowledge in the form of recommendations. He’ll let you know when the vines on the block fence may be providing a good place for scorpions to live and breed or maybe recommend the best place to put your pile of firewood.

Professional Equipment

Sure, you can go buy a $10 sprayer at Wally World if you only need to do one or two treatments, but how do you know you wont need a different type of sprayer, or a duster, or bait stations, or an aerosol, or…

Professional Scottsdale exterminators have all the tools that could be needed to take care of a multitude of pest issues. And what’s most important is that they’ll know what tool to use in each situation.

A Wide Selection of Products

Just like knowing what tool to use in each situation, having the right pesticide or other product and knowing when and how to use it is huge! There is not one cure all pesticide that will eliminate all of your bug induced woes overnight.

Believe it or not, in some situations the best choice of pesticide is none. Crazy, right? But at other times you may need to use six different products on a property. Having all those choices on hand gives exterminators a huge toolbox to use in taking your problems away.

Integrated Pest Management Expert Bill Stewart says: “Lot’s of times a pest problem is cleared up with something as simple as trimming the bushes a couple feet away from the house.” 

You’re Just Too Lazy to Do It Yourself

Don’t get offended. But there’s better ways of spending your free time, right? I’ll tell you a secret. When I get home from work, the last thing I want to do is more work.

I can’t tell you how many new customers I’ve gotten who say something like “My husband keeps saying he’s going to take care of these cockroaches but I just can’t stand it anymore!” or “I kept telling myself I was going to do something about these scorpions, but I just never have the time and now they’re inside the house!

It’s okay to be too lazy, and if you think about it, your time (especially you free time) may be a lot more valuable than the little bit that it costs to get a proper pest control service done. Just gimme a call, I’ll take care of you!

If you’re having a problem with any of these pests…or you simply have a question about pest control…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Jeffrey

PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

We do Termite, Bed Bug, Scorpion, and General pest control in Phoenix, Scottsdale Exterminators, Queen Creek, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Peoria, Ahwatukee, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Mesa, Apache Junction, San Tan, Waddell, El Mirage, Carefree, Buckeye, Verrado, Tempe, Sun City, Sun Lakes, Youngtown Paradise Valley, Gold Canyon, Maricopa, Goodyear, Surprise and Anthem!

 

 

Bed Bug Control Treatment- Life Cycle – Phoenix / Scottsdale Pest Control

Understanding Bed Bugs is the most important part of Bed Bug control treatments!

Bed bug control treatments are always on the minds of pest control companies and their technicians in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. We are always getting calls from grossed out folks who are looking for answers and treatments for their infested homes. Learning about the bed bug’s life cycle and behavior is an important first step in understanding how to win the battle against them, take your home back, and perhaps restore your sanity.

If you you missed my recent article about the beginning of the bed bug life cycle, Bed Bug Sex, you can read it here. Though it is kinda scary stuff so I won’t be offended if you choose to skip that whole mess.

 

Where Do Baby Bed Bugs Come From?

After the literally traumatic event that bed bug mating is occurs The female bed bug is ready to lay eggs. She finds a nice cozy spot, usually in a tight crack or crevice that offers protection for her eggs, and drops a bunch. When I say a bunch, I mean A BUNCH! A female bed bug will lay as many as five hundred eggs throughout her lifetime. Folks, my wife has given birth to seven kids and I don’t here the end of it. Just imagine how ticked off these bed bug mamas are!

Bed bug eggs are pearly white and about the size of a pin head. They are found in clusters of anywhere from 30 to 100 eggs. Check out this pic of a cluster we found at the end of a bed frame slat. This bed had about ten of these slats and there was eggs at the end of almost every one of them. That’s a lot of bed bugs!

Bed Bugs go through a life cycle called Gradual Metamorphosis. Gradual Metamorphosis has three stages:

  • Egg
  • Nymph (With 5 Sub-Stages)
  • Adult

Eggs usually take from one to two weeks to hatch under ideal conditions.

Nymphs, or baby bed bugs, must molt between each of the five stages. Molting is the process of shedding the old exoskeleton or skin so that there is room to grow.

These shed skins are part of  what pest pros look for when we are doing an initial inspection of a home. They can tell us how old the infestation is, where it is, and how bad or extensive it is.

Nymphs don’t change shape all that much but their color and translucence changes quite a bit. A fresh out of the egg, first stage nymph is not much bigger than the egg it came out of. They are usually off white in color and very translucent, almost clear.

The second through fifth stages are a gradual transformation of getting bigger and darker in color until they are an adult which is about the size and color of an apple seed. This process usually takes about a month with the right temperatures and an adequate food source. Before this is always the best time to do a bed bug control treatment.

Bed bug control treatment, life cycle, Phoenix and Scottsdale pest control
Bed bug nymphs and adults group together on mattresses, box springs and bed frames.

What do those cute little baby bed bugs eat?

Just like the mating process requires the adults to have a nice big human blood meal first, bed bug nymphs require a blood meal at each stage of their development. A first stage nymph cannot molt and enter the second stage until it has engorged itself with blood. It’s kinda like how your mom told you you had to eat your vegetables in order to grow up to be big and strong… except the vegetables are YOU!

A bed bug nymph without a human host to feed on will stay at it’s current stage, sometimes for months, until it can eat. This is why the most important part of a good bed bug control treatment is to completely isolate the bed. If they can’t get to you then they can’t grow up to be adults and continue to multiply!

 

How long does a bed bug live?

After the metamorphosis is complete, about a month from egg to adult if conditions are right, a bed bug will begin the process of feeding and mating for around ten months but sometimes as long as a full year. As insects go that’s a very long life span! That’s 12 months of drinking your blood and laying hundreds of eggs!

If you’re having a problem with Bed Bugs…or any other pest…or simply a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey West.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Jeffrey

PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

We do Termite, Bed Bug, and General pest control in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Queen Creek, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Peoria, Ahwatukee, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Mesa, Apache Junction, San Tan, Waddell, El Mirage, Carefree, Buckeye, Verrado, Tempe, Sun City, Sun Lakes, YoungTown Paradise Valley, Gold Canyon, Maricopa, Goodyear, Surprise and Anthem!

 

 

 

Giant Mosquitoes at Home? Phoenix / Scottsdale Exterminator / Pest Control

Are those giant mosquitoes on my home? Phoenix and Scottsdale exterminators see lots of them!

In Phoenix and Scottsdale Exterminators get daily questions about giant mosquitoes, mosquito eaters or mosquito hawks in the spring. But are they mosquitoes? Do they really eat mosquitoes?

What the heck are these giant mosquito looking dudes that fly all over your property and come into your home and what can you, an exterminator or pest control operator do about them? In this article I’ll explain what these guys are,, if you should be worried about them and what, if anything can or should be done about them.

Crane fly, giant mosquito eater hawk, Phoenix Scottsdale Exterminator Pest control treatment
Crane Flies are completely harmless and actually provide some environmental benefits!

Crane Flies

Okay, we got that out of the way. They are crane flies. Crane fly is the common name for thousands of species of true flies in a family that are all quite similar to each other. Though they are often called a variety of names including Mosquito Eater, Mosquito Hawk, Skeeter Eater, Giant Mosquito, and even Daddy Long-Legs (WHAT?!), none of these names are correct.

These misnomers imply behavior about the crane fly that isn’t true. Some folks think these are Giant Mosquitoes and that they feed on the blood of humans and other animals. In reality they lack the mouth parts to pierce skin to drink blood.

Well then they are Mosquito Eaters, Skeeter Eaters (My favorite of the incorrect names) or Mosquito hawks, and they eat true mosquitoes. We should be grateful that they help us exterminators out with mosquito pest control. Right?

Not Quite. While crane fly larva, or leather jackets as they are called, have chewing mouth parts and are capable of eating a variety of items, other insects or any other living animals are usually not on the menu. And although the larva spend their entire lives eating or looking for food, the adult crane fly not only lacks the mouth parts to kill or eat other insects, they actually don’t eat at all during their adulthood which usually only lasts for a few days.

Well what does and adult crane fly do for its short life? They fly around, rather clumsily because they don’t have the wingspan to be strong flyers, looking for a mate. Then they lay their eggs and die. That’s it. They aren’t interested in you unless you are a crane fly of the opposite sex.

Are Crane Flies considered pests?

So what can you do about these things? Should you do anything about them? Scottsdale exterminators can’t really do much to prevent these guys from coming around your property because they fly and cover lots of area sometimes. And because they pose no danger to humans, their pets or their property and their larva provide an environmental benefit to soil and water, they are not usually considered pests.

The argument can be made though that they can get pretty annoying when a good amount of them get into your home. This can bring them into “pest” territory and makes them fair game for killing. An aerosol or fly swatter is usually the best way to take these guys out. An interior baseboard treatment would do nothing to help because they rarely land on the baseboards.

Of course the best way to keep crane flies out of the house is to keep the doors and windows shut. The problem with this is that in the area around Phoenix and Scottsdale exterminators will start to see them around mid to late February, the time of year when everyone wants to have their windows and doors open. Personally I still keep the doors and windows open because the free, perfect temperature air is too good to pass up and I’m willing to have a few crane flies around as the trade off.

I hope this has been educational for you and has served to clear up some of the myths about these harmless flies.

If you’re having a problem with any pest…or you simply have a question about natural pest control…call NaturZone Pest Control, the Scottsdale exterminators at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Jeffrey

PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

We do Termite, Bed Bug, Scorpion, and General pest control in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Queen Creek, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Peoria, Ahwatukee, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Mesa, Apache Junction, San Tan, Waddell, El Mirage, Carefree, Buckeye, Verrado, Tempe, Sun City, Sun Lakes, YoungTown Paradise Valley, Gold Canyon, Maricopa, Goodyear, Surprise and  Anthem!