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4 Personalities of Pest Control – Phoenix / Scottsdale Natural Pest Control

In Phoenix and Scottsdale Natural Pest Control is important to a lot of folks for lots of different reasons. Different personality types, or temperments, approach natural pest control in different ways.

In this article we will look at the 4 classic temperaments outlined thousands of years ago, how they each might approach a pest issue, what their strengths would be, and how each could go about improving on there weaknesses as they apply to pest control.

The 4 Personalities

Hippocrates defined 4 basic personality types and thousands of years later people are still using these to look at there strengths and weaknesses to improve themselves. The 4 types are:

  • Choleric
  • Sanguine
  • Phlegmatic
  • Melancholic

If we look at each of these types, try to figure out which one most describes us, then we can move forward in our natural pest control plans with the ability to emphasize our strengths and watch out for and dial down our weaknesses.

Choleric 

Cholerics are extroverted, task-oriented folks. Thay are dominant, decisive, doers. They are always In go,go,go mode! This is the guy that offers to “help” you do something and then completely takes over.

A choleric approaches a pest problem with a “Do it now, and do it right” attitude. The strength here is that cholerics will usually not wait to tackle a pest problem. This is big because most pest issues get worse over time. Cholerics usually want to be thorough too, which is usually good, because being thorough is the “Right” way to do things and cholerics can’t stand to not be right.

The danger here is that an untrained choleric will jump right into a pest treatment without knowing what, where and how to treat. This often results in the “more is better” or “scorched earth” approach which is definitely not natural pest control and can often make issues worse.

If this is you, slow down just a bit. Get quality information on the treatment or exterminator that’s right for you and your pest issues, and then move forward with your plan.

Sanguine

Sanguines are extroverted, people-orientented folks. For sanguines priorities are having fun and making friends.This is the person that goes to a party, if they didn’t through it themselves, and meets all the new people, makes new friends and doesn’t even notice when the cops show up. We are the folks who get distracted by shiney objects, at the expense of everything else.

Sanguines are the type to put off dealing with a pest issue because it is just not one of those top two priorities. When they do get around to dealing with it they won’t often do research on the treatment or professional that they need, and if they try to do it themselves, they won’t often do a thorough job.

The strength of a sanguine in these situations is to make a game of doing the research and work. Sanguines can make anything fun! A sanguine could have a competition with the family to see who can find the most roaches or scorpions in one area, which helps them or their exterminator know where to focus their efforts.

Sanguines should always remember that while taking care of a pest issue may not be fun, it’s a whole lot less fun to live with a bad infestation and eventually have to deal with that.

Phlegmatic

Phlegmatics are introverted, people-oriented folks. They are the sweet, caring, peacemakers of the world. They are also hard to get started doing a lot of things. This is the person who will do anything you ask them to do because they just want to make everyone happy, but if you don’t ask them to do anything, they’re hiding somewhere watching TV or reading a book for hours, or days. They prioritize people, even though they’re initially afraid of folks they don’t know.

Plegmatics may not prioritize a pest issue unless they realize how much that problem may bother or threaten someone they care about. Even then they may drag their feet or not do the proper reasearch. Their strength is that they will want to do everything in the most safe, responsible way, which usually leads them to natural pest control methods or companies.

Phlegmatics should always remember that many pest issues have an effect on the people around them and some can pose a health risk especially if allowed to get worse. This will motivate them to action.

Melancholic

Melancholic or melancholies are introverted, task-oriented folks. They prioritize information and answers. They enjoy researching every possible corner of any task they are taking on. This is the dude that stares at the menu at the local burger joint for a half an hour, asks every question about every ingredient in every item on the menu, sits down with a laptop to make a speadsheat of those ingredients, then goes to another burger joint to look at their menu. All the while wondering why they’re so hungry.

Melancholies have a huge strength in that they get all the necessary information and then they make a solid treatment plan. Of course their weekness is that time flies by, and pest issues get worse while they perfect that plan, never pulling the trigger. When a melancholy finally does implement a plan though, it’s usually one that works out.

If this is you, remember that action is just as important as answers. Do your research, then make your decicion and act!

If you’re having a problem with any pest…or you simply have a question about natural 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, 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!

 

 

 

 

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Cockroach Infestation Control in the Phoenix Area

Cockroach infestation control is a very common issue affecting most homes here is the Phoenix area.  There are many types of cockroaches found here, and believe it or not, non of them are actually native to the area.  We will briefly discuss what critters we most commonly come across while working here as exterminators in both residential and commercial settings.  For a more comprehensive discussion on particular roaches we will be adding more pages in the future.

The American Sewer Roach.

This would likely deserve a spot on the list of most gross insects that our customers will find.  That is because they are a combination of fast, large and, well, quite juicy!  They are considered to be originally from Africa and actually cannot live long without a regular water source, and are considered an insect that prefers to live underground.  While this is often the case, we have found them living well even in trees and have to search out nests of them in trees while doing an inspection.  One fortunate aspect of these is that they do not adapt well to a regular inside home environment and thus when they do intrude they are usually found dead or dying upside down even in a home without pesticides!

The Turkistan Cockroach.

Turkistan roaches seem to come in two very distinct colors and shapes.  The male adults tend to be kind of narrow and light tan colored.  They have wings and run very fast.  The female by comparison is a bit more oblong or wider in appearance, has no visible wings and is nearly black in color.  They really do look like two different types of cockroaches.  Also these do not seem to adapt well to the inside of a home also as we almost never find them inside and never in numbers.

The German Cockroach.

There german roach is a small roach, usually reaching little more than half an inch in length. Their bodies are somewhat narrow and their coloring is from light brown to very dark brown, and their bodies seem to have two dark strips going down their backside. They multiply quickly and can not only reach huge numbers inside a home within a year, but if they go uncontrolled they will stain up the areas they stay around (they wipe their feces around where they hand out) and in large enough numbers they can make the house almost smell like vomit (as one landlord referred to it).

The german roach is an insect that is quite rare to find infesting single family homes.  This is because they do not adapt to living outside so there is no risk of an outdoor infestation getting inside.  Instead they are “shared” from either an attached neighbor or brought in from another infested location.

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5 Presidents Who Would Make Awful Exterminators! – Scottsdale Pest Control

In Phoenix and Scottsdale Pest Control is serious business! Forgive me then if I fall into a bit of frivolity to celebrate everyone’s favorite Holiday, Presidents Day! Okay, maybe it’s everybody’s favorite 3-day weekend.

I was thinking about what it takes to be a good Exterminator earlier today when I realized that it was Presidents Day. Then the thought entered my mind that I wouldn’t trust a lot of these guys to do my Pest control, let alone run an entire country!

Politics

You’re thinking “This dude has lost his mind if he’s going to start talking politics on a pest control blog!”  And you’d be right ! So I won’t go into it and I promise to keep it even. As in I am an equal opportunity roaster. No president is safe from my criticisms of his pest control abilities…or lack thereof.

I do have one thing to say about politics before we get started though, and it is surprisingly related to Scottsdale pest control. Or anywhere pest control for that matter.

Do you know the origin of the word politics? It’s derived from two words. The first is the Latin prefix “Poli” which means “Many” and the other is “Tics” which are blood sucking pests! Mic drop. I’m here all week folks. (Okay, I stole that from Robin Williams. Sorry)

Richard Nixon: Not a Crook

I am not a crook.”  ~ Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon removed himself from office to prevent the humiliation of being removed from office by congress. Some say he wasn’t as bad as he was made out to be, and I’m always willing to entertain differing opinions, but for the purposes of this list, he was that bad.

In my opinion Honesty is an important part of being a pest control professional, or any kind of professional. How would folks want you in or around their homes if you aren’t a trustworthy person? So that’s why Richard Nixon would make a terrible exterminator. I may come to your house at night with a flashlight if needed, but you’ll always know in advance! And that’s a rock solid guarantee!

Andrew Johnson: Mr. Grumpy Pants

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A face only a mother could love. Maybe.

A good exterminator needs to have some people skills. He needs to be willing to help customers solve problems. Andrew Johnson, the man who became president after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln probably would’ve had trouble with this aspect of Pest Control.

After he became President it is said that most of his political problems could be traced to his personality, or lack thereof. Not only did he have a terrible time getting along with the opposition party, he also had a lot of trouble with his party. This lead to his impeachment. Though he did somehow find a way to be elected to the US Senate after that.

Bill Clinton: Philanderer in Chief

“I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” ~ Bill Clinton

“Indeed I did have a relationship that was not appropriate.” ~ Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton is on here for similar reasons as Richard Nixon, dishonesty. But his comes in the form of…naughtiness. No matter what your political affiliation, you have to admit that if Bill Clinton showed up at your door you’d keep a close eye on him around you wife or daughter.

This is the dude who has an intern in every office, yes, even the Oval Office. And when questioned about it, he’s the guy who doesn’t exactly know what the meaning of “Is” is. “Slick Willy” probably wouldn’t make the best exterminator because you would never be able to trust him.

George W. Bush: Bug Bomber

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President George W. Bush. Photo by Eric Draper, White House.

 

“There’s an old saying in Tennessee—I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, fool me once, shame on, shame on you. Fool me………..you can’t get fooled again.” ~ George W. Bush

An exterminator has to be able to solve problems by investigating the situation and then implementing a solid plan. Some of the less skilled exterminators out there will try to solve a lot of pest problems with a “Bug Bomb” or fogger. Some will just go for the “Spray n’ Pray” or “Scorched Earth” approach, spraying every inch of a property with pesticide. These are not solutions.

Enter George W. Bush. Dub Ya never saw a bomb he didn’t like and he wasn’t known for being a particularly strong “Figure-Outer.” So as an exterminator he’d likely be the type to solve everything with a bug bomb.

William Henry Harrison: Dead Dude

Who?

Trust me, he was a President. William Henry Harrison inaugurated on March 4, 1841. That day it is believed he got a bad cold or pneumonia and 31 days later he passed away.. He literally did absolutely nothing as President of the United States.

Now some would say this makes him the greatest President in history, and they would be right! But this also would make him a terrible exterminator. A good Pest Professional needs to be consistent in serving his customers month after month. Even when he’s “Under the Weather” your tech should show up ready to do a great job killing bugs. Of course we can’t really blame Harrison for not showing up to work, with the dying and all.

If you’re having a problem with any pest…or you simply have a question about natural 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, 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!

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5 Scorpion Hideouts Around Your Home! Phoenix / Scottsdale Scorpion Control

In Phoenix and Scottsdale pest control companies get calls for scorpion control on a daily basis! Frantic homeowners with scorpions in their homes want real answers to their problems and they’re looking for the knowledge to do as much as they can to help control the situation.

Effective scorpion control relies on starting with an inspection to locate the hot spots of activity and breeding on your property. One of the most helpful things to know when hunting down these hot spots is what these critters like when selecting a hiding spot. Here are several conditions to look for:

  • Areas that get moist and retain moisture
  • Protection from predators (Humans)
  • Food sources like spiders and insects
  • Protection from sun and weather
  • Anywhere they can be upside down

I’m going to give you my top 5 hiding places that provide all or most of these conditions. All of these are spots that I notice and inspect whenever I start a new customer with scorpion issues:

  • Block fence columns
  • Brick stacks and piles
  • Under large rocks
  • Cracks and Crevices
  • Wood and debris piles

Block Fence Columns

As far as bark scorpion control goes this is ground zero! Even though there are definitely more desirable places for these dudes to live, this is a hiding place for them that is found on almost every property. Block fences provide a tight protected space to live in, they provide shade and protection from the weather, they have other bugs in there to eat, and they have LOTS of places that they can be upside down.

Speaking of being upside down, Arizona Bark Scorpions, which are by far the major problem scorpion in the Southwest, practice what is called Negative Geotaxis.  This is basically geek speak for “they like to be upside down.” Negative Geotaxis explains why we find them on the bottom of all sorts of things.

Brick Stacks or Piles 

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More often than you might think I find neat stacks or bricks or pavers in people’s yards left over for a project.  Sometimes I find not so neat stacks or piles to. Both of these present a problem as they provide many of the above conditions that these nasty pests like.

The neat stacks provide protection from the sun, tight protected hiding places, and they tend to hold moisture well. While the not do neat stacks or piles of bricks provide some of this but hey give a lot of places for the scorpions to be upside down.

Under Large Rocks

 

This may seem like an obvious one, but I still have folks in heavily infested scorpion areas that will landscape there yards with lots of large rocks. It goes without saying that other bugs are going to be hiding under these rocks which provides food. Also, there’s usually enough space under a rock for a scorpion to sit on the underside of the rock to enjoy the upside down life. It’s also always going to be cooler and more moist under there too.

Cracks and Crevices

The cracks and crevices in or between concrete slabs are another huge spot for scorpions to hang out. They give lots of protection from humans and other predators while also some protection from the elements and of course their best food sources like to chill down there too.

These are easy to treat though. I like to flush them out with a liquid insecticide which not only threatens the lives of the scorpions directly but also kills and taints their food and makes the hiding spot unlivable.

Wood Piles and Debris Piles

Wood piles, debris piles or piles of trimmings from yard work or tree trimming pose a big hurdle for scorpion control around a home.

You know that I can’t write about scorpions without reminding you that they don’t call them bark scorpions because they sound like a dog! Bark scorpions are named that because they like to climb, and are often found in under and around tree bark. Specifically they like Mesquites, Cottonwoods, Sycamores and other trees that are found in riparian and creek bed habitats in the Sonoran Desert.

If you have stacks of wood on your property you are inviting scorpions to chill out near your home. At best the wood piles should be removed when possible. At a minimum they should be lifted off of the ground so that treatment can be done under and around them. And they should absolutely never be stored against the home itself.

Debris piles should be removed as fast as possible as well. The longer they are on your property the worse the problem can get. Decaying leaves and twigs attract all sorts of bugs for scorpions to eat, retain moisture very well, and provide a cool area for the thugs of the arthropod world to hide in!

If you’re having a problem with scorpions…or any pest…or you simply have a question about natural 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, 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!

 

 

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Do I Need the Inside Sprayed? – Phoenix / Scottsdale Natural Pest Control

In the Phoenix / Scottsdale area folks are always looking for Natural Pest Control inside their homes! We are always getting calls from folks with active infestations inside their home asking for interior treatments as well as customers who have control of the pests on their property but are wondering if they need the interior treated for prevention. in this article I will go over what a general interior treatment looks like and when you may need it. We will also cover a few of the questions we commonly get about our approach to natural pest control and interior treatments.

When Should I Have The Inside Treated?

There are lots of different situations where a specific type of interior treatment should be done and just a few where a general baseboard spray is appropriate. Here’s some of the top reasons:

  • It’s your first treatment
  • You have an active or new infestation
  • You share a wall like in an apartment or condo (Sometimes)

 

It’s Your First Treatment!

Though I do have many customers who have never had the inside of their house sprayed, most customers start off with the interior of their home treated at their initial service. This is because when we start a new customer on our regular service plan we want to start with a clean slate. You want the inside of your home to be free of pests as fast as possible and that usually means an interior treatment is needed to clear out any critters that are living in the house.

But for the vast majority of our customers this is the first and last interior treatment they will ever need! Part of our natural pest control approach is to spray inside your home as little as possible. We use products that work but are pet and human friendly. But that doesn’t mean that it’s responsible to use it more often than needed. Even the the most natural pesticides have some degree of toxicity and should be used in a responsible way.

This is why we do a thorough, conscientious treatment outside every time we come. So that you don’t have to be bothered with the interior treatment.

 

You Have an Active or New Infestation

When you have a lot of a particular critter in your home that is usually a sign that you could use an interior treatment. Though many of these issues can and should be taken care of at the source, outside, sometimes some of the bugs have taken up permanent residence inside your home! This is when it’s great to have a trained, experienced technician inspect the problem and let you know if it’s something that requires an interior treatment or if he can take care of it outside.

Here are a few critters that usually  require an interior treatment of some kind.

German roaches usually need some kind of bait treatment done, especially in the bathrooms and kitchen. Sometimes a specialized liquid spray is needed too but rarely is this problem helped with a general baseboard spray. Ants also are usually treated with a bait and a baseboard spray is not helpful.

If there are a few crickets in your home a baseboard treatment is usually just what the doctor ordered! A cricket problem can be cleared up very fast with proper, regular exterior service and a single interior spray.

Bed bugs are of course always treated inside the home. However a baseboard spray is only a part of the treatment, though a very important part. After a bed bug service we always recommend that you get started on our regular service and have the inside sprayed every 6-12 months to keep the product strong. This is because the treatment last for mush longer inside the home where it’s protected from the sun and weather so and interior service is usually only needed at a maximum of every 6 months.

Bed Bug Expert and NaturZone Owner Bill Stewart says;

“I personally do dozens of Bed Bug Treatments every week and I know I am bringing them home with me. It’s unavoidable. But I treat the inside of my home every 9 months. When you do it right, that’s all you need!”

 

You Share a Wall Like in an Apartment or Condo

Sometimes when you can’t treat the full perimeter of a structure it becomes necessary to do an interior treatment periodically. For example, if you live in an apartment where you have had a German roach problem before, but the neighbors have not been able to get rid of theirs, that’s when it might be a good idea to have an inside treatment done on a regular basis. (Or better yet, tell the management or HOA to contact NaturZone to have the whole building treated!)

The way to tell if you might need this done is to note how many of a particular pest you see, where you see them and when you see them. If you have a persistent issue that the exterior service isn’t taking care of, it may be time for an inside treatment.

If you’re having a problem with pests…or you simply have a question about natural 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, 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!

 

 

 

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Natural Pest Control – Non Pesticide Methods – Scottsdale Pest Control

Natural Pest Control.

In Phoenix and Scottsdale we have a massive amount of requests for natural pest control. People want safe, pet friendly, and people friendly options that actually work! Folks are always asking if a more responsible approach to pest control is the best way. You want to know if you can get rid of pests with little to no exposure to pesticides for you, your children, and your pets.

In the last article we went over how we use pesticides that work in a more responsible way. In this one I’ll give you the some of the things that we do that don’t involve pesticides.

There are several different things that I do or recommend my customers do as part of the natural pest control approach . These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Removal of spider webs
  • Removal of wasp’s nests
  • Sealing off entry points to your home
  • Adjustments to landscaping
  • Removal of debris or wood piles

 

Removal of Spider Webs

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On most regular services I will go around a home 2-3 times. on the first pass I am looking for problem areas like spider webs. During the summer spider webs can get pretty out of control if you don’t stay on top of them. I use a webber on an extension pole to remove the webs.

 

Removal of Wasp’s Nests

Natural pest control for wasps in Phoenix and Scottsdale!
A wasp nest I removed from a customer’s property recently. I killed all of the Wasps and then came back and removed the nest in order to prevent it from being reoccupied.

Wasps nests can be repopulated over and over, even sometimes after they have been treated with pesticide. Often times the best thing to do is just knock down the nest. Of course this is usually after a pesticide has been used to kill the wasps. But if you ever find and unoccupied wasp’s nest on your property it is a good Idea to get rid of it so it doesn’t provide a home for some new wasps.

 

Sealing Off Entry Points to Your Home

Many times I will have a customer ask how a certain pest got into their home even with all the different treatments that I do to prevent it. Usually I will find an easy entry point for the pests to get through. Sometimes this is as simple as a backdoor or window that gets left open on a beautiful evening or it could be a gap in the weather stripping around their door. If you can see light through it, it is basically like an open door for any pest out their.

It should come as no surprise that nothing is 100%. Anyone that tells you you will NEVER see another pest is not being honest with you. So the aim is to massively reduce the pest population on your property and to make sure that the occasional pest that does show up dies or leaves as fast as possible. But before it dies or leaves we need to make sure that the home is not an open door welcoming them in.

 

Adjustments to Landscaping.

Speaking of making a pest want to leave, these last two points are what does it. These are the most effective natural pest control methods!

Plants should be planted or trimmed away from your home at least a foot or two. Three feet is best! This makes treatments more effective but most importantly it doesn’t provide a hiding place for Spiders, Roaches, Crickets and Scorpions right next to your house.

Ground cover plants are usually beautiful but they also provide a cool, moist, protected hiding and breeding place for all sorts of nasties! The area that these plants cover should be kept to a minimum and should be periodically trimmed and debris removed from under it to remove as much incentive as possible for bugs to live there.

Bushes should be trimmed up and away from the ground as much as possible. Once again, the more a bush or any plant is touching the ground, the nicer it is for bugs to live under. The bigger bushes with bigger footprints are providing a lot of real estate for the pests you want to keep out of and away from your home!

 

Removal of Debris and Wood Piles.

This one is HUGE! So many times I have had customers say that they have still been seeing pest or are seeing them again. And almost as many times I find a wood pile or debris pile somewhere around their home.

Pest Control Expert Bill Stewart says: “The number one rule of natural pest control is to not invite pests onto your property. A big pile of raked up leaves or bush trimmings is a massive pest population just waiting to happen. Usually you won’t have to wait long either. Bugs breed FAST when they find a place to live that they like.”

A wood pile can also be a big invitation for pests too. Especially for Scorpions! Remember, they don’t call them Bark Scorpions because they say “Woof”! If you have a wood pile that you need to keep, elevate it off of the ground and away from structures so that a treatment can be done around and under it.

Next time I’ll tell you all about interior treatments. Do I need one? How often? What do you use? I’ll answer all of these questions and probably more.

If you’re having a problem with pests…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 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!

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How to do the Natural Approach to Pest Treatment – Phoenix / Scottsdale Natural Pest Control

In the Phoenix / Scottsdale area pest control companies are always asked about Natural Pest Control. What is natural pest control? How is it done? What products do you use? Does natural pest control really work? In this article you will get the basics of a natural pest control treatment from a results driven point of view.

 

Natural pest control is a term that gets thrown around quite a bit by pest control companies. For some it is just a phrase that sells a service and has no part of their real service. For others it is a way of life, no matter if it works or not. At NaturZone Pest Control we tend to take a middle road between these two. We use as many products with natural ingredients as we can, but we also use some synthetic products but with a more responsible strategy in applying them.

 

Pesticides 

Pesticides are anything that is used to kill or control a pest or pests. In my daily route I usually use from eight to ten different pesticides on a regular basis. each home may only get two or three of these, but I have a wide variety of these tools at my disposal. The main types I use in a regular Bi-Monthly service fall into three different categories.

  • Baits
  • Liquid Sprays
  • Aerosols

Baits are the back bone of NaturZone’s pest treatment strategy. This is a huge part of what sets us apart from the others. We bait first.

The big advantages to using baits are several. First it is easier to control where most baits go. If I use a gel or dust bait inside a home, I know right where to check to see if it’s been eaten by the bugs. I also can put them right where we know the ants, or roaches, or crickets are outside.

Second, getting a bug to eat bait is a very fast and efficient way to kill the pest. Residual sprays rely on the pesticide killing the bug from the outside in in most cases, sometimes taking quite a while. But if the bug eats the product it can move things along very fast.

Third, the active ingredients in most baits we use are naturally derived and have very little toxicity to mammals!

Liquid sprays are the standard for the industry. It’s gotten to the point that when a customer orders a pest treatment they usually ask for a “Spray” because this is what they see everyone else doing. While this is a common part of our strategy, it is definitely not the only part and is not enough by itself.

Most of the liquid sprays that we use are not considered “Natural”but are quite low in toxicity. How we apply them is the big difference! While you may be used to seeing a truck with a 300 foot long hose spraying a huge 6 – 10 foot band around your neighbor’s property, what you don’t know is that when that type of equipment is used the product is required to be sprayed at an almost uselessly low rate. So what you get is a property covered in very weak pesticide.

On the other hand, we use hand equipment, like backpacks, to spray ours. This allows us to spray at the most effective rate for each type of pest. But we don’t spray it all over the yard where you and your pets walk. We spray it in more out of the way places, places where the bugs like to be, like against the foundation of the home or business, or in cracks and crevices. This puts an effective amount of product where the bugs live and where You don’t!

Aerosols with natural plant based active ingredients are something that we use to flush out hard to reach critters. We usually use these in cracks and crevices for things like Black Widows, Scorpions, and Crickets. These kill the bugs very quickly but are not designed to last as long as the liquid sprays or baits do. Aerosols are a very effective tool in cleaning out active infestations of a multitude of different pests.

That covers the basics of Pesticides. Next time I’ll teach you all about the non-pesticide things that we do to help control pest populations! I’ll also go over some of the education that we give our customers in order to have a team effort in the strategy. Also watch for my article on Interior treatments and when and why you may or may not need an inside treatment.

If you’re having a problem with any of these pests…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 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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Pest Control Phoenix AZ – Indoor Pests – Carpet Beetle

Carpet Beetle Adult
Adult Carpet Beetle

We regularly, while exterminating indoor pests here in Phoenix, AZ we often encounter carpet beetle larvae, an insect that is so common we find them underneath most couches and beds inside homes.  They are the hatched offspring of carpet beetles and are normally sparsely found in a home and quite harmless.
The carpet beetle itself is an insect that roughly has the shape of a lady bug, except that it is much smaller and its colors are often lite brown to very dark brown often with spots as in the picture we have included here.  They get into homes by flying in, and generally because of their very small size go unnoticed.

They get their name from their feeding characteristics.  Back when carpet was made of wool, carpet beetle larvae were found to eat away at and damage the carpet. This is because these larvae are scavengers and prefer hair in their diet. Thus the name carpet beetles.  Of course modern carpet is synthetic so they need other sources of food, such as pet hair and scraps of food.

The get into homes by literally flying in.  While in the home they get the chance to lay eggs.

These eggs hatch into larvae, which if looked at closely might roughly remind one of maggots with more hair.  Just as carpet beetles very in size, so do their larvae.  Most are quite small but some get large enough to get your attention when you come across them.  The larvae are scavengers and feed off of organic matter.

Carpet Beetle larvae
Carpet Beetle

We once got called out to a hospice to determine if the larvae under the bed  of a “deceased man” were maggots but we identified them as somewhat large carpet beetle larvae.  They were developing under the box spring due to the dander that was available to them at the edge of the bed.   They were alarming to find, but actually were never “visiting” the occupant of the bed, just scavenging under and around for material they could eat.

We have included a video  here of an interesting variety of carpet beetle larvae. These were found while we were performing a bed bug service and had been developing under a dog bed. The dog bed obviously afforded this larvae a lot of food as well as a safe place to live. Note the reddish color of this rather large variation of this insect.

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We fingered it in the video to demonstrate its slow movement.  We sometimes get calls from frantic customers stating they found what they might consider “bed bugs” under the bed.  We ask them if the bug they found moves more like an ant (kinda fast) or a worm (awfully slow). A slow, hairy (if they can see well enough) wormy like insect is a good description of this harmless creature found in all homes.

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Top 5 “Scariest” Pests in Arizona – Phoenix / Scottsdale Pest Control

In the Phoenix / Scottsdale area pest control techs are constantly dealing with the “Fear Factor.” Some pests just illicit a strong emotional reaction of fear whether they have earned that reaction or not. On this list we’ll take a look at the 5 that seem to bring out the most fear in folks, and at why or why not those fears are justified.

“Scariness” is, of course, a very subjective topic so it makes sense that a lot of folks will have fears of pests that aren’t on the list. Let me know in the comments if you think the list is right or if you’d have put another pest on it instead.

 

“Honorable” Mention: Sun Spiders

An Arizona Sun spider. It’s Mouth parts are a lot like those of it’s distant cousin, the scorpion, except they lack the “arms” that the scorpion has.

I know it’s kinda like cheating to throw 6 pests onto a “Top 5” list but the Sun Spider doesn’t quite make the list. Not because it isn’t scary, as you can see in the pic these huge dudes are the stuff that nightmares are made of. But My list is partially based on how much fear the pests cause and since many people are unaware of them, Sun Spiders don’t cause as much fear as their nasty looks might make you think they do.

Now on the truth about Sun Spiders. Sun Spiders are a completely harmless, ten-legged cousin of scorpions. They have no tail or stinger and their mouth parts do not deliver anything toxic to humans. However, they can deliver a momentary pain in the form a nasty pinch from those mouth parts which are like a scorpion’s “pincers” except without the arms.

By the way, most pest control techs, including myself, consider Sun Spiders to be beneficial to a more natural approach. They pose no threat to humans, rarely enter homes, and eat most of the other pests in the area where they live. So if you see a sun spider on your property, tell him thanks for eating all the real spiders.

 

#5: Rats and Mice

Personally I find Rats and mice kinda cute. But they scare the heck out of a lot of people which is why they made the list.

The truth? They have the capability of carrying diseases and other pests, like fleas. Many people know that the “Black Death” or Bubonic Plague of the 1300’s was spread by rats carrying infected fleas. Mice also can carry bacteria and viruses. of course these days that’s less of a worry, but a rat or mouse infestation is still an unhealthy thing to have.

 

#4: Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are the scariest for a lot of folks who have lived with an infestation of these nasty little blood suckers. I know 2 people who were actually diagnosed with PTSD from their experiences with bed bugs! It can really mess you up knowing that while you sleep your blood is being eaten by dozens of bugs.

But do they pose an actual danger to humans or is the scariness mostly perception? It makes sense that because they drink human blood that they would be good transmitters of disease, however a simple fact prevents this from being the case. Scientists have found that bacteria and viruses do not survive inside bed bugs for long, so they lack the ability to transmit disease.

It should be said, however that in very extreme cases a really bad bed bug infestation can cause enough blood loss to make a person anemic, and thus give them all the health issues associated with anemia. Either way, a bed bug infestation is not something that anyone wants to live with for long.

 

#3: Black Widows

Black Widows are probably one of the most recognizable spiders there is.Most folks know that the red hourglass shape on a shiny black spider means danger. But how dangerous are these mean little ladies?

Black Widows rarely bite humans. Not only do you need to disturb them where they live, but scientists have found that you usually need to pinch them so that they feel like they may get crushed, in order to induce a bite. Since they are a spider that waits for their prey to come to them rather than hunt, they are almost always found in their web. so this makes them very easy to avoid.

That being said, their bites are potentially dangerous. Symptoms are usually limited to pain and swelling around the bite, but can include nasea, vomiting, muscle or stomach cramps, very high blood pressure, fever, chills and sweating just to name a few.

While thousands of bites occur in the US each year, most years pass without a death caused by a Black Widow.

 

#2: Tarantulas

Though at this point most folks know there’s no logical reason to fear tarantulas, they are still giant hairy spiders with huge fangs. I’ll be honest, they scare the crap out of me. But as a pest control tech I consider them beneficial in a more natural approach to pest management.

Tarantulas eat pretty much every pest that I’m trying to kill. and they pose no danger to humans. Usually the only way to get a tarantula to bite you is to apply pressure to its back. Even then, the bite is usually compared to a bee sting with some swelling and itching around the bite. Of course, as with anything that stings or bites, there is the chance of an allergic reaction.

There are no recorded deaths from a tarantula bite. But you couldn’t pay me enough to pick one up!

 

#1: Scorpions

Scorpions, specifically Arizona Bark Scorpions are my top pick for what scares the hell out of the most people. Seriously, if you live in an area where they live, you know the fear I’m referring to. Just looking at them makes one want to skip a night of sleep. But unfortunately they have actual facts to back up the fear.

While most other scorpions in Arizona have relatively mild stings, the Bark Scorpion packs a punch. I’ve had folks tell me as little as “It felt like a bad bee sting” to as much as “It was the most intense pain imaginable and half my body went numb and tingly for a week.” But that’s just the localized affects.

According to Mayo Clinic:

“Signs and symptoms related to widespread (systemic) venom effects usually occur in children who are stung and may include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle twitching or thrashing
  • Unusual head, neck and eye movements
  • Drooling
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Accelerated heart rate (tachycardia) or irregular heart beat (arrhythmia)
  • Restlessness or excitability or inconsolable crying (in children)”

On top of all of that, there’s the chance of an allergic reaction, especially in folks who have been stung before, which can cause anaphylaxis and can sometimes be life-threatening.

But after all the nastyness about the sting and the actual scariness of the scorpion itself, there hasn’t been a death caused by scorpion sting in Arizona for over 40 years. Definitely NOT going to be picking up one of these dudes!

 

If you’re having a problem with any of these nasties…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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Phoenix / Scottsdale Pest Control – Exterminating German Cockroaches

Here in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area German Cockroach extermination is a constant battle for some homeowners. Not only is it disgusting and disturbing to live with a cockroach infestation, it presents real health risks as well! Roaches can spread bacteria that cause food born illnesses like Salmonella. They can also cause allergies in some folks.

What is a German Roach and why is it a special problem?

German Cockroaches are the little guys that infest kitchens by the hundreds or thousands. There are two main ways to identify German Cockroaches.

  • Their Relatively Small Size
  • The Two Lateral Dark Stripes Running Down Their Backs
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Near full size german roach

The reason they present such a problem is because they are a colonizing insect, which means they work together to protect each other. They also are resistant to many pesticides and can detect repellent pesticides. Use of the wrong kind of pesticides can often make the infestation worse in the long run, causing them to move to new parts of your home.

Countless times I have seen the results of people using repellent pesticides, usually foggers, to try to control a German roach infestation, only to end up calling me in horror after the colony bounces back with a fury in more rooms and bigger numbers!

How bad can the infestation get?

German Cockroaches can multiply very quickly! How quickly? A female will usually lay at least 4 egg capsules in her lifetime, some will lay as many as 8! Each egg capsule will produce at least 30 baby roaches within less than a month! And within 1-3 months thos babies, or nymphs as they are gcalled by us bug geeks, are adults ready to make their own hundreds of babies.This can get out of hand VERY fast!

I have personally seen infestations of German roaches where literally every crack or crevice in the home was full of roaches and couldnt house another! The smell of that level of infestation is also quite off-putting.

To see how a moderately bad German Cockroach infestation looks watch this quick video of an apartment left untreated until the tenants moved out.

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What can be done to stop the infestation from getting worse?

Their are lots of ways to control, or attempt to control a German Roach infestation. Some of the methods involve strong chemicals being sprayed in the affected areas or foam chemicals being injected into cracks, crevices and wall voids. While these methods can be effective, and are even used by us in a few circumstances, it is usually best to try to get the bugs to eat the pesticides.

Baits come in a few different forms. Gel baits are the most common type used. Gel baits can be very effective if applied properly and not rendered useless by the use of repellent sprays. in the same area.

The big downside to gel baits is that they are often an unsightly, gooey mess that becomes hard as a rock and useless as bait after some time.

Bait stations can also be somewhat effective too. The issue with bait stations is that they can’t be placed in all the cracks and crevices that roaches like to be in. The other issue is that the most appetizing things to roaches are tiny particles of food rather than the big lumps inside a bait station.

We have found the most effective method for long term control of German Roaches is a dry powdered bait. it stays edible indefinitely, provides the appetizing tiny particles of food that roaches like, can be cleaned away very easily after control has been achieved, and can be applied in a short time without dismantling a kitchen!

This last point is a huge one for most folks! many people when preparing for a roach treatment of their home are told to remove everything from all cabinets. Then their kitchen is filled with chemicals, to which they return their dishes and food.

German Roach Specialist Bill Stewart says: “Dry dust bait can usually be applied in areas without moving these items and with little to no preparation by the homeowner. And the best part is that the active ingredient is a natural substance! “

Actually the best part is that we have found our method to be so effective that we are able to give a full year long warranty on our German Cockroach services! It really is that good!

If you’re having a problem with German Roaches…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 again 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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