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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

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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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 in certain 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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Bed Bug Sex! – Phoenix / Scottsdale Bed Bug Control – Pest Control

Effective Bed Bug Control relies on knowledge of their development and behavior.

Bed bug control is constantly on the minds of pest control pros in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. We are always getting called by 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.

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about bed bug sex but were afraid to ask!

Okay, if I’m Being honest it’s probably:

“Everything you didn’t know you wanted to know about bed bug sex but now that I mention it you’re cautiously interested in learning.”

Still With me? Okay, In this series of posts on Bed Bug control I plan to teach you all about the life cycle of bed bugs. Of course, you can’t start the study of the life cycle of any animal without learning about their mating habits first.

I’m going to do my best to be a grown up about this but just a fair warning: the bed bugs themselves aren’t too grown up, or nice, or civil about it. Trust me, this will get… weird.

Seriously though, bed bugs are already gross enough with the way they feed on your blood and then poop blood stains onto your sheets so it’s really crazy to find out about their less than nice mating rituals. So put the kids to bed, lock up the cat and/or dog, and maybe even your spouse if they get squeamish about some things, and enjoy the read!

The Differences Between the Sexes

Male and female bed bugs are relatively simple to tell apart. Males are more egg shaped, slimmer and longer. Females are rounder, especially toward the rear. If you ever have a reason to memorize the two, just remember “Baby Got Back.” She got them “Egg bearing hips.”

 

“Courting”

After they have had a nice, filling meal of human blood male bed bugs are ready to mate. Male beg bugs are one of the more frisky critters in the animal kingdom. They aren’t necessarily looking for “Mrs. Right” as much as they are looking for, well any adult bed bug. Luckily for nymphs, or juvenile bed bugs, they produce a pheromone that tells the adult males that they are not a good mating partner. However this seems to be the limit of their “discretion.”

Male bed bugs are pretty much “Down for anything” or anyone. Males will chase down (literally chase down, because the other bed bugs are definitely not interested) any other adult bed bug and forcibly mate with it. Females (and, yes, other males) are resistant to this because of the violent nature of the mating and the damage that it can cause to them.

 

The Battle of the Sexes

I apologize for this part, but really, this is why you’re here. Right? The female bed bug’s body is not actually designed for easy insemination. So male bed bugs have a sharp, pointy penis that is shaped like a curved hypodermic needle.

The male bed bug mounts the female, finds a weak body segment and jabs his sword-like penis into the females abdomen, ejaculating directly into the female’s (or male’s) body cavity fluid, called hemolymph. This process is called “Traumatic Insemination” by scientists but most ladies call it “not cool!”

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The actual act of mating is not pretty for bed bugs.

Understandably, this traumatic insemination can cause serious damage to the female, or male, bed bug that was inseminated. It leaves a hole as well as cracks in the exoskeleton of the female, and can lead to infection and even death in some cases. What’s really scary for the females is that to reproduce at the most efficient rate this must happen several times during her lifetime.

After insemination the sperm travel through the fluid inside the body of the female until they find her ovaries. This is where the eggs are fertilized and.. well if you don’t already know all of this part you probably shouldn’t have been reading this article in the first place.

 

Well now you’re probably really glad that when Mom and Dad sat you down and gave you “The Talk” all those years ago, that they didn’t tell you about the “Birds and the Bed Bugs!” That could’ve really messed you up!

To me, it is interesting though to see how one gender in a species has such a resistance to mating while the other gender has developed a way around that resistance. Though that way around is pretty nasty! In fact, it’s so nasty that if you have bed bugs you are probably wanting to make sure this kind of activity does NOT go on in your home anymore. Put a stop to it!

If you’re having a problem with Bed Bugs…or any other pest…or simply a question about Bed Bug control or anything else…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,

 

 

 

 

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5 Hiding Spots for Bed Bugs! – Phoenix / Scottsdale Bed Bug Control

Bed Bug Control requires effective inspections!

Bed Bug control is a huge issue here in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area! One of the most common calls that we get is frantic homeowners finding bedbugs that they didn’t know they had.

Many times when a homeowner first finds bed bugs in their home they have already had them for several weeks or even months already. The reason for this is that bed bug infestations usually start with just a few and then multiply very quickly with an available source of human blood. In as little as 10 weeks a room can go from having only 2 bed bugs to having as many as a thousand! And this problem is compounded by the fact that you usually never see them unless you look for them.

Lots of folks think that they would first notice bed bugs when they see or feel bites. But this is often not the case. A bed bug bite itself leaves no mark. They have a very tiny beak that they use to get to your blood. Some folks have a mild allergic reaction to the saliva left behind which can leave a red, itchy welt on the skin at the site of the bite. But this reaction only happens in a little bit less than half the population leaving most people with no visible evidence of a bite.

So what can you do to find bed bugs in your home before they become a big problem? I’ll outline 5 places where you might find bed bugs hiding in your bed room. Use this as a periodic check or as a way to set yourself at ease when you may have visited an infested friend’s house, a motel, or a movie theater.

Here’s is a quick video with the president of NaturZone Pest Control Bill Stewart on inspection and Bed Bug Control.

There are 5 main places to check in a bedroom:

  • Folds and Seams of Your Mattress
  • Folds and Crevices of Your Box Spring
  • Bed-side Tables and Other Furniture Near Bed
  • Curtains Near or Touching Bed
  • Cracks and Crevices of Bed Frame

Many people think that the edges of the carpet are an important place to check while doing a bed bug control inspection. While bed bugs will infest the edges of carpeting this usually happens latter in the progression of the infestation so that by that point the problem is already apparent.

Keep in mind that bed bugs will hide anywhere where they have protection from light and movement, especially if that place offers easy access to a human host. So when in doubt, check!

Folds and Seams of Your Mattress 

Bed bugs usually will not travel far from their host. This means that sometimes you can find them as close as the folds or under the seams of the mattress. Usually this will be on the underside of the mattress except in cases where the infestation has already progressed quite a bit.

What you are looking for is 4  different things that tell you you have an infestation:

  • Bed Bugs themselves
  • Bed Bug Skins from Molting
  • Pinhead Sized, Pearly White Eggs
  • Black Spots or Stains (Feces)

Folds and Crevices of Box Spring

The box springs are often the place where we find the most activity. The folds of fabric on the bottom side of the box spring  are a perfect spot that offers protection from light and movement. We will often find clusters of eggs along with the blood stains that are the feces of bed bugs and the bugs themselves in these folds.

The plastic or metal bumpers on the corners of the box springs also provide a great place for bed bugs to hide, mate, and lay eggs. And don’t forget the cracks and crevices on the inside of the box springs. Between the wood pieces, cardboard and fabric are all important spots to check.

Curtains

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The back side of curtains are a often overlooked spot to check for signs of bed bugs.

The backside of curtains, Especially those that touch a bed, are often a big area of activity. Usually at the top of the curtains around the seams and folds and on the back side you can find signs of bed bugs if you have an infestation.

Bed-side Tables

Underneath or in the cracks and crevices of bed-side tables and other pieces of furniture touching or near the bed will usually provide a good place for bed bugs to hide. Look anywhere that two pieces of wood meet. inside or underneath drawers too.

Cracks and Crevices of Bed Frame

This is also a big one. Depending on the type of frame, it can harbor more of these nasty blood suckers than the box springs. Look in the cracks and crevices, anywhere that two or more pieces of material meet is a potential spot for bed bugs, eggs and other signs.

If you’re having a problem with Bed Bugs…or any other pest…or simply a question about bed bug control or anything else…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 control, 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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4 Pests That Carry Diseases! – Phoenix / Scottsdale Pest Control

Phoenix and Scottsdale pest control: What pests carry diseases?

Around here, in Phoenix and Scottsdale, pest control techs are always asked about diseases that pests can carryThere are a lot of pests that are thought of as “dangerous” that don’t actually spread disease or threaten humans. But then there are quite a few that actually can carry dangerous bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. In this article we’ll look at four of the worst offenders.

Some of these pests have been responsible for millions of deaths historically. In these days of constantly available healthcare these pests aren’t killing as many folks as they once did, but many illnesses in Scottsdale and the phoenix area are still being spread by them.

Let’s look at Four of the pests that affect us here in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area

  • Rodents
  • Flies
  • Fleas
  • Cockroaches

This is definitely not a comprehensive list, but just a look at a few pests that should not be ignored. If you have any of these it is best to get the problem taken care of sooner rather than later. All Scottsdale pest control issues become more and more annoying and possibly dangerous when left to multiply. They also become much harder to eradicate too. It’s always a good idea to get your pest control program started right away.

Rodents

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Rats can carry serious plague disease.

Historians estimate that in the 14th century between 1/4 and 1/2 of Europe’s population was wiped out by the Bubonic Plague. The plague was spread by rats. Not directly though. The rats were infested with fleas that were carrying infected blood (more about fleas in a minute).

Rats still can carry fleas, but they, along with other rodents, like mice, have also been associated with typhus, rickettsialpox, leptospirosis and rat-bite fever.

Rodent expert Bill Stewart says “If you have started to see rats or mice around your home, the time to start your pest control program is right now! Don’t wait until the problem becomes a catastrophe.”

Flies

When most folks think of flies they think of them more as an annoyance than as a health risk. But flies are carriers of numerous diseases. A single housefly can carry as many as one million bacteria on its body at once!

Flies spread diseases just by landing on something that humans use or eat. But that’s not the worst of it. When a fly lands on something it thinks is food, it immediately regurgitates onto that food and then slurps it back up! This of course spreads whatever bacteria were inside of the fly to the food it landed on.

Flies are known to carry Salmonella and E. Coli, as well as the bacteria that cause dysentery and cholera. Here’s the kicker. Not only do flies spread filth, but they are usually the result of unsanitary conditions. They love to breed in dog feces, rotting food and other unsanitary places where their larva have moisture and food to grow. And it usually only takes a few days to get a new generation of flies bothering you and spreading diseases.

Fleas

Fleas can carry many diseases but our main concern here in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area, or the whole Southwest for that matter is Bubonic Plague. Recently fleas in Arizona have tested positive for Plague. In addition to plague, fleas carry typhus and various types of parasites that can be transmitted from dogs to humans.

Fleas are carried by small animals. Though at one time it was the rats that fleas were hitching a ride on the most, these days most folks get their flea problems from their pets. Dogs and cats easily carry fleas, and their diseases, to their owners.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches can carry numerous diseases including Salmonella, parasitic amoebas, and even viruses. German Roaches specifically, carry bacteria around kitchens and bathrooms all the time. German roaches also present another problem for homeowners. Many folks can have allergic reactions when German roaches are present in their homes.

Cockroaches can be a tough pest for anyone to control but NaturZone Pest Control covers the entire Valley of the Sun including Scottsdale and Phoenix! And we offer the industry’s best guarantee against German Cockroaches. A full One-Year Warranty!

If you’re having a problem with German Roaches…or any of these disease carrying 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, 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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