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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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!

 

 

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!

 

 

 

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!

 

 

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!

 

Scorpion Control Phoenix / Scottsdale – How to get rid of scorpions around your home

Here in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area Scorpion control is a constant necessity for homeowners and always a huge portion of what pest control companies deal with on a daily basis. We are always getting calls from frightened people finding scorpions in their homes. Sometimes these folks have been stung and can’t stand the idea of having that happen again.

Scorpions are the Al Capone of the Pest world. They are scary, hard to kill or catch and they can really put the hurt on you! Over the decade I have been involved in the industry I have developed a lot of ways of dealing with these nasty critters and in this article I’m going to share some of my “Tricks of the Trade’ with you.

There are six main ways that I go about dealing with Scorpion infestations:

 

  • Baiting to Eliminate Scorpion’s Food Source
  • Flushing the Foundation
  • Flushing Cracks and Crevices
  • Treating Block Fence Columns
  • Treating Around the Bases of Trees that Scorpions Like
  • Rotating Products Used to Prevent Resistance

Let’s go over Each one Briefly.

 

Baiting to Eliminate Scorpion’s Food Source

Usually the first thing I do after meeting with my customer to get all the information I can about the infestation and inspecting the property is to use a granular bait.

This has two effects. First, it eliminates the bugs that usually eat the bait, specifically Crickets, Ants and Roaches. Second, it eliminates the scorpion’s food source, specifically crickets and roaches.

Scorpions usually only eat live food so they won’t eat the bait themselves, but they eat the bugs that eat the bait and this can be effective too. If a scorpion eats a cricket or roach that has eaten the bait but hasn’t died yet that scorpion can be affected by the bait as well. This is why we call our strategy the “Bait First” approach.

 

Flushing the Foundation

Spraying or Flushing the foundation of the home is one of the most important parts of a scorpion service. The spray used is usually a repellent product so it so it makes approaching your home unpleasant. It also makes it a deadly place for a scorpion to hang out.

When flushing the foundation I always angle the nozzle of my sprayer up a bit in order to get as much as possible behind the weep screed. This gap is often hangout for crickets and since we know scorpions love to eat crickets, we know that we will kill a bunch of scorpions while we are at it.

Also, Scorpions that eat crickets or other critters that have spent time in a treated area will end up ingesting the product, killing them from the inside out, which will kill them a lot faster than waiting for it to kill them from the outside in.

 

Flushing Cracks and Crevices

Flushing cracks and crevices is a very important part of any scorpion control program. Scorpions love tight spaces that hold moisture and are protected from the sun and anything that might want to harm them, like us.

The most common cracks are racks between cement slabs like the one just outside your back door, cracks between bricks or pavers, crevices in damaged cement slabs, the natural crevice that sometimes occurs between a brick or cement slab and grass. These are usually flushed out with a liquid spray or aerosol but can be treated with dust also.

 

 

Block Fence Columns

I usually flush or otherwise treat the columns of block fences. Specifically the cracks that lead into the voids need to be treated in order to kill anything that would want to live in there.

Sometimes I flush it out with my sprayer, but periodically I may use an aerosol and I recommend using a pesticide dust once a year in the fence columns because it makes the inside of the columns very inhospitable.

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Bases of Trees

I like to spray around the bases of trees, especially trees that scorpions prefer, like Mesquites, Palo Verdes, Sycamores, Cottonwoods, and of course Palms. This makes getting onto or off of the tree a difficult task for a scorpion that wants to stay alive.

Like I always say, they don’t call them Bark Scorpions because they sound like a dog!

 

Product Rotation

I try to avoid using the same products to treat for scorpions over and over. This can accomplish two things.

First, It prevents the scorpions in your area from becoming resistant to the particular product. This can become a big problem for the so-called “Spray and Pray” approach to pest control where huge areas are sprayed with the same watered down pesticide month after month.

Second, it provides another mode of killing the scorpions. Different pesticides attack bug’s in totally different ways so it makes sense to have multiple methods of control. One pesticide may dehydrate the scorpion while another may shut down the sodium receptors in their cells.

 

If you’re having a problem with scorpions…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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scorpion Control Scottsdale – Scorpions in the trees?

Scorpion Control  Scottsdale AZ 

In the Phoenix / Scottsdale,  Arizona area scorpion control is a constant issue with pest control companies. Here at NaturZone Pest Control, we get calls daily from frantic homeowners who have found scorpions in or around their homes.

What can I do other than hire a pest control company to get rid of scorpions?

In this series I’ll give you several pointers on what you, the homeowner, can do, to keep scorpions out of and away from your home.

Scorpions in the Trees?!

Scorpions can play a huge part in scorpion issues in and around your home. After all, they aren’t called Bark scorpions because they go “WOOF”.

Scorpion Control Scottsdale AZ
Bark Scorpion

What types of trees do they like?

  • All kinds of Palm trees
  • Mesquites
  • Sycamores
  • Cottonwoods

These types of trees mimic the areas that scorpions like best in the wild.

Scorpion Expert Bill Stewart said; “Scorpions live in the desert and are very well adapted to the hot, dry conditions here. But they, like the rest of us, prefer cool moist areas, which is why, in the wild, they are attracted to riparian areas around washes. creeks and rivers. When we create these types of areas in our yards, we are inviting them onto our property.”

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I’ve noticed over the years of treating for scorpions that they seem to really like the nooks of Palm bark. That’s why I pay close attention to those areas around palm trees when treating.

They also find Cottonwoods, Sycamores, and Mesquites in their favorite places in the wild. These are very common in our yards too. Trees touching or hanging over your home can provide a shortcut into your home, Especially through the exhaust fans in your bathrooms and laundry room.

It almost always causes a huge reduction in the amount of scorpions getting into a home when trees are trimmed away from the house!

Next time I’ll start to give you some of the tricks of the trade where it applies to scorpion control in and around your home!

If you’re having a problem with scorpions…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!

 

 

Scorpion Control Scottsdale: Block Fences – NaturZone Pest Control

In Scottsdale, Az., scorpion control is a never-ending issue with pest control companies. Here at NaturZone Pest Control, we get calls daily from frantic homeowners who have found scorpions in or around their homes.

What can I do other than hire a pest control company to get rid of scorpions?

In this series I’ll give you several pointers on what you, the homeowner, can do, to keep scorpions out of and away from your home.

Block Fence Columns

If Scorpions were 1930’s gangsters then block fence columns would be the dark back allies and speakeasies of Chicago. Fence columns have everything the Al Capone of scorpions, the Arizona Bark Scorpion, could want in a seedy lair.

  • Fence columns are shaded and covered.
  • They are cool and can retain moisture.
  • They provide hiding spaces which are nearly impenetrable to humans.
  • They provide plenty of food resources in the form of other pests.

A good pest control tech knows this and we do our best to treat them with varying types of treatments. The problem is that many have obstacles.

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Bushy plants should be kept far enough away from the fence, especially the columns, that ideally you can walk behind them, but at least far enough away that the cracks on each side of the columns can be treated.

Sheds or other structures usually pose a problem as well. Not only are they, many times, in the way of the fence columns, but then there’s a barrier to treating under or around the sheds themselves, another hot spot.

Vines on fences. Oh boy! Vines are beautiful, and they sometimes really make the yard, but they also make it near impossible to treat the fence, and they compound the problem by making the hiding spot more shaded, cooler, and even more protected.

If you want to see the scorpion gangsters going in and out of their speakeasy at night, like business is really booming, just go to a property with vines growing all over the fence line.

If you aren’t the one with the green thumb, but your neighbor is the one trying to single handedly replenish the world’s oxygen supply with their landscaping, then by all means, keep your side trimmed to a reasonable level, so as to facilitate the treatment of of the columns, while still having a little bit of pretty hanging over into your yard.

Scorpion expert Bill Stewart says: “Scorpions are naturally attracted to moisture so I like to recommend that folks keep their property as natural as possible but not try to make it a copy of their yard back in Minnesota or Washington state.”

Just keep this in mind, this is the desert, a rather inhospitable place, but if your yard is an oasis in that desert, everybody’s coming to visit. And that may include Capone and his thugs.

Next time we’re going to talk about trees and the role they play.

If you’re having a problem with scorpions…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!

Scorpion Control Scottsdale – NaturZone Pest Control

In Scottsdale, Az., scorpion control is a never-ending issue with pest control companies. Here at NaturZone Pest Control, we get calls daily from frantic homeowners who have found scorpions in or around their homes.

What can I do other than hire a pest control company to get rid of scorpions?

In this series I plan to give you several pointers on what you, the homeowner, can do, keep scorpions out of and away from your home.

Landscaping

  • How and what your yard is landscaped with can have a huge impact on the scorpion population on your property. It also determines the effectiveness of your pest control treatment.
  • Some major scorpion hot spots in common landscaping can be:
  • Underneath creeping ground cover plants,
  • Underneath and behind plants that grow against structures like your home, shed or block fence
  • Inside block fence columns that are covered or shaded by plants, especially vines.

Also…plants against your house. This is a big one! When landscaping or re-landscaping your property try to put plants far enough away that when they are fully grown they’re at least a foot or two away from the foundation of your home or other structures. If you already have plants that are growing up against your home or other structures, try to trim them away from the house as far as possible so that treatment can be done behind the plant and specifically against the foundation.

The Foundation 

The foundation of your home is one of the main treatment targets for scorpion control. If plants are growing up against it the problem is twofold.

First, you can’t treat that part of your foundation properly which creates a hole in your defenses against scorpions.

Second, it usually provides a cool moist hiding place for scorpions and other pests to spend the day, and it’s right next to your house!

Plants growing up against other structures are an issue too. They provide an hiding place for scorpions that may not be fully treatable. Also, most folks are hoping for at least some degree of control in their sheds and other structures.

Scorpion expert Bill Stewart says, “Creeping ground cover plants are one of the first things I look for when I get to a new customer’s home. The issue with them is that they’re usually pretty large, and that means a big chunk of your property could be harboring scorpions.

These plants usually have a lot of dead and decaying plant matter under them which holds moisture, making them inviting for all kinds of pests, and the dudes that like to eat those pests! I always recommend, if you really want these plants, to keep them a lot smaller than they are in most yards and to periodically lift them up and rake out the decaying debris.”

Next time I’ll cover block fences, the big bad boogey man of scorpion harborage areas!

If you’re having a problem with scorpions…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!