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

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

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

The 4 Personalities

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

  • Choleric
  • Sanguine
  • Phlegmatic
  • Melancholic

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

Choleric 

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

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

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

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

Sanguine

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

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

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

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

Phlegmatic

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

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

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

Melancholic

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

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

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

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

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Jeffrey

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

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

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Natural Pest Control – Non Pesticide Methods – Scottsdale Pest Control

Natural Pest Control.

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

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

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

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

 

Removal of Spider Webs

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

 

Removal of Wasp’s Nests

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

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

 

Sealing Off Entry Points to Your Home

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

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

 

Adjustments to Landscaping.

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

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

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

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

 

Removal of Debris and Wood Piles.

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

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

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

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

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

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Jeffrey

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

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

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!