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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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!

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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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