December News from Arizona Pest Control

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Homeowners should be on the lookout for the following spider species:

Common House Spider: These spiders don’t pose a health risk, but they can be quite a nuisance throughout the house. They spin a tangled web in upper corners, angles of window frames and around furniture.

Brown Recluse Spider: The bite from a brown recluse can cause a very painful ulcer. These spiders can be found in many undisturbed areas around the home, such as inside boxes, under furniture and in seldom-used clothing or shoes.

Black Widow Spider: Probably the most infamous species of spider, the black widow’s venom can have serious side effects, especially in children and the elderly. Widows often build nests in cluttered areas within garages, attics and basements.

Arizona Pest Control reminds homeowners that there are several ways to prevent spider bites and keep them out of the house all together:

  • Install screens and weather stripping on windows and door sweeps on doors.
  • Fix any cracks in siding and walls, especially where pipes or wires enter the home.
  • Store clothing and shoes inside plastic containers, and shake out all clothing that has been in a hamper, on the floor or in storage before wearing.
  • Wear heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time.
  • Inspect shoes before wearing them, as spiders often hide inside.
  • Reduce clutter in basements, garages and attics.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.

Commercial Pest Control Tips For Tucson Business Owners

  1. Seal up any cracks and holes on the outside of the facility including areas where utilities and pipes enter.
  2. Make sure vents are screened and gaps around windows and doors are sealed.
  3. Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed.
  4. Inspect boxes, bags and other packaging thoroughly to curb hitchhiking pests.
  5. Don’t allow food to sit on counters or shelves in open containers.  All food and water sources should be kept sealed unless currently in use.
  6. Clean all food spills regularly.
  7. Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
  8. Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the basement foundation and windows.
  9. Never store food on the floor.  Always lift it up on shelves so that rodents and insects do not have easy access.
  10. Comply will all regulations regarding pests in food service facilities.
  11. A licensed and qualified pest professional is your best resource to ensure these steps are completed properly.
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3 Keys to a Successful Heat Treatment:

  1. Bring Heat. Electric bed bug heaters are placed within the space; introducing and recirculating heated air with a target temperature not to exceed 135°F.
  2. Monitor. Temperatures are monitored in real time from a remote location using wireless sensors to ensure lethal temperatures are reached without damaging the space and its contents.
  3. Move Air. High temperature fans move heated air throughout the space to reach insects in cracks and crevices or high infestation zones.

Advantages to Heat Treatment:

  • Heat Treatment works where chemicals fail. No toxic fumes, no residue.
  • Kills every life stage from egg to adult.
  • Unlike chemicals bed bugs are attracted to heat – they won’t simply move to re-infest another day.
  • Infested items will not need to be thrown away.
  • Our trucks are discrete and the process is completed in one working day.

Heat Treatment is a proven non-chemical method of killing bed bugs. All life stages (adult, larva, and eggs) die within minutes at a temperature of 120 degrees F. Using 460 volt electric heaters powered by a trailer mounted diesel generator. Heat Treatment introduces temperatures greater than 120 degrees F(lethal temperature) and less than 140 degrees F (content damaging temperature).

Heat Treatment monitors temperatures in real time with 24 wireless sensors placed in treated areas to ensure lethal temperatures are reached throughout the area and its contents. High temperature blowers are positioned to move the heated air throughout the space, through mattresses, baseboards, cracks and crevices.

Depending on room furnishings, floor surfaces, clutter and square footage the treatment will take between 7 and 12 hours.

      Tips for selecting a pest management professional
  • Ask friends and neighbors to recommend companies they have used successfully and how satisfied they were with the service.
  • Check prospective choices with the local Better Business Bureau for a reliability report or to see if complaints have been filed against the company you have in mind.
  • If a sizable amount of money is involved, get bids from several pest management firms.
  • Don’t rush a decision. Since you are paying for professional knowledge as well as skillful application of pesticides, look for someone whose judgment you can trust.
  • Before signing a contract, be sure to fully understand the nature of the pest to be exterminated, the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to solve the problem.
  • Find out if the company has liability insurance to cover any damages to your house or furnishings during treatment.
  • If a guarantee is given, know what it covers, how long it lasts, what you must do to keep it in force, and what kind of continuing prevention and management are necessary.
  • Buy value, not price. Beware of bargains that sound too good to be true

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What is an IPM program?

An IPM program can contain any of the following elements.

  • Cultural practices are those factors influenced by humans and their environments. Sanitation is the most important cultural practice affecting the success of a pest management plan and it is a customer responsibility. Sanitation removes the essential elements for pest survival, i.e. food, water, and harborage. Some examples include waste removal, cleaning, grass mowing, exterior clean up, etc.
  • Biological techniques involve the use of living organisms or their bi-products to control pests. Parasites and predators are very useful in controlling outdoor pests; however, there is very little application indoors. Insect growth regulators and chitin synthesis inhibitors, which abnormally affect growth and development, are included in this category.
  • Mechanical devices have been used for hundreds of years in controlling pest populations. There are wind up fly traps, sticky traps, snap traps, and a variety of other devices for controlling rodents. Screening, netting, hardware cloth, caulking, and expendable foam are examples of a few products used to exclude pests from a home. Very valuable tools in preventative pest management.
  • Pesticides are products used to manage pests by affecting their growth or behavior. For example repellents, insect growth regulators, plant growth retardants, etc all play an important role in IPM.

Remember successful pest management programs depend on locating the problem and harborage areas that aren’t always apparent. It is our role as PMP’s to educate, investigate, implement, and observe the best pest management practices.

Tucson Pack Rat Control Services

The key to pest management is to deny them shelter and nesting sites. Follow these steps:

  • Avoid storage boxes and other items that may give shelter to pack rats on patios or along the sides of buildings and walls.
  • Store fire wood off the ground and away from any wall or other obstruction.
  • Keep carports clear of stored items to eliminate hiding places.
  • If pack rats have been in a car engine compartment, have it steam cleaned to destroy the scent and leave the hood open at night. Leaving the carport light on at night will help.
  • Rodent-proof/exclude all possible entry points; be sure the pack rat is not trapped inside the building!
  • A pack rats  can squeeze through a half-inch hole.
  • Be sure doors fit correctly and have door sweeps.
  • Be sure windows are screened properly.
  • Exhaust fans and ventilation vents on the roof/attic level should be Screened.
  • Keep ground covering plants cut/mow low to the ground.
  • Do not allow Agaves, Aloe, Yuccas and other cacti to grow in tight groups.
  • Do not allow a skirt of dead branches to form on Agaves and Yuccas.
  • Keep the bases trimmed.
  • Thin out dense cactus and landscape plantings.
  • Trim off any paddles that turn sideways providing overhead shelter.

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