TUCSON, AZ - With temperatures heating up and monsoon moisture not too far away, insects are out in full force.
Summer heat and moisture create the perfect combination for insects to breed and try to cool off indoors, prompting more calls for pest control.
Arizona Pest Control said they've been getting more and more calls from people who are having problems with pests as the heat continues.
They offered some advice to help Tucson residents keep critters outside.
The first thing homeowners should do, is seal off their house so that critters can’t get in.
Cockroaches tend to rise up through the drains during the summer – so be sure to close off drains at night.
The number one entry point for things like rodents and scorpions to get in are garage door corners – so keep those sealed.
Homeowners should make sure trees are at least three feet away from their house, and remove bird nests made on their home.
Pest control experts also recommend homeowners get their home sprayed every other month to keep the barrier intact.
If a light through the bottom of a door is visible, that’s enough for creepy crawlers to get in.
A scorpion can sneak through an opening the thickness of a credit card.
Ray Kallatsa, a state-certified inspector with Arizona Pest Control said homeowners should also make sure that all their sweeps are in good shape on the bottoms of doors and all weather stripping is sealed.
“Make sure that your windows are sealed, your screens are on…you want to make sure that your house is fully protected from all the insects,” Kallatsa said. “Products only last so long and if you let that barrier down, you’re going to start getting an influx of insects into your home."
For those who plan to spray on their own inside their home, Kallatsa said they should pay attention to the label and make sure that they get the specific spray for the inspect they're targeting.
Less is more. A simple mist is enough to get the job done.
“Kids, infants and the elderly are more susceptible to getting really sick from a scorpion sting, so it’s good to protect your home,” Kallatsa said.
For those are not able to find bug spray or get to the phone fast enough to call pest control, there are tons of household items that can be used to kill creepy crawlers.
Here are a few tips that work:
- Use hairspray on cockroaches and scorpions. The critters will not be able to breath because of its exoskeleton.
- WD-40 will kill a lot of bugs inside the house, on contact.
- Try brake cleaner on the creepy crawlers inside the home.
- Soapy water is one of the easiest tricks of the trade. Mix a little water and liquid detergent in a spray bottle and spritz the bug.