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Reasons to Invest in Pest Control as a Landlord

As a basic rule for thoughtful landlords, a high priority should be placed on pest control. The implied warranty of habitability guarantees that rental properties are to maintain a certain standard of cleanliness and safety. The unexpected presence of pests can certainly cause issues with upholding that promise and keeping tenants satisfied. But, there are more significant goals that can be achieved through pest control other than avoiding a time-consuming and costly pest infestation. Keep reading to learn why investing in pest control can be incredibly beneficial in maximizing the profitability of your rental properties. Getting Quality Tenants Attracting the right tenant is vital to your financial success as a landlord. A tenant act as a partner representing your brand. Poor behavior, cleanliness issues, and complaints from neighbors can tarnish your reputation and call for costly repairs. Tenants who pay on time and maintain their space properly add to the appeal...
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How to Keep Pests Out of Your Kitchen

A big nesting and breeding area for pests are kitchens. Kitchens have easy and quick access to food and water, which is essential for insects and rodents to survive. So, it is no surprise that the kitchen is a pest control warzone. Before your home becomes infested with pesky insects and rodents, check out these few ways of keeping pests out of your kitchen. Clean Your Sink Daily Sinks are the perfect breeding and feeding ground for pests. Many pests prefer standing water and can even swim. A full sink of water can create swarms of fruit flies, mosquitoes, and cockroaches overnight. You can avoid pest problems by cleaning your sink daily. Cleaning your sink involves washing all your dishes right away, draining any standing water, scrubbing the walls of the sink, and cleaning your disposal. By keeping your sink clean, you are preventing your home from becoming a pest paradise....
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Protecting Your Business From Pests During Lockdown

As a small business owner, you are dealing with far too many ‘what if’s’, and protecting your business from pests during lockdown should not leave you feeling uncertain. Surprisingly, you can protect your business from bugs and other pestilent threats with ease--and without spending more than a few dollars. Deep Clean Before closing your temporary doors, we suggest you deep clean your office or retail space thoroughly. Sweep and mop the floors, wipe down the counters and tables/display cases, and place ant/roach/rodent traps strategically throughout the space. Cleaning prior to adhering to lockdown procedures will offer you peace of mind while you’re worried about financial and long term goals for your shuttered business. No business owner wants to be greeted by colonies of pests when they’re eager to reopen. Remove All Food & Drink This might be a given but removing old or even recently purchased food or drink from the...
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Top Pests to Expect in the Springtime

Springtime brings rain, warmer weather, and lots of sun, which can all lead to more pests. Here are the top pests that you can expect to see in the springtime. Ants Ants become very active after winter and once the weather becomes mild again. They begin to search for food, and they will build new anthills in the soft, warm ground. Extreme rain during springtime will typically push ants to look for shelter, which, unfortunately, could be your home. Ants can smell food from quite far away, and they will be attracted to your home if they smell any kind of food debris in your yard. If you grill and have BBQs outside, make sure to clean up after yourself, as this can be the first invitation for these pests. Once they are in your yard, they are more likely to try and venture into your home. Termites Spring is the...
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Natural Insect Repellents

Pests are bothersome creatures, whether they are in your home, yard or garden. Further, many pests can cause untold amounts of damage in and around your home. The best way to deal with unwanted pests is to control their presence and eliminate them from the area. Chemical-based pesticides are a popular method for controlling pests. But, they are not always the best choice, as they can be caustic and can also be harmful to you and your family. Here are a few natural pest repellents that can help you get rid of your pest problem without causing damage to your home, yard or family. Citronella Candles Citronella has been used to ward off mosquitoes in backyards for decades for good reason. They have an appealing scent for humans, but they effectively keep mosquitoes away. These candles are non-toxic and contain no chemicals, so they are safe to use around your family...
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When You Should Contact Pest Control

Pests are among homeowners’ worst nightmares, however, not many people would want to call pest control specialists over a single mouse or cockroach. Still, there comes a time when a pest infestation gets so out of hand that hiring a group of experts is the only feasible option. But how do you know when it’s the right time to get help? Here are some signs that your infestation requires the services of pest control professionals. If the Situation Puts You in Danger First, if there is a pest infestation in your house that puts you in immediate danger, do not deal with yourself. Contact pest control as soon as possible. An example of this would be a beehive hanging on a tree in your backyard. Trying to remove a beehive without the right training or equipment could result in serious injuries. Similarly, termites are a pest you should have exterminated at...
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Taking Action Against a Bee Infestation

A bee infestation is a problem to be carefully considered and effectively treated. As pollinators, bees are a central part of our environment. However, an infestation in your home causes many health and structural risks that must be addressed. Read the steps below to educate yourself on the dangers of a bee infestation and the most productive way to remove them without harming the ecosystem through extermination. Understand the Danger If you see a huddle of bees on your house or tree, it is time to watch carefully. If the clump of bees are huddled together on an outer wall or tree trunk, you may simply have a swarm that will move on within a couple of days. Keep your distance, and you will be fine. If you see many bees moving about your home, especially around roof eaves or corners of siding, you have a threat on your hands that...
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Preparing for Fumigation Services

The thought of having bugs in the house is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl. Often the best way to get rid of a pest infestation is by calling in a professional extermination service to fumigate your home. If you need to have your house fumigated, follow these steps to get prepared for it. Find Temporary Housing You will not be able to be in your house during the fumigation process and for a few days afterward. So, make arrangements for everyone in the house to stay with a friend or family member for two or three days. If you do not have anyone who can put you up while your house is being fumigated, make reservations at a local hotel. Do not forget about your pets. All pets, including fish, will also need to be temporarily relocated. As a safeguard, remove all of your plants, too. Open Interior Doors Before...
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Can Insulating Your Home Prevent Termites?

Termites are tiny, ant-sized insects that survive on the cellulose they receive by eating wood. And they don’t care very much whether that wood comes from a fallen tree in a forest or the beams holding up your house. This is no small matter either, as the costs of termite damage in America amounts to around a million dollars per year. You might be thinking to yourself, “but my home has insulation, so that protects against termites, doesn’t it?” Not quite. Here are some things you should know about insulation’s effects on termites and what you can do to keep termites out of your house. Fiberglass Insulation First, let’s discuss fiberglass insulation. That’s the fuzzy pink stuff that comes in rolls and makes you itch if you’re not careful with it. If you’re wondering whether or not fiberglass insulation does anything to slow termites down, it doesn’t. Even though termites don’t...
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Do Your Guests Have Bed Bugs?

Many people fail to realize how significant of a problem bed bugs can be. This is especially true for those who live in cooler areas of the country. However, for those of us living here in Arizona, there’s no such thing as too much precaution concerning these nasty critters. Once bed bugs make their way into a home, they can be nearly impossible to get rid of if you don’t know exactly what you're doing and what to look for. Bed bugs and attracted to both carbon dioxide in our breath and the heat generated from our body. This is why we are such easy prey while sleeping. When bed bugs are being exterminated from a home, more often than not, the residents need to leave overnight. While this happens more often than people realize, it's not exactly something you’d want to shout from the rooftops. Many people stay with a...
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Fire Ants and How to Get Rid of Them

Fire ants can be fearsome foes. These insects can swarm at a moment’s notice, and their bite carries a sting that is hard to forget. For those who are allergic to their venom, fire ant bites can even be deadly. This is why it’s important to know all you can about this ferocious bug -- and why it’s important to get rid of fire ants whenever you find them on your property. But how can you do that? About the Red Fire Ant Fire ants are called that due both their their fiery red color as the pain and heat a bite inflicts. They can be found pretty much all over the South - from coast to coast -- and once they find an area to live in, they go about taking that area methodically and quickly. It doesn’t take more than a few hours for a new colony to form,...
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How to Recover from Termite Damage

Termite damage can appear in many forms. It can look like buckling ceilings and walls, or like mazes in wooden beams. Termites can create mud tunnels on the foundation of your home. They can also leave destruction that looks like water damage in their wake. No matter what it looks like, damage created by termites needs to be addressed immediately. Termites weaken the structures they infest, which makes those structures unsafe. Fortunately, recovery from such an infestation is possible. Here’s what to do. Addressing Minimal Damage Surface-level termite damage is considered to be fairly minor. If the termites have not reached the core of the infested material, the integrity of the structure may still be safe. That means this type of damage is pretty simple to take care of, and usually doesn’t require professional help. To fix this damage, you’ll set out to harden the wood, which makes it termite-resistant. You...
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What Attracts Fruit Flies to Your Home?

Most of us have seen fruit flies in our lives. These pesky bugs seem to appear when we want them around the least. But they don’t just appear out of thin air. Read on to find out what brings them into your home and what to do about them. Fruit Flies Love Fermentation Adult fruit flies are small, only about an eighth of an inch long. This means they can easily penetrate even the smallest gaps in your windows and doors. But what brings them inside? In a word: fermentation. Fruit flies seek out moisture and organic materials. This combination can create fermentation, which thereby creates an environment suitable for fruit fly eggs. Fruit flies can lay up to a whopping 500 eggs at one time, with the egg to adult cycle taking only about a week. Larvae feed on any fermenting mass, which allows them to grow to a reproductive...
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Do You Have an Ant Infestation?

Summer’s around the corner. Soon ants will be coming to a home near you. A few ants can be a bother but can also be a sign of an infestation. Quicker than a sunburn, you have an ant problem. Spotting ants early and knowing what to look for will prevent an annoyance from becoming traumatic. Before you panic from an ant in the butter, find out if you have a bigger problem. Can You Spot an Ant Nest? Most ant colonies outside can be spotted easily by small fresh piles of dirt or soil. You will see these piles in between patio pavers or concrete slabs. They are the entrance to nests which can be quite complex. There may be more than one entrance, so make sure to look around. Wood-chewing ants, like the carpenter ant, enjoy moist timber. Small piles of sawdust around dead logs or old wood note their...
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Why Your Home Attracts Termites

Termites are more than just pesky critters. They’re a destructive nuisance that can damage your home and cost you money. But what brings them to your space? The truth is, you don’t get a termite infestation simply through chance. There are specific conditions that make your home conducive to these insects. Too Much Wood Termites love wood of all kinds. That includes the firewood pile you have in your backyard, the tree stump in your front yard, any living trees close to your home and even the wood mulch that’s part of your landscaping. Woodpiles leaning against your home provide a point of access for termites to get inside. Rotting wood is a breeding ground for termite colonies. Living trees that come into contact with your home’s exterior just provide another pathway for them to cause damage. Mulch holds moisture, which is another thing termites love. For these reasons, all wood...
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Bad Business: Commercial Pest Control

Infestations can cause any business owner to panic and start to make urgent phone calls, but it is important to not get too desperate. You want to make sure that you have the right pest services, although it still may be pretty unclear to people what those are. The Business Needs to be Timely and Well-Organized They need to give you a concrete date and time and you should expect them to appear at that time. As a customer, you need to know this time so that you can properly plan your day. They should also let you know how long it will take them to do each task that is needed, and they should estimate these times according to the size of each room they would be working on. If your pest control service is late, or they come with bad, unexpected surprises they they could have avoided, these are...
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I Have Ants What Do I Do?

Waking up to discover a tiny parade of ants making their way across the floor of your home is never a fun way to start your day. Your first instinct is to squash them or sweep them out the door quickly and get rid of them. If you were very lucky, this might work, but it is very unlikely. The reason why is because ants leave trails, this is why we see ants walk in lines. They are following a scent trail that was left by ants before it leading to food or worse yet, their new home. So, what can you do? Find the Source Thankfully, because ants follow scent trails if there are a large number of ants that have made their way into your house. You should be able to take your time and follow the line of soldiers back to their home. Resist the urge to spray...
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How Quickly a Pest Infestation Can Spread in Your Home

By the time you see household pests crawling around your home, you may already have a thoroughly infested home. Pest populations expand rapidly when they have access to a food source, water and shelter. How fast can infestations occur? Here are some timetables for common household pests regarding how quickly they can gain a significant foothold in your home. Termites The insect that never sleeps, termites are expanding their colony non-stop on a 24/7 work cycle. Every hour they are present in your house, they are boring away at the structural integrity of your home, and if left unchecked, they can cause a catastrophic collapse in a matter of months. As soon as you see evidence of termites crawling around or see tiny tunnels or piles of wood dust around your home, you need to call a professional and deal with this serious threat to your home’s structure. Moths Food moths...
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Most Common Pests in the Southwest

In the Southwest, it’s common to find pests in your home. To them, your attic is just as inviting as your basement, and that’s where you’ll find most of them. You can trust that Termagon professionals know what and where to look for these home invaders. Common Southwestern Region Insects Insects are the most common pests across the nation. Some are helpful to your home, because they feed on other insects but most you wish to avoid. These pests cause damage, carry diseases and eat your food. In order to protect your home, be on the lookout for these common southwestern pests. Roaches and ants tend to spread. However, they leave a trail of droppings to show where they’ve been. Unfortunately, where they have been is typically in your kitchen. Ants are so common that they are Termagon’s most commonly reported pest, which shows how easy it is for them to...
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Which Spots are Most Habitable? Identifying Where Pests May Live in Your Home

Part of keeping pests out of your home is knowing where they like to live and how they enter your home. The most common pests that inhabit our homes are insects, rodents and other small mammals. Luckily for you, deterring their entry is fairly easy once you know what to look for. Insects Insects that invade the home are plentiful. Roaches, spiders, ladybugs and other beetles, wasps and bees are all commonly found roosting in attics. These pests prefer attics and crawl spaces due to their seclusion and protection from the elements. Homeowners should regularly inspect their roof, eaves and vents for damage. Lifted shingles, bent or separated eaves, or broken louvers on vents can all supply easy entry to pests. These defects should be repaired quickly in to deter opportunistic pests from deciding your house should be their home. Some insects, such as termites, live close to the ground, making...
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