Spotting roaches before the infestation

 

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How to Spot Roaches before the infestation

The German cockroaches are smaller, nonflying subspecies that like to hitchhike their way into your home. They find their way in packages, boxes and grocery food you bring home. German cockroaches love water and are sometimes called water bugs. It’s larger cousin, the American cockroach breed outdoors but have no problem coming indoors during cold weather.

There are few things you can do to make sure these pests don’t get cozy in your home:

Seal off access ways

Thanks to the roaches’ ability to flatten their bodies, they can find their way into your home through the smallest cracks and crevices.

So if you really want to keep roaches away, have your home sealed off from these access ways. Essential offers an exclusion program if you don’t feel like DYI is not an option.

Plug up all leaks

Cockroaches can survive for a month without food but need daily access to water. Keep roaches away by preventing you home from being a roach water fountain.  Drain the sink when you’re done with the dishes, wipe down the bath when you’re finished and remove all traces of water from your countertops.

Also check your house for other sources of water, leaky plumbing and other moisture around your home. Even if a roach is able to get in, a lack of water will prevent it from sticking around.

Keep it clean

Cockroaches love dirty, cluttered, crumb-scattered places. They’ll live anywhere that has their three basic requirements – food, water, and warm shelter – but dirty, cluttered environments have a lot more of these to offer.

The best way to keep roaches away is to make your home uncomfortable for these pests by keeping it clean. Take out the trash often, do your dishes as soon as you finish eating, wipe up every trace of sauce and grease from the stovetop, give your countertops a thorough wipe-down, sweep and mop the floors, and keep the dishwasher spotless.

Regular pest control application

A regular application is crucial to keeping the bugs away. The pest treatment creates a barrier around the perimeter of your home that a wide range of insects wouldn’t dare cross. If for some reason they cross the barrier their bodies will pick up the specifics of the treatment and attack the system, which is engineered specifically for insect biology. If you have questions or need an inspection, give Essential Pest Control a call at 520-886-3029. Mention this article and inspection is on us!

 

Rodents – Disease, damage and allergy pests

Rodents – Disease, damage and allergy causing pests

RodentMost people, understandably have a dislike or fear of rodents, which makes sense considering how dangerous they can be to humans. Mice, rats and the parasites that tag along can carry a number of diseases. Some of these viruses are potentially deadly to humans,  in particular, Hantavirus, Listeria, Rat-Bite Fever and Salmonellosis. Let’s not forget Bubonic Plague, aka Black Death. The plague that wiped out approximately one-third of Europe’s population in the 14th Century.

 

Rodents can also play a large role in contributing to dangerous allergies. For instance, rodent urine and droppings could trigger allergies and there are as many people allergic to mouse droppings as there are to mold and dust. Exposure to mouse allergen is a known cause of asthma in children and adults. Rodents can also be a huge detriment to your home and automobiles. They’re known to eat just about anything – including parts of your house and car. For example, their teeth can gnaw through insulation, wall paneling, card board, even wood. Some are especially fond of electrical wiring and that can lead to real danger and expensive repairs. Exposed wires resulting from mice are believed to cause 25% of U.S. house fires.

 

As winter comes along,

your home becomes even more attractive to mice and rats. Colder temperatures lead them to seek refuge in warm places and your house is a perfect fit. An estimated 21 million homes are infested by rodents each winter. Many people believe if they’ve never seen a mouse or rat in their home, they’re not there. But in truth, rodents can be very secretive and live in your home months without being noticed. A mouse can enter your home through an opening as small as a dime. Once inside your home, mice and rats reproduce quickly. In a short amount of time, you could be facing a full-on infestation.

 

The rodent experts at Essential Pest Control can give you a free inspection and determine what the best form of treatment would be. Give us a call at 520-886-3029 for your courtesy inspection.

 

Checking for Pests Before You Buy a Home

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Are you about to buy a house? Before you sign on the dotted line, it’s important to make sure that your new home isn’t full of pests. By finding out if a house is infested with termites, cockroaches, or other destructive creatures in advance, you can negotiate with the sellers to have professional pest control services performed before you complete the purchase. Here are some tips to follow if you want to look for pests before purchasing a home:

Check the dark places.

Most of the time, pests don’t scurry around in plain sight—though it might be easier for you if they did! Most pests prefer to hide in dark places such as cabinets, storage rooms, and the backs of closets, so be sure to check all of those places for any signs of nesting materials or pest droppings. Be sure to also look at the baseboards for any small holes that pests could fit into. The more thorough you are in your search, the safer you’ll feel about buying the house.

Look at the foundation.

The foundation isn’t just what supports the home—it’s also where termites are most likely to thrive. Termites can cause expensive damage to a property, so it’s important to identify their presence before you decide to buy a house. Take a look outside and check for termite tubes, which are small, distinctive-looking mud tubes that the pests build for protection. Look closely at anything made out of wood inside the house to check for signs of termite damage.

Keep an eye out for bed bugs.

Bed bugs are one of the most dreaded pests in the world, and for good reason—once they move in, it’s hard to get them to leave! Check furniture closely for reddish stains and tiny black specks, which are clear indicators that there are bed bugs present.

If you’re in need of a reliable pest control service in Southern Arizona, it’s time to contact the experts at Essential Pest Control. We have been providing Tucson, Marana, Green Valley, and other local communities with bed bug control, termite control, and other important services for more than three decades. We can even perform a thorough pest inspection on a home you are getting ready to buy. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, call (520) 908-6251 today.

The Coming of Rodent Season

 The Coming Rodent Season

Attention to the Outside will help keep rats and mice from getting in.

It’s getting to be that time of year when we get out of the weather, hunker down inside our warm homes, and prepare big meals. Rats and mice have the same plans, and when they get inside, they can devastate your home. Rodents spend at least 3 percent of their life chewing, becausPack Rat/ Rodente their teeth never stop growing. If they don’t chew, they’ll die. The name rodent actually comes from the Latin word rodere, which means “to gnaw, eat away”.

In your home, rodent chewing can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage, and can even lead to fires. Around 25 percent of house fires with undetermined causes are likely due to rodents chewing electric wires in the walls and elsewhere. Another threat is the illnesses that rodents can spread. From salmonella to meningitis to hantavirus and E. coli, they carry pathogens that can kill you.

 

So, how do you stop these dangerous pests from getting into your home? Start by working outside your home.

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens
  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys
  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, using caulk and/or steel wool, and don’t forget to seal up points of entry into the garage
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly
  • Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains that provide the perfect breeding site for pests
  • Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home or car
  • Regularly inspect under the hood of vehicles for gnawed materials, nests, droppings or frayed wires
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house

 

If you see mice in your house, try to trap them and find out how they’re getting inside or call a professional for help.

But if you see rats, even one rat, in your house, that’s a very bad sign. One rat can be a serious problem, due to the damage they cause and diseases they may carry. Rats are smarter than mice, have a wider range they travel, and can do so much more damage, even one rat is reason to call the professionals at Essential pest control. 520-886-3029

Tips for Preventing a Pack Rat Infestation

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Tips for Preventing a Pack Rat Infestation

Pack rats may look cute with their big ears, but they are still persistent and troublesome pests. Unfortunately, pack rats are a particularly irritating problem during the colder months. As the temperature starts to fall, these rodents start looking for warm buildings to move into—and that often means your home! Here are some tips for keeping pack rats from taking up residence in your building:

Look for possible entry points.

Rodents can’t get into your building unless there’s an opening to the outside. That means you should check for gaps, cracks, and crevices where a pack rat might squeeze through, and have them sealed up. If you block off all possible entry points, it will be much harder for pack rats and other unwanted visitors to make their way into your home.

Check your yard for rodents.

Before rodents try to get into your home, they usually make a home in your yard. That’s why you should be sure to inspect your entire outdoor area for any warning signs of pack rats. Make sure that bushes, trees, and other plants are not touching your home. If you have an outdoor shed, be sure to check it frequently for rodent damage.

Keep your home clean.

Like other pests, rodents tend to be attracted to places where there is food for them to eat. That means you should keep your home as free as possible of anything that might give pests a reason to be there. Don’t leave unwashed dishes sitting in the sink, don’t leave food out on the countertop, and clean up spills right away. The cleaner you keep your home, the less likely it is that you’ll have to call for professional pest control services.

Are you looking for pest control in Southern Arizona? Essential Pest Control is a family-owned and operated pest control company serving Tucson, Green Valley, Marana, and the surrounding areas. We pride ourselves on offering fast, affordable, and high-quality services to all of our customers. If you have any questions, call us today at (520) 908-6251.

Five Persistent Pests of the Fall Season

 

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Five persistent pests of the fall season

You are probably excited for the fall season and the cooler weather that comes with it. Well, along with the cooler temps comes the pests. We’ve listed 5 of the pests that will potentially pay you a visit this season.

 

Bed Bugs:

One of the most difficult to control, bed bugs infest at a rapid rate and have been on the rise in recent years. About the size of an apple seed, bed bugs are nocturnal in nature and are typically found in mattresses, suitcases, boxes and shoes. While bed bugs are not known to spread any diseases, they can leave behind itchy welts on their victims and multiply quickly. If you suspect that you might have bed bugs, call a pest professional immediately.

Rodents:

Rodents like mice and rats are common fall intruders. These rodents, like many creatures thrive on food and shelter. To prevent rodents from entering the home,  keep all food sealed in airtight containers and seal cracks around the foundation of the home. Even the smallest crack provides easy access for mice since they can squeeze through holes the size of a nickel. Keep in mind, rodents can bring fleas, mites, ticks and lice into the home.

Ants:

Various types of ants are typically found in and around the home during the fall. Although most species of ants are considered a nuisance, odorous house ants can contaminate food and carpenter ants can damage the structure of a home. To prevent an ant infestation, seal all cracks in and around the home, eliminate sources of standing water and keep food sealed in tight containers. Additionally, keeping tree branches cut back from the home also prevents ants from marching inside.

Cockroaches:

While most think cockroaches are just a frightening nuisance, it’s important to know that cockroaches have an ability to spread 33 different types of bacteria and cause asthma in children, making them one of the most dangerous pests on our list. They typically hide near pipes and drains, so it is important to keep kitchens and bathrooms sanitized. Vacuuming frequently will also help prevent cockroach infestations.

Lady Beetles and Boxelder Bugs:

Lady Beetles and Boxelder bugs are two of fall’s most active pests, yet they are rarely discussed. These beetles feed on small pests like Aphids and White Flies and Boxelder Bugs feed on fallen seeds and trees and live on rocks, trees and buildings. Although these pests are considered a nuisance, they have the potential to stain clothing, curtains and other fabrics with their droppings and emit a strong odor if crushed. Vacuum often and seal cracks around the home to prevent them from entering the home. Damaged screens on doors and windows should also be repaired or replaced.

The team at Essential Pest Control has expertise in identifying and eliminating all sorts of pests that bother Tucson homes and businesses. Call us at (520) 908-6251 to request an estimate for your property. We have a broad service area throughout the Green Valley, Vail, and Oro Valley regions.

Army Ants Build Hanging bridge to Wasps Nest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impressive and scary at the same time!

This video captures over a million army ants working together to build a bridge designed to help invade a giant wasp nest.

The highly organized ants were captured on camera by an electrical engineer, Francisco Boni.

Boni wrote on Twitter: “Attack of legionary ants (also known as army ants or marabunta) to a wasp honeycomb. Impressive the level of swarm intelligence and collective computation to form that bridge.”

 

He added: “When this type of attack happens, the wasps usually escape and the ants do not leave until they’ve completely looted the honeycomb, carrying pupae, larvae and eggs, as well as some adults who did not manage to escape. They can even build across the water!”

He explained the use of the bridge for the ants, saying: “For ants, it is more effective to follow the trail over a bridge that goes down and then up than in an inverted upside down walk.

“Also likely that upside down the ants can’t carry significant loads.”

 

Are you having ant problems? are you having any other pest control issues? Essential Pest control is here to help. We provide pest and termite control in Tucson and surrounding areas. Let us know if we can help. (520) 886-3029