What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

I was pleased to sit down with a couple of the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating recently, and talk candidly about the pest situation here in the Valley. I was interested to know what the most common pests are here in Arizona… The pests that are most frequently called about.

Here are the top 3 most called about pests in Arizona, according to Bulwark Pest Control Mesa:

3. Fire Ants

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They’re red, they’re nasty, and in Arizona they have stung approximately 40 percent of the State’s population. I’m talking of course about the Red Imported Fire ant. These ants are known for their destructive mound building, and their painful stings which are unleashed whenever one of their huge ant mounds is threatened. Once stung, a victim will display painful red welts that rise above the skin and eventually blister. It’s because of these painful stings; Arizona residents want no part of the Fire ant and call Bulwark Exterminating in Mesa for professional Fire ant control.

2. Black Widows

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Almost 99 percent of all spiders found in Arizona are harmless. One of the spiders that make up the remaining one percent is the Black Widow spider. Her appearance is unmistakable; with her large glossy black abdomen, and of course her bright red hour glass that warn everybody to keep their distance. Black Widows will only bite when provoked, and will likely run away when confronted. Despite this behavior, Arizona resident’s take know chances when it comes to this spider. Perhaps it’s her painful and dangerous bite that has residents calling Bulwark Exterminating in Mesa for professional spider control.

1. Arizona Bark Scorpion

Scorpion What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

The number one called about pest in Arizona, is without a doubt, the Arizona Bark Scorpion. Most Arizona residents are able to put up with a few cockroaches or crickets running around their home, but not scorpions. If you live in Arizona long enough, there’s a really high probability that you will be stung by a scorpion at some point. Anybody that has ever been stung does not want to ever go through that experience ever again. To avoid scorpion stings, it’s advised that professional scorpion control actions be taken. Arizona residents know this, and that is why scorpions are the most frequently called about pest.

Mesa Pest Control

If you are tired of seeing Fire ants, Black Widow spiders, Bark scorpions, or any other pest inside your home or on your property, it is time to do something about. Call or click a Mesa pest control professional today.

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885


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How To Get Rid Of Wasps In Your Yard

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One of the biggest pains when you want to make the most of spending time in your garden or around your pool can often be the presence of wasps. Wasps are unusual creatures in that unlike bees, they can be very aggressive because stinging something doesn’t cause them to die, and they can sting multiple times. This can make them quite a nuisance, and they tend to be prolific breeders in even cooler countries during the summer, so unlike other dangerous animals like tarantulas, scorpions and snakes, you aren’t safe from them even in places like Toronto or London! While the sting of a single wasp is only life threatening if you have an allergy, it can be extremely painful even if you aren’t allergic, and if you are attacked by a swarm it can be very dangerous even if you aren’t sensitive to the venom. For this reason, if you see a wasp nest or suspect there might be one somewhere on your property, it is important to deal with it.

Wasps only use their nests for one season and don’t return to them after their winter hibernation period. However, they can really spoil your outdoor time in summer and can also threaten the health of your family; or at the very least cause a very painful sting, means it is usually best to dispose of them.

Do Any Signs of Wasps Mean You Have a Nest?

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Interestingly, while most animals are either social or lone, wasps come in both varieties. You get some wasps who live alone in solitary nests, which can be in plants or even in holes underground, and others who live communally in nests they form out of paper mixed with their saliva over time. Solitary wasps can be an annoyance, and can sting just as badly as social wasps; but they will not bring lots of friends with them, and their habitats won’t cause you any issues. Wasps living in communal nests, however, can be a very big problem if their home is in your garden, loft or the eaves of your house (all common places where wasps develop communities).

How to Dispose of a Wasp Nest

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To kill the wasps in your nest you need to use quite potent pesticides, designed to kill wasps specifically. If you use the wrong kind of poison, like ones used for cockroaches or spiders, you will just end up with some very angry wasps buzzing around; and that is never good! You also have to watch the nest and assess the best way to approach it and withdraw from it based on how the wasps access the nest. If you are not confident about doing this and don’t have suitable clothes to wear, it is generally better just to call a professional pest control company who will take the wasps out for you and remove the remaining nest. They will also be able to make sure that all of the specimens have been killed so you aren’t left with homeless wasps parading your garden!

Ryan Hall, the author of this post, has years of extensive experience in pest and wildlife control and this becomes quite apparent through his blogs. He works at SWAT Wildlife, a renowned pest control company in Toronto. His hobbies include surfing and bowling. Log on to www.swatwildlife.com/ to know more about his company.

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Hunt Scorpions With Black Light Flashlights

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If you are the adventurous type, who finds scorpions fascinating, as opposed to running the other direction screaming in fear at the sight of one, then you are in luck. You can easily spot them with a black light. In fact, black lighting scorpions is a common method used to control the scorpion populations around your home and property… And you can do it too! It’s actually quite the nighttime adventure!

Hunt Scorpions With Black Light Flashlights

Are you worried about scorpions entering you home; hiding out in your shoes and bed sheets, waiting to sting? If so, be proactive. One such way to be proactive is to hunt them with black light flashlights. It’s actually quite fun, if you are not creeped out by these stinging arachnids.

First you need a black light flashlight. Your best bet is an LED one. They are very bright, and will really light up the glowing scorpions. You can purchase black light flashlights at at your local hardware store. You really don’t need anything huge or fancy or extra powerful.

When it gets dark, head out in your yard with your new black light flashlight. Walk along the edges of your house, paying close attention to where the stucco or siding meets the foundation. Shine the black light in these areas. The glowing scorpions jump out at you when see them. Fences and concrete walls are also popular hangouts for scorpions. We actually call these areas, scorpion condominiums. Look there as well.

If you wish to exterminate the scorpions that you find, do so with closed toe shoes or boots. Do not handle the scorpions, as they’ll unleash a very painful and very toxic sting is disturbed. Sticky tape wrapped around the outside of a ruler works well to grab them.

Why Do Scorpions Glow Under Black Lights?

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Fluorescent chemicals, like beta-carboline, that are found in the exoskeleton of the scorpion cause them to glow an eerie neon bluish-green when exposed to ultraviolet light. From the scorpion’s crushing pinchers to its stinging tail; the scorpions entire body collects UV light and converts it into blue-green wavelengths to the human eye. This practice is known as fluorescence. As to the functionality of this process to the scorpion, scientists still aren’t completely sure of the benefit.

Types Of Arizona Scorpions To Hunt With Black Lights

In the State of Arizona, there are two common species of scorpions you’ll frequently find in your home and on your property. These two common species are the Arizona Bark scorpion, and the Desert Hairy scorpion.

Arizona Bark Scorpion

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The most common species of scorpion found in Arizona, also happens to be the most venomous in the country. The Arizona Bark scorpion is a yellowish tan in color and can measure about two inches in length. It will come into your Arizona home, looking for water, shelter, and it’s favorite meal of crickets or roaches.

Desert Hairy Scorpion

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Desert Hairy scorpions are bigger in size, compared to the Arizona Bark scorpion, reaching lengths of 5-6 inches. While their stings are painful (like getting stuck by a tack), they are not very dangerous. These scorpions don’t like to come into your home as much, but do still invade occasionally.

Mesa, Arizona Scorpion Control

If you don’t like the notion of inspecting your home and property every night with a black light flashlight in order to control your scorpion population; get Mesa scorpion control instead. Let a scorpion exterminator take your scorpion worries away.

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885


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Pest Control Tips for Contamination-Free Pantries and Cupboards

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Finding an insect here and there in your kitchen isn’t a pleasant experience, but it’s probably nothing compared to discovering your pantry or cupboards and all the food in them has been invaded by bugs or rodents. Taking preventive pest control methods into your own hands will go a long way in keeping uninvited guests from helping themselves to your stored products.

Inspect and Clean

It’s recommended that you clear out your pantry and cupboards at least once a year and closely inspect all food for any signs of pests. Cereals, pasta, bakery mixes, pastries, powdered milk, dried fruits and pet food are commonly vulnerable to contamination from Indian meal moths, ants, roaches, beetles, weevils and mice. After checking each product that you’ve had stored, dispose of anything that shows evidence of being tampered with or that has been left unsealed in an outside trash receptacle. Then all shelving should be vacuumed out and carefully cleaned with soap and water.

Keep an Eye Out While You Grocery Shop

Many times, the pests you find living in and feeding on the dry foods in your pantry and cupboards have been unknowingly brought home from the grocery store. Examine all packaged and boxed products for any openings or suspicious looking punctures and tears. Small holes are especially indicative of little critters since that’s all it takes for several kinds of insects to be able to find their way in. It’s easy to forget about certain products once you put them up in a cupboard or on the back of a pantry shelf, so it’s important not to purchase more than you think you’ll use in a reasonable amount of time. It doesn’t take too long for some insects to reproduce, and food that has been sitting for awhile is the perfect place for creepy crawlies to take up residence.

Mouse in Bread Pest Control Tips for Contamination Free Pantries and Cupboards

Store Food in Sealed Containers

An effective way of maintaining your pest control efforts in the kitchen is to always store non-refrigerated food in tightly secured containers no matter how impenetrable you may think the original packaging is. You would be surprised to find out what the sharp teeth of many pests can cut through. Glass, plastic or metal storage is perfect for keeping most foods and ingredients in and will even preserve their freshness for longer. Just rolling up bags, especially those containing pet food, is an open invitation for insects and rodents to come right on in.

Consistently Clean Kitchen Surfaces

Cleaning up spills and vacuuming up crumbs right away will go far in preventing pests from entering your home. Make certain the areas around all appliances are free from any specks of food that would attract a scavenging intruder.

Being conscientious about your food storage and the cleanliness of everything in your kitchen will help ward off the nightmare of finding that bugs or mice have made themselves comfortable in your pantry and cupboard products. If you begin to notice any indication of their presence, it may be best to have a pest control company come out and prevent any further infestation.


About the Author

Tiffany Olson is an avid blogger from California who writes regularly about pest control problems and solutions.

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Cockroaches 101- Everything You Need To Know About These Nasty Pests

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Cockroaches are typically seen as unwanted pests, although this isn’t entirely true. The vast majority of cockroaches we see on a daily basis do in fact invade our homes, cause a nuisance, and definitely are pests. However, certain varieties of cockroaches are essential to the environment and will actually help to recycle organic materials which are decaying or dying. With that being said, the cockroaches that we consider as pests are known to carry various diseases and can emit some pretty disgusting odors.

Some cockroaches can measure over 2 inches in length and are most often found in environments where waste food is present. This will typically be kitchens and restaurants. Cockroaches will have six legs and two antennae and certain species even have wings, thus making them even more of a nuisance, although it must be said that winged cockroaches aren’t particularly great at flying. Most cockroaches will make chirping noises of some sorts, although there are certain species which can get extremely vocal.

Facts About Cockroaches

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  • There are a wide variety of ways in which cockroaches may enter your home. Most typically this will be through cracks or crevices in the walls, floors or ceilings. They can also enter your home through the sewage and drainage systems and also the pipes. Cockroaches have been known to be brought in from outside on your person or in shopping bags, etc.
  • Cockroaches will be particularly attracted to the home environment, as they will find warmth, food and water, and a place to nest. In fact, this is the ideal place for them to start breeding.
  • You should be aware that cockroaches breed at an extremely fast rate, and if you happen to spot just one cockroach there is likely to be plenty more nearby.
  • An interesting fact is that cockroaches are usually nocturnal creatures. Unfortunately, if you happen to spot a cockroach during the day this may a sign that you have an extremely severe infestation of these pests. The likelihood is that their “resting place” has been severely overcrowded and they have simply been forced out into the open before nightfall.
  • As many of you may be aware, cockroaches can aggravate asthma and other types of allergies. Cockroaches will shed their skins, they leave droppings behind, and of course many die on a daily basis. Unfortunately, if you are especially prone to allergies or if you have young children in your home this can be very dangerous.
  • Cockroaches are fantastic at hiding and you may even have a possible infestation without even knowing it because you haven’t actually seen a cockroach with your own eyes. Even if you purchase insecticides or other chemicals to rid yourself of a potential cockroach problem, you should know that their eggs are actually protected from these. So, even if you happen to kill a number of live cockroaches you will have done little to harm their eggs and a future onslaught of cockroaches.

This is typically why many people turn to professional services in order to rid their homes of cockroaches. You will need a certain amount of knowledge about cockroaches and various, specialized materials and equipment.

Jack Peterson is a part of the team at Floor and Pest Clean, a company based in Queensland that offers an extensive range of pest control and cleaning services. He enjoys motor sports and mountain biking in his leisure time.

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Good Year For Tent Caterpillars In Arizona

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Good Year for Caterpillar Growth

Caterpillars are a docile, and calm creatures, but in Southern Arizona, they’ve aggressively began to take over the desert. Most caterpillar species are solitary, but tent caterpillars are an exception. They gather in communities and build their white, silky, camps in between tree branches. Each cocoon-like home houses many of the caterpillars, and in Southern Arizona, these little guys have completely taken over in the insect world. The number of tent caterpillar homes all over southern Arizona deserts and forests is astonishing. Scientists say it’s like walking into a “science-fiction movie.” These guys have a strong appetite for tree leaves, and anything green. Many of the local residents have been freaked out and begun to worry about just what this invasion may mean to them and their community.

Resident Thoughts

John Palting of the University Of Arizona Department Of Entomology describes the general feeling among the local residents of Southern Arizona. “A lot of people are creeped out by it – but it’s just caterpillars and a bunch of silk and caterpillar poop.” The white tents also have dark spots in them, which are just caterpillar poop, but all together these silk tents are giving local residents the creepers.

Palting seems quite unbothered by this natural phenomenon but some of the residents have mixed-feelings about the caterpillars and their sci-fi looking homes. “They are kind of cool and kind of creepy, all at the same time,” says Pamela Selby-Harmon, officer in charge of the post office in the mountain village of Summerhaven. She also describes it as “… one of those love-hate relationships. You love the caterpillars, but you don’t like the damage to the trees. But Mother Nature has a lot more going on than we do as far as planning.”

Mother Nature’s Future

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How will the unusual amounts of caterpillars and their tents affect the environment? Only Mother Nature knows for sure, but Palting shares his thoughts on how the environment will deal with this “sci-fi” situation.

“The tents will probably break down with the summer rains and be pretty much gone by mid-summer.” For other wildlife, “the population generally means that the parasites will also have a good year and take the population back down. Such are the checks and balances of nature,” he says.

In regards to Madame Selby-Harmon’s concerns about the trees, Palting states, he “[hasn't] seen it where they kill a tree. They take the first crop of leaves, and the trees leaf out again.” So thankful it looks like the trees may survive the invasion.

So thankfully Mother Nature seems to have this caterpillar invasion under control, and it looks like there will not be an apocalypse anytime soon for fellow residents of southern Arizona.

Author Bio:  is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. When I’m not playing with my two adorable nieces, I’m on the tennis court chasing that little green ball around.

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4 Gadgets That Will Help You Kill The Horrible Bugs Inside Your Home

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Do you know how many insects are inside your home right now? If you look around you might be able to see a few of them, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Most of them are hiding from you inside your walls, or underneath something and out of sight. Sooner or later they will strike, so you want to do something about them now. When they start crawling around you have no idea what their horrible little legs will be touching. They could end up touching you.

You don’t have to let your home be overrun by thousands of insects. You don’t have to be scared to leave food out for 10 minutes because ants will appear out of thin air. If only there was a way to get rid of spiders you wouldn’t need to spend an hour standing on the couch until you worked up the courage to attack them with a newspaper. We’re going to save your life by looking at some cool gadgets that will finally help you get rid of those bugs for good.

Vacuum For Insects

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Are you one of those people that won’t go anywhere near an insect? You don’t mind anything that can’t fit inside your hand, but it’s those little things you don’t like because they’re so unpredictable. Before you know what is going on they could be climbing inside your clothes. If you don’t want to touch them you can relax, because you can pick up an insect vacuum that will suck them up while you stand well away from them.

An Electronic Insect Repellent

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How did you get rid of insects in the past when they were walking around everywhere? Did you just cross your fingers and hope they would go away? If you stick an electronic insect repellent inside your plug socket it will send out special ultrasonic sounds, but don’t worry because you won’t have a clue what is going on. These sounds will be sent out at different frequencies and they will mess with the insects’ nervous system, so they won’t come into your home again.

Cleaning Your Bed

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Can you imagine how many bed bugs are on your sheets at this exact moment? I know you don’t want to think about it, but there will be a huge amount of them waiting to tuck you in tonight. If you get a UV bed bug cleaner you will be able to get rid of them whenever you want. The gadget will blast the bugs with UV light before sucking them off your bed. You will definitely feel a little bit cleaner when you jump under the covers after using the machine.

Catch Flies Out Of Thin Air

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It doesn’t really matter when there is one or two flies inside your home, but once a lot of them start flying around it can get pretty annoying. There is an easy way to get rid of them and you just need to hang a special fly catcher from the wall. The light it gives off will attract the flies and when they get inside the gadget they will stick to the walls. After you catch enough flies you can take out the sticky pad and throw it away then start all over again.

Don’t Share Your Home Any Longer

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Now that you know how to get rid of those insects you don’t need to put up with them any longer. You will have your home all to yourself which will make you feel a lot better from now on. Let us know which one you hate the most in the comments below because I think spiders will get the most votes.

Mark Ross, the author of this post, often helped lost animals and birds get back to their wild and free surroundings when he was a child. Currently, he works for a well known company offering services such as bird control in Toronto.

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Here Comes Trouble – Caterpillars… And What To Do About Them

Through the eyes of a child, cataloging the many shapes, sizes, and colors of caterpillars is a fascinating exercise in basic entomology, but for an adult, the sudden appearance of caterpillars in the landscape can be a bittersweet discovery. Having caterpillars may indicate that your landscape has become a breeding ground for butterflies, but it may also spell doom for any host plants nearby, since caterpillars are voracious eaters.

There are many solutions for caterpillars in the landscape, ranging from patient observation to applications of targeted insecticides, depending on the stress level these Lepidoptera larvae cause to you and your plants. Before you break out the big guns, though, it may behoove you to observe the caterpillars at work to assess the true extent of the problem.

Types of Caterpillar Trouble

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Before you deal with an unknown caterpillar, it’s a good idea to try to identify it in order to avoid some of the brutal stings many species are capable of dealing. Stinging caterpillars typically bear their barbs openly, emerging from their backs like stiff, brightly colored weapons, but a few may have barbs that look more like long, wiry hairs. Never handle a suspected stinging caterpillar with your bare hands – these larvae carry real poison and can inflict real damage on humans. Fortunately, the stinging caterpillars are uncommon in home landscaping.

The tent caterpillars are a special group that creates huge silken webs in trees, often encompassing many leaves and small branches as they mature. These pests can seriously injure trees and bushes with their feeding, which usually occurs inside the tent. A single, small tent of caterpillars in the landscape is unsightly, but can be easily tolerated by a mature plant – many in a single tree early in the season can cause devastating defoliation. If tent caterpillars appear in the fall on deciduous trees, they can often be ignored, since your tree is already preparing to shed the foliage where the caterpillars are feeding.

Other notorious caterpillars, such as hornworms, are voracious eaters and capable of destroying entire plants in a few days. These caterpillars may appear suddenly in groups, chewing their way out from the center of an infested plant and spreading further apart as they mature. Although caterpillars are usually picky eaters, choosing just a few hosts to feed upon, those few chosen plants may be in serious jeopardy if caterpillars are numerous.

Dealing with Caterpillar Infestations

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Many birds and insects think caterpillars are tasty and will flock to gardens where broad-spectrum pesticide use has been discontinued to help with your caterpillar problems. If the caterpillars don’t seem to be thinning within a few days of their appearance, you may have to intervene. Sometimes, the caterpillars in your landscape are simply too numerous for their natural enemies to contain, or those enemies may have not yet realized that a cache of caterpillars is active nearby.

In either case, you can help out by hand-picking caterpillars from plants. It is sometimes tedious work, but removing caterpillars from affected plants (remember to wear gloves) and dunking them in a bucket of soapy water can be strangely therapeutic when these pests are threatening your favorite plants.

When hand-picking, it’s important to check for caterpillars at the same time each day, looking deep into the canopy of affected plants, until you have a difficult time locating even one caterpillar. Continue to monitor for caterpillars weekly, in case a new brood has hatched.

If hand-picking caterpillars is impractical, or you are a little more squeamish than you’d like to admit, a biological spray called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is available for use by homeowners. This product is derived from a soil-borne bacteria of the same name that releases a specific protein when it enters a caterpillar’s gut, increasing the gut’s permeability. It kills caterpillars over a few days, so don’t be shocked if they aren’t immediately falling from your plants after you’ve sprayed.

Bt is effective on all kinds of caterpillars, but has a short life and may need to be reapplied every week until the caterpillars are all gone. It can be harder to treat tent caterpillars with this product, but if you tear each bag open and spray the caterpillars directly, you will increase Bt’s effectiveness.

Very tall trees or widespread problems with caterpillars may require a pest control expert. Caterpillars in trees are difficult to treat without special equipment that can reach accurately into the canopy. Pest control specialists use a variety of chemicals against caterpillars, make sure that you specify that you want to preserve beneficial insects if you need to call in the cavalry.

Terry Jenkins is a freelance writer on a wide range of topics including gardening, pest control, and occasionally home improvement.

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Five Top Tips For Keeping Your Home Pest Free This Summer

When the weather warms up and the summer is in full swing, it can be hard to think that there are any drawbacks to the sunny days and long nights.  But it’s the time of year when pesky bugs decide to come into your home uninvited.  Here are five ways to help keep your home pest (and scream) free this summer.

Citronella Candles

Citronella candles are an utter godsend when it comes to steering biting insects away from entering your space.  Although they look and smell attractive to humans, many bugs (especially the dreaded mosquito) can’t stand the whiff, making them decide to keep well clear.  If you’re having an alfresco evening barbeque, then dot citronella candles around where you’re sitting outside, or if you have the windows open a lot in your house, place the candles inside.

Keep It Clean

Food left lying around on kitchen surfaces, kitchen waste bins that need emptying, or crumbs on the floor all act as an open invitation for many bugs to enter your home. Ants, in particular, will have a field day.  Prevention is much better than cure, so if you want to keep your abode pest free over the warmer months, practice good hygiene.  Clean food up after you and wipe tables and floors regularly.  Dust away (or even better, vacuum) any spiders’ webs you find in the home to deter these much-feared bugs from setting up camp in your house.

Seal Up Holes & Cracks

Holes and cracks in the exterior of your home are gateways for all manner of bugs; from flies and wasps, to ants and even small mice (if the hole is big enough)! Regularly check your property for any suspect areas that might need attention.  Fill in holes or cracks, either with cement if it’s a brick wall, or replace rotten wood with new panels.  Keep an eye on your roof, as well, because tiny gaps provide great nesting opportunities for bees or even starlings.

Get Window Screens

What is it about flies? As soon as you open a window, they’re straight in the house!  There is nothing more annoying than having to chase a fly out of your home, when you could be better spending that time soaking up the sun.  Don’t let flies and other insects with wings cause you undue stress.  Add a mesh or fine screen to your windows and doors so that the bugs can’t get inside your home, but you can still fling windows or doors open.  The screen is pretty easy to install, so it’s well worth the effort.

Encourage Natural Predators

You don’t want bugs in your home, so one way you could deter them from coming into your house in the first place, is to make sure there aren’t lots of them in your immediate vicinity.  How can you do that?  Encourage animals that like to feast on these bugs.  Birds and bats eat all sorts of insects, so put up a bat box in your garden and put bird feed out to entice the birds to your home.


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Modern Pest Control Techniques

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In the constantly evolving battle between humans and pests, property owners have come to rely on a wide variety of professional pest control techniques, most of which utilize precise mechanisms of action to root out even the toughest critters. Biological pest control, bait and traps, sterilization, fumigation, and natural repellents are all quite effective at dealing with infestations.

Biological Agents

One of the more recent developments in pest control is the use of parasite species to kill the larvae and eggs of certain insects. Mosquito eggs, for example, can be eliminated by adding certain bacteria to the stagnant water areas where the insects are known to breed. The eggs themselves are efficiently wiped out, and there are no negative consequences for any other aspects of the ecosystem. Continued research into predation and parasitism will no doubt yield even better results in the future.

Bait and Traps

Poisoned bait is a highly effective way to rid a home of roaches, fruit flies, and a number of other invasive species. In fact, roach-killing bait has advanced admirably in recent years, and the poison now has the added ability to wipe out entire colonies. If rats or mice have moved into the attic or basement, specialized traps are the best bet. Though trigger traps are widely used, some manufacturers have recently developed sophisticated catch-and-release traps. This allows larger animals to be set free in other locations.


Genetic research has yielded some interesting sterilization success stores. When sterile male insects are released into target areas, they breed with the females of the species. The females will then be unable to produce any offspring. Eventually, the entire insect population is radically reduced. These sterilization techniques are most effective with agricultural pests, and experts have had success with Mexican fruit flies, Tsetse flies, and a few other species.


When unwanted insect guests have become especially widespread, experts can use sophisticated fumigation techniques to combat them. The clearing of hotels, business centers, and other large structures is always complex, but professionals have a number of subtly different chemicals at their disposal. The fumigant pack itself may consist of phosphine, hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde, or other similar agents. Workers will generally seal off the fumigation areas with heavy plastic sheets before the process moves forward.

Natural Repellents

In a world where the environment is becoming progressively more toxic, some experts recommend organic repellents whenever possible. Balsam fir oil, which can be extracted from trees, is highly effective against a variety of insects. Other remedies include Thai lemongrass for mosquitoes and vinegar for fruit flies. Infestations that have not yet reached the severe stage can be controlled with homemade concoctions that are far from chemically harsh.

Professional Pest Control

As Canadian property owners begin to fight back against particularly troublesome critters, a professional appraisal is generally the best way to start. Experts will have access to cutting-edge technology and will be able to quickly develop a plan of action. With a bit of devotion to the task, the dastardly pests can be shown to their demise.

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David Brown is a blogger and suggests www.allpest.ca for anyone in the Greater Toronto Area that needs a pest control professional.

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