Archive | December, 2011

Take Action Yourself Before Hiring A Termite Exterminator

29 Dec

Termites are a royal pain in the butt. They’re hard to get rid of, they’re stubborn, they cause all sorts of problems, and they’re just plain annoying. Across the states, they inflict a ridiculous amount of damage up to the sum of nearly $2.5 billion. Ridiculous huh? This is where an Arizona pest control company comes in.

But before you run desperately for the phone to call for an Arizona pest control, there’s a few things that you can do to be sure that you actually have termites. Below, we’ve compiled somewhat of a checklist of little things that you should look out for and do in order to determine whether you have termites or not, the seriousness of their invasion into your home and whether you need to call us.

Without further ado, let’s begin.

 

1.)  Learn what termites look like. There’s no point running off calling the National Guard if all you have is a small ant colony; termites are small white insects that indeed look very similar to ants, with the only difference being the lack of segmentation of their bodies.

2.) Learn where termites tend to live. Termite’s main survival mechanism is to stay hidden and concealed, away from potential predators. So obviously you’re not really going to find them out wandering around your kitchen. Instead, you’re likely to find them lurking in hot, moist environments.

It is also important to note that they are subterranean, meaning they live underground. This means you’ll find them usually near or around tree trunks or stumps, so definitely be wary of trees near your house!

3.) Learn how to detect them. The most obvious way of detecting termites is their mud trails. When they actually DO come up out of the ground to forage for food, they leave little trails of mud where they’ve travelled, meaning you can quite easily see if they’re making quick food stops in your house!

Check around drain pipes, and low down entries to your house; weep holes in your house or ant capping is no obstacle for termites, but as they use these entrances you can easily spot their tracks.

If you have a lot of timber built in your house, it is quite easy for termites to eat out the middle of the wood, and conceal whole colonies there. Check for dampness in paintwork, or looseness/flimsiness in wooden areas of wooded areas of your house.
Use a screwdriver (holding the metal end) to tap timber frames to check for sounds of hollowness, or use a torch to check for any visible signs of degradation.

Be warned
that if you do pierce their colony in timber, they are likely to flee to other areas of your home and may ruin other parts of your house.

4.) Determine the size of the colony. You can usually judge the size of a colony by the amount of tracks you find, how many termites you might see out in the garden, or the amount of damage done to the interior of your house.

 

It is at this point when you might wish to contact an Arizona pest control company like Care Free Termite LLC to come out to check out just how bad the infestation is, who will also advise you on how to proceed and deal with the matter of termite infestations.

While you can try and deal with the situation on your own, it is best to let a professional company like an Arizona pest control company to deal with it for you. Follow these handy tips and you’ll easily be able to detect termite intrusions into your home!

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Dealing With Crickets In Scottsdale & The Rest Of The Valley!

22 Dec

Stop Crickets In Scottsdale With CareFreeTermite.com

While crickets don’t pose harm to humans, they are a nuisance that can become unbearable when they amass in large groups outside or even inside your home. There are a few ways you can keep invading crickets at bay, although if the infestation becomes uncontrollable, it’s better to call a Scottsdale Pest Control company and let the professionals remedy the situation.

Crickets are attracted to homes in Scottsdale that provide the insects with plenty of shelter, food and especially moisture. If no moisture is present in the home, crickets will have no desire to make your home their permanent residence. Always make sure your house is sanitary and immediately remove crumbs from the floor. Caulk window frames and other crevices. If a few crickets continue to find their way into your home, lay down sticky traps to prevent them from roaming freely.

Since it’s impossible to keep your yard free of everything that attracts crickets, you’ll most likely notice the invasive insects gathering outside of your house rather than inside. Never store firewood next to your house and keep garbage cans closed with a lid. Your options are very limited when it comes to an outside infestation.

While a few crickets don’t pose a problem, a full blown invasion can cause sleepless nights and ruin people’s perception of the cleanliness of your house. When one chirp turns into a few hundred chirps, it’s time to call a Scottsdale Pest Control like CareFreeTermite.com.

If you don’t think that a full-blown cricket infestation requires the help of professionals, know this: it is nearly impossible to get rid of hundreds of crickets without the use of insecticides and other chemicals. These chemicals can cause damage to your skin, your children and your pets if not handled correctly.

Care Free Termite LLC has the expertise of dealing with cricket invasions and has the necessary tools and chemicals to ensure that the crickets not only leave or die but also won’t return.

Care Free Termite LLC will likely begin by protecting the interior of your home from invading crickets. If you have small children or pets, a Scottsdale Pest Control company can spray a chemically formulated dust along window seals and other crevices in your house. The dust is non-toxic to both pets and children, but will poison crickets.

For outside infestations, whether you are in Scottsdale or other parts of the Valley we have a few options. For crickets that gather near the exterior of your house, Care Free Termite LLC may choose to spray the same dust that was used inside your house or a more potent insecticide, depending on the size of the infestation. The insecticide will either be applied directly at the source of the infestation or along the foundation of your house.

Once the chemicals have been applied to the target areas, your house and yard will be cricket free almost immediately.

Termite Protection & Bed Bugs..Time To Inspect The Home!

15 Dec

Termite Protection W/ CareFreeTermite.com

If you’ve ever had a bed bug or termite damage, then you know the damage that can be caused by a real pest problem. Bed bugs will bite you and leave painful red marks on your skin, while termites attack the structural integrity of where you live. A home that is not protected by an Arizona pest control company like Care Free Termite LLC is an open invitation for a total nightmare for the people who live there.

 

When an infestation does happen, it can be virtually impossible to handle on your own. This is not just hyperbole! While it’s well known that 91 percent rubbing alcohol can kill bed bugs shortly after contact, there aren’t many readily available chemicals that can kill their eggs. Along similar lines, if you want termite services for an existing infestation, then unless you call an Arizona pest control operator, you’ll need to purchase special baiting chemicals and equipment and learn how to use them. An unexperienced individual won’t know where or how to place this bait effectively, and this which results in wasted time, money and effort.

 

Some people are lucky enough to not have an infestation, but unless you have total pest protection for where you live, your home is like a ticking time bomb. Sooner or later, you’re going to run into a problem with bed bugs, termites, or some other annoying bug that wants to eat away at your home and the people who live there. When you ask an Arizona pest control company to provide pest control services, you will not only be offered a total pest elimination package for whatever may already be attacking your home, but they will also provide complete pest protection for the future.

 

You owe it to yourself, your family and your home to have complete pest protection that will keep unwanted critters away, so make sure to hire CareFreeTermite.com @ 480-513-0313

Get Rid of Pests Without Harming Yourself and Pets

8 Dec

Happy Pets With Safe Pest Control Methods

No one likes to open the sugar container and have a small colony of ants come crawling out of it. Trying to enjoy a meal outdoors with ants crawling all over you is no fun either. House damage from Arizona termites can cost thousands of dollars in repair bills. A scorpion bite may not kill you, but it really does hurt. Winter is here and now those nasty pests are trying to come inside where it’s warm. Pesticide companies make a huge amount of money from people trying to get rid of all types of bugs and pests. The strong chemicals in many pesticides are not only harmful to your unwanted visitors, but they can be harmful to you, your children, and your pets.

Years of research on the common pesticides used on farms and in the home have led to danger warnings on the product’s container. Do you really want to spray your house or yard with chemicals known to cause health issues to our loving pets? Sure, you won’t have to worry about getting bit by a scorpion, but is it really worth the risk? Luckily, you really don’t have to debate which is the lesser of two evils. There are ways you can keep your home free from nasty pests, without putting your pets in jeopardy.

A simple ant repellant for your kitchen is vinegar. Wipe down all surfaces with a mixture of half apple cider vinegar and half water. You could also sprinkle the edges of the room with ground cinnamon. This will not kill the ants, but will keep them from coming into the area.  If you are looking to kill the little pests, sprinkle some boric acid in crevices and areas your pets can’t get to. Put some sugar mixed with boric acid in a covered container. Poke a few small holes in the cover to let the ants get in but keep your pets out. The ants will get in, carry the boric acid back to their nest and give it to the others. This will effectively get rid of the colony. If you still have trouble of course then contact CareFreeTermite.com an established Arizona pest control company.

Arizona termites and scorpions are more outside pests. A rather simple, yet effective way to keep them from around your home is to use diatomaceous earth. Boric acid would work too, but is dangerous to your pets and children. Diatomaceous earth contains very sharp, tiny, particles that will cut the hard shells of bugs, causing them to dehydrate and die.

Prevention is much easier than trying to get rid of an already established horde of bugs.  Plant some basil and marigolds around the border of your yard to keep many pests away.  Be sure to caulk and seal any tiny openings into the house to keep them from getting inside. Mix dishwashing soap with water and spray the underside of the leaves on plants. Bugs don’t like the taste of soap, and will go to your neighbor’s yard to eat.

Spending some Winter time in the backyard with our pets can be made much more enjoyable if you don’t have to worry about bugs. A few simple tricks can keep your Winter pest free, and your family safe.

Simple Ways To Get Rid Of Arizona Spiders!

1 Dec

Call CareFreeTermite.com To Stop These Spiders!

Spiders are a common problem in Arizona and they can cause serious health risks if bitten. Some spiders aren’t harmful while some of the common spiders found in Arizona are known to kill a human when they have the opportunity to bite.

Having spiders in your house may not be the best idea and this is exactly why you need to understand exactly what causes them as well as the steps you need to take in order to reduce the risk that they can pose to you and your family when they shack up in your house.

Why are spiders trying to make your home their home?

There are literally tons of reasons that spiders could end up in your house which may make finding the cause of why they chose your house a daunting task. However, there are common causes that are looked at by professional Arizona pest control companies that you can use to your advantage in an effort to pinpoint the problem area that you need to focus on. This includes:

  • Spiders like dark places that many people don’t spend a lot of time visiting. This can include crawling inside of unsealed boxes, hiding behind boxes that are up against the wall, and crawling in between baseboards and the wall when they’re not properly sealed. Having places like this where spiders can setup their new home is one of the leading causes found by Arizona pest control companies.
  • One thing that many people don’t realize is that having a dirty house or cutting corners while cleaning is just asking a spider to come in and relax. Make sure that you regularly dust and sweep to rid the house of any spider webs that spiders may call home.
  • Having a house that’s prone to insect infiltration can attract spiders as insects are something that they can feast on. When they notice insects inside of a house they notice the opportunity for a spider buffet. Hiring an Arizona pest control company is one way that you can help eliminate this opportunity.

Make It Uncomfortable for Spiders to be In Your Home

If you don’t want to put you or your family in harm’s way then you probably want to know what you can do to prevent spiders from entering your home. The most common prevention tactics that you can use to your advantage are listed for you below.

  • Check for any gaps in the windows or under the doors and fill them in to make it harder for spiders and other insects to enter your home.
  • Clean regularly and don’t shortchange yourself while doing it.
  • Eliminate the use of cardboard boxes for storage. If you need containers for storage then you should opt for the plastic ones. Not only are they more sturdy, but spiders don’t like them as much as they do cardboard.
  • Keep your clothes put up and use a clothes hamper for the dirty ones. This is one of the biggest problems which will actually encourage spiders to enter the house and stay there as it creates a nesting spot where they can feel comfortable.

Serving Spiders with an Eviction Notice

If you want to get rid of spiders in your house without having to go about pest control yourself then you may want to consider hiring an Arizona pest control company. Not only do they know how to pinpoint trouble spots quickly, but they also have the safest approach to eliminating spiders in the house. Make sure that you choose one with the proper Arizona pest control licenses to ensure that they’re worthy of doing business with.