BLOG

Hot weather brings out the bugs!

Posted by on July 20, 2017 in Desert Bugs, Pest Control in Gilbert AZ | Comments Off on Hot weather brings out the bugs!

Hot weather brings out the bugs!

The Sonoran desert is home to a variety of bugs that are common pests in residential areas throughout the East valley. After dark, when the temperature cools down, insects such as cockroaches and scorpions emerge to search for food and water. The condensed housing developments in Gilbert poses a threat to attracting insects. This post details how to avoid a potential pest problem and identity the creepy crawlers that are active during the summer months. There are several steps involved to create a bug free yard and avoid a potential pest problem. Firstly, it’s important to eliminate weedy areas, left-over tree limbs, or wood piles. Infestations often occur because of stagnant water or damp cluttered areas. The monsoon season is especially hospitable to insects, so it’s important to attend to irrigation leaks and maintaining areas hospitable to pests. Three of the most invasive bugs include the Arizona bark scorpion, cockroaches, and mosquito’s. Due to their small size and ability to inflict a lethal dose of poison to pets and small children, the Arizona Bark Scorpion is a contender for the most dangerous pest. Bark scorpions are active at night and feed on beetles, crickets, and cockroaches. Having a high concentration of crickets or other small insects is a good indication that bark scorpions are in the area. Fluorescent lights are the best way to spot bark scorpions and prevention resides in sprinkling insecticide dust around crevices where they could potentially hide or enter into a house. Proper backyard maintenance is key to avoid attracting the bark scorpion’s prey and thus inviting them into your house. Common referred to as ‘sewer roaches,’ there are in fact several distinct species of cockroaches that live in Arizona. The two most common roaches that are encountered in Arizona are the Turkestan (aka American roach) and the German, or house roach. The hideous big black roach are the Turkestan, which commonly scurry above ground at night to find water. The smaller house roaches and usually live in houses or apartments in humid locations, such as under the fridge. Especially the German roaches are difficult to destroy since they have become immune to certain poisons and sprays. Applying roach steriliant spray to their potential hiding spots is the best bet with removing them from the apartment or house. Mosquitoes are not nocturnal pests, but they are pesky enough to require mentioning in this list. The various diseases that Mosquitoes can spread – such as West Nile Virus, malaria, and yellow fever- makes them a threat to public health. Active during the morning and evening, mosquitos hover around puddles and drainage from irrigation. Particularly after Monsoons, it’s crucial to ensure that buckets and containers around the yard do not contain stagnant water- which is where mosquitos breed. Furthermore, mosquitos are typically around during the summer and late fall season. Summer bugs can be tough to get rid of. Luckily the friendly staff at Pest’R Us can help you! Give them a call today at...

read more

Scorpions – Eradicate the Little Devils!

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Scorpions | Comments Off on Scorpions – Eradicate the Little Devils!

Scorpions – Eradicate the Little Devils!

In Phoenix, scorpions are common – particularly the Arizona bark scorpion, which can send even the most fearless of men running for cover! These creepy little pests are venomous, so some consider them no less intimidating than snakes. While you may never see one in your home, chances are they’re there, hiding behind the baseboards, in walls, even in your closet or attic. No one wants to grab a pair of shoes out of the closet only to find a scorpion inside, or even worse, find out once you’ve stuck your foot inside! So, what can you do to get rid of scorpions ? Your best bet is to call a professional pest control company, but here are a few ideas if you want to give it a shot yourself: Forget store-bought pesticides. Pesticides you generally use to control ants, flies, wasps and other insects don’t generally work on scorpions. Tighten up your home. Caulk around any cracks, gaps or holes where scorpions can gain entrance into your home, such as around doors, screens and windows. Clean house – REALLY clean house. Not to say you have a dirty home at all, but vacuum and dust in those areas you normally wouldn’t on a regular basis, such as in corners, closets, behind nightstands and dressers. Anywhere you think would be a good hiding place for scorpions should be checked. Keep scorpions at a distance outside to reduce the chances they’ll come inside. Outside your home, try to eliminate stacks of wood, rock piles, trash, bark and other things scorpions like to hide under. The more clear you can keep your property, the less problems you’ll have with scorpions.   It takes a pro to eradicate the little devils! These tips will help you keep scorpions at a distance in your home, but it really takes a professional to eradicate the little devils. Avoid walking through your home barefoot at night, and be cautious. What can the pros do to protect your family from these venomous and creepy little creatures? A blacklight inspection will help determine if you do have a problem such as an infestation. If you do, your pest control specialist will use techniques that get rid of scorpions, which often requires sealing your home, a technique that creates an invisible yet impenetrable barrier. Recognized as one of Arizona’s best exterminating companies, Pest’R Us can stop bugs and spiders in their tracks! The smart thing to do when it comes to scorpions is prevent them from entering your home in the first place. Give us a call today, and let us keep your home and family safe from scorpions as well as other creepy, crawling little...

read more

Are Mosquito’s taking over your Gilbert neighborhood? You’re not alone!

Posted by on April 10, 2017 in How to get rid of Mosquitos, Pest Control in Gilbert AZ | Comments Off on Are Mosquito’s taking over your Gilbert neighborhood? You’re not alone!

Are Mosquito’s taking over your Gilbert neighborhood? You’re not alone!

As we are full swing into April you may have noticed an increase of Mosquito’s in your Gilbert neighborhood. Welcome to Mosquito season! It generally peaks between April and October. Our rainy season has been wonderful, however the outcome of this has been an increase in Mosquito complaints. Did you know that standing and stagnant water can produce hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes if larvas are allowed to stand as little as three days? The mosquito issue is a serious one. In 2016 according to the East Valley Tribune, Yuma County reported its first travel-related case of Zika, the 18th documented case in Arizona. Zika is spread through Aedes aegypi mosquitoes, aggressive daytime biters that are abundant in Maricopa County. They’re especially bothersome in Gilbert and Chandler, which have become breeding “hot spots” according to the article. Maricopa County is also home to an abundance of Culex mosquitoes, night biters that carry the West Nile and St. Louis encephalitis viruses. How to Control Mosquito’s Here are a few tips on how to control mosquito’s breeding around your home: Drain animal watering troughs, birdbaths, pet watering dishes, etc. weekly. Repair water leaks, sprinkler systems or coolers Fill in low spots; control the irrigation in your yards, and drain standing water from buckets and other containers that can collect water on your property. Mosquito’s can breed in even a small cap-full of standing water! Replace outdoor light bulbs with yellow bulbs that are less attractive to mosquitoes. Keep swimming pools treated and circulating Adjust your sprinkler timers to allow enough time for grass to dry out before watering again For more info, the town of Gilbert has put together a mosquito control information page here.   How to Avoid Mosquito Bites When used as directed, insect repellents are a good way to protect yourself and family members from getting sick from mosquito bites. Look for an EPA-registered insect repellent with one of the following ingredients: DEET Picaridin, also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD) IR3535 2-undecanone Also avoid mosquito’s by keeping covered. However, not exactly practical when it’s over 100 degrees out! Pest’R Us Before They Pester You! Need help with a treatment program for mosquito’s? Please can call Pest’R Us at 480-598-9898 for a thorough mosquito inspection of your home and yard and we can put together a treatment program. Don’t let the bugs ruin your...

read more

Scorpions – Is it impossible to kill them?

Posted by on February 9, 2017 in Pest Control, Scorpions, Tempe Pest Control Experts | Comments Off on Scorpions – Is it impossible to kill them?

Scorpions – Is it impossible to kill them?

Let’s face it, no one likes to see a scorpion in their house! In Arizona scorpions can be a big issue for homeowners. Certain neighborhoods have ‘pocket’s of them, while others don’t. However, where there is one, chance are there are many. For the do-it yourself folks there are some techniques that we have found that can work. First, do you really have them? Scorpions are hard to find, especially during the day when they aren’t active. Look for scorpions at night. Get a black lightbulb from the store and use it in your flashlight. Shine on the walls, corners, hidden areas under furniture, around BBQ’s and other crevices. Their exoskeletons will glow in the black light. You may even find babies in the grass with this light. They will glow a bright green when under the light. Second, move quick to kill them. Use a blunt object and hit them. As gross as it sounds, you will have to pierce their Exoskeleton with a tool. You can also try setting out sticky traps that you would use to capture mice or roaches. Another option is to try diatomaceous earth, the tiny shards of fossil effectively pierce scorpions’ exoskeletons when they happen to scuttle over the powder. Scorpions tend to play dead. Never pick one up with your bare hands even if you are sure you killed it. Third, remove their food sources. If you have scorpions it will be difficult to control them if they have an abundant source of other insects to eat around your house. Keep your house clean, sprinkling boric acid or diatomaceous earth along baseboards, and using insecticide are all ways you can eliminate pests. Scorpions are attracted to moisture. Make sure none of your pipes are leaking, check bathrooms for damp spots and keep your pool towels put away! Scorpions can be tough to get rid of. Luckily the staff at Pest’R Us can help you with the scorpion problem. Give them a call at...

read more

Arizona weather extremes sends the bugs packing – Indoors that is!

Posted by on December 2, 2016 in Cockroaches | Comments Off on Arizona weather extremes sends the bugs packing – Indoors that is!

Arizona weather extremes sends the bugs packing – Indoors that is!

From the hot summer days to the chilly evenings of Arizona, creepy critters such as cockroaches head inside. Did you know that there are at least 20 different species of cockroaches in Arizona? But don’t worry there are probably about 10 that are native and rarely encountered in the urban environment. However, one cockroach is too much to tolerate! Here are a couple tips to help keep them away. Obviously don’t feed the roaches! What we mean by this is to keep crumbs and food particles cleaned up, sweep routinely after cooking, and never abandon food on counter tops. Close up the cracks. Roaches can find there way in through the smallest opening. Seal gaps around pipes flexible caulk, as well as patch any cracks and crevices you find around the house. Roaches also love water and it’s not uncommon to see them sneaking up the drains in the bathroom. Keep drains closed and water wiped up. You can’t kill what you can’t find – How to find them. Most cockroaches are nocturnal and appear during daylight only when disturbed or where there is a heavy infestation. You can find them in warm areas of your home, in cracks around, under or inside cupboards and cabinets; where pipes or electrical wiring pass along or through a wall; behind window or door frames, loose baseboards or molding strips; under tables and chairs; in upholstered furniture; in bathrooms; in radio and TV cabinets; and in motor compartments of refrigerators, washing machines and other appliances. It is important to know where cockroaches are hiding in your home because these are the locations that must be cleaned. How to Get Rid of Roaches in your Home Adhesive-based traps Poisonous roach baits Hire an Exterminator – Call Pest’R Us for great rates & speedy services. If you are killing the roaches yourself be sure and read the directions on the products that apply, as they may be harmful to pets and...

read more

Bed Bugs – Even Clean Homes Can Have This Problem

Posted by on November 3, 2016 in Bed Bugs | Comments Off on Bed Bugs – Even Clean Homes Can Have This Problem

Bed Bugs – Even Clean Homes Can Have This Problem

Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs are not just in big cities or third-world countries. Did you know one out of five Americans have had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel. Having a bed bug infestation in your home doesn’t mean that your home is dirty! Bed bugs can be brought into your home without you even realizing it. Bed beds are usually blamed on travel and dirty hotels and even dirty homes. However, that is not always the case. If you purchase second-hand furniture or even a second hand mattress you could bring in hitch hiking bed bugs and not even know it! Bed bugs are a growing problem and the professionals at Pest’R Us have been treating homes for bed bugs problems in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe and other areas throughout the Valley. So what do those gross creatures do and look like? You can check it out here. Do you have Bed bugs and how to tell if you have bed bugs? The first sign of bed bugs may be red, itchy bites on the skin, usually on the arms or shoulders. Bed bugs tend to leave straight rows of bites, unlike some other insects that leave bites here and there. Look also for these other signs: The bugs themselves, especially along the seams of mattresses. Tiny bloodstains on sheets and mattresses. Dark spots of insect waste where bedbugs might crawl into hiding places on furniture, walls, and floors. How do you get rid of bed bugs? Bed bugs are hard to kill. They hide in cracks and crevices in the mattress, bed frame, and box spring. They hide well and come out right before dawn. Just the thought of these blood sucking villeins hiding in your room and mattress is enough to make anyone want to get rid of them. You can try washing and then drying items that show bed bug evidence in a dryer on a hot setting. However The best way to kill bed bugs and take care of the problem before it becomes a full out infestation is to hire a professional exterminator. Call the pros at Pest’R Us...

read more

Ahwatukee Hit Hard by Scorpions

Posted by on August 25, 2016 in Scorpions | Comments Off on Ahwatukee Hit Hard by Scorpions

Scorpion problems surface! Calls for scorpion removals are up throughout the Valley because of weather conditions including a wetter-than-average monsoon, said Eric Papadeas of Pest‘R Us Exterminating. But Ahwatukee, in particular, seems to have been hit hard by the eight-legged arachnids, he said. Find out more about what is causing this scorpion problem from Eric at Pest’R Us! CBS 5 –...

read more

Bed Bugs – Address the problem before it’s too late!

Posted by on July 29, 2016 in Bed Bugs | Comments Off on Bed Bugs – Address the problem before it’s too late!

Bed Bugs – Address the problem before it’s too late!

Bed bug infestations spread rapidly. And contrary to popular belief, bed bugs are not just in big cities or emerging countries. If you are a renter in Arizona and discover a bed bug problem in your unit, the owner must address this problem. Not sure if you really do have bed bugs? They can be difficult to spot, however there are clear signs. Take a look at one of our earlier posts on what these nasty critters look like. Arizona is one of the few states in the nation, which has passed laws about how to address the bed bug problem. If you suspect your apartment has bed bugs don’t wait! There are very specific “bed bug rules” under Arizona law, which both the landlord and tenant must follow. Infestations may have already spread to more than one apartment, and your managers must bring in a licensed professional to assess and treat the problem. Pest’R Us is a licensed and Insured Pest Exterminating company in Arizona that has years of experience in pest control services, including organic pest control. Servicing Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Tempe, and surrounding areas, they are the choice for dependable and professional services. One of the Best Pest Control Companies in Arizona – Call Us First:...

read more

It’s Almost Summer Again – Don’t Let Pests Get the Best of You!

Posted by on June 3, 2016 in Pest Control, Pest Control in Gilbert AZ | Comments Off on It’s Almost Summer Again – Don’t Let Pests Get the Best of You!

It’s Almost Summer Again – Don’t Let Pests Get the Best of You!

Summer is just around the corner which means that all of the fun you’ve been dreaming of all winter long can come abruptly to a halt. Funny how over a few short months you forget about the battle with ants, scorpions, bees, spiders, and other little “pests” that can cause big headaches! If you live in Gilbert or nearby areas you don’t have to put up with stinging bugs, biting ants – and you DON’T have to put on a suit of armor or spray yourself down with bug goop to go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Of course, bugs don’t let walls or brick stop them. Ants and cockroaches will march right inside as if they own the place, and spiders “sneak” their way in as well. You can try the sprays and other products, but are they safe, and how long will the little pests stay away? Probably for about the amount of time it takes for the spray to evaporate or dry, which isn’t long. Why battle bugs all spring and summer when you can have professionals take care of it once and for all? For many people with arachnophobia, a spider may as well be a 12-foot-long snake from the Florida Everglades – it’s just as scary! Ants are happy to invade your kitchen counter tops when spring arrives, and scorpions . . . well, scorpions seem to be an entirely different species, one you want to avoid at all costs. Sure, there are all kinds of sprays, granules and other products on the market designed to fight pests, and a do-it-yourself approach is fine for a temporary fix. However, when you want to get rid of ants, cockroaches or other creepy crawly things for good, it’s important to have a Tempe pest control professional take care of it for you. Spring and summer months in the East Valley area of Arizona is when you want to enjoy the great outdoors, have a cookout with friends or family, just sit and relax in the backyard taking in the sunshine and fresh air – but bugs can spoil it all! At Pests ‘R Us, we’ve been in the business of controlling all things creepy crawly for more than 16 years, and enjoy an A+ rating with the BBB. Call us today for all of your pest control...

read more

New to the Southwest? This might surprise you!

Posted by on March 31, 2016 in Pest Control, Pest Control Clients, Scorpions | Comments Off on New to the Southwest? This might surprise you!

New to the Southwest? This might surprise you!

Have you recently moved to Arizona from another state? If you’re new to the Southwest you may be surprised first by the hot weather (triple digits), then the monsoon season and dust storms, and let’s not forget the creepy bugs to be found around your yard and home! Arizona’s dry climate is home to scorpions, crickets, biting ants, spiders, beetles, bees and more. Did you know that there are 60 species of Scorpions unique to Arizona! Scorpions are one of those pests that can be hard to find. It’s also interesting that there are pockets of these critters in neighborhoods. Some areas have an abundance of scorpions and some don’t. To my friends and family now that I’m living in Arizona… This funny video shows how a homeowner hunts scorpions with the ‘tools of the trade’. While you can use homegrown techniques to find and kill scorpions, it’s not recommended. The only way to protect your home and property from Scorpions is with a pest control company that has experience with Scorpions. Cicada’s and All That Racket When monsoon season is upon us you will hear the song of Cicada. You might even see a few fly from the trees and at that point you’ll think they are flying cockroaches. But don’t worry; Cicada’s are good for your yard. They are only present for a short season and the noise is actually their mating call! Learn more about Cicadas in Arizona here. For new transplants from cooler states, the first year or so of the hot weather can be overwhelming. Be sure and take it slow in the summer, avoid the heat, and drink lots of water. If you need reliable, friendly pest control services, give Pest’R Us a call. They have a reputation as “one of the...

read more