No matter what time of year it is, your home is susceptible to unwanted visitors. That’s right: we’re talking about bugs, pests, creepy-crawlies, and whatever else you call them. There you are, minding your own business in the comfort of your home, when you turn a corner and see a roach on the wall! Even worse are the unwanted bees or scorpions that tend to pay Arizonans a visit around this time of year. You want a pest-free home. How do you get there?
You may be tempted to buy a cheap bottle of pesticide and a few sticky traps at the hardware store and call it good. Before you jump to a do-it-yourself (DIY) solution, learn why you should really call a professional pest control company to come out and inspect your home. KY-KO Pest Prevention is a leader in the pest control industry, and we’re ready to help you say goodbye to pests.
DIY pest control? Try these options instead
A store-bought bottle of pesticide may keep the bugs at bay temporarily, but they won’t stay away for long. Additionally, you’ll have to keep buying pesticide monthly to continually protect your home. That’s if the pesticide actually stops the pest infestation; most of the time, it will not. That’s partially because most DIY homeowners spray around their homes and sometimes inside, but they don’t always have the insider knowledge as to how, where, and when to spray. Our technicians have expert knowledge and certified skills to spray your home the right way. Call KY-KO today to get started!
Even if you’re working with a professional company, you can take your own measures to ensure your home stays safe and clean. First, you can check all doors that lead to the home’s exterior and make sure the bottom seal sits flush against the ground. If you see pockets of light at the bottom of your doors, you’re looking at an open doorway for bugs to crawl through. Seal the edges and bottoms of your doorways to prevent bugs from walking right inside.
Second, you can purchase sticky traps, hanging fly traps, or pest catchers as an extra, preventative measure around your home, especially during the hot, dry season. While you don’t necessarily need these extra precautions if you’re working with a professional pest control company, you can purchase a few traps if it brings you peace of mind. A second level of protection is never a bad idea!
Finally, keep your home clean, especially your floors. By keeping your floors free of food, sticky spills, and messes, you’re leaving no room for a bug to hide and little for them to eat. Many spiders, scorpions, and roaches like hiding in messes or under a pile of trash or laundry. Clean your home regularly, and you’ll ward off those pests. If you’re worried about bed bugs, have one of our technicians come out to inspect your bedrooms.
The benefits of going pro
When you choose a professional company, you’re choosing the best in care, comfort, and customer service. Why wake up on a Saturday and spend an hour or two spraying your house and protecting it from bugs? Leave that job to us! Here are just a few benefits of hiring the professionals at KY-KO Pest Prevention:
- We do more than just pest control: We are pest control experts, yes, but that may not convey all the services we offer. Unlike many Valley pest control companies, we also handle pigeons, bees, roof rats, and weeds! A pest control company does more than just spray down the outside of your home. We handle a wide variety of home problems and have the proper tools and equipment to take care of your needs!
- We offer home-sealing services: KY-KO is the only company in Phoenix to employ a full-time crew dedicated to home sealing. Our 25-step process includes locating potential entry points in your home, blocking those points from unwanted pests, and sealing them off for good!
- We are certified and highly recommended: Don’t just take our word for it—read the hundreds of reviews from happy customers! We’re a trusted, well-known company with dedicated to providing you with excellent service. You may be able to eliminate a few bugs with your own DIY solutions, but—with a professional company—your home will receive the maintenance and pest-free security it deserves.
Enjoy summer the right way—with a pest-free home!
Instead of spending your summer stressing about pests or buying more ineffective sticky traps every weekend, call KY-KO Pest Prevention and have our pest professionals take care of your home and family! From termites to tarantulas and beetles to birds, we can handle any and all of your home pest needs!
There’s the easy way of doing things, and then there’s the right way of doing things. When it comes to pest control in Phoenix, AZ, KY-KO Pest Prevention believes in the latter. Thanks to our Integrated Pest Management approach that looks at your home and pest management holistically, we are able to use less insecticide, making for a safer and more environmentally friendly approach to pest control.
In this article, we’ll review our strategic approach to fighting pests, and what makes us the Valley’s trusted name in environmentally safe pest control.
Our Integrated Pest Management approach
Many homeowner’s first instinct is to grab a store-bought can of pesticide, go to town, and then call our team in for help when that approach (inevitably) doesn’t work. In a vast majority of cases for a majority of pests found here in the Valley, a chemical-only approach is only going to get you so far. Insecticides only kill off the current population, and they often do not have lasting effects. Their impact on tougher pests like bark scorpions in marginal at best. If you want to truly defeat pests, you need a strategy.
That’s where KY-KO comes into the picture. Our pest technicians have years of experience helping homeowners banish pests from their home. It’s not just spray-and-pray, either. Here are just some of the factors we consider when developing a pest management plan for your home:
All pests, from large ones like roof rats and pigeons to the smallest termites, need a point of entry into your home. In many cases, blocking pest entry can be a very effective means of keeping pests outside. For roof rats, this means checking the mesh over weep-holes; for a termite infestation, we’ll need to trench to block access to the foundation of your home.
Many homeowners with scorpion problems would be surprised at the relative ease with which scorpions simply waltzed into their home. Pests can fit into amazing tight spaces—block those and, when paired with the other strategies on this list, you’re on the path to a pest-free future.
Our home sealing services is a way of addressing all physical entry points in one service. We highly recommend it for both new home builds and current homes.
Water, food, and shelter denial
Pests enter your home seeking one, two, or all of those things. Deny it to them, and chances are that they’ll be deterred from staying in your home. Again, the strategy here will depend on the pest and your home. Take roof rats, for instance: these rodents love citrus trees. We’ll advise that you pick up dropped citrus as soon as possible and trim branches that reach to the roof. You’ll also want to stow pet food and water inside, and remove common nesting places like overgrown bushes or stacked lumber.
Roaches are trickier. A clean home can help by cutting off their access to food. Deal with roaches and crickets, and you’ll also deny bark scorpions—their predator—a meal. Pigeons are looking for shelter on your roof—some spikes installed by our team are a humane way of deterring them from keeping your roof as a landing spot.
In fact, the only pest you can’t cut off food to is termites and bed bugs. The former are after your home, the latter are after your blood. That brings us to the third pillar of our strategy.
When paired with other means of getting rid of pests, strategic application of pesticides can be a good way to set up barriers and kill of current populations. Here’s what makes KY-KO different from a lot of others who do pest control in Phoenix, AZ: we spray judiciously and in a way that’s mindful of the impact of insecticide.
All of the EPA-approved pest control solutions we use are fast-drying and safe to be around after they have dried. Your pest technician will give you appropriate time ranges for each and let you know how long you should keep pets and children away form the targeted area. When possible and depending on the pest, we may only need to spray around the perimeter of the home or in a very specific area.
Trust the company with a plan: KY-KO
Where companies that just spray for insects fail, KY-KO Pest Prevention succeeds. Not only do we get rid of the current pest problem, but our holistic, multifaceted approach to pest control helps prevent future infestations. It’s right there in our name: prevention.
If you suspect you have pests or want to learn more about our home sealing service, give us a call today. We offer free pest inspections here in the Phoenix metro area.
Ants are a common pest here in the Phoenix area. In some Valley neighborhoods, underground ant settlements may be older and larger than the housing tracts built on top of them. This means that ant infestation, and re-infestation, may be common—occurring as often as every summer. Ants are able to squeeze into any space and quickly take over your home. When an ant army invades, you need professional pest control services from our team here at KY-KO Pest Prevention.
In this article, we’ll outline the many reasons you should enlist the aid of a pest control professional to help with your ant problem. To schedule pest control services here in the Valley, contact our team online, or give us a call at (480) 964-8900.
Store-bought sprays aren’t going to work
Ants cannot be defeated by store-bought remedies. First, spraying for ants is a relatively ineffective way to deal with them: in most cases, as long as the queen survives deep underground, the ant infestation is nowhere near to over. Pesticides won’t carry that deep into ant tunnels. Even if all the ants on the surface in your home are killed, a new group will rise from deep in the ant burrows to re-infest your home, starting the whole problem all over again.
You need an all-around strategy
The pest technicians at KY-KO can help you craft a winning strategy in your war against the ant invaders. First, we’ll help you figure out how to better deny the ants access to water and food—the two things they’re after in your home. Second, we’ll develop a solution that works for your home to attempt to kill the queen. In many cases, this involves a slow-acting food poison that the ants carry back to the queen deep in the burrows, but then kills her after she eats it. No queen, no more ants.
Finally, we’ll help you block obvious ant pathways into your home, preventing a new queen and more ants from returning for more next summer.
Save money and hassle
Dealing with ants is no joke: we’ve seen families literally chased out of their homes by an infestation. In such cases, you want help from the professionals—fast. That’s why KY-KO Pest Prevention is the right choice to deal with an ant infestation. We can save you the hassle and headache of having to fight ants by yourself. Because we know what works and what doesn’t, you don’t have to waste money on a trial-and-error of many different pesticides and so-called “ant-killers.”
Trust in our Owner’s Pride Guarantee
We back our pest control services with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. You can rest easy knowing that our team will handle the ant problem in a fast and effective manner. Our certified technicians are ready to tackle any ant issue—no matter how severe the infestation is.
Don’t let ants ruin your summer
Dealing with ants and other pests can get overwhelming, but you don’t have to tackle the problem on your own. To learn more about how to remedy your ant infestation, contact our team here at KY-KO Pest Prevention. Don’t forget: we offer free pest inspections here in Phoenix!
For homes that have had termites before, the battle isn’t over yet. Termites are stubborn recolonizers. There’s a saying here in Arizona: there are two types of homes, those that have had termites and those that will get them. We’d add a third type of home: those that had termites and now have them again. This is why you need a termite warranty that will protect your home years after service.
At KY-KO Pest Prevention, we offer 1-year termite warranties by default with our termite service. Whether it’s the first time or you suspect termites are back, give us a call for termite treatment. We offer free termite inspections here in the Valley, and our termite experts can give you an honest assessment of any termite activity in, around, or near your home.
Return of the termites
Almost everything termites do is based off of pheromones released by other termites. If you’ve had termite activity in your home in the past, that odor-based form of advertisement is still going to remain up even after you’ve wiped out the original colonizers. Plus, if some termite tubes remain intact, there’s already a pre-built highway for new termites to get where they want to go.
This is often why Phoenix-area homes see renewed termite activity in the months or years following their original termite service.
Preventing a termite comeback
If you want to keep termites from re-colonizing, there’s a few steps you can take to help reduce your risk:
- Hire the right pest control team: A good termite team—such as the one here at KY-KO Pest Prevention—is going to do the job right, which includes going the extra mile in indoor and outdoor treatment to not only wipe out existing termites, but discourage termites from returning.
- Ask about sealing entry points: Desert subterranean termites typically build tubes up through the dirt and onto the foundation of the home in an attempt to gain entry. However, ask your KY-KO technician about other points of the home that you can seal. Home sealing is a great way to prevent all kinds of pests from getting in the living spaces and attic of your home.
- Remain vigilant: Regularly check the exterior foundation of your home for termite tubes. Take a peek inside the attic to look for any activity or tubes between support beams. When in doubt, call KY-KO for a free termite inspection.
What are the benefits of a termite warranty?
A termite warranty is a good investment, not just in practical terms, but for your peace of mind as a homeowner. Realistically, a termite treatment can only last so long—while we use an effective process and EPA-approved chemical for our treatment, its power will eventually begin to fade as the years go on. A warranty protects you against an early return by termites.
With a warranty, any renewed termite activity will mean you can have your home retreated at no extra cost to you.
Take the stress out of the unknown
At KY-KO Pest Prevention, we offer a 1-year warranty by default with all of our termite treatments. We pride ourselves on making sure you can enjoy your home worry-free once our service is completed. Want even more peace of mind? You can extend that warranty by up to 5 years for an additional cost.
Contact us today to discuss your free termite inspection. If we find any signs of renewed termite activity, we can get your house treated and warrantied as soon as possible, so you can get back to living your life without the added stress of termites.