Here’s why our Integrated Pest Management approach works

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.

We dealt with this rodent burrow as part of our pest control in Phoenix, AZ.

This rodent burrow on a local property here in Phoenix is a good example of a pest finding shelter near a home.

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:

Physical entry

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.

Our home sealing service can help seal pests out, blocking them from getting into your home in the first place.

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.

Pesticide

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.

When you have a problem with ants, enlist the help of an expert

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.

At KY-KO, we can help treat ants and an ant infestation in your home.

Call KY-KO when you’re dealing with ants in your Valley home.

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!

Termite warranty: Why you need one with your termite service

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.

A termite warranty can help protect your home against termite reinfestation months or years down the road.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.

How to avoid bringing bed bugs home with you while you’re traveling

Bed bugs are the last thing you want to worry about during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but if you don’t exercise caution while staying in motels and hotels during your travel, you may very well find yourself arriving back home with a few hitchhikers.

Thankfully, there are a few tips you can use to check your hotel rooms for the invaders and steps you can take to prevent them from getting into your luggage and other belongings. In this blog, we’ll run through some ways you can avoid bringing bed bugs home with you while out-of-town.

Signs of bed bugsDon’t get complacent

Contrary to popular beliefs, bed bugs are not limited to cheaper or low-grade establishments. Bed bugs don’t really have a sense of class; they’re after human blood, which is the same to them regardless of how expensive the room was. Whether you’re staying somewhere on a budget or you’re sparing no expense at a posh resort getaway, you can encounter bed bugs during your winter travel.

Inspect your surroundings carefully for signs of bed bugs by doing the following before you sit down, lay down, or unpack:

  • Check mattresses and bedding for tiny, dark-colored stains and eggs or shells
  • Examine the headboard and beneath the mattress if at all possible
  • Look over couches, end tables, and other furniture as a precaution

Be mindful of your belongings

Instead of unpacking your things into the available dresser drawers or leaving suitcases on the floor, try to keep your luggage up off of the floor by putting in on a collapsable rack, or on the tile in the bathroom.

Here’s another thing: you can actually pack in such a way to protect your belongings from bed bugs:

  • Use hard, not soft, suitcases
  • Wrap cloth items in plastic, or even entire bags if possible within airline regulations
  • Choose lightly colored luggage for easier bed bug detection

In order to be on the safe side, wash and dry your clothing as soon as possible after your trip, without leaving time for anything that may have hitched a ride to escape out into your living space. High heat is great for killing off any bed bugs that may have attached themselves to your clothes, so a laundry cycle is a simple yet effective way to protect yourself.

These precautions might seem over-the-top, but they’ll go a long way to helping you avoid bringing bed bugs home home with you from vacation.

Trust the experts

Despite all of your best efforts to avoid bringing bed bugs home with you, infestations still happen. Bed bugs are notoriously hardy, stubborn pests that look for any way to travel and spread. When in doubt, calling in the professionals from KY-KO is the surest way to identify whether or not you are dealing with bed bugs.

KY-KO Pest Prevention thoroughly evaluates your home for signs of the insects and eradicates any infestation entirely. Contact us today for a free inspection.

Why sealing your home is an effective way to keep pests out

No one wants pests like roaches, ants, and scorpions in their house. But once these creatures find a way in, it can be challenging to get rid of them—and your house won’t feel quite so much like home until you find an effective pest control solution. If you don’t want to deal with an infestation, consider sealing your house so that these unwanted intruders can’t find their way in.

For more on home sealing, contact us here at KY-KO Pest Prevention. We offer expert pest prevention services and consultation throughout the Phoenix metro area.

Why sealing your home is an effective way to keep pests out

Once pests get into your home, they’re good at finding places to hide, such as walls, baseboards, and other crevices. This can make getting rid of them a lengthy process. A better (and simpler) option is to have a professional seal your home, preventing them from coming inside in the first place.

Pests are opportunistic. They invade people’s houses in search of comfortable temperatures, food, and water. If they can’t find a way into your house, they’ll most likely move on in search of other shelter.

Here in the Valley, this is especially true for bark scorpions. As predators, scorpions will only invade your home in search of prey and water. If neither is there and there are no easy pathways in your home, you’re going to see a lot less scorpions in coming summers.

What you can expect when you have your home sealed

Many people don’t realize just how many points of entry their home has for pests. Small cracks around doors, windows, and the foundation can all let unwanted bugs in. Attics, basements, and crawl spaces are also high-risk areas for pest invasions.

As part of our home seal, we’ll take a look at your home and identify all the potential trouble spots that could let pests in. After that, we’ll go through a comprehensive 25-step home sealing process to close off these openings. From your attic to your basement, we’ll lock bugs out of your house to give you better peace of mind.

Older homes are often at greatest risk for pest infestations, but newer buildings aren’t necessarily safe, either. If you’re building a new house, our team of technicians can seal it during the construction process, keeping it bug-free from day one. It’s never too early to think about protecting your home from pests!

What are the other benefits of sealing?

A home seal is a long-lasting, permanent solution to pest problems. It can be effective at deterring pests in concert with insecticides, or done without it for an insecticide-free means of pest prevention. Plus, some aspects of the home seal can actually save you money: by reducing cracks, openings, and other gaps in your home’s insulated layer, you’ll boost your energy-efficiency in the summer and winter.

Call us today for a free pest inspection

KY-KO Pest Prevention is Phoenix’s premier home sealing and pest control company. If you’re interested in having your home sealed or learning about our other pest control services, get in contact with us to schedule your free inspection.