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.

Why great pest technicians matter (and why you should hire the best!)

When you see signs of a pest infestation on your property, you might think about dealing with the problem yourself. While a do-it-yourself work ethic is great for building your own furniture or cleaning your drains, you should leave your pest control to the great pest technicians at KY-KO Pest Prevention.

Here are a few reasons why good pest control technicians matter when it comes to safely and reliably removing the pests from your property. For great pest technicians here in the Phoenix metro, contact our team!

If you want great pest technicians here in Phoenix, call KY-KO Pest!They have access to professional and reliable products

The average homeowner only has access to pest control products available at the local supermarket or home improvement store. Professional pest technicians, on the other hand, have access to professional-grade products that are known to get rid of pests reliably.

Additionally, many professional-grade pest control products have a reputation for being safer (for both pets and humans) than many over-the-counter pest control products.

They know how to locate pest access points

There are many different ways pests can enter your home. Some may be obvious, while others may be all but invisible to the human eye. Fortunately, our pest control techs are trained to identify common access points pests use to get into your home. From underneath doors to gaps in the foundation, we can identify where pests are getting in.

Once these access points are identified, great pest technicians can target them and focus on closing them off to pests. This will reduce pest entry into your home.

They can identify the underlying cause of your infestation

Exterminators are trained to figure out the root cause of an infestation. They will inspect your home to not only find where the pests or rodents are located, but figure out why and how they’re getting into your home in the first place.

Once the source of the problem is identified, great pest technicians will suggest steps you can take to prevent future return infestations. This can include further checkups or a recommendation for home sealing.

They know how to safely apply pesticides

All pesticides are toxic. That’s why it’s imperative to know how to apply them safely and correctly to minimize the risk of harm to people and pets. Pest control technicians know how to properly apply pesticides to minimize risk of harm while maximizing effectiveness.

For great pest technicians here in Phoenix, call KY-KO!

Getting rid of pests is nearly impossible on your own, but a skilled pest control tech can help. To schedule a free inspection, call or contact KY-KO Pest Prevention today.

Why summer is Arizona Bark Scorpion season in the Valley

Summers in Phoenix bring more to the Valley than just extremely hot temperatures; they are also the prime pest season for scorpions. Scorpion season is a big challenge for homeowners, especially because scorpions are difficult to eradicate with insecticides alone.

Bark ScorpionThe good news is that you don’t have to settle for unwanted guests during scorpion season. With a little know-how and some help from the professionals at KY-KO Pest Prevention, you can protect your home and family from a scorpion infestation. Contact us today.

Get to know your enemy this scorpion season

It’s a good idea to know your enemy. Here’s what you need to know about the Arizona Bark Scorpion:

  • They are the most common and most venomous scorpions found in the United States.
  • They are nocturnal creatures that like to hide under rocks, in wood piles, and around other areas where they can remain undetected before they become active after dark.
  • They are relatively small, between two and three inches in length, and the females are smaller than the males.
  • They are not aggressive and sting in self-defense when they feel threatened.
  • They are social creatures and hibernate in small packs during the colder months.
  • Their sting is rarely fatal, but they can be life-threatening to infants, the elderly, and people who are allergic to them.

For more facts, read our blog, 5 facts about the Arizona Bark Scorpion.

Stop the intrusion

Arizona Bark Scorpions can be tricky to get rid of because they are well-protected by their exoskeletons and are experts at hiding. They tend to come inside during the hottest months of the year to search for food, mainly crickets, roaches, and spiders, and water, which can be scarce, even during monsoon season. (READ: Signs of scorpions near your home)

Not only can they hide, these scorpions are also climbers. It is not unusual to see scorpions climbing walls or crawling across a ceiling, which is a sight most homeowners would not welcome.

Insecticides alone are not enough to remove them, so you should take a multi-faceted approach to pest control. A thorough inspection of your home can identify their entry points as well as the extent of the problem.

We have the solution to your scorpion problems

KY-KO Pest offers home sealing services, including caulking, weather-stripping, and more to keep them out of your house. We also offer pest control services to rid your home of the pests that scorpions like to eat.

To get started, or to schedule your free scorpion inspection, contact KY-KO Pest to see how we can help you protect your home this Arizona Bark Scorpion season.

What to do when you have ants in your home

Once you see ants in your home, it’s likely they’ll keep coming back unless you destroy the nest. Your home represents food and water to these pests.

Getting rid of ants isn’t always a simple process. You’ll want to know what species of ant you are dealing with. Carpenter ants can be mistaken for termites. Both like to nest in the wood, but it takes a different approach to exterminate the colony.

Those tiny black ants are looking for water and food sources, but rarely nest inside the home. In this blog, we’ll review the best steps to take to deal with an ant infestation. Contact KY-KO Pest Prevention to get started.

Figure out why you have an ant problem

The ants you see are the ones who leave the nest. The queen is the one who lays the eggs. She never leaves the nest. If you only treat the ants you see, you never treat the source. Don’t spray the ants you see but trail them back to their colony. These worker ants are your ticket to getting the queen.

Use the worker ants to take ant bait back to the colony. You might be inclined to clean up the ant trail, but don’t do that. Use the trail to lead ants to your bait. Clean up any other food sources that the ants might use. The workers take the bait back to the colony which then eliminates the queen.

This may take a few days or even weeks, depending on how large the colony is. Professional pest management can help you find a thorough and effective solution for the type of ant you have.

Keep ants out

To keep ants from invading your home, make it difficult for them to find food. Sweep daily, making sure to get crumbs at the baseboards and in between cracks and crevices. Remove your trash. Wipe down all surfaces. Check all sinks for leaks and make repairs.

Work with a pest management professional to seal up entry points into your home to keep ants out. KY-KO Pest Prevention technicians are certified, fully-trained professionals who offer free inspections to help you find a solution for your ant infestation. Get more information about pest control when you call our office at (480) 964-8900.