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!

The return: what to do when termites come back and re-infest your home

To call termites “pests” is simultaneously truth and an understatement. Most pests are simply dirty—you simply don’t want them in your home. Termites, on the other hand, are destructive on a whole other level: left unchecked, they can destroy your home. As another kick in the shins, a home that has been previously infested by termites is at higher risk for re-infestation. That’s when termites come back for round two.

When termites come back, check roof beams in your attic like this one.

When termites come back for another meal at your expense, call the pros at KY-KO Pest.

In this article, we’ll review the early warning signs of a termite comeback, and what homeowners who have previously had termites need to know. If you suspect that termites have returned, you need an expert by your side. Call KY-KO Pest Prevention for a free termite inspection and termite treatment services here in Mesa and the Phoenix metro.

What you can do to prevent re-infestation

There are several ways in which you can prevent termites from returning. For one, you can remove soil-to-wood contact around your home. Make sure storm drains empty a few feet away from the foundation of your home. Also, eliminate other sources of excess moisture.

During swarming season (typically spring), keep outdoor lights off at night. If you need outdoor lighting, relocate lights to recessed areas of the home and away from doors and windows, as light attracts termites.

These are not guarantees that you’ll avoid a termite re-infestation. But, they do help, and they represent small things that homeowners can do on a regular basis.

Early warning signs of re-infestation

The key to preventing re-infestation is being proactive. By maintaining a termite protection plan and checking your home on a periodic basis for termite damage, you can spot a potential issue before it becomes a full-fledged problem.

Be on the active lookout for the most-common signs of termite activity:

  • Hollowed or damaged wood
  • Blisters in wood flooring
  • Mud tubes
  • Termite droppings
  • Discarded wings

If you’ve had termites before, you might know what some of these signs look like, or where the infestation was centered before. Check that space (foundations, attic, and more) again to make sure that termites haven’t returned to the same place.

Here’s the bad news: if you notice any of the above signs, a swarm is likely already present. However, you may have caught them early. It’s time to call in the pros.

What to do when termites return

When termites want to become your destructive tenants again, you need to do what you did when you discovered them in the first place: contact KY-KO Pest Prevention for our termite control services.

When you work with our termite removal company, the first thing we will do is inspect your home to determine the extent of the problem. We will also look for the presence of other factors that may influence cost and treatment options.

Next, we will treat both the soil surrounding your home and the home’s structure itself. Finally, we will create a barrier around your home to keep termites from reaching your home via underground tunnels.

Call KY-KO when termites come back

If you suspect that you have termites or if you’ve had them before, contact our company for a free inspection.

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.