Looking to keep pests away? Here are 4 surprisingly pest-repelling plants

Summer heralds the arrival of heat in the Valley—as well as a variety of pests, including moths, flies, crickets, and mosquitoes. These pests are not just a nuisance, they also pose a great health hazard. The pests harbor a lot of different diseases that can be transferred to humans. Therefore, you should not treat the arrival of these uninvited guests lightly. Getting rid of the pests should be your number one priority.

4 Best Pest Repellant PlantsYou can eliminate these pests from your home in many ways. Calling in a pest control expert is probably the best way. However, there are different ways you can get rid of the pesky little creatures. For a more green way to remove pests from the house, you should consider placing pest-repellant plants inside or around the house.

1. Venus Flytrap

The Venus Flytrap grows in humid and damp areas. The plant eats insects including flies and mosquitoes. Insects get attracted to the taste sweet smelling sap.

Once the insect settles down, the plant quickly shuts the jaws trapping the insect. You can plant these inside the home to get rid of gnats, black flies, and mosquitoes. The plants can grow to about 6 inches tall.

These plants can be difficult to grow at times, but the results are worth it.

2. Marigolds

Marigolds do not just improve the landscape—they also repel mosquitoes. The distinct smell of the plant keeps mosquitoes away. You can plant marigolds near entry points such as windows, doors, balconies, and porches.

You can buy a starter plant from your local nursery or plant a seed. An added bonus to gardeners is that the plants prevent insects from preying on tomato plants.

3. Lavender

Another great insect repellent plant is lavender. Placing dried lavenders in the wardrobe will prevent moths from dining on your clothes. The plant also repels gnats and mosquitoes.

Apart from repelling insects, the plant also has a lovely smell that is restful and encourages relaxation. You should place the plants near doors, windows, and outdoor entertainment areas.

4. Herbs

Herbs can provide dual benefits. They can offer you fresh spices and also keep pests away. Herbs can also be added to dishes to improve their taste. The herbs should be planted outside near the points of entry. Make sure that you plant the herbs in nitrogen rich soil and consider harvesting the plants weekly.

Other pest-repelling plants

The above are just a few of the best pest-repelling plants. You should consider heading to your local plant nursery to find out other options available to prevent pests from making your home their own. If you have pets inside the house, you should remember to ask whether they are safe for them to eat and interact with.

When pest-repelling plants don’t cut it, call KY-KO Pest Prevention

There are some pests, of course, that aren’t going to be deterred by plants in your garden. The Arizona Bark Scorpion, for instance, doesn’t really care about lavender or marigolds. And the cockroach is probably okay with entering your home either way.

For professional pest control services in Arizona, you should contact KY-KO Pest Prevention.

Our licensed and certified pest control experts will make use of the most safe and effective techniques to get rid of pests from your house. We have been serving the area with complete sincerity and integrity for more than a decade.

The health hazards of a pigeon infestation at your home or business

Pigeon InfestationMost people do not tolerate a mouse living in the attic, but they tend to turn a blind eye towards pigeons that flock in the group over the roof. However, the fact is, in terms of damage and health risk, both the pests are similar.

In recent years, there has been a marked increase in the pigeon population in Arizona. Large numbers of pigeons inhabit the building roofs that pose a great health risk to the household.

In this article, we will share some of the health hazards of a pigeon infestation around your home or business—and what you can do about it.

Here’s the health risks of a pigeon infestation

Birds, including pigeons, are perfect disease carriers, as they travel long distances. They can harbor dozens of different parasites and infectious diseases. The most obvious way in which the birds can spread the disease is through direct contamination of food or water sources.

Apart from direct contamination, the pigeons can indirectly spread disease through their dropping. The spores from the drying feces can enter the vents and air ducts of your home and settle on the food or water. This can result in food poisoning due to salmonella infection.

The airborne spores usually contain dormant bacteria and fungi. When they are inhaled, the moist and warm environment of the lungs offers the perfect breeding ground for the airborne pathogens. A respiratory disease known as histoplasmosis can develop when the fungus is inhaled. The disease is usually fatal that is caused by a dimorphic fungus present in the airborne pathogens.

Possibility for infection from pigeon droppings

Some of the common symptoms after inhaling the pathogenic airborne particles include elevated temperature, coughing, body fatigue, and labored breathing. The symptoms could last from two to four days.

Mostly, the immune system of the body will protect against major infection. However, in some cases, serious infection can develop leading to permanent disability or death.

Infection can also spread by the fecal droppings or dust entering the open wound. This usually happens when you develop a cut when handling old rusty product or pointed object that is covered with bird feces.

Upon contamination, the wound site will become red and puffy and become filled with puss. If antibiotic is not administered immediately, it can lead to blood infection resulting in serious illness or even death.

That’s why it’s important that you always take proper care when cleaning bird droppings. If a cut develops, it’s essential that you immediately wash and disinfect the wound, and then cover it with a sterile bandage to minimize the chances of an infection.

Deal with a pigeon infestation by calling KY-KO Pest Prevention

A pigeon infestation can present a great health hazard. It’s important that you take immediate actions to get rid of pigeon infestation. They are rightly called the ‘flying rat’ due to the possibility of transmitting various deadly diseases to the humans.

If you want more information on how to reduce the risk of pigeon infestation, you can contact KY-KO Pest Prevention.

5 signs of a Mouse Infestation in the House

Mice Infestation in the HouseBeing nocturnal creatures, mice prefer to keep hidden during the day and tend to search for food items during the night. But there are a few telltale signs that can indicate mouse activity and a mice infestation inside the house.

1. Squeaking noises

Mice don’t actually maintain pin-drop silence when they are inside the house. You can hear rustling, squeaks, and scampering sounds as they move about their nest. The noises can generally be heard during the night as you are getting ready to go to bed while they are waking up.

2. Small droppings

Mice are prolific poopers. If you see small droppings near pantries, kitchen cabinets, cupboards, bins, drawers, and others places where food is stored, you can rest assured that a mouse has infested your house.

The droppings are granular in shape and black in color. They can also be found on top of wall studs, along walls, and in bags, boxes, old furniture and other similar objects.

3. Holes in bags

If you see holes in bags or food packaging, you can rest assured that a mouse has infested the house. Mice tend to nibble anything that they can smell including bags of pasta, boxes, rice, grain products, and beans.

They also tend to be attracted to dog food bags as they can smell the meaty smell, similar to your canine friend.

3. Grease marks

Mice tend to wedge through openings that are only quarter of an inch in size. As they pass through the small openings, they leave greasy smear marks that are caused by dirt and oil in their coats. You should suspect a mice infestation if you see the grease smears.

Keep in mind that mice leave small smears while rats tend to leave a larger smear.

4. Gnaw marks

The marks of gnawing on wood, wires, and pipes are signature characteristics of the mice. They tend to gnaw at objects to keep their incisor teeth sharp. Sometimes you won’t see gnaw marks and instead see coarse sawdust or wood chips along the door, baseboards, cabinets, and window frames. These also indicate mouse infestation inside the house.

5. Excited pets

If your pet dog or cat seems to be acting more crazy (than usual), it may indicate a mice infestation. Pets tend to become excited when they see a mouse or other rodent. They get excited particularly near the area where the mouse may be hiding. In such a case, you should better call a professional rodent control expert.

Call KY-KO Pest Prevention for a free mice infestation inspection!

For more information on rodent control in Arizona and surrounding areas, you can contact  KY-KO Pest Prevention.

Home Sealing Benefits: Here’s Why You Should Consider Home Sealing

Are you constantly troubled by pesky pests that tend to make your home their own? If so, you are not the only one. Pests are a natural nuisance that usually do great damage to the household items. Some of the pests, such as bees and scorpions, can be dangerous.

How do pesky pests keep finding a way into your home? There is nothing more terrifying than going about your business in your own space and coming across a creepy-crawly. Bugs of all different sorts always find a way into your home if there are any openings for them to get through.

What is home sealing?

An effective way to keep the insects out of the home is through home sealing. Bugs of different types and sizes will continue to invade your house when there are openings that invite them to get through. Home sealing blocks the path through which the pests can enter the house.

A home can be sealed by a professional pest control expert in many ways. Common methods include sealing the gaps, cracks, and holes on the exterior of the home. Also, doors can be screened and sealed to effectively seal the home and block entry of the pests.

Here are just some home sealing benefits

Sealing the home can provide many different benefits. Here’s just a few of them:

  • The main home sealing benefits is that it prevents pest infestation. By blocking the entry points, the pests won’t be able to enter the house. This is the best way to prevent pest infestation inside the house.
  • Home sealing can also help remove pests that make their house outside the house. Some of the pests make home well below the ground or on the top of the roof. Blocking their entry inside the home can eliminate their food source due to which they will eventually abandon their home near your house.
  • Lastly, home sealing can make the house more energy-efficient. It will prevent air from leaking outside during the winter, thereby keeping the rooms warm. Also, the hot air won’t enter the room during the summers making your room cool without the need to lower the thermostat setting.

Call KY-KO Pest for home sealing

Weighing home sealing benefits? If so, you should contact KY-KO Pest Prevention. We have been serving  Phoenix, Arizona for decades with complete dedication and integrity. Contact us today to learn more about our home sealing services.

How to make your home unfriendly to the bark scorpion

There are few things worse than a guest showing up uninvited. When that said “guest” is a venomous bark scorpion and its friends, make sure you’re not unintentionally rolling out the welcome mat. At KY-KO Pest Control, our technicians are scorpion control experts who can help you remove scorpions from your home. However, as part of long-term scorpion prevention, we also recommend that you put up the no vacancy sign for scorpions in the following ways:

Scorpion gathered

Bark scorpions are not solitary creatures, and will often congregate in the winter to hibernate for warmth.

Know your enemy

Scorpions can be scary, but you need to start by realizing their strengths and weaknesses:

Strengths:

  • Unlike other scorpions, bark scorpions can climb walls and ceilings.
  • Also unlike other scorpions, bark scorpions can squeeze into tight spaces.
  • Bark scorpions have a lot of reasons to try to get into your home, including seeking prey, water, and a cool place.

Weaknesses:

  • Like all scorpions, bark scorpions glow bright when exposed to a blacklight. With a UV light from a hardware store, you can quickly spot and identify where they are in the open.
  • Bark scorpions aren’t aggressive by default, and most stings occur when people make first contact, such as stepping on one or brushing up against one.
  • Bark scorpions have poor eyesight, and often rely on existing pathways for travel. This means they like to prowl along baseboards, making glue traps effective.

When insect treatment alone isn’t enough

Thanks in part of their thick armor, scorpions are mostly resistant to even powerful insecticides. At best, it makes them extremely sluggish and lethargic: good conditions for trapping them and removing them from your home, but it doesn’t prevent or disincentivize them from entering. For that, you’ll need to take more drastic steps.

Remove the buffet

Scorpions are predators and hunters on the search for crickets, roaches, ants, and other insects. If any of those pests have access to your home, scorpions probably do, as well, and they have an incentive to find a way inside. The first step to dealing with your scorpion problem is to deal with your pest problem. Using a combination of cleaning your home of all easily accessible food for roaches and crickets and insecticide applied by the professionals at KY-KO, you can shut down the easy food source for scorpions.

However, removing the food source isn’t enough. Bark scorpions are unique in that they can actually live for years without food. If worse comes to worst, scorpions will even hunt and eat one another. If your home offers a suitable habitat, they may decide to ride it out. Which means you need to kick them out.

Scorpion Blacklight

Under a blacklight, bark scorpions glow a bright green color. This helps you spot them at night.

Fortify your castle

Bark scorpions can be persistent at getting into places, but they often select the easiest means of getting into your home. For example, a bark scorpion can fit anywhere a credit card can slide under (about 1/16 of an inch), but is more likely to just enter through the gap between your stoop and your door. Using caulking and weatherstripping, you can secure this area and gaps around windows and the foundation. If you really want to block all points of entry, talk to KY-KO about a home seal.

There goes the scorpion neighborhood

In the summer, scorpions seek cool spaces to escape to during the day, away from the sun. This includes hiding under large rocks, under logs, in piles of leaves, and in the cinderblocks that comprises many backyard fencing in Phoenix. If it’s time to get serious about scorpions, take the fight to them by carefully removing these habitats. Clean up loose debris, and place river rock away from your exterior walls. Remove any firewood from your backyard and call KY-KO to have us help you apply a permanent cement that seals wall blocks.

Call KY-KO

Our technicians have the expertise and equipment needed to remove and kill scorpions, and we offer a free inspection so that you can know where they’re hiding. Give us a call today! Together, we’ll make sure that your home has a scorpion-free summer ahead.