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.

Summer is pest season here in Phoenix. Is your home ready?

As someone who lives in the Valley, you really didn’t need more reasons to hate summer more than you already do. All the same, here’s another one: summer is pest season here in Arizona. From scorpions to roaches, you’re going to see more creepy-crawlies than in the winter.

If you’ve been seeing pests “waking up” this spring, it’s time to call KY-KO Pest to schedule your free pest inspection. Our pest control experts can help ensure that your home remains pest-free through the hottest months of the year.

Scorpion Treatment PhoenixWhy are pests more prevalent in the summer?

Many insects shut down when the weather cools down. While temperatures rarely reach freezing here in the Valley, cockroaches, crickets, and scorpions tend to be less active; in the case of the latter, bark scorpions will huddle together for warmth in nests.

This doesn’t mean you won’t see these pests in the winter. It’s just that they’re more likely to be searching for food, water, or shelter in the summer when temperatures are warmer.

It’s not just about the weather, either. Monsoon storms in the later summer bring much-needed water to the Valley, increasing pest activity. Of course, pests are also able to supplement this water supply with water found in backyards, golf courses, and sewer pipes.

Why are scorpions more active?

Bark scorpions are carnivorous. They’re on the hunt for crickets, roaches, ants—really, any insect. Since those insects are more active during the hottest months of the year, so are bark scorpions. On warm summer nights, scorpions are on the prowl.

Summer is also the bark scorpion mating season. Mother scorpions will carry their young on their backs during the early summer.

If your home has had a history of bark scorpions, there are ways to make your home less inviting for this all-too-common summer pest.

What other pests are noteworthy?

Ants tend to be most active during the summer, moving in armies in search of food and water. Homes that have had ant problems in the past often see ants ebb-and-flow with the seasons. In the winter, ants are all but missing. In the summer, they’re out in full-force.

Bees, too, can be more active in warmer weather, and in search of new places to create hives.

Call KY-KO for summer pest control services here in Phoenix

If you’ve noticed that your pests have started to become more active this spring, give KY-KO Pest Prevention a call. We offer superior pest control services here in Phoenix, and free pest inspections.

We’re your local restaurant pest control experts

When it comes to pest control, nowhere are the stakes higher than in a restaurant or place that serves food. Just the appearance of a single bug can destroy your place of business. KY-KO Pest Prevention is a restaurant pest control business that knows what it’s doing and has experience working with businesses just like yours.

In this blog, we’ll review the top-5 things you should be looking for in a commercial pest control company, and what makes KY-KO a good fit.

Suspect that your place of business has pest issues? Contact us immediately to schedule your free pest inspection from one of our certified, experienced techs.

What should you look for in a restaurant pest control company?

#1. Effective treatment

Above all else, you need the pest control treatment to work. That’s why it’s important to hire a company like KY-KO Pest Prevention. We use EPA-approved products to eliminate pests, and then proven strategies to deter re-infestation.

#2. Non-intrusive

For obvious reasons, having a pest control van roll up during your restaurant’s business hours isn’t a great idea. That’s why you should really only work with a company that has experience working with businesses like yours, and is willing to work around your hours.

#3. Trusted pest prevention company

You should choose to work with a restaurant pest control company that other companies—and residential customers—trust. Look at online reviews to get a sense for how people feel the company has fulfilled promises or how effective their service is.

Or, check out their BBB listing to see how they’re rated and if there are any outstanding complaints from other business owners. Finally, you can always call the company and ask to speak to references of long-time customers.

#4. Long-term planning

A company that just sprays your business once and then leaves, never to be heard from again, is doing your restaurant a disservice.

In your industry, pest control needs to be treated less as an every-now-and-then affair and more as a wartime strategy, with experts providing you with the plan of attack to remove, prevent, and eliminate pests.

When you’re looking for a restaurant pest control company, ask them about their strategy for the long-term prevention of pests. At KY-KO, “prevention” is in the name itself, and it’s our focus. When you call us for your free pest inspection, we’ll help you craft a long-term plan for removing and prevent infestation.

#5. Certified and meets reporting standards

Finally, you need a company that knows what they’re doing in terms of reporting and meeting state and federal regulations. This is just another reason never to hire a fly-by-night company for a sole proprietor for your pest control.

In contrast, we meet all industry controls and follow OSHA laws and regulations. Our techs are trained to keep detailed logs and communication reports, and we handle insurance certification, USDA / FDA reporting, sanitation reports, and more.

Plus, KY-KO Pest is licensed, bonded, and insured for your protection. It’s just another thing that makes KY-KO a great commercial pest control company.

Call KY-KO to schedule a free commercial pest control inspection

If you suspect that your place of business has pest issues, contact the experts at KY-KO Pest. We offer free commercial pest control inspections here in the Phoenix metro.

Here are the 5 warning signs of roof rats in the Phoenix metro

If there’s a “trinity” of pests here in the Phoenix metro, most experts would agree that bark scorpions and subterranean termites take the two spots. The third? Roof rats. In this blog, we’ll review the warning signs of roof rats and when you need to call KY-KO for a free inspection.

What are roof rats?

Typically, roof rats are the black rat. Infamous for once spreading the bubonic plague to Europe, black rats are one of the world’s most successful and widespread species, living anywhere humans do.

Roof rats, as the name implies, make their nests in Phoenix area attics. They’re a specialized rat that has adapted to the modern lifestyle of humans here in the desert.

Why are they so common in Phoenix?

Gilbert and Tempe are both in the top-5 for roof rats nationwide. There are many reasons for this, but one of the primary ones is that the citrus trees in many backyards in the Valley provide a consistent food source for rats, while attics are generally undisturbed by local homeowners.

How do they infest new homes?

Roof rats can travel in many different ways to new homes. According to the City of Tempe, rats move 200-300 feet at night and are most active in the cooler months of the year.

True to their name, these rats are experts at traveling high up. They’ll move along power lines and can climb up brick and stucco. When they reach their destination, they can enter homes through any nickel-sized opening.

What are the signs of roof rats?

Luckily for homeowners, there’s some sure signs that roof rats are in your home:

  • If you have citrus trees on your property, look at fallen fruit. If the fruit is eaten or hollowed out, that probably means rats have been feasting on it.
  • You’ll often hear roof rats making noises in their nests in your attic. Listen at night: if you hear squeaking or scratching, it might be roof rats above you.
  • If you have cats or dogs that are acting strangely—especially toward the ceiling—that might warrant a closer inspection.
  • You may actually see the rats. Roof rats travel outside the attic to the exterior of your home for food. Set up a camera to watch for their movement or activity.

What’s the best way to get rid of roof rats?

If you suspect you have roof rats, do not personally inspect your attic. Roof rat droppings, urine, and nests can contain dangerous bacteria that can make you and your family very sick. Instead, call KY-KO Pest Prevention for a free roof rat inspection.

If our techs find that you do have roof rats, we’ll develop a plan with you for removing the pests and preventing their re-entry. We also handle cleanup of the aforementioned droppings, urines, and nests.

Part of future rat prevention is taking steps to make your home less appealing to rats. This includes regularly cleaning up dropped fruit, sealing your attic, cleaning up your yard, and not putting pet food outside. Your KY-KO tech will review this with you after your inspection.

Why you need to deal with pigeons on your home’s roof

Pigeons are bad news. While most homeowners don’t think twice about a few birds sitting on top of their home’s roof, they should when it comes to these “flying rats.” Pigeons can be a destructive pest, and their nests and droppings can damage your roof.

When you have pigeons on your roof, call KY-KO Pest Prevention to schedule your free pest inspection here in the Valley. We’re experts in humane pigeon control and removal, and we’ll get rid of the birds without any mess or fuss.

Why You Need To Deal with Pigeons on Your RoofDealing with pigeons on your roof

Unless you’re a business or commercial space, most homeowners don’t see pigeons as that big of a problem, or a threat like scorpions or rodents are. However, even if they’re not inside your home, pigeons can do serious damage.

1. Pigeon droppings are bad for your roof

Pigeon droppings naturally have high acidity, which actually is the case with most bird droppings. In fact, the acid content in them is so strong that it can cause damage to most roofing materials, particularly the underlayment of your roof.

If these droppings are left on the roof to accumulate, they’ll add to the wear-and-tear experienced by your roof. Here in Phoenix, your roof is already under assault from the elements, including the summer sun and the monsoon rains. Let KY-KO help you with pigeon problems, so that your home has one less thing to worry about.

2. Pigeon nests block water from moving off your roof

In addition to the problems caused by pigeon droppings, these birds also build their nests in roof drains, corners, and rain gutters. When the rain comes, these nests act as dams, blocking water from moving off of your roof and leading to the accumulation of water, wastage, and debris.

Severe cases of this issue can lead to roof collapses, as the continuous accumulation of water and dirt on the roof adds to the weight. The presence of pooled water is also not good for your roof’s structural integrity.

3. Pigeons will make a mess of your home and yard

For anyone who has parked their car in a public place and come back hours later to a mess, you know what this means. Left unchecked, pigeons will not only make a mess of your roof, but also your yard, your landscaping, your cars in the driveway—you get the idea.

Don’t have your home be the one on the block with obvious pigeon problems. Call KY-KO, and we’ll work on implementing a safe and humane way to keep pigeons away from your home.

For humane pigeon control and removal, call KY-KO Pest Prevention

Never take a pigeon infestation lightly. Given enough time, these birds can cause serious damage to your roof if you do not deal with them at the right time.

Contact KY-KO Pest. We offer free pest control inspections here in the Valley. Our experts will take a look at the severity of the pigeon infestation and plan how to deal with it accordingly.