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.

The A, ‘Bee,’ C’s of Bee Pest Control in Arizona

Getting stung by a bee is not much fun. Having a hive swarm around the outside of your home? Even less so. KY-KO Pest is Phoenix’s source for quality bee pest control. Here are some of the types of bees that you may encounter in Arizona:

Honey Bees

Arizona Bees

Honey bees in their hive.

Honey Bees are common in Arizona, and are one of the state’s primary pollinators. While they do have barbed stingers that carry venom, honey bees are far less aggressive than the Africanized Honey Bee or the Yellowjacket and only swarm to attack when they feel their hive is truly threatened.

In fact, perhaps the most dangerous aspect of the honey bee for the non-allergic is that it looks very similar to the Killer Bee, and both in turn look somewhat like a Yellow Jacket wasp. We’d recommend not getting too close to a hive if you’re not sure. Instead, give us a call, and we’ll send a trained technician out to safely inspect.

The “Killer Bee”

Within the last thirty years, a new, more aggressive species of bee has proliferated in Arizona: the Africanized Honey Bee. An invasive species, the Africanized Honey Bee—popularly known as the “Killer Bee”—has been difficult to contain, due to their ability to outcompete other bee species and their dominant genes.

Factors to Consider When Hiring a Bee Removal Company

An Africanized Bee.

Their moniker has been earned. Killer Bees are dangerous: while their venom is no more potent than the average honey bee, Africanized Bees are far more aggressive at protecting their hive, and attack those who get too close with a furious swarm that will pursue intruders up to half a mile away. This being the case, fatalities from bee stings are extremely rare. Most of the people who suffer serious injury or death from these bees are stung hundreds, if not thousands, of times, and find themselves unable to escape to a car or home. Because of their lower body weight, pets are even more likely to die from a Killer Bee swarm.

Killer Bees will build their nests in whatever is around, including old tires, boxes, sheds, or even abandoned cars. Most people encounter them by accident while cleaning up their yard or property. The Africanized Bee looks very similar to normal honeybees, so if you notice a hive, give KY-KO a call immediately. Do not attempt to remove the hive yourself. Our state-certified technicians are trained to deal with Africanized Bee removal, and have the equipment and supplies needed to do the job with sufficient protection.

Yellow Jackets

Wasp

A Yellow Jacket.

Okay, Yellow Jackets are not technically bees. They’re actually wasps. They do, however, look like many species of bees to the untrained eye, and they often build their nests in similar areas. Yellow Jackets build distinctive-looking hives out of wood fiber that some describe as looking like a deflated basketball papier-mâché.

They do have a few distinguishing features: unlike honeybees, Yellow Jackets are larger, and aren’t covered in pollen-carrying hairs. Like Africanized Bees, Yellow Jackets are dangerous in swarms. While they do have the capacity to sting more than once on their own, Yellow Jackets aren’t lethal as individuals. Disturbing a large nest, however, can lead to an aggressive swarm.

If you suspect that Yellow Jackets have settled in your backyard shed or garage, give KY-KO Pest a call. We can safely remove Yellow Jackets before they pose a danger to your pets and family.

What to do if you find signs of mice or rats

Let’s admit it: no one likes to talk about mice and rats. Overshadowed by other prevalent pests like scorpions and cockroaches, it’s easy to underestimate the threat of a rodent infestation. This guide can help you determine if you have a problem or not. If you do, KY-KO Pest Prevention can make sure these small mammals get out of your home—and stay out.

What’s the difference?

Both are hardy survivors that have become accustomed to living in the refuse of humanity.

Throughout most of human history, rats have taken on a bad reputation as a pest that can spread disease and filth. Now synonymous with the Black Plague—although, to be fair, the real problem was the fleas they carried—rats are an unwanted house guest. In Arizona, three species—brown, black, and roof rats—thrive. Larger than mice, they are omnivores, and will prey on creatures smaller than them. They’re willing travelers that will venture far from their home to get at what they’re looking for.

Mice are smaller than rats, and combine excellent senses with great scavenging instincts and the ability to squeeze into tight spaces (less than 1/4 of an inch). They’re rapid breeders that can quickly establish a nest inside your home, from which they’ll venture short distances to find food.

rat-control-phoenixHow do I tell if I have a rodent problem?

You may stumble across one of them at night, but—for the most part—both rats and mice like to avoid humans. Instead, look for droppings on the floor. Mice feces are musty smelling, while rat feces are darker in color. If you find that your walls or wooden furniture has tiny gnaw marks, that’s another sign. Of course, the easiest way to get the peace of mind of knowing for sure is to get in contact with KY-KO.

Here are some other places that rodents like to hide out in:

  • Any trash on the ground
  • Around hot water heaters and other heating systems
  • Inside of crawlspaces, ceilings, and walls
  • Under counters and behind cabinets

How do I prevent rodents from getting into my home?

It can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. It much easier to prevent a rodent infestation than it is to fix one. After all, once they’re in your house, they’ll establish a breeding population.

Make your home an unwelcoming place—by rodent standards—with these tips:

  • Clean up any food that isn’t consumed by your pets, and never store it outside with open air access
  • Pick up your trash and garbage
  • Try to eliminate ground-level entry points

What do I do if I have rats and mice?

Give us a call, or schedule service with us online. We’ll help you evict your unwanted rodent guests.