Schedule your fall commercial pest checkup in Phoenix

Keeping the premises clean and free from pests is the number one concern for commercial property owners. Pests are more than a nuisance. They are a great health risk that if not controlled will leave a negative image about your business. That’s why it’s a good time to schedule a fall commercial pest checkup here in Phoenix.

The reality is that pests crave warmth. Having a business located in areas like Arizona, fall is the active time for most pests. This means that you should schedule a commercial pest control checkup during the season.

Pests that you should look out for this fall

Here are some common pests you’ll find this fall in the Phoenix metro area—especially in places of business:

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are the most feared pests in hotels, resorts, and, well, almost any type of business. Failure to deal with bed bugs swiftly and decisively can result in the destruction of the business, whether through a bad reputation or even litigation from impacted guests.

It’s important for both residential homes and commercial buildings to call KY-KO for a free inspection if bed bugs are suspected. However, in the case of the latter, it’s essential that the issue be dealt with immediately.

In Phoenix, commercial bed bug cases spike in the fall. Why? Returning snowbirds from other states— along with tourists coming to the Valley after the long, hot summer—inadvertently bring this pest back with them.

That’s why one of the main things we check for during a fall commercial pest checkup is bed bugs.

Bark scorpions

Yes, the bark scorpion is a summer pest. Scorpions typically hibernate or become less active during the colder months of the year. However, Phoenix homeowners can see them year round, and the same is true for local businesses. In the fall, the weather stays warm enough to permit scorpions to be active.

One factor that might keep you up at night: thanks in part to the city’s heat island effect and a warming climate that sees warmer-than-average falls and springs, scorpion season is being extended. As part of our fall commercial pest checkup, we’ll look for scorpions at your place of business.

Rodents

Rodents such as mice and rats can cause extensive damage to your business. They are also a great health risk. Controlling these pests should be a priority during the fall. The rodents usually enter through a hole the size of a coin, and are found in cupboards and spaces between walls.

KY-KO Pest offers rodent control services. It should also be noted that we handle pigeons, as well.

Cockroaches

Besides being disgusting and an instant restaurant-killer, cockroaches also carry with them a lot of harmful pathogens, making them a great health risk. They are attracted to moist areas such as kitchen and bathroom.

Like scorpions, roaches prefer the warmer temperatures of the Phoenix summer. But, they’re active all year round and find places to survive and thrive. If you see one cockroach, there’s more: call KY-KO Pest for a free pest checkup.

Termites

Here’s an Arizona pest that’s actually more active in the colder months than in the warmer ones. Termites are active during the fall. If left unaddressed, a termite infestation can quickly spread that can cause major structural damage to the property.

KY-KO offers free termite inspections for businesses here in the Valley. If you suspect you have termites, give us a call to have one of our pest technicians come out.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are also active during the fall. They not only cause itchy bites, but also can spread West Nile Virus. To eliminate the threat from the property, it’s essential that you schedule a commercial pest control check-up.

Call KY-KO Pest Prevention for your fall commercial pest checkup

Commercial properties have specific pest control requirements that need custom solutions. It requires specialized pest control experts to identify and eliminate pests from the property. Call KY-KO Pest Prevention for commercial pest removal services.

Our experienced professionals can eliminate the above and different types of pests from the property. Call us today for your fall commercial pest checkup.

Choose KY-KO for your commercial pest inspection needs

Whether you manage an office or a restaurant, nothing hurts a business more than pest problems. Just a single pest can give your business a negative reputation amongst customers and employees. That’s why KY-KO Pest Prevention offers commercial pest control services here in Phoenix.

In this blog post, we’ll review just some of the reasons you should trust an experienced company with professional pest control technicians. To get started on your free commercial pest inspection, give us a call at (480) 964-8900, or contact us online.

Pictured: Hand holding a business card with "Pest Control" written on it in cursive. Call KY-KO for your free commercial pest inspection.Calling a professional team lowers the risks

Some pest control products are toxic substances and can be harmful for you and the people that are working in your commercial space. They need to be handled by professionals.

It can be risky for you or the people working at your place of business to apply pesticides themselves. Similarly, it’s not a good idea to hire just any general contractor—who probably knows nothing about pest control—to enter the space and do work for you.

Instead, call KY-KO Pest Prevention. Our professionals are trained in the safe application of pesticides. We’ll also be able to offer you and your employees advice, address questions, and find ways to prevent pests from entry with minimal pesticide use.

Calling KY-KO saves you time and headaches

Time is a very important factor in pest control treatments, since your place of business might be out-of-commission during the direct period of treatment. You want a professional team that can apply the treatment the right way and then have your office ready to go again.

Again: hiring the wrong company or trying to apply pest control solutions yourself can end up eating a large chunk of your business hours and can impact your team’s productivity.

In contrast, KY-KO works efficiently and effectively. We often schedule pest control treatment in those hours which are not crucial for your business or even after hours or on weekends. Our pest control professionals also know how to make a perimeter around the area which is being treated so that people around that area can continue to work.

DIY pest control is not effective

To save money, many business owners attempt to handle pest control problems themselves. Without having adequate information on the different species of insects that have invaded their commercial space, they try to kill all of them with a same insecticide.

Not only is this type of pest control less effective, but it will make you to spend more money than you expect buying a large quantity of pesticides.

Our pest control experts have deep knowledge of the different pesticides and chemicals for different species. Having this exact information makes our pest control treatment more effective.

Call KY-KO Pest Prevention to schedule a commercial pest inspection

Think you have pests? Give KY-KO Pest Prevention a call at (480) 964-8900, or contact us online. We offer a free commercial pest inspection. Don’t take a gamble with another company. Turn to the true experts here at KY-KO!

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.