Here’s why our Integrated Pest Management approach works

There’s the easy way of doing things, and then there’s the right way of doing things. When it comes to pest control in Phoenix, AZ, KY-KO Pest Prevention believes in the latter. Thanks to our Integrated Pest Management approach that looks at your home and pest management holistically, we are able to use less insecticide, making for a safer and more environmentally friendly approach to pest control.

In this article, we’ll review our strategic approach to fighting pests, and what makes us the Valley’s trusted name in environmentally safe pest control.

We dealt with this rodent burrow as part of our pest control in Phoenix, AZ.

This rodent burrow on a local property here in Phoenix is a good example of a pest finding shelter near a home.

Our Integrated Pest Management approach

Many homeowner’s first instinct is to grab a store-bought can of pesticide, go to town, and then call our team in for help when that approach (inevitably) doesn’t work. In a vast majority of cases for a majority of pests found here in the Valley, a chemical-only approach is only going to get you so far. Insecticides only kill off the current population, and they often do not have lasting effects. Their impact on tougher pests like bark scorpions in marginal at best. If you want to truly defeat pests, you need a strategy.

That’s where KY-KO comes into the picture. Our pest technicians have years of experience helping homeowners banish pests from their home. It’s not just spray-and-pray, either. Here are just some of the factors we consider when developing a pest management plan for your home:

Physical entry

All pests, from large ones like roof rats and pigeons to the smallest termites, need a point of entry into your home. In many cases, blocking pest entry can be a very effective means of keeping pests outside. For roof rats, this means checking the mesh over weep-holes; for a termite infestation, we’ll need to trench to block access to the foundation of your home.

Many homeowners with scorpion problems would be surprised at the relative ease with which scorpions simply waltzed into their home. Pests can fit into amazing tight spaces—block those and, when paired with the other strategies on this list, you’re on the path to a pest-free future.

Our home sealing services is a way of addressing all physical entry points in one service. We highly recommend it for both new home builds and current homes.

Our home sealing service can help seal pests out, blocking them from getting into your home in the first place.

Water, food, and shelter denial

Pests enter your home seeking one, two, or all of those things. Deny it to them, and chances are that they’ll be deterred from staying in your home. Again, the strategy here will depend on the pest and your home. Take roof rats, for instance: these rodents love citrus trees. We’ll advise that you pick up dropped citrus as soon as possible and trim branches that reach to the roof. You’ll also want to stow pet food and water inside, and remove common nesting places like overgrown bushes or stacked lumber.

Roaches are trickier. A clean home can help by cutting off their access to food. Deal with roaches and crickets, and you’ll also deny bark scorpions—their predator—a meal. Pigeons are looking for shelter on your roof—some spikes installed by our team are a humane way of deterring them from keeping your roof as a landing spot.

In fact, the only pest you can’t cut off food to is termites and bed bugs. The former are after your home, the latter are after your blood. That brings us to the third pillar of our strategy.

Pesticide

When paired with other means of getting rid of pests, strategic application of pesticides can be a good way to set up barriers and kill of current populations. Here’s what makes KY-KO different from a lot of others who do pest control in Phoenix, AZ: we spray judiciously and in a way that’s mindful of the impact of insecticide.

All of the EPA-approved pest control solutions we use are fast-drying and safe to be around after they have dried. Your pest technician will give you appropriate time ranges for each and let you know how long you should keep pets and children away form the targeted area. When possible and depending on the pest, we may only need to spray around the perimeter of the home or in a very specific area.

Trust the company with a plan: KY-KO

Where companies that just spray for insects fail, KY-KO Pest Prevention succeeds. Not only do we get rid of the current pest problem, but our holistic, multifaceted approach to pest control helps prevent future infestations. It’s right there in our name: prevention.

If you suspect you have pests or want to learn more about our home sealing service, give us a call today. We offer free pest inspections here in the Phoenix metro area.

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.