Get a new build home seal on your newly constructed Phoenix home

A pest infestation—whether it’s scorpions, termites, roof rats, or roaches—is one of the most stressful things a Valley homeowner can experience. Even a new home build isn’t immune from a pest infestation—in fact, pests like bark scorpions and bees are more prevalent in newly constructed homes than older homes. However, you can help protect your new home from future infestations with our home sealing service. A new build home seal starts your property out on the right foot.

To learn more about our home sealing services and the work we do with both new builds and existing homes, call our team. We’re ready to help with your pest prevention needs.

Our home seal comes with many benefits

At KY-KO Pest Prevention, we are the only company in the Phoenix metro area that has a full-time crew devoted to home sealing. That’s because we know it’s a great value to homeowners. After all, if you can prevent a pest infestation in the first place, you won’t have to deal with the stress and expense of treating one down the road.

Here are just some of the benefits of our new build home seal service:

  • We prevent scorpions and other pests from entering your living space
  • We provide a free home-sealing inspection
  • We never use pesticides that could harm your family or pets
  • Our workers specialize in home sealing
  • We back our work with our 100% satisfaction guarantee

How does it work?

A KY-KO technician completes a new build home seal here in Phoenix.

We start by conducting a home-sealing inspection. If you have a new build, this makes things easy: there’s little-to-no furniture blocking us from seeing everything we need to see to determine how to seal your home.

With the inspection complete, we start a 25-step sealing procedure that includes adding caulking, weather stripping, wire mesh, and more to block pest entry points into your home. Given that most pests can squeeze into pretty tight spaces (bark scorpions, for instance, can fit into openings the width of a credit card), even a brand-new home will need these upgrades to block entry points.

Our other services keep your property pest-free

We have been serving the Phoenix metro for more than a decade and protecting homes from the damage inflicted by pests. In addition to home seals, our team offers pest and termite treatment services. All of our affordable services are completed by qualified and certified technicians. Our team has been trained in all of the latest treatments and each member is certified by the state of Arizona. Your safety is our top priority, which is why we only use EPA-approved treatments. We guarantee quality
service and go out of our way to make sure each and every one of our customers is completely satisfied by our service..

Call KY-KO to learn more about our new build home seal service here in Phoenix

If you have bought a new home that is nearing or at the close of construction, call us here at KY-KO Pest Prevention and have us come out to your home for a home sealing inspection. Be sure to check out our specials for ways to save on this and other services offered by our team.

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.

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.