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 signs your business needs our commercial termite services

If you own a business and commercial property, you know just how important the actual building is to your business. Without it, your operations might be completely compromised, putting your business in financial peril. It’s imperative that property managers and business owners alike keep an eye out for termites here in the Valley. By being proactive, you can make sure that commercial termite services like those offered here at KY-KO Pest take care of the problem fast and early, with no lasting damage to your business or building.

 

We help businesses with their commercial termite services here in Phoenix.

We offer commercial termite services here in Phoenix. Call us today to schedule a free inspection from our team.

Call our team to schedule your free termite inspection here in Phoenix. We’re ready to help answer your questions.

Here are the signs your business needs commercial termite services

If you’re noticing any of these red flags, you need to call the professionals at KY-KO Pest Prevention right away for a free termite inspection in your business:

Random sawdust

As termites consume wood, they digest it in the form of a sawdust-like material. If you notice any substance that resembles dust or fine powder along the edges of your walls, it may not be actual dust. There may be dry wood termites to blame. In businesses where there shouldn’t otherwise be sawdust accumulation—such as office buildings and restaurants—be on the lookout for strange material buildup.

Mud tubes on the exterior of your building

If you notice pencil-sized tubes made out of mud on the side of your property, you may have a subterranean termite infestation. These types of termites require specific humidity levels and temperatures to survive, so they create tunnels to block out the elements. If these tubes are on your property, termites may be thriving inside of it. You should give us a call to schedule a termite inspection.

Blistering or bubbling wood

When termites feed on wood, they can cause the surface area to bubble. This may occur on practically anything on your property made from wood, including flooring and walls.

Discarded wings

Termites leave their wings after they find a mate and a new area to start a colony. These wings are pretty small, but if there are a lot of them, you’re bound to notice. Finding a pile of tiny insect wings may indicate a swarm of termites is infesting your commercial property.

Damaged wood

Of course, termites may cause visible wood damage. Chewed wood often has long grooves. Common places to find wood damage include behind or below walls and floors.

Soft spots on your walls

If you press lightly on the walls in your building and notice the wood sinking inward, termites may be wreaking havoc on your structure. Soft spots are a result of termites building tunnels through wood or drywall.

Small holes in paper

You may have files or books around your workspace. Termites may go for these materials since they’re made from wood and relatively easy for them to digest.

Call KY-KO to schedule commercial termite services

If you suspect your business has termites in or around the building, give our team a call and have us inspect for termites. Best-case scenario, you don’t have termites. Second best-case scenario, we catch the termite infestation early, before there is major damage to the building and corresponding disruption of your day-to-day operations.

To schedule your free termite inspection here in the Valley, contact our team today!

The return: what to do when termites come back and re-infest your home

To call termites “pests” is simultaneously truth and an understatement. Most pests are simply dirty—you simply don’t want them in your home. Termites, on the other hand, are destructive on a whole other level: left unchecked, they can destroy your home. As another kick in the shins, a home that has been previously infested by termites is at higher risk for re-infestation. That’s when termites come back for round two.

When termites come back, check roof beams in your attic like this one.

When termites come back for another meal at your expense, call the pros at KY-KO Pest.

In this article, we’ll review the early warning signs of a termite comeback, and what homeowners who have previously had termites need to know. If you suspect that termites have returned, you need an expert by your side. Call KY-KO Pest Prevention for a free termite inspection and termite treatment services here in Mesa and the Phoenix metro.

What you can do to prevent re-infestation

There are several ways in which you can prevent termites from returning. For one, you can remove soil-to-wood contact around your home. Make sure storm drains empty a few feet away from the foundation of your home. Also, eliminate other sources of excess moisture.

During swarming season (typically spring), keep outdoor lights off at night. If you need outdoor lighting, relocate lights to recessed areas of the home and away from doors and windows, as light attracts termites.

These are not guarantees that you’ll avoid a termite re-infestation. But, they do help, and they represent small things that homeowners can do on a regular basis.

Early warning signs of re-infestation

The key to preventing re-infestation is being proactive. By maintaining a termite protection plan and checking your home on a periodic basis for termite damage, you can spot a potential issue before it becomes a full-fledged problem.

Be on the active lookout for the most-common signs of termite activity:

  • Hollowed or damaged wood
  • Blisters in wood flooring
  • Mud tubes
  • Termite droppings
  • Discarded wings

If you’ve had termites before, you might know what some of these signs look like, or where the infestation was centered before. Check that space (foundations, attic, and more) again to make sure that termites haven’t returned to the same place.

Here’s the bad news: if you notice any of the above signs, a swarm is likely already present. However, you may have caught them early. It’s time to call in the pros.

What to do when termites return

When termites want to become your destructive tenants again, you need to do what you did when you discovered them in the first place: contact KY-KO Pest Prevention for our termite control services.

When you work with our termite removal company, the first thing we will do is inspect your home to determine the extent of the problem. We will also look for the presence of other factors that may influence cost and treatment options.

Next, we will treat both the soil surrounding your home and the home’s structure itself. Finally, we will create a barrier around your home to keep termites from reaching your home via underground tunnels.

Call KY-KO when termites come back

If you suspect that you have termites or if you’ve had them before, contact our company for a free inspection.

Termite warranty: Why you need one with your termite service

For homes that have had termites before, the battle isn’t over yet. Termites are stubborn recolonizers. There’s a saying here in Arizona: there are two types of homes, those that have had termites and those that will get them. We’d add a third type of home: those that had termites and now have them again. This is why you need a termite warranty that will protect your home years after service.

A termite warranty can help protect your home against termite reinfestation months or years down the road.At KY-KO Pest Prevention, we offer 1-year termite warranties by default with our termite service. Whether it’s the first time or you suspect termites are back, give us a call for termite treatment. We offer free termite inspections here in the Valley, and our termite experts can give you an honest assessment of any termite activity in, around, or near your home.

Return of the termites

Almost everything termites do is based off of pheromones released by other termites. If you’ve had termite activity in your home in the past, that odor-based form of advertisement is still going to remain up even after you’ve wiped out the original colonizers. Plus, if some termite tubes remain intact, there’s already a pre-built highway for new termites to get where they want to go.

This is often why Phoenix-area homes see renewed termite activity in the months or years following their original termite service.

Preventing a termite comeback

If you want to keep termites from re-colonizing, there’s a few steps you can take to help reduce your risk:

  • Hire the right pest control team: A good termite team—such as the one here at KY-KO Pest Prevention—is going to do the job right, which includes going the extra mile in indoor and outdoor treatment to not only wipe out existing termites, but discourage termites from returning.
  • Ask about sealing entry points: Desert subterranean termites typically build tubes up through the dirt and onto the foundation of the home in an attempt to gain entry. However, ask your KY-KO technician about other points of the home that you can seal. Home sealing is a great way to prevent all kinds of pests from getting in the living spaces and attic of your home.
  • Remain vigilant: Regularly check the exterior foundation of your home for termite tubes. Take a peek inside the attic to look for any activity or tubes between support beams. When in doubt, call KY-KO for a free termite inspection.

What are the benefits of a termite warranty?

A termite warranty is a good investment, not just in practical terms, but for your peace of mind as a homeowner. Realistically, a termite treatment can only last so long—while we use an effective process and EPA-approved chemical for our treatment, its power will eventually begin to fade as the years go on. A warranty protects you against an early return by termites.

With a warranty, any renewed termite activity will mean you can have your home retreated at no extra cost to you.

Take the stress out of the unknown

At KY-KO Pest Prevention, we offer a 1-year warranty by default with all of our termite treatments. We pride ourselves on making sure you can enjoy your home worry-free once our service is completed. Want even more peace of mind? You can extend that warranty by up to 5 years for an additional cost.

Contact us today to discuss your free termite inspection. If we find any signs of renewed termite activity, we can get your house treated and warrantied as soon as possible, so you can get back to living your life without the added stress of termites.