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.
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?
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.