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Summer is pest season here in Phoenix. Is your home ready?

As someone who lives in the Valley, you really didn’t need more reasons to hate summer more than you already do. All the same, here’s another one: summer is pest season here in Arizona. From scorpions to roaches, you’re going to see more creepy-crawlies than in the winter.

If you’ve been seeing pests “waking up” this spring, it’s time to call KY-KO Pest to schedule your free pest inspection. Our pest control experts can help ensure that your home remains pest-free through the hottest months of the year.

Scorpion Treatment PhoenixWhy are pests more prevalent in the summer?

Many insects shut down when the weather cools down. While temperatures rarely reach freezing here in the Valley, cockroaches, crickets, and scorpions tend to be less active; in the case of the latter, bark scorpions will huddle together for warmth in nests.

This doesn’t mean you won’t see these pests in the winter. It’s just that they’re more likely to be searching for food, water, or shelter in the summer when temperatures are warmer.

It’s not just about the weather, either. Monsoon storms in the later summer bring much-needed water to the Valley, increasing pest activity. Of course, pests are also able to supplement this water supply with water found in backyards, golf courses, and sewer pipes.

Why are scorpions more active?

Bark scorpions are carnivorous. They’re on the hunt for crickets, roaches, ants—really, any insect. Since those insects are more active during the hottest months of the year, so are bark scorpions. On warm summer nights, scorpions are on the prowl.

Summer is also the bark scorpion mating season. Mother scorpions will carry their young on their backs during the early summer.

If your home has had a history of bark scorpions, there are ways to make your home less inviting for this all-too-common summer pest.

What other pests are noteworthy?

Ants tend to be most active during the summer, moving in armies in search of food and water. Homes that have had ant problems in the past often see ants ebb-and-flow with the seasons. In the winter, ants are all but missing. In the summer, they’re out in full-force.

Bees, too, can be more active in warmer weather, and in search of new places to create hives.

Call KY-KO for summer pest control services here in Phoenix

If you’ve noticed that your pests have started to become more active this spring, give KY-KO Pest Prevention a call. We offer superior pest control services here in Phoenix, and free pest inspections.

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.

Termites: Phoenix’s infamous winter pest packs a bite

Welcome to Phoenix, Arizona. In the winter, the weather is gorgeous. Summer pests like roaches and bark scorpions are gone or are in hiding. Sounds like a pest-free paradise, but there’s one pest that it hard at work inside your home this winter: the termite, Phoenix’s infamous winter pest.

Termites in the winter

For those new to the Valley, the concept of having to deal with termites in December might seem ludicrous. After all, in most parts of the country, termites are a summer problem. Let’s review why that’s not the case in Phoenix:

Termites are Arizona's winter pestWhat does “winter pest” mean?

Like most insects, termites are actually a bit more active in warmer weather, and are susceptible to colder temperatures. In most of the country, that means that termites are active in the late spring, summer, and early fall, and then start to slow down with the coming of freezing nights and snow.

We have neither of those things here in Phoenix, and our wintertime temperatures present termites with a tremendous advantage: not only can they still work throughout the summer, but our wintertime highs are perfect for them.

You need to keep an eye out for termites and termite problems all year. But, we call termites a “winter pest” because they’re still active, even when other pests are gone. Your home needs protection, January through January.

How can termites remain so active in the winter?

Our daytime highs in the winter are nice, and our nighttime lows rarely drop below freezing. That’s great termite weather. Even on the nights where things get a little cold, already-established termites in your home are riding out the weather inside of an insulated, warmed space, such as your interior walls or your attic.

Unlike bark scorpions—who partially hibernate because their prey is gone or inactive—termites don’t rely on other insects for food. Their food supply is there when they want it, in the form of your home’s structure and wood beams.

What is the best way to deal with termites?

You need to keep an eye out for the signs of a termite infestation. If you even remotely suspect you have termites, you should give our team a call for a free inspection and let us know what you’ve found. Our technician can look in all kinds of places for evidence of termites.

Beyond our professional assistance, there are things you can do to make your home less friendly to termites. Termites are attracted to wood that is at ground level, and that can include firewood—popular here in Phoenix during the winter. Try to keep wood inside your home, and away from inside spaces. Use wood regularly to prevent outdoor exposure.

 

Call KY-KO for your free termite inspection

Give yourself an early holiday present: the peace of mind that comes with knowing the truth about termites in your home this winter. If you have termites, dealing with them effectively and early can save you a lot of headache later on. If you don’t have termites, our technician can walk you through steps on how to watch out for signs of them.

To get started, contact KY-KO to schedule your free termite inspection. You’ll be glad you did. Termites are not a winter pest to be trifled with.

Signs of termites: Here are the things you need to look out for

Every homeowners knows that a termite infestation inside the home is bad news. Termites can cause major damage and headaches. Saving your property requires vigilance and early detection. You need to know the major signs of termites in your home—especially during the mild winters here in Arizona, when termites remain active.

If you suspect that your home is playing host to termites—or you observe any of the signs of termites listed below—schedule your free inspection with the pros at KY-KO. When it comes to termites, it’s often better to be safe than sorry.

Signs of termitesThe 5 big signs of termites in your home

Here are the five big signs of a termite infestation in your home during the winter. If you see any of these telltale signs of termites, you should immediately call our team.

1. Mud tubes

The most visible sign of a termite infestation are the mud tubes they create. These tubes, primarily made of dirt, help the termites move to their food source. The tubes protect the termites and maintain a humid and warm environment for the storage of food.

There are two places where you should keep an eye out for tubes:

  • Your foundation slab: Check the outside of your foundation slab periodically. Subterranean termites cannot eat through the slab, so they have to travel up it via mud tubes to get to the frame of your house. If you see distinctive mud tubes here, it’s time to call KY-KO.
  • Your attic: Termites like attics here in Phoenix because they’re a source of accessible, exposed wood in a relatively undisturbed place. Look for mud tubes branching out between beams: this is how some termites travel from beam to beam.

Keep in mind that other mud tubes might be out-of-sight and out-of-mind behind walls, furniture, or parts of your garage. The best way to know for sure whether you do or do not have termites is to call KY-KO for your free inspection.

2. Audible tapping

In heavily infested areas, you can hear an audible tapping. The tapping sound is made by the soldier termites as they tap their mandibles on the wood. This is to signal other termites that the colony is occupied. LISTEN TO AUDIBLE TAPPING

If you hear audible tapping, you should contact a professional termite extermination company immediately for inspection and extermination of the termite colony.

3. Tiny holes in the wood

Look at the wood beams in your attic or elsewhere where you can see them. Are they exhibiting signs of tiny holes or other damage? That rarely happens naturally. More likely, it’s the work of termites. 

Termite tubes found in the garage of a Chandler home.

However, you may not always see holes in wood. That’s because termites work from the inside-out, carving their way through wood without breaking back out to the surface. In that case, you need to keep an eye out for…

4. Hollow wood

Since termites eat away the interior of wood beams before breaking through to the surface, you can sometimes tap on the wood to hear if it’s hollow inside. If the wood cracks, that’s an obvious sign that it’s been weakened by an infestation.

5. Termite droppings

Finally, look for the debris that termites leave behind. This can include both droppings and something called “frass” — basically, the wood debris that termites leave as they bore through the wood in your home. This will look like a pile of dirt or very fine wood shavings. The droppings of termites can also resemble tiny pellets.

Call KY-KO Pest Prevention for your free termite inspection

The day you notice termites in your home is already well past the point of their entry and damage. But, with effective termite service from KY-KO Pest, you can stop these destructive insects and limit their ability to harm your home.

BLOG: REASONS TO HIRE KY-KO FOR TERMITE SERVICES

That’s just one of the reasons you should call KY-KO. The other? Our free termite inspection. It’s the logical place to start if you even half-suspect you have termites, and our certified and experienced technicians can verify the problem and then work with you on a plan of attack.

To get started, give KY-KO a call at (480) 964-8900 or contact us online.

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!