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Why great pest technicians matter (and why you should hire the best!)

When you see signs of a pest infestation on your property, you might think about dealing with the problem yourself. While a do-it-yourself work ethic is great for building your own furniture or cleaning your drains, you should leave your pest control to the great pest technicians at KY-KO Pest Prevention.

Here are a few reasons why good pest control technicians matter when it comes to safely and reliably removing the pests from your property. For great pest technicians here in the Phoenix metro, contact our team!

If you want great pest technicians here in Phoenix, call KY-KO Pest!They have access to professional and reliable products

The average homeowner only has access to pest control products available at the local supermarket or home improvement store. Professional pest technicians, on the other hand, have access to professional-grade products that are known to get rid of pests reliably.

Additionally, many professional-grade pest control products have a reputation for being safer (for both pets and humans) than many over-the-counter pest control products.

They know how to locate pest access points

There are many different ways pests can enter your home. Some may be obvious, while others may be all but invisible to the human eye. Fortunately, our pest control techs are trained to identify common access points pests use to get into your home. From underneath doors to gaps in the foundation, we can identify where pests are getting in.

Once these access points are identified, great pest technicians can target them and focus on closing them off to pests. This will reduce pest entry into your home.

They can identify the underlying cause of your infestation

Exterminators are trained to figure out the root cause of an infestation. They will inspect your home to not only find where the pests or rodents are located, but figure out why and how they’re getting into your home in the first place.

Once the source of the problem is identified, great pest technicians will suggest steps you can take to prevent future return infestations. This can include further checkups or a recommendation for home sealing.

They know how to safely apply pesticides

All pesticides are toxic. That’s why it’s imperative to know how to apply them safely and correctly to minimize the risk of harm to people and pets. Pest control technicians know how to properly apply pesticides to minimize risk of harm while maximizing effectiveness.

For great pest technicians here in Phoenix, call KY-KO!

Getting rid of pests is nearly impossible on your own, but a skilled pest control tech can help. To schedule a free inspection, call or contact KY-KO Pest Prevention today.

5 Important Facts About The Arizona Bark Scorpion

The Arizona Bark Scorpion, also known as centruroides sculpturatus, is species of scorpion native to the Sonoran Desert. Bark scorpions are small in size and light brown in color, and reside in arid and semi-arid regions.

Arizona Bark Scorpion

A bark scorpion might not look imposing, but that sting packs a punch.

If you’re a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, it’s important to understand the Arizona Bark Scorpion and what you’re up against as a homeowner. You should also know the signs of scorpions in your home and on your property.

In this blog post, we’ll outline the top things you need to know about the Arizona Bark Scorpion—and about dealing with them with effective scorpion control.

Have you seen one in your home? Call us here at KY-KO Pest Prevention. We offer free scorpion inspections!

Here’s everything you need to know about bark scorpions

There are a lot of myths and tall tales out there about bark scorpions. The truth is that bark scorpions are a very unique pest, and there’s a lot of about them that’s different from crickets, roaches, and other insects. Let’s dive in:

1. They’re nocturnal hunters

Bark scorpions are nightly predators, on the hunt for some of their favorite foods: crickets, roaches, spiders, and more. When they find their prey, they use their stinger to disable it and begin feeding. Humans most often encounter scorpions during the night. They have poor eyesight, so they often travel along baseboards in search of their next meal. They can go days without eating.

During the day, bark scorpions generally retreat to places of hiding—block walls, river rock in your yard, or in various nooks and crannies around the home. True to their name, they also like certain types of trees. Humans encounter scorpions during the day when this hiding place is accidentally disturbed. This leads to our next point…

2. Most scorpion stings are accidental

Put away the old Hollywood idea of a large, dangerous scorpion chasing people through a crypt. Bark scorpions are typically non-aggressive, and seek to avoid human contact. A vast majority of stings occur when people accidentally brush up, step on, or touch the scorpion. The sting is a reflexive means of protecting the scorpion from predators.

3. Does whatever a scorpion can

Remember how we mentioned that bark scorpions like trees? That’s probably why they’re the only type that can not only climb, but also suspend from ceilings and crawl across them. This only amplifies scorpions as a nuisance in the home: they can get to virtually anywhere at night while on the hunt.

Pictured: Bark scorpions can be solitary hunters, but prefer to nest with others. This display case includes both infant and adult scorpions.

Bark scorpions can be solitary hunters, but prefer to nest with others. This display case includes both infant and adult scorpions.

The scorpions are also able to get where they need to go because of their ability to flatten their stinger and squeeze into some tight spaces. In fact, bark scorpions have been known to squeeze between gaps less than the thickness of a credit card. This means that any cracks, gaps, or weaknesses in your doors, windows, or walls can act as an entry point for scorpions.

4. Enjoying that summer living

Bark scorpions might be the only thing in Phoenix actually enjoying the summer. Ok, that’s not true: their prey—such as roaches and crickets—also thrive in the warmth of summer, especially after the monsoon rains arrive. Summer is bark scorpion season in Phoenix.

Homeowners typically will see an uptick in scorpion activity and hunting in July and August. It’s not unheard of to see scorpions in other times of the year; however, they’re generally inactive and in hibernation throughout the coldest months of the year.

5. The pest that’s hard to kill, but not impossible to stop

The Arizona Bark Scorpion, like all scorpions, is from a long line dating back before the dinosaurs. Hardy survivors, scorpions boast an armor that can resist most insecticides. Roaches are famous for being nuclear survivors, but bark scorpions were found relatively unaffected at ground zero after atomic tests in the Nevada desert.

Here at KY-KO Pest Prevention, we do have insecticides capable of impacting scorpions. However, generally, the strategy we recommend is using pest treatments to kill off the food source. We call this making your home unfriendly to scorpions.

Scorpions can’t subsist on crumbs: if they can’t find their prey in your home, they’ll typically leave. Partner that with our home sealing to block off all points of entry, and you’re on your way to being scorpion-free.

6. A dangerous, painful sting

Let’s start by saying this: bark scorpion stings are very rarely fatal. There’s been two recorded fatalities in Arizona from scorpion stings since stats began being kept in the 60s. That’s with the population of Phoenix increasing and people moving into new scorpion-filled areas. While infants and the elderly are most at risk from venom, a sting is most likely not a death sentence. It’s important to remain calm.

What makes a sting severe or not?

The severity of the sting can depend on a number of factors, including:

  • Scorpion age: Adult scorpions inject the exact amount of venom they need to disable their prey. They can also control venom distribution when defending themselves, so stings from adult scorpions can vary from the equivalent of a bee sting to something far more painful. In contrast, baby bark scorpions lack this self control, so their stings can often contain more venom.
  • Allergies: Rarely, some people have an allergic reaction to the scorpion sting, which escalates the threat of the sting.

So, what is the average sting like, then?

On average, people who are stung by bark scorpions experience acute pain for anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. This includes a tingling sensation, numbness, and pain in the impacted area. Other symptoms can include nausea, convulsions, or vomiting.

It’s important to seek immediate medical treatment for scorpion stings. Most adults are fine, and can call poison control for next steps. Children, the elderly, or those with an allergic reaction should be taken to emergency services.

5. You can easily find this pest in and around your home

Bark scorpions have a unique protein in their armor that causes them to glow a bright neon blue when exposed to UV light, such as that from a blacklight. Against a dark wall or floor, homeowners using a blacklight flashlight—here in Phoenix, available at almost any hardware store for this exact purpose—can easily spot scorpions.

For more information on bark scorpions, call KY-KO Pest Prevention

KY-KO Pest Prevention is the Valley’s leading source for scorpion control services. Our experts can help you find and deal with bark scorpions—for good. In fact, we offer free scorpion inspections here in the Phoenix metro.

To get started, or for more information about bark scorpions, contact us today. Or, learn more about our pest control services.


Home Sealing Benefits: Here’s Why You Should Consider Home Sealing

Are you constantly troubled by pesky pests that tend to make your home their own? If so, you are not the only one. Pests are a natural nuisance that usually do great damage to the household items. Some of the pests, such as bees and scorpions, can be dangerous.

How do pesky pests keep finding a way into your home? There is nothing more terrifying than going about your business in your own space and coming across a creepy-crawly. Bugs of all different sorts always find a way into your home if there are any openings for them to get through.

What is home sealing?

An effective way to keep the insects out of the home is through home sealing. Bugs of different types and sizes will continue to invade your house when there are openings that invite them to get through. Home sealing blocks the path through which the pests can enter the house.

A home can be sealed by a professional pest control expert in many ways. Common methods include sealing the gaps, cracks, and holes on the exterior of the home. Also, doors can be screened and sealed to effectively seal the home and block entry of the pests.

Here are just some home sealing benefits

Sealing the home can provide many different benefits. Here’s just a few of them:

  • The main home sealing benefits is that it prevents pest infestation. By blocking the entry points, the pests won’t be able to enter the house. This is the best way to prevent pest infestation inside the house.
  • Home sealing can also help remove pests that make their house outside the house. Some of the pests make home well below the ground or on the top of the roof. Blocking their entry inside the home can eliminate their food source due to which they will eventually abandon their home near your house.
  • Lastly, home sealing can make the house more energy-efficient. It will prevent air from leaking outside during the winter, thereby keeping the rooms warm. Also, the hot air won’t enter the room during the summers making your room cool without the need to lower the thermostat setting.

Call KY-KO Pest for home sealing

Weighing home sealing benefits? If so, you should contact KY-KO Pest Prevention. We have been serving  Phoenix, Arizona for decades with complete dedication and integrity. Contact us today to learn more about our home sealing services.

Benefits of Home Sealing for Pests

pest inspectionDo pesky pests keep finding a way into your Mesa home? There is nothing more terrifying than going about your business in your own space and coming across a creepy crawly. Bugs of all different sorts always find a way into your home if there are any openings for them to get through. If you are continually stumbling across insects in your home, it is time for a more effective way of locking out the pests from your home. Home sealing helps to lock out the determined pests who try to enter your home. If you are contemplating if home sealing is the next step for you, learn more about the added benefits, process and how to choose a company you trust to complete the job right.  

Is Home Sealing safe?

Unlike standard pest control, home sealing does not use any harsh chemicals or pesticides to keep pests out. Home sealing focuses on a preventative approach by closing up any openings where bugs or scorpions could sneak in and scare your family. Most homeowners would be surprised to find that there are many areas in their home where pests could enter and wreak havoc. For example, the weatherstripping on doors and windows is usually the first place bugs will go to get into your home.

Not only does home sealing keep your family, pets and home safe while keeping pests out, it also has the added benefit of sealing your home from air leakages. That means, during the summer, cool air won’t escape your home and during the winter, warm air will stay in.

Benefits of Home Sealing

There are more benefits to home sealing then to just keep those pesky bugs and critters out of your home. Sealing small spaces and cracks in your home can help to ease many other annoyances that you experience as a homeowner. When you schedule your home sealing service, you will be left with a bug-free home, lower energy bills and an overall more comfortable home for you and your family to enjoy.

Some of the added benefits of home sealing are:

  • Less pollen and dust in your home
  • Reduce noise from outside
  • Better humidity control
  • Increase in energy efficiency
  • Decrease in the number of pests entering your home

Home Sealing Process

mesa home sealingHome sealing has proven to be one of the most effective ways to keep pests out of your home. From scorpions to rodents, sealing every hole and point of entry is a safer and longer-lasting option to protect your home and loved ones. Whether your home has been around for years or you are just getting started building your dream place, you can seal and create a barrier to keep your home bug-free.

We dedicate a full-time crew of professionals year-round that specializes in our extensive 25-step home sealing process. When you schedule your free inspection with our team, we will come out and scan your home for any possible entry points for pests to sneak in and cause a disturbance. During our home sealing treatment, we will dust your attic space, check & apply weather-stripping to doorways, seal around AC vents and door frames, screen roof vents and much more!

Feel protected after your home sealing treatment with our Owner’s Pride Guarantee. All of our work is backed by a 3-year to lifetime warranty, so you never have to worry about pests entering your home or disturbing your peace of mind.

Choosing a Company You Trust

mesa pest controlNo one pest is the same; however, they all provide equal annoyance to your comfort and family. When choosing an Arizona exterminator, you want someone who specializes in all varieties of pests that can find their way into your home. At KY-KO Pest Prevention, we handle termites, general pest control, bed bugs, scorpions, and a great deal more using safe, EPA approved chemicals.

In addition, you will want to select a company that employs trained and certified professional to enter your home. All of our professionals are thorough in their inspections and have undergone extensive background checks before working for our company.
Ready to get started living pest free? Schedule your FREE inspection with our team to see if home sealing is the best option to keep pests out of your Mesa home for good!