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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.

What to do when you have ants in your home

Once you see ants in your home, it’s likely they’ll keep coming back unless you destroy the nest. Your home represents food and water to these pests.

Getting rid of ants isn’t always a simple process. You’ll want to know what species of ant you are dealing with. Carpenter ants can be mistaken for termites. Both like to nest in the wood, but it takes a different approach to exterminate the colony.

Those tiny black ants are looking for water and food sources, but rarely nest inside the home. In this blog, we’ll review the best steps to take to deal with an ant infestation. Contact KY-KO Pest Prevention to get started.

Figure out why you have an ant problem

The ants you see are the ones who leave the nest. The queen is the one who lays the eggs. She never leaves the nest. If you only treat the ants you see, you never treat the source. Don’t spray the ants you see but trail them back to their colony. These worker ants are your ticket to getting the queen.

Use the worker ants to take ant bait back to the colony. You might be inclined to clean up the ant trail, but don’t do that. Use the trail to lead ants to your bait. Clean up any other food sources that the ants might use. The workers take the bait back to the colony which then eliminates the queen.

This may take a few days or even weeks, depending on how large the colony is. Professional pest management can help you find a thorough and effective solution for the type of ant you have.

Keep ants out

To keep ants from invading your home, make it difficult for them to find food. Sweep daily, making sure to get crumbs at the baseboards and in between cracks and crevices. Remove your trash. Wipe down all surfaces. Check all sinks for leaks and make repairs.

Work with a pest management professional to seal up entry points into your home to keep ants out. KY-KO Pest Prevention technicians are certified, fully-trained professionals who offer free inspections to help you find a solution for your ant infestation. Get more information about pest control when you call our office at (480) 964-8900.

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.

We’re your local restaurant pest control experts

When it comes to pest control, nowhere are the stakes higher than in a restaurant or place that serves food. Just the appearance of a single bug can destroy your place of business. KY-KO Pest Prevention is a restaurant pest control business that knows what it’s doing and has experience working with businesses just like yours.

In this blog, we’ll review the top-5 things you should be looking for in a commercial pest control company, and what makes KY-KO a good fit.

Suspect that your place of business has pest issues? Contact us immediately to schedule your free pest inspection from one of our certified, experienced techs.

What should you look for in a restaurant pest control company?

#1. Effective treatment

Above all else, you need the pest control treatment to work. That’s why it’s important to hire a company like KY-KO Pest Prevention. We use EPA-approved products to eliminate pests, and then proven strategies to deter re-infestation.

#2. Non-intrusive

For obvious reasons, having a pest control van roll up during your restaurant’s business hours isn’t a great idea. That’s why you should really only work with a company that has experience working with businesses like yours, and is willing to work around your hours.

#3. Trusted pest prevention company

You should choose to work with a restaurant pest control company that other companies—and residential customers—trust. Look at online reviews to get a sense for how people feel the company has fulfilled promises or how effective their service is.

Or, check out their BBB listing to see how they’re rated and if there are any outstanding complaints from other business owners. Finally, you can always call the company and ask to speak to references of long-time customers.

#4. Long-term planning

A company that just sprays your business once and then leaves, never to be heard from again, is doing your restaurant a disservice.

In your industry, pest control needs to be treated less as an every-now-and-then affair and more as a wartime strategy, with experts providing you with the plan of attack to remove, prevent, and eliminate pests.

When you’re looking for a restaurant pest control company, ask them about their strategy for the long-term prevention of pests. At KY-KO, “prevention” is in the name itself, and it’s our focus. When you call us for your free pest inspection, we’ll help you craft a long-term plan for removing and prevent infestation.

#5. Certified and meets reporting standards

Finally, you need a company that knows what they’re doing in terms of reporting and meeting state and federal regulations. This is just another reason never to hire a fly-by-night company for a sole proprietor for your pest control.

In contrast, we meet all industry controls and follow OSHA laws and regulations. Our techs are trained to keep detailed logs and communication reports, and we handle insurance certification, USDA / FDA reporting, sanitation reports, and more.

Plus, KY-KO Pest is licensed, bonded, and insured for your protection. It’s just another thing that makes KY-KO a great commercial pest control company.

Call KY-KO to schedule a free commercial pest control inspection

If you suspect that your place of business has pest issues, contact the experts at KY-KO Pest. We offer free commercial pest control inspections here in the Phoenix metro.

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.