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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.

Here are the facts behind 5 Arizona bark scorpion myths

When the temperature rises, it’s time to look out for the Arizona bark scorpion. This species is the most common scorpion found in Phoenix-area homes and packs a painful sting. However, many of the so-called facts about this creature are actually misinformation. Here’s the truth you need to know behind five common Arizona bark scorpion myths.

For a free scorpion inspection here in Phoenix, contact our team today! To learn more about scorpions, be sure to check out our blog post, 5 Facts About Bark Scorpions.

5 common Arizona Bark Scorpion myths:

Scorpion Treatment Phoenix1. You’ll see a mark if a scorpion stings

You might not know that you’ve been stung by a scorpion if you don’t see the creature. Their barbs rarely leave marks and typically don’t cause swelling. When infants and young children are stung, parents often can’t understand why they are in pain.

2. Scorpions lay eggs

Actually, scorpions give birth to live babies. They typically have 25 to 35 offspring at one time, which is why one adage is actually true: if you see one scorpion, you likely have more in your home. Scorpions give birth in the summer and the young grow to their first molt within one to three weeks. Mothers carry their infants on their backs.

3. Scorpions only come out at night

While it’s true the Arizona bark scorpion is nocturnal, that doesn’t mean you won’t encounter one during the day. They tend to stay in dark, tight spaces, so use caution in your attic, closets, and basement. Outdoors, they hide in leaf piles, under rocks, and in stacks of wood when the sun is out.

4. The larger the scorpion, the more serious the sting

This is one of the most pervasive Arizona bark scorpion myths. Although it’s one of the smaller scorpion species at just 2 to 3 inches long, it’s the only one in the U.S. that can cause human fatalities.

However, most bark scorpion stings are not life-threatening. That’s because scorpions can control the amount of venom they inject. Actually, baby scorpion stings tend to be more dangerous because they haven’t developed this control yet.

5. Scorpions are aggressive

Although they have a nasty reputation, scorpions are prefer to avoid human contact. Most scorpion stings occur when accidental contact is made by a human (you) onto a scorpion. For instance, stepping on a scorpion on the floor, brushing up against one on the wall, or reaching under something and accidentally touching one.

You can see how—if you have an infestation in the home—your chances of a scorpion sting increase. However, it’s certainly an Arizona bark scorpion myth that these pests are “out to get you.”

Call KY-KO for a scorpion inspection!

KY-KO Pest Prevention offers free scorpion inspections to homeowners in the Phoenix metro area. Our experienced technicians can determine whether your home has an issue and take safe steps to remove the scorpion population. We’ll also help dispel any other Arizona bark scorpion myths by answering your questions and providing you with questions.

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.

Here are the 5 warning signs of roof rats in the Phoenix metro

If there’s a “trinity” of pests here in the Phoenix metro, most experts would agree that bark scorpions and subterranean termites take the two spots. The third? Roof rats. In this blog, we’ll review the warning signs of roof rats and when you need to call KY-KO for a free inspection.

What are roof rats?

Typically, roof rats are the black rat. Infamous for once spreading the bubonic plague to Europe, black rats are one of the world’s most successful and widespread species, living anywhere humans do.

Roof rats, as the name implies, make their nests in Phoenix area attics. They’re a specialized rat that has adapted to the modern lifestyle of humans here in the desert.

Why are they so common in Phoenix?

Gilbert and Tempe are both in the top-5 for roof rats nationwide. There are many reasons for this, but one of the primary ones is that the citrus trees in many backyards in the Valley provide a consistent food source for rats, while attics are generally undisturbed by local homeowners.

How do they infest new homes?

Roof rats can travel in many different ways to new homes. According to the City of Tempe, rats move 200-300 feet at night and are most active in the cooler months of the year.

True to their name, these rats are experts at traveling high up. They’ll move along power lines and can climb up brick and stucco. When they reach their destination, they can enter homes through any nickel-sized opening.

What are the signs of roof rats?

Luckily for homeowners, there’s some sure signs that roof rats are in your home:

  • If you have citrus trees on your property, look at fallen fruit. If the fruit is eaten or hollowed out, that probably means rats have been feasting on it.
  • You’ll often hear roof rats making noises in their nests in your attic. Listen at night: if you hear squeaking or scratching, it might be roof rats above you.
  • If you have cats or dogs that are acting strangely—especially toward the ceiling—that might warrant a closer inspection.
  • You may actually see the rats. Roof rats travel outside the attic to the exterior of your home for food. Set up a camera to watch for their movement or activity.

What’s the best way to get rid of roof rats?

If you suspect you have roof rats, do not personally inspect your attic. Roof rat droppings, urine, and nests can contain dangerous bacteria that can make you and your family very sick. Instead, call KY-KO Pest Prevention for a free roof rat inspection.

If our techs find that you do have roof rats, we’ll develop a plan with you for removing the pests and preventing their re-entry. We also handle cleanup of the aforementioned droppings, urines, and nests.

Part of future rat prevention is taking steps to make your home less appealing to rats. This includes regularly cleaning up dropped fruit, sealing your attic, cleaning up your yard, and not putting pet food outside. Your KY-KO tech will review this with you after your inspection.