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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 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.

Schedule your fall commercial pest checkup in Phoenix

Keeping the premises clean and free from pests is the number one concern for commercial property owners. Pests are more than a nuisance. They are a great health risk that if not controlled will leave a negative image about your business. That’s why it’s a good time to schedule a fall commercial pest checkup here in Phoenix.

The reality is that pests crave warmth. Having a business located in areas like Arizona, fall is the active time for most pests. This means that you should schedule a commercial pest control checkup during the season.

Pests that you should look out for this fall

Here are some common pests you’ll find this fall in the Phoenix metro area—especially in places of business:

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are the most feared pests in hotels, resorts, and, well, almost any type of business. Failure to deal with bed bugs swiftly and decisively can result in the destruction of the business, whether through a bad reputation or even litigation from impacted guests.

It’s important for both residential homes and commercial buildings to call KY-KO for a free inspection if bed bugs are suspected. However, in the case of the latter, it’s essential that the issue be dealt with immediately.

In Phoenix, commercial bed bug cases spike in the fall. Why? Returning snowbirds from other states— along with tourists coming to the Valley after the long, hot summer—inadvertently bring this pest back with them.

That’s why one of the main things we check for during a fall commercial pest checkup is bed bugs.

Bark scorpions

Yes, the bark scorpion is a summer pest. Scorpions typically hibernate or become less active during the colder months of the year. However, Phoenix homeowners can see them year round, and the same is true for local businesses. In the fall, the weather stays warm enough to permit scorpions to be active.

One factor that might keep you up at night: thanks in part to the city’s heat island effect and a warming climate that sees warmer-than-average falls and springs, scorpion season is being extended. As part of our fall commercial pest checkup, we’ll look for scorpions at your place of business.

Rodents

Rodents such as mice and rats can cause extensive damage to your business. They are also a great health risk. Controlling these pests should be a priority during the fall. The rodents usually enter through a hole the size of a coin, and are found in cupboards and spaces between walls.

KY-KO Pest offers rodent control services. It should also be noted that we handle pigeons, as well.

Cockroaches

Besides being disgusting and an instant restaurant-killer, cockroaches also carry with them a lot of harmful pathogens, making them a great health risk. They are attracted to moist areas such as kitchen and bathroom.

Like scorpions, roaches prefer the warmer temperatures of the Phoenix summer. But, they’re active all year round and find places to survive and thrive. If you see one cockroach, there’s more: call KY-KO Pest for a free pest checkup.

Termites

Here’s an Arizona pest that’s actually more active in the colder months than in the warmer ones. Termites are active during the fall. If left unaddressed, a termite infestation can quickly spread that can cause major structural damage to the property.

KY-KO offers free termite inspections for businesses here in the Valley. If you suspect you have termites, give us a call to have one of our pest technicians come out.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are also active during the fall. They not only cause itchy bites, but also can spread West Nile Virus. To eliminate the threat from the property, it’s essential that you schedule a commercial pest control check-up.

Call KY-KO Pest Prevention for your fall commercial pest checkup

Commercial properties have specific pest control requirements that need custom solutions. It requires specialized pest control experts to identify and eliminate pests from the property. Call KY-KO Pest Prevention for commercial pest removal services.

Our experienced professionals can eliminate the above and different types of pests from the property. Call us today for your fall commercial pest checkup.

The health hazards of a pigeon infestation at your home or business

Pigeon InfestationMost people do not tolerate a mouse living in the attic, but they tend to turn a blind eye towards pigeons that flock in the group over the roof. However, the fact is, in terms of damage and health risk, both the pests are similar.

In recent years, there has been a marked increase in the pigeon population in Arizona. Large numbers of pigeons inhabit the building roofs that pose a great health risk to the household.

In this article, we will share some of the health hazards of a pigeon infestation around your home or business—and what you can do about it.

Here’s the health risks of a pigeon infestation

Birds, including pigeons, are perfect disease carriers, as they travel long distances. They can harbor dozens of different parasites and infectious diseases. The most obvious way in which the birds can spread the disease is through direct contamination of food or water sources.

Apart from direct contamination, the pigeons can indirectly spread disease through their dropping. The spores from the drying feces can enter the vents and air ducts of your home and settle on the food or water. This can result in food poisoning due to salmonella infection.

The airborne spores usually contain dormant bacteria and fungi. When they are inhaled, the moist and warm environment of the lungs offers the perfect breeding ground for the airborne pathogens. A respiratory disease known as histoplasmosis can develop when the fungus is inhaled. The disease is usually fatal that is caused by a dimorphic fungus present in the airborne pathogens.

Possibility for infection from pigeon droppings

Some of the common symptoms after inhaling the pathogenic airborne particles include elevated temperature, coughing, body fatigue, and labored breathing. The symptoms could last from two to four days.

Mostly, the immune system of the body will protect against major infection. However, in some cases, serious infection can develop leading to permanent disability or death.

Infection can also spread by the fecal droppings or dust entering the open wound. This usually happens when you develop a cut when handling old rusty product or pointed object that is covered with bird feces.

Upon contamination, the wound site will become red and puffy and become filled with puss. If antibiotic is not administered immediately, it can lead to blood infection resulting in serious illness or even death.

That’s why it’s important that you always take proper care when cleaning bird droppings. If a cut develops, it’s essential that you immediately wash and disinfect the wound, and then cover it with a sterile bandage to minimize the chances of an infection.

Deal with a pigeon infestation by calling KY-KO Pest Prevention

A pigeon infestation can present a great health hazard. It’s important that you take immediate actions to get rid of pigeon infestation. They are rightly called the ‘flying rat’ due to the possibility of transmitting various deadly diseases to the humans.

If you want more information on how to reduce the risk of pigeon infestation, you can contact KY-KO Pest Prevention.

5 signs of a Mouse Infestation in the House

Mice Infestation in the HouseBeing nocturnal creatures, mice prefer to keep hidden during the day and tend to search for food items during the night. But there are a few telltale signs that can indicate mouse activity and a mice infestation inside the house.

1. Squeaking noises

Mice don’t actually maintain pin-drop silence when they are inside the house. You can hear rustling, squeaks, and scampering sounds as they move about their nest. The noises can generally be heard during the night as you are getting ready to go to bed while they are waking up.

2. Small droppings

Mice are prolific poopers. If you see small droppings near pantries, kitchen cabinets, cupboards, bins, drawers, and others places where food is stored, you can rest assured that a mouse has infested your house.

The droppings are granular in shape and black in color. They can also be found on top of wall studs, along walls, and in bags, boxes, old furniture and other similar objects.

3. Holes in bags

If you see holes in bags or food packaging, you can rest assured that a mouse has infested the house. Mice tend to nibble anything that they can smell including bags of pasta, boxes, rice, grain products, and beans.

They also tend to be attracted to dog food bags as they can smell the meaty smell, similar to your canine friend.

3. Grease marks

Mice tend to wedge through openings that are only quarter of an inch in size. As they pass through the small openings, they leave greasy smear marks that are caused by dirt and oil in their coats. You should suspect a mice infestation if you see the grease smears.

Keep in mind that mice leave small smears while rats tend to leave a larger smear.

4. Gnaw marks

The marks of gnawing on wood, wires, and pipes are signature characteristics of the mice. They tend to gnaw at objects to keep their incisor teeth sharp. Sometimes you won’t see gnaw marks and instead see coarse sawdust or wood chips along the door, baseboards, cabinets, and window frames. These also indicate mouse infestation inside the house.

5. Excited pets

If your pet dog or cat seems to be acting more crazy (than usual), it may indicate a mice infestation. Pets tend to become excited when they see a mouse or other rodent. They get excited particularly near the area where the mouse may be hiding. In such a case, you should better call a professional rodent control expert.

Call KY-KO Pest Prevention for a free mice infestation inspection!

For more information on rodent control in Arizona and surrounding areas, you can contact  KY-KO Pest Prevention.