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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.

Here are the 4 signs of bed bugs infesting your home

Bed bugs are some of the most disgusting pests out there. They’re also versatile: natural travelers, they can easily spread through clothing and luggage to new homes, offices, hotels, airplanes, and even retail stores. In this blog, we’ll discuss the signs of bed bugs infesting your home, so that you know when to call in the experts here at KY-KO Pest Prevention for bed bug control.

We offer free bed bug inspections in the Phoenix metro area. To get started, contact our team today.

4 signs of bed bugs infesting your home

If you notice any of these signs of bed bugs in your home, you should give our team a call.

Signs of bed bugs1. Bed bug bites

This is arguably the most common way people learn they have bed bugs. These pests are bloodsuckers who often reside in places where they have easy, nighttime access to blood: your bed.

Bed bug bites are painless, which means that you often don’t feel or notice the marks until morning. However, the bites will form itchy, red welts: bed bug saliva causes an allergic reaction on your skin.

For a lot of homeowners, the problem comes when they try to sort of bed bug bites from mosquito bites. One way to do things is to keep a log of when and where you get bites. If you find that a majority of your bites are coming on the feet and hands—favorite bed bug targets—you’ll want to call KY-KO Pest Prevention.

2. Bed bug defecation

Okay, we’re going to try not to gross you out, but this is a good way to sort out bed bugs from other sources of insect bites. Lift up your mattress and look at it throughly, as well as the box spring. You may actually see bed bugs, or you may see what they’ve left behind. Bed bug droppings are reddish-brown streaks. (Here’s what they look like)

Yes, this is pretty disgusting. And it can be hard to tell what to look for when you’re doing your own inspection. Our advice: put your mind at ease by calling KY-KO Pest Prevention for a free bed bug inspection.

3. Exoskeletons

Bed bugs shed their skin. So, if you find an exoskeleton near the bed frame or mattresses, it indicates a bed bug infestation. Also, it’s not uncommon to find exoskeletons in the dresser drawers, picture frames, and in the outlets. They tend to hide in crevices where they molt.

4. Active monitors

The presence of bed bugs can also be confirmed by using an active monitor that uses chemical lures or carbon monoxide. These monitors are effective in determining if you have bed bugs. But they are also costly—far more costly than just calling us for a free bed bug inspection.

Call KY-KO to schedule your free bed bug inspection

Our pest control experts use specialized tools and years of experience to throughly inspect your home and determine if you have bed bugs. If you do, our team can help you completely eliminate the infestation. Store-bought chemicals aren’t going to get the job done. When it comes to bed bugs, you need a professional in your corner.

To get started with your inspection, contact our team.

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.