It wasn’t all that long ago when bed bugs didn’t seem to be anything more than the subject in an old saying our grandparents had said right before we went to bed. There is a misconception that bed bugs are only found in dirty surroundings; but they have been found in hotels, dorm rooms, homes, and even hospitals. A bed bug infestation can spread very quickly from place to place. Not only do they breed quickly, but recognizing a bed bug infestation isn’t an easy task.
It isn’t surprising that bed bugs are hard to spot. These pests are typically only 1 to 7 millimeters long. They are wingless, oval shaped, and a reddish-brown color. Some compare them to looking a bit like an apple seed with tiny legs.
The bed bug is different than other stinging or biting insects that people may encounter. When they creep up on their sleeping host, they go right to an exposed part of the body and begin to feed. Unlike if the bite is by a mosquito or flea and certainly a bee, the victim never feels a thing. It might be days before the host discovers a strange rash forming that could be itchy. This is often dismissed as something else entirely and it might go on for months before the homeowner discovers what the real culprit is.
The staff here at Mike’s Swat Team Pest & Termite Control are well acquainted with bed bugs. Highly trained technicians are available to inspect anything from homes, multi-floor apartment houses, to commercial properties to find the source of the bed bug infestation. Our team can eliminate the infestation. If you suspect that you have a bed bug infestation give us a call today.
Need More Facts:
• Bed bug eggs can be up to 1-1/2 mm long.
• Bed bug bites can be really itchy and nasty at times.
• Infestations are not related to unsanitary living conditions.
• But remember to detect the bed bug symptoms as early as possible.
• Some bed bug bites are in groups of 2 or three (a pattern known as “breakfast, lunch, and dinner”), or in a line, or in a circle.
• While some bed bug bites occur singly, bed bugs may travel while feeding, so bites often occur in characteristic clumps or rows.
Phoenix Rodent Control
5 Signs you Have a Rodent in Your Home
A rodent infestation can happen in the best of homes. As the months get colder, pesky rodents start seeking shelter in warm places. And what’s warmer than your cozy home?
One of the hardest things to determine is if your house has an actual infestation or if just one rodent somehow found its way into your home. Here are a few things to consider if you suspect a rodent problem. Begin by looking for these five signs.
1. Sights and Sounds- Chances are if you suspect a rodent problem it is probably because you have already seen one in your home. Most rodents are active at night time. If you have seen rodents during the day time, chances are you definitely have a rodent infestation.
Also, try listening for “rodent sounds” during the nighttime hours. The sounds are most likely scratching, gnawing or clawing (perhaps in your walls, rafters, or cabinets). If you have an infestation you may even hear squeaking and rodent fighting in these spots.
2. Droppings– One of the easiest and most visible ways of determining if you have a rodent problem is by looking for rodent droppings. Once a rodent enters your home it immediately begins looking for anything and everything to eat. Droppings are most commonly found in cabinets, pantries, and the nooks and crannies of your flooring.
Older droppings tend to be dull and gray. They are also quite dry and tend to crumble as you clean them. Fresh droppings are a sign of a recent rodent infestation. They are usually softer, shinier and darker.
3. Runways- This applies mostly to rat infestations. Rats follow odor trails and use the same runways between their food and water sources and burrows. Rats also prefer to remain in contact with a surface in order to pick out the odor trail they are leaving behind. Outdoor runways are narrow paths of rundown ground that is always clear of any kind of debris. Indoor runways are most commonly along walls and steps.
4. Rub-marks- If you suspect a runway within your home begin by looking for rub-marks. Rats have a rather greasy coat of fur. Again, this is how they are always able to find their runways. The runways tend to have a dark greasy mark. Fresh rub-marks can be smeared if you rub them with a cloth. Older runways that are no longer in use tend to gather dust and the grease then dries and flakes away.
5. Urine- Once you have identified the possible living space and diameter or runway of rodents, you can check to see if your hypothesis is right. The best thing to do is look for rodent urine by using a fluorescent or black light.
If you suspect a rodent problem in your home, begin by looking for these 5 signs. If these signs have confirmed your suspicions, the next step will be calling a professional exterminator or pest control agency. They will evaluate your situation and be able to give you a more accurate evaluation of the possible rodent infestation.
There are several things Phoenix homeowners can do to control pests in there homes. Pests are annoying and destructive, keeping insects, rodents and other pests away from your home or office is essential to living a comfortable and care free lifestyle. Rodents and insects have the ability to burrow, gnaw and chew through drywall, wood and other materials that are used to build your home and office. The structural integrity can be easily damaged by rodents and pests who are hiding within the walls.
Here are a few things homeowners can do to control pests in their home:
- First identify your pest, while treatment methods may be similar for several pests it helps to focus on the predominant pest in your home. Here are some common household pests.
- Water: Insects and rodents need water to live too. Remove any standing water!
- Check for leaking pipes which can create water puddles.
- Don’t leave your pet’s water out overnight
- Keep your home as dry as possible, kitchen, bathroom and plants are common water sources.
- Food: Pests need food, different types of pests are attracted to different food to survive, for example Ripe fruit will attract Fruit flies, grains breed Mealy Moths, Crumbs attract Cockroaches and Flies.
- Keep kitchen clean at all times
- Clean spills with household cleaner, wiping with water is not enough
- Store food in sealed glass or plastic containers
- Ripe fruit should be kept in refrigerator
- Pet food should be kept in a sealed container also. Do not leave pet bowls with food overnight.
- Remove trash daily, clean trash container and use a sealed container.
- Maintain a clutter free home. Pests need places to hide.
- Remove as much as you can off the floor, keep your kitchen simple and functional.
- Vacuum frequently, be sure to use a crevice tool for under cabinets, wall trim and appliances.
- Store infrequently used clothing and linens in sealed plastic boxes or bags
- Remove stacks of newspaper, magazines or cardboard these create great hiding places and food for pests.
- Block access to your home: Pests can fit through the tiniest crack, they frequently enter your home through unsealed windows and doors, cracks in walls and baseboards.
- Seal cracks, crevices or gaps in baseboards, moldings, cupboards, ducts, electrical outlets, around pipes and toilets using a silicone caulk available at most hardware stores.
- Check screens for damage, holes etc and patch or replace as necessary.
- Check windows and doors for weather-stripping repair or replace as necessary.
- Walk around the outside walls of your home, check for vegetation, and other debris against your wall. You should maintain at least 18 inches of free space from your outer wall.
If your home is already infested with pests your best solution is calling in a professional pest control company. Mike’s Swat Team pest and termite control has been helping Phoenix residents for over 32 years. We are family owned and operated, licensed, bonded, and insured. At Mike’s Swat Team we dedicate ourselves to giving you affordable and customized pest control service for all your residential and commercial properties.
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As the owner of Mike’s Swat Team, I understand that when customers are in need for a service at their homes they are faced with a very common scenario. “Do I choose a larger national chain, or a local guy?”. Today I am going to tell you my perspective of it. Although it may be a bit bias, I hope it sways you in either direction. I hope to get you on our side, but I’ll try to be honest!
So you just saw some ants and heard that your friend knows this guy Joe who has a Pest Control business. At the same time, you listen to the radio a lot and hear much to-do about Orkin, Terminix etc. and want to know who to choose.
Well here are some things to consider.
- Customer Recognition. When you call my office, I promise you by the end of the day I’ll know you are a customer. Sometimes I’ll even call you just to make sure you got the good treatment by my employees. In 6 months if someone reminds me a bit about you, I will remember your situation and remember speaking with you. Now sometimes with these bigger companies this doesn’t happen. I have a question for all you people out there who use national companies. How often has the CEO given you a call? Just doesn’t happen. Local businesses develop relationships period.
- Economy. I speak about this a lot because it is very true. When you hire a local business it is pumping dollars back into your local economy. I probably shop at similar stores as you, and my employees might too. Your money goes into my company bank account. In turn that pays my employees who need to spend money to survive. That dollar your spending on our service goes right back into your area, somehow. Now with larger chain companies, sure they pay their man a decent salary. Much of your payment is going into a central office and nowhere near your local economy.
- Expert Advice. When you call my business, if I don’t pick up someone who is experienced will. They don’t read off any sheets, and aren’t prepped to sell jobs. They are there to answer questions and help you in getting rid of your pest problem. National wide companies are very helpful at times, but usually have sales people answer the phones who may be reading a script about your particular pest problem.
- Direct Control. Since my company dwarfs in size to some of the larger companies, I can control scheduling, hours, pricing, treatments etc. If I hear that someone is living in a low income area, and I really feel for them I can change the price with the snap of a finger. Although I don’t do it often, sometimes people need help. If I see one of my workers is a little tired, I send him home with a full day’s pay. When the workers are happy, and the customers are happy the company is happy.
Not all local businesses are the best either, and sometimes you can get a better quality service with a national brand. National companies have good oversight and strict guidelines which in turn could give a great service. I don’t want you to think for a second I am down talking these companies. They are all great American companies and many of the techs are hardworking guys/gals. I just want you to understand us smaller guys, the local businesses are in it because we love it. We want everyone to be happy and believe it or not bugs are the last thing we think about.
Phoenix Proactive Pest Control
Keeping insects, rodents and other pests away from your home or office is essential to living a comfortable and care free lifestyle. One of the best ways to ensure that these pests are keeping away from your home or business is to hire a professional to perform regularly scheduled pest control services in and around your property. Taking a proactive approach when it comes to pest control is your best option.
Home Pest Damage
Not only will regular pest control services performed by a professional save you money, but they will also keep your home and office safe as well. Rodents and insects have the ability to burrow, gnaw and chew through drywall, wood and other materials that are used to build your home and office. The structural integrity can be easily damaged by rodents and pests who are hiding within the walls. Not only can drywall be destroyed, but rodents can also chew through your electrical wiring, causing a whole new handful of expensive repairs and problems.
Professional Pest Inspections, Control & Prevention
When you hire a professional pest control company to perform regular pest control services in and around your home and office, you will save money, protect your home and have peace of mind. Regular pest inspections will allow pest technicians to know what insects are in or around your home and what treatment will be necessary to remove them permanently. You will not have to lay awake at night wondering what types of bugs, spiders or rodents are crawling around within the walls of your home. Contact Mike’s Swat Team Pest & Termite Control today to schedule regular pest control services for your home and office.
Termite Extermination Phoenix
Look Up There! Is That a Termite?
Know the warning signs. The silent but very destructive pests, the subterranean and drywood termite.
When most homeowners hear the word termite, they usually think about the silent but very destructive subterranean termite. The subterranean termite, as its name suggests, invades structures from the soil beneath and will feast on a variety of wood, including framing, flooring and floor joists, deck posts, cabinets, and door frames.
The drywood termite – unlike its soil-loving cousin – lives above ground in the home’s wood siding, roofing, and wood supports in the attic. Drywood termites will swarm by the hundreds around the exterior of a home in search of the appropriate location to enter and begin their mischievous and destructive ways.
What areas of your home are at the greatest risk from drywood termites?
- Wood molding and framing around windows and doors
- Eaves and overhangs
- Protected joints or crevices in and around doors
- Attics and above-ground crawlspaces
- Wood siding and roofing
What are some signs that drywood termites may be targeting your home for their next dinner buffet?
- Large numbers of flying insects on the exterior (and sometimes on the interior) of your home that are focused on the wood
- Wings on windowsills, or flying termites on the exterior your home
- Hollow-sounding or visibly damaged wood that is honeycombed or carved out. If you can easily make a hole in the wood with a pocket knife or flat-blade screwdriver, it might be termite damage
- Unexplained piles of what looks like coarse grains of sand (these piles are termite fecal pellets sifted out of wood by the termites)
Remember, if you suspect your home has a problem with termites, call us! Our highly trained, fully licensed termite inspectors will inspect your home thoroughly and, if treatment is required, will recommend preventative and curative treatments that are backed by our guarantee of 100-percent satisfaction.
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Thanksgiving is a time when we humans congregate in a nice warm houses and eat tasty, sweet things together. Not surprisingly, this is something pests like to do too. They love your nice warm home. Those rodents prefer your toasty attic, over a cold, damp hole. Cockroaches would much rather climb under the siding of your house and squeeze into your cozy wall voids, than live under a piece of tree bark. Though many insects can produce a sort of “antifreeze” to protect them from the cold, and tough out the winter, they would prefer a place where they can be warm.
If they get into your home, and find a food source, they will be happy to stay active all winter long. That is why it is so important to keep food sources sealed, especially in winter. Here are some of the ways you can do that.
Put cabinet food in hard plastic containers. This will keep rodents and insects from smelling your food, and also keep them from getting into it.
Put pantry items on metal runged shelving. Not only will this allow you to keep things dry and ventilated, it will make pests feel uncomfortable. They would much prefer solid wood shelves, with lots of dust and food particles on it.
Keep your trash sealed at all times.
Keep fruit in the fridge, until you’re ready to eat it. And, when you’re done eating it, put that banana peel or apple core in a plastic bag “before” you throw it in the trash. This added protection will keep bugs from squeezing into your trash to lay eggs in those half rotted fruit carcasses.
Vacuum crumbs off the rug on a regular basis.
Clean spills up, immediately.
Leave pet food out only during meal time.
Don’t leave stacks of dishes near the sink. Put them in soapy water.
Deep clean around, and under , the fridge and stove. These are notorious collection areas for rotting grime and sticky spills.
If bugs and rodents are finding a way into your house, you can reduce their activity and give them less incentive to crawl into your living spaces, by not leaving food out. Let those bugs go find another warm food filled house to spend their winter in–or better yet–stay in nature, where they belong. It’s time to pull in the welcome mat, and hide all the food. Your Thanksgiving will be much better without those pests crawling around.
Pest Control Phoenix and Fall Season
Pest control Phoenix: The weather is starting to get cold. Just as your landscape changes, so too does the behavior of your pests. When fall comes, some pests seem to disappear, others stay in the same place, and still others seem to invade your house in higher numbers.
- Some Pests Die –Many pests leave their eggs overwinter, and die. That’s why you tend to see fewer pests outdoors. Many of them have fallen victim to old age or the cold and have passed away.
- Some Pests Invade – Still, while some pests die, others invade during this time. They invade because the weather is getting colder, and your home is often very warm. Many pests do not realize they are entering a home either – they are simply looking for a break from the cold.
- Some Pests Hibernate – Several species of pest hibernate, although very few of these pests are home problems besides ants. For example, some butterflies and ladybugs find shelter over the winter and get active again once the weather warms.
- Some Pests Live – Bed bugs, some spiders, and rodents care very little about the weather. Bed bugs live indoors and are perfectly happy all year. Spiders outdoors tend to hibernate or die, but those that have gone indoors can live for a lot longer.
Because fall means that pests try to find refuge indoors, pest control Phoenix efforts often focus there – sealing up holes and laying any necessary traps to prevent these pests from taking up residence inside of your home. Most of the problematic summer/outdoor pests die off, but those that are seeking out warmth and shelter will do anything they can to enter your home, and so making sure they cannot find those entrances become crucial.
We provide this exact type of protection that blocks pests from entering your home in winter and can help you stay free of pests all year. Give us a call today to find out more.
Pigeon Control Phoenix
We all know that Pigeons are a hazard to buildings due to the damage they can create but what about our health?
10 Pigeon Hazards:
1. Pigeons attract and carry ticks, mites and fleas
2. Carry bacterial and parasitic diseases
3. Damage buildings
4. Produce foul droppings
5. A health hazard for man and animal – carry bacteria and parasites which cause disease eg Salmonella, Encephalitis, Toxoplasmosis.
6. Stain buildings and look unsightly
7. Cause deterioration of buildings
8. Increased maintenance costs
9. Kill vegetation 10. Produce unpleasant odors
Top Pigeon Pest Control Tips:
• A pigeon control program is certainly worth the effort.
• Remember the economic damage and health threats caused by large populations of the birds.
• Pigeons are seed and grain feeders and will search for improperly stored or tipped over seed in your garden so keep that bird seed packed away safely.
To discover more Pigeon Control Tips please contact us we will assess your problem, and make recommendations and complete a pest removal program for you.
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Where have all the fleas and Ticks come from?
Pet owners, here in Arizona, are itching to find the answer to the question,
“Where have all the fleas and ticks come from?”
Even with the many flea and tick prevention products on the market today, fleas/ticks are again, emerging as a major pest and the reason seems to be drought related.
Feral animals are being driven, by the lack of water, food and shelter, in their normal habitats, into urban areas where these life sustaining necessities are plentiful. Coyotes, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, opossums and especially rats and mice are dropping off their fleas as they set up residence in or just pass through our yards, parks and green belts. Almost all warm blooded animals have a flea that prefers it over other hosts. For example, rats are bringing with them not only the rat flea but the sticktight flea which is not normally found on domestic cats and dogs but will feast on them nonetheless.
Yes, the itching and scratching is annoying and frequent scratching and biting by an animal can cause hair loss and anemia, in extreme cases, but the dangers of disease from these tiny critters is terrifying. Fleas carry and transmit plague, hantavirus, murine typus, tapeworms, and other nasty viruses and bacteria.
Flea and Tick Control
What can be done to protect our pets and our homes from these bloodsucking insects? A lot! If you are already using a topical flea treatment on your pets and are still having flea issues, talk to your veterinarian, about switching products. Topical and internal products do not stop fleas from being in your yard or where you walk your dog or where your cat roams, so fleas can still hop on and take a ride right into your house. Consider treating your yard on a regular basis and remove anything that provides harborage for rats or other feral animals.
Mike’s Swat Team Pest and Termite Control offers regular service to treat your home and yard to prevent infestation of fleas and ticks call for an evaluation today!!