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Signs of rat infestations

Rats stay away from humans if possible. These rodents are secretive. Unless you have a high population in your home, you may not see the rat itself. You have to look for signs elsewhere. Signs of rat infestation include rat droppings, dirt, and grease marks on floorboards and walls.

Mice vs. Rat – Who Causes More Damage?

If you have mice or rats in your home, the damage can be significant. You should have a professional pest control specialist address the situation before you face costly damage. Both rodents can gnaw on various structures and wires in your home. This can cause fire hazards. Mice have smaller, weaker teeth than rats, which means mice can not break through the food containers a rat could. Rats have been known to gnaw through building materials such as aluminum, wood, glass, sheet metal and cinder blocks.

Rats and health hazards

Rats can transmit harmful diseases if they bite or scratch a human or a human comes into contact with droppings or urine around the home. Rats have been known to contaminate food and run across counter tops where food is later prepared. This can lead to contamination and disease. Rats carry: Lymphocytic choriomeningitis, Black Plague, Salmonellosis and more.

Getting rid of rats

To avoid disease and structural damage of your home, take steps to remove rats from the home as soon as you can. Consult a pest control professional for help. If you believe you have a rat infestation, contact us for a free inspection. Most homeowners prefer not to deal with rats up close, so we take care of the problem. We also tailor our plans to each pest problem, making sure we remove critters the first time. Call us at (602) 688-4985 or send us a message at ftorres@cimexcontrol.com.

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Removing Mice From The Home

Prevention is always best in pest control. Because mice can cause so much damage, we want to give you a few ways to reduce the likeliness of mice entering your home in the first place. If you’re one of the brave souls willing to face mice on your own, here’s a few things you need to know to get rid of mice.

Eliminate points of entry

Rodent-proofing your home is an effective way to stop a mice infestation from expanding or occurring in the first place. Eliminating points of entry will help you defend your home or business. This is difficult, as mice can squeeze into even the smallest of openings. If you can fit a pencil into a hold, crack or other opening, a mouse can squeeze through it.

Seal cracks in the wall or foundation of your home, especially where utility pipes and vents occur. You can use steel wool or caulking. Avoid using sealants like rubber, plastic, wood or other materials. Mice can easily gnaw through them. Use weather stripping for door and window gaps.

Use mouse traps

If you have an existing infestation, you will need to use some sort of mouse trap. Classic, wooden snap traps will do the trick for moderate mouse populations. It may be necessary to lay several traps to catch just one mouse.Try laying different types of traps, like bait traps or multiple-capture live traps. This practice will give you a better chance of catching several mice.

Keep your place clean

While good sanitation won’t get rid of a mice problem, poor sanitation can attract one. Mice can survive on 3 to 4 grams of food a day. A few crumbs here and there can sustain a moderate population of mice. To keep mice at bay, vacuum your floors and wipe down counters, eliminating food residue. Mice have sharp teeth, so they can chew through almost anything. Plastic bags are no match for mice. Store food in air-tight containers to reduce the likelihood of mice getting inside.

If your pest situation becomes serious, which often happens with mice, you can contact us for a free inspection. Most homeowners prefer not to deal with mice up close, so we take care of the problem for them. We also tailor our plans to each pest problem, making sure we remove critters the first time. Call us at (602) 688-4985 or send us a message at ftorres@cimexcontrol.com.

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Dealing With Spiders In The Home

Most spiders enjoy living outdoors, but some find their way inside in search of food and shelter. The easiest way to get rid of spiders is to prevent their entrance in the first place. By taking a few simple steps, you can prevent a serious spider infestation. Here’s a few ways to prevent and deal with spiders in the home.

Ways to deter spiders from the perimeter of your home

The best way to prevent infestation is to seal up your home. Patch cracks and holes leading from the outside in to prevent spiders from sneaking inside your home. Use caulk to fill in gaps of space in closed windows and doors. Fix torn window screens, as spiders can fit through even the smallest of holes.

You should also remove vegetation from the perimeter of your home. If you have a significant problem with spiders, you may need to transplant shrubs, ivy, trees and other plants near your home to the opposite side of the yard. Spiders are attracted to vegetation as it provides ample hiding spots When they need to find warmth or food, they crawl out of vegetation and head toward your home.

Peppermint oil spray

Spiders cannot tolerate peppermint oil. They hate the smell and will run in the opposite direction when they detect it! You can create a simple spray by mixing in 15 to 20 drops of peppermint oil with water in a bottle. Apply the spray to possible entrances spiders might use to come inside your home.

Pest control methods

One of the best ways to reduce the amount of spiders in your home is to vacuum up egg sacs and webs as you find them. This method may not work if you have a large amount of spiders in your home, but it will help get rid of a few. If you have a serious spider infestation, call a professional exterminator for help.

Contact our professionals at CimeX pest control for help. We perform free inspections upon request. We also tailor our plans to each pest problem, making sure we remove critters the first time. Call us at (602) 688-4985 or send us a message at ftorres@cimexcontrol.com.

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How To Tackle A Silverfish Infestation

Silverfish are pretty harmless to humans and pets, but they are not a pleasant houseguest. These silvery creatures love to stay in cold, damp places like basements or underneath bathroom sinks. If you have spotted one of these bugs lurking in your house, or know that you have an infestation, we have a few tips preventative tips you can use to keep these insects away from your home.

Why are silverfish in your home?

Silverfish, like most pests, invade homes because there is an abundance of food and lack of predators. Homes also have plenty of dark, damp hiding places for them to nest. All of these benefits combined make for a silverfish paradise. If you have a basement, you are more likely to have a silverfish infestation at some point.

Preventative steps

There are various methods of removing silverfish, but you should use a mix of preventative steps and extermination methods. If you have an area of concern, and think silverfish may be nearby, spread cedar shavings around the area. They do not like the smell and will avoid those areas. Silverfish, like many insects, also cannot stand the odor of lemon and lavender. Buy either oil, dilute in a bottle of water and spray the mixture in areas likely to attract silverfish. These areas may include sinks, cupboards and the edges of rooms.

To keep silverfish from making home inside your living space, decrease the humidity in your home. Silverfish love to stay in moist, humid places. Use a dehumidifier, close your shower curtain so it can dry out and fix leaky pipes. Also be sure to store food properly. Store foods like cereal, pasta, sugar and pet food in airtight containers.
Squashing silverfish infestations

If you have spotted silverfish slithering around your home, we can help you remove them. Contact our professionals at CimeX pest control for help. We perform free inspections upon request. We also tailor our plans to each pest problem, making sure we remove critters the first time. Call us at (602) 688-4985 or send us a message at ftorres@cimexcontrol.com.

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How To Spot And Deal With Termites

Termites are a constant threat. They are active during every season. It is important to have a pet control plan ready to implement at the first sign of termite infestation. So why are termites so destructive and how can you spot them before they cause serious damage? The following will help you understand termite infestations and how to take care of the problem before they take over your home, apartment, or office.

What are termites?

Termites are insects that feed on cellulose, which means every home or building can play host to this silent killer. Termites can take over plant or wood materials with no sign that they are there. The insect is designed to tear through cellulose materials, but they can feed on a book as easily as they can feed on the structure of your walls.

Common signs of termite infestation

The most common sign of termite infestation is small, winged insects trying to escape the home. It is also common to see a cabinet infestation of termites hovering around the colony site. These signs often occur during early Spring.

If you have paint that has bubbled or cracked, that could be because of termites feeding off the interior of your home or office. As they approach the surface, the paint or coating on the surface will bubble. Another sign is solid wood becoming hollow. Termites leave the outer structure of wood, or cellulose, intact. They carve out the interior until it becomes hollow. You can test wood by tapping on it. If the wood is hollow, the tapping will leave an echo as the sound vibrates.

Ridding your home of termites

As mentioned above, you should deal with a termite infestation as soon as you suspect it. Since termite infestations can cause extensive damage, it is best to have a professional exterminate the infestation. Call CimeX pest control for help. We perform free inspections upon request. We also tailor our plans to each pest problem, making sure we remove critters the first time. Call us at (602) 688-4985 or send us a message at ftorres@cimexcontrol.com

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How To Control Scorpions

There are nearly 2,000 species of scorpions across the globe. In the U.S., they are most common in the South and Southwest. In California and Arizona, you can find more than 45 species of scorpions. With these pests being so popular in our area, it’s important to inform yourself so you can stay safe and your home can stay scorpion free. Here’s what you need to know about scorpions and how to control them.

Are scorpions poisonous?

While all scorpions are venomous, only a few are considered poisonous to humans. Scorpions use their venom to paralyze/kill their prey and to defend themselves. There are two species in the U.S. that are considered dangerous: the Stripebacked scorpion and the Arizona bark scorpion.

The stripebacked scorpion is small and varies in color. They are commonly found in the south-central U.S. as far east as Tennessee and as far north as Illinois. The sting of a stripebacked can be painful and dangerous. The Arizona bark scorpion is 1.5 inches long and a golden-yellow or light brown color with a slender tail and pincers. This scorpion has a painful sting that can be potentially lethal, especially in the case of children or the elderly.

Methods of control

There are scorpion-control products on the market that can be administered by a pest control professional. These products can help protect your home, yard or business from potentially dangerous scorpions.

For those who live in areas with a high amount of scorpions, take some precautionary steps. Seal all cracks in your home’s foundation or siding to keep them from entering the house. Make sure your windows and screens do not have holes in them. Rid your home of other pests that could be a source of food.

Help with Arizona Scorpion control

Contact Us for a free inspection. We build relationships with our clients so they feel free to communicate with us about their unique challenges. We also tailor our plans to each pest problem, making sure we remove critters the first time. Call us at (602) 688-4985 or send us a message at ftorres@cimexcontrol.com.

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Bee Swarm vs. Bee Hive: How To Tell The Difference

Can you tell the difference between a bee swarm and a bee hive?  If not, don’t worry, most people can’t.  Before I worked in Pest Control, I did not know either. So why is it important to know the difference? One big reason is that it is much less expensive to remove a swarm than a hive.

So how can you tell one from the other? They can sometimes look quite similar.  A swarm is a conglomeration of bees who, when they land, all huddle around the queen to protect her. They will typically look like a deflated football or pineapple. A swarm has no hive, honeycomb, or wax. because they have not had time to build one yet.

You see, whenever an established hive becomes overcrowded, the monarch queen will assign the hive to a new queen. In order to free up resources, the Monarch Queen will take flight with about a third of the colony…. hence a new swarm is created. The new swarm will take flight in search of a new place to build a hive. Sometimes they may land and rest for a while. Other times they will land and start building a hive. It usually takes at least a couple of weeks before a swarm can create a fully established hive.

1. A swarm is smaller and appears like a dark ball of bees and has only been therefore less than a week or two.
2. A Hive is usually larger and white or yellow honeycomb may be visible under the bees.
3. A swarm is usually less aggressive than a hive. Bees tend to defend their home once it is established.
4. A swarm tends to be more of an oblong shape. A hive is usually more round.

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How To Tackle A Pigeon Problem

Pigeons can become a problem for homeowners, apartment dwellers and business owners alike. Their droppings can wreak havoc on paint, balconies and parking lots. Their feces can attract mice and they are highly acidic, staining and eating away at the underlying surface. Pigeon feces can also eat away at your car’s paint, causing serious and costly damage. If you are curious about methods to reduce the amount of pigeons on your property, the following will help you understand how we deter pigeons.

Beyond property damage

As noted above, pigeons can cause thousands in damage to cars and buildings. What you may not know is that pigeons can pose a health threat to people as well. Pigeons carry roughly 60-transmittable diseases. If pigeons take residence in a building or structure, the dry feces they leave behind can be pulled into ventilation systems and inhaled by those working in the building. Inhaling pigeon waste can cause serious illness.

Humane bird deterrents

A number of humane bird deterrents can be used to reduce the amount of pigeons on your property. At CimeX Control, we use certain products to keep pigeons away from your customers, cars and heavily-trafficked areas. We can do this a few different ways. One is habitat modification. This is accomplished through the instillation of pigeon spikes or bird netting to block the birds from getting back to the area they have used to roost, nest or perch. By making these areas inaccessible, birds are forced to move on to a new location. Pigeon spikes can be used on ledges, signs, beams, rooflines and windowsills.

Another way to deter pigeons is to use scare tactics. If you appeal to the senses, such as sight and sound, you can scare the birds away from your home or business. We can accomplish this through the Solar Bird Chase Sonic or Reflective Bird Diverters.

Consult a professional for help

If you don’t have the resources, time or expertise to solve the problem on your own, contact the professionals at CimeX Pest Control. Contact us for a free inspection. We build relationships with our clients so they feel free to communicate with us about their unique challenges. We also tailor our plans to each pest problem, making sure we remove critters the first time. Call us at (602) 688-4985 or send us a message at ftorres@cimexcontrol.com.

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When Gophers Have Got To Go

Gophers, a variety of burrowing rodent, are common in the western two-thirds of the United States. They’re also referred to as ground squirrels. These little creatures eat up flowers, vegetables and make a general mess out of many homeowners’ lawns. Gophers can also pose a threat to farm or commercial property. Here’s how you know it’s time to serve the gophers on your property an eviction notice.

How to know you have gophers

If your plants remain in a half-eaten state for days, your probably have gophers. They do not make tunnels that are visible, but they do go into feeding frenzies. People sometimes mistake gophers for moles and choose the wrong treatment. Moles are actually keener on eating shrubs and earthworms than the gophers usual diet of bulbs, roots, seeds, and vegetables that grow underground.

Another way to determine if a gopher is present is to check for mounds of dirt on the surface of the ground. The mounds are made as a gopher tunnels through the soil in search of food. These mounds are less extensive than mole tunnels but they are typically larger in diameter and tend to be deeper.

What’s the best way to get rid of gophers?

At CimeX Control, we help our pest control clients in the Phoenix area get rid of gophers with the Burrow X. This smokes the gophers while their in the tunnel. Some gopher problems call for different solutions, but we always find a way.

Contact CimeX Control for a free inspection. We build relationships with our clients so they feel free to communicate with us about their unique challenges. We also tailor our plans to each pest problem, making sure we remove critters the first time. Call us at (602) 688-4985 or send us a message at ftorres@cimexcontrol.com.

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CimeX Control Rated #1 For Pest Control In Arizona

We’re proud to announce we were rated #1 in the Pest Control category for the 2019 edition of Ranking Arizona! For 22 years, the publication has been referenced every day by company officials to help them make decisions for their businesses and families. We are happy to have a place next to so many fantastic business leaders in Arizona.


Ranking Arizona®: The Best of Arizona Business is the result of the largest business opinion poll taken in Arizona. Results are based purely on voters opinions. It is not based on annual revenue or the number of employees. Participants give their recommendations based on quality of products, services and with whom they would recommend doing business. 


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