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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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February is the month of love. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at one little known insect in the southwestern United States: the lovebug. This march fly is a nuisance to those living along the Gulf Coast and the southeastern region of the United States. For those of us in the southwest, these insects are less of a bother. Continue reading to find out where these fascinating insects got their reputation for love.
Lovebug mating habits
The lovebug, or Plecia nearctica, is a march fly commonly seen in Florida and other states along or near the Gulf Coast. You may be wondering about their nickname. The name lovebug is thought to come from their fascinating mating habits. Lovebugs can often be seen flying around in pairs. This is actually part of their mating process. The process takes hours and takes place primarily in summer. During their romantic rendezvous, the male attaches to the female and stays connected during flight. The process can take up to 12 hours. Female lovebugs die less than four days after they laying between 100 and 350 eggs.
Damage from lovebug swarms
Lovebugs don’t bite or sting, but they can be destructive to your car. After driving through a swarm of lovebugs, their acidic remains can damage car paint and clog car radiators if left there. A healthy coat of wax can protect your vehicle, but those living in the southwest U.S. will probably never encounter enough lovebugs to cause serious damage.
While lovebugs may not be bothering you anytime soon, our pest control services can help you tackle other infestations. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cockroaches are one of the most resilient creatures on the planet. They hide in walls, sewers and cupboards. Cockroaches are one of the most hated pests. With such world-renowned hatred, how do they manage to survive? Here’s why they are so hard to get rid of on your own.
The American Cockroach
Over 3,500 species of cockroaches live in the world, but only 30 species have adapted to live around humans. There’s one cockroach you probably know better than you would like: the American cockroach. This species is actually from Africa and it made its way to the US by infesting boats in the 16th century.
The American cockroach is a master survivor. Its genes are associated with chemoreception. That’s how a roach smells and tastes its environment. They are much better at sniffing out food than other insects, with over 154 olfactory receptors for smell! The American cockroach is not a picky eater. They go for things like book bindings, toenails, blood, cardboard and even each other!
Why these pests are so tough
The American cockroach has genes called cytochrome p450s, which help it survive poisonous chemicals. The roach also has a strong immune system that kills harmful fungi and microbes. This makes the most unsanitary environment look like a 5-star resort to the average American cockroach.
Keeping cockroaches away
While cockroaches may be hard to kill, there are a few easy ways to keep them away. Roaches survive in and enjoy unsanitary conditions, so cleanliness is one way to keep them at bay. Store food in airtight containers, remove trash regularly and keep your basement dry. It’s also a good idea to plug holes in your walls and drains. Cockroaches can climb from the sewer to the plumbing in your bathroom sink.
If you already have an infestation, you will need professional help to resolve the problem. For cockroach infestations in the Phoenix area, contact the professionals at CimeX Control. Call 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 email@example.com.
As a homeowner, you can take certain steps to keep pests away from your home. There are DIY methods that sometimes work: keeping food sealed tight in the pantry, using herbs to repel certain bugs, or placing traps. What about situations where pests are out of control? Homeowners have a certain set of tools that only work in some conditions, but professional pest control methods reign supreme. Here are situations where you would need the help of a pest control professional.
Rodents can cause structural damage to your home, apartment or office. Mice and rats will gnaw at books, paper, wood and more to build their nests. They will also chew on wiring and defecate inside your home. These are not pests you want living anywhere near your home or office.
Rodents can cause significant damage within a short amount of time, so it’s important to take care of the problem. Pest control professionals have a set of tools to handle rodent infestations. Many DIY rodent control methods involve the use of store-bought traps. These are not pleasant to dispose of, especially if the rodent is still alive. Pest control professionals can take care of this for you.
Once cockroaches breed in your home, they are difficult to stop. Some DIY methods include setting out a deadly solution for the cockroaches to eat. These solutions later kill the cockroach. This doesn’t always work to solve the overall problem – since you have hundreds living in unseen places and they will not encounter the solution.
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Cockroaches can carry deadly diseases, transferring E. coli and salmonella from one food source to the next. No one wants to get sick because of a cockroach infestation. If you know you have a problem, contact a pest control professional as soon as possible.
In addition to rodent and cockroach infestations, there are other pests that are difficult to control on your own. If you have a pest control problem in the Pheonix area, contact the professionals at CimeX Control. Call 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Pantry Pests” is a term for bugs that feed on packaged goods. These pests will infiltrate your pantry and eat your food unless you take steps to keep them at bay. Regular infestations can lead to food waste and cost you money, and the same things that attract pantry pests can also attract mice. A mice infestation can contaminate your food and cause disease. Grossed out by the prospect of pest in your pantry? You should be. Follow these tips and you can keep your pantry pest-free.
Clean your pantry
To get started, take everything out of your pantry and wipe down your shelves. Spilled food like pasta, flour, spices and nuts are targets for pests. Wipe up any spills and go over the shelves with a disinfectant to remove bacteria. If you see mouse droppings, contact a pest control professional for extermination. Mice hide when humans come around, but droppings are a sign they’re in the area.
Inspect items and repackage
Inspect food packages for signs of infestation. Look for evidence of damage like holes or tears. If an item has been contaminated, throw it away. Anything not in a glass or plastic container with a tight-fitting lid can be easily contaminated. Place the items in glass containers instead or store them in your fridge.
Maintaining a pest-free pantry
The best way to keep pests out of the kitchen is to keep food contained and inspect your pantry regularly. Always wipe up spills as soon as you notice them. Keep vulnerable items in the fridge or freezer. If you currently have a pest problem, call a pest control professional for help. Infestations should never be allowed to grow as they can cause costly problems down the road or cause disease.
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If you have a pest control problem in the Pheonix area, contact the professionals at CimeX Control. If you’re looking for a pest management team you can trust, call 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 email@example.com.