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  1. Bee & Wasp Tips

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    As we’ve already covered, Bee Season is here and there is always a possibility that your home or yard end up being a perfect home for an ambitious new colony! Here are some basic tips to keep bees from causing you trouble. Some of these tips can be more important than others if you or your family members are allergic to bee stings.

    Inspect your home for gaps or cracks that may have opened up during the winter months, or that maybe you hadn’t noticed before. Bees only need a very small gap to infiltrate a cavity that they feel would be a good place for a new home. Make sure you repair any openings as soon as you can, and pay attention to see if any bees are going in and out of the opening if you don’t know how long it’s been there.

    • Wasps are a bit different in that they like to attach their nests up against a home where it’s protected by the sun, like roofing trusses. Alternatively some wasps build their nests underground very close to the surface.
    • Select areas that are away from the home to garden or plant flowers. This will simply keep bees from working directly next to your home entrances.
    • Spend some time organizing your yard. Keeping a tidy area will make it more difficult for bees to locate a suitable area to set up a new colony.
    • Look for and fill any holes that animals might have burrowed into your yard. This will help keep both bees and wasps from nesting on your property.
    • Cover your outside trash and recycling bins, preferably with sealable lids. Most of our city-provided trash or recycling has built-in covers, but if you have any large outdoor trash cans, invest a couple of dollars into tight fitting lids.

    If you do find that bees or wasps have taken up residence on your property, please don’t try and handle it yourself. Not only can this be a major health problem, but in many cases without professional treatment the problem can come right back. Give the professionals at Results a call today. We give free estimates and can confirm your bee or wasp problem. You can even ask about our bee season special for a low-cost way to keep your home bee free for good!

  2. Spring is here… and so are the Bees!

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    Tucson is really starting to warm up! Spring is upon us, which means the days are warming up and the nights are staying nice and cool. This is the kind of weather many people move to the Southwest specifically for. As nature begins to renew we’re seeing blooming flowers, leaves sprouting and the entire desert is getting wildly colorful. The result of all this beauty of course is the return of bees!

    Most of the time bees are not a problem and they can buzz around happily providing nature with much needed pollen. There are times however where bees make their homes in and around our dwellings, which can begin to cause problems.

    If a queen has set up a nest inside your home, you’ve got a real problem on your hands. The nest will grow and the problem will quite literally only get larger. It also takes a professional approach to ensure that once the bees are gone they will stay gone. Some DIY solutions end up with another colony taking residence in the now-empty nest in your home.

    Bees usually enter a home through a break in the structure that might lead them to the interior walls. Or they can easily take up residence beneath a structure which is common in mobile homes, sheds or home additions. In other cases they can gain access to crawl spaces and begin to create colonies around your rafters.

    Don’t Solve Your Problem Alone

    We understand that this might be one more thing you have to deal with, but trust us – you don’t want to get rid of a bee problem as a weekend warrior. At the very least you need the proper equipment to safely begin a bee removal project, and once it’s gone there is specialized equipment or chemicals required to sanitize the area to ensure no other bees take up residence in the now abandoned colony.

    Bee problems are very common during the Spring months in the Southwest, and we’re always running low-cost specialis to ensure that everyone can get rid of their bee problems affordably and professionally. So please give us a call today and schedule a technician right away!

  3. About Brown Recluse Spiders

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    Tucson Brown Recluse Extermination

    The Brown Recluse, also called a “violin spider”, is one of the more notorious spiders in the United States due to their incredibly toxic bites. Brown recluse spiders are among an elite class of spiders, like the Black Widow, whose venom can cause severe reactions and damage to humans. The Brown Recluse will live about two years, but can survive without food or water for about six months. They have long legs and light brown or tan bodies.

    Brown Recluse Venom

    The venom that these spiders employ to kill their prey is both cytotoxic and hemolytic, which means that people can have a similar reaction to a Black Widow bite, but this venom also can break down the cellular structure of the bite wound to cause even more damage to the bite area. Bites from Brown Recluse spiders are also often times completely painless at the time of the bite, but you begin seeing and feeling symptoms within hours.
    These symptoms can include:

    • severe pain at the bite site
    • severe itching
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • fever
    • and muscle pain

    Where You Find Them

    Brown Recluses live pretty much all across the United States and can survive in many climates. They’re hunters by nature, which means they do not use webs to catch insects. Which means unlike spiders like Black Widows, you don’t have the tell-tale web to indicate where they might be. They usually live in wood piles, vacant houses, basements, wall voids and any other place it can remain hidden until it begins hunting prey. They favor areas of low activity because they are actually quite shy in nature, so sheds are particular popular. While they’re not aggressive by nature, because you may not notice them due to the lack of webbing, it’s easy to accidentally grab one when moving boxes or looking in storage.

    Brown Recluse Spider Bites

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    The unique nature of Brown Recluse venom means that they can have a dramatically damaging effect on human tissue. While symptoms of their bites occur within hours of being bit, the area of the bite depending on the severity, can begin to deteriorate as the venom breaks down the tissue. Wounds can become quite gruesome as they deteriorate even up to weeks after the initial bite.

    If you think you may have been bitten by a Brown Recluse spider, either because of symptoms or a very odd looking discoloration around what appears to be an insect bite, we recommend seeking medical help to begin treatment as soon as possible.

    Reliable Pest Control

    If you’ve seen what appear to be spiders that match the description of a Brown Recluse in or around your Tucson home, or spiders in general that you don’t want hanging around, please contact the professionals at Results Pest & Termite today to get a free quote over the phone and our pest control technicians can keep your home pest free for that complete feeling of peace of mind knowing you don’t have dangerous insects lurking around!

  4. How to Keep Crickets Out of Your Home

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    We’re all pretty familiar with common crickets found in most Tucson homes. They’re yellowish-brown with a variety of darker markings, and they range from about 1/3 to 2/3 of an inch in length. In terms of pest classification, they’re “nuisance pests” which means they’re not dangerous, but that doesn’t mean that they are harmless either. Crickets can bring not only limited damage to a home, but they also bring with them a variety of other pests as well that find them to be plentiful sources of food, which includes spiders, scorpions and vinegarroons. These pests you want no part of in the home, so eliminating crickets from your Tucson area home is a reliable preventative measure to eliminate unwanted pests that are harmful to adults, children and pets.

    One known fact about crickets is that they have very high keratin-rich diets, meaning they can cause problems in your home by spreading pathogens, food contamination and cosmetic damage. These food sources they can find in our homes can include:

    • Furniture
    • Fabrics and clothing
    • Leather
    • Fur clothing
    • Wallpaper
    • Books and paper

    • Carpeting
    • Indoor plants
    • Fruits and vegetables
    • Grain-based foods
    • Nuts and legumes

    Basic Tips

    Usually the culprits are moisture or access to food and a combination of the two. Here are a few tips to help keep crickets of your home:

    • Keep your yard cleared debris, wood, fallen leaves or weeds
    • Trim back any low hanging branches, shrubs touching your home or trees that touch your eaves
    • Eliminate thick underbrush around your home
    • Most homes in Tucson have rock, but if you have irrigation or grass, check to ensure you don’t have excessive water retention after irrigating plants
    • Check your door, window and entry seals for cracks or damage
    • Identify loose sliding doors, exposed wood, or areas that are poorly sealed around the home
    • Repair any damaged or leaking pipes around the home, including hoses and irrigation systems
    • Check for any areas that are showing excess moisture on the exterior of your home
    • Regularly sweeping, moping and clearing debris around the interior of the home, specifically in pantries and garages, provide much less available food

    Crickets are not always deterred with DIY preventative measures and in some cases you only reduce your infestation. To truly eliminate crickets and other pests from your home, calling a professional is the only move that offer reliable long term results. You’ll be surprised with how affordable reliable pest control can be! Give us a call today to see how we can help you!

  5. Why Hire a Pest Control Professional

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    We live in the age of the internet, right? Can’t we just DIY everything since we have all the information at your fingertips? Well… sort of. These things can be somewhat true to a limited extent. You aren’t wrong in that the internet does offer a lot of information, and that you can certainly use some DIY methods to handle some of your pest problems. But to address the entire issue, consider the following:

    Pest Control Companies Can Save You Time!

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    This is probably one of the top reasons people hire us to begin with. Folks are busy. We’re all providing professional goods and services that we’re experts in on our own time. At a certain point people begin to weigh the value of spending the time to research a problem, purchase tools to address that problem and the trial and error of making those solutions work.

    At the end of the day someone that is dedicated to the craft of eliminating pests in your home, that technician has the skills and equipment to do the job quicker and more efficiently than a weekend warrior. No matter how you slice it, those tasks are going to cost you a good amount of time.

    Pest Control Professionals Save You Money

    There are two myths that we’re addressing with this point.

    The first myth is that pest control is expensive. Professional pest control right here in Tucson, provided by local technicians, can easily cost under $50 a month. That’s typically less than you spend on dinner for two one night a month. We feel that to maintain a pest free home that you never have to mess with is a incredibly good value.

    The second myth is DIY solutions are free (or inexpensive). Most likely at a minimum you will need to begin purchasing products that can actually address your pest issue, be it scorpions, mice, spiders or termites. These are not always cheap. Realize also that these DIY products that are offered are less effective residential versions of commercial products that only professionals have access to. Before you even start, you’re using products that are less effective due to residential sales restrictions. You might spend more on products alone than our monthly pest control bill, and that doesn’t count the time involved to apply this product to your home and see if it worked.

    Focus on Prevention

    Results Pest & Termite is going to focus on prevention as much as elimination. We can identify potential issues immediately to help homeowners decrease potential problems before they are causing any real major issues.

    DIY Pest Control At Worst is Costly and Ineffective. Moreover, It can be Dangerous

    We understand that when some homeowners see a problem, the first instinct is to do a little research and fix the issue. DIY solutions however suffer from a lot of misinformation just simply due to the sheer amount of content available online. You could spend hours on forums researching solutions given by other DIY’ers, much of which could be completely inaccurate.

    It’s very important that you read, understand and follow the instructions closely for pest control products. They are after all, designed to kill insects. Misused, they can be harmful to pets and children. Also, insects are able to develop resistance to some pest control products and not others. Professionals know when and where it is appropriate to apply alternative products and are knowledgeable about where and how much product is safe to apply.

    The Bottom Line

    I think that by doing the math and looking at the cost and time investment, the sensible approach is to engage a company like Results Pest & Termite to handle your pest control needs that are backed by a money-back guarantee, give you peace of mind, and give you those precious hours back. Give us a call today and we’d love to show you why so many of our customers are recommending that their friends do exactly that!

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  6. Are You Welcoming Pests into Your Home?

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    As pest control professionals, one thing that we continually see as we service Tucson area homes is that many times home owners are unknowingly rolling out the red carpet for unwanted pests like scorpions, termites, ants and other insects. When it comes to the exterior of your home, what a homeowner needs to realize is that in areas like the Southwest and specifically around the Tucson area, water is one of the more sought after resources for insects. In other parts of the US, water is far more abundant and thus breeds a different type of pest. Our climate however has encouraged the development of extremely hardy and resilient bugs, like termites.

    This can take the form of irrigation providing additional moisture to the ground around your home, specifically in flower beds or plants that are right against the foundation. Mulch is also a culprit because it’s designed to retain moisture to allow better garden growth and provides a great source of moisture to termites. Once these types of areas provide a great source of food and water to termites, colonies begin forming pretty quickly and that’s when they see your home as the next thing on the menu.

    It’s not uncommon for example to see an homes that are constantly struggling with massive numbers of mosquitoes. It doesn’t take long to start spotting areas where homeowners allow standing water to become prolific breeding grounds for mosquitoes. At Results, we look for these types of signs and in addition to treating the area to ensure that eggs can’t hatch to become future pests, we work to help educate homeowners to watch out for areas that water can collect from rains or irrigation to minimize opportunities.

    Poorly insulated doorways, windows and dog doors are open invitations for ants, cockroaches, crickets and other small insects to come into the home and use your house as a source of food. And when these insects invade the home, you begin to see the addition of spiders and scorpions follow because they also follow the best pathway to plentiful food sources.

    Pest Management is about a combination of common sense changes you can do as a homeowner combined with the knowledge, equipment and techniques that professionals like Results Pest & Termite can bring to your home to keep you pest free. Together, we create a protective barrier that rids your home of pests for good! If this is the type of service that you think would benefit your home, Reach Out Today! and one of our pest control professionals can help you solve your pest problems today!

  7. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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    Happy New Year

    From our family here at Results Pest and Termite to yours all around Tucson and Southern Arizona – Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday Season and a Wonderful New Year as we wind down what we can all agree was a challenging 2021.  Please stay safe and healthy in this season into the new year and we’ll be looking forward to making 2022 a much better year for everyone right here in Tucson.

    Stay safe and see you in the New Year!

  8. Treating Bed Bugs in Tucson

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    Bed bugs are one of these pests that most people think other people get. One major common misconception about bed bugs is that they only show up in very dirty environments, so as long as we keep our homes tidy and clean they won’t show up. Both of these assumptions are false. Anyone can have bed bugs and they can show up in even the cleanest of homes.

    Bed bugs are incredibly resilient and because their primary food source is us, they can successfully live pretty much anywhere we can. Luckily, they are not known to spread disease, but they are absolutely a public health pest because they can be transmitted to others and they can cause other public health issues, so it’s important to pay close attention to preventing and controlling bed bugs.

    A Professional Problem

    Bed bugs require a treatment strategy. They typically can’t be managed with some chemicals from the store and good intentions. In fact, in some parts of the country they have developed resistance to pesticides. They are very specific life-cycles that require a combination of techniques to successfully deal with them and ensure they are gone for good.

    Proper Identification – bed bugs are very small. So properly identifying them to ensure you are dealing with bed bugs and not fleas, ticks or other insects is crucial. If you are not sure, please contact us today and one of our professionals can identify them for you and help you understand what the next steps look like to eliminate them.

    Don’t Be Embarrassed – Just Be Informed

    Bed bugs are not a pest that should invite embarrassment. It’s no one’s “fault” to find bed bugs in your home. Bed bugs are very good hitchhikers and could have easily been picked up from a hotel room floor, airport, dry cleaner, laundromat, or even from school. Understanding that they have to be dealt with in a specific way is important to ensure you get rid of them without spreading them to anyone else or they get out of control in your home.

    Call us today at 520-413-5415 and we can help you identify and understand what to do next if you think you have a bed bug infestation.

  9. Termites in Tucson

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    There are quite a few different species of termites that exist around the world depending primarily on climate. In Tucson and around Southern Arizona, we almost exclusively see the Subterranean Termites attacking homes and structures.

    Termites are social insects that create colonies together that function by carrying out specific roles within the colony. This consists of reproductive adults, soldiers and workers. Generally speaking what we see around our homes are workers – these insects are responsible for feeding maintaining the colony, finding food, and bringing resources back into the colony.

    Subterranean Termites

    This species of termite build their colonies below ground in areas that are advantageous for food foraging. They must maintain contact with the soil to meet their livable requirements both in temperature and moisture content. termites forage through soil in search of food sources and construct mud tubes that protect them from dehydration until they can return to their colony to replenish moisture and feed other members of the colony.

    Subterranean termite colonies can grow to millions of insects over the course of 3-5 years, and are responsible for as much as a billion dollars of damage annually. Termites also work continuously 24/7. As they grow and multiply, a single colony can destroy about a one-foot section of a 2×4 over the course of five or six months.

    Identifying a Problems

    The key to ensuring that termites don’t cause a significant amount of damage to your home, early detect in is key. Termites can be incredibly active and grow very quickly. The signs that they are active luckily are typically very visible. As homes are built upon elevated foundations in standard family homes or raised mobile homes, termites have to create pathways to gain access to food so they can carry it back to the colony.

    These tunnels, or tubes, are what we look for to see if there is active termites that are gaining access to a home. Almost every type of home is susceptible because even if the certain elements of the exterior are not edible, virtually everything on the inside of a home is on the menu. For example, steel buildings still typically contain drywall interior walls with paneling baseboards, all of which are very much edible for termites.

    Prevention is KEY!

    The most cost effective way to ensure your home stays termite free is to take it off the menu completely. Termite treatments are proven to be effective at maintaining a barrier around your home. They don’t last forever however. Chemicals used to shield your home simply deteriorate over time and must be renewed every few years on average. You can trust that termite damage will cost quite a bit more than any termite treatment, so we point out that by saving a few bucks on not treating your home might end up costing you 5 times that amount to repair it. Make sure you budget in a new termite treatment every few years.

    If you can’t remember the last time you had your home treated, please consider calling us for a completely FREE home inspection. No strings attached. Our professionals can tell you if your home is termite-free, and if not we can tell you the severity and offer you a quote with options on how to proceed. We’re not happy unless you’re happy! Contact us today to learn more!

  10. Keeping Mice Out of Your Garage

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    Winter is coming faster in Tucson and the last thing we want to do is ruin the Holiday spirit with a mouse infestation! As the months get colder, mice naturally begin to seek shelter and our homes are the most readily available refuge that keeps them warm, and in my cases, also provides food. While most of the time our homes are relatively well suited to keep mice out, the garage is the most vulnerable area to infiltration.

    How can I prevent mice from getting into my garage?
    In order to keep mice out of your garage, you need to make sure it is unappealing to them so that they move on to better suited places. These might include:

    • Seal up any kind of pet food and make sure that area remains tidy as you feed your pets
    • Keep things organized – declutter your garage and put things in sealable bins
    • Look for gaps, cracks and openings around your garage and seal them
    • Inspect your dryer vent area and ensure that the mesh has no holes in it
    • Cut back any vegetation that directly touches the home and especially touches the roof
    • Be mindful of how clean and sealed your trash cans are – if they are not sealed, it’s an easy meal
    • Store firewood outdoors, away from the home and not stacked directly against the home or garage

    While you can get rid of mice on your own, we do recommend professional help. Our monthly pest control customers have the peace of mind that we’re doing inspections for signs of rodents and upon finding anything we handle the situation before it becomes a real problem. Mice can breed quickly, do damage to your belongings and walls and create a very unhealthy environment quickly. Once they gain access to a garage they can more easily get access to the rest of the home so it’s important to handle these issues immediately.

    Here are some solutions that you should NOT count on:

    1. Rely on essential oils or scents – Mice are highly adaptable and aren’t deterred by things like peppermint oil when they find a treasure trove of dog food they can eat in your garage.
    2. Use solutions like cayenne pepper or hot sauce as a deterrent. Again, as mice are highly adaptable, they can bypass or just outright deal with solutions like this.
    3. Rely on a cat – Yes, cats do catch mice, but they’re far from a reliable way to eliminate a mouse infestation.

    Let Us Help

    If you have a mouse problem, give us a call. We’re happy to help and work with you to determine how they are getting in and how best to eliminate them quickly. Just give us a call or email today and we’ll be ready to help!