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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. Common Types of Roaches

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    While there are a number of different cockroach species, there are only two types that those living in Tucson will usually encounter.

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    The German Cockroach

    German roaches are the most common species found in most homes. They are typically found in kitchens and bathrooms because they prefer humid, warm areas and thrive on fermented food. German cockroaches are exclusively indoors and rely on humans for their survival. Adults are brown in colorbred with two stripes running down their backs. German cockroaches are widely believed to spread numerous diseases, even typhoid and dysentery.

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    The American Cockroach

    The American Cockroach lives mostly outdoors in moist, shady areas but can also be found frequently in garages, industrial areas, large buildings and commercial properties. They invade homes usually after heavy rains, such as the monsoon season we experience in Tucson. These are the larger species that can grow up to an inch-and-a-half and they feed on decaying organic matter. They’re scavengers by nature, but will eat anything that can keep them alive.

    Because of their diet of decaying matter and time spent in sewers and drains, this cockroach species has been known to transmit bacteria that can cause food poisoning.


    Treating Cockroaches

    A variety of pest control methods are usually required to handle a frequent number of cockroaches in and around the home. Roaches flourish where they can find food and water, and unfortunately our homes are the easiest way for them to access both in a climate that they thrive in.

    Keeping your pantry tidy and ensure you don’t have frequent spilled drinks or open food containers are an essential key to keeping roaches away.

    Next, bait traps are good way for home owners to begin catching roaches in places like garages or bathrooms. Ideally this isn’t a long term solution because at some point you are seeking professional ongoing bug treatment options so that this isn’t necessary.

    Finally, having an ongoing pest control professional that provides an ongoing layer of protection in and around your home can guarantee you can say goodbye to roaches altogether. As a customer of Results, you can sleep easy that your home remains pest free! Want to learn more? Just give us a call or email!

  4. How to Keep Mice Out of Your Home

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    Mice are a small animal that can be cause a big problem for some homeowners. They typically enter the home through cracks and holes in the foundation, or where there are gaps or rotten wood where siding has begun to deteriorate. Another common place for them to enter the home is through the garage which can be more accessible than the house itself. Mice can fit through small gaps than you might think possible, so even very small openings can potentially lead to an infestation.

    Stucco homes also can contain holes or gaps where the structure meets the garage, which can lead mice up into attic areas of some homes.

    Typically homeowners will see infestations around the Fall as temperatures drop and can set up in a comfortable home rather quickly. We once had a report that a homeowner caught up to 36 mice in a single weekend once they realized they had an infestation! The primary health issue with common house mice is their droppings and urine as they venture out from their homes looking for food.

    A more difficult common species found around Tucson however is the Pack Rat. These rodents in addition to creating a very unsanitary area where they set up their burrows, are known to cause an incredibly high amount of damage. They primarily damage electrical equipment including cars, vans, trucks, yard equipment and even interior wiring. They can do thousands of dollars of damage in a single night.

    Prevention is primarily an exercise in vigilance and common sense. Routine inspections around your home to ensure there are no structural gaps, cracks, wood rot, or obvious entry points into the home or garage is crucial. Make sure also that trees and bushes do not create a logical pathway to the rooftop of your home.

    Take the time to inspect your weatherproofing efforts, especially around garage doors in addition to ventilation sources. Check your attic spaces regularly for droppings or other signs that mice have created a home above you. Lastly, do not leave vehicles outside at night if at all possible. If you are using your garage for storage, it might be time to think about a yard sale or setting up a 3rd party storage solution. While there are gadgets that can help keep Pack Rats at bay, keeping cars and trucks inside your garage is the only way to absolutely guarantee you won’t wake up in the morning with an electrical nightmare waiting for you as you try and start the engine.

  5. Why It’s Important to Hire Pest Control Professionals

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    If you have ants, roaches, mice, spiders, scorpions or any other creepy crawly found here in Tucson, it might be tempting to take care of matters yourself. Afterall, how hard can it be, right? We’re DIY people ourselves and while we love a great Do-It-Yourself project, we don’t recommend pest control for two major reasons: long-term success and actual savings.

    Long Term Results

    Our pest control experts go through a lot of training to effectively identify and treat pest problems. This includes pest life cycles, geographical knowledge, pest habits, identification, and techniques that are effective against one pest and not another. A professional will know exactly where a problem needs to be handled and use the right equipment or products to handle that situation.

    DIY solutions also don’t typically provide long term results primarily of lack of consistency and lack of correct product usage. As a homeowner, you can be pulled in a lot of directions not including vacation and hectic work schedules. Inconsistent treatment equates to bug problems.

    Products Matter

    There is a huge difference between residentially available products and what types of products are available to licensed professionals. Even “high end” DYI stores don’t carry everything a trained professional has access to. Along with this higher grade product comes the knowledge to use it properly and apply it in a systematic way that leads to long-term effectiveness.

    Value

    You need both knowledge and the right products to protect your home from bugs. After you’ve spent the time to research how to properly manage your pests, you are now continually treating your home and purchasing enough products to handle the job. By the time you factor in your time, mileage and products, the savings are minimal. Because pest control companies like Results Pest and Termite provide consistent pest control at an extremely competitive price, we invite you to make the comparison and we think you’ll realize that getting professional pest management is not only a great value but also peace of mind.

  6. How Quickly Do Termites Damage a Home?

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    Tucson is an absolute hotbed when it comes to termite activity. Our climate is simply falls into the zones that allow these pests to thrive. The type of termite that we see here in the Old Pueblo is the Desert Subterranean Termite. These are prolific insects that are capable of converting cellulose into food, which is one of the primary ingredients we use to build our homes. Here in Tucson, it’s not IF you will get termites, it’s only WHEN you will get them. Unprotected homes will eventually begin to see signs of termite activity.

    How Fast Do They Damage the Structure?

    That’s a tough question to answer because it comes down to how large the colony is that is invading the home. Colonies can house up to 15,000,000 termites on the largest sides. These types of colonies can consume up to 1 pound of wood per day, which as you can imagine can add up to serious structural damage quickly. It’s true that most colonies are not this size, but it’s not uncommon to reach 1,000,000 termites coming into the home to consume the raw materials. If you don’t notice for several weeks or months, that’s still a substantial amount of damage to the home.

    When it comes to termites, you want to assume the worst because treating them is such a lower expense than repairing structural damage in any home. Amazingly, termites are responsible tor over 5 billion damage to home owners each year according to the most recent economic statistics.

    What If My Home Isn’t a Wood Framed Structure?

    While new modern building techniques here in the Southwest include innovative products or simply replacing wood frames with metal, it isn’t enough to completely deter termites. Much of the interior materials we use are also very good food sources for termites. For example metal structures use standard drywall in most cases to create the same interior look found in just about any other home. This in itself is enough of a food source to attract termites.

    See Termites? Get an Inspection

    We recommend doing at the very least an annual inspection on your home to look for tubes that might come up from the ground around the footers of your home. These tubes are delivery tunnels that termites use to work within your home and bring food down to their colonies below in the dirt. If you notice any tubes please give us a call. We offer absolutely FREE termite inspections because our goal is to take care of these problems while they remain small and manageable. We also offer warranties to guarantee you won’t have a problem going forward.

    Please let our friendly staff know if you have any concerns would like a free inspection on your home for termites.

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  7. Learn More About Bee Problems in Tucson

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    We get quite a few questions on a regular basis about different kinds of pests and we’d like to address some well known topics to help educate folks around Tucson about bees and the problems they can cause home owners and businesses.

    Bee Basics – What Types of Bees and Wasps Can You Find Around Tucson?

    While there are dozens of species of bees and wasps in Arizona, here are the ones that you’ll likely find around your home living in the Sonoran Desert:

    • The American Bumblebee is the most widely seen bee species you’ll see around your property. These are the classic yellow and black fuzzy bees that pollinate the flowers around your home. They’re mostly harmless and do not typically want to get into a fight, but they are capable of stinging multiple times which doesn’t fit the stereotype people have built around bees in general that they can only sting once. This poses the most danger to those that might have an allergic reaction to bee stings.
    • Paper Wasps are the most common wasp that is found around residential areas around Tucson. Most people make the automatic assumption that they are Yellow Jackets, which is actually in the same family, but is a much larger and more aggressive type of wasp. For the most part, Paper Wasps are harmless and fairly docile unless provoked. The most distinctive characteristic of a Paper Wasp is that they are smaller, thinner and build large tear-drop shaped nests on eaves and around rafters (where Yellow Jackets build underground nests). These are actually effective pollinators for our desert flowers. You should assume that all wasps will attack if you provoke them, so please stay away.
    • Bald Faced Hornets are black and white stinging insects that can also appear green depending on the light. These are very aggressive pests and if you notice a good number of hornets around your property please give us a call immediately because a nearby nest can be very dangerous for children or pets.
    • Velvet Ants are the final species you may find here in Tucson during your normal daily routine. They are about the same size as a large bee, brilliantly colored and very fuzzy. While called an ant, they are actually a wingless species of wasp, and their stings are known to be one of the most painful on earth, so please call a pest control professional like Results Pest & Termite today

    Beehives

    There is no specific reason that bees may decide to build a colony around or even in your home. In the Southwest our climate is ideal for bees, so their activity is very active around the Spring months in Tucson.

    These can be dangerous for two main reasons: the first is obvious as they can sting you, your children or your pets and that can cause an allergic reaction that can even be fatal. The second is property damage. Once a colony starts building in your structure, they can expand VERY quickly. They will continue to build the structure as long as they have room, and these honeycombs can weigh hundreds of pounds, and are filled with honey.

    Beehives are often built in places where there is shade and the area is covered. It will generally be in attics, garages, interior or exterior walls, or in hollow tree trunks.

    Swarms

    Bee swarms occur when a large number of bees travel together as they migrate from an existing colony or are looking to break off to form new colonies. These swarms will often times gather around trees or in nooks around buildings while they move over large distances to stop and conserve energy while they rest.

    Do NOT approach a bee swarm. If you want to wait until it has moved on, usually this takes 24-48 hours before they begin to continue on. There is however a chance some of the swarm broke off to start a new colony so once they have moved on ensure you thoroughly inspect your property.

    Wasp Nests

    Paper Wasps will make small egg-carton style nests from roof eaves or patio ceilings, or in nooks within a roofing structure.


    Treating Your Bee Problem

    The next big question is: how to solve my bee or wasp problem, what do I do? The first thing is: hire a professional like Results Pest & Termite. Yes, there are techniques that home owners can employ to get rid of bees. No, we do not recommend them.

    In order to even start, you’d need the correct equipment. Once you have acquired the correct equipment, you need the expertise to not only remove bees, but also keep them from coming back. Bees that have simply vacated a structure are an open invitation for other bees to move right in. They leave behind pheromones that can be detected by and attract other bees.

    Additionally if honeycomb is left behind in the structure, it immediately will begun to decay because the honeycomb itself will rot since it is not being actively tended by the colony.

    These are all reason that this is a job for professionals. Luckily, our services are not only fast, but we’re also very affordable.

    If you begin to see large numbers of bees, or can identify a beehive on your property, or you can see bees coming in and out of a hole in your roof or walls, call us today at 520-615-9291 and get a free quote today. You can also Email Us to get started and learn more.

  8. CDC COVID-19 Information

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    Rock solid information is difficult to come by where the media dominates our phones and tablets with opinions. So here is a feed directly from the CDC with information about how to stay safe, resources and other information related to COVID-19. This feed will update automatically as new information becomes available.

     

  9. The pests you HAVE to get rid of before it’s too late

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    Seen on Tucson Morning Blend

    Results Pest & Termite is locally owned and operated and a Tucson original for over 23 years. If you don’t like excuses, you must want Results! Watch as CEO Tim Steiniger and COO Greg Marantz discuss the importance of preventing and getting rid of termites.

    Call now for a FREE inspection: 520-615-9291

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  10. How you can get a FREE month of pest control service

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    By Alex Steiniger

    Results Pest & Termite is locally owned and operated and a Tucson original for over 23 years. If you don’t like excuses, you must want Results! Watch as CEO Tim Steiniger and COO Greg Marantz discuss the importance of preventing and getting rid of termites.

    Call now for a FREE inspection: 520-615-9291

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