Category Archive: Tips

  1. Keeping Mice Out of Your Garage

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    Tucson rodent control

    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!

  2. Tips to Keep Bugs Out of Your Garage

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    Garages usually offer a lot more access to bugs than our homes. From the large garage door opening to plenty of ventilation sources, lack of light, and lots of out of sight corners it’s a natural place for bugs to get out of the heat or cold. So how do you usually keep your garage pest free? Here are a few tips to help!

    1. Invest in Proper Storage

    Bugs love places to hide. When your garage is just a tangled mess of loose things, you’ve set up the perfect environment for them to move in and set up a home. If you don’t invest in the correct storage methods, you’re practically inviting bugs to come in. Take the time to seriously look at the state of your garage and we recommend setting up some basic shelves to organize your toys, tools and gear. Once the space has been established, store your things in plastic bins. These are cheap ways to organize and protect your stuff. Lastly. don’t push everything right up against the wall. Leave some space between the walls and the shelving so that you have clear visibility around your area to inspect for bugs or rodents.

    2. Deny Food Sources

    This kind of goes hand in hand with #1, but you may keep things like dog and cat food, or even some oils, powders and other liquid solutions can attract bugs. Make sure you are getting bins and other closable storage solutions for things like pet food.

    3. Make Repairs

    If you’ve had roof damage, or cracks in your stucco, or wood rot in siding or any number of things that can go wrong as normal wear and tear on a home, take the time to make repairs. These are open invitations for bugs and other pests to make their way into your garage space, and ultimately your home. Take the time to seal cracks and repair damage around your property.

    4. Use Baits and Traps

    Some basic store bought traps can catch the odd scorpion or roach making its way around your garage. Unless it’s a complete infestation, this can go a long way to keep them from making their way into your home. If there is a much larger infestation than a wayward bug, then we recommend professional help, but this can be a cheap and easy precaution to keep your garage pest free.

    Call the Professionals

    Keeping bugs out of your garage is just one part of our whole home pest control plan! If you don’t already have a pest control plan in place and you’re tired of dealing with bugs in your garage, give us a call and we’d love to show you just how affordable peace of mind can be!

  3. Minimize Mosquitoes in Your Yard

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    Are mosquitoes sucking the joy out of your Sonoran Summer? The problem with mosquitoes is that they aren’t just annoying and cause us to itch. They’re actually known carriers for some pretty nasty viruses, such as Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue and others. You may not think you could contract these viruses here in America, but hundreds of people in the US contract a combination of these viruses each year. It’s worth taking the steps to minimize your risk!

    Here some effective ways to reduce mosquito activity around your home:

    Eliminate Any Standing Water – this is a pretty broad category because when it rains and remains humid in the monsoon months, water can pool into all kinds of places. Old planters, garbage lid covers, old plastic containers or even areas out of the sunlight with poor drainage. These are a major attraction for breeding mosquitoes and you will always find them active near sources of water.

    Plan Your Garden – there are numerous natural deterrents to mosquitoes hanging around your yard and planting these won’t eliminate them, but they will certainly reduce the number that will hang around where these are planted. These plants include Catnip, Lemongrass, Marigolds, Basil, Citronella geraniums, Wild Garlic, Rosemary, Lavender, and Peppermint among others. These can make a great visual addition to your garden while giving you the natural benefit of repelling mosquitoes!

    Keep Up On Yard Work – overgrown yards full of tall grass are ideal places for mosquitoes to lay eggs. The better you can keep your yard groomed the fewer opportunities mosquitoes can use your back yard to lay eggs.

    Or You Use the Pros to Guarantee They’re Gone!

    That’s why we offer mosquito control as part of our ongoing Complete Pest Control plans. We know that while you can minimize the presence of mosquitoes, you typically can’t completely eradicate them. If you want to eliminate these itchy and potentially dangerous pests, we recommend giving us a call today to get started! You won’t be disappointed.

  4. Tips to Prevent Beg Bugs

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    Bed bugs are one of the more difficult pests to deal with and we know full well how frustrating they can be. We have a couple of tips for you as you travel to try to stay safe and pest free! Don’t make the mistake of assuming that because you are not checking into dingy rooms that bed bugs won’t be waiting for you. They are more common than most people think and even some major airport hubs have reported have bed bug problems.

    Inspect Every Sleeping Area

    This is a simple step that most people forgo when they check into a room at a hotel or a vacation home. Even if you have had a long day of travel, spending a moment to inspect the sleeping areas is essential. Using your cellphone flashlight, do a scan through the bed layers one at a time, including the pillows and seams of the mattress. While eggs are very difficult to spot, you can still see them without a magnifying tool. Their eggs have a mild transparent appearance and are between 1.5mm and 2.5mm in size.

    If there is an active bed bug infestation, you will see discoloration in the folds and seams of the mattress where the sheets are fitted as well.

    We recommend either leaving your luggage in your vehicle or outside the room as you do a cursory check to ensure there are no bed bugs present.

    If you see any signs whatsoever that you might have bed bugs present, immediately leave the room and contact the concierge, front desk or the home owner if it’s a vacation rental. It’s important that you do not expose any of your luggage to a possible infestation as quickly as possible.

    Do Some Quick Research

    There are some easy to use tools to see if there have been bed bugs at a potential destination. There are no “rules” that bed bugs follow when they decide to take residence. Despite a reputation of being in seedy motel rooms that are not clean, in reality they can be found virtually anywhere because of how resilient they are.

    The Bed Bug Registry is a great place to start to begin researching locations that may have had bed bugs in the past. We recommend that you start here.

    Be Smart About Your Luggage

    Keep your clothes in your suitcase during the entirety of your stay if there isn’t a suitable storage option you can confirm is pest free. Piling clothes on the floor is an easy way to end up taking bed bugs back with you as you travel home. Anything you can do to elevate your belongings off of the floor is ideal.

    We’re Here for You

    If you think you might have bed bugs at your home, regardless of their source, please give us a call today. Dealing with bed bugs to ensure they no longer plague you (and stay gone!) can be a daunting task. Our professionals know the steps necessary to rid you of bed bugs for good. Contact Us today and we will be happy to help answer any questions you might have.

  5. Small Bug Problems Can Turn Into Big Bug Problems

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    One of the reasons that Results Pest and Termite recommends an ongoing professional pest protection program is because singular treatments only address some of the issues you might be experiencing in very isolated instances. Given that Arizona home owners are building our homes in areas that are typically also home to so many types of pests, it requires constant vigilance to ensure your home stays pest free. This is also the reason why so many DIY pest treatments ultimately don’t solve your problems in the long run.

    The Food Chain – Some Bugs Mean Other Bugs Are Right Around the Corner

    You might look at minor problems like Silverfish, Crickets and the occasional Roach as no big deal. And while these bugs don’t always freak out everyone that sees them, these bugs are however an important food source for the bugs you absolutely do not want in your home, such as centipedes, black widow spiders, wolf spiders and scorpions. These bugs can be a major nuisance to both home owners and especially pets and small children. In most cases these insects will not outright kill a human unless they are allergic to the toxins in a bite or sting, they can cause severe pain and hospitalization.

    By eliminating relatively harmless bugs that don’t typically bother most people, you are actually removing the top of their food-chain from selecting your home or yard as a source of food. What does not get eliminated with our ongoing pest control treatments will simply move on to areas that can sustain them.

    Looking to Get Rid of Your Bug Problems?

    If you are a Tucson resident looking to eliminate those potentially life threatening pests in your home, give us a call today! Our friendly staff can’t wait to hear from you and see how we can help your home feel like a place you can relax in. You can reach our pest control hotline at 520-413-5415. And don’t forget to ask about what pest control specials we have!

  6. Tips for Homeowners to Keep Scorpions Away

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    If you’re a homeowner that has scorpion problems in Tucson, then you are not alone (and likely why you’re on the page to begin with!). Tucson and Southern Arizona in general can be a real problem when it comes to finding scorpions roaming around our homes. While scorpions can definitely be more problematic depending on your geography, there are some tips that you as a homeowner can implement to cut down on the number of these pests you might typically see!

    Check Your Home for Drafts

    Scorpions are capable of fitting into just about any small hole, crevice or crack around the home. Installing draft skirts on exterior doors, caulking holes or cracks near foundations in your garage and sealing any structural entryways near your foundation. Dog doors can also be a way they can access your home, so ensure that they are sealing properly and are not cracked or broken.

    Eliminate Their Food Source

    DYI treatments specifically for scorpions themselves can be antidotal at best because of how resilient these pests can be. That’s why it’s typically more effective to deal with the other crawlies that they count on for their food source. It’s easier to eliminate things like crickets and silverfish around your property than to deal with scorpions directly. Without an effective food source, they can begin to move on to better pickings.

    Planters and Foliage

    If you have a lot of plants right next to your doors and windows, this can be an excellent way scorpions can access the home because it is a preferred temperature and area to hide, they can also find food in these areas. Move any plants directly against the home so that if you do have unwelcome guests, they stay in the yard and not in your home!

    When In Doubt, Call the Pros!

    At the end of the day, there is foolproof method to keep scorpions completely out of your living space if your home happens to be on a very scorpion-active area. Some home owners report never seeing a scorpion while living in a home only to find them daily in another home just down the street. That’s where the pros at Results Pest and Termite come into the picture and we can rid you of your problem today – just give us a call at 520-413-5415 or you can email us here.