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Pest Control Tips for Scottsdale Snowbirds

Hordes of northerners flock to Scottsdale every winter to escape the harsh climate at home. But, just like people, pests love the warm, dry weather Scottsdale, AZ offers during the winter. Arizona Exterminating brings you pest control tips for snowbirds flocking to our wonderful city.

It’s Been a Long Summer

You may have been diligent in getting rid of – or properly storing – all food in your winter home before leaving last Spring. While this is an essential part of pest prevention, there’s another source of pest sustenance you may not have considered: moisture. During our long, hot summer, pests become experts at seeking out water, and your empty winter home could’ve fallen victim to dehydrated pests.

Keep in mind for next year that sealing off your toilets and drains with plastic wrap can help prevent cockroaches and gnats from making their way into your home; while products like kitty litter or charcoal briquettes around the house absorb moisture, making your home less attractive to ants and many other kinds of pests.

How to Identify Pest Infestations

Even these effective pest control measures aren’t always enough to stop infestations. Knowing how to detect a rodent or bug invasion by inspecting your house or condo is the first step. Pests leave behind signs ranging from shed wings and carcasses to droppings, wood shavings, and egg casings. Look under sinks, around plumbing, and near entryways in every room and in your garage. Finding any of these clues means it’s time to call in the pest professionals.

Keeping Pests Away Throughout the Year

Benjamin Franklin said it best: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Immediately cleaning up spills, storing food in airtight containers, keeping landscape debris and firewood away from the house, and maintaining a clutter-free home helps reduce the likelihood of a pest infestation. Of course, determined pests will find shelter wherever they can. If you find evidence of rodents, spiders, or insects in your Scottsdale home, a pest treatment regimen is in order. We also recommend leaving your key with a trusted neighbor and scheduling treatments while you’re gone. You’ll appreciate returning to a pest-free home next year.

From depriving pests of food and water to maintaining a year-round pest control treatment plan, warding off insects and other pests is easier than you might think. Arizona Exterminating Co. has treated many homes and businesses in and around Scottsdale over the decades. Let us keep your property pest-free by scheduling a free quote today.

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