Folks are always asking about the expense as it relates to termite treatment, control and damages. Termites in general tend to be one of the more expensive pest control problems we deal with. There’s a lot of factors that go into a termite control program and the extent of damages to the structure can vary by a lot. Check out John Goldshot’s blog post for more info:
Solar panels are popping up everywhere over the past 10 years or so. They save folks money on their electric bill and are good for the ecology so why not? Unfortunately pigeons love the panels and they love to poop on them, too. There’s just enough room underneath to raise a family and they’re protected from the elements and predators. Pigeons living under your solar panels is not a good thing so check out John Goldshot’s post as they specialize in solving this particular problem:
We have all sorts of rodents in the valley and throughout the entire state of Arizona and sometimes they present a huge problem for both business and home owners. In the pest control industry we consider fall and winter to be ‘Rodent Season’ simply because that’s when they get cold and want to set up shop in your attic. But rodent control is kind of an all year sort of thing if you want to never have a real problem with them. Here’s a post from John Goldshot with more info about Rodent Season:
Dog Waste Concerns
When I started Bernard’s Pest, I wanted to bring valued services to my customers. I’m not sure if many people know the main reason for pest control is the health related concerns that can come from infestations of certain insects. Along with the concerns of stinging pests there are many insects that can cause severe health related issues as well as cause damage to homes such as rodents chewing on wires that could potentially cause fires in homes. Those are of course at the forefront of most people’s mind however, there is another that most homeowners don’t know about. When I started Bernard’s Pest I chose to pick up dog waste as one of the services I provide. I am usually at the house already so it made sense to remove the waste at the time of the service for a minimal fee but, there are far greater reasons to remove the waste quickly that most homeowners don’t know. I decided to do some research and include some examples of how dog waste is truly a health hazard.
Some people believe that dog waste is good fertilizer, which is not true. Dog waste will burn and discolor the grass and will create “hot spots” where the burning occurred.
The “EPA” (Environmental Protection Agency), classified pet waste as a dangerous pollutant in the same category as toxic chemicals and oil. If you live near water unscooped waste from your yard can be carried by water flow or washed into storm drains ending up in faraway streams, rivers, and even ground water.
Pet waste can spread parasites and when infected dog waste comes into contact with your lawn the dog waste will eventually disappear but the eggs of the parasite remain. Humans and animals risk infection when they come into contact through normal activities such as walking barefoot, gardening, or playing on the yard. These parasites can still be present years after the dog waste is gone.
Dog waste is known for collecting harmful bacteria including E. Coli and fecal coliform bacteria which can cause serious kidney disorders, intestinal illness, cramps and diarrhea in humans.
Dog waste can often contain roundworm larvae and can cause blindness. If a human were to ingest this larva it could migrate through the body causing disease to the brain, lungs, kidney, liver, heart or eyes. It is possible when children come into contact with soil, dog toys, or anything that has come into contact with dog waste and then touch their mouths, they can become infected.
If you would like more information on this topic, you can find at http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/dosdont.cfm
I hope this article shows how Pest Wastse can be a real problem in your yard. And I hope you’ll consider Bernard’s Pest as your Pest Control and Pet Waste Removal solution. – Bernard A. McCleary III
Pest Control Tips and Advice
I thought this month I would provide some tips that will help keep pests out of your home and possibly prevent pest activity that could otherwise occur.
1. Annual Inspections – I highly recommend having a professional inspect your home once a year so that issues can be brought to your attention that you would otherwise not know about.
2. Keep Trees and foliage from contacting the home – Trees and Plants are homes for lots of different insects – if they are contacting the structure it can give easy access to the home for not only insects but rodents as well.
3. Keep cellulose material away from structure – Cellulose is wood, termites process cellulose from wood, your home is made of wood. See the connection? Store all wood a good distance away from the structure.
4. Store dry goods in air tight containers – I’m not going to get into too much detail on this one…Just going to ask that you trust me on this one. Bulk items can save money but can also create issues down the road. Air tight containers should be utilized.
5. Keep Moisture away from the structure – Keeping moisture away from the foundation will help reduce the possibility of termites and other insects. Keep an eye out for leaky faucets and clogged drainage as large amounts of moisture could pose big issues.
6. Routine yard maintenance – Keeping grass trimmed, having weeds treated or removed, and removing excess leaves on the ground will help reduce pest activity.
7. Talk to a professional before you “do it yourself”. So you do all your pest treatments and still can’t solve the issues, or they return quickly? Talk to a professional. Unless you have had years of training and experience and 1000’s of completed services you probably could get some really good pointers from the Professional. More than likely it will save you time and money in the long run.
I hope you enjoyed these Pest Control tips and that you’ll consider Bernard’s Pestas your Pest Control solution. – Bernard A. McCleary III
Bee Control and Removal Glendale AZ
This year I have had many calls for Bee Control & Removal in Glendale AZ and surrounding areas and usually it consists of homeowner that call in because they have recently had a bee swarm arrive at the home. A bee swarm occurs because a bee colony consists of one queen and thousands of workers and over time over crowding occurs and not all the workers have access to the queen. Why is that important? The queen is essential for a bee colony’s survival because bees feed and communicate through a process called ‘trophallaxis’ or simply ‘food sharing’. It is this process where pheromones are produced by the queen to attract the workers to her and in return they build the comb, forage and tend to the brood. When a colony gets so large that the workers do not have contact with the queen and no longer receive her pheromone signals, the workers create a new queen. The old queen takes off with part of the colony to establish a new hive and thus the ‘ball’ of bees flying around. Queens are not great flyers and the bees form a clump and have to rest often usually on a tree branch, or even on your home.
Most calls that come in for Bee activity are from newly formed swarms and I explain if they can wait 24-48 hours the bees will move on because they are looking for a suitable site for their new hive. In most cases when I call back the customer the following day, they are relieved that the bees have moved on, however there are a few exceptions. These exceptions are usually when bees have access into structures such as under eaves of homes where gaps have not been sealed properly allowing bees into the home. I recently had a service call for bees where a swarm reached the home and to my customer’s horror, bees were actually coming into her den. I believe that if the home was properly sealed she would have still had the swarm but, without being able to get into the structure they probably would have moved on after a day or so. There have also been instances where dogs have dug around a storage shed in a customer’s yard allowing the bees to have access under the flooring of the shed and thus became their new home. Bees are extremely important creatures to our environment and no one should want to destroy them, however they can also pose a serious health concern.
would highly recommend at least once a month, taking a look around the home and inspecting carefully for entries where bees have access. Having a pest professional perform regular inspections around your home will ensure that areas where bees have access can be sealed properly. Taking the time to do thorough inspections will most certainly save money in the long run and if bees don’t have a place at your residence to call home they won’t stay there.
I hope this article shed a little light on Bee Control and that if you have a Bee Problem you’ll consider Bernard’s Pest as your Bee Control solution. – Bernard A. McCleary III
Pest Control Maintenance
Summer is fast approaching and if you are in the desert we all know it’s already here. Like a lot of things, we are reminded during this time to make sure our essentials are taken care such as AC maintenance and car maintenance, etc. What I find to be the case a large amount of the time is people typically do not perform pest maintenance on their home, which I find strange because during the summer is when you will have the greatest amount of pest pressure.
Pest maintenance is not necessarily anything to do with applying pesticides but, a review around the home by a professional to point out conducive conditions that will most certainly save you time and money in the long run. After all, if you knew today that based on conditions around your home you are susceptible to possible termite activity, ant activity, or rodent activity in a few months would you choose to do nothing about it? Better yet, how would you feel after dealing with an ongoing ant problem for months that you actually could have prevented it from even happening in the first place? I run into a lot of do it your-selfers when it comes to pest control, meaning that when a homeowner has a bug issue they run out to the store, buy their material and spray. Hiring an experienced pest professional means, you are hiring an educated professional trained in understanding favorable habitats for pests who offers suggestions that will keep your overall pest activity to a minimum. Homeowners don’t realize that putting off trimming the trees contacting the property, watering in the evening, and keeping trash receptacles close to the home cause pest problems but, it’s your pest professional that should be bringing these items to your attention. Did you know your pest professional can actually save you money by bringing items to your attention that will lower your air conditioning bill? Oh Arizonans, did I get your attention now?
Our goal is to control the pest population in areas where pests are not wanted, that would be your home. Do yourself a favor and call a pest professional that can take a look in and outside of your home and recommend items that will keep your pest pressure at a minimum and save you money in the long run.
I hope this article gave you some Pest Control tips that help to make your life a little easier and I hope you’ll consider Bernard’s Pest as your Pest Control solution. – Bernard A. McCleary III
Spring is finally here and along with the bee swarms about to get seriously underway I’ve had a few customers calling me about Tick on their dogs. Ticks are something that Bernard’s Pest can treat for but, believe me you don’t want to go through the hassle of dealing with them. If you have dogs whether they go outside a few times a day to do their business or live outdoors for the most part, you definitely want to make sure they are taking a tick prevention. I know a lot of customers and friends that use a topical once a month on their animals, but unfortunately from what I am seeing that does not protect them against Ticks. I understand that most topical pesticides state protection from fleas and ticks but, again from what I’m seeing topicals do not stop ticks.
Some of you may be thinking to yourself, we have never had ticks, it won’t happen to our pups. Trust me when I recommend taking the precaution. It will save you money in the long haul, and will help dramatically to reduce the risk to your dog from tick borne illnesses and the discomfort of being fed on. I recommend talking to a veterinarian about a chewable for tick prevention as I have a few customers that have tried them particularly one called “Bravecto” and it has done a great job. I’m sure there are others that do great but I can only comment on what I have experienced thus far. I hope this article helped to explain Ticks and Tick Control better and I hope you’ll consider Bernard’s Pest as your Tick Control solution. – Bernard A. McCleary III
Anyone who lives in Arizona understands the joys of dealing with weeds – almost any time of year. In fact, some homeowners enjoy weeds all year round. Many homeowners armed with their weed killer spray spend their weekends applying post emerge herbicide to get their yard back. Other homeowners decide to spend their weekends on hands and knees for their weed control by yanking the unwanted visitors from the ground, only to have to repeat this action every other week. I just pulled them!!, is what a husband may be telling his wife when she lets him know that the weeds have returned. One of the things that I have learned is when homeowners pull their own weeds they typically have more weed issues due to dropping seeds from the existing weed as it leaves your yard. Frustrating? Yep!!
In the Phoenix area, I recommend a pre-emergent herbicide to be utilized annually which will help greatly in your struggles for yard superiority. A pre-emergent herbicide is not a weed killer, however it is applied to the soil under the rock cover and helps prevent seeds from germinating. Applying the pre-emergent correctly is absolutely a necessity and following label directions will ensure you get the best results possible.
So you have used a pre-emergent herbicide and now you no longer have the need for post-emergent herbicides, right? Not likely. You should notice a significant reduction in the amount of those weed killer sprays you have to go out and buy however, over time with a consistent weed management program consisting of a pre-emergent herbicide once a year and routine maintenance about every other month with post-emergent herbicides, your frustrations of unwanted guests popping up in your yard will start to become a thing in the past.
I hope this information about Weed Spray and Control is helpful and I hope you’ll consider Bernard’s Pest as your Weed Control solution. – Bernard A. McCleary III