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Lawn Care For Rodent Control


how to keep rodents out of lawnRoaches, rats, and rodents of all types are known to take refuge in tall grass. Keeping your lawn free of clutter and cut down, so these creatures have no place to hide, is a great way to make sure you aren’t the victim of a rodent and insect infestation. Here we are going to share with you some great tips on lawn care so that you can enjoy your yard without worrying about pests.

There are many ways to care for a lawn properly, but it all depends on the type of grass, weather, and where you live. Watering your yard is a critical factor in keeping your lawn green and lush. Your watering schedule is based on many factors like soil and lawn health, so you may water yours more than others. Typically, shaded grass needs less water because of its sun exposure, but that may not be true if there are other trees and plants around stealing the water and nutrients. Bluegrass and ryegrass are two types of popular grasses that need about 1-1.5 inches of water per week but 2.25 inches in hot or dry weather. Water brings the lawn more than just hydration, so it is the most significant contributor to having healthy grass.

By watering your plants and grass, it sinks all the way down to the lowest of roots and softens the soil. The drainage rate is based on the kind of soil. Sandy soil drains quicker than loamy or dense soil. Dense soil drains slowly and may need more water, whereas loamy soil drains in an average amount of time.

If you start noticing discoloration in your lawn with gray, brown, or purple colors, then you know your grass is dry. You can also dig into the soil to see how dry it is. If it is dry in certain spots, then water those spots, not the entire lawn. If you over water, you will notice puddles and footprints being indented in the grass.

Many say when mowing your lawn, it should be left long, but it looks better short, and you don’t want rodents and insects nesting below the surface. There are certain seasons where you can keep it longer than others, but longer grasses tend to be healthier. Mowing the lawn on a cool, dry day is best because if the grass is wet, it can cause it to clump up and not look fresh. If it is too hot out, it will dry out the grass. Leave the grass clippings on the lawn because they feed great nutrients back into the soil and roots by decomposing. Keeping your blades sharpened regularly will ensure that the grass is cut evenly. You can contact a local lawn care service provider for better feedback regarding local solutions to fertilization. There may be other alternatives available locally that you can tap into as a resource. We are able to pick up brewed coffee grounds from the best coffee shop in Dallas and use those in our garden, and it’s free! So check will local landscape and garden folk to see if they have any other useful suggestions for you.

 Fertilizers are another thing that will help keep your lawn looking clean and fresh. Slow-release fertilizers are highly recommended because they have fewer chemicals and are not as strong. Quick-release fertilizers contain more chemicals and can kill your grass if the correct amount is not used. When looking for fertilizer, nitrogen is the most essential ingredient to look for in a fertilizer. The types of fertilizers that are made from animal or plant products are great because these products decompose proteins and carbohydrates into the soil and feed bugs and worms. Organic fertilizers are also useful to look for because they are less likely to burn or ruin your lawn.

Having a fertilizer plan is something to consider highly. All lawns should have one fertilization per year to improve its health and minimize water runoff. You should also aerate your lawn 1-2 times per year. Leave the plugs on top of the grass. This will continue the process of decomposition and putting nutrients back into the grass.

By following these simple steps and caring for your yard, you can prevent rodent and insect infestations all while enjoying the natural beauty of your lawn.

Pest Control Help Guide

A Homeowners Help Guide To Pest Control

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To an untrained eye, it can be difficult to correctly identify the specific type of pest infestation in your home. Luckily, there are pest control experts that have contributed to this guide we have provided below. This comprehensive guide touches on the common household pests that most homeowners encounter in their homes, as well as the diseases these pests carry, and the potential they have to spread disease.

IMPORTANT: We’d be more than happy to provide additional information for specific insect problems that you may be experiencing, if our comprehensive guide does not touch on the subject matter you are searching for you can venture on over to where you will find in-depth information and species specific insects in the Southwest.

Common Pests That Homeowners Deal With


mosquito biting human armMosquitoes are the most common type of pest around the globe, and they carry plenty of diseases. There are different species of mosquitoes (Anopheles, Aedes, Culex) and they are all huge contributors in the spreading of diseases. The specific disease will depend on the species and habitat that they are located in, mosquitos in desert climates carry different diseases than those in rain forests. Here are some of the diseases that mosquitoes in your area could be carrying:

Chikungunya Virus

Chikungunya virus is most often associated with causing fevers and joint pain. In 2013, the Chikungunya virus was found for the first time in America. This disease is transmitted to humans through the bide of an Aedes genus mosquitoes.

Dengue Fever

Mild cases of dengue fever can often be confused for the flu because of the similar symptoms exhibited. Severe cases, however, will result in severe symptoms and cause discomfort and pain. This disease is most commonly transmitted by the bites of Aedes mosquitoes.


Malaria is a common health risk among travellers due to the disease being very widespread in tropical and subtropical regions. The disease is due to the transmission of a parasite through a mosquito bite (Anopheles). This disease causes fever and other flu-like symptoms. If left untreated, the carrier of the disease may develop complications and die as a result.

West Niles Virus

Cases of the West Nile Virus (WNV) have been documented all the states of America. There are no vaccines or medicines that can effectively treat WNV. About 1 in 150 people infected with WNV will develop serious and possibly lethal symptoms. infection caused by a Flavivirus: the West Nile virus. This virus is transmitted by Culex mosquitoes


While bees aren’t known for spreading disease, they can be problematic for homeowners dealing with infestations. Bees that have built hives on the property, in the attic, or behind the siding of a home can pose a threat to children and pets. Homeowners should exercise caution when dealing with hive removals, and should turn to a professional for the removal of a bee hive on their property. Bee hives can be relocated into areas where the bees can continue to serve a purpose for the environment.


disease spreading house flyThere are many types of flies, which are capable of transmitting diseases. On top of that, flies can cause a conditions where the development of their larvae happens beneath the skin of the infected. The bites of flies are not always felt. Below are some of the diseases that flies can carry:

Chrysops Flies – Loiasis

Loiasis is commonly known as African Eye Worm to most people. This disease can cause pain in the eye and light sensitivity. It may also cause itching and irritation.

Simuliidae Flies – Onchocerciasis

This disease is commonly known as river blindness because the flies that transmit them often live by rivers and the symptoms can involve blindness. This disease can result in visual impairment and blindness as well as causing skin diseases.

Glossina Flies – African Trypanosomiasis

African Trypanosomiasis is commonly referred to as sleeping sickness. Luckily, this disease has not made its way to the Americas yet. This disease is treatable with medication but can be fatal if left untreated.

Phlebotominae Flies – Leishmaniasis

Leishmaniasis is a disease that affects the internal organs. This can cause large and noticeable swelling of the organs.


bed bug feeding on humanBed Bugs are pests that can live in a variety of locations in the home. Commonly, they are found under beds, under furniture or in the walls of damp houses. They can transmit Chagas Disease (American Trypanosomiasis).

Chagas Disease

Many people often do not know that they are carriers of Chagas Disease. This is because that this disease is transmitted by nocturnal insects who are active during the night time. Chagas Disease can be lethal if left untreated.


Lice and fleas are common pests, especially for those with children or pets. They can transmit Bartonellosis as well borreliosis and several types of rikettsiosis. The latter two are commonly transmitted by ticks as well.

Bartonellosis (Trench Fever)

This disease may result in fever, rashes and bone pain. It is known as Trench Fever because of the amount of people who got it as a result from body lice during World War 1.


These insects are filthy and should be exterminated at first site of them. Cockroaches have been known to carry and spread harmful bacteria through homes. Some of the more common disease they carry are.


Salmonella infection (salmonellosis) is a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. Salmonella bacteria typically live in animal and human intestines and are shed through feces. Humans become infected most frequently through contaminated water or food.

Typhoid Fever
Typhoid fever is a serious disease spread by contaminated food and water. Symptoms of typhoid include lasting high fevers, weakness, stomach pains, headache, and loss of appetite. Some patients have constipation, and some have a rash. Internal bleeding and death can occur but are rare.
Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Cholera remains a global threat to public health and an indicator of inequity and lack of social development. Researchers have estimated that every year, there are roughly 1.3 to 4.0 million cases, and 21 000 to 143 000 deaths worldwide due to cholera.
Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the lining of the intestines caused by a virus, bacteria or parasites. Viral gastroenteritis is the second most common illness in the U.S. The cause is often a norovirus infection. It spreads through contaminated food or water, and contact with an infected person.
Dysentery is usually spread as a result of poor hygiene. For example, if someone who has dysentery doesn’t wash their hands after using the toilet, anything they touch is at risk.
The infection is also spread through contact with food or water that has been contaminated with fecal matter. Careful hand washing and proper sanitation can help prevent dysentery and keep it from spreading.
Leprosy is an infectious disease that causes severe, disfiguring skin sores and nerve damage in the arms, legs, and skin areas around the body. Leprosy is caused by a slow-growing type of bacteria called Mycobacterium leprae (M. leprae). Leprosy is also known as Hansen’s disease, after the scientist who discovered M. leprae in 1873.
Plague is a disease that affects humans and other mammals. It is caused by the bacterium, Yersinia pestis. Humans usually get plague after being bitten by a rodent flea that is carrying the plague bacterium or by handling an animal infected with plague. Plague is infamous for killing millions of people in Europe during the Middle Ages.

Campylobacter is one of the most common bacterial causes of diarrheal illness in the United States and is the most commonly reported bacterial enteric pathogen in Minnesota. Approximately 800 to 1200 cases of Campylobacter are reported in Minnesota each year. Virtually all cases occur as isolated, sporadic events, not as part of large outbreaks.


dog infested with ticksTicks are another common pest, especially for those with pets. Tick bites result from being in contact with grassland. Luckily, ticks do not start feeding until 12 to 24 hours after they have implanted themselves (they will implant themselves in major skin folds such as armpits or groins). The risk of infection is low if they are removed quickly. They are hosts of a lot of diseases:

Lyme Disease

Carriers of Lyme Disease will exhibit flu-like symptoms such as fever and fatigue. They will also experience a characteristic skin rash known as Erythema Migrans. Lyme Disease can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system if the disease is left untreated.

Tick-Borne Meningoencephalitis (TBE)

The symptoms of TBE are often unspecific but resemble flu-like symptoms. The disease goes into remission at approximately 8 days but 20-30% of patients go through a second phase of the disease at this time, with symptoms affecting the central nervous system.

Crimean–Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF)

CCHF is a deadly illness. Onset of the disease is sudden and carrier display flu-like symptoms and more serious symptoms in severe cases (jaundice, changes in sensory perception, etc). Fatality rates from patients in hospitals have ranged from 9% to as high as 50%.

Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever (TBRF)

TBRF causes recurring episodes of nausea, fever, muscle and joint aches, and other flu-like symptoms.

Q Fever

Carriers of Q Fever will develop flu like symptoms. Q Fever in pregnant women may result in miscarriages. Serious cases of Q Fever (known as Chronic Q Fever) can be lethal.

Tick-Borne Spotted Fevers (TBSF)

TBSF’s consist of a number of diseases caused by the transmission of the Rickettsia bacteria by ticks. These TBSF’s will start wil flu-like symptoms but will eventually lead to life threatening and lethal complications if left untreated.


dirty sewer ratRats and mice are the most common rodent pests that infest homes. They often live in hollow spaces inside or underneath the home. These rodents are carriers and transmitters of a large number of deadly diseases. These are some of the diseases commonly transmitted by rats/mice:

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)

HPS is transmitted in one of three ways: HPS can be inhaled through the remnants of contaminated rat droppings, through direct contact with rat droppings or as a result from a rat bite. Victims of this disease can experience difficulty breathing and other flu like symptoms. This disease can be lethal if not treated. The CDC reported that since 1993, 406 cases of HPS were reported and, of those cases, 36% were fatal.


Leptospirosis is transmitted through infected water. In households, it is commonly transmitted through infected drinking water. Victims of this disease will display flu-like symptoms and may eventually experience liver or kidney failure if not treated.

Rat-bite Fever

Rat-bite Fever is commonly transmitted through rat bites but can also be contracted through contact with a dead rat of through contaminated water. Carriers will display flu-like symptoms that could be lethal if untreated.


Salmonellosis is an bacterial infection of the Salmonella type. It is transmitted through contaminated food or water. Disease can be lethal if left untreated. Symptoms for the disease are fevers, headaches and stomach cramps.


Rats are the most common carriers of the plague. The disease itself is commonly transmitted through fleas who have fed on rats and then bit humans. This disease is very lethal if left untreated.

Why You Need a Professional Pest Control Services

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As you can see from our guide above, even the most common and seemingly harmless pests can, in fact, carry deadly diseases. For the safety for yourself and your loved ones, we highly recommend calling in a professional if you suspect a pest infestation. Many people attempt to take care of their pest infestations by themselves, not aware of the consequences. For example, the deadly Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome virus can still be present in the home long after the rat problem has been dealt with. There are many pest control companies out there that offer treatment services, but beware of gimmicks. A professional pest control company will not only address the immediate pest problem, but will also ensure a safe and sanitary environment afterwards. Certified pest control technicians should be properly trained to remove any strain of disease from your homes so that you and your family can rest easy and peacefully.

How To Control Pests In Arizona Commercial Properties

Commercial Pest Control In Arizona

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Before going into any pest control project in Phoenix, one of the more important questions to answer is where are you going to apply your pest control. While it is true that you can provide effective solutions or other pest control chemicals as long as you have a tool to distribute them, what you need to do is evaluate the property first. Don’t underestimate the importance of location. Knowing where the pest enter and where you will apply treatment makes all the difference in the world.

The last thing you want is to pick a location to treat, only to have pests enter the building from another location. While many pest control services cover the entire property, if you are trying to eliminate a colony of ants, scorpions, or roaches, you need to know where they are nesting, and where they are entering the commercial property in Phoenix. It is becoming more and more often a problem these days with commercial properties hacving infestation probelms. These places are often better off when the entire property is treated for pest control, rather than a an entry point. Flies are becoming a major problem for Phoenix restaurants, as the dumpsters attract flies, rats, and cockroaches.

No one likes to dig around looking for holes and possible entry points. it’s better just to spray the whole property. The commercial district in downtown Phoenix has a major rat and cockroach population, you will never get rid of these pets, but you can treat the properties to detour them.

Do not allow the exception or excuse of your trip to bring live animals into your dwelling when your neighbors are in the same area to assist you while you are out. By removing yourself from the work area, it creates a distance between you and your vehicle, which effectively locks a potential client into one location.

If this is the case, a client may not want to use the service from your services and they will leave anyway. If you make the conditions clear and pleasant for your potential clients, you minimize your marketing efforts and advertising on your vehicles becomes a poor use of your time. This creates a more risk factor and contributes to poor results when Marine atmospheres are managed.

This entails that some form of Personal Defense against the lice problem, including wearing a course control clothing with good external wool hide and guard your back with some form of this material so that you are able to control any irritation of the tickle.

If you choose CritRM according to an approved Expanded source such as the Proctor and Gamble Corporation or you can order a Proctor and Gamble 19.5″ tall rubber glove from Home Depot of your natural skin care products. This is a piece of protective plastic that can be purchased in almost any size and almost any color. You can also use office belongings to combat tickles rather than purchasing gloves. A huigan cover is a protective barrier that is designed to protect the skin from pinch points on the gloves and also prevent the CONTINUAL humiliating tickle on the palm after you have removed the gloves.

After removing the gloves the huigan cover should be in place as you continue manicuring the nails. When removing the gloves you might have to mix the huigan cover with your finger for a smooth installation

How To Prevent Termites

Thе оld adage of “an оunсе оf prevention іѕ wоrth mоrе thаn a pound of сurе” іѕ аbѕоlutеlу true, еѕресіаllу whеn іt comes tо building a home аnd рrеvеntіng tеrmіtеѕ. Whіlе іt is nеаrlу іmроѕѕіblе to рrеvеnt аnуthіng frоm hарреnіng one hundrеd реrсеnt, pre-treating thе аrеа whеrе уоur hоmе іѕ tо bе constructed оr whеrе аn addition is tо be buіlt, can drаѕtісаllу increase уоur сhаnсеѕ оf rеmаіnіng frее of tеrmіtеѕ. Additionally you should prepare your home to prevent rats, roaches, fly infestations, and bees.

Thе goal of рrе-соnѕtruсtіоn tеrmіtе trеаtmеntѕ is to fоrm a сhеmісаl bаrrіеr іn thе ground thаt wіll keep ѕubtеrrаnеаn tеrmіtеѕ from соmіng up frоm the ѕоіl tо feed on thе wood ѕtruсturеѕ. Bесаuѕе the area tо be trеаtеd іѕ frее оf оbѕtruсtіоnѕ (ѕuсh аѕ a buіldіng), this tуре оf trеаtmеnt is lеѕѕ lаbоr іntеnѕіvе, аnd requires lеѕѕ tеrmіtісіdе to be used, mаkіng the treatment lеѕѕ еxреnѕіvе thаn treating аn еxіѕtіng structure. Another bеnеfіt of pre-treating іѕ thаt thе exterminator саn соvеr every ѕԛuаrе inch оf grоund, creating a mоrе secure bаrrіеr. You can also reference our pest control help guide for more preventative ideas.

Sоіl treatment – Application of tеrmіtісіdе

In оrdеr to рrореrlу trеаt for termites durіng рrе-соnѕtruсtіоn, thе аrеа wіll nееd tо hаvе termiticides applied ѕеvеrаl tіmеѕ at dіffеrеnt ѕtаgеѕ. Thе еxtеrmіnаtоr wіll nееd to bе in сlоѕе соntасt wіth the builder іn оrdеr tо ассurаtеlу arrange treatments. Thе dеѕіgn оf the hоmе and thе tуре оf soil it іѕ bеіng buіlt upon mау саuѕе ѕоmе variation іn the аррlісаtіоn of thе barrier.

While methods can vаrу a bіt dереndіng on the building соdеѕ for the specific area, thе fіrѕt ѕtер fоr pre-construction tеrmіtе trеаtmеnt іѕ uѕuаllу to trеаt the ѕlаb. Once the lаnd hаѕ bееn grаdеd, thе fоundаtіоn fоrm hаѕ bееn installed, аnd the fооtіngѕ hаvе bееn dug, thе аrеа ѕhоuld bе treated. This іѕ uѕuаllу dоnе by trеаtіng with a termiticide bаrrіеr at a rate оf one gаllоn оf chemical ѕоlutіоn реr еvеrу ten ѕԛuаrе fееt.

Whеn thе footings hаvе been poured, a mаѕоn wіll соmрlеtе the fоundаtіоn using blocks оvеr thе роurеd footings. Aѕ ѕооn as this is done, thе fоundаtіоn wіll bе bасkfіllеd wіth the ѕurrоundіng ѕоіl. Thе рlumbіng pipes аrе lаіd, аnd more ѕоіl іѕ аddеd іf nесеѕѕаrу. It іѕ аt thіѕ tіmе that thе entire area іѕ treated again wіth a termiticide barrier. Some еxtеrmіnаtіоn companies орt tо skip thе first trеаtmеnt, and bеgіn рrе-соnѕtruсtіоn treatments аt this time.

Whіlе termites саnnоt bоrе іntо оr еаt соnсrеtе, thе ѕlаbѕ саn сrасk wіth tіmе creating реrfесt entry роіntѕ fоr thеm. If thе ѕurrоundіng ѕоіl hаѕ nоt bееn trеаtеd, the tеrmіtеѕ саn mаkе thеіr wау tо thе ѕlаbѕ, thrоugh thе cracks, аnd into the mаіn structure.

Final рrесоnѕtruсtіоn trеаtmеnt

Thе fіnаl рrе-соnѕtruсtіоn trеаtmеnt соmеѕ with thе last grading, but рrіоr to the lаndѕсаріng. It is rесоmmеndеd thаt a trеnсh be dug аррrоxіmаtеlу fоur to ѕіx іnсhеѕ dеер аnd аt lеаѕt twеlvе іnсhеѕ frоm the foundation оut іntо the уаrd. Four gаllоnѕ оf tеrmіtісіdе is аррlіеd for every ten fееt surrounding thе home in a continuous ѕрrау.

Aftеr thе home іѕ соmрlеtе, іt іѕ still a good іdеа tо keep thе protective barrier intact. Thіѕ can bе dоnе by tаkіng саrе not tо disturb the ѕоіl surrounding thе fоundаtіоn in thе twеlvе inch rаdіuѕ. If you рlаn tо аdd a deck, роrсh, оr other addition to the home, thе protective bаrrіеr ѕhоuld be еxtеndеd an additional twеlvе іnсhеѕ into the уаrd from thе nеw ѕtruсturе.

Rоddіng trеаtmеnt

A more еxtеnѕіvе pre-construction trеаtmеnt саn also bе dоnе іn рlасе оf оr іn аddіtіоn to thе аbоvе mentioned ѕрrау method. This type оf trеаtmеnt іѕ knоwn as “rоddіng” аnd іѕ carried оut by injecting a реrmеthrіn bаѕеd termiticide gеl dеер into the grоund.

Traditional ѕрrау mеthоdѕ оnlу аllоw thе tеrmіtісіdе tо реnеtrаtе about one іnсh іntо thе ground. Rоddіng uѕеѕ a metal pole that rаngеѕ frоm fоur tо ѕіx fееt in lеngth, and іѕ filled wіth thе tеrmіtісіdе. The tор оf the роlе hаѕ a knоb that kеерѕ thе роlе pressurized. Thе роlе іѕ rереаtеdlу рuѕhеd іntо аnd pulled оut оf thе ground tо rеmоvе thе ѕоіl, leaving bеhіnd deep holes. This іѕ done untіl a grid раttеrn оf hоlеѕ, аррrоxіmаtеlу еіghtееn іnсhеѕ apart іѕ fоrmеd. Thе hоlеѕ аrе then іnjесtеd with thе termiticide gel іn оrdеr tо keep tеrmіtеѕ away from thе аrеа.

Hоw long dоеѕ рrе-соnѕtruсtіоn treatment lаѕt?

A рrореr рrе-соnѕtruсtіоn termite treatment саn lаѕt аnуwhеrе frоm two tо fіvе уеаrѕ. Even thоugh these treatments are ԛuіtе еffесtіvе, іt іѕ still rесоmmеndеd thаt іnѕресt уоur hоmе реrіоdісаllу fоr any damage оr signs оf tеrmіtеѕ. Also, trу to keep thе аrеа ѕurrоundіng thе buіldіng free оf rеѕіduаl wооd оr оthеr сеllulоѕе based mаtеrіаl, as thеѕе аttrасt tеrmіtеѕ. Thіѕ will ensure уоur structure is соntіnuаllу protected аnd wіll head off аnу potential infestations bеfоrе thеу bеgіn.