How Often Should Pest Control Be Done in Phoenix, Arizona?

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Phoenix’s warm and sunny climate provides a hospitable environment for residents — and is equally attractive to pests. In addition to roaches, ants, bees, rodents, and termites, Phoenix attracts scorpions and even black widows that may pose a serious health risk to you and your family.

How often should you have your home treated for pests in Arizona? That depends on your location, the type of pest, and other conditions that a specialist will evaluate during an initial consultation. While a quarterly pest control schedule may be appropriate in other parts of the country, Arizona residents typically need more frequent treatment.

Pest Control Starts With a “Clean Out” Service

To determine how often you need pest control, your first step will be to consult a professional to help identify any pests or risk factors in or around your property and determine the best treatment option.

After the consultation, your technician will do an initial “clean out” of your home, yard and garage to eradicate any pests already in your home. A professional pest control service will recommend a multi-tiered approach that includes eradicating pests and taking preventative measures to ensure pests don’t re-enter your home.

You should consult with your technician to identify any cracks or crevices that allow bugs and other pests to enter the house and ensure they are properly sealed. Take particular care that there are no gaps in the weather stripping around your doors to prevent small insects and other pests from invading your home.

Maintaining a Pest-free Environment

Once you have eradicated pests from your home, you probably want to keep it that way. There are frequency offerings will vary depending on the pest control provider, and what you’ll need should be based on the needs of your individual home.

  • For effective prevention, bi-monthly (every-other-month) pest control service is recommended for most homes and needs. Applications are designed to last up to two months, ensuring your home stays pest free.  Look for a pest control company that offers a policy that allows for follow-up treatment between services in case you see an occasional live pest scurrying around the house in between regularly scheduled services. Blue Sky Pest will come back and provide additional interior or exterior service at no extra charge as part of our Blue Sky 365 program.
  • Some homeowners opt for a monthly or quarterly pest control service depending on pest pressure around their property. Certain pests and homes that are adjacent to open land may need monthly services to keep pests to an acceptable level. Conversely, quarterly services may be all that is needed for homes with less activity. However, because treatments will not last between service intervals, if you choose this option, you’re more likely to see the occasional pest around your property.

Protecting Your Home from Black Widows

Given that a single black widow spider can produce multiple egg sacs in a summer, each containing up to 400 spiderlings, black widows are a special focus of pest control services in Arizona. While most adults can survive a bite with prompt medical attention, a black widow’s bite can cause serious illness in children, seniors and those with existing health issues.

  • Blue Sky Pest recommends treatment every other month (in most cases) as the best way to protect your home from black widows. Remember that additional visits are no cost with any Blue Sky 365 program, so if webs or spiders appear in between your regular scheduled services we’ll happily return to take care of them.

Protecting Your Home from Scorpions

With an average of 126,000 stings reported each year between 2005 and 2015, Arizona leads the nation in scorpion stings, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.  Bark scorpions are most active in Arizona during the warmer months.

  • If scorpions have been sighted on your property, your yard and the exterior of your home should be serviced regularly. With moderate scorpion activity, often every other month treatment will be sufficient but sometimes with heavy scorpion activity a monthly treatment plan can be necessary. Your technician will target scorpions at their source, where they nest and breed. Pest control products are designed to remain active under a regular treatment plan. The treatment will create a protective barrier around your home and yard, providing you with peace of mind. 

For advice on ways to reduce entry points into your home, be sure to download our free report: 5 steps to Help Scorpion Proof your Home.

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