How to tell if you have termites

Commonly misidentified as white ants, termites are actually closer to cockroaches than ants and like their roach pals, they’re annoying as hell. Complete blindness doesn’t stop these guys from working mercilessly on your beautiful hardwood up to 24 hours a day if you can’t find them. Unfortunately, finding them in your house can be an absolute nightmare so keep an eye out for early warning signs. We spoke to Sarah from Pest Alert, who covers pest control in Dubbo, and she provided some telltale signs outlined below.

Look for the Fliers


One of the first signs of termite infestation is the presence of their winged cousins, called swarmers or alates. These little budding entrepreneurs have left their nest to start a new colony. What a go-getter, right? Well if you don’t want a companion to the colonies you already don’t know you have, whenever you see the flying mites, call a pest control company right away as it’s time for a colony hunt.

Knock on Wood

Did you know that the phrase ‘knock on wood’ originated in German and Celtic folklore to invoke the spirits that lived inside for protection? Well, 2020 called and we don’t exactly believe in the spirits of the wood anymore, but it’s still never a bad idea to rap lightly with the front of your knuckles on various timber spots to identify hollow-sounding areas that could indicate exposure to termites.

Watch for stuck doors and windows

Most people’s first instinct is to assume that a stuck window is due to swelling from moisture, which is, to be fair, the case a lot of the time. However, the tunneling that these little scamps conduct in your hardwood is known to warp and shape the timber in annoying ways, often expanding the outer edges so it’s not obvious there have been termites attacking the area. Doors and windows that don’t open quite as well as they used to are a big red flag for termites.


Finally, if all is quiet in your home and you hear an eerie, repetitive clicking sound when all your devices are turned off, there’s a good chance you have the ‘mites that ain’t your mate.


What to Do When You Have Bed Bugs

Once bed bugs invade your home, you might get a feeling that you no longer want anything to do with it, and just move out.

Bed bugs reproduce very fast and can survive for a long time between meals. These fearless bloodsuckers get into bed with you, sit on the couch with you, and move around with you – because they cling onto your clothes, backpacks and purses, and even your shoes..

If you have been getting red itchy welts on your skin lately, these bugs could be the culprit. You might also be fortunate enough to spot them crawling on your walls, clothes, or bedding. Below are four easy steps on how to get rid of bed bugs from your home.

Bed bug exterminator

  1. Go through the whole house to find out areas that have been infested

You can do this on your own or hire a pest control professional. The bug’s tiny physique makes it easy for them to fit in tiny and unexpected areas such as the seams of a mattress, curtain folds, between couch cushions, and inside electrical outlets. Use a flashlight and magnifying glass to do the inspection. Also, check for signs such as reddish stains on the mattress or dark spots.

  1. One quick way of containing the bed bugs is to vacuum them

Run the vacuum over all hideouts. Seal the vacuumed contents and throw away. Keep all affected linens and clothes in a sealed plastic bag until you can clean them with hot water and set them on the highest possible temperatures in the washer and dryer.

Bed bug exterminator

  1. Get rid of all bed bug hiding places

Clear any items from the floor that could be a hiding place for bed bugs such as magazines and books. Do not move items from the infested room as you will spread the bugs. Tape up open electrical outlets, move your bed away from the wall a bit, and seal any cracks and glue down loose wallpaper.

  1. Chemical Treatments

You can decide to use chemical or non-chemical methods depending on the intensity of the infestation.

Non-chemical methods include exposing the bugs to very high or very low temperatures. Place bed bug-proof covers over your mattress and box spring to kill any remaining bugs and prevent new ones from getting inside. For chemical methods, try EPA-registered insecticides.

Humane Ways of Deterring and Removing Pests

There are a number of reasons why you might decide to go ‘humane’ with your pest control; perhaps you don’t want to deal with the aftermath of pest control designed to neutralize, or you don’t want to expose yourself/your children/your pets to pesticides, or maybe you just feel a bit guilty. Whatever the reason, there are a number of things you can do to repel, and remove, pests from your home, humanely.


Preventing entry.


If you’re not sure how, and where, the pests are breaking into your home, you can call in pest control professionals to locate and fill any holes on your property, which insects, such as cockroaches and beetles, as well rodents, such as rats and mice, can use to gain entry into your home. Or, if you’re handy with filler, and have a good idea of where the pests are getting in, you can do it yourself.


Keep lavender in your home.


While lavender smells great to us humans, most insects avoid it. Fleas, moths, and mosquitoes, for example, are all repelled by the odour, and will take measures to avoid coming into contact with it. So, it’s a great plant to keep in your house- and it’s decorative.


Wipe your surfaces with peppermint/eucalyptus oils.


Spiders, mosquitoes, and other bugs are repelled by the scent of these oils; if you leave your window open, it’ll make these bugs think twice about entering your home. More than this, if you rub eucalyptus on your bedstead, you’ll reduce the risk of acquiring a bed bug infestation, since bed bugs can’t stand to be near the stench.


Use ‘humane’ rodent traps when dealing with unwanted visitors.


There are a number of non-violent traps on the market, which you can use to catch any rodents which have managed to make their way into your home. You put a treat in one end of the trap (a blob of peanut butter is recommended) and the rodent is enticed in, at which point the door is triggered and closes behind the rodent. Then, all you need to do is release the pest into the wild. There are a number of benefits to using this sort of trap, besides being the kindest option; you can use the trap more than once, and there’s no dead animal to dispose of.


Keep your house tidy.


When food is left out for too long, or you don’t take the bin out as often as you should, your house will start to smell incredibly appealing to a multitude of mini-beasts. Mosquitoes, flies and fruit flies, will all flock to where there’s a ripe-smelling bin. Similarly, if food is left out on surfaces, or if it’s swept underneath furniture, this attracts bugs such as beetles and ants, as well as a multitude of rodents. Ants, especially, can become a huge problem, since they are apt to create nests wherever they see fit and wreak destruction on your furniture, and to the structural integrity of your home. Lastly, clutter and accumulations of dirt can be attractive to certain pests, as prime egg-laying spots and nesting sites. So, if you take steps to ensure that your house stays tidy and clean, you can reduce the attractiveness of it as a home to these small invaders.

So, if you’re reluctant to use a less humane form of pest control, and want to avoid using harsh chemicals, such as pesticides, in your home, there are- as you can see -a number of things you can do to prevent, repel and remove any pests that you’re currently dealing with, naturally and without causing harm.

That being said some pests just need to be taken care of as quickly as you can such as termites before they damage your home.  These options are also great as supplementing efforts if you use a local pest exterminator. It also works vice versa if you are doing these items and can’t get rid of them hiring a local pest exterminator is a great addition.

Overall it is important to keep your home protected from bugs and keep your pest problems under control.

About the Author

Rick Blackham is the owner of Mantis Pest Solutions a pest control company in Overland Park, KS.  Rick has over 20+ years of experience in pest control through owning his own companies and working for companies such as Terminix and Orkin.

Cockroach Removal Home Remedy


Cockroaches are downright dirty creatures. They creep everywhere in your home and worse, fly when you least expect it.

This is why keeping your home clean and hygienic helps repel cockroaches. But, if you live in a location where woods and trees thrive, you can expect to have a pest or two making rounds on your home until they finally found a perfect spot for them to settle.

Of course, no person would want to entertain a pest.

Some courses of action include:

● Insecticides
This by far is the easiest thing to do. But you may want to consider the disadvantages of using a spray full of chemicals to fully exterminate cockroaches. The fact of the matter is, insecticides may be effective, but only lasts for a few days.

● Using aromatherapy oils and plants
These are good sources that may help repel cockroaches and other insects. Some have solid claims that they work, and some don’t see the results they yearn for.

Squashing them can’t solve the insect infestation in your home, so it’s best to call a team of cockroach removal experts so they can give your residence a full assessment and know exactly where these insects can be found and exterminate them.

Why It’s Best To Call Cockroach Control Services

First, the services they provide are excellent. Each one of the cockroach control team knows what steps are to be made without compromising your property and health.

Next, the actions they take on controlling the infestation of cockroaches and other nasty pests go for long periods. This means the tools and types of equipment they employ are high-quality and proven safe and effective.

Just because you’ve found a single roach egg and threw it away doesn’t mean your insect troubles are over. There could be another one or so lying somewhere, and once they hatch, they will continue to bother you and your loved ones.

The best way is to call cockroach control services immediately.

Watchdog Pest Control

3542 E Altadena Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85028,

Phone 602-842-5290



Do Bugs Sleep?

We know that humans and other mammals need sleep to survive, but perhaps you have wondered if bugs sleep? This is not an easy question to answer, but delving into the science of insect sleep may actually benefit two completely different groups: human sleep researchers and pest control specialists.

Insect Sleep Studies

Among the significant reasons that it’s so very hard to ascertain if bugs sleep is really because scientists have not figured out ways to measure insect brain activity. Without this crucial data, they are forced to make use of other methods that rely more on behavioral observations and creating parallels with human sleep characteristics.

baby-sleeping-pest free


Studies conducted on various insects (fruit flies, paper wasps, cockroaches, bees, praying mantis, etc.) show many similarities between insect behavior and the behavior of other more complex animals when it comes to sleep. Some items that bugs do appear to mimic common sleep-like habits including:

  • Finding a preferred napping location
  • Remaining still for long periods at regular times (following circadian rhythms)
  • Not being easily attentive to sensory stimuli (increased arousal threshold)
  • If deprived of sleep, they’ll require more sleep later (sleep rebound)
  • Body drooping in the direction of gravity
  • More stimulating muscles

So, the short answer is that yes, bugs do enter a type of sleep, but it’s not the same as human sleep. Scientists instead reference it as a state of deep rest which allows the insect’s body time and energy to repair and restore.

Why does knowing about insect sleep matter?

This may all be very interesting, but why does it matter? First, Scientists regularly study simple organisms to simply help gain insight into the processes and molecular pathways that are involved. Studying such things as sleep and circadian rhythms in insects can be good for untangling the much harder processes that happen in humans.

Second, understanding circadian rhythms and sleep patterns of insects may be good for pest control. Circadian rhythms, or cycles of awake and asleep times, help regulate the metabolism. In quite simple terms, metabolism is how the human body stores and releases energy. Scientists may manage to use the information they gain to locate times of the day that pesticides work better and more effectively as a result of how they are metabolized.

Pest control professionals already use some of this understanding of insect “sleep” cycles to ensure that treatments are effective and safe. For instance, insects like wasps and yellow jackets enter a period of deep rest during the night. When trying to exterminate a dangerous hive, it is better to attack it when the wasps are less responsive in the early morning or evening hours. This can help prevent painful stings.

Central Coast Pest Control

At Central Coast Pest Control, eliminating pests and keeping our customers safe and comfortable is our business. We stay up-to-date on the most recent research and product development in order to give you the best possible service.

Chandler’s Miss Arizona to lead a Volunteer Club

reign as Miss Arizona 2018 may soon be over but the dedicated volunteer who is passionate about helping the visually impaired is getting warmed up for her next crowning achievement — serving as president of the Chandler Lions Club.

Ticlo, 25, of Chandler, will begin her one-year term as president on July 1, taking over from Ruth Jon Wick, who served in the position for three years.

Wick said everyone in the club encouraged Ticlo to step up as president and she was unanimously elected. She added she hopes Ticlo will want to be president for at least another year after that.

Ticlo had served as one of the organization’s vice-presidents last year and first got her feet wet with the Chandler Lions Club 10 years ago while a student at Hamilton High School.

She had been a member of the Leo Club for high school students who work with the Lions and learn about community service.

Her platform as Miss Arizona was to support people with vision impairment, which also is a big focus of the Lions Clubs International and its local chapters.

Ticlo, who graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in marketing with minors in communications and dance from Arizona State University, works in marketing at Insight, a high technology solutions company in Tempe. She is working on her master’s degree in business administration at ASU.

Empowering the visually impaired is her passion.

“It’s something that we don’t think about every day because most of us are born with our sight,” she said. “There are 200,000 people in Arizona who are visually impaired. I can’t imagine what that would be like one day to lose that…to one day wake up and not be able to see your kids’ faces.

“I’ve met so many people who lost their vision later in life. Adapting to that is terrifying, it’s frustrating. The solutions we can provide; whether they’re prevention solutions or adaptive ones it helps to lessen that pain.”

Ticlo enjoys helping her fellow Lions provide vision tests and glasses for students in need in Chandler Unified.

Vision became a big part of the international Lions clubs’ philanthropy after Helen Keller, an author and activist who became deaf and blind at a young age urged them to champion vision as a cause in 1925.

Ticlo also loves the Chandler Lions Club’s “Blinded by De-Light” events which enable people to feel what it’s be like to be sightless. Last year at one such event, people sat in a movie theater and heard sounds and descriptions of a movie via earphones with no picture on the screen.

The Chandler Lions also sponsor vision forums, free events focusing on macular degeneration and diabetes on vision.

“We want to make sure everyone has the resources they need and be unafraid,” Ticlo said.

During her reign as Miss Arizona, Ticlo volunteered with the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Foundation for Blind Children, the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

She joined people making beaded bracelets at the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and handing out medals to those who took part in a 5K run.

In that run, children who are blind would hold onto a pole and a runner with vision would guide them as they ran.

“I was there to hang out with kids and let them have fun,” Ticlo said. “I like to talk to the children.”

She is also excited to tell people about the Be My Eyes free app that links people with blindness or limited vision with sighted volunteers and company representatives who help them do things through live video calls.

Ticlo was thrilled to help a man in Scottsdale figure out how to cook his dinner as he could not see the directions on a bag of rice.

“It was amazing,” she said. “That’s something I would love more people to sign up for.”

When she spoke and met people who had brain injuries during a Rays of Hope 2019 conference in Phoenix, Ticlo was especially touched by a man who had suffered a brain injury when he was struck by lightning. He showed her a mask he painted to tell his story.

Sometimes people believe people who are blind or visually impaired can’t work, she said.

“That’s absolutely not true,” Ticlo said. “I spoke about my experience working with Chandler Lions Club and belief people who are blind or visually impaired aren’t limited by their disability. They are some of the most adaptive and resilient people I have ever met. Any qualified applicant should have the opportunity to pursue the career of their dreams.”

She received the coveted Melvin Jones Award from the Chandler Lions for outstanding contributions to the community.

“It was pretty amazing,” Ticlo said. “You do the work with the intention of just doing good in the world. You don’t expect to win any awards. It’s surreal.”

Wick said Ticlo is well-deserving of honors and is proud of her work in the club and as Miss Arizona.

“She’s been like a walking billboard for not only our Chandler Lions but all the Lions,” Wick said. “It’s been amazing what she has added to our organization…it’s been just a joy to watch her step up and take a leadership role with the high school Leo Club and then join our Lions Club while still attending college and working and still having time to volunteer. I think she’s done an amazing job.

“For the people that meet her, the thing with Isabel that stands out is she is so genuine. Her heart is as good as her beauty. People just find she’s so warm and welcoming and enthusiastic about anything she tackles. I know that all of the members in my club are so excited that she has decided to take on leadership.”

She said Ticlo will likely encourage more young adults to join the Chandler Lions.

“Her youth and enthusiasm will help to bring more youth into our aging Lions organization,” Wick said.

Ticlo said it is intimidating but she is excited to serve as the Chandler Lions president.

“It was intimidating at first because I had really big shoes to fill,” she said. “Ruth Jon Wick has been an amazing president. The Chandler Lions Club is like my second family. I feel inspired by all their stories. Blind people joined. One of my goals is to recruit younger, new members, bring them back and show them we’re still here; we could use their help.”

Ticlo was born in Iowa and moved around often as a child due to her father’s job.

Her father, Harvey, is from India, and her mother, Ganjana, is from Thailand, and she has two sisters. She has an older sister, Genevieve, 27, and a younger sister, Tiffany, 17, who is Miss Glendale’s Outstanding Teen.

As a nod to her heritage, Ticlo performed Bollywood dances while competing as Miss Arizona and at the Miss America competition. She started dancing at 13, doing jazz and hip-hop and then took classes in Bollywood dancing with her mother starting three years ago.

“I moved around a lot as a child and I needed a constant in my life,” Ticlo said. “Dance became my constant and my emotional outlet.”

She started competing in pageants at about 21 and was in the Miss Arizona competition twice previously before winning.

“Every candidate has the opportunity to win a scholarship just by competing on the stage,” Ticlo said. “That was a wonderful bonus. The sisterhood was great. You meet these amazing women.”

Serving as Miss Arizona 2018 also helped her, teaching her how to balance different activities and gave her a chance to make more contacts in the volunteer world.

Pest Control Chandler AZ

The warm has long been the envy of American looking to escape the cold of more eastern provinces. But the conditions that make Chandler appealing to humans are exactly the same that make it an ideal home for pests who wouldn’t be able to survive the cold dry winters further east.

The dense vegetation that covers much of Chandler is home to a wealth of wildlife and associated pests that thrive in the temperate climate. As AZ’s primary gateway to Pacific trade, Chandler harbours also offer some unique challenges for pest control and require continuous monitoring and prevention to ensure that infestations don’t take hold.

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as a pest problem. They can become a huge issue, whether you’re a homeowner or a business manager. That’s why Natural Pest Solutions offers pest control services in Chandler and the surrounding areas like. If you find unwanted rodents, insects, or other wildlife on your property, give us a call. We offer flexible hours so you can call us any time of day, any day of the week.

Natural Pest Solutions
62 N Amber Ct, Chandler, AZ 85225, USA
(480) 428-2826


In Mesa, Arizona it’s easy to find adventure. Packed with excitement, the Mesa area offers visitors an explosion of educational, cultural and outdoor attractions. From interactive museums to Broadway musicals and old west towns, Mesa’s got it all!

You’ll have easy access to the area’s most popular natural attractions, including Superstition Mountains, Apache Trail, Salt and Verde Rivers, Usery Mountain Regional Park and area lakes. Explore the mysterious Superstition Mountains or cruise Saguaro Lake aboard the Desert Belle and Canyon Lake aboard the Dolly Steamboat.

There’s no shortage of family fun in Mesa, either, with kid-friendly museums that will entertain the little ones – and your inner child, too! Hear the roar of the dinosaurs at the Arizona Museum of Natural History. Let your imagination take flight by learning about vintage aircraft at the Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona. Spark your child’s creativity with a visit to the i.d.e.a Museum. Soar the Sonoran skies on a hot air balloon ride and get in touch with nature at the nearby Phoenix Zoo.

Pest Control Mesa AZ

The dense vegetation that covers much of Mesa is home to a wealth of wildlife and associated pests that thrive in the temperate climate. As Arizona’s primary gateway to Pacific trade, Mesa harbours also offers some unique challenges for pest control and require continuous monitoring and prevention to ensure that infestations don’t take hold.

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as a pest problem. They can become a huge issue, whether you’re a homeowner or a business manager. That’s why Natural Pest Solutions offers pest control services in Mesa and the surrounding areas like Northeast Mesa, Central Mesa , Southeast Mesa, Southwest Mesa, and Red Mountain District. If you find unwanted rodents, insects, or other wildlife on your property, give us a call. We offer flexible hours so you can call us any time of day, any day of the week.

Natural Pest Solutions
1364 North Rowen Mesa, AZ 85207 United States
+1 602-900-9768

The Rich Town of Langley


Langley is the Fraser Valley’s premier wine and libations destination, and home of historical Fort Langley; the birthplace of British Columbia. You’ll also discover authentic farm experiences, beautiful parks and trails, trendy restaurants & lounges, exciting sport venues, unique shopping, and so much more.

The Township of Langley extends south of the Fraser River to the U.S. border, shares a western border with Surrey, and shares an eastern border with Abbotsford. The Township is home to approximately 104,000 people living in over 39,000 homes. The Township is primarily rural in makeup, with most of the suburban population living in one of its 6 major communities: Aldergrove, Brookswood/Fernridge, Fort Langley, Murrayville, Walnut Grove, and Willoughby/Willowbrook.

The City of Langley is located along the central western border, neighbouring both the Township and Surrey. It has a population of around 25,000 people living in over 11,800 homes. It is comprised of six major communities: Nicomeki, Douglas, Simonds, Blacklock, Alice Brown, and Uplands.

From its humble beginnings as a fur trading post and “Birthplace of B.C.” to its emergence as a hub of agricultural farmland in the Fraser Valley, Langley continues to demonstrate steady growth. Less than an hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver, Langley offers a mixture of suburban and rural living, blended with a rich history and unique downtown development in the city. 75% of the Township of Langley is located with the Agricultural Land Reserve, and the area boasts a huge agri-tourism industry, including some of the Fraser Valley’s finest wineries.

The city of Langley’s downtown is pedestrian-friendly, featuring a mixture of high-end shopping, boutiques, independent stores, and farmer’s markets. The arts communities is thriving here: for it’s size, Langley has a large number of arts organizations and galleries. The area is also known as the Horse Capital of B.C., home to dozens of world-class equestrian facilities and programs. Both the city and the township are serviced by the Langley School District #35.


Best Neighbourhood in Langley

Fort Langley is the richest and best-educated area of the Township, according to a Times analysis of new neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood profiles provided to council.

The statistics also show that the fastest-growing Township neighbourhood is Willoughby, while the slowest-growing is Brookswood-Fernridge.

The updated statistics were presented in a March 24 memo from the Community Development division to council.

The raw numbers were to be posted to the Township website at under “doing business.”

The figures show that 19 per cent of Fort Langley households reported an annual income of $150,000 or more a year, well above the Township average of 14 per cent, and more than any other neighbourhood in the community.

Walnut Grove placed second, with 16 per cent of its households making $150,000 or more, while Brookswood-Fernridge and Willoughby tied for third at 14 per cent in the plus-150K category.

In terms of the exact numbers of households reporting incomes of $150,000 or more, Walnut Grove had the most with 1,435, while Willoughby was second with 930 and Brookswood-Fernridge was third with 645.

Those three neighbourhoods accounted for more than half of all Township households in the highest income category, 3,010 of the 5,165 in the entire community.

On the other end of the income spectrum, Aldergrove had the highest percentage of households making less than $20,000 a year, at 14 per cent, more than the Township average of 10 per cent.

Willoughby had the second highest percentage of households at the lower end of the income scale with 10 per cent under $20,000, and Murrayville was third at nine per cent.

In terms of the exact numbers reporting less than $20,000 a year in income, Willoughby had the most households in that category at 700, Walnut Grove was second at 635 and Aldergrove was third with 590.

The community with the smallest percentage and smallest actual number of people in the sub-$20,000 categories was Fort Langley, with five per cent or 55 households.

The best-educated neighborhood was Fort Langley, with 47 per cent possessing a college or university diploma or degree, higher than the overall Township average of 40 per cent.

In terms of housing construction, the fastest-growing neighbourhood was Willoughby, which has added 2,800 new single-family and 2,400 multi-family housing units from 2006 to 2013.

Brookswood-Fernridge had the slowest growth rate, adding 167 single-family homes and seven multi-family units over the same period.

Brookswood-Fernridge has the highest percentage of single-family homes in Langley at virtually 100 per cent, with just 15 multi-family units among 4,604, compared to the Township average of 72 per cent.

Willoughby currently has the most housing units of any area of Langley Township at 10,500, 5,900 of them single-family.

Walnut Grove has the second-highest number at 8,800 housing units while Brookswood is third at 4.600.

Pest Control in Langley

Langley is abundant with residential communities as well as economic opportunities. The hot and dry weather can drive many unwanted pests into comfortable Langley homes. Dangerous pests can be harmful and frightening. Other pests like fire ants and roaches can damage property and landscape. Protect your home from pesky pests and call a recommended exterminator today.

Natural Pest Solutions
5844 Glover Rd, Langley, BC V3A 4H9, Canada
+1 604-245-8395

Hay Shipping Capital of the World, Gilbert AZ

Gilbert is a community with agricultural roots that show-up in the local food scene and in uniquely handcrafted creations. We boast a family-friendly vibe and an emerging nightlife, all of which has been created in alignment with our local love of great food, craft beer, Arizona wine, handmade goods, bike trails, open space, and our four-legged friends.

Once known as the “Hay Shipping Capital of the World,” more recently Gilbert has received nods like, “Phoenix’s Coolest Suburb,” and a “top 5 foodie neighborhood in metro Phoenix,” it is now known more for its people food than its alfalfa. Gilbert is also consistently recognized as one of the safest cities and best places to live in the U.S.

All this adds up to making Gilbert your home base for Arizona explorations. We have 22 national parks (including the Grand Canyon) and 35 state parks here in Arizona to explore, many within an hour to a day-trip away from Gilbert like Finley Farms and Val Vista Lakes.

Pests in Gilbert

Scorpions are the NUMBER 1 pest in Gilbert AZ! Whether it’s the lush landscaping of beautiful yards in Gilbert, and the block wall fences, or just the location of high scorpion populations for generations, Gilbert has more than its share of scorpions. Scorpions are built for survival and require specialized products and applications than most general pests to eliminate.


Natural Pest Solutions
113 E Cullumber Ave, Gilbert, AZ 85234, USA
+1 480-470-0251

bed-bug removal

What Attracts Bedbugs into Your Home?

Anyone who has ever had an encounter with bedbugs is certain to not forget it. 

The itchy red blotches on the skin that are seen in the morning after, serve as a reminder of the visit from this pesky bug. 

What worries most people is the knowledge that bed bugs feed on human blood

It thus follows that the fear of infection with disease by the bugs is the second biggest concern. 

Fortunately it is a proven fact that bed bugs do not transmit any disease despite having known pathogens in their gut. 

It is no surprise however that this fact is not sufficient to not ease the hate and dread that people have towards this bonafide member of the insect family. 


Some concerns about bedbugs

The question of what attracts bedbugs into your home is one many concerned people have asked themselves and pondered about. 

This is because this pesky pest seems to find its way into all sorts of human habitation.

From residences in urban areas to those in rural areas, from abodes in the suburbs to those in the ghetto, from five star hotels to the simplest of homes, regardless of whether its summer or winter, bedbugs seem to be found almost everywhere, all the time. 

What bed bugs are mainly attracted to

Despite seeming to be attracted to very little, bedbugs are certainly attracted to one thing. 

The first and obvious thing to which the bug is attracted is a human host. 

As long as bedbugs can find a source of food, they will be attracted to the place the host inhabits.

This fact alone is sufficient to rule out most of the more common beliefs regarding what attracts bedbugs into the home. 

Below are some of these debunked beliefs

  • Bedbugs are not attracted by dirt, grime or filth

Though bedbugs are often found in residences with notably low levels of hygiene, this should not be considered as definitive proof of the bug’s preference for dirty places. 

First and foremost, bed bugs have little to gain from filth, dirt or grime

They do not feed on filth nor do they necessarily make their habitation in it. 

As a matter of fact it is no surprise to find the bugs in commercial lodgings where maintaining high standards of cleanliness is not only necessary but also mandatory. 

The fact remains that bedbugs feed on blood and as long as they can find a human host, the bugs will find a home in any human abode.

  • Bed bugs are not attracted to pets

Some people have blamed their pets for bringing bedbugs into their home. 

It does seem plausible considering that most pets do spend a considerable amount of time outdoors. 

One can then assume that as the pet wanders through the neighborhood, the cat or dog comes across a place with bed bugs which then get into their fur. 

Or maybe even the bugs pass from the fur of a neighborhood pet onto your dog or cat which then brings the bedbugs into your home. 

This series of assumptions cannot be further from the truth. The following points show why this line of thinking is wrong.

  • First of all, bedbugs are to be found exclusively in human habitations and cannot survive at all in the open. Therefore is highly unlikely that your dog or cat will encounter the bugs in a particularly bush or in the neighborhood woods. 
  • Secondly, bedbugs lack the claws necessary to allow them to move within animal fur. This means that unlike fleas and lice, bedbugs cannot find an abode in the fur of pets. 
  • Thirdly, bedbugs lack the strong hind legs that would allow them to jump from one pet to another. Therefore the transfer of bedbugs from one pet to another is not only an unlikely feat but an impossible one for bedbugs.

Bed bug exterminatorThe primary way in which bed bugs infest your home is by the aid of human carriers. 

The human might not carry the bedbugs on their person but they may do so in the luggage or other possessions they bring along with them. 

It is a proven fact that bedbugs and their eggs have been found in bags, boxes, bedroom fixtures, couches, chairs, beds and other common household items. 

Thus to be on the safe side, it would be wise to have such items fumigated thoroughly with a bed bug treatment before letting them into the house. 

  • Bedbugs are not attracted to homes in urban areas

It is true that the prevalence of bedbugs is greatest within urban areas. 

This is because of the higher population densities in such areas and hence the bugs have a large pool of potential hosts. 

However the fact that human beings do make transit from such urban areas to rural ones and vice versa, bedbugs are thus able to make their way to other areas no matter how remote this areas may be.