Friday, December 18, 2015

finding the right pest control professional

It's often difficult to determine which pest control company is the best to choose as your service provider. You don't know the quality of service up front unless a friend can voucher for them. I have been a pest and termite service technician for over 11 years now and I have seen it all. I've seen contracts pushed on customers only to disappoint them with poor services that they now feel stuck to. Cancellation fees on contracts can be as high as $215 in Arizona. I've seen technicians go to doors when no ones home and leave a slip that says completed service without even doing the service. I've seen 10-15 minute quick stops without any attention to detail on the customers yard. I've even seen self righteous attitudes where the technician gets in arguments with their customers saying their the professional and the customer has no place for an opinion! I've seen poor customer service where the secretary is telling the customer that they have to have a certain day and time for service without asking them if it works for them. I've seen poor customer service where the secretary leaves a message that the tech will be there for service but never leaves a time frame. or even worse the technician shows up at a house where the gate is locked, services the front yard only, then bills for a full service. Also seen companies charge fees for retreats claiming its a trip charge even though they guarantee their services. All this and more has trashed the industry in making potential customers more skeptical and distrusting of us real pest control professionals who actually do their jobs correctly. It saddens me on how customer service and quality of service in America is diminishing through a vast sea of industries. You would think these things would be important and we would treat our fellow Man with less indifference and more respect than this. When ever I go through a fast food line or a check out line in the store, it's become a rarity that I run across someone with a positive attitude asking how my day has been. Mostly it's filled with a void of disappointment, discomfort, and sadness on the expression of the other persons face. It's as if their job is not what they expected and not an ounce of passion can be put into it. One must come to understand that we as human beings are all on this boat together and we need to think outside of just ourselves. It's difficult to maintain a positive attitude amidst so much negativity. If no one makes an effort to put a lighthouse of positive energy amidst a sea of negativity, we are all lost. We must do our best to treat others the way we expect others to treat us. Be the light house, not the ship lost at sea!!!

Timothy R. Curtis
(If your looking for real quality pest control, not the fake kind, give me a call)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Subterranean Termites

There are 2 types of homes in Arizona; ones that have termites and ones that will have them. Subterranean termites are all over Arizona. They need a moisture content of 19% or greater and they build mud tubes to keep moisture and shelter. The workers break down the cellulose in the wood with a organism in their gut called Protozoa. Then they regurgitate the material to feed the soldiers, reproductives and nymphs. The process to treat a home is mainly focused on treating the soil because these type of termites don't live in your walls. They live and have to return to the ground. Winter is not a very active season for termites. I have noticed termites swarming twice in Arizona. They swarm in spring and the monsoon months. I have come to believe it has to do with the level if humidity in the air. I've noticed the level of mud tubes emerging the most after a good warm monsoon shower . I usually include a 2 year warrantee with a whole house treatment for termites. The product I use is called termidor he which is the top selling termiticide out there. It's supposed to last 5 years. Give me a call today at 520-414-0284 for a free inspection and estimate. Or visit my site at http://www.abugguy.con

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Arizona Bark Scorpion

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These scorpions are dreaded in Arizona. Many people get them in their homes and rely on pest control companies to get rid of them. While many companies can't guarantee to get rid of scorpions we do. Scorpions like to hide in the cracks of brick walls, in expansion joints, and any dark place they can find. They are nocturnal pests although occasionally they come out in the day to grab a snack. These pests have spiracles that they breath in on their underside. By dusting walls scorpions breath in the pesticide and die. Often times surface residual pesticides don't work with scorpions because some have a high repellency or are incapable to enter their hard shell bodies. Scorpions need to ingest chemical or breath in chemical in order for it to work. Scorpions enter through the home often times through exhaust vents in bathrooms and wash rooms from the outside because they are not screened off. You can take window screening and put it over the vents as to keep them from coming through. They also enter through the cracks of doors. Scorpions can squeeze down paper thin to fit through tight crevices. Their favorite food source are crickets in Arizona. If your infested with crickets chances are there is a bark scorpion around somewhere! These pests can also glow in the dark when a black light is shined on them. Its really cool to go after these guys at night! Call us today at 520-424-5244 to find out how we can eliminate your scorpion problem!  Visit Our Site  Email Us