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And Avoid Getting Eaten Alive While You Sleep

Bed bug infestations are on the rise, and you can run into these bugs anywhere, especially while traveling. They like to hop on you and your belongings and go home with you. Once settled in, they’re notoriously difficult to get rid of. Arizona and Nevada pest control companies have reported a 70 percent increase in bed bug extermination services over the last year alone. If you have a bed bug problem, or even just suspect you do, hiring a bed bug removal service is often the only way to get rid of the problem for good.

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like and Where Do They Hide?

These little critters are flat and reddish-brown. After feeding, they look like plump apple seeds. They can't fly or jump, but they move fast. They prefer to live in bedding and in the seams and crevices of mattresses, box springs and bed frames. They also hide in alarm clocks, night stands, bedside lamps, upholstery, behind wall hangings and in tiny cracks. They lurk inside books, appliances, clothing, wooden...


Mosquitoes can turn gardening into an arduous chore.

You may enjoy gardening, but this activity becomes far less pleasurable when you hear the foreboding whine of a mosquito's wings. Gloves, a hat and bug repellent may offer some relief. Nonetheless, it only takes one bite to trigger hours of itching. To get rid of mosquitoes, check your garden for these common mosquito attractions:

1. Containers

Buckets and pots can turn into insect breeding grounds when they hold stagnant water. Mosquitoes must have water in order to complete their life cycle, and they can breed in as little as a half-inch of resting water. It takes as little as four days for standing water to host multiple broods of quickly-maturing (and biting) mosquitoes. Remember to store any objects that can collect water indoors or turn them over before you leave the garden.

2. Bird Bath

You may reduce the mosquito population by attracting songbirds and other predators....


And How Termite Inspections Can Keep You From Getting Sick

Homes in southwestern cities like Tucson and Phoenix are especially prone to termite infestations. A termite colony can devour all wooden structures in a home, including wood furniture, in three to five years. Although these bugs are highly destructive, their objective is not to hurt humans. Rather, they want a steady source of food. However, they can be harmful to humans as a byproduct of pursuing their goals. Here are five health hazards these critters pose as they go about the business of eating your house.

1. Bites and Stings

A soldier termite can bite or sting you if it feels threatened or is handled. A termite bite won't kill you, but it can itch, swell, burn and feel very painful, especially if you are predisposed to allergic reactions.

2. Allergies and Asthma

Termite nests release particles and dust that can be spread about the home via your...


Safely Protect Your Reputation Online and in the Real World

It may seem unfair, but even one pest sighting can mean the end of your restaurant's reputation. Whether or not it's due to employee neglect, the sight of an insect or rodent can create the perception of a poorly managed or operated business. Social media platforms and restaurant review apps enable guests to spread the word in minutes, making the need for preventive pest control for restaurants clear.

The Real Costs of Pest Infestations

Besides the damaging effect of customer pest sightings, your restaurant can suffer other financial losses. If an inspection turns up a pest problem, you could fail. In addition to having a low health department score published online and in local newspapers, you may have to pay a hefty fine for harboring pests in your restaurant.

Organic Pest Control Solutions

Organic pest control is a smart solution. Safely nip existing...


Protect your family by turning up the heat on pesky bed bugs.

Bed bugs: nobody wants them, but they're so small, it can be nearly impossible to get rid of them. Meanwhile, you and your family continue to suffer from bug bites in addition to the heebie jeebies that just the mention of these tiny critters can inspire. If you have this pest problem in your home or place of business, you may have looked into bed bug treatment and wonder if heat remediation is right for your bed bug problem.

Why Bed Bugs?

It doesn't matter to these tiny creatures whether they live in cleanliness or squalor, so having bed bugs is no reflection on your housekeeping. Their only source of nutrition is blood, human or animal. They hitchhike with people as they travel from place to place, perhaps stowed away in the fold of a suitcase or between the pages of your day planner. They can survive at length without a meal, according to the...


Don't Let Bugs or Rodents Scare Away Home Buyers

If you're in the real estate business or selling your own home, you need every advantage. Get an edge in one of the easiest ways possible: partnering with an experienced pest control service. While staging experts, professional cleaners and other providers offer valuable services, warding off creepy crawlers is one function that should never be overlooked.

Hidden Problems in the Home

Real estate may be all about location, but if potential buyers catch even a fleeting glimpse of a rodent or insect, the sale is most likely lost. Whether you're the resident or agent, you may not be aware of an infestation. From termites to ants, many pests leave behind few or no clues to their existence. The last thing you want is for a buyer or inspector to find evidence of a problem before you do.

Pest Infestation Signs

Pest prevention and control experts can find out if there's an issue before the first showing. Whether...


Get tough on garden pests and weeds!

Desert climates can be especially inhospitable to non-native plants. Those shrubs, trees and flowering foliage that are better suited to more forgiving climates can become stressed by regional temperature extremes. Without proactive pest control, your carefully nurtured landscape may be in peril. If insects have made your treasured flora their new home, you can take measures to permanently remove them without harming your plants. Additionally, you can eradicate weeds without damaging your landscape. Burns has specialized in this service for over 20 years.

Pest Prevention

Given the time and the determination, both in ample quantities, you can discourage a pest invasion before it gets underway. Prior to planting, start with compost-rich soil that is free of weeds. Clear away garden waste and grass clippings regularly, so they don't become insect or rodent harborage areas. Once your plants are in the ground, watch for any that become sickly, and move them out before pests move in.



Learn to coexist with the swarms and hives near you.

Before taking any action against bees, wasps or other social insects, you need to know exactly what you’re dealing with. Identifying the species in question is always the first step. To get started, talk to a Burns Pest Elimination expert today.

When you see beehives or roving swarms, it’s understandable that your first instinct might be to call a bee exterminator. Bees can be pretty scary, and many people have trouble differentiating between honeybees and stinging wasps. In most cases, however, it's better to favor preservation instead of killing bee hives.

Bee hives play vital roles in keeping the environment livable, and when treated with respect, most aren’t a threat. Here are some tips on eco-conscious bee hive removal. Also, when Bees are in a non-threating location we can inquire into the option of performing a Bee Relocation...


Follow these mosquito prevention tips to avoid being The Meal at your next picnic!

A mosquito infestation can completely ruin the time that you plan to spend outdoors. One or two mosquitoes is no cause for panic, but large numbers of them can leave you wildly slapping at the air and running for cover.

It may seem like the irritating insects magically appear, but a mosquito infestation usually has a preventable root cause. In most cases, standing water is the culprit, because this is where mosquitoes lay their eggs. Even small pockets of water can become a perfect breeding ground for the insects. In just a few days, hundreds or even thousands of mosquitoes can emerge from their watery cribs to turn your yard into their personal playground complete with a free buffet.

Mosquitoes Aren’t Just Annoying

Mosquito bites are extremely itchy, and if you’re spending time outdoors, you’re likely to be targeted multiple times. A compulsion to scratch every inch of...


Despite their angry looks, the Arizona Paper Wasp might not be so bad after all…

Is it possible for a pest to be a nuisance and also beneficial at the same time? When it comes to the paper wasp, the answer is a definite ‘Yes’. Think of paper wasps like in-laws. It's okay to see them every now and then, but if they keep popping up every day, they start to wear out their welcome. Arizona is home to many different wasps, from the hornet to the yellow jacket. Though seeing one in the vicinity is usually nothing to worry about, a large wasp infestation can lead to numerous problems for people and pets if not managed carefully.

Types of Arizona Paper Wasps

Paper wasps build small and sometimes elaborate paper nests. Some look like small honeycombs while others look like oversized, tear-shaped pinatas. The most common paper wasps in Arizona are the:

  • Yellow paper wasp
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