As we race towards the holiday season, and begin planning for travel, here is one question to ask yourself:
“Have I done what I can to prevent picking up bed bugs?”
Chances are, this is something that you have never thought about. That is, unless you have been unfortunate enough to have (at one time or another) picked up bed bugs and brought them home. It is nothing to take lightly, and for this reason, we advise the following:
- Pre-treat any luggage or suitcases that you will be traveling with. We have several items for this, including a ready-to-use spray for under $10.
- In hotels especially, be wary of exactly where you set your luggage. Immediately place luggage in bath tub / shower, then inspect mattress folds, furniture seams, bedding, and curtains. Any discoloration? Look very closely for signs of bed bugs and contact the manager if you find any.
- Inspect bedding anytime you get bitten in bed. Maybe you did get a bite, but if you can’t see the bug, it’s harder to diagnose the proper treatment. Perhaps it was a spider, mosquito, a flea, or some type of mite. Try to find what bit you. If you can’t, look again for signs of bed bugs. Not sure what you’re looking for? Click here to watch a quick video on How To Tell If You Have Bed Bugs.
- Travel with bed bug detectors to aid you in recognizing live bed bugs, and to help keep them off you! From $8 to $24 you can “arm yourself” while you sleep!
If you do have bed bugs, we carry the best products available and have the know-how to show you exactly how to use them. The earlier you can treat for bed bugs, the less chance they will have to spread to more rooms…and more hosts!
Come see us at any of our 5 valley-wide location, 6 days a week and we can help you travel safely this holiday season.
Bug & Weed Mart: Do It Yourself. Do It For Less. Do It Right.
Usually around this time of year, we notice less bug activity than during the warmer months. Accordingly, we tend to treat our homes less often. It is easy to forget altogether about “maintaining the barrier” that keeps bugs off your patio and away from your home. What we may not realize is that the mild climate we live in (i.e. lack of snow), also means that most insects, including scorpions, remain active here all year long.
The good news is that as the weather gets cooler, our treatments may last a bit longer than they did in the spring and summer months. These treatments create and “maintain the barrier” between the bugs and scorpions and your home. Here are four easy steps to protecting your home:
- Keep all sides of home clear of debris, leaves, woodpiles, etc.
- Apply granules in a 2-5 foot band around all sides of your home, especially where river rock or gravel lie. We will also show you other favorite hiding places where granules work best.
- Apply outside spray up home wall, completely applying around door/window frames, eaves, garage door frame, sidewalks and patio.
- Apply inside spray along all baseboards, every room, closets and door frames.
Many pest control companies say they can only take away scorpions’ food supplies (such as crickets); thus there will be fewer scorpions. We say that you can control scorpions completely!
At Bug & Weed Mart, we carry the exact products that professionals use, but we make sure you use them correctly. We enable you to do-it-yourself with a customized treatment instructions and professional-grade products for a safe and effective treatment every time. You’ll know how often, how much, and where to treat in order to get rid of what’s bugging you. Watch for our free scorpion eGuide coming soon.
For more than 34 years, we have been showing do-it-yourselfers exactly how to control pests and weeds with better results than ever before. Please visit any of our 5 valley-wide stores, 6 days a week.
Bug & Weed Mart: Do it right. Do it yourself. Do it for less.
Bug & Weed Mart Sells Sprayers?
You probably already know that at Bug & Weed Mart, we sell the very best, professional-strength, EPA-approved safe products for all of your pest and weed control needs. But what you may not know is that we also sell top-notch, affordable tank sprayers to apply these products with.
Does Price = Quality? YOU be the Judge!
Since going into business in 1979, we have sold over 35,000 tank sprayers. In that time, we have learned a lot about what qualities to look for. Here are just a few:
- Tank body – simply put, a tank is a tank is a tank; care for your tank by completely emptying the tank when finished spraying. Read more »
“Natural Pest Control”: That’s been a buzzword for years in the pest control industry. Everyone would like to control pests “naturally.” Problem is, many “natural” or “organic” products simply do not work very well.
But recently, a number of organic products have become available that do work. We’ll get to them shortly.
Don’t forget: there are some very effective, “natural” things you can do to keep the pest population down:
- Keep your house surroundings free of excess leaves, clutter, and debris; keep wood piles well away from your building; keep landscaping trimmed; trim tree branches so that they do not overlap your roof (rodents, spiders, scorpions).
- Get rid of standing water after any rains (mosquitos and scorpions); make sure any rainwater drains away from your home and be sure to fix any dripping hose bibs (termites); make sure air-conditioning condensation/drain lines discharge water away from your home (termites).
- Caulk or seal areas through which bugs can enter: pipes, door thresholds, base of house that meets the stem wall, around dog doors (all pests).
- Pick up dog and cat droppings often (flies).
All five Bug & Weed Mart stores carry more than twenty natural/organic pest control products. Two new ones are special: Read more »
Every year about this time, we at Bug & Weed Mart receive lots of inquiries from our customers about how to get rid of spiders. They can very quickly take up residence in any number of places, inside and out. And even if not toxic or harmful, many spiders do bite, and those bites can result in swelling and irritation, or worse.
If you need help identifying the particular type of spider that has infested your home, you can visit http://www.ehow.com/how_6789498_id-common-spiders-arizona.html to see pictures of spiders common to Arizona. Or you can snap a picture and bring it in to our store so that our pest experts can help you identify the spider and how to get rid of it.
Don’t let spiders have their way on YOUR property. Observe where their activity is, then come to us for the professional-strength products that you can easily, safely, and effectively apply yourself. We will show you exactly how to do your treatment, just as a professional exterminator should do it. We have environmentally-safe, EPA-registered, best-in-class products, and also have all of the equipment you will need. At each of our 5 stores, you will find a knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly manager, there to personally assist you with your selections.
All of our stores are open Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday. Or, visit us at www.bugweedmart.com to learn more.
-Do it yourself.
-Do it for less.
-Do it right.
Do you have roof rats? Or are you concerned about the roof rats that your neighbors have told you they have? Here’s what you should know:
-arrived here 30+ years ago; they are not planning on leaving anytime soon
-can survive both inside and outside of the home
-like flood irrigation, citrus trees, golf courses, palm trees, oleanders, vegetation, trimmings, potted plants, garbage/recycling bins, storage sheds, gardens, & clutter
-when indoors they are found in your walls, attics, crawl spaces, and even ductwork
-easily travel along vegetation, walls, fencing, utility wires, roofing shingles
-are capable of travelling straight up a wall, & can jump 2’ high and 4’ horizontally
-eat fruit, lizards, nuts, soap, paper, insects, grains, pet food, bird seed, tree bark
-enter homes with as little as a nickel-sized opening!
The city of Mesa has some great information on how to handle roof rat problems. Visit http://www.mesaaz.gov/neighbor/roofrats.aspx to find signs of roof rats, how to dispose of them, and how to prevent your property from becoming infested.
At Bug & Weed Mart, we have all of the professional products you need to end and prevent further roof rat activity from your property. Ignoring roof rat activity can quickly lead to very costly structural damage. We will show you how to properly get rid of these critters in a safe, discreet, & effective manner. We will arm you with the exact same products that any professional would use, and you will see results.
Come see us 6 days a week at any of our 5 Valley-wide stores, or visit us at www.bugweedmart.com for more information.
-Do it yourself.
-Do it for less.
-Do it right.
How do you know you live in Arizona? When you turn on the kitchen light in the middle of the night and the roaches just put on their sunglasses!
Few insects make us shudder more than the American Cockroach (a.k.a. sewer roach)! This rather large, brown roach loves to live right outside your home’s front and back doors, and is not shy about coming inside the home, either.
Outdoors, they are living in moist, dark, planted or landscaped environments. They survive on nutrients from plants, insects, pet droppings, trash, etc. Once inside, they go to the kitchens, bathroom drains, sinks, tubs, disposals, trash cans, potted plants, under sinks, and sink overflow vents. They survive on the “gunk” in those sinks & drains, and on whatever winds up in the garbage cans.
Treat for sewer roaches by;
- Moving clutter, lawn trimmings, leaves, & yard clippings away from home.
- Removing lumber, firewood, or any other debris from around the home.
- Repair/adjusting sprinkler overspray; check timer: are you over-watering?
- Repairing leaks in garden hoses, sprinkler lines, & hose bibs.
- Repairing gutter leaks, re-directing a/c condenser line away from home.
Then, come see us for the knockout punch with professional strength, safe, easy-to-use products AND the personalized instruction to help you get rid of roaches (or whatever’s bugging you!). Most of the time, your treatment will include powerful granules and the right spray product. We also sell the best sprayers you can find, in many sizes!
Bug & Weed Mart has been helping people solve their pest problems for over 30 years, and we can help you too!
Come see us at any of our 5 stores Valley-wide, open 6 days a week.
Bug & Weed Mart. Do-it-yourself. Do it right. Do it for less.
2013 started out unusually wet for Arizona, bringing a bumper crop of vegetation and wildlife growth. As a result, we are seeing a tremendous amount of unruly weeds, especially if there was no pre-emergent applied. But there is no better time than now to apply weed killer (or more properly – post emergent) taking those weeds out and regaining control of your landscape!
Killing all the weeds in your yard may seem a huge task. But with Bug & Weed Mart, our knowledgeable, professional staff excels in helping people learn what it takes to control weeds. Weeds and grasses that you are seeing now can be easily treated with one of our Post-Emergent herbicides that you apply using a pump-up sprayer. It may be time consuming but applying weed killer is simple. Come in and describe your weed problem, and we will develop a fast, safe, effective solution for you and show you how to apply it.
We are open 6 days a week at all 5 of our Valley-wide locations. Come in, give us a call, or visit us anytime at www.bugweedmart.com.
What a fun weather year 2013 has begun with! We had rain this winter, followed by a record-setting 5-night frost period in January, then more rain in February. Add the intermittent spikes we have seen in daytime temperatures, and now just look around: the weed season has earnestly begun. Are you seeing a healthy green weed or grass crop take over in your granite, river rock, or desert landscaping? If you look around, you will find you are not alone! Many people have not yet applied pre-emergent. But it’s not too late.
At Bug & weed Mart, we have a complete selection of Pre-Emergents that you can safely, effectively, and easily apply to your yard. These professional-grade, EPA-registered liquid herbicides will prevent those unwanted grass and weeds from growing, while causing no harm to existing plants or lawns. Reapplying periodically, your method of “preventing” will result in much greater results across your landscape. And, you will begin to notice your neighbors are seemingly always out spraying their weeds…when you have none!
For more detailed information about how to apply pre-emergent, you can visit the “videos” section of our website. There you will find a step-by-step instructional video on how to mix and apply pre-emergent, as well as tips for safety and re-application time frames.
Our Managers at all 5 Valley-wide locations are experts on all the details you need to do the job yourself. Come on in, & tell us about your specific property needs. We’ll recommend a pre-emergent, and we will show you exactly how to apply it. We have been helping our customers with the best products and advice since 1979, we look forward to helping you, too!
Free spring cleaning workshop teaches how to protect home and garden from unwelcome guests
March showers bring more than spring flowers! This year’s unseasonable rains make homes and yards more susceptible than ever to bugs and weeds. To learn simple spring cleaning solutions and helpful steps that will keep these bugs and weeds at bay, Bug & Weed Mart owner Jim LaBrie is hosting a free spring-cleaning workshop at the company’s Scottsdale location.
Join us on Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 1 – 2 PM and you will learn:
- How to identify termites and protect your home from termite damage
- What you can do to keep ticks and scorpions from finding their way into your yard and home
- Steps you can take to keep weeds from overtaking your spring blooms.
All attendees will receive a free pair of technician’s applicator gloves and a 10% discount on any purchases that day. Refreshments will be provided.
Free to attend, call (480) 609-1810 to reserve a spot.
Bug & Weed Mart
7127 E Becker Lane (behind Circle K on N/W corner of Shea/Scottsdale Rd)
Scottsdale, AZ 85254