It’s time to ask yourself: when did I last apply my pre-emergent?
Your lawn may hold the answer if you look around and see that it is full of weeds. So if it has been more than six months, NOW is the time! A simple, safe application of pre-emergent will keep weed seeds from growing, giving you your weekends back! Best of all, it will not harm your plants or pets, either! At Bug & Weed Mart stores, we have a broad range of effective, easy-to-use pre-emergents.
If you aren’t sure about what type of weed you have or which product will work the best to solve your particular problem, the managers at our five Valley-wide locations will show you exactly how to do the job yourself. From what product to use on which weeds, to what dosage and with what sprayer, we’ve got you covered. We have been helping our customers with the best products and advice since 1979; we look forward to helping you, too!
Bugs like hiding places. Scorpions, roaches, snakes, and rodents enjoy being able to sleep undisturbed, so they look for places where they can tuck themselves in until it’s time to forage for food. Wood piles, lumber, piles of landscape debris, stacks of firewood, and clutter in general provide habitats for all kinds of pests. Keep reading to find out how to keep pests out.
Keeping your property clear of these types of opportunities for bugs and other nuisances to hide and live is key to keeping these pests out of your home, too. Changing seasons encourage bugs to come out more often, but this also means they go in – to your house. Move all clutter away from your house and you can cut down on the number of pests that will enter your home. Clean up to keep pests out. It’s as easy as that.
And it’s not just clutter that attracts bugs. Mosquitoes, roaches, and scorpions thrive where there’s water, though all living things need water to survive. Getting rid of all standing water will help keep these bugs to a minimum, too. Repairing leaks in garden hoses, sprinkler lines, and hose bibs, as well as fixing gutter leaks, and re-directing a/c condensate lines away from your home deprives animals and bugs of a source of drinking water.
Cutting down on the number of pests from invading your home can be done naturally if these steps are followed. Preventing them altogether, though, may take a little more help. Our Store Managers will recommend the best sprays, granules, and traps to get rid of all kinds of pests. Visit any of our five Valley Bug & Weed Marts to learn how to use everything we sell, including the sprayer that’s best for what you need.
We are always ready to give free, friendly, and easy-to-understand information about all aspects of do-it-yourself pest control, whatever’s bugging you!
This Year, Stop Those Nasty Olive Blossoms Before They Drop All Over Your Walkways.
If you have olive trees, you may not know that you can prevent those olives from growing by applying a “growth regulator”. When properly applied at the right time each year, you’ll enjoy the tree in full bloom but without many (or any) olives. Applied by using a hose-end sprayer, it absorbs into the tree through the leaves. This tricks the tree into stopping olive production as a self-defense mechanism, even though the stress isn’t real.
So here’s what you do:
-When all buds have flowered (10 to 17 days after the blooms appear), spray them after the blossoms are wide-open, but before the olive buds begin to form (2-5 days).
-Spray all branches, completely covering the blossoms & leaves. Use a ladder outside to spray the highest branches. Coat every blossom thoroughly.
-Allow to dry (1/2 day).
- Water tree deeply.
At Bug & Weed Mart, we will show you exactly how to prevent olives. We have the olive growth regulator and the hose-end sprayer needed for this job. In fact, we have everything you need for any pest or weed problem. We offer safe, EPA-approved, professional grade products and expert advice.
Come visit any of our 5 Valley-wide stores, open 6 days a week.
Bug & Weed Mart. We Free You from All Your Pest Problems.
Even though we live in the Sonoran desert, we still have pesky weeds. You can either spend a lot of time digging them up or you can prevent them from sprouting in the first place. We know which method we choose and our Bug & Weed Mart Store Managers will provide you with an individual Treatment Plan that outlines how and when to apply pre-emergents so you won’t need to pull weeds.
Pre-emergent herbicides are an effective, preventative method designed for reducing and controlling weeds before the weeds germinate. When applied correctly, pre-emergents establish a chemical barrier that will not kill established plants, but will prevent weeds from growing.
Bug & Weed Mart carries only professional-grade, easy-to-use, effective pre-emergents that can be used in grass, planters, shrubs, and desert/rock landscapes.
Come into any of our five convenient Phoenix metro locations and we will show you how to successfully prevent weeds. We’ll also help you choose the appropriate product and sprayer, and we’ll make sure you know the right time for your future pre-emergent applications, too.
If you’re going to do-it-yourself, you’ve got to have the right tools. If you’re going to take care of your own bugs and weeds, the right tool to have is a tank sprayer.
Like any other mechanical tool, your pump-up sprayer needs basic care to keep it working. Many of our customers find that the sprayer they bought from us years ago still works great (often over 20 years!). That is because (1) the sprayer was great quality, and (2) it was maintained by its owner.
To maintain your sprayer, you need not buy cleaning kits, brushes, detergents, etc. Just follow these guidelines;
-When finished with any application, empty any remaining solution from the tank.
Remove/unscrew plunger tube, invert tank, & allow tank to drain completely.
-Then, pour 8-12oz of “rinse” water into the tank.
Gently shake the tank a few times to evenly disperse/rinse. After re-inserting the plunger tube, pump a few times, and spray out the “rinse” water completely.
-NEVER leave anything mixed in your sprayer (or ANY container) for storage.
Tempting as it may be, this is a bad idea. Instead, mix only what you need for the application. Excess/unused mix = lost $.
-Once every year, bring your empty, clean tank sprayer to us for a checkup.
We will look it over and service it with a free lube. We’ll also check-up for leaky clamps, cracked hoses, clogged spray tips, etc. If your sprayer cannot be fixed, we have several great models to choose from.
Bug & Weed Mart has been helping others control their Pest & Weed problems for more than 35 years. Stop into any of our 5 Valley-wide locations, open Monday-Saturday.
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.