Who you gonna call? ProBest Pest Management

So that BIG question – Who you gonna call? Well Dr Bug hopes it’s ProBest Pest Management 480-831-9328. Since 1981 ProBest has been consulting on bug issues throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties, Arizona. From ants to Zarrhipis (these are slender larva of a beetle known to enjoy Millipedes) and the cool thing about these larva is that luminescence. I mean really who in the world knows this stuff, yep Dr. Bug – so if you need pest control hire someone who knows the biz.

With no cold weather again this winter, the bugs are going to be fierce and we will come in contact more often. Snakes are out since it is already HOT and honeybees have been swarming for a few weeks. The hunters and their prey, overwintered with extreme cold and we had enough rain early in the year so bee ready for the bugs.

ProBest Pest Management

ProBest Pest Management

Honeybees in your home do I have to open up the walls?

There are many factors that play into a honeybee hive within your home. Determining whether you need to open up a wall to get to the hive. My very first question is “How long have they been there” “When did you first spot them” and of course where are they?  So let’s answer these questions and why I want to know?

#1 & #2 “How long have they been there” – this is really important. Let’s say you just noticed them, and you are pretty sure about this because they are at your front door and you would have noticed them. See this gives me an idea that they haven’t build much honeycomb, and no reason to open up the wall. Opening up walls is expensive and I don’t like spending money yours or mine unless we have to.

#3 So as we ask question #1 and #2, we need to know where they are, if they are at the front door area what is in there – is it a bathroom or bedroom. I once had them at the front door under a bush and there was a bathroom, they had made there way under the tub area – plenty of room and that had been there a long time. No way to get them out and they were Africanized honeybees plus after we killed them the hive disintegrated and wax moths invaded. Now we  have an issue, we had to open up the bathroom wall. But lets say there were under a shed in the very way back of your property, no access but they are again Africanized honeybees we only have to kill them and the hive will be destroyed by roaches and other pests.

            

Dog House, no dog so nobody noticed  and water meter box (see the bee)? And the last one is within the block wall and honey dripping outside but never inside. SO IF ANYBODY SAYS YOU HAVE TO OPEN UP A WALL, THINK ABOUT IT FIRST AND YOU DECIDE!

Advertising, what works?

I think that advertising and marketing are the biggest questions racking the brains of small businesses everyday. Marketing is that action of promoting your products or services. You as a business person decide on your product or service and ultimately people then decide to buy. Marketing is used to create the customer, to keep the customer & to satisfy the customer. With your customer as the focus of its activities, it can be concluded that marketing is one of the premier components of business management theories and the other being innovation. Phone books are a thing of the past except if you are marketing to seniors or areas where seniors are living, they may not use smart phones yet. They may still use phone books, the growing trend for younger people is mobile or internet ads. They also rely on word of mouth to decide on what they may purchase. So today you have to be on top of all these marketing skills to promote your companies. Most of our work comes from referrals and the word of mouth of previous customers. People have used ProBest for over 35+ years and we still have a few termite warranties in place from the early 1980’s.

So what type of ads work, that continues to be the $64,000 question? Do you have any opinions, what works for you and your company, share your ideas please?

 

 

advertising

advertising

Are you facing bug issues at your home/business?

Bugs and bug problems are a realty of life but there is no reason to put up with them at your home or business, right? Your family is most important to you, how about friends and coworkers? I’m reminded of the recent issue with United Airlines. Not the one where they hauled that guy off the plane but the scorpion incident. Someone once told me there is no such thing as bad press, United Airlines may argue that point with you. So what is a good ad to project that you know bug/pest control? I think the ad below reflects a good sign of competence in Pest Management, along with knowledge of the bug business and good reviews. Tell me what you think?

Scary things living in your attic?

It might sound strange, but if you hear noises at night in the attic it may not be your imagination. Maybe those bumps in the night might be coming from inside your attic. Even the smallest of holes allow mice and insects such as honeybees access into your home. I always suggest that you do periodic checks of your home especially the attic to basically keep an eye out for trouble makers. Birds and even larger animals can gain access into crawlspaces & attics and sometimes it is a real pain to get rid of them. Honeybee are always on the search here in Arizona for a new place to live, our Honeybees often swarm in Spring and Fall since we have a somewhat higher temperature throughout the year. If you notice bees going into your home use extreme caution as they may be very dangerous. Once you have made them MAD, you can’t take it back. They can stay agitated for 8+ hours, they can sting dogs, neighbors and children.

https://www.facebook.com/rjoplin/videos/10208607135351946/

 

 

Feedspot – Top 100 Blogs & Website award

One of the highest praises a company can get is to be included in a Top 100 list of blogs & bloggers in the world. http://blog.feedspot.com/pest_control_blogs/  Also the nice thing about it, is that ProBest is included with some really successful bloggers including pestcemetery.com and www.invader.net

 

These blogs are ranked based on following criteria

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

There are probably about 15,000 pest management companies across the U.S. so I’m humbled by being nominated to this blog list and appreciate the award. Blogging is a passion of mine and gives me a chance to spread the word of pest management and IPM. The new persona of ProBest is Dr. Bug – see below:

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The Bio of Dr. Bug, Owner of ProBest Pest Management

If you have a bug problem and you are looking for someone who can solve it, please read on…

Keith Birkemeyer aka Dr. Bug has been in the business of pest management for over 20 years. His interest in bugs began at an early age when he delighted(?) his parents with an infestation of Praying Mantis.  He had brought some egg cases in from the cold one winter in Ohio.  When they hatched there were baby Praying Mantis everywhere.  Keith grew up in Scouting and is an Eagle Scout.

Keith’s formal training began in Florida. A state well known for a hearty bug population, especially termites.   He continued his career with a chemical manufacturing company as a Technical Specialist.

Keith has traveled the world speaking to various groups about bugs, termites and pest control.  He is an Associate Certified Entomologist.  Keith enjoys sharing his Arizona pest control stories and facts.  He is the owner of ProBest.  ProBest has been named a Quality Pro company.  And is awarded the “Mark of Excellence in Pest Management” by the National Pest Management Association.  Keith may be a grown kid at heart and his company allows him to pursue his passion.

No one knows bugs like Keith does.  That is the number one reason to call ProBest Pest Management for all your insect prevention needs.

Spring Is Here and the bugs may be at your door

So Spring has finally arrived ohhhh and we finally see that April the Giraffe had her baby boy. It’s a Facebook thing and this Giraffe has been expecting for well over a month and I all think we wish it would arrive and that includes April. Spring is a time of rebirth, the trees and bushes start the process of new leaves and the animals including  starting the process of new babies. As Spring goes into Summer the temperatures will push the bugs into cooler climates such as your home or business. So please keep an eye on eaves, roof-lines and sheds where we see more activity from honeybees etc. I was sitting in my car on the overpass at the US 60 and Gilbert Road last week and a swarm flew right into and over us, glad my windows were rolled up. Watch the video on Honeybees . Take some time to smell the flowers life is to short to miss the fun stuff – relax take some time.

Spring blooming cactus

Spring blooming cactus

Clothes Dryer Vent Cleaning

Did you know:  You probably have heard it a million times but 15,000 home clothes dryer vent fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean dryer vents. Lint is flammable; filtering it before it leaves the dryer is generally easier than cleaning out the exhaust vents every few cycles (instead of once or twice a year), but the lint’s no less flammable inside the dryer than outside, so failing to clean the lint filter can cause a dryer fire.

Here are a few tips:

  1. The longer the dryer hose the more lint builds up.
  2. The more bends the more dryer lint buildup.
  3. Use only a metal hose.
  4. Clean the lint filter each time you use the dryer.
  5. Clean the entire hose system yearly.

Pesticides and safety

ProBest Pest Management is a Gold Member of the EPA  – Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program since 2010. Pesticides can be and should be considered dangerous and should be handled accordingly, they can also be useful.

  • Performance.
  • Participation.
  • Responsibility.
  • Education.

Established in 1994, the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) is an EPA partnership program that works with the nation’s pesticide-user community to promote Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices. PESP is guided by the principle that partnership programs complement the standards and decisions established by regulatory and registration actions. The informed actions of pesticide(s) users can further reduce the risks from pests and pesticides by playing a major role in ensuring human health and environmental safety.

PESP members are also encouraged to get involved in PESP initiatives, which currently include:

  • IPM in Schools Program – aims to reduce the risk that pesticide exposure poses to children and school employees by promoting sensible applications of pesticides around schools.
  • Landscaping Initiative – seeks to enhance the environmental, human health, and economic benefits associated with landscapes while reducing the need for pesticides, fertilizers, irrigation, and energy inputs by working in concert with nature.
  • Tick IPM – seek to identify the most cost effective approaches to reduce tick encounters and incidence of tick borne diseases by collaborating with partners (federal, state, local government, NGOs, growers) that actively share experiences on pest prevention strategies.

Hoarding, garbage, stuff & junk with pest control

As we live in our homes we tend to collect stuff and hoarding  this stuff and it winds up taking up way more space then it should. I recently tried getting rid of office stuff and that was hard because you never now when you might need something. So I went through and said if I didn’t touch it for a year, I was throwing it out and that’s what I did. Never easy but its got to be done – business or home, take a chance and clean the clutter. It is well worth the time and your home will be safer for all.

Just a reminder the more clutter and hoarding the more chance for pests including roaches and rodents making their home inside your home. I don’t care what anyone says just one mouse is a an issue for your safety and that of your family. So please give us a call if you see a mouse 480-831-9328 or cockroaches.