Holidays of Giving

Holidays of Giving – Fisher House (Arizona)

The Son’s of the American Legion, Detachment of Arizona is involved with this organization and I highly recommend this charity. If you have a little extra cash, I’m sure it would benefit this group immensely. Thank You.

Mission Statement
Charities Helping American Military Patriots…

A nonprofit organization, created for the collection of donated monetary funds from the public. To be used for an identified cause that supports veterans and their families.

Our Goals

To provide a simple and covenant method of collecting and disseminating donated funds to a designated cause, event or charity that has been approved by the Board of Directors. Maintain a transparent and honest working relationship with supporters of the foundation. To maintain a secure handling of all proceeds that are entrusted into the foundation. Ensuring that such proceeds are distributed to the designated cause, event or charity.

Our Objective
Public trust is of the utmost important success to our mission. The foundation does not have any paid employees. All of the Board of Directors are volunteers, dedicated to the success of the foundation. The foundation will maintain proper records and meeting minutes according to the Arizona Corporation Commission. Our 501(c)3 status is located on the Arizona Corporation Commission website under C.H.A.M.P. Foundation # 22113237. All funds that are received, deposited and distributed will be accurately documented and recorded through the foundation financial branch opened in the name of CHAMP Foundation in Tucson Arizona. A Confirmation Letter of Receipt will be mailed to all donors which will include the C.H.A.M.P. Foundation EIN # for tax deduction purposes.

Holidays of Giving

 

 

Sub Termites

Sub Termites

Sub Termites – They are creepy and they are always trying to find wood = your home or business. 24/7/365 ALWAYS LOOKING. Look for signs and don’t encourage them to come to your dinner plate. Stop them by eliminating what they want.

  1. Check your home monthly for sign of bugs/pests.
  2. Don’t over water.
  3. Reduce plants,  bushes and trees under the eave of the house.
  4. Don’t plant vines.
  5. Maintain a few inches of space between stucco and ground or rock.
  6. Look for tubes, grass eating termites and castles. Don’t put items over the expansion joint in garage, make it visible.
  7. Once every few years have a Pest Management Professional do an inspection. Pay them its worth it.
  8. Don’t cheap out – your home is an investment. Make it last.

Sub Termites    Sub Termites     Sub Termites

Fail – bird issues

Fail – bird issues

Fail or worse? Sometimes it turns out to just be a mess, this is also why we don’t use plastic. The metal ones hold up better in the sun and heat and tend not to brown and break. The best plan is to hire a Pest Management Professional – state certified, insured and the knowledge to do great work. When the poop falls and it will, where does it land? In the way of patrons at a restaurant, boutique or food store? Does that make them buy less, shop less or just gross them out?

Use quality products, think about how pigeons operate and install like you mean it. Or better yet call a Pro. Done and done right!

 failFail

 

Flying Rats

Flying Rats,

So this netting is there to stop the pigeons from landing, and obviously it isn’t working. Birds don’t like landing on things they cannot see. With the netting in place the birds should refrain from landing and the load of the roof with feces should be minimized. Over years the buildup of feces can add considerable weight to the structure and possibly cause the collapse.

What can be done?

  1. Readjust the netting, create higher peaks.
  2. Possibly add deterrents like mechanical owls or flashing devices.
  3. Birds are adaptable so you must think and be proactive.

If this is a house with birds or pigeons, you must stop them from nesting. Use hardware cloth NOT chicken wire. Think like the birds. Call a Pest Management Professional such as ProBest Pest Management 480-831-9328

Flying Rats

$1000 phone

$1000 phone

RANT!

You know what gets my goat? The pricing ($1000 phone) of the newest technology and the pricing of termite work. People are willing to spend $1000 but are shocked by the cost of termite work. There was a report in Florida that compared pricing in 1937 compared to today. A treatment in 1930 cost something like $327 would compare to over $1500 today. Everyday I battle the low price companies, and you get what you pay for. I guess there are companies willing to do it cheap, but we do quality work and stand behind it. We have always tried to do the right thing, it helps me sleep at night.

So think about this when you compare 4-5 hours of work, usually 2 people trenching and applying termiticide. Are you willing to gamble your single biggest investment to a cheap price? Is it going to be done according to Label? What chemical and % is to be used. Are they doing a complete exterior? Is there a warranty and have you checked their reviews (don’t trust them all, but compare and see what they did to fix it)? $1000 phone or technology?

$1000 phone

 

Birds

Birds

I’m often amused at how people attempt to fix pest issues, but as you can see it usually doesn’t work. Chicken wires look terrible and plastic spikes don’t bend and usually turn brown. The birds often find way to nest in the plastic and again it looks bad, really bad. I really dislike pigeons, they poop in their nest and if a baby chick dies they build right on top and continue raising new chicks. Spend the money and hire a  Pest Management Professional, it will look good and be done right. We usually have seen it all before and can make recommendations on the work. Also a quick note, don’t put rocks or brick up there they might work for a time but will fail.

 

Birds

Entering bugs

Entering bugs like scorpions, roaches and whatever else can enter.

Entering termites, scorpions et all. Termites can make their way through the smallest of a crack or hole. Scorpions can enter under a door, or a  crack under a window or fireplace. Home-sealing is the absolute best method to keep them out, second to that is pest control and third is black lighting your property frequently.

One call to do it all, 480-831-9328 ProBest Pest Management. Sounds like ProBest could be in the wizardry world, nope nothing magical we just know our business. We train often, we read and attend seminars to be up to date on new products. What makes us different is our knowledge – 2 staffers who are A.C.E. Associate Certified Entomologists.

Entering

 

Ants – baits or Termidor

Ants – baits or Termidor

So the question is – Ants – baits or Termidor, what is the best or what works best?

So what is my preference? Inside or outside would be my 1st question? Inside = TerroPCO, it is a bait which the scout ants find and then the others to take it back home and the Queen drinks and dies. Outside you may have a few more choices from MaxForce Granular bait to Termidor (a spray). I prefer the spray, I use a small spritzer bottle and go around the mound. The bait is a little trickier, once open it needs to be kept cool to maintain the oils. Often times people will open the bait container, product works fine and then needs it again and this time doesn’t work. Oil has dried out and nothing to encourage ants to take it home.

Like any pest, ID first and then decide on the battle technique. Set the plan and get into the battle, as it may turn into this. It may take follow-up and consistency in treatment protocols, that is one reason why calling a Pest Management Professional is the Key to solving that pest issue.

Ants - baits or Termidor

 

 

 

In the head

In the head

Often times we called out when someone is being bitten by something in the house. You know that creepy feeling when you start thinking about it. Then you obsess about it and then your head explodes. OK I’m kidding about the head exploding, but you know the feeling.

In the head

Kitchen tubes

Kitchen tubes termites

Kitchen tubes and termites, always a freaky thing to discover. This was of course unusual and of course there was a shower bathtub on the other side. This makes it difficult to treat, almost making it impossible to get to the bath-trap. Maybe the possibility of angle drilling, but whoa pipes in the way.

Checking your home monthly for signs of termite tubes is helpful in determining an active infestation. Check for signs outside at the foundation and check inside for any signs of soil/dirt tubes and stains. In Arizona termites become more active after monsoon and the rains. This year we have had a lot of rain, so keep an eye out for signs.