Pest Control Questions and Answers from Goldshot Exterminating 2018-01-10T08:20:38+00:00

Pest Control Questions And Answers
Goldshot Exterminating

We all deal with critter issues from time to time and good info about pest control and the different critters helps. With pest control, nothing’s written in stone. As soon as you think you’ve got it figured out, the critter does something you didn’t expect. That’s what keeps us on our toes! We hope that these pest control questions and answers from Goldshot Exterminating will help next time you have gophers digging up your yard or pigeons pooping on your house. And if you do some day wake up with tiny bites on your body, you know who to call. Happy Hunting!


“John has been our bug guy for at least 15 years. He and his crew have an answer for every pest problem we’ve ever had.
I can’t imagine using a different company.” – Paula W



Why should I choose Goldshot Exterminating as my bird control company? 2018-03-19T10:40:29+00:00

Why should I choose Goldshot Exterminating

as my bird control company?

There’s one thing that I can tell you for sure: all bird control companies are NOT equal. How do I know that? Because we’ve done ten’s of thousands of bird control services since we opened for business in 1991 and for probably 30-40% of them we were not the 1st company hired. In fact, sometimes we’re the 3rd or 4th company which means that customer spent way too much money, time and frustration solving their bird problem. So, what makes us different? Glad you asked! All I can do is tell you how we do business:

  • First off, we have a great reputation. Just go to Google and type Goldshot Exterminating. You’ll see who we are. It’s hard to hide these days.
  • We’re a family owned and operated company and we try to treat our customers like family, too. Caring about the people we work with makes a huge difference for both us and our customers.
  • We’ve been here since February 23, 1991, so we’re not a here-today gone-tomorrow mystery company.
  • As long as you’re in our regular service area, we always give a free quote. It shouldn’t be expensive just to see what your bird control options are.
  • We almost always give a firm price quote. As a consumer, I hate getting estimates. It almost always costs more at the end of the day. If you hire us to handle your bird problem, you will almost always know the exact cost before you hire us.
  • We include cleaning of the targeted areas in the price for every job. You don’t want to live with the poop and we don’t want to work in it so it just makes sense.
  • We only use the very best bird control products so we can deliver a great service every time. One of the biggest problems we see is the use of cheap or incorrect products. It almost never works.
  • With the exception of a few specific situations, we guarantee just about all of our work. And you’ll know exactly what the warranty is or isn’t before you hire us. No surprises.
  • What we do for bird control just plain works. We have a ton of experience and our reputation says it all.

So, if you’re looking for a bird control company that delivers a sensible, effective solution, give us a call. Or, better yet: fill out the $50 off contact form HERE, and save a few bucks, too.

Plastic Owl Bird Control Don't Work!

Plastic Owl Bird Control Don’t Work!

How do I get rid of Fruit Flies? 2018-03-01T07:57:03+00:00

How do I get rid of Fruit Flies?

Fruit Flies are a real pain in the butt. They buzz around in your face and like to fly up into your nose or ears. They want to eat your produce and drink your beer and/or wine. And they have the potential to contaminate your food with bacteria. What a wonderful addition to any home or workplace.

Here are a few tips on how to deal with a Fruit Fly problem:Fruit Fly Control

  • Let several bats cruise around your home. They love fruit flies.
  • A shotgun. And a good drywall repairman afterwards.
  • A regular pest control service may help.
  • Store produce in air-tight containers.
  • Eat or dispose of produce before it gets over ripe.
  • Fruit Fly Traps. They catch them and help you monitor the problem.

The bottom line is that there’s nothing positive about having Fruit Flies around. Just get rid of them. Happy hunting!

Is pigeon feces on my carpet unhealthy for me and my family? 2018-04-08T07:53:31+00:00

Is pigeon feces on my carpet unhealthy for me and my family?

Yes. Let me repeat: Yes. As pigeon feces dries out, it becomes airborne very easily. If there is pigeon poop on or in your house – you are breathing it. Period. And the more poop you have inside of your home the worse the potential health problems.

Not only do I highly recommend getting rid of your pigeon problem as soon as possible and having the roof and areas around your home cleaned and disinfected, but I also think it’s a great idea to get your carpets cleaned. The pigeon poop in your carpets will eventually damage your carpeting as well as present possible health issues for you and your family

We always recommend GCS Flooring Company for all of your flooring needs, including carpet cleaning. They give free quotes and just do a great job. Check out their website for more info: Or call them at 602-770-7400.

Why do I have pigeons under my solar panels? 2018-01-09T17:02:36+00:00

Why do I have pigeons under my solar panels?

Pigeons under solar panels has become the most common bird problem we solve for folks. It makes sense: the solar panels offer excellent shelter from weather and predators. They are installed up high where they can satisfy their sense of community. People and – for the most part – animals aren’t there and they have a great view of possible sources of food and water within the surrounding area. All in all, the space under solar panels makes a great home for feral pigeons.

Of course, where ever pigeons are….they poop. A lot. No – I mean A LOT! Their feces not only makes a heck of a mess but also clogs up the roof drainage system and damages just about anything that it touches – including solar panels. The longer the pigeons and their poop are on the panels, the less effective they become at generating electricity. So we recommend having your solar panels pigeon proofed every time, even if you don’t have a pigeon problem. It’s only a matter of time.

We offer free quotes so give us a call whenever you’re ready: 623-388-0303, or email us at:

Pigeons Under Solar Panels

Does Goldshot offer honeycomb removal? 2017-11-30T06:15:05+00:00

Does Goldshot Offer Honeycomb Removal?

It depends on where the bees are, how long they’ve been there, and how many bees there are/were. A good rule of thumb is that if the honeycomb is bigger than a football or if it is located in a sensitive area such as around electrical components, it probably needs to be removed. Once the bees have been exterminated the honey and honeycomb will melt. It can result in damaged drywall, flooring, electrical, etc. The melted honey may also attract unwanted guests such as ants, flies and roaches.

We do honeycomb removal when needed, but the majority of the time it isn’t. The key is to have the bees removed as soon as possible so they don’t get the chance to build a large hive. There is almost always structural damages that the home/business owner will need to address once the honeycomb has been removed.

Does Goldshot install Christmas lights? 2017-11-30T05:56:45+00:00

Does Goldshot

Install Christmas Lights?

Yes – we do install Christmas lights. It really makes a lot of sense as far as an add on service goes. Since we do so much pigeon control work we have the ladders and tools needed for Christmas Lights, too. We can handle just about any type of holiday decorations and we come back and take them down after the 1st of the year, too. We charge an hourly rate for this work so the better organized your holiday decorations are, the less it costs.

We offer Christmas light installation throughout much of the Metro Phoenix area including: Anthem AZ, Avondale AZ, Buckeye AZ, Carefree AZ, and Cave Creek AZ. We also serve El Mirage AZ, Fountain Hills AZ, Glendale AZ, Goodyear AZ, Laveen AZ, and Litchfield Park AZ. Morristown AZ, New River AZ, Paradise Valley AZ, Peoria AZ, Phoenix AZ, Scottsdale AZ and Tolleson AZ, too. And we go to Sun City AZ, Sun City West AZ, Surprise AZ, Waddell AZ, Wittmann AZ, Youngtown AZ and nearby.

Christmas Light Installation
What is Pigeon Spike? 2017-11-30T05:59:21+00:00

What is Pigeon Spike?

Does pigeon spike work? It does if it's the right type and being used in the right way.

Does pigeon spike work? It does if it’s the right type and being used in the right way.

There are several different bird or pigeon spike products on the market. They come in a variety of different sizes and configurations and are generally made of either plastic, stainless steel or a combination of both. Readily available in hardware stores and online, pigeon spike is one of the most common pigeon control products out there. It’s also one of the most mis-used products in the bird control world. Lots of so called ‘pigeon control experts’ glue some spike just about everywhere a pigeon roosts or nests. You wouldn’t believe how much pigeon spike we’ve removed thru the years because it was simply not the right product for that situation or was installed incorrectly. One of the more common of these situations is where the ‘experts’ have glued pigeon spike around solar panels. That never works!

All pigeon spike products fall under the heading of ‘ledge product’. If you choose the correct spike product for the given ledge it should work just about every time. We only use a stainless steel pigeon spike product because it looks much better than the plastic options and last much longer, too. It cost a bit more, but in the long run will save time, frustration and money. The ledge must be clean before installation and only a high quality silicone adhesive should be used (or screws if possible).

Pigeon spike does not generally work well on the roof or in the nooks that pigeons nest in. There are better products and installations available for those situations. Often a pigeon control job will require a combination of a few different products/installations to solve the problem. For the most part, if a pigeon control specialist is recommending spike for anything other than ledges, call someone else and get a second opinion. When pigeon spike is installed on a ledge it should come with a guarantee that pigeons will not be able to roost or nest on that surface for 5 years. And cleaning the target surface(s) should be included in the price. Pigeon poop usually stains any surface so touch-up paint may be necessary, too.

I hope this information about pigeon spike is helpful. Don’t hesitate to call or email if you have questions or need a free pigeon control quote. As usual: Happy Hunting!

What if I need cleaning inside of my home or business? 2018-04-08T07:56:08+00:00

What if I need cleaning inside of my home or business?

Though we clean the targeted areas of the roof and grounds with every pigeon control job we do, sometimes the pigeon mess may have found it’s way inside of a building or structure. This can be a big problem if there’s been a roof leak or if the pigeons found a way to nest/roost inside.

For commercial properties we highly recommend Genesis Commercial Services: 602-690-6177. For residential properties we do not have a referral at this time, but if you need your carpets cleaned call GCS Flooring Company at 602-770-7400.

If I only see an occasional ant in my kitchen do I have an ant problem? 2018-01-23T13:02:50+00:00

If I only see an occasional ant in my kitchen
do I have an ant problem?

Ants live in colonies with many – sometimes many thousands – of members. They send out ‘scouts’ to search for food and water sources in the area of the colony. Of course an ant’s diet is much broader than most of ours. For instance, ants will eat things like dead animals, trash and bird poop. Yum…..

If you see one or two ants on the kitchen or bathroom counter the best thing to do is to remove them. Don’t squash them as they will release a pheromone that may attract other ants. And don’t let them return home because they would leave a different sort of pheromone trail that would indicate where the food and/or water were found. Next thing you know that one or two ants becomes dozens and you have an ant problem.

If you do see scout ants tell your pest control technician. The placement of a gel bait that is labeled for that species of ant may be appropriate – even if you’re not seeing any more ants. And if you find them half way through a bowl of cereal don’t stress too much. They’re high in protein:)

If you have Ants in your house or yard we can help. We have a variety of products and services that we can utilize, depending on the species and where they are infesting.

Does Goldshot Exterminating offer Pigeon Control near me? 2017-05-18T05:55:10+00:00

Does Goldshot Offer Pigeon Control Near Me

We probably do, especially if you’re located anywhere in the west Metro Phoenix area. We provide guaranteed pigeon control and pigeon guards for solar panels in the following cities:

  • Anthem
  • Avondale
  • Buckeye
  • Carefree
  • Cave Creek
  • El Mirage
  • Fountain Hills
  • Glendale
  • Goodyear
  • Laveen
  • Litchfield Park
  • Morristown
  • New River
  • Paradise Valley
  • Peoria
  • Phoenix
  • Scottsdale
  • Sun City
  • Sun City Festival
  • Sun City Grand
  • Sun City West
  • Surprise
  • Tolleson
  • Waddell
  • Wittmann
  • Youngtown

So next time you’re on Google searching for guaranteed pigeon control near me, you may find us. If not, give us a call anyway as we probably service your area. Goldshot is your best shot for effective pigeon control and removal services.

Does Goldshot do termite control? 2017-11-27T09:04:57+00:00

Does Goldshot do termite control?

We do not do termite control. There are so many dishonest termite companies out there and it took us years to find a couple of great companies to refer for our customers when they are dealing with termite problems. Here are our recommendations:

Valley Wide Termite & Pest Control

Bernard’s Pest

We’re very confident that both of these local pest control companies will take very good care of you. For any other pest related problems you may be dealing with, we probably do it.


Sometimes when you have a termite problem you need to replace your flooring. If so we highly recommend GCS Flooring Company. They do both new carpet sales and installation and new laminate flooring installation in the west Phoenix, AZ area. They give free on-site quotes, too. Great company!

What’s Goldshot Exterminating’s mailing address? 2017-09-04T14:59:18+00:00

What’s Goldshot Exterminating’s mailing address?

Goldshot Exterminating

P.O. Box 9338

Surprise, AZ 85374

What is the Goldshot Company Philosophy? 2017-05-22T10:08:31+00:00

What is the Goldshot company philosophy?

One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes…and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Learn more about Goldshot Exterminating.

What pest control services does Goldshot Exterminating offer? 2017-02-20T08:08:10+00:00

Pest Control Services We Offer:

We offer services for the control of the following critters: bees, Africanized bees, European Honey Bees, honey bees, killer bees, bumble bees; animals, ants, bats, Beetles, birds, pigeons, pigeon guards for solar panels, woodpeckers; black widow spiders, carpenter ants, centipedes, crickets, cockroaches, earwigs, fleas, German Roaches, home seal, scorpion sealing; millipedes, olive tree spraying, pantry pests, rattlesnakes, roaches, gophers, rodents, mice, moles, pack rats, rats, roof rats, squirrels; Arizona Bark Scorpions, bark scorpions, desert scorpions, giant hairy scorpions; silverfish, snakes, spiders, ticks, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets; weeds, wildlife. We even do Christmas Lights!

If we don’t do it, we know someone who does. We’re extremely picky about who we refer so you can be confident that it will be a great company. The bottom line: If it’s bugging you, call Goldshot Exterminating!

What is the Goldshot Exterminating Best Shot Mission Statement? 2017-03-09T11:14:45+00:00

The Goldshot Exterminating Best Shot Mission Statement

We strive as a business and as a family to improve the quality of life for ourselves, for those around us, and for our customers and their families. We do so by always remembering to treat others as we would choose to be treated ourselves.

We will approach our work honestly, professionally and with a passion for the people that we work for. Keeping these values at the forefront of our lives and business is what will strengthen our relationships and allow us to have a positive impact on those around us.

Colossians 3:23 says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” If we can maintain that mindset every day, with every person we come in contact with, nothing is impossible.

– John H. Goldshot

The Goldshot Family Promise

The Goldshot Company Philosophy

What is the Goldshot family promise? 2017-02-17T09:16:43+00:00

The Goldshot Family Promise

Our promise to you:

Safety First: we will never compromise you or your family’s safety or security. Your well-being is our number 1 priority.

On Time: we will always value your time and do everything in our power to arrive within the time frame promised.

Effective: we will never cut corners with the time we spend or the products we use to provide a pest free environment for you and your family.

A Big Smile: friendly service is our passion. We want to bring a smile and leave a smile with everyone we come into contact with – no extra charge!

Honesty: we will always tell you what you need to know – both good and bad – so you can make informed decisions. We never sell – we solve.

– John H Goldshot

Goldshot Exterminating Best Shot Mission Statement

How does the olive tree spray work? 2017-02-17T09:18:05+00:00

How does the olive tree spray work?

We treat the olive trees with a plant growth regulator (PGR). The application is made annually and during the 1st quarter of the year. We first rinse and tarp off any desirable vegetation near the targeted tree(s). Then we mix the PGR with water and a surfactant (spreader/sticker) according to label specifications. The mixture is then applied uniformly on all of the leaves of each tree. The surfactant breaks the surface tension allowing the PGR/water mixture to adhere better to the leaves and buds.

There are a number of different hormones that are associated with the growth and development of olive trees. The PGR interferes with and changes the that hormonal balance. These changes inhibit the production of pollen which eliminates the production of fruit and is a major relief to allergy sufferers. After the application we remove the tarps and rinse the desirable vegetation again just to be sure.
Did you know we also provide weed control spraying?

Do I really need the pre emerge weed spraying service? 2017-01-08T10:30:19+00:00

Pre Emerge Weed Spraying Service

Yes – you should have the pre emerge weed spraying service done every 6 months. This service – if done correctly – prevents a weed problem from taking root in the first place. Pulling and Spraying Weeds as they pop up is a necessary evil to some extent. But why not be proactive and spend much less time on Weeds all year round? The pre emerge application kills any seeds in the top few inches of soil so they never get to germinate. That prevents them from becoming actual Weeds which prevents them from spreading more seeds into your landscaping. It all adds up to a Weed Prevention Program that works year round and a lot less Weeds. A nice side benefit is the reduction of allergens produced by Weeds as they produce pollen in your environment.
Did you know we also provide Olive Stop Service?

What attracts bats to my house? 2017-02-17T09:21:50+00:00

What Attracts Bats?

Whenever bats are out and about they are generally looking for food, water or shelter. Since they eat lots of bugs, their food can be found almost anywhere. A lot of flying insects congregate around outdoor lighting at night and that will draw hungry bats. There are some species of bats that feed on nectar and flowering agaves are a favorite source. Nectar feeding bats will also be attracted to a quick and easy meal from the hummingbird feeder on your back porch. For water, any pool, pond, lake or stream will work as long as there’s enough room for skimming the surface.

It can be a little unnerving when bats are flying around close by, but they generally aren’t a real problem. Unless they find suitable shelter at your home or business, that is. That’s when the real problem begins. What attracts bats besides food and water? A safe place to sleep and raise a family, just like all critters. A 1/16th of an inch bump under the eaves will work for hanging around. They can get into openings in your walls or attic as small as 3/8 of an inch. Anything dark and private will do. If they do set up house, professional bat proofing will be needed to remedy the situation.

How can I get rid of the wasps around the pool? 2017-02-17T09:58:24+00:00

Wasps Around The Pool Syndrome

It’s perfect tanning weather outside. Kinda hot, very sunny, an ever so slight breeze blowing. You have an iced cold glass of tea, your suntan lotion and some tunes and you’re ready for some down time. You park yourself by the pool and exhale. It’s not long before you realize the good ‘ol American past time of wasp around the pool syndrome. Why are they there and what do they want? Must they have stingers THAT big? How can I get rid of them, you ask?

Well, they re most likely just hanging around for the water. If there are flowers close by it would be the perfect situation for wasps. Bees will sometimes hang around the pool for the water too, tho wasps are more common. The good news is that they aren’t there to harass you. You’re just in their way. Unfortunately, your options for relief are limited. Here is the short list of what you can do to help limit a problem with wasps around the pool:

Remedies for Wasps Hanging Around The Pool:

  • Make sure that the water is in the pool and not everywhere else. Water that pools up on the cool deck or in the lawn or garden is more accessible and a big draw for wasps.
  • Keep flowering plants away from the pool area. If there is pollen close by wasps have two reasons to hang around.
  • Try to keep sugary food sources such as sodas, candy, fruit or hummingbird feeders away from the pool area.
  • Wear a red bathing suit. Wasps are attracted to the colors white and yellow, but cannot see red.
  • Avoid the use of aftershave, cologne or perfume if you know you’ll be outside.
  • Plant mint around your pool area. It is believed that wasps do not like mint. Put a fresh sprig in your tea, too!
  • The use of a water agitator make help as it makes it difficult for wasps to get to the surface.
  • There are some commercial wasp traps that can be used, but they must be used correctly to be effective. We recommend a professional exterminator for this task.
  • Wasps also don’t like eucalyptus oil, so try using an oil diffuser close to where you’re hanging out.
  • One of the most important steps to limit wasps around the pool syndrome is to remove any nearby wasps nests. If they are nesting close by you will absolutely have to interact with them. We recommend a professional exterminator for wasp nest removal and control.
  • Of course, there are insect repellent sprays available, tho we prefer not to use them.

The last thing you want to do is to start swatting at wasps when they buzz you. They can not only become aggressive but can bring friends to the fight, too. And, uh, THEY STING! The best thing to do if nothing else works is to calmly just walk away. And call Goldshot Exterminating!

Bees can be a pain when you’re trying to swim, too! Call Goldshot Exterminating if you need help with bees around the pool.

Are black widow spiders really dangerous? 2017-02-28T11:58:11+00:00

Are Black Widow Spiders Really Dangerous?

Pest Control Services

For effective Pest Control Services, including treatment for Black Widow Spiders, call Goldshot Exterminating.

Yes – they absolutely are! Although the male and immature black widow spiders are harmless, the female is the most venomous spider in North America. Her venom is up to 15 times as toxic as some rattlesnakes! Once she reaches adulthood there’s no mistaking her for any other species of spider. Her body is jet black and her webbing is irregular and extremely sticky. And her egg sacks look like white, roundish little cocoons. But its the striking red hourglass on her almost perfectly round abdomen that really catches our attention. It’s a feature that it unique to female black widow spiders.

Their lifespan is 1 – 3 years and they thrive in the Phoenix area. She secures her egg sacks with her sticky webbing, usually in dark, out of the way places. Each egg sack contains about 750 babies. They are distributed by the wind on their first strand of webbing. As a result, they can show up just about anywhere. A regular, thorough pest control service will keep them under control. The home owner should always teach their children not to touch the spiders or their webbing. I tell my customers to knock the old webs down with a stick a few days after treatment. If they come back we know there’s still at least one spider hiding in there. Of course, we guarantee our work and go back for a respray when that happens. Any reputable pest control company will do the same for spiders.

Extra tip: immature black widow spiders are sometimes referred to as brown widows. They don’t turn black until their last molt into adulthood and are a cream or light brown until then. Though smaller when immature, they do still have the same basic shape and make the same sticky webs.

Does Goldshot offer bee control near me? 2017-05-10T05:27:13+00:00

Does Goldshot Offer Bee Control Near Me

Probably, especially if you’re in the west Phoenix area. We provide bee control in Sun City, Sun City Festival, Sun City Grand and Sun City West. We also do Avondale, Goodyear, Laveen, El Mirage, bee control in Peoria AZ, bees in Litchfield Park, and bee control in Metro Phoenix AZ. We even do bee control in Surprise AZ, bees in Wittmann AZ, bees in Morristown AZ, bees in Waddell AZ and bee control in Glendale AZ. So next time you’re on Google searching for bee control near me, you may find us. If not, give us a call anyway as we probably service your area. And if we don’t go there we know someone who does. We have an awesome team of proven partners that service areas that we don’t. So don’t get stung! Call Goldshot Exterminating if you have a problem with a bee hive. Goldshot is your best shot for effective bee control and removal services.

Do I need honeycomb removal after my bee hive is eliminated? 2017-02-17T09:57:49+00:00

Do I Need Honeycomb Removal?

Maybe. Once a bee hive has become established, the bees focus most of their energy on producing honey and honeycomb. They create the perfect environment within the hive by regulating the temperature and humidity largely with the flapping of their wings. Once the bees have been eliminated, the honey will melt. If there is a large amount of honey (if the honeycomb is bigger than a football) or if the honey is located in a sensitive area such as around electrical components, then you should consider honeycomb removal. We never know until we have finished with the bee elimination process and can advise you at that time.

Check out our bee control blog post for more info about bees.

Can I just take care of a Bee Problem myself? 2017-02-17T09:35:58+00:00

Do It Yourself Bee Control

Do It Yourself Bee Control

Do It Yourself Bee Control

You should always use a professional bee control specialist who has the experience and the products/equipment to do the job safely and correctly. Every year we see examples in the news where a bee problem exploded on a home owner who tried some do it yourself bee control and people and/or pets are seriously injured or worse. Bee control doesn’t have to be real expensive. Call around to get quotes and then do your research on any beet control companies you may be considering. Price alone is not the best way to make this decision, but there’s no reason to sell the farm either.
Learn more about bees here

Why do I get Bees in the same place again every year? 2017-02-17T09:39:22+00:00

Bees In The Same Place Again?

It’s fairly common for folks to have a re-infestation of bees in the same place again. Any reputable bee control service should guarantee their work for at least 30 days so if it happens within that time frame call the company who did the work back out. Bee control isn’t an exact science, so it does happen – even to the best of us. If the location was treated with the correct products you shouldn’t see a re-infestation during the same season, though that’s not absolutely written in stone. But if it’s been 60 days or more don’t blame your bee control company. It’s just mother nature doing what mother nature does best.

How Bees Communicate

Bees produce something called pheromones which help them communicate and function as a community. There are a variety of different pheromones which help the bees communicate about a variety of different things. Some pheromones help them find food or water. Some tell them when it’s time to defend their queen or their home. And some pheromones simply help them find their way back home. You can think of pheromones kind of similarly to a scent but only the bees can smell it. It will also draw other bees to that same location for years. If the original bees are not present to defend their home, the new bees may take up residence. So, even after the bee hive has been removed or eliminated the pheromone is still there attracting any new bees that travel close in the future.

When bee colonies out grow their available space, a new queen will be produced. She’ll take some workers and drones and head out to start her own bee colony. Since it is very common for the new queen bees from a given colony to use the same basic flight paths year after year, it is likely that you will have a new bee hive every year or so in that location. We have a bio-cleaner available that helps break the pheromone down. It helps but is not 100% effective. We highly recommend sealing the area off to guard against future infestations.

More about bee colonies

What is digging holes in my yard? 2017-02-17T09:41:03+00:00

What Is Digging Holes In My Yard?

Rabbits and Kangaroo Rats will dig out shallow divots in the ground to lay in. It can be common along the foundation of your home or next to out buildings on your property. You can also find that under bushes sometimes. However, they don’t dig very deep or do much actual damage to the landscaping. When folks ask “what is digging holes in my yard?”, it’s usually pocket gophers. There are also ground squirrels and the occasional mole that can do damage here in the valley, too.

Regardless of which critter it is, they can all make a mess of your yard. They’ll kill your plants, ruin your lawn and can nibble into underground water lines. And their holes can undermine the integrity of the ground beneath your ground-mounted A/C units, cement sidewalks, etc. We recently got a call from a lady who raises horses. Her most valuable stud stepped into a gopher hole and broke his leg, ending his career. As with most critters, the longer rodents are allowed to do their thing, the more of them there will be. That usually means more rodent damages, as well. In general terms, rodent problems should be taken care of ASAP, whether it’s an inside problem or an outside one.

Why are woodpeckers pecking on my house? 2017-02-17T09:58:38+00:00

Why Are Woodpeckers Pecking On My House?

There are a variety of reasons why a woodpecker would peck on your house. One of their favorite foods is termites and they will peck into the walls to get to them. Often they know the termites are there before the home owner does. We recommend getting a professional termite inspection if you’ve had ongoing woodpecker activity and/or damage.The inspection is not expensive and we have a couple of excellent termite companies we can refer you to if you need it. They also like the foam that is behind your stucco to use as a nesting material. Sometimes they just need to sharpen their beaks. And of course there’s the age old song of love: male woodpeckers like to make plenty of noise so the lady woodpeckers know he’s there.

Woodpeckers do not actually eat the wood or stucco that they are drumming on. They are simply removing it to get to whatever it is they are after. Studies show that about half of the time they will move on within a couple of weeks. The other half of the time they can wreak some havoc on your house – and fairly quickly. Regardless of why they’re pecking on your house, the damage woodpeckers cause is real and should be stopped as soon as possible. Since they are protected, professional woodpecker control is usually needed.
Goldshot Exterminating can help with any other pest bird problems you may be having as well!

Can a pigeon problem cause a roof leak? 2017-02-17T09:45:36+00:00

Can A Pigeon Problem Cause A Roof Leak?

Yes – nothing poops like a pigeon! Their feces literally clogs up all of the drainage channels on the roof causing water to back up and go where it’s not supposed to go. Their feces is also very acidic and eats away at the tar paper and other roofing materials. We’ve have several roofing companies that have been referring their customers who have pigeon problems to us companies for years. Luckily, Goldshot Exterminating cleans the roof with every job we do!

I have a ton of pigeon poop on my roof. Does Goldshot remove it? 2017-03-08T03:58:19+00:00

Pigeon Poop Removal

Yes – cleaning the targeted areas of the roof is included with all of our installations. We can clean up the mess and keep the pigeons from coming back. Or, you can also hire us just to clean your roof.

The longer the poop is on your home the more it breaks down and becomes air-borne. Then you and your family are just breathing it. All day and all night. Every day of the year. That can’t be good! Did you know that there are several diseases associated with pigeon feces? Some examples include:

  • Histoplasmosis
  • Candidiasis
  • Cryptococcosis
  • St. Louis Encephalitis
  • Salmonellosis
  • E.coli

If you have pigeons on your home or business, you better call Goldshot today: 623-388-0303

I have already hired other companies to handle my bird problem but nothing has worked. Why should I expect different results from Goldshot? 2017-02-20T08:36:33+00:00

The Best Bird Removal Company

Because we are different. It starts with drive, passion and integrity. Add to that our 30+ years of experience and tens of thousands of successful bird control jobs. We have extensive experience with dozens of different products, services, and installations to handle a variety of bird problems. That includes commercial, residential and industrial bird control. We can also handle any pigeon problem, including solar panel bird exclusion and have several solar installation companies that refer us exclusively. These are the things that set us apart from the others. There is not a structural pigeon problem that we cannot handle – period.

A Bird Removal Company That Does It Right

All of our bird removal services are guaranteed. We’re the only bird removal company that we know of that offers a whole roof pigeon free warranty! Lots of pest companies say they do bird work. They slap a few pieces of spike and some screening up, take your money and disappear. They don’t have real solutions for real bird problems so the problem never goes away. Or they do something to cause a leek in your roof or void the warranty on your solar panels. We have a whole computer full of folks who wasted money on other bird control companies before they found us. We’re always the best bird removal company you’ll ever call and the last one you’ll ever need. Just type Goldshot Exterminating into a Google search bar and see why we’re your best shot for bird removal services.
Did you know we also offer humane woodpecker control services?

Do I need to call my HOA before hiring Goldshot Exterminating to handle my pigeon control? 2017-02-17T09:57:29+00:00

HOA Approved Pigeon Control

No. We have literally tens of thousands of HOA approved pigeon control installations in virtually every neighborhood in the valley. We’ve never had a single HOA or BBB complaint on any of them. Certainly you can call them if you want, but our pigeon control products and services are so low visibility that you will not have a problem. In most cases we can have the work done sooner than you can get your HOA approval and they’ll probably never even know we’ve been there.

Why is it important that I address my pigeon problem as soon as possible? 2017-02-17T09:54:20+00:00

Structural Pigeon Problems

The answer is simple: structural pigeon problems cause millions of dollars in damages each year. Pigeons also harbor dozens of know diseases and parasites that can be harmful to you and your family. The longer they are on your roof the more damage they do to it and the more it costs to get rid of them. And since you’re breathing their poop all day every day, this is one time that sooner really is better.

Why are the pigeons on my house? 2017-02-17T09:57:05+00:00

Why Are The Pigeons On My House?

The 1st question customers with pigeon problems usually ask is ‘Why are the pigeons on my house?’ The answer is that there are many possible reasons. They’re a lot like other critters when it comes to needing food, water and shelter. The nooks & hidden areas up on the roof of many homes and buildings offer great shelters for pigeons to nest.  Pigeons have a pretty broad diet and find all of the food and water they need in our neighborhoods. Dog food, trash, grass seed and a host of other things offer the food they need. And the lush landscapes that we have offer all of the water they would ever need. You also have to take into account things like a lack of predators and shade.

Pigeons roost near their nest, often where they have a clear view of it. They like the high points in a neighborhood as it offers the advantage of seeing any predators from afar. Pigeons have a strong sense of community and will nest and roost close to each other. They basically have their own neighborhood in the roof tops of the homes in your neighborhood. Unfortunately it’s not always possible to remove conditions that are conducive to pigeon activity. The other pigeons and many of the food and water sources may be located on nearby properties where you have zero control. That leaves professional pigeon control as the best solution in most cases. The sooner you get pigeons off of your house, the less expensive it will generally be, both is damages and for the proofing.

I am waking up with tiny bites on my body. Do I have fleas or bed bugs? 2017-02-17T09:59:53+00:00

Waking Up With Tiny Bites?

The fleas we have in the Phoenix area are cat fleas. So, if you have cats you may possibly be waking up with tiny bites from fleas, but they don’t usually bite people. bed bugs are usually transported via a human carrier from some place recently visited like a motel or a friends house. We can do an inspection and even use monitoring stations to help us identify the critter. Often we find that you just have a tiny spider hiding under your bed and visiting you when you are asleep. We have a solution for that problem, too.

Do roaches really come up from the sewer? 2017-02-20T08:40:59+00:00

Do Roaches Really Come Up From The Sewer?

Yes – sometimes. The larger species of roaches such as the American, Oriental or Turkistanish Roaches are often referred to as sewer roaches. However, they are more likely to come from the outside. They like dark moist places such as the foundation of your home or a planter. They usually make their way inside under a door but can also come up through the sewer. All plumbing fixtures have a gooseneck in the pipe to hold water which blocks gases, fumes and bugs from coming up the empty pipes. One thing that a home owner can do to help is to run water down any drains that do not get used on a regular basis, keeping the gooseneck full. It’s a cheap, easy solution that will keep them from coming up if they are in the sewer lines. So next time you’re thinking ‘Do roached really come up from the sewer?’, turn all of your faucets on and count to 20. You’ll sleep better.

Why do I have roaches and/or ants in my house if I keep it clean? 2017-02-17T10:05:09+00:00

Why do I have bugs when I keep my house clean?

Obviously critters such as roaches and ants are looking for a food source. But what many folks don’t realize is that they are also looking for water. And roaches are so easily transported from one place to another that it is easy to bring them home with you. Ants often nest under the foundation of your home so you don’t even know they’re there until they’re marching across your kitchen counter. Sometimes ants and roaches, as well as some other critters, come up from the sewer line. A dirty home is not a prerequisite to having a roach or ant problem, so put the Pine-sol away and call Goldshot!

How does scorpion sealing help with scorpion control? 2017-02-17T10:08:55+00:00

How does a home seal help with scorpion control?

There are 43 known species of scorpions found in Maricopa County. Only one of these – the bark scorpion – is able to climb up a vertical surface. As a result, it is almost always the species that is found inside of homes and other structures. This species of Scorpion is most comfortable in dark, narrow spaces such as wall voids and crawl spaces. Every structure has gaps and crevices that allow access to the inside and to these void space areas of the building. So, how does scorpion sealing help with scorpion control? When a home seal is done correctly and with the correct products, most of these gaps and crevices are blocked or sealed off. That makes it much harder for scorpions to find their way into the structure.  Of course, this also applies to other critters such as spiders, crickets, etc.

A well done home seal helps keep scorpions out, but it also helps keep cold air in. The result is lower energy costs which means that it will eventually pay for itself. It will also lower the amount of dust that gets in to the home. An added bonus is a reduction in pesticide use inside of the home.

Is it true that pesticides do not kill scorpions? 2017-02-17T10:15:38+00:00

Is it true that pesticides don’t kill scorpions?

No. While some products definitely work better on scorpions than others, any pesticide will kill a scorpion with proper exposure. Controlling Arizona Bark Scorpions can be difficult and requires experience along with a thorough inspection and treatment. Another important element of sound scorpion control is educating the customer about eliminating any conditions that may be conducive to a scorpion problem. In addition to the proper scorpion treatment plan and great customer education and cooperation, sealing scorpions out of your home is also an important part of controlling a scorpion problem. We can handle all of these elements of a great scorpion control and prevention program for our customers.

Are pesticides safe for my children and pets? 2017-02-17T10:23:25+00:00

Are pesticides safe for my children and pets?

No – but the careful and prudent use of pesticides is safe, provided that the correct products are used and that they are mixed and applied according to label specifications. Children and pets should never be allowed to come into contact with a pesticide application until dry, dissipated and/or aerated. Here’s the warning that we post on the invoice for every pest control service we do:


What is Goldshot Exterminating’s service area? 2017-02-20T08:50:16+00:00

Goldshot Exterminating’s Service Area

Based in Surprise, Arizona, Goldshot Exterminating’s Service area includes almost the whole Metro Phoenix area. That includes Anthem AZ, Avondale AZ, Buckeye AZ, Carefree AZ, Cave Creek AZ, and El Mirage AZ. Fountain Hills AZ, Glendale AZ, Goodyear AZ, Laveen AZ, Litchfield Park AZ, Morristown AZ, and New River AZ. Paradise Valley AZ, Peoria AZ, Phoenix AZ, Scottsdale AZ, Sun City AZ, Sun City West AZ, and Surprise AZ. Tolleson AZ, Waddell AZ, Wittmann AZ, Youngtown AZ and more.

Pest Services Offered:

Is Goldshot Exterminating a member of the Better Business Bureau? 2017-02-17T10:28:39+00:00

Is Goldshot Exterminating A Member Of The Better Business Bureau?

Yes — we’re a member and an A+ BBB accredited pest control company. You can check out our Goldshot Exterminating Better Business Bureau profile here.

Does Better Business Bureau membership and ratings really matter?

We think so. The Better Business Bureau has been around for a very long time. Some business owners question whether or not a company’s paid membership skews or effects their BBB record. I can tell you from personal experience that it has little or no effect. Goldshot Exterminating has been a BBB member company since 2012 and the BBB has had a file on us since 2002. I see no difference in the way they handle us or our reputation. We pay for the membership strictly for our customers and potential customers benefit. Being an Accredited Better Business Bureau company means that we are subject the their code of ethics and dispute resolution policies. We would cancel if we thought they were unfair to us or if they did not provide a solid benefit to our customers.

BBB accreditation is by invitation only. The BBB says on their website that many firms are not eligible to join because they do not meet BBB standards for business performance. As a company, Goldshot Exterminating is built on a foundation of integrity and we’re all about ethics and doing business the right way. We do not need the Better Business Bureau accreditation to prove that. All you have to do is type Goldshot Exterminating into a Google search bar and you’ll find out who we are and what we stand for. We’re proud of our reputation – including our BBB accreditation – and encourage you to check it out via the link above. As long as they continue to offer a service that is beneficial to our customers we’ll continue to be a member.

You can learn more about Goldshot Exterminating here.

Is Goldshot Exterminating insured? 2017-02-17T10:30:10+00:00

Is Goldshot Exterminating insured?

Yes – we carry significantly more insurance than the State of Arizona Department of Agriculture requires to satisfy our commercial clients.

Learn more about Goldshot Exterminating here.

Is Goldshot Exterminating licensed? 2017-02-17T10:30:59+00:00

Is Goldshot Exterminating licensed?

Yes – we are licensed through the State of Arizona Office of Pest Management. You can check on the status of our license here: License Search

Learn more about Goldshot Exterminating here.

Contact Goldshot Exterminating:

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Phone #

Street Address

City & Zip

Your Message

Privacy Policy:

Any information shared with Goldshot Exterminating, LLC (“The Company”) is strictly confidential and will be used solely for the purpose of communication between the person sharing the info (The Customer/Potential Customer) and The Company. We would never share your information with any other company(s) and/or person(s) – We Promise!

Pest Control Questions and Answers from Goldshot Exterminating Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 119 reviews
5 1

P.O. Box 9338 Surprise, AZ 85374 | Copyright 2018 | All Rights Reserved