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List of Wood Destroying Insects In Arizona

September 7th, 2016

While termites and ants can look alike, there are other pests that can seem like termites but are not. Learning how to tell the difference between ants and termites is pretty easy once you know what to look for, but there are several other pests you may get confused with termites because of their behavior. It turns out that termites are not the only organisms that use wood as either their food source, a place to live, or both. Read the rest of this entry »

What Wood We Do Without Termites?

August 30th, 2016

Why is it that with millions of different organisms on Earth, and all the different things they eat to survive, that termites eat wood? As it turns out, termites do not technically eat wood, rather they are seeking the cellulose inside of wood to obtain their food. Termites have even found a way to eat drywall, as many people can attest. Despite the fact that drywall is mostly gypsum, termites target the heavy paper that holds the product together, which contains plenty of cellulose. This is why books, cardboard boxes, and anything else with a paper component, are highly sought after by termites and susceptible to damage. Read the rest of this entry »

What Can Homeowners Do to Prevent Termites?

August 23rd, 2016

It has been said that there are two types of homes in Southern Arizona – those with termites and those who will get them. This is a rather cynical view of the challenges surrounding the fate of your home. The fact of the matter is that the specific type of termite we have is very active, and tunnels like crazy, leaving evidence of its efforts to seek out food everywhere. However, there are some basic steps we can take as homeowners to keep termites less interested in our homes as a potential food source. Read the rest of this entry »

Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places – Tarantulas in the Southwest

August 16th, 2016

It never fails… during the monsoon season, we get phone calls asking what we can do to control the tarantula that a customer has just found on their patio. Our answer is very consistent… not much. Read the rest of this entry »

From Zika With Love

August 9th, 2016

With the 2016 Olympics in Brazil just getting started we are increasingly being asked, “What can I do to protect myself against the Zika Virus and how is it spread?”  Zika Virus is principally spread by infected Aedes mosquitoes when they bite. There are however other ways it is spread that are important to keep in mind when trying to avoid this nasty virus. Read the rest of this entry »

Termites vs. Ants – How Can you Tell the Difference?

August 4th, 2016

Along with our monsoons, Southern Arizona will be enjoying all the benefits that this time of year brings to the desert. Creosote will permeate the air, spectacular sunsets and sunrises will greet us each day and when the perfect circumstances line up, massive swarms of tens of thousands of flying insects will show up in our yards. Read the rest of this entry »

Subterranean Termite Treatment Products

July 12th, 2016

Termite treatment used to be easy. You grabbed your favorite DDT related termite control product, drilled some holes twenty-four to thirty-six inches apart and injected the product under the concrete slab – problem solved. Despite its other nasty side effects, it was a fantastic tool in the battle against termites. Read the rest of this entry »

Nine Ways to Protect Yourself from Mosquito Bites

June 23rd, 2016

It may surprise you to learn that the deadliest creature in the world is a little, teeny-tiny mosquito! According to the World Health Organization mosquitos are responsible for several million deaths each year. Bill Gates released this interesting infographic of “World’s Deadliest Animals” with humans sadly being the second leading cause of death to the human race, but mosquitos still coming in at number one by a landslide! Read the rest of this entry »

Zika Virus: What We Know So Far

June 17th, 2016

The once relatively unknown Zika virus was first identified in 1947 in Uganda by researchers studying yellow fever in monkeys. The first known human infection was detected in 1952. For the next 55 years, it remained quietly confined to Africa and Southeast Asia. Infections were rare – less than 15 known cases during this period – and symptoms were mild in nature. The virus simply wasn’t a cause for concern. Read the rest of this entry »

Infographic: Ten Tips to Prevent Bee Stings

June 14th, 2016

Enjoy being outdoors with the family by following these ten tips to prevent bee stings. If you do get stung then remove the stinger immediately and know the normal reaction to a bee sting versus an allergic reaction. Only about 1 in 1000 experience an allergic reaction to bees, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Read more about types of reactions and what to do if you are stung by a bee here: (http://www.ars.usda.gov/Research/docs.htm?docid=11067). Check out this informative infographic, created by University Termite & Pest Control, to help prevent bee stings all together with these simple tips. Read the rest of this entry »