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Who Left All The Black Jelly Beans In My Halloween Decorations?

October 21st, 2016

With Halloween just around the corner, those of us with a darker side are busily preparing to scare the wits out of our neighbors, their children and anybody else who dares to drop by on All Hallow’s Eve. Read the rest of this entry »

The Wasp Sting – Don’t Try This At Home

October 14th, 2016

When arriving at my office the other morning, I noticed a wasp, sluggishly landing on the sidewalk. Instinctively, I looked up and located a small wasp nest forming on the eaves of our building. There were about 10-15 wasps on a very small parasol hanging from the metal surface. Read the rest of this entry »

Pack Rats – Who’s Moving In For The Holidays?

October 7th, 2016

One of the greatest things about living in Southern Arizona is the abundance of animal life that surrounds our homes. My in-laws call their living room picture window the “Nature Channel” because of the various squirrels, birds, chipmunks, lizards and other wildlife that congregate just outside. Beyond this Disneyesque landscape sit two cars with their hoods permanently in the open position… why are the hoods up?  Because pack rats have attacked each car in turn, making the engine compartment their home, trading wiring for cactus, sticks and twine. Read the rest of this entry »

Leave Pest Control To The Experts

September 29th, 2016

The other day, the light on my dash came on indicating that my washer fluid level was low. When I got home I poured some solution in the reservoir under my hood, and watched as it leaked out from the reservoir, out from under my truck, and onto my driveway. As it turns out, the fluid was low because the reservoir had cracked. Read the rest of this entry »

Bed Bugs – The One Hitchhiker Nobody Ever Wants To Pick Up

September 14th, 2016

Bed bugs are notorious hitchhikers. There are countless stories of people who spend the night, just once, at a friend’s house and bring them back home. There are call centers that report bed bugs crawling over somebody’s arm, and movie theaters who all of a sudden have to fumigate the property because of a bed bug issue. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »