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How Often Should You Treat Your Home For Pests?

December 1st, 2015

Regular pest control service is vital for controlling Tucson’s many pesky home invaders, from cockroaches to spiders. Yet the frequency and type of protection varies widely from customer to customer. Each home is built differently, has different features that are naturally attractive or repellant to pests, and is in a different location. At University Termite & Pest Control Inc., we pride ourselves on building customized solutions to meet each customer’s needs and desires. We always begin with a thorough inspection and assessment to determine your existing issues and likely future problems, and then work with you to develop a treatment protocol. Here are some factors that we take into account when determining the frequency of your treatments. Read the rest of this entry »

8 Most Common Pests In Arizona

December 1st, 2015

The Tucson area is home to many of the same household pests that plague much of the United States. In addition, the desert environment makes it an ideal place for pests such as tarantulas and scorpions. At University Termite & Pest Control Inc., our Signature Service packages include treatments for many of the most common pests, while add-ons are available to meet your unique needs. Here is what you should know about some of Arizona’s most common pests.

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5 Ways to Tell if You Have Termites

November 13th, 2015

The Monsoon season brings with it many things…the smell of creosote wafts through the air, the temperature drops like a rock and the sunsets are unrivaled because of the clouds our seasonal rains bring. Along with the rain, Southern Arizona also sees a huge increase in Subterranean Termite activity.

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Top 10 Tips To Prevent and Eradicate Bed Bugs

October 21st, 2015

Until 2010, bed bugs were fairly rare in the United States. Increased global travel and other factors, however, have made them surprisingly common today. A small infestation can rapidly spiral out of control, but taking specific measures can help you prevent or eradicate a bed bug problem.
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5 Reasons Hiring An Exterminator Can Save You Money

October 13th, 2015

Many people believe that hiring a Tucson exterminator is prohibitively expensive. They try to save money by performing DIY pest control instead. While this can sometimes head off the immediate problem, it rarely solves the underlying issue, forcing homeowners to try again and again. Hiring an exterminator can actually save you money in the long run. Here are 5 reasons why.

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Mosquitoes in Arizona

August 27th, 2015

 

Mosquitoes and their Nasty Hitchhikers

Nothing can ruin a sunny day outdoors faster than any kind of pest. Intoxicated relatives or obnoxious neighbors aside, the mosquito often ranks as the most unwelcome visitor to just about every type of gathering. Not only are they equal opportunity hunters, their venom leaves an itchy and lasting impression. People, pets, even wild animals are vulnerable to the bite of this pesky predator. For years, mosquitoes have been treated more as an annoyance than a pest to be truly concerned about. With the introduction of new and a resurgence of older, familiar diseases, some of them deadly, being directly attributed to mosquitoes as their sole source of distribution and carriers, there is a new cause for concern circulating through our state. Despite the scientific and technological advances in the eradication processes of this pest, mosquitoes somehow seem to maintain an advantage. Not only are these pests becoming more dangerous to leave untreated and untouched, but it appears they are increasing in numbers. From a human population standpoint, this seems to be true.  As our communities expand, the increased water usage creates new breeding grounds for this pest, allowing their populations to keep pace right alongside our housing developments.  Read the rest of this entry »

3 Reasons Why Doing Your Own Pest Control Can Be Dangerous

August 8th, 2015

Discovering unwanted pests in your home can be upsetting and frustrating. Besides being unpleasant, they can cause serious damage as well as create an unhealthy environment for you and your family. While it may be tempting to take the do-it-yourself route when it comes to eliminating these pests, the truth is that this method can end up doing more harm than good. When it comes to pest control, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. To prove it, here are 3 reasons why doing your own pest control can be dangerous. Read the rest of this entry »

Do You Hear What I Hear?

June 3rd, 2015

Throughout history, and as far back as 500 B.C., the cricket has been synonymous with good luck and prosperity, particularly within Chinese culture. Their song, however, valued for its rhythmic and musical quality, is only produced by males of the species. Many people believe crickets make their sound when they rub their legs together. This is not true. Crickets make their sound by rubbing their wings together. Male crickets have ridges on their front wings that look a little like teeth and a hardened edge on each front wing. When a male cricket is trying to attract a mate or warn away a rival, he rubs the ridges on one wing against the hardened area of his other wing. This creates the chirping sound. The tone of the chirping will depend on how close together re ridges are on his wings. Both male and female crickets have a special auditory organ on their forelegs that lets them hear the chirps.

A cricket will continue his “song” until he attracts a mate or he senses something is wrong and danger is approaching. Crickets have been functioning as Mother Nature’s miniature early alarm systems for decades, long before mankind even dreamed up or invented warning systems and sirens. From thunderstorms to earthquakes and erupting volcanoes, if the joyful little crickets around spontaneously and without cause suddenly stop singing, it may be time to head for shelter or higher ground. Read the rest of this entry »

The Great Awakening

April 23rd, 2015

Winter is the season when inspects go deep into the ground, often burrowing down to the root masses of plants to begin a period of a hibernation-like state. This, in conjunction with a reduced watering schedule, provides these pests with a nicely insulated relatively dry and comfortable place to spend their slumber.

Spring is the time of rebirth, renewal, and regeneration. When the weather loses its frosty bite, it is time to begin that wonderful annual tradition of spring cleaning. We through open doors and windows, letting that fresh air in. We clean out closets, garages, and reset or watering systems in anticipation of the warmer months to come. At the same time, we unwittingly set in motion an upcoming onslaught of potentially epidemic proportions. As the outside temperature rises, so do the metabolisms of the pests resting underground. Just as we shed our heavy outer layers, the insect world begins their preparations for the upcoming season. As their metabolisms rise, their need to feed resumes. And who, in any kingdom, can forget that all-consuming ritual of seeking a mate?

As our activities shift from indoors to out, we spend more time tending to gardens and lawns, flowers and trees, bushes and hedges. We can spend hours fertilizing, trimming and watering our way back to their peak condition and natural beauty. Alongside all of this activity comes with the cruelest trick of all for burrowed insects. What seems like just enough water to satisfy those thirsty plant roots is actually a catastrophic, tsunami-like event from with there is no escape for the dwellers underground.

Earwigs are unique in that they tend to care for their young–a very unusual characteristic for any type of insect. As increased watering occurs, the disruption of their habitat exposes both adult and immature insects all in one location, often giving the appearance that earwigs have the ability to spontaneously multiply.

So how does the affect you as both a landscaper and homeowner? Read the rest of this entry »

5 Unbelievable Facts About Bed Bug Infestations

April 9th, 2015

Bed bugs are a major problem in today’s society. Until around 2010, they were relatively rare in the United States, but their prevalence has grown astronomically since then. Tiny and hard to see, bed bugs can cause itching and misery. They spread rapidly, and infestations usually require professional treatment. Yet many people are misinformed about these pesky invaders. Read the rest of this entry »