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I Know Something’s Going On…In My House

October 30th, 2014


One of the best parts of living in the Desert Southwest is being able to find not just authentic Mexican food, but also living in and around the actual Mexican culture. Many of us have chosen to decorate our homes, even construct our homes in the local style using materials straight out of Mexico. The lodge poles crossing our living rooms and the saguaro ribs forming the ceilings give an old Mexico feeling to a home. Others choose the furniture, finding imported armoires or Arches. I have seen ornate doorways that have been brought all the way from Mexico City or other parts of Central America all the way here to Arizona. While all of these do lend an air of the old Southwest to our homes, the unintended consequence can also be the introduction of wood destroying pests that are native to not just Mexico but also here in the Desert Southwest right into our homes.

So how do we know when something like this is going on?

I asked Rick Rupkey, Sr., owner of University Termite & Pest Control, what he looks for around a home. Read the rest of this entry »

Kissing Bugs or Cone Nosed Bugs

October 1st, 2014


The cone nosed bug, or kissing bug, is usually not a stand-alone problem in the Southwestern United States. It is associated with the nests of nearby rodents–most often those of pack rats or other feral rodents known to live in and around the Arizona Desert. Beginning in spring, these bugs will be attracted by external light sources around dusk. They will take advantage of small gaps around doors and windows, entering through openings in flooring from crawlspaces and then into homes. From there, they will migrate to dark, quiet areas like closets or  between mattresses and box springs to wait. Read the rest of this entry »

How Much Damage Do Termites Cause?

September 26th, 2014

Termite Tunnels?According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cause an estimated $5 billion in property damage every year. Regardless of the type of home you live in – stucco, brick, block…even on those concrete slabs – none are immune to an invasion by termites and the damage they cause. Worse, termite damage can remain hidden for years, going undetected until the costs for repair are gigantic. Most homeowners are unaware that their homeowners insurance does not cover termite damage, leaving them on the hook for the entire repair bill!

What’s a homeowner to do? Here in the Desert Southwest that problem is even trickier than in many other places around the United States.

Why? We asked Rick Rupkey, Sr., owner of University Termite & Pest Control, to look at some of the Q&A forums on his competitor’s websites, and here is what he had to say:

“Termite swarms are common in many places around the country. In areas such as Texas, the South, Florida, and even California, operators can point their customers to look for termite wings around their homes, particularly in basements and on window sills. In Arizona, this indicator is simply not a reliable one. Termites don’t swarm here with any regularity, and we cannot count on that as a sign that termites are in a customer’s home. If we waited for that as a sign, it would be entirely too late.” Read the rest of this entry »

Seeing Scorpions?

August 5th, 2014

Summer and fall are prime time for scorpion sightings. Below are a few details on why you might see them in and around your home, and what can be done to reduce their presence.

While scorpions are beneficial, feeding on cockroaches, crickets, and other pest insects, you definitely don’t want to see them in your home. Scorpions enter homes by accident in search of food, moisture or shelter. Once inside, they can’t find a way out and generally don’t do well for lack of food and other environmental conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

Wasp’s in a Name?

August 1st, 2014


Wasps, Hornets, and Yellow Jackets (pictured above, from left to right, respectively) are three of the most commonly and easily confused stinging insects, and while they do all have characteristics in common, here are some facts that can help to distinguish between the three of them. Read the rest of this entry »

Some Facts About Stinging Insects

August 1st, 2014



Because “stinging and biting insects is a catchall group for solitary pests that sting or bite” it’s no surprise that they, according to the NPMA  “send more than half a million people to the emergency room each year.” Since these types of pests are much more active during the summer and fall and can be more of a health risk, the following are some important facts to keep in mind: Read the rest of this entry »

Facts You Want to Know about the Brown Dog Tick

June 26th, 2014




If pets, especially dogs, are also part of your family,  here are some facts you want to know about the Brown Dog Tick.



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Monsoons and Mosquitoes

June 26th, 2014

As monsoon season begins in southern Arizona, it’s time once again to think about protecting yourself and your family from the threat of the transmission of common. diseases like the West Nile virus which infects thousands each year.

Monsoons are a huge factor, as their rains bring the mosquitoes, which bring West Nile

Here are four tips from University Termite and Pest Control to help keep you and those you love safe. Read the rest of this entry »

Pack Rat Removal

May 14th, 2014

A gentleman called us with a question. “I’ve caught four packrats in my trap over the past five days. Do you think I got them all?”

It’s hard to say because packrat control is complex. It requires knowledge and expertise. After capture and removal, the former packrat home must be rodent-proofed to keep others from returning to the nest. The absence of the animals captured makes a void that other packrats are looking to fill. A prevention program must be put in place.

For best results, we suggest you look to the professionals.

Call us today to find solutions to your packrat problems.  In Tucson, call 886-4146.  Statewide, call 877-877-4146.

Snakes Inside

May 14th, 2014

snake in the houseWarm weather triggers a lot of activity, bringing everyone out of their homes and into the sun—including snakes. They emerge to mate, or just sun themselves on the asphalt, becoming a more common sight for homeowners during the summer months.

A friend recently posted this picture on Facebook of an unwelcome guest that had crawled into her house. He slithered behind the couch and got caught on a glue trap. Thankfully for this homeowner, the snake wasn’t poisonous.

Call us today to find solutions to your snake problems. In Tucson, call 886-4146. Statewide, call 877-877-4146