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AZ Homeowner’s Worst Nightmare Termites: Are They Destroying Your House?

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Many Arizona homeowners don’t realize that their home’s structural integrity is being compromised, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as silent and hidden termites eat away at the wood inside. Wooden surfaces may be left intact by termite activity, belying the fact that just underneath, hollowed out tunnels house termite colonies containing somewhere between 60,000 and two million insects. Even though there are huge numbers of insects, rapidly boring through any wood in your home, there is often no visible sign of a termite infestation. When there are warning signs, they generally involve emerging swarms or the presence of mud tubes. (more…)

Nineteen Facts You Never Knew About Scorpions

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

You may never see a scorpion, but if you move to, or visit, Arizona, it’s good to learn some information about these arachnids. Arizona is home to over 30 different species of scorpions, but, the most venomous is the Arizona bark scorpion. Following are 19 facts that you probably never knew about scorpions. And following that are some more specifics about the Arizona bark scorpion that set them apart. (more…)

Five Arizona Pest Control Myths

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Four of the worst pests for Arizona homeowners are rodents, termites, bed bugs and cockroaches. Keeping your house protected from these pests is important, but many owners use methods of prevention that are based on myths, founded on faulty knowledge of the facts. Following are five myths about these pests, widely accepted by the general public as true, and the real facts, based on scientific research. (more…)

Keeping Out The Pests: Four Steps To Seal Cracks and Crevices in Your Home

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The old saying goes that a person’s home is his (or her) castle, but how solid are your ramparts? Infestations of bugs, rats, and other vermin may have been part of living in a medieval castle, but in the modern home, there is no reason why you should have to accept these unwelcome home invasions. In fact, you can slam the door on them before they ever get a foothold in your castle. One of the best tried-and-true methods of do-it-yourself pest control is the practice of sealing cracks and crevices that act as main entry points for pests trespassing into your home. (more…)

7 Ways to Pest-Proof Your Home This Fall

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Chillier weather is here and that probably means you are planning to spend more time indoors and out of the cold, but would it surprise you to hear there are others that have the same plans? There are a wide variety of critters that seek out human habitation when colder weather sets in, and even in sunny Arizona, colder nights can make unwelcome guests check-in for the evening. Today, let’s take a look at 7 steps that you can take to pest-proof your home this fall and winter. (more…)

A Web of Symptoms: How to Tell if You’ve Been Bitten by a Dangerous Spider

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Of all the creatures you may find in or around your home, coming face-to-face with a spider is particularly startling. Though most arachnids will do their best to avoid you, many homeowners can’t help but be concerned when these uninvited guests make an appearance. After all, isn’t a spider bite dangerous? (more…)

Survive the Hive – How To Protect Yourself From A Bee Swarm

Friday, August 18th, 2017

When considering dangerous pests, honeybees might not register very highly. While nearly everyone has had a bee sting, they are rarely dangerous unless you have an allergy to the bee venom. However, the recent fatal bee attack in Tucson is raising awareness of the threat that can be posed by a bee swarm, and given the conditions, more potentially deadly attacks are expected in the coming season. (more…)

6 Easy Home Remedies to Get Rid of Sugar Ants

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

First of all, let me be clear. There is no such animal as a “sugar ant”. This is a term that is loosely applied to any number of small species of ants that seemingly find the smallest bit of sugar from a spill the night before and invade your kitchen, living room, bathroom, let’s face it, anywhere. (more…)

When Is The Best Time To Get Rid Of Weeds?

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The last two years have seen a massive increase in the amount of rainfall in the Desert Southwest. A quick drive around town, down the road to Sierra Vista, or even just around your neighborhood will likely confirm that weeds are growing like crazy, taking advantage of this abundance of rain. (more…)

Bug Blog Entries

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Hypothetical: A Portuguese designer creates a food source from primary ingredients that are in abundant global supply. It’s a high protein powder. It’s good for you and good for the environment. Do you eat it?

Here’s the catch: this superfood is made from the paste of ground-up dung beetles and crickets.

Here’s the other catch: this isn’t a hypothetical.

A Portuguese designer, Susan Soares, is using 3D printing technology to make insects more palatable.

There is a wholly rational argument for eating creepy-crawlies. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization believes bug eating is the right strategy to adopt; as the world’s population grows, a new food source is required, and bugs are already squirming around on every continent and in every climate. It makes sense to embrace entomophagy, the practice of raising insects as food, on a global scale.

Read more: Edible Bug Treats: 3D Printer Susan Soares Cricket Candy | TIME.com http://newsfeed.time.com/2014/02/05/3d-printing-company-makes-edible-cricket-and-dung-beetle-treats/#ixzz2tvzZa0hJ

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