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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…)

Scorpions: You’ll See Them A Lot More During Monsoon

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

The Woes of the Monsoon in Tucson, Arizona

While the onset of the monsoon brings cooler temperatures during the hot summer season, it also marks the arrival of unwelcome pests in your home. Although the cool temperatures are a great relief in Arizona, you should be prepared to deal with the risk of a scorpion infestation in your home. Monsoon conditions favor the proliferation of various pests, but scorpions are among the fiercest offenders. The humidity of the torrential rainfall during the season seems to fuel them into a frenzy of activity. They not only reproduce rapidly, but also make your home their new shelter as a shield from the severity of the weather conditions. (more…)

Bed Bugs on the Rise in Tucson

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

We’ve all heard the expression, “Snug as a bug in a rug.”  For those of us who reside in Tucson, the phrase takes on totally different connotations. If the bug that’s made itself comfortable in your home is red, and it’s not alone, you may have a problem on your hands. (more…)

July is Termite Monsoon Season: What Tucson, AZ Homeowners Need to Know

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

The monsoon season in Arizona begins on June 15th and ends on September 30th. During the summer, winds shift from the west to southeasterly airstreams, filled with moisture from California and the Gulf of Mexico.  Once the wind shift and increased moisture react with the desert heat, the phenomenon produces storms that typically include cycles of rainfall bursts with periods of light rain.   (more…)

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Wednesday, 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. (more…)

The Great Awakening

Thursday, 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? (more…)

Wood You Like To Be My Neighbor?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Next time, instead of checking your phone while stopped at a stoplight, take a look around. The desert Southwest is full of wonder and mystery. Notice anything unusual at the bottom of the buildings around you? Look closer at the tiny dirt trails snaking up the sides of their concrete bases.  Have you ever wondered what those are or how they got there?  These are the tell tale signs of subterranean termites.  Living underground, these busy termites travel back and forth within these dirt highways from their homes to the wood source they are currently using as food, doing incredible amounts of unseen damage. (more…)

Oh Mickey You’re So Fine…..

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

We love to adore the mouse.  Whether you call them “Mickey”, “Minnie” or even “Mighty” the house mouse (Mus musculus) is one of the single most adaptable and prolific animals on this planet.

Mice are specialists at using our food, water, and shelter, and adapting it to their needs.  More problematic, however, is the fact that mice are also well known for transmitting disease.  They cause damage to our buildings. They wreak havoc with electronics and utility systems with their nesting and gnawing activity. Their highly adaptable behavior lets them adjust to virtually any environment, and they can go without water for extended periods of time if necessary. Mice have been known to consume virtually every kind of food, and due to their nocturnal foraging,  many times we don’t notice them until there are so many, the problem is huge. The first signs of mouse activity are usually droppings. They will inhabit buildings the entire year, but usually make their entrance to a building during the fall, as the weather turns from cool to cold. Once inside, if food is readily available the mouse becomes a permanent resident. The best way to prevent mice from gaining a foothold in your property is to prevent access and to keep all food properly stored at all times.  This will include keeping the property clean and minimizing clutter.

A good rule of thumb on pest proofing a structure is this: if you can get a pencil into a gap, a mouse can get inside. (more…)

Rocky Mountain High

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Few things will bring terror to a dog lover’s life like ticks and the specter of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF).  In Arizona, this is not just an academic study, but a very real concern. A great deal of effort has gone into developing a plan to protect not just your dog, but also the owners and their yards from becoming habitats of the ticks that carry this insidious disease.

What is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?  Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a tick borne disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii. This organism can be the cause of a potentially fatal human illness and is transmitted directly to humans from the bite of an infected tick species. Once bitten, the typical symptoms include: fever, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting, and muscle pain. A rash may also develop, often after the first few days, although in some patients, the rash never develops at all.  Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be a severe or even fatal illness if not treated in the first few days the symptoms are evident or a diagnosis is made. The most positive aspect to RMSF and other tick borne diseases is that they are all preventable.

The most effective strategy to prevent/control ticks is a multi-phase approach. This approach includes: (more…)

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