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Boo! Three Spooky Pests That Can Make Your Home A Halloween Nightmare

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

As the days grow shorter and the temperatures grow a little colder, you can feel in your bones that Halloween is just around the corner. However, you don’t have to wait for that spooky celebration to have your home invaded by the creatures of the night. Year-round infestations can turn your happy home into a Halloween nightmare no matter what time of year it is! They can damage your homes, endanger your health, and even harm your family. This may seem like a dire warning for such small pests, but these three infestations can make your home a horror show. (more…)

Insects, Arachnids, and Rats… Oh, My!

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Residents of Arizona are used to cohabitating with the creatures of the desert. After all, the desert usually begins right where your yard ends. They may be cute little buggers when you see them out in the sands, but they can bring potentially lethal health problems and even damage the structure of your home.

Here are some pro tips on how to handle encounters with Arizona’s worst desert pests. (more…)

What is a Brown Dog Tick? Why You Should Be Worried

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

North America is home to many insect varieties that feed on the blood of larger animals, including mosquitoes and bed bugs. One of the most dangerous parasites threatening the health of your family and pets is the brown dog tick (rhipicephalus sanguineus). As the only species of tick that infests both dog kennels and human homes, this cold-adverse bloodsucker is an equal opportunity feeder that presents a special health risk to residents of sunny Arizona. (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…)

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…)

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