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Archive for the ‘The Bug Blog’ Category

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…)

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…)

Six Most Common Pests To Watch Out For This Spring

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Spring is all around us to see. Bees are buzzing, baby quail are running about and the scent of flowers blooming is everywhere. Spring is here and along with all the new beginnings, we can also expect a bumper crop of insects and rodents to be making the desert, and sometimes our homes, theirs. (more…)

Six Tips To Avoid Wasp Stings In Arizona

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Spring is most definitely springing! The weeds are starting to grow, thanks to our excellent winter rains. The bugs are beginning to stir with the temperature rising and we are getting ready for our first wasp sightings of the new year. Wait a minute, who gets ready for the first wasp sightings of the year? Your friendly neighborhood bug man, that’s who! (more…)

Signs Of Wood Boring Powder Post Bettles

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

The holidays are officially over. The last football game of the college season has been played, the decorations are going back into their boxes, and life is returning back to normal. But wait, what is that you see as you retrieve your super cool, mexican wooden skeleton? Fine bits of sawdust all over the inside of the bag you stored it in! Nothing to worry about… or is there? (more…)

Why Can’t I Get Rid Of My Bed Bugs?

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

We get phone calls from people all the time who say, “I have tried three different sprays, I have bombed my apartment, thrown out my mattress, I have tried everything, but I still have bed bugs”. (more…)

Pack Rats – Who’s Moving In For The Holidays?

Friday, October 7th, 2016

One of the greatest things about living in Southern Arizona is the abundance of animal life that surrounds our homes. My in-laws call their living room picture window the “Nature Channel” because of the various squirrels, birds, chipmunks, lizards and other wildlife that congregate just outside. Beyond this Disneyesque landscape sit two cars with their hoods permanently in the open position… why are the hoods up?  Because pack rats have attacked each car in turn, making the engine compartment their home, trading wiring for cactus, sticks and twine. (more…)

Bed Bugs – The One Hitchhiker Nobody Ever Wants To Pick Up

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Bed bugs are notorious hitchhikers. There are countless stories of people who spend the night, just once, at a friend’s house and bring them back home. There are call centers that report bed bugs crawling over somebody’s arm, and movie theaters who all of a sudden have to fumigate the property because of a bed bug issue. (more…)

List of Wood Destroying Insects In Arizona

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

While termites and ants can look alike, there are other pests that can seem like termites but are not. Learning how to tell the difference between ants and termites is pretty easy once you know what to look for, but there are several other pests you may get confused with termites because of their behavior. It turns out that termites are not the only organisms that use wood as either their food source, a place to live, or both. (more…)

What Wood We Do Without Termites?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Why is it that with millions of different organisms on Earth, and all the different things they eat to survive, that termites eat wood? As it turns out, termites do not technically eat wood, rather they are seeking the cellulose inside of wood to obtain their food. Termites have even found a way to eat drywall, as many people can attest. Despite the fact that drywall is mostly gypsum, termites target the heavy paper that holds the product together, which contains plenty of cellulose. This is why books, cardboard boxes, and anything else with a paper component, are highly sought after by termites and susceptible to damage. (more…)

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