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Archive for the ‘The Bug Blog’ Category

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…)

Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places – Tarantulas in the Southwest

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

It never fails… during the monsoon season, we get phone calls asking what we can do to control the tarantula that a customer has just found on their patio. Our answer is very consistent… not much. (more…)

Termites vs. Ants – How Can you Tell the Difference?

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Along with our monsoons, Southern Arizona will be enjoying all the benefits that this time of year brings to the desert. Creosote will permeate the air, spectacular sunsets and sunrises will greet us each day and when the perfect circumstances line up, massive swarms of tens of thousands of flying insects will show up in our yards. (more…)

Infographic: Ten Tips to Prevent Bee Stings

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Enjoy being outdoors with the family by following these ten tips to prevent bee stings. If you do get stung then remove the stinger immediately and know the normal reaction to a bee sting versus an allergic reaction. Only about 1 in 1000 experience an allergic reaction to bees, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Read more about types of reactions and what to do if you are stung by a bee here: (http://www.ars.usda.gov/Research/docs.htm?docid=11067). Check out this informative infographic, created by University Termite & Pest Control, to help prevent bee stings all together with these simple tips. (more…)

10 Things You Must Know About Termites In Arizona

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Termites are a very real concern in Arizona, as much of the state sits on top of one of the most active subterranean termite ‘belts’ in North America. We are also home to the drywood termite, making it almost inevitable for most homeowners to have a run-in with these invasive and highly destructive pests.

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How Often Should You Treat Your Home For Pests?

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Regular pest control service is vital for controlling Tucson’s many pesky home invaders, from cockroaches to spiders. Yet the frequency and type of protection varies widely from customer to customer. Each home is built differently, has different features that are naturally attractive or repellant to pests, and is in a different location. At University Termite & Pest Control Inc., we pride ourselves on building customized solutions to meet each customer’s needs and desires. We always begin with a thorough inspection and assessment to determine your existing issues and likely future problems, and then work with you to develop a treatment protocol. Here are some factors that we take into account when determining the frequency of your treatments. (more…)

8 Most Common Pests In Arizona

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The Tucson area is home to many of the same household pests that plague much of the United States. In addition, the desert environment makes it an ideal place for pests such as tarantulas and scorpions. At University Termite & Pest Control Inc., our Signature Service packages include treatments for many of the most common pests, while add-ons are available to meet your unique needs. Here is what you should know about some of Arizona’s most common pests.

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5 Ways to Tell if You Have Termites

Friday, November 13th, 2015

The Monsoon season brings with it many things…the smell of creosote wafts through the air, the temperature drops like a rock and the sunsets are unrivaled because of the clouds our seasonal rains bring. Along with the rain, Southern Arizona also sees a huge increase in Subterranean Termite activity.

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Top 10 Tips To Prevent and Eradicate Bed Bugs

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Until 2010, bed bugs were fairly rare in the United States. Increased global travel and other factors, however, have made them surprisingly common today. A small infestation can rapidly spiral out of control, but taking specific measures can help you prevent or eradicate a bed bug problem.
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