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Archive for the ‘The Bug Blog’ Category

Snakes Inside

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

snake in the houseWarm weather triggers a lot of activity, bringing everyone out of their homes and into the sun—including snakes. They emerge to mate, or just sun themselves on the asphalt, becoming a more common sight for homeowners during the summer months.

A friend recently posted this picture on Facebook of an unwelcome guest that had crawled into her house. He slithered behind the couch and got caught on a glue trap. Thankfully for this homeowner, the snake wasn’t poisonous.

Call us today to find solutions to your snake problems. In Tucson, call 886-4146. Statewide, call 877-877-4146

5 Tips to Allergy-proof Your Home

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

You can allergy-proof your home to help alleviate the symptoms asthma and allergy sufferers experience during the allergy season. In addition to taking medications prescribed by your doctor, here are five things you can do to allergy-proof you home: (more…)

Allergies, Asthma and the Importance of Living Pest Free

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

97% of allergists surveyed in a recent survey released in March 2014, conducted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) consider a pest-free home important to prevent asthma and allergy symptoms. Prevention measures, when taken can help asthma and allergy suffers avoid those things that most commonly activate allergies. (more…)

When Your Neighbor Has Termites

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Termite colonies can be large. An individual colony, with its’ network of underground chambers and tunnels can span a half acre. The same colony can come in contact with four or more homes. If a neighbor treats for termites, it can increase the activity in surrounding homes. For this reason, the soil under homes being constructed is pre-treated to prevent future infestations. Existing homes can be protected with termite treatments and warranties with annual inspections to prevent termite infestation.

Conditions conducive to infestation can also be addressed and remedied to reduce the “termite pressure” on a home. By understanding termites and accepting them as part of the desert we live in, we can put them in perspective and prevent them from encroaching in to our lives and living spaces.

 

Call us today to find solutions to your termite problems. In Tucson, call 886-4146. Statewide, call 877-877-4146877-877-4146.

Termites are Beneficial

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

05-01mud_twotermsTermites play an important role in the Arizona desert. Organic material breaks down very slowly, especially wood and woody weeds. A fallen Saguaro cactus can take decades to decompose. Without termites, the desert would quickly become cluttered and at risk for fire. It is for this reason that Southern Arizona has high populations of subterranean termites. In fact, the desert just to the South of Tucson serves as one of EPA’s test sites when they are trying to determine the effectiveness of new termiticides in development.

By understanding termites and accepting them as part of the desert we live in, we can put them in perspective and prevent them from encroaching in to our lives and living spaces.

How Termite Re-infestations Can Occur

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

4909983_f520So, let’s say your house was treated for termites before you moved into it, and you have a five-year warranty protecting you against termite damage. Some think that means termites can’t invade your property for five years. But the truth is there are several ways in which re-infestation can occur.

 

The chemicals used to kill termites, termiticides, last a minimum of five years and often last more than 20 years. Termiticides are injected into the ground to form chemical barriers between the home and the termite colony. Re-infestations occur when termites locate a break or gap in the barrier. These breaks and barriers can be caused a number of ways. (more…)

The Arizona Brown Spider

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

brown_spiderSomeone recently posted on our Facebook page asking if a spider they found in their bathroom was a Brown Recluse. The Arizona Brown Spider is most often mistaken for the Brown Recluse. Both spiders are in the same family, but the Brown Recluse is not naturally found in Arizona. (It is possible they hijacked a ride to Arizona since this particular family moved to Arizona from Texas.)

Arizona Brown Spiders are slightly smaller with a less toxic dosage of venom, composed primarily of a potent digestive enzyme. The bite can result in a gaping crater like wound that continues to grow and refuses to heal. If immediate medical attention and anti-venom is not administered, the only effective treatment is to excise the skin around the wound or amputate the afflicted appendage. The result is permanent disfigurement and often a series of secondary infections. Bites to the face or to sick, injured, older or extremely young people have resulted in death. (more…)

Rainfall, Moisture & Pest Flare Ups

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Weather, especially rainfall, is an important component to your pest control program, and in maintaining the health and safety of your family and your home.

Weather, especially rainfall, is an important component to your pest control program, and in maintaining the health and safety of your family and your home. It is possible to anticipate and prepare for pest flare ups. Requiring an in depth knowledge of pest biology and behavior, as well as an awareness of local weather conditions, a pest control professional can take actions to intercept many of these pests before they enter your home.
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The Chinch Bug—Almost Invisible

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Variations in the weather from season to season and year to year may have a dramatic effect on plants, animals and insects in the desert creating problems with species that usually are not a problem. With increased rainfall they become tremendous pests.

 

A few years ago in Tucson, excessive rainfall resulted in a very large growth of mustard weeds in the surrounding desert. This weed became an overabundant resource for False Chinch Bugs, a small flying insect, always present in small number, but never noticed. The population grew to such a point that for a month, attracted to the city by lights at night, the insects covered building all over downtown and central Tucson, creating a panic and giving the news media plenty to report on.

To learn more about how weather and pests can affect you, click here.

Flies—the Unwelcomed House Guest

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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No doubt you’ve opened your windows and doors to allow the fresh air in and save some money on your air conditioning bill, unknowingly you may have signaled “open house” to houseflies near and far. In addition to being a major nuisance, they carry more than 100 different germs that can cause disease.

 

You can take some of the following necessary precautions to keep your family safe.

 

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