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How to Identify Bees on Your Property

Without bees, it would be tough to grow enough food to feed humanity. They are nature’s essential pollinators. But they can also become problematic, particularly if large numbers of bees move onto your property. If you identify a nest of bees, it may be time to call a pest control company, especially if someone in your family is allergic to bee stings. This is also important for business owners, as having someone get stung on […]

How Does a Termite Colony Form?

Termites are among a homeowner’s worst fears, and understandably so. The damage can go undetected until it becomes widespread, potentially costing the homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs. The most effective strategy is to be on the lookout for signs of termite infestations, and to call a pest control company right away if you suspect your home has been targeted by these tiny invaders.   The Start of a New Termite Colony New termite colonies […]

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How Do Bed Bugs Get Into Your Home?

If you’ve got itchy skin and a series of red bite marks, you might have bed bugs. Don’t fret—bed bugs aren’t a sign that your housekeeping is subpar. Even the cleanest of homes can be struck with an infestation of these pesky little critters. Pest control technicians can eliminate the problem from your home. However, since bed bugs might come back again, you should be aware of how they got there in the first place. […]

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How Termites Can Make Water Damage Worse

Termites are damaging enough by themselves, but did you know that water damage can worsen the problem? Residents in Southern Arizona might not have to worry about hurricanes and typhoons, but water damage from flash floods during the monsoon season is definitely a concern. If you suspect you might have termites, or if you’re thinking of buying a new home, call a pest control company to schedule a termite inspection right away.   How Termites Worsen Flood […]

Weed Control With Pre-emergent

Weed Control With Pre-emergent There are many reasons to utilize a Weed control program. Weeds are time consuming, difficult to control and unsightly. The use of well timed herbicide applications are essential in the upkeep of any residential yard or commercial landscape. A weed control program utilizes two stages; a pre-emergence to prevent seeds from germinating and a post-emergence to kill visible weeds. Pre-emergent herbicides control seedlings before they emerge through the topsoil. These herbicides […]

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What to Do If You Have a Bee Infestation at Your Business

  As a business owner, you already have plenty of things to worry about. From managing employees to finding new ways to attract customers, you’ve got a lot on your plate. The last thing you need is an infestation of bees stinging your customers and employees. If you’ve noticed lots of bees flying around your building, or if you’ve spotted a hive hanging from the eaves, you should call a pest control company right away. […]

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How Can You Tell Roaches from Other Insects?

Cockroaches are among the most reviled of all insects. And even if you see just one roach skittering across your floor at night, there will probably be hundreds more hiding within the walls. A pest control technician can confirm the insect’s identity. But just in case you want to identify the specific type of roach yourself, you can use the following tips.   Identifying the German Cockroach German cockroaches are fairly small. An adult might […]

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A Look at How Termiticides Work

Termites are one of a homeowner’s biggest concerns, and with good reason. Each year in the U.S., termites inflict billions of dollars in property damage. It’s disheartening to see small insects literally eating up your investment, but pest control technicians can help. Termiticides are materials that pest control experts can apply to kill off a termite colony.   Repellent and Non-Repellent Termiticides Most of the early generations of liquid termiticides work by repelling termites. They […]

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Spotting roaches before the infestation

  How to Spot Roaches before the infestation The German cockroaches are smaller, nonflying subspecies that like to hitchhike their way into your home. They find their way in packages, boxes and grocery food you bring home. German cockroaches love water and are sometimes called water bugs. It’s larger cousin, the American cockroach breed outdoors but have no problem coming indoors during cold weather. There are few things you can do to make sure these […]

Are Bees Dangerous to Humans?

Bees are good pollinators, making them an essential component of ecosystems around the world. Each time a bee visits a flower to collect nectar, pollen sticks to the bee. This causes the bee to pollinate other plants, allowing them to develop fruit and reproduce. As much as humans depend on bees for pollination, few people enjoy living in close proximity to a beehive. In Arizona, where Africanized bees—sometimes called killer bees—are common, homeowners and business […]

Rodents – Disease, damage and allergy pests

Rodents – Disease, damage and allergy causing pests Most people, understandably have a dislike or fear of rodents, which makes sense considering how dangerous they can be to humans. Mice, rats and the parasites that tag along can carry a number of diseases. Some of these viruses are potentially deadly to humans,  in particular, Hantavirus, Listeria, Rat-Bite Fever and Salmonellosis. Let’s not forget Bubonic Plague, aka Black Death. The plague that wiped out approximately one-third […]

What Are the Most Common Winter Pests in Tucson?

Due to the warm temperatures throughout the year, Arizona homes and businesses may be bothered by pests during any season. Winter pests like termites, cockroaches, and bed bugs can be particularly problematic. No matter which pests you’ve encountered, you can count on a pest control expert to take care of them for you.   Termites Termites thrive in hot weather. Because of this, the slightly cooler temperatures of the wintertime in Tucson encourage termites to […]

How to Tell If You Have Wasps in Your Yard

Wasps often evoke a sense of anxiety in homeowners because they have a reputation for being aggressive stingers. If you notice any signs that wasps have infested your home or yard, it’s time to call a pest control technician. Professional treatment is especially important if someone in your family has an allergy to stings. Note that someone with an allergy to bee stings might also experience a reaction to a wasp sting.   How to […]

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Checking for Pests Before You Buy a Home

Are you about to buy a house? Before you sign on the dotted line, it’s important to make sure that your new home isn’t full of pests. By finding out if a house is infested with termites, cockroaches, or other destructive creatures in advance, you can negotiate with the sellers to have professional pest control services performed before you complete the purchase. Here are some tips to follow if you want to look for pests […]

The Coming of Rodent Season

 The Coming Rodent Season Attention to the Outside will help keep rats and mice from getting in. It’s getting to be that time of year when we get out of the weather, hunker down inside our warm homes, and prepare big meals. Rats and mice have the same plans, and when they get inside, they can devastate your home. Rodents spend at least 3 percent of their life chewing, because their teeth never stop growing. […]

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Avoiding Bed Bugs While You’re Traveling

If there’s one thing every traveler dreads, it’s bed bugs. These pests may be small, but they’re frustratingly difficult to get rid of once you have them in your home. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to pick up these unwanted travelers when you’re on the road. Here are some tips that will help you avoid inadvertently bringing bed bugs home with you. Know what to look for. While everybody knows that bed bugs should be […]

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Tips for Preventing a Pack Rat Infestation

Tips for Preventing a Pack Rat Infestation Pack rats may look cute with their big ears, but they are still persistent and troublesome pests. Unfortunately, pack rats are a particularly irritating problem during the colder months. As the temperature starts to fall, these rodents start looking for warm buildings to move into—and that often means your home! Here are some tips for keeping pack rats from taking up residence in your building: Look for possible […]

Five Persistent Pests of the Fall Season

                    Five persistent pests of the fall season You are probably excited for the fall season and the cooler weather that comes with it. Well, along with the cooler temps comes the pests. We’ve listed 5 of the pests that will potentially pay you a visit this season.   Bed Bugs: One of the most difficult to control, bed bugs infest at a rapid rate and […]

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Signs that Pack Rats Have Moved into Your Yard

At first blush, you might consider pack rats to be a cute animals. But after it’s inflicted costly damage on your property and possessions, you’ll probably think twice about this initial assessment. Pack rats are incredibly destructive rodents, and they’re tricky to get rid of on your own. Call a pest management company if you notice any of the following signs of a pack rat infestation. Vehicle Damage Some of the most costly damage that […]

Fire ants form creepy floating ‘islands’ to survive Hurricane Florence

Millions and millions of fire ants forming islands and floating on flood waters. #HurricaneFlorence pic.twitter.com/iLZoMugmZI — Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBC) September 17, 2018

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