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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 […]

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 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 owners […]

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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Why You Should Let a Professional Handle Your Pest Problem

When you moved into your home, you probably didn’t expect to share it with uninvited guests. But pests will move in anywhere they can find food, water, and shelter, and they aren’t shy about extending their visit indefinitely. When you see pests, it’s best to have professionals deal with the infestation. Here’s a look at a few reasons why: Different pests require different control methods. The correct way to eliminate rat infestations is vastly different […]

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Exploring the History of Bed Bug Infestations Across America

Bed bugs have plagued human civilizations for millennia. Fossilized bed bugs have been found at ancient Egyptian sites, and these tiny critters made appearances in ancient Greek plays by the famed writer Aristophanes. But here in America, these pests have a much shorter history. Historians believe that infestations have colonial origins, in part because Native American languages lack a word for bed bugs. It’s thought that bed bugs hitched rides across the Atlantic on ships […]

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A Guide to the Most Common Types of Termites

Termites may be small, but they can cause significant damage to any property. If you see any evidence of a termite infestation in your home or around your yard, it’s time to call for professional termite control. While termites look the same to most of us, there are some important differences between them. Here is a brief introduction to some of the types of termites you’re most likely to encounter: Subterranean Termites Common in the […]

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Why Professional Kitchens Need Professional Pest Control

Effective pest management is a must for any commercial building, but it’s especially important for professional kitchens. If you suspect that you have a potential pest problem in or near your kitchen, contact an experienced pest control company immediately. These are a few of the reasons why it’s essential to rely on professionals for pest control if you have a problem in your commercial kitchen: Professionals will remove the pests effectively. You might be tempted […]

How Big Roaches Can Cause Big Problems

If there’s one guest that’s always unwelcome, it’s the cockroach. These infuriatingly persistent pests can be found on every continent except Antarctica, and unfortunately, that sometimes means that they can be found in your home, too. Roaches aren’t just annoying—they’re actively destructive and dangerous. Continue reading to learn why you should never wait to have a cockroach problem dealt with. Are roaches dangerous? Unlike other insects, roaches don’t sting, and they rarely bite. In fact, […]

Army Ants Build Hanging bridge to Wasps Nest

                Impressive and scary at the same time! This video captures over a million army ants working together to build a bridge designed to help invade a giant wasp nest. The highly organized ants were captured on camera by an electrical engineer, Francisco Boni. Boni wrote on Twitter: “Attack of legionary ants (also known as army ants or marabunta) to a wasp honeycomb. Impressive the level of swarm […]

How Are Termites Treated?

Termites are among the most common pests in the world. Unfortunately, they’re also among the most destructive. Left to their own devices, a colony of termites will eat up as much wood as it can find, which can result in extensive property damage. If you’re concerned that you may have a termite infestation on your hands, it’s time to get in touch with a professional pest control service. It requires special expertise and specific tools […]

How to Prevent a Monsoon Season Mosquito Infestation

Monsoon season is here, and longtime residents of Southern Arizona know what that means: flooded roads in Tucson, high winds, and plenty of water on the ground. Unfortunately, monsoon season is also prime mosquito season. If you’re not careful, the rainy months could usher in a full-blown mosquito infestation in your yard. Here’s how to prevent that: Don’t give mosquitoes a place to breed. Before monsoon season gets into full swing, take a look at […]

Why Are Roaches So Tough to Get Rid of?

According to popular legend, cockroaches are so tough they could survive a nuclear blast. While this isn’t true, they’re definitely difficult to eradicate from a home or business once an infestation takes hold. If you see one roach scurrying across your kitchen floor, it’s a safe bet that your home is harboring more of these pests. Call a pest control company right away, and continue reading for a look at what makes cockroaches so resilient.   […]

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