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A close-up picture of a Black Widow spider on its web, showing its red hourglass marking as a warning.

Black Widows – What You Need To Know

on March 26, 2019 in Spiders

Just about any spider can inspire fear and disgust in the average person, which is unfortunate. Many spiders are harmless to humans and beneficial to the environment. Black widows on the other hand are an exception. Though they are beneficial to the environment in the wild, they are definitely not harmless to humans. Read on […]

A picture of a Common Desert Centipede found crawling on the floor of one of the utility room of one of our customers.

The Desert Centipede – FAQs

on February 20, 2019 in Centipedes

Sooo…centipedes. The ultimate creepy crawlies. You’ve found one in your home and it looks creepy and dangerous – but is it? In this article, we will discuss the Common Desert Centipede specifically, a.k.a the Tiger Centipede, Banded Desert Centipede, Sonoran Desert Centipede, or Scolopendra Polymorpha (if you wanna get nerdy). We will cover its characteristics, […]

An image of one of the Valleys roof rats in grass

Roof Rats Are Scoping Out Your House!

on October 22, 2018 in Rodents

One of our employees woke up one morning recently and found this little guy hanging out in his front yard. (We took it as a sign that we should kick off our redesigned blog with a post about rats!) This particular rat is one of the many roof rats infesting the Valley. They are also […]

An image of subterranean termites and their tubes found underneath a carpet

Subterranean Termites Strike Again!!

on November 2, 2017 in Termites

We are officially back in termite season as of the beginning of this month (aka “subterranean termites”). Termite season usually runs through May, so we have a long season in front of us. Why do subterranean termites become active this time of year? You may not think you have much in common with a termite, […]

A close-up image of a Camel Spider also known as a Solifuge.

Camel Spiders: Fact vs. Fiction

on September 14, 2017 in Spiders

You may have seen a recent local news article covering an unfortunate run-in one Arizonan had with a Camel Spider in the Valley. We wanted to take the opportunity to provide further information about Camel Spiders, for those of you who may be on guard against having a similar experience with one! “What are Camel […]

A close-up image of a Palo Verde Beetle

Is the Palo Verde Beetle Dangerous?

on July 25, 2017 in Beetles

What Is The Palo Verde Beetle? The Palo Verde Beetle, also known as the Palo Verde Root Borer Beetle, is a large beetle found throughout the East Valley. Black in color, they have spiny legs and long antennae. They can range in length from about an inch to several inches, and they are located throughout […]

An image of cumulus storm clouds forming over Superstition Mountain. Monsoons bring nourishment for summer pests in the Phoenix area.

Surviving Summer Pests in Phoenix

on July 5, 2017 in Gila Monsters, Rodents, Scorpions, Snakes, Spiders

We’ve been in triple-digits for several weeks now around the Valley, but summer only officially just began last week! The monsoon season has also joined us, though it may be weeks before we benefit from any of its storms. Both the intense summer heat and the increased moisture from the monsoon have huge effects on […]

An image of a single Africanized Honey Bee on a plant leaf

Bees Part II: The Africanized Honey Bee (aka, “Killer Bee”)

on May 5, 2017 in Bees

Earlier this week we covered the Western Honey Bee, a common bee found around Phoenix and around the world in general. As you might recall, they are relatively harmless if left alone. Now we’ll shift our focus to the Africanized Honey Bee (a.k.a. “Killer Bee”). This type of bee is a much more aggressive and […]

An image of a western honey bee pollinating a plant

The Western Honey Bee and You

on May 2, 2017 in Bees

April showers bring…scratch that. No showers around the Phoenix area lately! But April definitely brings spring – which means blooming flowers and plants. These also mean allergies and bugs, especially bees. We can’t do much for your allergies, but we can definitely help with the bees. Here’s some information to get you started, specifically on […]