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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

An image of a single Brown Dog Tick sitting on a leaf.

The Brown Dog Tick: What You Need To Know

on March 21, 2017 in Ticks

The Brown Dog Tick is a species of tick that is very common throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world. However, it is most common in warm areas like metropolitan-Phoenix. Unlike other species of ticks, the Brown Dog Tick can spend its entire life cycle indoors. Once they get into your home, they’re […]

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Pest Profile: The Arizona Desert Hairy Scorpion

on February 24, 2017 in Scorpions

The East Valley is home to a variety of pests, including a couple of different types of scorpions. Today, we decided to cover a particularly interesting species of scorpion: the Arizona Desert Hairy Scorpion. What’s so interesting about it? It’s large and aggressive in behavior, so it appears scary. But its venom is weak compared […]

An image of a weather vane against a blue sky, a subtle hint that some types of weather brings more pests.

Changes in Weather Bring More Pests to the Valley

on February 14, 2017 in Ants, Crickets, General Pests, Lawn, Spiders, weeds

We’ve written a lot about recent weather and its impact on the pest population in the East Valley. Unfortunately that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. For example, forecasts are calling for a combination of unseasonably warmer weather and more rain in the next week. And as you’ve probably noticed, a big change in […]

An image captured from a termite inspection of several termite tubes coming out of a concrete seam

“Should I Have A Termite Inspection On My House?”

on January 20, 2017 in Termites

The holiday season is finally over and everyone is back to work – including the termites in the area! While many of you were out enjoying the holidays, swarms of termites were breeding and eating their way through your homes. This isn’t particularly unusual. However, what is unusual is the rate of termite activity when […]