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Wolf Spiders – The Bark is Worse Than The Bite (…but they do bite!)

on November 4, 2020 in Spiders

What do you get when you cross a spider with a werewolf? We’re not sure either – but it might be something close to a wolf spider. They certainly look like it! But are wolf spiders really that dangerous? Let’s take a look… What does a Wolf Spider look like? The term “wolf spider” refers […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Termites In Arizona – ‘Tis the Season!

on September 1, 2016 in Termites

Termites in Arizona – it’s not a question of “If?” but “When?”. The monsoon season is almost done, but its effects are far from over. All of that moisture in recent weeks has laid the groundwork for termites to flourish. The soil is softer and more moist, making it easier for them to build tubes […]

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Lawn and Plant Fertilization

on July 13, 2016 in Fertilization, Landscaping, Lawn, Plants

The Valley of the Sun is really earning its name with the recent heat waves and record-breaking heat! It’s important to remember to keep your lawn and plants watered to keep them from getting scorched. But did you know that plants need more than water to maximize their strength, endurance, and beauty? In fact, watering […]