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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, […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 termites in Arizona and their tubes sprawling out from a crack in concrete

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 […]