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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 […]

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 […]

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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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Rodents in PHX: What You Need To Know

on October 18, 2016 in Rodents

With the cooling temperatures that come with the transition from summer to fall, more mice, rats, and other rodents will be seeking warm places to stay. Mobile homes with crawl spaces are prime harboring spots for them. If you live in a mobile home, rodent proofing involves securing areas where plumbing pokes through the flooring […]

A closeup image of a mosquito biting the arm of a human. These mosquitoes can carry the Zyka virus.

Mosquitoes: What You Need To Know

on June 21, 2016 in Mosquitoes

Summertime brings a lot for us to deal with in the Phoenix area: rising electric bills, scorching heat, UV rays from the long days of sunshine, and bug infestations. Mosquitoes in particular! Why are mosquitoes so active in the summertime? The Phoenician summer features a combination of conditions that enable mosquitoes to thrive. First, there […]

An image of a single honey bee.

“Bee” Careful Out There, Phoenix!

on May 2, 2016 in Bees

Plants and trees are starting to come into full bloom, and they’re like a siren call to bees everywhere! The nectar from the blooming vegetation is a veritable cornucopia of food to them. As bee activity increases, so does the potential for aggression when they swarm to build and protect their hives and gather food. […]

Scorpions – One Sting’ll Getcha!

on April 25, 2016 in Scorpions

Are scorpions as dangerous as they look? Who doesn’t love a friendly scorpion in the house, right? Just kidding – but unfortunately, it’s the season for finding them in and around homes all across the Valley. The Arizona Bark Scorpion is the most common type of scorpion in the metro-Phoenix area, and they’re also among […]