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Tough Enough: Three Ant Infestations That Can Ruin Your Summer

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Ants are very industrious and persistent insects. They have a strong instinct for taking actions to ensure the survival of their colony even if it means sacrificing a significant portion of their population. This is why it might seem like no matter what you do, ants will return to infest your property year after year. Let’s examine three species of ants known to infest homes in the Arizona area and the steps you can take to combat their infestations: (more…)

Ouch! 5 Stinging Insects That Can Make Autumn Painful

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

During warm summer weather, bee stings and mosquito bites are taken as par for the course. But, you would be surprised to discover that summer is not necessarily the season that is most dangerous when it comes to stinging insects. In fact, fall is a time of year when close encounters with insects likely to sting are most likely to happen. Here are five species of stinging insects that you should watch out for this fall. (more…)

Curious Creature – Is It A Dog? Is It A Cat?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

I was leaving a sandwich joint this past Wednesday. I was at the corner of Broadway and Craycroft road when I had to double take at what I was seeing… (more…)

Raptors of Arizona (Part 3) – Hawks

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Hawks are the most numerous of our native raptor species. Whereas we talked about two different kinds of owls, and two falcons, the desert southwest is home to four different species of hawks. They vary in size, diet and nesting areas more substantially that any of our other raptor species and have the distinction of being responsible for a common sound effect used for just about every kind of predator bird you have ever heard on television or on the radio. (more…)

Seasonal Approach To Pest Management – Termites

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Customers frequently ask, what is the deal with these “Seasonal Protocols” and why are you doing a termite inspection in December/January? Simply put, this is the best time of the year to see your complete foundation and see some places inside the home that are usually filled with stored items the rest of the year. (more…)

Raptors of Arizona (Part 2) – Falcons

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

My father in law is retired from the Arizona National Guard. He flew for decades. He loves flying. To this very day he still flies when he gets the chance.

The Guard in Tucson flies the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, one of the deadliest, most capable aircraft ever produced in defense of our nation. I wondered, with all the raptor names available – hawk, eagle, raven, harrier, even vulture – why did it get designated the falcon? (more…)

Holiday Thoughts and Thanks

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

With the holidays upon us, it is time once again to take store. There is just over one week left in the year, and what a year it has been!    (more…)

Owls in Arizona – Who’s Who among the Hooters

Monday, December 12th, 2016

I sat down and began my research for this blog, which was originally going to be about raptor birds in Southeastern Arizona. Using the Sonoran Desert Museum as my launch point, I quickly changed my mind and decided to break them down into three distinct categories: hawks, owls and falcons. There will be one notable raven thrown in, but the three categories suffice for what I wish to accomplish. (more…)

Gila Monsters: Fact vs. Fiction

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

In the 50’s they were portrayed as radioactive, gigantic, reptilian predators roaming the desert landscape, looking to fall on some unsuspecting couple who just happened to get a flat tire. Far from the Hollywood hype, gila monsters are one of the most fascinating, gentle and incredible creatures of our desert southwest. (more…)

Conenose Bugs And Pack Rats – Kissing Cousins?

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Many of us are familiar with pack rats and the havoc they can inflict on our homes, automobiles and just about anything stored. However, they have a partner in crime that is equally troublesome, but gets a lot less press. (more…)

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