Arizona Bug Company
Pest Control in Sedona and the Verde Valley, Prescott and Prescott Valley



1146 S 10th St, Cottonwood, Arizona 86326

928 649-5775 - Sedona and the Verde Valley

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Bugs

13
Jan
Tarantula Hawk Wasp

Tarantula Hawk Wasp

I saw a Tarantula Hawk (a big black wasp) hunting for tarantulas in some rocks in a customers’ garden, but by the time I ran back to the truck for the camera and got back to it, the wasp was gone. But Ed Bustya found a dead one and sent these photos along. It’s a bit dried up and missing some legs, but it still looks pretty “buggy.”


Tarantula Hawk Underside

Underneath a Tarantula Hawk


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8
Dec
Bed Bugs in Mattress Batting

Bed Bugs Originally Brought in by Guests Infest a Motel Mattress

I wanted to do an article in defense of the hospitality industry. Lately these places have been getting a lot of bad press about bed bugs. There are many web sites out there where users can report bed bug sightings. This behavior is a little unfair, seeing as the bed bug is brought in by the people that stay there.

The real question should be, what protocol are hoteliers taking when they get an infestation? The only true defense to protect their properties from a bed bug infestation would be to not rent the rooms out at all! Bed Bugs are non discriminatory, they will infest anywhere they can locate a food source. I wouldn’t let a report of a room having bed bugs stop me from renting a unit, but rather I would ask the staff what protocol they use to eradicate the infestation.

Bed bugs are a problem that is going to be here for a long time and educating ourselves on the topic is the best defense. Please check out all of our bed bug articles as they will help in understanding this pest a little better.

Category : Bed Bugs | Bugs | Blog
7
Dec
Owlet Moth

Owlet Moth on Screen - Photo by Richard Evnen

The moth shown here is referred to as the Black Witch. It’s in the family of moths known as owlets. There are about 35,000 types of moths in this family. One interesting fact about the owlets is many of the caterpillars have the ability to feed on poisonous plants. Generally these moths fly at night and will often be found hanging out by outdoor lighting. These guys are one of the bigger moths and will reach wing spans of about 7 inches. Not really considered a structure pest but are fun to look at.

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30
Nov
Bed Bug Mattress Stains

Bed Bug Mattress Stains

Here’s another in our series of articles about bed bugs. Once you know you have bed bugs, the most common question is – how to get rid of them?

First off call a professional. I have been dealing with this pest for years and there is a learning curve for them. There are three popular methods right now for controlling them. Chemical, heat, and a combination of the two.

Bed Bug Chemical Treatment

Treating Bed Bugs with chemicals has been around for a long time. DDT may be a thing of the past but chemical applications are still popular. When approaching a treatment with chemicals you need to do four things. Flush them out, Knock them down, put down some residual and regulate their growth. The advantages to this style treatment are it’s cheaper than heat treating and you have residual when done. The disadvantages are higher chemical exposure, longer down times because chemicals need time to be effective and some Bed Bugs are building a resistance to pesticides.

Bed Bug Heat Treatment

Heat treating is one of the new methods that companies are turning to for many reasons. Bed Bugs, like many other bugs, die rather quickly once they reach a certain temperature. The heat kills all life stages of the insect. The advantages of heat are no chemical exposure, shorter down times for infested rooms and quicker kill than pesticide once optimum temperature is reached. The disadvantages are more expensive than a chemical treatment and no residual left behind.

Bed Bug Adult and Nymph by Penny

Bed Bug Adult and Nymph by Penny

Heat and Chemical Combo Treatment

This method here seems to be the best of both worlds. Using pesticides in the cracks, crevices and lower room surfaces to give you some residual protection in the room. Then bring the room up to temperature with the heating units to kill off the Bed Bug population. The advantages are reduced chemical exposure, shorter down times and residual protection. The only disadvantage to this method is if you are a bed bug.

In summary, bed bugs are here and they are going to be a problem for a while. Educating yourself on them will help understand what you’re up against if they ever make it into your home. Call a professional and ask questions. The only dumb question is the one never asked.


Category : Bed Bugs | Bugs | Blog
28
Nov
Bed Bug Head and Mouth

Bed Bug Head and Mouth

Our articles about bed bugs continues. Once the bed bugs are hidden away in your bedroom, how do they find you, and how do they feed on us without us noticing?

Bed Bugs are attracted to us by carbon dioxide of our exhaled breath and our body heat. If you ever look at a room that is infested by bed bugs, you will notice that the largest concentrations of them are located at the head of the bed. They prefer to feed at night in a dark room but will feed in a room that is lit up if they are hungry.

Bed Bugs use a piercing sucking mouth configuration – take a look at the microscope picture here and you can see the business end of this hungry little pest. A bedbug pierces the skin of its host and injects saliva that contains anticoagulants and anesthetics, then withdraws the blood of its host. Once they are done feeding they will return to their hiding area. You will often find black staining in these harborage areas. This is actually liquid fecal matter that stains the mattress when they excrete it.

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26
Nov
Bed Bugs in Mattress Batting

Bed Bugs in Mattress Batting

Our series of articles about bed bugs continues. Bed bugs are starting to show up everywhere, even here in the Verde Valley and in Sedona. We’ve had calls from residences as well as local businesses. How did they get in?

Bed Bugs get carried into your home by a host. The thing that really assists these bugs in their survival is their ability to go long periods of time with no food source. The Bed Bug under the right conditions can go up to 18 months without food. So what happens is they hide and wait for a unsuspecting host to come along. You could pick them up virtually any public place – just watch the news, or check out our bed bugs in the news, and you’ll hear of libraries, hotels, hospitals, dorm rooms, clothing stores, inns, bed and breakfasts, movie theaters, resorts, etc. All these places have been reporting Bed Bug infestations.

Once you have them, they start multiplying – a pregnant female bed bug can lay up to 5 eggs a day. Those eggs hatch in about 10 days and mature after about 40 days. The average female bed bug will lay about 300 to 500 eggs in her lifetime. Once the bed bug infestation gets going with some reproductions, it doesn’t take anytime at all to have a serious problem on your hands.

Category : Bed Bugs | Bugs | Blog
24
Nov
Bed Bug Hiding in Mattress Batting

Bed Bug Hiding in Mattress Batting

Here’s another in our series of articles about bed bugs. Most of us in Arizona and the United States haven’t had to deal with bed bugs for decades. Now they’re showing up everywhere and it makes us wonder, where the heck did they come from?

Everything we read blames two things on the resurgence of the bed bug. The increase of foreign travel and the banning of DDT. It seems that back during WWII the use of DDT was one of the key ingredients at virtually eradicating this pest from the United States. But now with DDT gone by the wayside, more people traveling than ever before, and people choosing to use integrated pest management over preventive programs has given the bed bug just the edge it needed to reestablish itself. Bed bugs really don’t have anything to do with filth like some other structure infesting insects. All the bed bug needs is a place to hide and a host to feed on.


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22
Nov
Bed Bug Underside

Bed Bug Underside

Bed Bugs have been in the news a lot lately, (see our new page Bed Bugs in the News)and we’ve been getting calls about them more frequently now. So I’ve put together a few articles about bed bugs and what to do about them. To start it off, let’s talk about the origin of bed bugs.

Many people ask where the bed bug came from and the best explanation I can find is they came from caves. It seems that there is a closely related bug called the bat bug that feeds on bats found in caves. The theory is that man and bats shared these caves and that over time the bed bugs’ taste changed from bats to man. The theory is open for debate, but it is the best explanation I’ve found. Regardless, they are here and are very difficult to control if you don’t use the right equipment.

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16
Oct
Orb Web Spider

Orb Web Spider

This orb weaving spider has an orb web that is designed to specifically catch flying insects. The thing that really makes this spider interesting is the zig zag pattern it makes in its web (please see picture). They call this pattern a stabilimentum and scientists aren’t really sure what its function is on the web. It has been debated that it adds to the overall strength of the web, or it may be there to help birds and mammals see the web to avoid going through it. Some say it is there to help camouflage the spider that hunts from the center of the web, or it is used to actually attract prey. Nonetheless I’m sure the garden spider knows exactly why they put it there.


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14
Oct
Shieldback Katydid

Shieldback Katydid

A few weeks ago I posted a blog with this katydid’s vibrant green leaf mimic cousin. I wanted to post the picture of this Shieldback Katydid to show you the color difference between these two katydids. The one shown here has a long sword like ovipositor at the rear of its abdomen indicating that it is a female. She uses this as a egg laying tube to place her eggs deep in the soil out of harms way. Also notice her long thread like antennae that is longer than her body. This particular katydid is also flightless since it lacks wings.


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