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

928 778-0005 - Prescott and Prescott Valley

High Desert

31
Jul

The long jawed desert termite ( Gnathamitermes perplexus ) is a very common termite here in the high deserts of Arizona. This termite is considered a great little recycler and no corrective action is suggested when you find them outside around the structure. Gnathamitermes coves its food with a plaster like mud then consumes the weathered surface (see attached pictures). We often get called out to houses because home owners are afraid that they are going to get into the structure but with their inability to eat hard wood they are not a threat. On some occasions we have found Gnathamitermes coming threw cracks in slabs and eating the paper on drywall. When this happens we do suggest a corrective action to stop this type of structural damage.

 

Category : High Desert | Pest Control | Blog
16
Jul

One thing we really pride ourselves on here at Arizona Bug Company is our ability to create some of the nicest spray equipment around. My business partner mentor and long time friend is probably one of the most talented guys I know when it comes to keeping us running with state of the art gear. He builds all of our spray rigs from scratch so we can have them just the way we want them. Recently we acquired two Ford Rangers to add to our ever growing service fleet and built two nice spray rigs to outfit them. Here are some pictures of the build process so you can see how much work goes on behind the scenes to keep us up to date with some of the nicest gear in town.

Category : High Desert | Pest Control | Pesticides | Blog
16
Jun
Banded Alder Borer Beetle

Banded Alder Borer Beetle

 

Living in the high desert of Arizona you come across some strange insects. This fun looking guy was found by my technician Tory. He is called the Banded Alder Borer Beetle. It is in a family of beetles known as the longhorn wood boring beetle. They can be found from Alaska to Arizona. They  reach sizes of about 25 to 35 millimeters. The larva of this beetle feed on dead hardwood trees. They are not considered a pest but I wanted to share such a cool looking insect.


Category : Bugs | Cool Bugs | High Desert | Blog
23
Oct

As we start to cool down from the hottest days of summer here in the Verde Valley, I find it a great time to discuss this cooler season in the high desert. Pest control really never stops here – it just changes gears. Since we have had cooler nighttime temperatures, the rodents have been very active. Rodents like to get into our homes and will often be found in the attics and crawl space areas. See The Mess That Rodents Make When They Get Into Your House. The best method in solving this problem is to get the structure sealed to prevent further infestation.

It may seem like a cheaper alternative to put rodent bait in those areas but everything comes at a price. I get several calls a year when people use this method and then suffer from odor and fly infestations. Rodent baits placed on the exterior work very good at helping control rodent population on a home that has been sealed properly but skipping the home sealing step always results in a frustrated homeowner when the dead rodent smell appears. If you have a rodent problem, never be afraid to get several estimates and ask lots of questions. There is a coupon for a Free Rodent Inspection on our Pest Control Discounts page.

Category : High Desert | Rodents | Blog
21
Oct

I receive a lot of calls and emails with people asking what creatures to expect when moving to Cottonwood or any other place in the High Desert of Yavapai County. The two creatures inquired about the most are scorpions and the black widow spider. Please read my blog about the difference between the bark scorpion and striped-tailed scorpion as it will aid you in proper identification of these two species. The bark scorpion is the more venomous of the two scorpions and I have found it in limited areas throughout the valley. Most predatory insects have venom and will use it in defense and to subdue prey. Scorpions will come in the house from time to time but one common misconception is that they nest. Scorpions if hungry have no problem with eating each other and the mother scorpion will actually carry her young on her back and drop them in different locations just to avoid this behavior.

The Black Widow is a very shy spider and will almost always seek shelter if threatened. The only time I see this spider become aggressive is if she has an egg sack. The way most people get bitten by the Black Widow is when they put their hands unknowingly in her hiding place. I rarely find her inside unless the house has been vacant for a long period of time or she was brought in on something that was outside.

The one that seems to startle people the most is the giant desert centipede. This is another predator insect that we encounter in the high desert regions that has the potential to sting.

We also get a lot of cockroaches around the exterior that will come in the home from time to time. Getting a good general spray in the spring time really aids in keeping the Oriental and American cockroaches from over populating. Keeping the population controlled of the insects scorpions and spiders eat does aid in reducing the number of predatory insects your area can effectively support.

People often ask if there is anything on the market that will kill a scorpion and the answer is yes. I have found many products that will kill scorpions, some with faster knockdown than others. I have posted several blogs on chemical formulations and how they work to help explain what makes different products more effective than others. When moving to the Cottonwood or the Verde Valley, always ask lots of questions if you choose to go with a professional exterminator.

Category : High Desert | Pest Control | Blog
11
Aug

We’ve had a great monsoon season this year in the high desert and the rain is greatly appreciated. I was driving all over Yavapai County yesterday and couldn’t get over how green everything is. It made me think it would be a good time to remind folks to take care of the extra weed growth around the home because it can be a home for pests like insects, snakes, and rodents.

High Desert Pest and Weed Control

If left unattended, the decomposing plant matter can become home to lots of little critters. One example is the false chinch bug. This bug likes to feed on a high desert weed plant called the London Rocket, which is in the mustard family. When the weed is green and vibrant, the false chinch bug thrives on it and feeds. When the plant starts to dry up and we get hot and dry in the desert, these bugs start to look for higher humidity and cooler shelter. Then, you’ll find the false chinch bug all over the sides of the house. As far as being a pest they are just a nuisance and not much else, but a little prevention by cleaning up the weeds early can keep their population down.

Call Arizona Bug Company for for all your High Desert Pest Control needs.

Category : Bugs | High Desert | Pest Control | Weed Control | Blog
11
Jul
Prickly Pear Cactus with Flowers

Prickly Pear Cactus Flowering

Being in the pest control business we get to see a lot stuff but nothing ever gets you like the beauty the high desert brings in the spring time. The same little plant that if you touch it on accident will stick you with irritating barbs can produce some of the most beautiful flowers. I just thought it would be nice to share with everyone. The century plant picture was taken in Sedona and the other cacti picture was taken in Cottonwood.


Century Plant Blooming

Century Plant Blooming


Category : High Desert | Blog