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

Pest Control

4
Dec

We often get asked what is the secret to success in the pest control industry and if I could sum it up in one word I would have to say consistency. One thing I’ve been taught by my long time friend and business partner is if you want to win you have to be consistent. When I first met Mark we went to the local drag strip were he was going to be racing. I learned something very important that day it wasn’t about being the fastest it was about being consistent and that has been our focus from our first day in business. Here at Arizona Bug Company we have assembled a team of highly qualified individuals to give our customers the very best in pest and weed control services.

Thank you to all of our friends and customers that have helped us become such a success in northern Arizona

Thanks

Kody Robinson
Arizona Bug Company

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Category : Pest Control | Blog
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
24
Jul

During a routine termite inspection in Sedona last week I came across a few spiders. The majority of them being black widows. So I thought this would be great time to remind folks to keep their eyes open when getting into your storage areas. The widow is a very shy spider but will bite if provoked. Please look at the pictures to get a good look at the spider and its egg sacs.

huge widow


Category : Bugs | Cool Bugs | Pest Control | Blog
20
Jul

You really never know what you will find doing this job. The other day Mark was doing a routine termite inspection and found  a large hive of bees in the attic. We had to approach the bees with caution because once you got into that section of the attic you could not retreat quickly if you needed to. We treated the colony with foam and the removed it. With the large number of Africanized hives this could have been a dangerous situation for a unsuspecting home inspector or service person that needed access to the attic.

Category : Bugs | Cool Bugs | 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
Jul

 

Vesper bats are the common bats we see flying at dusk in Arizona. They are insectivores that use echolocation to hunt.  It is quite common for these bats too cause unsightly staining from fecal matter and urine on houses in overhang area’s. Bats are protected here in Arizona and are considered beneficial. Deterring them from an area is the only method of control allowed by the Arizona Game and Fish. You can try mechanical, electrical and liquid deterrent I have had limited success with all. Mechanical is physically sealing the area from bat entry. This is sometimes extremely difficult to do and can be expensive but if done correctly is the most effective. Electrical is the use noise emitting devices that disrupted the bats from flying to an area. I have used these with some success but some people find the noise emitted disturbing. Liquid is by spraying a product like Liquid fence in the area bats are landing it seems to work good for short term but smells bad during application and needs to be applied frequently. Please check out the pictures of some common Arizona bats and the staining they can cause.

Category : Organic Pest Control | Pest Control | Rodents | Blog
3
Mar
Beehive Underneath a Log in Prescott

Beehive Beneath a Log in Prescott

As we start to get into the full swing of spring, it’s a good time to walk around our homes and check stuff out. We find many times that beehives will go unnoticed until the foragers start to get active. In the spring, worker bees will be very busy gathering pollen from all the new flowers in the high desert.

Beehives can become very aggressive as they grow larger because the bees want to protect all their hard work. Coming in contact with a beehive is where people and animals get into trouble. Bees, when threatened in their home, will protect it in large numbers. This is when bees becomes very dangerous – they will alert the hive to attack and once agitated it takes them a long time to calm down.

Beehive in Wall in Sedona

Beehive in Wall in Sedona

Take a look at the pictures to see a couple of hives that we removed from homes in Prescott and Sedona. Always call a bee removal professional to handle any established hives around your home. Arizona Bug Company will give you a free estimate for beehive removal.


Category : Bugs | Pest Control | Blog
20
Jan
Subterranean Termite Damage in Flooring

Subterranean Termite Damage in Flooring

We were called about subterranean termites in Clarkdale, AZ today and couldn’t have come across a more textbook infestation. The owner of this home was unaware of these little guys until they discovered a water leak at this plumbing trap. The termites had concealed themselves in the wall, leaving very little evidence of their presence until the wall was removed to get at the plumbing. You can see in the photos the amount of damage they managed to accomplish before they were discovered.


Evidence of Subterranean Termites in Drywall

Evidence of Subterranean Termites in Drywall

In the photo of just the white drywall take a look at the line on it that goes virtually unnoticed. This is were the termites have eaten the paper out from behind the texture. Termites will eat the softer cellulose generally before going after the harder wood.


Subterranean Termite Burrow in Drywall

Subterranean Termite Burrow in Drywall

These guys will be treated with a application of Termidor and we also want to make sure the water leak is fixed to remove any excessive moisture from the area.


Category : Bugs | Pest Control | 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
12
Oct
Common Flea Up Close

Common Flea Up Close

We have been seeing a few fleas in Prescott and Prescott Valley, so I thought maybe it would be a good time to do a little blog on them. Fleas are actually a parasite that are attracted to body heat and carbon dioxide much like the bed bug. They also feed on the blood of mammals like bed bugs, but one interesting fact is they have been known to transmit disease unlike the bed bug. The Flea was responsible for spreading the bubonic plague “AKA The Black and Death” and is also known for carrying typhus virus along with a few others. An infected flea generally can transmit diseases two ways, one is through their bites and the other is from infected fecal matter.

The flea is a wingless insect but as you can see in the picture they have some monster legs that allow them to jump long distances. If you think you have fleas, your best bet is to call in a professional to deal with them.

Category : Bugs | Pest Control | Blog