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

Praying Mantis - Green Pest Control Experts

Very Green Pest Control Expert at Arizona Bug Company

All kidding aside, what exactly is green pest control? If you ask 10 people, generally you will get 10 different answers. A lot of people will say that if it’s natural, it’s green. They’re probably thinking that natural things are not harmful to the environment. But what they don’t realize is that there are plenty of things that occur naturally in our environment that are toxic. For instance Strychnine, which is a potent poison that can kill animals and humans, is all natural. Strychnine comes from the seed of a tree that is native to India. The Median Lethal Dose (LD50) of Strychnine is around 16mg per 1kg of body weight. What this means is if a 90 kilogram person (approximately 200lbs) orally consumes about 1400 milligrams of Strychnine, they would have a 50/50 chance of survival. So is this natural, but very toxic compound green?

Or does green mean a product that is safer to use in the environment than another? The pesticide Permethrin, which is a synthetic version of natural Pyrethrin (extracted from Chrysanthemums), has an LD50 rating of around 450mg to 1kg of body weight. So with that product, in theory, a 90 kilogram person (aprox 200lb) would have to consume about 40,500 milligrams orally for the same 50/50 chance at survival. That’s 27 times more Permethrin to reach the median lethal dose than Strychnine. So is permethrin greener than strychnine because it’s not as lethal, even though it’s synthetic, not natural?

These are questions that I have a hard time finding the answer to in this industry.

One thing I have found for sure is that when the word green is placed on the front of a service, it comes at a price. This has definately been a buzzword that has a higher price attached to it.

AZBugCo Green Pest Control Expert - Praying Mantis

All Natural Pest Control

The best things I have found in pest control that are considered “green” to me are really simple. First off, clean up any debris around the home, seal cracks and crevices, and reduce moisture around the structure. In essence, what you are doing is making your environment less attractive to pests. Pests, much like us, are opportunistic and will take advantage of things in their environment that help them survive. If you take away their resources, you reduce the population that your area can effectively support – and that can help save you some “green”.

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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.

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We get calls this time of year for American and Oriental cockroaches (aka Water Bugs) on the exterior or occasionally invading the interior. The things to know about these roaches is they are not a structure infester. People get them confused with the famous German cockroach that gets into the kitchens and likes to say hello to you when you turn on the lights at night.

The American and Oriental roach like the outdoors and really have no reason to be inside – they just end up there from time to time. The best way to avoid an overpopulation of these guys is to have your home treated earlier in the season. Generally, when you start to notice them, the population is already well established in your yard outside.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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Well, the tarantula mating season is in full swing in the Verde Valley. Just yesterday I came across three in Sedona and Cottonwood. This time of year the big males go cruising for the ladies.

These spiders are a big gentle giant and get a bad reputation because of their size. A lot of times after a heavy monsoon rain you can find them walking across the roads. Have only heard of them getting into homes when doors or windows are left open.

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Pest Control liquids have come a long way over the years. We are going to cover EC, SC, CS & WP designators that we see on the pest control labels and what they mean. The two oldest being EC & WP with the newer CS & SC formulations gaining popularity in the pest control field.

EC or emulsified concentrate, simply put, is a liquid mixed with water to create a finish solution. They don’t have all the bells and whistles of the newer CS and SC formulations but are still very effective and generally a little cheaper than their newer cousins. The pros are that they are cheaper to use for jobs that require a large quantity like a termite pre-treat and they don’t stain as easily as a Wettable Powder (WP). The cons are they have a tendency to be absorbed by a porous surface and they don’t seem to have as long of residual as SC, CS and WP. Some examples of EC concentrates are Demon EC, Cynoff EC, Permethrin Pro, Prelude.

WP, or wettable powder, is simply that it is a powder that gets mixed in liquid and is applied through a sprayer. The pros of a WP are fast knock down of insect population and long residual life of the product. The cons are it leaves behind a white film on the surface that has been sprayed. Some examples of wettable powders are Cynoff WP, Tempo WP, Demon WP.

SC and CS formulations are what they call micro encapsulated suspended concentrates. They provide active ingredient in what’s basically a small bubble that suspends itself on the surface for the target pest to pick up as it crawls over it. The pros of SC and CS are long residual, low odor and non staining. The biggest con to these guys is their more expensive to use than the others. Some examples of SC and CS formulations are Cy Kick CS, Demand CS, Temprid SC, Cyzmic CS, and Termidor SC.

All of the product types mentioned above have their niche and when used together can provide you with a barrier around your home that will help keep your family safe.

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In case you have safety or other questions about the insecticides and pest control chemicals we use, we provide the labels and the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for each on our website in the Resources section on the MSDS & Labels page.

When we provide pest control services for you, we always list the compound we used by brand name on the invoice, which are the same as those in the MSDS & Labels page.

Today we’ve added labels and MSDS’s for two more insecticides, Cyzmic CS and Maxforce FG granules.

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Along with the monsoon season we get another phenomenon called swarming. Ants and Termites will grow wings and swarm during the monsoon season. The reason for this is to create a new colony. They are like Christopher Columbus embarking on an adventure to find a new home. The good thing is only about 1 out of 1000 successfully accomplish this task. But it can still be a little disconcerting when you go outside in the morning to find these little guys crawling on your house.

When you discover these little winged creatures pay attention to where they are at. If they are out by the porch lights I wouldn’t get too worried. That is generally a sign of some termites that came into the lights from somewhere else out in the environment. If they are inside the house crawling on the windows, you may want to give your bug guy a call to take a look around. This can sometimes be a sign of a colony that is located in the structure. This year we have been called out on two jobs in Sedona and Cottonwood that had termite swarmers being found inside by the windows. When we looked a little closer both places had drywood colonies in the crawlspace area.

Another thing to figure out is, is it an ant or a termite? The easiest way is to look at the antennae. Ants will have a 90 degree bend in their antenna but termite’s antennae will be straight. Also, termites have four wings of equal length and ants have different lengths with the front two wings being longer.

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This was probably one of our most interesting termite jobs to date. We got called out to look at bugs infesting some magazines and a bookcase in Sedona, Arizona. The owner was going through some old copies of Arizona Highways when they discovered bugs in their books. They had not looked at these magazines in a long time and had no idea that these termites had been proud members of the Book-of-the-Month Club. We started to pull out the magazines one by one, and an active little subterranean termite colony started to appear.

The fun part for us was pulling each magazine out of the rack and dissecting their colony layer by layer. What we discovered was that termites are kind of like electricity. What I mean is they take the path of least resistance. They had come up through a small crack in the floor and started eating into the bookcase. The termites then discovered the soft cellulose that the magazines had been made of, stopped eating the bookcase, and went after the Arizona Highways magazines.

The good part the story is they did not do as much damage to the bookcase as they could have because they found something they preferred. The bad part to the story is they destroyed some vintage Arizona Highways Magazines.    

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I found both of these scorpions when I was called out to a job in Rimrock so I thought this would be a perfect time to show the visual difference between the two. It is very easy to confuse the two types of scorpions. The physical size of both of these scorpions was almost identical. The easiest way to distinguish the two is by knowing their separate physical characteristics. If stung by either species it is good to save the scorpion if possible for proper ID and call the Poison Control Center and your doctor. Scorpion stings are rarely fatal however you may be allergic to the venom and could experience life threatening side effects after being stung. I have found both of these species all over the Verde Valley but have found the Bark Scorpion to be most common in Sedona.

Devil Scorpion (Stripe Tail)

Thick short claw

Wide body

Tail segments short and thick

Stripes on the tail

Bark Scorpion

Thin long claw

Body is narrower

Tail segments long and skinny

Stinger has a secondary smaller barb on it

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Well, I could go into a long boring explanation of drywood termites and how their Latin name is Genera Kalotermes & Incisitermes, how they go through seven instars (stages between molts) before they reach adulthood, and how they live in wood with a moisture content of 12% or less. But I think most of us want to know the Reader’s Digest version and what kind of damage they can do to your homes.

Drywood Termites

The Drywood termite is the primary termite that we get called out on most of the time here in the High Desert of Arizona. The cycle starts when two alates (swarmers or winged termites) pair up and create a nuptual chamber in a piece of drywood. The Drywood termite colony tends to be slow growing and a lot smaller in size than the subterranean termite. The most distinguishing characteristic of the Drywood termite is the pellets. These are small granules of wood that they will push out of the nest through kick-out holes. The small granules are actually termite fecal matter – this is unlike the subterranean termite that has liquid fecal matter.

Drywood termites are a little harder to treat than Subterranean termites for the following reason. The Drywood termite lives within the piece of wood its consuming, unlike a Subterranean termite that relies on mud tunnels to commute back and forth between soil and structure. In a traditional subterranean termite job, the goal would be to treat the soil around the structure to basically cut off their route into the home with a chemical barrier. But since the Drywood termites don’t return to the soil, treating them in this manor would do nothing to them. The two primary ways to treat the Drywood termite has been threw fumigation and spot treating.

Fumigation is the process many refer to as tenting. It is when you basically wrap the structure to be treated in tarps. Once you have it airtight, you fill the structure with a sulfuryl fluoride gas (aka Vikane). The nice thing about this procedure is it kills everything. The downfall to this treatment is its very expensive and it has no residual in case there is a re-infestation. You also have to be out of the home when the treatment takes place. So there is also that to consider.

Spot treatment is basically the art of pin pointing an active colony and treating that area to kill the colony. There are several ways to accomplish this task – the most popular being foaming and spraying. I personally like to use products with either fipronil (aka Termidor) or imidacloprid (aka Premise). Both of these products are categorized as Non-Repellents so the colonies will continue to work in the treated areas. The workers will transfer the products through the colony by the termite’s natural socialization. The benefits of spot treating Drywood termites are it’s a lot cheaper than fumigation and there is a residual left behind to help prevent future infestation in that area. The downfall to this type of treatment is that it doesn’t treat the entire structure.  

So if you live in the High Desert of Arizona and you think you have termites as a pest in your home, call a termite professional and have us properly identify them. We will go over your options with you and help you make the right decision.

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