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

Pesticides

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
26
Jul

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.

Category : Bugs | Pest Control | Pesticides | Blog
21
Jul

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.

Category : Pest Control | Pesticides | Blog
10
Jun

Granules for pest control are generally a dissolvable solid that has been embedded with an active ingredient. You apply them with a spreader and lightly water them with your garden hose.

So what is the advantage as a home owner? Simple answer – equipment. You don’t need to go to the store and buy tanks, hoses, pumps and nozzles to spray a liquid, or try to use that little spray mechanism that comes on the mixed ready-to-use store-bought liquid formulations. Another area they have an advantage is in higher moisture areas like lawns and heavily landscaped areas that retain a lot of moisture (what I’ve found living in Arizona or at least the Cottonwood Area that we do not get a lot of areas of higher moisture in the High Desert).

So what are its limitations? It can be a little difficult to treat cracks and crevices with a granule and they can be a little messy. Always wear the proper safety gear when using them as with any pesticide. You can find safety information on the label.

Some popular active ingredients used in insect granules is Lambda Cyhalothrin, Deltamethrin, Bifenthrin, Cabaryl and Permethrin. The common trade names you will see in the stores are Sevin, Ortho Bug B Gone, Demand G, Cyonara LP, Deltagard, Bifen LP, Talstar PL, All Pro and Martin’s Lawn & Perimeter to name a few.

Category : Bugs | Pest Control | Pesticides | Blog
6
Jun

Dust has come in many make ups over the years but in today’s pest control world, boric acid, Delta Dust, diatomaceous earth, and silicia gel are the most common. They all are used to control insects but there is a little difference. Boric Acid and Delta Dust both have an effect on the insects exoskeleton but the also work by poisoning the insect with the active ingredient. Diatomaceous earth and silicia gel just work on the dehydration of the insect. They are all very effective with the proper placement and can give you a nice long residual.

So what’s proper placement you ask? Generally a good rule of thumb is if it looks like Christmas in July around your house (like it snowed), you our your pest control professional may have gone a little overboard. When it comes to pesticide, the more is better line of thinking doesn’t always work. When powder is put down heavy, I find the pests will avoid it and your pets and children will not. Dogs smell everything and kids want to put their finger in it. Not to mention the white staining that some products cause can be very tough to clean up after the powder is put down. A very thin application that you can just barley see will do the job.

My personal opinion on dust is it works really good in places that are out of the elements and out of reach of pets and children. In Prescott and the Verde Valley, we get a lot of spring wind and dusting on the exteriors can put the dust in a lot of non-target areas as the wind carries it. So before you or you pest professional dusts, ask yourself what you are trying to accomplish. You can find more information on proper dusting at the Bayer website.

Category : Bugs | Pest Control | Pesticides | Blog
30
May

Bait is simply just a food source the insect will eat that has a component to it that kills the insect. Most baits have a delayed reaction because for it to be effective they need to take it home. Some baits that have Fipronil or Imidacloprid as the active ingredient can even get secondary insect control if the ants or cockroaches feed on the dead insects. The main insects we try to control here in Yavapai County with bait is ants and cockroaches.

Ants

Ants to me are like feeding a three year old – what i mean is, if you give them what they want to eat they will eat it. If you give them something they don’t want, they won’t touch it. Ant’s preferences also change – sometimes they want carbohydrates and sometimes they want protein. Figuring out what they want is the hard part – as a homeowner you really don’t want to go to the store and spend a bunch of money on different baits to see if they like it. If you go with a pest control professional, ask them the price and what type of guarantee do they give? You may find it’s cheaper to hire your local pest control guy when dealing with ants.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are a little different – they are like your fat uncle at the family reunion that wants your aunt to bring him his food. They do not want to go too far to eat. One thing with roaches is they will usually eat what’s closest to them rather than travel for something they like better. If you have the German Cockroach (this is the one we find in our kitchens) the biggest problems you will face is getting the bait to them and eliminating competing food sources. These little guys hide everywhere and are extremely difficult to control. If you decide to bait them, I recommend one of the baits with Fipronil or Imidacloprid.

Category : Bugs | Pest Control | Pesticides | Blog
24
May

Over the next few weeks we are going to cover some of the different pest control application methods and the pros and cons of them. There are many ways to accomplish the task of pest control, it just depends on what insect we are trying to control.

With Ants, Termites, Crickets and German Cockroaches, if performed correctly, baits are very effective.

Dusting works good for Insects that find harborage in cracks and crevices. 

We will cover the use of liquid formulations in controlling pests and we will go over the different formulations of SC, EC, CS & WP

Granules may not be as popular as they once were in the days of Diazinon but still can be very effective if used at the right time and for the right pest.

We have a lot of different Pests here in the high desert around Prescott and the Verde Valley and have many ways to handle them all.

Category : Pest Control | Pesticides | Blog