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Pest Control Phoenix AZ – Indoor Pests – Carpet Beetle

Carpet Beetle Adult
Adult Carpet Beetle

We regularly, while exterminating indoor pests here in Phoenix, AZ we often encounter carpet beetle larvae, an insect that is so common we find them underneath most couches and beds inside homes.  They are the hatched offspring of carpet beetles and are normally sparsely found in a home and quite harmless.
The carpet beetle itself is an insect that roughly has the shape of a lady bug, except that it is much smaller and its colors are often lite brown to very dark brown often with spots as in the picture we have included here.  They get into homes by flying in, and generally because of their very small size go unnoticed.

They get their name from their feeding characteristics.  Back when carpet was made of wool, carpet beetle larvae were found to eat away at and damage the carpet. This is because these larvae are scavengers and prefer hair in their diet. Thus the name carpet beetles.  Of course modern carpet is synthetic so they need other sources of food, such as pet hair and scraps of food.

The get into homes by literally flying in.  While in the home they get the chance to lay eggs.

These eggs hatch into larvae, which if looked at closely might roughly remind one of maggots with more hair.  Just as carpet beetles very in size, so do their larvae.  Most are quite small but some get large enough to get your attention when you come across them.  The larvae are scavengers and feed off of organic matter.

Carpet Beetle larvae
Carpet Beetle

We once got called out to a hospice to determine if the larvae under the bed  of a “deceased man” were maggots but we identified them as somewhat large carpet beetle larvae.  They were developing under the box spring due to the dander that was available to them at the edge of the bed.   They were alarming to find, but actually were never “visiting” the occupant of the bed, just scavenging under and around for material they could eat.

We have included a video  here of an interesting variety of carpet beetle larvae. These were found while we were performing a bed bug service and had been developing under a dog bed. The dog bed obviously afforded this larvae a lot of food as well as a safe place to live. Note the reddish color of this rather large variation of this insect.

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We fingered it in the video to demonstrate its slow movement.  We sometimes get calls from frantic customers stating they found what they might consider “bed bugs” under the bed.  We ask them if the bug they found moves more like an ant (kinda fast) or a worm (awfully slow). A slow, hairy (if they can see well enough) wormy like insect is a good description of this harmless creature found in all homes.

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Top 5 “Scariest” Pests in Arizona – Phoenix / Scottsdale Pest Control

In the Phoenix / Scottsdale area pest control techs are constantly dealing with the “Fear Factor.” Some pests just illicit a strong emotional reaction of fear whether they have earned that reaction or not. On this list we’ll take a look at the 5 that seem to bring out the most fear in folks, and at why or why not those fears are justified.

“Scariness” is, of course, a very subjective topic so it makes sense that a lot of folks will have fears of pests that aren’t on the list. Let me know in the comments if you think the list is right or if you’d have put another pest on it instead.

 

“Honorable” Mention: Sun Spiders

An Arizona Sun spider. It’s Mouth parts are a lot like those of it’s distant cousin, the scorpion, except they lack the “arms” that the scorpion has.

I know it’s kinda like cheating to throw 6 pests onto a “Top 5” list but the Sun Spider doesn’t quite make the list. Not because it isn’t scary, as you can see in the pic these huge dudes are the stuff that nightmares are made of. But My list is partially based on how much fear the pests cause and since many people are unaware of them, Sun Spiders don’t cause as much fear as their nasty looks might make you think they do.

Now on the truth about Sun Spiders. Sun Spiders are a completely harmless, ten-legged cousin of scorpions. They have no tail or stinger and their mouth parts do not deliver anything toxic to humans. However, they can deliver a momentary pain in the form a nasty pinch from those mouth parts which are like a scorpion’s “pincers” except without the arms.

By the way, most pest control techs, including myself, consider Sun Spiders to be beneficial to a more natural approach. They pose no threat to humans, rarely enter homes, and eat most of the other pests in the area where they live. So if you see a sun spider on your property, tell him thanks for eating all the real spiders.

 

#5: Rats and Mice

Personally I find Rats and mice kinda cute. But they scare the heck out of a lot of people which is why they made the list.

The truth? They have the capability of carrying diseases and other pests, like fleas. Many people know that the “Black Death” or Bubonic Plague of the 1300’s was spread by rats carrying infected fleas. Mice also can carry bacteria and viruses. of course these days that’s less of a worry, but a rat or mouse infestation is still an unhealthy thing to have.

 

#4: Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are the scariest for a lot of folks who have lived with an infestation of these nasty little blood suckers. I know 2 people who were actually diagnosed with PTSD from their experiences with bed bugs! It can really mess you up knowing that while you sleep your blood is being eaten by dozens of bugs.

But do they pose an actual danger to humans or is the scariness mostly perception? It makes sense that because they drink human blood that they would be good transmitters of disease, however a simple fact prevents this from being the case. Scientists have found that bacteria and viruses do not survive inside bed bugs for long, so they lack the ability to transmit disease.

It should be said, however that in very extreme cases a really bad bed bug infestation can cause enough blood loss to make a person anemic, and thus give them all the health issues associated with anemia. Either way, a bed bug infestation is not something that anyone wants to live with for long.

 

#3: Black Widows

Black Widows are probably one of the most recognizable spiders there is.Most folks know that the red hourglass shape on a shiny black spider means danger. But how dangerous are these mean little ladies?

Black Widows rarely bite humans. Not only do you need to disturb them where they live, but scientists have found that you usually need to pinch them so that they feel like they may get crushed, in order to induce a bite. Since they are a spider that waits for their prey to come to them rather than hunt, they are almost always found in their web. so this makes them very easy to avoid.

That being said, their bites are potentially dangerous. Symptoms are usually limited to pain and swelling around the bite, but can include nasea, vomiting, muscle or stomach cramps, very high blood pressure, fever, chills and sweating just to name a few.

While thousands of bites occur in the US each year, most years pass without a death caused by a Black Widow.

 

#2: Tarantulas

Though at this point most folks know there’s no logical reason to fear tarantulas, they are still giant hairy spiders with huge fangs. I’ll be honest, they scare the crap out of me. But as a pest control tech I consider them beneficial in a more natural approach to pest management.

Tarantulas eat pretty much every pest that I’m trying to kill. and they pose no danger to humans. Usually the only way to get a tarantula to bite you is to apply pressure to its back. Even then, the bite is usually compared to a bee sting with some swelling and itching around the bite. Of course, as with anything that stings or bites, there is the chance of an allergic reaction.

There are no recorded deaths from a tarantula bite. But you couldn’t pay me enough to pick one up!

 

#1: Scorpions

Scorpions, specifically Arizona Bark Scorpions are my top pick for what scares the hell out of the most people. Seriously, if you live in an area where they live, you know the fear I’m referring to. Just looking at them makes one want to skip a night of sleep. But unfortunately they have actual facts to back up the fear.

While most other scorpions in Arizona have relatively mild stings, the Bark Scorpion packs a punch. I’ve had folks tell me as little as “It felt like a bad bee sting” to as much as “It was the most intense pain imaginable and half my body went numb and tingly for a week.” But that’s just the localized affects.

According to Mayo Clinic:

“Signs and symptoms related to widespread (systemic) venom effects usually occur in children who are stung and may include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle twitching or thrashing
  • Unusual head, neck and eye movements
  • Drooling
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Accelerated heart rate (tachycardia) or irregular heart beat (arrhythmia)
  • Restlessness or excitability or inconsolable crying (in children)”

On top of all of that, there’s the chance of an allergic reaction, especially in folks who have been stung before, which can cause anaphylaxis and can sometimes be life-threatening.

But after all the nastyness about the sting and the actual scariness of the scorpion itself, there hasn’t been a death caused by scorpion sting in Arizona for over 40 years. Definitely NOT going to be picking up one of these dudes!

 

If you’re having a problem with any of these nasties…or simply a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Jeffrey

PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

 

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Phoenix / Scottsdale Pest Control – Exterminating German Cockroaches

Here in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area German Cockroach extermination is a constant battle for some homeowners. Not only is it disgusting and disturbing to live with a cockroach infestation, it presents real health risks as well! Roaches can spread bacteria that cause food born illnesses like Salmonella. They can also cause allergies in some folks.

What is a German Roach and why is it a special problem?

German Cockroaches are the little guys that infest kitchens by the hundreds or thousands. There are two main ways to identify German Cockroaches.

  • Their Relatively Small Size
  • The Two Lateral Dark Stripes Running Down Their Backs
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Near full size german roach

The reason they present such a problem is because they are a colonizing insect, which means they work together to protect each other. They also are resistant to many pesticides and can detect repellent pesticides. Use of the wrong kind of pesticides can often make the infestation worse in the long run, causing them to move to new parts of your home.

Countless times I have seen the results of people using repellent pesticides, usually foggers, to try to control a German roach infestation, only to end up calling me in horror after the colony bounces back with a fury in more rooms and bigger numbers!

How bad can the infestation get?

German Cockroaches can multiply very quickly! How quickly? A female will usually lay at least 4 egg capsules in her lifetime, some will lay as many as 8! Each egg capsule will produce at least 30 baby roaches within less than a month! And within 1-3 months thos babies, or nymphs as they are gcalled by us bug geeks, are adults ready to make their own hundreds of babies.This can get out of hand VERY fast!

I have personally seen infestations of German roaches where literally every crack or crevice in the home was full of roaches and couldnt house another! The smell of that level of infestation is also quite off-putting.

To see how a moderately bad German Cockroach infestation looks watch this quick video of an apartment left untreated until the tenants moved out.

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What can be done to stop the infestation from getting worse?

Their are lots of ways to control, or attempt to control a German Roach infestation. Some of the methods involve strong chemicals being sprayed in the affected areas or foam chemicals being injected into cracks, crevices and wall voids. While these methods can be effective, and are even used by us in a few circumstances, it is usually best to try to get the bugs to eat the pesticides.

Baits come in a few different forms. Gel baits are the most common type used. Gel baits can be very effective if applied properly and not rendered useless by the use of repellent sprays. in the same area.

The big downside to gel baits is that they are often an unsightly, gooey mess that becomes hard as a rock and useless as bait after some time.

Bait stations can also be somewhat effective too. The issue with bait stations is that they can’t be placed in all the cracks and crevices that roaches like to be in. The other issue is that the most appetizing things to roaches are tiny particles of food rather than the big lumps inside a bait station.

We have found the most effective method for long term control of German Roaches is a dry powdered bait. it stays edible indefinitely, provides the appetizing tiny particles of food that roaches like, can be cleaned away very easily after control has been achieved, and can be applied in a short time without dismantling a kitchen!

This last point is a huge one for most folks! many people when preparing for a roach treatment of their home are told to remove everything from all cabinets. Then their kitchen is filled with chemicals, to which they return their dishes and food.

German Roach Specialist Bill Stewart says: “Dry dust bait can usually be applied in areas without moving these items and with little to no preparation by the homeowner. And the best part is that the active ingredient is a natural substance! “

Actually the best part is that we have found our method to be so effective that we are able to give a full year long warranty on our German Cockroach services! It really is that good!

If you’re having a problem with German Roaches…or any other pest…or simply a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey West.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks again for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Jeffrey

PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Scorpion Control Phoenix / Scottsdale – How to get rid of scorpions around your home

Here in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area Scorpion control is a constant necessity for homeowners and always a huge portion of what pest control companies deal with on a daily basis. We are always getting calls from frightened people finding scorpions in their homes. Sometimes these folks have been stung and can’t stand the idea of having that happen again.

Scorpions are the Al Capone of the Pest world. They are scary, hard to kill or catch and they can really put the hurt on you! Over the decade I have been involved in the industry I have developed a lot of ways of dealing with these nasty critters and in this article I’m going to share some of my “Tricks of the Trade’ with you.

There are six main ways that I go about dealing with Scorpion infestations:

 

  • Baiting to Eliminate Scorpion’s Food Source
  • Flushing the Foundation
  • Flushing Cracks and Crevices
  • Treating Block Fence Columns
  • Treating Around the Bases of Trees that Scorpions Like
  • Rotating Products Used to Prevent Resistance

Let’s go over Each one Briefly.

 

Baiting to Eliminate Scorpion’s Food Source

Usually the first thing I do after meeting with my customer to get all the information I can about the infestation and inspecting the property is to use a granular bait.

This has two effects. First, it eliminates the bugs that usually eat the bait, specifically Crickets, Ants and Roaches. Second, it eliminates the scorpion’s food source, specifically crickets and roaches.

Scorpions usually only eat live food so they won’t eat the bait themselves, but they eat the bugs that eat the bait and this can be effective too. If a scorpion eats a cricket or roach that has eaten the bait but hasn’t died yet that scorpion can be affected by the bait as well. This is why we call our strategy the “Bait First” approach.

 

Flushing the Foundation

Spraying or Flushing the foundation of the home is one of the most important parts of a scorpion service. The spray used is usually a repellent product so it so it makes approaching your home unpleasant. It also makes it a deadly place for a scorpion to hang out.

When flushing the foundation I always angle the nozzle of my sprayer up a bit in order to get as much as possible behind the weep screed. This gap is often hangout for crickets and since we know scorpions love to eat crickets, we know that we will kill a bunch of scorpions while we are at it.

Also, Scorpions that eat crickets or other critters that have spent time in a treated area will end up ingesting the product, killing them from the inside out, which will kill them a lot faster than waiting for it to kill them from the outside in.

 

Flushing Cracks and Crevices

Flushing cracks and crevices is a very important part of any scorpion control program. Scorpions love tight spaces that hold moisture and are protected from the sun and anything that might want to harm them, like us.

The most common cracks are racks between cement slabs like the one just outside your back door, cracks between bricks or pavers, crevices in damaged cement slabs, the natural crevice that sometimes occurs between a brick or cement slab and grass. These are usually flushed out with a liquid spray or aerosol but can be treated with dust also.

 

 

Block Fence Columns

I usually flush or otherwise treat the columns of block fences. Specifically the cracks that lead into the voids need to be treated in order to kill anything that would want to live in there.

Sometimes I flush it out with my sprayer, but periodically I may use an aerosol and I recommend using a pesticide dust once a year in the fence columns because it makes the inside of the columns very inhospitable.

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Bases of Trees

I like to spray around the bases of trees, especially trees that scorpions prefer, like Mesquites, Palo Verdes, Sycamores, Cottonwoods, and of course Palms. This makes getting onto or off of the tree a difficult task for a scorpion that wants to stay alive.

Like I always say, they don’t call them Bark Scorpions because they sound like a dog!

 

Product Rotation

I try to avoid using the same products to treat for scorpions over and over. This can accomplish two things.

First, It prevents the scorpions in your area from becoming resistant to the particular product. This can become a big problem for the so-called “Spray and Pray” approach to pest control where huge areas are sprayed with the same watered down pesticide month after month.

Second, it provides another mode of killing the scorpions. Different pesticides attack bug’s in totally different ways so it makes sense to have multiple methods of control. One pesticide may dehydrate the scorpion while another may shut down the sodium receptors in their cells.

 

If you’re having a problem with scorpions…or any other pest…or simply a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey West.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Jeffrey

PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!