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Send us those bug pictures via email, text or by snail mail.

There are a lot of ways to figure out what that bug may be, there are apps and others who offer many ways of informing you on that bug. We may not have an app but you can still send us that picture – all I ask is that you make it as clear as you can.

Here are the ways to send that picture to us:

480-577-2003 office cell phone – text us that bug

DrBug@callprobest.com

 

and of course you can always send that bug to us at 425 W. Guadalupe Road #110, Gilbert, AZ 85233 (pack it so it would be smashed).

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Don’t welcome those little critters into your homes.

Every day

 

As the weather begins to change, critters will begin to find warmer areas and this could be your home or business.

In our desert environment they will often times build nest near cactus and often times will use those spines within their nest. I never could understand how they could use those spines without getting stabbed.

They will feed on berries, nuts and any type of vegetable material will find water where available including some plants.

So what can you do to prevent rodents from getting into your structure?

  • Fill in any holes around your structure, check at the roof line as well.
  • Check any holes on your property.
  • If you notice a lot of spines or cactus parts, investigate.
  • If you notice rodents feces or a smell in a garage or shed, investigate.
  • And, of course if you see rodents – investigate.

A great idea to prevent pests

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Stored product pest include such pests as Beetle, Moths and Weevils. Another pests that deserves a distinction of menace also includes rodents like mice and rats. I really like the idea of using glass bottles to store products away from the pests that might try to get to them. You get the benefit of reducing pests and you can see what the product is.

Just another great idea that incorporates IPM or Integrated Pest Management.

What do you think about all this rain in Arizona?

To be completely honest I love rain and you’re probably not going to like my reason for it. The rain brings out the bugs and I LOVE it, the termites become more active and bugs in general just love the water opportunities.

So with all this water, what can you do to prevent the inevitable onslaught of the bugs.

  1. Don’t allow stagnant water to gather on your property. This means any amount, I’ve seen mosquito wigglers in a glass bottle on the side of the road.
  2. Don’t allow wood to touch the ground and especially near the house. This includes firewood stacked against the home.
  3. If you notice puddling, fill it in and that also warrants a check on potted plants – they can collect water as well.
  4. If you have a fountain, as long as it is operating it is OK but when it doesn’t work the water can then become stagnant.
  5. Check your foundation slab for termite activity.

Brown Widow spider activity in the Valley

 

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This was a picture from my own neighborhood, thanks Monica and it is a Brown Widow Spider. Sometimes difficult to tell, but you can see some strange markings including that little hourglass. The colorings are different than that of Black Widow spiders, the color of the hourglass can be yellow or even orange and they may also have spots on their top sides. The one thing to note is that the egg sacks are spiky while those of the Black Widow are basically just round shaped.

Always take care working around you home, wear gloves and if bitten call Poison Control 1-800-222-1222

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