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Down tubes and termites

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Desert termites – yep these little gals are a bit on the weird side. They look for food  24/7/365 and they build tubes up and down. Instead of having to go back the same route, they go down possibly to save time on getting back to the ground and their source of water or moisture.

Termites are not generally a Do It Yourself pest issue, so call a Pest Management Professional for the best plan to keep them out.

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Earwigs and the real facts:

 

I remember as a kid watching the Twilight Zone and being freaked out by the Episode 60 where the earwing gets inside somebodies ear. (Not sure this link will work for everybody – Hulu) – I was scared to death with this story. Then came star Trek with that giant weird looking earwig thing being put into Chekov’s ear.

  • Earwig received its name due to the myth the earwig would crawl into your ear if you slept on the ground.
  • Those weird looking things on their tail are used as weapons, against smaller insects.They are practically harmless to humans.
  • Noctural, hunting at night.
  • Eat both live and dead plant material and insects.
  • There is no real evidence that they transmit disease or harm humans or animals, despite their nickname pincher bug.
  • Earwigs also have two penises! Both are larger than it’s body and if it needs the second one just in case one of them snaps off!

 

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What do you know about daddy-long-leg spiders?

  • Remember the story about Daddy-Long-legs being extremely venomous. For true daddy-long-legs, the opilionids, the myth is certainly false, and for the daddy-long-legs spiders it is certainly not based on known facts. I found a site that has all the facts UCR Spider Site.
  • In fact, the Daddy Longlegs is not technically a spider, although it is an arachnid.
  • They are among the most widely found spiders in any household.
  • Most spiders mate by use of pedipalps but this one has a penis, which makes it different from spiders.
  • Though they prefer to live in damp climates, they can survive in deserts as well.
  • Commonly known as cellar spiders or harvestman.

Is pest control necessary?

 

Every once in awhile somebody hits me with this statement, I can answer it with just a few short words:

Scorpions

Ticks

and those other occasional pest like mosquitoes, flies and roaches….

 

The statistics are there if you want them. But as I have mentioned often, bugs have killed way more of us than anything else. As I have said numerous times you don’t always have to use pesticides. There are those that would say you never ever should use pesticides. There are times and a place for the use and sometimes it is just cost effective to do it plain and simple. IPM or Integrated Pest Management is the best way – it just makes you think about it in a way that makes complete sense. Use what you have by ways of home-sealing, door sweeps etc and if you must, then use some pesticide. (Always read and follow Labels, SDS and labeling use directions).

Recently the ticks have become unbelievable – sometimes just 100’s in a home. Just a few weeks ago Flagstaff had some issues at a camp –  “Tick-borne disease temporally closes Flagstaff’s Camp Colton“. Maybe they should consider Tick Boxes TCS

I know there are those that think some type of oil will kill everything, they just don’t last and seldom work as a true pesticide does. But again I realize that not everyone will agree but do you have some opinions or facts I’m not aware of?

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A few facts about Dry Rot:

  • Dry rot is the common name for wood destroying fungus and despite its common name ir will generally attack damp timber.
  • Dry rot will only affect timber that is damp, typically affecting timber with a moisture content in excess of 20%.
  • Wood needs 4 things to decay; water, oxygen, food (wood), and favorable temperatures (40F – 015F).
  • It is essential to understand that water is fundamental to the growth and survival of not only dry rot but all wood destroying fungi; wood decay cannot occur, exist or survive without it!
  • Not all wood, wood siding, wood decking and wood trim made from cedar, redwood or other species famous for durability are if fact rot or decay resistant . As a side note termites will eat cedar, I’ve seen them in mulch.
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