So when is the best time to kill a mosquito, is it when they are an egg, larva, pupa or adult? Well the clue is right above, the best time is when they are in the water as larva or pupa. The worst time is when they are adults flying all over the place, then you have to track them down when they are in mode of biting. While they are in the water they are virtually captive within that body of water, we are talking about free standing no movement water. If the water is moving such as a fountain or stream, then the larva or pupa can’t breath – the constant wave action hinders their breathing tubes from functioning.
I prefer the mosquito dunks, bacillus thuringiensis. Can be placed in stagnate or non-moving water with ho harm to other animals. Can be used in known water areas and begin to work when water accumulates. Can be used in flower pots, tree holes, bird baths, roof gutters, rain barrels and many other spots that may hold water.
Well it’s another sign of termites in your home. Did you know? Termites are social insects. Termite colonies can have up to 2 million but in Arizona it’s probably closer to 100,000 I think it’s due to the lack of water. They eat all kinds of wood and anything that contains wood cellulose.
A few tips to keep them away:
- Keep stone or soil away from stucco on house.
- Make sure water including drip and flood irrigation drains away from the home.
- Stack wood away from house.
- Keep bushes trimmed and away from hose.
- Check you home monthly for new critters,
Why yes it is!
So termites work 24/7/365 and they won’t stop until they find food. Even if they find food, their search continues to the next food source. So occasionally they will enter through a crack in the concrete, so you need to look against the wall and inside the house. As always you can always call upon the best to look for these little girls. “Call A Pro… Call The Best. ProBest. 480-831-9328
By the way, now is a good time to look for termites in Arizona.
Look for tubes outside on the foundation.
Look for either drop tubes or tubes coming up from the soil or concrete carpet areas.
I see a lot of tubes in garages, so focus on garage along the outer walls.
Termites build these tubes for several reasons, to protect them from air and sunlight and to protect them predators. They go in search for wood and when they find it they let the others know where the food is. Termites work 24/7/365 and even in the case above they might think they are heading for wood, they won’t find any here so eventually they will give up and move along.
Termites are small about 1/4 inch but it’s their numbers that make the difference, here in Arizona probably between 100,000 and 250,000 all working towards the goal of feeding everyone.
So keep a look outand if you see anything like this please give ProBest Pest Management a call at 480-831-9328
A hole the size of a quarter for a rat and a hole the size of a dime for a mouse, that’s all it takes for them to make it inside your home or business. Have you walked around your home and made an inspection for rodents of bugs? Most people probably don’t think about pests until they are in the home. Then it becomes a crisis, so let’s all take a few minutes to make our inspections or hire a Pest Management Professional.
I have a great offer, send an email to DrBug@callprobest.com for your free E copy of “Ten Tips to keep the bugs out”
So here is the BIG question, are we going to have a cold snap cold enough to freeze the scorpions? Over the last few years we just haven’t had the extreme cold needed to kill them. So this adds to the pressure around your home and if it doesn’t get cold enough none of the prey bugs will die and that gives the scorpions plenty of food.
So what do you do to prevent them from getting into your home?
- Home-seal your house and we are running a special $4 a lineal foot compared to our previous pricing of $6 a foot,
- Pest control to keep their food from going populating crazy.
- Keep harborage areas where they hide down to the lowest possible numbers.
- As always if you have any questions send us a note at DrBug@callprobest.com
Well it’s that time of year again, monsoon and we know what that brings? Yep, its the termites and the bugs and their back. This was found in a bath-trap area under a bathtub. You really have to think about and I often say you have to think like a termite. All they want is food, a good place to hang-out and water – hey that sounds like me. In this case we found termites in a door frame and it didn’t look like they were coming in from the outside foundation. With just a little investigation we located them under the bath-tub in the bath-trap and as I mentioned you have to really think like them.
Below, another tube coming from an interior door way – probably a crack under carpet.
Happy Labor Day
Just hanging out on a tree nearby a home, this moth is home is warm climates. Caterpillars are known as hornworms and the adults may resemble hummingbirds due to their size. Can be found throughout the south as far as Argentina. The adults frequent deep-throated flowers, similar to that which hummingbirds visit.