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Vinegaroons

Vinegaroons

It is amazing to me to find insects that are so weird but useful to the environment. Vinegaroons rarely ever bite people, usually only biting people when they feel threatened. Vinegaroon bites, are not poisonous, but can still be quite painful, especially due to the acidic spray released by this spider. They are classified in their own unique order arachnid which includes ticks, scorpions and spiders. They tend to freak people out due to their often strange appearance and claw-like appendages. People call them whipscorpions, solifugids, sun or wind scorpions  and spiders but weird looking is the common name.

 

They hunt at night are carnivorous and emerge from holes to look for prey, which is crickets, earwigs, millipedes, cockroaches and other small things. I find them often in water meter, electrical boxes and damp areas. You can find them under tree bark, rocks and debris in yards. They get to be about 3 and 1/2 inches long, generally black and live about 4 years. Their lifecycle is about 4-7 years and pretty much live a solidary life. They also inhabit the areas of North America like Arizona and Mexico. They have eyes but their vision is limited.

As always please wear gloves when doing any yard work or garage work. Don’t collect stuff in piles in the yard and of course don’t stack stuff against the home or business.

Alleyways

Alleyways

Alleyways

Alleyways, side streets all pose a risk of trash buildup, which allows all kinds of scavengers a chance to feed. Birds, opossums, raccoons, rodents and feral animals will somehow always find a way to get the food. Pests including cockroaches, flies, earwigs and ants will find the food and carry it away. All in all its better to keep the areas clean, but we know our neighbors, right? We also know that all of these pest pose a significant threat to the Public Health, they carry disease and other pathogens. These  pathogens can cause stomach issues and affect us in many ways. Don’t get me started on flies, yuuuuuck. One minute in the garbage the next on your steak – throwing up and licking it up. Did I mention yuuuuuuuck. Even in the winter here, those bins can be nasty.

So what can we do?

  • Keep those areas clean, clean them frequently. Even if your not in an alleyway, keep it clean.
  • Keep the garbage lids down.
  • Recycle what you can, food can go into earth type recyclable bins and later into gardens.
  • I suggest bagging it, they have recyclable bags as well.
  • There are products like fly bags (they smell but if in alleyway its better) there are baits and things you can use near the trash sites.
  • Remember that fly can be in your house super fast, while it might take a few hours for the roach to make it there.
Garage Trim

Garage Trim

Garage Trim

The garage trim is an important feature in your home, its supposed to keep out stuff. Mice, bugs etc come around a corner and quite possibly find an easy way in. We feature a wide variety of home-seal techniques to keep the bugs/rodents out. Storm Shield is just a easy way to keep rain and bugs out, it compresses against the garage trim to make a seal. Over the years of living in a home, things wear out and need replacing. Door seal, window seals and even weep screens need checking. We also install Garage Door Rodent Guards, they adhere to the bottom of the runner/plastic trim on garage seals. They deter mice/rodents from gnawing at the base and gaining entry.

Wildlife & birds

I had a customer call once with a skunk inside the garage, I really thought it would just mousey on but it didn’t. They had left the garage door open and it decided to take up home in a cabinet. We had to trap the skunk, it wouldn’t leave. But is wasn’t before it decided to squirt one day, then they had to leave the door open. It even permeated the house, yuuuuuck! Birds and wildlife can also build nests in the dryer vent exhaust, we clean them and install a device to stop them from building or getting inside.

Wasps

Wasps

Wasps

Did you know they are almost all female, the original wasp builds the first paper nests and starts laying eggs. The initial generations then start helping Mom, they tend to all the duties and Mom is available to just lay eggs. I will tell you that I think they are the most vicious in general of the stingers out there. They always seem to give you that look, if you get close. I’ve encountered Bald-faced Hornets (ground type) and even they weren’t as nasty. I also think the toughest wasps are those in bushes, you can’t see them and they attack without warning. A friend in Ireland had some issues with wasps, check it out?

Did you know?

  1.  Only the females have stingers.
  2.  Wasps can sting multiple times, not honeybees.
  3.  They hunt and eat almost every kind of insect.
  4.  No they don’t create honey, they feed their young meat.
  5.  They eat a lot of insects that might damage agricultural plants, the food we might eat.
  6.  No matter how many wasps are in a nest, only 1 is the Queen.
  7.  Wasps are social insects like ants.
  8.  Near the end of summer some eggs start forming into fertile Queens with some males, they then over winter and start again
  9.  There are over 120, 000 species of wasp worldwide.
  10.  They come in lots of colors.

 

50% Off

50% Off

50% Off

 

Have you seen those offers for 50% Off, just what are you getting? You don’t know where they started and what they really want except your business? How about a plain and simple number $45 anytime you call for pest control (under 2000 square foot home, not included termites, German roaches  honeybees, gophers  and or bedbugs). Just plain and simple $45 for monthly, every other month or quarterly.

Are they charging you more for every other month and quarterly, WE DON’T so why should you continue paying those higher fees. Call us and see what options we have for you, check us out on the BBB site

You know exactly where you stand, no 50% off, no initial fees – and here is what we do each and every time.

  1. Come to your house and check in with you, with a Webber broom in hand.
  2. Backpack spray around the bottom of home, block walls and anyplace we think bugs may hide.
  3. Granulate if necessary or use products for outside ants.
  4. Use a hand duster to put DE or dust into cracks and voids.
  5. If you’re home, treat garage and  check back with you. We will email you a service slip.
  6. We will advise and make written notes on anything that you might need to know, water leaking etc. Or bring to your attention any other bug/wildlife issues.

ProBest is here when you need us, “Call A Pro… Call The Best. ProBest! 480-831-9328 or 623-414-0176

ProBest handles rodents, termites, honeybees and removal, Pocket Gophers, birds, wildlife and weeds. For all your Pest needs just one call does it all. 480-831-9328 or 623-414-0176

Pest Control Pricing

Pest Control Pricing

Pest Control Pricing

Every pest control company has a different pest control pricing and I like this. This gives you the customer an option to choose what works for you. I never did understand the difference in charging more for Every Other Month (EOM) versus Quarterly (QTR). So does anyone do more or do they hope the pesticide last longer? Some companies charge a lower price monthly but only service Every Other Month. You’re still only getting 6 services, and technically you are paying the EOM price.

So I had that epiphany, only charge the monthly price on everything we do (less than 2000 square feet) so here’s how it works

1-time service $45

Monthly service $45

EOM service $45

QTR service $45

disclaimer – less that 2000 square feet and not including German roaches, honeybees, bedbugs or termites. So if you’re paying $76 for EOM call ProBest, if you’re paying $105 and anything higher than $45 call ProBest.

ProBest is almost 40 years old 1981  to present, AAA+ rating BBB, member of Arizona & Nation Pest Management Association, QualityPro Public Health, Schools and GREEN, 2 staff members Associate Certified Entomologist from Entomological Society of America. All employees are CrimShield certified, background checked yearly. Licensed by the Arizona Department of Agriculture Office of Pest Management

 

Pest Control Maricopa

Pest Control Maricopa

Pest Control Maricopa and a few extra area, including Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Gila Bend, Florence and Coolidge. We cover the entire Valley and sometimes depending on the issues the outskirts. The great thing about us, is that we handle downtown to rural. From Bees to Termites and of course everything in between like snakes and wildlife.

We just don’t kill things, we can often times figure out how they are getting in. The key to pest control is IPM and you hear me saying that daily. If you fix the problem outside before they enter the home, this often times cleans up the problem. Caulking and home sealing is essential in keeping out rodents and pests. Pest Control Maricopa County and all the towns, cities, villages and non-incorporated areas, are covered by our pest and termite services. Since 1981 we have worked hard to be the Professional you need to care for your home and family.

Maricopa County is the largest country in Arizona founded in 1918 and recently celebrated our 100th in 2018. Interesting to note there are approximately 4.5 million people as of 2019. So from 2000 there were 3,072,149 people, 2010 there were 3,817,117 people. That is over 1.4 million in 20 years, some pretty good growth and lots of opportunities in new endeavors and work. We do occasionally have issues with wildlife, moving into areas that previously they were not in. But as we do more construction we move them around.

So if you’re in need of any type of pest control service please check us out at 480-831-9328 or 623-414-0176 ProBest Pest Management www.callprobest.com – Pest, Termite, Rodents and Weeds

 

On demand Pest Control

On demand Pest Control

On demand Pest Control

 

Are you a snowbird or travel throughout the year, how would you like an on demand service? Whenever you call, we go. Or you can pretty much set it up any way you want the pest control done. The bugs don’t go away just because you did, hey are always looking for that door into your home.

On demand Pest Control – I’ve noticed lately people are getting quite inventive on pest control selling. One item I noticed this week is that they tell you its only $25 monthly but then they say we are only going to show every 3 month – total = $300 so don’t get duped into signing a contract when ProBest service is $45 any way you want it. Quarterly or Qtr Pest Control with ProBest Pest Management is $180.

Some companies also upsell the Every other Month and Quarterly saying they take longer but you can only do so much. Scorpions require some extra work and Quarterly service based on how long the chemical last, how much sun it gets and if anything is digging up dirt may not work. Stay tuned for a product that may help with all this. I’ll post as soon as I can reference to this product.

We also carry a product that keeps the drains in your home from evaporating. Sewer gas Solutions. The other reason with our service is that we may see things others aren’t looking for, like honeybees. I have run across a burst water line in backyard, water meter boxes leaking and tons of water issues under crawlspaces. On demand any time and anyway you want it, we may make suggestions of effectiveness but always so you are well informed. Remember WE KNOW BUGS! 623-414-0176 or 480-831-9328

Adult Antions

Adult Antlions

So what are Adult Antlions? Have you ever seen those holes in dry sand? It resembles the Sarlacc from star wars fame. It first appeared in the film Return of the Jedi (1983) as a multi-tentacled alien beast whose immense, gaping jaw is lined with several rows of sharp teeth. As a child I would dig up them up and watch the tiny little lion use its jaws, then put it back and feed it an ant.

Its amazing to me that this little thing becomes a huge winged bug. I guess that some insect species, are way to cool for their good. Like the  caterpillar to butterfly and dragon fly nymph to dragon fly. Some cool creatures are out there. I really love those jumping spiders – the ones that are the size of a dime and multi colored. There is one called the Peacock Jumping Spider by Jurgen Otto that is so colorful, even has a tail appendage that is bright just like a Peacock. There are also those creepy things that go bump in the night, Zombie spiders (I’m kidding) no such thing. But the movie Arachnophobia (scary), freaks me out every time I see it.  We all have those things that scare us, maybe its rodents or maybe spiders. Adult Antlions are the adult version of the small predatory antlions that wait for their victims. Adults just feed on nectar and pollen so be careful out there if you fall in their hole jk not that big. Now if you ran into the Sarlacc, that would be something that could get you…

Scorpion glass

Scorpion glass

Spray-on glass

Scorpion glass – One of my strong traits is that I love new technology. I read the current Pest Control magazines like Pest Management Professional and Pest Control Technology. I ran across a product that I definitely think is a game-changer to pests in your home or business. So let’s step back a few years – a company was going to install glass on your slab visible under the stucco. I thought this was too labor-intensive and posed some issues with dirt sticking to the glass and where it connected together.

This week I came across a product from ScorpionRepel.com – I loved this premise. This is a glass-like spray, applied to your slab, and partway up the stucco depending on slab, which prevents scorpions from climbing. They further indicated that they could spray into the garage and below any doors. So far approximately 250 homes have been treated with very good results. No staining, clear which won’t yellow and won’t damage your paint. It will stick to any material such as bricks, metal, and stucco. If it is painted over it needs another treatment and treatment is expected to last about 3 years.

Benefits:

  • In conjunction with pest control, Scorpion glass can reduce scorpion and prey food.
  • Home-sealing is another avenue to take
  • The scorpion stays in the treated pesticide zone longer.
  • More work can be performed in areas that bugs hide and reduce whole yard spraying.
  • In line with current standards of IPM – Integrated Pest Management 
  • Lasts 3 years
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