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It’s close to halloween so BOO!



Andon was out this last week doing some pest control treating and surprise, something was out sunning. Even at this time of year we all must be aware that in Arizona it’s still quite warm.

I believe this to be a Arizona Mohave Rattlesnake, from what I hear more dangerous than a Diamondback but luckily he saw hit quickly. The weird thing was that he didn’t rattle maybe a bit too cold 80 degrees.  So be aware of your surroundings always.

Is hiring a unlicensed Pest Control company a good choice?


My list and answer could go on forever on this subject but I ran into a rather good article from Texas on this very topic and thought I would share it.

Texas has an updated online tool to help people make intellegient choices on who they pick to perform pest control services for their homes, families and businesses. Now if you are in Texas here is the link, here are just a few of the remarks mentioned in the article.

Unlicensed pest control applicators might work cheaper but their work can be deadly to families and business employees, officials said Tuesday.

“Unlicensed people may potentially run a higher risk of being unfamiliar with laws and safety precautions and training and practices,”

“Safety and security are important factors when letting someone in your home,”

In Arizona the Office of Pest Management regulates the pest control industry and provides a Consumer link to various and very useful information. They also provide Termite Action Report Forms (TARFs) or a tool to see what termite work was done on a home.


How did Halloween get so scary?






OK really how did all this weird stuff start and how did it come to bear on Halloween anyway? Here is the answer – its because it is associated with the DEVIL and we dress up to make the dead think we are dead as well. November 1st is regarded as a time to honor Saints and Martyrs and the evening before is considered to be All Hallows’ Eve. So from the far corners of our minds and the darkness that resides there, comes the creepy and crawly things like spiders, rats and bats.



I’m always confused about this – are you? Coral Snake or Lookalike…





I saw this on FaceBook and thought maybe just maybe if I shared this little saying – somebody would remember it and take care. So maybe print this off and save it someplace that you can see it often to remind yourself. Or better yet, “Don’t touch anything without knowing what it really is”.

So has anybody watched that show called “Snake Salvation” – “They shall take up Serpents” Mark 16: 17-18

I know your not ever to talk about Politics or Religion, Politics would it even matter – I don’t think we can do anything these days about it and Religion – we all have our beliefs. If you want to dance around with snakes who am I to say no, honestly I wouldn’t do it but hey that’s me. What I will do is come to your home or business and with a very long snake grabber, grab and take away the snake.

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Don’t kill snakes they provide a valuable service by eating and keeping rodent populations in check.

Somebody is becoming quite the eating machine.



Our resident and pet snake has decided to be more of a pig recently – she will eat every day if I fed her that often. I fed her twice within the last few weeks and she is content to eat and shed often. She came to us about 5 years ago, from a linen store here in Phoenix. They thought she was a rattlesnake because she mimics the tail vibrating – she is a Gopher snake. This picture above is rather unusual in that she decided to eat the rodent back to front, normally they go after the head and then swallow.

Holy rattlesnake – Batman!

POW, CRACK  – actually it was more like JUMP, Heart races and loose control of my —–


One of my first encounters with a rattlesnake, probably 5 1/2 to 5 foot and probably stood up at least a foot. Scared me – I guess it doesn’t matter if you have never heard that sound or not but you are likely never to forget it.

This is what happens when we don’t think!

This is what happens when we don’t think!


How many times have you heard someone get tired of a pet and just discard it. Its a shame and really should be against the law, consider the pet and make a common sense decision. How long will it live,  the larger cockatoos can live 30–70 years depending on the species or occasionally longer and Cockatiels can live for about 20 years and is that a commitment you have time for?

Well anyway back to the actual story for the home seal – 18 ft 8 inch Python (Associated Press) recently caught in Florida and weighed 128 pounds. This new Python exceeds the old one by an inch. The speculation is that during a hurricane a building was destroyed and the snakes got loose. But you hears stories similar to this frequently, sometimes even the giant alligator in the NYC sewers.

If you can no longer take care of the pet please do some homework there are usually shelters and rescue groups that will help. My best friends in Ohio take care of foster dogs  and both of my dogs are rescues.



Oh oh Demon dogs….

What am I, Exterminator, Public Health Professional or Conservationist?

What am I, Exterminator, Public Health Professional or Conservationist?


I caught a story on USA Today on conservation regarding the Royals, Prince Charles and Prince William on their work with different charities and international law-enforcement and wildlife groups to propose a global partnership in stopping the $15 billion illegal trade in endangered wildlife.

While I do not profess to be saving large animals, we don’t always kill things. This last week I encountered two snakes and we moved one of them. The first was a very large Diamondback rattlesnake     probestpestmanagementIMAG0418 and then up next to the building was this smaller but just as deadly Sidewinder IMAG0421


We left the Diamonback alone but we relocated the Sidewinder, our mission is to reduce the food source and hopefully the snakes will move on. So it’s not always kill, we sometimes are able to move the honeybees or snakes to another location. We just have to learn to live with or work around the pest issues.


Interesting photo – ProBest Pest Management!

Interesting photo – ProBest Pest Management!

Merry Christmas!

Every once in awhile you run across something unique and the picture is worth a thousand words. This is one of those pictures.


photo snake skin

photo snake skin

photo 1 snake skin

photo 1 snake skin


Snakes shed their skin to grow and discard this skin by brushing up against something rough scratching the old skin into peeling. We in turn shed our skin piece by piece, small flakes just fall off as we grow. Did you know that spiders and scorpions shed their skin as well. Sometimes you will see what you think is a dead spider in a web and it’s actually a shedded skin. We have a tarantula at the office and it is a freaky site to see when it sheds its skin. It turns upside down and pulls itself out. A spider can actually regrow a leg if one is lost. As I said freaky. This was probably the case here with the architecture of this building, rough edges creating the ability to start the process of shedding. No idea what type of snake this could have been, but we run into snakes all the time in the field. Just remember they were here before us and we need to use caution when in their area possibly hiking or camping.

Snakes eat a lot of small prey including mice, rats and rodents in general. So they can be a benefit to us, in that they can keep the population of rodents down.

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