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Where will bees take up residence?


We all need to bee aware in Arizona and pretty much all of the South U.S. This is an example of why, this picture is a water meter box and if you look close you will see honeybees going in and out of the entrance . What would happen if children were playing and ran across the lid, or fell on the meter box?



What would happen if you decided to check your water meter box and lifted the lid without seeing the bees, catastrophe well maybe? So please see the checklist below and use caution in and around your home!

  1. Check your home monthly especially in the Spring and Fall, check eaves and roof-line.
  2. Check your property, sheds and storage.
  3. Keep an eye out for meter boxes or electrical boxes.
  4. If a swarm enters your property and alights on a tree branch, wait – they may move. If they go to and from your home, then it is time to call.
  5. Remember bees don’t know a dog house from a tree.
  6. Remember if you decide to treat, you can’t call the bees back once they are excited and upset.

YABBE (yet another bug bomb explosion)


I continue to be absolutely amazed by these stories, for gosh sakes let be careful out there. “NYC fire officials say resident set of 2 sets of bug bombs, causing explosion that injured 12“.

Fire officials say the woman set off 20 canisters Wednesday. On Thursday, she deployed about two dozen more but forgot to turn off a pilot light. The poisonous flammable fumes exploded, shattering windows on three floors. Three people were seriously hurt.

I’m not sure how big this home was but 32 bug bombs in 2 days is extremely dangerous, as is noted by this report. If you have an infestation that requires you to think that 32 bug bombs will be needed – you need more help than those bombs. Call a Pest Management Professional, at the very least to get an opinion. Don’t get me wrong there are times and places to use these devices but please read and follow all directions, PLEASE.




July 4th safety tips, for a safe holiday.


  1. If you do any Independence Day holiday hiking, bring plenty of water for you and your pets, check your pets for ticks when you arrive home. Also keep an eye out for Africanized Honeybees, they might alert you by bumping into you.
  2. No drinking and driving, car, boat or anything else motorized. If you are going to party watch out for honeybees or wasp trying to get into your drink. Good way to get stung!
  3. The sun can do some damage to your skin, wear sunscreen. Some insects may be attracted to some sunscreens so bee aware.
  4. Picnics are great but ants may show up, so again keep an eye out as to where you place the blanket.
  5. Fireworks are nice (ohhhhh, ahhhhhh) you get the picture but mosquitoes may also be out and ready to bite.

So have a great time and join in on the fun and celebrations of July 4th, but be safe and aware.



What is “Community Emergency Response (CERT) Program”

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The City of Chandler Fire Department’s response was to establish a local Community Emergency Response (CERT) Program as part of the City’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and local homeland security response. Our program is nationally recognized and is one the premier programs in the valley.

The Chandler CERT program’s mission is to ensure that disaster preparedness education and information is made available to the residents of Chandler through training and community outreach programs. Our purpose is to increase the knowledge and preparedness of Chandler’s residents by teaching them how to deal with natural or man-made disasters up to 72 hours or until help arrives to assist them.


So your asking yourself, why is Dr. Bug talking about this group? Well I’m glad you asked. This week I gave them training on “Things that bite or sting, or are just plain creepy”. I applaud a group that thinks outside the box, but as a Firefighter or Volunteer you don’t what to get injured or bring things home with you.

So my hat’s off to them for attending the class and as always I’m here to share what I know about bugs.

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