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EndZone – coming soon – Bye Bye flies.

The EndZone Insecticide Sticker starts to kill filth files in less than one minute after contact, with up to seven months residual action indoors and four months of residual action outdoors, when protected from rain, excess moisture, dirt, dust, and filth. (Video by FMC)

What is wildlife control?


Most of us enjoy the occasional wildlife that we encounter but without some form or measure of keeping them at bay, we might have a bad encounter. You see the shows on TV where someone decides to take a picture of some creature and the creature feels threatened and attacks. It is never by the way that lone little bird, it is the Grizzly Bear that people want the picture of. Bears can run fast so unless you have a friend with you, that bear will catch your but and eat you. That therein lies the problem – they are animals and wild creatures.

I had a friend whose family raised a raccoon and this raccoon was still wild and got into trouble frequently. I’m reminded of this as we encounter wildlife in our day to day work. It is impossible to know for sure but these animals don’t know the difference between your home and a tree. It also becomes a problem when we feed them, then they become accustomed to handouts. One of my favorite little spots to visit is Monetzuma’s Castle and they used to have squirrels until one day when a squirrel bit the hand that was feeding it.The squirrel just sees the food and if isn’t given the food in a manner that it is used to it lashes out and bites.


This also applies to letting a wild animal live in your home or shed, birds and other wildlife carry parasites and once the animal is gone where are the bugs going to go? Wild animals also carry fleas and ticks and the same applies, they will seek out a new food source and that could be you. So don’t allow animals to live in your attic, if you hear something it is time to investigate.


What won’t termites eat?

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Termites don’t eat concrete or plastics, but they will build over it and many other products. There was a few years ago some type of foam which was filled with concrete and it always worried me as in my opinion it was just a space in which they could build a tube.

Garages are well known for termite activity, I guess when build it is the last concrete poured and who knows want went on after the pretreatment. That story for another day, but I find termites in garages often and this is not always what I find but it is interesting. Since the expansion joint is visible in the garage, this is what you look for when performing a termite inspection. Mud tubes or tunnels coming up the foundation wall into the structure, are often visible unless you have storage against the walls which most people do. So the lesson here is not to obstruct the expansion joint, better said than done since the garage is the catch all of our lives.

I recommend a yearly inspection which is free from ProBest unless it is for a sale of a home or business for termites if you live in the South or Southwest and if you notice anything that looks like mud inside the home call Professional Termite Company ASAP.

Do you have Solar on your roof?



Those pesky pigeons just won’t quit will they? You decided to upgrade and put Solar on the home and know they have taken up under the Solar panels. This is the fix to getting those birds off your roof. Once pigeons have decided to make your roof their home they won’t ever give up unless you make them move.

Why won’t pigeons leave?

  1. They are generational – if born on your roof they will continue to think of your home as their home.
  2. They want and need the same things you and I want – food, water and shelter.
  3. They prefer to have their backs against a wall, gives them an advantage over birds of prey.

Thanks to Bird Barrier for this photo, call ProBest Pest Management to help solve those bird issues 480-831-9328 or 623-414-0176.

Fly traps or fly bait stations – get them before they get in.


Have  you ever noticed something annd couldn’t quite figure out what it is? This might be one of   those cases, just below the screen at a fast food restaurant  you notice the plastic box. Its actually for flies, the flies are attracted to a bait and go itno the box and eat the bait and fly off and die.


The EZ-Strike Fly Bait Station is a tamper-resistant with key fly bait station featuring medical grade plastic. It is designed to allow light into the station. EZ-Strike can be easily installed around dumpsters, fence lines, fast food restaurants and harborage areas. The EZ-Strike is a convenient size, mulitple colors and has a tray that slides quickly into place. The tray can be loaded with the bait of choice, and the easy-entry key add to the formula that makes emptying, cleaning and maintaining by a Professional Pest Management company this fly bait system is efficient and cost effective. This system attempts to get to the flies before they make their way into your home of business. 

Africanized Bees swarm more often, is this strange?



Africanized honeybees have become the dominant type of honey bee for beekeeping in Central America and in tropical areas of South America due to them outcompeting the European subspecies, and there are claims that they have improved productivity.

Tends to swarm more frequently and go farther than other types of honey bees. The swarm above was very limited maybe 50 bees.

Defends its nest agressively, very defensive. May sence a threat from 50 – 100 feet away from nest.

Respond more quickly to a threat, sending more bees if necessary – more bees = the more stings. May chase up to 1/4 mile or more.

Will move nest if food becomes scarce.

What does the future hold for bug eating?



What are the seven (7) insects you’ll be eating in the future, check out this story “7 insects You’ll be eating in the future.” by By Marc Lallanilla, Assistant Editor Live Science.

I think most of us have heard about crickets and watched some shows on TV where someone is munching on a few bugs. The world is fast approaching 8 billion people and sooner or later if have to look at alternatives to the food we eat.

So what have you eaten, bug wise anyway? We do sell them at our DIY/Do It Yourself & Post Office.

The world would be boring if we were all the same, right?


I knew it was just a matter of time for someone to jump all over this eating insect stuff to think it was unethical. Letter: Eating animals, including insects, isn’t ethical.

17 million kids go to bed hungry every night around the world – something to think about.

The part that gets me is when people use any means to justify the end like I’m going to do right now!

Now just strictly taking what the Bible says:

King James Bible – Genesis 1:26
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

When God gave humanity dominion over the animals, it was in order to care for, tend to, and use those animals to their fullest potential in a just manner. At the time that God gave mankind dominion over the animals, humans did not eat meat (Genesis 1:29). Eating meat did not begin until after the Flood (Genesis 9:1-3), and it was at that time that animals started to fear humans. However, although God changed the way we interact with animals, in that they are now “meat,” we still bear a responsibility to care for or treat animals humanely. Human “rule” over animals does not mean we have the right to mistreat or misuse those animals.

There are about 7 billion people on the planet and sooner or later there isn’t going to be enough food. Now I will tell you if I didn’t have access to the type of food I’ve always had – I would eat whatever I could get my hands on, period. Now I’m fine with you if you what to be a vegetarian but frankly I’m never going to be and nothing, nothing you say will ever change that fact.


What’s eating your house?


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There are so many things that can cause you to have those sleepness nights, so worring about what’s eating your home shouldn’t have to be one of those things. So whose got your back? Well,  ProBest Pest Management if you have one of our warranties. The pictures above are just one more reason why wood shouldn’t touch the soil and you should be able to clearly see the foundation slab.

Subterranean termites (western) – live in underground colonies or in moist secluded areas aboveground that can contain up to 250,000 members. They build distinctive “mud tubes” to gain access to food sources and to protect themselves from open air.

Wood Rot – A wood-decay fungus is a variety of fungus that digests moist wood, causing it to rot. Some wood-decay fungi attack dead wood, such as brown rot -is a dry crumbly condition sometimes incorrectly referred to as dry rot in general. The term brown rot replaced the general use of the term dry rot, as wood must be damp to decay, although it may become dry later.

Powderpost Beetles – The term “powderpost” comes from the fact that the larvae of these beetles feed on wood and, given enough time, can reduce it to a mass of fine powder. Powderpost beetles spend months or years inside the wood in the larval stage. Items that can be infested by powderpost beetles include wooden artifacts, frames, furniture, tool handles, gun stocks, books, toys, bamboo, flooring, and structural timbers. If an item is brought into a home this beetle could reinfest the entire structure.

Drywood termites are social insects that live in colonies in sound, dry wood. Each colony consists of offspring from an original pair and cut across the grain while subterranean termites usually go with the grain.



Yep, those cockroaches learn another trick to stay alive!


Most of us learned in our early years that cockroaches would survive a nuclear attack, I know its hard to believe but they have adapted well to us and our ways.


Well it appears that they have learned to avoid some of the sweet baits, which we (Pest Industry) may be using. “Wily Cockroaches Find Another Survival Trick: Laying Off the Sweets” By James Gorman – The New York Times – Science section.

One thing I didn’t notice with the research was that in certain time periods cockroaches prefer different food like proteins and will readily avoid anything sweet. So I think the research will continue and will continue to offer us new products to keep roaches at bay.


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