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Cricket Poo

Cricket Poo can be mistaken for termite activity. Cricket mess under a hand lens appear to have sharp jagged edges. Often black in color while termites use soil and water which when mixed in their poo, used to build tunnels and tubes. I see this kind of activity inside garages on the foundation step up and along foundations outside homes. Termites construct their tunnels over surfaces such as slabs and drywall or 2x4s in homes.

People mistake lots of things as termites, I get calls on Mud dauber soil nest, They build these almost ball looking things which they then pack with incapacitated spiders and then lay their eggs inside. When the egg hatches the little baby larva eats the paralyzed spiders. Termites build little tunnels or tubes about the size of pencils and the little girls make their way throughout these tubes to contain moisture. The arch enemies of termites are ants and they fight if they interact. But you really don’t need either of these two on your property.

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Termites are active in Arizona.

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The first picture is at the tire stop and the termites decided to just continue right on to the wall. The 3rd picture is my favorite, it appears someone decided to paint right over the tube. Maybe they were trying to hide it from the dreaded Termite Inspector (Me), by the way that doesn’t work.

Scorpions can really hide, can’t they?

 All I can say is that block walls retain their heat well into the evening hours in Arizona and scorpions don’t like cold.


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We make it easy for scorpion to live, we almost set up little housing units for them to live in. Then we wonder why we have scorpions, right? So try going out some evening on a scorion hunt, you may learn some interesting things about your property. Maybe you don’t really want to know, but I do think its important to have some idea of the populations of these dreaded pests.

The more you can hunt for and destroy the better off you are!

Seek and destroy! Sleep better.

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