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3 Tips for Mosquito Prevention in Arizona

If you haven’t noticed, the mosquitoes are back. Mosquitoes tend to annoy Arizona residents throughout the summer, particularly during and after monsoon season.

As we move into October, we’re getting closer to the end of mosquito season, and they seem to be going out with a bang.

So, today let’s talk about the top 3 ways to keep mosquitoes out of your yard, and your home…

Standing Water: Keep standing water off of your property. In October, Arizonans tend to seed for winter lawns. With that winter seen comes watering…lots of watering…which could mean puddles and standing water. It you find that your winter lawn is accumulating puddles, you could be attracting mosquitoes.

Have your local pest control professionals come out to fog for mosquitoes, and have your landscaper come out to check the sprinkler system.

Install Fans on Your Patio: Mosquitoes hate wind. Even a steady wind at 1mph can keep mosquitoes away. So, before you have to call Magic Pest Control to come fog for mosquitoes, consider installing a few outdoor, patio fans. When you’re outside, turn those fans on high and you shouldn’t have a problem with mosquito bites.

Take a Breather: Day says carbon dioxide (CO2) is the primary thing mosquitoes search for to identify food sources. And when your heart rate is elevated, your body produces more CO2. From exercise to drinking alcohol or eating spicy foods, anything that cranks up your metabolic rate will increase your CO2 production—and make you irresistible to mosquitoes, Day says. (Unfortunately, being overweight or pregnant can also up your CO2 output, he adds.)

If you have mosquitoes and just can’t stand it anymore, contact Magic Pest Control. We fog for mosquitoes!!

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The Rarest And Most Valuable Arthropod Species Were Stolen From An Insectarium In Philadelphia

Believe it or not, but there is such a thing as a “valuable insect.” At the moment, researchers estimate that somewhere around 925,000 insects have been described by scientists. However, there could be as much as 30 million insect species in the world, and no fewer than 2 million. There exists as many as billions of individual insects per species. This amounts to a whole lot of insects. Given how abundant insects are in the environment, it is surprising to learn that any insect species could be considered “valuable.” After all, are there really any insect species that could be considered endangered? Well, as it happens, there are many insect species that are categorized as being “endangered,” but not many. Out of nearly 1,300 analyzed insect species, 600 are considered to be in danger of becoming extinct. Therefore, it should not be surprising to learn that there are numerous insect species that are considered rare and even valuable. Many of these rare and valuable insects, and spiders as well, are kept in the Philadelphia Insectarium. Unfortunately, criminals have recently robbed the insectarium, and it was not a small scale heist.

The CEO of the insectarium, John Cambridge, has claimed that somewhere between 80 to 90 percent of the insectarium’s arthropod specimens were stolen. Cambridge believes that this heist was an inside job, and he is not alone, as the police believe that three former employees are responsible for pulling off the caper.

Exotic tarantulas, millipedes and scorpions were among the different creatures stolen from the complex. Not only are the creatures rare, but, according to Cambridge, they are essential for maintaining the proper functioning of the ecosystem. Cambridge also claimed that some of the stolen creepy-crawly specimens were worth as much as 50,000 dollars. Cambridge is hoping that, at least, the bandits know how to properly care for the delicate and endangered creatures.

Do you think that rare insects could be desired for reasons other than their dollar value?

 

 

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Tick-Borne Diseases Are Likely To Increase In America’s Southwest

Tick-Borne Diseases Are Likely To Increase In America’s Southwest

Very few people in America are ignorant of the danger that ticks pose to humans. For the past two decades, Americans have been hearing about public health concerns regarding the increased frequency with which Americans have been falling victim to tick-borne diseases. By now, most people know that populations of disease-carrying ticks are at their highest within the northeastern region of the United States, and it is looking as though ticks may soon gain a comparable foothold over the southeastern region of the US as well. However, many people living in regions that do not see many tick-borne disease cases may consider tick-borne diseases to be unimportant and not worth worrying about. However, studies are showing that ticks are moving into areas that have traditionally remained free from outbreaks of tick-borne disease.

Ticks, of several different species, exist nearly everywhere within the continental US. However, it is only certain regions, namely the northeast, that contain populations of diseased ticks. Most other areas within the US may contain ticks, but the vast majority of them do not carry disease. It is for this reason, and not a lack of tick habitats, that make most of the American population relatively safe from tick-borne diseases. One area that has never seen any significant public health issues stemming from disease-carrying ticks is the southwest US. Unfortunately, this may not be the case for long, as researchers have found that disease carrying ticks are increasing in the southwest, particularly in the state of Arizona.

Researchers have recently gathered a total of 16,000 individual tick specimens from all over the US, including the state of Alaska and the US territory of Puerto Rico. For the very first time in history, researchers have discovered deer ticks within Maricopa and Pinal counties within Arizona. According to researchers, this sudden appearance of ticks in this arid region of the US is due to frequent travel between Arizona and the northeast US where disease-carrying ticks are well represented. In order to prevent tick-borne diseases, such as lyme, from infecting residents of Arizona and elsewhere, travelers must remain mindful of their time spent outdoors in other locations around the US, even if those locations have traditionally been free from disease-carrying tick populations.

Do you believe that lyme-infected deer ticks will eventually gain a foothold in Arizona?

 

 

 

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You Would Not Believe Where Pest Control Operators Have Found Insect Infestations

You Would Not Believe Where Pest Control Operators Have Found Insect Infestations

Many people will have to contact a pest control professional at least once during their lifetime. When your home is infested with termites, roaches or spiders, your best friend in the world is your pest control operator. Although some of you may have made polite small talk with the pest control professionals during past inspections, you likely have no idea what a day in the life of a pest control operator is actually like.

As you probably know, insect pests can infest the strangest of places where you would never expect insect infestations to take form. For example, on one occasion a pest control specialist with the University of Wisconsin in Madison was called to a parking lot over a purported ant infestation within a parking meter. When the pest control professional, Richard Ness, arrived at the parking lot, he found that the parking meter in question had already been shut off, and a few ants were spotted crawling nearby, but not enough to constitute an infestation. The call had turned out to be legitimate, as Ness quickly became bombarded with ants after opening the meter’s service door. In response, Ness used a spray to flush the ants out of the meter.

After taking a moment to closely observe a few of the ants, Ness became convinced that the ants were the notorious odorous house ants. These ants get their name from the coconut odor that they emit when they are threatened or crushed. Ness took a few specimens to be analyzed at the University, and it turned out that his judgement was correct. Later on, during the very same day, Ness was called to a different location where another strange insect infestation had been found. This time the insects were cockroaches, and they had been found in a dorm near the campus. This was a normal call for Ness, but for non-insect experts, this particular insect infestation seems like something out of horror films.

Students within the dorm had been complaining about cockroaches appearing out of nowhere. It turned out that cockroaches had been accessing the building through sewer pipes. According to Ness, cockroaches travel up drains and into homes and buildings when ground water evaporates. This evaporation makes the normally damp sewer pipes relatively dry, which does not agree with cockroaches. In an effort to locate a moist environment, cockroaches will follow the air current that flows up pipes until they arrive within a moist sink or bathtub. So think about that the next time you use the toilet.

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Lawmakers Oppose Funding Into Edible Insect Research

It is probably fair to say that most of the American public is disgusted by edible insect meals. Now, lawmakers in the United States are disgusted by the government funds going into edible insect research. Most Americans want nothing to do with edible insects, so it is likely that they do not want to see their tax dollars being spent on research into eating bugs. This is why lawmakers from multiple states have gone on the record in their opposition to edible insect research being funded with taxpayer money. In fact, some politicians are attempting to pass a bill that would prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars in edible insect research projects.About Pest Control in Phoenix, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek

Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona is leading the charge against federally funded edible insect research. Flake is not opposed to edible insects, but he does not want taxpayer dollars going to startup businesses that specialize in edible insect production. According to Flake, this type of spending is just another example of careless government spending. Flake is not alone, as he and many other senators and congressman are looking to make amendments to a particular House spending package that allows government entities to spend as much as 100,000 dollars on edible insect projects. Flake’s amendment would block taxpayer dollars from going into the hands of edible insect companies.

One business owner who specializes in cricket feed says he has not yet felt the heat from Senator Flake. The California-based business is called Tiny Farms Inc., and it is run by Andrew Brentano, who is currently serving as the company’s CEO. According to Brentano, his business, as well as many others he knows of, has received funding from the USDA with no problems. Brentano firmly believes that federal funding into edible insects is not a waste of money, as edible insects could end up saving billions if it were to displace livestock meat as the primary source of protein for Americans.

Why Are Aquatic Insects Rare? | Magic Pest Control

Why Are Aquatic Insects Rare? | Magic Pest Controlmagicpest-logo

It is obvious to anyone who has aged beyond their toddler years that there exists a whole lot of insects on this planet. Insect abundance is so great on Earth that even the harshest environments that you can think of most certainly contain at least a few forms of insect life. For example, insects can be found in the freezing cold of Antarctica as well as within the scorchingly hot Sahara Desert. Despite the resilience and abundance of insect species, hardly any insects have adapted to live near water. Considering the abundance of both insects and water on this planet, it is surprising to learn that very few aquatic insect species have come into existence.

Around seventy percent of the globe is covered in bodies of water. There exists approximately ten quintillion individual insects inhabiting earth right now. For those who need some perspective on this massive number, it contains nineteen zeroes. Despite this incredibly high number, there only exists around thirty to forty thousand insect types that are classified as aquatic. Of these forty thousand, only one hundred or so actually live within an aquatic environment. According to one marine biologist, there actually does exist many insect species that dwell within or near sources of freshwater, and there is nothing to prevent these same insects from inhabiting the ocean. Despite this, the number of insect species that dwell near or within the ocean is relatively small, and these aquatic insects are not being deterred by the ocean’s salt content. Although very few insect species dwell within ocean habitats, it is not uncommon for insect larvae and eggs to develop beneath the ocean’s surface. However, most of the larvae that develops within ocean habitats possess wings as adults, which could explain why these insects cannot survive in the sea. When aquatic larval species of insects develop into adults, they often experience difficulty obtaining food so far out into the ocean. This difficulty gives insects another good reason to avoid the ocean and other large bodies of water. For most adult insects, water means death.

Have you ever encountered an aquatic insect while swimming for recreation

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How To Know If The Wood In Your Home Was Damaged By Termites Or Ants

How To Know If The Wood In Your Home Was Damaged By Termites Or Ants | Phoenix Pest Control Experts

Termite damage is not always easy to recognize, and they are not the only wood-boring insects that exist. Upon noticing unexplained damage to areas of structural wood, you should first have a termite inspection conducted immediately in order to prevent irreparable damage from occurring. When it comes to wood-boring insects, termites are the last insects that you want infesting your home. When compared to other wood-boring insects, termites cause the greatest degree of structural damages. When a home’s structural damages become extensive enough to clearly indicate a termite infestation, the damage can sometimes be irreversible. Although termites are destructive creatures, they cannot render a home unlivable within a few days; instead, homes become structurally compromised only after long periods of destructive termite activity. Many people whose homes are protected by termite barriers and insecticides may still notice structural damage that indicates a termite presence. When this occurs, many homeowners may assume that they had been ripped-off by a shady exterminator who failed to install effective anti-termite barriers. However, it is far more likely that another type of wood-destroying insect is responsible. Termite poisons and repellents may not be as effective at killing other types of wood-boring insects, this is why it is important to understand the difference between termite damage and damage caused by other forms of destructive insects.

In addition to termites, carpenter ants can also cause damage to the wood in people’s homes. However, only termites are capable of causing damage that is extensive enough to render a home unlivable. No other type of insect can destroy a home’s structural integrity. One difference between the two insects is the type of wood that they are attracted to. Termites excavate wood that is intact and free from rot, such as timber and tree stumps. Carpenter ants, on the other hand, are attracted to wood that has already sustained damage, whether it be from rot or fungus. Carpenter ants, like termites, leave behind noticeable amounts of wood-shavings since they do not consume the wood that they excavate. Although termites consume the wood that they excavate, they can also leave behind wood shavings, albeit far less. In cases where wood destruction makes it hard to determine the type of insect pest responsible, you can instead attempt to locate the insect culprit yourself. Termites and carpenter ants are the same size, and they both swarm. These similarities can make the two different insects hard to discern, but termite workers are pale-colored, and nearly translucent, while carpenter ant workers are reddish or dark in color. Since termites consume wood, they often remain unseen within hollowed sections of wood, but carpenter ants can often be spotted foraging for food within people’s homes, as they do not consume the wood that they excavate from structural timber.

Do you know of any other type of insect species, besides termites and ants, that are capable of inflicting damage to timber structures?

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Pest Control Q & A

Phoenix Pest Control Q & A

What makes homes attractive to pests?

Pests are attracted to food, water and shelter. Exclusion techniques and removing food and water sources will help deter pests. Simple measures such as keeping food in sealed containers and cleaning up after each meal to avoid leaving crumbs can help. Fix leaky pipes and drains to ensure that if pests do get in, they won’t have ideal conditions in which they can thrive.

How do pests get into homes?

Pests enter structures through cracks and crevices around windows, doors, along foundations, ripped screens, uncapped chimneys, and also through holes where utilities enter a structure. Firewood, groceries, and other deliveries can carry pests in, too. Seal any openings with silicone caulk or steel wool, and to avoid hitchhiking pests, examine packages thoroughly before bringing them inside.

Where are pests most likely to settle in?

Pests have direct access to basements and attics through roofs and foundations, so they should be kept well ventilated, dry, and clutter-free. Also, because of the concentration of food and water, kitchens and bathrooms are other common areas.

What should I do if I have an infestation?

Despite even the best efforts, pests can still find their way inside. If you have a pest problem or need advice on how to better pest-proof your home, contact a qualified and licensed pest control professional, like Magic Pest Control.

For more information on common household pests, please visit www.magicpest.com

You Would Not Believe How Creepy Some Of The Insects In Your Backyard Can Be

You Would Not Believe How Creepy Some Of The Insects In Your Backyard Can Be

When it comes to finding terrifying, bizarre or even dangerous insects, you do not need to travel to Australia. In fact, your own backyard likely contains bugs that you would never imagine existing in your region of the world. For those of you who are creeped-out by insects, knowing which insects dwell within your own yard could keep you up at night. Insects like bed bugs, termites or stinging insects may be near your home now, but these are insects that every American is well aware of, and prepared for. Most of the insects in our yards may not be considered pests, but you would not want to keep them as pets either. Assassin bugs serve as a good example of one of the many more unsettling insect species that are commonly found near people’s homes.

Assassin bugs are intimidating looking insects that are made to terrorize smaller insect species. These bugs have tubular mouthparts extending from their heads, which they use while ambus

hing their prey. Assassin bugs are effective predators, as their oversized front legs allow them to form a tight grip on the bodies of their insect prey. After suddenly appearing out of nowhere, assassin bugs inject their prey with salivary excretions in order to prepare them for consumption. Although these insects sound frightening, they are harmless to humans. These bugs are actually quite beneficial to gardeners, as they kill numerous insect pests. These common yard insects can grow to be an inch and a half in length, and they should be welcomed into you yard for the pest control services that they provide.

Another insect that sounds intimidating is the cicada killer. This insect is technically a wasp species and it can grow to the rather large size of two inches in length. These wasps, as their name suggests, capture cicadas in order to plant their eggs within their bodies after killing them with venom. The larva will waste no time consuming the cicada corpse upon hatching. Although these wasps are common in residential areas, they are relatively slow to sting humans when compared to many other wasp species.

Have you ever found an exotic looking bug within your yard that you would have liked to have identified?