American Cockroach Phoenix Roach Control

Roaches are very small pests that will infest your home if not controlled. They are very small pests that can reproduce very quickly. There are four main cockroaches that will infest a home: the Brown Banded roach, the German roach, the Oriental roach, and the most common; the American roach or sewer roach.


The four different types of cockroaches will all vary in size and shape. The Brown Banded and German roach are the about the same size; or 1/8 of an inch. The coloring of both cockroaches is very similar. Both roaches are a light tan to light brown color. On the other hand, the Oriental and American roach are bigger in size; about 1 inch long. The coloring is as very similar. They are brown to a dark drown; almost black color.


The type of cockroach will greatly determine where a roach will live. The smaller Brown Banded and German roach will live in warm dry places; like where the hot water heater or dryer will be. The Oriental and American cockroach will live more in dark wet areas; like washers, and sinks. When roaches find what they like, they will infest the area and take over if not exterminated.


The best way to control roaches is to have a company like Bug Guardian Pest Prevention come out and treat for them.

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black widow dangerous spider

There are literally thousands of spider species in North America, all of which are important parts of a healthy ecosystem. While most pose no threat to humans and pets, there are a handful of species that are considered pests and can cause serious health problems or death. Here are some of the most common dangerous spiders and what to do about them.


black widow dangerous spiderWidow spiders (Latrodectus) are members of the comb-footed spider family and can be identified by their messy, tangled webs. The black widow is the most familiar widow species and is typically found in the American South and Southwest. However, there are also other varieties of the black widow that can be found in Northern states. Two other widow species, the false widow and the brown widow, are also located in many portions of the country.

All but the false widow posses the characteristic hourglass pattern on their undersides. Interestingly, only the females are dangerous. The small, drab-colored males are harmless. That said, any pest control company will tell you that the female widows bite can cause serious problems. These include severe pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches and severe muscle cramps. In small children, the elderly and those with compromised immunity, the bite can be fatal.


recluse dangerous spiderThe most well-known species in this group (Loxosceles) can be identified by the telltale violin pattern on its head, or cephalothorax. These spiders are mainly restricted to the Southern states. However, there are other recluse varieties in many portion of the US that pose little or no threat. True to their name, recluses prefer to stay hidden and aren’t aggressive.

They’re wandering hunters, which means that they don’t spin webs. The danger of these spiders, while real, is dramatically over-blown. It’s common for people to mistake insect bites, MRSA and certain skin conditions as recluse bites, even when these cases occur outside of the spiders’ natural range.

Even if you live in an area where the recluse population is abundant, few actual bites occur. In one case, exterminators found more than 2,000 brown recluses in a family’s home. In the eight years the family had been living there, not a single bite occurred. Even if someone is bitten, the bite doesn’t always result in infection and necrosis. In healthy individuals, little more than time and an ice pack may be all that’s needed.

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12 Arizona Bed Bug Myths

Arizona Bed Bug

Bed bugs were a blood-sucking insect disappearing altogether in the 1940s and 50s. However, they have made another appearance and they are now living in every state in the country. They live indoors and that means that they can remain prevalent all year long. It is believed that the critters made a comeback due to the lack of information that people had about bed bugs. Learn more about Arizona bed bug myths and what the true story is.

#1 Bed Bugs Fly

Bed bugs actually do not fly. These are wingless insects. Even though they lack this ability, they can still travel fairly quickly covering about three feet (1 meter) per minute by crawling.

#2 Bed Bugs Reproduce Rapidly

Compared to other insects, bed bugs are one of the slower ones when it comes to reproducing. An adult female bug lays about one egg each day. After the egg is produced, it takes 10 days for it to hatch and another six weeks for the creatures to develop into an adult. In comparison, a housefly will lay over 500 eggs in just a four day period.

#3 Bed Bugs Don’t Bite During the Day

It is true that bed bugs are nocturnal insects. However, the daylight is not going to keep them from coming out for something to munch on. If they are hungry, they will come out seeking a meal no matter what time of the day it is.

#4 Bed Bugs Only Live in Mattresses

Bed bugs do live in mattresses, but they also can live on just about any other surface as well. The insects have been found on railings, ceilings, chairs, in suitcases, on trains, and even on animals.

#5 Bed Bugs Come to Unclean Environments

These insects do not care where they live. You can find them in the higher income areas just the same as they can be found in lower income locations. The bed bugs seem to be more common in the denser, urban, lower income locations because of the inability of the people living there to pay for them to be removed properly.

#6 Bed Bugs Travel On People

Unlike lice and ticks, bed bugs do not like body heat. They will not travel with you, but they will travel with your belongings. They will more likely be found in a suitcase, in shoes, or inside of a backpack than on a human body.

#7 Bed Bugs Can Be Sprayed Away

In the past, pesticides were an effective method used to get rid of the bed bug. However, these resilient creatures are resistant to this type of treatment. One way to properly get rid of them is through a heat treatment and fumigation. These can be costly, but well worth it to be rid of the insect.

#8 Bed Bugs Carry Diseases

There have been no cases reported that prove a bed bug can transmit a disease. They can be the cause of secondary infections and they have been found with over 27 different viruses and bacteria in them, but there have been no reports of the bug actually giving a human a disease.

#9 DDT Would Eliminate the Problem

DDT was banned in 1972 and by that time bed bugs were already resilient to the pesticide. DDT would not be effective today.

#10 You Can Eliminate Bed Bugs By Leaving Your House Empty for a Few Weeks

These insects can live up to a year without eating, so leaving for a few weeks is not going to get rid of them.

#11 Bed Bugs are Too Small to See

Baby or nymph bed bugs are only about 1mm long making them hard to see with the naked eye. However, adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed.

#12 You Can’t Get Bed Bugs From Your Neighbors

Bed bugs are very capable of traveling from dwelling to dwelling. It is more likely to get them from a neighbor if you live in a condo or apartment setting, but they can migrate anywhere by crawling.

Bug Guardian wants to make sure that you and your family are safe from bed bugs. Contact us today and we will send out an expert to evaluate and treat your issues as quickly as possible.

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Exterminating Black Widow Spiders in Avondale

Female black widow spider in web

Black Widow Spiders

Female Black widow spiderSpring and summer is when you find an over abundance of spiders around the house. In many instances, at least one of these spiders can be identified as the black widow . The males and females are distinctly different in appearance. The female is shiny black with a bright red hourglass shaped marking on the underside of the abdomen. The female hangs upside down in the web such that the red hourglass faces up. The egg sacs, which contain up to several hundred eggs, are most frequently encountered from May to October. The female typically stays with and guards the sac until the eggs hatch.



Periodically check areas in and around the home where black widows may occur. When discovered they can be most effectively destroyed by crushing or vacuuming the web and spiders.

Exterminating Black Widow Spiders

Black windows can be destroyed with direct contact of pesticides. Spiders do no absorb chemicals through their legs or feet as ants, roaches and other insects do. Bug Guardian Pest Prevention has years of experience exterminating black widow spiders and keeping them from infesting houses throughout Arizona’s East Valley. A monthly pest control plan is created to make sure that your home is protected from these dangerous spiders. Call us today (480) 345-2847 for extermination of black widows with 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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Arizona bark scorpion

Arizona bark scorpionARIZONA BARK SCORPION

Arizona Bark Scorpions are considered the most venomous scorpions in North America, with the number of Bark scorpion sting victims in Arizona alone estimated to be in the thousands each year. These scorpions measure an inch to inch and a half in length, and are a pale yellow in color.

Striped_Scorpion in ArizonaSTRIPED BARK SCORPION

The Striped Bark Scorpion is the most widespread scorpion in the United States. The scorpion is a smaller species of scorpion, measuring a total body length of 1 to 1.5 inches. This species has a powerful sting, which often results in pain comparable to that of a wasp; that can last for several hours. They are distinguished by their orangish brown color, and the black striped that run vertically down its back.

Striped Tailed Wood Scorpion in ArizonaSTRIPED-TAILED (WOOD) SCORPION

The Striped-Tailed Scorpion is sometimes referred to as the Arizona devil scorpion or Wood scorpion. These scorpions measure about two inches in length, are a tan to dark brown in color, and are a little thicker or stockier than the bark scorpions. They infest homes in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Mexico.

*** Note *** Desert Hairy scorpions are also commonly found in the Southwestern U.S., but these scorpions rarely infest homes to the extent of the above mentioned.


Today, scorpions are considered to be one of the most significant pests that afflict millions of residents throughout much of the Southwest United States.

Scorpions prefer the outdoors but will wander inside through cracks in our Arizona homes. In fact, these malevolent stingers can squeeze through cracks as small as a credit card’s width. Once inside, they often make their way into shoes, piles of clothing and beds which, increases the chance of a human being stung.

Seeing a couple scorpions a week in your home would likely qualify as a significant scorpion infestation.

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