Differences Between Wolf Spider and Brown Recluse

Wolf spiders and brown recluse spiders are often confused for each other, due to their similar appearance. However, there are notable differences between the two. Differentiating between these two is important, since while the bite of a wolf spider is harmless to humans, brown recluses are venomous, and can cause tissue damage. As a matter of fact, wolf spiders are also venomous and their bites can sting, but don’t cause any long-term damage.

Location

Wolf spiders are found virtually all over the world, apart from the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. Brown recluse spiders, on the other hand, are only found in southeastern North America.

While living in Arizona you don’t have to worry about brown recluse spiders, though local and easily terminable infestations of the spider have been found.

The Violin on the Neck

brown recluse violin neck

Though other species of spiders (particularly cellar spiders and pirate spiders) have similar markings, it is one of the many traits that can help identify a brown recluse spider, since it clearly differs from the other two types of spiders in superficial visual characteristics. As far as their comparison with wolf spiders goes, the latter don’t have any such markings.

Eyes

Both brown recluse and wolf spiders have contrasting and peculiar arrangements of eyes, which can be used to identify them.

brown recluse wolf spider eyes

Legs

All spiders, being arthropods, have 8 legs. However, the individual design of their legs varies massively between species. In this case, wolf spiders have stockier legs with spines. In contrast, the brown recluse spider’s legs are much more slender, and don’t have spines. Instead, they are often covered in fine hair.

brown recluse wolf spider legs

Color

The color of various individuals of both types may vary, but there is one important identifying factor. The brown recluse spider always has a uniformly-colored abdomen, while the wolf spider’s abdomen has patches and lines in different colors.

brown recluse wolf spider color

Armed with these tips, you should now have no trouble in distinguishing between these two confusing species of arachnids. Remember: Wolf spiders―the spiny-legged, multicolored, eight-eyed, non-violin-marked ones―are perfectly safe for humans, while brown recluse spiders―the hairy-legged, uniformly colored, six-eyed, violin-marked ones―can cause serious injuries, and should be kept at arm’s length.

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Pest Control in Scottsdale Arizona

triggers_pests_lgScottsdale Arizona is not only home of such attractions as the Heard Museum and the Phoenix Zoo, it is one of the top-rated resort communities in the country. Nicknamed “The West’s Most Western Town,” it is also home to a wide array of Arizona PESTS including, but not limited to, scorpions, rodents, termites, birds, weeds and more…

Bug Guardian Pest Control understands Scottsdale Arizona Pests, and has developed unique, environmentally responsible Pest Control Programs to solve your Scottsdale Arizona Pest Control problems.

We don’t rest until we’ve eliminated your last Pest. With 6 days a week service (closed on Sunday, same day service in most cases), and because of our “100% Satisfaction” guarantee, what do you have to lose except your Scottsdale Pest Control problems!

Our Pest Control Program starts with a detailed inspection of your residential or commercial property. Not all pest problems are the same and some can require some very unique strategies to get the problem under control, which is why communication with you, the customer, is so very important. In speaking with you about the types of pests and sighting locations, as well as completing a visual survey of potential problem areas, your technician will then develop a customized plan of attack based on your specific needs.

CALL NOW! Start enjoying your Scottsdale Arizona property again with the peace of mind knowing Bug Guardian Pest Control has you, your family, and your investment protected from Pests.

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Common Phoenix Scorpions

Many people in the Phoenix area assume that every scorpion they come across is an Arizona bark scorpion. That’s not necessarily the case. bark scorpionArizona is home to dozens of species of scorpions. While all scorpions have venom that they might use to capture their prey, not all scorpions have venom that is harmful to humans. Here in Arizona we don’t have the largest scorpions in the world, and we don’t have the deadliest scorpions in the world, but we do have a scorpion with a rather potent venom: the Arizona bark scorpion. At best, a sting from that scorpion can be rather annoying, or, at worst, the scorpion sting can be extremely painful with longer lasting effects. Deaths from scorpion stings are very rare. People who are prone to have allergic reactions to stings, and those with undeveloped or compromised immune systems (the very young and very old), may have strong or severe reactions. Small pets may also have adverse reactions.   Prevent scorpions from ever entering your property by calling Bug Guardian in Phoenix, Arizona. We are your source for scorpion control services.

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Bed Bug Identification and Pest Control

Bed Bug Identification

bed-bug-smallBed Bugs are blood-suckers mostly found in motels or boarding houses where travelers stay overnight. Bed bugs are often found in buildings used to store second-hand furniture or clothing. Bed Bugs do bite … at night. Next morning you may see dots of blood in a line on bed linen. The blood has a sickly sweet odor. Also look for dried blood deposits around cracks in the bed, bed-head, flooring, bedside furniture and mattress.

NOTE: The resulting irritancy of the anti-coagulant chemical around the bite site can be severe, particularly to people with soft sensitive skin. Scratching is difficult to resist but this can cause infection of the bite area. If this is a likely problem, you should consult a doctor or chemist to obtain appropriate medication.

How do Bed Bugs get into beds?

Bed bugs are transported with luggage, clothing and other articles, but not on a person. It is not possible to know if someone is a ‘bed bug carrier’.

Bed Bug Pest Control

A professional pest controller like Bug Guardian should be called to ensure safe and effective removal of a bed bug infestation. A thorough inspection of the area of infestation is carried out before proceeding with control procedures. All potential daytime infestation areas are located and treated with an insecticide purposed for bed bugs.

Do NOT attempt a do-it-yourself pest control solution using a spray on bed-linens or mattresses. Such use could be a danger to the health and safety of others.

Bug Guardian uses specialized equipment with a variety of insecticides formulas depending on the circumstances. In addition to insecticide dusts or sprays the entire area may require treatment using a fogging machine in order to achieve a satisfactory result.

 

What You Can Do

All clothing, bed linen, curtains, fabrics and like items must be washed prior to insecticide treatment. Wrap mattresses in in plastic bags and place in the sun for several hours. Seal gaps in furniture, floor boards and cracks in wallpaper and other such areas where bed bugs can hide during the day time.

After Bed Bug Removal

High standards of  hygiene helps as an on-going preventative measure. The entire premises should be inspected regularly for signs of bed bug infestation. Prevention of a bed bug infestation throughout a building is more likely if regular attention is provided. Bug Guardian can provide periodic insecticide treatment in any commercial lodging situation where bed bug infestation is likely to occur.

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Tips to Prevent Mosquitoes

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To prevent the health risks that can potentially accompany an already-pesky mosquito bite, be sure to follow these tips to prevent mosquitoes: 

  • When spending time outdoors, apply an insect repellent containing at least 20% DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus, and reapply as directed on the label. People who are spending long amounts of time outdoors should also consider wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes to limit exposure to mosquitoes. The main type of mosquito that carries Zika is a daytime biter, so taking preventive measures at all times of the day is crucial.
  • Anyone traveling outside of the United States should be aware of travel advisories currently in effect. Pack plenty of insect repellant and protective clothing. If a person falls ill upon returning home, seek prompt medical attention.
  • Mosquitoes need only about a half an inch of water to breed, so homeowners should eliminate areas of standing water such as flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, grill covers and other objects where water collects.
  • Even children’s toys like buckets and sandboxes can collect water and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes right in the backyard, so be sure to keep these objects water-free.
  • Empty standing water from containers after each rain event
  • Adjust your sprinkler timers to allow enough time for grass to dry out before watering again
  • Check and eliminate places that accumulate water after irrigating your yard
  • Keep fountains operating or drain the water
  • Keep swimming pools treated and circulating
  • Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets and sprinklers
  • Check air conditioning drain hoses to ensure water is not pooling
  • Replace your outdoor lights with yellow “bug lights”
  • Fill in low spots and level areas within retention basins
  • Screen all windows and doors, and patch up even the smallest tear or hole on screens.
  • If there are concerns about mosquito activity on the property, contact Bug Guardian Pest Prevention.

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German Cockroach Prevention in Arizona Restaurants

german-cockroachYour business is important to you as well as the health and wellbeing of your customers and its continued success if crucial. If at any point your restaurant becomes infested with Cockroaches it’s important to have infestation exterminated by a professional pest control specialist in a timely manner.

 

 

Cockroach Information:

Cockroaches are attracted to warm, moist environments. They spend the daytime hours in dark areas such as under refrigerators, stoves, and false bottoms in kitchen cabinets, the backs of cabinets and between baseboards, floors, cabinets and walls. Cockroaches leave these areas at night to look for food and water. If you see cockroaches during the day this may be an indication of a larger infestation and should contact a Bug Guardian Specialist immediately.  By the point of a large infestation any do-it-yourself pest control attempts will be ineffective against a large population of cockroaches.

 

Cockroach Identification:

The only good cockroach is a dead one that’s why the first step to eliminating the cockroach infestation is to determine the type of cockroach present. At Bug Guardian we use our extensive knowledge of the preferences and habitats of each species to provide more accurate and effective control of the infestation.

 

Cockroach Removal:

The first step to any removal method is the sanitation of the area that the roaches are attracted to. Anything that can be done to eliminate the sources of food and water from the Cockroaches home will help to control the infestation.

 

Once sanitation is complete the next step is extermination of the cockroaches. This is done through the use of trapping, baits, insecticides, and dusts. A pest control technician will suggest which method is best for removal and go over your options.

 

After removal is complete we always suggest having a routine pest control maintenance plan to reduce the risk of infestation from cockroaches or any other pests.Cockroach macro

 

 

At Bug Guardian Pest Control, our goal is to help you in the shortest time possible, while resolving your cockroach problems in the most cost effective manner. All of our technicians are professionally trained and our service is a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call Bug Guardian today at (480) 345-2847.

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Arizona Pest Q&A

Arizona is known for having a dry arid climate from Phoenix down to the Mexico border. With that dry climate comes a multitude of pests such as scorpions, spiders, ants and bees. However, here are three common questions that are asked that you might want answers for yourself about Arizona pests.

Q. What makes homes attractive to pests?

A. 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.

Q. How do pests get into homes?

A. 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.

Q. Where are pests most likely to settle in?

A. 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.

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Preparing for Your Pest Prevention Specialist

Arizona pest prevention specialists

Arizona residents wish to enjoy their home without worrying about pests. There are many steps you can take to protect your home, and sometimes this will include calling a pest prevention specialist. Once you have scheduled an appointment for a pest prevention specialist to visit your home, you can take several steps to prepare your residence in order to make their visit as effective as possible. Below we have given several steps to make your home ready as well as some instructions to eliminate specific pests.

GENERAL STEPS TO PREPARE

Routine Cleaning for Pests

Regular cleaning can help prevent pests, but it will also increase the effectiveness of your pest prevention specialist’s work. This should include removing any sources of food for pests. Begin by sealing any open food. Then clear and clean any place food has been prepared or served. You will then want to clean hardwood floors with a detergent and use a vacuum cleaner thoroughly on any rugs or carpets. To maintain cleanliness, keep your garbage in a sealed can and remove it daily. Any loose paper products, toys, clothing, and other items should be put away as they can be places for pests to make their home.

Remove any visible insects or insect eggs. If you use a vacuum cleaner, make sure you remove the bag afterwards, seal it, and discard the bag. After removing what insects, you can see, wipe down and sanitize anything used to remove them. Also, now is a good time to wash your bedding and shake out pillows and cushions on any couches or other furniture.

 

Home Repair and Maintenance

If you water your lawn or use it to clean outdoor surfaces, do not water the lawn or spray down around the house during the day before treatment. If any water leaks or other maintenance issues come up, repair them before the pest prevention specialist comes.

Family Protection

If anyone in your home has special allergies, is pregnant, or is under one year of age, you will want to notify your pest prevention specialist. Depending on the treatment, they may need to avoid the residence during treatment and possibly for an extended time afterwards. Contact your pest prevention specialist before treatment so you can make arrangements. Also, you will want to cover any house plants, baby toys, supplies, or cribs.

Preparing your Kitchen

If the kitchen is an area where you have found pests or suspect them to be there, here are a few extra steps you will need to take. After all food has been sealed, you will want to remove it from any cupboards or your pantry and place it in an area that will not be receiving treatment. Clear and clean the top of any movable appliances, including refrigerators and stoves. Before your pest prevention specialist arrives, pull your movable appliances away from the wall and clean behind and beneath them. You will also want to remove small appliances, such as toasters or microwave ovens, from your counter and wipe the counters.

Prepare Info for Pest prevention specialist

Make note of specific pests and where you have seen them or evidence of them. Make a list of questions or concerns for your pest prevention specialist, including questions about any changes to make after the treatment.

STEPS FOR SPECIFIC PESTS

While the previous steps should be taken for any treatment, the following instructions include ways to prepare for specific pest prevention.

Insect Control Service

The previous steps cover most of the basics for preparing for this treatment. Removing food sources is particularly important because your pest treatment will likely include a gel which the insects will consume. Removing any competing food sources increases the effectiveness of this treatment.

Bed Bug Extermination

Treating bed bugs is one of the most extensive services needed. Prior to treatment, remove all bedding from all beds in the house. Wash all items, including dust ruffles, mattress covers, and sheets, on the hottest water setting. Follow instructions from your pest prevention specialist about when you should use the bedding again. Also, pick up any personal items from the floors around the house.

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Tips To Avoid Stinging Insects In Arizona

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Arizona is home to many different species of insects, arachnids and other pests such as rodents. The desert landscape provides ample materials for these species to survive and thrive in the dry and sometimes overbearing heat. While some of the insects and pests are harmless and fun to observe, there are a few stinging insect species in Arizona that residents should familiarize themselves with and beware of. Three of the most common stinging insects that Arizona residents will come into contact with are bees, wasps and scorpions. Natives to the area are familiar with these types of insects, but if you are new to Arizona, then the first sight of a scorpion can be somewhat traumatizing.

How to Get Rid of Wasps Around Your Arizona House or Swimming Pool

Wasps are one of the more dangerous stinging insects that fly in Arizona. What makes a wasp slightly more dangerous than your average bee is that they have the ability to sting you over and over again, and wasps also tend to be much more aggressive. While wasp nests should never be disturbed, keep in mind that wasps will attack while far from their nests as well. Wasp bodies in Arizona can be multiple combinations of orange, yellow, brown, black and gray. Wasps are often mistaken for hornets in Arizona, but this is not the case. Wasps in Arizona can grow to be quite large and should be considered as a serious threat if they are nearby.

Bee Species Found in Arizona; Western Honey Bee & Africanized Killer Bee

Arizona is home to two separate bee species, the first is the Western honey bee. The Western honey bee is not usually considered a huge threat, and has a mostly docile temperament. The Western honey bee is most interested in producing honey and will not typically bother humans. The other species of bee found in Arizona is the Africanized killer bee, which is also known simply as the killer bee. This species of bee is much more aggressive than the Western honey bee and will swarm in very large numbers. The sting of an Africanized bee is more potent than that of a Western honey bee, so fewer stings can still be quite dangerous, especially for those who have an allergic reaction to stings.

Arizona Bark Scorpions & Desert Hairy Scorpions Occupy Valley Desert

There are two species of scorpions found in the Arizona desert that will leave the hair on your neck standing up straight. The Arizona Bark Scorpion is a smaller species of scorpion that is often found crawling on kitchen floors or in laundry rooms throughout the Arizona Desert. This species of scorpion is quite dangerous due to its powerful sting that causes severe pain accompanied by numbness, vomiting and other miserable circumstances. The Desert Hairy Scorpion is the other species of scorpion in the Arizona desert. While this scorpion grows to be twice the size of the Arizona Bark Scorpion, its sting is not quite as painful.

Wasp, Bee & Scorpion Stinging Insect Pest Inspections, Control, Management & Removal in Arizona

If you come across any stinging insects such as bees, wasps or scorpions or any other pests in or near your home or business, contact Bug Guardian Pest Prevention today and eliminate the presence of scorpions near your home.

 

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Helpful Pest Control Hints for the Homeowner

Glendale Pest Control Solutions

As mentioned on another blog (When DIY Pest Control Won’t Cut It), we believe that the homeowner should let a professional handle their pest control needs. However, there are some things that a homeowner can do to help the pest professional keep their home pest free.

Many pest control applications create a chemical barrier between your house and the outside in order to keep insects from coming into your house. Trees, bushes, and vegetation that come into contact with the house can allow ants and other insects to bridge the chemical barrier. Thus, we recommend that homeowners trim trees and bushes so that the leaves do not come in contact with the house. We also suggest that the homeowner keep their lawn trimmed around the house in order to reduce the insect activity in those areas. It is also a good idea to remove ivy and any other vegetation that may be growing along the outside walls of the house. We also suggest that the homeowner use mulch, such as Cedar or Cypress, that has already been treated for insects. These steps will improve the effectiveness of the pest control applications and help to keep the bugs out of your house.

The homeowner should also be aware of entry points to their house for insects. Various pests can enter the house through cracks, crevices, holes in screen doors, and holes around air conditioning lines. Sealing entry points by caulking, replacing screens,  patching the holes around air conditioning lines, and replacing the weather stripping on doors can limit the entry points for the insects. These steps will improve the effectiveness of the applications from your pest professional.

Keeping your house, garage, crawl space, and gutters clean will improve the effectiveness of your pest control service. A garage or crawl space that is cluttered with boxes, furniture, and other items is conducive to pest activity (especially spiders). In addition, a crawl space or garage that is cluttered is difficult to inspect and the clutter makes a proper pest control treatment difficult to complete. Gutters that are clogged by leaves and debris are an excellent breeding ground for ants and other insects. Thus, regularly cleaning your gutters can reduce your ant problems.  Keeping your kitchen and cabinets clean will eliminate a food source for many insects such as ants and roaches. Vacuuming your carpets on a regular basis will aid in the control of fleas and spiders.

These steps, by themselves, will not keep your house pest free. They will, however, create an environment that will allow your pest control professional to peform pest control applications with maximum effectiveness.

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