Pest Control in Scottsdale, Arizona

Welcome to Scottsdale

Scottsdale, 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 scorpions, spiders, rodents, termites, and more.

Bug Guardian Pest Control understands Scottsdale pests, and has developed unique, environmentally responsible pest control programs to solve the pest problems you may be experiencing in Scottsdale.

Servicing all of Scottsdale, including neighborhoods like McCormick Ranch, Old Town, Pinnacle Peak, Gainey Ranch, and Grayhawk, Bug Guardian is the hometown pest control company you can count on. (more…)

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Scorpions & Black Lights

Bark Scorpion Under Black LightWhy do Scorpions Glow in the Dark?

Most scorpions glow in the dark and display fluoresce under ultraviolet light, like is found in typical black lights. This is because of a substance found in the hyaline layer of a scorpion, which resides within a scorpion’s exoskeleton, called the cuticle.  This is what makes scorpions glow. Why scorpions have this trait is something we can only theorize on.

The hyaline layer of the scorpion’s exoskeleton is extremely durable, capable of surviving millions of years, and can often be found in fossil specimens, and it will continue to display fluorescence. Amazingly, scorpions preserved in alcohol can leach the substance into the alcohol, causing that to glow as well. Much like the scorpion in general, it’s pretty strong stuff. (more…)

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Using Boric Acid Against Cockroaches

German Cockroach pest control in Phoenix

What is Boric Acid?

Boric acid has many applications, from industrial manufacturing, a medical antiseptic, in nuclear power, making Silly Putty, and as an insecticide. The use of boric acid to kill cockroaches has been marketed since the 1940’s, as well as other ground-based insects such as ants, fleas, and termites. As an insecticide, it is considered a relatively safe solution to control insects around a home, as rather large doses are needed to have a toxic effect on humans.

Boric Acid as a Pest Control

Using boric acid for cockroach control may seem straightforward, but in order to be effective, it needs to be applied in just the right places. Cockroaches need to come into contact with the boric acid powder, and subsequently be introduced to all other cockroaches, in order to kill off an infestation. Missing a few can mean re-population, and then you’re back at square one. So, there are several problems leading to the ineffectiveness of boric acid against cockroaches. (more…)

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Getting Rid of Gophers in Arizona

Arizona Pocket GopherThe most common gopher in Arizona is the Botta’s Pocket Gopher. Also known as the valley pocket gopher, these rodents are known for burrowing through the ground and tearing up plants, lawns, irrigation and anything else below the surface. It is often very easy to spot a pocket gopher problem on your property by their signature mounds created & plugged while burrowing. Typically feeding on roots, grasses, and green plants, pocket gophers can easily leave your backyard looking like an old battlefield.

Expert Diggers

Arizona pocket gophers are excellent diggers, creating an elaborate system of tunnels that can run hundreds of feet just below the surface, however some may reach several feet down. While the tunnels are only a few inches in diameter, pocket gophers will create larger chambers used for breeding dens or storing food. (more…)

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Maricopa Harvester Ants

Maricopa Harvester AntHighly Toxic Venom

Arizona has threats in every direction from the high heat and sandstorms, to bark scorpions, black widows, and rattlesnakes. But did you know Arizona is home to an ant believed to have the most toxic insect venom in the entire world? Maricopa Harvester Ants are not only highly venomous, but also one of the most common species of ants in Arizona.

The Maricopa Harvester Ant is typically red or red-brown in color, growing up to ½ inch in length. They are capable of building large, sand-mound nests that may extend several feet underground. Nests feature “cemented” caps, which are formed from calcium carbonate deposits brought up to the top by worker ants during nest construction. They are very similar to the California Harvester Ant, but are a unique species displaying differences in behavior and nest building techniques. (more…)

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