IGR for Roaches

IGR for Roaches

Insect Growth Regulators for Roaches

Insect growth regulators, or IGR, are chemicals which can basically act as birth control, and are common in many pest control treatment programs. Due to their reproduction rates, it is imperative to include IGR treatments to prevent population growth in cockroach infestations. A single pair can lead to hundreds or thousands of offspring over their lifecycles, which is why cockroach populations can take hold and spread as quickly and problematically as they do.

IGR chemicals have many advantages when used correctly in a cockroach treatment plan. For one, roaches tend to build up tolerance and resistance to many insecticides, lessening their effectiveness in population control. IGRs work differently than insecticides by targeting growth cycles instead of their central nervous system. If a cockroach cannot reach adulthood, it won’t be able to reproduce. (more…)

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Cockroaches in Scottsdale, Arizona

Cockroaches in Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale Cockroaches

There are at least 20 different species of cockroaches in Arizona, probably about 10 are native and rarely encountered in the urban environment. Roaches that are established in urban areas like Scottsdale include: the American, brown-banded, field, German, Oriental, Surinam and Turkestan.

Most cockroaches are tropical or subtropical in origin and generally live outdoors. However, some species have adapted well to living with humans. Though it is true that they prosper in clutter, filth and grime, cockroaches at times infest even the most sanitary and well-organized homes and buildings, including homes right here in Scottsdale. (more…)

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HOA Pest Control

HOA Pest Control

Pest-Free Neighborhoods

Under most homeowners association agreements, the HOA is responsible for pest control in common areas. This can range from small grassy areas to clubhouse buildings and sprawling open spaces. In order for an HOA or property management company to provide sufficient pest control across all areas they are responsible for, they typically hire a professional pest control company.

Common HOA Pests

There are several types of pests that can infest areas in which the HOA is responsible for. Problems that originate outside a homeowners property and responsibility put undue burden on residents when they begin to affect them. Ensuring the common areas are pest free, helps keep residents pest free, leading to a happier, healthier, safer community. (more…)

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Sewer Roaches

Sewer Roaches in Arizona

Sewer Roaches in Arizona

Sewer roaches, formally known as American Cockroaches, are common to Arizona and the Phoenix area. They get their name from their tendency to dwell in sewer systems and can make their way into Arizona homes through plumbing systems. They are commonly found outdoors, but do make their way inside homes and businesses where they can be tenacious breeders and cause a cockroach infestation in no time.

Identifying Sewer Roaches

Sewer roaches are typically reddish-brown in appearance, with a light yellow band along the outside of its head and heat shield. They do have wings, but rarely take flight, usually only using their wings in order to glide. Juvenile sewer roaches are lighter in color, taking on a greyish-brown hue, with undeveloped wings. Sewer roaches are the largest of the cockroaches commonly found in Arizona, growing to 1-1/2 to 2 inches in length. (more…)

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Wood Scorpions

Wood Scorpion

Arizona Wood Scorpion

The Wood Scorpion, otherwise known as the Arizona Devil Scorpion or Stripe Tailed Scorpion, is home to Arizona and parts of New Mexico and California. Officially known as Paravaejovis spinigerus, it grows to about 2-3 inches, and usually tan to dark brown in color with darker stripes across its back. They have a slightly stockier build than their Bark Scorpion counterparts, with thicker appendages and tails.

Their primary habitat is along the desert floors and hillsides of the Sonoran desert, often found under rocks. Like other scorpions, Wood Scorpions seek out moisture and stable food sources, hibernating during the day and going out at night to hunt and mate. (more…)

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