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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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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Scorpion Hot Spots in Arizona

Scorpion Hot Spots

Scorpion Prone Areas

While pretty much anywhere in Arizona is susceptible to scorpion populations, there are some areas that may be more prone to scorpions than others. These “scorpion hot spots” usually fall into a few categories that we will expand upon:

  1. Natural scorpion habitats
  2. Food sources
  3. Human caused activity

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Differences Between Wolf Spider and Brown Recluse

Wolf Spiders vs Brown Recluses

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.

Brown Recluse vs Wolf Spider: 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. (more…)

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Desert Hairy Scorpions

Giant Hairy Desert ScorpionA Scorpion by Many Names

The largest scorpion in North America is known as the Desert Hairy Scorpion, and is common throughout the Sonora & Mojave deserts in the American Southwest, including Arizona. There are a few variations of the species that are extremely similar, identified by slight differences and geographic location. Officially known as Hadrurus Arizonensis, the Desert Hairy Scorpion is also known as the Giant Hairy Scorpion, Arizona Hairy Scorpion, and Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion, and are often used interchangeably.

How They Live

The distinctive feature of the Desert Hairy Scorpion is the large sensory hairs that cover its body, which are very apparent when you observe these scorpions close up. These hairs are used to detect other animals, picking up on touch, air currents, and chemicals of potential prey. As the largest of North American scorpions, they are known to grow up to about 6”, with a relatively stocky body and thick appendages. (more…)

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