Rosie On The House Interviews Blue Sky Pest Control

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Curtis and Cody of Blue Sky Pest Control were guests on the Rosie on the House radio program in May 2013.


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Rosie: Ah, yes! A listening pleasures of fruits of the Rosie on the House Easter Labor. Very nicely done, Mike, who is actually out. The Jack Rabbit’s back in South Dakota, we have deejay on the board running the electronics, no stranger to Rosie on the House. Behind the screen we have Stephanie Acuna, calls screening, who’s with us from the ASU broadcaster school, Walter Cronkite, yes. Talk about brain fart there. And we have to the left, Stan, master of home owner relations for Rosie on the House.

Stan: Good morning.

Rosie: In front of us we have a couple of guests and you just heard it, Blue Sky, a pest control, Curtis Wilhelm. Good Morning, sir.

Curtis: Hey, good morning. Good to be here.

Rosie: Thank you. Your specialty?

Curtis: Pest control, bugs. We’re here to get rid of the bugs.

Rosie: And then, we have Cody Pace.

Cody: Yeah, Cody Pace, here. Specialty, bug nerd.

Rosie: Bug nerd and its a little bit official than that, I mean, it’s called a …

Cody: Associate certified entomologist.

Rosie: Thank you. That sounds better than bug nerd. It may not know more but it just sounds better.

Cody: Yeah. That’s what my wife calls me.

Rosie: Perfect. If you follow along in the Arizona Republic article, it’s particularly funny today. This is the first time gentlemen, I think that I ever recall, since we’ve been in the Arizona Republic, every Saturday as the broadcast comes out we have an article on what’s going on. There hasn’t been a picture; there were at least six or seven pictures I remember scrolling through, I guess, I didn’t want put rats in there. So, it’s a complete text article for the first time. I’m guessing why that’s not exactly something you want to start your Saturday morning with at the paper while you’re eating your breakfast.

Stan: No rats, no. No creepy crawlers, huh?

Rosie: No, no but in the article it’s more than just pests. We talked about large animals, rodents, coyotes, javelinas, and we even covered big game. Next hour, we will even have Arizona game and fish. The urban wildlife specialists, Darren Julian on the line with us. And between now and then we’ve got Blue Sky Pest Control. We’ve already got calls lined up at 1888 767 4348, that’s 1888 ROSIE 4 U.

Tom in Green Valley has a question already on how to get rid of squirrels in the attic. So, we will see how our professionals here can help talk him through in an open line for you. 1888 767 4348, it’s Rosie on the House show. We also take questions about home improvement how to, anything about your house, home, castle, or cabin. We just bring a different topic to you every single Saturday along with a myriad of professionals through out the Arizona landscape. Speaking of Arizona, Jay Harper just walked out. He’s on his way to his nursery; he is a third generation landscape gardener. These gentlemen before me have a long Arizona history, as I understand as well. Curtis.

Curtis: I actually don’t. I’m a transplant but …


Rosie: I’ll turn your microphone off. Sorry, it was Nate. Nate, behind me, who is a little mic shy but he – how many – show me your fingers? Fourth generation, outstanding and Cody?

Cody: I went seven.

Rosie: Seven.

Stan: Oh my gosh.

Cody: So, my children are seventh generation Chandler, on the other side I’m six and seventh generation Arizona on my father’s side.

Rosie: Big Arizona history here with us today. We’ll we’re starting off the show with a special guest, who is actually – I just bragged about Arizona but he’s joining us from British Colombia because he is – his name is Allen Spigelman and he represents one of the funniest products, the best eighty dollar entertainment I’ve ever spent in my life, it’s called the Scare Crow. And he’s going to tell us a little bit more about the benefit that has for out yard control. Allen, good morning, sir.

Allen: Good morning, thanks for having me.

Rosie: Hey, thanks for taking time to join us. First off, the company name is Contech.

Allen: Yes, Contech we’re base out of Victoria, British Colombia in Canada but actually the biggest part of our company is in Grand Rapid Michigan. So, U.S is our biggest market.

Rosie: And the products, basically, well you tell me.

Allen: Sure, the ScareCrow is a great way to keep all kinds of pest away from squirrels up to deer and larger animals. And it combines two things a motions sensor, like you might have on a home alarm system with a sprinkler. So, what you basically do is point the scare crow in any area that you want to protect, usually something like a flower bed or an area on your garden that the critters are getting into. When something moves in front of it, any kind of living animal that gives off heat, it works the sprinkler for just a few seconds, so it shoots a startling burst of water. And whether you’ve got a deer, raccoon, a neighbor’s dog, whatever it is, it startles them away quickly. So no chemicals, no big ugly fence, and you get to protect your garden.

Rosie: The great thing is if you have a big garden you can daisy chain these.

Allen: That’s right. The scarecrow protects about twelve hundred square feet which is adequate for many people’s use. But if you’ve got, as you’ve said, a larger area or you want to protect multiple places like you’ve got a pond, and a flower bed, and a particular hedge that animals can get into, you can run a few of them off on the same garden hose.

Rosie: Why I say it’s one of the best eighty dollar investment entertainment I’ve ever spent is, people come over they see the garden and say “Hey, what have you got growing?” like “You know what, I’ll go grab us some ice tea. You go check it out.” I got the camera ready right there, hit record, they walked out there, they’re going to check it out.


Curtis: You become a rock star at Youtube if you video it.

Allen: Our customers make better videos than our marketing team ever could. People have a lot of fun with the product and it’s one of big complains is, it got me, it works. It doesn’t differentiate between a deer and a mailman. And we got great stories from customers who have used it to keep teenage daughters from escaping their windows at night and all kinds of …

Stan: Can’t tell from friends or foe, huh?

Allen: Exactly, exactly. You move, it sees you.

Rosie: Now, one of the great things about using these in a garden application is when is most of the damage done to your garden? When you’re not there or when you’re sleeping.

Allen: Exactly.

Rosie: This works at night.

Allen: You’re very right. It’s an infrared sensor, so it looks at heat, it doesn’t need daylight to operate. So, it’s day or night. As long as temperatures are above freezing, which is an issue for us here, I don’t think it’s as much of an issue for you in Arizona. But it works 24/7 and as you said that, that’s one of the great things. And the other is, you know, people – more and more they don’t want to be using chemicals or you can put on various kinds of liquids or granules but those needs reapplication. In most cases animals get used to it where as just the quick startling burst of water is incredibly effective. It uses about two cups of water, so this isn’t a sprinkler in a sense of it’s not an irrigation system. Its two cups of water that, you know, shoots the deer or whatever in the side of the head. And it’s just enough to make them want to go to your neighbors yard instead.

Rosie: And I tell you what, I say this about a lot of things but this is one of those products I wish had invented.


Rosie: It’s so simple and its design and its use but so effective in its function. One of the other products that Contech has, we’re talking rats today. Tells us about the new Nooski line you all have in the market.

Allen: Sure, so Nooski is an alternative for rodent control different than your regular snap trap, and getting away, again, from poisons and glue boards and that sort thing. Nooski uses a very powerful small latex ring and it stretches the ring over the opening of trap, the mouse or the rat smells the bait, put on a little bit of peanut butter or whatever. And when it puts its head in and starts nibbling, it releases the ring. And very quickly, bloodlessly, effectively suffocates the mouse or the rat. If you know anything about rodents, they’re incredibly tough, you can drop a rat from three stories up and it will literally bounce and walk away. But their Achilles heel is any kind of compression around their neck or their chest area and so this basically works with that. So, no snap fingers, no worrying about having open snap traps when you got maybe kids or pets around, no poisons that are, not terribly effective but bad for the environment, bad for anything that eats the mouse or the rat after. So, it really is a much better cleaner and more humane way to control rats and mice.

Rosie: The glue sticky traps, you don’t have to worry about picking a live mouse on a glue sticky trap.

Allen: Exactly. Those are nasty.

Rosie: Well, that’s one of the few products that you all have that actually does eliminate, most of it are deterrents. You all have great products for keeping birds away. My favorite is the cats stop, nothing like keeping a cat away from spraying a certain area. It’s a very well worth looking into but the website you’ve got to watch for that hyphen.

Allen: That’s right, it’s www.contech, spelled c-o-n-t-e-c-h and then hyphen i-n-c like inc dot com.

Rosie: Allen Spigelman. [Overlaps] Go ahead.

Allen: You can also go to Nooski, n-o-o-s-k-i dot com as well to see information on that one or

Rosie: Well, thank you for taking time out of your Saturday morning in British Colombia; what’s the weather like there?

Allen: A little bit overcast probably not quite as warm as you have.


Rosie: Probably not, probably a little greener I would think.

Allen: Yeah, it’s a nice time of year.

Rosie: Thanks for your time, this morning, Sir.

Allen: Thanks for having me on, take care!

Rosie: Yes, Sir. That’s scarecrow no stranger to Rosie on the House. We’ve mentioned that many times over the years. And we’re glad to finally get the producer on to tell us a little bit more about it. It really is a lot of fun, I give them as gifts for people but I don’t have them by my uncle let me stay in his – as we call the pleasure palace – when I was building my home. He in – his guest wing and he had this problem with rabbits, we’ve got a few of those, we put out and they work very effectively until he really, really want to hit the rabbits hard for eating his grass, he put in synthetic grass.


Rosie: He’s not going to starve them out.

Stan: You think, talking about that thing, use in a couple of cups of water, how long does the spray last? Does it …

Rosie: [make spray sound]

Stan: That’s it? Just a couple of seconds?

Rosie: That is and you really get to see how fast people can move.


Stan: And what’s the range? How far away does the object have to be, do you know?

Rosie: Come see my garden.

Stan: Be right there.


Cody: Does it hit people from the side of the head like the deer, he said?

Rosie: Like I said, it’s all how fast you move.


Stan: And how tall you are.

Rosie: It’s about a thirty five foot from sprinkler to the end of the water. But really it just depends on how you walk up to it.

Stan: Sure.

Rosie: If you’re coming out from the far side you’ve got time to move but if you walk past it, at the source?

Stan: You’re toast.

Rosie: Oh, yeah.

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Rosie: I’ll put you on the spot here, Curtis what’s the memory from your mama’s house? I’m sure you have one, would you like to wish her happy mother’s day?

Curtis: Absolutely. Wishing my mom a Happy Mother’s day, they move actually down to Arizona a couple of years ago when they retired, so it’s nice having them close by. We could see them regularly, it’s great.

Rosie: Outstanding. We are doing something a little different every segment, we’re going to bring you a different insect. Everyone’s familiar with the insects, it’s nothing new that you’re going to have look up in the Encyclopedia or Google the picture, you’ve seen them, you’ve lived with them but we’re going to bring maybe something you didn’t know about them or maybe a new way to eliminate them that maybe you haven’t heard about. This break we’re talking – or the segment we’re talking mosquitoes. It is that time of the season, we’re going to start seeing them more and more. Gentlemen, what can you tell Arizona listeners about our favorite friend the mosquito?

Curtis: Well, obviously they are very prevalent here. You’ve seen them on the news some.

Rosie: He’s playing on his iPad, entomologist do that.


Curtis: Cause we do have multiple instances of west nile virus being located here and so it’s become more of an issue when obvious there is an infectious disease connected to us, so we do have to be careful. I know Cody has a lot of fun facts about mosquitoes that are kind of interesting to know.

Rosie: Cody?

Cody: Fun facts, one of the interesting things about mosquitoes is their saliva is anticoagulant and it is also an anesthetic, so …

Rosie: You’re talking to somebody that is not a …

Cody: Yeah, so, basically it allows their blood to flow so it doesn’t clot up, so it gets that blood in there. And then also, it kind of numbs the area. Usually you feel mosquito bite but it numbs it somewhat so you don’t feel that knife of a style that they have inside of their mouth part that pierces your skin.

Rosie: So they numb it and sting you.

Cody: Numb it and they slice your skin open and they stick little tube in basically – layman’s terms – and then one part shoves in their saliva which keeps the blood flowing, numbs it and the other one sucks it up.

Rosie: The after effect, what am I feeling? Am I feeling the saliva, am I feeling …

Cody: It’s an allergic reaction to the saliva, some people have it some don’t. I get bit by mosquitoes but I don’t react, my wife and other people I know get huge welts. So it just depends.

Rosie: So it’s nothing the mosquitoes living in you, it’s an allergic reaction your blood has to the saliva?

Cody: Yeah, it’s an allergic reaction. You get sensitize to that saliva.

Rosie: Now you when you feel bite and you go on, you know, slap your arm and let’s say break off the needle inside your skin, is there any?

Cody: No, no it don’t work like that.

Rosie: Nope?

Cody: Nope. But yeah, mosquitoes – we have four species that carry disease in there but I mean, I remember Rosie sharing this statistics last time but mosquitoes have killed more people than all the worst – you know in recorded history combine. I mean, they are the most deadly, you know thing on the planet.

Voice 3: Like malaria?

Cody: Well, we got malaria, you have western encephalitis, yellow fever, we malaria mosquito here and then, you know, you also west nile which is [overlaps]

Rosie: The popular one of these days or the buzz word of these days.

Cody: It is the buzz word of these days, yeah.

Stan: Where does the Arizona rank in the infection of west nile.

Cody: It changes every year. I can get that fact for you but it just depends. Every season is different.

Rosie: Very good! We’ve got people that have called in 1888 767 4348, that’s 1888 ROSIE 4 U. Tom in Green Valley, good morning, Sir! Welcome to the program.

Tom: Good morning!

Rosie: What’s bugging you?


Tom: Squirrels.

Rosie: Squirrels.

Tom: Squirrels in the attic.
Rosie: How can we verify that these are ground squirrels, these are big bushy tail squirrels?

Tom: We’ve seen them on the fence and then we’ve seen them on the trees. And I cut the trees back because they were – we believe they were jumping from the trees unto the roof of the house and then getting into the house.

Rosie: So maybe the flying squirrels.

Tom: We still have a problem. We’ve tried to trap and didn’t get catch anything. And we’ve tried – I don’t know whether you know [0:16:11.3 inaudible] porch or not, we tried his solution which was to put in a sulfur, moth balls, and a fist of cider chips. And we put that in the attic and about all that did was make our eyes water like hell. But it didn’t scare off the squirrels.


Rosie: The gentleman that gave that to you, it was a solution because he never went back to check again. What can you all suggest for Tom here on his squirrels? One, as much as it hurts to say it, well, trim the tree back. If you really wants to eliminate their travel path would be probably the first thing to do; what else can we suggest to Tom?

Curtis: Absolutely, when it comes to obviously squirrels, you got to figure out how they are getting in. And then exclude them whether, you know, fixing the hole, screening it off. You know, excluding is one the number one part of the game.

Rosie: Let’s say these squirrels, particularly – well trained and he can climb vertical walls, and maybe there’s another way; what can we do in his attic to maybe – I mean, he said he’s tried trapping and that hasn’t work but what are some other things that we can do for him in the attic.

Curtis: There’s a product that is a strobe light that is used that is activated when there is squirrel activity. And they’re really sensitive to it. And so, it is a deterrent to keep them from being there.

Rosie: Does a disco ball come with that?

Curtis: No disco ball, no rave music.

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Rosie: Did you all catch that? You know, your classic music, classic rock, that was blue sky was for you. Maybe we have to turn your mics on, the little red button that says on.


Rosie: In the studio with Blue Sky Pest Control. Let’s wrap up real quick for the strobe light. Where does somebody find a squirrel strobe?

Stan: You can find them online Amazon, it’s the Evictor Strobe Light.

Rosie: Evictor Strobe and what’s Amazon have it listed there for?

Stan: Around two hundred dollars.

Rosie: Is it electric, is it battery?

Stan: It’s electric, you plug it in and activated by movement.

Rosie: Outstanding! And you put that on your attic and it that light flashing drives squirrels nuts and pushes them out.

Stan: Yeah, but number one exclusion. Got to make sure there’s no access point into the house for them.

Rosie: Alright Tom, we appreciate the call. 1888 767 4348, that’s 1888 ROSIE4U. Moving unto our next insect is ants. This is probably one of the most common questions we get as it relates to pest control. Its ants, ants, ants, ants. And looking at the statics I’ll put here for us – I can see why.

Stan: There is a lot of them.

Rosie: Oh my gosh.


Stan: 1.5 million ants per person on this planet.

Rosie: Yeah.

Stan: We’re out numbered man.

Rosie: We are out numbered.

Cody: We are out numbered. One of the things that I’ve always found is one of the most interesting, you know, facts about ants is that the bio mass – basically if you took all the ants on the earth and you weigh them, it would weigh more than all the people on the earth, kind of the simple way to put that. So, there’s a lot going on underneath us.

Rosie: Seven billion people are outweighed by ants.

Cody: Not insects, just ants.

Stan: And there’s twelve thousand species of ants.

Cody: That we know of.

Stan: That are discovered.

Cody: That are discovered, that we know of.

Stan: Oh, my goodness.

Cody: Every continent but Antartica.

Stan: Has ants?

Rosie: How many different species are known to Arizona?

Cody: Arizona has one of the highest amount of species in the United States.

Rosie: And is that because of the variety of terrain we have?

Cody: It is. Same with scorpions, we have some of the highest different species or amounts of different scorpions. We get this kind of sky high lands, like you get down towards Southern Arizona where you have just kind of a really limited terrain that you just get certain kind of species that only live there. Yeah, we have the highest amount of different ant species in the country.

Voice: So, what do you recommend for people to deal with their ants? First of all, should they? Or just leave them be? We’re that out numbered. We’re not going to kill them all off, you just let them be here. Or you try and control them?

Cody: Well, it all depends. You can have small little ants that are trailing up a tree in your background that don’t sting, that might not be an issue to you but most people I know don’t like to see any ants. Ants are not easy thing to control, positive ID of an ant species is really important. So, you may treat ant species A one way and it will be effective but if you do that same thing for ant species B, you could actually make the problem worst. And so, treating ants ourselves unless you can make a positive ID that makes you go pull that kind of stuff not always the most effective thing.

Rosie: So, if I want to have a positive ID put a little stick down through in a glass jar and brings it you?

Cody: Yes and it will be left on my desk with all the other bugs and things that say, “Hey, what is this?” So, everyday I come in and there’s a new bag of maggots or ants or a dead rat or whatever it might be and I have to ID it.

Stan: Surprise, surprise every morning, huh?

Cody: Yes, but if any one out there has a bug that they are not sure what it is, let us know and we’ll be happy to ID it for you.

Rosie: Can I ship it? Or does it have to – you said a dead rat – I mean, can all the insects be dead or is it better alive? I see flies wilt up and curl when they die.


Cody: Put it in a little …

Stan: Especially after you hit them with a magazine.

Rosie: That was on my next thing.


Rosie: [overlaps] identify a flat bug.

Cody: I have and sometimes our guys even bring me in the flat ones but yeah, if you can send it in a plastic bag just make sure you don’t put it in a water bottle that’s empty and has a little water in it because then it decays and smells horrible on my desk.

Rosie: That’s special. I’m going to do that for your birthday just for fun now.


Cody: Well, I had a big rat once that we caught but that’s a story for another time – it’s a really good story but I put it on our service manager’s desk in a big bag and I put a note on it – since I get everything on my desk and I said, “Hey, Elliot can you ID this for me? I’m not sure what it is.” He said that it left a mark on his desk and it like seeped through the bag over the week end, so when he came in it was quite a good smell but …

Rosie: That’s what Arizona Home Owners wanted to hear in this Saturday morning.


Rosie: One of the most venom are believed to be the venom and most toxic insect venom in the world belongs to?

Cody: Belongs to the Arizona or the Maricopa harvester ant, or – I won’t give you the technical, the latin name but …

Rosie: ‘Cause you don’t know.


Cody: Pogonomyrmex Maricopa. So, I got it. And I have been stung by it quite a few times and I tell you, it hurts. Your lymph nodes will swell up, the area you get stung in and the hairs will stand up. It’ll start to sweat in that area but they are one of the most complex venoms of all insects, the only that’s really comparable to it in a such a complex, different types of venom is sea snakes. So, luckily you don’t get stung by enough to kill you but cattle have been killed by them before, things of that nature.

Rosie: Maybe they just gets swarmed?

Cody: I was swarmed as a child on our ranch out on Chandler and it was bad.

Stan: Where can they be found? Are these desert dwellers or are they landscape areas that people can expect them in their backyards?

Cody: Yeah, we get them all over. If you’ve ever noticed say an ant area out in the field or in the dirt area where you have kind of a clear depression?

Voice 3: [Understands]

Cody: You have – it’s cleared of rocks and all of those kind of things. Harvester ants are the real large ants, and they clear out those areas. So, there’s few species that we have here. And yeah, they are definitely can be found in people’s homes, Curtis found one in the yard, and at a residential area, definitely in dirt fields so as well.

Rosie: That’s very interesting and yes, very good that the population is so low that or the size of the ants so low that it takes a mass number.

Cody: About twelve ants’ stings from this ant will kill a good size rat.

Voice 3: Oh my goodness.

Cody: Yeah.

Rosie: So, is that a viable ant or a rat battle technique?


Cody: If you can get the rat to sit still long enough, you know. Unfortunately the rats don’t go around stinging themselves for science like I do.


Rosie: What sacrifice you guys make. It is that time of the show where we take a step in to our digital news room and take a look at what’s going on behind the scenes at Rosie on the House. And believe it or not I made sure and selected only insect or pest control questions. You guys want to help me shoot to this real quick. I’m going to take that as a yes. Merlin writes in and says, “I’m being plague by pigeons.” What can she do? Pigeons.

Cody: The flying rat.

Rosie: Yes.

Cody: Yes. Well, you know, with pigeons you need to – its exclusion – exclusion comes with most all pest problems. You don’t want an area that’s desirable to them. And so, if you can exclude areas that they’re either nesting or roosting in, that’s going to be your best bet.

Rosie: Mark writes in and says, “My family loves rabbits but they are destroying everything. And everything we have tried to do, they have eluded thus far.” HOA has a very limited amount of techniques and stuff that they will let put in their yard. What would be a good attempt or maybe a new strategy on Mark for rabbits?

Curtis: I wonder if that scarecrow might help them out. The Contech was telling us about earlier.

Rosie: Until the president of the HOA walks by the front yard.


Stan: That might be fun.

Rosie: I would tell you that scarecrow has been a great rabbit deterrent in the gardens. So give that a shot. Something else that a lot of people say are radishes although they can kind of look like a weed out of most day work against but every one says if you plant a barrier of radish, rabbits don’t like to cross that, then you can eat it. So depending on the size of your area, try that but I would tell you the scarecrow is a lot easy, you don’t have to water, you don’t have to condition the soil.

Cody: Eat the radish or the rabbit?

Rosie: Both


Rosie: What do you thinks in my [0:27:27.1 *Gamble] pot at home? What about flies? Diana has says, “My backyard’s been taken over by flies. I have no pets, no standing water, there is a small flower bed. What could be causing this?”

Cody: Well, it really depends on the species of fly, that’s going to tell us a whole lot so definitely if we could get a sample from her we could really help her out with that. But one of the things is, you know, different types of filth flies they’ll breed in, you know, in a garbage container, they’ll grass clippings things of that nature. You’re next door neighbour could have a lot of dog poop in its yard. There’s a lot of things and so it might be a nice shaded area that they’re hanging out in on your yard. So, you can get the little hanging fly traps for her backyard, those work well.

Rosie: And that’s what you would use to trap them to send to you.

Cody: No. Just smack one.


Rosie: Smack one?

Cody: Smack one or grab one but that’s a good method. And you know those old fashion sticky things that unroll and hang down for flies are very effective. Most people don’t like how they look but they do work.

Rosie: Our final one, Terry writes in and says, “I want to seal my house. We’ve lived in it for eight years and it seems to be the insects inside get more and more and more and I want to keep them out. How can I seal it up?” There’s a lot of things to do and not to do in sealing. Curtis?

Curtis: Yeah, absolutely. Some of the main places out, you know you start with looking at the doors; is your weather stripping in good shape, if it’s not get it replaced properly. So, your doors are tight as possible, one. Two, the lip of the stock over where the j trim is, you don’t want to seal up the entire thing with all the holes but where the j trim is supposed to meet the foundation, if there is a gap there, you know, put in a little bead of caulk they will help. Also, you know, making sure any intrusion on the outside of the house like where the AC pipe comes in or the cable wiring or the plumbing chases, make sure those are sealed up.

Rosie: And that’s part of the service Blue Sky does.

Curtis: We can help with that.

Rosie: Now, the one thing is not to weak poles underneath the stock [0:29:35.3 inaudible].

Curtis: Yeah. You don’t want to do that ‘cause those actually allow the house to breathe in and the moisture to be released.

Rosie: Very good, thank you very much. That wraps it up.

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Narration: Joining the studio with Blue Sky Pest Control, if you’ve got a question about ants, bugs, crickets, cockroaches, anything that crawls, stings, bites we’ve got a couple gentleman here in the studio that are willing to take your calls just like Bonnie in Chino Valley. Good morning, ma’am and welcome to the program.

Bonnie: Good morning. I have a question about blister beetles.

Rosie: Go ahead.

Bonnie: Okay, is there anything about preventative nature that one could do with them? You know, if I discover a couple of blister beetles crawling around my rock garden on, say on a Saturday afternoon and call pest control immediately by the time he come on Monday morning, they have already can totally denuded desert willows and Chitalpa trees in the backyard.

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Rosie: That’s a lot of blister beetles.

Bonnie: … Seem to come over night.

Curtis: Yeah, they’re definitely a seasonal pest. We’ve been getting a lot of calls, lot of samples being brought in this time of year. One of the things that you can do is I think diatomaceous earth or good dusk can is a good deterrent for them. Also, maybe some soapy water you could spray on to those trees as well.

Bonnie: Underneath is the places they – that they seem to get my trees is in a rock garden, the bottom of that like Cyprus bark and things like a variety of different mints and evening primrose grow in that thing. And there’s a million carcasses after the pest control comes in knocks them out of the trees and if they do it one year, in spring like for instance, they were bad last year. This year, their bodies are still out there and they don’t like they’ve deteriorated at all. Is there anything dangerous about those? I have dogs that love to go through rock garden looking for lizard at this time of year. And so, I’m spending have of my days out there picking up dead carcasses of blister beetles to get rid of them.

Curtis: Well, blister beetles do have a poisonous chemical that they emit that does cause blistering of the skin. But I wouldn’t worry about it causing, you know, any really harm to your dog. If a dog put one in its mouth I wouldn’t think it would do it again. So, but it is always helpful if you can try eliminate or pick up any of those just so that you can actually see is that fresh or new but one of the things about living out in the area kind of like where you are at is you’re going to be exposed to kind of these seasonal pest where you just get this really large numbers. So, it’s kind of part of parcel where we live at times.

Rosie: This blister beetle is subterranean during its reproductive and where I see – I’ve only see them about once every four or five years. Do they come out every year? I just don’t notice them or do they have a couple year life cycles?

Curtis: Well, blister beetles, they’re going to be there every year but really like with beetles and certain insects in Arizona, when you get different weather conditions say we get a really rainy winter or different things like that, you’re going to get this just big explosion of certain pests. I remember a few years ago there was darkling beetles every where, I remember at Target the entire parking lot was crawling with them. And so it is just one of those things that some years we see a lot more than we see other times and some people tend to notice and remember it as oppose to others.

Rosie: So, when do they come out diatomaceous earth and what was the other product you mentioned?

Curtis: I mean if they’re going up on a tree and stuff you can definitely, probably use a soapy solution. But, you know, pest management having us come out and take a look and treat is going to be effective. But you have to remember we can only eliminate what’s there, new populations that can come in. We can only control what’s right there at that time so as new ones come in we still eliminate them but we can’t stop those new ones from, you know, deciding your property is where they want to hang out.


Rosie: Bonnie, we appreciate the call 1888 767 4348 that’s 1 888 ROSIE 4 U. Scorpions, we’ve mentioned earlier, you had brought it up during when we were talking about ants that scorpions are a lot like ants in the sense of the varieties and number of species we have in Arizona.

Cody: Yeah, we have quite a few species in Arizona and a new one was just discovered not long ago up in one of the little sky high lands as they called them, down by Tucson. So, as it was no new species was never been found before, so. We have a lot.

Rosie: What does somebody need to know about scorpions?

Cody: Well, the only one that’s have medical importance is the bark scorpion. And scorpions really aren’t as to be feared as bad as most people do. I mean they are very painful but there is anti venom that is out there for people that are stung. And it’s really the very young, and the elderly, and [0:34:28.3 *infirmed] that they can be very dangerous for. But for most people it’s just a great fear [0:34:35.8 inaudible].

Curtis: A lot of times people always ask us, “Hey, what can I do around my home?” And there are some things that people can do that can help. Obviously, you know, making sure trees are trimmed back and not over hanging on your house or touch in or bushes not touch in. Just cleaning up basic stuff around your yard, you know, because you know obviously, their natural habitat is to hide underneath the rocks or what not during the day. Well, if you have a bunch of boxes or storage or you know wood in your yard, you’re creating more natural habitat for them. And so if you can just reduce that kind of stuff it helps reduce their nesting sites.

Rosie: And it’s very interesting this is something that I didn’t know, their metabolism, talk about not being able to get rid of something, they could go how long without eating?

Cody: They could go quite a while actually. I mean, you view different things out there. I mean they definitely can go for several months, sometimes a year, you know up to a year. They can go quite a while without a meal so if you think you’re just going to starve them out, that’s not going to mess with them.

Stan: What’s the main attractant for scorpions? I mean is there another insect that they are drawn to?

Curtis: They are looking for soft bodied insect like crickets, roaches. They even – they are cannibalistic so they will even eat young scorpions, so that’s what they are looking for and if you have a lot of that, then they’re going to thrive.

Stan: That suits them well.

Rosie: You’ve mentioned the bark one was the medical one, is that ten percent of the population of scorpions? Is that a hundred percent in Arizona?

Cody: That’s the scorpion most people are going to have in their homes.

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Narration: Pick up this Saturday edition of the Arizona Republic for Rosie’s home improvement column.

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