Latest from Burns Pest Elimination

03 May
Butterfly on flower.
Fact or Myth, Do Butterflies Taste Through Their Toes?

Well, sort of. Butterflies don’t have toes per se, but they also don’t have mouths or tongues. Rather, a butterfly will land on different plants and use special organs in its feet to sense dissolved sugars. This sort of “taste” is a very effective way to find food sources such as fermenting fruit. While butterflies […]

03 May
Dark brown cockroach.
Cockroaches Will Outlive Us All

There’s little doubt that cockroaches are tough. This fast-moving insect has remained in existence for at least 300 million years. However, we sometimes hear claims that seem a little far-fetched. Could this bug really endure a hurricane, volcanic eruption or nuclear war? We decided to conduct some research and find the truth. What Can They Survive? People […]

03 May
Dark brown cockroach.
Is There a Difference Between German and American Cockroaches?

There’s no shortage of cockroaches in Arizona. In fact, there are several species common to the area. All roaches are cringe-worthy and send many people running for their brooms, but when you see a roach in your home, it’s helpful to know exactly what to expect and how to deal with the problem. The most […]

03 May
Roof rat.
Get to Know Your Arizona Rat

Identifying and Understanding Common Arizona Rats Rats can make cute and cuddly friends when you pick them up at the pet store, but it’s another story when rodents show up at your house uninvited. Wild rats can damage your home, wreak havoc on your garden and even pose health threats to your family. The warm […]

03 May
Rat eating a sandwich out of a lunch bag.
Are Pack Rats the Most Damaging Force in the Sonoran Desert?

To pack rats, everything is a “collector’s item.”   Arizonans often use the term “pack rat” to describe people who collect too many belongings. Until they invade your home, it’s easy to forget that pack rats are also highly-destructive animals. These large nocturnal rodents feature big ears, furry tails and multicolored hair. They like to collect things […]

03 May
Sonoran Desert Toad.
Monsoon Season to Bring a Plight of Toads and Frogs!

Monsoon season in the Tucson and Phoenix areas means an influx of water, flickering lights and messy roads. Of course, the heavy rains of the season also bring many toads and frogs out into the open. Eager to gorge on the bugs available during monsoons, these amphibians cause serious problems for some home and business […]

03 May
Crane fly.
The Crane Fly: Is It the Ally You Were Hoping For?

The mosquito is probably the most universally hated insect in the world, so anything that we believe will kill it is sure to win favor. One such creature is a long-legged, winged insect with a bumbling flight path and a wispy, delicate frame. It’s called a crane fly, but many people refer to it as […]

03 May
Scorpion.
Arizona Scorpions: Get to Know the Dangerous Pest

When it comes to pest-related panic attacks, Arizona scorpions are probably one of the state’s top causes. Knowing how to recognize the most threatening species won’t make scorpions seem any less creepy, but it could help you avoid the health consequences associated with a dangerous sting. Although more than 50 species call Arizona home, here […]

03 May
Termites on Wood.
Terrible Termites: 5 Hidden Health Dangers of Wood-Eating Pests

Homes in southwestern cities like Tucson and Phoenix are especially prone to termite infestations. A termite colony can devour all wooden structures in a home, including wood furniture, in three to five years. Although these bugs are highly destructive, their objective is not to hurt humans. Rather, they want a steady source of food. However, […]

03 May
Roaches eating crackers.
5 Things You Never Knew Were Attracting Roaches

If you’re like the typical homeowner, you want your home to be warm and welcoming to your family and friends. However, Arizona cockroaches are probably not on your preferred guest list. Most people associate roach infestations with dirty, unkempt houses, but neglected counter-tops and unwashed dishes aren’t the only things that make a home appealing […]