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Pest Control In Tucson? Truly Nolen's Got Nothing On The Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl by Mike in Tucson

Where do you turn for pest control in Tucson, AZ?  Truly Nolen (that's actually the man's name; truly it is) has one of the best known brands in town.  The company has nothing on this fellow, though.

Barn Owl, Tucson AZ by Mike in TucsonThe Great Horned Owl frequents both urban and rural properties in Arizona, snoozing by day, and hunting from a high perch at night.  You'll see them atop telephone poles, sitting on rooftops or perched in Eucalyptus trees in town. 

Rodents - pack rats here in the desert - make up most of the menu for these magnificent night predators in Arizona. 

One owl regularly sits on the finial that tops the flagpole in my front yard, twenty feet off the ground.  He (or she--they look alike) calls "Whoo! Whoo Whoo!"  Out of the night sky comes the return call of another owl, perhaps its mate.

The Great Horned Owl has the distinction of being the only animal that regularly eats skunks.  They also kill and eat other owls, such as this barn owl on the right.

If you're looking for pest control in Tucson, AZ, you might just want to sit outside on a summer night and listen. 

Somewhere on your street, the Great Horned Owl is doing the job for free!


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We went to the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum last night and watched a live presentation on raptors of the Arizona Desert.  The owl was sitting on the Docent's leather-gloved hand, and (as always) I happened to have my camera.

Comment balloon 50 commentsMike Jones • August 02 2009 04:55AM


I had no idea they ate skunks.  Wow. 

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) over 11 years ago

We have owls here and they can be heard on a quiet evening.  Folks underestimate the value of these wonderful creatures who have the power to maintain the balance of nature, when left alone by man with his poisons. 

Give me a few owls to keep the mouse and snake population under control and a few buzzards to do the clean up work and we'll be fine. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 11 years ago

I didn't know owls ate skunks either. However, you do have to make sure your cats are in at night, so I suppose a skunk is not much different. Other than they really stink.

Lenn has the right idea, I would add a few bats to the mix. They are the best at mosquito control. Great photos.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources. (Top Agent Plus) over 11 years ago

Cool picture. I love wordless Sundays to see what kind of unique shots are going to show up. Keep up the great work mas you offer some great ones.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 11 years ago

Beautiful picture, Mike.  So do owls get sprayed when they catch skunks? I wonder, is that dinner of choice for them?  Interesting piece and well written.

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 11 years ago

And bats.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 11 years ago

If they eat skunks I recommend that Anthony Mozilo doesn't visit Tucson.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 11 years ago

What beautiful creatures. Agree with the bat fans too as they do so much good and are fascinating. Have a great Sunday Mike.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 11 years ago

One of my favorite birds...  except one time I rescued a few baby Carolina wrens... had them in a box on our front porch and the mother was doing great - they were getting larger by the days.  Then they started disappearing one by one - knew they weren't old enough to fly...  came home one afternoon to actually SEE the OWL (don't ask me what kind as I'm not that good) sitting on a branch in the front yard.  sad but nature...

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) over 11 years ago

We have a few here in Florida. I see the same one every night when I take my dog for his late night business. Last night he swooped by in front of me...guess he figured I was too big!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago


Two very nice pictures but I do like the looks of the Great Horned Owl and the story that went with it.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 11 years ago

Mike, I am surprised you have any politicians left in AZ... :) Kate Ford

PS That truly is a remarkable up close and personal picture of an owl.

Posted by Kate Kate over 11 years ago


My house backs up to the CDO wash in Tucson and it is my theory that you have 10 times the wildlife that we do. What is your secret? I enjoyed the post.

Posted by Patrick Randles (Nova Home Loans) over 11 years ago

Beautiful!  I had no idea they ate skunks!  I hear the owls at night, and I wish I could see them.  I'd like to know what kind of owls I have here. 

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) over 11 years ago

Mike - we have a few of these owls in the woods behind us.  They are keen hunters and certainly minimize the rodent population that could be foraging in our yard.  LOL  For this I thank them!  I can also hear a screech owl now and then, off in the distance.  I think his hunting ground is the shallow ravine toward the river.

As usual - your photo of this magnificent creature is stunning.  Thank  you for sharing him with us.

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike, 

what a great picture of the owl.....I love owls, they are entitled to eat whatever they want as far as I'm concrned.

Protect these beautiful creatures for sure.

Patricia Aulson/portsmouth

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 11 years ago

Interesting Blog.  Thanks for writing.

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) over 11 years ago


Even a fiberglass replica is enough to keep birds off your boat!  We had an inflatable one until our cat attacked it.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike: I don't see many owls in my neck of the woods - but we do have bats to take care of the mosquitoes.


Posted by Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert (National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro) over 11 years ago

And the owl is cheaper still -- so that is a plus!! -- great photo.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Mike - great post!  One of the things about Tucson that makes it such a fun place to live is the proximity to the desert and its wildlife.  Growing up in Tucson as I did, I can say with very little qualification that Phoenix does not compare!  (Of course, the morning rattling wake-up call by the Gila Woodpecker that used to pound my chimney daily was not so much fun...!)


Why trust anyone else in your home?

Posted by Vince Divarco, DUCTZ Air Duct Cleaning of Tucson & Green Valley (DUCTZ of Tucson) over 11 years ago

Mike - great photographs as always, and I did not know they ate skunks. Thanks for an excellent post!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) over 11 years ago

In fact, it would be good to have owls here, because we have skunks, and the dog has gotten sprayed many times!!! Oh well!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) over 11 years ago

The horned owl looks like one of the characters from "Watchmen".

Posted by David L. Montgomery, David L. Montgomery (MULAMONT REALTY, LLC) over 11 years ago

The Sonoran Desert Museum is one our favorite places  - as is the Tanque Verde Ranch.  You live in a truly wonderful part of the world.


Posted by Michael Bergin, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES ) over 11 years ago

These are magnificent birds Mike. We had a pair when we lived at the lake house that lived there. I used to love wtaching them at dusk swooping down and catching their prey. 

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 11 years ago

Kill and eat shunks. I can only imagine what one of these would smell like sitting in your yard.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 11 years ago


Wow!  Featured & 28 comments!  That's how Sunday's go.  Thanks to each of you for commenting.  Two of you asked questions.

I'll answer the questions here, and I'll see each one of you on your blogs to reciprocate properly!

Great Horned Owl with redeye, by Mike in TucsonPatrick Randles,

I don't know that we have more wildlife here than you have on the CDO Wash.  My secret?  I always, always have my camera with me.

Judi Barrett,

Do the owls get sprayed when they kill skunks?  I don't know the answer to that, but National Geographic says it is so.  Click the link for more info. There's even a printable fact sheet for the kids!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Mike - That is one gorgeous owl, beautiful!

VB : )

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 11 years ago

I've been using Truley since I moved to FL and even referred them some business in the past. I haven't seen any owls yet...maybe I can get a discount.

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (Brokered by eXp Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Magnificent bird. We don't have many Owls in the area at least I don't think so.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike

It sound the owl is serving a public service, they must smell great after a skunk lunch.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike~ That picture of the Owl is fascinating!  The eyes are so interesting.... congrats on the feature and Happy Sunday to you!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 11 years ago

What a fabulous picture of a very fabulous bird there, Mike! And it perches right outside of your home, eh? No pest problems for you, then. How fortunate!

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) over 11 years ago

I didn't realize all the benefits on the owl. Thanks for sharing this with us and I'll be on the lookout in my neighborhood.

Posted by Home Loan Search.Online (Home Loan Search Online) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike- The Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum is one of my favorite places in the world. When I lived in Tucson, I took as many trips over the hill as I could to visit it. Thanks for the great post and great photos. Now, I just need to get down to Tucson and visit again.

Posted by Heather Tawes Nelson, Associate Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS - Scottsdale, AZ (Realty ONE Group) over 11 years ago

Mike, What a magnificent picture.  I have only seen an owl once in my life...when I was visiting Arizona.  I didn't know what it ate but I couldn't stop staring at it.  Just a beautiful shot.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 11 years ago

Great pictures Mike. I didn't know owls also ate other owls. I just like to look at the pictures.

Posted by Michael Rohde (Sunstreet Mortgage LLC. Licensed Mortgage Professional) over 11 years ago


Your photos are so awesome....when are you putting together a photo album?  Thanks for your comments on my blog.....I'm making a new commitment to Active Rain.  Stop by the new office someday and let's catch up on life.

Dana Lim/Allstate Insurancce

Posted by Dana Lim (Allstate Insurance) over 11 years ago

The Arboretum in Flagstaff has live raptor presentations daily! They run a rescue operation there. And the handlers also bring the raptors out for lunch presentations (the raptors don't eat).

Tip: if you don't have one handy, buy a plastic one. I'm convinced it has scared away our prairie dogs.

Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) over 11 years ago


That's something I'd like to visit and see!


I'll do that!  Thanks for stopping by to comment.  See you on your blog.


Thanks for being a regular on my blog; let's grab lunch together.


Isn't it time for another visit to Arizona?


I'm with you; it's my favorite place to take friends who come visit from the rest of the planet.


You're welcome!!


I credit two predators for keeping the packrats away:  The Barn Owl, and The Western Diamond Rattlesnake that lives in the arroyo out back.  :)


The ayes eyes have it!


I hope never to get close enough to smell one after a "skunk lunch."  LOL


Do they have antique autos as billboards in Florida like they do here in Tucson?

Vegas Bob,

Thanks for saying so!  See you on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago


Great photo! Way to keep the streak alive!

Posted by Kevin Wood,, Tucson, AZ Realtor (Keller Williams Southern Arizona) over 11 years ago


Welcome back to the desert!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Wow! What great photos!

We at Truly Nolen (yup, I work there and Truly is my father) love owls. Bats and lizards are other great insect and pest eating creatures in nature and in the desert. It's one of the reasons why maintaining healthy owl, bat and lizard populations are so important. I even have a pet lizard whom I feed live crickets to for breakfast!


Posted by Michelle Nolen Senner over 11 years ago


What an honor to have you comment on my blog! I'd love to follow up with a post about the company.  Please contact me through Active Rain, and I'll call you.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike - Love your post, and the photos. Makes me want to head back to the High Desert Museum enar Bend Oregon where they have several owls. I've heard them here in Medford, but haven't spotted one yet. We've put up a bat house in one of the pines on the back of our lot to encourage their presence - and help in keeping the mosquito population down!

Posted by Karen Cooper, Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States (Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas) over 11 years ago


The High Desert Museum is one place that's eluded me thus far.  I'd like to change that; it sounds like a wonderful place.  Have you written a Localism post about it?

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Mike - I had no idea that they went after skunks!  I'm at JD's and we are enjoying your blog and especially your pictures.

Posted by Dan Jones over 11 years ago

I have been reading your blog last couple of weeks and enjoy every bit. Thanks. pest control saint George

Posted by pest control saint George about 11 years ago


It's time to sign up for Active Rain so we can get to know you.  Please send me an email through AR.

Brother Dan,

How did I miss your comment?  Hope you're doing well.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

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