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Ants

There are many different types of Arizona ants and that means the solutions to an infestation will vary.

For example, fire ants are almost always an outdoor problem, and different treatment options exist, such as bait or direct spraying. When it comes to crazy ants, forelius ants, pavement ants, and odorous house ants, prevention is crucial.

Look around your home for any opening that a tiny ant could crawl through, such as an improperly sealed window frame or a ventilation pipe. Carpenter ants should be treated first, followed by a damage assessment and, if necessary, replacement of the rotted wood.


Cause

The cause for an ant infestation most always is food. They will often enter a home because it provides access to an easy and enticing food source. Outside they will often be found around pools, outdoor seating areas/tables or around dog or cat dishes. These are areas where they will have access to both food and water.

Treatment

The first step in treatment is to identify the type of ant and the food source. Removing the food source when possible is best. Once that is done inspecting and identifying where the ants are coming from is next. Often this can be done by following their “trails”. We then will use either a granular bait or a non-repellant spray or both to gain control of the problem and eliminate the colony. Normally homeowners will see a dramatic drop off in activity within just a few days. Depending on type and severity of problem it can take multiple treatments to eliminate the problem.

Prevention

One of the easiest prevention steps you can take is to keep your food sealed in airtight containers and clean up crumbs, spilled pet food or any other food sources that might attract ants. Also seal up cracks and crevices around your home. However, you should be aware that since ants are so common and are such prolific colonizers it is normal to have ants reestablish themselves around a home or building. Ants are small, industrious, and relentless, if they want to find a way into your home, they usually will.

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Beetles

There are thousands of beetles in the Sonoran Desert, and they live in virtually every sort of habitat.

Beetles develop from an immature larval stage often referred to as a grub. These grubs typically live beneath the soil or inside plant tissues.

Sometimes they appear like caterpillars and feed on the leaves of plants. Beetles range in size from less than 1 mm to over 100mm in length. Three of the most common beetles are the Palo Verde, Desert Stink, and Carpet beetles. In the forested areas of Arizona it is also common to see the damage caused by Bark beetles.


Cause

Due to the abundance of different types of beetles it is not uncommon to run in to one type or the other. Some types will be problematic due to their destructive behavior and others such as the Convergent Lady Bird beetle are just pretty to look at. Carpet beetles will enter your home to lay their eggs on animal fabrics. The larvae that emerge feed on these fabrics.

Treatment

Treatment will depend on type of beetle. General service will help control some of the exterior beetles while carpet beetles that have established themselves indoors will require directly treating the infested areas.

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Cockroaches

Cockroaches creep into homes and businesses uninvited and do not leave if they get enough to fill their appetite.

Cockroaches are a diverse species, and they tend to inhabit different areas, sometimes making them a tricky pest to control.


Cause

Roaches as with most insects are looking for water, food, and shelter. They will gravitate to areas with clutter, excessive moisture, trash, lawn debris, food remnants, etc. If living in multifamily housing it may be that your neighbor has the problem and it moves over to your unit.

Treatment

Treatment for cockroaches starts with an inspection to determine the type of roach. Identifying the type will help in determining their harborage areas and effectively treating the infestation. For American and Oriental roaches standard treatment and eliminating harborage areas usually will do the trick. For German and Brown banded roaches it usually requires a more intensive treatment and may require multiple treatments to fully eliminate them.

Prevention

To help prevent a cockroach infestation eliminate clutter, excessive moisture, trash, lawn debris, food remnants, get rid of extra cardboard boxes and replace with plastic bins. Clean and place metal baskets in all drains, fix leaks and caulk around drains, faucets and do not overwater landscaping.

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Crickets

Crickets are a common insect in Phoenix.

Arizona is home to three common species of crickets: The house cricket, the Tropical House Cricket, and the Field Cricket. Crickets are known for their loud chirping sound. Many people consider crickets to be a nuisance, while others enjoy their song on a summer night.

Crickets can get into your home but do not pose any direct harm to humans, pets, or cause any property damage. However, crickets are a food source for scorpions. Cricket control is an important aspect of pest control and prevention in and around your home for this reason. Crickets are omnivores. This means that a natural cricket diet consists of plants and meat and includes protein, grains, and produce.

In the wild, crickets will consume a wide-ranging diet including insect larvae, aphids, flowers, seeds, leaves, fruit, and grasses.


Cause

Crickets will enter your home looking for a cool damp place to hide and for food sources.

Treatment

A routine pest control service along with preventative/exclusion measures can significantly lower the number of crickets near your home.

Prevention

The best preventative measures you can take to keep crickets out is to seal any openings/cracks to the outdoors, especially near ground level. Also check the seals at doors to the outside of your home and screens on your windows and doors to make sure they are intact and fit correctly.

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Scorpions

Three species of scorpions are commonly found in the Arizona.

They are the bark scorpion, Centruroides exilicauda, the striped tail or devils scorpion, Vaejovis spinigerus, and the giant or desert hairy scorpion, Hadrurus arizonensis.

Although more than 30 species of scorpions are found in Arizona, only the sting of the bark scorpion is considered to be life threatening. Its slender shape, and its long, delicate pincers and tail distinguish it from other species in the state. Of the three most common species, the bark scorpion is the only one that prefers to climb, and it may be found many feet above the ground on trees and rock faces.


Cause

Anyone living in the desert can expect that they may run across a scorpion now and then. Some areas will be much heavier in activity due to the surroundings. Scorpions can find multiple ways into your home. Sometimes it is as easy as walking through the front door. Other times it will squeeze its way through an opening around windows, pipes, etc. Depending on the type of scorpion, it may only take a very small opening for them to intrude in to your space.

Treatment

Effective treatment for scorpions is broken down in to 3 categories. Spraying a encapsulated products such as Demand CS or Onslaught Fastcap as a perimeter around the home and interior of garage and in to cracks and crevasses around home can be helpful. Using a good insecticide dust at doorways and windows can also help. Chemical solutions however may not be enough. The surroundings of the home that can be changed such as planters sitting flat on the ground or heavy foliage such as vines on a wall should be changed. This can help with other kinds of pests also. Lastly, sealing the home as much as possible is recommended.

Prevention

Scorpions may invade structures and crawl under any object that provides protection. Since gaps are a major entryway for these occasional invaders, seal up with weather stripping or caulking. Bark Scorpions have been known to climb into the tiniest of cracks. Remove any clutter inside and outside to eliminate any possible hiding places for scorpions. Also eliminate water sources as much as possible. Scorpions cannot climb on clean glass. Place wide- mouth jars under tables and crib legs. If this poses a problem of potential broken glass, apply petroleum jelly on the legs.

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Spiders

Arizona is home to many species of spiders.

Some of the most common ones are black widow, Arizona brown, tarantula, daddy long legs (Harvestmen), Wolf, Jumping, and Funnel web spiders.

Out of the many species there are 3 that are known for their highly venomous bite. They are the black widow, Arizona brown and brown recluse spiders. There are several others that are venomous but less so.


Cause

Spiders found on the inside of your home usually have gravitated there for shelter and food. They find dark, sometimes cluttered areas to set up shop. They will feed on other insects inside the home. Spiders on the outside of your home will also try and find dark areas where they will be left undisturbed.

Treatment

Along with a general pest service, web wiping and application of insecticides will help alleviate a spider problem. It is also important to keep wood piles and other clutter to a minimum around the home.

Prevention

Remove webs as soon as they are noticed. Keep clutter around exterior and interior of home to a minimum. Inspect items such as boxes or grocery bags before bringing them in to your home. Keep woodpiles away from home. Seal cracks and crevasses.

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