Any arachnid of the order Scorpionida with a hollow poisonous stinger at the tip of the tail. Scorpions vary from about 1/2 in. to about 6 in. (1-15 cm) long; most are from 1 to 3 in. (2.5-7.6 cm) long. They are predominantly tropical or subtropical, but some species live in temperate regions. During the day they hide in crevices or under objects, emerging at night to feed mostly on other arthropods.
The Arizona brown recluse spider (shown), and the black widow are the most common “harmful” spiders commonly found in Arizona. Most spiders are harmless to humans. In fact, spiders are considered beneficial because they feed on insects. Outdoors, spiders serve an ecological purpose. When they’re found indoors, however, spiders build unsightly webs, often with leftover dead insects in them, which far outweighs any benefits they may offer in keeping the number of pests down.
Ants are one of the most prolific but least harmful pests. Identifying which type of ant is causing the problem helps find the right solution forcontrol. Ants live in colonies, if you see a mere few you can assume there are many more.You need expert help in tracking them to the actual source and eliminating the threat. With our decades of experience, we can assist with eliminating your ant problems.
Crickets are closely related to the cockroach and typically live outdoors. When a male is trying to attract a female they rub their legs together play the “song” that we are all familiar with. When they become house or indoor crickets these nuisances can take to eating such things as your clothes, books, and paper products for fiber nutrition.
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There are many varieties of cockroaches that we have to deal with in Arizona. The American cockroach is primarily an outdoor roach that occasionally finds its way inside by crawling or flying. The Oriental Cockroach can be found both inside and outside. All they need is a dark moist area such as under your sinks in the kitchen or bathrooms, or outside near an irrigation box, or near a drip line. The German Cockroach lives only inside homes and is often found in the kitchen or the bathroom.
During warmer months, bees and wasps help pollinate plants. The key difference between wasps and bees other than the fact that bees produce honey and can sting only once, wasps can sting repeatedly. Some species of wasps can build huge nests in your walls or crawlspaces of your home. A swarm of wasps can be lethal, particularly if you are allergic to their venom.
Earwigs, sow bugs, and pill bugs (roly-poly bugs) are found around decaying vegetation, but they can also find their way into your home. The species most commonly found in Arizona is the European Earwig. European earwigs are easy to spot by the large pincers on the end of their bodies.
Silverfish can be found anywhere in your home. They can eat almost anything that contains protein or carbohydrates such as sugar, beef extract, and dead insects, but they’re not limited to those foods. They can also each starch, paper, some synthetic fibers, glue, and paste.
Pigeons can cause a variety of problems around your home or business. They can speed up the deterioration of your building structures and even kill vegetation from excess fecal matter build up. Destruction isn’t the only concern with pigeons, they also carry a deadly disease known as Histoplasmosis. This disease is airborne and known to affect people. In fact, they’re considered the #1 pest problem around the world. Keeping them from roosting around your business or home keeps you from being exposed to disease and worrying about the deterioration that they cause.
Rodents, rats, and mice come into your homes seeking warmth, water, food, and shelter. They carry disease and can cause destruction to your property. They chew through wood and electrical wires leaving your property at risk of electrical fire from the exposed wires they leave behind. More than 25% of house fires in the US are caused by rats, rodents and/or mice leaving exposed wiring behind in their wake. They can get into your home or office through a hole as small as a nickel or dime. Keeping your property sealed and avoid leaving readily available food sources around to attract them in are key to preventing infestations.
Fleas are pests to both humans and their pets. Fleas go through a complete metamorphosis after hatching from eggs. Fleas can infest homes that don’t have a pet, animals like coyotes, feral cats, bats, squirrels, and rats can also bring fleas to your doorstep. Fleas are found throughout Arizona.
Ticks can be a real problem in Arizona. You may have never had a tick problem on your dog or other pets, but if you take a trip up to the mountains to get away from the heat or visit a dog park, then you will be dealing with a tick problem in your home. Certain ticks carry diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease. Ticks should be dealt with quickly if they’re found in your home to avoid any chance of catching these serious diseases.
Bed bugs are the common name for Cimex lectularius, a reddish-brown, oval-shaped insect that can grow to a quarter of an inch long. Bed bugs are wingless and survive by sucking blood from a host animal, preferably a human.
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