Blogs from Essential

Army Ants Build Hanging bridge to Wasps Nest

                Impressive and scary at the same time! This video captures over a million army ants working together to build a bridge designed to help invade a giant wasp nest. The highly organized ants were captured on camera by an electrical engineer, Francisco Boni. Boni wrote on Twitter: “Attack of legionary ants (also known as army ants or marabunta) to a wasp honeycomb. Impressive the level of swarm […]

How Are Termites Treated?

Termites are among the most common pests in the world. Unfortunately, they’re also among the most destructive. Left to their own devices, a colony of termites will eat up as much wood as it can find, which can result in extensive property damage. If you’re concerned that you may have a termite infestation on your hands, it’s time to get in touch with a professional pest control service. It requires special expertise and specific tools […]

How to Prevent a Monsoon Season Mosquito Infestation

Monsoon season is here, and longtime residents of Southern Arizona know what that means: flooded roads in Tucson, high winds, and plenty of water on the ground. Unfortunately, monsoon season is also prime mosquito season. If you’re not careful, the rainy months could usher in a full-blown mosquito infestation in your yard. Here’s how to prevent that: Don’t give mosquitoes a place to breed. Before monsoon season gets into full swing, take a look at […]

Why Are Roaches So Tough to Get Rid of?

According to popular legend, cockroaches are so tough they could survive a nuclear blast. While this isn’t true, they’re definitely difficult to eradicate from a home or business once an infestation takes hold. If you see one roach scurrying across your kitchen floor, it’s a safe bet that your home is harboring more of these pests. Call a pest control company right away, and continue reading for a look at what makes cockroaches so resilient.   […]

What Can You Do to Keep Termites Out of Your Home?

Termites are so small and inconspicuous that many homeowners rarely see them. The results of a termite infestation, however, are all too obvious. If termites are permitted to chew away without interruption, they can wreak major damage on your property. That’s why it’s so critical to try to keep termites away from your home. Here are some tips for keeping these tiny—but formidable—pests away.   Look for water around your home. Termites are naturally attracted to […]

Why Commercial Properties Should Be Free of Weeds and Pests

If you manage a commercial property, one of your first priorities should be making sure that your property is clean and safe for everybody. That means ensuring that there are no pest infestations, and it also means eliminating weeds. Why exactly is this so important? Here’s a look at why you need to keep both of these menaces off of your commercial property: Pests can be a health hazard. Nobody wants to see ants, cockroaches, […]

Signs That Termites Have Invaded Your Yard

If there’s one insect that spells trouble for any homeowner, it’s termites. This small but troublesome creature can eat its way through your yard and home, ruining anything made of wood and leaving you with an expensive repair bill. That’s why it’s so important to watch for any signs that the pests have moved into your yard. Here are some telltale signs of termites’ presence: You see termite tubes. Termites build small tubes out of […]

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What Kind of Damage Can Termites Cause?

Termites don’t look particularly dangerous. In fact, these insects are so small and inconspicuous that many homeowners with termite problems never actually see the pests themselves. Don’t be fooled by their appearance, however—termites can wreak serious damage wherever they go. These are some of the different types of damage that termites can cause around your home and yard: Property Damage Caused By Termites Because termites eat wood, they are a menace to anything made of […]

How To Identify Termites

How To Identify Termites Before Your Home Is Infested Despite all the disbelief, their are termites in Tucson and thrive in the desert. These tiny creatures are often able to infect your home with ease. They’re often difficult to detect before they become a full infestation and you need to call professional termite control. Did you know a termite can enter your home through a space as small as 1/32nd of an inch? You do […]

Your Crash Course on Bed Bugs

Cimex lectularius, or the common bed bug, has plagued humans for centuries. Aristotle wrote about them, briefly, as did the famous Greek playwright Aristophanes. These days, bed bugs benefit from the modern transportation system. They readily hitch rides on travelers’ luggage, and cause infestations in homes and businesses all around the world. Bed bugs are tricky to get rid of—you’ll need the services of a professional pest control technician, who can develop a comprehensive bed bug eradication plan.   What Bed […]

Scorpions of Tucson – What you need to know

Bark Scorpion Description: Generally between ¼” – 3” and light tan in color, this is the most common scorpion in southern Arizona.  The venom in this scorpion contains a potent neurotoxin.  It has two slender claws and a tiny black dot above its stinger. Behavior: The bark scorpion is an excellent climber.  This scorpion is commonly encountered running up walls or on ceilings in structures.  Some favorite resting areas for this scorpion is under tree […]

Which Pests Are Likely to Pop Up in Your Yard?

No matter where you live, yard pests will make their presence known. The Tucson area is known for a wide diversity of insects and other pests. The next time you walk through your yard, you’re likely to encounter multiple types of insects and arachnids. A residential pest control company can help you deal with all of them so your family can get back to enjoying the great outdoors.   Harvester Ants Harvester ants primarily eat seeds. They are […]

Watch: 500k termites destroy tiny house in 2 months

  The Tiny Termite House, a groundbreaking study and video production by the National Pest Management Association revealed the destructive nature of termites like never before. Just a few short months ago, more than half a million voracious termites were introduced into the soil surrounding a tiny, built-to-scale dream home. A team of researchers began documenting and observing their behaviors and the incredible damage they leave in their wake. The Tiny Termite House is verifiable […]

Prevent an Ant Infestation This Summer

If there’s one sight every homeowner has learned to dread, it’s the ant. These small but persistent critters are one of the most irritating pests in the world, and they are particularly troublesome in the summer. As the weather gets hotter, ants are more likely to march into your home and get into your food. If you don’t want to deal with these unwelcome pests this summer, follow these simple tips to reduce your risk of an ant infestation:   Don’t give […]

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What Business Owners Need to Know About Pest Control

Homeowners often wait to see pests before contacting a pest control company, even though a proactive approach works best. Business owners don’t have this luxury—pests like termites, bed bugs, and bees must be managed before they become a major problem. Otherwise, the business’ fiscal health and reputation may be threatened.   Reputation Management Business owners work hard to build a sterling reputation in their communities. Customer service, quality products, and affordable prices are just three […]

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How Termite Damage Can Harm Your Property

Termites cause billions of dollars of damage every year in the United States. One of the reasons for this is that termite activity often progresses undetected until the damage inflicted is severe and widespread. It’s essential for all homeowners to know what to watch out for, and to contact a pest management company right away if any signs of termites are noticed.   Types of Structural Damage Termites do cause cosmetic damage, but they will also […]

A Guide to Southern Arizona’s Worst Weeds

If you care about your landscaping, weeds are likely to feel like the bane of your existence. Weeds can spring up virtually anywhere around your home, interfering with the look of your yard and forcing you to waste time pulling them. If you can’t seem to get rid of your weeds, a pest control professional can provide you with the capable treatments you need. Here are some of the weeds you’re most likely to encounter in Southern Arizona:   […]

Bees on the rise

Spring is here and bees are on the rise in Tucson. More importantly the Africanized honey bees also known as killer bees are very active. How did they get here you ask, well about 60 years ago, a beekeeper in Brazil accidentally released 26 Tanzanian queen bees and their swarms into the wild. The bees had been brought to South America from Africa in an attempt to increase honey production. Once escaped, they thrived. By the early 1990s […]

When Are Termites Most Active?

Every year, a tiny bugs called termites costs property owners billions of dollars in damage. These infuriatingly persistent pests eat wood products, whether it comes in the form of trees, books, furniture, or even the wood that makes up your building. Unfortunately, termites can be tricky to spot—by the time you see any signs of them in your home or yard, they may already have caused extensive damage. Knowing when termites are most likely to be active […]

Ants come marching in! – Ways to avoid invasion.

The ants come marching in! Ways to help curve the ant invasion.  Like every other year in Tucson, the warm weather has brought out the bugs. Ants are crawling out of the ground foraging for food with no time to waste. These journeys can sometimes lead these creatures into your home. Having ants in your home can be a serious hassle, but not to worry we at Essential Pest Control have a few tips for […]

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