5 common pest you’re likely to see this summer

5 common pest you’re likely to see this summer

The official start of summer is just a couple weeks away. Along with the summer heat, Tucson and surrounding areas will be inundated with pests.

Here are some of the top bugs to look out for now that the temperatures are rising.

 

1. Africanized bees

Out of all of Arizona’s venomous creatures, Africanized bees are responsible for the most deaths, experts state.

If you happen to come across bees or the hive, leave the area immediately. At the moment you think that they might be a danger to people or animals, call 911 or get in touch with your pest control provider. If you disrupt a hive, cover your head and run straight to shelter. Do NOT stop running until you’ve found safe shelter.

 

2. Scorpions

A common scorpion found in the area is the Bark Scorpion. It also has the most painful sting. Usually, people experience a sharp pain with numbness, tingling and possible vomiting. Their light brown/tannish color makes them hard to spot during the day. A black light can help you spot them at night. They can crawl up walls and scale furniture with ease and are more common in the rural areas.

 

3. Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are the number one transmitter of West Nile disease which kills roughly 800 Americans every year. Getting rid of any standing water and unwanted vegetation will help reduce the amount of mosquito reproduction around your home.

4. Ticks

Ticks can also transmit harmful diseases. After camping or hiking, inspect for ticks on you and your pets. Pets may show signs of tick paralysis if they’ve been bitten and the tick hasn’t been removed.

 

5. Spiders

Spiders will often be attracted to wherever many bugs live. Houses that have a lot of light may see an increase in spiders in their home and area. A bite from some of these arachnids like the Desert Recluse and the Black Widow can cause serious illness and skin damage. In extreme cases Results from these type of bites have been much worse. The best advice is if you come across any of these creatures is to call an exterminator as soon as possible to avoid stings or bites. If you find yourself in a situation where you are in need of pest control services, Essential Pest Control is here for you. Call 520-886-3029 today!

Ants of southern AZ

Ants of Southern AZ

Honey pot ants

 

With more than 12,000 known ant species around the world, ants are sure to make their mark in the deserts of Arizona. Housing over 300 known species, Arizona has the highest diversity of ants in the United States.

Honey-Pot Ants

In nests of honey-pot ants, living food jars up to about half an inch across cling to the ceilings of underground cavities. On the surface, they are best recognized by their erratic, stop-and-go movements.

As with most types of ants, adult workers feed immature larvae by regurgitating liquid food. Honey-pot species take that two steps further. Workers forage outside the nest for plant juices and other foods, then feed sweet liquid to a specialized group of adult workers called “repletes.” The repletes swell into berry-like spheres to store honey for sustaining the colony through the lean season. They hold up to eight times their body weight in honey, but can barely move.

Seed Harvesters

Seed harvesters are found in back yards and deserts. The two, formerly cooperative foundresses of the ant species Messor pergandei, are engaged in lethal combat.

Such fights begin soon after the first adult workers appear in the nest and result in the demise of all but one of the original foundresses.

“Pogo” workers grow to about half an inch and range from red to black. They forage up to about 100 feet from their nests, which are conspicuous bare-soil circles with a central opening.

Queens may live more than 20 years, continuing to lay eggs from a single mating flight. But once individual workers begin foraging outside the nest, lizards, birds, dehydration or other hazards are likely to kill them within a month. Younger workers are continually tending new batches of eggs. As workers get older, they become expendable foragers instead of larva-tenders.

Tens of thousands of ants may cooperate as a single colony. Winged reproductive forms, males and virgin queens, fly after summer rains. After mating, the males promptly die and the queens try to start their own colonies. A tiny percentage succeed.

Desert Fire Ants

These shiny ants, either black or red, are common in yards and pack a nasty sting. Most are only about one-eighth of an inch long.

The Arizona Department of Agriculture has so far been successful at keeping Arizona free of the local fire ants’ South American cousins, red imported fire ants, which have infested states from Florida to Texas.

Army Ants

Army ants attack other ants’ nests not to steal babies, but to eat them. The ones in and around the Valley are nearly blind. Tens of thousands of them may form raiding columns during nighttime raids, eating whatever other insects they come across. An Army ant colony does not build a permanent nest. It moves as a group from place to place to find new food supplies, using temporary shelters such as rodent holes.

 

Source: askabiologist.asu.edu/arizona-ant-species

Weed Control With Pre-emergent

Weed Control With Pre-emergent

Weed Service

There are many reasons to utilize a Weed control program. Weeds are time consuming, difficult to control and unsightly. The use of well timed herbicide applications are essential in the upkeep of any residential yard or commercial landscape. A weed control program utilizes two stages; a pre-emergence to prevent seeds from germinating and a post-emergence to kill visible weeds.

Pre-emergent herbicides control seedlings before they emerge through the topsoil. These herbicides should be applied twice a year. Pre-emergent applications are most effective when applied in the early Fall (July.-Aug.) and the early Spring (Feb.-Mar.). Essential Pest Control uses a herbicide product designed to limit future weed growth, stopping the seedlings from germinating.

Post-emergence herbicides are used to kill visible weeds. Some weeds may have started growing, but have not emerged through the soil surface. Growth under topsoil may require multiple visits and applications. Post-emergence herbicides ideally should be applied when the weed is actively growing, but if the plant is dormant alternative products are utilized. Essential Pest Control offers several post-emergence programs to control weeds dependent upon the demands of the property including weed pressure, location, landscape, and desired level of control.

So remember, the key to a beautiful, cost effective yet professional looking landscaped yard is a proper herbicide control program. The key to a successful herbicide control program is a proper pre-emergence application and a continued post-emergence application. Whether it is to improve your property’s curb appeal, make your yard the envy of your neighbors, or just save you valuable time and effort Essential Pest Control is your ally in the war against weeds.

If you have any questions or are interested in the program, please call us at 520-886-3029. Visit our Web Specials page for online discounts.

Spotting roaches before the infestation

 

Pest Control Tucson Roach Treatment

How to Spot Roaches before the infestation

The German cockroaches are smaller, nonflying subspecies that like to hitchhike their way into your home. They find their way in packages, boxes and grocery food you bring home. German cockroaches love water and are sometimes called water bugs. It’s larger cousin, the American cockroach breed outdoors but have no problem coming indoors during cold weather.

There are few things you can do to make sure these pests don’t get cozy in your home:

Seal off access ways

Thanks to the roaches’ ability to flatten their bodies, they can find their way into your home through the smallest cracks and crevices.

So if you really want to keep roaches away, have your home sealed off from these access ways. Essential offers an exclusion program if you don’t feel like DYI is not an option.

Plug up all leaks

Cockroaches can survive for a month without food but need daily access to water. Keep roaches away by preventing you home from being a roach water fountain.  Drain the sink when you’re done with the dishes, wipe down the bath when you’re finished and remove all traces of water from your countertops.

Also check your house for other sources of water, leaky plumbing and other moisture around your home. Even if a roach is able to get in, a lack of water will prevent it from sticking around.

Keep it clean

Cockroaches love dirty, cluttered, crumb-scattered places. They’ll live anywhere that has their three basic requirements – food, water, and warm shelter – but dirty, cluttered environments have a lot more of these to offer.

The best way to keep roaches away is to make your home uncomfortable for these pests by keeping it clean. Take out the trash often, do your dishes as soon as you finish eating, wipe up every trace of sauce and grease from the stovetop, give your countertops a thorough wipe-down, sweep and mop the floors, and keep the dishwasher spotless.

Regular pest control application

A regular application is crucial to keeping the bugs away. The pest treatment creates a barrier around the perimeter of your home that a wide range of insects wouldn’t dare cross. If for some reason they cross the barrier their bodies will pick up the specifics of the treatment and attack the system, which is engineered specifically for insect biology. If you have questions or need an inspection, give Essential Pest Control a call at 520-886-3029. Mention this article and inspection is on us!

 

Rodents – Disease, damage and allergy pests

Rodents – Disease, damage and allergy causing pests

RodentMost people, understandably have a dislike or fear of rodents, which makes sense considering how dangerous they can be to humans. Mice, rats and the parasites that tag along can carry a number of diseases. Some of these viruses are potentially deadly to humans,  in particular, Hantavirus, Listeria, Rat-Bite Fever and Salmonellosis. Let’s not forget Bubonic Plague, aka Black Death. The plague that wiped out approximately one-third of Europe’s population in the 14th Century.

 

Rodents can also play a large role in contributing to dangerous allergies. For instance, rodent urine and droppings could trigger allergies and there are as many people allergic to mouse droppings as there are to mold and dust. Exposure to mouse allergen is a known cause of asthma in children and adults. Rodents can also be a huge detriment to your home and automobiles. They’re known to eat just about anything – including parts of your house and car. For example, their teeth can gnaw through insulation, wall paneling, card board, even wood. Some are especially fond of electrical wiring and that can lead to real danger and expensive repairs. Exposed wires resulting from mice are believed to cause 25% of U.S. house fires.

 

As winter comes along,

your home becomes even more attractive to mice and rats. Colder temperatures lead them to seek refuge in warm places and your house is a perfect fit. An estimated 21 million homes are infested by rodents each winter. Many people believe if they’ve never seen a mouse or rat in their home, they’re not there. But in truth, rodents can be very secretive and live in your home months without being noticed. A mouse can enter your home through an opening as small as a dime. Once inside your home, mice and rats reproduce quickly. In a short amount of time, you could be facing a full-on infestation.

 

The rodent experts at Essential Pest Control can give you a free inspection and determine what the best form of treatment would be. Give us a call at 520-886-3029 for your courtesy inspection.

 

The Coming of Rodent Season

 The Coming Rodent Season

Attention to the Outside will help keep rats and mice from getting in.

It’s getting to be that time of year when we get out of the weather, hunker down inside our warm homes, and prepare big meals. Rats and mice have the same plans, and when they get inside, they can devastate your home. Rodents spend at least 3 percent of their life chewing, becausPack Rat/ Rodente their teeth never stop growing. If they don’t chew, they’ll die. The name rodent actually comes from the Latin word rodere, which means “to gnaw, eat away”.

In your home, rodent chewing can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage, and can even lead to fires. Around 25 percent of house fires with undetermined causes are likely due to rodents chewing electric wires in the walls and elsewhere. Another threat is the illnesses that rodents can spread. From salmonella to meningitis to hantavirus and E. coli, they carry pathogens that can kill you.

 

So, how do you stop these dangerous pests from getting into your home? Start by working outside your home.

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens
  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys
  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, using caulk and/or steel wool, and don’t forget to seal up points of entry into the garage
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly
  • Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains that provide the perfect breeding site for pests
  • Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home or car
  • Regularly inspect under the hood of vehicles for gnawed materials, nests, droppings or frayed wires
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house

 

If you see mice in your house, try to trap them and find out how they’re getting inside or call a professional for help.

But if you see rats, even one rat, in your house, that’s a very bad sign. One rat can be a serious problem, due to the damage they cause and diseases they may carry. Rats are smarter than mice, have a wider range they travel, and can do so much more damage, even one rat is reason to call the professionals at Essential pest control. 520-886-3029

Five Persistent Pests of the Fall Season

 

Pests hidden in the leaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five persistent pests of the fall season

You are probably excited for the fall season and the cooler weather that comes with it. Well, along with the cooler temps comes the pests. We’ve listed 5 of the pests that will potentially pay you a visit this season.

 

Bed Bugs:

One of the most difficult to control, bed bugs infest at a rapid rate and have been on the rise in recent years. About the size of an apple seed, bed bugs are nocturnal in nature and are typically found in mattresses, suitcases, boxes and shoes. While bed bugs are not known to spread any diseases, they can leave behind itchy welts on their victims and multiply quickly. If you suspect that you might have bed bugs, call a pest professional immediately.

Rodents:

Rodents like mice and rats are common fall intruders. These rodents, like many creatures thrive on food and shelter. To prevent rodents from entering the home,  keep all food sealed in airtight containers and seal cracks around the foundation of the home. Even the smallest crack provides easy access for mice since they can squeeze through holes the size of a nickel. Keep in mind, rodents can bring fleas, mites, ticks and lice into the home.

Ants:

Various types of ants are typically found in and around the home during the fall. Although most species of ants are considered a nuisance, odorous house ants can contaminate food and carpenter ants can damage the structure of a home. To prevent an ant infestation, seal all cracks in and around the home, eliminate sources of standing water and keep food sealed in tight containers. Additionally, keeping tree branches cut back from the home also prevents ants from marching inside.

Cockroaches:

While most think cockroaches are just a frightening nuisance, it’s important to know that cockroaches have an ability to spread 33 different types of bacteria and cause asthma in children, making them one of the most dangerous pests on our list. They typically hide near pipes and drains, so it is important to keep kitchens and bathrooms sanitized. Vacuuming frequently will also help prevent cockroach infestations.

Lady Beetles and Boxelder Bugs:

Lady Beetles and Boxelder bugs are two of fall’s most active pests, yet they are rarely discussed. These beetles feed on small pests like Aphids and White Flies and Boxelder Bugs feed on fallen seeds and trees and live on rocks, trees and buildings. Although these pests are considered a nuisance, they have the potential to stain clothing, curtains and other fabrics with their droppings and emit a strong odor if crushed. Vacuum often and seal cracks around the home to prevent them from entering the home. Damaged screens on doors and windows should also be repaired or replaced.

The team at Essential Pest Control has expertise in identifying and eliminating all sorts of pests that bother Tucson homes and businesses. Call us at (520) 908-6251 to request an estimate for your property. We have a broad service area throughout the Green Valley, Vail, and Oro Valley regions.

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 now!
But how can you protect your home from an insect that can go undetected for so long? By knowing the five reasons why termites frequently go undetected, you’ll know how to find these annoying insects before they can infest your house and cause a ton of damage.

Termites are tiny
One of the biggest factors why termites are so difficult to detect is because of their size. An average termite is between one-fourth to one-half of an inch in length. However, the queen termite is often up to an inch long. Their pale color is often what allows them to blend into wood and carpet.

Termites look like ants
Ants and termites could be twins from the height of an average person. Because of their small and similar body types, termites can often go undetected as a harmless ant looking for crumbs. However, don’t be fooled. Ants may infest your home in a search for shelter and food, but termites will cause some serious damage.

New termites have wings
Another reason why termites are difficult to detect is because their wings, when swarming, can often make them look like winged ants. One of the ways you can tell the difference between these pests is that an ant’s wings will typically be larger in the front and smaller in the back. A termite’s wings, also four in number, will all be the same size.

They stay hidden

Finally, the number one reason why termites are so difficult to detect is because they prefer to stay hidden in the walls. In some cases, a homeowner may not even know they have termites until they discover the damage and call termite control for an inspection. You may be able to find signs of an infestation if there’s a pile of wings outside your home. After swarming, termites lose their wings because they’re not needed anymore. Additionally, termites often leave tiny tubes in the mud in order to provide safer travel.

By being able to detect termites in your home, you’ll be able to keep your family safe from any damage these pesky pests may cause. To get rid of your termites fast and to be sure they’re gone for good, contact the professional termite control services at Essential Pest Control today.

Spring Time Pests

Spring is when many different pests become very active.  Different types of insects and arachnids can be found around the house and sometimes inside.  Many pests are starting new life cycles and may not be noticed until the late summer months.

Signs of spring begin to reveal themselves as early as the first day of February.  The winter rains cause annual weeds and grasses to start sprouting throughout the desert floor.  Daytime temperatures average in the 70s and 80s with cool nights in the 40s and 50s.  These temperatures help spawn a dramatic influx in pest activity.  Select ant species will release thousands of reproductive winged ants to mate and produce new colonies.  Occasional invaders such as crickets and earwigs begin to lay eggs.  Scorpions and spiders become very active and forage for the many different insects that are now abundant.  Scorpions are also giving birth to live young and carrying them on their back for the first 30 days of their lives.  As spring melts into summer, our desert pests continue to flourish.

Essential believes that spring is a great time of year to “nip it in the bud” and prevent pest problems.  Our Power Pest Control program is designed to keep pests out of your home by focusing on areas outside where pests enter, live, and feed.  This “powerful” approach is used to combat 14 different pest species.  These pests include ants, scorpions, spiders and more.  Some important parts of the Power Pest service include a thorough perimeter treatment, crack and crevice dusting, and yard granulation.  The Power Pest program offers a great value and protection for a low cost.

Essential also offers another solution to homeowners who have a very low tolerance to pests in their living space.  Our Desert Exclusion program uses various materials to seal possible entry points around a home.  First, one of inspectors will draw a diagram of the home and identify cracks, crevices, gaps, and voids that need to addressed.  Then our Desert Exclusion team will go to work.  Some areas that are sealed include the stucco trim, gaps around doors and windows, and roof ventilation.  This program offers long-term protection against our desert invaders.

We hope you enjoy the beautiful weather of spring in southern Arizona, despite the increase in insect activity.

Prevent Weeds with a Weed Pre-emergent!

There are many reasons to utilize a Weed control pre-emergent or Weed control program. Weeds are time consuming, difficult to control and unsightly. The use of well timed herbicide applications are essential in the maintenance and upkeep of any residential yard or commercial landscape. A weed control program utilizes two stages; a pre-emergence to prevent seeds from germinating and a post-emergence to kill visible weeds.

Pre-emergent herbicides control seedlings before they emerge through the topsoil. These herbicides should be applied twice a year. Pre-emergent applications are most effective when applied in the early Fall (July.-Aug.) and the early Spring (Feb.-Mar.). Essential Pest Management uses a herbicide product designed to limit future weed growth by stopping the seedlings from germinating.

Post-emergence herbicides are used to kill visible weeds. Some weeds may have started growing, but have not emerged through the soil surface, so subsequent visits and applications will be necessary. Post-emergence herbicides ideally should be applied when the weed is actively growing, but if the plant is dormant alternative products are utilized. Essential Pest
Management offers several post-emergence programs to control weeds dependent upon the demands of the property including weed pressure, location, landscape, and desired level of control.

So remember, the key to a beautiful, cost effective yet professional looking landscaped yard is a proper herbicide control program. The key to a successful herbicide control program is a proper pre-emergence application and a continued post-emergence application. Whether it is to improve your property’s curb appeal, make your yard the envy of your neighbors, or just save you valuable time and effort Essential Pest Management is your ally in the war against weeds.

See a herbicide application video by clicking on our Weed Control Page

Termites and Winter

Termites and Winter

With Winter here, certain pests will be moving indoors.  Due to the cooler soil temperatures during Winter, Termites remain very active.  In Arizona, it is not a matter of if a house will get termites, but when a house will get termites.

It is always much more expensive to repair termite damage, then to take the steps to prevent the situation.  Thankfully, when treating for Termites, there are a couple options to choose from.  The first option is a liquid chemical barrier treatment.  Liquid treatments or soil injection treatments are the most common treatment method and have been the standard in the industry for over 50 years.  This treatment is a non-repellent barrier that kills any termites that enter into the chemically treated zone.  Therefore, presenting Termites with a roadblock to keep them from attacking your home.

See Video: Liquid Termite Chemical Treatment

The second alternative is the Sentricon Always Active Baiting System.  We introduce a bait matrix for termites to feed upon. When the material is consumed and distributed throughout the colony, termites die.  The Sentricon System is the most sophisticated termite treatment technology on the market.  The product is extremely effective with reduced impact to the environment.  Sentricon is supported by research from 30 independent universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sentricon is the only product to receive the Presidential Green Challenge Chemistry Award.

See Video: Sentricon Termite Baiting System

Termites infest over 4 million homes annually causing nearly $5 billion in damage.  Planning ahead is the most effective way to keep Termites away from your home.  Take advantage today and schedule your free courtesy Termite inspection with Essential.

Termites and Winter

Termites and Winter