Importance of Commercial Pest Control

Commercial Pest Management

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 of the factors that contribute to a business’ reputation. All that hard work to build up your business’ reputation could vanish in the blink of an eye if your customers spot pests on the premises, especially if you own a restaurant or hotel. Thanks to online reviews and social media, negative gossip about the cleanliness of your building will spread quickly and prove difficult to eradicate. By proactively partnering with a pest control company, your business can preserve its reputation and its customer base.

 

Physical Damage Control

Some pests can cause significant damage to your commercial building or its inventory. Insects and rodents can chew up the building’s drywall, insulation, wood, and wires. The cosmetic consequences are damaging enough, but it can also result in expensive structural damage or even a building fire if wires are affected. Pests can also attack inventory ranging from racks of clothes to food items. By staying a step ahead when it comes to pest management, business owners can better manage their risk.

 

Workplace Health and Safety

Liability is a major concern for every business owner, and unmanaged pests can pose a serious liability issue. Pests spread contaminants and pathogens, and have been known to trigger outbreaks of disease. They can also cause susceptible individuals to suffer from allergy and asthma attacks, which may occasionally be life-threatening. You can protect your business with an effective pest management plan that safeguards the health and safety of your customers and employees.

 

Complete commercial pest control services in Tucson and Marana are available from Essential Pest Control. Over the years, we’ve built a solid reputation for providing quality pest solutions at affordable rates for businesses throughout the region. Call us today at (520) 886-3029 so we can help your business preserve its reputation

Southern Arizona’s Worst Weeds

 

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:

 

Puncturevine

Puncturevine is a particularly notorious weed because of its sharp, spiny burs. The burs can hurt animals’ paws, puncture bike tires, and stick to clothing and shoes. Puncturevine is an extremely common outdoor weed, often taking root along the sides of roads and walkways.

 

Crabgrass

Often mistaken for Bermuda grass, crabgrass is a tough weed that can grow in almost any type of soil. Crabgrass is one of the weeds that homeowners are most likely to encounter, and it can be extremely difficult to get rid of.

 

Pigweed

Pigweed is a tall, leafy weed that can be found all over the world. Like other annual plants, pigweed grows and dies in a single season, but once the weed shows up in your yard, it’s not likely to disappear unless you take action.

 

Bur Clover

It’s not uncommon to find entire fields of bur clover, a small leafy plant spreading across yards in California and Arizona. But there’s nothing lucky about this clover In fact, it’s a particularly frustrating plant to get rid of, in part because of the sticky burs it uses to disperse its seeds.

Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass grows rapidly, and it can quickly overwhelm any yard. It isn’t always considered a weed. Many people use it in their lawns but it can be a particularly hardy nuisance if you don’t want it there.

 

Are you in need of professional weed control? Essential Pest Management offers a thorough weed control program that can eliminate even the toughest, most resilient weeds. You can schedule a consultation at your home in Tucson, Marana, or Oro Valley by calling (520) 886-3029

COVID-19 and Pests – Important Info

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During this time there are lots of questions surrounding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including how it’s spread. As we enter spring, there may be concerns about disease transmission from insects. It is very important to note that coronavirus is not spread by vector pests. The best and most up-to-date resource for information on coronavirus remains the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

What are Vector Pests?

Vector pests like ticks and mosquitoes are known to play significant roles in the transmission of many critical diseases. Worldwide, mosquitoes are the leading vectors responsible for the transmission of infections to humans, and are responsible for spreading malaria, Zika virus, West Nile virus (WNV), Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), chikungunya, yellow fever and many more. Ticks are responsible for the transmission of the most common vector-borne infection in the United States, Lyme disease, as well as many other infections such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis.

Common Human Coronaviruses

Common human coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s, and are well-known causes of the common cold and flu. There are four main subgroupings of human coronaviruses. The viruses are mainly transmitted through contact with bodily fluid from an infected person by simple acts like coughing and sneezing. Microscopic droplets produced by the infected person can be inhaled by someone nearby (usually within a three to six-foot radius), or they can also be transmitted via contact with a contaminated surface (one that was just coughed upon) and then inadvertently touching one’s face or rubbing one’s eyes, or by sharing utensils.

 

How is COVID-19 Differs

SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and now COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) are zoonotic coronaviruses – viruses that have jumped the species barrier from their normal animal hosts to humans. This can happen through direct contact with an infected animal, as well as indirect contact or eating contaminated food. Zoonotic diseases are also very common and once transmitted to humans, they can spread through person-to-person contact as well.

We recommend that you follow the guidelines set by the CDC like proper washing of hands and other sanitizing advice.

 

Sources; CDC, NPMA – pestworld.com

 

 

Are You Having A Pigeon Problem?

Are You Having A Pigeon Problem?

 

Feral pigeons are the number one urban feathered pest, creating a quite a mess and causing damage where they roost. Pigeons are descendants of domesticated European homing pigeons, so they have a varied diet like grain to human takeaway food. Pigeons feel relatively comfortable making their homes in and on man-made structures.

What they look like

Generally blue-grey in color, but can range in a multitude of colors like reds, browns, dark grey feathers on the head and neck. Problem pigeons often have markings in black, white or brown on the wings and neck. A short neck and small head characterize the standard pigeon. Their short legs, hind toes and level front allow for easy perching on pipes and ledges or walking on flat surfaces. Pigeons generally nest in small, flat areas away from the ground such as building ledges, air conditioning units or window sills. Occasionally pigeons may even lay eggs directly on a protected ledge.

What they bring to the table

Pigeon control is important due to the damage and disease problems these problem birds often create. The uric acid in pigeon feces is highly corrosive and can cause extensive damage to metals and other substrates it sits on for long periods of time. Debris from flocks of problem pigeons often build up, backing up gutters and drains which can cause flooding and roof damage.

Nesting materials and other debris has caused failures in machinery, especially rooftop air conditioning units which are a prime nesting spot for pigeons. The bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites found in pigeon droppings are responsible for a host of serious diseases, including histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, toxoplasmosis and more.

If you come to realize you have any pigeon problems it is best to resolve the issues as soon as possible. Essential Pest Control Offers a bird trapping and removal service. Give us a call at 520-886-3029 for more info.

Bees Can Destroy Homes From the Inside Out

Bees Can Destroy Homes From the Inside Out

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Honeycomb

Bees can do so much more damage to your home than most people think. Bees Can Destroy! Aside from the physical damage and potential allergic dangers these pests cause, they can also cause serious and expensive damage to the actual structure of a building.

Here are some of the various forms of damage that bees can inflict on a residential or commercial property.

Mold and Dry Rotting

When bees form a beehive within the confines of your home’s walls, the infestation itself will cause damage. But dry rot and mold will also spread after the beehive dies within the wall, or if the bees can’t keep the hive at a cool temperature. Bees typically have upwards of 50 pounds of honey within their hives, so when the hive dies and begins to warm, all that melted honey will ooze out and cover your home’s walls. After a while, with the melted honey sticking to the inside of your walls, the mold and dry rot will increase and cause expensive and devastating home damage.

If you suspect a hive is inside your home, don’t simply assume that cold temperatures will solve the problem for you. Always contact a professional bee removal service as soon as possible.

Moisture Barrier

This is probably the most damaging consequence of bees inside a home: the removal of the home’s moisture barrier inside the walls. Once the hive moves inside your walls, the nest will expand once more and more honey is produced. Once the hive expands to a certain size, it will begin to press against the moisture barrier and the building felt of your walls. The bees will chew through this barrier and get to the actual surface of the wall, causing even more damage as they do.

Don’t let bees destroy your home from the inside out! Avoid major repairs and contact Essential Pest Control if you’re in need of Tucson bee removal services today. 520-886-3029

3 Ways to Keep Rodents Out – 2020 Edition

 

3 Ways to Keep Rodents Out – 2020 Edition

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Did you know that rats are capable of entering structures through a hole smaller than a quarter? The mouse, on the other hand, can squeeze into holes as small as a dime. Unfortunately, old homes are full of cracks, holes, nooks, and crannies for these pests to wriggle through. This could explain your recent rodent infestation; however, it’s also an important part of the solution.

When you put rodent control in control of conquering your unwanted colony of mice or rats, you can rest assured that you’ll be rid of them soon. The next step in the eternal struggle between man and mouse is to ensure they never come back. If you’re tired of setting mouse traps, here are some excellent preventative measures you can take against rodent kind.

Find The Gaps

Mice can get into your home very easily, and they can be just as annoying to deal with as rats. To prevent both from entering, find any and all quarter-inch holes that lead to the outside of your house and seal them shut. Remember, all of these efforts could be for nothing if you forget to close the front door, literally. Make sure to check screen windows, the gap between your front door and the floor, and any other forgettable locations that could be vulnerable to intrusion.

Befriend Neighborhood Cats

If you aren’t ready to adopt a fluffy little kitty, or you’re unsure about how much you actually like cats despite their internet fame, there’s another way. While putting little slices of meat and cans of tuna around your house at random will probably just attract more mice to your property, feeding the neighborhood cats is a time honored rodent control technique. Let the felines flock to your yard and allow nature to run its course. If any mouse attempts to enter, your home will be well guarded by hunting cats on the prowl.

Food Safety

This is probably good advice in general, but when you leave food out, animals will try to eat it. This is true regardless of what you do to stop them. No amount of mercenary cats or scrupulous house sealing are going to stop a mouse that smells food and warmth. Seal your food before throwing it away, only eat in the kitchen or dining areas, and don’t leave scraps of decomposing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches laying around.

Finally, when dealing with devious rodents that have already infiltrated your home, it’s always best to put rodent control in control. After they’ve performed their ruthless rodent control services, the burden falls on you to maintain a rodent free life. Are you up to the task?

If you have any questions, concerns or in need of an inspection, Call us at Essential Pest Control   520-886-3029

Bed Bugs: Where they are, why they stay!

 

Bed Bugs: Where they are, why they stay!

Bed Bug Control

 

When your home becomes infested with bed bugs, it isn’t because you did anything wrong. These tiny vampires really are out to get you. It isn’t bad luck, and it doesn’t mean your home is dirty. Bed bugs naturally feed on human blood, which is why they’re attracted to our body heat and breath.

Still, you may be wondering just how it is that bed bugs managed to get into your home. This is a common question, and fortunately there are many answers.

Where do bed bugs come from?

Bed bugs are the world’s greatest hitchhikers. These bloodsucking pests travel by latching onto the fabric of clothing, but they can also travel on anything that contains fabric such as backpacks, purses, and suitcases. Wherever the fabric goes, the bug goes. Common places where bed bugs can grab onto you include:

  • Hotel rooms
  • Visiting guests
  • Public transportation
  • Used furniture
  • Movie theaters
  • Rental cars

Bed bugs are incredibly small, which is what makes them so difficult to spot in fabric and carpets. If you set your clothing onto a hotel bed or used furniture, they can creep out and hang onto your shirt or pant fibers until you get home. From there, they multiply. The average female bedbug can lay up to 200 eggs during her life cycle.

Why won’t bed bugs go away?

Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of. Because of their tiny size, they can often go unnoticed until you have an awful bed bug control problem. Like most insects, they can squeeze their body into tiny crevices and cracks, including electrical outlets. That makes it incredibly difficult to kill all of them.

As soon as you recognize these tiny brown and red pests, it’s important that you take measures as quickly as possible. However, you have to approach bed bug control correctly or else these bugs will only come back to haunt you — Or rather bite you.

Unfortunately, the more popular chemicals and pesticides that kill common household pests don’t work as well for bed bug control. Bed bugs are immune to pyrethroids and neonicotinoids, which are present in many over the counter bed bug sprays. Ask your pest control service what chemicals they use to get rid of bed bugs, and consider hiring pest control services immediately to destroy them for you. When it comes to out of control bed bugs, the DIY route is never the right approach.

Bed bugs can take weeks to get rid of and during that time your pest control company will most likely make multiple stops to your house for treatment. It’s important that you call professionals in the case of a bed bug infestation. Even the presence of one female bed bug can be enough to begin the infestation all over again if you missed them with your DIY pest bomb.

For professional help, Give Essential Pest Control a call! 520-886-3029. Inspections are free!

Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling

Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling 

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If there’s one thing every traveler dreads, it’s bed bugs. These pests may be small, but they’re frustratingly difficult to get rid of once you have them in your home. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to pick up these unwanted travelers when you’re on the road. Here are some tips that will help you avoid inadvertently bringing bed bugs home with you.

Know what to look for.

While everybody knows that bed bugs should be avoided, not everybody knows what they look like or what evidence they leave behind. Telltale signs of the pests include brown-red stains, droppings that are black and dot-sized, and yellowish discarded shells. The bed bugs themselves are about the size and shape of an apple seed, but you often won’t see the actual bugs, as they are nocturnal and avoid light.

Always inspect hotel beds.

If you’re staying in a hotel, motel, or hostel, always check the bed for signs of bed bugs before sitting on it or placing your travel bags or clothing on it. Be sure that you inspect the mattress, the headboard, the sheets, the covers, and the pillows. If you see anything suspicious, don’t risk it! Instead, tell the staff of the hotel that you want a different room.

Keep your luggage safe.

Even if you don’t come into contact with bed bugs yourself, the pests can hitch a lift on your luggage. Never put down your suitcases until you’re sure you are in a bug-free zone. Here’s a tip: Bed bugs are less likely to be found in the bathroom, so keep your bags there while you do a quick room inspection.

For the past 35 years, Essential Pest Control has been providing dependable pest control services to residents of Southern Arizona. If you are in need of bed bug removal in Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, or another nearby areas, it’s time to get in touch with our pest control experts. You can reach us today by calling (520) 908-6251.

Termites Can Destroy your home, Keep Them Out!

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Termites Can Destroy your home, Keep Them Out!

While pests like termites and fleas may typically lurk in high grasses or moist environments, homeowners often forget that termites are capable of invading any home. Even homeowners in dry or urban settings need to be cautious. This is particularly true in Arizona where the state’s termites live and breathe for the hot, dry weather and don’t need moisture to stay alive.

Getting rid of termites as soon as possible with the help of professional pest control services is necessary to save not only your home, but also your money. Termites are often the cause of $5 billion worth of property damage in an average year. Here are some prevention tips to keep your urban home or apartment safe from these damage-doers before they can cause an infestation.

 

Use mesh on doors and openings


Arizona’s cities are often faced with drywood termites rather than subterranean termites. These termites can thrive without water, which means they don’t enter your home from the moist soil beneath your foundation, but through the crawl spaces of your home. You can help keep termites out of these spaces by applying type 20 fitted mesh to your windows, vents, doors, crawl spaces, and attics.

 

Seal unfinished wood


While natural wood may be aesthetically beautiful, it looks more like a six-course meal for a hungry termite. Use a varnish, sealant, or paint to coat the wood in and around your home. Additionally, seal any holes you may find in the wood, which these termites may take advantage of.

 

Keep lumber away from your building’s foundation


All termites need is 1/32nd of an inch of space to infest your building. If your home hosts a working fireplace, be sure to keep any firewood or lumber away from the outside of your home. This is the same with apartment buildings if you live on the ground floor. Termites can easily burrow into firewood and then transfer to your home with incredible speed.

Termites can affect your home in any environment, which is why they’re called pests. By using these prevention tips, you can keep your home termite-free whether you live in the country or in the bustling city. The trick to keeping termites away from your home is through preventative methods, but in the event that your home has an infestation be sure to contact residential pest control services.

What termites can do to your home

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What termites can do to your home

With rainy monsoons and fall on the way, termites are highly active here in Arizona. With holidays soon to follow, the last thing homeowners want to be thinking about is a possible infestation and termite control.

It’s best to be prepared and on your guard rather than hoping for the best. Homes with the firmest of foundations and the most secure walls, windows and doors can still fall victim to these invading insects. Termites can squeeze into a space as tiny as 1/32nd of an inch. Some homeowners believe termites can be sprayed with Raid and swept aside without any problem. This is not the case.

What can termites really do to your home?

Termites love to eat wood. When left alone over a handful of years, they could completely destroy a house before they’re able to be discovered by the property owner. This is because termites are difficult to identify before they mature, making them nearly invisible to the untrained and unsuspecting eye.

Fortunately, termites are often detected before they have the ability to destroy a home. Common signs of household damage caused by termites include:

  • Wood damage. One of the most well-known signs of a termite infestation is wood that appears layered when broken off from the rest of the wall. Wood will also sound hollow when tapped if it’s been severely damaged.

 

  • Sagging floors. Floors that appear to be blistering, sagging, or feel spongy is often a sign of termites chewing away at the floorboards.

 

  • Sticking windows. Windows and doors that stick without explanation are sometimes the work of termites tunneling within the frames. This causes the frames to change in shape, resulting in windows and doors that are harder to open and door.

Remove the termites before removing the damage

Before attempting to fix the damage caused to your home by termites, it’s essential to first take care of the termites in your home. Essential Pest control is ready to help with a termite inspection. An inspector can determine if the damage in your home is being caused by termites. Once a termite infestation has been detected by the inspector you will have suggestions and options on how to bet treat the infestation.

Detect Termites Before Your Home Is Infested

Detect Termites Before Your Home Is Infested

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Like bed bugs, termites are often able to infect your home easily. 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.

 

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Considerable Damage Termites Can Cause

 

Considerable Damage Termites Can 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 wood in your home. This includes wooden furniture, paper, and even floors. They can damage drywall and destroy window frames. Termites act quickly, so make sure that you don’t delay calling for a termite control service as soon as you notice signs of these pests in your home.

Foundation Damage

Severe termite infestations can actually undermine the foundation of your home. Hungry termites can eat away at foundation materials, plumbing pipes, and support beams. They can also severely damage your insulation. If you don’t have a termite infestation dealt with as soon as possible, you may find yourself looking at some very extensive property damage.

Landscape Damage

Termites don’t just go after the kind of wood that’s been processed and turned into products like furniture and flooring. They also go after old stumps, stacks of firewood, and even living trees. In fact, a termite infestation can kill a tree. Keep an eye on your yard for signs of termites, and respond to any warning signs of their presence right away. You can reduce the risk of termites by eliminating standing water in your yard, keeping firewood away from your home, and digging up and removing old stumps right away.

Are you in need of a reliable pest control provider in Southern Arizona? Essential Pest Control is proud to offer first-class pest control services to Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, and other nearby communities. If you’d like to schedule a free consultation for your termite problem, give us a call today at (520) 908-6251.

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!

What You Can Do to Get Rid of Roaches at Home

What You Can Do to Get Rid of Roaches at Home

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If there’s one pest every homeowner has learned to dread, it’s the cockroach. As persistent as they are unpleasant, cockroaches can be very difficult to discourage once they’ve taken up residence in your home. What can you do? Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to make your household less hospitable to these pests.

Keep your home clean.

Roaches, like many pests, are attracted to clutter and debris. If you keep your home as neat and tidy as possible, you’ll be reducing the number of places where roaches can potentially hide. In addition to minimizing the clutter, you should be sure to wipe down countertops and stoves daily. Never leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight, and make sure you clean up after meals right away.

Watch out for water leaks.

Roaches are attracted to water, so it’s important to fix any leaky pipes as soon as possible. Even minor leaks can provide roaches with the water they need to stay alive. Puddles of standing water, water left in sinks, and water pooling around your bathtub can all attract roaches. Keeping your home dry is key to keeping roaches at bay.

Seal up your house.

In order for roaches to get into your home, they have to find an opening from the outside. Unfortunately, many homes are filled with tiny cracks and crevices that roaches can use to gain entry. In addition to roaches, these holes can provide an entryway for other pests, such as ants and even wasps. To protect your home from unwanted pests, make sure that you’ve sealed off all of these potential entrances.

Are cockroaches or other pests plaguing your property? Essential Pest Control can provide you with the first-class pest control services you need. Our services are available to residential and commercial customers in Tucson, Vail, Marana, Sahuarita, and other nearby communities. Are you ready to learn more? Give us a call (520) 908-6251 to schedule an appointment.

What Are the Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation?

What Are the Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation?

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The thought of a bed bug infestation is enough to make anyone feel jumpy. Unfortunately, these pests are as small and hard to notice as they are irritating. If you find evidence of a bed bug infestation in your home, it’s a good idea to call for professional pest control right away. Since
bed bugs are difficult to see, however, you may have an infestation without ever observing the insects themselves. Here are some telltale signs that bed
bugs have moved in:

Empty Bed Bug Shells

Bed bugs shed their exoskeletons, or shells, as they grow, which means you’ll find these wherever bed bugs are living. These shells look like bed bugs, of course. You may find them on
your baseboards, stuck to your mattress, or even inside your box spring. Even one empty bed bug shell is a sure sign that you have a pest infestation to deal with.

Bed Bug Waste Stains

When bed bugs are living somewhere, they leave fecal stains behind. These stains are brown or black in appearance, and they are generally small and inconspicuous. They may be in placeswhere they are difficult to notice, but they may also show up clearly on bedsheets and mattresses. If you suspect you have bed bugs, do a quick visual inspection for any unusual dark stains.

Bed Bug Bites

One possible sign that you have bed bugs, of course, is that you’ve been bitten by them. However, bed bug bites can easily be confused with bites from other pests, such as spiders. Also, many people don’t have reactions to bug bites. If you have raised, itchy bite marks—and especially if you have a line    of multiple bites in a row—in combination with other signs of bed bugs, then you could have an infestation. When you’ve got a pest problem on your hands, call Essential Pest Control. We’ve been helping customers in Southern Arizona get rid of their pests since 1981. Our company serves Tucson, Sahuarita, Oro Valley, Marana, and the surrounding area. Whether you need pest control for your home or business, you can reach us for an appointment at (520) 908-6251.

 

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

How to Identify Bees on Your Property

Without bees, it would be tough to grow enough food to feed humanity. They are nature’s essential pollinators. But they can also become problematic, particularly if large numbers of bees move onto your property. If you identify a nest of bees, it may be time to call a pest control company, especially if someone in your family is allergic to bee stings. This is also important for business owners, as having someone get stung on your property may become a liability issue.

 

Comparing Bees and Wasps

There are many different species of bees and wasps, but there are a few defining characteristics that you can look for. Wasps tend to have a narrow waist and bright colors, along with four wings. In contrast, bees have a rounder, more uniform body. They’re also hairy and tend to feature brown or black coloration.

 

Identifying Honeybees

Honeybees are agriculture’s best friend. While they aren’t as aggressive as wasps, a honeybee can still sting if it feels that its hive is threatened. Honeybees are about half an inch long. All honeybees have stingers. Along their bodies, most honeybees have black stripes that alternate with amber or yellowish stripes.

 

Identifying Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are among the most common types found in the U.S. They can be anywhere from half an inch to an inch long. These bees tend to hibernate during the winter. They’re more visible during the spring when they mate. The female of the species does not sting humans very often, and the male lacks a stinger entirely.

 

Identifying Bumblebees

Bumblebees are among the largest of bees. While they can be about as long as a carpenter bee, they typically look much plumper. Bumblebees have very fuzzy bodies.

 

Checking Common Nesting Areas

The different species of bees like to nest in various places. Honeybees often like to build their hives in trees. Carpenter bees can also build in trees, but they especially like to infest buildings. They drill into wood in order to build a safe place to raise their young. This is why you’ll often see carpenter bees flying around the eaves of buildings. Bumblebees usually have relatively small colonies. They are opportunists who will build in abandoned rodent homes, wood piles, or gaps in the siding on buildings.

Beehives may threaten the safety of your family or customers, and they may even grow heavy enough to damage the building. Let the experts at Essential Pest Control handle the problem for you. You can reach us at (520) 908-6251 to request the removal of a beehive in Marana, Tucson, or the surrounding areas.

How Does a Termite Colony Form?

Termites are among a homeowner’s worst fears, and understandably so. The damage can go undetected until it becomes widespread, potentially costing the homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs. The most effective strategy is to be on the lookout for signs of termite infestations, and to call a pest control company right away if you suspect your home has been targeted by these tiny invaders.

 

The Start of a New Termite Colony

New termite colonies can be formed during the mating season (late winter or early spring) when termites swarm. This is when the males and females of an established colony leave their territory to mate. At this point, both males and females have wings. They take advantage of the wind to enable them to travel long distances. While they’re looking for the perfect mate, they also keep an eye out for an ideal location for a new colony, such as under a crawl space or in a building.

 

The Beginnings of a New Colony

Once the mating pair has found an ideal location for the new colony, they shed their wings and settle down. The first task is to dig into moist soil and carve out the royal chamber. The king and queen use saliva, waste products, and soil to seal the chamber. Then they mate. Within a short period of time, the queen lays her first batch of eggs. She will continue to mate and produce more eggs. A mature female can lay thousands of eggs in a single year. She is responsible for populating the new colony.

 

As the Termite Colony Matures

As the new colony grows larger, the queen may allow the existence of additional reproductives. Reproductives are termites other than the queen and king who are capable of procreating and adding to the colony’s population. The queen may decide the colony needs more reproductives when more workers are needed to feed the growing colony. As the termite colony nears maturity, it may contain anywhere from 60,000 to one million termites. When the colony is about six to seven years old, it will send out swarmers of its own to find mates and establish their own colonies.

At Essential Pest Control, we can set up either chemical barrier protection or a targeted baiting system to deal with termites on your property. Our pest control technicians will customize a treatment plan that works for your needs. Call us at (520) 908-6251 to request a service visit to your property in Tucson, Oro Valley, or beyond.

How Do Bed Bugs Get Into Your Home?

bed with striped beddingIf you’ve got itchy skin and a series of red bite marks, you might have bed bugs. Don’t fret—bed bugs aren’t a sign that your housekeeping is subpar. Even the cleanest of homes can be struck with an infestation of these pesky little critters. Pest control technicians can eliminate the problem from your home. However, since bed bugs might come back again, you should be aware of how they got there in the first place.

 

Bed bugs are often transported on new furnishings.

It’s trendy to repurpose old furniture that you find at the flea market or consignment shop. It’s also a great way to save money while furnishing your home. Unfortunately, bed bugs like to hide inside furnishings. That new armchair you’ve brought home just might be hiding countless bed bugs. Always inspect secondhand furnishings carefully before bringing them home. Look for rust-colored spots, blood stains, and shed skin. If in doubt, don’t buy it.

 

Bed bugs can hitch rides in your luggage.

One of the most common causes of bed bug infestations is traveling. Since hotels house people who travel there from all around the world, they are a prime spot for bed bugs. Before you settle into a hotel room, set your luggage on the luggage rack or inside the dry bathtub. Remove the bedding and inspect the mattress for signs of bed bugs. Carefully scrutinize the seams of the mattress and any upholstered furniture. Check the curtains and the headboard. If you see anything that arouses suspicion, pick up your luggage and leave immediately. You can ask for a different room or check into a different hotel.

 

Bed bugs like to inhabit thrift store clothing.

Just like secondhand furniture, thrift store clothing should be treated with suspicion. If you purchase clothing secondhand, you should immediately place it into a plastic bag and seal the bag before putting it in your car. When you get home, dump the plastic bag into your washing machine. Then, throw the plastic bag in the outdoor trash bin. Launder your clothing using the hottest water setting available to kill off any bed bugs that might be hiding inside.

 

Bed bugs can visit from your neighbor’s home.

Bed bugs are known for being consummate hitchhikers. This is indeed how most infestations occur, but bed bugs are also good crawlers. They can travel over 100 feet in just one night. And since bed bugs are so tiny, they can fit into little cracks, floorboard seams, and ventilation systems. Shared housing units, such as apartment buildings and duplexes, are at a higher risk of bed bug infestations.

 

No matter how bed bugs got into your home, the experienced technicians at Essential Pest Control can get rid of them for you. We proudly serve residential and commercial clients throughout Tucson, Oro Valley, and beyond. Get in touch with a friendly associate at (520) 908-6251.

How Termites Can Make Water Damage Worse

wet wood boardsTermites are damaging enough by themselves, but did you know that water damage can worsen the problem? Residents in Southern Arizona might not have to worry about hurricanes and typhoons, but water damage from flash floods during the monsoon season is definitely a concern. If you suspect you might have termites, or if you’re thinking of buying a new home, call a pest control company to schedule a termite inspection right away.

 

How Termites Worsen Flood Damage

 

Termites love to snack on wood products. They feast on the cellulose in wood products, including floorboards and joists. They also eat trees, and sometimes they’ll eat drywall. If you tap on a structure affected by termite damage, you’ll notice that it sounds hollow. When the monsoon season causes flash flooding, structures that have been damaged by termites are far more likely to sustain greater damage because their strength has been compromised. Likewise, trees are more likely to topple over if they’ve already been munched on by termites.

 

How Termites Survive Flash Floods

Unlike humans, termites do not seek higher ground in flooded areas. Instead, they enter a state that is similar to suspended animation. This greatly cuts down on the amount of oxygen they use. Depending on the specific species of termite, it’s possible for them to survive for 16 to 30 hours underwater. Termites can survive in water-saturated soil, as long as their tunnels aren’t flooded. And while termites won’t climb up out of the water to save themselves, they will survive if they were already living in trees above the flood line.

 

How Termites Spread in Flooded Areas

Unfortunately, termites can thrive in flooded areas. When the water damage in a region is severe, people start ripping out their damaged housing materials to replace them. Some of those materials are relocated and repurposed in other buildings. If the materials are infested with termites, the relocation gives the bugs easy access to new areas to infest.

Essential Pest Control provides professional and reliable termite inspections and treatments throughout Southern Arizona. You can contact our office at (520) 908-6251 to schedule a service visit. From our family to yours, we hope you stay safe during the upcoming monsoon season.