Spotting roaches before the infestation

 

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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.

 

What Are the Most Common Winter Pests in Tucson?

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Due to the warm temperatures throughout the year, Arizona homes and businesses may be bothered by pests during any season. Winter pests like termites, cockroaches, and bed bugs can be particularly problematic. No matter which pests you’ve encountered, you can count on a pest control expert to take care of them for you.

 

Termites

Termites thrive in hot weather. Because of this, the slightly cooler temperatures of the wintertime in Tucson encourage termites to look for new, warmer homes—like yours. Consider calling a pest control company to inquire about preventive methods of dealing with termites. A proactive approach is best, since termites can cause extensive damage that’s expensive to repair. If you do see signs of termite activity, get a pest control technician out to your home right away. Some common signs of termite activity include:

  • Flying termites or discarded wings.
  • Hollow-sounding timber or drywall.
  • Mud tubes on the house’s exterior.

 

Cockroaches

Three types of cockroaches commonly infest Arizona homes and businesses—they are the American, German, and Brown Banded cockroaches. During the winter months, roaches look for warmer places to live, including residential structures. Cockroaches are generally nocturnal, although you may sometimes see them during the day. If you see one roach in your home, you should assume that you have an infestation.

 

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs can be a major problem during the winter because people often travel for the holidays. If you’ll be staying in a hotel when you visit your relatives, take precautions to ensure that you don’t bring these little hitchhikers back home with you. You should examine every hotel room thoroughly before you settle in. If you notice any signs of bed bugs, you can request a new room or try a different hotel. Follow these steps to check for these pests:

  • Upon entering the room, place your luggage in the bathroom.
  • Remove the blankets and sheets from the bed.
  • Check the mattress and box springs for visible bugs or their dark, rust-colored leavings.
  • Upon arriving back home, place all clothing in your clothes dryer for 30 minutes, just in case.

For all of your pest management needs, you can rely on the licensed technicians at Essential Pest Control. We treat homes and businesses year-round throughout Southern Arizona, including in Tucson, Marana, and Green Valley. Give us a call today at (520) 908-6251 to request an appointment.

Are Bees Dangerous to Humans?

Bees are good pollinators, making them an essential component of ecosystems around the world. Each time a bee visits a flower to collect nectar, pollen sticks to the bee. This causes the bee pollinate other plants, allowing them to develop fruit and reproduce. As much as humans depend on bees for pollination, few people enjoy living in close proximity to a beehive. In Arizona, where Africanized bees—sometimes called killer bees—are common, homeowners and business owners should always take extra precautions around bees, and have beehives removed by professionals.

 

Aggressiveness of Bees

Bees vary in aggressiveness. If you see a solitary bee out collecting nectar, it will generally leave you alone. If you disturb it or try to capture it, it may sting you. Keep in mind that once you’ve been stung, you’re likely to get stung again. A worker bee has a barbed stinger that sticks in the skin. As long as it remains in your skin, the stinger will continue to release venom and pheromones, which let other bees know that you’re a potential threat. This is why you may get stung repeatedly.

 

Queen bees aren’t typically seen outside of a hive unless they’re swarming to form a new colony. Since queen bees have normal stingers that lack barbs, they can sting you repeatedly without losing the stinger. Swarming bees will go the extra mile to protect their queen, so it’s best to stay away from them.

 

Africanized bees tend to swarm more often than other types of honey bees, and are also more defensive of their hives. These characteristics are what make Africanized bees so dangerous. If they perceive a threat, they will generally deploy a greater number of bees to defend the hive or queen, resulting in a large number of stings, which can be fatal to humans and pets.

 

Stings of Bees

Getting stung by a bee can cause moderate to severe pain, depending on the individual person’s pain threshold. The longer a stinger is left in the skin, the more it will hurt. It’s often thought that the best way to remove a stinger is to scrape it off the skin. However, getting the stinger out of the skin as quickly as possible is more important than the way in which you remove it. Even if you aren’t allergic to bee stings, you may still experience a painful local reaction. Follow these steps:

  • Apply an ice pack to reduce the swelling.
  • Use an oral or topical antihistamine medication.
  • Elevate the body part, if possible, to further reduce swelling.

 

Allergies to Bees

For people with allergies to bee stings, bees can be even more dangerous. Note that allergies can develop later in life—even if a person hasn’t previously had an allergic reaction to a bee sting, it’s possible to have one later on. People with diagnosed allergies should carry an epinephrine autoinjector with them, and use it quickly in the event of a bee sting.

Have you spotted a beehive near your home in Southern Arizona? Call Essential Pest Control at (520) 908-6251, and we’ll send licensed technicians out to your property to handle the problem. Our pest control company proudly serves Tucson, Oro Valley, and the surrounding areas.

How to Tell If You Have Wasps in Your Yard

Wasps often evoke a sense of anxiety in homeowners because they have a reputation for being aggressive stingers. If you notice any signs that wasps have infested your home or yard, it’s time to call a pest control technician. Professional treatment is especially important if someone in your family has an allergy to stings. Note that someone with an allergy to bee stings might also experience a reaction to a wasp sting.

 

How to Identify Wasps

If you know what to look for, it’s easy to tell the difference between a wasp and a bee. Bees tend to have thick abdomens, while wasps have a thin waistline. Wasps also have far less body hair than bees. Yellow jackets, paper wasps, and hornets are the most common types of wasps that homeowners in the U.S. encounter. Here’s a quick look at their identifying features:

  • Yellow jackets have black and yellow striped bodies with black antennae. They build nests made of a papery material.
  • Paper wasps are typically brownish, but they can range in color from red to yellow. They have longer legs than yellow jackets.
  • Hornets are the largest of the three common types of wasps. They are typically brown with orange markings.

 

Where to Find Wasp Nests

If you have an allergy to stings, don’t attempt to find the nest yourself—leave this job to the professionals. Otherwise, you can generally look for the nest by observing the flight of wasps in your yard. Determine where they seem to be flying to and from. Check these areas for a nest, which will look grayish and papery. Wasps often build their nests under the eaves of buildings, in the recessed areas of garage doors and entry doorways, and in natural cavities, such as tree stumps.

Essential Pest Control can remove all sorts of flying and non-flying insects from your home and yard. Our technicians will work with you to develop an effective interventional and preventive treatment plan to keep your home pest-free. Call (520) 908-6251 to request our pest management services in Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, or beyond.

Checking for Pests Before You Buy a Home

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Are you about to buy a house? Before you sign on the dotted line, it’s important to make sure that your new home isn’t full of pests. By finding out if a house is infested with termites, cockroaches, or other destructive creatures in advance, you can negotiate with the sellers to have professional pest control services performed before you complete the purchase. Here are some tips to follow if you want to look for pests before purchasing a home:

Check the dark places.

Most of the time, pests don’t scurry around in plain sight—though it might be easier for you if they did! Most pests prefer to hide in dark places such as cabinets, storage rooms, and the backs of closets, so be sure to check all of those places for any signs of nesting materials or pest droppings. Be sure to also look at the baseboards for any small holes that pests could fit into. The more thorough you are in your search, the safer you’ll feel about buying the house.

Look at the foundation.

The foundation isn’t just what supports the home—it’s also where termites are most likely to thrive. Termites can cause expensive damage to a property, so it’s important to identify their presence before you decide to buy a house. Take a look outside and check for termite tubes, which are small, distinctive-looking mud tubes that the pests build for protection. Look closely at anything made out of wood inside the house to check for signs of termite damage.

Keep an eye out for bed bugs.

Bed bugs are one of the most dreaded pests in the world, and for good reason—once they move in, it’s hard to get them to leave! Check furniture closely for reddish stains and tiny black specks, which are clear indicators that there are bed bugs present.

If you’re in need of a reliable pest control service in Southern Arizona, it’s time to contact the experts at Essential Pest Control. We have been providing Tucson, Marana, Green Valley, and other local communities with bed bug control, termite control, and other important services for more than three decades. We can even perform a thorough pest inspection on a home you are getting ready to buy. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, call (520) 908-6251 today.

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

Avoiding Bed Bugs While You’re 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.

Tips for Preventing a Pack Rat Infestation

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Tips for Preventing a Pack Rat Infestation

Pack rats may look cute with their big ears, but they are still persistent and troublesome pests. Unfortunately, pack rats are a particularly irritating problem during the colder months. As the temperature starts to fall, these rodents start looking for warm buildings to move into—and that often means your home! Here are some tips for keeping pack rats from taking up residence in your building:

Look for possible entry points.

Rodents can’t get into your building unless there’s an opening to the outside. That means you should check for gaps, cracks, and crevices where a pack rat might squeeze through, and have them sealed up. If you block off all possible entry points, it will be much harder for pack rats and other unwanted visitors to make their way into your home.

Check your yard for rodents.

Before rodents try to get into your home, they usually make a home in your yard. That’s why you should be sure to inspect your entire outdoor area for any warning signs of pack rats. Make sure that bushes, trees, and other plants are not touching your home. If you have an outdoor shed, be sure to check it frequently for rodent damage.

Keep your home clean.

Like other pests, rodents tend to be attracted to places where there is food for them to eat. That means you should keep your home as free as possible of anything that might give pests a reason to be there. Don’t leave unwashed dishes sitting in the sink, don’t leave food out on the countertop, and clean up spills right away. The cleaner you keep your home, the less likely it is that you’ll have to call for professional pest control services.

Are you looking for pest control in Southern Arizona? Essential Pest Control is a family-owned and operated pest control company serving Tucson, Green Valley, Marana, and the surrounding areas. We pride ourselves on offering fast, affordable, and high-quality services to all of our customers. If you have any questions, call us today at (520) 908-6251.

Five Persistent Pests of the Fall Season

 

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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.

Signs that Pack Rats Have Moved into Your Yard

At first blush, you might consider pack rats to be a cute animals. But after it’s inflicted costly damage on your property and possessions, you’ll probably think twice about this initial assessment. Pack rats are incredibly destructive rodents, and they’re tricky to get rid of on your own. Call a pest management company if you notice any of the following signs of a pack rat infestation.

Vehicle Damage

Some of the most costly damage that pack rats inflict is done on vehicles. Cars are enticing nesting areas for pack rats because they offer shelter from predators. Many drivers in Arizona have spent thousands of dollars to repair vehicles ruined by pack rats. The nocturnal animals can move in under the hood and chew through wires. In addition to the damaged wiring, you might notice attempts to build a nest. Pack rats will use brush along with anything else they can get their paws on to construct their nests.

Landscape Damage

All rodents like to chew, and pack rats are no exception. A pack rat colony can chew up your landscaping, using plants and other landscaping features as food or nesting material. Pack rats are attracted to leaves, fruits, nuts, bark, cactus, and small bulbs. If you notice damage to your landscaping, look for the presence of small fecal pellets in the area. If you see any, you probably have pack rats.

Attic Damage

Although pack rats like to nest in protected areas outdoors, they may decide to move from your yard to your attic. You may hear scurrying sounds from the attic late at night. If you go up to the attic, you may see or smell the nest.

Essential Pest Control responds quickly to all service requests within the Tucson and Oro Valley communities. Pack rats are just one of the many pests our professionals can handle. Call us today at (520) 908-6251 to discuss how we can help keep your home pest-free.

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Why You Should Let a Professional Handle Your Pest Problem

When you moved into your home, you probably didn’t expect to share it with uninvited guests. But pests will move in anywhere they can find food, water, and shelter, and they aren’t shy about extending their visit indefinitely. When you see pests, it’s best to have professionals deal with the infestation. Here’s a look at a few reasons why:

Different pests require different control methods.

The correct way to eliminate rat infestations is vastly different from the one used for spiders. Likewise, getting rid of bees isn’t the same as treating a home for termites. Different pests require different approaches. When you hire a professional to handle your pest problem, you can rest easy knowing that he or she can accurately identify the pest and develop an effective solution.

Contact with pests can compromise your health.

Another reason to skip a DIY approach to pest management is that coming into contact with pests and their droppings can compromise your health. Pests spread all sorts of diseases and can cause adverse reactions. You might even be allergic to some of them, such as bees or cockroaches. Pest control experts have the right equipment and training to prevent the spread of diseases while they handle your pest problem.

Pest experts can identify the source of the problem.

If you notice an ant crawling along your table, squishing it won’t solve your ant problem, as there will be hundreds more. Pest experts are trained to investigate the source of the infestation, along with eliminating the infestation itself. A professional can advise you on exclusion methods, property modifications, and lifestyle changes that can keep your home safe from future infestations.

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

Exploring the History of Bed Bug Infestations Across America

Bed bugs have plagued human civilizations for millennia. Fossilized bed bugs have been found at ancient Egyptian sites, and these tiny critters made appearances in ancient Greek plays by the famed writer Aristophanes. But here in America, these pests have a much shorter history. Historians believe that infestations have colonial origins, in part because Native American languages lack a word for bed bugs. It’s thought that bed bugs hitched rides across the Atlantic on ships carrying explorers and colonists. In modern times, bed bugs are making an unwelcome resurgence.

Bed Bugs in Early America

Just like diseases, pests like bed bugs rely on humans’ transportation networks to find new areas to infest. In early America, bed bugs began thriving after the development of the railroad. Travelers would often stay in hotels close to train stations. There, travelers would unintentionally acquire these pests, and go on to transport them to other cities. The infestations didn’t pass unnoticed. At the time, people tried to get rid of the pests by starting peat fires to smoke them out and sterilizing their furniture with boiling water. In the 1920s, cyanide fumigation became a popular—but dangerous—method of dealing with bed bugs.

Bed Bugs During the 1940s

The death toll from World War II wasn’t only due to warfare. Many soldiers and civilians died from diseases like malaria, typhus, and plague. In order to control the spread of diseases, the Allies used a very powerful pesticide called DDT, which was later widely used to deal with bed bugs in America. DDT was incredibly effective at curbing infestations of bed bugs and other unwelcome critters. However, it also proved dangerous for humans, wildlife, and the environment. During the 1970s, DDT was banned in the United States.

Bed Bugs in Modern America

Since the 1990s, bed bugs have been making a comeback in America. Their resurgence is due in large part to the banning of DDT. However, it’s also due to a major uptick in international travel. Today, bed bugs are often found in hotels, where they can infest the luggage of travelers, who then bring the pests back home with them.

If bed bugs have hitched a ride into your home, you need professional help to eradicate the infestation. Call Essential Pest Control at (520) 908-6251. Our highly trained team proudly serves the Tucson area and beyond.

A Guide to the Most Common Types of Termites

Termites may be small, but they can cause significant damage to any property. If you see any evidence of a termite infestation in your home or around your yard, it’s time to call for professional termite control. While termites look the same to most of us, there are some important differences between them. Here is a brief introduction to some of the types of termites you’re most likely to encounter:

Subterranean Termites

Common in the Southwest, these termites live underground and make their nests in stumps, dead trees, and any other soft woods that they find. They’re among the smallest termites, but they can develop enormous colonies with thousands of members. They are easy to identify because they leave behind a lot of evidence of their presence, including the distinctive-looking mud tubes they build for protection.

Drywood Termites

As their name suggests, these termites don’t need to get moisture from the wood they eat, so they can attack any of the wood in your home, from furniture to flooring. If you have a termite infestation inside your house, drywood termites are among the most likely culprits. These termites tend to thrive in warmer temperatures, so they’re common in Arizona.

Dampwood Termites

These termites seek out moist wood, so you’re likely to find them outdoors around old, decaying wood sources, rather than inside your home. For example, if you have a fallen tree in your yard, be sure to have it removed as soon as possible to avoid providing a habitat for dampwood termites. If you do find dampwood termites in a building, it’s usually because of water damage or decaying wood.

Essential Pest Management provides dependable pest control services to residential and commercial customers throughout Tucson, Green Valley, and other Arizona communities. When you work with us, you can always count on getting fast, high-quality services. For a free consultation, contact us today at (520) 908-6251.

Why Professional Kitchens Need Professional Pest Control

Effective pest management is a must for any commercial building, but it’s especially important for professional kitchens. If you suspect that you have a potential pest problem in or near your kitchen, contact an experienced pest control company immediately. These are a few of the reasons why it’s essential to rely on professionals for pest control if you have a problem in your commercial kitchen:

Professionals will remove the pests effectively.

You might be tempted to try to eliminate a pest infestation on your own. While it may seem easy to put out a few traps or some pesticide, the truth is that pests can be surprisingly difficult to get rid of. Cockroaches, for example, can go for up to a month without food, and they can hide inside your walls and other places where it will be difficult to find them. To ensure that your pest problem is solved as quickly and effectively as possible, always contact a professional service.

Professionals will protect your reputation.

Every kitchen’s reputation rises and falls based on its cleanliness. If the word gets out that you have pests skittering around your kitchen, it’s going to have a damaging effect on your image. While it may be impossible to prevent a housefly from getting into your building now and then, if flies are a regular sight in your kitchen, customers won’t want to eat at your establishment. Always call and schedule professional pest removal as soon as you notice any signs of an infestation in your building. Pest control experts can also help you take steps to prevent infestations in the first place.

Professionals will sanitize your kitchen.

When pests come and go, they leave germs in their wake. Despite their small size, pests such as cockroaches can spread deadly diseases to humans. That means that even a minor infestation can be a major health hazard, particularly when food is involved. When you call in a pest control service, they will sanitize your surfaces along with eliminating the pests. As a result, you’ll be able to continue to run your kitchen without any risk of making your customers sick.

Do you have a pest problem in your kitchen? Essential Pest Management has been providing businesses in Tucson, Oro Valley, and the surrounding areas with professional pest control since 1981. Over the years, we have earned a reputation for great service and always dealing fairly with our customers. If you have any questions for our pest control team, please give us a call today at (520) 908-6251.

How Big Roaches Can Cause Big Problems

If there’s one guest that’s always unwelcome, it’s the cockroach. These infuriatingly persistent pests can be found on every continent except Antarctica, and unfortunately, that sometimes means that they can be found in your home, too. Roaches aren’t just annoying—they’re actively destructive and dangerous. Continue reading to learn why you should never wait to have a cockroach problem dealt with.

Are roaches dangerous?

Unlike other insects, roaches don’t sting, and they rarely bite. In fact, their reaction to spotting a person is usually to run away. Despite that, roaches still present a potential health hazard. The reason is that roaches can be found in places like sewers, drains, and dumpsters, where they pick up germs and viruses. When they crawl into your home, they bring those microscopic intruders with them.

Can roaches contaminate food?

Roaches can feed on anything, even cardboard. Unfortunately, they can also get into your food—as well as food preparation areas—and leave behind their droppings, which can make you sick. If you want to reduce your risk of roaches, make sure to keep all food safely sealed and avoid letting unwashed dishes sit in the sink for too long.

Can roaches damage your property?

A roach’s diet can include everything from book bindings to plaster. This means that they can damage electrical insultation, drywall, and other materials inside your home. If you don’t have your roach infestation stopped fast, you could find yourself needing to repair or replace much of your property. If you want to avoid this expensive inconvenience, make sure that you’re alert to any signs of a roach presence in your home.

When you’ve got a cockroach infestation, you don’t want to hesitate—you need to call in a professional right away. The pest control experts at Essential Pest Management can provide you with the services you need to keep your home free of unwanted insect intruders. We offer our pest removal services to Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, and other local communities. For more information, give us a call at (520) 908-6251.

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 intelligence and collective computation to form that bridge.”

 

He added: “When this type of attack happens, the wasps usually escape and the ants do not leave until they’ve completely looted the honeycomb, carrying pupae, larvae and eggs, as well as some adults who did not manage to escape. They can even build across the water!”

He explained the use of the bridge for the ants, saying: “For ants, it is more effective to follow the trail over a bridge that goes down and then up than in an inverted upside down walk.

“Also likely that upside down the ants can’t carry significant loads.”

 

Are you having ant problems? are you having any other pest control issues? Essential Pest control is here to help. We provide pest and termite control in Tucson and surrounding areas. Let us know if we can help. (520) 886-3029

 

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 to completely eliminate termites. Here is a look at how termite infestations are treated:

Preventing Termites from Entering a Building

One of the most important steps involved in treating termites is stopping them from getting inside a building in the first place. Make sure that any cracks or other possible entrances are sealed, and have any leaks fixed as soon as possible. Keep wood—and, if possible, trees and bushes—away from your building. Finally, make sure that the soil immediately surrounding your building is as dry as possible to discourage subterranean termite infestations.

Identifying Termites on Your Property

If you want to remove termites from any property, you’ll need to know how to identify an infestation. Termites leave behind numerous traces of their presence, including mud tubes, hollowed-out wood, and their droppings, called frass. You may even see winged termites flying around inside your home.

Eliminating Existing Termite Infestations

Getting rid of termites that are already in your yard or inside your building is another challenge. The EPA has approved several methods of chemical termite removal, including wood treatments, termite baits, and soil termiticides. When you contact a termite control service, they will examine your property and determine the best approach for treating your specific situation.

If you spot any of the warning signs of termites at your home or business, it’s time to call Essential Pest Management. Our termite control team has more than three decades of experience eliminating these property-destroying pests. We are available to respond to pest problems in Tucson, Marana, Green Valley, and other communities in Southern Arizona. You can reach us at (520) 908-6251.

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 your yard. Do you see any places where mosquitoes could make their home? Look for rain barrels, kiddie pools, buckets, and anywhere else where water can accumulate. Throw away anything that can be disposed of, and make sure that other potential habitats—such as birdbaths—are emptied out on a regular basis. If you have a swimming pool that does not have a pump and filter, make sure it’s covered when it’s not being used.

Make sure your home is mosquito-proof.

Mosquitoes are small insects, and they don’t need much room to squeeze through an opening. That’s why you need to be diligent about making sure there aren’t any obvious places for the pests to enter your home. Check all screen doors and window screens to ensure that there are no gaps or tears, and cover up any openings that you come across.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites.

Remember that mosquito bites aren’t just annoying—they can spread dangerous illnesses. It’s important to do what you can to reduce your chances of being bitten by these tiny pests. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants with socks when you go outside, and put mosquito repellent on exposed skin. If you find a mosquito infestation in your yard, try to avoid spending time outside until a pest control company is able to visit your home and eradicate the mosquitoes.

If you don’t want to deal with mosquitoes this summer, count on Essential Pest Control for the safe, professional pest control services you deserve. We proudly provide Tucson, Green Valley, Vail, and the surrounding communities with capable and reliable mosquito control services. You can reach us at (520) 886-3029 for a free consultation.