3 Signs of Termites and & 3 Ways To Prevent Them

3 Signs of Termites, 3 Ways to Prevent Them

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Termites are discovered in more than 5 million homes on average each year in the United States. NPMA estimates termite damage costs U.S. homeowners $5 billion each year. You may have heard this saying before this before.. It’s not if, but when will you have termites. Here are three signs of termites.

 

1. Mud Tubes

Mainly subterranean termites construct tunnels made of wood, soil and saliva along walls, on plumbing and across crawl spaces to move between their nests and food sources. If you see pencil diameter-sized track marks, that’s a sure sign termites are feasting on your house.

2. Damaged Wood

Termites excavate in channels as they crawl along the wood, creating galleys or tunnels in the wood

3. Swarming or Live Insects

Certain members of a termite colony grow wings and fly away, doing reconnaissance for new nesting sites. This is very common during monsoon season. If you see their discarded wings, they have found a site for a new colony and action must be taken quickly to prevent infestation. Termites look like marching grains of rice.

Ways to help prevent termites

1. Minimize the Use of Mulch

Wood chips, pine straw and other wood-based mulch traps moisture and creates a haven for termites and other pests, like centipedes, earwigs and ants. Consider replacing it with synthetic materials or stones. Keep all ground covering at least 15 inches from the foundation.

2. Keep Wood and Debris Away from the House

Termites are looking for water and wood, so when firewood gets wet it becomes a termite paradise. Keep your firewood at least 20 feet from the house and if possible, at least five inches off the ground.

2. Get a Home Inspection

A pest control company can assess your home for termites and other pests. If there is any reason to suspect your home might become infested, Essential Pest Control is here to help with either the common liquid treatment or the green option of the Sentricon bait system. Contact us today! 520-886-3029

Roaches, the Unwanted Guest

Roaches, the Unwanted Guest

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People still somewhat isolating themselves due to COVID19 this summer may discover they have unwelcome guests — cockroaches.

Roaches are a common problem just about everywhere, even in homes that are kept very clean.  Their presence is is even more visible now that temperatures are on the rise.

Pest control experts like Essential Pest Control say there are four signs of a cockroach infestation:

• Seeing the fast-moving insects scurrying toward dark areas

• Seeing droppings that are often mistaken for mouse droppings

• Finding dark-colored egg capsules about 8 mm long “glued” near food sources in kitchens, basements or laundry rooms

• Presence of a “musty” smell, often noticed by people with sensitive noses.

Cockroaches can adversely affect human health, contaminating food and potentially transmitting disease organisms on their body parts. Excrement and cast-off skins can also cause allergic reactions in some people, resulting in runny noses, sneezing, eye irritation and skin reactions. Some children can even develop asthma-related symptoms.

Control methods vary for each type of roach. Baits and traps work better for some than others and professional pest control is typically the best way to control and/or eliminate these annoying critters. But people can take steps to reduce cockroaches and prevent infestations as much as possible.

Put food away! Clean spills, crumbs and dried residues from splatter or dirty dishes as soon as possible, including pet feeding areas. Roaches feed on these sources, as well as materials found on soiled clothing and diapers, and dead roaches.

• De-clutter to make cleaning and treatment easier. Clean inside cabinets, as well as under and behind appliances and furniture.

• Store food, pet food, garbage and other food sources in bug-proof containers.

Above all, maintain good sanitation habits.

Homeowners shouldn’t neglect taking care of a roach problem, worrying that a pest-control expert will consider them to have poor cleanliness habits. The experts know how difficult it is to prevent and control infestations.

Termites and Property Damage

Termites and Property Damage

 

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Termites cause around $5 billion of property damage every year in the United States. One of the reasons for this is that termite activity often progresses undetected until the damage inflicted is severe and widespread. It’s essential for all homeowners to know what to watch out for, and to contact a pest management company right away if any signs of termites are noticed.

Types of Structural Damage

Termites do cause cosmetic damage, but they will also literally eat your home out from under your feet. They feast on wood—from the floor joists to the rafters. Over time, these tiny pests can cause structural failure of the following areas of your home:

  • Support beams.
  • Posts.
  • Wall studs.
  • Ceiling joists.
  • Roof supports.
  • Foundation.
  • Attic.

It’s commonly thought that termites only eat wood. In reality, they also enjoy dining on sheetrock, plaster, and insulation. Even metal siding is susceptible to termite damage. Once termites begin to attack a home, they’ll need to be completely eradicated before repairs can be made. And in some cases, if termites have been allowed to eat their way through a home unchecked for a few years, the house may be beyond repair and will need to be demolished.

Signs of a Termite Infestation

People who live in warm climates, such as in Arizona, need to be particularly vigilant about the signs of a termite infestation. Call in the pest control experts if you notice swarms of insects near your home—subterranean termites generally swarm in the springtime. Keep an eye out for piles of discarded wings near your home, as well. Other indicators of a termite infestation include:

  • Frass. These are brown droppings left by termites. They have an appearance similar to sawdust.
  • Mud tubes. These tubes allow termites to reach new areas to feed and nest. Walk around your home’s exterior periodically and inspect the foundation walls for mud tubes.
  • Wood damage. You probably won’t see wood damage right away, as termites prefer to attack the insides of wooden structures rather than the outside surfaces. However, you may be able to detect it using sound. Knock on wooden structures throughout your house—if any sound hollow, termites may be making themselves comfortable in your home.

If termites are threatening your property, you need professional pest control services you can count on. Get in touch with Essential Pest Control today at (520) 886-3029. Our friendly team in Tucson will perform a full evaluation of your property, and provide an effective solution for your termite problem.

Bees, Wasps and Hornets – How to Tell Them Apart

Bees, Wasps and Hornets – How to Tell Them Apart

It is prime season for bees, wasps and hornets to peruse flowers and backyard barbecues, making making it highly likely to encounter one of the three.

Despite the fact that they are all capable of stinging you, the three are actually pretty different.

 

Honey Bee

Honey bees are likely the most common type of bee you’ll come into contact with. They have hairs covering their body to help them collect pollen. Bees usually range in size from a quarter of an inch to up to an inch long.

 

Wasp

Most wasps have a narrow or pinched waist and are black or have various markings of white, orange, or yellow. (Yellow jackets usually have yellow and black markings.) Unlike bees, they don’t have much hair. Wasps also tend to range in size from a half inch to an inch long.

 

Hornet

 

European hornets are large and reddish-brown with yellow stripes on their abdomen. Bald-faced hornets, on the other hand, are mostly black with a white pattern on their face, giving them a “bald” look.

If you are any problems with bees, wasps or hornets, don’t hesitate to call Essential Pest Control.

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The dangerous 6 – 6 dangerous insects to lookout for

The dangerous 6 – 6 dangerous insects to lookout for

 

This list of the 6 dangerous insects is an interesting one to say the least. One insect on the list is near the top for all animals in North America.

 

Bees – The most lethal insect. Bees rank highly across animal-related death research, earning the label “America’s most lethal animal” in 2015.

In a typical year, nearly 100 American deaths are caused by bee stings

Black widow spiders – A neurotoxic bite

A 2015 Washington Post analysis found that spiders kill about 7 people each year, most common in the southern and western areas of the United States

 

Brown recluse spiders – Human tissue destroyer, the brown recluse spider, which is found in the Southern and Midwestern states, is one of the few whose venom can cause serious wounds and poisoning, according to Poison Control.

 

Mosquitoes – Most dangerous creature on the planet. Mosquitoes aren’t just a backyard nuisance; they can bring deadly diseases including West Nile virus and Zika.

 

Arizona bark scorpions – A painful sting, unusual symptoms. The most dangerous species of scorpion in the United States is found in Arizona as well as parts of California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.

 

Kissing bugs – Blood-sucking disease transmitters. Kissing bugs are blood-sucking insects that bite humans on the face, particularly around the mouth and eyes, and transmit disease.

 

Do you have questions or concerns about any of the pests on this list? Give us a call and schedule your free pest control inspection. Don’t forget to visit out online bug I.D. at www.essentialpest.com

Fire Ants – The Painful Sting

Fire Ants – The Painful Sting

Description and Habits

The Fire Ant has a shiny bright red head and body with a black abdomen. These red ants build large mound nests that are flattened, irregular in shape, and between two and four square feet in size. They are commonly introduced into new areas through potted plants, shrubs and trees.

Fire Ant Habitat

Red imported fire ants usually nest in soil near structural foundations or in landscaping. Although these fire ants are often found outdoors, they can gain access to buildings through HVAC systems and AC units. If they manage to get inside, red ant bites can become an issue.

The threats they pose

The sting of a red imported fire ant is painful and often results in a raised welt that becomes a white pustule. Fire ants are very aggressive when their nest is disturbed. If provoked, they swarm on the perceived intruder, anchor themselves by biting to hold the skin stable, and then sting repeatedly, injecting a toxin alkaloid venom called solenopsin. We refer to this action as “stinging.”

If fire ants sting you, chances are you’ll know. They attack in swarms, racing up vertical surfaces (such as your leg) when their nests are disturbed. Each fire ant can sting several times. To identify fire ant stings, look for groups of swollen red spots that develop a blister on the top. Stings hurt, itch, and last up to a week. Some people have dangerous allergic reactions to stings and will need to seek immediate medical help.

Fire Ant Control

Prevention techniques include eliminating piles of lumber, brick, or other debris that could be possible nesting sites.  Landscape mulch should be at least 10-12 inches from the foundation and less than 2 inches thick.  Control often requires baits that ants take back to colony to share or direct insecticide application to the nesting sites.

The Importance of Pest Control

The Importance of Pest Control

 

Commercial Pest Management

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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

Bed Bugs: Where they are, why they stay!

 

Bed Bugs: Where they are, why they stay!

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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!

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.