What Are the Most Common Winter Pests in Tucson?

winter pests

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 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.



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.

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