Hire a Pro for Your Pest Problem

Hire a Pro for 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. 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, 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 into contact with pests and their droppings. exposure 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.

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. There will likely be hundreds more ants right behind. 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) 886-3029 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 areas.

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.