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.

A Quick Guide on Bed Bugs

A Quick Guide on Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have become a big issue in recent years, infesting homes apartments, assisted living, public transportation and just about everywhere. Here’s a guide to what they look like, where they are found and how to get rid of them.

What Bed Bugs Look Like

An adult bed bug is roughly the size of an apple seed. Assuming it’s not engorged with blood, it will have a flat, oval body. Bed bugs who have recently had a meal will look plumper and more reddish-brown than brown. Juvenile bed bugs are trickier to identify, as they are smaller. Juveniles, also called nymphs, can be translucent or light yellow. Unless they’ve recently fed, you might not see them at all. The eggs of bed bugs are even harder to spot. They are a pearly white color, and are about the size of a pinhead.

 

Where Bed Bugs Are Found

When they aren’t eating, bed bugs are commonly found near the seams, piping, and tags of mattresses. They also like to hide in the crevices of headboards and bed frames but the case of a very severe infestation, bed bugs may be found elsewhere throughout the room. They may hide in the seams of cushions, in chairs and couches, and in draperies. In some cases, bed bugs can even be found in the joints of drawers and underneath loose wallpaper.

 

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

The most effective way to deal with a bed bug infestation is to call in the professionals immediately because the fact is, he longer you wait, the worse the infestation will get. A pest management technician can use chemical and non-chemical strategies to kill the bed bugs. Once they’re out of your home, be careful not to bring them back in. Exercise caution when purchasing secondhand furniture. When traveling, inspect the hotel bed and bedding carefully before settling in.

 

Here at Essential Pest Control, we customize each client’s bed bug treatment plan to meet their unique needs. Our skilled technicians provide bed bug identification, monitoring systems, mattress encasements, and effective treatments. Homeowners and business owners throughout Tucson, Marana, and Green Valley can reach us at (520) 886-3029 to schedule service visits.

3 Types of Termites Found in Tucson

 

3 Types of Termites Found in Tucson

All 3 types of termites found in Tucson 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. A major indication is the distinctive-looking mud tubes they build for protection.

Drywood Termites

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. mainly 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. This will help to avoid providing a habitat. If you do find dampwood termites in a building, it’s usually because of water damage or decaying wood.

Essential Pest Control provides dependable pest control services to residential and commercial customers. We service 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) 886-3029.

5 Reasons Not to DIY a Termite Treatment

5 Reasons Not to DIY a Termite Treatment

 

There are many DIY jobs one can tackle over the weekend. Place stepping stone, paint touch ups and minor hedge/tree trimming. One job that is best left to the pros is termite treatment. Here are 5 reasons to reconsider and DIY termite treatments.

 

Treatment Expenses

You may be able buy jugs of reasonably priced termite solutions at hardware stores, the reality is, you would be paying a top dollar per gallon over hiring a professional company. Almost about double the price.

Techniques on treatment

To thoroughly treat a home for termites in the correct and effective way, angle and strait drilling through concrete and accessing crevices with special equipment would be necessary to complete the application properly.

Termiticide Amount

An effective termite treatment for the average single family home could range from 125 – 275 gallons of termiticide solution.  Harvesting up to 300 gallons of anything, let alone a potentially dangerous chemical like termiticide is enough to abort your DIY termite control plans.

Using the Latest Chemicals

It is wise to use the one of the latest termite chemical compounds engineered to create a barrier and kill  any existing termites. To avoid any The best and most recent products should be used on your termite control project, which is usually commercial grade.

Time

Considering the large amount of solution and the techniques required, you might find yourself in in an awkward position or in a tight space digging and drilling through concrete for many hours.  Spending this much time will lead to fatigue and trying to rush through the job. This will effect the quality of the treatment.

 

Save time, money and fatigue and call the pros at Essential Pest Control. We offer free inspections! 520-886-3029

 

 

Things To Do To Keep Termites Out Of Your Home

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Termites are so small and inconspicuous that many homeowners rarely see them. The results of a termite infestation, however, are all too obvious. If termites are permitted to chew away without interruption, they can cause major damage to your property. That’s why it’s so critical to try to keep termites away from your home. Here are some tips for keeping these tiny—but formidable—pests away.

Look for water around your home.

Termites are naturally attracted to soil that has water in it, so make sure that you aren’t inadvertently providing them with a reason to visit you. Check your faucets, pipes, and other fixtures that contain water and make sure there aren’t any leaks. If there are, have them fixed right away. Inspect your yard and look for standing water, which can also be a draw for termites, especially in drier areas like Tucson.

Don’t give termites a source of wood.

Termites need wood in cellulose to survive. If you have firewood, make sure that you’re not keeping it anywhere near your home. Also avoid stacking paper outside, since it can attract termites. If you have wooden items like fencing or planter boxes in your yard, be sure to check them from time to time to ensure that they are termite-free. The more diligent you are, the less likely it is that you’ll have to deal with a termite problem.

Have your property inspected by an expert.

If you think that your property may have been invaded by termites, the first thing you should do is contact a termite control company. A pest control specialist can determine whether you do have a termite presence. If you do have an infestation, the pest control company can offer a treatment solution. If there are no termites on your property at that time, the pest experts may recommend a prevention program. Don’t put up with termites—instead, reach out to a professional for the assistance you need!

Essential Pest Control has been proudly serving the community of Southern Arizona—including Tucson, Oro Valley, and Marana—for more than 35 years. Our services include termite control, bee removal, and bedbug control. If you’re dealing with a pest infestation in your home or yard, call (520) 886-3029 today.

3 signs you have a Bed Bug infestation

Bed bugs – small insects that feed on human blood. Smaller than a quarter inch long, they are very difficult to spot. They can be found anywhere, from houses to nursing homes, public transportation and hotels. 

Usually the first signs of bed bugs are bites. Small bites clustered in a group or line on your skin. Although bed bug bites are itchy, they’re usually harmless. They are more of a nuisance than anything.

Signs of bed bugs 

Bed bugs usually live in or around your bed, and they commonly hide in the creases and seams of mattresses or upholstery. However, it’s rare to actually spot a bed bug.

“Sometimes it can be very hard to tell if you have bed bugs as they remain in hiding places through the day time and only come out at night to feed when we are in a deep sleep,” says Young. 

Before you look for bugs, you should look for signs of a infestation.

This can include:

  • Bed bug bites that appear in a cluster or line on your skin. They will be smaller than mosquito bites.
  • Red or rusty colored stains on your mattress or sheets. This can occur when you inadvertently squish bed bugs. 
  • Dark brown or black stains on your mattress or sheets that almost look like they were drawn by a marker. These are bed bug feces. 

If you think you may have a bed bug infestation, Call Essential Pest Control for a free inspection. We will get you on the right track to ridding the bed bug problem. 520-886-3029

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.

Southern Arizona’s Worst Weeds

 

A Guide to Southern Arizona’s Worst Weeds

 

If you care about your landscaping, weeds are likely to feel like the bane of your existence. Weeds can spring up virtually anywhere around your home, interfering with the look of your yard and forcing you to waste time pulling them. If you can’t seem to get rid of your weeds, a pest control professional can provide you with the capable treatments you need. Here are some of the weeds you’re most likely to encounter in Southern Arizona:

 

Puncturevine

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

 

Crabgrass

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

 

Pigweed

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

 

Bur Clover

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

Bermuda Grass

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

 

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

Are You Having A Pigeon Problem?

Are You Having A Pigeon Problem?

 

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

What they look like

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

What they bring to the table

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

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

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

Bees Can Destroy Homes From the Inside Out

Bees Can Destroy Homes From the Inside Out

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

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

Mold and Dry Rotting

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

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

Moisture Barrier

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

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