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.


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

Tips for Preventing a Pack Rat Infestation


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 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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

Signs That Termites Have Invaded Your Yard

If there’s one insect that spells trouble for any homeowner, it’s termites. This small but troublesome creature can eat its way through your yard and home, ruining anything made of wood and leaving you with an expensive repair bill. That’s why it’s so important to watch for any signs that the pests have moved into your yard. Here are some telltale signs of termites’ presence:

You see termite tubes.

Termites build small tubes out of soil between their nesting areas and the food sources they have found. These tubes are usually easy to spot, and they are a sure sign that termites are nearby. If you find termite tubes near your home, it suggests that the pests may soon be invading your household. This is one sign you should always take seriously.

You find termite droppings.

Like other insects, termites leave their droppings wherever they go, so you’re likely to find termite droppings—also known as frass—near any infestation. Unlike other animal droppings, termite droppings are a fine, powder-like substance that is easily mistaken for dust. If you find material that looks like dark dust scattered near tubes, it’s a definite sign that you have a termite presence in your yard.

You hear the termites.

Most people think of termites as quiet animals, but the truth is that they can make quite a lot of noise. When you have an infestation on your property, you’re likely to hear the termites make clicking sounds as they move about. They also make noise as they chew on wood. If you hear unexplained noises in your walls or near your home, it could mean that you have some unexpected—and unwanted—visitors.

Are you dealing with a termite infestation in your Southern Arizona home? If you’re in need of fast, safe, and effective pest management, it’s time to get in touch with Essential Pest Control. We provide pest control to Tucson, Oro Valley, Sahuarita, Vail, and other nearby areas. Call us today at (520) 908-6251 to schedule a free consultation for your pest control problem.

How To Identify Termites

How To Identify Termites Before Your Home Is Infested

Despite all the disbelief, their are termites in Tucson and thrive in the desert. These tiny creatures are often able to infect your home with ease. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Common Pest Control Mistakes People Make!

pest-control-mistakesLet’s face it—nobody wants to have to deal with pests on their property. No matter what type of unwanted intruder you’re dealing with, it’s safe to say you would have much rather avoided the problem in the first place. Many of us, however, don’t always take the necessary steps to protect our homes from pest infestations. These are some of the most common mistakes people make:

Keeping an Untidy Yard

Is there standing water anywhere in your yard? If so, it could be attracting pests—none of which, after all, can live without water. You should also watch out for trash, which can provide pests with a source of food and a reason to keep coming back to your property. Keeping your yard as neat as possible will minimize its attractiveness to pests.

Piling Firewood Near the House

If you have a fireplace, it’s only natural that you want to keep firewood on hand—but don’t let it sit in piles close to your house. Piles of wood are a haven for all sorts of pests, from mice to termites. To discourage pests from taking shelter near your home, find a place elsewhere in your yard to keep your firewood.

Having a Messy House

If your house is filled with clutter, it will give pests a place to hide—and hence a reason to get into and stay in your home. Leaving crumbs on the floor, ignoring spills, forgetting to take out the trash, and leaving a sink full of dirty dishes can also attract unwanted pests into your house. Keeping a clean home will help to prevent your health—and your family’s health—from being compromised by the presence of pests.

Using Store-Bought Pest Bait

Many people, upon learning that they have pests, decide to try to get rid of them on their own. The problem with store-bought pesticides and baits is they aren’t always effective—and they can also be hazardous for children and pets. To be on the safe side, it’s always best to have an experienced professional eliminate any pests from your home.

When you’re looking for professional pest control in Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, or elsewhere in Southern Arizona, it’s time to get in touch with Essential Pest Control can schedule a free consultation at your home or business on our website or by phone at (520) 908-6251.

Facts about the Feared Tarantula | Pest Control Tucson

Facts about the Feared Tarantula

Although tarantulas are big hairy and scary to some, being some of the larger species of spider. These spiders are actually harmless to humans, besides a painful bite. Their venom is mild and is weaker than a honey bee’s. These spiders have also become popular pets.

Tarantulas periodically shed their external skeletons in a process called molting. In the process, they also replace internal organs, such as female genitalia and stomach lining, and even regrow lost appendages.

There are hundreds of tarantula species found in most of the world’s tropical, subtropical, and arid regions. They vary in color and behavior according to their specific environments. Generally, however, tarantulas are burrowers that live in the ground.

These Spiders don’t mess around when it comes to getting food. They hunt for it and seem to have a real zest for it. They will wait patiently and ambush what comes along. This can be insects that are seasonal. They can also kill animals larger than them such as rodents, lizards, and birds.

When they inject the venom these larger prey don’t always die quickly. However, within a few hours they will suffocate. That is a result of the tiny hairs from this Spider affecting them internally. It will cause them to have an inflammation that cuts of their airways.

Tarantulas have few natural enemies, but parasitic pepsis wasps are a formidable exception. Such a wasp will paralyze a tarantula with its sting and lay its eggs on the spider’s body. When the eggs hatch, wasp larvae gorge themselves on the still living tarantula.


The age of maturity can really differ for the various species of the Tarantula out there. When this occurs they will mate but then they typically die less than a year later. It may be 1 year, 5, years, or even 10 years of age before they are ready to mate though. It is very different from other species of Spiders.

The males have to get close enough to females in order for them to decide if mating will occur not. He may have to calm her with dancing or food in order to get her to submit. When she does he will place sperm onto an area for her to insert into her body.

The amount of eggs that a female can create ranges up to 2,000 of them. When she has a sack of young she will become very aggressive. This is when she will fight for her survival as well as theirs. This is also a more common time for humans to get bitten by one of these Spiders.

She is dedicated to seeing her eggs thrive. These females have also been noted to turn the sacks of eggs during the incubation period. Experts believe that this has to do with them getting a fair chance of developing properly.

Even though they may be a scary sight, they are an ally to pest control in Tucson. If you can stand having dwell in your front yard, they can help fight off all other unwanted pests.

Major Benefits of a Termite Inspection

Major Benefits of a Termite Inspection

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Subterranean Termites

The benefits of a termite inspection ensure that your home or premises is free of any termite activity. This is especially crucial if you are purchasing a property, and for maintenance of existing structures which contain timber.  Timber may be present in flooring, walls, stairs, roof, eaves and fittings such as cupboards as well as in external structures such as fences.

What are Termites Exactly?

Termites are social insects which feed on wood and cellulose related materials, and can pose a serious threat to residential buildings and commercial premises constructed from timber. The workers are the primary agents of destruction as they forage for food and construct tunnels and the nest.  The nest is where the breeding queens are located, where they produce large amounts of eggs per day.

Termite Control Options

An inspection for termite activity can use a number of different techniques including visual inspection, moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras. These devices allow one to locate termite activity hidden from view in wall cavities, without using invasive techniques. Treatment is undertaken on a property with an existing termite infestation and may involve the use of chemical barrier treatments including dusts and bait. There is also a baiting system called Sentricon. A system in which is becoming a great alternative and more preferred form of termite treatment and protection. Barrier treatments are preventative and also typically involve a chemical application.  The insecticide works by being collected by the workers and transferred to the nest, which then dies off.

What takes place in a Termite Inspection

A termite inspection involves a thorough visual inspection of a property, and will:

  • Identify old damage as well as active termite activity
  • Identify the level of risk of infestation
  • Advise on reducing future termite infestations; and
  • Provide a quotation for a termite treatment

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The Arizona Recluse – A Serious Bite! | Pest Control Tucson

An Arizona Brown Spider on a residential wall

The Arizona Recluse – A Serious Bite!

Arizona Recluse – Al though technically not a recluse, the Arizona Brown Spider indeed carries the same venom. The Arizona brown spider has a body length of about 1/3 inch and a leg span of 1 to 1.5 inches. Arizona Recluse spiders are generally yellowish-brown to brown in color, with a darker colored violin shape on the top of the cephalothorax (not the abdomen). This is why they are sometimes referred to as the Violin Spider or Fiddleback Spider. The AZ brown spider’s abdomen is a uniform color, with no markings on it.

Brown spiders catch insects and other invertebrates in sticky, irregular webs spun beneath rocks and debris. The bite of this spider is potentially dangerous to humans. Although sometimes the bite causes little harm. The most common reaction is a spreading sore at the site of the bite. If untreated,  the bite may result in permanent tissue damage. There have also been reports of amputation and even death as a result of a bite. Those who suspect a brown spider bite should see a physician.

Essential Pest Control can help you protect your home from the Arizona Brown Spider and many other pest. Our Power Pest Program will provide a border of pesticide spray and granules to help keep them at bay. Call today!! 520-886-3029.


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Arizona Bark Scorpion – Back from hibernation-Pest Control Tucson

Arizona Bark Scorpion – Back from hibernation.

The Arizona Bark Scorpion – (Centruroides sculpturatus) is one of the best-known species of scorpion in North America. The Bark Scorpion’s popularity is due to the danger it represents for humans.

An adult Bark Scorpion usually has a length of 2.7-3.1 inches and males are larger than females. They are yellow with marked horizontal lines in the back; the tail is thin with a stinger that has a very pronounced curvature.

Bark Scorpions are stealthy predators with very fast and efficient movements, and although they appear to be less harmful than black and large scorpions, they have one of the higher levels of toxicity in their venom.

Like all other scorpions, they have fine hairs all over their body which they use to recognize the terrain and to detect their prey and threats. They have eight articulated legs and thin, but firm pedipalps (pincers) which they use to hold their victims.

Being nocturnal creatures, scorpions ambush their victims. They feed on small and medium insects like beetles, spiders, crickets, cockroaches and other scorpions.

The potency of most types of scorpion stings are about the equivalence of a bee sting. However, the venom of a Bark Scorpion is much more severe with very intense pain accompanied by hot burning sensation.

In some cases its sting can become substantially more serious, causing breathing difficulty, numbness, vomiting, and even convulsions. Difficulty swallowing is usually a sign of an allergic reaction. When the above symptoms are present, victims must seek emergency medical care where anti-venom is available.

The most vulnerable are infants, young children, the elderly and those with compromised immunity in poor health. Domestic pets are also vulnerable.

Essential can help you fight these pest with some of our Pest Protection Plans.

Call us at 520-886-3029 for pricing or further information about our Protection Plans.

Overgrown With Weeds-Don’t Let it be Your Path!

Don’t let this be the path to and from your home!

As you know, weeds and can get out of control very fast. Taking no action or procrastinating can lead to more work and more money. Avoid the serious hassle your yard can become by taking action with Essential pest Control’s weed control service.

Essential’s weed control program is achieved by our professional weed services performed by our exterminators using a pre-emergent herbicide that is designed to stop weeds from germinating, thus eliminating future weed growth. Afterwards, a post-emergent herbicide is applied to kill existing weeds in the yard. During these processes, we use a temporary blue dye indicator which allows us to ensure that the entire weed control service area is properly covered. Finally, we schedule a recurring weed control service regiment which maintains the chemical barriers and eliminates any sporadic weed growth from occurring in the future.

Contact us if you have any questions. (520) 886-3029

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