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How Dangerous Are Ticks?

Arizona is home to more than 25 tick species, but most people will only come across a few of them. They are small, but their bites can do a lot of harm. Here is some information about ticks and how dangerous they can be. What is a Tick? Ticks are arachnids. They have two body segments and eight legs. They also do not have wings, antennae, and the ability to chew their food. The size of a tick can vary, but they are typically between three to five millimeters long. Ticks are small, blood-sucking bugs. The blood is required to help them complete their four life cycles, so this makes them a health concern. Since they can move from animal to animal, they can transmit diseases. Common Arizona Ticks and Diseases There are three tick species that are very common in Arizona. They are the Brown Dog, Western Blacklegged, and the...
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Places in Your Home Where Pests Love to Hide

Places in Your Home Where Pests HideHaving pests in your home is disgusting, disturbing and disconcerting. It can be frustrating if you keep seeing these pests return to your home time and time again. If you want to completely eradicate common pests, it’s important to know where to look. Here are five places in your home where pests love to hide. Kitchen Another area where you should keep an eye out for pests is in your kitchen. From cupboards to kitchen appliances, pests love spending all their time in kitchens. I know, I’m sure it makes you want to wash your dishes every time you take them out of the cupboard. The reason why kitchens are good hiding spots for ants, scorpions, spiders, cockroaches and other pests is that they offer these bugs the things they need to survive: water and food. Whether they get their food supply from your trash, your dog or cat’s pet food...
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Bill’s Remains Open to Protect You!

openDear Customers, In light of Governor Ducey’s stay-at-home order that was announced Monday afternoon, we wanted to let you know that Bill’s Home Service will remain open as an essential service provider. As a local, family-owned small business, we appreciate the Governor’s acknowledgement of the essential role that the pest control industry plays in protecting public health and the food supply. We remain committed to serving your pest control needs throughout this unprecedented situation. Our leadership team continues to monitor and implement the latest recommendations and protocols issued by the CDC, OSHA, and local health officials and we remain confident that the precautions we continue to take allow us to safely protect your property from desert pests. If you have any questions about the performance of your service, please feel free to discuss them with your service technician or our office team. Finally, in order to do our part to encourage...
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Bill’s Home Service Coronavirus Precautions

Dear Customers, At Bill’s Home Service, our number one priority is to provide superior service to our customers in a safe and responsible manner. This is especially true in our current climate with the concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 across the U.S. and we wanted to communicate with you about what we are doing to prevent the spread in our local community and how you can help. Steps we have taken: Bill’s Leadership has been and continues to monitor the latest recommendations and protocols issued by the CDC and local health officials. We provide our team with this information and continue to adjust our procedures accordingly. In addition to the regular services we receive from a professional cleaning crew, we are frequently wiping down “high-touched” surfaces and equipment (e.g. door handles, desks, pens, etc.). We continue to have soap and/or hand sanitizer available in the bathrooms, front desk and service...
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What You Need to Know About Africanized Bees

BeesSouthern Arizona is home to more than 1,000 native pollinators making it one of the most pollinator dense regions in the entire world. However, the honeybee is not one of those 1,000 native pollinators. In addition, researchers from the University of Arizona now believe that 99% of all wild (feral) honeybees in Southern Arizona are Africanized honeybees. So what is an Africanized honeybee and what makes it different from traditional honeybees and our other native pollinators? History Africanized honeybees as we know them today were developed in Brazil in 1950 in an attempt to increase honey production. The goal was to cross-breed African honeybees, which were known to be sturdier, but more aggressive due to the climates from which they evolved, with the less aggressive and domesticated European honeybees. However, after an error by a research assistant, 26 African queen bees were accidently released in 1957 and began to produce new...
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The Most Harmful Household Pests in Arizona

AntsMany people love Arizona for its warm temperatures, its quiet, arid deserts and its beautiful natural scenery. Arizona is a great state to call home, however, it’s also a home for a number of pests. The hot, dry climate is suitable for various types of bugs and insects, many of which can be quite dangerous. Here are five of the most harmful pests that homeowners in Arizona have to deal with. Termites Termites are nature's most efficient demolition crews. On average termites in America cause over five billion dollars in damage every year. And Arizona’s right on top of the most aggressive termite belt in the country. If you aren’t careful, a termite colony could cause major damage to your house without you even knowing. Experts recommend having your home inspected at least annually because as the saying goes, “It’s not a matter of if you’ll get termites, but when you’ll...
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Is There Such A Thing As A Good Spider?

SpidersTo some people there’s no such thing as a “good” spider, but generally speaking there are many spiders in Arizona that are considered beneficial. In fact, the majority of spiders in our area are pretty harmless. They may bite when they feel trapped, but their bites tend to be very mild and only cause a brief, minor irritation. So what are some of the common beneficial spiders in Arizona? Tarantula Although probably the most menacing looking spider, Tarantulas are the least dangerous and most beneficial spider in Arizona. Tarantulas are normally 3-4 inches long with long, blackish-brown or tan hair. They are considered beneficial because they feed on many insects and other spiders – a natural source of pest control. Wolf Spider Wolf spiders also have a threatening appearance, but they typically show little aggression toward humans. They have a brown and gray coloration and are usually found outdoors. Occassionally, they...
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Tips for Enjoying a Pest Free Holiday Season

Christmas Tree Opening up your home to friends and family during the holidays is one of the great joys of the season. It gives a chance to catch up, share old memories and make new stories as we gather together to celebrate life and love. As much as we enjoy having these visitors come into our home, one thing we do not want to do is have unexpected visitors such as rodents, insects and other pests move into our house at the same time. If you’re looking to keep these unwanted guests out of your home during the upcoming holidays, then it’s important to be vigilant and practice some preventative steps. Here are some things to keep in mind: Shake Out That Tree For many people, one of the great traditions of Christmas is bringing home a live tree to decorate and enjoy. The problem with live trees, however, is that they...
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Pack Rats and Mice in Winter

RodentAs winter approaches, the days grow shorter and cooler. Though our winters in Southern Arizona are considered mild, you may soon find the arrival of unwanted visitors, such as pack rats and mice, seeking a warm shelter and an easy meal. In addition to the fear response rodents often elicit, they can cause significant damage to your home. Rodents are notorious for chewing through electrical wiring and wood, including baseboards and trim. They can also carry health risks like the Hantavirus, which is particularly concerning. If you’re worried about pack rats and mice moving indoors for the winter, here are some tips for identifying and managing this pest problem. Pack Rats Pack rats, also known as wood rats, are native to our desert region. They are a persistent problem for homeowners and easily adapt to living in your home. As the name suggests, pack rats are really pack rats. They will...
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Two Most Common Termite Treatment Options for Subterranean Termites

TermitesSubterranean termites are among the most destructive pests in Arizona. Every year, these insects are responsible for causing thousands of dollars in structural damage. This is why it’s so important to have your property inspected by a licensed professional. Let’s take a look at the most effective treatments for termites. Why Are Termites So Problematic During Monsoon Season? Termites can cause issues throughout the year. However, monsoon season causes subterranean termites to become especially active. The increased moisture and heat help create the perfect living conditions. They will gradually start to come out of their well-hidden nests. During monsoon season, don’t be surprised to see signs of termites around your home. What Are the Signs of Termites? While termites live below ground in the soil, they will leave their nests to find food sources. Your home’s wooden structures are definitely on the menu. When dealing with termites, it’s especially important to...
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Three Rules to Prevent Southern Arizona Termites from Destroying Your Property

TermitesLiving in the Grand Canyon State has its perks. But Arizona desert termites are not one of them. In fact, these pesky and harmful critters can do a number on your home when left unattended. They are resilient and able to survive at high altitudes and in our dry, hot desert. When not munching on your foundation or patio posts, they live off cactus and the soft springwood of trees. Staying alert to signs like hollow wood, tubes of mud and discarded wings around your property is important. But a little prevention will let you sleep at night.  Damp Areas and Puddles Are Termite Havens Termites in Southern Arizona are attracted to moisture and water. Any standing water in and around your home should be drained. Moisture found under or against the foundation of your home may be caused by poor drainage from the outside or a leaky pipe. Fixing and...
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Southern Arizona Business and Community Icon Bill Bennett Passes Away

Bill BennettThe Southern Arizona business community has lost an iconic business and philanthropic figure with the passing July 28 of Bill Bennett, founder and patriarch of Bill’s Home Service. Mr. Bennett was 88. Services are 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at St. Philip's In the Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. in Tucson and are open to the public. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the St. Luke’s Home Chapel Fund. Mr. Bennett played a prominent role in the Green Valley/Tubac area, not only as a businessman until his retirement 22 years ago, but also as a kind and generous soul known for his philanthropy. Mr. Bennett founded Bill’s Home Service as a general home services company in 1964 serving the Green Valley-Tubac area after struggling as a farmer in Amado. At the time, he performed landscaping, pool cleaning, garbage removal, soft water system...
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Why You Don't Want Termites

TermitesThere are many different pests that are no stranger to Arizona residents, but one of the most familiar is the termite. Not only can termites be very hard to remove from your property, but they also can cause permanent damage to your home’s structure and foundation. Termites and Where They Come From How do termites get inside in the first place? They can come in through cracks of your home’s foundation or floor. They can also create tunnels to your home’s foundation and get in through your drywall. It is very importantly to not take these small pests lightly, as nobody should welcome them in the home. The most obvious thing to know about termites is that they love eating wood. When they eat wood, they will tend to leave behind holes as thin as a needle. If you can’t see any holes or damage on wood, then you could definitely...
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Common Arizona Summer Pests and How To Prevent Them

Common Summer PestsThe hottest weather of the year has arrived. With that comes critters and crawling things. There are pests of all kinds in Arizona, but these are the most common. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent them from infiltrating your home. Scorpions Scorpions are scary-looking, and for good reason. They can deliver a painful and serious sting. At worst, the venom can be fatal, so it’s important to protect you and your loved ones from them. As is the case for preventing any type of pest, try to keep clutter around your house to a minimum, along with food sources. Seal any openings you may find where critters can fit through – scorpions only need about the thickness of a credit card to gain access. Furthermore, take care not to leave damp towels on your floor. The cool, moist space it creates is the perfect hiding spot for scorpions. If you feel...
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Signs of a Harvester Ant Infestation

Harvester ants may not be as destructive as termites or carpenter ants. But, they are aggressive and are known to sting when provoked. If they invade your property, you need to take action to get rid of them as soon as possible. But, first you need to recognize that you have a problem. Here are some telltale signs that will let you know you have a harvester ant infestation. Appearance The first step in knowing if you have a harvester ant infestation is being able to identify the creature. Harvester ants measure between five and seven millimeters and are either red, orange or brown. They also have six legs, three distinctive sections on their bodies and antennae. If you notice any ants that fix this description in or around your house, it may be an early sign of an infestation. Mounds Harvester ants have distinctive mounds that are broad and flat....
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Five Facts About Centipedes in Arizona

Thousands of centipede species travel the earth, and Arizona is definitely home to some of them. In our state, there are three fairly common species. You may have found one or more of these on your property or in your home. First is the house centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata). Then there are two species of desert centipede: the common desert centipede (Scolopendra polymorpha) and the giant desert centipede (Scolopendra heros). The house centipede is the most likely of the three to be found inside and is also the smallest variety at about 1.5 inches long. The common desert centipede has tiger-like striping and is commonly known as the tiger centipede; these animals are usually about five inches long. By comparison, the giant desert centipede is much larger – about eight inches long – with a rust-colored body and a blue head. Here are some other fun facts that you may not know...
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Types of Scorpions Found in Arizona

With several dozen species of scorpions native to Arizona, these arachnids are unfortunately common in Southern Arizona. They can creep around in your yard or throughout your home and may sting you when you least expect it. All species have an identifiable tail that carries venom as well as pincer-like claws that protrude from the front. The most common species in Arizona are the bark scorpion, the striped-tale or devil’s scorpion and the giant desert hairy scorpion. Arizona Bark Scorpion The bark scorpion is considered to be the most venomous species in the state. A sting may result in extreme swelling and redness, numbness, muscle spasms, foaming at the mouth and in some cases even death. Unlike many other species found in the area, the bark scorpion has a thin tail and a dainty body. Its yellowish or tan color makes it difficult to see in many environments. This scorpion, which...
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Do I Have Ants or Termites?

At Bill’s Home Service Company, we do a lot of pest control. The Arizona climate seems to be the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of pests that you don’t want in your home. One of the more frequent calls we receive is from customers who don’t quite know what type of pest they have, but they know that they need our help. It’s help we’re glad to give, and a common identification question that we’ll begin hearing frequently in the coming months is how to tell the difference between ants and termites. You don’t want either of these insects in your home, but knowing what you have can help protect your home better. In the case of termites, it’s vital to get treatment right away due to the damage they can cause to your home. Ants We know the most common ants, but how do you tell what you have...
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How to Remove Ticks From Yourself and Your Pets

Ticks are one of many elusive pests that can bring disease and irritation to pets and humans. You might instantly notice if a tick is on you, but your dog or cat might be the home of a tick too. Ticks vary in size from being as small as a head of a pin to as large as a sunflower seed. If you notice a tick on the coat of your pet, you can remove it with a brush or comb, and discard it. If you notice that a tick is biting you or your pet’s skin, there is a process that must be taken for you to remove the tick in the right ways. How To Remove A Tick Firstly, get a pair of pointed tweezers, or specialty tick tweezers that you can get from a veterinarian. These will be your tools to force the tick off of you or...
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I Have Termites—Now What?

You’ve probably heard stories about termites before; the destruction they can cause and the anxiety they bring, but now you have them for yourself, and the fear is setting in. But stay calm, termites are problematic, but there are steps you can take to handle them. Here’s what to do if you believe they are termites making a meal out of your house. What are the first steps? Confirm it is Termites Before you do anything else, check to make sure you actually have termites. A lot of times, wood damage can be caused by other things like water, rodents, or exposure to the elements, so it’s essential you find out for certain where exactly the damage is coming from. You can do this by trying to find individual termites or at least the mud tubes they leave behind. Mud tubes are basically the tunnels they make throughout wooden beams. Otherwise,...
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