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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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