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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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