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The Types of Spiders Common in Arizona

Spiders are one of the most commonly encountered pests in Arizona. Spiders are also one of the stealthiest pests, tending to lurk in out-of-the-way locations where they can blend in with their surroundings. Often, this stealthy behavior means that people are quite startled when they notice that a spider is present, making it more difficult for them to identify the type of spider and evaluate the potential for risk that it represents. The following list of the types of spiders that are commonly found in Arizona can help with identification. Tarantula Tarantulas are large, hairy spiders that are typically found outdoors. The species of tarantula that is common in Arizona is brown in color and seldom exceeds 5 inches in size. Although urban legends and horror movies have often cast tarantulas as killers, these spiders are not particularly aggressive and possess only a mild venom. They will bite if they feel...
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Beware of Termite Infestations this Fall

Warm, damp summer weather creates the perfect conditions for fall termite swarms. Encouraged by the summer monsoons in the desert, termites thrive and multiply in the early fall. As the colony grows they look for new food sources to makes they can flourish; making your home target number one. How the Weather Affects Termites A colony generally begins increasing its egg production in July. The need to provide for the influx of offspring and the warm, moist conditions provide the perfect combination to make termites most active from September to November. Depending on the area and the amount of rain during the winter, another spike in activity may occur in late February through March. When termite activity peaks, homeowners should be on the lookout for evidence of termites. The most common termite in Southern Arizona is the subterranean termite which typically can be identified by the mud tunnels on the foundation...
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Arizona Scorpion Info You Need to Know

Scorpions are fairly common in southern Arizona because the climate is ideal for them. The venom that scorpions release is toxic, but it rarely kills humans because of the size of the size of the human bodies. Scorpion stings may cause allergic reactions that can be dangerous, however. There are three main types of scorpions that are found in the state. If you are dealing with an infestation of scorpions, it is still a good idea for you to contact Bill's Home Service so that our experts can eradicate them from your home or business. Arizona striped tail scorpion The most common type of scorpion that is found in the state, the Arizona striped tail or “devil” scorpion has a robust tail with a striped appearance on the underside. It is a yellow color and its stripes are dark. The females are larger than the males, but most of these scorpions...
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What Are the Differences Between Bees and Wasps

Bees and wasps can act as a significant nuisance for homeowners. Large nests of wasps or bees can form across the yard and even inside a home, and this can lead to guests, pets, and small children getting stung. Some types of stinging insects can be significantly more aggressive and dangerous than others. Wasps and hornets, for example, can be very aggressive while stinging their victims multiple times. Individual honey bees, on the other hand, rarely cause harm unless they are directly provoked or are protecting their hive as a group. Homeowners should, therefore, learn to recognize the main differences between the various types of stinging insects to know how to keep your family safe. Differences in Behavior The behavioral differences between bees and wasps are one of the most effective ways to differentiate between these two types of stinging insects. In general, ordinary honey bees will be seen flying low...
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How You Need to Know About Centipedes

Centipedes You may have trouble spotting centipedes in your home because they’re nocturnal creatures that move at lightning speed. That’s easy to do if you have anywhere from 15 to 177 pairs of legs. If you want to amaze your friends, tell them that no centipede, despite its name, has 100 legs. The number of pairs is always odd. Centipedes look something like worms with lots of legs and a pair of antennae. Their bodies are segmented. In color, they range from beige or pale yellow to dark brown. The most common North American varieties are only a few millimeters in length, however, the two most common in Southern Arizona – giant desert centipede and common desert centipede – are typically about 4 to 8 inches in length. Their two front limbs end in sharp claws that contain venom glands. Centipedes use these weapons to paralyze and kill prey. A centipede...
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