Tucson, like most other cities in the Sonoran Desert, experiences year-round warm temperatures that can bring out the pests in droves. The city has two distinct rainy seasons, one in the winter and one in the summer. July and August generally see very hot temperatures broken only by the monsoon rains, which arrive in mid-summer and traditionally last into September. Because the temperature very rarely falls below freezing, pests breed during the balance of the year. Homeowners and business owners should pay particular attention to termites, scorpions, and pack rats. Even a few of these creatures can lead to heavy infestations. It is best to eliminate them before larger colonies can become established.


Termites are insects that typically feed on wood and can thus pose problems for the infrastructure of buildings. Signs of infestation typically include the following:

  • mud tubes
  • wing piles
  • feces piles
  • hollowed-out wood pieces or distended furniture items
  • small holes in wood planks or boards
  • evidence of swarming behavior

We recommend that homeowners have their property inspected by a licensed professional at least once a year for termites. If an infestation is present, we will provide an option between a liquid termiticide treatment or a combination of liquid and a termite baiting system. We also offer service contracts to provide coverage for treatments of future infestations.


Scorpions are often one of the most feared pests in the desert, and Tucson is home to three different species including the sometimes-deadly Bark scorpion. Scorpions are nocturnal insects that hunt their prey (crickets, spiders and other insects) at night. During the day they tend to hide under river rock, in woodpiles, under potted plants, or in closets and storage places inside.

Pack Rats

Pack rats, also known as wood rats, are one of the biggest rodent concerns in Tucson. They get their name from their tendency to collect small objects, especially shiny ones, to bring back to their nests. They typically build their nests in cactus, shrubs, rocks, etc., but they will also get into wall voids, attics, cars and other manmade areas. They also tend to provide conditions that foster disease or disease carrying insects and can be destructive from their incessant need to chew.

If you are currently experiencing problems with any of these problematic pests, contact Bill’s Home Service for more information and a free quote.