What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

I was pleased to sit down with a couple of the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating recently, and talk candidly about the pest situation here in the Valley. I was interested to know what the most common pests are here in Arizona… The pests that are most frequently called about.

Here are the top 3 most called about pests in Arizona, according to Bulwark Pest Control Mesa:

3. Fire Ants

Fire Ant Sign What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

They’re red, they’re nasty, and in Arizona they have stung approximately 40 percent of the State’s population. I’m talking of course about the Red Imported Fire ant. These ants are known for their destructive mound building, and their painful stings which are unleashed whenever one of their huge ant mounds is threatened. Once stung, a victim will display painful red welts that rise above the skin and eventually blister. It’s because of these painful stings; Arizona residents want no part of the Fire ant and call Bulwark Exterminating in Mesa for professional Fire ant control.

2. Black Widows

Black Widow Spider In Web What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

Almost 99 percent of all spiders found in Arizona are harmless. One of the spiders that make up the remaining one percent is the Black Widow spider. Her appearance is unmistakable; with her large glossy black abdomen, and of course her bright red hour glass that warn everybody to keep their distance. Black Widows will only bite when provoked, and will likely run away when confronted. Despite this behavior, Arizona resident’s take know chances when it comes to this spider. Perhaps it’s her painful and dangerous bite that has residents calling Bulwark Exterminating in Mesa for professional spider control.

1. Arizona Bark Scorpion

Scorpion What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

The number one called about pest in Arizona, is without a doubt, the Arizona Bark Scorpion. Most Arizona residents are able to put up with a few cockroaches or crickets running around their home, but not scorpions. If you live in Arizona long enough, there’s a really high probability that you will be stung by a scorpion at some point. Anybody that has ever been stung does not want to ever go through that experience ever again. To avoid scorpion stings, it’s advised that professional scorpion control actions be taken. Arizona residents know this, and that is why scorpions are the most frequently called about pest.

Mesa Pest Control

If you are tired of seeing Fire ants, Black Widow spiders, Bark scorpions, or any other pest inside your home or on your property, it is time to do something about. Call or click a Mesa pest control professional today.

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
terminix.com 

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Modern Pest Control Techniques

Agricultural Pest Control  Modern Pest Control Techniques

In the constantly evolving battle between humans and pests, property owners have come to rely on a wide variety of professional pest control techniques, most of which utilize precise mechanisms of action to root out even the toughest critters. Biological pest control, bait and traps, sterilization, fumigation, and natural repellents are all quite effective at dealing with infestations.

Biological Agents

One of the more recent developments in pest control is the use of parasite species to kill the larvae and eggs of certain insects. Mosquito eggs, for example, can be eliminated by adding certain bacteria to the stagnant water areas where the insects are known to breed. The eggs themselves are efficiently wiped out, and there are no negative consequences for any other aspects of the ecosystem. Continued research into predation and parasitism will no doubt yield even better results in the future.

Bait and Traps

Poisoned bait is a highly effective way to rid a home of roaches, fruit flies, and a number of other invasive species. In fact, roach-killing bait has advanced admirably in recent years, and the poison now has the added ability to wipe out entire colonies. If rats or mice have moved into the attic or basement, specialized traps are the best bet. Though trigger traps are widely used, some manufacturers have recently developed sophisticated catch-and-release traps. This allows larger animals to be set free in other locations.

Sterilization

Genetic research has yielded some interesting sterilization success stores. When sterile male insects are released into target areas, they breed with the females of the species. The females will then be unable to produce any offspring. Eventually, the entire insect population is radically reduced. These sterilization techniques are most effective with agricultural pests, and experts have had success with Mexican fruit flies, Tsetse flies, and a few other species.

Fumigation

When unwanted insect guests have become especially widespread, experts can use sophisticated fumigation techniques to combat them. The clearing of hotels, business centers, and other large structures is always complex, but professionals have a number of subtly different chemicals at their disposal. The fumigant pack itself may consist of phosphine, hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde, or other similar agents. Workers will generally seal off the fumigation areas with heavy plastic sheets before the process moves forward.

Natural Repellents

In a world where the environment is becoming progressively more toxic, some experts recommend organic repellents whenever possible. Balsam fir oil, which can be extracted from trees, is highly effective against a variety of insects. Other remedies include Thai lemongrass for mosquitoes and vinegar for fruit flies. Infestations that have not yet reached the severe stage can be controlled with homemade concoctions that are far from chemically harsh.

Professional Pest Control

As Canadian property owners begin to fight back against particularly troublesome critters, a professional appraisal is generally the best way to start. Experts will have access to cutting-edge technology and will be able to quickly develop a plan of action. With a bit of devotion to the task, the dastardly pests can be shown to their demise.

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David Brown is a blogger and suggests www.allpest.ca for anyone in the Greater Toronto Area that needs a pest control professional.

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3 Tips For Exterminating Pests Yourself

 3 Tips For Exterminating Pests Yourself
Dead american cockroach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3 Tips For Exterminating Pests Yourself 

If you have ever seen a bunch of ants in your home or a couple cockroaches you probably thought to yourself that you would be able to take care of the problem all on your own.  Having an exterminator come to your home to get rid of the bugs that have decided to live alongside you is a cost that you do not enjoy writing a check for at the end of the day.  You would rather have spent that money on something for yourself.

Why do bugs that are so much smaller than me need a professional to get them out of my house?  Since I am so much bigger, shouldn’t I be able to get rid of them myself?

The Tips

Here are three tips to finally rid your home of the bugs on your own:

1)      Home improvement stores have many options for pest control.  They usually have entire sections of their stores devoted to it.  If you have ants, buy an ant trap.  If you have cockroaches, buy some cockroach spray.  Home improvement stores will usually have pest control for almost any pest you have in your home as well.  They even have a bed bug spray.

2)      Pests cannot survive unless they have food and water just like us!  You need to keep a tight watch on all of the food in your home in order to stop the number of pests from expanding.  Keeping a keen eye on your box of Cheez-Its could be the answer to your pest problem.  It will take much longer to rid your home of pests through this method but it always works.  Unless you have termites because those guys are actually eating your home.

3)      Use your vacuum instead of your hands.  Instead of using your hands to try and pick up all of the darn bugs you should expedite the process by using your vacuum.  Using your vacuum will also catch the pests in a nice container that you can dispose of easily.

Saving Dough

These three tips to save you money with the exterminator are very useful, but for termites you need to hire a professional.  There’s just too many of them in a colony and they are eating away at the structural integrity of your house.  For the common household pests you can definitely vacuum them right up and throw them out with the trash.

If you have any questions about exterminating the pests, you can call any good, upstanding pest control company to try and solve the problem on your own before you need to lay down money for them.  If they help you once then you are likely to call them again if you really do need their services.  So you asking them a pest control question to save yourself money is just building their client list.

There is a limit to how much you can take care of by yourself at home.  The professionals make a living for a reason.  But the professionals also charge you a premium price for their services.  Use these three tips the next time you have a pest problem to keep your wallet nice and fat.

Maybe if the exterminator does have to come to your house to take care of your pest problem you will be able to cut him a deal.  There is never any shame in asking about one either.

By Brian Connor

Brian has written for many home improvement and home restoration blogs.  He wants to keep people informed about how they can go about exterminating pests the correct way.  Visit beelinepestcontroldenver.com for more information.

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World’s Most Venomous Insect Found in Arizona

300px Pogonomyrmex maricopa casent0005712 profile 1 World’s Most Venomous Insect Found in Arizona
English: Profile view of ant Pogonomyrmex maricopa specimen casent0005712. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Maricopa Harvester Ant

Maricopa harvester ants are frequently found in most of Arizona, including the city of Mesa. The ant is famous for having the most toxic venom of all insects. Maricopa harvester ants come in a variety of colors from bright red to dark brown. They measure in size from one centimeter to three centimeters, depending on their age. They have two pairs of wings, but will not carry them for the entirety of their lives. Both the male and female ants will shed their wings after they mate, and the males will then die.

Nests of Maricopa Harvester Ants

Maricopa harvester ants erect enormous nests that can reach widths of almost 30 feet, and heights of six feet. These massive nests are only common if mother nature does not wipe them out, or if the nest is not taken over by other species of ants. Their nest mounds usually made of rocks and gravel. The ants create cemented caps, made of calcium carbonate, on top of their mound nests. This protects the nest from being eroded away by high winds or rainy weather.

Maricopa Harvester Ant Nutrition

Like all other harvester ants, the Maricopa harvester ants forage for their food. The leave the nest to gather seeds, dead insects, and any other food it can find. They then bring the food back to their nest to divide up among the colony. Maricopa harvester ants will forage up to 33 feet away from the nest in order to make sure that they bring back enough food for the entire colony. The ant plays a major role in decomposition by dragging dead carcasses of insects underground, thus enriching soil for plants and crops.

Maricopa Harvester Ants on Attack

One characteristic that distinguishes the Maricopa harvester ant from other species of ant is that they have a stinger that is comparable to that of a honeybee. They use their stingers as a protection against anything they might believe will cause them harm. The ant will attach itself to its victim by clinging on to them with their mandibles. Once attached, it will arrange itself so its stinger is facing towards the victim. The ant will then sting as many times as it can before it is removed or killed. When the first ant stings it’s victim it will release pheromones that signal other members of the colony to come and attack as well. This swarming tendency makes the ant very dangerous.

Maricopa Harvester Ant Venom

Maricopa harvester ants contain the most toxic venom of all insects. Their venom is a combination of amino acids, peptides, and proteins. The venom from the Maricopa harvester ant is twelve times more powerful than that of a honeybee. A four and a half pound rat could be killed by as few as twelve stings, and a 150 lb human could be killed by about 350 stings. To get the same mortality rate from a bee, a human would have to be stung well over 10,000 times, without an allergic reaction taking place. While this may seem like a high number of stings it is very low compared to the amount of stings from other insects.

Mesa Ant Control

As Mesa residents, we are usually more worried about keeping the deadly scorpions off our property and out of our homes. The venom of the Maricopa harvester ants can be just as deadly as a scorpion’s and they need to be professionally eliminated. If you are seeing ants of any kind on your property, even if it’s not the venomous Maricopa harvester ant, contact a Mesa pest control professional today. They’ll help to eradicate the ants before they find you or your family.

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
terminix.com

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