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How Termite Damage Can Harm Your Property

Termites cause billions of dollars of damage every year in the United States. One of the reasons for this is that termite activity often progresses undetected until the damage inflicted is severe and widespread. It’s essential for all homeowners to know what to watch out for, and to contact a pest management company right away if any signs of termites are noticed.   Types of Structural Damage Termites do cause cosmetic damage, but they will also […]

A Guide to Southern Arizona’s Worst Weeds

If you care about your landscaping, weeds are likely to feel like the bane of your existence. Weeds can spring up virtually anywhere around your home, interfering with the look of your yard and forcing you to waste time pulling them. If you can’t seem to get rid of your weeds, a pest control professional can provide you with the capable treatments you need. Here are some of the weeds you’re most likely to encounter in Southern Arizona:   […]

Bees on the rise

Spring is here and bees are on the rise in Tucson. More importantly the Africanized honey bees also known as killer bees are very active. How did they get here you ask, well about 60 years ago, a beekeeper in Brazil accidentally released 26 Tanzanian queen bees and their swarms into the wild. The bees had been brought to South America from Africa in an attempt to increase honey production. Once escaped, they thrived. By the early 1990s […]

When Are Termites Most Active?

Every year, a tiny bugs called termites costs property owners billions of dollars in damage. These infuriatingly persistent pests eat wood products, whether it comes in the form of trees, books, furniture, or even the wood that makes up your building. Unfortunately, termites can be tricky to spot—by the time you see any signs of them in your home or yard, they may already have caused extensive damage. Knowing when termites are most likely to be active […]

Ants come marching in! – Ways to avoid invasion.

The ants come marching in! Ways to help curve the ant invasion.  Like every other year in Tucson, the warm weather has brought out the bugs. Ants are crawling out of the ground foraging for food with no time to waste. These journeys can sometimes lead these creatures into your home. Having ants in your home can be a serious hassle, but not to worry we at Essential Pest Control have a few tips for […]

Common Pest Control Mistakes People Make!

Let’s face it—nobody wants to have to deal with pests on their property. No matter what type of unwanted intruder you’re dealing with, it’s safe to say you would have much rather avoided the problem in the first place. Many of us, however, don’t always take the necessary steps to protect our homes from pest infestations. These are some of the most common mistakes people make: Keeping an Untidy Yard Is there standing water anywhere in […]

What You Need to Know about Africanized Bees in Tucson

Back in the 1990s, the impending arrival of Africanized bees—known colloquially as “killer bees”—in the United States sparked something of a minor panic. To this day, some people will react to every bee sighting by wondering if they’ve just seen a “killer bee.” If you live in Tucson, Arizona, do you have to worry about Africanized bees? The answer is yes, you do—but you can protect yourself by learning as much as possible about these […]

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How To Keep Winter Pests Out Of Your Home

Even though the winter in Tucson can be mild, everyone enjoys snuggling up inside while the wind blows outside. And if you think this is true with people, imagine how little critters and pests feel! Now, more than ever, rodents, bed bugs, and termites are looking for a place to get cozy, and that place can be your home. Once it gets a bit blustery and cold outside, many American homeowners forget to protect their […]

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5 Best Bed Bug Prevention Measures

Did you know that 99.6% of pest control professionals have performed bed bug removals services in the past year? This is higher than the rate five, 10, and 15 years ago. It can be frustrating that bed bug infestations are so common, and you certainly want to avoid the situation if you can. To be on guard against these terrifying, bloodsucking pests, here are some of the best methods to prevent bed bugs from finding […]

Mouse House: 3 Ways To Keep Rodents Out

Did you know that rats are capable of entering structures through a hole only half an inch wide? The mouse, on the other hand, can squeeze into holes as small as a quarter inch. Unfortunately, old homes are full of cracks, holes, nooks, and crannies for these pests to wriggle through. This could explain your recent rodent infestation; however, it’s also an important part of the solution. When you put rodent control in control of […]

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Debunking 3 Common Myths About Bed Bugs

Debunking 3 Common Myths About Bed Bugs Of all pests that can infest a residential home, many experts consider bed bugs to be among the most difficult to get rid of. The top three places where pest professionals report finding bed bugs are apartments/condominiums (95%), single-family homes (93%), and hotels/motels (75%). Regardless of where the infestation starts, it’s important to know the facts, which often get overshadowed by the plethora of incorrect information getting circulated. […]

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The 3 Threats Rodents Pose and Why Your Cat Doesn’t Care

As we’ve learned from Tom and Jerry, cartoon cats aren’t very good at catching cartoon mice. Back in the days before zany anthropomorphic TV animals, cats and humans became friends. This is a classic example of a common enemy forging a friendship. See, the agricultural revolution brought stability to the food supply, yet it attracted unwelcome attention from rodents. Looking for food, rats and mice made a mess of crops, spread diseases, and became a […]


5 Odd Ways To Catch Rodent Invaders

Did you know that a rat has a ‘home range’ of between 50 and 150 feet of its nest? Mice, on the other hand, typically live within 10-30 feet from their nest. Rodents are a big problem for many people living in homes all across the world. The question is, how do you get rid of them? When all of your go-to solutions fall flat and it becomes obvious that the invading rodents are wise […]

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It’s Time To Talk About The Terrors Of Termites

Did you know that data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that residents of the U.S. spend at least $1 billion on termite repairs and control every year? This is a conservative report, as some experts estimate a total closer to $2 billion. A termite infestation, then, is no joke. But how can you tell if you have termites in your home, why do termite infestations happen, and what termite control services are available to help? […]

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Termite Problems Turn Tragic If You Don’t Do 1 Simple Thing

Pest control in the United States is no joke. In fact, by 2016 it was predicted that pest control services would generate a revenue of $12.29 billion dollars. Much of this revenue comes from termite infestations. So many southern homes, in both humid and dry climates, fall victim to termites every year. In fact, 600,000 more homes will suffer this grim fate in 2018. These little wood devouring nuisance insects destroy property like it’s their […]

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What Can A Termite Really Do To My Home?

With winter on the way, termites are highly active here in Arizona. This can be frustrating what with the holiday season approaching and the promise of relatives coming to visit. The last thing homeowners want to be thinking about is a possible infestation and termite control. However, it’s best to be prepared and on your guard rather than hoping for the best. Homes with the firmest of foundations and the most secure walls, windows, and […]

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Common Misconceptions About Termites That Could Put Your Home At Risk

Termites are one of the most annoying insects on the face of the planet, and these winged pests damage approximately 600,000 homes in the U.S. every year. While these nuisance insects do play an important role in the ecosystem, they’re not like bees, as bee removal specialists encourage you to remove bees without killing them. But when termites have set up shop inside your home, extermination is the only viable solution. Termites cause billions of […]

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How To Detect And Get Rid Of The Termites In Your Home

Termites are one of the most problematic pests in the United States. In a single year, termites cost property owners across the country a grand total of $1 billion to $2 billion, on average, in property damage. Therefore, if you’re worried about possible termite infestation, you’re not alone. One of the key challenges of knowing whether or not to call a professional termite control service is determining whether the insects in your home are termites […]

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What Can I Do To Control A Bee Infestation In My House?

In any given year, the United States spends up to $9 billion in total controlling fleas alone. Of course, that’s just one common household pest. While pest control services are often called on to take care of these terrorizing, tiny creatures, we often don’t think of the dangers of a bee infestation inside our home. We know that bees often make their hives in hollow trees or rock crevices, but sometimes they’ll make their way into the […]

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How To Detect Termites Before Your Home Is Infested

Like bed bugs, termites are often able to infect your home easily. They’re often difficult to detect before they become a full infestation and you need to call professional termite control. Did you know a termite can enter your home through a space as small as 1/32nd of an inch? You do now. But how can you protect your home from an insect that can go undetected for so long? By knowing the five reasons […]