Ants of southern AZ

Ants of Southern AZ

Honey pot ants

 

With more than 12,000 known ant species around the world, ants are sure to make their mark in the deserts of Arizona. Housing over 300 known species, Arizona has the highest diversity of ants in the United States.

Honey-Pot Ants

In nests of honey-pot ants, living food jars up to about half an inch across cling to the ceilings of underground cavities. On the surface, they are best recognized by their erratic, stop-and-go movements.

As with most types of ants, adult workers feed immature larvae by regurgitating liquid food. Honey-pot species take that two steps further. Workers forage outside the nest for plant juices and other foods, then feed sweet liquid to a specialized group of adult workers called “repletes.” The repletes swell into berry-like spheres to store honey for sustaining the colony through the lean season. They hold up to eight times their body weight in honey, but can barely move.

Seed Harvesters

Seed harvesters are found in back yards and deserts. The two, formerly cooperative foundresses of the ant species Messor pergandei, are engaged in lethal combat.

Such fights begin soon after the first adult workers appear in the nest and result in the demise of all but one of the original foundresses.

“Pogo” workers grow to about half an inch and range from red to black. They forage up to about 100 feet from their nests, which are conspicuous bare-soil circles with a central opening.

Queens may live more than 20 years, continuing to lay eggs from a single mating flight. But once individual workers begin foraging outside the nest, lizards, birds, dehydration or other hazards are likely to kill them within a month. Younger workers are continually tending new batches of eggs. As workers get older, they become expendable foragers instead of larva-tenders.

Tens of thousands of ants may cooperate as a single colony. Winged reproductive forms, males and virgin queens, fly after summer rains. After mating, the males promptly die and the queens try to start their own colonies. A tiny percentage succeed.

Desert Fire Ants

These shiny ants, either black or red, are common in yards and pack a nasty sting. Most are only about one-eighth of an inch long.

The Arizona Department of Agriculture has so far been successful at keeping Arizona free of the local fire ants’ South American cousins, red imported fire ants, which have infested states from Florida to Texas.

Army Ants

Army ants attack other ants’ nests not to steal babies, but to eat them. The ones in and around the Valley are nearly blind. Tens of thousands of them may form raiding columns during nighttime raids, eating whatever other insects they come across. An Army ant colony does not build a permanent nest. It moves as a group from place to place to find new food supplies, using temporary shelters such as rodent holes.

 

Source: askabiologist.asu.edu/arizona-ant-species

Weed Control With Pre-emergent

Weed Control With Pre-emergent

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There are many reasons to utilize a Weed control program. Weeds are time consuming, difficult to control and unsightly. The use of well timed herbicide applications are essential in the upkeep of any residential yard or commercial landscape. A weed control program utilizes two stages; a pre-emergence to prevent seeds from germinating and a post-emergence to kill visible weeds.

Pre-emergent herbicides control seedlings before they emerge through the topsoil. These herbicides should be applied twice a year. Pre-emergent applications are most effective when applied in the early Fall (July.-Aug.) and the early Spring (Feb.-Mar.). Essential Pest Control uses a herbicide product designed to limit future weed growth, stopping the seedlings from germinating.

Post-emergence herbicides are used to kill visible weeds. Some weeds may have started growing, but have not emerged through the soil surface. Growth under topsoil may require multiple visits and applications. Post-emergence herbicides ideally should be applied when the weed is actively growing, but if the plant is dormant alternative products are utilized. Essential Pest Control offers several post-emergence programs to control weeds dependent upon the demands of the property including weed pressure, location, landscape, and desired level of control.

So remember, the key to a beautiful, cost effective yet professional looking landscaped yard is a proper herbicide control program. The key to a successful herbicide control program is a proper pre-emergence application and a continued post-emergence application. Whether it is to improve your property’s curb appeal, make your yard the envy of your neighbors, or just save you valuable time and effort Essential Pest Control is your ally in the war against weeds.

If you have any questions or are interested in the program, please call us at 520-886-3029. Visit our Web Specials page for online discounts.

Spotting roaches before the infestation

 

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How to Spot Roaches before the infestation

The German cockroaches are smaller, nonflying subspecies that like to hitchhike their way into your home. They find their way in packages, boxes and grocery food you bring home. German cockroaches love water and are sometimes called water bugs. It’s larger cousin, the American cockroach breed outdoors but have no problem coming indoors during cold weather.

There are few things you can do to make sure these pests don’t get cozy in your home:

Seal off access ways

Thanks to the roaches’ ability to flatten their bodies, they can find their way into your home through the smallest cracks and crevices.

So if you really want to keep roaches away, have your home sealed off from these access ways. Essential offers an exclusion program if you don’t feel like DYI is not an option.

Plug up all leaks

Cockroaches can survive for a month without food but need daily access to water. Keep roaches away by preventing you home from being a roach water fountain.  Drain the sink when you’re done with the dishes, wipe down the bath when you’re finished and remove all traces of water from your countertops.

Also check your house for other sources of water, leaky plumbing and other moisture around your home. Even if a roach is able to get in, a lack of water will prevent it from sticking around.

Keep it clean

Cockroaches love dirty, cluttered, crumb-scattered places. They’ll live anywhere that has their three basic requirements – food, water, and warm shelter – but dirty, cluttered environments have a lot more of these to offer.

The best way to keep roaches away is to make your home uncomfortable for these pests by keeping it clean. Take out the trash often, do your dishes as soon as you finish eating, wipe up every trace of sauce and grease from the stovetop, give your countertops a thorough wipe-down, sweep and mop the floors, and keep the dishwasher spotless.

Regular pest control application

A regular application is crucial to keeping the bugs away. The pest treatment creates a barrier around the perimeter of your home that a wide range of insects wouldn’t dare cross. If for some reason they cross the barrier their bodies will pick up the specifics of the treatment and attack the system, which is engineered specifically for insect biology. If you have questions or need an inspection, give Essential Pest Control a call at 520-886-3029. Mention this article and inspection is on us!

 

Rodents – Disease, damage and allergy pests

Rodents – Disease, damage and allergy causing pests

RodentMost people, understandably have a dislike or fear of rodents, which makes sense considering how dangerous they can be to humans. Mice, rats and the parasites that tag along can carry a number of diseases. Some of these viruses are potentially deadly to humans,  in particular, Hantavirus, Listeria, Rat-Bite Fever and Salmonellosis. Let’s not forget Bubonic Plague, aka Black Death. The plague that wiped out approximately one-third of Europe’s population in the 14th Century.

 

Rodents can also play a large role in contributing to dangerous allergies. For instance, rodent urine and droppings could trigger allergies and there are as many people allergic to mouse droppings as there are to mold and dust. Exposure to mouse allergen is a known cause of asthma in children and adults. Rodents can also be a huge detriment to your home and automobiles. They’re known to eat just about anything – including parts of your house and car. For example, their teeth can gnaw through insulation, wall paneling, card board, even wood. Some are especially fond of electrical wiring and that can lead to real danger and expensive repairs. Exposed wires resulting from mice are believed to cause 25% of U.S. house fires.

 

As winter comes along,

your home becomes even more attractive to mice and rats. Colder temperatures lead them to seek refuge in warm places and your house is a perfect fit. An estimated 21 million homes are infested by rodents each winter. Many people believe if they’ve never seen a mouse or rat in their home, they’re not there. But in truth, rodents can be very secretive and live in your home months without being noticed. A mouse can enter your home through an opening as small as a dime. Once inside your home, mice and rats reproduce quickly. In a short amount of time, you could be facing a full-on infestation.

 

The rodent experts at Essential Pest Control can give you a free inspection and determine what the best form of treatment would be. Give us a call at 520-886-3029 for your courtesy inspection.

 

The Coming of Rodent Season

 The Coming Rodent Season

Attention to the Outside will help keep rats and mice from getting in.

It’s getting to be that time of year when we get out of the weather, hunker down inside our warm homes, and prepare big meals. Rats and mice have the same plans, and when they get inside, they can devastate your home. Rodents spend at least 3 percent of their life chewing, becausPack Rat/ Rodente their teeth never stop growing. If they don’t chew, they’ll die. The name rodent actually comes from the Latin word rodere, which means “to gnaw, eat away”.

In your home, rodent chewing can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage, and can even lead to fires. Around 25 percent of house fires with undetermined causes are likely due to rodents chewing electric wires in the walls and elsewhere. Another threat is the illnesses that rodents can spread. From salmonella to meningitis to hantavirus and E. coli, they carry pathogens that can kill you.

 

So, how do you stop these dangerous pests from getting into your home? Start by working outside your home.

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens
  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys
  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, using caulk and/or steel wool, and don’t forget to seal up points of entry into the garage
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly
  • Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains that provide the perfect breeding site for pests
  • Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home or car
  • Regularly inspect under the hood of vehicles for gnawed materials, nests, droppings or frayed wires
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house

 

If you see mice in your house, try to trap them and find out how they’re getting inside or call a professional for help.

But if you see rats, even one rat, in your house, that’s a very bad sign. One rat can be a serious problem, due to the damage they cause and diseases they may carry. Rats are smarter than mice, have a wider range they travel, and can do so much more damage, even one rat is reason to call the professionals at Essential pest control. 520-886-3029

Five Persistent Pests of the Fall Season

 

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Five persistent pests of the fall season

You are probably excited for the fall season and the cooler weather that comes with it. Well, along with the cooler temps comes the pests. We’ve listed 5 of the pests that will potentially pay you a visit this season.

 

Bed Bugs:

One of the most difficult to control, bed bugs infest at a rapid rate and have been on the rise in recent years. About the size of an apple seed, bed bugs are nocturnal in nature and are typically found in mattresses, suitcases, boxes and shoes. While bed bugs are not known to spread any diseases, they can leave behind itchy welts on their victims and multiply quickly. If you suspect that you might have bed bugs, call a pest professional immediately.

Rodents:

Rodents like mice and rats are common fall intruders. These rodents, like many creatures thrive on food and shelter. To prevent rodents from entering the home,  keep all food sealed in airtight containers and seal cracks around the foundation of the home. Even the smallest crack provides easy access for mice since they can squeeze through holes the size of a nickel. Keep in mind, rodents can bring fleas, mites, ticks and lice into the home.

Ants:

Various types of ants are typically found in and around the home during the fall. Although most species of ants are considered a nuisance, odorous house ants can contaminate food and carpenter ants can damage the structure of a home. To prevent an ant infestation, seal all cracks in and around the home, eliminate sources of standing water and keep food sealed in tight containers. Additionally, keeping tree branches cut back from the home also prevents ants from marching inside.

Cockroaches:

While most think cockroaches are just a frightening nuisance, it’s important to know that cockroaches have an ability to spread 33 different types of bacteria and cause asthma in children, making them one of the most dangerous pests on our list. They typically hide near pipes and drains, so it is important to keep kitchens and bathrooms sanitized. Vacuuming frequently will also help prevent cockroach infestations.

Lady Beetles and Boxelder Bugs:

Lady Beetles and Boxelder bugs are two of fall’s most active pests, yet they are rarely discussed. These beetles feed on small pests like Aphids and White Flies and Boxelder Bugs feed on fallen seeds and trees and live on rocks, trees and buildings. Although these pests are considered a nuisance, they have the potential to stain clothing, curtains and other fabrics with their droppings and emit a strong odor if crushed. Vacuum often and seal cracks around the home to prevent them from entering the home. Damaged screens on doors and windows should also be repaired or replaced.

The team at Essential Pest Control has expertise in identifying and eliminating all sorts of pests that bother Tucson homes and businesses. Call us at (520) 908-6251 to request an estimate for your property. We have a broad service area throughout the Green Valley, Vail, and Oro Valley regions.

How To Identify Termites

How To Identify Termites Before Your Home Is Infested

Despite all the disbelief, their are termites in Tucson and thrive in the desert. These tiny creatures are often able to infect your home with ease. 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 why termites frequently go undetected, you’ll know how to find these annoying insects before they can infest your house and cause a ton of damage.

Termites are tiny
One of the biggest factors why termites are so difficult to detect is because of their size. An average termite is between one-fourth to one-half of an inch in length. However, the queen termite is often up to an inch long. Their pale color is often what allows them to blend into wood and carpet.

Termites look like ants
Ants and termites could be twins from the height of an average person. Because of their small and similar body types, termites can often go undetected as a harmless ant looking for crumbs. However, don’t be fooled. Ants may infest your home in a search for shelter and food, but termites will cause some serious damage.

New termites have wings
Another reason why termites are difficult to detect is because their wings, when swarming, can often make them look like winged ants. One of the ways you can tell the difference between these pests is that an ant’s wings will typically be larger in the front and smaller in the back. A termite’s wings, also four in number, will all be the same size.

They stay hidden

Finally, the number one reason why termites are so difficult to detect is because they prefer to stay hidden in the walls. In some cases, a homeowner may not even know they have termites until they discover the damage and call termite control for an inspection. You may be able to find signs of an infestation if there’s a pile of wings outside your home. After swarming, termites lose their wings because they’re not needed anymore. Additionally, termites often leave tiny tubes in the mud in order to provide safer travel.

By being able to detect termites in your home, you’ll be able to keep your family safe from any damage these pesky pests may cause. To get rid of your termites fast and to be sure they’re gone for good, contact the professional termite control services at Essential Pest Control today.

5 Big Signs You May Have Drywood Termites

5 big signs you may have termites.

As their name suggests, drywood termites primarily live in conditions where they find dry wood. They can be found in home foundations , door and window frames and can go undetected by the residents of the home for ages. They frantically feed on any piece of wood found anywhere around the household.

If you are aware of drywood termites are in the neighborhood, especially at this time of the year when termites are the most active, it’s a good idea to make regular inspections around your house or apartment to catch them as early as possible to prevent termite damage to your home.

Here are the 5 signs you may have termite issues:

1. Hollow Wood
Drywood termites usually devour wood from the inside out, leaving a thin outer layer of timber  and sometimes even just the paint. When you knock or tap on an area that you suspect has termite damage, it will sound hollow or papery. This is because part or all of the timber inside has been consumed.

2. Hard to close doors and hard-to-open windows
Usually believed to be a sign of damp or hot weather, doors that are warped or windows that become stiff when opening and closing may mean a termite problem. The moisture that termite produce when consuming wood and burrowing through the wood within doors and window frames causes wood to become warped, making it difficult to shut or open windows and doors.

3. Wood Tunnels
Burrows made from termites, also known as termite galleries, may be difficult to view from the from the outside. But if you simply break a piece of broken wood in your house that has been infested you will clearly see tunnels created by the infestation of termites.

4. Termite Droppings
A good indication left behind by drywood termites, is frass – the fecal matter they push out of their galleries when tunneling and eating wood. In large infestations of termites. Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites don’t use their droppings to build their tunnels. Drywood termites like to keep their tunnels and nests nice and clean so they push their feces out of small holes near the entrances to their nest. This results in small black marks and a dark powdery substance around the area they are infesting.

3. “White Ants”

People often mistake termites with white ants. This misconception is an easy one to make as ants and termites often resemble each other in both shape, size and occasionally behavior.

So how can you tell the difference between ants and termites?

  • Termites are cream colored and can sometimes look transparent.

  • Termites have straight antennae compared to ants which look bent.

  • The waist section of a termite is a lot thicker than that of an ants. Ants have a more narrow abdomen.

  • Both flying ants and termites have two sets of wings. However a termite’s are both the same size compared to an ant who has a larger set and a smaller set.

Also, there is no species of white ant. So if you see something that looks like a white ant, its most likely a sign of termites.

Inspect Your Home and Take Action
Termites are notorious for causing a large amount of damage to homes ($5 Bill. annually)  that often go undetected for long periods of time. By the time homeowners realize they have a termite problem, an expensive amount of damage may have been done to the structure and wooden elements of the home. The thing that is most painful is that these repairs done by termite damage are usually always out of pocket as insurance companies don’t insure homes for termite damage like damage caused by natural disasters.

If you find termite activity in your home, you will want to act fast. Essential Pest control will provide a courtesy inspection and find the best plan of action.

Homeowners Beware of ‘Pretty’ Termites!

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Pest control services are essential for homeowners who are at risk of infestations and structural damage. Especially during termite season, these pests can cause such significant damage that you’d end up spending a lot of money on repair costs.

That’s why it’s so important to work with termite control services before any serious damage has occurred.

Termites actually damage roughly 600,000 homes every year in the United States. According to Market Watch, the termite control industry is expected to reach such large numbers over the next few years, that by 2022, the entire market is likely to exceed $4.11 billion.

As stated on Phys.org, part of the reason so much money will be spent on pest control over the next few years is the maturity of “pretty” termites.

“If you have a mature colony with a million termites at 100 percent of their capacity, your house may be in trouble,” said Thomas Chouvenc, a research assistant in entomology and co-researcher, along with Nan-Yao Su, where the two studied the symmetry of the soldier caste of the Asian subterranean termite. “If the colony is very young, with just a few hundred termites in poor shape, then it would take more time for them to damage a structure. In the end, mature termite colonies are the ones doing the most economic damage.”

Chouvenc and Su examined 459 soldier termites from 73 six-month-old colonies to see how effectively the colonies nurtured the younger termites. They found that despite the appearance of “pretty” termites, they are actually the most damaging because of their levels of maturity.

“A termite with poor symmetrical traits looks all messed up, like it was hit by a car,” added Chouvenc. “On the opposite end, termites raised in a mature colony in great conditions develop smoothly and are good-looking specimen.”

Whether your home is infested with good-looking or “ugly” termites, you should contact a professional exterminator immediately so you can salvage parts of your property. If you are in need of immediate assistance and have termites attacking your home, contact Essential Pest Control today.

The Summer Battle Against Fleas and Ticks Begin

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Many news stations, including Fox, warn that the mild winter across the region heightens risks from ticks. Kat McIntyre, of the FMA Animal Hospital, said the mild winter helped contribute to a 200% increase in the tick population. She also said, that over the last three years, the tick population has grown by 500%. Ticks and fleas are known as pest hitchhikers and they cause a great deal of stress for pet owners across the country. They can be a huge nuisance once in the home, and pose as real health dangers for your pet and your family. Because of this, Americans spend about $9 billion a year controlling fleas alone. Flea and tick infestations can be difficult to eliminate, so calling a reputable pest control company is in your best interest.

If you find that your pet has fleas or ticks, first and foremost, call your vet. You can never be 100% positive how long your furry loved one has had the flea or tick problem and their health and safety is number one on the priority list. It is critical that pets be treated at the same time as the home so that neither causes re-infestation. The importance of pest control is paramount and should not be attempted alone. Fleas are known to be survivors and can adapt easily. They also have a long life cycle and can lay up to 20 eggs at a time. A thorough inspection is needed so that the pest control company can determine the size and seriousness of the infestation as well as the best plan of action moving forward.

Once you have decided what pest control services are needed the company will usually give you a list of home preparation needed prior to their visit. You will need to mop and vacuum the entire home and even the furniture (under cushions, etc). Ticks and fleas can both lay eggs indoors so a rigorous cleaning will assist the pest control company greatly in the elimination of these pests! It is also beneficial to wash all linens and pet beds. You should wash and dry any bedding at the hottest temperature you can, or the easier option, discarding pet beds, blankets, or other possible contaminated fabrics. When the pest experts arrive you, your family, and your pets should be out of the house.

Most vets recommend a daily tick and flea check during the summer for your pets. The sooner you identify the problem, the better. If you find that there is a tick or flea problem with your pet look for a reputable pest control company that provides an action plan both inside and outside the house. Many companies provide prevention services that eliminate the pest threat outside of the home before pest infestation becomes a problem inside. As summer rapidly approaches look online for local pest control companies with favorable reviews and who can provide a personalized service specifically tailored to your home, your pets, and your pest control needs.

Facts about the Feared Tarantula | Pest Control Tucson

Facts about the Feared Tarantula

Although tarantulas are big hairy and scary to some, being some of the larger species of spider. These spiders are actually harmless to humans, besides a painful bite. Their venom is mild and is weaker than a honey bee’s. These spiders have also become popular pets.

Tarantulas periodically shed their external skeletons in a process called molting. In the process, they also replace internal organs, such as female genitalia and stomach lining, and even regrow lost appendages.

There are hundreds of tarantula species found in most of the world’s tropical, subtropical, and arid regions. They vary in color and behavior according to their specific environments. Generally, however, tarantulas are burrowers that live in the ground.

These Spiders don’t mess around when it comes to getting food. They hunt for it and seem to have a real zest for it. They will wait patiently and ambush what comes along. This can be insects that are seasonal. They can also kill animals larger than them such as rodents, lizards, and birds.

When they inject the venom these larger prey don’t always die quickly. However, within a few hours they will suffocate. That is a result of the tiny hairs from this Spider affecting them internally. It will cause them to have an inflammation that cuts of their airways.

Tarantulas have few natural enemies, but parasitic pepsis wasps are a formidable exception. Such a wasp will paralyze a tarantula with its sting and lay its eggs on the spider’s body. When the eggs hatch, wasp larvae gorge themselves on the still living tarantula.

Lifecycle

The age of maturity can really differ for the various species of the Tarantula out there. When this occurs they will mate but then they typically die less than a year later. It may be 1 year, 5, years, or even 10 years of age before they are ready to mate though. It is very different from other species of Spiders.

The males have to get close enough to females in order for them to decide if mating will occur not. He may have to calm her with dancing or food in order to get her to submit. When she does he will place sperm onto an area for her to insert into her body.

The amount of eggs that a female can create ranges up to 2,000 of them. When she has a sack of young she will become very aggressive. This is when she will fight for her survival as well as theirs. This is also a more common time for humans to get bitten by one of these Spiders.

She is dedicated to seeing her eggs thrive. These females have also been noted to turn the sacks of eggs during the incubation period. Experts believe that this has to do with them getting a fair chance of developing properly.

Even though they may be a scary sight, they are an ally to pest control in Tucson. If you can stand having dwell in your front yard, they can help fight off all other unwanted pests.

Major Benefits of a Termite Inspection

Major Benefits of a Termite Inspection

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Subterranean Termites

The benefits of a termite inspection ensure that your home or premises is free of any termite activity. This is especially crucial if you are purchasing a property, and for maintenance of existing structures which contain timber.  Timber may be present in flooring, walls, stairs, roof, eaves and fittings such as cupboards as well as in external structures such as fences.

What are Termites Exactly?

Termites are social insects which feed on wood and cellulose related materials, and can pose a serious threat to residential buildings and commercial premises constructed from timber. The workers are the primary agents of destruction as they forage for food and construct tunnels and the nest.  The nest is where the breeding queens are located, where they produce large amounts of eggs per day.

Termite Control Options

An inspection for termite activity can use a number of different techniques including visual inspection, moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras. These devices allow one to locate termite activity hidden from view in wall cavities, without using invasive techniques. Treatment is undertaken on a property with an existing termite infestation and may involve the use of chemical barrier treatments including dusts and bait. There is also a baiting system called Sentricon. A system in which is becoming a great alternative and more preferred form of termite treatment and protection. Barrier treatments are preventative and also typically involve a chemical application.  The insecticide works by being collected by the workers and transferred to the nest, which then dies off.

What takes place in a Termite Inspection

A termite inspection involves a thorough visual inspection of a property, and will:

  • Identify old damage as well as active termite activity
  • Identify the level of risk of infestation
  • Advise on reducing future termite infestations; and
  • Provide a quotation for a termite treatment

Let Essential Pest Control be your best control provider in Tucson!

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7 Facts About PillBugs

7 Facts About PillBugs

Pillbugs go by many names – armadillo bug, potato bug, roly poly & wood louse,  – but whatever you call it, it’s a interesting creature that finds its way into your home. These 7 facts about pillbugs will give you a new insight on the “bug”.

Although often associated with insects and are referred to as “bugs,” pillbugs actually belong to the subphylum Crustacea. They’re much more closely related to shrimp and crayfish than to any kind of insect.

2. Pillbug moms carry their eggs in a pouch.

Like other crustaceans, pillbugs carry their eggs around with them. Overlapping thoracic plates form a special pouch, called a marsupium, on the pillbug’s underside. Upon hatching, the tiny juvenile pillbugs remain in the pouch for several days before leaving to explore the world on their own.

3. Pillbugs don’t urinate.

Most animals need to convert their wastes, which are high in ammonia, into urea before it can be excreted from the body. But pillbugs have an amazing ability to tolerate ammonia gas, which they can pass directly through their exoskeleton. So, there’s no need for them to urinate.

4. Pillbugs breathe through gills.

Like their marine kin, terrestrial pillbugs use gill-like structures to exchange gases. They require moist environments to breathe, but cannot survive being submerged in water.

5. Pillbugs curl into tight balls when threatened.

Most kids have poked a pillbug to watch it roll up into a tight ball. Many people call them roly polies for just this reason. Its ability to curl up distinguishes the pillbug from another close relative, the sowbug.

6. Sick pillbugs turn bright blue.

Pillbugs can indeed contract viral infections. If you find a pillbug that looks bright blue or purple, it’s a sign of an iridovirus. Reflected light from the virus causes the cyan color.

7. A pillbug’s blood is blue.

Many crustaceans, pillbugs included, have hemocyanin in their blood. Unlike hemoglobin, which contains iron, hemocyanin contains copper ions. When oxygenated, pillbug blood appears blue.

 

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Kissing Bugs – The Deadly Smooch! | Pest Control Tucson

Kissing Bug with redish-orange striping

Kissing Bug

Kissing bugs can deliver a real kiss of death

Kissing bugs – A member of the Triatominae insect family, are blood sucking insects that are known to prey on humans as a food source. These pests are sometimes called cone-nose bug, masked hunter bug and Mexican bed bug. A major reason these insects are called “kissing bugs” is because they tend to bite around the mouth and eyes.

These Tucson Arizona pests can cause severe allergic reactions and even transmit a potentially fatal ailment called Chagas disease. Of course, dying is uncommon but it’s definitely worth knowing the danger.

Usually attracted by lights, the kissing bug is also attracted to the carbon dioxide you breathe out. Kissing bugs are slightly smaller than an inch and are completely flat, unless they have recently had a meal of blood. These pests are dark brown or mostly black and usually have orange (sometimes even red) markings around the abdomen. These insects also have a rather extended mouthpiece (that they use for feeding) in comparison to the rest of their species.

The brown leaf-shaped bugs take flight May through September when the nights are warm and dry, especially in Arizona’s lower elevations. Areas including Maricopa and Pinal counties where the bugs are most common.

It’s sometimes easy to confuse these insects with other pests like the assassin, wheel or stink bug. Always double check that you are actually dealing with a kissing bug. If you are unsure, please contact Essential Pest Control at 520-886-3029 or visit our pest id section available on our website here. We are also ready to help you with any pest control Tucson services.

 

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The Arizona Recluse – A Serious Bite! | Pest Control Tucson

An Arizona Brown Spider on a residential wall

The Arizona Recluse – A Serious Bite!

Arizona Recluse – Al though technically not a recluse, the Arizona Brown Spider indeed carries the same venom. The Arizona brown spider has a body length of about 1/3 inch and a leg span of 1 to 1.5 inches. Arizona Recluse spiders are generally yellowish-brown to brown in color, with a darker colored violin shape on the top of the cephalothorax (not the abdomen). This is why they are sometimes referred to as the Violin Spider or Fiddleback Spider. The AZ brown spider’s abdomen is a uniform color, with no markings on it.

Brown spiders catch insects and other invertebrates in sticky, irregular webs spun beneath rocks and debris. The bite of this spider is potentially dangerous to humans. Although sometimes the bite causes little harm. The most common reaction is a spreading sore at the site of the bite. If untreated,  the bite may result in permanent tissue damage. There have also been reports of amputation and even death as a result of a bite. Those who suspect a brown spider bite should see a physician.

Essential Pest Control can help you protect your home from the Arizona Brown Spider and many other pest. Our Power Pest Program will provide a border of pesticide spray and granules to help keep them at bay. Call today!! 520-886-3029.

 

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Arizona Bark Scorpion – Back from hibernation-Pest Control Tucson

Arizona Bark Scorpion – Back from hibernation.

The Arizona Bark Scorpion – (Centruroides sculpturatus) is one of the best-known species of scorpion in North America. The Bark Scorpion’s popularity is due to the danger it represents for humans.

An adult Bark Scorpion usually has a length of 2.7-3.1 inches and males are larger than females. They are yellow with marked horizontal lines in the back; the tail is thin with a stinger that has a very pronounced curvature.

Bark Scorpions are stealthy predators with very fast and efficient movements, and although they appear to be less harmful than black and large scorpions, they have one of the higher levels of toxicity in their venom.

Like all other scorpions, they have fine hairs all over their body which they use to recognize the terrain and to detect their prey and threats. They have eight articulated legs and thin, but firm pedipalps (pincers) which they use to hold their victims.

Being nocturnal creatures, scorpions ambush their victims. They feed on small and medium insects like beetles, spiders, crickets, cockroaches and other scorpions.

The potency of most types of scorpion stings are about the equivalence of a bee sting. However, the venom of a Bark Scorpion is much more severe with very intense pain accompanied by hot burning sensation.

In some cases its sting can become substantially more serious, causing breathing difficulty, numbness, vomiting, and even convulsions. Difficulty swallowing is usually a sign of an allergic reaction. When the above symptoms are present, victims must seek emergency medical care where anti-venom is available.

The most vulnerable are infants, young children, the elderly and those with compromised immunity in poor health. Domestic pets are also vulnerable.

Essential can help you fight these pest with some of our Pest Protection Plans.

Call us at 520-886-3029 for pricing or further information about our Protection Plans.

Overgrown With Weeds-Don’t Let it be Your Path!

Don’t let this be the path to and from your home!

As you know, weeds and can get out of control very fast. Taking no action or procrastinating can lead to more work and more money. Avoid the serious hassle your yard can become by taking action with Essential pest Control’s weed control service.

Essential’s weed control program is achieved by our professional weed services performed by our exterminators using a pre-emergent herbicide that is designed to stop weeds from germinating, thus eliminating future weed growth. Afterwards, a post-emergent herbicide is applied to kill existing weeds in the yard. During these processes, we use a temporary blue dye indicator which allows us to ensure that the entire weed control service area is properly covered. Finally, we schedule a recurring weed control service regiment which maintains the chemical barriers and eliminates any sporadic weed growth from occurring in the future.

Contact us if you have any questions. (520) 886-3029

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Do you have pigeon problems? -Pest-Control-Tucson

Do you Have Pigeon Problems?

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Feral pigeons are the number one urban feathered pest, creating a quite a mess and causing damage where they roost. Pigeons are descendants of domesticated European homing pigeons, so they have a varied diet like grain to human takeaway food. Pigeons feel relatively comfortable making their homes in and on man-made structures.

Generally blue-grey in color, but can range in a multitude of colors like reds, browns, dark grey feathers on the head and neck, problem pigeons often have markings in black, white or brown on the wings and neck. A short neck and small head characterize the standard pigeon. Their short legs, hind toes and level front allow for easy perching on pipes and ledges or walking on flat surfaces. Pigeons generally nest in small, flat areas away from the ground such as building ledges, air conditioning units or window sills. Occasionally pigeons may even lay eggs directly on a protected ledge.

Pigeon control is important due to the damage and disease problems these problem birds often create. The uric acid in pigeon feces is highly corrosive and can cause extensive damage to metals and other substrates it sits on for long periods of time. Debris from flocks of problem pigeons often build up, backing up gutters and drains which can cause flooding and roof damage.

Nesting materials and other debris has caused failures in machinery, especially rooftop air conditioning units which are a prime nesting spot for pigeons. The bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites found in pigeon droppings are responsible for a host of serious diseases, including histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, toxoplasmosis and more.

If you come to realize you have any pigeon problems it is best to resolve the issues as soon as possible. Essential Pest Control Offers a bird trapping and removal service. Give us a call at 520-886-3029 for more info.

Subterranean Termites and Their Appetite for destruction

Subterranean termites– Sometimes mistakenly referred to as white ants, are small insects that live in underground colonies. Termites are social insects whose colonies are organized into casts with large reproductive termites and smaller workers and soldiers. Workers feed the colony and tend to the needs of the queen while soldiers defend the colony from invaders like ants. These highly organized colonies allow termites to be efficient and very destructive when they attack Homes and other structures.

Termites eat wood and convert wood fiber, or cellulose, into sugar. A large termite colony can do extensive damage to structures made of wood. Since termites often consume wood from the inside out internally damaged wood can appear perfectly normal. They use their scissor-like jaws to eat wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Subterranean termites swarm in the spring when groups of reproductive termites go off to start new colonies. Subterranean termites build distinctive tunnels, often referred to as “mud tubes,” to reach food sources and protect themselves from open air.

Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive termite species and very prominent in Southern Arizona. The hard, saw-toothed jaws of termites work like shears and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time. Over time, they can collapse an entire building, meaning possible financial ruin for a homeowner. If you suspect a termite infestation, contact Essential Pest Control about the proper subterranean termite treatment.

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Gophers & Squirrels – The Rarely Mentioned Pest

Gophers & Squirrels – The Rarely Mentioned Pest . Rodent Control – Pest Control Tucson

Gophers and squirrels – The rarely mentioned pest, but a pest none the less.

Pocket gophers are rodents with a thick body ranging five to seven inches long with a short thinly haired tail, wide head with very small eyes and ears. Gophers have strong clawed front feet which are perfect for digging. They have external, fur-lined cheek pouches or “pockets” that they use to transport food. This is what gives them their distinctive name.

 

Pocket gophers damage plants by consuming the roots. Garden plants and small trees can be easily pulled up exposing damaged roots or almost complete absence of roots. They have also been known to completely kill small trees and shrubs and can cause extensive damage to flower or vegetable gardens. Pocket gophers also gnaw on and damage underground cables and irrigation systems.

 

The three common squirrels in the Arizona-Sonoran Desert are the rock squirrel, the round-tailed ground squirrel, and Harris’ antelope ground squirrel. These three species of squirrels occasionally become pests in and around buildings.

When ground squirrels are present in large numbers they can cause structural damage by burrowing under patios, stairs, retention walls, or foundations. They may also invade garages, walls and attics. They will consume flower bulbs, seeds, or seedlings as well as bird seed, grass seed, and pet food that is not stored in rodent-proof storage containers.

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