In Arizona, you’ve either already come across these creepy crawlies, or you will!
Scorpions: Scorpions are one of the most dangerous household pests in Arizona. Their stings are painful and dangerous and they can be difficult to spot because of their translucent bodies. While most scorpions have a sting no worse than a bee, bark scorpions have highly toxic venom that requires immediate medical attention. If you have lots of shade around your yard or citrus trees in the vicinity, you need to be very careful about keeping an eye out for bark scorpions.
Ants: Ants exist nearly everywhere, but sometimes they can be dangerous! Fire ants are one of the most common household pests in Arizona. They come in massive colonies and can deliver several painful bites at a time, so you definitely don’t want them around your home, particularly if you have small children or pets! Carpenter ants can also wreak havoc on your home. This species tunnels through damp wood to build their nests, causing major damage to your home. You tend to find them in bathrooms and kitchens. If you spot them, it’s definitely time to call a professional.
Cockroaches: Pests LOVE summertime in Arizona, and will quickly invade your home if you are not careful. Since sewers and storm drains are typically their breeding ground of choice, when it rains, they look for shelter. They do not need much room to squeeze inside an area only about 1/16th of an inch (about the width of a credit card.) Cockroaches will avoid homes that have been treated for pests; but those that have not, are prime targets. Once they are inside, they will munch down on any and everything.
Termites: Termites cause billions of dollars in damages every year in the United States. They are a nationwide problem, and Arizona is no exception. In fact, Arizona sits on top of one of the most active subterranean termite belts in the US. Massive colonies of these bugs exist underground, and they can cause major damage that isn’t immediately visible.
Spiders: Arizona is home to numerous spider species, most of them large and all of them creepy! Most spiders are harmless and though their bites can be painful, they won’t cause lasting damage. The main spiders to steer clear of are tarantulas, black widows and brown recluse spiders. While tarantulas are rarely ever found in homes, black widows and brown recluse spiders do often enter homes and their bite requires immediate medical attention.
Bees/Wasps: Bees and wasps are a common occurrence in Arizona, particularly during the summer months. They can come in very large colonies or smaller occurrences, and often use homes and or surrounding trees/bushes to build their nests.
The best way to stay ahead of these pests and keep them under control is to have regular pest control service, or at the very least do regular sprays yourself.