Bug Identifier: What pests are most common to Tucson?
Tucson, also known as the “Old Pueblo”, is celebrated for its diverse landscape, which includes flowering desert, rolling hills, winding dry riverbeds, rugged canyons, and pine-topped peaks. Due to many factors, including steep elevation changes, warm subtropical climate, and the dance between temperate and tropical weather, Tucson has a unique makeup of insects commonly found and sometimes, fought.
Here are just a few of Tucson’s backyard bugs and ways you can spot them. We also share whether or not they pose any threats to your home or household. Once you find your pest with the bug identifier, don’t forget that your Tucson pest control team that you can trust to get rid of them is DSR Pest Control.
Tucson Bees & Wasps
Honeybees are seen mostly during the day time during Spring, Summer, and Fall. It isn’t uncommon to see them in winter on Tucson’s warmer days. They are most commonly near flowers, as they are responsible for pollinating many Tucson plants.
Honeybees do have hives – though rarely reported – and will defend their residence if feeling threatened. Honey Bee removal should always be done by a professional for both your safety and for the bees’.
Carpenter Bees are also fans of flowers. They enjoy the warmer weather and can be spotted during the Spring, Summer, and Fall months. The females are known for “nesting” in dead wood, hence their name. They are not typically aggressive unless they believe they are under attack.
Paper wasps enjoy the warmer seasons (Spring through Fall). They can typically be found tending their nests or visiting flowers for nearby nectar. They are capable of administering a very painful sting and should be cautiously observed. Do not provoke them, especially near their intriguing, yet vulnerable, honeycomb dwellings.
Tucson Common Ants, Flies, & Mosquitos
Carpenter Ants are typically ½ inch longer than most ants. Their waist is pinched, similar to a wasp’s. They enjoy eating wood, leaving small piles of sawdust where they kick out their excrement.
These ants are mostly active at the start of sunset and prefer to work solo. Still, they are part of a Queen-led colony nearby. Carpenter ants do not sting, however, they can bite. They also have the ability to spray an acid that causes irritation to the skin.
Fire ants tend to nest in mounds of dirt or sand and are aggressive when disturbed. They are capable of stinging which can leave a permanent scar or even prompt an allergic reaction. Fire ants stay in large colonies with typically multiple queens. They prefer moist areas like your garden, making hotter temperatures a deterrent to their activity.
House flies are typical all across the globe and Tucson is no exception. While annoying, house flies do play a very important role in breaking down trash, feces and animal corpses. Unfortunately, they also enjoy landing on human food, which can spread human diseases.
They particularly like hot weather, as it is conducive to laying their eggs (maggots, once hatched). Their eggs can hatch quickly (within 3 weeks) when animal feces is present. For this reason, it is wise to clean up after your pets quickly, as well as, keep your garbage cans clean of un-bagged waste.
Mosquitoes like to live near your home. Here, they can enjoy everything from standing water in pet bowls, shelter from the sun and easy access to humans. This is ideal for the female mosquitoes, which suck blood to develop and lay their eggs.
Their blood-sucking involves their saliva, which is left behind when they bite and causes itching. Mosquitoes are active in Tucson from April through late fall with their presence at peak during dawn and dusk.
American cockroaches are also known as water bugs. They have reddish-brown bodies that are about 1.5 inches long. They will eat anything, including the back of wallpaper! They are commonly found in kitchens, pantries or anywhere food storage is likely.
American cockroaches travel as a family and are most active at night in the dark. See the bug identifier images below for a couple of other types of cockroaches you might end up finding in your home.
German cockroaches will eat anything. They hide during the day, foraging for food at night. They are rarely an inch long and prefer residential areas. They actually invade homes by transporting via clothing. German cockroaches are known for their two brown stripes on their heads.
The Oriental Cockroach is also known as a “black beetle”. Coming in at about 1 ¼ inches long, it has wings but does not fly. They congregate near trashcans and do not need a water source, making Tucson-climate an easy atmosphere to dwell in. They are the filthiest of all cockroaches and prefer decayed organic matter over other food sources.
Subterranean termites are small insects that make their homes in soil and wood. They can be a problem for homeowners because they often damage wood sheds, fences, and houses. These termites prefer moist areas to transport to and from their nest and food source.
Finding them is more so about finding their “mud tubes”. Subterranean termite treatment is needed if you find tunnels at the base of your house. Call us for a free inspection today!
Drywood termites are air-borne pests. They can access your home from any point of entry and dwell inside your property. They are often spotted by their pilings of sawdust left behind as they “kick out” holes along wooden structures.
Tucson Native Scorpions & Spiders
Generally between ¼” – 3” and light tan in color, the Bark Scorpion is the most common scorpion in Tucson. They climb well and can be found crossing your floors or even hanging from your ceilings. Their venom contains a potent neurotoxin that can result in a variety of symptoms.
Symptoms can range from very little swelling, sensitivity to touch, and numbness to difficulty breathing, drooling, irregular heartbeat and unusual head, neck, and eye movements. This is most common in those with weakened immune systems like infants, young children and elderly in your household.
Black Widow Spiders
Black Widows are best known for their dark black bodies and red hourglass marking on their back. Typically about 1 ½ inches long, they pack a punch with their bite.
Despite their reputation, black widow spiders aren’t aggressive and only bite when they feel threatened. The bites usually aren’t fatal, but they can still cause some serious and uncomfortable symptoms. This can range from difficulty breathing (which is due to paralysis of the diaphragm), nausea, chills, fevers and more.
In very rare cases, they have also been linked to the onset of seizures and the occurrence of death. For this reason, any suspected venomous bites from a black widow warrant immediate medical attention.
Scorpion spiders are as creepy and as dangerous as they sound. They have been identified also as “camel spiders”, “sun spiders” and “wind spiders”. They are, in fact, neither scorpion, nor spider, but a cousin of both.
Despite a body of about 5/8 inches to 1 ¾ inches, its powerful pinchers make it capable of eating small rodents. Fortunately, this desert danger is neither venomous nor a threat to humans and pets. Though, it is best to not handle them and call in pest control specialists to remove them from your home.
Tucson Small Bugs with Stripes
Box Elder Bugs
Box Elder bugs are a breed of their own. They are often mistaken for Kissing Bugs, however, they differ in a few ways (see the bug identifier below for the kissing bug).
When scoping your property for box elder bugs, you may find them lingering in plants and trees. They feed and lay eggs on them during the warmer months. However, these bugs do not depart come colder months.
Rather, they migrate in large numbers to the crevices of your household until they find places to settle in. They sport a body that is black with reddish or orange markings on their back. Their body shape is a somewhat-flattened and elongated oval that is about 1/2 an inch long.
Removing these pests is important, especially prior to the winter months. The colder months are when they swap congregating outdoors for sharing your residence.
Kissing Bugs are one bug you do not want anywhere near your face. These bugs are light brown to black with some species having red, yellow or tan markings on their abdomen. They are typically between ½ inch and one inch long. They are a pest because their “kiss” can come with a bite, typically to the face.
Kissing bugs are usually found living in hollow trees but if they find their way into your home – via a crack in the foundation or a broken window screen – they may soon find their place next to you at night. They hide during the day and feed at night, on mammals. So your family and pets are at risk of their bites.
Their attacks are known to carry a parasite that has caused many fatalities around the world. Symptoms of this parasite, labeled as Chagas disease, include fever, fatigue, body aches and headaches. It also may leave a rash where the parasite entered the body and prompt swelling around the eyelids.
Tucson Big Beetles
Even if you haven’t seen them, you’ve likely heard them. Cicadas are known for their loud buzzing sounds the males make to attract females. They are often mistaken for locusts, even though they aren’t related to them. Cicadas are fairly large-winged creatures ranging from ¾ in. up to 2 ¼ in. They have black bodies, prominent red eyes and orange wing veins.
While cicadas do not pose any health threats to humans, they are considered a nuisance pest. This is due to their attack on small trees, as well as, the volume of their community. Typically, there can be hundreds of thousands of cicadas per acre.
Palo Verde Beetles
Palo Verde Beetles get their name from the very tree they love to feast on. They also share the name Arizona Borer Beetle and are often misidentified as a giant cockroach. They are harmless to people and can grow to a whopping 3 to 3 ½ inches in size. These beetles boast long antennae and spiny collars.
The bug identifier picture doesn’t really give it justice. If you haven’t seen one before, you may find them feeding on the roots of distressed trees and shrubs. They are fans of the Mexican Palo Verde tree and citrus trees. This quickly turns them into pests once they damage your landscape.
June Bugs, or “June Beetles” are approximately ½ inch to 1 inch in size. They have wide bodies with shiny wing covers. They can become a nuisance pest quickly as they feed on foliage and flowers.
June Bugs also can do considerable damage to lawns and landscape as they chop off grasses from their roots. They do not bite or sting, however, their small larvae can feed on your property for up to 3 years.
If you find your self with any of these pests from the bug identifier above and you want to get rid of them, look no further than your reliable Tucson pest control service, DSR Pest! Give us a call or request an inspection.
Pest Control in Tucson
As a homeowner or renter, you enjoy the comfort of your own furnishings, a unique style and the shelter from outside elements. Namely, the Tucson heat and its insects.
Just as much as you enjoy a respite from the high temps, so do the many bugs here in Tucson.
When these insects begin to invade your personal space or comfort, they take on the name pests. And pests need to be managed.
That is where a need for the best pest control in Tucson comes in.
What pests are treated by Tucson pest control professionals?
Local pest control specialists assist with detecting and deterring home invasions by common Tucson pests. This includes termites, scorpions, spiders and more. In fact, some of the critters you are most likely to see can be found at our Tucson Bug Identifier.
Why hire Tucson Pest Management Professionals?
You want to protect your home, family, and pets against annoying pests. Your best bet is to hire specialists who know how to locate and eradicate bugs and rodents.
DIY pest control is unsafe. Options found on the internet involve mixing your own cocktails of chemicals. This can prove equally, if not more, harmful than the pests themselves. On top of that, they can also be ineffective, wasting your hard-earned money.
Why hire DSR Pest Management?
The following list shares the most popular reasons people trust DSR Pest Management to inspect and treat their home and properties:
- Bees or wasps stings can trigger dangerous allergic reactions.
- DSR Pest Management monitors your spray schedule. This ensures the timeline for re-application isn’t overdue.
- Experienced licensed exterminators can ensure bugs are eliminated and don’t re-infest homes.
- Pest infestations can damage property.
- Pests can carry harmful diseases and hazardous bacteria. This can bring illness to your household.
- Pest control that is DIY doesn’t cut it.
- Rodents cause 8% of fires by chewing wires and transmit disease organisms.
- The cost to hire a pest control company can save significant money in damaged property.
- Unless properly treated and eradicated, nearly every home will get at least a minor infestation of bugs.
How do I know Pest Management will work?
At DSR Pest Management, Inc., we have over 18 years of experience in pest control, in Tucson. Our procedures are specific to the terrain and the bugs that inhabit it.
We are not just familiar with Tucson pests, but also the safest and most effective ways to destroy them. We also can do so without compromising your home or health.
All of our techs are state-licensed & certified technicians. We are knowledgeable in the pest management industry and also dedicated to providing service that is courteous and respectful of your time and property.
We are confident that we are your best bet for pest control in Tucson. That said, we would be honored to prove that to you!
Contact DSR Pest Management and we will get back to you with a quick and dependable solution to keep your home and loved ones safe from pests. To learn more about our services, visit us online or call (520) 790-7759.
Bed Bugs Signs & What To Do About Them
Bed bugs could be taking up rent in your home without your knowledge. They could even be feasting on your flesh for as long as 10-15 minutes at a time, without any sensation of pain, whatsoever.
What’s worse is that, while they may eat alone, they certainly don’t travel solo. If you’re looking to keep some distance between you and these unwanted pests, it is important you know some basics. Read on to learn how to notice signs of bed bugs, how they operate, and how you can kick these bugs out of your beds and off your body.
What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are small insects that are flat in shape and survive on the blood of humans and animals. Because of their small size, they can go undetected for a long time. They cannot fly but they can move with ease on both vertical and horizontal surfaces.
What are Bed Bugs Signs?
Oftentimes, one of the easiest ways to detect their presence is by actually finding where they have already traveled. Bed bugs leave a small pattern-like trail on skin that looks like three small red areas in a row. When on your furnishings, especially a bed, you may notice reddish-brown excrement that appears to be similar to dirt. Shockingly, this is actually dried pieces of undigested blood.
As if that isn’t creepy enough, they also often emit a sweet odor. If you notice any of these bed bugs signs, you should call a professional pest control company to come and get rid of them right away.
How Do Bed Bugs Get in my Home?
Bed bugs like to travel far and wide. They’ll hitch a ride any way they can – particularly fabrics from suitcases, clothing and linen, as well as, everything from used furniture to guests who bring them by way of purse or computer bags.
It is even possible that they can make their way from nearby units in locations like apartment housing and other connected facilities.
While Bed bugs trek year-round, they have high-peak seasons for travel just like people do. In fact, pest control professionals will tell you that we receive the most bed bug complaints during the summer, as increased travel during this time of the year may help bed bugs spread from vacation destinations to homes or even college lodgings to homes as students go on summer break.
How Do I Prevent Bed Bugs?
First and foremost, if you notice bed bugs signs, consider professional cleaning to eliminate any possible bed bugs that are already imposing.
Bed bugs do not like excessive heat, so steam cleaning a mattress or carpets and upholstery is a great way to kill and prevent these unwanted residents.
If you travel a lot, you should avoid placing your luggage on the floor of a hotel room. You should also spend some time examining the room and inspecting the mattress, the box spring, and the headboard.
When you return home, you should leave your luggage in the garage and wash all of your clothes in hot water so you can be sure you are not bringing bed bugs into your home.
How Long Does it Take to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
There are several rumored ways to rid your home of bed bugs.
Bed bugs can’t stand temps above 99 degrees. While warmer climates aren’t hard to come by here in Tucson, our homes are rarely set to such inside.
Bed bugs also hate the cold. Bed bugs do not like prolonged exposure to temperatures between 32 and 45 degrees. Even a few hours in such an environment would not only kill the bed bugs, but their eggs as well, in a timeframe of 30-45 days. This can only be accomplished when you can isolate the temps and close off a room for that month-long timeframe.
For this reason, hiring a pest control company saves you significant money in fluctuating energy bills and the lengthy vacating of rooms or furnishings as you await their extermination.
If you have bed bugs in Tucson, DSR Pest Management, Inc. can get rid of them for you. Our Tucson pest control company safely and effectively gets rid of bed bugs and other pests that might overtake your home or office. To learn more about our services, visit us online or call (520) 790-7759.
Keeping Your Home Pest-Free in the Winter
When it comes to winter, there are few places in the world better to be than Tucson. While the rest of the country is shoveling snow or battling ice storms, Southern Arizonans are making tee times at their local golf course, hiking one of our beautiful trails, or barbecuing in the backyard. When it comes to pest management, spring and summer are certainly peak times for activity. That said, winter months in the desert present some unique challenges of which we need to be aware.
Over the holidays, the desert climate lends itself to warm days, but because of the limited vegetation and lack of humidity, the evenings can see temperatures drop significantly. In turn, insects, rodents, and reptiles begin making significant changes to their habits that can make the area in and around homes vulnerable to invasion. Once the sun goes down, the evening climate can be just as extreme as our summer days with temperatures often dropping below freezing. Naturally, this leaves insects, spiders, reptiles, and rodents looking for alternative shelters to stay warm. Often, the place they find is inside our homes leaving us with new pest-control challenges.
PESTS AREN’T THE ONLY ONES CHANGING HABITS
Pests take the majority of the responsibility for cases we’ve seen, but they aren’t the only ones changing their habits making our homes more vulnerable. The change in temperature and holiday season presents many inviting circumstances for pests to take advantage of. Here are just are a few of the top risks you’ll face:
Whether you’re firing up the backyard firepit or live in one of the many Tucson homes with an indoor fireplace, the wood you’re using undoubtedly came from a nearby forest. Firewood is one of the easiest ways for pests to get inside. Fallen timber is a very common home for many insects such as ants, and termites.When storing firewood, be sure to fully inspect it and store outdoors to whatever extent possible. Also, be aware that wood piles can provide great cover for reptiles, rodents, and spiders, especially black widows and scorpions.
GUESTS IN THE HOME
It’s no secret how great of a place Arizona can be this time of year. This means, many of us will be hosting family and friends from out of town. Invited guests can unknowingly bring uninvited creatures into your home. So, to control against rodent intrusion, be sure to wash linens regularly and keep floors and countertops clean of debris and crumbs. This isn’t an accusation about the cleanliness of your dear Aunt Sue. Rather, it’s an indictment on the pests that like to travel and then wreak habit once they arrive.
Not to mention, this means significantly more foot traffic in and out of the home. It only takes a moment for a mouse or insect to make it’s way in and they often do unnoticed. Be sure to keep the doors closed as much as possible.
OPEN WINDOWS AND DOORS
On that note, by mid-October, many of us in Tucson have turned off the air conditioner and opened the windows to let in the fresh air. If you enjoy a nice Southern Arizona breeze in your house, be sure to install a storm gate or screen door. Also, inspect the outside of windows to ensure there are no rips or tares in the protective screens. Be aware of some of the gaps and crevices in doorways and install the necessary weather-stripping to seal it off.
STAYING PEST-FREE YEAR AROUND
These are just a few of the risks we face when it comes to dealing with pests over the winter. Many pests that were content being outside, are now seeking refuge from the cold. Snakes, mice, and small rodents will look for anyway they can to infiltrate your home to escape the frigid night time temperature and use your home to stay warm.
In short, most of us don’t mind a few “snow birds” when they head into town for the winter, but pests are never welcome. Even after every pest-control measure has been taken, your home can still be susceptible to any number of pest invasions. That’s why we recommend scheduling regular service with a reputable pest management company.
As temperatures drop, now is a great time to receive your free consultation with DSR Pest Management. A member of our expert team can discuss some of the vulnerabilities your home may be exposed to, recommend preventative measures you can take, and schedule regular service and inspection to help ensure your home remains pest-free.
We’re here to help year around and keep your home pest-free. Happy Holidays!
Termite Treatment for Home Owners
Termites: they’re tiny but highly destructive, responsible for about five billion dollars in annual replacement costs. Even if you added together the cost of damage from tornadoes, earthquakes, and fires combined, it still won’t come close to the cost of termite damage. The average cost for a homeowner to repair damage caused by these insects is upwards of $3,500. Here at DSR Pest Management, our goal is to catch termite infestation early before it gets out of control, eating into your wallet and causing untold damage to your structural supports. Our termite treatments can get to the root of the problem fast.
From dry-wood to subterranean to damp-wood, there are many species of termites that could be hard at work under your home right now. Some burrow right into wood beams and other supports, while others nest outside the home and burrow in through mud tubes. No matter the species, termites grow exponentially as their colony does, with each insect responsible for a different function. Problem is, most people don’t realize they have termite infestation until the problem because obvious and costly.
Signs You Have Termites
The sooner you can spot termites, the better chance you have of getting rid of them before they cause major damage. Be on the lookout for mud tubes infested with small, white insects. If you have any areas of exposed wood, use a screwdriver to listen for hollow areas where termites might have already caused damage. Be on the lookout for termite swarms as well, which are essentially winged termites that are seeking a new home because they have outgrown their current one.
Here are some more signs to be cautious of:
- Buckling wood
- Swollen floors and ceilings
- Areas with slight water damage
- Visible mazes within walls or furniture
- Dry-wood termite droppings, which resemble sawdust or coffee grounds
- Piles of wings, which indicates swarmers that have entered the next phase of development
- Swarmers found outdoors near tree stumps and old firewood reveal an infestation on the outside only; swarmers found indoors signals an indoor termite infestation within the home.
Ways to Prevent Termites
If you suspect termites are present, you should always call a termite treatment professional to get rid of them the correct way. However, there are some DIY approaches you can take, such as filling in cracks in the cement. Got leaks? Fix them as soon as possible, as moisture, particularly when it gets into the wood, attracts termites. Remove or cut back plants and overgrown shrubs that are blocking your vents. Refrain from leaving any piles of wood close to your home.
If you have mulch around your home, ensure there is at least a four-inch barrier between the mulch and your foundation. Keep any form of lumber, wood, plants, paper, and cardboard away around the foundation. Here are some more tips:
- Repair broken roof tiles: Broken tiles create moisture that attracts termites, providing a gateway into your home.
- Check your attic regularly for signs of termites: Press your thumb against wood supports to check for areas that feel spongy.
- Refrain from storing cardboard boxes filled with photos and paper in attics and other damp places. This is termites’ favorite food. Use plastic bins with covers instead.
- Keep furniture away from walls.
- Keep storage units away from walls in the garage. Use metal stands instead of wood ones.
- Keep laundry away from walls and off the floor.
- Use wood furniture sparingly.
- Be on the lookout for swarms. They are scouting for a new home! Don’t make it easy on them.
- Be leery of any antique furniture in your home; if you do have some, check it often for signs of infestation.
If you notice any signs of termites, call your trusted local pest control company immediately. Professional termite treatments can rid your home of pests before they cause any major problems.
Contact DSR Pest Management in Tucson AZ
If you suspect you have termites, contact DSR Pest Management, Inc. at 520-790-7759. Our technicians will visit your home and provide you with a comprehensive inspection for termites, followed by termite treatment recommendations. Since 2001, our local family-owned and operated company has been providing Tucson and surrounding communities with the highest quality and most affordable pest control services available.
Pest Control Tips for Spring Insects and Animals
The spring season will be here before we know it and even though with the season comes warmer temperatures that everyone is looking forward to, other things that come with it are bugs and animals. Unless you take pest control precautions and measures now to keep these bugs out of your home, you may very well find them making their own home inside. So enjoy these pest control tips!
Pest Control Tips to Keep Them From Coming Inside
There are many different things that you can do to try to prevent bugs from coming inside but there are a few key things that work best. These are the pest control steps that you should take before the temperatures start to heat up outside:
Clean-up and Remove Clutter:
One of the best things you can do for pest control is deep clean your home. If you normally get the spring cleaning itch, then you are already going to be on the right track. However, you do not want to just wipe down your countertops and dust around your home. It is a good idea to get into cracks and crevasses to really give your home a deep cleaning. Beyond that, you also want to get rid of any extra clutter around your home. Take some time to clean out your closet and get rid of anything that you no longer use. You should also get rid of any old newspapers and cardboard boxes that roaches are attracted to.
Check Windows and Doors for Any Gaps:
You should take a look at the doors around your home that lead to the outside. When the door is shut, if you can see light coming inside from the outside around the edges, you should add in some weatherstripping until no light comes through. You will want to do the same thing with your windows and also check your window screens for any holes. Consider adding some caulk around the edges of your windows and replacing any window screens that have holes in them. Bugs, such as spiders or scorpions, can easily enter into your home if there are openings for them and by eliminating these openings, you are adding another level of pest control protection.
Fix Any Leaks Around Your Home:
Many bugs come into our homes looking for shelter and moisture. You should take a look at any leaky pipes or faucets around your home and get them fixed as soon as possible. If you are not sure if you have any leaks around your home, make sure you take some time to check all of your visible piping, including any that are outside, to verify that you do not need to fix anything. You do not want to add any extra moisture inside your home to attract any of the pests that are outside.
Remove Any Foods That May Attract Bugs:
Finally, you should take some time to clean out your kitchen and remove any old food as well as consider storing any remaining food in air-tight containers. Bugs, such as ants, can also be attracted to food in your home but this is a great way to protect your food, mask the smell from pests, and keep them from coming into your home looking for it.
What to Do If You Encounter Dangerous Bugs or Animals
In the Tucson area, it is not completely uncommon that people will come across dangerous animals or bugs from time to time within or around their home. If you are not sure whether an animal or bug is poisonous, it is always best to play it safe. If you come across animals such as a rattlesnake or even a poisonous spider, you should not try to remove them on your own. Instead, it is always best to leave this job to the professionals and call DSR Pest Management. The last thing you want is to get bit by a poisonous animal or spider and we know the best methods for removing them for you.
By following these tips, you are removing the kinds of temptation that these bugs will be searching for in the next few months. Beyond using all of these tips to prevent bugs from getting into your home this spring, you should also consider getting regular pest control services so you have an extra layer of protection all around your home. If you are interested in getting your pest control started, be sure to contact us today.
Black Widow Spider prevention methods
The black widow spider is the most venomous spider in North America. Although there hasn’t been a death in the United States attributed to the black widow spider in over ten years, a bite from a black widow can cause medical conditions ranging from abdominal pain and nausea to chest pain, respiratory difficulties, and paralysis. Children and the elderly can have a more severe reaction to the venom of the black widow spider and are at a higher risk of developing life-threatening symptoms. To protect yourself and your family from black widow spiders and other dangerous pests, schedule regular service appointments with a residential pest control company in Tucson. These tips will also help keep black widow spiders out of your home.
Minimize Hiding Spots
Black widows are not typically “out in the open” spiders. Instead, they prefer hiding and setting up their webs in dark, cool places. To help keep your home free of black widow spiders, minimize hiding spots around your home. For example, eliminate non-essential outdoor items and yard debris.
Inspect Firewood and Other Outdoor Materials
Black widow spiders normally end up inside by hitching a ride on a piece of firewood or other outdoor item brought indoors. Before you bring firewood or anything else that’s been sitting outside in your home, look carefully for black widow spiders and any other type of pest.
Dust and Vacuum Regularly
If black widows do end up in your home, they will typically set up webs and egg sacs anywhere they feel hidden and secure, such as underneath furniture, in the corners of rooms, beneath windowsills, etc. Dust and vacuum these areas regularly to get rid of any black widow egg sacs and spider webs.
No matter what type of pest you’re dealing with, DSR Pest Management, Inc. can help. Our Tucson exterminators can take care of termites, ants, spiders, scorpions, roaches, and more. We use the most technologically advanced pest control methods to keep your home pest-free. Call us at (520) 790-7759 to schedule pest control service in Tucson today.
Getting to Know Bed Bugs
Bed bugs have made a resurgence in recent years as a common household pest. These insects can survive under extreme conditions and can often share your home unnoticed for long periods of time. If you think you could have a bed bug problem, contact your Tucson exterminator promptly for a professional inspection and an individualized plan to eliminate these pests and keep them out of your home for good.
Here are 5 Bed Bug Facts you need to know
Bed Bugs Transmit Few Diseases
Bedbugs rarely transmit diseases through feeding. The only known exception is the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite, which causes Chagas disease—recent studies have found that some bed bugs may be able to pass this parasite to hosts during feeding.
Bed Bugs Don’t Live Exclusively in Beds
Despite their name, bed bugs don’t live exclusively under mattresses and in bedding. These pests can thrive in all sorts of environments, including upholstered furniture, backpacks, luggage, vehicle seats, and even behind or beneath wallpaper and carpeting.
Bed Bugs Are Hard to Kill
Bed bugs are a very difficult pest to eliminate without professional knowledge and tools. They can survive for several months without a meal, as well as in temperatures that range from freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bed Bugs Don’t Bite Every Night
Although you may wake up each morning with new bites, an individual bed bug doesn’t feed every night. Most bed bugs eat only once every five to ten days.
Bed Bugs Are Predictable
Bed bugs are extremely predictable in their feeding patterns—their bites typically appear in groups of three on the chest, legs, or arms. Thus, identifying bed bug bites is a significant step toward recognizing the need for professional pest control services in your home.
DSR Pest Management, Inc. can help you control bed bugs and other common desert pests with our comprehensive residential and commercial pest control services. We can remove bed bugs, termites, bees, and birds quickly and completely so you can enjoy a healthy and comfortable home or office once more. You can reach us online or by calling (520) 790-7759 today.
Pet Safe Pest Control and what you can do about it
Pet safe pest control is a popular topic. Your pet is an important member of your family. While residential pest control is essential to keep your home free of unwanted guests, your pest control service shouldn’t pose a threat to your pet’s health. We are happy to provide pet safe pest control to keep your pet healthy, and happy during and after every pest control treatment.
Talk to Your Exterminator
The most important thing you can do for your pet’s safety before a pest control treatment is to talk to your exterminator. Let him know that you have a pet and ask about your options, including green and pet-friendly pest control chemicals for a safer treatment solution inside your home or in outdoor areas where your pet frequents. Your exterminator will let you know if any treatments could affect your pet, as well as where they will be used and how long you should keep your pet away from affected areas.
Keep Your Pet Contained
Pets have a tendency to act unexpectedly, especially if they are curious or frightened. You can protect your pet during pest control visits by keeping him contained in a single room and letting your pest control specialist know where your pet is located. If the room your pet is in needs treatment, you can move your pet while your exterminator waits elsewhere to ensure your pet doesn’t accidentally come into contact with any chemicals or equipment out of curiosity. You should also remove and cover any pet food and water bowls during pest control treatment; although your exterminator will take extreme care, it’s best to keep your pet’s belongings out of the way for added safety.
At DSR Pest Management, Inc., we care about the comfort and safety of your family—including your pets. Our pest control services include eco-friendly options that are safe for your pet and your home; you can reach us to learn more by calling (520) 790-7759, or check out our website for additional details on how we can rid your home of scorpions, termites, bed bugs, and more.
Why Pigeons Are a Problem for Your Property
When many people think of pests, they envision ants, cockroaches, bedbugs, termites, and rodents. However, pest birds can be just as damaging. They can affect the look, comfort, and safety of your home and or commercial property. Pigeons often flock to both urban and residential areas for the plentiful food, water, and shelter offered by human construction.
Pest Bird Droppings
The droppings associated with large pigeon flocks pose multiple concerns for property owners. Pest Bird droppings are unsightly, causing damage and deterioration to your building’s exterior and walkways. These droppings can also cause paint damage to vehicles parked outside your property and build-up on outdoor furniture over time. Fresh droppings may be slippery, posing a fall hazard for those accessing paved outdoor areas. Additionally, pest bird droppings are an ideal environment for many types of bacteria and fungus, which can cause infections and health complications in humans who come into contact with contaminated droppings.
Pest Bird Nests
Pest Birds like Pigeons tend to build nests in sheltered, protected areas, such as eaves, chimneys, and overhangs. These nests, typically made of any materials the pigeons can find, can present a fire hazard when located in chimneys, HVAC ductwork, or outdoor appliances. Nests may also block air and water vents or pipes, causing problems with your utilities and affecting the indoor air quality of your property if feathers, dirt, twigs, and other debris clog vents and intakes. If these pest birds gain access to the interior of your property, large-scale nesting and droppings can overload ceilings and walls, posing a risk of structural collapse.
If you’re experiencing a pest bird problem on your property, DSR Pest Management, Inc. has the solutions you need to remove pigeons, swallows, and other pest birds quickly and safely. You can reach us today by calling (520) 790-7759 to discuss bird control with a pest management expert in Tucson; we also invite you to stop by our website for more information about our integrated pest control solutions.