Pests Library and FAQs

Arizona Pest Prevention is an experienced company offering competitive pricing with unparalleled professionalism in all areas of general pest control. Our trusted results and service quality in resolving pest issues are the reason for our success. Pest issues involving ants, crickets, cockroaches, scorpions, earwigs, beetles, spiders, silverfish, sow bugs and many others are solved on a daily basis. With every visit our technicians brush down spider webs from exterior door entry’s, windows and eaves.

Call Arizona Pest Prevention at 480-857-7376 today for assistance in resolving your pest concerns.

Roof Rats

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Arizona Pest Prevention has secured hundreds of homes and businesses from roof rats. We are well trained and experienced in correcting these issues. Steve’s background in roof rats excels the “knowledge level” from other company’s “learning curve”. Apartment, condo, single family or homeowner associations are included in our serviced and satisfied customer portfolio. Arizona Pest Prevention is the Valley Wide leader in roof rat expertise.

We offer a free inspection and summary of our findings as well as proper work to eradicate roof rats. Call the Valley Wide leader in Roof Rat work experience at 480-857-7376 for a free inspection and summary of findings!

General Roof Rat Information

The adult Roof rat generally is between 12” to 16” long including tail length. Hair can be soft to the touch with color variations color from brown, black, to gray. The roof rat has a pointed muzzle, large ears and eyes. They deposit upwards of 25,000 droppings during a lifetime. Droppings are usually 1/4” cylinder shaped with pointed ends. Roof rats are prolific breeders having 4-6 litters annually with almost as many young born to each litter. Studies indicate in ideal conditions a male and female may be responsible for hundreds to thousands of offspring annually! Their intelligence, acrobatic skills and capable climbing abilities create ongoing concerns. Hollowed fruit is a good sign of their presence. Roof rats greasy bodies can leave a notable smudge mark darkened in appearance around their entry points..

To date and to our knowledge no illness or disease has been linked to roof rats.

Roof Rat Behavior

Roof rats are known for damaging and destroying materials by gnawing, urinating or defecating on product. Roof rats can cause damage to sensitive components such as computers, alarm systems, telephone and electrical wiring. Roof rats have caused fires, alarm system malfunctions and costly loss. They can enter gaps that are as small as a dime to a quarter.

The Roof rat is nocturnal and usually won’t readily approach new objects introduced into their living areas. The Roof rats nesting preference is the upper parts of trees, attics and structures. They are commonly found in woodpiles, oleanders, under sheds, BBQ grills, behind refrigerators and dishwashers. Roof rats establish harborage areas. They tend to follow the same route to their food and or water source keeping their paths clear of debris. Roof rats require 1 ounce of water daily. Most notable calls come from people trying to sleep at night while listening to the scratching, gnawing and running noise! Pounding on ceiling only provides temporary relief.

Roof rats will feed on practically anything, but prefer seeds, nuts, fruits and berries when in season. Roof rats are always attracted to citrus trees. They will enjoy a banana if available as well. Proper landscape maintenance, exterior storage standards and trash closures are of importance.

Corrective Procedures for Roof Rat

The control of rodents can be challenging based on several factors. The building age, construction and neighborhood can lend to roof rat issues. Our service protocol steps included covering holes, filling cracks, voids, holes and screening pipes/vents. Exterior baiting and interior trapping are typical. Arizona Pest Prevention specializes in “buttoning up” structures. We have significant experience in educating, preventing or correcting roof rat invaded structures.

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Scorpions

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We have more than four decades of successful experience in scorpion work. We firmly believe that educating the homeowner is a vital part of scorpion control. Controlling scorpion food sources; Crickets, Cockroaches and other soft bodied insects, will assist in gaining control. However, proper exterior, garage storage and landscape management is necessary in the process. Landscape design should be considered as they enjoy river rock, palm and mesquite trees. Pool toys, BBQ grill covers or children’s toys left on the surface will attract scorpions. If you want to learn more on how to avoid scorpion stings to children and others inside the home, give us a call.

Finally, the proper sealing of the structure will significantly reduce exterior incidences and preclude interior house entry and settling. Every residence that experiences scorpions should consider proper sealing work by Arizona Pest Prevention. Once sealing has been completed, we will service the property on a monthly basis. Don’t be misled by others telling you need a different service cycle! Bi monthly and quarterly service is profitable for the other companies but not best for the customer! Quarterly service efficacy on scorpions is not reliable.

Put away the “canned foam” and terminate the thought of the going with the cheapest means to correct the problem. A quality company choice, accompanied with a proper investment and continuing competent service will provide anticipated results.

When dealing with scorpions considering the safety of your family, nothing less is acceptable! Contact Arizona Pest Prevention today for a free inspection and summary of findings at 480-857-7376 Valley Wide.

Scorpion Behavior

Scorpions are nocturnal. Scorpions hide under rocks, patio figurines, woodpiles, pool equipment and under garden vases. They are commonly located in cracks, holes, gaps, perimeter curbing, house J-trim and block wall seams. The width of a credit card allows their entry. In Arizona, the Bark Scorpion is of concern due to their venomous sting. While there are more lethal scorpion stings, the Bark Scorpion is our focus in Phoenix, Arizona.

Scorpions are eight-legged venomous invertebrates belonging to the class Arachnids. They are related to spiders, mites and ticks. They have an extended body and a segmented tail ending with the telson. Scorpions are apparently able to regulate the delivery of the venom in scale to the size of their target. In some cases a scorpion may sting and not release any venom! The impacting venom is a neurotoxin that affects the nervous system of the victim. There are some 1,280 species of scorpions worldwide. If stung by a scorpion, call the local poison control office at 1-800-222-1222 (Banner Poison Control) or your medical provider. If stung on the hand do not attempt to suck the venom out with your mouth. A wide spread body effect may occur. No ice either! Stay calm and call for assistance! Children and elderly require an immediate call for medical advice.

It may not be piece of lint on the floor. Be careful!!!

Scorpion Appearance

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  • Four pairs of legs
  • A pair of pincers
  • Long, segmented tail that curls up with a stinger on the end

Scorpions reach adulthood at a length of up to 3 inches. The longest known scorpion in the world is the 8” African Scorpion. Scorpions are primarily nocturnal and actually glow when exposed to black light. Scorpions don’t bite, they sting using a quick moving flexible tail. Arizona is known to have dozens of species of scorpions.

Scorpion Diet/Food

Scorpions are predators. They often attack their prey, lying in wait as they sense a food source approach. They consume all types of insects and spiders. Some scorpions may feed on lizards and mice if they are able to subdue them. They capture their prey with their pedipalps, paralyzing them with their venom.

Scorpion Life Cycle

The pedipalps are used in scorpion courtship behavior. The male performs a dance with the female, grabbing her pedipalps with his own and dragging her across the ground until he locates a preferred place to deposit his spermatophore. Scorpion gestation periods vary from several months to a year and a half, depending on the species. Each brood will consist of about 24-35 young. The young scorpions can be born in pairs, climbing onto their mother’s back to be carried there until their first molt in about two weeks, when they will be large and strong enough to take care of themselves. Scorpions may live for up to 6 months without a food and water source.

Scorpion lifespan range from three to five years, though some species are thought to live 10-15 years.

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Termites

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FREE EXTERIOR PEST TREATMENT with each completed Termite Treatment.

Before beginning a treatment program, we inspect the structure. We verify that there are termites, identify them, and assess the extent of their infestation and damage as possible. We look for conditions within and around the building that promote termite activity, such as excessive moisture or earth to wood contact. We apply Termidor to label rate and comply with label directions. Once the Termidor application is complete we patch all holes. All soft areas are returned to their original condition after trenching and treating. We offer a two-year renewable guarantee on qualified termite work.

Our experience, trusted results and service quality is the reason for our success. We specialize in Apartment, Condominium, single-family residences and businesses. Arizona Pest Prevention is a qualified and licensed termite company. We offer competitive pricing with professionalism that has our customers saying, “We haven’t seen service like this before” Actually, caring about our customers makes this easy. Call Arizona Pest Prevention at 480-857-7376 today for a free inspection and summary of findings!

Termite Identification

Termites are small, white, tan, or black insects that may cause damage to wood in structures. They feed on the main component of wood. Cellulose.

Termites are social and can form large nests or colonies, consisting of different members. Physically the largest individual is the queen. Her function is to lay eggs, sometimes thousands in a single day. A king is usually near her. Other individuals are the colony defending soldiers. However, largest group of termites in a colony is the workers. They work round the clock, tending the queen, building the nest, or gathering food.

Amazingly, subterranean termites are long-lived; kings and queens live for decades while workers may survive for 3-5 years.

Signs of termite infestation include swarming of winged forms in fall and spring and evidence of tunneling in wood.

Termites are sometimes confused with winged forms of ants, which also leave their underground nests in large numbers to establish new colonies and swarm in a manner similar to reproductive stages of termites. Sometimes flies – larvae (Maggots) can also be confused as termites.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites require moist environments. To satisfy this need, they usually nest in or near the soil and maintain some connection with the soil through tunnels in wood or through mud or shelter tubes they construct. These shelter tubes are made of soil with bits of wood, feces excrement, or other materials. If unattended, termites may cause unforeseen treatment and repair costs.

Termite Life Cycle

Most termite species swarm in late summer or fall, although spring swarms are not uncommon for subterranean termites. New kings and queens are winged during their early adult life but lose their wings after leaving their original colony. An infestation begins when a mated pair finds a suitable nesting site near or in wood and constructs a small chamber, which they enter and seal. Soon afterward, the female begins egg laying, and both the king and queen feed the young on predigested food until they are able to feed themselves.

Once workers and nymphs are produced, the king and queen are fed by the workers and cease feeding on wood. Termites go through incomplete metamorphosis with egg, nymph, and adult stages. Workers also feed other colony members.

Termite Service Protocol

Termite management requires special skills, including knowledge of building construction. An understanding of termite biology and identification assists proper treatment techniques.

Management techniques vary depending on the species causing an infestation. Multiple colonies of the same species of termite or more than one species of termite can infest a building. Any of these variables will influence your control approach. Use an integrated program to control subterranean termites. We believe that Termidor is the superior market product today to correct a subterranean termite problem.

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Ants

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There are over 8,000 species of ants identified throughout the world. Fortunately, there are not that many that we commonly deal with here in Arizona. Two of the common ants here are Harvester Ants and Little Black Ants.

Harvester ants are usually red in color and can grow up to 1 inch long. They make large nests in the soil with mounds that are typically flat and broad and can be several feet deep. They can and do sting humans sometimes causing an allergic reaction.

Little Black Ants have become quite a nuisance in and around homes or structures. They are commonly found in homes near kitchen sinks, countertops, and in bathrooms. They feed on sweets, honeydew and other insects and are only up to 1/16 inch in length.

The most effective method for controlling ants is by baiting. Foraging ants will take the bait back to the colony where it will eventually eliminate the queen. Contact Arizona Pest Prevention for which control methods and baits may be best for your home or environment.

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Cockroaches

American Cockroach

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The American cockroach is the largest of the house-infesting cockroach. They are reddish-brown in color and grow up to 2 inches. They are found in food processing and storage areas, as well as other types of buildings. They prefer warm (70 degrees plus) and moist areas but can survive lower temperatures with the right conditions. They are often found in sewers and basements, particularly around pipes and drains.

They are attracted to sweets, grains, grease, and garbage debris of most anything. They have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria and have allergens that may cause allergic reactions.

Prevention consists of good sanitation practices and removal of harborage sites under debris, wood piles and discarded materials will reduce populations near a structure. Arizona Pest Prevention can provide the sealing of cracks along with the use of a perimeter treatment with granular baits and/or a residual insecticide which will quickly reduce and eliminate a cockroach infestation.

German Cockroaches

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German cockroaches are light brown in color with banded stripes across their head and grow to about 5/8 inch in length. They feed on all types of food, garbage, grease and debris. They are commonly found in residential and commercial structures, usually near kitchens and bathrooms. The German roach requires moisture regularly, has a high reproduction rate and is small enough to live in small cracks and crevices. They tend to avoid light and movement, so if you see one during daytime hours, you most likely have a larger infestation than you may think.

Baits, powders (dusts) and liquid residuals are commonly used in the control of German roaches. Contact Arizona Pest Prevention for assistance in identifying and controlling a roach infestation at 480-857-7376.

Turkestan Cockroaches

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This Cockroach is here in the Phoenix area.

Adult males are a brownish orange or red, are slender, and have wings which allow it to fly. Adult females are dark brown to black, with cream-colored markings on her body and they are generally wider than the male counterpart. Nymphs are brown and blackish colored and can’t fly.

The Turkestan cockroach is primarily an outdoor insect, they typically inhabit in-ground containers such as water meter, irrigation, and electrical boxes, cracks and crevices, and hollow block walls with exposed seams and top caps. They are becoming well established in the Southwest. They can contaminate food and eating utensils, ruin fabric, soft valuables, paper products, and leave stains to surfaces they have traveled.

Some have mistaken Oriental Cockroaches for the Turkestan cockroach. They generally prefer living outdoors where they can find lots of water (the common name water bug) The Turkestan cockroach will find their way indoors around the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room. (Plumbing) This is the same cockroach that some will feed to their pet reptiles, emperor scorpions and tarantula spiders.

Turkestan cockroaches like most are nocturnal and feed at night. These cockroaches can feed on a variety of things. They will crawl through garbage, sewage and decaying materials. Like most cockroaches a qualified licensed pest control service(s) takes a professional to get them under control. Homeowners can take some preventative measures against both Turkestan and most roaches by maintaining good sanitation and maintenance especially around the exterior of their house.

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Black Widow Spiders

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Female Black widow spiders are black in color with red triangular markings on her underside that often resembles an hourglass shape.

They are often found around wood piles, in boxes, pots, under eaves and in garage storage areas. They avoid light and seek prey (insects) at night. Their bite can cause severe pain as their venom is a neurotoxin which can cause paralysis, but their bite is rarely fatal to humans.

Prevention consists of good sanitation practices and removal of harborage sites of discarded materials in and around structures. Arizona Pest Prevention provides a ‘web wipe down’ on every pest service to reduce all spider populations along with the application of residual insecticide to quickly reduce and eliminate spider populations. Contact us at 480-857-7376

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Crickets

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Crickets are brown or black in color and grow from 1 to 1 1/2 inches in length. They are a nocturnal insect that lives outdoors under rocks, woodpiles, cracks in the soil or pavement and under yard debris. They may move indoors in search of moisture or when it is too hot or too cold.

They can feed on plants, paper, linen, cotton, organic materials and anything with proteins. Only the male crickets make the chirping noise that will keep you awake at night by rubbing their wings together. They are active at night and are attracted to lights.

Prevention consists of proper landscaping maintenance around structures and removal of harborage areas. Arizona Pest Prevention can provide control and elimination with the use of residual insecticides and with granular baits. Contact us at 480-857-7376

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Bees

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Honeybees are social insects that are found all over the world. They are a beneficial insect because of their role in pollination of food crops, trees, shrubs and flowers. Africanized ‘Killer’ bees look identical to the traditional European honeybee to the naked eye. The only way to tell them apart is with a microscope. Killer bees will aggressively defend their colony and attack when threatened.

Bees will nest in multiple locations, needing just a small opening and void space to create a hive. Areas like small openings in block walls, under eaves, in attics, tires, crates, boxes, under storage sheds, etc. When they are swarming, they may land on a tree limb and hang there until the queen bee is ready to move on.

Africanized bees will defend they hive more aggressively then European honeybees. They attack in greater numbers which causes a greater threat to humans and pets. Never throw anything at a swarm of bees or antagonize them in any matter because of their aggressive nature. If you are chased by bees, run in a zigzag pattern and seek shelter in a house or a car and close the door behind you. Never jump into a body of water as they will wait for you to come up for air and then attack.

Only an experienced Professional should address a bee infestation. Arizona Pest Prevention provides service to safety resolve bee concerns. Contact us at 480-857-7376 should the need arise.

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Mosquitoes

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Our trained, qualified and equipped technicians are capable of controlling your mosquito problem. We are one of the few Maricopa County Companies that has truck mounted mosquito foggers that are designed to apply proper dispersion of the material. In addition, we have over 1,050 hours of Public street, parks, playing fields, homeowner association and shopping plaza mosquito fogging service experience.

We are certified to handle fogging projects of any size. References are available. Don’t trust just any company with substandard equipment and little training. Mosquito fogging requires more than someone selling you a service. Especially when it comes to protecting your family and property. For a free evaluation and service information call 480-857-7376 today.

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Gophers

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Arizona Pest Prevention specializes in treating for gopher activity in commercial landscaped areas and for Homeowner Association common areas. We specialize in Homeowner Associations pest and gopher services. Many communities have beautiful and sensitive landscaped areas. Residents of these communities don’t want to see their common areas destroyed by pest gophers. Gophers cause significant damage and costly repairs.

Call Arizona Pest Prevention today for a free inspection, summary of our findings and service plan addressing the gopher presence. Call 480-857-7376 for assistance today!

Gopher information

Gophers are small rodents that spend most of their lives underground. They create very obvious signs of their presence. While traveling, they dig in front of them resulting in a path of tunnels you can see in landscaped areas. Horseshoe shaped mounds will indicate the head of one tunnel. Gophers like leafy greens often found in landscaped areas. However, they will also feed on the liquid roots of other plants. They can consume precious landscape items without ever being seen. Gophers can pull plants down into their tunnel instead of coming out. Since their teeth grow constantly, they will also gnaw circles in the base of trees.

Affected vegetation, plants and trees

Gophers are plant and tree root-eaters. They can destroy an entire tree, kill the grass and store garden parts into their tunnels for nutrition purposes.

Gopher Damage

Gophers damage more than vegetation. People and pets can hurt themselves if they step into a gopher hole. We especially see this in public parks and on ball fields. Gophers also gnaw through water, underground conduit or cable lines, causing expensive damage at times.

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Pigeons

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Arizona Prevention has decades of experience in controlling pest pigeon problems. We will inspect, monitor activity and implement proper eradication techniques ensuring our customer of desired results. We will detail a summary of our findings guiding the customer to prudent associated steps in the process. When confronting a pigeon problem you need a capable and experienced company joining your efforts. Don’t be confused by salespeople who over promise and under deliver. With Arizona Pest Prevention you can count on communication, experience, professionalism and results. Call today to set an appointment. We will inspect and provide you with a summary of our findings. Call now at 480-857-7376 Valley Wide.

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Bed Bugs

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Bed bugs are a wingless odorous insect with a flat reddish body that infests dwellings and bedding and feeds on human blood. Bed bugs are becoming an increasing pest issue across the USA. Here in the Phoenix metro vicinity, bed bug occurrences are increasing daily. Bed bugs cannot only be annoying, but they can also pose health risk issues for unsuspecting hosts.  Yes, you and I are the host and we have what the bed bug desires.

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