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What You Need To Know About Pests In Maricopa, AZ

If pests have made their way into your home or business, you likely have questions. Maybe you don’t know what they are, don’t know if they’re dangerous, or don’t know how to get them off your property. Whatever your question, our Pest Library has the answers. It provides information about the most common pest pressures in Maricopa, so you know what to do if pests get into your Maricopa home or business.

General Pests

If you were putting together a list of Arizona's most common household pests, that list would include ants, bed bugs, beetles, crickets, earwigs, and roaches. Common household pests like ants are those insects that regularly find their way into our homes, searching for their basic needs of food, water, and shelter. Food odors from kitchens and trash areas, moisture, and the promise of safe, warm shelter lure these unwanted guests inside. In addition to finding a way inside on their own, some insects like bed bugs, cockroaches, and beetles are introduced by homeowners after they hitchhike their way indoors on secondhand items like clothing, boxes, or deliveries.

Though the pests mentioned above have no problem calling your Maricopa, Arizona house home, the feeling isn't mutual. Ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, and other household pests are unwanted for good reasons. Insects traveling through your house will contaminate food and surfaces with bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can make your family ill. Insects produce allergens inside your home that trigger breathing difficulties and skin rashes. Some will bite, and others will chew through and damage clothing, rugs, and other fabrics. In addition, having your home overrun by pests can cause a lack of sleep and the inability to relax.

Solving your home's pest problems is best done with the help of a professional. In addition to the effective home pest control services found at Loveall Pest Control, the following tips and tricks will help you prevent our area's most common pests from calling your Arizona property home.

  • Keep gutters clear, repair roof damage, and seal cracks in the foundation of your house.
  • Place mesh covers over drains and vents entering your home.
  • Cut back shrubbery and rake back mulch, weeds, and leaves from your foundation.
  • Remove leaf debris and other clutter from your yard.
  • Keep lids on trash cans.
  • Maintain a clean kitchen and regularly vacuum your floors and upholstered furniture.

Rodents

A pest that every Arizona homeowner can expect to tango with is the rodent at one time or another. We have several different rodents in our area that we need to guard our properties against; gophers, house mice, Norway rats, and roof rats. Some, like the gopher, are mainly a problem in our yards. In contrast, others, like mice and rats, can invade our homes at any time of the year and cause significant and costly damage, contaminate food, and spread bacteria, viruses, and parasites.

Rodents are mammals that belong to an order of animals that are known for their gnawing abilities. The reason for their constant gnawing is to prevent their front teeth from overgrowing. Most of the damage to our properties that rodents cause is by their chisel-like front teeth.

Rodents are opportunistic and prolific breeders and have developed close relationships with people. They are not shy about taking advantage of our properties' food, water, and shelter. Whether you live in an urban or rural area, rodents can find their way into your outdoor or indoor spaces. The following things are most likely to attract rodents to your property.

  • Trash cans and compost bins
  • Gardens and fruit trees
  • Pet food and bird feeders
  • Outdoor eating areas
  • Landscaping plants
  • Yard debris like construction materials, woodpiles, and brush piles

When mice and rats are in your yard, it is only a matter of time before they move into your home, looking for more sources of food or because it offers them a safe, temperature-controlled shelter.

Solving a rodent infestation and preventing future problems with rodents is best done with the help of a professional. In addition, to the effective rodent control services found at Loveall Pest Control, the following tips and tricks will help you prevent rodents from taking over your property

  • Use caulk and steel wool to seal gaps, cracks, and other openings in your home's exterior.
  • Repair damaged screens in windows and doors.
  • Install door sweeps.
  • Place lids on trash cans and recycling bins.
  • Keep a clean kitchen.
  • Maintain outdoor eating areas, gardens, and fruit trees.
  • Keep the grass cut short and use planter boxes to help keep gophers out of garden areas.

Scorpions

If there is one pest that Arizona tends to be associated with, it is the scorpion. Like their arachnid cousin, the spider, they are never welcome in our homes. In addition to their unsightly appearance, they have a stinger located at the end of their curved tail, a big reason why most people are afraid of scorpions. Scorpions use their stinger to inject venom into prey or as a way to protect themselves from danger. Unfortunately for us, our properties provide scorpions with a place to call home. And an even more unfortunate fact is that if a sting were to occur, their venom is potent enough to trigger a reaction in a person strong enough to require the attention of a medical professional.

While scorpions are associated with hot, dry, desert conditions, they also have high moisture needs. Our Maricopa homes are at risk for scorpions because things in our yards and homes that provide them with water, such as leaky pipes and hoses, poor ventilation, and leaking irrigation systems. You'll find scorpions in their largest populations where there is water and a lot of prey to hunt. Scorpions feed on insects, spiders, other scorpions, and sometimes small rodents and lizards. Trash cans, outdoor eating areas, lots of vegetation or trees, and outdoor lights will attract their prey to our yards and, in turn, hungry scorpions. After living in our yards, scorpions often wind up in our homes when looking for water or following their prey indoors.

At first sight of scorpions on our property, contact us for help. We can provide the scorpion control services necessary to eliminate them safely. In addition, the following tips and tricks will help you prevent scorpions from using your Arizona property as a place to feed and nest.

  • Repair leaky pipes, hoses, irrigation systems, and faucets.
  • Make sure your home is well-ventilated. 
  • Remove yard clutter that can provide scorpions and their insect prey a place to live.
  • Keep storage areas in your home organized and free of excess debris that can mask a scorpion infestation.
  • Keep outdoor lights turned off whenever they are not necessary.
  • Inspect your home's exterior, sealing any gaps or cracks you discover.

Spiders

Arizona is home to many spiders, including the Arizona sun spider, black widow spider, brown recluse spider, camel spider, and daddy long legs. Though extremely helpful to the ecosystem by controlling populations of insects, spiders quickly take over properties and need to be managed just like the insects they are feeding on. Though spiders are unwanted in our homes, the good news is that most spiders you come across are harmless. Spiders want nothing to do with people; they are focused on remaining hidden and hunting their insect prey.

Spiders can bite people but generally only do so when they fear their safety. Accidentally coming into contact with spiders when gardening, moving items in storage areas, or climbing under your bed's covers can result in a spider bite. The black widow and brown recluse pose the biggest threat to people in our area as both have venom potent enough to cause health problems. Spiders live in areas with an abundance of prey for them to hunt. Yards with a lot of landscaping, tall grass, and woodpiles attract insects and spiders. In addition, trash cans, pet food, standing water, and food debris will draw insects into your home and eventually the hungry spiders that want to eat those insects. Spiders also like to use our homes, garages, and sheds as a safe, quiet place to lay their eggs. Whatever the reason, once inside, if food, water, and shelter are present, spiders typically aren't motivated to move back outside.

In addition, to the effective pest control services found at Loveall Pest Control, the following tips and tricks will help you prevent spiders from taking over your property.

  • Turn off exterior lights when they aren't needed.
  • Remove areas of standing water from your property and repair leaky hoses and outdoor fixtures.
  • Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins.
  • Keep the grass cut short, cut back shrubbery from your home, and eliminate yard debris that spiders can take cover within.
  • Look over your home's exterior, sealing any cracks or gaps you discover.
  • Remove clutter from your home's storage areas like closets, basements, crawl spaces, and attics where spiders like to hide.
  • Regularly vacuum and dust to remove spider webs, egg sacs, and hiding spiders.

Termites

Termites are insects with a bad reputation caused by their voracious feeding habits. Termites feed on cellulose found in wood and other organic materials. When they find their way into our yards and homes, termites are responsible for costly and extensive damage to things like wood fences, furniture, decking, trim, and our home's structural wood. In Arizona, we have two different termites that we need to guard our properties against; drywood termites and subterranean termites. No matter the species, termites can be present in your home for months or years without notice. When left unchecked, termites cause damage not covered by homeowners' insurance that is quite costly to repair. Each year termites cause billions of dollars in damage across the country. There are ways to protect your Maricopa home from termites, but it's important to know  what kind you're dealing with, and when to call a professional.

The most significant differences between the termites in our area are that subterranean termites have high moisture needs while drywood termite does not. Other differences include that subterranean termites prefer to feed on water-damaged or decaying wood while drywood termites prefer to feed on sound wood. Drywood termites nest within the wood they use as a food source, but subterranean termites nest in the ground and travel back and forth from the nest to food sources each day. Another difference is how they enter your home; subterranean termites move indoors through spaces in the foundation or wood that is making contact with the ground. Drywood termites enter inside through tiny openings in your home's exterior or by hitchhiking inside in pieces of infested wood or wooden furniture.

Solving a termite infestation and preventing future problems with termites is best done with the help of a professional. In addition, to the effective termite control services found at Loveall Pest Control, the following tips and tricks will help you prevent termites from using your Arizona property as a place to feed and nest.

  • Clean up woodpiles, fallen trees, tree stumps, and scrap wood from your yard.
  • Inspect your home's foundation and exterior, sealing any openings you discover.
  • Eliminate as much wood to soil contact on your property as possible.
  • Inspect wooden furniture and wooden flooring, beams, and lumber for holes in its exterior before bringing it inside.
  • Reduce moisture in and around your home; keep gutters clear, repair leaky pipes, and use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels in your home.
  • Replace water-damaged wood in, on, or near your home.

Weed Control

Weeds are plants that grow where they are unwanted, namely our yards! Weeds typically grow quickly, produce an overabundance of seeds, and return year after year to take over our yards. What makes weeds so tricky to control is that they can grow almost anywhere, including wide-open sunny areas, shady spots, dry locations, bare areas, or wet locations. Weeds really can overtake any space almost overnight.

Weeds grow, taking the nutrients we want for our grass and reducing its viability. Some weeds look like grasses making controlling them tricky. Other weeds disguise themselves as colorful flowers and provide places for insects like mosquitoes to rest and hide and attract stinging insects. Whatever the weed, the fact remains that they don't belong in our yards. Maintain a healthy yard with the regular weed control services we can provide. Our professionals will treat your yard to eliminate the growing weeds and the regular services necessary to prevent future weed activity.

Controlling weeds can be a never-ending battle that is difficult and frustrating. To effectively rid your Arizona yard of weeds, you first have to accurately identify the species, a job best left to a professional. Trust the experts at Loveall Pest Control to help you maintain a weed-free yard. In addition, the following tips can help you keep weeds at bay.

  • Mow your grass to its ideal height.
  • Keep your lawn well irrigated.
  • Reseed your lawn's bare spots to prevent weeds from taking over those open spaces.
  • In flowerbeds, use a weed barrier and mulch to help smother out weeds.
  • Fertilize your lawn.

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Whether pests are bothering you in your Arizona yard or inside your home, we can help! We know our area's most common and problematic pests and provide the services and treatments necessary to eliminate them from residential and commercial properties. If you would like to solve your Maricopa property's pest problems, reach out to us at Loveall Pest Control today!

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