Green Valley, AZ Pest Control

Given its temperate climate, Arizona is a great place to live. Bugs and other pests like it too. Since hardy species can withstand our hot summer days and thrive even when water is scarce, we have one of the most diverse insect populations on earth. Read on to learn about three of our most common pests: mosquitoes, ants, and bees.

Mosquitoes

Since mosquitoes require water to breed, you wouldn’t expect to find them in the desert. However, our homes are attractive for the water that we use in gardening, maintaining our lawns and operating air conditioners.

Mosquitoes are not only annoying, but they’re one of the greatest threats to human health in the world. Females need blood to produce eggs. That’s why they bite, and that’s how they transmit malaria, yellow fever, West Nile virus and other diseases.

You can discourage breeding by eliminating standing water in your yard.

Ants

There are more than 300 species of ants in Arizona. Fortunately, most of them aren’t home invaders.

Carpenter ants are quite large; winged males can grow to more than half an inch long, and queens are even larger. They don’t eat wood like termites do, but they burrow into it and carve out elaborate tunnels for nesting. They are busiest at night. They can do severe structural damage before you even notice them. If you find traces of sawdust or bits of insulation, you’re probably hosting a carpenter ant colony in your walls or attic. Even wood furniture is susceptible to damage.

Fire ants are dreaded for their aggression and painful sting. Their domed mounds are easily recognizable in sunny, open areas. When threatened, fire ants swarm, bite to latch on and sting from the abdomen. Their venom is potent enough to make allergic or sensitive people very sick.

Common household ants gravitate to unsealed foods, so contamination is a health risk.

Bees

It’s estimated that pollination accounts for one-third of our food supply, so be sure to thank the next bee that you encounter.

Bees in our area are easy to identify. The honeybee, with its bold black and yellow stripes, is the brightest and slenderest. Bumblebees are furrier and darker. Carpenter bees look almost metallic with their shiny, bluish-black bodies.

Carpenter bees drill into eaves, doors, and shutters to build nests. Their tunnels are anywhere from 6 inches to 4 feet long and lined with tiny chambers for depositing eggs. The bees leave behind a number of holes and an unsightly trail of excrement on the outer surface of the excavation site. If carpenter bees are allowed to return year after year and expand on the same nest, structural damage is likely.

Bees play a valuable role in the ecosystem, so they're removed and relocated rather than exterminated. Trained professionals use special equipment and wear protective clothing.

Most bees don’t sting unless they’re threatened, and most attacks are the result of people panicking and swatting at them. Still, just one sting can be serious or fatal to someone who is allergic.

At Termagon Termite & Pest Control, your family’s safety and enjoyment of your home are our top priority. Call us today for bee removal or effective treatment for other unwanted pests in Green Valley, AZ.