While Arizona is a beautiful place to live, with breathtaking terrain and opportunities for outdoor recreation, it can also be dangerous if you’re unaware of surrounding deadly bugs. Arizona bugs enjoy the warmth and outdoors, just like their human neighbors, and you need to be aware of those that pose a health risk.

While death by bug bite is rare, it’s crucial to recognize dangerous creatures and bite symptoms to protect yourself and your family. Those with allergies are especially at risk, so an immediate response is imperative to safety.

Why Should You Be Aware of Deadly Bugs?

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Don’t be fooled by their size. These bugs are small, but they can pack a lot of venom. That’s why it’s your responsibility to learn about them and protect yourself from the dangers they pose. 

The more you know about these creatures, the better off you’ll be when confronting one in person.

4 Deadly Bugs in Arizona to Avoid

Africanized bees

A hybrid mix between European and African bees, Africanized bees in Arizona have an aggressive streak compared to other bee species. Terrifyingly, these bees increase in aggression if the hive is larger, mainly due to a greater population of older bees ferociously guarding the hive. 

You can find their combs in crevices on the outside of your home, nestled in plants or trees, in water meter boxes, etc. It’s important to mention that you won’t be able to tell if a bee is Africanized by its outward appearance, so it’s best to treat all bees in Arizona with extra caution.

Arizona Bark Scorpion

While the Arizona Bark Scorpion only ranges from 2.5 to 4 inches long, it’s the most dangerous scorpion in North America, with a venomous bite that can kill. They can be found in Arizona households and will sting if you pick up an object housing them. Symptoms include loss of breath, intense pain, and tingling.

Black Widow Spider

Black Widow spiders don’t deliver all their venom in one bite but are a particular danger to young children or elderly people. Shockingly, their venom is 15 times more poisonous than a rattlesnake. A bite can result in muscle aches, nausea, and paralysis.

Brown Recluse Spider

While death by Brown Recluse is rare, they can deliver a nasty wound that destroys the blood vessels near the bite site and attacks your cell health. Brown Recluse spiders dwell both indoors and outdoors. Be careful around undisturbed areas of the house that see little traffic and cracks and crevices where they like to curl up and hide.

Bite Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore 

There are a few bite symptoms that you shouldn’t ignore. If you experience any of the following, seek medical help immediately:

  • Intense pain
  • Swelling
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Loss of breath
  • Numbness

People with allergies must take extra precautions. Their symptoms can cause a more extreme reaction, like anaphylactic shock, and possibly result in severe illness or death. 

In addition to taking precautions yourself, you should be aware of the symptoms your child displays as well as those exhibited by elderly family members.

Prevention Tactics: Quality Pest Control 

Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself and your home from deadly bugs in Arizona! 

Patriot Pest & Termite Control provides pest control services to residents across the state. Their technicians are trained professionals who will help keep your family safe by applying insecticides designed to target specific bugs in your yard with a fumigation process that effectively eliminates dangerous pests from nesting in your home!

Patriot Pest also provides emergency services to protect your family from wasps or bees!