Ah! Welcome to Spring!
The change in the seasons is welcomed in Arizona state as the weather summer comes closer. It’s the time when days get longer, fresh air breezes through the open windows, and unfortunately — quite the time when insects and bugs come crawling on your floor!
As the weather gets warmer in the Sonoran Desert, not only do we emerge from our hibernation, but these local pesky spiders and bugs start becoming more active too.
So, maybe the only downside to the Spring, besides allergies, would be the possible invasion of these insects.
How do you make this Spring as peaceful as can be while being on guard for the different species of Arizona ants, bees, fig beetles, termites, spiders, scorpions, and rodents?
Find out more in our guide to Arizona bugs and spring critters!
What Kind of Bugs Live in Arizona During Spring?
With the temperature increasing to an average of 59 to 74 degrees through May this Spring, Prescott, located in the Central Highlands, is subject to see many bugs and beetles creeping in and around exposed cracks in exterior walls, around plumbing features, electrical ports, and the foundation.
Unfortunately, bugs and beetles don’t always use the front door and don’t have to rely on windows left open, they are sneakier and smaller to creep in never being seen.
Is the kissing bug in Arizona?
Yes! Kissing bugs have a large population in the southern part of the state, according to the state’s Department of Health Services.
In fact, up to 50% of kissing bugs in Arizona are said to carry Chagas disease.
But what are the little black bugs in Arizona?
Three species of carpet beetles exist in Arizona. One of them is the varied carpet beetle, furniture carpet beetle, and the black carpet beetle.
What You Might Discover When Doing Your Own Pest Inspection
Your Arizona home is likely to be visited by spiders (black widows, brown recluse, or wolf spider), bark scorpions, paper wasps, ants, crickets, and possibly scorpions. Some paper wasps and bees in the United States are also starting to come back to life as vegetation starts to pollinate.
Do note that it’s also important to search around your windows to see if tiny insects are flying around and wings left behind. This is your first sign of termites, which are common in Arizona houses.
Rodents and Bark Scorpion in the Spring
There are a few types of bugs, rodents, scorpions in Arizona that become more rampant this time of year as well, including skunks and gophers.
Cute yes, but also destructive to your property and gardens. Gophers especially can chew your plants and trees and dig holes throughout your yard, damaging the integrity of the ground.
Here is Your First Line of Defense for Insects and Pest Protection
First, remove all debris and clutter from the perimeter of your home to remove beetles’ and rodents’ favorite places to set up camp.
- Bark scorpions and carpenter bees like to nest in these environments.
- If a beehive is spotted, it is highly recommended to call a bee exterminator to safely rid these aggressive swarmers.
- Search around the area for destruction to your landscape, including holes, or be on the lookout for rodent scat or gila monsters.
Next, conduct your home pest inspection. Inspect the exterior of your home, from the foundation to around the kitchen for a food source, clapboards, electrical outlets, where wood meets cement, and around window sills.
A clear sign of termites is around the foundation of the creation of tubes that termites build to form a perfect environment for their territory.
At the first sign of termites at your house, applying a termite treatment is highly advised.
Then, take the home inspection inside to test the walls and flooring. Spongy floors and hollow walls can be a sign of hungry termites or munching carpenter ants.
How to Prevent Bugs from Invading Your Home
Don’t wait until it’s too late to take control of your pest problems. Preventing the issue is much better than finding a cure. Here are 3 tips on how to keep your home pest-free this spring!
1. Watch Where You’re Feeding Your Pets
Pets are great additions to any household, but they can leave a mess, especially when they’re eating food. A house fly will likely roam around their food before you know it!
Ants and mice are the perfect insect prey that rejoices at the sight of pet food. Outdoor feeders like birds and squirrels might start creeping into your home.
To prevent this from happening, make sure to keep the food of your pets in tightly sealed containers and keep their place of feeding clean at all times.
2. Check For Moisture
Arizona is known for its hot and humid weather — a feature that not only people love, but pests as well!
Almost all types of pests thrive in moist environments with lots of water. To keep your home critter-free, one of the things you can do is to regularly inspect and repair the water sources of your home. Start by reminding yourself to check your bathrooms and kitchens yearly for any leaky pipes.
3. Seal the Cracks
New or old, many homes are bound to get cracks here and there. Adding hot weather into the mixture, you’d likely get a house that’s prone to tiny predators. Blister beetles and other insects of various species make their home in the small and tight spaces of your house.
Here’s what you can do: before these cracks get any bigger, get it repaired asap! You can do your own DIY if you’re dealing with small holes here and there. However, it’s still best to get an expert to inspect the cracks in your home!
Call the Bug Pros for Expert Pest Inspection Services
To protect your family and the people in your home, calling on the pros is the most effective and efficient way to safeguard your home from pests.
Preventative pest control is the safest bet to keep them from even stepping foot in your house in the first place.
With a trained eye and knowledge of habits and signs, a qualified Arizona Exterminator will get the job done right.
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