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Many people are drawn to Arizona because of the low cost of living, climate, and beautiful scenery. However, when they meet some of the local insect residents they sometimes change their minds. Arizona’s dry and hot weather is an invitation to merciless pests. The desert environment is a favorite of many pests. They find their way into homes, disturbing the peace of many. Arizona pests are definitely a different breed and require special attention and professional customized pest control treatment. Here are a few pests to look out for.

Black Widows

It comes as no surprise black widows are commonly found in Arizona because they prefer warmer climates. Black widow spiders are typically identified by their shiny, black body and red hourglass on their belly. But did you know male and baby black widows are brown with cream-colored markings on their belly? They can be found hiding away in garages, woodpiles, and lawn furniture. Black widows are dangerous to humans and they require medical attention and can possibly cause death.

Sun Spider/Wind Scorpions

Sun spiders, also known as wind scorpions are solpugids that are populous in the desert and tropical regions. They are harmless, but their size and hairy legs make them look terrifying. They can grow up to 3 inches long, have a tan or orange color, and have eight legs. These solpugids move quickly and have a large appetite. 

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Palo Verde Beetle

It’s not unusual to spot the cockroach-looking beetle around Arizona. Like the sun spider, they are completely harmless to humans. They are attracted to lights and are most active in the summer, which is their mating season. Their diet consists of the roots of dying trees and shrub. Palo Verde Bettles are attracted to lights. If you enjoy having dinner on your patio, these beetles may become unwanted dinner guests.

Subterranean Termite

Although subterranean termites are mostly found in southern states, there are some species found in Arizona. Subterranean termites don’t rely on moisture as much as other kinds of termites, therefore they are able to thrive in hot and dry climates. They nest in the soil in order to reach wooden structures, traveling through mud tubes. They are known to destroy wood in many forms. Subterranean Termites can do extensive damage in a short period of time.

Three subterranean termites
Subterranean Termites


Arizona is known for its frightening scorpions. There are many varieties but the three most common are the bark scorpion, desert hairy scorpion, and stripe-tailed scorpion.

  • The bark scorpion is the most common scorpion found in Arizona. They come out at night to avoid the desert heat. They often find their way into homes, hiding in crevices, inside sinks, and in closets. Their bite can cause severe pain, along with numbness, tingling, shortness of breath, and vomiting.
  • The desert hairy scorpion is the largest scorpion found in the United States. They feed on large insects and require little water. In fact, they are very sensitive to moisture. They hang out in sandy scrub areas. Although painful, its sting requires little to no medial attention. The sting of a desert hairy scorpion isn’t venomous and can be compared to a bee sting. 
  • The stripe-tailed scorpion is the second-most encountered species of scorpions in Arizona. They are pale in color, about an inch and a half in length, and has a stripe on both sides of its tail. They seek humidity wherever they can find it. 

All of these pests can be scary to new residents and people who have lived in Arizona their entire lives. If you encounter these creepy-crawlers it is probably time to invest in quality pest control. Insectek has provided pest control for Arizona for over 8 years! Our pest control technicians are experienced with all of the insects including the varieties mentioned above. If you are experiencing a pest problem, we have a solution! For more information on how we can help you achieve a pest-free home, contact us!