Our Phoenix pest control and exterminator team knows scorpions all too well. They are members of the arachnid classification of invertebrate animals, and are related to spiders. Just like some of the many spider species we have in Arizona, scorpions are extremely dangerous. Of all its relatives, the Bark Scorpion is the most venomous scorpion in North America, and is also commonly found roaming around homes and businesses throughout the Metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona area. Its venom causes severe pain (coupled with numbness and tingling) in adult humans, typically lasting between 24 to 72 hours. Temporary dysfunction of bodily processes and functions in the affected area is common; e.g. a hand or possibly an entire arm can be immobilized or experience convulsions. Stings may also cause the loss of breath for a short period of time. Scorpions typically hide during the day under rocks, woodpiles, or in cinderblock fencing. They do not burrow, and are commonly found in homes, requiring only 1/16 of an inch to enter. Because they camouflage themselves very well, by the time one is seen the person or animal seeing it is in great danger of attack. Insectek and its expert Phoenix pest control and exterminator technicians have extensive experience treating residential and commercial properties for scorpions including the Bark Scorpion.
There are many different varieties of spiders in Arizona, including the Black Widow and Brown Recluse—two of the most dangerous and poisonous found anywhere in the world. If you are on the receiving end of a bite from either one of these spiders, you should seek medical attention immediately because the venom is very toxic and can even be fatal for some people and animals. The Black Widow’s venom is actually 15 times stronger than that of a rattlesnake. The Black Widow is easily identifiable by the presence of a red hourglass shape on the abdomen. The black widow spins abnormally shaped webs usually in eaves and in corners around the outside of the home. The venom of the black widow spider is reported to be 15 times stronger than that of the rattlesnake.
Brown Recluse spiders dwell in dark, sheltered places and can be found in homes, garages, around pool equipment, as well as other outdoor spaces. Their webs tend to appear disorganized and are built mostly near ground level. The bite from a Brown Recluse initially appears as a pale blister ringed in red. Fevers, convulsions, nausea and weakness can set in within one day’s time. If untreated, the early blister may become a lesion, resulting in necrosis and severe nerve damage. Insectek and its expert Phoenix pest control exterminator technicians can effectively treat residential and commercial spaces for spiders of all kinds, including the Black Widow and Brown Recluse varieties.
The Phoenix pest control exterminator team at Insectek knows that cockroaches are not only unsightly nuisances; they also carry over 40 strains of bacteria and parasitic worms on their legs. Since they tend to spend time in dumpsters and bathrooms, these creatures can cause serious and severe health issues for people and animals alike by their sheer presence. Unfortunately, Arizona is home to the four most toxic types of cockroaches—all of which the Phoenix pest control exterminator technicians at Insectek are very familiar with. These are the German, American, Oriental and Brown-Banded Cockroaches...
The German cockroach is small and reproduces at an exponential rate. It prefers warm, moist environments like kitchens and bathrooms. It is common to find them beneath appliances, furniture, in crevices and cracks. Like other species, the German cockroach is omnivorous and will scavenge and consume a wide variety of food—including paper, cloth and decaying plants and animal matter. Because they consume decomposing organisms, the diseases and bacteria German cockroaches carry can cause severe health issues for living creatures.
The American cockroach is the largest cockroach species. It is also one of the most well known invaders home and business spaces in the Phoenix, Arizona area. American cockroaches normally live outdoors but venture indoors regularly due to outdoor climate changes. They prefer warm, damp areas like flowerbeds and sprinkler boxes outside, and bathrooms or cabinets inside. American cockroaches, along with their counterparts, all produce a chemical called an “Aggregation Pheromone.” The odor of this chemical causes the roaches to group together. Some people describe these pheromones as having a “musty” smell.
Oriental cockroaches are not as common in Arizona as the other three varieties, but they do appear in some areas. Oriental cockroaches prefer cool, damp locations, and therefore typically locate themselves in basements and cellars—but also seek out bathrooms and closets. Oriental cockroaches crawl around and in service ducts, toilets, bathtubs, sinks, radiators and pipes. Because of this, they can carry some very nasty bacteria and diseases on their legs. Their usual habitat is outdoors, but sometimes they find their way indoors in search of food and moisture.
Brown-banded cockroaches prefer dry and warm locations, and can be found inside cabinets, pantries and closets. They can also nest in electronic equipment or around refrigerator motor housings. Brown-Banded cockroaches hide from humans in a variety of places such as clocks and picture frames—causing quite the shock for home and business owners once they are spotted at close range. They tend to avoid water sources and are more commonly found near the ceilings of infested homes. Brown-Banded cockroach infestations can pose a number of health risks. These cockroaches have been found to carry and spread dangerous bacteria and protozoa, which causes gastroenteritis and diarrhea. More commonly, this variety of cockroach can trigger asthma and allergies.
Make no mistake about it, the Phoenix pest control exterminator technicians at Insectek want you to know that feral, wild rodents are in no way, shape or form like the domesticated animals you might own or see in pet stores citywide. Wild, feral rodents are instinctively aggressive, and carry a myriad of bacteria and diseases. Because of this, they pose a real, serious threat to human and domesticated animal occupants of homes and businesses throughout the Metropolitan Phoenix area...
Mice find their way into a home through garages, doorways and other crevices. They enter looking for warmth, food and water. If left unchecked, a pair of mice can produce over 200 offspring in just four months. Mice can carry significant amounts of bacteria on their feet, legs and bodies, as well as several disease inducing illnesses. They can transfer these through fecal droppings, bites or just by traversing their infected bodies across floor spaces.
Rats can harbor and transmit a number of serious diseases. They can also introduce disease-carrying parasites such as fleas, lice and ticks into your home or business space. They are instinctively wary of rat control measures such as traps and bait—and they tend to colonize in attics, burrows, under concrete slabs or porches, in wall spaces and other hard to reach places. Rats can also be very aggressive, and are known to bite or attack when they feel threatened.
The Phoenix pest control exterminator technicians at Insectek know firsthand how ideal the Arizona environment is for a wide variety of ant species. Specifically, Arizona has 318 species of ants, more than any other state in the U.S.
Black ants are one of the most common varieties found in the Phoenix, Arizona area, and are frequent pests in kitchens and at picnics. They range in size from 1/16" to as large as 3/4". Their bodies are solid black or very dark brown, and although they are annoying nuisances, they do not bite. Black ants are primarily attracted to sugar and will swarm around even the smallest drop of a sugary substance.
Pharaoh ants are very small, with workers measuring only 2 mm or so. They are translucent and range in color hues from yellow to light brown. Unlike most ant species, the Pharaoh ant has as many as 200 queens living in its colonies. Their nests are tiny and may be located under stones, at the bottom of trashcans and even in wall spaces.
Fire ants are an invasive and highly dangerous ant species for humans and animals alike. They build large, dome-like burrows and are extremely aggressive. Their stings are painful, and some people can experience severe allergic reactions to their bites. These ants are small, ranging from 1/16" to 1/4" in length. They have brownish-red, partially translucent bodies with dark brown or black abdomens. They are primarily carnivores, but will eat just about anything. Fire ants can swarm and kill small animals, including turtles and rodents. Luckily, they are somewhat rare in Arizona, but can still be found and if so, you should most definitely vacate the direct vicinity you found them in first and foremost—and then contact the Phoenix pest control exterminator technicians at Insectek immediately to help eradicate the threat for you.
Fleas are prevalent in Arizona and have recently been linked to an outbreak of the Plague. The most common flea is the cat flea, which attaches itself to its feline host, but can also at times attack any other furry, warm-blooded mammal as well. Although most fleas are host specific, meaning that they prefer one type of host only, this is not always the case—as flea infestations can easily spread between and across various species of mammals within the same home or business space. Pets suffering from fleabites scratch themselves incessantly, and can develop cracked and bleeding sores and skin as a result. Fleas can feed on humans and cause some people exhibit flea allergies. Fleas may also carry humanly transmitted diseases such as typhus and tularemia. It is important to ensure you and your family stay free and clear of fleas by having a Phoenix pest control exterminator technician from Insectek periodically sweep and treat for these pests.
Ticks are small arachnids, like spiders and mites. There are as many as 25 species of ticks in Arizona, but the most common tick found around homes is the Brown Dog Tick. Ticks carry a number a dangerous diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever. A female tick can lay as many as 5,000 eggs in her short lifetime. For this reason, it is important to address a potential tick problem quickly so that the population doesn't get out of control. Allow the Phoenix pest control exterminator technicians at Insectek to help keep your residential and commercial spaces free of ticks by performing periodic treatments of your home or business.