Most Common Pests that Maricopa County Homeowners Need to Worry About

The American Southwest can be an idyllic place to live, but we must also deal with the local wildlife. Many creatures may give us cause for concern, but here are some of the most common you will find in and around your home.

Scorpions

Scorpions are common to find in Marcipa County because of the climate. Scorpions prefer temperatures between 68 and 99 degrees. If the temperature starts to swing dramatically in either direction (hot or cold), you should be on the look out for scorpions trying to enter your home. 

To help keep scorpions out of your home, it's best to get rid of what attracts them and limit their hiding places. Don't have firewood stacked near your home, keep your grass closely mowed near your home, and caulk around pipes and cracks to prevent entry. 

Scorpions are relatively similar to spiders in terms of how venomous they are. A scorpion bite may be lethal depending on the scorpion but most bites will require medical attention. To protect your family from scorpions, hire a Maricopa County pest control company. 

Termites

Termites might not be the largest pest but they are definitely one of the most destructive. Termites cause millions of the dollars worth of damages across the nation every year by feeding on the foundation of buildings. In Central Arizona, there are an average of 12 termite colonies per acre. Each colony of termites can consist of up to 1 million termites! If you live in Maricopa County, you know how termites can affect your home from either past experiences or from knowing somone who has suffered from a termite infestation. 

Every home and commercial property in Central Arizona either has termites, has had termites, or will get termites. To protect your home or business, we recommend getting an annual termite inspection. Catching the problem before it occurs is one of the best ways to prevent a termite infestation and protect your family. 

Ants

Fire ants and carpenter ants invade homes and cause all sorts of problems. Fire ants are a viscious ant species that are a threat to you, your family, and your pets. Fire ants attack in groups biting and swarming their target until they are overwhelmed. Carpenter ants are less of threat your health but put your home at risk. These types of ants create extensive tunnels that maweaken the structural integrity of wooden beams and boards. 

Every homeowner has had ants in their home at one point or antoher. You know that ants can squeeze through small crevices and are difficult to get rid of on your home. To protect your home, get help from an ant control exterminator. Ants are more destructive than Maricopa County homeowners think. Don't let fire or carpenter ants on your property!

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are very difficult to get rid of. Not only can they go weeks without food and multiple days without water but they can go without air for 45 minutes and withstand radiation 6 to 15 times to that of a human. Cockroaches are almost impossible to get rid of with do-it-yourself pest control techniques. If you have a cockroach infestation, you will need to hire a cockroach exterminator to completely eradicate the infestation. 

Rodents

Rodents sneak into your home from the roof, basement, and any other opening they can find. What most homeowners don't know is the fire risk that rodents cause. They burrow in walls, multiply rapidly, and can chew threw electrical wires hidden in walls. There are many different types of rodents in Maricopa County like roof rats, pack rats, deer mice, squirrels, and even skunks. If you see any of these rodents on your property, odds are, they have friends. Make sure to get in touch with a rodent exterminator to keep your Maricopa County home rodent free! 

If you have noticed any of the above pests in your home, we at Alliance Pest Management can help! Get a free quote on all of our pest control services by giving us a call!

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