Common Pests In Chandler, AZ
The pests found in Chandler and the surrounding communities are unique to our area of the country. If you have discovered a pest in your house and need more information about it, our Pest Library can help. It provides information about some of the most common Arizona pests, including what they look like, what problems they cause, and what to do if they get into your house.
Scorpions are arachnids; they have adapted to living in some of the most unrelenting environments, but still, like any other living creature, require food, water, and shelter, which is something most of our Arizona properties can provide to them. You can identify scorpions by their set of claws and their segmented tail ending in a barbed stinger. Bark scorpions are yellowish or tan colored and have thinner claws than other species. Protecting ourselves from scorpions is essential because they have venom strong enough to cause serious consequences in people.
Scorpions are predators and feed on insects, spiders, other scorpions, and sometimes small rodents and lizards. Yards with gardens, landscaping, trees, and tall grass attract the prey that scorpions like to hunt. As they move about our yards, they often find their way to the exterior of our homes. They are good climbers and move inside through spaces they discover as they crawl around the exterior of our house. Knowing some of a scorpion’s favorite hideouts in your home is vital so you can remain vigilant against these pests. Tubs, sinks, cardboard boxes, and inside folded laundry are favorite scorpion hideouts.
Taking the following prevention measures can help make your property less attractive to scorpions:
- Scorpions have high moisture needs, so repairing leaky pipes, dripping faucets, and clogged gutters can help to make your home less interesting to them.
- Remove woodpiles, brush piles, and other lawn debris from your yard where scorpions and their prey can hide.
- Take the time to regularly inspect your home’s exterior, repairing any openings that scorpions could move inside through on their own or while following prey.
Like scorpions, spiders are arachnids that live in large populations throughout Arizona. Also, like scorpions, some spiders possess venom strong enough to affect people’s health. Spiders have two body parts, eight legs, and many eyes. Their body has a hard exoskeleton, and they lack antennae and wings. Like other predatory species, spiders help control populations of garden insects, which is helpful in our gardens; however, they quickly become unwanted pests when they move into our homes, garages, and other outbuildings.
Spiders are successful on any property that offers them food and shelter. Gardens, flowerbeds, trash cans, compost piles, and grassy areas are where insects and spiders gather and are things found in most of our yards. Spiders typically live outside but do often find their way into our homes after following their prey. Once inside, spiders will make themselves at home, hanging out or making webs in the corners of rooms, near windows and doors, in basements, closets, or cabinets, or under pieces of furniture. As long as food is present, spiders will typically stay indoors until forced to leave.
Taking the following prevention measures can help to make your property less attractive to spiders:
- The best way to prevent spider problems is to put in place a regular pest control program that will control their insect prey.
- Like any pest, food is their biggest attractant; eliminate entry points that lead into your home and reduce clutter within your house and yard where spiders can hide.
- Leave a space between bushes, shrubs, and other landscaping and your home’s exterior to reduce hiding spots near your home.
Cockroaches are pests that enter into our homes and businesses on their own while searching for food or moisture, or we can unintentionally introduce them into our homes. Cockroaches are scavengers with flat oval-shaped bodies and long antennae. While most are winged, few that enter our homes can fly; instead, they move quickly from place to place using their six spine-covered legs. Cockroaches don’t work together as a single unit as ants would, but they do live together in large groups, leaving pheromone trails to communicate and alert each other as to their whereabouts.
We want to keep cockroaches out of our homes and businesses not just because they invade in large numbers and are difficult to control, but because of the significant health risks they pose. Their sheds skins and excrement are a factor in developing allergies and triggering asthma attacks in young kids. Cockroaches spend time in less than sanitary places like garbage, drains, sewers, and decaying organic matter. As they travel throughout your home, cockroaches will contaminate surfaces and any food they find with the pathogens and bacteria they carry on their bodies.
Taking the following prevention measures can help to make your property less attractive to cockroaches:
- Take away a cockroach’s most common entry points, such as gaps in the foundation, spaces around windows, and doors that aren’t correctly sealing.
- Moisture attracts most cockroaches; make sure to keep your home well-ventilated and repair any pipes that are leaking, and providing roaches with a water source.
- Maintain a clean kitchen free of crumbs and spills, wash dishes daily, remove the trash, and vacuum regularly.
- It is also a good idea to inspect items like cardboard boxes, deliveries, and upholstered furniture for hiding cockroaches before bringing them inside.
Super social insects, ants live together in very large colonies located in the ground, at ground level, inside wood, or inside our homes. Ants are one of the most common pest problems that home and business owners deal with and, as such, are easy for most to identify. Ants have a distinct body shape: a large head, narrow waist, and short bent antennae. We never want ants in our homes; they are a nuisance and contaminate food and surfaces with bacteria. However, it is important to note that not all are nuisance pests; some can cause structural damage, deliver painful stings, or spread pathogens that make people very ill.
Any of our yards that offer ants access to food is likely to experience an infestation. Things like a greasy grill, open trash cans, garden areas, or your pet’s food provide ants with the food they are looking for. Ants regularly find their way into our homes through openings they find while searching for food and water. Some ants will move in and out of your house daily to gather food, while others will decide to stay and create a satellite nest. An ant colony’s ability to have many different nesting sites is one of the main reasons they are difficult to control. One overlooked nest will lead to a reinfestation of your property in no time!
Taking the following prevention measures can help to make your property less attractive to ants:
- Don’t allow food to attract ants to your property; keep lids on trash cans, maintain gardens, pick up leftover pet food, and keep outdoor eating areas cleaned up.
- Ants will move in trails along the foundation, walls, and utilities to get into homes; make sure to seal any openings they could move through.
- In your yard, remove things like fallen trees, brush piles, and tree stumps that ants could seek out as a nesting site.
- Ants are often attracted to moisture; make your home less inviting by repairing dripping pipes and use de-humidifiers to keep moisture levels low.
Only insects with one pair of wings are true flies and belong to the order Diptera. Instead of a second pair of wings, they have a pair of balancing organs referred to as halteres. Halteres help them balance during flight. Immature flies are referred to as maggots, and you can find most in water or rotting organic matter. Flies are a problem to have around our homes because they contaminate food, are vectors of disease, and spread parasites.
When environmental conditions are right, flies breed very quickly. The warm weather in Arizona enables flies to be a significant problem for home and business owners throughout the entire year. Things like open trash cans, compost, pet excrement, gardens, and areas of damp soil often attract these pests. Once in your yard, it is easy for flies to find a way into your house through open windows or doors, vents, or gaps in the exterior walls. Inside, flies will breed and feed on of ripe products, damp mops or washcloths, or in clogged drains.
Taking the following prevention measures can help to make your property less attractive to flies:
- Make sure outdoor trash cans and compost bins have locking or tight-fitting lids on them.
- Trash cans inside of your home should also have covers.
- Regularly clean your sinks and drains and make sure to do the dishes daily. Store produce in the fridge, not out in bowls on your counters.
- If you own pets, make sure their excrement is picked up from your yard daily.
Crickets are medium to large-sized insects that are closely related to grasshoppers. Their large hind legs and wings bend down at an angle help and identify these creatures. As omnivores, crickets feed on both animals and plants. Crickets are helpful pests out in nature, controlling populations of nuisance insects. However, when crickets take over our yards and homes, they become annoying and damaging pests that need to find somewhere else to live.
Crickets often live outside in our gardens and flower beds close to our homes, making it very easy for them to find their way inside, usually seeking moisture and safe shelter. Once inside, crickets will damage our personal belongings, chewing through and creating holes in blankets, clothes, wallpaper, and other materials. Another problem with crickets in our homes is that some make annoying chirping sounds by rubbing their legs together. The sounds crickets make are maddening during the day and keep you awake at night. Crickets hide in dark areas of our homes, within clutter, in closets, cabinets, and other storage areas, making finding and eliminating these pests without help difficult.
Taking the following prevention measures can help to make your property less attractive to crickets:
- Rake back mulch and weeds from your foundation and cut back overgrown shrubbery.
- Make sure you don’t have any leaky pipes or fixtures that could produce excess moisture that attracts crickets.
- To keep crickets outside where they belong, make sure to attach door sweeps to exterior doors, seal up any cracks in your foundation, and cover vents leading into your home.
- Inside your house, keep storage areas where crickets like to hide neat and organized.
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