Pest control in Arizona is a year-round concern. However, the height of the pest season begins in May and extends through August. In some years, prolonged heat waves can even cause you to encounter summer pests later in the season.
Scorpions, termites, and stinging insects tend to show up in droves this time of year. The discovery of a pest infestation also quickly destroys any chance you have of enjoying some summer relaxation until they are gone.
The good news is that these summer pest control tips help you to avoid the worst infestations.
Wash Down Outdoor Kitchens & Patios
Just about every kind of insect is drawn to your food and drinks. Yellowjackets love to eat meats, sweets and vegetables. You can also bet that ants and roaches will show up if you give them a free picnic.
Give outdoor kitchens a thorough scrub down after you cook. You should also spray down patios and grassy areas if you see food or drink spills.
Seal the Exterior and Create Barriers
The majority of pests come indoors out of a desperate search for cooler temperatures, food and water. Make sure that all of the cracks around doors and windows are sealed.
You can also use barrier treatments such as spraying around the perimeter of your house to further prevent having pests survive their trek to the inside of the property.
Palo Verde Beetles
Palo Verde beetles are thriving this time of year, and you will see them as they actively seek mates and places to lay their eggs.
These insects look like cockroaches, and people often call us with concerns about a roach infestation when it is actually the Palo Verde beetle.
They feed on the roots of trees and shrubs, and especially prefer the Mexican Palo Verde tree, but they will feed on most types of decaying roots. Keeping tree and shrub roots healthy helps to deter these insects from inhabiting your lawn.
Pest infestations can quickly escalate this time of year, since many insects are breeding and laying their eggs. If you spot one bug or rodent, then assume there are more.
Make sure to call us to address any pest control issue that you see as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment makes it easier to keep them off of your property.
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