With more than 250-thousand residents across Scottsdale, Scottsdale pest control is critical for home and business owners alike. Located just east of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Arizona is a known tourist zone, bringing in spa-goers, golf lovers, and nature enthusiasts every year.
Whether you live in the city or own a business that brings in tourists, don’t let pests ruin your time in Scottsdale—call Magic Pest Control to give those unwanted guests the boot.
Here, we’ll talk a little bit about the type of pests you might see here in Scottsdale, signs of infestations, precautions you can take, and professional Scottsdale pest control options.
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Scorpions are venomous arthropods in the class Arachnida, relatives of spiders, solpugids, pseudoscorpions, mites, ticks, etc. They have eight legs, a long tail and a pair of pedipalps for capturing prey. At the end of the tail they are equipped with a stinger, fully loaded by a venom producing gland.
One of the greatest threats to property owners in Arizona is rats, specifically wood or pack rats. These nocturnal animals grow up to 9-inches and weigh roughly 2lbs. That’s a big rodent crawling around your home, bringing in germs, and causing destruction. Worse yet, many of these creatures come in through unexpected openings in your home, including your roof and basement.
You may also notice rub marks. Rats have notoriously poor eyesight. As they root around looking for food and nesting materials, they rub their bodies against markers to determine where they are.
This leaves smudges of dirt, grease, fur, and If any of these signs are present in your home or business, call Magic Pest Control for Scottsdale rodent control services. In the meantime, you can do a few things to keep rats from making a home out of your home.
Our team is always happy to answer questions about protecting your home from rodents.
Termites are another Scottsdale visitor nobody likes to see. Termites leave a few sights or sounds to alert you to their presence. As they’re so small, frass, or termite droppings, are hard to spot. At best, you can watch for unexplained blisters in wood or paint, and the tell-tale sign of mud tubes.
Mud tubes are just what they sound like, tubes of dried mud, made by termites to get from point A to point B without being seen by predators. These narrow tubes of mud may be on the outside of your home where termites have crawled in.
There are 4 termite species in Arizona, including:
Desert damp wood termites are unlikely to be found in your home or business. They tend to stay outside. Western dry wood termites, however, are very common in structures. Subterranean termites are also bad for Scottsdale homeowners, as they infest from burrows under the earth. Arrid subterranean termites are the most common in Arizona and prefer damp soil as a home.
Certain castes of termites have wings. You may notice wings or wing particles in your home or around the outside of your home. Because there are different castes of termites in each species, termites look different depending on their role and stage of life. Their bodies consist of a head, abdomen, and thorax, although the abdomen and thorax are not distinct from one another. This is unlike ants, which have a distinct head, abdomen, and thorax.
Termites are tough to deter. If you are building a home, you can have pretreatments installed, such as Termi-mesh and liquid barriers. However, once your home is built, it’s difficult to deter these pests. Some Arizonians plant catnip, garlic, or mint around their homes to keep termites away.