Nine Bugs, Rodents, and Scorpions to Watch Out for in Arizona

We have to deal with all sorts of pests here in Arizona. Some are fearsome in appearance, but ultimately harmless (we’re looking at you, whip scorpions).

Others, like carpenter ants, may seem harmless, but can cause a lot of damage to your home or business. Before you contact Western Exterminator for removal, it’s a good idea to know what to look out for.

Arizona Insects

A huge variety of insect pests may invade homes in Arizona. Some of the most common include:

  • Ants and termites: Carpenter ants and drywood termites are some of the most damaging species due to their penchant for gnawing on the structures of homes. Other species, like the pharaoh ant and crazy ant, are pests that frequently seek out and contaminate human foods.
  • Cockroaches: The large American cockroach and the more common German cockroach are both found in Arizona where they frequently contaminate food and have been linked to disease outbreaks.
  • Box elder bugs: These black and red beetle-like insects often enter homes during fall, sometimes in large numbers, to escape the cold.
  • Bees and wasps: Native bees and wasps are extremely beneficial to the environment, but these stinging insects can also be a nuisance when they nest in or near homes and businesses. Common species include carpenter bees, European honeybees, paper wasps, yellow jackets, and bald-faced hornets. The dangerous and highly territorial Africanized bee has also been documented in Arizona.

Arizona Scorpions

Scorpions are common to areas throughout Arizona, and more than 60 species call the state home. Scorpions don’t typically infest homes or businesses in large numbers, but they have a way of finding their way indoors accidentally.

  • Bark scorpion: The most venomous scorpions in North America, bark scorpions often find their way indoors due to their ability to climb. They are small, usually 2.5 inches or less, and light brown in color.
  • Giant hairy scorpion: True to its name, the giant hairy scorpion is the largest species in the United States — about 4 inches long — with noticeable hair on its appendages. Though large, these scorpions are relatively harmless, inflicting a sting similar to that of a bee.
  • Stripetail scorpion: About 3 inches long, the stripetail scorpion is the most common scorpion species in Arizona. It has a stout body and thick tail with visible stripes or bands. The stripetail scorpion is venomous, but is not considered harmful to humans.

All scorpions have certain characteristics that make them easy to identify, including a stinging tail and eight legs, the front two of which are enlarged to form pincers.

Arizona is also home to a few scorpion relatives, including whip scorpions and sun spiders, which are formidable in appearance, but harmless.

Arizona Rodents

A handful of rodents can cause problems for Arizona homeowners. Once they find their way in, rodents can be very difficult to eliminate, often requiring the assistance of a professional pest control company.

  • House mouse: One of our most commonly encountered pests, the house mouse is typically 3 inches in length with a dusty gray color. They breed rapidly, with up to eight litters per year, and often leave tell-tale droppings that give away their presence.
  • Rats: Both the wood rat, with its gray fur and bushy tail, and the roof rat, with its black or dark gray color, are common in Arizona. Both species can infest homes, often damaging food and spreading diseases.

Contact a Western Exterminator for pest control

These are just some of the pests in Arizona to be on the lookout for. Any of them can cause problems within your home and around your property. However, any type of pest can be a problem if you let the problem grow into an infestation.

If you suspect a pest problem in your home or business, don’t delay. Contact us at Western Exterminator today for a free pest control inspection. We’re an experienced pest control company with more than 70 years of local service in Arizona.

Mr. Little

He’s represented Western for nearly a century. But he’s no old fogey. Follow Mr. Little’s blog for pest tips and facts!

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