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Identifying Common Summer Pests

When you know what to look for, you can take measures to protect your home, property, pets, and family from harmful pest infestations.





Summer brings warm weather, beautiful sunshine, and of course, pests. Phoenix, Arizona, is home to a host of pests that wreak havoc during the summer months. Identifying common summer pests can save you time, money, and hardship. When you know what to look for, you can take measures to protect your home, property, pets, and family from harmful pest infestations. Let's explore some of the most common summer pests found in Phoenix, Arizona.



Though there are nearly 30 species of scorpions residing in Arizona, there's only one with the potential to cause significant harm to humans. This scorpion is the Arizona bark scorpion, measuring up to three inches in length and varying from brownish-yellow to light brown. One of the most identifiable visual cues of the Arizona bark scorpion is darker bands of color flowing the entire length of their body. Their venom is the most potent in North America, and can cause severe pain, tingling, numbness, and vomiting.




Wasps are found all over the world, but the most common in Arizona is the paper wasp. These wasps can measure up to 1 inch in length and come in many different colors, such as orange, yellow, reddish-brown, and black. Aside from the color, the most common trait of these pests is the paper-like upside-down nest they build. Paper wasps are incredibly aggressive and will viciously defend their nests. Their stings are painful and can be deadly for those who show signs of an allergic reaction. You should seek out medical attention quickly after a sting from any pest.




Ants are the most common summer pests and outnumber nearly every other organism on earth. They come in varied sizes, colors, and behaviors. There are ants that bite, ants that sting, and ants that do both. They also carry many diseases, bacteria, and other contaminants. Keeping them out of your home is a priority and eliminating ant nests is the primary way of keeping them in check.


Getting Rid of Common Summer Pests In Your Home

Some of the same methods work for preventing and eliminating different pests. Preventive measures such as:


  • • Sealing cracks in your foundation and around doors or windows.
    • Keeping your yard and landscaping trimmed and well-maintained.
    • Eliminating ground covering debris near your home's foundation.
    • Eliminating nests when possible.


Often, eliminating a pest from your home can be as simple as getting rid of potential food sources. Eliminating a pest's food supply will give it no choice but to move on to more fertile hunting grounds. If you have an infestation that is more than you can handle, seek out pest control in Phoenix. A professional exterminator can help you take your home and property back and prevent future invasions. Other common summer pests to keep an eye out for in Phoenix include cockroaches, termites, spiders, and ticks, to name only a few.

Learning to identify common pests is the first step to having a pest-free home during the summer. Once you have identified the threat, Bulwark Exterminating can be an excellent resource for you to learn about DIY exterminating methods or professional services. Remember that it's alright to ask for professional help when you are overwhelmed by an invasion of summer pests in Phoenix, Arizona.




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