Stings – If you are stung by an ant, bee or wasp the stinger is a modified egg-laying apparatus; so, only females can sting.
If you notice blistering occurring after being stung or after stepping on an ant mound, seek out medical advice. Some people experience an allergic reaction to a fire ant sting. Symptoms may include sweating, slurred speech, chest pain, shortness of breath, hives, swelling, nausea, vomiting, and/or shock. People exhibiting these symptoms after being stung by fire ants should get medical attention immediately. For more information you can contact the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center at or .
Here is a very good article that describes what happens and what to do if you get stung.
Ant Repellant – A suggested method for repelling ants from your house or garden is to sprinkle used coffee grounds on the perimeters of the building or garden. It is believed to repel ants.
Bee Cautious – First assume bees in hives and swarming are of the aggressive Africanized variety. Bee safe, not sorry. Second, avoid rapid movement, making sound or swatting at bees buzzing around you. Do not spray aerosols, liquids or powders in the area or throw rocks or any objects at the swarm or hive. Warn you neighbors that a swarm or hive is near. Note: Africanized bees are more likely to attack someone wearing dark colors. Call a professional beekeeper for hive removal.
Carpet Beetles – Three species of carpet beetles in Arizona are the varied carpet beetle, furniture carpet beetle, and the black carpet beetle. All three go through a larval stage which is when they are most destructive. An important preventive and control technique is regular vacuuming and thorough cleaning of rugs, draperies, upholstered furniture, closets, and other locations where carpet beetles can congregate. Infested items small enough can be placed in a freezer for two weeks or heat-treat them at temperatures above 120 degrees F for 30 minutes.
Black Widow and Brown Recluse Spiders – The Black Widow spider bite is described as a pinprick and double fang marks may be seen. The Brown Recluse spider bite leads to a mild stinging. The Brown Recluse is the most dangerous bite, leading to putrification of the surrounding flesh. Medical attention is warranted.
Fleas – Fleas can easily hide in your carpet, so you may not be aware of their presence until a large infestation has occurred. An important preventive and control technique is regular vacuuming and thorough cleaning of rugs and carpets where pets are present. Pets and carpets will need to be treated with appropriate chemicals to rid the area of live fleas and flea larvae.
Cockroaches – Cockroaches in Arizona are the German, American Turkestan, Brownbanded and Desert varieties. The best approach to managing both indoor and outdoor cockroaches is to eliminate corrugated cardboard as storage solutions. Good exclusion and sanitation habits include:
- Placing (metal) baskets in all floor drains, and keep drains super clean
- Check exterior doors to ensure they have intact door sweeps that seal against the threshold
- Installing yellow/bug bulbs instead of white bulbs in outside light fixtures.
- During extended vacation periods arrange for someone to run water
- once a week in all toilets and sinks
- Repair outdoor water leaks (leaky faucets, irrigation, etc.);
- Maintain a clear zone between vegetation and buildings by removing vegetation and debris that is against buildings
- Replace cardboard boxes with plastic ones to store things
Silverfish – Silverfish love to eat starches. Since starches can be found in silk to wall paper, they can do quite a bit of damage. One of the most important steps you can take is maintaining good sanitation habits in the house. Paper and cardboard are full of starch, so transfer the contents of paper and cardboard boxes into plastic ones. Clean up food and drink spills quickly, fill cracks and fix any peeled back wallpaper. Once their food source is eliminated, they have no reason to stay.
Flies – Prevent infestations by eliminating moist debris, uncovered garbage, animal feces. In the winter, the flies breed and lay their eggs in manure and can hatch overnight. In the summer the flies will seek cool areas such as your garage and house. Seal your doors and windows against these intruders before calling Core Pest Solutions for chemical control processes.
Pill Bugs – Outside infestations, remove all of the excess vegetation and debris from around your house to remove the food source before calling Core Pest Solutions. Inside infestations are indications that they have an abundant food source like fungi which would indicate a moisture problem that needs solving.
Earwigs – Shaded and damp areas attract earwigs and they enjoy cloth. Earwigs will readily slip in and hide in folded lawn chairs, camp chairs and tarps. Its recommended you shake these items out before bringing them inside or sitting in chairs.
Place cat food tins, or small tin cans baited with fish or vegetable oil around the yard or problem areas. Earwigs are particularly attracted to fish oil. Every day, check the cans and shake out live earwigs into soapy water.
Mosquitos – The best way to protect you and your family from West Nile Virus, or any other mosquito-borne illness, is to eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can breed and to avoid getting bitten.
Eliminate breeding grounds in items outside the home that collect rain or sprinkler water, such as cans, bottles, jars, buckets, old tires, drums, wheelbarrows, boats, kid pools, and other containers. Change water in flower vases, birdbaths, planters and animal watering pans at least twice a week. Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets, and move air conditioner drain hoses frequently to avoid puddles. When going outside at night use insect repellent and wear lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs.
Report Standing Water:
Ticks – To control ticks and lessen exposure to the pathogens that may be carried by the pest, follow the label and your veterinarian’s instructions for controlling ticks on your animals, apply appropriate pesticides to control ticks in your yard. Making sure to use a pesticide product specifically labeled to kill ticks as repeated applications may be needed and remove tick habitats on your property, including leaf litter, brush, and yard clutter (boards, mattresses, old furniture, etc.).
Termites – Termites or flying ants? When they swarm, its hard to tell the difference. You can catch live specimens that haven’t been sprayed with bug killer and put them in a closed jar. Termites will die within a few hours. When they die, in the jar you will see dead termites and shed wings.
Flying ants won’t shed their wings and the ants will still be alive. The swarming ants can live as long as a week in the closed jar.
Rattlesnakes – You are most likely to meet up with a rattlesnake on a summer evening after the sun has gone down, or during the warm days of the spring, winter and fall. They usually will warn you with their rattles, but young rattlesnakes may not have enough rattles to make evident sounds. If a bite occurs, and you don’t know what kind of snake bit you, look for symptoms. If the area of the bite begins to swell and change color, the snake was probably poisonous.
Keep the area of the area of the snake bite lower than the heart.
DO NOT use ice to cool the bite.
DO NOT cut open the wound and try to suck out the venom.
DO NOT use a tourniquet. This will cut off blood flow and the limb may be lost.
Go to a hospital immediately. If you cannot get to a hospital, call the Arizona Poison Control and Drug Information Center at immediately.
Scorpions – Be careful when camping or during other outdoor activities to make sure that a scorpion has not made a home in your clothes, shoes or sleeping bags. Scorpions glow brightly under UV light (black light). Scorpions are hard to kill off. If you suspect your house has scorpions, call Core Pest Solutions. Eliminating their food source (other insects) can help.
If stung, call the Banner Good Samaritan Poison & Drug Information Center Hotline (formerly known as Banner Poison Control Center Hotline) at . They will assess the symptoms of the person who has been stung to determine the course of action. If severe symptoms are present (these might include blurry vision, muscle twitching, roving eye movements, or other non-typical symptoms), they will direct you to the nearest emergency facility for treatment.
Rats – Rats will be found wherever there is plentiful food and water sources such as overflowing dumpsters, neglected sheds, untended fruit trees, public landfills, dumps and agricultural field perimeters. If you are feeding and watering birds, you are probably feeding and watering rats; you may want to reconsider this habit.
Food or containers that rats have entered must be thoroughly cleaned or disposed of. Foodstuffs themselves should be trashed, and not used for pets or livestock. Rat urine fluoresces under ultraviolet light and this has been used as a tool to discover rat runs.
Gophers – The rule of thumb is to get them when they first appear. There are many ways to eliminate the source of the damage such as traps, baits, fumigation, and flooding. It is important to check regularly for reinfestation, because pocket gophers can move in from other areas, and damage can reoccur in a short time. If your property borders wildlands, vacant lots, or other areas that serve as a source of gophers, you can expect gophers to reinvade regularly. Core Pest Solutions can handle the poison baits and fumigation in a proper manner.
Pigeons – Inspect your area for sources of water and food that pigeons need and get your neighbors to join in to eliminate these attractive items. If you just protect your house, they will just move next door and if your protections are temporary in nature, the birds will come back. The best thing is for you and your neighbors to pigeon-proof you houses at the same time by Core Pest Solutions.