Fear of spiders is consistently ranked as one of the top phobias in America. Whether it is an evolutionary trigger that kept our ancestors alive or the result of Hollywood horror films, spiders have a reputation as being creepy, crawly, venomous pests.

But spiders aren’t all bad. They do provide a form of natural pest control by catching insects in their webs. However, that doesn’t mean they have an open invitation to come into our homes. A spider infestation can cause contamination of food in kitchens or pantries, and depending on the species, there could be health risks if family members unexpectedly happen upon a web or lurking spider. Taking action to prevent spiders goes a long way in avoiding these risks.

Keep garages, attics and basements clean and clutter-free.

Most spiders seek out secluded, undisturbed areas where they can build a web to catch their next meal, so an attic or basement that has been left unused over the past season could be harboring these pests out of sight. Avoid leaving clothing and shoes on the floor and consider storing them inside plastic containers. It is also advised to shake out all clothing that has been in a hamper before wearing or washing.

Seal any cracks or crevices around the home.

Spiders can crawl into homes through damaged window screens or cracks in the siding. The outside of homes should be inspected for these defects seasonally as weather and changes in temperature can cause or worsen existing problems.

Inspect items such as boxes of decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors.

Packages are often left on the front step if delivered when you’re not at home, and groceries might be placed on the driveway while unloading. These are opportunities for spiders and other pests to crawl onto bags and boxes and be carried inside. Inspecting packages before bringing them into your home reduces this risk.

If a spider bites you, contact your primary care physician for medical advice.

Species such as house spiders and cellar spiders pose no health threat to people. They don’t have very strong mouthparts, so if they tried to bite, they wouldn’t be able to pierce the skin. These spiders are simply nuisance pests, but they are much better off living and laying eggs outside.

Other species such as black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders do have the ability to pierce the skin and inject venom. Their bites cause varied reactions in people, but are very rarely fatal with proper treatment. Symptoms include localized pain, fever and nausea. In the case of a brown recluse spider bite, there’s also a possibility for skin necrosis at the site of the bite.

If you have an infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional.

Being proactive about spider control will reduce the likelihood of any species making a home in your abode and possibly harming a member of your family. But if you suspect you have a spider infestation in your home, contact a pest professionalto identify the species and properly remove the pests.

Bees kill 2 dogs on East Side

TUCSON – Bees killed 2 dogs near Speedway Boulevard and Craycroft Road Saturday.DSC_0747

Rod Rios came home from a bike ride and found the bees attacking his dogs, Gypsy and Atlas.

“They got along great, and they meant a lot to me,” Rios said. “So it really, really hurts a lot.”

The bees also chased him down the street, and he called 911. Tucson Firefighters sprayed the swarm with foam but it was too late.

Rios called Arizona Pest Control to find the problem. Josh Tennenbaum is the company’s bee specialist. He eventually found the hive in a block wall in the nearby alley.

Somebody had apparently just used spray foam to seal it closed. The foam was still sticky and bees were still trying to return to their home.

“They lost communication with the rest of the hive,” Tennenbaum said. “They’re freaking out. They don’t know what to do. They’re angry. They’re just going to start swarming and attacking everything that’s moving.”

He said he would have used pesticides that would not anger the colony. He also said the bees can chew through the foam, and they will probably return next year.

“Bees communicate through pheromones, so once you get that pheromone smell in there, it’s never going to leave that area,” Tennenbaum said. “So best thing to do would be seal it up with concrete.”

Tennenbaum said that job would have cost about $150. But since he could not treat that hive, he did not charge Rios.

“I guess this is just a lesson to everybody that they shouldn’t be messing with something they don’t know anything about,” Rios said. “And now my dogs are gone because of it.”

Arizona Pest Control shares back-to-school tips to prevent a bed bug infestation 

Summer vacation is almost over and before we know it schools and universities will be back in session. While shopping for school supplies and a new wardrobe might take precedence over the next few weeks, Arizona Pest Control, a pest management company servicing Southern Arizona encourages parents and students to also spend some time brushing up on bed bug prevention tips.

“Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers and thrive in heavily populated places,” said Josh Tennenbaum. “This makes classrooms and dorms the perfect settings for bed bugs to take up residence. ”

A study conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky found that bed bug infestations are on the rise in many different types of dwellings, including school and college settings. According to the survey, 47 percent of respondents had treated for bed bugs in college dorms in 2013, while 41 percent had reported bed bug infestations in schools and daycare centers.

Arizona Pest Control recommend the following tips for students in grades K-12 to avoid bringing bed bugs home:

  • Parents should regularly inspect their children’s belongings for hitchhiking bed bugs
  • If the school has reported an infestation, consider housing all related items in a sealed plastic bin
  • Wash and dry cloth items returning from school in hot temperatures
  • Ask school administrators whether they have bed bug detection and elimination plans

Arizona Pest Control also advises college students to take steps to protect against bed bugs, including:

  • Fully inspect suitcases prior to re-packing for a return to school, especially after any summer trips
  • Before putting sheets on the dormitory bed, inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners, and box springs for telltale stains or spots
  • Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in sofas and chairs
  • Inspect any “secondhand” furniture for bed bugs before bringing it into dormitory rooms or off-campus housing

For more information on bed bugs, please visit www.azpest.com

Commercial Pest Control in Tucson

Pests are attracted to sources of food, water and shelter – three things that restaurants and commercial food facilities provide in spades. Without taking proper preventative steps, restaurants and food service facilities could see populations of rodents, flies, cockroaches, ants and more.

Many restaurants and food service facilities have already contracted with pest professionals to prevent infestations from occurring. A working partnership between facility managers and licensed, trained pest professionals is critical in controlling pest populations.

Licensed and professionally trained pest professionals are best suited to keep health and property-threatening pests in check. Today’s pest professionals have the training necessary to identify pest problems and recommend the most responsible and effective pest management methods available. But, restaurants and commercial food facilities should train their internal staff to work as partners with pest professionals.  While these locations may receive regular service from their contracted pest management firm, internal employees can take steps every day to help reduce pest populations.

Are there steps a restaurant or food service facility can take on their own to prevent/control pest populations?

  1. Seal up any cracks and holes on the outside of the facility including areas where utilities and pipes enter.
  2. Make sure vents are screened and gaps around windows and doors are sealed.
  3. Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed.
  4. Inspect boxes, bags and other packaging thoroughly to curb hitchhiking pests.
  5. Don’t allow food to sit on counters or shelves in open containers.  All food and water sources should be kept sealed unless currently in use.
  6. Clean all food spills regularly.
  7. Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
  8. Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the basement foundation and windows.
  9. Never store food on the floor.  Always lift it up on shelves so that rodents and insects do not have easy access.
  10. Comply will all regulations regarding pests in food service facilities.
  11. A licensed and qualified pest professional is your best resource to ensure these steps are completed properly.

Arizona Pest Control recommends that restaurants and food service facilities implement an integrated pest management (IPM) program.  IPM is a process involving common sense and sound solutions for treating and controlling pests. These solutions incorporate three basic steps: 1) inspection, 2) identification and 3) treatment. Treatment options vary from sealing cracks and removing food and water sources to pesticide treatments when necessary.

What should a restaurant, food service facility or homeowner look for when hiring a pest professional?

  • Ask friends, neighbors and other reputable businesses to recommend pest control companies they have used successfully and how satisfied they were with the service.
  • If a sizable amount of money is involved, get bids from several pest control companies.
  • Don’t rush a decision. Since you are paying for professional knowledge, look for someone whose judgment you can trust.
  • Before signing a contract, be sure to fully understand the nature of the pest, the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to solve the problem.
  • Find out if the pest control company has liability insurance to cover any damages to your house or furnishings during treatment.
  • If a guarantee is given, know what it covers, how long it lasts, what you must do to keep it in force, and what kind of continuing control, prevention and management are necessary.
  • Buy value, not price. Beware of bargains that sound too good to be true.

Are you interested in Arizona Pest Control’s Fun Facts Coloring Book for your kid(s)? It is filled with educational information about desert pests, and the beneficial bugs in Southern Arizona. If you would like a free coloring book for your kids or younger family members/relatives simply email me at ctennenbaum@azpest.com with the subject line “Coloring Book” and make sure you include your mailing address in the message. We will send you the coloring book for free, and they are loaded with a ton of useful information. #Tucson #Sahuarita #Vail #OroValley #GreenValley #Marana #Saddlebrooke #Community #Education

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  • Prior to the party, check screen doors and repair any holes. Once the guests have arrived, remind them to shut the door behind them to keep pests from entering the home.
  • Have plenty of insect repellant containing an EPA-registered active ingredient like DEET or picaridin for you and your guests.
  • Yellowjackets and other stinging insects are attracted to sweet-smelling fragrances. Avoid using excessive perfume or cologne, and opt for unscented lotions and sunscreen.
  • Provide clear plastic cups for your guests, as aluminum cans are good hiding spots for stinging insects.
  • Adorn your deck or patio with citronella candles that can help minimize the presence of mosquitoes.
  • Plan to serve food and beverages indoors, and reserve outdoor space for eating and entertaining.
  • Clean spills and crumbs immediately from tables and other surfaces.
  • Dispose of trash in tightly closed garbage containers located away from guests.
  • Bring utensils and dishware indoors shortly after the meal.


  • Fully inspect your suitcases prior to re-packing for a return to school, especially if you have traveled during the summer. Be sure that any clothes that may have been previously packed in the suitcase have been washed in hot water.


  • Before putting your sheets on your dormitory bed, inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners, for telltale stains or spots. Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in sofas/chairs. If you see anything suspect, immediately contact a university facility manager.
  • If you are considering bringing “secondhand” furniture to campus, properly inspect it to ensure that a pest problem, such as bed bugs, is not the reason for its “secondhand” status. If you see anything suspect, do not bring it to your dorm, apartment or house.


The Importance of Getting Annual Termite Inspections in Tucson, Arizona

Getting an annual termite inspection is imperative if you live in the Tucson region. Most home owners are unaware that termite damage is not covered by homeowners insurance. Termites can cost families thousands of dollars if they’re not properly protected by a Termite warranty. Even if there are currently no signs of termites on your home or property; a termite warranty  can end up saving you thousands of dollars down the road.



Make sure you sure getting a annual free termite inspection from a licensed pest management company. The tops reasons to consider a termite warranty are:

  • 1)      Protect you from costly termite treatments if you do get termites.
  • 2)      Protect your home and family from damage
  • 3)      Termites are often not covered under homeowners insurance
  • 4)      Termites are known to cause $5 Billion in damage Annually in the United States
  • 5)      Termites cause more damage than hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes COMBINED.

Call us today at 886-PEST to schedule a free termite Inspection throughout Tucson.


Venom is produced by a pair of glands located near the end of the tail and is injected into its victim by the stinger. The sensation is a sharp pain that usually lasts for 15 to 20 minutes.

Reactions may vary depending on age or sensitivity of the individual and the amount of venom injected.

Adult reactions may include:

-          Immediate pain or burning

-          Swelling

-          Sensitivity to touch

-          A numb/tingling sensation

-          Rapid breaking

How to treat Arizona Scorpion Stings

First Aid: The majority of stings occurring in healthy young adults may be managed at home with basic first aid measures and follow-up.

First aid should include

  • cleaning the site with soap and water
  • cool compress
  • position affected limb to a comfortable position
  • over the counter medication as needed for minor discomfort
  • Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison experts to determine if you need to go to the hospital.

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