TUCSON- Bee season is going to be buzzing, as weather conditions have experts predicting a busy season.

It’s ideal for swarms to start finding new locations for hives.

Sometimes, they even make their way into people’s homes, causing big problems.

Joshua Tennenbaum of Arizona Pest Control, is busy removing swarms.  He said the bees are looking for hollow voids.

“They’re looking for, cracks crevices so they can get into that void and grow a hive,” Tennenbaum said.

On the opposite side of Tucson, Diana Will and her niece Karen Krull, are visiting from New York and were totally surprised when uninvited bees came into the house over the weekend.

“They were dive bombing us. I was ducking over here as we’re spraying and ducking. They were aggressive it was really scary.”

Krull said the bees were everywhere.

“In the kitchen I could hear them buzzing up in the ceiling, it was like a horror movie. Having something trapped in your ceiling and they are so aggressive and they’re looking to come out.”

They taped up the vents in the kitchen and windows and tried to remain calm.

Will added at the same time she was thinking, “My life is in danger.  These are killer bees and trying to remain calm knowing that being super agitated wasn’t going to help anyone .”

The landlord sent a bee removal expert. He sprayed them and now Diana is cleaning up dead bees.

Bee experts say if you see a swarm of bees, be careful and call a bee removal company, or if you feel you are in danger, call 911.

Carpenter ants require a water source. To prevent black carpenter ants in the house, eliminate sources of moisture or standing water. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home. Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Carpenter ants like to build nests in stacks of wood.

It’s that time year. When the weather starts to get warmer and on to blazing hot on the eastern edge of the Mojave Desert in Arizona, people become livelier but they are not the only ones. In order to avoid potentially dangerous encounters with some of Arizona’s more dangerous critters, there is one basic rule to follow.

“Know where you are placing your hands and feet,” said Zen Mocarski, information and education program manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Region 3 office in Kingman. “It sounds, and is, simple, but it can prevent a painful bite or sting.”

Mocarski asserts that the warm weather energizes snakes, scorpions, spiders and lizards. Snakes become “quite visible” on warm spring days.

“During the heat of summer, most rattlesnakes are more active during the evening and will seek shelter during the hottest hours of the day,” he said. “However, many of these creatures are more visible during milder temperatures of daylight in late winter and early spring.”

According to Mocarski, thirteen out of 20 species of rattlesnakes in the U.S. are found in Arizona. The western diamondback is mostly commonly seen by most people, but where many rattlesnakes can be found depends on the environment. While rattlesnakes prefer the desert, they have been known to travel into communities, but Mocarski warns that one needs to be more concerned with spiders.

“There are two spiders considered a threat to humans in Arizona. The black widow and brown spiders,” said Mocarski. Most spider bites do not require medical attention. People who are bitten need to be aware of possible negative reactions. “Everyone reacts differently to venom,” he said. The best course of action is to contact a poison control center for advice from medical professionals.”

Scorpions have developed a reputation as a dangerous spider, but their sting is only a bit worse than a bee sting. The bark scorpion, however, is the only scorpion in Arizona that is a threat to humans.

Finally the Gila monster is the only lizard in Arizona that is a potential threat to humans. They can be easily be avoided. “While I’m sure there has been an accidental bite throughout history, I’ve yet to hear about it,” Mocarski commented. “It wants nothing to do with people. Leave them alone and they’ll leave you alone.”


Spider Control

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.

Black widow spiders are most recognized for the red hourglass shape under their abdomen. This spider gets its name from the popular belief that the female black widow spider eats the male after mating, although this rarely happens. Black widows are poisonous when ingested during the first 17 days of their life.


Black widows are active when the temperature is 70 degrees or higher, but they can survive lower temperatures with the right conditions. Black widow spiders spin irregular webs, which they build at night near ground level. Once complete, these spiders hang upside-down in their webs.


Outdoors, black widow spiders commonly live in protected areas like under stones and in firewood piles. They are often found in barns, outhouses and sheds. Indoors, black widows prefer cluttered areas of garages, basements and crawl spaces.


While male black widow spiders rarely bite, females are known to be aggressive and bite in defense, especially after laying, and when guarding eggs. Symptoms of a black widow spider bite include fever, increased blood pressure, sweating and nausea. Fatalities are unlikely, as long as proper medical treatment is sought in a timely manner. If you notice black widows or signs of infestation, contact a professional immediately for a proper course of black widow spider control.

A British couple found bananas they purchased from Tesco to be infested with spiders. The Bristol Post reported that the couple believed the spiders to be Brazilian wandering spiders. The bite of Brazilian wandering spiders can cause a host of unpleasant symptoms including hours-long painful erections and death.

“I recognized the spiders because I remembered seeing a news story about them, so when I saw the cocoon it rang a bell and I thought I should check it, so I Googled it,” said Maria Layton of Bristol. However, there has been no confirmed identification by an expert. Layton became even more concerned after the cocoon began to “unfurl.” She shoved the bananas into a sealed box, which she put in the freezer to kill any spiders that might hatch.

In response to her Facebook message, a Tesco representative instructed Layton to provide the company with more information including the barcode, the date and location where the fruit was purchased. Layton appeared to want someone from the company to come to her house to deal with her problem.

“I’m more concerned about this being in my house and the wrapper being in the bin,” she replied. Tesco did provide Layton with help handling her pest situation.

The Brazilian Wandering Spider or Phoneutria fera is an aggressive and highly venomous spider. First discovered in Brazil, this spider is known to exist elsewhere in South and Central America. The Brazilian Wandering spider is a member of the Ctenidae family of wandering spiders. It appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records 2007 for being the most venomous animal alive. Capable of growing into a leg span of up to 4 – 5 inches, they are large, hairy and spindly-looking spiders with eight eyes, two of which are very large. They move quickly as their legs are strong and spiny. They have distinctive red jaws which they display when angered.

The Brazilian wandering spider is not a Tarantula. Tarantulas are harmless to humans and are mostly ambush killers who wait for prey to come to them. Brazilian wandering spiders are active hunters. Brazilian wandering spiders and Tarantulas do have one thing in common. They do not eat bananas.



Termite Prevention Tips

There are many steps a homeowner can take to help prevent termites from infesting their property. Most importantly, a homeowner should eliminate or reduce moisture in and around their home, which termites need to thrive. Here are some other tips:

  • Divert water away from your home’s foundation by installing properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
  • Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation.
  • Trim vines, hedges and other vegetation to prevent them from blocking vents.
  • Remove old form boards, grade stakes, tree trunks and roots near a building, as they may attract termites.
  • Maintain an 18-inch gap between soil and any wood portions of your home.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and and 5 inches off the ground. Check it for pests before bringing it indoors.
  • Routinely inspect the foundation of your home for signs of termite damage.

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Arizona Pest Control Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service


Arizona Pest Control has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

Company President Bruce Tennenbaum said, “it’s an honor to receive such an honor because we work so hard to create a successful business and impact our community”

“Only about 5 percent of the Pest Control companies in Arizona have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s  a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

What questions should homeowners ask during a professional termite inspection/treatment?


  • What type of treatment is recommended?
  • What chemicals are used? (Generic or Brand Name?)
  • How long will the treatment take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • How long will it take to get rid of the termites?
  • What type of contract or guarantee is offered?
  • Are they a member of the National Pest Management Association?
  • What kind of reputation do they have in your community?
  • Are they rated on your local BBB website?

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! If you would like a book simply email us at ctennenbaum@azpest.com with the subject line “Coloring Book” and make sure you include your mailing address in the message content. We will send you the coloring book for free#Tucson #Sahuarita #Vail #OroValley #GreenValley #Marana #Saddlebrooke #Community#Education Or if you leave your email address in the comments section we will contact you! *Must reside within service area*


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