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  1. Tips to Keep Scorpions Out of Your Tucson Home

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    What Kind of Scorpions Live Around Tucson?

    There are several species of scorpions that are native to Arizona, including the Arizona bark scorpion, the stripedtail scorpion, and the giant hairy scorpion.

    The Arizona bark scorpion is the most venomous species of scorpion in North America and is commonly found throughout the state of Arizona. It is small, measuring only about 3 inches in length, and has a thin, yellow-brown body with long, slender pincers.

    The stripedtail scorpion is also found in Arizona and is distinguished by the thin, black stripes on its tail. It is a medium-sized scorpion, reaching lengths of up to 4 inches, and is not considered to be as venomous as the Arizona bark scorpion.

    The giant hairy scorpion is the largest species of scorpion in North America and can be found in the desert regions of Arizona. It can reach lengths of up to 6 inches and is characterized by its large size and thick, hairy body. While it is not as venomous as the Arizona bark scorpion, its size and powerful pincers can still cause injury to humans if it feels threatened.

    It is important to note that scorpions can be found throughout the state of Arizona and can inhabit a variety of environments, including urban areas and rural areas. They are most commonly found in desert regions, but can also be found in forests and grasslands.

    Scorpion Tips

    Scorpions are venomous arachnids that can be found in many parts of the world. While they are not aggressive and generally only sting when provoked, their venom can be harmful or even deadly to humans, making it important to keep them out of your home. Here are some tips for preventing scorpions from entering your home:

    1. Seal any cracks or gaps in your home’s foundation and walls. Scorpions can fit through very small openings, so it is important to seal off any potential entry points.
    2. Keep your home clean and clutter-free. Scorpions are attracted to cluttered areas where they can hide, so it is important to keep your home clean and organized.
    3. Use a good quality insecticide to treat the exterior of your home. There are many effective insecticides on the market that are specifically designed to keep scorpions at bay.
    4. Install door sweeps on all exterior doors. Door sweeps can help prevent scorpions from crawling under the door and into your home.
    5. Keep the grass and vegetation around your home trimmed. Scorpions often hide in tall grass and other vegetation, so it is important to keep these areas well-maintained.
    6. Check your clothing and shoes before bringing them inside. Scorpions can sometimes hitch a ride into your home on your clothing or shoes, so it is important to check these items before bringing them inside.

    By following these simple tips, you can help prevent scorpions from entering your home and protect yourself and your family from their venomous stings.

  2. Keeping Mice Out of Your Home

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    Mice can be a pesky and potentially dangerous problem in the home. Not only do they chew on wires and cause damage to your property, but they can also carry diseases and contaminate your food. Thankfully, there are several steps you can take to keep mice out of your home and protect your family and property. Southern Arizona is home to quite a few species of mice and rats – the most common you’ll see around your Tucson home are common house mice and pack rats.

    First and foremost, the key to preventing a mice infestation is to eliminate any potential sources of food and water. Mice are attracted to homes that offer them easy access to food and water, so it’s important to keep your kitchen clean and free of crumbs and spills. Make sure to store all food, including pet food, in sealed containers, and avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink overnight.

    Another important step in preventing mice from entering your home is to seal up any potential entry points. Mice can squeeze through surprisingly small gaps and cracks, so be sure to check for holes and gaps around windows, doors, and the foundation of your home. Use caulk or steel wool to seal up any gaps or holes, and make sure to repair any damaged screens or windows.

    If you already have mice in your home, you’ll need to take more aggressive steps to get rid of them. One effective method is to use mouse traps. Place the traps along the walls where you’ve seen evidence of mice, and check them regularly to dispose of any mice that have been caught. You can also use bait, such as cheese or peanut butter, to attract the mice to the traps.

    Another option is to use mouse repellent. There are several types of repellent available, including sprays and electronic devices that emit high-pitched noises that are designed to drive mice away. Keep in mind that repellents are not a permanent solution, and you’ll need to reapply them regularly to keep the mice away.

    In addition to these steps, it’s also a good idea to keep your home clean and clutter-free. Mice love to hide in cluttered areas, so keeping your home tidy can help discourage them from making themselves at home. Regularly vacuum and dust, and make sure to store items in sealed containers to prevent mice from nesting in them.

    Overall, the key to keeping mice out of your home is to eliminate any potential sources of food and water, seal up entry points, and use traps or repellents to get rid of any mice that have already entered your home. By following these steps, you can protect your family and property from the dangers of a mice infestation.

  3. Do Bees Really Lose Their Stingers?

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    We’ve all heard the legend that once a bee stings you, it will lose its stinger and die. While that can be true in some species, many species of bees don’t even have stingers. Here in the Southwest, we will primarily encounter Africanized honeybees, carpenter bees, wasps, and hornets. The variety of bees that will often times die when stinging a human are varieties of honeybees. This is because their stingers are barbed. Human skin is much thicker than the exoskeleton of most other insects. So while bee stingers can remain very effective on other insects and not hurt the bee, once the stinger has pierced human skin, it typically gets stuck because of the barbs.

    Unlike bees, wasp and hornet stingers are smooth. This is why when these stinging insects can inflict multiple stings without harming themselves.

    Even though many bees will perish when inflicting stings on perceived threats, there are usually so many of them attacking that the victim is overwhelmed by numbers. That is why the majority of hospitalizations are from multiple bee stings. Wasps and hornets just don’t have the same vast numbers in most attacks.

    Do Not Handle Bee Problems Yourself!

    Bee or wasp problems are not DIY or weekend warrior projects. Homeowners that end up in the hospital underestimate how common hospitalization from insect stings really is. Bee colonies can quickly mobilize and inflict hundreds of stings in a very small amount of time once threatened, and it’s not an effective strategy to run away if you are already swarmed.

    Get professional help and call Results Pest & Termite today. We can quickly assess your situation and offer solutions to get rid of your bee problem for good. Just call us today at 520-771-0668 or email us ane one of our helpful technicians can get started solving your bee or wasp issue.

  4. How Bad are Scorpion Stings?

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    Scorpions are insects in Tucson that elicit in most people a visceral response! We don’t want to be near them and we absolutely do not want them in our homes, which is why Scorpion Control is a big deal in this part of Southern Arizona. There are two species of scorpion that are typically found here – the giant desert hairy scorpion and the bark scorpion. Unfortunately, the bark scorpion which is fairly common around Tucson homes has a much more painful sting and can be more dangerous for humans and pets. While you don’t want to get stung by either species, take measures to avoid the smaller varieties if at all possible.

    Keeping Your Home Scorpion Free

    While it’s nearly impossible to guarantee that a scorpion will not end up in your home or garage (especially depending on what area in Tucson you live in), there are ways to mitigate their presence.

    • Maintain the weather stripping on your doors. Scorpions can slip through the smallest of cracks. As the weather stripping and guard of your doorway wears out over time, it introduces small cracks that can allow scorpions into the home.
    • Keep areas around your home dry. Moisture attracts scorpions as they are desert dwellers and moisture creates an ideal environment for them to live and hunt.
    • Maintain a pest-free home. The smaller you can keep a food supply for scorpions, the less they will show up.
    • Keep your home free of clutter – they love areas they can hide near baseboards and around your floor

    Getting in Close!

    One of our very own local Sonoran Desert adventurers, Coyote Peterson, has content dedicated to learning about the animals and insects found around the world. One of the more popular categories is insect stings. Enjoy an up-close vantage point of a local Tucson scorpion sting if you dare!

    Call in the Pros!

    If you have what you would consider a “scorpion problem” where you just can’t seem to keep them out of the home, you are not alone! They are notoriously difficult to manage and are incredibly resilient. Sometimes you just need a little professional help! You can call in the pros from Results Pest & Termite to provide a free quote and even save money by signing up with one of our pest control subscriptions that keeps your home pest free for good! Contact us today if you have any questions or would like to schedule a pest control visit!

  5. How to Handle Fire Ants – Do Not Disturb!

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    Red imported fire ants are an invasive species found throughout the Southwest. Ant problems are a common issue that thousands of Tucson homeowners just like you face every year. Fire ants are particularly troublesome pests are known for inflicting multiple, excruciating stings. There is a short informative video below that can help you understand these pests a little better:

    If you see what might look like a fire ant nest, do not disturb it. A typical colony can contain between 100,000 and 500,000 fire ants. That means there is a huge number of ants ready to defend the colony and will instantly mobilize to attack any threat that is nearby.

    Fire ants are usually found outside but can also make their way into the home through utility entry points or damage to the exterior of the home.

    Call the Pros!

    The normal response for Tucson homeowners is to start tackling the problem on their own. The truth is that hundreds of people end up going to the hospital every year for insect stings. In minor cases this includes treating pain and swelling. In more serious cases these stings can cause an allergic reaction. We recommend you let the pros handle your ant extermination problems. Our trained professionals can help you eliminate the ants and we can work with you to help fortify your home so that this isn’t an issue you have to face any longer!

  6. Do Bed Bugs Cause Disease?

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    What Exactly ARE Bed Bugs?

    Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed on people and animals while they sleep. Exclusively, what bed bugs eat is our blood. They are wingless, reddish-brown, and incredibly small – ranging from 1mm to 7mm. They are incredibly resilient, withstanding extreme temperatures, and can even live for several months without eating. They do however thrive very well in the moderate climate and low humidity of the Southwest.

    Despite being very common, there are a lot of myths surrounding bedbugs. For example, they have a reputation for spreading disease or being found only in filthy environments. Both of these are mostly false. According to the CDC, they are not known to spread disease in any significant way. The most common issue is secondary infections from scratching the bite areas where bed bugs feed.

    As for their habitat, these insects live literally everywhere on Earth in nearly every type of climate. They can be found in regularly cleaned hotel rooms just as easily as in dingy motel rooms.

    Are Bed Bugs Hard to Get Rid Of?

    Bed Bug Extermination can be difficult. Because of their resilient nature and resistance to extreme temperatures, they are incredibly difficult to eliminate without the intervention of professional help. They have natural cycles that must be taken into account or you’ll simply end up with more in the same place after you think you’ve eliminated the problem.

    Our technicians are trained on a very specific set of proven techniques that are sequentially administered to get rid of bed bugs for good.

    If you think you have bed bugs in your home, please reach out and we can provide a 100% free inspection.

  7. Termite Tips for Your Home

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    Termites feed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Their preferred food source is found in wood and paper products. Here in Tucson, drywall is one of the best things on the menu. You can have ongoing termite damage occurring in your home for years that can go unnoticed if you are not looking for signs of termite activity because they feed on a structure typically from the inside out.

    If you don’t like excuses, you must want RESULTS!

    Termites cause over 5 billion dollars of damage every year. If structures become compromised because of termite damage and require costly repairs, home insurance policies do not always cover that type of damage.

    Termites are also much more active after the monsoons have given the Sonoran Desert much-needed moisture. This is the season that they begin to build their colonies and look for food sources. Termites are so common in Tucson that it’s always a question of WHEN termites will come for your home, not IF. Without protection, every home in Tucson will at some point show up on the menu for a termite colony.

    Here are some common-sense tips for homeowners to help prevent termite activity around their home:

    • Look carefully around the perimeter of your home to see small tube-like structures from the ground going up your foundation
    • Make sure you look for damaged or rotting fascia
    • Keep attics and crawl spaces well-ventilated and dry
    • It’s recommended that you keep a one-inch gap at least between soil and wood portions in the home
    • Ensure your gutters are effectively moving water away from your home and ensure any clogged or damaged gutters get cleaned and repaired

    If you would like to know more about Termites and how they affect your home, check out our Termite Control page to learn more.

  8. Be Aware of Bees In Your Area – Bee Attacks Are Still a Concern

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    A lot of us remember the days when reports of “Africanized Bees” filled the media. Even though the focus has dropped off, the reality today is that most of the bees we encounter on a daily basis are considered “Africanized”. This essentially means that they are potentially far more aggressive if they feel threatened. In fact, over the years we continue to see increases in bee activity.

    The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that between 2000 and 2017, insect stings, in general, have been on the rise, accounting for 1,109 deaths in that period. In 2017, the latest year with data, 89 people were killed from insect stings, the most since 2005.

    It’s especially notable here in Tucson that after our wet monsoon or winter storm seasons we see a huge increase in bee activity as they have far more resources to build their colonies. This is the time that we begin to see hives begin to really flourish. Be very aware of your surroundings when working in your yard during these months.

    Based on advice from experts from the Southern Arizona Beekeepers Association, in the event you might trigger a bee attack:

    • Run, run run! Bees are known to give chase up to a quarter of a mile or more. But at some point, they typically do relent as you put distance between yourself and the hive.
    • Do NOT jump into water for relief – bees are known to simply wait above the surface until you are forced to breathe and then they will continue attacking.
    • Cover your face and head as best you can as you put distance between you and their home

    Results Pest and Termite provide Bee Removal to Tucson homes that is fast, affordable and effective. If you notice a swarm that has taken residence on your property or an increase in bee activity around your home, we recommend you call an expert to assess your options. Stay safe out there and if you suspect you might have a bee problem, please Call Today and we’ll be happy to come out and walk you through the next steps.

  9. Family and Pet Friendly Pest Control

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    A common concern we get from homeowners is whether our pest control techniques are pet and family-friendly. We wanted to take a moment to reassure you that you can have both safe AND effective pest control at your home.

    Treatments for household insects both inside and outside are designed to be applied in pretty low concentrations usually under 1%. They’re very effective for killing insects but pose very low risk to people or pets.

    That said, any chemical treatment applied to your home should be avoided until dry and aerated. Once dry and aerated, they are relatively harmless and should not adversely affect anyone that comes in contact with them except for the pests they’re designed to eliminate. As dry as the Tucson climate is, these pesticides often dry within minutes outside and can dry in a reasonable period indoors.

    If you have any concerns at all, we invite you to contact us todayand we’ll be happy to help!

  10. Bee & Wasp Tips

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    As we’ve already covered, Bee Season is here and there is always a possibility that your home or yard end up being a perfect home for an ambitious new colony! Here are some basic tips to keep bees from causing you trouble. Some of these tips can be more important than others if you or your family members are allergic to bee stings.

    Inspect your home for gaps or cracks that may have opened up during the winter months, or that maybe you hadn’t noticed before. Bees only need a very small gap to infiltrate a cavity that they feel would be a good place for a new home. Make sure you repair any openings as soon as you can, and pay attention to see if any bees are going in and out of the opening if you don’t know how long it’s been there.

    • Wasps are a bit different in that they like to attach their nests up against a home where it’s protected by the sun, like roofing trusses. Alternatively some wasps build their nests underground very close to the surface.
    • Select areas that are away from the home to garden or plant flowers. This will simply keep bees from working directly next to your home entrances.
    • Spend some time organizing your yard. Keeping a tidy area will make it more difficult for bees to locate a suitable area to set up a new colony.
    • Look for and fill any holes that animals might have burrowed into your yard. This will help keep both bees and wasps from nesting on your property.
    • Cover your outside trash and recycling bins, preferably with sealable lids. Most of our city-provided trash or recycling has built-in covers, but if you have any large outdoor trash cans, invest a couple of dollars into tight fitting lids.

    If you do find that bees or wasps have taken up residence on your property, please don’t try and handle it yourself. Not only can this be a major health problem, but in many cases without professional treatment the problem can come right back. Give the professionals at Results a call today. We give free estimates and can confirm your bee or wasp problem. You can even ask about our bee season special for a low-cost way to keep your home bee free for good!