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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!
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.
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.
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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.
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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!
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Tucson is really starting to warm up! Spring is upon us, which means the days are warming up and the nights are staying nice and cool. This is the kind of weather many people move to the Southwest specifically for. As nature begins to renew we’re seeing blooming flowers, leaves sprouting and the entire desert is getting wildly colorful. The result of all this beauty of course is the return of bees!
Most of the time bees are not a problem and they can buzz around happily providing nature with much needed pollen. There are times however where bees make their homes in and around our dwellings, which can begin to cause problems.
If a queen has set up a nest inside your home, you’ve got a real problem on your hands. The nest will grow and the problem will quite literally only get larger. It also takes a professional approach to ensure that once the bees are gone they will stay gone. Some DIY solutions end up with another colony taking residence in the now-empty nest in your home.
Bees usually enter a home through a break in the structure that might lead them to the interior walls. Or they can easily take up residence beneath a structure which is common in mobile homes, sheds or home additions. In other cases they can gain access to crawl spaces and begin to create colonies around your rafters.
Don’t Solve Your Problem Alone
We understand that this might be one more thing you have to deal with, but trust us – you don’t want to get rid of a bee problem as a weekend warrior. At the very least you need the proper equipment to safely begin a bee removal project, and once it’s gone there is specialized equipment or chemicals required to sanitize the area to ensure no other bees take up residence in the now abandoned colony.
Bee problems are very common during the Spring months in the Southwest, and we’re always running low-cost specialis to ensure that everyone can get rid of their bee problems affordably and professionally. So please give us a call today and schedule a technician right away!
The Brown Recluse, also called a “violin spider”, is one of the more notorious spiders in the United States due to their incredibly toxic bites. Brown recluse spiders are among an elite class of spiders, like the Black Widow, whose venom can cause severe reactions and damage to humans. The Brown Recluse will live about two years, but can survive without food or water for about six months. They have long legs and light brown or tan bodies.
Brown Recluse Venom
The venom that these spiders employ to kill their prey is both cytotoxic and hemolytic, which means that people can have a similar reaction to a Black Widow bite, but this venom also can break down the cellular structure of the bite wound to cause even more damage to the bite area. Bites from Brown Recluse spiders are also often times completely painless at the time of the bite, but you begin seeing and feeling symptoms within hours.
These symptoms can include:
severe pain at the bite site
and muscle pain
Where You Find Them
Brown Recluses live pretty much all across the United States and can survive in many climates. They’re hunters by nature, which means they do not use webs to catch insects. Which means unlike spiders like Black Widows, you don’t have the tell-tale web to indicate where they might be. They usually live in wood piles, vacant houses, basements, wall voids and any other place it can remain hidden until it begins hunting prey. They favor areas of low activity because they are actually quite shy in nature, so sheds are particular popular. While they’re not aggressive by nature, because you may not notice them due to the lack of webbing, it’s easy to accidentally grab one when moving boxes or looking in storage.
Brown Recluse Spider Bites
The unique nature of Brown Recluse venom means that they can have a dramatically damaging effect on human tissue. While symptoms of their bites occur within hours of being bit, the area of the bite depending on the severity, can begin to deteriorate as the venom breaks down the tissue. Wounds can become quite gruesome as they deteriorate even up to weeks after the initial bite.
If you think you may have been bitten by a Brown Recluse spider, either because of symptoms or a very odd looking discoloration around what appears to be an insect bite, we recommend seeking medical help to begin treatment as soon as possible.
Reliable Pest Control
If you’ve seen what appear to be spiders that match the description of a Brown Recluse in or around your Tucson home, or spiders in general that you don’t want hanging around, please contact the professionals at Results Pest & Termite today to get a free quote over the phone and our pest control technicians can keep your home pest free for that complete feeling of peace of mind knowing you don’t have dangerous insects lurking around!
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We live in the age of the internet, right? Can’t we just DIY everything since we have all the information at your fingertips? Well… sort of. These things can be somewhat true to a limited extent. You aren’t wrong in that the internet does offer a lot of information, and that you can certainly use some DIY methods to handle some of your pest problems. But to address the entire issue, consider the following:
Pest Control Companies Can Save You Time!
This is probably one of the top reasons people hire us to begin with. Folks are busy. We’re all providing professional goods and services that we’re experts in on our own time. At a certain point people begin to weigh the value of spending the time to research a problem, purchase tools to address that problem and the trial and error of making those solutions work.
At the end of the day someone that is dedicated to the craft of eliminating pests in your home, that technician has the skills and equipment to do the job quicker and more efficiently than a weekend warrior. No matter how you slice it, those tasks are going to cost you a good amount of time.
Pest Control Professionals Save You Money
There are two myths that we’re addressing with this point.
The first myth is that pest control is expensive. Professional pest control right here in Tucson, provided by local technicians, can easily cost under $50 a month. That’s typically less than you spend on dinner for two one night a month. We feel that to maintain a pest free home that you never have to mess with is a incredibly good value.
The second myth is DIY solutions are free (or inexpensive). Most likely at a minimum you will need to begin purchasing products that can actually address your pest issue, be it scorpions, mice, spiders or termites. These are not always cheap. Realize also that these DIY products that are offered are less effective residential versions of commercial products that only professionals have access to. Before you even start, you’re using products that are less effective due to residential sales restrictions. You might spend more on products alone than our monthly pest control bill, and that doesn’t count the time involved to apply this product to your home and see if it worked.
Focus on Prevention
Results Pest & Termite is going to focus on prevention as much as elimination. We can identify potential issues immediately to help homeowners decrease potential problems before they are causing any real major issues.
DIY Pest Control At Worst is Costly and Ineffective. Moreover, It can be Dangerous
We understand that when some homeowners see a problem, the first instinct is to do a little research and fix the issue. DIY solutions however suffer from a lot of misinformation just simply due to the sheer amount of content available online. You could spend hours on forums researching solutions given by other DIY’ers, much of which could be completely inaccurate.
It’s very important that you read, understand and follow the instructions closely for pest control products. They are after all, designed to kill insects. Misused, they can be harmful to pets and children. Also, insects are able to develop resistance to some pest control products and not others. Professionals know when and where it is appropriate to apply alternative products and are knowledgeable about where and how much product is safe to apply.
The Bottom Line
I think that by doing the math and looking at the cost and time investment, the sensible approach is to engage a company like Results Pest & Termite to handle your pest control needs that are backed by a money-back guarantee, give you peace of mind, and give you those precious hours back. Give us a call today and we’d love to show you why so many of our customers are recommending that their friends do exactly that!
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As pest control professionals, one thing that we continually see as we service Tucson area homes is that many times home owners are unknowingly rolling out the red carpet for unwanted pests like scorpions, termites, ants and other insects. When it comes to the exterior of your home, what a homeowner needs to realize is that in areas like the Southwest and specifically around the Tucson area, water is one of the more sought after resources for insects. In other parts of the US, water is far more abundant and thus breeds a different type of pest. Our climate however has encouraged the development of extremely hardy and resilient bugs, like termites.
This can take the form of irrigation providing additional moisture to the ground around your home, specifically in flower beds or plants that are right against the foundation. Mulch is also a culprit because it’s designed to retain moisture to allow better garden growth and provides a great source of moisture to termites. Once these types of areas provide a great source of food and water to termites, colonies begin forming pretty quickly and that’s when they see your home as the next thing on the menu.
It’s not uncommon for example to see an homes that are constantly struggling with massive numbers of mosquitoes. It doesn’t take long to start spotting areas where homeowners allow standing water to become prolific breeding grounds for mosquitoes. At Results, we look for these types of signs and in addition to treating the area to ensure that eggs can’t hatch to become future pests, we work to help educate homeowners to watch out for areas that water can collect from rains or irrigation to minimize opportunities.
Poorly insulated doorways, windows and dog doors are open invitations for ants, cockroaches, crickets and other small insects to come into the home and use your house as a source of food. And when these insects invade the home, you begin to see the addition of spiders and scorpions follow because they also follow the best pathway to plentiful food sources.
Pest Management is about a combination of common sense changes you can do as a homeowner combined with the knowledge, equipment and techniques that professionals like Results Pest & Termite can bring to your home to keep you pest free. Together, we create a protective barrier that rids your home of pests for good! If this is the type of service that you think would benefit your home, Reach Out Today! and one of our pest control professionals can help you solve your pest problems today!
Bed bugs are one of these pests that most people think other people get. One major common misconception about bed bugs is that they only show up in very dirty environments, so as long as we keep our homes tidy and clean they won’t show up. Both of these assumptions are false. Anyone can have bed bugs and they can show up in even the cleanest of homes.
Bed bugs are incredibly resilient and because their primary food source is us, they can successfully live pretty much anywhere we can. Luckily, they are not known to spread disease, but they are absolutely a public health pest because they can be transmitted to others and they can cause other public health issues, so it’s important to pay close attention to preventing and controlling bed bugs.
Photo credit: CDC/ CDC-DPDx; Blaine Mathison – This image depicts a view from above of an adult, Cimex lectularius bed bug. Adult bed bugs are on average 5 mm long and have an oval-shaped and flattened body.
A Professional Problem
Bed bugs require a treatment strategy. They typically can’t be managed with some chemicals from the store and good intentions. In fact, in some parts of the country they have developed resistance to pesticides. They are very specific life-cycles that require a combination of techniques to successfully deal with them and ensure they are gone for good.
Proper Identification – bed bugs are very small. So properly identifying them to ensure you are dealing with bed bugs and not fleas, ticks or other insects is crucial. If you are not sure, please contact us today and one of our professionals can identify them for you and help you understand what the next steps look like to eliminate them.
Don’t Be Embarrassed – Just Be Informed
Bed bugs are not a pest that should invite embarrassment. It’s no one’s “fault” to find bed bugs in your home. Bed bugs are very good hitchhikers and could have easily been picked up from a hotel room floor, airport, dry cleaner, laundromat, or even from school. Understanding that they have to be dealt with in a specific way is important to ensure you get rid of them without spreading them to anyone else or they get out of control in your home.
Call us today at 520-413-5415 and we can help you identify and understand what to do next if you think you have a bed bug infestation.