Last updated 3 months ago
Though millions of people are afraid of spiders, most spiders have fangs that are too small to puncture human skin. Still, there are a handful of spiders that bite humans as a defensive measure. Most spider bites are nothing to be concerned about, though there are at least two species in Arizona that can cause significant harm.
If you suspect that you have been bitten by a spider bite, clean the bite with soap and water and apply a cold compress to the site. If you think you’ve been bitten by a black widow or brown recluse on one of your limbs, elevate the limb, apply a tight bandage to the bitten limb, and seek medical attention. For all other bites, closely monitor the bite for the next 24 hour and visit the emergency room if the bite site isn’t showing any sign of healing.
Burns Pest Elimination is fully equipped to handle even the most severe spider infestations. We also provide termite control, weed control, and bed bug control services. Call our Phoenix office at (602) 635-3373 if you have any questions.
Last updated 4 months ago
If you live in Phoenix or elsewhere in Arizona, you know how great Arizona life can be. However, Arizona isn’t just a nice place for humans—it’s also home to a wide range of pests. Since most of these pests can cause significant harm to your health or property, it’s important that you seek professional pest management services upon discovery. Here are a few common Arizona pests:
House mice, field mice, pack rats, Norway rats, and other rodents are common to Arizona households. In addition to gnawing your property’s wiring, rodents can contaminate your food supply with all kinds of harmful bacteria. A rat only needs a hole the size of a quarter to enter your property, while a mouse can get through a dime-sized hole.
Arizona is also home to numerous species of scorpions, including the bark scorpion, which is the most venomous scorpion in North America. A sting from a bark spider can cause severe pain in an adult, and may even kill a small child or elderly adult. Bark scorpions tend to live in cool, dark areas.
Many Arizona home and businesses contend with cockroaches, which are notoriously resilient pests. The German cockroach is one of the most common cockroach species, and can grow to 1/2-inch to 1 inch long. These insects will eat just about anything, and can introduce a wide range of diseases into your property.
Many Arizona property owners have also noticed bee swarms in their attics, garages, and other secluded areas. There are two main kinds of bees in Arizona—European honey bees and African honey bees. The African bees are much more aggressive, and will sting with very little provocation. Either kind of bee should be removed upon discovery, however.
If you notice any of the above pests on your Phoenix property, have a licensed pest control expert from Burns Pest Elimination perform a thorough inspection. You can visit our website to get a better idea of our pest control services and call our office at (602) 635-3373 to speak with a pest control specialist.
Last updated 4 months ago
Spiders have become an international symbol of fear. There’s something about the long, skinny legs and formidable fangs of spiders that strike fear into people all over the world. However, spiders are generally harmless, and will only harm humans if they feel threatened. While one spider by itself may not be a problem, a significant infestation may require the services of a pest control professional. Read on to learn about common spiders in Arizona:
House spiders are very common in the U.S. and all around the world. These spiders are yellowish-brown, and have a slightly elongated abdomen. Though house spiders may look creepy, they pose no threat to humans.
These small, black spiders are recognizable by their relatively large abdomens, which have a red hourglass shape. Black widows tend to live in wood piles, in boxes, and other secluded areas. Though black widows have earned a frightening reputation for their powerful venom, there hasn’t been a black-widow-related death in the U.S. for over 10 years.
Cellar spiders, commonly called “daddy long legs,” have particularly long legs and small bodies, which makes them appear particularly unnerving to some. These spiders are most commonly found in basements, crawlspaces, and other cool, humid areas. Though cellar spiders may make your skin crawl, they are completely harmless to humans—their mouthparts can’t even puncture human skin.
The brown recluse is another poisonous spider that instills fear in people. These spiders can be light or dark brown, and are recognizable by the dark violin shape on their back. The brown recluse gets its name from its tendency to live in outdoor debris piles and other secluded areas. These spiders have powerful venom, and their bites can cause painful sores on the skin.
If you notice any of the above spiders in your home, consider having the pest control experts at Burns Pest Elimination lend a helping hand. We pride ourselves on keeping Phoenix home and businesses safe from poisonous spiders and other potentially harmful pests. Call (602) 635-3373 to speak with one of our friendly representatives.
Last updated 4 months ago
Though bed bugs were thought to have been eradicated near the middle of the last century, they’ve been making quite a comeback over the past few decades. If you’ve been waking up with mysterious red sores on your body, there’s a good chance that you have bed bugs. The sooner you call a pest control professional, the sooner your can remove the bed bugs from your home. Here’s a quick look at the bed bug inspection process.
Preparing Your Home
Before the pest control professionals can perform a proper inspection, you’ll need to spend some time preparing your home. Try to sweep and vacuum food particles throughout your home, and place all your linens in a large bag. You should also make sure your pets are either not at home or away from the inspection areas. Finally, make sure your home is reasonably tidy and move your furniture about two feet from the walls.
Once your home is adequately prepared, your pest control professional will bring a K-9 unit to seek out bed bugs. It’s best to stay out of the K-9’s way during the inspection process. The K-9s and human inspectors employed by Burns Pest Elimination are independently trained to look for bed bugs, and are certified in multi-stage insect detection. To ensure accuracy, our K-9s are re-certified every three months.
Bed Bug Identification
Bed bugs lay white eggs that are about 1mm long. The bugs themselves look pale and translucent in their younger stage, and reddish brown in their mature stage. Bedbugs generally live close to where they eat—most often beds and other pieces of furniture. One clear sign of bed bugs is the presence of dark excrement stains in your mattress. Even if you can’t detect any signs of bedbugs, a K-9 unit surely can.
For more information about the bed bug inspection process, call Burns Pest Elimination at (602) 971-4782. If there are bed bugs on your Phoenix property, our inspection team will find them. Visit our website to learn all about our pest elimination services.
Last updated 4 months ago
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