7 Common Summer Pests in Phoenix, Arizona


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There are around 15,000 known species of insects in Arizona, and only 5% of these is known to be a threat to humans. This summer, Phoenix, Arizona will host a variety of pests that includes tarantulas, bed bugs, ticks, ants, stinging insects, termites, and cockroaches.



Although tarantulas are harmless, their bite can still be painful. Tarantulas are actually more submissive, which is why some even make them as pets. Tarantulas are known to be in portions of Arizona, which includes Phoenix. They are common in open shrubs and sparse grass that has sandy and dry soils.


Bed bugs

Although bed bugs do not transmit diseases, these small, blood sucking insects can be very irritating as they cause itchy welts, sleeplessness, and anxiety. Combating the spread of bed bugs in Phoenix requires diligence since they can be prevalent all year round.



The most common ticks found in Arizona is the brown dog tick that can be very irritating to pets. Having ticks on pets are not safe because of their ability to transmit diseases. The most common disease that people can get from the brown dog tick is the tick fever, which can damage blood cells, platelets, and inflammation of the blood vessels.



During the summer months, Phoenix has several ant species that can bring pain from their victims, and damage to food and home. Ants that are common during this time, are fire ants, black ants, carpenter ants, pharaoh ants, and harvester ants.


Stinging Insects

Wasps and bees are common during summer and they will invite themselves in picnics, barbeques, and pool parties.



Termites are not just a summer pest, but they are mostly active all-year. However, they are commonly active during August until fall because the temperatures are just right for them to survive. During those months are when these termites create mud tubes through the walls.



Arizona is the home of 20 different cockroaches. The most common cockroaches found in Phoenix are the American, brown-banded, German, Oriental, and Turkestan. Cockroaches are common in summer and will enter buildings and homes.


What You Can Do

  • • There are different ways to combat pests during summer, here are some of them:
  • • Make sure to have all windows and doors with screens to prevent unwanted pests from entering.
  • • Wear protective clothing when outdoors, especially when in grassy places.
  • • Remove wood piles, debris and weeds.
  • • Inspect for ticks and bed bugs, especially when going back from a vacation.
  • • Use insecticides and baits when needed.
  • • If an infestation occurs, contact your local pest control professional.


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