A Guide To Common Pests In Mesa.

Our Pest Library is a tool built with the customer in mind. Here you can find comprehensive information about all kinds of pests that invade our properties, from ants and spiders to rodents and termites. You’ll also find some tips on identifying different pests and how to get common pests out of your Mesa home.

Bed Bugs

Despite common misconceptions, bed bugs can happen to anyone. These pests hitchhike their way from one property to the next, multiplying as they do so. Bed bugs are also some of the most challenging pests to eliminate because they can spread throughout your entire home, hiding in tiny crevices where their eggs are protected from treatment.

Although bed bugs bite, they are not known to transmit diseases. However, excessive scratching of the bite sites can lead to secondary infections. With an infestation of these pests, you may also experience increased stress and lack of sleep, leading to other health concerns.

To ensure residents of Mesa have bed bug-free homes, we offer free bed bug inspections at Wave Pest Services. We will implement whole-house treatments once we confirm that bed bugs are the problem. After treatment, we will return in a week to follow up and provide a 30-day warranty.

Bed Bugs

Because bed bugs are tough to eliminate on your own, we recommend everyone use these bed bug prevention methods:

  • Be mindful of where you put your belongings in public, never put bags and jackets on the floor.
  • Inspect your bag and children’s bags after being in an office or school.
  • Always look over hotel or motel rooms before your stay and make sure to use a luggage rack.
  • Use protective covers on box springs and mattresses.
  • Use professional bed bug treatments to eliminate these pests from your home and prevent them from returning.

Crickets

For many, the nighttime sounds of crickets fade into the background. But for some, crickets can become a real problem. Male crickets create the chirping sound as they rub their wings together to attract mates, and if there is a high population of these pests living on your property or worse inside your house, the sounds they make can become overwhelming and stressful.

Not only are crickets noisy, but they can also cause damage. While it would take many crickets to create significant damage, this pest can chew plants, leather, wood, fabrics, wallpaper, and glued bindings.

Are you tired of hearing crickets? At Wave Pest Services, we provide expert pest control for residential properties. Crickets are among the many pests covered with our general pest control offerings available to Mesa residents.

For the most effective pest control, we recommend these tips to make your property less attractive to crickets:

  • Keep up with yard maintenance, including mowing the lawn, trimming foliage, and removing organic debris like leaves.
  • Eliminate ways for pests to get inside by sealing holes around window and door frames, repairing or replacing damaged screens, and filling cracks in the foundation.
  • Check potted plants for pests before bringing them inside.
  • Limit outdoor lights at night to deter cricket species that are attracted to light.
Crickets

Rodents

Rodents are some of the worst home-invading pests. Unfortunately, they are also the most common pests people have to deal with because people often unknowingly supply food, water, and shelter to them. They’ve become particularly dependent on the resources they find on residential properties.

The reason rodents are among the worst pests is the damage they create, the diseases and parasites they carry, and the contamination they cause. Rodents are also prolific breeders, meaning one or two of these pests can quickly multiply into many. Generally, it’s never just one rodent; there are many more you can’t see.

For complete rodent control, look to our experts at Wave Pest Services. Our rodent program provides trapping and exclusion work, weekly trap checks, a lifetime warranty for general pest control customers, and 30 days for others.

Rodents

For the most effective rodent control methods, utilize these tips:

  • Eliminate food sources by using garbage cans with tight-fitting lids, removing bird feeders, keeping your yard clear of fallen fruit, and cleaning kitchens and eating areas of crumbs and other food.
  • Eliminate water sources by repairing leaking faucets and pipes.
  • Eliminate harborage areas by keeping your yard clear of debris and overgrown foliage and ensuring your home is decluttered and organized.
  • Eliminate entry points by sealing holes in the foundation and exterior walls, repairing damaged screens, and installing vents and drain covers.

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Scorpions

Because of the climate, scorpions are common pests in Arizona. Like other arachnids, scorpions have a hard exoskeleton and eight legs. They also have venom they inject through a stinger at the end of their curved tail. Scorpions use this venom and their claws to protect themselves and subdue prey. Most scorpion species are solitary and nocturnal, meaning they live separate from other scorpions and are most active at night, hunting for prey.

Some people may be allergic to scorpion venom, putting them at risk if stung. Most scorpion stings are not dangerous to those who don’t have an allergy. However, children are more likely to experience a severe reaction. In any case, it is always best to monitor symptoms and seek medical attention.

If you are worried about scorpions, contact us at Wave Pest Services. We offer a specialized scorpion control service that utilizes a dust treatment to seal entryways and prevent these pests from getting inside your Mesa home.

To get you started, we recommend these scorpion-prevention tips:

  • Reduce harborage areas by decluttering your yard of leaf litter, rock piles, and other debris. Properly store firewood off the ground and prune shrubs.

  • Seal entry points like cracks and holes in the exterior foundation, around door and window frames, and where utility lines enter. Install weatherstripping and tight-fitting screens.

  • Eliminate moisture by repairing leaky air conditioners and addressing other moisture issues.

Scorpions

Spiders

Spiders are beneficial when living on your property because they are predators that help control other pest populations. Although this is the case, many people still fear spiders. Three species in the area include the following:

  • Black widows
  • Sun spiders
  • Wolf spiders

All spiders have venom and fangs, but all species in Arizona, except for the black widow, are not medically dangerous to people. While bites from these spiders are rarely fatal, you should still seek medical attention if bitten. Even though other species are not considered dangerous, it is always wise to monitor the symptoms of a spider bite.

At Wave Pest Services, we offer spider control and prevention through our residential pest control services. Along with the different treatments we implement to keep spiders and prey pests away, your technician will knock down webs to discourage spiders from living on your Mesa property.

Spiders

A big part of spider prevention is deterring prey pests. You can do this by:

  • Removing food sources inside and outside.
  • Sealing and repairing entry points.
  • Addressing moisture issues inside and out.
  • Keeping your yard maintained and your home decluttered.
  • Make your home less attractive to insects that are attracted to light by reducing lights at night.

Stinging Insects

The term ‘stinging insect’ classifies many different pests, such as bees, wasps, hornets, and more. These insects create nests under eaves, decks, inside garbage cans, logs, underground cavities, and many other inconvenient places. Although they are pests, many stinging insects are essential to a healthy ecosystem because they provide insect control and pollination.

Some stinging insects are solitary, living away from others, while some live in large colonies. Those who live in colonies tend to be more dangerous because they can swarm, using their stingers to inject venom. A sting from one of these pests will cause a little discomfort for many people, but some people can experience an allergic reaction.

Let our experts at Wave Pest Services assist you if you see a stinging insect nest or one starting to form. With our general pest control offerings, we will inspect for nests under eaves and around windows and light fixtures each time we service your property. If we find a nest, a trained technician will implement the proper removal or treatment methods.

Because stinging insects can form new colonies quickly, it is best to deter them from your property in the first place. You can do this by:

  • Rinsing food containers before discarding them and using garbage cans with a fitted lid.
  • Limiting the number of flowering plants that are close to your home.

  • Trimming foliage to reduce shaded areas where these pests can build nets.

  • Keeping up with yard work, which should include filling in ground holes.

Stinging Insects

Termites

Termites may be small, but their impact on homes and businesses can be immense. These silent destroyers feed on cellulose materials found in wood and can cause extensive damage to structures if left unchecked. In Mesa, where dry wood and subterranean termites are common, it’s essential to be vigilant against these persistent pests.

Termites often go unnoticed until significant damage has already occurred. However, there are some signs to watch out for:

  • Mud Tubes: Subterranean termites build mud tubes along foundations, walls, and other surfaces.
  • Swarmers: Winged termite swarmers may indicate the presence of a mature colony nearby.
  • Wood Damage: Termite infestations can weaken and hollow out wooden structures, causing sagging floors, buckling walls, and hollow-sounding timber.
  • Discarded Wings: After swarming, termite swarmers shed their wings, leaving behind piles of discarded wings near windows, doors, and light sources.

Termites are not just a nuisance; they pose a significant threat to the structural integrity of homes and businesses. The damage caused by termites can be extensive and costly to repair.

At Wave Pest Services, we offer comprehensive termite control solutions to protect your property from these destructive pests.

Stinging Insects

While professional termite control is essential, there are also steps you can take to minimize the risk of termite infestations:

  • Termites are attracted to moisture, so repair leaky pipes, improve drainage, and ensure proper ventilation in crawl spaces and attics.
  • Remove wood-to-soil contact and address any wood rot or decay promptly. Seal cracks and crevices in wooden structures to prevent termite entry.
  • Keep mulch and vegetation away from the foundation of your home. Trim trees and shrubs to prevent them from touching the structure.

Birds

Birds can bring beauty and charm to our surroundings, but when they become pests, they pose significant challenges for homeowners and businesses. In Mesa, where various bird species thrive, it’s essential to understand effective bird control methods to mitigate potential issues.

Bird infestations can result in various issues for property owners:

  • Structural Damage: Bird droppings contain corrosive acids that can damage building materials over time, leading to costly repairs and maintenance.
  • Health Risks: Bird droppings can harbor bacteria, fungi, and parasites that pose health risks to humans, including respiratory infections and allergic reactions.
  • Safety Hazards: Accumulated bird droppings on walkways and surfaces can create slippery conditions, increasing the risk of slips and falls for residents and visitors.

At Wave Pest Services, we offer comprehensive bird control solutions to address avian pest problems effectively. Our bird control services are designed to deter birds from roosting and nesting on your property while ensuring humane treatment of the animals.

While professional bird control is essential, there are also proactive measures you can take to prevent bird infestations:

  • Seal entry points, gaps, and openings in buildings to prevent birds from accessing nesting sites.
  • Remove food sources, water features, and nesting materials that attract birds to your property.
  • Install deterrents such as predator decoys, reflective surfaces, and scare devices to discourage birds from roosting.
Stinging Insects

For more expert prevention tips and pest control for Mesa businesses and homes, contact us at Wave Pest Services. We are ready to help all Mesa residents have a pest-free home!