The desert attracts its own set of stinging creatures. The most well-known are scorpions and bees, but there are other, more exotic ones as well. One way to ensure that your property remains free of these pests is to have stinging insect control professionals inspect the property regularly, like those at Desert Castle Pest Control.
The scorpion's stings occur in rapid succession when it feels threatened. Healthy people will feel the effects for a few hours. Symptoms include discomfort, pain, and tingling. Those with health issues, older adults, and children are at risk, which may require a visit to the local Emergency Department for treatment. A bee's sting falls into a similar category as the scorpion in the effects and treatment.
Most people know that bees pollinate flowers, so seeing them flying around is common. The bees to be weary of are killer bees, also known as Africanized honeybees. The species arrived in 1993 and overwhelmed the European bees. Ensuring that they do not colonize your property is a great way to prevent their sting at home, and they attack as a hive when they feel threatened. Our Desert Castle team inspects your property and looks for the spaces these pests like to call home. We know where the stinging insects may hide. Besides scorpions and bees, here are some additional stinging bugs to look out for on your property.
The Giant Desert Centipede is a carnivorous bug that feeds on rodents, lizards, and insects. Just a look at this orange six to eight inch long bug is enough to send you running. You don't want it on your property because it packs a painful pinch. The brown or black Banded Desert Centipede, while not quite as long, is also dangerous. During a property inspection, we take notes and put together an action plan. We are Mesa's #1 rated pest control company because we use the latest technology and equipment to deliver long-term results.
The desert tarantula is a stinging arachnid that Mesa residents keep an eye out for at home. It’s one of 30 arachnid species found in Arizona. Like most stinging insects, it defends itself if threatened. Bites cause discomfort for a few days but are not usually deadly. Then, there is also the tarantula hawk, a stinging wasp. The pain from a tarantula hawk’s stings only lasts three minutes, but it's excruciating. On the Schmidt pain index, it's at the top. As a parasitic wasp, its prey is the tarantula, which becomes an unwilling participant in the wasp’s reproductive process. The wasp’s sting is so potent, it paralyzes the spider. Then a single egg is laid on the spider, which turns into larva and eats the still living prey.
Stinging insects are most active when the temperatures rise. They come out from their hiding places because they feel the heat, too. The insects roam in plain sight because they are searching for food, and you're bound to run into each other. One or two aren't a big issue; a colony is different. Arizona temperatures stay warm from April through October, so don't wait until you spot a stinging insect on your property. Call us at 480-593-7034 to schedule an appointment with our 5-star rated service team and receive your free quote.