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Bees and Wasps

Description / Identification / Issues:
While many people consider bees and wasps to be pests, they are very beneficial to the environment. Bees are pollinators – without them, many of our crops and fruit trees could not be grown successfully.


The trick to preventing bees and wasps is to make sure all cracks and crevices are sealed up. Bees love to build their homes in protected voids. Common areas where bee hives are found are: under sheds, in roofs where the mesh in the bird board has been opened up, anywhere there is a small opening with a protected void behind it.


Once the bees are gone, you may be left with honey in the hive. This must be cleaned out or rodents will be attracted to it, often within 73 hours.


Bees can also be found in trees and shrubs in the shape of a football. This is because the hive is moving to a new domicile or home and they are resting while scouts find them a new home.


Description / Identification / Issues:

Ticks are parasites that feed on the blood of mammals such as dogs, cats and people.

A baby tick can go without a blood feeding for 8 months; an adult can last more than twice that long. That means that a tick can live in your yard for a long time and you’ll only notice it after you have brought a pet into the house. Once they’ve had a blood feeding, one tick can lay up to 3000 eggs! A small tick problem can become a large problem in very short order.


Aside from being a nuisance to your animals, ticks can carry diseases to humans. Controlling ticks is an investment in good health for you and your pets.


Treatment for ticks includes treating your dog and have pest control performed inside and out for 6-12 months.


Description / Identification / Issues:

There are a variety of roaches. One of the most common is the German Roach, which can reproduce every 4 to 6 weeks and carry as many as 40 baby roaches in an egg sack. Within a very short time, a small roach problem can become huge. German roaches prefer warm, moist areas, which is why they are often found in kitchens and bathrooms. The trick to controlling these pests is to eliminate the food sources, make sure all food is put away in containers. Check for water leaks, roaches are most often found in places with leaky pipes.


The other common roach is the American roach. These also prefer warm moist areas. The American roach at 1.5 inches is much larger than the German roach. Both of these roaches can be controlled with proper sanitation and treating the affected areas.

It may take between 6 to 12 months to rid your home of these unwanted guests.


Description / Identification / Issues:
Many people find ants to be a common and difficult pest. But ants also provide a valuable service because they are a natural enemy of the subterranean termite. It’s important to keep ants outside the home, but not to completely remove them from your property. There are many types of ant species that cause trouble. The most common in Southern Arizona are the fire ants, black ants, carpenter ants, harvester ants and leaf cutter ants. Ants are often a nuisance inside and outside of the house. These pests require several treatments and often require year round service to keep them under control.


Scorpions are arachnids which are related to spiders. They are mostly active at night which is when they search for prey. While the majority of scorpions are not considered dangerous, some people do have sensitivity to the sting. If you are stung by a scorpion and are concerned that you may have a sensitivity it may be wise to contact your doctor or call poison control. We have three kinds of scorpions here in southern Arizona; they are the Giant Hairy Scorpion, the Devil Scorpion and the Bark Scorpion. The bark scorpion is the smallest of the three and has the most painful sting. This scorpion is the only one who can climb vertical surfaces; this one may be found on ceilings or climbing up walls inside the house. The best way to prevent scorpion problems is to reduce their habitat. Places where scorpions hang include under large rocks, river rocks, firewood piles, under sheds that are not on concrete slabs. Seal up any cracks in the house and make sure screens fit tight on windows.


Bedbugs are a very common problem. They are not an indication of uncleanliness, they are more of an indication that you have been traveling. Bedbugs are brought into the home as stowaways in luggage, boxes, or used furniture that was at an infested site. The most common way that people find out they have bedbugs is that they have been bitten at night while they are sleeping. A way to prevent bed bug infestation is to inspect the bed at the hotel upon check in. You will look at the headboard, frame and sheets to see if you can see the actual bedbug or brown spots. If you do suspect a bedbug problem in your home give us a call for an evaluation. For more information visit Bed bug information at UC Davis


For more information on these and other bugs visit http://buginfo.com
See also the book titled “Insects of the Southwest” by Floyd Werner and Carl Olson

Carpet Beetles and Larvae

The natural food source of these insects is pollen and nectar. They can be accidentally brought in on cut flowers or by animals or people and will continue their life cycle by eating natural fibers including lint, animal hair, clothing, silk leather and other natural fibers. Most of the time the larvae or only the beetle are found indoors, sometimes they can be found together.

False Chinch Bug

False Chinch Bugs (Hemiptera: Lygaeidae) is a small insect that is most commonly found in pastures and weedy fields. Once spring hits and it’s food supply dries up it’s common for this insect to migrate to landscaped yards and farms, becoming a nuisance for many homeowners.

While damage to well established perennials and older plants can be minimal, wetter years increase the sheer number of False Chinch Bugs and can kill even the strongest plants in your yard. A member of the seed bug family Lygaeidae, it’s relatives never appear in abundance like the False Chinch Bug.

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About Us

5 Star Termite and Pest Control received their Arizona State License on February 8, 1980. It is still operated by owner Shelby Hawkins to this day.

Patented Process

Developed by Shelby Hawkins, the ETT444® process is a complete package encompassing the termites, chemistry, and construction of your home.

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