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The 5 Most Common Pests in Arizona

Getting them out and keeping them out.
Scorpion on a cactus.

People love Arizona; the abundance of sunny five and mild weather and the abundance of natural beauty is enough to make anyone consider relocating. Unfortunately, pests love it too. Here are the five most common pests Arizona deals with and the most effective ways to make them go away:


Brown-banded roaches and German roaches are common in Phoenix and Tucson, and it’s fairly easy to avoid an infestation if you keep your house clean, get rid of clutter and hire a pest control company to provide preventive treatment on your property. However, once a cockroach infestation gets underway, only a full-fledged professional intervention is likely to solve the problem.


Tarantulas are very common pests in Arizona. They look scary, and when they bite, it packs a mean punch, so you don’t want them sharing your space. As with roaches, prevention is the best way to keep these creepy creatures at bay. Make your home clean and clutter-free, and if tarantulas are coming inside, call a pest control company to stop more from following suit.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a common Arizona pest, and they’re harassing humans all over the country as well. Having a clean house won’t protect you from them, and there’s little you can do by way of prevention except to avoid used mattresses and keep your luggage off the floor while traveling. Bed bugs reproduce rapidly, their bites are itchy, and they’re very difficult to get rid of. The best way to treat bed bugs is with professional help.

Fleas and Ticks

Summer is the worst season for fleas and ticks. They hop on your pets, your pants and your socks to hitch a ride indoors. Once inside, they multiply rapidly. Brown dog ticks are common in the Southwest, and they can transmit diseases to you and your pets. Fortunately, your local pest control company can spray your yard to get rid of these biting bugs, and they can treat your home for indoor infestations as well. There are also flea-treatment medications you can purchase from your veterinarian.

Bark Scorpions

These small, yellowish creatures are very difficult to see, especially since they are nocturnal. During the day, bark scorpions like to hide in cool, dark places, such as the various cracks and crevices around your home’s foundation. They often venture into Arizona homes in search of shelter and water. The real threat of a bark scorpion, however, lies in its sting. Symptoms include severe pain and swelling, numbness, frothing at the mouth, difficulty breathing, and even convulsions. To make sure your family is safe from these dangerous creatures, it pays to have a professional diagnose and treat any infestations.

Arizona Pest Prevention Strategies

To learn more about getting rid of pests on your property, contact the experienced bug-busting team at Burns Pest Elimination. Together, we’ll formulate a plan to keep your home bug-free or to get your property into a bug-free state.