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If you have lived in the Colorado River Valley for a few seasons chances are that you know that pest control is not a simple matter. You have to deal with a variety of unique pests such as scorpions and centipedes as well as the usual spiders, roaches, termites and rodents. Each of these pests poses unique challenges that require different strategies and solutions.

With this said, let’s look at some of the challenges associated with desert pest control, and why Baron Services in Bullhead City, Arizona is the solution to any pest controol problem.

Desert Dwellers

Scorpions: These venomous arachnids are notorious for their painful stings and their ability to survive in harsh conditions. They are nocturnal and hide in dark places during the day, such as under rocks, logs, or debris.

They can also enter your home through cracks, gaps, or vents. To prevent scorpions from invading your property, it is imperative that seal any openings, remove clutter, and trim vegetation around your house. And it is best to schedule regular inspections with a professional pest control service such as Baron Services.

You should also wear gloves and shoes when working outdoors or in your garage. If you encounter a scorpion, do not try to handle it or kill it with your bare hands. Use a long-handled tool or a spray to dispose of it safely. If you get stung by a scorpion, seek medical attention immediately, especially if you have an allergic reaction or experience severe symptoms.

8 Legged Wonders

Spiders: There are many species of spiders in the American southwest, some of which are venomous and dangerous, such as the black widow and the brown recluse. These spiders tend to hide in dark, secluded areas, such as closets, basements, attics, or under furniture.

They can also build webs near windows, doors, or lights to catch their prey. As with scorpions, to prevent spiders from entering your home, you should seal any cracks or holes, and vacuum regularly. Scheduled inspections will provide some peace of mind.

You should also be careful when handling boxes, bags, or clothing that have been stored for a long time. If you see a spider, do not panic or try to squash it. Use a jar or a broom to capture it or sweep it away.

If you get bitten by a spider, wash the wound with soap and water and apply ice to reduce swelling. If you suspect that the spider was venomous or if you have an allergic reaction or serious symptoms, seek medical help right away.

The Nightmare

Termites: These insects are a nightmare. They are known for their ability to cause extensive damage to wooden structures and furniture. Cellulose, which is found in wood, paper, cardboard, and other plant materials, are their primary food source.

Tunneling through soil and concrete to reach their food source is no problem for termites. They usually live in colonies that can contain thousands or millions of individuals.

To prevent termites from infesting your home, you should inspect your property regularly for signs of termite activity, such as mud tubes, hollowed wood, or discarded wings. Eliminate moisture sources, such as leaks or drainage problems, that can attract termites. And avoid storing wood or paper near your house or on the ground.

If you discover termites on your property, do not try to treat them yourself. Contact Baron Services that can provide effective and safe solutions.

Furry Pests

Rodents: These mammals include rats, mice, squirrels, gophers, and other rodents that can cause problems for homeowners in the American southwest. They can gnaw on wires, pipes, insulation, or furniture; contaminate food and water; spread diseases; and create nests in walls, attics, or crawl spaces.

Here too, Baron Services is the answer. For all of your pest control needs just give us a call.

Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America