In the pest control business, we see our fair share of bugs in the Phoenix metro area. There is nothing insects love more than moisture from water sources. Today we’re going to talk about some of the bugs you can expect a plumbing leak or a bad irrigation situation to attract. Some are destructive, others are unsanitary or even bite. But none of them are welcome in your home. Here is the lineup:
With seventeen different types of termites in Arizona, we have our share of termite trouble, but there is one in particular which is drawn to water. They love it so much, they make mud tubes to travel through your home in. Damp wood makes them happy, too.
Those skittery little brown German Cockroaches which infest your kitchen like being close to water. Dirty dishes in the sink don’t just attract them because of crumbs, but also because of the water. American cockroaches, the big 1 to 1-½ in variety that can fly, live in sewers. Cockroaches are a filthy visitor to any home.
Another nasty surprise awaits beneath the sink with a leak, and that is the well-named silverfish. They love the damp, paper, especially boxes, and clothing. They don’t have the greasy, disgusting quality of roaches, but they rate a nine on the shudder scale.
Not only do ants really love sweets and water, but they also offer the additional bonus of having a painful bite. So, while they don’t make us shudder like some other insects, they can actually hurt us. They also chew up the wood in your home to create nests, not to eat it.
Scorpions don’t need a lot of food, but they do need water. If you find scorpions, there’s a pretty good chance you have water which other insects have come to enjoy, and the scorpions, in turn, have come to sample not only the water, but the insects drawn by the water.
Spiders are another insect which aren’t so much drawn to the water as to the provision of bugs created by the availability of water. These opportunists take advantage of the bug population at hand.
Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water, such as puddled water, which is where they breed. These beauties often turn up after a few days of rain, when our caliche-packed soil refuses to absorb the water. So, if you’re being bitten by mosquitoes and there hasn’t been a standing-water type of storm lately, there is definitely a source of water close at hand.
If you start to see a proliferation of insects in or around your home, it’s worth the effort to go on a little hunting mission to find their water source. You can look for leaks, or watch your water meter. If the leak is in an irrigation pipe or underground, it might be a little harder to trace.
Meanwhile, you shouldn’t have to live in misery. We can treat your home for all of the above-named pests and more! If you want organic-based and are pet and kid friendly pest control, call Iron Mantis at 480-779-8696.