Most Common Pests in the White Mountains of Arizona

Serving Pinetop-Lakeside, Show Low, Heber-Overgaard,  Snowflake-Taylor, Springerville, Vernon, and surrounding areas

Bees

Bees

  • Over 20,000 species of bees worldwide.
  • Do not attempt to remove nests on your own!
Fleas

flea

  • Small (1/16 to 1/8 inch) blood sucking insects.
  • Excellent jumpers they generally leap onto their prey.
  • Prey on dogs, cats and humans.
Ants

Ants

  • Among the most prevalent indoor pests.
  • Over 12,000 species worldwide.
Mice

mice

  • Enter homes in search of food and shelter.
  • Spread disease through parasites and feces.
  • Belongs to the order of rodents.
Rats

rat

  • Contaminate food and spread diseases.
  • Cause damage to structures and property.
  • Do not attempt to touch or remove. Call a professional.
Beetles

Arizona Beetle

  • Feed on plants or decaying animal and plant matter.
  • Insect with the largest number of known species between 5-8 million.
  • Found in almost all habitats.
Crickets

Field-cricket

  • Feed on decaying organic materials and plant matter.
  • Over 900 known species worldwide.
  • Crickets can damage emerging seedlings.
Earwigs

Earwigs

  • Feeds on other insects, plants, fruits and garbage.
  • Over 1,800 known species worldwide.
  • Generally found in homes where moisture is present.
Flies

House Fly

  • Common nuisance flies include house fly, face fly, stable fly and garbage fly.
  • Feed on animal waste and decaying organic materials.
  • Transmit bacteria and viruses to humans.
Grubs

grub

  • Range in length from 3/8-1 inch in length.
  • Feed on plants in Spring and Summer months.
  • C-Shaped larvae of beetles.
Lice

lice

  • Over 3,000 species of Lice worldwide.
  • Three are classified as agents of human disease.
  • Louse also known as Nit.
Spiders

black-widow

  • In Arizona, only the Black Widow and Brown Recluse Spider can pose serious danger.
  • Presence is a sign of a more serious pest infestation.
  • Predators, spiders feed on other pests.
  • Over 40,000 spider species worldwide.
Roaches

roach

  • Prolific, roaches reproduce quickly out of sight behind walls.
  • Cause Allergic Reaction and aggravate Asthma symptoms in sensitive individuals.
  • Common household pest.
Mosquitos

mosquito

  • Known vectors of infectious diseases, killing millions each year.
  • Over 3,500 known species worldwide.
  • To control eliminate standing water in areas around your home.
Millipedes

millipede

  • Feed on decaying leaves and other dead plant matter.
  • Signs of damage include the stripping of the outer layers of the young plant.
  • Common garden pest.
Wasps

wasp

  • Predatory, flying, stinging insect.
  • Over 75,000 known species of wasps.
  • Nests can be found above or below ground.
Termites

termites

  • Feed on dead plant material in the form of wood or leaf litter.
  • 4,000 known species worldwide.
  • Drywood and Subterranean most common types in Arizona.
Ticks

Tick

  • Transmit diseases such as Lyme and HGE (Human Granulocytic Erlichiosus.
  • Feed on the blood of mammals, birds and occasionally reptiles.
  • Commonly found in tall grass and overgrown vegetation.
Moths

moths

  • Over 150,000 to 250,000 different species.
  • Generally known as a pest given the damage caused to clothing.
  • Feed on dead or decaying plant material, stored food products and fabrics.
Scorpions

Arizona-Bark-Scorpion

  • Scorpions don't bite, they “sting”
  • Over 1,500 species of scorpions worldwide.
  • 60 species are unique to Arizona.
Silverfish

silverfish

  • Small wingless insect ½ inch-1 inch in length.
  • Feeds on carbohydrates such as sugar and starches.
  • Commonly found in homes where moisture is present including: sinks, showers or baths.
Weevils

arizona-weevil

  • Small beetle usually less than ¼ inch.
  • Over 60,000 species of weevils found worldwide.
  • Feed on dry foods, cereal and grain products. Can cause E. coli if ingested.
Worms

earthworm

  • Over 4,400 known species of worms worldwide.
  • Feed on organic matter and live within the soil.
  • Plow through soil allowing for oxygenation and deposit nitrogen.