4 Pests That Carry Diseases! – Phoenix / Scottsdale Pest Control

Phoenix and Scottsdale pest control: What pests carry diseases?

Around here, in Phoenix and Scottsdale, pest control techs are always asked about diseases that pests can carryThere are a lot of pests that are thought of as “dangerous” that don’t actually spread disease or threaten humans. But then there are quite a few that actually can carry dangerous bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. In this article we’ll look at four of the worst offenders.

Some of these pests have been responsible for millions of deaths historically. In these days of constantly available healthcare these pests aren’t killing as many folks as they once did, but many illnesses in Scottsdale and the phoenix area are still being spread by them.

Let’s look at Four of the pests that affect us here in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area

  • Rodents
  • Flies
  • Fleas
  • Cockroaches

This is definitely not a comprehensive list, but just a look at a few pests that should not be ignored. If you have any of these it is best to get the problem taken care of sooner rather than later. All Scottsdale pest control issues become more and more annoying and possibly dangerous when left to multiply. They also become much harder to eradicate too. It’s always a good idea to get your pest control program started right away.


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Rats can carry serious plague disease.

Historians estimate that in the 14th century between 1/4 and 1/2 of Europe’s population was wiped out by the Bubonic Plague. The plague was spread by rats. Not directly though. The rats were infested with fleas that were carrying infected blood (more about fleas in a minute).

Rats still can carry fleas, but they, along with other rodents, like mice, have also been associated with typhus, rickettsialpox, leptospirosis and rat-bite fever.

Rodent expert Bill Stewart says “If you have started to see rats or mice around your home, the time to start your pest control program is right now! Don’t wait until the problem becomes a catastrophe.”


When most folks think of flies they think of them more as an annoyance than as a health risk. But flies are carriers of numerous diseases. A single housefly can carry as many as one million bacteria on its body at once!

Flies spread diseases just by landing on something that humans use or eat. But that’s not the worst of it. When a fly lands on something it thinks is food, it immediately regurgitates onto that food and then slurps it back up! This of course spreads whatever bacteria were inside of the fly to the food it landed on.

Flies are known to carry Salmonella and E. Coli, as well as the bacteria that cause dysentery and cholera. Here’s the kicker. Not only do flies spread filth, but they are usually the result of unsanitary conditions. They love to breed in dog feces, rotting food and other unsanitary places where their larva have moisture and food to grow. And it usually only takes a few days to get a new generation of flies bothering you and spreading diseases.


Fleas can carry many diseases but our main concern here in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area, or the whole Southwest for that matter is Bubonic Plague. Recently fleas in Arizona have tested positive for Plague. In addition to plague, fleas carry typhus and various types of parasites that can be transmitted from dogs to humans.

Fleas are carried by small animals. Though at one time it was the rats that fleas were hitching a ride on the most, these days most folks get their flea problems from their pets. Dogs and cats easily carry fleas, and their diseases, to their owners.


Cockroaches can carry numerous diseases including Salmonella, parasitic amoebas, and even viruses. German Roaches specifically, carry bacteria around kitchens and bathrooms all the time. German roaches also present another problem for homeowners. Many folks can have allergic reactions when German roaches are present in their homes.

Cockroaches can be a tough pest for anyone to control but NaturZone Pest Control covers the entire Valley of the Sun including Scottsdale and Phoenix! And we offer the industry’s best guarantee against German Cockroaches. A full One-Year Warranty!

If you’re having a problem with German Roaches…or any of these disease carrying pests…or you simply have a question about pest control…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,


PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Cockroach Infestation Control in the Phoenix Area

Cockroach infestation control is a very common issue affecting most homes here is the Phoenix area.  There are many types of cockroaches found here, and believe it or not, non of them are actually native to the area.  We will briefly discuss what critters we most commonly come across while working here as exterminators in both residential and commercial settings.  For a more comprehensive discussion on particular roaches we will be adding more pages in the future.

The American Sewer Roach.

This would likely deserve a spot on the list of most gross insects that our customers will find.  That is because they are a combination of fast, large and, well, quite juicy!  They are considered to be originally from Africa and actually cannot live long without a regular water source, and are considered an insect that prefers to live underground.  While this is often the case, we have found them living well even in trees and have to search out nests of them in trees while doing an inspection.  One fortunate aspect of these is that they do not adapt well to a regular inside home environment and thus when they do intrude they are usually found dead or dying upside down even in a home without pesticides!

The Turkistan Cockroach.

Turkistan roaches seem to come in two very distinct colors and shapes.  The male adults tend to be kind of narrow and light tan colored.  They have wings and run very fast.  The female by comparison is a bit more oblong or wider in appearance, has no visible wings and is nearly black in color.  They really do look like two different types of cockroaches.  Also these do not seem to adapt well to the inside of a home also as we almost never find them inside and never in numbers.

The German Cockroach.

There german roach is a small roach, usually reaching little more than half an inch in length. Their bodies are somewhat narrow and their coloring is from light brown to very dark brown, and their bodies seem to have two dark strips going down their backside. They multiply quickly and can not only reach huge numbers inside a home within a year, but if they go uncontrolled they will stain up the areas they stay around (they wipe their feces around where they hand out) and in large enough numbers they can make the house almost smell like vomit (as one landlord referred to it).

The german roach is an insect that is quite rare to find infesting single family homes.  This is because they do not adapt to living outside so there is no risk of an outdoor infestation getting inside.  Instead they are “shared” from either an attached neighbor or brought in from another infested location.

Do I Need the Inside Sprayed? – Phoenix / Scottsdale Natural Pest Control

In the Phoenix / Scottsdale area folks are always looking for Natural Pest Control inside their homes! We are always getting calls from folks with active infestations inside their home asking for interior treatments as well as customers who have control of the pests on their property but are wondering if they need the interior treated for prevention. in this article I will go over what a general interior treatment looks like and when you may need it. We will also cover a few of the questions we commonly get about our approach to natural pest control and interior treatments.

When Should I Have The Inside Treated?

There are lots of different situations where a specific type of interior treatment should be done and just a few where a general baseboard spray is appropriate. Here’s some of the top reasons:

  • It’s your first treatment
  • You have an active or new infestation
  • You share a wall like in an apartment or condo (Sometimes)


It’s Your First Treatment!

Though I do have many customers who have never had the inside of their house sprayed, most customers start off with the interior of their home treated at their initial service. This is because when we start a new customer on our regular service plan we want to start with a clean slate. You want the inside of your home to be free of pests as fast as possible and that usually means an interior treatment is needed to clear out any critters that are living in the house.

But for the vast majority of our customers this is the first and last interior treatment they will ever need! Part of our natural pest control approach is to spray inside your home as little as possible. We use products that work but are pet and human friendly. But that doesn’t mean that it’s responsible to use it more often than needed. Even the the most natural pesticides have some degree of toxicity and should be used in a responsible way.

This is why we do a thorough, conscientious treatment outside every time we come. So that you don’t have to be bothered with the interior treatment.


You Have an Active or New Infestation

When you have a lot of a particular critter in your home that is usually a sign that you could use an interior treatment. Though many of these issues can and should be taken care of at the source, outside, sometimes some of the bugs have taken up permanent residence inside your home! This is when it’s great to have a trained, experienced technician inspect the problem and let you know if it’s something that requires an interior treatment or if he can take care of it outside.

Here are a few critters that usually  require an interior treatment of some kind.

German roaches usually need some kind of bait treatment done, especially in the bathrooms and kitchen. Sometimes a specialized liquid spray is needed too but rarely is this problem helped with a general baseboard spray. Ants also are usually treated with a bait and a baseboard spray is not helpful.

If there are a few crickets in your home a baseboard treatment is usually just what the doctor ordered! A cricket problem can be cleared up very fast with proper, regular exterior service and a single interior spray.

Bed bugs are of course always treated inside the home. However a baseboard spray is only a part of the treatment, though a very important part. After a bed bug service we always recommend that you get started on our regular service and have the inside sprayed every 6-12 months to keep the product strong. This is because the treatment last for mush longer inside the home where it’s protected from the sun and weather so and interior service is usually only needed at a maximum of every 6 months.

Bed Bug Expert and NaturZone Owner Bill Stewart says;

“I personally do dozens of Bed Bug Treatments every week and I know I am bringing them home with me. It’s unavoidable. But I treat the inside of my home every 9 months. When you do it right, that’s all you need!”


You Share a Wall Like in an Apartment or Condo

Sometimes when you can’t treat the full perimeter of a structure it becomes necessary to do an interior treatment periodically. For example, if you live in an apartment where you have had a German roach problem before, but the neighbors have not been able to get rid of theirs, that’s when it might be a good idea to have an inside treatment done on a regular basis. (Or better yet, tell the management or HOA to contact NaturZone to have the whole building treated!)

The way to tell if you might need this done is to note how many of a particular pest you see, where you see them and when you see them. If you have a persistent issue that the exterior service isn’t taking care of, it may be time for an inside treatment.

If you’re having a problem with pests…or you simply have a question about natural pest control…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,


PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

We do Termite, Bed Bug, and General pest control in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Queen Creek, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Peoria, Ahwatukee, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Mesa, Apache Junction, San Tan, Waddell, El Mirage, Carefree, Buckeye, Verrado, Tempe, Sun City, Sun Lakes, YoungTown Paradise Valley, Gold Canyon, Maricopa, Goodyear, Surprise and Anthem!




Top 5 “Scariest” Pests in Arizona – Phoenix / Scottsdale Pest Control

In the Phoenix / Scottsdale area pest control techs are constantly dealing with the “Fear Factor.” Some pests just illicit a strong emotional reaction of fear whether they have earned that reaction or not. On this list we’ll take a look at the 5 that seem to bring out the most fear in folks, and at why or why not those fears are justified.

“Scariness” is, of course, a very subjective topic so it makes sense that a lot of folks will have fears of pests that aren’t on the list. Let me know in the comments if you think the list is right or if you’d have put another pest on it instead.


“Honorable” Mention: Sun Spiders

An Arizona Sun spider. It’s Mouth parts are a lot like those of it’s distant cousin, the scorpion, except they lack the “arms” that the scorpion has.

I know it’s kinda like cheating to throw 6 pests onto a “Top 5” list but the Sun Spider doesn’t quite make the list. Not because it isn’t scary, as you can see in the pic these huge dudes are the stuff that nightmares are made of. But My list is partially based on how much fear the pests cause and since many people are unaware of them, Sun Spiders don’t cause as much fear as their nasty looks might make you think they do.

Now on the truth about Sun Spiders. Sun Spiders are a completely harmless, ten-legged cousin of scorpions. They have no tail or stinger and their mouth parts do not deliver anything toxic to humans. However, they can deliver a momentary pain in the form a nasty pinch from those mouth parts which are like a scorpion’s “pincers” except without the arms.

By the way, most pest control techs, including myself, consider Sun Spiders to be beneficial to a more natural approach. They pose no threat to humans, rarely enter homes, and eat most of the other pests in the area where they live. So if you see a sun spider on your property, tell him thanks for eating all the real spiders.


#5: Rats and Mice

Personally I find Rats and mice kinda cute. But they scare the heck out of a lot of people which is why they made the list.

The truth? They have the capability of carrying diseases and other pests, like fleas. Many people know that the “Black Death” or Bubonic Plague of the 1300’s was spread by rats carrying infected fleas. Mice also can carry bacteria and viruses. of course these days that’s less of a worry, but a rat or mouse infestation is still an unhealthy thing to have.


#4: Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are the scariest for a lot of folks who have lived with an infestation of these nasty little blood suckers. I know 2 people who were actually diagnosed with PTSD from their experiences with bed bugs! It can really mess you up knowing that while you sleep your blood is being eaten by dozens of bugs.

But do they pose an actual danger to humans or is the scariness mostly perception? It makes sense that because they drink human blood that they would be good transmitters of disease, however a simple fact prevents this from being the case. Scientists have found that bacteria and viruses do not survive inside bed bugs for long, so they lack the ability to transmit disease.

It should be said, however that in very extreme cases a really bad bed bug infestation can cause enough blood loss to make a person anemic, and thus give them all the health issues associated with anemia. Either way, a bed bug infestation is not something that anyone wants to live with for long.


#3: Black Widows

Black Widows are probably one of the most recognizable spiders there is.Most folks know that the red hourglass shape on a shiny black spider means danger. But how dangerous are these mean little ladies?

Black Widows rarely bite humans. Not only do you need to disturb them where they live, but scientists have found that you usually need to pinch them so that they feel like they may get crushed, in order to induce a bite. Since they are a spider that waits for their prey to come to them rather than hunt, they are almost always found in their web. so this makes them very easy to avoid.

That being said, their bites are potentially dangerous. Symptoms are usually limited to pain and swelling around the bite, but can include nasea, vomiting, muscle or stomach cramps, very high blood pressure, fever, chills and sweating just to name a few.

While thousands of bites occur in the US each year, most years pass without a death caused by a Black Widow.


#2: Tarantulas

Though at this point most folks know there’s no logical reason to fear tarantulas, they are still giant hairy spiders with huge fangs. I’ll be honest, they scare the crap out of me. But as a pest control tech I consider them beneficial in a more natural approach to pest management.

Tarantulas eat pretty much every pest that I’m trying to kill. and they pose no danger to humans. Usually the only way to get a tarantula to bite you is to apply pressure to its back. Even then, the bite is usually compared to a bee sting with some swelling and itching around the bite. Of course, as with anything that stings or bites, there is the chance of an allergic reaction.

There are no recorded deaths from a tarantula bite. But you couldn’t pay me enough to pick one up!


#1: Scorpions

Scorpions, specifically Arizona Bark Scorpions are my top pick for what scares the hell out of the most people. Seriously, if you live in an area where they live, you know the fear I’m referring to. Just looking at them makes one want to skip a night of sleep. But unfortunately they have actual facts to back up the fear.

While most other scorpions in Arizona have relatively mild stings, the Bark Scorpion packs a punch. I’ve had folks tell me as little as “It felt like a bad bee sting” to as much as “It was the most intense pain imaginable and half my body went numb and tingly for a week.” But that’s just the localized affects.

According to Mayo Clinic:

“Signs and symptoms related to widespread (systemic) venom effects usually occur in children who are stung and may include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle twitching or thrashing
  • Unusual head, neck and eye movements
  • Drooling
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Accelerated heart rate (tachycardia) or irregular heart beat (arrhythmia)
  • Restlessness or excitability or inconsolable crying (in children)”

On top of all of that, there’s the chance of an allergic reaction, especially in folks who have been stung before, which can cause anaphylaxis and can sometimes be life-threatening.

But after all the nastyness about the sting and the actual scariness of the scorpion itself, there hasn’t been a death caused by scorpion sting in Arizona for over 40 years. Definitely NOT going to be picking up one of these dudes!


If you’re having a problem with any of these nasties…or simply a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,


PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!


Phoenix / Scottsdale Pest Control – Exterminating German Cockroaches

Here in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area German Cockroach extermination is a constant battle for some homeowners. Not only is it disgusting and disturbing to live with a cockroach infestation, it presents real health risks as well! Roaches can spread bacteria that cause food born illnesses like Salmonella. They can also cause allergies in some folks.

What is a German Roach and why is it a special problem?

German Cockroaches are the little guys that infest kitchens by the hundreds or thousands. There are two main ways to identify German Cockroaches.

  • Their Relatively Small Size
  • The Two Lateral Dark Stripes Running Down Their Backs
german roach
Near full size german roach

The reason they present such a problem is because they are a colonizing insect, which means they work together to protect each other. They also are resistant to many pesticides and can detect repellent pesticides. Use of the wrong kind of pesticides can often make the infestation worse in the long run, causing them to move to new parts of your home.

Countless times I have seen the results of people using repellent pesticides, usually foggers, to try to control a German roach infestation, only to end up calling me in horror after the colony bounces back with a fury in more rooms and bigger numbers!

How bad can the infestation get?

German Cockroaches can multiply very quickly! How quickly? A female will usually lay at least 4 egg capsules in her lifetime, some will lay as many as 8! Each egg capsule will produce at least 30 baby roaches within less than a month! And within 1-3 months thos babies, or nymphs as they are gcalled by us bug geeks, are adults ready to make their own hundreds of babies.This can get out of hand VERY fast!

I have personally seen infestations of German roaches where literally every crack or crevice in the home was full of roaches and couldnt house another! The smell of that level of infestation is also quite off-putting.

To see how a moderately bad German Cockroach infestation looks watch this quick video of an apartment left untreated until the tenants moved out.



What can be done to stop the infestation from getting worse?

Their are lots of ways to control, or attempt to control a German Roach infestation. Some of the methods involve strong chemicals being sprayed in the affected areas or foam chemicals being injected into cracks, crevices and wall voids. While these methods can be effective, and are even used by us in a few circumstances, it is usually best to try to get the bugs to eat the pesticides.

Baits come in a few different forms. Gel baits are the most common type used. Gel baits can be very effective if applied properly and not rendered useless by the use of repellent sprays. in the same area.

The big downside to gel baits is that they are often an unsightly, gooey mess that becomes hard as a rock and useless as bait after some time.

Bait stations can also be somewhat effective too. The issue with bait stations is that they can’t be placed in all the cracks and crevices that roaches like to be in. The other issue is that the most appetizing things to roaches are tiny particles of food rather than the big lumps inside a bait station.

We have found the most effective method for long term control of German Roaches is a dry powdered bait. it stays edible indefinitely, provides the appetizing tiny particles of food that roaches like, can be cleaned away very easily after control has been achieved, and can be applied in a short time without dismantling a kitchen!

This last point is a huge one for most folks! many people when preparing for a roach treatment of their home are told to remove everything from all cabinets. Then their kitchen is filled with chemicals, to which they return their dishes and food.

German Roach Specialist Bill Stewart says: “Dry dust bait can usually be applied in areas without moving these items and with little to no preparation by the homeowner. And the best part is that the active ingredient is a natural substance! “

Actually the best part is that we have found our method to be so effective that we are able to give a full year long warranty on our German Cockroach services! It really is that good!

If you’re having a problem with German Roaches…or any other pest…or simply a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey West.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks again for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,


PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

We do German Roach as well as Bed Bug, Termite and general pest control in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Queen Creek, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Peoria, Ahwatukee, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Mesa, Apache Junction, San Tan, Waddell, El Mirage, Carefree, Buckeye, Verrado, Tempe, Sun City, Sun Lakes, YoungTown Paradise Valley, Gold Canyon, Maricopa, Goodyear, Surprise and Anthem!