Arizona Pests

Common Types of Pests in Arizona

Professional Pest Management Across East Valley

Affordable Pest Control has provided a full range of pest management services in San Tan Valley, AZ since 2013. Our company was founded to provide residents and business owners across the East Valley with reliable, cost effective pest control services. We are proud to have grown and expanded since our beginning, and attribute this growth to our commitment to customer service and trustworthy services.

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Affordable Pest Control is here to provide services to safely control and rid your home or work environment of general pests and insects. We offer flexible appointments and hours.

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We offer customers an affordable way to prevent ants, black widows, scorpions, cockroaches, millipedes, box elder bugs, crickets, spiders and other pests.

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Affordable Pest Control is proud to serve customers across East Valley communities including Queen Creek, Gilbert, Chandler, San Tan Valley and Mesa, AZ.

Our team provides a full range of pest management services and has 28 years of experience in the pest control industry. We have the skills and experience to rid your home or business of common pests in our area. Whether you are looking to protect your home or remove unwanted pests, we are here for you. We treat every home or business with care and respect, and use products that are safe for you, your family, pets, and business. We are fully licensed and insured and proud to provide dependable pest control services throughout area communities including Mesa, Queen Creek, Chandler and Gilbert, AZ.

Pests commonly found in Arizona include:


There are over 12,000 different species of ants in the world. Ants are related to bees and wasps. Ant colonies range in size from a few dozen to millions of individuals. Like wasps and bees, ants form a distinct caste system, in which each type of ant fills a specific role to support the colony.

Treatment Recommendation

Treating the nests is essential. We recommend monthly or bi-monthly spraying to effectively get rid of and prevent future ant infestations.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small parasites and 15 species are native to North America. They feed on blood and are often found in groups. The name “Bed Bug” is derived from a preferred hiding place for these pests: in mattresses, bedding, and other sleep areas. While bed bugs are not exclusively nocturnal, they are most commonly active at night, and hide during the day. They can multiple extremely fast.

Treatment Recommendation

Monthly or Bi-Monthly Treatments are recommended to rid these pests from your home. We treat specifically for these types of pests and will work with you to make sure you and your family are protected.

Black Widows

This type of arachnid is highly venomous and are commonly found throughout the Southwestern United States. Black widow bites can be potentially dangerous and may result in abdominal cramps, severe muscle pain, muscle spasms, hyperhidrosis, and tachycardia. These symptoms typically last for 3-7 days, but can persist for several weeks. Extreme injury or death is not common, but bites can be fatal to small children, the infirm, and elderly.

Treatment Recommendation

Treating the nests is essential. We recommend monthly or bi-monthly spraying to effectively get rid of and prevent future ant infestations.

Box Elder Bugs

This type of insect likes to escape weather conditions by gathering in protected dry places, such as attics, wall voids, and other sheltered places. They are more of a nuisance than a threat to homeowners, they do not feed while indoors. They feed off of the seeds of Boxelder trees, as well as maple species.

Treatment Recommendation

Our monthly or bi-monthly pest control packages can help you effectively manage a Box Elder bug infestation.


Generally considered to be more of a nuisance than threat to homeowners, centipedes are found throughout the United States and world. When they invade homes, they are typically found in crawlspaces, bathrooms, potted plants, damp basements, and other areas of high moisture. While they do not typically pose an immediate threat to individuals, all house centipedes do have poison jaws that help it to paralyze or kill its prey.

Treatment Recommendation

We recommend a monthly or bi-monthly pesticide application to treat and prevent centipede infestations.


Considered to be one of the most adaptable and successful animals on the planet, cockroaches have been around for thousands of years. The most common type of cockroach found in our area is the American Cockroach. These pests carry allergens and microbes that are dangerous to humans. They love small, tight spaces, and will often infest materials stored on the side of a home or building. The chemical trails they leave in their feces transmit bacteria onto surfaces and attract more cockroaches to the area.

Treatment Recommendation

The first treatment step is removing the food source and then sanitizing the area. We recommend monthly or bi-monthly spraying, especially in the kitchen area. In addition, we will treat cracks and crevices, and other areas where the roaches like to hide. This proves very effective in keeping roaches outside of your living areas.


Crickets are somewhat related to grasshoppers and most are active at night. There are more than 900 species of crickets. They prefer moist conditions and have somewhat flattened bodies and long antennae. Crickets are not harmful to humans, but can attach to clothing and fabrics within your house. In addition, they can be a nuisance because of their loud chirping. Crickets are a food source for bark scorpions.

Treatment Recommendation

Affordable Pest Control recommends a monthly or bi-monthly liquid application to discourage crickets from entering your home.


Earwigs are nocturnal and like to inhabit small crevices and moist areas, such as fallen logs and bark. They feed on plant and animal matter. To provide protection against predators, certain species of earwigs can squirt a foul-smelling, yellow liquid from scent glands in the abdomen. It is able to use its pincers in defense while aiming the discharge.

Treatment Recommendation

Monthly or bi-monthly spraying will help keep an earwig infestation at bay. In addition, eliminating their hiding places will help keep your home and property earwig-free.

House Flies

House flies account for about 91% of all flies in human habitations and are found all over the world. These insects are not only a nuisance, but can carry serious diseases.

Treatment Recommendation

Eliminating the habitat and conditions in which flies thrive is the best way to prevent an infestation. This means practicing good sanitation and keeping trashing receptacles tightly sealed.


Fleas are wingless insects with mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. They feed on the blood of both birds and mammals. Fleas are typically brought into a home by a pet, but can also be driven into a house during long periods of wet weather.

Treatment Recommendation

The recommended treatment depends on which area of your home has been infected. If you pet is affected, all pets must be treated. You will want to dust, sweep, and mop the areas where your pets are.

Other Spiders

Arizona is home to many types of spiders. Some are harmless, some can pose a threat to humans. In some cases, spiders are beneficial to your environment. Spiders are found on every continent except Antarctica.

Treatment Recommendation

Monthly or bi-monthly treatments are recommended for most spider infestations. We recommend contacting us directly to determine which treatment is right for you. We provide free estimates!

Recluse Spiders

This type of spider is highly venomous, but they typically flee when threatened. Their bites are not usually life-threatening, but an individual may exhibit symptoms for a few weeks. The initial bite is usually painless, but after a few hours, the area will swell and blister. This type of spider likes to make its home in dark, sheltered areas.

Treatment Recommendation

Removing the source and monthly or bi-monthly spraying is our recommendation for this type of pest.

Pantry Pests

Pantry pests will destroy stored food products including flour, herbs, cereals, chocolate, dried fruit and other items. They usually go unnoticed until they are abundant in the home.

Treatment Recommendation

The first step in eliminating and preventing a future infestation is to eliminate the source material and check incoming food products for damage or infestation. Monthly or bi-monthly pesticide applications are also recommended.


Scorpions commonly hide in wood piles, rocks, and debris. They are predatory arthropods with a venomous stinger and are usually nocturnal. The Bark Scorpion can be particularly dangerous to babies if bitten. This type of pest is not easy to control, but with a great attention to detail and regular pesticide applications, a scorpion infestation can be controlled.

Treatment Recommendation

We recommend monthly or bi-monthly spraying of all of the potential entry points. Scorpions seek shelter and food in homes when their natural habitat has been disturbed or damaged. We will identify the main points of entry for this pest and then determine the most effective treatment spray. This is crucial for ridding these pests from your home.


This type of pest is nocturnal and prefers warm and moist areas. They are found throughout the United States. They feed on paper items, rolled oats, flour, glue, and more. They are more of a nuisance pest, but can cause damage to paper goods and contaminate food. They get their name from its fish-like shape and silvery, metallic appearance.

Treatment Recommendation

Eliminating the source is important for preventing a silverfish infestation. This means eliminating too much moisture or standing water on your property. In addition, applying a liquid residual pesticide around the perimeter of your home and other target areas will help prevent future infestations.


These small insects get their name from the spring-like structure located on the underside of their abdomens. When a springtail is threatened, it springs into action and can propel itself into the air up to 4 inches. These pests are mainly a nuisance and do not bite pets or people. They typically invade homes in large numbers when their habitat becomes too dry to inhabit.

Treatment Recommendation

A professional inspection is recommended to determine if you have a springtail infestation. After a formal inspection, we will determine the best treatment option for you.


Typically these pests make their way into your home through the door. They feed on seedlings and decaying matter, and while they are not harmful, they can be a nuisance. They are prey for reptiles, so it is best to rid your home of these pests.

Treatment Recommendation

A monthly or bi-monthly pesticide application can help to get a millipede infestation under control. Millipedes will not cause any damage indoors. Clearing away any rotting wood, decaying organic matter, and leaves from your home or build will eliminate the millipede’s food source, which discourages an infestation.

Bees & Wasps

Pests in this category–bees, hornets, wasps, and yellow jackets–are all stinging insects. Some are beneficial to your environment and others are extremely harmful. It is important to consult a professional before attempting to removing any of these insects, as they may attack if their nests or hives are disturbed.

Treatment Recommendation

The recommended treatment will depend on the type of bee, wasp, or hornet you have infesting your property. Contact us for a consultation. After a thorough inspection, we will determine the best course of action and help your regain your peace of mind.


Ticks are external parasites and small arachnids. They feed on the blood of birds, mammals, and sometimes amphibians and reptiles. They carry a number of diseases, including Q fever, lyme disease and more.

Treatment Recommendation

We recommend monthly or bi-monthly treatments as the best way to control ticks.

For more information about the type of pests we treat for, to receive a free estimate or to schedule service, please contact Affordable Pest Control in San Tan Valley, AZ today at 480-907-7913. We look forward to working with you.