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Flying Insects In Tucson, AZ
Many types of pests, like flying insects, wind up in our yards or homes. Learning about some of the more common flying insects is vital to preventing problems with them. Keep reading to learn more!
What are flying insects?
Flies, mosquitoes (a type of fly), and kissing bugs are regular visitors to our Tucson properties. Flying insects are not only annoying to deal with but can pose significant hazards to people. Keeping these pests at bay is essential to your sanity and physical health.
Below is a brief description of common flying insects in Tucson.
Flies: There are more than 100,000 species of flies living worldwide. Unlike other insects with two pairs of wings, flies only have one pair of wings; having only one pair means they are typically weak fliers and make frequent landings.
Kissing Bugs: These insects are light brown or black with long oval-shaped bodies. They have distinct stripes of orange or red along the edge of its body. These bugs received their name from their habit of biting and sucking blood from their victim’s faces.
Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes have small bodies with six long, thin legs extending from the body. Female mosquitoes are responsible for the bites these insects deliver to people and animals. The females require protein from blood to create viable eggs and complete their life cycles.
Are flying insects dangerous?
Flies, mosquitoes, and kissing bugs can potentially be dangerous.
Flies spread bacteria and parasites and contaminate surfaces and food with pathogens that can make us ill.
Through their feeding habits, female mosquitoes can transmit serious diseases. The diseases they spread worldwide cause a significant number of deaths and are why they are known as one of the world’s most deadly insects.
Kissing bugs bite people on and around their lips to obtain blood meals. They carry a parasite in their feces that transmits Chagas disease. Symptoms of Chagas disease include body aches, fever, fatigue, and sometimes severe cardiac issues.
Why do I have a flying insect problem?
Because flying insects can easily fly into our yards, these pests can become a problem anywhere.
Things like standing water, abundant food sources found in gardens, outdoor eating areas, kitchens, and sheltered areas attract these pests. Once they feel comfortable, they will continue to feed, breed, and increase their populations.
The warm temperatures in Tucson allow these pests to thrive year-round. Flying pests are common problems in and around our Tucson homes. Since flying insects are active year-round, implementing a quality pest control service is the best way to keep these pests away.
Where will I find flying insects?
Flying insects are most problematic in our outdoor spaces. When flies, mosquitoes, and kissing bugs are living outside in your yard, taking advantage of the food and breeding sites available, it is highly likely that they will accidentally find their way into your home. Common entry points for flying insects include open doors or windows, torn screens, vents, drains, and openings around light fixtures.
Outside our homes flying insects gather around areas of standing water, dense vegetation, and wooded areas.
How do I get rid of flying insects?
If flying insects are constantly buzzing around your yard or home and are making you miserable, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional. Knowledgeable, local professionals can quickly assess the situation, identify the flying pests, and help you implement an effective pest control plan.
At Conquistador Pest & Termite, we are committed to implementing an inclusive pest control program to meet all your residential and commercial pest control needs and take back your indoor and outdoor spaces from pesky and potentially dangerous flying insects.
Please call us today for more information about our effective pest control solutions!
How can I prevent flying insects in the future?
Preventing problems with flying insects is tricky. While implementing regular pest control solutions is the best way to avoid problems with these pests, implementing the following tips is also very helpful.
Our top flying insect prevention tips include:
- Remove areas of standing water from your property that can act as a water source and provide breeding sites.
- Keep lids on outdoor trash cans and ensure you place all trash inside of trash cans.
- Keep your yard well maintained- cut back overgrown shrubs and trees and keep the grass cut short.
- Repair holes or tears in screens and make sure weather-stripping is intact.
- Never prop your home’s windows or doors open.
- Regularly pick up pet waste.
- Keep outdoor lights off as much as possible.
Don’t let flying insects make you uncomfortable in your yard or home. Reach out today to learn about the best pest control in Tucson and surrounding areas!
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