Southern Arizona Pests Spotlight Contest | Bill's Home Service Company

Southern Arizona Pests

This year, in celebration of our 60th anniversary, Bill’s Home Service is sharing the spotlight with 60 Southern Arizona pests.

Follow Bill’s Home Service on social media to participate in our “Name that Pest” game where we leave it up to you to guess the correct pest. The answers will be revealed here. Happy guessing!

Desert Tarantula

January 30, 2024
A female tarantula has a stockier body than a male and is covered in light brown or tan hair. The male is thinner with black hair covering most of the body and reddish hairs on its abdomen. Males live 10-12 years; females can live twice as long. In the Sonoran Desert, tarantulas grow to a length of 3-4 inches. Most tarantulas have weak venom. Learn about other pest species at

Brown Dog Tick

January 23, 2024
Brown dog ticks go through four life stages – egg, six-legged larva, eight-legged nymph, and adult. After hatching ticks must take a blood meal at every stage to survive. Between each stage, the tick sheds its exoskeleton and grows larger. Brown dog ticks are 3-host ticks and require a new host animal at each stage of their life. The tick usually spends its whole life in the host’s living area, which can lead to tick infestations inside homes, since dogs typically live some of their time with humans. Brown dog ticks can complete their entire life cycle indoors and reproduce year-round under these conditions. They spread the bacteria that causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) in Arizona and northwest Mexico. Reduce tick harborage opportunities by removing furniture, and unused items from under or around your home. Avoid using space under homes as storage areas and reduce plant growth next to and under your home. Wash pet bedding and vacuum inside homes weekly. Learn about other pest species at

Cactus Mouse

January 18, 2024
The cactus mouse can be distinguished by its extremely long tail and small body; its weight ranges from 0.6 oz to 1.41 oz and hair can be brown, gray, or white. These rodents travel up to 8 mph, and only live about one year. In hot temperatures, they lower their metabolism and become inactive to reduce the amount of water they need to survive. Learn more about rodents at

Bed Bug

January 9, 2024
Did you know 20% of Americans deal with bed bugs? Bed bugs are reddish-brown, wingless, apple seed-sized insects that feed on blood, usually at night. They're notorious for hitchhiking, traveling from person to person. Signs of bed bugs include reddish stains on bed sheets/mattresses. They prefer to hide in crevices and tight spaces such as drawer joints, seams of chairs, cracks on the bed frame, etc. Learn more at

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