Are you moving to Arizona? Or you’re living there for a while?
If yes, then there are little blacks bugs in Arizona that you should be aware of.
It’s because these bugs are not only invasive but also a nuisance.
Two of these bugs come in hordes, and it feels like your home is under invasion.
It looks scary!
In this post, you’ll get to know three tiny bugs that pester Arizona residents the most.
You’ll also get to know what risks they bring, how to deter them from entering your home, and if they’re inside your home, how you can get rid of them.
Let’s dive in.
Carpet Beetles – The Most Damaging Little Black Bugs In Arizona
The most widespread and damaging little black bug in Arizona homes is the carpet beetle.
These carpet beetles come in different colors, but in many states, including Arizona, carpet beetles are black.
Carpet beetles can also be white, brown, and brownish grey with yellowish spots on them.
How Carpet Beetles Enter Your Home?
Carpet beetles enter homes from the yard or garden through open doors and windows and gaps in the walls.
In your garden, adult carpet beetles eat pollen, nectar, flowers, seeds, and plants.
Adult carpet beetles enter your home for only one primary purpose, and that’s to lay eggs.
They lay eggs on animal fabric products, like fur, silk, leather, wool, and feather.
The larvae that come out of the eggs after hatching feed on these fabrics.
Not only that, but the larvae of carpet beetles also destroy clothes made of cotton, wool blends, and linen too.
These larvae create holes in the fabric, causing it to look perforated.
Carpet beetle larvae are notorious for destroying expensive clothing made of silk and fur and woolen carpets too.
The larvae are ¼ inch long, brown, and look like a worm covered with bristles of hair.
Other reasons that bring adult carpet beetles to your home are dirt, food stains in fabric, unwashed clothing, open pet food, and perspiration stains.
Carpet beetles also hitchhike, which means that they can latch on to a fabric that you’ve brought into your home.
How To Stop Carpet Beetles From Entering Your Home?
In Arizona, where the weather is sunny, and the winters are temperate, the risk of carpet beetle infestation is quite reasonable all year round.
Here are the three steps to stop carpet beetles from entering your home.
Get Rid Of Adult Carpet Beetles In Your Yard Or Garden
If you’ve got a garden with many flowers, then chances are there are many carpet beetles.
The first thing you need to do is treat your yard or garden to get rid of the adult carpet beetles.
You can do it by sprinkling food-grade diatomaceous earth in your garden.
Alternatively, spraying a mixture of water and eucalyptus essential oil also repels carpet beetles from your garden or yard.
Both the methods are effective and non-toxic to get rid of adult carpet beetles, plus many other bugs from your garden.
You can use a pesticide spray too, but make sure that they’re safe for your plants.
We don’t recommend you handle pesticide yourself if you don’t have experience with it.
Instead, hire a professional pest controller to do the job.
Now it’s time to put on the safeguards on your home to prevent their entry into your home.
Install Window Shields To Stop Carpet Beetles From Flying Into Your Home
The best way you can stop them from entering your home is to put window shields on your windows.
Ensure that you use window shields with smaller mesh, which will also prevent many other tiny bugs from flying in.
Plus, it’d be best if you seal the gaps or cracks in the walls.
Many bugs, including carpet beetles, exploit these gaps to invade your home.
Remove Dirt And Garbage From Your Home
Clean up those trash bins, don’t let dirty clothes pile up for days, and remove food stains from carpet and fabric.
The key to keep carpet beetles and many other bugs away from your home is to keep your home clean.
Most importantly, don’t allow discarded food, organic waste, and pet food to lie around for days inside your home.
If you do, it will attract carpet beetles and other destructive pests like roaches and ants.
How Can You Get Rid Of Carpet Beetle Larvae From Your Home?
Do you observe perforation or holes in fabrics, especially on clothes made of animal products?
If yes, then it’s a sign of the presence of carpet beetle larvae.
There are two essential steps to get rid of carpet beetles’ larvae from your home –
Remove The Damaged Clothing Or Fabric And Give Them For Cleaning
If you observe holes in your clothing made of animal products, remove them from where they are.
Clean them, or dry clean them before you put them back in your wardrobe or closet.
It’d be best if you can get rid of the fabric that is irreparably damaged.
Vacuum Clean Your Home, Especially The Soft Furnishings
The next step is to vacuum your home, including the places where you keep your clothes and fabric.
Also, vacuum your bed, mattress, sofa, accent chairs, and any other upholstery in your home.
Most importantly, vacuum your carpets or rugs.
It’d be best if you wash them or give them for dry cleaning before you introduce them back to your home.
Steam cleaning is better than vacuum cleaning because the steam cleaner’s heat kills the carpet beetle larvae.
Wash any dirty clothing lying around for days. And if there are fabrics with food stains, wash them too.
Dirt, food waste, and organic waste attract carpet beetles not only to your home but also to your car.
False Chinch Bugs In Arizona
Another little bug in Arizona that is a nuisance is a false chinch bug.
False chinch bugs are pretty common in Phoenix, Tucson, southern Arizona, and homes near Mojave dessert.
False chinch bugs feed on mustard weeds. They swarm in large numbers starting from April.
¼ inch long, brownish-gray, with red patches on their body, false chinch bugs will gather around the window screens in large numbers.
The swarms look menacing, but false chinch bugs don’t bite humans, nor do they bring any infestation risks.
But false chinch bugs feed on seedlings, and they can harm your garden.
How To Stop False Chinch Bugs From Entering Your Home?
We don’t recommend using any pesticide or anything else to get rid of false chinch bugs.
It’s because they die on their own when the temperatures start to increase.
These bugs are a temporary nuisance for a few weeks.
To stop them from entering your home, use weather stripping on your door and put up window shields.
If they’re inside your home, then vacuuming is enough to get rid of them.
Do not squish them because the guts out of false chinch bugs stink, which may attract ants and roaches.
As a precautionary step, get rid of weeds in your garden or yard in January and February.
It’ll make your home less attractive to false chinch bugs.
If the swarms of false chinch bugs banging themselves on your window scares you, then wipe your windows with water and dishwashing detergent.
It’ll repel the false chinch bugs from your windows.
Little Black Bugs In Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Over the years, there’s a rise of tiny black bugs in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
These bugs are known as black plant bugs or Slaterocoris Atritibialis.
Like the false chinch bugs, these black plant bugs also arrive in hordes.
They’re active only during the summer months, and they try to enter your home to escape the heat outside.
The black plant bugs are shiny black, and many people mistake them for rat feces.
You’d find them banging themselves on the window glass trying to get inside your home.
But black plant bugs are harmless to humans, and neither do they possess any threat to your garden.
The best way to deter them from entering your home is to use window shields.
Like the false chinch bugs, these black plant bugs also die on their own.
You’d find piles of their dead bodies gathered around window sills or near the doorways.
9 Most Common Bugs In Arizona Houses
This post wouldn’t have been complete if we didn’t include the most common bugs in Arizona homes.
Some of these pests are invasive and can cause severe damages to your home.
Knowing these pests will help you raise your guard against them and protect your home from pest invasion.
Here are the nine bugs that are common in Arizona homes –
Arizona homes are at significant risk of termite invasion, especially from subterranean termites.
Subterranean termites invade from underground. They can enter your home from your yard or garden.
The best option is to be on the lookout for signs of termites in your yard and take preemptive steps to kill them before they enter your home.
You can check out our post to know more about how to treat your yard for termites.
Ants look pretty harmless. But they can cause significant damage to your home.
The most common ants in Arizona are carpenter ants that damage the wood.
Also, rover ants, odorous ants, and harvester ants are frequent invaders of Arizona homes.
Roaches carry germs and diseases. They, too, invade Arizona homes.
The most common roaches in Arizona are German Roaches and American Roaches.
Like termites and bed bugs, roaches are difficult to get rid of, and you must act at the early stages of infestation.
To know more about getting roaches, you can check our actionable posts here.
Arizona homes are known for harboring spiders because the heat outside forces the spiders to look for cooler places, which is your home.
Tarantulas are quite easy to spot, especially in the city of Tucson. But they prefer to live in your yard or garden rather than sneaking inside your home.
Spiders are sneaky creatures, and they can easily hide in tight spaces.
The best way to get rid of spiders is to know their hiding places and lure them out of hiding before getting rid of them.
Though there are many scorpions in Arizona, the most common one in Arizona houses is the Bark Scorpion.
It has the most painful sting, and once it stings you, you can experience numbness and vomiting.
They’re hard to spot, and they can easily hide underneath your furniture and even inside your shoes.
A massive number of ticks are in Arizona. But the most common one is the brown dog tick.
You’ll find the brown dog tick in dogs. But they can easily latch on to humans and bite them.
Brown dog tick can cause rocky mountain spotted fever in humans.
Experts say that of all the deaths caused by insects and bugs, deaths caused by Africanized bees are the highest in Arizona.
Though not common in Arizona homes, if you’re camping or hiking, leave the place asap when you encounter one of their hives.
Maricopa County in Arizona is hell-bent on getting rid of mosquitoes.
It’s because the mosquitoes there transmit a deadly disease known as the West Nile disease.
The mosquitoes breed all year round, which makes them quite widespread all through the year.
And finally, bed bugs.
Bed bugs are common in Arizona homes.
Bed bugs aren’t dangerous, but their bites are itchy and painful.
Bed bug infestation in Arizona homes has increased over time, and they spread amazingly fast.
Once bed bugs infest your homes, it’s not only hard to get rid of them but also expensive.
Check out our post to know how to get rid of bed bugs without spending a fortune.
The three most common little bugs in Arizona are carpet beetles, false chinch bugs, and black plant bugs.
Apart from these three tiny bugs, nine bugs invade Arizona homes.
They are – Termites, ants, cockroaches, spiders, scorpions, ticks, Africanized bees, mosquitoes, and bed bugs.
Quarterly pest inspection of your home is the best preemptive way to keep these pests away.
We’re Mark and Jim. We were serial pest killers for almost all of our lives. Through this blog we spread pest murdering tips to people like you who want to keep their homes pest free.