Dancing Scorpions

Scorpions are cool… Unless you are an Arizona homeowner who is finding them crawling throughout your house.

Despite this, one cool scorpion characteristic is that a pair of male and female scorpions will perform an elaborate courtship process, which looks like dancing scorpions!

Here’s how it all goes down:

Dancing Scorpion Courtship

Giant Hairy Scorpion Face Dancing Scorpions

It’s a rare thing to see—I’m referring to a scorpion courtship process that entails a pair of scorpions that look like they are learning the tango or salsa. They gracelessly scurry around with their pinchers locked together.

The dancing scorpions are performing a courtship of sorts; a mating courtship. Here is what is really happening:

A male scorpion will leave a packet of sperm behind. His goal is to get a female scorpion to pick it up. The male will grasp the female’s pedipalps or pinchers, and do his best to push her on top of the sperm packet.

It’s a wrestling match-up of sorts, a match that can last for hours. A successful courtship will result in scorpion babies in about six to twelve months.

You can watch the amazing video below:

Video: Scorpion Courtship

Results Of Dancing Scorpion Courtship: Scorpion Babies

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If the scorpion courtship is successful, the female scorpion will carry her young for six months to almost a year. After this gestation period, the female scorpion will then birth live scorpions! As many as 25 scorpions can be in one litter. These young scorplings will be carried on their mother’s back four a couple weeks as they grow and molt. After a couple of weeks, the babies will climb down off their mother and begin lives of their own; living anywhere from three to eight years.

Mesa Scorpion Exterminator

It’s pretty neat to see the scorpion courtship process. It’s also pretty cool to see a scorpion with baby scorpions hitching a ride on their mother’s back. While this is quite the site, it also means that baby scorpions will grow up and have babies of their own. You don’t want your home overrun with stinging scorpions. To eliminate any scorpion problem it’s best to call a Mesa scorpion exterminator!

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
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Hunt Scorpions With Black Light Flashlights

Black Light Scorpion Hunt Scorpions With Black Light Flashlights

If you are the adventurous type, who finds scorpions fascinating, as opposed to running the other direction screaming in fear at the sight of one, then you are in luck. You can easily spot them with a black light. In fact, black lighting scorpions is a common method used to control the scorpion populations around your home and property… And you can do it too! It’s actually quite the nighttime adventure!

Hunt Scorpions With Black Light Flashlights

Are you worried about scorpions entering you home; hiding out in your shoes and bed sheets, waiting to sting? If so, be proactive. One such way to be proactive is to hunt them with black light flashlights. It’s actually quite fun, if you are not creeped out by these stinging arachnids.

First you need a black light flashlight. Your best bet is an LED one. They are very bright, and will really light up the glowing scorpions. You can purchase black light flashlights at at your local hardware store. You really don’t need anything huge or fancy or extra powerful.

When it gets dark, head out in your yard with your new black light flashlight. Walk along the edges of your house, paying close attention to where the stucco or siding meets the foundation. Shine the black light in these areas. The glowing scorpions jump out at you when see them. Fences and concrete walls are also popular hangouts for scorpions. We actually call these areas, scorpion condominiums. Look there as well.

If you wish to exterminate the scorpions that you find, do so with closed toe shoes or boots. Do not handle the scorpions, as they’ll unleash a very painful and very toxic sting is disturbed. Sticky tape wrapped around the outside of a ruler works well to grab them.

Why Do Scorpions Glow Under Black Lights?

UV Scorpion Hunt Scorpions With Black Light Flashlights

Fluorescent chemicals, like beta-carboline, that are found in the exoskeleton of the scorpion cause them to glow an eerie neon bluish-green when exposed to ultraviolet light. From the scorpion’s crushing pinchers to its stinging tail; the scorpions entire body collects UV light and converts it into blue-green wavelengths to the human eye. This practice is known as fluorescence. As to the functionality of this process to the scorpion, scientists still aren’t completely sure of the benefit.

Types Of Arizona Scorpions To Hunt With Black Lights

In the State of Arizona, there are two common species of scorpions you’ll frequently find in your home and on your property. These two common species are the Arizona Bark scorpion, and the Desert Hairy scorpion.

Arizona Bark Scorpion

Bark Scorpion Tail Up Hunt Scorpions With Black Light Flashlights

The most common species of scorpion found in Arizona, also happens to be the most venomous in the country. The Arizona Bark scorpion is a yellowish tan in color and can measure about two inches in length. It will come into your Arizona home, looking for water, shelter, and it’s favorite meal of crickets or roaches.

Desert Hairy Scorpion

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Desert Hairy scorpions are bigger in size, compared to the Arizona Bark scorpion, reaching lengths of 5-6 inches. While their stings are painful (like getting stuck by a tack), they are not very dangerous. These scorpions don’t like to come into your home as much, but do still invade occasionally.

Mesa, Arizona Scorpion Control

If you don’t like the notion of inspecting your home and property every night with a black light flashlight in order to control your scorpion population; get Mesa scorpion control instead. Let a scorpion exterminator take your scorpion worries away.

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
terminix.com  

 

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Two New Species Of Arizona Scorpion Discovered

 Two New Species Of Arizona Scorpion Discovered
Photo by Rich Ayrey

Arizona is home to a variety of different scorpion species, and amazingly, new species of scorpions are still being discovered today.

For some 50 years, there were only four different species of mountain scorpions that we knew about in the state of Arizona (about 50 overall types). Over the past few years though, the number of known mountain scorpion species in Arizona has more than doubled from four to ten. This is in large part to discoveries made in the isolated Sky Islands (Santa Catalina Mountains), near Tucson, AZ.

Two New Species Of Arizona Scorpion Discovered

An Arizona couple was camping in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson when they turned over a piece of bark. It’s about this time they knew they had found something unique, as they gazed down at a dark brown colored scorpion. It was a scorpion they had never seen before.

This new discovery comes just a short time after the same man, a Dr. Rich Ayrey, found a separate and new species of scorpion named Vaejovis brysoni in the same mountains. An avid outdoorsman and scorpion enthusiast, Dr. Ayrey has helped discover, catalogue, and name some five scorpion species.

The discovery of the two different species of scorpions came as a shock, because the two species were living in the same range. Most other scorpion species occupy their own ranges and are thought to be isolated.

Entomologists are shocked that new species of scorpion are being discovered so close to a metropolitan area, like Tucson. These new scorpion discoveries demonstrate just how little we really know about the creatures living in our own backyards.

The New Species of Mountain Scorpions

Each of the two new scorpion discoveries have different proportions and claws than other scorpions. The scorpions are dark brown in color, and are just shy of two inches in length (1.84). Female scorpions will carry her offspring, up to 24, on her back.

The newly discovered scorpions have not been tested for toxicity, but the venom of related mountain scorpions is generally mild, less painful than a bee sting.

Scorpion Control

While this discovery of a new species of scorpion in Arizona is exciting news, most homeowners are left with the sentiment,

“Just what we need…another type of scorpion.”

This sentiment comes from the very dangerous and very prominent Arizona Bark Scorpion; which is found throughout most of Arizona. These Bark Scorpions commonly inflict painful stings; some of which can cause unfortunate symptoms or reaction. Scorpions are not to be messed with. If you are seeing scorpions in or around your Arizona property, get professional scorpion control today!

Arizona Scorpion Control

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
terminix.com

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Thief Steals Van- Finds It Filled With Scorpions, Spiders, & Creepy Crawlies

Stolen Van Filled With Scorpions, Spiders, and Other Creepy Crawlies

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An Arizona man, known as Wild-man Phil (pictured on the left), travels across the country visiting birthday parties, elementary schools, and churches putting on a show with all sorts of cool and interesting bugs and reptiles.

While traveling to a Colorado show, the entertainer stopped at a Wal-Mart to pick up supplies. In order to keep the reptiles and other creepy crawly things warm and healthy, he needed to keep the van’s heat running while in the store. That proved to be an unfortunate mistake, because when he came back out, his vehicle was gone!

Inside the van there were three scorpions, and a tarantula. Wild man Phil also had all of his personal belongings stolen, along with a tortoise, rattlesnake, python, and other various lizards, and non-venomous snakes.

Englewood, Colorado police are looking for Wild man Phil’s van; a 1999 blue GMC van, with an Arizona License plate of TEDDIJO.

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Spider, Scorpion, and Snake Karma?

Imagine the reaction the thief must have had as he opened the grey tubs that where holding the spiders, scorpions, and snakes. I bet he didn’t know what he had gotten himself into. While the thief was likely expecting a bin full of valuables, like tools or even a laptop, what he got was a deadly rattlesnake and stinging scorpions. Instead of Snakes on a Plane, we have Snakes in a Van!

I wonder if he got bit… Now that would be Karma!

Spider and Scorpion Control

While most of us are hoping this thief gets what he or she deserves, we all shutter at the thought of having scorpions and spiders in our homes, and heaven forbid, in our cars. If you are a Mesa, AZ resident, you can find scorpions in your home, and a few have even made their way into cars. Don’t be one of the people who gets stung by a scorpion. Scorpion stings are painful! Get Mesa scorpion control today!

Spider and Scorpion Control in Mesa

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
terminix.com

Source: http://www.9news.com/news/article/294869/346/Thief-steals-Suburban-full-of-reptiles-

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Scorpion Sting Leaves Arizona Woman With Massive $83,000 Bill

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Escorpión del Desierto (Hadrurus arizonensis) (Photo credit: Landahlauts)

Imagine being in your garage, opening a box of air conditioner filters, when you are suddenly stung by a scorpion—and that’s not even the worst part!

A 52 year old Ahwatukee, AZ woman felt a razor-sharp prick on her abdomen, but the worst sting came several months later when she opened the $83,000 hospital bill.

 

After the sting, Marcie Edmonds started experiencing typical scorpion sting symptoms:

  • Mild tingling and burning sensation
  • Blurry vision
  • Throat tightness
  • Darting eyes
  • Tense muscles
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty walking

Scorpion Antivenom

Shortly after experiencing all of the agonizing symptoms of the scorpion’s sting, Edmonds called Poison Control which directed her to the emergency room at Chandler Regional Medical Center. She was educated about scorpion sting treatments, like the antivenom Anascorp, which could quickly relieve her symptoms. She was given the Anascorp, through IV, in two doses then was released from the hospital.

A Shock in the Mail

Several weeks after the scorpion sting, Marcie Edmonds was figuratively stung by a massive hospital bill she received in the mail that totaled $83,046. The two Anascorp doses, billed at $39,652 a piece, were partly covered by her insurer Humana. Edmonds was held financially accountable for the remaining $25,537, and said the physician never mentioned the cost of the drug or any possible treatment alternatives.

Pricey Antivenom Markup

The Arizona Republic reports that scorpion antivenom distributors charge about $3,500 per dose. A valley-wide hospital poll found that the scorpion antivenom charges range from $7,900-$12,467. Pharmacies in Mexico only charge around $100, which has left many of us wondering, especially Marcie Edmonds, why hospitals are charging so much.

Scorpion Control

Scorpion control is a necessity for those living in Mesa, Arizona. Professionals offer year round treatments for an approximate cost of $400. Doing the math in my head, Mrs. Edmonds could have possibly saved herself $82,600 and steered clear of this nightmare altogether, if she solicited the help of an experienced exterminator.

Avoid costly hospital visits caused by scorpion stings by contacting a scorpion control professional today!

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
terminix.com

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Mesa Monsoons Bring Out The Creepy Crawlers

 

 

The end of Arizona’s 2012 monsoon season is coming up on September 30th, and don’t think the bugs didn’t take advantage of all the moisture we received. All of this summer monsoon moisture generates the ideal breeding setting for mosquitoes and other dangerous pests. The combination of the rain, the heat, and the humidity offer a perfect environment for insects to thrive and grow around your property.

During the monsoon season, people see a lot of insects they wouldn’t generally see during the other months of the year. When it rains it floods out where they are hiding. They come out to get away from the water, looking for a dry spot.

What Creepy Crawlers Are You More Likely To See In Mesa During The Monsoon Season?

  • The Bark Scorpion is a very widespread and unsafe Mesa pest. These scorpions are always on the lookout for water left by the monsoon rains. They can climb walls and even hang from ceilings and doors. There are actually more scorpions in the Arizona cities then in the desert.
  • Tarantulas can frequently be seen looking for a comfortable hiding place during monsoon season. Our pest control professionals say that they are a definite fright, but not predominantly hazardous. Their venom is no more potent then a bee’s and they will only bite as a final option.
  • The same can be said for the Vinegaroon, a frequent yard occupier.  They look extremely menacing, but are rather quite safe.
  • The West Nile carrying mosquitoes are more rampant during the monsoon season because they lay their eggs in the stagnant water left by the storms. Mosquito dunks are a good way to kill these unwanted disease carriers.
  • The Black Widow spider is the most deadly of the Arizona monsoon pests, and is mostly documented around the house. Watch for her strong sticky web near the ground as she is trying to catch the crickets flushed out by the storms.

Most of these and other pests are not to be taken lightly. If you are seeing any of these unwanted occupants in or around your home, contact a Mesa pest control professional today! 

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Orkin
1116 South Center Street
Mesa, AZ 85210
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

Critter Getter Pest Control
Mesa, AZ 85205
(480) 630-2798
pestcontrolservicemesa.com

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Is it a spider? Is it a scorpion? What is it?

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Is it a spider?  Is it a scorpion? What is it?

These were a few questions I found myself asking last week when an elusive Tailless Whip Scorpion made its way into the office. One of the technicians was out on a service job when he caught the mysterious arachnid and brought it in for further observation. It currently sets in a terrarium on my boss’s desk where we feed it crickets and watch how it behaves behaviors.

As my boss let the Whip Scorpion crawl up and down his arm during while being interviewed by a local news station, I wondered to myself, “What exactly is a Tailless Whip Scorpion?” and “Are they Safe?”

What Is It?

Most of us here in Mesa, AZ are well versed in most arachnids. We encounter spiders and scorpions all the time. One arachnid we rarely come across is the less famous Tailless Whip Scorpion. They are common in the southwest United States, and parts of northern Mexico. These Tailless Whip Scorpions walk sideways on their six legs, and are very good climbers. They lack the rear stinger that most of us Arizonans have grown a custom to on the scorpions we regularly see. They do have pedipalps, or pinchers, that they use to capture their prey. Like other spiders and scorpions, Whip Scorpions dine primarily on other insects.

Are They Safe?

Tailless Whip Scorpions are safe to humans. They can use their pedipalps to defend themselves if needed, but rarely ever feel threatened. If you can get past their disturbing appearance, they are actually safe to hold and touch. They are non-venomous, but can spray an acidic enzyme that is primarily used to stun its prey.

Other Scorpions ARE Dangerous!

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English: Closeup (macrograph) of the barb of an Arizona Bark Scorpion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Unlike the Tailless Whip Scorpion, other types of scorpions found here in Arizona should be considered very dangerous. If you are finding these scorpions in and around your property, contact a local pest control professional today!

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Orkin
1116 South Center Street
Mesa, AZ 85210
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

Critter Getter Pest Control
Mesa, AZ 85205
(480) 630-2798
pestcontrolservicemesa.com

 

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Scorpion Control – Mesa Scorpions Booming!

Just in today:

In two days I have found two scorpions in my home. One in the kitchen sink and one one the tile floor. They are bigger than the ones I have seen before out here. I have two small pets…

- Alexis | Mesa, AZ 85042

Scorpions are on the move, but it’s no surprise. Scorpions are always hyper active in the fall. It’s scorpion mating and birthing season. In fact you may find a mother scorpion carrying around a hundred or so baby scorpions. Just dropping them off as she moves, and wherever she moves. I guess its time to increase your scorpion protection.

Need scorpion control. Our home is infested. What are the steps you take. What are the products you use? What is your price? I prefer email. – Terri | Mesa, AZ 85234

What can you do to combat scorpions?

1- Pest Control Service - A regular pest control treatment with the right products is the best barrier you can have. The University of Arizona has found that certain products are effective in residual scorpion control.

Read more about the Science of Scorpion Control.

Read more about Fall Scorpion Season.


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2- Scorpion Seals – In extreme cases it may be recommended that homeowners do a scorpion home seal.  Scorpion seals can impede scorpions from entering a home by blocking cracks and openings that scorpions use to enter bathrooms, cabinets, light fixtures, and closets.  However, the walls of a home are meant to breath, to release moisture so that mold and decay don’t attack your home.  Therefore, its not wise to attempt to completely seal a home.  Further, scorpions can easily enter in any crack 1/18th of inch or wider. It is not realistic to expect all your doors and windows to close every crack a scorpion and slip through.  So a scorpion seal is only an added layer of protection, that again, only impedes or slows a scorpion’s assault.

3- Scorpion Traps – Probably the easiest step in preventing scorpions are simple pest control glue boards.  Scorpions stick to corners as they are nearly blind.  Placing a few of these scorpion traps in the corners will help immensely.

Just visit Joe’s to Get Scorpion Traps.

Scorpion Horror Story -

I have a 2nd home in SE Arizona east of Tombstone in Gleeson Arizona. I need help as I have had a scorpion outbreak recently and I have been stung! Can I apply your product myself as I am thinking it would be too costly for you to come and visit my location? Thanks for your help!

John W.  | Arizona 85610

John, the best recommendation we have for Do – It – Yourself Pest control is Joe’s at www.PestProJoe.com  Hopefully you can get rid of them before they sting you again.  OUCH!  Let us know how it goes.

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