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What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

I was pleased to sit down with a couple of the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating recently, and talk candidly about the pest situation here in the Valley. I was interested to know what the most common pests are here in Arizona… The pests that are most frequently called about.

Here are the top 3 most called about pests in Arizona, according to Bulwark Pest Control Mesa:

3. Fire Ants

Fire Ant Sign What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

They’re red, they’re nasty, and in Arizona they have stung approximately 40 percent of the State’s population. I’m talking of course about the Red Imported Fire ant. These ants are known for their destructive mound building, and their painful stings which are unleashed whenever one of their huge ant mounds is threatened. Once stung, a victim will display painful red welts that rise above the skin and eventually blister. It’s because of these painful stings; Arizona residents want no part of the Fire ant and call Bulwark Exterminating in Mesa for professional Fire ant control.

2. Black Widows

Black Widow Spider In Web What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

Almost 99 percent of all spiders found in Arizona are harmless. One of the spiders that make up the remaining one percent is the Black Widow spider. Her appearance is unmistakable; with her large glossy black abdomen, and of course her bright red hour glass that warn everybody to keep their distance. Black Widows will only bite when provoked, and will likely run away when confronted. Despite this behavior, Arizona resident’s take know chances when it comes to this spider. Perhaps it’s her painful and dangerous bite that has residents calling Bulwark Exterminating in Mesa for professional spider control.

1. Arizona Bark Scorpion

Scorpion What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

The number one called about pest in Arizona, is without a doubt, the Arizona Bark Scorpion. Most Arizona residents are able to put up with a few cockroaches or crickets running around their home, but not scorpions. If you live in Arizona long enough, there’s a really high probability that you will be stung by a scorpion at some point. Anybody that has ever been stung does not want to ever go through that experience ever again. To avoid scorpion stings, it’s advised that professional scorpion control actions be taken. Arizona residents know this, and that is why scorpions are the most frequently called about pest.

Mesa Pest Control

If you are tired of seeing Fire ants, Black Widow spiders, Bark scorpions, or any other pest inside your home or on your property, it is time to do something about. Call or click a Mesa pest control professional today.

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1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
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Peoria, AZ 85345
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Awesome Outdoor Adventures In Arizona

It’s no surprise that anyone looking for adventure should certainly consider America first and foremost as thanks to the country’s 50 separate states there’s something for everyone no matter what you’re into.

White-water-rafting, mountain biking, desert trekking, you name it and the USA has got the lot and even if you fancy a few urban adventures then you’ll find some of the finest cities in the world where you can really go wild and have a truly exciting time.

For most people, having an adventure means being outdoors and in this particular article I’d like to concentrate on Arizona and present some spectacular landscapes and locations where simply being there is pretty much as exciting as it gets.

The Grand Canyon

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This is one of the most recognized landmarks in the whole world and no adventure trip to Arizona is complete without exploring the Grand Canyon. Trekking round the South Rim, white-water rafting on the Colorado River and even helicopter flights all add to the excitement value and stepping out onto the Skywalk will no doubt test your nerves to the max.

Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater Flagstaff Awesome Outdoor Adventures In Arizona

Located around an hour’s drive from Flagstaff, the Meteor Crater measures around a mile across and if you’re looking for a completely unique outdoor experience in Arizona then look no further. A fantastic interactive visitor center and museum explains more about this amazing hole in the ground and guided tours will take you closer to the stars than you ever thought possible.

Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu Awesome Outdoor Adventures In Arizona

This incredible reservoir can be found along the Arizona border with California and presents almost 20,000 acres of surface water as well as the original London Bridge which was shipped over in the 60′s. Fishing, boating, kayaking and jet-skiing are all possible and retiring to Lake Havasu City for your evening meal is the best way to conclude a perfect day outdoors in Arizona.

Camelback Mountain

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There are no prizes for guessing how Camelback got its name but if you’re looking for a spot of hiking or mountain climbing then you’ll find almost 3000 feet of granite and sandstone to enable you to do both in abundance. Located in Phoenix and promising two excellent hiking trails (Echo Canyon Trail and Cholla Trail) Camelback is heaven on earth for outdoor adventure lovers.

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park Awesome Outdoor Adventures In Arizona

Situated in the south of the state and containing no end of sand dunes, mountain slopes and untold cacti, Saguaro is exactly what you’re after if you’re exploring Arizona for adventures. With over 150 miles of trekking trail as well as some quintessential images at dusk, this is indeed one of the top places to get away from it all and spend a night under the stars or day under the beating sun.

Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend Awesome Outdoor Adventures In Arizona

This fold of the Colorado River can be found near the town of Page and hardly any time at all from the likes of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon. If you’re into your natural photography then prepare to be amazed as a trekking trip will take you to the top of a sheer cliff face where the immensity of the Bend can be seen in all its glory.

Slide Rock State Park

Slide Rock State Park Awesome Outdoor Adventures In Arizona 

Situated some 7 miles or so from Sedona, within the boundaries of Oak Creek Canyon, Slide Rock State Park is one of the most visited attractions in Arizona and well-worth your time if you’re in the area. Although the hiking trails aren’t exactly long they do contain some more than impressive views and if you’re in the mood for cider then you’ll find a fully working apple orchard right on site.

Fossil Creek

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This ever-flowing stream can be found near the community of Strawberry in Gila County and is home to many examples of Arizona’s endangered species of animal and plant life. Thanks to the creek’s warm waters, this is an ideal location to take a dip after a hike and there are even a couple of small waterfalls adding to the allure of this awesome outdoor adventure in Arizona.

 

 

Brown Recluse Infographic

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Mesa Spider Control

The above infographic sheds some much needed light on the Brown Recluse spider. While the Brown recluse doesn’t live in Mesa, or in any part of Arizona for that matter, a few of it’s relatives do. The Desert Recluse and Arizona Recluse are commonly found in parts of Arizona, and are dangerous, just like the Brown Recluse. If you are worried about recluse spiders in your Mesa area home, or are growing weary of any other spider, get professional spider control.

Whether its Wolf spiders, House spiders, Black Widow spiders, or recluse spiders, Bulwark Exterminating is here to help. Get professional spider control and begin living spider free!

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
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10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
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2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
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Arizona Blonde Tarantulas: Are They Dangerous?

Arizona Blonde Tarantula Arizona Blonde Tarantulas: Are They Dangerous?

In the Arizona desert, there is a wide variety of bugs and creepy crawlies. The tarantula is definitely a common arachnid in Arizona with 30 species known to plaque the land. One of the most common tarantulas is the Arizona Blonde tarantula.

The Arizona Blonde Tarantula

The Arizona blonde tarantula (also referred to as the Mexican blonde tarantula or western desert tarantula) is commonly seen during the summer months and rainy season of the year. It is a solitary tarantula, and the males will usually only emerge from their burrow to find a mate. Females are rarely seen out of their burrow. The male will die shortly after mating, if the female lets him live!

Tarantulas defend themselves with their venomous fangs and irritating hairs. In addition to a venomous bite, this arachnid can also brush some of its hairs on its predator. They are very difficult to remove and extremely irritating for all kinds of enemies. Despite these defensive skills, tarantulas can still be preyed upon by birds, lizards, snakes, wasps, and others.

Are Arizona Blonde Tarantulas Dangerous?

Arizona residents may have seen a Arizona blonde tarantula roaming around their property from time to time, and were left wondering if these ugly spiders are dangerous. Well rest assure, these spiders do not pose any significant threat to Arizona residents. While these tarantulas are venomous, their venom is not all that potent. These tarantulas do have the capability to bite humans, but this rarely happens. Arizona blonde tarantulas are very mild mannered and docile spiders. It’s for this very reason many people keep them as pets.

The only thing Arizona residents need to worry about when it comes to the Arizona Blonde tarantula is that they have protective hairs that can irritate other attackers, animals, and yes people’s skin.

Author Bio:  is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality Mesa Spider Control services. When I’m not playing with my two adorable nieces, I’m on the tennis court chasing that little green ball around.

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
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Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
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Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
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Disgruntled Scorpion At Odds With Arizona Senator Jeff Flake

Scorpion Disgruntled Scorpion At Odds With Arizona Senator Jeff Flake

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake was recently voted number one on “The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful” list; but this recognition didn’t exclude the politician from the dangers of living in the desert. Senator Flake tweeted out late Wednesday (August 14, 2013) that he had been stung by a scorpion.

Scorpion Stings Arizona Senator Jeff Flake

They say that if you live in the desert long enough, it’s inevitable that you will be stung by a scorpion. Arizona Senator Jeff Flake learned that very truth the hard way, when he was recently stung by an Arizona Bark Scorpion; the most venomous and dangerous scorpion species found in the United States. The good Senator tweeted the details late Wednesday night. See for yourself:

Scorpion Sting Jeff Flake Disgruntled Scorpion At Odds With Arizona Senator Jeff Flake

Senator Flake’s spokesperson released a statement claiming that the experience was painful, and his left arm was numb, but overall “not a big deal.”

Arizona Bark Scorpions

Arizona Bark Scorpions are the most common pest in Arizona, and they are also the most reviled. They are best described as being just plain creepy. They hide in our shoes and in our bed sheets, and when we least expect it… OUCH! These malevolent arachnids sting, and those stings hurt! Arizona Bark Scorpions are considered to be the most dangerous and most deadly scorpion species in the United States. Senator Flake learned that first hand, as he was stung and his entire left arm went numb. Bark scorpions will come inside our Arizona homes looking for their favorite meal of either a roach or a cricket. They are also drawn to moisture, in need of water just like you and I.

Arizona Scorpion Control

As Arizona Senator Flake can probably attest, being stung by a scorpion is not very fun; despite him playing it off as being no big deal and just a part of desert life. If you are growing tired of this part of desert life, seeing scorpions inside your home than get professional scorpion control in Arizona!

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
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Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
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Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
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Good Year For Tent Caterpillars In Arizona

Caterpillars In Tent Good Year For Tent Caterpillars In Arizona

Good Year for Caterpillar Growth

Caterpillars are a docile, and calm creatures, but in Southern Arizona, they’ve aggressively began to take over the desert. Most caterpillar species are solitary, but tent caterpillars are an exception. They gather in communities and build their white, silky, camps in between tree branches. Each cocoon-like home houses many of the caterpillars, and in Southern Arizona, these little guys have completely taken over in the insect world. The number of tent caterpillar homes all over southern Arizona deserts and forests is astonishing. Scientists say it’s like walking into a “science-fiction movie.” These guys have a strong appetite for tree leaves, and anything green. Many of the local residents have been freaked out and begun to worry about just what this invasion may mean to them and their community.

Resident Thoughts

John Palting of the University Of Arizona Department Of Entomology describes the general feeling among the local residents of Southern Arizona. “A lot of people are creeped out by it – but it’s just caterpillars and a bunch of silk and caterpillar poop.” The white tents also have dark spots in them, which are just caterpillar poop, but all together these silk tents are giving local residents the creepers.

Palting seems quite unbothered by this natural phenomenon but some of the residents have mixed-feelings about the caterpillars and their sci-fi looking homes. “They are kind of cool and kind of creepy, all at the same time,” says Pamela Selby-Harmon, officer in charge of the post office in the mountain village of Summerhaven. She also describes it as “… one of those love-hate relationships. You love the caterpillars, but you don’t like the damage to the trees. But Mother Nature has a lot more going on than we do as far as planning.”

Mother Nature’s Future

Tent Caterpillars Good Year For Tent Caterpillars In Arizona

How will the unusual amounts of caterpillars and their tents affect the environment? Only Mother Nature knows for sure, but Palting shares his thoughts on how the environment will deal with this “sci-fi” situation.

“The tents will probably break down with the summer rains and be pretty much gone by mid-summer.” For other wildlife, “the population generally means that the parasites will also have a good year and take the population back down. Such are the checks and balances of nature,” he says.

In regards to Madame Selby-Harmon’s concerns about the trees, Palting states, he “[hasn't] seen it where they kill a tree. They take the first crop of leaves, and the trees leaf out again.” So thankful it looks like the trees may survive the invasion.

So thankfully Mother Nature seems to have this caterpillar invasion under control, and it looks like there will not be an apocalypse anytime soon for fellow residents of southern Arizona.

Author Bio:  is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. When I’m not playing with my two adorable nieces, I’m on the tennis court chasing that little green ball around.

Arizona Bedbug Laws

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The State of Arizona has been a hotbed for bedbugs the past few years. Vacationers coming to the valley of the sun are encountering them in their hotels. Dorms on campuses like Arizona State University have had infestations, as have apartment complexes, homes, and even movie theaters. Yuck! These encounters are unfortunate, and leave victims with painful bites. Bedbug infestations are also extremely difficult to eliminate. With this bedbug epidemic; travelers, homeowners, landlords, and tenants should no what the bedbug laws are in the State of Arizona.

Arizona Bedbug Laws

In the United States, 22 of the 50 states have laws that specifically mention bedbugs. Arizona has four of these laws. They are as follows:

  • Arizona Revised Code 36-601 – Public Nuisances Dangerous to Public Health.

Any place that offers sleeping accommodations, and has bedbugs, is a public nuisance and dangerous to human health.

  • Arizona Revised Code 9-500.31 Prohibition on adopting landlord tenant bedbug control requirements.

Arizona cities/town cannot regulate landlord-tenant bedbug controls. They can regulate disposal of bedbug infested materials.

  • Arizona Revised Code 11-269.11 Prohibition on adopting landlord tenant bedbug control requirements.

Boards of Supervisors cannot regulate landlord-tenant bedbug controls. They can regulate disposal of bedbug infested materials.

  • Arizona Revised Code 33-1319 Bedbug control; landlord and tenant obligations; definitions.

A landlord cannot knowingly rent a bedbug infested property to a tenant, and must provide tenants with bedbug literature.

Source: http://www.azleg.gov/ars/36/00601.htm

Hire A Bedbug Attorney

The information provided in this blog post is for informational purposes, and is not intended as professional legal advice. The above listed laws are current as of 4/2013, but can change. If you are a property manager, landlord, tenant, or traveler who has had an unfortunate battle with bedbugs, hire an attorney who specializes in bedbug cases.

Hull Andrew
301 East Bethany Home Road
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 230-0088
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Michael A. Parham
7701 East Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 994-4732
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Get Arizona Pest Control

Not all bedbug prevention measures work, and not all pest control companies are created equal. Find a company that knows how to deal with bedbugs specifically. Do not battle bedbugs alone; doing so can make the infestation much worse.

Bedbug Control

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7230 East Tyndall Street
Mesa, AZ 85207
(480) 659-9011
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Mesa, AZ 85204
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East Valley A Hot Zone For West Nile

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Maricopa County experts confirm that cities like Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek, will once again be a hot zone for mosquito and West Nile activity this summer.

Maricopa County Officials Verify West Nile

Last month, Maricopa County officials confirmed the deadly West Nile Virus in some of the mosquitoes found in traps they recently set. This discovery marks the earliest date that the West Nile Virus has been detected in quite some time. This has health officials worried.

Last year, cities in Maricopa County confirmed 76 different human cases of West Nile Virus. Out of these 76 cases, there were two deaths. Additionally, county officials confirmed West Nile in 168 mosquito samples.

Experts fear that 2013’s West Nile numbers will be much greater than last year because of a massive increase in mosquito activity. This increase in activity is due to the particularly wet winter, with above average temperatures this spring.

A Few West Nile Virus Facts

  • West Nile is transmitted my mosquitoes who bite infected birds.
  • Only one percent of mosquitoes carry West Nile according to the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Humans and animals alike can catch the West Nile Virus.
  • Approximately 1 out of every 150 people infected with West Nile will ever get sick.
  • West Nile symptoms include: high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.
  • The most serious cases of West Nile can lead to meningitis or encephalitis.
  • Currently, there is no human vaccine for the virus.

East Valley Pest Control

Like I mentioned before, the East Valley is a hot bed for mosquito and West Nile activity. If you are seeing a lot of mosquitoes around your Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, or Queen Creek property; get professional pest control. Don’t mess around with the West Nile Virus.

Mosquito Control

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Phoenix, AZ 85051
(602) 995-1111
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1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
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10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
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 East Valley A Hot Zone For West Nile

Scorpions Popping Up in Arizona Homes Earlier Than Usual

CBS 5 – KPHO

Scorpions Popping Up in Phoenix-Area Homes Earlier Than Usual This Spring

With all the scorpion activity in Arizona this spring, the public has been hungry for some answers. CBS 5 News jumped on the story early; and when the need answers, they call the Valley’s scorpion experts… They call Bulwark Exterminating!

Spring temperatures in the 90’s, combined with the especially wet winter, has created a perfect breeding conditions for Valley scorpions…. And don’t think Arizona residents haven’t noticed all the extra scorpions. Bulwark Exterminating has seen a jump in scorpion related calls the past few weeks.

In the above news clip, a CBS 5 News camera crew followed one of Bulwark’s scorpion experts on a house treatment.

The Arizona Bark Scorpion

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The most common scorpion found in Arizona, is the Arizona Bark Scorpion. These scorpions also happen to be the most dangerous. These Bark Scorpions commonly inflict painful stings; some of which can cause unfortunate symptoms or reactions… including death in rare cases.

Arizona Bark scorpions reach lengths of about two inches. They are yellowish-tan in color. They eat insects like crickets and roaches, and enter Arizona homes looking for water. These scorpions are not aggressive, and are actually pretty docile. They sting when they feel threatened… like when you step on them or roll over on top of one while you sleep.

Scorpion Control Phoenix

When CBS 5 News was in need of some expert advice and help dealing with scorpions, they called the best, and so should you. For professional scorpion control, call Bulwark Pest Control 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 
 

Click the link below to read a transcript of the entire CBS 5 news clip:

Scorpions Popping Up in Phoenix-Area Homes Earlier.

 

 

 

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