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:
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!
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.
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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
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!
Living in a desert environment does not mean a beautiful garden cannot be attained as there are many different ways to complement and cultivate plants in a hot environment. The most common would be to add plants like cactus but there are many other options like Mauna Loa which has a beautiful pink hue. To add more colors like these the hybrid Trichocereus can also produce a daisy looking pink flower that would be a lovely combo with the Mauna Loa outside of a patio or garden area.
Make Your Home Unique With Desert Landscaping
Using one’s imagination when decorating the exterior of one’s home can be a really fun process. Professional decorators love to accent these spaces with lots of color to bring out the environments natural beauty. From overhanging trees to well built structures that can provide shade makes the ideal setting for hanging out by the pool during hot summer days and nights. Some use landscaping bricks to enhance the surrounding areas to lighten up the color scheme especially if it is done with earth tones. This can create a really welcoming and warm scheme and provide the grounds with a very comfortable and romantic atmosphere. Adding accessories like an outdoor kitchen can be one of the best investments that only increases the property values and inspires more bonding time with family and friends.
Water Effects & Lighting
Adding the serene effects of cascading water to one’s environment can create such a flavorful ambiance even with desert living. Soft lighting and candles are always a favorite for outdoor ambiance as entertaining on warm or cool summer nights can be a great way to start off the weekend. Homeowners also like to add fire pits or built in fireplaces to their outdoor environment for those social get togethers like birthdays or anniversaries.
Seeking the services of a professional landscaper could be a great investment in time and energies especially if one had a larger area of ground to cover. These seasoned professionals can locate the right areas to plant or expand the grounds and provide a more lush and lively environment for foliage to grow. Some like to have rock formations that surround the beautiful and fragrant lavender as well as cacti to build a natural and alluring landscape. Asking for a recent portfolio complete with detailed pictures should give one an idea of what kind of work this firm can supply. This is highly recommended and should be done prior to enlisting any landscaper to complete the job.
Proper Maintenance Is A Must
A professional maintenance crew is very inexpensive and can be a real blessing in disguise especially during the hot summer weather. Many homeowners like to decorate their pathways with terracotta tiles or stone to create a more earth tone feel. A low maintenance style is one of the most popular due to the extensive heat and cool evenings in a desert environment. This is a very wise choice and an effective move to keep the grounds in tip top shape and also to maintain a fantastic ambiance for friends and family to enjoy.
About the Author: Tucson Landscape Design specialist, The Garden Gate provides landscape design, installation and maintenance to some of Tucson’s most prestigious homes and businesses. Their northwest Tucson showroom is your first stop when you’re looking for free landscaping ideas and advice.
These cooler months in Arizona will bring cockroaches inside your home as they look for food and shelter from the elements. If you are seeing roaches in and around your Mesa, Arizona property; get Mesa Roach Control today!
I can’t believe it; Christmas is just around the corner! There is so much to be done before the big day. Many of us will be trying to do some last minute shopping to find that perfect gift for a family or loved one. We’ll be scurrying to mail those last few Christmas cards. While we’re decking the halls, checking out the lights at the Mesa Temple, and baking all those Christmas goodies, it’s easy to overlook one important necessity… The pest control. Unwanted pests can easily turn a very joyful holiday season into one of misery.
Make Sure Your Christmas Is Pest Free
Pest control professionals in Mesa, AZ can assist in making your Christmas great and of course pest free. With the cooler winter months finally here in Mesa, pests will make their way inside your home looking for places to overwinter. Spiders and silverfish are especially common invaders this time of year.
If you live in the Mesa, AZ area, and are having trouble with silverfish, spiders, or pantry pests like the Meal Moth or Sawtooth Grain Beetle, call a Mesa pest control specialist before your family and friends arrive for Christmas! Don’t let those pesky pantry pests spoil your Christmas dinner!
Pest Control Mesa, AZ would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Enjoy this special time of year with your loved ones, and reflect on everything in your life that is truly important.
A 4 year old Glendale, AZ girl is being dubbed a hero today after likely saving her grandmother’s life. Whitney Chrisman was watching television Tuesday morning when she noticed her Grandma Betty, outside, being attacked by a swarm of Africanized “killer” bees. Upon noticing the attack, little Whitney got help by pressing her grandma’s life-line call button.
“I talked to this thing that talked… I told her that grandma needed help,” she says. “They said help is on the way.”
Grandma Betty is in critical condition in an intensive care unit recovering from numerous stings all over her entire body. The facial stings were so bad they turned her mouth and tongue black.
The Africanized bees came from a beekeeper next door, who was illegally running a commercial business from his home. It took firefighter multiple hours to get the bee situation under control.
What Makes Africanized Bees So Dangerous?
Follow victims up to 440 yards, while honeybees will only follow for 50 yards
Ten times more likely to instigate an attack
Very quick to swarm
Attack in greater numbers
More easily irritated
Only known way to stop an attack is to run through a corn field
When attacking, they prefer mouths, throats, ears, and noses
The only way to tell the difference between Africanized bees, and common European honeybees, is through molecular analysis. If you are having trouble with bees of any kind, contact your local pest control professional immediately!