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5 Tips On How To Avoid Bug Bites Around The House

It doesn’t seem to matter how clean the house and yard are, I always see a bug or two. After my dog was bit by something near his eye, I decided to do some serious research on how to avoid that happening to him again, or worse, to one of the kids! Here are some tips I found from talking with other moms, some professionals and doing a little reading of my own.

1. Duck tape that scorpion

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I don’t get too many scorpions around my neighborhood, but I thought it’d be a great thing to know how to deal with them just in case I ever ran across one.
Scorpions can sting even after they are dead, so disposing of the body can be just as ‘risky’ as trying to kill it. If you can kill them safely (smashing hard with a thick boot, for example), do so, but do not pick it up with your bare hands or with a thin tissue.

It was recommended by professional exterminator to use the sticky side of duck tape to pick them up. Then, be sure to put the scorpion in a place that small children or pets cannot get to. Try to flush it down a toilet (if the bundle is small enough to flush) or toss it into the big outside trashcan or dumpster, as opposed to the kitchen garbage where curious children or puppies can reach.

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2. Watch out around sources of water

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When I vented my frustration of finding bugs in my clean house, I was made aware of an interesting fact. Sure, bugs are attracted to food left on the ground, but more so to sources of water. That was what was leading insects to my house. I have watered grass, a pool, and a house full of water sources and plants that are regularly watered.

My dog, who loves sticking his face in my bushes, very likely was bit when he disturbed an insect that made its home near the plant bed’s water source! Lesson to learn from here: be extra aware around sources of water.

Tip: If you have to move a plant, do some gardening or work around a pool or fountain, wear some think gloves and be extra cautious!

3. If you move it, wear gloves!

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If there is a pile of wood or a plank that has been sitting for more than a few hours in a single spot, make sure you wear a pair of thick gloves if you have to move it. Insects tend to gravitate towards organic material (which, unfortunately, our homes are made of!). If you have tools that are in dark sheds for weeks, watch for bugs, especially spiders, when you go to move it. Dark, quiet, undisturbed areas are ideal spots for creepy crawlies to hide.

The scary thing is that some of these creepy crawlies bite! Make sure that the children you’re your spouse know to be wary when moving things that have been in one spot for a while: pool toys that were stored all winter, tools and garden supplies, even an outside dog bowl can be known to attract insects under it.

4. Use a light!

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Usually, insects are most active at night. If you absolutely must go in a dark area, make sure you have footwear on and use a light! For particularly scorpion heavy areas, a portable black light flashlight is very handy. There is a substance in their exoskeleton that will glow under a black light.

Either way, make sure you illuminate the places you go at night, especially where you place your hands and feet. Watch out for spider webs, as well, as the spiders are active and hunting at night. You don’t want to get bit in the face by a spider on the web you walked through!

5. Exterminate on a regular basis.

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Many people, including myself, only exterminate once or twice a year, if that. After doing some research, I learned that the products that professional companies use only last about 60 days and the stuff found in the stores, last even less time. Many times, that is not enough time to take care all the bugs and any eggs that might have been laid.

There are also many species of bugs that, once inside the home, will hide within the walls of the house. They may stay there weeks or months without leaving. If you spray around your home and the insects do not venture out within the 60 day window, you may miss hundreds of little critters hiding just out of site.

Tip: find a company that will do regular pest control services on a monthly or bimonthly basis. It would be ideal if the company you choose does an in wall treatment, as well extensive inside and outside treatments.

Avoiding bug bites around the house is not as difficult a task as one might think. It is just a matter of taking a more proactive approach and becoming more vigilant until you can find a pest company that can eliminate those biting pests.

Author Bio:  is an aspiring novelist, with books in the works for both children and adults. While away from the computer, she enjoys running and doing yoga. She is also rediscovering her joy of swimming and biking and has a couple sprint triathlon races in sight.

Bug Movies From The Twenty-First Century

Bugs have long been the culprits of horror flicks, and for good reason: most people find insects to not only be creepy and crawly, but absolutely terrifying. The 1950s and ’60s saw a slew of B-flicks featuring gigantic bugs as evil monsters that trampled through countless American towns, as horror flicks (and B-flicks in particular) soared in popularity. The 1980s saw a revival of the bug-themed B-flicks, with movies like The Fly and Tremors becoming box-office hits. But did you know that bugs continue to play the villain’s role in modern horror movies? Below is a list of five horror movies from the 21st century featuring monstrous insects that will – literally – make your skin crawl.

1. Dragon Wasps

 

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When a scientist’s father goes missing, she enlists the help of the US Army to search for him deep in the Belizean jungle. What ensues is conflict with a strange guerrilla army controlled by a mysterious and mystical warlord and… giant, mutant wasps. That have a thirst for blood. To protect themselves, the protagonists rub themselves with coca leaves –and thereby experiencing the “effects” of it – as well as use blocks of cocaine as explosives. Made in 2012, this movie is one of the most recent of the bug B-flicks.

2. They Nest

 

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Also known as Creepy Crawlers when it was released in the year 2000, this movie tells the story of how a Maine island becomes infested with rare, lethal cockroaches which bear strange pincers that enable them to eat their victims from the inside out. A doctor who recently moved to the island from the city must battle the bugs, while trying to convince the local folk to believe him. Although only rated PG13, this movie is pretty disturbing and is not for the squeamish.

3. Mansquito

 

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Also known as Mosquito Man, this 2005 flick follows the story of a convicted murderer who transforms into a mutant mosquito after a DNA experiment with a scientist goes awry. The “mansquito” goes on a killing spree which leaves his victims sucked dry and soon – horror of horrors! – the lead female scientist – who happens to be romantically involved with the cop who originally arrested the convict and is the only person smart enough to solve the case – starts to transform into a mosquito herself!

4. Ice Spiders

 

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This 2007 flick stars Vanessa Williams and Patrick Muldoon, in a horrifying tale of a government experiment gone awry. When a ski team arrives at the Lost Mountain Ski Resort to train for the Olympics, they are thrilled that a retired Olympic skier is going to help them train – until a local scientist arrives with the news that giant spiders – which have been produced by a top secret government project – have escaped, and are devouring everything in sight. Snow, ungodly webs, and Olympic hopefuls battling horrible humongous CGI spiders –what could be better?

5. Mongolian Death Worm

 

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This made-for-TV movie from 2010 starring Sean Patrick Flanery tells the story of an American oil company that awakens a nest of deadly “death worms” when they set up an experimental drilling facility in the deserts of Mongolia. Of course, the creatures breed and spread, devouring everyone who crosses their path. Only one man can stop them – an adventurer and treasure hunter who has dedicated his life to seeking a legendary tomb that is fabled to be protected by the horrendous Death Worms. The hero faces a major dilemma: he knows in his heart he must kill the Death Worms, but doing so would destroy his life’s work. Of course, not destroying the worms could lead to the worms destroying him! What to do, what to do?

Bad acting, bad special effects and geographically inaccurate scenery makes for a splendid time for those who enjoy low-budget flicks, which is exactly what “Mongolian Death Worm” is.

While these movies were all made for TV, it’s simply because the days of watching B-flicks starring giant mutant bugs at the drive-in have passed us by. Still, who says we can’t continue to watch –and enjoy – some hokey bug flicks?

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a Jersey City Pest Control company. Chris used to enjoy interesting and quirky movies but now that he has children he sticks to Disney and Pixar films.

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
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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Arizona Blonde Tarantulas: Are They Dangerous?

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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.

How To Get Rid Of Wasps In Your Yard

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One of the biggest pains when you want to make the most of spending time in your garden or around your pool can often be the presence of wasps. Wasps are unusual creatures in that unlike bees, they can be very aggressive because stinging something doesn’t cause them to die, and they can sting multiple times. This can make them quite a nuisance, and they tend to be prolific breeders in even cooler countries during the summer, so unlike other dangerous animals like tarantulas, scorpions and snakes, you aren’t safe from them even in places like Toronto or London! While the sting of a single wasp is only life threatening if you have an allergy, it can be extremely painful even if you aren’t allergic, and if you are attacked by a swarm it can be very dangerous even if you aren’t sensitive to the venom. For this reason, if you see a wasp nest or suspect there might be one somewhere on your property, it is important to deal with it.

Wasps only use their nests for one season and don’t return to them after their winter hibernation period. However, they can really spoil your outdoor time in summer and can also threaten the health of your family; or at the very least cause a very painful sting, means it is usually best to dispose of them.

Do Any Signs of Wasps Mean You Have a Nest?

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Interestingly, while most animals are either social or lone, wasps come in both varieties. You get some wasps who live alone in solitary nests, which can be in plants or even in holes underground, and others who live communally in nests they form out of paper mixed with their saliva over time. Solitary wasps can be an annoyance, and can sting just as badly as social wasps; but they will not bring lots of friends with them, and their habitats won’t cause you any issues. Wasps living in communal nests, however, can be a very big problem if their home is in your garden, loft or the eaves of your house (all common places where wasps develop communities).

How to Dispose of a Wasp Nest

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To kill the wasps in your nest you need to use quite potent pesticides, designed to kill wasps specifically. If you use the wrong kind of poison, like ones used for cockroaches or spiders, you will just end up with some very angry wasps buzzing around; and that is never good! You also have to watch the nest and assess the best way to approach it and withdraw from it based on how the wasps access the nest. If you are not confident about doing this and don’t have suitable clothes to wear, it is generally better just to call a professional pest control company who will take the wasps out for you and remove the remaining nest. They will also be able to make sure that all of the specimens have been killed so you aren’t left with homeless wasps parading your garden!

Ryan Hall, the author of this post, has years of extensive experience in pest and wildlife control and this becomes quite apparent through his blogs. He works at SWAT Wildlife, a renowned pest control company in Toronto. His hobbies include surfing and bowling. Log on to www.swatwildlife.com/ to know more about his company.

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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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-

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

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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