Living in the desert can be scary for many reasons, but the scariest thing is the thought of how many things in the desert can kill you. Scorpions are definitely the poster children for scary desert predators. There are over 1,500 species of scorpions in the world and about 25 are harmful to people. Of those 25, of course one of those is a native of the States. The Arizona Bark Scorpion is the most common and painful in North America. The following are some of the strongest reasons to stay away from these gruesome pests.
1. Their Sting!
Scorpions are equipped with a stinger. This stinger produces both poison and pain. This stinger is designed to paralyze prey by hampering the nervous system. In normal healthy adults, the most a scorpion sting should cause is just a sharp pain. This pain should slowly subside and be gone in 15-20 minutes.
In more severe reactions, the venom in a scorpion’s stinger can be deadly to humans, especially the elderly and young children. In many it is known to cause numbness in the sting site, dizziness, difficulty breathing, and other similar symptoms.
Scorpions are not nice. They commonly prey on each other for food. Young scorpions must stay away from their elders in order to avoid being lunch; even their mother. Once the scorplings climb off its mother, she sees them as prey. Biologists believe scorpions must have developed this trait in order to stay alive in the harsh conditions they live under.
3. Babies Everywhere!
Babies are typically a blessing, but when it comes to scorpions they’re more of a curse. A mother scorpion can have numerous amounts of scorplings in her batch, up to a couple hundred. Scorplings hatch and climb onto the mother’s back for the first couple of weeks of its life until after their first molt. Then they climb off and scurry away to start their own adult scorpion lives filled with cannibalism and evil.
4. Intimidating Posture
These creatures may be small, but they were structurally designed to be feared. Their creepy numerous legs, along with their pincers and stinger, make them look like they’re ready to attack at the drop of a hat.
Sometimes a scorpion doesn’t even need to inject venom into its prey; with its pincers it can crush its victim. They‘re also covered in a hard exoskeleton that to those of us scared of the thing may seem impenetrable.
5. Tiny & Camouflaged
These small, but viscous, insects do their best to remain hidden and can always squeeze their way into unwanted places. If you live in a desert area, then the chances of finding these guys in your home are very high. Many people have the horrible experience of being stung in their bed, while asleep.
So next time you spot this natural desert predator be sure to keep your distance. If they’re common inside the home getting professional pest operators would be a good option.
Summer is finally upon us. Among all the summer vacations, family reunions, picnics, and days at the pool; something dangerous lurks. Desert cities like Las Vegas, NV, St. George, UT, Phoenix, AZ, and Mesa, AZ house a few unique and even dangerous pests. Here are three desert pests to watch out for this summer:
Commonly confused with the Brown Recluse spider, the Desert Recluse spider is equally as dangerous. Desert recluses are found in Southern Nevada, Southwest Utah, and Western Arizona. Not too many Desert Recluses invade the actual cities of Mesa or Phoenix; however, both cities do harbor the Arizona Brown Spider which is also in the recluse family. These recluse spiders hide in dark places.
Desert Recluse spiders are tan in color, and have a dark brown violin shaped spot on their head. These spiders are not aggressive in nature, but do bite when bothered. Many homeowners in desert cities are bitten when they accidently touch the venomous spiders. When bitten, a victim will experience pain, swelling, and redness around the site. The site will begin to blister, causing open lesions and sores. Bites can take months to heal and even require skin grafts. Those with compromised immune systems, and the young and elderly, are at the most risk to a Desert Recluse bite. Death can be a result on rare occasions.
Arizona Bark Scorpions
Throughout all of the southwest, Arizona Bark scorpions wreak havoc on unsuspecting homeowners. If you live in a desert city, you’ve seen one of these scorpions before. While most other species of scorpion live solitarily, these scorpions congregate in groups. When you see one of these scorpions in your Arizona, Nevada, or Utah home; there are bound to be more. Feeding on crickets and roaches near your desert home, these nocturnal pests ambush their prey.
Typically, Arizona Bark scorpions come into your home looking for water and refuge from the elements. It is then when unfortunate encounters occur. Hiding inside your shoe, or underneath a discarded article of clothing or towel; these pests sting you when you accidently encounter them. Their stings cause an unpleasant reaction that can include nausea, numbness, vomiting, breathing difficulties or convulsions.
Because of the several embellished myths about their size, speed, behavior, appetite, and lethality; many people who encounter a sun spider are deathly afraid of them. Sun spiders, also known as camel spiders or wind scorpions, are neither spiders nor scorpions and have no venom. They do however, exhibit very aggressive behavior and may attack for no reason at all. They can run up to 10 mph and have large, powerful jaws that can produce an irregularly large bite. Antibiotic treatment is necessary if a bite becomes infected.
Bulwark Pest Control
Desert cities like Phoenix, AZ, Mesa, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, and St. George, UT house a wide and diverse variety of pests. Don’t let desert pests like Bark scorpions, Sun Spiders, and Desert Recluses spoil your fun this summer. Get Bulwark Pest Control!
Saturday, May 11th was the Neon Splash Dash 5K in Scottsdale, AZ, and Bulwark Exterminating was a big hit with their scorpion trucks and glow-in-the dark scorpions. It was a night unlike any other.
Bulwark A Hit At Phoenix Neon Splash Dash
Before, during, and after the 6,000 neon clad runners crossed the finish line of the Neon Slash Dash 5K, they had the opportunity to get up close and personal with some scorpions. Tanks of Arizona Bark scorpions and even a Desert Hairy scorpion were the stars of the show, as they posed for spectator pictures. As the day turned into night, runners were amazed to see the scorpions glow under black lights.
Bulwark Exterminating’s scorpion professionals were also on scene, with two scorpion trucks, to answer any questions about the scorpions and scorpion control. Raffle tickets were sold, with a lucky winner getting a free initial scorpion service.
Bulwark’s team scorpion also competed in the 5K, finishing the race covered in glow-in-the-dark neon paint. Good times were had by all.
The Neon Splash Dash
The Neon Splash Dash is the wildest & brightest night time running event you’ve ever seen. Participants race through several different glow zones, and get sprayed with different colors of super intense ultraviolet glow water. Today’s top music hits are also blasted at each of these glow zones to keep the energy going.
After the neon clad runners cross the finish line, they pose for pictures under black lights. The thousands of glowing runners then dance the night away during the events after glow party.
Bulwark Exterminating Scorpion Trucks
Bulwark Exterminating has developed a nocturnal treatment program for eliminating scorpions in Arizona, using a custom-built “Scorpion Truck” that operates at sundown. These scorpion trucks were on display at the Neon Splash Dash.
Inside the enclosed bed of the scorpion trucks, is a 500 gallon reservoir which allows an average application of 20-30 gallons per treatment. The truck’s power sprayers will put out enough product to get under every rock in your yard. The trucks are also able to run off electric power which eliminates motor noise in the late evening hours. Many of the 6,000 runners at the Neon Splash Dash in Scottsdale commented on how cool the scorpion trucks were to see up close.
Bulwark Scorpion Control
Homes in Arizona have been built on the scorpion’s natural habitat. Even though the scorpions were here first, you still don’t want them coming into your home and un-expectantly stinging you. Bulwark scorpion control will come out with a scorpion truck and lay down a protective barrier to prevent scorpions from entering your home. Scorpions only breed once a year, so once you get the population under control with scorpion services; the population will not rebound quickly.
Interested in a nocturnal scorpion control service? Let us know:
CBS 5 News In Phoenix Turns To Bulwark For Scorpion Advice
With this year’s warmer than usual spring, Arizona residents are seeing quite the increase in scorpion activity. Warmer weather means more scorpion breeding; which in turn, means we are seeing a lot more of these dangerous pests. Because of these early sightings, Bulwark Exterminating technicians have been making more house calls than usual for this time of year.
Scorpions are the most significant and prominent pests found in Arizona. When you’re dealing with such a malevolent pest, you want to call the best there is. That’s why CBS 5 News (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) turned to Bulwark Exterminating for some much needed scorpion advice.
CBS 5 reporter Colton Shone and crew tagged along in Bulwark Exterminating’s scorpion truck, as technician and scorpion expert Devin Conner treated a scorpion infested house.
“For every scorpion that you do find, there are a lot more hiding that you are not able to see,” Devin said.
“They will usually travel along electrical lines.” Even closed doors… “They only need one-sixteenth of an inch which is about the width of that guy right there (credit card).”
Darren Desylvia, whose home Bulwark was treating as CBS filmed, believes scorpion control efforts will pay off this year, and that his family will no longer have to live in fear of these stinging, malicious pests.
Bulwark was happy to help.
Bulwark’s Scorpion Control
When CBS News was in need of some expert advice and help dealing with scorpions, they called the best, and so should you. Bulwark Exterminating is an expert when it comes to Scorpion Control, having treated some 25,000 scorpion infested homes. Bulwark’s signature treatment, administered by highly experienced technicians, will create a barrier around your home that will keep those stinging scorpions away.
Call us to find out about our nocturnal treatments, and our highly specialized scorpion truck.
Click here, for a complete transcript of the CBS News piece entitled, “Scorpions Popping Up in Phoenix-Area Homes Earlier.”
Spring Baseball & Scorpions
Spring is in the air here in Arizona, and that can only mean one thing… MLB Spring Training! Every year, 15 Major League Baseball teams ascend on the Valley of the Sun for six weeks of preseason baseball.
Teams like the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, and Cleveland Indians all square off in the Cactus League; preparing for the upcoming season. Teams frequently use players’ spring training performances as a way of assigning starting roles and roster spots.
While spring training attracts a huge number of fans and spectators who eager to see the promising new talent, all while enjoying the warm weather, it also happens to coincide with the beginning of the scorpion season here in Arizona.
Nobody knows that better then Milwaukee Brewers GM, Doug Melvin, who was recently stung by a very venomous Arizona Bark Scorpion… The most dangerous scorpion found in the U.S.
Brewers GM Stung By Scorpion
The Milwaukee Brewers MLB club has descended on Maryvale Baseball Park, in Phoenix, AZ for their annual spring training. While in town, Doug Melvin, the General Manager of the Brewers, was stung by a scorpion. It all went down last Wednesday, March 5, 2013.
Melvin and his wife had just enjoyed a night out in the Valley. Upon returning to their Phoenix-area condo after dinner, Melvin’s wife spotted a “bug” on the floor. After eyeing the bug, she shouted to her husband to take care of it. In an attempt to be the hero and save the day, the Brewers GM grabbed a tissue and picked up the bug—which happened to be a scorpion. The scorpion retaliated by stinging Melvin’s left middle finger through the tissue. Ouch!
After the sting, Melvin’s arm began to tingle—kind of like hitting your funny bone. His left arm began to feel numb. The sensation moved from his arm to his shoulder. About this time, he began to worry that the venom might be spreading and eventually reach his heart. He headed to a Scottsdale emergency room where he was treated for the sting.
After three hours in the ER, some pain medication, and some scorpion education, the Brewers GM made a full recovery. The next time he encounters a scorpion, he’ll likely just squash it with his shoe.
Symptoms Of A Bark Scorpion Sting
In Arizona alone, the Arizona Bark Scorpion is responsible for several thousand stings each year. With that being said, fatalities in the United States are rare, and generally limited to small/young children and adults with weakened immune systems.
The symptoms of a Bark Scorpion sting include: pain, tingling sensations, blurry vision, throat swelling, darting eyes, and tense muscles. Those experiencing an allergic reaction will have difficulty breathing and walking, and should seek medical attention.
The Arizona Bark Scorpion
The Arizona Bark scorpion is a golden tan in color, and can reach lengths of about two inches. They are frequently found in the southwest United States; predominately in the Sonoran Desert. Less toxic species of Bark scorpions have been discovered throughout areas in Southern Utah, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas. Bark scorpions prefer to hunt at night by ambushing their prey. They commonly dine on crickets and cockroaches.
Bulwark Exterminating is an expert when it comes to Scorpion Control, having treated some 25,000 scorpion infested homes. Bulwark’s signature treatment, administered by highly experienced technicians, will create a barrier around your home that will keep those stinging scorpions away.
Call us to find out about our nocturnal treatments, and our highly specialized scorpion truck.