...and Kathra. Thanks, sorry, I had to double check on that. Kathra and Lee. Thomas, Bulwark Exterminating. We just want to follow up with you, we’d like to kinda of get some feedback from you guys from the service we provided the other day and get your story actually as well on the scorpions because your main concern was scorpions and interestingly enough, of course you have a little one most parents are really concerned about their kids around scorpions.
Exactly, and that was my biggest fear for her, her being in that stage where she's crawling around on the floor, and not far from where she usually sits, we found a scorpion so we definitely knew we had to do something.
Fortunately for you guys the scorpion that you showed me was not a bark scorpion, the Arizona bark scorpion which is the most deadly so there is, there should be some relief, anyway.
I was very thankful to hear that news because I was prepared to put glass jars underneath her crib and, you know, I was prepared to do whatever it took to keep her safe and to know that they weren't the most deadly was a relief.
Which is also odd as well because the the desert hairy actually don’t come indoors that often, they actually make holes out in the desert, and they live in the holes. I would assume that they were coming in because the season's changing and they probably were looking for food or whatnot and came up close to the house and felt the ventilation coming out of the house. I don't know if you’ve seen that before. You have a a j-rail at the bottom of your house so the moisture from your house actually escapes and scorpions are built to last, but they sense the moisture and so feeling that moisture and that water, which is something that they need, hard to find in the desert, probably just walked right up to the house. They can actually fit the width the size of a credit card, so-
Yeah, there are treatments you can do were you can seal the bottom of the house, but the house is suppose to breathe, so in your situation, especially in the desert are desert hairy's and not bark scorpions not something I recommend, is costly and, again, your house is built to breathe, does that make sense? So, bark scorpions will take a lot longer to to get rid of and again because the way they're built and because they walk on their toes, the surrounding neighborhood, especially if there's a problem, I don’t know, did you go to the website Scorpionreport.org?
Yeah, we did
What did you find on the website?
They didn't have any on this area when we typed in our address, but I put mine in that I found one.
So now I have a question, we know we have the desert hairys. Can more than one species of scorpion be in the same area, same vicinity?
We haven’t tested whether or not they will actually fight each other or not uh... but there's nothing to say that a desert hairy is going to make his territory in a bark scorpions as well, you could have both and but the report that’s given is fairly new, Scorpionreport.org is built so that you guys can report on it and we add our information too it as well. If we don't have services in your area, we haven't had calls in your area then it may show nothing right now. Especially because your house is probably fairly new. How old is your house?
Well, I think it's five years old.
Five years? Okay, five years if the area was bad with scorpions you would probably know so you feel a lot better so, yeah, but again if there is a problem with the service, or if you ever see any bugs, you call us up and we have a forty-eight hour guarantee that we will make room in our schedule to come back up with you in the next forty-eight hours to service your house, no extra charge if you want a regular monthly or bi-monthly service. He recommended one or the other when he was done. Did he put you on a monthly or a bi-monthly, do you remember?
I think we did bi-monthly, but I am not sure. He recommended monthly though, I’m not sure.
Again in your case but I think bi-monthly, it’s not a, you know, if it’s a bad enough if you were seeing three or four a month then you want to be on a monthly service. Your brother referred you. How did that work out?
He was extremely pleased with what you guys did for him, but his problem was a little more severe than ours, so he has three kids and doesn’t want to take any chances of getting them bit or stung, so he was very pleased. He wouldn’t refer you guys to me if he didn't think you guys do what you promise, so that’s good.
That’s excellent. We make sure everything we use inside the home is on a caution level. That’s a chemical term, a pesticide term, but when you think of warning labels you have your caution, your warning, and your danger label. Caution is the lowest of the three. Your toothpaste, if you pull out your toothpaste, is actually in the warning label. So we're using things in the caution label. your toothpaste is in the warning label. Your ajacks could even be in a danger level, I don’t know on the ajacks are or not, but your detergents, your chloride, chlorine, sorry, is going to be much more toxic than the stuff we use. In addition to that, we try and use products that are outside the home the same way, so we actually try to put the safety of our technicians first, thinking that these are the guys in use it all day. If they’re okay, if we can feel confident we're not going to affect them on a long term basis, in any shape or form then we feel more comfortable having it in the home for other people, and a then having a little one I’m sure that’s a concern.
Absolutely, and we also have dogs as well so we have two little teacup yorkies and they are always sniffing around everywhere so we want to make sure they don’t sick and they were just fine.
That’s actually, the sniffing around part of it, that’s actually one of the reasons that dogs get bitten by black widows a lot in the area. I don’t know if you guys have seen black widows in the area. Your brother had some black widows
We did too.
Did you have some black widows? Yeah, black widows are really, they stay back. They really don’t go out and hunt, scorpions go out and hunt, but the black widows will stay back so they are in their webs and there’s not that many encounters with people with black widows because they are more reclusive, but your dogs, will move around and sniff around the edges and get right up there. And the fleshy part of their nose stick, the part that’s right there, into the black widows nest that’s where they get bit there's probably a lot more, they don’t typically diagnose dogs, but there are probably a lot more problems with dogs bit by black widows in Arizona than get stung by scorpions the dogs-
Well I also had questions, like what are some common things that people can do besides having you guys to come out and spray, but are there things around the house you can do you like seal up vents or if there's any holes, like behind my refrigerator where the water line comes in, the plastic cover that goes in the back, it's kind of loose and one time I replaced the filter and I noticed that when it pulled away I can see into the drywall, so there is the crawl space in there and should we try and seal that up? Do they ever come through the through the walls and down through electrical outlets if they're loose or holes?
Right, that’s a great question so what can you as a home owner do to seal up these gaps and holes in the wall. Sure enough, you can take some cocking if you want around those and seal those up. The products that we put into your walls, we actually aim for those because just what you said, there’s space, there’s gaps around there and the moisture point under your sinks is where they're coming in, looking for water so we aim for those areas and we put the product back into the wall with a little duster. You probably saw them go into the wall when he was checking the outlets, he was going to the wall with a product and putting them back behind the wall. As far as the electrical outlets, that's a primary entry point because if you think of the studs in your house, they built they drilled holes all the way through the house, the studs and they put the electrical wire all throughout the house the rest of the wall is filled with your insulation, so those bugs are not really moving around a whole lot, typically, you know, up and down but research has found, through the University of Arizona they have researched and have found that bugs will travel along those wires, so the product, coming in to your house, why we target that area is because we want the bugs to come across the product and die off. So you're hitting their highways and more frequent areas, and the nice things about it to is, since you have a little girl, we're putting the product where the bugs are and where the bugs live instead of where you live and then once we flush out the house on the initial service, as long as we maintain the barrier, the exterior of the home the, Bulwark, the word Bulwark actually means barrier, so as long as we keep a bulwark up those bugs won’t come back into the house and the products typically last from thirty to sixty days so it’s really effective for the first thirty days Arizona heat can get to them so they are less effective last portion of those thirty days but the products we use, it's according to the EPA, don’t last much longer than that, they are not allowed to. They put regulations on products that leach to the soil and things like that. That’s why a regular service is required, so that we keep them flushed out the house. We don’t want them to come back in the house.
Right, we notice that if you live in Phoenix or the desert, you're gonna see bugs from time to time and you see them and "ahh", and you know, take care of it, but when you get a scorpion in your house, I mean, it changes everything that you do. You're paranoid about putting on your shoes, you have to get up in the night to check the baby and you're wondering "am I going to step on one?" It alters your entire-
It's amazing how that little bug, or whatever you want to call it, can change everything about your life. It’s horrible.
Yeah. It is not fun, you're worried all the time you're always looking around all the time you're not comfortable, you're not relaxed, I mean, you should be relaxed in your home. You got that thing running around on the floor and it's-
And a lot of people are probably like us where we wait 'til we actually see one and panic, and then we actually know now that we need to have a service that really...People should really should just have the service and not have to worry about it, and take a chance, and especially when you have a baby. If it was just us maybe it wouldn’t be such a-
It still would be bad 'cause you check your bed sheets, you don't know where they are, are they in your clothes? Are they going to bite you and sting you or whatever and then... so we're glad to have you guys come over and help us.
Honestly, I've had three different homes in the valley. The most recent one we moved into is the only home I have seen scorpions in, and so on my level and my wife’s level I can can relate, and when we moved in, we were seeing three to four a month inside our house. We got the service, we got it done, and here I am you know unemployed at the company so I’m like "let's see how it was really works" and after we saw a few again, your earlier question, they are still coming out of the walls they still live in the area, cause they are, you find regions where there are scorpions that's why, again, Scorpionreport.com will let you know if you have scorpions around you, but the, having the service going from three or four down to one or two a month, at six months after that, we haven’t seen any in an year and a half, since we have seen them inside the house.
I think you just panic when you see them, there's such a stigma about them and they're just so creepy-looking.
They’re upsetting. You don’t know if your sitting down, is there one in the cushion? Yeah, you don’t want those in your house at all.
We actually found one in between our couch, and we reached down in there, because she drops her toys all the time, and we'd reach our hands down there all the time and when I found the scorpion I'm like "ok", so I took all the couches out and we vacuumed and shampooed and we found a dead one, but we reach our hands down there in the couch cushions all the time. It was on the floor, but she drops her toys down in the sectional and I reach down all the time It’s pretty crazy.
Yeah, not a good sign. Again, luckily for you guys, you guys don't have the deadly, the poisonous, toxic ones and with the desert hairy, its typically bad as a bee sting, so unless there is an allergic reaction then you're not going to see at as much... speaking of the dogs-
This our other baby
She’s even got a little heart collar and everything
She doesn't like scorpions either, she has clothes
She just needs a jacket outside when its really cold because she’s so little.
Cold? It doesn’t get cold in Arizona, what are you talking about?
When you're three pounds it is
But again, we can’t thank you guys enough for coming out and taking care of this problem. It’s been a big weight off our shoulders, and we have seen the results and were very happy with what you guys did, and thank you.