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All About the Dreaded Scorpion

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As we are nearing warmer weather, many Arizona residents are gearing up for their yearly pest control services and preventative measures.  One of the most hated insects native to Arizona is the Scorpion.  Their painful sting can be dangerous, especially to small children, pets, or elderly. 

Scorpion Facts

Anatomy

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Scorpions are arachnids and are related to spiders, mites, and ticks.  Scorpions have 8 legs, an extended segmented body, an erectile tail, and a stinger.  The first segment of the scorpions body is called the cephalothorax and includes the head, eyes, mouth, claws, and 4 of its legs.  The claws are used to seize prey and defend the scorpion against predators.

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How to Stay Bed Bug Free in Your New Home or Apartment

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Are you planning to move this year?  Are you buying a new home or moving into a new rental or apartment?  These times can be very stressful, especially if you unintentionally walk into a bed bug infestation!  AZEX Pest Solutions is here to help you keep your moving experience bug free by offering K-9 inspections and heat treatments.

6 tips to make sure that you stay bed bug free throughout your move:

  1. Schedule a K-9 inspection before you purchase a home or sign a lease agreement.  A pre-inspection will tell you if bed bugs are hiding in the walls, under carpets or in cracks and crevices in the walls where it is difficult to see.  If bed bugs are detected during the inspection, a heat treatment can be applied to eliminate the bugs.
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The Dangers of Traditional Chemical Bed Bug Treatments

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Humans have been trying to eliminate bed bugs for 100’s of years.  We have tried many different elimination methods, some of which have almost proven successful. But, over the years we have learned another lesson; bed bugs are extremely hardy and adaptable.  Traditionally exterminators have used chemical treatments to kill the bugs.  While this worked for many years, bed bugs have since developed a resistance to these chemicals and continued to thrive.  With every new chemical substance that we introduce into our bed bug arsenal, not only do bed bugs evolve, we also damage the environment in the process.  Here are some of the dangers that pesticides pose to our health and the health of our environment:

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The Ultimate Pest Q & A

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Have you ever had a question about an insect found in your home or yard?  Ever see a bug and wonder what it is or if it is dangerous?  The technicians at AZEX get 1000’s of questions every year about anything from ants to bed bugs. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions

What makes homes attractive to pests?

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Summer Bug Problems – Solved with AZEX

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Summer is quickly approaching and with the warmer weather comes BUGS!  Azex is here to help you relax and be able to enjoy soaking up the sun, by keeping your home or business bug free.  We offer a variety of services that covers all of Arizona’s bug problems.

Ants:

Ants can be an extremely annoying and disruptive problem.  We treat all types of ants including, fire ants, sugar ants, crazy ants, thief ants, odorous house ants, carpenter ants and MORE!  Call us for more information and to receive a treatment quote.

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Get A Head Start On Scorpions

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Scorpions tend to “bed down” and hibernate during the chilly winter months, this gives proactive home owners the chance to get a head start on their scorpion control plan.  Here are a few things you can do this winter and early spring to keep your house scorpion free.

 

Tip 1:  Seal the structure and perform routine maintenance.

Sealing your home will make a impact on how many scorpions are able to sneak into your home. Seal the doors, windows and any areas where there is an opening into the home.  You should always seal the structure before any major landscape cleaning or pest control spraying to avoid encouraging the scorpions to come inside.  Most times if you see a scorpion in your home, it will be sick or dying.  Usually this happens after a pest control spray, as healthy scorpions tend to avoid hums contact.

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Tenant Sued for Bed Bug Infestation

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The rise in bed bug lawsuits has been a widely discussed topic for Property Manager and Landlords in the past 10 years.  As the number of court cases rise, the more of a concern a possible legal claim becomes.  In the past, the majority of cases we have seen in court involve a guest or tenant suing a negligent business owner or property manager for failing to solve a bed bug related issue.  But now, we have seen one of the first cases of a Landlord suing a tenant for failing to comply with extermination efforts for an extreme bed bug issue.  Bed bugs cause damage to furniture, walls, carpeting and other areas in an infested home, so it makes sense that a proactive landlord would want to solve any bed bug sighting as soon as possible to avoid further damage.  But when a tenant refuses service and doesn’t take any action to keep the bed bugs away, we can see cases like this one…

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Bed Bug News From Around the World

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Bed Bugs can’t fly or jump, many are smaller than a grain of rice, the eggs can be almost microscopic, and yet they still inhabit most areas of our globe.  Bed Bugs have been found in every US State as well as other counties including Canada, Europe, and Africa.  Many bed bug sightings happen in modern families home, nice Hotels/ Motels, and even public places like movie theaters and public transportation.

 

So what’s happening with bed bugs around the world?

Here is an update on what bed bugs have been up to in the past few months…

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Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite…

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One of the most common questions we get is “How do I know if I have bed bugs?” This article will cover some of the ways to decide if bed bugs have invaded your home or office.

 What do bed bugs bites look like?

Symptoms and Signs of Bedbug Bites

ukus1The symptoms of a bedbug bite are usually mild when present, and in many cases the person won’t experience any symptoms at all. The bites usually occur on any exposed part of the body, with the face, neck, arms, and hands being the most commonly affected areas. You can start seeing signs and symptoms within minutes or even many days after the initial bite.

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How bed bugs took over our homes — and our minds

A Long Island man made headlines this month after he doused his rental car in rubbing alcohol and lit a cigarette — causing a massive fire and nearly killing himself in the process.  He was trying to get rid of bedbugs – and he’s in good company. There have been many reports all over the news the past few years about people setting fire to their apartments, accidentally poisoning themselves with chemicals and pesticides meant to be used outdoors, and many other disasters.  People are willing to do “whatever it takes” to kill these unwelcome pests that live in our beds and feed on us while we sleep.  The alternative to killing these pests can be even uglier: There are stories of people with a history of mental health problems who, after suffering infestations of bedbugs, jumped to their death.

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