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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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Misidentifying Bed Bugs Is a Common Problem

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Because of the rise in bed bug infestations highlighted in the news, many Americans are on the look-out for bed bugs wherever they go.  When a person sees a bug they don’t know, especially if it is on their bed, many will misidentify it as a bed bug. People also have been known to wake with unexplained bites and jump to the conclusion that they have bed bugs, when in reality they just got bitten by a mosquito the night before and didn’t realize.  Misidentifying other bugs as bed bugs can cost hundreds in unneeded treatments and inspections.

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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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A Treatment For Bed Bugs That’s Actually Good For Your Health

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For the people that find bed bugs in their home or business, panic is often the first reaction.  Tiny bugs crawling on your skin and feeding off your blood isn’t the way anyone wants to wake up! While bed bugs are not known to spread diseases, their presence in your home can cause other medical issues and attempting to kill them can introduce dangerous chemicals and fumes into the air that can be dangerous to you, your family, and your pets.

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Termites – Detection and Extermination

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Ecologically termites are important to nature.  In nature, termites breakdown wood for the surrounding ecosystem to recycle.  But when they enter your home they can be an expensive problem.  By familiarizing yourself with the signs of an infestation and knowing a few key tips you can prevent costly repairs.

Termite Detection

Termite workers have a soft white body that easily dries out if exposed to air and sun light too long.  Because of their delicate body they tend to stay in the nest or underground.  They only venture out on warm, humid days.  If you see a white termite, you can bet that there is a nest close by.

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Safe Heat Treatments

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There are many methods and businesses that promise to kill bed bugs.  Some methods require chemicals being dumped into your home, other require many hours of cleaning and discarding furniture to get rid of the pests.  While all of these countess DIY options promise to kill bed bugs, the truth remains that these treatments are not very accurate.  Many people are still left with a bed bug problem after many DIY applications and inexperienced chemical treatments that can even allow the infestation to grow and spread to other rooms.  Do you really want to spend months and 100’s of dollars trying to get rid of bed bugs?  There is a safe and easy way to kill bugs by hiring a professional bed bug exterminator that offers heat treatments.  AZEX Pest Solutions offers the revolutionary and eco-friendly Steriheat treatment.  By using a professional service you can get rid of the bugs in as little as one treatment.

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The History of Bed Bug Elimination

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IMG_4975Bed bugs inhabit every country on the planet, will feed on anyone, and can live in many climates.  They usually hide during the day and come out at night to feed on our blood while we sleep.  They cause sleepless nights, pain and itching (at the site of bites) and paranoia.  Many people find themselves asking where did they come from?  How did they get here?   The history of bed bugs is long, dating back at least 3,000 years.  People have used many ways to rid themselves of these unwanted pests, and even tried to find ways to use them to cure medical ailments.

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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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Bed Bug Lawsuits On The Rise

Bedbug with eggsA new breed of lawyer is hitting the domestic scene, arming themselves to fight increasingly common and costly court battles against six-legged perpetrators.

This isn’t a promo for the latest science fiction thriller.  It’s a reality series playing out in apartments, rental homes, and hotels across the country – dwellings infested with parasitic bed bugs whose suffering occupants seek legal restitution against landlords and hotel and motel owners for damages close to a million dollars or more.

Many of these plaintiffs are winning!

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