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Arizona Bark Scorpion

Bark Scorpion

The Bark Scorpion is one of the many pests that are native to the state of Arizona.  This scorpion delivers a painful and dangerous sting making them one of the most feared insects in the area. If you live in an area with these scorpions you should be aware of what to do if you see one and how AZEX can help keep your home safe.

Identifying Features

scoprion with babiesThe bark scorpion can be identified by it two body parts and long whip-like tail.  Usually Bark Scorpions grow to 2-3 inches long.  They have 8 legs, a pair of pedipalps that are used for grabbing pray and are usually a light to medium brown color. You may also see them carrying their young on their back as seen in the picture to the left. 

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Clean Bed Bug Treatments

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Traditionally bed bugs have been eradicated with chemical sprays and powders that slowly kill bed bugs on contact.  After witnessing countless allergic reactions, and negative heath effects in various news articles the innovators at AZEX developed a way to kill bed bugs quickly, affordably, and IMPROVE the air quality in your home, all at the same time! 

Introducing Azex SteriHeat

The Azex SteriHeat process uses filtration which is essential for indoor air quality. The owner of AZEX believes that indoor airborne particulates generated by convective heating processes, such as most bed bug heat treatments, require the use of engineering control, specifically filtration, to manage the aerosol.  This is an integral part of the AZEX SteriHeat process and should be a standard in all bed bug heat remediation efforts where a convective process is used.

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Rat Season is Coming; AZEX Tips to be prepared!

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As temperatures warm up in Arizona many rodents are going to become more active.  In the winter rats, mice, and other pests hibernate to keep warm.  As temperatures rise they will begin venturing out from their dens in search of food and new places to nest.  This “busy season” for vermin means that we must be diligent in our efforts to keep pests from entering our homes.  One of the most commonly seen rodents during this time of year is the “Roof Rat”.  The roof rat is actually just a black rat, although than can be many other colors and can be easily identified by their long scaly tails, large ears and small bodies.  Roof rats love to climb and can often be found in trees, shrubs and attics, hence the name “Roof Rat”. 

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Busting Myths: DIY Bed Bug Home Remedies

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Bed bugs have been a burden to homeowners and business owners alike throughout the U.S for 100’s of years.  These blood sucking insects are enough to drive people mad and cause many rumors and myths.  AZEX Pest Solutions is here to debunk some of these myths and educate the public with information regarding the blood sucking insects.

 Baking Soda

The method around this popular DIY bed bug treatment is to sprinkle baking soda around the bed bug infested areas.  After a few days you should vacuum the baking soda up and repeat the process until all the bed bugs are dead.  The baking soda is believed to absorb into the surface fluids on the outer layer of the bed bug’s shell and cause them to become dehydrated.

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Get Ahead of Year-Round Bugs In The New Year

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While your garden and home may have less insects during the cooler winter months, that doesn’t mean that you are 100% in the clear. There are many pests that still cause issues for homeowners and businesses throughout the winter months. Keeping a year round pest control treatment schedule is key to keeping these pests controlled all year long.

When the temperatures drop and before snow begins to fall, pests will start looking for a warmer place to stay for the winter. That means the insects will invade your home to beat the cold. Below are some pests you need to consider when making your winter pest plan.

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Top 5 Scariest Bugs In Arizona

Top 5 Scariest Bugs In Arizona

In the Prescott/Phoenix area the AZEX technicians are constantly dealing with the “fear factor” of some bugs.  Some pests are just “scarier” than other, which of course is very subjective and may or may not mean that these bugs/pests are dangerous.  Here we take a quick look at each of these pests and evaluate if they are actually dangerous and what you should do if you spot of these creatures.

#5:  Rats and Mice

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DIY Pest Inspection Guide

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The very first step in any pest control program is inspecting the environment where pest activity is suspected.  Identifying problem areas around your home can also help in preventing future pest problems as well.

Here are some tips to perform a successful pest inspection:

  1. Inspect problem areas that can attract pests
    1. Are there tree branches or bushes touching the structure?
    2. In there dense or tall weeds or grass on the property?
    3. Is there pine needles or mulch covering the ground?
    4. Do you have standing water or overly moist areas near your home?
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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

Scorpion Diagram

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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5 Popular DIY Bed Bug Treatments and Why They Don’t Work

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There are countless DIY methods out there that claim to kill bed bugs.  Just a quick Google search will bring up hundreds of articles claiming that you can rid yourself of bed bugs using “this magical method”.  Unfortunately, it’s not that easy.  Bed bugs are extremely resilient and hearty.  Bed bugs are known for reoccurring infestations because the eggs and nymphs are nearly impossible to see and like to hide inside furniture and bedding.  A DY treatment MAY kill the live bugs, but with all of those eggs waiting to hatch, it’s just a matter of time before the bugs start to thrive again.  We have compiled a list of some of the most popular DIY methods and why they don’t work.  But, before you lose hope, we also have a method that DOES WORK – So read on, and find out the one way that kills bed bugs THE FIRST TIME!

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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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