I was lying in bed last night, in that state where youâ€™re half awake and half asleep. Itâ€™s then I heard a sound no father wants to hearâ€¦ A blood-curdling scream coming from my daughterâ€™s bedroom.
As I threw off my covers, and clumsily dashed through the hall to my daughterâ€™s bedroom, I was greeted by my petrified and hysterical four-year-old.
â€œDaddy, something bit me!!!â€
Daddy Something Bit Me!
After hearing the discerning news, that my daughter was either bit or stung by something as she lie in her bed, my first thought was â€œscorpion!â€
Living in Arizona, itâ€™s actually fairly common to be stung by a scorpion while in bed. Iâ€™m guessing each and every Arizonan either knows somebody who has been stung by a scorpion while in bed, or has been stung themselves. Before climbing into bed, most of us in Arizona take a quick peek under the covers for scorpions; as scorpions like to climb up the bedding from the floor and hide out during the daylight hours.
After entering my daughterâ€™s room, I closely examined her as she showed me where it hurt. Sure enough, there was a bright red dot on her arm that looked very much like a scorpion sting. The area near the bite or sting site had begun to swell, and a red ring began to develop on her leg. At this point she was freaked out and frankly so was I.
I frantically tore the covers and sheets off my daughterâ€™s bed, shaking them frantically. We looked and looked in her bed, on the floor, and throughout her room, but couldnâ€™t find anything that even resembled a scorpion. After about five minutes of searching for a scorpion, we were about to give up.
Then my daughter spotted it!
On the floor, at the foot of my daughterâ€™s bed, lie a funny looking insect that I had never seen before in person. I grabbed a jar and scooped it up. I closely examined the culprit as it squirmed and twitched in the jar.
The insect looked almost like a mosquito, but bigger. It had long legs and a narrow head. Its back was orange, and it had a very long and sharp looking beak. I did a quick check online, to confirm what I already knew.
It was an ASSASSIN BUG!
Working for Bulwark Exterminating, I was aware of the Assassin bug; but not as an enemy but as an ally. Commonly used as a natural pest control method, the Assassin bug has proven its ability to perform as an effective exterminator of spider and termite control problems. I was really unaware that Assassin bugs can also attack and bite humans.
Assassin Bug Bites
Often aggressive, Assassin bugs are not afraid to attack creatures; much larger than itself. In fact, if not handled with care and caution, Assassin bugs have been known to attack humans; causing a very painful bite and severe reaction.
Appropriately named, the Assassin bug will wait patiently for the opportunity to ambush their prey. Exercising speed and accuracy, the Assassin bug uses its long beak to stab itâ€™s victim; and inject lethal toxin.
Yes, my poor daughter learned all about this the hard way!