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Find out if you have scorpions in your neighborhood at ScorpionReport.org
Because what you don’t know can hurt you. And knowledge is power.
-Bulwark Exterminating Scorpion Control
Spider silk is becoming a hot commodity. Because of the strength of spider silk fibers, five times stronger than steel fibers, research is being done on potential uses. From bullet proof skin to artificial tendons, medical doctors are looking to capitalize on the health benefits a super spider silk lends itself to. But sadly the spider silk just doesn’t come quick enough. Noted by the spider silk tapestry that took millions of spiders to create. So scientists genetically engineered silkworms to produce a spider like silk. And that silkworm spider silk officially stopped a bullet. Taking that one step further, silkworm spider silk weaved with human skin was created, tested, and also stopped a bullet. Interesting enough, a professor from Utah might just have a gold mind on this hands if he can take this mutated silkworms spider silk and produce similar fibers from goats milk. By mutating the goats genes, the goat will produce milk with the same protein in the milk. The Utah professor then takes these proteins, isolates them, mimics the spider’s weave, and spins a spider like silk.
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A Mexican made anti-venom has been making its appearance in Arizona hospitals for the past few years. Part of the clinical study on the anti-venom released data in regards to the effectiveness of the anti-venom in May of 2009 “Antivenom for Critically Ill Children with Neurotoxicity from Scorpion Stings”. The studies carried out in Arizona have proven very positive. The report says that very few had any allergic reactions. The studies have seen a 98% success rate through out the clinicals. The data released in 2009 showed a 100% recovery rate within 4 hours of receiving the anti-venom, opposed to the placebo only having 1 out of 7 recover within 4 hours measured by the plasma venom.
“This is the first-ever drug approved for this use by the FDA; the first-ever drug that we are aware of being developed fully in Latin America and subsequently approved by the FDA; the first-ever scorpion antivenom proved effective under controlled clinical trials; and the first-ever antivenom with so few allergic reactions.” Dr. Boyer
Most individuals stung from scorpions will not suffer an allergic reaction. The human body can metabolize the neurotoxin injected by the Arizona Bark Scorpions under normal conditions. It becomes deadly when combined with allergic reactions. Some individuals’ bodies simply overreact to the toxins, sending them into afilactic shock. Afilactic shock makes breathing very difficult. From Rapid breathing to complete shut down of the lungs, individuals will actually die from suffocation. The anti-venom eliminates the plasma venom and within four hours those that were suffering severe reactions are cured.
Up until now the Arizona hospitals have used the anti-venom as a last effort because it was not officially approved. Doctors always gave it with a disclaimer, “It’s not FDA approved.” Because of the low availability and doctor hesitation to recommend the anti-venom, many individuals that could have undergone a quicker recovery with the help of the anti-venom had to wait out the pain of the scorpion venom. As death from the scorpion sting is rare, the approval will not so much save lives in the United States as it will reduce suffering. It will also reduce the anxiety of worried parents. Seeing a child’s eyes roll back into their heads and their bodies begin convulsing is a horrific scene no parent wishes to endure.
Further, with the FDA approval, the anti-venom should become more available. Drug companies can now begin to officially supply the anti-venom and not worry about producing a medicine that may never make it to market. Knowing that the antidote is readily available will ease the sleeping of a lot of scorpion troubled homes.
Regular service around the exterior of a home is the first and foremost step in scorpion control. Whether you hire a professional pest control service or do your own home maintenance, consistency is the key. Scorpions trouble neighborhoods. We will never be able to rid an entire neighborhood of scorpions. So to keep the scorpions at bay with a regular treatment, do it yourself or call a professional.
After a regular treatment, additional precautions would be glue traps placed in corners. Glass jars placed around the base of beds and especially cribs. Scorpion seals also create an additional barrier. Treating moisture points in the yard is advised. And treating around pool equipment helps.
It is also advised for those that have allergic reactions to carry an Epinephrine Injection.
SO what does it mean to be an online authority?
Since in the world of pest control it’s about the little things, let’s break this down on a grammatical level first.
Auctor – The latin root for author, and the same root that Auctoritas is based on. Auctoritas is the latin base for the english word authority.
While the word author has many applicable meanings here, as in originator, creator or founder, one may easily over look the root of the word which meaning references plant cultivator. There is a quick and easy gap to bridge to ownership, but the latin root then changes to auctoritas. In a legal sense auctoritas, could also be the document giving ownership of land. In the English language, auctoritas is the root for authority. Not surprising that the two words (author and authority) are still written very similarly.
Simply put, the bases for being an “Authority” begins with being an author. Being an original creator of content. To create unique content. To be recognized as a resource in your field. Auctor also refers to “one who originates or proposes a thing” or as it hints to an auctor as a tutor, or a teacher.
While it may seem that no new and amazing information is being discovered on a daily bases in the world of pest control, being a teacher and an authority would also involve the perpetuation of knowledge through simply sharing what one knows. And in sharing adding new light to the subject. So how can I add to the conversation is part of being an authority. Pest control may not be the most exciting subject. But creating an environment where pest control professionals and those wishing to learn about pest control can share and commune is something to be passionate about.
Further the individual that just found a black widow is engaged and interested in learning more. There is a satisfaction to providing an online resource to these individuals. And what may be old news to us is new and exciting to them. Just last night, Chuck and I had a fun conversation about black widows!
And if you believe that your topic is old, over done, or even too common, then look to the latest love song for inspiration. Love is old, over done, and too common, but for someone who is just discovering it or an artist passionate about it, love is all the rage. Each new song could be viewed as the same unoriginal theme of love, but to those that feel it, share it, and sing it, that new song is anything but unoriginal. And the singer that authors that love song is on route to become an authority.
Pest control is any process or method used to “control pests”. The once popular terms of exterminator and extermination have become the softer more gentle term of pest control. Perhaps to become more socially acceptable, but the new term is more accurate. Exterminating ants in their entirety is not likely. Controlling ants is achievable. Keeping pests out of a home with regular pest control service is attainable. Keeping bugs from infesting a structure is do-able. Exterminating every roach in the city is not realistic.
Some believe that pest control has its roots in agriculture. (Pun intended) Humans need to keep crops free from pests. Insects can destroy crops. Herbivores will clear the farmer’s field. In order to maximize food production, pest control was implemented to protect the harvest from ants, crickets, moths, grasshoppers, rats, mice, gophers, rabbits, beetles, and the list can go on. But pest control, probably goes back to before agriculture. A hunter would still need to protect his food from vermin. Storing food in a sack hanging from a tree to keep raccoon, coyotes, or other prehistoric pests from eating your dinner would be a pest control method. But at the core, I still believe that man has never wanted to cohabitate with creepy crawling things like spiders, roaches, and scorpions. So beyond the need to control pests there is simply a desire to live without pests.
While a majority of people may not want to live with pests, I also believe that most don’t wish total annihilation of the insect kingdom. Bugs are an essential part of the food chain, and the break down, consumption, and recycling of matter in general. Eliminating all pests from the world may seem ideal for some, but the re-percussions of such a mass extermination may destroy the world all together. So pest control methods today are used to protect specific areas with an attempt to limit the effects to the target pests. Others believe the most ideal form of pest control is that of “making your home less desirable to the pests.” They propose that keeping a home clean and minimizing the potential for providing food and water for pests will keep pests from wanting to invade your home. Unfortunately certain pests will eat just about anything. Roaches are not picky eaters. A roach will make human hair, fingernails and toenails their staple food if needs be. Little Black Ants survive on plants, so any interior plant make an inviting meal. Termites eat wood. Crickets eat cotton, silk, and wool. Silverfish and firebrats consume glue, wallpaper paste, bookbindings, paper, and photographs. Lice, fleas, and ticks are pests that live on mammals. Human homes are pretty inviting to pests.
Pesticides have been developed to provide structures a force field made of products that are engineered to target pests, not mammals. Pest control products today are checked and tested by the EPA. Strict requirements most be meet in order for a pest control product to be labeled for general use. EcoSmart products are designed to break down over time, to have low impact on the environment.
So if you’d like a pest-free environment, cleaning your home is a good step, but ultimately it won’t be enough once bugs have found your home. Further, once an ant has scouted out a new food source and brought in the ant cavalry, those marked marching lines will remain for up to year. Regular pest control service is intended to prevent pests from infesting a given area. Pest control emergencies can be avoid if homeowners would maintain a bulwark around their home that protects them and wards off insect intruders. Do-it-yourself pest control methods can be implemented successfully if the individual is consistent and persistent in their treatments. But certain pests will require more.
Michael Gurevitz has been featured in a number of recent news reports for his research into practical and useful uses of scorpion venom. His research has found varying types of venom and varying effects based upon the chemical proprieties of the venom. Documenting and researching these properties has further proven that some toxins can target specific mammalian channels, and others will attack insect channels that are non existent in mammals, i.e. humans. But Michael hopes to take this information to a whole new level by identifying how these toxin interact with sodium channels, which make up mammal and insect nervous systems. That information could lead to a pesticide based on scorpion venom and a morphine like medicine based on scorpion venom. But what are benefits of using scorpion venom and are there possible cons?
On the subject of venom toxins Raymond St. Leger, an entomologist at the University of Maryland, states that they are “a resource with almost limitless potential,…But you need a way of getting them into the insect.” Herein lies one problem. Genetically altering a plant to produce a similar compound to the scorpion venom will be useless as a pest control technique if ingesting the plant and its newly acquired compound does nothing to the pest because it is ingested rather than stung/injected into the blood stream. Exterminators that will hunt and manually inject the compound are going to hard to find. Clearly this is not the intent. The objective is to develop a pesticide that will be absorbed through an insect’s exoskeleton. The pest control products need to penetrate into the insects and attack their nervous systems, leading to paralysis and death. Determining the venom’s effective life span and how long it will take to be absorbed will determine the success of this natural alternative. In order for a pesticide to be effective it must have a decent residual, something many natural products lack.
Individuals must further investigate the human health effects of occupational exposure. What dangers do these bio-pesticides and bio-insecticides poise with frequent and regular use to the applicators? What danger does this put on those that milk the scorpion’s venom? Adam Seever, put it this way, “I know it may seem backwards, but I don’t focus on how the products we use will effect my customers. I focus on whether they are safe for my technicians to use on a day in and day out bases. If my techs are safe then the customers will be safe as well.” On a pound per pound base is the scorpion venom more or less toxic then your average pest control product? Lastly, the most severe problems that occurs with products and even with scorpion toxins are caused by a mammals allergic reaction to the products. This varies on a case by case base, but one must wonder if this reaction would be higher in a pyrethrin based product or a scorpion based product.
The response that Michael Gurevite gave us on the potential allergy’s and dangers of the scorpion venom is as follows:
“In the venom of scorpions of the Buthidae family, to which the Israeli yellow scorpion belongs, one can find a large variety of peptide toxins that affect ion channels. We work on those that affect sodium channel. Among these toxins there are different classes divided according to their pharmacological effects (alpha and beta), and further divided to groups by their ability to compete for the same receptor site, and their activity toward mammals and insects. Some of the toxins would be active against practically all animals, some show preference for mammalian channels, and some are anti-insect selective. All these differences in activity and preference are those that interest us at the molecular/structural level.
The desert bark scorpions belong also to the family Buthidae, the most common is Centruroides sculpturatus in Southern US and Mexico. Their venom contains mostly toxins of the beta class that affect mammals and insects. We work on toxins of both the alpha and beta classes.”
Hopefully Micheal’s research pays off. It is very fascinating that he is documenting these effects and classifying them on a molecular level to the point that he can determine a “alpha” or “beta” class. This will in no doubt be beneficial in developing more pest solutions that will only effect insects and not humans. Or taking that one step further, that can target specific insect species.
And yes there is a sinister side of this in that we could use the scorpion’s sting against itself. Imagine the novel title now, “Scorpion’s recruited for Scorpion Control.” And homeowners that deal with scorpions would welcome the opportunity to use an effective scorpion insecticide against scorpion infestations in Phoenix, Austin, and Las Vegas. Especially using their closely related Buthidae family members for Scottsdale scorpion extermination.
There is also a potential that the research could lead to a scorpion based “morphine”, or other scorpion related health care products. Scorpion venom has even been tested in fighting off cancer. Could it be possible that a pesticide and a cancer “fighting” agent could use the same chemical makeup? Perhaps some day sooner than you think.Bulwark Exterminating,1228 E Broadway, Mesa, AZ 85204 (480) 969-7474
Scorpions are particularly active this time of year. Why? Because it is mating season and birthing season. Luckily scorpions only give birth once a year. Unlucky that they can give birth to over 100 baby scorpions! And as interesting as it might be to see all of those baby scorpions hitching a ride on the mama scorpion’s back, you certainly don’t want that mother load entering your home and dropping off her little spawns all over your house!
Scare tactic? Yes, but it the truth!
Just read the following email:
I’ve had a major issue with scorpions this past couple months. Been in my house for 5 years and this is the first time I’ve seen any scorpions. Am currently using ****Competitor****’s pest defense but haven’t seen any improvement. Maybe looking to change companies. I’ve been fighting them myself with a blacklight at night. I tend to kill about 1-2 a night and have also killed a mother with babies on its back. Needing some peace of mind since I have 2 small children.
Charles – Mesa, AZ
Charles has every right to be concerned. Scorpions can be very dangerous, especially to small children as their bodies may not be able to metabolize the scorpion venom.
This cry for help was sent to us yesterday:
I am tired of dealing with these creepy crawlers.I live in a apartment and we have reported our several incidents to our front office they have sent their own pest control company but they have done a poor job even after their second visit in a three week span we still continue to kill scorpions around our house. I am in desperate need of some relief!
Arturo – Phoenix, AZ
And Niki from Las Vegas wrote the following:
Hello, We are finding very lively scorpions in our home almost on a daily basis. I believe them to be the bark scorpion. We have had a regular exterminator and I have advised him of the problem but what he is doing does not seem to work. Do you have a solution?? I am finding very small babies now which I don’t think is a good sign. thank you.
Niki – Las Vegas, NV
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Recent reports in Phoenix indicate a rise in scorpions stings being reported to the local health facilities. Online traffic to scorpion related pest control sites, like Austin Scorpion Control.com and Las Vegas Scropion Control. com have seen a large increase in visitors. And local pest control companies in Las Vegas, and Phoenix confirm that scorpion calls are up. All signs point to a bad scorpion year.
What’s the cause?
Scorpion sitings and stings are likely on the rise due to colder wetter weather. The wetter weather produces more vegetation, more pests, and in turn more food for scorpions. Scorpions are arachnids and like spiders they feed on other insects. So when the insect population booms, so does the scorpion population. The reason a colder winter generates more scorpions stings and calls is because the scorpions are heading indoors. Scorpions can go inactive for the winter, but if the weather changes from cold to warm and back to cold, or if the ground freezes early, then the scorpions that have not gone inactive or the inactive scorpions that become active again with the changes, immediately look to find better warmer harborage. And what better place to find constant warm weather then your home?
So the scorpion rise is due to the wetter weather and the general rise in pests. The scorpion stings and calls are due to more scorpions moving indoors. Most scorpion stings occur indoors.
Can you control scorpions?
That all depends on who you ask. Many people say you can’t control scorpions. Many pest control professionals will tell you that in order to get rid of scorpions you have to kill off their food supply, i.e. the other bugs. So what they are saying is that they are only willing to give you a generic pest control treatment and nothing specific to control scorpions. With that approach they are probablly right in that they can’t really control scorpions. But some companies believe they can and do control scorpions. They call it Scorpion Control Science.
Are Scorpion Stings Dangerous?
Scorpion stings can be very dangerous. The toxins are rarely fatal in humans and for most the sting isn’t much worse then a bee sting. However, scorpions stings can be fatal to those that have an allergic reaction. It is estimated by the American Athsmatic society that up to 5% of the population could have an allergic reaction. It is advised that if you experience any severe reactions to the scorpion sting that you call your local poison control for assistance.