Venom

The biggest worry people have about having creepy crawlers in their house is getting bitten. while sometimes people just fear their presence, the way they look, or the damage to their food or home. the main concern is getting bitten by these pests. that is why the least popular creatures that invade a home are spiders and (depending on the area) scorpions. Some people don’t like cockroaches because of how gross they look, others dislike ants because of how they scourge food. Spiders and scorpions easily top both of those and it’s for one reason, they can bite and sting. Ants can bite too, but the difference between those little guys versus spiders and scorpions are the affects of the bite. Scorpions and spiders have a bit of a unique quality that differs from other pests, venom.

To be fair, ants, bees and a few other insects do have venom, however that venom does not have the same impact on our body that scorpion and spider venom do. We have an inherent fear of spiders because of the horror stores we have heard about the notorious Black Widow and Brown Recluse. These two spiders carry a venom that can potentially be deadly, so we tend to put that venomous umbrella over all types of spiders.  Scorpions carry a similar amount of clout compared to spiders, and this is often attributed to movies in which we see the effects of the Emperor Scorpion and other dangerous scorpions, we have a fear of what could happen.

 

 

 

 

Black Widow

 

A surprising aspect of venom, is the effect that it has on our bodies when we are bitten or stung. When you are bitten by a black widow the effects usually happen after about 20-60 minutes. After being bitten the venom will travel throughout your body and you will begin to feel pain at the location of the bite, and you may also experience nausea, abdominal pain and muscle cramps. If you have those symptoms, please call 911 or visit your local E.R. or urgent care. Though the affects often wear off within 24 hours, and it isn’t likely that you will die, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Brown Recluse spider bites only differ slightly from that of the Black Widow; after being bitten you won’t notice any effects until about 2-6 hours. Symptoms include pain and itching in the bite area as well slight skin color change in that area due to skin cell damage. It is best to treat these bites by applying ice to the bite and contacting emergency help. As with black widow bites, most of the time the effects will go away without medical treatment as time goes by. Unfortunately, for both of these spiders’ bites, children and the elderly are most susceptible to them and could be fatal danger if the bites go untreated.

Even though there are thousands of species of spiders within the United States, the only two that are “dangerous” are those mentioned above. Among the thousands of spiders that could potentially be in your home (not all at once), most of their bites’ could not even penetrate your skin. We have this inherent fear of spiders in our home because we are terrified of being bitten, but the chances of a bite are minimal, and if you do get bit, it will probably go unnoticed.

AZ Bark Scorpion

Regarding venom, the same holds true with both spiders and scorpions. When a scorpion stings you, the venom will travel throughout your whole body and you will feel quite a bit of pain at the location of the sting. A large difference within this sting versus that of a spider bite, is that there will be quite a bit more pain where the sting occurred, and there will be a bit more swelling. As with spiders, if a child is stung, call 911, poison control, or go to your nearest urgent care of ER because the effects can be detrimental. This same thing is true with scorpions regarding venom. Most of the time the affects of the sting will soon wear off and you will be fine, but again, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Although spiders and scorpions may seem scary and dangerous, they have been over dramatized for years in movies and television shows and therefore seem absolutely terrifying. It is still a good idea to avoid spiders and scorpions when possible, the real pests that can hurt your home are insects like termites that can “erode” your home away. Whether you have termites, spiders, scorpions, ants or another pest, Bulwark Pest Control is the best option to rid of any pests you may have! Call us today at, 1-800-610-7576.

Why do scorpions sting themselves?

Most mysterious creepy things in this world are known to have some sort of myth or legend about them, and scorpions are no different. For scorpions, the myth is, when they are cornered or feel they have no chance to survive (for example, being surrounded by fire), scorpions will choose to sting themselves in order to commit suicide, rather than being killed. This myth has some truth to it, but in the end, it is false. When scorpions are in danger they tend to squirm around and sting vigorously around themselves, and thus on occasion, they will accidentally sting themselves. Even though scorpions may sometimes do this, their venom is not venomous to themselves or other scorpions so it would not normally kill them. This makes sense because when a scorpion tries to kill its prey, it will grab onto it and squirm around trying to sting it in order to disorientate its victim. Thus, when a scorpion comes up against an unknown danger, of course it’s going to respond by doing what it is used to doing, squirming and stinging. As far as fire goes, scorpions are cold blooded, so if they are surrounded by fire the scorpion may spasm and accidentally sting itself or it will look as though it is stinging itself. Consider this myth busted. Scorpions hardly ever sting themselves and if they do, it’s not suicide, but accidental self-defense.

 

 

 

 

Why do some things glow under a UV/black light?

What do scorpions and teeth have in common? They both glow under a UV/black light! If you think about it, we see these types of lights quite often, in amusement parks, Halloween, bowling alleys, and even pest control. The real question is why do some things glow under UV/black lights, while others don’t?

 

A black light is actually a type of UV light, there are many types of UV or Ultraviolet lights, but the one in a black light is specifically UV-A. Ultraviolet light is a type of light with a less than normal wavelength, meaning it is out of the the visibility spectrum. UV lights are the the same type of light that emits from the sun. When these UV lights hit and reflect off of certain things, interesting reactions will happen. For example, when UV rays from the sun hit your skin you could get sunburned. In the case of a black light, when the UV light hits the chemical element phosphorus, it reacts by glowing. “Coincidentally”, phosphorus is common in plasma screen televisions, certain fabrics, teeth, fingernails, and scorpions! So if you’re ever at a bowling alley and your shirt, teeth, and fingernails start to glow, the answer is phosphorus!

Where are scorpions found?

Few people know that scorpions are scattered throughout the world in every continent other than Antarctica. That being said, you are most likely to encounter one in your lifetime! Though, these creepy crawlers are mostly found in the hotter regions of these continents, the most diverse group is within North America. In the United States alone, scorpions can be found in the south in its entirety from Florida to Arizona, the mid-west from Colorado to Minnesota, and in the west from California to Washington. They are often hidden in dark places, away from the sun, some common areas are under shady plants and underneath rocks (perhaps in your garden?). Scorpions will go anywhere and do anything to find water and shade, they may enter your home through your garage, sneaking under your doors, or in any cracks they can find on your home that lead inside.  Some other common areas where scorpions may be lurking include, but are not limited to, trees and tree bark, piles of wood, under any plant pots in the yard, and any areas that allow shelter in your home/yard. Within your home, look in/under your bed, in your shoes, and in any clothing that you may have stored that isn’t jostled around often, you never know! All of the above mentioned are just common places in which scorpions may be found, sometimes you will find them on your floor, on your counter-top, in your sink, or on the walls of your home. Scorpion encounters can happen any time, anywhere, just be sure that you are prepared! 

 

 

 

Scorpion Sting Antivenom- The Simple Facts

Scorpion_AntodoteFirst you feel it! OUCH!

It burns! It stings!

Parts of your body begin to feel numb!

Being stung by a scorpion is nasty business, but once you’ve been stung, what do you do next?

There is a scorpion antivenom available called Anascorp, and it may be right for you. Here are a few basic facts when dealing with a scorpion sting and possible antivenom treatment:

Scorpion Antivenom

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.

  • Antivenom therapy is available for the Centruroides species (bark scorpion), the antivenom (Anascorp) was approved for use against the bark scorpion sting in 2011 by the FDA. It is made by immunizing horses (or goats) with venom and then antivenom (immunoglobulin) is harvested from animal blood.
  • Antivenom may stop all symptoms within about 4 hours after administration. Researchers are developing antivenom to other scorpion species.
  • Symptoms may require hospital admission for 24 hours of observation, especially for children.
  • Consult a doctor about treatment.

When to Seek Medical Care for a Scorpion Sting

  • Most infants, small children and the elderly, especially if they are stung by a bark scorpion, which inhabits large areas in Arizona and New Mexico, should be seen quickly by a doctor since some of the severe reactions occur in these populations.
  • However, anyone who experiences severe symptoms after a scorpion sting will need immediate treatment in an emergency room.
  • Call 911 and/or Poison Control (1-800-222-1222)
  • Continuously apply ice to the sting area.
  • If there is no danger to other people, carefully collecting a dead or injured scorpion into a sealed container to show to the physician may be helpful.

Black_Light_ScorpionScorpion Prevention

Regular scorpion control or pest control services around the exterior of a home is the first and foremost step in scorpion control.  Consistency is the key here as scorpions trouble neighborhoods. We will never be able to rid an entire neighborhood of scorpions, but you can keep them from infesting your home and property with regular professional treatments.

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.

March Madness Bug Style

It’s that time of year again… The nation has succumbed to March Madness fever. With the NCAA basketball tournament underway this week, millions of us across the globe have carefully filled out our brackets; penciling in our alma-matters to the final four, confident who the next Cinderella team is going to be.

In fact, March Madness is so popular, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employers will lose almost $2 billion dollars in productivity this year, as 60 million Americans are in the office streaming games, devouring bandwidth.

With college basketball in the air, the bug guys at Bulwark Exterminating had a little fun putting together a field of bug all-stars!

Just take a look at these all-star bug picks:

March Madness Bugs

 

While the thought of fielding a team of Kevin DurAnt, Hakeem oSpiderwon, Rajon Roacho, and Tim dScorpion is entertaining, there’s nothing humorous about having pests like ants, spiders, roaches, scorpions, or creepy crawlies of any kind in your home!

Having pest problems? Give the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating a call today!

(888) 624- 3683

How To Keep Pests Out Of Your Christmas Decorations

The holidays are in full swing, and before you know it you will be left with the daunting task of putting away all of those Christmas decorations. Did you know that those beautiful Christmas wreaths, lights, ceramic nativities, and even your artificial Christmas tree can be a favorite hideout for pests all year long?

There are a few simple and inexpensive steps you can take now, so you don’t end up with a serious pest infestation later. The last thing you want is to create a safe haven for rodents, cockroaches, silverfish, spiders or scorpions.

How To Keep Pests Out Of Your Christmas Decorations 

container of red christmas baubles

Use proper storage bins. When storing your Christmas decorations, avoid using cardboard boxes. The tape, cardboard, and glue are a favorite food among roaches and silverfish. They can easily slip through the crevices of these cardboard boxes too. Opt instead for plastic tubs with tight fitting lids. These will surely help keep the bugs out of your decorations.

Use a Christmas tree bag. Again, toss the cardboard box your artificial Christmas tree came in, and use a Christmas tree bag that will tightly zip. Rodents like mice, squirrels, and rats love nesting in artificial trees year round. These trees provide pests with a safe shelter, much like they’d find in the wild.

Quickly throw away your real tree. That wonderful smelling Evergreen you chopped down on a family outing needs to be quickly disposed of; before rodents and other pests take notice, and take cover inside.

Seal linens in plastic bags.  Your stockings and Christmas tablecloths can offer a quick meal for pests like clothing moths, and cockroaches. Make sure items like these are sealed in plastic bags to keep out any humidity which can also attract pests.

Christmas_Tree_BoxThrow away edible decorations. I know you spent hours on that beautiful gingerbread house you made, but pests like mice and rats will quickly make a meal of it. The same goes for those candy canes you used to decorate the tree. Edibles will only attract pests.

Inspect storage area. Before you start stacking those plastic tubs of Christmas decorations in your garage, basement, or attic; look for existing signs of pests nearby. Rodent droppings, spider webs, and dead insects are a dead give away of a pest problem.

Clean, clean, clean. After inspecting your storage area for signs of pests, and before you start stacking the plastic tubs, make sure the area is clean. This simple act can go along way in keeping the bugs and pests away.

Get pest control. If you see any signs of pests where you are storing your Christmas decorations, get help from an Austin exterminator. Scorpion control, roach control, and spider control treatment plans can keep those pests away from your décor all year round. You don’t want to get bit or stung when you get them out for next season.

Happy Holidays From Blog Pest Control

All of us bug guys here at blogpestcontrol.com would like to wish you all Happy Holidays, and all the best for 2015. May your Holidays, and your Christmas decorations be pest free.

 

This July 4th Declare Your Independence From Pests

Fourth Of July Family

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”

-Malcom X

Some 238 years ago, this Country’s founding fathers wanted independence from Great Britain’s rule of taxation and tyranny. On July 4, 1776 they made a stand! The Second Continental Congress, comprised of colonists like John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin, adopted the Declaration of Independence. Enough with the oppression!

All those years ago, our forefathers pronounced their legal separation of the then Thirteen Colonies.

This Independence Day, if you’re being oppressed by a malicious regimen of pests; it’s time to say enough as well!

Pronounce your independence from pests like scorpions, spiders, ants, roaches, termites, bedbugs, and all other creepy crawlies!

This July 4th, take a stand and solicit the services of a local, family owned, pest control company.

This July 4th Declare Your Independence From Pests

Wasps On WatermelonThis July 4th, you’ll know doubt be spending some time outdoors. Pools, BBQ’s, picnics, fireworks are all loads of fun. One thing that can turn your outdoor festivities sour in a hurry, are bugs!

Try having a picnic with a Fire Ant mound nearby… NOPE!

Try lighting fireworks when you’re excessively being bit by mosquitoes… NOPE!

Try spending time in your backyard pool with a wasp’s nest nearby… NOPE!

Good luck having company over if you have a scorpion or roach infestation… NOPE!

The truth is, all of these spiteful pests can really make life miserable; much like The King of England did back in the early days of these United States. If you are tired of bowing to these repulsive pests, it’s time to say enough is enough!

Declare your independence from these pests… A declaration of independence from pests!

Call a local, family owned pest control company today!!!

Bulwark Wishing You A Happy Independence Day

Fireworks

All of us here at Bulwark Pest Control are grateful to so many, whose sacrifice and unselfishness have made this country the greatest on the planet.

May all of your July fourth holidays be filled with family and friends, good food, and lots of fun. Take some time to reflect on all of the benefits that come with living in this great country. Be safe and don’t melt out there.

May your Independence Day be pest free!

Happy Independence Day!

 

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Pest Of The Week: The Whiptail Scorpion

Whip ScorpionA common arachnid that is frequently confused for a scorpion, is the whiptail scorpion. One reason for the confusion is that both scorpions and whiptail scorpions have pinchers that they use to capture and eat their insect prey. Unlike scorpions, whiptail scorpions are not venomous, are not true scorpions, and are not serious pest control problems. The worst these arachnids can do, is spray a mist from their tail, that smells like vinegar, in an effort to keep away potential threats.

Whiptail scorpions, range in color from black to light brown, and can reach lengths of over three inches. Instead of a stinger, whiptail scorpions have a long, thin, whiptail that protrudes from the abdomen. The primary function of this whiptail is not to sting, but act more as a sensory organ.

Look for whiptail scorpions hiding out under and in woodpiles and other debris. They love clutter. Like other scorpions and arachnids, they are active at night.

Top 5 Killer Scorpion Movies

Scropion

What do you get if you put scorpions in Hollywood? Giant mutant bug flicks relaying tales of unrenowned horror! In real life, scorpions are scary enough as it is, but when you blow them up to six-feet or more on the big screen and add the killer element… well, you’ll be having nightmares for weeks to come! OK, maybe not, but you’ll certainly have an entertaining way to waste a couple hours. Below is the top 5 killer scorpion flicks that you must watch if you enjoy giant mutant bug movies.

1. The Black Scorpion (1957)

Cover of "The Black Scorpion" 

The Black Scorpion is the film that started it all – at least as far as movies featuring gigantic killer scorpions go. The plot for this movie is fairly basic, like all giant mutant bug flicks from its era – volcanic activity unleashes giant scorpions from the earth, who set out on a killing spree along the countryside, making their way toward Mexico City. Mass panic ensues, of course.The special effects in this film were probably considered high-quality at the time, but by today’s standards they look pretty ridiculous. Instead of making you wet yourself with fear, close-ups of the scorpion’s face make you wet yourself with laughter. Still, this is a must-see, especially if you’re a fan of B-flicks, especially those of the giant mutant bug era.

2. Stinger (2005)

 

When the USS Newark – a government submarine carrying top-secret military cargo – suddenly reemerges after being missing at sea for two months, the government sends in a salvage team to recover the precious cargo. What they find is a scene of carnage – and a sub full of killer, mutant scorpions.

3. Deadly Stingers (2003)

Deadly Stingers Movie 

In this independent flick from 2003, a group of convicts living in a half-way house are ambushed by six-foot tall killer scorpions on a rampage. This movie is both a horror and a comedy which pays homage to the popular giant mutant bug flicks of the 1950s.

4. Tail Sting (2001)

Tail Sting Movie 

What do you get when you combine genetically altered scorpions and passengers on an airplane? Tail Sting. In this movie –which follows the trend of deadly creatures being turned loose on a plane – mutant scorpions break out from the cargo hold of a plane, quickly growing in size and killing passengers in mid-air. Massive panic and a lot of impaling ensues.

5. Scorpius Gigantus (2006)

 Scorpion Gigantus Movie

Done in the tradition of Starship Troopers, this flick has all the elements of a B-flick – unknown actors, bad CG animation, and most importantly, ginormous killer scorpions. In this universe, a geneticist is hell-bent on making a name for herself by harvesting disease-fighting antibodies from enlarged scorpions… too bad the scorpions escape and start killing everybody. This movie is fairly violent, so beware if you don’t like gore.

Scorpions are truly frightening, even when you don’t blow them up into imaginary carnivorous monsters. If you have a scorpion problem near your home, don’t hesitate to call a pest control professional – you don’t want those scorpions getting out of hand, do you?

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a New Jersey pest control company. He used to enjoy horror flicks, including cheesy B films, when he was young but no longer has a stomach for them.

 

Published by Thomas Ballantyne