How to Identify Common Bug Bites

The heat of the summer provides the perfect breeding ground for insects, particularly those of the biting and stinging variety. Some bites, like those from mosquitoes or ants, are just a nuisance and take time to get over. Others, like bed bug bites, indicate a potential infestation that might require the services of a Bug Guardian Pest Prevention specialist. And, there are other bites that are quite serious and could require medical attention, like those from a black widow spider. Understanding what different bites look like and being able to identify where they came from will help you know what steps you need to take to remedy the situation.

Black Widow Spiders

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This photo from WebMD shows the first part of a Black Widow spider bite. Black widow females like to hang out near tree stumps or wood piles. They are fairly easy to identify, as they have a reddish mark that looks like an hourglass on their belly. A bite from a black widow might cause pain on the affected limb but not always. You should be able to see one or two distinct fang marks near the bite area. In addition, the area around the bite will be red and tender. Symptoms include muscle cramps, vomiting and nausea. If you suspect a black widow bite, seek a doctor’s care, as you might require anti-venom medication.

Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals in the world. They are responsible for more than one million deaths every year, although they are seen as more of a nuisance than anything else in the United States. Their bites are fairly easy to identify; they itch like crazy and the affected area is red with a slightly raised bump. To avoid getting bitten, cover up as much as possible and try to eliminate any standing water from around your home.

Bed Bugs

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Most people are not aware that a bed bug has bitten them until after the fact. The bite itself does not hurt, but after an allergic reaction takes place (24 hours or more after the initial bite), the affected area itches and becomes red and raised. The bites are most often found on parts of the body not covered by clothing, like the arms, face, neck and hands. In addition, the bites are normally present in rows with two bites or more.

Fire Ants

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One fire ant typically stings several times, so affected individuals often wind up with multiple welts on their body. The stings hurt and may also blister. Some victims have an allergic reaction to fire ant bites, so it is important to speak to a doctor if you have trouble breathing, feel nauseous or swell more than normal.

Bug bites are unfortunately very common in the summer. Some bites are simply a nuisance and are not really anything to worry about. Others can be a much more serious problem, which is why it is important to be aware of the different types of bites and know how to identify them. Do not let those bugs get the best of you! Take control of the situation to avoid any issues.

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Is the Landlord or Tenant Responsible for Pest Control in Arizona?

The Arizona climate is considerably different than other parts of the country. With the Arizona heat comes a great deal of unwanted pests.Scorpions, black widow and brown recluse spiders, a variety of ants, and cockroaches all love to call this area home. Add to the fact that places like Arizona are major tourist destinations, and you can also add bed bugs to the mix of unwelcome pests.

Because of this keeping your rented home or apartment free of unwanted pests is essential to your health and happiness.  Spider and scorpion bites can be very painful and dangerous as an example. So it is essential to have continual pest control services in your apartment to ensure that the residents are not harmed.

The question is, who is responsible for pest control services in Arizona, the landlord or the tenant?

LANDLORD RESPONSIBILITIES FOR PEST CONTROL

According to the Landlord Tenant Act (Title 33, Chapter 10, Article 2, Section 33-1324):

A. The landlord shall:
1. Comply with the requirements of applicable building codes materially affecting health and safety as prescribed in section 9-1303.
2. Make all repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and keep the premises in a fit and habitable condition.
3. Keep all common areas of the premises in a clean and safe condition.
4. Maintain in good and safe working order and condition all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and other facilities and appliances, including elevators, supplied or required to be supplied by him.
5. Provide and maintain appropriate receptacles and conveniences for the removal of ashes, garbage, rubbish and other waste incidental to the occupancy of the dwelling unit and arrange for their removal.
6. Supply running water and reasonable amounts of  hot water at all times, reasonable heat and reasonable  air-conditioning or cooling where such units are  installed and offered, when required by seasonal  weather conditions, except where the building that  includes the dwelling unit is not required by law to be  equipped for that purpose or the dwelling unit is so  constructed that heat, air-conditioning, cooling or hot  water is generated by an installation within the  exclusive control of the tenant and supplied by a direct  public utility connection.

State law requires that the landlord keep the unit in properly maintained and habitable order for the rental lease to remain in effect. However, the law clearly states that if damages or other conditions cause the property to become uninhabitable, the landlord is not responsible for the damages.

WHEN IS THE LANDLORD RESPONSIBLE?

In most cases, it has been found that landlords are responsible for providing pest control prior to renting the property and if any pests are found within the first 30 days of a rental contract. After the 30 days, it is assumed that the pest infestations are caused by the liing habits of the renter.

For instance, a renter that does not properly dispose of garbage or has visitors that bring bed bugs into the home are responsible for ridding the apartment of the infestation. However, if the infestation is caused by something that happened to the house that the landlord has not repaired, such as a leaking roof, the pest control is the landlords responsibility, regardless of how much of the lease time passed.

For the landlord to be responsible legally for pest control services after the initial 30 days, it must be proven that their actions are responsible for the infestation.

WHAT RENTERS NEED TO DO BEFORE MOVING IN

It is very important for any renter to make sure that they clearly read the terms of their lease agreement before signing it and moving in. The responsibility for pest control services should be clearly stated in the contract. You will discover by reading the terms if the landlord will continue to provide services for pest control of if you are responsible.

If the terms for pest control are not in your contract, make sure that you ask about these terms and ask for them to be placed in writing. By having the terms in writing, you can guarantee that you will have continued pest control services either by the landlord or by yourself.

If you are required to provide your own services, you can have Bug Guardian Pest Prevention complete monthly treatments. Treatments that take place at longer intervals can allow many pests to enter the home.

Arizona is a wonderful place to live. However, all residents understand how important it is to keep unwanted pests out of their homes. Know the terms of your contract, and if necessary, sign up for pest control service to begin a month after you move in.

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Scorpion Removal Treatments for Peoria Arizona

Scorpions are one of the deadliest creatures that can infest your home or your surrounding property. They are menacing, vicious creatures and should be taken care of as soon as possible before they cause any harm to you, your loved ones, or your pets.

Scorpions are tough creatures and can live in even tougher environments. It is best to bring in the professionals to do the job of eradicating them from your home once and for all. Experience and proper equipment count when trying to deal with scorpions. And that is what we have got at Bug Guardian Pest Prevention. We are a licensed Arizona based company which provides best results at competitive prices in the class.

Scorpions usually thrive in a warm, dry climate, like Peoria but they can be found in most of the parts of US. If you repeatedly see scorpions near your home, or see both juvenile and adult scorpions then chances are high that your neighborhood is scorpion infested. They might be living outside but might be coming to your home frequently for shelter, water etc.

At Bug Guardian Pest Prevention, we provide two kinds of services to remove scorpion population. In the first kind, we use scorpion repelling pesticides to remove the infestations. We continually keep doing it at regular intervals for about 90-120 days until the scorpions are removed. This method is more effective when it comes to complete removal and keeping up the same in the coming future. However this might be a riskier option to opt for if you have kids or pets or a sensitive garden etc. which might come in contact with the chemicals and get contaminated.

The other method is more eco-friendly and does not affect the environment as much. This method employs our professionals who go out in the field and catch the scorpions. This is our exclusion treatment service and aim at eliminating all scorpions by capturing them one by one manually. Scorpions usually come out in the evening when the temperature goes down. It is then that we go out with “blacklight”, a kind of ultraviolet light that is reflected by the scorpion’s exoskeleton and as a result they glow in the dark. This method is equally effective and the results are visible in the first day only. The process is repeated several times regularly until population drops to null.

One must note however, that prevention is better than cure. It is advisable to keep your yard clean and cover up small openings and inlets to your house where scorpions or other pets can get inside. Small, simple changes can prevent the scorpion population from increasing itself.

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Enemy Hiding Within Your Home – Spider

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You would think your home is a safe haven from the dangers of the outside world, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Within your walls live many different types of spiders, many of which have venomous and lethal bites. Knowing how to identify them could literally save your life, and most live in very specific areas of your house, so depending on where you a spider, you can eliminate possible culprits. Needless to say, learning about the dangerous spiders that are sharing your abode is just plain common sense.

The brown recluse spider can be found all over the United States, but primarily inhabits the South Western states such as Arizona. While these spiders are deadly, they are not aggressive, only biting if it feels threatened. If you do get bitten by a brown recluse, you could be dealing with tissue loss and necrosis. Symptoms of the bite include fever, itching, shock, restlessness, and vomiting.

Much like the brown recluse the black widow spider can be found to inhabit South Western states like Arizona. Black widows are also not aggressive, but will bite if threatened.  A black widow’s venom can be up to 15x stronger than a rattlesnake. However, only a small number of fatalities are reported from their bites. Young children, the elderly and small animals are more susceptible to venom and should seek medical attention immediately following a bite.

These are just a few of the house spiders you should be looking out for, but there are many more, so do your research. It could save your life.

Have you found any deadly spiders in your home? If you have and need help removing them please feel free to contact Bug Guardian Pest Prevention today!

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When to Seek Medical Care for a Scorpion Sting in Arizona

First 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?

  • 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.
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