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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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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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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