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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Dealing With Silverfish

Have you ever walked into your bathroom late at night, switched on the lights and been surprised at a small insect squirming away to hide in the cracks behind your sink? Maybe it wiggled away in such a flash, you couldn’t even get a good look at it. Well, you probably just saw a silverfish.

What Are Silverfish?

Silverfish, otherwise known as fishmoth, are nocturnal insects that are known to take up residence in damp areas. These small pests tend to grow up to 1 inch long and have a long pair of antennae on one end of their bodies with three long appendages called cerci at the other. The silverfish gets its name due to its silvery shine that adults have, along with the wriggling motion that resembles that of a fish. Although silverfish can live in a wide range of environments, they prefer warm, moist areas. They are usually found in bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens. They will be most likely to be found in boxes, shelves, behind walls or wallpaper, in or under sinks, in closets, in bathtubs and even in window or door frames. Adult silverfish can lay up to 50 eggs at a time and have a very long lifespan for an insect – although there’s some disagreement about how long; different sources say silverfish live from two years up to eight years.

Why Are Silverfish Pests?

Although not particularly harmful to humans or buildings, silverfish can cause serious nuisance at times. According to the Insect Identification Laboratory, silverfish prefer vegetable matter with a high carbohydrate and protein content, usually found in starches and adhesives. As a result, they are known to cause damage to book bindings, paper, photos, carpets, wallpaper and even some synthetic fabrics, leading to their damage or destruction. They also eat a number of household foods, such as sugar and coffee, causing contamination.

How to Prevent a Silverfish Infestation

One of the ways to prevent silverfish is to remove the elements that encourage them to move in and breed. By taking away some of their food sources, such as cardboard, old books and rotting shelves, you will reduce the likelihood of silverfish establishing themselves in our home. Also, because they like wet and humid areas, clearing up moisture on surfaces or even dehumidifying your home will also reduce the likelihood of a silverfish infestation. Leaks in pipes should be fixed, and cracks or drains should be sealed in order to ensure that silverfish and other pests cannot enter. It is also recommended to remove wallpaper in areas that have become infected. According to Memorial University, vacuuming and cleaning the house may also help to remove eggs, which females often lay in cracks and crevices, such as near baseboards. In addition to home maintenance, there are other steps that can be taken to prevent silverfish infestation. Some herbs, such as rosemary or costmary sprigs, are well-known silverfish deterrents and can be laid around the areas that silverfish may prefer in an attempt to ward them off. Cucumber peels are also known to deter silverfish, as does camphor.

How to Deal With a Silverfish Infestation

Because they’re small, fast and nocturnal, many people may not even notice silverfish until they have already infested an area. For those who prefer to deal with a silverfish infestation themselves, boric acid can be very effective in killing these pests because the powder is dangerous to them whether they come into contact with it externally or through internal ingestion. Also, basic roach traps and insecticides can also be useful in killing these pests. However, it is usually recommended to use professional assistance because do-it-yourself tactics are often ineffective at clearing out all silverfish, and many of these methods do not get rid of the countless eggs that a silverfish may lay.

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The Insects That Can Enter Your Home Through Drains

We have all had those moments when we have worried about creepy-crawlies climbing into our homes through drains. But most of us dismiss this scenario as an impossibility, after all how could insects travel such a vast distance without being washed away by flowing water? Well, as it happens, there is one exception–drain flies. It would not be accurate to say that drain flies travel from sewers only to eventually arrive in people’s homes; instead, drain flies prefer moist conditions, such as the environment that exists directly below sink and shower drains.

Drain flies thrive within homes and other indoor locations that have been abandoned for extended periods of time. You will likely not encounter a drain fly in a home where water runs frequently, due to the obvious reason that running water would wash drain flies down the drain quickly. Therefore, drain flies are rarely a serious problem, and they are always a merely temporary problem.

Homeowners often spot drain flies upon returning home from a vacation, but luckily, drain flies will disappear once normal household activity resumes. However, sometimes homes can be abandoned for a long enough time to allow drain flies to establish a more stubborn presence within homes, and this is especially true when drain fly populations have grown to sizes that homeowners cannot manage without the assistance of a pest-control professional. Drain fly infestations, although rare, are often particularly difficult to be rid of once they multiply to a certain point.

Much like the majority of gnats, drain fly larvae require moist environments in order to survive. When drain flies infest indoor locations, they are most often found dwelling within toilet bowls, sink and floor drains, within basement drains and within drain pans located underneath refrigerators. It is not uncommon to find drain fly larvae squirming within shallow areas of standing water that are located both outdoors and indoors. If you should discover drain flies within your home, they can most likely be exterminated entirely with a rolled up newspaper and a thorough drain cleaning. But if these methods do not rid your home of these drain-dwelling gnats, hiring a pest control professional may become necessary.

Have you ever witnessed an insect climb into your home through a drain? If you have, was the insect a drain fly?

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Where Are Bed Bugs Found?

What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are insects with a brown shell shape and a small head. Like other parasites that live on blood, they have adapted to the travel patterns of their food source. Places where travelers come and go have a high risk for bed bugs. Hotels, motels, and conference halls all deal with this issue. Bed bugs do not care about the rating of a hotel; they simply seek their food.

Where Are Bed Bugs Found Inside Your Property?

Bed bugs stay very close to their food source. They spend daylight hours hiding in cracks near a bed, within the mattress, and among the folds of fabrics. At night they only travel a short way to bite their victim. The bed of a hotel room is the most important place to search when checking for bed bugs. The wall and night stand close to the bed are also important. Leaving your own possessions stored in the bath tub, carefully turn back the bedding and lift up the mattress at both ends of the bed. Check all folds of material, the sewing along the edge of the mattress, and under the mattress. You are looking for beetle shaped insects or dark blood stains around the corners of the mattress. Check under the box springs, search the wall, and move any nearby furniture to search its joints and edges. Check the rest of the room as well- every piece of furniture, no matter how small. If you discover anything that concerns you, talk directly, but politely, to the manager. A different room far from the original room might work. If you find bed bugs there as well, do not stay in that hotel. The caution you practice now is far better than the trouble you face later if you carry a bed bug home in your suitcase or jacket.

What Can be Done if You Have Bed Bugs at Home?

If you discover bed bugs at home, contact your Bug Guardian Pest Prevention experts.

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When DIY Pest Control Won't Cut It In Avondale

Three signs it’s time to call in a pro

diy pest control 2As a homeowner, you know there are some home projects you can take on yourself (painting the guest room) and some that are better left to the professionals (installing electrical wiring in the basement). The same logic goes for DIY pest control. In some cases, do-it-yourself measures are fine but in others, it is best to call in a pest professional to ensure the job is done correctly and safely. So how do you know which pest scenarios are DIY-approved and which are pro-worthy?
In most cases, the answer depends on the several factors, including the type of pest, its threats to your family’s health, the potential for property damage and the size of the infestation. For example, one lone yellow jacket that found its way into your home is no cause for alarm. But a nest of yellow jackets near your front porch? Time to call in the pros.

Specifically, here are a few pests that you should leave to the pros:

 1.    Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are certainly not a pest that should be handled on your own. For one, they are notoriously elusive, often hiding out in hard to detect places like behind electrical switches and under wallpaper. A trained pest professional will know where bed bugs are likely to hide in your home and can develop a treatment plan to target the pests while ensuring the safety of your family and pets.
To effectively treat a bed bug infestation all stages of the bed bug life cycle must be treated, including bed bug eggs, nymphs (babies) and adult bed bugs. Unfortunately, DIY pest control methods are often ineffective against bed bug nymphs and eggs. Attempts to control a bed bug infestation on your own may only exacerbate the problem and give the infestation time to grow. And bed bugs reproduce quickly – one female bed bug can lay one to five eggs in a day and more than 500 in their lifetime, meaning that a small infestation can quickly grow out of control.
In addition, homeowners that attempt to control a bed bug infestation on their own often spend more money in the long run on failed treatments. Some residents with bed bug infestations unnecessarily throw out furniture, clothing and other personal property in an attempt to control an infestation. In extreme cases, homeowners have seriously damaged their homes or sickened their families by misusing pest control products.

 2.    Stinging Insects

Infestations of any type of stinging insect – such as wasps, yellow jackets or fire ants – should always be left up to the professionals. Stinging insects pose serious health risks. In fact, they send half a million people to the emergency room every year. A single colony of stinging insects can contain anywhere from a few hundred to 80,000 members, which can attack if their nest is threatened. Those with allergies to insect stings are especially at risk, but if a large nest of stinging insects attacks, it can be life threatening to anyone.

 3.    Reoccurring or heavy infestations

No matter the type of pest, if you have an infestation that keeps coming back no matter what you try, it’s time to contract a professional. Reoccurring pest infestations are a sign that your home is just too enticing for pests. Perhaps a small access point (such as a tear in a window screen or a crack in the foundation) is providing easy access indoors for ants. Or perhaps a drip under the bathroom sink is creating the perfect conditions for cockroaches. Whatever it is, a trained pest professional will inspect your home, determine the infestation and help you resolve it once and for all.
DIY methods are also no match for heavy pest infestations.  Because many pests pose serious health and property threats, a sizable pest infestation should be left up to the professionals to handle, before it can grow any larger.
As a homeowner, there are a lot of DIY steps you can take to help prevent pests from finding their way into your home, but even these are most effective when completed in partnership with a pest professional. And, if you suspect you have an infestation, your first step should always be to call Bug Guardian Pest Control. We will be able to properly identify your pest problem and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.

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9 Tips to Keep Ants Out of Your Home

Attracts ants inside Peoria home

Ants aren’t all that different from us. Like us, they are looking for food, shelter, and water. Remove their access to these resources in your home and you can greatly reduce their interest in making your home a permanent residence. Because like us, if they can’t find what they’re looking for, they’ll look for it somewhere else. And you want that somewhere else to be outside, in their natural environment. That is rule #1 in getting rid of ants.

1. Wipe up crumbs and spills immediately

Ants seem to start out on your floors and on your countertops. They are there because your crumbs and spills are there. Make a habit of sweeping up crumbs right away. Spills should be wiped up, and if sticky, should be cleaned with soap and water or another appropriate cleanser.

2. Keep food in sealed containers

Opened bags of chips, crackers, cereals, and other snacks should be rolled up tightly and kept closed with a clothespin or other similar device. Sugar and flour should be placed in airtight containers. Honey, maple syrup, and other sticky-sweet goodies should be stored in the refrigerator.

3. Dispose of garbage appropriately and regularly

Keeping food scraps in your household garbage is a huge no-no, especially in the summer. Invest in an outdoor composter and put raw food scraps in the composter, immediately. Raw food scraps include potato peels, banana peels, lettuce ends, carrot tops, and any other uncooked food. You can also toss your egg shells, coffee grinds and teabags into your composter. Make sure to keep your compost bin far away from home’s foundation. We like to use my grandmother’s method of eliminating cooked food scraps. In the summer, my grandmother would put cooked food scraps in a plastic bag and put this bag in the freezer until trash pick-up day. Any food scraps left in your regular trash are a homing beacon to hungry ants.

4. Keep pet food and water dishes clean

Your pet’s food bowl is easy-pickins for ants. Serve your pet only the amount of food that she will eat in one sitting. Any leftover dry kibble should be tossed or put back in the bag for tomorrow. Wet food leftovers should be treated like cooked food scraps (see above). Your pet’s water bowl should be cleaned regularly to avoid an accumulation of food residue or the stray bloated kibble. Your pet’s dry kibble bag should be kept in a airtight container.

5. Seal any cracks and holes on the outside of the home with silicone caulk

Silicone caulk is readily available at any of the big box home improvement stores. Your local hardware store is also likely to carry silicone caulk. Youtube can provide you with a quick tutorial, if you need one, on how to apply caulk to exterior cracks.

6. Repair holes or gaps in window and door screens

Big box home improvement stores sell screen repair kits, but truthfully they can often be a pain. Oftentimes, your local hardware store can be your best resource when you have a rip in a screen. Our neighborhood hardware store fixes screens for $2-$5 a screen. You take them out of the window, drive them down, and often can pick them up the next day.

7. Replace weather-stripping

Your doors and windows can provide easy entry for not only you and your expected guests, but also the unexpected and unwanted guests—ants. Inspect your doors and windows regularly and replace any loose or damaged weather-stripping. These materials are cheap and easy to use. In most cases, you roll it out, remove the backing, and just stick it on.

8. Repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows

This is a task best left to the professionals. Surprisingly, masons are not as expensive as one might think. Look up a reputable mason, or get a good solid reference from a dependable source.

9. Keep tree branches and other shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house

This is another situation where you may want to call the professionals. We’ve all heard the stories about the neighbor who insists on cutting his trees himself, on a step ladder, with a chainsaw. Save yourself the trip to the emergency room (and the humiliation), and call a tree surgeon to trim your overhanging trees. You can likely take care of the low shrubbery yourself with a good set of hedge clippers.

Still have ants?

If ants persist, despite all your best attempts, a professional pest removal service will be your best bet. A good service technician can provide preventative pest control that can often be environmentally friendlier than you might think. Ants are smart and catch on pretty quick. Once they know your home is being maintained regularly, they will lose interest and look for their resources elsewhere.

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Top 5 Pest Control Myths

Pest control can be a difficult situation, with so many ways to handle it and some many different pests.  Each pest control situation could have several different solutions, but here are the top 5 pest control myths we have seen.

1) The most ideal approach to draw in mice to a mouse trap is by utilizing a piece of cheese. This message, fortified by many tv shows over numerous decades, isn’t totally genuine. Mice would rather eat foods with an abnormal amount of sugar in it. As opposed to cheddar, bits of grain, treats, sugar blocks or nutty spread would be additionally alluring to mice.

2) My home is clean, so it couldn’t have bed bugs. This myth, shockingly, can bring about a considerable measure of mortgage holders to lower their defenses and get to be defenseless to bed bug infestations. Bed bugs are pulled in to places where wellsprings of their sustenance – blood – is accessible, and it doesn’t make a difference whether the living arrangement is clean or messy. The main reason a filthy family would be more powerless to a huge bed bug infestation would be because of jumble concealing early cautioning indications of a bug control issue.

3) My feline will be all the rodent control I’ll require. The fact of the matter is, tamed felines aren’t generally intrigued by being your irritation control specialist. While they may pursue mice and catch one every so often out of a perky soul, family unit felines don’t generally see mice as a risk that they have to kill. Mice can stay away from your pets by going on surfaces and in spaces your pets can’t reach, and are more prone to be pulled in to your home by your pets nourishment and droppings than panicked away by an energetic feline.

4) I don’t see a pest control issue, so I don’t have one. Not having the capacity to see a titan episode of nuisance issues may be soothing to some, yet it isn’t sufficient to feel that your vermin control circumstance is very much overseen. Numerous nuisances, for example, termites and woodworker ants can do a lot of harm to the inside spaces of your dividers and the structure of your home before irritation issue signs are self-evident. Legitimate examination of your home all the time is the most ideal method for keeping pest issues from the earliest starting point. Identify with an irritation control expert to decide how regularly your property ought to be examined.

5) I needn’t bother with specialists or locally acquired showers, on the grounds that I purchased a ultrasonic repeller. Ultrasonic gadgets are intended to utilize ultra-high recurrence sound waves the venders recommend pursue away a wide range of bugs. These gadgets are made accessible by numerous retailers and have been sold for a considerable length of time, however the Federal Trade Commission has cautioned producers over and again that their items and deals materials must be bolstered by logical proof. There is next to no proof to recommend ultrasonic waves push bug issues away, either incidentally or forever. Stay with irritation control experts to verify you take care of business accurately, without squandering time or cash.

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What is the best thing to do for a mosquito bite?

A mosquito bite typically results in a red bump on the skin that itches. As tempting as it may be, scratching a mosquito bite is a bad idea on two counts. First, it only agitates the venom and increases your itching. Second, over-scratching might cause breaks in the skin that can leave room for an infection.

The itch is due to histamine release in our body in response to the mosquito’s saliva which is injected while they’re drinking our blood. Histamine is one of the main drivers in allergic and inflammatory reactions and causes swelling, redness and itching. So, scratching only stirs up the saliva and increases the histamine response.

All bites should be washed with soap and cold water. The best remedies are antihistamines and anti-inflammatories – such as Benadryl, NSAIDS, and steroids. Over-the-counter 1 percent hydrocortisone cream may be indicated for intense itching and larger reactions. If there are signs and symptoms of infection you may need to see your doctor for antibiotics.

Here are some helpful Mosquito Control Tips for Your Home provided by a mosquito control district.
Personal protection
During peak biting times (dawn, dusk, and early evening)
1. Try to stay inside.
2. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when you go out.
3. Loose clothing.
4. Light colored clothing.
5. Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. An effective repellent will contain 35% DEET.
6. DEET in high concentrations (greater than 35%) provides no additional protection. Repellents may irritate the eyes and mouth, so avoid applying repellent to the hands of children.
7. When using repellents always read and follow directions for use as printed on the product.
What you can do to help
1. Throw out old tires
2. Throw out tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles, or any water holding containers.
3. Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts) in yard.
4. Keep drains, ditches, and culverts clean of weeds and trash, so water will drain properly.
5. Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater, and drill holes in bottom of trash containers so any water can drain out.
6. Repair leaky pipes and outdoor faucets.
7. Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week or store in a position that water will drain.
8. Make sure your backyard pool is maintained properly.
9. Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water with sand or concrete.
10. Change water in bird baths and plant pots or drip trays at least once a week.
11. Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house, so adult mosquitoes will not hide there.
12. Keep gutters clean and free of debris and leaves.

You can also contact Bug Guardian Pest Control for a mosquito treatment to reduce the population in your yard.

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Spring Time Pest Control in Avondale

Spring has arrived, it’s time to get a handle on pest control once again. Even the smallest of pesky flies can have harmful effects upon human health as well as property, so pest control is no joke. From bedbugs and roaches to scorpions and rodents, once they’re in your home it’s hard to get them to leave.

At the first sign of an infestation, most people will go grabbing for some type of pesticide, not taking into consideration the longterm effects these toxic chemicals can have on themselves or their pets. But pests in the home can be just as harmful as those pesticides, given that the smallest bite or sting can come laden with disease. Bugs can even find their way into furniture, food, bedding and clothing, where they can set up a home and begin ushering other unwanted pests into the home. That’s where Bug Guardian comes in with their eco-friendly methods.

Bug Guardian knows that the proper treatment of pests plays a major role in any community, allowing residents to live healthy and comfortable lives without threat of disease or the unpleasantness of bugs. This Spring, remember that a consistent check of your home’s structure-a well as some eco-friendly ammunition on hand-will keep out mosquitoes, roaches, ants and termites. You can even have bedbugs thinking twice about turning your home into their own. But even if all else fails, you can rest easy knowing that Bug Guardian is there for you

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3 Things To Know About Cockroaches

cockroach in arizona

They’re here year round, the American cockroach can be seen making its way around your home, fluttering on walkways at nightfall, and scaring the populace. We’ve collected the three biggest things you may not know about these critters. Of course the #1 thing you should know is that you don’t have to tolerate them. We’re here to help eradicate them; just give us a call!

1. Cockroaches eat pretty much anything. . . even their perished brethren, and they have a sweet tooth and like to eat sugary and starchy things, like desserts, cardboard and book binding glue. Included in their fairly varied eating habit is their love of human garbage.

These unusual dietary preferences lead to their ruining food and contaminating food preparation surfaces. And they affect human well-being in three ways: a) their nasty eating habits, dining on both human excrement and human foods; b) their aimless poop habits; and c) their talent for spewing digestive liquids as they eat! Really endearing, right?

2. Cockroaches carry pathogens of disease. Over 30 species of bacteria have been found on the cuticle and in the gut of roaches, including those of serious medical importance such as E. coli, various strains of Salmonella and Staphylococcus. Cockroaches were also suspected to be the cause of a hepatitis A outbreak in a Los Angeles housing project in the late 1950s.

Though it’s difficult to say what part roaches play in small disease outbreaks, they are capable of harboring antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A 2012 study in Ethiopia looked at cockroaches trapped in a neonatal intensive care unit and found widespread multi-drug resistance among individual species of bacteria residing in the roaches.

3. Cockroaches are filthy. Cockroaches spoil our clean, bleached perception of the world. They are the boldest creepy animals flourishing in our homes and businesses. They need us for the waste and sanctuary we provide, and for that we HATE them. They truly are terrible – they serve as an effective means for disease and filth transmission.

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