Looking to get rid of fruit flies in the home? Fruit flies are best prevented through vigilant sanitation practices.

To exercise proper fruit fly management, remove kitchen trash daily, and keep counter surfaces clean.

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Homeowners should be on the lookout for the following spider species:

Common House Spider: These spiders don’t pose a health risk, but they can be quite a nuisance throughout the house. They spin a tangled web in upper corners, angles of window frames and around furniture.

Arizona Brown Spider:  AKA: ‘Recluse’ Loxosceles arizonicus The bite from a recluse can cause a very painful ulcer. These spiders can be found in many undisturbed areas around the home, such as inside boxes, under furniture and in seldom-used clothing or shoes.

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Black Widow Spider: Probably the most infamous species of spider, the black widow’s venom can have serious side effects, especially in children and the elderly. Widows often build nests in cluttered areas within garages, attics and basements.

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Recently, the mountain pine beetle, spruce beetle and the emerald ash borer have been involved in a number of devastating outbreaks of wood-boring insects in our native and urban forests. In addition, removing a tree from your property or using wood for fuel or woodworking could inadvertently cause and infestation near your home.

The lara of these insects often continue to reside under the bark of newly cut wood. If that wood is transported from an infested to an uninfested area, it becomes the source for adult insects in search of new homes. They could move into the trees in your landscape or forest and facilitate an eventual outbreak of wood-boring insects .

A new campaign from the Colorado Department of Agriculture was enacted when an emerald ash borer was found in Boulder last fall. This ash borer attacks ash trees, which are common in urban landscapes in Colorado. Speculation is that the insect was transported to Colorado in firewood from one of the eastern states where emerald ash borer is common.

According to Linda McMulkin is the horticulture coordinator at the Colorado State University, “Pine, spruce, ash, locust, black walnut, oak, elm and other Colorado trees are infested with insects that could be moved in cut wood. Each species of plant has specific insects that target that plant. Unfortunately, the appearance, life cycle and time of emergence from inside the tree varies from species to species and location to location, so I can’t give you a generic guideline for what to look for in the forest or landscape.”

The Colorado Department of Agriculture recommends that firewood be purchased locally. Firewood brought from out of state should be properly seasoned at the source. According to Mulkin, “Seasoning includes drying the cut wood for at least a year and debarking the wood to help kill eggs, pupae and fungal spores that may be lurking under the bark. When traveling to campsites, buy local wood rather than transporting from home. Yes, it is more expensive, but you will be protecting the local trees.”

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  • Vacuum and clean all areas – including offices, hallways, lobbies, kitchens, storefronts and public bathrooms on a daily basis.
  • Regularly inspect all areas of business for signs of bed bugs infestations at work. Pay close attention to the seams of furniture and upholstery for telltale brownish or reddish spots. Also beware that these pests have been known to inhabit electrical sockets, surge protectors and behind picture frames.  Vigilance by all employees is key!
  • Eliminate clutter as best as possible – especially in storage areas as this provides excellent hiding spots for bed bugs in the office.31403945_s
  • When unpacking new inventory or receiving shipments, carefully inspect all items and packaging for signs of bed bugs before bringing them into your business.
  • Encourage employees to report suspicions of bed bug activity immediately, and always contact a pest professional to investigate each claim.
  • Have a policy in place for employees who may suspect a bed bug infestation at home.  Many times, employees unknowingly bring these bed bugs into the office.  By having an open dialogue and official policy on these pest infestations, you may be able to help remove any concern of honest reporting.
  • If a bed bug infestation is found, work with a professional pest control company to treat the infestation and perform follow-up inspections.

Be Aware of Spiders

Arizona Pest Control informs homeowners of common household spiders

Order Araneae Family Sparrassidae Olios fasciculatus Giant crab Spider, harmless, loves to climb and run about on ceiling indoors.

Any eight-legged pest is sure to be unwelcome in homes, but not all creepy-crawlers are the same. While some species of spiders are nothing more than a nuisance, others can pose serious health risks when they bite. Arizona Pest Control a pest management company servicing Tucson and surrounding areas, urges homeowners to brush up on the types of spiders they could encounter this fall.

When the cooler weather rolls in, spiders seek shelter in warm, dry environments like our homes. To protect the family, it is important to know what spiders are likely to be hiding indoors — in dark corners of our favorite rooms and even among the holiday decorations you’ll soon unpack that are stored in the basement.”

Homeowners should be on the lookout for the following spider species:

Common House Spider: These spiders don’t pose a health risk, but they can be quite a nuisance throughout the house. They spin a tangled web in upper corners, angles of window frames and around furniture.

Brown Recluse Spider: The bite from a brown recluse can cause a very painful ulcer. These spiders can be found in many undisturbed areas around the home, such as inside boxes, under furniture and in seldom-used clothing or shoes.

Black Widow Spider: Probably the most infamous species of spider, the black widow’s venom can have serious side effects, especially in children and the elderly. Widows often build nests in cluttered areas within garages, attics and basements.

Arizona Pest Control reminds homeowners that there are several ways to prevent spider bites and keep them out of the house all together:

  • Install screens and weather stripping on windows and door sweeps on doors.
  • Fix any cracks in siding and walls, especially where pipes or wires enter the home.
  • Store clothing and shoes inside plastic containers, and shake out all clothing that has been in a hamper, on the floor or in storage before wearing.
  • Wear heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time.
  • Inspect shoes before wearing them, as spiders often hide inside.
  • Reduce clutter in basements, garages and attics.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.

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As the temperature continues to rise, scorpions can become an issue for homeowners in Arizona. Bark scorpions are the most common species found in desert homes. Their sting can cause serious medical problems. The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, located at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in Tucson, reminds the public that sometimes we come closer to scorpions than we want.

From time to time, a scorpion sting can cause severe symptoms that require fast and expert medical care. These symptoms may include difficulty breathing, uncontrolled jerking, drooling and wild eye movements. Doctors who admitted a 17-month-old girl to the hospital in Arizona thought her tremors and other similar symptoms were due to a scorpion sting. According to Dr. Farshad Shirazi of University of Arizona College of Medicine, only later did they realize the real cause of her condition was consumption of methamphetamines.  The young girl eventually recovered and was discharged from the hospital a week later.

“People who have been stung by scorpions of the species Centruroides sculpturatus, which is common in Arizona, often have some of the same symptoms as the girl,” said Shirazi. This case shines light on the similarity between the symptoms of a scorpion bite and those of drugs like methamphetamine. “These [symptoms] include some movement disorders, and movement of upper and lower extremities, and some foaming at the mouth,” Shirazi explained.

The victim arrived at the emergency department agitated, twitching, sweating profusely and salivating excessively. Having seen such symptoms in patients bitten by the bark scorpion they inquired and the girl’s mother confirmed that she had seen scorpions many times at their home. The doctors began treatment by administering three vials of anti-venom which stopped the uncontrollable eye movements and salivation, but not the tremors. The patient also had a fever, and her heart rate was high.

In addition, the doctors could not locate evidence of a scorpion sting. The patient’s mother eventually revealed that the girl’s grandmother temporarily left her alone with an aunt who used methamphetamines. When the doctor tested the child’s urine, they found meth in her system. However, it was not clear exactly how the ingestion occurred.

http://www.livescience.com/49811-methamphetamine-reaction-mistaken-scorpion-sting.html

http://opa.ahsc.arizona.edu/newsroom/news/2011/if-it%E2%80%99s-summer-it%E2%80%99s-also-scorpion-season-poison-center-ua-says

 

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