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Scorpions are nuisance pests that are closely related to spiders, mites and ticks. There are about 1,200 scorpion species in the world and 70 species in the United States. Of these, the most dangerous species is the Arizona Bark Scorpion, which is found in the American southwest and in Northern Mexico.
Scorpions are nocturnal pests, so they hide during the day and are most active at night. They feed primarily on insects, especially crickets and cockroaches, and they also feed on spiders. However, they can survive for months without food if water is readily available.
Scorpions live in dry habitats, usually preferring deserts and semi-arid regions. Many species dig burrows in the soil and hide under rocks, logs or debris. During periods of hot weather, scorpions may enter homes through wall voids and take shelter in cool, moist areas like crawl spaces and attics.
Scorpions are known to sting as a defense mechanism or as a way to kill prey. Humans will usually experience mild symptoms that are similar to that of a bee sting, such as temporary pain, a burning sensation or localized swelling. However, there are a handful of species around the world that possess more dangerous venom, which can be potentially fatal to humans. The Arizona bark scorpion in the U.S. can deliver such fatal stings.
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Posted by Arizona Pest Control Company under What do bed bugs look like? | Arizona Bed Bug Control, What do bed bugs look like? | Arizona Pest Control
Mon 24 Feb 2014
Take advantage of our Un-Bug A Friend Program ~ It’s Easy
Simply refer your friends or family members to Arizona Pest Control through our Un-Bug A Friend program.
*When they sign up for an annual Home Pest Control Service from Arizona Pest Control you’ll both receive up to $25 toward your next service!
- $25 credit for Home Service
- Refer 2 friends or more!
Three Ways To Un-Bug Your Friends
- Call your local Arizona Pest Control office with your friend’s contact information.
- Mail this completed form to our headquarters at 1127 N Rook Ave. Tucson, AZ 85712
- Online complete this form and press ‘Submit’.
Fri 21 Feb 2014
Gophers are vegetarians. They only eat roots, trees, shrubs, grass and plants.
Gophers are known for building complex underground tunnel systems. They use their front legs and long teeth to push dirt out of their tunnels and onto the grass above. Gophers like to be alone and only one gopher will be found in a tunnel system.
Gophers can be responsible for ruining lawns, killing trees and destroying gardens, but they can also be an important part of the local ecosystem. They increase soil fertility by mixing plant material and fecal wastes into the soil. Their burrowing aerates or tills the soil. They can help speed up the formation of new soil by bringing minerals to the surface and they also serve as food for a variety of animals including owls, coyotes, weasels, and snakes.
- Use underground netting or screen fencing to protect gardens.
- Build gardens in raised plant boxes to prevent gophers from being able to dig into the garden.
- Gophers do not thrive on annual grains because the roots of these plants do not provide them with enough food, so try planting annual grains as a buffer strip to protect other crops that are preferred by gophers.
- If you do not want to plant grains, you could try a buffer of bare ground or a barrier of six inches of coarse gravel.
Wed 19 Feb 2014
Posted by Arizona Pest Control Company under Designing Collective Behavior in a Termite-Inspired Robotic Construction Team, General
A team of computer scientists and engineers at Harvard University has created an autonomous robotic construction crew. The system needs no supervisor, no eye in the sky, no blueprint, and no communication: just simple robots—any number of robots—and a very smart algorithm.
Tue 18 Feb 2014
The Cotesia Glomerata embryos are injected into a caterpillar by their mothers and develop for about 14 days before using a virus in their DNA to paralyse their host. After gnawing their way out using saw-like teeth, they spin cocoons. The caterpillar, still affected by the virus but no longer paralysed, builds a silky blanket over the larvae and defends them from attackers until it starves to death.
Watch a video of the cycle here: http://bit.ly/19JlrGA
Photo: Flickr user ruiamandrade, http://bit.ly/1brytvN