In a good neighborhood that neighborly feeling radiates through the community. You get along with your neighbors, you keep a special eye out for their kids and you might even host a party or two. The birds serenade the rising sun, clouds open and the sun rays blanket the neighborhood with music that rivals any opening movie. This is thee neighborhood…of your wildest dreams. Some of us, don’t like our neighbors, we don’t keep an eye out for their kids and we are most certainly NOT hosting anything. Some of you are saying, “Oh my lord! Who can be worse than 47B?” The word neighbor is defined as a person or thing that is near another.
Every region has an assortment of “things” its neighbors with. These “things” in our neighborhoods are referred to as pests. Here in the Phoenix neighborhood, our pests like to sting, bite and destroy your home. Now granted we’re not turning a corner and coming face to face with a leopard or white walker; our pests can be just as deadly and even harder to combat against. Some of our pests have survived in the harsh desert for millions of years, just as we have. Here’s a little bit of what Phoenix has to deal with.
These bugs range from as small as 6c to as large as 21c. If you can’t visualize this, think of a 12 inch ruler, 21c is a little over 8 inches. There are 2,000 species of scorpion, but only 30 or 40 have strong enough venom to kill humans. One of them is in the Phoenix area, and it’s called the Arizona Bark Scorpion. While fatalities are very rare among humans that have been stung by these scorpions, the threat is still very real.
Black Widow Spiders
One of the most notorious spiders, due to its distinct red hourglass mark on its body. It’s said that the black widow’s venom is 15 times stronger than that of a rattlesnake’s! In humans a bite from a black widow can produce muscle aches, nausea and paralysis of the diaphragm. Fatalities in humans are very rare and most people bitten by the black widow don’t suffer serious damage. That is not the same for small children and the elderly.