The Varsity Scorpion Glossary Part 1

Scorpions are one of the most common insects that can be found in Arizona. They can be so small that they could access and infest any room or space in your home that is not sealed. Their biggest characteristic is the venomous stinger they have on their back; which stings are painful but usually are harmless to humans. We at Varsity Termite and Pest Control can help you in controlling any kind of pest whenever you need one, you just need to contact us and we will set you up with our scorpion home sealing which will make scorpions not bother you or your family ever again. Here is a small glossary about scorpions and some things you should watch out for:

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Book Lung: Respiration organ used for atmospheric gas exchange that is found in many arachnids like spiders and scorpions. Each one of these are found inside an open abdominal, air-filled cavity connecting the surroundings through a small opening for the purpose of respiration. It is named like this for their appearance that looks like a lot of pages inside a book.

Carapace: It is an upper section of the exoskeleton (or shell) that appears in some animals, such as crustaceans and arachnids. It’s hard and functions as protection against natural predators. In some cases, you need a strong, solid object in order to damage it. You can find different kinds of insects with carapaces in Arizona. If you find remains of carapaces in your property, don’t hesitate to contact us and we will thoroughly inspect your home and eliminate any pest we can find.

Cephalotorax: Which is also known as prosoma, is the region composed by the head and the thorax. This fusion is mostly seen in crustaceans and insects, such as scorpions. In some cases, mostly in crustacean, this is covered by a hard carapace.

scorpion with chela clawsChela: A pincerlike claw of a crustacean or arachnid, such as a lobster, crab, or scorpion. They have enough force to pinch and hurt you. You can contact Varsity Termite and Pest Control to receive an inspection and check if you need a scorpion home sealing.

Ecdysis: This is the process when insects, like scorpions, shed their exoskeleton, typically during growth, leaving behind empty, old ones that are called exuviae. If you ever see any amount of empty shells in your home, we suggest you to contact us for assistance as you may need some kind of scorpion control in Chandler.

Exoskeleton: Is the external skeleton that supports and protects an animal’s body. This is different in contrast to the internal skeleton called endoskeleton, for example, of a human. Some of the larger and solid kinds of exoskeletons are the ones called “Shells” or carapaces. Entomology is a very interesting field to study. There are some animals, like turtles, that have both an endoskeleton and an exoskeleton.

Exuvia: As mentioned before, these are the remains of an exoskeleton and related structures left after an ecdysis. It’s important mainly to biologists for identifying the species of the animals, and sometimes even its sex.

scorpion with large forcepsForceps: Usually made out of disposable plastic. These are handheld, hinged instruments used for holding small objects that fingers are too large to grasp, in our case, such as small insect specimens. This term is used almost exclusively within the medical field. Outside of it, we can refer to them as tweezers, clips, or even clams.

Gravid: This terminology is used when insects are carrying eggs to hatch more little insects! This is of course used in females. If you have a nest of scorpions inside your house, it will probably already have some gravid females, so we recommend it some control on it. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information and treatment about it.

Instar: This is the development stage of arthropods, such as insects, between each ecdysis, until their sexual maturity is reached. Arthropods must shed their exoskeleton to grow or take a new form. There are differences between instars that can often be seen in altered body proportions, patterns, colors, body segments and even their head width.

If you need assistance with your Arizona scorpion problem or other Chandler pest control problem, please contact us, Varsity Termite and Pest Control, to inspect and get rid of unwanted pests. We will keep your property pest free!

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Gary Dobert

Tony is the co-owner of Varsity Termite and Pest Control, a family owned and operated company in Arizona with over 21 years of experience. They specialize in termite and scorpion control services.

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