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Arizona Home To A Butterfly Wonderland

Unidentified butterfly at the Niagara Parks Bu...

Butterfly Wonderland takes flight as one of the newest attractions in the Valley with a highly innovative, indoor rainforest environment featuring the largest butterfly pavilion in America.

You’ll be welcomed into a magnificent, lush, rainforest environment where thousands of butterflies from around the world fly freely, alighting on fragrant flowering plants and, quite possibly, on a friendly visitor’s shoulder or finger.

Butterfly Wonderland Attractions

Butterfly Emergence Gallery

Watch as the exquisite Blue Morpho Butterfly unfolds its wings for the first time. Marvel at how some chrysalises actually resemble designer jewelry with beautiful jade and gold colors.

3D Theater

Your Butterfly Wonderland experience begins in our state-of-the-art theater, your passport to the stunning story and fascinating life of butterflies as told by this specially-edited 3D version of “Flight of the Butterflies.”


This 10,000 square foot atrium and stand in wonder as thousands of butterflies from around the world enchant with their grace and beauty. This dramatic, glass-enclosed atrium shelters a breathtaking rainforest environment with lush tropical plants, trees, waterfalls and a large Koi pond.

Gift Shop 

A wide selection of specialized keepsakes can be found at the gift shop, Butterfly Treasures. Browse through our wide selection of special gifts, books, souvenirs, apparel, jewelry and that one-of-a-kind gift for that nature lover in your life.


Hungry after watching the butterflies? The cafe will offer a wide range of freshly made muffins, sandwiches, salads, wraps, and so much more

What Else To See

Live Ant Colony 

View the ants up close as they tunnel and are busy working together. Watch as they gather food for the colony and build anthills and mounds.

Honeybee Extravaganza

Visitors easily observe honey bees as they go about their daily activities.

Rivers of Amazon Aquatic Life 

Large, freshwater aquariums house intriguing fish from the Amazon, including our African Cichlids and other colorful exotic fish.


Adults: $19.95
Children (ages 3 to 11): $11.95
Students, military (with ID) and seniors (62+): $17.95
Children 2 and under are FREE.


Butterfly Wonderland (Loop 101 and Via de Ventura) is located at 9500 E. Via de Ventura in Scottsdale and is uniquely positioned on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in one of the most desirable geographic regions of the entire metropolitan Phoenix area.

Butterfly Wonderland
9500 East Vía de Ventura
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Heavy Rains Close Phoenix Children’s Museum

PXH_Museum_FloodThe rains came down and the floods came up…

Last night’s monsoon in the Phoenix Valley brought violent gusts of wind, black clouds, turbulent dust billows, and heavy sheets of rain. Lots and lots of rain! I know because I happened to by driving home when the storm hit and for a moment there I thought it might be the end of all humanity!

On my way to work this morning I noticed no less than 30 trees had been up-rooted, or at least had branches ripped off by the heavy winds. Even one of our Bulwark Exterminating signs had been torn halfway off.

It wasn’t just signs and trees that took the blunt of the monsoon storm. Our beloved Children’s Museum of Phoenix received so much rain; it flooded the entire first floor!

Heavy Rains Close Phoenix Children’s Museum

Bad news. The first floor Climber and atrium space at the Phoenix Children’s Museum was flooded by last nights heavy monsoon rains; and that means these areas will be closed until further notice while repairs are made and the area is dried. The damage is currently being assessed.

The good news is that the second and third floor exhibits are still open and where not damaged by the storms. These areas include the Art Studio, Noodle Forest, the Market, the Cafe, and Building Big.

Museum_FloodDonate To Atrium Repairs

I have spent a lot of time at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix with my daughter, and I’m saddened to hear about the flooding of the first floor. I hope we can get the repairs done quickly, so all of us in Arizona can get back to enjoying the museum.

The carpet in the atrium all needs to be replaced. You can do your part to help reopen the museum by making a donation. By making a $50 donation, you can adopt a carpet square! Your donation will be acknowledged on a sign in the atrium.

Click here to make a donation today!

How to Understand Your Termite Inspection Report

termite inspectionTermite inspections are a significant part of the home buying process and can make or break a deal. Despite the importance of this process, many people are still unsure how to actually read their termite inspection reports (also commonly referred to as a wood-destroying organisms report), leaving a lot of room open for misinterpretation. With an investment as large as a home, there shouldn’t be any uncertainty about going through with the transaction. You want to know without a doubt that you’re making the right decision. The best way to do that is by learning the basic elements of an inspection report and what it all means.

Types of Reports

Reports may be modified from state to state, but generally, you will see one of four different types. The first is an original, or complete, report that includes the results found for a thorough property examination. These are usually used for free-standing residential structures. Next, is a limited report, which covers the findings of an inspection conducted for a multi-unit structure (such as condominiums) where only part of the building is inspected, but can also be requested for just a particular portion of a home.

A supplemental report becomes an extension of either of the first two reports when an area of the property that was previously unavailable for inspection is now available or if further damages are found once repairs are being made. The final kind of report is a reinspection, which becomes necessary when a company other than the one writing the original report performs repairs as recommended on one of the first three types of reports.

Possible Conclusions Drawn From Your Inspection

termite inspectionYour report will detail the conclusions found during the termite inspection, and there are three possible outcomes you could face. No evidence means that the property is in the clear and the inspector didn’t come across any signs of past or present termite activity. Evidence of damage signifies that the inspector sees areas that indicate termites have previously been active and left damages behind in their wake, but there’s nothing to demonstrate a current infestation. A report that states an active infestation reveals that there is an existing termite problem that needs to be addressed immediately.

Main Components of the Report

There are two main components of any termite inspection report. One part will cover whatever the inspector’s findings were during their search of the premises, presenting one of the three conclusions as explained above. The other part specifies any concerns that the inspector may have about the potential for future termite activity. They are trained to spot areas of vulnerability that need to be taken care of and make suggestions regarding preventative actions and/or treatment.

Don’t fail to carefully go over your report once it’s been completed, and if you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to ask your termite inspection professional for an in-depth explanation before finalizing your property purchase.

Your Guide To Phoenix Comicon 2014

Phoenix Comicon

Can you believe it’s almost that time of year again? Phoenix Comicon hits the Phoenix Convention Center June 5-8, 2014.

Phoenix Comicon is the perfect opportunity for enthusiast of comics, horror, sci-fi, superheroes, gaming, and just about everything in-between, to celebrate pop culture and embrace their inner geek!

Here is your simple guide to Phoenix Comicon:

Special Guests

  • Stan Lee
  • Danny Glover
  • Bruce Campbell
  • Nathan Fillion
  • Adam West
  • Burt Ward
  • Julie Newmar
  • Mark Sheppard
  • Eliza Dushku
  • Hohn Rhys-Davies
  • John Ratzenberger
  • Stephen Amell
  • Brian Posehn
  • Walter Jones
  • Many, many more

Signature Events

  • Brain Eating Contest
  • Zombie Beauty Pageant
  • Arizona Comedy All-Stars
  • Avengers Boot Camp
  • Cosplay Fashion Show & Mixer
  • Jedi Reading Acadamy
  • Geek Prom
  • Geek Family Fued
  • Lego Build-Off
  • Minecraft Block Party
  • Car Show
  • Sci-Fi Speed Dating
  • Zombie Obstacle Course
  • Zombie Walk
  • 13th Floor Haunted House
  • And More!

For day and times of all the events, click here.


Phoenix Hotels

Hyatt Regency Phoenix
122 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Sheraton Downtown
340 N. 3rd Street., Phoenix, AZ 85004
50 East Adams Street.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Westin Hotel
333 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
(866) 961-3775
Hotel Palomar
2 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 253-6633
Hilton Suites
10 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 253-4121
Fairfield Inn & Suites Phoenix Midtown
2520 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Holiday Inn Downtown Phoenix – North
212 W Osborn, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Radisson Airport
427 N. 44th St. Phoenix, AZ 85008
(602) 220-4400 

Nearby Phoenix Restaurants 


This classic American grill has been artfully serving quality steaks, Fresh and innovative seafood since 1983. Enjoy a daily lunch, dinner or perhaps a special business or romantic occasion in our warm and inviting dining room.

2 South 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 340-0000

The Arrogant Butcher

The Arrogant Butcher is located vary close to the Phoenix Convention Center, and is your go-to place for happy-hour. The fresh baked pretzels with fontina fondue come very highly recommended, with an amazing 53 mentions on Yelp.

The Arrogant Butcher
2 E Jefferson St #150
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
(602) 324-8502

Pizzeria Bianco

Pizzeria Bianco is constantly hyped by The Food Network, The Travel Channel, Oprah, Diane Sawyer; all because it just might be the best pizza west of New York City Get there early or you may wait almost three hours to get in.

Pizzeria Bianco
623 East Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 258-8300


For lunch I would recommend Cibo. They offer excellent pizza and sandwiches.

603 N 5th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 441-2697


For tranquil ambiance, and raw sashimi with an Italian-style flare, try Crudo. At Crudo your options include 3, 4 or 5 Italian courses.

3603 E Indian School Rd Ste B
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 358-8666

Bliss ReBAR

This fine restaurant/bar may be a little bit of a walk from the Convention Center, but worth it. I know it might sound a little childish, but you have to try the mac and cheese… it just might be the best you’ve ever had.

Bliss ReBAR
901 N 4th St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 795-1792

Bulwark At Comicon 2014?

I’m hearing rumors out there that a few of the pest professionals at Bulwark Exterminating may be at Phoenix Comicon this year sporting giant cockroach outfits. Be on the lookout for a few of these giant creepy crawlies.

Enjoy Phoenix Comicon 2014!

For More information on Phoenix Comicon, click here.


Pest Control Buckeye AZ

Buckeye, AZ is sandwiched between the city of Phoenix, and the wide open desert. Buckeye has some of the best weather in winters, and will draw hundreds of snowbirds every year. During the summer Buckeye, AZ is pretty warm, but it is surrounded with pool parks to go cool down. With this warm weather year round, Buckeye never gets a deep freeze. If there is never a deep freeze, pests will never get killed off. So the warm weather is nice, but it will also cause major pest problems if not controlled.

Buckeye Pest Control

Pest control is a must need in Buckeye, AZ

Pest control is a year round commitment in order to be pest free. With so many pests and so many homes in Buckeye, there are quite a bit of pest control companies. All do different treatments and will also charge very different prices. In order to help you save money and a very big headache here are some tips to help you.

Look up reviews on the company

If a pest control company is treating the home correctly, the customer will be happy. The happy customer will then write a good review. If the company is not doing the right kind of treatment, they will either have no reviews, or have very poor ratings.

Ask what kind treatment is being done

Buckeye Pest Control

When talking to a pest control company, ask if they do a three part treatment. The first part of the treatment is treating on the inside. Most pests you see on the inside will come from the walls. To treat this area, an in wall treatment will need to be done. Taking the face plates off the outlets, and placing a product into the wall, is the best way to treat this problem. The 2nd and 3rd part will be done on the outside. Make sure the pest control company power sprays around the foundation of the home; and doesn’t backpack spray. The last part of the treatment will be to control the pest at the source. Treating the plants with granules is the only way to properly treat the plants. Doing this whole treatment process, is the best way to control all of the pests on your property.

Buckeye, AZ Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
Critter Control
Phoenix, AZ 85001
(602) 569-2360

A Roach Ate My Donut

There I was, reading the morning newspaper and enjoying a cup of coffee with my favorite morning pastry.

I swear, I was having dreams about that Boston Crème donut, as I have been anticipating it’s velvety custard hit my tongue.

I reach down, about to take my first glorious bite, and… It’s gone!!!

See for yourself:

A Roach Ate My Donut Video


My first thought was to blame my wife, but I know it wasn’t her because she’s been on a diet.

I began scoping out my kitchen, only to discover it was a vile, disgusting, disease spreading cockroach that was the culprit.

half donutA ROACH ATE MY DONUT!!!

It wasn’t enough that he ate it. Afterward he ran off into a dank, dark corner to puke it up only to enjoy it once again. Gross!

I’m tired of sharing my food with roaches! It seems like they’ll eat just about anything; but stealing my donut crosses the line! I’m calling Bulwark Exterminating!

Bulwark Exterminating Roach Control


If you are tired of seeing cockroaches in your kitchen, nibbling on your food when you’re not looking, it’s time to get professional cockroach control. These roaches that have been stealing your food, are also know for spreading diseases, worms, and bacteria; as well as causing allergies and asthma.

Call Bulwark Exterminating Today!


Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345

Fountain Hills Pest Control

Arizona Palm TreesNestled in the beautiful landscape of the Arizona desert, sits the small town of Fountain Hills. The centerpiece of the city is the 300 foot fountain that will shoot up from the lake in down town.  The fountain will shoot off every hour for a time of 15 min.  Fountain Hills’ population is about 22,500 and continues to grow every year.  Most people are drawn to Fountain Hills for its beauty, and for the Arizona weather. Year-round, Fountain Hills’ weather is sunny and perfect for hiking, biking, walking the dog, and swimming. The weather does pose an opposition; the pests in Fountain Hills will also love the weather.

What pests live in Fountain Hills? 


With the weather never going below freezing for months at a time, the number of pests in Fountain Hills just keeps growing. Some of the pests that live in Fountain Hills are: crickets, cockroaches, earwigs, spiders, ants, and scorpions.

Where are these pests found?


Scorpion On Rock

Each pest will have a different need to survive, so each pest will be found in different areas. Crickets and cockroaches will live by the base of plants. At the base of plants crickets and cockroaches will eat the roots and drink the water from the drippers. Earwigs eat organic matter that is decomposing. Areas that have a lot of decomposition include: where the sidewalk or the fountain of the home meets the grass and where plant leaves gather and build up. Spiders will live in areas where other pests are frequently traveling. These high traveled areas are up higher in the eaves of the home, or down lower by the base of the home. Ants will be found all around the yard and in homes. The most feared pest, the scorpions, will be found hiding in the fences, under rocks, in pool equipment and in the home.

Fountain Hills Pest Control 


Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
Critter Control
Phoenix, AZ 85001
(602) 569-2360

3 Easy Ways To Reduce A Rodent Problem

No one wants to deal with a rodent infestation. No one does—and, that bears repeating. So, homeowners, apartment dwellers and anyone who lives in a permanent or even temporary place of residence need to know what to do in order to prevent themselves from experiencing that particular problem.

It’s because having a rodent problem is ultimately unsafe. Many rodents, in fact, are carriers of many types of diseases, including Lyme disease and many types of fever-like conditions. Even having a potentially infected rodent in your home can disturb the well-being of your entire family. So, thanks to the nature of that particular issue, getting rid of rodents in your home should be your top priority.

Can you eliminate your rodent problem?


Far more people experience issues with rodents around the home. Most people are lucky enough to deal with only one or two throughout the entire time they live in their place of residence. Others, however, have a persistent rodent problem that often gains the potential to become worse. When the rodent problem gets that bad, it’s time to find solutions.

So, how can you eliminate your rodent problem? There are solutions out there, but what’s the most effective solution that’s practically guaranteed to get rid of that problem for good?

They say that the best way to prevent rodents from infesting the home is prevention… and that’s probably one of the best ways to prevent rodent problems happening before they start. At least, before you get professional help from a pest control company, anyway! So, let’s take a look at some of the easiest ways that you can get rid of your rodent problem, shall we?

Easy ways to reduce your problem with rodents


Rodents are known to reproduce fast, especially if they invade your home in mismatched pairs that may breed often. Thanks to that particular problem, it’s best to approach removing rodents from the home by preventing them from entering in the first place.

Seal everything in their sights. If there’s a way, a rodent will find their way into it. So, if your home is prone to hosting plenty of small, tight spaces, seal them immediately. Many rodents have the ability to squeeze themselves into holes that tiny—and, that’s probably the main reason why so many homes get infested in the first place.

If you find holes, gaps or spaces in your kitchen area, seal them immediately, too. Rodents are very likely to attempt gaining entry via your kitchen, side doors or even front door. Ensuring that these gaps are sealed pretty much helps keep them well out of your home.

Manage your trash and recyclables. If you don’t think that rodents will hide in your trash or recyclables, think again. Because they will. Some rodents, if they already live around your home, will hide in your trash or recyclables to eventually travel back inside your home. So, if you happened to empty your trash and bring your trash can back inside after a while, turn it over and shake it out… unless you want to bring home an unwanted visitor!

If you have clutter around the home, recycle that clutter. Rodents are also more likely to situate themselves within clutter as a form of shelter. Many rodents, to provide an example, like residing in clutter like paper and straw.

Rodent-proof your home. The best way to prevent rodents from infiltrating your home is ensuring that it’s rodent-proof in the first place.

That starts with ensuring that all of your stored food remains in containers and spaces where they can’t possibly reach. You may have to invest in kitchen wares that resist gnawing from rodents—and, that even includes getting kitchen furniture and appliances that will withstand that particular situation. You should also invest in a rodent-proof container to keep your pet food safe, too.

Of course, you shouldn’t leave out any food in your kitchen or throughout the rest of your home—and that includes pet food. Preventing rodents from entering your home is very much about stopping the possibility of your home becoming a ‘safe harbor’ for rodents to live in. When you accomplish that, you’ll pretty much make your home rodent-free for a long time.

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Pete Kontakos enjoys writing about sports, health and animals. He is a certified wrestling coach through USA Wrestling and has experience managing in the restaurant and retail industry.

Stung By A Scorpion- How Do I Know?

Scorpion On RockIt’s been a long day of laundry, grocery shopping, taking the kids to soccer practice and dance class. You’re exhausted! The only thing you want to do is sleep! You pull back the covers and wearily throw yourself into your bed. It feels amazing, like you’re floating on a cloud. You’re about to drift off, when you feel it!


While lying in bed, something either bites you or stings you! You frantically rip the covers off your bed, looking for the culprit. No luck. You cannot find it. As your body begins to ache near the bite or sting, your mind begins to worry. What got me? What if it is a scorpion?!?

It’s no secret that Phoenix is home to the dreaded Arizona Bark Scorpion. Here are some signs and symptoms of a scorpion sting.

Signs & Symptoms Of Scorpion Stings


If you are stung by a scorpion, there is a good change you may not be able to determine the exact sting spot. There will definitely be some pain and burning in the general vicinity of the sting, and there will also be some redness and swelling. Near the sting site you will be able to see some fluid accumulating under the skin; also known as edema.

After a sting, the site will be very sensitive and tender; especially to touch, cold, or heat. You may experience numbness and tingling as well. I know that it is difficult to tell, but regional lymph node enlargement may also occur.

Reactions To Scorpion Stings



Scorpion sting reactions can range from mild pain and feeling uncomfortable, to very sever reactions. Those who are hypersensitive to insect bites or stings, or those with insect allergies, are more susceptible to these sever reactions.

Severe reactions can include:

  • Numbness in face
  • Blurring vision,
  • Muscle twitching
  • Thick tongue sensation
  • Hyperactivity
  • Difficulty in breathing

If you feel like any of these reactions are occurring, seek medical attention immediately. Scorpion stings can lead to respiratory failure, metabolic acidosis (possible coma & fatality), sever multi-organ system disease.

If You’re Stung

If you are stung by a scorpion, do not panic. Doing so will only increase your already elevated (from venom) blood pressure. Most stings can be treated at home. Wash the sting with warm soapy water. Apply antiseptic. You’ll also want to apply a cold compress ten minutes on, ten minutes off to reduce swelling. Take Tylenol as needed.

Seek medical care if you experience any of the severe symptoms listed above, or if pain and swelling do not subside after four hours. Additionally, children or the elderly should seek immediate medical attention if stung by a bark scorpion.

scorpion tailScorpion Stings

Scorpion stings can range from mildly irritating to fatal; depending on the species of scorpion and personal reactions to stings. Unfortunately, the most common species of scorpion in Arizona is also the most dangerous. While stings from Arizona Bark Scorpions can be deadly, most scorpion stings can be compared to bee or wasp stings.

Scorpions do not transmit diseases, and the size and appearance of a scorpion does not correlate with medical importance. Scorpion stings resulting in death are far more common in other parts of world. In Brazil, some 5000 people reported scorpion stings every year which results in 48 deaths annually.

Phoenix Scorpion Control

If you have been stung by a scorpion, it something you never want to experience ever again. Prevent scorpions from entering your home with Phoenix scorpion control.

Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
Critter Control
Phoenix, AZ 85001
(602) 569-2360

How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

“Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite” was once a cute little phrase our parents said to us as they tucked us in for the night. Bed bugs are now a problem with a solution that is far from cute. Decades ago, bed bug incidents were everywhere worldwide, for some time it died down and now they are coming back with a vengeance, unfortunately.


Bed bugs travel via clothing, luggage, bedding, so if you have come back from vacation or store items in your suitcase, it is best to clean any bags or suitcases along with the clothing or bedding items inside. If you have just bought something brand new from the store, whether it is an article of clothing or a new bed spread, it is advised to clean it thoroughly first before putting anywhere near you or your family.

First of all, the best way to keep bed bugs out of your home is strictly taking preventative measures. If you already know you have an infestation of bed bugs then here are a series of steps to show you how you can get rid of them.

Steps to ride yourself of bed bugs

1. Take a look at the infested area and surrounding living quarters.

2. Clean off and strip clothing and/or bedding of infested area.

3. Reduce any clutter that may be around, clutter just encourages bugs to congregate.

4. To physically clean clothing and/or bedding in a NON CHEMICAL way, you can:

– Put bedding in washer, wash regularly and then stick in your dryer at a very high heat ( 110°F or higher). The high temperatures will kill the bugs.

Bedbug bag5. To physically clean clothing and/or bedding WITH CHEMICALS, you can:

– Use an integrated pest management (IPM) strategy to control the infestation which is three steps. Sanitize, apply chemicals, preventative measures.

– There is thousands of bed bug products that are available for the average consumer to use that are approved by the EPA. A pest control store professional can help you choose the right product for use against the bugs.

– If one product does not work, clean the items off again, before applying a new product.

6. DO NOT BOMB YOUR HOUSE! And I am not talking about the military kind, even though you may feel like it…I am talking about the bug bombs you get at the local grocery store. These do NOTHING. Visit your local pest control store, where professionals can give you better quality and more effective products to help you get rid of those bed bugs within your budget and without harming you and your loved ones. Bombs are harmful to you, your family and your pets and all they do to your house and bug problem is leave a weird smell and disgusting residue.

7. You can always resort to hiring a professional.

8. If you are returning home from a trip, even if it was from your mother’s house, unpack everything directly into the washer, and if possible, even wash the bag your items were in. If you can’t wash your suitcase, sanitize it to the best of your ability before putting it near any clean areas.

The EPA – Environmental Prevention agency has a great guide on Pest Control and Pesticide Safety which you can get out and even download to print at You can also check out a detailed run down of bed bugs, there life cycle, and different solutions at

Catriona M. is a professional content writer for Catriona loves to go shopping and trying new foods.