5 Best Free Family Games & Top 5 Group Board Games

So family and friends will be visiting this week, and meal time is pretty easy, but what to do with the rest of the time you will be together? Instead of turning on the tube this holiday season why not try some good’ole fashioned party games? Sure there are your traditional board games like Monopoly and Settlers of Catan as of recent years. But not everybody is into throwing dice in a competitive battle of pure luck. From a board game fanatic, here are a few games that pretty much anyone can enjoy. This is the pest control guy’s list of Top 10 Games to play with your Holiday group this year.

The 5 Best Free Family Friendly Games This Season

#1 – What Were You Thinking?

This game was sold as a box game at one time and you might be able to find it as a collectible. But the game is simple enough to play with just paper and pencils and a few categories or questions from the group.  So pick a category, like “Disney Movies”, then ask everyone to name 5 Disney Movies. Give everyone a minute to write up their list. Then you start with one person reading their answers. As they read their first answer “Pinocchio” the question is then asked, who else wrote “Pinocchio”? Everyone that wrote that answer is totaled and everyone scores that total for “Pinocchio”. The object of the game is to match others and have the highest score after 5 to 6 rounds.  The laughs happen as people listen to the varied responses and find out how unique individuals think. As the box version reads; “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you think the same.”

  • A few questions and categories to get you in the holiday mood:
  • Top 5 must have food dishes on Thanksgiving
  • 5 Best tasting topping for Turkey
  • List 5 Pies
  • Name 5 things you have seen in 2017 with Pumpkin Spice Flavoring
  • Give us 5 things you are thankful for
  • Name 5 people you will say “Thank You” to today.

#2 – Three Stage Charades

This is by far the best version of charades you will ever play. Best for groups of 8 or more. Divide into two teams. Send one team into another room. Each team will now write down these 3 things: Person, Thing, Action. Now the two teams will come back together. Each team will now pick 3 people to act out the charades and 1 person to guess. Two of the actors and the one guesser will need to all leave the room.  The words will now be revealed to the first charades player. One of the actors will be called back into the room. The player with the revealed words will then act out each word/category separately for the next charades actor. After each word has been acted out without speaking of sounds for the 2nd actor. The 3rd actor will be called in and the 2nd will repeat the process of acting out for the 3rd. Finally they guesser is to be brought in and the guesser will need to guess each of the 3 words. Essentially the game is telephone charades in 3 stages. The lost in translation that happens with the typical telephone game is amplified by the fact that no one is speaking in charades as they try to pass the message along.

#3 – Telephone Charades Race

This version of Charades is similar to the last in that the word is passed from player to player by acting only, but this one is done in race-relay style. You have your teams evenly split. You will want at least 5 players per team and no more than 8 players per team. If you have 20 people, go with 4 teams of 5. If you have 18 go with 3 teams of 6. Two teams line up all facing one direction looking at the back of their team players’ head. The two opposing players on the end that can see the rest of the teams will start. They will both receive the word they will be acting out. The race begins as both players tap the shoulder of the person in front of them then proceed to pass the word along. Once the receiving team member feels fairly confident about the word they can turn and tap the shoulder of the person in front of them passing it up the line. Players only turn around to receive the clue as their shoulders are tapped. It is a race and there should be an object to grab to determine which team finishes the race first. The team that finishes the race first gets first guess. If they guess correctly they get a point for the total number of players on the team. If they guess incorrectly it passes to the other team to guess. A correct guess will give them full points for all members on the team. If they fail then it goes to the next player on the opposing team to guess but now it’s minus 1 point. The guessing goes back and forth until the correct guess is given points reducing by 1 for each player that fails. There are no points awarded if neither team can guess it. Play this with an even set of rounds for each team you have. You may also have 3 lines going at the same time.  Any way you play it, this the game is fun. The fast paced acting out is sure to gets some laughs.

#4 Guessing Celebrities in 3’s

Some call this game Fish Bowl. This game is also sold as Monikers. It requires a big bowl and 3 or 4 slips of paper for every player.  All players will need to write down Celebrity names on their papers. Fold the papers in half so that the name written is not visible and drop them in the bowl. Now divide into two teams. A minute timer will be needed. Play will then pass between teams as players step up and pull names from the bowl. The object is to get your team to guess as many celebrities as you can in 1 minute. As you empty the bowl, your team scores 1 point for each correct guess. Players may pass, but each pass will cost them a point. You may allow 1 or 2 free passes per player. Names passed are placed back into the bowl. Keep score after each player takes their turn. An opposing team player may also help younger children with reading or knowing who the celebrity is. This is played in 3 stages. At the end of each stage the names are all placed back into the bowl. Any remaining time at the end of a stage is given back to the team in play and they will begin the next stage with that time.

  • Stage 1 is “Say Anything”. You can say as much as you like so long as you are giving clues and not saying the celebrity’s name, spelling it out, or rhyming it with.
  • Stage 2 is “Acting Only”. You must act out only; no sounds, no sign language.
  • Stage 3 is “One Word”. No acting or pointing. Simply draw the name and give a single word.
  • Total up the points at the end of stage 3 and game over. This game passes one-minute at a time quickly. Competition can be fierce and celebrities everywhere will be offended.

#5 What If?

This game of wacky questions paired with random answers may create some lifelong inside jokes. Keeping an open mind for chaos and none sense is required to enjoy “What If…?”. Papers and pencils required. Write a “What if…” question. Throw the questions back into a hat and everyone draws. Make sure you get someone else’s question. On a spate paper, write an answer starting with “Then…”. Now re-distribute the answers. The game proceeds as players will now read their questions and then answer them by reading the random answer they pulled. Many questions will be left unanswered. But sometimes the questions and paired answers just make the perfect non-sense to get everyone laughing.

Just a tip, but personalizing a question or an answer by using players names increases the likelihood of giggles. I mean “What if Uncle Bobbie really did turn into turkey?…”. 

Top 5 Board Games for Big Groups of Families and Friends 

#1 Code Names

Topping my list of party size board games these days is Code Names. Best with at least 6 players. Clue giving word game at its finest.

#2 The Game of Things

This game is a great get to know you game as players guess who gave what answer. Sold in a box, but playable without the official board game. Still, the box set moves play along rapidly and this game is a keeper. Keep your party alive and kicking with this fantastic board game.

#3 Ultimate Werewolf

This game has taken on many forms from the free for all “Mafia” party game, to the more refined “The Resistance” game best as “Avalon”. In its many forms it will remain a party game for years to come. But I give you this version “One Night Ultimate Werewolf” as its best family and friend version. Absolutely playable for all ages. This box set plays each game in under 10 minutes. The app leaves no need for a game facilitator and makes it super easy for anyone to pick up and play. Who needs to read the rules when the app will walk you through?

#4 Telestrations

The best version of Pictionary ever invented. This is the telephone game but on paper and with drawings. Laugh it up as simple and easy ideas distort themselves into never before heard or seen fumblings.

#5 Catch Phrase

Guess the word, pass the ticking time bomb. Whatever team ends up stuck with the buzzer in their hands loses. This game can be too competitive and injuries may occur if the timer is thrown at players, but still worthy of our Top 5 Party Game list.

Roach Bits- Be Thankful For Your Exterminator This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is set… What can go wrong?

This Thanksgiving, be thankful for your exterminator!

Happy Thanksgiving

All of us here at Blog Pest Control would like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving.

This Thanksgiving, no matter where you’ll be, make sure you take a moment and reflect on the many things you have been blessed with; all the things you have to be thankful for… Including your exterminator.

This Thanksgiving, in addition to reflecting on your blessings, eat way too much turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. Get up early to play in a turkey bowl or watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, watch some football, and spend a lot of time with family and close friends.

Happy Thanksgiving! May it be pest free!

Video courtesy of Bulwark Exterminating.

Veterans Day- Celebrate Our Heros

Army Family

“Some people live an entire lifetime
and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world,
but the Marines don’t have that problem.”

~ Ronald Reagan

Veterans Day is one of those non-glamorous holidays, sandwiched between Halloween and Thanksgiving, that doesn’t garner much attention other than government offices and banks being closed. The day gets lost amongst all of the hustle and bustle of the beginning of the holiday season. Unfortunately, we often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.

This Veterans Day, let’s do something different to show our love and appreciation to the brave men and women who have so honorably and nobly sacrificed so much for our freedoms and liberties.

A Few Ways to Honor a Veteran

 

Soldier Kneeling At Grave

It’s very important for us all to recognize and celebrate our heroes. Here are a few ideas of things you can do this Veterans Day, to honor a veteran:

  • Reach out to a veteran and thank him or her for their service
  • Ask a veteran to share stories about their time in service and listen patiently
  • Visit the grave of loved a loved one who’s served
  • Volunteer
  • Write to an enlisted soldier serving in the military
  • Visit a War Memorial
  • Fly the American flag
  • Give blood
  • Remember and reflect
  • Make your life worthy of a veteran’s sacrifice

Happy Veterans Day

All of us here at Blog Pest Control and Bulwark Exterminating would like to wish everyone a happy Veterans Day. We are truly indebted to all those service men and women who have put their lives on the line to help protect our freedom, liberties, and these United States.

We live in the greatest country in the world; the land of the free because of the brave. Only real heroes can do what you do.

To all those who serve our country, THANK YOU for your unselfish efforts! We salute you!

“As We Express Our Gratitude
We Must Never Forget That The
Highest Appreciation Is Not To
Utter Words But To Live By Them”

~ John F. Kennedy

Happy Veterans Day!

Fall Wasp Wars

As the cool crisp fall weather sets in, a war of sorts is declared by homeowners; against yellowjackets, paper wasps, and hornets. These wasps have a tendency to turn aggressive during the fall, as their diets move from the proteins and carbohydrates they enjoy during the spring and summer, to sugar-rich foods like ripe fruit and sweet soda during the fall.

Fall Wasp Wars

Wasps have a tendency to turn aggressive during the fall months. A single wasp colony may have over 10,000 female worker wasps whose sole purpose is to hunt for nutrients to feed the colony. Wasps in search of these sugary sweet nutrients turn potentially aggressive, ruining outdoor activities and bombarding backyard barbecues. The result? Painful stings, sometimes repeatedly, whenever human interaction is present. These painful wasp stings usually happen while shooing them away, walking barefoot near food, or swallowing wasps that have crawled into beverage cans.

To make it all worse, wasps have a built-in warning system that alerts other wasps when danger is present. All you have to do is merely swat at a yellowjacket, and an alarm pheromone is released that brings out an army of wasps to attack the aggressor.

It’s important to note that throughout most of the year, wasps keep to themselves and are generally harmless; only exhibiting defensive behavior when their nests are compromised. Not matter the time of year, it is recommended that homeowners battling fall wasps not do so by themselves. It’s best to solicit the aid of a pest management professional.

Such was the case when Morrisville’s own Anna, contacted Bulwark Pest Control to help out with her wasp problem. Here’s the glowing review she left Bulwark on Yelp:

Excellent Yelp Review For Servicing Fall Wasps

 

Yesterday we had a swarm of yellow jackets, wasps and bees surround our home. Tonight is Halloween! I was frantic!

I called the pest company that has been servicing this house and they told me they would have to charge me extra to come out and help and then “I believe” they accidentally hung up on me.

I called Bulwark Exterminating and they were so nice and understanding. He understood what was going on. I told him I needed to also sign-up for quarterly service since I was going to be cancelling the service with my current company who couldn’t help me.

They had a technician, Orlando Council, at my house by 7:30am!!! The next morning! I couldn’t believe it! I was sooo happy to see him sitting outside my house waiting for me!!

I walked him through our house inside and outside. He immediately got to work finding the source of the insects and did a full house extermination inside and outside for me.

We are also currently using this company for another house we have.

They didn’t charge me extra. They didn’t charge me that usual LARGER first bill. He did so much to help us. He solved our insect problem.. so we can have a safe and happy Halloween tonight.

I can’t tell you how truly thankful I am… that they cared so much for us, to take the extra effort to add us to their already busy schedule… And not charge me extra or an “arm and a leg” for it!

They only charged me my regular quarterly fee.

Bless them! Orlando – you are the man!!!!

 

Morrisville, NC

10/31/2014

 

Fall Pest Control

paper wasps

If you are seeing a large amount of wasps in your backyard, or are even seeing a wasp’s nest, do not take matters into your own hands. Doing so can be very dangerous. Call for a professional pest control company instead!

How To Keep Pests Out Of Your Christmas Decorations

The holidays are in full swing, and before you know it you will be left with the daunting task of putting away all of those Christmas decorations. Did you know that those beautiful Christmas wreaths, lights, ceramic nativities, and even your artificial Christmas tree can be a favorite hideout for pests all year long?

There are a few simple and inexpensive steps you can take now, so you don’t end up with a serious pest infestation later. The last thing you want is to create a safe haven for rodents, cockroaches, silverfish, spiders or scorpions.

How To Keep Pests Out Of Your Christmas Decorations 

container of red christmas baubles

Use proper storage bins. When storing your Christmas decorations, avoid using cardboard boxes. The tape, cardboard, and glue are a favorite food among roaches and silverfish. They can easily slip through the crevices of these cardboard boxes too. Opt instead for plastic tubs with tight fitting lids. These will surely help keep the bugs out of your decorations.

Use a Christmas tree bag. Again, toss the cardboard box your artificial Christmas tree came in, and use a Christmas tree bag that will tightly zip. Rodents like mice, squirrels, and rats love nesting in artificial trees year round. These trees provide pests with a safe shelter, much like they’d find in the wild.

Quickly throw away your real tree. That wonderful smelling Evergreen you chopped down on a family outing needs to be quickly disposed of; before rodents and other pests take notice, and take cover inside.

Seal linens in plastic bags.  Your stockings and Christmas tablecloths can offer a quick meal for pests like clothing moths, and cockroaches. Make sure items like these are sealed in plastic bags to keep out any humidity which can also attract pests.

Christmas_Tree_BoxThrow away edible decorations. I know you spent hours on that beautiful gingerbread house you made, but pests like mice and rats will quickly make a meal of it. The same goes for those candy canes you used to decorate the tree. Edibles will only attract pests.

Inspect storage area. Before you start stacking those plastic tubs of Christmas decorations in your garage, basement, or attic; look for existing signs of pests nearby. Rodent droppings, spider webs, and dead insects are a dead give away of a pest problem.

Clean, clean, clean. After inspecting your storage area for signs of pests, and before you start stacking the plastic tubs, make sure the area is clean. This simple act can go along way in keeping the bugs and pests away.

Get pest control. If you see any signs of pests where you are storing your Christmas decorations, get help from an Austin exterminator. Scorpion control, roach control, and spider control treatment plans can keep those pests away from your décor all year round. You don’t want to get bit or stung when you get them out for next season.

Happy Holidays From Blog Pest Control

All of us bug guys here at blogpestcontrol.com would like to wish you all Happy Holidays, and all the best for 2015. May your Holidays, and your Christmas decorations be pest free.

 

Happy Thanksgiving From Blog Pest Control

Family at the dinner table at the Thanksgiving day.

All of us here at Blog Pest Control and Bulwark Exterminating would like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving.

This Thanksgiving, no matter where you’ll be, make sure you take a moment and reflect on the many things you have been blessed with; all the things you have to be thankful for.

Our pest control professionals at Blog Pest Control and Bulwark Exterminating are very grateful for all of our customers. They are the reason we get up in the morning. Whether we’ve been servicing your home for years, or just happened to help out during a one time pest emergency, we are thankful for each and every one of you!

This Thanksgiving, in addition to reflecting on your blessings, eat way too much turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. Get up early to play in a turkey bowl or watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, watch some football, and spend a lot of time with family and close friends.

Happy Thanksgiving! May it be pest free!

Thankful_Girls

Veterans Day Tribute- 9000 Fallen Soldiers Etched Into Sand On Normandy

NormandyIn honor of Veteran’s Day today, I wanted to share with you all this touching tribute to all those lives lost on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day during World War II.

9000 Fallen Soldiers Etched Into Sand On Normandy

In a touching tribute to those brave soldiers who lost their lives on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day 1944, British artists accompanied by numerous volunteers took to the beaches of Normandy with rakes and stencils in hand. They etched 9,000 silhouettes into the sand, representing the 9,000 fallen soldiers who died that tragic day.

The piece, titled “The Fallen 9000,” is meant as a stark visual reminder of the civilians, Germans and allied forces who died on June 6th, 1944 during the D-Day beach landings at Arromanches.

The original team of volunteers started off with 60 members, but as word spread nearly 500 additional local residents arrived to help with the temporary installation that lasted only a few hours before being washed away by the sea. These pictures were taken before the sea levels rose and washed the artwork away.

Normandy 900The tribute piece was completed on Peace Day, September 25, 2013.

Happy Veterans Day

All of us here at Blog Pest Control and Bulwark Exterminating would like to wish everyone a happy Veterans Day. We are truly indebted to all those service men and women who have put their lives on the line to help protect our freedom, liberties, and these United States.

We live in the greatest country in the world; the land of the free because of the brave. Only real heroes can do what you do.

To all those who serve our country, THANK YOU for your unselfish efforts! We salute you!

Normandy Etchings

Pest Control News: Valentines Day Edition

Heart Scorpions

Valentines Day Bugs

There are two bugs that have names synonymous with Valentines Day; and coincidentally, one is our pest of the week. Here’s what you need to know about two Valentines Day Bugs; the Lovebug and the Kissing bug… Read More

Book Lice Or Psocids’

My wife loves getting books for any special occasion, and I’ll admit that sometimes I’ll get her a book from a used book store. This Valentines Day, don’t give your significant other Book Lice… Read More

New England’s Most Invasive Insects

If you live on one of these New England states, be on the lookout for these three invasive insects this Valentines Day… Read More

Wasps & Bees Can Be Scary And Dangerous!

Wasps & Bees can be scary and dangerous, and ruin your Valentine’s Day! Learn the differences among all the different wasps and bees, and what you can do about removing their nest… Read More

Racket on the Roof, is it Rats?

Imagine you’ve spent the Valentines Day wooing your significant other with flowers, chocolates, romantic cards, and dinner; only to bring him or her home and hear scurrying and scratching above your bed…Read More

Pest Of The Week: The Lovebug

Lovebug

What better for our pest of the week, than the lovebug…? After all, today is Valentines Day! The name lovebug is synonymous with Valentines, romance, and love; but the truth is there really isn’t much to love about the lovebug—At least not when they are swarming.

Every April or May, and again in Late September or early October, lovebugs take to the air. I’m talking hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of these insects swarming, almost life a black cloud moving throughout the sky. It’s all part of their mating cycle.

In fact, the lovebug’s mating cycle, and their tendency to spend most of their short lives mating, is why they are called lovebugs. You can see them swarm in many parts of the Southern United States; around the Gulf of Mexico. In states like Texas and Louisiana, it’s common to have swarms of lovebugs get inside your home if they have an entry point. They can be drawn in by the lights of your home, and they are even attracted to anything light colored. In addition to being a household pest twice a year, lovebugs are quite the nuisance when driving. They sure can make a mess out of the front of your car, as you smash them on the road.

 

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Valentines Day Mating Rituals… Of Bugs

Ladybugs In LoveWith Valentines Day just around the corner, many of us will be buying flowers, chocolates, and romantic cards in hopes of wooing our mates.

Did you know that many of our insect friends also have rituals of their own in hopes of luring in a mate this Valentine’s Day?

In honor of Valentines Day, here are a few unique, bizarre, and downright cool mating rituals of five different bugs or arachnids:

“Peacocking” Peacock Spiders 

_MG_0331 peacock spider Maratus splendens

Okay before you jump all over me, I know spiders aren’t bugs; they’re arachnids. Despite this classification, Peacock Spiders perform one of the most elaborate and downright cool mating rituals I have ever seem in the insect/arachnid world.

When a Peacock Spider is attempting to find a mate, the male spider will jump and dance around to try and impress a female Peacock Spider. He will lift his legs high in the air and bring them down slowly. He will spread himself wide, flatten himself down, and then pop right back up with his back legs raised in the air. This dance, or “peacocking” as it’s sometimes called, is how the Peacock Spider gets its name.

Female Peacock Spiders will watch carefully to see if the dancing spider is a good enough mate. When the male spider is ready to make his move he will approach carefully; quickly waving his back legs back and forth in the air. He then lifts a brightly colored flap up into the air, mimicking a peacock.

See the mating ritual for yourself:

Beheading Praying Mantises 

Praying Mantis Cannibal

This Valentines Day, you’ll likely treat your mate to a romantic dinner. When it comes to praying mantises, a romantic dinner means something completely different.

A female praying mantis will seductively lure in a male praying mantis with her powerful pheromones. As a male praying

Praying Mantis Sexual Cannibalism Female just ...

mantis approaches, he’ll do so as he performs a courtship dance. If the female mantis deems him worthy, she’ll allow him to commence mating. While the act is being performed, it’s pretty common for the female praying mantis to turn around and chew of the head of her mate. She’s a cannibal!

This act of cannibalism is not without purpose. Researchers have found that the male mantis appears to thrust more vigorously without his head attached to his body; which increases the success of copulation.

Dancing Fruit Flies 

Dancing Fruit Flies

This Valentines Day, nothing would make that special someone of yours more happy, than taking him or her out dancing. Several species of fruit fly have also discovered this little secret, as they will dance with their mate before they get busy. With their brightly colored wings and bodies, these species of fruit fly will actually dance mid-air. It’s quite the spectacle! Fruit flies will also dance at any invader; to intimidate and scare away the threat.

Smooching Kissing Bugs

assassin bug

When I refer to a kissing bug, I’m not referring to some “bug” or illness you catch from kissing; so kiss away this Valentines Day! I’m referring to an insect that gives you kisses while you sleep at night… And not the type of kisses you want. Kissing bugs have a tendency to bite the faces and lips of humans while we sleep, which can cause severe allergic reactions.

This blood meal is necessary for male kissing bugs to mate and for the female kissing bug to lay eggs.

Scorpion Fly FaceSpitting Scorpion Flies  

If you play your cards right this Valentines Day, you may be swapping spit with your significant other. Swapping spit is also common among scorpion flies, as male scorpion flies leave soggy presents for female scorpion flies before mating.

Female scorpion flies choose their mates based the saliva-secretion ability of her suitor. Basically, they are wooed by spit! The male scorpion fly will spit up a nutritious gift for his sweetheart. This spit draws in the female scorpion fly, and also keeps her from flying off in a fit of cold feet.

Once the female scorpion fly stops receiving soggy presents, she puts an end to the relations. The male scorpion fly will gather up the leftover spit and, like pawning off a half-eaten box of Valentine chocolates, reuse them to romance a new female.

Happy Valentines Day! 

If you’re finding yourself having trouble finding a mate this Valentines Day, why not pull a page out of the insect’s book… Well, with the exception of the be-headings.

Have a Happy Valentines Day!

 

Blog Pest Control 2014!

Happy New Year 2014

Peace out 2013! Another year has come and gone, and all of us bug guys and gals here at Blog Pest Control are so very grateful for all of your continued reading and viewing. We’ve put a lot of work into this publication, making it the go-to place for all things pest and pest control… The best is yet to come!

In 2014, we will continue to keep you up-to-date an all of the latest pest control news for both the general public, and the pest management professional. Check out our profiles of interesting insects with our pest of the week feature, our links round-up to other informative pest control articles, and even professional advice for running your own pest control business.

Blog Pest Control is also going to introduce a new feature in 2014 in which we interview other pest management professionals from all over the world, on some of the hot trending topics in pest control. If you are a pest professional and are interested in being interviewed in the upcoming year; to share your point of view, please let us know by commenting below. We will be happy to link back to your homepage, your Google+ profile, or Twitter page.

In addition, we look forward to breaking out a new and improved theme that will make it even easier to follow along and read all of our great articles. Stay tuned! Let’s keep this remarkable platform alive for many more years to come!

We wish you all a Happy New Year 2014. May this next year bring you joy, happiness, and prosperity. We’re looking forward to your continuous readership through 2014 and beyond.

Happy New Year!