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Cuddly Caterpillar’s Sting Worse Than Scorpion

They’re cute! They look cuddly! You’re kids want to touch them when they see them! Don’t touch these innocent looking fuzzy caterpillars… You’ll be sorry you did! Warning: Puss Caterpillars Are Dangerous A little warning for the next time you step outside your home. Be on the lookout for the cuddly looking caterpillar that’s sending residents to the ER in record numbers this year. They are referred to as puss caterpillars (Megalopyge opercularis), or asps. You don’t want to cross paths with these little critters. They sting! These painful stings leave a distinct imprint on your skin; but this mark is just the beginning. An encounter with a puss caterpillar,… Read More

Homes Are Not Built With Pest Defense In Mind

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What comes to mind when you think of mice? For some it is cute, furry mice kept as pets. For others, its Mickey Mouse; the darling of Disney. Yet for others, it can be an unpleasant home invasion of mice in their walls; as well as critters running out from under the fridge. Ohhh, did that last example tweak a nerve? Sorry about that!   The interesting thing about the latter is that the majority of home owners experience mice in their homes on more than one occasion, and they rarely seem to learn about how mice actually get in. Rather, homeowners place their focus on running to the hardware… Read More

Amazing Video Of Ant Teamwork

(Video courtesy of liveleak.com) You’ve heard of horse power, but ant power? In this amazing and now viral video, we witness yet again, just how amazing ants truly are. Like a team of horses yoked together pulling a carriage, these incredible tiny creatures link together to carry an night crawler back to their colony. Now that’s what I call teamwork! While it’s not unheard of for ants work together to tackle food to bring back to their colony; whether it be a discarded half-eaten cookie left from a backyard picnic, or a dead decaying cricket that met it’s demise, but behavior like this is not frequently witnessed. Yes, some species… Read More

Cricket Exterminator

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Ever wonder what that annoying noise is outside or inside your home that you can never seem to find? They are small insects called crickets. Crickets are some of the most irritating pests we have. Crickets will make your home their home.  Crickets  Crickets are small pests that can range in size from 1 inch to about 2 inches. Crickets are different colors also. They can be black like the Field cricket, light tan like the House cricket, or brown like the Jerusalem cricket. Most of the crickets will have wings, but won’t fly very far. Crickets can also be distinguished by their commonly annoying chirping noise. Where Do Crickets… Read More

6 Ways To Kill Black Ants

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Black ant infestations are very common both outside and inside a home. Black ants can populate any area, and eat just about anything. Killing black ants can be done very easily, if you can find the colony; and the trail they are walking in. Here are a few ways that will help you be black ant free: 1) Baits Baits are very easy to use and very effective. Simply buy some ant baits at your local hardware store, and place them around the Black ant colony. The baits will attract the Black ants to the bait station. When the ants take the bait back to the colony it will kill… Read More

American Cockroach Control

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American cockroaches are the biggest cockroaches, and some of the fastest bugs to infest a home. What does the American roach look like?  The American cockroach will have a reddish brown colored body, and will have yellow markings around the head. Off the head the American roach will have two long antennas. The American roach can grow to about two inches. Where will you see American cockroaches?   Outside of the home, American cockroaches will be found by your plants, gardens, and any really damp warm areas. Inside the home American roaches can be found hiding in cabinets, under sinks, in the bath room, and in the walls of the home.… Read More

Scorpion Found In Bananas

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Imagine shopping at your local Wal-Mart with your two children. You pull your cart up to a box of bananas, reach your hand in looking to pick a few out that aren’t quite ripe and you feel it… A PINCH! That’s exactly what happened to a Pittsburgh area man… And the pinch was from a scorpion!! “I yanked my arm out and flung it, and this scorpion flopped to the ground,” said the unidentified man who wished to remain anonymous. “I was standing there in disbelief looking and there was another shopper there and people started to converge, and sure enough it was a scorpion.” After feeling the pinch, and… Read More

Social Buzz-edia

Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, Yelp… As pest management professionals it’s easy to get confused with all of these different social media avenues. To help you better understand all the different social media outlets a little better, here’s an infographic (with a pest control flare of course) from the professionals at Avalaunch Media and Bulwark Exterminating: Social Buzz-edia Published by Bulwark

Friday Pest Control Links Round-Up: Summer Flying Pests

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How To Un-Invite Stinging Insects From Your Next BBQ What can you do to make your BBQ a little less interesting to all bees and wasps in the area? Here are some helpful tips… Read More Beware of the Stings This Summer The summer season is a time to enjoy the sunshine and the great outdoors, but it’s also the time when stinging insects can make an appearance at picnics, cookouts and pool parties. Be on the lookout for yellowjackets, wasps, and bald-faced hornets… Read More Mosquito Misting Systems: Do Green Systems Work? The best way to stem the growth of mosquito populations is for each homeowner to be proactive… Read More

Homeowners Insurance Doesn’t Cover Termite Damage

Homeowners Insurance Doesn’t Cover Termite Damage– Are You Protected? A typical homeowners insurance policy generally doesn’t include coverage for termite damage. Most likely you’re not protected. Are You Protected From Termites? Termites will travel over a football field looking for food. Termites have been in the forest for thousands of years before you built your house. The trees in this forest have been around for a long time and the cycle of life with termites recycling the wood is a constant thing. You have roots under the ground everywhere and populations of termite colonies eating those roots. That’s why it’s really important that you set up a barrier around your… Read More

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