Why are wasps important?

Whenever we think of wasps, we think of nasty pests, getting stung, nests on our house, and other annoying attributes they tend to have. What we don’t realize is that where there is bad, there is often some good, and believe it or not, wasps have a pinnacle role in nature in helping the circle of life. Wasps provide parasitism, pollination, and predation. Parasitism happens when two species interact and one of them is helped while the other sacrifices. Wasps are used as insect control in farm crops, because while they don’t damage the crops they lay their eggs in caterpillars and ruin any chance of the caterpillars harming the crop. Wasps, like bees, are also pollinators. People always think of bees as the only pollinators, and that without them plants would die, which is true, but wasps are just as important and effective when it comes to pollinating. Predation, is perhaps one of the most important attributes that wasps offer. Some people know that wasps are great spider killers, but lesser known is the just how many insects they actually kill. Without wasps there would an exponentially greater number of insects in the world, so much that it would affect our ecosystem. Wasps are important, and without them there would be an astronomical ripple effect within the circle of life. Be careful the next time you see these pesky creatures, but keep in mind that they do a lot for us! 

 

Getting Rid of Wasps by the Pool

So, you have wasps around your pool, but you don’t know why. Believe it or not, the wasps are there for the water source, they need water to survive and your pool is the most convenient place to get it. You may be thinking, why on Earth do they want to drink from the pool, doesn’t the chlorine bother them? Well, long story short, no; water is water and wasps just don’t care. Though your pool is an easy water source, we have a way to keep them away! 

  1. Call an Exterminator – Always consider getting professional help first, it will help limit the amount of stings you incur and will ensure they are being removed from the location properly.
  2. Find an Alternative Water Source  –  Create some sort of pond, bird bath, or other water source outside of your pool that has a constant source of water. This is a more pest friendly option; the wasps won’t be harmed and they will leave your pool alone. 
  3. Create a Decoy Nest – Wasps are very territorial creatures, and creating a fake nest will surely deter them from the area surrounding your pool.
  4. Build a Trap–  To build a fake trap, cut a water bottle in half and fill it with diesel fuel. The wasps are attracted to the fuel, and will go into the bottle and drown. Though this method is less pest friendly, it gets the job done. 

If all else fails, your best chance is to locate the wasp’s nest by the pool and get rid of it. See my other blog: How do you get rid of a wasp nest? 

      

How do ants work together?

Whether you see them walking in a straight line, carrying their food as a team, or building a colony together, it’s no secret that ants are very organized and have a secret way of communicating that we can’t see.  Surprisingly this “secret” communication they use has nothing to do with speaking. One way ants communicate is by releasing pheromones that are universally understood by one another to signal different things, such as calling attention to food and alerting others of enemies.  Like the story of Hansel and Gretel they leave a trail of breadcrumbs, or, in this case, if an ant finds food, they leave a trail pheromones for the other ants to follow. They do this by using their antennae as sensors and continuing the succession of pheromones as they continue on their path to alert others. Ants also communicate through touch, and will lightly touch one another with their antennae to signal something important is happening. Although ants may not speak to each other, that doesn’t mean they never communicate by sound. When ants aren’t in a good position to send pheromones, like being trapped for example, ants with make a sound by rubbing their leg against a part of their body to make a scraping noise, usually as a distress call. Ants can work together because they, like humans, are among the few animals that can communicate in a way that allows them to be connected, sometimes in a way far beyond what humans do.

How do you get rid of a wasp nest?

As you may know, wasps are one of those annoying pests that are constantly angry, and can’t even bother to make us a bit of honey. What. A. Ripoff. There are a select few that choose to keep wasps around because they can kill and eat spiders; they would rather have wasps than spiders? Yuck. Spiders at least trap and eat bugs bugs, so how much are you helping by getting rid of them? This is one of so many reasons as to why wasp eradication should be a priority, and if you agree, then we are going to teach you how to find and then get rid of a wasp’s nest. First, consider calling a professional pest control service, they will be able to safely and effectively find and rid of your wasp nest, and you won’t have to put yourself at risk. If  pest control isn’t an option for you, then you need to start by identifying the type of wasp you are dealing with, who knows, they could be hornets! Hornets are a type of wasp that is very aggressive, and if disturbed in the slightest will sting, even if they aren’t necessarily bothered or in danger. The best way in which to identify if you have wasps or hornets, is to take a look at the structure of the test. If the nest has a “honeycomb” shape, then you are likely dealing with wasps or yellow jackets, but if the nest looks like an orb, sometimes basketball sized, then you are dealing with hornets. Below you will find examples of the nest types: 

Wasp Nest

Hornet Nest 

After you have identified what kind of nest you have, the next step is to get rid of your pest! Having the proper equipment is very important, as any mistake can result in a multitude of painful stings. Be sure to wear protective clothing, it is best to have a bee suit so there are no chances for gaps in protection. You also want to be sure to choose the proper pesticide spray, as your chemical will affect the outcome. It’s easy to pick the right one, just be sure that it indicates it is for wasps and you should be good to go. Next, you want to spray the pesticide directly into the hole of the nest for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat if necessary until your problem has been resolved. Tip: Try and spray at night, as they will be less active! After you’re sure they’re dead, knock down the nest with a stick, spray again with pesticide, dispose of the of the pieces, and you are officially wasp free.

 

New Year’s Party Snack: Bacon & Cheese Grasshoppers In A Can

New Year Bug SnacksNew Year’s is almost upon us! As you’re picking out the party favors for your New Year’s festivities, why not try something new that will have all your party guests talking? Why not try bacon and cheese flavored grasshoppers in a can!

Yes, you heard me right… Bacon and cheese grasshoppers in a can! With each subsequent word, that statement gets better! Let’s face it… You had us all at bacon!

Bacon & Cheese Grasshoppers In A Can

Whether you’re the super adventurous type, or maybe just slightly insane, I’ve got a treat for you. A company in Thailand is offering these delectable treats, along with many more.

Thailand is long known for eating bugs, and as many Thais moved throughout the globe, they still wanted to eat bugs. So a Thai entrepreneur started canning and exporting the bugs in a variety of flavors. Yup, flavored bugs in a can! The latest is bacon and cheese grasshoppers.

If you’re got a hankering for the creepy crawlies, it’ll cost you $40 for a box of 7 cans. The product comes from Thailand, and the manufacturing facility is registered with the Thai FDA (Food & Drug Administration) and the US FDA and has passed GMP (Good Food manufacturing). All individual food products are tested and registered with FDA, so it sounds like they’ve gotten the green light for consumption here in the United States.

Other Tasty Bug Treats In A Can To Try

If bacon and cheese flavored grasshoppers aren’t your thing, give a few of these other tasty bug treats a try:

  • BBQ Bamboo Worms
  • Nori Seaweed Armor Tail Scorpions
  • Salted Queen Weaver Ants
  • Sour Cream & Onion Dung Beetles
  • Wasabi House Crickets
  • Giant Waterbug Chili Paste

Someone will have to let me know how the Sour Cream and Onion Dung Beetles taste… I wonder what kind of cleaning process the dung beetles go through before being canned!?! I mean, they spend there lives playing with balls of crap.

Happy New Year’s!

So it is farewell to 2015, and Blog Pest Control would like to express our gratitude for another remarkable year. We’d like to thank you the reader for your valuable support, comments, social media shares, and feedback throughout the past year.

All of us here at Blog Pest Control would like seize this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year 2015. May the coming year bring prosperity, joy, and happiness to all of you!

Concerns Over Aerial Spraying For Mosquitoes

Much of the United States has been under attack by mosquitoes, and experts believe the mosquito problem is going to get worse. These mosquito attacks have many people worried because of the possibility of a West Nile Virus infection. CNN reports, this year’s West Nile Virus outbreak is the largest the United States has ever seen since the disease was first discovered in 1999. The state of Texas has been hit the hardest these last couple years, as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention state that almost 80 percent of the nation’s reported West Nile cases are from the Lonestar state.

Aerial spraying for mosquitoes is a common and effective way to combat mosquitoes and the spread of West Nile Virus. Dropping pesticides from the sky raises many concerns and questions, including possible reaction to DUET.

DUET Reactions

West_Nile_Virus_SignThe pesticide that is being drop sprayed to combat the mosquito population is called DUET. The most common reaction upon DUET exposure is a prickling or burning sensation on your skin. Other reactions can consist of a tearing in your eyes or blurred vision, and respiratory irritation if you inhale it.

Who’s Most at Risk?

It’s hard to predict what kind of reactions, if any, people will have to the pesticides, but people that already have allergies, lung disease, lung cancer, asthma, and other respiratory infections are more at risk. Pregnant women also need to take added precautions. Although it’s not time to panic, health professionals are urging the public to take certain precautions throughout this process.

Aerial Spraying Precautions

  • Stay inside until it settles—usually a couple of hours
  • Bring pets inside
  • If your real sensitive to chemicals, leave town
  • Don’t wear the shoes you wear outside, inside your home for a few days
  • Wash vehicles, toys, patio furniture, pet bowls, fruits, and vegetables.

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If you are concerned about the DUET pesticide, the West Nile Virus, or mosquitoes on your property, contact a pest control professional today for more information.

March Madness Bug Style

It’s that time of year again… The nation has succumbed to March Madness fever. With the NCAA basketball tournament underway this week, millions of us across the globe have carefully filled out our brackets; penciling in our alma-matters to the final four, confident who the next Cinderella team is going to be.

In fact, March Madness is so popular, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employers will lose almost $2 billion dollars in productivity this year, as 60 million Americans are in the office streaming games, devouring bandwidth.

With college basketball in the air, the bug guys at Bulwark Exterminating had a little fun putting together a field of bug all-stars!

Just take a look at these all-star bug picks:

March Madness Bugs

 

While the thought of fielding a team of Kevin DurAnt, Hakeem oSpiderwon, Rajon Roacho, and Tim dScorpion is entertaining, there’s nothing humorous about having pests like ants, spiders, roaches, scorpions, or creepy crawlies of any kind in your home!

Having pest problems? Give the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating a call today!

(888) 624- 3683

The Most Loved Bugs

For many of us, the term “most loved bugs” seems like an oxymoron. While many bugs do have some redeeming qualities; most of us wouldn’t say we love bugs like blood sucking bedbugs, stinging wasps, biting ants, destructive termites, or disease carrying cockroaches.

Still, despite the bad reputations of some bugs, there are actually several out there that many of us do love!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, and romance in the air, I’m curious… which bug is the fairest of them all? “WHAT IS THE MOST LOVED BUG?”

I turned to Pinterest to evaluate, and based on number of pins, here are the 2015 rankings of the most loved bugs:

Most Loved Bug

Friday Pest Control Links Round-Up: Summer Flying Pests

hornet nestHow 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 in the care of their own landscape. One way to control mosquitoes on your property is to install a misting system… Read More

Parking Lot Sweet Spot For Wasp Nests

Wasps love to build their nests in parking lot light poles, and this can be dangerous for those shopping. Watch out for wasps in these areas… Read More

What You Need To Know About Yellow Jackets This Summer

While there are plenty of insects buzzing around right now, there are some that instill a bit more anxiety than others. One of those insects that often has people running in the other direction are yellow jackets… Read More

Pest Of The Week: The Mealybug Destroyer

Mealybug_DestroyerOur pest of the week is not actually a pest at all. As a pest control ally, because of their natural pest control benefits, the mealybug destroyer (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri) can keep crops and gardens free of mealybugs. A single mealybug destroyer can eat almost 300 mealybug larvae in a single day. These beneficial insects also frequently eat aphids and cockroach eggs when a mealybug is not on hand.

The mealybug destroyer was brought to the United States from Australia in the late 1800’s for one sole purpose… To help California residents battle the pesky citrus mealybugs that were plaguing the state’s citrus crop. The mealybug destroyer was successful in this endeavor.

Adult mealybugs look like small brown beetles, with their larvae looking a lot like the mealybugs they feast upon. The larvae are described as walking pieces of lint, with wooly appendages.