Mosquito Guide 2016- What You Need To Know

mosquitosWith the mosquito populations worse than they have ever been, and the recent media firestorm surrounding the Zika virus, 2016 is proving to be the year of the mosquito. In fact, Bulwark Exterminating is being flooded with daily calls from people looking for relief from these pesky, blood-sucking pests.

The truth is that these pests are a major concern due to the diseases they transmit how they can negatively affect an economy by preventing outdoor recreation and production due to their significant annoyance.

The good news is that mosquitoes can be successfully managed through diligent efforts from both property owners and pest management professionals.

Here’s what you need to know about these annoying yet dangerous pests; your 2016 mosquito guide:

Understanding The Mosquito Basics

Arm_MosquitoBoth male and female adult mosquitoes feed on the nectar from plants to obtain nutrients to survive. Female mosquitoes also require the protein found in the blood of animals to support the production of eggs. Male mosquitoes do not require blood meals and therefor do not bite. Between the many species of mosquitoes, females can feed on human and animal blood both day and night.

Mosquito eggs must be laid in standing water to develop, and the eggs typically tend to hatch in just 1 to 3 days. Any object that is capable of retaining water for seven or more days is a potential production site for mosquitoes. This may include cans, rain barrels, and old tires. Under optimum conditions, a female mosquito can produce 50-500 eggs in her first brood.

Diseases Transmitted By Mosquitoes

It is said that mosquitoes pose a greater threat to human health and existence than any other animal worldwide. Malaria and Yellow Fever account for about 1,060,000 deaths per year worldwide. Although these diseases rarely occur in the US, these numbers are rising and outbreaks are expanding.

Some diseases that occur in the US as a result of mosquito bites include:

  • West Nile Virus – Few cases have caused fatal neurological disease in humans.
  • Zika Fever – A disease that can cause birth defects in pregnant women.
  • Dengue – An illness caused by a virus that is spread through mosquito bites. Causes flu like symptoms and in rare cases leads to death.

What’s All This About Zika?

Virus_Spreads_NewspaperZika virus has gained an increasing foothold across the Americas and Pacific islands. The virus, which is transmitted mainly via mosquitoes, is part of a group of viruses closely related to other mosquito-borne infections, including dengue, West Nile, and yellow fever. They’re geographically in similar areas, and they also have many of the same symptoms.

Once infected with Zika, only about 20% of people ever show symptoms of the virus, which most commonly include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.

There is no vaccine or treatment available for the virus. One reason Zika is troubling is because it is a cause of birth defects including microcephaly (a condition where the baby’s head is abnormally small) in babies whose mothers have had Zika. The virus also been linked to a neurological condition called Guillain-Barré Syndrome.

Successful Mosquito Reduction: Inspection

Finding the areas where mosquitoes lay eggs is the crucial first step in controlling mosquitoes. Without treating or eliminating the source, mosquitoes will continue to be an ongoing battle.

Key inspection sites include:

  • Ornamental ponds and natural bodies of water
  • Green pools
  • Containers/flower pots and discarded items that may be holding water
  • Rain gutters and crawl spaces
  • Old car tires
  • Landscaping and irrigation systems
  • Bird baths/fountains
  • Holes in trees
  • Buckets/tub
  • Wheel barrels

Essentially, any location capable of holding standing water for seven or more days is a potential production site for mosquitoes. Unneeded water receptacles should be emptied and discarded if possible.

Successful Mosquito Reduction: Treatment

A two method approach consisting of larvacide mosquito dunks combined with a standard barrier treatment is required to significantly reduce the mosquito population on your property.

A close up shot of the common pest mosquito, Aedes vexans, resting on the water it just emerged from.  Below the water surface are several pupae waiting to emerge.

Larvicide Mosquito Dunks

Larvacide mosquito dunks are an insecticide which is specifically targeted for the larval life stage of an insect. A tablet is introduced into the stagnant water where mosquito larvae are found. These mosquito dunks treat the ponds and/or other standing water sources, preventing mosquito larvae from growing into breeding, biting, adults.

Barrier Treatment

Thick vegetation around a home can provide excellent resting sites for many mosquito species. Mosquitoes roost on the underside of leaves. Mosquito fogging is very effective method of leaving a residual product on the underside of leaves. By fogging the undersides of bushes and trees with a specialized pest control fogger with a combination of specific mosquito control product leaves a lasting residual where adult mosquitoes roost.  Additionally, these products will also be picked up by the adults and transferred to water sites when eggs are laid. This will kill off adult mosquitoes and help halt the local population’s reproduction cycle.

Permanent Mosquito Control

Mosquito_SwarmThe unfortunate truth is that mosquitoes can travel up to five miles looking for a blood meal. While taking the above treatment methods will drastically decrease the number of mosquitoes you’ll see in your home and on your property, a neighborhood effort must be made to rid yourself of them completely. Work with your neighbors to eliminate standing water on their property. Things like un-kept pools can be brought to the attention of local community agencies and HOA’s so they may be addressed.

Through diligent efforts from both property owners and pest management professionals, mosquitoes can be successfully managed.

Bulwark Exterminating Receives Thumbtack Honor

Bulwark Thumbtack AustinThis just in from Thumbtack:

Bulwark Exterminating is currently one of Thumbtack’s most active and highest rated skilled professionals in all of Austin; as Thumbtack awards Bulwark as Austin’s Top Pro!

This prestigious recognition is awarded to the best companies that demonstrate superior customer service; based on the customer reviews. Essentially, Thumbtack’s Top Pro recognition is voted on by consumers, with their positive feedback on a particular company; in this case Bulwark Exterminating.

Thumbtack is a smarter way to hire local professionals. Their technology is transforming the way people accomplish any project, anywhere, anytime. Just tell them you need done, and they’ll quickly deliver customized quotes so you can compare pricing, read reviews, and hire the right professional on the spot.

Bulwark Exterminating is honored to receive this prestigious award, as it recognizes continual efforts toward outstanding customer service.

Thumbtack Reviews From Bulwark Pest Control in Austin

Here are just a couple of the many excellent customer reviews Bulwark Exterminating receives on Thumbtack:

“This is the first time I’ve used Bulwark but they were here when they said they would be. The Technician asked if there were any particular things I wanted him to check or work on and yes, there were a few. Did a really good job and was in and out in no time. I would imagine after some time goes by and we’ve worked together about 6-months to a year, I would change the rating to Excellent just from my first experience.”

-Steve B.

“I had pest control service done. They were completely informative over the phone and I received next day service. The technician, Danny V., was very thorough and friendly. I would highly recommend this company.”

-Diana M.

“As always, friendly and courteous service…and paying attention to the details — such as the wasp nests that have formed recently. Thank you!”

Laurie C.

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If you live in the Austin, TX area, and are seeing bugs of any kind, find Bulwark Exterminating on Thumbtack at https://www.thumbtack.com/Pest-Control-Services-Austin-TX/service/1969463. We’d look forward to working with you and ensuring that you live pest free!

Veterans Day- Celebrate Our Heros

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“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!

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

Helpful Tips For Selecting A Good Pest Control Company

 

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This summer’s bug problem is going to be bad, and with a huge population of nasty bugs, you’re going to need a good pest control company to keep them away. With so many pest control companies to choose from, picking the right pest control company can be tricky.

Here are a few helpful tips, or things to look for, when selecting a good pest control company:

Power Spray

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Some pest control companies just treat with a backpack sprayer, and that will not get the job done. Power-spraying the home’s foundation is the only way to properly treat it for pests. What a power-spray treatment will do, is place a heavy amount of product around the foundation of your home. The pressure coming out of the hose will help penetrate or push the product under the rocks, and soil around the home; where most bugs will live. Select a company that offers a power spray service.

Granulate 

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With an outside treatment, a power spray will put a barrier around your home, but won’t kill the pests at the source. The main source of the pest problem will be at the base of the plants and trees. This is where pests will get food and water to survive. Properly granulating these areas will effectively control the pests from infesting your home. Look for a pest control company that treats pest with granules.

In Wall Treatment 

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On the inside of the home, a lot of pests will infest inside the walls. If the pests do get inside the walls, an infestation will occur; and if not properly treated the infestation will only grow. A company that does an in-wall treatment will place a product directly inside the walls of the home. This is done by taking the face plates of the outlets, and dusting inside the walls. This will help kill any of the pests trying to infest inside the walls.

Good Reviews 

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Checking to see how well a pest control company rates among other competitors is a good way to see how customers view the company’s service.  The best way to do this is check online. Good places to look for customer reviews include: Google, Yelp, Better Business Bureau, and Family Owned Pest Control.

Bulwark Pest Control

If you want a pest control company that uses a power spray treatment, treats with granules, offers an in-wall treatment, and has awesome online reviews; look no further then Bulwark Exterminating!

2014 Bedbugs In Review

A few years back, all we heard about was the bedbug epidemic. Bedbugs were infesting, and infesting in record numbers… At least that’s what the media was reporting. This past year, it was a little quieter on the bedbug front. Does that mean that bedbugs were less of a problem in 2014?

The truth is, bedbugs are just a prevalent as ever and they are being found in areas other than just your beds!

Here’s an informative infographic to break down the bedbug threat of 2014:

Locations Bedbugs Are Found 

bed bugIn 2014, bedbugs were found everywhere at varying threat levels. Here are a few bedbug hotspots:

Hotels 

It’s pretty obvious that hotels and motels are the most common place you’ll contract bedbugs. They are extremely vulnerable. When traveling, be on the lookout! Check hotel reviews, and always check the corners of your mattress before crawling into a hotel bed. Threat level is extremely high here! 

Subways 

Almost 6 Million people ride the subways everyday. That’s a lot of potential hosts! It’s inevitable that a few of these million passengers is going to bring a bedbug on a train. Just on bedbug can have about 200 offspring. It only takes a few to have an infestation. With passengers continually coming and going from subway, to home, it can create a vicious bedbug cycle. The threat level is very high!

Movie Theaters 

Imagine going to the theater to catch the last installment of The Hobbit movies, only to come home with welts on the back of your arms. You get so wrapped up in the 2 ½ hour movie; you don’t even notice you’ve become a meal for a bloodsucking bedbug. With the theater being dark, the bedbugs will feed both day and night! Threat level is relatively low.

Libraries 

Bedbugs hide in the binding of books brought back from infested homes, and are found in computer chairs where they had easy feeding access. Checking out books from the library, and bringing them home can be a moderate threat.

Airplanes 

Passengers from all over the world are sitting for hours giving bedbugs time to move from carry-on luggage to seat cushions. It only takes a single female hitchhiker to star in your own horror story; Bed Bugs on a Plane. Threat level is relatively low.

Schools 

Isolated bedbug sighting in school are becoming more and more common, although the threat level is still very low. Remember, all it takes is one student to bring them in the school, and you could have a big problem!

Office Buildings 

Though rare, bedbugs have been known to take up residence in office buildings. I wonder if workman’s comp would pay for a vicious bedbug attack?

Next time you leave the house, remember to be on the lookout for bedbugs! They just may be closer than you think!

 

 

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!

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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

Halloween Spiders Scare Arachnophobes

Halloween is just days away, and for many people there is nothing scarier than a creepy, crawling spider. In fact, arachnophobia affects two out of every ten males, and six out of every ten females. Some 31 percent of people that suffer from the fear of spiders, report having severe symptoms.

For some more interesting facts and tidbits about arachnophobia, check out this informative infographic put together by the spider control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating:

 

If you have a fear of spiders, you definitely don’t want them infesting your home. If you are seeing house spiders, black widow spiders, brown recluses spiders, or any other type of spider in your home or on your property, make sure you call a spider control professional today!

Spiders Offer FREE Pest Control Unless They Are The Pest

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I recently stumbled across an article which quoted a Gloucestershire University’s Professor, one Adam Hart, who stated:

“By eating flies and other insects, spiders are not only providing us with a pest control service, but are also very important in our ecosystems because they often feed themselves on the most common species, preventing a few species from becoming dominant.”

As a pest control guy, I do agree with the above statement. However, spiders themselves can also become a serious pest control problem.

So what do you do when spiders themselves are indeed the pest?

Spiders are a free pest control service, except for those cases when the spider is the pest. However, they don’t do a very good job of leaving the home when their pest controlling is done.

Additionally, the messy webs they leave make their services a little less desirable. Plus the big boss spider won’t respond to phone calls when a customer is upset about the spider traps failing to catch all the crickets.

I’d recommend sticking with a solid Bulwark pest control service. But hey, spiders are cheap and FREE pest control, and you get what you pay for.