Roach Eats Spider!

A few days ago, we tried feeding our Giant Huntsman Spider, one of the largest species of spider in the world, a cockroach. Upon first glance, one would think, “oh the spider won of course!” however in this crazy turn of events the roach won the battle. While filming the attack, the spider missed its prey and ended up tangling its font two legs within its own webbing! Overtime we thought it might get free and try again, but a few days later we noticed that the spider no longer had a face and the cockroach was completely unscathed. A few more days passed, and the spiders entire body was soon missing.  After close examination, we realized that there were indeed a few remains of the spider’s legs, and with that it was decided that the cockroach decided to make a meal out of its predator. Huntsman Spiders are known to catch on average, 90% of their prey, and after some research we have not been able to find a similar event in an enclosure or captured in the wild. We are completely awestruck because roaches don’t generally win, and if they do they certainly don’t eat the predator!

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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?

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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 home. We set up the bating system that creates a shield, or a Bulwark around your home so that if they do hit the wood on your home they’ll hit our baits first and wipe out the colony.

Protection Against Termites

In areas where trees have lived for many years, termites may become a problem. However, with Adam on site explaining what the termites will do and how Bulwark can protect you, you needn’t fear.

To protect your home from termites call:

1-888-997-7080

Pest Control Trust Certified

Trust CertifiedBulwark Exterminating is proud to announce that we are Trust Certified! We have joined up with TC Referrals, a complimentary service that allows homeowners and businesses to quickly find reliable, certified service professionals they can trust to help with any of their household, auto, and commercial facility service’s needs!

What Is Trust Certified?

Bulwark Pest Control is proud to announce that we are Trust Certified! What exactly does Trust Certified mean? It means Bulwark has passed TC Referrals comprehensive 8-Step Trust Certification Process and has been given the Trust Certified Stamp of Approval for our pest control and termite control services!

TC Referrals has researched and sorted through hundreds of businesses; interviewing, investigating, pre-screening, and requiring each applicant to complete an eight point Trust Certification process before getting the green light. 

What Are The Benefits To The Members Of This Network?

Being a member of the TC Referrals network is advantageous to all companies being listed. Advertising dollars are pooled together to get the word out to the consumer—that TC Referrals is the go-to for all their service needs.

What Are The Benefits To The Consumers That Visit TC Referrals?

TC Referrals assists consumers in finding the highest quality companies for home, auto, and business needs. With the eight step approval process to get listed, consumers can rest assure that all of the companies are licensed and insured, are high quality professionals, and have a strong commitment toward customer satisfaction. Did I mention the best part? This service is free to the consumer, unlike some referral sites.

Is There A Company Screening Process?

Each company that is Trust Certified must pass an elaborate eight step certification process. This process ensures that only the highest quality companies are recommended to the consumer.

Here is the certification process that each company must pass before becoming Trust Certified:

1.       Confirmation of Licensing for services provided (where applicable)

2.       Confirmation of Insurance Coverage

3.       In good standing with the Better Business Bureau

4.       Verification of Local Presence

5.       Confirmation of commitment to Customer Satisfaction

6.       Assess History and Experience

7.       Conduct Site Visits and Interview company management

8.       Review and approval of Company’s Application by TC Referrals membership committee

In What Areas Can I Find Trust Certified Professionals?

TC Referrals is currently recommending trust certified professionals in Austin, TX and surrounding areas, including: Pflugerville, Georgetown, Round Rock, Cedar Park, and San Marcos. Also watch for TC Referrals to begin recommending Trust Certified professionals in San Antonio, TX as well in the near future.

Over the next couple years, TC Referrals plans to list services in all of Texas, and begin to grow nationwide.

You can go to www.trustcertified.com and find the services you need!

Las Vegas Exterminator Earns 4th Angie’s List Super Service Award

Las Vegas Pest Control Reviews Earn Bulwark an Award!

Bulwark LogoBulwark Exterminating has been awarded the 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award in Las Vegas for the fourth consecutive year for the branch’s exceptional service and customer service rating.

Angie’s List, the pay-for consumer review website, awards its annual Super Service Award to approximately five percent of its listed businesses. Business operators are rated each year on aspects such as customer reviews, maintaining a limited number of reports and abiding by operational guides.

“It’s a real testament to the hard work and dedication of each of our technicians,” said Branch Manager Wayne Bryant. “We treat every customer like our best and most loyal customer, and they notice the difference.”

Bulwark’s Las Vegas exterminator branch has won the prestigious award since 2008. Since then the branch has seen consistent growth from year to year not just in customer base, but employed technicians and office staff. The Las Vegas valley also presents unique pest problems which are not easily eliminated.

“Scorpions in Las Vegas are the hardest household pest to eliminate,” said Bryant. “It’s quite satisfying to be recognized for our ability to successfully treat the homes of our customers, knowing they have some one of the most challenging pest problems.”

Bulwark Exterminating has been the center of attention in recent online marketing events for their insights on turning satisfied customers into online reviewers. Back in March of this year at the Search Marketing Expo in California, Thomas Ballantyne of Bulwark Exterminating spoke on the correlation between online reviews, customer satisfaction, customer retention, and customer referrals. “The type of behavior that is required to earn an online review is the same behavior that improves customer satisfaction which improves referrals. Our Las Vegas branch scored high in all of these areas. Wayne Bryant is a fantastic leader and motivator.”

Bulwark Exterminating LLC is based in Mesa, AZ and is an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. Bulwark is fully operational in seven states, including the eleven U.S. cities of Charlotte, Raleigh, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Atlanta, Tulsa, Mesa, Phoenix, St. George, and Las Vegas. While Bulwark provides pest management for common insects such as ants, roaches, crickets and spiders, the company’s differentiating specialty is scorpion control. To do this, Bulwark uses the finest and most effective products in the world to solve common pest problems. Bulwark is privately and family owned, has approximately 250 employees and services over 50,000 customers nationwide, providing pest control in North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. Local offices in Las Vegas are located at:

Bulwark Exterminating, 3932 Octagon Road, North Las Vegas, NV 89030
 

Spring means Spiders – Get Spider Control

Awe Spring, Life is Buzzing, the Birds and the Bees… oh and don’t forget the spiders.

 

The Blue Skies of Spring Bring Spiderlings
Raleigh Spider Control

 

As the beautiful blue skies of spring turn to sunny summer our minds turn to watermelons, swimming pools, and heat waves. Unfortunately as we contemplate what drink we want to have poolside, the bugs around our house are contemplating how to grab a drink from our sinksides. With the AC turned on pumping deliciously cool air throughout our own personal compounds we create a great escape from the heat for the wondering insects on the outside. In fact it may feel as if these creepy crawlers are appearing from thin air. But it’s actually that cool moist air seeping out of our homes that draws the pests in. The hollowed walls of your home may have never seen an attack from such a sneaky adversary, but sure enough here they are. Sure you’ve seen the occasional spider or cricket but now it’s like your house is their own personal oasis.

 

This is a problem all too common in the insect world. Over the years I’ve had many conversations with people wondering how this could be, and what is going on. Well let’s take a conversation I had recently with a lady, I’ll call her Lisa.

 

Lisa: Can you help me I’m seeing spiders?

Me: Absolutely, tell me a little about the problem.

Lisa: Well we moved into the house about a year ago and didn’t have any problems and now just seem to see them everywhere. I’m not seeing any webs but they are crawling all over the house. I don’t know what is going on. We are clean people and don’t leave food out. It makes no sense.

 

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Mating pair of Argiope appensa garden spiders in Kauanakai, Hawaii (island of Molokai). A batch of spiderlings hatched from an egg sac that already existed in the female's web, about two weeks later. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

This is a scenario that plays itself out in homes all over the nation around this time of year. Spiders typically are solitary creatures that like to live by themselves hunting and trapping their food with webs and various other methods. However, every year the call of nature arrives and the need to mate hits spiders everywhere. The mating really isn’t the problem though…it’s the aftermath of the mating. Being the solo creatures that they are, spiders decide that if they are going to mate they are going to make it worth their while. So with each egg sac they lay they make sure it is full with 200-300 baby spiders. The egg sac itself doesn’t look like much, just a small white little fluffy ball of web, but it sure does pack a punch. As those eggs mature and eventually hatch these hundreds of baby spiders quickly become the massive infestation you never knew you had. The spiderlings begin ballooning and spreading. And literally hundreds of new spiders are now lurking about. All from one small white egg sac. Add three, four, or five of these eggs sacs and hundreds become thousands.

 

That’s why we exterminators are here; to fix infestations as they occur or even better stop them before they happen. Bulwark (a defensive barrier) is our name, and protecting homes is our game. To see how we can best help you, give us a call.

 

-Craig S.

 

Pest Management Professional Criag Can be reached at:

 

Bulwark Exterminating
19 West Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 828-8825

 

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How many spiders do you eat each year while sleeping? ZERO According to this exterminator.

spiders in sleepHaven’t you heard? According to popular belief we eat spiders at night while we sleep! Is this possible? Do we eat spiders while sleeping? Granted some spiders are very very small. It is believable that small spiders may be able to slip into your mouth and stomach unnoticed. But one Florida Exterminator argues otherwise:

You may well have heard this idea being thrown around all over the place: apparently we unwittingly swallow a steady diet of spiders in our sleep. As our mouths loll open, passing arachnids find themselves strangely compelled to crawl in, where we cheerfully gulp them down without knowing. Makes you shudder doesn’t it? Well before you start wearing a surgical mask to bed, you’ll be pleased to hear that this is just an urban legend.

Over the past few years, the idea has been trotted out all over the internet and beyond. Some sources say the average is seven in an entire lifetime, while others insist it’s eight in a single year. Even the lowest estimates are significantly higher than the true figure – zero.

http://www.mcdonaldpestcontrol.com/tampa-pest/pest-control-experts-set-it-straight-we-do-not-eat-spiders-in-our-sleep/

The writer proceeds to give a short history on the origins of this myth. Great read. The point that he underscored that most professional spider exterminators will appreciate is this, Why would a spider travel into your mouth? Most spiders don’t just wonder around aimlessly. Many spiders will rarely leave their webs. Those that do travel about at night are often hunting spiders. So perhaps you swallowed a fly, and you don’t know why. So you swallow a spider to catch the fly… Kidding. Really great article by our fellow exterminator. Bulwark Exterminating gives you two thumbs up.

Back to the question at hand, now that we have some opposing views. What do you think?

Do we eat spiders at night?

Mesa Exterminator Receives Angie’s List Super Service Award

Bulwark Exterminating Earns 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award 

Bulwark Exterminating has been awarded the 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award for the company’s excellent customer service rating in Arizona.

Super Service Award recipients have maintained an “A” grade average in Angie’s rating formula. Only an estimated five percent of companies listed on Angie’s List receive the prestigious award on an annual basis. This will be the 3rd time that Bulwark has received the award here in the Phoenix area.

“Our technicians and office staff deserve this award 100%”, said Mesa Branch Manager Joe Davey. “They work tirelessly to ensure the needs of our customers are met day in and day out.”

Bulwark Exterminating services over ten thousands customers valley wide from offices in Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix and Peoria. The family owned exterminating company has made a name in Arizona as the pest control provider in the valley that absolutely guarantees to eliminate scorpions with a money back guarantee. In 2010, 97% of Bulwark’s current customers said they would recommend their pest control services to a friend of family member.

“We appreciate that our customers take the time to recognize the hard work of the technicians that service their homes,” said Davey. “Our techs are the face of Bulwark. Receiving the Super Service Award is an honor and it validates the hard work of our entire staff across the valley.”

While the award went to the Mesa pest control branch of Bulwark Exterminating the owners feel that the award is shared by all of the valley locations as customers on Angie’s list don’t often realize which branch services them.

Phoenix Metro Locations include:

Bulwark Exterminating, 40 N Central Ave #1400, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 652-2251
Bulwark Exterminating, 10401 North 91st Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85345 (623) 572-3016
Bulwark Exterminating, 1228 East Broadway Road Mesa, AZ 85204 (480) 969-7474
Bulwark Exterminating, 18256 E Williams Field Rd # 2 Gilbert, AZ 85295 (480) 539-4933

English: Bulwark Exterminating

About Bulwark Exterminating

Bulwark Exterminating LLC is based in Mesa, AZ and is an industry leader in providing high quality residential pest control service. Bulwark is fully operational in seven states, including eleven major cities. While Bulwark provides pest extermination for common insects such as ants, roaches, crickets and spiders, the company’s differentiating specialty is scorpion control. To do this, Bulwark uses the finest and most effective products in the world to solve common pest problems. Bulwark is privately and family owned, has approximately 250 employees and services over 50,000 customers nationwide, providing pest control in Raleigh, NC, Charlotte, Atlanta, Tulsa, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, St. George, UT, Phoenix and Las Vegas. For more information, visit http://www.BulwarkPestControl.com.

 

Termites Eat $6,000 in buried cash!

 Being a thief just doesn’t pay.

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A theif decided to bury his stolen treasure. And it just so happened that a hungry termite colony found the stash. Ultimately termites ate up more than Rs 3 lakh of the Rs 5 lakh in Rs 500 currency notes he had hidden under the ground, which equates to about $6,000 to $10,000 in U.S currency. (currency translation per Jey Pandian) It’s funny most people only think of termite’s costing money due to structural damage.  They eat up more money in the US than all other natural disaster’s combined. But in this case, they literally ate the money. Green bucks are still made from trees, and that’s the same root that termites like to feast upon. Moral of the story… Don’t be a thief!

That’s your Friday Fun Pest Report!

 

NAGPUR: A satisfied colony of termites proved to be the Nemesis of a thief who had left a considerable stolen booty buried in the premises of a school in Dhantoli. The termites ate up more than Rs 3 lakh of the Rs 5 lakh in Rs 500 currency notes he had hidden under the ground. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-07-22/nagpur/29802776_1_crime-branch-lucky-madhao-giri

 

Other than bury it, what would do with $6,000?

Annie Cushing… “Buy shoes!”

Live a Pest Free Life

Bulwark has gone through a few different stages in its marketing.  To say the least, finding a consistent voice that really communicates what your company, culture, service, ideology, and values are all about isn’t as simple as it might seem.  Some people refer to this as branding, others call it public relations, or simply put its your public face.

Well as the new year rolls in, we want to visit this thought just a little bit more.

“Live a pest free life.” Catchy phrase that we promoted for a little while.  It conveys the hope and aspiration of what a pest control company delivers to its customers.  But it sounds almost too cliche.

Like Family.” Perfect for how Bulwark views and treats all within its sphere of influence.  Employees, customers, we want all to feel at home with us. But is it too vague?

“Small enough to care, big enough to deliver.” This seems to hit the nail on the head.  Bulwark is the perfect medium ground between small family owned companies, and the larger corporate pest control services.  Bulwark still remains a family owned operation and services thousands of US homes.

“Do you have a Bulwark protecting your home?” Now this is a play off the definition of Bulwark, a defensive wall or barrier.  So in light of the definition we hoped that people would catch on to the goal of our service.  Get the bugs out and keep them out.  But, like a bad joke, if you have to explain it then it doesn’t work.

Needless to say, at this point, we still have no really marketing message.  Bulwark’s pest control service simply rolls forward by providing good service.  Business comes from referrals.  Referrals come from providing good service.  In the end, if we perfect what we do best, pest control service, then we won’t have to do the talking at all.  Our customers will do it for us.

“ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS.”

To sum it up… Live a pest free life by getting your Bulwark today from a pest control service that is small enough to treat you like family but big enough to do it right.