Bulwark Pest Control has hit 100 customer reviews for their pest control service in Las Vegas. Wayne is truly a magnificent manager and has gone above and beyond. Hats off to a wonderful leader and to the whole Las Vegas team.
Yes there is a pun in that. Many farmers, and ranchers are turning to an ancient remedy for catching rats and mice, owls. But it may not be such a bad idea. A pair of nesting owls can catch and dine on nearly 3000 rodents in one year! Plus they add the benefit of recycling their prey into useful organic fertilizer, if you know what I mean. Of course some people question the real effectiveness of the owls, but a professor from the University of California says “Why not try it? It seems a great alternative.”
I have nothing personal against organic pest control solutions or green pest control treatments. I only have a problem with them when they claim to be effective and they turn out to be very ineffective. Like the claims I have read on chalk used to control roaches and ants. I have actually had a customer give me the chalk so that I could test it out. So we went out and found some ants. Picked them up with a stick. Drew a circle on the sidewalk with the pest controlling chalk and then placed the stick in the circle. Well the ant maybe paused for a split second when it came to the calk and then walked right on over it. Good luck with that chalk trick. I am confident that some day soon we will have both a highly effective and organic pest control solution. In the meantime, for those that want an organic solution they will have to live with the less effective control of bugs. For those that want a green rat control program, then try the owls, …or a cat.
Snakes are a real problem. Most pest control companies can do nothing to prevent snakes from entering your home. There are a few precautions a pest control company can take. Pest Control Traps is one of those, although customers should understand that snake control and capture is not guaranteed. And remember, it is still best to call a wildlife company or rodent removal company if you have a serious snake problem. Water Moccasins are deadly and they can be found frequently in Texas. There are several other states that must deal with Water Moccasins and in the southern US, rattle snakes are a common concern among homeowners.
In general, stay away from snakes. They typically only strike when they feel threatened. If you are bitten by a poisonous snake then seek professional help immediately. Do not try to suck the poisons out. You can often make a snake bite worse by adding other germs and filth to the wound. It is also advised not to cinch the limb. This can result in the loss of a limb when not necessary. Most snake bites are treatable within the first 3 hours. However, each individual reacts differently so if signs of cardiac arrest or abnormal breathing occur then cinching or removing a limb may be the best option.
Again the first step is to call your local emergency help lines or Dial 911.
Have you ever gone out and bought a new car thinking “this new car is awesome and I am the only one that’s driving it!” and then over the next few weeks it seems that your brand new unique car is popping up all over the place? In fact, it seems that almost every other car is your same model!
Once we become aware of something or once its on our mind we start to notice it everywhere. Well Green Week had its lasting impression and it seems now that everywhere I look Green is the thing! Starbuck’s coffee cup holders has a tag about being made from recycled post consumer waste. Residence Inn has a line at the end of the reservation about Green Your Hotel Stay. Learn More and Donate Now >> . Green is Everywhere and its GREAT!!!
Despite my little disappointment from the Green Pest Control Conference’s lack of definition on what it means to be green, I am generally optimistic about the direction the world is heading in. Every little bit counts. Every raindrop adds to the flood. So the one extra piece of paper you put into the recycling bin is a good thing. And Pest Control companies that have already being doing the right thing, the “Green Pest Control Service”, should pat themselves on the back and keep moving forward towards a greener world.
I have read a recent article about a young child being stung multiple times by bees. The population of Africanized bees is increasing and I have one tip that just might save your life.
Africanized bees are very aggressive and have soldier/guard bees circling around the hive. Guard bees will basically run into you; giving you a warning that you are entering an area near their hive. Sometimes the Africanized guard bees circle at a diameter away from the hive where the location of the hive can remain well hidden. If you feel that you have bumped into these guard bees your best option is probably to backtrack.
If you happen to come across an africanized guard bee, and like most of us your natural intention is to swat; make sure you swat in a direction that would push the bee(s) away from you. If you crush a bee on yourself and release the pharamones…you better run-Forrest.
Ground Bee Control
If ground-nesting bees and wasps can be ignored and their tunnels tolerated, do so since they are valuable in agricultural production and helpful by controlling pests in nature. If nests are in locations undesirable and stinging is a great possibility, control is justified. During the day, carefully watch where the nest entrances are located. After dark, tunnels and the surrounding area can be treated with dusts of carbaryl (Sevin), bendiocarb (Ficam D) or diazinon when the nest is in the ground. Use pyrethrins, permethrin, resmethrin or propoxur (Baygon) when the nest is in the side of a building. Other lawn and garden insecticide sprays can also be used, but dusts have the advantage of not soaking into the soil. Those who are allergic to bee stings, should contact a licensed, professional pest control operator to perform the control job. Always read the label and follow directions and safety precautions.
Source:Keith L. Smith, Associate Vice President for Ag. Adm. and Director, OSU Extension.
Environmentally Friendly Pest Control – What does it mean to be Environmentally Friendly? What is Green Pest Control? Is Pest Control Safe? These are all too common questions and none with a simple answer. So how do pest control companies answer these?
This is an interesting area of our industry. In some states the use of the phrase “environmentally friendly” is illegal. Even if you only use your boots to smash the roaches. In these states, the laws are enforced only partially. In other words, if someone or some inspector at the state wants to harass you, they’ll enforce the law just for you and not against the competitors. Generally the law is not enforced.
The real question in answering “Is pest control safe?” is exploring the potential risks of any given product, natural or man-made. For example: the EPA measures toxicity of every substance in the United States, including plain dirt. Substances with higher toxicity rates are labeled “danger” (gasoline, and paint for example). The next level down “warning” (toothpaste, household cleaners). The next level down “caution #3″ (salt, botanical insecticides like cayenne pepper) the next level down “caution #4″ (every other substance known to man not included in the first three categories). This has nothing to do with whether the substance is natural or organic. Many natural substances are very toxic, cyanide for example or a popular one in Pest Control is “diatomaceous earth”, crushed silica\glass, this scratches the waxy cuticle of the insects exoskeleton and causes the insect to dehydrate, it is natural but also known to be very toxic to humans because the crushed glass is not metabolizable by our bodies and causes cancerous damage to our lungs. Even though diatomaceous earth is natural, it is very dangerous and Bulwark will never use it. Many consumers do not know this.
Toxicity Ratings are based on whether or not your body can break down and metabolize the measured substance without damage to the host. Often times products like salt are perfectly fine at a certain concentration but are lethal at higher levels of acute doses. Comparison wise, table salt is more toxic to humans than boric acid, but its highly unlikely that you will ever die or be injured from over exposure or over consumption of table salt.
Most Pest Control companies use insecticides in “warning” and “caution three” categories. Bulwark never uses warning grade chemicals. Our products fall within the “caution three” category. Upon request consumers can receive “eco-smart” technologies for interior treatment. The active ingredients in these products are various types of plant oils. The products themselves are food grade quality meaning that they legally could be put in food in the United States. Eco-smart technologies are only applied inside the home, and only on request because they have an odor to them which consumers generally do not like. If the consumer does not request “eco-smart technologies” then we apply natural boric acid and other products which are made in a factory synthetically but are derived from a compound found in chrysanthemum flowers. All these products are considered less toxic to humans than toothpaste.
Finally, the bulwark pest defense system, focuses on exterior treatments were the insects breed so that interior treatments are unnecessary. It’s always going to be better to treat the source of where the pests are breeding in the yard with higher quality products to maintain a barrier or “bulwark” around the home. This is a much cleaner method because interior treatments are rarely needed and only done on request. Most companies use lower grade products on the exterior which break down rapidly and allow pests back into the home before the next service call. That’s why many companies prefer to treat inside and outside every time. They have to chase the pests back out of the home because the barrier did not last on the outside. It’s so much cleaner just to keep a good wall up so little or no treatments are conducted on the interior.
Hope this helps. Please feel free to add your comments.
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