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.
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.
If you have been reading my blog lately you would have noticed that I have taken a more personal approach with my blog posts. From the beginning I was primarily focused on providing technical tips and insights regarding the pest control industry offering tidbits that would ultimately help get rid of unwanted critters.
To be honest I feel that for the most part you are able to find a good portion of the technical information regarding pest control within my blog and at the same time I must say that I am interested not only with the technical aspects of the pest control industry; but hopefully would offer insight into the development and progression that could be achieved after choosing pest control as a livelihood.
This year will be the first year that my pest control license will expire without renewal. Although I am still working for Bulwark Exterminating, my role has changed. I have grown with the company and I am living out my dreams in pursuit of a technical career in the field of technology. I started out as a pest technician/exterminator, became a service manager, and more recently became a part of the Bulwark IT Team. I am building databases, web pages, various interfaces, supporting network technologies, etc. in addition to developing life long friendships and obtaining invaluable knowledge and guidance through Bulwark Exterminating stewardship.
“The Secret Is Out,” let me be the first to say, Bulwark Exterminating is not an ordinary Pest Control Service. Rather, Working for Bulwark has been an extraordinary opportunity. I am not saying that as a company we are perfect. In fact, we are constantly reevaluating our “systems” to ensure that they are relevant. How relevant?
Well we make it our calling to gather feedback–from each individual employee on a consistent basis and most importantly from our customers. Bulwark Exterminating is an Honorary member of the Better Business Bureau. Bulwark Exterminating has a website dedicated specifically for customers to offer feedback about their service…guess what the URL is: Grade Your Service Dot Com.
In conclusion let me share a little bit about my initial experience as an employee of Bulwark Extermination’s President: Bulwark Exterminating has operations across the nation from Arizona to North Carolina. We have a customer base in the tens of thousands. The first time I met this guy he was driving a conservative rental car, was taking the time to visit each individual branch, talked with his employees, and was wearing pants that had been in his closet for over six years. It was then that I realized that this was a guy who was well grounded and not money driven. He has a higher calling. I am sure if you are lucky enough to work for him one day; he would not mind taking the time to fill you in…
Bulwark Exterminating…”Who should you choose to be your pest control provider?” Well if you ask me…
It has been a while since my last blog entry. These past few months have been extremely hectic for me. My wife and I have had a new baby (#5), I am furthering my education, and I am fortunate to have a job which is continually offering interesting challenges. At Bulwark Exterminating our culture is in a constant state of flux–operating tirelessly to achieve the big objective: The Most Productive Highest Quality Service Company In The World.
I have been reflecting upon 2008 and I can hardly believe that we are about to enter a new year. It is amazing how time flys when you are having fun! The current economic and foreign policy predicaments that the US are currently facing has negatively affected many Americans attitudes about the future; yet fortunately I have seen many who are willing to remain optimistic, while patiently anticipating an eventual economic upswing, and ultimately a more tolerant world.
It especially easy to be grateful for something during a time of its respective scarcity. I have personally been extremely grateful for my employment, my spouse’s health, the health of my children, -their safety, and the stewardship of great leaders. The United States of America is facing many critical challenges that are inherently deduced when the survival of American Values are to be pitted against stoic and mundane American economic policy. To put things in perspective I will highlight the fact that although Americans have been facing a sluggish economy; Americans continue to find a way to give to charity.
Although at Bulwark Exterminating we have always appreciated our customers, there is, at least in my mind, a heightened awareness towards customer satisfaction. No marketing is better than positive word of mouth. There should be no greater advocate of a service; than he/she who is offering the service. As one who was in need of employment–I am grateful for a small business with a big heart whose willingness to hire a “green” technician with a red fire desire to learn a trade has ultimately allowed me to provide for a young upstart family.
Then again, as a medium-sized business behind a philosophy of “promote on performance,” Bulwark extended a “stewardship” to me which encompassed managing those who would follow in my footsteps…to ensure excellent customer service while offering the latest pest control technologies within a proprietary service. As a service manager I wanted our customer’s to be happy: With empathy each customer was given the best I have to offer; and I trained our technicians to offer the best. I took a keen interest in pest control; I took it upon myself to try and master the pest control trade; while absorbing the wisdom offered from Bulwark’s great leaders. My studies led me to this conclusion: Before Bulwark Exterminating was in the Pest Control Business, it was in the “People Business.”
This is my blog and these are my thoughts. I am personally grateful for “Bulwark.” I am professionally grateful to all Bulwark Exterminating customers who have allowed us the privilege of attending to their pest control needs. To the greatest Pest Control Technicians in the business…Thank you…
Ed Sakugawa…”Thank you for your continuous efforts in the Las Vegas East Area.”
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is sometimes referred to as a total science that encompasses the basic principles that guides the perception of the right way to approach pest control and pesticide application. The ultimate goal of Integrated Pest Management should be to identify conditions that are conducive to unwanted pest presence, the measurement of tolerable pest thresholds, and the best way to control pests in a manner that is the least destructive to the environment.
We can better identify conditions that are conducive to an unwanted pest presence by recognizing the three aspects that make up Integrated Pest Management.
The three parts of Integrated Pest Management are:
- Food Source
The goal is to see how our homes play out relative to these three components of Integrated Pest Management. Integrated Pest Management is a science that focuses itself on these three factors and how they specifically can be applied to any specific property. For example I will give you my IPM perspective towards controlling scorpions. First and foremost I look for environmental factors that are conducive to scorpions and/or scorpion activity. I look for construction nearby which may have removed the scorpions previous habitat, or perhaps may have disturbed the current habitat and encouraged migration. Secondly, I would look for the introduction of new landscaping, and particularly types of agriculture used as a natural habitat for the scorpion. Furthermore, does the customer have various water sources, pool, poor drainage, etc?
Does the customer have a lot of make shift harborages for scorpions; firewood, old washer and dryer, kids toys, un-maintained brick walls/fencing? What type of (gravel/rock) landscaping are they utilizing? There are many different things that although artificially created produce an environment that scorpions are naturally attracted to.
In addition to environmental conditions, (and probably after recommending that nothing sit up against the house for at least 2 feet) I would focus on food sources. Although controlling the scorpion�s food source may be a good idea, I am always cautioned by my respect for their antiquity. The fact is that scorpions have been around for millions of years and have over the ages developed the ability to survive under the direst circumstances. Scorpions eat various insects; ensuring that you eliminate the scorpion�s prey of choice can help control an unwanted scorpion population. Divulging from my scorpion perspective to help add emphasis to the “food source” aspect of Integrated Pest Management I would like to quickly point to fruit flies. I would often run into customers who would complain about fruit flies and come to find out they have a huge pomegranate tree in their backyard with fully ripened fruit dotted throughout the problem area. The IPM way would be to remove the fruit (food source) and in turn, remove the pest.
The final aspect would be to look at the insect/pest or in this case the scorpion. The nature of this pest may justify more drastic measures because of the type of danger a scorpion bite poses to humans. Secondly, the threshold of scorpion tolerance is very low (as opposed to a fruit fly, where tolerance can be significantly higher). I have not met a person who could tolerate sharing their home/yard with scorpions. I would always recommend that every precautionary measure be taken when it comes to scorpion control.
The general theme surrounding Integrated Pest Management is that overall there may be a progressive approach that you can take to pest control that in some cases may not utilize pesticides or is more environmentally friendly. Sometimes changing environmental factors within your control can eliminate/control various pests. Desert Landscaping as opposed to Green Grass is conducive to different insects/pests. Sometimes controlling the availability of food sources; dog food, dog poop, fruit trees, wood, etc. will help prevent the unwanted pest who prey on your unsuspecting food sources. Finally, look at the insect and identify a threshold of tolerance. Insects/Pest all have its own implications on our environment. Nature’s equilibrium rests upon a delicate balance that requires the participation of all natural living beings and their life processes.
From the monsoons of Arizona to Gustav in Louisiana there is rain a pouring in the southern portion of the United States. Subterranean termites love moisture and often times become more active because of it. You can either perform an investigation utilizing the tips I am going to give you about identifying termite infestations or you can contact Bulwark Exterminating for a free termite inspection. (1-800-445-9313)
How to identify Termites
- A temporary swarm of winged insects in your home or from the soil around
your home. The opening in the mound is generally very large. They will often times be crawling very fast along the grounds too. The insects are preparing to mate. Termites tend to swarm in the Spring.
- Any cracked or bubbling paint or termite droppings.
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
- Mud tubes on exterior walls. These are utilized by subterranean termites to get from their underground abode to the softwood they are dining on.
- Discarded wings from swarmers. Look at the wings they will be identical in opposed to carpenter ants who will have different sized wings. Termite will have four wings that are generally twice their body size.
- Termites have straight bodies with no petiole. (waist)
– Monday, August 04, 2008
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2008 — On July 25, Wildlife Services (WS), a program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) to strengthen its cooperation and coordination on wildlife damage involving nuisance birds.
“The National Pest Management Association always has been an important partner for Wildlife Services,” said Bruce Knight, under secretary for USDA’s marketing and regulatory programs. “This agreement will ensure an even stronger relationship between our organizations by working together to address problems caused by nuisance birds, such as European starlings, house sparrows and pigeons.”
The agreement culminates more than a year of discussions between WS and NPMA and establishes regular meetings and communication between the two organizations while recognizing WS responsibility for the control of invasive species.
Under this agreement, entities and individuals seeking assistance with nuisance bird problems will continue to have the choice of using pest management companies or seeking WS help to respond to damage concerns. WS will not actively seek to become involved in the control of nuisance birds in areas where pest management companies have the established capacity to meet consumers’ needs. The MOU complies with the 2008 Farm Bill Manager’s Statement encouraging APHIS to enter into such agreements with private industries.
WS actively researches and develops contraceptive agents and other control techniques for birds, such as pigeons and geese, and will provide training to the NPMA on new techniques as they are developed. The NPMA, with more than 5,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to protect the public’s health, food and property.
A new word for the Pest Control Jargon page is calibration. Calibration can simply be defined as the comparison of desired output and real output; and that adjustments are made so that real output equals your desired output.
Calibration is very important to a Pest Control Technician. Applying the chemical as efficiently as possible requires that his/her equipment be fully calibrated. The effectiveness of the pest control treatments may have a lot to do with the technicians ability to calibrate chemicals and chemical applicators. Calibration ensures that the chemical has been diluted and spread properly/evenly over a desired space. Calibration also prolongs the use of valuable tools and equipment that technicians use by prolonging equipment lifespans. At Bulwark we use Power Sprayers to treat the perimeters of our customers’ homes. Non calibrated “rigs” would lead to motor burn out, hose damage, or nozzle failure.