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How Do Termite Colonies Begin? New subterranean termite colonies can begin in one of two ways, through a swarm, and by budding a new colony… Read More Pest-Proof Your Home April is National Pest Management Month and with the advent of spring, Leonard Douglen, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Pest Management Association, reminds homeowners that pest-proofing one’s home protects against threats to health and, importantly, damage to one’s greatest investment… Read More What Does Pest Exclusion Really Mean? Exclusion is a major component of an integrated pest management system. Use of the term “management” indicates a proactive approach involving prevention. This tactic is the most efficient, cost-effective way… Read More

Amazing Video: Jumping Ants!

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Okay. This is really cool! I recently came across some remarkable video of ants catapulting themselves around with their jaws. They’re jumping ants! While this behavior is not new to the insect world; I found it fascinating that the ants are not only able to jump backward, but have now evolved to jumping forward as well. This jumping forward is completely new to science! The ants are called Trap-Jaw ants, and when they snap their “trap-jaws” together super fast, it causes the ants to quickly bolt through the air. See the amazing footage yourself: Amazing Video: Jumping Ants! Trap-Jaw Ants The ants featured above are called Trap-Jaw ants (Odontomachus). The… Read More

Halloween Ants: 3 Ants Inspired By The Things Of Our Nightmares

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What do Halloween spooks like vampires, ghosts, and zombies have to do with the picnic ruining, biting, stinging, and all around pesky ant? More than you might think! Here are three different species of ant that are inspired by the things of our nightmares: Dracula Ants Horrifying ants that suck blood… Say it isn’t so! Dracula ants (Adetomyrma venatrix) are named after the very famous fictitious vampire count Dracula; because of the grisly way in which these ants feast on the blood of their young. Well, technically it’s not the blood of their young that Dracula ants are drinking, but rather the hemolymph or ant blood equivalent. This practice is… Read More

Giant Spider In The Pants

Giant Crab Spider

While at work today, I got a frantic phone call from my four year old daughter. “Daddy,” she cried. “I went to put on my pants and out jumped a big spider!” “It’s scary Daddy!” “We caught in a jar.” After a examining the spider, and talking to some spider control professionals, I was able to determine that the spider in question was a Giant Arizona Crab Spider; a common spider in Arizona. My Daughter Found a Giant Crab Spider In Her Pants So this is how it all went down. My daughter had been swimming in her inflatable swimming pool the previous day. Caught up in all of the… Read More

5 For Friday: Pest Control Link Round-Up

 Pest Of The Week: The Asian Cockroach   In most of the southeast United States, the Asian cockroach is commonly considered a considerable pest control problem. In highly infested areas of North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia; some 250,000 cockroaches per acre have been discovered. These cockroaches are not as common in urban areas, but can frequently be found in and around suburban and rural properties. They are excellent fliers, and are abundant outdoors. Many homeowners confuse the Asian cockroach with the German cockroach. It is argued if these two species of cockroach are related, but there are a few many similarities. There are also a few differences between the Asian… Read More

Pest Control Links Round-Up: 5 For Friday

Pest Control Links Round-Up: 5 For Friday   Atlanta Millipede Infestations Common So what exactly are millipedes? Are they dangerous? Are they even considered pests? How do you get rid of them? Here’s what you need to know. More… 5 Fun Facts About Ants Think you know all there is to know about ants? Think again! Here’s a comical view, with some amazing ant facts. Who knew ants are feminists? More… How German Cockroaches Easily Infest Homes – And Effective Techniques To Stop Them German cockroaches are considered one of the most challenging pest infestations to eliminate – even with professional treatment. Learn how to implement a successful prevention strategy, here.… Read More

Links Round-Up: 5 For Friday

Links Round-Up: 5 For Friday   Rasberry Ants Spreading Through Texas The Rasberry ant (not raspberry) was first discovered in Houston, TX in 2002, but has now spread to 24 different counties in the state of Texas. They are now also found in North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida. More… NPMA Legislative Day in Washington – Clark Pest Control Clark Pest Control participated in NPMA Legislative Day sending two executives, Here’s what they learned. More… Bulwark Scorpion Control Makes The Evening News With the scorpions making an earlier than usual appearance in Arizona this spring, residents were in need of some answers. CBS 5 News in Phoenix called Bulwark Exterminating… Read More

Mosquitoes That Drink Blood By The Gallon: Meet The Gallinipper

If a regular mosquito was a smart car, than the gallinipper would be a Mack truck. It’s the goliath of all mosquitoes. A biting bug that is so terrifying that it has emptied entire schoolyards of screaming children. They are called gallinippers because it is believed they can nip a gallon of your blood. The worst part is that they are expected to invade South Florida in big numbers this mosquito season. What Is A Gallinipper?  We are headed to rainy season, and we all know that that means mosquitoes; and the largest blood sucking mosquito in the U.S. is the ‘Shaggy-Legged’ Gallinipper. The gallinipper, properly known as Psorophora ciliata,… Read More

Weekly Links To Pest Control Articles

Weekly Pest Control Links Round-Up   Top 10 Ways To Kill A Spider When you see a disgusting spider in your home, you better have a sure-fire action plan to get rid of it! Thanks to Bulwark Exterminating, we can all be prepared with these ten ways to kill a spider. More… Are Mosquitoes Becoming Immune To DEET? Interesting stuff here. A new study on mosquitoes and DEET revealed that exposed mosquitoes were mostly immune to the smell of DEET after briefly being exposed to the chemical. Three hours later, the previously exposed mosquitoes were attracted to human skin which contained DEET. More… Nevada Bedbug Laws Many tourists and residents… Read More

Bedbug Laws By State

With the serious increase of bedbug infestations over the past decade, many victims of such infestations are wondering what the bedbug laws are in their state. Currently, twenty-two states have bedbug laws in the books. Several other states have bedbug legislation, or yet to be passed bedbug laws. Here is a compiled list: *** Disclaimer*** The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. These are the bedbug laws as of March 11, 2013, and can change. If  you feel that you have been a bedbug victim; whether landlord, tenant, or otherwise, please contact a licensed attorney who specializes… Read More