Red, White, & Blue Bugs That Will Terrorize Your Independence Day

Every year we hear threats here and there against our country, but the biggest threats are right in our back yard. Pests like ants, beetles, and termites can truly terrorize homeowners year round. This fourth we want you to feel protected from these colorful bugs that can infiltrate your home.

Blazing Red Fire Ants

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Hotter than your barbecue and chipotle chicken, Fire ants can be disastrous pests to crash your 4th of July celebration. Fire ants are extremely aggressive and territorial. They are well known for their harsh sting, which is unique to this pest. Avoid getting stung, or you’ll really have blazing chicken legs! The queen can produce up to 1,600 eggs per day, and colonies establish themselves quickly. Whether it’s on the grill or inside your home, Bulwark Exterminating will put out any blaze.

Tiny White Termites

Closeup on termites going in and out of their tunnel

While white may be a symbol for peace, there is nothing peaceful about finding termites on your property. Termites can wreak havoc on a home and go unnoticed for years. These pesky insects have a special diet consisting of all things wood. This includes the structure of your home and any wooden furniture nearby. These pests won’t just steal your hot dog; they’ll steal the stick too. Bulwark is here to terminate these pests.

True Blue Blister Beetles

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One pest you know will definitely be at the firework show is the blister beetle. With a metallic blue pop, these beetles know how to protect themselves. Their name comes from their ability to release harmful chemicals that can cause blisters and irritation. Squashing one of these bugs will release the harmful toxin. Bulwark is here to keep the beetle show under control.

Happy Independence Day

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Whether they’re red, white, or blue, every year bugs threaten to destroy the peace at your backyard picnic. Some have wings, some have stingers, and others are just flat out smelly. Whatever the trouble, Bulwark wants to ensure you have a great Independence Day. With the freedom to exterminate away, we will establish the Bulwark Barrier to bring peace and protection.

Happy fourth!

Pest Control Links Round-Up: Fourth Of July Edition

Pest Control Links Round-Up: Fourth Of July Edition

 

FireworksFour Top Pests For The Fourth Of July

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West Nile Virus Activity Increases Throughout Sacramento & Yolo Counties– Protect Yourself This Fourth Of July Holiday

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Pest Of The Week: The Jumping Spider

 

Jumping Spider Eating CricketJumping spiders are one of the easiest spiders to identify because of their four pairs or eyes arranged in three different rows, their erratic rapid movements, and their ability to jump. Jumping spiders also have unbelievable speed, which is accomplished by a well-developed internal hydraulic system; which extends their limbs by altering the pressure of body fluid. This hydraulic system enables jumping spiders to jump almost forty times the length of their own body.

Jumping spiders are also very unique, in that they do not rely on their webs to catch their meals. These spiders actually stalk and hunt their prey much like a jungle cat does. Their incredible speed and eyesight makes these spiders natural born killers of insects. While jumping spiders do possess venom that can paralyze its prey, they are not considered to be dangerous to humans. Excessive numbers of these spiders found inside your home may require professional spider control.

 

 

3 Pests That Can Ruin Your Fourth Of July

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Among all of your festive Fourth of July BBQ’s, fireworks, pool parties, and parades can lurk unanticipated nuisances that may very well wreak havoc on the day’s festivities (and I’m not talking about your Uncle Roger who drinks too much). I’m talking of course about bugs!

Here are three such nuisances, or outdoor pests, that can ruin your Fourth of July holiday:

Yellow Jackets

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One of the most popular Fourth of July activities are family picnics or barbeques. In fact, Last July 4th some 78 million Americans had a barbecue; grilling everything from hotdogs, to hamburgers, to shish kabobs. The sweet watermelon and sticky sodas draw in unwanted pests to your barbeques or picnics… Stinging pests!

Feeding on foods rich in sugars and carbohydrates (fruits, flower nectar, and tree sap), the Yellowjacket wasp also feeds on proteins (insects, meats, fish, etc.). So that means that just about anything you’ll eat on the Fourth of July can draw in yellowjackets. Building their nests in trees, shrubs, or in protected places such as inside human-made structures, yellowjacket nests expand rather rapidly with as many as 5,000 stinging wasp members. The worst thing about these flying pests? All female members of the species are able to sting multiple times, causing incredible pain to anyone who has been stung.

Be on the lookout for their nests before you set out the day’s yummy food. If you do find a nest, keep away, and get a professional wasp removal service.

Fire Ants

Hands In Ant Nest

“The Red Coats are coming!!!”  “The Red Coats are coming!!!”

On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere rode from Boston to Lexington and Concord, screaming “the Red Coats are coming,” warning patriots that the red clad British army was marching. Some 238 years later a different kind of Red Coat is coming; a Red Coat that is malicious and spiteful just like a British soldier.

I’m talking, of course, about the Red Imported Fire ant and if you live anywhere in the Southern United States you are very familiar with their tactics. Their mounds can be huge, and if disturbed, hundreds of these stinging ants can come pouring out looking to violently defend their queen (much like the British Army did back in 1775). These extremely painful stings will cause welts on the skin and in rare cases even cause death. To top it all off, these ants may be on the move this July Fourth, looking for your food.

If you have Fire Ant mounds in or around your home or property, get professional Fire Ant control.

Mosquitoes

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The most prevalent Fourth of July pest is the blood-sucking mosquito, and they just happen to be the most active during the dawn and dusk hours; the exact times you will be outdoors for parades and fireworks. Female mosquitoes feed on the blood of the living, and can transmit extremely harmful or even deadly diseases like West Nile Virus and Yellow Fever. Some authorities even argue that mosquitoes are the most deadly animals on earth.

Since September 2012, the Center for Disease Control reports some 3,142 cases of the West Nile virus disease in people, including 134 deaths. These numbers continue to grow. Don’t add to them this Independence Day. Make sure you wear mosquito repellant with DEET while you are outside celebrating.

Happy July 4th!

All of us bug guys here at blogpestcontrol.com and Bulwark Exterminating would like to wish you all a happy and safe Independence Day! Spend some time with family and friends, eat way too much potato salad, marvel at the stunning firework shows, and reflect on all of the blessings that are bestowed upon us as we live in the greatest country on Earth! Happy July 4th!

 

Top 5 Best & Worst Mosquito Repellants

Mosquito repellantThursday is the Fourth of July! It’s a time we will gather together with our families and friends; celebrating living in the world’s best country. We will commemorate our nation’s independence by waving flags at parades, cooling off in swimming pools, woofing down tons of hotdogs and potato salad at BBQ’s, and cap the day off by lighting or watching vibrant fireworks.

With all of the day’s festivities, the last thing you want to worry about is blood-sucking pests like mosquitoes and ticks. One of the best ways to keep these irritating bugs from ruining your holiday is to wear a good insect repellant when you are outdoors. With so many bug sprays on the market today, we are all left wondering which ones work the best; and which ones will simply drain our wallets and offer no relieve from flying pests.

Here are the top five best and worst mosquito repellants:

Top 5 Best Mosquito Repellants

Consumer Reports recently released their ranking for the best mosquito repellants on the market today. Factors used to determine the mosquito repellant rankings include: cost per ounce, percentage of active ingredient (DEET) hours of effectiveness, and damage to materials. Here are the rankings:

 

Best Mosquito Repellants
Best Mosquito Repellants

 

Note: Only four of the top five mosquito repellants offered protection for eight hours or more. Non-coincidently, these four repellants also contained the active ingredient DEET in varying levels; the most effective mosquito repellant on the market.

Top 5 Worst Mosquito Repellants

GoodGuide also recently released their mosquito repellant rankings based on health, environment, and society factors. They count the number of ingredients in each product that are categorized as low, medium or high health concern; and then factor in other negative information (such as regulatory restrictions) and any available positive information (such as third-party certifications) to assign product scores. Here are the five worst mosquito products as determined by GoodGuide:

 

Worst Mosquito Repellants
Worst Mosquito Repellants

 

Note: It’s important to note that all of the tested products will keep the mosquitoes from biting if you’re going to be outside for only a short period of time. Look for a highly rated product to protect you on longer excursions.

How Mosquito Repellants Were Tested

For these insect repellent reviews, courageous testers at an outside lab bared their arms in mosquito-filled cages and also let ticks crawl on them. Scientists recorded how long it took for mosquitoes to start biting and for ticks to crawl over treated areas.

Factors used to determine the mosquito repellant rankings include: cost per ounce, percentage of active ingredient (DEET) hours of effectiveness, damage to materials, and the health, environmental, and social performance of products and companies.

Mosquito_Close-up_Sucking_BloodMosquitoes & West Nile Virus

There are currently some 176 different species of mosquitoes living here in the United States; all sharing one common characteristic… They are irritating! One common misconception about mosquitoes is that they all bite and suck blood. The truth is, it’s only the adult female mosquitoes that have a long piercing mouthpart needed to suck blood. She does so in order to provide for her future brood of mosquitoes. Males differ from females by having feathery antennae and mouthparts not suitable for piercing skin. A mosquito’s principal food is nectar or similar sugar source.

One unfortunate characteristic about the mosquito is that they can carry the deadly West Nile Virus. The Center for Disease Control urges the public to take precautions when outdoors. Make sure you wear an insect repellent with DEET; dress in clothing that covers as much skin as possible, and completely avoid the outdoors between dusk and dawn if at all possible.

To stop mosquitoes from breeding on your property, make sure to eliminate any standing water like in puddles, in kiddie pools, in tire swings, and in bird fountains. The easiest way to remove mosquitoes on your property is to kill their larva. Mosquito dunks, or larvicides, are dropped into water killing larva and stopping mosquitoes from laying their eggs. Treatments last for 30 days and cover 100 square feet regardless of depth. Pest control professionals can also spray your property frequently to help control the mosquito population.

 

Have a happy and mosquito free Fourth of July!