Pest Control- Your Links For The Week

Pest Control- Your Links For The Week

 

Pest Control Links Round-Up
Pest Control Links Round-Up

Killer Bees Swarm Killing Texas Farmer

Imagine working on a tractor, when you happen to disturb a nest of bees in an old chicken coup. Before you know it 40,000 of these bees swarm and vigorously sting you too many times to count. More…

Honey Bees – Bumble Bees – Solitary Bees

Here’s a breakdown of several different types of bees and wasps that might make your summer an unpleasant one. More…

Using Wasps For Pest Control

Here is one of the best pest control articles I’ve come across in a while. There are a lot of beneficial insects out there, and parasitic wasps happen to be one of the more intriguing ones. You can even watch a wasp attack a caterpillar. More…

Pest Control: All You Ever Wanted To Know About Slugs & Snails

Although snails and slugs look harmless enough (just kind of gross and slimy, maybe), they are actually quite destructive to domestic and commercial gardens. More…

Top 10 Pre-Summer Tips to Pest Proof Your Home

Here’s a compiled list of the Top 10 pre-summer maintenance tips to pest-proof your home from Clark Pest Control. More…

 

Pest Of The Week: The Pharaoh Ant (Sugar Ant)

 

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Pharaoh ants (sugar ants) are very tiny ants, measuring only 1/16th of an inch. They are a pale yellow in appearance, with red bodies, and darker shading near the rear of the abdomen. They are common in 49 of the 50 states; the exception being Alaska. These ant pests are found almost anywhere; infesting schools, hospitals, stores, restaurants, and of course residential and commercial properties. Pharaoh ants look to build there nest near sources of water and sugary food sources. These nests can consist of just a few ants, or as many as 2,000 members.

Pharaoh ants are notorious for being a significant pest control problem, especially in areas of Las Vegas, NV. One of the reasons they are so problematic, is because they are very challenging to control. Over-the- counter contact pesticide sprays do not work for Pharaoh ants. In fact, these sprays simply make the problem worse. After being sprayed, the ants will divide themselves into smaller colonies and make more nests around your yard. Professional ant control methods are needed to exterminate these ant pests.

 

Worst Allergy Cities In The Country

Our Bulwark headquarters may be in Mesa, AZ, but we have a vested interest in the stories and happenings in all the cities across the country that we service. Earlier this week the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America released its Spring Allergy Capitals list. All cities are ranked across America, but only the top 100 are published. Cities are ranked using factors such as pollen ratios, medication consumption and certified allergists per capita.

According to the results, Jackson, MS will be the most challenging city to live with allergies this spring season. Fortunately, we don’t service in Mississippi.

Knoxville, TV. Ranked #2 worst allergic city in the country.

However, we do service #2 and #3, Knoxville and Chattanooga, respectively. The report indicates that Red Cedar, Hackberry, Elm and Willow trees are major contributing factors to nearby pollination. These two cities are new to the Bulwark family as we officially began servicing customers in those areas as of April 1, 2013. Just in time for the allergy season!

From there, we jump to #21 with Tulsa, OK. And next is San Antonio at #24.

Rounding out the top 50 are both Charlotte and Greensboro, NC at #40 and #42, respectively.

At #55, we come back across the country to our most westward branch in the company, Las Vegas, NV. Houston follows close behind at #58 before we hop back across the state of Texas to Austin at #64.

Our Atlanta family ranks in at #72, just ahead of our mother-ship branch in Phoenix. Bulwark World Headquarters no-so-proudly comes across the line at #75. Yeah us!

Our last representing city is Raleigh, NC, who ranks in at #87.

The Top 10 Cities With Allergies

 

1. Jackson, MS

2. Knoxville, TN

3. Chattanooga, TN

4. McAllen, TX

5. Louisville, KY

6. Wichita, KS

7. Dayton, OH

8. Memphis, TN

9. Oklahoma City, OK

10. Baton Rouge, LA

There are lots of contributing ingredients that mix together for a wonderful serving of allergy season. The reports put out by the AAFA strongly suggests that local vegetation is the main reason these cities suffer the allergenic seasons that they do. That may in large part be true, but there are steps that you, the resident, can take to lower your own risk in your home to reduce the chance of suffering a sniffling and sneezy Spring.

Keep your filters up to date. And that means all the air filters that you come across during the day. Even the best air filters for the home only last up to three months, so make sure you are setting a reminder on your calendar to change them on time. Also, the air filters in your vehicles should be changed regularly according to the manufacturers recommendation.

It’s also worthy to note that spending just a few more dollars on any of those filters mentioned above greatly increases the quality, so if you have a few extra bucks, it might be worth spending.

Keep your carpets clean. Carpets are the #1 favorite resting spot for dust, pollen and other airborne imperfections. Set up a schedule to vacuum your home every so many days, and stick to it.

We’re obviously bias, but having regular pest control treatments will also help to lower the pollen and bacteria that enter the home. Insects such as crickets and roaches leave behind their droppings just about everywhere they go. Most insects also leave behind the shell of their exoskeletons during a process knowing as molting. The presence of bio-matter around the home will surely increase the allergen count.

 

To see the list of the Top 100 Cities With Allergies, click here.

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Weekly Links- Pest Control News

Pest Of The Week: True Chinch Bug

 

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The True Chinch bug is a small insect, native to the United States, and quite common in the Mid-western States.

Adults may vary in body color, ranging from dark red to brown, with white wings; and red legs. Due to their small size, reaching about 4 millimeters in length, the True Chinch bug is hardly noticeable. As such, they can become a pest control problem for unsuspecting homeowners. True Chinch bugs are notorious for devouring the stems of delicate turf-grass.

In most cases, an effective pest control strategy against the True Chinch bug will include the application of a pesticide, and/or the introduction of pest-resistant grasses. Furthermore, because this pest prefers hot, dry, and sunny conditions, the true chinch bug population is sharply reduced in moist, warm, and humid climates; especially when heavy rains are present.

 

Weekly Pest Control Links Round-Up

 

Chinch Bugs Causing Brown Lawn Spots? 

If you are seeing brown spots on your lawn this year, there may be a chance you have chinch bugs. These pests (our pest of the week) feed on grass and can eventually kill it. More…

One Man’s Clutter Is A Pest’s Home 

There are several different kinds of pests that love clutter. Organizing and cleaning can go along way in helping to control spiders, mice, and bed bugs. More…

Pest Control Marketing Tip #2 – Homeless Man Learns Powerful Marketing Lesson! 

Pest Control Marketing guru Hal Coleman shares a true story about how a homeless man was able to dramatically increase the $$ people gave him by simply changing the wording on the cardboard sign he held. Click here to watch the video.

Prevent Bed Bugs from Going Back to School 

The new college semester has just begun, and there are a few steps you can take to prevent these tiny blood-sucking bedbugs from infesting your college dorm; a heavily populated place that bedbugs like to frequent. More…

Bulwark Awarded Angie’s List Super Service Award 

Bulwark Pest Control’s Las Vegas branch got some good news this week as they discovered they received the Angie’s List Super Service Award. To learn more about what it all means, click here.

A Brief History of the War Between Humans and Bed Bugs

The world has been battling bedbugs for centuries, and has discovered several different ways to eradicate these tiny pests over the years. To learn of their history, click here.

 

 

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
 

Bulwark Exterminating Visits Career Day at Elementary School

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Wayne Bryant - Bulwark Exterminating Branch Manager

Our hard working branch manager, Wayne, made a little cameo at Career Day at Triggs Elementary School in North Las Vegas.  He spent some time with the kindergarten kids explaining his duties as a pest control exterminator.  Or, a “bug guy”, as the kids preferred.

Wayne took a couple sidekicks with him to meet the class.  What better critters to show to a class of 5 and 6 year-olds than a tarantula and desert hairy scorpion, who shall both remain nameless.  The desert hairy is a much larger scorpion than your average bark scorpion and was perfect for pointing out body parts and features.  Both creatures were fan favorites.

Wayne also presented some important points to the class.  1. All bugs are important to life.  For example, termite may bother at times, but they keep soil fertile and they break down trees when needed.  All insects have a role in nature.  2. If you are bitten or stung, tell an adult immediately.  This is an excellent piece of advice.  Hopefully it is nothing more than a bite or sting, but now the parent can monitor any oncoming reactions and act accordingly.  And 3. Having a pest free home is important to your health.  Cats and dogs are pets.  Roaches and spiders are pests. Roaches carry pathogens that can lead to respiratory and other allergy related problems.

Bulwark Exterminating Branch Manager
Wayne Bryant - Bulwark Exterminating Branch Manager at Triggs Elementary

We want to thank Triggs Elementary School for allowing Wayne to come and share some fun and interesting bug facts about Las Vegas Pest Control.

Bulwark Exterminating, 2129 Industrial Road, Las Vegas, NV 89102 (702) 333-0091

Scorpion Venom to the Rescue? Morphine? Pesticide?

Need Scorpion Extermination?Michael Gurevitz has been featured in a number of recent news reports for his research into practical and useful uses of scorpion venom. His research has found varying types of venom and varying effects based upon the chemical proprieties of the venom. Documenting and researching these properties has further proven that some toxins can target specific mammalian channels, and others will attack insect channels that are non existent in mammals, i.e. humans. But Michael hopes to take this information to a whole new level by identifying how these toxin interact with sodium channels, which make up mammal and insect nervous systems.  That information could lead to a pesticide based on scorpion venom and a morphine like medicine based on scorpion venom. But what are benefits of using scorpion venom and are there possible cons?

On the subject of venom toxins Raymond St. Leger, an entomologist at the University of Maryland, states that they are “a resource with almost limitless potential,…But you need a way of getting them into the insect.” Herein lies one problem. Genetically altering a plant to produce a similar compound to the scorpion venom will be useless as a pest control technique if ingesting the plant and its newly acquired compound does nothing to the pest because it is ingested rather than stung/injected into the blood stream. Exterminators that will hunt and manually inject the compound are going to hard to find. Clearly this is not the intent. The objective is to develop a pesticide that will be absorbed through an insect’s exoskeleton. The pest control products need to penetrate into the insects and attack their nervous systems, leading to paralysis and death. Determining the venom’s effective life span and how long it will take to be absorbed will determine the success of this natural alternative.  In order for a pesticide to be effective it must have a decent residual, something many natural products lack.

Individuals must further investigate the human health effects of occupational exposure. What dangers do these bio-pesticides and bio-insecticides poise with frequent and regular use to the applicators? What danger does this put on those that milk the scorpion’s venom? Adam Seever, put it this way, “I know it may seem backwards, but I don’t focus on how the products we use will effect my customers. I focus on whether they are safe for my technicians to use on a day in and day out bases. If my techs are safe then the customers will be safe as well.” On a pound per pound base is the scorpion venom more or less toxic then your average pest control product? Lastly, the most severe problems that occurs with products and even with scorpion toxins are caused by a mammals allergic reaction to the products. This varies on a case by case base, but one must wonder if this reaction would be higher in a pyrethrin based product or a scorpion based product.

The response that Michael Gurevite gave us on the potential allergy’s and dangers of the scorpion venom is as follows:

“In the venom of scorpions of the Buthidae family, to which the Israeli yellow scorpion belongs, one can find a large variety of peptide toxins that affect ion channels. We work on those that affect sodium channel. Among these toxins there are different classes divided according to their pharmacological effects (alpha and beta), and further divided to groups by their ability to compete for the same receptor site, and their activity toward mammals and insects. Some of the toxins would be active against practically all animals, some show preference for mammalian channels, and some are anti-insect selective. All these differences in activity and preference are those that interest us at the molecular/structural level.

The desert bark scorpions belong also to the family Buthidae, the most common is Centruroides sculpturatus in Southern US and Mexico. Their venom contains mostly toxins of the beta class that affect mammals and insects. We work on toxins of both the alpha and beta classes.”

Hopefully Micheal’s research pays off. It is very fascinating that he is documenting these effects and classifying them on a molecular level to the point that he can determine a “alpha” or “beta” class. This will in no doubt be beneficial in developing more pest solutions that will only effect insects and not humans. Or taking that one step further, that can target specific insect species.

And yes there is a sinister side of this in that we could use the scorpion’s sting against itself. Imagine the novel title now, “Scorpion’s recruited for Scorpion Control.” And homeowners that deal with scorpions would welcome the opportunity to use an effective scorpion insecticide against scorpion infestations in Phoenix, Austin, and Las Vegas. Especially using their closely related Buthidae family members for Scottsdale scorpion extermination.

There is also a potential that the research could lead to a scorpion based “morphine”, or other scorpion related health care products. Scorpion venom has even been tested in fighting off cancer. Could it be possible that a pesticide and a cancer “fighting” agent could use the same chemical makeup? Perhaps some day sooner than you think.

Bulwark Exterminating,1228 E Broadway, Mesa, AZ 85204 (480) 969-7474

Mesa Pest Control

Booty “Service” Call

I recieved a call at the office and the customer was needing a callback for silverfish.  So I told them I would come right out and take care of the problem.  When I got to there, a man was at the door and said to go ahead and start on the outside before I do the  inside. So, I said, “Okay, no problem, I’ll take care of that for you.”   As I was spraying and I got to the backyard a nude lady was laying out in the sun.  So I thought to myself, I think the guy at the door forgot to inform his wife that I was going to be spraying. I didn’t know what to do, I was shocked, so I went back to the front door and knocked on the door again and told the man that when we service homes we need to keep animals and humans inside and he just told me, “Oh, just go ahead and spray!!”  So, I put my sunglasses on and was trying to spray around her without looking at her and trying to hurry and get out of there. I did my thing, and the lady didn’t seem to even mind or notice, some stranger from a foreign country was there!!  Wow only in Vegas!! What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas!!

Tevita Fine
Las Vegas, NV

Pest Control Locations

Atlanta, GA

Bulwark Exterminating – Atlanta Pest Control
5180 Belle Wood Ct.
Buford, GA 30518
Suite 400

770-904-4141

Charlotte, NC

Bulwark Exterminating -Charlotte Pest Control
2300-A Stevens Mill Rd
Matthews, NC 28105

704-391-9838

Las Vegas, NV

Bulwark Exterminating -Las Vegas Pest Control
2707 E. Craig Rd
North Las Vegas, NV  89030

702-255-6313

Raleigh-Durham, NC

Bulwark Exterminating -Raleigh Pest Control
10207-B Chapel Hill Rd
Morrisville, NC 27560

919-481-0007

San Antonio, TX

Bulwark Exterminating -San Antonio Pest Control
17316 Bell North Dr
Schertz, TX 78154

210-402-0492

Austin, TX

Bulwark Exterminating – Austin Pest Control
209 E. Ben White Blvd Suite 116 -Round Rock, Pflugerville, Lakeway
Austin, TX 78704

512-291-1200

Houston, TX

Bulwark Exterminating – Houston Pest Control
10900 Brittmoore Park Drive, Suite D
Houston, Texas 77041

713-983-7378

Mesa, AZ

Bulwark Exterminating – Mesa Pest Control
1228 E. Broadway Rd
Mesa, AZ 85204

480-969-7474

 

St. George, UT

Bulwark Exterminating – St. George Pest Control
720 S River Rd Suite A-215
St. George, Ut 84790

P 435-627-8840
F 435-627-8842

Tulsa, OK

Bulwark Exterminating – Tulsa Pest Control
2013 N Willow Ave Suite A
Broken Arrow, OK 74012

918-252-3548

Phoenix, AZ

Bulwark Exterminating – Phoenix Pest Control
10401 N. 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345

http://pestcontrolphoenixaz.com

Gilbert, AZ

Bulwark Exterminating – Gilbert Pest Control?
18256 E Williamsfield Road Ste 2, Gilbert, AZ?

480. 545.7378

Scottsdale, AZ

Bulwark Exterminating – Scottsdale Pest Control
8776 E Shea Blvd. B3A
Pest Control # 155, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
480-969-7474

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http://www.scottsdalepestcontrol.net/

Bulwark Pest Control – Queen Creek AZ?
18586 E Carriage Way #102,  Queen Creek, AZ 85242

http://www.queencreekscorpioncontrol.com

Bulwark Exterminating – Phoenix Pest Control?
2 N Central Ave Ste 170-170, Phoenix, AZ 85004

(480) 969-7474

Cave Creek, AZ

Bulwark Exterminating – Cave Creek Pest Control
4815 E Carefree Hwy.
Suite 108295, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

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(623) 934-8700

Fountain Hills, AZ

Bulwark Exterminating- Fountain Hills Pest Control
13771 N Fountain Hills Blvd
Suite 114-181, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268-3733

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