Where are scorpions found?

Few people know that scorpions are scattered throughout the world in every continent other than Antarctica. That being said, you are most likely to encounter one in your lifetime! Though, these creepy crawlers are mostly found in the hotter regions of these continents, the most diverse group is within North America. In the United States alone, scorpions can be found in the south in its entirety from Florida to Arizona, the mid-west from Colorado to Minnesota, and in the west from California to Washington. They are often hidden in dark places, away from the sun, some common areas are under shady plants and underneath rocks (perhaps in your garden?). Scorpions will go anywhere and do anything to find water and shade, they may enter your home through your garage, sneaking under your doors, or in any cracks they can find on your home that lead inside.  Some other common areas where scorpions may be lurking include, but are not limited to, trees and tree bark, piles of wood, under any plant pots in the yard, and any areas that allow shelter in your home/yard. Within your home, look in/under your bed, in your shoes, and in any clothing that you may have stored that isn’t jostled around often, you never know! All of the above mentioned are just common places in which scorpions may be found, sometimes you will find them on your floor, on your counter-top, in your sink, or on the walls of your home. Scorpion encounters can happen any time, anywhere, just be sure that you are prepared! 

 

 

 

Roach Eats Spider!

A few days ago, we tried feeding our Giant Huntsman Spider, one of the largest species of spider in the world, a cockroach. Upon first glance, one would think, “oh the spider won of course!” however in this crazy turn of events the roach won the battle. While filming the attack, the spider missed its prey and ended up tangling its font two legs within its own webbing! Overtime we thought it might get free and try again, but a few days later we noticed that the spider no longer had a face and the cockroach was completely unscathed. A few more days passed, and the spiders entire body was soon missing.  After close examination, we realized that there were indeed a few remains of the spider’s legs, and with that it was decided that the cockroach decided to make a meal out of its predator. Huntsman Spiders are known to catch on average, 90% of their prey, and after some research we have not been able to find a similar event in an enclosure or captured in the wild. We are completely awestruck because roaches don’t generally win, and if they do they certainly don’t eat the predator!

See the video here:

Bulwark Exterminating Receives Thumbtack Honor

Bulwark Thumbtack AustinThis just in from Thumbtack:

Bulwark Exterminating is currently one of Thumbtack’s most active and highest rated skilled professionals in all of Austin; as Thumbtack awards Bulwark as Austin’s Top Pro!

This prestigious recognition is awarded to the best companies that demonstrate superior customer service; based on the customer reviews. Essentially, Thumbtack’s Top Pro recognition is voted on by consumers, with their positive feedback on a particular company; in this case Bulwark Exterminating.

Thumbtack is a smarter way to hire local professionals. Their technology is transforming the way people accomplish any project, anywhere, anytime. Just tell them you need done, and they’ll quickly deliver customized quotes so you can compare pricing, read reviews, and hire the right professional on the spot.

Bulwark Exterminating is honored to receive this prestigious award, as it recognizes continual efforts toward outstanding customer service.

Thumbtack Reviews From Bulwark Pest Control in Austin

Here are just a couple of the many excellent customer reviews Bulwark Exterminating receives on Thumbtack:

“This is the first time I’ve used Bulwark but they were here when they said they would be. The Technician asked if there were any particular things I wanted him to check or work on and yes, there were a few. Did a really good job and was in and out in no time. I would imagine after some time goes by and we’ve worked together about 6-months to a year, I would change the rating to Excellent just from my first experience.”

-Steve B.

“I had pest control service done. They were completely informative over the phone and I received next day service. The technician, Danny V., was very thorough and friendly. I would highly recommend this company.”

-Diana M.

“As always, friendly and courteous service…and paying attention to the details — such as the wasp nests that have formed recently. Thank you!”

Laurie C.

Bulwark Exterminating Thumbtack

If you live in the Austin, TX area, and are seeing bugs of any kind, find Bulwark Exterminating on Thumbtack at https://www.thumbtack.com/Pest-Control-Services-Austin-TX/service/1969463. We’d look forward to working with you and ensuring that you live pest free!

Super Roach Unmasked

Face-To-Face_With_RoachWe all know that the most sly and sneaky creepy crawler out there is the cockroach. This bug will eat our pizza or snickers bar if open and left out; it will even raid our pantries and refrigerators. Over a span of many years this bug has put up quite a resistance in the war against mankind. The roach is one of the most exterminated bugs by pest control professionals, but in the 1990’s in Florida, some of the exterminator’s tricks stop working. This was because the roaches developed a trick of their own; ditching their sweet tooth.

One of the professional tactics used against cockroaches is baiting them with a sweet, sugary poison. In the 90’s when this bait stopped working, researchers started speculating about this seemingly invincible pest. How had the bug avoided the sweet scent and taste of the concoction? Researchers from Raleigh’s North Carolina State University, Ayako Wada-Katsumata, Jules Silverman, and Coby Schal looked into that very question.

The Findings

Using the common German cockroach, researchers studied the reason for this change in roach behavior. Roaches use taste hairs all over their bodies instead of taste buds to taste their food. Researchers focused on the taste hairs around their mouths and two types of nerve cells that transmit signals to the brain. One of these transmits the taste of bitterness, while the other transmits the taste of sweetness. When the brain received the sweet signal, the roaches were, of course, inclined to eat the substance, and when it received a signal of bitterness, the roaches laid off. The three researchers from North Carolina determined that glucose, which is the main ingredient used in most sugary products, stimulates the bitter receptor in the roach’s brain.

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Entomologist at Purdue University, Grzegorz Buczkowski, and Walter S. Leal, the head of the entomology department in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis who were not involved in the research, made some remarks on the findings.

Buczkowski said, “We lose baits all the time.”  He expanded by saying that the bug industry has to keep up with the evolution of these bugs in order to maintain the effectiveness of their products. New poisons are constantly developed, because cockroaches and other pests become resistant to the poison, just as bacteria become resistant to antibiotics.

The findings now explain that it wasn’t an ineffective poison, or that the roaches developed immunity to it. The cockroaches simply changed their genetic make-up and lost the attraction to glucose. Now some roaches are passing off this gene and evolving into some sort of super roach.

Walter S. Leal says, “Sometimes the science is beautiful but you don’t know whether there is going to be an application five years from now, 10 years from now or 100 years.”

These results seem to be well on their way to helping the pest control industry and mankind in general to keep a leg up on the evolving cockroach.

Roach Bits- Be Thankful For Your Exterminator This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is set… What can go wrong?

This Thanksgiving, be thankful for your exterminator!

Happy Thanksgiving

All of us here at Blog Pest Control would like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving.

This Thanksgiving, no matter where you’ll be, make sure you take a moment and reflect on the many things you have been blessed with; all the things you have to be thankful for… Including your exterminator.

This Thanksgiving, in addition to reflecting on your blessings, eat way too much turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. Get up early to play in a turkey bowl or watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, watch some football, and spend a lot of time with family and close friends.

Happy Thanksgiving! May it be pest free!

Video courtesy of Bulwark Exterminating.

Fall Wasp Wars

As the cool crisp fall weather sets in, a war of sorts is declared by homeowners; against yellowjackets, paper wasps, and hornets. These wasps have a tendency to turn aggressive during the fall, as their diets move from the proteins and carbohydrates they enjoy during the spring and summer, to sugar-rich foods like ripe fruit and sweet soda during the fall.

Fall Wasp Wars

Wasps have a tendency to turn aggressive during the fall months. A single wasp colony may have over 10,000 female worker wasps whose sole purpose is to hunt for nutrients to feed the colony. Wasps in search of these sugary sweet nutrients turn potentially aggressive, ruining outdoor activities and bombarding backyard barbecues. The result? Painful stings, sometimes repeatedly, whenever human interaction is present. These painful wasp stings usually happen while shooing them away, walking barefoot near food, or swallowing wasps that have crawled into beverage cans.

To make it all worse, wasps have a built-in warning system that alerts other wasps when danger is present. All you have to do is merely swat at a yellowjacket, and an alarm pheromone is released that brings out an army of wasps to attack the aggressor.

It’s important to note that throughout most of the year, wasps keep to themselves and are generally harmless; only exhibiting defensive behavior when their nests are compromised. Not matter the time of year, it is recommended that homeowners battling fall wasps not do so by themselves. It’s best to solicit the aid of a pest management professional.

Such was the case when Morrisville’s own Anna, contacted Bulwark Pest Control to help out with her wasp problem. Here’s the glowing review she left Bulwark on Yelp:

Excellent Yelp Review For Servicing Fall Wasps

 

Yesterday we had a swarm of yellow jackets, wasps and bees surround our home. Tonight is Halloween! I was frantic!

I called the pest company that has been servicing this house and they told me they would have to charge me extra to come out and help and then “I believe” they accidentally hung up on me.

I called Bulwark Exterminating and they were so nice and understanding. He understood what was going on. I told him I needed to also sign-up for quarterly service since I was going to be cancelling the service with my current company who couldn’t help me.

They had a technician, Orlando Council, at my house by 7:30am!!! The next morning! I couldn’t believe it! I was sooo happy to see him sitting outside my house waiting for me!!

I walked him through our house inside and outside. He immediately got to work finding the source of the insects and did a full house extermination inside and outside for me.

We are also currently using this company for another house we have.

They didn’t charge me extra. They didn’t charge me that usual LARGER first bill. He did so much to help us. He solved our insect problem.. so we can have a safe and happy Halloween tonight.

I can’t tell you how truly thankful I am… that they cared so much for us, to take the extra effort to add us to their already busy schedule… And not charge me extra or an “arm and a leg” for it!

They only charged me my regular quarterly fee.

Bless them! Orlando – you are the man!!!!

 

Morrisville, NC

10/31/2014

 

Fall Pest Control

paper wasps

If you are seeing a large amount of wasps in your backyard, or are even seeing a wasp’s nest, do not take matters into your own hands. Doing so can be very dangerous. Call for a professional pest control company instead!

4 Home Remedy Recipes For Ant Control

Ant_PileDealing with unwanted pests is one of the biggest challenges you may face as a homeowner. The challenge is even more daunting if you’re trying to deal with ants inside your home and around your yard. They can be tough to get rid of!

If you are seeing ants of any kind, including little black ants, piss ants, fire ants, pavement ants, or pharaoh ants; try these easy do-it-yourself home ant control remedies:

1. Ant Dust Repellent

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Dried Mint Flakes
  • ¼ Cup Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Rock Dust (From Nursery)
  • 1 Cup Garlic Powder
  • 1 Package Dry Enchilada Sauce Mix
  • 1 Cup Organic Alfalfa Meal
  • 1/2 Cup Cayenne Pepper

Directions 

Mix all seven ingredients together in large paper bag. Sprinkle the mixture wherever you are seeing ants on your property. This mixture will not exterminate the ants, but instead will create a protective barrier that will keep the ants away. Be careful to not get the mixture in your eyes.

2. Homemade Ant Bait

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
  • 6 Tablespoons Honey
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Boric Acid.

Directions

Mix all three ingredients together. Place small spoonfuls of ant bait near foraging ants. They will not only eat the deadly poison, but will also bring some back for the Queen ant to munch on. If baited successfully, the ants in the nest should be exterminated within a couple days.

Cat_Food3. Ant Bait 

Ingredients

  • ¼ Cup Grape Jelly
  • 1 Small Can Wet Cat Food
  • 1 Teaspoon Boric Acid

Directions

Mix all three ingredients together. Place small spoonfuls of ant bait near foraging ants. They will not only eat the deadly poison, but will also bring some back for the Queen ant to munch on. If baited successfully, the ants in the nest should be exterminated within a couple days.

4. Simple Ant Spray

Bouquet_Of_AntsIngredients

  • 2 Liters Warm Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Soap Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Hot Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon natural castile soap (citrus oil and vegetable oils)

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a large spray bottle. Shake. Spray ants and outdoor areas that have been affected by the ants.

Ant Control

If you a being plagued by troublesome ants, try these homemade ant control recipes. If they don’t work, or for more serious ant infestations, it’s time to enlist the services of a qualified ant control professional.

The Basics Of Termites & Termite Control

Close-up (1.4 to 1 life-size) of termites at their mound in the soil.

Termites are frequently found infesting homes and buildings, creating major problems for homeowners and tenants by actively feeding on timber structures like: homes, buildings, telephone poles, and trees. They will feed on almost anything made of wood.

Within a colony of termites, you’ll find members of different social classes, each with a specific task to perform. Each class is reliant upon the other for the continued survival of the entire termite colony. The five different termite social classes include: the king, the queen, soldiers, workers, and what is called the winged reproductive which are young kings and queens dedicated to reproducing.

The First Termites You’ll See are the Soldier Termites

If you suspect you might have termites, keep a lookout for the soldier termites. Because of their large numbers, you will likely see the soldier termites first. The soldier termite’s sole purpose is to protect the colony from any intruder. Anytime a termite’s habitat is disturbed, the soldier termites will scuttle out of the nest and guard the opening.

Soldier termites have fat, dark heads with strong mandibles used for biting any predator that might threaten the colony. In some species, soldiers are twice as large as worker termites, and may spray noxious chemicals from a snout on the front of their head.

The Queen & Worker Termites Help the Colony Grow 

The queen termites are responsible for helping the colony grow. A typical queen can lay over 2000 eggs a day, and she’ll live up to 25 years! That’s a lot of termites that can damage your property! Termite control must be aimed at eliminating the queen, as well as the other termites.

Worker termites help to build the nest, and will repair it if there is ever a breach. The worker termites are the termites that cause all the damage to your home. They spend their lives inside the nest eating, chewing, and eating some more. They are soft-bodied and will be a creamy translucent color.

Pest_Control_Tech_Termite_DamageProfessional Termite Control

With the queen termite’s ability to lay 2000 eggs a day for 25 years, it’s a necessity for a pest control professional to eliminate this destructive pest before she, and the rest of her colony, create extensive property damage. Termites cause more damage to homes area than fires and storms combined. Yet termite damage is not covered by homeowner policies. That’s why requesting a free termite inspection is so important.

If you believe you have termites anywhere on your property, even if they are not yet inside your home, it’s best that you contact a termite control professional before they make their way to your all-you-can-eat buffet. The quicker you act, the more likely you will avoid any damage from being done to your home or property. Call for a free termite inspection today!

 

Rasberry Ants Spreading

Ants on raspberries

The Crazy Rasberry ant (not raspberry), also called the Tawny Crazy ant has increasingly become a harmful pest to many homeowners. Rasberry ants can be both destructive, and dangerous. Here’s what you need to know:

Rasberry Ants Spreading

Rasberry ants were first found in Houston, TX by exterminator Tom Rasberry; in which the ant was named. Since their discovery in 2002, the Rasberry ant has spread to throughout much of the Southwest; including 24 different counties in the state of Texas.

The largest Rasberry ant infestations have been found in southeast Harris County, including Houston, La Porte, San Jacinto Port, Pasadena, Deer Park, Seabrook, Friendswood, and Pearland.

Rasberry ants continue to spread at a rate of about five miles per year. Often times they are unknowingly transported by vehicles, animals, and other people. Preferring the hot, humid weather, they can now be found in Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Mississippi.

Identifying Rasberry Ants

Rasberry ants are about 1/8 of an inch long, and reddish-brown in color. They are a slender looking ant with long antennae, long abdomens, and long legs. Rasberry ants are also described as being “hairy,” because they are covered with reddish-brown fuzz. They do not look glossy, like other ants, because of these body hairs.

Crazy Rasberry ants are from the Crazy ant group Paratrechina. These ants are well known for their rapid, erratic, non-linear movements. It’s almost humorous watching these ants move across the pavement. They look lost and confused. One thing that is not humorous about these ants is the destruction and danger they can cause.

Rasberry Ants Are Destructive & Dangerous

Rasberry ants are very destructive by nature. They are naturally attracted to electrical currents, causing them to fail by clogging up the switching mechanisms. These ants are frequently known to short out air conditioning units and even stop lights. There have been reports of Rasberry ants causing several thousand dollars in damage to homeowners and businesses.

Danger_Live_AntsOn top of being rather destructive, Rasberry ants are also dangerous. When a Crazy Rasberry ant is killed, a pheromone is released from its abdomen that signals other ants to respond. The other Rasberry ants respond all right, in huge numbers; attacking the threat. Just know that if you attempt to kill a few thousand Rasberry ants, millions more will show up to their funeral.

Rasberry Ant Control

Many areas in the Southwest US have some pockets of Rasberry ant infestations. These infestations make it uncomfortable for residents to enjoy time in their yards. Very aggravating!

Unfortunately, there are no effective over-the-counter products that consumers can buy to successfully treat Rasberry ants. The good news is that an ant control professional can help you with any ant problem, including Rasberry ants. Get help today!