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:

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.


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.

Friday Favorites: Your Weekly Links Round-Up Of Pest Articles

Thankful_GirlsTop 8 Fall Outdoor Home Maintenance Tips Infographic

Check out this latest infographic for some helpful outdoor home maintenance tips to prevent fall pests:

How To Find And Prevent Centipede Invasions 

It’s not enough that the centipede is perhaps one of the creepiest looking insects on the planet – they also tend to hide out in shaded, damp corners, which means that most homeowners only come across centipedes by surprise in showers, basements, and anywhere else they can stay hidden.

What’s Lurking In Your Attic? 

There are all kinds of creepy things that would love to make your attic their home. Here are a few of them, and some things you can do to keep them out.

Things You Absolutely Do Not Want To Know About Pumpkin Pie 

With Thanksgiving coming up next week, here are a few things you don’t want to know about your pumpkin pie:

9 Tips On How To Keep Mice Out Of The House 

Mice only need an opening the size of a dime to find a way inside your home. Here are some tips to help keep them out:

Pest Of The Week: Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Cockroach_SwarmThe Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, sometimes called the hissing cockroach or hisser, is typically not an infesting pest. They are usually kept as pets, but some states even require you to have a permit to own or breed this cockroach species.

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches are docile in nature; very non aggressive. They do not sting or bite, cannot fly, and have horns. They can grow to lengths of over 4 inches, making them one of the biggest species of cockroach in the world.

Called the Madagascar Hissing cockroach, because when disturbed or alarmed, this roach will loudly hiss! These cockroaches produce this noise, by expelling air though slits in their abdomens. This hiss plays a significant role in the cockroach’s colony hierarchy, courtship and communication.



Infographic: What Did You See In The Pest Test Word Search?

Earlier this summer the pest management professionals at Bulwark Exterminating assembled a word search puzzle; a pest test of sorts, and posted it on their Facebook page. The pest test (pictured below) was a huge success! As of today, almost 12,500 people commenting on the first pest they found.

The following infographic breaks down, by percentage, exactly what pests were found the most by those who participated in the word search puzzle. Here’s the infographic:

Infographic: What Did You See In The Pest Test Word Search?



Take The Pest Test Yourself


Pest Test Wordsearch

  • What pest do you see first?

  • Where does your find stack up against the other 12,500 participants?

  • Was the pest you found first, the pest you fear the most?

  • Can you find all 12 pests?

  • What other words can you find in the word search?

Cockroach Man Makes Front Page Of Google

Have any of you been to today? If not, hurry over there and take a look at Google’s latest “doodle” logo. In place of the regular multi-colored text, today on July 3, Google doodled a cockroach coming through a door. He is even donning “press hat”, bow tie and a briefcase. A little odd, don’t you think?

Goodle Doodle of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Goodle Doodle of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Every once and a while Google will roll out a new doodle on their front page, typically to commemorate the birthday of a historical figure or the anniversary date of an important event. June 3rd, 2013 would mark the 130th the birthday of Franz Kafka, a German writer and novelist known for his abstract and existential themes. After earning a law degree and working at an insurance agency, Kafka spent much of his spare time writing novels and short stories. He would later leave his job, dedicating the remainder of his life to his works. Many of his writings were heavy themed, dealing with such topics as alienation, parent and child conflict and bureaucracy.

Google’s doodle honors Kafka iconic novella The Metamorphosis, the story of a salesman named Gregor Samsa who woke up one day to discovery that he had mysteriously metamorphosed into a “monstrous vermin”. Scholars have since interpreted Kafka’s idea as a giant bug or insect, most similar to a cockroach. Gregor, horrified by his new appearance, confines himself to his apartment. When family and work colleagues coming looking for him, he finds it difficult to communicate through the doorway because his voice has also transformed.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924)

Long story short, his sister starts to take care of him as he soon becomes completely dependent on her for survival. His family soon after starts to feel the financial burden of his transformation, as Gregor was a primary source of income for other members of his family. He has a few run-ins with his dad. He eventually dies and his family is actually happy and relieved as they feel the financial burden has been lifted.

Yeah, I know, not necessarily the happiest story you’ve heard today, but The Metamorphosis and other of Kafka’s writings are considered some of the most influential writings of the 20th century.

Top 10 Bands Named After Pests

I recently had a lot of fun putting together a Spotify playlist of popular bug songs. While putting it together, I found several bands that also shared their names with pests. Here is my top ten bands named after bugs or pests:

10. Katydids

The Katydids reached stardom briefly in the early 90’s before guitarist Adam Seymour left the bad to play with The Pretenders. Before splitting, The Katydids released two moderately successful albums entitled Katydids (1991) and Shangri-la (1991).


Katydids, also known as long-horned grasshoppers, are best known for their appearance that mimics that of a leaf.

9. Adam and the Ants

Adam and the Ants, led by singer Adam Ant, became notable as a British cult band during the late-1970s punk rock era. Adam and the Ants have had a major influence on artists like Nine Inch Nails and Fat Boy Slim during the band’s short career.

The lineup for Adam and the Ants in 1981.
The lineup for Adam and the Ants in 1981. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ants are one of the most successful groups of insects, and a common pest. They are social insects that live in underground colonies, but many enter buildings looking for food.

8. Iron Butterfly

Iron Butterfly
Cover of Iron Butterfly

Iron Butterfly rose to fame in the late 1960’s. They were even booked to play at Woodstock, but were unable to after getting stranded at the airport. Their album, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is one of the world’s 40 top-selling albums, selling more than 30 million copies.

While Butterflies are generally not considered pests, some species can damage domestic crops or trees in their larval stages. Traditionally, butterflies are a popular motif in the visual and literary arts across many different cultures.

7. Papa Roach

Papa Roach has sold more than 18 million album copies worldwide, and are best known for their songs “Last Resort”, and “…To Be Loved.” Their music is best described as rap metal. Their first album, Infest, reached triple platinum in 2000.

Time and Time Again
Time and Time Again (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Roaches are one of the most common and hardy household pests in the United States. They invade our homes looking for their favorite foods like sugary sweets, salty snacks, and even hair or fingernails.

6. Alien Ant Farm

Alien Ant Farm got their name from a dream guitarist Terry Corso had about aliens cultivating the human race, like we were all in an ant farm. The band has had four successful albums, and has contributed to several Hollywood movie soundtracks; including 2002’s Spiderman. Their most popular song is “Smooth Criminal.”

Alien Ant Farm
Alien Ant Farm (Photo credit: woohoo_megoo)

The United States hosts almost 1,000 different species of ants. While they are considered one of the most common household pests, only 25 species commonly infest homes.

5. Ratt

One of the biggest bands in the early 80’s glam metal scene was Ratt. Their songs “Round and Round,” “Lay It Down,” and “Wanted Man” helped to launch the band into superstardom.

Lay It Down (Ratt song)
Lay It Down (Ratt song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rats are very common household pests during the colder winter months. If you are seeing droppings, fresh gnawing, or tracks near your property; chances are you might have a serious rat infestation.

4. Buddy Holly and The Crickets

Even though Buddy Holly and The Crickets’ success was short lived because of an unfortunate plane crash, they may be one of the single most influential creative forces in early rock and roll. “That’ll be the Day” is the group’s most popular recording; and in 2011 Buddy Holly was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

01 - Buddy Holly & The Crickets
01 – Buddy Holly & The Crickets (Photo credit: Bradford Timeline)

Crickets are best known for their characteristic chirping noise, used by males to attract female crickets. As the temperatures rises, their songs become louder and faster.

3. Scorpions

Just by listening to “Rock You Like a Hurricane” before any football game, one comes to the realization that Scorpions are one of the greatest hard rock bands of all time. In case you need any more proof, the band has sold over 150 million records, released 23 albums over the last 40 years, and played around 5,000 concerts in over 80 countries.

Ralph Rieckermann of Scorpions.
Ralph Rieckermann of Scorpions. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Much like the band, scorpions have been around a long time and are incredibly resilient. They require a focused pest control strategy. A testament to their durability was proven when lab experiments froze scorpions for weeks, leaving them unharmed when they were thawed. On top of that, after U.S. nuclear testing scorpions were discovered near ground zero with no adverse side effects.

2. Bee Gees

The Bee Gees, made up of brothers Robin, Maurice, and Barry Gibb were one of the biggest recording artists during the late 60’s to early 70’s. During the group’s 45 years of stardom, only Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney have outsold them.

Publicity photo of the Bee Gees.
Publicity photo of the Bee Gees. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While bees are considered beneficial insects by pollinating plants, they earn the title of pest by stinging and contributing to several deaths a year; common when a sting victim has a severe allergic reaction.

1. The Beatles

The Beatles are the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed act in the history of popular music. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr have sold 177 million albums in the US, more than any other artist.

I'm Happy Just to Dance with You
I’m Happy Just to Dance with You (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Beetles constitute almost 25 percent of all known life-forms; more than any other order in the animal kingdom. There are some species of Beetle that have been awarded the distinction of pest. A few include: the Colorado potato beetle, the boll weevil and the Carpet beetle. They repeatedly create insect control problems when they invade and destroy household items and agricultural crops.

I hope you enjoyed my list. Did I miss any?



A Roach Is Not A Love Bug

Happy Valentines Day
Happy Valentines Day (Photo credit: outdoorPDK)

Ah, Valentine’s Day… A day of love… A day of romance.

A day of cockroaches?

This week loving couples across the country are making romantic plans in anticipation for the big day. Reservations are being made at the finest restaurants. Bouquets of beautiful red roses and boxes of expensive chocolates will be at a premium as couples pull out all the stops to show that special someone just how much they are loved.

Getting “Unlucky” On Valentine’s Day

After a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, you head home with that special someone. Upon arrival, you have Barry White softly playing in the background. You blindfold your date. She is guided upstairs through a trail of rose petals that lead to a candlelit bubble bath. As you remove her blindfold, any chances of getting “lucky” this Valentine’s Day are suddenly vanquished.

See for yourself:


A Roach Is Not A Love Bug

An ill-timed visit from a cockroach can turn an intimate Valentine’s date into a nightmare, complete with screaming and attempts to flee.  The sight of a roach can induce a primitive reaction of disgust, nausea, and even vomiting with your date; sucking out all the day’s romance and ensuring your previous gestures are overlooked.

Your only chance to save the evening is to play the hero and squash that disgusting cockroach under your shoe, and promise your lovely lady that you will sign up for Bulwark’s Roach Control so this doesn’t happen again next year.

More Evidence Valentine’s Day Roaches Are A Bad Idea

Valentine’s Day cockroaches are a bad idea, especially when handed to a woman in a red heart-shaped box that looks like a it should be filled with chocolates.  It really isn’t a pretty site.

Guy Pranks His Girlfriend With A Box of Cockroaches!


Guy Gives Girlfriend Box Full of Cockroaches on Valentine’s Day



Happy Valentine’s Day

All of us bug guys here at Blog Pest Control and Bulwark Exterminating would like to wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day. May your day be filled with love and romance; and may it be cockroach free!

Pest Control Links For The Week

Pest Of The Week: The Fruit Fly


Fruit fly
Fruit fly (Photo credit: John Tann)

Fruit flies are part of a diverse, cosmopolitan family of flies.

The Fruit fly has a very short lifespan, and shows gradual signs of maturing. As in other species of flies, temperature plays an important role in influencing the lifespan, of this pest.

Generally considered a simple nuisance, some Fruit flies destroy figs, raspberries and cherries, and are designated a serious agricultural pest; and pest control problem.


Links Round-Up: January 4, 2012

News Time


The Most Popular 2012 Pest Control Blog Posts From FMC Pest Wire  

How To Pack Your Christmas Decorations So As To Deter Pests  

Top 10 Reasons to use Macy’s in 2013! 

Pest Control Services: Do Bug Bombs Work?  

Pest Control: Maybe Roaches Aren’t So Bad?  

Birds May Use Cigarette Butts to Repel Pests,_MA_EHS_Pest_Control_Blog/post/Birds_May_Use_Cigarette_Butts_to_Repel_Pests/  

Pest Control Tip: Bee Awareness


Best Of 2012: Year End Links Round-Up

Here a a few links to some of the best pest control articles and blogs we’ve come across this year. Enjoy!

Pest_Control_TechGeneral Pest Control 

Home Pest Control Slows The Need For Home Improvement

Pest Control Tips For The Whole Family

What is a pest inspection and why would I need one?

Borax vs. Boric Acid for Pest Control: Safe and Effective?

Five Sustainable and Fascinatingly Fun Pest Management Techniques

Can Pest Control Add Value to your Home?

Scent as Pest Control?

Benefits of Organic Pest Control

Why Hire a Pest Control Pro?

5 Mistakes Hiring a Residential Pest Control Exterminating Company

Honey Bees – The Good and The Bad

Africanized Bees on Attack in Arizona!

Kudzu Bug Prevention This Fall

A History of Pest Control Methods

Tulsa Man Shares His West Nile Virus Survival Story

Swarming Bees Attack Houston Women Killing Her Dog

Don’t Stop Pest Control Appointments, Despite the Economy


Pest Control Business & Marketing  

Yelp Penalty – Pest Control to Jewelers

Pest Control Marketing – How to get more referrals FAST!

Pest Control Business – What Are Your Options?

Why Small Businesses Should Adopt SEO and Online Marketing

Pest Control Marketing 1


Pest Control News & Stories  

USDA Awards $33 Million for Pest Management Research

Genetically Modified Cotton Brings Back Nature’s Pest Control: Predators

New Restrictions on Pest Control Operators Will Help Prevent Pesticide Pollution

Discovery of Endangered Spider In San Antonio Brings $15 Million Highway Project to A Halt

Thief Steals Van- Finds It Filled With Scorpions, Spiders, & Creepy Crawlies

Search and Rescue Cockroaches

Tragedy During a Roach Eating Contest

Chimney Pests Attack Santa


Ant Control  

How to Prevent and Treat Fire Ants

 Argentine Ants – The making of super colonies!

World’s Most Venomous Insect Found in Arizona

The Most Common Ant Invaders of Southern Utah

Ant Infestations On the Rise

What Ants Can do to Your Home


Scorpion Control 

Scorpion Control Could Save You $83,000

Tips On Handling A Scorpion Sting

Is it a spider? Is it a scorpion? What is it?

Scorpion Questions & Scorpion Answers



Roach Control  

Tony Romo: Roach Exterminator

Do-It-Yourself Cockroach Control

Suggestions to Have Efficient Roach Control Sacramento


 Can Roaches Survive A Nuclear Blast?


Spider Control 

Black Widow Spider Eating Something

Spider Identification: Common Southern California Spiders

$1 Million Hospital Bill After A Brown Recluse Spider Bite

How to Identify a Possessed Spider This Halloween

Tulsa Facing Invasion of Black Widows

Spider Control- Identifying and Treating Spider Bites


Rodent Control  

English: Rat

Mice Pest Control

Diseases Transmitted By Rats & Mice In The United States

Rodent Control | Rats and Mice Infestation

The Thing That Makes Rat Control So Essential

What You Should Know About Squirrel Removal


Bed Bugs 

bedbug (Cimex sp.)

Must Treat Entire Building To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

Don’t Let Bedbugs Ruin Your Vacation

Houston Ranks 12th in Top Bedbug Cities

 Charlotte Bedbugs Infest Democratic National Convention Hotels

Managing Bed Bugs in Dorms


Termite Control  

Worker termite

Atlanta Termite Control

4 Types of Termites

Using Bait Systems to Control Termites

Termites…An Age Old Problem

Dealing With Indiana Termites