Pest Control Information- Your Links For The Week

Pest Control Information- Your Links For The Week

 

Scorpion StingerTop 5 Reasons To Fear Scorpions

As if we didn’t have enough reason to fear scorpions, here are five more. More…

Bees & Wasps Facts: Which Colors Will Attract Them?

This summer, amongst all of your pool parties and barbecues, lurks stinging pests like bees and wasps. Learn what colors attract them, and which colors repel them here.

Asian Tiger Mosquitoes In San Antonio

Summers in San Antonio, TX are filled with swimming, sunshine, and fun, but sadly, mosquitoes always like to crash the party. The season of sun creates perfect conditions for skeeter snack time. We all know of just how much harm mosquitoes can have on us, but the Asian Tiger Mosquito definitely steps that up a level. More…

Keep Fleas Under Control

Fleas can spread rapidly if given the chance, and if they aren’t paid the proper attention you may begin to see fleas on your furniture, in your carpet, and other places. More…

5 Tips for Getting Rid of Ants

Ants are quite the nuisance, especially this time of year. Here are five much needed tips from Dugas Pest Control to keep these pesky pests away from you and your home. More…

Good Year For Tent Caterpillars In Arizona

Caterpillars are a docile, and calm creatures, but in Southern Arizona, they’ve aggressively began to take over the desert. More…

 

Pest Of The Week: The Brown-Banded Cockroach

 

Beautiful Brown Banded Cockroach
Beautiful Brown Banded Cockroach (Photo credit: cdresz)

Another common cockroach distributed throughout most of the United States is the Brown-banded cockroach. This species of cockroach is smaller than other common cockroach species, measuring about ½ of an inch long. The Brown-banded cockroach gets its name from the two light colored bands that run along the roaches abdomen and wings. Like most species of U.S. roaches, the Brown-banded cockroach is a light brown or tan color.

The Brown-banded cockroach thrives in both warm and dry locations. Look for these roach pests inside your cabinets and pantries, along with near your refrigerator. Actually, these roaches can be found just about anywhere inside a home. Brown-banded cockroaches love to eat glue or paste. This makes mobile or refurbished homes particularly susceptible to these roaches, as many areas of these types of homes are assembled with glue. In addition to glue, Brown-banded cockroaches eat most organic material, like foods, and have also been known to chew on non-food materials, such as nylon stockings; presumably for the residues of body oils and skin flakes.

Severe Brown-banded cockroach infestations in the home require an effective roach control strategy provided by a competent pest control operator.

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 Round-Up: Valentine’s Edition

Valentine's day.
Valentine’s day. (Photo credit: MalinStrandvall)

Weekly Links Round-Up: Valentine’s Edition

Valentine’s – Moles, Roaches and Roses

Here is a three pronged approach in dealing with pests like moles and roaches this Valentine’s. More…

A Word Of Valentine’s Day Advice

If you are living near or around the San Antonio, TX area, here was a step-by-step guide for a successful Valentine’s Day… Complete with pest control! More…

Logo Design Tips For Pest Management Companies

If you are a pest control operator who’s just starting out, or and existing PCO looking to re-brand your image, here are some excellent tips on designing your new logo. More…

Springtails Are Crawling!

With Valentine’s Day over, and the warmer spring months just around the corner, springtails are making their presence known across much of the South. More…

Valentine’s Day Roaches- A Bad Idea

Here is more anecdotal proof that creepy crawlies like roaches, and romance, don’t mix. More…

Assassin bug (Reduviidae)

Pest Of The Week: Kissing Bugs

Kissing bugs, or more commonly known as Assassin bugs, are insect predators. These cone-nosed bugs will wait patiently for the opportunity to ambush other pests like termites and spiders. Exercising speed and accuracy, the Kissing bug uses its long beak to stab it’s victim and inject a deadly toxin. This ability has given the kissing bug the reputation of being a natural pest exterminator.

Kissing bugs are usually found from late June to early August, but are seen year-round in Central California. These beneficial insects are approximately 3/4 of an inch in length, with a long narrow head, long segmented beak, long slender and an abdomen often widened at the center.

Kissing bugs are not afraid to attack almost anything; even if a victim is much larger than itself. In fact, if not handled with care and caution, kissing bugs have been known to attack humans. Their bites can be very painful and cause a severe reaction.

 

 

Weekly Pest Control News

 Pest Of The Week: The Aphid

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Also known as greenflies, blackflies or whiteflies, aphids are small sap sucking insects. Most aphids have soft bodies, which may be green, black, brown, pink or almost colorless. This common garden pest characteristically has antennae, long/thin legs, and two compound eyes. Aphids feed themselves through modified sucking mouthparts.

In temperate regions, Aphids are among the most destructive insect pests. Their damage to plants, and in particular commercial crops, has resulted in a large amount of pest control services and exterminating efforts, being applied to control the activities of aphids. The aphid’s removal of sap, creates a lack of vigour in the plant, and their saliva is toxic to most garden plants. Furthermore, aphids frequently transmit disease-causing organisms, like plant viruses; to their unsuspecting plant hosts. Plants exhibiting aphid damage can have a variety of symptoms, such as decreased growth rates, mottled leaves, yellowing, stunted growth, curled leaves, browning, wilting, low yields and death.

Approximately two-hundred and fifty species of aphids are known to create serious pest control problems, for the agriculture and forestry Industries, as well as cause a common annoyance; for homeowners and gardeners. There are various insecticides that can be used to control aphids, however homeowners may want to consider plant extracts and plant products that are eco-friendly, and control aphids as effectively as chemical treatments. For example, beneficial insects and natural exterminators of aphids, include predatory ladybugs, “aphid lions” (the larvae of green lacewings) and lacewings.

Friday Links Round-Up

Delta Airlines Settles with Passenger over Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Delta Airlines has settled with a woman who was bitten by a brown recluse spider during her flight to South Africa. The bite resulted in a “crusty, oozing mass of dead skin” forming on the woman’s thigh after landing. She underwent three surgeries to stop the venom from spreading, and has also scheduled a fourth surgery. More…

How Pest Control Services Can Actually Help You to Save Money

Homeowners often have to treat and retreat this issue before they are able to totally eradicate all generations of this species. When they are done they have usually spent hundreds of dollars on store bought sprays, bed bug covers and home steaming equipment. They have also invested countless hours of their time taking care of the problem. Thus, it will usually be better to have a professional service implement one effective treatment strategy that can get the job done in the most minimal amount of time. More…

Tony Romo: Roach Exterminator

Here’s a very funny blog post about a serious roach problem at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. It turns out that Tony Romo was trying to squash roaches on the field during Monday night’s football game versus the Bears, and that’s why he threw five interceptions. Read more here.

Apple Flea Weevil: An Old Pest Reemerges in Organic Orchards

The apple flea weevil, a sporadic insect pest in the early 1900s, has reemerged as a severe pest in organic apple orchards in Michigan, where outbreak population levels have been observed since 2008, and damage has resulted in up to 90% losses for apple growers. More…

How Pests and Rodents Can Affect Your Health

Here’s a great breakdown of the different health concerns that cockroaches, rodents, mosquitoes, ticks, ants, bees, and fleas can cause. Read the full article here.

Centipedes

Here’s an article about the “Bug Man’s” personal viewpoint on using pesticides to control centipedes. For an intriguing angle read this.

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

Commuters in San Antonio, TX are less then trilled about the discovery of an endangered spider in the middle of a $15 Million highway construction project, which has halted construction plans until further notice. While biologists are celebrating the rare discovery, local residents are fuming over the inconvenience and lack of progress on the busy road. More…

 

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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