PestWorld 2013 Day 3

PestWorld  2013 Awards

 It’s Day three (October 24, 2013) here at PestWorld in Phoenix, AZ, and what an event filled day it has been. The day kicked off with the pest control industry rewards, followed immediately by the general session. The general session featured Freakonomics author Stephen Dubner addressing the 3,300 pest management professionals in attendance. After the general session, we all headed over to the exhibit hall to gander at all of the latest and greatest products and services for our industry. Our afternoons were spent in education sessions, in which I was able to attend three.

Here are a few of the highlights from day three of Pest World 2013:

General Session With Freakonomics Author Stephen Dubner

 

Stephen Dubner

Back in 2005, Stephen Dubner changed the way much of the world thinks about incentives when he released his book entitled Freakonomics. Since then, the book has remained on the New York Times best sellers list for over seven years. Attendees at PestWorld had the privilege to listen to a few of his real word examples of how incentives fail; and how we can get them to be successful.

Freakonomics

Example of Incentives Failing

Several years ago, Alexandra, South Africa was plagued with rats. The government had come to their wits end, trying to come up with solutions to combat the disease carrying pests. The government offered free trash cants with tight fitting lids to it’s citizens, and even offered free pest control, but people viewed these efforts as a hassle. The Alexandra city government then offered a bounty for rat carcasses. They were literally paying the equivalent of $4 U.S. for each dead rat brought to their doorstep. Like many incentive programs, it failed miserably. This actually lead to a bigger rat problem, as the city’s citizens actually started farming rats just to slaughter and turn in for cash.

Point being that financial incentives may work initially, but rarely work long term. They may even backfire. Keep that in mind the next time you decide to start paying your kids for good grades.

Example of Incentives Failing, & Eventually Working

A New York hospital asked it’s doctors to self report the rates of personal hand washing behavior. Some 73% of doctors reported washing their hands when they were supposed to. What they didn’t know is that the nurses where actually asked to spy on the doctors and record their real data. The truth was only 9% of doctors actually washed when they were required. An incentive of a $10 Starbucks gift card was added when the docs washed. The number immediately rose to nearly 100%. Funny how none of us can turn down free stuff. What eventually occurred was that the incentive didn’t change long term behavior. In a last ditch effort, the hospital administration took petri dish samples of the bacteria on the Dr.’s hands, looked at them under a microscope, and converted the results to images. The results were pretty disturbing, and the images where used as screen savers on every computer in the hospital. Being constantly reminded by these images, changed the behavior at the hospital.

A Few Points Made By Stephen Dubner

  • Find the data that represents the real world, and really challenge the data to best reflect real world application.
  • We all have declared preferences, and real preferences for everything, especially with our business goals. There is typically a huge difference between the two.
  • Collect data before making real decisions; know what is really happening (real preferences, not declared).
  • Success is a proxy for honesty.
  • It’s hard to get people to do the right thing, even with incentives.
  • Compensation doesn’t change long term behavior, but incentives do matter. Find the right incentives.
  • 10-20 smaller ideas that you experiment with are better than one big idea (Ahem politicians).
  • Don’t accept artificial barriers. Mental barriers have huge impacts.
  • Look at problems differently than other people are looking at them (Stephen shared the story of Takeru Kobayashi’s success at the hotdog eating contest).

PestWorld Educational Sessions

 

There were another 24 breakout educational sessions today, educating us on everything from PMP marketing strategy, to control of squirrels and opossums, to hiring sales superstars. I had the opportunity to sit in on these three educational sessions:

Cockroaches, Crickets, Earwigs & Pillbugs: How Understanding the Biology of Occasional Invaders Can Increase Management Success

I had the great pleasure to listen to Dr. Roger Gold of Texas A&M today; one of the most brilliant minds on all things Arthropoda.  The main point I took away was that understanding the biology of a pest is key to professional pest management (life cycle, nutritional requirements, and environmental selection). GO FOR THE WEAK LINK!  To best control a population you need to eliminate or contaminate at least one resource for life (environment, water, food, etc.).

A few other interesting points: (1) Some customer accounts you can afford to lose, especially if sanitation, harborage, etc. is bad.  (2) He hears about far more cases of cockroaches entering people’s ears than earwigs.

Scorpion 8 eyes

Scorpion Biology, ID and Management

  • Dr. Bob Davis of BASF Pest Control Services spoke on all things scorpions.
  • There are 90 different species found in U.S.; 42 in Arizona. Some live in trees, some on ground. Some in sand, some on rocks.
  • Have long slender bodies, divided into two segments. Head and thorax fused together, abdomen, tail, two pedipalps, and four pair of legs.
  • Have comb-like sensory organs (pectines) on last pair of legs to detect environment, wavelengths, chemical queues and vibrations. Males have larger pectines.
  • Scorpions cannot see very well.
  • Adult scorpions perform elaborate courtship, and then grasp each other. Mating looks like intense fighting. I got to see an amazing video of this I will try to link to later.
  • Females give birth to live young, with average litter size of 26. She will care for them for two weeks on her back.
  • Some scorpions live 20+ years. Leads to heavy populations.
  • Scorpions are not disease vectors.
  • Got to learn to distinguish among Stripe-tailed scorpions (devil scorpions), Striped Bark scorpions,  Arizona Bark scorpions, Whipscorpions, Windscorpions, and Pseudoscorpions.
  • Inspection, identification, assessment, remedial tactics and evaluation are all necessary for scorpion control.  Habitat modification is critical!

Recent Arizona Regulatory Changes & Their Impact On PMP’s

Since I work out of Arizona, for Bulwark Exterminating, I thought it best to sit in on this topic. Vince Craig from the Arizona Department of Agriculture presented on the historic revisions and additions to the Office of Pest Management Laws.

Instead of writing these new laws here, I found it easier to just link to them. The new laws are effective September 13, 2013.

New Arizona Office of Pest Management Laws: http://www.sb.state.az.us/

 

Ten Insect Dishes You Must Try

Spicy herb fried insect wings in food dish and blue fork.

Entomophagists are people who include bugs in their diet. While consuming insects is not for the faint of heart, there are some interesting recipes out there from various cultures which regularly incorporate bugs in their diet. Below is a list of ten unique insect dishes that you might want to try if you’re ever feeling adventurous or are simply looking for an additional source of protein.

1. BBQ Silkworm Chrysalises 

 

Fried silk worms

These hard shelled pupa are a byproduct of the silk industry and are canned or sold by street vendors throughout Asia. They can be enjoyed deep-fried or barbecued. This Asian delicacy can be eaten whole or you can just enjoy the yellow meat inside, which smells like raw meat and tastes like tofu.

2. Mosquito Eggs and Tortillas

 

Culex quinquefasciatus Ovipositing 

This Mexican delicacy involves drying and then roasting mosquito eggs prior to being served on a tortilla with a squeeze of lemon or lime. A small bottle of mosquito eggs is comparable to caviar at $50 a pop.

3. Katydid Texas & Thai Fusion 

 

notorious bug eating of asia

This dish combines Texas katydids with coconut oil, green onions, and Thai seasonings, with the concoction stuffed into mushroom caps to complete the exotic meal. Many people recommend removing the katydids’ legs, as they can be tough.

4. Cockroach Sushi 

 

Eggs, (cooked) bacon and hashbrown potatoes, s... 

Cockroaches can be clean and completely edible as long as they’re fed fruit and veggies before being toasted. These common household pests can be toasted, sautéed, or boiled, but must not be eaten raw. One dish you can incorporate cockroaches into is sushi – these critters go great with rice. It is said that large, hissing cockroaches taste like and have a similar texture to greasy chicken.

5. Centipede or Millipede on a Stick 

 

Centipedes on a stick

This snack is commonly sold by street vendors in China. While centipedes taste better, millipedes are more commonly used. Centipedes have to have their heads removed before cooking, since they use their pincers to bite, but the millipedes can be cooked with their heads intact. Millipedes on a stick are known to have a bland flavor, similar to a dry spaghetti noodle.

6. Waterbug Noodle Soup

 

Mang Da Na -- Giant Waterbugs
Mang Da Na — Giant Waterbugs (Photo credit: oschene) 

Waterbugs and udon noodle soup is a popular dish in Taiwan, taking precedence over the traditional chicken noodle soup we enjoy in the U.S. Apparently waterbugs taste like a mixture of clams and potatoes. Who knew?

7. Chocolate Cricket Chip Cookies

 

"Chocolate chirp cookies" with crickets
“Chocolate chirp cookies” with crickets (Photo credit: Mills Baker)

This unique spin on chocolate chip cookies adds in crickets for a nutty flavor and crunchy texture. Crickets are enjoyed by people all over the world, and are known to have a roasted nut flavor, which makes them the perfect addition to chocolate chip cookies.

8. Fried Hornworms

 

fried worms

Tomato and tobacco worms, also known as hornworms, have the distinct flavor of shrimp, crab, and green tomatoes when fried in oil. Although they must be put on a starvation diet for a few days prior to being eaten, since the plants they live off of are toxic for people to eat.

9. Tofu Grasshopper

 

Grasshopper special

Grasshoppers are a delicacy popular in Japan, Uganda, and Mexico, and are especially tasty when paired with tofu. Not all grasshoppers are edible, however – only solid colored ones can be eaten.

10. Chocolate Covered Scorpions

 

Chocolate-covered Scorpion 

It’s hard to resist any treat that’s been dipped in chocolate – even scorpions. The toxins from these pests are rendered harmless once the creatures have been stir-fried or just plain fried in hot oil. It is said that scorpions taste like shrimp, and are extra tasty when dipped in chocolate.

It takes someone with a lot of courage to try these dishes, but if you have an adventurous spirit you may just discover that you love them!

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a el paso pest control company. He hasn’t tried eating insects yet, other than the occasional fly from a too-wide yawn, but he’d really like to try. Especially chocolate covered ones.

Published by Thomas Ballantyne

Top 10 Edible Bugs

Most people agree that insects are unappetizing, but did you know that some people actually enjoy munching on them? It’s true- people who consume insects are practicing entomophagy, which is actually more common that you would think. Many insects are actually a good (and cheap) source of protein, and while most people eat bugs out of necessity, nowadays they are also considered a delicacy.

Below you will find a list of the top 10 edible insects, based on taste and popularity.

10. Weaver Ants Eggs 

 

Ant eggs for salad - Market outside Chiang Mai

Weaver ants eggs are used as a tasty dip or topping for salad and tortilla chips in Thailand. However, they can only be collected one month out of the year, which is a very tedious and painful process. Weaver ants’ eggs are squishy and must be fully cooked before being enjoyed.

9. Giant Water Beetles 

 

Fried Giant Water Beetles

Also a popular delicacy in Thailand are Giant Water Beetles. These huge beetles are deshelled and then roasted or fried. Supposedly they taste like scallops.

8. Larvets Worm Snacks 

 

Larvets Worm Snax

These worms are baked so they have a crunchy texture. They come in a variety of flavors such as BBQ, cheese and Mexican spice.

7. Witchetty Grubs 

 

Witchetty Grub

These large, fleshy, white wood eating moths or beetle larvae are a principal source of protein in the Australian Aboriginal diets. They can either be eaten raw or lightly baked (typically over fire coals.)

6. Crickets 

 

Fried Crickets

Crickets (along with grasshoppers) are a pretty common bug to be eaten. The general consensus seems to be that they have a nutty flavor, although you can buy them seasoned (such as Crick-ettes brand Cricket snacks, which come in three flavors: Salt and Vinegar, Bacon and Cheese, and Sour Cream and Onion.) In the Northeast area of Thailand, egg-laden crickets (in other words, “pregnant” crickets) are considered a popular and tasty snack.

5. Oven Baked Tarantula 

 

Oven Baked

Despite the fact that tarantula’s are arachnids, not insects, they are being included on this list simply because they are so closely related and commonly confused as being part of the insect family. At any rate, oven roasted tarantula is a popular menu item in Cambodia. The fangs must be removed before consuming; simply warm and enjoy. (Or not.)

4. Casu Marzu 

 

Casu Marzu, a type of cheese. This image was m...

Casu Marzu is a type of cheese made from sheep’s milk that is crawling with insect larvae, which is popular in Sardinia, Italy. The soft cheese has been fermented to the point of decomposition, inviting insect larvae to develop. Some people choose to pick off the translucent little worms crawling on the cheese surface, while others enjoy the maggots.

3. Termites

 

Deep Fried Bugs

Eating termites is a way of life in Africa and some parts of Indonesia. They’re commonly collected at the beginning of the rainy season (when other protein sources are scarce.) Termites taste best after being slightly roasted.

2. Chocolate Covered Giant Ants 

 

Chocolate Covered Insects

Ants are another commonly consumed insect, although they taste best encased in decadent Belgian chocolate. Giant Queen Leafcutter ants bathed in chocolate are said to have a nutty flavor, boost the immune system and give the consumer extra energy.

1. Bug Suckers

 

Bug Suckers

We’ve all (probably) seen the suckers housing insects at one time or another. These are a common treat sold across America in shopping malls and candy stores. Examples of insects which you can find encased in hard candy include scorpions (ok, these are arachnids,) worms, grasshoppers and crickets.

While eating insects is pretty much a novelty in our culture, in some places throughout the world it is a necessity. Just about any insect can be eaten, as long as it’s given a good, long boiling first. Although calling an exterminator is still recommended when you discover an outbreak of bugs in your house- technically you “go green” and eat them.

 

About the author: Chris is writer for a New Jersey pest control company.

 

Published By Thomas Ballantyne

Friday Links To Pest Control News

Black Light ScorpionFriday Links To Pest Control News

Black Lighting Scorpions For Scorpion Control

Are you the adventurous type, always looking for something to do at night? Try something new… Try black-lighting scorpions. It’s a fun nighttime activity that can also help keep your home and property free from stinging scorpions. More…

Avoiding Mosquito Problems in the Summer Months

For some tips on how to keep mosquitoes from breeding, and how to keep these blood-sucking pests from biting you, click here.

Austin Bats In Danger?

Every year some 100,000 plus people visit Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge to witness one of nature’s marvels. During summer evenings, upwards of 1.5 million bats emerge from the crevices of the bridge. It’s a magnificent sight; a sight that many are worried may be no more now that White-Nose Syndrome has hit the state of Texas. More…

Squirrel Damage

While observing squirrels on your property, be weary. These pests can cause some serious damage. More…

5 Tips To Control Colorado House Spiders

House spiders are some of the biggest and ugliest home invaders out there; and apparently they are a big problem in Colorado. Here are a few tips on keeping House spiders out of your home. More…

Western Honey BeePest Of The Week: The Western Honey Bee

Our pest of the week this week really isn’t much of a pest at all; but is considered quite beneficial to our ecosystem. I’m of course referring to the Western Honey Bee. These bees are sometimes referred to as European Honey Bees, because they were introduced from Europe. Most of us just call them honey bees because they create sweet honey—a multi-billion dollar industry here in the United States. Honey bees make their honey when they regurgitate nectar, adding an enzyme. In addition to making honey, Western Honey bees also pollinate flowering plants.

Generally speaking, Western Honey bees measure ½ inch to ¾ inch in length. They have banded abdomens, covered in a very fine hair, and are a combination of yellow and black. A single colony of Western Honey bees can reach numbers of 100,000 members; gathering in a hive. Each hive consists of a caste system with the queen, drones, and workers. The queen lays the eggs, the drones mate with the queen, and the worker bees feed the colony. It’s these worker bees that most of us encounter as they’re gathering pollen. These encounters can sometimes result in painful stings, leading some people to believe the Western Honey bee to be a pest.

Pest Control Information- Friday Links Round-Up

Pest Control Information- Friday Links Round-Up

 

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

Bedtime Stories For Pest Control Enthusiasts

Have your parents ever told you to “sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite”? Thinking about it… isn’t this scary – especially for children? More…

Termite Facts To Chomp On Infographic

Here is an awesome infographic about termites. Get all the termite facts here.

Problems with DIY Pest Control

Does DIY pest control really work? Use caution and read about all of the problems that can occur here.

Stinging Insect Classification: Wasps, Bees and Hornets

Controlling any pests starts by knowing the type of pests that are inside the premises. Learn about all the different flying and stinging pests here.

False Widow Spiders

False Black Widow Spiders have round, bulbous abdomens. The males body is thinner and more elongated than the females, however, the color pattern is similar. More…

Pest Of The Week: The Striped Scorpion

 

Striped ScorpionThe most widespread species of scorpion found in the United States is the Striped scorpion. They vary in color and pattern, with scorpions from Kansas and Oklahoma appearing darker with light orange striping; compared to the Striped scorpions found in West Texas that tend to be more pale with lighter yellow striping.

Striped scorpions measure about an inch to inch and a half in length, making them smaller then other scorpion species. They can be found living together in large numbers under rocks. These scorpions are especially hardy and have the ability to survive for extended periods of time in below freezing weather.

Striped scorpions have a powerful sting that feels comparable to that of a wasp’s sting. The pain and symptoms of a sting can last for several hours, and it is advised that scorpion control measures should be taken to ensure homeowners avoid these painful stings.

 

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.

5 For Friday: Pest Control Links Round-Up

Pest Of The Week: Bagrada Bugs

 

English: Eurydema dominulus. One of cabbage st...

Bagrada bugs, sometimes called painted bugs, harlequin bugs, or cabbage bugs, can commonly cause pest control problems in select areas of the United States. They are very common in Southern California, where they were first discovered in 2008. Since then they have migrated to parts of Southern Arizona.

Bagrada bugs measure about 6 mm in length, and have a very recognizable shield shaped body. Their orange, black, and white markings also make the insects very recognizable. Those not familiar with bagrada bugs, sometimes mistake them for ladybugs; even though they are orange (not red) and are a different shape.

Bagrada bugs commonly harm garden plants like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnip, and radish. When one of these garden plants are attacked by bagrada bugs, they can sustain significant damage. Bagrada bugs will destroy their plant host by inserting their needle-like mouth parts, and suck out the vital juices the plants need to survive.

 

Pest Control Links Round-Up For May 17, 2013

 

Glow In The Dark Scorpions At Neon Splash Dash

Bulwark Exterminating was a big hit with their scorpion trucks and glow-in-the dark scorpions at the Neon Splash Dash 5K in Scottsdale, AZ. More…

Beware of Cockroaches

Roach droppings can be dangerous, but the worst part of it is that the legs and feet can track germs throughout a home very quickly. This easily spreads very dangerous diseases. More…

The Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach

Wood roaches are common to wooded areas (not just in Pennsylvania), from late spring through summer, and live in hollow trees and stumps. Do not to store firewood indoors or against the side of your home as it can attract these roaches. More…

Controlling Mosquitoes That Find Their Way in Your Home

Rest Easy Pest Control offers these preventative measures this summer to ensure your home remains mosquito free. More…

North Carolina Braces For Cicada Invasion

The east coast is bracing for the 17 year cicadas, and the residents of North Carolina are no different. Here’s an informative Q & A article about the noisy cicada’s invasion of the Tarheel state. More…

 

 

 

5 Pest Control Links For Your Friday

5 Pest Control Links For Your Friday

 

Desert Hairy Scorpion
Desert Hairy Scorpion (Photo credit: lilspikey)

Pest Of The Week: Desert Hairy Scorpion

Found in the rocky desert regions of Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah; the Arizona Desert Hairy Scorpion is quite an intimidating pest. Reaching lengths of almost six inches, it is the biggest scorpion that is naturally found in the U.S. Their huge size allows Desert Hairy Scorpions to feed on smaller scorpions like Arizona Bark Scorpions. They will also eat snakes, lizards, spiders, large insects, and small vertebrates like mice.

The Desert Hairy Scorpion is a dark gold in color with a dark top. Like all other scorpions, the Desert Hairy scorpion has lobster-like pincers or claws. It received the name “Hairy” because of the fine brown hairs that cover its body, which detect vibration in the soil. While the Arizona Desert Hairy scorpion is very intimidating looking, its venom is not very potent. A sting will fill very much like a bee sting.

5 Pest Control Links For Your Friday

 

Earwig-Scorpion-Grasshopper-Dragonfly Discovered In Brazil

You have to see the pictures of this newly discovered insect. It has wings like a dragonfly and pinchers like a scorpion or earwig. More…

Bed Bug Prevention Tips

Our summer vacations are almost here, and there are a few things we can do to prevent bringing bedbugs back home with us. More…

Landscaping Tip: Garter Snake Pest Control

Garter snakes are common garden pests, and there are things that can be done to prevent them from slithering their way onto your property; without having to kill them. More…

West Nile Already Confirmed In Maricopa County

Oh man. Here we go again… And so early this year. The West Nile Virus has already been discovered in Arizona’s Maricopa County. Cities like Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, and Queen Creek will bee a mosquito hot-bed again this year. More…

Deal With Potential Ant Problems Before They Happen

Take a few preventative measures this spring to ensure you home remains free from ants. More…

 

Friday Links Round-Up of Pest Control Articles

Western Carpenter Ant, Camponotus modoc
Western Carpenter Ant, Camponotus modoc (Photo credit: ArranET)

Pest Of The Week: The Western Carpenter Ant

One of the most common types of Carpenter ants is the Western Carpenter ant; which are located west of the Mississippi River. They are easy to differentiate, because of the gold hairs on their abdomens that circle the ant like a ring. Like other Carpenter ants, the Western Carpenter ant has a dull black body with reddish legs. They can bite, but do not sting.

Western Carpenter ants eat the honeydew from plants, as well as other insects, and even people food. They like the same food as we do… Meat, sweets, and anything greasy. One misconception about the Western Carpenter ant is that they eat wood. The truth is, these ants only build their nests in rotting, dead wood; they do not actually eat the wood they remove during nest-building activities. Instead, they deposit it in piles just outside the entrances to the colony. The wood is used solely as a nesting site. Western Carpenter ants nests require professional pest control to eliminate.

Friday Links Round-Up of Pest Control Articles

Report: Microscopic Scorpions Crawl On You While You Sleep

Learn the horrifying truth about these near microscopic scorpions, here.

Would You Eat Bugs?

Mmmmm! Ant lollipops and chocolate covered grasshoppers. More…

Gearing Up For Termite Season In New England

Know the signs of a termite infestation. More…

Don’t Let Carpenter Ants Munch Away On Your Biggest Investment

Carpenter ants, like our pest of the week the Western Carpenter ant, can compromise the integrity of your home. These ant pests are often times confused with termites because they destroy wood. More…

Fire Ant Stings

Here’s some information on fire ant stings, including common reactions, treatment, and a disturbing picture. More…

The Truth About Ticks

For a few unpleasant facts about ticks, and some steps to take about preventing them, click here.

Termite and Ant Swarmers in Springfield Joplin and Branson Missouri

Here’s an excellent article on how to tell the difference between swarming termites and swarming ants. More…

Gallinippers – Monster Mosquitoes That Pack A Mean Bite!

“ I’ve just been stabbed! No wait…it was just a mosquito bite.” More great info on the Gallinipper. More…

Garden/Black Ants

Everything you need to know about black ants, including: habitat, breeding, behavior, and control. More…

Bulwark Paintball Summit 2013

Bulwark Pest Control had a fun time taking a break from exterminating bugs, and instead exterminated each other in competitive matches of paintball.

10 April Fools Pranks Involving Bugs

It’s April Fools Day and all of us are on high alert; making sure our family, roommates, friends and coworkers don’t pull one over on us.

For all of you pranksters out there, there’s no easier prank to pull off than a classic bug prank. Whether you’re going to dump a jar of crickets on your buddy as he takes a shower, put a fake fly in somebody’s spaghetti, or put a tarantula on your boss’s desk; a creepy bug can be the cornerstone of any successful prank. Here are a just a few April Fools pranks involving bugs:

Scorpion Prank

Thumbs up for scorpions! Watch what happens when a massive Emperor Scorpion is let loose on this poor girl in the bathroom. “Get it away; it’s going to KILL ME… HE WILL KILL US ALL!!!” You may want to turn down the volume on your computer for this one.

Bug Exterminator Prank!

Note to pest control professionals everywhere… Here’s how you don’t spray for cockroaches. While technically the prank doesn’t involve any actual bugs, a bug exterminator is equally effective.

Spider Prank

Don’t get startled this April Fools Day if a spider mysteriously lands on you from the sky.

The Cockroach Prank

This cockroach prank was featured on one of our previous blogs entitled A Roach Is Not A Love Bug. It is too good to not share again. Enjoy!

Cricket Prank – Infesting Your Coworker’s Truck

I just found another definition for the word MADNESS… The sound of 2000 crickets chirping in unison inside your truck.

Drive Thru Bug Prank

As if fast food employees didn’t have it bad enough already, now they have to put up with giant cockroaches on there hands. Let’s just hope the only cockroaches found at your favorite drive thru are fake– just like the one in this prank.

Giant Hairy Spider Dropped On Boyfriend

It’s easy. It’s a classic. It’s a simple spider on a string, and this poor sap lets his girlfriend get the best of him.

Mixed Nuts and Worms Prank

One thing we know for sure, food and worms don’t mix. Watch what happens when a bag of meal-worms is placed in a unsuspecting woman’s favorite snack.

 

Roach Prank

Why haven’t I ever though of this before… A giant plastic roach tied to some fishing line. The possibilities are endless! It can definitely go a long way in making most anybody squirm.

 

Big Scary Spider Prank

Who knew dogs were just as scared of spiders as we are? My dog just eats them! I guess when the spider is as big as a domesticated cat, even a dog will run.

 

All of us bug guys here at Blog Pest Control and Bulwark Exterminating would like to warn you to be on the lookout this April Fools Day for scorpions, roaches, crickets, and spiders. Have a safe April Fools Day. Happy pranking!