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The Right Termite Control Products Matter the Most

Worker termite

Worker termite (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Once you find out that your home has been infested with termites, you must work quickly. The longer that the termites live in your home, the more damage they will cause. Of course, acting quickly should not mean you choose the first pest control company that you come across. Instead, you need to take the time to choose a company that uses a quality product to destroy the termites in your home. Without the right product, the termites could survive and your house could suffer from extensive damage.

There are two main products that should be in the arsenal used by the company that you choose: Termidor and Sentricon. For you to better understand why these products are the best, you need to learn a little more about them.

Termidor: The Barrier Termite Treatment

Termidor is considered a barrier treatment because of the way it works. This treatment is largely used to protect a home from the pests, but it can be used to kill the bugs as well. Here are some of the things that Termidor can do.

  • Create a protective barrier around the home to properly protect from termites.
  • Pass on the pesticide from one termite to the next so even those who never came in contact with the barrier can be eliminated.
  • Does not work as a repellent that chases away termites. Instead, it allows the termites to walk through the barrier without knowing they are walking through poison.

Termidor can be placed in a barrier around a home or it can even be injected into the internal structure of the home to protect it from termites or to kill current infestations.

Sentricon: The Baiting Termite Treatment

With this system, small, bait stations are placed logistically around the home. They look like small, plastic disks from the surface, but they include spikes underneath them that are baited with treated cellulose (wood). The Sentricon system can be used to protect a home from termites, but it also can kill termite colonies quickly. This is why:

Termite feeders will only go a short distance from the home and they will take digested wood or cellulose to the rest of the colony. When the termites go to the bait, they will take that baited wood back to their colony and therefore infect all of the termites. The treatment used in the Sentricon stations will work as a growth deterrent and will effectively kill off the whole termite colony before it can do damage to the home that the system is protecting.

Sentricon is considered to be an environmentally friendly method of dealing with termites in a home or protecting a home from new termite infestations.  It does not release any type of toxin or poison into the ground or in your home, so your family and pets will be completely safe around the system.

Choosing the Company

The most important thing to remember when you have a termite infestation is that you need to choose the right termite control company. You will want to look for a company that provides termite treatment with Sentricon or Termidor, as these two methods will be the most effective in treatment, protection, and prevention.

If you discover that you have termites, then you will want to work fast so that the bugs cannot do thousands of dollars in damage to your home. Choose a company that uses the best products to deal with the termite problem in your home. The better the product, the more quickly the termites can be controlled and removed so that they will cause no further damage.

Melissa Stewart is a writer for Dugas Pest Control offers pest management services in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

How to Eliminate Rodents From Around the Home

Deer mouse, Peromyscus maniculatus 8360 lores

Deer mouse, Peromyscus maniculatus 8360 lores (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


A lot of households have had the unpleasant experience of rodents living and breeding in their roofs, kitchen cupboards and gardens. They’re unhygienic, carry disease and are an unwelcome presence in every home. In this post I will describe the enemy, its habitat, biology and give handy hints on ways to eliminate them from your home and ensure they don’t return.


The most commonly found rodent pests in Australia are the house mice (weighing approx. 20g); roof rats (260g); and Norway or sewer rats (450g). They are mammals, which means they are warm-bodied, covered in fur, give birth to live young and lactate. Their teeth grow constantly, so in order to keep them sharp and at a manageable length they must continually gnaw on things like wood. Rodents are responsible for spreading over 35 diseases worldwide, which can be transmitted to humans both directly and indirectly through insects and food contamination.


Rodents live in nests they build in warm, sheltered locations such as wall cavities, cupboards, ceilings and under floors. Their nests are constructed with materials they collect, such scraps of fabric, paper, hair and feathers. Rodents typically build their nests within meters of food sources, and only leave their nest in search of food. They are nocturnal so most of their activity is at night.


Mice generally have 5 to 10 litters of 10-12 young a year, reach full maturity in 7 weeks and can live for up to approximately 12 months. Rats on the other hand can have up to 14 litters of 10 young a year, reach maturity in 5 weeks and can live for up to 3 years.

Rodents can jump 30cm vertically, squeeze through 6mm openings and are highly adept climbers. They have poor eyesight but compensate for this with a keen sense of hearing, highly developed taste and touch senses.

What You Can Do To Limit Infestation

Because rodents tend to live close to food sources, knowing where they are likely to go to eat is key to controlling them in your home.

  • Clean up food spills and sweep kitchen floors daily.
  • Clear fallen fruit and nuts from your yard.
  • Remove pet dishes and leftovers after they have finished eating.
  • Remove animal waste as soon as possible.
  • Secure bathroom and kitchen vents.
  • Clean up yard waste that could act as a shelter.
  • Store firewood well off the ground.
  • Repair leaks and holes in the sewer system.
  • Trim dead fronds from palm trees.
  • Promptly remove dead or trapped rodents
  • Place bird food in feeders.
  • Flooring in aviaries should be concrete and cleaned regularly.
  • Avoid touching rodent pests.

If you continue to have problems with rodents in your home after trying these suggestions, there are a number of professional solutions that can help. Call your local pest control expert and they will be able to provide you with more information.

Keith Nightingale

Pest control expert with over 10 years experience in the industry.

Bulwark Exterminating Phoenix Wins Prestigious Award

Bulwark Pest Control’s Phoenix Branch Wins Angie’s List Award

Every year, Angie’s List awards their Super Service Award to outstanding businesses that go above and beyond for their customers. Bulwark Exterminating in Phoenix, AZ just happened to be recognized by Angie’s List as one such company this year. Bulwark has been awarded their Super Service Award in the category of Pest Control and Exterminating.

The Super Service Award From Angie’s List

Angie’s List Super Service Award is an elite acknowledgment that is awarded each year to the top five percent of service companies for achieving and maintaining high ratings on Angie’s List throughout the previous year. Essentially, the Super Service Award is determined by the customers who rate the services they receive.

This esteemed Super Service Award is highly acknowledged by members of Angie’s List because it illustrates Bulwark’s efforts directed toward quality work and customer service.

What is Angie’s List?

Customer review sites have become a go-to for consumers looking to make purchases, and Angie’s list happens to be one of the most frequently used customer review sites. Every month, some 65,000 members write reviews for companies in industries like automotive repair, health care, and home repair. Customers leave comments for services or products rendered, and rate them A, B, C, D, or F. It’s important to note that these reviews come strait from the consumer, and that companies cannot pay to be on Angie’s List.

You can find Angie’s List reviews for Bulwark Pest Control’s Phoenix branch by clicking here.

Bulwark Pest Control Reviews On Angie’s List

Bulwark Exterminating- Phoenix, along with all of Bulwark’s other branches, consistently receive exceptional customer reviews on Angie’s List. Here are just a few given by customers who received pest control services last year:

We like Bulwark Exterminating. They are very through and listen to what I have to say. They take care of the problem. They most recently came out and put down a granular treatment to get rid of ants. They will also spray inside or outside for bugs. They set traps by the doors. If we have scorpions they will do something for them as well. They will not charge more for the extra treatments. They give you a window frame for time and usually they come right in the middle of the time frame.

Overall Grade: A

-Perry S
Phoenix, AZ

Eric was the service man and he did a great job. He explained the process and chemicals to me and how they worked. He was very thorough and professional. Bulwark has a guarantee which is one reason I decided to give them a try. Also they promise to come re-spray if I request. It was an initial visit and the service man Eric sprayed powder behind electrical outlet panels in all the rooms and treated the doorways, windows and water pipes where bugs usually like to enter. He sprayed all over the yard by the house and fences.

Overall Grade: A

- Craig H.
Phoenix AZ

Responded to a deal on Angie’s List and very glad I did. The technician was right on time, very professional and explained everything he did. He wore booties inside my home which impressed me. He sprayed inside and out as well as putting deterrents under the dishwasher and refrigerator, which I would never have thought of. I will definitely continue using this company for maintenance service for my pest control. I will also recommend them to everyone. I am very happy with the professionalism of the technician. I will have to wait and see if the pests we are trying to keep at bay actually do stay away.

Overall Grade: A

-Vickie J.
Phoenix, AZ

Bulwark Exterminating In Phoenix

Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016

Guide To MPMA PestWorld 2013 In Phoenix

English: Photo of the Phoenix Convention Cente...

English: Photo of the Phoenix Convention Center on 3rd Street looking South. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MPMA PestWorld 2013 Coming To Phoenix, AZ


PestWorld 2013 is coming to Phoenix,  AZ and will be held October 23-26 at the Phoenix Convention Center. The Phoenix Convention Center is located at 340 North 3rd Street in Downtown Phoenix. PestWorld is the foremost platform to conduct business in the pest control industry.

The PestWorld Experience


You can expect over 3,000 pest management professionals navigating hundreds of pest control related exhibits. Exhibitors and attendees alike reported PestWorld 2012 to be “the most cost-effective and efficient way to do business, shop for new products and services, and stay on the cutting edge of industry technology;” and you can expect PestWorld 2013 to be more of the same.

Attendees can also expect to learn the latest trends in pest control and pest control business through educational sessions led by experts. PestWorld 2013 can supply sales leads and cultivate existing client relationships for companies operating within the pest management industry.

For more information, visit

Nearby Phoenix Hotels


If you plan on attending PestWorld 2013 here in Phoenix, your best bet for a hotel, and the hotel endorsed by PestWorld 2013, will be the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Another good choice for a nearby hotel would be The Hyatt Regency Phoenix or Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel by Marriott. The best reviewed hotel on Yelp is Hotel Palomar Phoenix. For a less expensive room, opt for The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Phoenix Downtown-Ballpark, or Hotel San Carlos. Rooms at the Budget Lodge Downtown Phoenix, Budget Lodge Downtown Phoenix, and Americas Best Value Inn Phoenix Downtown have rooms for under $69.00.

Sheraton Phoenix

Sheraton Phoenix (Photo credit: squeaks2569)

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel
340 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 262-2500

The Hyatt Regency Phoenix
122 North 2nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 252-1234

Hotel Palomar Phoenix
2 East Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 253-6633

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel
50 East Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 333-0000

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
Phoenix Downtown-Ballpark
620 North 6th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 452-2020

Nearby Phoenix Restaurants


Phoenix Restaurant

Phoenix Restaurant (Photo credit: Insert Magazine)

Those attending MPMA PestWorld 2013 can expect to eat inside the Phoenix Convention Center, or you can frequent one of the many nearby restaurants. Here are a few recommendations that are located nearby:


This classic American grill has been artfully serving quality steaks, Fresh and innovative seafood since 1983. Enjoy a daily lunch, dinner or perhaps a special business or romantic occasion in our warm and inviting dining room.

2 South 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 340-0000

The Arrogant Butcher

The Arrogant Butcher is located vary close to the Phoenix Convention Center, and is your go-to place for happy-hour. The fresh baked pretzels with fontina fondue come very highly recommended, with an amazing 53 mentions on Yelp.

The Arrogant Butcher
2 E Jefferson St #150
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
(602) 324-8502

Pizzeria Bianco

Pizzeria Bianco is constantly hyped by The Food Network, The Travel Channel, Oprah, Diane Sawyer; all because it just might be the best pizza west of New York City Get there early or you may wait almost three hours to get in.

Pizzeria Bianco
623 East Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 258-8300


For lunch I would recommend Cibo. They offer excellent pizza and sandwiches.

603 N 5th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 441-2697


For tranquil ambiance, and raw sashimi with an Italian-style flare, try Crudo. At Crudo your options include 3, 4 or 5 Italian courses.

3603 E Indian School Rd Ste B
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 358-8666

Bliss ReBAR

This fine restaurant/bar may be a little bit of a walk from the Convention Center, but worth it. I know it might sound a little childish, but you have to try the mac and cheese… it just might be the best you’ve ever had.

Bliss ReBAR
901 N 4th St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 795-1792

Nobuo At Teeter House

Nobuo At Teeter House offers the city’s best Japanese, and comes highly reviewed on Yelp.

Nobuo At Teeter House
622 E Adams St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 254-0600

Other Nearby Restaurants:

40 North 1st Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 252-2285

Hard Rock Cafe
3 South 2nd Street #117
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 261-7625

Majerle’s Sports Grill
24 North 2nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 253-0118

Other Events and Activities


When you’re done with all the activities planned during the PestWorld convention, there are a few things you can do in downtown Phoenix. Catch a performance at Symphony Hall. Check out the IMAX theater and learn all about the human body at the Arizona Science Center. If you are interested in the performing arts, catch a performance at the Herberger Theater. For something a little more laid back, there is open mic night at Fatso’s Pizza on October 24th. Chances are you can also watch a Phoenix Suns preseason game at US Airways Center. Shoot some pool or bowl at Lucky Strike Phoenix.

Herberger Theater Center
222 East Monroe Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 254-7399

Arizona Science Center
600 East Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 716-2000

Symphony Hall
75 North 2nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 262-6225

Lucky Strike Phoenix
50 West Jefferson Street #240
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 732-5490

US Airways Center
201 East Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 379-7878

See You At PestWorld 2013!


Many of us here at Bulwark Pest Control will be attending MPMA PestWorld 2013, and look forward to seeing you all there!

Phoenix Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016