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Have A Happy Halloween, From Bulwark Exterminating.

Halloween is now just around the corner. Before we know it little ones dressed as every character possible will be roaming our streets looking for candy. What are you doing this Halloween? Trick or treating with your kids? Putting on a haunted house? Going to a haunted corn maze, perhaps? Whatever you do, have a safe and happy Halloween.

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October 25, 2013 at 8:37 pm Comments (0)

ABC15 In Phoenix Talks To Bulwark About Bugs In Cool Weather

Every now and then we get phone calls here at Bulwark Exterminating from the local news stations in the cities we service. ABC-15 in Phoenix recently reached out to us wanting to know a little bit more about the current bug activity now that temperatures have dropped dramatically in the past several weeks.

They spoke to our technician, Adele Shields, about the bug activity that we as exterminators typically see in the desert during this time of year.

Take a look…

While scorpions are by far the biggest and most well-known bug problem in Phoenix in the summer, all the other critters remain active and productive during the cold, winter months. As Thomas and Adele point out, ant colonies will continue to go about their business. We, as residents, sometimes provide optimal conditions that invite and harbor unwanted bugs on our properties. As mentioned, be sure your home is properly sealed and protected from allowing bugs on the outside from making their way into the interior spaces of the house.

Winter is particularly a time when roaches continue to thrive and populate in and around the house. Arizona may be an inherently dry state, but as the temperature drops in the night time, dew and moisture now has an opportunity to form and collect. During the day, temperatures rise and provide just enough warmth to give insects like roaches and crickets the best of both worlds.

It is also worthy to mention that while scorpions are the most active during the summer, some tend to remain active during the winter. Those scorpions that find themselves in an exposed environment will actually hibernate to survive the frigid temperatures. Those that find themselves in a protected space, such as an insulated attic or in a box in the garage may never experience enough cold to trigger their internal clocks to notify them to start the hibernation process. We still highly recommend being cautious when handling objects that may be in places like the garage, shed and storage spaces inside the home.

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October 15, 2013 at 9:31 pm Comments (0)

Infographic: The Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse On Wall Infographic: The Brown Recluse Spider How many times have you found a brown spider in your home and your immediate thought (after an earsplitting scream of course) was “ARGH, A BROWN RECLUSE!”

There’s good reason that there is so much attention brought to the Brown Recluse spider. This spider is very poisonous, very dangerous, and even deadly. When they do bite, which only happens when they are accidentally pressed up against your skin, it can be very painful. Bites can cause the tissue to even die; a symptom referred to as necrosis. Simply put, you don’t want Brown Recluse spiders in your home.

Well, I have some good news and some bad news.

First the good news: The Brown recluse spider is not found in Arizona.

Now the bad news: There are a couple distant relatives of the Brown Recluse spider that live here in the Valley. The Arizona Recluse spider and the Desert Recluse spider are both found in Arizona, and can be equally as dangerous as the Brown Recluse.

Here is a quick fact sheet, or an infographic, the breaks down a few of the basics in regards to the Brown Recluse spider:

Infographic: The Brown Recluse Spider

 

Brown Recluse Guide Infographic: The Brown Recluse Spider

 

Phoenix Spider Control 

While the Brown Recluse spider is not found in the state of Arizona, there are other species of recluse spiders that are. Whether it’s a recluse spider, a wolf spider, or even a harmless house spider, you don’t want them in your home. If you are frequently seeing spiders inside your Phoenix area home, get professional help.

For Phoenix Spider Control, get Bulwark Exterminating!

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10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
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Mesa, AZ 85204
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October 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm Comment (1)

Helpful Guidelines for Bed Bug Pest Control

Bedbugs Invade Newspaper Helpful Guidelines for Bed Bug Pest Control The well-known catchphrase “don’t let the bed bugs bite” has taken on a quite literal meaning in recent years. Pest control companies have been flooded with residential and commercial properties complaining of bed bug infestations that have reached a whole new level. This is thought to be partly because of increased international travel and a general lack of knowledge about pest control methods, but whatever the reason, these are blood-sucking critters that you definitely don’t want to find sleeping with you. Here are a few tips for spotting a possible bed bug problem, management and prevention.

Clues of an Infestation

Most people never know exactly how bed bugs got into their home, office, hotel room, etc. They are known to be sneaky travelers and can end up on your clothing, luggage, boxes, furniture or anything else they can hide in, so even the cleanest of places can fall victim to a bed bug problem. No establishment is really 100 percent safe from these pests, so it’s important to know what signs to look for so you are able to expose bed bugs early on and seek the services of a professional pest control company.

Bed bugs are one of the most difficult insects to actually see with your own eyes. They generally conceal themselves during the day and come out at night to feed. Therefore, you must usually rely on these other methods of discovery. Bed bugs most often take up residence in mattresses, box springs, baseboards, wallpaper and upholstery, leaving behind red or brown fecal matter, their molted skins and white eggs or egg shells. Sometimes a sweet odor can be
detected in heavier infestations. A lot of people have allergic reactions to bed bug bites, which are often confused in look and feel with a mosquito bite, but this can’t always be depended on as a sign since some people don’t have any kind of reaction from bites.

Clothes With Bedbugs In Bag Helpful Guidelines for Bed Bug Pest Control Controlling a Bed Bug Situation

Successful control of a bed bug infestation counts on early detection and proper treatment. These insects easily move from one location to the next, can reproduce quickly and reside in sensitive areas. Pest control of bed bugs can be tricky for these reasons and almost always requires professional treatment. Popular methods of treatment include heat, freezing, vacuuming, steaming, fumigation, encasement of mattresses and box springs and gentle insecticides. Infested items that cannot be treated are often discarded. Be prepared and aware that it can take several occasions to fully get rid of a bed bug infestation.

Pest Prevention

Bed bug awareness and prevention is the ideal way to ward off the threat of future infestations and to keep from transporting them from place to place. When you are traveling be sure to check your hostel or hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs before you unpack your belongings. Keep your luggage away from the walls or other furniture that bed bugs may inhabit. If you find signs of them, remove all of your luggage from the room and inform the front desk immediately. Be conscientious of the environment you’re in, inspect and wash clothing as soon as you return home from a trip, vacuum out your suitcase and don’t hesitate to call for a bed bug inspection if you have any doubts or just for peace of mind.

Bed bugs continue to be one of the most difficult insects to get rid of despite the very best pest control efforts, however, it’s not the end of the world if you happen to discover you’ve been invaded. They can definitely be managed when appropriate action is taken.

About the Author

Tiffany Olson worked at an international hostel for 7 ½ years where she was educated extensively on the risks, treatment, and prevention of a bed bug infestation. She unfortunately has also had firsthand experience with bed bugs while traveling in Argentina.

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September 23, 2013 at 10:10 pm Comments (2)

Infographic: Breaking Down The Pest Test Word Search

Last June, Bulwark Exterminating posted a word search puzzle on their Facebook page. Like all word search’s, there were a number of words hidden within… These words just happen to be pests. Some of these pests are scary, like the scorpion or a spider. Some of the pests hidden within were meek; like the gnat. The response to the word search puzzle was quite impressive, and easily became the most engaging social media piece the pest control company has ever shared. Just in case you missed the puzzle out their on Facebook, this is what was posted:

Word Search Of Pests

Pest Test1 Infographic: Breaking Down The Pest Test Word Search

 

As the comments on the puzzle grew, we decided to take a good look the numbers. The following infographic breaks down by percentage, the most frequently found pests in the puzzle:

Note: The percentages were figured at 10,000 comments, but the current number of Facebook comments is currently reaching 12,500.

Bulwark Word Search Puzzle Infographic

 

searchword Infographic: Breaking Down The Pest Test Word Search

 

What Pest Is Feared The Most?

Just for fun, I decided to take a look at the results and see if your findings happened to be the pest you feared the most. I guess I was trying to find out if the word “scorpion” stood out more because that is what you were afraid of.

Scorpion. There’s no question that scorpions are the most feared pest. Not a shocker. Scorpions are just creepy as they hide in your bed sheets and inside your shoes.

Rice. This one was just weird. Bulwark asked everyone to find a pest. rice is not a pest. Not only do many of you consider “rice” a pest, but you fear it more than wasps, bedbugs and lice. I guess if you’ve had a really bad experience with rice, that could make sense. Maybe an unpleasant experience at the dinner table or on a date at a restaurant.

Spider. Enough said. yup, they’re creepy!

Cat. Yeah, I guess some people consider cats pests, but animal control and pest control are two separate things. I personally am a cat person, so I didn’t get it.

Wasp. Wasps come next, that’s understandable. After that the next pest most discovered was… ice. Ice? Yeah, ice. Apparently over 700 of you have some sort of pest-like phobia of ice. In fact, that even has a name: Pagophobia. I’m not even kidding!

Some Of The Rest. “Bugs”, “roach”, “fly” and “bedbugs” follow that. I was thinking that some of those would be a higher percentage, but whatever. I’m not here to judge anybody.

Cop. Okay, okay… I’m scared of cops as well. Too many speeding tickets I guess. Some 200 respondents noticed or have a fear of cops. No explanation needed there! I get it.

Soda. Dead last on the list is an item we consider to be of considerable debate. “Soda” ranks at the very bottom. To some in this office, it is truly the sweet nectar of life. The sustenance from which all things grow and bloom. The lifeline to the lives we lead. But we understand there is a big health-kick going around, so we’ll allow it on the list.

Well, there you go. How did your findings compare to the rest of the world? 

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September 16, 2013 at 10:26 pm Comment (1)

Happy National Cheese Pizza Day

Thurday, September 5th is National Cheese Pizza Day. Not only does that sound like one of the greatest non-federal holidays our country has celebrated this year, but Phoenix’s own Pizzeria Bianco has been featured as a Top 10 pizza restaurant in the U.S. Yay for us!

Check out the entire list here, then make your way down to Pizzeria Bianco for the best pizza you’ve ever had. Leave now, because wait times have been known to be 3-4 hours, sometimes more.

 Happy National Cheese Pizza Day

Pizzeria Bianco in downtown Phoenix is nationally acclaimed for its heavenly crust and homemade mozzarella.

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

September 5, 2013 at 11:07 pm Comments (0)

5 Interesting Facts About Insects

Cicada Swarm 5 Interesting Facts About Insects The world is well acquainted with the little critters we know as insects. With billions upon billions of them gracing every stretch of land in the world it’s hard to imagine living without them. While insect annoyances bug every human in the world it’s also important to note that these critters can be rather important to a healthy ecosystem in general. Their important contributions to animal and plant life are well noted and studied yet many people don’t know the simplest of things about insects.

All too often these bugs are simply looked at as pests that must be eradicated. Yet understanding these bugs allows people to generate a better respect for these creatures. Within this article I will attempt to disseminate both interesting facts as well as simple fun facts that anyone could appreciate.

1. Insects Can Get Loud!!!

Many people are well aware that insects can make fairly loud noises for their relative size. Yet few people are aware of how truly loud these tiny bugs can get. Cicadas alone are capable of producing one hundred and twenty decibels of noise. While these numbers may surprise some readers, many other readers are well aware of the loud screech of the cicada. Having lived in Virginia myself I was witness to their mating cycle in which thousands of cicadas came out of hibernation and began mating as well as producing their signature loud buzzing noises.

2. Going The Distance

Tiny insects are often capable of performing incredible acts of strength or endurance that humans couldn’t possibly fathom. Many people are unaware of just how far bugs will travel in order to find food or a new nesting place for a future colony. For instance, the common bee may fly as far as sixty miles in a single day while searching for resources. One of the more well known facts involves ants, who are able to carry a whopping fifty times their own body weight. Just imagine being able to travel sixty miles in a single day with ease, or having the capability to carry fifty times your own body weight, it’s truly fascinating.

3. Variety Galore

The average American deals with at most ninety one thousand different kinds of insect species within the United States. Worldwide the number of different insect species is as numerous as one million five hundred thousand varying types of bugs.

Honeybee pollinating Pink Flower 5 Interesting Facts About Insects 4. Herbivorous or Carnivores?

Most people are truly unaware of the ratio of carnivorous insects to herbivorous insects. I myself was one of those people until about two weeks ago when I was informed of this by an animal and bug loving friend of mine. The reality is that only one third of all insects are carnivorous with the rest being peaceful herbivorous. It’s also notable that most carnivorous insects hunt for food as opposed to scavenging off decaying carcasses or animal droppings.

5. Honeybees & History

This is more of two facts than one single fact. I simply wanted to discuss two last interesting facts. First honeybees require about ten million trips to collect enough nectar to product a single pound of honey. Honeybees also improve the quality of our ecosystem and yet somehow are being eradicated at an alarming rate. If this trend continues the vegetation of the earth will lose many types of plants. The other fact I wished to talk about was the simple age of the earliest insect. They have been present for about three hundred and fifty million years! This exceeds our time on this earth by millions and millions of years.

This article was provided by Eduardo Dieguez, blogger for Cloverlawn Butterflies. When he isn’t busy blogging, he enjoys watching sports such as basketball and tennis.

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September 3, 2013 at 5:52 pm Comments (0)

Common Household Pests In The U.S.

Insects always seem to have a way to get into your house, no matter how well you guard your home against them. From ants, to cockroaches, to the common housefly, the world is full of pests that seem determined to make a nuisance of themselves in your home. Sometimes it probably seems like you’re waging a never-ending battle against household pests – but fortunately, you’re not alone. Below is a list of some of the most common household pests that somehow manage to creep and crawl their way into homes across the U.S.

Ants

 

Kissing Ants Common Household Pests In The U.S.

Possibly the worse thing about ants is the fact that they’re social creatures, meaning that you’ll never just see one by itself. Wherever there’s one ant, there’s plenty more where he came from. Ants lurk all across the United States, especially in areas with dryer climates. The most common ants are fire ants and carpenter ants, both which can be easily treated. To prevent ants from invading your home, keep food products tightly sealed and away from floors and windows. It’s vital that you address any known ant problems to avoid a full-on invasion.

Cockroaches

 

Roach Sand Common Household Pests In The U.S.

It has been said that only two things could survive a nuclear holocaust: cockroaches and Cher. While Cher’s not likely to be crawling about your house at night, cockroaches are another story. Although there are more than 4,000 types of cockroaches, only four types are known to invade houses across the U.S. Cockroaches carry diseases and are definitely not something you want creeping about your house. Cockroaches tend to be attracted toward garbage and food that’s been left out, so be sure that your floors are clean in order to avoid a cockroach infestation.

Daddy Longlegs

 

Daddy Longleg Spider On Leaf Common Household Pests In The U.S.

Three different creatures are commonly known as “daddy longlegs,” but the only ones that ever come indoors are the arachnids also known as “cellar spiders.” Rumor has it that the daddy longlegs spider has the most poisonous venom of any spider, but no means to break human skin with its bite; this is an urban legend and is completely false. Daddy longlegs are more of an eyesore than anything else; they tend to keep to themselves in corners, and are good for catching any bugs that may have wandered inside your house.

Fleas

 

Flea Common Household Pests In The U.S.

Fleas are the bane of every pet owner’s existence. These tiny bloodsuckers are hard to get rid of and can also carry diseases – reason along to not want them burrowing in your rug! If you’re experiencing a flea infestation in your home, don’t hesitate to call a pest control professional in your area.

Flies

 

Blow Fly Colorful Common Household Pests In The U.S.

Flies are a pain in the neck to deal with. Not only do they have an annoying buzz, they’re disease-ridden and disgusting, being that they feed and lay eggs on garbage and manure – and then land on human food. Flies regurgitate the contents of their stomach onto food in order to liquefy it before ingesting it, making their presence around the dinner table even more repulsive. Fortunately, there is a device known as the flyswatter, and when that doesn’t work, there’s exterminators.

These are just a few common house pests, but are by no means the only pests known to invade houses. If your home has been invaded by insects or other pests, call a pest control professional ASAP.

About the author: Chris is a blogger for McAllen Pest Control.

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August 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm Comments (2)

How Caulking Is You First Line Of Defense Against Pests

Caulking How Caulking Is You First Line Of Defense Against Pests

If you’ve ever noticed flying insects, such as wasps, flying around the exterior of your house, there’s a simple reason why – they’re searching for a warm place to take up camp during the cold winter months.

Sealing cracks and gaps with caulk and foam can be your first line of defense against insects by preventing them from entering into your home. You can use each one alone as a form a pest control, or combine with the use of bug spray or other insecticides if insects have already made their way indoors.

Keeping Bugs Out

The best form of pest control is to prevent bugs from invading your home to begin with. This can be done by eliminating their entry points. Sealing up cracks, holes, gaps, and crevices on the exterior of your home will increase the chances that your home remains pest free throughout the cold seasons. It’s important to caulk up even the tiniest of holes, since insects come in a variety of sizes, and smaller ones can squeeze in through even minor cracks.

Locate Potential Entry Points and Seal Them Off

The most common areas in the interior and exterior of a home that could contain gaps and cracks include the following:

Interior

  • Moldings
  • Baseboards
  • Floorings
  • Walls
  • Interior pipes
  • Plumbing

Exterior

  • Roof trim and rafters
  •  Joints, siding, and sheathing
  • Exterior columns
  • Steps
  • Decks and porches
  • Exterior pipes and foundation
  • Doors and door frames
  • Windows and window frames

Cockroach White Background 2 How Caulking Is You First Line Of Defense Against PestsChoosing Between Silicone Caulk and Foam

You should use silicone caulk when sealing gaps or cracks that are smaller than 0.5 inches by 0.5 inches, unless you are using a backer rod. Silicone caulk should also be used when sealing cracks and gaps inside or outside the house, especially when involving applications that require flexibility due to joint movement. You should also opt for silicone caulk for applications that require fine, detailed work.

Foam should be used for holes and cracks larger than 0.5 inches by 0.5 inches, as well as for larger, harder to reach cavities. Foam should only be used inside where little to no moisture will be present. You should also opt for foam when you need insulation in addition to filling in cracks.

Caulking Tips

  • Perform a thorough check around every corner, edge, door, light fixture and window. Go slow and caulk every single little hole or crack.
  • Using caulk around window frames not only keeps bugs out, it also helps regulate the temperature inside your house.
  • It’s recommended that you use caulk to seal joints.
  • Clear silicone caulk is well reputed for its flexibility. It’s recommended for areas that won’t be painted over.
  • Small cracks in your house’s foundation and siding can be patched up using caulk.
  • Caulk should be used around exposed plumbing pipes, venting pipes, air intakes, sky lights, and exhaust grills.

It’s important to do a thorough check around the inside and outside of your house in order to ensure you’ve sealed up every last gap and crack. Remember, you don’t want any pesky little bugs sneaking through – so take the extra time to double check your entire house. With these proactive measures, insects will find your home next to impossible to penetrate.

About the author: Chris is writer for a Connecticut Pest Control company.

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August 12, 2013 at 6:02 pm Comments (0)

Caterpillars Invade Arizona

Caterpillars In Tent Caterpillars Invade ArizonaCaterpillars are the beginning of a creature many of us have grown to marvel at. Seeing as these creatures develop into butterflies, growing up with a fear of caterpillars is uncommon, but in the local deserts of Southern Arizona, tent caterpillars are setting up camp, literally everywhere! This invasion is quite the sight to see as the caterpillars weave a giant silk encampment in between tree branches. Each cocoon houses several caterpillars. The caterpillar homes are white with black spots, which are just caterpillar poop, but do add to the unpleasantness of the sight. This behavior is not abnormal in tent caterpillars. These caterpillars are social and tend to stay together in small populations and build their weird looking homes. What is abnormal this summer is the unusually high number of “camps” that have been set up in Southern Arizona deserts and forests. They’re literally seen everywhere and have begun to stir things up among the local public.

People’s Reactions

 

Would walking into what looks like a “science-fiction movie” scare you? It definitely creeped out some people. According to John Palting of the University Of Arizona Department Of Entomology, “A lot of people are creeped out by it – but it’s just caterpillars and a bunch of silk and caterpillar poop.”

Whether it’s really a sci-fi movie or just nature, many are still having mixed feelings about the critters. Pamela Selby-Harmon, officer in charge of the post office in the mountain village of Summerhaven, describes her feelings as, “They are kind of cool and kind of creepy, all at the same time.”

She further explains it as “… one of those love-hate relationships. You love the caterpillars, but you don’t like to see damage to the trees. But Mother Nature has a lot more going on than we do as far as planning.”

Tent Caterpillars Caterpillars Invade ArizonaEffect on Environment/Ecosystem

 

So what does Mother Nature have planned for these tent caterpillars and the surrounding environment?

Palting says he “[hasn’t] seen it where they kill a tree. They take the first crop of leaves, and the trees leaf out again.” Thankfully, Miss Selby-Harmon has nothing to worry about in regards to the trees.

He also states, “The tents will probably break down with the summer rains and be pretty much gone by midsummer.” Meanwhile, “the population explosion generally means that the parasites will also have a good year and take the population back down. Such are the checks and balances of nature.”

So where there are a lot of caterpillars, there are a lot of caterpillar predators, and Mother Nature has the situation under control, and we will hopefully be able to avoid be part of a real sci-fi experience.

 

Author Bio:  is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control services. When I’m not playing with my two adorable nieces, I’m on the tennis court chasing that little green ball around.

 

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August 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm Comments (2)

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