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“John was very helpful in explaining how ants may be coming in to my home. He was diligent in his work and a pleasure to work with. He seemed to really put forth a great effort to help and I appreciate that. So many tech these days are just going through the motions and don’t really seem to care so much about what is going on. John definetely was just the opposite and it was a refreshing change. I own a business and know what it’s like to have a great employee, and you all have one!”
“Steven came to take care of my ant invansion. He went through my home where the ants were coming in and treated all the spots I usually see them coming in. He took the time to listen to the problems and had gave me back great feedback. I have used Bulwark for appox. 3 years. Not only is the tech very prompt, but also the customer service. I saw that I had ants coming into my home last night and I called them up this morning to let them know. They called me back and told me that they would have someone out there this afternoon. I enjoy having Bulwark my pest control company…”
“Tim was great and informative when he came to my home. He explained the processes of the company to me and eased my worry about bugs as I am somewhat phobic! We also have not had our home serviced since we have been in it and he was understanding as I asked my many questions. I am impressed with the way Bulwark treats against pests entering the home. He was professional in all his ways and was very pleasant. I feel like I can trust Bulwark to come back to my home to service my pest control needs. Thanks you very much!”
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Think your garden is beautiful and safe? Think again! It is full of all sorts of creepy crawly insects that will think nothing of having you for lunch. Recent news stories about the false widow spider, closing down schools where one was spotted and sending a man to hospital where he literally watched his skin rot away show just how unsafe your garden actually is.
The reality is, however, that these are rare horror stories. Sure, false widows exist and their bite definitely hurts. And yes, some people have a severe reaction to these which can in fact lead to necrosis in the skin. However, more people die in the UK each year from bees and wasp stings and the welts left by horseflies are famous the world over. Yet we don’t close down schools and fumigate our homes whenever we see one of those.
The reality is that insects are small and fragile and they have to be able to defend themselves. They would rather not, because an attack by an insect often spells death (with bees for instance) and if it doesn’t kill them, it leaves them vulnerable until they recover. Hence, hurting you will be a last resort option.
However, that being said, it can still be useful to know what dangerous actually lurk in your garden:
- The wasp (and the hornet) can sting quite badly. Some people are allergic to it. In fact, most allergic reactions in our country are caused by wasp stings. Prevent getting stung by remaining calm and walking away. Don’t wear any bright colors and remove any wasp nests.
- Bees have a sting quite similar to wasps. However, they leave their stinger and die. You must remove the stinger so that you don’t get an infection. Bee stings hurt, but only those with allergies will find them anything other than a painful inconvenience. Avoid stings by staying calm and always check your sweet drinks to make sure there’s no bees in there.
- Ticks are gross and increasingly common in our gardens. They can transfer Lyme disease, which means you have to avoid them. Their bites don’t hurt because they will numb your area first. Always wear long sleeves and trousers in overgrown or forested areas and use a tick repellent.
- Mosquitoes are annoying and they have really itchy bites. Malaria does not exist in the UK, so you don’t have to worry about them. Avoid bites by covering up and having citronella candles when you’re outside.
- Flower bugs actually chew off a piece of your skin. This sounds horrible and is actually quite painful and slow to heal. It isn’t serious, but very annoying. Cover up when you’re gardening to prevent them.
- Ladybirds are beautiful creatures that most of us welcome in our garden, even if it is just to get rid of greenfly. However, the harlequin ladybird has recently arrive to our shores, which is bigger and far more aggressive. They are usually more orange in colour and have more spots, as well as a white spot on its head. All ladybirds can bite, but the harlequin can actually be quite painful.
Leon Patrick is a keen gardener. When he is not out in the garden he often heads to www.gardenfurniturecentre.co.uk.
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When birds cause property damage or leave fouling on a business, owners often look to bird-control services to help solve the problem. These services use hawks to remove smaller bird species.
Bird pests can become problems for a number of reasons. Birds contribute to both airborne and food-borne illnesses, including E. coli and cryptococcal meningitis, which can land people in the hospital. Also, when birds build nests in homes or businesses, they bring insects and mites along for the ride, many of which bite and irritate humans.
Bird droppings are very acidic, which can increase the rate at which metals corrode. Other types of property damage include blocked gutters and chimneys and damaged roofing.
Each bird pest can cause different types of harm and requires a different approach for removal. This article will introduce you to four hawk species that can get the job done:
1. The Lanner Falcon
The National Aviary points out that the lanner is one of the oldest species of falcons and has long been recognized as trainable. In fact, falconers have used lanners for more than 1,000 years. Lanners have relatively long wings, but their small build allows them to target bird pests in cramped areas, making them the perfect match for feral pigeons.
They also are used in wide-open spaces to scare off seagulls. After you let a lanner loose, it will fly high above the targeted birds and circle, quickly causing gulls and other gathering pests to scatter.
2. The Peregrine Falcon
Peregrines are the lanner’s larger cousin. Their sizes and wing spans make them especially effective for scattering large groups of pests in areas like landfills and power stations. Also, they have been used by airports to reduce bird-plane strikes.
Peregrines have enjoyed a long history of falconry, which began approximately 3,000 years ago in Asia. More recently, they were used in World War II to attack enemy homing pigeons. They are most adept at scattering crows, seagulls and rooks.
3. The Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawks seldom are seen, but if you do notice one hunting in the wild, it likely will be in dense woodland or a garden. They are short-winged hawks that accelerate in short dashes, allowing them to hunt smaller bird types.
Sparrowhawks have a shorter history of falconry than lanners and peregrines. They have been used for approximately 500 years to hunt migrant birds, such as quail. Today, they help scatter large groups of starlings and sparrows.
4. The Harris Hawk
The Harris hawk does not have a long history of falconry, but it has become one of the most popular hawks for falconers. This is because they are easy to train and one of the most versatile species of hawk. In the wild, they hunt everything from insects and lizards to small birds and mammals.
They can be flown indoors and outdoors. They have a good track record of scaring feral pigeons away from hotels, hospitals, docks and warehouses.
Although these hawks have been trained for thousands of years, they still are amongst the most effective means of dealing with bird pests. This is a time-tested method of preventing illness and property damage caused by bird pests.
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Michael Hall is a keen falconer and ornitholigist who is also the founder of Effective Bird Control and sister company Blackwater Falconry. He has been using his prized hawks and falcons to rid property of pest birds for a number of years.
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As the cool crisp fall weather sets in on Raleigh, a war of sorts is declared by homeowners; against yellowjackets, paper wasps, and hornets. These wasps have a tendency to turn aggressive during the fall, as their diets move from the proteins and carbohydrates they enjoy during the spring and summer, to sugar-rich foods like ripe fruit and sweet soda during the fall.
Fall Wasp Wars
Wasps have a tendency to turn aggressive during the fall months. A single wasp colony may have over 10,000 female worker wasps whose sole purpose is to hunt for nutrients to bring back and feed to the colony. Wasps in search of these sugary sweet nutrients turn potentially aggressive, ruining outdoor activities and bombarding backyard barbecues. The result? Painful stings, sometimes repeatedly, whenever human interaction is present. These painful wasp stings usually happen while shooing them away, walking barefoot near food, or swallowing wasps that have crawled into beverage cans.
To make it all worse, wasps have a built-in warning system that alerts other wasps when danger is present. All you have to do is merely swat at a yellowjacket, and an alarm pheromone is released that brings out an army of wasps to attack the aggressor.
It’s important to note that throughout most of the year, wasps keep to themselves and are generally harmless; only exhibiting defensive behavior when their nests are compromised. No matter the time of year, it is recommended that homeowners battling fall wasps not do so by themselves. It’s best to solicit the aid of a pest management professional.
Such was the case when Morrisville’s own Anna, contacted Bulwark Pest Control last night to help out with her wasp problem. Here’s the glowing review she left Bulwark on Yelp:
Excellent Yelp Review For Servicing Fall Wasps
Yesterday we had a swarm of yellow jackets, wasps and bees surround our home. Tonight is Halloween! I was frantic!
I called the pest company that has been servicing this house and they told me they would have to charge me extra to come out and help and then “I believe” they accidentally hung up on me.
I called Bulwark Exterminating and they were so nice and understanding. He understood what was going on. I told him I needed to also sign-up for quarterly service since I was going to be cancelling the service with my current company who couldn’t help me.
They had a technician, Orlando Council, at my house by 7:30am!!! The next morning! I couldn’t believe it! I was sooo happy to see him sitting outside my house waiting for me!!
I walked him through our house inside and outside. He immediately got to work finding the source of the insects and did a full house extermination inside and outside for me.
We are also currently using this company for another house we have.
They didn’t charge me extra. They didn’t charge me that usual LARGER first bill. He did so much to help us. He solved our insect problem.. so we can have a safe and happy Halloween tonight.
I can’t tell you how truly thankful I am… that they cared so much for us, to take the extra effort to add us to their already busy schedule… And not charge me extra or an “arm and a leg” for it!
They only charged me my regular quarterly fee.
Bless them! Orlando – you are the man!!!!
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Robber flies are one of nature’s predators. This diverse family of flies, also known as Asiladae, is scattered throughout the world, which could explain some of their diversity. Robber flies have insatiable appetites, and glut themselves on a vast number of insects, including wasps, bees, dragonflies, grasshoppers, and some spiders.
What Are Robber Flies?
Robber flies, or Asiladae, are a subfamily of “true flies.” They belong to the superfamily Asiloidea, which belongs to the suborder Brachycera. There are currently 7,0003 known species of robber flies spread out around the world, with nearly 1,000 species living in North America alone – and more than 100 of those species reside in Florida.
What Do Robber Flies Look Like?
All robber flies share one characteristic: a divot on the top of their head. This divot is located between their prominent, compound eyes. Most robber flies have elongated bodies with tapered abdomens, although some species are long and skinny, much like a damselfly, while others are stout and hairy, mimicking a bumblebee. Adults can vary between 3 mm and 50 mm in size, although most average between 9 – 15 mm in length. Their legs are long and strong in order to aid with capturing prey. Females usually have a slightly broader abdomen than the males of the species. Most robber flies are either brown, gray, or black, although some subspecies are striped like a bumblebee.
What Do Robber Flies Do?
Robber flies are what is known as “opportunistic predators,” meaning they prey on other insects that are available within their environment. Robber flies establish a perching zone, which they use to locate potential prey. Perching zones vary depending on the species, but are usually in an open, sunny area. Robber flies swoop in on their prey mid-flight and inject the victim with their saliva, which contains neurotoxic and proteolytic enzymes and immediately immobilizes their victim as it digests bodily contents. The robber fly then returns to its perch spot, where it enjoys its liquid meal.
Where Do Robber Flies Live?
Robber flies are distributed all over the world, although some groups are unique to certain regions. Most robber flies live in warm, sandy areas, with a large population (consisting of all four subfamilies) residing in Florida. Some species have adapted to desert climate, and very few have adapted to woodland areas, although those that have tend to stay on the outskirts, near grasslands.
What’s The Robber Fly Life Cycle Like?
Female robber flies lay white colored eggs on low-lying plants, in grasses, or in crevices within soil, bark, or wood. Egg laying habits vary from species to species, although most lay a bunch of eggs at once. Robber fly larvae live in the soil or decaying organisms found within the environment. Larvae are just as predatory as their adult counterparts, feeding on other eggs, larvae, or other soft-bodied insects. They overwinter as larvae, pupating in the soil, then migrating to the surface as adults. It can take between 1-3 years for complete development, depending on the species and environmental factors.
Robber flies are rather intimidating insects to contend with, and if you notice an outbreak of them around your home, you’ll probably want to call a pest control professional.
About the author: Chris is a blogger for a baltimore pest control company. He enjoys writing about the quirkier side of the pest control business with fun and interesting things about insects.
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Who doesn’t love puzzles?
That rhetorical question is why the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating, who happen to have a branch here in Raleigh, knew they had a hit with the pest word search.
A word search puzzle, with 13 different pests hiding inside, was published on Bulwark’s Facebook page. The puzzle went viral, with almost 13,000 participants commenting on the puzzle with the first pest that they found.
Here’s the puzzle:
The Word Search Puzzle With Pests
What is the first pest in the puzzle that you see?
Do you see a lot of this particular pest in the Raleigh area?
Is this the pest you fear the most?
List Of Pests Hiding In The Word Search
Make sure you note the first pest that you found in the word search puzzle, so you can compare your results with everyone else’s later.
Now you can look for all the other pests in the puzzle!
Find the following pests in the word search:
You can also find these other words in the word search:
The Pest Word Search Infographic
Now that you have seen the Pest Test word search, you can compare your results with the thousands of others who have also taken a crack at the puzzle with the following infographic:
Unfortunately, Raleigh, NC is home to many of the pests found in pest the word search puzzle, and on the infographic. These include: scorpions, spiders, termites, roaches, bedbugs, flies, ants, gnats, lice, fleas, and centipedes.
If you are seeing any of these unfortunate pests, get Raleigh Pest Control!
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Your home should be your safe haven, free from the burdens of the outside world. Unfortunately, homeowners are often harassed by some pretty unsavory creatures that find their way inside, invade your privacy and leave behind their germs. Identifying these intruders and then formulating a plan to get rid of them is the only way to keep yourself and your residence protected. For serious insect or rodent infestations call a professional pest control company. Don’t let any of these common household bugs and rodents run amuck and end up wreaking havoc that ruins the peace of your humble abode.
Frequent Indoor Pests
Pests come and go as the seasons change, and oftentimes, as soon as you think you’ve finally gotten rid of one kind another pops up. Year-round insects to watch out for include bed bugs, roaches and silverfish, while ants, flies, termites, mosquitoes, spiders, fleas, bees, mice and rats keep pest control companies busy throughout different times of the year. Many insects enter a home looking for a dry, warm place to camp out in and others are looking for a source of food.
Common Pest Hiding Spots
Of course, both insects and rodents are small and fast enough to move all over a property and can be spotted in most nook and crannies you can think of, but there are a few specific places you should pay extra attention to and take special care to clean on a regular basis. Kitchens and bathrooms are two of the most common rooms in a house to get invaded by pests. Food will always be readily available in a kitchen area, and bathrooms house pipes and drains full of moisture that are accommodating to many bugs. Closets are generally a breeding ground for spiders that like to stay hidden in a dark place. Basements play host to all kinds of pests who prefer damp and dim living quarters, and being that it’s usually a less-visited area by homeowners, infestations can grow quickly. Garages and yards are also easily accessible and provide convenient environments to make nests and build colonies in.
Pest Prevention and Control
A pest control expert will work on a prevention and treatment plan specific to your home and infestation problem. You don’t want to try several ineffective methods on your own only to find pests keep coming back undeterred. Having your home inspected a couple of times a year will ensure that new outbreaks are eliminated quickly. In between inspections, homes should be kept as free of clutter as possible and consistently cleaned so as not to harbor an atmosphere that pests are attracted to. Keeping a home well-ventilated and dry also helps to deflect those bugs that favor humid dwellings. Make sure doors and windows are sealed tight to limit entry points and never leave food out unless you want to come back to it and find it half-eaten by an unwanted creature.
Keep an eye out for any signs of intrusion by little critters because an effective pest control effort often begin with a person’s ability to identify what’s lurking around their home.
About the Author
Tiffany Olson hails from beautiful Northern California and spends her working hours informing the public on a variety of topics, including pest control. Some of her favorite off-hours activities are cooking, reading, and making art.
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Praying mantises may look creepy with their big, bulging eyes and spindly front legs, but the truth is they’re a helpful insect and don’t really pose a threat to humans. Although they can definitely be intimidating when they come flying at you, they are mostly harmless. They have been known to bite, but since they don’t have any venom it won’t cause you injury.
Below we’ll take a look at the praying mantis.
What Are They?
Praying mantises belong to a very large family of insects that contains approximately 2,200 species spread throughout nine families. These insects live all over the world, in tropical and temperate climates. Most belong to the family Mantidae, which is the insect we all think of when we hear the word “praying mantis.” The praying mantis’s closest relatives are the termite and the cockroach.
What Do They Look Like?
The praying mantis gets its name from its prayer-like stance. Praying mantises have two long, grasping forelegs which are called “raptorial legs.” They use their legs to capture and hold their prey. Praying mantises have remarkably flexible heads, which are able to turn nearly 300 degrees in some species. This helps provide a greater range of vision without them having to move their bodies. Praying mantises have compound eyes; the structure of their eyes creates the illusion of them having a small pupil. Praying mantises can be green, brown, or flesh colored so they camouflage with their surroundings.
Where Do They Live?
Praying mantises live anywhere where there are bugs. Different species are scattered throughout the world, in both temperate and tropical climates. Praying mantises can also live in captivity, and are often kept as pets.
What Are Their Eating Habits?
The praying mantis is a carnivorous predator that survives mostly off of insects, although larger species have been known to eat fish, snakes, birds, and even rodents. They consume anything they can capture, and they usually eat their victims alive. They will even practice cannibalism if hungry enough. The majority of praying mantises are ambush hunters, meaning they sit and wait for their prey to wander close enough before striking and overpowering their meal. Some species will chase their meal down, but most will not.
What Do They Do?
Praying mantises are considered good bugs in terms of pest control, meaning that if you have some in your garden they will help keep the insect population down. (A downside to this is that they will also eat other good insects, such as lady bugs.)
Although their claws may look big and menacing, they don’t actually provide much protection. Praying mantises best form of self-defense is camouflage. When remaining still (which they are experts at) they can blend in with their surroundings. Many species will fan their wings out when threatened, which makes them appear bigger.
What is Their Life Cycle Like?
Despite popular belief, female praying mantises do not always consume the head of the male she is mating with, although this does happen on rare occasions. Female praying mantises lay her eggs in a sticky egg case, which she attaches to the underside of a leaf or branch during the autumn months. The egg case won’t hatch until late spring or early summer. Offspring are known as nymphs, and unlike other insects, they do not undergo a larvae stage. They hatch at approximately 4 mm long and look the exact same way adult mantises do, only way tinier. Once they have a little time to adjust to the outside world, they start ambushing and eating prey. Praying mantises molt throughout their life, allowing them to grow bigger.
Although praying mantises may look creepy, they are actually good insects who help keep bug populations under control. Without praying mantises, there would be way more bugs in the world. In that regard, praying mantises are like nature’s own exterminators.
About the author: Chris is an associate for a NJ pest control company.
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Bee stings are an unpleasant experience during the warmer months. Luckily, they don’t happen too often. Most stings are a momentary pain with swelling and itching. For some people, bee stings leave them close to death. These people have an allergy to the toxin in the bee’s stinger and can go into anaphylactic shock.
The idea of going into shock over a sting from any insect is frightening. Just remember, that most people do not have to worry about this happening. Only a small part of the population is really allergic to stings. They most likely already know about it because they were stung and had a major reaction.
Three Types of Sting Reactions
There are three kinds of reactions a person can have to a bee sting; normal, large local, and allergic. The first two are not life threatening, unlike the last one. Let’s take a look at the symptoms associated with each type of sting.
A normal bee sting reaction consists of pain at the sting site, followed by a small amount of redness and swelling. Some people will also see a stinger still imbedded in the skin. After a short amount of time, the pain stops and itchiness develops around the site. The swelling goes away within a couple of day.
A large local reaction is more severe. The initial pain is the same, along with swelling. However, the swelling extends past the sting site and may even extend to swelling of an entire limb. The swelling takes several days to go down completely. This looks scary and can require a trip to the doctor, but it is generally not life-threatening. A large local reaction indicates an increased sensitivity to the sting, but not necessarily an allergy.
An allergic reaction appears very different from the previous two reactions. There is pain and swelling at the sting site. Other more severe symptoms quickly develop, such as swelling of the face and throat, difficulty breathing, dizziness, rapid pulse, and a red, itchy rash that spreads beyond the sting site.
When a person with an allergy is stung, they can enter shock, become unconscious, or even go into cardiac arrest within ten minutes. It is important to get this person to emergency medical treatment as soon as possible.
If you have ever been stung by a bee before and did not have to go to the emergency room, you most likely are not allergic. Some people’s bodies are more sensitive to the sting and swell up a lot, but they usually return to normal within a week. The allergic reaction can be much milder than is described above, but appears very different from a typical bee sting reaction. Just remember, if you know you have an insect sting allergy, take appropriate precautions.
About the author: Chris is writer for a New Jersey pest control company.
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Kids are full of germs; in fact, children are some of the germiest creatures on the planet. With school starting back up, you’re little ones are going to be exposed to all kinds of new germs from their classmates. From the common cold to head lice, children are breeding grounds for bugs. Below we’ll discuss some of the most common illnesses you can expect your child to experience.
Head lice are a parasite, which live in hair – making children’s heads breeding grounds for nits! Lice causes the scalp to itch, and can be spread easily, especially among school children. An outbreak of lice can be difficult to contend with – not only do you have to treat everyone in the house with a special shampoo treatment and comb through everybody’s hair with a special nit comb, but you’ll also have to do deep cleaning of most of your belongings – blankets, bed sheets, pillow cases, your children’s toys, etc., will all have to be washed. Furniture will also have to be clean in case any lice are lurking between the cushions. It can be difficult to remove all the eggs from your child’s hair, which can cause the cycle of lice to start over again. Fortunately, children with lice don’t have to stay home from school – they just have to avoid sharing personal items or having any head-to-head contact with their fellow classmates.
Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as “Pinkeye,” is an infection of the eyelid lining. Pinkeye gets its name from the red coloring your eyes get due to being crusty and itchy. Bacterial pinkeye is accompanied by a white or yellow discharge (or gunk) and has to be treated with antibiotics, while viral pinkeye usually clears up on its own. Pinkeye is spread when an infected child wipes his eye, then touches something without washing his hands; another child comes along and touches the same item, gets the germs on her hands, and eventually touches her own eyes. Pinkeye can spread rapidly in the classroom, which is why it’s important to teach children to wash their hands thoroughly and often.
Stomach Flu (Gastroenteritis)
The stomach flu – or gastroenteritis, as it’s officially called – is a common experience among children. The stomach flu is caused by an infection in the digestive tract, and generally results in vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and fever. It can be caused by a virus, bacteria, or even parasites. If your child comes home with the stomach flu, be sure to provide him with plenty of fluids (7-up is best because it’s easy on the stomach and helps replace any lost electrolytes due to vomiting) and make sure that he receives sufficient rest.
Chickenpox is another common childhood illness that begins with a fever that is followed by the appearance of fluid filled blisters, which then turn into scabs. The blisters are very itchy, making it tempting for children to itch; chamomile lotion and Tylenol can help provide relief. Chickenpox is a childhood illness that all kids are likely to get at some time or another, so it’s best to get it out of the way. The good news is, once a child has had chickenpox, they are unlikely to ever catch it again – a second bought of chickenpox rarely happens, and when it does it’s usually in cases where the first round wasn’t too severe.
The Common Cold
Of course, the one illness that you’ll have to look out for the most once your child goes back to school is the good ol’ common cold. Often accompanied by a cough, runny or stuffy nose, and sometimes an ear ache, classrooms are literally the breeding grounds for the cold virus. Unfortunately there’s no cure and no real preventative measures you can take to ensure your child avoids catching the cold – you’re just going to have to buckle down and deal with it!
Children are known to be bug factories, but these are some of the most common bugs you’ll have to worry about as a parent sending your little one off to school. Of course, if your home is overrun with real bugs (as in insects,) definitely call a pest control professional – just as with childhood bugs, you want to beat them as soon as possible!
About the author: Chris is writer for a Virginia Beach pest control company.
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