• 17Apr

     

    Cockroaches are definitely not something you want to share your food with. Don’t let them steal your donuts, as they love sweets! Get professional roach control, and keep those pesky, disease spreading thieves out of your home!

     

    Call Bulwark Exterminating Today

    888-624-3683

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  • 03Apr

    North Carolina is filled with so much history, emerging jobs, and a lot of really good people.  Unfortunately, it is also infested with a lot of bugs. With so many homes infested with pests, there are a lot of great exterminators in North Carolina.  Here are a few helpful tips to help you as you look for a great exterminator:

    pest spraying

     Make sure the exterminator is licensed and insured. 

     

    • Being licensed will allow the exterminator to come treat your home by state law. It will also show that they carry insurance in case a problem ever does occur. 

    A great exterminator will do an in-wall treatment. 

     

    • A lot of pests will infest the walls of your home, and if not treated the infestation will only grow. An exterminator that does an in-wall treatment will place a product directly inside the walls of the home. The exterminator will do this by taking the faceplates of the outlets, and use a duster. This will help kill any of the pests infesting the inside of the walls. 

    Exterminators that use a power-spray around the foundation of the home know how to get the job done. 

     

    • A lot of the pests will try to get into your home by the j-rail route. What a power-spray treatment will do is place a strong barrier around the foundation of the home. The power coming out of the hose will help penetrate the product under the rocks, and in to soil around the home. 

    Granulate bushes and trees will help the exterminator determine the source of the problem. 

     

    • The main source of the pest problem will be your plants. The pest will eat the roots of the plant, and drink the water from the drippers. When an exterminator places granules in the plants, it allows the granules to be activated by the water. The water will then allow the product to seep in the soil down to the roots and help exterminate the pest. 

    Exterminators that get the job done right will have good reviews. 

     

    • Checking to see how the exterminator rates by some of their customers is a good way to see how people view the service. You can do this by going to Google, Yelp, Better Business Bureau, and Family Pest Control. Choosing the right exterminator will save you money and a headache in the long run.

    Raleigh North Carolina Pest Control

     

    Bulwark Pest Control
    19 West Hargett Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601
    (919) 828-8825
    bulwarkpestcontrol.com
     
    Critter Control of the Triangle
    6108 Redmond Court
    Raleigh, NC27612
    (919) 382-9281
    crittercontrol.com
     

    Charlotte North Carolina Pest Control

     

    Bulwark Exterminating
    1801 North Tryon Street
    Charlotte, NC 28206
    (704) 321-3716
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    A-1 Wildlife Control
    Wilgrove-Minthill Road
    Charlotte, NC 28227
    (704) 334-1922
    a1wildlifecontrol.net 
     
     

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  • 18Mar

    Bread roachThere’s no question that cockroaches are some of the most disgusting pests we have here in Raleigh. They come into our homes looking for food and water, spreading disease as they go. Food poisoning, dysentery, diarrhea… They all can be caused by roaches.

    When you start seeing them inside your Raleigh home, do something about it immediately. If these roaches are left untreated, the problem can quickly escalate.

    Here are a couple effective all-natural roach control remedies you can try at home:

    Roach Balls

     

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup borax
    • ¼ cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • Fresh, chopped onion or garlic to sent

    Yields 50 Roach Balls

    Directions

    In a large mixing bowl, combine the ingredients to form a doughy paste. Roll the dough into little balls. Place three balls into a sandwich bag, and leave the open bag where you are seeing cockroaches. Not only will the roaches eat the pesticide balls, they will carry chunks of them back to their friends. They will die out of sight. This is very effective, as the other roaches in the area will chow down on the dead cockroaches; thus ingesting the all natural poison. Keep repeating this process until you no longer see roaches.

    Natural Roach Pesticide

     

    Ingredients

    • 32 ounce bag of powdered sugar
    • 8 ounces borax
    • Tablespoon of cocoa powder
    • 1 ounce of pharmacy sodium fluoride

    Directions

    Mix all four ingredients in a large bucket or mixing bowl. Stir. Sprinkle the natural roach pesticide in the areas of your kitchen and home you are seeing the cockroaches. Repeat as necessary. Since this mixture is sweet tasting, please keep it out of the reach of children and pets.

    Raleigh Roach Control

     

    If you are seeing roaches inside your home, try these all natural roach control methods. If you are not having success with them, it’s time to contact a Raleigh roach control professional!

    Bulwark Pest Control
    19 West Hargett Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601
    (919) 828-8825
    bulwarkpestcontrol.com
     
    Critter Control of the Triangle
    6108 Redmond Court
    Raleigh, NC27612
    (919) 382-9281
    crittercontrol.com
     
    Terminix
    6020 Oak Forest Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27616
    (919) 790-0995
    terminix.com
     
     

     

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  • 13Jan

    When it comes to the frequency of pests Raleigh, NC residents are seeing in their homes, this summer has been one of the craziest. Pest control companies across the board have seen an influx of pest related phone calls this summer compared to last; with some pest professionals reporting as much as a 40% increase in phone calls.

    I recently had the opportunity to speak to the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating, who have also seen an influx in pest control phone calls this summer. I asked Bulwark, “What are the top three insect pests you have been getting the most phone calls about this summer in Raleigh?”

    Here are the top three pest control problems in Raleigh:

    3. House Spiders

    Common House spider

    American House spiders, or Common House spiders, are one of the most frequent spider pests found in the Raleigh, NC area. While these house spiders rarely bother humans, and their venom is not lethal, they do create massive, tangled webs that look like something straight out of a haunted house or horror movie. It’s these webs that cover the corners of basements, garages, and attics and cause residents to call Raleigh spider control professionals. There intimidating size also seems to get Raleigh residents running to the nearest phone. They can measure about an inch long, and are a dull brown in color.

    2. Ants

    Carpenter ant

    Is there anything peskier than an ant? Well, maybe a different kind of aunt… You know the one that’s always razzing you about your weight, or your kids, or you name it. Ants like the Argentine ant, the Black Carpenter ant, and the Red Imported Fire ant drive Raleigh residents crazy with their pinching, stinging, and excessive mound building. When residents call, they really don’t specify the species of ant, just that they are invading and they want them gone. Mounds ruin your property and prevent homeowners from letting their kids play in the backyard or even have a picnic. To completely exterminate ants, continual efforts by a Raleigh ant control professional must be administered.

    1. Cockroaches

    cockroach

    Residents of Raleigh may not be able to distinguish American Cockroaches from German Cockroaches; they just know they want them out of the house and away from their families and their food. The most called about pest in Raleigh, NC, according to Bulwark Exterminating, is the cockroach (both American and German).

    Cockroaches are naturally drawn to your home as they forage for things to eat. The enter your home through any small openings they can find and make their home inside the voids in your walls, cabinets, and floors. Cockroaches eat just about any organic material you can think of. They do prefer the same foods you and I do; with a particular fondness for sweets, starches, and grease. Severe roach infestations require professional Raleigh roach control.

    Raleigh Pest Control

    If you are seeing house spiders, ants, cockroaches, or any other pest in your Raleigh area home, or on your property, seek the services of an exterminator in Raleigh, NC.

    Bulwark Pest Control
    19 West Hargett Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601
    (919) 828-8825
    bulwarkpestcontrol.com
     
    Critter Control of the Triangle
    6108 Redmond Court
    Raleigh, NC27612
    (919) 382-9281
    crittercontrol.com
     
    Terminix
    6020 Oak Forest Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27616
    (919) 790-0995
    terminix.com

     

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  • 12Dec

    Cellar SpiderThey’re climbing in your windows, snatching your people up, so make sure you hide your kids and hide your wife by protecting your home from spiders this winter. As temperatures drop and rainy nights become more and more frequent, eight-legged creatures are more likely to run into your home and take shelter in its nooks and crannies. With a recent upsurge in the amount of false widow spiders hitting the UK, this is why it’s so important to spider-proof your home well in advance of winter, so here’s some easy to follow steps to help you do so:

    Cover Up Cracks And Holes

     

    Particular gaps to pay attention to include around windows, as well as any holes which lead from the outside made for utility openings, like cable TV wires, gas and electric meters and other wires that enter your home from outside.

    Spiders also commonly enter homes underneath exterior doors, being able to squeeze under an opening that’s only a sixteenth of a millimetre small, so it’s important to use caulk to seal any outside edges and if you have sliding glass doors, use foam weather-stripping to ensure they’re fully sealed when they’re shut.

    It’s also important to get any gaps or holes sorted well before winter not just to keep spiders out, but also to keep heat in, making your home cosy and saving you money on expensive heating bills.

    Whether you do this yourself with caulk or with the help of a domestic insulation company or foam contractors, make sure that any holes in your home are filled.

    Sharpen Your Skills At Spider-Busting

     

    It’s important that you take steps to ensure that the possibility of spiders causing an infestation in your home is kept to a minimum, which can be done in a variety of effective ways. Firstly, when bringing in any potted plants from outside to store inside during the winter, spray them with insecticide to ensure they remain spider-free. For any greenery or foliage that grows near your doors windows, trim them regularly as these are the places where spiders will build their webs, giving some increased access to your living space.

    Keep Your Home Clean And Clutter Free

     

    By leaving mess around the home, this provides spiders with perfect hiding spaces, where they’ll remain warm and comfortable until they decide to emerge and crawl on your face whilst you sleep (probably).

    This is why it’s recommended that you regularly vacuum floors, wipe down surfaces and remove as much clutter as possible to make it unlikely that a spider colony will set up camp throughout Christmas. If you spot a few spider webs or spiders, you can also vacuum them up, which makes an effective form of pest control for any insect.

    If your spider situation does get out of hand, enlist the help of a professional extermination company, who can provide stronger chemical pesticides to tackle the problem both quickly and effectively.If don’t want to delay this or else you will be forced to move out for a thorough cleanup.

    This article is written by Tracy who is a interior decorator who occasionally writes on articles that helps other home owners to protect their homes from pest infestations.

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  • 10Dec

    termitesOver the past couple of years termite baiting systems have improved quite considerably. The system even the otherwise lowery effective DIY systems are increasingly effective against terminating colonies of termites. This is why many improved systems are used by commercial pest control companies with the only exception being higher efficiency. That being said commercial services are expensive and may just be too expensive if you just want to defeat a small colony of termites or a chronic termite problem. The effectiveness of the system can be increased when combined with liquid soil treatments.

    How the process works?

     

    If you want to try out termite baiting to fend of future termite infestations or eliminate the one you are already dealing with then there are a few things that you ought to consider. The majority of termite bait stations are made from cardboard, paper and termite food which is combined with other slow acting substances that are either natural or artificial aimed at killing termites. There are commercial stations that are designed for subterranean installation, these can be installed out in the lawn, or near feeding sites of the termites. Ideally, you’ll want to install these bait stations near active termite created tunnels after you break the tubes. However, locating these tunnels can be difficult if you’re not an expert or do not know how to recognize the telltale signs of these pests.

    The benefits of termite baiting systems

     

    There are a number of benefits of using DIY termite baiting systems. Below we look at a few of the biggest benefits:

    • Termite baiting using off the shelf natural anti-termite material is very beneficial when it comes to eliminating termites from the basement, lawn, drawing room etc., all of which have lots of wood. It works wonders for homes built from the ground up using wood.
    • The majority of termite baiting items used and sold are natural so it’s an ecofriendly system that does not harm your pets, lawn and yourself. It can also be used as an early termite detection system without the use of chemicals.
    • Termite baiting is a lot cheaper than using commercial pest control techniques.
    • Termite baits can also easily be used in locations where regular liquid termite formulas are not allowed i.e. near water sources, school buildings, hospitals etc. They may also be prohibited for homes of the elderly or buildings where the elderly reside.
    • Compared to soil treatment, structural barriers and other commercial pest control, termite baits are in fact very easy to install. Most people can install them correctly by just reading the instructions.

    Limitations of the system

     

    • The majority of DIY termite baits out there us a natural slow acting toxin or a combination of toxins. This happen to be very slow especially if a large or a few large colonies need to be eliminated. In comparison commercial soil treatment will act faster.
    • Termites may damage the structure of your entire home for a pretty long time until their numbers have been brought under control via the bait system. This can take a pretty long time in the case of large colonies.
    • The baits can become pretty expensive especially if they are multiple termite colonies that need to be eliminated. It can take well up to a year until they are all exterminated.
    • A colony that has been brilliantly suppressed with baits does not mean that it will deter future infestations. If you are near an already infested and abandoned home there is little you can do with these baits except continue baiting and hope they never return.
    • In some cases soil treatments and barrier methods are a lot cheaper and just require monthly inspections. This is true if you have a large home.
    • Termites like all other insects learn to identify the baits. Some termites may not take the bait and so they’ll not die. This can be frustrating for a home owner who does not see progress.

    When to opt for commercial pest control and when to do it yourself?

     

    This is not an easy question to answer because it all depends on the extent of the termite infestation you’re dealing with. As a rule of thumb if you identify more than two termite nests its best to hire a professional for the job. If you see one or maybe two nests then baits will be more cost effective.

    Manu Alias is one of the leading experts on commercial pest control and DIY methods. His pest control techniques are some of the most effective and unconventional. When he’s not eliminating troublesome pests Mark finds himself pouring over domestic schematics planning his next extermination.

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  • 29Nov

    wasp stingThink 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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  • 11Nov

    HawkWhen 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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    • License: Royalty Free or iStock source: www.sxc.hu

    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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  • 01Nov

    yellow jacketAs 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:

    wasp nestExcellent 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!!!!

    Anna C.

    Morrisville, NC

    10/31/2013

    Raleigh Pest Control

     

    If you are seeing a large amount of wasps in your backyard, or are even seeing a wasp’s nest, do not take matters into your own hands. Doing so can be very dangerous. Call or click for Raleigh pest control instead!

    Bulwark Pest Control
    19 West Hargett Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601
    (919) 828-8825
    bulwarkpestcontrol.com
     
    Trapper Dan’s Wildlife and Pest, LLC
    4909 Waters Edge Drive #203
    Raleigh, NC 27606
    (919) 306-7254
    trapperdans.com
     
    Terminix
    6020 Oak Forest Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27616
    (919) 790-0995
    terminix.com
     

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  • 16Oct

    Raleigh Brown Recluse Control

     

    If you live in the Raleigh area, and are seeing Brown Recluse spiders in or around your home, its time to get professional Raleigh Brown Recluse Control! Call or click today!

    Bulwark Pest Control
    19 West Hargett Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601
    (919) 828-8825
    bulwarkpestcontrol.com
     
    Trapper Dan’s Wildlife and Pest, LLC
    4909 Waters Edge Drive #203
    Raleigh, NC 27606
    (919) 306-7254
    trapperdans.com
     
    Terminix
    6020 Oak Forest Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27616
    (919) 790-0995
    terminix.com
     
     

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