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!
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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!
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.
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:
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!!!!
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
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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:
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?
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:
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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We all know that the most sly and sneaky creepy crawler out there is the cockroach. This bug will eat our pizza or snickers bar if open and left out; it will even raid our pantries and refrigerators. Over a span of many years this bug has put up quite a resistance in the war against mankind. The roach is one of the most exterminated bugs by pest control professionals, but in the 1990’s in Florida, some of the exterminator’s tricks stop working. This was because the roaches developed a trick of their own; ditching their sweet tooth.
One of the professional tactics used against cockroaches is baiting them with a sweet, sugary poison. In the 90’s when this bait stopped working, researchers started speculating about this seemingly invincible pest. How had the bug avoided the sweet scent and taste of the concoction? Researchers from Raleigh’s North Carolina State University, Ayako Wada-Katsumata, Jules Silverman, and Coby Schal looked into that very question.
Using the common German cockroach, researchers studied the reason for this change in roach behavior. Roaches use taste hairs all over their bodies instead of taste buds to taste their food. Researchers focused on the taste hairs around their mouths and two types of nerve cells that transmit signals to the brain. One of these transmits the taste of bitterness, while the other transmits the taste of sweetness. When the brain received the sweet signal, the roaches were, of course, inclined to eat the substance, and when it received a signal of bitterness, the roaches laid off. The three researchers from North Carolina determined that glucose, which is the main ingredient used in most sugary products, stimulates the bitter receptor in the roach’s brain.
Entomologist at Purdue University, Grzegorz Buczkowski, and Walter S. Leal, the head of the entomology department in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis who were not involved in the research, made some remarks on the findings.
Buczkowski said, “We lose baits all the time.” He expanded by saying that the bug industry has to keep up with the evolution of these bugs in order to maintain the effectiveness of their products. New poisons are constantly developed, because cockroaches and other pests become resistant to the poison, just as bacteria become resistant to antibiotics.
The findings now explain that it wasn’t an ineffective poison, or that the roaches developed immunity to it. The cockroaches simply changed their genetic make-up and lost the attraction to glucose. Now some roaches are passing off this gene and evolving into some sort of super roach.
Walter S. Leal says, “Sometimes the science is beautiful but you don’t know whether there is going to be an application five years from now, 10 years from now or 100 years.”
These results seem to be well on their way to helping the pest control industry and mankind in general to keep a leg up on the evolving cockroach.
Author Bio: Heydi Ruelas is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality Raleigh Roach 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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Ants are probably some of the most bothersome bugs in our backyards. They invade our soda can, our bag of chips, and our sandwich in no time. Besides at the monthly picnic however, ants usually keep to themselves and go unnoticed, but there are some species of ants that seem to look for trouble. The following ants are some of the most dominant and invasive pests of the bug world.
When thinking of pesky ants the most common that comes to mind is the Red Imported Fire Ant. Originally from Brazil and other nearby South American countries, this notorious ant was accidentally introduced into the United States in the 1930’s through Alabama cargo shipments. Today these ants can be found in backyards all across the southern United States from the Florida swamps to the California coast.
Fire ants are a nuisance to people in the United States. When introduced to America years ago, the fire ants began to thrive much more easily than in their native South American lands. The ant’s natural predators didn’t make the journey to the States, thus allowing the ants to gain control of the area; and control they sure have taken. Fire ants dominate most other ant species, which is why they’re so common and so disliked. However, there are some ant species, which happen to be on this list, that have a strong resistance against the Red Imported Fire Ant.
Another reason that fire ants are considered pests is because of the amount of electrical damage they cause each year. In the U.S., that number stacks in the millions. These ants will chew wiring and cause damage to power lines, streetlights, A/C units, and appliances.
Argentine Ants are, of course, from Argentina and were introduced to the U.S. around 1891 through the port of New Orleans. These ants are most common in California and the southeastern states of the U.S. Argentine ants can also be found in South Africa, New Zealand, Japan, Easter Island, Austria, and Europe.
Argentine ants have a special trait that amazes scientists; their colonies. Regularly, ants will establish a colony with only one queen and many working ants, but Argentine ants do not. They are friendly towards different colonies of their species and will establish “supercolonies.” These colonies will consist of many, many queens and thousands upon thousands of workers. One of the largest colonies is in Europe. This colony is 3,700 miles in length!
While the Argentine Ant is friendly towards fellow Argentineans, these ants are very aggressive towards different species of ants. Even up against dominant fire ants this ant can come out conqueror. It has been quite the aggressor towards many other ants, but up against the Asian Needle Ant, which follows on our list, even this domineering ant has choked in the ring.
Originally from Japan, Korea, and China, the Asian Needle ant has been around since the early 1900’s but has only recently begun to dominate in the bug society of the United States. It can be found on the American Atlantic coast; from Connecticut to Florida.
This ant is classified as invasive because of its ability to subdue the extremely aggressive Argentine Ant. Scientists have discovered their shared territory and claimed the Asian Needle to be victorious. The most probable reason for the Asian Needle’s dominance is its hibernating patterns. While most ants hibernate in the winter, the Asian Needle ant is up and about much earlier in the year, giving it the edge in getting its colony going.
The underdogs on this list are definitely these “crazy” ants, which are also known as Tawny Crazy Ants and Raspberry Crazy Ants. Also invading the States from South America, this ant is called crazy because of its sporadic behavior. While most ants follow in single file, these ants run amuck in large stretched out trails. In some places, these crazies have been able to overpower the ferocious fire ant, especially on the Texas coast, leading to the theory that these ants prefer warm, moist climates.
If you are seeing fire ants, crazy ants, Argentine ants, or Asian needle ants in or around your Raleigh area home, get professional ant control.Bulwark Pest Control
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We all know to weatherproof in the winter, but what about summer? It is equally important to keep the heat out in the Summer time. Did you know that three quarters of your energy cost is specifically heating and air conditioning? This is true all year round. Readying your home for summer will save you money and keep you cool and comfortable.
Check for cracks and holes in your windows and doors. Weatherstripping is a great option when trying to fill the spaces between windows and walls, as well as in door jams. Where it will be installed determines which kind you should buy. For example, the stripping for a door that swings over a rug will be different than for a door that swings over a hardwood floor. You can also purchase self-stick weather-stripping that can be cut to size. This is a very easy and cost effective way to keep the cool air inside and the hot air outside.
Next, look for cracks in the walls and floors. This can be done using a flashlight. For filling these areas, use caulk and insulation. You can find many forms of insulation from the more typical batts and blankets to loose fill or spray insulation. Make your choice depending on the size and location of the space that needs filling.
Another important thing to remember is to have your heating and cooling unit serviced. Call your professional AC service technician to inspect your unit and perform any necessary maintenance. This should be done at least once a year. Your AC can freeze up from working too hard with malfunctioning parts, which could cause significant damage. Regular maintenance will help keep all the parts running smoothly all year round, not just in the summer. Do not wait until something is broken, because that means that while it was working, other parts were wearing down from the extra work.
There are some things you can do to help prevent serious damage to your unit. Make sure your home’s air filters are changed and the covers get cleaned. Keep doors cracked or open to provide better air flow, and make sure air registers are open and are not blocked by furniture or drapery.
One thing that often gets overlooked is window treatment. There are shades designed specifically for reflecting the sun away from the home. There is also a sun-blocking film that can be installed. The film sticks to the window and makes it tinted. Simply closing the blinds during the day can also help keep the sun out. The best window treatments for insulation are blackout curtains; they completely block out the sun.
Another option is to keep the sun from getting to the house in the first place. Plant shrubs and small shade trees on the eastern and western sides of the house, specifically wherever that afternoon sun beats on the windows.
Just doing these simple things will save you a lot of money in the long run and keep you cool in the short-term (and warm again in the winter). You’ll be able to enjoy your cool home without worrying about high energy bills. Remember, the right weatherproofing is beneficial year-round!
During the next few weeks, Raleigh, NC residents will begin to see large, noisy insects hatch from the ground. These red-eyed bugs are called cicadas, and they can be seen in swarms from mid-May until July. It’s all part of an insect cycle that occurs ever 17 years. Here’s what you need to know:
From Connecticut down to North Carolina, residents are bracing for the swarms of cicadas that are about to hit their quite neighborhoods. It’s an insect lifecycle that occurs every 17 years. You will be seeing hoards of these cicadas on everything, from your home, to your cars, and especially in your trees.
Back in 1996, when gas was only $1.20 a gallon, and President Bill Clinton was doing his thing, swarms of these cicadas laid their eggs in the soil. There they lay for 17 years, growing. Then, when the temperature of the soil reaches about 65 degrees (which should be about any day now) these eggs will hatch. The scene will look like something out of a horror movie. The ground will appear to be boiling as these young cicadas crawl out like reanimated zombies.
Clusters of these Brood II cicadas, ranging from a few thousand to millions, will begin buzzing around. Not only will you be able to see the bugs stick on your home and trees, you will be able to hear them. The noisy buzzing sound can be as loud as a lawn mower; or 100 decibels.
After hatching from the ground, they’ll climb up your trees, shed their skins, and then transform into loud, obnoxious adults. They’ll lay their eggs in the ground and repeat the life cycle. After about six weeks they’ll be gone. You won’t see them again until 2030.
Question: What Do The Cicadas Look Like?
Answer: The Brood II cicadas that are about to take over North Carolina will reach lengths of two inches in length. They black with red eyes that are wide set.
Question: Are The Cicadas Dangerous?
Answer: No. Cicadas do not sting. They do not bite. You do not need to be afraid of these insects, despite their menacing appearance.
Question: How Long Will I Be Seeing The Cicadas?
Answer: The cicadas will hatch mid to late May, when the soil temperatures reach about 65 degrees. By Independence Day you will likely be seeing the last of the cicadas (until 2030)
Question: Can I Prevent The Cicadas?
Answer: Short answer… No. Unfortunately, this cicada hatch is going to happen whether we like it or not. The good news is that the cicadas will not intentionally enter your North Carolina home. Just keep your doors and windows closed to keep a cicada from stumbling in.
Question: Will Pest Control Help With The Cicadas?
Answer: Yes, pest control will kill the cicadas when they come in contact with the pesticide. Since there will be millions of these cicadas, they will be difficult to eliminate for the duration. They will keep coming in waves. Remember, the cicadas will die off after six weeks.
If you are having problems with pests like roaches, spiders, or ants; get Raleigh pest control.Bulwark Pest Control
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One of the most destructive, malevolent, and impactful pests in the United States is the Red Imported Fire Ant. Here are ten reasons why:
Fire ants are labeled as a social menace because of their notorious sting. These stings are painful, and usually come in bunches. By the time a you feel the first sting; numerous ants could be on your body, all stinging at once. Once stung, your body will feel like it’s on fire. You’ll also experience redness, blistering, itching, and even vomiting.
The aggressive fire ant can take down frogs, lizards, and even small mammals. They will also dine on other native insects. These bully ants will drive out other animal and insect species—especially other ants.
Fire ant mounds serious problem in lawns, sporting fields and golf courses. The mounds can reach two feet high, and three feet in diameter. The can also reach depths of over six feet. These mounds also destroy tree and plant roots—destroying them!
Fire Ants are attracted to electrical equipment. They crawl into electrical wiring and air conditioning units, shorting them out. In fact, fire ants are the leading cause of traffic light shorts in the Southern United States.
The FDA calculates that $5 billion is spent every year on medical treatment, damage, and control in fire ant infested areas across the country.
Fire ants have the potential to impact North Carolina resident’s outdoor lifestyle. If fire ants are infesting your parks or backyards, there goes your outdoor recreational activity. No more running barefoot through your yard. No more picnics in the park. If you like to lie in the grass and watch the clouds go by, forget about it. You will be stung!
Fire ants are equal opportunity offenders. They will sting anybody, and play no favorites. They will even sting your pets. Pets can be stung and injured; and may have allergic reactions. Worst case scenario, your pets may be blinded by exposure to the fire ant venom; or even die.
The agricultural industry is also affected by the red imported fire ant. The FDA figures that the ant causes $750 million in damage to agricultural assets—mainly crop loss, livestock loss, and vet bills. Newborn livestock are prone to fire ant attacks, which can lead the death of the livestock. The ants are drawn to an animal’s eyes, nose and mouth. When they sting, it causes an animal’s nose, mouth, and throat to swell up. The animal suffocates. Fire ant mounds also demolish farming equipment, machinery, and irrigation systems that affect harvesting operations.
The fire ant’s ability to damage trees and plants cause significant changes in ecosystems over time. This is done by tunneling through the plant’s roots. The ants also attack and drive out other native species or animal and insect.
One of the most challenging pests to eliminate is the Red Imported Fire Ant. When treated with traditional insecticides, the ants will just spread out and wait for the poison to dissipate. They will then return. Furthermore, when a colony feels threatened, the immature queens will suddenly become mature—leaving the hive and starting new colonies. They spread even more rapidly.
As previously mentioned, fire ants are extremely difficult to control. Do not try to take on these malevolent pests yourself, and don’t risk a painful sting. Get help controlling the fire ants near your home or property. Get professional ant control!Bulwark Pest Control
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Imagine being on vacation with a good friend. You’re in your hotel room when you start to notice tiny reddish-brown bugs crawling next to you on the hotel couch. Before long, you notice red welts appearing on your legs. Well, that’s exactly what happened to a Raleigh, NC woman recently.
Stephanie Eason of Raleigh, NC reached out to Channel 9 News about being attacked by bloodsucking bedbugs while staying at Homewood Suites Hotel in Charlotte. Eason, who was in town for CIAA weekend, reportedly brought the bedbugs back to her Raleigh home as well.
After noticing the bedbugs crawling on the hotel room furniture, Eason reached out to hotel management about the possible infestation. Management sprayed the room for bedbugs, but it was too late… Eason had bedbug bites on her legs.
After the experience, Eason called the Mecklenburg County Health Department. Before the Country Health Department arrived, the Homewood Suites Hotel had treated the bedbug infestation. The room had been closed down, along with three other adjacent rooms; they all were treated by pest control professionals.
In order to eliminate the bedbugs from her Raleigh, NC home, Eason also sought the services of a Raleigh pest control professional. She is seeking compensation for the unfortunate bedbug incident, and working with the hotel’s insurance company to take care of the bill.
Bedbugs are malicious pests that feed on your blood while you sleep. They are a copper color, about 3/8 of an inch long, and are wingless. They are a flat oval shape, kind of like an apple seed. The presence of bedbugs in your hotel room may be accompanied by a sweet odor in the room.
So you’re going on vacation, but worried about bloodsucking bedbugs hiding in your hotel room. Detecting these bedbugs before getting bit is no easy task because of the bedbug’s secretive and cryptic nature. They have a propensity to hide in very narrow areas that are not visually readily accessible.
Before you bring your luggage inside your hotel room, check it over thoroughly. Look inside the furniture, along baseboards, and in the carpet. Pull back the bedding on your bet. Inspect the seams of the mattress. Do the same to the box spring.
If you feel like your hotel room is bedbug free, store your luggage above the ground on the luggage racks provided. Doing so will help prevent the bedbugs from getting in your clothes; and help prevent them from being brought home.
If you suspect your room may have bedbugs, asked to be moved to a room far away from the original. Repeat the process.
If you fear that you may have brought bedbugs home with you from your vacation or travels, get professional pest control.
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