Lovebugs and Kissing Bugs… These two bugs have names synonymous with Valentines Day. Despite their romantic names, they can also be a nuisance, and even pose a threat to your health or your property. Here’s what you need to know about our two Valentines Day Bugs; the Lovebug and the Kissing bug.
The name lovebug garners emotions of romantic adoration… Emotions synonymous with Valentines Day. Heck, some of us even use the term lovebug as a term of endearment for our significant others. The truth is there really isn’t a lot to love about these nuisance flying pests; at least not when they’re swarming. Two times every year, in early spring and late summer, lovebugs (Plecia nearctica) take flight in the millions. In some areas of the United States, swarms of lovebugs may even look like dark clouds. Lovebugs become nuisance insects when they swarm along the interstates and highways. Motorists may experience hundreds, if not thousands, of these bugs smashed on their car’s windshields, hoods, and radiator grills. After a short amount of times, these smashed lovebugs will dry onto a car and be very difficult to remove. In fact, lovebugs are actually very acidic; a trait that keeps them from being eaten by predators. The acid of the dead lovebugs on a car will actually result in pits and etchings in the car’s paint and chrome. In addition to ruining you car’s paint, they can also clog your radiator and engine. In addition to swarming on interstates and highways, lovebugs have been known to swarm in and around your home and property in more rural areas. As they’re looking to mate, lovebugs can stumble inside you home by the hundreds. Lovebugs get their name because they spend the majority of it’s life mating and copulating with it’s mate.
When I refer to a kissing bug, I’m not referring to some “bug” or illness you catch from kissing; so kiss away this Valentines Day! I’m referring to an insect that gives you kisses while you sleep at night… And not the type of kisses you want. Kissing bugs have a propensity to bite the faces and lips of unsuspecting humans as we sleep. These bites can cause welts, irritation, and even allergic reactions in more sever cases. The purpose of this blood meal, is that it is completely essential for male kissing bugs to reproduce and for the female kissing bug to lay eggs. Kissing Bugs (Triatominae) are also called conenose bugs, triamines, and assassin bugs. These bugs hide out together during the day, and search for blood at night. They rely on heat and odors to find their blood meals. We are most susceptible to these bug bites when we sleep. They are drawn to our houses by the lights at night.
This Valentines Day, skip the same ole same ole. Drop the flowers that die a few days later, ditch the chocolates, and give a gift that keeps on giving… Year round! I’m talking about pest control. Give your significant other the piece of mind that he or she will be pest free; and not have to worry about kissing bugs in bed, lovebugs swarming inside, or any other type of pest that may make life miserable!
Ever since I was a kid, one of the worst chores assigned to me was pulling weeds. Just the thought of being out there in the scorching Arizona sun, on my hands and knees, digging and pulling at those obnoxious weeds makes my back hurt.
Over the years, my distain for unsightly weeds has only grown. Arizona weeds have a rapid growth rate because of their ease of germination. If I take a couple weeks off from pulling them from my Peoria yard; I’m overrun with weeds!
I now have an ally in my battle against all those unattractive weeds. Weed control has never been easier.
I just call Bulwark Weed Control!
Are you looking to never have to pull weeds again? If so, get professional weed control from Bulwark. Bulwark Weed Control is a team of licensed, well-trained, professionals, with a new, custom, state-of-the art weed control truck.
Bulwark Weed Control will take into account Arizona’s monsoon season, offering pre-emergent treatments that coordinate with the monsoon rains. Bulwark can also protect your property, not only from weeds, but also other pests; by offering convenient pest control and weed control treatments in one stop.
Your home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make. Protect that investment by keeping your property free from unsightly and destructive weeds. These weeds will actually detract from the value of your home. Weeds also compete for the water and nutrients the other trees and plants in your yard need to grow.
By eliminating the weeds, you keep your property looking its best all year round! Your satisfaction is guaranteed!
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In addition to killing weeds, Bulwark’s new weed control truck is also equipped for the treatment of pests and termites. Customers can conveniently have their property treated for not only weeds, but for termites, and for pests like scorpions, roaches, spiders, and ants; all in one visit. This takes any hassle out of weed and pest control.
Every property in Phoenix is unique. Some homeowners landscape with grass, others with rock. Some have palm trees, others cactus. One thing that all homeowners can agree on is that nobody wants weeds devaluing their property.
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A year ago the sports world and bug enthusiasts alike where shocked to hear that the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets would be changing their name to the New Orleans Pelicans.
The name change marked the end of an era, as there are no longer any major professional sports teams (i.e. NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB) left with an insect as their mascot.
Sure, there are a few NCAA team with insects as mascots, like the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, the Richmond Spiders, and the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs. Still, there are no more major professional sports teams named after bugs.
This anti-bug-mascot trend is all about to change, as Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan recently announced they were dropping their Bobcat mascot in favor of the Hornet once again.
As soon as the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets opted to change their name to the New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan knew right away that he wanted to get back to his team’s roots.
During halftime of a late December 2013 game against the Utah Jazz, Jordan announced at center court that the name change would happen by the 2014-2015 season. Along with the name change, the team’s logo and colors will be updated as well.
Charlotte’s NBA team was previously named the Hornets from 1988-2002 when the team was moved to New Orleans.
The primary logo utilizes the purple and teal color palette and features an aggressive-looking hornet that is ready to attack. Its piercing eyes, raised antennae, expanded wings and pointed stinger depict its relentless intensity. Incorporated within the logo is a basketball that doubles as the hornet’s body. The Charlotte Hornets wordmark is written across the insect. The logo contains several odes to that of the original Hornets with its white wings, white accents within its eyes, a stinger and the inclusion of a basketball.
The logo represents several characteristics of actual hornets, including their swarming and attacking nature, along with their fierceness and relentlessness when protecting their nests. These same characteristics connect with the city of Charlotte itself. The city’s rebelliousness, aggressiveness and protective attributes date to the Revolutionary War when British commander General Cornwallis referred to Charlotte as “a hornet’s nest of rebellion.”
“The logos are the foundation of an organization’s brand identity, and our goal was to design logos that would have awareness, be relevant and resonate with our fans,” said Bobcats Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield. “We developed a logo that physically depicted the characteristics and DNA of the type of team we want on the court, as well as those of hornets and the city of Charlotte.”
As bug and insect aficionados, all of us here at Bulwark Exterminating would love to see more insect mascots in professional sports. Let’s give some of these pests the real respect they deserve!
I for one am shocked that there is not a professional sports team in Arizona named “The Scorpions.” With as prevalent as scorpions are in the state of Arizona, and the malevolence of their stings, you thing some team would have adopted the nickname.
Fire Ants, Scorpions, Spiders, Bees, even Tarantulas would make for a pretty cool mascot in my humble opinion.
Award reflects Bulwark’s consistently high level of customer service
Bulwark Exterminating has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013.
The following Bulwark Exterminating branch locations have received the 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award (parentheses indicate years winning the award):
New 2013 Award Recipients:
Upon learning of Bulwark receiving the esteemed Angie’s List Super Service Award, Bulwark Exterminating’s Director of Operations Todd Martin exultantly says,
“Knowing that we are taking care of our customers, and creating pest free living environments for their families is a very satisfying feeling. This achievement could not have been accomplished without the professionalism and quality delivered by our technicians, with the support of the rest of our exemplary team. They are the people who make this possible.”
Martin also credits Bulwark’s remarkable customers in winning the prestigious award:
“It means a lot that so many of our customers took the time out of their busy schedules to leave reviews about our outstanding service on our Angie’s List sites. We are indebted to our customers.”
“Only about 5 percent of the companies that Bulwark Exterminating competes are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2013 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.
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Bulwark Exterminating is an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. Bulwark is fully operational in nine states, including thirteen major cities. While Bulwark provides pest extermination for common pests like scorpions, ants, roaches, crickets and spiders; the company’s differentiating aspect is great personalized service. Bulwark uses the finest and most effective products in the world to solve common pest problems.