We all remember our college years. We lived with not a whole lot of money. Some of us took a few odd-end jobs just to be able to buy food for the week or fill up our tanks with gas. As Bulwark seeks to support those with a dream, we recently created the Aaron Seever Sales Scholarship to identify and reward an upcoming salesperson who has shown the same kind of grit and dedication on which Bulwark Exterminating was founded.
It is our pleasure and honor to name Jordan Faiella of Central Florida University the first recipient of the Aaron Seever Sales Scholarship. Jordan wins $500 which he intends to put towards his education and also an iPad Mini.
Let’s meet our winner!
Jordan is currently a freshman at UCF and as a part of his application essays, recounted a time when he was in high school and looking for a way to raise money that would be spent on his college tuition. He decided to make and sell low-cost breakfast items to students that would momentarily be taking the SAT exam.
In his own words… “The only way to earn money would be through old-fashioned entrepreneurship. That’s when the dreaded SAT, usually a harbinger of death, became a ray of hope in my dim financial future. I decided to sell the anxious test takers nutritious, brain-power snacks before the test at the high school-friendly price of one dollar. While it cost me more than a dollar on most of these items, I correctly predicted the sheer volume of the people who would buy them would cover the cost. Doing the stand every month the SAT was administered, I was able to rake in about $250 per test, over seven tests, resulting in a profit of over $1,700.”
So where did Jordan find this type of inspiration?
“Rockefeller. Gates. Buffet. Men known for their great fortunes, but what they should be known for is their work ethic. They started their careers as salesmen, selling their respective products – oil, software or stocks. Their dogged determination to sell these products changed the world and I hope one day to do the same.”
From among nearly 600 scholarship applicants, we felt Jordan’s essays most accurately displayed the hard working ethic that continues to drive Bulwark as one of the largest family-owned pest control companies in the country.
The Aaron Seever Scholarship.
Aaron Seever is a co-founder of Bulwark Exterminating. Before creating Bulwark, he worked as a door-to-door sales representative at another nationally known pest control company. There, he broke nearly every sales record in their books. As a result, he was asked to help rewrite the sales curriculum for that company, which is the same material used to this day. Aaron still oversees Bulwark’s recruitment and development of its sales staff, and does so with a hands-on approach, oft times personally recruiting specific individuals that he identifies to represent the face and brand of Bulwark.
“True salesmanship seems to be a lost art these days,” says Aaron. “High quality salesmen and women are the most underrated employees we have in our country. They are the faces and voices of our brands. They are not just selling product. They are selling the value and experience of our companies in a one-on-one relationship building experience.”
Fall is finally here, and it seems like much of the Valley is coming out of its heat induced coma. Valley residents are out and about; riding bikes, hiking, and taking their dogs for long walks while enjoying the cool crisp fall weather. Our outdoor activity has increased due to the cooler weather, as has the bug activity.
With this increase in bug activity in the Phoenix, particularly with ants and scorpions, the local media turns to the pest management professionals at Bulwark Exterminating for some answers.
Phoenix’s ABC-15 speaks with Bulwark’s Thomas Ballantyne and watches as Bulwark technician Adele Shields treats an ant infested yard here in Phoenix.
ABC-15 In Phoenix Turns To Bulwark About Influx Of Cold Weather Bugs
Why Do We See An Influx Of Pests When The Weather Cools?
It’s natural to begin to see more pests when the weather cools, not only in your home but around your yard as well. Just because you are seeing a few more pests, doesn’t mean you are dealing with a full-blown infestation.
Just like you and me, pests do not like cold weather. The cooler fall months are used by the pests to prepare for the cold winter months. Pests like scorpions, do not do well exposed to the winter elements. During the fall, they are actively feeding, preparing for the winter, and enter our homes looking for refuge.
When in an exposed environment, pests will actually hibernate to survive the frigid temperatures. Those that find themselves in a protected space, such as an insulated attic or in a box in the garage, may never experience enough cold to trigger their internal clocks to notify them to start the hibernation process. If this happens you may see them throughout much of the winter.
If you are seeing pests like ants, scorpions, roaches, or spiders in your Valley home this fall, call Bulwark Exterminating today!
September 11, 2001 will always be a tragic day in American history, but in the years since the attacks, it has become a day to honor the victims and survivors by doing good. We’ve proven as a country, that good things can come after disaster.
It’s been 12 years since that tragic September day, so here are 12 ways we can honor the victims of 9/11:
One of the biggest ways you can honor those whose lives where lost on that tragic day, is to serve your fellow man. Go out of your way and look for ways in which you can serve. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen. Read a patriotic book to children at the library. Help out in your son or daughter’s first grade class. The possibilities are endless and are only limited by your imagination. Volunteer to serve! Even the smallest act of service is a way to honor those we lost on 9/11.
New York, Washington, DC and Shanksville, Pennsylvania all have memorials that allow the public to reflect on the events of September 11th, and pay tribute to the many lives which were lost. If you are going to be far from these memorials, there is a very good chance there is a commemoration of some kind in your vicinity. A quick Google search should lead you to an event in your area.
3. Write A List Of Things In Which You’re Thankful
This Patriot day, give thanks and show gratitude! One of the easiest ways you can do this is to write a list of all the things you are thankful for. Be thankful that you live in the greatest country in the world; and be thankful for all the people around you. Be thankful for the blessings you have in your life, and remember that many of these blessing would not be afforded to you if it wasn’t for the sacrifices of so many.
4. Donate Blood
After the September 11th attacks, the blood supply at the Red Cross was at an all time high. So many Americans waited in long lines to donate. Today, however, the Red Cross’ national blood supply has reached a 15 year low. This Patriot Day, going to your local blood bank and donating is among the most important contributions you can make to your community.
5. Thank A Serviceman Or Servicewoman
Taking some time to thank your firefighters and police officers speaks volumes, as they were some of the first responders that tragic September day. Many of the 3,000 lives that were lost that day were in fact firefighters and police officers. These men and women acted as heroes; and still do today. Say thank you. Give them a wave and a smile. Drop some cookies off at the fire station. Whatever… Just say thanks!
6. Take A CPR Class
I’m not at all trying to compare any act that you and I could ever do, to the acts of those brave men and women who lost their lives trying to save the victims of the terrorist attacks. What I am saying, is that if and when any sort a tragedy strikes, prepare yourself to save the life of someone else. Learn CPR. Along the same lines as donating blood, learning CPR is a very important contribution that you can offer to your community.
7. Fly The Flag
Honor those who lost their lives on September 11th by flying Old Glory! It’s American. It’s patriotic. It shows love and support for your country. Don’t have a flag pole? Change your profile picture on Facebook to that of an American flag.
8. Write A Thank You Letter To The Troops
This Patriot Day write a letter to our troops, basically thanking our soldiers for answering the call to duty… Just like the first responders did on 9/11. It is very uplifting for the soldiers to hear stories about people back in the US that are going out of their way to support them; both at home and while they are forward deployed. Your contribution to the health and welfare of those who serve our nation, and their families, is a special gift indeed. Men and women overseas take comfort in knowing people like you are thinking about them.
The support and patriotism of simply writing a letter has helped strengthen the resolve of this country, strengthen the resolve of our soldiers. It’s the people writing letters that keep our troops motivated and proud to serve our country.
I know that planting a tree might seem cliché, but doing so is a traditional way to celebrate life…Something that should be done to remember lives lost. Not up to planting a tree, tie yellow ribbons around the trees in your neighborhood.
We all know that we need to tell those who are precious to us that we love them more often; why not today. September 11th is one of those days where emotions run high; and tender moments are felt. Share these feelings and moments with loved ones. Hug your kids tight. Call your mom.
11. Celebrate The Little Moments
This September 11th, slow down. Appreciate all that is around you. Pay close attention to the little things; like your young daughter tying her shoe, your son laughing at his cartoons, and your spouse slurping their breakfast cereal. These little moments are precious, and may not exist if it weren’t for the sacrifices of so many.
Twelve years since the attacks on our Country, we all still remember that tragic September day. Most of us remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we heard the horrible news. I was waiting in line at a bank drive thru, on my way to my freshman chemistry class, when I turned on the radio and was shocked to hear two planes had crashed into each of the World Trade Center buildings; and additional planes had crashed into a Pennsylvania field and the Pentagon building respectively.
Many of us can still close our eyes, and remember in almost near perfect detail, those painful moments when grief somberly crashed over us like a tidal wave. Americans the world over held each other tight, seeking the assurance that the country we knew and loved wasn’t collapsing under our feet. Our memories will always be fresh, along with our sympathy for the victims and their families. Take some time to remember and reflect on the events of that day; and the people and first responders whose lives were lost.
We Will Never Forget
For all of us here at Bulwark Pest Control, we will never forget those innocent people, whose lives were lost September 11th 2001. We are grateful for the opportunities afforded to us in this country, and are grateful to those who continue to defend it against any further acts of terror.
Health products are quite the rage lately. Everything from bars, to drinks, to supplement pills. These days people will eat just about anything in order to eat organic, slim down or help a cause. Entire grocery stores are dedicated to ultra-healthy foods and ingredients.
There’s an old saying that goes something like this: “If you can’t pronounce what it’s made of, then you shouldn’t be eating it.” Sounds simple enough. Seems like a good rule of thumb. Besides, how healthy can something really be that contains “disodium inosinate” and “disodium guanylate”? (The ranch-flavored sunflower seeds I’m eating as I write this article.)
So for all you health nuts (pun intended) out there, how does these ingredients sound in your next bar product:
- Organic dates
- Organic agave nectar
- Cocoa powder
- Organic oats
Sound good so far? Let’s continue…
- Chapul cricket flower
- Flax seed meal
Whoa, whoa! Wait a second! Let’s back up there. Chapul cricket flower?! What the heck is that?
Well, it’s as real as it sounds. Chapul (cha-pool) cricket flower is made from real life Jamaican crickets. Or, scientifically known as Gryllus assimilis.
I give to you the Chapul Original Cricket Bar.
Chapul Cricket Bar
The idea behind grinding down crickets into flour to be used in a protein bar is actually quite complex. Quite global . The mastermind behind the Chapul cricket bar, Pat Crowley, grew up in the cunning wilderness of Arizona. He is even a white-water rafting guide down the Colorado River, the same body of water he grew up exploring as a child. The interesting thing, he explains, is that by the time the river passes through Arizona, Nevada and California it has mostly been used by nearly 30 million people and even more livestock being raised for consumption. The river no longer reaches to the Pacific Ocean.
Fast forward to 2011 when Pat hears a TED talk by Dr. Marcel Dicke on entomophagy. Dr. Dicke’s talk, entitled “Why Not Eat Insects?”, addressed the reasons first-world, developed countries such as the United States should consider introducing insects as a regular source of protein in a daily diet. If we rely on insects, argues the Dr., there will be lesser of a need to raise so many cattle and swine, thereby helping to sustain the rivers.
Pat then coupled the theories and topics that Dr. Dicke covered in his talk with his own understanding of water conservation and consumption, and decided to give it a try. Next thing we know, Chapul bars!
But How Do They Taste?
If you’re already accustomed to eating all-natural, organic products, it honestly taste just like any other bar. To me, it’s not that far off from eating a chocolate flavored LARABAR. It’s a bit cakey in texture, not crunchy or hard. There are only two flavors available, chocolate and Thai, and I’ve only tried chocolate. The retailer where I purchased the bar was selling it for $3.29. I’m no health freak, but I feel that is probably about average for what you’d pay for a similar product. Plus, 10% of the profits from each bar help fund water sustainability projects along the Colorado River.
If you honestly didn’t know what was inside, you’d think it was just another food bar. Except this one helps to sustain the Colorado River. Oh yeah… it also has crickets inside.
Las Vegas Pest Control Reviews Earn Bulwark an Award!
Super Service Award 2011
Bulwark Exterminating has been awarded the 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award in Las Vegas for the fourth consecutive year for the branch’s exceptional service and customer service rating.
Angie’s List, the pay-for consumer review website, awards its annual Super Service Award to approximately five percent of its listed businesses. Business operators are rated each year on aspects such as customer reviews, maintaining a limited number of reports and abiding by operational guides.
“It’s a real testament to the hard work and dedication of each of our technicians,” said Branch Manager Wayne Bryant. “We treat every customer like our best and most loyal customer, and they notice the difference.”
Bulwark’s Las Vegas exterminator branch has won the prestigious award since 2008. Since then the branch has seen consistent growth from year to year not just in customer base, but employed technicians and office staff. The Las Vegas valley also presents unique pest problems which are not easily eliminated.
“Scorpions in Las Vegas are the hardest household pest to eliminate,” said Bryant. “It’s quite satisfying to be recognized for our ability to successfully treat the homes of our customers, knowing they have some one of the most challenging pest problems.”
Bulwark Exterminating has been the center of attention in recent online marketing events for their insights on turning satisfied customers into online reviewers. Back in March of this year at the Search Marketing Expo in California, Thomas Ballantyne of Bulwark Exterminating spoke on the correlation between online reviews, customer satisfaction, customer retention, and customer referrals. “The type of behavior that is required to earn an online review is the same behavior that improves customer satisfaction which improves referrals. Our Las Vegas branch scored high in all of these areas. Wayne Bryant is a fantastic leader and motivator.”
Bulwark Exterminating LLC is based in Mesa, AZ and is an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. Bulwark is fully operational in seven states, including the eleven U.S. cities of Charlotte, Raleigh, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Atlanta, Tulsa, Mesa, Phoenix, St. George, and Las Vegas. While Bulwark provides pest management for common insects such as ants, roaches, crickets and spiders, the company’s differentiating specialty is scorpion control. To do this, Bulwark uses the finest and most effective products in the world to solve common pest problems. Bulwark is privately and family owned, has approximately 250 employees and services over 50,000 customers nationwide, providing pest control in North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. Local offices in Las Vegas are located at:
Bulwark Exterminating, 3932 Octagon Road, North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Bulwark Exterminating, 2129 Industrial Rd #203, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89102
Bulwark Exterminating,, 2707 East Craig Road, North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Bulwark Exterminating Earns 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2011
Bulwark Exterminating has been awarded the 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award for the company’s excellent customer service rating in Arizona.
Super Service Award recipients have maintained an “A” grade average in Angie’s rating formula. Only an estimated five percent of companies listed on Angie’s List receive the prestigious award on an annual basis. This will be the 3rd time that Bulwark has received the award here in the Phoenix area.
“Our technicians and office staff deserve this award 100%”, said Mesa Branch Manager Joe Davey. “They work tirelessly to ensure the needs of our customers are met day in and day out.”
Bulwark Exterminating services over ten thousands customers valley wide from offices in Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix and Peoria. The family owned exterminating company has made a name in Arizona as the pest control provider in the valley that absolutely guarantees to eliminate scorpions with a money back guarantee. In 2010, 97% of Bulwark’s current customers said they would recommend their pest control services to a friend of family member.
“We appreciate that our customers take the time to recognize the hard work of the technicians that service their homes,” said Davey. “Our techs are the face of Bulwark. Receiving the Super Service Award is an honor and it validates the hard work of our entire staff across the valley.”
While the award went to the Mesa pest control branch of Bulwark Exterminating the owners feel that the award is shared by all of the valley locations as customers on Angie’s list don’t often realize which branch services them.
Phoenix Metro Locations include:
Bulwark Exterminating, 40 N Central Ave #1400, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 652-2251
Bulwark Exterminating, 10401 North 91st Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85345 (623) 572-3016
Bulwark Exterminating, 1228 East Broadway Road Mesa, AZ 85204 (480) 969-7474
Bulwark Exterminating, 18256 E Williams Field Rd # 2 Gilbert, AZ 85295 (480) 539-4933
About Bulwark Exterminating
Bulwark Exterminating LLC is based in Mesa, AZ and is an industry leader in providing high quality residential pest control service. Bulwark is fully operational in seven states, including eleven major cities. While Bulwark provides pest extermination for common insects such as ants, roaches, crickets and spiders, the company’s differentiating specialty is scorpion control. To do this, Bulwark uses the finest and most effective products in the world to solve common pest problems. Bulwark is privately and family owned, has approximately 250 employees and services over 50,000 customers nationwide, providing pest control in Raleigh, NC, Charlotte, Atlanta, Tulsa, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, St. George, UT, Phoenix and Las Vegas. For more information, visit http://www.BulwarkPestControl.com.