We all have bug problems. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live or how clean you think you are, you have a bug problem. Some problems may not be as big as others, but everyone has one.
It’s OK, though. You don’t need to feel bad about it. You shouldn’t freak out about it or start becoming paranoid about it. However, the sooner you accept it and learn about it, the faster you’ll be able to control it.
DISCLAIMER: This is not me, a pest control guy, trying to convince everyone who reads this that they have a severe problem and that they should immediately order our pest control service. Like I said, some problems aren’t all that big and we all have varying degrees of tolerance.
But what I am here to do is shed some light on the difference between “bugs” and “insects”. This is nothing official or too scientific, just an attempt to understand the differences between the little creatures we find in and around our homes.
Basically, bugs are annoying and have no place on your property or in your home. They can be dangerous, dirty or just straight annoying. Insects, on the other hand, are simply small creatures that go about their business. They are harmless, sometimes entertaining and even helpful.
So, bugs: bad. Insects: good. It’s semantics, I know, but let’s have fun with it. Let’s start with the bad.
Crickets. If you think about it, crickets are the only bugs around the house that make noises loud enough to actually keep you up at night. Their chirping is just a notch down from fingernails on the chalkboard. Making matters even worse is when they are hidden inside the walls, making them untouchable. Banging that area of the wall might quiet them down for a minute, but it won’ t remedy the problem. They serve no purpose on your property other than to make annoying chirping sounds with their legs. They’re not dangerous, just super annoying.
Roaches. Known for being the garbage men of the bug world, roaches are filthy more than anything. They don’t sting, bite or attack. But they do carry allergens that can affect those with sensitive noses. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t invade your home because its “dirty”. They actually don’t care how dirty or clean your house is. The cleanest houses still offer what they need: shelter, food and water.
Spiders. There’s nothing good about spiders. Even if they aren’t dangerous, they’re still bugs. If anything, they’ll almost always leave a mess wherever they’ve been with their webs. Yes, they are known to eat other bugs on the property, but they are bugs themselves. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Most spiders you find around your house are pretty harmless. Most of the will bite to defend themselves, but very few are poisonous enough to cause any real problems. There is nothing cute or cuddly about about them, so there’s no need for them.
Scorpions. Definitely a bug. Definitely bad. Definitely dangerous. There is nothing useful or beneficial about having scorpions on your property. It doesn’t matter who you are, they’re stings are extremely painful and the discomfort will surely last at least a few days. Depending on who you are, the stings can be life threatening. That’s no bueno.
Bees, wasps, hornets. These guys make up the 101st airborne division of the corps. They all sting and if you have allergies to their toxins, they can pose real complications. Their speed and mobility makes them intimidating. Like all good fighter squadrons, if you look carefully you can see embossed on their transparent wings “Terror of the Skies”.
Zero tolerance. As mentioned, we all have differing levels of tolerance for whatever bug problem we may have. Some have no tolerance whatsoever, while others don’t mind sharing their property with a few visitors. Of the hundreds of bugs or insects that are seeking room and board at your house, as a professional, the few commoners that I’m suggesting you have zero tolerance for are: scorpions, black widows and brown recluses. There are bugs, and then there are these guys. All of them are extremely toxic and all of them can cause long-term damage. Especially if you have small children living at home, we recommend immediate service to get rid of them as soon as you can. Scorpions, in particular, are expert survivors, and are best dealt with by professionals. (That’s my only business plug. I promise.)
Now for our little friends that make our backyards like our very own animal jungle.
Grasshoppers. All these guys do is mind their own business. Sure, they’re a little strange looking, but aren’t we all? They’re completely harmless and can be a little entertaining for kids to examine. In some cultures they are actually used within the diet as a viable source of protein, vitamins and minerals. In others, they are symbols of charm and good luck. Give ‘em a break!
Lady bugs. Even in our culture lady bugs are seen as good luck. Especially if you get one to land on you that doesn’t have black spots. Those are like super good luck, or so I’m told. When it lands on you the trick is to get it to hang with you as long as possible. The longer it lingers, the more good luck you’ll have.
Butterflies. Could you honestly see yourself harming a butterfly? No, I didn’t think so. That’s practically inhumane. Kids love to see and chase them. They’re typically really pretty and pose no inconvenience to you or your home. Let them do their thing. Grab a camera and see if you and your kids can’t snap a few good shots of them for your child’s art wall.
Mantises. The praying mantis is pretty mystical. Cultures of the Far East think very highly of our mantis friends, who actually boast over 2,400 verified species. Known for its prayer-like stance, the mantis inspired two forms of martial arts developed in China. In African cultures, the mantis is viewed as a god-like figure. In fact, “mantis” is Greek for “prophet”. So, as you can see, the mantis builds a pretty strong case for its preservation. They are well-equipped to defend themselves when threatened, but don’t pose any real danger to humans. They are certainly a rarity to see, and they don’t infest locations like other bugs do, so you might as well enjoy it before it moves along its merry way.
Saturday, May 11th was the Neon Splash Dash 5K in Scottsdale, AZ, and Bulwark Exterminating was a big hit with their scorpion trucks and glow-in-the dark scorpions. It was a night unlike any other.
Bulwark A Hit At Phoenix Neon Splash Dash
Before, during, and after the 6,000 neon clad runners crossed the finish line of the Neon Slash Dash 5K, they had the opportunity to get up close and personal with some scorpions. Tanks of Arizona Bark scorpions and even a Desert Hairy scorpion were the stars of the show, as they posed for spectator pictures. As the day turned into night, runners were amazed to see the scorpions glow under black lights.
Bulwark Exterminating’s scorpion professionals were also on scene, with two scorpion trucks, to answer any questions about the scorpions and scorpion control. Raffle tickets were sold, with a lucky winner getting a free initial scorpion service.
Bulwark’s team scorpion also competed in the 5K, finishing the race covered in glow-in-the-dark neon paint. Good times were had by all.
The Neon Splash Dash
The Neon Splash Dash is the wildest & brightest night time running event you’ve ever seen. Participants race through several different glow zones, and get sprayed with different colors of super intense ultraviolet glow water. Today’s top music hits are also blasted at each of these glow zones to keep the energy going.
After the neon clad runners cross the finish line, they pose for pictures under black lights. The thousands of glowing runners then dance the night away during the events after glow party.
Bulwark Exterminating Scorpion Trucks
Bulwark Exterminating has developed a nocturnal treatment program for eliminating scorpions in Arizona, using a custom-built “Scorpion Truck” that operates at sundown. These scorpion trucks were on display at the Neon Splash Dash.
Inside the enclosed bed of the scorpion trucks, is a 500 gallon reservoir which allows an average application of 20-30 gallons per treatment. The truck’s power sprayers will put out enough product to get under every rock in your yard. The trucks are also able to run off electric power which eliminates motor noise in the late evening hours. Many of the 6,000 runners at the Neon Splash Dash in Scottsdale commented on how cool the scorpion trucks were to see up close.
Bulwark Scorpion Control
Homes in Arizona have been built on the scorpion’s natural habitat. Even though the scorpions were here first, you still don’t want them coming into your home and un-expectantly stinging you. Bulwark scorpion control will come out with a scorpion truck and lay down a protective barrier to prevent scorpions from entering your home. Scorpions only breed once a year, so once you get the population under control with scorpion services; the population will not rebound quickly.
Interested in a nocturnal scorpion control service? Let us know:
The opening of “Iron Man 3” this last weekend marked the beginning of the summer movie season. It has finally arrived! There are some big movies we are all looking forward to this summer. “The Wolverine,” “Man of Steel,” “Fast & Furious 6,” “World War Z,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and “The Lone Ranger” have all peaked my interest.
The opening of “Iron Man 3” also marked a big weekend for Bulwark Exterminating. Bulwark débuted a video advertisement entitled “Roaches Eat Toothpaste” before the start of all of your favorite summer movies.
The funny and slightly disturbing video shows an adult cockroach, played by our very own Thomas Ballantyne, chowing down on gobs of toothpaste; something roaches are known to dine n from time to time. Yes, disgusting as it is, roaches do eat toothpaste. See for yourself:
Houston Roach Commercial: Roaches Eat Toothpaste
The video advertisement will be showing before your movie starts in select Houston, TX theaters… So, get to your movie early, grab a bucket of buttered popcorn and a Dr. Pepper, and settle in for a hilarious and horribly disturbing beginning to your summer flick.
The video will run for a couple months, and hopes to raise public awareness to the serious roach problems in the Houston, TX area.
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Cockroaches smell, spread disease, and can cause asthma. Whether it’s American Roaches, German Roaches, Asian Roaches, Texas Waterbugs, Tree Roaches, or any other type of cockroach; don’t let cockroaches ruin your summer. Get professional roach control from Bulwark Exterminating. Bulwark’s roach control solution not only gets rid of roaches inside your home, but extends to protecting the outside of home in a way that prevents cockroaches from ever infesting your home again.
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.
Anytime you live next to a open field, a golf course or a lake you get a lot of little spiders ballooning over to your house they spin a little web in the wind when their babies and the wind picks up that web and carries it to the high tree or to your house where they’ll attach to your house and start to thrive. Eventually they grow up in a way and this is what we have here we have five egg sacs each containing about two hundred ends so while the problem did not originate here they got here and now they’re laying eggs directly on your wall, problem is that these egg sacs, hatch they’re gonna find a way in this window from small cracks or crevices and pressure inside your home.
CBS 5 News In Phoenix Turns To Bulwark For Scorpion Advice
With this year’s warmer than usual spring, Arizona residents are seeing quite the increase in scorpion activity. Warmer weather means more scorpion breeding; which in turn, means we are seeing a lot more of these dangerous pests. Because of these early sightings, Bulwark Exterminating technicians have been making more house calls than usual for this time of year.
Scorpions are the most significant and prominent pests found in Arizona. When you’re dealing with such a malevolent pest, you want to call the best there is. That’s why CBS 5 News (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) turned to Bulwark Exterminating for some much needed scorpion advice.
CBS 5 reporter Colton Shone and crew tagged along in Bulwark Exterminating’s scorpion truck, as technician and scorpion expert Devin Conner treated a scorpion infested house.
“For every scorpion that you do find, there are a lot more hiding that you are not able to see,” Devin said.
“They will usually travel along electrical lines.” Even closed doors… “They only need one-sixteenth of an inch which is about the width of that guy right there (credit card).”
Darren Desylvia, whose home Bulwark was treating as CBS filmed, believes scorpion control efforts will pay off this year, and that his family will no longer have to live in fear of these stinging, malicious pests.
Bulwark was happy to help.
Bulwark’s Scorpion Control
When CBS News was in need of some expert advice and help dealing with scorpions, they called the best, and so should you. Bulwark Exterminating is an expert when it comes to Scorpion Control, having treated some 25,000 scorpion infested homes. Bulwark’s signature treatment, administered by highly experienced technicians, will create a barrier around your home that will keep those stinging scorpions away.
Call us to find out about our nocturnal treatments, and our highly specialized scorpion truck.
New Report: Microscopic Scorpions Crawl On You While You Sleep
Phoenix, AZ—A study conducted by The University of Phoenix has found, that during an average night’s sleep, some 300 microscopic scorpions unknowingly crawl across your face, neck, and body as you slumber.
These microscopic scorpions, which look a lot like lint when bunched together, are confined to the State ofArizona; but researchers fear outbreaks inTexas, and isolated parts ofNevadaandSouthern Utahare inevitable.
It’s important to note that these microscopic scorpions cannot sting humans, unlike their cousin the Bark Scorpion. Their stingers are simply too small.
The University of Phoenix’s lead entomologist, a Klaus Meine, issued the following statement regarding the microscopic scorpions:
“As you sleep, you become a virtual playground for these creeping pests just mere minutes after you fall asleep; inhaling dozens of the scorpions and swallowing at least 20 during an eight-hour period.”
It gets worse. Meine added,
“While these microscopic scorpions are drawn to the moist and humid areas of the nose and mouth, they will also spend each night birthing hundreds of their young in and around your armpits.”
There is one surefire way to tell if you have a microscopic scorpion infestation, Meine continued.
“Like all otherscorpions, these microscopic scorpions give live birth. Victims who suffer from a microscopic scorpion infestation will awaken with scorpion afterbirth in their bed sheets. It’s about this time a victim should know they are not alone in bed.”
At this time homeowners in Arizona, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah should be on high alert. There is no known cure for the microscopic scorpions, as this is a new report.
*** Update: The Horrifying Truth About Microscopic Scorpions
The truth is, microscopic scorpions are not real, and according to this report, we do not swallow scorpions, spiders, or any other insect while we sleep.
The next time you see a spider in your shower, be prepared. Have a surefire plan of attack. The following methods are your best weapons to combat an unsightly spider found hiding inside your home.
If you want an effective way to kill a spider, a firearm will get the job done. A .44 caliber Ruger should do the trick.
9. Call Chuck Norris
The truth is, you don’t need a firearm to kill a spider… Chuck Norris is an equally efficient killing machine!
8. Play Carly Rae Jepsen’s, “Call Me Maybe”
If you see a dangerous spider in your home, take the following preventative steps:
Step 1: Put in earplugs.
Step 2: Turn on the radio and find Carly Rae Jepsen’s, “Call Me Maybe.” With as much airplay as that song gets, it should be easy to find playing on some station.
Step 3: Point the speakers in the spider’s direction and watch as it instantly falls to it’s death.
Note: Playing anything by Justin Bieber is also equally effective.
When you see a spider running across your ceiling, grab the nearest can of hairspray. Enough of the sticky spray will freeze that spider in it’s tracks. Even if it doesn’t kill it; the spider will still have great hair.
6. Eat The Spider
A delicious way to kill a spider, assuming the spider is not dangerous, is to eat it. Marinade the spider with some garlic, thyme, olive oil and cayenne pepper; then toss it with some garden fresh arugula. Enjoy!
Many cultures regularly eat spiders, scorpions, and other insects.
5. Smash Spider In An Oreo Cookie
When that unsightly spider is running across your kitchen counter-top, grab your nearby bag of Oreo cookies. Take an Oreo apart, and quickly smash the spider in the Oreo’s cream. On top of killing the spider, you’ll also gain internet fame when you post a photo online claiming that you found the spider inside.
You see a spider running across your bedroom floor and you freeze. Don’t panic– Now’s the time to react quickly. A thick-soled, steel toed boot is your best ally at this point. Slip it on, and stomp. Keep stomping! Twenty or thirty times should be efficient.
If you want to try a different strategy with the boot, and have good aim, throw the boot at the spider and run!
3. Make The Spider Sit Through A Phoenix Suns Game
WARNING: Watch a Phoenix Suns game at your own risk… Viewer discretion is advised.
If you want the spider to suffer a slow and painful death, subject the spider to a 2013 Phoenix Suns basketball game. One half of inept basketball should be enough to put the spider out of it’s misery.
If you want an effective way to kill a spider, a flamethrower is one of your best bets. Even though you may risk burning your house to the ground, you know that spider is not coming out of it alive.
A surefire way to kill a spider, and keep them from ever entering your home in the first place, is to hire Bulwark Pest Control. If you want a money back guaranteed spider control solution; then call Bulwark today and start living a spider free life! It’s just easier than any of the above methods.
Bulwark Exterminating does not recommend the shooting of spiders with firearms, treating them with a flamethrower, or eating them with arugula. Watch a Phoenix Suns game at your own risk… Viewer discretion is advised.
In some cases, like those of the Black Widow or Brown Recluse, spiders can be dangerous. Avoid striking a venomous spider. Doing so may simply knock them to the floor, where they can easily escape. The spider may also fall onto your hand or another part of your body and bite.