In 1621 the Wampanoag Natives and Pilgrims got together in Plymouth, Massachusetts gathering around a delectable roast turkey; thus solidifying the birds place in history. “Turkey Day,” as it is sometimes called, is celebrated by millions of Americans each year and culminates with the eating of some five billion pounds of turkey. This year alone Americans will eat over 270 million turkeys over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
A Turkey’s Insect Diet
As much as Americans love eating turkey, turkeys equally love eating insects. While farm raised turkeys eat seeds and cracked corn, wild turkeys are considered opportunistic omnivores. This means they eat a diverse assortment of plants and insects. Throughout the year, turkeys might feast on hundreds of different plant and invertebrate species. Insects are a smaller, but important, element of the wild turkey’s diet. This helps the bird get the protein it needs to survive in the wild.
Pests Your Thanksgiving Turkey Might Eat
During the summer and fall months, turkeys head into the fields munching on Differential Grasshoppers. Landowners love having wild turkeys on their property for this very reason. Turkeys eat the grasshoppers and other pests that quickly destroy plants and vegetation.
A turkey will listen for the song of a field cricket. That chirping sound, that most of us find annoying, helps a turkey locate these crunchy meals.
Black Carpenter Ants
Black Carpenter ants are a common insect for turkeys too eat. They are easy to find, and are on the turkey’s ground level. When a turkey finds an ant nest, it will dig and scratch away at it gobbling up every ant in sight.
Wolf Spiders are quite a tasty treat for turkeys, when they can find them. Wolf spiders are usually very shy and quickly run away when disturbed.
Chiggers are actually mites, cousins of spiders and ticks. Most of us have heard of them, or have been bitten by them, but don’t know what they are exactly. Chiggers spend most of their lives living in moist soil, and that’s where turkeys will find them.
Centipedes & Millipedes
Turkeys will scratch and ding near tree roots in search for these delectable meals. For more information about centipedes and millipedes, click here.
Earthworms & Slugs
These slimy garden pests are like filet mignon to a turkey… One of their favorites!
The crunch of a beetle in the beak of a turkey is something rural farmers love to hear. Colorado potato beetles, boll weevils and the Carpet beetles frequently create insect control problems when they invade and destroy household items and agricultural crops.
While scorpions are not common in most of the Turkey loving/living states, we have evidence to suggest that if a Turkey happened upon a scorpion it would indeed indulge itself to a tasty treat. The evidence lies in the chicken. Chickens will and do eat scorpions in Arizona.
What Would A Turkey’s Thanksgiving Dinner Look Like?
Now that we’ve examined some of the pests a turkey eats, this got this bug guy thinking: “What would a turkey’s thanksgiving dinner look like?”
For Bulwark’s a menu of a full four course Thanksgiving dinner for a turkey, click here.
Bulwark Pest Control
Wild turkeys love eating bugs and other creepy crawlies that can be commonly found in your home and on your property; but you’re no turkey. The thought of eating pests like Wolf Spiders is grotesque. You want them out of your home! If you are bugged by pests like roaches, spiders, ants or scorpions this Thanksgiving or anytime during the year, contact Bulwark Exterminating at 1-800-445-9313.
Make sure your house guests have a pest free Thanksgiving. Sorry if you consider a certain house guest a pest; we have no remedy for him or her.
At Bulwark Exterminating, we are thankful for you and for your business this year. Whether we’ve been a regular visitor to your home for years, or you’ve just been introduced to our Bulwark pest barrier, we’re thankful to have you as a member of our Bulwark Pest Control family. Happy Thanksgiving!
This Halloween, as you’re carving your jack-o-lanterns and handing out trick-or-treat candy to all of those ghouls, ghosts, goblins and princesses knocking on your door, be on the look out for a spider… It just might be one of your dead relatives dropping by to wish you well.
According to superstition, if you see a spider on Halloween it’s the spirit of a deceased loved one watching over you.
My question is, “How do you distinguish between a spider that is possessed, and one that isn’t?”
Here Are 10 Indicators That a Spider is Possessed by a Deceased Relative:
1. If you catch a spider making a turkey sandwich, it’s likely your Uncle Mort. Non-possessed spiders will stick to eating crickets, beetles, and other insects.
2. If the spider is trying to put a VHS cassette in your Blu-Ray player, it just might be your deceased mother trying to get you to watch The Sound of Music for the 50th time.
3. If you get a politically charged email forwarded to you by a spider this Halloween, that makes absolutely no sense, it’s just your deceased Aunt Sherry. Everybody knows real spiders are non-partisan. It’s the many blood suckers that are poly-tick-al.
4. If there is a message written in the spider’s web, it’s a dead relative seeking poetic justice… Or Charlotte, who’s also dead.
5. If you see a spider crawling on the ceiling, and it’s head starts spinning around like something straight out of The Exorcist movie, it’s definitely possessed. While spiders do crawl on ceilings, their heads will not spin around.
6. If you walk into your living room, and a spider is playing Neil Diamond’s Forever In Blue Jeans on repeat, it’s just your father who recently passed away. A real spider would be listening to Spiderwebs by No Doubt.
7. If a spider remarks, “When I was your age I had to walk to school, uphill both ways, IN THE SNOW,” it must be Grandpa. A real spider would either die off or hibernate during the snowy winter months.
8. If you walk by a spider this Halloween, and it says BOO, it’s likely cousin Sal. A real spider is scary enough and wouldn’t need to say BOO!
9. If you go to squash a mustached spider this Halloween, and it begins talking back to you, it’s Uncle Bobby! See for yourself in this video:
10. If you are a Bulwark Exterminating customer, and you see a spider in your home, you better believe it’s the spirit of a loved one watching over you… No real spider could ever get through our barrier.
Bulwark Spider Control
With all seriousness, if you are seeing spiders in your home this Halloween it’s no laughing matter. Spiders enter you home during the cooler fall months looking for refuge from the elements. Keep them out of your home with Bulwark’s Spider Control Service. We’ll wait until after Halloween is over if you’d like, just in case one of your loved ones happens to show up for a visit.
Give us a call and we will be happy to tell you more about our unique spider control solution! Start living a spider free life!
Happy Halloween from all of us at Bulwark Exterminating!
There’s no arguing it, what makes a business a good business is good people, and here at Bulwark we have the best. Our employees are knowledgeable compassionate and thorough. What more could you ask for? Brandon, one of our technicians, is one of these great employees. He is dedicated to getting the job done right and if something go’s wrong he is quick to fix it himself. Bulwark isn’t just a wall to keep bugs out, its a wall to make you feel safe.
One of the most feared pests we treat here at Bulwark Exterminating is the spider! Whether you live in Austin, TX, Charlotte, NC, or Atlanta, GA spiders are a part of your lives. They build webs around your property, and enter your home looking for insects to eat. Because of poisonous spiders like the Brown Recluse and the Black widow, spiders have a bad rap. This is unfortunate because spiders are rather timid creatures that will only bite if provoked or if they need to defend themselves. Unfortunately, spiders do bite. Some are poisonous.
How do you know if you are bitten by a spider? Is the spider dangerous? How do you treat a spider bite?
Identifying Common Spiders
Note: The Hobo Spider is no longer considered as dangerous as the Black Widow or Brown Recluse
Identifying Spider Bites
If you believe you have been bitten by a spider, look for a few of these symptoms:
- A raised bump or blister, or cluster of bumps or blisters, on the skin.
- A red ring surrounding the above mentioned bump or blister.
- Two holes or fang marks at the top of the bump.
- Inflammation around the suspected bite.
- Discoloration (black, brown, yellow, blue, or purple) of the skin near the suspected bite.
- Discolored discharge coming from the suspected bite.
- Pain, muscle spasms, nausea, or vomiting after the being bitten.
Black Widow Bites
Black widow spider bites may cause a sharp, shooting pain throughout an appendage, or they can also be painless and go unnoticed. Look for the above mention symptoms, as well as severe muscle cramps or spasms, nausea, vomiting, seizure, and an increase in blood pressure. The tissue around the bite will begin to die and appear rotten.
Brown Recluse Bites
A Brown Recluse bite is often painless. You will notice a reddening of the skin which will eventually turn white. The bite will develop a red bull’s eye and then blister. At this point the bite can begin to become painful. Skin tissue will begin to turn purple, brown, black, or blue. The discolored area will begin oozing a discharge as well. These bites can be deadly in rare cases.
Spider Bite Treatment
Identify the spider. If possible, identify the spider that bit you. Medical care may be required for Black Widow and Brown Recluse spider bites. You may need to bring the spider with you to the hospital if you need medical attention.
Stay calm. It’s normal to panic when you have been bitten by a spider. Remaining calm helps to decrease your blood pressure and heart rate which may already be on the rise due to the possibility of spider venom. Keeping your blood pressure and heart rate down limits the spread of the spider’s venom throughout the rest of your body.
Seek medical care. If the spider that bit you has been identified as a Black Widow or Brown Recluse, head to the nearest hospital immediately. Treatment for black widow spider bites may require anti-venom medication. Medical professionals often use medications to treat brown recluse bites as well. Some spider bites may require a tetanus shot.
Clean the bite. Clean the infected area where the spider bit you with soap and warm water. You may also want to use an antiseptic like Bactine, hydrogen peroxide or iodine to clean the wound.
Elevate the area. If a spider has bitten you, a good way to prevent swelling and slow the spread of venom is to keep the bitten limb elevated. For a brown recluse or black widow spider bite, tie a towel above the bite to prevent the venom from reaching your heart and other vital organs.
Apply an ice pack. After being stung by a scorpion, you will likely experience some pain and inflammation around the affected area. Applying an ice pack or cold compress will minimize these side effects.
Take a pain reliever. Alleviate non-dangerous spider bite symptoms with a pain reliever like Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen, or other acetaminophen. Antihistamines may also be beneficial.
Spider bites can be frightening, painful, and even deadly on rare occasion. You do not want them in your basements, garages, tool sheds, or inside your home. If you want to get rid of your spiders then you need to get more then just general pest control, get spider control! While getting rid of the rest of the bugs (what spiders eat) will help in eliminating spiders, this is not the only solution and certainly not the best spider control solution. Let Bulwark Exterminating eliminate these spiders for good with our guaranteed spider control service.
Whether you are seeing Black Widow spiders, Brown Recluses spiders, Wolf spiders, or simple House spiders, Bulwark Exterminating will take care of them all!
For Immediate Service
Often times people wonder how those little tiny spiders get inside their house. The kind that run all over the place at night or in the morning time or on the grass when you are mowing your yard and those little spiders that run in front of your lawnmower in spring this is the process of infestations usually it starts the winter before were spiders like this one, a mother wolf spider will pull up against the house for the warmth that the foundation is actually giving off. If we look carefully we can see her nest underneath the siding of the home as we see here and that tunnel entrance now she doesn’t lay a web down to catch insects she runs down other insects so she comes out here in hunts and goes into the wall and haunts insects but because her lair is up in the wall when her eggs hatch they’ll go in the crawl space for further into the house giving you pressure in the spring.
Roaches are the ultimate scavengers and can eat close to anything they can find around your house, among these things is toothpaste, namely the leftover residue on your brush after you clean your teeth. The thought makes you ask yourself if your feeding the roaches each time you leave your toothbrush by the sink. To show this Bulwark has put together a video perhaps over-dramatizing but showing just what the roaches may be doing when your not around.
With Halloween fast approaching, all of us are getting into the Halloween spirit. Retail stores are stocked full of costumes and candy, the television networks are airing scary movies, and our neighbors are decorating their homes with all sorts of spooky decorations. Among the creepiest of Halloween decorations, is of course, the SPIDER. The spider is a staple in Halloween lore. Their menacing appearance, and their ability to bite the unsuspecting, make them one of the most feared pests come Halloween.
For fun we thought we find some of our favorite homes that have spider decorations for Halloween. These homes are in desperate need of spider control:
Which house was your favorite? If you have any spooky spider decorations in your neighborhood, we would love to see them!
These ten houses decorated for Halloween look like a lot of fun, a few even gave me a good laugh. One thing that is not a laughing matter, is a real spider infestation. Most spiders are hunters equipped with fangs and poisonous venom. The black widow and recluse spiders have very toxic venom that can be life threatening to humans. They should not be treated lightly even if their venom is not lethal. Spider bites are very painful and may cause health concerns. If you are seeing real spiders in or around your property, get spider control to ensure you have a happy and safe Halloween.
Happy Halloween form all of us at Bulwark Exterminating!