So how do you get ants in your home when you live in a desert; especially ants that are not indigenous to the desert? Well here's the answer. This is a potted plant that came from a nursey. It's now dead, but when the plant was purchased the soil was very moist. In nurseries, all the plants are very close together and oftentimes grown in other locations not in the desert. Ant colonies establish inside the soil of the plant. Then the plant is moved and transplanted into your yard. They quickly establish on the tree that is growing and they'll harvest insects off the tree but the constant water drippers and the water source in the yard and in the desert emits water every couple of days to keep the ground and the soil underneath the plant wet. As the population grows, eventually, the colony starts to spread out and move closer to the house. As you can see here living underneath patios and up against the house and pools in time their population continues to grow with additional water and they make it inside the house and eventually your kitchen counter.
Summer is in full swing, and pests like ants, scorpions, cockroaches, bedbugs, ticks, spiders, and snails are all looking to put a damper on our summer fun. Over the years, victims of these pests have been frantically searching for effective pest control remedies to combat these unwanted invaders. Some work; some don’t. Some are just plain bizarre. Here are the top ten most bizarre pest control remedies:
Bet you didn't know that Home Improvement’s Al Borland was virtually a tick magnet. Blood-sucking ticks hide out in the trees and bushes on your property, waiting for an unsuspecting host to brush up against them… FYI that blood host is YOU or your pets. A little known fact; these ticks are known to jump onto flannel as they are attracted to the fibers. Tick Remedy: To get rid of ticks on your property, drag pieces of flannel tied to rope or string throughout your yard. Make sure the flannel passes through all the shrubbery in your yard, as these are the areas ticks lurk. You can hang your flannel shirt in a tree as well. The ticks will jump onto the flannel for a ride. When you’re done, check the flannel for ticks. Carefully remove them and place them in a bowl of disinfectant (bleach/water). If the number of ticks stuck to the flannel is substantial, disinfect the entire piece and dispose of it. Note: Fleas are also attracted to flannel.
Spider Remedy: Haven’t you heard the saying, “A pack a day keeps the spiders away?” The chemicals in cigarette smoke are bad for bugs, especially spiders, just like they are bad for humans. While cigarettes are effective killers of all things living, we don’t recommend picking up smoking to control your spider infestations. Read more about smoking being bad for bugs.
Snail & Slug Remedy:Are you in need of an inexpensive and simple method to get rid of garden slugs and snails? Simply buy them a beer. As it turns out, snails and slugs love beer just as much as the average person. Place empty pie tins randomly throughout your garden, and fill them about ½ an inch full of your favorite beer. Slugs and snails will slime their way into the pie tin, but will not be able to get out. Check the tins every morning, replace the stale beer, and discard the captured slugs and snails.
Ant & Roach Remedy:Having problems with ants or cockroaches… Just feed them cat food! While the thought alone of eating cat food would kill just about anybody, it’s especially effective at killing ants and roaches. Technically, it’s not the cat food that kills the pests, but the boric acid you mix with it. Here’s what you need:
¼ Cup Grape Jelly 1 Small Can Wet Cat Food 1 Teaspoon Boric Acid
Directions:Mix all three ingredients together. Place small spoonfuls of the cat food near foraging ants and cockroaches. In the case of ants; not only will they eat the deadly poison, but will also bring some back for the Queen ant to munch on. If baited successfully, the ants in the nest should be exterminated within a couple days. The cockroaches will also die after ingesting the boric acid laced cat food.
Wasp Remedy:Wasps are one of the worst summertime pests. That sentiment is magnified if you ever have to deal with a wasp’s nest on your property. One solution is to buy or build your own fake wasp nest. It’s like a scarecrow for wasps! Many kinds of wasp are extremely territorial and will not build a nest within 200 yards of another one. Hang a scarecrow nest in the front yard, and one in back. Now you can enjoy your outdoor picnics!
Garden Pest Remedy:Tired of nuisance pests attacking your garden plants? Simply treat the bugs to bug juice! Collect by hand the nuisance pests, bugs, grubs or snails from your garden. Place the bugs into a blender, add water, and cover. Flip the switch, and make a bug smoothie. Dilute the bug smoothie, one part to twenty parts of water, to make bug juice. Pour the concoction into a spray bottle, and spray the juice on the leaves on the plants and flowers in your garden and backyard. This homemade bug juice/spray will keep the nuisance pests away.
Ant Remedy: If you are seeing trails of ants outside your home, or are even seeing some mounds or nests popping up, the answer may be simple… Feed the ants breakfast. Sprinkle a box of Cream Of Wheat near ant mounds or nests, and wherever you see foraging trails. The ants will gobble down the yummy breakfast cereal, and EXPLODE! The grains of wheat will expand in the ant’s stomach, causing them to burst. With any luck the ants will take some of the cereal down to the queen, and share. Note: Cornmeal is an equally effective substitute for treating ants.
Bedbug Remedy: Worried about bedbugs feeding on you while you sleep? Just let them feed on somebody else. For centuries the wealthy and prosperous, especially royalty and nobility, would hire servants to sleep on their floors near their beds. The thought is that blood-sucking bedbugs would feed on the dirtier and less affluent host. This practice still continues today in countries like India. Of course we know today that bedbugs play no favorites, and even frequently infest the beds of celebrities.
Bedbug Remedy: Research from the UK suggests that my wife should stop shaving her legs, as hairy skin can help prevent bedbugs from biting. Worried about getting bit by bugs like mosquitoes, bedbugs, or ticks on your face or neck… just grow a long beard. I’m talking a Duck Dynasty style beard. The UK study showed that body hair is highly beneficial to people, because it helps deter bed bugs in two ways: by increasing the time it takes for the insect to find a suitable spot to start sucking blood, and by helping people feel them crawling on the hair; across their skin. The next time you go on vacation, make sure it’s not ruined by bedbugs by growing out your body hair.
Scorpion Remedy: One of the best scorpion exterminators around just happens to be a chicken. Scorpions are like candy to a chicken. Set a few clucking chickens free in your yard everyday and watch as they hunt the stinging scorpions. When your property is clear, return them to their coup. Just make sure all of your chickens are hens, or your neighbors will really love you come 5:00 AM! Unfortunately, chickens can do very little for any scorpions inside your home, unless you want to deal with feathers, and excessive bird droppings on your kitchen floor!
If the thought of buying a bunch of chickens to patrol your property, growing out your leg or armpit hair, picking up smoking, or making bug smoothies is too much to fathom; look for an easier and more effective alternative to combat your pests. Get Bulwark Pest Control instead.
Here in Texas we've got the red imported fire ant. Typically setting up camp along the sprinkler heads and along sidewalks and streets, but when the rain dries up and we have less rain, they will congregate around this area because it's just more moisture. They've moved along this expansion joint, come out underneath the expansion joint where there's more water in this watered lawn, setup camp right here. When this dries out they start moving along the concrete slabs and eventually migrate to the home. The house is like a large rock in the forest and the moisture content under the house is much more constant, much more steady, it doesn't dry out as fast. The first place they'll show up is right underneath the splash guards. They'll set up camp right along the foundation here. When we move it back you can see an entire nest; you can see all the channels and the tunnels and everything that goes on underneath this splash area. The key with ants is to actually get the queen, because if you just get the worker ants the colony will either move, split, or rejuvenate and then you have a problem again.
Our common ant here in Texas is called the acrobat because the fence lines all touch every single house in the neighborhood is like a highway system touching every single house at least twice on each side of the house acrobat ants oftentimes will use holes in fence posts oftentimes old dry rot holes this is a perfect example of how ants here in Texas will thrive inside of a rotting fence post and migrate out to the various attached houses we've got ants moving now from the fence that we just looked at, to the tree moving along the limbs of the tree under the rain gutter of the house which oftentimes has a lot of leaves in it decaying organic matter and other materials is great substance for ants to thrive on. The neat thing about acrobat ants that makes them so difficult to get rid of is they'll often times climb on limbs across the sprays that pest control companies lay down on your foundation along the limb all the way to someplace where the leaf or limb touches the house and they'll set up camp in your gutters set up the entire colonies up in the gutters, up by your roof you can spray all you want on the foundation won't get rid of unless you have a pest control company that knows what to look for. -Bulwark Exterminating Texas Pest Control and Ant Control
Of all insects that infest homes, ants are the most common. Ants are also very tricky pests to control. If you've tried to eliminate the pesky invaders yourself, you've likely discovered that just because you kill a few ants, you haven’t solved an infestation. Pest control sprays that you purchase at your local hardware store cannot eliminate an infestation. This frustration has left many homeowners overwhelmed with the scope of their ant problem. You have good reason to contact a pest control professional. Bulwark Exterminating has a five-step ant control process that is a guaranteed ant control solution.
Fire ants (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Step 1: Inspection. The first step in controlling an ant infestation is a thorough inspection of your property. A Bulwark Pest Control technician will find ant colonies by tracing foraging trails back to their nest. Ants like to travel inside driveway and sidewalk cracks; and along fence lines and foundation walls. Step 2: Identification. Once a Bulwark Pest Control technician has discovered an ant colony, they will determine exactly what type of ant is infesting your property. Technicians may even collect specimens for positive identification. Each ant species is unique in terms of nesting sites, habits, characteristics and feeding preferences. It’s imperative to understand what type of ant is bothering you, in order to best treat the infestation. It’s important to note that you may be dealing with multiple types of ants, or multiple ant colonies. Step 3: Recommendation. After inspecting your property, and identifying the type of ant pest, an experienced Bulwark Ant Control professional will recommend a plan of action. Actions will likely include the application of a unique ant control solution, and other non-chemical measures. A Bulwark technician may also recommend trimming vegetation, eliminating moisture problems, removing dead wood, etc. Correcting these conditions will help prevent future infestations. Multiple treatments may be necessary to completely control or eliminate an ant colony. Step 4: Treatment. Through years of experience and research, Bulwark has established a very effective ant control solution. After strategically applying this solution; non-chemical ant control measures will also be taken to eliminate conditions conducive to ant infestations. Your technician may opt to use ant baits, sprays, and granules in a variety of combinations as the infestation dictates. Step 5: Evaluation.The key to long-term success in controlling and eliminating ants is to follow up and assess the effectiveness of the measures taken. Additional treatments may be necessary to ensure the ants never come back. With an every-other-month contract, a Bulwark technician will be continually evaluating and treating your home and property for ants.
There are many types of ants that may be infesting your home or property. Some of the most common include: Acrobat ants, Argentine ants, Odorous House ants, Pharaoh ants, Red Imported Fire ants, and Western Carpenter ants. A Bulwark Ant Control technician will be able to identify the type of ant you are dealing with, and know the most effective treatment method for each type. When it comes to ant baits, for example, certain ants only like sugar, others starch, others protein, and others change diets based on what time of year it is. Bulwark Pest Control has come across a very effective ant control solution, only known to a select few pest control professionals. Let Bulwark take control of your home’s ant treatment… You will be glad you did!
On my first day of service, Bulwark removed for me A Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my second day of service, Bulwark removed for me Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my third day of service, Bulwark removed for me Three wasp’s nests Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my fourth day of service, Bulwark removed for me Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my fifth day of service, Bulwark removed for me Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my sixth day of service, Bulwark removed for me Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my seventh day of service, Bulwark removed for me Seven leggy centipedes, Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my eighth day of service, Bulwark removed for me Eight pinching earwigs, Seven leggy centipedes, Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my ninth day of service, Bulwark removed for me Nine chirping crickets, Eight pinching earwigs Seven leggy centipedes, Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my tenth day of service, Bulwark removed for me Ten Raspberry Ants, Nine chirping crickets, Eight pinching earwigs Seven leggy centipedes, Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my eleventh day of service, Bulwark removed for me Eleven scurrying cockroaches, Ten Raspberry Ants, Nine chirping crickets, Eight pinching earwigs Seven leggy centipedes, Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my twelve day of service, Bulwark removed for me Twelve bloodsucking bedbugs, Eleven scurrying cockroaches, Ten Raspberry Ants, Nine chirping crickets, Eight pinching earwigs Seven leggy centipedes, Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
Just to clarify, pest control customers wont need 12 days of consecutive service to eliminate all of these pest problems. Most pests can be eliminated in one single service!
English: Photograph of downtown Mesa, Arizona, showing the Mesa Bank building and the Mesa Arts Center. This photo was taken at the northwest corner of Main and Center Street. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption]
Bulwark Exterminating proudly serves the Valley of the Sun. One of our branch locations is Mesa, AZ. Arizona has hot summers so pests are going to go inside of homes seeking a cooler place to live. Mesa residents are also constantly building new homes and new sprinkler systems to water their lawns. This provides new water sources for pests to thrive. Bulwark is here to provide a quality solution with a money-back guarantee.
Pests to look out for include scorpions, roaches, spiders, ants and bed bugs. Scorpions are deadly to small infants and the elderly, and their bites hurt. Cockroaches smell and carry diseases wherever they go. Arizona is home to the black widow spider, the deadliest spider in North America. Ants infest by the thousands, with queens laying eggs every day. Inspecting your home for bed bugs is a must... Nobody wants the bed bugs to bite.
At Bulwark we have a family pest control service for all of your pest control needs, including the pests already mentioned. If you experience problems with your service call us back and we will spray your home again at no extra charge. In Mesa we also have our nocturnal scorpion service to specifically target the scorpions when they are active. A bulwark is a barrier; we protect your home from invading pests.
The process of ant extermination is a very tricky process. The pesticides you get at the store may be labeled to kill ants, the problem is that this isn't the most effective way. It may kill the ants but it takes a lot more to solve an ant infestation. Ants can detect most pesticides and they will purposefully avoid them. Not to mention the fact that if ants feel threatened they will bud out, this creates more colonies.
The most effective way is bait, but to do that you need to know what a particular ant likes. Some only like starches, others like protein. In order to determine what they eat you need to be able to identify what type of ant it is. Black ants can be mistaken for red ants, brown ants, harvester ants, pharaoh ants or even carpenter ants. After identifying the correct ant and bait you need to know the location that will be the most effective.
Instead, there is a better, more effective solution. Bulwark Exterminating has a guaranteed money-back solution for ant control as part of our Family Pest Control solution. With years of practice, Bulwark has perfected an ant control solution. Very few people can effectively implant this solution as well as Bulwark does. Ants may not seem like a big deal, but a queen ant will lay as many as 1600 eggs a day, one quick way to a huge infestation. Don't let ants take over your home. Call Bulwark today!
Bulwark Exterminating is your local exterminator for Houston, TX. Pest control service is a must for any resident living in Houston and the surrounding areas. Houstonhas a problem with bugs because of their moderate winters, humid summers and the dry spells that lead bugs to migrate inside in search of food. There is also the fact that we cultivate the land adding food and water sources creating an even bigger problem.
Some of the pests to look out for include fire ants, spiders, scorpions and roaches. Fire ants are among the worst culprits when it comes to human health, property damage and environmental damage. Black widows are also common in Texasand they are the most dangerous spider in North America with their neurotoxin. A scorpion sting can be very harmful to babies and the elderly. Roaches will contaminate anything they come in contact with including your toothbrush.
Bulwark is here to fill your pest control needs. We are an exterminator that comes with a money-back guarantee. We have specialized services that directly target all of your pest control needs. Our methods come from the result of research done by universities. If you still have a problem in your Houston homeand give us a call and we will service your home again at no extra charge. Give Bulwark a try today!