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Thanksgiving Turkeys

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

Grasshoppers

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.

Crickets

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

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. English: Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo), f...

Chiggers

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!

Beetles

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.

Scorpions

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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!

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Pest Control Professional and Ant Guru Speaking: "Okay, welcome. We’re talking today about ants, specifically ants in the desert. I want to go over how ants breed, what an ant colony is, under what condition should you expect to find an ant problem. I’m going to tell you how they operate, how they react to certain types of sprays." "Let’s talk about the ants themselves. Ants live in a colony. They’re a social insect. There are many types of workers in a colony. There’s a queen or multiple queens. Those are the ones that are responsible for reproducing. They lay eggs deep in the nest. Queens, an important fact to know about queens is they never, ever come out." "Another important fact is that there are worker majors and worker minors, we call them forgers, and only about 20% of an average colony ever comes out of its nest. In other words, I’ll repeat that. Only 20% ever come out of a nest. So, if they take a vacuum and vacuum up all of the ants they see, did they get rid of their ant problem? No, because the worker minors are the ones that help the queen and help the baby larvae and the baby ants grow up to be big ants, and they never come out, and they always have a food supply in their nest." "There’s a fourth class called the winged reproductives. Those are the ants that sometimes have wings on them, and they’re males and females, and they fly up and usually mate in the air, and they fly to a new location and they start a new colony." "Of all of the different classes, probably the most important are the queens, because unless you get the queen, you don’t get rid of the problem. A lot of people ask the question, why do ants walk in a line? Everyone knows that ants will walk in a line. And they walk in a line because certain forger ants can lay down a chemical trail; it’s a literal chemical hormone that they lay down and other ants follow it to the food source. Chemical trails laid down by ants can last up to a year." "How does that implicate, I mean, what implications or what kind of conclusions can we draw from that? Well, if we eliminate an ant colony that’s in a consumer’s wall, completely eliminate it, right? And let’s say there’s another ant colony floating around in their yard, just kind of living out there. And they pick up on the chemical trail that led into the house that led the first colony into the house, they pick up on that and they can shoot right in. It’s like a freeway system has already been built for them. So, it’s like they’re floating around out in the yard living kind of good, but it’s still hot and they’re still looking for a better place to live, they come across that chemical trail that that forger ant put down for the last colony that we eliminated, and they’ll shoot right back into the house." - Bulwark Exterminating Ant Control