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Warning: Bugs Hiding Inside Your Christmas Tree

Christmas tree

Christmas tree (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Warning: Bugs Hiding Inside Your Christmas Tree

It’s a tradition many of us look forward to every year. We round up the family and head to a Christmas tree lot or farm; or we head to the woods to chop down a beautiful Evergreen or Spruce. Great care is taken in selecting the perfect tree. It can’t be too tall, and its branches have to be sufficiently filled in. When selecting the perfect Christmas tree there is one thing on need to watch for; before bringing that wonderful smelling Christmas tree inside your home. It is Christmas tree bugs!

Christmas Tree Bugs

According to NBC, Christmas tree bugs may be an unforeseen present waiting for you underneath your tree this Holiday, and this present could potentially be a nightmare.

The usual tree bug culprits are aphids, bark beetles, gypsy moths, bagworms, weevils, and spider mites. If you bring them inside your home, they could hatch and multiply causing a full on pest infestation. They will get in your carpet, your bedding, and in your couch.

Many of these insects are considered harmless. Harmless or not, you probably don’t want to spend the holiday season with bugs crawling around among you and your presents.

Common Christmas Tree Bugs

 

Aphids– Are small sap sucking insects the flourish on plant hosts like Christmas trees. They may be green, black, brown, pink or almost colorless. They are very tiny, and have antennae, with long, thin legs. Approximately two-hundred and fifty species of aphids are known to create serious pest control problems.

Spider Mites– Can cause pest control concerns when their minute exoskeletons and feces become airborne and inhaled. This can trigger an allergic reaction in some people, and can cause several forms of allergic diseases; including hay fever, asthma and eczema.

Gypsy Moth—Range in color from white, gray, or tan. They eat the leaves of over 300 species of trees, and are one of the most destructive pests of hardwood trees in the Eastern United States.

Bark Beetles—If bark beetles have infested your Christmas tree, they will leave winding tracks that are visible throughout the trunk. Bark beetles are known to reproduce in the inner bark.

Tips On Selecting A Pest-Free Christmas Tree

Scolytinae beetle damage under bark from Nager...

  • Get you’re trees from a reliable source, someone who has their gypsy moth permit.
  • Look for trees that have a certificate.
  • Ask if the tree has been sprayed for insects.
  • Look for aphids, gypsy moths, spider mites, and their egg sacks near the top and trunk of the tree.
  • Look for small holes with sawdust trails (pictured right), which are a sign of bark beetles.
  • Shake your Christmas tree vigorously before bringing it inside your home. This can dislodge spiders and other unwanted hitchhikers.

Charlotte Pest Control

If you happened to bring any unwanted pest hitchhikers inside your home with your Christmas tree, seek the help of a licensed Charlotte exterminator. Whether you are dealing with Christmas tree bugs, unwanted roaches, or house spiders; a Charlotte pest control professional can help ensure you have a pest-free holiday.

Pest Control In Charlotte, NC

 

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net

A-A Wildlife Damage Control
301 Bradford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 608-6950
aawildlife.com

Orkin
5100 Reagan Drive
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 694-6655
orkin.com

 

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How To Have a Pest Free Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Are you ready?

Whether you have house guests coming for Thanksgiving, or you will be traveling, there are a few steps you can take to ensure your Thanksgiving is pest free.

7 Steps To a Pest Free Thanksgiving

 

1. Eliminate clutter. Pests like cockroaches, mice, and spiders, love to make their homes in clutter. It gives them a place to hide, and often time’s offers easy access to a quick meal. Get rid of anything unwanted, pick things up, and get organized to keep the pests at bay.

2. Clean, clean, clean. Pests will look for any food they can, and that includes any morsels of food left in your home. Thoroughly clean your kitchen and dining area, removing all evidence of food. Promptly wash dishes and sweep the floor after each and every meal. If insects and other pests cannot find food inside your home, they will leave.

3. Fix leaky plumbing. Just like you and I, pests need water to survive. Water sources frequently draw pests in. Eliminate these water sources near your property, and pests will stay away.

4. Eliminate pest entrances. During the cool Charlotte fall weather, we love to have our doors and windows open. Check the screens on your doors and windows, and the weather-stripping, and make sure everything is sealed properly. If the garage door doesn’t completely touch the driveway, replace the rubber gasket.

5. Tightly seal food and trash. Like I mentioned before, eliminate a pest’s food source (inside and out) and they will not come to your home looking for a quick meal. Keep your trashcans away from your house, and make sure all your food is covered and sealed.

6. Move/remove foliage or wood piles. This is a big problem during the fall months. Eliminate piles of leaves; as ants and roaches dwell underneath. Anything touching your house, like wood piles, will make for a pest highway.

7. Get pest control. If you are frequently seeing pests in or around your property, call a professional. If you’re continually seeing bugs and pests, they’re likely under the foundation of your home or living in your wall voids.

Beware of Bed Bugs When Traveling This Thanksgiving

 

Many Charlotte, NC residents will be traveling all over the country this Thanksgiving. With the rise of bed bugs, it’s imperative to take a few precautions so you don’t bring them back home with you.

If you travel this Thanksgiving, keep your luggage off the floor. Opt for a luggage rack, a counter, or any other shelf you can find. Do not leave piles of clothing on the floor. Before you get into a hotel bed, or any other bed that’s not your own, pull back the sheets and carefully inspect the piping along the mattress. Look for live bugs. They’ll look like tiny smashed ticks, and there will likely be dried blood stains.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

No matter what your plans are for the Thanksgiving holiday, I wish you all the best. May your Thanksgiving be filled with loved ones, good food, and gratitude. Of course, may your Thanksgiving be pest free. Happy Thanksgiving from Bulwark Exterminating!

Charlotte Pest Control

 

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net

A-A Wildlife Damage Control
301 Bradford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 608-6950
aawildlife.com

Orkin
5100 Reagan Drive
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 694-6655
orkin.com

Kudzu Bugs Are Invading Charlotte Homes This Fall

KB3

KB3 (Photo credit: UGA College of Ag)

The Kudzu Bug

 

If you live in Charlotte, NC, you’ve likely become very familiar with the bothersome kudzu bug. Homeowners say they can’t seem to get rid of these inconvenient pests, which can frequently be found on your homes and cars during the fall months.

Kudzu bugs are approximately 1/6” to ¼” long, a dark greenish brown in color, and look an awful lot like a fat tick or dark colored ladybug. They will not bite you, but they are one of the largest nuisances because of their habits of overwintering. During the fall they will make their way towards your home, and try to find a warm place to hide from the upcoming winter elements. This kudzu bug movement usually occurs during the end of September, or early October every year.

Kudzu bugs are attracted to light colors like your pale clothing, your white car, or your light colored house. They will then gather together on these light-colored surfaces and then move under siding, into gaps around doors and windows, or through penetrations such as around air conditioning and water pipes. They will also often cling to your clothes, and get tangled up in your hair. These pesky kudzu bugs are related to stink bugs. Like stinkbugs, they release a protective stink when crushed. It’s a fruitier smell than stinkbugs’ stench, and has been mistaken at least once, by a woman who called 911, for a gas leak.

KB5

KB5 (Photo credit: UGA College of Ag)

Keeping Kudzu Bugs Out Of Your Home

 

With winter fast approaching, you’ve likely been seeing an increase in kudzu bug activity near your Charlotte, NC home. There are a few preventative measures you can take to protect your property from the frustrating invaders.

  1. Remove any kudzu or wisteria plants that may be around your property the best you can. Kudzu bugs are excellent fliers. If you are seeing them in your home, they likely flew from plants outside of your property area.
  2. Cover any vents, window, and doors with tight fitting screens.
  3. Seal up any holes, cracks, or that might allow kudzu bugs easy access into your home.
  4. If you do happen to get any of the bugs inside your home, vacuum them up with a shop-vac filled with hot soapy water. If using an upright vacuum, make sure it has a vacuum bag that is tightly sealed. Remember, do not crush the bugs or you will be smelling them.
  5. If the kudzu bug problem is persistent, contact a pest control professional.

For Charlotte Pest Control:

 

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net

A-A Wildlife Damage Control
301 Bradford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 608-6950
aawildlife.com

Orkin
5100 Reagan Drive
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 694-6655
orkin.com

 

Avoid Eating Roaches And Leave Them To The Exterminators

Roach Eating Contest

A 32 year old south Florida man died last week after a roach eating contest in order to win an ivory ball python at a local reptile store. Edward “Eddie” Archbold is seen in the above video grabbing handfuls of roaches, and throwing them in his mouth like popcorn. Witnesses say Eddie dominated the contest, in which he won, by almost inhaling the roaches. It appears in the video as if he wasn’t even chewing the roaches, just popping them in his mouth and swallowing them whole. An estimated 300 bystanders cheered him on as he covered his mouth, trying to keep the roaches down.

Shortly after winning the contest, Eddie began to feel ill. He began vomiting and eventually passed out. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The medical examiner’s office is conducting tests to determine a cause of death, according to the sheriff’s office statement.

The reptile store’s roach eating contest was all part of a “Midnight Madness” promotion in which contest participants had four minutes to eat as many roaches as they could stomach.

A fellow roach eating contestant of Eddies, Mathew Karwacki, made the following Facebook comment about the roaches:

“Yes the contest was crazy, but all the bugs were captive bred and raised on a commercial diet and veggies. These insects are raised for the pet industry as fodder. So there was nothing that those bugs contained that would hurt a human (unless yes there was some sort of allergic reaction, but that is usually instant…he died awhile AFTER the contest)”

Entomophagy—The Act of Eating Insects

Eating insects might seem like a disguising act, better left for ‘Bizarre Foods’ host Andrew Zimmern. The truth is Entomophagy, or the act of eating insects, is a way of life for millions of people worldwide. People in less developed countries rely on insects for protein and other nutrients needed for survival. Many types of insects appear on menus, remaining a traditional food in many cultures throughout Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

Roach Control

Most of us in North Carolina find roaches revolting, and would no way ever consider putting on in our mouths. The truth is cockroaches are known for spreading diseases by transporting microbes on their bodies. Some of the diseases they can spread include: polio, typhoid fever, leprosy, and bubonic plaque. They have also been shown to cause allergic reactions in humans, which is the likely cause of Eddie’s death.

Cockroaches are definitely something you do not want in your home. If you are seeing roaches in your home, contact a local exterminator today!

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net

A-A Wildlife Damage Control
301 Bradford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 608-6950
aawildlife.com

 

Search and Rescue Cockroaches

First Response Cockroaches

 

Scientists at NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina are putting cockroaches to good use for a change. They’re planning on their system of electronically equipped roaches saving lives during disasters like earthquakes, fires and chemical attacks. Cockroaches are suiting up with miniature backpacks that have microchip sensors, and they are then steered around by using low frequency electrical pulses that the insects pick up with their antenna. The equipped roaches work kind of like a wireless remote control cars mounted with cameras and microphones. As long as you continue feeding the roaches electrical impulses, they will keep going.

Once these cockroaches are outfitted, they will be able to make their way through the fallen ruble and debris. The roaches will look to locate trapped victims with their mounted cameras, and use their microphones to pick up cries for help. This will enable responders in locating trapped victims and send help quickly. Researchers at the University believe that their efforts will make a big difference, especially after disasters in heavily inhabited metropolitan areas.

The research team is outfitting the Madagascar hissing cockroach, one of the world’s biggest species of roach. They can grow up to three inches long, but are still small enough to make their way through the fallen debris. Click here to read more.

What Else Can Roaches Do?

 

It’s fascinating to read about all the remarkable things the insect world can do for us, including cockroaches. For each story of insects helping humanity, there are millions more negative stories. Roaches pose a severe health risk. They leave behind feces and saliva that have the potential of spreading 33 different types of bacteria. Cockroaches also have specific proteins that have can cause severe allergic and asthmatic reactions. Additionally, cockroaches are hosts to six different parasitic worms and quite a few human pathogens.

If you are living in Charlotte, NC area, and have a cockroach problem inside your home, contact a local exterminator immediately. Don’t put your health in jeopardy. Let’s let the researchers at NC State University find better uses for the cockroaches.

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net

A-A Wildlife Damage Control
301 Bradford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 608-6950
aawildlife.com

Orkin
5100 Reagan Drive
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 694-6655
orkin.com

Charlotte Bedbugs Infest Democratic National Convention Hotels

The DNC Convention—Charlotte September 4th

The DNC Convention—Charlotte September 4th

Charlotte has been crawling with excitement about this week’s Democratic National Convention, but the city isn’t the only thing crawling. Bedbugs have infested nine of the hotels being used by Democrats and convention-goers; crawling inside hotel mattresses, bedding, and furniture.

Bedbug infestations are growing at exponential rates—some reports say as much as 75% from the same time last year. The Bedbug Crisis Hotline has increased ten fold in the last 6 months.

Charlotte Bedbug Ranking

Charlotte has some ground to make up before its bedbug levels reach the likes of cities such as New York, Boston and Washington, D.C., where recent infestations have made national headlines. A recent survey ranked Charlotte as the 33rd most bedbug infested city. The top three infested cities are Cincinnati, Chicago, and then Detroit.

bedbug (Cimex sp.)

bedbug (Cimex sp.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Online Bedbug Reports

The increase of bedbug activity in cities like Charlotte has led to the introduction of websites such as BedBugRegistry.com and BedBugReports.com Travelers can share their horrific hotel experiences in hopes of forewarning other travelers. BedBugRegistry.com shows 31 Charlotte-area hotels in which guests have reported bedbugs, including nine that will host at least 10 of the state delegations attending this week’s convention.

DNC Hotels

Of the hotels hosting convention delegates, the most bedbug complaints have been directed at the Charlotte Marriott City Center, where five reports have been reported in the last year. Visitors report finding bites days after their stays, and at least two have said they ended up bringing bedbugs home with them. Another report says the hotel refuses to offer compensation for laundry bills after a visitor had to have their clothes specially treated. Some of the other Charlotte hotels where Democratic delegates are staying, that are reporting bedbugs, include: the Double Tree by Hilton, Drury Inn & Suites Northlake, and the Charlotte-Center City Holiday Inn.

Traveling Tips

If you are doing some traveling in the coming weeks, make sure to do your online research on one of the aforementioned websites and see how many bedbug infestations are being reported at your hotel. For some great tip on avoiding bedbugs while traveling check out: http://pestcontrolatlantaga.com/2012/08/dont-let-bedbugs-ruin-your-vacation/

If you are in the Charlotte, NC area and having any trouble with bedbugs, contact a pest control professional today!

 

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net

A-A Wildlife Damage Control
301 Bradford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 608-6950
aawildlife.com

Orkin
5100 Reagan Drive
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 694-6655
orkin.com

Charlotte Battling Mosquitoes and West Nile

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The residents of Charlotte, NC have their hands full with the masses of mosquito’s plaguing the State. The large amounts of rain have escaladed the mosquito problem this summer, mainly because these irritating pests lay their larvae in the standing water left by rainfall. Mosquitoes can develop from an egg to an adult in as little as a week.

Experts think the mild winter and early spring, combined with scorching temperatures in July, have contributed to the increase in mosquitoes this year. Nearby cities like Greenville, NC have begun spraying specific areas for these bloodsuckers, while Onslow County has been spraying for them since May.

West Nile Virus

The large amount of mosquitoes have many Charlotte residents growing more and more concerned about the possibilities of the deadly West Nile Virus. CNN reports, this year’s West Nile Virus outbreak is the biggest the United States has ever seen since the disease was first discovered in 1999. So far this year there have been 42 deaths and over 1,100 reported cases Nationwide. Last week a Wayne County man became the first person in North Carolina to die from West Nile Virus.

West Nile Prevention

The Center for Disease Control urges us to take precautions when outdoors. Make sure you wear an insect repellent with DEET, dress in clothing that covers as much skin as possible, and completely avoid the outdoors between dusk and dawn if at all possible.

Mosquito Control

To stop mosquitoes from breeding on your property, make sure to eliminate any standing water like in puddles, in kiddie pools, in tire swings, and in bird fountains. The easiest way to remove mosquitoes on your property is to kill their larva. Mosquito dunks, or larvicides, are dropped into water killing larva and stopping mosquitoes from laying their eggs. Treatments last for 30 days and cover 100 square feet regardless of depth.

Pest control professionals can also spray your property frequently to help control the mosquito population.

General Pest Control

 

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net

Mosquito Control

 

Mosquito Squad of Charlotte
4050 Matthews-Indian Trail Road
Matthews, NC 28104
(704) 821-0805
mosquitosquad.com

Mosquito Terminators of Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
(704) 770-8215
mosquito-terminators.com

Carolina Mosquito Solutions
500 North College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 817-0463
carolinamosquitosolutions.com

Roaches Eat Toothpaste!

What Else Do Roaches Eat?

Let’s start with the bad news. Roaches aren’t finicky eaters.  They eat about anything including: human hair, fingernail clippings, paper, clothing, cigarettes, wood, feces, soap, and yes even toothpaste. Food or crumbs that have been left out are easy meals for roaches. They especially love to chew on the glue found in wood paneling and on the back of wallpaper. If a roach is hungry enough, they’ll even eat each other. They are classified as omnivores, meaning they eat any type of organic food source they find.

Roach Prevention

Now the good news, roaches can be prevented. A roach’s favorite place to dine is the kitchen. Take precautions by not leaving food out, wiping down sinks and counters, storing food in air-tight plastic containers, using garbage cans with tight lids, and frequently cleaning. Eliminating leaking faucets and sealing of entry points to your house is also very helpful.

For additional help in eliminating roaches in your house, call a pest control professional today!

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net

A-A Wildlife Damage Control
301 Bradford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 608-6950
aawildlife.com

Orkin
5100 Reagan Drive
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 694-6655
orkin.com

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