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Top 3 Pests In Charlotte

It has been a long summer in Charlotte, and common pests like termites, spiders, roaches, and ants have shown no sign of slowing down. In fact, some pest control professionals have reported seeing a 30 percent increase in the number of pest control related phones calls. There seems to be a common theme for these phone calls… Some pests seem to be more prevalent than others.

We asked the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating what are the most common insect pests they have taken phone calls on this summer. Here are the top three most common Charlotte pests:

3. House Spiders

Common House Spider

Residents of Charlotte may not know the name of the big, ugly, brown spiders that they find building gigantic webs throughout their attics, basements, and garages; they just know they want them out of their homes. There actual name is the Common House spider or the American House spider, and they are the third most common called about pest in the Charlotte area.

Measuring over an inch in length, the American House spider looks a lot like the Black Widow spider… In shape anyways. The house spider is actually a dull brown and far less venomous than the Black Widow. The house spider actually rarely bites, and will do so only if provoked. Their webs and their intimidating size freak out homeowners, and that’s primarily the reason so many phone calls are taken regarding this spider pest. Charlotte spider control methods are needed to combat severe house spider infestations.

2. Ants

3 Ants

One of the most successful groups of insects in the world, and in Charlotte is the ant. There are 25 different species of ants that infest homes in the United States, but in North Carolina there are three usual culprits: the fire ant, the Argentine ant, ant the Black Carpenter ant. These ants enter Charlotte homes, foraging for sweets and foods that contain protein.

The Black Carpenter ant is notorious for chewing through the wood in your home and on your property, while the fire ant is infamous for building big mounds and aggressively stinging anybody who disturbs them. If you have problems with any of these ants on your property, continual and persistent Charlotte ant control is needed to exterminate ants and control their colonies.

1. Roaches

American Cockroach

It’s no secret that cockroaches are a nationwide problem, and according to Bulwark Pest Control they are the biggest problem pest in the Charlotte area. More calls are taken regarding roach infestations than any other insect pest. Cockroaches are hardy pests to say the least, able to survive over four months without water or food. They have been around for millions of years and aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. In fact, cockroaches are becoming more and more resistant to common pesticides, making them more difficult to control.

If your home has a serious infestation of German cockroaches or American cockroaches, Charlotte roach control professionals who are up to date on the most effective roach control strategies are your best option to exterminate them.

Charlotte Pest Control

House spiders, ants, and roaches are the most frequently called about pests into Bulwark’s Charlotte branch. If you’re feed up with dealing with these pests, or any other pest for that manner, call a Charlotte 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 
 
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
100 Reagan Drive #3
Charlotte, NC 28212
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

 

 

Bulwark Word Search Infographic

Do you like puzzles?

How about word search puzzles?

Well, apparently at least 13,000 of you do, because that’s how many people took part in a “Pest Test” word search puzzle that went viral on Facebook.

The word search puzzle, which was put together by the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating, was published on the pest control company’s Facebook page. Viewers of the puzzle were asked to comment on the first pest that they found.

Would you like to participate as well? Here you go:

Bulwark Pest Word Search Puzzle

 

Bulwark Pest Test Puzzle

 

Well, now that you have seen the word search puzzle, what was the first pest you saw? The first pest that you saw, was it also the pest you fear the most? Is this pest also very prominent in the Charlotte area?

What Pests Are Hiding In The Word Search Puzzle?

 

Now that you’ve looked over the pest test word search puzzle, and found at least one pest, you likely want to find them all.

Find the following pests:

  • Scorpion
  • Spider
  • Termite
  • Wasp
  • Bug
  • Roach
  • Fly
  • Bedbugs
  • Ant
  • Lice
  • Flea
  • Gnat
  • Centipede

You can also find these other words:

  • Rice
  • Ice
  • Ted
  • Cop
  • Toys
  • Soda
  • Cats

Bulwark Pest Word Search Infographic

 

Now that you’ve found all the pests hidden in the word search puzzle, yes the very one that went viral over Facebook this summer, maybe you’ve been wondering how you stacked up against the 13,000 plus participants who commented the first pest they found.

Don’t forget to read some of the interesting facts about some of the pests found in the infographic as well.

 

Wordsearch Puzzle Infographic

 

As you can see, scorpions were the most common pest that was found in the word search. Fortunately, Charlotte doesn’t have too may scorpion lurking. Charlotte is home to spiders, termites, roaches, bedbugs, flies, ants, gnats, lice, fleas, and centipedes; so watch out!

If you are seeing any of these unfortunate pests, get Charlotte Pest Control!

Do You Need a Termite Inspection or Are Those Just Flying Ants?

winged termiteAre those termites or flying ants in your yard? Which one could that wing you found on the windowsill belong to? Did you even know ants could fly? It’s common for homeowners to confuse flying ants for termites or vice versa. Confirming which one it is that may be invading your property is important since termites are known to cause damages that could end up seriously costing you in repairs. Flying ants are generally just more of an annoyance. There are a few different ways of telling them apart and treatment methods for getting rid of both, but if you’re ever in doubt, don’t hesitate to call for a professional termite inspection. It’s always better to be safe than sorry in a situation like this.

Distinguishing Body Characteristics

Once ants and termites hit their swarming stage and produce wings it becomes difficult to differentiate between the two black-bodied creatures with just a quick glance. However, studying the characteristics of three specific body parts should help you in determining the difference. If you’re able to get close enough, look to see if the antennae is straight or bent. The first will signify a termite and the latter an ant. Their wings also vary pretty distinctly. A termite’s wings will take on a long and narrow shape, be of equal lengths and lay parallel to the body. The wings on an ant are unequal in length, are positioned at an angle and the front set of wings are noticeably larger than the back ones. Lastly, you can identify a termite or ant by body shape. The waist of a termite is straight in accordance with the rest of its body, which is separated into two segments, while an ant’s body has three segments and a waist that is pinched in.

Swarming Mannerisms

Swarming is typical of termites that are ready to reproduce and find a new place to start a colony. However, flying ants will often nest then swarm as well and find their way inside a house, creating instant panic for a homeowner. Swarmers are looking for a place to quickly burrow into soil and take up residence as they can’t typically live for long periods of time in dry climates. Catching sight of a large amount of flying bugs should be a caution sign that you have some type of insect colony living nearby.

termite damageOther Signs of Termites

Although, they are usually hard to discover by actually seeing them, termites do leave other signs around that they’ve invaded a home. Mud tubes, droppings, discarded wings, sagging or curling floors and hollowed or buckling wood are all good indicators of a possible termite infestation. Uncovering any of these signs, along with viewing a swarm, means a termite inspection is in order right away.

While you shouldn’t automatically freak out when you see a swarm of termite look-alike winged insects because they could just be flying ants, keep in mind that scheduling an annual termite inspection is the only way for a homeowner to ever really be sure that they are free of any termite activity. It would be unfortunate to wait until there’s so much damage already done that it becomes visible to the naked eye and past the point of helpful treatment.

About the Author

Tiffany Olson is a full-time blogger who finds great joy in writing on topics such as pest control. She has personally dealt with rat and fly infestations and hopes that she never has to experience flying ants or termites!

Invasion Of Fire Ants In Charlotte Due To Weather

Fire AntsCharlotte area residents have been under attack the last few weeks, under attack from fierce stinging fire ants. In fact, the fire ant control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating in Charlotte have been taking numerous phone calls a day from desperate Charlotte homeowners needing answers and protection from these malevolent ant pests.

Charlotte Weather Causing Fire Ants To Invade

The increase of rain in the greater Charlotte area, combined with a delay in the extremely high temperatures, has created an ideal environment for Fire ants to invade our homes. The Fire ants are looking to escape the excessive water, and head for higher ground away from the moisture and puddles. That is why we are seeing so many of these ants in our homes as of late.

Once the heavy summer rains subside, the Fire ants will return to their mounds and repair any damage the moisture may have likely caused. If their huge nests are beyond repair, they’ll simply move on to another part of your yard and build a completely new nest. This whole process will take about 48 hours.

Fire Ants In Charlotte

One of the most common and most feared pests in Charlotte, NC is the Red Imported Fire ant. They are reddish-brown in color, with darker abdomens. The worker ants range in size from 1/16 to 1/4 of an inch in length. These ants are well known for their very painful stings, and the massive mounds these destructive ants build in your yards. To top it all off, Fire ants reproduce very quickly. One Fire Ant queen can lay almost one million eggs in her lifetime.

In addition to reproducing rapidly, Fire ants also spread very quickly. This is very evident to most of us in Charlotte who are seeing these stinging ants in our homes, schools, churches, libraries, and stores. Fire ants are excellent hitchhikers, grabbing onto anything that moves. If you start seeing these ants in one place, it won’t be long before they’ll be within a mile radius.

Charlotte Fire Ant Control

If you are seeing an invasion of Fire ants in and around your Charlotte, NC home or property, do not wait until it’s too late before you get some help. Waiting can cause the ants to completely take over your property; stinging you, your children, and your pets. Call a Charlotte Fire Ant 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
 
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
100 Reagan Drive #3
Charlotte, NC 28212
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com
 
 

Five Plants That Keep Mosquitoes From Buzzing In Your Ears

Everyone tires of the constant buzzing and biting from mosquitoes. It can be a real pain to deal with mosquitoes when one has a backyard party, is grilling out, or just wants to sit comfortably and watch the kids play. Candles, torches, citronella sprays, and bug repellents work, but only for a little while. There is another, more natural way to keep mosquitoes from ones yard to begin with. Having the right plants in ones yard can keep mosquitoes away altogether. Some plants emit natural odors and oils that repel mosquitoes all the time, not just for a little while.

Lemony Plants

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Plants that give off a lemony odor keep mosquitoes away. Lemon grass, lemon balm, and lemon thyme are all great plants to use to repel the nasty pests. Lemon grass is not easily planted with seeds and is better when grown from the plant itself. Buying a bunch from the local grocery store works fine. Take the bunch and place in a vase of water in a sunny window for about a week or ten days. By this time, roots will begin to grow and the lemon grass can be split into pieces and planted easily. Lemon balm is also known as horsemint. It repels mosquitoes but it is very hard to contain. The plant flourishes even in dry patches of weather. It does not repel other insects including bees. Keeping this plant trimmed back is a necessary part of the upkeep for lemon balm. Lemon thyme is also good for repelling the pesky bloodsuckers, but although easy to grow, it requires yearly pruning.

Catnip

Catnip

Catnip

One of the best deterrents of mosquitoes is catnip. This plant can be grown all over ones yard and can be placed in any soil. It grows very easily on its own. The only drawback is the luring effect that it has on cats. People who own cats should not plant catnip in their yards. Otherwise, catnip is great used as a plant in pots, gardens, and flowerbeds. Catnip oil and crushed dried catnip are also effective against mosquitoes. Using these items can reduce the care needed by the plants and still offer the repelling benefits of catnip.

Marigolds

Marigolds

Marigolds

Marigolds are a colorful way to repel mosquitoes, but the bright color attracts wasps. Be careful when planting marigolds to make sure that they are away from patios and windows. Putting them near fence lines and the back of a property are great ways to repel mosquitoes without inviting wasps too close. Putting these flowers in pots that can be moved around is also a great idea.

Citronella

Citronella

Citronella

Citronella plants are one of the most common plants that people use to repel mosquitoes. Citronella oil is used in candles, torches, lamps, and many other mosquito repelling products. The citronella plant is easy to grow, and the plant works better at keeping mosquitoes away because it has more of an odor than the oil that is used in mosquito repelling products.

Spices

Herb & Spice Garden

Herb & Spice Garden

Rosemary, basil, and sage are all great deterrents for mosquitoes. Some repel other pests like flies, beetles, and ants. Spices are great to plant in ones garden or in pots that can be moved around the patio. Using spices regularly and growing them yearly helps eliminate pests like mosquitoes from ones garden and yard.

Using the right combination of plants in ones yard is a great way to help keep pesky insects like mosquitoes from plaguing ones family year round. Finding the right combination to use in planters, pots, the garden, and at entryways is easy with the right information. Potted plants can be moved around next to chairs and tables for maximum protection. Choosing the plants that serve the families needs the best without inviting unwanted pests is the best method.

About the author:

Chris is a blogger for Excel Pest Control a NJ based pest control company.

North Carolina Carpenter Ant Prevention

Carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus)

Carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus) (Photo credit: Futureman1)

One of the most common and most destructive ant pests in the Charlotte, NC area is the Carpenter ant. In North Carolina, the Carpenter ant that is most frequently pestering homeowners is the Black Carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus). This species of Carpenter ant is also referred to as the Pennsylvania Carpenter ant. Whatever you want to call it, this ant species can be very destructive.

Carpenter Ants

 

One of the largest groupings of ant species is the Carpenter ant. They are most well known for their ability to tunnel through wood; and this is one of the primary reasons confuse Carpenter ants for termites. Carpenter ants do differ from termites, in that they do not eat the wood in which they tunnel. North Carolina Carpenter ants reach lengths of about 1/4 inch long, but a few ½ long ants have been spotted.

Normal Carpenter ants have black heads and abdomens, but have a dark red thorax. The Black Carpenter that North Carolina homeowners see is very similar in appearance, but is black all over. It’s important to note, that sometimes these ants can also have wings.

Carpenter Ant Destruction

 

Like I mentioned before, Carpenter ants build their nests in wooden structures in your home and on your property. Unused, rotten, or decaying wood seem to be the ant’s favorite nesting choices; but old, cracking furniture is also susceptible. This nesting behavior can be destructive.

Carpenter ant nesting habits destroy the integrity of wooden structures, including that of your house or furniture. These ants vigorously chew through wood, building tunnels for their nests. If you see piles of sawdust near a wooden structure on your property, it’s a good sign you have a pest problem… And that pest could be a Carpenter ant. It’s about this time you should have your home inspected by a licensed pest control professional.

Carpenter ants tending treehoppers

Carpenter ants tending treehoppers (Photo credit: cotinis)

North Carolina Carpenter Ant Prevention

 

  • Get rid of vacant wood. Whether it’s an old decaying tree stump, abandoned construction materials, or a wood pile; get rid of it! Carpenter ants love to build their nest in this wood.
  • Fix leaks and eliminate standing water. Just like you and I, Carpenter ants need water to survive. Do not make it readily available.
  • Eradicate sources of food. Carpenter ants love to eat proteins, starches, and sweets. Clean up crumbs and food debris from around your home, and tightly seal food containers.
  • Close up wooden cracks with sealant. Cracks in tree stumps, wooden furniture, etc. are an open invitation for Carpenter ants to build a nest. Put up a closed sign by sealing up those cracks with a wood sealant or epoxy.
  • Get professional ant control. One sure-fire solution to keep those destructive Carpenter ants away is to hire an ant control professional who specializes in pest control for Carpenter ants.

North Carolina Pest Control For Carpenter Ants

 

If you suspect you may have Carpenter ants around your Charlotte, NC property, do not wait until it’s too late before you get some help. Waiting will only further damage the integrity of anything that’s made of wood which is located on your property. Get professional ant 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
 
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
100 Reagan Drive #3
Charlotte, NC 28212
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com
 
 

Fire Ant Stings

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fire_ant_worker1 (Photo credit: bart_drees)

North Carolina Fire Ants

 

One of the most diabolical pests found in the Charlotte, North Carolina area is the Red Imported Fire ant. While these ants bite, they are notorious for very painful stings. You want more bad news? Fire ant season is just around the corner. Fire ants are most active, building their mounds and stinging their victims, from April-September.

Red Imported Fire ants prefer to build their mounds in open, sunny yards that are mowed and watered regularly. That is the majority of yards in North Carolina. Chances are you’ve come across the malevolent ants once or twice; and that means you can be stung.

Fire Ant Stings

 

A human leg three days after coming in brief c...

A human leg three days after coming in brief contact with a fire ant colony (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are stung by a fire ant, you will know it immediately. Stings begin as little red marks, and are accompanied by moderate pain. The sting will eventually turn into white pustules or blisters. Fire ant stings will go away after several days, unless the area becomes infected.

There are no other stinging ants in North America. So if you get stung by an ant, you can pretty much assume it’s a fire ant.

Reactions To Fire Ant Stings

 

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Blistering
  • Swelling & Inflammation
  • Wooziness
  • Itchiness
  • Wheezing
  • Confusion & Disorientation
  • Vomiting

Treating Fire Ant Stings

 

If you have been stung by a fire ant, and are experiencing some of the more severe reactions (vomiting, light-headed, etc.), seek medical attention immediately. If you know you are allergic to bees, wasps, or other insects; you need to be very cautious of fire ant stings. There will likely be an allergic connection, and you will need medical attention.

If you’ve been stung by a fire ant, and are not experiencing allergic reactions, stay calm. You will be in pain for awhile. Take a pain reliever. Clean the infected sting area out with watered down bleach, ammonia, or meat tenderizer. This will help denature the fire ant’s venom.

Preventing Fire Ant Stings

 

Preventing Fire Ant stings is about taking extreme precautions. If you see a fire ant mound, keep your distance. Point them out to your children, and teach them to keep their distance. If you disturb their mounds in any way, the worker ants will spill out of the nest and aggressively attack the intruder. If you step on a fire ant mound on accident, multiple ants can crawl up you leg and sting repeatedly.

To best ensure your home and property are not infested by stinging fire ants, you need professional ant control.

Fire Ant Extermination In North Carolina

 

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

 

 

Bulwark Exterminating – Ant Control Review Charlotte, NC

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Pest Control Charlotte NC How to get rid of Ants

Bulwark Exterminating does it all, even Ants. Read this review of a satisfied customer!

We had a horrible ant problem in our backyard. Eric did a great job getting them to disappear. He was also very friendly to my son who asked him a million quetions, and kind to our dogs. Thanks for a great job Eric.?

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Ants in Charlotte NC – 2009

Ants are out early this year for many Charlotte residents. We have had several phone calls for Ant Control in Charlotte. Besides being a nuisance, ants can be a real health threat, and even deadly. Its estimated that 1 out of every 20 people could have an allergic reaction to ant bites and some of those could even suffer death if not treated. Fatalities from ant bites in the US are rare but they do occur. Most are avoidable if treated quickly.

For those suffering from ants, you should be advised not to spray regular over the counter spray on ant trails. Ants are highly sensitive to odors. If you spray a colony or a trail of ants then you may make the problem worse by causing them to branch out and form new ant colonies. If you choose to treat ants on your own then use ant baits.

If you want a professional to assist you then make sure they are armed with a variety of bait options and that they are not just spraying the same products on the ants as they do your home. There are a very few and typically more expensive sprays that are effective against ants. So if your Charlotte pest control company does spray ask if the spray is unique and specific for ants.

Want a guaranteed Charlotte Ant Control solution?

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