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Roaches Revealed

Roach Sweet ToothCockroaches are some of the peskiest creepy crawlers out there. They’re sneaky, sly, and definitely super gross. We’re all ashamed to admit that these guys have found their way into our homes at one time or another. They’re most found of our beloved pantries and refrigerators. While we hate the things, the pest control business loves them. Roaches are some of the most exterminated bugs in the industry. However, in the 1990’s of sunny Florida, exterminators seemed to have run out of cards against these unwavering opponents. The roaches had a new trick up their sleeves; losing their sweet tooth.

In the 1990’s exterminators were baffled by the critter. Exterminators used a poison mixed with sugary juices as bait that was sure to catch the cockroaches, but when the roaches weren’t biting, it seemed the epic battle against these nasty bugs would never end. However, in recent years, researchers Ayako Wada-Katsumata, Jules Silverman, and Coby Schal from nearby North Carolina University decided to investigate the invincible cockroach.

The Investigation Yields Results

 

Instead of taste buds, cockroaches have taste hairs all over their bodies. In order to determine why roaches have lost their love of sweets, researchers focused on the hairs around the roach’s mouth along with two types of nerves cells. These two types of nerve cells are responsible for transmitting to the roach the taste of sweetness and bitterness. When the sweet signal is sent the bug goes in for the kill, but when the bitterness signal is sent the bug scowls away. What the researches discovered in the common German cockroach was that glucose, which is a common component in sugary sweets, sparked the bitterness receptor. This newly evolved trait in the roaches is the reason they’ve been able to outsmart the pest control industry.

Roach SoupReactions

 

This discovery stirred up quite a reaction in the scientific community. Walter S. Leal, the head of the entomology department in the college of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis and entomologist at Purdue University, Grzegorz Buczkowski, who were not involved in the study, were quick to remark on the findings in North Carolina.

“We lose baits all the time,” said Buczkowski. He also commented on how new poisons are constantly being developed to in order to maintain the effectiveness of the pest control industry. Bugs become resistant to the poison, just like bacteria become resistant to antibiotics.

Thanks to the research and its discovery, the market better understand how the roaches are surviving. It isn’t that their poisons are ineffective; it’s just that the bugs are changing their genetics and laying off the glucose. The cockroaches then pass off this trait and evolve into the monster roach that never seems to die.

“Sometimes the science is beautiful but you don’t know whether there is going to be an application fie years from now, 10 years from now or 100 years,” said Walter S. Leal.

So these results are definitely a breakthrough for the pest control market, and a great contributor in the mankind vs. roach battle.

 

Author Bio:  is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality roach control services. When I’m not playing with my two adorable nieces, I’m on the tennis court chasing that little green ball around.

Asian Cockroaches In Charlotte

Asian cockroaches are becoming more of a pest control problem in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. There are a couple reasons for the recent establishment of these roaches in Charlotte. Here’s what you need to know:

Asian Cockroach

Asian Cockroaches In Charlotte, NC

 

First discovered in Florida in late 1968, heavily infested areas have now been discovered in Charlotte and surrounding areas in North Carolina. It’s not only North Carolina that is venerable to these roach pests, as much of the south-eastern United States is housing these imported cockroaches.

Many Charlotte residents don’t know that they have Asian cockroaches because they are commonly confused with the German cockroach; another common Charlotte pest control problem. Even though Asian cockroaches look conspicuously similar, German cockroaches are darker in color than the Asian cockroach. The Asian Cockroaches’ wings are also narrower and longer.

Because invasions of 30,000 to 250,000 Asian cockroaches (per acre) are common, large areas around infested Charlotte homes will (likely) require aggressive pest control services; to effectively eliminate the problem. Furthermore, if the area surrounding the property remains untreated, it could result in an Asian cockroach re-infestation.

Asian roaches enter Charlotte homes through gaps in doorways and windows. They’ll directly fly to your walls while avoiding baseboards and other typical German cockroach harborages.

To learn more about the Asian cockroach, click here.

Charlotte Pest Control For Asian Cockroaches

 

Out of all the different species of cockroaches, the Asian cockroach just might be the most difficult to control. One of the reasons these roaches are so difficult to control, is because they can fly. In fact, Asian cockroaches have been known to fly well over 120 feet. This means, that even if you treat the roaches on your Charlotte property, new roaches can fly in from areas that haven’t been treated with pesticides. Re-infestations can be common unless other preventative measures, like eliminating water and food sources, are taken.

The Asian cockroach is vulnerable to all pesticides, but some are more effective than others. Stay away from residual sprays. Residual sprays around the perimeter of structures are usually ineffective because there are numerous infested areas in lawns, mulch, and wooded areas. Instead, opt for toxic baits. Toxic baits applied to infested areas outdoors have provided the most reliable control. Cockroach baits have been registered for use outdoors.

Charlotte Roach Control

 

No matter the type of cockroaches infesting your home, a roach control professional can help exterminate them.

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
 

Happy Valentine’s Day To Charlotte. From Bulwark.

Everyone here at Bulwark would like to give Charlotte and its surrounding cities a giant Valentine’s Day hug. Everybody deserves to have a valentine this year. At Bulwark, we thought we’d surprise some unsuspecting, but very deserving people to show our appreciation.

Last week we sent out an order of flowers and chocolates to three of our favorite news casters on television: Natalie Pasquarella from TV 9, Dianne Gallagher from NBC Charlotte and Kelli Bartik from FOX Charlotte – all lovely and professional young ladies. Without being too creepy-viewer, we thought flowers and chocolate was the best and safest item to send. Every girls like flowers, right?

Kelli even posted a picture of her flowers on her twitter page. We appreciate the shout-out, Kelli.

Last week we also released our newest video. We created it specially for Valentine’s Day and sent a link to all three ladies for them to view. Take a look.

We certainly don’t want to let you all make the same mistake, so here is a small checklist of things to do before Thursday.

- Schedule Babysitter
- Make dinner reservations or buy homemade meal ingredients
- Buy a semi-expensive bottle of wine
- And chocolates
- Call Bulwark Exterminating (This one is REALLY important, we can’t stress it enough.)

Only in a college town
Here’s a funny story for you. When I was in my last year of college, my girlfriend (now wife), was in school with me as well. I had a night class on Valentine’s Day and the teacher promised she would let us out early. After getting out of class 15 minutes late, and I without any plans, started to drive around town looking for a place to eat. I picked her up, and we headed over to Outback Steakhouse (Gimme a break! I was in college!). Wait time? FOUR hours! “That’ll be like, midnight?” I asked the girl. “Yeah, about”, she responded. We grabbed some pizza on the way home, popped in a movie at home, then called it a night. We both had class early the next morning.

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

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

Teens may have discovered a new Roach!

New York teens working on a DNA science project in New York may have discovered a new breed of cockroaches. The roach investigated during a DNA barcoding survey may represent a new species or subspecies. With the DNA varying from the current DNA barcode by 4% it seems possible that this cockroach could be an undiscovered species. Most DNA’s only vary by 1% and a variance by 4% isn’t just a quantity of 3 steps, but more a variance in scale, like a 1 versus a 4 on the Rickert scale of earthquakes. Officials have yet to determine if this is the case and it may be impossible to actually make a clear conclusion based on one sampling.

Interestingly enough, pests in general have a huge number of un-categorized and therefore “undiscovered” species and subspecies. Arguments about ants, scorpions, and the likes are ever raging. To further complicate things, insects seem to evolve much quicker. So is it really a new cockroach or is this just the 2010 model of the 2005 german roach… and I must say… nice hood.

But as one New Yorker put it… “I am not surprised.”

It seems almost iconic for the dingy dirty filthy New York city to find yet something another new, progressive, hip-hopping, whacked, yet artistic, cesspool creature… AKA Jane Roach #5839

By the way, the roach will go unnamed until they can be certain from a roach specialist that it is indeed a new species.. or at least sub species.

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