Family Pest Control Service in Charlotte North Carolina
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Hello, my name is Adam. I am a co-owner of Bulwark Exterminating, LLC. My family and co-workers work hard to create the highest quality pest control service. We are excited about the opportunity to serve you.
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
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:
You can also find these other words:
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.
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!
Cockroaches 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.
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.
Charlotte 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.
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!
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Charlotte, NC 28206
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Charlotte, NC 28212
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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 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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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!
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716 bulwarkpestcontrol.comA-1 Wildlife Control
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922 a1wildlifecontrol.netOrkin Pest & Termite Control
100 Reagan Drive #3
Charlotte, NC 28212
(866) 713-9979 orkin.com
Adult bed bug, Cimex lectularius (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Despite their name, “bed bugs” can be found in almost any part of your house and are often found far away from the bedroom. Bed bugs might be lurking in your bookshelves (avoid buying used books on the street for this reason) or in your couch (avoid buying used couches too!) or in other places too. There are several ways to tell if you have bed bugs – maybe you saw an actual bug or egg so you are 100% certain; perhaps you have woken up covered in bites leading you to believe you might have bed bugs; or maybe you have even had an inspector come to your house to confirm your fears. Either way, now that you know you have an infestation, you are probably wondering how to take care of it.
First, save a specimen.This might sound gross, but you should hold onto the physical bodies of the bed bugs in a Ziploc. Beyond helping the exterminator confirm the infestation, you might need to show them to your landlord or insurer so that you can recover your costs. You may never see an actual bug, so if you do, grab it. Take pictures of any damage as well.
Second, don’t switch to another bed in your house. Your first instinct might be to sleep elsewhere if the bed bugs are actually found in your bed. But unfortunately, all this will achieve is spreading the infestation. So don’t start sleeping on the couch, and definitely don’t stay at a friend or relative’s house. The bed bugs will be waiting for you when you get home and will have left some cousins wherever you went.
Third, consult a professional. Even if you are sure you have bed bugs, you should always get a professional pest control operator to come in, identify the pest and then treat it. Call them as soon as you suspect an infestation and get them into your home right away. Treatment takes time, so start sooner rather than later.
Fourth, check the other beds.Not everyone will know if they have bed bugs just by being bitten. Not everybody reacts to the bites in the same way, so there could be bugs in their beds without them knowing. Make sure your professional pest control operator does a thorough check of the home.
Fifth, don’t start throwing everything away.Not every piece of furniture in your home needs to be sent to the landfill. Ask your professional pest control operator what can be saved and what should be tossed. Once you know what cannot be saved, the professional can help you dispose of it properly and safely so as not to spread the bugs even further.
Sixth, do start washing your linens and clothing.Your clothing and bedding should be dealt with right away. Machine wash everything on hot and then dry them on hot for about two hours. Dry cleaning is also an option. Whichever option you choose, the key part is to put the cleaned clothing and linens in sealed, airtight bags until you are going to use them in your bed bug free house.
Finding out you have bed bugs is never fun. But if you follow the proper precautions and have patience, hopefully the bed bugs will be handled quickly and without major loss of sleep, furniture, and money.
About the Author: Michelle Lim has been writing about designer bedding for this website for years. When she’s not spending her time writing, she enjoys shopping and going on vacations with her boyfriend.
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.
Angie’s List Super Service Award Given To Bulwark Pest Control- Charlotte, NC
The winners of Angie’s List 2012 Super Service Award have been announced in the categories of pest control and exterminating. It is with great honor that Bulwark Exterminating accepts this prestigious award, given annually to the top five percent of companies that receive reviews on Angie’s List.
Bulwark Pest Control’s Charlotte, North Carolina branch accepts this award with great pride, because it further illustrates the company’s dedication to providing excellent customer service.
The Significance Customer Reviews On Angie’s List
A recent survey suggests that 81 percent of customers do online research before making significant purchases. These customers are primarily looking for customer reviews, in which 92 percent have confidence in this online information. That is where the customer review site Angie’s List comes in.
Angie’s List is a vessel that brings businesses and consumers together through the power of customer reviews. The 1.5 million customers that check Angie’s List before making purchases or hires can rate a company’s professionalism, price, punctuality, responsiveness, quality, and overall experience with letter grades A-F.
Angie’s List Reviews For Charlotte, NC Bulwark Exterminating
Out of the 179 reviews Bulwark Exterminating’s Charlotte branch has received on Angie’s List, 140 give an A grade; 22 a B grade. That’s impressive! Here are just a few of the many positive reviews:
Bulwark Exterminating provided complete initial service both internally and externally. We had various ants and other crawling critters not only in the 1st floor kitchen but also in two upstairs bathrooms. They come back every two months to spray outside and if any problems inside, they will spray as well. We have noticed a major difference and only once in a while see anything inside. I would highly recommend them.
- Phillip R.
These guys were very prompt and courteous. Responded to calls immediately and performed the service promptly. Over all I am very satisfied with the service. I had called to get the service scheduled. Someone returned with a confirmation call. The service person called ahead before arrival. Even though he arrived earlier than scheduled, he waited for my arrival. He treated my house and explained about the bugs and how they come and go. Treated outside and inside the house. Great people to work with. Great service. Few days later received a follow up call which is great customer experience.
- Sankar M.
The service person inspected the house for roaches. We had seen 2-3 of them in the previous couple of weeks. Then, I saw the offer for an inspection at a reduced price and ordered it. The service person was friendly and well-informed. He appeared to be genuinely interested in doing a good job and said he had checked outside to make sure he was using the best treatment. He told me that if the treatment did not work to please let him know. We saw a roach or two in the next week and I almost called back, but waited and have not seen another roach in, oh, at least six weeks. I was pleased and satisfied with the offer and the service.
- Frank M.
(Bulwark) sprayed exterior and interior of house. Very professional. We have a two year old grandson. They were so wonderful about working around his visits, they totally understood our concerns. We will use them again.
- Russ L.
Mint Hill, NC
To read all of Bulwark Pest Control’s Angie’s List reviews for the Charlotte, NC branch, click on the link below:
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
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.
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.
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!