Bed Bug Check List For Renters

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Are you renting and waking up with red bite marks?

Are you seeing blood smears or stains, either fresh or dried, on your bedding, clothes, or bedroom furniture?

Are you seeing dead or live bugs that are small, oval, and red in color anywhere inside your home or apartment?

If you answered yes to any of these, I’m afraid to tell you that you likely have bed bugs!

If you fear you might have bedbugs, here is a checklist of sorts; questions that need to be asked by you the renter:

Bed Bug Check List For Renters

__ Does your home or apartment have a history of bed bugs?

__ What is done to treat bed bugs?

__ What is done to prevent bedbugs?

__ What is my responsibility as a renter if I get bed bugs?

__ Who is contracted to treat bed bugs?

__ Was there an inspection done by a qualified pest control company before I moved in to determine whether or not the old tenant left any bed bugs?

__ What are the bed bug laws in the city or state I’m renting in?

__  Is the land lord familiar with the bed bug laws in my city or state?

__  Does the land lord know what a bed bug is?

Bed Bug Control

After you have determined you have bed bugs, and asked the above questions, you should know which steps need to be taken to eradicate the bed bugs. You should know whose responsibility it is to exterminate the bugs, and if you have any legal recourse.

Upon determining the above factors, you are going to need professional bed bug control to take care of your bedbug problem. Look for a bed bug professional who specializes in heat treatments, as these treatments have been proven to be the most effective.

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5 Natural Ways to Keep Your Home Pest-Free

Pests can be a headache to deal with, literally – the harsh smell that comes from chemical bug sprays is enough to give anyone a headache. However, chemical bug sprays are not your only option for keeping away pests. Below we will discuss five natural ways to keep your home pest-free.

Repel Ants with Vinegar

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Everyone knows that ants can be difficult to get rid of, but there is a natural repellent that works wonders. If you’ve spotted ants creeping along your counters or floorboards, simply make a mixture that’s half water, half vinegar. Use the solution to wipe down your counters and any other surfaces where you’ve seen ants crawling about. Repeat several times a day for best results. Wiping down your surfaces with this vinegar solution destroys the scent trail that the ants use in order to navigate, throwing them off course.

Keep Mosquitoes at Bay with Catnip

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Even though your cat may love catnip, mosquitoes hate it. In fact, according to Science Daily, catnip repels mosquitoes better than DEET. To keep mosquitoes out of your yard, grow catnip in your garden. To repel them when you go outside, try applying undiluted catnip oil to your skin. This should keep them away from you and protect you from nasty mosquito bites for up to 2 hours.

Fend off Spiders with Citrus

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Spiders hate citrus, so a great way to fend them off is by mixing water with unsweetened lemon or lime juice. Use the mixture to spray down your kitchen counters and other surfaces where spiders may dwell, such as doorways and windowsills. You can also scatter orange, lemon, and lime peel around your garden to keep the spiders away.

Ward off Fleas with Salt

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A good way to rid your home of fleas is by alternating salting and vacuuming your floors. This will kill flea eggs, as well as suck up any live bloodsuckers. Since fleas have a three-day reproduction cycle, you have to be persistent. Salt your floors every day for nine days, vacuuming every third day. Be sure to empty the vacuum cleaner each time, or else any live fleas that you’ve sucked up will simply hop back out and make their way back into your carpet!

Scare Away Flies with Basil

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For some reason, flies really despise the smell of basil. You can use this to your advantage by placing pots of basil around your house, especially at doorways, on windowsills, and on your kitchen counter. If your house doesn’t let in enough sunlight to keep a potted plant thriving, then you can hang dried basil in small muslin pouches throughout your home, focusing on entryways and your kitchen. Be sure to rub the pouch occasionally to keep the scent strong. Alternately, you can plant basil around the exterior of your house, creating a barrier between the flies and your home.

These are just a few natural remedies to keep your home pest-free. If you find yourself still facing a pest problem after trying these, you may need to call in a pest control professional in order to find a solution.

About the author: Chris is writer for Fox Pest Control, a Connecticut based pest control company.

What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

I was pleased to sit down with a couple of the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating recently, and talk candidly about the pest situation here in the Valley. I was interested to know what the most common pests are here in Arizona… The pests that are most frequently called about.

Here are the top 3 most called about pests in Arizona, according to Bulwark Pest Control Mesa:

3. Fire Ants

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They’re red, they’re nasty, and in Arizona they have stung approximately 40 percent of the State’s population. I’m talking of course about the Red Imported Fire ant. These ants are known for their destructive mound building, and their painful stings which are unleashed whenever one of their huge ant mounds is threatened. Once stung, a victim will display painful red welts that rise above the skin and eventually blister. It’s because of these painful stings; Arizona residents want no part of the Fire ant and call Bulwark Exterminating in Mesa for professional Fire ant control.

2. Black Widows

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Almost 99 percent of all spiders found in Arizona are harmless. One of the spiders that make up the remaining one percent is the Black Widow spider. Her appearance is unmistakable; with her large glossy black abdomen, and of course her bright red hour glass that warn everybody to keep their distance. Black Widows will only bite when provoked, and will likely run away when confronted. Despite this behavior, Arizona resident’s take know chances when it comes to this spider. Perhaps it’s her painful and dangerous bite that has residents calling Bulwark Exterminating in Mesa for professional spider control.

1. Arizona Bark Scorpion

Scorpion What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

The number one called about pest in Arizona, is without a doubt, the Arizona Bark Scorpion. Most Arizona residents are able to put up with a few cockroaches or crickets running around their home, but not scorpions. If you live in Arizona long enough, there’s a really high probability that you will be stung by a scorpion at some point. Anybody that has ever been stung does not want to ever go through that experience ever again. To avoid scorpion stings, it’s advised that professional scorpion control actions be taken. Arizona residents know this, and that is why scorpions are the most frequently called about pest.

Mesa Pest Control

If you are tired of seeing Fire ants, Black Widow spiders, Bark scorpions, or any other pest inside your home or on your property, it is time to do something about. Call or click a Mesa pest control professional today.

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
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Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
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Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
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Awesome Outdoor Adventures In Arizona

It’s no surprise that anyone looking for adventure should certainly consider America first and foremost as thanks to the country’s 50 separate states there’s something for everyone no matter what you’re into.

White-water-rafting, mountain biking, desert trekking, you name it and the USA has got the lot and even if you fancy a few urban adventures then you’ll find some of the finest cities in the world where you can really go wild and have a truly exciting time.

For most people, having an adventure means being outdoors and in this particular article I’d like to concentrate on Arizona and present some spectacular landscapes and locations where simply being there is pretty much as exciting as it gets.

The Grand Canyon

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This is one of the most recognized landmarks in the whole world and no adventure trip to Arizona is complete without exploring the Grand Canyon. Trekking round the South Rim, white-water rafting on the Colorado River and even helicopter flights all add to the excitement value and stepping out onto the Skywalk will no doubt test your nerves to the max.

Meteor Crater

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Located around an hour’s drive from Flagstaff, the Meteor Crater measures around a mile across and if you’re looking for a completely unique outdoor experience in Arizona then look no further. A fantastic interactive visitor center and museum explains more about this amazing hole in the ground and guided tours will take you closer to the stars than you ever thought possible.

Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu Awesome Outdoor Adventures In Arizona

This incredible reservoir can be found along the Arizona border with California and presents almost 20,000 acres of surface water as well as the original London Bridge which was shipped over in the 60′s. Fishing, boating, kayaking and jet-skiing are all possible and retiring to Lake Havasu City for your evening meal is the best way to conclude a perfect day outdoors in Arizona.

Camelback Mountain

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There are no prizes for guessing how Camelback got its name but if you’re looking for a spot of hiking or mountain climbing then you’ll find almost 3000 feet of granite and sandstone to enable you to do both in abundance. Located in Phoenix and promising two excellent hiking trails (Echo Canyon Trail and Cholla Trail) Camelback is heaven on earth for outdoor adventure lovers.

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park Awesome Outdoor Adventures In Arizona

Situated in the south of the state and containing no end of sand dunes, mountain slopes and untold cacti, Saguaro is exactly what you’re after if you’re exploring Arizona for adventures. With over 150 miles of trekking trail as well as some quintessential images at dusk, this is indeed one of the top places to get away from it all and spend a night under the stars or day under the beating sun.

Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend Awesome Outdoor Adventures In Arizona

This fold of the Colorado River can be found near the town of Page and hardly any time at all from the likes of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon. If you’re into your natural photography then prepare to be amazed as a trekking trip will take you to the top of a sheer cliff face where the immensity of the Bend can be seen in all its glory.

Slide Rock State Park

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Situated some 7 miles or so from Sedona, within the boundaries of Oak Creek Canyon, Slide Rock State Park is one of the most visited attractions in Arizona and well-worth your time if you’re in the area. Although the hiking trails aren’t exactly long they do contain some more than impressive views and if you’re in the mood for cider then you’ll find a fully working apple orchard right on site.

Fossil Creek

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This ever-flowing stream can be found near the community of Strawberry in Gila County and is home to many examples of Arizona’s endangered species of animal and plant life. Thanks to the creek’s warm waters, this is an ideal location to take a dip after a hike and there are even a couple of small waterfalls adding to the allure of this awesome outdoor adventure in Arizona.

 

 

Happy Halloween From Bulwark Exterminating

We’re just days away from the scariest holiday of the year. We’d like to wish all our customers, friends and families a very, happy Halloween. Remember to be safe and have lots of fun.

Take a minute to enjoy a new Halloween video. There are ghosts and goblins…and then there is THIS guy!

Bug Movies From The Twenty-First Century

Bugs have long been the culprits of horror flicks, and for good reason: most people find insects to not only be creepy and crawly, but absolutely terrifying. The 1950s and ’60s saw a slew of B-flicks featuring gigantic bugs as evil monsters that trampled through countless American towns, as horror flicks (and B-flicks in particular) soared in popularity. The 1980s saw a revival of the bug-themed B-flicks, with movies like The Fly and Tremors becoming box-office hits. But did you know that bugs continue to play the villain’s role in modern horror movies? Below is a list of five horror movies from the 21st century featuring monstrous insects that will – literally – make your skin crawl.

1. Dragon Wasps

 

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When a scientist’s father goes missing, she enlists the help of the US Army to search for him deep in the Belizean jungle. What ensues is conflict with a strange guerrilla army controlled by a mysterious and mystical warlord and… giant, mutant wasps. That have a thirst for blood. To protect themselves, the protagonists rub themselves with coca leaves –and thereby experiencing the “effects” of it – as well as use blocks of cocaine as explosives. Made in 2012, this movie is one of the most recent of the bug B-flicks.

2. They Nest

 

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Also known as Creepy Crawlers when it was released in the year 2000, this movie tells the story of how a Maine island becomes infested with rare, lethal cockroaches which bear strange pincers that enable them to eat their victims from the inside out. A doctor who recently moved to the island from the city must battle the bugs, while trying to convince the local folk to believe him. Although only rated PG13, this movie is pretty disturbing and is not for the squeamish.

3. Mansquito

 

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Also known as Mosquito Man, this 2005 flick follows the story of a convicted murderer who transforms into a mutant mosquito after a DNA experiment with a scientist goes awry. The “mansquito” goes on a killing spree which leaves his victims sucked dry and soon – horror of horrors! – the lead female scientist – who happens to be romantically involved with the cop who originally arrested the convict and is the only person smart enough to solve the case – starts to transform into a mosquito herself!

4. Ice Spiders

 

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This 2007 flick stars Vanessa Williams and Patrick Muldoon, in a horrifying tale of a government experiment gone awry. When a ski team arrives at the Lost Mountain Ski Resort to train for the Olympics, they are thrilled that a retired Olympic skier is going to help them train – until a local scientist arrives with the news that giant spiders – which have been produced by a top secret government project – have escaped, and are devouring everything in sight. Snow, ungodly webs, and Olympic hopefuls battling horrible humongous CGI spiders –what could be better?

5. Mongolian Death Worm

 

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This made-for-TV movie from 2010 starring Sean Patrick Flanery tells the story of an American oil company that awakens a nest of deadly “death worms” when they set up an experimental drilling facility in the deserts of Mongolia. Of course, the creatures breed and spread, devouring everyone who crosses their path. Only one man can stop them – an adventurer and treasure hunter who has dedicated his life to seeking a legendary tomb that is fabled to be protected by the horrendous Death Worms. The hero faces a major dilemma: he knows in his heart he must kill the Death Worms, but doing so would destroy his life’s work. Of course, not destroying the worms could lead to the worms destroying him! What to do, what to do?

Bad acting, bad special effects and geographically inaccurate scenery makes for a splendid time for those who enjoy low-budget flicks, which is exactly what “Mongolian Death Worm” is.

While these movies were all made for TV, it’s simply because the days of watching B-flicks starring giant mutant bugs at the drive-in have passed us by. Still, who says we can’t continue to watch –and enjoy – some hokey bug flicks?

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a Jersey City Pest Control company. Chris used to enjoy interesting and quirky movies but now that he has children he sticks to Disney and Pixar films.

Brown Recluse Infographic

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Mesa Spider Control

The above infographic sheds some much needed light on the Brown Recluse spider. While the Brown recluse doesn’t live in Mesa, or in any part of Arizona for that matter, a few of it’s relatives do. The Desert Recluse and Arizona Recluse are commonly found in parts of Arizona, and are dangerous, just like the Brown Recluse. If you are worried about recluse spiders in your Mesa area home, or are growing weary of any other spider, get professional spider control.

Whether its Wolf spiders, House spiders, Black Widow spiders, or recluse spiders, Bulwark Exterminating is here to help. Get professional spider control and begin living spider free!

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
terminix.com  

Thomas Ballantyne

Arizona Blonde Tarantulas: Are They Dangerous?

Arizona Blonde Tarantula Arizona Blonde Tarantulas: Are They Dangerous?

In the Arizona desert, there is a wide variety of bugs and creepy crawlies. The tarantula is definitely a common arachnid in Arizona with 30 species known to plaque the land. One of the most common tarantulas is the Arizona Blonde tarantula.

The Arizona Blonde Tarantula

The Arizona blonde tarantula (also referred to as the Mexican blonde tarantula or western desert tarantula) is commonly seen during the summer months and rainy season of the year. It is a solitary tarantula, and the males will usually only emerge from their burrow to find a mate. Females are rarely seen out of their burrow. The male will die shortly after mating, if the female lets him live!

Tarantulas defend themselves with their venomous fangs and irritating hairs. In addition to a venomous bite, this arachnid can also brush some of its hairs on its predator. They are very difficult to remove and extremely irritating for all kinds of enemies. Despite these defensive skills, tarantulas can still be preyed upon by birds, lizards, snakes, wasps, and others.

Are Arizona Blonde Tarantulas Dangerous?

Arizona residents may have seen a Arizona blonde tarantula roaming around their property from time to time, and were left wondering if these ugly spiders are dangerous. Well rest assure, these spiders do not pose any significant threat to Arizona residents. While these tarantulas are venomous, their venom is not all that potent. These tarantulas do have the capability to bite humans, but this rarely happens. Arizona blonde tarantulas are very mild mannered and docile spiders. It’s for this very reason many people keep them as pets.

The only thing Arizona residents need to worry about when it comes to the Arizona Blonde tarantula is that they have protective hairs that can irritate other attackers, animals, and yes people’s skin.

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

Infographic- The Pest Word Search

The following infographic is brought to you courtesy of Bulwark Pest Control:

Pest Test Word Search Puzzle

This summer thousands of participants commented on Facebook the first pest they found in this pest test word search:

 

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Infographic- The Pest Word Search Results

After coming through all of your comments on the pest test word search puzzle, the results were interesting to say the least. See for yourself, as the following infographic breaks down your comments:

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I would have never of guessed that so many of you thought that ice, rice, and Ted were all pests… the cop I get. I’ve been pulled over a more times than I can remember.

What was the first pest you found in the pest test word puzzle, and where did it stack up against the other participants?

Thomas Ballantyne

How To Get Rid Of Wasps In Your Yard

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One of the biggest pains when you want to make the most of spending time in your garden or around your pool can often be the presence of wasps. Wasps are unusual creatures in that unlike bees, they can be very aggressive because stinging something doesn’t cause them to die, and they can sting multiple times. This can make them quite a nuisance, and they tend to be prolific breeders in even cooler countries during the summer, so unlike other dangerous animals like tarantulas, scorpions and snakes, you aren’t safe from them even in places like Toronto or London! While the sting of a single wasp is only life threatening if you have an allergy, it can be extremely painful even if you aren’t allergic, and if you are attacked by a swarm it can be very dangerous even if you aren’t sensitive to the venom. For this reason, if you see a wasp nest or suspect there might be one somewhere on your property, it is important to deal with it.

Wasps only use their nests for one season and don’t return to them after their winter hibernation period. However, they can really spoil your outdoor time in summer and can also threaten the health of your family; or at the very least cause a very painful sting, means it is usually best to dispose of them.

Do Any Signs of Wasps Mean You Have a Nest?

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Interestingly, while most animals are either social or lone, wasps come in both varieties. You get some wasps who live alone in solitary nests, which can be in plants or even in holes underground, and others who live communally in nests they form out of paper mixed with their saliva over time. Solitary wasps can be an annoyance, and can sting just as badly as social wasps; but they will not bring lots of friends with them, and their habitats won’t cause you any issues. Wasps living in communal nests, however, can be a very big problem if their home is in your garden, loft or the eaves of your house (all common places where wasps develop communities).

How to Dispose of a Wasp Nest

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To kill the wasps in your nest you need to use quite potent pesticides, designed to kill wasps specifically. If you use the wrong kind of poison, like ones used for cockroaches or spiders, you will just end up with some very angry wasps buzzing around; and that is never good! You also have to watch the nest and assess the best way to approach it and withdraw from it based on how the wasps access the nest. If you are not confident about doing this and don’t have suitable clothes to wear, it is generally better just to call a professional pest control company who will take the wasps out for you and remove the remaining nest. They will also be able to make sure that all of the specimens have been killed so you aren’t left with homeless wasps parading your garden!

Ryan Hall, the author of this post, has years of extensive experience in pest and wildlife control and this becomes quite apparent through his blogs. He works at SWAT Wildlife, a renowned pest control company in Toronto. His hobbies include surfing and bowling. Log on to www.swatwildlife.com/ to know more about his company.

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