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Atlanta Pest Control

roachThe transportation hub of the southeastern United States is Atlanta, GA. It all began in 1837 when two railroad lines intersected. Since then the city has flourished, growing to a population of five million people.  Atlanta is also visited by thousands of travelers every year to see the Braves, Six Flags, Grant Park, and Legoland. There are some other unwanted guests that will come to Atlanta and visit, but these guests won’t leave. These unwanted guests are pests.

What pests live in Atlanta? 

There are many pests that will live in Atlanta. Some of the more common pests are: crickets, cockroaches, spiders, ants, and earwigs. These pests can live in Atlanta year-round due to the weather. Atlanta does get cold, but will not stay under a deep freeze for months at a time.  The weather will allow the pest to reproduce and really infest a home.

AtlantaWhere will these pests live? 

Every pest has their own habitats and needs, and will be found in different areas. Crickets and cockroaches can be found in dark moist areas, both inside and outside of the home. Spiders will live in dry areas where they can place their webs in the high traffic areas of other pest insects. Earwigs eat organic matter that is decomposing, so they can be found in piles of leafs, and organic debris. Ants will live in areas where they can find food and take it back to the colony.

Can these pests infest a home?

Once the pests have found an area around a home they like, they will first take over on the outside then work their way to the inside.  The pests will need to find new food sources in these new living areas in order to survive. The pest will then move to the inside of the walls of an adjacent home. In the wall, the pest can survive and be protected from the outside elements; and really infest.

Atlanta Pest Control 

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
bulwarkpestcontrol.com  
Dixie Wildlife Control
893 Church Street
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-1300
dixiewildlifecontrol.com  
Critter Patrol
6300 Powers Ferry Road Northwest #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 445-0949
critterpatrol.com

How To Deal With A Wasp Nest Without Being Stung

Like most insects, wasps do have their uses, but it can be hard to think positive thoughts when you are being plagued by dozens of angry wasps. Wasps are often a nuisance when you are trying to enjoy a can of fizzy soda on a hot summer’s day. They buzz around and the more you swat them away, the higher the risk that you will be stung. One or two wasps are a pain, but what should you do if you suspect you have a wasp nest nearby?

Why are Wasps a Hazard?

A wasp sting is painful, but in most cases it won’t cause any lasting harm apart from an intense fear and loathing of wasps. However, if a wasp nest is disturbed, hundreds of angry wasps are not a pleasant sight to behold. Another issue to consider is that some people are allergic to wasp venom and a wasp sting can cause them to go into anaphylactic shock. This is an extreme allergic reaction whereby the airways swell up and the person can die without immediate treatment. Elderly people are also more vulnerable to wasp stings.

How to Recognise a Wasp

Wasps have characteristic yellow and black stripes along their body, which is nature’s way of warning you to stay well away. Bees look similar to a wasp but their bodies are rounder and they have distinctive hairs. Wasps pull their wings into their bodies when they are resting whereas a bee’s wings will stick out. Wasps are also a lot more aggressive than other insects of similar appearance.

Five Signs You Have a Wasps Nest

  1. A lot of wasps in a small area
  2. A large number of wasps entering or exiting a particular spot—typically a hollow tree or beneath the eaves of a house
  3. A loud buzzing sound
  4. A visible nest that looks like a grey, papery sphere
  5. Damp patches on the inside walls if the nest is in the wall cavity or attic space

How to Treat a Wasps Nest

Small wasp nests below head height can be treated using insecticides bought from DIY stores and garden centres. Follow the guidelines on the container before use and make sure you treat the nest at twilight when the wasps are least active. Before attempting to deal with the nest, make sure you know exactly where the wasps are entering and leaving as this is where you will need to direct the insecticide spray. Once you have applied the treatment as per the instructions, avoid the area for 24 hours and tell others to do the same. Larger nests in inaccessible locations are best treated by a wasp control professional.

How to Prevent a Wasp Infestation

The best way to prevent wasps from becoming a problem is to be vigilant for the first signs wasps are building a nest. Since wasps build new nests ever year, old nests will remain empty once they have been treated or vacated. If you do spot the signs of a new nest building exercise, treat it with insecticide immediately.

This article has been written by Joana Sterling. Joana works as an intern at ICE, a pest control service provider in Burlington. She loves to travel and enjoys weekend trips with family.

It’s National Cheese Pizza Day!

Did you know that today is National Cheese Pizza Day. And not only that, but Atlanta is home to one of the country’s top 10 pizzeria restaurants in the country.  If you haven’t celebrated already, get on down to Antico Pizza Napoletana and celebrate properly.

Check out the full list of pizzerias here, then go grab yourself a slice.

Antico Pizza Napoletana is critically acclaimed for its exquisite and authentic blend of flavors.

Antico Pizza Napoletana
1093 Hemphill Ave. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
404-724-2333
www.anticoatl.com

The Top 3 Pests In Atlanta

I recently had the pleasure to sit down with some pest control professionals In Atlanta, GA. These professionals have taken hundreds of phone calls from concerned Atlanta area citizens this summer, who’ve become fed up with bugs invading their homes. I asked them point blank, “What are the top three pest invaders in Atlanta?” “What pests do receive the most phone calls about?”

Here were Bulwark Exterminating’s top three most common pest invaders in the Atlanta area:

3. Fire Ants

Red Imported Fire Ant

If you live anywhere in Georgia, you are likely very familiar with the Red Imported Fire ant. Fire ants are notorious for stinging relentlessly whenever you disturb there huge nests that can plaque a property. The mound-building activity of the red fire ant has damaged plant roots, lead to the loss of crops, and interfered with agricultural farming in the State of Georgia. In order to best control the populations of fire ants in and around your property, Atlanta Fire ant control is necessary.

2. Spiders

Black Widow Spider

There are not very many spiders in Atlanta that are dangerous to humans, with the exception of the black widow spider which has very toxic venom that can be life threatening. There are approximately 100 reported deaths from spider bites in the 20th century. Despite this really low number, that doesn’t stop Atlanta residents from running to the nearest phone to call an Atlanta spider control professional whenever they see any big ugly spider.

1. Roaches

Roach

The south has a huge cockroach problem, and of course that includes Atlanta. The most frequently called about pest in the Atlanta area, according to the roach control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating, is the cockroach. This is because of the cockroach’s high proliferation rate. The mild winters allow for roaches to breed more often, and make it easier for these disease carrying pests to survive. These roaches invade Atlanta homes searching for the water in your drains and the food in your kitchen cupboards.
In Atlanta, Oriental roaches are often called “waterbugs.” The most common roaches found in the area are the American cockroach, and the Asian cockroach. No matter the species of Atlanta cockroach, Atlanta homeowners just don’t want them in there homes spreading disease. Serious cockroach infestations require Atlanta roach control.

Atlanta Pest Control

If you are commonly seeing pests like spiders, fire ants and roaches in and around your Atlanta area home, get help! Get professional pest control in Atlanta!

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
Dixie Wildlife Control
893 Church Street
Marietta, GA30060
(770) 424-1300
dixiewildlifecontrol.com
 
Critter Patrol
6300 Powers Ferry Road Northwest #600
Atlanta, GA30339
(770) 445-0949
critterpatrol.com
 
 

Are Atlanta Centipedes Dangerous?

English: House centipedes?

They’re creepy.

They’re an eyesore.

But are centipedes dangerous?

What Are Centipedes?

You know that long, creepy, flat, bug with lots of legs? It’s called a centipede. You may have seen a few around your home or property. The centipede is very common around the Atlanta, GA area.

Depending on the species, the centipede can have as many as 346 legs, or as few as 30. They are long, skinny insects that are usually a dark reddish-brown in color. Most species of Georgia reach lengths of about two inches, but there have been reports of centipedes that are as long as six inches. These are rare.

Centipedes hunt their prey at night, eating roaches, snails, spiders, and other insects. They are commonly found under vegetation, boards, or rocks around your property. Inside your Atlanta home, they can be found in basements, garages, crawl spaces, and around windows, doors, and baseboards.

Are Centipedes Dangerous?

Centipedes do bite. They do so with pincher like claws, called “poison claws,” that are found next to the centipede’s head. Centipedes are capable of releasing toxic venom when they bite. It’s because of this, centipedes should not be handled. Even if you are being careful while holding a centipede, their multi-segmented bodies are very flexible. This allows a centipede to bite from a wide variety of angles if held.

These centipede bites are relatively harmless, just painful. As of today, there is no public record stating an Atlanta, GA centipede caused human death. Like with many other insects (bees, wasps, etc.) these bites can cause a severe reaction if a victim has insect allergies. If this is the case, medical attention should be sought immediately.

Most centipedes do not pose a serious threat other than pain and swelling. The bigger the centipede, the more pain and swelling a victim is likely to endure. Conversely, some of the smaller centipedes are too small to penetrate human skin. Pain from a bite wound can last several days and may be accompanied by discoloration, numbness and necrosis.

Atlanta Pest Control For Centipedes

While centipedes are not considered deadly, they do inflict painful bites. They are also an eyesore. You definitely do not want these things inside your home. If you are seeing an unusually large number of centipedes inside your home, you may have an infestation. Have a pest control professional, who is experienced in dealing with centipedes, address your situation.

Pest Control Atlanta

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
Atlanta Bee & Wasp Removal
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 842-1292
beeandwaspremoval.com 
 
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
1935 Cliff Valley Way NE #118
Atlanta, GA 30329
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

 

 

Valentine’s Day Roaches- A Bad Idea

Valentine's day.

Valentine’s day. (Photo credit: MalinStrandvall)

Valentine’s Day Roaches- A Bad Idea

This Valentine’s Day, you better pull out all the stops to impress your significant other. There’s no excuse this year! Show her just how much she is loved.

Get her some beautiful red roses, a box of decadent chocolates, and take her out to a nice restaurant. Bring your date back to your candlelit place and have some romantic music playing. Have some champagne on ice; to go along with your strawberries.

After you pull out all the stops, make sure your overtures are not nullified by a disgusting cockroach. I know pest control is not all that romantic, but a cockroach encounter will pull the romance out of an otherwise perfect evening.

Take A Look:

Cockroaches

The cooler Georgia months, like February, draw cockroaches inside. These disease ridden pests enter, looking for shelter from the cold weather. Cockroaches are scavengers that feed on decaying organic material, and are particularly fond of rotten food. They have even been known to eat fingernails, human hair, and dog droppings. Roaches are most commonly found in kitchens, basements, and the crevices of porches; but a few can find their way into your bathtub.

CBS Anchor Gives Bulwark Some Valentine’s Day Love

JaQuitta Williams of CBS Atlanta sent Bulwark Exterminating an email, thanking the company for the flowers that were sent to her as a Valentine. She even saw the above Valentine’s roach video, and said it to be “cute.”

What were your thoughts on the video?

 

Roach Control Atlanta

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Orkin Pest & Termite Control
1935 Cliff Valley Way NE #118
Atlanta, GA 30329
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

 

Stink Bug Invasion- Help Is On The Way

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Stink Bug Population Spreads Across Georgia

If you live in Atlanta, GA, or anywhere along the east coast for that matter, you’ve likely become well acquainted with a smelly pest. The brown marmorated stink bug was first discovered in the U.S. about ten years ago. They have now become very widespread, wreaking havoc in some 39 states, including Georgia.

These bugs are considered an agricultural pest, feeding on the trees and plants of fruit orchards and vegetable gardens. This has been proven to have economic distress on Georgia farmers.

Stink Bug Ranks As Top Invasive Pest

Because of the brown marmorated stink bug’s destructive capabilities, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has labeled the pest as it’s “top invasive insect.” USDA researchers and scientists are working hard to better control these pests.

Scientists Work To Control Stink Bugs

The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is working hard to discover better methods for controlling the destructive stink bugs. Scientists have identified a pheromone that stink bugs release when they eat, that signals there is food nearby. This pheromone is very effective at drawing in other stink bugs, and scientists have found a way to synthesize it. This new synthetic pheromone can be very useful when used as bait in stink bug traps.

Separate scientists at Baylor University’s College of Medicine are also working to control these invasive stink bugs through genome sequencing. If scientists can discover the genes necessary to the stink bug’s survival, they can determine what insecticides can best control their populations.

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Atlanta Pest Control

While scientists a busy working on eliminating this stink bug invasion, you can take matters into your own hands by calling an Atlanta pest control professional. If you are having problems with stink bugs; or pests like fire ants, roaches, or spiders; hire an Atlanta exterminator.

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
MosquitoNix Atlanta
433 Bishop Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 872-5770
mosquitonixatlanta.com
 
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
1935 Cliff Valley Way NE #118
Atlanta, GA 30329
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com
 

Atlanta Cockroach Control


Dead american cockroach

Dead american cockroach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Atlanta’s Role in Cockroach Control

The City of Atlanta, GA annually paints the inside of some 10,000 plus manholes with a latex based insecticide, all with the intent of eliminating disease carrying cockroaches. The paint is guaranteed to control roaches for two years and is more cost effective than the old method of dusting manholes with a non-toxic Boron-based powder. The new latex paint allows the City of Atlanta to do the painting once every two years.

By drastically reducing the cockroach population in the sanitary sewer system, Atlanta’s cockroach control problem has had an impact on the roaches that live and breed on private property as well.

However, the City of Atlanta is only responsible for the public sewers. It’s up to individuals to treat their own houses, businesses, storage sheds, mailboxes, and other areas that cockroaches like to hide.

Atlanta Citizen’s Role in Cockroach Control

  • Don’t leave food uncovered. This includes pet food—roaches love Fido’s food too.
  • Pick up clutter—don’t give the pests a place to run for cover.
  • Spread bay leaves in your kitchen cabinets. Bay leaves will drive them out.
  • Keep drains covered—roaches love to use drains as watering holes.
  • Keep windows and doors closed.
  • Check boxes for bugs before bringing them in from storage.
  • Treat cracks and crevices with boric acid on a regular basis
  • Call a pest control professional

A Pest Control Professional’s Role in Cockroach Control

If you have a roach problem, and the above steps seem to be too much to add to your already full plate, contact an Atlant pest control professional today. Pest control professionals have several different means to treat your home or property in cases of roach infestations. Most guarantee their work, and it is their job to ensure you spend the rest of this year roach free!

Atlanta Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

MosquitoNix Atlanta
433 Bishop Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 872-5770
mosquitonixatlanta.com

Orkin Pest & Termite Control
1935 Cliff Valley Way NE #118
Atlanta, GA 30329
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

Atlanta Ranked 21st On List of Top 50 US Cities for Bedbugs

The United States is currently at war against a frightening outbreak of repulsive blood sucking bedbugs. In a consumer report, reported by ABC News, Atlanta, GA now ranks 21st on a list of the top 50 bedbug infested cities in the United States—which really isn’t that bad considering Atlanta’s size. Cincinnati, Chicago, and Detroit round out the top three infested cities this year, according to the report.

Here is an informative graphic breaking down everything you need to know about the growing bedbug epidemic:

Bed Bug Infographic

There were nearly no bedbugs inside the U.S. between the end of World War II and the 1990s. Today the bedbug numbers are completely blowing up. I remember when I was a kid my mother would whisper to me as she tucked me in “sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.” I never really knew what she meant because I had never seen a bedbug and didn’t know what they were. Today, CBS News reports that more than 250 million dollars a year is spent combating bedbugs.

As small as bed bugs are, their occurrence can hurt a city’s pride and image. Once bed bugs become ingrained in an area, the entire city is thinking about them. Anyone that has ever been bitten by these bugs, and end up breaking out with red welts all over their bodies, knows how very maddening they can be. The worst part is that they can be incredibly challenging to get rid of without the help of a pest control professional.

If you are seeing bedbugs in your home, call an Atlanta pest control professional today!

General Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Bedbug Control

The Bed Bug Answer
3522 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30319
(404) 665-3985
bedbuganswer.com