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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

Invasive Ants of America

Ants are some of those bugs we know we can’t get rid of. They always find a way to survive in our backyards. Most ants tend to keep to themselves. They’ll set up camp and go about their daily business. However some ants intrude into unwanted territory and wreak havoc for all of the surrounding bug life. The following ants have established their dominance and continue to invade throughout new locations.

1. Fire Ants

Red Imported Fire Ant

Red Imported Fire Ants were introduced into the U.S. in the 1930’s through Alabama cargo shipments. They’re originally from Brazil and nearby South American countries. They’re found all throughout the southern United States from California to Florida. These are the ants that you will most likely encounter in your backyard.
Fire ants are a huge problem in the United States. They’re actually much more prevalent and successful in the U.S. than in their native Brazil. When the fire ants were first imported to America, their natural predators were not, thus allowing them to dominate in the U.S. In comparison to other ant species, fire ants are dominant. However, some of the other invasive ant species on this list have been known to put up a strong resistance.

These ants also cause millions in electrical damage. They infiltrate electrical products and chew at the wires causing things like appliances, street lights, power lines, etc to malfunction; creating quite the headache for prey and people alike.

2. Argentine Ants

Argentine Ants

Argentine ants are also not American natives, but were accidentally introduced from their native Argentina through the port of New Orleans around 1891. These invaders can be found in southeastern states of the U.S. along with California. Not only did these ants invade the states, but Argentine ants can also be found in South Africa, New Zealand, Japan, Easter Island, Austria, and Europe.

Argentine ants are a phenomenon to scientists for their colonial behavior. Most ants establish small colonies with one queen and many workers, but the Argentine ant establishes what is called a super colony. This super colony has many queens with thousands of workers. A supercolony in Europe is 3,700 miles in length.

Towards other species of ants the Argentine ant is extremely aggressive. It has been known to tussle with the Red Imported Fire Ant and come out victorious. However for every victory, comes a defeat. The Asian Needle ant, which is next on our list of invasive ants, has been known to displace the Argentine ant.

3. Asian Needle Ants

needle ant

The Asian Needle ant is a native of China, Japan and Korea, but can now be found on the Atlantic coast of the United States; from Connecticut to Florida. This ant has been around for quite some years, since about the early 1900’s, but has emerged dominant in the recent decade.

The Asian Needle ant is quite powerful. Studies have recently shown it outmatching the super aggressive Argentine ant. The Asian Needle ant seems to have a few advantages on the Argentine ant. While most species of ants hibernate through the winter, Asian Needle ants wake up much sooner than Argentine Ants. This gives them a head start on building up their colony.

4. Crazy Ants

Ants on raspberries

Crazy Ants have a few different names; from Tawny Crazy Ants to Raspberry Crazy Ants, the common factor is definitely that they’re crazy. These ants are also from South America, more specifically Brazil and Argentina. They have made their presence known in the United States especially in southeast Texas. Crazy ants have been able to displace fire ants, especially in Texas. Unlike other ants, these ants don’t organize single-file, but are much more spread out and run around in a “crazy” manner. These ants will literally invade anything; from boxes to pots and anything with moisture.

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

Home Pest Control 101

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cockroach (Photo credit: Squallwc)

Because there are so many types of pest that come in all shapes and sizes, your home pest control needs to address a wide range of critters from termites, ants, and roaches to mice and raccoons as well. There are a number of pests that can make themselves at home in with little or no announcement.

Of course the best way to get rid of pest is by keeping them out in the first place. This is normally done by caulking around windows and joints, and using barrier products. Additionally keeping food sealed and removing any standing water will help control pest problems. However, it is inevitable that at least one pest will find its way into your home.

Below are a few points to remember when trying to prevent pests:

Seal points of entry.  Nothing wants into your home more than a foraging pest.  Bugs and rodents can find the smallest crack or gap in your foundation and slip under an unsealed door or window to find something to eat or a place to sleep.  Because of this caulking around your windows and doors can save you from an infestation while at the same time saving you on your energy bills.  Also be sure to check vents and where pipes or wires enter the home because there are often small gaps at these points.

Treat regularly. Preventive pesticides come in a number of forms including: liquids, granules, and bait stations. Use of these in conjunction with the other methods listed here will ensure that pests don’t invade your home. The most common application method for a liquid pesticide is to spray around the base of your home or near other points on entry.

Granules are another great way to keep pests out. Because they’re heavier and cannot be carried away by the wind or rain, granules don’t have to be applied frequently. Granules work when foraging pests picks them up. They are taken back to the colony, where these pesticides through their transitive properties and cause the colony to collapse. The best way to distribute granules is with a broadcaster, much like the one you use for seeding grass or flower seeds.

Bait stations work in much the same way as granules but they are placed in set positions through out the yard or home. But regardless of the type of pesticide you’re using applying it as dictated by the manufactures’ instructions is very important.

Keep food sealed. Food is a huge draw for many types of pest. One of the biggest in-home attractions for pest is unsealed food. But even if the containers were sealed mice and rats can chew through cardboard boxes.  And a number of pests can be missed even after they’ve enjoyed your hospitality. One way to stop this is through the use of airtight solid containers epically ones made out of glass and hard plastic. In addition to sealing you food make sure you don’t leave any out.  You should also cover your garbage cans.

Clean your sinks and tubs. Don’t leave water in the sink.  Sinks are dumping grounds for foods and drinks and when not cleaned consistently, breading grounds for bugs and bacteria.   Roaches are one of many types of pest that like dampness.  Keeping these areas clean (and dry) will reduce the likelyhood that pest can find water or food.

Keep exterior dry.  A nice green lawn is something that you work really hard to get.   And to keep your yard lush and green it will often require that you irrigate you lawn. But it is important that you keep the water off your house.  Soaking your house can attract pests who thrive in the damp while at the same time allowing the growth of mold.

This aritcle was written by Crystal C., a DIY specialist from Florida. Crystal advocates do-it-yourself pest control and recommends DIY home pest control to her readers as an alternative to expensive exterminator services.

Need Pest Control Atlanta GA? Get rid of Ants Mice and Crickets Call Bulwark Exterminating

Need Pest Control Atlanta GA? Call Bulwark Exterminating, but don’t take my word for it, here’s a review about Bulwark Exterminating’s service.

Derrick is awesome!!! I just bought the house I am in and it is in a new development and there is construction of new houses everywhere. I am constantly getting mice, aunts, crickets, and tones of other bugs in my home. As a first time home buyer I take comfort in the fact that when I notice a bug or mice problem all I have to do is call Bulwark and they will send Derrick out to help. I also love the fact that they don’t several different people out they send the same person! Derrick is friendly and very informative on special ways to keep bugs out. The best and most reliable people I have ever worked with!!!!!!!?

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Fire ants everywhere!

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Stimulus to give $950k to AZ Ant Research

Jon McCain step out on a limb and called attention to some of the new funds going out of the national government for the sake of economic stimulus. A recent report from our local Phoenix Pest Controller debates the value of thisstimulus money when it comes to researching ants

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Stimulus to give $950k to AZ Ant Research

Ant Video – Pest Control for Ants

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What’s a group of ants called?

What is a group of ants called? An Ant Colony. Does that question seem a little funny to you as a pest control operator?

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What’s a group of ants called?