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Researchers Feeding Bed Bugs

Bedbug Close-UpWould you let a bed bug bite? Parents have always warned their children throughout time of the pesky creepy crawler, but some researchers seem to choose that option for the bugs they cultivate. Recently, bed bugs have made a comeback thus requiring researchers to host in lab bugs to figure out just how to put an end to this fiend’s infestation. However, hosting the bugs creates the problem of how to feed them. Bed bugs feed on blood and keeping them alive in the lab requires some brain power. The following steps will explain just how these guys do it.

1. Find Food for the Foe

Bed bugs are parasites. They feed on blood, and primarily human blood at that. It’s much easier for the bugs to penetrate a hair-less human than a shaggy dog. Bed bugs will however feed on dogs, cats, and even rodents when necessary.
Many researchers have found that the easiest way to feed the critters is to just lend out an arm, but when the amount of bed bugs being studied is too large that becomes a lot more difficult. Most scientists will order animal blood, from rabbit to dog and everything in-between. In order to maintain the experiments as controlled as possible, the blood must be processed to resemble human blood, the bug’s favorite host. And so, a few scientific processes later, the blood is ready for dinner.

2. Containing the Blood Supply

This is where scientists have to get creative. The containers required to hold the blood must somehow prevent the bed bugs from escaping and the blood from leaking. Scientist will place the blood into any sort of container. This holding device must somehow contain a permeable skin-like layer that will simulate real human skin. From fancy hemotek feeders to one of kind CD feeders, researchers are constantly creating new ways to feed these bloodsuckers.

3. Regulation of the Study

Besides finding the proper holder for the blood, scientists must regulate the blood. Bed bugs are attracted to carbon dioxide and body heat, which is why they prey on sleeping humans. So in order to maintain the experiment as controlled and realistic as possible the blood must be warm and the bugs must be hungry. Some scientists blow on the bugs. The carbon dioxide that is released emulates that of a real sleeping human, and sets the perfect conditions for bed bug dinner time.

4. Keep the Critters Crawling

Many things can go wrong in the lab and the bed bugs can die. Scientists must develop the best feeding patterns for the bugs. Keeping a close eye on the blood and bugs will help maintain them and all the efforts put into the project; a project which researchers hope will help lead to the complete extermination of these nasty pests.

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

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.

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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.

Are Wolf Spiders Dangerous?

Wolf spider stareYou may have seen them crawling around inside your Atlanta home. They are creepy. They are hairy. They can be huge; and they can bite! They are wolf spiders, and they are venomous… But are their bites dangerous?

The Wolf Spider

With 125 different species, the wolf spider is very common in Atlanta and around the United States. They are called wolf spiders not because of their large, hairy, wolf-like appearance; but because they were once believed to hunt in packs like wolves. These spiders do not make webs, but live in burrows hunting their prey on the ground.

Wolf spiders enter Atlanta homes during the cooler months, looking for food and refuge from the elements. You’ll see them scurry across your beautiful marble tiling, both day and night, as they search for their next meal. They are usually brown in color, can grow to reach well over an inch in length, and they have a Union Jack (British flag) impression on their backs.

Are Wolf Spiders Dangerous?

Wolf spiders are venomous, and poisonous. Although menacing in appearance, wolf spiders don’t generally bite unless they are threatened or provoked.

While wolf spiders are poisonous, their bites are usually not fatal to humans. If you are bitten by a wolf spider, you will likely experience moderate symptoms like swelling, redness, and mild pain. If bitten, make sure to wash the bite thoroughly with warm soapy water, and apply an antiseptic to prevent infection. If symptoms worsen, seek medical attention immediately as it may indicate you are having an allergic reaction to the spider’s venom.

Wolf Spider babiesKeeping Wolf Spiders Out Of Your Home

The best option for eliminating spiders in your Atlanta home is a guaranteed spider control solution. Wolf spiders are not like other pests, and should not be treated as such. Only a few products are effective for controlling spiders long term, and Atlanta’s Bulwark Pest Control has the solution… Guaranteed!

Wolf spiders should not be treated lightly even if their venom is not lethal. Their bites can be painful, and may cause health concerns… Not to mention they are an eyesore! Get Bulwark’s guaranteed spider control today, and ensure your beautiful Atlanta home is spider free!

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5221 Palmero Court #105
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Atlanta, GA 30305
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1935 Cliff Valley Way NE #118
Atlanta, GA 30329
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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.

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5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
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Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 842-1292
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1935 Cliff Valley Way NE #118
Atlanta, GA 30329
(866) 713-9979
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Atlanta Honored As Nerdiest City

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Star-Wars Celebration- Fanboys nerds geeks fun convention Jedi collecting costumes troops (Photo credit: Doc_Brown)

Today I came to vivid realization… I am a nerd.

I don’t know why I didn’t see the writing on the wall. I’m a grown man with massive collection of Legos. I own more video games than a twelve year old gaming addict. I love books. I love nerdy movies in which I have a huge collection. I believe in aliens. I still play with toys.

The first step to finding inner peace as a nerd is admitting you have a problem. After finally admitting to myself that I am indeed a nerd, it feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I once feared the term “nerd,” now I’m beginning to embrace it.

So where else in the US are my fellow nerds found? Where are my people?

According to a recent publication from a real estate blog, nerds are congregating in Atlanta, GA.

Atlanta Honored As ‘Nerdiest’ City

The real estate blog, Movoto recently released their top ten nerdiest cities in the United States. With moderate surprise, Atlanta, GA came in at number one. I thought the number one honor would have gone to a Silicon Valley city like San Jose, CA,

While Atlanta is home to Georgia Tech University, a University composed of some 15,000 computing, engineering, and tech nerds; Atlanta’s also home to hundreds of annual fairs and conventions.

Reactions to Atlanta being named the nerdiest city in the country have been quite positive across Twitter and other social media sites.

The general consensus … Atlanta being named a nerdy city is a good thing. If ‘nerdy’ is bad, we don’t wanna be good.

Nerd alert, Nerd alert, Nerd alert!

Nerd alert, Nerd alert, Nerd alert! (Photo credit: TedsBlog)

How The Nerdiest Cities Are Calculated

The real estate professionals at Movoto looked at many factors when compiling their list, and crunched nearly as many numbers as ground control did to slingshot Apollo 13 around the dark side of the moon.

Some of the factors that came into play when determining the nerdiest city include: ratios of people to the number of comic book stores, book stores, science museums, gaming stores, book stores, and computer stores.

The number of Renaissance fairs, sci-fi conventions, and live action role-playing groups (LARP) were also a big determining factor when determining the nerdiest cities in the US.

The Top 10 Nerdiest Cities in US

 

1. Atlanta, GA
2. Portland, OR
3. Seattle, WA
4. Sacramento, CA
5. Minneapolis, MN
6. Boston, MA
7. Las Vegas, NV
8. Miami, FL
9. San Jose, CA
10. Denver, CO

 

Author Bio: is a pest control nerd and blogger with Bulwark Exterminating, which is based in Arizona. Bulwark Exterminating is an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. Bulwark is fully operational in eleven major cities, including Atlanta, GA.

 

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Atlanta Millipede Infestations Common

Millipedes

 If you are a home or property owner in the Atlanta, GA area, you’ve likely come across multiple millipedes. These leggy insects are actually quite common in moist and humid areas like Georgia. They have become so common in fact, that Atlanta pest control professionals have seen a significant increase in millipede related calls. So what exactly are these squirming insects? Are millipedes dangerous? Are they even considered pests? How do you get rid of them? Here’s what you need to know: 

What Are Millipedes?

They’re creepy. They’re crawly. They’re leggy… 

They are millipedes, and they can grow over 200 pairs of legs and reach lengths of more than four inches. They may be showing up around your Atlanta property very soon. 

The millipedes that are commonly found in Georgia are black or brown. When disturbed, they will curl up into a ‘C’ shape, much like a pill bug might do. They prefer cool, damp places, like moist soil. They are frequently found under wood piles, rocks, and other debris. Millipedes feed on decaying material and plant matter. They can live as long as 10 years. 

Are Millipedes Dangerous?

No. 

The millipedes found in areas of Atlanta and Georgia are not dangerous to humans. They do however; give off a repulsive smelling discharge made up of a combination of irritating chemicals. This discharge can cause skin rashes, and may be toxic to small animals. Millipedes will lose body fluids as they die, causing staining on indoor surfaces. 

Do Millipedes Invade The Home?

Yes, millipedes can invade your home. They can live indoors in crawl spaces and basements; or wherever moisture is present. 

If you are seeing millipedes inside your Atlanta area home, do not panic. If these pests are not yet dead, they will be soon. Millipedes cannot survive very well indoors… They simply dry out. Like I mentioned before, millipedes prefer the moist outdoor conditions in the soil; and are most commonly found under rocks or debris. 

In dealing with millipedes inside your home, whether dead or alive, a vacuum with a hose attachment is your new best friend. Suck up those millipedes. If your vacuum is of the wet-vac variety, leave a solution of water in bleach in the vacuum. The millipedes will be sucked into a solution that will not only kill the creepy crawlies, but also disinfect them. 

Are Millipedes Pests?

Millipedes are pests! 

They can attack the stems and roots of healthy plants and trees, causing permanent property damage. This can be a result of millipede dehydration; something that is common during the long, hot Atlanta summers. These millipedes attack healthy plants to get water. 

Millipedes also feed on the sap of a plant or tree. Once a millipede gets it is lips around some of that sweet sap, it will keep feeding… And feeding! They can also do a lot of damage to seedlings. 

While the millipedes that are commonly found in the Atlanta area are not dangerous, they can be quite an eyesore and can even be quite destructive. If left untreated, millipedes can live almost ten years. If you are seeing them on your property in great numbers, hire a pest control company who is experienced in treating millipedes. 

Atlanta Pest Control For Millipedes

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Atlanta Yellow Jackets Exposed

English: a yellow jacket wasp

English: a yellow jacket wasp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you live in Atlanta, and hear the word yellow jackets, you probably think of Georgia Tech. While the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets garner much of the cities’ attention, there is another type of yellow jacket that require admiration… The stinging yellow jacket wasp!

The Yellow Jacket Wasp

The yellow jacket is sometimes mistaken for a bee, because of it’s black and yellow coloring. Like bees, yellow jackets can unleash very painful stings. Yellow jackets can sting a victim repeatedly with their lance-like barbed stinger. Stings can result in death if a victim suffers from insect allergies. Such cases are rare.

Foraging yellow jacket wasps hunt for their food; and these are the wasps most of us see buzzing around. They will eat almost anything with protein or sugar in it but preferences range from meats to ripe, decaying fruits, human garbage, and soda.

The Nest Of A Yellow Jacket

Yellow jackets can build their nests almost anywhere, but they favor the fortification of man-made structures. Yellow jacket nests can be found between walls, underneath flooring, in the eaves of houses, inside an attic, and underneath a porch or deck. They are also commonly found in trees, bushes, shrubs, and abandoned animal burrows. A fertilized yellow jacket queen will take shelter in these protected areas during the winter months, and build begin building a new nest and laying eggs when the weather warms.

Spring is here, and yellow jacket nests are small and manageable. If a yellow jacket nest is left untreated all summer, a 5,000 wasp colony can be the result. If you are seeing a few yellow jackets now, take action before the problem escalates.

Pest Control For Yellow Jackets

Unfortunately, homeowners rarely take action against yellow jackets until they are stung or when one of their loved ones is stung. Don’t make this mistake. If you are seeing yellow jackets buzzing around your home’s garbage cans; or are frequently seeing them near hummingbird feeders or picnic areas in your yard; you likely have a nest nearby.

In order to eliminate the yellow jackets near your home, you first need to find out where their nest is. Open a can of soda or tuna flavored cat food and place it near where you are seeing the pests. The wasps will soon find the bait and you can then follow them back to their nest. Now that you have located a yellow jacket nest, it can be treated.

Treating a yellow jacket nest is best left to a pest control professional. Attempts to tackle the problem on your own can leave you with numerous very painful stings. If you are attempting to treat the nest on your own, be very careful. Be safe. Drill a hole inside the nest and spray a quick-freeze aerosol pesticide inside the hole. Next, dust the hive with a pesticide powder. Repeat if necessary. Wait a week or so for the yellow jackets to die, and then remove the nest so it will not be inhabited in the future.

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Spider Eggs in Your Garage

Are you sick and tired of seeing baby spiders inside of your garage? In this video a Bulwark Exterminating Specialist will show you what to look for to eliminate those little pests.

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