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Jacksonville Ants

Nestled just outside the city of Atlanta; Jacksonville, Georgia is home to some of the best weather year round. With the amazing weather, people will be found hanging out in their backyards. At times, there can be one problem with this… Jacksonville will have a host of ants.

What Ants Are found In Jacksonville? 

Jacksonville is home to the Carpenter ant, Little Black ants, Fire ants, Caribbean crazy ants, and the Pharaoh ant. Each ant will look, eat, and act very differently.

What Does A Carpenter Ant Look Like & Eat? 

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Carpenter ants will vary in size, but they will usually be about ¼ inch to ½ inch long. Carpenter ants can be a variety of colors ranging from a tan to black. They will also be an orange or red color, and may also have a combination of black and red.  Carpenter ants will eat other bugs and will eat plant’s juices.

 What Does The Carpenter Ant In Jacksonville Do?

The Carpenter ant will be found in wood that has been buried, or in old rotten logs. By the home they can be found in porch stands, telephone poles, and any other place where wood comes in contact with the ground.  Inside the wood, the Carpenter ant will make tunnels for them to travel throughout, and build their colony up. The colony of a Carpenter ant can hold up to about 2000 workers. The 2000 workers will destroy your wood property. The Carpenter ants will need to be exterminated to save your property.

What Does A Little Black Ant Look Like & What Does It Eat?

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The Little Black ant is one of the smallest ants that Jacksonville will have. It will only grow to be about 1/16 of an inch. That is about the thickness of a dime. The Little Black ant gets it names from its size and how dark the body looks; it is a jet black color. The Little Black ant has a very powerful jaw and will chew its food.  They will eat anything a human leaves out.  When at the beach or the park, these ants will try to invade your picnic.

What Does The Little Black Ant Do With Its Time In Jacksonville? 

Like most of the people in Jacksonville, the Little Black ant will be out day and night. They will be working on the colony, which will be found in small craters in the soil. Inside the colony they will house about 2000 workers. When the workers are out of the colony, enjoying the weather, they will be looking for food to eat.  They are very annoying and will need to be looked at by a professional; to estimate how big of a problem you may have.

What Does The Pharaoh Ant Look Like & Eat In Jacksonville? 

Pharaoh ant

The Little Black ant has a competitor for being the smallest ant; the Pharaoh ant. The Pharaoh ant can grow to be about 1/16 of an inch. Pharaoh ants will be a reddish orange color, and are very hard to see.  The menu for the Pharaoh ant is a variety of foods: honey, sugar, fruit juices, dead bugs, and anything really sweet. They will also eat silk and rubber.

What Will The Pharaoh Ant’s Colony Look Like?

The tiny Pharaoh ant colony will be infested with several hundreds of thousands of worker ants. The colony will be inside walls of the home, in small cracks in the sidewalk, and where the grass and concrete meet. The Pharaoh ant colony will have a mound that sticks up a couple inches, and will be about 6 inches wide. The Pharaoh ant will infest your home and can become a huge problem. If the problem gets that bad, it is best to call a professional to come take a look at your home.

What Does The Caribbean Crazy Ant Look Like & Eat? 

The Caribbean crazy ant is golden brown to a reddish brown color.  It small body is about 1/16 – 1/8 of an inch long. When not drinking rum, the Caribbean crazy ant will be found eating seeds, live and dead bugs, fruits, and honeydew. You will see a lot of the Caribbean crazy ants after rainfalls because they will need to produce their food supplies.

Where Can The Caribbean Crazy Ant Colonies Be Found? 

Inside homes, the colony of the Caribbean crazy ant will be found underneath floors and carpeting. Outside, the Caribbean crazy ant will be found under objects like stepping stones, swing sets, and bird fountains. The colonies are very shallow and normally only have about 2000 worker ants.  The Caribbean crazy ant does don’t pose a health risk, but if they infested your home they will need to be exterminated.

Ant Control In The Atlanta Area

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

Atlanta Real Estate Market Stands Alone

While most of the country sees the real estate market revive, Georgia is still in a tough fight.

The best way to get an idea of the state of the real estate market in a certain place is to look at the foreclosure numbers.

Colorado and Texas have seen historic low numbers when it comes to foreclosures over the last year. Georgia, meanwhile, sees a foreclosure 1 in every 955 housing units, according to http://www.realtytrac.com/statsandtrends/foreclosuretrends/ga. In terms of counties, Butts County near Atlanta is the worst with 1 in every 301.

The website compares the number of foreclosures broken down by the type of filing, auction or bank-owned, with Georgia at .10 percent as of November. The national number is .09 percent.

The worst part of 2013 for foreclosures in Georgia was January. The positive sign is the rest of the year saw a steady decline, so the hope amongst realtors, economists and citizens of Georgia is the trend continues or at the best improves throughout 2014.

Numbers show signs of improvement

By November, foreclosures by auction were down 13 percent from October and 36 percent for the year. Bank-owned foreclosures were slightly up 9 percent from October but down significantly for the year at 61 percent.

For Atlanta, as of November there were 4,328 properties in some stage of foreclosure, according to Realty Trac. The number of properties that received a foreclosure filing was 2 percent higher than October but 46 percent lower the same time in 2012. That shows you how bad the real estate market in Atlanta has been.

Home sales for October in Atlanta were down 34 percent compared to the previous month, and down 38 percent compared with a year ago.

The thing with real estate and any form of the economy is that it’s cyclical. The one positive out of 2013 in the foreclosure numbers is it steadily got better as 2013 progressed. As mentioned above, the hope is that this continues through 2014. If you’re on the market to sell your home, consider www.homevestors.com.

The ebb and flow of real estate

To make your head spin a little more, and make the real estate news for Atlanta harder to understand, according to www.trulia.com/real_estate/Atlanta-Georgia/, the average price per square foot for an Atlanta home was $170, an increase of 27 percent compared the same period last year. The site adds that the median sales price for homes in Atlanta for Oct. 13 to Jan. 14 was $240,000 based on the 1,988 home sales. Compared to the same period last year, the median home sales price increased 20 percent or $40,000. To make those numbers look even better, the number of home sales decreased 8 percent.

When compared to the foreclosure numbers, you get an ebb and flow real estate market in Atlanta.

Strong year ahead?

What will help the market is to get the price of median homes to rise and to record levels. Do that and the foreclosure numbers will continue to drop. That’s one of the reasons the foreclosures in Texas and, specifically, Dallas/Fort Worth, are at the record numbers they are at as we speak.

The expected rise of the interest rates to 5.5 percent and the impact that will have remains to be seen. But as long as the foreclosure numbers in Atlanta and Georgia continue to drop, that’s a good sign to the real estate market as a whole.

Author Bio:  Ian St. Clair is an award-winning writer who has close to 10 years of newspaper experience. He’s written about everything from the Denver Broncos and college football to community theater and romance novels. He’s now at We Buy Ugly Houses Atlanta. You can find him at Google-Plus,

Ten Reasons Why You Should Call Roswell, Georgia Home

Roswell Mill Dam on Big (Vickery) Creek in Ros...

Roswell Mill Dam on Big (Vickery) Creek in Roswell, Georgia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ten Reasons Why You Should Call Roswell, Georgia Home

Roswell, Georgia is a vibrant suburban community with a rich history, excellent home values and plenty of things to do—making it one of the most coveted cities in Georgia in which to live.

From a cozy downtown area to its proximity to the city of Atlanta, there’s plenty to love about the North Atlanta suburb. There are plenty of outdoor activities, thanks to the Chattahoochee River and other nature trails. There is also a plethora of shopping and other activities perfect for the entire family.

Roswell also offers some of the best schools in the metro area, making it an appealing destination to families.

If you’re looking for a place to call home in the Atlanta metro area, here are ten reasons why you should consider Roswell, Georgia.

  1. Small-town flair with big-city access. Roswell is only about 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta, yet far enough outside the Perimeter that it retains its small-town feel. This gives you the best of both worlds: a quiet, suburban lifestyle while remaining close to the best that Atlanta has to offer like its sports teams and nightlife.
  2. Miles of outdoor trails. Roswell boasts sixteen-plus miles of scenic walking/biking trails, including the Vickery Creek Trail in the Chattahoochee National Recreation area and the Chattahoochee River Walk passing through the heart of town. These trails are open year-round and are perfect for an afternoon getaway.
  3. Rich history. Roswell blends the best of the present with the richness of the past, with plenty of historic dwellings, Civil War landmarks and even ghost tours.
  4. Rich in culture and art. Roswell offers a remarkable amount of art and culture for a city its size, including the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, which serves as home to the Atlanta Wind Symphony and the Georgia Ensemble Theatre and whose 600-seat theatre hosts numerous musical, theatrical and cultural events throughout the year.
  5. Great shopping and dining. The historic district of Roswell is home to a great selection of one-of-a-kind boutiques, art galleries and specialty shops—and with a wide range of fabulous restaurants, Roswell is considered a foodie destination.
  6. Excellent school system. Roswell’s public schools are part of the Fulton County School System, which scores well above the state average with test scores.
  7. Great range of home styles and prices. Roswell’s growing population means a continuing number of new builds, along with spacious, well-established homes. While overall home prices are above the state average, home values range from the low $100,000s to the upper $300,000s and up.
  8. High appreciation rates. Home values in Roswell currently have some of the highest appreciation rates in the state, making them an excellent investment.
  9. Low crime rates. Roswell boasts one of the lower crime rates in the state of Georgia, making it a popular place to raise children.
  10. Nationally recognized quality of life. Roswell regularly places on “best place to live” polls, including CNN’s 2010 list of Top 100 Best Places to Live In the US.

Dac Carver is the Vice President and Managing Broker of Atlanta Real Estate firm Beacham & Company. A 17-year veteran of residential real estate, Dac graduated from Christ School, a college preparatory school near Asheville, NC and earned a B.A. in English from the University of South Carolina in 1991. He and his wife, Shannon, have two school-age sons.

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

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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

 

 

Atlanta Millipede Infestations Common

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 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

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

 

 

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
 

A Pest Free Thanksgiving in Atlanta

Thanksgiving Reflections

Every Thanksgiving each of us get the opportunity to reflect on all of our many blessings, while we eat way too much. Among all of the holiday hustle and bustle, the black Friday shopping, the football, and of course the food; take some time and reflect.

What are you and your loved ones thankful for this year?

I’m grateful for my wife and my daughter. I’m grateful for my job here at Bulwark. I’m grateful for all the freedoms I enjoy while living in these United States. Even the city of Atlanta offers many things to be grateful for.

Things We’re Thankful For in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA has many things to be thankful for. We are thankful for Atlanta’s pleasant weather this time of year, for the many fine restaurants, and for the Fox Theatre. I’m grateful that the Atlanta Falcons are 9-1 so far this season. I’m optimistic about the Atlanta Hawks NBA season. I’m thankful that Georgia Tech made it to a bowl game this year. Finally, I’m thankful for golf in Atlanta, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, LEGOLAND, the Georgia Aquarium, Six Flags Over Georgia, and Coca-Cola.

Happy Thanksgiving!

All of us here at Bulwark Exterminating would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving, make sure you eat way too much pie and turkey, watch a lot of football, and enjoy the holiday with your loved ones. Make sure you stretch really well before playing in any “Turkey Bowls.” Nobody wants to spend their Thanksgiving holiday icing a pulled hamstring. Be careful during your black Friday shopping so you don’t get trampled. Finally, make sure your Thanksgiving is pest free.

Make Sure Your Thanksgiving is Pest Free

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