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Atlanta Cricket Control

cricketAtlanta is full of fun attractions ranging from the Zoo to the Braves game. Atlanta is also home to the APEX Museum, Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the CNN Center. Each year these attractions will bring millions of visitors to Atlanta. Some of the visitors that come to Atlanta are not welcomed; they are noisy, eat your food and clothes, and will infest your home if they are not treated. These unwanted guests are crickets.

What does a cricket in Atlanta look like?

Atlanta crickets are small pests, which will be about 1 inch long. The color of a cricket will be a light tan or brown. The cricket will have very long thin antennas, and huge hind legs. The adult cricket will have wings that cover the body. Crickets will make a chirping noise with their wings and legs, and can be very annoying.

Where will I find Atlanta crickets?

Outside of the home you will find crickets by plants, in the expansion joints of concrete, and at the base of your home trying to get inside. If you see some black droppings at the base of the home that means they are inside the walls of your home. Inside your home crickets can be found in dark moist areas like the bathrooms, kitchens, and in laundry rooms.

Why are there so many crickets in Atlanta?

Crickets will infest an area very quickly. Female crickets will produce and average of 730 eggs, and they will hatch every 2 to 3 months. This will make your home, a cricket farm.

How can I rescue my home from crickets?

dead cricketWith so many crickets infesting the inside and outside of your home, it is best to call a professional. They will have the right products and baits to control the crickets at your home. A Bulwark Exterminator will have the right tech to do the job. Every Bulwark Technician is licensed by the state, and is also in house trained.

Atlanta Cricket Control

It’s important to note that crickets are the prey for many other types of pest, including the dangerous Black Widow spider. If you have crickets, they are bringing in other pests too. If you live in Atlanta, and are tired of seeing crickets in and around your home and property, it’s time to call a professional for Atlanta cricket control. Call today!

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

10 Tips To Prevent A Black Widow Spider Bite

Black Widow spiderNothing strikes fear into a Atlanta homeowner like the site of a poisonous and deadly Black Widow spider. Finding one of these dangerous spiders on your property is bad enough, but finding one inside your house will make you lose it!

I do have some good news for you concerning the Black Widow spider. First off, these spiders are extremely shy and only bite when they feel threatened. Secondly, there are actually a few things you can do to reduce your risk of getting bit by one of these common Georgia spiders.

Here are 10 tips to avoid a Black Widow Spider bite:

*** Important*** Contact your primary care physician if you believe you may have been bitten by a Black Widow Spider.

Tips To Prevent A Black Widow Spider Bite

Outside Your Home

1. Seal any entry point into your home. Cracks, crevices, and holes, old weather-stripping, etc… They’re all easy access for Black Widows to enter your home.

2. Keep firewood far away form home, elevated, and covered. Stacks of firewood are essentially Black Widow condominiums!

3. Keep landscaping (bushes, shrubs, flower, plants, etc.) at least a foot away from your home’s foundation. Again, Black Widows love hiding in these areas.

4. Trim tree branches so they don’t touch your home. These will act like superhighways for Black Widow spiders and other pests.

Inside The Home

5. Store shoes and clothing in sealed plastic bags or storage containers with tight lids.

6. Don’t let bedding touch the floor. This includes bed skirts, sheets, bedspreads, etc. It makes it far too easy for a Black Widow to climb in bed with you.

7. Don’t leave discarded clothing around on the floor… Black Widows just might be the reason your husband starts picking up his socks from the bedroom floor.

8. Shake out shoes and clothing before putting them on. Many bites occur when a Black Widow is accidentally pressed up against your body.

9. Open windows and closet doors as much as possible to keep rooms well lit. Spiders like dark spaces.

10.Keep beds away from walls and curtains. Inspect all bedding before crawling into bed for signs of spider life!

Professional Black Widow Exterminators In Atlanta

If you are seeing Black Widow spiders inside your Atlanta are home, or even around your property, take the above mention precautions and call a professional Atlanta Black Widow exterminator!

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

 

Infographic: Results of the Pest Test Puzzle

One of the most explosive pest control social media pieces this last summer happened to be a word search puzzle. You’ve most likely seen it shared on Facebook. Essentially, the word search puzzle had 12 different pests hidden inside; and a few words that were not pests. Participants on Facebook were asked to comment on the word search puzzle, with the first pest that they found… And boy did they ever! To date, there have been almost 13,000 comments on the puzzle.

Now, I’m getting ahead of myself. First you need to see the word search pest test puzzle for yourself:

The Word Search Pest Test Puzzle

Wordsearch puzzle

Now that you’ve seen the word search puzzle, was the first pest that you found? Are you interested in comparing your find to everyone else who commented their find on Facebook? Check out the following infographic, as it breaks down all of the comments and lets us know exactly what pest people were finding.

Infographic: Results of the Pest Test Puzzle 

Pest Word Search Infographic

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 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!

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
 

Tips For Identifying Dangerous Bugs

English: Adult male brown recluse spider (Loxo...

English: Adult male brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nobody likes to find a bug in their house. There’s nothing worse than waking up to the feeling of a bug crawling in your bed. Just thinking about it is making my skin itch. No natter where you live, every homeowner should learn the steps for identifying dangerous bugs around your home and yard.

“Dangerous bug” is a broad term. It’s not just about the potentially deadly bugs, but the ones that are damaging to your health and your belongings as well. Know the difference, and how to get rid of them.

Harmful To You

Nobody wants to come face to face with a deadly bug, especially in their own home. Little critters can be crawling all around our homes every day. One of the most common bugs to find in the home is a spider.

Most spiders aren’t actually deadly; they are just creepy and crawly. You may not want them as roommates, but at least they won’t hurt you. Then there are the few, the dangerously deadly spiders that every person should be able to identify.

When first bitten by a black widow, it may not be immediately clear unless we actually see the bug, some people don’t feel a thing. More likely though, the pain of the bite is a small annoyance compared to the nausea, chills, and body pains that come with. They hide out in piles of wood or tree stumps. With a signature hourglass shape on their belly in orange, red, or yellow contrasted against a dark black body, the black widow is easy to pick out when you get close enough to it.

The brown recluse often finds its best home in attics and closets. It is identified by its color ranging from yellowish-tan to a dark brown. Its legs are always darker than the body. It is important to identify this spider, but it is possibly even more important to be able to identify their bite. You may not feel it when it first hits, but you will eventually feel as it becomes more painful every minute. Immediate medical care is imperative.

Spiders aren’t the only dangerous bugs that can be found in your home, but it’s one of the big ones. Identifying what they are can keep you safe.

Termite damage to wood

Termite damage to wood (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Harmful To Your Belongings

Some bugs may not pose any threat to you, but can cause detrimental destruction to your belongings. This can make things not only inconvenient, but costly as well. Moths are one of those bugs that when let inside, can cause a whole lot of damage. They can easily flutter in an open window and make themselves at home. Once they lay their eggs in somewhere you don’t know about, it’s all over. Those eggs will quickly hatch into larvae and start feeding on every fabric they come in contact with. Dirty clothing is very attractive to moths. If you are storing clothes or other fabrics for a long period of time, keep them sealed in plastic bags to avoid damage.

One of the absolute worst bugs that invade your home is the termite. They consume every piece of wood they can find. Nothing inside your house is safe from the structurally necessary to your book collection; the termites will find and destroy it all. Here’s the best way to tell if you need a termite extermination:

  • Look for damage from the walls to the furniture
  • If you are missing a complete anthology of encyclopedias, or have large chunks missing out of books, you may have a termite problem
  • During the spring you will find piles of wings or even dead termite bodies
  • Any small tunnel on an exposed section of wood should be a suspicious sign of termites

Termites can be detrimental to your home, be aware of the signs and how to avoid them. Every section of wood is in danger around termites.

Bugs can be good, but they can also be dangerous, not only to you and your health, but to your home as well. Learn how to identify the worst bugs, and then quickly avoid them.

By Cassie Costner

Cassie has been learning the techniques for identifying dangerous bugs for years. She has written on the best ways to execute termite extermination. She also writes on pests in the animal world, and how to avoid them.

The Top 5 Reasons You Need Pest Control

Roach

Roach (Photo credit: Are W)

5. The Previous Owners Just Won’t Move Out

Has this happened to you? You’ve just bought a house and are getting ready to make a home. You start carrying boxes down to the basement and find that a large family of rats has already laid their claim. They look at you with their beady black eyes and you know it’s them or you. Don’t want to get your hands dirty making them move on? Then you need to get some Denver pest control.

4. There Are More Occupants When The Lights Are Out

It’s the middle of the night and you wake up with a serious case of the munchies. You go to the kitchen, turn on the lights, and you see a legion of the most unwelcome guests in nature making a break for the nearest hidden crack in the floor. Roaches; you need them gone.

Now, you can buy some worthless cockroach traps that never work, or you can get some professional Denver pest control. It’s your choice. Don’t let them ruin your midnight feasting ever again.

3. That Wooden Fence Just Isn’t As Strong As It Used To Be

I remember when I was playing once in my family’s yard in Littleton, Co. The sun was out, the grass was fresh and I was running around with our German shepherd, Buster. When I needed to catch my breath, I sat against the fence and heard a loud crack as I put my weight against it and fell through the fence. Was I really that fat? No, it was termites. Our fence was infested with a blight of wood eaters. After that incident my parents had a Denver pest control company on speed dial.

2. The Cupboards Are Occupied By A Relentless Force of Sugar Thieves

Have you ever fought a losing battle against a relentless force that outnumbered you? No? I have. I moved into an apartment and everything was great, until one day I came home and everywhere I looked, my gaze was greeted by a mass of tiny black bodies, ravishing my food and taking it to their colonies hidden in my floor. Ants. They acted like they owned the place. It got so bad that I kept nearly all of my food in the fridge. I tried to fight them with traps and poisons, but I was vastly outnumbered. Instead of getting Denver pest control, I chose to fight a losing battle. I still have flashbacks.

1.  You’re Allergic To Nature’s Rat Catcher

Cats. Love them, or hate them, they’re pretty much here to stay. However, not everyone can use nature’s lovable little hunters to keep their homes clean, and sometimes there’s just too much for a cat to do. How do you handle this problem? No, not dogs. They’ve got their good points, but dogs are pretty much useless for taking out rats and other vermin. Get your cat some help and bring in some Denver pest control.

By Andrew Whittaker

Andrew graduated from Utah Valley University in December of 2010 with a Bachelors of Arts in Creative Writing. He writes blog posts about pests and how to deal with them. When not writing blog posts, he enjoys writing fantasy and science fiction.

Pest Control Atlanta Wishing You A Merry Christmas

Christmas 2010 with snow in Atlanta!

Christmas with snow in Atlanta! (Photo credit: Capt Kodak)

A Merry Pest Free Christmas

Christmas is a mere two weeks away… Crazy I know. There is so much to be done. Among the last minute Christmas gift shopping, the decorating of a gingerbread house, the mailing of those last few Christmas cards, and the hanging of the Christmas lights; don’t forget the pest control. Pests like rodents, spiders, and cockroaches can ruin an otherwise pleasant holiday season.

A Pest Free Christmas

Pest control companies primarily offer both spider control, and cockroach control. These treatment programs can not only eliminate these troublesome pests from your property, but keep them from ever returning.

If you are in the Atlanta, GA area, and are having trouble with roaches, black widows, fire ants, or even rodents; call an Atlanta pest control professional today!

Have a very merry and pest free Christmas!

Atlanta Pest Control Companies:

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

 

 

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