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Understanding The Brown Recluse Infographic

Brown Recluse SpiderEEK!

SQUEEL!!

AAHHH!!!!

These are typical responses most of us have when we spot a spider inside our home. These strident emotions are more intense when the spider in question happens to be brown. If it’s brown, “It could be a Brown Recluse!”

The Brown Recluse spider has garnered much attention across the United States. This is mostly due to its venomous bite that has been shown to produce skin lesions, or necrosis.

The Brown Recluse’s bite is the bad news.

The good news is that the Brown Recluse is not commonly found in Las Vegas.

The next time you see a brown looking spider inside your Las Vegas home; keep in mind the following infographic:

Understanding The Brown Recluse Infographic

 

 Brown Recluse

Las Vegas Spider Control

 

Although the Brown Recluse spider is not commonly found in Las Vegas, there are plenty of other species of spider that do reside in Sin city. If you have the misfortune of battling Black Widow spiders, Wolf spiders, Cellar spiders, Desert Recluses, or any other type of spider for that matter; get professional spider control in Las Vegas.

Bulwark Exterminating
3932 Octagon Road
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 255-6313
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
K-9 Sweeps LLC: Bed Bug Control
& K9 Scent Detection
8201 Woodland Prairie Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89129
(702) 586-5179
k-9sweeps.com 
 
Orkin
4550 Ziebart Pl # A
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 597-9760
orkin.com
 
 

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October 14, 2013 at 5:16 pm Comments (0)

Massive Mosquito Swarms

Mosquito SwarmThe summer of 2013 could easily be described as the summer of the mosquito; with massive swarms surfacing throughout much of the United States. One such state that has seen the most mosquito activity, with clouds of mosquitoes swarming, happens to be Alaska. It’s so bad in Alaska, many of the local’s joke that the mosquito is the state bird.

Massive Mosquito Swarms In Alaska

Alaskan mosquitoes are infamous for not only their size, but the size of their swarms. Nobody knows this more than the scientific researchers at the Toolik Field Station; that happened to be caught in a massive swarm on Alaska’s North Slope.

From late June through the month of July, the Alaskan horizon is nothing but mosquitoes. It appears that the ground is on fire, as smoke rises up over the fields. This smoke apparition is not caused by fire, but are actually clouds of buzzing mosquitoes hovering above the ground. It’s quite a site to behold, but definitely not a time you want to be caught in shorts and tank top without any bug spray.

With So Many Mosquitoes, How Big Is The West Nile Threat?

According to scientists, the deadly West Nile Virus doesn’t pose much threat in Alaska. With two different species of Alaskan mosquitoes being vectors of West Nile, the deadly virus has not been able to take hold in higher latitudes. The resident’s of Alaska, and those looking to vacation in the beautiful state this summer, will have to deal with the massive and menacing swarms of mosquitoes, but need not lose much sleep over the probability of catching West Nile.

The main problem that these pesky mosquito swarms project, is physiological stress among residents and tourists alike. Preparing for a summer in Alaska can seem like quite the burden; from buying the right repellent, to wearing the right clothing, to not being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Still, with the threat of West Nile, not only in Alaska but throughout much of North America, special precautions must be taken as to not contract the frightening virus.

Mosquito Alert SignMosquito Precautions

  • When outdoors, wear suitable attire. I know it is really alluring to want to go sleeveless, and wear short shorts during the warm and sunny summer months, but this will only expose you to the mosquito’s bite. Don’t become an easy meal. Cover up!
  • Make sure you have ample mosquito defenses. I’m talking of course about mosquito repellent that is loaded with DEET. Mosquito coils, mosquito dunks, and citronella candles and torches also help in fighting the mosquito battle.
  • Wear light-colored clothing. Mosquitoes are naturally attracted to certain colors; especially dark colors. Opt for whites, creams, and beiges when outdoors.
  • Limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn. These hours happen to be the prime feeding time for the blood-sucking mosquito.
  • Ditch the perfumes, scented lotions, and shampoos. These happen to be mosquito attractants.
  • Eliminate free-standing water. Free-standing water on or near your property gives mosquitoes the perfect place to breed and lay their larvae.

The West Nile Virus

As mentioned before, out of the 35 different species of mosquito that are commonly found in Alaska, only two species actually pose the threat of carrying West Nile Virus.

For those of us living in the lower 48 states, including those of us in Las Vegas, NV, West Nile is much more common. So far in 2013, there have been 296 total West Nile Virus cases resulting in 11 deaths; according to the Center For Disease Control.

West Nile Virus causes illness, inflammation of the brain, or inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord.

Author Bio: Heydi Ruelas 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 gorgeous nieces, I’m jamming out to the newest One Direction song.

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August 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm Comments (0)

Four Cockroaches You Might Find In Your Home

It is said that two things will survive a nuclear holocaust: Cher and cockroaches. While a nuclear holocaust may not be on the horizon, one thing’s for sure: cockroaches are here to stay. These insects have been roaming the earth since the days of the dinosaurs, and can survive just about anything, including a month without food, two weeks without water, 40 minutes without air, and an entire week without a head! Although there are literally thousands of different species of cockroaches, only four are known to dwell in houses.

American Cockroach

 

Periplaneta americana (American Cockroach)

Periplaneta americana (American Cockroach) (Photo credit: Arthur Chapman)

 

The largest cockroach found in houses is the American Cockroach, which averages at about two inches long. It has an oval shape and six legs, antenna, and wings that it doesn’t get until it reaches adulthood. The American cockroach is reddish-brown in color, with a yellow figure eight marking on the back of its head. The American cockroach eats just about anything, from plants to other bugs. They live in dark, wet places, and are often found in sewers and basements. They lurk around pipes and drains. Female American cockroaches can hatch up to 150 children a year – meaning that if you don’t call a pest control professional when you see one of these roaches, your home could easily become invaded!

Brown-Banded Cockroach

Beautiful Brown Banded Cockroach

Beautiful Brown Banded Cockroach (Photo credit: cdresz)

 

Brown-banded cockroaches are smaller than their American counterparts, only growing up to half an inch. They are also oval in shape and dark-brown in color with light brown bands across their wings (which is where their name originates from.) Male Brown-banded cockroaches have longer wings than females. The females often hide their eggs in or under furniture. These types of cockroaches live off of a diet consisting of starchy foods, such as book bindings and wallpaper pastes. They will also eat things such as nylon stockings, and other non-organic materials. The brown- banded cockroach prefers living in warmer, drier climates than the other common house roaches, and will take up residence in just about any room in your house. Fortunately, this species only lives five to six months.

German Cockroach

 

Blatella germanica

Blatella germanica (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

German cockroaches are slightly larger than the Brown-banded roach, ranging between 1/2 – 5/8 inches. They are oval shaped and can be brown or dark brown. The German cockroach is found all over the world, but is the most common cockroach in the United States. Its diet consists of sweet, floury foods, as well as things like toothpaste. German cockroaches like to dwell in damp, warm places, such as bathrooms and kitchens. This roach species has a lifespan of 100 to 200 days.

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental Cockroach (Photo credit: K Schneider)

 

The Oriental cockroach is the dirtiest of all cockroaches. They are oval-shaped and have a dark brown, almost black color. Although they are called the “Oriental cockroach,” they actually originate from Africa. The Oriental cockroach can grow to be about one inch in length. It lives off a healthy diet of garbage and other organic materials. This roach lives in sewers and other wet, decaying areas, such as basements, crawlspaces, and among firewood or piles of leaves. Oriental cockroaches prefer cooler temperatures (and dirtier places) than most other cockroaches. They give off a strong smell, contributing to their reputation for being filthy.

Cockroaches may be filthy, disease-ridden creatures, but one thing’s for certain: nature has taught them how to adapt. Cockroaches can survive just about anything, but even their evolutionary prowess can’t outwit a professional exterminator. If you’ve seen a cockroach (or two, or ten) roaming about your home, don’t hesitate to call pest control. Thousands of years of evolution have taught us that cockroaches are not something you’d wish to contend with.

 

About the author: Chris is writer for a Midland pest control company.

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August 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm Comments (0)

5 Most Common Las Vegas Pests

Las Vegas is world renown for its awe inspiring mega resorts, its entertaining shows, and hopping night life. Vacationers and residents alike can dine in the finest restaurants, cool off in lavish pools, and try their luck at a hand or two of black jack.

What many people don’t know is that Las Vegas has a dark side. The city is also home to some serious pests (and no, we’re not talking about the smut peddlers on the Strip).

Thanks to Las Vegas’ hot summers, dry winters and rainy springs, pests like ants, scorpions, crickets, roaches, spiders, bed bugs and termites all call Vegas their home.

Here are the top five most common pests that Bulwark Exterminating takes calls about in the city of Las Vegas, NV:

5. Desert Recluses

 

Desert Recluse - Loxosceles sp.

 

Often mistaken for its similar cousin the brown recluse, the desert recluse is another dangerous Las Vegas pest. Hiding in the tiniest, darkest, places it can find, the desert recluse is a threat to Las Vegas homeowners; because of their toxic bites. These spiders are a light brown, with a near black violin-shaped spot. Its legs are light brown, and its oval-shaped abdomen is dark brown, or even a greenish yellow. If disturbed by humans, the desert recluse will bite, producing a mild stinging, followed by redness and intense pain. Bites can cause death to the young, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

4. Black Widows

 

Black Widow Spider 

The most recognizable of the Las Vegas pests also happens to be one of the most common… and the most dangerous. She’s the Black Widow spider, and she is marked with an unmistakable red hour glass underneath her large, glossy, black abdomen. Stay away from these deadly pests because their bites are serious business that may require medical treatment and anti-venom. Symptoms include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Professional spider control services can keep these nasty pests from building their webs anywhere near your Las Vegas property.

3. Cockroaches

 

Roach On Cracker 

The dirtiest and most disgusting of the Las Vegas pests is also one of the most common. Number three on our list is the dirty, disease spreading cockroach. When referring to Las Vegas cockroaches, we are specifically talking about four different species. The American cockroach (also known as a water bug), the Australian cockroach (a littler version of the American), the Oriental cockroach, and the German cockroach are the four common Las Vegas roaches. Not only are these cockroaches found infesting your homes, they also infest Las Vegas restaurants. Professional roach control methods are needed to eliminate these pests from our Las Vegas homes.

2. Bark Scorpions

 

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The most notorious pest found in Las Vegas; also happens to be one of the most common. It’s the Arizona Bark scorpion; commonly referred to as a bark scorpion. Las Vegas scorpions unleash a painful sting that can leave you incapacitated for hours, even days. When stung, you’ll experience pain, dizziness, burning sensations, darting eyes, nausea, and vomiting. Professional scorpion control can keep these dangerous Las Vegas pests away from your home.

1. Crickets

 

Cricket 

The most forgotten of Las Vegas pests, happens to be the most common. Crickets are the most frequently called about pests in Las Vegas, according to a recent survey by Bulwark Pest Control. Because they are not dangerous pests, they are often times overlooked. Las Vegas homeowners are reminded of these common pests when they start their loud chirping at night. Because they reproduce so rapidly, they can be found in huge numbers in and around Las Vegas homes.

Las Vegas Pest Control

If you are seeing scorpions, black widows, roaches, desert recluses, or any other Las Vegas pest near your home or property; take action! A Las Vegas pest control company will exterminate the existing household pests, and prevent others from making your home theirs. Get Las Vegas pest control today!

Bulwark Exterminating
3932 Octagon Road
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 255-6313
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
K-9 Sweeps LLC: Bed Bug Control
& K9 Scent Detection
8201 Woodland Prairie Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89129
(702) 586-5179
k-9sweeps.com 
 
Orkin
4550 Ziebart Pl # A
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 597-9760
orkin.com

 

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July 19, 2013 at 7:22 pm Comments (2)

What Bed Bugs Bites Look Like?

Adolescent bed bug

Adolescent bed bug (Photo credit: StarMaster)

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have gotten a lot of publicity lately. You want to keep them out of your house, but may not even be sure about what the actual bug looks like or, what a real bed bug bite looks like.

What Bed Bugs Look Like

To explain a bit about their appearance, Bed bugs generally look similar to seeds. They are relatively small in size and are flat. The problem with bed bugs is they go through many changes throughout their life and they look different at each stage of their life cycle. They also have a different appearance before a feeding as to after a feeding.

Reproduction of Bed Bugs

The first hatched bed bug is very small and almost clear in color. It is visible by the naked eye but is only about 1.5 mm long. That means, it is about the size and shape of a small seed from an apple. Once it feeds, the bug becomes swollen and turns a reddish color.

After it molts, it grows to about 2 mm long. A bed bug molts five times before reaching the adult stage. It slowly grows and slowly turns brown. An adult bed bug is about 5.5 mm long and is solid brown. A female bed bug has the capability of laying up one to five eggs day, which hatch only 7 to 10 days later. Female bedbugs can lay 500 eggs in their lifetime and considering their life span can only extend to up to 300 days, you can only imagine how quickly these pesky bugs multiply.

eaten alive

eaten alive (Photo credit: The Guncle)

Identifying Bed Bug Bites

Bed bug bites are small red bumps that have a tendency to itch. They are normally found in clusters or straight lines on the body. A large rash may develop, if there is a severe reaction to the bite. Bites can also become infected so it is important to keep bed bug bites clean to avoid any potential infections.

Even if you don’t have bed bugs bites, it is important to check your house for these pests. I recommend doing this because most people aren’t aware that they could have bed bugs even if they don’t have bites. This is because every person reacts a bit different when bitten by a bed bug. Plus, it is predicted that about thirty percent of people don’t show any reaction at all when bitten by a bed bug.

Common Places to Find these Bugs

Bed bugs like to hide out near their food, which is why they are most commonly found in mattresses and bedding. They have also been known to hide in closets and behind picture frames. They are small so any small cracks in walls, furniture or flooring make for a good home for bed bugs. They also like televisions, phones, and radios.

Getting rid of the bed bugs is not any easy task. The help of a bed bug control expert will be needed. The bed bug expert will be able to guide you through the process to make sure that the bed bugs are gone for good.

Article was written by Sarah Smith who encourages those living in or around Connecticut, contact Bed Bug Finders LLC at first sign of a possible bed bug infestation.

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April 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm Comments (0)

Bulwark Exterminating & Earth Day

Earth-Erde

Earth-Erde (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is Earth Day! It’s a day in which all of us can appreciate this beautiful planet in which we live, and reflect on our own individual efforts to lower our carbon footprint.

Over the past few years, Bulwark Exterminating has made many efforts to go green and do their part to save the planet, all while increasing customer satisfaction.

Bulwark Exterminating’s Efforts To Go Green

Bulwark Exterminating, who has a branch in Las Vegas, NV, has made many efforts to go paperless and go green. These efforts save some 60,000 sheets of paper per month. Here are just a few examples:

  • Customer invoices are now emailed, and can also be accessed electronically.
  • Pest control service tickets are being emailed to customers as well.
  • Any fax that Bulwark receives goes to email instead of being printed out.
  • Sales contracts can now be completed electronically.
  • Technicians utilize paperless electronic routing.

Going Green: Paperless Routing

One component to “going green,” is going paperless. Bulwark Pest Control of Las Vegas is now paperless.

Bulwark technicians used to have to drive in to the office every morning, and print off routes, customer information, and service notes. This created a lot of unnecessary paperwork.

Now, smart phone technology and special software allows Bulwark’s technicians to start servicing customers as soon as they leave their home. Each morning, technicians receive an email on their smart phones. With these emails, technicians are able to access their routes, customer contact information and custom service notes for each customers. No more redundant paperwork.

With these above mentioned combined efforts, Bulwark Exterminating has been able to effectively get rid of 60,000 sheets of paper a month! This will save a lot of trees.

Helping To Save The Planet

Paper production is the second largest user of energy and water when it comes to manufacturing in the United States. Paper production is also the third largest contributor to pollution. Reducing paper usage by 60 percent will eliminate over 200 lbs of greenhouse gas a year.

A small business can use at least of 10,000 pieces of paper each year… Per employee! That’s crazy! An average tree will fabricate almost 17 reams of paper. With the average small business employee responsible for using 1.2 trees a year just to do their job, some 178 million trees are no longer part of our eco system.

One pest control technician going paperless can save one tree a year. This Earth Day lets all make a stronger effort to go green, go paperless, and reduce our carbon footprint.

Bulwark Exterminating Las Vegas

 

Bulwark Exterminating
3932 Octagon Road
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 255-6313
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
 

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April 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm Comment (1)

Nevada Bedbug Laws

bedbug (Cimex sp.)

Last year some 40 million tourists flocked to Las Vegas for some fun and gambling in the desert. While most of these tourists are worried about not losing a fortune at the black jack table; there is another worry Las Vegas tourists should be concerned about—the blood sucking bedbugs.

If you happen to contract bedbugs from a Las Vegas hotel; or if you are a tenant or property manager battling a bedbug infestation; it’s important to know what the bedbug laws are in the State of Nevada.

Las Vegas Bedbugs

 

Bedbug infestations continue to rise across much of the United States, and the State of Nevada is not exempt form these tiny hitchhiking pests. Currently, the city of Las Vegas is the 46th ranked bedbug infested city in the country. While these numbers are drastically improved, down 30 spots from last year’s ranking, bedbugs are still a problem in the city.

Nevada Bedbug Laws

 

Currently, there are 22 States in the U.S. with bedbug laws. As of 3/2013, there are two bedbug laws in the books for the state of Nevada. With proposed bedbug legislation being brought to the table on a frequent basis, these laws can change. They are as follows:

  • Extermination– Nevada Revised Code 447.030

Any room in any hotel in Nevada that is infested with bedbugs shall be thoroughly fumigated, disinfected and renovated until such bedbugs are entirely exterminated.

  • Sanitation– Nevada Revised Code 444

In a camp, proper bedbug prevention measures must be taken.

Source: http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Division/Legal/LawLibrary/NRS/NRS-447.html

Tenant-Landlord Rights & Obligations

 

Landlords and property owners have an obligation to provide safe and habitable accommodations for tenants. Bedbug infestations can be considered improper accommodations. Tenants have an obligation to cooperate with owners and landlords. This includes preparing the home so that the pest control operator can easily inspect the rooms and treat if necessary.

For more information on the rights and obligations of tenants and landlords, visit the Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 118A – Landlord and Tenant: Dwellings webpage.

Hire A Bedbug Attorney

 

The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. These are the bedbug laws as of March 2013, and can change. If you feel that you have been a bedbug victim; whether landlord, tenant, or otherwise, please contact a licensed attorney who specializes in bedbug cases.

Benson & Bingham, Downtown
626 South 10th Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 382-9797
bensonbingham.com
 
Richard Harris Law Firm
801 South 4th Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 444-4444
richardharrislaw.com
 
Benson, Bertoldo, Baker & Carter
7408 West Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 228-2600
bbbclaw.com
 

Las Vegas Pest Control

 

If you have a problem with bedbugs, or pests of any kind, seek the assistance of a licensed pest control professional.

General Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
3932 Octagon Road
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 255-6313
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 

Bedbug Control

K-9 Sweeps LLC: Bed Bug Control
& K9 Scent Detection
8201 Woodland Prairie Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89129
(702) 586-5179
k-9sweeps.com
 

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March 26, 2013 at 6:00 am Comment (1)

Las Vegas Ranks 16th on List of Top Bedbug Infested Cities

bedbugThis Nation’s bedbug problem is real, and a growing area of concern in Las Vegas, NV. A consumer report, reported by ABC News earlier this year, ranks the city of Las Vegas as the 16th most infected bedbug city in the United States. The cities of Cincinnati, Chicago, Detroit, Denver, and Los Angeles make up the top five most infested cities in that order.

Bedbugs were thought to be a thing of the past, but now every state has had reports of the tiny pests. Since exterminators can no longer legally use the same pesticides they used in the 1950s to get rid of, they now must get creative to stop a bedbug epidemic. Here’s an informative graphic that helps us understand this growing epidemic even more:

For those of you concerned about bedbugs in one of the major Las Vegas hotels or resorts, rest easy. Many of the bedbug reports are coming from private residents. These resorts take great measures in assuring their rooms a bedbug free. If you are doing some traveling to Las Vegas in the near future, and are worried about the possibility of bringing bedbugs home with you, check out the website BedBugRegistry.com. The website allows you to check and see if your hotel has had any recent reported bedbug activity. Make sure to keep in mind that just because a hotel had a bedbug report once, it doesn’t mean it has a widespread problem. Also, understand that these are all personal reports by travelers and the ability to authenticate each and every account is impossible. What might be a harmless insect to a professional can be a bedbug to a worn out traveler.

If you are a Las Vegas resident, and suspect that you have brought bedbugs into your home, it’s best that you call a professional pest control company immediately. Bedbugs are very difficult to get rid of, and even scientists have discovered that the bugs are now more resistant to once effective pesticides.

For General Pest Control:

Bulwark Exterminating
3932 Octagon Road
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 255-6313
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

For Bedbug Control:

K-9 Sweeps LLC:
Bedbug Pest Control & K9 Scent Detection
8201 Woodland Prairie Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89129
(702) 586-5179
k-9sweeps.com

Heat Bed Bugs
Las Vegas, NV
(866) 674-7779
heatbedbugs.com

Las Vegas K9
9811 West Charleston Boulevard #2
Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 875-5859
lasvegask-9.com

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September 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm Comments (0)

Roaches Eat Toothpaste

 

For Las Vegas Roach Control:

Bulwark Exterminating
3932 Octagon Road
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 255-6313
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

K-9 Sweeps LLC: Bed Bug Control
& K9 Scent Detection
8201 Woodland Prairie Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89129
(702) 586-5179
k-9sweeps.com

Orkin
4550 Ziebart Pl # A
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 597-9760
orkin.com

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August 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm Comments (0)
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