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Austin Landscaping Rebates

Posted by on Tuesday, 7 January, 2014

watering lawnDid you know that watering and irrigating your property is a major contributing factor to attracting pests like scorpions and roaches?

Did you know that significant water usage and savings can be made by exchanging your turf grass for native plant beds and permeable landscaping; all while getting financial rebates and assisting in keeping your property pest free?

It’s true! Residential properties in Austin, TX and surrounding areas may receive $25 for every 100 square feet that is converted from healthy turf grass to native Texas plants; up to a rebate of $1,250. Additionally, the less water on your property equates to less pests.

Here’s what you need to know:

Austin WaterWise Landscaping Rebate

If you are a residential customer of a qualifying Austin water provider, you can get a rebate if you switch out your healthy grass for native Texas plants and landscape that use less water. For every 100 square feet of healthy grass you replace, you get a $25 rebate. The maximum rebate a property can receive is $1,250.

Customers of Austin Water or other qualifying water providers need to fill out an application. Applications are accepted for two separate time periods: Spring installations (December 1 – March 31) and fall installations (June 1 – September 30). You can submit one application per installation period.

Download The Waterwise Rebate Application Here

Qualifying Austin Water Providers Eligible For Rebates

  • Aqua Texas- Morningside
  • Aqua Texas- Night Hawk WSC
  • Aqua Texas- Rivercrest Water Systems
  • City of Rollingwood
  • City of Sunset Valley
  • City of Westlake Hills
  • Creedmoor-Maha WSC
  • High Valley WSC
  • Lost Creek MUD
  • Manville WSC
  • Marsha WSC
  • North Austin MUD #1
  • Northtown MUD
  • Shady Hollow MUD
  • Travis County WCID #10
  • Village of San Leanna
  • Wells Branch MUD
  • Windermere Utility

Eligibility For Austin WaterWise Landscaping Rebate

  • You must be a customer of an above listed water provider, or an Austin Water residential customer.
  • You must complete and submit the application for the appropriate installation period, and provide appropriate supporting documentation (see below).
  • At least 75% of the turf grass being replaced must be alive and healthy.
  • A minimum of 500 square feet of healthy grass must be replaced.

More Information On WaterWise Program Requirements

There are many program requirements that must be followed in order to earn the allotted rebate(s). Application materials must be sent to Austin Water Conversion, conversion area requirements must be met, and irrigation systems must be turned off and capped, or set to low use.

For more information on Austin’s WaterWise Landscaping Rebate, visit: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/waterwise-landscape-rebate

Author Bio:  is a pest management professional at Bulwark Exterminating in Austin, TX. As a pest professional, I recommend taking advantage of the Austin landscaping rebate, as less water on your property equates to less pests.

Top 3 Pests In Austin

Posted by on Monday, 18 November, 2013

Austin, TX is such a diverse and eclectic city. Along with the diversity of Austin residents is a diverse selection of pests. I recently had the opportunity to sit down for a few minutes with a Bulwark Exterminating professional, who services the city of Austin. Among the topics I was most interested in, was “What are the top three pests you gets calls on?”

These are the top three pests in Austin, TX:

3. Roaches

cockroach

There’s no escaping it… roaches are as much of a staple in Texas as good barbecue and the Dallas Cowboys. This is quite unfortunate, because cockroaches are known to spread some 33 different types of bacteria, seven types of human disease, and even six different kinds of parasitic worms. They are definitely not something you want scurrying around your house and around your family. I guess this is why they are the number three called about pest in Austin… Well, this and their sheer numbers! Cockroaches are very hardy and multiply fast. If you are starting to see a few inside your home, it’s time to worry. A few roaches can become a thousand-roach infestation before you know it. When you start seeing roaches in your home, make sure you get professional Austin roach control!

2. Scorpions

scorpion

It should come to no shock to anybody that scorpions made the list of top pests in Austin. People are willing to deal with a few crickets, or black ants that come wandering into their home, but a few scorpions… Forget about it! People are not only disgusted by scorpions, they are down right afraid of them. This fear stems from the painful stings they inflict. Scorpions are nocturnal, so encounters usually happen during the middle of the night, or early morning, when you get up to use the bathroom. It never fails; Bulwark reportedly gets a call almost every morning at 8:00 sharp from somebody who found a scorpion the night before. To avoid stepping on a scorpion as you get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, it’s best to control their population with an Austin scorpion exterminator.

1. Fire Ants

Fire ant

I remember hearing at one point that ants in general are the most common pests in the United States, so it comes as no surprise that Fire ants are the number one pest in Austin. A reported 20 million people are stung by Fire ants every year in the United States, and it seem like Texas is the epicenter of all the Fire ant activity. Some 42 percent of people in Austin have reported being stung by a Fire ant. These painful stings have given this ant quite the reputation; so much in fact that many people call in at the sight of any ant that even resembles the brownish-red color of the Fire ant. Bulwark admittedly reports that not every Fire ant call they get turns out to be an actual Fire ant; but Austin residents are sure are calling in about them. If you are seeing Fire ants, or their huge mounds, on your property; get professional Austin Fire ant control!

Austin Pest Control

If you are seeing roaches, scorpions, Fire ants, or any other type of pest in or around your Austin home, it’s time to call an Austin exterminator!

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com
 
Terminix
1905 Kramer Lane,
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 236-5008
terminix.com
 

The Invasion Of The Critters

Posted by on Friday, 6 September, 2013

During the summertime, wild animal activity is at its peak. Incidentally, this is also when the most roof damage tends to occur. If you find yourself hearing strange noises from your attic, it’s probably not your imagination. Most likely, you have an animal invasion caused by holes in your roof. Many animals, such as possums, squirrels, birds and raccoons, will find your attic to be a comfortable and dry refuge to sleep and raise their offspring. Besides being noisy and disrupting your sleep, this can also result in increased allergies, higher risk of animal bites and serious structural damage to your house. Here’s what to do if this happens to you.

Locate Entryways

Many homeowners only discover holes in their roof long after the uninvited tenants have moved in, so inspecting your roof for damage or weak spots regularly can help prevent these entrances from forming. However, this isn’t something you should do yourself. Because walking on roofs can be dangerous for the inexperienced, it’s recommended to hire a qualified professional roofer to check things out.

Fix The Problem

Your first impulse is probably to call pest control, but fighting the invasion is useless if you can’t prevent it from happening again. If you get rid of the animals before closing up the entry points, they will keep coming. Therefore, it’s important to address the holes in your roof first. Hopefully the problem is as simple as a broken screen, vent or window, but there may be much more serious damage that could have resulted in holes. Water damage, missing shingles, rot, mold and falling tree branches are all common culprits. If you have these types of damage in one place on your roof, you’ll likely have more, so have it inspected and repaired accordingly.

The Pest Issue

After you’ve located the problem areas and addressed them appropriately, it’s time to deal with your pest problem. Having unwanted animals in your attic is typically accompanied by feces and carcasses, which smells terrible and poses a health hazard to you and your family. Many small animals such as birds and rodents can be dealt easily on your own. However, larger animals like possums and raccoons can be a much more serious problem. These are among the most common wild animals to carry rabies and other diseases, they’re aggressive and they aren’t very fearful of people, so it’s never recommended to confront them yourself. In cases like these, you should call in an animal control specialist as soon as possible.

Prevention

Working to prevent future invasions is better than having to resolve them once they’ve occurred. Having your roof inspected several times per year by a professional roofer is a good way to do this. You can also take a personally active role by taking steps to deter pests from moving in. Keeping traps and poison baits in your attic will stop pests from staying long if they manage to get inside. Ultrasonic deterrent devices can also be helpful as well as a sprinkling of diatomaceous earth.

Featured images:

Peter Wendt, recently found a raccoon in his attic. This Austin based roof repair company gave him some great tips to keep the critters out.

Austin Bats In Danger?

Posted by on Thursday, 15 August, 2013

English: Emergence of the bats of the Congress...

Every year some 100,000 plus people visit Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge to witness one of nature’s marvels. During summer evenings, upwards of 1.5 million bats emerge from the crevices of the bridge, almost like a black cloud, to feed on millions of insects. It’s a spectacular site that generates $10 Million in tourism revenue each year.

This summer it was confirmed by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services that the deadly White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) has made its way to Texas. This devastating and deadly disease afflicts hibernating bats by covering them with a white fungus, awaking them from hibernation and causing them to die from starvation. In other areas of the United States, over 95 percent of the bat populations have been wiped out because of WNS.

With White-Nose Syndrome now in Texas, are the Austin bats in danger?

White-Nose Syndrome: Are Austin Bats In Danger?

At this time, White-Nose Syndrome is not believed to affect Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge bats. The reason being is that WNS has only been shown to affect hibernating bats. The bats at Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge are Mexican free-tailed bats; bats that do not hibernate and that are active year-round. It’s important to note that the full potential impact of WNS on Mexican free-tailed bats, and all bats in Texas, is still unknown.

Scientists do fear for other bat species in Texas. The deadly WNS can be spread bat-to-bat. Mexican Free-tailed bats do share their winter and summer ranges with many hibernating species, including the Cave Myotis bat and little brown bat. Biologists fear that migrating Mexican free-tails, even if they are not themselves afflicted by the disease, may prove to be carriers that spread the fungus that’s linked to White-nose Syndrome.

If this is truly the case and migrating bats can spread WNS to other species of bat throughout North America, then the results may be catastrophic; for both bats and humans alike. A single colony of bats will eat nearly 1.5 million pest insects a year; pests that destroy agricultural farming.

Please continue to get out to Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, and marvel at the amazing bats. There are plenty of spots along Lady Bird Lake, in the surrounding area of Congress Avenue, where you can watch the bats. Flights normally begin about 8:00 pm, and may last upwards of 45 minutes.

Bat with White-nose Syndrome

White-Nose Syndrome

One of the fastest declines in North American wildlife happens to come at the expense of the bat. It’s all because of White-Nose Syndrome. First discovered in New York back in 2006, WNS had spread to 28 different states, including Texas.

White-Nose Syndrome causes a fatal white fungus to grow on a bat’s bodies (the nose in particular) as they hibernate in caves for the winter. The fungus causes the hibernating bats to wake during the winter months. When awake, the bats will burn up all of their energy reserves that are usually saved when they hibernate. Due to lack of energy and nutrition, the affected bats ultimately die of starvation. Additionally, if the fungus reaches a bat’s wings, it interferes with flying, feeding, body temperature, and blood pressure.

As a result of WNS, it’s believed that upwards of 10 million bats will have died by the end of this hibernation; across all affected states and providences in North America. There is currently no cure for WNS.

English: taken from flickr, released by user B...

 What Can Be Done To Prevent WNS In Texas?

We know for a fact, WNS can be spread from bat-to-bat, but it is also believed that humans can aid the spread of the fungus. After spelunking and exploring caves in Texas, take great precautions to decontaminate yourself, and all your equipment, before entering any new caves. Decontamination protocols can be found at whitenosesyndrome.org.

While exploring caves for entertainment, it is in poor taste to touch any bat you see. Doing so can further result in the spread of WNS; not to mention, bats can also carry other diseases like rabies.

While exploring caves in Texas, report any large-scale bat mortalities to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Division, especially those that occur during the winter months. The kills and spills team can be reached 24-hours a day at (512-389-4848).

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services has also joined in on the WNS fight, awarding a grant of $39,566 to the state of Texas for WNS research.

About the Author:

Anthony Ball is a Content Marketing Manager with Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control services in Austin, TX. Bulwark is fully operational in seven states, including twelve major cities. While Bulwark provides pest extermination for common insects such as ants, roaches, crickets and spiders, the company’s differentiating aspect is great personalized service. Bulwark uses the finest and most effective products in the world to solve common pest problems.

 

Crazy Ants Driving Out Austin Fire Ants

Posted by on Monday, 8 July, 2013

I recently wrote an article about Rasberry Crazy ants, and how they are spreading throughout much of the state of Texas. According to a recent report out of The University of Texas At Austin, the spreading of this invasive ant species has also lead to them driving out other species of ants, including the Red Imported Fire ants.

Ants on raspberriesAustin Fire Ants Driven Out By Rasberry Crazy Ants

If you live in Austin, TX you have become well acquainted with the Red Imported Fire ant. These ants are unmistakable, because of their very painful stings, and the massive mounds they build in your yard. Residents know to keep away from these mounds, or you’ll be sorry.

However, there is a new pest invader taking the place of the Fire ants in Austin. It’s an ant that some people hate even more than the Fire ant. The ant I am referring to is the Rasberry (not raspberry) Crazy ant.

According to a recent report, the “ecologically dominant” crazy ants are reducing diversity and abundance of many ant species in Texas, including the dreaded Fire ants. Areas in Austin are seeing very few fire ants in areas heavily infested with Crazy ants because the ants outcompete for the necessary resources needed for survival. Essentially, they monopolize food sources and starve out other ant species.

Even in region of Texas where the Crazy ant population is less intense, Fire ant numbers were considerably reduced. Other ant species, particularly native species, were also eliminated or diminished.

What’s So Bad About Austin Crazy Ants?

Many Austin residents are becoming so fed up with the destructive Crazy ants, that they wish they had the stinging Fire ants back! This sentiment is primarily because of three different reasons.

1) Crazy ants infest in huge numbers. They quickly outnumber other species of ants because they multiply very rapidly. In fact, they can attain densities up to 100 times greater than all other species of ants in a single area combined. Some residents report having to sweep out the Crazy ants with a broom and dustpan daily… Dustpans full of ants!

2) The Crazy ants are very destructive. They go everywhere, invading homes and nesting inside your walls, attics, and crawlspaces. They are notorious for damaging electrical equipment by swarming inside appliances. These ants are drawn to electrical currents, chewing through electric wiring. These actions cause stop lights, air conditioners, and other electrical equipment to short circuit; resulting in expensive repairs.

3) Crazy ants are tough to eliminate. Since Crazy ants don’t eat the same poison baits as other ants do, they are very difficult to control. Pest control for fire ants differs greatly from pest control for crazy ants.

Hands In Ant NestCharacteristics of Rasberry Crazy Ants

Rasberry Crazy ants measure about 1/8 of an inch long. They are a reddish-brown color, with long slender bodies and anteneea. They are also covered in fine hairs or fuzz that makes them appear less glossy than other ant species.

The Rasberry Crazy ant was named after an exterminator, Tom Rasberry, who discovered the ant in nearby Houston. They are also referred to as tawny ants, or simply Crazy ants. They earned the nickname “crazy” because of their crazy, rapid, nonlinear movements.

Austin Ant Control

Crazy ants, Fire ants, sugar ants, piss ants, whatever… no matter the type of ant, an Austin Ant control professional can help solve your ant problems. Call Austin ant exterminator today!

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com
 
Terminix
1905 Kramer Lane,
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 236-5008
terminix.com
 

Bulwark Exterminating Makes Best Of Yelp

Posted by on Monday, 4 February, 2013

Bulwark Exterminating Makes Yelp’s Best Pest Control In Austin

Every year Yelp updates it’s “Best of Yelp,” and Bulwark Pest Control was pleased to hear that they have been recognized as “Best Pest Control in Austin.” Companies that get recognized with this prestigious distinction consistently receive numerous positive reviews on Yelp for their products and customer service.

To see the entire list of Yelp’s “Best Pest Control in Austin,” click here.

What Is Yelp?

Before making a significant purchase decision, 81 percent of consumers do research online. Customer review sites allow customers to rate their experiences with a company, and leave comments about what was done well, and what facets of the businesses’ products and service need improving. Yelp is one such customer review site. Check out yelp.com to get customer feedback on everything from hotels and restaurants, to home services contractors, and pest control companies in your area.

Reviews For Bulwark Exterminating On Yelp

Bulwark is great – I’ve been using them for 3 years. They come by when they say, they do their job, and the few times that new insects have invaded (I had a couple of ant colonies make their home just outside of the perimeter), Bulwark was happy to come back and take care of them. Their techs are professionals through and through.

- Michelle T.
Austin, TX

Aurelio “Ledo” Montes was my new tech today and I was extremely pleased! As a long time Bulwark customer (12+ years), he knew the specific treatment plan for my yard and was very accommodating. He listened to all my new issues and addressed each one as if they were his own. He was prompt, thorough, and very personable. Thank You, Bulwark for sending such a professional. I would love to have “Ledo” on all future calls!

- Sherri H.
Austin, TX

Mason just left our house after being here almost two hours for our initial treatment. A kind, friendly young man who took his time and was very thorough in treating our home for the current problems we are having. I look forward to working with Bulwark in the future. Thank you!

- Olga L.
Round Rock, TX

We’ve used them (Bulwark) for four years now, and they come every other month. They are always timely, always take their shoes off when entering the house, and always are professional, mature and friendly–never in a hurry. I even recently called another exterminator who my sister uses (she says he’s cute) to get an estimate, and when I told him what we currently pay Bulwark; he said that he could not beat their price.

- Antionette G.
Austin, TX

Read more or Austin Bulwark Pest Control’s many positive five star reviews on Yelp by clicking here.

Austin Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com

Terminix
1905 Kramer Lane,
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 236-5008
terminix.com

 

Bulwark Exterminating-Austin Receives Angie’s List Award

Posted by on Friday, 18 January, 2013

Angie’s List Super Service Award Given To Bulwark Exterminating

Bulwark Pest Control’s Austin, Texas branch recently got some very exciting news. Angie’s List has awarded the pest control company their prestigious Super Service Award. The award is given to specific companies that demonstrate outstanding customer service during the previous year; receiving top customer reviews on Angie’s List. Recipients are essentially voted in by their own customer’s reviews. This impressive award is only given to the top five percent of companies represented on Angie’s List.

Angie’s List: The Importance Of Customer Reviews

On top of leveling the playing field among pest control companies, the internet has given the consumer more power, making them even more influential. A pest control company’s great service, or poor service for that matter, has made it possible for our customers to let the entire world know about it.

The vast majority (81%) of all people use consumer reviews in their purchase decisions; and 92% have more confidence in information found online than they do in anything they may hear from any other source. These statements just touch the surface of how the public makes consumer decisions and how that process is rapidly evolving.

Bulwark Pest Control’s Customer Reviews On Angie’s List

The technician arrived promptly, and I like that the company was able to fit my schedule (5 – 7 pm). I was told exactly what was being done for the money and what would happen on a regular basis every other month. Both inside and outside were treated, and an explanation was given about every service performed. He treated all electrical outlets, each room, and the outside of the home and yard. He pointed out any problems and treated for those as well. He was in and out in under an hour. Very professional, very thorough, very friendly. The billing was fully explained as well as future treatment schedule and charges. Price was great for the service provided.

Overall Grade: A

- Pamela G.
Round Rock, TX

They are always on time and professional!!

Overall Grade: A

- Carol B.
Austin, TX

I actually have a bimonthly contract with Bulwark. The service they provide has controlled pests very well. They are always on time and prepared to complete the work. Bulwark Exterminating has proven to be professional. They are clear with their service scheduling and with the types of pesticides being applied and where these are applied. Overall they have been a very good service provider and their pricing is reasonable.

Overall Grade: A

- Becky P.
Cedar Park, TX

A prompt response plus full explanation of process to get rid of pests led me to purchase additional services from this company. I’ve been very impressed with each point of service. They are very professional, sending emails from person who will appear at my house and leaving receipts indicating they have been there and what service they provided. A prompt call from owner of business followed by additional treatments every 2-3 months for a year. Well worth price.

Overall Grade: A

- Beverly T.
Austin, TX

To read all of Bulwark Pest Control- Austin, TX reviews on Angie’s List, click the link below:

http://www.angieslist.com/companylist/us/tx/austin/bulwark-exterminating-reviews-279709.htm

Pest Control Austin, TX

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

How To Keep Pests Out Of Your Christmas Decorations

Posted by on Thursday, 20 December, 2012

Christmas decorations

Creepy Crawlies In Your Christmas Decorations

The holidays are in full swing, and before you know it you will be left with the daunting task of putting away all of those Christmas decorations. Did you know that those beautiful Christmas wreaths, lights, ceramic nativities, and even your artificial Christmas tree can be a favorite hideout for pests all year long?

There are a few simple and inexpensive steps you can take now, so you don’t end up with a serious pest infestation later. The last thing you want is to create a safe haven for rodents, cockroaches, silverfish, spiders or scorpions.

How To Keep Pests Out Of Your Christmas Decorations

Use proper storage bins. When storing your Christmas decorations, avoid using cardboard boxes. The tape, cardboard, and glue are a favorite food among roaches and silverfish. They can easily slip through the crevices of these cardboard boxes too. Opt instead for plastic tubs with tight fitting lids. These will surely help keep the bugs out of your decorations.

Use a Christmas tree bag. Again, toss the cardboard box your artificial Christmas tree came in, and use a Christmas tree bag that will tightly zip. Rodents like mice, squirrels, and rats love nesting in artificial trees year round. These trees provide pests with a safe shelter, much like they’d find in the wild.

Quickly throw away your real tree. That wonderful smelling Evergreen you chopped down on a family outing needs to be quickly disposed of; before rodents and other pests take notice, and take cover inside.

Seal linens in plastic bags. Your stockings and Christmas tablecloths can offer a quick meal for pests like clothing moths, and cockroaches. Make sure items like these are sealed in plastic bags to keep out any humidity which can also attract pests.

Throw away edible decorations. I know you spent hours on that beautiful gingerbread house you made, but pests like mice and rats will quickly make a meal of it. The same goes for those candy canes you used to decorate the tree. Edibles will only attract pests.

Inspect storage area. Before you start stacking those plastic tubs of Christmas decorations in your garage, basement, or attic; look for existing signs of pests nearby. Rodent droppings, spider webs, and dead insects are a dead give away of a pest problem.

Clean, clean, clean. After inspecting your storage area for signs of pests, and before you start stacking the plastic tubs, make sure the area is clean. This simple act can go along way in keeping the bugs and pests away.

Get pest control. If you see any signs of pests where you are storing your Christmas decorations, get help from an Austin exterminator. Scorpion control, roach control, and spider control treatment plans can keep those pests away from your décor all year round. You don’t want to get bit or stung when you get them out for next season.

Austin Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com

Terminix
1905 Kramer Lane,
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 236-5008
terminix.com

Warning: Smelly Bugs Invading Austin Texas

Posted by on Monday, 10 December, 2012

A Stinky Pest

As certain as the cooler fall and winter months arrive in Austin, TX, so too do the bugs. They enter our homes looking for shelter from the elements. During these home invasions, Austin homeowners will likely see a new pest… The invasive brown marmorated stink bug!

The invasive brown marmorated stinkbug has been a serious pest problem for much of the country, especially in the Northeast United States. Some reports say their numbers are up over 60% this year. This is mostly due to the insects having multiple breeding cycles during the long, hot, extended summer. These stinky pests are making there way into Austin homes, looking for places to overwinter.

Efraen Garcia with Bulwark Exterminating is busy this time of year trying to keep the usual Texas pests out of peoples’ homes. He’s added the stinkbug to his list. 

                                 Invasive insect could raise a stink

Reporting Stink Bug Sightings

The Texas AgriLife Extension Office is asking for anyone who finds this type of stinkbug to give them a call. Officials have said that they “take this pest seriously, and are hard at work trying to understand effective ways to control it; and mitigate its effect.” These stink bugs have the potential to damage Texas’ crops; and your garden. The Texas AgriLife Extension Office can be reached at (512) 854-9600

The Brown Marmorated Stinkbug

The Brown Marmorated Stinkbug is a medium sized insect that measures about a half inch to three-quarters of an inch long. They’re shield shaped and brown with black mottling on their backs. They also sport white and black triangles around the outer edge of their bodies. They are best known for emitting a foul smelling over when disturbed or squashed.

Identifying The Brown Marmorated Stinkbug

Keeping Stinkbugs Out Of Your Austin Home

  • Cover any vents, window, and doors with tight fitting screens.
  • Seal up any holes, cracks, or that might allow stink bugs easy access into your home.
  • Keep outdoor lighting to a minimum as stink bugs are attracted to lights.
  • If you do happen to get any of the bugs inside your home, vacuum them up with a shop-vac filled with hot soapy water. If using an upright vacuum, make sure it has a vacuum bag that is tightly sealed. Remember, do not crush the bugs or you will be smelling them.
  • If a stink bug problem develops, contact a licensed pest control professional.

Austin Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com

Terminix
1905 Kramer Lane,
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 236-5008
terminix.com

10 Things I Am Grateful For This Thanksgiving

Posted by on Thursday, 15 November, 2012

10 Things I Am Grateful For This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey (Photo credit: tengrrl)

 Thanksgiving is fast approaching. It’s a time we gather together as friends and family and count our many blessings.

Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving is full of family traditions. One tradition I grew up with was often times challenging for me as a young kid. Every family member was required to stand and give thanks for one thing that we each were grateful for before we could dig into the “good stuff.” I waited for my long-winded mother, for what seemed like forever, as her one thing turned into many. My stomach growled as the smell of turkey crept through the house. When my turn finally arrived I quickly spouted off something to the affect of “I’m thankful for my Lego’s,” or “my new Nintendo game.” At the time this was looked at as a right of passage in order to eat all the delicious food that had been prepared. Times have since changed as I’ve grown older.

Now that I’m grown, and have a family of my own, I have kept the same family tradition of giving thanks around the Thanksgiving dinner table. I have become my long-winded mother when it comes to giving thanks. There are so many things that I am grateful for, too many to count in fact, here is a list of just a few:

10 Things I Am Grateful For This Thanksgiving

1. My wife. She’s always been my #1 fan. She’s been someone who has always given me unconditional love and acceptance not matter how much money I make, or how much weight I’ve gained or hair I’ve lost. I’m a lucky guy.

2. My daughter. Even when she’s crying and screaming, I’m grateful I have a three year old daughter who love’s me. There are a few bumps in the road, but they are usually followed by easier times.

3. My parents. Even when they still continue to tell me how to run my life, I’m thankful that I still have them around. I’m grateful that they raised me to be the person I’ve become.

4. Liberty. I’m so thankful that we live in these United States, and all the freedoms which it grants me.

5. Fishing. The feel a big fish pulling back on my fishing pole has always been my escape from all the stressors in life.

6. Education. We live in a time of learning. A world of knowledge is at our fingertips. I’m thankful that I can continue to learn and grow as a person through gaining this knowledge.

7. Football. Honestly, how boring would my life be without my favorite sports team to follow all year long? I hope I never have to find out.

8. Health. Knock on wood. I’m thankful I haven’t had any major health issues. Now if diet and exercising were a little easier, I’d be golden!

9. Food. Not to endorse any specific restaurant, but there are a couple I could eat at daily. Whether it’s tacos, steak, a spicy curry, pasta, or pizza, I love it. I’m thankful that I’ve always had food at my dinner table and had the means to provide for it.

10. Job at Bulwark Pest Control. Seriously, how cool is it that I get to come to work each day and write about bugs? Awesome!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a very special holiday. Embrace those around you and your ability to give thanks to those you love. Give thanks for all that you have in your life. What are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us bug guys at Bulwark Exterminating!