Posts Tagged Exterminating

Is That A Hoof On My Roof?

Posted by on Friday, 20 December, 2013

squirrelThe brisk weather of fall and winter is approaching, and it’s time for everyone to prepare for the harsh months ahead. Just as human prepare for the cold wind and snow, animals also prepare food and warm shelter to survive through fall and winter. However, there are animals that decide to take shelter in an inhabited home during fall and winter to take advantage of the warmth and strong protection from the elements. While it may be paradise for them, it can be a nightmare for the homeowner. To keep pests out of your home this winter, follow these helpful tips.

Snakes

Snakes are not very fond of the cold. They prefer warm and cozy areas to curl up in. That is why snakes are a common pest found in homes during fall and winter. While not all snakes are venomous or constrictors, they can still be uncomfortable to live with.

To keep snakes away, do a thorough check on the outside of your home for any holes or cracks that a snake could slither through. This includes ventilation ducts, utility pipes and dryer vents. Remember, snakes can be incredibly small and they’re all very flexible. Even a tiny hole could be big enough for a snake to get through. It’s also a good idea to check higher up on the walls in case there are any access points such as trees or poles near the wall.

You can also put down some snake repellent around the perimeter of your house right before or during fall to keep snakes away.

Rats

Similarly to snakes, rats make their way into houses through small openings in the house. However, rats can be even more flexible than snakes and they’re better climbers. They can make their way into openings as small as a penny. You’ll need to be even more vigilant in finding access points when trying to keep rats out.

One of the main issues with rats is that they frequently make their way into the living quarters instead of staying in hiding like a snake. It may be impossible to keep rats out completely since there are so many ways rats can get in, but you can rat-proof the interior of your home by putting wire mesh over any openings in the wall such as holes around pipes or cables, putting all food in sealed plastic containers and placing rat repellent around and within your home. If you plan on putting chemical repellent in your home, remember to keep it away from pets, children and food.

Squirrels

Squirrels are a slightly different matter because they store their food supply for the winter in the place that they intend on inhabiting for the season. If their food supply is already in the home, keeping them out can be very difficult. In addition, all homeowners must realize that keeping a squirrel away from their food during winter can quickly lead to the squirrel’s death.

For a more humane method, it’s best to prepare during mid to late summer while the squirrels are preparing to store food. Squirrels frequently access houses by jumping from nearby branches and entering through high access points. Since blocking off high access points may be impossible, it’s best to work from the ground up. Wrap a two-foot wide piece of sheet metal around the trunks of the trees that are close to your house. The metal should be secured about eight feet off of the ground to keep them from avoiding it.

If these methods fail, you can also purchase traps to capture most pests in your home. Glue traps are popular since they are fairly humane and they can catch practically any pest. If you’re not comfortable dealing with a live animal in a trap, you can call an exterminator or a wildlife rescue specialist to release the animal for you.

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Austin blogger, Peter Wendt, recently contacted his Austin roofing contractor for information about how to keep critters out of his attic this winter. All he wants to hear up there is Santa’s sleigh landing!

Brown Recluse Spider Infographic

Posted by on Wednesday, 9 October, 2013

Brown Recluse spiderThere is much confusion out there among the general public regarding the Brown Recluse spider. Our fearful nature makes us question every spider we encounter in our homes.

“Oh no, is it a Brown Recluse?”

“Well, the spider is brown.”

It’s only reasonable for us to question whether or not a spider we find is indeed a Brown Recluse. After all, these spiders are very dangerous. The Brown Recluse’s venom has been shown to cause necrosis; or a rotting of skin near the bite. A bite starts out as nothing, offering little to no pain, but quickly escalates into serious skin ulcers. Although rare, a bite can cause death.

How do you know if you really have a Brown Recluse problem on your hands?

Bulwark Pest Control has put together the following infographic to help aid the general public in regards to the Brown recluse spider. Learn what the Brown Recluse spider looks like, where in the United States they are found, and what to do if you are ever bit.

Brown Recluse Spider Infographic

 

The Brown Recluse Spider Guide

 

Austin Brown Recluse Control

Most spiders in Austin, TX are not dangerous, unless you’re talking about the Brown Recluse. This is why so many Austin home-owners eagerly employ Bulwark Brown Recluse Spider Control. These spiders can pose a serious threat. You’ll want a spider exterminator that guarantees their pest control treatments, and one that is up-to-date on all of the Brown Recluse extermination methods. Don’t mess around with the Brown Recluse, and don’t try to deal with an infestation on your own. Get professional help!

For Austin Brown Recluse Control, get Bulwark Exterminating!

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

What Pest Did You See Infographic

Posted by on Monday, 16 September, 2013

Have you seen the “pest test” word search puzzle floating around Facebook? If not, you’ll have to check it out (pictured below).

 

Pest Wordsearch

 

The pest word search was put together by Bulwark Exterminating, who just so happens to have a branch here in Austin, TX.

The word search puzzle exploded in popularity, with almost 13,000 Facebook users commenting on the puzzle with the first pest they found.

The following infographic breaks down the percentages of each pest found in the pest word search:

 

Wordsearch puzzle infographic

 

  • What pest did you spot first in the puzzle?
  • Was the first pest you found one of the most common pests found?
  • Did you find the following pests: scorpion, spider, termite, wasp, bugs, roach, fly, bedbugs, ant, lice, gnat, flea, and centipede?
  • Was the pest you found first, also the pest you fear the most?

Comment below!

How To Survive An Invasion: 5 Pests You’d Rather Be Rid Of

Posted by on Tuesday, 3 September, 2013

After the movie Signs came out, I was obsessed with alien invasion preparation. However, over the years, I have realized that there are other invaders out there that are a little closer to home. Pest infestations are both a nuisance and a potential health hazard. That is why it is so important to be able to recognize the signs of an invasion and target those unwanted guests before they do any more damage. Below are a five pests you’d rather be rid of and the signs of their invasion. Once you can read the signs, you’ll be better able to combat these pesky bugs once and for all.

1. Cockroaches

Cockroach

Cockroaches are nocturnal, which means if you see one during the day, there are probably many more hidden in your home. They prefer dark, moist places to hide and breed, so check behind refrigerators, under floor drains, under sinks, and behind appliances. You may also find small oval egg cases in these places, as well as in other hidden places like between books.

If you have an infestation, you will find feces that resemble coffee grounds or black pepper. If the roaches are a larger size, they will be dark and cylindrical. Some types also produce smells that are, let’s just say, unpleasant to your olfactory senses. And a larger infestation will radiate a strong oil or must smell.

If you notice any of these tell-tale signs of a roach, call your nearest professional exterminator to handle the problem.

2. Bedbugs

bedbug

“Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite,” isn’t just a catchy bedtime phrase. If you wake up and notice little bug bites that were not there when you went to sleep, it may be a good idea to check for bedbugs. These little pests are about the size and shape of an apple seed, and brown or reddish-brown in color. They prefer small, warm places to hide and breed. And their habitat of choice? You guessed it: your bed.

Therefore, check between the fitted sheet and mattress, or between the mattress and box spring, as well as any other nearby small, dark, places. Although their name suggests they reside only among the mattresses, bedbugs can actually live in furniture, appliances, bookshelves, and even computers.

Keep an eye out for the bugs themselves, shed skins, or their small white eggs. The eggs are adhesive so be sure to check on both sides of the sheetswhere they may be attached. Other indications of a bedbug problem include their droppings. These will be small, and black or dark brown, like coffee grounds, but will smear red when wiped with a damp cloth.

Though their bites generally only cause annoying itching, in more severe cases victims may have allergic reactions or secondary infections (from scratching the wounds). The best solution to a bedbug problem is to take the Godfather’s advice and go to the mattresses—literally.

3. Ants

ants

Ants are mostly active around sundown, so that is when you want to really keep an eye out. There are three particular things you can check for when inspecting your home for ants.

First, do a little reconnaissance. Ants nest outdoors, so they enter your home primarily to find food. Therefore, they are commonly found in the kitchen area and along walls, and in cupboards. . Though a few ants does not necessarily mean an infestation, if there are a lot of ants, along with an appearance of larger worker ants, you could have a problem on your hands.

Second, after you inspect the house at the likely sources, check for frass. Frass is waste left behind by ants, which includes feces as well as small piles of sawdust or wood shavings, as well as other leftover debris. Ants do not eat wood, but they will dig tunnels and push the sawdust out. So if you see accumulations of debris, you may have uncovered an ant problem.

Finally, if you suspect an ant colony is residing in your home, tap on the area in question and listen. A disturbed colony will make a rustling noise that becomes louder the more bothered they become.

4. Termites

termites

Termites are one of the most destructive pests out there, particularly because there are often no immediate signs of damage. They love to eat dead plant matter like fallen leaves and dead trees, and while that is great in nature, when they decide to make our homes a meal it can be a big problem.

Termites are often mistaken for flying ants, so it is important to know the differences. Ants have a cinched waist, while the termite body is just a straight tube shape. Ants’ wings are two different shapes and their antennae are bent, while termites’ wings are both the same size and their antennae are straight.

Check the foundation of your home, as well as crawl spaces, for signs of termites. They will have little mud tunnels running from their underground colonies to their feeding ground.

Watch out for swarms of termites near your home, especially around springtime. If your paint suddenly starts to bubble or crack for no reason you may want to check the walls for termites. If wood sounds hollow when tapped, or you find discarded wings or termite droppings, it is time to call your local exterminator—and no, I’m not talking about Arnold. A quick search on your browser for “termite control Long Island” (or wherever you’re from) should give you a solid list of options from which to choose. The sooner you take care of a termite problem, the better. Because the longer you wait, the more damage you risk to your home and property.

5. Rodents

rodent

Rats and mice can be fun pets to have for some people, but a wild rodent in your home is a hazardous thing. Both rats and mice carry diseases and parasites, putting your food and home in danger of infection. Moreover, because they are rapid breeders, take care of a rodent problem as soon as possible to avoid a major infestation.

The most obvious sign of a rodent problem is if you see dead or living rodents in or around your home. It is also possible to hear them scurrying and squeaking through walls and floors.

Keep an eye out for droppings in dark, infrequently visited places such as behind furniture, in the back of drawers, the back corner of closets, attics, basements, and in walls and under floorboards. You will also notice damage to food and other things in your home from their constant biting and nibbling. Inspect your pantry and other food sources for signs of nibbling, and make note of any damage to property

Traps are usually the first place we go to when we learn of a rodent in our home, but for larger infestations, traps will be insufficient. Your best bet is to call your exterminator.

The last thing anyone wants is an intruder of any kind in their home. Just as you would call the police if a burglar invaded your home, you should call the exterminator for pest invaders. The sooner you catch the problem and call, the sooner you can once again feel safe and secure in your home—and the sooner you can worry about bigger problems, like aliens.

Leslie Mason is a homemaker and garden expert. Leslie enjoys writing, gardening, do-it-yourself projects, and fixing up the house.

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.

 

Home Cleanliness: Things To Do To Prevent Pest Infestation

Posted by on Wednesday, 7 August, 2013

You can prevent pest infestations by maintaining cleanliness in your home. Pests love dirty environments since they provide them with an abundant supply of food and a nice hiding place. If you just leave food scraps on the floor and table and never bother emptying your trash can, then it is more likely that you will see pests roaming around your house.

Therefore, if you do not want to have a miserable life because of these miserable creatures, here is a list of things that you should do:

To Do Number 1: Clean the Yard

Before pests invade your home, they will colonize your yard first. Therefore, if you want to ensure that your house is safe from pests, the first thing that you need to do is to clean your yard.

You need to free your yard from fallen fruits, dead plants, fallen branches, and weeds, for insects love these things. You must also trim your plants, since excess foliages serve as a nice place for insects and pests. Furthermore, wood and fruits serve as a valuable source of food for ants and termites.

You must also empty any containers in your yard that hold standing water. Standing water is a nice breeding place for insects, such as flies and mosquitoes. By keeping your yard clean, you will be able to prevent pests from reaching your home.

To Do Number 2: Clean Your Storage Spaces and Rarely Visited Places

You need to clean your closet, boxes, containers and drawers from time to time, for this serve as an ideal place for pests to build their nests. You must also clean the areas in your house that you seldom visit at least once a week. In this way, you will be able to prevent pests from colonizing your house.

To Do Number 3: Free the House from Scraps of Food

If you want to make your house uninviting for pests, you must free your house from scraps of food. Remember, food is the main reason why pests want to stay in your home. Therefore, if you want to drive away pests, you must deprive them of food. If pests cannot find food in your home, then there is no reason for them to infest your home.

To ensure that your house will be free from scraps of food, it is advisable that you vacuum your home regularly. You must also wipe your table and sweep the floor every time you finish eating your meal. You must also clean the bowls of your pets.

To Do Number 4: Seal the Cracks and Holes

Aside from cleaning, it is also advisable that you check your house for cracks and holes. Mice will always try to break into your house through these holes. Insects can also gain entry through cracks. Sealing cracks and holes in your home is one way of preventing pests from gaining access to your house.

Pest infestations are a nightmare for homeowners because they can cause damage to their properties and belongings. One way of preventing pests from colonizing your home is by maintaining cleanliness in your home, for they hate clean environments.

About The Author

The author has vast experience in pest control as he has worked for a reputable termite pest control Brisbane company once. He suggests the above to take care of your home.

Termite Inspection: An Important Step in the Termite Damage Repair Process

Posted by on Thursday, 11 July, 2013

TermiteTermite damage is one of the top dreaded circumstances a homeowner can run into, but many don’t realize just how common it is to find these wood-eating pests invading a home. A precautionary termite inspection and preventive treatment may be enough to help some homeowners ward off termites for good, but unfortunately, there are still plenty of structures out there getting attacked every day. If you do find that you have an infestation problem, it doesn’t immediately have to mean a total loss. Completing certain steps in the aftermath of termite detection and extermination will allow you to make repairs and reverse termite damage if you go about it the right way.

Termite Inspection

This may seem like an unnecessary procedure after you’ve already established that you have termites and have gone through the extermination process, but a termite inspection is actually the first, and one of the most important, steps to follow if you’re going to be successful in repairing any damage. It’s not always a guarantee that termites will be fully eliminated after an extermination or that a new infestation won’t develop, so it’s essential that you have someone come in to reassess the situation and look for any remaining signs of life.

Assessing the Damage

Once you no longer have the pests in your home, you can begin to survey the damage that’s been done and decide if you think you are able to tackle the restoration project yourself. For minimal and surface destruction, you might want to start with applying a wood hardener, which will fill any holes left behind by the termites. If it’s a little more extensive, you can try scraping away the affected wood, leaving a new, smooth surface underneath to be treated with a wood filler or sealant.

Termite InspectorCommissioning a Professional Termite Contractor

If there is any kind of serious damage done to your home, it is advised that you call a professional termite contractor to work on the repairs and ensure that you will be left with a secure structure. If termites have infested the building and have been gnawing on everything that keeps your home together, like the foundation, walls, etc., you won’t want to take a chance that it could all come crumbling down around you. There is also the possibility that if you begin to go at it alone you could run into a much larger and more intense problem than you anticipated, creating even more work and potentially greater harm to the structure. A contractor will have a trained eye and be able to advise you best on the extent of the damage.

Repairing termite damage won’t generally be a fun do-it-yourself project no matter how handy and self-sufficient you are. Keeping up on periodic termite inspections is a good way to prevent the threat of termites and a bigger headache and expense in the long run. It may also be worth checking into to see if you’re covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy for termite damage.

About the Author

My name is Tiffany Olson and I love to blog on real life scenarios that I have had experience with. My parents recently went through a termite debacle and got some great help from Killroy Pest Control. They specialize in pest control and termite inspection in Hayward, CA.

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
 

Killer Bees Swarm Killing Texas Farmer

Posted by on Monday, 3 June, 2013

Killer Bee Swarm

Imagine working on a tractor, when you happen to disturb a nest of bees. Before you know it, thousands of these bees swarm and vigorously sting you as you work– Too many times to count.

That’s exactly what happened to 62 year old Larry Goodwin of Moody, TX.

Last Saturday (June 1, 2013) while driving his tractor, clearing away some brush and debris from a friend’s property, Goodwin bumped a huge hive of Africanized “Killer” Bees nesting in an old chicken coop. Some 40,000 angry Killer Bees poured out of their nest and aggressively and violently swarmed; stinging Goodwin thousands of times.

The neighbors, whose property Goodwin was helping to clear, rushed to his aid and were stung an estimated 100 times as well. Unfortunately, it was too late as Goodwin succumbed to the bee stings and was killed.

The farmer, Goodwin, was pronounced dead at the scene. One of the women who had assisted the famer as he was attacked by the Killer Bees is currently hospitalized in serious condition.

Killer Bees In Texas

Killer bees have been a huge problem in Texas,  so much so that killer bee exterminators in Texas are contemplating leaving the business. As the story indicated, these bees are a growing concern, and are very dangerous.

The above story comes to us just a few months after emergency crews were called out, after thousands of the bees swarmed inside a family’s home in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Africanized “Killer” Bees, common throughout the Southwest, are migrating north at a rate of 100-300 miles per year. They are now widespread throughout most of the state of Texas, including the cities of Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. Swarms have been reported in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, (Southern) California, and (Southern) Utah.

Africanized honeybees, also know as “killer bees,” are a hybrid of honeybees from Europe and southern Africa. In 1957, the hybrid bee was accidentally released in Brazil by a beekeeper. They have been migrating North ever since.

Honey Bee Looking Right At You

Africanized “Killer” Bees

There is no distinguishable appearance that one can use discern Killer Bees from other bee species. They look the same to the naked eye. Killer Bees do pose one very unfortunate characteristic though… They are extremely aggressive. In fact, they are ten times more likely to initiate an attack or sting, compared to a common honeybee. These bees are easily provoked, quick to swarm, attack in greater numbers, and pursue their victims for greater distances.

When disturbed, a queen Killer Bee will release a pheromone signaling to the other bees that something is wrong. The entire nest of Killer Bees will empty; as opposed to European honey bees that release only ten percent of the worker bees to check out a problem.

Pest Control In Austin

If you have a bee hive near or around your Austin, TX home or property, DO NOT DISTURB IT. Instead, please contact an Austin bee removal specialist. An Austin exterminator can safely determine if the bees are indeed Africanized and need to be killed. If they are common honey bees, they can be removed and placed someplace away from people.

Austin Bee Removal

Austin Bee Removal
(512) 220-0280
austinbeeremoval.com

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
 

Bigger Problems Than Cockroaches To Conquer

Posted by on Tuesday, 7 May, 2013

The average American hates bugs, which is why humanity has developed so many great ways to kill them. We have bug spray, fly paper, and even those weird yellow hives that bees fly in and can’t get out of, and all of those things tend to be pretty effective. What you don’t think about, though, is all the infinitely more horrifying bugs and other creepy-crawlies out there that you don’t have an easy way to kill. Hopefully, you’ll never come in contact with them, but if you do, just know that your bug spray probably won’t work on…

The Tachina Fly

Tachina ursina

Parasites are always a favorite on the list of terrifying animals. This parasite takes a unique approach to its job, because instead of injecting its eggs into the body of the host creature, it just glues them to his or her back so well that they can’t be removed (at least, not without killing the host).
The good news is that, unlike our next candidate, tachinids are unlikely to choose you as their host creature. The bad news is that some of them look like ordinary houseflies – so you’ll never know when they’re nearby.

The Botfly

Botfly (142/365)

Similar idea, but even better because these ones actually will go after humans as hosts. When the eggs have matured inside you, the result burrows out from your skin, and the only way to get rid of it is to slather mineral oil all over the spot and wait for the burrowing to occur prematurely when the larvae has no air.

The Centipede

English: Centipede

It’s not really an insect (it certainly doesn’t have six legs), but it definitely falls under the category of creepy crawly. Centipedes are one of those things that aren’t likely to hurt you, but might scar you forever if you ever actually come in contact with all the little undulating legs.

The Leech

A leech (probably Haemopis sanguisuga?).

They may have been used for medicinal purposes once upon a time, but these days they don’t really have a positive connotation. Generally speaking, we prefer our blood inside of our bodies, and when you wade into a muddy river and find out that the leeches feel differently about it you’re probably not going to be a very happy camper.

The Cockroach

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach (Gromphadorhina p...

“But,” you may say, “I am familiar with cockroaches. I had an apartment in New York City once…” Look, as gross as that story is, your apartment cockroaches would still have nothing on the ones in Madagascar. After all, if your apartment cockroaches were hissing at you, you probably had bigger problems on your hands than infestations.

And More…

And if you’re worried about the insects, get ready for the other horrors of the wilderness – venomous snakes, cats that are more likely to chew on you for breakfast than curl up on your lap and purr, and even fish with flesh-eating teeth. Oh, don’t worry, there’s no need to cancel your rainforest vacation. After all, if you handled the apartment cockroaches just fine, there’s really no need to worry about parasitic flying creatures.

By Lilia Otori

Lilia has been writing on topics important to homeowners for nearly a decade now. She enjoys incorporating factual information into her articles, and is glad that as far as problems with pest control, Salt Lake City has nothing on the rainforest.