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Texas Scorpion Control

Posted by on Wednesday, 9 April, 2014

scorpion with babiesTexas, commonly referred to as the Lone Star state, is has so much history. The Alamo is where Texas was won, Dr Pepper was invented in Waco, and Dallas is home to the Cowboys. There is so much more that Texas has to offer with historic sites to visit. Texas is also home to something else that has been around for thousands of years, the scorpion.

What does a scorpion look like? 

Scorpions have a segmented body. The main part of the body is the head and the abdomen. At the very end of the abdomen a tail will stick out, then on top of the tail there will be a stinger.  By the head of the scorpion it will have two pinchers. The color will vary from a light brown to a dark brown color.

What kind of scorpion is in Texas? 

Texas is home to the Bark Scorpion. The Bark Scorpion is about 2 to 3 inches long and can live any where from 2 to 6 year. The Bark Scorpion sting is one of the most venomous of all scorpions, and can even be deadly.

Why are there so many scorpions in Texas? 

Since Texas has such good weather year round, and never gets a deep freeze, scorpions can be out almost year round.  When the scorpions are out longer, they can breed more and infest a home much faster. To ensure that your home is not infested, it is good to get your home treated.

How are scorpions controlled?

Many scorpions will live on the outside of your home, inside the block walls around the home. They will also live under rocks, at the base of plants, and by pool equipment. On the inside of the home, scorpions will live inside the walls. Both the home and inside of the walls will need to be properly treated to control the scorpions.

scorpionWhat is a proper treatment? 

Properly treating your home will be done in four different parts; treating inside the walls of the home, treating the foundation of the home, treating the fence line, and treating the plants.  An in wall treatment is done by taking the face plates off the outlets and placing a product in to the walls of the home. Treatment around the foundation of the home with a power sprayer and not a back pack sprayer is most effective. Power spraying will give you the needed quantity, and will also get under the rock and into the soil. Granulating the plants will help exterminate any scorpions around your plants. Placing a product inside the fence will help kill any scorpions trying to live inside there.

How do you know if a company is going to do this kind of treatment to control the scorpions? 

When looking for a company to control the scorpions, looks at the rating with customers.  This can be done by looking on Google, Yelp, Family Own Pest Control, and Angie’s List. Looking on some of these sites will help you see how the company is doing with treating the scorpions.   It will give you an added assurance, that the company is doing a correct treatment.

Texas Scorpion 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 

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 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

Where and How Scorpions Get Inside? – Bulwark Exterminating

Posted by on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011

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Scorpions – Bulwark Exterminating Customer Review

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The Super Bowl of Pest Control

Posted by on Friday, 4 February, 2011

As the Packers and Steelers are just days away from squaring off in Super Bowl XLV, we thought about what a Super Bowl of pest control would look like. Who, or what, would make our playoff bracket? Who are the favorites? Dark horses?

We’ve compiled a list of the top 8 most feared and dangerous insects in the United States. Without being too technical, here is our playoff bracket.

The Africanized Bee and Black Widow come in as our #1 seeds, based off fear alone.  The Bark Scorpion and Brown Recluse share similar fear factors, but seem to be less common to the average citizen.  Before we get going, let’s take a closer look at our competitors.  Starting with the AFC…

Africanized Bee – Commonly known as the Killer Bee, the Africanized Bee is a temperamental character.  They are very territorial and typically attack humans and/or livestock in large numbers.  Colonies can be as large as 500 strong.  Basically, when you mess with one bee, you get the hive.

Harvester Ant – Often overlooked for the more popular Fire Ant, the Harvester Ant packs a quite a punch.  It has the ability to bite and sting, and can affect the lymph channels for hours.  One ant hill will put you in a world of hurt.

Bark Scorpion – A native of the Southwest, the Bark Scorpion chimes in as the deadliest scorpion in the world.  While human fatality is typically a result of an allergic reaction, their stings are extremely painful and swelling has been known to last for days.  They are master survivors, as they are able to last up to 8 months off a single feeding.  They only engage live prey and are relentless in the hunt. Disrespecting these will be the last mistake you ever make.

Bed Bug – Let’s just be honest.  Although they have not been proven to transmit illness, fact of the matter is that they sleep in your bed with you.  And while you’re sleeping, they suck on your blood.  And that is just nas. ty!

Now, the NFC…

Black Widow – No doubt the most infamous spider in the land with the tenacity and after-bite effects similar to the scorpion.  The widow comes in as the top seed in the NFC for this reason alone:  She eats the male after mating.  Forget that!

Yellow Jacket – Yellow Jackets are the consummate fighters.  They sting AND bite.  And when they do, they do so repeatedly.  Ouch!

Brown Recluse – When these bad boys come out to play, they’re in it to win it.  Often times their bites will go unnoticed for several hours, followed by an onslaught of pain.  While a scar is the most common effect, some bites may lead to kidney failure and tissue loss.  Their motto? “That’s gonna leave a mark!”  And it will.

Centipede – Maybe they get laughed at for having about 50 legs, but don’t be fooled.  These guys can scrap.  Call it “little man syndrome” if you will, but these guys hunt prey at least twice their size.  Birds, lizards, mice and even bats often fall prey to their potent venom.  Besides, you see that scene in The Matrix where the bionic centipede forces itself into Neo’s body.  No thank you!

OK, let’s get Round 1 underway.

Harvester Ant was really no match for the bee.  Bee’s offense became to suffocating when it started to fly.  The attack started coming from all sides.

Being that Bed Bug got into the playoffs on a wild card win, it just couldn’t stack up against Bark Scorpion.  Scorpions plays by the saying “the best defense is a great offense”.

Black Widow came in as the favorite, but Yellow Jacket gave them an early first-round exit.  It’s not about what you do in the regular season.  It’s all about the playoffs.

With as many legs as Centipede has, its game plan was to run, run, run.  Recluse was able to make some adjustments and squeak by to stay alive.

Next up, Conference championships.  Arguably the best weekend in pest football.  This is the once in a lifetime chance to stamp your ticket to the big one.  This is what these…things, have been working towards since they hatched.  This is where these pests claim their spot in the pantheon of the world’s greatest pests.

It’s game time fellas!  1-2-3 Win!

First, the NFC Championship.  Bee got out to a quick first-half lead.  Scorpion was out-maned by about 300 bees, but that eventually led to numerous flags for “too many insects on the field”.  This gave scorpion the short field and was able to take advantage of field position in the second half.  As we all know, it’s not how you start – it’s how you finish.

In the AFC Championship, Yellow Jacket was hoping to take its momentum from its upset win in the previous round all the way to the promised land.  But Cinderella just couldn’t make it until midnight.  Recluse was out to prove a point.  Underestimated all season long.  Doubted by the critics.  Constantly living in the shadows of the Black Widow.  It was Recluse’s turn to write its own history.  Yellow Jacket was able to keep it close, but as expected, Recluse’s shots eventually caught up to Yellow Jacket.  And then the pain set in.  Recluse was last bug standing.

There we have it.  Bug Bowl XLV is Bark Scorpion vs. Brown Recluse.  These are two characters that have been here before.  No newcomers this time.  Both sides are approaching this game as business as usual.  Of course, Media Day is always a frenzy of weird and wild questions.  Question to Bark Scorpion: “Are you a little bummed you’re not facing Black Widow on Sunday?  She’s pretty cute.”  Answer: “Well once the game starts, it’s about competing.  Besides, if she were to win, she would probably eat me, and that wouldn’t be good for my image.”

Question to Recluse from reporter from Telemundo Insecto: “Will you marry me?”  Answer: “Ummm…no bueno!”

As we all know, we can’t crown a champion until we play the game.  Best of luck to both sides and may the nastiest bug win.

The game got out to a slow start.  They may be veterans, but both sides needed a few minutes to settle their nerves and get to work.  Scorpion scored first with an early sting.  Nothing fatal, but Recluse has some catching up to do.  The best thing Recluse can do is stick to the game plan.

Second half saw a little bit more action.  Recluse was able to get some points on the board and even took an early fourth quarter lead.  It was going to come down to clock management.  Whoever controls the ball controls the clock.  Scorpion is known for its patience and a timely interception gave Scorpion the ball with only minutes left.  Once Scorpion got into the Red Zone, it was able to seal the deal with only seconds remaining.  Recluse went with the last second “Hail Mary” but Scorpion was able to bat it down with that fact acting stinger.  Game. Over!

Your 2011 Bug Bowl XLV Champion is:  Bark Scorpion.

Bark Scorpion, you’ve just won the Bug Bowl.  Where are you going next?

“I’m going to A Bug’s Land at Disneyland’s California Adventure! Wooooooo!!!…”

Have a nice off-season everyone.

Bark Scorpion

Posted by on Friday, 4 February, 2011

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