• Top 3 Pests In St. George

    November 4, 2013 // No Comments »

    With the summer of 2013 now officially at an end, I thought I’d ask the exterminators at Bulwark Pest Control in St. George what pests they were receiving the most phone calls about this past summer.

    These are the top three pests in St. George:

    3. Roaches

    Cockroach

    Cockroaches can cause so many different health problems, spreading bacteria, parasites and worms. In fact, germs that roaches pick up from consuming garbage and sewage are actually protected by a roaches’ body and can remain alive and active for weeks; allowing the dirty bugs to spread germs. It should come as no surprise, that roaches are called about quite frequently in St. George. In addition to being dirty disease spreading bugs, roaches are also very hardy and multiply like crazy. When you start to see a few of these inside your home or kitchen, it’s best to call a St. George roach exterminator before the problem grows.

    2. Spiders

    Black Widow Spider

    Despite the fact that spiders are beneficial, gobbling up millions of Southern Utah pests by injecting a chemical that liquefies their victims; nobody wants to find one in their bedroom. Of all the different species of spiders found in St. George, the Black Widow spider is the most infamous. With her shiny black abdomen marked underneath by a bright red hour glass, the Black Widow spider is unmistakable. When a homeowner finds a few in his or her home, they know that they are dealing with this venomous spider. Frequent sightings of Black Widow spiders require professional St. George spider control.

    1. Ants

    Fire ants

    A nation-wide survey was recently done by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) in which participants were asked what pests they are experiencing the most. The number one response was ants. Those findings were equally shared by the residents of St. George, UT; as ants were the number one called about pests.

    Carpenter ants, Field ants, Pavement ants, and Fire ants are all found in St. George. With St. George’s dry weather and moderate winters, it allows these ants to multiply and spread very rapidly. Serious infestations of these ants require professional St. George ant control.

    St. George Pest Control

    If you live in Southern Utah, and are frequently seeing roaches, spiders, or ants of any kind, it’s time to call a St. George exterminator!

    Bulwark Exterminating
    56 North 500 East
    St. George, UT 84770
    (435) 627-8840
    bulwarkpestcontrol.com

    Truly Nolen Pest Control
    630 North 3050 East
    St. George, UT 84790
    (435) 688-1092
    trulynolen.com

    Terminix
    3568 West 900 South
    Salt Lake City, UT 84104
    (801) 618-2410
    terminix.com

    Posted in St. George Pest Control

    Pest Test Infographic

    September 13, 2013 // No Comments »

    A couple months back, Bulwark Pest Control promoted a word search puzzle on Facebook, and it quickly became the most engaging social media piece the Exterminators have done to-date. Over 10,000 participants responded to the puzzle, by commenting the first pest they found.

    In case you missed it, here is the pest test word search:

    Pest Test Word Search 

    Pest Test Word Search

     

    After checking out the puzzle for yourself, what was the first pest that you found? Are you scared of this pest? Wondering how your find compares to everyone else’s?

    Check out the below infographic:

    Pest Test Infographic 

     

    Pest Test Infographic

    What do you think? Comment below and let us know what the first pest you found in the pest test word search.

    Posted in Bugs, Pest Control

    Help With Fire Ants

    March 22, 2013 // No Comments »

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    Fire Ants 

    If you’ve lived in Southern Utah for long, you’ve likely had an unfortunate encounter with the Red Imported Fire ant. After making its unwanted debut in the late 1930’s, the fire ant has spread to most of the southern states. They sting, they bite, and they destroy property.

    Appearance

    Red Imported Fire ants have red bodies, and black abdomens. The worker ants range in size from 1/16 to 1/4 of an inch in length. There bodies are covered with long, bristly hairs.

    Mounds 

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    Red Imported Fire Ant nests are easily identifiable because of their large mounds that protrude above the ground. These mounds reach heights of almost three feet high, and can measure two feet in diameter. Fire ant nests can also reach depths of over eight feet. These mounds cause significant property and environmental damage; damaging tree and plant roots, and electrical equipment in which they are attracted.

    Range 

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    Characteristics 

    Red Imported Fire ants do bite, but they are well known for their painful stings. If a homeowner reports being stung by an ant, it’s safe to assume it’s a Red Imported Fire ant. No other species of North American ant can sting; although others will bite. Fire ants are very aggressive pests. If disturbed, hundreds of stinging worker ants will spill out of the nest in order to defend it. Pest control professionals and homeowners alike should take extreme caution when dealing with these malevolent ants.

    Help With Fire Ants

    Eliminating those pesky fire ants from your property is no easy task. If you opt for over-the-counter pest control products that come in aerosol cans to solve the problem, you’ll be disappointed. They don’t work. The fire ants will scatter, only to return to their nest when traces of the pesticides subside. Instead, seek the services of an ant control professional.

    If you have been unsuccessful in your attempts to control fire ants around your property, a pest control company who specializes in ant control is the way to go. These companies are up-to-date on all the effective methods used to control fire ants. They will provide a combination of baits, sprays, drenches, and granules; consistently. Their continual and effective strategy will eliminate the fire ants from your home.

    Ant Control St. George

    Bulwark Exterminating
    56 North 500 East
    St. George, UT 84770
    (435) 627-8840
    bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
    Truly Nolen Pest Control
    630 North 3050 East
    St. George, UT 84790
    (435) 688-1092
    trulynolen.com 
    Terminix
    3568 West 900 South
    Salt Lake City, UT 84104
    (801) 618-2410
    terminix.com 

    Posted in Ant Control, St. George Pest Control

    St. George’s Top Nuisance Pest

    January 29, 2013 // No Comments »

     

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    Ants Voted Nation’s Top Nuisance Pest 

    Living in St. George, UT you have been well accustomed to those pesky biting ants; and you’re not the only one who finds them a nuisance.

    A nationwide survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) discovered that this country’s #1 pest nuisance is of course, the ant. Colonies are usually located in the ground, but ants become a major nuisance when they enter homes looking for shelter and food.

    Ants, like the black carpenter ant or the odorous house ant, frequently bite or sting. When an ant stings, it will inject an acidic chemical which can cause pain, swelling, and/or irritation.

    Ants will also tunnel through your property, and nest in the walls of your home. Ant infestations can even compromise the integrity of your home if the infestation is serious enough… Warranting them as more than just a nuisance.

    Ant Infestations Continue To Rise 

    The nationwide survey was conducted by asking licensed pest control professionals what their most common customer complaint is. Every single person surveyed stated that they have encountered ants in the last year; and the majority feel that ant infestations are on the rise.

    Here is a list of the most common ants in St. George, Utah:

    http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2012/10/the-most-common-ant-invaders-of-southern-utah/

    Breaking Down The Nation’s #1 Nuisance 

    Ant Control In St. George 

    The NMPA’s national survey also found that pest professionals are very successful in treating the majority of ant infestations. Ant control is a three-part process of inspection, identification and treatment.

    If you live in Southern Utah, and are frequently seeing ants around your home or property, get professional ant control today!

    Bulwark Exterminating
    56 North 500 East
    St. George, UT 84770
    (435) 627-8840
    bulwarkpestcontrol.com  
    Truly Nolen Pest Control
    630 North 3050 East
    St. George, UT 84790
    (435) 688-1092
    trulynolen.com  
    Terminix
    3568 West 900 South
    Salt Lake City, UT 84104
    (801) 618-2410
    terminix.com

     

    Posted in Ant Control, St. George Pest Control

    The Most Common Ant Invaders of Southern Utah

    October 19, 2012 // No Comments »


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    Ants

    Ants are one of the most thriving groups of insects. They are defined as social insects that live in colonies. Colonies are usually located in the ground, but many enter our homes looking for shelter and food. Ants eat almost every type of food, but those entering homes are looking specifically for sweets and anything with protein. They also can cause pain from stings or bites. They will spoil your food, and damage your property.

    St. George Ants

    The United States hosts almost 1,000 different species of ants. Of these, only 25 species commonly infest homes. There are six different species of ants that commonly infest St. George homes. The most common ants found in St. George include:

    Argentine Ants: Though the Argentine Ant is a small, non-stinging ant, it is very territorial and aggressive and will drive away or kill competing ant species. They make a chemical called iridomyr-mecin which they smear on their enemies to kill them or make them run away. Neighboring colonies of Argentine ants appear not to be aggressive toward each other, allowing for the rapid spread and domination of this species. More…

    Black Ants: Little black ants can carry 20 times their bodies weight. During the night, workers move eggs and young larvae deeper underground to protect them from the cold. More…

    Carpenter Ants: Carpenter ants do not actually eat the wood they remove during nest-building activities. Instead, they deposit it in piles just outside the entrances to the colony. The wood is used solely as a nesting site. More…

    Fire Ants: Most red imported fire ant stings result in a raised welt that becomes a white pustule. If a person is allergic, however, he or she may experience a more grave reaction. Victims rarely receive a single sting; instead, a person typically receives many hundred stings simultaneously. Red imported fire ant colonies may contain numerous queens and have multiple satellite colonies. Up to 200 mounds per acre have been found. More…

    Harvester Ants: Harvester ant colonies are typically widely separated; however, there can be heavy infestations in pasture and rangeland. These ants are known to destroy agricultural crops and can significantly reduce crop yields if left uncontrolled. They colonize in ornamental turf and landscape areas where their presence is undesirable. More…

    Pharaoh Ants: Pharaoh ants mechanically transmit disease and contaminate sterile materials. Mature colonies can contain 300,000 or more members. More…

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    St. George Ant Control

    Ants attack and defend themselves by biting or stinging. When an ant stings, it will inject an acidic chemical which can cause pain, swelling, and/or irritation. Because of this, some ant species are widely considered a pest control problem. Unfortunately, because of the adaptive nature of most ant colonies, eliminating the entire group is nearly impossible. Therefore, it becomes a matter of controlling the local pest population, rather than exterminating the entire colony.

    If you are a St. George, UT resident, and you are seeing Black, Fire, Carpenter, Pharaoh, Harvester, or Argentine Ants in your home, contact an ant control specialist today!

    Bulwark Exterminating
    56 North 500 East
    St. George, UT 84770
    (435) 627-8840
    bulwarkpestcontrol.com

    Truly Nolen Pest Control
    630 North 3050 East
    St. George, UT 84790
    (435) 688-1092
    trulynolen.com

    Terminix
    3568 West 900 South
    Salt Lake City, UT 84104
    (801) 618-2410
    terminix.com

     

     

    Posted in Ant Control, St. George Pest Control

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