• 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

    Treating Brown Recluse Bites Infographic

    October 14, 2013 // No Comments »

    Brown Recluse Spider

    The following infographic is an excellent resource for identifying a Brown Recluse; and what to do in the unlikely event of being bit by one of these dangerous spiders.

    Treating Brown Recluse Bites Infographic 

    Bulwark Exterminating Brown Recluse Infographic

    St. George Spider Control

    While the Brown Recluse spider is not commonly found in Southern Utah, there are other dangerous spiders that lurk. Some of these include the Black Widow Spider and the Desert Recluse. Even if the spider is not venomous or dangerous, like in cases involving Wolf spiders and common House spiders, you don’t want them in your St. George home, scurrying across your walls and floors.

    If you are frequently seeing spiders inside your St. George home, or on your property, it’s time you solicit the help of a spider control professional. Get St. George spider 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 Spider Control, 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

    Black Lighting Scorpions For Scorpion Control

    August 21, 2013 // No Comments »

    Are looking for more to do in St. George?

    Are your bored with the St. George nightlife?

    If so, why not try black lighting scorpions… It can make for a very entertaining nighttime adventure that can also keep your home and property scorpion free.

    Scorpion Control With Black Light Flashlights

    If you are a St. George area resident, you are all too familiar with the stinging Bark scorpion. You see these scorpions scurrying across your tile floors in the bathroom, climbing your walls in the kitchen, and even hiding in the bed sheets in your bedroom. If you are worried about these scorpions stinging you or your family, its time to take action! It’s time to buy a black light flashlight.

    Your first step is to go to your local hardware store, and pick up a LED black light flashlight. That same night, as the sun goes down, turn out all the lights in your home and around your property. Head outside with your newly acquired black light flashlight. Shine the black light in the areas you have been finding scorpions. Outside, look along the edges of your home, paying close attention to where the stucco or siding meets your home’s foundation.

    Upon doing this, you will know when you spot a scorpion. They glow a bright greenish-blue, and pop out among the St. George landscape. If you have wood piles or concrete walls on your property, examine these areas closely with your black light flashlight as well. These areas tend to be a hotbed for scorpion activity because the scorpions feed on the crickets and other insects that hide out there as well.

    If you wish to exterminate scorpions that you find while black light hunting, do so with caution. Scorpion stings can be very painful and can even lead to hospitalization. When exterminating scorpions, have a shovel handy or wear thick soled shoes to squash the pinching, stinging arachnids. If you plan on picking up the scorpions you find, do so with a paint stick or ruler wrapped with tape (sticky side out).

    Black-Light Scorpion

    St. George, Utah Scorpion Control

    Save yourself some trouble of having to go scorpion hunting, and hire a professional St. George scorpion control professional. Let a scorpion exterminator take your scorpion worries away.

    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 Scorpion Control

    Killer Bees Found in St. George

    June 5, 2013 // No Comments »

    Killer Bee Swarm

    The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has been warning us for years, and now they have confirmed the existence of Africanized or Killer Bees in St. George, Utah; and multiple areas of Southern Utah as well.

    The Washington County commissioner has informed the public that the Killer bees were found in seven traps: three near St. George, and four in the Kanab area. After determining that the bees were in deed Africanized, they were quickly exterminated.

    Frequently found in most of Arizona and Texas, Killer Bees have been inching closer and closer to Utah. It now looks like they are here; but as to what extent, it is unknown. Experts say there is nothing to be alarmed about; residents of St. George just need to be aware that the killer bees are now in Utah.

    Africanized “Killer” Bees

    It is impossible for St. George residents to distinguish between Africanized Killer Bees and European honeybees by appearance, because both bees look the same. The only way to distinguish killer bees from other bees is their aggressive behavior. If killer bees are disturbed, the will viciously and relentlessly attack in swarms. These attacks can have deadly consequences.

    Africanized Killer Bee

    Don’t Get Stung By Killer Bees

    If you happen to see a hive of bees, of any kind, stop in your tracks. Walk away calmly as to not alarm the bees. Like I said before, they may be Killer Bees, they may not. There is no way to tell for sure. Just be aware of the bees and the situation. If you do happen to see a bee colony near your St. George home, get professional help from a bee removal specialist.

    To prevent any type of bee from making a hive near your home, take a few preventative measures. Make sure your home is not bee-friendly by cleaning up your property. Plug holes and hollow spaces in which Killer Bees like to build their nests.

    Pest Control In St. George

    The presence of killer “Africanized” bees is both a health and a safety risk to people and pets. Their presence can often time result in expensive damage to your property if their hive is not removed. Do not try to remove or exterminate the killer bees on your own, as attempts can be dangerous and even life threatening. Look to hire someone with professional training and protective equipment.

    Utah Bee Removal

    Utah Bee Removal
    13658 Bridle Trail Road
    Draper, UT 84020
    (801) 654-9700
    utahbeeremoval.com

    Utah Pest Control

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

     

    Posted in St. George Pest Control

    Why The Honey Bee Is The State Insect of Utah

    May 14, 2013 // No Comments »

    Western honey bee

    Western honey bee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Why The Honey Bee Is The State Insect of Utah

    The most popular state insect, of all the 50 US States, is the honey bee. In fact, the honey bee is the state insect of these 17 states: Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and of course… Utah.

    Some of these states claimed honey bees as their state insect early on during statehood, and others decided more recently. As to which species of honey bee state legislators were referring to when they designated the honey bee the state insect; your guess is a good as mine. There are actually seven different recognized species of honey bees, with 44 subspecies. My guess is that these state legislatures were simply assigning the honeybee as a state insect in its truest and purest form. The genus Apis are only true honey bees recognized by scientists.

    Why The Honey Bee Is The Most Popular State Insect

    It’s understandable to see why so many states have claimed the honey bee as their official state insect. Honey bees are dynamic and hardworking insects. The largest companies in the world have would love to get just 10% of the honey bee’s work ethic out of their employees. Just like any thriving civilization (or dynamic corporate office for that matter), each honey bee has a designated role within the hive. Check this out; a honey bee would even give its own life for the preservation of the hive and the queen. Now that’s dedication!

    Why The Honey Bee Is The State Insect of Utah

    In 1983, Utah designated the Western honey bee as the official state insect after a plea from a local fifth grade class. Utah is also known as the Beehive State; and designated the Western honey bee as the state insect, because it directly represents the hard work and dedication of a hive. In designating the Western honey bee as the state insect of Utah, the state would love for it’s citizens, and it’s society, to emulate that of a honey bee and their hives. In fact, the honey hive is so well respected that it even dons the Utah state flag.

    The Honey Bee

    Bees are an extremely beneficial group of insects, play key roles in pollinating flowering plants. There is even evidence that they can cure diseases like HIV. They are also social insects that live together in colonies or nests. Hive labor is divided and have a caste system composed of workers, queens, and males. During the warmer months, honey bees can be found about almost anywhere there are flowers in bloom.

    Unfortunately, 14 deaths a year are caused by honey bee stings. Deaths resulting from a honey bee sting are only typical when the sting victim has an allergic reaction.

    Author Bio: writes blogs for Bulwark Exterminating, which is an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. Bulwark is fully operational in eleven cities, including St. George, Utah.

    Posted in Utah

    Utah Bedbug Law

    April 10, 2013 // No Comments »

    bedbug (Cimex sp.)

    bedbug (Cimex sp.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    During the past few years US cities, including St. George, UT, have been dealing with a bedbug epidemic. Bedbugs have been found in Southern Utah apartment complexes, hotels, movie theaters, buses, nursing homes, schools, hospitals, and even Dixie State College. Property managers and tenants alike need to be able to identify bedbugs, know the best bedbug prevention measures, and know the Utah bedbug laws.

    Southern Utah Bedbugs

    Adult bedbugs are reddish-brown in color, and are a flat, oval shape. After feeding on a blood meal, a bedbug will no longer be flat, but will appear engorged and swollen. They will also turn a darker red in color after eating a blood meal. Adult bedbugs are approximately ¼ inch in length. Bedbug larvae are much smaller.

    Bedbug Prevention Measures

    In know it’s easier said than done, but the best way to prevent bedbugs is to take caution when traveling and sleeping in hotels. Before crawling into an unfamiliar bed, thoroughly check the mattress seams and bedding for bedbug activity. Check the furniture, outlets, and baseboards for activity as well, as bedbugs like to hide there too.

    If you do happen to bring home some blood-sucking bedbugs, professional pest control measures should be taken.

    Utah Bedbug Laws

    Currently, there are 22 states in the United States that have bedbug laws. As of 4/2013, there is only one law in Utah’s books that specifically addresses bedbugs. It’s important to note, that proposed bedbug legislation is continuously being brought to the table, and that the laws can change. The law reads as follows:

    Utah Administrative Code Rule R392-200. Design, Construction, Operation, Sanitation, and Safety of Schools

    Effective measures intended to minimize the presence of bedbugs on the premises shall be utilized. The premises shall be maintained so that propagation, harborage, or feeding of is prevented.

    Source: http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r392/r392-200.htm

    Seek A Bedbug Attorney

    The purpose of this blog post is to provide general information to the residents of Southern Utah. If you are a landlord, tenant, or bedbug victim, seek the professional advice of a licensed St. George attorney who specializes in bedbug cases.

    McMullin Legal Group, PLLC
    1240 East 100 South #6
    St. George, UT 84790
    (435) 673-9990
    stgeorgeutahattorneys.com
    Harris Lawyers PC
    4 S 2600 W # 6
    Hurricane, UT 84737
    (435) 635-9814
    harrislawyers.com
    Robert J. DeBry & Associates | St. George Office
    134 North 200 East #302
    St. George, UT 84770
    (435) 656-0198
    robertdebry.com

    St. George Pest Control

    If you have the unfortunate task of battling bedbugs, don’t go at it alone. Instead, get the help of a licensed pest control professional. The same goes for battles against cockroaches, ants, spiders, and scorpions. Get pest control!

    General Pest Control

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

    Bedbug Control

    Western Pest Control
    303 West 300 North
    Hurricane, UT 84737
    (435) 635-1456
    wpest.com

    Posted in 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 

    ant mounds

    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

    Valentine’s Day Cockroaches

    February 11, 2013 // No Comments »

    Valentine’s Day Cockroaches

    Cockroaches can ruin an otherwise perfect Valentine’s Day, even if you have taken the time to buy her expensive jewelry and roses. Cockroaches are a romance killer. Show her how much you love her this Valentine’s Day by getting roach control.

    Pest Control St. George UT 

    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 Roach Control, St. George Pest Control

    St. George’s Top Nuisance Pest

    January 29, 2013 // No Comments »

     

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    House-Invading-Ants__43261 (Photo credit: Public Domain Photos)

    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

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