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Live Brown Snake Found In Toilet

Toilet Snake

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Most of us don’t see a brown snake in the toilet until after we’ve done our business; so imagine the horror of looking down and seeing a live brown snake wrapped around the toilet bowl, before you’ve done your big job!

That’s exactly what happened to Bruce Ahlswede in a San Antonio Starbucks last week, proving once and for all that toilet snakes do exist!

Toilet Snakes In Starbucks: Would You Like Snakes With Your Coffee?

Toilet snakes in Starbucks isn’t the next B-list Hollywood movie; a follow up to the 2006 hit Snakes On A Plane, but was one’ mans experience at a San Antonio Starbucks.

After a business presentation, Bruce Ahlswede decided to stop in to a San Antonio Starbucks for a latte and a bathroom break. Upon entering the Starbucks bathroom he was utterly shocked when he saw a brown snake curled up around and inside the toilet bowl.

At first the snake appeared to be a fake. A plastic snake used to pull off a prank. Then, the snake slithered, proving that it was indeed real! Upon finding the live brown snake, Ahlswede bolted out of the bathroom and alerted the nearest Starbucks’ employee.

A crowed gathered around the toilet to see what all the commotion was about. The snake must have been shy; slithering around the toilet bowl and eventually disappearing. The above photo was taken by Mrs. Ahlswede, before the snake disappeared, and posted on Facebook so that we all may be aware of the possibilities of brown snakes in the toilet.

What Type Of Live Brown Snake Is Found In A Toilet?

Experts agree that it’s very uncommon to find live brown snakes in your toilet. In the rare chance of finding a live toilet snake; it may give you the runs… you’d run out the door! The live toilet snake that was found in a San Antonio Starbucks’ bathroom appears to be a brown rat snake. These snakes are not poisonous, but can bite if they feel threatened.

It is proposed that the brown rat snake slithered up into the toilet through the pipes; but many experts also suspect that this snake could’ve been somebody’s pet that was abandoned in the coffee shop. If so, what a sick joke!

Next time you use a public toilet, better check for a toilet snake. Better safe than sorry!

Author Bio:

Thomas Bulwark is a lively blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control. After reporting this toilet snake story, I’ll be double checking every public toilet I use from here on out!

Little Brown Bats In Danger Of Extinction

Little Brown Bat

The little brown bat is one of the most common species of bats in North America, and has been the preferred model organism for bat studies, and research. As well, these insectivores have been widely acclaimed by pest management experts, for their natural insect pest control services.

Little Brown Bats In Danger Of Extinction

Unfortunately, recent studies released have offered evidence that the little brown bat population in the North Eastern United States, is experiencing a steady and hasty decline from exposure to White nose syndrome- a disease caused by exposure to a particular fungus; first discovered in 2006. This infliction could result in the complete extinction of these natural exterminators, and the subsequent increase of insect pest control problems in the North Eastern United States; and throughout the rest of North America.

Concerned American biologists are asking the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, to place the little brown bat, once one of the most common mammals in North America and (to date) the most-affected species, on the endangered species list; until a formal review can be completed.

White-Nose Syndrome

The White-Nose Syndrome fungus was first discovered back in 2006, in the caves of New York. It has since spread to some 28 U.S. States. It’s believed that the fungus was brought over from Europe, where WNS didn’t seem to have the same affect as it has on the 26 different species of hibernating North American bats.

White-Nose Syndrome affects Little Brown bats by altering their hibernation. Essentially, a white fungus will grow on a Little Brown bat’s nose and awaken the bat when it should be hibernating. The bat will use all of it’s energy reserves needed for hibernation, and eventually die off before spring rolls around and the bat can once again hunt bugs. The fungus also affects the little brown bat’s blood pressure, body temperature, and ability to fly and catch insects. It’s estimated that WNS has killed between 7-10 million hibernating bats.

The Little Brown Bat

As this bat’s name would suggest, it’s fur is uniformly dark brown and glossy on the back. The upper body is slightly paler, with greyish fur underneath. This species of bat has thirty-eight, relatively sharp teeth. As is typical for most insectivores, the little brown bat’s canine teeth are very prominent, enabling it to grasp hard-bodied insects; while still in flight. Considered very effective exterminators, a healthy population of Little Brown bats, can consume thousands of pounds of insect pests; each year.

 

3 Things You Want To Know Before Buying a Home in Texas

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For better or for worse, there remains a ton of useful and even critical information that goes unnoticed in the overwhelming pursuit of buying a home.  The information below serves to inform, warn, and encourage those looking into this option.      Whether you are more or less likely to purchase a home due to examining the material below, the hope is that you can make an informed decision.

Real Estate is Nearly the Foremost Industry in Texas

For those unfamiliar with the significance of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), it is the market value of all officially recognized goods and services produced within a certain geographic region within a particular period of time.  To give you an idea of the presence that the real estate industry has in Texas, it accounts for nearly 7.8 – 12 percent of the GDP of the entire state of Texas.  By way of comparison there are only two other industries in the state that can top that.   Of course this data was provided by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, so I don’t know how trustworthy it is (wink).  The fact that half a million dollars of revenue is generated in other venues of Texas’ economy for every 1 million generated in its real estate is certainly revealing.   To a would-be investor, this is certainly welcomed news, underscoring the healthy nature of a decision to make a move in this direction.

Property Tax is Very High

It is not uncommon for a state to have an income tax, which typically supplies public entities such as police, schools, etc.   With Texas this is not the case.  So where are the multitudes of funds generated to maintain the various public services Texans have come to enjoy?  You guessed it… home owners.   Of course this is by no means THE source of revenue; however it is the largest source fueling public services.  Here is how it works:  You have your local taxing bodies that determine how much money they need in order to continue to make their services available.  As mentioned above these are organizations such as police, public schools, etc.  Next you have the appraisal district, which asses the value of your property.   Once the value of the home is determined then the taxable value is multiplied by the tax rate in order to determine the amount.  Should any disputes arise between the tax payer and the appraisal district, there is an Appraisal Review Board in place to handle any disputes.

There are Many Assistance Programs Available

A simple visit to a Texas home programs site could easily revel nearly a hundred different programs that are in place to make the purchase of a home a reality for many who otherwise assume they have no business even thinking about it.  There are down payment assistance, first time buyer programs, mortgage advocacy, and down payment and closing cost assistance to name a few.   Often times these programs can often be specific to a particular city e.g. Dallas, Waco, etc.  so you actually have the help of the city who certainly want to make it as welcoming as possible to become a member of the community.  Often times it is in the best interest of the cities and or counties to make these programs available, so one should never feel like they are trying to win the lottery.   There are countless numbers of homes filled with families that never imagined they would be able to own their own home.

Daniel functions as a content developer in the U.S., helping businesses grow and communities to be informed.

Discovery of Endangered Spider In San Antonio Brings $15 Million Highway Project to A Halt

San Antonio Construction Delays

Commuters in San Antonio, TX are less then trilled about the discovery of an endangered spider in the middle of a $15 Million highway construction project, which has halted construction plans until further notice. While biologists are celebrating the rare discovery, local residents are fuming over the inconvenience and lack of progress on the busy road.

Construction workers have been told to stop working as the Federal Government tries to figure out what further steps need to be taken to protect the endangered spider. Josh Donat, San Antonio District spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation, said “it is too early to tell which options are viable.”

With the underpass construction project on hold, the 80,000 motorists that usually pass through the intersection everyday will experience more delays in their already nightmarish commute. With all the attention on the special species of spider, San Antonio residents are fuming that the needs of the community are being overlooked.

The Discovery Of An Endangered Spider

The Braken Bat Cave Meshweaver spider was found in the heart of an underpass project, which began in April 2012, on Texas 151 at Loop 1604 in Northwestern San Antonio. It is only the second time the species has been spotted in more than 30 years. The spider was discovered after rain exposed a 6-feet-deep natural hole on the highway median. Local biologists found 19 other cave features, and believe that they all may be the spider’s habitat.

The Braken Bat Cave Meshweaver Spider

The Braken Bat Cave Meshweaver Spider is a rare species of spider found primarily in the state of Texas. The spider is about the size of a dime, and doesn’t have eyes. The spider was first discovered in 1980 by Goerge Veni, about five miles away from the newest discovery and construction site. The Meshweaver is named for a type of intricate mesh web the spider spins. They spend their entire lives in subterranean habitats, like caves. The Meshweaver was placed on the federal endangered species list in 2000, along with eight other spiders found only in the Texas County. Habitat degradation via pollution, alterations in water flow and direct human interference are the reasons scientists believe the spider is so rare.

Spider Control

While the Braken Bat Cave Meshweaver Spider is very rare, there are many other spiders that can infest your San Antonio home. If you are seeing spiders in or around your property, contact a local exterminator today!

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

San Antonio Chimney & Wildlife Control
333 West Olmos Drive #123
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 607-0347
texaschimneywildlife.com

Orkin Pest & Termite Control
4902 Center Park Boulevard
San Antonio, TX
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

Aerial Spraying For Mosquitoes Continues Across Texas

Mosquitoes and West Nile

Much of Texas, including the city of San Antonio, is under a summer-long mosquito attack. These attacks have many San Antonio residents fearful of the deadly West Nile Virus which is at its highest levels ever. Over 75 percent of the country’s West Nile cases stem from the state of Texas which has led to President Obama to assess the situation and declare a state of emergency. Texas health officials say that more than 50 percent of the confirmed cases are “neuroinvasive,” the most severe form of the disease resulting in a confirmed 30 statewide deaths.

Combating the Mosquitoes

One effective way to combat the disease carrying mosquitoes is with aerial pesticide spraying, but it does raise many questions and concerns among the general public. Airplanes have been spraying many portions of the state with a pesticide designed to eliminate the mosquitoes and control West Nile outbreaks. The pesticide being aerially dropped is called DUET. It’s safe for the general public, but some my suffer reactions. The most common reactions to DUET include: burning sensations, prickling sensations, tearing in the eyes, blurred vision, and respiratory irritation.

If You Have Any of The Following You May Be Vulnerable To Reactions:

  • Pregnancy
  • Allergies
  • Lung disease
  • Asthma
  • Respiratory infection
  • Hypersensitivity to chemicals

Precautions

If you are concerned about having possible reactions to the aerial counterattacks, Texas health officials urge residents to take precautions. During the spraying, bring your pets indoors. Make sure to stay inside for a couple hours until the pesticide settles. Afterward, wash patio furniture, vehicles, children’s toys, and any garden vegetables. Make sure to wash your shoes as well before returning inside the house. If you feel like you may be hypersensitive to these pesticides, you may want to consider leaving town for a day or two.

Pest Control

We’re still a long way away from the end of West Nile season. We’ll be dealing with the virus outbreak through at least the end of September. If you are worried about the DUET pesticide, the West Nile Virus, or mosquitoes on your property, contact a local pest control professional today. They can offer safe, non-toxic solutions for all of your concerns and needs.

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Mosquito Nix
12500 Network Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78249
(210) 699-7700
mosquitonix.com

Orkin Pest & Termite Control
4902 Center Park Boulevard
San Antonio, TX
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

The San Antonio Weekend Pest Report

We know we’re a pest control company, but the Weekend Pest Report isn’t talking about those kinds of pests.  We’re talking about the ones that walk and talk in the human form.  The ones that look harmless, but give them more than 2 or 3 minutes to work their magic and they’ll fix any non-judgmental, preconceived notions you might have about them.

This past weekend’s pest report comes to us from San Antonio, Texas.

A man walks into a Taco Bell and orders 7 Beefy Crunch Burritos.  Upon payment the man realizes that the price of this particular item has increased from $.99 to $1.49 since his last visit.  Man becomes enraged.  An assault rifle, $3.50 and a tear gas bomb later, said man is under arrest for multiple accounts of attempted murder.

Note to Taco Bell: Don’t mess with Texas.  Note to man: Don’t mess with Taco Bell prices.

Read the AP article here.

Hot Flash: News Flash from San Antonio ABC 12

Phoenis Dry Heat

It's a Dry Heat...

What a way to end the night last night… I mean I know our fellow pest controllers in Phoenix complain about the heat, but it is just a dry heat.

John Honoré was dumbfounded and played it off horror-ably.

So lets try a few comments I overheard…

“Looks normal. I guess dyslexia has its advantages.”
“Yep it really is hotter than Hell in Phoenix.”
“Today’s highs… Somebody is high.”

… Or best yet…

“Looks like Bulwark Exterminating is testing some new organic pest control methods.”

Hey, we all need a laugh in this heat… Add your comment!

Deacon Roy gives San Antonio Service 5 stars

We appreciate men of faith, especially ones that stand up and testify for all to hear, … of course Deacon Roy is testify about Bulwark’s service here:


Extremely pleased. A 5 star rating for sure. We due for service this evening but Raul called earlier to say that he would be free to come earlier, if ? More »

Extremely pleased. A 5 star rating for sure. We due for service this evening but Raul called earlier to say that he would be free to come earlier, if that would be convenient. He said he would be here around noon. Well to our delight he was here by 11:15. What a professional impression Raul made on us. He looked sharp with his starched long sleeve while shirt and crease pressed pants. I showed him out trouble spot inside the house and with that he decided to start inside. So I gave him free run of the house and he was off covering the entire inside and outside of the house. When finished he explained in detail what he had done all of the follow-up services, if needed. We went outside and he showed me the area where he put down ant bait. My wife was really pleased when he told her that he did cover for roaches which are one of her life long fears. I gave him the check and off her went to the next customer where I am sure he did an equally professional job. We are pleased and totally impressed with our first visit. Keep sending Raul besides being professional he has a pleasing approach and personality.

And this San Antonio pest control service shouts, “Amen!”

Growing a successful pest control service is about delivering what the customers want and  treating the customers right. For a pest control business operator, transmitting one’s passion for quality pest control service and one’s desire to care for the customers can be a challenge. Therefore we rely on our technicians to carry and deliver the message and the principles that embody Bulwark. And when we hear such reports from our customers, we rejoice in knowing that we are making a difference.

I am sure this is not unlike what Deacon Roy feels as his duty in serving God.  I am sure that he often wonders if that message is being heard.  I am sure he desires to know if the values he champions are being lived by his congregation, his family.  Well Deacon, all we can say is fight the good fight and do what you know is right, and if you do this then someone will hear and someone somewhere will be happier because of it.

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