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Pest Control San Antonio

San Antonio is full of pests. Pests live outside but will try to infest the walls of your home. Pest control is needed to prevent any infestation from occurring, and it will also be needed if your home is already infested. San Antonio has so many pest control companies to choose from, so here are some ways to help you pick the best pest control company in the area:

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Look For A San Antonio Pest Control Company That Uses A Power Sprayer 

When looking for pest control, make sure the company will come to your home and use a power sprayer. Most companies will only use a back pack sprayer, and that won’t give you the needed protection. A power sprayer will have the pressure to get under rocks, and also it is able to penetrate the soil around the foundation.  A power spray will also give you more product around the home.

Look For A San Antonio Pest Control Company That Uses Granules 

Outside the home, a good San Antonio pest control company will know that just a power spray will not kill the pests at the source. Most pests will live around your plants, where there is a good food and water source.  In order to control the pest by your home, the plants will need to be treated also. To treat the plants, a pest control company will need to granulate them around your home. As the water from drippers goes off, it will activate the granules. This will help the product seep down to where the pests are living and hiding.

Look For A San Antonio Pest Control Company That Does In-Wall Treatments 

On the inside of your home, most pests will live inside the walls. The pests will infest your walls because most companies won’t ever treat inside them. What a true and reputable pest control company will do is an in-wall treatment.  On an in wall treatment, a tech will place a product in side the walls. The product will help kill all the pests living inside the walls.

Look For A San Antonio Pest Control Company That Has Awesome Reviews 

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When a good pest control company does a proper service the customer will be happy. Happy customers will leave good reviews about the company. When looking for a pest control company, check out the reviews online. Google, Yelp, and Family Owned Pest Control are all good places to look.

San Antonio Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com   
 
San Antonio Chimney & Wildlife
333 West Olmos Drive #123
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 607-0347
texaschimneywildlife.com
 
Critter Control
1075 Grassland Drive
Bulverde, TX 78163
(830) 438-6108
crittercontrol.com  

Beetles Crawling In My Carpet

One or two at a time… They begin to appear. Small black beetles crawling in, along, and on top of my carpet. They are especially prevalent along the baseboards where the wall meets the carpet. But what exactly are they?

I call a local San Antonio Pest control company and they tell me I have carpet beetles!

The pest control company informs me the carpet beetles are an easy fix, with a few regular pest control services.

After signing up, I never saw another carpet beetle again!

What Exactly Are Carpet Beetles? 

Dermestidae>Attagenus fasciatus? Carpet beetle...

It starts off by seeing shed insect skins and fecal pellets in your carpet and furniture. Then you’ll start seeing small oval shaped beetles crawling through your carpet. Then you start to see small fuzzy looking caterpillars (larvae) crawling through your carpet. What you’re experiencing is carpet beetles, and their life cycle.

In late spring through early summer, carpet beetles lay their eggs in the carpet, furniture, closets, and even the air ducts in your home. As soon as these eggs hatch, the carpet beetle larvae will begin to eat and damage anything around. Traveling rapidly from room to room, causing hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage to clothing, carpet, and furniture, they become quite the pest control problem.

There are actually three different types of carpet beetles that infest our carpets, our furniture, our clothing, and our homes. These different species include: black carpet beetles, varied carpet beetles, and furniture carpet beetles. The carpet beetles I found crawling in my carpet were the adult black carpet beetles (Attagenus unicolor).

Measuring only about 1/10 of an inch, with some species reaching lengths of 3/16th of an inch, carpet beetles are very tiny. They are especially prevalent wherever dirt, hair, and other dead insects have begun to accumulate; in dark areas of the home, or near windows. Carpet beetles come in a variety of colors and patterns. Some have white or grey checkers, some have yellow or orange markings on their backs and some are a glossy black in color.

How Can I Get Rid Of Carpet Beetles? 

Thirsty carpet beetle

There are a couple steps that homeowners can take to avoid carpet beetle infestations. As it goes with many insect infestations, cleanliness is a major key! Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum! When you do, make sure you pay special attention to the baseboards where the carpets meet the wall. These are carpet beetle breeding grounds. The hose extension on your vacuum is great for this. If you are beginning to see signs of carpet beetles in your clothing or bedding, take it all to the dry cleaners. Using moth balls in your closets are also beneficial in combating them in your clothing.

Take these steps to prevent carpet beetles, but if you already have them, your best plan of action is to call a pest control company.

Pest Control For Carpet Beetles

Dermestidae>Attagenus fasciatus? Carpet beetle...

Like I mentioned before, carpet beetles can cause damage to carpet, fabric, clothing, and other items located inside your home. These beetles have a tendency to roam from room to room in looking for food; leaving a path of destruction behind them. If you are seeing carpet beetles in your home, it’s time for professional pest control!

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com   
 
San Antonio Chimney & Wildlife
333 West Olmos Drive #123
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 607-0347
texaschimneywildlife.com
 
Critter Control
1075 Grassland Drive
Bulverde, TX 78163
(830) 438-6108
crittercontrol.com  

 

Where Do Raccoons Nest In The City?

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Raccoon are a common pest in the GTA area and can cause a variety of problems due to their affinity for digging through human waste to find their meals. Although their natural habitat is deciduous and mixed forests they are also well-suited to living in urban, suburban, and rural areas in close co-habitation with people and other animals. As intelligent, omnivorous, and nocturnal creatures they are natural foragers and their diet of 40% invertebrates, 33% plants, and 27% vertebrates means they are easily able to find what they require to sustain themselves.

Raccoons are distributed all across North America as well as the European main land and Japan due to deliberate introductions and escapes and their adaptable habitat has allowed them to extend their range to mountainous areas, coastal marshes, and urban areas.

Urban Raccoons

Unless they are able to find their way inside a home or building, raccoons will often sleep in nearby wooded or park areas if they are available. Really, raccoons will take up residence virtually anywhere they can find a warm, dry, sheltered, and somewhat secluded spot. Abandoned buildings are a particular favorite but raccoons have also been known to infest sheds, attics, and the space underneath steps or decks in order to raise their young or just find a warm place to sleep.

Raccoons will often stick to a particular home area in which they have a few different places to rest so removing raccoons from a home can be a tricky task: you don’t want to move them too far from their home and introduce them to an area already home to a raccoon. For female raccoons that area is anywhere between 3-40 hectares and for males it can range from 8-80 hectares. In urban settings, with the plethora of free food available to them, home ranges will likely be closer to the smaller end of this range.

Health Concerns

While opinions are mixed about the distinctive creature – some considering their mask and dexterous front paws cute while others despise the intelligent trouble-makers – one thing is for sure: raccoons can be carriers of a variety of dangerous and potentially deadly diseases. The two most common diseases carried and spread by raccoons are rabies and distemper. If you see a raccoon be sure to keep your distance and watch for signs of illness:

Raccoons with rabies will have a sickly appearance and impaired mobility. They are often extremely aggressive and loud with abnormal vocalizations. Symptoms of distemper are similar but often milder than rabies. While distemper cannot be transmitted to humans, dogs can be infected with often fatal results. Rabies can be transmitted to humans and pets alike so if you have an unpleasant run in with a raccoon be sure to see your doctor immediately to inquire about rabies treatments for you or your pet.

If you have a raccoon living on your property, try to establish if they have babies with them. If so and the animals are not in your way or showing signs of illness, it is best not to disturb them while they are raising their young.But if they are showing illness it is better to get rid of them.You can call for raccoon removal services if needed.

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Top 3 San Antonio Pests

When it comes to pests, this summer has been one for the record books in San Antonio. Reports show a nearly 30% increase in pest control related calls to exterminators in the San Antonio area. So what pests are all of these San Antonio residents calling in about?

I recently had the opportunity to talk with some of the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating in San Antonio. I asked, “What are the top three most common called about pests at your company?”

Here are Bulwark Pest Control’s top three San Antonio pests:

3. Roaches

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There are three predominant species of cockroach that commonly invade San Antonio homes during the summer months. These include: the Asian cockroach, the American cockroach, and the smokeybrown cockroach. Most of us in San Antonio can’t tell the difference among the species of cockroach, we just know we don’t want them in our homes.

San Antonio cockroaches prefer to live out doors and in the sewers, but the will occasionally become a nuisance when they enter homes in search of food, water and shelter. Once inside, these home invaders are very difficult to get rid of because they can breed so rapidly. It’s about this time that homeowners make a call, needing professional San Antonio roach control.

2. Ants

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There are three common ants in San Antonio that give homeowners headaches. These ants include: Fire ants, Carpenter ants, and Rasberry Crazy ants. While each of these ant species is unique in their own way, they are all nuisances. Fire ants will build huge mounds throughout your property, thus destroying it. They are also notorious for unleashing vicious stings when disturbed. Crazy ants are drawn to electronic equipment, swarming around electrical pulses. This causes damage and can even short out the equipment.

If these two ant species weren’t bad enough, there is the carpenter ant. These ants build their nests in wood, ruining the stability of anything they inhabit. This includes your home. It’s this behavior that leads many San Antonio homeowners to believe that their home has fell victim to termites; as opposed to Carpenter ants. No matter the species of ant you’re dealing with, San Antonio Ant Control is your best bet to exterminate ants.

1. Scorpions

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Bark scorpions and Striped scorpions are notorious pests in San Antonio. When asking the Scorpion control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating what the top pests in the area are, they responded “scorpions without a doubt.” Scorpions are just creepy. They love to hide underneath things inside your home, waiting for nightfall to emerge so they can hunt their next insect meal. In fact, it is common to find scorpions hiding out inside your shoes and underneath your bed sheets. One misplace appendage can lead to a very painful scorpion sting. When it comes to scorpions, homeowners in San Antonio don’t mess around; they get professional San Antonio Scorpion control.

San Antonio Pest Control

If you are fed up with roaches, ants, scorpions, or any other type of pest, get San Antonio pest control.

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
San Antonio Chimney & Wildlife
333 West Olmos Drive #123
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 607-0347
texaschimneywildlife.com
 
Critter Control
1075 Grassland Drive
Bulverde, TX 78163
(830) 438-6108
crittercontrol.com 

 

5 Crazy Pest Control Products

Pest Control Concept

There never seems to be a shortage on new and interesting ways to kill bugs, although some of the products on the market really take the cake. From fly strips that attach to your head, to robot pest killing machines, to carnivorous furniture – some of these inventions are downright insane. Below is a list of the top 5 craziest pest control products.

1. Head Mounted Fly Strips

Ever get tired of pesky flies swarming around your head? Well, now you can defeat them – with the use of some Head Mounted Fly Strips. That’s right, these strips of fly paper literally stick to your baseball cap, turning your headgear into a sticky, disgusting wasteland for anything with wings that has the misfortune to flutter by.

2. The Termibot

The Termibot is a robot designed to target and kill termites. With the use of onboard thermal imaging cameras, this remote-controlled killing machine can detect the heat signatures that indicate the presence of termites. Once the enemy has been detected, it rains chemical death onto their colony. It also has the ability to traverse cramped and narrow spaces that humans cannot reach, upright itself if it happens to flip over, and a probe to sucker-punch any obstacles out of its path. Wood-eating pests don’t stand a chance.

3. The Better Mousetrap

The “Better Mousetrap” is a complex device that delivers its death blow via 40-60 PSI of compressed air. Built with a combination of “electronic controlled circuitry, a pneumatic actuator, and complex solenoids,” inside a cold, steel chassis, the Better Mousetrap employs the use of ultrasonic motion sensors and lasers to detect the approach of any whiskered rodent trespassers. Poor Mickey and Minnie suffer a 102-pound deathblow from this executioner that seems to come straight from a science-fiction movie.

4. The Bug A-Salt

The Bug-A-Salt is a device that uses table salt to blow houseflies away. Inventor Lorenzo Maggiore created this gun specifically to kill flies – and it’s only fatal to flies. A mere pinch of regular table salt delivers deadly blows to the common housefly, while it feels like no more than a pinch to any humans who may find themselves caught in the crossfires. The loader holds enough salt for about 50 shots, meaning that you can annihilate your housefly population with just one round.

5. Carnivorous Furniture

Household furniture that devours living flesh may seem like the things nightmares are made of, but they really do exist. One such table features a hallow leg that mice will be enticed to climb up when going after leftover scraps of food on the top of the table. The mouse will then (theoretically) climb up to a hole in the center of the table, and promptly be rewarded with decapitation by a rotating blade – which is fully visible by anyone seated at the table. The mouse remains are then dumped into a chemical bath, where it’s dissolved and turned into a microbial fuel that provides electrical energy for the table, keeping it completely self-sufficient. While it may be an effective – and horrifyingly entertaining – way to dispose of household rodents, you’ll probably want to avoid having this if you have small pets – such as kittens or small dogs.

Whether you’re looking to wear slaughtered flies on your head like a demented trophy, kill termites using an executioner robot, murder mice using lasers devices, pick off houseflies one at a time with an assault rifle, or feed your household rodents to the furniture, there is certainly no shortage of creative – and completely insane – ways to rid your home of pests. Or, you can always do the sane thing and call a pest control professional.

Chris is a blogger for Excel Termite & Pest Control a Connecticut based pest control company.

5 Ways To Kill Bed Bugs

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There are many opinions on the best ways to get rid of bed bugs. They are hard to kill, not because they are exceptionally strong creatures, but because they are excellent at hiding and it is virtually impossible to find all of their hiding spots. For this reason, several techniques have been developed that work, but have some unsavory side effects. Also, the effectiveness of some is in question due to the simple fact that these critters are great at finding places to hide away from the danger until it is safe to come out again. What are the options, and how do you know which one or ones will work best for you?

Pesticide Sprays

This may very well be the most common form of bed bug extermination, and maybe one of the least effective. The problem with spray, other than the fact that is exposes you and those you love to dangerous chemicals, is that is only works where the spray is. You can spray mattresses and other places where the bugs are known to have been, but they can hide in walls and come out through air vents. You can spray into the vents but how far it will go, determining how effective it is, is questionable. Still, due to the cost effectiveness and the fact that success is often had, spraying for bed bugs is a popular option that should not be ruled out completely. It should always be done by a professional however, not only to increase effectiveness but also to ensure safety.

Mattress Encasement

Encasing the mattress in plastic is an option that actually works pretty great for killing the bugs on the mattress. The plastic is effective at suffocating them. However, any bugs that are not on the mattress are not going to be handled and will still be free to roam and suck.

Pesticide Dust

This is an alternative to sprays that is most effective when used in conjunction with the spray. It tends to stick around longer, so it is not ideal for areas with heavy human traffic. However, it is perfect for settling into cracks and crevices that bed bugs creep out of and catching them as they enter. The dusting must be light however, or else the bugs will simple go around the powder.

Freezing

Freezing is a safe and non-toxic way to get rid of bed bugs. The bugs are killed on contact with the temperatures of -108 degrees Fahrenheit. The process is dry and all furniture can be used immediately.

Heat Treatment For Bed bugs

Heat treatment for bed bugs is an option that does require leaving ones home for a time, and some furniture and electronics must be removed, but it is in an option that is ideal for major infestations. According to Bed Bug Finders, LLC, the reason for this is that it does the job and does it well. There are two different methods, one using steam heat and the other using thermal heat. While there can be a bit of an inconvenience, each type of heat treatment for bed bugs is highly effective.

Killing bed bugs is not an easy task. They are sneaky and hard to detect with the human eye. Hopefully these suggestions will give you some options should you ever have to deal with them.

Faith Stewart 

Infographic: The Brown Recluse

Brown Recluse On Wall

In the state of Texas, one of the most feared pests (if not the most feared) is the Brown Recluse spider. Unfortunately, there are many reasons to fear this dangerous spider. A Brown Recluse spider bite can cause painful skin lesions where the skin will actually rot. It’s a condition called necrosis, and is just one side effect of the Brown Recluse’s toxic venom.

A bite by a Brown Recluse spider can lead to expensive medical bills. Case in point: A Brown Recluse Bite Costs Woman $1 Million in Medical Bills.

When it comes to spiders found in the home, we can’t be too careful if the spider even resembles that of a Brown Recluse.

The following infographic, put together by the spider control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating, helps us understand the Brown Recluse:

Infographic: The Brown Recluse

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brown recluse

San Antonio Brown Recluse Spider Control

When it comes to the Brown Recluse spider, there are actually 7 steps to take to prevent Brown Recluse Spider bites. Take these precautions, and do these steps. If you are still seeing Brown Recluse spiders inside your San Antonio home, or anywhere near your property, it’s time to call some San Antonio Brown Recluse spider control professionals. Brown Recluse spiders are actually one of the more difficult spider pests to treat. Make sure you do some research online, thoroughly looking through pest control company reviews, and make sure the spider control professionals you choose are up-to-date on all the most recent Brown Recluse control methods. We recommend:

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
San Antonio Chimney & Wildlife
333 West Olmos Drive #123
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 607-0347
texaschimneywildlife.com
 
Critter Control
1075 Grassland Drive
Bulverde, TX 78163
(830) 438-6108
crittercontrol.com

5 Interesting Facts About Tarantulas Physiological Features

Desert Tarantula In Hand

Tarantulas may be big, hairy spiders, but they have some physiological features that truly set them apart from other arachnids. Unlike most spiders, tarantulas are fairly non-aggressive towards humans, although they are natural born killers when it comes to other insects, mice, birds, and frogs. Below we’ll discuss five interesting facts that you probably didn’t know about tarantula’s physiological makeup.

Tarantulas Can Grow Up to 10 Inches

Tarantulas are some of the world’s largest, with some species growing up to 10 inches at full leg span, or approximately the size of a dinner plate. It’s no wonder movie directors display these fuzzy arachnids in horror flicks – can you imagine a spider the size of a dinner plate heading toward you?

Tarantulas Throw Needle-like Barbed Hairs in Self-Defense

Tarantulas rarely bite people, but if they feel threatened they will use their back legs to scrape barbed hairs from their abdomens and fling them and the so-called threat. Sound strange? It gets stranger – you’ll definitely know if you’ve been hit, as these barbed hairs tend to cause rashes. Some people suffer severe allergic reactions. Not that the tarantula gets off scott free – it ends up with a nice bald spot on its belly.

A Fall Can Kill a Tarantula

Tarantulas actually have thin skins, especially around the abdomen. A fall from even a short height can cause a fatal rupture in the spider’s exoskeleton. This is the number one reason why it’s recommended that you never handle a tarantula – it’s easy to get spooked when this large, hairy spider species is crawling on your hand, and the knee-jerk reaction is to drop it, which can result in the spider’s death.

Tarantulas Have Retractable Claws on Each Leg

Evolution didn’t leave tarantulas totally defenseless against the risk of falling – in order to provide them with a good grip, they have a retractable claw at the end of each leg to help them climb. Most tarantulas stay on the ground, but some climb up into trees or on other objects, which is when the retractable claws come in handy. In this aspect tarantulas are rather cat-like – by extending their claws, they can get a better grip on the surface they are climbing.

Tarantulas Can Regenerate Lost Legs

Tarantulas molt throughout their lives, giving them the ability to repair injured parts of their bodies. If a tarantula happens to lose a leg, a new one will grow in its place by the next time it molts. Depending on its age and how much time passes by before the tarantula’s next molt, the leg may be a bit smaller than the rest, but over time it should catch up with the rest of the spider’s body. Sometimes tarantulas eat their own severed legs in order to recycle protein.

Tarantulas have very interesting and unique physiological qualities which set them apart from other spiders. Though fairly harmless, if you’ve noticed an outbreak of tarantulas around your home, you might want to call in a pest control professional to check things out.

About the author: Chris is a professional for a ct pest control company. The movie Archanaphobia scared the daylights out of him as a kid, and although he doesn’t like spiders, they don’t freak him out anymore.

Termites 101: A Basic Primer on Termites and Termite Inspection

When anyone mentions the word “termite”, images of damaged homes usually come to mind. And rightly so as termites feed on wood, and wood is the number one material used to build homes in the U.S. But just what are termites, what do they do to wood, what can be done about them, and how does termite inspection help homeowners?

Meet Mr. and Ms. Termitoidae

Worker Termites on Rotten Wood

The scientific name for a termite is termitoidae. Not every termite is bad, as many feed on dead leaves and plants, soil, animal waste, and some forms of wood. But the destructive kind can cause havoc on crops, forests, trees, and significant damage to homes and buildings.

Termites are social animals that live in colonies numbering from a few hundred to a million or more. These insects live in different types of environments and form colonies underground, in large pieces of timber or wood, in mounds above ground, in trees, and in the wood of buildings.

Some species of termites are “polycalic” or form more than one nest. As a result of this behavior, termites are sometimes hard to get rid of because they form multiple nests throughout an area. One nest may be eliminated from a home, but the underground tunnels that termites form are connect to other nests and reinfect the original location.

Subterranean and dry-wood termite species are the ones responsible for damage to buildings and homes, and these pests must be detected to prevent serious long-term damage to property. They literally eat up the wood in a home and cause extensive damage by weakening and destroying the beams, walls, floors, and joists.

How Do I Detect A Termite Problem?

Termite Evidence

Termite Evidence

Termites are shy creatures and rarely make a public appearance in the open because they are usually tunneling underground or infesting the wood of buildings. Although a termite inspection by a pest control expert is the best way to find out if your home is infested, there are also some common tip-offs that may indicate there is a termite problem:

Mud tubes: These look like long quarter-inch diameter tubes running up and down outside walls, fences, floor joists, and other similar structures; they appear brown in color like mud. There are many stands of tubes, are hollow, and serve as a transportation system between underground termite nests and the upper levels where buildings are.

If a mud tube is broken, inspect the inside to see if small, cream-colored insects are there. If there are, these are worker termites.

Insect swarms: In some cases termites are mistaken for ants. During the warmer months of the year, termites swarm and can be identified by their cream-colored bodies, small wings, and narrow-long shapes.

Little holes and residue: The telltale signs that termites may be present in a building are little holes appearing in plaster or drywall. If termites are present, there will be small bits of soil that line the rim of the hole.

Wood that has been damaged by termites may appear sunken or dented and may be weak or soft when pushed upon. There may also be “sawdust” or dirt in and around wood.

Solving The Problem

Pest Control Tech Termite Damage

If you suspect that your home has a termite infestation, the best way to approach this potential problem is to call a professional pest exterminator for a termite inspection of the premises. He or she can tell you if your home or building is infested with termites.

The solution for termite elimination are varied and can incorporate insecticides, soil treatment, fumigation of the premises, or green methods using natural oils from fruits and plants, or by using methods to disrupt the insect’s digestion through the use of certain strains of microbes. For new home builders who want to greatly reduce the risk of a termite infestation before it even happens, there are several pre-construction treatment options available.

Check with your pest control professional to see what options are available to you.

Author Bio

Frank Ling writes for websites and companies and thinks it is fun to learn about so many different things, while on the job. His favorite food is anchovy pizza—something that not many others seem to appreciate; but he finds that there are always more slices left for him to eat.

 

Live Brown Snake Found In Toilet

Toilet Snake

Photo Courtesy: Facebook

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!

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