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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:

Pest Control

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  

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

roach

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

ants

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

scorpion

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 

 

Ugliest Neighborhoods In San Antonio

It’s hard to admit when your neighborhood is ugly and chances are if you live in an ugly neighborhood you don’t even recognize it. That’s ok, that’s where we come in. We’re happy to point out some of the least desirable neighborhoods in the San Antonio area. We aren’t trying to be cruel, we are simply trying to help out those new to the area. There’s so much that is good about San Antonio and we would hate to lead newcomers to the bad. Whether you are new to San Antonio or a native, we recommend that you steer clear from these neighborhoods.

Prospect Hill

This neighborhood seems like it has a lot of potential due to the fact that it is so close to the heart of downtown. Located just west of downtown, Prospect Hill gets a failing grade for education and for crime. Crime rates in this neighborhood are high for the city and for the state. 780 people out of 100,000 experienced a violent crime in the last year. The only benefit you’ll get from living here is cheap rent but are the savings really worth it? We don’t think so.

Five Points

This is another area that you would think would be able to benefit from its proximity to downtown but that is not the case. Education in this neighborhood just north of downtown also gets a failing grade. The high school graduation rate is a mere 37%. Crime is bad here for both violent and non-violent crimes. The median household income here is $22,000, which means that there isn’t a lot of extra money for home improvements. All of the above will make for one of the ugliest neighborhoods in the city.

Greater Gardendale

We are noticing a trend here; neighborhoods west of downtown are areas that you just plain want to avoid. The Greater Gardendale neighborhood is no exception. Similar to the two other neighborhoods that have made our list, Greater Gardendale is full of old, abandoned houses that make for quite the eyesore. You will also find high crime rates and extremely low scores for education quality.

Jefferson Heights

Let’s head to the east side of downtown for this next neighborhood. Jefferson Heights is another spot with high crime rates and terrible education scores. 9,338 crimes were reported per 100,000 residents during the past year. Once again in this neighborhood you are going to find some cheap houses and some cheap rentals but if you don’t feel safe and don’t trust the schools, why bother?

The South Side

While it’s hard to rank the attractiveness of an entire section of a city, crime rates can help us out and in San Antonio it’s not looking good for the entire south side. This is where median household incomes are low and crime rates are high, need we say more?

There are other neighborhoods that are ugly in San Antonio just like there are probably neighborhoods located near the ones we mentioned that are perfectly safe and pretty to live in. All we can base our assessment off of are city facts that have been recorded and we happen to think that’s a pretty great way of determining where you should make your next home.

Austin Faux works for “We Buy Ugly Houses San Antonio.” When not out appraising homes Austin can be found helping his wife relax, and taking his kids to the park. Austin loves hiking, skiing, and playing piano concerto with his local orchestra.

Fall Floods And Soggy Soil: Texas Home Foundation’s Enemy

flash flood

Everyone fears a hurricane’s gale force winds and flash flooding rains. When a these natural disasters happen, Texans can see the damage. What about the damage that goes unseen? Often this is the bigger enemy to the average home. Fall flooding and soggy soil can slowly, but surely, damage a Texas home’s foundation. This may happen over years with each passing flood and many lesser rains. Unfortunately, it can also happen suddenly with enough flooding.

Homes on Flat Grounds

Texas homes tend to be on flat ground, and the water has nowhere to go. It can stand in one place, puddling above ground. However, it can also seep away and puddle underground. This is more dangerous to the house foundation because it means that there is a gap within the ground itself. As the sink hole forms, gravity starts to pull the ground above downward. This is gradual and the force is just enough to unsettle even the best homes.

Sandy and Soggy Soils

Texas is made up of many regions, but it’s safe to say that most Texas homes are built on a soil that does not hold moisture well. Aridisol, a common Texas soil type, is dry and sandy. This does not hold water well. As a result, water can cause a disturbance underground leaving the house above to sink and settle. Another common Texas soil type, vertisol, contains clay. In Texas, this is often recognizable in to its black or red form. The clay composition means that it can absorb quantities of water, growing as it does so. Then it can dry out, shrinking and cracking as it does so. Again a house built with enough vertisol in the soil is not on truly solid ground. Clay is often the subsoil and it is not always visible to someone walking the grounds. It exists below several layers of better dirt, but the clay is still there, shrinking and swelling with every rain.

Pay Attention to the Signs

Getting to the foundation before it actually sinks is always a good idea. The key is to spot the tell-tale signs before the foundation sinks enough to become troublesome. The doors and the windows often tell the story before the floor starts to sink or wall cracks start to appear. Doors that suddenly seem like they don’t hang right may be a signal that the house is shifting. The door frame isn’t quite right anymore and the door is indicating it.

Know When to Bring in the Pros

If a Texas home is subject to constant flooding, even for a short period of time, it is a good idea to have a foundation inspection. Home owners can’t always recognize the signs, but an expert can locate any trouble spots. An expert has the equipment to check for sink holes, soil composition, and other indications of trouble. A home is often the family’s biggest investment. Assessing it for damage regularly should also include a check on the foundation. After all, if the foundation sinks, the interior damage can be catastrophic. Then the home’s value will sink catastrophically as well. It’s just smarter and more forward-thinking to assess regular after fall flooding.

Peter Wendt, native Texan, found that recent flash flooding had caused his home’s foundation to need repairs. He contacted this foundation company in San Antonio for help.

How The Energy Rates In Texas Compare To Other States In The US

In this article you will learn more about the average prices of energy rates in each state as it compares to Texas. These numbers will show you just how much is typically spent on energy in each state; with these numbers you will get a better understanding of just how much each household spends on average.

Entering Texas Sign

The Numbers Do Not Lie

In 2011, the statewide average price for all sectors from all of the electric utilities based on the latest federal figures in the numbers below, Texas really does not come close to what some of the other states offer at lower prices per kWh. With the national average being $9.00 per KwH, it is clear that there is not much of a savings according to the numbers just 2 years ago.

  1. Idaho 6.44
  2. Wyoming 6.58
  3. Washington 6.78
  4. Utah 7.13
  5. Kentucky 7.17
  6. Arkansas 7.43
  7. North Dakota 7.50
  8. Iowa 7.56
  9. Louisiana 7.68
  10. Oklahoma 7.80
  11. Nebraska 7.88
  12. West Virginia 7.88
  13. Indiana 8.01
  14. Oregon 8.04
  15. South Dakota 8.05
  16. Montana 8.23
  17. Missouri 8.32
  18. North Carolina 8.64
  19. Minnesota 8.65
  20. New Mexico 8.74
  21. Mississippi 8.78
  22. South Carolina 8.80
  23. Virginia 8.84
  24. Kansas 8.89
  25. Illinois 8.97
  26. Nevada 8.97
  27. Texas 9.00
  28. Ohio 9.03
  29. Alabama 9.10
  30. Tennessee 9.28
  31. Colorado 9.39
  32. Georgia 9.61
  33. Arizona 9.71

National Average 9.90

  1. Wisconsin 10.21
  2. Michigan 10.40
  3. Pennsylvania 10.45
  4. Florida 10.61
  5. Delaware 11.48
  6. Maryland 11.93
  7. Maine 12.58
  8. District of Columbia 12.81
  9. Rhode Island 13.04
  10. California 13.05
  11. Vermont 13.80
  12. Massachusetts 14.11
  13. New Jersey 14.30
  14. New Hampshire 14.74
  15. New York 15.89
  16. Alaska 16.08
  17. Connecticut 16.35
  18. Hawaii 31.59

What does this mean for you?

Electric Meter

Comparatively speaking, the price is on the higher end by looking at the lower priced energy providers but it is still lower than those states that charge $10 plus and higher; look at Hawaii, that just leaves a very bad taste in my mouth for a place that is supposed to generate thoughts of paradise and relaxation overall.

While you may not be able to overlook the fact that Texas is not as good in price as one might have thought without the knowledge of the numbers above, there is not a case of having sticker shock.

Although, the numbers do not lie and they speak loud enough, I think there is still much more to this than the numbers. One thing that Texas has in comparison to some states like Maryland and California, they have the option of picking their energy provider; essentially finding your own provider allows you to have some say in how much you spend each month on your energy bill. This is an advantage that can outweigh the cost of your bill each month; it all depends on you and how you look at the whole scheme of things.

Author Bio: Jason is a chemical engineer working in a firm in Dallas Texas. He occasionally writes about his political views and how prices has gone up over the years for various day to day products. He recently moved in Texas and was comparing Energy Rates in Texas over other states which made him write this resourceful article.

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

brown recluse

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

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!

Asian Tiger Mosquitoes In San Antonio

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Summers in San Antonio, TX are filled with swimming, sunshine, and fun, but sadly, mosquitoes always like to crash the party. The season of sun creates perfect conditions for skeeter snack time. We all know of just how much harm mosquitoes can have on us, but the Asian Tiger Mosquito definitely steps that up a level.

About The Skeeters

Asian Tiger Mosquito

This mosquito is small, and dark colored with clearly visible stripes, which is where it gets its name, the Asian Tiger mosquito. Its name can also be attributed to its more aggressive nature. Unlike most species of mosquito, this pest attacks throughout the entire day, not just at dawn and dusk. Dina Fonseca, associate professor of entomology at Rutgers University states, “Part of the reason it is called ‘tiger’ is also because it is very aggressive. You can try and swat it all you want, but once it’s on you, it doesn’t let go.”

This mosquito is also known to transmit many harmful diseases; more than 20. The most common here in the States are West Nile Virus, dengue fever, yellow fever, and two types of encephalitis. With summer in full motion, the presence of these mosquitoes is growing; especially close to people and their homes.

How They Got Here

These mosquitoes are not native to America, but where accidentally introduced from Japan through old tire shipments. Old tires can harbor perfect moist and wet environments for these pests to grow and reproduce.

Originally these mosquitoes are from the Southeast Asian tropics and wetlands, but have been able to spread throughout the world in the last few decades due to international trade and shipping. Now they can be found in 29 American states ranging from Texas to New Jersey, South America, Central America, southern Europe, and several pacific islands.

Prevention & Protection

Mosquito Swatter

Mosquitoes require standing water to breed. Getting rid of any puddles, or built up water near your property would diminish the amount of mosquitoes nearby.  Wearing clothing that covers exposed skin would make it difficult for mosquitoes to bite. While the common bug spray may not work too well against these mosquitoes, trying Deet, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus would be the best options against the Asian Tiger Mosquito.

San Antonio Pest Control

If you are in need of additional protection from mosquitoes this summer, get professional pest control in San Antonio.

Mosquito Control

Mosquito Nix
12500 Network Boulevard
San Antonio, TX78249
(210) 699-7700
mosquitonix.com

General Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
Critter Control
1075 Grassland Drive
Bulverde, TX 78163
(830) 438-6108
crittercontrol.com

 

Five Reasons To Buy A Ranch In Kerrville, Texas

Texas Ranch

The Texas ranch setting is one of colossal imaginations and unbelievable realities. A state with such natural beauty leaves no shortage of ranch land properties to scoop up for your own slice of Texas paradise. However, there are stretches of the Lone Star State that arguably offer the most ideal spaces for a ranch property. Located in Kerr County, Kerrville makes for a prime spot to look for a ranch property. Here are just a few reasons why you might want to consider buying your ranch in this hamlet of Texas.

  • Location, Location, Location: Kerrville is in the heart of Texas Hill Country. While it includes remote stretches of ranch land, the buyer is not too far from civilization. Kerrville is just a one-hour drive west of San Antonio. From the Austin area, you can reach Kerrville in about a two-hour drive, depending on the route that you take. Many ranching real estate companies have a number of ranches for sale in Kerrville and Kerr County.
  • Wild Wildlife: For those in search of a Texas game ranch, Kerrville might just be the place. The area is known for its wildlife, specifically its abundance of whitetail deer and rare birds.
  • Natural Beauty: If you envision yourself on a property that causes your mouth to drop in wonder, Kerrville fits the bill. Its natural scenic beauty is defined by the rugged and rolling hills of the Guadalupe River Valley. This corner of Texas fits in effortlessly with the rest of Hill Country. It also features a wealth of sparkling spring-fed creeks.
  • Wide Range of Ranches: Among the Kerrville ranches for sale in Texas, you will find a wide range of acreage catered to a buyer’s needs. If you are seeking more of a Hill Country oasis, the settlement boasts ranch land for sale complete with finished homes. If you are looking for just the acreage for perhaps a game property, there are a number of ranches to choose from in the area.
  • Endless Activities: Life on the ranch can be quiet and serene, but sometimes you need a dose of civilization to keep things lively. Kerrville boasts a number of festivals and fairs during the year, such as the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair.

Deciding where you want to purchase a piece of Texas land can be a difficult task. A state this size affords plenty of areas of natural wonder that make for ideal ranch lands. However, Texas Hill Country has become a coveted spot for hunting and recreational ranches. Kerrville more than fits the bill. From its location to the sheer natural beauty, if you are out of ideas as to where to begin your ranch search, this town makes for a worthy contender.

Mary has been interested in buying land in Texas for quite some time now and recently she came across texasranchlandforsale.com. Here she found many places worth looking at.

7 Steps To Avoid Brown Recluse Spider Bites

Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse Spider

Homeowners in San Antonio, TX have been on high alert as of late, due to the increase of Brown Recluse activity in the City and surrounding areas. These spiders are very dangerous, and their presence should not be taken lightly. If you are frequently seeing these deadly spiders in and around your San Antonio home, you need to take some effective yet practical measures to ensure your safety. Here are a couple steps to take in your bedrooms to keep from getting bit by a Brown Recluse spider:

7 Steps To Avoid Brown Recluse Spider Bites

Brown Recluse spider bites most frequently occur when a spider is trapped against the skin in shoes, clothing, towels, and bed sheets. Take these seven steps to minimize possible bites:

  • Move beds away from walls and curtains.
  • Remove or adjust bed skirts that touch the floor.
  • Do not leave clothes or towels on floor.
  • Shake out articles of clothing before putting them on.
  • Inspect bedding before climbing under the covers.
  • Keep shoes in plastic storage containers.
  • Store articles of clothing in sealed plastic containers inside drawers or closets.

Brown Recluse Spider Bites

Picture of a brown recluse spider bite

Brown Recluse spider bite (Photo credit: Armed Forces Pest Management Board)

If you are bitten by a Brown Recluse spider, seek medical attention immediately; even if you only suspect the biting culprit to be a Brown Recluse. Early stages of Brown Recluse bites have been passed off as something less significant until rotting dead tissue (necrosis) begins to set in. By then, it’s too late, with treatment possibly requiring skin graphs. The longer a bite victim waits to seek medical treatment, the less effective that treatment will be.

Initially, a bite will look like a raised, red, bump that is accompanied by tremendous pain. A bite will soon blister, turn white, and then eventually turn black as the skin dies.

San Antonio Brown Recluse Control

It’s no secret that San Antonio has Brown Recluse spiders. Do not get bit by these spiders. Take a few steps to minimize your chances of getting bit, and get San Antonio Spider 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

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