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Top 3 Pests In Tulsa

I recently had the opportunity to talk with one of the pest management professionals at Bulwark Exterminating Broken Arrow, OK and picked their brains about all things pests. One of the questions I was most looking to get answered was “What are the most frequently called about pests in the Tulsa area?”

Here are the top three most common pests in the Tulsa area:

3. Crickets

 

cricket

It came to a little bit of a shock to me to hear that crickets were one of the most frequently called about pests in Tulsa. To me, crickets just seemed like a tiny nuisance; with their chirping being more a calling of summer. As a kid, I loved staying up past my bedtime, swinging on the porch swing, listening to the crickets. It was a summer right of passage of sorts. After addressing my cricket beliefs with the pest professionals at Bulwark Pest Control, I discovered just how much of a pest crickets really can be.

The truth is that crickets will attack all types of different materials, causing alarming amounts of damage. Often it is synthetic fabrics that are most damaged, although cotton, wool and silk are also attacked as well. Additionally, you never see just one cricket… they come in bunches! They will even enter our homes looking to eat any organic material they can find. On top of that, crickets like the mole cricket tear up the grass in your yard with their burrowing/nesting habits.

One of the most disheartening factors that come into play regarding crickets is that that attract other pests (like brown recluse spiders) that are looking to eat them. Serious cricket infestations require professional Tulsa cricket control.

2. Ants

 

ants

One of the peskiest and annoying pests found in the Tulsa, OK area are ants. Ants come in second on our list of the most frequently called about pests; perhaps because there are so many different types that infuriate homeowners. Carpenter ants, Pharaoh ants, and the dreaded Fire ant are all common ant invaders. Tulsa is also seeing an influx of the crazy ant as well. Depending on the species of ant; ants can damage electrical equipment, destroy your yard with their massive mounds, chew through the wooden structures of your home, and inflict painful stings.

If you are frequently seeing ants crawling throughout your yard, or even entering your property, it’s best to get professional Tulsa ant control before the problem worsens.

1. Brown Recluse Spiders

 

Brown Recluse Spider

It should be no secret that the most frequently called about pests in Tulsa is the Brown Recluse spider. A lot of this attention is garnered from the reputation this spider has. It’s gotten to the point where if anybody even sees a brown spider in their home, they’re calling in because they’re afraid it might be a Brown Recluse. Unfortunately, this reputation is well deserved. Brown Recluse bites are dangerous, and although rare, can be deadly. A bite can even cause necrosis; a symptom in which the skin rots and dies after a bite. People are willing to deal with a few roaches in their home, but when it comes to a Brown Recluse spider, they go running for the nearest phone to get professional Tulsa Brown Recluse control.

For tips on identifying A Brown Recluse Spider, click here.

Tulsa Pest Control

If you are seeing crickets, ants, Brown Recluse spiders, or any other type of pest in or around your home in the Tulsa or Broken Arrow area, get professional pest control!

Bulwark Exterminating
2013 North Willow Avenue
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 252-3548
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
OK Wildlife Control
Tulsa, OK
(918) 739-4382
oklahomawildlifecontrol.com
 
Orkin
6550 East 40th Street
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 622-0800
orkin.com
 
 

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Are There Scorpions In Tulsa?

Striped Scorpion

If you are a Tulsa homeowner, you likely already know the answer to the question, “Are there scorpions in Tulsa?”

You’ve seen them inside your home. You’ve seen them scurrying around your property. The truth is that scorpions are actually pretty common in Tulsa, and there’s one species of scorpion that is primary to blame for infesting your home and property.

I’m referring to the Striped Bark scorpion (Centruroides vittatus), and they are the most common and widespread scorpion found in all of Oklahoma. Despite their well-known reputation, there is so much more to this pest than a painful sting.

Here is what you need to know about Tulsa’s Striped Bark scorpion:

Striped Scorpion’s Description

 

Most Striped scorpions are a dark tan color, with almost a hint of orange or even dark gold. These colors do vary from scorpion to scorpion depending on their surroundings and even their age. These scorpions will reach lengths of over 2 ½ inches, and are easily identifiable because of the two distinct stripes they have running down their back. When comparing different scorpion species, Striped Bark scorpions will have longer and more slender tails.

Where To Find Striped Scorpions

 

Like I mentioned before, Striped scorpions are found in Tulsa and throughout Oklahoma. Also prominent in states like Texas and New Mexico, they frequent much of the south central United States.

Outside

Outside, Striped scorpions will shack up underneath any type of cover they can find. They do this because they are looking for protections from the elements and other predators; not to mention that is where they find the insects they love munching on. Watch for them under rocks, boards, and other debris in your yard, and inside the cracks and crevices of stone walls, bricks, stones, and other landscaping features.

Inside

Striped scorpions are nocturnal, so you won’t usually see them wandering around inside your home during the day. During these daylight hours, they’re hiding out in wall voids, attics, or any other hidden location.

Preventing Striped Scorpions In My Tulsa Home

 

Striped Scorpion

Unfortunately, it’s really challenging to find out exactly how many scorpions are infesting your home or property at any given time. The first place to start is with a black light flashlight, searching the entirety of you home at night when the scorpions are active. They are actually pretty easy to spot, as they will glow a bright neon blue when the black light hits them.

If you only find a few, carefully smash them with a shovel or other blunt object. A thick boot works well too. If you are still finding them get professional help.

Call a Tulsa scorpion control professional today!

Tulsa Scorpion Exterminators

 

Bulwark Exterminating
2013 North Willow Avenue
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 252-3548
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
OK Wildlife Control
Tulsa, OK
(918) 739-4382
oklahomawildlifecontrol.com
 
Orkin
6550 East 40th Street
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 622-0800
orkin.com
 

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Video- Don’t Share Your Halloween Candy With Roaches

 

This Halloween, instead of sharing your candy with those disease carrying cockroaches, keep it all to yourself. Enlist the services of a cockroach control professional!

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October 29, 2013 - 5:54 PM No Comments

How To Spot A Brown Recluse Infographic

The Brown Recluse spider.

With each word, that line gets more and more terrifying.

The Brown Recluse spider is a staple to Tulsa, right along with Sooner football and fried catfish. Unfortunately, the Brown Recluse isn’t nearly as fun as screaming “boomer sooner” at the TV screen while you’re elbow deep into a bucket of fried catfish.

The Brown Recluse spider has earned its malicious reputation because of the nature of its bites. If you are ever bitten, chances are you won’t even know it until it’s too late. It takes about a week before you’ll experience pain from a Brown Recluse bite. About this time, the infected bite area will be red, with shades of grey and purple. As the wound progresses, the living tissue will begin to decay and die; a symptom known as necrosis. Yikes!

Well, its easy to establish how awful a Brown Recluse bite is, and we know we don’t want them in our homes. What we don’t all know is exactly how to spot one.

The following infographic, is a guide to understanding and spotting Brown Recluse spiders:

How To Spot A Brown Recluse Infographic

 Brown Recluse Infographic

Tulsa Brown Recluse Spider Control

I know it goes without saying, but nobody wants the misfortune of dealing with a Brown Recluse spider bite. Extreme spiders require extreme measures. That is why you need to solicit professional Tulsa Brown Recluse Spider Control if you are frequently seeing these dangerous spiders inside your home. Check the online reviews for pest control companies. These companies happen to be the best in town:

Bulwark Exterminating
2013 North Willow Avenue
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 252-3548
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
OK Wildlife Control
Tulsa, OK
(918) 739-4382
oklahomawildlifecontrol.com
 
Orkin
6550 East 40th Street
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 622-0800
orkin.com
 

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October 14, 2013 - 10:23 PM No Comments

Oklahoma Bats Dying

Bat showing symptoms of White-nose Syndrome

Across 28 affected U.S. states, an estimated 10 million bats have died because of a deadly white fungus associated with White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). In the last couple years it has been determined that the deadly disease has spread to the state of Oklahoma and the result could be devastating to the State’s bat population.

White-Nose Syndrome In Oklahoma

In May of 2010 disease surveillance discovered the presence of the white fungus associated with White-Nose Syndrome in northwest Oklahoma. Since then, the disease has spread throughout much of the state. This is very bad news for the 23 different species of bat that call Oklahoma their home. It’s important to note that WNS only affects hibernating bats; as 16 of the 23 species of Oklahoma bat are classified as hibernating.

White-Nose Syndrome affects hibernating bats by covering them with a white, fuzzy fungus. This fungus will alter the bat’s hibernation schedule, causing them to awake during the colder winter months in which they should be preserving their energy. The affected bats essentially burn through all of their energy reserves too early, before they can hunt for insect prey, and die of starvation. The white fungus can also spread to a bat’s wing membranes, and bodies, affecting their ability to fly, regulate body temperature, and blood pressure.

The hardest hit bat in Oklahoma is by far, the Cave Myotis. Other species of bat that scientists are extremely concerned about include: the Indiana bat, the Gray bat and the Ozark big-eared bat because they are considered federally endangered. At this time it is unknown how many bats have perished in the State of Oklahoma, but across the 28 affected U.S. states; it’s feared that the number of dead bats is approaching the 10 million mark.

The Importance Of Oklahoma Bats

Most of us in Oklahoma think of bats as rabid, blood-sucking, creepy, devil birds. The truth is that bats play massive roles to our ecosystem; resulting in a highly beneficial economic role as well. Bats in Oklahoma eat thousands of pounds of insects each year. Some of these insects are considered pests; damaging crops, and causing extensive agricultural damage. In Oklahoma, the avoided-cost value of bats (reduced cost of pesticide application) is estimated to range from $6 million to $24 million per year.

Saving Oklahoma Bats

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and other state authorities are well aware of the White-Nose Syndrome threat and have put together an Oklahoma bat coordinating team. This team’s goal is to educate the public about WNS, monitor Oklahoma caves, help stop the spread of WNS, and eventually find a cure to the deadly bat-killing disease. There is currently no cure.

You can do your part to help stop the spread of WNS by engaging in a decontaminating protocol, outlined here whitenosesyndrome.org, while spelunking and exploring caves. Do not touch any bat you find inside a cave, whether dead or alive.

Report any signs of WNS, like sighting several dead bats or seeing bats with white fuzz, to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation as soon as possible: mhickman@zoo.odwc.state.ok.us or (405-990-4977).

About the Author:

Anthony Ball is a Content Marketing Manager with Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control services in Tulsa, OK. Bulwark is fully operational in seven states, including twelve major cities. While Bulwark provides pest extermination for common insects such as ants, roaches, crickets and spiders, the company’s differentiating aspect is great personalized service. Bulwark uses the finest and most effective products in the world to solve common pest problems.

 

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