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Learn the Truth About Bed Bugs and Make Your Pest Control Efforts More Effective

Posted by on Wednesday, 12 February, 2014

baby bedbugUnless you’ve personally encountered their presence, you probably don’t know much about the habits of bed bugs and the proper way to exterminate them. Despite the wide outbreak of bed bug infestations in more recent years and the amount of information that has become available, there are still many misconceptions that people have about the little bloodsucking creatures that make it difficult to identify a real bed bug problem and determine how to accurately take care of it. Separating the truth from the inaccuracies will help you be more effective in your bed bug pest control prevention and elimination efforts.

Myth #1: Bed Bugs Can’t Be Seen

There’s no doubt that bed bugs are quite small, but they aren’t completely invisible. As they develop into adults and feed on blood, they grow and darken, making them easier to spot. What actually makes bed bugs hard to detect is their ability to conceal themselves in discreet places. So, don’t come to the conclusion that the critter you’re seeing can’t be a bed bug just because you’ve always thought they weren’t visible to the naked eye.

Myth #2: Exposing Bed Bugs to Extreme Temperatures is the Quickest Way to Kill Them

While it is true that bed bugs die in severe climates, those temperatures are virtually impossible for you to reach on your own. These insects are very resilient, and it would take long periods of exposure to extreme climates before they begin to perish. Simply heating or cooling your home won’t do the job and will just make it intolerable, and possible dangerous, for those in the household. Calling in a pest control professional that has experience with bed bugs is your best chance at disposing of the insects.

bedbug bagMyth #3: Bites Are the Best Way to Know if Bed Bugs Are Present

Bites can definitely be a sign that you are in the company of bed bugs, however, there is also the possibility that you’ve been bitten by a different kind of insect since there is no real distinction in markings. It’s also important to keep in mind that not everyone shows a physical reaction to bed bug bites, so you can’t always rely on the appearance of welts to warn you of an infestation.

Myth #4: A Bed Bug Infestation Means Everything Must Be Disposed Of

It’s common to think that once you’ve discovered bed bugs you must automatically get rid of your mattress, box spring, bedding, couch, etc., but this depends on the seriousness of the infestation and if it’s treated properly. Oftentimes, your furniture can be saved with the help of a pest control professional, but either way, throwing out your things won’t take care of the whole problem without the rest of the residence receiving treatment.

Myth #5: Bed Bugs Only Inhabit Beds and Dirty Living Spaces

Bed bugs are excellent travelers and hiders. This means that they can hitchhike by way of clothing, luggage, etc. into any dwelling, spotless or dirty. They will then proceed to tuck themselves away wherever they see fit (baseboards, carpet, light sockets, behind framed pictures and anywhere other crevice that’s dark and inviting) until it’s time to come out and feed.

Myth #6: Bug Bombs Will Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are resistant to numerous kinds of pesticides, and a DIY bug bomb treatment simply won’t be able to get rid of an infestation. Decluttering, deep cleaning and a professional pest control plan is the most efficient way to thoroughly handle a bed bug situation.

Any evidence of a bed bug problem warrants an immediate call to your pest control professional. The first line of defense against bed bugs is to know the facts about them. Don’t take your chances by trying to manage them on your own.

About the Author:  Tiffany Olson is a professional blogger from California who enjoys writing on home improvement and pest control related topics. In her off time she enjoys travel, making art, and cooking.

DIY Solution Probably Won’t Kill Your Bed Bugs

Posted by on Tuesday, 5 November, 2013

Bed Bug IllustrationBed bugs were an epidemic before World War II; however, a pesticide called DDT eliminated most. Things have been peaceful until recent times. Now, due to foreign travels, they have infested thousands of homes. Bed bugs are in clean environments as well as filthy environments. As long as there is a host, they are satisfied. If you suspect you have the annoying little bed bugs in your home, a do it yourself (DIY) solution probably won’t kill your bed bugs. A popular solution is having a bed bug dog inspect your home and a professional extermination company like Bed Bug Finders, LLC.

Chemical and Non-Chemical Solutions

Over the counter solutions are found ineffective on bed bugs. Consider the prior pesticide, DDT. It was banned in 1972 because of the harmful effects it had on birds and the environment. There were cases of medical and neurological disorders towards humans. So, over the counter solutions can’t contain the amount of chemical lethal dosage that is needed to kill bed bugs. You would need three to four treatments to see results, and they may not last.

Bed Bug Resistance to Pesticides

Bed bugs are thought to have been around for centuries, possibly in the eras of the caveman, feeding off them. So if they have lasted and evolved through so much, surely any chemical produced they can resist that as well. Remember, DDT eliminated, most, not all bed bugs.

Their Living Environments

First, the notion that bed bugs only live in your mattress is false. Bed bugs can live in headboards, the baseboard of your floors, picture frames, in your couch crevices, in electrical switch plates, generally if they can fit, they can hide. If you can slip your credit card through there, a bed bug can fit.

Their Nests

Another problem with DIY solutions is their babies. A female bed bug can lay one to five eggs a day, producing up to 500 eggs in their life. The outer eggshell protects the babies from pesticides. So even if you were able to kill all adults, the babies would survive and appear again. Therefore, with all these hiding places, it’s impossible for you to see every nest.

Benefits of a Professional

So with these horror stories, what can be done to find and treat your problem? To seek out bed bugs and their nests, a bed bug dog is a part of a trained canine service team. Their training is specific to hunting down bed bugs and their eggs. A bed bug dog is highly trained and can spot most of the critters with 96% accuracy. A canine service team will first inspect your home to verify if you in fact have bed bugs. Then, you will receive a treatment. The most popular treatment currently is bed bug heat treatment. This treatment heats your home between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, killing bed bugs in their tracks. The canine team will inspect your home two weeks later to verify they are gone.

Faith Stewart 

What Pest Did You See Infographic

Posted by on Monday, 16 September, 2013

Have you seen the “pest test” word search puzzle floating around Facebook? If not, you’ll have to check it out (pictured below).

 

Pest Wordsearch

 

The pest word search was put together by Bulwark Exterminating, who just so happens to have a branch here in Austin, TX.

The word search puzzle exploded in popularity, with almost 13,000 Facebook users commenting on the puzzle with the first pest they found.

The following infographic breaks down the percentages of each pest found in the pest word search:

 

Wordsearch puzzle infographic

 

  • What pest did you spot first in the puzzle?
  • Was the first pest you found one of the most common pests found?
  • Did you find the following pests: scorpion, spider, termite, wasp, bugs, roach, fly, bedbugs, ant, lice, gnat, flea, and centipede?
  • Was the pest you found first, also the pest you fear the most?

Comment below!

How To Survive An Invasion: 5 Pests You’d Rather Be Rid Of

Posted by on Tuesday, 3 September, 2013

After the movie Signs came out, I was obsessed with alien invasion preparation. However, over the years, I have realized that there are other invaders out there that are a little closer to home. Pest infestations are both a nuisance and a potential health hazard. That is why it is so important to be able to recognize the signs of an invasion and target those unwanted guests before they do any more damage. Below are a five pests you’d rather be rid of and the signs of their invasion. Once you can read the signs, you’ll be better able to combat these pesky bugs once and for all.

1. Cockroaches

Cockroach

Cockroaches are nocturnal, which means if you see one during the day, there are probably many more hidden in your home. They prefer dark, moist places to hide and breed, so check behind refrigerators, under floor drains, under sinks, and behind appliances. You may also find small oval egg cases in these places, as well as in other hidden places like between books.

If you have an infestation, you will find feces that resemble coffee grounds or black pepper. If the roaches are a larger size, they will be dark and cylindrical. Some types also produce smells that are, let’s just say, unpleasant to your olfactory senses. And a larger infestation will radiate a strong oil or must smell.

If you notice any of these tell-tale signs of a roach, call your nearest professional exterminator to handle the problem.

2. Bedbugs

bedbug

“Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite,” isn’t just a catchy bedtime phrase. If you wake up and notice little bug bites that were not there when you went to sleep, it may be a good idea to check for bedbugs. These little pests are about the size and shape of an apple seed, and brown or reddish-brown in color. They prefer small, warm places to hide and breed. And their habitat of choice? You guessed it: your bed.

Therefore, check between the fitted sheet and mattress, or between the mattress and box spring, as well as any other nearby small, dark, places. Although their name suggests they reside only among the mattresses, bedbugs can actually live in furniture, appliances, bookshelves, and even computers.

Keep an eye out for the bugs themselves, shed skins, or their small white eggs. The eggs are adhesive so be sure to check on both sides of the sheetswhere they may be attached. Other indications of a bedbug problem include their droppings. These will be small, and black or dark brown, like coffee grounds, but will smear red when wiped with a damp cloth.

Though their bites generally only cause annoying itching, in more severe cases victims may have allergic reactions or secondary infections (from scratching the wounds). The best solution to a bedbug problem is to take the Godfather’s advice and go to the mattresses—literally.

3. Ants

ants

Ants are mostly active around sundown, so that is when you want to really keep an eye out. There are three particular things you can check for when inspecting your home for ants.

First, do a little reconnaissance. Ants nest outdoors, so they enter your home primarily to find food. Therefore, they are commonly found in the kitchen area and along walls, and in cupboards. . Though a few ants does not necessarily mean an infestation, if there are a lot of ants, along with an appearance of larger worker ants, you could have a problem on your hands.

Second, after you inspect the house at the likely sources, check for frass. Frass is waste left behind by ants, which includes feces as well as small piles of sawdust or wood shavings, as well as other leftover debris. Ants do not eat wood, but they will dig tunnels and push the sawdust out. So if you see accumulations of debris, you may have uncovered an ant problem.

Finally, if you suspect an ant colony is residing in your home, tap on the area in question and listen. A disturbed colony will make a rustling noise that becomes louder the more bothered they become.

4. Termites

termites

Termites are one of the most destructive pests out there, particularly because there are often no immediate signs of damage. They love to eat dead plant matter like fallen leaves and dead trees, and while that is great in nature, when they decide to make our homes a meal it can be a big problem.

Termites are often mistaken for flying ants, so it is important to know the differences. Ants have a cinched waist, while the termite body is just a straight tube shape. Ants’ wings are two different shapes and their antennae are bent, while termites’ wings are both the same size and their antennae are straight.

Check the foundation of your home, as well as crawl spaces, for signs of termites. They will have little mud tunnels running from their underground colonies to their feeding ground.

Watch out for swarms of termites near your home, especially around springtime. If your paint suddenly starts to bubble or crack for no reason you may want to check the walls for termites. If wood sounds hollow when tapped, or you find discarded wings or termite droppings, it is time to call your local exterminator—and no, I’m not talking about Arnold. A quick search on your browser for “termite control Long Island” (or wherever you’re from) should give you a solid list of options from which to choose. The sooner you take care of a termite problem, the better. Because the longer you wait, the more damage you risk to your home and property.

5. Rodents

rodent

Rats and mice can be fun pets to have for some people, but a wild rodent in your home is a hazardous thing. Both rats and mice carry diseases and parasites, putting your food and home in danger of infection. Moreover, because they are rapid breeders, take care of a rodent problem as soon as possible to avoid a major infestation.

The most obvious sign of a rodent problem is if you see dead or living rodents in or around your home. It is also possible to hear them scurrying and squeaking through walls and floors.

Keep an eye out for droppings in dark, infrequently visited places such as behind furniture, in the back of drawers, the back corner of closets, attics, basements, and in walls and under floorboards. You will also notice damage to food and other things in your home from their constant biting and nibbling. Inspect your pantry and other food sources for signs of nibbling, and make note of any damage to property

Traps are usually the first place we go to when we learn of a rodent in our home, but for larger infestations, traps will be insufficient. Your best bet is to call your exterminator.

The last thing anyone wants is an intruder of any kind in their home. Just as you would call the police if a burglar invaded your home, you should call the exterminator for pest invaders. The sooner you catch the problem and call, the sooner you can once again feel safe and secure in your home—and the sooner you can worry about bigger problems, like aliens.

Leslie Mason is a homemaker and garden expert. Leslie enjoys writing, gardening, do-it-yourself projects, and fixing up the house.

How Bed Bug Dogs Find Bed Bugs

Posted by on Wednesday, 21 August, 2013

Bedbug Dog SniffingDogs have all sorts of jobs these days, from airport security to therapy work. One of the more popular professions for dogs with jobs is as a bed bug dog. These canines, like the dogs that work for sites like Bed Bug Finders LLC, are experts in bed bug dog detection – they can sniff out the pests even in hard to reach places.

According to MLive.com,”Bed bug-sniffing dogs are increasingly being considered the most effective way to detect if a bed bug infestation exists. However, only certain dogs have what it takes to get the job done, and there is not one specific breed that fits the ticket.”

The article says that only 1 out of 100 dogs could qualify to be a bed bug dog. Sarah Rodeheaver, who owns a bed bug dog detective agency, says that “the dog needs to have the desire to work and hunt.” She says that the dogs “need to be comfortable going into every environment and able to work.”

Bed bug dog detection can help find where the bugs are

Bed bug dogs can sniff out the pests better than humans because they have a better sense of smell than humans, and have the ability to ferret out the bugs better with their noses.  According to the article, they are a valuable tool when it comes to bug detection. “I put my money on the dog over a human any day of the week,” said Bill Welsh, a pest control expert. “Those dogs are far better than me and I’ve been doing this for 27 years.”

What you should look for when it comes to bed bug dog detection

First of all, if you think you have bed bugs, do not try to treat the infestation yourself. Not only are at-home products ineffective, they can potentially be dangerous. More than one house has literally gone up in smoke because of bed bug products gone awry.

Second, do your homework when it comes to finding a pest control agency. You want a company that specializes in bed bugs and has that as the major part of their business.

Third, if you hire a bed bug specialist – and you should – you may want to make sure that you hire one that has a bed bug dog if you are not sure whether your issue is bed bugs. That is because the dogs do find bed bugs better than humans do.

Fourth, you want to make sure that the specialist – and the bed bug dog – has been certified by at least one professional agency. You want to make sure that your bed bug dog and its handler know what they are doing.

In all, bed bug dog detection is something you need to consider if you think you have bed bugs. Good luck.

Author Bio:

Lisa Swan writes for a variety of sites, including Bed Bug Finders, LLC.

How To Keep Bed Bugs From Your Bed

Posted by on Wednesday, 3 April, 2013

bedbugBed bugs- the dreaded insect- are making an alarming comeback. A few years ago, bedbugs were simply the bugs of myth from the old nursery rhyme:

“Good night, sleep tight

Don’t let the bed bugs bite.”

However, the increase in international travel and a few unfortunate carry-ons, have lead to a resurgence of bed bugs in the United States and other civilized countries. Luckily, there are many ways to reduce your chances of finding the unwelcome critters in your bed, and plenty of ways to get rid of them once they arrive.

4 Ways To Prevent Bedbug Infestations

Since bed bugs are now a common pest in the United States, it is harder to prevent the spread of the insect. Luckily, there are some steps you can take that will reduce your chances of exposure. Try the following methods to reduce your chances of getting infected:

Bed casings: Many mattress stores and bed stores sell bed casings for your mattress. These casings are airtight cases, and do not allow the bugs to reach the mattress. If the bugs cannot find a home, they will not bother you.

Wash bedding: Washing your bedding frequently can deter the presence of bed bugs. Bed bugs prefer dirty bedding that allows them to live in the dark corners of the bed. If you wash your bedding and encourage exposure to the light, the bugs may never visit your room.

Install a climb-up monitor: A climb-up monitor prevents the bugs from climbing up to your mattress at all. This is a handy tool to use after you know you have been exposed to the critters.

Check your hotel room: Before you unpack your things at a hotel, pull the bedding off of the bed. Check the mattress crevices for signs of bugs or their feces. If you notice anything suspicious, demand a new room.

How To Spot An Infestation

Spotting an infestation is easy. Simply watch out for the following signs:

  • Small, unexplained bites on your arms, legs, or other sensitive areas (often in a straight line)
  • Dark spots on the mattress, bedding, or sofa cushions
  • Tiny, flat, brown bugs the size of a pin head walking around on your mattress or sofa
  • Dark spots around the seams of a mattress

Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs

Getting rid of bed bugs is not that difficult, but if you do not completely eradicate the entire colony of bugs, they will come back.

  • Remove all bedding and wash as hot as possible. Dry in direct sunlight.
  • Vacuum up all the little bugs you can find.
  • Air out the mattress for several days outdoors in direct sunlight.
  • Sleep somewhere else.
  • Hire a professional pest remover to lay poison for the bugs.
  • Lay luggage in direct sunlight for several days.

You can also prevent a bug attack by purchasing a mattress that is resistant to bed bugs. Usually these beds have a special casing to prevent bed exposure or are treated with a material that is repellant to bed bugs.

Bed bugs are not fun, but with the proper steps, you can prevent the infestation or fix it within just a few days. If you follow these steps, your bed will remain bug-free for as long as you own it.

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Lindsey Mcmahon suggests you have a look at beds from world market for quality beds for a great priceHer interests are education, parenting and health but she is constantly extending her field of view to incorporate interesting news suggested to her by her readers.