Putting the Heat on Bed Bugs

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Archive For: December 2016

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Putting the Heat on Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are everywhere. They may not be in your home, but they are out there and could find their way to your home or office by stowing away in your furniture, clothing, pillows, bedding, and any object that has travelled, such as luggage. If you go somewhere and don’t know there are bed bugs, they can crawl and hide on you or your belongings to find their way back to your home. In recent news, bed bugs have been discovered in a university dorm, a high school, and at a shelter.

Getting rid of bed bugs isn’t the same as eliminating a couple of bugs in your home or office. If you spot a couple of bed bugs, there’s good chance there are more than just a few. Heat remediation is proven to be the most effective pest management method to rid a property of these pests.

Thermal Remediation

It’s a fact that bed bugs can’t take the heat. Bed bugs only have a threshold to 116 degrees Fahrenheit. This is why thermal remediation has been proven to be 97 percent effective in the control of bedbugs. If temperatures in a room are elevated higher than this threshold for at least a few hours, it can kill all stages of bed bugs. The treatment is also eco-friendly and doesn’t leave residual pesticides.

A professional pest control technician who is highly trained in the technique of thermal remediation should perform the process to safely kill bed bugs. This ensures the treatment will be effective and will not result in any injuries.

Protect with Prevention

Even the cleanest homes and businesses can have bed bugs. The best method to protect your property is to know how to spot a bed bug and take as many steps as possible to prevent them from coming to your home or office.

A bedbug is a small, dark red, and oval-shaped insect that looks similar to a tick. Bedbug eggs look like small grains of rice. They have an odor that is often described as spoiled raw beef or a sweet, musty odor. A bed bug bite is itchy and similar to a mosquito bite.

If you travel, keep your suitcase off of the bed and carpeting. Vacuum it before it enters your home and wash any clothing that travelled with you.

When you do spot a bed bug at your property, contact the expert team at Pest Management, Inc. to deploy our heat remediation fleet. Our highly trained team, including our bed bug dogs, leads the fight against bed bugs and can have your home or office treated in just a matter of hours.

Debunking Bed Bug Myths

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Archive For: November 2016

Category Name: bed bugs

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We’ve all heard the saying, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” There is truth to that saying and bed bugs really do bite. But what about other bed bug tales? Naturally, when we think about any type of bug, we associate it with unsanitary conditions and if you were bit by a bug you would know immediately.

Knowing the true stories about bed bugs will make a difference if you do spot bed bugs in your home or while travelling. Our expert bedbug technicians have narrowed down just a few of the many common myths surrounding bed bugs.

Bed Bugs Only Live in Dirty Places

This is not true. While bed bugs tend to hide in clutter, like any other insect, it’s not dirt that attracts these pests. Bed bugs seek carbon dioxide, blood, and warmth. Bed bugs can be found in the cleanest homes and establishments.

They Only Live in Beds

This is not true. While they are frequently found in bedding, bed bugs can be found on any surface such as furniture, walls, carpeting, and even on your luggage when you travel.

No Food for Months

Bed bugs can live for months without feeding, so this is true. One study showed that bed bugs can live as long as 550 days and not feed on anything.

This is one of the many reasons why it’s important to consult a professional pest control technician as soon as you spot bed bugs.

Bed Bugs Fly

This is not true. Bed bugs do not have wings which prevents them from flying. Bed bugs can only crawl.

Bed Bug Bites Show Up Right Away

This depends on the person. With some individuals, a bite mark from a bed bug will appear soon after the bug bites. But in some cases, a bed bug bite can take up to two weeks to appear.

When you do discover a bed bug bite, check your surroundings to determine where the bed bugs are located and then consult a professional pest control technician to eliminate the bugs.

If you have concerns about bed bugs in your home or business, contact our highly trained team at Pest Management, Inc. We will provide a comprehensive treatment with our bed bug detection dogs and thermal remediation to control bed bug issues. Give us a call today to manage the fight against bed bugs.

There’s History Behind Humanity’s Battle with the Bed Bug

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Archive For: October 2016

Category Name: bed bugs

 

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When we were children and drifted off to sleep, many of us were told, “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” What may seem to be a silly expression, may feel more threatening as bed bug problems have skyrocketed in recent years. Did this old saying really have anything to do with the nasty insects we are battling today? And just how long have bed bugs been an issue for humanity?

A Historical Foe

Research suggests that bed bugs have pestered humans for thousands of years. References to the bugs are made in ancient Greek plays and fossilized bed bugs were discovered in an Egyptian site dating back 3,550 years. As time went on, bed bugs spread around Asia and Europe, before travelling with European settlers to the New World. There are documentations of bed bug problems in early America throughout the 1700s and 1800s. As time went on, the bugs steadily spread. Once train travel became popular, the bugs began to move around the U.S. much more easily.

It is during the late 1800s when the first mentions of the phrase warning against bed bugs appear. Variations on the saying appear several times in print in the U.S. during the 1880s and 1890s. While the origins of the phrase are not known exactly, it does seem to line up with the heyday of American train travel and an ever-widening spread of bed bugs. This suggests that the expression could have indeed originated an actual – albeit lighthearted – warning, urging listeners to be on guard against the biting of these pesky creatures.

The bugs continued to spread widely around the country until the 1940s, when the advent of the pesticide DDT all but wiped the bugs out in the US by the 1950s. Bed bugs became a fairly rare problem in the U.S. at this time, and would continue on that way for decades.

Resurgence

Unfortunately, as many Americans have witnessed firsthand, bed bugs have made a roaring comeback in the U.S. This is likely due to several factors, including an increase in international travel and the banning of DDT and other pesticides because of health and safety concerns.

In just the past ten years, calls made to exterminators regarding bed bugs have almost tripled in the U.S. Bed bugs have become a common issue in homes of all types and hotels of all types – the bed bug problem can and has affected people of every income level and across every different demographic.

Thankfully, the advent of new technology like Thermal Heat Remediation and Cryonite freezing treatment have created highly effective – and completely safe – methods for fighting the bed bugs. However, these treatments require calling in the professionals to discover the bugs and treat them thoroughly.

If you are concerned about bed bugs in your home, business, or rental properties, contact Pest Management, Inc. today. Our highly experienced team can help you manage every aspect of the fight against bed bugs – from prevention, to resident and staff education, to Bed Bug Protection Policies, to inspection with our bed bug detection dogs and finally, to comprehensive and detailed treatment by our team of professional technicians. Give us a call today to learn more and to be protected against one of humanity’s oldest foes.

Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite This Summer Travel Season

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Archive For: June 2016

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As the summer travel season kicks off, the Professional Pest Management Alliance designates a week each June as National Bedbug Awareness Week. With recent outbreaks in bedbugs, it’s important for the general public to know how to spot bedbugs and the steps to take to prevent the spread of bedbugs, especially if you plan to travel this summer.

Bedbugs hide anywhere and can quickly add misery to a vacation. A bed bug bite can cause a rash, itchiness, and possible severe allergic reactions depending on how your body reacts to the bite. When traveling, they can crawl from suitcase to suitcase on a plane, hide in electronic devices, and of course they can hide in bedding.

Here are a few tips if you have travel plans this summer:

Know how to spot a bedbug

A bedbug is a small, dark red, and oval-shaped insect that looks similar to a tick. Bedbug eggs look like small grains of rice. Bedbugs have an odor that is often described as spoiled raw beef or a sweet, musty odor.

Protect yourself from bed bugs

Keep your suitcase and clothes off of the bed and carpeting. Place suitcases on luggage racks and preferably, place the luggage rack on a tiled surface such as the bathroom floor. Any used clothing items should go into a plastic bag before packing them back into a suitcase for the trip home.

If a traveler wants to prevent bedbugs from joining on the return trip home, cover a suitcase in a plastic lawn bag before placing it in the car. Before bringing the suitcase into the house, vacuum the suitcase in a garage. Wash any clothing that traveled. Place shoes outside in the sun because high temperatures can kill the bedbugs.

 Monitor bites

A bedbug bite is itchy and similar to a mosquito bite. Bedbugs typically do not transmit diseases, but constant scratching can lead to an infection of the bite.

Travelers should report bedbugs to an establishment immediately so the infestation can be remedied.

Our team of experts lead the fight against bedbugs in Texas and surrounding states. The company has the largest heat remediation fleet in Texas and was the first to employ this treatment, along with the use of skilled bedbug dogs. The eco-friendly, heat remediation approach has been proven to be 97 percent effective in the control of bed bugs. Bed bugs have a threshold to heat of 113 degrees Fahrenheit. The Pest Management team elevates the temperatures of the affected area to 130 degrees Fahrenheit for three hours, which kills all stages of bed bugs. A detailed antimicrobial service is used as a final process to keep the establishment clean.

From prevention to detection and to treatment, the team at Pest Management, Inc. can manage all aspects of a bedbug issue. Contact our team to learn about our bedbug prevention and treatment methods.

How Do I Prepare for Bed Bug Treatment?

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Archive For: October 2015

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Successful Bed Bug Treatment Starts with the Prep

So you’ve discovered bed bugs and you’ve called in the experts for treatment. You might think that your job is done and it’s time to let the professionals take over, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Just prior to bed bug treatment, residents and homeowners play a major role in ensuring that the process will be successful by properly preparing their house. Let’s take a look at some of these important steps residents must take.

Extreme De-cluttering

It is very important that the bed bug-fighting team has access to every corner, crack and crevice of your home. With this goal in mind, it’s time to de-clutter like you’ve never decluttered before. As with many steps in the home-preparing process, attention to detail is key to preventing re-infestation. Any unneeded junk, trash and clutter needs to be gathered, double-bagged and thrown away. Pull furniture back from walls, remove items like artwork and neatly gather excess, loose items (think those mysterious piles that gather at the bottom of the closet) so the pest control team has full access.

Go on a Fabric-Cleaning Frenzy

It’s time to grab any fabric that you can wash and do so on the hottest possible temperature settings. That means clothes, bedding, curtains, towels, stuffed animals and whatever else you can reasonably grab need to be gathered, washed and dried on high heat. Throw out any bags used to gather the items and double-bag the fabrics in new, clean plastic bags when they come out of the wash. You should also vacuum furniture that can’t be washed (like couches and chairs), along with floors and other surfaces. Once again, be detailed, and when you are done, double-bag the vacuum bag and get rid of it.

Don’t Spread the Bugs While Fighting Them

During this process of home prep, you might be tempted to move some belongings to your car or to a friend’s home, but think twice before doing so. If you accidently carry out a bed bug or two while moving things to temporary storage, you could reintroduce the insects when you bring the items back home, or your could spread bed bugs to the homes of others. Ask your pest management professional about any items that might need to be removed before treatment.

When we set up bed bug treatment, Pest Management, Inc. will provide you with all the details needed to properly prepare your home. If you have questions about the process or need information on bed bug treatment, give our helpful team a call today.