Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite This Summer Travel Season

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Archive For: June 2016

Category Name: bed bugs

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.

A Multifaceted Approach to “Eco-Friendly”

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Archive For: October 2015

Category Name: pest management

bIn recent years, more and more people have become aware of and concerned about the health of our planet. This growing awareness has lead to an increased demand for eco-friendly, “green” products and services of all sorts. But what does eco-friendly really mean, and how can pest control services stay green?

Eco-friendly simply describes something done in a way that is not harmful to the earth or the environment. It can also suggest something that helps conserve resources. This two-part definition can be seen in good eco-friendly pest control practices.

When it comes to keeping unwanted pests out of buildings, eco-friendly might refer directly to the products used. For example, Pest Management, Inc.’s Cryonite treatment and  heat remediation for bed bugs are two organic pest control treatment methods that effectively get rid of bugs without any harsh or harmful chemicals. The products used are natural, safe for the environment and completely chemical-free.

But environmentally-friendly pest control can go beyond treatment to include a long-term and strategic focus on prevention that helps conserve resources – like extra gas for transporting equipment to manage unnecessary treatments and excess wood for fixing termite damage that could have been prevented.

Approaches to prevention might include detailed inspections, pest exclusion methods to keep birds and bats out of buildings, pre-treatment steps to discourage termite infestations, and training and educating a building’s staff or tenants – all of which are chemical-free steps. These methods can be used to prevent a pest problem from ever occurring, or to prevent recurrence after an initial infestation is discovered.

Chemical pesticides are sometimes used to get rid of pests or keep them out of buildings. But when the focus is on prevention, reliance on these products can be reduced. This approach conserves resources and reduces the amount of chemicals used in the long run. A focus on prevention is key to creating both a greener and more effective pest management plan.

If you have questions about the eco-friendly approach or services offered by Pest Management, Inc., give us a call today!

Bed Bugs in Texas Can Be Controlled Without Pesticide

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Archive For: May 2013

Category Name: bed bugs

Along with many other places in the United States, there is currently a resurgence of bed bugs in TexasPest control experts believe there are several reasons bed bugs are beginning to thrive again after many years when they were largely under control.

As travel within the United States and abroad becomes a much more common part of daily life for many Americans, it has also become a prime way for bed bugs to expand their territory.  Hiding in folds of luggage they hitch a ride from one destination to another, where they take up residence and begin breeding.

Why are bed bugs in Texas getting worse?

In the early 20th century, people traveled less so the opportunity for bed bugs to move was much smaller.  Pesticides used to treat bed bugs during this time contained DDT, which was an acceptable and effective method for killing bed bugs.  DDT was outlawed in 1972.

Shortly after DDT was banned, other pesticides to treat bed bugs were created.  While safer for humans, these new pesticides weren’t as strong and bed bugs soon developed resistance and began to thrive once again.

Are pesticide-free options for bed bug control available?

Treat Bed Bugs in Texas With Heat, Pesticide-Free
Treat Bed Bugs in Texas With Heat, Pesticide-Free

In response to the growing bed bug problem in Texas, we were the first to offer a pesticide-free bed bug treatmentHeat treatment for bed bugs is an effective method of bed bug pest control that does not require the use of pesticides.

Because much of the public is uninformed about bed bugs, the problem is rapidly reaching an epidemic condition.  By learning how they spread, what the symptoms of bed bugs are and how to treat the problem, you can help eliminate the spread of bed bugs and sleep better at night.

Why has heat remediation become so popular for bed bug and other pest control?

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Archive For: August 2012

Category Name: bed bugs

What Causes Bed Bug Infestation?
Bed bugs can be a very frustrating situation for homeowners, apartment and hotel managers, and anyone else that comes across them. They multiply rapidly and can infest apartment complexes and apartment buildings in a short amount of time. Bed bugs usually enter a structure via an infested mattress, and they can also be brought into a home or building through the luggage of someone that may have recently stayed in a hotel. Bed bugs cause severe itching and rashes, and many people have allergic reactions that are so strong, they may require a visit to the emergency room. Many people hold the belief that bed bugs are more prevalent in homes or structures that are not properly cleaned or sanitized, but that is not the case. Once bed bugs have reached their destination, they will lurk in electrical outlets, closets, and of course, bedding. What they are looking for is blood, and when they bite, it is usually in the late night hours. They are also known to leave dozens, if not hundreds of bites at a time.

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