TRAVELING TIPS WHEN DEALING WITH BED BUGS

Written By: Admin

Archive For: January 2018

Category Name: bed bug control

Now that the holidays are coming to an end please remember that Pest Management is always here to help. If you think you may have signs of bed bugs, please contact our office and for a free inspection at 844-218-4044.

When traveling:
Personally, inspect a hotel luggage stand for bed bugs.
Inspect all rooms where you will be staying for any signs of bed bugs. A flashlight or a light on your phone can be helpful for the inspection.

Check the headboard and all corners of the mattress before sleeping.Inspect the luggage racks in your room also.

Once in the hotel, use the luggage racks in your room to hold your luggage or backpack when packing or to unpack rather than just setting your luggage the floor. Please try to keep any luggage and backpack away from the bed.

Always remember when returning home, unpack directly into a washing machine and inspect your luggage and bags very carefully. Also, remember that time in a dryer at high temperatures kills the bed bugs (just washing will not kill bed bugs).

Store suitcases away from your bedrooms, such as in the basement or garage. Never store suitcases under your bed.

Rodent Control during the Winter Months 2018

Written By: Admin

Archive For: December 2017

Category Name: Uncategorized

Do’s and Don’ts of Rodent Control during the Winter Months
Mice and rats are great at finding shelter and food sources. The question is, how do you keep these great survivors out of your home? Pest Management is here to help you during these winter months and into the spring. Hopefully, these tips will protect your home
As we know rodents and mice can reproduce at a rapid rate, and controlling their populations is necessary. But taking these steps can help you keep your home rodent free for 2018.

Things to Do to Protect your Home:

Inspect your home at least once a week. Train your family members on what to look for signs of rodents in the house into their daily chores.
Sealing off entry points is essential. Make it difficult for rodents to enter your residence. Install door sweeps, seal cracks, check for small spaces under your doors and put door sweeps. Make sure to get rid of gaps around utility boxes and lines.
Protect your restroom. One tip that is very useful is to install plastic, one-way rodent-proofing valves in toilets to prevent mice and rodent from entering your residence via the sewer.Rodents are great swimmers.
Take out the trash every day and seal the top of your waste with an airtight lid.

Things not to do during the Winter:

Leave out food in your home. Rodents aren’t gourmet eaters and will take advantage of any food left out.
Clutter in your residence.Make sure you clean up your rooms and don’t leave clutter in your home. Rodents love chaos, and the clutter gives them a unique opportunity to bread and hide.
Let the landscaping around your home run wild and not maintaining a clean yard. Rodents like roof rats take advantage of tree branches touching your residents, so make sure to trim the trees.
Leaving standing water around your home and yard. Puddles and the water around your gutters give rodents the opportunity to thrive outside your home.

As you implement these best practices this winter, don’t forget to talk about your issues with Pest Management to monitor results and ask for additional tips. Communication is key for the prevention of rodents, and useful documentation can help you identify weaknesses in your residence. If you have any question, please contact us so we can help. Thank you and have a rodent less winter.

When to Consider Bird Removal Service

Written By: Admin

Archive For: December 2016

Category Name: pest control

When to Consider Bird Removal Service

When people think of pests, they typically think of bugs or rodents first. However, birds can be more than just a nuisance, they can be a health problem or damage property when a flock of birds congregate.

For example, pigeons are creating a problem around county buildings in Odessa, Texas leaving behind excrement everywhere. And a few years ago in the Dallas suburb of Carrollton, Texas, residents in one neighborhood battled with egrets to stop gathering and not only making annoying noise, but also leaving behind feces all over the neighborhood sidewalks. This is when a professional bird removal service can protect a home or business from these issues.

Hazards of a Bird Infestation

It’s one thing to have a flock of birds fly over and watch them migrate to an area, but it becomes a health and safety issue when numerous birds take up residence outside of a home or business. Birds are known to be carriers for more than 60 diseases that can create health issues in humans.

Their excrement not only contains ammonia and uric acid, but if left long enough it can corrode steel. This not only damages property, but a mess from their droppings can deter customers from a business.

Protecting Property from Birds

Birds are creatures of habit and can return to places that are familiar to them. This is why it is important to contact a professional bird removal service that can protect your property from a variety of birds that habitually return to the same locations.

After any nests are removed and the area is thoroughly cleaned, a pest control expert can install bird spikes, bird netting, bird wire, or bird jolts to prevent the birds from returning. The process is safe to the birds, plus it can save you from harmful health issues and costly damage to your home or business.

If you see a flock of birds roosting on your property, contact the highly trained technicians at Pest Management, Inc. to remediate bird nesting issues and to prevent any further infestations. Our bird removal services are backed with a one-year warranty, so if the birds should return we will take care of the issue at no extra charge.

Putting the Heat on Bed Bugs

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Archive For: December 2016

Category Name: bed bugs

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.

The Battle With Fire Ants After Rain

Written By: Admin

Archive For: November 2016

Category Name: pest control

The Battle With Fire Ants After Rain

There’s no question that fire ants are a problem in the south. The invasive species costs Texas more than $1 billion in damage a year, according to a recent Texas A&M University study. Fire ants can cause damage to electrical equipment, harm birds and livestock, and they are very aggressive when disturbed. Fire ant bites can be painful and for some the bites can lead to an allergic reaction.

Fire ant mounds can appear after periods of heavy rainfall as Texas and much of the south recently experienced. While the mounds may be the first sign of fire ants, the ants lived down in the soil before the rain. Extended periods of rain or downpours fill their underground tunnels with water and force the ants to build the mounds above ground.

Identifying Fire Ants

Once a mound is discovered, it is important to know specifically what type of ants live in the mound. Each type of ant requires a unique method of pest control for the most effective result.

Fire ants are rust colored and range in hue from lighter reds to darker browns. Worker fire ants can be as small as 1/16 of an inch up to ¼ of an inch. They prefer dry fields and sunny areas where the ground is frequently churned since they use the churned material to build their dome-shaped mounds. If the mound is left untreated, it can grow up to 24 inches in diameter and 18 inches tall. These colonies can contain between 100,000 and 500,000 worker ants and up to 60 queen ants.

Treatment

A bite and sting from a fire ant gives them their common name. A bite can feel like you have been burned. The fire ant bites and then it moves its stinger into the skin. The result is a red bump on the skin and if no treatment is administered, the bump can turn into a white pustule that carries a risk of infection. An infected pustule can leave a scar.

The key to preventing a fire ant bite is to eliminate a fire ant colony as soon as it is discovered. Contact our team of experts at Pest Management, Inc. who understand the cause of a fire ant infestation plus the method that will result in the fastest removal of the problem.