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Best Practices for Treating Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Treatment

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are small oval shaped, wingless, six-legged parasitic insects which are look like fleas and small cockroaches. It is mostly brown and looks like a squeezebox. They suck blood from both human beings and animals hence can be found on any residential place such as homes, hotels, student dormitories, motels and guest houses. They are no respecter of hygiene hence can infest any type of residence as their primary need is blood. They are confined in the bed room hence the name bed bug but can also be found in living rooms or closets.

What do they like?

They like breeding in any furniture that is made from fabric and wood. Besides, they like a warm and most environment though bed bugs can adapt and survive in a cold environment. They are too clever that they take advantage of their small size and squeeze themselves into deep spaces of the bed or furniture thus making it very difficult to identify and kill.

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How we get them

Despite the attempts that have been made to get rid of bed bugs, they have kept coming back every now and then. This are some of the ways they are transmitted;

  • Through purchase of used or second-hand furniture that may contain bed bugs.
  • Through travelling hence transmitting the bed bugs from your home to your destination or from some place to your home.
  • Moving to a new home where the new home may contain bed bugs.

How to control Bed Bugs

Many methods have been used in the past to treat bed bugs in the past without much success. Among them maintaining a high level of hygiene has been tried but not with much success as their aim is sucking blood and don’t care your level of cleanliness. Also throwing away furniture has been tried but has proved not an effective way to treat bed bugs as they can still breed and come back to the house.

How to effectively treat bed bugs with help of a specialist

  • Using steamers to kill them with temperatures ranging from 115 to 180 degrees.
  • Freezing of up to -110 degrees.
  • Use of pyrethroids that have same effects as pyrethrum.
  • Aerosol or concentrated forms of Dichlorvos.
  • Use of Malathion.

Here are some of the simple ways to prevent infestation of bed bugs

  • If you planning to buy a house, prefer that that has not been used over one year as bed bugs can’t survive for 18months without food.
  • Regularly inspect your beddings just to be sure you don’t have them.
  • Do not just pick furniture and mattresses that have been discarded.
  • Choose new furniture over second hand furniture.

Bed bugs are not as small as their size.

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Bed Bug Growth

They are small in size but very creative and tactile as they can even identify chemicals and run away before treatment targets them.

Do not underestimate bed bugs!

For effective treatment, contact a professional and stay free from bed bugs!!! such as Pest Pro Thermal

 

Contributed by: Ace1PestControl – Foremost experts in bed bugs and all things pest related.

Finding and Preventing Bed Bugs

Where Bedbugs Hide in Cars

One of the lesser known places that you can harbour a bed bug infestation, is inside your car. Despite their misleading name, bed bugs can actually infest any area where they are sheltered by weather conditions and have easy, regular access to their food source: human blood. This means that they can live in your carpets, your couches, your bed and, yes, even your car.

 

How do they get into your car in the first place?

 

It’s commonplace for bed bugs to follow their food source. Human beings are the most common carrier of bed bugs, and their number one method of travel, to anywhere, not just your car. If you’ve come into contact with an infestation, bed bugs can attach to your skin, hang to your clothes, or grip your hair. From here, they can be deposited in your car. Alternatively, bed bugs can be transferred to your car via household items, such as children’s stuffed toys, or cushions.

 

Once they’ve made a home for themselves inside your car, you’ll be hard pressed to get them to leave, since cars in regular use can provide all the nutrition the critters need to survive, thrive and procreate- they can even survive in winter, unless you live somewhere where the air temperature is well below freezing for the whole season. 

Where should you be looking for bed bugs in your car?

 

Bed bugs can create nests in the seams between the seats, in cup holders and storage vessels in your car- but they can hide anywhere. More often than not, however, they’ll be taking shelter in any removable upholstery you have on the seats, or underneath, and around, the floor mats, and underneath the seats. 

 

How do you clean your car to get rid of bed bugs?

 

Since bed bugs can live pretty much anywhere in your car, you need to be pretty thorough in your efforts to remove the little blighters, otherwise they will just repopulate your vehicle- even if you only leave one or two, or miss a couple of eggs here and there. Here are the steps you can take to clean your car and hopefully get rid of your bed bug infestation for good:

 

  1. Remove any removable fabric components, such as seat covers and floor mats, vacuum them, and wash them at a high heat to kill any bed bugs they continue to harbour.
  2. Vacuum the inside of your car with a high-power vacuum. It needs to have strong suction, since you’re likely to miss some bed bugs and, more likely, their eggs, if you can’t quite reach certain areas, and your vacuum has a low suction power. Make sure to focus on your floor, in the seams between your seats, and anywhere else which is made of fabric or soft material.
  3. Wash your headboard, seats, compartments and crevices with a cloth and warm soapy water.

 

If you want to do it yourself, the above method is your best bet. However, if you want to ensure that your car is bed bug free, it’s always best to rely on the professionals, who usually offer a warranty in case some bed bugs are missed during the first treatment.

 

About The Author

Rick Blackham is the owner of Mantis Pest Solutions a pest control company in Overland Park, KS.  Rick has over 20+ years of experience in pest control through owning his own companies and working for companies such as Terminix and Orkin.

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4 Steps to Getting Rid of Ants in Your Home

An ant invasion is the last attack you would want in your home. Driven by a constant thirst for water, food, and moisture, these tiny household guests can difficult to get rid of.

There are three common types of ants found at home, the black garden ants, the carpenter ants, and the little black ant. These three species cause a problem in any given environment. As experts, we are here to give you workable solutions to get rid of these unwelcome guests at home.

But before we begin, you need to know the behavior of the ant species

The two most common ant behavior you need to understand.

  • Ants are driven by a thirst for water and food.
  • Ants can survive the floods.

Once you are familiar with the ants’ behavior, we will now look at 4 simple and effective ways to get rid of these household pests.

Step Number 1. Keep a clean environment.

These crawling soldiers have a powerful sense of smell and taste. To get rid of the ants, always keep your foods sealed in tight containers, keep your dustbin clean from sugar remains, and always leave no traces of leftovers on top of any surface.

Step 2. Deal with the ants at their home.

Ants continually march in a trail in search of their needs/wants. To get rid of the entire colony, you need to follow the trail and identify their home. Once there, you can use simple tricks to get rid of these insects.

Two simple ways

  • Pour boiling water inside the entrance and exit points of these ants. (This is considered a drastic measure and is not commonly advised).
  • Mix two parts sugar with two parts borax and set the mixture at the colony entrance. This is a simple trap to attract ants and kill them effectively.

 

Step no 3. Eliminate sources of moisture and water to get rid of carpenter ants.

Black carpenter ants will destroy your wooden fence, house poles and any other wooden structure they find on their way to build their colony. You should know that water acts as a key element in their quest. So, to keep these mites away from your wooden structures, never let them access water.

How to achieve this.

  • Keep the outdoor space as dry as possible.
  • Always manicure your garden to avoid water stagnation.

 

Step 4. Use of ant-insecticide.

Although this is considered a drastic measure that should only be used when push comes to shove, an ant insecticide is one of the most common and long-term methods used to get rid of these tiny pests.

Insecticides are designed to kill ants whenever contact is made.  You can also use other homemade remedies as insecticides to help do the job effectively.

Four most common home remedies.

  1. Lemon Juice.
  • Baking soda.
  1. Boric acid.

 

Conclusion and a word of advice.

As much as the ants play a key role in balancing the ECO-system, it is advisable to get rid of them instead of eliminating/killing them. As a homeowner, identify ways to drive the tiny insects away from your home without harming them or the environment. This is important to keep the natural food chain balanced.

 

Finding and Preventing Bed Bugs

Finding and Preventing Bed Bugs

When it comes to having unwanted pests in your house prevention is far easier than trying to clear out an infestation.  Despite our best efforts you can still end up with ants, bed bugs or some other pest that you need to get rid of.  If you live in an apartment building you can end up with bed bugs through no fault of your own, the neighbors can bring them in and they get to your apartment through the walls.  Find and preventing bed bugs is easier than trying to get rid of them once they have made a nest.  Here are some tools you can use to help you eliminate them once and for all.

Sticky Products

You can use a sticky adhesive product if you suspect you may have bed bugs, place the trap near your bed or anywhere else you suspect they might be.  Check back the next morning or the next day to see if you have caught any.  You can also pick up bed bug interceptors at any home improvement store and place them where needed to determine if you have any, then you can get in an exterminator to remove them.

Pesticides

If there are just a few of them you may be able to get by with a chemical pesticide that you can spray to kill them.  You need to be cautious however even over the counter products can be highly toxic so follow the directions on the can to the letter.  You want to be careful of pets and children and always make sure that you have adequate ventilation when spraying.

Canine Inspections

If you think you may have more than just a couple of bed bugs then try contacting a pest control company that uses dogs for detection.  The dog along with the handler will thoroughly inspect your property to detect where live bugs may be living.  Dogs have an incredible sense of smell and can find bed bugs behind your walls, in the furniture and anywhere else that bed bugs may be hiding.

Treatments

Once it has been established that yes, you do have an infestation then it is time to get rid of them.  There are a couple of ways that this can be done.  The first method is by using heat.  Any of the affected items are put into a receptacle and heated to 45 Celsius, which is warm enough to kill the bugs but won’t damage any of your stuff.  You can even use this method on your electronics.

If the heat approach isn’t enough then your pest control company may have to take more aggressive action.  They will use a combination of pesticide sprays, steam and a vacuum to rid you of the rest of your bed bugs.  There may also need to be follow ups done just to make sure that they are all killed.