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Posts Tagged ‘Phoenix’

Tricky BedBugs







Damn BedBugs, they are sneaky and will hide in any hole or crevice. Click on the picture and see if you can find the bedbugs in the hole. What should you look for if you think you have an infestation:

  1. Red or black spots on bedding material.
  2. Adult Bedbugs are the size of a apple seed, babies are much smaller and see through.
  3. Smell of iron (result of blood).
  4. Don’t just look at the bed check the cracked paint, wallpaper, any crevices in wood or holes in computer desk.

If you’re not sure, don’t waste time. The longer you wait the faster the problem can get out of hand. Check the following site for more information.

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Right at my doorstep, 1st the VA in Phoenix now an Assisted Living facility.


I won’t rant and rave on how we got to this stage of problems “Arizona: State finds filth, Bed Bugs, and the Assisted Living Home exposed on ABC15

If I had parents in a nursing home I would say I would have to really think about some issues. Here is my list: I remember my Great Grandmother on a bed at my Grandparents home, back in those days people took care of their families. I will say that times are different, they lived on a farm and I really don’t recall any nursing homes available back then.

  1. Is the facility clean?
  2. How does staff seem to respond to issues.
  3. I would drop by various rooms just to check on cleanliness and hygiene.
  4. Ask other parties within the facility, people living there and visiting.
  5. Since I’m a bug guy I would look for signs and evidence.




It’s not always about the Bed Bugs, how about visiting Arizona? Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater

A lot of stories back and forth on whether a meteor annihilated the dinosaurs  but this is a fun day to see what happens when something hits the Earth. Can you just imagine if you were here when this baby hit just north of Phoenix and east of Flagstaff? Meteor Crater Visitor Center is located off I-40 at exit 233, Meteor Crater Road, then 6 miles south on the paved road. 35 miles east of Flagstaff, 20 miles west of Winslow, in Arizona, USA

I love history and just learning, they have a small meteorite inside that you can touch, way cool.

If you spend some time looking around the site, you can spot all sorts of bugs, lizards and more. Be careful so you don’t accidentally fall in, its deep.

USGS photo

USGS photo

Are bed bugs continuing to be a big problem?



Bed Bugs are continuing their rise to a real pest in the U.S. and according to Orkin it doesn’t look like they are slowing down. Orkin has been keeping track of bed bugs calls within their company and provide data to keep officials and the public informed. “Chicago tops bed bug cities list for second year in a row“.

Phoenix is up seven from 35 to 28, so here are a few tips from me to keep you informed as well.

  1. Just be aware of the issue, don’t panic. Many people are bitten by various bugs like mites, mosquitoes and think they have bed bugs. If you are being bitten isolate the area (by that I mean the area in the home) see what you can see. Check beds for fecal spotting (when bed bugs bite they eject old blood feces etc), if you see something moving catch it and keep it handy for an expert.
  2. If you travel take precautions, I hand my clothes from the shower rod and put my luggage on the bathroom vanity and that is where it stays. Check the bed and close furniture and if you see something inform management and move to another room.
  3. Remember bed bugs just don’t hang out on beds.
  4. When returning home, unpack in garage or outside and check luggage. Wash everything and high heat, wrap luggage in black garbage bag and if you’re AZ put it in sun especially during summer 113 – 120 degrees in ideal to bake them.
  5. Keep an eye out if you have guests or frequent visitors, they can travel in backpacks.
  6. I’ll repeat “Don’t Panic!” call a Pest Management Professional, as I think this is not a “Do It Yourself” (DIY) program.


Do Pests Indicate Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Issues (water leaks, mold, bacteria, dead neighbors, etc.)?

Bugs are scary enough, but did you know an abundance of critters and poor indoor environmental quality (IEQ) often go hand in hand?  Bugs and common IEQ issues such as mold, bacteria and chemical emissions have a few things in common.


1.      They gross most people out.

a.       Bugs and environmental issues are known to result in massive outbreaks of the heebie-jeebies, the creeps and the willies.


2.      They all have an affinity for water.

a.       Wet building materials (drywall, carpet, insulation, wood, etc.) and contents (towels, bathing suits, trash, etc.) are an oasis for ants, scorpions, cricket, roaches, termites and the like.  Similarly, microorganisms find happy homes in wet building components or the contents therein.  Got bugs?  Check for a water source such as a leaking supply line, roof leak, ponding against the building, etc.


3.      They share decaying organic material.

a.       Smell something rank?  Got a line of ants crawling unto a wall and coming out with bits of hair.  Probably something dead in the wall cavity.  Finding flies everywhere in your apartment?  It may be time to check on your neighbor, who you have not seen in a week or so.


4.      They coincide with dry sewer traps.

a.       Picture that bent pipe under your sink that incessantly gets in the way of your stored cleaning supplies.  Well, that bend or trap is supposed to always be filled with water. Similarly, you have seen the standing water in your in the bottom of your toilet bowl.  Well that water is not there just to embarrass you by resonating splashing noises throughout the office.  This water acts as a barrier separating the sewer from your house or workplace.  If that water disappears (evaporates or leaks), then undesirables acquire unhindered access into your living areas.  Those undesirables coming from the sewer include critters, such as roaches and rats, as well as noxious sewer gasses like ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide.  One sewer gas of particular interest is methyl mercaptan, which is the very additive gas companies add to the odorless natural gas delivered to your home, so you can smell a gas leak.  Often dry sewer traps and resultant sewer gas infiltration result in false alarm gas leak calls to the fire department and gas company.  Keep the sewer gases and sewer critters out of your home by running the  water in your drains and flushing toilets regularly.


For the answers to all your commercial and residential indoor environmental health and safety questions, please give us a call at Clark Seif Clark, Inc (480-460-8334).  We love gross stuff and we love solving puzzles.


About the author:


Derrick A. Denis, CIAQP, CAC, CIEC is Vice President of Indoor Environmental Quality for Clark Seif Clark, Inc. (CSC), an indoor air quality consulting and industrial hygiene testing firm. Throughout his 20 year career, Mr. Denis has been involved in over 13,000 environmental health and safety projects. Presently, Mr. Denis is 1st Vice President of the IAQA and is on the EIA-AZ Chapter Board of Directors. To reach Derrick, e-mail, call 480-460-8334 or visit



Other articles by Mr. Denis:


Ø  Published paper in Bioaerosols, Fungi, Bacteria, Mycotoxins and Human Health: Patho-physiology, Clinical Effects, Exposure Assessment, Prevention and Control in Indoor Environments and Work

o   September of 2003 “Qualitative Identification of Meruliporia Incrassata Using Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (Real Time PCR)”


Ø  Published articles in Indoor Environment Connections (I.E. Connections)

o    October, 2008 issue entitled “Knowing the Limitations of the Tools in Your Toolbox”


o   December, 2008 issue entitled “Top Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Issues Facing Buildings”


o    June 2010 issue entitled “Exhausted, Simply Exhausted: HEPA-Equipped Devices”


o    September 2010 issue entitled “All That Glitters Is Not Gold – Sometimes It’s Mercury”

o    February 2011 issue entitled “To Err is Human, Is To I.R. Devine: Common Myths Regarding Infrared (IR) Thermography”


Ø  Published article in Restoration & Remediation Magazine (R&R Magazine)

o    July 2013 issue entitled “An Introduction to Indoor Air and Environmental Quality”

o    August 2013 issue entitled “Asbestos: Still a Stumbling Block in Restoration and Remediation”




CSC and ProBest Pest Management have a long successful history of assisting common clientele.  In addition, ProBest has provided Derrick Denis outstanding pest control services for his private home, rental homes and hair salons (Arizona Hair Company,

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