Posts Tagged ‘steam’
Any ideas on where Bed Bugs hang out the most?
University of Kentucky did some extensive work to determine the following information!
I think most people immediately think Bed Bugs = beds but that’s not always the case. As you can see from the work that was done that were are many other places where these little biters can be hanging out.
“Sleep Tight, Don’t let those Bed Bugs bite.”
200x’s the sniffer – Bed Bug Dogs
I’m all about efficiency but the Bed Bug dogs got it going on. I had this school that thought they might have an issue with Bed Bugs and I thought WOW just how many places could a Bed Bug hide. Well I can now tell you – thousands maybe tens of thousands. From carpet tack strips to electrical outlets, from back packs and wall paintings to – well you get the picture right – anyplace where there is a crack or crevice. It only takes a small space ——————————– maybe that line right there to hide something like a Bed Bug. That dog Olivia was amazing, she went around the room with her handler and sniffed and sniffed, this would have taken me hours and I might have missed something.
Come on look at that face – only a Bed Bug should be scared!
I really think I can handle this on my own, what must I do?
I must emphasize that this really a job for a Professional Pest Management company – you need the proper equipment to tackle this problem. You must kill adults and eggs. If you don’t, it can make it more of an issue later for the Pest Management Technician. ProBest employs a Commercial steam machine, vacuum and the proper pesticides used according to Label and Material Safety Data Sheets instructions. We also sell box spring and mattress covers, “climb up” bedbug devices and other products designed to help you with this problem. Please call our office or speak to a technician about these products. Fogging and the use of bug bombs will not work and often drive these pests deeper into cracks and crevices.
Check out our website for further information http://www.callprobest.com/bedbugs
Just the facts please…. provide info to expedite the treatment!
Today I received a new lead from an online referral site and I’ll tell you I love getting referrals but I need more information. So here is a list of things to tell the bug guy when they show up at your home.
- When you call the office please tell the receptionist what you’re experiencing, for example are you being bitten. It is really important to answer the questions like Who, what, where, when, why and how. To me its almost like being a detective, we need all the information so that we can make an intelligent recommendation on treatment.
- After receiving the information the technician comes up with the treatment plan and discusses this with the homeowner.
- We have talked about this before but before the technician arrives please reduce clutter and vacuum the area (if you have a bag vacuum please throw it away). I remember years ago in Florida, someone had vacuumed and put the entire vacuum with bag into the closet. I was amazed at the numbers of fleas in the closet and elsewhere in the home, but they were concentrated within that closet.
- A lot of the treatment plans may include a followup visit – remember this occurrence took time to build up and probably will take time to completely solve it. Don’t think for one minute that we are magicians and can make this outbreak disappear overnight, won’t happen…. This usually surprises me the most, even after discussing this with some customers they are upset that they still might see the occasional roach or two. I learned many years ago, we attempt to eradicate at least 97% on the first visit to get control but depending on a variety of circumstances this number may change. Sanitation is a leading cause of failure, if the place has grease or oil everywhere all the pesticide in the world won’t change the outcome. The pesticide will lose it efficacy and the roaches will have plenty to eat and not be affected by the product.
- Work with the technician and follow any advice, he has probably seen it all so it won’t be a big surprise to him. Clean behind the stove and refrigerator yearly, pay particular attention to the fan motor (warm and probably close to the overflow pan).
Clutter and the bugs…
Sanitation is the key to any commercial restaurant and should be the guiding light to any homeowner. With the spread of bed Bugs nothing has the potential to cause extreme infestations like clutter. The problem is where to begin the treatment and to be successful you must get to all the spots. I don’t care if it’s heat or steam treatment if you can’t get to where the bug is living there is virtually no chance of winning the war against these little biters. This problem extends to cockroaches and rodents as well, clutter is the enemy whether in or around your home.
- My theory is that if you haven’t touched the item its time to throw it out or better yet give it to a charity!
- Closets are not a throw and forget place.
- Under beds is also not a very handy place – exceptions include those little plastic cases, at least they are manageable.
- Never stack firewood against the home, ever!
- The more stuff around the home and in the yard may attract bugs, spiders and rodents.
- Don’t use the shed or garage as a dump site either. If you ever take anything from that area make sure it is clean before bringing it in. Bugs and rodents love to hide in that stuff.
- Attics – you can store boxes up there but again make sure they are empty before bringing anything inside. If you store stuff in a commercial storage facility make sure you check stuff before bringing it home.
CLUTTER IS THE ENEMY! SANITATION IS YOUR FRIEND!