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How tough is it to control House Dust Mites?


First off let me address this from the very start, House Dust Mites are not a pest control issue. We deal with them in connection with Bed Bugs from time to time and really only as a matter of mattress or box spring encasements. I wanted to address this bug in that manner, encasements are the way to go with this bug.

Our homes are their homes, they love human and pet dander or skin flakes. This debris will fall everywhere, carpets, bedding, furniture and furniture. This dust or debris will become airborne and vacuuming is essential in keeping things in check. Along with cockroach skins and dust mites excrement may cause asthma or breathing issues.

A gram of dust vacuumed from carpeting may contain 100-400 and 1 gram of dust vacuumed from furniture may contain 3500 mites.

Encasements are a great way to protect your mattress or box spring investment and keep the dust mites out. Control is possible but it is a ongoing management concern.


Remember the old days and vinyl mattress covers.


I remember those days, those old mattress covers were made out of vinyl or plastic, they crinkled and were hot when you slept on them. Even today we see the cheaper units that are uncomfortable and nothing makes for a bad night of sleep like this. If you’re going to spend money – buy a mattress encasement which provides breath-ability and comfort. I have seen some of those cheaper covers rip just putting them on a mattress and then what?

Nothing makes you crankier than not getting a good nights sleep!


Call ProBest Pest Management or stop by to see a real mattress encasement.

480-831-9328 or 623414-0176 425 W. Guadalupe Rd #110, Gilbert 85233

Why are mattress encasements so important?


There is an old saying and I’m not sure of the truth, but here it is ” A mattress doubles its weight due to dust mites and their debris in 10 years“. Now with that said, I do believe that a mattress not sealed accumulates debris like sweat, urine spills from babies or pets, shed skin and dust mites. Now doesn’t it just make  sense to cover the mattress.

So lets say you purchase the mattress for $800 and within the first 3 months that stuff above happens and you know it will. If you had an encasement that was able to eliminate all microscopic toxins, allergens, dust mites, bed bugs and was breathable, lockable and waterproof wouldn’t you want it for your comfort?


Stop by or call us to get yours today.

480-831- 9328 or 623-414-0176

425 W. Guadalupe Road #110 Gilbert 85233

Look what I found in the dumpster?

probestpestmanagementIMAG0311 People don’t often throw out good stuff and the finding of a used mattress in the dumpster triggered my mind to investigate. I was right, I found evidence of bed bug fecal spotting. So I know right off the bat that somebody has an infestation of bed bugs. Throwing away the mattress probably won’t solve the problem, it might but probably not. Most people think that since they are called bed bugs, they only live on beds and that is just not so.

So I’m going to give you my number 1 best recommendation on mattresses and box springs. Buy mattress covers, its worth the money. We sell them at our office.


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Bed Bug Awareness Week Bed Bug Facts & Prevention

bedbugweek      Bed Bug Awareness Week Bed Bug Facts & Prevention

As part of National Pest Management Month, PPMA is launching “Bed Bug Awareness Week,” April 22 – 26 to promote public vigilance and provide essential prevention advice about bed bugs in advance of the summer travel season.

Tips Bed Bug Facts

• Bed bugs are found worldwide and are thought to have come to the U.S. from Europe in the 17th century.
• Bed bugs primarily feed  on humans, but they can also feed on warm-­‐blooded animals including birds, mice and family pets.
• Adults are just under ¼” long, relatively flat and oval in shape compared to most other insects.
• Bed bugs can lay one to five eggs per day and more than 500 in a lifetime.
• Bed bugs can survive for several months without eating.
• Bed bugs can withstand a wide range of temperatures, from nearly freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Bed bugs draw blood for about five minutes before retreating to digest.
• Bed bug hatchlings are so small they can pass through a stitch-­‐hole in a mattress.
• Bed bugs can ingest seven-­‐times their own weight in blood, which would be the equivalent of an average-­‐sized male drinking
120 gallons of liquid.

Bed Bug Prevention Tips

There are several steps you can take to help prevent bed bugs in your everyday life. Regular bed bug inspections are the best line of defense to help you avoid a bed bug infestation.

Here are some other prevention tips to keep in mind:
• Regularly inspect areas where pets sleep for signs of bed bugs such as pepper-­‐like stains, molted bed bug skins and white, sticky eggs.
• Never bring second-­‐hand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, into a home or college dorm without thoroughly examining it for signs of a bed bug infestation.
• At  hotels, thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in furniture. Pull back the
bed sheets and check the mattress seams for pepper-­‐like stains that may be evidence of bed bug activity.
• If you suspect an infestation or problem, notify management and change rooms immediately. Be sure the new room is not adjacent
to or directly below or above the possibly infested room.
• Keep suitcases in plastic trash bags or protective covers during a hotel stay to prevent bed bugs from nesting there. Do not put
them on the beds.
• Upon returning home from a trip, inspect all suitcases and other belongings before bringing them into the house.
• Wash all clothes -­‐ even those that have not been worn -­‐  in hot water and dry them using an extra-­‐hot dryer setting.

Information provided by Professional Pest Management Alliance

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Bed Bug Awareness Week begins April 22nd

bedbugweek    Bed Bug Awareness Week  begins April 22nd

As part of National Pest Management Month, PPMA is launching “Bed Bug Awareness Week,” April 22 – 26 to promote public vigilance and provide essential prevention advice about bed bugs in advance of the summer travel season.

What do bed bugs look like?

Adult bed bugs are brown, about a quarter of  an inch in diameter and resemble a flat apple seed or lentil.

How pervasive is the bed bug problem in the United States? 

There has been a  significant increase bed bug infestations in recent years. According to 2013 research conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky, almost 100 percent of pest control companies have treated for bed bugs in the past year, compared to just 25 percent in 2000. In addition, an earlier NPMA survey conducted in January of 2011 found that one  in five Americans has encountered bed bugs in their home or knows someone who has.

Why are bed bugs such a problem now?

While there is not one clear answer for the resurgence in bed bugs in recent years, the majority of pest professionals point to  increased travel, lack of public awareness, and changing pest control  products and methods.

What states have been affected?

Pest control companies have reported bed bug activity on a national scale. Today,  bed bugs can be found throughout almost every region of  the world and in all 50 United States.

Where are bed bugs found?
Bed bugs are not limited to any one specific type of dwelling. Pest control companies have been reporting infestations everywhere
including single family homes, multi-­‐family housing, apartments, hotels and motels, hospitals, schools and college campuses,
office buildings, retail stores, movie theaters, libraries and even public transportation.
Are bed bugs just in beds?
While bed bugs are most often found in bed parts, such as mattresses, box springs and folded areas, they can also survive in  alternative habitats.  Bed bugs often conceal themselves behind  baseboards, wallpaper, upholstery, picture frames, electrical switch plates and in furniture crevices.
What are some common signs of a bed bug infestation?

Telltale signs of a bed bug infestation include: • Small red to reddish brown fecal spots on mattresses, upholstery or walls • Molted
bed bug skins, white,  sticky eggs or empty eggshells • Very heavily infested areas may  have a characteristically sweet odor • Red,
itchy bite marks, especially on the legs, arms and other body parts which may be exposed  while sleeping

Why are  bed bugs so hard to treat?

Bed bugs are elusive, hardy pests that are easily transported from one place to another. They can live for several months without
eating and can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing to almost 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
How does  someone control bed bugs?

Any effective bed bug control strategy should start with a careful, thorough inspection by a licensed pest professional of all known
and suspected spots where the  bugs may be hiding. This is not a pest that can be controlled effectively with do-­‐it-­‐yourself measures.
Once bed bugs are discovered, a  pest professional will develop a treatment and control strategy with their customer depending on
the extent of the infestation. It is  imperative for the customer to fully follow the advice, including removing infested items and laundering clothing.

Information provided by Professional Pest Management Alliance

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Bed Bugs are just GROSS!

Bed Bugs are just GROSS!


“the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray”  Robert Burns

The jest of the saying is to always expect the unexpected, in other words, just because you think you’ve done all you can for something to go right….something can still get messed up (always have a plan B). So when traveling prepare to encounter Bed Bugs and take action before the trip and the return. Our technicians are always on the lookout so that they don’t bring bugs back home, if we do a Bed Bug job that day we inspect our clothes to prevent accidental infestation.

What sucks your body and wallet dry?

What sucks your body and wallet dry?


I know what you are thinking “Uncle Sam” or the Federal Government, right! The inevitable blood sucking tax man or could it be “Bed Bugs at the Federal Building in Cleveland, Ohio“. This last month it happens that the library in (Hamden, CT), Sinai Hospital, Firehouses and the Federal Buildings are being hit by these little biters.

So let’s reflect on this Bed Bugs are NOT going away, we must all be vigilant. They are popping up everywhere from libraries to hospitals, from movie theaters to high end cloths stores and everywhere in between. If you travel take care not to bring them home and if you get them, don’t waste your money on Do It Yourself (DIY) products – they can work but it’s the knowledge you need to treat effectively. Check out our website for further details on this pest at ProBest Pest Management.

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