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Bed Bug Prevention

Last week we examined the common and not-so-common places that bed bugs can infest. We discussed the higher frequency of bed bugs being found in mattresses, box springs, and bed frames. We also looked at other locations that may provide food and shelter such as: buses, taxis, libraries, movie theaters, airplanes, schools, and retail stores. Given this alarming information, what can you do to prevent bed bugs from hitching a ride and setting up shop in your home?  Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers who can catch a ride right into your home. In order to prevent this, here are a few precautionary steps to take to ensure that this does not happen.

  • Launder clothing and baggage immediately after traveling to a hotel. Even the highest quality hotels can harbor these pests.
  • When traveling, check your mattress and other furnishings before you sleep the night in the room. Educate yourself about the physical indicators of bed bug infestations. Also keep your clothing and baggage up off the ground and away from furnishings. If you suspect an infestation, contact the management of the establishment and inform them of the problem.
  • Keep clutter to a minimum. Bed bugs rely on hiding places, so the less that is cluttering your home, the fewer places they will find safe haven.
  • If you enjoy shopping at second hand stores for furnishings, rugs, or clothing, be sure to inspect all items before you bring them into your home. This includes pulling out drawers of dressers and checking the undersides.
  • When using shared laundry facilities, be vigilant. This may include transporting items to be washed in plastic bags.
  • Cover your mattress in a safe plastic encasement. While this can help prevent an infestation, it will not stop it once the infestation has begun.
  • Check all used items that enter your home. This includes old computers, appliances, clothing, and gaming systems where bugs can easily hide.
  • If you are moving, do not use the moving blankets that are provided by the company. Either supply your own or require that they be cleaned prior to your move.
  • Be wary of public places that could harbor these pests. When changing at a clothing store, keep your clothes off the floor. When using public transportation, check out the seat and surrounding area.
  • Seal your home so that bed bugs can not enter or at least travel from room to room.

If you suspect that all of your vigilance has failed and that you do have a bed bug problem, seek professional help to eradicate the problem quickly and discreetly. Call Pest-End Exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321.

Bed Bugs, Not Just for Beds!

For years we have been warning our clients about bed bugs in mattresses, box springs, and bed frames. We have discussed the “hitchhiker-like” nature of these creatures and how easily they can cling to an item that you are carrying and make their way into your home. Still, many people are unaware that the term bed bug is a complete misnomer due to the fact that they are not only found in beds but in some pretty common places that we all frequent. Read on to learn about the other locations you should be wary of in regard to bed bugs.

To understand where bed bugs hide, you need to know a little about their behavior and physiology. Bed bugs are fairly small at a quarter of an inch long for adults and 1-5 millimeters for the nymphs. That means that crevices, corners, nooks and crannies are all fair game for hiding spots. In addition to size, bed bugs are stealthy creatures that feed on human blood in a “hit and run” pattern. They come out (usually while you’re sleeping) only to feed. Right after their feast, they scurry back to their hiding places until it’s time for them to make another food run. Being fairy close to their meal is, therefore, important. Bed bugs will stay within 5 feet or so to their food source (you).  As an infestation grows, they do tend to spread further away from the main feeding area, though.

Within Your Home

While bed bugs are most commonly found in places like your bedroom, specifically in and around the mattress, box spring, and bed frame, they can hide in other places within your home. This includes: luggage, walls, clothes, furniture, dressers, couches, pillows, carpets, pet beds, curtains, wall sockets, the laundry room, and even behind wallpaper. According to a study of infested living environments conducted by the University of Kentucky, this was the breakdown of the most frequent places where bed bugs were found to be hiding:

  1. Box Spring (34.6%)
  2. Couch and/or Chair (22.6%)
  3. Mattress (22.4%)
  4. Bed Frame and/or Head Board (13.4%)
  5. Other (3.1%)
  6. Walls and/or Ceilings (2.3%)
  7. Baseboard (1.4%)
  8. Dresser and/or Night Stand (0.2%)

 

Out and About

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common locations of infestation outside of your home are places like apartments, dorm rooms, and shelters. There have been locations in the news recently that add some rather alarming locations to that list. Some recent reports put bed bugs in places like: movie theaters, libraries, trains, buses, taxis, retail stores, schools, day care centers and, most alarmingly, medical settings.

Bed bugs are not just for beds anymore. Do you know what to look for and how to prevent an infestation from happening in your home? Stay tuned for next week’s blog about bed bug prevention. If you suspect you have an infestation, call Pest-End Exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321.

 

Where Do Bugs Hide?

A common question that customers often ask our technicians is, “Where Do These Bugs Hide?” It is only natural to wonder where these pests have been, only to suddenly have them appear in your kitchen, bathroom, or scurrying around your attic or basement. Have they been in your house this whole time? How did they originally get in? And how can you be proactive about preventing these pests from becoming a more serious problem? Here is what we know:

  • Bed Bugs – These pests, that can leave you sleepless, can easily hitch a ride into your home on luggage or clothing items from places like: hotels, movie theaters, conference halls, airports, malls, schools, and pretty much any public place. Check your items before bringing them into your home. In addition, vacuum out suitcases and travel bags when coming back from trips.
  • Ants – Chances are, if you are seeing ants regularly in your home, that there is a nest somewhere either in your home or just outside of it where the ants bring food crumbs back to the colony. These pests are extremely small, so getting in and out only takes a small crack or opening in the siding or foundation. Talk to our experts to find out where your ant problem originates.
  • Ladybugs – Every spring, and again in the fall, Ladybugs seem to flock to the side of homes. Where did they come from and where have they been hiding? In the fall, Ladybugs are looking for a place (like under your siding or hidden in exterior walls) to overwinter. Then, in the spring, they reverse the process and emerge when the weather improves.

Bugs and insects seem to come out of nowhere, but usually there is a reasonable explanation as to why they have certain behaviors. If you have a pest issue that you want solved, call Pest-End Exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321.

Avoiding Spring Break Souvenirs – Bed Bugs

For many families, the school spring break week means getting away from it all by heading somewhere tropical. What a fantastic idea: sun, beach, cocktails, and a hotel staff to wait on you hand-and-foot. It sounds like a dream. Unfortunately, far too many vacationers are coming home with spring break souvenirs that they did not plan on – bed bugs! Here are a few tips to help you avoid bringing home any unwanted spring break guests.

 

  • Do some homework before you book your trip. Check on the Bed Bug Registry online to see if the resort you will be visiting has any complaints. Before you head out on vacation, figure out what to look for when examining your room upon your arrival.
  • Once you arrive at your hotel or resort, thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in sofas/chairs. Pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners, for telltale stains or spots. Look for blood stains or small spots on the mattress as well as looking for eggs, larvae or actual adult bed bugs. If any pests are spotted, change rooms/establishments immediately.
  • Keep your suitcases off the floor. Bed bugs are hitchhikers and suitcases are one of the main vehicles they use to hitch a ride home with you after a lovely vacation. You may want to consider keeping your clothes in plastic bags so that any pests can not find a way onto them.
  • After you return home from your trip, inspect your suitcases and clothes before bringing them into the house. Vacuum your suitcase thoroughly before storing away. Consider using a garment hand steamer to steam your luggage, which will kill any bed bugs or eggs that may have hitched a ride home.
  • Wash all of your clothes – even those that have not been worn – in hot water to ensure that any bed bugs that may have made it that far are not placed into your drawers/closet.

Need to know more about bed bugs or are looking for solutions in your home? Call Pest-End at Toll-Free: 800-287-4321  Phone: 603-382-9644  Phone: 978-794-4321.

Top 5 Misconceptions about Bed Bugs

In recent years the dreaded bed bug has made quite the comeback, from near extinction back into the world of pest control. This tiny pest is not just a local problem but national, and even global in nature. Bed bugs are a horrid pest to find in your home, apartment, or while you are traveling. Unfortunately in its new wave, the bed bug has brought with it some misconceptions about its spread as well as successful treatment methods. Here are the top 5 most common myths about bed bugs.

 

  1. Myth – Bed bugs only live in/on mattresses. This is false. While many of us think of bed bugs as exclusively living in a bed due to their name, they also can be found in rugs, chairs, furniture, planes, schools, theaters, and any number of places and surfaces where humans frequent.
  2. Myth – Bed bugs carry infectious diseases. This is a common misconception due to the fact that bed bugs do bite and feed off of human blood and leave red bite marks that are often itchy and irritating. There is, however, no evidence as of yet that these bugs carry or transmit disease.
  3. Myth – Bed bugs only inhabit dirty, unsanitary, or cluttered places. This is also untrue. While bed bugs find it easier to conceal themselves in a cluttered room, airport, or hotel, they do not need the clutter to survive as they do not feed off the mess or dirt. Despite common belief, bed bugs are attracted to warmth, blood, and carbon dioxide, not dirt or grime.
  4. Myth – Bed bugs are hard to spot and thus can be difficult to prevent and treat. The truth is that most people should be able to see adult bed bugs, nymphs and eggs with the naked eye. They merely need to know what to look for and where to inspect to find these pests. Bed bugs typically range from ¼ to ⅜ inches long. They are flat, oval-shaped creatures that have six legs and don’t have any wings for flying. Young bed bugs may be a white-color, whereas adults can range from brown to red tones. Look in the crevices of mattresses, in chairs, your suitcase (if you travel often), in clothing, and around areas where humans sit or rest often.
  5. Myth – Throwing away an infested mattress solves the bed bug problem. Unfortunately, this is not true. It would be great if it were because treatment would be much easier. Once bed bugs have made their way into your living area they can crawl and move about freely. They can infest other areas of your home where they have access to human blood. Throwing your mattress or even your carpets away is not usually a viable treatment method.

 

Call Pest-End Exterminators Toll-Free: 800-287-4321, Phone: 603-382-9644, Phone: 978-794-4321 if you suspect you have bed bugs and find out our comprehensive treatment methods that will have you pest-free in no time.

Which Pests are Most Active in Winter?

Many customers wonder what we do with our time now that winter is really setting in? Do we fly off to a tropical paradise, study about pests in our spare time, or watch movies like The Fly and other bug-related movies. Well, no. Just because the temperatures have dropped does not mean that pests have all disappeared. The truth is that there are still pests that are either wintering in your home (with or without your knowledge) or possibly looking to gain entry to your home to avoid the cold temperatures of a typical New England winter. Here are a few of the most common pests that keep us busy all winter long.

 

  • Rodents – Mice and rats are always looking for a free meal and a warm place to settle in for the winter. This may be in your garage, attic, crawl space, or even in your woodpile. It is usually apparent that they have infested your home when you see droppings, grease marks, or gnawings. Call a professional exterminator, like Pest-End Exterminators as soon as possible as these creature reproduce and can grow quickly in numbers.

 

  • Cockroaches – These scary looking creatures will enjoy spending the winter in your home, hiding in the cardboard boxes of your garage or in the crevices of your appliances in your kitchen. If you see one, chances are that there are more where that came from.

 

  • Bed bugs – Due to the large amount of business travelers today, bed bugs can be transferred from a hotel, airport, or just about anywhere public back to your home. They live in the mattress and upholstered furniture of your home and sometimes spread out into the walls and under carpets. If you suspect a bed bug in your mattress either by noticing eggs, blood spots, or actually seeing a bed bug, call Pest-End immediately for our comprehensive bed bug treatment program.

 

Do you have pests in your home this winter? Find out by scheduling an inspection by our experts at Pest-End Exterminators. Call Toll-Free: 800-287-4321  Phone: 603-382-9644  Phone: 978-794-4321.

Bed Bug Year End Report

No one wants to think about a bug biting them while they peacefully sleep, but the reality is that bed bugs are on the rise, especially for travelers who frequent airports, hotels, and conference areas. Bed bugs that once seemingly disappeared from the mid-1950s to the late 1990s have come back with vengeance in the last few years. Part of the resurgence is that the potent insecticide that was once used to exterminate them is now banned. In addition, travelers seem to be spreading bed bugs faster than ever before. So where do we stand now at the end of 2017 in regards to bed bugs? Here are some stats that may alarm you, but with proper knowledge and the help of professional extermination teams like Pest-End, your the bed bug problem can be solved.

 

What we Know –

 

  • A comprehensive survey from the National Pest Management Association in 2015 revealed that 99.6 percent of pest controllers reported having treated for bedbugs in the past year, compared to 25 percent of respondents just 15 years earlier. Those numbers have remained the same in the last two years.
  • Bed bugs are still being found in many locations. They are found seemingly everywhere in higher numbers, such as in nursing homes, airports, hotels, college dorms, offices, schools and daycare centers, hospitals, and on public transportation. However, now there are bed bug registries that can help travelers, college students, families, and just about anyone who goes out in public to identify high risk locations. Merely Google “Bed Bug Registry” for your area.
  • The insurance industry has been impacted greatly by the rise of bed bugs over the past years. According to Pest Control technology, “‘Animal incidents, including biting bed bugs, are a leading driver of insurance claims — and losses can be significant,’ says global insurance company Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) in a new report, Global Claims Review: Liability in Focus.”
  • New Research at Penn State is hopeful that a new biopesticide has the potential to turn the bedbug control market on its ear. Thanks to a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem taking root at Penn State that’s helping to push crucial discoveries out of the laboratory and into the marketplace, a new fungal-based biopesticide may achieve nearly 100 percent infection and elimination of bed bugs.

 

Is your home or business impacted by an infestation of bed bugs? Call Pest-End Exterminators Toll-Free: 800-287-4321  Phone: 603-382-9644  Phone: 978-794-4321.

 

Bed Bug Prevalence and Trends

Bed bugs have been around for nearly 3,500 years. How we control and treat them is constantly evolving as our knowledge and technology improve. During the late 1990’s bed bugs saw a large resurgence, especially in the United States. The comeback meant a growth in the pest control industry, including a large array of chemicals, treatment methods, and monitoring devices. While some products have stood the test of time, others have not. Pest-End Exterminators proudly incorporates a combined, comprehensive technique of Canine Inspection, Thermal Remediation, and Cleaning and Vacuuming Services. Let’s take a look at the trends and prevalence of bed bugs as they have begun to evolve.

 

Bed Bug Trends

 

  • Bed Bug Awareness – Globally, more and more people are becoming aware of the issue of bed bugs in hotels, airports, schools, and theaters. Google reported that the term “bed bug” is searched more than a half a million times each month. That means more travelers are becoming savvy about how to prevent the notorious hitchhikers from getting into their homes. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has created a website and a guide meant to educate Americans on how to prevent bed bugs and what to do in the case of an infestation. https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs

 

  • Tracking – Thanks to a heightened awareness and the tracking capabilities of several pest websites, bed bug awareness across the country is at an all-time high and is evident in the success of sites like BedBugRegistry.com which has over 20,000 bed bug reports since 2006.

 

  • Treatment Methods – While some homeowners still believe in using pesticides, other extermination professionals have started using a multi-pronged comprehensive approach to identifying where the bed bug problem is and how to resolve it. Check out our prevention and treatment techniques on our website at https://pestendinc.com.

 

  • Prevalence of Bed Bug Survey – The National Pest Management Association’s “Bed Bugs in America Survey” has shown that bed bugs are found in all 50 states. Specifically, the pests were encountered by 17 percent of respondents in the Northeast; 20 percent in the Midwest; 20 percent in the South; and 19 percent in the West. The incidence of bed bugs is three times higher in urban areas than in rural areas due to factors such as larger population size, apartment living, and increased mobility, which are conducive to the rapid spread and breeding of bed bugs. As the public’s awareness of the bed bug resurgence grows, many Americans are modifying their behaviors to minimize their risk of an infestation.

Signs of Bed Bugs

Now that the summer travel season is here, millions of Americans will take to the roads to seek out vacation destinations. As we mentioned in our last blog, nothing can ruin a vacation like an infestation of bed bugs or worse yet bed bugs hitching a ride back to your home!  Having a little information about how to identify these pests can mean the difference between a relaxing vacation or a stress filled one!

 

Appearance – Knowing what to look for is the first step in identifying and controlling these pests. There are many bugs that look like bed bugs so an accurate identification is a critical first step. You may actually spot these pests in and around beds by using a flashlight at night, since they tend to be night feeders.

  • The adult are about the size of an apple seed, long and brown, with a flat, oval-shaped body (if not fed recently).
  • Young nymphs are smaller, translucent or whitish-yellow in color; and if not recently fed, can be nearly invisible to the naked eye.
  • Bed bug eggs are tiny, the size of a pinhead and pearl-white in color.

 

Signs there may be bed bugs include:

  • Red Itchy Bites – The appearance of flat, red welts in zigzag lines or small clusters is a key sign of bed bugs on humans. Bed bugs can also leave their bites in straight rows and, while they don’t spread diseases to humans, their bites are quite irritating and scratching them can lead to bleeding and infection.
  • An Odor – Bed bugs have a scent that can be quite strong. Many people describe it as musty.
  • Blood Stains – Other than the obvious sighting of bed bugs along the edges of mattresses, chairs, upholstery and other furnishings, the best way to spot an infestation is the appearance of blood stains. These stains resemble small rust spots.

 

If you suspect a bed bug infestation call Pest-End Exterminators for a complete solution!  

 

Bed Bug Awareness

As we enter peak travel and vacation season for Americans, we thought it would be a good time to remind our readers about bed bug awareness. Bed bugs are continuing to be a huge problem across our nation, and unfortunately at some favorite vacation spots both in and out of the states. With the summer travel season upon us here are a few tips to remain aware and not bring these nasty pests home with you.

 

  • At Hotels or Timeshares – Pull back sheets and inspect mattress seams, for telltale bed bug stains or skins. Inspect the entire room before unpacking, including sofas and chairs and behind the headboard. Notify management of anything suspect and change rooms or establishments immediately.
  • Suitcases – Keep suitcases in plastic trash bags or protective covers during your stay to prevent bed bugs from nesting there. Do not put them on the floor in your hotel but rather on top of a dresser or on a luggage stand.
  • Wash – Upon returning home from vacation take clothes to the laundromat or dry on high heat to kill the pests before bringing them into your home. Vacuum suitcases before storing them to be sure no hitchhikers came home from vacation with you!
  • Research Hotels or Vacation Spots – Use the internet to search for the most recent sightings of bed bugs. They are usually reported and book your accommodations using those guidelines.
  • Follow Guidelines – Read this article on the EPA guidelines for American travel EPA Guidelines

 

Travel safe and enjoy your vacation!

 

Please visit back next week when we discuss the signs of a bed bug infestation.