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The Accidental Bed Bug Invasion

There is a misconception out there that bed bugs are drawn to filth and decay. Given this mistaken belief, many homeowners and apartment dwellers assume that as long as they keep living and sleeping areas clean and tidy, that they should be safe. The reality is, the places we go, and the normal behaviors most of us follow may be making us prone to an accidental bed bug invasion. Are you unaware of how a bed bug could enter your home? Read on to find out more.

There seems to be a lack of awareness in the public about the frequency and habits of bed bugs. For instance, did you know that bed bugs can be found in all 50 states and in countries all over the world? While they are not drawn to clutter, as we spoke of previously, they can hide in untidy areas and take longer to be discovered. Bed bugs can live in any environment, as long as they have access to their food source. They require blood to breed and to survive. Since they can not fly like other pests, they must live close enough to their food source that they can feed often. That means your main living spaces are a perfect environment for bed bugs to hunker down.

Most of us have heard through news or word-of-mouth that bed bugs often can be found in hotels or motels. This is true. But did you know that they are also found in common places like buses, trains, planes, cruise liners, taxi cabs, schools, libraries, theaters, work places, dorms, retail stores, hospitals, and buildings of all varieties. Yikes!

The important thing to know, so you do not become an accidental bed bug “carrier,” is that these pests are fantastic hitchhikers. They can hitch a ride back to your home anytime and any place. Due to this, we suggest the following guidelines when you are out and about.

  • Check your seat wherever you go, whether it is at the mall, in a hotel or on a bus. Look to see if you can spot these small pests. Look for black fecal deposits, insect shells, and blood staining. If you see any signs –  inform management immediately.
  • When you visit any of these locations listed above, don’t put your purse, backpack or jacket on the floor. Rather, hang them wherever possible.  Never accept used furniture without a thorough inspection.
  • Wash all bedding and clothing at the hottest temperature possible.
  • Inspect all bed and furnishings in your own home often to catch an accidental infestation early.

Do you suspect that you may have bed bugs? Call Pest-End Exterminators now at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321.

Preventing and Treating Bed Bugs

Our last two blogs, “Bed Bugs and Your Health,” and  “Signs You May Have a Bed Bug Problem,” have focused closely on bed bugs and the problems they cause. Today, we are delving into our last bed bug topic for our readers – how to prevent and treat bed bugs. Read on to see how you can avoid these pests and how to treat if you are unlucky enough to find that you have a bed bug problem.

Preventing Bed Bugs in your Home

  1. Become a savvy traveler who inspects their hotel room, airplane seat, or conference room before settling in. If you discover bed bugs, ask for a new room/seat and inform the management. Avoid bringing bed bugs home with you by keeping clothes off the floor, washing and drying in hot water and high heat, and inspecting all items that you bring back into your home.
  2. Cut out the clutter from your home. Clutter is a bed bug’s friend as it gives them yet another place to hide.
  3. Vacuum often to rid and hitchhikers from your living areas.
  4. Inspect your furnishings including your bed often. The sooner you catch a bed bug infestation, the easier it is to treat.
  5. Learn how to identify bed bugs at each stage of the life cycle and well as identify bed bug bites.
  6. Use a mattress cover.
  7. Avoid using moving blankets from movers.
  8. Check all second-hand appliances and furnishings that enter your home.
  9. Seal your home as much as possible including electric outlets in your bedroom.
  10. Be vigilant when using shared laundry facilities.



Pest-End Exterminators has a few options if you do discover that bed bugs have found their way into your home. We offer…

  • Steam and Vacuum Service – This eco-friendly treatment uses no chemicals. Two of our technicians will arrive at your home and, after an initial inspection, will steam and vacuum all rooms of concern and the furniture inside of them. Although this is a time consuming and invasive treatment, it is highly effective.
  • Thermal Remediation™ – During this very effective process we heat up an area to 120 to 140 degrees and maintaining that temperature for 3 hours. This process also entails the smallest amount of preparation as most of the belongings are left in the home to be heated. Due to the amount of time that the structure is heated, this treatment is the most effective.

Do you have questions about prevention and treatment for bed bugs? Call Pest-End Exterminators now at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321. Our team can create a treatment plan, and even use our canine detection program to root out the locations of your infestation.


Signs You May Have a Bed Bug Problem

No one wants to even consider that they are being bitten and drained of blood on a nightly basis. It is enough to give even the strongest of us the creeps! Unfortunately, the statistics show that one in five Americans has dealt with bed bugs in their home at some point in their lives. The problem only seems to get worse as places other than single-family homes and hotels are reporting incidences annually. Nursing homes, mass transit, dorms, and even hospitals are reporting outbreaks of bed bugs. Our blog today is dedicated to helping our readers spot the signs that they, too, may have a bed bug problem.

  • Spots or Itchy Blotches – One of the first and most obvious signs of a bed bug issue are the very itchy marks on your skin. These spots are small, red, usually occur in groups and can be inflamed. Often these bites occur in a line.
  • Stains – Many homeowners report that they began realizing that there was a bed bug problem when they saw blood stains on their sheets. Others noticed stains on their box spring or mattress when changing the sheets, especially in the corners and crevices.
  • Bug Remains – Other homeowners notice dead bugs at different stages of development on their mattress, walls, or furnishings. This may be a true sign that you have a bed bug problem.
  • Musty Odor – Your nose may key you off to a problem as bed bugs tend to have a musty odor similar to that of a wet towel that has been left around for too long.
  • Restless Nights – If you have begun to notice that you are tossing and turning throughout the night for no reason, you may have been bitten and not even realize it.

Do you have any of these signs that your home or business has bed bugs? Call Pest-End Exterminators now at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321. Our team can create a treatment plan and even use our canine detection program to root out the locations of your infestation.


Bed Bugs and Your Health

When most of us think about diseases and biting pests we usually consider mosquitoes or ticks. Not often do we think about bed bugs. While it is true that bed bugs do not spread disease as mosquitoes or ticks do, they can cause some issues with your health regardless. Let’s take a closer look at bed bugs and your health.

First of all, bed bugs do not spread diseases to humans, that we know of yet. That should be a weight off your mind if you are dealing with a bed bug infestation in your home, office, dorm, or school. They can, however, have negative effects on your health such as itchy, annoying bites,  insomnia, increased anxiety and, in some cases, anemia due to blood loss.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, bed bugs feed on humans and other warm-blooded hosts, in order to survive and reproduce. They find a host by detecting carbon dioxide emitted from warm-blooded people or animals and respond to warmth/moisture. In order to feed, they penetrate the skin of the host and inject a salivary fluid that contains an anticoagulant to help them obtain blood.

Once a host (you or your family members) has discovered s/he is being targeted each night, there may be a level of anxiety and stress to finding and eliminating these pests. Obviously hiring a professional team of exterminators will be the first step and after treatments, your mind should be put to rest. Until that time, however, many homeowners who are experiencing bed bugs find that they suffer from insomnia and high anxiety. After all, this is a stressful situation.

In addition to insomnia, some people who experience bed bugs do have some health problems. For example, there are some who are allergic and will need to seek treatment immediately to stop the itch or the rash. In other cases, hosts have been drained of blood so often that they suffer from anemia. These cases should be seen by a doctor immediately to resolve the symptoms and put you on the path to recovery quickly.

If you are experiencing bed bugs and need assistance in eliminating them from your home or business, call Pest-End Exterminators now at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321. Our team can create a treatment plan and even use our canine detection program to root out the locations of your infestation.

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.