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How to rid your home of BED BUGS in one visit!!!!

Some of you may have heard about a new treatment for bed bugs that’s getting a lot of attention lately. It’s called Thermification. And it kills 100% of all bed bugs and their eggs with just one natural treatment in about 6-8 hours on average. Here’s how it works. Preparation of your home is minimal for the treatment. It’s nowhere near the stress of a chemical treatment. Simply place all medications, birth control, candles and anything that could melt on a hot summer day into the refrigerator. Make sure all of your clothes are hung or in dresser drawers. Do not put clothes in bags. Plants and fish can go into one bathroom. Turn your furnace to heat as high as it will go. That’s pretty much it for preparation. The first piece of equipment that is placed inside your home is a special dehumidifier that operates at high temperatures. At high temperatures the air inside your home becomes charged with moisture. This device removes all moisture in your home to below 10%. The reason this is done is that bed bugs can survive hot environments. Removing the moisture drastically lowers their thermal death point. Which means they will die quicker and from deeper inside the furniture and walls once the treatment begins. Large four foot tall heaters are rolled into position throughout your home. These heaters are powered by a generator outside. This heaters are designed to gradually heat the air inside your home. Air going inside the heater is heated 10 degrees warmer

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Bed Bugs — Don’t Throw Away Your Mattress!

We’ve all seen this driving down the road, but, did you know, that if you have bed bugs, you don’t need to throw away you mattress or furniture? It’s true.  Mattresses can cost thousands of dollars. Why would you throw it away? If your exterminator tells you to throw away your mattress, couch, chair or any other furniture, you need to throw him away!  So often I hear the horror stories of people being told to throw away their belongings to help fight bed bugs. People spend hundreds if not thousands on treatment and on top of the inconvenience of having to bag up all your clothes, vacuuming everything everywhere, pulling up carpet and baseboards you’re told to throw away your mattress. Why? Let me tell you why, from an expert’s point of view: Pest control companies that spray pesticides know that it is not effective. They know the bed bugs will be spread out from using the pesticides. To make it easier on the exterminator, they tell you to get rid of the items that have the most activity. Most of the time it’s your mattress.  Did you know? No one, including an exterminator from any company, can spray or apply any pesticide to any mattress! It’s Illegal It’s illegal for a very good reason. People all over have been treating their mattresses and have been poisoning themselves and their children. Hospitals have reported an 800% rise in pesticide poisoning for just this reason alone. You don’t want to lay on a bed treated with chemicals that are

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Termite Treatment (Part 3)

So now you have to pick what type of treatment to use to kill the termites that are eating your home. Lots of decisions, questions and concerns. I’m going to break this down into a few simple groups. I’m going to focus on three types of treatments that most everyone has heard of and company’s use. Yes there are more but this is about results not cool ways of destroying your home. All of these opinions are mine. No one pays me to lean more towards their product then another. I like what works the best and what stands up to my high standards. Baiting Baiting is marketed as a green treatment. All those who are worried about chemicals being injected into the ground run to this… At first. Most run away after using it. I was involved with the testing before this went mainstream many moons ago. The idea is good. To have a wood rod in the ground 24/7 waiting for termites to attack it. Here is the problem. Let’s just say that we live in a perfect world and your exterminator will check each one of your stations each time they come out. Well if termites are in one of these stations, the only way to tell is to pull it out of the ground. Now, what you see are termites, damaged wood and a happy exterminator who feels like they just caught a big fish. What you don’t see is the termite solider a still in the soil sealing up the tunnels

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Termite Treatment (Part 2)

So, now you have had several inspections performed and a good idea where your termite issues are. Most people don’t have inspections performed while all deciding principles are home at the same time. It’s important that just after the inspection was performed that you write down notes pertaining to that company.  As questions like: Were they on time? Were they rude or not interested in my concerns? Were they extremely professional and did they take the time to explain everything very well? Rate each one from 1-10. Compare notes with your other decision maker. Go over each of the proposals. Write down what you like and what you don’t like. Again rate them 1-10. You should then have a pretty good idea as to which company you are leaning towards. Once you have your top company worked out call them and ask for references. Actually call them. Ask how the proposal was different from the actual work performed. Were there any changes? How was the follow up? Would they recommend this company for you to use? Now, the Internet is tricky. When you are researching a company, make sure it’s the one in your area. Lots of pest control companies have the same name but are not related to each other. Don’t rely on the “Better Business Bureau” for truly accurate reviews. Customer reviews are the best way to go. Read the good ones and the bad ones. It’s hard to make everyone happy but a bad review can be positive if you can see how the

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Termite Treatment (Part 1)

Everyone has heard of termites and at least knows someone who has a story about them. The story is never good. It’s one of those things that we never think about until it happens then we wonder, “Why me”. Termites are just about everywhere in the world. There are different types of termites in different parts of the world. Here in the USA, we deal with about three species. Around North Carolina and north we deal with eastern subterranean termites, which will be the focus of this blog. Eastern subterranean termites live in the soil. The move freely underground foraging looking for food. They are an important part of the Eco system tasked with breaking down wood. The way I like to visualize it is, you see ants all the time running about all over the ground. Well, termites do the same thing but under the ground. Termites eat the sugar in wood called cellulose. It’s found in all wood types. An average colony can eat a standard 2x4x8 in a year. The problem is they don’t just focus on one stud then move to the next one. They damage several at a time. Termites damage wood slowly, but move very quickly, building shelter tubes at a rate of an inch and a half per hour. The shelter tub is made from surrounding material and mud. They use it for protection from sun light, air, predators and turn it into a super highway. I have seen some shelter tubes as large as my wrist. Most

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Termite Inspection 101

Termites are a very serious pest issue. They cause more damage than all fires, storms and floods combined. Over $5 billion in damages a year. So do you want to try to perform the inspection or have a professional perform it? It’s your home. Imagine a tiny termite worker eating your home. It’s half the size of a grain of rice. It isn’t out in the open saying, “Hey look at me I’m over here”! It hides deep inside the wood stud or support beam quietly going about its life. Hidden even further behind your drywall, paint and the book shelf. So, who do you call? What do you say? First, I would ask friends and family who they have used and if they were happy with the experience. Termite inspection are usually free. And you should have one performed at least once a year. If it were my house I would have three companies come out until I found one I really liked and TRUSTED. You’re looking for someone who spends most of their time inspecting and answering your questions instead of trying to sell you a plan of some sort. Call three companies and simply say you’re looking to have a termite inspection. They may ask if you are selling your home, say no, unless you are. A termite inspection for the sale of your home costs money and is only good for thirty days. Thermal imaging is the most advanced way to inspect a home for termites. The imager detects faintest heat

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