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Pest Control During Pandemic

  The Department of Homeland Security declared pest control as an essential service. To prevent sanitation from worsening this pandemic, we are ought to keep a healthy and hygienic working and living environment.   Pest Population Increase Consequently, the lack of sanitation in restaurants, offices, or homes contributes to the growth of pests. Hence, with the bacteria and viruses they carry, more chances of us catching diseases. Inevitably, empty buildings provide sanctuary for pests to nest and breed—causing significant sanitation issues and damages. Therefore, keeping the pest situation intact could ensure the safety of all the necessary products and services offered.     What do we need to look out for?  The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) included these pests to be controlled: Rats and mice – Diseases, damage, and droppings are just a few of the countless disappointments these rats contribute. With them around, contaminated food is within unfortunate reach. Cockroaches – Down to one’s luck, these pests cause of asthma, allergy, and also food contamination.  Flies – What do you expect from someone who feeds on garbage and sewage? These flying nemeses carry germs like E. coli and Salmonella. Not just that, contaminating food and water are also their forte. Bed bugs – Sleepless nights are not only the reason, they most likely suck out your blood without mercy. With bites causing mild to severe allergies, nobody wants them around.   Overall, having a strong partnership with our local pest control provider is a good investment for a healthier community. With all the time spent indoor,

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Hotels and Motels Battling COVID-19 and Bed Bugs

Old Nemesis taking advantage with New Enemy  With the pandemic still raging around the world, some hotels and motels alike maybe now empty and/or running with a skeleton crew—leaving them two more things to worry about: their battle against bed bugs and COVID-19—both alarming and deadly to our health and businesses.   Who’s the culprit now: Bed bugs or Covid-19? Some had to close down while sitting, waiting, and wishing: when will the business come back to normal? Who’s the culprit, is it Covid-19 or the continued growth of their former nemesis, the bed bugs flocking around the deserted rooms waiting for the doom of business?   With the now declared “new normal,” the majority of these businesses are repurposing as centers for COVID-19 patients and frontline workers. They stand on the edge in fighting two battles at once: the recent enemy and still hailed as very deadly, Covid-19 complimenting the spread of more ancient enemy of hoteliers—bed bugs.   CDC reports that Bed bugs do not carry infectious diseases. However, they are more likely to cost hotels their reputation and hundreds, even thousands of dollars to get rid of them as the clock ticks due to lack of maintenance.   Resistance against the culprit Fortunately, with the hygiene regulations imposed by the federal government, these little critters are spreading slowly than before. Making the lives of hoteliers a lot easier, but this doesn’t mean that bed bugs have died due to starvation. Bed bugs can go without feeding for 20 to 400 days.   They are unbelievably resilient for their size, and

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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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