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Identifying a Bed Bug Problem

March 22, 2013

A lot of people think that very clean homes cannot get parasitic infestations. Those who have never seen pictures of bed bugs usually do not know if they have a parasite problem. There are a number of ways to find out if you need to have your mattresses checked for parasites. If you are experiencing skin rashes or allergic reactions during the night, it might be signs of these parasites in your home. Look for pictures of bed bugs over the Internet so that you know what types of insects you are looking for. Look for ways on how to get rid your home of these parasites.

Enlarged pictures of bed bugs that can be found online can help you learn more about these insects. They are about the size of apple seeds, around 3/16ths of an inch long. These parasites are small, reddish copper and flat. Once they have bitten someone, they go plump and red. These bugs are mostly active during the night where they feed off human blood. However, they are not only nocturnal. They can bite a host several times without being noticed. Bed bugs live in warm homes in between sheets, bed sides, headboards or near where people sleep.

These parasites can often be found in hotels. Travelers should take precaution as these bed bugs can slip into suitcases and stow away to your home. Check mattress seams or any small crevices near the bed. Bed bugs leave fecal matter in areas they frequent. These droppings are small and black in color. Look for pictures of bed bugs and their eggs. A female bed bug can lay up to five eggs a day. It is best that you find out if there are any signs of larvae in order for you to stop the parasitic infestation.

When traveling and staying at a hotel, it is very important that you screen for bed bugs. Look for signs of infestation. You can check the bed sheets if there are any small spots that look like rust. Check under the mattress, behind the bed frame and in small crevices of the furniture inside the room. To keep bed bugs away from your suitcase, elevate your luggage and keep them away from walls. Once you get home, keep your clothes away from your bed and any furniture until your belongings have been properly washed. Run these through the dryer on the highest heat setting in order to kill any parasites that might have come home with you.

If you believe that you have an infestation in your home, it is best to call a professional pest control service. Even the cleanest homes can experience bed bugs. To avoid any health problems, you should have your home assessed. These parasites reproduce very quickly. There are a number of eradication procedures that can be used depending on the severity of the infestation. For safety reasons, homeowners who believe that they have bed bugs should call a pest control company to take care of the problem.

Image: Bed Bug Life Cycle

March 15, 2013

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Check out this cool graphic of the life cycle of the common bed bug. Make sure you look out for creatures that look like this in your home!

Natural Bed Bug Control Products

March 9, 2013

Although they were thought to be virtually eradicated in all developed countries as far back as the 1940’s, bed bugs have made resurgence over the past twenty years.  Estimates now suggest that the number of bed bug issues raised to pest control companies rose by approximately 500 percent between the years of 2000 and 2004.  The problem is so prevalent that some states have even created special task forces to deal with the issue of bed bug infestations.

Since the typical professional treatment by an exterminator can be very expensive, costing anywhere between one thousand and four thousand dollars, depending on the size and severity of the infestation, it is small wonder that more cost effective measures are being sought. 

Add to that the fact that exterminators working for professional pest control companies must use highly powerful and dangerous pesticides in their attempt to eradicate the problem, and it is enough to give a homeowner pause.  The word “attempt” was used, because only six percent of pesticide applications works on the first visit and in over one third of the instances, more than three trips are needed to fight the infestation.  That means more and more and more poisons being sprayed in, on, and around where you and your children sleep eight hours every night.

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With all this in mind, it is obvious why more and more people with bed bug problems are looking for more natural and safe ways to effectively deal with their bed bug infestation.

The first step in fighting an existing bed bug installation without the use of chemicals is the clean up.  Wash everything, absolutely everything.  Strip the bed completely, including pillows and pillowcases, shams and ruffles curtains and valances, and wash in very hot water.  Non washable items such as toys and stuffed animals should be wrapped tightly in plastic bags for a few weeks, to suffocate any possible bed bugs.

The next step is to thoroughly vacuum every fabric surface, not only the carpet, but the mattress and box spring, both sides.  Use the vacuum cleaner’s attachments and methodically suction every nook and cranny.  The key thing is to be thorough.

These steps will not kill all the bed bugs, but it is an excellent start. A heat treatment can be the next step.  Slowly steam clean every inch of bedding and carpet.  If a steam cleaner is not available, a hair dryer, methodically applied, can also be effective.  Where possible, an iron can also kill hidden bed bugs.

There are a number of so-called bed bug killers that are on the market.  Immediately cross off the list any product advertising essential oil as a solution.  These claims have proven to be false.  In fact, the Federal Trade Commission has initiated a lawsuit against such companies.

One natural product that has shown encouraging results is food grade diatomaceous earth, also known as fossil shell flour.  When the bed bugs crawl through it, it cuts them and dehydrates them.  It is non-toxic for humans and animals, but because the dust is very fine, it is recommended that you wear a dust mask.

Pest Control Insulation

March 5, 2013

            In a day when modern home structures are advancing and complicating, having insulation against pests and bugs is crucial. While a variety of insulations have existed, a popular one used today is referred to as TAP. TAP consists of: Thermal insulation, reflecting heat or cold and protecting the internal temperature of a household; Acoustic insulation, blocking the release or entrance of sound into the structure; and Pest control insulation, repelling any unwanted visitors. Any pest control insulation used in TAP must be confirmed and approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), assuring the quality of any product.

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            The difference between simple, ordinary insulation and pest control insulation is the employment of boric acid. This chemical prevents the consistent breeding and colony production in pests and is deadly to many insects. As an additional bonus, it is safe to use around humans and pets, making it acceptable to exist in a household. It is impossible for insects to gain a “tolerance” to the chemical, which means no pests will acquire mutations and return to haunt your house, this time immune to TAP. The many pests that exist the EPA’s list of pests, including cockroaches, lice, mosquitoes, along with bacteria and other small animals, will be repelled by the use of TAP and its special chemicals.

            The remainder of TAP is constructed of recycled paper, making it a modern, “green” alternative to regular insulation. Not only is it green in its environmentally friendly methods, but it is “green” in the fact that it will help the consumer save money. As it controls heat and cold, less money will be spent on heating and air conditioning (and lower bills are always on the plus side); and, it will save you from constantly calling helpless pest control services or running to the store, standing before a wall of pest control repellents, all claiming to be the best in the business. Lower cost, lower confusion, and raise satisfaction when choosing a pest control insulation, and use TAP.

            No one wants to live in a home plagued by pests, which is why TAP is the best solution to heat regulation and pest control, a knockout two-in-one. A revolutionary, environment-beneficent product, TAP will keep parasites and disgusting insects from infesting your house, ensuring that you have a safe and secure household, so that you might live in peace without the constant fear of an infestation.

Welcome to my new blog

March 1, 2013

Hello and welcome to my brand new blog. If you're like me, you hate bugs. You hate walking into your kitchen or garage and seeing a little critter scurry away from you where it can't be reached and knowing that the critter has plenty of friends making themselves at home in YOUR home.

Well I started this blog for people like you and me who are sick and tired of bugs thinking they can freeload and squat on your property for free. I'll update with the latest and greatest pest control tips and strategies to keep your home bug free!

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