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What to Do When You Have Bed Bugs

Once bed bugs invade your home, you might get a feeling that you no longer want anything to do with it, and just move out.

Bed bugs reproduce very fast and can survive for a long time between meals. These fearless bloodsuckers get into bed with you, sit on the couch with you, and move around with you – because they cling onto your clothes, backpacks and purses, and even your shoes..

If you have been getting red itchy welts on your skin lately, these bugs could be the culprit. You might also be fortunate enough to spot them crawling on your walls, clothes, or bedding. Below are four easy steps on how to get rid of bed bugs from your home.

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  1. Go through the whole house to find out areas that have been infested

You can do this on your own or hire a pest control professional. The bug’s tiny physique makes it easy for them to fit in tiny and unexpected areas such as the seams of a mattress, curtain folds, between couch cushions, and inside electrical outlets. Use a flashlight and magnifying glass to do the inspection. Also, check for signs such as reddish stains on the mattress or dark spots.

  1. One quick way of containing the bed bugs is to vacuum them

Run the vacuum over all hideouts. Seal the vacuumed contents and throw away. Keep all affected linens and clothes in a sealed plastic bag until you can clean them with hot water and set them on the highest possible temperatures in the washer and dryer.

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  1. Get rid of all bed bug hiding places

Clear any items from the floor that could be a hiding place for bed bugs such as magazines and books. Do not move items from the infested room as you will spread the bugs. Tape up open electrical outlets, move your bed away from the wall a bit, and seal any cracks and glue down loose wallpaper.

  1. Chemical Treatments

You can decide to use chemical or non-chemical methods depending on the intensity of the infestation.

Non-chemical methods include exposing the bugs to very high or very low temperatures. Place bed bug-proof covers over your mattress and box spring to kill any remaining bugs and prevent new ones from getting inside. For chemical methods, try EPA-registered insecticides.

Humane Ways of Deterring and Removing Pests

There are a number of reasons why you might decide to go ‘humane’ with your pest control; perhaps you don’t want to deal with the aftermath of pest control designed to neutralize, or you don’t want to expose yourself/your children/your pets to pesticides, or maybe you just feel a bit guilty. Whatever the reason, there are a number of things you can do to repel, and remove, pests from your home, humanely.

 

Preventing entry.

 

If you’re not sure how, and where, the pests are breaking into your home, you can call in pest control professionals to locate and fill any holes on your property, which insects, such as cockroaches and beetles, as well rodents, such as rats and mice, can use to gain entry into your home. Or, if you’re handy with filler, and have a good idea of where the pests are getting in, you can do it yourself.

 

Keep lavender in your home.

 

While lavender smells great to us humans, most insects avoid it. Fleas, moths, and mosquitoes, for example, are all repelled by the odour, and will take measures to avoid coming into contact with it. So, it’s a great plant to keep in your house- and it’s decorative.

 

Wipe your surfaces with peppermint/eucalyptus oils.

 

Spiders, mosquitoes, and other bugs are repelled by the scent of these oils; if you leave your window open, it’ll make these bugs think twice about entering your home. More than this, if you rub eucalyptus on your bedstead, you’ll reduce the risk of acquiring a bed bug infestation, since bed bugs can’t stand to be near the stench.

 

Use ‘humane’ rodent traps when dealing with unwanted visitors.

 

There are a number of non-violent traps on the market, which you can use to catch any rodents which have managed to make their way into your home. You put a treat in one end of the trap (a blob of peanut butter is recommended) and the rodent is enticed in, at which point the door is triggered and closes behind the rodent. Then, all you need to do is release the pest into the wild. There are a number of benefits to using this sort of trap, besides being the kindest option; you can use the trap more than once, and there’s no dead animal to dispose of.

 

Keep your house tidy.

 

When food is left out for too long, or you don’t take the bin out as often as you should, your house will start to smell incredibly appealing to a multitude of mini-beasts. Mosquitoes, flies and fruit flies, will all flock to where there’s a ripe-smelling bin. Similarly, if food is left out on surfaces, or if it’s swept underneath furniture, this attracts bugs such as beetles and ants, as well as a multitude of rodents. Ants, especially, can become a huge problem, since they are apt to create nests wherever they see fit and wreak destruction on your furniture, and to the structural integrity of your home. Lastly, clutter and accumulations of dirt can be attractive to certain pests, as prime egg-laying spots and nesting sites. So, if you take steps to ensure that your house stays tidy and clean, you can reduce the attractiveness of it as a home to these small invaders.

So, if you’re reluctant to use a less humane form of pest control, and want to avoid using harsh chemicals, such as pesticides, in your home, there are- as you can see -a number of things you can do to prevent, repel and remove any pests that you’re currently dealing with, naturally and without causing harm.

That being said some pests just need to be taken care of as quickly as you can such as termites before they damage your home.  These options are also great as supplementing efforts if you use a local pest exterminator. It also works vice versa if you are doing these items and can’t get rid of them hiring a local pest exterminator is a great addition.

Overall it is important to keep your home protected from bugs and keep your pest problems under control.

About the Author

Rick Blackham is the owner of Mantis Pest Solutions a pest control company in Overland Park, KS.  Rick has over 20+ years of experience in pest control through owning his own companies and working for companies such as Terminix and Orkin.

Cockroach Removal Home Remedy

 

Cockroaches are downright dirty creatures. They creep everywhere in your home and worse, fly when you least expect it.

This is why keeping your home clean and hygienic helps repel cockroaches. But, if you live in a location where woods and trees thrive, you can expect to have a pest or two making rounds on your home until they finally found a perfect spot for them to settle.

Of course, no person would want to entertain a pest.

Some courses of action include:

● Insecticides
This by far is the easiest thing to do. But you may want to consider the disadvantages of using a spray full of chemicals to fully exterminate cockroaches. The fact of the matter is, insecticides may be effective, but only lasts for a few days.

● Using aromatherapy oils and plants
These are good sources that may help repel cockroaches and other insects. Some have solid claims that they work, and some don’t see the results they yearn for.

Squashing them can’t solve the insect infestation in your home, so it’s best to call a team of cockroach removal experts so they can give your residence a full assessment and know exactly where these insects can be found and exterminate them.

Why It’s Best To Call Cockroach Control Services

First, the services they provide are excellent. Each one of the cockroach control team knows what steps are to be made without compromising your property and health.

Next, the actions they take on controlling the infestation of cockroaches and other nasty pests go for long periods. This means the tools and types of equipment they employ are high-quality and proven safe and effective.

Just because you’ve found a single roach egg and threw it away doesn’t mean your insect troubles are over. There could be another one or so lying somewhere, and once they hatch, they will continue to bother you and your loved ones.

The best way is to call cockroach control services immediately.

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Phone 602-842-5290

 

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Do Bugs Sleep?

We know that humans and other mammals need sleep to survive, but perhaps you have wondered if bugs sleep? This is not an easy question to answer, but delving into the science of insect sleep may actually benefit two completely different groups: human sleep researchers and pest control specialists.

Insect Sleep Studies

Among the significant reasons that it’s so very hard to ascertain if bugs sleep is really because scientists have not figured out ways to measure insect brain activity. Without this crucial data, they are forced to make use of other methods that rely more on behavioral observations and creating parallels with human sleep characteristics.

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Studies conducted on various insects (fruit flies, paper wasps, cockroaches, bees, praying mantis, etc.) show many similarities between insect behavior and the behavior of other more complex animals when it comes to sleep. Some items that bugs do appear to mimic common sleep-like habits including:

  • Finding a preferred napping location
  • Remaining still for long periods at regular times (following circadian rhythms)
  • Not being easily attentive to sensory stimuli (increased arousal threshold)
  • If deprived of sleep, they’ll require more sleep later (sleep rebound)
  • Body drooping in the direction of gravity
  • More stimulating muscles

So, the short answer is that yes, bugs do enter a type of sleep, but it’s not the same as human sleep. Scientists instead reference it as a state of deep rest which allows the insect’s body time and energy to repair and restore.

Why does knowing about insect sleep matter?

This may all be very interesting, but why does it matter? First, Scientists regularly study simple organisms to simply help gain insight into the processes and molecular pathways that are involved. Studying such things as sleep and circadian rhythms in insects can be good for untangling the much harder processes that happen in humans.

Second, understanding circadian rhythms and sleep patterns of insects may be good for pest control. Circadian rhythms, or cycles of awake and asleep times, help regulate the metabolism. In quite simple terms, metabolism is how the human body stores and releases energy. Scientists may manage to use the information they gain to locate times of the day that pesticides work better and more effectively as a result of how they are metabolized.

Pest control professionals already use some of this understanding of insect “sleep” cycles to ensure that treatments are effective and safe. For instance, insects like wasps and yellow jackets enter a period of deep rest during the night. When trying to exterminate a dangerous hive, it is better to attack it when the wasps are less responsive in the early morning or evening hours. This can help prevent painful stings.

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At Central Coast Pest Control, eliminating pests and keeping our customers safe and comfortable is our business. We stay up-to-date on the most recent research and product development in order to give you the best possible service.

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What Attracts Bedbugs into Your Home?

Anyone who has ever had an encounter with bedbugs is certain to not forget it. 

The itchy red blotches on the skin that are seen in the morning after, serve as a reminder of the visit from this pesky bug. 

What worries most people is the knowledge that bed bugs feed on human blood

It thus follows that the fear of infection with disease by the bugs is the second biggest concern. 

Fortunately it is a proven fact that bed bugs do not transmit any disease despite having known pathogens in their gut. 

It is no surprise however that this fact is not sufficient to not ease the hate and dread that people have towards this bonafide member of the insect family. 

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Some concerns about bedbugs

The question of what attracts bedbugs into your home is one many concerned people have asked themselves and pondered about. 

This is because this pesky pest seems to find its way into all sorts of human habitation.

From residences in urban areas to those in rural areas, from abodes in the suburbs to those in the ghetto, from five star hotels to the simplest of homes, regardless of whether its summer or winter, bedbugs seem to be found almost everywhere, all the time. 

What bed bugs are mainly attracted to

Despite seeming to be attracted to very little, bedbugs are certainly attracted to one thing. 

The first and obvious thing to which the bug is attracted is a human host. 

As long as bedbugs can find a source of food, they will be attracted to the place the host inhabits.

This fact alone is sufficient to rule out most of the more common beliefs regarding what attracts bedbugs into the home. 

Below are some of these debunked beliefs

  • Bedbugs are not attracted by dirt, grime or filth

Though bedbugs are often found in residences with notably low levels of hygiene, this should not be considered as definitive proof of the bug’s preference for dirty places. 

First and foremost, bed bugs have little to gain from filth, dirt or grime

They do not feed on filth nor do they necessarily make their habitation in it. 

As a matter of fact it is no surprise to find the bugs in commercial lodgings where maintaining high standards of cleanliness is not only necessary but also mandatory. 

The fact remains that bedbugs feed on blood and as long as they can find a human host, the bugs will find a home in any human abode.

  • Bed bugs are not attracted to pets

Some people have blamed their pets for bringing bedbugs into their home. 

It does seem plausible considering that most pets do spend a considerable amount of time outdoors. 

One can then assume that as the pet wanders through the neighborhood, the cat or dog comes across a place with bed bugs which then get into their fur. 

Or maybe even the bugs pass from the fur of a neighborhood pet onto your dog or cat which then brings the bedbugs into your home. 

This series of assumptions cannot be further from the truth. The following points show why this line of thinking is wrong.

  • First of all, bedbugs are to be found exclusively in human habitations and cannot survive at all in the open. Therefore is highly unlikely that your dog or cat will encounter the bugs in a particularly bush or in the neighborhood woods. 
  • Secondly, bedbugs lack the claws necessary to allow them to move within animal fur. This means that unlike fleas and lice, bedbugs cannot find an abode in the fur of pets. 
  • Thirdly, bedbugs lack the strong hind legs that would allow them to jump from one pet to another. Therefore the transfer of bedbugs from one pet to another is not only an unlikely feat but an impossible one for bedbugs.

Bed bug exterminatorThe primary way in which bed bugs infest your home is by the aid of human carriers. 

The human might not carry the bedbugs on their person but they may do so in the luggage or other possessions they bring along with them. 

It is a proven fact that bedbugs and their eggs have been found in bags, boxes, bedroom fixtures, couches, chairs, beds and other common household items. 

Thus to be on the safe side, it would be wise to have such items fumigated thoroughly with a bed bug treatment before letting them into the house. 

  • Bedbugs are not attracted to homes in urban areas

It is true that the prevalence of bedbugs is greatest within urban areas. 

This is because of the higher population densities in such areas and hence the bugs have a large pool of potential hosts. 

However the fact that human beings do make transit from such urban areas to rural ones and vice versa, bedbugs are thus able to make their way to other areas no matter how remote this areas may be.

 

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How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Fast

 Best Way to Kill Bed Bugs

 

We’ve all heard of bedbugs. Those small, brownish, oval insects known for their propensity to invade living spaces and infest homes. In the UK these voracious little pests have caused quite a nuisance. Apart from being unsightly and unsanitary, their bites can cause itchy red bumps that may burn or result in moderate pain.

The problem in the UK has only gotten worse over recent years. Reports out of the United Kingdom have indicated that the occurrence of bed bug infestations across the area has risen year after year since as far back as 2006, with no sign of slowing down any time soon.

This has left residents of Yorkshire and the rest of the UK desperate for answers on how they can fight back.  Yet the social stigma of having “bed bugs” often leaves those same residents reluctant to seek professional assistance. Further exacerbating the issue is the fact that many homeowners don’t even realize that they have an infestation until it has gotten out of control.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are a multitude of solutions and a myriad of approaches you can take to take back control of your household from these pests.

If you suspect that your home has indeed succumbed to these pests, this guide is for you. Read on to learn more about the steps you can take today to get rid of bedbugs once and for all.

Where do Bed Bugs Come From?

Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs are not necessarily the result of poor hygiene or an unclean household. Bed bugs are notorious for catching a “ride” on luggage, clothing, linens and other items, contributing to the spreading of these pests across Yorkshire and other cities in the UK.

Items Bed Bugs Often Hide on or Within Include:

    • Linens
    • Pillowcases
    • Used or second-hand furniture
    • Cardboard boxes
    • Sheets, blankets, clothing
    • And more…

What Attracts Bed Bugs?

While bed bugs do like to hide, breed and multiply in dark spaces and crevices, what actually attracts them is one thing and one thing only: their food source.

This food source is humans. They are also attracted to carbon dioxide emitted when you breathe.

Are Bed Bugs Able to Bite Through?

 

The short answer is “no”. While you may never actually see a bed bug, one telltale sign that you have them is the appearance of red, irritated bites, especially if they occur underneath your clothing.

That said, not everyone has a typical reaction to these bites. For some, they can become quite inflamed and painful, for others they may not be noticeable at all.

GETTING RID OF BED BUGS FAST: 5 STEPS TO AN INFESTATION-FREE HOME

 

Bed bugs are known for their resilience and persistence, making most DIY efforts largely ineffective, and in some cases making the matter even worse.

What makes these fiends so hard to get rid of is that they:

 

    • Have short and constant reproductive cycles
    • Feed relentlessly
    • Are small and flat making it easy for them to hide in crevices
    • Often resistant to consumer available pesticides

Due to these reasons and more, it is often advisable to hire a pest control specialist that can quickly, reliably and safely take care of your bed bug problem. Professionals such as those at Apex Pest Control in Yorkshire are expertly trained, highly experienced, and equipped with industry-grade home and pet safe bed bug remediation tools and insecticides.

For those homeowners looking to first attempt a DIY approach, the following are the top five tips to fight back.

1. Eliminate Potential Hiding Places

Bed bugs do not like to be out in the open. They do, however, enjoy dark crevices and clutter in or under which they can hide out.

Consider eliminating the following:

    • Old magazines and newspapers
    • Clutter
    • Bins or storage containers
    • Cardboard boxes
    • Do not leave clothing piled up or on the floor

Remember, bed bugs are small, flat critters capable of creeping their way into any dark space or crevice. The more of these you can eliminate the less opportunity these insects will have to hide, breed and multiply.

2. Deep Cleaning

In order for professional pest control specialists to effectively eliminate bed bugs, they need to be able to thoroughly inspect the infested areas. Cleaning rugs/carpet, flooring, baseboards, furniture and other household items and areas can give them a fighting chance at rooting out these notorious pests.

Next up on the list: wash linens, bedding and clothing at maximum temperature settings on your washing machine. Similarly, dry them on the hottest setting possible. Once these items are properly cleaned and dry, seal them in large Ziplock or other plastic bags.

Deep cleaning your rugs and carpet is also advisable. Afterwards, be sure to “double-bag” dirt and grime removed from the vacuum and place outside in a bin away from your home.

3. Reconnaissance and Exposure 

During this step, your goal is to uncover and expose any potential areas, cracks, crevices and other places bed bugs may already be, or could possibly, hide in.

Consider:

    • Evaluating baseboards and trim work for loose boards and spaces
    • If you have wallpaper check to make sure the seams are not loose
    • Inspect wall outlets and switches to make sure they are snug against the wall
    • Expose flooring under rugs and remove rugs for deep cleaning
    • Inspect tiles
    • Remove any unnecessary furniture or other items from the area

4. Reposition your Bed 

This simple yet effective tactic can make your bed a harder target for bed bugs to crawl up on from walls. Beds positioned snugly against walls are most susceptible to these pests. By making your bed an “island” you eliminate ease of access from walls while also eliminating the crevice formed where the bed and wall meet up.

5. Linen Care and Bed Bug Proofing

Next up, wash all of your bedroom linens on the hottest settings recommended by the manufacturer.

Items to Wash Include:

    • Pillows and pillowcases
    • Sheets
    • Comforters and blankets
    • Mattress pads

 

Once washed and dry, seal them tightly in plastic bags to prevent re-infestation. Take out only as needed until the bed bug problem has been resolved.

 

You may also want to consider implementing:

    • Bed bug proof covers
    • Natural bed bug repellant

 

6. Leave it to Professional Pest Control Specialists

While the DIY route may be attractive to some, it is not always the best path to take when trying to safely and quickly eliminate bed bugs. These resilient pests are notoriously difficult to eliminate.

Reasons to Consider Hiring a Pest Control Service:

Expense – While the initial investment may be higher, hiring a pro often ends up being the less expensive call in the long run. Retail pesticides are often less effective, meaning more trips to the store, and continued damage and suffering while you try to combat these pests on your own.

Convenience – Finding the time to deal with pests isn’t always easy or anything you look forward to spending time on. Professional pest control companies such as Apex Pest Control will work quickly, discreetly and on your schedule, not theirs.

Knowledge and Experience – Half the battle is knowing the enemy. A local exterminator will be able to quickly and accurately identify the species of bed bug, factors contributing to the infestation and ways in which to reduce the risk of re-introduction of the pests in the future.

Risks – Chemicals of any type carry a certain amount of risk. Professionals use industry best practices when handling and placing any needed pesticides, educating you on when it is safe to re-inhabit the area and can advise on alternative, child, pet and family safe treatment options.

Effectiveness – Pest services utilize industry-leading practices, have access to more effective treatment options, and have experience backed by a track record of successful removal of infestations in your area. They can quickly, safely and reliably eliminate the problem, helping you get back to life as usual instead of being tormented by these little monsters.

Closing Thoughts Regarding Bed Bug Infestations

Residents of Yorkshire and all throughout the UK have experienced a surge in bed bug infestations over the last decade with no signs of the problem slowing down any time soon. If you suspect or are aware of a bed bug infestation don’t wait to take action. Follow the steps in this guide to protect your home and family and to take back control of your living space from these invasive and harmful pests.

Don't Try and Get Rid of Bed Bugs on Your Own

Don’t Try and Get Rid of Bed Bugs on Your Own

Treating and eliminating bed bugs on your own can be a daunting task. It is challenging because they know how to hide so well and their reproduction cycle is quick. Additionally, their egg stage is highly resistant to most forms of treatment, and thus a single trial may not be effective to complete the task.  Don’t try and get rid of bed bugs on your own, get an exterminator into help.

Eliminating bed bugs is a complex procedure. The likelihood of succeeding by your own, especially if you have never done it before is pretty low. It depends on various factors such as the extent of the infestation, sites challenges as well as the type of treatment. So, completing the task can take weeks or months and still not be as effective as expected.

So, why shouldn’t you get rid of the bed bugs on your own?

Having a complete and successful bed bug treatment is not easy as most people tend to think so. It can be time-consuming and costly and still may fail. It is important you seek specialized help to handle the job. Why?

Problem identification is challenging

Identifying the exact problem is not easy. You need to determine infested areas, the surrounding living space and the extent of the infestation. You will also need to identify the pests correctly by collecting samples and showing them to an entomologist expert for analysis. Now, this can be a hectic process for you to take, and the likelihood to make a mistake is high. That’s why you will need a trained pest controller to help determine such issues in order to have complete pest control.  Here is a look at where bed bugs hide.

Developing a strategy

Developing strategies using a calendar to schedule each phase requires specialized skills. Maintaining records for the whole process including dates and the exact locations of the pests is tricky and time-consuming. You might find yourself forgetting and doing it the wrong way. So, you require specialized guidance to help you out.

Treatment

Determining the type of treatment that is effective, safe and legal requires careful consideration. You need to determine the non-chemicals methods that are EPA-registered, use proper drying agents to ensure the bed bugs does not develop resistance, and ensure it is safe for you and your neighbors. Doing this in your own is risky, chemicals that treat bed bugs can be toxic to humans.  A professional from Gecko Pest Control can make sure that everything is kept safe.

All in all, fighting any pest requires due diligence to avoid mistakes that end up being harmful to you and your family. There is no need to consume your precious time to fight the bed bugs, and the end result is a fail or perhaps a bigger negative effect. It’s important to consult pest control specialists for guidance and help.

Never Share Your Home with Vermin Call an Exterminator

Never Share Your Home with Vermin Call an Exterminator

Your home is your sanctuary. You do your best to keep your house tidy by cleaning up unwanted spills left behind from the kids sugary drinks, storing your food in airtight containers, and regularly cleaning and mopping, but you can still find a few questionable bugs running throughout your home. Unfortunately, critters can invade your home and cause a nightmare for a homeowner. You may not see a few ants as a problem, until it becomes an infestation. In fact, your guests can invite unwanted pest (i.e. bedbugs) to your home by simply caring them from a hotel or from their house. Never share your home with vermin call an exterminator to handle pests that have entered your home.

How Can Pests Enter Your Home

Unwanted pests can find several different ways to enter your home. For instance, they love entering your home the same way that you do; through the front door. Critters will use cracks in the door and missing weather strip as a way to enter your home. Furthermore, a door that’s located in your kitchen with these type of flaws is a popular entrance for critters. They will migrate to the kitchen because it’s the fastest way for them to find a meal.

Types Of Popular Residential Critters

  • cockroaches
  • ants
  • silverfish
  • mice
  • carpet beetles
  • rats
  • bees
  • wasps
  • centipedes
  • flies

Bugs will also enter your home through cracked pipes, broken windows, and the attic of your home. A professional can find out how bugs are entering your home and stop them from becoming a threat to your family and household items. Unfortunately, vermin like rats and mice will burrow through your home through the attic or defective residential structure. Vermin like mice and rats carry disease that can cause your home occupants to get sick. Hiring a professional is the best way to avoid a disease that’s carried by unwanted pests.

What To Look For In A Professional Exterminator

Always hire a licensed and certified professional to rid your house of vermin. They have the expertise to get rid of pests with safe and eco-friendly material that will be safe on your pets, small children, and the elderly. In fact, they have the certification to provide you with a warranty on their residential or commercial services. A professional exterminator has the know how to get rid of vermin from your home once and for all.