Archive for Bed Bugs

What are some popular pests?

250px-Bed_bug,_Cimex_lectulariusPest problems are an annoying nuisance that can be expensive to resolve when not handled properly. Learn more about the following popular bugs to discover how to identify and resolve pest problems.

Termites

Termites are a common problem for property owners. These annoying bugs live in colonies and can increase in large numbers. People will notice the problem when the termites start chewing through wood. Homeowners should seek professional help to resolve this issue. Pest professionals offer several options to help people with termite infestations. The Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System uses bait to eliminate termite problems. This is a great option for people concerned about the environment. Homeowners can also choose the Premise option, which is a liquid treatment for termite problems. This liquid is lethal to termites when digested. Most termites will return to their colony after digesting the liquid, which will kill other termites in a short amount of time.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have become a growing problem in recent years. People can easily bring bed bugs home when they visit other people with the problem. Bed bugs are extremely difficult to resolve, but pest control professionals can help control the problem in infested homes. Bed bugs can be difficult to be seen by the human eye, but pest professionals have trained dogs to detect bed bugs in a home or office. Pest professionals can use heat treatments to help resolve bed bug problems. Heat treatments are safe for the environment and can be completed in 12 hours. Liquid alternative are also available for treating a bed bug infestation.

Fleas and Ticks

Flea and tick infestations are a common problem in many households. Most people think fleas and ticks only live in homes with pets, but any home can develop this annoying problem. People can bring fleas and ticks home when they visit places that have those bugs. It’s also common for these bugs to live outside. Pest professionals can control flea and tick problems in just a few short hours. It’s important for humans and animals to be evacuated from the property when the home is being treated. After the treatment has been completed, people will need to vacuum every three days for three weeks.

To should seek professional help to resolve termite, bed bug, fleas, and tick problems contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

 

What is bed bug heat treatment?

250px-Bed_bug,_Cimex_lectulariusMost people are disturbed by the prospect of finding bedbugs in their homes. Nevertheless, the odds of being the target of a bedbug invasion are increasing as the insects are increasingly found in hotels, dorms, apartments, delivery vehicles, and even furniture rental stores. Heat treatment is becoming an increasingly popular, eco-friendly method for effectively treating a bedbug infestation.

The Heat Treatment Process

First, treatment area is prepped by removing all items that cannot withstand temperatures in excess of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Residual pesticides may be applied to crevices in outside walls to prevent bedbugs from retreating to other parts of the property. Heaters are then brought into the building along with fans to help circulate the heat. Once the heat is turned on to the required temperature, items inside the building may be moved around to ensure the insects have no place to hide.

Advantages of Using Heat Treatment

In addition to being chemical-free and non-toxic, heat treatment is a pest control method that is able to penetrate hard-to-reach places such as wall cavities and mattresses, where bedbugs often hide. Killing bedbugs in their hiding places is especially important because an adult bedbug can survive in hiding on a single blood meal for up to one year. Heat treatment is a favorable option in settings like hospitals, hotels, daycare centers, and private residences. Furthermore, bedbugs can be killed by heat at any stage of development, including eggs, which means the infestation can be treated effectively. The key to an effective bed bug treatment is determining the sources where you obtained the bed bugs to begin with. You want to avoid the source until you are sure that they also have been treated effectively for bed bugs and show no signs of an infestation.

Call a Professional

If a bedbug infestation is suspected, contacting a professional is always best. Contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344. Pest control technicians are available to provide more information about the advantages of heat treatment as well as conduct an onsite assessment.

 

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That Bed Is Mine! How to Rid Your Bed of Bed Bugs

1024px-Bed_bug,_Cimex_lectulariusNobody wants to deal with bedbugs in the home. Not only are they dirty, but also they can create itchy bites on the body while you are sleeping. Although bedbugs are most often found in hotels, they may get into your home as well. Knowing how to address this problem successfully will give you confidence and the ammunition you need against these irritating bugs.

Noticing an Infestation

You may first be wondering if you have an infestation. Your first clue will most likely be itchy red welts that typically appear first around the ankles and waist, where clothes are tighter fitting. As you look around your bedroom, you may notice several other signs that point to bedbugs. You may wake up to red blood spots on your sheets. When you inspect your mattress, furniture and carpeting around the bed, you may notice small brownish spots from bedbug feces as well as from their shed skins.

How to Start

You can do a couple things yourself to begin the fight against these offensive insects. First, wash all of your bedding, curtains and clothing in hot water. If you have anything in your home that cannot be washed, such as shoes or stuffed animals, you should put these in the dryer on high for a half hour. Second, you will need to eliminate as many bedbug hiding places that you possibly can. Repair cracks in your walls, glue wallpaper back to the wall if it is peeling and clear excessive clutter away from your bed.

Professional Help

However, it is virtually impossible to get rid of bedbugs completely without the help of a professional exterminator. You may be able to eliminate some bedbugs yourself or take away their favorite hiding places, but a complete extermination is necessary to prevent a larger bedbug problem in the future. The exterminator will be able to inspect your residence to find where the bedbugs are hiding and can recommend the best course of action. He or she may use a chemical treatment, called a pesticide, or may use some other method, such as heat.

If you have any questions about bedbugs or if you are in need of pest control services, contact Clegg’s online or phone at 888-672-5344. Clegg’s has the knowledge and experience to take care of your bug infestation.

 

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Ready for Vacation? Be Sure You Don’t Bring the Bed Bugs

KofferV3From the name alone, you can tell that a “Bed Bug” is a bug that lives in your bed. While you can guess that they would be active at night, you may not know that they are not exclusively nocturnal. And sometimes they can get into your luggage and go with you on your next vacation. Here is what you can do to avoid bringing them with you.

What is a bed bug?

A bed bug is a parasitic insect that feeds exclusively on blood. The name comes from the fact that their preferred habitat is inside beds or bedding of warm houses. This bug feeds on human blood and often times the host does not even know that they are being noticed. If they bite you, it could cause skin rashes and allergic reactions.

Inspection is your First Defense

Preventing bed bugs in the first place is a great way to avoid them from getting into your luggage and joining you on your trip. When packing, be sure that your luggage is clean and be sure that you pack in a clean location. Carefully inspect the luggage inside and out. Take it outdoors in the natural light. Open the luggage and remove the contents to make sure everything looks clean. Even pull out a trusty magnifying glass to really see into tight areas.

Avoid the Spread

If you see any movement from a dark or translucent pest, you could have an infestation on your hands. If you think there is a problem, you should vacuum it and wash it with soap. You can even immerse the luggage in hot water. A thorough cleaning is very important to avoid from spreading the bed bugs. In addition, it is a good idea to avoid using secondhand luggage from a thrift store as you do not know where that luggage has been. By isolating potential bed bug infested items, you stop their spread immediately, helping you travel without pest invaders.

Getting Help

For more information about bed bugs or to get professional treatment, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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Bed Bugs: Affecting Homes & Businesses Worldwide

Bed bugs on a chair

Bed bugs on a chair

Bed bugs usually travel from place to place by hitching a ride with humans. Since we tend to be rather mobile, bed bugs can easily find their way to your home or business. Certain types of businesses are more likely to encounter bed bug infestations, but everyone is potentially at risk. We have treated hotels/motels, multi-family housing (apartments and condos), nursing homes, university dorms, public schools, military bases, firehouses (and rescue trucks), and hospitals, among others.

If you think about situations such as these, you can see how easily bed bugs can move from place to place:

  • A home health care worker treats an individual whose house is infested and returns home without recognizing that he or she is carrying bed bugs. Now the nurse’s car and house are at risk of infestation.
  • Rescue workers pick up a person who has collapsed at home without noticing the person’s clothing carries bed bugs. The rescue vehicle, fire station and individual medic’s homes are now at potential risk.
  • A couple whose house is infested attends church, not realizing that bed bugs have hitched onto her purse and his dress shoes. The bugs may drop off and look for another warm host, continuing the cycle.
Bed bugs infesting shoe

Bed bugs in a shoe

There have been many cases reported in the news around the globe, from a hotel so badly infested in India that the owners decided to just shut it down, to reports of ongoing challenges with ambulances in Hawaii. There was even a case a few years ago where two international flights were grounded until the planes could be treated for bed bugs.

While there is no evidence that bed bugs transmit any diseases and their bites are not venomous (though some people may have allergic reactions), these bugs have quickly become a worldwide problem once again. Bed bugs were essentially eradicated back in the mid-twentieth century with the use of strong insecticides. Unfortunately, these chemicals were found to cause environmental issues and were banned. Bed bugs have made a steady comeback, spreading quickly in part because our society is so mobile. People who use many of the reduced-strength over-the-counter products to treat bed bugs themselves are, in many cases, worsening the problem when the bugs build up resistance to the chemicals.

So if you own or manage a business, what should you do?

It is virtually impossible to prevent bed bugs from entering your establishment. The best thing you can do is train your employees on what to look for as an indicator of a potential bed bug problem and teach them the steps they should take if they find an issue with bed bugs or other types of pests. As soon as you find any indication of an infestation, contact a pest professional. They will send either trained inspectors and/or bed bug dogs (K-9 inspectors!) to confirm and treat the problem. Delaying will only make it more difficult to get rid of the bed bugs.

Commercial Bed Bug Training

If you have a business that is at increased risk of exposure to bed bugs, Clegg’s offers periodic  bed bug classes to train your employees on how to deal with these determined pests. The session covers identifying bed bugs as well as action steps to take if the bugs are discovered. If you would like to learn more, please contact us via email or call 1-888-672-5344.

To learn more about bed bugs, read our recent articles:

Bed Bugs FAQ (includes information on how to identify an infestation)

Avoiding Bed Bugs While Traveling (great for businesses with employees who travel frequently)

Bed Bug Heat Treatments (the most efficient way to get rid of these pests)

If you suspect you may have a bed bug problem, contact Clegg’s today to schedule an appointment to have your premises checked. Waiting will only allow an existing bed bug infestation to get worse and cause the problem to spread. If you have questions about bed bugs, feel free to give us a call at 1-888-MR-CLEGG.

 

Bring the Heat to Remove Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Heat Treatment MachineBed bugs are at an all-time high as of late. They’ve been popping up all over the place including motels, resorts, luggage, and unfortunately your home.

The silver lining in all of this is that, contrary to popular belief, bed bugs do not carry any diseases. They are just a nuisance and cause mild to severe skin irritation when bitten.

If you believe your home is infested with bed bugs, Clegg’s will provide a FREE inspection. Our detection methods are extremely effective and adorable. We currently have two trained bed bug detection dogs, Smoke and Rambo. K9 inspections may require fees for commercial sites. We can go on about them all day but we already have in a previous post.

Once bed bugs have been detected, it is on to the treatment phase. Lucky for you our treatment processes are just as effective as our bed bug detection dogs. If there are no extenuating circumstances, our team can be in and out of a standard size home within 12 hours including prep and treatment time.

Our team uses and has been trained by Pest Heat. This heat treatment system delivers controlled, high volumes of heat to targeted areas. We blast infested areas with heat ranging from 120 – 140 degrees Fahrenheit for several hours.

This type of treatment effectively kills bed bugs in all forms of their life cycle from eggs to adults. This approach is chemical free and environmentally friendly.

If you happen to notice bed bugs or any signs of bed bugs, contact Clegg’s at 1-888-672-5344. You can also contact us online or request service.