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May 2014 News: Mosquitoes Carry Diseases

In the May edition of the Clegg’s newsletter: Diseases Caused by Mosquitoes, The Truth About Snakes, and Bed Bugs: Affecting Homes and Businesses Worldwide.

Diseases Caused by Mosquitoes

mosquito cdc small May 2014 News: Mosquitoes Carry DiseasesAs the weather warms up in the Carolinas, it sometimes seems that mosquitoes are everywhere. Most people consider mosquitoes bothersome, but they can be dangerous. Mosquitoes can carry and transmit a number of diseases to humans and animals, including West Nile virus, malaria, several forms of encephalitis, and other diseases that are less common in the United States, like dengue fever and chikungunya. Some of these diseases may cause serious complications or be deadly. Dogs and cats may also be at risk, as mosquitoes transmit heartworms.

Your best bet is to take steps to avoid mosquito bites. Here are some tips to help:

  1. Use mosquito repellant containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or plant-based oil of lemon eucalyptus. This is especially important if you’ll be outside between dusk and dawn since this is when the mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus are most active. Note that some of the natural repellants need frequent re-application and do not offer the same amount of protection as DEET.
  2. Wear pants and long sleeves, especially if you’ll be working or playing in wooded areas.
  3. Remove sources of standing water on your property. Mosquitoes require standing water to lay and hatch eggs, though specific environments may differ by species. On average, mosquito eggs hatch in around 10 days, so if you have areas of standing water in your yard, you should dump them out frequently.
  4. Make sure windows and doors you plan to leave open have screens.
  5. Talk to your vet about heartworm prevention drugs for your dogs and cats.
  6. Get more information from your pest care professional on mosquito prevention and treatment programs.

Learn more about the dangers of mosquitoes.

The Truth About Snakes

Blue and Snake 222x300 May 2014 News: Mosquitoes Carry DiseasesMany people we talk to are terrified of snakes. While there are some species of venomous snakes in North Carolina we need to watch for, in reality most snakes are harmless. In fact, snakes can be beneficial in helping keep the rodent and insect populations under control.

According to the NC Cooperative Extension, there are approximately 37 types of snakes found in North Carolina. Of these, only six are venomous. (Visit the Cooperative Extension website for some great photos of all North Carolina snakes.) The most common snakes we come across are non-venomous snakes like Black Racers, rat snakes and garter snakes. These snakes may come close to your house looking for rodents and insects. We often find snake skins that have been shed in crawl spaces where the snakes are finding (and eating) mice and rats! If you have firewood piled near the house, the snakes may hunt for food or seek shelter in the wood piles, so use caution when removing wood in warmer weather.

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Bed Bugs: Affecting Homes and Businesses Worldwide

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Adult female bed bug (enlarged).

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 manage a business, you’ll want to read our latest article on steps you should take if you suspect a bed bug infestation. Questions? Call a Clegg’s pest professional today!

 

 

 

Bed Bugs: Affecting Homes & Businesses Worldwide

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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.
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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.

 

January 2014 News: It’s Cold Outside!

In this issue of our newsletter: Brrr…It’s Cold Outside; Bed Bugs: Fact or Fiction; and Termites and New Construction.

Brrr…What a Cold Snap!

Deer Mouse January 2014 News: Its Cold Outside!Just a reminder: when it gets really cold outside, mice and rats may decide your home looks like a great place to hang out. They may get into your house through small holes and cracks and make nests in the walls or your attic. Some signs that you have these furry visitors may include scratching noises in the walls, droppings, or urine stains soaking through the drywall. You may also see small bits of chewed materials like paper, drywall or insulation, or notice electrical problems if they happen to chew through wires! If you believe you have a problem with mice or rats (or any other nuisance wildlife), give Clegg’s a call before they do more damage.

Bed Bugs: Fact or Fiction?

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Adult female bed bug (enlarged).

When it comes to identifying and treating bed bugs, there is a lot of incorrect information out there. Since we deal with bed bugs every day, the team at Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control wanted to provide some answers to frequently asked questions (a bed bugs FAQ) on what works and what doesn’t. Learn how to identify these annoying insects, which home detection products work, and why cold doesn’t always kill bed bugs in this new article on bed bugs.

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Termites and New Construction

termite damage 300x221 January 2014 News: Its Cold Outside!North Carolina law requires that new home builders provide termite treatment for the homes they build. These treatments must be on the approved list maintained by the NC Department of Agriculture – Structural Pest Control and Pesticide Division. Most builders use a soil applied liquid termiticide that is effective for around five years. It is important that homeowners be proactive and have their homes retreated after five years (or install a termite baiting system like Sentricon®) and inspected annually to keep termites from causing property damage. Learn more about termites…

 

 

 

Bed Bugs FAQ: Fact and Fiction

When it comes to identifying and treating bed bugs, there is a lot of incorrect information out there. Since we deal with bed bugs every day, the team at Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control wanted to provide some answers to frequently asked questions (a bed bugs FAQ) on what works and what doesn’t.

Identifying Bed Bugs

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Adult female bed bug (enlarged).

You may be able to identify bed bugs yourself by looking for the signs, including live bugs, exoskeletons along the edges of your mattress and box spring, blood spots on the mattress or linens, or evidence of bug bites. There are home kits that you can purchase to test for bugs. The most effective of these is a saucer that contains a powder. Once they crawl into the saucer, they cannot get out. You can check the saucer daily to see if you catch any bed bugs. Alternately, most pest control companies (Clegg’s included) offer free residential bed bug inspections. If bed bugs are found, the pest technician can then provide a treatment plan for your review.

Treating Bed Bugs

Pesticides

Bed bugs are notoriously resistant to pesticides, and many pesticides are dangerous, especially when sprayed in a sleeping area or around children and pets. Most safe pesticides do not leave residuals, meaning the bugs must come in contact with the pesticide before it dries. Bed bugs are good at hiding in cracks and crevices, so it can be hard to spray them all. In addition, the insecticide levels in most over-the-counter pesticides are low. This can result in the bed bugs building up immunity to the pesticide, making it even harder to get rid of them for good. For fact sheets on specific pesticides, check the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.

Alcohol

Some folks recommend using alcohol as a temporary measure. The alcohol can kill the bed bugs if you spray them directly, and it can help to dehydrate any eggs you spray; however, in our experience, alcohol is not very effective and only delays resolving the problem.

Treating with cold

According to recent research, in order to consistently kill bed bugs in a cold environment, they must be exposed to temperatures of 3 degrees Fahrenheit for a minimum of 80 hours. If you do have a freezer that enables you to maintain these low temperatures, you can treat smaller items like kids stuffed toys or non-washable items by sealing them in plastic bags in the infected room (you don’t want to spread the bed bugs as you move through your house) and putting them in the freezer for a week or two.

Steam treatments

Some companies treat infestations with steam. This will kill bed bugs, however the steam comes from hot water and can cause damage to wallpaper, some paints and some furnishings.

Treating with heat

Currently the most effective way to treat bed bug infestations is using dry heat. Thermal heat treatments use equipment to bring the infected area up to a minimum temperature between 130 and 150 degrees and maintain the heat at that level for a period of time. This ensures that both live bugs and eggs are killed. A surface temperature of 120 degrees is lethal to the bugs, but the treatment temperature must be higher than that to ensure all areas (including between walls) are hot enough.

We have heard of companies that use electric heaters and go room to room to treat the house. Unfortunately, electric heaters generally cannot reach and sustain sufficiently high temperatures over a large enough area to effectively remove an infestation. Commercial LP gas heaters can achieve the necessary temperatures.

Microwaving

We have read stories of individuals trying to microwave library books to ensure they don’t have bed bugs. This can create a fire hazard and ruin the books (replacing library books can be expensive!). We don’t recommend it.

Kerosene, Diesel and Gasoline

All we can say is, DON’T DO IT! While these liquids will kill bed bugs, they are flammable and are all health hazards. We have seen several news stories over the past few years where people have tried to treat bed bugs themselves using these substances and ended up burning down their homes. Stay away from these fuels.

Boric acid or similar powders

Others have tried treating bed bugs on their own using boric acid or other powders. In one case, there was so much powder laying on the surfaces of a home we were called to inspect, we would not take our bed bug dog inside due to the risk he would inhale the powder. We don’t recommend using these products.

Hard to treat items

Some items that are attractive to bed bugs – like Hoverounds®, wheelchairs and cars – are hard to treat. There are products that are effective in using an aroma to kill the bugs. These strips are placed in a sealed area (for example, we would place a Hoveround in a large bag with the strips and seal it or place inside the car and leave it closed) and left for 72 hours. These aroma strips are very effective when directions are followed.

Cleaning and de-cluttering

Removing clutter from your home is a good start to getting rid of bed bugs. They prefer to live in dark, enclosed spaces like behind headboards, under baseboards, and in cracks and crevices. It will help to remove items you don’t use (seal them in plastic before you remove them) and thoroughly clean and vacuum your home, sealing and tossing the vacuum cleaner bag. This will not remove all the bed bugs, but will give the ones that remain fewer places to hide and make it easier for a pest professional to treat the area. You should also wash bed linens regularly in hot water (at least 120 degrees) and dry them on high heat. When you remove linens to wash them, do place them in a plastic bag to transport to the laundry room and seal and dispose of the plastic bag afterwards.

Do I have to throw out my furniture?

Not usually. In most cases, when bed bugs are professionally treated your furnishings will also be effectively treated. The exception would be mattresses or upholstered pieces that were already damaged, allowing bed bugs deep into the upholstery. In such cases, treatments may not be effective in killing bugs that are protected by layers of padding. If you have expensive mattresses you believe are infested, you may wish to use high quality mattress encasements to suffocate the existing bugs and prevent new ones from moving in. Damaged upholstered furniture may not be treatable. Also note that some inexpensive furniture that is made from particleboard with a plastic or vinyl coating may not hold up through a heat treatment.

Should I move?

No! The bed bugs will just move with you. Even if you leave the house with the clothes on your back, you run the risk of taking along a hitchhiker and starting the cycle all over again. It’s best to treat the bugs in your home and inspect on a regular basis after treatment. Once the bed bugs have been gone for at least two months, you should be okay to move without risking contaminating your new living space. If you are planning on moving into a new home, you may wish to have a pest professional do a pre-move-in inspection.

Do bed bug encasements work?

A high quality bed bug encasement used on your mattress and box spring will suffocate any bugs still in the mattress and prevent more bed bugs from accessing the mattress. This is not a solution to the overall problem, but does make it easier to identify and deal with future problems. We recommend that anyone who has their home treated for bed bugs use encasements on all mattresses and box springs in the house and leave them in place for a minimum of 24 months.

How can I make sure bed bugs don’t come back?

Having your house professionally treated will go a long way toward ensuring the infestation is eradicated. It’s also important to watch closely for signs of new bugs. Unfortunately, there is no foolproof method to keep bed bugs out of your house. If you are exposed to bed bugs that someone else has brought to a public location (or brought into your home), you may transport these bugs home with you. It is important to be vigilant!

A special note: we have recently heard of companies saying they will treat infestations on a room by room basis. This is not effective! You must treat the entire living area to ensure the infestation is removed. Even one bed bug in a second room in the house can begin the cycle all over again.

Not sure if you have bed bugs? Call Clegg’s today and schedule a free residential bed bug inspection. If you do have bed bugs, our team will put together a treatment plan to resolve your bed bug problem.

How to avoid bed bugs while traveling

Working in the pest control industry, we sometimes tend to be overly aware of insect problems. And bed bugs are a growing problem around the world. Whether it’s during the holidays or summer vacation, everyone who travels – or even leaves their homes – is at risk of bringing home one or more unwanted “guests.” Bed bugs have been found in hotels, apartments, libraries, schools, fire stations, office buildings – basically any place there are humans.

With the height of the travel season upon us, we would like to share some of the common questions we hear about bed bugs and provide answers so you can learn what you need to do to identify and avoid bed bugs while you travel.

What do bed bugs look like?

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Adult male bed bug (enlarged)

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Adult female bed bug (enlarged)

Bed bugs are small (usually 1mm to 7mm) and reddish-brown in color. They are fairly flat and do not have wings. Bed bugs feed on the blood of humans and animals. Their flat shape allows them to hide easily in cracks and narrow spaces, where they can survive for months without blood. While bed bugs are not known to transmit any diseases, their bites can cause allergic reactions in sensitive people. Photos of the male and female bugs are shown here.

How can I avoid bed bugs when I travel?

When it comes to bed bugs, prevention is the best alternative. Here are some steps you can take to minimize your risk of bringing bed bugs into your home:

  1. Check your hotel room immediately for bed bugs. When you get into your room, place your bag(s) in the bathtub and head to the bed. Pull the covers back and look at the seams of the mattress and box spring for signs of live bugs, molted skin or dark/rusty spots of excrement. Check behind the headboards, look at the baseboards, and scan where the ceiling meets the wall for signs of live bugs or small stains. Note any suspicious smells. If you find bugs, grab your suitcase from the tub and head back to the front desk. Try another room on a different floor (infestations are often isolated) or switch hotels.
  2. Do NOT unpack your clothes and store them in a dresser. Hang things up or leave them in your suitcase.
  3. Bring a large yard bag and store your suitcase in it while you are at the hotel. When you are ready to leave, pack all your clothes inside the plastic bag and then place it in your suitcase.
  4. When you arrive home, remove your dirty clothes bag and wash clothes immediately. Brush or vacuum your suitcase and bags before storing.

While these steps are not a guarantee you won’t get bed bugs, taking precautions will definitely lessen the chances you’ll have to deal with an infestation at home.

How do bed bugs get in my house?

Bed bugs can hitch a ride on your clothes, your purse or briefcase, or on your luggage quite easily. They prefer to hide in the folds of fabric or the seams of your suitcases, so you may not notice they are there. Females may lay approximately five eggs a day throughout their adult lifespan (up to 18 months), and eggs hatch in 4-12 days. It doesn’t take many stowaways to quickly turn into an infestation!

How do I know if I have bed bugs?

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Bed bug bites shown on arm

The bugs tend to hide during the day in dark areas near where humans sleep. You should inspect your home regularly. Look at the seams of mattresses or bedding, around baseboards, and in cracks and crevices of furniture. Your sheets and pillows may show signs of small blood spots, dark/rusty spots of bed bug excrement may also be present, or you may see egg shells or molted skins on bedding or furniture. Bed bugs give off a sweet, musky scent that you may also smell in your bedroom or other infested areas. You may also notice bites on exposed parts of your body. This photo shows an extreme case.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Bed bugs can be very difficult to eliminate. They have developed a resistance to many insecticides, and the “do it yourself” home remedies we’ve heard about simply don’t work. Heat is often the best option to kill bed bugs, however most homeowners do not have the equipment to generate sufficiently high heat for a sustained period of time to do the job. Your best bet is to call a professional.

Identifying and treating bed bug infestations as quickly as possible will make their extermination easier and make the likelihood of recurrence less. High quality mattress and box spring encasements can also help prevent re-infestation. While thermal heat treatments are highly effective, upholstered furniture or mattresses that are infested with bugs deep inside may have to be destroyed as the heat cannot penetrate and kill the bugs.

If you are concerned you have bed bugs, contact a professional for an inspection and, if required, a treatment plan. Clegg’s offers free residential bed bug inspections. Call 1.888.MR.CLEGG today.

 

 

August 2013 News: Bugs in NC

In the August 2013 edition of our newsletter: Are There Bugs in NC? You Bet! – Bed Bugs in the News – Employee Profile | Frank Holland.

Are There Bugs in NC? You Bet!

Carpenter Ants August 2013 News: Bugs in NCA lot of insects thrive in North Carolina. From ants to centipedes to spiders, you have probably seen many of the common bugs in the area. Insects are a great food source for birds, snakes and other wildlife, but when they get in our homes or put us at risk of illness or disease, they become more than a nuisance. We recently published an article on the most common bugs in North Carolina. If you missed it, read through and see how many of these bugs you’ve seen!

Bed Bugs in the News

Jason Viar on News11 300x217 August 2013 News: Bugs in NCJason Viar, branch manager of Clegg’s Fayetteville office, was recently interviewed on ABC11 for a segment on bed bugs. These annoying critters were virtually eliminated years ago through the use of harsh chemicals that have since been banned. The latest treatment techniques use thermal heat to kill the bugs.

Employee Profile | Frank Holland

clinton frankholland August 2013 News: Bugs in NCMeet Frank Holland, Branch Manager of the Clegg’s Clinton, NC office. Frank has been in the industry since 1992 and has worked for Clegg’s since 2001. As Branch Manager of the Clinton office, Frank oversees daily operations of all departments, handles business development, and works with his team to ensure high morale and excellent customer care. When asked what he enjoys best about his job, Frank responds, “I like knowing that we can make someone’s life and property better through our experience and service.”

Frank is a high school graduate and attended technical college to study HVAC. He has pursued pest industry-specific training, including:

  • Center for Urban and Industrial Pest Management at Purdue University, 1994
  • Food Plant Pest Management Certification, 2005
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Certified, NC State University, 2005
  • Structural Pest and Termite Control License, 1999

Frank has received the Clegg’s Presidents Club award numerous times. He is a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and was Legionnaire of the Year in 2008. Frank supports Mooseheart, a residential facility for underprivileged children; Moosehaven, an elder retirement village; and Adopt a Highway, where he cleans litter from area roadways.

Frank enjoys fishing, bowling, pool and firearms. He became a U.S. citizen in 1981 and learned the English language. Frank has three children and five grandchildren. He lives in Micro, North Carolina.

 

 

July 2013 News: Termites – After the Swarm

Here’s our July 2013 newsletter. In this issue: Termites: After the Swarm, Bed Bug Update, Meet Gabe Morrow, and the Sales Tax Holiday is back!

Termites: After the Swarm

Termite damaged baseboard Fayetteville small 300x225 July 2013 News: Termites   After the SwarmFor many homeowners, seeing a termite swarm is their first indication they have a problem with these wood-destroying pests. Termites only swarm in the spring, so if you didn’t see a swarm, you must not have a problem, right? Wrong! Swarms of termites are not the only indication that you have a problem. And since termites eat wood year round but only swarm once a year, it’s important to know the signs you might have termites.

Clegg’s recently published an article titled, What You Need to Know About Termites. Learn common signs of a termite infestation and steps you can take to keep these pests away from your home. If you suspect you might have termites, give Clegg’s a call at 1.888.MR.CLEGG. We offer free termite inspections, so you can find out for sure if you have a termite problem.

Bed Bug Update

“When I originally inspected Mr. Ormond’s home, the infestation and resulting damage was some of the worst I have ever seen,” says Tony Dobbs, Rambo’s handler and pest control/bed bug detection specialist. “I could smell the bugs when I walked in the door.”

Setting up to do a heat treatment in Ayden 300x200 July 2013 News: Termites   After the SwarmClegg’s treated a severe infestation of bed bugs at no charge for an elderly Ayden man and his son in June. The son had medical issues that worsened when home health care services were discontinued due to the bed bug infestation. Clegg’s bed bug specialist Tony Dobbs worked with the Ormond family and area agencies trying to find a solution to cover the cost of the treatment. When this failed, Tony approached Clegg’s corporate office for help. In addition to treating the home at no charge, Clegg’s Greenville team collected donations of gently used furnishings to give to the Ormond family. Read the story…

Employee Profile: Gabe Morrow, Asheville, NC

Gabe Morrow 223x300 July 2013 News: Termites   After the SwarmMeet our new Asheville Branch Manager, Gabe Morrow. Gabe has been working in the pest control industry since 1999. He started as a technician and route manager before becoming branch manager for Clegg’s Termite and Pest Control in Asheville, NC. Gabe is Quality Pro/AIB trained, and has an AGS in General Studies at Ivy Tech State College and an A.S. in Organizational Leadership and Supervision at Purdue University. Gabe holds pest and wood certifications in Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgia.

Outside of work, Gabe does volunteer work with Grant County Rescue Mission, Wayside Mission and Goodwill Industries. He enjoys jogging and spending his free time outdoors with his wife and daughter. Gabe can be reached at 800-964-8553.

Sales Tax Holiday!

Just a reminder that both North Carolina and South Carolina will hold their annual sales tax holidays from August 2-4 this year. The tax-free weekend allows consumers to purchase certain items and not pay sales tax. Types of items covered are limited and there may be dollar limits of the value of each type of item. Click here to see the list of North Carolina regulations; click here for the list of South Carolina regulations.

 

 

 

Bed Bug Infestation Leads to Furniture Drive for Needy

Furniture Drive 231x300 Bed Bug Infestation Leads to Furniture Drive for NeedyDurham, NC – Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control, LLC announced today that the team in its Greenville office is collecting new and gently used furnishings for families in need who have lost items due to bed bug infestation. All donated items will be inspected by Clegg’s trained bed bug detection dogs before being given to the families.

“While we can often treat home furnishings to kill all the bed bugs, there are cases when the infestation is severe – for instance, the bugs have gotten inside a torn mattress or sofa – where it is almost impossible to eliminate the problem,” says Tony Dobbs, a pest control and bed bug detection specialist and handler of bed bug dog, Rambo. “We have worked with several families who lost upholstered furniture and didn’t have the money to replace it. As a team, we talked about the issue and decided we would collect things like mattresses, sofas, and chairs, verify they were bed bug free, and then donate them to these needy families.” Those interested in donating should contact Tony Dobbs at 919-632-2205 or email him. The Clegg’s team will pick up items donated in the Greenville area.

Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control, LLC (http://www.cleggs.com) is a family-owned, full-service pest control company based in Durham, North Carolina, offering residential and commercial pest control services throughout North Carolina. Clegg’s will devise a customized plan based on the individual pest and termite control needs of each customer. In addition to treating for termites, ants, bed bugs, roaches, fleas, ticks, mice, rats, and nuisance wildlife, Clegg’s also offers moisture control solutions and termite protection services. Clegg’s is an authorized operator for the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System and a member of the North Carolina Pest Management Association. Clegg’s can be contacted by phone at 1.888.MR.CLEGG.

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Clegg’s Acquires Trained Bed Bug Detection Dogs

Durham, NC – Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control, LLC announced the acquisition of two trained bed bug detection dogs. These dogs work with trained pest professionals to detect bed bug infestations so they may be eliminated.

Smoke 289x300 Clegg’s Acquires Trained Bed Bug Detection Dogs“Bed bugs had been almost unheard of in the U.S. for decades,” says Phillip Clegg, President of Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control. “Over the past two years, there has been a resurgence of the bugs. We see stories in the news on a daily basis where the bugs have infested businesses or government buildings. We’re also getting calls every day from homeowners after they or their children are waking up with bites from the critters. While our pest technicians are trained to identify bed bug infestations, these two bed bug detection dogs can do it faster and more efficiently (Smoke is pictured to the left).” Bed bugs feed on blood, and their bites can cause itching. They are not known to transmit diseases. Bed bug dogs have been trained to identify the bugs based on their scent.

“Unfortunately, bed bugs can easily travel from place to place, making it harder to control their spread,” adds Clegg. “Individuals need to be aware of the indicators of bed bugs and contact a pest professional if they believe they have an infestation.” Clegg notes that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed deceptive advertising charges earlier this month against companies that claimed to have an all-natural bed bug remedy. “While it’s nice to think there is a proven ‘do it yourself’ solution to treat bed bugs, they can be difficult to eradicate. We recommend calling someone with solid experience treating bed bugs.”

Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control, LLC (http://www.cleggs.com) is a family-owned, full-service pest control company based in Durham, North Carolina, offering residential and commercial pest control services throughout North Carolina. Clegg’s will devise a customized plan based on the individual pest and termite control needs of each customer. In addition to treating for termites, ants, bed bugs, roaches, fleas, ticks, mice, rats, and nuisance wildlife, Clegg’s also offers moisture control solutions and termite protection services. Clegg’s is an authorized operator for the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System and a member of the North Carolina Pest Management Association. Clegg’s can be contacted by phone at 1.888.MR.CLEGG.

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