Like thousands of Americans you may be setting out for your summer vacations soon and for many of you that will mean a stay in a hotel. Because of the constant flow of visitors, hotels have become an all too common place to pick up bed bugs.
If you are planning on staying at a hotel, your first priority when you get into your room should be to place your luggage in the bathtub. It may seem strange advice, but believe us, this is the safest place for your bags while you inspect the room. Some people have even begun to travel with large garbage bags to keep their luggage in while they are on vacation. Continue reading
The long famed uninvited picnic guest and star of a much beloved Pixar movie, ants are also the number one pest concern in the United States according to a 2010 survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).
With over 700 species of ants, there are a variety of reasons to want to avoid these bugs. Ants can contaminate food, destroy your property, they can smell bad when smashed and some species, like fire ants, can be very dangerous or even deadly if they bite humans. Continue reading
Our last post we discussed reasons to hire a pest control professional instead of trying to take care of the problem yourself. Apparently we were ahead of our time, because this week one of the hottest stories in the pest world is a study that was published in the June 3 issue of the Journal of Economic Entomology. The findings showed DIY bug bombs are ineffective when trying to eliminate bed bugs. Continue reading
Have you been struggling to keep bugs from invading your home this spring? Many bugs arrived a little early this year so homeowners have had to face the decision of hiring a pest management company or find a DIY solution for their infestation. If you have been trying to decide how to erradicate a pest problem in your home or business, here are some reasons we believe hiring a pest control professional is the safest and most effective route to choose. Continue reading
It’s a sad fact that many of our neighborhoods that once seemed so stable are now facing the harsh reality of foreclosure. In most of our towns, it is hard to go a few blocks without seeing a home that is noticeably vacant. The house is dark, windows are curtainless and the lawn is overgrown. Continue reading
The tick season has got off to an unusually early start for us this year. In a previous blog we discussed how many bug populations would be on the rise because of the mild winter, but the early surge of ticks is due to something else entirely. Continue reading
Here in the midwest the first day of spring usually doesn’t feel much like spring. But this year with the early warm weather snap, you can bet everyone is anxious to get a jump start on those projects that would normally have to wait for April and even May.
Of course, spring cleaning is on the top of many homeowners lists. If you are cleaning out attics or basements that really haven’t been touched for the past few months, there may be a good chance you will come across some little surprises along the way. With the unusually warm weather, we have already heard from many of you about the early invasion of ants and knats, but we have also heard a couple of people say things like, my house is full of bugs I’ve never seen before. Continue reading
Recently the website bedbug.org posted a graphic listing some surprising facts about bed bugs. We’re in the bed bug extermination businesses and even we were surprised by a couple of the tidbits, especially when they showed the rise in bed bug infestations. Of course we know that the pests are on the rise all across the United States, but seeing the numbers graphically makes it hit home. Continue reading
Here in the Midwest we have been enjoying and speculating about our unusually warm winter this year. We’ve heard many people say they are waiting for the other shoe to drop. Could it mean that we will get slammed with a blizzard in March or will our summer be blazing hot? One question we’ve been asking, if the mild weather continues, will we be hit with higher numbers of pesky bugs? Continue reading
Every year the U.S. Poison Control Centers receives thousands of calls regarding children’s exposure to household pesticides. It’s bad enough to think about what our toddlers pick up off the floor and put in their mouth but it is even more frightening when they go exploring under your sink. The fact is many of the sprays and powders we purchase to help rid our homes of dangerous pests can actually end up harming our families if not used correctly and kept out of reach of young children. And even though these chemicals are labeled with various warnings, it is not uncommon for adults to use and store pesticides incorrectly. Continue reading