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How to Prevent Bed Bugs in College Housing

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  Bed bugs are an introduced pest and a persistent problem in campus housing and in many Greek houses. Your room may have already been infested with bed bugs when you moved in, or they may crawl over from the room across the hall. You also put yourself at risk anytime you bring in used furniture, get a new roommate, or let a friend stay for the night or weekend. VIDEO: Protect Yourself from STBBs (Socially Transmitted Bed Bugs)   The two keys to bed bug control in college housing are prevention and early detection. We’ll discuss prevention in moment. First, it’s important to understand bed bug habits and signs… Read More

Patriot Day Week Pest Control Links Round-Up

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Patriot Day Week Pest Control Links Round-Up   12 Ways To Honor 9/11 September 11, 2001 will always be a tragic day in American history, but in the years since the attacks, it has become a day to honor the victims and survivors by doing good. We’ve proven as a country, that good things can come after disaster. It’s been 12 years since that tragic September day, so here are 12 ways we can honor the victims of 9/11. More… Bed Bugs: What To Do If You Get An Infestation From A Hotel Bed bugs can and will ruin your vacation. And, if you bring them home accidentally, it is… Read More

Pest Control: The Label Is The Law

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What’s in a label? For pest control operators there is much more to find in a label than just words; there is law. Each and every chemical used in pest management has certain purposes and conditions that companies must follow when handling. These policies are sustained to maintain the safety of clients and proper extermination. Labels carry strict, unbendable outlines for usage, and along with this strict adherence of policies come many implied expectations and qualities. Standards: Purpose & Trust When a pest control operator is solicited, its purpose is to regulate chemicals according to their labels. Anyone can smash a roach with a sandal, but mass extermination and the… Read More

Bed Bug Liability For Rentals

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Bed bugs are infesting themselves into people’s lives but for those with lease agreements it’s difficult to figure out who’s responsible for the bugs and their damages. Arizona law (for example) makes it very clear that upon discovering bed bugs renters and landlords are expected to mutually cooperate. Here are some basics to the laws regarding bed bugs. Bed Bugs: The Law The landlord is financially responsible for exterminating pests. The law expects them to answer quickly, within 7 days, to a tenant’s written complaint by hiring a professional and having the unit already inspected within those 7 days. Tenants are expected to stay in the unit and cooperate with… Read More

A Pill A Day Keeps The Bedbugs Away?

(Photo by Brooke Borel) A Pill A Day Keeps The Bedbugs Away?   Can popping a pill keep bedbugs from feeding on you during your sleep? That’s exactly what a group of doctors and scientists from Eastern Virginia Medical School believe with their new research. A New Weapon For Battling Bedbugs?   New studies suggest that a bedbug will die shortly after having a blood meal from someone who has taken the drug Stromectol. Many are finding this news refreshing as bedbug infestations are growing at exponential rates—some reports say as rates have risen as much as 75% from this same time last year. Researchers hope that taking the Stromectol pill, along… Read More

Weekly Links- Pest Control News

Pest Of The Week: True Chinch Bug   The True Chinch bug is a small insect, native to the United States, and quite common in the Mid-western States. Adults may vary in body color, ranging from dark red to brown, with white wings; and red legs. Due to their small size, reaching about 4 millimeters in length, the True Chinch bug is hardly noticeable. As such, they can become a pest control problem for unsuspecting homeowners. True Chinch bugs are notorious for devouring the stems of delicate turf-grass. In most cases, an effective pest control strategy against the True Chinch bug will include the application of a pesticide, and/or the… Read More

Celebrities Attacked By Blood Sucking Bedbugs

Celebrities Attacked By Blood Sucking Bedbugs Bedbugs can be a common occurrence for celebrities, who do a lot of world traveling for both work and leisure. One of the biggest misnomers is that bedbugs only live in poor, dirty hotels. The truth is they can be just as common in a five star hotel as a dilapidated transient housing unit. For an informative infographic about the rising bedbug epidemic, click here. Here are a few celebrities who have recently had run-ins with bedbugs: Howard Stern Howard Stern reported on his Sirius XM Radio show that he has been “scratching every minute,” since his New York apartment and limousine had been… Read More

Bed Bugs At UNL – What do bed bugs cost a University?

Recently the University of Nebraska-Lincoln underwent extensive investigation into its Bed Bug problem.  The University hired a K9 Inspection company to bring in the dogs to search 3,256 rooms and of those rooms they only found bed bugs in 197 rooms. Considering the major problems that we are having with Bed Bugs this number isn’t too bad and it’s encouraging to see that the university is doing what is necessary to keep this problem from becoming a nightmare to its students and staff. Although the numbers above are encouraging I’m sure the numbers associated with the cost are more discouraging to the universities bottom line especially when budget cuts and… Read More

Bed Bug Pictures – Showing the Bed Bug Epidemic

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Bed Bug Epidemic There is a lot of scare around bed bugs and the rising accounts of it in the US, and the scare is justified. Bed bugs are very difficult to control and spread very fast if not kept in check. Regular pest control treatments are not enough to keep these pests at bay. Pest management professionals charge a pretty penny when bed bugs become an infestation. If you have a concern about bed bugs it is best to call early and react quickly if signs point to ‘yes’. Bed bug dogs are a very effective way to search for bed bugs, both to prevent and follow up on… Read More

Bed Bug Study Suggests My Wife Should Stop Shaving Her Legs

According to new research from the University of Sheffield in the UK, hairy skin can help prevent bed bugs from biting. In fact, the study helps explain why bed bugs and other parasites such as mosquitoes, ticks, and leeches, will seek out the less hairy areas of the body; such as wrists and ankles. Research has shown that our bodies are covered in a layer of two types of fine hair. One type is short and nearly invisible, and the other is longer and more visible. Researchers argue that there are “relatively few explanations for the evolutionary maintenance of this type of human hair,” so scientists wanted to test the… Read More