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Avoid Bedbugs When You Are On Vacation

Avoid Bedbugs When You Are On Vacation

We are in the peak of summer vacation season and the last thing that any traveler wants to think about is bedbugs, however, there are some beach accommodations that have a real problem with these pests and they can ruin anyone’s vacation.  According to the National Pest Management Assoc. almost 80% of all reporting pest control companies have treated for bedbugs in hotels in the past year, up from 67% in the previous year. How Can You Avoid Bedbugs While On Vacation? Look online before you set out on your vacation.  Take a look at the reviews of the vacation rentals where you are headed to see if there is any mention of bedbugs.  Another place to check is The Bedbug Registry. Inspect your room when you arrive.  Don’t think that because you have booked into a 5 Star hotel there won’t be a problem, even they are not exempt.  Take a good look around when you check-in.  You will want to inspect the mattress, box springs and other furniture in the room for any signs of bedbugs. Protect your luggage.  Be sure and pack extra garbage bags and use these to place your suitcase inside and then seal them while your bags are not in use.  Place them on a hard surface such as the floor of the bathroom or a counter top. Use extra precaution when you are traveling.  When you are ready to leave, place your luggage back into a container that you can seal.  This will protect your bags when traveling by air from other passenger’s bags that may be infested.  When traveling by car,...
Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?

One of the most common problems that professional pest control services face is bed bug infestations. Contrary to what is commonly believed, bed bugs are not restricted to bedrooms only. In fact, according to professionals, bed bugs can be found almost everywhere inside the house. Bed bugs like your beds because it is where they can get uninhibited access to all the blood that they need to survive. Aside from that, they also need the carbon monoxide that we release as well as our body heat. And they can get all these by hiding in our beds. But keep in mind that they can appear anywhere, including places that you wouldn’t normally consider to be their hiding places. Where do professional pest control services find bed bugs aside from beds? Aside from the beds, these pests can also be found in the couch, desk and/or reading chairs, furniture with foams and/or mattresses, and behind picture frames or switch plates. Bed bugs love the couch as much as they love beds because this is another common furniture where people most often spend their time. Plus, the couch is the most common furniture, next to the bed, where people fall asleep. So naturally, this is where they would most likely hide if they’re not in your bed. Pest control professionals have often found evidence of bed bugs on desk and/or reading chairs so you may want to check there as well. No, it’s not a likely place for bed bugs to hid in but when you really think about it, some people – especially those who spend more time in front...
Don’t Invite Pesky Bugs To The Thanksgiving Table

Don’t Invite Pesky Bugs To The Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is a time when you desire your house and table filled with guests and family. Regrettably, uninvited and unwanted visitors, such as pests, can find their way inside, too. If that doesn’t seem like something to be happy about, here are a couple of practical suggestions to keep common household bugs out of your home this Thanksgiving and through the winter season. Shop food products securely When purchasing items for your Thanksgiving banquet, ensure you store food safely in the cooking area and pantry. Cardboard boxes and wrappers are not bug-proof and bugs and mice can chew through these products. Use airtight containers that fully seal to ensure these pests stay out of your kitchen, specifically if you’re purchasing items ahead of time. Likewise, think about putting boxed and bagged items in the freezer or fridge to protect them. Keep the kitchen clean If you wish to help keep roaches from entering your kitchen area, start by giving it a thorough cleaning — and be thorough about keeping it clean and tidy. Your food is among the significant attractors of roaches. Ensure any crumbs or food spills are completely swept and wiped up, as roaches may feed upon any offered leftovers. When prepping food for Thanksgiving dinner, be watchful about putting away any ingredients you’re finished using. Keeping dirty dishes from being in the sink is also crucial to assisting prevent pests. Unfortunately, as soon as you spot a roach, there are potentially dozens of others in hiding. While natural remedies exist that can aid with pest control, you’re much better off contacting a pest control expert. Banish...
Easy Organic Pest Control For Common Household Pests

Easy Organic Pest Control For Common Household Pests

More and more homeowners are choosing organic pest control methods to effectively ward off unwanted pests from their homes. Not only are these more affordable and easier to use and prepare than commercial pest control products, they are also more effective and proven safer to the environment and to the health of all the members in the household. Some of the most common pests that people see in their homes and are often finding difficult to permanently remove are ants, cockroaches and dust mites. Here are some easy strategies that homeowners can do to effectively and safely eliminate these pests without harming the environment and putting the health of the household at risk. Organic pest control for ants • Combine water and liquid detergent. Put the solution in a spray bottle and use it to spray ant colonies to effectively get rid of them. • Because ants naturally avoid cucumber and bitter cucumber, placing cucumber peels or slices where the ants are working effectively get rid of them. Find where in your pantry or cabinets the ants are coming in from and place cucumber peels or slices at that entry point. • Ants also do not like the smell of mint leaves or cloves. Crush mint leaves or cloves and place them in tea bags. Put the tea bags in places wherever you see ants. • Close out the ants’ point of entry using cayenne pepper, a string that is soaked in citrus oil or lemon juice, coffee grounds and/or cinnamon powder. Whichever you choose, place it in a line that the ants will not be able to cross....
How To Control Bed Bugs

How To Control Bed Bugs

This spring there was a lot of press coverage about bed bugs. While the focus was on hotels (there is even a registry for hotels that ranks for bed bugs), they are also prevalent in local homes. What Are Bed Bugs? These are small, brown in color, oval insects that actually live on the blood of humans and animals. An adult bed bug will have a flat body and will be about the size of an apple seed. However, after they have fed, their bodies will swell and become a reddish color. Contrary to popular believe, bed bugs do not fly, but they can move very quickly over walls and floors. Female bed bugs can lay hundreds of eggs which are the size of a speck of dust. Myrtle Beach bed bugs are a nuisance, but keep in mind they do not transmit any diseases. How do you know if you have a bed bug problem? Check your mattress in the folds or cracks for stains or egg cases. You will also want to look in the carpeting, wallpaper and other furniture in the room. Even a small amount of evidence can be an indicator of a bigger problem. These little bugs can hide in the smallest of places including inside electrical outlets and beneath baseboards. How do you treat bed bugs? Start by thoroughly washing where the bed bugs exists. This should include bedding and linens, curtains and clothing in very hot water and then dry them at the highest setting possible on your dryer. For items such as shoes, stuffed animals and items that can’t be washed,...