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Do It Yourself Bed Bug Solution Is Not The Answer

Having bed bugs in your home is a stressful situation.  People who are suffering through a bed bug infestation have difficulty sleeping because they are on constant alert waiting for the critters to come and suck their blood.  Spreading like wildfire from coast to coast, bed bugs are taking over hotels, homes, hospitals, theaters, retail stores, homeless shelters, and many other places that people frequent.

New Jersey pest control professionals report that many people are unaware of how difficult it is to eradicate bed bugs from their home.  At first sight of the bugs, they often turn to some of the do-it-yourself remedies that are popping up in home improvement stores, grocery stores, and discount stores.  Bed bugs are not like other types of pests that invade your home.  These tenacious bloodsuckers require a specific course of treatment, usually multiple treatments, in order to obtain full eradication.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning consumers about using do-it-yourself bed bug products.  The current assessment is that bed bugs do not transmit disease and are a nuisance pest.  The CDC has issued a nationwide warning because consumers are making themselves sick by improperly using over-the-counter insecticides.  The desperate efforts to kill the bed bugs has resulted in people mixing fumigators, using more chemicals than the manufacturer recommends, and using the wrong types of pesticides in an effort to try to kill the bloodsuckers.

Over-the-counter pesticides are deemed “safe” if they are used according to the manufactures instructions.  Not following those instructions makes the chemicals toxic to humans and pets.  It is very likely that when you place two or more chemicals together, you will receive a reaction…and not a positive one.  People are becoming sick with headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, difficulty breathing, and even death has occurred from improper bed bug pesticide use.  For people who misuse pesticides, the solution can be worse than the initial problem.

Bed bugs are difficult to kill.  Do-it-yourself products have proven to be ineffective on bed bug eradication.  Improper pesticide application is dangerous.  Using a New Jersey pest control professional at the first sign of bed bugs is the best alternative!  Allison Pest Control provides excellent NJ bed bug eradication services to Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex Counties.

Scary Real Life Vampires

Tonight is the night where little ghosts, goblins, and vampires will ring your bell in hopes of nabbing a delicious treat.  Failure to provide a treat could result in a naughty trick!

New Jersey pest control experts report that costumed kiddies are the least of the worries in comparison to the real vampires that haunt some New Jersey residents.

Deer ticks, otherwise known as the blacklegged tick or bear tick, are a troublesome pest in New Jersey.  Smaller than a dog tick, these pests lurk in the grass and wooded areas lying in wait for their next victim.  Once these bloodsuckers climb aboard, they find a warm spot where they attach themselves by burrowing their head partially under the skins surface.  Deer ticks are initially tiny but will grow quickly upon receiving their blood meal.  Deer tick bites are dangerous to humans as they transmit Lyme disease, encephalitis and meningitis.  The lifespan of a deer tick is two years.  They survive the cold winter months by hiding under leave litter and in the brush.

Bed bugs are well known for their bloodsucking ability.  Like a true vampire, bed bugs sneak up on their victim while they are in a deep sleep.  They stab them with their mouth parts, injecting a numbing agent with one tube and slurping blood with the other.  Bed bugs are difficult to eradicate because they are able hide in a variety of places, often living undetected for a great deal of time.  It is estimated that about 50% of the population suffers the allergic reaction to bed bug bites which is why bed bugs are able to proliferate.

Don’t let real life vampires play tricks on you.  Call Allison Pest Control for a free pest inspection today.  We can identify where the little bloodsuckers are hiding and design a treatment plan that will kill the critters once and for all.  We provide expert service to Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties.

Who’s Winning The War…Humans Or Bed Bugs? Part 1 Of 2

Bed bugs have been haunting humans since the beginning of recorded time.  In fact, fossilized bed bugs have been found at archeological sites that date back more than 3,500 years.  New Jersey pest control experts believe that these bloodsucking bugs originally fed upon bats and humans in caves in the Mediterranean.  As civilization progressed out of the caves, so did the bugs.

Research has shown that bed bugs began to spread throughout Europe and Asia as early as 100 A.D.  Just like in today’s modern times, bed bugs of years ago crossed socio-economic lines.  Bed bugs were equally found among the rich in castles and among the working class in huts.  Bed bugs multiplied with ease with the heat that was generated from cooking fires and sleeping quarters.

It is widely believed that bed bugs made their way around the globe aboard cargo ships in the 16th and 17th century.  Dealing with these tenacious bloodsuckers were likely a way of life for most people.  History shows that cleanliness factors were low and bed bugs were one of many types of pests that people dealt with on a regular basis.  By the early 1900’s the shift in the standards of cleanliness began and the public became aware of steps that could be taken to destroy pests that invaded their homes.

In 1942, DDT was evaluated as a pesticide to be used against bed bug infestations.  Scientists were hopeful that this new chemical would be more economical and effective at killing bed bugs in military barracks.  The USDA Bureau of Entomology deemed DDT to be “phenomenal” and a new bed bug killing agent was born.  It did not take long for DDT to become a popular household name throughout the United States.

 

College Sends Student Home Because They “Suspect” Bed Bugs! Part 1 Of 2

New Jersey pest control professionals can confirm that bed bug infestations continue to climb on the east coast as well as all other areas of the United States.  It seems that there are nightly news stories of the creepy crawlers infesting some sort of business establishment or someone being attacked by the bloodsuckers with a lawsuit pending.  It’s no wonder that with the recent scientific reports that bed bugs have become pesticide resistant and the lack of new insecticides available to treat the bugs being released by the Environmental Protection Agency, fear and hysteria has hit many people in the public.

Should we all fear bed bugs?  The answer is…a healthy dose of fear is okay.  Education is the key when it comes to avoiding these sneaky little vampires!

The threat of encountering or contracting bed bugs can send even highly educated people into a tizzy these days.  The SunNews.com reported on September 22, 2011 that a college student was sent home from Horrey-Georgetown Technical College because school officials “suspected she had bed bugs.”  According to the article, it was NOT confirmed that the student actually has bed bugs, but she was sent home regardless.  The student is ordered to stay away until she can prove that her home has undergone bed bug treatment and she must also submit documentation from a doctor that confirms that she is indeed bed bug free.

It seems very odd that a college would send a student packing without the proper evidence of bed bugs.  This is a community/technical college which does not appear to have on-site housing facilities.  In the media report, the school made a point of noting that the areas where the student visited were treated for bed bugs.

You may read the article here.

Please check back on Monday for the conclusion.

Students Could Win $3,000 For Pest Public Service Announcement

Schools are now in full session, and everyone knows that school budgets are always in need of a financial boost.  New Jersey pest control experts would like to inform New Jersey schools that they now have the opportunity to win $3,000 for their school thanks to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

The NPMA is having their 3rd Annual National Pest PSA Contest sponsored by the Professional Pest Management Alliance, which is an educational branch of the NPMA.  Students in grades 4 through 8 from across the United States are challenged to create a public service announcement (PSA) that will be aired on television.

Contest entries must be either 30 or 60 seconds in length and must focus on the health and property risks posed by the household pests that are chosen for the public service announcement.  Students may choose to focus their attention on one specific pesky creature or focus on several pests that are plaguing American households.

Judging the PSA’s is based upon:
(#1) Originality and Creativity – 40%
(#2) Adherence to Creative Assignment and Health Messaging – 40%
(#3) Overall Appeal – 20%

The National Pest PSA Contest begins on September 6, 2011 and will end on Friday, December 23, 2011 at 11:59 PM EST.  Careful consideration will be given to the entrants and five finalists will be chosen from the entries received in January.  The five finalists and their public service announcements will be posted on the PestWorldForKids finalist page in January of 2012.  The winning entry will receive $3,000 for their school’s science department!  A complete set of instructions on how to complete the PSA, how to make your submission, and contest rules is on the NPMA’s PestWorldForKids website.

The NPMA’s PestWorldForKids offers teachers and students a vast array of information about a variety of pests.  Stop by their website and you’ll find a detailed pest guide, pest games, report writing information, science fair kits, and helpful lesson plans too.

Hotel Bed Bug Attack Sends Woman To Hospital

New Jersey pest control experts report that bed bug infestations are still running rampant throughout the United States.  People can become victims of these tiny bloodsuckers at any moment in time and, despite the widespread information on the nasty critters, many people are often surprised to learn that bed bugs are the problem pest.  Bed bugs bites can easily be mistaken for other types of bites such as spiders, mosquitos, fleas, and ticks, as they all leave many of the same type of painful red itchy welts in their aftermath.

Bed bug bite encounters can be a bit different than other blood thirsty pests.  It is estimated that about fifty percent of the people who are bitten by the bugs actually suffer an allergic reaction to the bugs saliva, while other may be bitten and suffer no reaction at all.

The Daily Herald reported on September 1, 2011 that a guest was staying at nice hotel suite in Chicago and thought she had received a nasty spider bite while she slept.  The one bite wound was very itchy, causing a loss of sleep, and was treated with antihistamines.  Reports are that over the next few days, more bites, and itching and swelling occurred…50 in fact!  The original bite wound became so infected that the victim was unable to stand or walk and was transported to an area hospital where she was admitted for treatment.  The hotel then inspected the room, found a bug, and sent it to a lab for confirmation.  The bad news soon arrived…bed bugs were in the hotel room!

The hospital and hotel jumped into action by sanitizing the guest’s belongings so that they would not spread to other guests or patients.  You may read the article here.

New Jersey pest control experts would like to remind everyone that September is the first “National Bed Bug Awareness Month.”  With such, lesson number one…check any hotel thoroughly before you bring your belongings into the room.  If you find evidence of bed bugs, leave immediately and ask for a new room, far away from the infested room.