The capitol of Maine, Augusta, just passed an emergency bedbug ordinance to help stem the tide of a major bedbug infestation. Two boarding houses that were overrun by bedbugs needed professional help because the bugs did not respond to over-the-counter solutions.
It was at this point when the ordinance was passed giving the landlords the responsibility to call in professional pest control agents to get the job done. They had 60 days to comply with the ordinance, and as of this writing the problem has been taken care of.
Thick Skinned Bedbugs
Many over-the-counter bedbug remedies are no longer having an effect on bedbug infestations. The bugs have either built up immunities to the pesticides that were used, or the landlords were not able to find all of the places where the bedbugs were hiding, so that complete eradication of the population was not achieved.
If you have any questions about bedbugs, where they are hiding and what can be done about them, please contact your NJ pest control specialists, Allison Pest Control. We offer a free pest inspection and have been proudly serving the Monmouth and Ocean Counties since 1917.
Who suspected that style choices could have an impact on NJ pest control? If a recent study is correct, the color of your luggage may be a deterrent to bedbugs.
Are bedbugs afraid of the “light?”
The study suggests that bedbugs bypass lighter colors such as white and yellow in favor of darker hues like black and red. Since bedbugs are often transmitted by unwitting travelers, researchers suggest that you choose your luggage colors accordingly.
Bedbug experts react
In Houston, ranked 17th on the list of most bedbug-ridden cities in the United States, local pest experts are taking these conclusions with a grain of salt.
Exterminator Raleigh Jenkins believes that light-colored luggage can make bedbugs easier to spot, but they will go anywhere that provides easy feeding opportunities. Cathy Cheathum, professor of hotel management at University of Houston, points out that bedbugs are not reluctant to hide in beds with white sheets.
Tips to avoid bedbugs while traveling
• Never leave your luggage on the floor.
• Heat the inside of your luggage with a hair dryer. Upon your return, place all the contents in the dryer.
• Use hard-sided luggage that has fewer places for bedbugs to hide.
One of the biggest pest control nightmares any homeowner could face is bed bugs. There’s a sense of dread you experience when you realize you have a bed bug infestation. However, the sooner you realize you have a problem, the sooner you can do something about it. If you live in New Jersey, it’s a good idea to be aware of what to look for if you think you might have a bed bug problem. Here are a few signs to keep in mind.
Bed Bug Bites
Have you woken up with bug bites in the morning? If so, you might have bed bugs. Their bites are extremely itchy; much more so than mosquito bites. Bed bugs also frequently bite in a series of three bites, which is known as “breakfast, lunch and dinner.”
Check your mattress and your sheets for strange blood stains. These occur from bed bug excrement, or they may occur because you rolled over on a bed bug in your sleep.
Bed Bug Skins
As bed bugs grow, they shed their skin. Check your sheets to see if you can find any of these old skins lying around. If you have seen any of the above signs in your home, it’s important for you to contact a NJ pest control specialist for a free pest inspection as soon as possible.
Here at Allison Pest Control, we’re proud to offer you a free pest inspection so that all of your questions about your potential bed bug issues can be answered. For more information, contact us today!
When it comes to bed bugs, out of sight should not be out of mind. These pesky blood-feeding insects may be less of a nuisance in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, NJ in the winter than they are during the summer; but that doesn’t mean you can let down your guard. As recent news reports of bed bug infestations prove, these blood-feeding pests are a year-round problem:
Bed bugs follow people. They feed on human blood and ride into homes, office buildings, hotels and other infestation sites hidden in suitcases, briefcases, clothing, backpacks and other possessions. Bed bugs are hard to eradicate because they don’t live on their human hosts. After feeding these insects scurry away to hide in nearby cracks and crevices or the luggage or backpack of their next victim who carries them home to start a new infestation.
Exterminating bed bugs requires the services of an expert bed bug exterminator NJ like Allison Pest Control. Always keep an eye out for bed bugs and call us for a free visual bed bug inspection if you think these pests have followed you home.