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Pest Concerns Are High Across The United States

During the winter months it’s easy to believe that our homes are pest free.  The winter months are only a brief reprieve from most home invading pests.  As the spring arrives, so do a multitude of annoying and dangerous home and property invaders.  It is no surprise that the warmer winter weather has sparked an early spring arrival.  Pest control professionals in Monmouth County, NJ expect termites to swarm earlier than usual, and ant, tick, mosquito and rodent populations to be in abundance.

PRWeb reported on April 26, 2012 that a study was recently completed by the third largest residential pest control company in the United States.  The survey consisted of 1319 respondents across the US, all of which owned homes.  The goal of the study was to “uncover the current trends and beliefs related to pests and pest control.”

The study revealed that one in four homeowners are worried about termite infestations, and 13% of homeowners across the United States reported seeking treatment for termites in the past 12 months.  Close to 22% of the respondents claimed to have experienced structural damage to their homes as a result of a pest problem.

You can read more about this interesting study by reading this article.

The national study revealed that 80% of homeowners are most concerned about termites, bed bugs, cockroaches, rats, and mice. A pest control expert in Monmouth County, NJ can help keep your home pest free this spring and summer season by protecting the perimeter of your property.  Our trained technicians will use their extensive expertise to keep all types of household pests out for a more comfortable and safe living environment for your family and pets.

Are Bed Bugs ON The Mattress or IN The Mattress? Part 2 Of 2

Continuing from Monday…

Another area where bed bugs like to hide is in the cracks and crevices of the metal frame of the bed.  Bed bugs are so small that they can easily hide in the space the size of a screw hole.

The headboard is often a hotspot of bed bug activity once there is an infestation present.  Bed bugs like to hide in areas that are not disturbed often.  In hotels and motels, headboards are often bolted to the wall which makes it very difficult to look for bed bugs that may be hiding.  The best way to look for bed bugs would be to shine a flashlight on the sides and from the top.  Look for fecal matter, blood spots, shed skins, eggs, or live or dead bed bugs.

My personal experience in checking a hotel for bed bugs yielded a surprising result.  I did not find any actual bed bugs initially, nor any shed skins in the bed or any other location in the entire room.  While inspecting the bed, I did find in one small area of the seam some small black flecks that looked like cookie crumbs.  I promptly grabbed my tweezers and gently ran them along the stitching in the area where the black debris was located.  To my surprise, out popped 5 live bed bugs from inside of the mattress!  The bed bugs that I removed varied in size and all were engorged which meant that they had recently received a blood meal.

Bed bugs are so resourceful that even that space, as small as the size of the stitching on the mattress, proved to be ample size for the bed bugs to enter the interior of the mattress.  Any defect or tear in a mattress opens the door for easy access for bed bugs to hide and breed, and have access to their favorite meal…you!

Many people are quick to decide to throw away their mattress and box spring once bed bugs are discovered in their home.  The current recommendations from the National Pest Management Association state that furniture can be salvaged with proper treatment by a licensed pest control professional.  NJ pest control professionals recommend vacuuming the mattress and box spring, and then using a bite proof encasement which will seal any bed bugs inside, depriving them of a blood meal.  Eventually they will die and your mattress will be salvaged.

For more information or help ridding your home of NJ bed bugs, contact a pest control professional in Monmouth Country, NJ.

Are Bed Bugs ON The Mattress or IN The Mattress? Part 1 Of 2

New Jersey pest control professionals are often asked many questions from panicked customers who have awoken with strange bite marks on their body. It’s important to remember that not all bites are the result of a bed bug infestation.  Other creatures that can leave bite marks on your body include:

• Mosquitos

• Ticks

• Fleas

• Biting Flies

• Spiders (usually an accidental occurrence)

• Gnats

• Bat Bugs

• No-See-Ums

• Mites (not visible to the naked eye)

• Cockroaches (yes, they have even been known to take a bite or two, especially on a sleeping child!)

One of the most common questions that is asked is…”Do bed bugs live ON a mattress or IN a mattress?”  The only way to know for certain (hopefully) is to perform a thorough check for the creepy bloodsuckers.  Here’s what you do…

The most likely places that bed bugs will be hiding on a mattress are the seam area of the mattress.  Look on top and under the seamed area carefully checking around the entire mattress, both top and bottom.

Another place where bed bugs like to hang out is under the patch or logo area that is sewn onto the mattress.  Because of their small size, they can easily slip between the stitching and enjoy a safe hiding place.

Once you are finished inspecting the mattress, it’s time to check for bed bugs in the box spring.  Box springs have multiple places that provide excellent places for bed bug harborage.

Just like with the mattress, check the entire seamed area of the box spring.  Then lift the box spring up to expose the bottom.  If there is a fabric covering, it’s a good idea to remove it for easy inspection and detection of bed bugs.  Thoroughly check the entire wood structure of the box spring for any evidence of bed bugs or their eggs.

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion.

Tenants Vs. Landlords And Bed Bugs…What To Do?

Throughout many parts of the United States, bed bugs continue to run wild, nibbling their way from home to home, store to store, the bed bug cycle is seemingly endless.  One particular group of people that has been hit very hard is those that live in multi-unit apartment, condo, co-op, and townhouse buildings.

The problems with eradicating bed bugs properly from multi-unit buildings are vast.

• In rental properties, some tenants fear telling their landlords about bed bugs out of fear of being evicted or demands that they pay for bed bug removal services.  Not telling the landlord about the bed bugs will cause the creatures to spread quickly throughout the entire building causing the price of eradication to soar and neighbors to suffer through an infestation needlessly.

• Some renters do not tell their landlords about the bed bugs because the cost of eradication is expensive.  Every state has different laws regarding bed bugs, which has changed massively over the past few years.  Tenants and landlords should know what their legal rights are.  In many cases, both tenants and landlords have responsibilities and duties when bed bugs are present.

• Some renters do not want to admit that they have bed bugs because of the stigma attached to having the bugs.  Bed bugs are a universal problem.  They know no economic boundaries.  Five star hotels and flea bag motels have had bed bugs.  Both rich and poor people can pick up bed bugs at any moment in time.  There’s no shame in having bed bugs, they are not a measure of filth.

The only way to achieve full bed bug eradication in multi-unit buildings is to have the landlord call a licensed pest control technician and for tenants to work together.  It is crucial that dwellers follow all bed bug protocols that are requested of them from the beginning of the treatment process.  Failure to follow the proper treatment protocol will result in a fast return of the tiny vampires that suck blood in the night, which would be devastating for other dwellers and the owner alike.

For expert NJ bed bug eradication services, contact Allison Pest Control.

Bed Bugs Spark Atlanta Lawsuit

Bed bugs continue to plague people from coast to coast.  People who encounter bed bugs are understandably looking for an end to the problem.  Many times those who are the cause of the bed bugs refuse to take responsibility for the problem.

Wsbtv.com reported on March 22, 2012 that an Atlanta woman is claiming that she received bed bug infested beds from a nationwide furniture rental company.  She claims that she and her children began receiving bite wounds soon after the delivery of the used furniture to her new townhome.  A pest control professional soon confirmed the existence of bed bugs throughout the used bedding that was delivered.  A call to the furniture company did not yield an apology, but they did pick up the infested goods, claims the tenant.  The tenant is suing the rental company for her bed bug encounter.

According to reports, the tenant is not the only victim of the bed bug debacle.  The landlord claims that he has been unable to rent the new townhouse and he claims that he has lost 20 new prospective renters because of the bed bug situation.  He claims that once he advises would-be tenants that the townhouse has had or still has bed bugs, that they are no longer interested in living there.  He is seeking compensation from the furniture rental company for $195,950, but has not filed a lawsuit yet!  You may read the article here.

Renting used furniture can be a tricky endeavor.  Bed bugs are fairly easy to see because they are about the size of an apple seed but bed bug eggs are extremely difficult to detect because they are about the size of a pin-head and are translucent in color.  Even if a company follows a good quality assurance protocol, it would be very easy for anyone to miss bed bug eggs that are laid in the confines of a mattress.

Orkin’s New Most Infested Cities Rankings Make Monmouth County, NJ Pest Control Pros Smile

Since the resurgence of bed bug infestations in the United States, Orkin and Terminix, both nationwide pest control companies, have compiled lists of the Most Bed Bug Infested Cities in America.  These lists are comprised of statistical information gathered from their offices that are located throughout the country.  This is one list that no city in America wants to gain notoriety for being a part of.

Some cities, such as New York City, have noticed a steady decline in reports of bed bug infestations.  This decline has dropped New York from the 7th place ranking in 2010 to 9th place in 2011.  Despite New York City’s drop in bed bug numbers, Orkin reports that they have seen a 33.6 percent increase in bed bug business throughout the United States in 2011 in comparison to 2010.  The great news is that New Jersey did not make Orkin’s Top 50 list!  You may see the entire Top 50 Most Bed Bug Infested Cities rankings via the article in the Wall Street Journal dated March 15, 2012.

Many of the cities listed are those that are popular spring break and summertime destinations so travelers should be on high alert.  Los Angeles, which was previously ranked as number 25, has climbed up 20 spots and is now considered to be the 5th Most Bed Bug Infested City in America.  Another California hot spot, San Francisco, climbed from 47th to 12th place.  Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL jumped from 51st place up to 24th, and West Palm Beach, FL, jumped into the 50 spot after not making the list in previous years.  Not all news is grim however.  In addition to the decline in bed bugs in New York City, other cities seem to be getting a handle on their bloodsuckers.  There are some cities that have a noticeable decline.  Washington, DC dropped 3 places, Dayton, Ohio dropped 7 places, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania dropped 9 places, Lexington, Kentucky dropped 13 places, Buffalo, New York and Hartford, Connecticut dropped 16 places, Minneapolist/St. Paul, Minnesota dropped 20 places, and Albany, New York dropped a whopping 23 places.

Monmouth County, NJ pest control experts say to be vigilant in your quest to find bed bugs while you travel.  If you happen to bring the bloodsuckers home with you, it is imperative that you call a licensed pest control professional as soon as possible.