Tag Archives: fleas

Bed Bugs Can Make People Do Strange Things

Having a New Jersey bed bug infestation or one anywhere in the United States is not easy to deal with.  Having bed bugs are be physically, financially, and emotionally exhausting.  Many people report being shunned by family and friends who find out that they have bed bugs.  Some people have even reported that they have been turned down for health care services.  Here’s a weird bed bug story that just recently happened to some patients at a hospital…

Caregivers at a hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin suspected on two different occasions that patients who came into the emergency room had bed bug bite marks on their body.  Pursuant to their bed bug protocol, a hospital spokesperson said “We put them in a room by themselves, and that room is then sealed so there’s no chance of whatever is contaminating the patient to contaminate the people around.”  Additionally, the hospital reports that “our caregivers are specially clothed when they go in to treat that patient.”

On both occasions, the hospital called pest control which used heat reatment to kill of the suspected bed bugs that the patients brought with them to the emergency room.  It should be noted that no bed bugs were ever found in either of the rooms that the patients were in or their belongings.

Bed bug bites resemble those of other types of annoying pests such as mosquito bites or flea bites.  Bed bug bites can also resemble other types of skin rashes and irritations. Although it is fantastic to think that a hospital is being proactive in their search of bed bugs so that they are not spread throughout the hospital and to other patients, in these particular cases, perhaps they have gone a bit too far.  To isolate patients in a sealed room and to wear “special” clothing to provide patient care because they think they might have bed bugs is a bit over the top.

Although bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers and will travel in/on a multitude of belongings, they are not like lice that are attached to a person.  You can’t diagnose a person as having bed bugs solely based on the presence of suspected bed bug bite marks.

If you think you have a NJ bed bug infestation, contact Allison Pest Control for fast, accurate and discreet treatment.

NJ Residents Are Itching From Bed Bug Bites Part II Of II

Continuing from Friday…

One of the reasons that bed bugs are so problematic these days is that despite being bit, not every person who encounters them has the allergic reaction to their bites.  It is estimated that about 50% of humans suffer from bed bug bites.  Because only 50% suffer from the bites, many people do not know that they have an infestation of the bugs until the infestation is well under way in their NJ home.

Although it is widely believed that they do not transmit disease, the bite of a bed bug can be extremely painful.  Many people will develop red itchy welts on their skin or localized swelling.  You can often find bite marks in a row of three or in clusters.  This is often called “breakfast, lunch, and dinner”.  It should be noted that that bed bugs can bite you anywhere on your skin, so simply looking for bites in a row or clusters is not an accurate diagnosis of a bed bug infestation. The arms, legs, shoulders, feet, back, neck and even your face are good targets for bed bug bites, but they will not hesitate to crawl under clothing to obtain a good meal.

Bed bug bites cause extreme itching, burning and irritation to your skin.  Many people make the mistake of thinking that they have been bitten by another bloodsucking pest like a flea or mosquito before they realize that bed bugs are their real problem.

If you have not been bitten by a bed bug yet, consider yourself lucky.  If you have not had a bed bug infestation yet, experts agree that you should consider yourself very lucky.  If you suspect that you have bed bugs in your New Jersey home or business, call Allison Pest Control for expert bed bug eradication services.

NJ Residents Are Itching From Bed Bug Bites Part I Of II

The old saying “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite”, used to only be thought of as a cute nighttime saying that was told to kids as they were being tucked into bed at night.  Sadly, these nocturnal nibblers have made a huge comeback into present day life and some New Jersey residents are now experiencing fierce bites on a daily basis.

Before a full sized bed bug has eaten, it is a small flat brownish colored insect that is about the size of an apple seed.  These oval shaped bugs are sometimes mistaken for ticks or baby cockroaches.  The nymphs (young bed bugs) resemble the adults but are lighter in color and are much smaller too.

A bed bug prefers to do its dirty deed during the wee hours of the morning when humans are in a deep sleep.  Like tiny little vampires, bed bugs will insert two spikes into your skin when it’s dinner time.  First the bed bug will inject its saliva, which contains an anesthetic so you won’t feel their bite, and then an anti-coagulant so your blood will flow freely. Nice!

Each bed bug takes between five and ten minutes to receive a full blood meal.  Sometimes a bed bug will start and stop its feeding several times during this time period, often because we humans move and disrupt their feeding ritual.  Once a bed bug is done feasting on your blood, these creepy bugs will scurry away to their safe hiding place so that they can digest their “food”…ie…your blood.  Along the path to their hiding spot, you can often see a trail of excrement (digested blood) left behind in their tracks.  Yuck!

Please check back on Monday for the conclusion.

Taking One Last Trip This Summer? Watch Out For Household Pests! Part II Of II

Continuing from Monday…

The warm air in your temporarily vacant home is the perfect incubation grounds for many different types of troublesome insects.

Fleas can be a huge problem not only when they invade your yard, but especially when they are multiplying in your home.  Your pup might have been taken to the kennel while you are away; but any fleas/eggs left behind inside your home will continue their development.  They will be awaiting your return home, and thirsty for a blood meal.

Cockroaches won’t likely have any crumbs to nibble on, so they will be on the hunt for any other type of food source that they can contaminate.  If they cannot find any human food to eat, these resourceful creepy bugs will find other weird things in your home to feast upon.  Cockroaches will also eat newspapers, cardboard, toothpaste, and even a bar of soap if they are really hungry!  Cockroaches need water to survive so make sure that you don’t have any leaky faucets or pipes before you depart for your vacation.

Another pesky bug that you must keep a look out for when you are traveling is the dreaded bed bug.  These blood sucking parasites are popping up at alarming rates in hotels, motels, and rental properties around the United States.  Be sure to check your luggage carefully for tiny apple seed sized, brown/reddish brown colored bugs while you are unpacking after your vacation because bed bugs would love to hitch a ride home with you.  It is always wise to wash all of your clothing in hot water and dry the clothing on the hottest dryer setting to avoid bed bug infestations.  All luggage should be carefully vacuumed as well…just in case.  Bed bugs are very difficult to eradicate; so you should always contact a pest control specialist if you think that you have encountered them during your travels.

If you have any insects or mice that have been making your home, their home, while you have been away, it’s time to call in a professional pest control expert to get rid of them.  Make those disgusting home pest invaders regret that they chose your house to set up shop; give Allison Pest Control a call to wipe them out!

Taking One Last Trip This Summer? Watch Out For Household Pests! Part I Of II

The summer traveling season will soon be coming to an end, and many people in Monmouth and Ocean County, New Jersey are using these last few weeks of summer to sneak in another great family getaway before the drudgery of the school time regime returns.  When you decide to head out of town for the week, it’s not uncommon to turn the air conditioning up to 80+ to not drive up your electric bill.  Everyone locks their house up tight by closing their windows and doors to keep would-be robbers out too.  We all set off for one final jaunt to a new destination where there are no jobs to bog us down, no household chores to keep us busy, and great adventures to be discovered.  Yes, the last idle days of our summer vacation are exactly what we need to rejuvenate our mind and body…that is until we come home to unpleasant creatures that have been having a party in our home while we have been away!  They will surely snap you back into reality fast.

While you were away from your New Jersey home, perhaps the mice were at play!  Mice multiply very quickly so it not uncommon for one mouse to turn in to many in a short period of time.  Mice will not only contaminate any remaining food within your house; their presence can also be dangerous to humans because of the pathogens that their feces and urine contain.

Drain flies are always a concern for New Jersey residents as well.  These annoying pests are common household invaders.  They lay their eggs in stagnant water.  In homes they can be found around household drains such as those found in bathrooms and laundry rooms.  Toilets that have not been used for a spell can also fall victim to a dreaded drain fly invasion.  These flies won’t hurt you, and quite frankly, don’t fly well; but drain flies are a very annoying pest when they invade your home.

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion

Could It Be A Flea On Me?

If you have ever had a flea infestation problem or been bitten by fleas, you know how annoying these blood suckers can be. Fleas can be found on household pets and furry creatures that run through the yard.  Once an infestation occurs inside your living space, fleas will set up shop in carpets, sofas, pet beds, and even human beds.

Fleas have been around for millions of years.  Like other annoying pests, they feast on blood.  They prefer animal blood, but humans are their second choice for a good meal.

Fleas have a similar life cycle to the butterfly, but they are not so pretty and their bites will leave you scratching for days.  Female fleas lay eggs that turn into larvae.  The larvae develop into pupae and settle inside a little flea cocoon.  Fleas will wait inside their cocoon until a host (you, your pet, or other mammals) wonder by.  Once the pupae detects a warm body, they unzip their cocoon and jump onto their host.  The incredible process takes only three seconds!  A flea can jump as high as four feet to achieve this task so a kitty lounging on a couch, with a pupae in the carpet, does not stand a chance of avoiding a flea.

Female fleas can lay approximately 2,000 eggs in her lifetime, so it’s easy to see how fleas can quickly infest your home or yard.

Fleas can live 100 days without a blood meal, so packing up and running away from a flea infestation in your New Jersey home will do no good.  You must be diligent in your fight to get rid of fleas.  Fleas in all stages of their life cycle must be killed in order to rid your house of them completely. Let Allison Pest Control help you fight your flea war today!