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Are Bed Bugs, Staphylococcus And MRSA Linked? Part I Of II

Bed bugs are known for the sneaky behavioral patterns.  They can hitch a ride in any type of item with the greatest of ease.  Over the past few months, bed bugs have enjoyed the spotlight in the news as the pest to avoid in movie theaters, luxury hotels, retail stores, office buildings, court rooms, college dorms, public schools, youth camps, and the list goes on and on.  Bed bug infestations have increased by more than 500% across the United States over the last 10 years. The resurgence of bed bug infestations cannot be denied.

You won’t see bed bugs walking down the street like other types of annoying bugs.  Bed bugs are lazy, cowardly, and opportunistic.  They hide in dark cracks and crevices waiting for the perfect time to strike their next victim.  There is no particular pattern that can be followed with their hitchhiking endeavors.  Basically, if they happen to choose to hide in a purse, clothing, computer, luggage piece, IPOD, umbrella, or shoe, it is just by chance.  If you have a New Jersey bed bug infestation or an infestation anywhere in the US, you never know when or where you will be transporting them, or where you might be unfortunate enough to pick them up.

Bed bugs appear where people are.  It stands to reason that places where there is a high activity of people coming and going will also have a higher potential of bed bug problems. Hospitals are definitely a hot spot for bed bug activity.  This past July, Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York shut down an ER triage room because a bed bug was found.  The Central Maine Medical Center recently had to close down their surgical unit while they fought to get rid of the nasty blood suckers as well. 

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion.

Winterize Your Home Against Unwanted Pests

Many of the insects that have been enjoying the delightful sunny warm spring and summer months in the great outdoors are now desperate to seek shelter.  Their natural instincts direct them to find a warm place to spend the cold winter months.  If they don’t, they will soon perish as the cold begins to settle upon New Jersey.  The trick for NJ homeowners is to keep these unwanted creepy crawlers out so that an infestation cannot occur within wall voids, attics, under floors, in cabinets, behind baseboards, and in dark out of the way spots that pests love to hide in.

Warmth seeking pests can easily find their way into the slimmest of cracks or open spaces.  You could spend a pretty penny on the finest insulated windows, but they won’t protect you from unwanted insects if they are not caulked properly on the inside and the outside of your home.  When thinking about safeguarding your home against insect intruders, you should look on your hands and knees at each entry door of your home.  If you see daylight through the opening, then you should install a door sweep and weather stripping to help close up the gaps that will allow pests inside.

Once they gain access, you will often times find box elder bugs, stink bugs, lady bugs, and other insects basking in the sun on walls throughout your New Jersey home or business until springtime arrives once again.  If you have noticed an abundance of insects crawling on the exterior of your NJ home, there is a good chance that they will gain entry inside without the application of a residual insecticide applied by a pest control professional.

Winterizing your New Jersey home is definitely important, but so is having a good New Jersey pest control program in place to help guard against unwanted intruders.  Contact Allison Pest Control for fast service of perimeter home protection against household, nuisance, and problem insects.  Give us a call today to see how we can help you!