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Bug Themed Stocking Stuffers

Bug SuckerChristmas is right around the corner, and you know what that means – it’s time to start planning ahead and buying gifts. There are plenty of bug-themed gifts you can get for your family and friends of all ages, many of which make great stocking stuffers. Below is a list of five bug-themed gift ideas that you can stuff in your loved one’s stockings this Christmas season.

Bug Stickers

A staple of childhood is a simple sheet of stickers. If you shop around, you’ll find that there are many different bug stickers that you can buy for your little one. Whether you want something cute and cartoonish or creepy and realistic, there’s sure to be sets of bug stickers that will please everyone.

Bug Candy

There’s the classic bug candy – gummy worms and other insects – and then there’s the candy which actually contains a bug within its center. Suckers containing insects such as crickets, beetles, and scorpions have long been popular among older children, and chocolate covered ants and grasshoppers are popular snacks in other countries. Bug candy is a fun gift if you’re looking for a novelty item or if you’re looking to broaden your child’s culinary experiences.

Glow-in-the-dark Bug Wall Clings

Glow-in-the-dark wall clings have been popular for quite the wall, and there are many different types to choose from. Insects are always popular for kids, since many kids are fascinated with bugs. After all, who doesn’t want a handful of creepy, crawly critters glowing on their bedroom wall at night?

Bug Jewelry

Bug jewelry is a diverse gift option that can be given to both young and older children alike – and can also be a great stocking stuffer for adults, too. There are tons of gorgeous jewelry pieces featuring a variety of bugs set in acrylic, so you can pick from bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings, and key chains. You might even want to pick a piece that glows in the dark, especially for the younger kids or someone who is prone to having a hard time locating her keys in her purse. If you don’t like the idea of jewelry featuring actual insects, then plastic bug jewelry, such as spider rings, are also available and would make a good stocking stuffer.

Bug Toys

Plastic or stretchy bug toys always make excellent stocking stuffers, especially for younger kids. Children love playing with bugs, and toy versions of our insect friends gives them the option to explore the bug kingdom without actually getting down and dirty with real live insects. Bug toys are great gifts for toddlers and preschoolers – just make sure they’re big enough so that your child won’t choke should the toy happen to make its way to their mouth.

These are just a few ideas for stocking stuffers with a bug theme. There are tons of creative gift ideas that you can consider, especially if your child is fond of or fascinated with bugs. When you don’t know what to get your little one, you really can’t go wrong with bug-themed presents.

Chris is a blogger for Fox Pest Control a Virginia Beach based pest control company.

Top 3 Pests In Charlotte

It has been a long summer in Charlotte, and common pests like termites, spiders, roaches, and ants have shown no sign of slowing down. In fact, some pest control professionals have reported seeing a 30 percent increase in the number of pest control related phones calls. There seems to be a common theme for these phone calls… Some pests seem to be more prevalent than others.

We asked the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating what are the most common insect pests they have taken phone calls on this summer. Here are the top three most common Charlotte pests:

3. House Spiders

Common House Spider

Residents of Charlotte may not know the name of the big, ugly, brown spiders that they find building gigantic webs throughout their attics, basements, and garages; they just know they want them out of their homes. There actual name is the Common House spider or the American House spider, and they are the third most common called about pest in the Charlotte area.

Measuring over an inch in length, the American House spider looks a lot like the Black Widow spider… In shape anyways. The house spider is actually a dull brown and far less venomous than the Black Widow. The house spider actually rarely bites, and will do so only if provoked. Their webs and their intimidating size freak out homeowners, and that’s primarily the reason so many phone calls are taken regarding this spider pest. Charlotte spider control methods are needed to combat severe house spider infestations.

2. Ants

3 Ants

One of the most successful groups of insects in the world, and in Charlotte is the ant. There are 25 different species of ants that infest homes in the United States, but in North Carolina there are three usual culprits: the fire ant, the Argentine ant, ant the Black Carpenter ant. These ants enter Charlotte homes, foraging for sweets and foods that contain protein.

The Black Carpenter ant is notorious for chewing through the wood in your home and on your property, while the fire ant is infamous for building big mounds and aggressively stinging anybody who disturbs them. If you have problems with any of these ants on your property, continual and persistent Charlotte ant control is needed to exterminate ants and control their colonies.

1. Roaches

American Cockroach

It’s no secret that cockroaches are a nationwide problem, and according to Bulwark Pest Control they are the biggest problem pest in the Charlotte area. More calls are taken regarding roach infestations than any other insect pest. Cockroaches are hardy pests to say the least, able to survive over four months without water or food. They have been around for millions of years and aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. In fact, cockroaches are becoming more and more resistant to common pesticides, making them more difficult to control.

If your home has a serious infestation of German cockroaches or American cockroaches, Charlotte roach control professionals who are up to date on the most effective roach control strategies are your best option to exterminate them.

Charlotte Pest Control

House spiders, ants, and roaches are the most frequently called about pests into Bulwark’s Charlotte branch. If you’re feed up with dealing with these pests, or any other pest for that manner, call a Charlotte exterminator today!

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
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A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
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Orkin Pest & Termite Control
100 Reagan Drive #3
Charlotte, NC 28212
(866) 713-9979
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How To Avoid Pests, Clean Bacteria And Get Rid Of Fruit Flies For Restaurant Businesses

Running a restaurant is a dream that many people have, but often the reality is somewhat different to what they expect. Yes, you get the satisfaction of dishing up food you’ve cooked and seeing people enjoy it, yes you will build a regular customer base, and yes you will take great pride in designing your restaurant and making it look great – but at the same time there is an awful lot that can go very wrong, very quickly.

And many of the biggest risks revolve around health and safety. Your business will be built on your ability to provide food that not only tastes great, but that is also clean, healthy and free from germs. If someone gets sick from your food it can completely destroy your reputation, while getting an infestation of rats can actually force you to close down – losing tons of cash for every minute you do.

If you’re starting a restaurant business then, you need to be ready to wage war on all manner of pests from bugs, to rodents to bacteria. Here are some important tips to help you do just that…

Maintaining a Clean Environment

 

The first and most important tip when it comes to keeping pests away from your cooking area, is to make sure that you keep the environment as clean as possible. It’s rotting bits of food – no matter how small – that create smells and attract pests, so that’s what you need to try and avoid.

In order to avoid this happening then, you need to prevent food or spills from creating smells. That means investing in a good fridge and freezer then keeping everything that hasn’t been thrown away in there. It also means making sure that you wipe all your surfaces with disinfectant every single day before going home, and vacuum around the entire restaurant to get rid of crumbs. Make sure that dirty plates aren’t left out, and spray some air freshener on occasion too.

What’s also important is making sure that the area immediately surrounding your restaurant is also clean and secure. Bins for instance commonly attract vermin, so make sure that if you have any outside they are all fully sealed to prevent tempting in the critters.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

 

Even in a relatively clean restaurant though, you may find yourself attracting fruit flies still which can be a serious annoyance and make your environment look and feel dirty (it’s hardly reassuring for customers).

If you have a fruit fly problem then try taking a small empty pot or can, and putting a few pieces of fruit in the bottom to create a smell. Now cover the top of the container with some cling film, and pierce a very small hole in the top with a pen or a pin. What will now happen, is that the fruit flies will try to get to the food by climbing inside through that opening. Once inside though, they’ll then be stuck meaning that the pot will fill with flies and you can eventually take them all outside at once!

Moldy Food

 

Bugs that you can see aren’t the only problem though. Equally dangerous are germs and mold spores. Bear in mind that if you have moldy food in the fridge, just cutting off the edge may not remove all the mold as invisible roots could be penetrating more deeply inside. Practice a ‘better safe than sorry’ policy, and throw out anything that’s moldy or close to the sell-by date. Keep your fridge cool meanwhile to prevent the mold from forming in the first place.

Another way to avoid letting food go moldy, and thus to get longer out of it, is to avoid touching it directly with your fingers. If you normally hold the cheese while cutting it for instance, then try keeping it inside the wrapper instead and only touching the covered area to stabilize it while cutting. Bacteria from your fingers or from your breath can evolve into more serious problems over time, so generally try to minimize contact with food while it’s out of the fridge.

Follow these tips and you should get more life from your food while also reducing the chance of causing illnesses or getting shut down. A little caution will more than pay off in the long term!

Author Bio: Jack Thomas, the writer of this article, is an employee at Abreq, well-known wholesalers of restaurant equipment. Jack is a culinary enthusiast and specializes in making desserts.

 

Does Toxic Mold Cause Bed Bugs? Here Are Some Tips You Need To Know

Mold BedbugsMold and bed bugs are two things that no one wants to see when they crawl in bed for a restful night’s sleep. While bedbugs do not spread disease, they do bite people during the night, which can result in itchy and uncomfortable skin. Molds, including allergenic and toxic types, can also set up residence in the mattress due to the dark, warm and moist environment. Repeated exposure to mold can cause a wide variety of symptoms and illnesses. With the shared environment, many people wonder whether mold can cause bed bugs. Although this is not the case, neither mold nor bed bugs deserve a welcome in your home, much less in your bed.

Causes of Bed Bug Infestation

 

Bed bugs are tiny and can hide just about anywhere. They are nocturnal and only wake up to feed at night. Bed bugs never went away overseas, and as Americans began to amass more and more possessions and the market for used and imported goods has flourished, as has international travel, it was only a matter of time before bed bugs became an epidemic here. In most cases, a bed bug infestation is a result of poor hygiene. However, you don’t have to have poor hygiene to get bed bugs in your house. They can hide in a used book, a moving truck, an empty box, or hitch a ride in your luggage when you come home from staying at a hotel. Your own hygiene can be excellent but you can still end up with bed bugs in your house.

Preventing Bed Bugs

 

You can prevent bed bugs from getting into your house and biting you while you sleep. These strategies can help keep you bed bug free.
Avoid buying used furniture from unknown sources.
Isolate used linens, clothing, books and other items for two weeks before bringing them into your home. Alternatively, bag them up in a heavy black plastic garbage bag and let them sit in the sun all day. The heat will kill the bugs. Examine hotel rooms for the signs of bed bugs before unpacking your luggage or using the bed.

Mold Infestation

 

No matter what the type of mold, it needs a moist environment, something to grow on, warmth and it prefers darkness. A mattress provides all of these. Although mold spores are everywhere within the environment, repeated exposure for many hours every day can cause some people to develop troublesome symptoms. Common symptoms of mold exposure include sinus and nasal congestion, coughing, trouble breathing, wheezing, skin irritation, itchy eyes, and frequent respiratory infections. Babies, young children, and elderly people are at a higher risk of developing symptoms from mold exposure. People with chronic respiratory diseases or immune system disorders are also at an increased risk of mold sicknesses.

Preventing Mold

 

You can prevent mold from overtaking your bedroom and your house. Some things to try include:
-Encasing your mattress in a waterproof cover.
-Using exhaust fans or opening a window when showering and cooking.
-Use an air conditioner and dehumidifier to get rid of excess indoor moisture.
-Clean frequently.

When Mold and Bed Bugs Coincide

 

If you have symptoms of a bed bug infestation or a mold infestation, you need to take action. You might need to take drastic measures such as getting rid of your mattress and having a pest control company come into your home to get rid of the bed bugs. Proper air conditioner maintenance can also help with mold control. Being cautious when purchasing furniture and other items for your home can also help prevent bed bugs. These inexpensive tips can help keep you, your family and your home healthy and free of the symptoms of bed bugs and mold exposure.

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Author Bio: Robert had a lot of problems with mold and bed bugs as soon as he moved into his new home. In this very interesting article Robert explained the relationship of mold and bed bugs.

Bug Themed Halloween Party Ideas

Halloween Party

Halloween is right around the corner, and you know what that means: it’s time to start planning for your Halloween party! Whether you’re planning to invite guests into your home or simply like to decorate for trick-or-treaters, there are tons of creepy crawly décor ideas that can help you create the ambiance you crave for Halloween night. Below are some bug-themed Halloween party decoration ideas that can be used either indoors or outdoors.

Spindly Spider Pumpkin

This fun craft project involves turning three pumpkins on their sides to create a spindly creature. Button eyes and long branch legs complete this creepy crawly piece. You can also choose to spray paint the pumpkins and branches black for a creepier effect, or leave them their natural color. This is a cute yet creepy decorative piece that is fun for homes with children, as they can help you put together the spider creature in your yard and show it off to their friends on Halloween night.

Caterpillar Pumpkin

This decorative piece is similar to the spindly spider, only instead of a spider you’ll be creating a caterpillar for your front yard. This project requires the use of about 10 medium-to-large sized pumpkins, green and black paint, large googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and circle felt shapes or construction paper. Essentially, you’ll be painting the pumpkins green, the stems black, and applying the circle shapes scattered along each gourd. Place the googly eyes on the “head” of the caterpillar, and curl the pipe cleaners before attaching them to the top of the head. Place the pumpkins in a curving line to make the body, with the head at the front, and voila – you have a caterpillar! (Alternately, you can use miniature pumpkins and markers to create a smaller caterpillar, which is a fun craft project for your kids and makes a great indoor decoration.)

Pumpkin_SpiderwebsCobwebs and Spiders

Cobwebs and fake spiders are a common Halloween decoration. For an elegant yet creepy look, you can drape some fake cobwebs and spiders over a stack of pumpkins, hang the cobwebs from a doorway, or drape them over tree branches or hedges. If you have a porch, draping the cobwebs from the support beams can create a spooky appearance.

Bug Jack-o-Lanterns

For those who enjoy carving their pumpkins, finding bug-shaped patterns to carve into their jack-o-lanterns will help complete the creepy, crawly décor theme you seek. Butterflies, spiders, and beetles are all great – and creepy! – patterns that can easily carved into your jack-o-lantern, and will look fantastic illuminated by a candle.

Bugs on Lampshades

Magnetic bugs or bug cutouts can be applied to lampshades around the home to create a truly creepy effect. Your guests will think they are in the midst of a bug invasion movie – maybe you could even include a ginormous spider prop somewhere throughout your home to really creep them out!

The possibilities for incorporating bugs into your Halloween décor are virtually endless – bugs are, after all, a common Halloween theme! Whether you’re going for cute or scary, there are tons of ideas you can use – just be sure to have fun while putting everything together.

About the author: Chris is a blogger for an NJ Pest Control company. He’s looking forward to celebrating Halloween with his two little boys.

All About Green Lacewings

green lacewingGreen lacewings are part of a group of what’s known as “good bugs,” or insects that help keep other pest populations under control. Farmers and gardeners love to use these delicate green insects as a form of natural pest control, making them truly a “green” form of pest elimination.

What Are They?

Green lacewings are an insect from the family Chrysopidae. Lacewings are very common throughout North America and Europe, and are often used as a form of biological pest control.

What Do They Look Like?

Adult green lacewings are delicate green insects, much like their name indicates. They have green or brownish bodies, golden compound eyes, and clear wings with green veins. Their wings can span from 6 to over 65 mm.

During their larvae stage, they are a yellowish-gray or brown color, and are either more slender with a humpbacked appearance, including a prominent bulge on their thorax, or are plump with long bristles growing out of their sides, which collect debris to help camouflage them from birds. Lacewing larvae are a bit smaller than ½ inch long.

What Do They Do?

Lacewing larvae are often used as a form of biological (or natural) pesticide, as they consume other small pests, including aphids, caterpillars, butterfly eggs, small beetles, leafhoppers, scale insects, thrips, small flies, mites, and other small insects and insect eggs.

As adults, green lacewings are nocturnal insects which feed on pollen, nectar, and honeydew, as well as some smaller insects such as mites and aphids. They can play a vital role in pollenating plants, making them beneficial contributors to your garden.

Where Do They Live?

Green lacewings are common in North America and European countries. They are attracted to certain companion plants and beneficial weeds such as Asteraceae (calliopsis,) sunflowers, cosmos, dandelions, dill, and angelica. Gardeners can naturally attract lacewings by incorporating these plants in their gardens.

What Is Their Life Cycle?

The lifecycle of the green lacewing starts at night, when eggs are deposited on plants, either singularly or in small groups. A single adult female lacewing can produce between 100 and 200 eggs. Eggs are placed in individual stalks, usually on the underside of leaves. The larvae molt immediately after hatching, descending the egg stalk to feed on nearby insects. Lacewing larvae are ferocious killers, consuming just about every suitable sized soft-bodied insect that crosses their path. Larvae are known as “aphid lions,” since aphids make up a large part of their diet.

Larvae take between 1-3 weeks to pupate in a cocoon, depending on the environment. Larvae in colder climates overwinter, although some overwinter as newborn adults. Lacewings live approximately one year.

How To Get Rid of Them

If you don’t want green lacewings in your garden (although they are definitely a beneficial insect), simply don’t grow any of the plants that they are attracted to. If you are bothered by a large population of green lacewings in your yard, you can always call a pest control professional.

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a sacramento pest control company. Last summer he planted his first organic vegetable garden. To keep the pests off his plants he deployed a number of organic techniques to keep his plants healthy.

 

Bulwark Word Search Infographic

Do you like puzzles?

How about word search puzzles?

Well, apparently at least 13,000 of you do, because that’s how many people took part in a “Pest Test” word search puzzle that went viral on Facebook.

The word search puzzle, which was put together by the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating, was published on the pest control company’s Facebook page. Viewers of the puzzle were asked to comment on the first pest that they found.

Would you like to participate as well? Here you go:

Bulwark Pest Word Search Puzzle

 

Bulwark Pest Test Puzzle

 

Well, now that you have seen the word search puzzle, what was the first pest you saw? The first pest that you saw, was it also the pest you fear the most? Is this pest also very prominent in the Charlotte area?

What Pests Are Hiding In The Word Search Puzzle?

 

Now that you’ve looked over the pest test word search puzzle, and found at least one pest, you likely want to find them all.

Find the following pests:

  • Scorpion
  • Spider
  • Termite
  • Wasp
  • Bug
  • Roach
  • Fly
  • Bedbugs
  • Ant
  • Lice
  • Flea
  • Gnat
  • Centipede

You can also find these other words:

  • Rice
  • Ice
  • Ted
  • Cop
  • Toys
  • Soda
  • Cats

Bulwark Pest Word Search Infographic

 

Now that you’ve found all the pests hidden in the word search puzzle, yes the very one that went viral over Facebook this summer, maybe you’ve been wondering how you stacked up against the 13,000 plus participants who commented the first pest they found.

Don’t forget to read some of the interesting facts about some of the pests found in the infographic as well.

 

Wordsearch Puzzle Infographic

 

As you can see, scorpions were the most common pest that was found in the word search. Fortunately, Charlotte doesn’t have too may scorpion lurking. Charlotte is home to spiders, termites, roaches, bedbugs, flies, ants, gnats, lice, fleas, and centipedes; so watch out!

If you are seeing any of these unfortunate pests, get Charlotte Pest Control!

Do You Need a Termite Inspection or Are Those Just Flying Ants?

winged termiteAre those termites or flying ants in your yard? Which one could that wing you found on the windowsill belong to? Did you even know ants could fly? It’s common for homeowners to confuse flying ants for termites or vice versa. Confirming which one it is that may be invading your property is important since termites are known to cause damages that could end up seriously costing you in repairs. Flying ants are generally just more of an annoyance. There are a few different ways of telling them apart and treatment methods for getting rid of both, but if you’re ever in doubt, don’t hesitate to call for a professional termite inspection. It’s always better to be safe than sorry in a situation like this.

Distinguishing Body Characteristics

Once ants and termites hit their swarming stage and produce wings it becomes difficult to differentiate between the two black-bodied creatures with just a quick glance. However, studying the characteristics of three specific body parts should help you in determining the difference. If you’re able to get close enough, look to see if the antennae is straight or bent. The first will signify a termite and the latter an ant. Their wings also vary pretty distinctly. A termite’s wings will take on a long and narrow shape, be of equal lengths and lay parallel to the body. The wings on an ant are unequal in length, are positioned at an angle and the front set of wings are noticeably larger than the back ones. Lastly, you can identify a termite or ant by body shape. The waist of a termite is straight in accordance with the rest of its body, which is separated into two segments, while an ant’s body has three segments and a waist that is pinched in.

Swarming Mannerisms

Swarming is typical of termites that are ready to reproduce and find a new place to start a colony. However, flying ants will often nest then swarm as well and find their way inside a house, creating instant panic for a homeowner. Swarmers are looking for a place to quickly burrow into soil and take up residence as they can’t typically live for long periods of time in dry climates. Catching sight of a large amount of flying bugs should be a caution sign that you have some type of insect colony living nearby.

termite damageOther Signs of Termites

Although, they are usually hard to discover by actually seeing them, termites do leave other signs around that they’ve invaded a home. Mud tubes, droppings, discarded wings, sagging or curling floors and hollowed or buckling wood are all good indicators of a possible termite infestation. Uncovering any of these signs, along with viewing a swarm, means a termite inspection is in order right away.

While you shouldn’t automatically freak out when you see a swarm of termite look-alike winged insects because they could just be flying ants, keep in mind that scheduling an annual termite inspection is the only way for a homeowner to ever really be sure that they are free of any termite activity. It would be unfortunate to wait until there’s so much damage already done that it becomes visible to the naked eye and past the point of helpful treatment.

About the Author

Tiffany Olson is a full-time blogger who finds great joy in writing on topics such as pest control. She has personally dealt with rat and fly infestations and hopes that she never has to experience flying ants or termites!

Green Tips On Ridding Your Home Of Silverfish

SilverfishSilverfish. Those disgusting, wiggling, squiggling, silvery insects that come out at night to crawl up your walls and feast upon your books, dry oats, wallpaper glue, plaster, drywall and carpet. We’ve all seen them, whether you knew what they were or not. Silverfish are common household pests that, while not dangerous, can cause considerable amounts of damage to household items (not to mention that they’re just plain nasty and the sight of them can make one’s skin crawl!) However, it’s pretty easy to keep your home’s population of silverfish in check, and can be done without the use of harsh chemicals. Below you will find some green tips and suggestions regarding how you can rid your home of silverfish (or at least keep their numbers to a bare minimum.)

Cleaning Tips

  • Vacuum on a regular basis. This will help get rid of silverfish eggs. Take special care to vacuum around floorboards and hard-to-reach crevices. Afterward, empty your vacuum cleaner contents into a plastic bag; tie the bag tightly and dispose of it ASAP.
  • Wash all surfaces frequently. Use a peppermint or eucalyptus cleaner. This helps repel them.
  • Keep ALL FOOD in sealed containers, such as plastic canisters or glass jars. Silverfish are unable to crawl up the smooth surfaces.
  • Freeze all infested books and garments for a few days in order to kill any eggs which may linger.

Homemade Baits

  • Jar Trap: This tried-and-true old timer’s trick involves wrapping the outside of tall glass jars with masking tape or twine and filling with about ½” of dry oats. The silverfish will be attracted to the oats and crawl up the rough surface of the jar- however, once he’s in, he’ll be unable to escape.
  • Diatomaceous Earth: Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around floorboards and other areas where the silverfish have been creeping. This non-toxic pesticide will stick to the silverfish as they crawl through it, scratching through its protective layers and causing it to dehydrate through the rapid loss of liquid. The result? Those nasty silverfish shrivel up and die.
  • Mashed Potato Balls: Mix mashed potatoes with alum and roll into balls and place on newspaper or pieces of cardboard throughout your house. The alum in the balls will poison and kill the silverfish.

Natural Silverfish Repellents

Some items are considered to be natural silverfish repellents, and can be sprinkled around floorboards, cupboards and drawers in order to scare the silverfish away. Among these include bay leaves, eucalyptus, Epsom salt, whole cloves, cinnamon, and cucumber peals. If you don’t like the idea of simply sprinkling these items around your home, place them in cupcake wrappers and set them out, scattered about your house.

Silverfish may seem like nasty little vermin, but the fact is they are harmless to humans and mainly just like to munch on things like your books, which can be quite the nuisance! Thankfully they are fairly easy to get rid of, although you will have to repeat the process every few weeks as any new eggs that you may have miss begin to hatch. With persistence you can get your silverfish population under control- without resorting to using pesticides to do so.

About the author: Chris is writer for a Long Island pest control company.

 

How Do You Find and Hire a Bed Bug Expert?

Bedbug Close-UpSo you think you might have bed bugs. You may have them, or you may not. What you think could be bed bugs could be another type of insect in your home – yikes – which means that you may need another course of treatment. Or perhaps what you think are bed bug bites on you could simply be an allergy to something else. For example, certain kinds of laundry detergent can cause allergies that look similar to bug bites.

However, you do not want to simply think you have bed bugs, and try to treat them at home. Over-the-counter treatments for bed bugs are ineffective at best. At worst, they are flammable materials that could start a fire. Not good!

What a bed bug expert can do

 

This is why you need to hire a bed bug expert to analyze the situation, and see whether you have bed bugs. In many cases, the expert has a bed bug dog that is trained to have a nose for bed bugs. The bed bug expert – whether or not they have a dog (and it is better if they work with a dog) — can work with you to determine whether you have bed bugs.

Then, if you do have bed bugs, the expert can help you figure out a course of action. Some companies, like Bed Bug Finders LLC will recommend heat treatment, while other companies freeze the bed bugs, and still others have other forms of treatments. Talk to the bed bug expert about what sort of treatment you are comfortable with. Depending how bad the infestation is, you may or may not have to get rid of your bed.

How to find a bed bug expert

 

Normally, we recommend when you are searching for a professional to ask your friends for a recommendation. But the problem with doing that for finding a bed bug expert is that 1) you may be embarrassed to tell others that you may have bed bugs, and 2) your friends may be embarrassed to admit to you that they had bed bugs.

So you may want to use the internet to search for bed bug experts, and check out local companies. When you find some companies to consider, you should check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure that a pest control company you are considering is reputable. In addition, you can check with places like Yelp, although take the results with a grain of salt. Good luck.

Author Bio:

Lisa Swan writes for a variety of sites, including Bed Bug Finders, LLC.

 

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