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Do bed bugs have a favorite color?

bed bugs gravitate towards red and black

Bed bugs are sneaky little pests that move fast and are experts at hitching rides in luggage, electronics and other travel items you take with you on overnight trips.
Well, that’s probably the most common way unsuspecting travelers return home with bed bugs in tow.

Bed bugs gravitate towards red and black

On April 26, CNN reported researchers at the University of Florida discovered that bed bugs, “just like flies and other insects — have favorite colors. They really like dark red and black, and they shun dazzling white and bright yellow.”

This study, published in the Journal of Medical Entomology maintained that when given the choice, bed bugs gravitated towards little red and black tents set up in Petri dishes and steered clear of the white, yellow and green tents, prompting reporters to speculate about the potential of brightly colored luggage and bedding to deter bed bugs.

  • Some researchers think that since bed bugs spend most of their time hiding in folds and crevices, they will naturally try to find dark spaces that provide better protection from predators than lighter spaces.
  • Researchers also take into consideration the fact that bed bugs “like to stick together and might mistake the red and black colors for fellow bed bugs.”
  • Roberto Pereira, an urban entomology research scientist at the University of Florida, who worked on the study thinks that because bright colors expose bed bugs to light, “the more exposed these insects are, the more they lose water, and if they lose too much, they will die or have to feed again.”

Nocturnal insects, bright colors present an alien environment to bed bugs

While bed bugs don’t carry diseases, scratching their bites can cause secondary infections. Nocturnal beings, bed bugs leave the protection of folds and crevices at night to feast on humans. Attracted by exhaled carbon dioxide and warm bodies at rest, bed bugs only come out of hiding for about 5 to 10 minutes at a time for a blood meal. So moving around in a brightly lit environment would be out of their character and the black and red colored tents were the only thing that vaguely resembled their normal habitats.

Better ways to prevent bed bugs

But before you run out and buy bright-colored luggage and bedding, Dawn Gouge, an associate professor of urban entomology at the University of Arizona thinks there are better ways to exclude bed bugs and their eggs from your home. Gouge recommends using hard-bodied suitcases and encourages travelers to unpack luggage in their garage or other suitable outdoor area, such as a patio.

Gouge says the new study sheds light on bed bug monitors and on the focus of her work: finding the best ways to monitor for bed bugs in homes and other environments.

Rethinking bed bug monitor colors

Bed bug monitors, or traps, look like bowls with steep walls placed under the legs of beds or sofas to trap bed bugs that crawl into them but does not allow them to get out. Currently, of the two most popular monitors on the market, one is white and one is black. “If we are monitoring for these bugs…I am convinced I should be using the black ones,” because the insects might avoid the lighter colors, Gouge said.

Gouge points out that, while monitors can’t terminate bed bug infestations, they are proving useful in detecting bed bug infestations. “The sooner you find them, Gouge continued, “the easier, the cheaper and faster it is to get rid of the infestation.”

Bed bugs require professional protocols to eliminate and control

Even though new studies and devices, like bed bug traps, can give homeowners further insights into bed bug infestations, homeowners should contact a professional pest control company, such as Hulett Environmental Services immediately if there is a suspected bed bug issue. Because bed bugs can go undetected until their populations have grown substantially, setting up a free inspection with one of Hulett’s entomology trained and certified technicians at the first sign of bed bugs will save you and your family the persistent, uncomfortable nightmare of a bed bug infestation.

Bed bugs can be difficult but not impossible to eliminate. Once bed bugs have been detected, your Hulett professional will guide you through the necessary preparation needed before treatment. Some of these preparations include:

  • Laundering all bedding and washable items in affected areas in hot water and drying them on your dryer’s highest heat setting.
  • Removing clutter from the affected area and placing non-washable items, like clock radios and decorative items in plastic bags.
  • Vacuuming the affected area thoroughly, making sure to dispose of vacuum bag or the contents of your vacuum canister in a plastic bag before placing in a tightly closed bag in an outside receptacle.

Hulett’s researched, developed and tested bed bug service protocol really works. Our approach includes the latest products on the market, proven to manage bed bugs, as well as steam treatments, which kill all bed bugs in their life stages. Our bed bug program includes treating:

  • Mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, nightstands and dressers
  • Behind pictures or mirrors on walls
  • Carpeting, baseboards, electrical outlets, and any other voids where bed bugs may hide.

Ask your certified Hulett technician about bed bug specific encasement systems for your mattresses as an affordable option to purchasing new bedroom furniture. Once bed bugs are eliminated, you should practice precautionary measures when traveling and returning from your travels.

Consult any one of a number of bed bug registries, such as www.bedbugregistry.com and registry.bedbugs.net before you book hotel accommodations. When returning from a trip, remember to launder all washables in your luggage and thoroughly vacuum everything else, including your luggage. Take back your home!

Just call HULETT for your free, in-depth bed bug inspection at 1-866-611-BUGS

Bed Bugs Are a Big Problem for these Florida Cities

Bed Bugs are bad news for anyone who encounters them, primarily because they are one of the trickiest pests to eradicate from homes. That’s why if you even suspect you have bed bugs, it’s important to call a professional pest management company that specializes in Bed Bug Control right away.

And for residents in these Florida cities, this is of even higher importance. That’s because recent reports suggest that they rank in the Top 50 Cities with the highest bed bug occurrences.

Here is the breakdown: Tampa comes in at number 31, Orlando/Daytona Beach/Melbourne at 38, and Miami/Fort Lauderdale at 43.

What is the number one-ranking city you may ask? Chicago, Illinois!

Have you ever encountered Bed Bugs? Do you take precautions to look for or avoid Bed Bugs when you travel?

We can’t say it enough: Bed Bugs are certainly a job for the professionals!

The Aftermath of NBA Star’s Bed Bug Encounter

The Aftermath of NBA Star’s Bed Bug Encounter

It made headline news when NBA star Kyle Irving had to leave a February 21st game against the Oklahoma City Thunder because he was physically exhausted after a night of battling bed bugs in his hotel room.

Just as it’s not easy to get rid of bed bugs, it’s also not easy for hotels to get rid of the stigma once it’s been reported there have been bed bugs at their property.

This is certainly the case for the Skirvin Hilton, which is where Irving and his teammates were staying when he noticed bed bugs on his pillow. In the month since the incident, NBA teams gave elected to stay elsewhere.

All 225 rooms of the hotel were inspected and treated after Irving’s sighting, but only one of the Thunder’s opponents (Portland) have stayed at the property since then.

It seems that even if the bed bugs are gone, the fear remains!

What do you think? Would knowing a hotel had a recent bed bug incident prevent you from staying there?

One thing is for sure: when it comes to bed bugs, it’s key to hire a professional pest management company that specializes in bed bug control!

Don’t Let Bed Bugs Travel Home This Spring Break

Don’t Let Bed Bugs Travel Home This Spring Break

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Hulett Environmental Services reminds Spring Breakers to be aware of bed bugs when traveling

What happens on Spring Break stays on Spring Break—unless some bed bugs find their way into a traveler’s suitcase. As Spring Breakers get excited for their trips, Hulett Environmental Services reminds travelers to take precautions against bringing bed bugs back home with them.

Bed bugs can lurk in the highest quality hotels and on the transportation travelers take before the vacation really starts, such as on a bus, train or airplane. t’s crucial for travelers to be aware of how to properly inspect for and prevent transporting bed bugs back home. A few simple steps can help people can enjoy their vacations without suffering the aftermath of coming into contact with these relentless pests.”

Hulett Environmental recommends travelers use these bed bug prevention tips:

  • At hotels, thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in furniture. Pull back the bed sheets and check the mattress seams for pepper-like stains that may be evidence of bed bug activity.
  • Set your luggage away from walls and never place it on the bed. Use a large plastic trash bag or a protective cover to store suitcases during your hotel stay.
  • Immediately notify management of any signs of bed bugs and ask for a new room. Ensure the new room is not adjacent to and/or directly above/below the original room. Bed bugs can easily hitchhike via housekeeping carts, luggage and even through wall sockets.
  • If staying at a residence, inform the homeowner immediately of a suspected bed bug problem.
  • Upon returning home, inspect and vacuum your suitcases thoroughly before bringing them into the house. Consider using a garment hand steamer to steam your luggage, which will kill any bed bugs.
  • Dry all fabric items (even those that have not been worn) in a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes to ensure that any bed bugs that may have made it that far are not placed into your drawers/closet.
  • If you suspect an infestation, contact a licensed pest control professional immediately.

 

For more information on bed bugs, please visit www.bugs.com

Miami Homeless Shelter Infested With Bed Bugs

Miami Homeless Shelter Infested With Bed Bugs

A homeless shelter in downtown Miami has such a bad infestation of Bed Bugs that residents are considering to return to the streets.

“I am in fear mainly for my newborn, I have to have him sleep in a swing because I don’t want him to sleep in the bed with me, because the simple fact that I’m scared that he’s gonna get bit and he could end up in hospital,” one mother said. “He can’t sleep in the bed with me, he’s can’t sleep in the crib he has to sleep in the swing, I have to constantly be checking his body to make sure that he has no bites.”

Another mother said, “My daughter wakes up screaming in the middle of the night because she’s getting bit, I catch them on her, I catch them in her hair.”

The Chapman Partnership, which runs the shelter, has admitted that there is a Bed Bug problem. In a statement, The Chapman Partnership said, “Bed Bugs are not an uncommon problem at emergency shelters. We have a comprehensive plan to treat all clothing and belongings during intake as well as regular fumigation.”

Do you think The Chapman Partnership is doing enough to eradicate the Bed Bug infestation? We hope they are working with a professional pest management company that specializes in Beg Bug control.

Remember—Bed Bugs are always a job for the professionals!

Be Savvy When it Comes to Bed Bugs

Be Savvy When it Comes to Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs can be some of the most difficult pests to get rid of—that’s why hiring a professional pest management company that specializes in bed bug control as soon as you suspect you may have a problem is critical.

It’s also wise to be savvy when it comes to bed bugs, and know the signs that mean you may have a problem. The sooner you recognize the problem, the easier it will be to manage.

Tell-tale signs of bed bugs include brown or reddish-brown spots in addition to bed bug skins (which they shed), tiny white sticky eggs, or even empty eggshells.

And if you think you will know if you have bed bugs because you will feel them biting you, think again! These crafty pests inject their victims with saliva, which acts as a numbing agent as they feed.

Creepy, isn’t it?!

Were you aware of the signs of bed bugs? Will you now perform a bed bug “check” when you stay in hotels?

Why Bed Bugs Aren’t Going Anywhere Anytime Soon

Why Bed Bugs Aren’t Going Anywhere Anytime Soon 

Bed Bugs—two words that have become infamous for several reasons. One, they are exactly the type of insect that so many fear … they hide during the day and come out at night to feed on unsuspecting humans. Secondly, once you have them in your home they are extremely hard to eliminate.

Think you have Bed Bugs and want to try to get rid of the problem on your own? No chance. This is a job for professionals. We are experts in Bed Bug elimination and control, and this is exactly what you will need should you have or suspect Bed Bugs in your home.

The problem is not going away, and in fact, a new report shows that the number of Bed Bugs in New York City hotels has sky rocketed. What’s more, one of the most common ways Bed Bugs get into homes is by bringing them back after travel. Hotel beds, furniture and even luggage racks are common areas to find these pests.  They then latch onto belongings and “hitchhike” their way into homes.

So, what can you do while traveling? In short, be sure to lift up the bed sheets and inspect the mattress (bear in mind Bed Bugs tend to hide in the seams of mattresses) and consider leaving your suitcase in the bathtub, as this is one area that Bed Bugs are unlikely to be found.

What do you think? Will you be storing your luggage in the bathtub from now on when you travel? What other precautions do you take when it comes to Bed Bugs?

A Vacation to Forget!

A Vacation to Forget!

Two tourists from California are going to remember their New York City trip for years to come! But not in a good way… The two were staying in a NYC hotel (Astor on the Park Hotel on the Upper West Side) during their vacation when they were eaten alive by a swarm of bedbugs!

The two were attacked in their bed and later even posted a video of the bed bugs on YouTube meandering ominously on their mattress. Elgin Ozlen, told ABC News “We were expecting a vacation to remember the rest of our lives. We will remember it the rest of our lives, but it won’t be a pleasant memory.”

One of the hotel employees, who refused to give his name, told ABC that he was “instructed” not to say anything about the claims of the guest. What ever happened to quality service?

Click HERE to see the video Ozlen and his girlfriend posted. What do you think of this?

Love in the Wacky World of Bug

Love in the Wacky World of Bug

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and love is in the air. However, the mating habits of some insects are so bizarre they would be a much better fit for Halloween than the most romantic day of the year. Hulett Environmental Services shares some of the oddest mating rituals found in the fascinating world of insects.

Below are examples of what passes for romance in the world of bed bugs, termites, kissing bugs and fire ants:

  • Bed Bugs: These pests are infamous for their ability to reproduce rapidly, creating major infestations in short periods of time. However, it is not their ability to quickly multiply that puts them on our list for strange mating rituals; instead it’s how they reproduce that makes people cringe. Bed bugs practice a mating behavior known as “traumatic insemination” where the male pierces the abdomen of the female to directly inseminate her body cavity. Male bed bugs often attempt to mate with other males, killing them in the process.
  • Termites: Female termites release “mating pheromones” that act as a perfume to entice male termites. Once the males locate the female termites, they will break off their wings, symbolizing that they are a couple.
  • Kissing Bugs: Despite their name, there’s nothing romantic about these bugs! Kissing bugs have a tendency to bite the faces and lips of humans while they sleep, not only causing welts and allergic reactions, but they are also capable of spreading the potentially fatal Chagas disease. They frequently defecate on or near the bite wound, allowing the parasite that spreads Chagas to enter the person’s blood stream. This blood meal is necessary for male kissing bugs to mate and for female kissing bugs to lay eggs.
  • Fire Ants: In fire ant colonies, the queen ant is in charge of laying eggs and can even control how many male and female eggs she lays. The queen can live for up to seven years and produce more than 1,000 eggs each day. Male ants, called drones, are not so fortunate. Their only role in the colony is to mate with the queen and then die soon after doing so.

Don’t Try This at Home: New York Man Burned Trying to Kill Bed Bugs | Bed Bug Control

Don’t Try This at Home: New York Man Burned Trying to Kill Bed Bugs

Bedbugs can be one of the trickiest types of pests to terminate and calling in a professional exterminator to do the job is key.

A man in Eastport, NY learned this the hard way when trying to kill bed bugs inside of a rental car.

According to ABC News, Scott Kemery soaked the interior of the car with alcohol after someone told him this would kill the bedbugs.

After pouring the alcohol he sat inside the car and lit a cigarette, which started the blaze.

Kemery fled, abandoning the flame-engulfed car, the heat from which also damaged several other cars parked nearby.

It’s been reported Kemery suffered burns from the event.

Do not try this at home! Calling an expert is always the best option for pest control needs.

Read more @ http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/police-man-burned-kill-bedbugs-inside-rental-car-30327784