Category Archives: Bed 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

Bed Bug Prevention in the Workplace | Florida Bed Bug Inspection

  • Vacuum and clean all areas – including offices, hallways, lobbies, kitchens, storefronts and public bathrooms on a daily basis.

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  • Regularly inspect all areas of business for signs of bed bugs infestations at work. Pay close attention to the seams of furniture and upholstery for telltale brownish or reddish spots. Also beware that these pests have been known to inhabit electrical sockets, surge protectors and behind picture frames.  Vigilance by all employees is key!
  • Eliminate clutter as best as possible – especially in storage areas as this provides excellent hiding spots for bed bugs in the office.
  • When unpacking new inventory or receiving shipments, carefully inspect all items and packaging for signs of bed bugs before bringing them into your business.
  • Encourage employees to report suspicions of bed bug activity immediately, and always contact a pest professional to investigate each claim.
  • Have a policy in place for employees who may suspect a bed bug infestation at home.  Many times, employees unknowingly bring these bed bugs into the office.  By having an open dialogue and official policy on these pest infestations, you may be able to help remove any concern of honest reporting.
  • If a bed bug infestation is found, work with a professional pest control company to treat the infestation and perform follow-up inspections.