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Checking for Bed Bugs

Checking for Bed Bugs

  • Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard, under lights, and inside dressers, drawers, sofas and chairs.
  • Pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams and box springs, particularly at the corners, for pepper-like stains, spots or shed bed bug skins.
  • Place suitcase in a plastic trash bag during the duration of your trip to ensure that bed bugs cannot take up residence there prior to departure.
  • Do not place luggage on upholstered surfaces. The safest place is in the bathroom in the middle of a tile floor or on a luggage rack after it has been thoroughly inspected. Do not use a luggage rack if it has hollow legs, where bed bugs may hide unseen.

If You Suspect Bed Bugs Are In Your Hotel Room:

  • Notify management and request to change rooms immediately.
  • Do not move to a room adjacent and/or directly above/below the suspected infestation. Bed bugs can easily hitchhike via housekeeping carts, luggage and even through wall sockets. If an infestation is spreading, it typically does so in the rooms closest to the origin.

When You Arrive Home:

  • Inspect your suitcases outdoors before bringing them into the house.
  • Vacuum your suitcase thoroughly before storing it. Consider using a garment hand steamer to steam your luggage, which can kill any bed bugs or eggs that may have traveled home with you.
  • Wash and dry all of your clothes – even those that have not been worn – on hot cycles.
  • Keep clothes that go to the dry cleaner in a sealed plastic bag until they can be transported.

Ant pest control: Why it’s important to identify the species

Ant Pest ControlAnts are a particularly frustrating pest. Seemingly overnight, they can appear in large numbers in your home, and are difficult to control.  There are also multiple species of ants, and each species has its own patterns of foraging, nesting, and multiplying.  A common mistake in dealing with ants is to approach them with a one-size-fits-all pest control strategy that doesn’t take into account important differences between the ant types.

Effective ant pest control will zero in on the specific species you have to deal with.  Knowing the species will give you important clues about the source of the infestation, what kinds of environments the ants might prefer at different times of the year, the way they look for food, and the food they like.

Just in terms of identifying likely nest sites, there are important variations to account for between species.  For example, elongate twig ants, which can sting you defensively, prefer nesting in hollow twigs and dry grasses.  Pavement ants can establish nests under the sidewalk in front of your home, but sometimes also comfortably move into your home and set up their nest beneath your floorboards or in your walls.  Odorous house ants, which give off an unpleasant smell when they’re stepped on, like damp, warm places, which means they might set up their nest in a mulchy area on your property or within your floor or walls, particularly if they find an inviting pocket of moisture.

There are, of course, some general ways that you can try to prevent an ant infestation or attempt to curb it.  Putting food away in sealed containers and not leaving food out for too long, including in your pet’s dish, are important measures.  Dealing with plumbing issues that might be creating moist, dark and warm places favored by certain species of ants is also important.  You can also try to find any obvious cracks leading into your home that need to be sealed up.

But one frustrating quality common to many ants, is that they’ll appear in homes that don’t have obvious problems.  Your home could be quite clean and tidy, with no other pest infestation, and they might still show up.  Your best bet then, is to call on the services of pest control experts.

Don’t hesitate to contact us.  We’ll identify the ant species, get to the root of the problem, and tailor our pest control methods to your particular situation.  With our environmentally responsible products, you’ll be able to bring your ant infestation under control, and also adopt preventative measures that will stop another infestation in the future.