How Can Property Managers Protect Against Bed Bugs?

Written By: Admin

Archive For: November 2016

Category Name: bed bug control

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Bed bugs are tiny little creatures that can be really bad for business. These pesky bugs can cause big problems for landlords, owners of apartment buildings, and other multi-family properties. An infestation can be prevented with a bed bug action plan and educating tenants and staff on property.

Proper Prevention Methods

Unfortunately, bed bugs can pop up anywhere. But certain steps can keep them at bay, including developing an Integrated Pest Management plan with the help of pest control professionals. These plans focus on prevention and can attack pest issues from all angles. Such a plan helps to develop clear response steps in the event of a bed bug issue.

If bed bugs have been a problem, prevention steps like regular visits from a bed bug detection dog can keep problems in check and help discover new bed bug hot spots before they spread. Regular visual inspections of common areas like lounges and laundry rooms are also recommended. But perhaps one of the most important aspects of prevention is education.

Education is Crucial

Educating your tenants and staff can go a long way in the fight to prevent bed bugs. Simple mailings to each tenant can inform them of prevention methods like reducing clutter, plus general facts like what bed bugs look like, signs of infestations, and the importance of reporting any potential bed bug issues quickly. These efforts can help with better reporting of bed bug issues, instead of residents being concerned they will be blamed for the bed bug problem and delaying notification to property management. These delays can lead to far bigger and harder to control problems.

More in-depth methods can be used to educate and train staff on bed bug prevention. Staff can be taught to spot and address bed bug hiding spots like cracks in baseboards, peeling wallpaper, and old belongings left behind by former residents.

Although the hope is that bed bugs will never show their unpleasant faces, it is important that you and your staff are ready to handle a bed bug issue. Develop a plan to educate your staff on procedures and be sure to communicate with residents. Make sure that complaints are responded to quickly and with the assistance of bed bug professionals.

Pest Management, Inc. can help with every step of the bed bug control process. We provide effective education and consulting services, inspections using our canine bed bug detection dogs, development of prevention plans, financial protection with Bed Bug Protection Policies and cutting-edge, highly effective bed bug treatment. Contact us today to start protecting your rental properties, tenants and investments from the damaging effects of bed bugs.

Controlling the Cricket Craze at Companies

Written By: Admin

Archive For: November 2016

Category Name: pest management

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By now, you may have noticed the invasion of crickets outside that may be making their way inside your commercial property. While they don’t bite or harm people or pets, they can be annoying pests. The loud chirping sound, which is made only by male crickets, can be a nuisance.

Crickets can be more than an inconvenience. They can be costly for business, especially when there is an infestation.

Cricket Season

It may sound like the sport, but there is definitely a period every year when there are more crickets crawling and jumping around outside. Crickets are typically in higher numbers during the transition from summer to fall. It’s during the fall season that a cricket egg is laid in the soil and the egg will hatch during the spring.

Crickets are hard to control and if an infestation occurs, it could lead to strong odors once the crickets die, which can be bad for business. They can also cause considerable damage to clothing, drapes, or other materials with their feces and feeding activities.

Controlling Crickets

There are initial steps you can take to control crickets around your commercial property, such as sealing any cracks or openings to your property around windows, doors, and closing up any gaps near foundation. Here are additional steps that can prevent crickets from gathering around or finding their way inside your business:

 

  • Remove any debris or vegetation that could become a hiding or breeding site.
  • Remove any food supplies outside, such as pet food, that could attract the pests.
  • Use as few lights as possible during the night.

The best method to prevent any cricket issues from around a commercial property is pest control. If there is a cricket problem at a business, both the inside of the property and the outside should be treated to ensure any areas where the crickets may have gone have been treated for the crickets and any eggs left behind.

If you have concerns about crickets at your business, contact our highly trained, expert technicians at Pest Management, Inc. today. Our team can rapidly solve a cricket craze at any company so you can focus on customers and not unwanted guests.

There’s History Behind Humanity’s Battle with the Bed Bug

Written By: Admin

Archive For: October 2016

Category Name: bed bugs

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When we were children and drifted off to sleep, many of us were told, “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” What may seem to be a silly expression, may feel more threatening as bed bug problems have skyrocketed in recent years. Did this old saying really have anything to do with the nasty insects we are battling today? And just how long have bed bugs been an issue for humanity?

A Historical Foe

Research suggests that bed bugs have pestered humans for thousands of years. References to the bugs are made in ancient Greek plays and fossilized bed bugs were discovered in an Egyptian site dating back 3,550 years. As time went on, bed bugs spread around Asia and Europe, before travelling with European settlers to the New World. There are documentations of bed bug problems in early America throughout the 1700s and 1800s. As time went on, the bugs steadily spread. Once train travel became popular, the bugs began to move around the U.S. much more easily.

It is during the late 1800s when the first mentions of the phrase warning against bed bugs appear. Variations on the saying appear several times in print in the U.S. during the 1880s and 1890s. While the origins of the phrase are not known exactly, it does seem to line up with the heyday of American train travel and an ever-widening spread of bed bugs. This suggests that the expression could have indeed originated an actual – albeit lighthearted – warning, urging listeners to be on guard against the biting of these pesky creatures.

The bugs continued to spread widely around the country until the 1940s, when the advent of the pesticide DDT all but wiped the bugs out in the US by the 1950s. Bed bugs became a fairly rare problem in the U.S. at this time, and would continue on that way for decades.

Resurgence

Unfortunately, as many Americans have witnessed firsthand, bed bugs have made a roaring comeback in the U.S. This is likely due to several factors, including an increase in international travel and the banning of DDT and other pesticides because of health and safety concerns.

In just the past ten years, calls made to exterminators regarding bed bugs have almost tripled in the U.S. Bed bugs have become a common issue in homes of all types and hotels of all types – the bed bug problem can and has affected people of every income level and across every different demographic.

Thankfully, the advent of new technology like Thermal Heat Remediation and Cryonite freezing treatment have created highly effective – and completely safe – methods for fighting the bed bugs. However, these treatments require calling in the professionals to discover the bugs and treat them thoroughly.

If you are concerned about bed bugs in your home, business, or rental properties, contact Pest Management, Inc. today. Our highly experienced team can help you manage every aspect of the fight against bed bugs – from prevention, to resident and staff education, to Bed Bug Protection Policies, to inspection with our bed bug detection dogs and finally, to comprehensive and detailed treatment by our team of professional technicians. Give us a call today to learn more and to be protected against one of humanity’s oldest foes.

World Mosquito Day: Protection Against the Deadliest Animal

Written By: Admin

Archive For: October 2016

Category Name: pest control

World Mosquito Day: Protection Against the Deadliest Animal

Recently, on August 20, World Mosquito Day was recognized around the globe. It’s a day of commemoration and awareness. The day was established in 1897 because that is when a British media researcher, Sir Donald Ross, discovered that mosquitos were the link to transmitting malaria. Sir Ross received the Nobel Prize for Medicine for this work in 1902. Because of Sir Ross’ research, we now have a better awareness of how mosquitos transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika.

In recognition of Sir Ross’ discoveries that have changed our understanding of the dangers mosquitos can bring to humans, we are sharing some of our helpful reminders about mosquitos.

Meet the Mosquito

There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes around the world. It may come as a surprise, but they are the deadliest animals in the world. Mosquitoes threaten half of the world’s population. The most recent concern with mosquito transmission is the Zika virus, especially in pregnant women because it is known to cause birth defects.

According to the World Health Organization, they are responsible for the deaths of approximately 725,000 people worldwide every year. In comparison, sharks are responsible for approximately 10 deaths every year. This is why mosquito control is very important.

Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes

By now, you are likely aware of some of the most common measures to prevent mosquito bites, such as wearing light colored clothing, lighting a citronella candle, and using any type of scented products like lotion in moderation.

If you plan on being outside for a period of time, there are a number of mosquito repellants that have DEET and that are DEET-free that were tested by researchers with the Journal of Insect Science for how well they worked upon application and four hours after application.

Keeping mosquitoes away from your home or business should always be the first line of defense. Remove any standing water, cut back weeds and overgrown brush.

The most rapid mosquito control methods are those administered by trained pest control professionals. Mosquito spraying is quick and efficient and allows you to enjoy routine outdoor activities. Contact our highly trained team at Pest Management, Inc. to discuss treatment needs and options.

Avoiding Mosquitoes and the Zika Virus

Written By: Admin

Archive For: August 2016

Category Name: pest control

Mosquito Control Zika VirusThe temperatures across the south remain hot and in some areas, humid. Mosquitoes thrive in this weather and that makes combating the spread of the Zika virus extremely challenging. Zika is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, which are more aggressive biters during the day but will bite at night. Currently, there is not a vaccine or medicine to treat Zika.

Mosquito control is a priority across the southern states as the number of reported Zika virus cases continues to grow.

The Battle of Mosquitoes in the South

Recently, Texas Governor Greg Abbott asked President Barack Obama for millions of dollars in federal funds to combat the Zika virus in Texas. Governor Abbott also took to social media with a creative video using the First Dog of Texas, Pancake, to demonstrate ways to keep mosquitoes away from you and your home. The governor’s request for funding was just days before state health officials announced the first Zika-related death. Texas currently has more than 90 reported cases of the Zika virus.

Here’s how other southern states are affected by the Zika virus:

Louisiana – 19 reported cases

Mississippi – nearly a dozen

Alabama – 15 reported cases

Georgia – 51 reported cases

Florida – 15 reported cases

For more information on Zika in Texas including daily updates on reported cases by county, please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services Zika website.

The best method of protection against the Zika virus is repelling mosquitoes away from you and preventing them from breeding near your home or office.

Mosquito Prevention

There are a number of ways to keep mosquitoes from attracting to you including wearing light colored clothing, limiting fragrances, and wearing insect repellant. It’s possible to control mosquitoes around your property by eliminating standing water, removing piles of leaves and other brush, and cutting tall grass.

The most rapid and effective mosquito control methods are administered by trained pest control professionals. Mosquito spraying is quick and efficient and allows you to enjoy routine outdoor activities. Contact our highly trained team at Pest Management, Inc. to discuss treatment needs and options.