Everyone is gearing up for the holiday season, planning trips and booking tickets… but despite the jovial spirit of the season, a mood-killer lurks in the shadows: bed bugs!
Bed bugs don’t just “go away” for the winter. They like to find a nice warm, cozy spot and settle in… and a prime place for this to happen is in hotel rooms! Unfortunately, bed bugs can strike ANYWHERE… a 1-star motel in a rural area, or even 4 star accommodations in the ritziest parts of the city.
We’ve compiled a list of 5 EASY things you can do to make sure bed bugs don’t ruin your holiday experience:
1) Research it!
Most of us usually do a little research before booking our hotels and flights, to make sure that we’re getting the most out of our time holiday time and hard-earned money. Paying special attention to reviews COULD alert you to potential issues or a history of bed bug infestation… but you should also take reviews with a grain of salt. Sometimes negative reviews can be the result of a disgruntled employee or a patron who may be exaggerating to draw negative attention.
Once you’ve gotten your dream vacation (or your “pit-stop” on the way TO your dream vacation) booked, however, there are additional things you can do to ensure the only “extras” you bring back are presents from Grandpa and Grandma.
2) Store it!
As soon as walking through the door to your hotel room for the first time, you should immediately store your belongings in the bathroom. Don’t worry, it’s not a long term thing! Bed bugs are less likely to make a home out of the bathroom, which will keep your luggage safe from infestation until you’ve determined that the room is clear.
Check the bed by pulling back the linens, looking around and under the mattress and behind the headboard. Bedbugs are similar to the size (and shape!) of an apple seed. You may find them in the bedding, or you may find little black dots that look sort of like peppercorn. If so, alert hotel staff immediately.
Bed bugs will stay close to the bed for the most part, but can be found in chairs, curtains, and the closet, so be sure to check those areas as well!
3) Elevate it!
Once you’ve determined that there aren’t any bed bugs in the room, the trick then becomes prevention, which is relatively easy. If possible, keep your bags on the desktop, on top of the dresser, or on a luggage rack… but definitely OFF the floor! That way, any bed bugs which are scouting for a new place to settle down won’t have easy access to your stuff!
4) Wrap it!
For extra protection, purchase a zip-up plastic bag (most luggage retailers carry these nowadays as protection in the midst of travel) and keep your luggage wrapped when not in use. Some airports will wrap your luggage for you (for a fee), and a cheaper alternative (but a less viable “long term” solution) is to use garbage bags to wrap your luggage.
Added bonus: the plastic can also protect your luggage from rain / moisture.
5) Wash it!
When you return home from vacation, wash everything in hot water. That includes the stuff that didn’t get used or worn.
If a bedbug does manage to get into your luggage, it won’t be able to survive the heat from washing. Sending items to the dry cleaners will have the same effect as washing.
Of course, be sure to inspect your baggage/suitcase before you put it away. Vacuum out the nooks and crannies and (if possible) wrap it in plastic until you need it again.
So there you have it! 5 easy tips to avoid bed bugs this holiday season. Nevertheless, bugs can be persistent and if you DO end up plagued by those bothersome bed bugs, we’ll be there to protect your home and loved ones!
Do you have any other travel tips to share? Let us know in the comments section or tag us with the hashtag #PPPC
Safe travels and Happy Holidays!
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The Smithsonian recently reported that current studies indicate that bed bugs could be significantly more hazardous to our health than we thought!
Sure, nobody like having bugs as bunkmates. They come in uninvited, eating whatever they want and generally making an unsightly mess. Not to mention the biting, itching, and scratching that goes on when pests are involved… but now—to add to those sleepless nights— research indicates that bed bugs in the US could become a carrier for Trypanosoma cruzi… the parasite which causes Chagas disease.
Chagas disease is a disease that can result in heart failure and, ultimately, death. In the early stage, symptoms are typically either not present or mild and may include: fever, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, or local swelling at the site of the bite. After 8–12 weeks, individuals enter the chronic phase of disease and in 60–70% of individuals, it never produces further symptoms. The other 30 to 40% of people, however, develop further symptoms long term, such as enlargement of the ventricles of the heart. 20 to 30% of theses cases end up leading to heart failure.
Early treatments for Chagas are effective at curing the disease, but often have side effects, and the longer an individual goes undiagnosed or untreated, the less effective the treatment becomes. There is no vaccine currently available for preventative measures. The best method of prevention is to eliminate the threat of being bitten.
Although Chagas disease is typically attributed to Triatominae (also known as “kissing bugs”) in South American regions, researchers have found evidence of the Chagas virus in the US — 40% of “kissing bugs” captured by researchers in Louisiana were infected with the parasite. “Kissing bug” territory has been positively identified in half of the United States (see chart above). Studies indicate the T. cruzi parasite has ALSO taken up a comfortable residence in the digestive system of bed bugs, which are a close relative of the Triatominae.
How likely is the scenario of a wide scale infection? An estimated 300,000 people in the U.S. are already positive for Chagas disease, and in addition to having kissing bugs AND bed bugs as carriers, the T. cruzi parasite can also live in pets who have been infected by those bugs. Any fecal matter left by these pets can potentially be contaminated. The disease can also be transmitted via blood transfusion / contact.
The CDC is already predicting that “kissing bugs” (the primary carriers for the disease) will expand their territory range as the national climate begins to warm, and bed bug activity has been on the rise in Los Angeles and surrounding areas since 2011.
ABC News reported in 2013 that Los Angeles and surrounding areas ranked 3rd in “Worst Bed Bug Infestations” based on bed bug services provided… the year before the city was ranked at number 5. This year, Los Angeles and surrounding areas rank at #2 and San Diego jumped up 6 spots on its own! Bed bug activity is on the rise, and shows no indication of slowing down… which compounds the risk of Chagas infection.
Which is a prime reason to get started on bug and pest prevention now!
Contact us to find out about our pest prevention services today.
Think your city might be infested? Check out the map below to see the 50 spots that have had the largest occurrences of bed bug infestations in 2013. Click on the dot to see the latest ranking and the previous year’s ranking.
For reference, these are this year’s top 50 U.S. cities, ranked in order of the frequency of bedbug treatments, and their ranking compared to last year:
2) Los Angeles (+1)
3) Columbus, Ohio (+3)
4) Detroit (-2)
6) Cleveland/Akron/Canton (+2)
7) Dayton (+4)
8) Washington D.C. (-1)
9) Denver (-5)
10) Indianapolis (+6)
11) Richmond/Petersburg, Va. (+1)
12) Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C. (+3)
13) Dallas/Ft. Worth (-4)
14) Syracuse, N.Y. (+7)
15) Atlanta (+14)
16) Houston (+2)
17) New York (-7)
18) Seattle/Tacoma (-5)
19) San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose (-5)
20) Boston (+2)
21) Milwaukee (-2)
22) Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (+3)
23) Nashville (+17)
24) Pittsburgh (+12)
25) Charlotte (+18)
26) San Diego (+6)
27) Baltimore (-7)
28) Phoenix (+7)
29) Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa (+4)
30) Charleston/Huntington, W. Va. (+1)
31) Knoxville, Tenn. (-4)
32) Louisville, Ky. (-2)
33) Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Mich. (+5)
34) Hartford/New Haven, Conn. (-8)
35) Champaign/Springfield, Ill. (+13)
36) Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, S.C. (+11)
37) Omaha, Neb. (-20)
38) Buffalo, N.Y. (-10)
39) Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb. (+2)
40) Lexington, Ky. (-16)
41) Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, Calif. (+4)
42) Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. (-19)
43) Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y. (-1)
44) Minneapolis/St. Paul (-10)
45) Honolulu (-8)
46) Toledo, Ohio
47) Peoria/Bloomington, Ill.
48) Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Ill.
49) New Orleans
50) Kansas City
Getting rid of bed bug infestations had always been a huge undertaking, with no real way to confidently predict the results of the treatment. This prolific pest had become immune to many different treatments, rendering many pesticides ineffective.
Further studies identified alternative methods to control these ubiquitous, invincible bed bug infestations occurring around the nation. Heat treatments and fumigations were introduced to limit the spread of this epidemic problem. Even canines were trained to sniff out a less obvious bed bug problem in a person’s home.
But it wasn’t until recently that pest control professionals could service a property knowing that the outcome would be successful.
Our successful treatments can be attributed to the product CIRKIL by Terramera.
Clients prefer this product because it is a botanical treatment that works, and we like it because it allows us to treat with confidence with minimal retreats.
But you may be wondering what makes this bed bug control product better than the rest? Or what is it made of? Well here is your answer.
Effective Against Pyrethroid Resistant Strains
CIRKIL provides a solution that has stumped pest control exterminators as of lately with the resurgence of bed bugs being resistant to pyrethroid insecticides. This product’s active ingredient includes cold pressed neem oil that exhibits a high efficacy. Independent studies have proven that the populations treated with CIRKIL are non-resistant to its active ingredients.
Kills Bed Bugs At All Stages Of Life Cycle
A common problem with previous treatments is that they were ineffective toward bed bug eggs. Adult bed bugs would be killed and it would appear that the problem was resolved. However, the eggs that were protected from insecticides via their encasement would eventually hatch – reestablishing the prolific pest problem. CIRKIL actually affects the physical structure of the egg, allowing the insecticide to reach and kill the egg. Treatments are effective for adults, nymphs, and their eggs.
Majority Of The Problem Is Gone With 24 Hrs.
CIRKIL has a high efficacy and works quickly to eliminate bed bug populations. Studies have indicated that direct treatment results in a 100% kill of all adult and nymph bed bugs within 8 hours. Other studies revealed the efficacy of the residues on a variety of surfaces (fabrics, mattresses, carpet). The results were that the residue treatments eliminated all adults and nymphs within 8 to 24 hours. Dry residue on a carpet surface took the longest amount of time to reach 100% mean percent mortality at a maximum time length of 24 hours. In all instances a huge decline of the population occurred within the first 8 hours.
Long Residual Effect To Prevent Reinfestations
To ensure that a bed bug problem does not return, CIRKIL offers a long residual effect that keeps killing for 2 to 3 weeks. You can expect the residual to be 100% effective against infestations for almost 2 weeks.
Vapor Is Not Toxic To People or Their Pets
Being that this product is a plant based insecticide, the vapors have no harmful effect on people and animals. On the same token, since it is botanical and contains the oil from neem tree nuts, there is a strong fragrance associated with the product – but nothing unbearable or that won’t dissipate.
Only 4 Hour Recommended Reentry Period
Unlike fumigations where losing access to your home or office for a couple days to a few days is common, Terramera recommends a 4 hour reentry period. You can quickly be back in the comfort of a home without having to worry about bed bugs crawling around only 4 hours after the application.
Our treatments have been 100% successful in getting rid of bed bug populations from homes, offices, and warehouses. If you need an effective bed bug control service that won’t disrupt your schedule, call us to schedule your appointment for service – and be on your way to no more bed bugs.
Bed bugs are not the only pests hitching a ride back to home, sweet home after the holiday travels. There are a variety of pests to keep an eye out for in order to make the unwinding transition from vacation to back to reality as painless as possible – because a thriving pest infestation in your home is not the best way to ring in the New Year.
With holiday travel in full swing, it couldn’t hurt to brush up on prevention techniques to ensure you don’t return with more travelers than you came with. As seen in previous years, bed bug awareness and prevention methods flooded the news to deter infestations. While this is probably still the most popular pest to look out for during the winter season, you may want to consider other threats.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Jamaica have recently teamed up in an effort to create awareness about invasive pests that can be transported via luggage from international passengers. The collaborative program, which began in mid-October, is titled “Don’t Pack a Pest”. Posters and a 60-second video have been created and posted in Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay to warn travelers of potential risks.
Jamaica is the first country within the Caribbean to implement this program.
The pests of concern are mealy bugs and army beat worms. These pests can travel unnoticeably via luggage bags or suitcases resulting in an unsuspecting surprise if not cautious. There are a few precautions to consider when traveling during the festive season.
Do some preliminary investigation when you arrive at your destination. Before unzipping your bags and making yourself at home – inspect your room and bed for signs of bugs. Check underneath sheets, box spring, and the headboards of beds. Behind the mattress seams is a popular location to find bed bugs.
Always try to keep your clothes confined in a single area and zip up your bags when not in use.
Upon returning home from your trip, don’t immediately unload your clothes into the laundry hamper. Instead, casually inspect your clothing items and luggage (not on bed) before stowing away in a closet. When you wash your used clothing, try to use high temperatures to kill any invasive bugs.
Your return from traveling can run seamlessly with just a few inspections and techniques. Don’t let a few stealthy bugs create a headache for you, when you want to relax from a action-packed trip.
Ghost hunters, paranormal investigators, or people fascinated by the supernatural would love to pin a definitive culprit to the spine-chilling events in haunted buildings. But with minimal proof of lurking spirits being the reason for the terrifying events, a more substantial explanation should be accepted: Pests!
A thriving pest population on your property can make your home easily resemble a haunted house. And bugs and rodents are the best at hiding so they can’t be seen – just like ghosts. Their unnoticed behavior can easily be translated into a false haunting.
Here are some occurrences that may seem like paranormal activity but are really pests making your home feel eerie this Halloween:
Disappearing Food On The Counter – It can be strange leaving some perishables on the counter and the next morning they have vanished. This mysterious happening can be attributed to rodents.These furry creatures are nocturnal. Most of their activity is done at night while you’re sleeping. If you are hearing scurrying in your attic or objects falling over, the culprit is probably a rat or mouse. So, don’t be alarmed if fruit you left out on the table is gone – blame it on the rat!
Blood Spots On Your Bed Sheets – Nothing is more spookier than waking up to find small blood spots on your bed sheets. But before heading for the hills, there is a logical explanation for this finding. The most common cause of this type of occurrence is bed bugs. Blood spots can be created on your mattress from rolling over bloated bed bugs in your sleep. This rapidly reproducing insect is creepy by itself. But an overlooked bed bug infestation can be even creepier. So, you don’t have to contribute this shocking find to vampires. To identify these blood-sucking pests, inspect bed seams or around the tags on your mattress.
Cobwebs In Every Corner Of Your Home – If you didn’t set up any Halloween decorations, then you have the real deal. Spiders are active around the Halloween season and they could be making their home in yours. These dual-fanged arachnids hide in the dark corners of your home. And while they don’t cause much commotion, the webs they spin definitely insinuate a haunted house appearance. Plus, what can cause more of a cringe than walking directly into a spider web. Dual bite marks and ghoulish webs are most likely caused by a spider infestation, unless you have up your seasonal decor.
Bacteria Lurking In Every Crevice – Although you may not be able to see it with the naked eye, it still does exist – creepy, huh? Bacteria is all around us, but cockroaches seem to spread it around like wildfire. The diseases and filth that a roach can possess will intimidate even the most vile zombie. A roach can probably spread around harmful bacteria faster than any other living (or dead) creature. Stop the zombie apocalypse by eliminating roaches from your home.
Noises In Your Attic– Have you ever awoke to scurrying or high-pitched squeals coming from your attic? While this seems like almost a guarantee that your place is haunted, again there is an easy explanation to all the ruckus. Bats, opossums, raccoons, or rodents of all types can be attributed to the disturbance from above. Although this doesn’t leave you at ease, we can now definitely rule out paranormal activity. If you are squeamish, a pest management professional can help “exorcise” the problem. Bat, often compared to vampires and Dracula, these flying rodents have a laundry list of myths stated about them. Although, bats do hang upside down and some feed on blood, it is unnatural for a bat to attack a human. However, bats can roost in your attic and are nocturnal mammals like rodents so any commotion you hear at night can be bat, rodent, or wildlife activity.
Hopefully this article provides some explanation and relief for the disturbing things going on in your home. Maintaining a pest-free home will not only reduce the scare factor in your home but create a healthy environment.
Classes are in full swing and so are the pest infestations in San Diego & Riverside. The summer heat has continued on into early September creating an ideal living environment for bugs. Communal housing that most college students reside in is highly susceptible to problems with bed bugs, fleas, cockroaches, and rodents.
Untidy (often unsanitary) rooms and used furnishings are a common cause of pest problems in San Diego and Riverside. Most of the furniture for dormitories, apartments, and rental homes for college students is from yard sales, hand-me-downs, Craigslist, and thrift shops. Used furniture will often be found at a great price but can result in unforeseen problems.
Bed bugs and fleas can infest furniture and go unnoticed since they generally come out at night or during inactivity. The seller of the used couch may have had the furniture in storage or may not have noticed the pests. But you have one duty before bringing in used furniture into your home: Inspect Furnishings Thoroughly!
Steam clean and wash upholstery & coverings if possible to guarantee a pest-free piece of furniture. The same precautions used for furniture apply to used clothing, textiles, or mattresses.
But your couch is not the only culprit to bug problems; the pests may have already been inside the structure. Hotels, apartments, dorms share walls so if one unit is experiencing pests, the others are as well. Before settling in, ask the building management about their procedure on pest control applications. Then, look for signs of pests or rodents infestations inside your unit.
Rodents leave tracks, tail trails, and grease marks along baseboards and walls. Also look for droppings and gnaw marks on woodwork and cabinets. Other pests like cockroaches, ants, spiders, and earwigs have distinctive signs that affirm their presence. Roaches leave tiny fecal droppings usually under sinks or other hidden areas. Ants will let their presence be known with long trails to nearby food and water sources. Spiders will have cobwebs usually in room corners.
An effective method to inspect for bed bugs in furniture is to use an LED flashlight. Search baseboards behind pictures and walls, and between bed seams or couch cushions.
And last but not least, house cleaning will help maintain a pest-free environment and prevent attracting unwanted pests. Food crumbs and liquid spills on counter or floors should be cleaned daily. Disinfectant wipes and handheld vacuums are convenient cleaning devices that may encourage better cleaning habits. Put foods in sealed containers and hang up wet towels. All trash cans need a secure lid so food scents are not emitted.
Pest control is a must for any living space. The simplest actions will keep pests out of your property so you can focus on your studies. Let the professionals take care of the pest problems so you can hit the books.
Contact Pro Pacific Pest Control in San Diego & Riverside for effective tips on keeping bugs out!
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Click through the options below for pests that could be infesting your home. Each pest has Do-It-Yourself Pest Control Tips & Recommended Services. Some services link to a webpage that gives you more information. All recommended pest control services are performed by Pro Pacific Pest Control – And are guaranteed!
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While stuffing your stomach full of bugs is not a technique we use or recommend to get rid of bugs, the tactic could technically be labeled as pest control. And possibly a more accepted approach in other parts of the world. (Note: Nausea or illness may occur while eating insects.)
Pest control is defined as the regulation or management of pests in designated location. So, controlling the bug population on your property by means of ingesting bugs does in fact count as a form of regulation.
However, in the United States having a pest exterminator apply pesticides to infested areas is a more effective & popular approach to eliminating bugs. But this is not the only way to keep bugs out of our homes.
As stated above, pest control is the regulation & management of pests, so controlling pests is not all about sprays & traps. More accurately, pest control is the elimination of bugs and their food, water, and shelter sources. Considering all of these elements when attempting to eradicate pests will strengthen your efforts & make for a successful pest control plan.
Getting rid of the food & water sources for bugs alone will make your property a significantly less desirable place for insects to nest. Depleting pest living spaces hinders reproduction & furtiveness thus reducing the pest population.
Here are a few techniques you can use to accomplish these goals:
- Remove mulch, brush, grass, or wood piles
- Tidy garden areas & pick up dead leaves, flowers and fruit
- Clear any standing water in yard & clean out gutters
- Thoroughly clean areas with food
- Clean up all liquid spills & food crumbs
- Keep food & waste in secure containers
This way pest will be gone for good & having a pest smorgasbord will not be necessary regardless of what part of the world you live.
We exterminate your current pest infestation & your pest control efforts will assist in keeping bugs gone for good.
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With household pest control products being readily available at local hardware stores, do-it-yourself pest control has risen as an option in eradicating bugs from your home.
But just like any other rational decision making you should come to a conclusion by gathering information, sifting through the facts & choosing what’s best for you!
Below is some information that will help you choose which route you should take in getting rid of bugs.
- Pest Control Professional Protect Your Home & Family From Pesticides – Not to mention, they effectively eliminate bugs as well. A can of bug spray doesn’t tell you the efficient dosage or key areas to apply the chemicals. However, a licensed pest control technician is trained to conservatively distribute pesticides in areas that will maximize effectiveness but prevent pets or small children from being affected. With the right quantity & placement of pesticides, you keep bugs gone & your family protected.
- Pests Become Tolerant To DIY Pesticides – Repeated treatments with the same chemicals can cause bugs to build immunity to the pesticides. The formulas for DIY pest products don’t change, but a pest control professional is always updated with the latest pest products & techniques to guarantee a pest-free home!
- Regular Pest Control Service Keeps Bugs Gone – At first glance, DIY pest control products seem less expensive but consider the retreats & multiple purchases of the product to keep your home pest-free all year. In actuality, professional pest control service is your most cost effective choice. With Pro Pacific, you pay a flat fee for each service ($70) and retreats are always free!
- Pest Control Service Is Proactive, Not Reactive – With a professional pest control technician out on your property every other month, early signs of pest infestations will be spotted & handled accordingly in its early stages. That way you can eliminate a bug problem before it turns costly.
- Your Service Is Guaranteed – Unlike the plethora of consumer pest control products available they don’t come with a guarantee like our pest control service does. How do you know the product you purchase will remedy your bug problem. Our service is satisfaction guaranteed, so you only pay for a service that works- Guaranteed!
Contact our office today to effectively get rid of pests in the counties of San Diego, Riverside & Orange!
This time of year is when pests are on a heavy reproduction cycle. You’ll find pests about anywhere in Carlsbad, including basements, attics, yards, underneath stoves & refrigerators, and even in your bedroom…. Eeeek!
Pests To Watch For in Summer 2011
So how do you prevent the growing population of pests in Carlsbad, CA at this time of year? All they need from your home is a little food & water & they are set to stay indefinitely. Beware of the pesky pests & the creepy crawlers this summer. They can include: ants, spiders, roaches, earwigs, bedbugs, wasps, and more!
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That’s a bunch of different bugs to look out for huh? Well, no need to worry, Pro Pacific provides an all inclusive pest control package that will eliminate most of your common pest infestations this summer. And it’s only about a $1 per day for a pest-free home!
It’s our bi-monthly pest control service plan (treatments every two months) at only $69 per service.
Think about it, you’re protected from common bugs like ants, spiders, earwigs, wasps, snails, black widows, and much more! And having these bugs gone prevents many other big problems from occurring like home damage & secondary pest infestations.
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It’s a win-win for you…your bugs will be gone & you’re keeping money in your pocket!