- Where and when is the training taking place?
- What is the accuracy of the K9?
- Are live/dead bed bugs being used?
- What are the conditions (temperature, hide types, etc..)?
- Is one or more trainers being used?
- In addition: are the actual inspections for customers documented and available?
- And much more...! Documentation is critical.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
- Clean, clean, clean! A clean environment does not get rid of bed bugs, but it will give them less places to hide, and make detecting them easier.
- Talk to a local bug mart or business that sells pest control chemicals to the public, and gain the knowledge it will take to tackle the task yourself. Be careful of buying just anything off the Internet as there are a lot of "miracle cures" that simply do not work!
- Do as much research as you can to make sure you are using the right products, and have a clear understanding of what it will take to get rid of the bed bugs.
- Do NOT use any products that require a professional license to apply, and only use approved products for homeowner use with full knowledge of how, where, and when to use the product.
- Tackling a bed bug problem yourself can get costly, and may even be more time consuming and expensive than hiring a pest management professional!
- Be picky on who you choose! Ask for bed bug specific references, and check them.
- A few questions you can ask them:
- Do they specialize in bed bugs?
- Do they offer a warranty? If so, what are the details of it.
- How long have they been doing bed bug cases? This may not be dated back several years, as bed bugs are a newer problem in many parts of the world.
- Do they have a specific plan or protocol for you to follow in preparing for the treatments, and what is your involvement in the process? Be prepared to invest some of your own time in preparation of the bed bug treatment, as it can be labor intensive for you and the pest control technicians.
- What are their inspection methods? K9s, visual, monitors, etc... If K9s are used, are they certified?
- Do they do follow up inspections?
- If you find a reputable company and are willing to work with them, you will have great success in dealing with your bed bug infestation, big or small.
- There is many options available for bed bug treatments, which also means the price range of services available will fluctuate dramatically.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Questions you should ask your apartment manager:
- Has this unit ever had a bed bug infestation before?
- if so, when was the last incident?
- was it the only incident?
- were the adjoining units inspected/treated?
- can I see copies of the inspection/treatment records?
- if not, why?
- Have any other units adjacent to mine in this building been affected by bed bugs?
- same sub-questions as above
- What is your standard protocol in dealing with bed bug infestations?
- how long has this protocol been in place?
- who and how was this protocol made?
- What is the success rate of your bed bug treatments?
- re-infest rates?
- What type of treatments will you do?
- What type of warranty do you offer?
- (make sure it is at least 30 days, and any bugs found within 30 days you get free treatments until you can go 30 days without seeing any activity..., even if it takes months)
- When you first move into an apartment, make sure you get a detailed "pest control records" report on the unit you are renting. These records should show past infestations (if any) and show the 2 main pest problems you should be concerned about; Bed Bugs, and German Roaches.
- If your apartment manager is not willing to show you the historical pest records for the unit you are renting you should be concerned as to WHY!
- If you do experience a bed bug issue and the apartment management wants to treat your unit you need the following from them:
- Inspection records from your unit and make sure all adjoining units are inspected (especially if you are responsible for paying for treatment) and you want a copy of the inspection reports.
- If bed bugs are found in adjoining units, you need ongoing inspection and treatment records along with the ones for your unit.
Monday, May 21, 2012
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012
I have google alerts setup to come to my email box every day. The alert is setup for "BED BUG NEWS" and I get a quick glance each day of whats happening out there... It blows me away how many days have schools involved and often many different schools per day. And, this is only what comes through on my google alerts! I am afraid we may see the day that we simply just learn to live with bed bugs and deal with them like they did 75 years ago...
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Thanks to Lou Sorkin for feeding these hungry bed bugs!
Sleep tight! Don't let the bed....
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Monday, February 13, 2012
Have a great day!
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