Bed Bugs In Hospitals

Posted on: October 1, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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As people become more educated about bed bugs and their living habits many have realized that a bed bug problem does not indicate unclean conditions.  Bed bugs can and will live just about anywhere that they can find food.  While cluttered areas give them more places to hide, even the cleanest environments can be turned into a bed bug nightmare.  The patients and visitors at hospitals and other medical care facilities around the US have found this out first hand when bed bugs invaded.

In Iowa City, Iowa bed bugs were found inside the University of Iowa Hospital according to a local news report on the ABC 9 News Channel.  It was reported that bed bugs were crawling out from under tables in an orthopedic area hospital room.  The woman that spotted the bugs took pictures and reported her findings right away. The room where the bed bugs were spotted was quickly emptied, treated and sealed to solve the issue.

Bed bugs have been a growing problem in hospitals around the country.  In the U.S. more than a third of pest control companies reported that they responded to bed bug calls at hospitals in 2015, which is 12% higher than 2010.  Bed bug professionals believe that there are three main sources for these bugs to invade a hospital room including:

  • In emergency situations when people are picked up from their bed bug infested homes
  • From patients clothing and belongings that are brought into the hospitals
  • From people coming to the hospital to visit patients

It may be impossible for you to avoid contact with bed bugs completely, especially when they can live in almost any environment, however you CAN arm yourself with the best defense against these blood sucking insects AND know the best ways to get rid of the bugs if they ever do invade your home.  ProChem ProActive specializes in bed bug ELIMINATION.  We don’t just treat the problem we ELIMINATE it!  Catch bed bug problems quickly by knowing the signs to look for when you visit away-from-home locations, and what to do if you ever spot a problem.  Be careful when returning home from an area that you think may have had bed bugs and do routine searches every time to change your bedding.  If bed bugs are ever spotted at your home or business DON’T WAIT!  Call ProChem ProActive ASAP so solve the problem before it spreads.  We can end a bed bug infestation in just 1 treatment!  For more info, read our blog at http://prochemproactive.com/blog/.

This is Why Bed Bugs Are So Hard To Get Rid Of

Posted on: September 1, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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Historically, bed bug treatments have relied on the use of chemicals to kill these blood sucking pests.  Recently scientists have been studying the reasons why these traditional methods are no longer working and what the alternative could be. A new study found in the Journal of Economic Entomology shows how bed bugs are developing resistance to two of the most commonly used insecticides used in bed bug treatments.

The common bed bug has shown considerable resistance to several insecticides, including one of the most commonly used chemical called deltamethrin.  The reduced effectiveness of this chemical is believed to be one of the main causes of the bed bug resurgence over the last decade, especially in big cities.

Scientists are now testing 2 other common insecticides to see if the effectiveness of those chemicals are being reduced by bed bugs evolution as well.  These two chemicals, bifenthrin and chlofenapyr are being tested on 10 different bed bug populations from around the US.  After extensive study 5 of these populations were found to have reduced susceptibility to both substances which left approx. 25% of the bugs studied alive.

These studies have caused concern for pest professionals around the U.S and is encouraging them to look for other treatment options for their clients.  Fortunately, some of the most savvy exterminators have already found the answer and are using the new treatments everyday with amazing success.  The answer is simple – HEAT!

Why is heat better than chemicals?

Aside from bed bugs apparent evolutionary resistance to chemical treatments leaving them ineffective, chemical treatments also pose a significant risk to those exposed to them.  Some people may be sensitive to chemicals as a result of neurological or other medical disorders, as well as many people experiencing rashes, breathing difficulties including asthma attacks, allergic reactions that require hospitalization, and reduced fertility.  Chemical treatments are bad for the environment and will pollute your in-door air quality resulting in many of these health issues.  Extensive exposure to these chemicals, such as for pest professionals and business managers that are exposed to the fumes regularly also have been shown to have higher risks for certain types of cancer.  Children that have been exposed to these substances have been shown to have a higher risk for cancer, and developmental delays.  Chemical treatments often take multiple applications before the problem is completely resolved, thus resulting in prolonged exposure to the insecticides and to possible bed bug bites.

Heat treatments are a non-toxic, 100% eco-friendly treatment option that is extremely effective when applied correctly.  Heat treatments take from 8-24 hours for full effectiveness.  The treated area can be re-entered at any time after the treatment is complete and will not require extra cleaning or exposure to any chemical substances.  Heat treatments are safe to conduct around the elderly, children and pets.  ProChem ProActive is at the forefront of the bed bug heat movement and is offering heat treatments to ALL of their bed bug clients.  Heat treatments can SOLVE a bed bug problem in just 1 treatment, leaving clients happier than ever possible with traditional treatment methods which could take months and many treatments before the problem was completely resolved.

If you have bed bugs don’t waste your time with “old-fashioned” treatment options.  Get the “new-and improved” heat treatments with ProChem ProActive today!

Scorpions Take Over Las Vegas

Posted on: August 1, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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Scorpions strike fear into the hearts of many Las Vegas residents and those who live throughout Nevada due to their wide spread prevalence throughout the state.  A few areas in Las Vegas are known as the most infested areas in the city.  Many times pest professionals are called and have reported seeing scorpions on the walls and ground in these areas. Scorpions are also commonly seen under rocks, and in bushes and trees.

Top 3 Scorpion Infested areas:

  • Mountains Edge/Fort Apache
  • Hualapai
  • Spring Valley – Buffalo/Flamingo

In these highly-infested areas/neighborhoods it is not uncommon to find hundreds of scorpions during a single black light search.  If you live in these areas and have landscaping that includes water you are at an increased risk of having scorpion problems.  Scorpions can be dangerous and can inflict a painful sting if encountered.  Therefore, ProChem ProActive advises that you call in the professionals before trying to deal with the problem yourself.  ProChem ProActive will do a detailed inspection and provide a treatment plan that will ensure that the bugs are killed.  A chemical spray will likely be applied to the exterior of your home.  If the scorpions have moved indoors a heat treatment may be applied to kill all scorpions that are hiding inside the home.

 

Call ProChem ProActive Today!

Bed Bug Incidents Rise 44%

Posted on: July 1, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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Over the last several years insurance companies and pest professionals have seen a rise in bed bug infestations and liability claims around the world.  So next time you hear “don’t let the bed bugs bite”, take it seriously!

According to a liabilities report completed by a Germany based insurance company, bed bug bites and infestations were the second highest animal-related cause for liability loss, totaling 22% of cases.  Bed Bugs closely followed deer incidents (such as vehicle collisions) which came in at 58% of claims.  In the United States, New York, which is one of the “buggiest” cities in the US showed a 44% rise in bed bug incidents from 2014-2015 alone.

As of a 2016 study, the top cities suffering for the worst bed bug problems are listed. Thanks to the efforts of professional bed bug elimination experts, Las Vegas has moved down on the “top infested cities” list to number 49 of 50 cities.

Here are the top 10 cities with the WORST bed bug problem in the country!

  1. Baltimore
    2. Washington, D.C.
    3. Chicago
    4. New York
    5. Columbus, Ohio
    6. Los Angeles
    7. Detroit
    8. Cincinnati
    9. Philadelphia
    10. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose

While Las Vegas may be controlling the bed bug problem more effectively in recent years, there is still a HUGE bed bug concern around the country.  There are a number of reasons why this rise in bed bug activity is happening, including increased travel, which allows bed bugs to move along with passengers as tiny hitch hikers, as well as the bed bugs ability to evolve resistances to commonly used pesticides.

While we can’t avoid these risks completely, there are proactive pest professional out there at the forefront of new technology that is proving itself to be extremely effective at killing these unwanted pests.  Heat treatment technology and K-9 detection are two ways that ProChem ProActive has risen its game against bed bugs in the past 10 years.  Heat treatments work by killing bed bugs due to high air temperatures that is directed into a room using specially designed heaters.  K-9 Detection dogs are then used to ensure that all bed bugs have perished and that the treatment was successful.  The K-9 unit can also be used pre-heat to find where bed bugs are hiding and ensure that the technicians are treating the entire problem.

To find out more about bed bug heat treatments and how ProChem ProActive is keeping Las Vegas “bed bug free” give us a call at 866-674-7779 or visit our website at http://prochemproactive.com/.

Bed Bug Settlements Can Be Costly For Businesses

Posted on: June 1, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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Imagine waking up to your child screaming and crying that there are bugs crawling on and biting him.  This nightmare has happened to countless families in their homes, or at hotels and motels.  Large bed bug settlements are being awarded to families around the country because of negligent business owners who fail to properly treat or document treatments of bed bug problems.  While we see this most commonly with hotels/motels there have been countless cases against furniture companies, moving companies and public transportation companies as well.

 How To Avoid A Claim Against Your Business

In the story mentioned above, the family of the young child was awarded $225,000 in their case against the furniture company that sold them bed bug infested bed frames.  The child was taken to the pediatrician and was prescribed a few allergy medications due to the mild allergic reaction that resulted from multiple bed bug bites.  The furniture company was found guilty of negligence for not properly treating the bed bug problem.  Often, without proper documentation of regular inspections and treatments, a business can be found guilty of negligence because of lack of evidence that the problem was being treated properly.

To avoid a lawsuit like this happening at your business make sure that you follow the tips below.

  • Always perform regular inspections of your business. This is especially important for high traffic areas and hotels/motels.  Treatment and inspection schedules are available from professional bed bug elimination professionals, such as ProChem ProActive.
  • Always document any bed bug sightings, inspections, and treatments. ProChem ProActive can show you how to properly log all interactions.  In most cases, if the court can prove that you knew about a bed bug issue but didn’t react properly then you will be liable for all damages.
  • If any customers report bites or sightings – TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY! People rarely complain about bugs when there isn’t an issue.  Every sighting should be thoroughly investigated.  Long term exposure to bed bugs can cause psychological damages to the victims.  While this is devastating to the victim, it is also very damaging in any lawsuit against a business or property management company.  This is most important for apartment management companies and locations with long-term residents.

How ProChem ProActive can help:

ProChem ProActive is experienced in keeping businesses bed bug free and treating any potential problems extremely quickly.  The goal is to find any bed bug issues while they are small and BEFORE your customers notice.  Bed bugs can invade ANY business, and if they are eradicated quickly the problem can go un-noticed.  ProChem ProActive offers routine inspections and treatment schedules to fit any business.  The ProActive program also offers facilities the ability to certify the property Bed Bug Free. For more information on ProChem ProActive and/or the certification process, please contact ClientServices@ProChemProActive.com or call 866-674-7779.

 

Source: https://www.bedbuglaw.com/recent-bed-bug-lawsuits-and-verdicts/

Technician Spotlight -May

Posted on: May 16, 2017 by in Tech Spotlight
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ProChem ProActives K-9 team provides some of the most accurate bed bug detection services available in the Las Vegas area.  Without our team of specially trained K-9’s and their trainers these revolutionary inspections wouldn’t be possible.  Diego Rodriguez is one of the handlers that trains and conducts inspections with our K-9 unit.  All the K-9 team handers work hard everyday to make sure the dogs are at the top of their game and ready to be called to the field at any time.  This month we catch up with Diego to learn a bit more about him and his job at ProChem ProActive.

Name: Diego Rodriguez

Title: K9 Team Manager

Office Location: Vegas, Baby!

Years At ProChem ProActive?: Seven years

Favorite part of the job: 4 legged, furry, co-workers. Sorry, 2 legged co-workers.

Most challenging part of the job: Often having to be the last one to arrive to a situation and be the last resort to resolve an issue that is difficult.

 What 3 words describe ProChem ProActive: Unconventional, unique & innovative

 Professional advice for future customers: ProChem wants to educate people as well as exterminate bugs.

 Your Proudest Moment At ProChem ProActive: Becoming nationally certified as K9 Teams.

More About Diego:

Favorite movie line: The problem is not the problem; the problem is your attitude about the problem. – Captain Jack Sparrow

Best vacation: Every year Lake Powell in Arizona

Favorite time off activates: Schutzhund, A German Dog Protection, Tracking and Obedience Sport

Favorite food: $2 Steak

Favorite sport: Football

Tell us something about you or your family that would surprise us: My family has 9 people in it

Hidden talents: I can fall asleep within seconds when I choose to.

ProChem ProActive is proud to offer the highest quality pest elimination treatments available!  With the help of excellent team members like Diego, we strive for a bug free Las Vegas!  If you have a bed bug problem you might just get to meet Diego and see him and his K-9 pals in action.  If you would like a free bed bug inspection and quote please call ProChem ProActive at 1 (866) 674-7779.  We currently service the entire state of Nevada, parts of Arizona and Oklahoma!

10 Ways To Keep The Bed Bugs Away

Posted on: May 1, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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Bed bugs can be a costly and embarrassing problem for any family.  While there are fast and effective ways to eliminate a bed bugs problem (just ask one of our technicians at ProChem ProActive), the best way to keep your house bed bug free is to never let them move-in in the first place!  Here are 10 ways you can avoid bed bugs this year!

  1. Learn About Bed Bugs – Understanding bed bugs, their habits, and ways to detect their presence is the first step in preventing them from invading your home.  You can start your research on our blog at http://prochemproactive.com/blog/
  2. Do Some Spring Cleaning – A cluttered house gives bed bugs plenty of places to hide and makes treating the area must harder. Just make sure you do this cleaning BEFORE you notice that bed bugs are living in your home…otherwise you could spread the infestation to others while disposing of your items.  Always inspect any items you plan to donate to avoid spreading any potential problems to others.
  3. Inspect Your Home Regularly – Check for signs of bed bugs in common areas around your home – Beds, chairs, couches, drapes, carpeting…ect. Don’t just limit this search to your bedroom – remember that bed bugs can live in any room of your home.
  4. Change your Bedding Regularly – Change your sheets no less than every 2 weeks. Always use hot water and hot dryer settings for your sheets.  This is also a great time to inspect the mattress and box springs for signs of bed bugs.
  5. Vacuum Often – Keep your furniture and floors clean. Don’t forget to vacuum cracks in wooden floors, baseboards, door and window frames and under the bed.
  6. Get Talking! – There is no shame in bed bugs…anyone can get them…anyone can share them. By talking about bed bug information, you can help others be more aware of the risks and reduce the likelihood to picking up bugs from any of your friends.
  7. Inspect Children’s Backpacks – Bed bugs can be picked up almost anywhere. Schools, buses, day care facilities, movie theaters, and libraries are common places to find bed bugs.  Always inspect articles of clothing and bags when returning home.
  8. Avoid Thrift Store Furniture – Be very careful when selecting furniture from second hand or thrift stores. Have all furniture inspected thoroughly and cleaned carefully BEFORE bringing it into your home.  This also includes rental furniture!
  9. Leave Your Luggage Outside – When returning home from a trip take extra precautions when bringing your things back inside. Bed bugs can easily hide on the outside of your luggage, as well as in your clothes and other belongings.  Leave the suitcases outside or in the garage and always wash all items inside on warm settings before placing them back in your drawers.
  10. Call In The Professionals – If you do end up with a bed bugs problem don’t hesitate to call in the professionals. At ProChem ProActive we deal with bed bugs everyday and have the knowledge, expertise and equipment to END your bed bug nightmare before it becomes a health risk to your family.  Many DIY methods are simply not effective against bed bugs, AND/OR come with some serious health risks. Don’t waste your time or money…Get the professionals to do it right the FIRST TIME!

By following these 10 easy steps you can greatly reduce the likelihood of a bed bug infestation or catch any potential problem early, making extermination much easier and quicker.  For more information about the ProChem ProActive bed bug treatments please give us a call at (866) 674-7779.

Technician Spotlight – April

Posted on: April 7, 2017 by in Tech Spotlight
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In order to provide the extraordinary service at ProChem ProActive we rely on our specially trained technicians to perform accurate and effective inspections and treatments.  This month for our Technician Spotlight we would like to feature Shane B. Kincaid.  Shane works hard everyday to provide the best quality pest elimination treatments available!

Name: Shane B. Kincaid

Title: Service professional

Favorite part of the job: Interacting and assisting my community by bettering their daily lives with the eradication of unwanted and potentially hazardous pest situations. The interaction and appreciation I receive once their pest problem is solved is what makes every day in this profession a rewarding one.

Most challenging part of the job: Continually trying to find new ways to improve the service we provide our customers when already providing a service that second to none.

 What 3 words describe ProChem ProActive: Knowledge, experience, success

Professional advice for future customers: Don’t settle for just Pest Control when you can rest assured with guaranteed pest elimination.

 Your proudest moment at ProChem ProActive: Making my first sale.

More About Shane:

Favorite movie line: I’ll be your Huckleberry.

Best vacation: A cruise to the Caribbean.

Favorite time off activates: Hiking, fishing, shooting, take our company dog for long walks and throw the ball with him, go to my cabin.

Favorite food: Sushi

Favorite sport: Football

Tell us something about you or your family that would surprise us: I was 5’10” when I was 10 years old

Hidden talents: I do but I can’t share them and still have them remain hidden. 😉

 

ProChem ProActive is proud to offer the highest quality pest elimination treatments available!  If you would like a free bed bug inspection and quote please call ProChem ProActive at (866) 674-7779.  We currently service the entire state of Nevada, and parts of Arizona and Oklahoma!

Termites – The Silent Destroyers

Posted on: April 1, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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The termite’s ability to chew through wood, flooring and walls undetected gave them the name “silent destroyers”.  There are approximately 2,000 known species of termite in the world and each year they cause over 5 billion dollars in property damage for home and business owners around the world.  By familiarizing yourself with the signs of an infestation and knowing a few key tips to identify a termite issue you can prevent costly repairs.

Detection Tips:

Termite workers and younger termites are often light brown or whitish in color and do most of the “work” for the colony.  Because of their delicate soft body they can dry out easily if exposed to air and sun light.  These termites tend to stay in the nest or underground.  If they venture where you can easily spot them out you can bet there is a nest near by.

 


 

 

Another termite that you might see is a “swarmer”.  These termites are often miss-identified as a winged carpenter ant.  The easiest way to tell the ant and the termite apart is by looking at their body and wing shape.  A flying ant will have 3 sections to it’s body, while the termite will be more uniform in width.  You can also see a difference between the shape of their wings and antennae.  The ant has a bent antennae and two wings on each side.  The termite sports straight antennae and long straight wings as well.

Termites thrive in moist, humid, warm spaces and often construct mud tubes from the ground to their nest.  If the nest is in your home or business this can cause mold problems due to the extra humidity that these tubes allow into the wood.  Some termites even encourage mold to grow because it makes the wood softer and easier to chew.  If you spot any mud tubes or mold you should closely search the area for termite activity.

Treatment Options:

The most effective way to get rid of termites is to schedule a professional treatment.  ProChem ProActive offers a range of treatment options depending on the type of termites you have and the severity of the damage.  After a detailed inspection, the ProChem ProActive technician will offer a treatment plan and schedule the application as soon as possible.  In some cases heat treatments are an option to dry and heat the area to kill the insects without the use of chemical pesticides.  This treatment is most effective against dry wood termites and problems inside the home.

If you suspect that you have a termite problem call ProChem ProActive immediately!

Bed Bug Awareness Week – Rising Bed Bug Risk

Posted on: March 20, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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With Bed Bug Awareness starting March 20th, 2017, the pest control industry is taking time to remind and educate the public about the basics of bed bugs and how to avoid bringing these pests home.

Over the last decade bed bugs have become a growing concern as their population rise.  A recent survey, conducted by the NPMA and the University of Kentucky found that 99.6 % of extermination companies were asked to treat bed bug infestations in 2015.  Understandably this rise in bed bug activity has many people concerned and even paranoid, especially with traveling and hotel/motel stays.

Bed bugs can live in many different environments and are often found in five star hotels, summer camps, dorm rooms, senior car facilities, and homes around the U.S – anywhere there is a source for regular blood meals is an idea living space for bed bugs.  Many people unknowingly transport bed bugs every year, bringing them home to their families and infecting friends and their workplace.  This risk grows during the summer months where vacation travel is at it’s peak.

 

The professionals at ProChem ProActive recommends the following tips to help avoid bringing bed bugs home this summer:

  • Thoroughly vacuum the inside and outside of suitcases after returning home from vacation. Hard shell luggage is the most secure against bed bugs because it gives the bugs less area to hide.  All luggage should be cleaned and inspected upon returning from a trip.
  • Check your sheets for blood spots when entering a hotel/motel room. These spots can be rusty colored or dark brown and sometimes confused for ink spots.
  • Bring a large plastic trash bag to keep your luggage in before placing it into your vehicle. This bag can be used throughout the trip to discourage bugs from hitching a ride.
  • Never place you luggage on the bed or furniture in a hotel/motel room. Always use the luggage rack or the hard tile floor to place your suitcase, purse, clothes, backpack and other belongings.
  • Bring a small flashlight to assist with a visual inspection of your room or luggage during a trip.
  • Never bring second-hand furniture into your home without a careful examination. This especially includes mattresses and box springs.
  • Don’t forget about the pets – regularly inspect your pets bedding for signs of bed bugs.
  • Hire a professional bed bug profession, like ProChem ProActive, to solve any bed bug infestation with HEAT. ProChem ProActive has over 15 years of experience killing bed bugs.  We provide a 100% Guaranteed Pest Elimination service and we promise that the job will be done right!

If you or someone you know has been battling bed bugs please give ProChem ProActive a call right away!  We have the experience, knowledge, and equipment to solve any bed bugs problem.  We can be reached at 866-674-7779 or email us at ClientServices@ProChemProActive.com.  We proudly service the entire state of Nevada, Arizona, and Oklahoma!