Should You Be Worried About These Weird Bugs?

Posted on: September 1, 2019 by in Uncategorized
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Did you know that there are over 900 thousand different kinds of insects in the world right now?  And over 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) individual bugs living on the earth?  With that many different kinds of bugs, there are bound to be some weird ones that you’ve never seen…but how do you know if that unknown bug is dangerous?  What happens when you find a weird bug, what do you do?  ProChem ProActive is here to help demystify some weird bugs that you might see in the Las Vegas area.

Here are some crazy looking bugs and general information about them.

Jerusalem Cricket

This rare insects name can be misleading as they are neither truly crickets, nor do they inhabit Jerusalem.  These insects are not venomous but they can inflict a painful bite and a foul smell. They primarily feed on dead organic matter and other insects. Usually, they are spotted under rocks or other plants.  They like to burrow and live in damp dark areas usual just beneath the soil.  Because of their rarity, these pests are not considered a pest problem.

 

Acorn Weevil

The Acorn Weevil gets its name from their habit of laying eggs inside the soft tissue of an acorn and the seeds of oak trees.  An adult female weevil uses her long snout to bore a tiny hole in the acorn to lay her eggs. The larva will feed on the inside of the acorn while it hardens over the warm summer, and eventually chew their way out in early winter when they burrow into the ground.  These are weird looking insects for sure, but not dangerous and they are not usually included in pest control treatment plans.

 

Assassin Bug

There’s no need to panic when you see an assassin bug, although he cautions it’s best not to touch them because they can inflict rather painful bites.  They get their name from the way that they kill their prey; by violently stabbing it to death with their strong “beak”.  Often seen on shrubs, ground cover or garden plants, these bugs are considered beneficial for gardeners because they eat other small insects that feed on garden plants.

Like some of the other pests in this list, if left alone they are not dangerous and usually not treated during your standard pest control.  If you find yourself with large numbers of these bugs however there are pesticides that will rid them from your property.

 

Earwig

Earwigs are nocturnal insects that love dark, damp places where they can feed on foliage, flowers and other plans.  In the desert, they are often seen around lawns and other damp green areas.  They can use their forceps to grasp onto a finger if agitated, but earwigs do not sting nor are they dangerous. They have no venom, so earwigs are not poisonous.  They also do not crawl inside your ear, as their name might suggest.  They can infest your yard though, so treatments for these bugs are common.

 

Do you have a pest problem or insects that you can’t identify?  Visit our website and check out our insect identification feature and request a free estimate for your pest treatments.  Year-round pest control is important to keep your home, business, and family safe from pests.  We are here to help, give us a call today!

Don’t Fall For These 5 Pest Control Myths

Posted on: August 1, 2019 by in Pest Elimination
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With all the fake news and old wives tales that spiral around the internet, it’s essential to make sure you “fact check” anything you read online.  This is true for pest control methods as well, especially DIY methods.

Some bugs get a bad rap from time to time, and sometimes people become fearful of a particular bug for reasons that are entirely untrue.  For example, earwigs have always gotten an untruthful reputation of crawling inside people ears and laying eggs.  This is not true!  It’s extremely rare for any insect to crawl inside your ear, especially an earwig.

There are many rumors and myths out there, but today we are going to focus on 5 of the more common myths.  Check them out below!

Myth #1:  Bugs Will Stay Away from A Clean House

This giant misconception that a clean house won’t attract bugs has caused many infestations.  While a dirty environment might make bugs stay longer and give them more places to hide, a clean house is not bulletproof against bugs.

When bugs come inside your home, they aren’t looking for dirt.  Bugs need three things to live, food, water, and shelter.  If your home provides these three things, then bugs will stay and tell their friends about their sweet new digs.

Pro-Tip:  A clean house will lessen your chances of a pest infestation but won’t stop it from happening.  This is especially true for bed bugs.  Bed bugs can live anywhere!  During your cleaning, you should always look for signs of bugs and make sure to tell your technician of any suspicious sightings.

 

Myth #2:  Mice Love Cheese

Mice have always been known to love nothing more than a giant chunk of cheese.  This is actually not entirely true.  Mice will snack on any type of food crumbs, cheese included, but cheese doesn’t make a trap more attractive than other food types.  Rodents prefer sugary foods, like peanut butter honey or candy over anything else.

Pro-Tip: Call a pro before tying to trap rodents.  Rodents can be dangerous and carry diseases.  Let the pros provide a solid extermination plan to keep your property rodent free.

 

Myth #3: Cockroaches Mean Your House is Dirty
If you see a cockroach in your home, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your house is dirty.  Like other bugs, cockroaches are in search of food, water, and shelter.  If your home provides those things, then cockroaches will be quick to move right in.  Once a cockroach infestation has been established, it can be hard to get rid of.  It’s best to call in the pros!

Pro-Tip:  Roaches can enter your home by opening the size of a quarter.  Make sure to properly seal the entry points into your home.  Get a tube of caulk and seal up any cracks, holes, or damages to your home.

 

Myth #4:  Bed Bugs Can Be Treated with Off-The-Shelf DIY Methods

Bed bugs can be very elusive and hard to treat on your own.  They are small, masters at hiding, and hard to identify.  To top it off, many sprays and powders offered in stores are never actually tested on bed bugs.  Because of the speed in which bed bugs multiply, it’s important to kill bed bugs as quickly as possible…including their eggs.

Pro-Tip:  Call ProChem proactive and ask about heat treatments.  Treating bed bugs with heat will eliminate all their hiding places and kill the entire lifecycle in as little as 24 hours.  Don’t wait until the infestation has spread!  Call ProChem ProActive at the first sign of bed bugs.

 

Myth #5:  If I can’t see them, they aren’t there

Wrong, wrong, wrong! Bugs are usually quite tiny and masters at hiding. Termites could be silently feasting on your home right now, and you wouldn’t even know it.  Did you know that termites cause more than 5 billion dollars’ worth in damaged every year in the US alone and insurance doesn’t cover it?

Pro-Tip: Talk to your ProChem ProActive technician today and schedule a termite treatment to keep your investments safe!

 

Need professional, experienced pest control services?  Give ProChem ProActive a call today!

5 Tips for an Insect-Free Backyard

Posted on: July 1, 2019 by in Pest Elimination
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The warm summer months are great for opening up those backdoors and spending some time outside in the backyard, and if you’re as lucky as us here in Las Vegas, you get to enjoy your backyard almost year-round. Whether you love to garden, lie in the grass sunbathing, or eat out on the patio or deck, there’s little better than spending some time outside.

At least until you start seeing bugs everywhere. Worse still, if one manages to crawl up your leg or onto your arm, you won’t be able to stop your mind imagining the tickle of little legs all over your skin. There’s nothing that will send you inside faster than the pitter patter of tiny legs on your skin. So what can you do?

To help you enjoy your backyard this year, here are five tips to keep the backyard bugs to a minimum:

  1. Don’t Leave Out Old Food – If you love having friends over for an evening BBQ and a beer on your deck, it can be tempting to leave out the dirty plates, beer bottles and chicken bones for you to clear up in the morning. Thing is, insects have tiny mouths, and they can feast on even a tiny spot of leftover BBQ sauce, and many of them have a way of letting their friends know where the food is, so if you leave anything out they’ll be back, and in greater numbers.
  2. Plant Herbs – Fresh herbs are great to use in your kitchen, look pretty, and many of them can repel pest insects. Garlic and rosemary will repel mosquitos, while chive and lemongrass can help repel other insects.
  3. Burn Citronella Candles – Candles are a great way to light an outside space at night, but if you choose candles with certain fragrances, they can also help repel unwanted insects. Citronella candles are specifically designed to repel mosquitos, and lavender and eucalyptus can also help deter ants and other insects.
  4. Throw Away Garden Debris – Whether you like gardening or not, everyone has to do some yard maintenance. When you’re done, make a pile in a hidden section of your yard or take it to the dump, or wherever your area requires you to dispose of garden waste. If you leave it around, or near the house, you are that much more likely to come across snakes, scorpions, ants and other things that like to call these piles home.

  5. Don’t Leave Standing Water – If you have garden pots or outside water dishes, make sure you don’t let the water stand for too long. Standing water is where mosquitos breed, so if you want to provide water for animals, make sure you change it regularly.

 

These tips will all help you enjoy your backyard, but if you find the insects are taking over, you may need professional assistance. If you’re struggling to win the war in your Nevada or Arizona backyard, contact us today. [link: www.prochemproactive.com/contact/]

 

 

10 Termite Facts You Probably Didn’t Know!

Posted on: June 1, 2019 by in Pest Elimination
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How well do you really know termites? You probably know that they’re pretty gross little creatures that, if given half a chance, will devastate your home by eating any and all wood they can find. You know what they say: better the devil you know, so here are ten facts about termites to help you better know your enemy.

  1. Termites Literally Never Sleep

You’re lying in bed at night and… what’s that? Is that the sound of chewing? Termites never sleep so that they can eat your house 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

  1. Termites and Ants Don’t Get Along

While ants are just as much of a pest as termites if they get inside your home, if they stay out in the yard in a manageable quantity, they are likely helping keep your termite population at bay.

 

  1. 1 Human = 1000lbs of Termites

You read that right – for every human on the planet, there are 1000lbs of termites. If that isn’t horrific enough to imagine, multiply the number of humans in the world (7.7 billion as of 2019) by 1000, and you have the approximate number of termites on Earth. It’s enough to make you want to go to Mars.

 

  1. Termites are Expensive

Not to buy, but in the amount of damage, they do. Termites cause up to 5 billion dollars in damage to American homes each year.

 

  1. Alaska is (Almost) Termite-Free

Here in Nevada, where it’s warm year-round, termites are plentiful, but they don’t like (and often can’t survive) cold and freezing climates – at least not the type of termites that will literally eat you out of house and home.

 

  1. Termites are Edible

They’re not appetizing (at least to us Westerners), but termites are edible. Singaporeans eat termite queens live, dipped in alcohol, or soaked in rice wine. Other cultures also eat termites when there’s not enough food due to draught.

 

  1. New Kings and Queens Can Fly

Yes, like ants, some termites can fly. These young royals leave their home colony and fly away to find a mate. When they find somewhere to raise a colony of their own their wings detach.

 

  1. Termites Eat A Lot

A single colony of termites can eat 1000lbs of wood in just one year – that’s 650 baseball bats!

 

  1. Termites are Good for the Planet

Though termites are never good for our homes, they are good for the planet. They help dispose of decaying plant matter and provide a great food source for other insects, birds, lizards, anteaters and anything else that fancies a snack.

 

  1. Termites are a Bad Omen

In some African cultures getting termites in your home is considered a bad omen, foretelling the death of someone in the household. They believe the only way to change the outcome is to destroy the termites or abandon the home.

 

Whether you want to avoid a bad omen or simply don’t want termites to devour your home, we’re here to help. ProChem ProActive guarantees to make your home a termite-free zone. To find out more contact us today [link: prochemproactive.com/contact/].

Ants and the Kitchen: A Love Story

Posted on: May 1, 2019 by in Pest Elimination
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Ants: they are fascinating creatures, at least until they’re overrunning your kitchen or in your food. Ants breed incredibly quickly, and once one figure out your kitchen is the place to be, you’ll have a hard time persuading it, and it’s hundred or so family members to go elsewhere.

So how can you fight back as they swarm inside? Read on to figure out your battleplan or if you need to call in the cavalry (ProChem ProActive).

 

Why Do Ants Come Inside?

The ants found their way into your kitchen for one of three reasons; for food (the most likely), water, or shelter.

Ants are most interested in sources of protein and sugar in your kitchen. They’ll get into food in ill-fitting containers, left-out dirty dishes, trash cans, left out pet food, and anywhere else they can find something sweet or meaty.

A water source for an ant won’t necessarily be obvious to us humans; so if you know they aren’t coming in for food, you’ll have to do some sleuthing. Damp spots or a minor leak may fulfill their need for water.

 

What Ants Are You Dealing With?

No ant is a good ant when it’s walking along your counter or half-buried in the muffin you were about to eat, but there are some that are worse than others. If you can, try to identify what kind of ant you are dealing with. Ghost ants, also known as sugar ants, pavement ants, and a few others are innocuous, but if there are fire ants coming in, you’ve got a serious problem.

If you have Argentine, Fire or Carpenter ants, you’ll need to call in the experts. Argentine ants aren’t dangerous but they breed incredibly quickly, and they’ll likely out-breed your efforts to deter them.

Fire ants are not to be messed with – they aren’t afraid of you or your pets and may even choose to attack if they feel threatened. Their bites are like bee stings and can cause severe allergic reactions, even in people who don’t usually react.

Carpenter ants will literally eat your home from the inside-out, and the outside-in, so get the experts in ASAP.

 

How Can You Stop Them Invading Your Home?

Here are four tips if you want to take preventative measures or try some home remedies:

  1. Yard Waste

Make sure you don’t have piles of yard waste decaying near your home; this is an ideal place for ants to live and breed.

 

  1. Keep Your Kitchen Sparkling

Ants don’t need much food, so while left-out food and dirty dishes can be your culprit, even a splash of food on the countertop could be enough for them to feed on. Ensure you put your dishes straight in the dishwasher or rinse them in the sink, have a trashcan with a lid that closes properly, and take the trash out regularly.

 

  1. Check and Eliminate Damp Areas

Check under your sink and around window and doors for signs of damp or a leak in your pipes that might be enough to invite the ants inside. Fix any cracks in the door jams and fill in the gaps around pipes to try and block their entrance.

 

  1. Call The Experts

If you’ve tried everything short of spraying your kitchen with toxic substances (NOT recommended!), it’s time to contact professionals who will effectively and safely eliminate the infestation. You may want to put it off (they’re just ants, right?) but ants multiply quickly, and it won’t be long before your kitchen belongs to them. Make a call before you have thousands of unwanted guests.

 

ProChem ProActive, will work with you to tailor a pest solution for your needs. We will find the source of the bugs, treat any infestations or issues, and even tell you what caused the infestation so you can avoid it or prevent it from happening again in the future. ProChem ProActive offers year round pest solutions for residential, multi-family and commercial customers. Call us today at 866-674-7779!

 

K-9 Bed Bug Detectives Are On The Case!

Posted on: April 1, 2019 by in Uncategorized
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Prochem Proactive is proud to be one of the few companies in Las Vegas to offer in-house k-9 detection services to all of our bed bug clients.  ProChem’s K-9 team includes some of the best-trained dogs in the industry, and their services are available to ALL customers.  Inspections can be performed pre, or post treatments and will give you peace of mind that your bed bug treatments have been, or will be, successful.  Our K-9 team is specially trained and is required to do training year-round to keep their skills fresh. 

At ProChem ProActive we firmly believe that K-9s are the BEST way to identify bed bug infestations quickly and accurately.  To help you get to know more about our revolutionary team of K-9 bed bug detectives we’ve put together a list of FAQ about our bed bug K-9 Detection service.

How much more effective are bed bugs then the ProChem ProActive trained technicians?

The technicians at ProChem ProActive are highly trained and have performed hundreds of bed bug inspections and treatments. However, no human can fully compete with the skilled nose of a dog.  Our K-9s are 95% accurate, while humans at their best are approximately 30% accurate in the same environment.  This is because humans are limited by their sight, while dogs can sniff out bed bugs hiding in walls, inside furniture, behind objects and more.

How quickly can the inspection be completed?

For a standard hotel room, you can expect a K-9 inspection to be complete in approx. 3-5 minutes.  For a human, that same room would take 20 minutes or more.  K-9s have been known to be able to inspect an entire hotel (up to 200 rooms) in 1 day.

Will bed bugs alert the handler for dead bed bugs?

No, our dogs are specially trained only to alert their handler when live bed bugs or eggs are present.  This makes them an extremely valuable tool in post-treatment inspections.

Will a K-9 inspection hold up in a legal case?

A properly certified K-9, like ProChem ProActive’s team, can be used in a court of law as a scientific instrument.  Not only will having a K-9 inspection improve your appearance in any legal case, but it could also be the difference between winning and owing thousands in settlements.

How do I schedule a K-9 Bed Bug Inspection?

Call ProChem ProActive today and schedule your k-9 inspection today.  We offer residential, and commercial packages and rates to fit every customer’s need.  You can reach us at 866-674-7779.  We look forward to working with you!

The Top 5 Bed Bug Mistakes

Posted on: March 1, 2019 by in Uncategorized
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If you’ve ever had bed bugs you know how important it is to act quickly and solve the problem with as few treatments as possible.  Due to the lack of public awareness, many people make big mistakes when it comes to getting rid of bed bugs.  These mistakes can make your bed bug problem worse, cause the infestation to spread throughout your home, or even make professional treatments impossible. 

Here are the top 5 bed bug mistakes you’ll want to avoid making:

1.     Keeping the infestation a secret

If you get bed bugs, it’s important to remember that the bugs aren’t picky and can be picked up by anyone.  Hiding the problem from your family and friends could cause the issue to spread to them.  Hiding a bed bug infestation from your landlord could result in fines, becoming financially responsible for additional treatments and even eviction.  Don’t be ashamed of bed bugs and work with professionals to solve the problem quickly.

2.     Self-treatment using bug bombs, sprays or any off-the-shelf contact killers

Using this treatment option may seem like the “easy” and “affordable” way out of a bed bug problem, they often result in much bigger issues.  Bug bombs and sprays drive bed bugs deeper into hiding or cause them to spread out in search of a more habitable area.  This can make future treatments more difficult and expensive.  Some treatments can even make future professional treatments impossible, especially dust treatments which can harm technicians and k-9 teams, plus will need to be completely cleaned up before a heat treatment can be applied.

3.     Improper removal of infested items

Moving bed bug infested items must be done carefully.  You must wrap the items in sealed plastic and label the items as infested.  If done improperly, moving items from your home could spread the bugs to other unsuspecting people’s homes.  Also, by dragging the furniture through your home you could be spreading the bugs to areas that they hadn’t found yet.

4.    Not checking your hotel rooms

It doesn’t matter if you’re staying at a 5-star resort or a tiny bed & breakfast.  EVERY hospitality location has or will have in its lifetime, a bed bug sighting.  With the high turn-over of people and many of those people coming from airports and other public transportation where bed bugs often spread, it’s just a matter of time before bed bugs find their way into a hotel room.  The key to the hospitality industry is to identify the problem before the guests do, but that doesn’t always happen.  It’s important that you check your room before moving your belongings in.  Check the bed and surrounding furniture.  You shouldn’t see live bugs, dead skin castings, tiny black dots (fecal spots) or blood smears ion the bedding or mattress.  These are all signs of bed bugs and should be taken directly to management. 

5.     Hiring an inexperienced pest “professional”

Hiring the right pro for the job is essential with any project.  Whether you need a plumber, gardener or a pest control technician, you should always research your options and choose the most experienced pro for the job.  Make sure you hire a professional like ProChem ProActive to kill bed bugs for you.  ProChem ProActive offers heat treatments, k-9 inspections, and follow up treatments as necessary.  With this wide range of services, all of your bed bugs needs can be solved quickly and effectively.  Inexperienced exterminators may require 3,4 or even 5 treatments to kill all the bugs.  While bed bug experts like ProChem ProActive can often resolve your bed bug issues in just one treatment! 

Treating bed bugs can be difficult, and there is a lot of misinformation out there regarding DIY treatments.  Luckily ProChem ProActive is here to help!  Give ProChem ProActive a call today and find out how we can help you get rid of bed bugs, and keep them away for good.  ProChem ProActive treats residential and commercial properties. 

Why You Should Get A K-9 Bed Bug Inspection Before Selling Your Home

Posted on: February 1, 2019 by in Pest Elimination
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If you’re thinking about listing your home on the market, there are several steps that realtors advise you do before creating that home listing.  Yard clean up, decluttering, furniture staging, painting, and other minor improvements are commonly on that list.  But there’s another step that every home seller should take before listing a property; bed bug inspections!

Could you be living with a bed bug problem and not know it?  Have you been traveling in the last 6 weeks? What would happen if that bed bug problem was passed to a potential buyer?  Any pest problem could cause delays in the selling process and a bed bug infestation could result in the loss of possible sales or even a lawsuit.

Hidden Damage

It’s a well-known fact that pests like termites and rodents can cause significant damage to your home and require expensive repairs.  But did you know that bed bugs can cause damage too?  Bed bugs love to hide in wall voids, behind wall trim, under carpets, and in electrical outlets.  These hidden bugs can cause wall and ceiling staining, which requires proper cleanup and re-painting.  In extreme cases, carpet staining could require replacement.  Bed bugs that hide in electrical outlets could become a fire hazard, especially if there becomes a build-up of dead bugs.  All of these potential problems could be enough to cause offers to fall through on your home.

Health Hazards

Cast skins and bed bug fecal matter can cause an allergic reaction in some people.   The last thing you want is for someone to have an allergic reaction to your home during a showing! Many times a proper cleaning of your home after treatment will reduce the likelihood of this happening.  BUT, if live bed bugs have been left behind or gone unnoticed then you could be at risk, which is why a k-9 inspection of your home is so important; and why more and more buyers are requiring that an inspection is done before the sale closes.

Tips For Selling Your Home

If you’ve had a bed bug infestation in the last year before listing your house, then a bed bug inspection is critical before moving.  Moving can stir up hidden bugs and spread them to other areas of the home, including your new home.  Not to mention that any bed bug issue could put you at risk for a lawsuit, especially if those bed bugs are spread to the new owners.

If you can prove that your property is clear of these bugs, then potential buyers will have more peace of mind and trust that you have taken good care of your home.   K-9 detection is the most accurate way to make sure that bed bugs aren’t present in any part of your home.

If you’re thinking of selling your home then here are a few tips that might help;

  1. Have regular pest control services done and take care of any pest problems quickly. Keep a record of each treatment, including any bed bug inspections and be ready to show the results to potential buyers.
  2. If repairs are needed after bug issues, make sure you hire a licensed professional to do the work. This will give you and the buyer peace of mind. Have receipts and other proof ready!
  3. Address all bed bug issues before you list the home. NEVER put a home on the market until all bed bug issues have been treated successfully and follow up inspections have verified that the bugs are gone!
  4. Clean and repair any insect damage to your home. Make sure any and all clean up is done properly and hire professionals where needed.
  5. Remember that it’s essential to work with the buyer to achieve a successful sale.

 

If you’re thinking about listing your home and would like information regarding a k-9 bed bug inspection  give ProChem ProActive a call today.  We can help you identify any bed bug problems and provide a clear, easy to understand the plan of action to fix any issues.  Don’t lose thousands on your home sale due to bed bug issues!  Call ProChem ProActive today!

11 Facts About Bedbugs That People Think Are True

Posted on: January 1, 2019 by in Pest Elimination
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Even though bed bugs are becoming more and more common every year, there are still many myths swirling around.  Today we aim to debunk 11 of these popularly believed “fake facts” about bed bugs and bed bug control.

Myth #1: Bedbugs fly from victim to victim

Bedbugs can not fly due to the simple fact that they lack wings.  They can, however, crawl reasonably quickly so they can spread quickly in any public area.

Myth #2:   Bedbugs reproduce at record speed

In comparison with some other insects, bedbugs are actually slow to reproduce.  Each female bed bugs can lay one egg per day, while the common housefly lays over 500 eggs over just a few days.  But don’t think that bed bugs won’t spread more quickly then you might expect.  In just six months, and only a single bed bugs pair you can end up with over 30,000 bed bugs!

Myth #3: Bedbugs can typically live a year without a meal

This fact has been up for debate with many scientists.  The currently believed statistics is that bedbugs can comfortably live for 2-3 months without a blood meal. But, since bed bugs are cold-blooded, their metabolism will slow in colder temperatures, so if your home happens to be cooler than 73.4 this time may be extended, maybe even up to a year.

Myth #4: Bedbugs won’t bite during the day

This one is just plain wrong.  Bedbugs can bite any time of the day!  Keeping the lights on won’t save you from these vampire bugs!

Myth #5: Bedbugs only live in beds

The word “bedbug’ is a misnomer.  Bedbugs can live anywhere including, but not limited to: movie theaters, buses, trains, airplanes, vehicles and taxis, hospitals, schools and pretty much anywhere where people gather.  Likewise, bed bugs are often found on other bedroom and home furniture.
Note:  This is one of the main reasons why heat treatments are so effective because the treatment can easily take place in ALL areas of the treatment area without having to physically spray the insides of your furniture.

Myth #6: A bedbug infestation indicates a dirty environment

This myth is not only untrue; it can be very hurtful to those with bed bugs issues.  Bedbugs don’t discriminate between clean and unclean people, homes or businesses.  Bed bugs can be found anywhere, even in the most expensive, pristine homes and hotels.  Bed bugs can and will live anywhere that they are allowed to thrive, and can be picked up in ANY public location.

Myth #7: Bedbugs live on the human body

While bed bugs do live off the blood of their victims, which are often human.  They do not like heat. Therefore they don’t want to live on our clothes, or in our hair like lice or ticks do.  Bedbugs are more likely to travel on our belongings, backpacks, luggage and other personal items.

Myth #8: Bedbugs can transmit diseases

Scientists have never found that bed bugs transmit any bloodborne diseases by biting their victims. They do however harbor human pathogens and at least 27 viruses, bacteria and protozoa. There have been no reported cases where a bed bug transmitted a human disease to another host.

Myth #9: If we brought back DDT then our bed bug problem would be over

While DDT did have a big hand in drastically reducing the bed bug population before it was banned in 1972, what most people don’t know is that bedbugs can quickly develop resistances to pesticides and chemicals.  By the time DDT was banned, many bed bugs were already resistant to its effects. Also, with the ban of DDT, the most common pesticide used for bed bug control became Pyrethroids, which target the sodium channels in the bedbugs cells, just like DDT.  This means that bedbugs resistance to pyrethroids would also mean that they are still resistant to DDT.

Myth #10: You can kill bed bugs with off-the-shelf pesticides

Thanks to the pesticide resistances mentioned above, most off-the-shelf pesticides are more-or-less ineffective.  Any pesticide treatment also relies of the bed bugs coming in contact with the chemical, sometimes multiple times, which means that you would need to cover every inch of the treatment area to ensure that all of the bedbugs have been contacted.  The other issue with any chemical treatment is that eggs and bed bugs hidden inside the walls, flooring or furniture will probably not be adequately treated, which usually results in “re-occurring” infestations.

Note: A better alternative to any chemical treatment would be a professionally performed heat treatment.  If you need more info about heat treatments to feel free to call ProChem ProActive at 866-674-7779.

Myth #11: Any pest control company can kill bed bugs

Why pest control companies promise bed bug elimination when they aren’t capable of delivering on that promise is beyond us!  Before hiring a pest control company for your bed bug treatment make sure they have good reviews on past bed bug treatments, that they have experience in inspections and treatments, and ask if they perform heat treatments!  Or, just call in the pro bed bug elimination team at ProChem ProActive and let us solve your problem in as little as 24 hours!  Call us at 866-674-7779!

Winter Rodent Tips

Posted on: December 1, 2018 by in Uncategorized
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The winter months can be a rodent “prime time” for moving into new spaces.  Due to the cooler weather, rodents are actively looking for new places to stay warm, nest and feed.  Rodents moving into your home or business can not only be un-nerving, but it can also cause expensive damages and dangerous hazards.

The Dangers of a Rodent Problem:

  • Electrical damages caused my chewing rodents can cause fires
  • Rodents can spread diseases and parasites
  • Rodent attack and/or bites

 

It is essential to treat any pest or rodent problem quickly and efficiently before it can spread to a bigger issue and cause some of the dangerous after-effects listed above.  With the help of ProChem ProActive and the list of DIY tips, you can keep your home or business rodent free all year long.

 

Top 6 Tips to Keep Rodents Away:

 

  1. Block All Points of Entry – One of the most effective preventative measures to keep rodents away is to block their point of entry into the structure.  Carefully inspects the foundation of the building for cracks, holes, missing or damaged seals, ripped screens and storm/water damage.  Even the smallest crack would be the perfect entry area for mice and rats. Additionally, you should never leave the doors or windows to your home open without a screen.  This also includes basement windows as well as patio and balcony doors.
  2. Remove the Food Source – Bird feeders, pet food, and fruit trees are the perfect “open buffet” for rodents. Don’t leave your pet’s food sitting out.  Always remove any fallen fruit from fruit trees, and move bird feeders at least 50 feet from your home, or better yet eradicate them.
  3. Seal Your Garbage – Garbage can be the perfect food and nesting source for rodents. Seal up your trash to avoid attracting unwanted
  4. Clean Up the Yard – Dense foliage can allow rodents to live freely on your property. You should especially trim any plants that are near or touching your home, as they can shelter rodents just long enough to search the foundation for cracks and holes.
  5. Be Tidy – crumbs, spilled food and drinks, as well as open food containers inside your home, are the perfect food source for hungry rodents.  Sweep the floors regularly, clean up spills right away and keep your dried ingredients in plastic, air-tight containers at all times.
  6. Get a Cat or Dog – it is often seen that homes were pets reside have less rodent activity. Just remember not to leave your pets un-eaten food out for rodents to find.

These tips should help keep your home rodent free all year long, however, if you already have a rodent problem it could be hard to solve it on your own.  That’s where the experts at ProChem ProActive come in!  We can perform regular treatments to reduce and eventually eliminate the rodent population!  Call us today to schedule your inspecti