What bed bug killing methods ACTUALLY WORK?

Posted on: September 1, 2018 by in Pest Elimination
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There are 100’s of myths and old wives tales out there on ways to get rid of bed bugs.  Most of these methods are very ineffective, but some could even be dangerous.  Below you will find a list of bed bug killing methods and how the Prochem proactive experts rank them in terms of effectiveness, ease, safety, and speed.

Pesticide Treatments

This is a traditional bed bug killing method that started out being very effective, but with changing environmental laws and bed bugs new chemical resistances, this method has decreased in effectiveness over the last 10 years.  Chemical treatments are used as a “back up” or “complimentary” treatment and is effective when combined with a heat treatment

Effectiveness: 3 = Somewhat effective

Ease: 3 = Somewhat easy

Speed: 1 = When used alone this method can take months and multiple applications to solve a bed bug issue.

Safety: 3 = When applied by a professional this method is fairly safe. If DIY applications are attempted then this rating could decrease dramatically.

 

Boiling Water/Alcohol

This myth commonly travels in low income areas and in dorm/school settings.  People without the means to pay for a professional treatment will often try anything to kill the bugs that bite them in their sleep.  This method is however very ineffective and can damage your belongings and the structure of your home. The professionals at ProChem ProActive do NOT recommend this method.

This treatment is applied by pouring boiling water or rubbing alcohol on all areas w,here bed bugs have been spotted.

Effectiveness: 1 = not effective at all

Ease: 4 = Very easy, but can be very damaging and ineffective

Speed: 1 = May never solve a bed bug issue.

Safety: 2 = Burns and damages are common with this mothod.

 

Diatomaceous Earth

This is another DIY method that was commonly used in the past.  Diatomaceous, which it seems and is advertised as harmless to humans and pets, it contains microscopic particles that will harm the lungs of any human or animal the breaths in the dust.  For this reason, it is not recommended to anyone that plans to have a professional inspection or treatment in the future.  Many pest professionals will refuse to treat any area that diatomaceous has been applied.

Effectiveness: 3 = Somewhat effective, the bugs must individually walk through the powder multiple times for it to kill them, so the effectiveness is determined by how large the infestation and how spread out it is.  This method COULD spread the bed bugs to other rooms resulting in a larger area that needs treated.

Ease: 4 = Easy to apply

Speed: 1 = When used alone this method can take months and multiple applications to solve a bed bug issue.

Safety: 2 = DO NOT breath in the dust.  Heath issues could follow the use of Diatomaceous Earth.

 

Heat

Heat treatments are the NEW and REVOLUTIONARY way to kill bed bugs.  Heat has become an increasingly popular treatment method in the past 10 years.  Professionals like ProChem ProActive often reach for their heaters whenever they get a bed bug call due to the speed, effectiveness and accuracy.  Heat is by far the BEST way to kill bed bugs.

Ways to safely use heat:

  1. A professional heat treatment done by a professional
  2. Use your dryer – for small items and spot treatments you can use your dryer on the highest setting.

 

Effectiveness: 5 = When applied correctly this method is VERY effective!

Ease: 5 = Heat can be applied and the bed bugs killed in just 24 hours!  The pros take care of the entire process!

Speed: 5 = In just 24 hours you could be bed bug free!  That makes this treatment the BEST solution for a fast treatment!

Safety: 5 = When applied by a professional, this method is very safe for your home and the contents.  It is also eco friends and safe for those with chemical sensitivities and breathing difficulties.  No chemicals are used and the heaters that are used always circulate clean dray air in the treatment areas.

 

Deadly Spiders in Nevada

Posted on: August 1, 2018 by in Pest Elimination
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The hot and arid state of Nevada is home to four species of venomous spiders. While spider bites are rare, they can be very dangerous, especially for children and the elderly.

Tarantula

The first poisonous spider is the tarantula, although no one has ever died from it’s bite.  Tarantula’s are general pretty docile and won’t bite unless extremely threatened.

Black Widow

Next, the Latrodectus Hesperus spider, which is part of the Black Widow family is known by the red hourglass shape on it’s bottom half.  The female spider grows to 1/5th inch long and is considerably more dangerous than its male counterpart.  When approached, the black widow will usually retreat, unless it is protecting its egg sacs.  These dark glossy black spiders can cause localized discomfort and overall illness when they bite.

Brown Widow

The brown widow spider is tan/brown and sports the same hourglass shape, but in a dark almost black color.  The top of the brown widow spider has white or red spots and its legs usually have yellow and brown bands around it.  In this species the female is the only one considered dangerous.  This nocturnal spider likes it make it’s webs around outdoor furniture, grills, under decks and inside garages.  These spiders also will generally only bite in a defensive measure.

Desert Recluse Spider

The desert recluse spider is a relative of the brown recluse spider and can be any color between yellow-tan.  They don’t have any specific markings color markings but they do feature a distinct three pairs if eyes.  The brown recluse’s bites can cause severe damage to the human skin which produces a sore that is often very slow to heal.

How do you know if you’ve been bitten by a spider?

Generally speaking, the bite from a spider will feel similar to a pinprick, or you may not even know that you’ve been bitten.  The bite site may swell and be red.  A burning sensation is also common and can be compared to a bee sting.  A desert recluse bite may cause severe pain for up to 8 hours, and the victim may experience a rash, headache, fever, joint, pain, nausea or abdominal pain.  Spider bites are rarely deadly and only a few deaths have been associated with the desert recluse spider bite.

How Much Could Ineffective Bed Bug Treatments Cost Your Business?

Posted on: July 1, 2018 by in Pest Elimination
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As a business owner you know that any negative press can cost your business thousands in lost business.  But when it comes to bed bugs this is just one of the ways that they can suck the profits from your business.  Find out below some of the ways that bed bugs can be devastating for your business.

Lost Business

As we mentioned above, lost business is one of the first ways that bed bugs can cost businesses.  Imagine having to close off multiple rooms, or even an entire floor of your hotel due to a massive bed bug infestation.  With improper treatments an infestation could take months to eradicate, leaving you with months of multiple rooms being unusable.  Lost business cam also happens in the form of bad publicity.  Bed bug sightings have taken flight over social media in the last few years.  We have seen multiple stories go viral with photos and videos of negligent businesses and their bed bug issues.  Publicity like this can put an entire company out of business!

Damages

From new furniture to damage from botched DIY attempts, bed bugs can cost businesses thousands in damages.  Improper heat treatment techniques have been known to cause fires and damage to the interior of structures.  Damage from chemical treatments, or from DIY treatments are also common.  If an infestation isn’t resolved quickly then blood spots, fecal stains and other remnants of bed bugs can result in the need to buy new décor.

Lawsuits

In the past 10 years we have seen a drastic rise in bed bug lawsuits.  HUGE settlements in the hundreds of thousands and even millions have been awarded to apartment tenants, hotel guests and others affected by bed bugs in public places.  Recently a Los Angeles family won $1.6 million, the biggest payout ever awarded in the U.S. for a single family bed bug case.  The bed bug attack took place in 2010 where the entire family was bitten by bed bugs in their apartment.  The management took months to eradicate the bugs, which resulted in anxiety, sleeplessness for the entire family and even disfigurement for the youngest boy in the family.

For many businesses, a $1.6 million settlement would devastate their finances and would likely result in them closing their doors.  For this reason, it is crucial to perform fast and effective treatments as soon as a sighting is reported.  ProChem ProActive offers K-9 detection to ensure that all of the bugs are found and killed.  ProChem also offers revolutionary heat treatments that can kill bed bugs in just 24 hours.  Don’t put your family and business at risk!  Kill bed bugs today with ProChem ProActive!  Call us at 1866-674-7779 to schedule a treatment.

Bed Bug Awareness – Inspection Guide

Posted on: June 3, 2018 by in Pest Elimination
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Finding bed bugs and correctly identifying them is the first step and one of the most important steps in effectively treating a bed bug infestation.  Below you will find a simple guide to performing an effective bed bug inspection.  These tips can be used at your home, in hotel rooms, at your business, or anywhere that you visit while traveling or in your day-to-day life.

Signs of bed bugs:

The best way to identify a possible bed bug infestation if to look for the physical signs of bed bugs.  These signs can be found while cleaning a room, changing your bedding, or during a quick inspection on a public space.

Blood and fecal stains – These stains are rusty red/brown or dark black.  They can be found on linens and upholstery.  Sometimes these stains have been described as looking like ink spots from a pen.

Live bed bugs – Obviously live bugs in your bed or room is cause for alarm.  Bed bugs are usually seen around the edges and ribbing of a mattress or under bedding materials.

Dead Skins – Much like reptiles, bed bugs cast their outer skin layers as they grow.  These cast skins can be seen where bed bugs live.

Unexplained bites – If you have unexplained bites, usually in groups of 3, this is a good sign of bed bugs.  While bed bugs bites are a good first indicator of a problem, you will need more evidence before a treatment is performed.  Bed bug bites closely resemble mosquito bites.

 

Bed Bug hiding places:

Bed bugs like to hide anywhere where they can feed regularly and can be hidden from danger.  This is NOT limited to beds.  Any inspection for bed bugs should include all furniture and decorations in the room.  Especially if you have a heavy infestation you will probably find bed bugs all the places below…

  • In the joints and crevices of furniture. Including chairs, dressers, book shelves, desks, and more.
  • Don’t forget to check your window drapes and blinds for signs of bed bugs.
  • Bed bugs can hide behind loose wall paper and behind wall decorations
  • Under carpet and around the edges of the room are also common places that you might see bed bugs.

 

 

 

Bed Bug Lifestyle:

Understanding bed bugs lifestyle and behavior will help you in detecting bed bug issues before they become huge infestations.  You can also more effectively monitor a room after a treatment has been applied if you know what you should be looking for.

Feeding – Bed bugs like to feed within 5-20ft of their “home” hiding place.  Bed bugs like to feed at night, but we often see bed bugs feed all throughout the day, especially in large infestation situations. Bed bugs feed on blood every 1-3 days.

Life Span – Bed bugs must feed at least 1x before growing to the next stage and casting their skin.  Bed bugs start as one of 300-500 eggs that a female bed bugs lays in her lifetime.  Bed bugs will lay 1-3 eggs per day and it can take weeks to months for bed bugs to grow to full size.

Ideal living conditions – bed bugs can survive and even thrive in temperatures as low as 46 degrees Fahrenheit, but they die within 15 minutes once temperature exceed 113 degrees.  Ideal temperatures for humans are also ideas for a bed bug population.

 

 

Still have questions?  Give ProChem ProActive a call at 866-674-7779.  If you think you have bed bugs call us right away for an inspection and treatment plan.  Fast reaction to any bed bug issue is key to a successful elimination.   You can also find more info on our blog at http://prochemproactive.com/blog/.

 

Bed Bug Management for Apartments

Posted on: May 1, 2018 by in Uncategorized
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Here at ProChem ProActive we get questions about bed bugs in apartments all the time.  Who is responsible for the treatments costs?  What are the steps I should take after finding bed bugs in a unit?  Isn’t there a cheaper way to kill bed bugs?  These are just a few of the MANY questions that come to mind to tenants and apartment property managers.  The most important step in bed bug elimination is education.  Know your enemy, and how to kill them.  That is why we have compiled this list of FAQ specially for apartments managers and tenants.

 

I found bed bugs in my unit, what do I do?

First, review your rental agreement for any pertinent provisions as to your rights and obligations as well as those of your landlord.  You should always report (in writing) to your landlord or property manager as soon as you suspect a problem.  If you can prove that the bed bugs were there before you, then your landlord will be responsible to cover the treatment, you may also be entitled to an offset on rent and/or a reimbursement if you have any out-of-pocket expenses related to the bed bug issue.  Remember: Bed bugs DO NOT equal an unclean living situation.  Bed bugs can affect ANYONE, so you should be ashamed if you brought home bed bugs.  Be open with your landlord and get the problem solved ASAP before it spreads.

 

One of my tenants just reported bed bugs, what is my responsibility?

Because of bed bug’s tendencies to move from room to room by traveling under floors, through walls or hitching a ride on visitors, it is essential that you SOLVE any bed bug report quickly and efficiently.  A single unit infestation could turn into an entire floor problem in no time, so your reaction time is KEY!  Proactive landlords should have a routine bed bug inspection performed several times a year to keep on top of any issues as they arise.  Whether you have worked into your lease agreement that you, or the tenant, pays for the bed bug treatment, you should always be up-to-date on the status of the issue.  You may also need to suggest any surrounding rooms be inspected for bed bugs as well.  DO NOT ignore a bed bug report!  This can lead to large, hard to control infestations, costly repairs and clean up, lost business, and even lawsuit.

 

I’ve been treating these bed bugs for months, isn’t there a quicker and more effective treatment option?

Yes, that’s where ProChem ProActive comes in.  Traditional chemical treatments alone can take a LONG time to kill all the bugs.  This is because the chemical treatments require that each bug come in contact with the insecticide.  The eggs, small nymphs and hidden bed bugs may not ever some into contact with the poison in time, resulting in “re-occurring” infestations.  To end a bed bug problem you need to kill all the bugs, even those tiny eggs, quickly before the bugs can move, hide, or reproduce more hidden eggs.  Heat treatments work really well because the bugs are killed within 15 minutes of the lethal temperature being reached.  Heat permeates the entire room, even the places where you can’t see.  That means that those tiny hidden eggs are killed too!

 

How do I KNOW the bugs are gone?

Whether you are a tenant or landlord you will want to be sure that the bugs are dead.  K-9 detection is the BEST way to do certain that your treatment was successful.  ProChem ProActive has a K-9 detection team that can inspect before and after any treatments to ensure total elimination.

 

OK, Where’s the number to call?

Right here!  We can’t wait to work with you!  Call us at (866) 674-7779 to schedule your inspection and heat treatment.

Busting Bed Bug Myths

Posted on: April 1, 2018 by in Pest Elimination
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In the world of pest control there are a lot of myths and old wives-tales that can be misleading or completely false.  This leads to many failed DIY extermination attempts and un-necessary fear.  ProChem ProActive is here to put an end to those pest control myths….starting with bed bugs.

Here are some of the most well-known Bed Bug myths and if they are true or not:

Myth: You can’t see bed bugs

Reality: You can see all bed bugs, even the babies and nymphs with the naked eye.  However, for the most accurate inspection possible you should use magnification devices and K-9 detection.

 

Myth: Bed Bug only infest dirty people

Reality: Bed bug can affect anyone, even the cleanest locations.  While clutter does give them more places to hide, it is not a requirement for their survival.

 

Myth: Bed Bugs only come out at night

Reality: While bed bugs prefer darkness, keeping a light on will not keep them from biting you.

 

Myth: Pesticides will easily solve a bed bug problem

Reality: Pesticides often take multiple applications, months or treatments, and often result in failed attempts when used alone.  The best way to kill bed bugs is with heat.  Chemical applications are sometimes used as a compliment to the heat treatments in more extreme cases or as an extra precaution.  Heat treatments are known to kill bed bugs with just one application and have been proven to be ultra-effective at completely ENDING a bed bug issue.

 

Myth: The only place to get bed bugs is at a nasty hotel

Reality: You can pick up bed bugs nearly anywhere.  Public locations of all kinds have had bed bug issues.  Common places to find bed bugs are in movie theaters, libraries, apartments and motels, airports and public transportation.

 

Myth: Any exterminator can kill bed bugs

Reality: While many exterminator list bed bugs on their website as a service they offer, verey few actually have the necessary experience and training to perform effective treatments.  If you have a bed bug problem be sure to research your pest professional carefully.  Find out how many bed bug treatments they complete every year.  Make sure they have positive reviews online and ask your friends if they recommend anyone.  Finally, always ask if they offer heat treatments and k-9 follow-ups.  These treatment and detection methods are the BEST in killing bed bugs.

 

If you have a bed bug problem, or any other pest related issue give ProChem ProActive a call.  We can solve any pest problem!

 

How to Hire the Right Exterminator

Posted on: March 1, 2018 by in Pest Elimination
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Treating bed bugs is complex and most people hire professionals to lead the effort. Unfortunately, all “professionals” don’t offer the most effective treatments and often require multiple treatments to solve a bed bug issue.  Because multiple treatments can be expensive, it’s important to research your options to find the best fit for you and your pest problem.  We have put together some tips to help you hire the BEST bed bug professional to solve your bed bug nightmare.

Hire a professional that uses as IPM system

Anyone you hire should use an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) system, which will include monitoring for any bugs that have been missed during treatment. To maximize your chances for success when working with a professional, get a pest management professional involved as soon as possible. Taking time to try to treat the problem yourself could help the infestation to spread.

Make sure your pest professional has experience with bed bug treatments

Interview possible pest professionals and ask how many bed bug treatments they perform each year.  Find out how many treatments are usually required to solve an infestation like yours.  Learn what treatments they offer and if they offer a guarantee. Check the company’s credentials!

Ask for pre-treatment guidelines

Most professionals will ask you to do light preparations before the treatment is performed.  Ask what is required of you and always follow directions closely.  Usually prep includes laundering and cleaning.  The pest professional should inspect your residence, and may even need to take apart furniture and use vacuums to treat the area.

Get a recommendation from your friends

If you know anyone that has had a bed bug problem, talk to them.  Ask who they used and if the problem was solved in a timely manner.

It is important to not waste time when it comes to bed bug problems.  Bed bugs spread quickly and each day you spend waiting for a treatment to take effect you could be spreading the problem around your home, or even to other’s homes.

ProChem ProActive specializes in bed bug treatments and boasts a successful IMP system as well as a 100% satisfaction guarantee for pest elimination.  ProChem ProActive doesn’t just control the bugs, we eliminate them for good!  The ProChem system uses heat to kill bed bugs and their eggs in any hiding place.  ProChem also offers K-9 detection services to ensure that ALL the bugs have been killed and you won’t have a reoccurring pest problem.  Treatments are usually successful in just 1 day when the proper pre and post instructions are followed.

The ProChem Treatment Steps Include:

  • Sweeping the area for all bed bugs and their eggs. We find where they are hiding so we can treat the right areas the first time.
  • Eliminate all current bed bugs using a Heat Treatment
  • Apply top rated, non-bed bug resistant residual pesticides to kill any remaining bugs or new hatchlings
  • Educate the homeowner and staff on bed bug awareness and prevention tips
  • 100% Guaranteed Bed Bug Elimination!

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 for the sales office. For more information about the uses of heat please visit our heat information page.

Advantages of K-9 Detection for All Bed Bug Infestations

Posted on: February 1, 2018 by in Pest Elimination
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Everyone can benefit from a k-9 bed bug inspection!  Dogs are hardworking, honest and un-biased.  They can smell even the smallest bed bug and eggs where humans have a hard time searching during a visual inspection.  A canine is 98% accurate at detecting bed bugs where a human us only 30% accurate.

Home Owners

Bed bugs aren’t picky, they don’t care if you are rich, poor, clean, or dirty.  They can live in any room of your home, although they usually originate in the bedroom.  For extra peace of mind if you are buying a new home or to inspect your current home call ProChem ProActive for a detailed K-9 Inspection.  It is common practice when buying a home to have a termite inspection, but why not have a bed bug inspection as well?  Bed bugs are known to hide for long periods of time and can go weeks or months between feeding.  Don’t move into a home and then find out there was a lingering bed bug infestation.  Be proactive.

Business Owners

If you are a property manager or own a business with common areas, you know that a bed bug infestation could be extremely detrimental to your business.  Call ProChem ProActive and we will bring a specially trained K-9 discreetly to your business to conduct a search of all common areas, store rooms, guest suites…. anywhere where your clients might visit.  Catch bed bugs BEFORE your guests with regular proactive inspections.

Everyone Else

Bed bugs aren’t just found in homes and hotels, there have been many reports of bed bugs in schools, universities airports, apartment complexes, movie theaters, libraries, resorts, hospitals, nursing homes, day cares, jails, restaurants, department stores, furniture stores, resale shops, and public transportation.  If you own or manage any of these type locations, you ARE at risk for a bed bug infestation.  Call today to schedule your inspection!

Nevada Year-Round Pest Elimination

Posted on: January 1, 2018 by in Pest Elimination
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While you may think that bug problem only occurs in the summer it is an important part of effective pest control to perform year-round services and preventative maintenance.  By keeping a proactive schedule from January to December you can keep bugs away for GOOD!  Here are a few things to think about each month of this year.

Download our yearly pest calendar here

January – March

Start the new year by searching your home inside and out for any signs of termite activity.  In the warmer areas of Nevada, termites can be a year-round problem.  Also check for any possible problem areas where bees, scorpions, or black widows could breed or get inside your home.  Be sure that your landscaping is graded away from the house and that water from the hose and drainage can drain away from the foundation of your home.  This time of year, is the best time to prevent infestations and clean up the yard in the cool weather.  If you find any termite activity call us right away to set up a year-round action plan to keep your home safe from these destructive bugs.

April-June

Since the temperatures haven’t gotten above the 100’s yet for most of the state this makes it the perfect time of year to check all of your doors and windows for broken screens and to caulk any openings to seal out pests like scorpions and spiders.  Before you start seeing bugs inside it might be best to schedule a pest spray.  Residents of Nevada also known as the weather warms up, so does scorpion activity.  If you have a scorpion problem, Call ProChem ProActive immediately.  Certain scorpions can be dangerous and should be treated with professional care.

July-September

These months mark the hottest part of the year for Nevada, as well as the monsoon season which can wash away any outdoor pest control treatments that have been applied.  This is the time to schedule a re-spray for pests.  The heat also making all outdoor bugs very active during this time.  For extreme scorpion, cockroach or bed bug infestations heat treatments may be applied to your home to kill the bugs.

 

October-December

Finally, a break from the HOT weather arrives and some pests will begin reducing their activity…. But don’t let your guard down!  Continue looking for any areas that bugs can get into your home and schedule treatments as needed. One active winter pest to look for are bed bugs.  Bed Bugs can be “picked up” any time of year, especially during travel, which is common during the winter holiday months.  Be sure to take proper precautions when traveling to avoid bringing home unwanted pests.  If you do come home after the holidays with a bed bug problem, don’t hesitate to call ProChem right away.  We offer super effective heat treatments that will solve your bed bug problem FAST!

For all of your pest needs call PROCHEM PROACTIVE right away!  We can keep you pest free all year!

Stay Ahead of the Bed Bug Epidemic

Posted on: December 1, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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There are many common misconceptions when it comes to bed bug infestations. Many people think, “I’m a clean person; I can’t get bed bugs.” when in actuality, anyone can have a bed bugs problem.  Bed bugs are not a sign of an un-clean environment; although they thrive in clutter, bed bugs can lie anywhere there is shelter and food.

After virtual elimination approximately 50 years ago, bed bugs have made a roaring comeback in the last 10 years.  Misinformation and ignorance has fostered the spread of bugs throughout the US.  In an effort to raise awareness and stop the spread of bugs many pest professionals are starting to focus on bed bug extermination and the best ways to kill these tiny blood suckers.  State law makers are also attempting to stop bed bugs by passing laws outlining the proper methods of handling a bed bug sighting in a public or business setting.  While all of these efforts have helped to slow the bed bug’s population boom, there is still a long way to go to educate the American people.

To keep ahead of an infestation in your home, here are a few steps to stop bed bugs:

  1. Education – Read up on bed bugs and their extermination. Learn how to identify bed bugs and what you should do if you find them in your home or a public place.
  2. Start Lookin’ – Regularly inspect your mattress and other furniture in your home. Also keep an eye out in public places for signs of a bed bug issue.
  3. Save a sample – If you think you may have found bed bugs make sure you save one of the bugs to show to your exterminator or to do some simple research online before calling on the professionals. Save a bug by using a piece of clear tape and sticking it to a piece of paper.
  4. Call the professionals – If bed bugs are found in your home acting swiftly is key to solving the problem. Don’t wait until the problem is unbearable.  Infestations are easiest to kill when they are small.
  5. Follow the Instructions – Be sure to follow all pre-treatment instructions as well as any clean up and post-treatment procedures that your ProChem ProActive technician gives you. This will ensure that the treatment is as effective as possible.
  6. Do your follow up – Schedule a follow up K-9 detection service to ensure that the bed bugs are gone.

Be a part of the bed bug solution!  Help ProChem ProActive win the war in bed bugs.  For questions or to schedule a treatment or inspection call 1 (866) 674-7779