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

The Down and Dirty Guide to Silverfish

Posted on: November 1, 2018 by in Pest Elimination
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One of the most common questions we get when it comes to silverfish is; Are they dangerous, will they bite?  Because of their scaly, spiny appearance many people assume they are harmful.  While most people are freaked out when they come across a silverfish, usually at night or in dark places, they are not known to bite and there is no evidence to show that they are poisonous.  They cannot carry diseases either, so for the most part they are harmless to human.  They can be destructive though, and some people may be allergic to the dust they create when they “molt”.  Silverfish shed their skin several times as they grown into adulthood.  If an infestation is present, these skins can pile up and cause allergic reactions for some people.  Silverfish can be destructive to your belongings too.  These insects like sugars, carbs and fibrous items like paper, books, cardboard, wallpaper and even insulation.  These pests have also been known to show down on clothing and human hair.  So how to you prevent these pests from moving into your home and damaging your belongings?  ProChem ProActive can help!

Prevention

You don’t have to sit back and let silverfish ruin your belongings.  Here are a few tips to keep silverfish out of your home.

  • Limit their food sources by keeping food (and your pet’s food) in airtight containers.
  • Vacuum and sweep floors often to remove crumbs
  • Use dehumidifiers in damp area to remove the moist environments that silverfish thrive in
  • Keep your gutters clean and ensure that water drains away from your home
  • Make sure your home is sealed well

Treatment

Silverfish can be tough to treat on your own.  Especially in older homes, homes with basements or unfinished areas, and homes with larger than normal amounts of clutter or landscaping overgrowth.  Because of the struggles that many people have when trying to kill silverfish, it is recommended that you call in the pros at ProChem ProActive.  Our trained professionals will better be able to help you identify the bugs, where your problem areas are and treat any problems that are found.

 

Don’t let bugs take over your home or business.  ProChem ProActive offers a variety of services to keep your home or business bug free 365 days of the year!

 

 

5 Tips to Keep Your Apartment Pest Free

Posted on: October 1, 2018 by in Pest Elimination
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Living in an apartment has specific pest control advantages and challenges.  Here are 5 tips that will help you keep pests out of your apartment.

  1. Eliminate The Living Essentials For Bugs

Bugs are simple creatures.  They simply won’t and can’t move into a place that doesn’t provide them with readily available food and moisture.  Pests will continue to thrive in an area where these two elements are present and will be much harder to get rid of until the living conditions have changed.  Store your food in sealed containers, clear dirty dishes, keep counters and appliances wiped clean and take the garbage out daily.  Routinely check your home for leaks and notify management immediately so the issue can be resolved before bugs find the area.

  1. Clean Up The Clutter

Some pests, like spiders, like to hind in dark and undisturbed areas.  Eliminate these areas in your home by keeping pantries, cabinets, closets and storage areas organized.  Avoid accumulating piles of clothing by using hampers.  Remove any stacked papers, stacks of magazines and empty boxes from your home when you are finished with them.

  1. Seal It Up

Holes, gaps, and cracks make perfect bug “highways” into your home.  Bugs look for these entry areas around doors, windows, plumbing/pipes and at the foundation.  If you see any damage or cracking in any of these locations make sure to tell management right away to get it fixed.

  1. Don’t Try Untested “Old Wives Tales”

Not only are these myths often untrue, they can also be dangerous.  Over the counter pesticides can also fall into this category.  Off the shelf substances are often untested and can be very dangerous for your family and pets.  Don’t put the ones you love at risk of poisoning, allergic reactions, and other health risks by trying DIY methods.

 

  1. Call In The Pest Pros

Even if you are taking all the preventative measures above, you may still see pests in your apartment.  Pests can easily travel in apartments due to the shared walls and close living spaces.  Depending on your leasing agreement you can request pest control services from your landlord or call ProChem ProActive directly to treat your unit.  You can also suggest that your neighbors do the same to reduce the overall bug activity in your area.

 

Have questions?  Call ProChem ProActive today! 

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.