Termites – The Silent Destroyers

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

Detection Tips:

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

 


 

 

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

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

Treatment Options:

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

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

Bed Bug Awareness Week – Rising Bed Bug Risk

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Technician Spotlight – Alex Dubrovin

Posted on: March 7, 2017 by in Tech Spotlight
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At ProChem ProActive we have an incredible team of professional pest elimination technicians.  Without our amazing team we couldn’t provide the exceptional service and treatments to our clients.

As part of our new “spotlight” program we will be featuring one of our technicians each month.  This month we caught up with Alex Dubrovin, one of our highly trained heat treatment technicians for a few questions.

Name: Alexander Paul Dubrovin

Title: Heat Treatment Technician

Years at ProChem Proactive: 3 years

Favorite part of the job: I help people on a daily basis

Most challenging part of the job: Figuring out how to best set up heat treatments in units, each individual property requires a different approach, there is no golden standard.

 What 3 words describe ProChem ProActive: Quality, Warranty & Success

Professional advice for future customers: Cooperation is key to success!

 Your Proudest Moment At ProChem ProActive: Treating a 2 story 2500 sq. ft. home with no callback and a very satisfied customer

 

More About Alex:

Favorite movie line: Do or do not, there is no try.

Best vacation: Honeymoon cruise to Mexico

Favorite time off activates: Ha… get ready…. work out, play video games, read, watch movies with my wife, play board games, throw axes at a range, participate in light armor combat with blunted sabers, participate in full contact heavy combat, prepare throughout the year for the Las Vegas renaissance fair, belly dance for a performance at the renaissance fair.

Favorite food: Sushi

Favorite sport: Fencing

Tell us something about you or your family that would surprise us: Immigrated to the USA from Belarus.

Hidden talents: I know how to use a sewing machine and can make an entire outfit, have done that plenty of times in preparation for the fair.

 

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

Preparing for your ProChem ProActive Bed Bug Treatment

Posted on: March 1, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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Bed Bugs in the U.S are a serious problem!  ProChem ProActive gets daily calls from people concerned about the possibility of bed bugs inside their homes, apartments, businesses and more.  PCPA offers a very effective heat treatment system that will kill bed bugs and their eggs the first time.  In order to have an effective bed bug extermination, there are a few steps you must take before the professionals at ProChem ProActive arrive at your home or place of business for your bed bug heat treatment.

To prepare for your bed bug heat treatment, we ask that you take the following preparation measures to ensure our treatment is completely effective:

  1. Unplug electronic devices.
  2. If clothes are tightly packed inside your drawers you may need to remove them and loosely stack in open weave laundry baskets.
  3. If you have an air mattress, deflate the bladders.
  4. Make sure there is a clear path to the treatment area for equipment to be brought in.
  5. Remove all pets from the premises, including cats, dogs, fish, birds, and reptiles…ect.
  6. Collect items that may be damaged during the heat treatment, such as aerosols, compressed gases, flammable chemicals, CDs, candles, wax figurines, oil paintings, musical instruments, plants, carbonated beverages, foods that may melt, and valuables. These items will be carefully inspected by the ProChem ProActive technician before being removed from the treatment area.
  7. Medications should be stored in the refrigerator during the heat treatment.

By following these preparation tips, you can help make sure that your property is ready for the ProChem ProActive bed bug heat treatment.  If you have any questions about our bed bug heat treatments or your pre-heat preparation, please give us a call!  One of our ProChem ProActive technicians will be happy to answer all your questions.

If you are concerned that you may have bed bugs at your home or place of business, give us a call today for a bed bug k-9 inspection.  Our knowledgeable handlers and bed bug detection dogs can inspect your property to determine if you have a bed bugs problem, and then offer the BEST treatment plan to solve your problem for GOOD!  Contact Us Today!

Pests Most Likely to Bug You This Year

Posted on: February 1, 2017 by in Pest Elimination, Uncategorized
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ProChem ProActive is proud to serve the entire states of Nevada and Oklahoma as well as parts of Arizona.  We see thousands of bugs every year and help each of our clients get rid of their pest problems for good.  Each insect problem takes knowledge and experience to treat, both of which ProChem ProActive is proud to provide at every job.  Here are just SOME of the bugs that ProChem ProActive can eliminate for you this year.

 

Scorpions

These venomous arachnids are especially prevalent in Nevada and Arizona.  The scorpion sting can cause nausea, numbness, vomiting and breathing difficulties.  The sting can be especially dangerous for young children and animals.

When temperatures are cool scorpions seek warmer environments, such as inside your home. Proactive year-round treatments are recommended.

 

Cockroaches

There are 4 types of cockroach common to the ProChem ProActive treatment area: American Cockroach (aka Water bug or Palmetto bug), Australian Cockroach, Oriental Cockroach (aka black beetle), and the German Cockroach.  Cockroaches are known for their resilience and heartiness.  They can survive for long periods of time and escape many types of treatment methods.  Depending on the severity of the cockroach infestation, ProChem ProActive has many weapons to eradicate them.

 

Spiders

There are 3 types of spider that are common and potentially harmful in the mid-west and western US.  Your proactive year-round service will reduce the likelihood of seeing one of these creepy-crawlies.  The most common dangerous spiders are: The Brown Recluse known for its brown body and violin shaped spot.  These spiders like to hide in dark small places and usually only bite when threatened.  The next spider is the Black Widow which is easily recognized by the red hourglass mark on their belly.  Symptoms of a black widow bite are fever, chills, nausea, vomiting and pain.  The last spider is the Camel Spider (aka wind scorpions or sun spider).  These spiders exhibit aggressive behavior and may attack for no reason.

 

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are found in every state in the US and can affect anyone.  They are “picked-up” by hiding in your clothes or personal belongings.  Bed bugs can be extremely hard to eliminate with DIY efforts.  Bed Bug infestations require a professional identification and heat treatment for best extermination results.  ProChem ProActive is known for our expertise in Bed Bug elimination.

 

No matter what your pest problem is, ProChem ProActive can help!  Don’t trust just ANY exterminator – turn to the pro’s and end your pest nightmare today!

For more information and to download a bug identification guide visit http://prochemproactive.com/common-bugs-found-inaround-your-home-or-business/

 

Start Now To Keep Your Home Scorpion Free All Year

Posted on: January 4, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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Scorpions are one of the most feared insects in the western United States.  Scorpions can deliver a painful sting that can prove to be dangerous.  Many exterminators will do a “chemical spray” to keep the scorpions from entering a home or business.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work and scorpions can still move inside before the poison can do its job.  At ProChem ProActive we are pros at getting rid of scorpions.  We use Thermal Elimination Technology to get rid of pests quickly and effectively.

Here are some tips to keep your home scorpion free.

Perform Routine Maintenance Year Round

Performing maintenance on your yard and home year round will greatly reduce the areas that scorpions can enter the home.  Also, by removing debris from the outside of the house it doesn’t give the bugs a comfortable hiding place.  Clean and maintain your yard, especially nearest to the home, by removing leaves, dead branches, yard clutter and grass clippings.  Also inspect your water spigots and watering systems to make sure they work properly and don’t leak.  All of these tasks will drive scorpions and other insects away from the house, and will allow for an exterminator to properly treat the home.

 Hire the Right Exterminator

At ProChem ProActive we use heat to kill bugs hiding in your home or business.  Heat kills all of the bugs that could be hiding in your walls, under the floors and in furniture.  Heat is especially effective on scorpions, bed bugs, roaches and more!   ProChem ProActive uses thermal cameras to detect where heat could be escaping from your home so that it can be sealed.  This will stop bugs from entering the home and kill any bugs trapped inside.  Thermal Elimination Technology is an extremely valuable tool that not all exterminators offer, so make sure you have a professional, experienced, and proactive exterminator like PROCHEM PROACTIVE!

Still not convinced?  Here are more facts about why HEAT is the right solution for any pest problem:

It’s Fast – Heat kills bugs the FIRST time!  Bugs are killed regardless of their size or location in the treated room or structure.  Scorpions can’t escape the heat by moving to another room, like they can with traditional treatments.  Scorpions are killed, along with any other pest living in the treated area, in just 8-12 hours!

It’s Safe – Don’t put your family in harm’s way by exposure to dangerous pesticides.  Heat is eco-friendly and won’t cause allergic reactions or breathing problems.

It’s Easy – Don’t worry about moving furniture, throwing away bug infested items or doing massive cleaning before the treatment. Heat will permeate the entire structure, and if there are any “cool spots” our thermal cameras will find them and allow the technician to correct the problem.  Heat treats every item in the room without leaving a residue, which means you don’t have to remove anything!

Ready to schedule your Heat Treatment?  Give us a call today and one of our helpful staff will get your inspection and treatment scheduled.  We can be reached at (866) 674-7779 or through our website at http://prochemproactive.com/!  Treatments available in Nevada, Arizona and Oklahoma!

Pest Elimination For Hotels, Motels and Apartments

Posted on: December 1, 2016 by in Pest Elimination, Uncategorized
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Bugs can be a major problem for any business, especially in the Multifamily Housing industry.  ProChem ProActive offers revolutionary programs that help keep your business pest free all year long.  The Comprehensive Abatement Program “C.A.P.” was designed to help keep your annual pest budget on track the entire year.

Why CAP

With the CAP program you can stop the flow of money towards unnecessary and ineffective pest, bed bug and water remediation.  There are many advantages to the CAP program, such as; Revenue Generating, Faster Unit Turn Around, Enhanced Property Reputation, Immediate Bed Bug Heat Treatments, Dependable Services, A Fixed Budget and Happier Residents!

 

What’s Covered

With a set budget, all your pest needs are covered in the CAP program. Choose from our Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze level packages for the perfect fit for your business.

  • General Pests
  • Bed Bug Infestation Inspections and Heat Treatments
  • Termites
  • Cockroaches
  • Bee Problems
  • Staff Training
  • Log Book Entries
  • Minor Water Damage
  • Rodent Control
  • K-9 Bed Bug Detection
  • Pigeon Control
  • 24 Hour Response Time

The Savings

By locking in your pest budget you can save thousands throughout the year.  Plus, we offer many services that you wouldn’t normally get with your standard pest control efforts.

Here are some of the ways we save you money:

  • Stop paying for logbook entries over 10
  • Stop paying for rodent work
  • Stop paying extra of scorpion treatments
  • Stop paying for termite treatments
  • Stop dishing out extra cash for bed bug problems
  • Add K-9 Inspections that have the potential to stop bed bug related lawsuits
  • Provide better services to your residents and guests

This savings is especially noticeable if a property experiences a larger number of bed bug issues!

 

Call ProChem ProActive today to get a custom quote for your business and enroll in the CAP program today!  We can be reached at 866-674-7779 or through the contact form on our website.

Building a Defense Against Bed Bugs

Posted on: October 31, 2016 by in Pest Elimination
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Let’s face it, anyone can get bed bugs.  Even the cleanest homes, hotels, resorts and office buildings are susceptible to the dreaded bed bug.  However, there is hope!  By learning more about bed bugs and ways to prevent infestations you can drastically reduce the chances of them hitching a ride home with you. Here are some tips to keep bed bugs away from your home, business, and your loved ones in the upcoming year.

Around Your Home

  • Bed Bugs love clutter because it gives them plenty of places to hide. Keeping the clutter down around the home gives bed bugs less places to hide. This is a good excuse to do some “spring cleaning” this year and get rid of unneeded items.
  • Sealing your home not only protects against bed bugs it also makes it harder for other insects to enter the home as well. This should be a yearly task for any homeowner. Seal any cracks or holes to the outside, paying special attention to windows and doors.  Bed Bugs like to hide beneath flooring and behind molding and wallpaper.  Seal any areas between crown molding, windows, chair rails, baseboards, and flooring.  Don’t forget to do a detailed vacuuming before you start sealing to ensure the sealant will last.  Also glue down any loose wallpaper and seal any cracks in the walls.
  • Here’s another tip: We advise all of our clients to do regular inspections of their bed and surrounding areas. A simple visual inspection every few weeks should give you the chance to find any bed bug problem before it spreads to a bigger issue.  Check the edging around the mattress, under the mattress, and around the bed and bed frame. Keep in mind that bed bugs love plush furniture, so check other rooms and furniture as well.

While You Are Traveling

  • Pack a hard case suitcase instead of a duffle bag. This gives bed bugs less places to “grab on” and hitch a ride home with you.
  • Always inspect your hotel room – even expensive resorts have had bed bugs issues. A quick search of the bed should give you a good idea if your room is safe.  If any bed bugs are detected contact management immediately and request another room or change hotels.
  • Never place your luggage on the bed in your hotel room. Suitcases should always be placed on the provided rack, or on top of a hard surface.  Leave your bags in the hall or outside until all inspections of the room have been completed.
  • Upon returning home, leave your luggage outside or in the garage until you have inspected the contents and suitcase. All clothes should be washed and dried before placing them back in your drawers.

Visiting Other People’s Homes

It’s hard to believe that your family and friends would have bed bugs and not tell you before you stay…however many people are unaware of the bed bugs risk and may have an infestation and not even know.  If you think a place you have visited may have bed bugs there are a few precautions you can take….

  • Keep plastic garbage bags in your car to place your belongings into after visiting a place where you suspect bed bugs. Wash and try these items in the hottest environment possible to kill any hitchhikers.
  • If your friend has bed bugs always let them know. It can be a difficult subject to bring up, but in most cases they probably want to know.  If the problem is just starting they can call an exterminator and fix it before it becomes an expensive infestation.
  • Give your friends and family ProChem ProActive’s name, number and web address. Encourage your friends and family to read our blogs and learn the risks of bed bugs.  We also offer the best treatments available if you do end up with bed bugs.

At Your Office

  • High traffic areas are most susceptible to bed bugs, which may make your office a high risk area. Employees can bring bed bugs to work with them unknowingly and contaminate the whole office.  This is why we suggest you keep your personal items in a sealed bag or in a plastic tub in or under your desk.  This is especially important if bed bugs have been detected near you.
  • If you find bed bugs at work notify management immediately and encourage them to call ProChem ProActive.

After completing all of these precautionary steps you should have a much better chance of avoiding bed bugs this year….but remember, ANYONE can get bed bugs even the people that are most aware.  If you, your family, or your business has a bed bug problem please call ProChem ProActive right away.  We provide special heat treatments that kill bed bugs quickly and gets your life back.  Don’t waste your money with DIY treatments that don’t work!  Call in the professional pest eliminators today!

Call Us: 1 (866) 674-7779

Serving Nevada, Arizona & Oklahoma

 

Bed Bug Venture Out of the Bedroom

Posted on: October 1, 2016 by in Pest Elimination
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Bed bugs are known for hiding in the warm beds of Americans everywhere, but that’s not the only place you can find these nasty blood suckers.  ProChem ProActive gets daily calls for bed bugs infestations and K-9 inspection from restaurants, movie theaters, hospitals, schools and more.  Now more than ever, we suggest all businesses consider having the ProChem ProActive K-9 unit do a detailed search.

One of the most recent news stories regarding bed bugs in happened in downtown Las Vegas.  In the story reported by Fox 5 news, the Sliver Nugget casino restaurant was closed due to a bed bug infestation in their restaurant eating area.  Barbi Stenstrom posted some shocking photos to facebook with a strongly worded warning to all Las Vegas visitors.  The Fox 5 news showed the photos in their report which ultimately resulted in the closure of the restaurant. The bed bugs were reported to be living in and under the tables and chairs of the restaurant and caused Stendtrom great distress after receiving multiple bites.

Another unexpected place where bed bugs can be seen is in hospital waiting areas.  Hospitals are knowns as some of the cleanest locations in the country, however even their cleanliness doesn’t exclude them from the dangers of bed bugs.  Waiting rooms are especially susceptible to infestations due to the high number of people that visit them each day.  The Pikeville Medical Center located in Pikeville, KY found this out first hand when they were required to close their critical care unit waiting room in June, 2016 because of bed bug.  The hospital quickly treated the area for bugs while the room remained closed until the problem was properly solved.  Problems like this are often seen in businesses that don’t have proactive routine inspections performed year round.  With proactive inspections, most bed bug problems can be solved before clients or visitors are alerted.

One of the quickest and most effective way to identify a bed bug problem is by using specially trained bed bug detection dogs.  At ProChem ProActive we have a highly effective team of these dogs that go to work every day to rid homes, hospitals, restaurants and other homes and business from bed bugs.  Bed Bug Detection K-9s can detect bed bugs hidden inside furniture and in other hard to see areas, resulting in early detection of any bed bug problem.  Detection dogs can smell out any bed bug, no matter how few or how small.  With these advanced inspections techniques, ProChem ProActive is at the forefront in the war against bed bugs.

The ProChem ProActive K-9 Detection unit is so popular that our availability fills up fast – so don’t wait.  Schedule proactive bed bug inspections and treatments before the problem gets out of hand and to ensure it doesn’t come back.  As we have seen, all business are susceptible to bed bugs.  Don’t let your business be the next bed bug news story.  Call ProChem ProActive at (866) 674-7779 to schedule your K-9 detection today.

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.fox5vegas.com/story/33077749/silver-nugget-restaurant-closed-after-claims-of-bed-bugs

http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Pikeville-Medical-Center-working-to-eradicate-bed-bugs-382947921.html

Chemical vs. Heat Treatments

Posted on: September 1, 2016 by in Pest Elimination
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Even the cleanest, most educated families can be subject to a bed bug infestation.  Bed bugs will infect any home, business, or public location, making them one of the easiest bugs to “pick up” in your everyday life.  Once you have bed bugs you are faced with tough decisions. Do I call an exterminator?  What kind of treatment should I choose?  Should I try one of the DIY chemical treatments I found online?  ProChem ProActive is here to help you make those difficult decisions and get your life back on track…Bed Bug FREE!

Many exterminators will offer the traditional chemical treatments to kill bed bugs, while this method can be effective in some cases, there are many drawbacks both to your health and the environment.  With heat you can kill bed bugs in as few as 8 hours, plus it’s safe, effective and keeps the environment clean; Which is why ProChem ProActive ALWAYS recommends a Heat Treatment for every bed bug problem.

Chemicals vs. Heat Treatments

Chemicals

  • Have been known to cause skin irritations, allergic reactions, breathing problems, and even nerve damage and cancer
  • Pest control chemicals have been linked to over 80 poisonings
  • Bed bugs have evolved to be 1000 times more resistant to traditional chemical treatments in the past 10 years
  • Chemicals contaminate the environment
  • Traditional chemical treatments are less effective against bed bugs, and won’t kill the eggs until they hatch, requiring many follow up treatments to end the problem

Heat Treatments

  • Bed bugs are extremely susceptible to heat above 120 degrees
  • Heat treatments don’t leave behind a chemical residue
  • The problem can often be solved in 1 treatment (follow up inspections are recommended to ensure the bugs are 100% gone!)
  • Heat kills all stages of the bed bug life cycle, even the eggs!

Want more info?  Call ProChem ProActive for more information about our Thermal Heat Treatments and other advanced bed bug services.  We can SOLVE your bed bug problem, just give us a call – 1 (866) 674-7779