Bed Bugs in the News

Posted on: February 1, 2016 by in Pest Elimination
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Bed bugs are popping up in the news more and more frequently in lawsuits and tragic stories of injury and property loss.  Bed bugs can now be found in every country around the world, and every state of the US.  This makes having a proactive pest control plan even more important!  We have compiled some recent bed bug related articles published around the country.

In December (2015), according to an article written for FOX 31 Denver, a family paid a company $2,000 to rid their home of bed bugs, just to be left with an infestation problem over 3 months later.  The extermination company claiming to specialize in bed bug control appears to be shut down.  The bed bug problem was so bad that a few hours spent sitting in the family home would result in at least 5-6 bed bug bites.  [1] This story is proof that hiring a GREAT pest eliminator is important.  When hiring an exterminator, make sure you go with an experienced and well rated company like Prochem Proactive.  We have over 12 years of experience and great customer ratings with all of our treatment options.

Bed Bug related lawsuits are constantly popping up in the news as well.  HUGE settlements are being awarded every day.  One woman was awarded $100,000 in her lawsuit again a Red Roof Inn near Washington, DC.  In the lawsuit the woman claimed that the motel had found bed bugs in guest’s rooms previously but did not check that the room was bed bug free before they rented it to her.  Amazingly the woman was awarded the $100,000 for the bites and distress that the one night stay at this hotel caused. [2]  Business owners should have  bed bug inspections scheduled regularly throughout the year to avoid  these type of negligent claims.  Prochem Proactive offers regular inspections and treatments plans to keep your business bed bug free.  Don’t let bed bugs steal your profits!

Over Labor Day weekend (2015) a viral photo of bed bugs on a public bus was making its rounds on Instagram.  The photo, pictured on the left, was shared over 10,000 times via Instagram and other social media platforms. Live bed bugs were found living on/in the seats of the bus.  While the transportation company insists that they perform regular cleaning of their busses, negative press like this was catastrophic to business.  In some reports of the incident, it was said that people were running off of the bus after being alerted of the bed bugs.[3]  The damaged reputation of this bus company will take months, maybe even years, to repair.  Keep a good reputation at your business by treating bed bug problems BEFORE your customers notice any bugs.  K-9 detection dogs can perform an extremely accurate search of your business to make sure that there are no bugs found at your location.  If the Prochem Proactive K-9’s do find any bugs, we can set up a treatment plan that will work for you, while remaining discreet and keeping your business as operational as possible.

Understanding how a bed bug sighting can affect your business is the first step to keeping your business bed bug free.  Having a proactive bed bug detection and elimination plan is essential to every business.  Bed bugs have been found in schools, at movie theaters, in hospitals, at hotels/motels, in airplanes and other public transportation, and apartments/condos just to name a few.  Bed bugs can move easily from person to person via their clothing or personal items, which means that every business is at risk.  Keep your business safe from bed bugs with the Prochem Proactive ThermalPestEradication and K-9 Detection services.  Contact us today to schedule an inspection and start your treatment plan.

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Sources:

[1] http://kdvr.com/2015/12/07/bed-bug-pest-company-charges-2000-fails-to-get-rid-of-bed-bugs/

[2] http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2015/09/22/lawsuit-bedbugs/

[3] http://www.phillytrib.com/lifestyle/taskforce-to-confront-philadelphia-s-bed-bug-issue/article_19a08fb7-42e2-5b19-a341-c06ccbeee29e.html

The Benefits of K-9 Bed Bug Detection

Posted on: January 12, 2016 by in Pest Elimination
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It’s no secret that dogs have been used for their extreme sense of smell for centuries.  Some of the most well know jobs for K-9 sniffers include search and rescue, police drug detection, and explosives (bomb) detection, but what you may not know is that dogs are extremely effective at sniffing out bed bugs.  The best extermination companies will offer K-9 detection services to customers that are concerned about bed bugs.  Prochem Proactive has some of the best K-9’s and handlers in the business.

 Training

The first step in finding a bed detection dog starts before they are even entered into our training program.  We screen 100’s of dogs before we find the perfect animal that has the natural ability, drive and physical soundness necessary to ensure a long career.  The dogs selected have a strong “ball drive” and LOVE the training.  Usually the dogs we select are Labrador Retrievers, Labrador Retriever mix breads, Plot Hounds, Beagles, and German short haired breeds.  Once the dog has been selected they start the training process where they learn to smell bugs hidden inside furniture, bedding and in the carpets or walls.  The Prochem Proactive dogs go through an extensive training refresher program every year as well.  In addition to their yearly training ther also perform daily drills with their handlers.

 

 Accuracy & Speed

Dogs have approximately 220 million smell-sensitive cells and scientists say that they can smell nearly 100 million times better than humans.  This “super nose” means that well trained bed bug detection dogs are 95-97% accurate.  That is significantly better than a human technician at 30% accurate. They are also significantly faster than their human counter parts.  A well trained dog can search a room in less than 3 minutes, a job that can take a human inspector 15-60 minutes.

Why We Offer K-9 Detection

There are so many advantages to K-9 Detection that it makes them hard to beat in the field.  From the speed and accuracy proven by many years of use and training to the financial advantage, it just makes sense to choose K-9 Detection. With our dogs, customers can be sure that no live bed bugs are left behind after a treatment.  Bed bug detection dogs can smell even the smallest bed bug, or their eggs, with nearly perfect precision. These tiny eggs and bed bug nymphs can be nearly impossible to find during a  visual inspection.  Also, certified bed bug dogs are recognized in a court of law as a scientific instrument.  Having a K-9 inspection will positively effect your case and reputation in any lawsuit.  Finally, the financial advantage to having K-9’s is simple.  By catching the bed bugs before they get out of hand, any treatment we perform is much more likely to be successful and only require 1 application.  We can be sure exactly were the bugs are and not waste time and money treating areas that don’t need it.  This is especially important for the multi housing industry and Hotels/motels.  Instead of treating every room, we know the rooms with problems and can focus our energies in getting rid of those bugs.

 

 

Prochem Proactive offers some of the most well trained and accurate bed bug detection dogs in the business.  We are diligent to ensure that our dogs stay current with all training and make sure that they LOVE THEIR JOB!  The handlers are specially trained for each specific dog and can easily read the dogs signals.  Call Prochem Proactive to schedule a K-9 inspection.  For more information visit our K-9 page at http://prochemproactive.com/k-9-detection/.

 

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How Heat Can Keep You Bug Free This Year!

Posted on: December 9, 2015 by in Pest Elimination
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Because of their resistance to, or avoidance of chemical treatments, many insect infestations are hard to eliminate.  Bed Bugs, cockroaches, and scorpions are just some of the bugs that can be killed using professional heat treatments.  Heat treatments can be performed all year round and are extremely effective at eliminating pests with just one application.

 

 How does it work?

The science behind heat treatments is simple – bugs (especially bed bugs) are extremely susceptible to heat!  The treatment starts by sealing the infected room or structure by using tarps and Mylar.  One of the unique qualities of heat treatments is that you we can treat one room in a structure while keeping the rest of the building operational.  This is perfect for multi-unit homes and hotels/motels.  Once the room is sealed the heat is applied.  This process takes 6-8 hours to complete.  During this time the room is safely heated to 140-160 degrees.  The Prochem Proactive technicians are specially trained to administer this Thermal Pest Eradication and will monitor the treatment to ensure that the heat isn’t escaping.

 

 

Why is heat better than traditional extermination methods?

There are many reasons that heat is superior to all other extermination methods offered by pest professionals.  Here are just a few of our favorites:

  • It kills the bugs the first time!  Some less successful methods can leave certain bugs alive due to their size, age or location in the room.  With heat, all the bugs are killed regardless of their size or age.  Even the tiniest bugs are susceptible to heat and the eggs are killed before they hatch.  This stops an infestation in its tracks!  That means NO MORE REOCCURING INFECTATIONS!
  • It’s Safe!  Because of the safety of the heat treatments it makes it the best way to kill bugs.  There is no need for dangerous chemicals that can cause breathing problems, skin irritation and allergic reaction.  Prochem Proactive offers heat treatments because they are safer and healthier for their customers, as well as good for the environment.
  • It’s FAST!  To complete a heat treatment can take 6-8 hours from start to finish. Most chemical treatments need to be applied multiple times, taking months in some cases.  This is especially true with bed bug infestations.  Because chemical treatments don’t kill all of the bugs hiding in furniture or walls, the infestation can continue to thrive even after a chemical treatment has been applied.  This not only prolongs the life of the infestation, it also costs money to keep repeating the same treatment over and over again.

 

 

In conclusion, bugs don’t stand a chance with Prochem Proactive’s Thermal Heat Eradication Treatments!  If you have a pest infestation, including (but not limited to), bed bugs, German cockroaches, or scorpions call us today!  We will inspect your home or business to find where the bugs are at and come up with a solid treatment plan that will ensure that all of the bugs have been eliminated.  At Prochem Proactive we provide a 100% Guaranteed Pest Elimination Service. We guarantee to deliver a proposed quote and solution to your pest control needs within 24 hour from your initial contact. We guarantee our pest control services will be done right the first time!  Call us today at (866) 674-7779.

 

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