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The Most Common Winter Pests in the Las Vegas Area

Posted on: November 1, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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As temperatures drop some insects are encouraged to hibernate for the winter, but those who don’t are forced to look for a warm spot to wait out the long winter months.  Unfortunately, human residences provide the perfect hiding place for many of these pests.  Here is a short list of bugs that you might see the winter in your Las Vegas home.

  1. Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are year round pests that can infest any home during any part of the year.  Bed bug issues are common to the Las Vegas area due to the high traffic of people coming in and out of the city.  Bed bugs hitch rides on unsuspecting passengers and can move from location to location, especially during the holidays.  It is always important to inspect your luggage and other items when traveling so you don’t bring bed bugs home with you from your winter vacations.


  1. Ants

When winter arrives in Las Vegas many homeowners assume that they won’t see ants until summer, but in fact ants are more resilient that you might think.  Ants are known for finding clever ways into your home and are attracted by food that has been left out or not properly stored.  There are about 20 species of ants native to the Las Vegas area.  These ants include, Argentine ants, southern fire ants, and California harvester ants.  These ants can be extremely invasive and hard to get rid of without the help of a professional exterminator.


  1. Cockroaches

German cockroaches are drawn to the food you might have laying around your house, and when they crawl across it they can leave behind a variety of bacteria and viruses.  Their feces and shed shin and can also cause allergy and asthma flare-ups.  German cockroaches can find their way into your home in a variety of ways including inside shopping bags, in food boxes, and/or other containers of food brought into the home.  Cockroaches reproduce very quickly making infestations hard to treat for inexperienced homeowners and exterminators.  Hiring a pest professional that is experienced in cockroach elimination is key to getting rid of a cockroach problem for good!


  1. Rats

Roof rats are common to the Las Vegas area and can be identified by their sleek brown or black fur and long thin tails.  They can grown up to 15 inches long and closely resemble the common house mouse.  Roof rats invade homes by climbing through holes around vents and windows.  They are capable of fitting through very tight spaces and can become a major problem if allowed to reproduce. Look for droppings and gnaw marks to tell if you might have a roof rat problem.  Rats can carry many germs, viruses, and diseases and should be eliminated asap.


  1. Spiders

Cool weather send s spiders looking for warmth and your home provides everything they need.  While most spiders are harmless to humans there are a few that you should look our for this winter.  Brown recluse, the hobo spider, and the black widow all have painful and potentially dangerous bites that can lead to many health problems.  Spiders can crawl through tiny holes and invade a home, make sure you seal your home well before the winter months to deter these creatures from entering your home.


You aren’t alone!

ProChem ProActive provides year round pest treatments for any pest problem.  From our special heat treatments to standard chemical sprays we will keep your home bug free all year.  Call us with your pest problem and we can provide a quote and treatment plan in record time.  For more info call us at 866-674-7779.

 

Bed Bug Settlements Can Be Costly For Businesses

Posted on: June 1, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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Imagine waking up to your child screaming and crying that there are bugs crawling on and biting him.  This nightmare has happened to countless families in their homes, or at hotels and motels.  Large bed bug settlements are being awarded to families around the country because of negligent business owners who fail to properly treat or document treatments of bed bug problems.  While we see this most commonly with hotels/motels there have been countless cases against furniture companies, moving companies and public transportation companies as well.

 How To Avoid A Claim Against Your Business

In the story mentioned above, the family of the young child was awarded $225,000 in their case against the furniture company that sold them bed bug infested bed frames.  The child was taken to the pediatrician and was prescribed a few allergy medications due to the mild allergic reaction that resulted from multiple bed bug bites.  The furniture company was found guilty of negligence for not properly treating the bed bug problem.  Often, without proper documentation of regular inspections and treatments, a business can be found guilty of negligence because of lack of evidence that the problem was being treated properly.

To avoid a lawsuit like this happening at your business make sure that you follow the tips below.

  • Always perform regular inspections of your business. This is especially important for high traffic areas and hotels/motels.  Treatment and inspection schedules are available from professional bed bug elimination professionals, such as ProChem ProActive.
  • Always document any bed bug sightings, inspections, and treatments. ProChem ProActive can show you how to properly log all interactions.  In most cases, if the court can prove that you knew about a bed bug issue but didn’t react properly then you will be liable for all damages.
  • If any customers report bites or sightings – TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY! People rarely complain about bugs when there isn’t an issue.  Every sighting should be thoroughly investigated.  Long term exposure to bed bugs can cause psychological damages to the victims.  While this is devastating to the victim, it is also very damaging in any lawsuit against a business or property management company.  This is most important for apartment management companies and locations with long-term residents.

How ProChem ProActive can help:

ProChem ProActive is experienced in keeping businesses bed bug free and treating any potential problems extremely quickly.  The goal is to find any bed bug issues while they are small and BEFORE your customers notice.  Bed bugs can invade ANY business, and if they are eradicated quickly the problem can go un-noticed.  ProChem ProActive offers routine inspections and treatment schedules to fit any business.  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.

 

Source: https://www.bedbuglaw.com/recent-bed-bug-lawsuits-and-verdicts/

10 Ways To Keep The Bed Bugs Away

Posted on: May 1, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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Bed bugs can be a costly and embarrassing problem for any family.  While there are fast and effective ways to eliminate a bed bugs problem (just ask one of our technicians at ProChem ProActive), the best way to keep your house bed bug free is to never let them move-in in the first place!  Here are 10 ways you can avoid bed bugs this year!

  1. Learn About Bed Bugs – Understanding bed bugs, their habits, and ways to detect their presence is the first step in preventing them from invading your home.  You can start your research on our blog at http://prochemproactive.com/blog/
  2. Do Some Spring Cleaning – A cluttered house gives bed bugs plenty of places to hide and makes treating the area must harder. Just make sure you do this cleaning BEFORE you notice that bed bugs are living in your home…otherwise you could spread the infestation to others while disposing of your items.  Always inspect any items you plan to donate to avoid spreading any potential problems to others.
  3. Inspect Your Home Regularly – Check for signs of bed bugs in common areas around your home – Beds, chairs, couches, drapes, carpeting…ect. Don’t just limit this search to your bedroom – remember that bed bugs can live in any room of your home.
  4. Change your Bedding Regularly – Change your sheets no less than every 2 weeks. Always use hot water and hot dryer settings for your sheets.  This is also a great time to inspect the mattress and box springs for signs of bed bugs.
  5. Vacuum Often – Keep your furniture and floors clean. Don’t forget to vacuum cracks in wooden floors, baseboards, door and window frames and under the bed.
  6. Get Talking! – There is no shame in bed bugs…anyone can get them…anyone can share them. By talking about bed bug information, you can help others be more aware of the risks and reduce the likelihood to picking up bugs from any of your friends.
  7. Inspect Children’s Backpacks – Bed bugs can be picked up almost anywhere. Schools, buses, day care facilities, movie theaters, and libraries are common places to find bed bugs.  Always inspect articles of clothing and bags when returning home.
  8. Avoid Thrift Store Furniture – Be very careful when selecting furniture from second hand or thrift stores. Have all furniture inspected thoroughly and cleaned carefully BEFORE bringing it into your home.  This also includes rental furniture!
  9. Leave Your Luggage Outside – When returning home from a trip take extra precautions when bringing your things back inside. Bed bugs can easily hide on the outside of your luggage, as well as in your clothes and other belongings.  Leave the suitcases outside or in the garage and always wash all items inside on warm settings before placing them back in your drawers.
  10. Call In The Professionals – If you do end up with a bed bugs problem don’t hesitate to call in the professionals. At ProChem ProActive we deal with bed bugs everyday and have the knowledge, expertise and equipment to END your bed bug nightmare before it becomes a health risk to your family.  Many DIY methods are simply not effective against bed bugs, AND/OR come with some serious health risks. Don’t waste your time or money…Get the professionals to do it right the FIRST TIME!

By following these 10 easy steps you can greatly reduce the likelihood of a bed bug infestation or catch any potential problem early, making extermination much easier and quicker.  For more information about the ProChem ProActive bed bug treatments please give us a call at (866) 674-7779.

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!

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/

 

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

Are Bed Bugs stealing from your business?

Posted on: July 1, 2016 by in Pest Elimination
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Bed Bugs can be an extremely expensive problem for any business.   Many people mistakenly think that hotels/motels are the only businesses at risk for a bed bug infestation.  This false thinking has caused many businesses and employees anxiety and lost profits.  In the past 10 years we have seen bed bug infestations in movie theaters, on public transportation, in hospitals, and of course in hotels and motels.  It only takes one person that has been exposed to bed bugs to spread an infestation to a new location.  That means that every office and business location is potentially at risk.  Luckily ProChem ProActive has the simple and effective solution to keep your business pest free!

In the story above, you can see how bed bugs have invaded an unsuspecting business and caused damage to their reputation.  Once people see a report like this, they are much less likely to want to visit that business for fear that they will bring bed bugs home with them.  Even a rumor of bed bugs can cause a drastic drop in business.  Business owners need to stay proactive against bed bugs and perform routine inspections multiple times per year to avoid any bed bug sightings.  The biggest mistake a business can make when dealing with a bed bug issue is not acting fast enough.  Even a single bed bug sighting should result in a full professional bed bug inspection.  If the proper treatment is applied quickly, the issue can be solved before your customers hear about it.

In addition to lost business and a ruined reputation, a bed bug infestation can also result in expensive lawsuits.  For more information, visit our “Bed Bugs in Court” article here…(Link).

Here are some simple steps for business owners to follow if bed bugs are sighted:

  1. Bed bugs need to be treated as soon as possible after being sighted. Call in the bed bug elimination specialists – ProChem ProActive.  Call us at 866-674-7779 and schedule a bed bug inspection.
  2. Follow all of the preparation instructions that your ProChem ProActive technician gives you. It is important to listen and follow all instructions to avoid spreading the problem.
  3. ProChem ProActive will perform a highly effective heat treatment to kill all of the bugs (even the eggs!)
  4. Schedule routine inspections throughout the year to avoid any other bed bug sightings

ProChem ProActive makes getting rid of bed bugs as easy as possible.  A bed bug sighting doesn’t HAVE to mean lost business.  Call today to learn how ProChem ProActive can help you keep bud bugs away all year round!

The Bed Bug Experts

Posted on: May 1, 2016 by in Pest Elimination
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In order to call yourself an expert in any field many hours of study and experience is required. Regardless of the work and dedication that it takes to be a true expert, many companies claim to be professional extermination experts without any of the experience and study required to actual use that title.  When hiring an exterminator it is important to research the company before trusting that they are true “bed bug experts”.

Here are a few tips to use when hiring an exterminator:

1.  Look for a licensed pest control company who specializes in bed bug elimination.  Many pest control companies focus on yearly chemical sprays for ants, cockroaches and spiders.  While almost all companies offer these standard treatments, some also “throw in” that they also treat bed bugs without doing the proper training to actually eradicate these pests.  Bed bugs can be difficult to eliminate for an untrained technician and improper extermination attempts can cause the infestation to move or spread to other places in the structure.

2.  Ask any potential exterminators about the tools that they plan to use to get rid of the bed bugs.  Heat treatments are one of the best and most accurate ways to eliminate a bed bug infestation.  If your exterminator isn’t trained in bed bug heat treatments, best to call someone who is!  Heat treatments can solve a bed bug problem in as little as 8 hours.  Don’t let an inexperienced company waste your time with other treatment techniques that will take multiple treatments and maybe even months to complete the eradication.  Every exterminator should supply you with a clear and concise “plan-of-action” that they will use when treating your home or business.

3.  Make sure that the company you are hiring is actually going to do the work.  Many companies will sub-contract the bed bug work out to someone else.  Make sure you are actually speaking with the person that will be responsible for the treatment!

4.  Hiring a company that offers K-9 detection is also another great tool to use when treating bed bugs.  A K-9 can find bed bugs hidden where even the best human technician can’t see.  Make sure that the handers and K-9s are regularly trained and experienced.  It requires a specially trained dog and handler to perform a successful search.  If you can, find out what the K-9 units success rate is to help you decide.  The best teams can be up to 97% accurate.

5. And finally pick a company that you trust and that will work with you until the problem is solved.  The worst thing, after getting bed bugs in the first place, would be for a company to come in and treat your property and then disappear.  If the problem isn’t solved with the first treatment, any professional company should be willing to do a follow up treatment to ensure your satisfaction.  EVERY professional bed bug exterminator will also advise a follow up inspection to make sure there isn’t any underlying bugs waiting to start another infestation.

When hiring a pest exterminator it is important to do your research.   Prochem ProActive has over 12 years of experience in bed bug elimination. We use state-of-the-art equipment from convectex.com to ensure that all of our heat treatments are the BEST they can be.  We offer a 100% guaranteed pest elimination meaning that we will work with you until ALL of the pests are gone and you are satisfied with your service.  If for any reason you weren’t happy with the initial service we will return and do everything we can to make sure that you are happy and the bugs are gone.  ProChem ProActive is licensed to provide heat treatments and can usually solve a bed bug issue with 1 treatment. The Prochem Proactive K-9 detection unit is also one of the best K-9 units in the area.  Our dogs perform regular training and re-fresher courses to ensure they are at their BEST for every inspection.  For our multi-housing and Hospitality customers – Our K-9 Unit can search up to 100-200 rooms per day: which saves you time and money!

 

Don’t be fooled by the competition!  ProChem ProActive has the BEST bed bug ELIMINATORS around!  We will eliminate the pests, not control them!  Call us today for more information and to schedule an inspection.

Call Us: 1 (866) 674-7779