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Stay Ahead of the Bed Bug Epidemic

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

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

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

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

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

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 Incidents Rise 44%

Posted on: July 1, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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Over the last several years insurance companies and pest professionals have seen a rise in bed bug infestations and liability claims around the world.  So next time you hear “don’t let the bed bugs bite”, take it seriously!

According to a liabilities report completed by a Germany based insurance company, bed bug bites and infestations were the second highest animal-related cause for liability loss, totaling 22% of cases.  Bed Bugs closely followed deer incidents (such as vehicle collisions) which came in at 58% of claims.  In the United States, New York, which is one of the “buggiest” cities in the US showed a 44% rise in bed bug incidents from 2014-2015 alone.

As of a 2016 study, the top cities suffering for the worst bed bug problems are listed. Thanks to the efforts of professional bed bug elimination experts, Las Vegas has moved down on the “top infested cities” list to number 49 of 50 cities.

Here are the top 10 cities with the WORST bed bug problem in the country!

  1. Baltimore
    2. Washington, D.C.
    3. Chicago
    4. New York
    5. Columbus, Ohio
    6. Los Angeles
    7. Detroit
    8. Cincinnati
    9. Philadelphia
    10. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose

While Las Vegas may be controlling the bed bug problem more effectively in recent years, there is still a HUGE bed bug concern around the country.  There are a number of reasons why this rise in bed bug activity is happening, including increased travel, which allows bed bugs to move along with passengers as tiny hitch hikers, as well as the bed bugs ability to evolve resistances to commonly used pesticides.

While we can’t avoid these risks completely, there are proactive pest professional out there at the forefront of new technology that is proving itself to be extremely effective at killing these unwanted pests.  Heat treatment technology and K-9 detection are two ways that ProChem ProActive has risen its game against bed bugs in the past 10 years.  Heat treatments work by killing bed bugs due to high air temperatures that is directed into a room using specially designed heaters.  K-9 Detection dogs are then used to ensure that all bed bugs have perished and that the treatment was successful.  The K-9 unit can also be used pre-heat to find where bed bugs are hiding and ensure that the technicians are treating the entire problem.

To find out more about bed bug heat treatments and how ProChem ProActive is keeping Las Vegas “bed bug free” give us a call at 866-674-7779 or visit our website at http://prochemproactive.com/.

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

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!

Bed Bug Awareness Week 2016 : OH NO! I have bed bugs!

Posted on: June 6, 2016 by in Pest Elimination
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Bed bugs are striking fear into the hearts of people around the world.  Bed bugs are often found in homes, at hotels, on public transportation, in movie theaters and office buildings.  To celebrate Bed Bug Awareness Week, we have made a short list of what to look for and how to avoid bed bugs!

 What to look for and where:

Bed bugs are flat wingless insects that grow to about 0.2 inches as an adult.  When they are just nymphs their body is nearly transparent. but as they get older their body changes to a brownish or reddish color.

You can often find bed bugs in your mattress, especially around the seams and ribbing.  They are also seen in bedding and sheets, in the box springs, under the bed near the walls, inside drawers of near-by furniture, under carpets and pads, in curtains and even inside the walls and ceilings.  Once bed bugs have found a home in a room it is not uncommon for them to spread to near-by rooms through walls and flooring.  Bed bugs can be found in any plush furniture, any wood furniture, in potted plants and near windows, behind wall art and under rugs.

 How to avoid bed bugs:

If you don’t have bed bugs now, consider yourself lucky and take these simple steps to avoid getting them in the future.

  1.  Don’t take in used furniture without first cleaning and inspecting it.
  2. Always do a quick inspection of your room when staying at hotels and motels.
  3. Use hard luggage instead of soft duffle bags or backpacks.
  4. NEVER sit your luggage on the bed, always place it on a rack or on a tile floor.
  5. Always wash any clothes bought at thrift stores.  Use the hottest water and drying temperature for each item before placing them in your drawers.
  6. If you go somewhere that has bed bugs always remove any clothes and leave any bags or luggage in the garage or outside before entering your home.  Also, always alert management if bed bugs are found in a public place.

Bed bugs can effect anyone!  If you have bed bugs in your home or business call ProChem ProActive today.  Having bed bugs doesn’t mean you are dirty, unorganized or lack cleanliness.  Bed Bugs aren’t picky and will spread to anyone or anywhere.  Solve the problem quickly by calling in the experts and ask about K-9 Detection and Thermal Heat Treatments.  We can solve your bed bug problem in a little as 8 hours!

Call Us: 1 (866) 674-7779

Serving Nevada, Arizona & Oklahoma

 

Here We Grow Again – ProChem ProActive’s New Oklahoma Branch Is Now Open For Business!

Posted on: April 14, 2016 by in Pest Elimination, Uncategorized
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ProChem ProActive have been eliminating bugs in the Las Vegas, Nevada area for over 15 years. The company started as ProChem Pest Solutions, which opened its doors at the beginning of 1999.  The mission of this new company was to give the customer what they want, a quality service at a fair price. This attitude pushed ProChem Pest Solution’s into unbelievable growth thanks to referrals from many happy customers. In 2013, ProChem Pest Solutions became ProChem ProActive. This new name reflects the goal of prevention instead of reaction.

In September of 2015, ProChem ProActive expanded out of Nevada and opened a new branch in Sterling, Oklahoma.  This new office services Lawton, Chickasha, Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas.

ProChem ProActive believes that effective pest control is a process, not a one-time turn and burn action. ProChem’s pest elimination technique is a three tiered process that has been time tested and proven for many years. ProChem also believes in utilizing the newest technology and best quality equipment to solve every pest issue.

One of ProChem’s most effective services is their specially trained K-9 bed bug detection unit. By using highly trained dogs, ProChem can save residential and commercial customers time and money by detecting bed bugs early.  Bed bug detection dogs are 97% accurate, which is significantly better than their human counter parts, which can search a room with 30% accuracy.  The dogs can inspect an entire room in 3 minutes or less and can detect even the smallest bugs and eggs.  ProChem ProActive is the first and only pest elimination company in the Sterling, Oklahoma area that offers this advanced bed bug detection method.

ProChem ProActive offers a wide range of services to solve all of your pest related issues.  From household ants, roaches, bed bugs and more – ProChem ProActive will keep your home or business pest free all year long! ProChem also offers 100% guaranteed pest elimination and competitive pricing to all of their loyal customers.

For more information, give ProChem ProActive a call at 1 (866) 674-7779 or visit www.prochemproactive.com.