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How Much Could Ineffective Bed Bug Treatments Cost Your Business?

Posted on: July 1, 2018 by in Pest Elimination
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As a business owner you know that any negative press can cost your business thousands in lost business.  But when it comes to bed bugs this is just one of the ways that they can suck the profits from your business.  Find out below some of the ways that bed bugs can be devastating for your business.

Lost Business

As we mentioned above, lost business is one of the first ways that bed bugs can cost businesses.  Imagine having to close off multiple rooms, or even an entire floor of your hotel due to a massive bed bug infestation.  With improper treatments an infestation could take months to eradicate, leaving you with months of multiple rooms being unusable.  Lost business cam also happens in the form of bad publicity.  Bed bug sightings have taken flight over social media in the last few years.  We have seen multiple stories go viral with photos and videos of negligent businesses and their bed bug issues.  Publicity like this can put an entire company out of business!

Damages

From new furniture to damage from botched DIY attempts, bed bugs can cost businesses thousands in damages.  Improper heat treatment techniques have been known to cause fires and damage to the interior of structures.  Damage from chemical treatments, or from DIY treatments are also common.  If an infestation isn’t resolved quickly then blood spots, fecal stains and other remnants of bed bugs can result in the need to buy new décor.

Lawsuits

In the past 10 years we have seen a drastic rise in bed bug lawsuits.  HUGE settlements in the hundreds of thousands and even millions have been awarded to apartment tenants, hotel guests and others affected by bed bugs in public places.  Recently a Los Angeles family won $1.6 million, the biggest payout ever awarded in the U.S. for a single family bed bug case.  The bed bug attack took place in 2010 where the entire family was bitten by bed bugs in their apartment.  The management took months to eradicate the bugs, which resulted in anxiety, sleeplessness for the entire family and even disfigurement for the youngest boy in the family.

For many businesses, a $1.6 million settlement would devastate their finances and would likely result in them closing their doors.  For this reason, it is crucial to perform fast and effective treatments as soon as a sighting is reported.  ProChem ProActive offers K-9 detection to ensure that all of the bugs are found and killed.  ProChem also offers revolutionary heat treatments that can kill bed bugs in just 24 hours.  Don’t put your family and business at risk!  Kill bed bugs today with ProChem ProActive!  Call us at 1866-674-7779 to schedule a treatment.

Bed Bug Awareness – Inspection Guide

Posted on: June 3, 2018 by in Pest Elimination
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Finding bed bugs and correctly identifying them is the first step and one of the most important steps in effectively treating a bed bug infestation.  Below you will find a simple guide to performing an effective bed bug inspection.  These tips can be used at your home, in hotel rooms, at your business, or anywhere that you visit while traveling or in your day-to-day life.

Signs of bed bugs:

The best way to identify a possible bed bug infestation if to look for the physical signs of bed bugs.  These signs can be found while cleaning a room, changing your bedding, or during a quick inspection on a public space.

Blood and fecal stains – These stains are rusty red/brown or dark black.  They can be found on linens and upholstery.  Sometimes these stains have been described as looking like ink spots from a pen.

Live bed bugs – Obviously live bugs in your bed or room is cause for alarm.  Bed bugs are usually seen around the edges and ribbing of a mattress or under bedding materials.

Dead Skins – Much like reptiles, bed bugs cast their outer skin layers as they grow.  These cast skins can be seen where bed bugs live.

Unexplained bites – If you have unexplained bites, usually in groups of 3, this is a good sign of bed bugs.  While bed bugs bites are a good first indicator of a problem, you will need more evidence before a treatment is performed.  Bed bug bites closely resemble mosquito bites.

 

Bed Bug hiding places:

Bed bugs like to hide anywhere where they can feed regularly and can be hidden from danger.  This is NOT limited to beds.  Any inspection for bed bugs should include all furniture and decorations in the room.  Especially if you have a heavy infestation you will probably find bed bugs all the places below…

  • In the joints and crevices of furniture. Including chairs, dressers, book shelves, desks, and more.
  • Don’t forget to check your window drapes and blinds for signs of bed bugs.
  • Bed bugs can hide behind loose wall paper and behind wall decorations
  • Under carpet and around the edges of the room are also common places that you might see bed bugs.

 

 

 

Bed Bug Lifestyle:

Understanding bed bugs lifestyle and behavior will help you in detecting bed bug issues before they become huge infestations.  You can also more effectively monitor a room after a treatment has been applied if you know what you should be looking for.

Feeding – Bed bugs like to feed within 5-20ft of their “home” hiding place.  Bed bugs like to feed at night, but we often see bed bugs feed all throughout the day, especially in large infestation situations. Bed bugs feed on blood every 1-3 days.

Life Span – Bed bugs must feed at least 1x before growing to the next stage and casting their skin.  Bed bugs start as one of 300-500 eggs that a female bed bugs lays in her lifetime.  Bed bugs will lay 1-3 eggs per day and it can take weeks to months for bed bugs to grow to full size.

Ideal living conditions – bed bugs can survive and even thrive in temperatures as low as 46 degrees Fahrenheit, but they die within 15 minutes once temperature exceed 113 degrees.  Ideal temperatures for humans are also ideas for a bed bug population.

 

 

Still have questions?  Give ProChem ProActive a call at 866-674-7779.  If you think you have bed bugs call us right away for an inspection and treatment plan.  Fast reaction to any bed bug issue is key to a successful elimination.   You can also find more info on our blog at http://prochemproactive.com/blog/.

 

Bed Bug Management for Apartments

Posted on: May 1, 2018 by in Uncategorized
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Here at ProChem ProActive we get questions about bed bugs in apartments all the time.  Who is responsible for the treatments costs?  What are the steps I should take after finding bed bugs in a unit?  Isn’t there a cheaper way to kill bed bugs?  These are just a few of the MANY questions that come to mind to tenants and apartment property managers.  The most important step in bed bug elimination is education.  Know your enemy, and how to kill them.  That is why we have compiled this list of FAQ specially for apartments managers and tenants.

 

I found bed bugs in my unit, what do I do?

First, review your rental agreement for any pertinent provisions as to your rights and obligations as well as those of your landlord.  You should always report (in writing) to your landlord or property manager as soon as you suspect a problem.  If you can prove that the bed bugs were there before you, then your landlord will be responsible to cover the treatment, you may also be entitled to an offset on rent and/or a reimbursement if you have any out-of-pocket expenses related to the bed bug issue.  Remember: Bed bugs DO NOT equal an unclean living situation.  Bed bugs can affect ANYONE, so you should be ashamed if you brought home bed bugs.  Be open with your landlord and get the problem solved ASAP before it spreads.

 

One of my tenants just reported bed bugs, what is my responsibility?

Because of bed bug’s tendencies to move from room to room by traveling under floors, through walls or hitching a ride on visitors, it is essential that you SOLVE any bed bug report quickly and efficiently.  A single unit infestation could turn into an entire floor problem in no time, so your reaction time is KEY!  Proactive landlords should have a routine bed bug inspection performed several times a year to keep on top of any issues as they arise.  Whether you have worked into your lease agreement that you, or the tenant, pays for the bed bug treatment, you should always be up-to-date on the status of the issue.  You may also need to suggest any surrounding rooms be inspected for bed bugs as well.  DO NOT ignore a bed bug report!  This can lead to large, hard to control infestations, costly repairs and clean up, lost business, and even lawsuit.

 

I’ve been treating these bed bugs for months, isn’t there a quicker and more effective treatment option?

Yes, that’s where ProChem ProActive comes in.  Traditional chemical treatments alone can take a LONG time to kill all the bugs.  This is because the chemical treatments require that each bug come in contact with the insecticide.  The eggs, small nymphs and hidden bed bugs may not ever some into contact with the poison in time, resulting in “re-occurring” infestations.  To end a bed bug problem you need to kill all the bugs, even those tiny eggs, quickly before the bugs can move, hide, or reproduce more hidden eggs.  Heat treatments work really well because the bugs are killed within 15 minutes of the lethal temperature being reached.  Heat permeates the entire room, even the places where you can’t see.  That means that those tiny hidden eggs are killed too!

 

How do I KNOW the bugs are gone?

Whether you are a tenant or landlord you will want to be sure that the bugs are dead.  K-9 detection is the BEST way to do certain that your treatment was successful.  ProChem ProActive has a K-9 detection team that can inspect before and after any treatments to ensure total elimination.

 

OK, Where’s the number to call?

Right here!  We can’t wait to work with you!  Call us at (866) 674-7779 to schedule your inspection and heat treatment.

Busting Bed Bug Myths

Posted on: April 1, 2018 by in Pest Elimination
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In the world of pest control there are a lot of myths and old wives-tales that can be misleading or completely false.  This leads to many failed DIY extermination attempts and un-necessary fear.  ProChem ProActive is here to put an end to those pest control myths….starting with bed bugs.

Here are some of the most well-known Bed Bug myths and if they are true or not:

Myth: You can’t see bed bugs

Reality: You can see all bed bugs, even the babies and nymphs with the naked eye.  However, for the most accurate inspection possible you should use magnification devices and K-9 detection.

 

Myth: Bed Bug only infest dirty people

Reality: Bed bug can affect anyone, even the cleanest locations.  While clutter does give them more places to hide, it is not a requirement for their survival.

 

Myth: Bed Bugs only come out at night

Reality: While bed bugs prefer darkness, keeping a light on will not keep them from biting you.

 

Myth: Pesticides will easily solve a bed bug problem

Reality: Pesticides often take multiple applications, months or treatments, and often result in failed attempts when used alone.  The best way to kill bed bugs is with heat.  Chemical applications are sometimes used as a compliment to the heat treatments in more extreme cases or as an extra precaution.  Heat treatments are known to kill bed bugs with just one application and have been proven to be ultra-effective at completely ENDING a bed bug issue.

 

Myth: The only place to get bed bugs is at a nasty hotel

Reality: You can pick up bed bugs nearly anywhere.  Public locations of all kinds have had bed bug issues.  Common places to find bed bugs are in movie theaters, libraries, apartments and motels, airports and public transportation.

 

Myth: Any exterminator can kill bed bugs

Reality: While many exterminator list bed bugs on their website as a service they offer, verey few actually have the necessary experience and training to perform effective treatments.  If you have a bed bug problem be sure to research your pest professional carefully.  Find out how many bed bug treatments they complete every year.  Make sure they have positive reviews online and ask your friends if they recommend anyone.  Finally, always ask if they offer heat treatments and k-9 follow-ups.  These treatment and detection methods are the BEST in killing bed bugs.

 

If you have a bed bug problem, or any other pest related issue give ProChem ProActive a call.  We can solve any pest problem!

 

How to Hire the Right Exterminator

Posted on: March 1, 2018 by in Pest Elimination
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Treating bed bugs is complex and most people hire professionals to lead the effort. Unfortunately, all “professionals” don’t offer the most effective treatments and often require multiple treatments to solve a bed bug issue.  Because multiple treatments can be expensive, it’s important to research your options to find the best fit for you and your pest problem.  We have put together some tips to help you hire the BEST bed bug professional to solve your bed bug nightmare.

Hire a professional that uses as IPM system

Anyone you hire should use an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) system, which will include monitoring for any bugs that have been missed during treatment. To maximize your chances for success when working with a professional, get a pest management professional involved as soon as possible. Taking time to try to treat the problem yourself could help the infestation to spread.

Make sure your pest professional has experience with bed bug treatments

Interview possible pest professionals and ask how many bed bug treatments they perform each year.  Find out how many treatments are usually required to solve an infestation like yours.  Learn what treatments they offer and if they offer a guarantee. Check the company’s credentials!

Ask for pre-treatment guidelines

Most professionals will ask you to do light preparations before the treatment is performed.  Ask what is required of you and always follow directions closely.  Usually prep includes laundering and cleaning.  The pest professional should inspect your residence, and may even need to take apart furniture and use vacuums to treat the area.

Get a recommendation from your friends

If you know anyone that has had a bed bug problem, talk to them.  Ask who they used and if the problem was solved in a timely manner.

It is important to not waste time when it comes to bed bug problems.  Bed bugs spread quickly and each day you spend waiting for a treatment to take effect you could be spreading the problem around your home, or even to other’s homes.

ProChem ProActive specializes in bed bug treatments and boasts a successful IMP system as well as a 100% satisfaction guarantee for pest elimination.  ProChem ProActive doesn’t just control the bugs, we eliminate them for good!  The ProChem system uses heat to kill bed bugs and their eggs in any hiding place.  ProChem also offers K-9 detection services to ensure that ALL the bugs have been killed and you won’t have a reoccurring pest problem.  Treatments are usually successful in just 1 day when the proper pre and post instructions are followed.

The ProChem Treatment Steps Include:

  • Sweeping the area for all bed bugs and their eggs. We find where they are hiding so we can treat the right areas the first time.
  • Eliminate all current bed bugs using a Heat Treatment
  • Apply top rated, non-bed bug resistant residual pesticides to kill any remaining bugs or new hatchlings
  • Educate the homeowner and staff on bed bug awareness and prevention tips
  • 100% Guaranteed Bed Bug Elimination!

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 for the sales office. For more information about the uses of heat please visit our heat information page.

Advantages of K-9 Detection for All Bed Bug Infestations

Posted on: February 1, 2018 by in Pest Elimination
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Everyone can benefit from a k-9 bed bug inspection!  Dogs are hardworking, honest and un-biased.  They can smell even the smallest bed bug and eggs where humans have a hard time searching during a visual inspection.  A canine is 98% accurate at detecting bed bugs where a human us only 30% accurate.

Home Owners

Bed bugs aren’t picky, they don’t care if you are rich, poor, clean, or dirty.  They can live in any room of your home, although they usually originate in the bedroom.  For extra peace of mind if you are buying a new home or to inspect your current home call ProChem ProActive for a detailed K-9 Inspection.  It is common practice when buying a home to have a termite inspection, but why not have a bed bug inspection as well?  Bed bugs are known to hide for long periods of time and can go weeks or months between feeding.  Don’t move into a home and then find out there was a lingering bed bug infestation.  Be proactive.

Business Owners

If you are a property manager or own a business with common areas, you know that a bed bug infestation could be extremely detrimental to your business.  Call ProChem ProActive and we will bring a specially trained K-9 discreetly to your business to conduct a search of all common areas, store rooms, guest suites…. anywhere where your clients might visit.  Catch bed bugs BEFORE your guests with regular proactive inspections.

Everyone Else

Bed bugs aren’t just found in homes and hotels, there have been many reports of bed bugs in schools, universities airports, apartment complexes, movie theaters, libraries, resorts, hospitals, nursing homes, day cares, jails, restaurants, department stores, furniture stores, resale shops, and public transportation.  If you own or manage any of these type locations, you ARE at risk for a bed bug infestation.  Call today to schedule your inspection!

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 Bugs In Hospitals

Posted on: October 1, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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As people become more educated about bed bugs and their living habits many have realized that a bed bug problem does not indicate unclean conditions.  Bed bugs can and will live just about anywhere that they can find food.  While cluttered areas give them more places to hide, even the cleanest environments can be turned into a bed bug nightmare.  The patients and visitors at hospitals and other medical care facilities around the US have found this out first hand when bed bugs invaded.

In Iowa City, Iowa bed bugs were found inside the University of Iowa Hospital according to a local news report on the ABC 9 News Channel.  It was reported that bed bugs were crawling out from under tables in an orthopedic area hospital room.  The woman that spotted the bugs took pictures and reported her findings right away. The room where the bed bugs were spotted was quickly emptied, treated and sealed to solve the issue.

Bed bugs have been a growing problem in hospitals around the country.  In the U.S. more than a third of pest control companies reported that they responded to bed bug calls at hospitals in 2015, which is 12% higher than 2010.  Bed bug professionals believe that there are three main sources for these bugs to invade a hospital room including:

  • In emergency situations when people are picked up from their bed bug infested homes
  • From patients clothing and belongings that are brought into the hospitals
  • From people coming to the hospital to visit patients

It may be impossible for you to avoid contact with bed bugs completely, especially when they can live in almost any environment, however you CAN arm yourself with the best defense against these blood sucking insects AND know the best ways to get rid of the bugs if they ever do invade your home.  ProChem ProActive specializes in bed bug ELIMINATION.  We don’t just treat the problem we ELIMINATE it!  Catch bed bug problems quickly by knowing the signs to look for when you visit away-from-home locations, and what to do if you ever spot a problem.  Be careful when returning home from an area that you think may have had bed bugs and do routine searches every time to change your bedding.  If bed bugs are ever spotted at your home or business DON’T WAIT!  Call ProChem ProActive ASAP so solve the problem before it spreads.  We can end a bed bug infestation in just 1 treatment!  For more info, read our blog at http://prochemproactive.com/blog/.

This is Why Bed Bugs Are So Hard To Get Rid Of

Posted on: September 1, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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Historically, bed bug treatments have relied on the use of chemicals to kill these blood sucking pests.  Recently scientists have been studying the reasons why these traditional methods are no longer working and what the alternative could be. A new study found in the Journal of Economic Entomology shows how bed bugs are developing resistance to two of the most commonly used insecticides used in bed bug treatments.

The common bed bug has shown considerable resistance to several insecticides, including one of the most commonly used chemical called deltamethrin.  The reduced effectiveness of this chemical is believed to be one of the main causes of the bed bug resurgence over the last decade, especially in big cities.

Scientists are now testing 2 other common insecticides to see if the effectiveness of those chemicals are being reduced by bed bugs evolution as well.  These two chemicals, bifenthrin and chlofenapyr are being tested on 10 different bed bug populations from around the US.  After extensive study 5 of these populations were found to have reduced susceptibility to both substances which left approx. 25% of the bugs studied alive.

These studies have caused concern for pest professionals around the U.S and is encouraging them to look for other treatment options for their clients.  Fortunately, some of the most savvy exterminators have already found the answer and are using the new treatments everyday with amazing success.  The answer is simple – HEAT!

Why is heat better than chemicals?

Aside from bed bugs apparent evolutionary resistance to chemical treatments leaving them ineffective, chemical treatments also pose a significant risk to those exposed to them.  Some people may be sensitive to chemicals as a result of neurological or other medical disorders, as well as many people experiencing rashes, breathing difficulties including asthma attacks, allergic reactions that require hospitalization, and reduced fertility.  Chemical treatments are bad for the environment and will pollute your in-door air quality resulting in many of these health issues.  Extensive exposure to these chemicals, such as for pest professionals and business managers that are exposed to the fumes regularly also have been shown to have higher risks for certain types of cancer.  Children that have been exposed to these substances have been shown to have a higher risk for cancer, and developmental delays.  Chemical treatments often take multiple applications before the problem is completely resolved, thus resulting in prolonged exposure to the insecticides and to possible bed bug bites.

Heat treatments are a non-toxic, 100% eco-friendly treatment option that is extremely effective when applied correctly.  Heat treatments take from 8-24 hours for full effectiveness.  The treated area can be re-entered at any time after the treatment is complete and will not require extra cleaning or exposure to any chemical substances.  Heat treatments are safe to conduct around the elderly, children and pets.  ProChem ProActive is at the forefront of the bed bug heat movement and is offering heat treatments to ALL of their bed bug clients.  Heat treatments can SOLVE a bed bug problem in just 1 treatment, leaving clients happier than ever possible with traditional treatment methods which could take months and many treatments before the problem was completely resolved.

If you have bed bugs don’t waste your time with “old-fashioned” treatment options.  Get the “new-and improved” heat treatments with ProChem ProActive today!