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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 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

Bed Bugs In Court

Posted on: April 1, 2016 by in Uncategorized
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Bed bugs have found their way into our homes, businesses and now the courts.  Bed bug lawsuits are constantly being brought against negligent business owners and property managers.  And the settlements are HUGE!  Bed bugs are costing businesses thousands of dollars in failed extermination attempts as well as devastating lawsuits.  Not to mention the effect that a bed bug lawsuit has on a business’s reputation.  Who wants to stay at a place where bed bugs are known to live??

 Who is at risk?

Business Owners:  If you own a hotel or motel, chances are you have had at least one run in with bed bugs.  Because of the high traffic volume in the hospitality industry it makes these locations extremely susceptible to bed bugs.  In the early 2000’s two siblings sued a Motel 6 that was infested with bed bugs.  Each of the siblings was awarded $191,000 in damages after staying in a room where bed bugs were found crawling on the walls and in the bed.  If you are waiting for a guest to report a bug problem,  then you are already at risk for a lawsuit.  Hotels and motels should have a PROACTIVE bed bug detection and treatment plan in place.  Monthly inspections and quick/effective treatments are key to keeping the bugs away.  If a guest can prove that you knew about a bug problem before you rented them a room, or that the proper documentation or treatments weren’t applied, you could be found guilty of negligence.  Hire a great exterminator, like ProChem ProActive, and get rid of the bugs before your guests find them!

The Multi-Housing Industry: Similar to hotels/motels, apartment buildings can get quite a bit of traffic as well.  A single tenant could contract bed bugs and spread the infestation to the entire building.  Bed bugs travel by hitch hiking on people, baggage, in furniture, as well as moving from room to room through the walls, floors and ceilings.  Set up proper notification methods and procedures for tenants to use if bed bugs are suspected and follow up on any concerns right away.  Don’t assume if you or a tenant keeps the structure clean enough that you will somehow be immune to the bed bugs.  Bed bugs can live anywhere! While clutter creates an ideal living situation, a clean home can have just as many bugs.

Lawsuits resulting from lazy business owners can result in enormous settlements.  In some cases tenants have been awarded up to $850,000 in damages.  The jury in one case only took 2 hours to award an elderly woman $850,000. Which was twice the amount she was seeking.  She proved that her landlord ignored the bed bug problem that he knew resided in the 69 year old tenant’s home.  This shows that the legal system has no tolerance for negligent property managers! If bed bugs are found in a unit, DON’T WAIT!  Call ProChem ProActive to come out and do a professional inspection of all of the surrounding rooms.  Our K-9 Unit can tell us with 98% accuracy if bed bugs are present.  We can solve the problem BEFORE it spreads any further.

Tenants:  If you are renting an apartment or home find out what your property management company uses for bed bug detection and notification.  If you find bed bugs in your home, it is important to report the problem right away.  Complying with all procedures and regulations will not only protect you from the bugs, it also ensures that you cannot be accused of neglecting the problem.  A recent case in New York showed how a negligent tenant can also result in a messy lawsuit. A man was sued by his landlord for refusing to allow an exterminator to treat his New York Apartment for bed bugs that were known to live there.  Other tenants in the building reported the issue and even threatened to move out due to the extreme problem.  The company that owns the building is seeking $300,00 in damages both to the physical building as well as the threat of lost business. If you find bed bugs in your apartment don’t be like this NY resident, report the problem and allow the pest professionals to do their job.

 

Over half the states in the country have passed bed bug statues and legislation to protect citizens against bed bugs.  Many of these laws state that landlords cannot knowingly rent a bed bug infested room to any guest.  Wise business owners are turning to the professionals to help keep their lawsuit risk down with PROACTIVE bed bug treatments and inspections.  ProChem ProActive can help you avoid lawsuits and claims by providing the highest quality bed bug heat treatments that work the first time.  We guarantee 100% pest elimination for all of our extermination treatments.  If you are worried about bed bugs, call us today!  We will work with you until the problem is solved and your business is back on track.  Many problems can be solved in just one heat treatment ( that’s just 6-8 hours!!!).  Don’t wait, Call us today! Call Us: 1 (866) 674-7779