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5 Tips to Keep Your Apartment Pest Free

Posted on: October 1, 2018 by in Pest Elimination
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Living in an apartment has specific pest control advantages and challenges.  Here are 5 tips that will help you keep pests out of your apartment.

  1. Eliminate The Living Essentials For Bugs

Bugs are simple creatures.  They simply won’t and can’t move into a place that doesn’t provide them with readily available food and moisture.  Pests will continue to thrive in an area where these two elements are present and will be much harder to get rid of until the living conditions have changed.  Store your food in sealed containers, clear dirty dishes, keep counters and appliances wiped clean and take the garbage out daily.  Routinely check your home for leaks and notify management immediately so the issue can be resolved before bugs find the area.

  1. Clean Up The Clutter

Some pests, like spiders, like to hind in dark and undisturbed areas.  Eliminate these areas in your home by keeping pantries, cabinets, closets and storage areas organized.  Avoid accumulating piles of clothing by using hampers.  Remove any stacked papers, stacks of magazines and empty boxes from your home when you are finished with them.

  1. Seal It Up

Holes, gaps, and cracks make perfect bug “highways” into your home.  Bugs look for these entry areas around doors, windows, plumbing/pipes and at the foundation.  If you see any damage or cracking in any of these locations make sure to tell management right away to get it fixed.

  1. Don’t Try Untested “Old Wives Tales”

Not only are these myths often untrue, they can also be dangerous.  Over the counter pesticides can also fall into this category.  Off the shelf substances are often untested and can be very dangerous for your family and pets.  Don’t put the ones you love at risk of poisoning, allergic reactions, and other health risks by trying DIY methods.

 

  1. Call In The Pest Pros

Even if you are taking all the preventative measures above, you may still see pests in your apartment.  Pests can easily travel in apartments due to the shared walls and close living spaces.  Depending on your leasing agreement you can request pest control services from your landlord or call ProChem ProActive directly to treat your unit.  You can also suggest that your neighbors do the same to reduce the overall bug activity in your area.

 

Have questions?  Call ProChem ProActive today! 

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.

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!

 

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!

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/.

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/.

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/

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/

 

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

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