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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!

 

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 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!

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