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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 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!

 

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 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/

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

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.