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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! 

Deadly Spiders in Nevada

Posted on: August 1, 2018 by in Pest Elimination
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The hot and arid state of Nevada is home to four species of venomous spiders. While spider bites are rare, they can be very dangerous, especially for children and the elderly.

Tarantula

The first poisonous spider is the tarantula, although no one has ever died from it’s bite.  Tarantula’s are general pretty docile and won’t bite unless extremely threatened.

Black Widow

Next, the Latrodectus Hesperus spider, which is part of the Black Widow family is known by the red hourglass shape on it’s bottom half.  The female spider grows to 1/5th inch long and is considerably more dangerous than its male counterpart.  When approached, the black widow will usually retreat, unless it is protecting its egg sacs.  These dark glossy black spiders can cause localized discomfort and overall illness when they bite.

Brown Widow

The brown widow spider is tan/brown and sports the same hourglass shape, but in a dark almost black color.  The top of the brown widow spider has white or red spots and its legs usually have yellow and brown bands around it.  In this species the female is the only one considered dangerous.  This nocturnal spider likes it make it’s webs around outdoor furniture, grills, under decks and inside garages.  These spiders also will generally only bite in a defensive measure.

Desert Recluse Spider

The desert recluse spider is a relative of the brown recluse spider and can be any color between yellow-tan.  They don’t have any specific markings color markings but they do feature a distinct three pairs if eyes.  The brown recluse’s bites can cause severe damage to the human skin which produces a sore that is often very slow to heal.

How do you know if you’ve been bitten by a spider?

Generally speaking, the bite from a spider will feel similar to a pinprick, or you may not even know that you’ve been bitten.  The bite site may swell and be red.  A burning sensation is also common and can be compared to a bee sting.  A desert recluse bite may cause severe pain for up to 8 hours, and the victim may experience a rash, headache, fever, joint, pain, nausea or abdominal pain.  Spider bites are rarely deadly and only a few deaths have been associated with the desert recluse spider bite.

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!

 

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!

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.

 

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!

Scorpions Take Over Las Vegas

Posted on: August 1, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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Scorpions strike fear into the hearts of many Las Vegas residents and those who live throughout Nevada due to their wide spread prevalence throughout the state.  A few areas in Las Vegas are known as the most infested areas in the city.  Many times pest professionals are called and have reported seeing scorpions on the walls and ground in these areas. Scorpions are also commonly seen under rocks, and in bushes and trees.

Top 3 Scorpion Infested areas:

  • Mountains Edge/Fort Apache
  • Hualapai
  • Spring Valley – Buffalo/Flamingo

In these highly-infested areas/neighborhoods it is not uncommon to find hundreds of scorpions during a single black light search.  If you live in these areas and have landscaping that includes water you are at an increased risk of having scorpion problems.  Scorpions can be dangerous and can inflict a painful sting if encountered.  Therefore, ProChem ProActive advises that you call in the professionals before trying to deal with the problem yourself.  ProChem ProActive will do a detailed inspection and provide a treatment plan that will ensure that the bugs are killed.  A chemical spray will likely be applied to the exterior of your home.  If the scorpions have moved indoors a heat treatment may be applied to kill all scorpions that are hiding inside the home.

 

Call ProChem ProActive Today!

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/.