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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 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/.

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!

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/

10 Ways To Keep The Bed Bugs Away

Posted on: May 1, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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Bed bugs can be a costly and embarrassing problem for any family.  While there are fast and effective ways to eliminate a bed bugs problem (just ask one of our technicians at ProChem ProActive), the best way to keep your house bed bug free is to never let them move-in in the first place!  Here are 10 ways you can avoid bed bugs this year!

  1. Learn About Bed Bugs – Understanding bed bugs, their habits, and ways to detect their presence is the first step in preventing them from invading your home.  You can start your research on our blog at http://prochemproactive.com/blog/
  2. Do Some Spring Cleaning – A cluttered house gives bed bugs plenty of places to hide and makes treating the area must harder. Just make sure you do this cleaning BEFORE you notice that bed bugs are living in your home…otherwise you could spread the infestation to others while disposing of your items.  Always inspect any items you plan to donate to avoid spreading any potential problems to others.
  3. Inspect Your Home Regularly – Check for signs of bed bugs in common areas around your home – Beds, chairs, couches, drapes, carpeting…ect. Don’t just limit this search to your bedroom – remember that bed bugs can live in any room of your home.
  4. Change your Bedding Regularly – Change your sheets no less than every 2 weeks. Always use hot water and hot dryer settings for your sheets.  This is also a great time to inspect the mattress and box springs for signs of bed bugs.
  5. Vacuum Often – Keep your furniture and floors clean. Don’t forget to vacuum cracks in wooden floors, baseboards, door and window frames and under the bed.
  6. Get Talking! – There is no shame in bed bugs…anyone can get them…anyone can share them. By talking about bed bug information, you can help others be more aware of the risks and reduce the likelihood to picking up bugs from any of your friends.
  7. Inspect Children’s Backpacks – Bed bugs can be picked up almost anywhere. Schools, buses, day care facilities, movie theaters, and libraries are common places to find bed bugs.  Always inspect articles of clothing and bags when returning home.
  8. Avoid Thrift Store Furniture – Be very careful when selecting furniture from second hand or thrift stores. Have all furniture inspected thoroughly and cleaned carefully BEFORE bringing it into your home.  This also includes rental furniture!
  9. Leave Your Luggage Outside – When returning home from a trip take extra precautions when bringing your things back inside. Bed bugs can easily hide on the outside of your luggage, as well as in your clothes and other belongings.  Leave the suitcases outside or in the garage and always wash all items inside on warm settings before placing them back in your drawers.
  10. Call In The Professionals – If you do end up with a bed bugs problem don’t hesitate to call in the professionals. At ProChem ProActive we deal with bed bugs everyday and have the knowledge, expertise and equipment to END your bed bug nightmare before it becomes a health risk to your family.  Many DIY methods are simply not effective against bed bugs, AND/OR come with some serious health risks. Don’t waste your time or money…Get the professionals to do it right the FIRST TIME!

By following these 10 easy steps you can greatly reduce the likelihood of a bed bug infestation or catch any potential problem early, making extermination much easier and quicker.  For more information about the ProChem ProActive bed bug treatments please give us a call at (866) 674-7779.

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!