Archive for October, 2014

The 1, 2, 3’s to Bed Bug management.

October 13, 2014 No Comments » BugLOG

While canine scent detection is becoming almost routine at the theater, office and in hotels, the use of dogs for residential pest control is definitely a rising trend. What need is there to bring in a scent detection team when you spot a bed bug on your pillow or couch? Three great reasons: Peace of mind, verification, and it’s economical.


1. Confirmation: It is prudent to handle pest control problems with an expert. While it is common to use Google to find answers to basic questions, eventually you will need to talk to an expert in pest control about your bed bug concerns to ensure whatever your plan is to eliminate bed bugs is safe and efficient. Most reputable companies offer a free phone consultation.


2. Peace of Mind: Is what you found crawling on your pillow a bed bug? Are you sure that mosquito bite came from a mosquito? A newcomer battling bed bugs may call for an exterminator right away and fumigate their home. But what if all that time, after packing and waiting for the chemicals to clear out that you never had bed bugs in the beginning? Trained scent detection dogs are proven to have a very high accuracy rate. Even if bed bugs were spotted in one area of the house/office space, a canine bed bug detection service will check the entire living or work space to ensure the area is clean of bed bugs, or not.


3. Economical: What happens after the canine scent detection service is completed? Perhaps you know for certain that an exterminator is needed. If so, you know where the hotspots are. But if you don’t have bed bugs, congratulations, that’s money and hassle saved.


So if you are losing sleep and worrying about the possibilities of a growing bed bug infestation in your home or office, don’t panic! Call in a professional detection service.

Cities with the most bed bugs

October 10, 2014 No Comments » BugLOG
No matter where you live, bed bugs can be a huge problem anywhere. From L.A. to N.Y.C., we are spreading the word on which U.S. city has the worst bed bug problem in the year 2013:
Los Angeles (+1)
Columbus, Ohio (+3)
Detroit (-2)
Cleveland/Akron/Canton (+2)
Dayton (+4)
Washington D.C. (-1)
Denver (-5)
Indianapolis (+6)
Richmond/Petersburg, Va. (+1)
Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C. (+3)
Dallas/Ft. Worth (-4)
Syracuse, N.Y. (+7)
Atlanta (+14)
Houston (+2)
New York (-7)
Seattle/Tacoma (-5)
San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose (-5)
Boston (+2)
Milwaukee (-2)
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (+3)
Nashville (+17)
Pittsburgh (+12)
Charlotte (+18)
San Diego (+6)
Baltimore (-7)
Phoenix (+7)
Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa (+4)
Charleston/Huntington, W. Va. (+1)
Knoxville, Tenn. (-4)
Louisville, Ky. (-2)
Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Mich. (+5)
Hartford/New Haven, Conn. (-8)
Champaign/Springfield, Ill. (+13)
Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, S.C. (+11)
Omaha, Neb. (-20)
Buffalo, N.Y. (-10)
Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb. (+2)
Lexington, Ky. (-16)
Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, Calif. (+4)
Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. (-19)
Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y. (-1)
Minneapolis/St. Paul (-10)
Honolulu (-8)
Toledo, Ohio
Peoria/Bloomington, Ill.
Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Ill.
New Orleans
Kansas City
Orkin entomologist and Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D. offers the following tips to homeowners for bed bug prevention:
Inspect your home for signs of bed bugs regularly.
Decrease clutter around your home – this will make bed bug inspections and detection much easier.
Dry potentially infested bed linens, curtains and stuffed animals on the hottest temperature allowed for fabric.
Before bringing second-hand furniture into your home, closely inspect it for any signs of bed bugs and quarantine it for a period of time before bringing it into your rooms. Also, keep in mind that there is always a potential for bed bug activity, even if you don’t find any signs.

The Beagles, The Bed Bugs, and Airport Security

October 6, 2014 No Comments » BugLOG

Airport travel can be a bit of a hassle. You have to coordinate getting to and from the airport, where you are staying not to mention getting on the flight itself. So wouldn’t it be nice to have a quality service to help when you lose your wallet or your phone drops without you ever realizing it until it is too late? I’m not talking about airport security putting a GPS on your valuables. I’m talking about KLM’s PR stunt to have a beagle bring travelers’ lost belongings to them wherever you are in the airport. Sadly it was a hoax but the ability of dogs–specifically beagles–to detect and confirm a scent is absolutely scientifically proven. We wouldn’t be able to get our dogs to ride the baggage carousel, but they can check your luggage at the end of a trip to make sure you don’t have any unwelcome hitchhikers inside.


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