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The Dangers of Traditional Chemical Bed Bug Treatments

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Humans have been trying to eliminate bed bugs for 100’s of years.  We have tried many different elimination methods, some of which have almost proven successful. But, over the years we have learned another lesson; bed bugs are extremely hardy and adaptable.  Traditionally exterminators have used chemical treatments to kill the bugs.  While this worked for many years, bed bugs have since developed a resistance to these chemicals and continued to thrive.  With every new chemical substance that we introduce into our bed bug arsenal, not only do bed bugs evolve, we also damage the environment in the process.  Here are some of the dangers that pesticides pose to our health and the health of our environment:

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Bed Bug News Update

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Bed bugs are at it again!  There have been many bed bug stories in the news lately and in an effort to educate people about bed bugs, we have compiled a list of some of the biggest stories in bed bug news from around the world.

 

PortsMouth, VA

A mother of 4 was interviewed by local news earlier this year regarding a bed bug problem that has plagued the family since October 2012.  Ineffective pest control efforts resulted in spreading the bugs around the public housing unit and required countless follow up treatments. The woman’s children were reportedly traumatized by the bug problem which ultimately encouraged the mother to search for legal help.  After taking the housing authority to court, a settlement was reached.  [1]

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The Ultimate Pest Q & A

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Have you ever had a question about an insect found in your home or yard?  Ever see a bug and wonder what it is or if it is dangerous?  The technicians at AZEX get 1000’s of questions every year about anything from ants to bed bugs. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions

What makes homes attractive to pests?

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Bed Bug Awareness Week 2016: Azex Pest Solutions, Is Keeping Bed Bugs Away!

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Last year for Bed Bug Awareness Week we talked about general bed bugs facts and tips to keep bed bugs from hitching a ride home with you.  You can read that article here.  This year we want to raise awareness about bed bugs by educating the public about ways to kill and detect bed bugs that actually work.  So many people either don’t treat the problem or try dangerous DIY treatments because of lack of money or knowledge.  By reading this article we hope to shed some light on just how easy bed bug elimination can be with the right exterminator.

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Summer Bug Problems – Solved with AZEX

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Summer is quickly approaching and with the warmer weather comes BUGS!  Azex is here to help you relax and be able to enjoy soaking up the sun, by keeping your home or business bug free.  We offer a variety of services that covers all of Arizona’s bug problems.

Ants:

Ants can be an extremely annoying and disruptive problem.  We treat all types of ants including, fire ants, sugar ants, crazy ants, thief ants, odorous house ants, carpenter ants and MORE!  Call us for more information and to receive a treatment quote.

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A Treatment For Bed Bugs That’s Actually Good For Your Health

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For the people that find bed bugs in their home or business, panic is often the first reaction.  Tiny bugs crawling on your skin and feeding off your blood isn’t the way anyone wants to wake up! While bed bugs are not known to spread diseases, their presence in your home can cause other medical issues and attempting to kill them can introduce dangerous chemicals and fumes into the air that can be dangerous to you, your family, and your pets.

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Termites – Detection and Extermination

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Ecologically termites are important to nature.  In nature, termites breakdown wood for the surrounding ecosystem to recycle.  But when they enter your home they can be an expensive problem.  By familiarizing yourself with the signs of an infestation and knowing a few key tips you can prevent costly repairs.

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Termite workers have a soft white body that easily dries out if exposed to air and sun light too long.  Because of their delicate body they tend to stay in the nest or underground.  They only venture out on warm, humid days.  If you see a white termite, you can bet that there is a nest close by.

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Get A Head Start On Scorpions

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Scorpions tend to “bed down” and hibernate during the chilly winter months, this gives proactive home owners the chance to get a head start on their scorpion control plan.  Here are a few things you can do this winter and early spring to keep your house scorpion free.

 

Tip 1:  Seal the structure and perform routine maintenance.

Sealing your home will make a impact on how many scorpions are able to sneak into your home. Seal the doors, windows and any areas where there is an opening into the home.  You should always seal the structure before any major landscape cleaning or pest control spraying to avoid encouraging the scorpions to come inside.  Most times if you see a scorpion in your home, it will be sick or dying.  Usually this happens after a pest control spray, as healthy scorpions tend to avoid hums contact.

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Tenant Sued for Bed Bug Infestation

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The rise in bed bug lawsuits has been a widely discussed topic for Property Manager and Landlords in the past 10 years.  As the number of court cases rise, the more of a concern a possible legal claim becomes.  In the past, the majority of cases we have seen in court involve a guest or tenant suing a negligent business owner or property manager for failing to solve a bed bug related issue.  But now, we have seen one of the first cases of a Landlord suing a tenant for failing to comply with extermination efforts for an extreme bed bug issue.  Bed bugs cause damage to furniture, walls, carpeting and other areas in an infested home, so it makes sense that a proactive landlord would want to solve any bed bug sighting as soon as possible to avoid further damage.  But when a tenant refuses service and doesn’t take any action to keep the bed bugs away, we can see cases like this one…

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Safe Heat Treatments

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There are many methods and businesses that promise to kill bed bugs.  Some methods require chemicals being dumped into your home, other require many hours of cleaning and discarding furniture to get rid of the pests.  While all of these countess DIY options promise to kill bed bugs, the truth remains that these treatments are not very accurate.  Many people are still left with a bed bug problem after many DIY applications and inexperienced chemical treatments that can even allow the infestation to grow and spread to other rooms.  Do you really want to spend months and 100’s of dollars trying to get rid of bed bugs?  There is a safe and easy way to kill bugs by hiring a professional bed bug exterminator that offers heat treatments.  AZEX Pest Solutions offers the revolutionary and eco-friendly Steriheat treatment.  By using a professional service you can get rid of the bugs in as little as one treatment.

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