Imagine having everything you own in garbage bags throughout your house. You can’t sit on your furniture without getting up with MORE bites. Sleeping is nearly impossible; every time you lay down you feel tiny legs crawling over your body (even when they aren’t there). This is the tale of a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are notoriously known for being hard to eliminate and coming back time and time again, often causing psychological effects on the residents of the infested home. Some people joke about “bed bug PTSD”, but it may be truer than you might think.
Dogs have been used for their wide range of smelling abilities for decades. From drug to bomb detection, k-9 units are an essential tool in many law enforcement efforts. Some species of canines have been shown to contain over 300 million scent receptors in their nose (compared to humans 30 million). These scent receptors help them track scents in the rain, mud, and snow while distinguishing even the smallest differences.
If you have read any of the AZEX Pest Solutions previous blog posts you are well aware the bed bugs have made a major comeback in the United States. AZEX Pest Solutions is deep in the war against bed bugs and has been making great strides in reducing the number of bed bugs in Arizona; however, we still need your help. Educating the public about bed bugs is essential to the success of the AZEX mission to eradicate bed bugs from our state. While bed bugs may not be something that most people WANT to think about, with the 700% population increase that we have seen in the past few years, it is becoming something that NEEDS to be discussed.
A recent article published in a Hollywood newspaper outlined a terrible tale of a severe bed bug infestation that plagued a senior assisted living facility, which ultimately resulted in a $15,000 fine. A pest control company found over 4,000 live bed bugs in the 20 room facility, which was recorded in the state records. The deeply disturbing infestation was left untreated for an extended time, most likely months on end, which allowed it to grow into an extreme level. A local exterminator was able to solve the problem and the facility will remain open. State officials required the resignation of one of the owners.
Bed Bugs HATE heat; it’s a well-known fact in the pest control world. While more and more pest professionals are offering heat treatments to rid homes and businesses of bed bugs, AZEX is taking it one step further with their revolutionary STERIHEAT process.
Get the Facts:
- SteriHeat treatments are a 1 time treatment that have an active treatment time of 6-8 hours.
- Set up and tear down are included in the treatment times – meaning your home or business will be operational after just one full work day!
- Weather conditions, such as rain, wind or snow won’t effect the treatment accuracy.
Many people and unaware of the bed bug risk that is present all around them. While most people would agree that bed bugs are most commonly found in hotels/motels, they don’t know that they could just as easily find bed bugs on their way to work, in their leisure time or in the classroom. This year for bed bug awareness week AZEX wants to shed some light on some of the “lesser known” places where bed bugs are commonly found.
Finding out you have a bed bug problem is bad enough, but when those same bed bugs start hurting you and your family’s health the problem quickly turns dangerous. It has been proven that bed bugs cannot transmit blood borne illnesses, which leads many to believe that their bites are harmless. Unfortunately, this is not the case for all families. Bed bug infestations cause a variety of health issues, not to mention the risks that are associated with their extermination. Many extermination methods leave harmful chemicals behind which can cause serious health issues.
While most residents in Arizona know that summer is the prime time for bug activity, native Arizonians know that unfortunately summer isn’t the only season when bug issues arise. AZEX Pest Solutions wants to help keep you pest free all year round. Here are a few monthly tips that you can do to help keep bugs away for all of 2017!
January – March
Are you planning to move this year? Are you buying a new home or moving into a new rental or apartment? These times can be very stressful, especially if you unintentionally walk into a bed bug infestation! AZEX Pest Solutions is here to help you keep your moving experience bug free by offering K-9 inspections and heat treatments.
6 tips to make sure that you stay bed bug free throughout your move:
- Schedule a K-9 inspection before you purchase a home or sign a lease agreement. A pre-inspection will tell you if bed bugs are hiding in the walls, under carpets or in cracks and crevices in the walls where it is difficult to see. If bed bugs are detected during the inspection, a heat treatment can be applied to eliminate the bugs.
Because of the rise in bed bug infestations highlighted in the news, many Americans are on the look-out for bed bugs wherever they go. When a person sees a bug they don’t know, especially if it is on their bed, many will misidentify it as a bed bug. People also have been known to wake with unexplained bites and jump to the conclusion that they have bed bugs, when in reality they just got bitten by a mosquito the night before and didn’t realize. Misidentifying other bugs as bed bugs can cost hundreds in unneeded treatments and inspections.