by William D’Urso – Feb. 24, 2011 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic
PHOENIX — The mere mention of bed bugs might make most people uncomfortable.
But it’s a growing problem in Arizona and getting rid of them is turning into big business for exterminators.
Some pest-control firms have diversified and grown their businesses by adding bedbug eradication as a specialty niche.
National revenue in bedbug extermination and management increased to $258 million in 2009 from $98 million in 2006, according to the National Pest Management Association.
100% room occupancy is the goal for all hotels, but not if the occupants are bedbugs. An AZEX Pest Solution’s heat treatment can eliminate the unintended occupants safely, effectively, and in an environmentally friendly manner without relying solely on chemicals AND turn that room back over for human occupancy within 24 hours.
AZEX Pest Solutions uses AZEX Heat for the application of heat to individual rooms, or the entire structure. AZEX Heat is the genuine and most effective heat treatment on the market today. We have over five years of experience applying heat to structures such as hotels. We’re trained and licensed to use the application for hotels, inns, motels, and residential structures throughout the State of Arizona. Another byproduct of applying heat for pest control are; oxidizing odors like tobacco and eliminating allergens. No other heat treatment on the market can claim that!
Bed bugs are non discriminating. They have been found in 5-star hotels, cruise ships, single-family homes and public housing alike. They will hitchhike equally on designer luggage or discarded mattresses.
2. Bed bugs are only a problem right now in more densely populated areas
like New York and New Jersey.
FALSE. Bed bugs have reached epidemic proportion throughout North America. While the New York area is one of the country’s bed bug hot spots, the pests have been reported in all 50 states as well as in Canada. Urban locations have higher reported occurrences, but are commonly found in more rural locations, as well.
Recent outbreaks in bed bugs are causing major issues for homeowners and the housing industry.
Many occupants report red marks and bites after one night’s rest resulting in loss of revenue and an overall negative perception of the affected structure. Studies show an increase of 800% in bed bug activity in the last few years as a result of increased world travel. The bugs can have one blood meal and gain six times their regular weight, and survive off that meal for up to one year. The female can lay up to 400 eggs in her lifetime.
Treatment options are numerous and the effectiveness of each is debatable. However, through a thorough proactive Integrated Pest Management Program utilizing a number of Bed Bug eradication techniques including Heat, Residual Chemicals and K9 Inspection and detection, 100% eradication and prevention of future infestations can be achieved in a highly cost effective manner.
• Integrated Pest Management (IPM), reduces chemical exposure rates to tenants and or staff. 100% Non-Toxic and Highly Effective.
• Kills all stages of bedbug growth including the eggs.
• Penetrates deep into bedbug harborages, including furniture, electronics and walls.
• Treatment completed in as little as 4 hours. No development of resistance.
Chemical Treatment of Harborages
• Treatment of Harborages w/ Non-Repellent and highly Persistent Materials where possible.
• Insect Growth Regulators – Breaks life cycle through sterilization.
• Non-Repellents – Highly Effective on pyrethroid-resistant strains of bed bugs. Will not disperse or “lock in” bed bugs.
It is true that many pests die off for the winter, or go into hibernation, or retreat to their winter forts, such as ants. But there are many pests that would rather not take a winter vacation. Instead they fly, crawl, or jump to the more tropical weather provided by the shelter you know as your house. For this reason, residential pest control shouldn’t be skipped for the winter months.
Due to this fact, we at AZEX Pest Solutions wanted to take a moment to remind everyone to not let their guards down over these cool and cold months, and to take advantage of our great fall and winter spray and pest solution specials including gutter clean outs.
Insects and pests have been invading our homes and gardens since before our times in the caves. Of the 900,000 plus currently known insect species of the world, only about one-and-a-half percent cause any health or economic concern or harm. Many, if not most of the species of insect and pests, in fact, provide indispensable services to humans and are an integral parts to the ecosystem as a whole. Your property and home is indeed an extension and mixture of both artificial and natural ecosystems and deserves to be treated in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner in terms of preventing and managing our unwanted intruders with respect to the environment at large.
Recent outbreaks in bed bugs are causing major issues for homeowners, hotels, and the summer camp industry. Studies show increase of 800% in bed bug activity in the last few years as a result of increased world travel and resistance to pesticides. Bed bugs can have one blood meal and gain six times their regular weight, and survive off that meal for up to one year. The female can lay up to 400 eggs in her lifetime!