Did you know that many pest control companies across the country see an increase in calls about bed bugs once summer hits? It’s true and it can be attributed to increased travel as many families and individuals take off to enjoy a summer getaway. Since it’s Bed Bug Awareness Week, it seems like a great time to blog about these biting pests.
Bed bugs are real, and they are not just for hotels or public quarters like hospitals, dorms, and nursing homes. They can and do infest houses anywhere. They do not discriminate. The presence of bed bugs does not indicate anything related to a home’s cleanliness. If you think that you may have these unwanted bedroom visitors than there is no time like the presence to contact a professional pest control service. There are many pest control services out there to choose from. Now you have to figure out just how to choose the right one, and just like most things that we pay for, it doesn’t hinge solely on price.
There are some disgusting bugs in the world, but I'm sure you would agree with me when I say that bed bugs sit somewhere near the top of the gross list. There is something about being eaten alive while you sleep. It's just wrong, on so many levels. But these bugs are also veiled in mystery and intrigue. In the spirit of April's Fools Day, see which of the following bed bug facts are true and which belong in the National Enquirer.
The bed bug, or Cimex lectularius, is a rust-colored blood-eating insect that spreads by traveling with humans. Inside a home or business a female bed bug can produce over 4,000 offspring in a six month period, given optimal conditions. What are optimal conditions? Contrary to what you might have heard, these bugs do not require a dirty place to make their home. They can be found in luxury accommodations and the most opulent of homes. These bugs require only one thing to breed and live: a blood meal. Regardless of this fact, there is still a stigma attached to these bugs, and having them can be a humiliating and reputation damaging experience for a business or family. This primer will show you what to look for and how to detect these bugs early.
Christmas may be over, but the travel rush continues. Check out this segment featuring Shane McCoy, director of quality and technical training, to arm yourself with bed bug preparedness tips before your next getaway!
Imagine you are driving down your street, and as you go to pull into your driveway, you notice that your neighbors house looks like a scene right out of the X-files. Giant hoses run from several windows down to official looking machines littered about the lawn. What would your first response be? Probably something like, "great! The neighbors have bugs." This would be followed by a quick mental checklist of how many times your neighbors have visited your house in the last year. It is only natural. You'll want to protect your family.
Wil-Kil’s Shane McCoy, director of quality and technical training, Mike Zemanovic, K-9 specialist, and Max the bed bug sniffing beagle made a visit to NBC 15 to talk about the important topic of bed bug awareness, especially during key travel times.
Are you planning on getting a heat treatment to rid your home of bed bugs?
You've heard the old saying, "If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen?". Well, in the case of bed bugs it's, "If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the house." If you've discovered bed bugs in your home, someone may have told you this already. Heat is how you get bed bugs out. But heat alone will not solve a bed bug problem.
Randy Allen, regional manager, Rick Schoening, K-9 scent detection specialist, and Max, Wil-Kil’s bed bug sniffing beagle, made a visit to Wisconsin Tonight to talk all about bed bug prevention during the busy holiday travel season. Check it out!