10 Ways to Keep Bed Bugs out of your Glendale home

Bed bugs are a feared problem that can infest your Glendale home quickly if no preventative actions are taken. The most frightening aspect of these little creatures is that they are easily transported from one place to another via exposed luggage and clothing. Every home is vulnerable despite your own efforts to maintain a clean home, thus making it even more important that you follow these 10 incredibly easy steps to keep bed bugs out of your home.

#1 Vacuum Your Floor

Bed bugs can get cozy in anything that protects them well, such as crevices, cracks in the floor, and carpeting. For this reason, it is helpful to vacuum regularly to prevent an infestation in the event that you do bring bed bugs home with you. Pay special attention to the point where the floor and the wall meet, which provides a well-protected hiding spot for the tiny bugs.

#2 Cover Power Outlets

Though it doesn’t seem like an obvious spot, power outlets are actually preferred hiding spots for bed bugs. Because they have small inlets and have very little traffic it is common to find bed bugs hiding away in them until nighttime. Cover the outlets with a simple outlet plug to help deter them.

#3 Store Clothes in Vacuum-Sealed Bags

Vacuum-sealed bags help provide a barrier between your clothing allowing you to keep bed bugs out. These handy bags also remove air from the bag, making the space less appealing to living things.

#4 Cover Your Mattress

An excellent preventative measure is to cover your mattress in a sturdy encasing. Be sure that the material is durable and can withstand tears, which would defeat the purpose of the cover in the first place. Also, check that the cover doesn’t have any folds and has limited seams, which is typically where bed bugs hide.

#5 Clean Your Pets Bed

Bed bugs are not biased toward human beds only! They seek seams and crevices in any place in your home, including the beds where your pets sleep. Check their beds just like you’d check your own and take the same preventative steps there as well.

#6 Clean Up Clutter

An easy way to keep bed bugs out is by having clutter in your home you are essentially providing more hiding space for bed bugs. Keep your home tidy and be aware of possible living spaces for the bugs as you organize your things.

#7 Second Guess Used Items

Buying used household items can offer a lot of benefits but they can also be transport vehicles for bed bugs. Inspect your items before taking them home with you to be sure that they are free of the bugs.

#8 Don’t Bring Them Home from Vacations

Travelers unknowingly spread bed bugs as they contaminate their own clothing and luggage simply by making contact with infested hotel rooms. Keep your luggage and clothing away from possibly contaminated surfaces and to be safe, run your belongings through a high heat dryer when you return home.

#9 Look Out for Bed Bug Signs

Bed bugs leave behind dark fecal spots on mattresses and upholstery along with shell casings and their white, sticky eggs. The telltale sign, though, is actual bites on exposed skin. They are usually red, itchy and appear in rows.

#10 Inspect Your Hotel Room

Before settling into your hotel room inspect the mattress and upholstery for the listed signs above. If you notice evidence of bed bugs then tell the hotel staff immediately and request a room in a different area of the hotel, as bed bugs often spread to rooms nearby as well.

Don’t Fight Bed Bugs Alone

If you discover bed bugs in your home, your first instinct may be to fight them on your own right away. Though there are ways to help rid your home of bed bugs yourself, it can also make matters worse. Often times the home remedies only push the bed bugs away from the treatment and further into your home.

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What to do in case of a Tick Bite in Arizona

Ticks are arachnids that carry a host of diseases. Most people think that these pests are only found in wooden areas, but they can also live in your own yard too, especially if yours is damp, shady, and has a lot of leaf litter! Ticks need to bite skin and feed on blood in order to successfully complete their life cycles. There are around 800 species of ticks that are in existence around the world, and currently, there are two tick families that are capable of transmitting diseases to humans: the Ixodidae and Argasidae. The fully-grown female adult is the one that bites as its male counterparts die after mating.

Dangers of Tick Bites

Back in the day, having a tick bite was only a matter of inconvenience and discomfort. Now, a tick bite can make you really sick. What makes ticks dangerous is that it can transfer certain pathogens. The diseases that can occur after a tick bite are numerous—depending on the kind of tick that bit you. Some of the tick-borne diseases are Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Tularemia, and Ehrlichiosis. Lyme disease is caused by a deer tick while Rocky Mountain spotted fever is caused by the Rickettsia rickettsia pathogen carried by the Dermacentor ticks.

How to Check for Ticks

If you have spent long hours in places that have a reputation for tick infestation, the first thing you need to do is to check your clothes and the gear you brought along for ticks. Take a long bath and check for ticks on all nooks and crannies of your body, especially the warm areas such as your toes, ankles, behind the knees, inside the elbows, under your armpits, and behind the ears. Put your clothes in a dryer and tumble on high heat for at least an hour. Watch out for these symptoms as well, which could happen during the first couple of weeks after a tick bite:

  • rashes
  • headache
  • nausea
  • weakness
  • muscle pain
  • fever

How to Remove a Tick 

In order to properly remove a tick, you will need to grab a pair of fine tweezers. If you don’t have any in the house, use gloves—just don’t do it with bare hands. Grip the tick close to the skin and then pull back gently with firm and steady hands. Do not jerk back, twist, or squeeze while holding the tick, since the bodily fluids that will come out may contain dangerous pathogens. Wash your skin and hands thoroughly using warm water and anti-bacterial soap. Put the tick in a clean, dry airtight container or a ziplock bag and inquire at your local health department for tick testing services.

Care After Tick Removal

Take note of the appearance and size of the tick, and of how long it was attached to the skin, just in case a doctor will need this information. If irritation follows after a tick removal, apply a topical antibiotic ointment and cover with a bandage. Continue to monitor your skin for two to three days after exposure.

How to Prevent Ticks

Be wary during the hot warmer months, because these are the times when ticks are mainly active. Ticks could be lying in wait while on a piece of a log or in twigs. They could also be on tall pieces of grass. Avoid prolonged contact with wood while hiking, and stick to the middle of the trail. Make sure to wear pants. Also, wear a long-sleeved shirt and tuck it into your pants. Better also to tuck the hem of your pants into your socks to prevent any skin from being exposed to the air. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of insect repellent that contains DEET. If your insect repellent contains only 20% of DEET, it can still be safely used on the skin.

You can prevent ticks in your immediate surroundings by making sure that the grass in your yard is mowed and cut short regularly. Clean up all the leaf litter and prune low-lying shrubs to let the sun shine in.

Doing these things should prevent ticks from making a home out of your yard. But if they are already there and you are having a hard time coping with the tick infestation, you will need to seek professional help.

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When DIY Pest Control Won't Cut It In Avondale

Three signs it’s time to call in a pro

diy pest control 2As a homeowner, you know there are some home projects you can take on yourself (painting the guest room) and some that are better left to the professionals (installing electrical wiring in the basement). The same logic goes for DIY pest control. In some cases, do-it-yourself measures are fine but in others, it is best to call in a pest professional to ensure the job is done correctly and safely. So how do you know which pest scenarios are DIY-approved and which are pro-worthy?
In most cases, the answer depends on the several factors, including the type of pest, its threats to your family’s health, the potential for property damage and the size of the infestation. For example, one lone yellow jacket that found its way into your home is no cause for alarm. But a nest of yellow jackets near your front porch? Time to call in the pros.

Specifically, here are a few pests that you should leave to the pros:

 1.    Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are certainly not a pest that should be handled on your own. For one, they are notoriously elusive, often hiding out in hard to detect places like behind electrical switches and under wallpaper. A trained pest professional will know where bed bugs are likely to hide in your home and can develop a treatment plan to target the pests while ensuring the safety of your family and pets.
To effectively treat a bed bug infestation all stages of the bed bug life cycle must be treated, including bed bug eggs, nymphs (babies) and adult bed bugs. Unfortunately, DIY pest control methods are often ineffective against bed bug nymphs and eggs. Attempts to control a bed bug infestation on your own may only exacerbate the problem and give the infestation time to grow. And bed bugs reproduce quickly – one female bed bug can lay one to five eggs in a day and more than 500 in their lifetime, meaning that a small infestation can quickly grow out of control.
In addition, homeowners that attempt to control a bed bug infestation on their own often spend more money in the long run on failed treatments. Some residents with bed bug infestations unnecessarily throw out furniture, clothing and other personal property in an attempt to control an infestation. In extreme cases, homeowners have seriously damaged their homes or sickened their families by misusing pest control products.

 2.    Stinging Insects

Infestations of any type of stinging insect – such as wasps, yellow jackets or fire ants – should always be left up to the professionals. Stinging insects pose serious health risks. In fact, they send half a million people to the emergency room every year. A single colony of stinging insects can contain anywhere from a few hundred to 80,000 members, which can attack if their nest is threatened. Those with allergies to insect stings are especially at risk, but if a large nest of stinging insects attacks, it can be life threatening to anyone.

 3.    Reoccurring or heavy infestations

No matter the type of pest, if you have an infestation that keeps coming back no matter what you try, it’s time to contract a professional. Reoccurring pest infestations are a sign that your home is just too enticing for pests. Perhaps a small access point (such as a tear in a window screen or a crack in the foundation) is providing easy access indoors for ants. Or perhaps a drip under the bathroom sink is creating the perfect conditions for cockroaches. Whatever it is, a trained pest professional will inspect your home, determine the infestation and help you resolve it once and for all.
DIY methods are also no match for heavy pest infestations.  Because many pests pose serious health and property threats, a sizable pest infestation should be left up to the professionals to handle, before it can grow any larger.
As a homeowner, there are a lot of DIY steps you can take to help prevent pests from finding their way into your home, but even these are most effective when completed in partnership with a pest professional. And, if you suspect you have an infestation, your first step should always be to call Bug Guardian Pest Control. We will be able to properly identify your pest problem and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.

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When DIY Pest Control Won’t Cut It In Avondale

Three signs it’s time to call in a pro

diy pest control 2As a homeowner, you know there are some home projects you can take on yourself (painting the guest room) and some that are better left to the professionals (installing electrical wiring in the basement). The same logic goes for DIY pest control. In some cases, do-it-yourself measures are fine but in others, it is best to call in a pest professional to ensure the job is done correctly and safely. So how do you know which pest scenarios are DIY-approved and which are pro-worthy?

In most cases, the answer depends on the several factors, including the type of pest, its threats to your family’s health, the potential for property damage and the size of the infestation. For example, one lone yellow jacket that found its way into your home is no cause for alarm. But a nest of yellow jackets near your front porch? Time to call in the pros.

Specifically, here are a few pests that you should leave to the pros:

 1.    Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are certainly not a pest that should be handled on your own. For one, they are notoriously elusive, often hiding out in hard to detect places like behind electrical switches and under wallpaper. A trained pest professional will know where bed bugs are likely to hide in your home and can develop a treatment plan to target the pests while ensuring the safety of your family and pets.

To effectively treat a bed bug infestation all stages of the bed bug life cycle must be treated, including bed bug eggs, nymphs (babies) and adult bed bugs. Unfortunately, DIY pest control methods are often ineffective against bed bug nymphs and eggs. Attempts to control a bed bug infestation on your own may only exacerbate the problem and give the infestation time to grow. And bed bugs reproduce quickly – one female bed bug can lay one to five eggs in a day and more than 500 in their lifetime, meaning that a small infestation can quickly grow out of control.

In addition, homeowners that attempt to control a bed bug infestation on their own often spend more money in the long run on failed treatments. Some residents with bed bug infestations unnecessarily throw out furniture, clothing and other personal property in an attempt to control an infestation. In extreme cases, homeowners have seriously damaged their homes or sickened their families by misusing pest control products.

 2.    Stinging Insects

Infestations of any type of stinging insect – such as wasps, yellow jackets or fire ants – should always be left up to the professionals. Stinging insects pose serious health risks. In fact, they send half a million people to the emergency room every year. A single colony of stinging insects can contain anywhere from a few hundred to 80,000 members, which can attack if their nest is threatened. Those with allergies to insect stings are especially at risk, but if a large nest of stinging insects attacks, it can be life threatening to anyone.

 3.    Reoccurring or heavy infestations

No matter the type of pest, if you have an infestation that keeps coming back no matter what you try, it’s time to contract a professional. Reoccurring pest infestations are a sign that your home is just too enticing for pests. Perhaps a small access point (such as a tear in a window screen or a crack in the foundation) is providing easy access indoors for ants. Or perhaps a drip under the bathroom sink is creating the perfect conditions for cockroaches. Whatever it is, a trained pest professional will inspect your home, determine the infestation and help you resolve it once and for all.

DIY methods are also no match for heavy pest infestations.  Because many pests pose serious health and property threats, a sizable pest infestation should be left up to the professionals to handle, before it can grow any larger.

As a homeowner, there are a lot of DIY steps you can take to help prevent pests from finding their way into your home, but even these are most effective when completed in partnership with a pest professional. And, if you suspect you have an infestation, your first step should always be to call Bug Guardian Pest Control. We will be able to properly identify your pest problem and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.

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Detecting Bed Bug In Your Peoria Home

Many have heard the bedtime saying, “Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bug bite” but past that don’t ever actually think that bedbugs are a real issue! Scientifically dubbed Climex Lectularius, the name ‘bed bug’ is derived from the pest’s favorite dwelling place. The bed bug like to dwell in warm, dark places where they have easy access to feed off of human blood. Sounds a little creepier than a nursery saying right? You don’t have to fear bed bugs anymore!

Bug Guardian provides the best pest control services and knowledge when it comes to bed bug removal for your Peoria home.

SYMPTOMS OF BED BUG BITES

Bedbugs are often very difficult to detect because they are mostly nocturnal and can feed without being noticed. Often, bedbugs can cause skin irritation and rashes for people that are sensitive to them and that is usually how they are detected. If someone is displaying bed bug symptoms, they are diagnosed once the symptoms have been confirmed and bedbugs have been found in the home. What do bed bugs look like? They are usually small and oval shaped, and at maturity they are usually the size of an appleseed. Adolescent bedbugs are called nymphs and are very hard to detect. They will shed their skin up to 5 times before reaching maturity. An adult bedbug can create 3 or more generations a year!

DETECTING A BED BUG INFESTATION IN PEORIA

Bed Bugs can come into the home numerous ways. They often spread through clothing and luggage traveling from other infested locations. Infested items such as used furniture can also carry the unwelcome pests into the home. Often, bedbugs will travel through air ducts and cracks in the walls in infested apartment buildings and hotels. It is important to know that the cleanliness of a location does not determine whether it is more susceptible to a bedbug infestation. Immaculate homes and hotel rooms are just as liable to bedbugs as filthy ones! Due to their ability to spread, it is important to contact a local pest control company such as Bug Guardian.

Control and remove the bed bugs.

Upon discovering bed bugs in your home, call Bug Guardian Pest Control so we can determine the best bed bug treatment for your residence. If some prep is necessary, be extra careful not to move items from one room into another trying to prepare for treatment. We want to make sure you don’t spread the bedbugs throughout your home. We strongly suggest you wait until one of our expert technician’s arrive to start any kind of treatment to save you time and money.

Bug Guardian has the most effective treatment for bed bugs and it’s environmentally friendly! Once we have established the presence of bedbugs, we will treat your residence with an effective and safe treatment that kills bed bugs without being harmful to the health of you, your family and any pets.

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