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Cold weather rash or bed bug bites, what is the difference?

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We have recently inspected several homes of people who thought they might have bed bugs issues. These people have seen no evidence of bed bugs but they’ve been getting what they thought were bites.

After bringing our canines through and determining that their homes were bed bugs free, it left them puzzled.  What were the rashes and bumps on their bodies?

After following up with one of the clients, their dermatologist determined that they were having skin rashes due to the extreme cold temperatures that we are experiencing. Bed Bug bites can sometimes bed a case of mistaken identity. Also, people can develop a rash do to many different things including  food, cold, fever, emotion, stress, medicine, etc.

Bed Bug bites are different for everyone.  So, it’s difficult to compare bites to pictures on the internet or other people’s bites.  After some get bit the allergic reaction can be very painful and/or itchy which will also swell up significantly. On the other side of the spectrum, roughly 1 in every 3 people has little or no reaction to the bites.

However, one thing that bed bug bites have in common is that bed bugs like to bite in rows. (Often, people will notice 3 bites in a row) This is unlike many rashes or other insects that will bite here and there.

The good news about bed bug bites is that unlike mosquitoes, bed bugs are not known to transmit any diseases.

If you think that you may have a bed bug issues please call us, our canines are trained to sniff out these champions of hide and seek! Daisy and Susie can even find 1 bed bug! Call 614-747-3463 for a free consultation!

Difference between bed bugs and ticks.

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“Bedbugs and ticks represent two types of blood-sucking pests. Bedbugs are insects, while ticks are related to spiders and scorpions. Bedbugs and ticks feed on humans, dogs, cats and chickens. Unlike bedbugs, ticks attach themselves to their hosts.”

The picture of the tick clearly shows that it is diffferent than a bed bug.

Tick’s have more defined appendages.

Bed bug nymph  on fingers

Bed bugs look like an apple-seed shape, and are as flat as a credit card.







Bed bug’s a transferred by human activities in public places, visiting friends or relatives homes, or buying furniture /appliances from stores. Bed Bugs are an inside pest, and will not survive easily outdoors.

Ticks are almost always picked up outdoors and are found in wetlands or wooded locations. “Bedbugs live in dark, dry places, such as beds, mattresses, furniture and behind wallpaper.

Although bedbug bites can be annoying, bedbugs do not pose a serious public health risk. Bed Bugs can leave allergic rash reactions  Ticks sometimes carry Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

When it comes to killing bed bugs: “Fumigation, insecticides and thoroughly cleaning contaminated articles removes bedbugs. Remove ticks from the skin by pulling the tick straight out with tweezers.”

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DIY Pest Control method to Kill Bed Bugs

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Hurry! The free natural way to thermally remediate or “Heat Treat” will most likely becoming to an end very soon! Fall is around the corner but right not we are experiencing near record September highs for today and tomorrow in Columbus, OH.

high temps can kill bed bugs!

high temps can kill bed bugs!

How is this good news and how will it kill bed bugs? Bed Bugs begin to die at 113 degrees Fahrenheit and over. Today, your vehicle should be able to reach these kill temperatures.

Quick and simple directions:

1) Put any small items in your vehicle that you think may have been affected by bed bugs like luggage, purses, bags, etc.

2) Roll all the windows up, and park your vehicle in a non-shaded area. (Black-tar parkig lots are the best)  Try to avoid thermal air pockets by not stacking fabric or blankets too thick.

3) Let your vehicle set outside for as long as possible.

Obviously do not put any living animal, person, plants, or any of that nonsense in the vehicle. Also, items like old plastics, cd’s, and  pictures could possibly be ruined. Bed Bug Inspector, LLC is not responsible for any damages or accidental deaths, or bed bug deaths that do NOT occur!

Good luck! This natural heat remediation method may just be your best and obviously cheapest bed bug treatment!

Feel free to call 614-747-FIND (3463) for any extra tips. Also please call to setup a bed bug inspection by using our trained and certified scent detection dogs! The nose knows!

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5 Signs that you may have bed bugs

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Columbus, OH has now been ranked within the top 5 most bed bug infested cities. With higher volume of people traveling and moving, summer and fall seem to be the peak seasons for bed bug infestations. So what are some signs of these blood sucking pests?

Bed Bugs typically are only active at night while we sleep. During the majority of the day, bed bugs like to hide in places like the box springs, bed frame, mattress, head board, behind picture frames, baseboards, in night stands, curtains, and any other hiding places you may have in your room. Because bed bugs are experts at remaining undetected, infestations can get out of control before they are ever noticed.

To help you identify a bed bug issue before it gets out of control, below is a list of 5 signs and symptoms that you may have bed bugs:

  1. Bed Bug fecal matter / stains. Live bed bugs and Bed Bug fecal matter can look like medium to large specs of pepper.  The first place this is typically noticed is on your mattress so it is important to clean your sheets often in order to identify any of these spots early on. Remember, the fecal matter will stain fabric, so if it can be easily be wiped off, it’s most likely not fecal matter.
    sign of bed bug activity
  2. Cast skins of bed bugs. Soon after a meal, a growing bed bug will leave behind a translucent to brown-colored shell. Immature bed bugs, termed bed-bug-nymphs, will shed their skin 5 times before reaching adulthood.                                   bed-bug-nymphs
  3. Bed Bug bites / rashes. While this bed bug symptom might be the first that comes to mind for most, everyone’s allergic reaction to bed bug bites can dramatically vary from one person to another. Roughly 40% of people bitten may not have any reaction to a bite. For others, it may take up to two weeks after getting bitten to have bumps and rashes appear. Some people will have bites that can swell to the size of a quarter, while for other people bites will just slightly turn a little red. Some people have very itchy and painful reactions, while others may never feel the first itch.  One thing that seems to be fairly common is that bed bugs like to bite in rows of 3, typically following in line with a vein close to the skin.
  4.   Bed Bug Eggs.  These eggs look similar in color to grains of rice, but only about 1/4 of the size. They are often more difficult to find than skins or fecal matter, but can be prevalent during heavier infestations. Just one pregnant female can lay up to 500 eggs during a lifetime of 9 months, which means infestations can grow extremely fast.
  5. Bed Bugs themselves. Bed Bugs look similar to apple seeds. They can be a similar shape and color but are as flat as a credit card. Their super thin bodies enable them to hide in a vast amount of small cracks and crevices in your home. After a blood meal, bed bugs will appear a dark red and their bodies will balloon from gorging on blood.                                                                                  bb hand

Due to bed bugs’ expertise in hiding, it may take quite some time to notice bed bug signs and by then, the infestation can grow tremendously, along with the cost to eliminate the bed bugs.  Our highly trained canines will be able to tell you if there are any bed bug issues in your home by detecting even one live bed bug or viable egg. Call 614-747-3463 to be sure your home is bed bug free!

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Columbus Climbs to the 5th most Bed Bug infested City!

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It was no shock to me to see that Columbus is in the top 5 most infested cities. According to the “Columbus Dispatch” article released yesterday, Columbus has risen in the rankings of America’s most infested Bed Bug cities.

Why are bed bugs so rampant in Ohio?

Why are bed bugs so rampant in Ohio?

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The reason for such a sudden resurgence of bed bugs still is somewhat of a mystery to entomologists. However, one thing they know for sure is that bed bugs’ resistance to chemical pesticides is much different than in the 1940’s-1950’s. The U.S. uses more pesticides than any other country in the world. Over decades, bed bugs have developed immunity to the pesticides that don’t kill them. The bed bugs of today have a resistance to pesticides that makes them genetically different from bed bugs of the past and could almost be considered a “Super Bed Bug.”

But that is true of all the U.S. so why are Ohio’s large cities infested?

1) Ohio, “The heart of it all,” is a hub.

Ohio is a national leader in several key logistics-related categories. Bed Bugs thrive from hitchhiking on luggage and other personal belongings. Bed Bugs are frequently found in dwellings with a high rate of occupant turnover, such as hotels, dorm rooms, apartment complexes, and movie theaters, etc. With several large universities and a booming hospitality industry, Ohio’s cities definitely fit the bill!

2) Columbus is in the top 10 most growing cities in the U.S.

Due to the transient nature of Columbus’ citizens, bed bugs are bound to take a toll on the population. Columbus also has a growing number of immigrant populations. Interestingly, in some countries, having Bed Bugs is not considered as bad of a pest as they are considered by most Americans. Columbus also has a great deal of domestic travelers, including college students, business transplants, etc. They all may contribute to the city’s bed bug issues.

Now those are just a couple reasons why I think they thrive in Ohio. Does anyone have their own theories? Please share, comment, and like our Facebook page!

And as always if you are concerned about bed bugs, please call: 614-747-FIND (3463)

Ways to kill bed bugs; do pesticides work?

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Why has the bed bug problem been so bad in recent years?

There are many reasons that bed bugs thrive, especially in Ohio. Perhaps, no reason more than the effectiveness of bed bug pesticides.

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bed bug insecticides sold at a hardware store

People often make mistakes early on, when they suspect or know they have bed bug issues  in their home or business. A typical “Knee-Jerk” reaction is to go to a hardware store and buy “Bug Bombs” or other “over the counter sprays.”

The problem with these chemical insecticides is that they are pretty much completely ineffective ways to kill bed bugs. And what usually happens is these pesticides spread the problem, instead of making it better. Bed bugs will actually try to get away from these “bombs” and move into un-infested areas of the building! But don’t just take my word for it, watch NBC’s video on how Dr. Susan Jones, Associate Entomologist at The Ohio State University, demonstrates the ineffectiveness of over the counter pesticides by following the link below:


WHY does the EPA allow these companies to sell these pesticides?

Like the video mentioned, some of the bed bugs sprays are contact killers, but you have to spray it directly on the bugs. And it is very hard to actually get these sprays directly on the bedbugs to kill them due to their expertise in hiding! Also, the EPA is not really concerned about the effectiveness of the pesticides, but how the pesticides may effect the environment.

Every bed bug situation is different.

If you are concerned about bed bugs, let us bring our certified canine bed bug scent detection team(s) out to see exactly what kind of bed bugs issues you may be dealing with. From there, we can recommend the best treatment for your unique situation. Call us at 614-747-3463.

Do Fabric Softener and Febreeze keep bed bugs away?

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The answer is NO- or at least very, very unlikely. There is 0 evidence to support that it has any effect  After speaking about this subject in a group full of bed bug experts, we all came to the conclusion that it probably doesn’t even repel bed bugs.

Image of a bed bug closeup

Image of a bed bug closeup

How about the ultrasonic electromagnetic device that keeps bed bugs and other bed bugs out?

No. These devices were tested by entomologist and not only did they not work, the bugs showed absolutely no change in behavior.

So far there is no gizmo or device that will keep bed bugs from you if there is an established infestation. However, it may be possible that some bed bug repellants might keep bed bugs away from your belongings before you get an infestation.

Febreeze and fabric softeners can’t hurt but they may not help at all. Be very careful before buying bed bug repellents, they are most likely a rip–off and can possibly be toxic.

Please check back soon for how to prevent picking up bed bugs.

What is the best way to kill Bed Bugs?

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I am often asked, “What is the best kind of treatments for Bed Bugs?” The answer to this question is not easily answerable. Extermination methods may be different from person to person and organization to organization. For instance, a healthcare organization might handle the remediation totally different that say – a hotel. However, the overwhelming majority of experts will tell you Thermal, or Heat Remediation is the most effective of all the methods. The great thing about heat remediation is that the results are more immediate. Thermal treatments will take hours compared to chemical treatments that can take week’s or even months to eliminate the bed bug situation.

Below is a video of a Pest Control company performing heat remediation. BEWARE – it’s more bugs than normal and is not for the squeamish.

Freeze treatments can also be an effective way to treat for bed bugs. Freeze, or “Cryonite” treatments can be effective in commercial settings such as hosptials, offices, churches, vehicles, etc. The other advantage of Freeze treatments is that it is the safest method available to people and to their belongings. A big downside to freeze treatments is that the area’s being treated are very precise. I only recommend this kind of treatment to areas will very little or no clutter, and without a large infestation present.

The most important aspect of treatment is the resident or clients preparation. Even with the finest methods and best pest control companies, treatment may not be effective if people do not comply with the pre-treatment checklist supplied by the pest control professionals.

The upside to heat and freeze treatments is that we can bring our highly trained canines through the same or next day to determine if the treatment got rid of the bed bugs and all of the eggs. This can be especially important with a pest control warranty  If you are worried about bed bug issues please call 614-747-3463 for unbiased treatment information. We can diagnose problem areas, point you in the right direction for treatment and follow up after treatment to ensure it was effective.



How does Columbus rank Nationally for the Bed Bug Epidemic?

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Pest Control Giant – “Orkin” recently released their rating on The Top 50 Most Bed Bug Infested Cities. Clearly, the Bed Bug situation for Ohio is grim. Cleveland moved up 5 spots from last year to #8. Dayton moved four spots to # 11. Cincinnati went from the worst in the Country to the 5th worst right in front of, you guessed it, COLUMBUS who stayed the same as the 6th most Bed Bug Infested City.

So what does all this mean?

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First of all, this is just “Orkins” rating. Orkin is the biggest name in Pest Control, but their data is only based on their market share of cities included in their “Top Ranked Bed Bug Cities.” It’s really hard to say how accurate the data really is. However, If you live in Ohio and you are not a hermit, you are always at some risk. Don’t freak out, just take some measure’s to make sure you don’t end up infested with bed bugs! Familiarize yourself with prevention tips and signs of Bed Bug’s. Remember, early detection is key! Remediating a few bugs is MUCH easier than remediating a home with bed bugs in several different areas.

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Bed Bugs: The Gift that keeps on giving…

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Don’t let bed bugs become part of your Christmas. If you are traveling this Holiday season, take some precautionary measures to ensure you or you loved ones don’t get the gift that is worse than a lump of coal.

If you are staying in a hotel, look for evidence of bed bugs, including bed bug nymph’s, bed bug fecal matter, and the cast skins. (Pictured to your Right.) Remember, the bed bug fecal matter stains, so if a black spot flakes off easily, it’s not bed bugs.

Here are some additional Tip’s for traveler’s  from the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task force.

What if I’m hosting a Holiday party?

If you are worried about having specific friends or family members in your home who might be at risk of having bed bugs, have them put their clothes in the dryer for 30 minutes on high heat before joining your family for the holiday festivities.

Have a designated area for purses, coats, bags, etc. like a garage, bathroom, or other non-carpeted room. NOT THE BED!

The only way to be sure bed bugs are not part of your holiday fun is to have Daisy sniff out any bed bug issues in your home or luggage.

Post flight luggage, inspected by the bed bug inspecting canine.




Central Ohio’s annual Bed Bug Summit is less than a week away!

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Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to Bed Bugs! Be informed! The 2012 Bed Bug

Join us for the 2012 Bed Bug Summit!

Summit, hosted by the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task force is next week Thursday, October 11.

The community workshop is a basic presentation on bed bug behavior including prevention, detection and extermination. This session is free and open to the entire community.

There will also be a morning session, geared toward professionals in the community who have a basic knowledge of bed bugs (have attended a training or summit before.)

***COMMUNITY WORKSHOP: 1:30 – 3:30 P.M.***

Thursday, Oct. 11
Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church
3005 Holt Road, 43123


Another Possible Case of Pesticide Misuse

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There has been another death due to what is most likely pesticide ingestion. A woman from

Avoid Deadly Pesticides!

Wisconisn died in a Bangkok hospital after staying at a nearby hotel where she was apparently was introduced to deadly pesticides. The chemical pesticides could have been used to treat bed bugs. This marks another sad case where pesticides have been used inappropriately. Luckily in the U.S.  we have strict rules governing the sales of over the shelf pesticides, and even stricter laws that pest control companies have to follow.

If you do happen to contact bed bugs, do not try to treat them yourself. I recommend heat remediation to eradicate bed bugs. Not only is heat the most effective way to kill the bugs, its PESTICIDE FREE.  Also, we can bring the dogs through the next day to make sure all the bed bugs and their eggs are dead!

What do Batman, Superman, and Bed Bugs all have in common?

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"Dc Comic's" Bed Bug Picture Image

With all the hype about the new Batman movie, I found it ironic that “DC Comic’s” relatively new character is “Bed Bug.” Who has the ability to control people or “Sleepers” by using bedbug insects to infect their minds while they sleep. Once the insects have latched onto the victim, Bedbug then directs the Sleeper to perform various tasks such as robberies. The Sleeper does this while in a sleep walking state and remembers nothing afterwards.

Apparently “Bed Bug” tried to set up Batman, but when Batman foiled his plans, “Bed Bug” ironically went into hiding only to prey on another DC comic character, “Superman.” This is according to an interview with DC’s writer Keith Giffen and writer/artist Dan Jurgens.

With all of the seriousness of bed bugs, I suppose it’s good to see a little entertainment and public awareness of this epidemic.

Tips On How To Stay Bed Bug Free This Summer

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Bed Bugs are an indoor pest so why do bed bug cases rise rapidly in the summer months? Most importantly, how can I help keep my home or business free from bed bugs?

Bed Bugs swarm in warm…

With temperatures in the mid 60’s it takes bed bugs much longer to grow to maturity and reproduce. Compared to temperatures in the mid 80’s, their maturation process rapidly accelerates. What used to take 3 months to reach maturity, now only takes as little as 3 weeks!

Bed Bugs love to travel!

These pests can be found in hotels, summer camps, movie theaters, etc. then they return home with you as they attach themselves to your luggage, bags, and clothing.

Traveling Tips…

1. Check the history of bed bugs before you book

You can go online and see if the hotel you want to stay at has had any bed bug complaints or history of bed bug activity. Some good sites are: Trip advisor, Google maps, and the bedbug registry. If you see 1 negative review from over 6 months ago, it might not necessarily be a bad thing.  Sometimes negative reviews encourage hotels to do pro-active bed bug inspections and/or remediate an existing problem. Stay away from hotels that have multiple negative reviews or very recent bed bug complaints. And finally, when checking in, ask if there was a history of bed bugs in the room. If the response is “we cannot disclose this information,” think twice before bringing your belongings into the room.

2. Inspect your room before unpacking

Inspect the mattress by removing the sheets and carefully examining the seams of the mattress and headboard. You’re not only looking for live bed bugs but also evidence of bedbugs which includes blood spots, fecal matter, and eggs.

3. Don’t put your luggage on the bed or in the drawers.

Bed bugs stay close to the location of their sleeping hosts; more specifically, the bed. Store your bags in the closet or even the bathroom.  Try to put souvenirs in a sealed plastic bag. This will help prevent any unwanted stowaways when you travel home.

4. Keep laundry Separate

Store dirty laundry and any clothes you wear in your hotel room in plastic bags. If the clothes you wore did happen to come in contact with bed bugs, they will be separate from everything else, and they can be washed in hot water when you return.

5. Do the Laundry before taking luggage in

When you return home, wash and dry all of your dirty laundry. DO NOT bring your suitcase in the house; leave it outside or in the garage! Inspect your suitcase for bugs. Clean clothes can be run through the dryer on the hottest setting for 30 minutes.

If you suspect you may have bed bugs Contact Us Immediately for an Inspection! 614-747-3463

Garage Sales, Second Hand Stores, and movie theaters…

1. Clothing and fabrics

Treat clothing from 2nd hand stores, garage sales, and movie theatres, or other possibly infested garments like step 5 from above. Put your new treasures in plastic bags and launder them immediately. If possibly, launder purses as well.

2. Stay away from upholstered furniture

Unless you have us inspect before bringing into the house, buying upholstered furniture is very risky. Inspect wooden chairs and tables before bringing them inside as well. (Pay special attention to cracks and crevices, if possible disassemble first.)

3. No Dumpster diving!

If it’s in a dumpster or garbage can: leave it there!  Even if it’s in perfect condition, the previous owner may have thrown it away because it is infested with bed bugs.

If you think you may have a bed bug issue, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately! Our highly trained bed bug scent detection canines can sniff out even the earliest stages of bed bugs, even the pesky eggs! 614-747-3463

Daisy Inspecting a home for Bed Bugs

Big Month our bed bug detection team!

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Daisy in New York after our NESDCA evalutation

April has been a big month for Bed Bug Inspector! Last week we were evaluated through the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA) and we passed!

Earlier this month we received accreditation through the Better Business Bureau.

And last but not least The Daily Standard, Celina, OH released an article about our company and the owner. (No link, sorry)

We are still seeing many bed bug cases, but many hotels, thrift stores, medical facilities, etc. are beginning to finally doing more pro-active inspections for these pests. This year we’ve pro-actively inspected places in Dayton, Toledo, Lima, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and of course Columbus.

All of Ohio does have a problem that needs addressed. Public awareness of bed bugs is the best way to fight the problem! Even though Cincinnati, has been labeled as worst in the country, they seem to be the most pro-active to try to keep the bugs out!

What will Bed bugs do in Ohio in 2012?

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The Queen City-Cincinnati is ranked first in for bed bug cases in all of the
United States.  With these conditions the vibe is anything but royalty. Columbus, ranked 6th and Cleveland ranked 13th are not too far behind. With this very mild winter and spring starting tomorrow, already with a warm forecast, what will happen in 2012?

Will the warm weather affect bed bug cases even more in 2012? It depends on who you ask. Some say bed bugs are only an inside pest therefore the outside temperature will not affect them. Personally, I don’t think that the weather will affect bed bugs like it may affect mosquitoes or other pests. But you can’t deny the fact that bed bug cases rise significantly in the summer months. Also, bed bugs tend to grow and reproduce faster in warmer temperatures.  So, why wouldn’t the warmer weather affect bed bug populations?

Any way, here is an excerpt from an ABC article that talks about the top 50 cities:

Rollins, the corporation that owns seven pest control companies, including Orkin, says it has seen a 33.6 percent increase in bed bug business compared to 2010. The company has just released its rankings of U.S. cities in order of the number of bed bug treatments from January to December 2011.

1. Cincinnati
2. Chicago
3. Detroit (+1)
4. Denver (+2)
5. Los Angeles (+20)
6. Columbus, Ohio (-3)
7. Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (+43)
8. Washington, D.C. (-3)
9. New York (-2)
10. Richmond/Petersburg, Va. (+6)
11. Houston (-1)
12. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Calif. (+35)
13. Cleveland/Akron/Canton, Ohio (+1)
14. Boston (+4)
15. Dayton, Ohio (-7)
16. Las Vegas (-1)
17. Honolulu (+55)
18. Baltimore (-6)
19. Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C. (+9)
20. Philadelphia (-9)
21. Atlanta (+24)
22. Lexington, Ky. (-13)
23. Syracuse, N.Y. (+25)
24. Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (+27)
25. Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. (+19)
26. San Diego (+13)
27. Seattle/Tacoma, Wash. (-3)
28. Omaha, Neb. (-11)
29. Buffalo, N.Y. (-16)
30. Pittsburgh (-3)
31. Indianapolis (-12)
32. Milwaukee (+6)
33. Charlotte, N.C. (+13)
34. Phoenix (+19)
35. Louisville, Ky. (-3)
36. Hartford/New Haven, Conn. (-16)
37. Grand Junction/Montrose, Colo. (+30)
38. Knoxville, Tenn. (+4)
39. Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Mich. (-17)
40. Nashville, Tenn. (+15)
41. Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, Calif. (+24)
42. Des Moines/Ames, Iowa (-13)
43. Salisbury, Md. (+46)
44. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y. (-23)
45. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa (-22)
46. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. (-20)
47. Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb. (-17)
48. Salt Lake City (-8)
49. Charleston/Huntington, W.Va. (-13)
50. West Palm Beach/Ft. Pierce, Fla. (+6)

Inspect before your buy or rent.

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If you are looking into renting new apartments, or buying a home, I’m sure there are many concerns you already have. Proximity to where you work and socialize, along with closet space are all important factors. In Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland parking can also be an issue, especially with the pesky tow trucks ready to practically hall away your car at a moment’s notice. However, countless renters/home buyers don’t think about a sometimes microscopic pest until it’s too late…I’m talking about bed bugs.
Previous fleeting renters may have moved out because of bed bugs. The management may treat for bed bugs, and even assume the pests are gone, but bed bugs can crawl inside outlets, walls, or any crack and crevice, sometimes making treatment extremely difficult.

How to detect bed bugs?

Bed bug specialist use k-9’s to detect for bed bugs. Bed bug canine detection is the most accurate way of detecting these pests.

Bed Bug pest control specialists can charge thousands of dollars to treat for bed bugs, often at the renter’s expense. Cost’s for k-9 inspections for bed bugs are very nominal compared to treatment. Bed Bug detection is especially necessary for renters whose landlords make them sign a document stating that if the unit is infested with bed bugs, the renter is responsible for paying the remediation costs.

Realtors are recommending future home use the service of k9 detection dogs before moving in. Most home inspectors do a great job of inspecting the home for the typical problems that can occur. But, they are not equipped with the nose of highly trained bed bug detection dogs. With the very mild winter Ohio has had, bed bugs are expected to be on the rise in 2012, be sure you don’t have any unwanted guests when you arrive at your new home!

Better to be safe than sorry when it comes to bed bugs!

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Bed Bug on CD, can you see it? Hint: look for the little red dot.

A report at Columbus’ 10TV News  explained how bed bugs were found in emergency vehicles including fire-trucks and ambulances. Also, bed bugs were recently found inside the Ohio Lottery Office.  Reasons these stories are being reported on is because they are government entities, which can attract public attention. Just imagine how many other places of work are being infested! I’m not telling this to scare you, but to make you aware.

We inspect far too many places where there is not a pro-active plan in place to deal with the bed bug epidemic. If organizations would have taken simple, and relatively inexpensive steps it may save them from embarrassment and large extermination expenses. At the minimum, management in all organizations should inform staff of:

1. What bed bugs are, what they look like, and evidence of what they leave behind.
2. Who to contact if evidence of bed bugs, or live bed bugs are found.
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3. Pro-Active visual bed bug inspections. What to do if bed bugs are found at home.

This is the first step in taking the pro-active steps necessary. The next step is to schedule inspections using NESDCA certified bed bug scent detection teams. Even with the best trained staff, bed bugs can hide in the tiniest nooks and crannies without leaving noticeable evidence behind. It is much easier and costs much less to eradicate bed bugs in early infestations. Studies have shown that licensed pest control personnel are only around 35% accurate. Also, some employees may not be aware they have bed bugs at their homes. If an employee does know they have bed bugs at home, they may be worried about what employers may think or do with this knowledge.

Bed Bug Repellents

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I’m often asked if any repellants for bed bugs actually work. I believe there’s a variety of repellants that can possibly keep bed bugs away from you and your possessions. If you are worried you might bring bed bugs home, consider wearing cedar oil.

From my own experiences, I’ve found that cedar oil in spray forms, works great. I apply cedar oil on my clothing and skin when I’m doing visual bed bug inspections. -That’s right cedar oil, from you know, cedar trees. People have been using cedar chests for hundreds, if not thousands of years to keep bugs out. Cedar oil in liquid form is basically the same thing, bugs hate it! It will kill bed bugs on contact; however it doesn’t leave much, if any residual effect. So, if you decide to wear cedar oil, you should apply it at least every day. Actually, I use cedar oil for mosquitoes as well, at campfires, or summer nights in general, I will spray some around the perimeter of our activity.

Even though I think cedar oil works great as a repellent, it will not be sufficient to rid a residence of bed bugs. Residual pesticides are needed to kill any bed bug you cannot find. Bed bugs are nocturnal, so if you spray the bugs you find during the day, there are probably hundreds that you didn’t get. If you think you can get rid of bed bugs without using professional help, good luck! Make sure you use residual chemicals on mattress, other furniture, baseboards, and outlet covers with a residual killer, so any bug that contacts that place later will die. Then call us to make sure that all the bed bugs are dead.

I cannot personally elaborate much on other repellents, but I hear that “OFF Deepwoods, 44x Bedbug Repellent, and Rest Easy Bed Bug Repellent Spray can work as well. I’ve heard individuals say good things about these products, but see mixed reviews online. I know, in Columbus at least some Pest Control companies sell cedar oil. Or you can buy a variety of different cedar oil brands online. (Just do a google search) Like anything online, be careful of what brand you choose and where you but it from. I’m not going to endorse any brand in particular, I’ve tried several brands and they all seem to be the same.

If you think anything works better than plain ‘ol cedar oil, let me know.