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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!

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?

Click Below for the article:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/blogs/on-the-house/2013/07/bedbug-ranking.html

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!

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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:

http://www.nbc4i.com/story/22248926/nbc4-investigates

 

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.

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.”

Read more: Bed Bugs vs. Ticks | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_7520328_bed-bugs-vs-ticks.html#ixzz2NHQHWrFT

 

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?

ohio bb

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.

For the top 50 cities click here.