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Bed Bug Peace of Mind for Sale-Products That We Offer and Travel Tips

Bedbug magnify44032861_sIt’s a worrisome question we all must ponder these days when we decide to travel, will we bring home bed bugs with us? When armed with knowledge and backed with some prevention aids, we can travel and return home more at ease.

Remember When Traveling:

  • If you’re checking in a hotel or motel, put your luggage in the bathroom tub or elevated on a rack away from the bed and wall and closely inspect mattresses, paying special attention to crevices. Also inspect the headboard, sofa and chairs.
  • If bed bugs are found in your room, request a new room, but not a room that is adjacent or directly above or below the room you were originally booked. Bed bug infestations can spread to rooms closest to the infested room of origin.
  • Perform a thorough outside inspection of your luggage upon returning home. Unpack outside of your home and as an extra dose of prevention, vacuum out your suitcase(s).
  • Launder all clothing in hot water. Lastly, as an added safety measure, place dryer-safe clothing items in the dryer for 15 minutes or more on the highest setting.

We can offer some extra peace of mind in the form of products we offer for purchase.

Products for Purchase Include:

Bed Bug Monitors– Offering a couple choice in brands of bed bug monitors for early detection and monitoring.

Mattress Covers and Encasements-Available in multiple sizes.

Large Bed Bug Monitoring Units for Property Management Companies

It is important to note that while monitoring tools and methods have certainly improved; no tool exists that is 100% reliable in detecting bed bugs. If you believe you may have a bed bug problem, we recommend an inspection be performed by one of our licensed technicians or by our certified bed bug dog, Pepper.

If you’re in need of these products, an inspection or would like service options for bed bugs, give us a call at our Muskego office at 262-679-4422, our Oconomowoc office at 262-354-3444, our Oshkosh office at 920-385-0412 or toll free at 800-956-0800  Visit our website at www.safewaypest.net

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How Do I Know if I Have Bed Bugs?

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illustration of the bed bug life cycle by blueringmedia/123rf.com 

 

  1. Seeing Adult Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are tiny, but can be seen by the naked eye, but spotted easier by using a flashlight and magnifying glass.

Look for:  ¼” flat, rusty brown colored bugs that resemble an apple seed. After feeding, engorged bed bugs are more elongated and are a dark-purplish color.

  1. Fecal Stains

After feeding on a human, bed bugs will defecate and leave behind stains.

Look for: Brown stains on sheets that appear similar to a stain a felt tip marker would leave behind. These stains may also be found on pillow cases or on the mattress itself.

  1. Blood/Reddish Stains

When bed bugs become engorged after feeding they leave behind blood spots on the sheets or mattresses. Bed bugs can also get crushed when you roll over them while they’re feeding.

Look for: Reddish stains on your sheets. Stains may also be found on pillowcases and your pajamas.

  1. Case Skins

When juvenile bed bugs grow, they shed their skin a total of 5 times before reaching adulthood.

Look for:  Lighter colored empty bed bug shells.

  1. Eggs and Eggshells

During an active bed bug infestation, eggs and eggshells can be found.

Look for: Pearly white ovals (about 1mm long). Eggshells are similar in size and color but will be less shiny and somewhat flattened.

  1. The Nose Knows

Bed bugs emit a distinctive buggy smell, which comes from pheromones they emit. This smell may only be noticeable in larger infestations.

Smell for: A strong, musty odor.

  1. Red, Itchy Bites

Bed bugs feed on humans while sleeping and leave behind red welts.  Bed bug bite reactions differ from person to person.

Look for: Bed bug bites can range in look depending on how one reacts from the bite. Look for itchy red bumps or marks on skin. Marks may be in a cluster or line.

*Note: Bites alone are not proof that you have bed bugs. Bites and rashes can be caused by various other reasons.

When Inspecting for Bed Bugs…

Bed bugs can be found in various places. Search around the bed, check seams, tags, box spring and in cracks of the bed frame and headboard.

Bed bugs can also be found in seams of couches and chairs, in curtains, in dressers, under wall hangings and in appliances.

Note: A less-cluttered living space makes for an easier inspection and treatment area if bed bugs are found.

Professional Inspection

Early detection is important. A professional inspection by a licensed and trained pest specialist can give you immediate answers.

Our staff (and our bed bug dog, Pepper) are trained to inspect for signs of a bed bug infestation. Give us a call at 262-679-4422 or toll free 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at www.safewaypest.net.   

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Why Pests Love the Holiday Season Too

While you’re getting ready for holiday festivities, in the background, some pests may be celebrating right along with you!

 

 

You may not realize it, but pests can be commonly introduced into your home via some surprising ways, such as your Christmas tree! Other easy access routes may originate from wreaths and firewood. Some pests can live deep in the crevices of wood. To prevent bringing pests into your home, inspect wood for eggs, pests and nests and shake off trees and greenery outdoors before bringing them inside.

Decorating your home and tree can bring much joy, but also can bring about another way in which pests can enter your living space. Boxes of decorations kept in storage areas such as garages, attics and basements are great places for pests to hide. Unpack any holiday decorations outside or in the garage and keep decorations sealed up in storage bins with tight-fitting lids for an extra dose of protection.

Looking forward to all of those holiday goodies? So are pests! It’s no secret that pests love FOOD. Before making those delicious treats, check your pantry for any expired ingredients and also check items that haven’t been used in awhile. For best pest prevention, keep food items stored in containers, clean up food messes and don’t let those dirty dishes sit overnight.

If you’re planning a holiday getaway, keep in mind that you may not escape hidden pests. Bed Bugs specialize in holiday travel and are sneaky hitchhikers. Bed Bugs travel easily in your luggage and personal belongings. If you’re checking in somewhere, put your luggage in the bathroom tub or elevated on a rack away from the bed and wall and closely inspect mattresses, paying special attention to crevices.  Perform an outside inspection of your luggage upon returning home.  Lastly, as an added safety measure, place dryer-safe clothing items in the dryer for 15 minutes or more on the highest setting.

All of us at Safeway Pest Management wish you a happy and pest-free holiday season!

If you’re in need of professional assistance with a pest issue, give us a call at 262-679-4422 or toll free at 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at http://www.safewaypest.net.

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Winter: To Pro Pest Manage or Not

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The cold weather arrives and you begin to toss around the question:

“Do I really need professional pest management services in the winter?”

While we can’t answer that question for you, we can offer some information regarding winter pests and helpful tips to keep them at bay. Our friendly, knowledgeable advice and service options are only a phone call away, we are here to Give you Peace of Mind.

Unfortunately, not all pest problems occur during the warmer months. Insects such as bed bugs, cockroaches, various pantry invaders and fleas are year-round problems for many homeowners. Rodents, such as rats and mice, are also prevalent during the colder months and in search of warm harborages.

The best way to protect from pests such as these ever entering your home is to use some smart, early prevention methods. When followed, the suggestions below can reduce the chances of a pest infestation in your home.

  • Keep moisture in check by sealing any leaks and covering any liquids.
  • Make a seasonal plan to seal up any openings where pests can get inside. Openings that offer warmth are inviting to winter pests.
  • Keep food in airtight containers. Clean up spills and keep your sink and dishes clean.
  • Take garbage out regularly and store it in a sealed outdoor container.
  • Be vigilant of bed bugs while traveling over the holidays. Pack a flashlight and keep your luggage in the hotel bathroom while checking the beds for tiny black dots that resemble pepper. Pay special attention to the bed corners and seams.
  • Keep your pest specialist handy for year round advice and for all-season pest prevention and management solutions.

 

The Staff at Safeway Pest Management wish you the Happiest of Holidays and a Pest-Free 2016!

The pest specialists at Safeway Pest Management are knowledgeable and ready to help with your winter pest problem. Give us a call at 262-679-4422 in Muskego, 262-354-3444 in Oconomowoc or toll free at 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at www.safewaypest.net.

 

 

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Bed Bug Misconceptions-Putting them to Rest

9555644-image-of-q-a-on-3d-blocks-isolated-on-a-white-backgroundYou may have hoped that a new season and a new year would bring a new lower number of bed bug infestations in Wisconsin, but unfortunately, that just isn’t the case. Many are seeking the help of a professional to eradicate their bed bug problem, and answer their bed bug questions.
There are many misconceptions regarding bed bugs, where they come from, why, and how to deal with them. This is due to the overwhelming amount of information readily available on the internet, some which may be incorrect.

Below are some common questions and misconceptions regarding bed bugs:

Q: How did I get bed bugs in my home? Is it because our mattresses are very old?
A: Most bed bug infestations start with a simple, unknown transaction. For instance, someone you know may be unaware that they have bed bugs at home and they are accidentally carried into your home while staying with you, or the apartment that you share a wall with has a bed bug infestation. Another possibility is that you took a trip and picked bed bugs up at a hotel you stayed at, or bed bugs came in on that furniture you bought at a rummage. You even could have picked bed bugs up during a trip to a movie theater.
Bed bugs are expert hitchhikers!
Bed bugs are not attracted to dirt though, nor are they more common to those at a lower poverty level; they are attracted to warmth, blood and carbon dioxide. However, a thorough cleaning of an affected area, and reducing clutter can deprive bed bugs of some of their hiding places, slowing down, but not halting, an infestation.
If you are feeling uneasy about your mattresses/box springs, there are encasements that you can purchase to defend your mattress against bed bugs (although a mattress cover will not cure a current infestation in your home).
Q: I have bed bugs. Do I have to treat my pet?
A: Bed bugs will occasionally bite pets, and it is possible for a bed bug to hitchhike in a pet’s fur to get to reach a new and better suited infestation site , but bed bugs will always prefer a human over a pet.
There isn’t any need to treat a pet.

For more information, experienced treatment options, or for knowledgeable answers to your questions regarding bed bugs, call us at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800, or visit us on the web at http://www.safewaypest.net
For more information visit some of our past articles on bed bugs (below):
https://safewayblog.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/traveling-without-bed-bug-hitchhikers/
https://safewayblog.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/bed-bugs-not-just-a-bedtime-story/

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Traveling Without Bed Bug Hitchhikers

In times past, trip planners probably didn’t have a Bed Bug checklist to go over as part of the trip itinerary, but these days it is a necessity.

According to a survey conducted by the NPMA (National Pest Management Association), 75% of pest professionals indicated that they have encountered infestations of Bed Bugs in hotels and motels.

Using the tips below, you can lessen the likelihood of hitchhiking Bed Bugs following you to your home.

 

  • Before unpacking your items, thoroughly inspect the entire room. Check behind sofas, chairs and behind headboards. You’re looking for anything from live, moving red/reddish-brown insects and their eggs to blood spots and fecal matter.
  • Check the beds. Pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners. Look for spotting or small stains.
  • If you find any signs of Bed Bugs, change establishment or request a new room at the current establishment. If you do need to change rooms, make sure you do not move to a room adjacent or directly above or below the suspected infestation. Bed Bugs can easily travel from room to room.
  • Consider packing your suitcases in protective plastic trash bags or covers during your stay to lessen the chance of Bed Bugs entering your belongings. Keeping your things in the bathroom, especially in the bathtub, will also lessen the chances of Bed Bugs entering them.
  • Keep all of your dirty laundry in a sealed bag during your stay.
  • Upon returning home, unpack and inspect your luggage before entering your home. Vacuum out suitcases, place clothing in protected bags and wash all garments in hot water before storing them back into your drawers or closets.

 

If you find that you have in fact brought home some Bed Bug hitchhikers, it is best to call a licensed pest management professional for help.

Safeway Pest Management is licensed and our technicians have extensive knowledge regarding Bed Bugs and the treatment and eradication of Bed Bugs. We also have our Bed Bug trained dog, Pepper, to inspect and sniff them out. We offer options in the treatment of Bed Bugs, including chemical and heat treatment.

Call our office at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800 or visit us online at www.safewaypest.net

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Bed Bugs, Not Just a Bedtime Story

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Pepper, our bed bug sniffing dog

Once upon a time bed bugs were only mentioned in childhood rhymes. These days bed bugs are a very real nuisance.  In the last ten years there has been a steady increase in the amount of bed bug infestations in Wisconsin and throughout the United States.

Historically, bed bugs have been around for centuries. Documentation has been found going back as far as the 17th century when sailors complained of bed bugs sharing cabins with them on ships. In the United States the problem with bed bugs was very common until about the time of World War II, when pesticides like DDT caused infestations to deplete.

So why the rise of numbers of bed bugs in the last century? Experts believe it has to do with the procedures exterminators use these days. DDT was banned in the 1970’s and since then the pest control industry has switched to less hazardous, eco-friendly methods like baiting, instead of using harsh chemicals to treat for insect infestations. The rise also has to do with the increasing number of people who travel worldwide and bring bed bugs to and from where they are traveling, transporting via person, luggage and clothing.

Most people associate bed bugs with uncleanly situations, but in actuality, bed bugs can infest even the cleanest of environments.

Bed bugs, or cimex lectularius; as they are technically known, have not been proven to be harmful, but they are a nuisance and feed on human blood. Bed bugs are usually about a quarter of an inch long, although after feeding, they can grow to three times their normal size – and are reddish brown in color.

Infestations of bed bugs can grow and spread very quickly since a female bed bug can lay up to 5 eggs a day and 500 in her lifetime. Professional help is often necessary and new innovations such as heat treatments and bed bug sniffing dogs are becoming more popular to rid homes, hotels and other buildings of bed bugs.

Heat treatments are a method of treatment that is increasing in popularity. By heating up a room(s) from 120-135 degrees Fahrenheit, the complete life-cycle of the bed bug is eradicated by the intense heat.  This is typically done in a one-time treatment and without the use of chemicals, a quick way to stop infestation in its tracks.

“Goodnight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” isn’t just a silly phrase for many these days, but it’s good to know there’s help out there so you can effectively eliminate these nasty nuisances.

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