Posts Tagged ‘Bed bug control’

Bed Bugs Were An Indirect Cause Of A Local Blaze

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Local firefighters responded to a blazing fire at a shed just feet away from a hotel. The hotel was dangerously close to being engulfed in flames, however, the fire responders were able to cut through a chain link fence and extinguish the fire before it claimed the hotel. What caused this fire? Why bed bugs of course.

It turns out that the employees of the hotel were attempting to kill a plethora of bed bugs that had infested furniture. Unfortunately, the method of execution involved cranking a furnace up to its maximum temperature. It could be safely assumed that the bedbugs most certainly would have perished. However, the four firefighters that responded to the blaze were not convinced of their death. Despite the fact that the fire completely destroyed the furniture, the firefighters had to have their uniforms treated for bedbug infestation.

Is extreme heat still a viable method of destroying bedbugs and therefore ending an infestation?


Don’t Room With Bed Bugs This Fall

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Bug Busters USA Back to School Bed Bug Advice for College Students


As college students prepare to return to campuses nationwide, many plan to bring secondhand furniture including mattresses, futons, dressers, couches and more. As bags are being packed, and students begin to move in, Bug Busters USA is urging students in the Southeast United States to inspect new lodgings, personal belongings, and secondhand items, for bed bugs as these pests can cause painful, red itchy welts and can also spread quickly when introduced to new environments.

According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), bed bugs pose serious concerns to dorm rooms and thrive in university environments as there are often many people living in a confined space. In fact, a 2015 survey, conducted by the NPMA and the University of Kentucky, found that bed bug infestations in the United States continue at high rates, with 99.6 percent of pest professionals treating for bed bugs in the year prior.

“Bed bugs are opportunistic and elusive pests,” says Court Parker, COO  at Bug Busters USA “As students return from summers filled with travel they may unknowingly be transporting bed bugs to college campuses. Or, they could be returning to an environment where bed bugs are already a problem. It is essential that students inspect all belongings to help keep these pests at bay. Bed bugs are not only undesirable for students but also for parents who don’t want their children bringing these pests home on breaks.”

Bug Busters USA offers tips to help prevent bed bugs from taking up residence in dorms:

  • Fully inspect suitcases prior to re-packing for a return to school, especially if you have traveled during the summer. Wash all clothes, even those that haven’t been worn, in hot water.
  • On move-in day, thoroughly inspect the entire room including mattress seams on beds, behind the headboard and in furniture using a flashlight for good visibility. If you see anything suspect, immediately contact a university facility manager or landlord.
  • If you are considering bringing “secondhand” furniture to campus, properly inspect it for telltale signs of bed bugs. If you notice and signs of shed skins, small blot marks/pepper-like stains do not bring it to campus.

Students are urged to follow prevention tips when packing for school and before unpacking in a new room. For more information on preventing bed bugs, visit  

Atlanta Bed Bug Removal

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Bed Bug Control

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Man Gives Himself A Tattoo By Letting 1,000 Bed Bugs Feed On Him

A colony of 1000(ish) bed bugs needed to be fed so I offered up my arm for the cause. The colony is being used to help train a bed bug sniffing beagle named Bob. The video shows the initial feeding and then subsequent (2 hr, 24hr, 72 hr) bite reaction.

Winner Named in 3rd Annual Photo Contest

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Winner Named in 3rd Annual Photo Contest.

Due to the caliber of submissions, the NPMA decided to also name a runner-up this year. Daniel D. Dye has been awarded a $500 prize for his photo of the spitting spider, which was taken March 4, 2012 in Bristol, FL at a friend’s home. The spider, which is carrying a sac of eggs, was under a wooden step at the entrance to a greenhouse.

Spitting Spider

Atlanta Bed Bug Exterminator

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

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WNV Infographic

Friday, September 20th, 2013

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Take Action. Like to Donate

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Take Action. Like to Donate

Spread the word: For every new “like” the PestWorld Facebook page receives through September 15th, PPMA will donate $1 to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), up to $10,000 in its total contribution. The donation will fund asthma and allergy research, educational programs and other nonprofit services.

Bedbug Questions and Answers

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

What do bedbugs look like?

They are brown, about a quarter of an inch in diameter, and look like an apple seed or a lentil.

Has there really been a resurgence in bedbugs in the U.S. and how do you know?

There HAS been an increase in bedbug infestations.  Pest control companies who received 1 or 2 bedbug calls a year are now reporting 1 to 2 each week.  According to 2010 research conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky, 95% of pest control companies report encountering a bed bug infestation in the past year. Prior to 2000, only 25% of pest control companies surveyed had encountered a bed bug infestation.

In addition, another survey by NPMA found that one in five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel.

Where have you been finding the bedbugs?

These pests are not limited to any one specific type of environment.  Pest control companies have been reporting infestations in both single and multi-family housing, apartments, hotels, hospitals, college dormitories, public transportation, laundry facilities and even movie theaters.

What states have been affected?

Pest control companies have reported bed bug activity on a national scale.  Bedbugs are being found from the East to the West Coast; and everywhere in between. Every state has reported bedbug infestations.

Why are bedbugs so hard to treat?

Bedbugs should NOT be equated with filth or sanitation problems — in hotels or in homes, for that matter. Bedbugs are VERY elusive, transient and nocturnal pests. They are often found in other areas besides the bed, and they are hardy.  They can live for a year or more without eating and can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bedbugs CAN be controlled with vigilance, constant inspection and treatment by professional pest control companies.

What can a consumer do to protect themselves from bedbug infestations?

To prevent bedbug infestations, consumers need to be vigilant in assessing their surroundings. When returning from a trip, check your luggage and clothing.  If you think you may have a bedbug infestation, contact a pest control professional.  This is not a pest that can be controlled with do-it-yourself measures.  To find a pest control professional in your area you can visit

Why are bedbugs an issue for hotels, visitors, and homeowners?

Bedbugs leave itchy, bloody welts on human skin.  Adult bedbugs can live for a year without eating, making them especially hard to control.  Once inside a hotel or home, bedbugs spread rapidly from room to room – through pipes, in vacuum cleaners, on clothing and luggage.  In a hotel, bedbugs can even spread to neighboring rooms, since guests are may end up moving to another room.

Are bedbugs just in beds?

Bedbugs are not just in beds.  They can be in chair cushions, sofas, behind electrical outlets, cracks and crevices around baseboards, or even behind picture frames.  In other words, they can live pretty much anywhere.

How does one control bedbugs?

Any effective bedbug control strategy should start with a careful, thorough inspection by a pest control professional of all known and suspected spots where the bugs may be harboring.  This is not a pest that can be controlled effectively with do-it-yourself measures.  As they are discovered, the pest control professional will develop a treatment and control strategy with the customer depending on the extent of the infestation.

Prevent Unwelcome Guests at Backyard BBQs

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Prevent Unwelcome Guests at Backyard BBQs

Bug Busters USA helps homeowners avoid pest-filled picnics

Weekends and holidays during the warm, summer months often draw people outside to have some fun in the sun at picnics and barbeques. However, these enjoyable times with family and friends can quickly become troublesome with the arrival of pesky party crashers, in the form of ants, flies and stinging insects. Bug Busters USA, a pest management company servicing the Southeast, cautions that these pests are more than just an annoyance and can be a health concern for partygoers.

Ants, flies, mosquitoes, wasps and other stinging insects are most active when the temperature is hot, so they are likely to show up at festivities without an invitation. Not only do these pests irritate guests, but they can also cause painful stings and transmit disease, which can put a real damper on summertime fun. Some people can suffer severe allergic reactions to insect stings and mosquitoes have the potential to transmit West Nile virus.

Here are some tips:

  • Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, so if you are planning a barbeque before sunset, plan on having plenty of insect repellant containing an EPA-registered active ingredient like DEET, picaridin or IR3535 available for you and your guests. Adorn your deck or patio with citronella candles, and wear long sleeves or pants to avoid bites.
  • Ants and flies are attracted to barbeque fare, so take steps to keep food safe by using tightly sealed containers or coolers. Also, be sure to clean crumbs and spills from picnic tables immediately. Store all trash away from the party and always keep your garbage bins covered.
  • Yellowjackets and other stinging insects are attracted to fragrances from shampoo, perfume, and candles, so avoid using these scented items beforehand.
  • Provide clear plastic cups for your guests as aluminum cans and plastic bottles are good hiding spots for stinging insects.
  • Prior to the party, check screen doors and repair any holes. Once the guests have arrived, remind them to shut the door behind them in order to keep pests from entering your home.

For more information on summer pests and how to prevent them, please visit