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Atlanta Bed Bug Exterminator

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

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Crank It Up A kickoff party celebrating Camp Twin Lakes’ 8th Annual Spin For Kids!

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Crank It Up A kickoff party celebrating Camp Twin Lakes’ 8th Annual Spin For Kids!

Join Camp Twin Lakes, SweetWater Brewing Company and Yacht Rock Revue at Crank It Up
A kickoff party celebrating Camp Twin Lakes’
8th Annual Spin For Kids!
Friday, October 4 from 7:30-11:00 PM
Greystone at Piedmont Park
$35 in Advance or $45 at the Door
Get your smooth on with a live concert from Yacht Rock Revue at the Greystone venue inside of Atlanta’s scenic Piedmont Park. Enjoy brews from the good folks at SweetWater, wine and on-site food trucks, along with a raffle full prizes from Spin For Kids’ sponsors.Tickets include admission to the show and unlimited beer and wine. All proceeds from the event benefit Camp Twin Lakes’ Spin For Kids and our efforts to help provide life changing experiences to children facing serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges.
Check this out: If you’ve already signed up for the 2013 Spin For Kidsride and have raised $500 in donations by October 4, you will receive free admission to the event as a thank you!For more info or to register for Spin For Kids, visit http://www.spinforkids.org Special thanks to our sponsors SweetWater Brewery, Yacht Rock Revue, The Piedmont Park Conservancy, and Nelson Mullins, LLP.

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 pestworld.org.

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.

Thermal Remediation Bed Bug Control Services

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

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 www.bugbustersusa.com

Bed Bug Seminar

Monday, December 17th, 2012

You’re invited!

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College Students: Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Attention College Students: Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

The ever-famous line ‘don’t let the bed bugs bite’ now has a newfound significance. According to data gathered by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky, bed bugs are biting more than ever before.

The study, which surveyed U.S. pest management professionals, found that bed bug encounters have become much more common in public places than the previous year. In fact, one of the most talked about statistics is that the numbers of professionals who treated college dorms increased to 54 percent, up from 35 percent in 2010.

Since bed bugs thrive in places where there are many people, college dorm rooms and off campus housing can provide a perfect environment for an infestation.

In order to prevent these creepy crawlers from ruining the upcoming semester, we recommend following these tips:

  • Fully inspect your suitcases prior to re-packing for a return to school, especially if you have traveled during the summer. Be sure that any clothes that may have been previously packed in the suitcase have been washed in hot water.
  • Before putting your sheets on your dormitory bed, inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners, for telltale stains or spots. Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in sofas/chairs. If you see anything suspect, immediately contact a university facility manager.
  • If you are considering bringing “secondhand” furniture to campus, properly inspect it to ensure that a pest problem, such as bed bugs, is not the reason for its “secondhand” status. If you see anything suspect, do not bring it to your dorm, apartment or house.
  • Repeat these steps after every return trip to and from campus, whether it be for weekend get-aways, trips home and especially when returning from holiday and Spring Break.

Six Facts You Didn’t Know About Bed Bugs

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Six Facts You Didn’t Know About Bed Bugs

If you follow the news and have seen all the attention bed bugs have received in the past few years, you might think you know all there is to know about this pest: They feed on humans while they sleep, they cause itchy, red bumps and they are hard to get rid of! But these pesky insects have a lot of secrets that you might be surprised to learn.

1.    Bed bugs can live anywhere.

When most people think of bed bugs, they think of hotels. But the truth is, bed bugs can thrive in single-family homes, apartments, hospitals, college dorm rooms, office buildings, schools, buses, trains, movie theaters, retail stores and just about anywhere that humans are. In fact, according to the “Bugs without Borders” study, 89 percent of pest professionals report treating bed bug infestations in single-family homes, and 88 percent report treating bed bug infestations in apartments/condos. Respondents also report other common areas, with 67 percent treating bed bug infestations in hotels/motels, 35 percent in college dormitories, 9 percent on various modes of transportation, 5 percent in laundry facilities, and 4 percent in movie theatres.

2.    Bed bugs aren’t just city dwellers.

Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs are not just in big cities or third-world countries. They are found in all 50 states. The “Bugs without Borders” survey found that 17 percent of pest control professionals report treating bed bugs in the Northeast; 20 percent in the Midwest; 20 percent in the South; and 19 percent in the West. However, the incidence of bed bugs is three times higher in urban areas than in rural areas due to factors such as larger population size, apartment living and increased mobility, which are conducive to the rapid spread and breeding of bed bugs.

3.    Bed bugs are hardy.

These pests can live for several months without a blood meal. This means they can linger in furniture, bags and suitcases for a long time until they are near a human host again. In addition, bed bugs can survive temperatures of nearly freezing to 122 degrees. Because of this, bed bugs are not a pest that can be treated with DIY measures. Professional pest control is the most effective way to treat an infestation.

4.   Bed bugs are smart.

As a survival instinct, bed bugs are elusive. They know to stay out of view during the daytime, hiding in mattress crevices, box springs, baseboards, behind electrical switchplates, in picture frames, and even behind wallpaper. But at nighttime, the carbon dioxide we exhale drawls them out of their hiding spots.

5.    Bed bugs are methodical.

Bed bugs have a predictable feeding pattern. Once a bed bug finds a host, it will usually feed three times, for 5 to 10 minutes each time. These three meals are often jokingly referred to as breakfast, lunch and dinner. But the three bite marks they leave behind – usually right in a row and on exposed skin on the chest, arms or legs – are telltale signs of a bed bug infestation.

6.    Bed bugs could have a degree in anesthesiology.

People often wonder why a biting bed bug doesn’t wake up its human host when it feeds. The answer is that bed bugs feed by inserting two hollow, beak-like feeding tubes into their host. The first tube injects the bug’s saliva, which contains anesthetics to numb the feeding area. The second tube draws blood. After feeding, they move to secluded places and hide for 5-10 days. During this time, they do not feed but instead digest their meal, mate and lay eggs.

If you have a bed bug infestation, don’t try to treat it alone. Instead, contact a licensed pest professional who is trained on the (unique, often sneaky) habits of bed bugs. They will be able to inspect your home and recommend an effective course of treatment.

Ky. woman tries to kill bedbugs, burns down apt.

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Ky. woman tries to kill bedbugs, burns down apt.

Bug Busters USA is Turning Up the Heat on Bed Bugs

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Bug Busters USA is Turning Up the Heat on Bed Bugs

March 2012– Bug Busters USA is proud to announce that they are now offering Thermal Remediation® heat treatment service to the Southeast to battle insecticide-resistant bed bugs.

According to a recent survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky, 99% of pest management professionals have encountered bed bugs in the last year and the majority agrees that bed bugs are the most difficult pest to control.

Heat, a safe and environmentally friendly solution, has been found to be a highly effective tool in the pest control toolbox.  Research performed at the University of Minnesota has shown that temperatures above 122°F will result in the complete and immediate kill of the entire life cycle of the bed bug, from eggs to adults.

Bug Busters will be using heating equipment that is specifically designed to kill bed bugs and is UL approved for safety as an insect control device.  Thermal Remediation® electric bed bug heaters are placed within the space with a target temperature of 135°F for the controlled application of heat.  High temperature fans move the heated air into cracks and crevices or high infestation zones.  A wireless temperature monitoring system is used to ensure lethal temperatures are reached without damaging the space and its contents.

Bug Busters USA is family owned and operated and has been for over 25 years! Bug Busters is environmentally friendly, people friendly, and pet friendly! All of the materials utilized are EPA approved to be lowest possible levels of toxicity with the highest level of effectiveness.  Bug Busters has been on the forefront of the increasing bed bug problem nationwide and has made it a priority to be able to meet this new challenge in pest management and better serve the community.  Please visit www.bugbustersusa.com, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on our blog and Twitter for more information and other helpful pest tips and tricks.

About Thermal Remediation® from Temp-Air:

Since 1965, Temp-Air, Inc. has been a leading provider of temporary, portable heating, cooling, dehumidifying, and air filtration rental services to the U.S. construction industry.  Building on that expertise, Thermal RemediationÒ from Temp-Air was developed over 10 years ago using heat as a safe, effective, and environmentally friendly alternative to chemical pest control applications.  Today Thermal RemediationÒ equipment is used by pest control professionals, property managers, hotels, universities, and food storage and processing plants throughout North America for the treatment of bed bugs and stored product pests.

Temp-Air is a privately held company based in Burnsville, MN with 11 regional offices nationwide.  For more information visit www.ThermalRemediation.com.