Posts Tagged ‘Bug Busters’

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.

Invasive Pests

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Experts at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property from household pests, encourage homeowners to also be on the lookout for the following invasive species:

Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) – RIFAs were brought to the United States in 1930 from South America and are mainly found in the southern region of the country. When disturbed, they are known to swarm and sting humans, often causing painful welts on the skin.

Asian Tiger Mosquito – Originating from Southeast Asia, the Asian tiger mosquito is now found throughout the eastern, Midwestern and southern states. This mosquito species can cause an irritable bite and spread several diseases, including Dengue fever, West Nile virus and Japanese Encephalitis.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – Likely introduced from Eastern Asia, stink bugs are most prevalent in the northeast. While stink bugs don’t pose any health threats, they can produce an unpleasant odor when crushed.

Formosan Termite – Originally from China, Formosan termites are the most aggressive subterranean termite species. They are capable of consuming wood at rapid speeds, posing a serious structural threat to a property if left untreated.

Due to the health and property risks posed by invasive species, homeowners should frequently inspect the home for signs of an infestation and contact a licensed pest professional to treat any potential pest problems.

For more information on invasive pests, please visit www.bugbustersusa.com

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

Guest Post On Finding a reputable pest management and lawn care company for your company

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Guest Post On Finding a reputable pest management and lawn care company for your company

Choosing a pest control professional to share in identification and treatment responsibilities for a possible pest infestation is an important decision for your business. The recommendations provided below will help you to better understand how to select a pest control professional and make a decision that best serves your business:

  • Always work with a qualified, licensed pest control professional in your area; evaluate companies that are members of national, state or local pest management associations.
  • Ask other business owners to recommend pest control companies they have used successfully and how satisfied they were with the service.
  • If a sizable amount of money is involved, get bids from several pest management firms.
  • Don’t rush a decision. Since you are paying for professional knowledge and skill, look for someone whose judgment you can trust.
  • Before signing a contract, be sure to fully understand the nature of the pest, the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to solve the problem.
  • Buy value, not price. Beware of bargains that sound too good to be true.

Commercial Pest Control

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

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

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

Why this year’s tick season will be really bad

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Why this year’s tick season will be really bad

AP file

This little critter, a common brown dog tick, is looking for a snack. Don’t let it be you!

By April Hussar

Picnics, hikes, afternoons in the garden — all wonderful ways to take advantage of the warmer weather. But keep in mind that along with fresh air and exercise, you’re also potentially exposing yourself to tiny, unwanted visitors — ticks! Luckily, with a few steps, you can minimize your exposure and keep yourself safe.

According to Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., this is poised to be an especially bad tick season, because of the way the white-footed mouse population was affected by a great acorn season two years ago, and a bad acorn season this past year.

Since ticks feast on white-footed mice, and white-footed mice are very effective at transmitting Borrelia burgdorferi (the bacterium that causes Lyme disease), the infected tick population grew last year, says Dr. Ostfeld. Now, this year, fewer acorns means fewer mice, which in turn, theorizes Dr. Ostfeld, essentially means ticks will need something else to snack on. Us!

Gary P. Wormser, M.D., the chief of infectious diseases at Westchester Medical Center and a professor at New York Medical College, is familiar with Dr. Ostfeld’s theory. “That, combined with the nice weather, and people being out and about enjoying the nice weather, might bring people into contact with more ticks,” he says.

Ticks are less active in cold weather, Dr. Wormser explains, but they can still be active even in the winter as long as it’s not freezing. “And this has been such a mild winter and spring, they’re likely to be more active than they would be under colder conditions, and people are more likely to be outside,” he says.

Plus, Dr. Wormser says the even years tend to be a little worse in terms of numbers of cases of Lyme disease. “I’m not sure exactly why that is,” he says, noting that the deer tick has a two-year life cycle, so it’s possible there are more of them around during the even years. “It’s not a very scientific principle,” he says, “but it’s an observation!”

Whether or not there are more ticks this year than usual, it’s important to protect yourself. “Prevention is the key,” says Dr. Wormser, who points out that it’s much easier to take a few precautions in advance than deal with Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses after the fact. Here are his top strategies for preventing tick bites:

1. Stay away from tall grass, bushy shrubs and areas where there’s a lot of leaf litter. “Manicured lawns that are well-mowed are less risky,” he says.

2. Use insect repellant on your exposed skin (other than your hands and face). Dr. Wormser recommends using repellant with DEET, because it’s proven to be effective. “You can easily see a tick that’s on your face or your hands,” he explains.

3. After you’ve been outside and potentially exposed to ticks, take a shower or a bath. “If you can bathe within a couple of hours of exposure, you will reduce your changes of getting a tick bite.”

4. Do a tick check! Dr. Wormser says one of the best strategies is to enlist someone’s help and check your body for ticks every 24 hours during the time you are potentially exposed to ticks. “Look at your entire body to see if there are any attached ticks, and remove them,” he says. “If you can remove the tick within 24 hours of it biting you, you usually don’t contract any of the related diseases.”

Speaking of removing ticks — Dr. Wormer says is a misconception that you have to get every last bit of the tick out. “They do cement themselves in,” he says, “and normally they would stay on your body for 3-7 days if left undisturbed.” So, he says, “when you pull them out, occasionally a little bit of the mouth part will remain in, but that isn’t necessarily a concern because it comes out on its own.”

Once you pull out the tick with tweezers, Dr. Wormser recommends treating the area with a topical antibacterial (like Bacitracin) and observing the area for at least a month. “Typically a rash would develop 7-14 days after your remove the tick,” he says, so if you have a rash right away, it’s probably a reaction to the bite itself, rather than Lyme disease. In addition to watching out for a rash, you should make an appointment with your doctor if you have symptoms like headaches or fevers that don’t seem to be related to a cold, says Dr. Wormser.

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.

 

COCKROACHES POSE SERIOUS HEALTH CONCERNS

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

COCKROACHES POSE SERIOUS HEALTH CONCERNS

Though they have long been a pest that causes one of the strongest reactions when discovered in a home, cockroaches are more than just unwelcome houseguests. This pest poses severe health risks once indoors, especially as an asthma trigger in children. Bug Busters USA encourages homeowners to take preventative measures to protect their families and properties from the health threats associated with cockroaches.

“Many people consider cockroaches as merely a household nuisance, but this pest is a hidden danger in homes,” said Court Parker, Operating Officer at Bug Busters USA.  “They can also spread food-borne disease like Salmonella by picking up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies and can aggravate respiratory systems.”

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reports that cockroaches are known to spread 33 different kinds of bacteria, six parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. The saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies of cockroaches contain allergen proteins known to trigger allergies and increase the severity of asthma symptoms, especially in children.

Cockroaches prefer warm, moist places with available food sources, so eliminating those attractive environments can help prevent cockroach infestations.  Experts at the Bug Busters recommend the following steps homeowners can take to avoid cockroach infestations:

  • Seal cracks around the outside of the home to prevent pest entryways.
  • Properly ventilate basements and crawl spaces to eliminate harborage points.
  • Vacuum frequently and remove garbage from around the home on a routine basis.
  • Do not allow dirty dishes to accumulate in the sink and remain there overnight.
  • Keep food in the refrigerator or in containers with tight-fitting lids to prevent contamination.
  • Periodically check and clean the evaporation pan under the refrigerator or freezer.
  • If you suspect you have an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment.

For further information on rodents or if you have other questions related to your pest control needs, visit www.bugbustersusa.com