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Dealing With Bed Bugs Requires Education

As you may know, bed bug infestations are challenging people in all kinds of residences. Besides, sucking blood from their victims, they leave unsightly fecal matters and shed skins in bed associated parts, cracks, crevices, voids, folded places, as well as in every imaginable place of their hidden spaces. Furthermore, they are known to cause extreme anxiety to vulnerable individuals by turning their lives into nightmares.

Due to the cryptic nature of bed bugs, many people have become paranoid and afraid of bed bugs to the extent that they are experienced anxiety and a poor quality of life. This leads to the development of unnecessary phobia, which makes them spend lots of money on unneeded measures. Sometimes people buy unproven pesticides, especially via the Internet and treat their mattresses and beds assuming that this action will eliminate bed bugs for good and at all. Guess what is going to happen. Well, they will develop allergic rashes from exposure to pesticide/ chemicals, which they will blame it on the bed bugs. However, do not panic, but do not chill out either.

The best way to manage bed bugs is by education. Learn from credible resources about these bloodsuckers. Try to know what bed bugs look like (all life stages), their behaviors, habits and biology. Be informed that not every bite is related to bed bugs, other bugs, such as fleas, ticks, spiders, etc may also bite humans or their pets. Additionally, food allergic reactions can be also mistaken for bed bug bites. Still, never ignore any bite. Remember, the sooner you deal with bed bugs the better off overall bed bug control would be.

One of the major concerns of bed bug infestations is their capability to spread. As you may have heard, bed bugs are skilled hitchhikes on clothing, furniture, suitcases, seats of public transportation means, etc. Again, knowing about bed bugs and their habits will minimize the risk of their spread from one area to another, which is key to a successful bed bug management/eradication.

Finally, follow up treatment evaluation is highly recommended to ensure that the bed bugs have been eliminated. Be alert by raising awareness via means of education on prevention of bed bugs.

Bedbugs | Control | Prevention | Elimination

If you are concerned about bed bugs becoming a problem in your home, it is recommended that you contact a professional pest control company as soon as possible for inspection and control measures.

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Buying A New Home?  Selling Yours?  Make Sure You Get A Pest Inspection

Certainly do not think that you are alone in total disgust of the common cockroach.  Put a cockroach in front of people and they FREAK OUT!  Most folks are so freaked out by the cockroach that they can’t even get close enough to kill them.

Studies show that cockroaches work as a team!  Did you know that cockroaches leave a trail of chemicals in their feces (nice, huh) and other cockroaches will follow the trails to find food and water.  They also follow those trails to find each other because they prefer to be together.  Did you know that there are over 4000 species of the cockroach…Gross!  We fortunately only have to worry about 30 species of cockroaches (did I just use the words fortunately and cockroach in the same sentence).

Cockroaches can carry bacteria and disease and are a hazard to our health, not to mention, unsettling.  Pest Control is extremely important and there are hundreds of companies that can help you keep these pests far away from your home for a very reasonable cost.  An exterminator can help you eliminate your current pest problem and protect against any in the future.  If you insist on doing it yourself, make sure you do your research and do a proper job.

If you are buying a new home or trying to sell your home, please make sure your pest control is effective for the sake of the possible buyer.  It is a big turn off to see cockroaches crawling all over when you are considering buying a place to call home.

Correct identification of Roaches is instrumental in the treatment of these pests.  Different treatments are used to eradicate different species.  It is important to have a professional pest control exterminator diagnose your problem in order to treat for these pests accordingly.

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Roach Infestations Are Bad For Your Health and Must Be Eliminated Quickly

(Easier Said Than Done!)

So other than the scare factor, why are cockroaches and the infestation that they bring to our homes so bad for you and me? First of all, it should be noted that not all insects are inherently bad. Some bugs like spiders and millipedes actually serve useful ecological purposes. Without their presence, our human existence would be inundated with out of control growth populations of pesky critters of all sorts. Most of these utilitarian insects help to control general insect population by building webs to trap, eat, and kill off other insects, helping to keep a lid on spiraling population growth.

Roaches of all breeds on the other hand are a different story – they are simply vile. While cockroaches live all around the world and come in all shapes and sizes, the breeds I’m most adverse to are the classic American and German cockroach. These two breeds are the most common roach pests found in American homes.

Roaches are the ultimate scavengers and harbingers of disease, germs, and insect fecal wastes. They have no qualms about walking through poo or other disgusting solids and liquids. Their bodies frequently carry around all sorts of germs and potential infection spreading agents. One huge problem that they cause for inhabitants of homes that they infect is the creation of roach dust that they build up and leave behind. Roach dust is made up of decayed roach body parts and droppings that become airborne, infecting our breathing and embedding itself onto our hairs, clothes, and furniture. Roach dust is a powerful asthmatic agent that has the potential to trigger significant asthma attacks in sensitive people.

Cockroaches will consume almost anything organic and even some things otherwise inorganic. They’ll chew threw paper, cloth, oils, bodily wastes, and any type of food or liquid product you leave behind. These little evil cannibals will even snack on the dead bodies of their fellow roach comrades they come across. Nothing is off limits when it comes to their diets. In their never ending pursuit for food, roaches often follow the footsteps of humans into homes and stay close to sources of water and food – which is why they are often found in bathrooms, kitchens, and places where food is plentiful (like near your dog or cat’s food bowl).

Cockroaches are also very difficult to kill. Not only do they run like Olympic track stars, their bodies are extremely well adapted to fend off damage. Because their breathing system is made up of tubes on their bodies called trachea, they can continue to live even after their heads or limbs are chopped off – talk about walking zombies. Also, have you tried to chase down a roach with your shoe before? It’s nearly impossible. It’s like playing whack a mole on steroids as they dart around so fast, it’s scary. They are able to quickly scurry into wall corners and flatten their bodies to avoid your newspaper punishment. They are also primarily nocturnal, preferring to come out at night. When they do, they are very stealthy and experts at staying hidden, invading your cabinets, sinks, toothbrushes, and your food stocks right under your nose.

How Do I Get Rid Of A Cockroach Infestation?

The following words of advice are only suitable for those of you who have mild roach outbreaks in your home. If you only see a lone roach wandering around your home once every year, you probably don’t have an infestation as it probably piggybacked into your home via a plastic grocery bag or something like that. However, if you are seeing them every few days, particular during the daytime when they are supposed to be in hiding, you may have a serious problem.

Actions You Can Take.  For this, I will refer to this article.

Correct identification of Roaches is instrumental in the treatment of these pests.  Different treatments are used to eradicate different species.  It is important to have a professional pest control exterminator diagnose your problem in order to treat for these pests accordingly.

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Cockroaches have survived on our planet for about 400 million years and many people just assume there is nothing they can do to control the common pests. There are several varieties of cockroaches found in Minnesota and they tend to exhibit different feeding habits. Cockroaches typically are found in kitchens, bathrooms, sinks, garages, appliances, and just about any other warm or humid area in your home.

Cockroaches typically gather in large numbers in concentrated areas. The most common types of cockroaches found in Minnesota homes are the German, Oriental, American, and Brown Banded.

There are several effective products used to rid your home of pesky cockroaches. If you are having problems with cockroaches call a Professional Pest Control Expert today for proven methods to get rid of the insects.

How Can I Get Rid of Cockroaches?

The bad news is, you have cockroaches. The good news is, there are effective treatments to control and get rid of the bugs. First and foremost, controlling cockroaches involves eliminating their food source. This means keeping kitchen cabinets and floors clean of crumbs and scraps, which may attract hungry cockroaches. By cutting out their food source, you are going a long way toward getting rid of cockroaches.

Preventive measures are the key to successful control. It is easier to prevent a cockroach invasion than to control an established population. The success of preventive measures requires care, planning and continued effort. Cleanliness in the home and elimination of favorable breeding sites lessens the possibility of cockroach infestations and reduces the need for pesticides, but these practices WILL NOT ALWAYS prevent invasions from outside sources.

Inspections

  • Cockroaches and their likely habitats should be identified before any treatment
  • Homeowners can detect conditions that will foster the development of infestations through frequent inspections.

Sanitation

  • Proper sanitation, both indoors and outdoors, effectively limits cockroach populations.
  • Do not leave unwashed dishes, kitchen utensils, and uncovered food out overnight.
  • Clean up all spilled liquids.
  • Areas beneath and behind cabinets, furniture, sinks, stoves and refrigerators should be cleaned often, as should cupboards, pantry shelves and storage bins where particles of food frequently accumulate.
  • Kitchen waste and excess refuse should be kept in cockroach proof container and disposed of as frequently as possible.
  • Dry pet food should be stored in tight containers away from the kitchen and other food.
  • If pets are fed indoors, leftover foods should not be allowed to remain in the feeding dish overnight.
  • Outdoors, garbage cans, racks, platforms or slabs should be cleaned regularly

Exclusion

  • Discourage cockroaches from entering the home by sealing any cracks of 1/8 in or more in the foundation and exterior walls.
  • Check the seal or caulking around air conditioning unit, windows, doors, pipes or other openings into the home.
  • Inside the home eliminate all possible hiding areas and food sources.
  • Repair cracks and holes in floors, walls and ceilings.
  • Seal openings around plumbing fixtures, furnace flues, electrical outlets, windowsills and walls, and along baseboards and ceiling moldings.
  • Leaky water faucets and pipes should be repaired.
  • Thresholds on doors should be as tight as possible and cracks in porches and stoops should be sealed

Eliminate Hiding Places

  • Paper, Cardboard, lumber, firewood and other debris next to the home provide excellent refuge for several cockroach species.
  • Keep yard trash and stacks of firewood away from the home or garage to minimize the chance of cockroach invasion

Cockroach Traps

  • There are a number of cockroach traps that are inexpensive, convenient to use, disposable and contain no toxic insecticide.
  • Most are about the size of a large matchbox, that are open at both ends and have the inside surface covered with a very sticky adhesive. (The adhesive immobilizes cockroaches that enter the trap.)
  • Some may contain a slow release food attractant.
  • Trapping alone will not eliminate cockroach populations, but must be used in conjunction with preventive measures for maximum effectiveness.
  • Trapping can reveal the hiding places and the severity of infestation help monitor the effectiveness of control measures and detect population increases which may require an insecticide treatment.

Traps should be placed where cockroaches are likely to travel to and from feeding and hiding areas. It is best to place traps against walls and in corners where both ends are unobstructed. Reposition the traps if no cockroaches are caught after two or three nights. The number of traps required for a home or building will vary with the kind of cockroach present and the severity and location of the infestation.

If cockroach infestation persists, contact a qualified exterminator.

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What Can I Do To Get Rid of Cockroaches?

What Homeowners Can Do

Inspection: first, inspect the entire kitchen area, under sinks, refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, microwave oven, other cooking appliances, bathroom cabinets, draws, basement and sub-floor crawlspace (if any) for likely high activity and harborage areas. Look for cockroaches, alive or dead, their feces and egg sacs.


Identification: place “sticky” glue traps in any likely high activity areas. At night sneak into the kitchen, turn on the lights and observe any cockroach activity. Observe where they scurry to. Place your sticky traps near these areas to collect and identify the species and the source of infestation.


Food, shelter and water – we all need it, so do cockroaches. Make your home unfit for cockroaches, where possible, take away their food, water and restrict shelter and access points into the kitchen and they will almost certainly move somewhere else.


Starve them out – keep all food in sealed containers. Particularly at night, do not leave food scraps exposed in the kitchen or waste storage areas. Thoroughly clean all benches and food preparation areas, particularly between counters and appliances. Regularly vacuum accessible likely harborage and high activity areas, carpets, drapes, furniture, kitchen and bathroom cupboards in order to remove cockroach eggs and food deposits.


Cockroaches need water and will thrive in damp sub-floor crawl space areas, near leaking taps, etc. Ensure adequate drainage and ventilation. Regularly check and fix any plumbing problems, broken roof tiles, etc that may allow or cause moisture ingress to potential cockroach harborage areas. Wipe kitchen sink of moisture before retiring or going out at night. Turn off leaking taps.


Reduce shelter and access points: seal all cracks and crevices in bathroom, pantry and kitchen cupboards. Store all cardboard boxes and the like above ground level. Cockroaches do not like drafty exposed areas, or bright lights. A good reason why some restaurants keep lights on at night around their dumpster waste bins.

Inspection

A thorough inspection is key to a successful cockroach management plan. It helps to determine the best treatment method. The purpose of an inspection is not only to sight cockroach life stages, but also to locate the source of the infestation whether associated with sewer areas, wall voids, or any moist, warm and dark places in a building.

How much does it cost?

Onsite appraisal is needed to determine the exact cost. The treatment cost depends on size of the house, ease of access to various parts of the building. Commercial premises need to be appraised on a specific basis.

Since they can hide in so many places, they are not easy to eradicate. Unless you have a lot of time at your disposal, and limitless patience, it is advisable to get a professional in pest control. Experts know where to look for them, as well as how to get rid of them.

 

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