We are happy announce our new guide on how to know if you have bed bugs. This guide covers how to know if you have bugs, how to produce a sample and what next steps are to solve the problem. Read more from our recent press release below.

The only way to be certain if you have bed bugs is to have an actual sample of the bug. There can be many explanations for bites and symptoms. A doctor can only suggest possible explanations such as bed bugs.

The first step in determining if it is bed bugs after concerns have been raised is to look at symptoms. Unlike many bugs that bite at random, bed bug bites tend to be itchy and red and occur in a line as the bugs bite and hop.

There are also other preliminary ways to find an infestation. One common way is to find fecal stains from the bugs. These stains are partially digested blood but will not be red. It tends to be black and will look like a cluster of black droppings and cannot be rubbed off. They will smear if rubbed with a wet rag.

However the only sure way to know is to produce a sample. Here are a couple of ways to get one:

•Visual Inspection: Examine corners and crevices around the mattress and sheets. If nothing is found in these places pull up the mattress and inspect the box spring. Again, look in the crevices and hardest to reach areas. Bed Bugs are notoriously sneaky and will hide in the darkest and most secure place they can during the day while still being close to their host.

•Install Interception Devices: If a visual inspection does not reveal an infestation another way to catch them is to trap them during the night when they are active. Something as simple as sticky two sided tape can be put around the base of the bed and near the sleeping individual. This way when the bugs are active one may be caught to take to an exterminator.

•Encasement: Another option is to encase the mattress in a plastic sheath. The plastic will restrict the movement of the bugs and aid in detection. Encasement won’t stop them reproducing and spreading necessarily, but it is a good preliminary step.

•Contact an Expert: The best option is to contact an expert. A pest control expert will know exactly what to look for and can very quickly enact a treatment plan to stop the bugs before they spread and multiply. Early treatment is critical to stop the bugs from becoming a long term problem.

Ultimately once bed bugs are found, or even if they aren’t found, it’s advisable to seek professional help because an infestation that is not caught quickly can spiral out of control.

Read the full press release from PRWEB here
 http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10761914.htm

How do I protect my home this winter? Ask the Pest Expert!


 

Bill Brown currently serves as our resident pest expert and is happy to answer all your questions about protecting your home from rodents, bugs, termites and pests of all types. Want to submit a question? Email nobugs@thepestexperts.com & we’ll make sure we answer it here! To read Bill's bio and more about his novel, visit andthehorseherodeinon.com

Question:

It seems that our house gets some kind of unwelcome visitor every winter. How can we protect our home from squirrels, mice and other unwanted pests? —Joe in Laurel

Answer: Cooler weather means mice and other rodents will start looking for their winter homes. As the fall weather turns cool, rodents, like mice, will make their way into your home, seeking warmth, shelter, and food. Mice can be a big problem for some home owners, while others barely seem to be affected by them. Here are some tips to keep the mice out of your home this winter. Use these tips to make your house less attractive to mice. Let this winter be a mouse-free winter!

Seal Holes:

Closely inspect your house to find any small holes that might be an entryway for mice and other rodents. Stuff the holes with steel wool or fill them with expandable foam sealer. Both of these are available at your local hardware store.

Be Smart about Storage:

Mice are attracted to things they can chew through to make nests. Instead of storing items in cardboard boxes in your basement, attic, and garage, transfer everything to plastic storage containers. Mice can’t chew through the plastic, will be dismayed at the lack of nesting material in your home, and will be less likely to stick around. Food should always be stored in sealed containers. Mice are especially attracted to pet food and birdseed. Be sure to store these items in plastic or metal containers as well.

Trim Branches:

Squirrels find it easy to enter a home when tree branches are overhanging a roof. Keep all tree branches cut back several feet away from the roof line. Likewise, keep shrubs trimmed so they don’t touch the siding on the house. ?ere should be at least a foot clearance between shrubs and the outside walls of your home. Not only will this keep any rodents scurrying through the shrubbery from finding a path indoors, it will cut down on insects that are able to make their way inside.

Keep the Foundation Clear:

In addition to keeping shrubs and trees trimmed away from the house, keep the foundation area clear of debris and mulch. Wood chip mulch invites insects and rodents into your home. Leaf debris and weedy, untended flower gardens near the foundation give rodents the perfect cover to scurry around looking for an easy entry into your home. Keep this area raked and clean.

 

How bug removal can control disease


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While very few diseases are actually caused by insects, insects spread many diseases. If you want to create a clean, healthy environment in your home, pest control is necessary. Here are a few reasons that removing bugs will prevent disease from spreading into your home.

Carrier Elimination: Mosquitoes, cockroaches, flies, and other insects that wander through your home are infested with bacteria, parasites, and viruses. Bugs have hairy legs and sticky feet that attract contaminants, which insects bring into your home. Getting rid of bugs reduces the risk of spreading disease.

In addition to passively carrying contaminants, some parasitic insects actively spread disease. Mosquitos, for instance, pierce the skin to feed on blood. If the person’s blood has a disease-causing organism then the mosquito will pick it up and transfer that disease to each individual the mosquito bites afterward. Eradicating bugs will reduce your chances contracting diseases from insect bites.

Dust Management: Cockroaches are the most common household pest. They reproduce quickly and carry microbes that are dangerous to humans, causing allergic reactions and asthma. Cockroaches also shed skin and excrement heavily, creating dust in your home that can aggravate your lungs. Complete cockroach removal is essential for maintaining a disease-free home.

While many products are available for bug removal, a professional will be able to properly handle and eradicate all of the bugs from your home in the most thorough and efficient manner. At Rest Assured Pest Control, our pest experts can provide affordable, permanent solutions for all your home pest control needs. For more information or to set up a free home inspection, call us at (410) 317-8510.

How do you keep your vacation bed bug free? Ask the Pest Expert!


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Question: Our family will be taking a cruise this summer and will be staying in hotels during our vacation. How can we protect ourselves from bed bugs?
Connie in Ellicott City

Answer: There’s no doubt about it, bed bugs are a problem that is not going to go away anytime soon. But there’s good news: they can’t come into your home unless you carry them in. They don’t wander in from outside like an ant or a mouse; bed bug infestations can only occur if you bring them into your home. As long as you take proper precautions when traveling, you should be able to enjoy your vacation without bringing home any unwanted souvenirs. There are some simple steps that you can take to minimize your risk of bringing them home.

An Ounce of Prevention:

  • Pack light, taking only what you can wash in hot water. It’s also easier to move your things to a new hotel room or cabin if you do find a problem.
  • Choose the right luggage. Bed bugs have a definite preference for cloth luggage and can get through even a closed zipper. So choose metal or plastic luggage (hard-case) with tight closures.
  • Protect your belongings. Seal your clothes (and everything else) in airtight bags and keep them inside your luggage when you’re not using them.

During and After Your Trip:

  • Protect your luggage. Keep your suitcase on a luggage rack, never put it on your bed and resist the urge to use your cabin/hotel room dressers. If there is not a luggage rack in your room, you can request one or find a hard surface (the lighter the color the better) or keep it in your bathtub.
  • Check your room. One thing you definitely want to pack is a flashlight. Check the mattress, mattress seams, under the bed, behind the headboard, creases of drapes, couch cushions, behind picture frames and any visible cracks in the floor, walls or furniture.
  • Once Home, Unpack Safely. Keep your suitcases away from your bedroom and your living room. If possible, unpack directly into your washing machine and launder your clothes immediately. After unpacking, vacuum your luggage and put in a garbage bag in the back seat of your car on a hot day before your store it away.

Bill Brown currently serves as our resident pest expert and is happy to answer all your questions about protecting your home from rodents, bugs, termites and pests of all types.

Want to submit a question? Fill out the form on our contact page or email nobugs@thepestexperts.com today! For more helpful tips from our pest expert, call (410) 317-8510

Do you have an ant problem? Ask the Pest Expert!


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QUESTION: WHEN THE SEASONS CHANGE, IT SEEMS THAT THE ANT PROBLEM AROUND MY HOME AND YARD EXPLODES. HOW DO I KEEP THE ANTS OUT OF MY HOUSE? —Shirley in Columbia

Many homeowners call us with ant problems. In fact, it’s the most common reason for a first visit for a pest management professional. You can attempt to control the problem yourself by carefully sealing cracks around doors, windows, and baseboards; storing food in sealed containers and keeping counters/surfaces as clean as possible; and putting sticky barriers around anything and everything that might attract ants.If these efforts are not enough, it may be time to get the help of a pest management professional who can offer a more comprehensive approach to address the special challenges of ant control. A thorough inspection and identification of the location, species, and nesting conditions should be the first step in any integrated approach. Most pest management professionals will offer protection in three layers:

  • Exterior treatment to home (the structure itself): Ants passing through the treated area will get insecticide on their bodies and transfer the active ingredient to nest mates through routine social contact. This method can control ants that never make direct contact with a treated surface. They need only to contact other ants that have been exposed.
  • Exterior treatment away from home structure: Trees, planting beds, or outdoor garbage cans can foster the growth of ant populations. Treating these areas with bait stations will aid in control and help prevent newly invading colonies from setting up close to your house.
  • Inside your home: Because there are so many species of ants and so many treatment situations, there is a broad range of indoor control products to treat them, from low-dose insecticides to bait stations to prescription treatment formulations for severe infestations. Talk to your pest professional about the safest and most effective treatment plan.

Bill Brown currently serves as our resident pest expert and is happy to answer all your questions about protecting your home from rodents, bugs, termites and pests of all types.

Want to submit a question? Fill out the form on our contact page or email nobugs@thepestexperts.com today! For more helpful tips from our pest expert, call (410) 317-8510