COMMON PEST CONTROL THREATS IN HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

There are four main common pest control threats in healthcare facilities: Bed Bugs, Ants, Cockroaches, and Rodents. Each of those pests brings their own problems and/or diseases that can harm the healthcare facility residents. When you are doing a tour of a nursing home (or similar facility) make sure you look closely at the mattress and in the corners of places for signs of pest infestations.

Bed Bugs

Are bed bugs a common pest control threat in healthcare facilities? Yes, they certainly are. Bed bugs can come from anywhere. From the nicest hotels to the dirtiest of homes (and all places in between). Many bed bugs are transported without knowledge of the person moving them from place to place.

What can you do? When moving yourself or a loved one into a facility, take a close look at the mattress. Are there any blood spots around the seams? That is a hugs red flag that bed bugs have been there. When returning from a stay, always unpack your luggage in the garage. Then, wash and dry your clothing on high heat.

Ants

Are ants a common pest control threat at healthcare facilities? Yes, again! Ants are social insects. So if you see one, chances are there are many behind the walls. Most ants are a nuisance. But, Pharaoh Ants, are the real problem. Our research shows that these Pharaoh ants are drawn to intravenous units, medical preparation stations, and open wounds. Added the hazardousness of these ants, they can transmit diseases such as Salmonella and Streptococcus.

Cockroaches

Are cockroaches a common pest control threat at healthcare facilities? Double yes for this answer! Cockroaches are known to be a hazard in all homes or businesses. These small insects carry disease and are particularly hard to get rid of. There is the possibility of transmitting over 30 different types of bacteria and six types of parasitic worms. E. Coli and Salmonella are the most common type of bacteria transmitted via cockroaches. If the cockroaches are in the cafeteria, you can imagine the problems that would ensue.

Rodents

Are rodents a common pest control threat at healthcare facilities? Rodents like mice and rats are the last common threat at healthcare facilities topic. Did you know that inhaling the dust of mice and rats can leave you with Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)? Yes. These contaminants can get into the drinking water or food. The symptoms mirror the flu and can be deadly if not treated properly and quickly.

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Bed Bugs! Don't Let Them Bite

Bed Bugs! Don’t Let Them Bite

Bed bugs are small, non-flying, oval insects, that survive by the blood of humans or insects. They do not live only in your bed. They can live anywhere in your home. Including cracks in your furniture or any cloth fabric. But they are often found in your bed or mattress, bed springs or bed frame. They usually bite while you sleep. Their bite is painless and looks like a rash. They are not poisonous and their bites do not spread disease to humans, but they do itch and the skin can become infected from scratching.

How to Find Bed Bugs

It’s best to find them early. An infestation can easily spread or become established. They are much easier to treat at the earlier stages. The first sign of may be red, itchy bites on the skin, usually on the arms or shoulders. They tend to leave straight rows of bites, unlike some other insects that leave bites here and there.

Look in crevices and cracks and on or near your bed to locate them. You should look for Fecal Stains, skins, and egg cases. If you only see the bed bugs themselves, you’ve got an active infestation. 

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

They are the size of an apple seed. Long, oval, and brown if they are hungry. Balloon-Like, reddish, and more elongated if they have just eaten. They have wings, but do not fly. They have a musty smell. Young bed bugs are smaller and more translucent with a whitish yellow color and if they are hungry almost invisible to the naked eye.

In general eggs are the size of a tiny pinhead, pearl white, and after 5 days marked with an eye spot.

How Long to Bed Bugs Live?

These bugs have exoskeletons. A nymph (hatch-ling) must shed their skin, or molt 5 to 7 times to become an adult. Molting (shedding of skin) can only take place after a hatch-ling has eaten. Since they eat every 3-5 days, egg to adult usually takes 37 days. The adult bed bug can live up to a year.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Use An Expert To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

3 Reasons Why You Should Use An Expert To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs do not play. To rid your home of this insect you have to employ the aid of an expert; anything less than that could mean you are leaving your house open to infestation. The use of an expert, like Absolute Pest Control, to get rid of a bed bug cannot be over emphasized. Here are 3 reasons why you should use an expert to get rid of bed bugs.

BED BUGS ARE SMART

Have you ever noticed that a bed bug only feed on their hosts when they are asleep? Or that they have developed such a scary survival instinct where they do not have to eat for a year? Scary, right? These smart, wingless, annoying insects has also developed a means of survival even after you think you have gotten rid of them? Ever wondered why bed bugs come back even after you think you have gotten rid of them? It is because you never got rid of them in the first place. Which is why you need an expert who has spent years evolving with these insects to help you get rid of them forever! Our steam bed bug removal system is revolutionary.

BED BUGS ARE DANGEROUS

Bed bugs are known to cause harm to humans which is more than just the usual skin rash. These pests are known to cause psychological effects and allergic symptoms on their victims. It is very important to find bed bugs and destroy them for good. Sometimes people don’t respond to a bed bug bite immediately, other times couples complain that one partner is getting bitten. A large population of people don’t react to bed bug bites immediately and this is a problem because these people may not even know that they have a bed bug infestation in the first place. In severe cases of an infestation, people can become anemic.

AN EXPERT IS AN EXPERT

If you decide to get rid of bed bugs on your own, your go-to a solution would probably be to take out your bed and mattress. Leave it to sun dry for a while. And, vacuum your home. Then, hope you have gotten rid of these insects. NO! It does not work like that. If an expert walks into a home infested with bed bugs, he knows, just by the odor bed bugs give. Sometimes it is hard to know when you are under attack except you wake up in the middle of the night and see them. If you hire an expert, his priority will be a thorough inspection to ascertain the degree of infestation. Our technicians will rid your home of bed bugs and guarantee that they will not return.

Always employ the aid of experts during an infestation. It is safer, faster and easier.

Using Steam To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs With Steam

A bed bug infestation can prove to be very difficult to get rid of in it’s entirety. Bed bugs are able to travel on clothes or in luggage and immune to insecticides. They are very persistent bugs.

However, there is one way to eradicate them for good. Steam. Because it’s vital you act fast to avoid any infestation spreading, or getting worse. We’ve compiled a ‘how to’ guide for getting rid of bed bugs with steam.

 

Why steam?

Bed bugs may not be permanently removed with chemicals. But, the one thing they can’t survive is heat. Anything over 120 degrees is too hot to handle.

At around 140 degrees, steam has the power to infiltrate all of the hard to reach areas in your home, including the inside of mattresses, curtains and carpet effectively. And, without damaging the environment, which is an added bonus.

It also has the advantage of acting as a sanitizer and gets rid of unwanted smells, like cigarette smoke, so you’re basically deep cleaning your home while you’re at it.

We have specialized steam cleaning equipment that will make the whole process quick and easy.

 

How to Identify Bed Bugs!

Bed Bugs can hide anywhereIf you think you may have bed bugs here are some things to look for:

  1. Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses.
  2. Dark spots, which are bed bug excrement and may bled on fabrics much like a marker would.
  3. Eggs and eggshells (which are about 1mm) and pale yellow skins that Nymphs shed as they grow bigger.
  4. Live bed bugs.

We have another blog article called Bed Bugs 101. You can get more information about where they live and hide. Click HERE to read the full article.

A word of warning!

You may purchase a steamer and try this yourself, which we understand. But beware, the steam is very hot and just a small amount can produce burns. Also, keep children and animals away from a steaming device. Read more HERE about DIY steam treatment.

 

Why call us?

Our highly trained technicians will evaluate the situation, give you a fair estimate and can return to get rid of bed bugs quickly and safely. Your technician will use steam at 140 degrees for 2 to 4 hours (depending on how big the infestation is) to eradicate those bed bugs. We offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee.

 

If you need further assistance or just don’t want to deal with the mess of getting rid of Bed Bugs with steam please give us a call at 615-220-1933. We are the area experts and can quickly and efficiently take care of your bed bug issues.

Steam Treatment For Bed Bugs

Steam Treatment for Bed Bugs

steam treatment for bed bugsIs it possible to use steam treatment for bed bugs? It is a viable answer to bed bug infestations that is extremely effective, cheaper and quick. High temperature steam kills bed bugs and essentially sterilizes your furniture/home. We have trained our technicians to properly administer this new method to alleviate bed bug problems will a 100% money back guarantee.

How does it work?

By utilizing the high temperatures of steam, it creates an environment that the bed bugs simply cannot survive in. Our technician will fill the room with steam of 140 degrees for 2-4 hours (longer in larger infestations) using one of our new machines. This process will sanitize your room and rid it of odors (if you have them) like cigarette smoke or pets.

What’s the Cost?

The cost varies by how large of a space that needs to be treated and how intense the infestation is in your home. The cost is less than traditional treatment. We also offer a 100% money back guarantee.

Can Anyone Do It?

While there are videos out on Youtube showing people how steam treatment for Bed Bugs can work, some also talk about using chemicals and buying expensive equipment. You can see one of the videos here. But if you think about the time, energy and equipment – not to mention no warranty on the work, you’re better off hiring us to complete the project for you!

We have additional information here on our website.

Nashville Ranks 23rd in the Country For Bed Bugs!

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Bed Bugs 101

So you think you might have a bed bug infestation starting to grow in your home? The first step to make sure that you identify that the bug you are looking at is in fact a true bed bug. If not addressed sooner, the bed bugs then have time to spread to more places in your home than you originally thought were infested.

A bed bug has been commonly confused with other similar looking pests such as carpet beetles, adult fleas, or lice. It is apparent that you first identify that what you are looking at is in face a bed bug.

Here are some identifying factors of adult bed bugs: two-bed-bugs_2

  1. 1/4 inch long.
  2. Long and brown with a flat oval-shaped body (if not fed recently).
  3. Balloon-like, reddish brown and more elongated (if fed recently).
  4. Smelly “musty-sweetish” odor.
  5. Possesses characteristics of a “true-bug” which include a beak with three segments, antenna that have four parts, wings that are not used for flying, and short golden-colored hairs.

Young bed bugs (Nymphs):

  1. Smaller than adult bed bugs.
  2. Translucent or whitish-yellow in color.
  3. Invisible to the naked eye if not fed recently.

Bed Bug eggs:

  1. Size of a pinhead.
  2. White in color.
  3. Marked by an eye spot if more than five days old.

bed bugsNow that you know what kind of bug you are looking for, here are some signs that they leave around that you should pay attention to:

  1. Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses.
  2. Dark spots, which are bed bug excrement and may bled on fabrics much like a marker would.
  3. Eggs and eggshells (which are about 1mm) and pale yellow skins that Nymphs shed as they grow bigger.
  4. Live bed bugs.

So now you know what kind of signs to look for, here are the places the bed bugs might be hiding:

  1. Seams of chairs and couches.
  2. Curtains.
  3. Drawer joints.
  4. Electrical appliances.
  5. Under loose wallpaper and wall hangings.
  6. Where the wall and ceiling meet.

Let us know if we can help you with any bed bug problems.

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How To Remove Bed Bugs With Steam

How to Remove Bed Bugs With Steam!

Bed Bugs can hide anywhereIt’s a horror story that we hope is reserved for low quality hotels and motels, but it can happen anywhere. Bed bugs are parasitic insects that tend to live in clothing, old luggage or as the name suggest, in beds. They tend to hide in places where they are unlikely to be found, but have a quick path to bite people at night. So we will tell you how to use steam to get rid of bed bugs.

steam bed bugsIt is a common misconception that bed bugs are commonly found in places that are dirty, but this isn’t necessarily true. Since bed bugs live on blood, anywhere they can find it is as likely of a place to find them. So you could very well find bed bugs in a nice hotel such as Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, a cheap motel on the highway or even in your own home regardless of the cleanliness. Luckily, there is a simple removal process for killing bed bugs with steam so you can keep your home bug-free.

How To Kill Bed Bugs With Steam!

Steam is incredibly effective in the removal of bed bugs, however you will need a quality steamer. A steamer used for clothing or something such as a carpet cleaner will not work. You will want to use a commercial steamer, as these are the only ones which actually get hot enough to kill bed bugs using steam. These commercial steamers can be very expensive to buy, upwards of a thousand dollars, however you can simply rent a machine.

 

This steam works because it delivers a lethal amount of heat to bed bugs to kill them while causing no damage to your bed. This steam will kill any bed bugs on the surface, as well as bugs as deep as 3/4ths of an inch in the mattress. The surface of the fabric should be only between 160-180 degrees F, at this temperature the bed bugs will die however the fabric will not be damaged. When using the steamer, make sure to follow the directions the manufacturer provides to safely use the machine. Steam can cause burns, so be careful! Bed bugs can also be places besides your bed, so the steamer can also be applied to any area that you suspect may contain bed bugs. Following the steaming process, any bed bugs should be dead and any fabric may be damp. This will not hurt the fabric, just turn on a fan and let it air out and dry.

If you need further assistance or just don’t want to deal with the mess of getting rid of Bed Bugs with steam please give us a call at 615-220-1933. We are the area experts and can quickly and efficiently take care of your bed bug issues.

Bug of the Month for January: Bed Bug

 

Bug of the Month for January: Bed Bug

Unlike a lot of pests, the bed bug is not known for carrying any infectious diseases. However, they can and do bite, leaving itchy, unsightly red bumps and can cause allergic reactions.

Bed bugs are especially annoying because they are very hard to get rid of once they have made their home in your bed. So, if you think your home is being infested by bed bugs, here’s how to tell for sure and what to do about it.

What do bed bugs look like?Bed_bug,_Cimex_lectularius

Bed bugs are brown and about ¼ inch long. They are round, and if they have fed recently, they are swollen. If not, they lie flat. They have antennas and wings, but can’t fly.

Baby bed bugs are a translucent, yellow color and very hard to spot. Bed bug eggs are all but invisible to the naked eye.

What are some bed bug behaviors?

Bed bugs feed on mammals, particularly humans. They will travel a few feet in order to feed on their host. Bed bugs mostly come out at night and will sometimes leave a rusty-brown colored spot on fabric while feeding. The female bed bug can produce 200-300 offspring in her lifetime.

Where do bed bugs live?

Where there are people, you can find bed bugs. They can live in any climate a human can.

Bed bugs love to hang around furniture, in the cracks and crevices. This includes beds (hence the name), chairs, couches, and tables. They can also be found in electrical appliances and around water pipes.

How do I spot bed bug bites, and what should I do about them?

Bed bug bites are red and are sometimes itchy. There are usually multiple bite marks, most often on one side of the body.

Some symptoms of bed bug bites are allergic skin reactions, secondary infections, and even mental health problems like anxiety and insomnia.

Most of the time, bed bug bites will go away by themselves. This can usually take one week to a month, depending on the severity and if there are any allergic reactions.

If you develop a reaction, you should seek medical help immediately.

How can I get rid of bed bugs?

Bed bugs can be incredibly difficult to get rid of. There are a variety of insecticides available that can kill them, but there are other ways to control bed bugs such as vacuuming, getting rid of things they may have infested, and getting rid of clutter in your home.

Perhaps the most effective way to get rid of bed bugs is with heat. Bed bugs cannot survive temperatures higher than 145 degrees Fahrenheit for extended periods of time. Wash your sheets on hot and then dry with heat to keep them away from your bed. You can also use a blow dryer for five minutes or so, then vacuum them away.

If you’ve tried everything and can’t get rid of the bed bugs on your own, you should call Absolute Pest Control at (615)220-1933 or click here to schedule an appointment.

To learn more about our new steam cleaning bed bug service, click here.

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http://www2.epa.gov/bedbugs

Our Commercial Bed Bug Removal Service

Our Commercial Bed Bug Removal Service

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Here at Absolute Pest Control, we know how much of a nuisance bed bugs can be. Their bites are itchy and annoying and can drive customers and tenants away. But don’t worry! We specialize in the prevention and extermination of bed bug infestations in your commercial property.

Whether you own a hotel or apartment complex, we can help you get rid of your bed bug problem with our commercial bed bug removal services.

Prevention

We inspect your property on a regular basis to make sure there are no bed bug infestations. We work hard to keep your property bed bug-free so you don’t have to worry about losing precious time and resources.

Extermination

We use the latest technology and methods, including our steam-cleaning bed bug removal service, to make sure your property is ridden of bed bugs should an infestation occur. Our staff is properly trained and able to take care of the problem quickly and with as little interruption to your business as possible.

If you suspect your property is infested with bed bugs, call us at (615)220-1933 or click here to set up an appointment or inspection schedule for our commercial bed bug removal services today.

Tips for Keeping Winter Pests out of Your Home

Winter will soon be here, and there are plenty of winter pests you’ll want to keep out of your house. From mice to bedbugs to spiders, these pests can invade your home if you’re not careful. If you want to keep them away, here are some great tips for keeping winter pests out of your home.pexels-photo

  1. Make sure your roof and the ground around your house are debris-free. Pests love to get into wood and plants and if this debris is too close to your house, they can find their way in and annoy you.
  2. Another great tip for keeping winter pests out of your home is to seal all of your windows and make sure there are no gaps in your home for pests to come in through. Bugs and rodents are resilient in finding ways to get indoors, so make sure you leave them as little space as possible.
  3. Don’t leave food sitting around the house. Especially in the kitchen. Make sure to clean up after you eat or prepare meals. Rodents especially want to eat any food that they see to get them through the winter, so the less food you leave out, the less they’ll have to eat. This is not only especially important during the winter months, but summer as well.
  4. Check to see that there are no nests that pests might have made in the spring and summer. Your chimney is a place where many pests such as birds and mice can make their homes. You should also check the attic for signs that pests may be making your home theirs.

There you have some helpful tips for keeping winter pests out of your home. While none of these are foolproof, they will get you on your way to having a pest-free winter! If you have a pest problem that you can’t control yourself, call us at 615-220-1933 or click here to schedule an appointment!

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