Staying in The Bed Bug Game Long Enough to Succeed
Staying in The Bed Bug Game Long Enough to Succeed takes a well-planned out strategy.
People attempt bed bug removals using anything they can get their hands on.
After months of spraying, copious amounts of DE dusting, taping, CO2 traps, monitors, essential oils and throwing things out, they finally give up.
They’ve tried it all.
Unfortunately, by this time, new breeding grounds have grown and they’ve spread throughout their homes.
Insane failure rates!
Albert Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
But that’s what people do every day with bed bugs.
It’s common that people assume a simple spraying and dusting here and there will get rid of bed bugs, but they couldn’t be more wrong.
Throw it All Away and Add it Up
What’s really sad, is tossing perfectly good furniture and items thinking they are getting rid of the problem with it.
I spoke to a young father yesterday who is working just to keep food on the table for his family; who out of sheer failure and frustration tossed all their beds and living room furniture.
He was almost in tears because he can’t financially replace any of those items and his family is now sleeping on the floor.
Because of limited funds, he had gone online and read about a bed bug spray and diatomaceous earth (DE).
For months, he reapplied the spray creating layers upon layers of toxins throughout his home and had piles of DE everywhere!
Each week he would find more bed bugs in different rooms until every room has signs of them.
It was then, out of sheer desperation he threw all their furniture out.
When the difficulty level of bed bugs becomes higher than expected, we tend to want to throw in the towel.
And guess what?
He is still dealing with bed bugs even after copious amounts of bed bug sprays and dusts.
What did he do wrong?
Do Your Homework and Make a Plan First
Suppose you were taking a road trip.
You wouldn’t just jump in the car and take off without knowing where you’re going or how to get there, would you?
Same thing goes for bed bugs.
You need a plan of attack.
Not just any plan, a plan that works.
Take a couple of hours to learn about the nature of this bug your ready to conquer.
Understanding your risks and where they hide will be the best thing you can do up front.
Set Yourself Some Clear Expectations
Whatever the reason you insist on doing this yourself, (money, principals, ego, whatever), you’d better figure out what you are willing to do and how long you are willing to do it for.
Because you might find yourself down a worm hole in a short time.
For those who can’t weather the storm, you’re better off leaving it to a professional upfront.
By reading articles online, you may not think this could be easy, but you certainly don’t know it can be extremely difficult if you don’t have facts.
You first need to evaluate the extent of bed bugs residing in your dwelling, how long they’ve been around and if you are subject to high risk situations.
Most Vulnerable Dwellings
Most at risk and vulnerable to bed bug infestations spreading are multi-unit properties and you may be reaping the bed bug freebies of someone else’s problems that shares a wall with you.
An occupant/renter should contact their landlord or property manager as soon as a bed bugs are suspected.
Bed bug infestations don’t just happen overnight.
Of course, unless you brought an infested item into your dwelling.
But normally, they take months to build.
Depending on the size of the infestation, when the amount of bed bugs exceeds available blood meals, they will travel to adjoining areas in search of blood.
This is especially true if a person that occupies an infested unit moves.
They begin to forage for a blood meal.
Early stage introductions of bed bugs are small and relatively simple to eliminate.
But as bed bug populations increase, the spread and control become more labor intensive, complex and more expensive.
Treatment in one unit with infested surrounding units will be fruitless in the long run as the bed bugs travel between the wall voids.
So, it is important that you speak to those in units around you and the landlord or property manager for complete organized elimination.
A popular problem today is landlords that either want to do it themselves or ask their renter not to talk to anyone else about it.
This is ridicules.
Hiding the fact that bed bugs are present (in life), is the number one BIGGEST mistake landlords do.
STOP HIDING and talk about them.
Educate your tenants, put policies and procedures in place, inspect on a regular basis.
Get them to come to you should they suspect a problem so you can handle it quickly.
This will help to avoid structure “infestations” in your building.
Reality Check – What Happens
Many times, landlords will treat only the one unit while hiding the fact that there are bed bugs in the building to other tenants.
The big problem here is that they just might be coming in from an adjacent unit and will be back in a short time.
Then, they BLAME the tenant which unit they just had treated if they should complain again.
And in essence they never really got rid of them to begin with, they just knocked them down in the unit and drove them into the walls.
Another problem is, they don’t want to pay for a complete inspection of surrounding units.
This next one is the biggie!
Attempting to hold tenants financially responsible.
Before long, the word will get out and tenants will not tell you they have them.
When doing so, a common reaction of the tenant is to run to their local store or online to find something so they can eliminate them.
Now they spread to surrounding units faster.
So, if you’re planning on doing any of these things, you might want to figure out how to stay in the game long enough to get rid of your problem.
The IBBRA has been helping property owners and managers for years combat bed bugs without stress and extreme spreading.
Reach out to any of our service providers by putting your zip code into our service map on our site at www.ibbra.org
They will show you a way you can combat your bed bug problems without draining your ROI and keep your buildings safe from infestations!
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Are you a Hero or a Victim of Bed Bugs?
The Story of Bed Bugs Is Being Written as We Speak.
A bug that was once was remiss of our times, has come back with a vengeance.
People are finally beginning to realize that they are not immune to bed bugs.
Who gets to write the story?
Do you want to remain a bed bug victim or be your own hero?
The choice is up to you.
Our job is to communicate the truth about bed bugs in a way that makes sense to people.
Communicate in a way that resonates with you and to help you find solutions that work for them.
That means listening to your “story” and asking lots of questions.
Sometimes, it’s many months before you will reach out for help.
By this time, bed bugs have spread into most rooms of your house or apartment.
Now, you feel defeated, tired and don’t have the energy to do anything.
It Doesn’t Need to Be That Hard
We all know that finding bed bugs early on will lead to a much higher success rate, faster.
But, when you go it alone and try anything you find on the market, bed bugs silently take over.
Eliminating bed bugs is a well thought out strategy.
Experience Does Matter
If you get the ego out, most people don’t know it all.
If you don’t ask enough valid questions, sometimes you’ll never know what’s really going on.
Uneducated landlords are still treating single units while ignoring surrounding units.
Or, they are going online and buying a pesticide and doing it themselves.
We have operators who are discovering something new about the bed bug with each service they do.
Each environment has different levels of infestations.
Things that make a difference is furniture designs, building restrictions, the amount of clutter and more.
And with each environment, things change.
Bed Bugs Have an Agenda
With about 7 billion people worldwide, bed bugs don’t care where you’re from.
- They will take a plane ride with you, ride in your car, or jump a bus with you.
- You can have a bed bug traveler with you anytime of the day or night.
- They’ll even go to school or work with you no matter how boring your job is.
- These bugs don’t care if you clean or pick up around your house or live in a tent.
- They don’t mind of you are a male or female, a child, adult or senior.
- Bed bugs are not prone to any particular race, creed or color.
- They’ll bite whether you have thin or thick skin.
- A bed bug can find you across the room, down the hall or behind a wall.
- Not very social nor do they hang out.
Their only need is our blood.
Human Bed Bug Tolerance
Affording a professional isn’t an option for many people.
With limited funds, people can only buy dusts and sprays and bombs.
Some people will do a little bit here and there in order to knock down levels, but never go at it enough to get rid of them.
A few months later they are looking for a magic solution.
Those who listen and do what is required, get rid of them.
And then those who don’t, wind up with bed bugs for a long time.
It’s takes thoroughness, focus and repeated treatments for a do-it-yourself method.
Be Your Own Hero
We’ve been helping people with low incomes get rid of bed bugs for many years.
There isn’t a secret, but there are certain processes that need attentiveness.
You can’t stop until every last bed bug is gone!
Read step by step instructions “How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs on a Tight Budget”
Those who follow the Instructions and do what is required, get rid of them.
And then those who don’t, wind up with bed bugs for a long time.
It’s takes thoroughness and focus and repeated treatments if you are using a do-it-yourself method.
We’re always here to help! 888-966-2332 www.ibbra.org
A Minefield of Bed Bug Misinformation
Photo courtesy of Warren Wong
We’re twenty years post bed bugs resurgence.
Yet the amount of large infestations is increasing.
Bed bugs have become a fast-growing segment of the professional and over-the-counter pest control industry.
And we’re living the consequences of a minefield of bed bug misinformation.
We’re just not getting rid of bed bugs early enough to save from massive infestations building.
Bed Bug Stakes are High
There are certain things that have a significant impact on all living human beings.
Bed bugs are one of them.
We have over 7 billion people worldwide.
These hitchhikers only survival is blood and every one of us are at risk.
After twenty years of their existence, so many people still have no clue bed bugs exist.
Or, that they were somehow immune.
Even the economically challenged have cell phones and televisions.
And since bed bugs have made the news over again throughout the years.
It makes me wonder where they’ve been for the past twenty years.
Some of the stories I hear are so off that I am at a loss for words.
With such ignorance, we are looking at another twenty years of learning and education.
Separating Fact from Fiction
Based on calls we receive these are common bed bug questions and statements.
#1. I recently brought bed bugs home from a vacation and was told I have to throw all my furniture out.
This depends upon the extent of the infestation and condition of the furniture. Unless the furniture is old, broken and totally infested, there is no need to arbitrarily throw it out. There are ways to treat furniture including steaming, dusts, fumigation and heat.
#2. Bed bugs will jump on you, crawl in your hair, and cling to your skin.
First, bed bugs do not jump or fly. The likelihood of bed bugs being in your hair is slim and here’s why: Bed bugs are flattened dorsally like a flat disk. They also have two cat-like claws on the end of their legs which make it hard to navigate through hair. (exceptions would be tight curled hair or dreadlocks that they may get caught in). Same goes for dogs and cats.
#3. They only come out at night.
So not true. It’s just that the majority of people make themselves available for bed bugs in the wee hours of the night and early mornings. Suppose you work from 10 pm to 6 am in the morning and sleep during the day. The bed bug will adjust their life to yours. All they want is a blood meal. So, it doesn’t matter what time it is.
#4. Spraying my body with Raid, Hotshot or essential oils will keep them from biting me.
Sorry folks, this isn’t proven and pest products are poisons. Remember your skin will absorb those toxins! Even certain essential oils need to be applied using a carrier oil. Please be kind to yourself.
#5. But it says for bed bugs on the label why wouldn’t it work?
This is so very common. When people attempt do-it-yourself, they scan shelves in their local stores for anything with bed bugs on the label.
I always tell people, “If you can see a bed bug, you can kill a bed bug”. Your thumb can squish them or dirty dish water can drown them. The problem is they are cryptic in nature and are difficult to find.
Aside from resistance issues, most of these are “contact kill” and you need to use these products as stated in the directions, directly sprayed on the bug.
#6. Sticky traps and monitors will detect whether or not you have bed bugs.
Sorry again, this is another misnomer. There are no proven products to detect low levels yet. The best monitor is you! Regular inspections of your beds and other resting places is better. Change sheets weekly, check piping and seams. Flip your mattress, vacuum box springs, steam frames and examine often.
It’s been known that people who spray pesticides or ignore them for great periods cause bed bugs to take up residence in ceilings. Bed bugs have been known to crawl across ceilings and drop down on beds.
Aside from people’s lack of knowledge, chemical resistance issues are increasing.
On a plane ride, in a matter of hours, a resistant strain from New York can make it to California.
The offspring of these resistant strains are not affected by chemical pesticides.
And, chemicals don’t kill the egg stage so more chemicals are used.
And so on, and so on.
Meanwhile, they keep spreading throughout whole neighborhoods.
Ranking as one of the largest problems is affordability for professional pest control.
From our last two years demographics, over 63% of the nation cannot afford a professional.
These people scan the internet or visit their local hardware store for a solution.
Without proper understanding and training, people overuse and misuse these chemicals.
Thus, causing yet more resistance issues and toxic environments.
It’s a catch 22.
The Deck’s Stacked Against Us
Whether we like it or not, the deck’s stacked against us.
Bed bugs will continue to infiltrate for many years to come.
We all need to do regular inspections for bed bugs.
Read “ How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs on a Tight Budget”, to learn what does and doesn’t work before you attempt any treatment for bed bugs.
Your bed bug problem might be bigger than you think!
Learn if you can do-it-yourself or if you need a professional.
It Isn’t Your Fault – But Time is of The Essence
Know that it’s not your fault, but it’s still your responsibility to avoid bringing them into your homes.
The International Bed Bug Resource Authority has been a trusted resource for close to a decade.
We are here to help you understand what you are up against and direct you to powerful solutions as well as trusted professionals.
What Products Can You Trust?
In this minefield of bed bug misinformation, navigating the product world can be quite a challenge.
Do your homework!
Some products only work under controlled conditions in labs.
Remember, just because it worked under controlled conditions that doesn’t mean it is going to work in the real world.
Some companies downright lie about the effectiveness of their products.
With bold promises, and savvy advertising they suggest that if you buy their stuff, you can get rid of bed bugs.
Through fear, they know exactly how to press your buy buttons.
Don’t lose your precious time following methods and ideas who will never work.
If you want to stay on top of the latest research and know what works and what doesn’t, reach out to us with a phone call or visit our site at www.ibbra.org
Or get our Bed Bugs Uncensored by filling out our form below!
We’re here to help! 888-966-2332 888-9-NOBEDBUGS
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Are Bed Bug Proof Couch Encasements Worth the Investment?
Bed bugs can be found anywhere in a home; however, the most likely places bed bugs are found are in mattresses, box springs, bed frames and couches.
The living room or den is the place where families and friends congregate.
Since we spend so much time on our couches, a blood meal is always available for a bed bug.
Today, it’s not unlikely that bed bugs are often found in our couches.
And since bed bugs don’t want to travel too far to get a blood meal, they will stay in the couch until no one sits there and when hungry will search for a meal.
They smell the CO2 you breathe and come running.
That is how they get from the couch to the bed -or- from the bed to the couch.
Bed bugs will crawl to find you or cling to your clothes and “hitchhike” from room to room.
Throwing Away Furniture is Not the Answer!
One of the biggest regrets people have when finding bed bugs, is throwing their furniture away.
Especially when they don’t have an infestation but only a few bed bugs.
Replacement costs for a couch can range from $600 to $800 dollars or more!
And if you do replace it without getting rid of all bed bugs, it too will get re-infested in a short time.
So yes, investing in a bed bug proof couch encasement sure beats having to throw out expensive furniture!
Determine the Extent of Your Infestation
An introduction of a bed bug from a visitor or a recent trip is not an infestation.
But, if you don’t eliminate the bed bugs quickly, and correctly, in a few months you could have many.
Can bed bugs climb walls?
If your seeing bed bugs climbing walls in or around your couch, easy chair or bed, either you’ve been spraying a pesticide or you have something more serious going on.
Time is of the essence here.
If you live in a shared wall environment like apartment or condominium, check with your neighbors to see if they have something going on in their unit.
Bed bugs spread easily in these environments and if you suspect a bed bug infestation, a proper bed bug inspection must be done.
Call your landlord or a bed bug exterminator and find out what you’re dealing with first.
Don’t reach for a bed bug killer and take it on yourself.
Dealing with bed bugs can be like taking a trip without a map, if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never get there!
Save from Throwing Out Furniture!
A lot of times, a pest control company will request that you throw out certain pieces of furniture.
Not always is this necessary, especially if you can’t afford to replace it.
So, let’s learn the difference between items that can potentially save your furniture from being tossed.
Couch Encasements – Bed Bug Couch Cover – Bed Bug Sofa Cover – Couch Slipcovers
What’s the difference?
Basically, they were all designed to serve the purpose of protection.
Whether you call it a sofa or couch, they are made to protect the fabric from spills, stains and a multitude of other things.
What Is A Couch, Sofa or Slipcover?
Couch Sofa SlipCover
These are covers that go over the couch and sides but end at the legs. 
The elastic on the bottom holds it in place.
They are easily taken off and replaced when they need to be washed.
NOT a good bed bug couch cover.
What Is A Bed Bug Couch Encasement?
A couch encasement is like furniture bags for bed bugs that encases and seals the whole couch so things can’t get in.
And in the case of bed bugs, they can’t get out.
What Does A Couch Encasement Do?
First, it protects your couch from allergens, micro toxins, dust mites, drink spills, food stains, bugs, diaper changes, dog and cat hair and other things.  Even ants!
It works much like bed bug bed covers  or a bed bug mattress cover  would.
Nothing can get in or on your furniture or on you.
- Provides instant relief against bed bug bite symptoms, adult bed bug bites and baby bed bugs!
- They lock in any existing allergens, bed bugs and bed bug eggs while preventing new infestations.
- Will keep furniture clean and protects against infestations if you store it.
- Takes away bed bug hiding and breeding areas by covering seams, cushions, piping, pillows and any crack or crevice.
- Saves you from throwing out your furniture providing financial relief for you.
- Since chemical resistance is now an issue and bed bug eggs may still remain, the bed bug sofa cover locks them in until they die.
Bed bugs can be extremely difficult and costly to remove from upholstered furniture, they are often suggested by a bed bug exterminator after a bed bug treatment.
When you have bed bugs, they are used to seal them in so they can’t get out and eventually die.
What Don’t They Do?
It doesn’t stop you from introducing bed bugs.
Anyone can get bed bugs at any time.
But if you notice a bed bug and are concerned you have more, it will lock them in and they will starve to death.
This helps so they don’t spread to other parts of the room or environment.
You Have Bed Bugs in Your Couch – What Now?
Grab yourself a Bed Bug & Allergen Blocking Sofa Encasement !
They are easy to install and bedbugs can’t get in or out!
To speed up the process: It’s not ABC pest control. You have to pay attention to what you are doing.
Getting to all those “hiding places” with spray chemicals is not healthy to even try.
Purchasing the book, “How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs on a Tight Budget”  will walk you through each step of elimination the safe way.
If you have a more serious infestation and can’t afford a bed bug pest control company, you can place Nuvan Strips  inside the encasement to fumigate the bed bugs dead. (always follow manufacturer’s safety directions).
Or, you can use Cimexa  inside the frame under the couch and under cushions in the corners. When bed bugs crawl over the dust, it desiccates or dries them out within a short time.
Cimexa, used by many professionals, is also used in electrical outlets, baseboards and other cracks and crevices in furniture, window frames and carpet edges. It provides a protective barrier for any bug that may find its way into your home through wall voids, foundation openings or cracks in and around windows and door frames.
I hope this has helped you and even though we always recommend using a professional to eliminate bed bugs, but not always can people afford to do so.
So, we are here to help you do the best elimination without the risks of toxic chemicals. We say, “Leave the CHEMICALS to the Pros!”
I wish you the best in your bed bug endeavor and always know, you can reach out to us for any bedbug related questions, education, tips and suggestions. 888-966-2332
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How to Prevent Bed Bugs from Multiplying if You Can’t Afford A Professional
Some of the saddest calls I receive are from single moms whose children have scabs and rashes from bed bugs.
They can’t afford much more than the mortgage or rent and putting clothes on their backs and food on the table.
The bed bug pest control companies estimate was way more than they could ever afford.
They feel lost, embarrassed, ashamed, and afraid and don’t know where to turn.
Many times, I too have cried hearing their fears.
This is time for compassion and understanding for me.
I listen to them as they explain their dilemma so that they feel understood.
I then ask some reflective questions to analyze their situation.
I first ask if they had a bed bug inspection.
At this point, they are usually fixated on the fact that they can’t afford a bed bug exterminator service.
This is when I redirect them to new possibilities.
It usually starts with a few deep breaths and a moment of silence and I begin.
Understanding What You Are Up Against
FACT: Bed bugs are a year-round threat for anyone who has blood running through their veins.
They’ve become a worldwide problem and will be as common as the flea in our near future.
Infestations take time to build and don’t happen overnight.
We all need to be more vigilant in our bed bug awareness and prevention.
Under the right conditions, one female bed bug can cause a small infestation within a couple of months.
Then, like a penny doubled daily, can escalate into a much more serious infestation within 4 to 6 months.
Checking for signs of bed bugs will insure full-fledged infestations don’t build-up.
But not many people do that.
Read up on bed bugs and their nature on our sites knowledge base here.
Know Your Risk Factor
Some people are at much higher risk for picking up bedbugs than others.
Those with vocations that go into other people’s homes for example.
- Maintenance workers, plumbers, electricians, handyman work, etc.
- Firemen and paramedics [transfer patients with infestations on their gurneys and ambulances].
- Police [when an arrestee occupies their squad cars].
- Hotel employees.
- Those who work in certain health facilities.
- Those in call centers, office cubicles or anywhere many people gather.
- People with children at elementary, high school or college.
- And those whose homes are a revolving door and couches that house overnight guests often.
You get the picture.
Anyone, at any time, can fall subject to bed bugs.
I wish I could say that if you do X, you will never encounter a bed bug problem, but I’d be lying.
Bed bugs are here, and here to stay.
So, we all need to be careful of what we bring into our homes and on what articles we bring them in on.
Acknowledge any bed bites, tiny bugs in bed, baby bed bugs, insects that resemble bed bugs, or bed bug bite symptoms.
Don’t blow it off thinking it was a flea or mosquito bite.
If you travel, read how to pack BEFORE  your trip and what to do when you get home so you don’t introduce a bed bug.
- Clean up the clutter!
- This may be the best time to go through stuff to see what you need in life.
- Get rid of things that take up space.
- Especially things in cardboard boxes piled in corners of rooms.
- Don’t pick up things that people have thrown out on the curb.
- It’s amazing how many calls I get because someone saw a cool dresser or couch on the curb with a sign saying FREE.
- Stay away from these things!
- Be very careful of what you bring home from a thrift or second hand store.
- I’ve gotten calls from people that told me they donated bed bug ridden things to Goodwill.
- Stay away from bed bug bombs, sprays, lotions and potions. Most of which will only spread them further.
Don’t Go It Alone
Don’t go it alone
Photo Courtesy of Kat J
We’ve received thousands of calls from people who cannot afford a professional bed bug exterminator.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs on a Tight Budget was specifically written to help those who cannot afford the services of a bed
You don’t need to feel alone when dealing with bed bugs.
Obviously, the longer you’ve had bed bugs the more work you will have to do.
But if affordability is an issue, get ready to put in a little muscle for a while.
Follow each step in the book carefully and intentionally.
It will teach you the pitfalls that many people run into when attempting to eliminate bedbugs themselves.
Sometimes what not to do is more important than knowing what TO DO.
Avoid nonsense you read on the internet about dryer sheets, herbs, oils and such.
Don’t use bed bug bombs, sprays, etc. They will spread your problem quickly.
And if you have any questions, you know you can always reach out to us.
We are here to help! 888-9-NOBEDBUGS
Why Sellers Should Have a Pest Inspection Before Listing
Photo by Jesse Roberts
By The REALFX Group – Texas & Denise Donovan
Why Sellers Should Have a Pest Inspection Before Listing
Could you be living with a pest problem?
What happens when you pass the problem along to a potential buyer?
Homeowners want to get optimal value for their investment.
But this is less likely to happen if a pest issue has been unaddressed by a seller.
It can cause detours and delays during the home selling process.
Don’t surprise your buyers with a pest problem and potentially lose out on a sale!
Understand more about why early pest inspections prior to listing may be the best choice for sellers and potential buyers.
Significant Damage Hiding in a Home
Some pests can eat away at the structure of a home or hide in wall voids.
Termites can make meals of support beams and other wood structures, furniture and heirlooms.
Rodents can cause environmental degradation and cause severe damage to many parts of your home. [Attics, electrical, yards, storage areas and vehicles in garages].
Bed bugs can lie hidden in wall voids, behind baseboards or under carpet tacks.
Unfortunately, much of this damage isn’t visible to you.
This can lead to safety issues and decrease a home’s value.
This subjects the new buyer to potential financial outlay that may cause a lawsuit.
If your thinking about listing your home, here are some tips.
Have regular inspections and take care of pest problems when they present themselves.
This helps to avoid spending money on repairs after damage has occured.
Those who don’t, may find a costly problem during a home inspection.
This can cause you to accept a significant cut in the asking price.
Remember, that it is important for buyers and sellers to work together.
Addressing issues before a listing can make for less stress and fewer delays later on when it comes time to sell.
Pest Inspections Just Makes Sense
Don’t allow a pest problem come back to “bite” you!
In some states, a seller may not be required by law to obtain a pest inspection.
However, depending upon the home’s condition a buyers lender might demand a pest report.
When discussing the market, a seller’s market makes it likely a buyer may waive home inspection contingencies to close on a home.
A pest inspection becomes more important in buyer’s market.
This is where there may be several offers pending.
If a pest inspection is not required or requested, a seller may choose to forgo the extra inspection.
For example, a clear pest report could become a selling point and a benefit for a buyer.
As is beneficial with other inspection reports, buyers will appreciate a clear pest report.
Serious pest problems can cost a pretty penny so do your due diligence.
Sellers have little control of the report when buyers initiate the pest inspection.
And in some areas, such as California, it becomes part of the public record.
Therefore, it is wise for sellers to have a pest inspection done before listing their homes.
The Well-Positioned Seller
Asking price is one of the important factors that may drive traffic and lead to multiple offers on a property.
It’s better to be aware of any pest problems that can deter potential buyers from a sale or reduce the value of a home.
Inspections are generally affordable and range from $50 to $200, depending on the location.
Learn more about how useful a pest inspection can be for sellers and speak with an agent for more information on local professionals today.
We’re always here to help!
The REALFX Group – Texas
Suspect Bed Bugs?
Get Out That Steamer!
High steam heat kills bed bugs and eggs.
And here you thought steamers were for cleaning only.
If you think you have bed bugs, get out that steamer! (Give them our Coupon code IBBRA for a discount)
Bed bugs don’t go away on their own.
The longer you have them, the greater the amount.
And with regular blood meals they’ll grow into even larger infestations.
They can reach exponential growth patterns and can make your life unbearable and environment uninhabitable.
Know that bed bugs are everywhere and anywhere!
Don’t single yourself out, even the cleanest of people can get bed bugs.
And, clutter has a serious influence on the ability to get rid of them.
Stay ahead of bed bugs by steaming regularly.
How to Avoid an Infestation
Always check for signs of bed bug signs.
Common hiding places are, beds, couch, easy chair or areas where you sleep or rest.
Be aware of any bites. Don’t assume fleas or mosquitoes and check for bed bugs.
Change your sheets weekly. Examine your bed often for signs of bed bugs.
Especially if you are being bitten and don’t know the source.
Look for, live bed bugs in all stages of development, shed skins, blood smears, and fecal stains.
Toxins in Our Bodies
A senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), Rebecca Sutton, PhD, stated, “In terms of household cleaners, neither ingredients nor products must meet any sort of safety standard, nor is any testing data or notification required before bringing a product to market.”
That’s pretty scary if you think about it.
Cleaning products contain chemicals like: Phthalates – Perchloroethylene or “PERC” – Sodium Hypochlorite – Ammonia -Triclosan – Chlorine – Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, or “QUATS” – 2-Butoxyethanol – Sodium Hydroxide – most of which are ‘hazardous to humans and domestic animals’.
The problems arise with repeated contact.
So, if your cleaning with that same product every week, monthly or yearly, the likelihood is that you will find those chemicals in your tissues, organs, blood or urine.
Many of these toxins are stored in our tissues creating, hormone disruption, asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, and neurotoxicity.
And we actually pay hundreds of dollars each year to poison ourselves and our environments with each bottle we buy.
We may not be able to avoid toxic chemicals altogether but we can reduce them significantly. And here’s how:
Every living organism has a thermal death point.
Spores, viruses, bacteria, mold to insects, mammals and humans.
Pressurized steam is used to sterilize dental probes, and medical equipment for surgery, anesthesia and respiratory therapy.
Moist heat destroys microorganisms by the denaturation of enzymes and structural proteins.
Routine cleaning using chemicals on mops and rags absorb and hold in bacteria and viruses, cross-contaminate and smear bacteria from one area to another.
Even a concentration of 70 percent, ethyl alcohol has virtually no effect on bacterial spores.
It may smell good or look clean, but if you were to test the surface you would find all kinds of harmful microorganisms.
Benefits of Vapamore MR 100 Steamer
The benefits of steam go beyond a clean, sanitized environment.
- Non-Toxic/Child/Pet/Senior/Health Benefits
- Kills Bacteria/Viruses/Mold/Yeasts/Fungi
- Infection Control
- Destroys Bed Bugs, Eggs and other Inspects
- Neutralizes Allergens
- Safe for Respiratory Issues
- Leaves No Residual
- Saves Water/Protects Environment
- Saves You Money/No More Purchasing Chemicals
- Easier on The Lungs and Hands Than Chemical Cleaning Products.
- Cuts cleaning time in half!
We’ve tested many steamers over the past decade and have found one that stands behind their product, quality and warranty.
Rated best on the market for all purpose and bed bugs.
How Vapamore MR 100 Steamer Works
The unit has a 1,500-Watt heating element that heats water to high temperatures of 210-220F and generates a low-pressure output of steam.
This steam kills 99.99% of bacteria and doesn’t require the use of any harmful chemicals.
Only water and electricity are used.
Built to last!
Can be used for industrial, commercial and residential environments.
I’m amazed that hospitals, hotels, daycares, and senior care environments don’t use steam to clean daily.
There are a multitude of uses inside homes like:
Grout, tile, quartz, wood floors, carpet, upholstery, laminates, porcelain, granite, ceramic, bath tubs, toilets, sinks, ovens, water spots on shower doors and walls, blinds, fabrics, draperies, pet stains and many other surfaces.
There’s even an attachment to use for steam pressing your clothing!
And outside the home:
Bar-b-q’s, patio furniture, auto detail, concrete, weeds, spider nests, garage floors and so much more!
Did you know that the average family of 4 spends anywhere between $400 to 600 hundred dollars a year on cleaning products?
I personally own and highly recommend the Vapamore MR 100.
Since I purchased mine, I no longer use any chemicals to clean my home and save lots of money.
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What to Look for While Changing Your Sheets (Signs of Bed Bugs)
One of the most common Bed Bug Hotline calls we get are from people who say, “I never noticed anything on my sheets.”
But after weeks, and sometimes months of mysterious bites, they finally begin their search.
Bed bugs are most common in areas where we sleep or rest.
Survival of The Fittest
Food, environments and proper shelter is how most living organisms survive.
Most all species of insects have a certain nature and pattern.
It is through knowing their nature, that helps pest control develop ways of combating them and keeping them out of our homes.
Bees make hives. Ants create tunnels. They have particular habitats and food sources.
Of course, unless you are dealing with cockroaches who are omnivorous scavengers and can survive a multitude of environments.
Long term survival depends upon attaining basic nutritional essentials and shelter from outside dangers.
For bed bugs, to assure survival they usually take up shelter close to where they get their blood meal.
Bed bugs are drawn to the CO2 we breath when we exhale and warmth of our bodies.
During our sleeping or resting times, CO2 builds up in concentrated form and acts like a “dinner bell” to bed bugs.
The female finds her way to the food source and will deposit her eggs in the seams of the mattress or frame.
This way after they hatch they don’t have far to go to obtain a meal.
Instars or first hatched bed bugs are very small, have thin skin and need blood meals in order to grow to their next stage of development.
Knowing if You Have Bed Bugs in Your Environment Takes A Conscious Effort
Often, you’ll see online pictures of horrible infestations.
These pictures make people fearful and scared and they do some pretty crazy things.
Like throw away beds and furniture because they found one bug.
All they envision is thousands of bed bugs that causes them to freak out and toss everything.
These types of infestations have been around for great lengths of time.
How to Avoid an Infestation in Homes
Bed bugs take time to build into “infestation” levels.
Of course, unless you’ve brought home a completely “infested” item from a secondhand store or from a garage sale.
But normally, only one or two are introduced.
Some people begin experiencing bites.
If your one of those who are not allergic to bug bites, you’ll need to be even more conscientious.
- Be aware of where you go and where you sit or sleep.
- Vigilance is important when you have overnight guests.
- Check items you bring into your home like, luggage from a trip, backpacks, computer bags if you’ve sat at a local library or coffee shop.
- Check your clothing if you’ve visited a movie theater, restaurant booth or sat in an emergency waiting room or doctors’ clinic.
Bed bugs are found in places where people congregate.
Change your sheets weekly. Examine them first for any blood smears.
When changing them, roll them into the middle of your bed, folding the edges inwards before taking them to your laundry.
Carefully examine the edges of your mattress and boxsprings, looking for any sign of bed bugs. (bed bugs in all sizes, fecal stains, shed skins, blood smears).
I always suggest having mattress and boxsprings encasements.
Not only to keep bed bugs out of your mattress, (should you get them they can’t get in), but to keep your investment clean from sweat, spills and especially, dust mites.
They just protect your investment and keep it clean.
If you have a headboard, vacuum it thoroughly and check for any signs of bed bugs.
And check the frame.
So, if you’re experiencing bites, these are the common places where they hide.
Sleeping on the Couch and Guest Room Beds
Lots of people sleep on their couch.
They may fall asleep watching a movie or just prefer a cozy couch.
The one thing you must not do is move to your couch if you think you might have bed bugs in your bed.
They will follow you!
A big reason why bed bugs spread to other parts of their home.
If you have an overnight guest using your guest room, always check for signs of bed bugs after your guest leaves.
A guest can pick up a bed bug while traveling and leave it behind at your home.
Most of the time they don’t know they have one and it really isn’t their fault.
What to Do If You Suspect Bed Bugs
Finding bed bugs and eliminating them when they are first discovered prevents “infestations” from building.
The number one process I tell people about should they discover a bed bug or two, is the use of a steamer.
Insects of all sorts have a “thermal death point” which the steamer provides and no bug can survive the steam.
I’ve been using a steamer for over 6 years to clean my house and remove any bug that should find its way into my house.
Eliminating toxins chemicals that accompany cleaning products has made my home a whole lot cleaner.
I like the fact that the steamer also kills bacteria and other toxins and sanitizes my environment at the same time.
I never worry about my grandchildren playing in a bathtub that was washed down with some chemical.
Or playing on the floor washed with some chemical cleaner.
Step by Step
If you suspect bed bugs or if you just want to know the process of finding their hiding places and removing them safely, read
“Hot to Get Rid of Bed Bugs on a Tight Budget”.
Many people can’t afford the services of a professional which can be quite expensive.
After thousands of Bed Bug Hotline calls requesting information on how to get rid of bed bugs, we wrote this book.
And of course, we had to make it affordable at $4.99 on Kindle
The book takes you through a step-by-step process from knowing the nature of the bed bug, to discovering their favorite hiding places to safe and proper elimination.
It especially explains what process DO NOT work and what not to do.
Also, if you have any questions, you can always reach out to us for answers at 888-966-2332
We are here to help! www.ibbra.org
My Life – Closed for Maintenance – I Have Bed Bugs!
Bed bugs are an unexpected nightmare that no one wants.
They can show up at the most inopportune time.
If you suspect bed bugs, you need to pay attention now.
Or you’ll be wearing a sign that says, “My Life – Closed for Maintenance – I Have Bed Bugs”.
Life Is Unpredictable
You can get a flat or be playing softball and a misdirected ball may break a window.
But unlike a flat tire or a broken window that are easy to fix in a day, bed bugs need time to end.
But bed bugs can show up or dropped off at any time, anywhere without you ever knowing.
Your time and energy need focusing.
If you think or suspect bed bugs for any reason, stop what you are doing.
Focus on finding out whether you have them or not.
Meanwhile, you don’t want to have overnight guests or visitors that may put them at risk.
And don’t play the “wait and see” game.
A single bite doesn’t always mean you have bed bugs.
But it is wise to investigate if the bites are coming from fleas or mosquitoes.
Bed bugs are not always easy to find should you have only one or two of them.
Their ability to hide supersedes your ability to find them.
And they are difficult for even a trained professional to find during this time.
After about a week after introduction, a scent has developed.
It would be wise to bring in a detection dog team to find their scent.
These trained dogs detect very small amounts of bed bugs.
Even down to a single bug or egg and can target the area where they are hiding.
Knee Jerk Reactions
So many people tend to think that if they throw away their bed, that bed bugs will be gone.
They’re called bed bugs for a reason.
They harbor in areas where we rest or sleep which are usually beds, couches or easy chairs.
It is not always necessary to get rid of your furniture because of bed bugs.
Especially when they are first introduced.
Using the Wrong Products
People tend to do is reach for anything that says bed bugs on the label at their local hardware store or online.
Using inferior products will create a whole new set of circumstances.
How would you know if you are dealing with a resistant strain?
We can’t depend on chemicals – Concentrations of sometimes 1,000 times more is often needed – This would create a heavy toxic environment in our already toxic homes.
Most chemicals are “contact” killers. (sprayed on bug in order for the product to kill them).
To kill resistant bed bugs, it may need concentrations of 1,000 times more than normal.
- Less Expensive Treatment
- May offer Some Residual
- Works in Conjunction with Other IPM Methods
- Low Success Rates
- Dependent on Client Involvement
- Resistance Issues
- Does not penetrate egg
- Clutter Influences Effectiveness
- Limits use of Canines (30 days)
- Repeated Treatments Required
- May Spread Bed Bugs
- Some Items May Need Discarding
- Requires Extensive Prep Work
- Health Issues
Possible Added Costs
High Success Rates – Bed bugs, like any living organism, has a thermal death temperature.
Temperatures vary from 135°F to 180°F and success depends upon experience of operator.
Other factors for success:
Extent and length of Infestation
- Immediate Single Treatment Elimination
- Chemical Free
- No Odors
- No Resistance
- Kills all Stages of Bed Bugs Including Eggs
- Limited Discarding of Items
- Least Preparation
- Safe for People and Pets Immediately After Treatment
- Sanitizes and Disinfects
- Can be costly
- Leaves no Residual
So, What Do You Do?
Find a bed bug. – Find signs of bed bugs. – Have a trained dog scent for bed bugs.
If confirmed, decide on professional or DIY yourself.
Weight the possibilities of chemical treatment versus heat treatment.
Treatment choices are up to you.
Anyway, your life will be closed for a while until you get rid of the bed bugs.
Have no shame or hide the fact you have them.
They can happen to anyone.
What You Should Expect with a Professional Bed Bug Treatment
We are being flooded with calls from people saying, “I think we have bed bugs, what do we do?”
It’s understood that complete knowledge of this pest, combined with a cohesive partnership with YOU will provide the best elimination result and future protection you can expect.
The bed bugs resurgence has become a significant concern for our global society.
Successful elimination and control of this pest is extremely difficult and once breeding grounds have “established” in structures of multi-unit properties, presents even greater challenges.
As you will understand with this, each step of elimination should be clearly outlined and provide inclusions and exclusions pertaining to the size and length of the infestation, the number of units affected, the people involved, and the environment treated.
Before you begin your search on how to qualify a professional you’re probably full of questions on bed bugs and the process of elimination, and that’s a good thing!
You’ll want to be asking intelligent questions, lots of them!
And if you don’t get the answers you’re looking for – say “next”.
Remember, you can’t just “knock down” or kill a “few bed bugs” because if any bugs or eggs are left behind, you will start all over again in a short amount of time.
You need to be assured that once the company commits to your project they will follow it through until complete control is maintained.
Interview and search for a well-educated and experienced company that will start with coaching you first.
Develop a relationship as you would with any other professional (i.e. Car repair, builder, clergy, maintenance, doctor, and dentist)
During an inspection and treatment evaluation, your professional will identify the bug in question.
At this point, knowing the nature of the bed bug, the life cycles and their interaction with the environment, they will begin an inspection to evaluate the extent of the infestation.
Bed bugs in particular are cryptic in nature and are very hard to find in early stages.
This inspection may take some time depending upon your environment, how much clutter, how many people and who sleeps where.
In multi-unit properties, units with shared walls need inspecting as well.
During this time, they may ask a multitude of questions to discover the source of introduction.
Because they want success in their treatment, they will share “what not to do” to help limit bed bug activity spreading until treatment can start.
It is suggested that people keep their homes decluttered prior to getting bedbugs but this is not always the case.
Cluttered environments greatly reduce the efficacy of any treatment.
Once finished with a thorough inspection, they will design a multidisciplinary or integrated treatment protocol.
They will focus their treatment on your affordability, the extent of infestation, and structural environments.
Questions to Ask
- Do they “specialize” in bed bug treatments?
- Where did they get their training on bed bugs? Elimination training?
- Is their complete staff trained in bed bugs?
- How long have they been treating for bed bugs and how many treatments have they done?
- What type of treatments and processes do they offer? (Heat, Chemical, Fumigation, Other?)
- Which treatment is the most effective and why?
- Which treatment would be best suited for your environment and why? (Children, elderly, sick, medical or mental situations, handicapped, pets, clutter or hoarder)
- Do they supply educational materials on bed bugs?
- Do you have to be involved in the treatment process and what is expected of you, your family, staff or tenants?
- How many treatments will it take to get rid of your problem? (Be sure to fully understand the nature of this pest, the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to completely solve the problem)
- How much is this going to cost you? (When dealing with bed bug treatment it can be costly)
- Do they offer or provide extended or extra services for preparation?
- Do they offer a post treatment follow-up?
- Do they have any referrals or previous clients you can speak to about their service?
- Are there any “hidden or extra costs” outside the contract? (Removal, prep, additional products i.e. mattress encasements, monitors)
- Do they have or have access to a detection dog team?
- Do they have any reviews online that you can read? (Angie’s List, Yelp, LinkedIn, other associations?)
- Do they offer a guarantee or warranty? (If so, know what it covers, how long it lasts, what you must do to keep it in force, and what kind of continuing control, prevention and managing skills are necessary)
Be Aware and Avoid
AVOID PRODUCTS FROM HARDWARE STORES!
The number one biggest mistakes you can make is running to the store to buy up anything that says bed bugs on the label. Most of these products spread bed bugs and do not work.
- Be aware of unlicensed advertisers “posing” as pest control taking advantage of bed bug victims. Avoid any person or company that does not or can’t show you a valid ID, company license and insurance
- Avoid suspicious or unmarked cars or trucks (All dedicated service vehicles are clearly marked with the company’s name consistent with state laws)
- Be aware of anyone who offers a treatment without confirming and “showing you evidence” (live bed bugs or signs of them).
- Avoid any company that will commence treatment in multi-unit dwellings without complete authorization from owner/management.
- Avoid “rotating door techs”. Having consistency will assure they fully understand every phase of your job.
- Be aware of exterminators that offer “too good to be true” bargains.
- Stay away from your cousins, sisters, boyfriend that “used” to be a pest technician many years ago!
- Avoid “ads” promising complete removal in just one treatment on Craig’s List or other such sites
- RUN from slick sales people with “urgency to treat” who sees one bug in a bag then hands you a contract for thousands of dollars.
- Stay away from anyone telling you, you MUST throw away all your furniture! (exceptions)
- Avoid lengthy contracts with all kinds of legal jargon that you don’t understand!
Proper and effective bed bug removal is a scientifically based and strategically designed methodology that may include different processes that varies from one environment to another.
Different settings affect decisions of treatments that may include:
- Size and time infestation has been established
- People’s vocations
- Conditions (structures, age) of dwellings
- Amount of furniture or items
- Previous treatment methods used and much more.
Remember, the severity of the infestation will greatly influence the type of treatment and involvement.
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS!
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