IBBRA’s Common Bed Bug Scents Solutions

The IBBRA is proud to have extended an invitation for Purity Pest Control Limited to join us in our crusade. We have had the privilege of working with Michael Goldman in the past and have found his services a shining example of experience and professionalism.

Since 1981, Purity Pest Control Limited owned and operated by Michael Goldman has been providing professional pest management for their clients. They have 12 specially trained dogs in their fleet of K-9 bed bug detection as well as one dog who can detect termites. Purity presently performs K-9 bed bug detection for government agencies, hospital, hotels, schools as well as commercial and residential.

Michael developed his passion through a hobby of obedience training when he was young. After years of focused training, he saw the potential for the use of dogs in bed bug detection and management. He then trained his dog Kody as the first dog used in the detection of bed bugs and Purity was the first company to train and deploy K-9’s for bed bug detection in the world. He has since trained many dogs in scent detection.

Michael is a big believer in education and frequently lectures on bed bugs, termites and general pest management to hospitals, hotels, property management, home inspectors, real estate boards and many others.

In 2010, Michael made the pages of PCT Magazine on his accomplishment of becoming the first non-US resident to earn the designation of Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) by the Entomological Society of America (ESA).

Michael is a Founding Board Member of The Pesticide Industry Council of Ontario and past President of The IPM Council of Canada and now joins us as a proud Founding Member of the International Bed Bug Resource Authority. Michael and his dogs have been seen on Discovery Chanel – CTV News – Rogers Daytime – The Pet Network

His talents and commitment to the industry does not stop there, Michael holds certificates:

  • Entomological Society of America (ESA) A.C.E
  • Purdue University, Pest Management Technology
  • AIB, Food Safety/Hygiene
  • Canadian Association of Dog Trainers
  • Delta Society Therapy Animals
  • Therapeutic Paws

Michael also holds US Patent Protection for a natural occurring termite repellent he discovered in 2006. “Termite Repellent and Methods of Use” Preparation Thereof” # 60/898267 and in 2011, Always looking to give back to the community, Michael joined the board of CARD, Community Association for Riding for the Disabled, an equine therapeutic riding facility for people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities.

You can learn more about Common Scents Solutions, hire their services by visiting www.puritypestcontrol.com  or call 905-761-9388 or-1-877-507-0642

Learning about Bed Bugs Is Mandatory But Can Be A Simple Process for Property Owners and Management

Resin IBBRAYes, it can be a simple process. Matter of fact, every property owner or management group should go out of their way to learn as much about bed bugs as soon as possible because if they are not now, they will be dealing with them ultimately.

There are so few, experienced bed bug educators that have the time and there are so many people worldwide, that it is nearly impossible to have one-on-one trainings. In addition, gathering employees, staff and maintenance workers for time slotted webinars, community sessions and seminars all at the same time, can be a huge challenge for most.

The IBBRA built, and based on bed bug research and development, acknowledged these forthcoming demands for bed bug awareness, sensed the urgent needs and immediately addressed it.

Putting People at the Center Of It All

Since March of 2009, the IBBRA has empowered the public with the results of over 100 years of collective research from our Scientific Advisory Board, which consists of world renowned Scientists, Professors, PhD’s, Leading Entomologists, Legal Counsel and Specialized Pest Management Professionals. Each has contributed their knowledge and expertise in the field and study of bed bugs that goes far beyond just basic understanding of bed bugs.

With a no nonsense pragmatic approach, the IBBRA provides powerful awareness, trainings and a resource that addresses todays urgent bed bug demands. The issue of bed bug infestations is explored from several unique perspectives, including; history, identification, ecology, health, environmental, legal, dispersal, control methods, monitoring and economic consequences for all.

We have found that by providing cohesive peer reviewed power points, posters, brochures, flyers, books, and a bed bug hotline call center, greatly improves people’s understanding and lives.

And did I mention at no cost?

In addition to our interconnected relationship with our Scientific Board Members, our Service Provider Members have been assisting both Multi-unit Properties and Hospitality Groups Internationally for the past six years. 

Learning Just Bed Bug Basics – Is Not Enough!

Bed Bugs for Tenants, Landlords and Property Management 2014 is a revised edition written for both management and tenants in mind. It covers concerns, challenges, education and prevention, which greatly helps in reducing the financial burdens and hardship of bed bugs.

When the processes in this book are understood and applied, no longer does management have to question or point the finger at tenants. In addition, following the Layered Defense Strategy©, bed bug relief is brought to the forefront for all. Tenants will not have to move into infested units and find out days later, nor does the management have to worry about ever-growing structural bed bug problems spreading throughout their buildings.

Sure, it takes a little work to get everyone organized, but it addresses full disclosure from both tenants and management issues, adds customized addendums with the interest of community awareness, provides training and education, and lays out the policies and procedures in such a simple way, that any management or tenant can easily understand the process.

Walking in the shoes of someone else

Having been a rental property owner myself, I have dealt with all kinds of “buggy” situations. It was easy for us to find a simple, yet viable solution to help slow down reproduction long enough to get a handle on it, and in many cases (if set up prior to anyone ever having bed bugs), completely stop the spread of bed bugs throughout multi-unit properties.

It is definitely a strategy, but not one that is so hard that it is impossible to do. We have found over the past years that the “cause” for the massive spreading of bed bugs is mainly coming from multi-unit properties. Often, tenants go for months not knowing they have bed bugs and take them with them wherever they go. This means friends and families’ homes, work, school and any other place the person should frequent.

When a tenant should realize they have bed bugs, they avoid telling the management because they are afraid of possible financial obligations or handed an eviction order. This is just plain unacceptable. In these cases, people reach for cheap self-treatments, thinking they will work which in turn cause more of a spread through adjacent units.

Read up, get on board and call the IBBRA for help. We are here to make a difference!

www.ibbra.org 888-966-2332

If You Rented A Home That Was Bed Bug “Unfit To Live In”, What Would You Do?

MIKE COLOGIONECarrie, a single mom and preschool teacher rented a single story residence in early September with her three daughters. In a matter of days, she woke with itchy bites on her body. Thinking it was from mosquitos, she thought nothing more of it.

A couple days later, both her daughters had uncontrollable scratching from bites as well. She took her daughters to the doctor. The doctor thought it looks like fleabites.

Hysterically, she called the property owner. He responded, “It’s not my problem, read your lease, I suggest you get a pest control company to come in”.

When I receive calls like this, I always ask if it is home or an apartment they are renting. The rules change from multi-unit properties to single dwelling households.

Not knowing any better, she called a pest control company. After a long inspection of the whole home, he acknowledges it was indeed bed bugs and showed Carrie the areas that were of great concern. He pulled a painted over, damaged baseboard slightly away from the wall, lifted the carpet from the tacks, and exposed clusters of bed bugs, cast skins, and fecal stains, which were riddled two to three inches part all along the baseboard and carpet edges.

He explained that according to the extent of the infestation, it had been there for quite some time (maybe a year or so) and handed her an estimate of $3,800 dollars.

Shocked at the price, and the fact that she could barely make the rent payment, she decided to try to treat them on her own. She went online and read everything she could from people who tout this is the way to get rid of bed bugs on your own. After 6 months of trial and error and many self-help efforts, the bed bugs continued to grow and spread even further throughout the residence.

Sadly, this is a real situation and happens more often than one would think. An infestation of this magnitude can take several costly professional treatments or full house fumigation!

Can you imagine thousands of bed bugs infiltrating your bed, biting you and your family every time you lay your heads down to sleep? This is happening in many homes across the nation and these victims have nowhere to turn for help.

I do not care how wonderful the home is, how great the location or size, or how clean it appears to be. A home infested with bed bugs is a nightmare. Often, when properties are available for rent, the owner or maintenance will paint over signs of bed bugs, re-carpet and in some cases do not realize the previous tenant had bed bugs.

I urge people that lease properties to check for and ask these questions up front from your prospective property owners before you move in.

  • Has the property had a problem with bed bugs in the past year?
  • Has the property been thoroughly inspected by an experienced bed bug professional before placing the home on the market for rent?
  • Ask to have a copy of the most recent pest control records and those from the past year.
  • Have there been any chemical treatments done in the dwelling?
  • Ask for their policies and procedures for bed bugs
  • Ask if within a month, bed bugs are present in the dwelling, what is the procedure – who is responsible?
  • Remove the electrical outlet and look inside for signs of bed bugs fecal matter or cast skins (and powder from a previous bed bug treatment)

Needless to say, situations like this send too many people to court.

If more renters start asking for proof of bed bug clear dwellings, and proactive protocols, many of these nightmares would not be happening.

Read Bed Bugs for Landlords, Tenants and Property Management for you should go looking for a new place to live.

We are here to help!

www.ibbra.org 888-966-2332