Hotel rooms, no matter whether they are in a five-star resort or a roadside motel, are ideal bed bug breeding grounds. The risk of these pests must be considered, whether you work in a hotel or are traveling in the near future. According to PestWorld, hotel rooms are one of the three most common places where people encounter bed bugs. Bed bugs have been on the rise for the past decade, and are experiencing another surge as people begin to travel again after the pandemic.
Active Pest Control understands how distressing dealing with bed bugs can be. In this blog, our experts share everything you need to know about inspecting hotel rooms for bed bugs.
Why Are Hotels Prone to Bed Bugs?
There are more and more bed bugs being found not just in residential homes but also in hotels. So what makes hotels so susceptible to these pests? Bed bugs are called “hitchhiking” pests because they can hide in mattresses, bed frames, and other parts of a room just waiting for a new host to arrive. Bed bugs in a hotel are rarely short of a meal source. The resurgence of bed bugs in hotels makes it crucial to always be on the lookout for them when traveling.
Guide For Hotel Bed Bug Inspections
No matter whether you are a housekeeper or a guest in a hotel, the same checklist applies when it comes to inspecting for bed bugs. The top 5 spots to look for these pests are:
Immediately notify the hotel’s manager if you suspect your room has bed bugs. This helps prevent bed bugs from spreading throughout the hotel. If you work with bed bug control professionals like Active Pest Control, you can trust that the best bed bug treatments will be applied to keep these pests away. Get in touch with us today!
Avoiding a bed bug infestation can be much harder than you might think. Bed bugs aren’t picky about where they find a home, and if they’re able to find a way in, they can cause problems in even the cleanest houses. If they can find a way to get to your luggage, clothes, or any other possessions that you bring inside from time spent in public, they can sneak across your home and infest multiple rooms. How exactly are these pests so elusive?
How Do Bed Bugs Get Around?
Bed bugs benefit greatly from their small size. At around 1/4” in length at the largest, bed bugs can easily hide away in many kinds of materials. These are the most common sources of bed bug infestations:
Furniture: Be on the lookout for bed bug activity in any furniture that you purchase, especially second-hand. Lots of furniture is made with dense or woven materials that bed bugs have an easy time hiding away in.
Luggage: When staying at a hotel or traveling to a new place, it’s important to make sure that there are no bed bugs present. Bed bugs are known to attach themselves to luggage to find new places to make home.
Clothing: Thrift stores and garage sales can host hordes of bed bugs that go unnoticed until it’s too late. If you bring new clothing into your home, be sure to wash it right away.
How to Prevent Bed Bug Issues
Even though it’s easy to just get unlucky when it comes to bed bugs, there are a few measures you can take to make your home less liable for a bed bug problem. You can try:
Routinely vacuuming and keeping your belongings organized to reduce clutter.
Using protective layers on your box spring and mattress.
Taking clothes to and from the laundromat in sealable bags.
Thoroughly inspecting any new room you stay in and hanging up your bags instead of leaving them on the floor.
Keeping your home and habits generally cleanly will decrease your chances of dealing with a bed bug infestation, but sometimes the issue is simply out of your control.
Stopping a Bed Bug Infestation in Atlanta GA
If you have found a series of small red bumps lined up across your skin in the morning, there might already be bed bugs living in your home. The good news is that this doesn’t mean you have to toss all of your possessions that you think might be infested. When you hire a professional exterminator to remove your bed bugs, they can conduct heat treatments and other exclusion efforts to ensure that every single bed bug in your home is eliminated. For more information on bed bug removal or a free estimate on our services, contact us today!
Entomologists from Active Pest Control‘s parent company, Rentokil Provide their Pest Predictions for 2021
READING, Penn. (Jan. 4, 2021) — As if 2020 didn’t present enough challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 could be a banner year for pests around the country.
To help residents prepare for 2021, entomologists from Rentokil used field knowledge and data to provide their predictions for pests in the upcoming year.
1. Rodents, Rodents Everywhere:
With shutdowns across the country, it’s no surprise that rodents are on the rise nationwide. Empty buildings, the scarcity of food and warmer winters have combined to create a rodent apocalypse.
“We’re seeing more rats in urban, suburban, and rural settings because of the shutdowns,” said Marc Potzler, Board Certified Entomologist. “Food sources are cut off, and rats are having to travel to scavenge for food. We’ve seen rats out in public during the day, which is highly unusual.”
Warmer winters have also allowed for mice populations to boom in residential areas as it allows for a longer breeding season and there is a lower population loss due to hard freezes.
“Right now is the perfect time to rodent-proof your home,” said Potzler. “Make sure to repair any gaps on the exterior of your home, such as around garage doors, windows or pipes.”
2. Mosquitoes on the Move:
Mosquitoes populations have been increasing over the last few years. Aedes species, which are disease-carrying mosquitoes, are also moving to new areas. These mosquitoes can carry West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and Zika virus, among other diseases.
“There is an increase of mosquitoes across the country, but notably on the West Coast, and they are adapting each year,” said Eric Sebring, Associate Certified Entomologist. “We have seen evidence of behavior adaptation, where mosquitoes lay their eggs strategically to hatch throughout the season.”
Protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes by removing any standing water on your property. Mosquitoes can breed in as little as one teaspoon of water. Also, wear EPA-approved insect repellent while spending time outside.
3. Bed Bugs:
The chatter about bed bugs was quiet in 2020, but that’s not because they have gone away.
“As people begin to travel again, we will start to hear about bed bug infestations,” said Sebring. “Bed bugs can be dormant for several months at a time, so they can emerge when a food source, humans, become available.”
Bed bugs are considered hitchhikers, traveling from place to place on people, luggage, clothing and other personal belongings. Homeowners and businesses such as hotels, colleges, hospitals, senior living facilities, retail stores, and libraries have experienced problems with bed bugs.
If traveling, inspect the bed by pulling back the sheets to examine the mattress. Check your luggage before packing and unpacking, and look for signs of living or dead bugs the size of an apple seed or black fecal smears.
4. More Time Outdoors = More Pests.
From hiking to gardening to dining al fresco, there is no doubt that the pandemic has forced people to spend more time outdoors.
In 2021, we will see the outdoor pest pressures continue:
Ticks: Ticks are responsible for transmitting several diseases, including Lyme disease, to humans and animals. These small insects are found in grassy areas and in the woods, so it is important to inspect yourself and your pets after spending time outdoors. Cover as much skin as possible while outdoors, wear long pants, long sleeves, closed-toed shoes, and tuck pant legs into socks. Light-colored clothing will also help any ticks you pick up stand out.
Ants: “As soon as the weather starts to warm up, we will see an increase in ant populations,” said Tom Dobrinska, Board Certified Entomologist. “Most of the ants we are dealing with are odorous house ants. When spending time outside, make sure to clean up any food, water or sugary substances and ensure that your home is free of any holes or cracks for them to enter.”
Stinging Insects: Stinging insects, such as wasps and yellow jackets, emerge at the first sign of warm weather, and as warm weather seasons are getting longer, stinging insects have more time to create issues. Make sure you check for nests early in the spring as they are smaller and get early nest treatment. Make sure to keep windows and doors shut, and secure outside bins so stinging insects are not attracted to the contents.
5. Termites Aren’t Going Anywhere
Termites are a pesky problem, and unfortunately, are not going anywhere. Termites can cause extensive damage to structures, especially homes. As people are moving out of cities during the pandemic to more suburban areas, education about termite protection is key.
“We received more calls for termites this past year than we have in many years,” said Potzler. “It’s important to raise awareness for homeowners now to have proactive protection to keep from costly repairs in the future.”
6. Pests in the News:
There are a few pests that will continue to steal the limelight in 2021.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is an invasive pest that has been making its way across the country since it was first introduced from Asia in 2001. Besides its pungent odor, this stink bug has become a nuisance for homeowners as it gathers in large numbers on the sides of houses and buildings and enters through small cracks in the home. “The brown marmorated stink bug is here to stay,” said Dobrinska. “We will continue to see this species emerge in late spring in large numbers.”
The Spotted Lanternfly will continue to wreak havoc across the Northeast and beyond. The invasive pest, first found in Pennsylvania in 2014, is spreading across the Northeast, with New York reporting its first sighting this year. The pest can significantly damage trees and plants.
“The Spotted Lanternfly is becoming a big problem in the Northeast, and it will continue to spread,” said Potzler. “It can be devastating for agriculture and is a nuisance for homeowners.”
The egg masses look like a smear of mud on trees and outside of homes. It’s important to scrape the egg mass off, put it in a bag with rubbing alcohol and throw it away, and then call the state department of agriculture.
The infamous “Murder Hornet,” also known as the Asian giant hornet, grabbed many headlines, causing homeowners to panic trying to decipher the difference between stinging insects in their yards and this aggressive species. The Asian giant hornet is the largest hornet species in the world, growing up to 3 inches in length. Currently, the Asian giant hornet has only been found in the Pacific Northwest.
“We know that there was one colony found and eliminated in Washington State,” said Sebring. “Unfortunately, if there is one, there will be more.”
While your chances of being stung by an Asian giant hornet are fairly low, the sting can be dangerous as the venom volume is higher, causing more pain. The hives are primarily built underground or in hollows in trees. If you suspect it is an Asian giant hornet or any stinging pests, call your pest management provider to assess the situation as soon as you spot activity.
Bed bugs are certainly one of the most feared pests. Not only does a bed bug infestation cause distress, they can be very difficult to get rid of! There are many theories about bed bugs and their behaviors that have been passed on throughout history. Because these bugs incite a lot of fear, it’s important to separate fact from fiction.
With Bed Bug Awareness Week upon us, the bed bug exterminators at Active Pest Control are here to debunk some common bed bug myths.
False Bed Bug Facts
The following “facts” about bed bugs are simply not true:
Bed bugs are attracted to messy or dirty homes. Unfortunately, anyone can get a bed bug problem. Unsanitary conditions will not lead you to get bed bugs in your home!
Bed bugs only feed at night. Bed bugs are active when their hosts are at rest. This usually means overnight, but they are able to adjust their schedule to fit yours!
These bugs are only found in your bedroom. Bed bugs tend to congregate near areas where people rest. This includes sofas, chairs, cracks in the wall, and even power outlets!
Bed bugs are too small to see with the naked eye. Adult bed bugs are perfectly capable of being seen. They are the size of an apple seed and often grouped together, making it easier to spot an infestation.
They can jump and fly. Fortunately, bed bugs cannot jump or fly as other pests can. They have underdeveloped wings, and instead move from one spot to the other by crawling or latching onto a moving item.
Bed bugs latch or travel on people. Although bed bugs are known to hitch a ride on your purse or suitcase, they do not attach to people as fleas or ticks do.
You can get rid of bed bugs with DIY methods. At-home or DIY treatments for bed bugs are, in a word, ineffective. An aggressive approach from a pest control company is necessary to getting rid of the entire infestation.
Bed bugs transmit dangerous diseases. These pests may cause you anxiety and even itchiness, but their bites do not transmit disease as other pests do.
Bed bugs can live a year without feeding. While they definitely can survive months without a meal, they won’t make it through an entire year unless under optimal conditions.
You should get rid of your mattress and clothing if you have bed bugs. If you are in the midst of an infestation, it’s actually dangerous to move your infested items. Doing so can spread bed bugs into other areas!
You Have Bed Bugs–What Now?
Bed bugs are certainly one of the more terrifying pest problems. It’s important to know the truth about bed bugs in order to better prepare yourself for the chances of an infestation. When you do have a problem, it’s always best to enlist the help of a professional pest control company to get rid of infestation for you, bringing you peace of mind. Contact the team at Active Pest Control to learn more.
Everyone knows pests are a problem in the spring and summer months, but what about in the winter? Unfortunately, pests don’t disappear with the colder weather. In fact, many pests will look for ways to enter homes to escape the dropping temperatures, which is why infestations are common in Georgia winters. To protect your property from pest problems in the winter, it’s important to implement pest control and prevention.
Winter Pest Infestations
Certain insects will enter a state of diapause in the winter to wait out the cold months in favor of warmer weather. These include stink bugs, cluster flies, boxelder bugs, and Asian lady beetles. Other pests to be wary of in the winter months include:
Rats & mice. House mice and Norway rats in particular are known to squeeze their way indoors during the cold months.
Cockroaches. The German cockroach will hitchhike inside in boxes and can spread right under your nose.
Spiders. House spiders are typically harmless and can be found in dark, secluded areas of the home.
Bed bugs. Known to withstand extreme temperatures, bed bug problems are a threat during the winter.
How to Prevent Winter Pests
To protect your property from winter pests, it’s important to implement preventative measures into your home maintenance routine. This includes thoroughly inspecting your home on a regular basis to locate vulnerabilities. One of the most important measures you can take is to seal cracks and crevices outside your property to keep pests from making their way inside. In addition, you should place screens over vents and chimneys, store firewood away from your property line, promptly fix leaks or broken pipes, and keep a clean home to prevent winter pests.
Is Winter Pest Control Necessary?
Just like you, pests want to escape the cold temperatures during the winter. In their hunt for food and shelter, they may enter your home easier than you want to believe. It’s crucial to implement preventative steps to prevent pests in the winter. Active Pest Control can be trusted to help protect your property from winter pests and other pest problems throughout the entire year. Call our team today to learn more about our winter pest control services!
With millions of people traveling this time of the year, Thanksgiving is known as one of the busiest times. Because bed bug problems infamously begin after people travel, it’s more important than ever to learn how to prevent bed bugs to stay free of an infestation this holiday season! Often found in hotels, bed bugs often hitch a ride on suitcases, which is when people bring them into their homes. To stay bed bug-free this Thanksgiving, keep reading for Active Pest Control’s top bed bug prevention travel tips!
How to Prevent Bed Bugs While Traveling
The best way to avoid picking up bed bugs during your holiday travels is to stay vigilant. Whether you’re staying in a hotel, traveling via airplane, or simply packing a suitcase, there are a number of things you can do to prevent bed bugs while traveling:
Research hotels before booking.
Before committing to a hotel, look at the reviews for any mentions of bed bug problems.
Inspect hotel rooms before settling in.
Pull back the bed sheets to look between the mattress and box spring for signs of bed bugs, or their eggs or feces.
Look at the surface of the mattress to locate tiny specks of blood that may indicate past bite sites.
Keep luggage protected.
Always use a hard-case suitcase and protect clothes in plastic bags inside your suitcase.
Store your luggage on suitcase racks inside of hotel rooms to keep it above ground.
Thoroughly wash your clothing and steam-clean your luggage.
After your travels, wash and dry all your clothing in hot water.
Vacuum or steam-clean your suitcase before storing it away, paying attention to the lining and pockets.
Are Bed Bugs Active Pest Control in the Winter?
Bed bugs are known to be resilient pests and can survive extreme temperatures. When temperatures drop significantly, bed bugs may enter a state of diapause. In this state, adult bugs can survive without a meal for months. Inside heated Georgia or Tennessee homes, bed bugs can very much infest during the wintertime, which is why it’s important to learn how to prevent them all year long.
Bed Bug Removal & Prevention
Whether you’re traveling home for the holidays or inviting guests to stay, it’s crucial to know how to protect your property from bed bugs. As soon as you notice the sign of bed bugs, it’s important to call thebed bug exterminators at Active Pest Control. Not only can we control infestations, we can also help you prevent bed bugs in the future.
We live in the information age. The way we access knowledge is unlike anything humans have ever experienced before. You can literally take out your phone and ask it, “How far is it from the Earth to the moon?” And depending on what phone you have, it may even speak the answer back to you. By the way, the answer is 230,100 miles. This is absolutely amazing technology! But, there is a danger in thinking you know what you’re doing, because what you don’t know can hurt you.
When it comes to eradicating bed bugs from your home or business, you may be tempted to see if there is a quick fix on the internet, after all, who doesn’t want to save a few bucks. In going to the internet, you are sure to find page after page that says heat can kill these bugs, but a little bit of knowledge can be dangerous. Sure, heat can kill bed bugs. In fact, it does a fantastic job of killing them. But, looking at one self-help DIY blog or two isn’t likely to give you the entire picture.
Here is what you need to know about bed bugs and heat treatments:
When the heat rises too quickly, bed bugs run; and they can move quickly. That is why many DIY heat treatments simply drive these bugs into wall voids, where they sit and wait till it is safe to come out. Pest professionals have the education, experience, and products to corral these pests so they don’t escape the heat.
There are a lot of things that can go wrong during a heat treatment, especially if you use the wrong heaters. There are countless stories of businesses catching ablaze because of an improper heat treatment. Just recently in the news, employees of a certain motel took furniture out into nearby sheds and attempted to use heat to kill the bed bugs inside the furniture. A fire broke out that nearly caught the motel on fire. Many other businesses have not been as lucky.
In order to kill bed bugs, an entire structure must be brought up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit for over an hour. This is no easy task. To get the job done, professionals use self-regulating industrial heaters, heat sensors, and industrial strength fans. Setting an oven to 500 and leaving the door open is not only dangerous, it is completely ineffective.
If you have bed bugs, please don’t attempt a heat treatment on your own. Reach out to the professionals here at Active Pest Control. We are trained and educated in the safe removal of these and other pests.
What you don’t know can hurt you and your property. Stay safe, and get Active Pest Control.
You have gone over your list and even checked it twice. The presents are wrapped, Christmas dinner is all planned, and the house is spotless. The only thing now is to wait for those special, invited guests to begin arriving. You have great expectations of a wonderful week celebrating Christmas with family and friends.
The one thing you haven’t taken into consideration or planned for is uninvited, unwanted, dreadful, and unwelcome guests. You haven’t counted on those disgusting hitchhiking bed bugs showing up with your guests. You certainly were not expecting to have to call for the bed bug exterminator to come to your rescue.
The fact of the matter is that bed bugs are always looking for a person or animal to land on and help them to a blood meal. They will then retreat back to their place of hiding…unless they are still on your clothing or suitcase. In that instance they simply go wherever you go…even if it is to Grandmother’s house for Christmas.
Bed bugs are nocturnal and very adept to hiding. A heavy infestation is not difficult to spot while a moderate or light infestation can be a little more difficult. Undoubtedly, the initial presence of bed bugs is not easily noticed. Bed bugs do not stay on humans like lice. They can, however, hide in clothing or the crevices of a suitcase and hitchhike to the next location. That next stopping off place may be when your guests arrive for Christmas.
It is advisable to follow preventive measures as soon as your guests depart. Examine the guest bedroom carefully. Remove all sheets and bed clothing and wash and dry using the hottest settings. Look closely at the mattress, especially along the ribbing on the edge of the mattress. Wash any small rugs that may be in the guest room or bathroom. Thoroughly vacuum the carpets and then discard the vacuum filter. In the event of hardwood floors, you will want to use a wet mop throughout the room.
Keep a close lookout for the next few days. Look for any tiny black spots of feces or any shed skins. These are obvious signs that you may need the assistance of a pest control specialist. The highly trained professionals here at AllGood Pest Solutions have the ability to detect and eliminate any bed bugs. Remember that the sooner bed bugs are detected; the easier it will be to eliminate them. When you contact Active Pest Control, you will discover that our strategy focuses on total extermination of bed bugs; not just removing them from one part of the house.
When bugs and wildlife get into your Georgia home, they can cause all sorts of problems. That is why it is so important to keep them out. Let’s look at the issues you can expect to deal with this coming year.
Nuisance Pests: These are pests like stink bugs or lady bugs that can squeeze in through the tiniest cracks and crawl all over everything. They love to block your view; they like to crawl all over your window screens blocking the view of your backyard or all over your television screen blocking the view of your favorite movie.
Disease Vectors: These are the creatures that have the ability to carry human spread diseases inside their bodies. When you have mice, rats, cockroach, ticks, or mosquitoes on your property, you can get things like E. coli, Salmonella, hantavirus, hemorrhagic fever, Lyme disease, plague, and many more. Some of these will leave you with uncomfortable flu symptoms. While others can lead to lifelong illness, and even death.
Illness Spreaders: Some creatures spread illness through a home by picking up harmful bacteria from dumpsters, trash cans, rubbish piles, and sewers. Fruit flies and house flies land on toilet seats and then crawl on food that is left out. Ants go from the trash can to your food prep surfaces, causing illness in a home that is often mistaken for the flu or the common cold.
Home Wreckers: These are the pests that damage your house. On the top of this list is the subterranean termite. These are pests that can live inside the wood of your home and eat it twenty-four hours a day, all year long. Other pests come to chew on wires, chew through walls, and tear up your insulation.
Biters and Stingers: These are the pests that will leave you with a welt–or worse. When you have bed bugs, wasps, spiders, fleas, and other biting pests in or around your home, they can make life miserable.
At Active Pest Control, we know that no two homes are the same, and no two homes need the same pest control. One house may be dealing with skunks and the lice they can bring in, while another may be fighting a millipede invasion, but one thing is true about both, they won’t be fighting only one type of pest. So, rather than charge for each and every pest we protect homes against, we’ve created three packages that cover a range of pests. Our base package, Active Pest Control Edge, covers over 30 common household pests for a base cost of just $30 a month. This is great overall protection that keeps most pests out of your home. When you step up to Active Pest Control Advantage, you add more complex pest control systems, like termite protection and rodent control. This is the best bang for your buck if you want to keep all pests out of your home. But, some homeowners want to control pests in their yard as well. If you’re looking to add seasonal control of mosquitoes, fire ants, as well as property-wide control of termites and rodents, Active Pest Control Complete is the complete solution.
Give us a call today and see if one of these packages is right for you, or have one of our trained specialists custom tailor a package specific to your needs. At Active Pest Control, we have only two goals: Make happy customers, and keep pests out. Bundling pest control options is just one of the many ways we work to do both.
What do you love most about the holidays? We’re guessing that spending special time with family and friends is way up at the top of the list, but bugs and wildlife have a different list. Here are the things those pests love most about this festive season.
Oh, Christmas tree. As you’re singing this Christmas tune, remember that there are lots of pests that love those Christmas trees. The one you need to watch out for most is spiders. These creatures leave their eggs in trees. When these egg sacks get into your nice warm house, they are going to think it is springtime–and that will lead to lots and lots of baby spiders decorating your walls. Be sure to shake your tree vigorously before you bring it inside. This can dislodge egg sacks, and also loose needles, from those festive boughs.
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Bugs and rodents love to be warm. If they figure out that it is warm inside your house, you may have some uninvited company this holiday season. There isn’t much you can do about this particular attractant. It isn’t practical or comfortable to keep the temperature set at 32°F all winter long, but what you can do is keep those pests out. Inspect the exterior of your home for rotted holes or other openings and use a caulking gun to fill them in. Make sure all your weather stripping and door sweeps are working properly, and inspect your door and window screens for holes.
Dashing through the snow. Holiday is a time for travel, but we’re not the only ones who love to travel during the holidays. This is a prime season for bed bugs to spread. If you plan to spend the night somewhere away from home, be sure to learn how to detect these pests and prevent them from laying their eggs in your clothing or luggage. Bed bug eggs do not need the mother to hatch. That means a single batch of eggs tucked in your belongings could result in a full-blown infestation in a few short months.
You’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel. This line from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas gives us a hint at something else those pests love the holidays for. They love food. But not just any kind of food, they specifically enjoy rotting food. That is why it is important to make sure you throw away any pantry items that are past their due date, and consider keeping items that come in cardboard or paper packaging sealed inside hard plastic containers instead. This will help those items last longer and keep all forms of pests out.
Protect your family this holiday season by properly shaking your tree, sealing your walls, learning what signs bed bugs leave behind, and keeping food sources away from those pests. And always remember that the team at Active Pest Control is here if you need us. Happy holidays!
Active Pest Control and Allgood Pest Solutions have joined forces and will be operating as Active Pest Control moving forward. Rest assured that you will still have a highly-skilled, local specialist, committed to keeping your property protected from pests.