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5 biggest pest threats in your Columbus Ohio Home

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

This Video found on Yahoo, has come great advice on Pest threats in Columbus Ohio. Its filled with great helpful tips everyone can use to keep bugs out of our homes.

5 Biggest pest threats to your home

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Can Drinking a Glass of Wine Keep Bed Bugs Away?

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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By: Brooke Borel, Life’s Little Mysteries Contributor
Date: 29 May 2012 Time: 03:11 PM ET

The common bed bug mainly survives on human blood, but what happens when that human has upped his or her blood alcohol content with a few glasses of a nice red wine? New research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggests bed bugs are not as fond of alcohol as their boozy hosts, which may lead to fewer bug bites.

According to the study, bed bugs prefer alcohol-free blood to blood with alcohol in it; the higher the blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the less the bugs eat. And, because there is a direct link between blood intake and reproduction rates, those bugs also lay fewer eggs.

“[Bed bugs] need a blood meal to grow and to molt and to reproduce,” explained Ralph Narain, a Ph.D. candidate who conducted the work as part of his dissertation. “And one of their main hosts are humans, and we consume a lot of stuff. Alcohol was one of the easier ones to start with.”

Narain presented the findings last week at the National Conference on Urban Entomology in Atlanta.

How bed bugs imbibe

While it’s fun to imagine graduate students knocking back beers and feeding bed bugs on their arms, Narain took a more scientific approach in his experiment. He mixed 200 proof ethanol — the same compound estimated by a Breathalyzer — into four samples of expired blood from the Nebraska Blood Bank until he had BACs of 0.010, 0.025, 0.050 and 0.100 (0.08 is the legal limit for driving). A control sample contained no alcohol.

Next, he selected 20 adult bed bugs for each blood sample, weighed them, fed them their respective samples, and weighed them again. He repeated the experiment six times.

The average mass of the bed bugs that fed on the clean blood increased by over 100 percent. Those that fed on the blood with the lowest BAC, 0.010, increased just 60 percent, and the number decreased for each increase in alcohol. The bed bugs that fed on the 0.100 BAC sample went up a mere 12.5 percent.

As for the eggs, the control groups laid an average of 44 after the feeding, while those that fed on the highest BAC laid an average of just 12.

It’s unclear whether the alcohol affected the adult bugs’ behavior or their offspring’s development, although future tests might attempt to measure both. Narain also plans to run tests on other drugs, although he wouldn’t officially disclose which.

Way toward pest control?

So, can we just knock back a few glasses of wine every night to keep the bed bugs away? Probably not. “I’m not going to suggest someone should consume alcohol to control bed bugs,” Narain said.

Ill health affects aside, it likely wouldn’t help curb an infestation. While the bed bugs do feed less on alcohol-laced blood, they still feed, and while they lay fewer eggs, up to 95 percent still hatch. And it just takes a few to create a nuisance.

Dini Miller, an entomologist and bed bug expert from Virginia Tech, agreed: “I don’t know what sort of implications it has ultimately, because unfortunately they still produce enough eggs to cause an infestation. So while they feed less, still, we’re not going to experience less of a problem. But it’s very interesting to know.”

Brooke Borel is a contributor to Life’s Little Mysteries, and is currently writing a book about bed bugs. For more crazy bed bugs stories, follow her on Twitter: @brookeborel

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Preventing Bed Bugs in Columbus Ohio

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

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With the Media so accessible, Everyone has been able to follow news stories of large bed bug infestations overtaking some of the most respected hotel chains in some of the largest cities in the United States, this includes Columbus, Ohio. Practicing good prevention method is a good way to help avoid getting bed bugs in the first place.

Generally the adults are reddish-brown in color, but these bugs can range in color depending on the current stage of growth. The coloring can include white to light tan and to orange-brown. Bed bugs can appear flatten and oval in shape between its blood feedings, but will puff up after eating. They are about a quarter of an inch in length which can be visible to the naked eye.

If you are unsure, then you can always inquire with EnviroCare Pest Solutions. A good rule is to look for dark brown fecal stains around the seams of the mattress and on the wall beside the bed can be a good sign of trouble.

Bed bugs will generally infest near the beds in the home, because that’s the best opportunity for regular feedings. The small Bed Bugs will hide in cracks and crevices of the mattress or box spring, drawers or in the dark areas because they are nocturnal Creatures

If you are having an overnight guest? Coming home from a hotel or from a college dorm? The cleanest homes and businesses have the potential for bed bug infestation, so its smart to inspect luggage, clothing, bags, coats, and purses. Regularly check your bedding and furniture in your own home. Especially check anywhere you decide to stay overnight. When your finally arrive home, never place the bags directly on the bed. Be cautious when buying used furniture, This is particularly true of mattresses that may already been harboring bed bugs.

If you find bed bugs in bags or in your clothing, immediately trap the Bed Bugs in plastic bags and wash the clothing as soon as possible. Washing and drying the clothes at the highest possible temperatures. If they are spotted on or around your bedding, then immediate call to the bed bug control experts at EnviroCare Pest Solutions.

Attempting to rid the pests on your own is nearly impossible, so it is best to call a bed bug exterminator in Columbus, Ohio before the problem gets out of hand. You could make the problems worse if the bed bugs moves to other parts of the house.

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Bug Bites Cause Health Scare Aboard Plane at Midway

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

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Written By Staff Report, from the Orlando Sentinel

A Minnesota woman who caused a health scare aboard a Delta Airlines flight from Detroit — causing the plane to be kept on the tarmac at Midway International Airport Thursday for three hours — says it was all a misunderstanding over bug bites.

Lise Sievers of Red Wing was one of 43 passengers aboard Delta flight 3163 to Midway when it touched down and the captain announced the plane would be briefly quarantined. Men with surgical masks over their faces boarded the plane, and rumors flew as passengers tried to figure out what sort of contagion might be spreading through the cabin.

Sievers said she had been in Uganda, where she is adopting two special needs children and “stayed at a hotel the other night and I think it left friends on my body. My son, who’s four and a half, had pustules on him.”

Before she left Detroit, she told her mother that she had a rash, apparently from bed bugs, and that the boy had pustules. But her mother misunderstood and “conflicting information” was passed on to health officials, who feared Sievers might have monkeypox.

Sievers, 50, who was on the tail end of a 20-plus hour trip that began in Uganda, where she had spent more than three months trying to finalize the adoption of two special needs children, wondered as well, said her son, Roger Sievers.

During a layover in Detroit, she had called her mother in LaPorte, Ind., and mentioned one of the children she was trying to adopt had broken out in pustules-small, pimple-like sores– during her visit, and that the boy had to be taken to the hospital in Uganda. Sievers also mentioned to her mother that she had suffered an unrelated case of itchy bites she believed had been inflicted by bedbugs.

While Sievers’ flight was en route to Midway, her mother confused Sievers’ bug bites and the boy’s pustules, and called her local hospital to ask what she should do to prepare to treat her daughter’s symptoms.

“Any time you mention you’ve been in a tropical country like Uganda and you’ve developed what sounds like an infectious disease, well, they call the CDC (Center for Disease Control) right away,” said Roger Sievers.

Indeed, according to a press release from the CDC issued Thursday, authorities suspected she may have come down with monkey pox, a contagious disease that occurs mostly in western Africa that causes victims to break out in small, crusty bumps. Sievers, however, was as surprised as anyone when her plane was surrounded by ambulances and fire vehicles when it landed at Midway, her son said.

Aboard the plane, health crews took pictures of her rash. Experts determined they were bug bites and let Sievers and her fellow passengers off the plane. Sievers went to a hospital for additional tests-which turned up nothing, her son said-and was resting at a relative’s house in Indiana Thursday night.

Sievers will head back to Uganda in a month to finalize the adoption of the two children who will be the latest of more than 10 children she has adopted over more than 20 years, her son said. The adoption process had dragged on so long, the extra few hours on the tarmac at Midway didn’t seem to faze her, Roger Sievers said. Her fellow passengers were polite, even the ones seated close to her, he said.

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How To get rid of Bed Bugs.

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Getting rid of bed bugs isn’t the easiest process, and most cases of bed bug infestation will require treatment by a pest control professional like EnviroCare Pest Solutions. There are a variety of low-odor sprays, dusts, and aerosols that can be used to exterminate bed bugs. These must be applied to all areas where the bugs are are harboring as well as spaces where they might crawl or hide. The exterminating company can help determine if the mattress or furniture can be saved or must be discarded. Since beds cannot readily be treated with chemicals, it’s often necessary to discard infested mattresses and beds.

EnviroCare Pest Solutions may recommend certain forms of deep-cleaning such as scrubbing infested surfaces with a stiff brush to remove eggs, dismantling bed frames and furniture, walls, and moldings. Also we can give you options on encasing mattresses within special bags.

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Bed Bug Fact from Your Exterminator in Columbus Ohio

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Fiction: Bed bugs are too small to see, so you cant tell whether you have them or not.

Fact: Bed Bugs are visible to the naked eye from egg through its adult stages.  An adult bed bug is about the size of a apple seed.  Bed bugs that have just eaten can be even larger.  It comes down to knowing where to look and what to look for.

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10 things you want to learn about BedBugs

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Found this Article on Womansday.com with advice from Susan Jones, PhD, associate professor of entomology at Ohio State University.

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1. The term bedbug is a misnomer.

The Latin name for bedbugs is Cimex lectularius, which means “bug of the bed.” But don’t let that fool you—the pesky creatures can be found anywhere. “Bedbugs want to feed on you at night while you’re still, so they’re commonly found in your bed,” says John Furman, president of New York City–based pest management company Boot-A-Pest. “But I always say the bed is 70 percent of the infestation and the rest of the room is the other 30 percent. They can be all over your apartment—in the sofa, behind picture frames or in the crevices of baseboards.”

2. Bedbugs don’t discriminate.

“There’s an unnecessary stigma associated with bedbugs,” says Susan Jones, PhD, associate professor of entomology at Ohio State University. “Anyone can get them. They’re not associated with poor housekeeping or a certain poverty level or anything like that.” So if you have them—or know someone who does—remember that it has nothing to do with personal hygiene habits. “Every woman whose home I treat tells me how often they shower, how clean they are, that they get manicures—none of that matters,” reports Jeff Eisenberg, founder of Pest Away Exterminating.

3. Bedbugs haven’t been proven to transmit any harmful diseases.

Unlike with many other pests and insects, research has not yet proven that bedbugs do anything more harmful than give you the heebie-jeebies. But that doesn’t mean people should brush them off as no big deal. Dr. Jones believes the research is “incomplete and inconclusive.” And Eisenberg insists they are a mental health risk. “People can become so obsessed with bedbugs they don’t sleep for weeks—they miss work, they spend hours Googling the topic. I call it bedbug paranoia.” Bedbugs have also been shown to aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms in people who already suffer from them.

4. No two people’s bedbug bites will look the same.

It’s easy to notice a suspicious bite and head straight to the Internet to diagnose yourself. But just because a website tells you bedbug bites look a certain way doesn’t mean your bites will follow that pattern. According to Dr. Jones, bites often appear in a grouping of three or a “1-2-3—breakfast, lunch, dinner” pattern, but many people—around 30 percent, according to Furman––don’t react to bites at all. And others may have singular scattered bites. Photo by iStockphoto.

5. Bedbugs aren’t truly nocturnal.

Though these pests like to come out before dawn, don’t think you can wait up all night to outsmart them. “A bedbug is an opportunist, and while their peak feeding time is between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., if you work nights they will come out and feed on you during the day,” says Furman. Dr. Jones explains that they’re attracted to a human’s body temperature and, even more so, the carbon dioxide we exhale.

6. Even if you can’t see them, you may have them.

While itchy bites may indicate you have a bedbug problem, a thorough inspection is necessary to prove it. “If you have a low-level infestation, most people will miss the signs. You really need to call a professional who will spend the time to find the evidence,” says Furman, who takes at least an hour inspecting rooms for signs of bedbugs. Things you should look for include “peppering,” which are black fecal spots that are usually imbedded in the mattress seams or on the box spring, as well as insect skins (immature bedbugs shed their skin five times before becoming an adult). You may also see actual bedbugs, which, depending on their age, will be clear or rust-colored. You can never be too careful, but don’t panic. “I’ve had people email me photographs of Hostess cupcake crumbs, lint, fingernails, you name it,” says Furman.

7. Properly trained dogs can sniff out bedbugs.

Well-trained and properly handled canines can track down bedbugs because, like bomb-sniffing and drug-sniffing dogs, they are taught to home in on the scent. But according to Furman, “a dog is a tool to bring a handler to a defined search area. You’ve still got to find the bugs in the area they alerted you to.”

8. You don’t have to throw away your belongings if you have bedbugs.

A common misconception about bedbugs is that if you have them, you have to trash your mattress and send all your clothing to the dry cleaner’s. Not true: According to Furman, heat is the number-one killer of bedbugs. Exterminators treat rooms and furniture with a combination of dry steam cleaning, deep heat and chemical treatments. If your clothes have been in an infested room, throw them in a hot dryer (at least 120 degrees) for 30 minutes to kill any bugs.

9. You should never treat your home for bedbugs yourself.

Whatever you do, don’t attempt to fumigate your house for bedbugs yourself. “Don’t use a bug bomb or fogger, even if it claims it’s meant for bedbugs,” warns Dr. Jones. “All it will do is scatter them throughout your home, and if you have an apartment, it will give them to your neighbors.” She reports that boric acid and other grocery store sprays won’t work either. Calling a professional is essential—and call one early. “You have to deal with this right away,” insists Dr. Jones. “One single female bedbug can lay 500 eggs at once, so it can get out of control quickly.”

10. Bedbugs aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

According to Dr. Jones, bedbugs started making a comeback in the late 1990s for a variety of reasons. A spike in international travel combined with a change in the pesticides and insecticides we use as well as lifestyle changes all played a role in their resurgence. “Bedbugs reproduce very quickly and live for a long time, so it was just a matter of time until their populations exploded,” she says. So what now? Though the situation is manageable, “there’s absolutely no end in sight. This is a pest we’ll likely be living with for the rest of our lives.”

This article was written by Amanda Greene and Published in Womansday.com

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3 Bed Bug Prevention Tips

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Bed Bug Life Cycle

-Caulk all small spaces in your home with sealant.  Especially cracks between the floor and wall, where bed bugs like to hide.


-Seal wall light switch plates and wall panels where Bed bugs can slip in.


-Switching to steal bed frames which has slick surfaces which help keep the bed bugs away.

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