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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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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.

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

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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Bedbug fighters pleading for help

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Bedbug fighters pleading for help

Problem will worsen without public funding, task-force members say

Saturday, September 4, 2010 02:55 AM

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

They suck blood, steal sleep, ruin furniture and ravage nerves. Any sufferer would agree that bedbugs inflict plenty of personal misery.

But so far, experts say, governments have been reluctant to treat the pests as a public problem.

“The response is just totally inadequate,” said Susan Jones, an Ohio State University entomologist and member of the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force. “There has been so little done.”

Jones said the task force has had scant money for public education and nothing to spend on extermination. Members agree that the problem is worsening because many people don’t know how to reduce risk and can’t afford to hire a pest-control company.

“We’re a group of volunteers who are just trying to get the word out,” Jones said. “Meanwhile, the bugs are spreading like wildfire.”

With reported infestations now in the thousands, the effects have crept beyond private residences. According to the task force and public officials:

• Children have unwittingly brought bedbugs to schools on their clothing, shoes or book bags. Columbus school nurses receive training on how to identify problems and provide information to families without embarrassing students.

• Firefighters have picked up bedbugs and carried them back to their stations after runs to infested residences. Some of the crew at a station in the hard-hit western part of the county changed to slip-on boots so that bedbugs can’t hide behind the tongues and laces.

• The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging says numerous infestations are causing pain and anguish among the elderly, especially those in low-income housing. Outreach workers sometimes put their clothing in high-heat dryers to kill hitchhiking bugs after visits.

• Franklin County Children Services is spending thousands of dollars on new bedding, mattress covers and extermination for families. The agency recently stopped accepting donations of used toys because of the risk of transmission. The Salvation Army is receiving increasing requests for help with new furniture.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture also is investigating several cases of faulty pesticide application and misuse.

Some desperate people who don’t know how to eradicate the bugs or don’t have the money for an exterminator are turning to dangerous chemicals that aren’t meant for indoor use. In at least one case, people were sickened. In a few others, fires broke out.

“We know that these things are occurring, and we’re very concerned,” said Matt Beal of the Agriculture Department. He also has received reports of unlicensed applicators promising families cheap treatments.

“It’s just a matter of time before somebody dies,” Jones said.

The task force has asked Franklin County for $128,000 to launch a more aggressive attack. If approved, the grant money would help with public information and pay for extermination in about 100 residences.

Paul Wenning of the Franklin County Board of Health said the task force is trying to gather data on cases, but the job is difficult because no single agency collects it and many residents don’t report the problem.

A tally of complaints to the Columbus Code Enforcement Division, the county health department and just three of about 40 area exterminating companies last year revealed more than 2,700 complaints, a number that almost certainly is low.

Beal said state agriculture officials keep hoping the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will change course and approve the use of Propoxur, a once-common pesticide that is effective on bedbugs but could, after significant exposure, be harmful to children.

Task-force members say the suffering they see each day dwarfs the pesticide risk. Although bedbugs are not known to spread disease, their bites can cause welts, rashes or infections from scratching.

Jones said she goes out each week to chronicle effects. She has found disabled residents sitting in infested wheelchairs, elderly residents wearing coats and gloves for protection in the summer, babies with bites on their faces.

“You cannot be unchanged when you see that,” Jones said, her voice rising. “Something has to be done.”

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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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What Bed bugs look like??

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Bed bugs are  small oval, insects that cant fly and is part of  three species that bite people. Adult bed bugs range from 5-7 mm in length, while nymphs (juveniles) can be as small as 1.5 mm. Bed bugs have small flat bodies and are  mistaken for small cockroaches or ticks. Bed bugs feed on blood by sucking  from humans or animals. Adult bed bugs are usually reddish brown in color and can appearing more reddish after feeding on a blood meal. Nymphs (juveniles) are clear in color and bright red after feeding on its host. The wings of bed bugs don’t serve must purpose because they cannot fly.

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Nymph Bed Bugs

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Interesting article about Bed Bugs in Columbus Ohio

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Bed Bug Tracking In Columbus: “a Fraction of the Actual bed bug infestations”

by Renee Corea on December 15, 2009

in Statistics

It’s amazing how much the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force has been able to accomplish without any significant funding. The latest example is this presentation from the recent Central Ohio Bed Bug Summit: Bed Bug Distribution through Greater Columbus, 2007 – 2009 (PowerPoint).

The task force presents data from calls received at Columbus Code Enforcement, the Franklin County Board of Health and also from a survey of pest management firms in the Columbus area (3 firms responded):

Bed bug distribution in Columbus, 2009 - source: COBBTFBed bug distribution in Columbus, 2009 – source: COBBTF

The bottom line:

No part of the metro area is bed bug free

And, not surprisingly:

Bed bug calls are straining the resources of CCE [Columbus Code Enforcement], FCBH [Franklin County Board of Health], and most social services agencies in our city

This type of data collection is essential and here it is properly contextualized. Very often bed bug statistics are misunderstood. Valuable indicators, but by no means the extent of the problem.

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Bed bugs can ingest

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Bed bugs can ingest seven times their own weight in blood, which would be the equivalent of an average-sized male drinking 120 gallons.

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Female bedbug can really produce!

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

One female bedbug can lay 5 eggs a day and can lay up to 500 in a life time.

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Bed bugs can live a year or mo…

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Bed bugs can live a year or more without a blood meal.

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Has been receiving a lot of Be…

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Has been receiving a lot of Bed Bugs calls recently.

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