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Wednesday
Mar042015

Killing Bed Bugs with a Washer and Dryer

 If you are trying to treat your belongings that are infested with bed bugs, the dryer is your new best friend.  I always recommend drying the items first to kill the bed bugs, then washing and drying them as normal to get the dead bugs off the clothes.  Here is a bit of research provided by Pest West Environmental on the effectiveness of washing and drying.  Note: always treat your clothing at temps high enough to kill eggs.

May The Heat Be With You!


Treatment Method

Temperature & Duration

Control Level

Washing machine(non-biological detergent)3.2kg - 7lb

Cool – 30oC / 86oF – 30 minute wash

Did not kill egg stages

Hot – 60oC / 140oF – 30 minute wash

Killed all life stages

Tumble Dry3.2kg - 7lb

Cool dry – 30 minutes

Did not kill all stages

Hot dry – 30 minutes – 40/45oC / 104/113oF

Killed all stages

Cold Soak3.2kg - 7lb

Cold water – 30 minutes

Killed adults/nymphs only

Cold soak – 24 hours

Killed adults/nymphs only

Dry cleaning (perchloroethylene)

 

Killed all life stages

Freezing2.5kg - 5.5lb

2 hours at -17oC / -62.6oF (8 hours to get clothes and items to -17oC / -62.6oF, takes total 10 hours of treatment)

Killed all life stages

 

For more information regarding Atlanta & Georgia bed bug detection and eradication, call Red Coat Services, LLC., at 404-665-3985. You can also visit our Google+ page and Facebook Page for more bed bug details.

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist 

Friday
Feb202015

How big do bed bugs get???

Here is a handy picture to give you an idea of how large bed bugs get during various stages of the life cycle.

 

 

 

For more information regarding Atlanta & Georgia bed bug detection and eradication, call Red Coat Services, LLC., at 404-665-3985. You can also visit our Google+ page and Facebook Page for more bed bug details.

John, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist 

Friday
Feb202015

The 3 biggest bed bug mistakes made by Property Managers today!

If you work in multifamily housing, you have come across bed bugs by now. But as you have learned the hard way, there is the slow financial drain that seems to never end if you use the wrong methods to eliminate your infestation. I frequently get the question…”how do we stop this!?!” The following are 3 reasons your bed bug elimination attempts have failed:

1)    You did not attack the infestation hard enough when it was first discovered.

Do you remember the first time you got that bed bug call?  You did not know what they were, maybe even your pest guy couldn’t identify them.  So he “put something down to kill them” and went about his merry way.  Then a month later, you got the second call and then the rest is history.

Bed bugs require an expert that fully understands the insect and is dedicated to extermination, not just control.  An expert will not be inexpensive, but they will get the job done correctly the first time and will take every precaution to prevent spreading.  Think of it like your car, if you invest in a reliable car, you save money in the long run on maintenance.  If you go with the cheap option on the front end, you will pay much more in the long run to fix it.

Time is your enemy with bed bugs.  They reproduce exponentially and they love to travel for a good meal.  A fertilized female can create a 700 bug and 1000+ egg colony in under 90 days.  You have to be looking for bed bugs to catch them early enough to protect your other units.  Frequent bed bug K9 inspections are essential to staying in-front of the issue.  Then once you find it, treat the unit ASAP.

2)    You are letting your pest control provider spread the insects with pesticide.

EVERY pest control provider knows that bed bugs run from pesticides.  It is not a disputed fact anymore. That is why they recommend treating surrounding units that are not infested.  This is especially important in multifamily where every unit adjoins with others on either side or above and below.  If you want to stop the spreading, find a provider that treats with heat and ONLY heat.

3)    You are assuming your residents will comply with all of managements request and their lease agreement.

Every resident must have a vested interest in the success of their bed bug treatment.  It is critical that they understand that an active infestation in their unit will cause others to suffer.  We always recommend the following:

a)    Have the resident physically SIGN OFF stating that they have received their treatment preparation sheet. That they understand what to do, and that they agree to do it by the stated treatment date. Have financial penalties for non-compliance.

b)    Always include a bed bug addendum in your lease outlining penalties for lack of notification or self-treatment of bed bugs. 

So what to do now?  You may be thinking…”I do some of these but not all”.  Then get on it!  Hit it hard and fast with an expert who won’t spread bed bugs with pesticide and institute methods with your residents to ensure the success of the treatments.  It will cost you more up front, but it will be significantly cheaper in the long run.  Think about it this way: If you won’t spend the funds to do it right the first time, what makes you think you will want to spend them for the second or the third treatment?

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

For more information regarding Atlanta & Georgia bed bug detection and eradication, call Red Coat Services, LLC., at 404-665-3985. You can also visit our Google+ page and Facebook Page for more bed bug details.

Tuesday
Jun032014

Q & A With Kristen Bosse of GeorgiaStateHomes

Check out my interview, How to Keep Bed Bugs Out of Your House on Georgia State Homes. We also service Rome, GA real estate. Georgia State Homes also services South Carolina real estate and Florida real estate.

 

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation. 

Red Coat Services is Georgia licensed pest control company that specializes in the detection and elimination of bed bugs. We use canines to detect infestations and a full room heat process to kill bed bugs. The business is owned by John and Ashley Marratt. We have 14+ years in the canine detection field and both have environmental science degrees. After leaving our corporate jobs in banking and technology, we decided to open a drug detection canine business which led us into the bed bug detection field. Since bed bugs are the only pest we treat for, we are able to focus on all things bed bugs and how to get rid of them.

Please explain the issue of bed bugs infestation in homes.

Bed bug infestation in homes is a growing problem nationally and locally.  We have found and treated bed bugs in apartments, hotels, senior living facilities and homes both primary and vacation. Bed bugs have made a resurgence due to their natural reproduction cycle and the elimination of the pesticide DDT back in the 1970’s. The chemicals being used today can be ineffective and beds bugs have shown an ability to build a resistance to them. They have been coming back steadily the past few decades. Now we are seeing a population explosion in several parts of the country. Another thing to consider is the ease of travel. International travel from areas that have a high concentration of bed bugs has also added to the problem.

What are common ways bed bugs get into houses?

 

Bed bugs do not fly or crawl out of the woods. Bed bugs are hitch hikers that get on your luggage, clothes or furniture. We normally find bed bugs in homes after someone has traveled or has had a traveler come stay with them. That could be either flying or staying in a hotel/vacation property. It also means spending the night with a friend who might have an infestation. They will come in on your suit case or other garments. Another thing to consider is used furniture. We have seen infestations in homes where someone bought a second hand piece of furniture or they have rental furniture.

What are the steps to removing bed bugs from homes?

 

The first step to removing bed bugs from your home is to isolate the area with the infestation as quickly as possible. Close the door and stay out. Secondly, you should call a professional that has experience with bed bugs. Make sure you ask them what their experience in treating bed bugs is and what process they use to eliminate bed bugs. The majority of companies are using chemicals. We use full room heat exclusively.  Lastly, do not try to take care of the problem yourself! I have encountered many situations where the resident went to the store and bought over the counter bed bug spray. The bugs are highly sensitive and will hide the minute you do this. Even worse, they will spread to other rooms making the elimination more difficult and expensive.

 

How can someone take precautions to avoid a bed bug infestation?

 

The best thing you can do is stay vigilant. If you travel frequently and stay in hotels, always check your luggage for signs of live bed bugs. The first thing I do when I check into a hotel is put my bags in the bath tub. Do not put them on the bed or floor. Secondly, I check the mattress, box spring, dust cover and head board for any signs of live bugs or feces. If everything is clear then I proceed as normal. Normally in a hotel the bed bugs we find are in and around the bed itself. If you want to be extra careful, when you return home put all your clothes in the dryer on high for 45 minutes and leave your luggage in the garage sealed in a garbage bag. If you are receiving travelers and you have some concerns, follow the steps above. Most people who travel frequently today know it is a serious issue and that it can be very expensive to deal with.

Are bed bugs attracted to anything particular inside a house?

 

Bed bugs are attracted to humans. Bed bugs feed exclusively on blood. When they get into your home they will seek you out. That is why we most commonly find bed bugs in the bed/bedroom or favorite couch/chair. You are the dinner buffet and they will stay as close to you as possible. These areas also provide good hiding areas for them to live and lay eggs.

Once a bed bug is discovered, what is the first thing the homeowner should do?

 

As I mentioned above, the first thing you should do is isolate the area and call a professional. Do not try to treat the area yourself. You will only make the problem bigger and more expensive.

What is the best way to contact you and your company?

The best way to contact us is either by phone or email. As well, you can reach us directly through our website at www.redcoatservices.com or email at jmarratt@redcoatservices.com 

 

For more information regarding Atlanta & Georgia bed bug detection and eradication, call Red Coat Services, LLC., at 404-665-3985. You can also visit our Google+ page and Facebook Page for more bed bug details.

John, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

 

Thursday
Feb232012

Commercial Property Bed Bug Insurance

Many of you have read or heard by now the bed bug problems the University of Nebraska is having. The school made headlines because of their poor handling of the situation which now has students and parents in a panic. The school got off to a bad start by not communicating the proper steps students could take to protect themselves. It seems the school has redeemed themselves and has instituted an all-out assault on the freeloading bed bugs.

What I find even more interesting is the fact that several of the fraternities on campus are now exploring the option of purchasing bed bug insurance. According to the article, Willis Global Insurance has a bed bug policy that would protect the fraternity in case if an infestation. Knowing that it could cost the fraternity tens of thousands of dollars to treat a frat wide infestation, spending $2,000 on a policy is a really good investment.

I wrote about bed bug insurance in the past and I actually reached out to some insurers. However I never received any answers to my questions. I think insurance is a good idea, but like most things, the devil is in the details and I think we will see policies evolve as insurers become more familiar with the type of damage bed bugs can cause. So if you are a hotel or apartment owner, be sure to read the fine print before signing up for any insurance.

For more information regarding Atlanta & Georgia bed bug detection and eradication, call Red Coat Services, LLC., at 404-665-3985. You can also visit our Google+ page and Facebook Page for more bed bug details.

John, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist