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Entries in Bed Bug Control Atlanta (8)

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

 

Wednesday
Feb222012

Your Mid Week Bed Bug News

Your Wednesday bed bug news from Red Coat Services.

- This hotel has been out of service for months due to bed bugs and other issues.

- The word cilantro came from the Greek word for bed bug. Who knew?

- You may be hearing less about bed bugs in the national news, however the problem is actually getting worse.

- This family trip to Alabama turned into a nightmare when they got back home to Louisiana. Those Alabama bed bugs are apparently as mean towards Louisiana folks as the Crimson Tide.

- This is what happens when a landlord and tenant fight over bed bugs. I’m surprised the police actually wrapped the mattress.

Bed bugs are quickly becoming an international problem.

- Chattanooga is finding that bed bugs are an expensive habit. Maybe if they used heat instead of chemicals they would be rid of the problem by now.

Shortage of bed bug funding is an issue many cities are having trouble coming to terms with.

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
Dec232011

Multi-Family Bed Bug Lawsuit

It appears #bedbugs are now becoming a serious issue in the multi-family investment community. According to this Palm Beach Post bed bug article, a group of investors who bought an apartment community where blindsided when 25% of the units were infested with +bedbugs. Apparently, the bedbug issue was never mentioned at the time of purchase. As well, a recorded complaint was never handed over to the prospective buyer while doing their due diligence of the property. Luckily for the purchasers, the deal has not closed and their attorney was able to ask for relief from the sellers. Seeing as the cost to heat treat for bed bugs was $63,000, they are lucky they caught the problem before the deal closed.

From experience, I can tell you that lower end properties are starting to face a real problem with bedbug infestations. As well, I highly doubt that the seller did not know that they had a bed bug problem in the apartment community. We are talking 1 in 4 units infested. More likely, they did not release the information because they did not want to lose the deal and probably could not afford the bed bug heat treatment costs themselves.

Moving forward, I think anyone making an investment in multi-family real estate or hotels should take the extra step of having a certified bed bug dog inspect the property. That way, if an infestation is found, it can be negotiated into the purchase price. A little prevention up front can save you a lot of time and money later.

For more information regarding bed bug detection and eradication, call The Bed Bug Answer at 404-665-3985. You can also visit our Google+ page for more bed bug details.

John, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist