New Year: New Control
Happy New Year!
It's time for new resolutions, new promises, new changes, and new commitments.
In the pest control industry, these new commitments come in the form of a commitment to your home, to your health, and to your peace of mind.
So, what exactly does that look like?
It looks like making the decision to be proactive in the protection of your home from pests. Here at Champion Pest Management, we believe it's time to make some New Year's Resolutions that are easy to stick to because we're here to do the heavy lifting.
Benefits to Regularly Scheduled Professional Pest Control
Believe it or not, but the number one reason you should schedule regular professional pest control is to keep up with your overall general health. Cockroaches, rodents, mosquitoes--all of these pests (and more) carry diseases which can spread to you and your family causing illness. A regularly scheduled pest control appointment with a trained and licensed pest control company like Champion Pest Management is crucial in keeping these unwelcome visitors out of your home and your yard, and therefore keeping your immune system just how you like it: strong and healthy.
The Value of Your Home
The Risks of DIY Pest Control
There are quite a few homeowners looking to save a dollar or two and take the chance with DIY pest control solutions. While you may feel as though you're saving a few bucks, this could be costly and ineffective in the long run. Without proper training and knowledge, a homeowner runs the risk of misusing over-the-counter pesticides. A trained technician knows where and how to best apply professional grade pest control solutions and can take the guess work out of DIY pest control. A trained professional can save you time, and save you from exposure to unnecessary and misused pesticides.
Being Proactive Rather than Reactive
I promise, keeping pests out of your home is way more effective than trying to kick them out once they've invited themselves inside. Many people feel as though a professional service is no longer needed once they no longer see bugs with their own eyes. This isn't entirely true. It's the regular treatment that is giving the homeowner that peace of mind. Get rid of your pest control service, and in about 3 months, you may be wishing you still had us around.
Champion is Always Here on Your Side
No matter what you decide, or when you decide it. Champion Pest Management will always be here to help fight that good fight. Our trained technicians will help guide you through the best course of action for your home, and we will give you that peace of mind that we're all looking for when it comes to New Year's Resolutions and changes.
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Bed Bugs and Holiday Travels
Travel is an essential part of the holidays, and well, your luggage is the most common and preferred method of transportation for bed bugs. Anywhere there may be people, there may be bed bugs. So what can you do about keeping bed bugs out of your luggage while you're on your holiday travels? Let's learn about some basic steps you can take to identify bed bugs as well as cut down your chances of carrying them home with you.
Steps you Should Take Before Unpacking
1. Keep the luggage off the bed. When you first enter your hotel room or guest room, do not head to the bed firs with your luggage. If there are bed bugs present, that is a really quick way of increasing your chances of bringing them home with you. Your best bet is to head to the bathroom first. Place your luggage in the bath tub while you prepare to check the room. No bathroom? See if there is a metal luggage rack you can rest your bags on before unpacking. Staying at a relative's home, and you have neither a bathroom or a luggage rack? Wrap your luggage in plastic. It's easy to find plastic luggage covers online.
3. Begin a bed inspection. Go to the bed and pull back all of the covers all the way down to the mattress. It is really helpful to always pack a small flashlight in your luggage to use for your inspections. Take the flashlight and inspect the mattress--especially, around the seams. If you're using a flashlight, check for anything moving. The bugs don't like the light, and they will try to move away from it. If you see reddish brown spots on the mattress or clusters in the corners, you may have found signs of a bed bug presence.
4. Move beyond the mattress. It is key to not only check the bed, but the headboard, the tables, and any furniture in the room. If you're able to move the furniture, do so. You'll need to check behind it. Look under the phone, alarm clock, and lamps. Be sure to use your flashlight in these areas too.
5. Bag up any clothes that need to be laundered. Throughout your vacation and definitely before packing your suitcase, secure any clothes that have been worn into a sealed plastic bag. Bed bugs are drawn to your scent, and sealing up your clothes is a great way of preventing a ride home for these pests.
6. Report any findings immediately. If you're staying in a hotel, be sure to immediately report what you have found to the staff. It is safe to stay in the hotel. Bed bugs found in one room does not mean that they are in all rooms, nor is it a testament to the cleanliness of the hotel. If you do to stay, be sure that your new room is not adjacent to the room with the bed bugs. One good rule is to try and go two floors up or down (if possible).
The important thing to remember during your holiday travels, is to keep a cool head. As long as you know what you're looking for, you can prevent bringing home bed bugs. Remember, bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases to humans. However, they are a hugs nuisance. Keep a cool head, and know how to stay proactive.
If you do find that you may have brought home some unwelcome visitors after your holiday travels, have no fear. Give us a call at Champion Pest Management. We will come to your home, complete an inspection and discuss the best options available for keeping your home bed bug free.
A quick Reminder about Bed Bugs
Charleston, SC has once again been voted the #1 city in America to live and #2 in the world. With accolades like this, comes increase travel. With increase travel comes unwanted visitors in the luggage of new visitors to Charleston. It's important to stay mindful and check your luggage and your room when traveling. Bed bugs are not fun to be around. While this report in the link attached is about Phoenix, it could very easily be Charleston or any city for that matter.
One common mistake if the idea that bed bugs are only associated with filth, and as long as you stay clean, you're safe. This is not the case at all. In fact, bed bugs themselves are fairly clean creatures As long as you're breathing out Carbon Dioxide, you're a target for bed bugs no matter how clean you keep it. Surprisingly, bed bugs do not carry any known diseases. However, what they do is tear down quality of life while infesting your home and feasting on your person. If you suspect your home might be infested, please give Champion a call for an inspection.
I highly recommend reading the article written by PCT on the recent bed bug reports in Phoenix.
"Good night, sleep tight
Don't let the bedbugs bite.
But if they do, then take your shoe and
Hit them till they're black and blue."
Ahh, the frightening imagery that was put into our heads right before going to bed as kids. Bedbugs ranked up there with the Boogie Man, Vampires, and other creature that "Go Bump in the Night." These pests are definitely one of the things nightmares are made of. However, unlike the vampires, bedbugs can and will really bite, and unfortunately, there's not much your shoe can do.
The most common type of bedbug is the Cimex lectularius. These guys are nasty enough, but recently there have been reports of the return of the Tropical Bed Bug in Florida. This species of bedbug hasn't been reported in over 60 years, and there is a fear it could be making a come back.
What's the big deal? A Bedbug is a Bedbug...Right?
It's true, these bugs behave in a very similar fashion to the Common Bedbug; however, the Tropical Bedbug will be more prevalent in Southern states due to the overall warmer climate if they begin to spread.
The spreading of this particular species is the scary part. Previous research on the tropical bedbug shows that they tend to spread much more rapidly than the common bedbug.
What this means is that a Tropical Bedbug infestation will colonize faster, reproduce faster, and become a huge pain to control faster.
Can These Guys Get to Me? I'm Not in Florida
Bedbugs like to travel with their host. Being that Charleston is one of THE most traveled to destinations in the Southeast, the spread of Tropical Bedbugs is a major possibility.
What to Do if you Fear an Infestation?
Call the professionals. We will come out and complete a free inspection. Our technicians are trained in practices that work to eradicate a bedbug infestation in your home. The sooner you take control, the better.
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