Bed Bug Checkpoint

Recently, Habitat Magazine published an interesting article, written by Tom Soter, detailing how Pride Property Management is implementing a new move-in/move-out policy in their buildings to ensure that their for-sale units are free of bed bugs.

These days, Alex Kuffel treats the warning he first heard as a child very seriously: “We used to say, ‘Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.’ Bed bugs are a critical problem.”

 We’ve all heard that before. We’ve also heard that boards and management must be proactive, and that they must wage an ongoing education campaign to be certain the residents know about bed bugs and how to cope with them. But Kuffel, president of Pride Property Management, is trying something that he thinks is fairly unusual: a move-in/move-out policy that meets the bed bug issue head on.

 “A non-refundable $300 fee must… be given to the superintendent to have the apartment inspected by a certified bed bug inspector, for the presence of bed bugs within the apartment,” the April 2010 policy for the 120-unit Manhattan building says. “The apartment will be inspected prior to the move-in and then again after the residents’ contents have been moved into the apartment. In the event bed bugs are found after the resident moves into the apartment, the resident is solely responsible for all costs incurred with abating the bed bugs….” Read More Here

We at BBFS find this very interesting and encouraging, as we have been advocating Source Elimination as part of a larger Integrated Bed Bug Management Plan (IBBMP) since our inception in 2005. In order to successfully create and maintain a bed bug FREE environment in residences and corporate offices, property owners and managers must create a systematic process for 1.)removing existing infestations, 2.) establishing residual pest control treatment techniques and, 3.) practice preventative treatments for all incoming property (including: bedding, furniture, desks, clothing, electronics, etc.).

One way to create a Source Elimination step inside an IBBMP is to integrate fumigation using Vikane fumigant into your property’s delivery schedule. This can be accomplished by either requiring in-transit fumigation of vehicles/trucks  OR use a Fume Cube on-site. For more information on creating a successful IBBMP program for yourself, contact BBFS at 877-9NO-ITCH or visit our website.

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NPMA: 2011 Bugs Without Borders Survey – Executive Summary

NPMA, Bed Bug Fumigation Specialists, 2011 Bugs Without Borders Survey

National Pest Management Association

Recently, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) released an Executive Summary of the 2011 Bugs Without Borders Survey. Completed this summer, the NPMA and the University of Kentucky surveyed a nationwide sample of pest management professionals. We are pleased to share an executive summary, featuring the latest findings about the growing bed bug resurgence and referencing data from the 2010 Bugs Without Borders survey for year-over-year comparisons. This report highlights the key findings obtained from more than 400 pest management professionals who participated in this survey. A full report of the findings of the survey will be presented at PestWorld 2011 and shared in the November/December issue of PestWorld.

Some notes from the Executive Summary that BBFS found especially interesting:

Here are several key highlights from the 2011 Bugs Without Borders Survey:

1. Nearly all professional pest management companies have received bed bug calls in the past year. Respondents attribute the growth in bed bug infestations to increasing travel and movement of people, continued need for awareness, changing pest control products and methods, and bed bug resistance to available pest control products.
2. While nine out of ten respondents have treated bed bugs in apartments, condominiums and single-family homes in 2011 and 2010, in the past year reports of bed bug encounters have become more common in a many other places. For example, the numbers of professionals who treated college dorms, hotels, nursing homes, office buildings, schools and daycare centers, hospitals, public transportation and movie theaters for bed bugs have all increased compared to last year. More specifically:
• College dorms (54 percent, up from 35 percent a year ago)
• Hotels/motels (80 percent, up from 67 percent)
• Nursing homes (46 percent, up from 25 percent)
• Office buildings (38 percent, up from 18 percent)
• Schools and day care centers (36 percent, up from 10 percent)
• Hospitals (31 percent, up from 12 percent)
• Transportation (train/bus/taxi) (18 percent up from nine percent)
• Movie theaters (17 percent, up from five percent)
NOTE: Percentages denote professionals reporting treating bed bugs in specific locations and percentage increases from 2010.
Survey respondents also report finding bed bugs in retail stores, laundromats, libraries, restaurants and airplanes.
3. Bed bugs continue to be THE most difficult pest to treat, according to 73 percent of survey respondents. By comparison, 17 percent pointed to ants, nine percent said cockroaches and one percent said termites were the most difficult pests to control.
4. Six out of 10 respondents consider bed bug infestations a year-round phenomenon, while approximately 25 percent say that summer is the time of year when they receive more bed bug calls. As people tend to travel more during the summer months it may be likely they’ll have a higher risk of taking hitchhiking bed bugs with them from hotels and transportation sources to homes more so than at other times of the year.
5. When it comes to evaluation and treatment, visual inspection remains the most common method pest professionals use to determine if a bed bug infestation exists. However, the use of canines has grown from 16 percent to 43 percent in the past year.
6. Despite the many warnings that bed bugs are not a DIY pest, 25 percent of customers attempt to treat bed bug infestations by themselves before calling a professional. This number has decreased from the 38 percent who elected to treat bed bugs by themselves in 2010. Those who attempt to treat bed bug infestations by themselves often engage in dangerous and risky DIY practices putting themselves and their property at risk and are often ineffective at controlling the infestation.

Bed bugs are the size and color of a flat apple seed, like to travel and will hide in suitcases, boxes and shoes to be near a food supply (humans). In addition to the mattress and headboard, bed bugs can be found behind baseboards, electrical switch plates, picture frames, wallpaper, upholstery and in furniture crevices.

More information can be found at AllThingsBedBugs.org, NPMA’s resource on everything bed bug related, from prevention tips to current news.

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property. For more information, visit PestWorld.org.

Download a copy of the NPMA 2011Bugs Without Borders Survey – Exec Summary

Contacts

National Pest Management Association
Missy Henriksen, 703-352-6762
mhenriksen@pestworld.org
or
Vault Communications, Inc.
Ela Voluck, 610-455-2752
evoluck@vaultcommunications.com

In other news, Vikane (Sulfuryl Flouride) Fumigation is 100% effective against all life stages of the pesky bed bug, including the hard to control egg stage. One single fumigation treatment to a structure and/or its belongings can eradicate the source population, prevent any pesticide resistant generations from continuing to unnaturally evolve, and make future preventative measures (such as a defined Integrated Pest Management program). DOW Vikane Fumigation is the only 100% effective eradication method for all stages of bug infestation that leaves no detectable residue.

Bed Bug Fumigation Specialists (BBFS) is the industry leading Vikane Fumigation Treatment Service specializing in bed bugs, termites, clothes moths, powder post beetles and other pest infestations. With over 40 years of collective fumigation experience, BBFS is the company with the record you can count on. Our professionals have safely completed more than 50,000 fumigations in our history, including over 2500 successful bed bug eradications in NYC alone. BBFS is also a recipient of DOW AgroSciences Commitment to Excellence (CTE) award for safely administering Vikane for thousands of customers.

NPMA: How to Avoid Bedbugs While Traveling

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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National Pest Management Association

They’re back and they’re bigger than ever: After a decades-long hiatus, bedbugs have made a creepy-crawly comeback in hotels, office buildings, department stores — you name it — all across the U.S. In fact, according to a recent poll conducted by the National Pest Management Association(www.pestworld.org), 95% of the pest control companies surveyed reported a bedbug infestation within the last year — up an astounding 70% from more than a decade ago.

The pesky critters can induce itchy, red welts and enough anxiety to make travelers wonder if they should stay home. Luckily, there are plenty of precautionary measures to reduce the risks of an encounter while on the road. Sleep better at night by following these expert tips from the NPMA, the American Hotel & Lodging Association(www.ahla.com), and the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (www.nysimp.cornell.edu).

With proper identification, a thorough room inspection, and careful packing and unpacking, you can stop worrying about sleeping tight — and letting the bedbugs bite.

What Do Bedbugs Look Like?

Wingless bedbugs range in size from 1 to 7 millimeters, are reddish brown, and flat and oval in shape. Fecal droppings (brown or black stains that look like pepper flakes), shed skins, and the tinier translucent eggs and nymphs (juveniles) are evidence of the live pest.

Pre-Trip Packing Tips

A hard-shelled suitcase has fewer folds and seams where bedbugs can hide. Pack your belongings — clothes, toiletries, shoes — in sealable plastic bags, and open only when accessing the items. Alternatively, consider wrapping your entire pack in a trash bag to stave off potential infestations during your travels.

Before Unpacking Your Luggage

Many travelers throw a suitcase on the bed or keep the bag zipped up on the floor in hopes of keeping out any wandering scourges. Instead, place your baggage — including any purses, backpacks, or camera bags — on a luggage rack or in the bathroom, where there are fewer nooks and crannies.

How to Inspect Your Hotel Room

Bedbugs like to lodge themselves into cracks, crevices, folds, and ruffles in areas frequently trafficked by humans. When you arrive, pull back the covers of the bed and inspect under the linens and pillows. Use a flashlight if necessary. Look in the seams and sides of the mattress, box spring, and frame, and then check behind the headboard. The majority of the pests away from the bed will be within close proximity: under and around nightstands and lamps, and in the pleats of upholstered furniture (a favored hideaway) and drapes. The bloodsuckers can also reside behind wall hangings, such as mirrors and paintings.

If You Suspect an Outbreak

Don’t take things into your own hands. If you squash one pest, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t others lurking in the crevices. Work with hotel management to find the best solution. When switching rooms, don’t accept one directly adjacent, above, or below the infested room, as bedbugs can easily hitch a ride to neighboring spaces via housekeeping carts, wall sockets, and luggage. Each property and brand has a different protocol regarding pest control. Many hotels will distribute bedbug fact sheets, assure proper treatment of affected areas, offer alternative accommodations, and launder your clothes for free. Unfortunately, sleep sacks can’t protect you from getting bitten; bedbugs can feed through the fabric or crawl through the opening of the sack as you snooze.

When You Get Home

Even just a few of these critters can start a full-blown infestation, should you inadvertently carry them back to your abode. Conduct a thorough inspection of your suitcase outdoors or in the garage, away from furniture and sleeping areas. If you live in an apartment, use your balcony, bathtub, or shower (bedbugs have a harder time crawling up smooth surfaces and are easier to spot against light colors). In the worst-case scenario, keep the suitcase out in the hallway. Pay special attention to pockets, linings, and seams. Then thoroughly vacuum or steam clean the bag before stowing it away. Wash all of your clothes — even those unworn — on a high-heat setting, and dry for at least 30 minutes. This will kill any previously undetected bugs.

Bed Bug Fumigation Specialists are proud members of the National Pest Management Association.

Bedbug Season is here, but Survey Shows the Public Struggles to Learn Bedbug Basics

New Survey Shows Large Portions of the Public Still Get Basic Bedbug Info Wrong 

Lawrenceville, N.J.—Bedbug season is here and despite public awareness campaigns, a national survey shows that large swaths of the public are unable to answer the most basic questions about bedbugs correctly. Entomologists urge that having a basic understanding of bedbug biology and behavior will be essential to reducing the spread of infestations this summer.
A recent survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) highlights the public’s general lack of knowledge about bedbugs and the imperative for continued public education and awareness. Consider these telling statistics:
  • 45 percent of respondents incorrectly believed that bedbugs transmit disease to humans even though no research to date has shown this to be true.
  • 29 percent of respondents believed that bedbugs are more common in low-income housing. This statistic is debatable; however, bedbugs show no preference to socio-economic status and are found throughout all segments.
  • 37 percent of respondents said bedbugs were attracted to dirty homes, although bedbugs do not discriminate based on cleanliness.
  • Only 13 percent of respondent answered all three questions correctly, while a staggering 39 percent of respondents answered all three questions incorrectly.
According to research entomologist Jeffrey White of BedBug Central, these numbers may be even higher in areas of the country that are just beginning to experience severe infestations.
“I have collaborated with pest management professionals throughout the country and unfortunately we can expect these numbers to be higher in regions that have only recently seen bedbugs begin their resurgence,” said White. “What’s more worrisome is that this survey looks at only the most basic questions about bedbugs. I expect the knowledge gap for information about treatment and prevention is even wider.”
As bedbug season begins to ramp up in the summer months, BedBug Central is developing new initiatives to educate the public that include working with local and regional pest management firms across the country to help them create effective community outreach plans.  In fact, BedBug Central has received the highest honors from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for its efforts to increase public education and awareness about bedbug prevention and treatment strategies. However, despite these efforts, many people still cannot answer basic bedbug facts.
“With bedbugs spreading into previously unaffected rural regions and cities, grassroots communication plans will be essential for educating communities and engaging civic leadership,” said Calvin Allen, Director of Public Relations, BedBug Central. “If adopted early enough, these initiatives can have a profound impact in curtailing infestations levels.”
To learn more information about bedbug treatment and prevention as peak activity periods for bedbugs begin visit BedBug Central.
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About BedBug Central
 
BedBug Central serves as the an authoritative information resource and website available to the public for information concerning bed bugs and bed bug related issues concerning health, prevention, and treatment methods.More information can be obtained at www.bedbugcentral.com.

Oldest Pest Control Firm in New York Launches Its First Ad Campaign to Educate Consumers

New York’s largest and oldest pest control firm, Assured Environments, is launching its first official marketing campaign in 76 years. An internet campaign focusing on a variety of the company’s products and services will support the television initiative.

As New York’s largest and oldest pest control firm, Assured Environments has built its business on superior service and word of mouth advertising. Now the 76-year-old firm is launching its first official marketing campaign, replete with an engaging television commercial that began to air this week, July 25, on cable networks in New York and New Jersey. An internet campaign focusing on a variety of the company’s products and services will support the television initiative.

Assured Environments is proud of its ability to become New York’s leading pest management firm without aggressively marketing itself. The company could have easily continued to operate this way, but the need for consumer education has prompted the company to advertise. As its Director of Marketing, Evan Rosenblum explains: “The summer season is when bugs are the most abundant and in some cases are more than just a nuisance and can become a grievance to people. And unfortunately their gripes are extended when they hire exterminators that sell them a bill of goods and nothing else. Our campaigns are focused on one thing: education. The first line for defense against any pest is information and we want people to find experienced pest control experts to perform the job correctly, such as Assured Environments who have been providing such services in New York since 1934.”

The TV commercial is a depiction of bugs having a video-conference and ultimately discovering that Assured Environments, their only real threat in New York and Jersey, has infiltrated their ‘secure’ location and now they are really in trouble. “It provides us with a way of conveying our expertise and professionalism while also adding a little humor into the mix to perhaps alleviate the nerves of people who may be dealing with what could be a very stressful bed bug or other pest issue,” says Rosenblum.

There have been many cases where the experts at Assured Environments have been called upon to solve pest-related problems that less-experienced competitors have failed to resolve. This is a troubling situation because consumers are left paying the price for other companies’ lack of expertise, Rosenblum says. Assured Environments specializes in providing pest management services to help residential and commercial clients get rid of bed bugs, roaches, flies, spiders, ants/termites, mice, birds and bats. Over the years, it has demonstrated that it has the experience and expertise to adequately address clients’ pest problems, particularly bed bugs.

Bed bug infestation is a growing problem all across the United States, prompting Congress to introduce the Bed Bug Management, Prevention and Research Act of 2011 earlier this year. Recently, Assured Environments introduced two new solutions to help consumers combat their bed bug problems: the do-it-yourself Bed Bug Annihilator product and professional bed bug preparation service. The Bed Bud Annihilator—which is currently available for back order—is an affordable, portable heat treatment chamber that anyone can use to eradicate bed bugs. The chamber heats up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit in up to 30 minutes and kills bed bugs in as little as 60 seconds. The Bed Bud Annihilator, which can hold up to 25 items at one time, is safe to use on clothes, electronics, small appliances, equipment and even books. Assured Environments’ effective bed bug preparation service includes inspecting the client’s premises, removing and cleaning items to get rid of bed bugs, and storing the items off site while the structure is treated for bed bugs. The service, which is conducted by certified technicians, is designed to save customers a significant amount of time, money and hassle. Assured Environments’ Bed Bud Annihilator and bed bug prep service, along with its new advertising campaign, are making it easier for consumers to eliminate bed bugs from their environment.

Assured Environments is a full-service pest management company that has differentiated itself in the marketplace not only by its service, but also by its expertise. The company’s staff includes entomologists, certified technicians, and a bed bug canine detection team. It is also distinguished by its environmentally-friendly approach to pest control. Assured Environments offers Green Shield Certified services, which incorporates eco-conscious practices that are the least disruptive to human health and the environment. This allows the company to provide more effective pest control without the use of unnecessary pesticides. Consequently, Assured Environments is regularly hired to provide pest management for LEED-certified buildings.

To learn more about Assured Environments’ affordable and effective pest management solutions, visithttp://www.AssuredEnvironments.com or contact Evan Rosenblum at 646-783-5138.

About Assured Environments
Assured Environments is a family-owned business that has been serving individuals and businesses since 1934. The company offers a variety of services to help customers get rid of all types of insect, rodent and bird infestations. Assured Environments is a recognized leader in the pest control industry, presenting at prominent seminars in the United States and China; training top pest management companies in China and Japan; and providing consulting services for a German film crew. Based in Manhattan, Assured Environments provides services to clients throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Contact:
Evan Rosenblum
Director of Marketing
646-783-5138
pr(at)assuredenvironments(dot)com
http://www.AssuredEnvironments.com

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Bed Bug FAIL?: New York approves Lambdastar label amendment

Recent news about a New York state label change for Lambdastar and it’s licensed application for bed bug treatment might seem good news for PMPs/PCOs looking for new weapons in their fight against bed bugs. Unfortunately, it is apparently clear that someone missed their physiology of bed bugs class where they would have learned that bed bugs DONT have sticky pads on their appendages, making many residual pesticides that dont come into direct contact (ie: spraying) ineffective. Probably why the last paragraph in the story below uses the term “significantly” to describe the mortality rate of this product. BTW: Vikane fumigant is 100% effective against all life stages of bed bugs in a single controlled treatment.

Original Posting: PMP Buzz Online eNewsletter
25 Jul, 2011

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ALPHARETTA, GA. — Pest management professionals (PMPs) from Minnesota down to Texas and across to the whole East Coast are preparing for the fall swarms of the brown marmorated stink bug. This pest has become so prolific that USA Today has published two feature stories about the spread of this new pest to the United States. August is the time when residual applications of Lambdastar 9.7% CS from LG Life Sciences should begin and continuing all the way up through October/November as these horribly stinky pests swarm in the tens of thousands all over the sunny side of structures.

Now even PMPs in New York state can have the peace of mind in using Lambdastar 9.7% CS that these pests are specifically stated on the label.

“LG Life Sciences has been tracking the introduction and rapid spread of the brown marmorated stink bug and kudzu bug into the US from China,” says Patrick Callahan, national sales and marketing manager, LG Life Sciences. “The brown marmorated stink bug was accidentally introduced in Pennsylvania, and the kudzu bug right here in Georgia. UGA and Clemson have been watching this pest’s expansion very closely. Our experience shows that similar Lambdastar formulations that we sell
for crop protection are good control agents versus stink bug species. Both pest species spend most of the year out in the flowering trees, shrubs, ornamental plants, food plants or kudzu. In the spring, when they emerge from overwintering, and in the fall, when they are seeking harborage, they can cover the sunny side of structures. We felt it important to get these new invasive pests listed on our label as soon as possible.”

In fact, Callahan says, LG Life Sciences may be the only company with both pests on the label.

“It is possible that stink bug ‘swarms’ may be the new termite swarm, which will mean revitalized revenue for PMPs. LG is ready to help,” he says.

Lambdastar 9.7% CS, at this point, is the only pesticide label that specifically lists both brown marmorated stink bug and kudzu bug on the label. There are other structural products that list stink bugs ( which encompasses all the species of stink bugs), such as LG’s new product – Fenvastar EcoCap ( registered in all states, pending in New York).

Separately, LG Life Sciences has conducted laboratory trials on carpet tiles to show that Lambdastar 9.7% CS is also a very effective insecticide for control of bed bugs. LG conducted direct spray knockdown trials that resulted in very rapid kill of bed bugs. On carpet tiles, the tests showed that dried residues on this surface would provide significant mortality of field collected bed bugs, even after two to three months.

Gotham Schools: Bed bug invasion continues unabated for 2010/2011 season

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Bedbugs, the parasitic insects whose infestation levels have reached near epidemic proportions in New York City, were discovered in schools at an unprecedented rate this year, according to totals released by the city Department of Education.

There were 3,590 confirmed cases of bedbugs found in schools this year, a rate that more than tripled the 2009-2010 totals. The DOE did not release which schools were treated for bedbugs.

The city is battling back without the help of specialized exterminators. A troubled no-bid private contract with a bedbug pest control company was terminated in November, leaving just over a dozen employees in the DOE pest control unit to fight the growing case load.

The increase is significant, but not a complete surprise. The upsurge actually began during the 2009-2010 school year [2]. In February, I reported that through just five months of the 2010-2011 school year, there were already 1,700 confirmed cases [3], far surpassing the previous year’s total of 1,019.

A DOE spokeswoman said most of the confirmed cases weren’t large infestations, but isolated incidents where one or two bedbugs were found on a student who brought it to school from an infested home.

“Every time we find a single bedbug, we are required to report it,” said the spokeswoman, Marge Feinberg.

School buildings aren’t ideal for large infestations because bedbugs prefer to burrow in heavy fabrics – mattresses, box springs and couches –  and feed in the nighttime. But as infestations have turned up in other public spaces where people gather – theaters, retail clothing stores and office buildings – the school system has become another transfer point for their spread.

The big spike doesn’t necessarily reflect the actual rate at which bedbugs are coming into schools. It could also represent heightened awareness by teachers and staff about what to look for.

In response to the rise of bedbugs last year, the DOE issued new bedbug guides to instruct school staff on how to handle them when they are found on a student. In March, the DOE made it easier to report bedbugs [4].

But the Bloomberg administration, which has increasingly relied on contractors for pest control needs, has lagged on finding ways to effectively eradicate the problem.

The DOE currently pays three private extermination companies – Bluesway Pest Control, Verrazano Exterminating and USA Exterminating – to treat non-bedbug pests, such as cockroaches, termites and bees.

But no bedbug contract is in place right now, Feinberg said. The last contract, which was awarded for $99,999 (any city contract worth less than $100,000 does not require competitive bidding) to a company called Joe’s Pest Control, was terminated after exterminators used illegal pesticides in an infested school [5].

Feinberg said the DOE released a request for pest control services for bedbugs and hoped to have contracts soon.


Article printed from GothamSchools: http://gothamschools.org

URL to article: http://gothamschools.org/2011/07/19/bedbug-invasions-continue-unabated-in-2010-2011-school-year-than-ever-before/

URLs in this post:

[1] Image: http://gothamschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Bed-Bug-Hi-Res_-NPMA.jpg

[2] began during the 2009-2010 school year: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/25/nyregion/25bedbugs.html

[3] there were already 1,700 confirmed cases: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Report-Highest-Rate-of-Bedbug-Cases-Ever.html

[4] made it easier to report bedbugs: http://gothamschools.org/2011/03/31/politician-claims-victory-in-citys-school-bedbug-policy-change/

[5] exterminators used illegal pesticides in an infested school: http://brooklyn.ny1.com/content/top_stories/128468/brooklyn-school-tormented-by-bed-bugs-seeks-to-replenish-lost-supplies

July is Here and So are the New York Bed Bugs…and Ticks Too?

July is Here and So are the New York Bed Bugs…and Ticks Too?.

 

As expected, Assured Environments, New York’s largest pest management company, has had an increase in bed bug service requests recently. But the recent outbreak of ticks in New York and surge in tick-related calls within the past two weeks has surpassed the levels of the past 25 years and have left many in the industry and the area concerned.

 

As many had expected, and some others predicted, bed bugs have returned to New York this summer. However, the issue that really has Assured Environments perplexed is the uncanny amount of tick-related calls that have been received this year.

Assured Environments – the largest, privately owned pest solutions-company in New York – has seen bed bug resurgence again this summer. “Bed bug calls lagged in the early part of this year but are now starting to cause problems again for many New Yorkers,” explains Barry Beck, COO of Assured Environments. In June and July alone, Assured has handled over 330 bed bug service calls. “This increase of calls is not unexpected as the reproductive cycle of bed bugs is faster in warmer months, leading to more infestations and cause for concern.”

However, the pest control industry veteran is astonished with the latest outbreak of an uncommon NYC household pest: ticks. “In my 30-plus years in this industry I have never seen anything like this. We just received 4 independent calls regarding ticks yesterday alone,” says Beck. Already this year, Assured Environments has provided service for 8-times as many tick-related calls than in previous years.

 

A step towards bed bug free moving trucks

Original Post (By Teri Rogers and Margot Slade): Read it HERE

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Moishe's Moving is one of the first New York Moving companes to announce a bed bug prevention plan

If you are moving, you may be understandably concerned about picking up bed bugs in transit.

Yet whether out of cost worries, denial or ignorance, New York City moving and storage companies have been slow to adopt procedures that cut down the risk of in-truck transmission.  So we were intrigued to hear that Moishe’s, the 30-year-old local moving company, recently announced a prevention program.

Among other things, the company has stopped wrapping furniture in blankets, which are an easy and obvious means of conveyance for bed bugs. Instead, furniture, mattresses and objects are wrapped in moving-quality, tear-resistant plastic bags sealed with heavy-duty tape.  That diminishes the risk of picking up bugs from the truck and also the chance that bugs will wander into the truck from infested furniture.   (No special precautions are taken with moving boxes, however.)

Moishe’s is also doing monthly canine inspections of each truck, and then fumigating trucks that come up positive.

So is this enough?

We asked entomologist and pest management expert Gil Bloom of Standard Pest Management in Queens. After calling up Moishe’s with a few questions of his own, he seemed reasonably satisfied.

“Unlike any other company that I know of, they apparently do have an organized, systemic way of addressing the issue,” said Bloom,  recently named #1 bed bug warrior by NY Magazine and deeply involved in the city’s efforts to battle bed bugs.

If you’re really concerned, Bloom notes, Moishe will perform a canine inspection of your truck the day before for an extra fee.

For ultimate peace of mind–and for anyone moving away from a bed bug issue–get the truck fumigated with all of your belongings inside.

“That way you pretty much know you are safe from transporting anything,” says Bloom.

UNNATURAL Selection: Bed Bugs now HARDER to kill!

Lab researchers have shown that today’s generation of bed bugs can survive 1000x higher the lethal dose of chemicals of only a decade ago. Recently, the Ohio State University released the first genetic study of bed bugs, which showed that bed bugs are developing a variety ways to resist the chemicals being used to control them. That means that the pesticides being used in the growing bed bug war are actually making our opponents STRONGER! Check out this video from Wall Street Journal Science Writer, Robert Lee Hought.

“While bedbugs are poised to become one of the major household pests across the United States in the coming years, we know very little about their genetic makeup and their mechanisms of resistance to insecticides,” said Omprakash Mittapalli, corresponding author of  the study and an assistant professor of entomology with the university’sOhio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster. OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Repeated applications of the same killing agent (pesticide) spurs a form of evolution, called Unnatural Selection. Any subsequent generations of the same bed bug population (ie: 1 single BB egg survives or one egg laying adult survives) then the next generations have the encoded information on how to increase their resiliency to that same agent. Evidence of this can be seen in the regional practices and techniques within the Pest Control industry. In New York City, the bed bugs found there are 250x more resilient to the most common pesticides versus their cousins from the south in Florida. 250x more resilient!!! Experts say that this is one of the key reasons that bed bugs are making a resurgence worldwide.

Bed Bug Fumigation Specialists, Vikane, Fume Cube

In other news, Vikane (Sulfuryl Flouride) Fumigation is 100% effective against all life stages of the pesky bed bug, including the hard to control egg stage. One single fumigation treatment to a structure and/or its belongings can eradicate the source population, prevent any pesticide resistant generations from continuing to unnaturally evolve, and make future preventative measures (such as a defined Integrated Pest Management program). DOW Vikane Fumigation is the only 100% effective eradication method for all stages of bug infestation that leaves no detectable residue.

Bed Bug Fumigation Specialists (BBFS) is the industry leading Vikane Fumigation Treatment Service specializing in bed bugs, termites, clothes moths, powder post beetles and other pest infestations. With over 40 years of collective fumigation experience, BBFS is the company with the record you can count on. Our professionals have safely completed more than 50,000 fumigations in our history, including over 2500 successful bed bug eradications in NYC alone. BBFS is also a recipient of DOW AgroSciences Commitment to Excellence (CTE) award for safely administering Vikane for thousands of customers.