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Posted on May 8, 2012 with 1 Comment
Residents at The Surf Manor Adult Home in Coney Island are suing over living conditions and a three-year bed bug infestation. The class action lawsuit was filed by almost 200 residents who claim their rooms are infested with bedbugs.
The residents are also placing blame for the spread of scabies, leaking ceilings, broken elevators, sporadic heat and hot water and mold growth.
We will surely stay on top of this New York Bed Bug
News story and post updates as they become available.
Posted on April 26, 2012 with No Comments
What’s really living in, on or around your body? Could you have bed bugs?
New York Pest Control Bed Bug Sniffing Dog
Battling Bed Bugs – Dogs have the noses to find them!
Bed bug dogs are a great way to find bed bugs!
They’re flat, they’re round, they’re reddish-brown and they feed on human blood. “Bed bugs are on the rise all over this country,” Dr. Travis says. “Pest control companies say business has doubled since 2000.”
The show has a segment showing how a dog can detect bed bugs.
JP McHale Pest Management in New York employs bed bug sniffing dogs to find bed bugs throughout commercial properties and homes in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Give us a call to schedule your inspection at 800-479-2284.
Posted on April 23, 2012 with No Comments
Spring time is among us and that means bugs are more active this time of year. The customer service department at the office of at JP McHale Pest Management has been receiving more and more calls with customers saying that they they have found bed bugs in their home. The first step if you think you have bed bugs is to have the bug identified to make sure that it is a bed bug. There are different integrated pest management approaches utilized dependent on the type of pest infestation that you have. 100% pest identification is a necessity. The Connecticut Coalition Against Bed Bugs has issued a brochure to aid in bug identification or you can visit our pest identification center. If you have found bugs in your residence, contact our office and our staff will be glad to schedule a pest inspection to identify what pest you are battling.
Posted on April 3, 2012 with No Comments
Bed bugs are on the rise, and not in areas people want to her about. A forum was held in Rochester Wednesday where people learned more about those bugs, and the problems they are causing. Night night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite. It’s an age old saying, but one that now, you might want to take seriously. “They’re in private residences, multi-family housing residences, senior assisted centers and so we really need to get rid of them,” said Stephen Kells with the University of Minnesota. Bed bugs were common in the 1960′s, and pretty much went away for about 40 years. About 10 years ago, they came back. Now some experts are saying, they are worse than ever.
“We have a campaign going across the state called let’s beat the bug campaign. Its about getting the information of bed bugs to as many people as we can,” said Kells.
Nearly 100 people came to a bed bug forum at the University of Minnesota Rochester to learn more. One topic of discussion was what the bugs are attracted to; human blood. “Once they’ve got a blood meal, they can grow, they can reproduce, they can create more bed bugs and we start getting severe infestations,” said Kells. Those severe infestations have moved away from places like hotels, which seem to have gotten the problem under control, to multi-family residences and senior living facilities.
“I think it’s scary, because I think there’s a stigma with it that its only dirty places, or low-income places or things like that,” said Rose Lenzher who works in a senior living facility. Bed bugs can happen anywhere, but it is important to get rid of them.
“The best thing to do is call an expert. They have either the equipment to do the proper heat treatments, or the commercial chemicals that are required to control bed bugs,” said Kells.
Posted on March 30, 2012 with 1 Comment
As a homeowner, you know there are some home projects you can take on yourself (painting the guest room) and some that are better left to the professionals (installing electrical wiring in the basement). The same logic goes for pest control. In some cases, do-it-yourself measures are fine but in others, it is best to call in a pest professional to ensure the job is done correctly and safely. So how do you know which pest scenarios are DIY-approved and which are pro-worthy?
In most cases, the answer depends on the several factors, including the type of pest, its threats to your family’s health, the potential for property damage and the size of the infestation. For example, one lone yellow jacket that found its way into your home is no cause for alarm. But a nest of yellow jackets near your front porch? Time to call in the pros.
Specifically, here is one pest that you should leave to the pros:
Bed bugs are certainly not a pest that should be handled on your own. For one, they are notoriously elusive, often hiding out in hard to detect places like behind electrical switches and under wallpaper. A trained pest professional will know where bed bugs are likely to hide in your home and can develop a treatment plan to target the pests while ensuring the safety of your family and pets.
To effectively treat a bed bug infestation all stages of the bed bug life cycle must be treated, including bed bug eggs, nymphs (babies) and adult bed bugs. Unfortunately, DIY pest control methods are often ineffective against bed bug nymphs and eggs. Attempts to control a bed bug infestation on your own may only exacerbate the problem and give the infestation time to grow. And bed bugs reproduce quickly – one female bed bug can lay one to five eggs in a day and more than 500 in their lifetime, meaning that a small infestation can quickly grow out of control.
In addition, homeowners that attempt to control a bed bug infestation on their own often spend more money in the long run on failed treatments. Some residents with bed bug infestations unnecessarily throw out furniture, clothing and other personal property in an attempt to control an infestation. In extreme cases, homeowners have seriously damaged their homes or sickened their families by misusing pest control products.
Posted on January 27, 2012 with No Comments
January 27, 2012 – Due to the cooler temperatures in winter, typically bed bugs are less active. 2012 is proving to be the exception – bed bugs are not slowing down due to colder temperatures.
Several reports have hit the news. In New York City, The Ritz Carlton hotel reportedly had a bed bug incident; an elementary school in Greenwich, CT is tackling bed bug eradication efforts; in New York City alone, in Laurel County, KY, WKYT27 reports that a children are still attending school even though bed bugs are confirmed; in Pennsylvania, Kistler Elementary School officials found a single bed bug and had to relocate all of the students to another classroom. Rocky Mountain College in Montana had an outbreak of bedbugs in one of its residence halls last semester and is continuing to treat two vacant rooms to make sure the pests don’t return.
In New York City, The Bed Bug Registry reports that there are 4,490 bed bug related posts reported, 43 of them have been posted since January 18th, 2012 alone. Raveable’s reports show that there is a lower risk of bed bugs in New York City Hotels, reports are down 20% but across the country in Las Vegas, there are currently 106 hotels with bed bug reports. In September 2010 there were only 111 bed bug reports in Las Vegas and as of January 18th, 2012 there were 233 incidents - bed bug reports have more than doubled in Las Vegas! Raveable reports that bugs are growing at an alarming rate and there is currently a 9.4% increased chance of bed bugs in Las Vegas.
Also in January 2012, Infectious Disease News reported that improved strategies are still needed to combat bed bug infestations. The report states that insecticide resistance is the likely blame and that “researchers discussed public health problems associated with bed bugs, as they cause physical and psychological discomfort, allergies, secondary infections and have a significant financial effect on businesses and the homes of many. “In 2010, for the first time, almost every pest control agency has reported that bed bugs are their No. 1 concern — superseding cockroaches and termites.”
JP McHale Pest Management Inc. is a New York Pest Control Company and is your turn key solution for achieving effective results when dealing with bed bugs. We have bed bug inspection, detection and elimination protocol’s in place for residential and commercial properties throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Posted on December 19, 2011 with No Comments
There are many methods being used for bed bug extermination and bed bug pest control in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. How do you know which option is right for you? Want to find out which option is best for your situation? Contact J.P. McHale Pest Management.
Heat Treatment: One example is ThermaPure. This method uses heat to kill the bed bugs. The Thermal death point of Bed bugs and Bed Bug Eggs is about 114 degrees. This method raises the internal temperature of your structure to a temperature of 130 to 150 degrees, and is held there for around two to four hours. This ensures that the temperature in the walls and in any furniture reaches the minimum of 120 degrees, thus killing bed bugs and eggs.
Pros: No insecticides are used, If performed correctly only one treatment needed, most belongings can remain in your house and will be treated.
Cons: Difficult method to use for multi-unit dwellings, Precautions must be taken for heat sensitive belongings, No residual killing if any bed bugs survive re-infestation can occur, cost.
Cyronite: This method of treatment utilizes subzero CO2 ”snow” to kill bed bugs on contact.
Pros: No insecticides are used, Dry CO2 can be used in and around electrical sockets,Kills instantly
Cons: It is a contact kill only – no residuals effects, any bed bug harborage that is not hit directly can survive.
Click here to read more about the uses for Cryonite & Who Uses Cryonite
Vikane Gas: This method uses fumigants to kill bed bugs. Normally only used in major infestations
Pros: Fumigants reach deep into cracks and crevices, killing bed bugs, if performed correctly this can be a fast method for killing bed bugs
Cons: This method is not legal in all states, Cost, hard to treat multi-unit dwellings, everyone including pets must evacuate the structure.
Conventional Pesticides: This method uses pesticide sprays and dusts
Pros: Normally the least expensive option, can be used in all building types, uses pesticides with a residual killing effect typically between 14 to 30 days.
Cons: This method needs multiple treatments – typically 2 to 3 visits. The sprays and dusts do not kill bed bug eggs.
Note: A proper and diligent inspection of the property to verify bed bug activity and locate the bed bug harborage is the most important aspect of bed bug control. The use of steam (to kill eggs) and diligent vacuuming is also very important. In muti-unit dwellings sealing cracks and crevices (paying attention to electrical outlets) will help to stop the spread of bed bugs from unit to unit.
Posted on December 12, 2011 with No Comments
The financial impact of bed bug control has been significant. Just one bed bug in one room can start a bed bug infestation. Although bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, their bites cause allergic reactions, such as severe itching and inflamed welts (red bump, ridge or swelling of unbroken skin). Bed bugs are causing social and economic hazzard to owners and residents of apartment buildings, as well as hotels and public buildings.
In a recent study, Rajeev Vaidyanathan, PhD, associate director of Vector Biology and Zoonotic Disease at SRI International, explained:
“New York City alone spends between $10 million and $40 million per year on bed bug control, and these numbers are repeated in other major cities across the US. Over 95 percent of pest control agencies reported bed bugs as a priority in 2010, thus superseding termites as the number one urban pest.”
Posted on December 8, 2011 with No Comments
VisiRay of Corvallis, Ore., has signed an option agreement with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to create the devices, which would use millimeter wave technology to allow inspectors to see through drywall particle boards and view clear images of pests on the other side of a wall. The agreement is part of the Startup America initiative announced by the White House this year to make licensing new technologies affordable for start-up companies.
VisiRay, a company started by University of Oregon Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship, is working on a product that will use scanning technology that will make it possible for pest inspectors to see clear images of insects through drywall particle board. Bed bugs will be the initial target of the technology.
The technology may be used for looking at other hard to find pests, such as termites, in residential and commercial buildings.
Posted on December 7, 2011 with No Comments
Researchers conducted a study and it appears that bed bug infestations are only going to get worse. One key point made is that detecting bed bug infestations as early as possible is one key way to keep the bed bug infestation from spreading. If you live in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut and see bed bugs, bed bug eggs, cast skins, or nymphs or if you have signs of bed bug bites notify your apartment manager immediately and have them contact a professional pest management firm to to conduct a thorough inspection.