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Bed Bug AwarenessBed Bug Awareness Week

Bed Bug Awareness Week

With the summer travel season well under way, families across the nation are packing their luggage and headed off to stay in hotels and vacation rentals. Bed Bug Awareness Week is coming this June 4 – 10, 2018 and the pest control industry is taking this time to remind those who are traveling to brush up on the basics of bed bugs to avoid bringing these pests home.

Over time, Bed Bugs have become a growing concern as their numbers continue to rise. A recent survey, conducted by the NPMA (National Pest Management Association) and the University of Kentucky, found that 99.6 percent of extermination companies were asked to treat for bed bugs in the past year.

"Understandably, the rise in bed bug populations in recent years has many people concerned," said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs at NPMA. (See Business Wire article)

"Bed bugs are equal opportunity pests and are found in five star hotels, summer camps, dormitories — anywhere there is a steady source of a blood meal, and no one wants to bring them home. That said, people may unknowingly transport bed bugs more so during the summer months when vacation travel activity is at its peak."

How to Avoid Bed Bugs

The NPMA recommends the following prevention tips to help avoid pesky bed bugs:

  • Thoroughly vacuum the insides and outsides of suitcases after returning from a vacation.
  • Check your sheets for blood spots made by bed bugs.
  • Consider bringing a large plastic trash bag to keep your suitcase in during hotel stays.
  • Use a small flashlight to assist with visual inspections.
  • Never bring second-hand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, into a home without thoroughly examining for signs of bed bugs.
  • Inspect pet’s sleeping quarters for signs of bed bugs regularly.
  • Hire a professional pest control company to eradicate an infestation.

At Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators, we are fully experienced in the elimination of bed bugs no matter where they are in your home. Give us a call at 910-754-9700 and we’ll come to your home, do a thorough inspection, and tell you what we find; we’re pretty great at Bed Bug Removal!

German CockroachWhat To Do If Roaches Move Into Your Home

So you’ve moved to the south and you’re loving it! Loving it, that is, until you notice you’re not living alone. Bugs love the heat and humidity that can be found in the south and roaches are among the happiest here. The south provides the perfect conditions for roaches to thrive but it doesn’t mean you have to tolerate them in your home.

When you have Bug N A Rug Exterminators on stand-by, you won’t have to share your living quarters with any 4-, 6-, or 8-legged creatures (or worse!).

Are You Sure You Have Roaches?

Introducing the South’s most common species of Cockroach: The German Cockroach. These cockroaches can breed at a rate of up to six generations each year!

They’re agile too. German cockroaches can fit through an opening as small as 3/8″ wide!

German Cockroach

Let’s Identify a German Cockroach

German cockroaches are light brown to tan in color with two dark, almost parallel, stripes located on their oval shaped backs just behind their heads. They have six legs, antennae and measure between ½” and 5/8″ long.

Where Do Cockroaches Live

These cockroaches prefer to live in warm, humid places that have easy access to food and moisture sources. They are frequently found in residential or commercial kitchen environments and bathrooms. Not being too particular, they will feed on just about anything including soap, glue and toothpaste.

How Cockroaches Spread

German cockroaches are good at relocating from one place to another, both in your home and traveling with you to your next home or the homes of guests that have stayed with you. Their mode of transportation to new homes is via grocery bags, clothing, cardboard boxes, drink cartons, furniture, suitcases and secondhand appliances. They’re quiet travelers that hide out in the dark crevices of their vehicle of choice.

What Makes Them Intolerable

They are a disgusting nuisance that nobody wants to see running across a kitchen counter. Ever! But it goes far beyond that! German cockroaches have been implicated in outbreaks of illness and allergic reactions in many people – adults and children both. They spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. They pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these into your stored food or onto food surfaces. Medical studies have shown that German cockroach allergens cause allergic reactions and can exacerbate asthma attacks, especially in children.

Purge Your Home of Cockroaches

To be proactive against an invasion of German cockroaches, it is important to practice good sanitation by doing the following:

  • Vacuum Often
  • Wash Dishes soon after use
  • Keep a Spotless Kitchen
  • Seal all Entrances around Utility Pipes
  • Ventilate Crawl Spaces to prevent Moisture Build-up

If there is evidence of a cockroach infestation, Contact Us and we will come out to inspect and treat any cockroach problem you may have.

WaspsDon’t Allow Wasps to Make Their Home on Your Property

It’s that time of year when Wasps are flying around looking for the best place to make a nest.

Yellowjackets and Hornets are the most common types of Wasps and although they can definitely be a nuisance, they also help pollinate plants.

These are the months when every time you go outdoors there seems to be something flying at and around you! Typically, wasps are most active during the day and usually return to their nests at dusk. No matter what you spray on yourself or in the air around your home, wasps are still going to be present. For those with bee allergies, you can’t afford to invite them in.

Wasps

When you consider the many different types of insects, rodents and other pests, that we have in the south, you can’t afford not to have an exterminator on board.

Having a maintenance contract with a reputable exterminator like ourselves means never having to get surprised or stung when you encounter these visitors. A maintenance contract means we’re already taking precautions even before those pesky pests show up! You can count on us.

Wasps in North Carolina

Whether you’re representing a homeowner’s association looking for regular pest control for your community or you’re a homeowner defending your home and protecting your family, we know just what to do to eradicate any type of wasp or other flying insects you may encounter.

Give Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators a call today at 910-254-9443. We have offices in Wilmington, Bolivia and Hampstead, NC, and we’ll be happy to set up a guaranteed appointment to come out and talk with you about how we can help.