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Bed Bug Pest Control: What Works and What Doesn’t

Bed Bug Pest Control: What Works and What Doesn’t

About the only thing more frustrating about dealing with a bed bug infestation than the bugs themselves is wasting money on things that don’t work to eliminate them. There are plenty of advertisements for bed bug pest control devices that do nothing more than suck money out of your wallet. Here is the scoop on which bed bug pest control methods are effective and which do not work at all. One of the first things you shouldn’t spend money on is the ultrasonic devices being touted as effective for bed bug pest control. They won’t keep you from getting them, and they certainly won’t kill any of them. The FTC even warned many of the manufacturers against making these unsubstantiated claims. Another caution is the overuse of chemical pesticides or using one that is not rated for indoor use. Spending money on bug foggers is useless, as well, because it won’t reach the tight crevices where bed bugs go when they aren’t feeding. It may get some of the bed bugs and thus decrease their numbers, but it won’t eradicate them entirely, and those that survive will continue to breed. So, what does work? It can actually take a combination of techniques in order to enjoy effective bed bug pest control. One effective method that professionals employ is using bed bug monitoring traps. The bait stations contain attractants similar to those things about humans they love so well, such as CO2, 1-octen-3-ol, acetone, and L-lactic acid. These are most effective if you can leave the area so that the bed bugs choose the traps over you. It can take...
The Most Challenging Jobs for an Exterminator

The Most Challenging Jobs for an Exterminator

It might seem that the job of an exterminator is a pretty easy thing. Just use a few chemicals and techniques, and the pests are killed, repelled, or relocated. On the contrary, there are plenty of challenging jobs involved in being an exterminator that only those in the business can truly relate to. Identifying Pests – There are literally dozens of types of household pests with hundreds of different species involved. Each requires a knowledge not only in identification, but also in the techniques for getting rid of them. There is no one-size-fits-all product or technique that eliminates all of them, although there are preventative measures that can be taken that keep many at bay. Multiple Trips – Because of the different life cycles of many pests, including roaches and fleas, it is nearly impossible to eradicate an infestation with just one visit or one type of treatment. What kills the adult pest may not kill the eggs or larvae. Without careful attention to each stage, you will find the pest returning again and again. Exposure – Chemicals used to kill pests are not pleasant, and although an occasional treatment is no cause for concern for a household’s occupants, an exterminator is exposed day in and day out, making the risks of complications higher. It can also be mentally challenging to be around pests all the time, so being an exterminator can easily be considered a high-stress occupation. At Sterling Pest Control, we don’t mind the challenges of being an exterminator. It is what we know and what we love. Trust us for ant control (including fire ants), bee...
Why Apartment Complex Owners Should Seek Pest Control Services

Why Apartment Complex Owners Should Seek Pest Control Services

Owning or managing an apartment complex can be a challenging proposition. Between dealing with tenants and taking care of repairs, it can sometimes be tempting to put the responsibility for pest control services in the hands of the tenants. After all, they are the ones who don’t want the pests and may often be the reason for having the pests invade in the first place. Besides, if you put them in the position to have to pay for pest control, they may be more diligent about preventing infestations. Maybe. Unfortunately, that is rarely how it works out. Instead, what happens is you have a number of tenants up in arms because of an infestation. If you want to preserve a good relationship with quality tenants, it is a better idea to take care of preventative pest control services yourself. In this way, you are assured that coverage is consistent and all your tenants are happy. What you’ll save by lower vacancy rates will often more than compensate for the cost of pest control services. Furthermore, since some pests can be damaging to your property, it is vitally important that you keep them from destroying your income-producing investment. You won’t be able to charge your tenant for damage from termites, so rather than incur this costly repair, it is wiser to take care of termite prevention. At Sterling Pest Control, we work with a number of apartment complexes in Central Florida to protect both structures and tenant relationships. With experience dating back to our founding in 1991, we know how to keep the pests at bay and treat for those...
How to Be Proactive with Pest Control

How to Be Proactive with Pest Control

It is a common cliché that if you see one bug, there are hundreds more. This refers to just about any type of pest that can plague your home. That is why it is vitally important to take a proactive role in pest control, so you do not end up with an infestation before you actually notice. Here are a few tips for being proactive with pest control. Service Contract – Use a pest control company that specializes in prevention. They can put a barrier around your home to minimize crawling pests in particular. Bait stations, for example, are an effective defense again subterranean termites. Inspect What Comes Into Your Home – It is quite easy to bring in pests because many like bedbugs, cockroaches, and fleas are really good at hitchhiking. Inspect your luggage carefully when returning from a trip. Keep your yard sprayed for fleas and other pests that your pets will easily transport inside. Inspect all delivery boxes and other items you bring into your home. You can’t catch everything, but taking these steps can help. Keep Up with Repairs – Water leaks, holes, and other issues with your home can be like rolling out the red carpet to pests. Regularly inspect your home‘s exterior walls, crawlspace, attic, and plumbing for any potential access points or moisture issues. Also, check window screens for damage to protect against flying insects. At Sterling Pest Control, we specialize in preventative pest control methods that go a long way to keeping your home pest free. Give us a call today to find out more about how you can defend against...
What Central Florida Residents Need to Know about Zika

What Central Florida Residents Need to Know about Zika

The very first place that the Zika virus hit was not in Central Florida. Rather it was in the Miami area. But that hasn’t stopped it from reaching Central Florida. To date, there have been more than 100 cases of the Zika virus in the area, which is causing quite a bit of concern for area residents as well as tourists. Here is what you need to know about Zika. The Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitos. The good news is that at this time, many of the areas in Miami are no longer showing evidence of an active transmission, meaning no additional people are being infected. Furthermore, of the cases in Central Florida, many were travel-related rather than contracted locally. What is important to understand about Zika is that it does not pose a dangerous health threat for everyone. Only 1 in 5 actually has any symptoms at all, and that is generally just a mild fever. However, the biggest concern is that the Zika virus in a pregnant woman can cause microcephaly in the fetus. Thus, pregnant women in Central Florida should take extra precautions to avoid the Zika virus. In addition to being able to be contracted by mosquitos, it can also happen through blood transfusions, organ transplants, and sexual contact with an infected person. Blood banks are now screening donations for the Zika virus, thereby lessening the chance of infection that way. The mosquitos that carry the Zika virus are urban mosquitos – they prefer bird baths, water containers, flower pots, and the places water collects at a typical residence over swamps, lakes, and larger...
Four Signs You May Have Bed Bugs

Four Signs You May Have Bed Bugs

You wake up one morning and have strange bug bites, but you don’t remember getting them the day before. Where did they come from? Was there a bug in your bed? In reality, this could be a plausible option because bed bugs can hide in unexpected places. From your child’s camp bunk bed to your vacation hotel room, it can be difficult to identify whether bed bugs are a cause for concern. Here are some signs that you may have bed bugs and you need to contact a professional for assistance: 1.   Stains on Sheets & Mattresses – As you sleep at night, you may actually crush some of the bed bugs on your mattress, causing red, rusty stains to appear. These stains are a good indicator you may have bed bugs. 2.   Dark Spots – If it looks like you took a black marker and put little dots on your mattress or upholstery, this may be bed bug excrement where they have been traveling from one spot to another. 3.   Eggs and Shells – As bed bugs shed and grow larger, they will leave behind their eggs and shells that you will find remaining in corners and cracks. 4.   Live Bugs – Eventually, bed bugs grow large enough you can see them with the naked eye. If you see bed bugs, it is critical that you call a professional for help. No one wants to consider the idea of bed bugs, but especially as you travel and stay in unfamiliar places, it is important to check for these little pests so you do not bring them from one...
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