A Simple Bed Bug Inspection Guide

17 Apr 2017
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Finding a bed bug infestation as soon as possible is key in being able to perform a QUICK and EFFECTIVE heat treatment.  Treating a minor infestation requires less time and is easier to treat then after the infestation becomes more widespread.  Therefore, professional exterminators highly encourage proactive inspections for all hospitality, multifamily and commercial clients. Here are a few tips to perform a simple bed bug inspection of your home, business, or hotel/motel room:           Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation One way to identify a possible infestation is to look for physical signs of bed bugs.  When cleaning, changing bedding, or spending the night away from home look for these signs of bed bugs: Blood and fecal spots - Rusty red/brown stains and dark spots on bed sheets and mattress. Sometimes these stains are described as looking like ink spots. Live bed bugs – usually found around the ribbing of a mattress or under bedding. Skin castings – Bed bugs shed their skin before each growth stage. These discarded shells can be found by inspecting in and around the bed area. Bites – If you have stayed in a new place and wake with bites...
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Solve All of Your Pest and Moisture Problems With Heat

28 Mar 2017
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Convectex heaters are well known for killing bed bugs in record time and with great accuracy…but did you know all of the other problems you can solve using HEAT?  Here are a few other uses for your Convectex Heaters and Fans that will keep your home or business clean, dry, and bug free. Pest Elimination Convectex Heat treatments are an ecological and technological breakthrough in treating structures for bugs.  Heat treatments are extremely effective in single family homes, apartments, condominiums, hotel/motel rooms, hospitals, senior home facilities, office spaces and more.  Heat eliminates the need for chemical treatments and will rid the treated space of bed bugs, drywood termites, scorpions, dust mites, carpenter ants, cockroaches, and rodents. Heat treatments can be used in entire structures, confined areas or for spot treatments.  There is no odor, and after a cooling period the area is safe for people and pets to re-enter and resume business as usual. On the Convectex blog we have discussed many of the advantages of heat treatments for bed bugs and the steps needed to perform a successful treatment.  You can find this info at: http://convectex.com/blogs/blog/118513157-bed-bug-awareness-week-2016-bed-bugs-are-everywhere Moisture Drying and Mold The Convectex Heat process uses clean, dry, heated air...
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How to Choose the Right Heater for Your Bed Bug Problem

23 Feb 2017
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Congratulations, you now know that heat is the best way to solve any bed bug problem.  You are also ready to start killing bed bugs yourself.  But which heating package do you buy?  Which heater is right for the space and resources you have available?  Here is a quick guide to help you find the heater and/or heating package that’s right for you. Step 1: Know Your Space and The Convectex Heaters The first step to picking the right heater is knowing the space where you will be using the heater.  If you own an apartment complex you can decide how big the standard room is and choose the heater that works best for that size room. Our most popular heaters are the Elite 4 which can heat up to 300 sq ft, the Elite 8 which will heat up to 400 Sq. ft, or for larger spaces the Elite Max should be used for up to 800 sq.ft. You will also need to know what kind of breakers you have and what heat system they can handle.  Each Heater requires different specifications which should be noted before buying a package.  If you have 15amp 120V breakers then the Elite...
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Bed Bug Identification Guide

25 Jan 2017
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Bed bugs go through 5 stages of development after hatching from their tiny eggs.  At some stages, they are so small they can be difficult to see and identify.  Properly identifying bed bugs is one of the most important steps in their elimination. Once bed bugs have been properly identified and their locations noted, a successful heat treatment can be performed. The Bed Bug Life Cycle Eggs:  The eggs are nearly microscopic and are virtually clear.    Eggs are often found in groups hidden inside furniture where they cannot be easily disturbed.  Once the bug emerges from the egg a translucent shell is left behind. Nymphs: Once the bed bugs hatch the young nymph’s body is nearly transparent.  These small bed bugs will feed and turn red (the blood shows through its body).  Once they have fed they will molt and shed their outer shell.  Each stage ends with the bug shedding their outer shell and having a blood meal.   Growing from a Nymph to an Adult: There are 4 more stages that bed bugs must go through before becoming an adult.  At each stage the bugs become bigger and darker in color.  During these stages, they also leave behind...
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Negligent Business Owners Sued in GIANT Bed Bug Lawsuit

19 Dec 2016
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Every year we see HUGE settlements awarded in bed bug related cases around the country. The risk of bed bug lawsuits isn’t reserved for hotels and motels either, we have seen cases won against public transport, theaters, apartments, and retail businesses. Here are a few examples of large bed bug settlements awarded in the past 10 years: Furniture Stores A jury awards Adarien Jackson $225,000 after the bunk beds she purchased for her child was found to be infested with bed bugs.  Jackson only sought $150,000 in damages, but the jury raised the stakes for the final judgement.  This is a very rare occurrence in county juries, where damage compensation is awarded conservatively. In 2008 a couple sued a JC Penny after their new furniture was delivered infested with bed bugs.  The couple won a settlement of $49,000! Apartments and Rental Homes A tenant in Baltimore was awarded $40,000 when he sued his negligent landlord after he waited over 40 days to schedule a treatment for a bed bug infestation.  This was the first successful bed bug lawsuit won in Baltimore at the time.  Residents in Des Moines, Iowa were awarded $2.45 million in a settlement for damages caused by...
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