I inspected a home for Bed Bugs and found a moderate infestation. The young couple knew they had them and just couldn't get rid of them on their own. They also told me that they were moving out at the end of the month - just a couple of weeks away. I said "Whoa! Don't do that." They told me that the lease was up and they had to move or renew the lease. Plus, they didn't have the money to pay me. I said "Let me speak to your landlord." They gave me his information, and I called him.
I explained that it would be to his advantage if he could let them stay on one more month while I treat the home. Then, when they move out, he will get the home without bed bugs. And an occupied home is easier to treat for bed bugs, than a vacant home. I also suggested that he use part of their security deposit to pay for the treatment if they would agree to it. The tenants met with the landlord and they were all in agreement. One month later the home was bug free and the tenants moved out WITHOUT bed bugs.
I have since been able to help a few other people who couldn't pay for treatment by getting the landlord involved in the same way.
I love stinging insect calls. Especially hornets. Bald Faced Hornets. They are very aggressive and I have to earn my money when I remove them. Bees, Wasps, Yellow Jackets are all mildly annoying compared to Hornets. Hornets attack in large numbers. Hornets can sting multiple times. They want you dead. I removed a large Hornet's nest (with Hornets attached) for one customer while he watched from a safe distance. He paid me and said "Here's your money. It was worth every penny."
This week I got a call from a homeowner who thought they had a problem with bees. When I arrived at the home they showed me where they were going in and out of the siding up by the roof. Inside the home the people could hear the bees buzzing and making a slight crunching noise.
I got on the ladder and found out that these were not honey bees but small yellow jackets. These are fairly common here in Indiana in the summer and they normally nest underground outside. They sometimes nest in attics and eaves but, unfortunately, they sometimes nest inside the walls of the home. The homeowner became nervous when he could here buzzing inside the walls. When listening very closely he could hear a soft popping noise like popcorn popping in a distant room. The was the sound of these insects chewing on the drywall.
As the yellow jackets build their nest, the make it larger in diameter. When underground they can increase the size of the nest ball by chewing the dirt around the outside of the nest. Inside the wall of a home, they will try to enlarge the nest by chewing through the drywall. When I arrived at the home there was only a thin layer of paint between the yellow jackets and the inside of the room.
I got to work removing these visitors using a hole saw and a shop vacuum. (pic 1) Notice that I have a full bee suit. Proper protection is an absolute requirement when working with bee and wasp infestations - especially when on a ladder! My goal for this job was to get the bugs out without using any chemical in the wall.
Here is a closer look at part of the nest.(pic 2) You can see a couple of the workers and some brood that I have exposed. I broke up the nest and vacuumed it out one chunk at a time until all the bees were removed. Then the entrance became visible to us inside the wall and we plugged that up with expanding foam.
The drywall repair was left up to the homeowner as agreed to at the beginning of the job. Of course, I tried to minimize the damage. Here is a shot of the wall at the end of the job.(pic 3) The nest was approximately 6" X 8" X 2".
Part of our FREE inspection process is to describe the preparation required by the client before treatment for Bed Bugs. I am writing about this today in an attempt to save you some time and trouble. You see, yesterday I inspected a home where the man with a bad back had nearly crippled himself getting ready for treatment. And it was unnecessary. He took all of his clothes out of the dressers and closets, washed and dried them, then put them all in bags or totes. I felt badly for him because he could hardly stand or walk due to his back pain. He said he had worked too hard trying to move all the clothes.
Instead, based on the inspection, I would have asked him to keep clothes in the dresser and closets prior to treatment. I would also ask him to pick up any loose clothing, towels, or blankets that may be laying on the floor. Then, on the day of treatment, I ask that the bedding be removed from the bed. It can be laundered or just run through the dryer on the first treatment day.
Don't assume that because you found some information on the internet (like this page) that it is true. Also, each Pest Control company handles Bed Bugs a little differently. What one company requires may not be required by another company for the same treatment. Call in a professional that you can trust to help you with this problem. Call Bug Stop today for a free inspection and a fixed price to eliminate your Bed Bug problem.
Fleas are coming as the weather warms up. If you have pets that spend part of the time out in the yard, get ready for the fleas. Even if you use Advantage or another monthly treatment on your animals for fleas, you can still get fleas inside the house. The fleas will ride on your pet's coat and many will bite the animal and die. But some of the fleas will come inside and drop off. These may bite you and/or lay eggs in the carpet. The best way to control fleas during the summer months is to control them in the yard and inside the house. Bug Stop will treat your yard and home at the same time and we guarantee no fleas.
I was called to a home that was having problems with Bed Bugs. As usual, I inspected the home and talked to the resident. This is a classic case of how Bed Bugs are spread. The home is a small 3 bedroom ranch in a residential area. The family consists of a middle aged couple who both work during the day. Their son had recently moved back in and brought his girlfriend with him. I was told that the girlfriend stayed in the home most nights but sometimes stayed somewhere else. The bedroom where the young man and his girlfriend slept was heavily infested with Bed Bugs. There were a few other Bed Bugs in the other bedrooms as well. However, it was obvious that the problem was in the son's room.
Prior to treatment I explained the importance of getting the people under control. The girlfriend was probably exposed to Bed Bugs at the other home that she visited - this was later confirmed. I advised the head of household to be sure that people living in his home were not spending time in homes with Bed Bugs or they would be doing this all over again.
The man of the house wanted to discard the bed in the son's room and replace it with another one that he had. I told him that I could treat the bed but he could replace it if he wanted to. I asked him to let me inspect the replacement bed before he brought it inside the home. When I inspected the mattress I found Bed Bugs on it so I treated it before moving it inside. I asked where this mattress came from and he told me it was from his adult daughter's home.
Since then I have inspected two more homes and treated one more home owned by other family members. All of these homes were very clean with no clutter and the people were stunned that they would have Bed Bugs. I always tell people "It's not about your home; It's about who you know and where you go".
We got a complaint of mice in a rental home this month (April). I went to check it out and talked to the woman at the home. She told me that they moved in in mid December. They saw a few mice when they moved in and put some sticky traps down. She said the mice got much worse and they are now in every room in the house.
I inspected each room. The bedrooms on the second floor had an impressive amount of droppings in the closets. Oddly, the kitchen did not show much evidence of mice. The house was very clean and there was no obvious reason for the mice to be attracted to the 2nd floor bedroom areas. Something was going on. I decided to take a look in the basement and the women of the house said "you can't go down there because they are still working on the pipes". It was a mess. I went down there and looked around. There had been a big flood and obviously a lot of new pipes installed. The floor had standing water on it. I asked what happened down there. She told me that something broke after they moved in and there was a lot of water leaking. The owners fixed it.
My best guess is that the previous tenants had a lot of garbage in the basement. There was a build up of mice. Before the new tenants moved in, the garbage was cleaned out. The flooded floor drove the mice up into the residence in a mass movement. Lots of mice but not a lot of food sources. The tenants began seeing mice everywhere all at once. The woman told me that sometimes the mice wake her up by running down her arm while she is sleeping in bed. She also told me that her sister opened a kitchen drawer and a mouse ran up her arm.
I treated the place with a combination of traps, sticky boards, block bait, granular baits, and tracking powder. Each method was chosen to fit different situations in the home. I also blocked some obvious entry points on the outside. I followed up 4 days later. The woman said she had not seen any more mice.