Category: Permatreat Blog

Bed Bugs-they’re not going away

Everywhere you look you see updates on bed bug infestations across the U.S.. Infestations have been found in high and low end residential areas, hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, movie theatres, college dorms and public schools.

Bed bugs are elusive, persistent and increasingly pervasive and YES, there is a possibility that they can reach some of your personal belongings and within a few months your home could be fully infested.

Don't be embarrassed if you're concerned that you might have an infestation.  Make the call to your pest technician.  Let the technician perform the inspection and while he/she is there feel free to ask questions.

Bed bugs as not a seasonal pest.  Protect your family as well as your environment.


Bed Bugs…is your home on their vacation list?

bed_bug_zoom_250The threat of bed bugs infesting homes is becoming more prominent and alarming on a daily basis.

Our concerns range from:
Can family members bring them to my home in their luggage?… to… If I buy used furniture can I bring them home as well?

And the answers to both questions is probably YES if either has encountered an infestation.

Take steps to canvas your home for signs of a possible bed bug infestation:

  • Inspect your furniture for bed bugs
  • Check for a strong, sweet smell in a room – this can be a sign of an infestation
  • Look for blood stains on bedding, mattresses, window treatments and walls that bed bugs may leave behind
  • Look for welts or rashes on family members as well as pets, which may be caused by bed bug bites


Take action:

  • Vacuuming often can help reduce the speed of spread or stop eggs from hatching..but it will not eliminate a bed bug infestation
  • Seal any openings in your walls and floors where pipes or wires pass through
  • Reducing clutter in your home will decrease the number of hiding places for bed bugs
  • Change and launder your bed sheets regularly in hot water with a temperature of at least 97 degrees F and place in dryer immediately on high heat
  • Protect your bed by using a mattress cover that is designed to ward off bed bugs


Visit our Bed Bug Page or contact us for a Bed Bug Inspection.

Termites work year round!

It will soon be that time of year when termites are in abundance but you may not be aware of this fact!

Older bags of mulch can contain a termite infestation as well as landscaping blocks or bricks when stored or have earth to brick contact.

So just because you don't see the "swarmers" that people typically identified termites by for so long now….doesn't mean that they aren't there.

As you begin working or weeding those flower beds adjacent to the house…take a few extra minutes to fluff the mulch or move a few bricks or borders to see what insects are possibly invading your home.

PermaTreat recommends that homes in our area should be checked for termites annually to avoid any damage that could occur over time and unseen.

While treatment is not always necessary after the inspection it might be justified for peace of mind by protecting your biggest investment.

Termite Treatments fall under 2 categories – Preventative and Remedial

Preventative Treatment – a treatment made to a structure that does not have a confirmed termite infestation. The purpose is to prevent future termite problems.

Remedial Treatment – a treatment that is done when termites are already infesting a structure. The purpose being to destroy or eliminate the active infestation.

Bottom line…with the cool weather that we've had this year, "swarmers" have not had the opportunity to appear…don't wait for the inevitable…Have your property inspected and ask for a treatment quote…we'll stand by our pricing for one year!

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