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Most homeowners are already aware of the expense and frustration that a bed bug infestation in your home can bring. You would be correct in thinking that, true to their name, bed bugs most often infest mattresses, sheets, and other associated linens. However, the truth is that bed bugs can infest almost anywhere that has a secluded hiding place and is near to a live host. An example of this occurred recently to a Canadian family traveling to London. In this instance, the bed bugs had infested the seats on the plane, and the family and flight crew were unable to do anything about the issue beyond simply waiting for the flight to be over.
While it might seem that this is an extreme example, the fact is planes, movie theaters, and any other areas that people frequent move in and out of can be hotspots for bed bug activity. This is especially true during travel, as it is highly probable that a passenger who is carrying bed bugs in their luggage would create an opportunity for the bed bugs to spread to the plane.
Travelers should be prepared to deal with this situation as much as possible should it occur. The question is however, what exactly should you do if you have bed bugs on your plane?
The first thing that should be addressed is the possibility that you could be exposed to bed bugs and not realize. This can occur because bed bug bites will often not show up on the skin for up to 2 days after the initial exposure. For this reason, you might be traveling with bed bugs or stay somewhere that is contaminated and be none the wiser.
If bed bugs are on your plane, there is unfortunately not a great deal that you can do to deal with the bugs themselves. Oftentimes you may not even notice bed bugs because they will remain hidden in small cracks and gaps. However, should you discover bed bug activity, there are a few steps that you can take to help mitigate the problem.
Generally speaking, your first step upon discovering bed bugs should be to notify officials with the airline. Because bed bugs are extremely reclusive, it is possible that you might be the only person to notice the infestation, and notifying the flight crew can help to mitigate the damage they can cause.
If you are concerned about being bitten during the flight, you should try to cover as much of your skin as possible. Bed bugs are unable to bite through most fabrics, so you will reduce the likelihood of receiving bites by covering up exposed skin.
You should also remember that, just because you found the bed bugs on the plane does not mean that they originated from the plane itself. It is entirely possible that bed bugs you find came from a previous location such as a hotel that you stayed in before the flight. Due to this, you should notify any hotels or other related services that you have used if you find bed bugs among your belongings.
While cases of bed bug activity on airplanes are relatively rare, they are still a risk that travelers should bear in mind. By taking proper care, you can reduce the likelihood of bringing bed bugs to and from your travels, and this can save you from the nightmare that is dealing with a bed bug infestation.
As a final note, since the main goal of taking precautions against bed bugs is to avoid bringing them into your home, it is critical that you inspect all of your luggage when returning BEFORE you bring it into your home. It is also important to note that, due to their prolific nature, even a small number of bed bugs hidden away could quickly establish a sizable population in your home. Travelers should be sure to carefully inspect everything that you are bringing back with you and make sure you see no signs of bed bugs.
If the worst case scenario occurs and you find bed bugs in your home, your best bet is to call in a licensed pest service ASAP. The truth is, there are almost no effective DIY treatment options available on the market, and as a rule of thumb the longer you wait to begin treatment for an infestation the worse it will become. Therefore, homeowners will often save time and money in the long run by calling in a service they can trust to completely eradicate the infestation.
At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we are proud to serve as a leading bed bug treatment provider for the greater Cherokee county area. We offer a range of safe, targeted treatment plans that we have a custom fit to each type of pest that homeowners may encounter. This helps to ensure that you receive the quickest and most effective resolution to your pest problems!
So if you are dealing with bed bugs, or any other pests, call us today at 770-479-1598!
Borate Termite Treatment
For many years, treating a home for termites was a process that required dumping hundreds of gallons of chemical pesticides in the soil around homes. While this type of treatment is still used in some cases, there have been many innovations in termite control as the years have gone by. One recent innovation has been the development of a chemical product used to treat homes during initial building or remodeling. This chemical product is made of a combination of Borate, which is a derivative of boric acid, and glycol.
When new homes are being construction or when an area of the home is being renovated. A homeowner can have a borate treatment applied to any wood in the structure of the home. This treatment is sprayed onto the wood itself on all sides. Over time, the glycol will allow the borate to be absorbed into the wood fibers.
Once the wood is sprayed and the borate is absorbed, the wood is poisonous to termites, and is protected permanently from them. Not only does this protect the wood from termites, it also slows wood decay and prevents the spread of wood destroying fungus. Other pests, such as ants and silverfish, are also averse to borate solutions, and the treatment can help to reduce the possibility of infestation by those pests.
Because borate treatment is applied to the wood itself rather than the soil, it is considered to be a more environmentally friendly treatment method. It is also permanent, and therefore does not need to be refreshed after a period of time like liquid treatment or bait systems do.
The primary disadvantage to borate treatment is that it requires access to the inner framework of the home. This means that it can often only be applied by builders during the initial construction. However, if you are remodeling a section of your home or finishing your basement, it is possible to have a borate treatment applied during this time with relative ease. It is also important to note that, while borate treatment protects the wood in the home, it does not protect other wood based products that termites can consume such as wallpaper. Despite these disadvantages, borate treatment is one of the most powerful tools for protecting your home from termites and other wood destroying pests in the market.
If you are a builder who wants to protect new construction projects from pests, or if you are a homeowner who is renovating, borate treatment can be an extremely powerful and cost effective method for dealing with termites and other pests. Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, our team of experts are equipped to apply borate based treatment to any home or structure. Our technicians can inspect your home and apply treatment where necessary to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment. We are proud to offer the most effective, efficient, and safe pest solutions in the industry!
So if you have a question about borate treatment, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help in any way that we can!
Here’s to YOU living pest free!
As we move into the New Year, we here at Canton Termite and Pest Control have been tirelessly working to find ways to better serve our customers. One major innovation that we are introducing the in the New Year is new software to overhaul our communications, scheduling, and customer service methods.
Starting immediately, we will be using our new software system to better serve you in all aspects of our business. This new system will allow us to keep better records of termite activity and monitor existing bait stations. This means that our technicians will be able to stay informed of the status of bait stations around your property and we will be able to keep your home’s preventative treatment systems in perfect shape year round.
This system will also create a collective system of notes for all customers, so that our technicians can make notes about for future reference about aspects of each specific service. Any problems or concerns that you might have will now be noted so that they can be further addressed in the future if necessary. This will allow any knowledge that is pertinent to servicing each house universally available to our entire team, helping our staff to be able to better serve you!
We will also be implementing a new system that will monitor the activity of different pests in each of our service areas. This will allow us to track trends and monitor population density of different pests. By doing this, we will be able to more accurately predict the seasons of high activity for common pests and administer preventative treatment before they become a problem in and around your home.
We have also overhauled the formats of all of paper working relate to services. In the 2nd quarter of 2017, you can expect to see new service paperwork on your doors. This newly reformatted paperwork will provide you with a comprehensive view of your service or inspection, which will help to clear up any potential confusion and make service run more smoothly.
One of our biggest and most requested change is the addition of our new Call Ahead notification system. This system will send you a reminder notification the day before any service or inspections. This will give you the time that you need to make preparations for allowing the technician access to the house and to make arrangements for any pets. The new system will also make it much easier for you to better communicate with our home office and receive any assistance that you might need.
While we are excited to have these new innovations to our company, we are aware that too much technology can be a bad thing. So, despite these new systems that we are putting in place, you can rest assured that you will continue to receive the fast, friendly, and solution oriented service that you have received for all this time from your hometown pest control company!
If you have any questions about our new services, please feel free to call us at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!