Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bedbugs Declared Biggest Pest in 2010

2010 news headlines say it all with “Dorm rooms at Hofstra treated for bedbugs”, “Bedbugs Strike Second Abercrombie Store in Manhattan” and “Guest Says She Was Bitten by Bedbugs at Waldorf . Do we need to vote on the worst pest of 2010 or can we just declare bed bugs as the winner? Yes, bed bugs are the worst pests of 2010.  

My Hopes for 2011  – OR - What will happen to bedbugs in 2011? 
·         I’ll stop itching at the mention of bed bugs.
·         Once again, I’ll feel that a hotel is a luxury, not a potential bed bug home.
·         Let global warming continue.  All stages of bed bugs are killed at temperatures over 120 degrees.
·         Bed bugs will be confined to a small area on this earth. Maybe, a large bug jar can hold them all.
·         Bed bugs will die when I wave a magic wand.  Does anyone have a magic wand?

Here are some basic bed bug facts.

How do you identify bed bugs?

Bedbugs are flat, reddish-brown, oval insects about the size of an apple seed (3/16-inch long). They become swollen and redder after eating. The bedbug cannot fly but crawls or hitchhikes from place to place. Bedbugs leave clusters of dark brown or black spots of dried excrement on infested surfaces. Bedbugs also exude a subtle, sweet, musty odor. Females can lay 200 to 500 eggs in a lifetime. Under the best conditions, they can live over 300 days.

Bedbugs hide in cracks and crevices between mattress and box springs, headboards, suitcases, sheets, baseboards, furniture, almost anywhere. Bedbugs love a messy room or a hospital room. People usually “discover” bedbugs after they have been bitten. Bedbugs like to feed around 4:00 am and are attracted to people by their breathing. The bedbug bite wound may be a raised bump with minor swelling followed by itching. Commonly, skin reactions to bedbug bites may not show up for 1-2 weeks after the bite. Bedbugs are not known to spread disease.

Suburban Exterminating can perform a free inspection to identify your pest.

How do you get rid of bed bugs?   

Bedbugs are very difficult to control.   Since they can hide in so many places, treatments must be complete. The best plan is to hire the services of a professional. Experienced pest control firms know where to look for bedbugs, and have an assortment of management tools at their disposal. Strategies of inspection, preparation and treatment can eliminate bedbugs from even the worst infestations. 

Owners and occupants have an important role and will need to assist the professional exterminator. Clutter and belongings hide bedbugs and prevent complete treatment. Since bedbugs can move throughout a building, it often will be necessary to inspect adjoining rooms and apartments.

Let Suburban Exterminating be your professional bed bug killer.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Bugs on Your Gift List

Here are my top 5 gift suggestions for 2010:

1. Creepy Crawler Bug Making set. Classic!

2. Cockroach Drixot by MGA Entertainment. It's actually cute.

3. Spider Robot by You can control bugs.

4. Free Kid's Club Coloring Book. It's all bugs, of course. Click here to get Suburban Exterminating Coloring book.

5. Annual Pest Control by Suburban Exterminating. Guarantees peace of mind for the entire year!

Happy Holidays from Suburban Exterminating!

Monday, December 13, 2010

T·A·P Thermal Acoustical Pest Control Insulation

Are you paying high heating or cooling bills? Is your home as comfortable as it could be? Suburban Exterminating can perform an attic inspection for proper insulation; as well as possible pest entry. We will measure the depth of your current insulation to determine if your insulation is within the Department of Energy’s recommended R-value.  The US Department of Energy recommended insulation levels of R38 for Long Island homes. Are you losing money through your roof?

T·A·P insulation is a combination of thermal insulation, acoustical insulation and pest control insulation.
·         Thermal insulation is a material having air-filled cells or voids, or heat-reflective surfaces, which retard the transfer of heat to cold.
·         Acoustical insulation retards the transmission of sound.
·         Pest control insulation, while performing the other functions of thermal and acoustical, is labeled to control listed insects. By Federal law, such insulation (and the manufacturing plant) must be registered with the US EPA, and carry an EPA-approved label. Additionally, the product must be registered with the pest control authorities in each state in which it is sold or manufactured. Because T·A·P is an EPA-labeled pesticide, in many states only a licensed PMP may sell the insulation.

What are the energy & money saving benefits?  
T·A·P saves energy. T·A·P saves money by decreasing energy bills. It keeps homes cool in summer and warm in winter for less money: Comfort year-round. Because T·A·P is denser than fiberglass insulation, air does not move through it well, so it resists heat transfer by convection, as well as conduction and radiation. And since there aren’t the leaks and drafts associated with ordinary insulation, mechanical systems don’t work as hard and can be down-sized, further saving money. Areas in the home maintain more uniform temperatures between floors and ceilings, upstairs and downstairs, even next to exterior walls.

What are the sound absorbing benefits?
T·A·P reduces unwelcome noise from outside and helps create a peaceful haven inside the home. Insulated interior walls reduce annoying noises (such as toilets flushing and appliances running) inside a house.

What are the pest controlling benefits?    
T·A·P helps control pests in your home. Nuisance pests can breed and form colonies in the attic and behind walls, coming out at night, seeking food and water. More than just annoying, they can severely damage a house. T·A·P is an EPA-labeled pest control insulation, treated with pure boric acid. Although deadly to many insects, T·A·P is acceptable for use around humans and pets. T·A·P eliminates self-grooming insects, where it is installed, upon contact. Insects cannot build up a tolerance to T·A·P, and it never needs re-treating. T·A·P controls ants, cockroaches, silverfish, termites, and other insects listed on the EPA label.

What is the insulation made of?  
T·A·P is all-natural, permanent, and environmentally friendly, too. T·A·P is Green! Well, not in color, but T·A·P is permanent, made from all-natural boric acid and recycled newsprint; thus while you’re saving energy, you’re also conserving landfill space.

Is cellulose a fire hazard?    
Most houses are cellulose (made from wood and forest products). T·A·P contains a fire-retardant chemical that actually makes homes safer in case of fire. Ordinary fiberglass insulation can melt, creating a chimney-like effect in a wall. T·A·P, with its fire-retardant characteristics, forms a charred surface barrier which limits the spread of fire.

How is T·A·P installed?    
Blown-in T·A·P forms a perfect fit in your wall or attic when applied, seeking nooks and crannies, filling the entire cavity. As every homebuilder knows, stud cavities are not uniform in size; thus, gaps and voids form when uniformly sized batts are used. Unlike fiberglass batts, T·A·P is never cut on the jobsite, or stuffed into the cavity to fit behind pipes and conduits, reducing the R-Value. With T·A·P, the R-Value stays in the insulation! And that means the added value stays in the home and becomes a permanent benefit you can sell to the next owners.

Contact Suburban Exterminating to learn more. Call (631) 864-6900 






Friday, December 10, 2010

Education at Suburban Exterminating

Our goal at Suburban Exterminating is for all pest professionals to have advanced credentials.   All technicians receive training classes several times per year. Pictured are new employees who have completed apprentice training.  Training includes customer service, pest identification, home inspections, pest biology & control and many other pest control related topics. These hard working employees are now preparing for the New York State Commercial Certified Technician exam. This certification is issued by the Department of Environmental Conservation.  
Good luck to our new technicians for a successful career at Suburban Exterminating!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Bed Bugs Stopped!

Riverhead Free Library Trusts 
Suburban Exterminating 
to Get of Rid Bed Bugs

Learn how Suburban Exterminating technicians quickly prevented a bed bug infestation in library near the Hamptons:  Read entire article.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

How does Suburban Exterminating Get Rid of your Pests?

 It’s a Buggy Job But Somebody Has to Do It!

When you hire Suburban Exterminating to get rid of your bug or pest problem, our educated technicians come to your home. They investigate to determine the cause of your bug or pest problem. Based on this investigation, Suburban Exterminating technicians make recommendations to eliminate your problem and treat your home as needed.  Guaranteed!

Suburban Exterminating for your next “bug” job.