Bed Bug Detector Review: Taking the ‘Creep Factor’ Out of Bed Bug Work

Bed Bug Detector Review: Taking the ‘Creep Factor’ Out of Bed Bug Work

Once you’ve had bed bugs, it’s tough to get over it. There is a definite ‘Creep Factor’ involved. Even if you just had one bed bug, you will always wonder if there are more. Our customers often have reactions to insect infestations, like cockroaches, but it’s more personal with bed bugs – after all, they are actually sucking your blood! We recognize that our customers are creeped out by bed bugs and offer them a solution: the Verifi® bed bug detector. As the first bed bug detector to provide up to three months of active detection, Verifi allows us to conduct long-term bed bug monitoring. I like to show my customers that I am aware of the latest, cutting edge technologies. I tell them about the breakthrough technology of Verifi, which features three attractants in a patent-pending combination to lure bed bugs over both short and long periods. They are: A CO2-generating cartridge which mimics a living, breathing host for about 24 hours A liquid kairomone lure that works to attract bed bugs seeking a meal A liquid pheromone lure that encourages bed bugs to aggregate — or gather together — in the device When we get a bed bug call, the first thing we do is an inspection. If we confirm bed bugs are present, we continue with a heat treatment. After that, we use control products to treat the wall voids, electrical outlets, behind baseboards and underneath the tack strip, if there’s carpet. Now, our final step is to place Verifi detectors in the room – near the bed, chairs, couches, or wherever there was bed bug...

Tame termites in the Wild West with a subterranean termite treatment.

When I bought my pest management business in 2005, the company had done mostly termite treatments up until then. My goal was to continue that work and branch into general pest control work, as well. Due to the decline in the housing market, termite treatments tapered off, but the general household pest market really picked up. The good news is: the housing market is improving and termite work is increasing along with it. Here in Arizona, we have a different species of termite – the Western subterranean termite. One of the most destructive pests in North America, the Western termite causes millions of dollars in damage throughout the Western states. Still, most people don’t purchase a preventive termite job in this area. They usually don’t call until they actually have termites. I’m a premium termiticide user – I don’t normally use generics, and I’ve always been a big fan of Talstar® Professional insecticide. So when FMC Professional Solutions introduced Transport® termiticide that incorporated acetameprid into the mixture with bifenthrin, I was intrigued.I did trials with the new product and found that it works really well. Transport termiticide is one of those products that surprised me. The two active ingredients provide two layers of treatment zones within the soil. The outer zone gives quick results against termites active inside and outside the structure, while the inner zone set us up a long-lasting barrier, preventing future invasions. Now, Transport termiticide is one of my mainstay products for termite work. At this point, termite treatments comprise about 20 percent of our business and we continue to get more calls than we did...