When you are away on vacation, business or just a short getaway, you often like to bring back some souvenirs or other trinkets. However, there is definitely one thing you do not want to bring home—and that’s bed bugs. Unfortunately, with many hotels experiencing bed bug problems, this is a risk that many travelers may face, often without realizing it. It’s probably every hotel guest’s worst nightmare.
The worst part is, you usually are unaware of a potential problem until you discover it the hard way. You wake up in a hotel room with strange bites, or spot a bed bug on the sheets or pillow. At that point it might be too late to avoid infestation—the bed bugs may already have hidden away in your clothing, luggage or other belongings. Now you need to figure out how to get rid of bed bugs before you take them home with you.
Short of throwing everything away—including the clothes on your back—how can you avoid bringing these dreaded pests home? One tip is to avoid putting your luggage on the bed at a hotel—at least, not until after you’ve done an inspection. Many experts advise putting your luggage in the bathroom initially—bedbugs are rarely in there, and if they are, the tile floor in most bathrooms will make them easier to spot.
If the worst case scenario happens and you do end up staying in a hotel with bedbugs, there are a few things you can do. First, put your luggage in isolation when you get home—keep it in the garage or on an outside porch to avoid letting any bedbugs get into your home or other belongings. Then launder clothing in the highest possible heat settings. For the luggage itself and other non-clothing items, the best tactic is cold, heat or treatment with an insecticide.
You can find many insecticide products at ePestSolutions that can help solve your bedbug problems.
If you are looking for a powerful, fast-acting insecticide that makes it easy to cover a large area quickly, Tempo SC Ultra may be exactly what you need.
The secret to Tempo’s effectiveness is its beta crystal formulation. This customized blend of different-sized crystals allows for more comprehensive coverage of a greater area and the ability to apply the product more evenly. It offers the power and effectiveness of a powder in the convenience of a liquid product.
Tempo SC kills around 100 nuisance pests. It kills on contact, but also works when applied to cracks and crevices. Best of all, it promises an incredibly fast knockdown, meaning you will enjoy immediate relief from the quick results. This also means you will have more kills on the initial application, thus requiring less follow-up and maintenance.
You can find Tempo SC Ultra (along with other Tempo products) in a variety of sizes and formats on the ePest website.
Insects in general can often be hearty survivalists—but some particular types of bugs seem to have special features or abilities that allow them to survive and defend themselves against potential threats.
As National Geographic explains, these insects are blessed with a variety of useful advantages, including built-in weapons, super vision and secret communication systems.
While you may not have to deal with insects with lethal venom or an armor-like shell, you may encounter numerous insects that can seem to have impressive survival skills. That’s why you need to have some particularly effective weapons in your arsenal, ones that can allow you to win the war against even the most determined insect invaders.
If you need some powerful tools to defeat whatever types of insects are plaguing you, you can find many good pest control options at ePest that meet your needs and your budget.
It seems many of us may have underestimated the resourcefulness of a seemingly helpless plant. A new study seems to indicate that plants have a clever tactic that can help protect them from invading insects.
The study’s findings show that when trees or plants are under attack from insects, they can emit certain scents that attract birds. The birds in turn then gobble up many of the plants-munching bugs.
However, if you are battling an insect infestation—especially if the problem is inside your home, where you are unlikely to have many trees or birds available—you may not want to rely on this chain of events to solve your problem.
A much quicker and more reliable strategy would be to use a carefully planned attack involving one or more effective insecticide products. At ePest, we have a huge variety of pest control products that can solve any type of insect problem you may have—no birds required.
This is the time of year when insects start making their plans for the winter. Some species tend to be “snowbirds,” meaning they migrate to warmer areas during the winter season. But many other types of insects—such as ladybugs and stink bugs—simply seek out a warm place to hunker down for the winter. Ideally, they want someplace warm and dry. In other words, someplace like your house, which is cozy and warm (and, as a bonus, likely contains lots of potential food sources in case the bugs get hungry).
The ideal solution is to prevent these shelter-seeking bugs from getting into your home in the first place. Checking for vulnerable spots that are likely points of entry is a good first step, as is sealing gaps around doors and windows.
However, if a group of winterizing insects does manage to make their way into your home, you want to nip the infestation in the bud immediately or you’ll be dealing with these annoying houseguests until spring. Baits can be a good place to start, but sometimes this is less effective in winter because hibernating insects tend to eat less (or not at all) and thus may be less likely to consume the bait. Another option is to use an insecticide spray or dust that kills on contact, so that you can get immediate results, regardless of the insects’ appetite.
Check out the wide inventory of bug control products available at ePest that can help resolve your insect problems any time of year.
A warm stretch of weather extending later into fall than usual may be welcome by many people—but there may also be some insect-related downsides that most of us probably won’t be too happy about.
As this article notes, an upswing in temperatures in some areas that are experiencing unseasonably warm weather for this time of year has led to insects getting confused. They had been preparing to go dormant during the cold season, but have now been lured out of hibernation by the warm weather.
This has led to a surge in business for exterminators, as they field calls from frustrated and flustered homeowners who find themselves plagued with unexpected insect problems at a time of year when they can usually relax and forget about bug issues.
It’s a good lesson that, when it comes to anything involving Mother Nature, you can never let your guard down or take it for granted that things will happen according to a predictable schedule.
That’s why it’s a good idea to always have a supply of effective bug control products on hand, all year round. Fortunately, ePest Solutions has a wide variety of insecticide products that you can receive quickly, to help you banish any confused bugs who may be hanging around your home.
It’s an insect-fighting Catch 22: many insects love hiding or nesting in moist areas, yet many insecticides are less effective (or not effective at all) when exposed to moisture.
DeltaDust solves that problem. It claims the title as “the world’s first and only 100% waterproof insecticide dust.” That makes it a great choice for those damp or wet areas that insects love so much. The makers of DeltaDust say that nothing short of direct application of running water will disturb it. It’s also easy to apply into cracks and crevices (it can be applied using a hand duster, power duster, paint brush or various other methods).
DeltaDust is effective against a long list of insects, including ants, cockroaches, fleas and ticks, and spiders.
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If you want to handle your rodent problem but are looking for a way to make the process of setting bait easier and more convenient, EZ-Klean may be the answer. EZ-Klean bait stations are designed to be easy to use, and also have a focus on safety and durability.
This rodent bait station allows you to use your choice of solid, pelleted or liquid bait. You place the bait inside the EZ-Klean unit and then snap the lid shut. The unit comes with a special key that you use to lock the bait station shut, to avoid unwanted access.
It is designed to keep water and moisture away from the baiting area, so you can use these bait stations outdoors. It comes with bait suspension rods, so you can arrange the bait in the most effective way. Maintenance is simple, too—the name comes from the fact that these units are so easy to clean. A quick wash is generally all that’s needed to clean the bait station and prepare it for re-use.
Check out the EZ-Klean bait station products available at ePest.
Recently, several media outlets ran stories about an Oregon woman who keeps two anteaters as pets. She dresses the pair of exotic mammals in sweaters, and they sleep in a makeshift burrow in her washing machine during the day. At night, they go on patrol for insects.
While these unusual pets may be effective insect-hunters, they also present many issues such as causing damage to property and tolerating their less than ideal hygiene habits. Suffice it to say, they aren’t likely to give dogs and cats much competition as a popular household pet.
If you want to solve your insect problems, there’s no need to go to such drastic measures. There are lots of more convenient tools for catching (or repelling) insects that can work just as well. ePest has a large inventory of ant killer insecticides and pest repellants of all types, so you can be sure to find some that meet your needs.
Recent research seems to indicate that bad weather cuts down on insect reproduction, at least for the short-term. As Smithsonian Magazine and other media outlets reported, when researchers studying insect behavior simulated changes in air pressure (which often signify stormy weather approaching), the bugs showed a significant decrease in mating and breeding activity.
This perhaps may be one silver lining of living in an area that tends to be plagued by bad weather. However, unless you plan to imitate the researchers and continuously create fake bad weather conditions, you can’t rely on this phenomenon of insect behavior to keep the pests from multiplying or invading your property.
However, a good alternative is using an insecticide with an insect growth regulator. This prevents insects from maturing and reproducing, effectively halting their breeding process. And you don’t have to endure nasty storms to achieve the same effect!