Are Bed Bugs the New STD ?

Here is an article from GQ magazine that is very interesting about how Bed Bugs affect peoples sex lives.

More and more people are on the lookout for Bed Bugs. They find someone they are interested in.  Start dating and then find out your new interest has bed bugs. Deal-Killer for most.
Bed Bugs have an real effect on peoples lives overall. They can cause sleep disorders, psychological problems,
Here is a good article on Avoiding Bringing Bed Bugs home with you.
If you have Bed Bugs or suspicious you may have them give us a call. We service the Metro Atlanta Area   Bed Bugs Atlanta   Macon and Middle Georgia  Macon Bed Bugs  North Georgia and Athens -Augusta area  Bed Bugs Clark.  Savannah, Brunswick, St.Simon. Hilton Head, Bed Bugs Savannah 
We also have a lot of info on our main company website at Clark Pest Remedy.
Headed out to Bed Bug Land !

Don’t let Bed Bugs affect your life. Call Us Today for Professional Detection and Removal of Bed Bugs in Residences. We use Thermal Remediation Heat Equipment for Removal and Sensor Bed Bug Dogs for Detection..  678-873-5785

Published by: Garey Clark
Category: Pest Control

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Landlord Responsibility for Bed Bugs in Georgia !

Here is a link to a good article from a Property Manager in Georgia !

Is Your Residential Rental Property Protected from Bedbugs? 

Rental Property and Bed Bug Responsibility for Landlords and Property Owners !

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This is a picture of an infestation we found at a rental home. The tenant had just moved in 2 weeks prior to us inspecting it. By that time they had infested her couch, bed and personal clothing. It is obvious from this evidence the bed bugs were present before the tenant moved in. The financial responsibility in this case should fall upon the landlord. Even if the landlord has a Bed Bug addendum in his lease it it their responsibility to make the home “habitable”. It would certainly be unfair to expect the tenant to pay for the treatment.

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What is a Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs ? Macon, Atlanta, Georgia

A Heat Treatment is when the temperature of the inside of a housing residence is raised to above 120 degrees for many hours.

Bed Bug on wall ion Macon, Georgia

a Laptop with Sensors placed inside the unit being treated.

While Bed Bugs have resistance to pesticides, they have zero resistance to temperatures above 115-117 degrees. We use Thermal Remediation Equipment, which is Electric Powered Heaters powered by our Diesel Generators. The Treatment Also is Monitored by a Laptop with Sensors placed inside the unit being treated. Wireless connection allows the Technician to monitor the temperatures from the exterior or nearby.

Above (click the screen) is a YouTube Video about our Thermal Heat Treatments with some fine Classical Guitar by Al Dimeola playing in the background

Heat Treatment Truck during a job. Macon,Georgia

Part of the process is to use high velocity fans which move and swirl the Heat around the unit evenly. Somewhat like a convection oven. It usually takes us about a half hour to set up the equipment. Heat-Up Time can vary depending on Floor and Wall coverings and space to be heated. It usually takes about an hour to 2 hours to reach above 120 degrees. We keep climbing up to and not more than 135 degrees. When the Heat is at 120+ the adults will immediately start dying. The eggs however take a much longer time exposed to make the egg non-viable. We hold the heat for at least 4 hours. The folded clothes and blankets along with other thick cloth items need to be addressed during the treatment also. This can be done by drying clothes in a dryer and then placing them into new trash bags. Or we also can put them in ventilated laundry baskets and tumble them manually every half hour.. If there are an abundant amount of clothes it is best to use the dryer and trash bag method. After the treatment is finished we recommend putting Encasements on Box Springs and Mattresses. You can buy them online also here.  Online Encasements  With Encasements we can give a 90 day warranty on treatments. We take all Charge Cards, Checks, and of course Cash. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call at 770-957-1915 – Main Office. If you have an Emergency with Bed Bugs you can call our almost 24 hour Bed Bug Hotline at 678-873-5785 for questions and Bed Bug Counseling.
Published by: Garey Clark
Date: 04-16-2014

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Do I Really Have Bed Bugs in Atlanta,Georgia ?

The conviction that insects are crawling on, biting, or burrowing in the
skin, when no arthropod is involved, is termed”delusory parasitosis.” 

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I run into this quite frequently when dealing with Pest Control. However Bed Bugs in particular seems to be a pest these people cling to. Because Bed Bugs are so small and hard to find, humans can almost be talked into having them. I get a call. She’s being attacked by bugs but you can’t see them. She has been to 4 doctors and has not solved the problem. She has dryer sheets taped around her legs and washes herself down with alcohol nightly. There is some type of White Dust all around the walls and in the furniture. She says she has bombed the house 3 times. But she is yet to see a bug ! What is it? What should we do as Pest Control Operators ? Number 1 DON’T TREAT ! Do a through inspection. Be very nice to the customer because they are having a problem. Unfortunately it may be a problem we can’t fix. I get calls like this all the time. I have learned how to better respond to this type of customer.
Usually there is no insect but is a physical, physiological or psychological stimulus. Dry, sensitive skin is particularly susceptible to these sensations. Particles impinging on the skin as a result of static electricity may be perceived as “bites” or “stings.” This is particularly true of materials with sharp projections such as paper, metal, and fiberglass fragments. Carpet fibers also may be attracted to lower portions of the body because of static electricity, and these too can feel like pinpricks. 
from University Of Georgia Entomology Department 
Table 1. Common attributes of DP sufferersa 
A. Most common in older people (Lyell 1983, Webb 1993, Trabert 1995, Goddard 1995, White 1997) 
B. Disproportionately female (St. Aubin 1981, Lyell 1983, Webb 1993, Trabert 1995) 
C. Exhibit behaviors such as: 
(1) quitting their jobs (Monk and Rao 1994, Goddard 1995 ) 
(2) burn/destroy furniture (St. Aubin 1981, Lyell 1983, Gieler and Knoll 1990, Goddard 1995) 
(3) abandon homes (Waldron 1962, Lyell 1983, Driscoll et al. 1993, Goddard 1995) 
(4) obsessive laundering/dry cleaning (St. Aubin 1981, Lyell 1983) boil clothing and bed linens 
(Ebeling 1978) 
(5) use pesticides dangerously/repeatedly (Lyell 1983, Goddard 1995, White 1997); repeated 
applications of insecticides to body (Monk and Rao 1994); have used Kwell©, Elimite® 
(Webb 1993) 
(6) use home remedies (St. Aubin 1981, Lynch 1993): 
a. gasoline (St. Aubin 1981, Koblenzer 1993, Monk and Rao 1994) 
b. kerosene (St. Aubin 1981, Lynch 1993) 
c. other solvents (St. Aubin 1981, Lynch 1993) 
d. harsh cleaning compounds (St. Aubin 1981, Lyell 1983) 
(7) mutilate body attempting to remove offending vermin (St. Aubin 1981, Lyell 1983, Zanol et 
al. 1998) 
D. Provide skin scrapings, bits of debris (in paper, small jars) (Pomerantz 1959, Waldron 1962, Lyell 
1983, Goddard 1995) “One characteristic sign in delusory parasitosis is the complainant’s 
eagerness to provide samples of their alleged parasites in small containers” (May and Terpenning 
1991). Samples provided in adhesive tape, plastic bags, or vacuum bags (Webb 1993, Koblenzer 
1993, White 1997) “there are millions of them”-yet specimen cannot be obtained 
E. Can provide extensive, elaborate, involved descriptions of the pests, their life cycle, and behaviors 
(Lynch 1993, Monk and Rao 1994, Zanol et al. 1998) 
F. Social isolation (Koblenzer 1993, Trabert 1995), self-employed (Lyell 1983), abandon family to 
avoid infesting them (Lynch 1993, Monk and Rao 1994) 
G. Emotional trauma such as job loss, divorce/separation (Lyell 1983, Grace and Wood 1987, Webb 
1993, Lynch 1993) 
H. Have seen numerous physicians, all to no avail (Driscoll et al. 1993, Lyell 1983) 
I. Mean duration of delusion was 3.0 ± 4.6 years (median, I year) (Trabert 1995); “Years of 
suffering” (Pomerantz 1959, Driscoll et al. 1993), 12-year history (Monk and Rao 1994), 40 years 
(Poorbaugh 1993) 
J. Complain of “itching, crawling, pinprick biting sensations” (White 1997), “formication” (Koo and 
Gambla 1996) 
K. Reject possibility of psychological or other explanations (Trabert 1995) “I’m not crazy.” “I am not 
imagining this.” Vehemence indicative of DP (Zanol et al. 1998). “ Exceptional strength of 
conviction regarding infestation” (Lynch 1993) almost diagnostic for DP (Webb 1993) 
L. Express desperation, “you are my last hope” (Nutting and Beerman 1983, Lynch 1993) 
M. Delusion eventually shared by another family member (St. Aubin 1981) in up to 1/3 of cases 
(Koblenzer 1993) 
Citations are illustrative of some of the published descriptions
I feel frustrated sometimes in dealing with this issue but I have come to the conclusion that I am good at what I do. I Exterminate and  eliminate Bed Bugs. I am not a Doctor Or Psychologist. However I do have an avenue to hopefully steer these people in the right direction. 
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If you have Bed Bugs you will see signals usually. Look for Black Fecal Stains around the Mattress seams and the bottom of the boxspring. If you are continuously getting bites there should be some evidence. You can always call us for our Sensor Bed Bug Dog Service.

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 We provide Thermal Remediation Heat Treatments for Bed bugs in the Atlanta-Athens-Augusta-Macon Areas.

Published 04-03-2014 by Garey Clark
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