We get many calls from people that have some type of skin irritation or bite marks. This can be disturbing waking up with these issues. The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to Slow Down and follow the protocol.
Don’t throw furniture or clothing away.
Look for bed bugs or black excrement marks on Mattress
Bed Bugs on Ceiling – Atlanta
If you are having a possible issue with Bed Bugs give us a call and we can guide you through the proper steps to eliminate these bugs from your home.
Bed Bugs can be a major concern in a Senior Living Environment. With all the people living closely together it makes it a challenge to keep Bed Bugs under Control. Just their hitchhiking nature makes them a constant problem. With older folks it’s also quite common for them to move in used furniture or clothing that’s infested. They also have visitors that sometimes have bed bugs at their homes. Then you have all the healthcare workers and employees that work there. Unfortunately with old age the eyesight is sometimes not as good as it was. I have seen Seniors that had them pretty bad but they just weren’t seeing them.
This is an adult bed bug that I found crawling on the carpet near a bed in Atlanta.
Here are a few protocols we recommend and provide.
Education: We provide basic bed bug training for your employees, tenants and management. It’s much better when everyone knows more about bed bugs and what they look like. Also all the different ways you can bring them in. There are always a lot of good questions.
We do a Power Point type presentation with many pictures and information to share with tenants, maintenance, and management.
K9 Bed Bug Dogs: We have 3 bed bug dogs at this time. We use them on sweeps throughout facilities determining the absence or presence. We can typically do 60-100 units in one day using all 3 dogs. After the inspection is completed you will know which units have an issue and which do not. This is a fabulous way to maintain control in your facility. Some get a bit nervous but once they see the dogs perform and the results,most want us to start doing sweeps quarterly. Contact us for pricing on facilities sweeps.
Here is Aaron with his handler William Hudson responding to bed bugs in a couch in Atlanta
Thermal Remediation Heat Treatments for Bed Bugs:
Our Electric Heat Systems Trucks and Trailers have built-in generators to provide the power for the heaters. The heaters are [placed inside strategically and it usually takes about an hour to heat the area to above 120 degrees. During this time we set up beds, couches,etc and we also do some containment spraying of host areas and outlet plates. We finish up heating at 130-135 degrees and hold the heat for 3-4 hours or more with fans spreading the heat around evenly.
We treated an entire floor of a Senior facility in Atlanta.
Aprehend: Is a new Biological Material used to help control bed bugs. We use this in some situations. Not a pesticide. It is actually a fungii that is bottled and used to create barriers that bed bugs would have to go through to reach a host.
We can also give a warranty with our work.
If you have any questions or would like more information on managing bed bugs in a Senior Living Environment please contact us at 770-957-1915
We have plenty of references and will be glad to supply you with some.
We service the Atlanta, Macon, Savannah, Athens, Hilton Head, Brunswick, Statesboro, Marietta, Gainesville Areas.
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What Steps should be taken to properly manage a facility such as this for Bed Bugs ?
Senior Living Tenant Training Class
This is often times overlooked. We offer free educational classes to make sure the staff/and or tenants know the basic information they need to know to identify a problem and keep it from spreading throughout a facility. Some management get a little nervous but they always are glad they made the decision to go ahead with it. I also have some training classes on my youtube channel for small groups or single employees. This can be done with a cup of coffee and a bisquit in just a few minutes.
Bed Bug Detection Dog
Our K9 Team can inspect one room, one home, a whole facility or high rise. This is the most efficient and accurate way to determine areas of activity
Bed Bug Dog Training Wheel
The dogs are constantly calibrated much like a scientific instrument. Their sense of smell is thousands of times more acute than ours. With a well trained human inspector/handler the team together can do some wonderful detection work and save money and spread.
Aaron the Bed Bug Dog finds them in a couch.
Many times there are visual signal of activity. This should be reported and responded to very quickly if possible.
Bed Bugs in Couch
Bed Bugs Excrement on bedding.
Couch Bed Bugs
Excrement marks, skins, or live bugs can be found in many areas around where people sleep, or gather.
Designing the proper treatment plan is based on detection and is critical to the success of maintaining a Bed Bug Free Environment.
3. Bed Bug Treatments
We use Thermal Remediation Heat Equipment. This is specially engineered Electric Heat Equipment built for this type of treatment.
This is the most effective method for elimination of Bed Bugs. Why ? Because Bed Bugs have no resistance to temperatures above 120 degrees. They have a lot of resistance to the pesticides on the market today. And it fills the entire area up with the temperatures giving them no place to hide.
Bed Setup for Heat Treatment
We also use some pesticides around the edges of the room for containment. Dusting the wall plates is also important.
4. Encasements for mattresses and box springs.
Mattress and Box Springs Encasements
Encasements disallow future access to the mattress and box spring. It also serves as a secondary line of defense against any survivor bugs or eggs. With some materials being used it also helps protect you from exposure to any insecticides that may have been used. Not only by us but also by the tenant or homeowner. It is very common for self treating to occur before we are called in.
We install these at the end of the treatment process.
5. Follow up Inspection and Monitoring.
After treatment has completed a monitoring program with K9 Inspections or Visual Monitoring should be set up in order to be proactive in this area.
Call Us at 770-957-1915 to discuss starting a Bed Bug Program for your facility. We have a program from start to finish. Bed Bugs are a manageable insect to control but you must be proactive or you can find yourself with a really large problem. We have had Senior High Rises call in with 40-50 infested units. This is not an enjoyable situation for anyone involved.
We can help you with ideas to help manage your situation efficiently.
We received a call from another pest control company requesting to use the Sensor Dogs at a large office building where some bed bugs were found. The K9 team went out at night and inspected a large area with around 80 cubicles. The dogs traced the scent down to about 4 cubicles. The handler could not find any live bed bugs but told them there is something going on in this area, which was about a 4 cubicle area. The employees in that area had their homes inspected and found one with a fairly heavy bed bug infestation. The company paid for her home to be treated and let them pay back weekly payments. I really think this was a great idea. Problem solved for now.
Sensor Dog checking bus for bed bugs.
In a work environment and Bed Bugs are found.
What Do You Do ?
Most of the time they are being brought in by employees with a bed bug infestation at their homes. How can you determine where they are coming from ? What is the risk to other employees and the business. The Business needs to pay attention and act quickly ! I would recommend that you consider a Sensor Dog K9 inspection to see if they can at least pin it down to an area.
Abby the Bed Bug Dog – Atlanta
Our dogs can assist in determining the location of live bed bugs in an office environment. There is usually not a lot of preferred nesting areas in an office. No one sleeps there 😐 Most office furniture is not as preferred as homes and home furniture. Over the years we have been called out for many office settings. Many times it’s not bed bugs. If it is a bedbug it’s usually a “drop off” from an employee with a bed bug problem at their home. If you serve the public, clients can come in and leave some behind. We see this in places like Dialysis Centers, Doctors office, Dentas waiting areas, etc. This is also how hotels become infested so don’t unload on them too hard. Until it is brought to someone’s attention nothing is usually done. While it’s difficult to prevent bed bugs, there are proactive steps that can be taken.
Education – Familiarity with Bed Bugs
Communication with employees ( Discuss prevention.)
Get professional help by specialists.
Get a Sensor Dog inspection for accurate evaluation.
Treatments if needed must be precise and thorough. In some cases heat may be a good option however if someone is bringing them in it very easily can duplicate. A residual material and monitoring is needed in these cases. It can be traumatic for those that don’t understand the bug. You probably are more exposed at a movie theatre than your office. A controlled environment has a better chance of succesful control.
Thermal Heat 6 heater trailer
If you are having an issue in your office, give us a call today and we will answer questions and try to solve your problem.
Call 770-957-1915 Today to solve your bed bug issues.
Bed Bugs Can be a Difficult Problem in Senior Living Facilities !
Ad in 1940’s for Bed Bug Sprays
Senior Living can be a difficult situation to control bed bugs. Large numbers of people living closely together in one building in itself is hard to control. It is common for them to bring in used furniture or used clothing which can lead to bed bugs in the building. Besides that they can have visitors that have infestation at their home. Healthcare workers may be infested and spread them into facilities. Or vice versa.
With the mounting incidence of bed bugs in homes, apartments and businesses, discovering them early removes the possibility of “infestations” from building. All public or high traffic businesses and multi-unit dwellings need to be doing regular inspections for bed bugs and here’s why:
LIKE TRYING TO FIND A NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK
I’m sure at one time or another in your life you’ve heard the expression, “Like trying to find a needle in a haystack”, and that is exactly what it’s like trying to find a single bed bug introduction, small amounts or bed bugs eggs in any environment. The bed bug is like the needle and the environment is like the haystack.
That is why there are so many more infestations popping up all over. People may suspect a problem but can’t find evidence of such. It is then that they play the wait and see game and before long, a bed bug infestation has built and they are taking bed bugs with them to work and school or anywhere they go.
The truth is, no matter how hard we try as humans, our visual inspections pales in comparison to the remarkable scenting ability of a detection dog.
In early stages of bed bugs, or when they’re are first introduced, the size and reclusive nature of the bed bug places them in inaccessible areas where unless we had x-ray vision we just could not detect where they are hiding. In addition, human inspections require extensive knowledge of the bug, the use of a magnifying glass and a bright light to see in dark crevices, while tearing apart and disassembling furniture. This process is extremely time consuming in such that a person can expect a professional to be in their homes for well over an hour or more. Even after a careful examination, they still may not have found the area where they are hiding.
To give you an example, pretend you’re asked to hide a straight pin somewhere in your living room and ask a friend to find it. You could have pulled a cushion from your couch and penetrated it deep along a seam in the corner or behind the cardboard of a wall hanging or painting. Alternatively, maybe you slipped it through a crack behind the baseboard and it fell through. Finding it would literally take hours and in most cases, they would never find it!
Now, if they told you it was somewhere in the vicinity of the chair in the right-hand corner of the room, you could focus your efforts in a few square feet vs. inspecting the whole room and all its contents and it would cut your inspection time down. Again, just because you know the area doesn’t mean that you will find it if it is hidden behind that baseboard.
HUMAN INSPECTION vs. DETECTION DOG COSTS
Knowing that inspecting for bed bugs takes a tremendous amount of time to do it right, the cost for doing a proper inspection could range anywhere from one hundred dollars on up. A human inspector with around 35% accuracy couldn’t possible do a comprehensive inspection in fifteen to thirty minutes and can miss hide harborages easily leaving you with bed bugs unnoticed. On the other hand, although it may cost you a bit more, but detection dogs can sweep the same areas in a fraction of the time it takes a professional, have a much higher accuracy rate and show you exactly where the bugs are hiding for a much easier and efficient treatment.
Spending a little more money upfront will save you from expensive treatments later should they go unnoticed and build up to infestation levels!
Luckily, bed bugs put off a scent, which these dogs are trained to detect. They pick up the scent cone and when they smell where bed bug’s hidden harborages are, they signal an alert of their find to the handler. This is especially valuable in early stages when treating for bed bugs stops infestations from building.
Because every insect has a different nature and tolerance to what we use to eliminate them, they require different treatment elimination processes. You need to find and verify the insect in question in order to know which treatment to use. (Treatment used for cockroaches doesn’t work for mosquitoes and so on)
Unlike many other insects, there is no preventative insect spray for bed bugs. Although the use of CimeXa in wall voids, electrical outlets and cracks and crevices has shown to be affective in stopping them from getting to far should they cross those barriers.
VERIFYING DETECTION DOG ALERTS
Before the application of any professional treatment, the industry requires verification of the insect at question. Once the dog alerts on a particular area, it is up to the handler to do a comprehensive inspection to expose evidence of the alert.
If they are not able to visually verify the dogs alert, it doesn’t mean the dog was wrong or that it was a false alert, it means that there may not be enough bed bugs to find visual evidence or that they are well hidden behind baseboards, in wall void or in places where they can’t see into or behind. This doesn’t mean they are not there. During this time, they will suggest monitoring for activity and reschedule an inspection at a later date.
On or off the job, these dogs are continually trained by their handlers using live bed bug specimens to keep them keen on the scent of live bed bugs or viable eggs.
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR WHEN CHOOSING A TEAM
In every industry, there are do-gooder’s and those who take advantage of others. Watch out for those who say they can sweep 70 to 100 rooms with one dog in a single day. Detection dogs require breaks for resting their nose, potty breaks and a snooze.
PEACE OF MIND
The most rewarding part of regular inspections is the peace of mind it gives you. Whether in your own home, business or multi-unit properties, regular bed bug detection dog inspections can help keep from infestations from ever happening!
We have K9 inspectors and Thermal Remediation Equipment designed to eliminate Bed Bug infestation.