Bed Bug Treatments


If you have a bed bug problem we are finding an increase in calls in the last 2 months. So you are not alone. Apartments are having a lot of problems with them spreading. Be aware not scared!
Heat Treatments are turning out to be the most effective method. Bed Bugs have no resistance to temperatures above 122 degrees. Clutter and lots of clothes and cloth items are a problem to deal with no matter what method you use. Using dusts and crack and crevice aerosols in conjunction with heat decreases the chance of reoccurence. If you are in the Atlanta Area you can go to www.clarkpestremedy.com , www.bedbugsclark.com . If you are in the South Georgia Area go to www.cobraext.com . Savannah,Brunswick or Hilton Head go to www.bedbugssavannah.com . All of these websites give you lots of information about Bed Bugs and heat treatments. The K-9 Service is also available through these websites. If you are a property manager these type methods can save you lots of headaches.

Clark Pest Remedy
Atlanta,Georgia

Bed Bug General Service Award

Headline news

Bed Bug General Presents First Honorable Service Awards

12/14/2011

The brainchild of Mattress Safe’s and Bed Bug General’ s Andrea Hancock, the awards recognize individuals who donated bed bug products and services to an Atlanta area shelter.



PERRY, Ga. – During ceremonies between presentations conducted at the Annual Conference held at the Georgia National Fair Grounds the first Bed Bug General Honorable Service Awards were presented to volunteers. The Honorable Service Awards were the brainchild of Andrea Hancock, vice president of Mattress Safe and founder of Bed Bug General. “At Bed Bug General we’re looking to give back to the community and were pleased to present these awards to those who generously volunteered their time to work at the shelter,” Hancock said. The Honorable Service Awards were presented by Paul Bello, who also serves as technical advisor for Bed Bug General.

In July 2011 Garey Clark, president of Clark’s Pest Remedy in McDonough, Ga., received a call about a bed bug infestation at a not-for-profit shelter located in Atlanta. He scheduled his inspection for the next day but was unsure what he might find there. “I knew it might be a tough situation but it was worse than I thought it would be,” said Clark. “I’m doing a lot of bed bug work these days but this location needed more help and required more work than we originally thought.”

For additional assistance Clark contacted Bello, a pest management consultant who resides in the Metro Atlanta area. A meeting was scheduled and the two soon met with shelter administration and a situation assessment and action plan was developed. “The shelter needed a lot of help and being a not for profit entity with limited resources, financial constraints were a significant hurdle that needed to be overcome,” said Bello.

During the on-site visit the two inspected the resident rooms along with the building maintenance manager. Various treatment options were considered but all were subject to financial constraints. While there were a number of viable treatment options available, it was apparent that none of these could be done economically enough to meet the needs and budget of the facility. This is when the two agreed that it was necessary to donate the needed work to help the shelter become bed bug free.

“It is fortunate that we operate in such a generous industry where many are willing to step up and provide much needed assistance”, Bello said. An e-mail was sent to various industry suppliers for help with bed bug products and equipment as well as to the local Georgia professional associations. Lara Fink of the Certified Pest Control Operators of Georgia and Valera Jesse of the Georgia Pest Management Association forwarded the call for help via e-mail to their respective members and local PMPs of Georgia answered the call. “In less than 24r hours we had at least nine volunteers contact us to donate their time to help with the necessary bed bug control work. None of this would have been possible without Paul’s help. And, the Georgia Department of Agriculture sent a representative to assist as wel,l” said Clark.

In addition to the volunteers industry suppliers Actisol, AMVAC, Atrix, Bayer, Catchmaster, Mattress Safe, MGK and Oldham Chemical & Equipment provided products and equipment for use at the site. Products provided by suppliers included Atrix vacuums, BDS bed bug monitors, Temprid SC, Bedlam, Onslaught, Tempo Dust, Drione Dust, Prelude, Nuvan Prostrip, portable steamer, mattress encasements and application equipment. In addition to this Rollins Supply also sent a shipment of Mattress Safe bed bug proof box spring and mattress encasements.

After an organizational meeting to discuss the control plan the volunteer team worked for two days to eliminate bed bugs from the facility. While it was important to rid the facility of bed bugs, one of the goals was to help the facility to become self-sufficient such that they would be able to handle subsequent bed bug issues going forward. “With the state of the economy and the financial constraints that affect the location it was clear that they would not be able to hire professional pest management services to keep them bed bug free. Amongst our goals during this effort was to supply them and teach their staff how to successfully handle bed bugs on their own. In addition to this, my intention is to provide them continuing support so that this situation doesn’t happen to them in the future,” said Bello.

The program protocol implemented at the location included comprehensive education and various treatment methodologies. All the worst level infested rooms were heat treated by Clark Pest Remedy who donated the use of their Temp-Air heat system along with four employees. Clark committed the heat treatment resources of his entire company for this project. In addition to this, other treatment methods included vacuuming, steaming and application work. All rooms were also treated with liquid residual insecticides including Temprid SC, Onslaught and Prelude. Utility penetrations were treated with Tempo Dust and Drione Dust. Furnishings were inspected and treated using Bedlam and other suitable products.

“One of the challenges of this situation was training otherwise inexperienced people to become efficacious pest management technicians. Thankfully, the staff of the facility and the maintenance manager was eager to take on this work. He picked up the training well and did a great job for us,” said Bello. With a team of nine technicians a great deal of work was completed in just two days’ time. “It was a lot of work but we had a lot of great people to do it thanks to the folks at CPCO and GPMA. From prep work to application work to training the facility staff one on one, each person handled a specific task which helped to make us time efficient.”

After the work completed the and regularly scheduled follow up inspection and monitoring the facility remains bed bug free to date. “We went from a location where we observed sleeping residents being bitten by multiple bed bugs during our noontime inspection to a place where none are being seen at all”, said Clark.

Volunteers inclulded: John Bevich of Bugs Burger, Ron Green of Cleggs Termite & Pest Control, Garey Clark, Matt Clark & Mark Gibson of Clark Pest Remedy, Fred Ascarra of Fred’s Pest Control, Marquire Conner of Trinity Pest Management and Willie Anderson of NOW Pest Management.

Allied member contributors included AMVAC, which provided Prelude insecticide and Nuvan Prostrips; Atrix International which provided vacuums; Bayer, which provided Temprid SC, Drione Dust and Tempo Dust; Catchmaster, which provided BDS monitors; Mattress Safe, which provided encasements; MGK, which provided Onslaught and Bedlam; Oldham Cehmical & Equipment, which provided an S-4000 steamer and a compressed air sprayer; and Actisol, which provided a ULV unit.

Clark Pest Remedy
Atlanta,Georgia

Why Is Heat Treatment Best ?

Why is Bed Bugs Heat Treatment So Much Better than Using Chemicals?

Historically, bed bug treatments have primarily used chemicals to reduce and control the pest. Recently, pesticides have shown to be ineffective in managing infestations with single bed bug treatments. An informal survey of pest control operators conducted by an entomologist at the University of Massachusetts found that 68% of all bedbug infestations require three or more treatments, 26% require two treatments, and 6% require just one.

Another concern with pesticide use is the development of resistance to the pesticides used in the treatment of bed bugs. The Integrated Pest Management Association found that by 1956, DDT resistance was so widespread that the control method had to be changed to Malathion. Results from current research conducted by the University of Kentucky show that bed bug resistance to insecticidal products that have pyrethroids as an active ingredient has become significant. The excessive use of pesticide solutions may result in the bed bug developing greater resistance to current methodologies. Oftentimes this leads to overcompensating by increasing amounts of chemicals. This can be a dangerous practice. Clark’s Heat Treatment is a simpler control methodology which alters a bed bug’s natural environment, making it lethal to the bedbug.

Pesticides can also pose a threat to the environment. DDT was an effective chemical in significantly treating bed bug occurrences in the United States before it was banned in 1972 because of the reproductive effects to birds from chronic exposure to DDT. Bird exposure to this insecticide mainly occurs through the consumption of aquatic and/or terrestrial species that have been exposed to DDT (WHO 1989). Like other chemicals, DDT was able to work its way through the ecosystem and cause adverse health and reproductive effects to many animals in the food chain.

Finally, some people may be sensitive to chemicals as a result of neurological or other medical disorders. These people may not have the option to use chemical solutions as part of their control method. Clark’s Heat Treatment is a non-chemical process and therefore is the practical solution for people with chemical sensitivities and is ideal for treating health care facilities, hospitals, and schools where chemicals are not an option.

Clark Pest Remedy
Atlanta,Georgia

New Handler!


Ben the Bed Bug Dog has a permanent handler! Ben or Bennie as we call him around the office has a new love. Tamara Coulter was a detection dog handler in the military and she and her family just moved down here to Georgia from Kansas. She has had Ben for 1 week and he is doing great! He is working very steady and is doing a great job !

Clark Pest Remedy
Atlanta,Georgia