Ants

ants

Ants are social insects. Their highly organized colonies or nests which sometimes consist of millions of individuals are divided into infertile female workers and fertile males (drones) and females (queens). Colonies can occupy and use a wide area of land to support them.

Ant colonies are sometimes described as superorganisms because the colony appears to operate as a single entity.

Odorous House Ants, Acrobat Ants, Pavement Ants, Pharaoh Ants, Little Black Ants, “Sugar Ants”, “Picnic Ants”, Argentine Ants, Citronella Ants, “Wood Ants” etc (quotations used to indicate names that are not proper but commonly used by people to refer to certain types of ant).

What we do to get rid of them:

All of the above ants comprise a vast array of non-wood-destroying pest ants that have a great deal of variety in their behaviors and reasons for infesting structures. Some make trails, some eat sweets, and some seem to randomly show up all over the place. They also have some very significant differences in treatment that can mean the difference between success, failure and even making the problem worse! Let us send a qualified inspector out to identify your ant and devise a treatment plan suited to the ant and your needs.

Bats

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Bats are among the most unique and fascinating of all animals. No other mammals can fly. Bats use echolocation to find flying insects at night much like sonar helps ships to locate objects under water. Bats also have good night vision.

They are not blind, as myth would have it. While bats feed exclusively on insects, consuming many pest species, they prefer to expend the least amount of energy to obtain their food. Thus, these bats typically capture larger insects, such as night-flying moths, and do not live up to their reputation in controlling mosquitos. Correctly considered beneficial animals, in certain situations they can pose serious health hazards to humans. Histoplasmois is a disease associated with bat guano. When these droppings accumulate, a fungus (Histoplasma capsulatum) can grow and produce spores that may cause Histolasmosis when inhaled. Where bat droppings accumulate, in an attic for example, care should be taken to avoid contracting this disease. Cleanup generally involves wetting the droppings before removal and wearing personal protective equipment, including a HEPA-equipped respirator or self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Removal of large amounts of guano or droppings from structures should be left to experienced professionals familiar with proper removal procedures. For more information on Rabies and Histoplasmosis please visit www.cdc.gov/rabies. First, they may come in because they inadvertently fly through an open window, open door or down your chimney. Two – sometimes they come in on purpose if they have no where better to go after their home has been destroyed, but they do not necessarily want to be there hiding behind your curtains, bookcase or in your closest and/or attic. But if a bat wants in, they can get through a slit or a crack as small as 3/8 inch in diameter. Three – bats can often be found around the house during the spring months when the female bats are returning from their migration and preparing for their maternal season. Bats will come into homes between November through March when warm weather wakes them up from a hibernation and they look for a new place to sleep.

Why Are We Concerned With Bats?

Most homeowners don’t like bats in their house for any reason and don’t want them hanging around no matter how many bugs they are going to eat at night.

Occasionally bats can carry rabies and this presents a serious problem for home owners. (www.cdc.gov/rabies). Bradford & Son’s Pest Services tells every home owner that rabies is the most important public health hazard associated with bats because it is always fatal if not treated within the incubation period (2 weeks to several months). You could be infected if you have been bitten or handle an infected bat(s).

What we do to get rid of them:

Bat control is a unique field. It requires specialized training, equipment, techniques, attention to detail and extensive knowledge of bat biology and behavior.

Effective bat control requires a full site inspection, and 100% of the structure must be properly sealed, including gaps as small as 1/4 inch wide. This can obviously become quite labor intensive. In some instances the primary entrance/exit holes are the only access points available, and basic repairs and an exclusion may be sufficient.

Once the bats are removed exclusion work MUST be done to prevent the bats from returning to the roost site. Any bat control professional should perform this task and provide a warranty with their work once completed. This is what we do here at Bradford & Son’s Pest Services.

Bedbugs

The biggest bedbug outbreak since World War II has sent a collective shudder among apartment dwellers, college students and business travelers across the nation. Bed bugs are increasingly becoming a problem within residences, including homes, apartments, hotels, cruise ships, dormitories and shelters.

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What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs have oval-shaped bodies with no wings. Before they feed, they are about 1/4 inch long and flat as paper. After feeding, they turn dark red and become bloated. Bed bugs have a one-year life span during which time a female can lay 200-400 eggs depending on food supply and temperature. Eggs hatch in about 10 days.

How do bed bugs get into my home?

Bed bugs are often carried into a home on objects such as furniture and clothing. If you think you have a bed bug problem, check for live bed bugs or shells in the following areas:

  • Seams, creases, tufts and folds of mattresses and box springs
  • Cracks in the bed frame and head board
  • Under chairs, couches, beds, dust covers
  • Between the cushions of couches and chairs
  • Under area rugs and the edges of carpets
  • Between the folds of curtains
  • In drawers
  • Behind baseboards, and around window and door casings
  • Behind electrical plates and under loose wallpaper, paintings and posters
  • In cracks in plaster
  • In telephones, radios, and clocks

Bed bugs can also travel from apartment to apartment along pipes, electrical wiring and other openings. If the infestation is heavy, a sweet smell may be noticed in the room.

Bed Bug Customer Treatment Preperation For Ulv Liquid Treatment:

  1. Preparing the Bed
    In general, the bed will need to be stripped and the bed frame taken apart. Any sheets and bedding should be carefully bundled, or bagged, and made ready to be taken to the laundry room. Wash in hot water or use hottest dryer. For items that cannot be washed in hot water, they should be dry-cleaned. We can treat draperies, sleeping pillows, and decorative pillows.
  2. Preparing the Room
    In the bedrooms where you are being bitten, clothing must be removed from the dresser drawers and nightstands emptied into plastic bags. This clothing does not have to be washed because it will be returned to the drawer after the drawer is treated.
  3. Preparing the Closet
    We ask that you clean out the floor of the closet so we can treat that and don’t leave anything at the baseboard you don’t want treated. Shoes are frequently left out, and we don’t want to treat those. Hanging clothes, however, can be left on the rod.
  4. De-clutter
    If there was ever a great time to de-clutter your home, this is it. If the likelihood that you’ll ever touch or need an item again is low, bag it and trash it. That is true whether the items are in a target room or elsewhere. Also, take a good look around at your children’s stuffed animals and toys, piles of magazines and newspapers, bags of clothes. We can treat the stuffed toys with a material that will not leave a residual and leave them safe to handle after the treatment.
  5. Remove Pets
    If there are any pets or birds, they will need to be out of the house. Fish or turtle aquariums will require special handling as they are very sensitive. You must shut off the air filter and securely cover the tank and any possible openings with plastic.

What we do to get rid of them:

We now offer two different types of treatment
1. Ultra Low Volume (ULV) liquid treatment

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Treatment is extensive because bedbugs have so many hiding places. We begin at the infested bed treating the mattress, box springs, bed frame and headboard with appropriately labeled materials. We will continue to move outward in the room to include the flooring, both th carpets and wood floors, baseboards, night stands, behind picture frames, chest of drawers, and dressers. Since wood is a favored harborage area, any wood which is not sealed must be treated. Any bedding which can be washed or dry cleaned, should be. Pillows, drapes, stuff toys and any cloth object left in the room will be treated.

The material used to treat objects that touch humans kills bedbugs on contact but does not leave a residue, therefore it is not harmful to humans once it is dry. The good news is that they can be eliminated and you will not have to replace your mattress and box springs. It is important not to delay. As you try on-line remedies or home cures, the bedbugs can spread. A child who is getting bitten solves her problem by taking her pillow and blanket into another room but unfortunately she doesn’t see the bedbug on her blanket and the infamous hitch-hiker has invaded another habitat. Many homeowners successfully battle ants or mice but this is one of the insects you should trust to a professional. This treatment method may require a few follow up services. And is less expensive than the heat treatment with more preperation by the customer unlike the heat treatment.

2. Heat Treatment
Cautions when using targeted heat treatment;

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  1. No people or pets in area during treatment even though 120 degrees in itself is not deadly to humans or pets, dehydration can occur quickly.
  2. The heat at 120 degrees show slight distortion (not melting) of low grade plastic trash can liners, sanitary plastic on hotel/motel cups resulting in the need to remove all low grade plastic from treatment area.
  3. Even though the heaters produce temperatures below spontaneous combustion levels Remove any combustible materials in close proximity to the heaters to prevent possibility of a fire.
  4. No unsupervised use of equipment. Equipment must be monitored by personnel to assure no malfunction.
  5. Once target temperature reached the equipment can be turned off and let the room cool down on its own or left on to operate automatically for several hours. Remember that one minute at 120 degree give a 100% kill but that temperature needs to be reached in more insulated areas (carpet floors, mattress, box springs, clothes in closets, couch and chairs, etc.) to assure total eradication of all bed bugs and eggs. Our research shows it may take up to 1 hour to reach target temperature in center of mattresses.

Preparing for heat treatment:
No candles or pets. And all ac off and pilot light off if using natural gas. This basically requires no preperation. No one on the property. And 100% eradication!

We used remote temperature monitoring and recording system and choose to use the digital recorders to document temperature and time for each application. We feel it is a good practice to keep a digital record of temperatures reached in order to prove, if necessary, that any insect in the kill zone would be exterminated due to the temperature and time held.

Additional advantages of using targeted heat treatment.

  • Lowers humidity and helps control surfaced mold/mildew.
  • Helps eliminate odors in carpet, bedding, etc.

*Bradford & Son’s Pest Services will not treat without confirmed evidence of bedbugs. There are some skin conditions (scabies) or other parasites such as mites which may be the source of bites. If bedbug evidence is not present, we may suggest that you see a dermatologist.

Birds

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Bird pests can be a nuisance to your home or business. Our bird control products effectively keep birds away. For the animal lover, Bat-A-Way is a humane way to get rid of the problem.
For example, a car dealer who has to clean bird dropings from his cars all day long. The entrance to your business pelted with droppings, and the list goes on.

Not only are their dropping a mess that has to be cleaned up; but Pest Birds and their droppings can spread 60 + transmittable diseases including:

  • West Nile Virus
  • Avian Flu
  • Bird Flu
  • St. Louis Encephalitis

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants: a potentially costly problem

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Unlike most ants that are more of a nuisance than an actual property threat, carpenter ants can do significant damage to your home. While they do not actually eat wood, carpenter ants damage wood by excavating and creating galleries and tunnels. If a colony remains present long enough, carpenter ants can actually weaken structural wood and cause sever damage.

Don’t try to kill carpenter ants yourself! But before you try to get rid of carpenter ants yourself, you should know that most “do-it-yourself” ant control efforts can often prove ineffective.

What we do to get rid of them:

Carpenter ant colonies are commonly located in wall voids and areas of your home that are hard to find.We use a dust application inside of your wall voids to effectively get rid of the carpenter ant galleries and the carpenter ants themselves! We also treat around the perimeter of your home to stop the colony from invading your property! Most over-the-counter sprays are repellent and have difficulty controlling entire colonies.

We use a non-reppellent product called Termidor.

How Termidor® controls carpenter ants:

Termidor® termiticide/insecticide is an advanced undetectable treatment that is professionally applied outside your home. Carpenter ants never know it’s there, so they can’t react to it or avoid it. Instead, they pick up Termidor as they feed and move about and then spread it to other ants in their colony. We apply this product around the foundation of your property and exterior areas of entry points. This products makes an barrier against Carpenter Ants and other unwanted pest as labeled on the Termidor label.

Centipede

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The house centipede can be encountered in damp basements in the fall. If crushed, they may bite, causing some pain and swelling. They are reddish-brown, flattened, elongated arthropods with one pair of legs attached on most of their body segments. The first pair of legs is modified into poisonous jaws located below the mouth to kill insects. Their antennae are longer than those of millipedes. The house centipede feeds on live insects and other small animals. They do not damage plants.

What we do to get rid of them:

We control them through an interior application on all unfinished levels of the home (including crawlspaces, garages, and sometimes attic) and placement of insect glue trap monitors in the basement and garage areas. This, coupled with a regular exterior application on a quarterly basis will keep these guys out.

Crickets

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House crickets are about 3/4 to 7/8 inches long and yellow brown or straw colored with three dark bands across the top of the head. This is an outdoor and indoor pest.

There are two main varieties of crickets, the cave cricket and field cricket. The cave cricket is the light brown monstrosity that you see on the walls, floors, and sometime ceiling that have long antennae, humped back and make no noise. The field cricket is you more typical black to dark brown insect with an elongated body that makes the well known cricket chirp.

Both types thrive in cool, moist environments and cause no serious harm to you or your family but can be annoying, frightening, or embarrassing depending on the individual.

What we do to get rid of them:

Control measures are based the result of an inspection for harborage areas and conditions in which they thrive. Regular quarterly application thereafter can keep the population out.

Earwig

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The earwig insect can cause damage to cultivated plants and become a nuisance when migrating indoors. Some species will emit a foul odor. These insects have a distinct appearance. Please take note of the picture of the earwig above.

Outside: Earwigs are nocturnal and can be found during the day in moist shady places, under wood piles, stones, boards, compost piles, flower beds, and other secluded places.

Inside: When earwigs migrate indoors, they hide in cracks and crevices around baseboards and other locations. The earwig insect may be found in potted plants and cut flowers.

The earwig insect can cause damage to cultivated plants and become a nuisance when migrating indoors. Some species will emit a foul odor. These insects have a distinct appearance.

What we do to get rid of them:

They can be controlled through an initial interior application with quarterly exterior application to prevent new populations from entering the home. They do not bite or sting and they do not crawl into your ear as you may have heard in old wives tales.

Fleas

Dog flea
Ctenocephalides canis

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Color: dark, reddish-brown
Legs: 3 pairs
Shape: laterally compressed, flattened side to side
Size: 1/16″
Antennae: no
Flight: no.

Habitat
Often, eggs lain in pet hair or fur drop out where your pet rests or sleeps. Eggs hatch into larvae and can be found in carpet, rugs, upholstered furniture, or in your bed. Outdoors, fleas develop in sand, gravel, and dirt. Depending on the stage of development, adult fleas can survive or remain in a limbo state if no blood host is available for up to a year. Let us show you how to get rid of fleas in or around your home.

Health Risks
The adults can transmit bubonic plaque from rodent to humans and oriental rat fleas can transmit endemic typhus fever from rats to humans. Tapeworms can be transmitted to dogs and cats. It can also be transmitted to children if parts of infested fleas are accidentally consumed. They can cause allergy dermatitis and skin irritations as well.

Property Damage
High infestation may require destroying pet bedding and treatments to your home, pets, and yard can be costly.

Prevention
For an effective solution on how to get rid of fleas, you should treat your pet and their bedding and your home inside and outside at the same time. Vacuum rugs and carpets at least every other day when fleas are present to help remove the flea larvae and to open the carpet’s nap for effective treatment.

Very small brown to black insects with incredible jumping ability and aggressive biting tendencies, they guys can drive you nuts. If you have a pet, the pest must be treated by your vet. If you do not have a pet (fleas left by prior tenant) the biting will be more intense.

What we do to get rid of them:

The preparation and the treatment are quite detailed. You can get a lot of relief in the first treatment but two follow-ups over a 30 day period is required to break the life cycle. Their eggs are resistant to the pesticide.

Mosquito

General Information
Reducing Risk of West Nile Virus

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Mosquito control can be very difficult but must be attempted to not only rid our homes of annoying bites but also to stop the spread of certain mosquito borne health problems. In a perfect world we need only eliminate the breeding grounds of these biting pests. This is easier said than done! Even if you eliminate all possible breeding sites on your personal property, mosquitoes born in other areas will still fly to your part of the world.

Eliminating all possible mosquito breeding sources – standing water, piles of cut grass and fallen leaves, cleaning fence rows of tall grasses and weeds, keeping rain gutters free of leaf litter and other vegetation- is indeed your starting point in an integrated pest management program targeting disease carrying pests.

A complete mosquito control program not only eliminates breeding sources but also includes long-term prevention (using Mosquito Dunks in bird baths, fish ponds, drainage ditches or storm drains, lakes, pet water dishes and other mosquito breeding grounds) and short-term knock down of mosquito larvae (Mosquito Bits) and adult mosquitoes (fogging areas on your property to kill adult insect pests.) The evening before or morning of outdoor activities (parties, cook outs, wedding receptions) use Mosquito & Gnat Scat to help repel any flying insects from the area.

As added extra personal protection, use a good insect repellent on exposed skin. Health professionals agree that an insect repellent containing DEET is best for most people. Smaller children and other people can use an alternative to DEET, such as CedarCide natural insect repellent. DEET products last longer but both will help stop mosquitoes from biting. Fogging is ideal for outside applications.

Roaches

Oriental Cockroaches
Blatta orientalis

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Color: dark brown, almost black
Legs: 6
Shape: Oval
Size: 1″
Antennae: yes
Flight: no; adults have nonfunctional wings

Habitat
They are found inside in damp basements, cellars, near drains, leaking water pipes, beneath refrigerators, sinks, and washing machines. They also infest walls, floors, and crawl spaces beneath your home. You can find them outdoors beneath decomposing leaves, under stones, or in mulching materials.

Health Risk
The oriental cockroach can contaminate food with bacterial diseases that result in food poisoning and can cause dysentery or diarrhea. Some people are allergic to roaches and some research shows that cockroaches can cause childhood asthma.

Property Damage
They can foul food, and can produce an unpleasant odor.

Prevention
Need to know how get rid of cockroaches? Eliminate wet or moisture areas by repairing leaking faucets. Seal cracks in foundations, around doors and windows, and along water, gas, and electric lines entering your home. Clean up spilled food and liquid and avoid leaving scraps of food or unwashed dishes in the sink or on counter tops. Sweep and vacuum floors often. Avoid leaving pet food out. Keep food in tightly sealed containers

American Cockroaches
Periplaneta Americana (L.)

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Color: reddish brown with a yellowish figure 8 pattern on the back of the head
Legs: 6
Shape: Oval
Size: 2″
Antennae: yes
Flight: yes; adults are winged

Habitat
These insects usually live in moist areas or where they have access to water. They prefer warm temperatures and dark places such as basements, sewers, and crawl spaces under homes or porches. Often, they live outside during warm summer months and move into structures during colder seasons.

Health Risk
They can contaminate food with bacterial diseases that result in food poisoning and dysentery or diarrhea. Some people are allergic to roaches. Also, some research shows they can cause childhood asthma. When your home is infested, we provide you with the best way to kill cockroaches.

Property Damage
The American cockroach can foul food, damage wallpaper, books, clothing, and can produce an unpleasant odor.

Prevention
Seal cracks in foundations, around doors and windows, and along water, gas, and electric lines entering your home. Clean up spilled food and liquid and avoid leaving scraps of food or unwashed dishes in the sink or on counter tops. Sweep and vacuum floors often. Avoid leaving pet food out. Keep food in tightly sealed containers.

Brown banded Cockroaches
Supella longipalpa

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Color:brown with pronounced banding across wings
Legs: 6
Shape: Oval
Size: ½”
Antennae: yes
Flight: yes; adults are winged

Habitat
The brownbanded cockroach prefers to hide in warm, dry, elevated areas near the ceiling behind loose wallpaper, wall decorations, and light switch covers. They hide on the upper walls of cabinets, in pantries, and in dressers. Infesting upholstered furniture, and electrical appliances, such as televisions, stereos, toasters, clocks, and refrigerator motors.

Health Risk
They can contaminate food with bacterial diseases that result in food poisoning and dysentery or diarrhea. Some people are allergic to roaches and some research shows that cockroaches can cause childhood asthma.

Property Damage
They are known to contaminate food, damage wallpaper, books, and photographs. They can also damage electric appliances such as televisions, stereos, and toasters. Also, these insects are known to eat the glue in furniture. The brownbanded cockroach tends to leave tiny dark brown droppings and cast skins on the areas they infest and can produce an unpleasant odor.

Prevention
Inspect materials such as furniture, handbags, and luggage before bringing it into your home, especially if the item has been in storage or is being brought from another household. Clean up spilled food and liquid. Avoid leaving scraps of food on counter tops. Sweep and vacuum floors often. Also, avoid leaving out pet food. Keep food in tightly sealed containers.

German cockroach
Blattella germanica (Linnaeus)

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Color: light tan to brown
Legs: 6
Shape: flattened, oval shape
Size: ½” to 5/8″
Antennae: yes
Flight: adults have wings but rarely fly

Habitat
Inside your home, German cockroaches can be found clustered behind baseboard molding, in cracks around cabinets, in closets and pantries, and in and under refrigerators, stoves, and dish washers. The infestation is large, if you see the roaches during the day. They often stay within 12 feet of food and water in kitchens and bathrooms.

Health Risks
They can contaminate food with bacterial diseases that result in food poisoning and can cause dysentery or diarrhea. Some people are allergic to roaches and some research shows that cockroaches can cause childhood asthma.

Property Damage
German cockroaches can foul food, damage wallpaper, books, clothing, and can produce an unpleasant odor.

Prevention
Seal cracks in foundations, around doors and windows, and along water, gas, and electric lines entering your home. Clean up spilled food and liquid and avoid leaving scraps of food or unwashed dishes in the sink or on counter tops. Sweep and vacuum floors often and avoid leaving pet food out. Keep food in tightly sealed containers.

What we do to get rid of them:

We do an very aggressive approach that achieves 90-95% knockdown initially and application of growth regulators that break the life cycle of the young so that they are prevented from reaching sexual maturity. Bradford & Son’s Pest Services has pioneered a method for getting elimination in 3 visits or fewer with this aggressive approach and has a whopping 1 year on-call warranty to back it up. You see a roach in the warranty period, you call us and we come at no charge

Rodents

Mice

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By mid-fall of every year, through out most of the U.S. and similar temperate zones, domestic mice and rats and some other local outdoors species will ,have already found the places they plan to spend the winter. There may not yet be enough signs for you to notice them, their droppings or other signs, but that could change quickly. They have most likely begun producing their next litters, and have found and laid down trails to the places where you keep the food and nesting materials they will need for the next several months. One morning soon, you may be surprised to find a hole chewed in your cereal box or rodent droppings on your kitchen counter, or even mouse hairs on your dishes.

The house mouse is the most common pest in and around human living and working places. They damage and destroy materials by gnawing, eating your food (especially cereal products or nuts), attacking decorations such as floral or harvest/grain” arrangements. They can carry human diseases and ectoparasites that may bite people or pets. The house mouse has a head-plus-body length of about 2.5 to 3.5 inches, and is gray with dull white belly fur. An adult only weighs about an ounce, but they eat often (nibble) and leave their typical `calling card’ droppings at places where they sat down to feed for a little while. Mouse droppings are long and pointed compared to the larger, blunt droppings of rats.

Mice may look cuddly, but they breed rapidly. A house mouse can breed 35 days after it was born, and can have its own first litter of up to eight pups by the time it is 60 days old. Although they usually live only about a year, if all their offspring lived and reproduced at a similar rate, one pair of house mice could produce a population of more than 500 mice in one year.

Mice are good at climbing and jumping. They can jump about a foot straight up, and can jump down more than six feet without getting hurt. An adult mouse can squeeze through a crack or hole as small as 3/8-inch across and can quickly climb straight up an eight-foot wall of brick or wood paneling in less than half a minute. Even though one mouse doesn’t eat much, as their population grows, they can eat a surprising amount of food. They also damage food containers, and their droppings and urine droplets contaminate a lot more food than they eat. In a year, one mouse produces up to 18,000 droppings; and it will deposit hundreds of micro-droplets of urine every day as it marks its trails.

Mice can spread more than 20 kinds of organisms that can cause diseases of humans and pets. These include a variety of food poisoning bacteria like Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli, and others; tapeworms, mites, ticks, and rickettsial pox.

Other rodents, which are widespread and may also come indoors for the winter such as deer mice and white-footed mice which can carry and spread other disease organisms like Hantavirus, plague and Lyme Disease.

Hantavirus is a deadly disease spread over most of the U.S. As of June 2002, of the 318 human cases reported by the CDC, from 31 states, 37% have been fatal. Deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) are a major host of the virus. The virus is transmitted to humans via dust that is inhaled after it has been contaminated by the mouse’s saliva, urine, and feces.

The white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) is distributed through the contiguous 48 states of the U.S. This mouse plays a vital role in the life cycle of Lyme Disease. According to the CDC, over 16,000 human cases of Lyme Disease were reported during the year 2000. Although it is infected ticks that bite humans and pets, the white-footed mouse is the source of the bacteria that causes the disease. The larva tick, soon after it hatches, feeds on the mouse and gets infected. Elimination of this mouse species near homes and businesses can reduce this public health threat.

Rats

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Exterior – Rats are frequently a neighborhood problem. They favor areas with many hiding place. If there is exterior clutter, high grass or weeds, decorative ground cover, compost files, firewood stacks, shed, trash can, it provides easy cover for movement. If there are ready food sources your home will become the feeding stations such as your bird feeder, garbage cans without tight lids, and feces of cats or dogs (unpleasant, but it makes a good case for using the pooper/scooper). If you are feeding any wildlife such as birds, squirrels or chipmunk unfortunately you become a target for rats. You may have to consider curtailing this activity for a while. If you choose not to, control may be much slower.

If you do have exterior activity; it is much better to deal with them outside than inside. These are very smart and agile critters. Exterior control measures involve treating holes that are their burrows, placing bait stations, and traps. A trained professional can identify their holes and harborage areas.

Interior – This urban rodent produces the most fear of pests we deal with. Their size and fearsome depiction in the media make them a most unwelcome invader. If a rat is inside your home, you will know about it. The noise will be loud in walls or in dropped ceilings. Their droppings are large and oblong. There may be visible puddles of urine. The can chew holes in plastic or cardboard containers. They can move a piece of fruit or package of food across a table, counter, or floor. They can make a big mess in a short period of time. Your pets may spend protracted periods starring at an appliance or counter, staking out their prey. Rats will feed on dog/cat food, cat feces, and of course any food left out.

What we do to get rid of them:

Mouse or Rat control is a function of using tried and true methods mainly baiting, snap traps, glue traps, and sometime tracking powder. The materials are the same ones that have been around for year but in the hands of an experienced professional, they results are reliable. You are purchasing expertise rather than materials.

Silverfish

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Silverfish and firebrats are wingless, flat insects with two long, slender antennae on the front and three long slender “bristles” at the rear of a tapered, carrot-shaped body. They are 1/2 inch long when fully grown.

What we do to get rid of them:

There are many conducive conditions that can make control difficult such as full, leaky gutters, leaky roof, and cedar shake roof shingles. Control consists of regular treatment of the attic space and exterior (we recommend a quarterly basis) and occasional special measures on second floor in heavy infestations. Using the proper material to treat is crucial and we know the proper materials. It is essential that the attic be treated on each service. Many companies now prohibit their employees from going in the attic so they would not be able to effectively treat silverfish.

Spiders

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There are many different types of spiders that can invade your home. Unlike the brown recluse spider and black widow spider, not all of them are poisonous to humans. As a matter of fact, most of their fangs can’t even penetrate the skin. The house spider and wolf spiders are the most common home invaders.

What we do to get rid of them:

There are many varieties of spiders and are the easily recognized eight legged pest. If you are concerned about whether your spider is a poisonous variety, just capture one, preferably in a jar so its not crushed. Our inspector can come by and identify him.

In any case we achieve control of spiders by eliminating their food sources which is other bugs. They eat crickets, other spiders, pill bugs, beetles, millipedes, centipedes and scores of other bugs. By getting ride of these pests, then spiders will vacate. So give us a call, the inspection is free and we can help you be spider free.

Squirrels

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Fox squirrels are about 18 to 24 inches long from nose to tip of tail. They weigh about 2 pounds and have a large, bushy tail with yellow-tipped hairs. Fox squirrels are usually a grizzled rusty brown on top and buff to bright rust below. Fox squirrels can vary in color from silver-gray to black.

Gray squirrels are about 17 to 19 inches long from nose to tip of tail. They are typically gray on top with buff underfur, although some have blackish fur. Their bushy tails are gray with silvery-tipped hair. Gray squirrels are a pale gray on their under parts.

Flying squirrels are much smaller (9 to 10 inches long including tail) than fox and gray squirrels and have a membrane of skin that extends from the wrist of the front leg to the ankle of the hind leg. They have a horizontally flattened tail that serves as a rudder during glides. Flying squirrels have large eyes. Their fur is long and silky gray to brown on their back and creamy white on their belly.

Flying squirrels are most active at night, while both fox and gray squirrels are most active in morning and late afternoon.

Adult fox squirrels breed during December and January, and sometimes again in early summer. They dwell primarily in tree cavities and leaf nests. About three to six young are born after a 45-day gestation period. Each newborn squirrel weighs about 1/2 ounce. The young are weaned at 3 months of age. Fox squirrels do not hibernate, although they spend much time in their nests during the winter. Fox squirrels generally live from four to seven years but can live as long as 12 years.

Fox squirrels eat mostly fruits, nuts and buds of trees. Field corn and soybeans are eaten in the fall if available. Squirrels occasionally eat berries, insects, fungi and carrion. Fox squirrels are prey to hawks, owls, snakes and many ground predators.

Eastern gray squirrels have a litter of two to three young in spring. Another litter is born in late summer. The young are weaned at 50 days but those in the second litter stay with the female over the winter. Acorns and other nuts are the main food of gray squirrels. Eastern gray squirrels nest in tree cavities or leaf nests in mature trees.

Southern flying squirrels breed during late winter and again in early summer. A single litter usually produces three to four young.

Controlling Damage

A survey of the National Pest Control Association voted the tree squirrel as the number one nuisance animal in the United States.Tree squirrels can cause a variety of problems, including damage to trees, flowers, lawns, gardens, vehicles and homes. They eat acorns, nuts, fruit or vegetables in home gardens and become a nuisance at bird feeders.

Squirrels can cause extensive damage to attic insulation or walls and gnaw on electrical wires in homes and vehicles, creating a fire hazard.

Fox and gray squirrels normally crush the shells of nuts to enter them. Flying squirrels usually cut a smooth circular or oval opening in the shell wall. On heavy shells of larger nuts, flying squirrels will make a second opening or remove an entire end.

Flying squirrels prefer to eat acorns and other nuts, seeds, fruits, berries, buds, flower blossoms and tree bark. Occasionally, insects, bird eggs and nestlings, mice and carrion are eaten.Unwanted squirrels in buildings

Fox squirrels damage attics by chewing through electrical wires and soiling or tearing insulation. Evidence of fox and gray squirrels inside attics include noise from gnawing or running during the day. In contrast, flying squirrels and rats can be heard squeaking and making noise during the night. Other signs of squirrels include droppings,but don’t confuse them with Roof Rat Droppings.or Ground Rat Droppings

Also gnawed holes,leaves, twigs, shells, hulls, pits or nesting materials inside an attic. Tree squirrel tracks can be distinguished from the splayed toes in the tracks of Rat Tracks.

Squirrels can squeeze through holes 1 1/2 inches in diameter or gnaw through smaller holes to gain access to buildings.

Fox squirrels can climb vertical brick or masonry walls that have a roughened surface. They can enter through vents, chimneys, broken windows, knotholes and construction gaps under eaves or gables.

Tree squirrels most often enter attics and spaces between walls and floors. To reduce squirrel problems in buildings, limit their access by closing all openings . Even holes that are too small for squirrels should be closed. Metal flashing, hail screen, and copper wool usually discourage gnawing.

Termites

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Termites are social insects. Their workers are best described as “little white things” or “little white ants” that are often found in damp, rotting wood. Termites have a strict caste system, which consists of worker termites, soldiers, winged reproductive termites, a queen termite, and a king termite.

Advance Termite Bait Stations have been developed to detect ground termites and destroy them, also called subterranean termites. Ground termites randomly and constantly forage for new food sources; and may travel up to 100 yards from their primary nest. It is this “foraging” tendency that allows ADVANCE to detect activity near a structure. At the surface ground termites create mud tubes from the soil to wooden portions of a structure. These tubes provide a protective “highway” for termites to attack your home.

Other less obvious access points include:

  • through construction joints
  • through retaining wall joints and cracks through floor cracks over 1/16th through plumbing, electrical, or other slab penetrations

Subterranean Termites require three things to survive:

  • food (wood or other cellulose material)
  • a consistent source of moisture
  • moderate to tropical environment

Subterranean Termites can consume over 15 pounds of wood in a single week.

Subterranean Termites can create secondary nests above the ground called “aerial colonies”. These independent nests may survive independently of the ground if a water source is available. Common interior water sources include; roof leaks, plumbing leaks, leaky showers or tubs, toilet leaks, etc… Aerial infestations(termite swarmer’s) must be located for effective control.

Subterranean Termites die rather quickly from dehydration when exposed to the environment due to their thin exo-skeleton.

Subterranean Termites produce a chemical odor called a pheromone, which other termites, in the colony follow to find food and water.

Termites dwell in underground colonies, tunneling undetected through the soil into a structure. Very often structural damage may occur unseen or unnoticed, hidden behind solid walls.

Signs of an active termite infestation vary but may include:

  • a sudden swarm of winged insects
  • mud tubes constructed by the termites to link their passage from the soil into the structure
  • damage from termites feeding on wood within your home
  • or live termites

These infestation indicators can be identified by a Bradford & Son’s inspector trained to locate and identify termite activity.

What we do to get rid of them:

Bradford & Son’s Pest Services has extensive experience in residential and commercial termite control. We offer two industry proven solutions to protect your investment:

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Ticks

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The Deer tick and American Dog tick are the most common types of insects that infest your home.

Soft ticks can transmit relapsing fever spirochetoses such as Borrelia Turicatae, Borrelia Parkeri and Borrelia Hermsii.

Hard ticks attach themselves to the skin of a host for long periods of time.

Tick treatment is a must because they can transmit human diseases such as relapsing fever, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, equine encephalitis, Colorado tick fever, and several forms of ehrlichiosis. As you can see, all of these types of ticks can spread disease.

What we do to get rid of them:

We require that if you have any pets that they be treated for ticks with frontline or havhart products. We do an outside lawn application with power sprayer. This treatment may require an service plan

Wood Decaying Fungi

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Wood destroying fungus (fungi, plural) causes more damage to structures than all the fires, floods, and termites combined! Wood decaying fungus requires four fundamentals to survive which are oxygen, favorable temperatures, water, and food. Fungus occurs generally when the moisture content of wood exceeds 20 to 30 percent, coupled with optimal temperatures (32° – 90° F), an adequate supply of oxygen and a suitable source of energy and nutrients.

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Fungus is a plant that lack chlorophyll. Unable to manufacture its own food, it feeds off of cells in the wood. The fungus secretes enzymes that break down the wood into usable food. Fungi will significantly reduce the strength of the wood, if the condition continues over a period of time.

Identification

White Rot Fungi
White rot breaks down all major wood components (cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin) more or less simultaneously, and commonly causes rotted wood to feel moist, soft and spongy, or stringy and to appear white bleached. Wood affected by white rot normally does not crack across the grain and will only shrink and collapse when severely degraded. The strength of the infested wood decreases gradually until it becomes spongy to the touch and stringy when broken.

Brown Rot Fungi
Brown rot primarily decays the cellulose and hemicelluloses in wood, leaving a brown residue of lignin, the substance which holds the cells together. Wood affected by brown rot is usually dry and fragile, readily crumbles into cubes because of longitudinal and transverse cracks (tending to crack across the grain). Infected wood may be greatly weakened, even before any external evidence of decay can be seen. Brown rot is generally more serious than white rot.

Old infestations of brown rot which have dried out will turn to powder when crushed. They are often labeled as “dry rot.” This common term is deceiving, because dry wood will not rot! Actually, wood kept dry will never decay.

Water-Conducting Fungi (poria incrassata)
Poria incrassata is a brown rot fungus. Whereas most wood decaying fungi must rely on a water leak, or ground contact condition, to obtain the required water, poria incrassata has developed specialized root-like water-conducting tubes, called rhizomorphs, which allow it to transport water from the soil to the wood. Therefore, even in situations where wood is protected from rainfall, and no leaks exist, wood can still be decayed by poria. Once established, it can quickly spread through a building and destroy large areas of flooring and walls in as little as a year or two.

Soft Rot Fungi
Soft rot fungi degrade only the cellulose and hemicelluloses, and typically occur in wood of high water content and high nitrogen content. Soft rot fungi look like brown rot. They are most commonly found in rotting window frames, wet floor boards and fence posts, etc., where nitrogen is recruited from soil or from atmospheric contamination. Some of these fungi are common decomposers of cellulose in soil and they are the least specialized of the wood decaying fungi.

Molds (Non Wood Decaying Fungi)
Molds are microscopic fungi that live on plant or animal matter. The presence of surface molds can be confused with wood decaying fungi. Although mold organisms may discolor the wood, they do not break down wood fibers and thus do not weaken its structure. However, these organisms could indicate a moisture level in the wood high enough to also support the growth of wood decay fungi. Molds also can increase the capacity of wood to absorb moisture, opening the door for an attack by wood decay fungi. Moisture control methods used to inhibit wood decay fungi will also eliminate conditions favorable for mold to grow.

Preventive Measurements
Water is the enemy of wood! Moisture control must be an integral part of any plan designed for the prevention of wood decay fungi. The following guidelines are a good way to start:

  • Untreated wood should never be in contact with the ground. Posts, piers and framing members should always be placed on concrete footers above the surrounding soil level.
  • Ventilation in crawlspaces is critical to prevent “dead air” spaces. Adequate cross ventilation beneath the structure will minimize “dead air” spaces. Vents should be installed at a minimum of two square feet per openings for every 25 linear feet of wall. Avoid any obstructions of the vents by vegetation, storage or physically sealing off openings.
  • In crawlspaces with continuously moist soil a vapor barrier can be installed to minimize condensation onto framing components. Vapor barriers are designed to maintain the moisture at the soil level.
  • Use pressure treated wood, properly, or select heartwood (redwood, cedar) if moisture conditions are unavoidable (decks, wood in ground contact, etc.).
  • Wood may be protected from decay with a borate treatment by a licensed professional.
  • Repair plumbing leaks as soon as they are noticed.
  • Rain gutters and downspouts should be cleared of debris. Roof leaks should be fixed immediately.
  • Maintain all exterior wood surfaces sealed with a water repellent paint or stain.
  • Maintain all interior wood window sills sealed with a water repellent paint or stain, since condensation is common around windows
  • Keep all commodes secured tightly to the floor to minimize possible leakage at the seal.
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Treatments

Proper identification of fungus through a wood destroying pests and organisms inspection is essential to developing the appropriate control measures.

  • Borates provide an effective method of treating for the protection of wood and wood-foam composite structural components against wood decay fungi.
  • Borates are highly destructive to all wood destroying organisms and, unlike other wood preservatives, they are non-volatile, odorless, and are less toxic than table salt. They do not discolor the wood, are non-corrosive, environmentally safe and known to be effective in controlling more than 45 different species of wood decaying fungi.
  • Within a few days after a treatment has been completed the fungi will begin to die and dry up. Occasionally the dead fungi will emit an unpleasant odor as it decomposes. This odor will only last a couple of days and may be minimized with the circulation of fresh air into the treated area.
  • Although borates will kill wood decay fungi, it will not add strength to the damaged wood.
  • If the fungi have actually damaged the wood, the corrective action will depend on extend of the damage. The most effective and common method for moderate to severe damage is to replace the damaged wood. However, if only a small area is affected, borates and reinforcing the damaged wood are a cost-effective alternative.

Services

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We pride ourselves on providing our customers with the best pest protection in the industry.

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Tired of those bloodsucking vermin in your bed? Bed bugs can be an unfortunately common problem, affecting homeowners and renters alike. Experts attribute the recent surge in infestations to an escalated frequency of international and domestic travel. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to eliminate the headache of bed bugs from your life.

These bugs feed on the blood of humans, mostly at night while their victims are sleeping. In the United States, the most common species of the bug is Cimex lectularius, or the common bed bug. This variety of bed bug can be found throughout North America as well as Europe and Central Asia.

Bed bugs feed on most mammals, including humans and common house pets as well as wild mammals. Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs do not affect only dilapidated or overcrowded housing. In fact, many five star hotels have recently fallen victim to severe infestations. The problem is one of travel: Bed bugs are notoriously good at hitching rides, undetected, on people’s clothes and luggage, and the introduction of relatively few bed bugs can quickly cause major problems.

When faced with a beg bug infestation, the best defense is knowledge. If you live in the VA, MD or PA area, Bradford Pest Control Of VA is well-staffed with fully qualified and certified technicians to work with you to find the best bed bug prevention and control tactics for you and your family.

Should you fall victim to an infestation, Bradford Pest Control Of VA will provide full removal services. We are well-versed in the use of special heat-remediation devices which will raise the temperature of your home far above what is inhabitable for bed bugs, leading to total infestation elimination for less cost and better success rate than traditional chemical fumigation services. Even better is that, since our solution uses no pesticides, thermal remediation offers a more environmentally friendly means of eliminating bed bugs from your home.

Over-the-counter insecticides are not recommended for bed bug removal and can frequently do more harm than good. Because bed bugs can be difficult to locate, complete eradication is nearly impossible through the sort of spot treatment that over-the-counter insecticides offer. Even a commercial “bug bomb” has a limited proliferation compared to whole house fumigation, which itself does not always get into every crevice of your home. A thermal remediation solution gets all of the bed bugs, and does so in an environmentally friendly, cost-effective way.

If you’re wondering whether a call to Bradford Pest Control Of VA is the next step towards ridding your home of these pests, contact us for an inspection. With years of experience finding and eliminating bed bugs, you can count on us to get the job done right.

Our inspections involve a thorough search of your home for any signs of bed bugs. We also offer canine inspections. So, if you suspect that your home is infested with bed bugs, or if you have seen them with your own eyes, don’t let these nasty pests keep you from feeling secure in your home. Call Bradford Pest Control Of VA today for a complete bed bug inspection and home treatment.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

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You found them. You had always told yourself that bed bugs were the result of home neglect and that you would never allow them into your living space, yet there they are: Black dots on your bed spread, discarded exoskeletons, maybe even live bed bugs on your mattress. What went wrong? Why did this happen?

Relax. It’s not your fault that these little bed bugs found their way into your home. The truth is that a clean home does little to deter these creatures from taking up residence in your house. A less clean house, in fact, is not much more likely to harbor bed bugs than one which is kept immaculate.

Instead of believing the myth that bed bugs prefer dirty houses, consider the fact that there has been a major resurgence of bed bugs in the United States in the past few years. Hotels are being hit particularly hard by these little creatures, and it is very easy for a bed bug to latch onto your luggage during a vacation without you knowing. There’s no reason for you to blame yourself for this; rather, let’s focus on getting them out of your home!

Isolate the Infestation

One of the first things you should do is try to isolate the infestation. If you are able to have a decent guess as to where the bed bugs are in your home, you can prevent them from spreading further by avoiding entering the room. A bed bug dog can help discover the boundaries of the infestation, so that isolation is successful.

Wash Your Linens

Use the hottest water the material will allow, and dry them on as high of heat as the material will allow. This will purge the movable items of bed bugs and bed bug eggs, and you can set those aside for use after the bed bug infestation has been eliminated. Dry clean any items which cannot be washed in a traditional manner in order to remove them of bed bugs.

Call a BedBug Control Professional

At this point, you should employ the services of a bed bug control professional like Bradford Pest Control Of VA. Bed bugs are extremely difficult to fully eliminate due to their ability to get through even the tiniest cracks. Isolating the infestation makes the process much less expensive, though a full-house inspection is still recommended afterwards to ensure that the problem is truly gone. Many of our clients prefer full-house thermal remediation for this precise reason: There is little risk of a bed bug being missed compared to an isolated thermal treatment.

Did you know that bed bugs can live for up to a year without feeding on blood? This is why leaving your home to “wait them out” is usually not a practical strategy. Few people can afford to be away from home for the full year that it would take for such a strategy to work. The good news is that there is an alternative to fumigation. Our Thermal Remediation® service takes care of the problem quickly, efficiently, and in an environmentally friendly way by raising the temperature of your home well beyond what is inhabitable for bed bugs. Thermal Remediation® treatment only takes about eight hours from set up to tear down, and heat offers the bed bugs nowhere to hide.

For increased accuracy, many people are now also using canines to detect bed bug infestations in their home. This has the added benefit of ensuring the precise location of bed bugs, making treatments even more focused and saving you money. This technique can also be used after a bed bug treatment to ensure that the bed bugs have been completely eradicated. At Bradford Pest Control Of VA, we’ll pull out all the stops to make sure that your bed bug infestation is eliminated quickly and thoroughly. Call us today to get started.

We serve all throughout Virginia.

Exterminating Bed Bugs

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Bed Bug Treatment- Avoid the Cost

When traveling during any time of year, you run the risk of bringing bed bugs back into your home. These pests find their way into your luggage or onto your clothes during your stay in an infested hotel room or guest home. The worst part is that bed bugs are not limited only to inhabiting overcrowded or dirty areas: There has been a recent surge in infestations reported, even at upscale hotels. This is why it is so easy to unintentionally bring bed bugs into your home.

Bed Bugs Love to Hitch Hike

If you are a frequent traveler, there are a couple of things you can do to reduce the likelihood of infestation. First, by diligently inspecting your luggage before bringing it inside for signs of bed bugs, you reduce your chances of infestation. Another thing you can do is launder your clothes immediately in the hottest water possible upon returning home. This kills any bed bugs which may have been on the clothing.

However, travel isn’t the only way to bring bed bugs into your home. Another way is through the purchasing or receipt of second-hand bedding or furniture. Take care to inspect all such items before bringing them into your home. There are various methods you can use to remove bed bugs from such items prior to it entering your home, but you have to find them first. A professional canine bed bug inspection may be the best choice here. Or, you can play it safe and have a professional treat the items for bed bugs before they ever enter your house.

Another good way to treat items for bed bugs is with a good old-fashioned vacuum cleaner. If you have a vacuum cleaner with good, strong suction, vacuum the furniture or bedding thoroughly, giving particular attention to mattress seams and box spring seams, and between cushions and seams in the furniture. Be sure to dispose of the vacuum bag immediately, and to dispose of it away from your home. It is not a guaranteed solution, but it may improve your chances. The only guaranteed solution is a professional inspection and heat treatment.

Bradford Pest Control Of VA has trained and certified technicians that can offer a comprehensive plan tailored to fit your needs. By using heat, rather than pesticides, to treat your home for bed bugs, Bradford Pest Control Of VA renders your home inhospitable to bed bugs for a sufficient amount of time to kill any and all of the pests that linger within your home. By using temperature, rather than chemicals, there is nowhere for the bed bugs to hide, allowing total infestation extermination. Furthermore, the use of heat is more environmentally friendly than the use of pesticides, making bed bug heat treatments a “green” solution to your extermination needs.

Eliminate Bed

If you’re looking for a comprehensive bed bug extermination program, look no further. With years of experience in bed bug heat treatments, Bradford Pest Control Of VA has removed bed bugs from commercial and residential buildings of every size. So, why wait? Call Bradford Pest Control Of VA today to get a cost to kick the bed bugs out!

Bed Bug Heat Treatment

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We grew complacent in our battle against bed bugs, and as a result they are becoming less of a rarity than they were in the fifties. Has your home fallen victim to the resurgence?

Make no mistake: The bed bug has returned from its near-extinction in the early fifties following the removal of DDT from the American marketplace. This resurgence was initially caused primarily by increased frequency of international travel. However, today, bed bugs can be introduced into a home in a wide variety of ways. Travel is still one of the primary causes, with bed bugs attaching themselves to luggage during your hotel stay.

How to Kill Bed Bugs The Right Way

If you suspect bed bugs in your home, you have probably read a lot of things that you shouldn’t do to attempt to eliminate the infestation. Bug bombs, foggers, and other area pesticides can cause the bed bug infestation to spread to other places throughout your home when used. In fact, it is suspected that, to effectively remove an infestation using such products, you would have to fumigate your home with three times as much product as you would when removing termites from your home: That’s a pretty expensive way to get rid of bed bugs!

The good news is that there is a better way. Though bed bugs can be extremely difficult to find and kill, they are particularly susceptible to extreme highs in temperature. Bed bugs at all stages of their life die after extended exposure to temperatures in excess of 115 degrees Fahrenheit. In light of this finding, Bradford Pest Control Of VA offers a heat-based solution to bed bug infestations which remove infestations without the need for harmful chemicals.

How Does Bed Bug Heat Treatment Work?

Basically, it works kind of like the heater that is already in your home. However, these systems are far more powerful than your central heater. Bradford Pest Control Of VA uses top-of-the-line Thermal Remediation® systems which circulate hot air throughout your home, using fans to push heated air deep into cracks and wall voids so the bed bugs have nowhere to hide. By circulating and recirculating this hot air throughout your home, we raise the internal temperature of your residence past the point where it is fatal for bed bugs in a matter of a few hours. No dangerous chemicals and no fumigation!

Heat treating your home will kill every bed bug within it, without leaving the lingering residue of fumigation. This means you can re-inhabit your house quicker, and be bed bug free without the potential pollution caused by chemical means of bed bug removal. So if your home is infested, don’t wait: Call the professionals at Bradford Pest Control Of VA. We are well-versed in the use of the new Thermal Remediation® systems, and will work hard to ensure that your home is purged of these tiny pests. Call us today to get started.

Comparing Bed Bug Treatments

Bed Bug Treatments

Bed bugs in the home can be very stressful. If you have discovered tiny black blotches or molted exoskeletons, your first reaction may be to panic and immediately call a pest control company for fumigation services. You assume that spending a lot of money on fumigation services is the only way to get rid of the bugs. If fumigation is not done immediately, you might even think that the problem will become irreversible, and the bed bugs will surely overtake the entire house, living in the walls until there’s no more room for them to hide. So, you rush to a pest control company to spend a lot of money on fumigation services.

Relax. While building-wide fumigation is sometimes necessary, there are many other, less expensive ways to eliminate bed bugs from your home.

Targeted Bed Bug Removal

One popular way to save money on fumigation services is to apply removal methods to only the rooms in which the bed bugs have been detected. This has limited success if a visual inspection was the only method used in determining the location of bed bugs. For this method to work reliably, canine bed bug detection is necessary in order to better narrow down the possible locations of the bed bugs. Bradford Pest Control Of VA features their own canine bed bug detection squad in order to isolate bed bugs in the home. Once the infestation has been found, it can be eliminated by our top-notch pest control technicians.

Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs

Rather than fumigating your home and pumping it full of poisonous chemicals, heat treatment works by instead pumping your home full of hot air. The goal of any heat treatment is to raise the internal temperature of your home beyond the point where it is inhabitable for bed bugs, and to maintain this level of heat for sufficient time to kill all the bugs inside. Bradford Pest Control Of VA uses Thermal Remediation® heat treatment equipment in order to quickly and thoroughly eliminate bed bugs. This enables us to offer a “whole-house” bed bug solution in those cases where targeted removal has been ineffective or is impractical to perform.

Sometimes, Fumigation is Necessary…

…But it’s rare.

Most people jump straight to fumigation when they think about eliminating a bed bug infestation. However, this is frequently unnecessary, and should only be attempted after more environmentally-friendly and less-expensive methods are tried. Bed bug fumigation is far more expensive than termite fumigation because of the extra pesticide needed to ensure the infestation is completely eliminated.

Bradford Pest Control Of VA has been serving businesses and homes in the VA, MD, and Pennsylvania areas for many years with our bed bug eradication services. We work hard to keep the pests out so you can rest assured that the bed bugs won’t bite tonight. If you have noticed suspicious bite marks in the morning, or if you have found black spots on your mattress, call Bradford Pest Control Of VA today. We’ll help you get these nasty little parasites out of your home.

Residential Bed Bug Services

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Bed Bugs: Isn’t that something that we’ve taken care of in this country? Those are the sorts of things that people have to worry about in third world countries, right? After all, growing up, you probably never encountered a single bed bug in your family’s home, so why is there any reason to believe that you have to worry about it now?

There are plenty of reasons to take precautions against residential bed bugs now to avoid a bed bug problem later. Why? Because there is a hidden resurgence occurring in this country: Bed bugs, which were nearly extinct in this country in the 1950’s, have been slowly increasing their numbers on American soil ever since DDT was banned for use in our country. If you don’t notice any dark spots on the mattress of your bed, you need to take steps to keep it that way by carefully cleaning any new furniture you get before it comes into the house, and washing your clothes in hot water after encountering suspicious furniture abroad. If you already have those spots, however, you are going to need a professional to get rid of them.

The Problem with “Bug Bombs”

Many people assume that they can get rid of bed bugs by simply using over-the-counter pesticide foggers in the rooms in which they noticed the bed bugs. After all, they’re called bed bugs, so as long as the bedrooms are bombed, people assume that they should be in good shape. Unfortunately, bed bugs can inhabit any area in your house, and only need to be able to find a target once per year in order to feed. Using a fogger will therefore usually only be successful in causing the bed bugs to become more widespread throughout your house, as they avoid the pesticides in one room in order to inhabit another, such as the living room. It is for this reason that, when whole-house fumigation services are requested for bed bugs, pest control companies are forced to use three times as much pesticide as they would to treat termites. That’s an expensive solution!

Fumigation Is a Last Resort Only

Don’t let a pest control company jump straight to pumping your whole house with pesticides when you report a bed bug incident. While there are rare occasions where this might be necessary, the truth is that there are cheaper and more environmentally friendly solutions available on the market today. That’s where Bradford Pest Control Of VA comes in. What if we told you that we could kill bed bugs in the most environmentally friendly way possible, without using any chemicals, with a process that typically takes only six to eight hours out of your day? What if you could have a friend take your pets, send your children off to school, go to work, and come home to a bed-bug-free house?

That’s not just wishful thinking anymore. With Thermal Remediation® bed bug heat treatments administered by Bradford Pest Control Of VA, you can quickly exterminate the bed bugs from your home using a procedure that utilizes no harsh chemicals. Set up to tear down usually takes us no longer than eight hours, and you are free to inhabit your home immediately after we’re done, as there is no danger of pesticide residue making a curious dog or child ill. The only thing we leave behind is a warm house (maybe open your windows for a bit when you return) and no more bed bugs.

If you have a bed bug infestation, the worst thing you can do is wait. Call Bradford Pest Control Of VA today to learn more about our method and schedule your heat treatment.

Commercial Bed Bug Services

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Whether you own a hotel or an office, or are in charge of a hospital or any commercial building, there is something you should know. Since the banning of DDT in the United States, bed bugs are making a comeback in this country. These creatures can be very disruptive to many businesses, especially hospitals and hotels, and so we would like to ask: Have you checked for bed bugs lately?

Bed Bugs Affect All Businesses

If you aren’t in the hospitality or healthcare industry, you probably wonder what trouble a bed bug infestation could cause in your commercial building. After all, there are no beds there! However, the truth is that bed bugs can inhabit any part of a building, and have a habit of taking up residence in small cracks in walls near their feeding station. This could mean the walls near workstations. A bed bug could then feed on your employees while they work. By performing regular inspections of the workplace, particularly with the aid of a canine detection service, you can stop these infestations from getting out of hand and requiring building-wide heat treatments, or worse, expensive fumigation.

If a bed bug infestation goes unnoticed, you now have a hub through which bed bugs can come to inhabit all of your employees’ homes as well, and even your own. Regular bed bug inspections and treatments not only keep the bugs out of your employee’s homes, it also promotes an image of cleanliness in your office. Do you really want a potential client to see bed bugs in the wall voids of your conference rooms? I don’t think so!

Bed Bug Services for Hotels and Hospitals

If you are in the hospitality or healthcare industry, then the need for preventing bed bug infestations is even greater. Obviously, in healthcare, having a clean environment is critical to the health of patients who come in. While there are no known complications or adverse effects related to a bed bug bite, their mere presence in a hospital will very quickly cause people to view your hospital as being uncleanly. If steps are not taken to treat the infestation as quickly as possible, your hospital will most likely be forced to shut down for fumigation due to public outrage. For hospitals, it is therefore especially important to focus on prevention and regular inspections. By reducing the ability of bed bugs to get a foothold in your hospital, you prevent a widespread problem later on.

As for those in the hospitality industry, bed bugs can quickly put entire buildings out of commission for fumigation if a widespread bed bug infestation occurs. However, the good news is that, with canine bed bug detection, it is now possible to target your approach to prevent such a widespread closure and the hit to your public image that comes from one of your buildings getting tented. By taking advantage of this tactic, hotel owners can close off specific rooms for treatment rather than the whole building, and can discreetly manage bed bug infestations.

If you haven’t checked your commercial building for bed bugs, what are you waiting for? These bugs are coming back, and the last thing you want to do is neglect to fight them. But if you’re going to fight them, you need an ally. That’s where we come in. Bradford Pest Control Of VA has been working hard for many years to keep businesses and homes pest-free. Let us help you protect your business from the bed bug resurgence. Call us today to get started.

Thermal Heat Remediation®

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If you have been unfortunate enough to encounter a bed bug infestation in your home, we understand that you don’t want to waste time and money on treatments which may or may not work. You don’t want to have to go through trial after trial as a pest control company attempts to control the issue with isolated spot treatments that have a high failure rate. You want the bed bugs gone, and you want them gone now. We understand that. Unfortunately, so do many pest control companies, who will gladly sell you on expensive building-wide fumigation services without trying more cost-effective solutions.

What if we told you that there was a building-wide bed bug solution that cost less than fumigation to administer, used no harmful chemicals, and had a success rate approximately equal to that of whole-house fumigation? Interested? Keep reading.

Thermal Remediation® bed bug heat treatments feature a system of several state-of-the-art heaters and fans which will circulate hot air throughout your home to achieve temperatures of up to 135° Fahrenheit. Why is that important? Simple: No stage of bed bug—not the adults, not the eggs, not anything in between—can survive temperatures of over 122° Fahrenheit. Several independent scientific studies have repeatedly proven this fact. By elevating your internal house temperature to approximately 135° Fahrenheit for an extended period of time, we kill all stages of bed bug in your home.

So, what’s magical about the 135° Fahrenheit number? Why don’t we crank up the heaters even higher? That’s to protect your electronics and anything else in your house which might be sensitive to temperature extremes. 135° Fahrenheit has demonstrated itself, time and time again, to be the highest safe temperature to raise a home: Much higher, and damage to electronics (or anything made of plastic) could occur.

Heat Treatment Is Faster, Better for the Environment, and Cheaper

It’s true that heat treatments take electricity, so how good for the environment a heat treatment is depends a lot on where the electricity comes from. If your home is powered with sustainable technologies, however, then a Thermal Remediation® treatment is 100% sustainable and environmentally friendly. The same can’t be said for the alternative: building-wide fumigation.

Building-wide fumigation for bed bugs takes three times as much pesticide as fumigation for termites. This means that, after fumigation, there will be substantial pesticide residue in your home. If you have pets or young children, this residue could be very harmful should the animal or child ingest some of this residue. Furthermore, this much pesticide could easily contaminate the groundwater and cause other environmental issues.

When you consider that heat treatment also enables you to be back in your home eight hours after starting treatment and that heat treatment is cheaper than pumping your home full of pesticides, the choice is obvious: Thermal Remediation® heat solutions will get your home back from the clutches of those nasty, biting bed bugs. Call Bradford Pest Control Of VA today to learn more about our heat treatments using Thermal Remediation® technology and to schedule your appointment. It’s your house. Take it back from the bed bugs with Bradford Pest Control Of VA.

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