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Philadelphia Bed Bug Myths

2 Myths we hear about Bed Bugs

There are many myths surrounding bed bugs. They are in talked about on television and the internet every day.

Myth #1 Beds bugs can live up to one year in your house without biting!

Only half true.

It is true that If you moved out of a bed bug infested house for a year and then moved back in the bed bugs may still be alive.

This is not true If you are living there. Bed bugs grow in five phases. In order to grow they need blood. They will not interrupt their life cycle for a year when humans are in the house. They will reproduce and bite.

Myth #2  Bed bugs only live on the bed.

Bed bugs can live anywhere including furniture, picture frames, curtains, books, stuffed animals and under trim and paneling.

I have heard many people say
“I only have bed bugs in one room because the only person that gets bitten sleeps there.”

Never true. Everyone’s sensitivity to bed bugs is different. We have seen two people in the same bed bug infested bed and only one of them has visible bites. We never evaluate bed bug problems based on bites.

Bed bugs will move from room to room on their own. People in the house can easily transfer bed bugs as well. It has been our experience that the only way to completely eliminate bed bugs is to treat every room like it has bed bugs.

If you suspect you have a bed bug problem – contact us for an Inspection today! Early detection is the key to controlling and solving Bed Bug infestations.

Bed Bug Heat Treatments Safe, Effective and Environmentally Friendly

To battle insecticide-resistant bed bugs, A. Amendt Pest Control is offering a line of Thermal Remediation® electric bed bug heat treatment equipment.

This safe, effective, and environmentally friendly process uses dry heat to kill the entire life cycle of bed bugs, while reducing the application of insecticides.

Bed Bug Heat Treatments

With equipment designed specifically for the application of heat to kill bed bugs, our highly effective process relies on three main keys to a successful treatment:

Apply Heat

Electric bed bug heaters are strategically placed; introducing and re-circulating heated air with a target temperature not to exceed 125°F for the controlled application of heat.

Monitor

Temperatures are monitored in real time from a remote location using wireless sensors to ensure lethal temperatures are reached without damaging the space and its contents.

Move Air

High temperature fans move heated air throughout the space to reach insects in cracks and crevices or high infestation zones.

We believe that successful control is more than chemical warfare. It is cooperative integration of many elements. The program we design for you will contain the proper mix of the following factors: communication, inspection, identification of pest(s) and damage, application of pest management procedures, and sanitation.

In pest management, familiarity breeds control. Our extremely low turnover rate means you’ll have the same technician time after time. He’s on long-term assignment to identify and be responsive to your special needs.

Not only that, We will provide extra service at no extra charge to resolve all continuing pest problems as specified in your contract, as long as sanitation requests have been met.

Request a FREE Estimate from A. Amendt Pest Control today. 

 

Philadelphia Bed Bug Exterminator Bringing the Heat

Thermal Remediation Heat Treatment for Eliminating Bed Bugs

Over the past 6-8 years, bed bugs have become an increasing pest problem in homes, apartment buildings, hotels/motels, commercial buildings, health care facilities, movie theaters, and public transportation throughout the United States.

A. Amendt Pest Control has been at the technological forefront in the battle against these human parasites. We utilize a wide variety of control and preventive techniques for these troublesome insects, vacuums, EPA-approved, low toxicity insecticides, and in some cases, entire building heat treatments.

Heat Treatment Overview

After carefully preparing a home for this type of treatment, A. Amendt Pest Control technicians apply heat to the entire structure. Industrial-sized space heaters are used for this process. Remote sensors are placed around the structure to monitor the heating process. Once everything in the structure is heated to 125˚ F., we can be assured of complete eradication of all stages of bed bugs and their eggs. This type of treatment may be completed in one day or more, depending on the size and complexity of the structure.

If you suspect you may have a bed bug problem – early detection is the key – Contact A.Amendt Pest Control today for a Free Estimate

 

 

How to Reduce Mosquito Activity around your South Jersey or Philadelphia Home

Mosquito Control

As the weather continues to warm up – experts are predicting a record year for mosquitoes.  While “eliminating mosquitoes” is not possible – there are several things you can do to reduce activity. A.Amendt Pest Control has a comprehensive ongoing program to help you reduce mosquito activity around your home and yard – please call today for details and read this article to learn more about reducing mosquitoes around your home.

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Carpenter Bees – Now Buzzing in the Delaware Valley

Homeowners in Philadelphia and South Jersey have started to see an increase in activity from Carpenter Bees – a nuisance pest that can drive anyone crazy this time of year. These large bees bore holes into untreated wood and lay eggs inside.

Carpenter Bees bore holes in wood - Call us today if you suspect you have a Carpenter Bee Problem

Call us today if you have a Carpenter Bee Problem – Estimates are FREE – so call today 888-577-7514

Here are the basics of what you need to know about this type of wood-boring pest.

  • Carpenter bees only do superficial damage. They won’t destroy your house like termites or carpenter ants.
  • They chew an opening approximately one-eighth of an inch, then take a 90 degree angle to form a chute.
  • Off this chute, they’ll bore chambers, in which the female will lay her egg.
  • Male carpenter bees are aggressive, as they aim to protect the queen. (The Male carpenter bees don’t have a stinger)
  • The female does have a stinger but she is more docile than the male. It’s extremely rare to get stung by a carpenter bee.

If you live in Philadelphia or Southern New Jersey, call us today 888-577-7514 or request a free estimate online to solve your Carpenter Bee problems today.

Philadelphia Ant Exterminator – The Difference between Ants and Termites

Ants or Termites? Termites or Ants? To an untrained eye, a termite and ant swarm can look very similar. Both pests have wings longer than their bodies and both tend to swarm near windows and interior walls.

As the weather gets warmer, one of the differences you’ll want to keep an eye out for, however, is the size of the insect and the shape of its wings. Here’s a picture that shows the flying ant vs the termite swarmer:

Picture that shows the differences between a Flying Ant and Termite Swarmer

  • A termite swarmer has two sets of translucent wings approximately twice the size of its body. It also has straight antennae and a non-segmented body.
  • An ant swarmer, has a 3-segmented body – the head, thorax, and abdomen all appear to be pinched.
  • The antennae on an ant swarm will also be elbowed

While there are many subtle differences between ant and termite swarms, keep in mind that both pests are likely residing in areas hidden from human eyes.

A Amendt Pest Control can identify the insects in your home – we offer FREE Estimates. If you live in Philadelphia or Southern New Jersey, call us today 888-577-7514 or request a free estimate online.

 

Philadelphia Bed Bug Treatment

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A 56 unit building in Philadelphia had been having bed bug problems over the course of one year. They had multiple chemical treatments done by several different companies to only the units complaining of bed bugs. The problem spread from unit to unit because the PCO s involved only treated the active units that they were aware as opposed to developing a comprehensive game plan.

The client brought in a K9 detection dog and found that 23 out of 56 units were infested.
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Philadelphia Wildlife Control

Wild animals may invade a structure any time of year often seeking shelter to raise their young. Not only are the animals a menace to you and your family, they may bring with them other pests, such as fleas, ticks, lice, and mites.

Amendt Pest Control provides professional wildlife removal services for your residence or commercial building. These services are available for invading squirrels, raccoons, opossums, skunks, groundhogs, and bats.
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