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Answers to How’s Your Bed Bug Knowledge

  1. Where do bed bugs hide?
    A. Furniture and bedding
    B. Hotels
    C. Clothing
    D. All of the above
  2. Which of these factors is NOT a reason for the resurgence of bed bugs in the United States?
    A. Poor hygiene among tenants and homeowners
    B. Increased international travel
    C. Increased resistance of bugs to pesticides
    D. A lack of knowledge about effective pest control and management
  3. If you find or suspect an infestation in your home, you should:
    A. Throw out all your furniture.
    B. Go out and buy all the pesticides and chemicals you can get your hands on, and take care of the extermination process yourself.
    C. Stay calm and leave it to the professionals. Call Quest Pest Control.
    D. Douse yourself in peanut butter and sleep in the bathtub.
  4.  Bed bug infestations can cause all of the following, except:
    A. Allergic reactions from bites
    B. Anxiety and stress
    C. Infectious disease
    D. Insomnia
  5. At what time of day do bed bugs typically feed?
    A. Early morning
    B. Nighttime
    C. Afternoon
    D. Noon
  6. What precautions should you take to prevent a bed bug infestation?
    A. Seal cracks and holes outside your home.
    B. Look for bugs whenever you travel, especially in hotel beds.
    C. Constantly monitor your home and look for signs of bugs.
    D. B and C
  7. What physical traits can help you determine if an insect is a bed bug?
    A. About the size of a pencil eraser, black body and wings
    B. About the size of a pinhead, reddish-brown body and no wings
    C. About the size of a Matchbox car, black body with red dots
    D. They’re too small to see and impossible to detect with the naked eye.
  8. Which group has been known to get bed bugs?
    A. The poor
    B. International travelers
    C. The wealthy
    D. All of the above
  9. How many treatments does it normally take to completely rid a home of an infestation?
    A. One treatment
    B. Two treatments
    C. Three or four treatments
    D. Five or six treatment

 

How’s your knowledge about Bed Bugs?

  1. Where do bed bugs hide?
    A. Furniture and bedding
    B. Hotels
    C. Clothing
    D. All of the above
  2. Which of these factors is NOT a reason for the resurgence of bed bugs in the United States?
    A.  Poor hygiene among tenants and homeowners
    B. Increased international travel
    C. Increased resistance of bugs to pesticides
    D. A lack of knowledge about effective pest control and management
  3. If you find or suspect an infestation in your home, you should:
    A. Throw out all your furniture.
    B. Go out and buy all the pesticides and chemicals you can get your hands on, and take care of the extermination process yourself.
    C. Stay calm and leave it to the professionals. Call Quest Pest Control.
    D. Douse yourself in peanut butter and sleep in the bathtub.
  4.  Bed bug infestations can cause all of the following, except:
    A. Allergic reactions from bites
    B. Anxiety and stress
    C. Infectious disease
    D. Insomnia
  5. At what time of day do bed bugs typically feed?
    A. Early morning
    B. Nighttime
    C. Afternoon
    D. Noon
  6. What precautions should you take to prevent a bed bug infestation?
    A. Seal cracks and holes outside your home.
    B. Look for bugs whenever you travel, especially in hotel beds.
    C. Constantly monitor your home and look for signs of bugs.
    D. All of the above.
  7. What physical traits can help you determine if an insect is a bed bug?
    A. About the size of a pencil eraser, black body and wings
    B. About the size of a pinhead, reddish-brown body and no wings
    C. About the size of a Matchbox car, black body with red dots
    D. They’re too small to see and impossible to detect with the naked eye.
  8. Which group has been known to get bed bugs?
    A. The poor
    B. International travelers
    C. The wealthy
    D. All of the above
  9. How many treatments does it normally take to completely rid a home of an infestation?
    A. One treatment
    B. Two treatments
    C. Three or four treatments
    D. Five or six treatment

Answers in our next post!

How to prep your house for your pest exterminator

20150629_145915Have an appointment to rid yourself of those pesky pests? Here are some tips on how to prep your house for an even quicker, more efficient and effective treatment:

  1. Remove any items from under your sinks in both your bathrooms and kitchen.
  2. Remove any items within two feet of the exterior of the house including hose containers.
  3. Move items away from your garage walls towards the center. Otherwise there may be a recommendation to further inspect the garage.
  4. Trim back all bushes and ground cover that are potentially blocking the walls or foundation of your home.
  5. Make sure all crawl spaces and attic with standing room are not blocked for easy access. For openings located in a closet, make sure that all clothes are removed from the area.

YMCA for Ants

Warm weather is an invitation for ants to come marching in.. right into your home. You may not be ready to call in the professionals yet, so here are a few remedies you can try yourself first:

  1. Dish soap – 2 tbls per pint of water. This will reduce the population, but takes diligence. Ant factor before: 6
    Ant factor after: 3
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar – Doesn’t work very well, but makes your house smell like salad! Ant factor before: 4
    Ant factor after: 4
  3. Borax – mix 1 cup water with 2 cups sugar and 2 Tbs boric acid placed in a container with holes in the lid. Ant factor before: 5
    Ant factor after: 3
  4. Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth  – very effective. Spread this around the corners of rooms or cabinets, and wait.Ant factor before: 7
    Ant factor after: 0
  5. Raid (red box) and Combat ant gel traps – will cut your population in half. Ant factor before: 8/7 (Raid/Combat)  Ant factor after: 4
  6. Combat Quick Kill Ant Traps – bingo! Place near baseboards and windowsills.
    Ant factor before: 6   Ant factor after: “0 to 1”
    Reference: The Huffington Post

Types of Ants found in New England

There are an estimated 20,000 plus different species of ants worldwide. And unfortunately, they thrive even in the varied climates in New England. While many are harmless, others create problems by nesting in residential areas, invading homes in search of food and some can cause structural damage to buildings. Certain types commonly will build nests in or near homes and become pests that send trails of worker ants throughout your home to take advantage of various food and moisture sources that are available in a household setting.

Carpenter Ants, Odorous House Ants and Pavement Ants are the most common ant species found in New England and the most likely to encounter in your home.  Carpenter ants are best known for their ability to chew tunnels into pieces of wood. They are usually black or red in color and grow up to a half-inch long. They prefer to build nests around bathtubs, dishwashers and sinks. Odorous house ants like carpenter ants, prefer habitats with ample moisture like around drains, pipes and toilets. They are smaller than carpenter ants (about 1/10 of an inch long and are not know to cause the excessive damage that may compromise the structural integrity of wood in your home. Pavement ants usually nest outside near driveways and walkways, but will gain access to your home through cracks and such that are in your foundation. They grow to be about 1/8 of an inch and are dark brown and black in color.

When considering treatment of these ant pests, understanding the type of ant is important especially when trying to use baits (not all ants will be attracted to bait traps). If using pesticides, a common issue is that the ants will just relocated after being disturbed by spraying. Ants may look similar to each other by the untrained eye, so managing them yourself may be challenging. Consider enlisting an ant control expert to help you address any infestation that you may have in your home.

About Carpenter Ants and your Home

Each year, carpenter ants become active in the spring (March-April) and remain so through early fall (September-October). A carpenter ant colony is often composed of a series of nests. The main nest, or parent nest, is usually located outdoors, often in woodpiles, logs, stumps, or trees – sometimes several feet above the ground. The nest contains the queen, some workers, larvae and pupae. It may be joined by sub-nests, or satellite nests, containing workers, and older larvae and pupae.

It is the satellite nest that is most often encountered in structures. A satellite nest is often established in an area where wood has become moist. Common sites include wood around leaking chimney flashing, attics, skylights, bathtubs, windowsills, doorframes, porch supports, columns, soffits, wood siding and shingles, and flat roofs. Carpenter ants also will nest in fiberglass and foam insulation.

MANAGING CARPENTER ANTS

Destruction of the parent nest is perhaps the best way to control carpenter ants. If the parent nest can be located, it can then be treated with dust or liquid residual insecticides. Finding the parent nest and it’s Queen  is  the critical step in ridding a structure of carpenter ants. Eliminating indoor satellite nests may afford a degree of control, but the ants from the parent nest outside the structure may reinfest later.

Inspection

Locating parent nests outdoors can require some sleuthing. Remember, carpenter ants are mostly nocturnal, so you may need to inspect after dark with a flashlight. Try to locate where the ants are trailing, and follow any ant that is carrying a bit of food back to the nest. You also can set out sugar water, honey or freshly killed insects along the ants’ path, and track them back. Remember, the nest may be up to 100 yards away.

Inspecting indoors means looking for satellite nests. Possible indoor nest sites are not limited to those listed above. Call Quest Pest Control to help you destroy these nests. Again, watch ants that are trailing through the house. If they disappear into a hole in the wall, remember the nest could still be several feet away. Also, look for piles of sawdust. The sawdust accumulates where the ants are tunneling. Refuse, in the form of bits of non-digestible food such as insect legs and wings, is also periodically kicked out of the nest.

Sound also can be used to detect the presence of carpenter ants. By clicking their mandibles, disturbed ants in an active colony produce a rustling sound, like crinkling cellophane,. Tapping on suspected wood members sometimes excites the ants enough for this sound to be heard.

When the ants go marching this spring, be prepared!

Warm weather means ants and termites will start to appear . Carpenter ants and termites have colonies of thousands of workers and both of these pests can cause significant damage to your home. Often repairs caused by these pests can exceed thousands of dollars and insurance won’t always cover the damage. This spring, be on the lookout for signs of these wood destroying insects.

Termite swarmers

termite controlTermite swarmers look like winged ants and are often seen on a warm day in your cellar or basement. Termite swarms occur when a termite colony is expanding. Swarms are a sign of a mature termite colony and lead to mating and starting new colonies.

Termites

Termites make mud tubes or tunnels to move from place to place. You might also notice peeling or cracking paint on wood surfaces where the termites are living.

carpenter antsCarpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are large black ants with a waist. Carpenter ants leave a pile of sawdust behind their tunneling. You might also see columns of foraging ants.

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Paying for a dog to inspect our apartment

When my fiancé and I moved to Stamford I started getting “hives” so I thought I was allergic to something. I suspected it could be bed bugs but my fiancé had no bites on him and after searching literally everything we owned and examining our mattress, we found nothing. We are very clean people with not a lot of clutter so we couldn’t imagine where they could possibly be hiding. I bought an allergy / eco mattress cover and hoped for the best. Every two weeks I kept getting hives that would last for 6-7 days. They were really big, perfectly round, red and really itchy. I went to the dermatologist multiple times. The first place I went to looked at me like I was crazy and said it was just a mosquito bite. I asked, “Are there mosquitos in late-October early November?” Again the hives came right on time, every two weeks in different areas. Always on the same side of my body and usually my arm, neck or leg. I didn’t wake up with them, They would appear in the afternoon or at night. We decided to seek out an exterminator to examine the apartment and found a place that would come and inspect for free before they decided whether or not we should pay for the dog inspection. The man was on his hands and knees with a magnifying glass and flashlight, searching everywhere. Under the bed, flipped the mattress over. Everything. He was incredibly thorough but did not find a thing. He told me to save my money because there was nothing here.

So, I was back to my allergy theory. I went to a different dermatologist who took a biopsy and said that it would determine whether it was a reaction from a bug bite, or from an allergy. The “results” came in that it was not from a big bite. I was relieved we didn’t pay for a bed bug inspection and was ready to figure out what I was allergic to. I had my blood tested, all negative. I had the patch test taped to my back for three days, nothing. I was told to just take Allegra every day because some people just get hives. This had all been going on for 5 months and now my wedding was rapidly approaching and I didn’t want to be walking down the aisle with red bumps on my arms and back. I finally went to a third dermatologist who right away said, “Those are bug bites, 100%.” It was also the same day we started noticing some on my fiancé. He was not having an allergic reaction like I was so they were harder to find on him, but they were there.

That’s when we decided once and for all we were paying for a dog to inspect our apartment. Karen from Quest was a pleasure to speak to on the phone and scheduled for Christie and Shauna to come over with their dog George. They did an incredible job inspecting the apartment and asking questions. We found a bed bug under the bed. Finally an end to this misery! I would tell anyone who has even the slightest suspicion as to having bed bugs… the dog is worth it and the people from Quest really care about your well-being.

Thank you so much!

– Bonnie

Got Mice?

mice infestationThe house mouse is the most common rodent pest in most parts of the world. It can breed rapidly and adapt quickly to changing conditions. In fact, a female house mouse can give birth to a half dozen babies every three weeks, and can produce up to 35 young per year.

Threats
Micro droplets of mouse urine can cause allergies in children. Mice can also bring fleas, mites, ticks and lice into your home.

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Professional, Responsive and Extremely Knowledgeable

We have been working with Quest Pest for about two years and have found them to be professional, responsive and extremely knowledgeable. They stay on the forefront of the industry, working closely with the state’s entomology team and with other pest control professionals to develop best practices. In addition to their expertise and service, the entire Quest Pest team seems to have the unique ability to make our elderly residents feel comfortable during the treatment process and confident in the outcome. We have found that Charlie, Dave, Christie and Karen continuously go above and beyond to deliver prompt service that leads to successful results. We highly recommend Quest Pest for any of your pest control needs.

– The Luther Ridge Management Staff