Archive for September, 2018

Could Your Portland Home Have Cockroaches? Know the Signs

When you hear the word “cockroach” your initial reaction is to shudder. No one likes to see those creepy crawlers, especially crawling around your home. Cockroaches are most active at night as they tend to hide out where it’s dark and moist, like areas such as behind your fridge, sink, and other major appliances. They can also flatten their bodies in order to hide in tiny areas such as cracks in your walls. Could your Portland home have cockroaches? Know the signs!

Physical Sight

Could Your Portland Home Have Cockroaches? Know the SignsThe most obvious sign that your Portland home has a cockroach infestation is physically seeing them. Since cockroaches are nocturnal animals, the best time to spot them is at night. If you turn on a light in a dark room, you will typically see the cockroaches scatter.

However, if you see a roach during the day, it can mean the infestation has been going on for a while and has progressed to a point where immediate action is needed. Roaches will come out in the day due to overcrowding and low food sources.

Roach Feces

Cockroaches are like the garbage of insects and that’s not just because they’re disgusting. They eat everything from plant matter to people food, dead skin cells, garbage, and even feces. Roaches have a high metabolism so their appetite turns into the second sign of an infestation: feces droppings.

Depending on the type of roach your house is infested with, the feces can resemble anything from tiny specks of pepper to coffee grounds to oval pellets. If you can see a large amount of roach feces in a fairly visible location like behind your refrigerator, inside your pantry or cupboards, then it is likely you have a roach infestation.

Roach Eggs

Cockroach infestations can get out of hand quickly because they are aggressive breeders. This makes for an easy-to-spot sign that your house has a problem. Roach eggs are oblong, brown casings and are most commonly found in pantries, behind furniture, in cracks in the wall, in books and in other tight areas.

Roach Smell

One of the biggest signs of a cockroach infestation is the smell. Cockroaches give off a pungent, musty odor that gets worse the longer the infestation goes on. Not only will you smell the oily scent of live cockroaches, but you will also start to smell the decomposition of roaches that have died within your home.

If you’re noticing any of these signs and think your Portland home could have cockroaches, you need to immediately call the cockroach removal experts at Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control. Contact us today at (207) 650-8654.

How do Heat Treatments Work to Kill Portland Bed Bugs?

No one wants to deal with bed bugs. They are parasitic pests, meaning they feed off the blood of their hosts, mainly you, and they can be difficult to get rid of. No matter how much you don’t want to think about them, you will most likely, at some point, find yourself with a bed bug infestation. When this happens, it is important for you to know the best ways of getting rid of them. A great bed bug killing option: the heat treatment. How do heat treatments work to kill Portland bed bugs? Find out below!

Different Heat Treatments

How do Heat Treatments Work to Kill Portland Bed Bugs?

Bed bug heat treatments take many different forms, depending on what is being treated. Here are a few heat methods that can help you get rid of your pests:

●        Hot box. Using a hot box, place your infested items, such as shoes, clothes, blankets, etc., inside the hot box. You can then use sustained heat of high temperatures to kill the bed bugs. Lethal temperatures for bed bugs range from 117 degrees F to 122. The walls of hot boxes can reach higher temperatures than those in order to permeate your belongings that are inside to kill the bed bugs at all stages of life.

●        Steam. Heat treatments using steam is not used to penetrate items deep enough to kill hidden bed bugs. Steam treatments are better used for items such as your box spring, bed frame, blankets, sheets, curtains, and pillowcases.

●        Dryers. Your standard home dryer can also help you kill bed bugs. Your washer alone, set on hot water, can be enough to kill the bed bugs, but some items can’t be washed. Items that can’t go in the washer can be run through the dryer to kill the bed bugs and not cause any damage to the item. The standard dryer heat treatment is at least 20 minutes on high. It’s important to remember to keep uninfected items away from your washroom as you kill the bed bugs in order to keep them safe from infestation.

●        Home Heat. This heat treatment entails raising the temperature of your home to the lethal level for bed bugs of 117 degrees. However, professionals with the proper equipment should be called to do this treatment properly and safely. This is an effective treatment, but it can be rather costly. It is also common to still have bed bug activity after whole room heat treatments which is why professionals combine the home heat treatment with safe applications of pesticides.

Trust a Professional

Using heat to kill bed bugs is a very effective treatment, if you can get the heat to the proper lethal degree. Since you’re using lethal degrees of heat, safety is a big concern. If you’re unsure of the proper and safe ways to conduct Portland bed bug heat treatments, call the professionals at Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control. Our licensed technicians are trained to rid your home of bed bugs using the safest methods available for heat treatments. Contact us today at (207) 650-8654 and get your home back!