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Bed Bugs Bite: How to Get Rid of Them

Filed under: Bed Bug,Bed Bug Extermination — admin @ 10:00 am September 6, 2016

Bed BugsChildren have been told countless times, “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” It is an enduring term that passes from generation to generation. Yet what happens when it isn’t true? “Sleep tight; the bed bugs may bite” just doesn’t carry the same soothing tone. Yet people throughout the United States, particularly in New Jersey, contend with this reality far too often, according to Dr. Changlu Wang and his research team at Rutgers University.

After inspecting more than 2,300 low-income apartments in Bayonne, Hackensack, Irvington, and Paterson, researchers concluded that one in eight low-income apartments had bedbugs. Surprisingly, half of the residents didn’t even realize they had an infestation. Among the buildings examined, infestation rates wavered between 3.8 to 29.5 percent, with an average rate of 12.3 percent.

Yet the problem isn’t religated to apartment complexes. In recent months, bedbugs have been found in the upholstery at the South Orange library, leading to the library’s closure. They have been discovered in hotels, motels and homes as well.

Why the rise in bedbugs

Though bedbugs were nearly non-existent in the United States up until several years ago, the pests have become resistent to pestisides, thereby causing an insurgence. With the popularity of international travel, the critters are catching a ride into the country as well. Mistakenly, many people view bedbug treatment as a costly and time consuming endeavor. As a result, they avoid pest control, often either trying to ignore the problem or moving out of the location.

How to get rid of bedbugs

Pest control company

The most effective means of getting rid of the creatures is to call a company well-versed in pest control. Technicians are experienced and specially trained to eradicate the problem. Bedbugs are resistant to commercial bombs and sprays. Moreover, most of the chemicals available to consumers at hardware stores is used incorrectly, thereby driving the pests (temporarily) to an adjacent location, only to see them reappear shortly after.

Set traps

Bed bugs survive by eating blood, so it’s useful to look under mattresses and inside the box springs to find evidence of the pests. If you’re unable to find where they are hiding, it can be effective to set pitfall traps. Traps can be found at hardware stores and prevent bugs from climbing up the legs of the bed. Another option is to use dry ice to lure the bedbugs out from hiding.

Clean and clean again

Bed bugs are narrow and like to hide in small cracks and crevices. It’s important to keep your house as clean as possible, including steam cleaning and emptying vacuums after every use.

Contact Horizon for professional New Jersey bed bug control. Call 888.612.2847 today!

How to Identify Stink Bugs

Filed under: Bed Bug,Bed Bug Extermination,Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control,Pest Management — admin @ 10:37 pm June 3, 2016

stink bugs

While stink bugs are not typically dangerous to humans or pets, they can be a nuisance inside your home, especially during the fall and spring. Most stink bug infestations occur when it starts getting cold and when it begins to warm up, since the bugs are actively looking for ways into or out of your home at these times.

How to Identify a Stink Bug.

The most common characteristic that almost every variety of stink bug shares is the wide and flat design of its exoskeleton. To most people, it appears as though there is a hard shield on the back of a stink bug, with some specimens growing up to three-fourths of an inch long and wide. A putrid odor comes from the underside of the insect when it senses it is in danger, which can be another telling sign that you are dealing with a stink bug.

When and Where are Stink Bugs Usually Seen?stink bugs

Stink bugs do not tolerate cold weather very well and will try to get to a warmer, protected area before the weather turns too cold. This results in the bugs trying to get into your house around the middle of fall, when it starts getting fairly cold at night. The bugs tend to hibernate during the winter if they haven’t completely made it inside your house, but their hibernation mechanism does not kick in if they make it inside a living area. Once it warms up outside, they will usually try to exit your home, but may end up coming right into your living space instead.

They can usually be found in areas that do not see a lot of foot traffic, especially somewhere like an attic or behind drywall in on exterior walls. During the winter, you will probably see very few stink bugs, even if you do have an infestation, but during the spring you may see a lot of them coming out from any cracks in your drywall and ceiling, as well as from older HVAC vents that are not properly sealed.

What do Stink Bugs Eat?

Stink bugs generally stick to fruits and vegetables as they are an agricultural pest. In the summer, you might see them in your garden where they can do some damage by killing any growing vegetables. In your home, they typically do not eat anything as they are just trying to get outside in order to reproduce. As with most pests, if you see one or two of them in your house, you can bet that there are many times that number hiding just out of sight, requiring the services of an exterminator to get rid of them.

How to Identify Bed Bugs and Treat Them Properly

Filed under: Bed Bug,Bed Bug Extermination,Pest Control — admin @ 3:36 pm April 30, 2016

Bed BugBed bugs have made a resurgence in New Jersey and across all of America. While not known to transmit disease like some other bugs, bed bugs are more than just an annoyance. Anyone who has had bed bugs knows that an infestation can cause an abundance of stress and anxiety. Additionally, it can cause physical issues with painful and irritating bites and skin rashes.

Bed bugs can live anywhere that they find a live host to feed on. The cleanliness of the home or other location has nothing to do with an infestation; even the most well-kept house can become victim to these little pests. Bed bugs are small and are easily transported on clothing, luggage, used furniture, and other personal belongings without being noticed. The increase in travel, especially internationally, has also fostered the spread of bed bugs to places where they had previously been eradicated.

Bed bugs are small, flat, and oval-shaped and are brown or reddish brown – more on the reddish side if they have recently fed on a host. They are often mistaken for other insects like ticks or small cockroaches, but unlinke those bugs, bed bugs have segmented bodies. These little bugs are tricky and they are usually active at night, so you may not see them, but there is some evidence that you can look for. Bed bugs leave small red or brown spots. This is actually partially digested blood from their fecal droppings, so the spots will smear if you try to wipe them away.

If you think that you may have bed bugs, it’s important to check your bed linens, mattress and box springs, upholstered furniture, electrical outlets, and behind wallpaper and picture frames, around the site you suspect. Remember, they are small and they like crevices and folds, and can even be inside your mattress or box springs, or inside your wall.

Bed bugs are no joke. They have become resistant to many pesticides, and home remedies are not usually able to destroy them completely. In fact, some home remedies may just cause the bed bugs to move to a friendlier spot in your home. Complete extermination of bed bugs is best managed by a pest professional. Even then, it will likely take several treatments to completely eliminate the bugs.

If you suspect that you have bed bugs, or have seen evidence that you might, don’t let your problem get worse! Call the professionals at Horizon Pest Control to help you get rid of bed bugs today.

Pest Control Issues in New Jersey during the Winter

Filed under: Bed Bug Extermination,Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control,Pest Control,Stink Bugs — Megan Howard @ 11:26 pm December 13, 2013

As the winter and ice becomes evident in New Jersey, so does the pests that goes inside homes during this season. Don’t be fooled, thinking that just because it is winter that rodent and nuisance wildlife, bed bugs, or stink bugs will not be a problem at this time. You might think winter is a time when nature takes a rest, but in the world of pest control, there is no time to rest. Some pests may slow down, but they do not go away. Particularly, rodents, bed bugs and stink bugs are active even during winter. They will continue feeding growing, and multiplying often at the comfort of your home.

Rodents and Nuisance Wildlife

rodents and nuisance wildlife

All rodents such as squirrels, rats and mice gnaw. The reason for their addictive gnawing is that their front teeth continue to grow throughout their lifetime. It just becomes a necessity for these creatures to wear their teeth down. Unfortunately, rodents gnaw or chew off insulation from power lines in attics and walls, which creates a very serious fire hazard.

These pests are also hosts to different types of parasites such as fleas, ticks, mites, lice that could migrate into your living quarters. When these animals die inside your premises, the parasites leave the host animal and find a new host.

What You Can Do

  • Seal any vents or holes that could allow wildlife to enter your attic.
  • Chop down tree branches that can provide great pathways to the exterior of your house, whether to windowsills, gutters, roof or chimney.
  • Store food either inside the refrigerator or in sealed containers.
  • Pet food should be kept in sealed containers.
  • Use baits and traps if the rodents are difficult to catch.
  • Keep clutter to a minimum especially in basement areas where pests can easily hide and find shelter.
  • Have your vents screened.

 

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs on Finger

Bed bugs are a growing problem across the country and not just in Jersey. The thought of your home being infested by these bugs may make you not sleep at night. However, an actual infestation can cause anxiety and fear, not to mention countless bites and marks. They tend to be more active during nights. They can be found in various locations such as mattresses, linens, electrical outlets and even small cracks.

What You Can Do

  • Install mattress encasements on all of your beds in your home.
  • Make sure that your home is clutter-free to so you can find these bugs.
  • Wash your bed covers and blankets and dry in high temperature
  • If buying pre-loved furniture, carefully inspect it before putting it inside the house
  • Inspect your home regularly especially after you travel, when a friend stays overnight, and so on.

 

Stink Bugs

stink bug

With the winter turning cooler, these smelly pests will look for a warm place to stay, which is why homeowners are starting to see these ugly, smelly insects inside. Stink bugs are known for their pungent smell that they mostly emit when they are frightened, disturbed or squashed. These bugs can be found where fruits grow, but they can also be seen infesting crops like soybeans, corn and peppers. When they invade a home, they can be seen near windows and buzzing about lights, TVs or computer monitors that provide light and warmth.

What You Can Do

  • Seal or caulk around windows and doors.
  • Keep branches and shrubs trimmed.
  • Keep firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
  • If they are inside the house, vacuum the insects. Make sure to empty the vacuum bag into a plastic bag and dispose of it immediately.

 

Horizon can prevent pests and nuisance animals from entering your home.  If you have an existing pest problem or if you want to learn more about our programs, visit Residential Pest Control.

 

 

 

Bed Bugs are on the Rise!

Filed under: Bed Bug,Bed Bug Extermination — Megan Howard @ 8:05 pm December 11, 2013

Bed Bug Control Service

A bed bug infestation is on the rise in the United States. And, while people are bed bug magnets, these pests are even harder to detect. Bed bugs can be found in places beyond just a bed. They can be found in houses, planes, luggage and even clothing. They can also be found in five-star hotels. These little creatures will not stop until they get what they want, and that is to feed on our blood.

They mostly look like an apple seed, flat and brown and they are commonly found in places where people sleep and those who travel. But anyone is at risk in bringing bed bugs with them. With the winter here, most are thinking if they will have a break with bed bugs just like some animals and insects that commonly hibernate. However, as the weather cools, and people stay indoors, they are more exposed to bed bugs.

But how? A number of animals are known to hibernate during winter. While there are other insects and animals that tend to slow or alter their normal activities during this time. The reason for this is that their bodies cannot adapt to the cold weather, which would result for these animals and insects to feel more sluggish. Insects mostly are unable to cope in the cold, so they become rare than usual.

What Happens to Bedbugs During Winter

Bed bugs on the other hand knows the trouble that will happen to them when they come out from their hiding. If bedbugs attempt to stay outside during winter, they would not be able to survive since they would quickly die off. These smart bugs do not even attempt to survive outside in the cold, and they also do not hibernate like some animals do. So, in an attempt to save themselves, they will just stay in your home and pretend it is just any other day.

Protecting Yourself from Bed bugs

So where do bed bugs hide inside the home during winter? Bed bugs hide in the same places where they commonly stay. Pay close attention to places that are heated during the winter. For instance, instead of concentrating of finding them in attics or basements where it is cold, look in warmer places such as your bedrooms. These bugs will hide in cracks and holes, inside mattresses and other furniture, and so on.

Bed bugs are resilient to cold. According to a new research bed bugs have a high cold tolerance, but they will eventually succumb to the cold after several days of exposure. Spraying these insects with the use of over-the-counter pesticide fogger will just drive the insects into the cracks and walls, and will not eradicate them. The best way to get rid of these insects is to wash the linens and clothes in hot water and drying them on high heat.

Ways to protect you from bed bugs

  • Eliminate them with the use of heat
  • Use special mattress encasement to trap the bugs inside the mattresses and prevent them from getting in
  • There are also interceptor devices that can be installed in on the bed’s legs to trap the bugs as they try to enter or leave the bed
  • Contact a bed bug exterminator that uses special trucks to heat furniture that can kill the bugs

For more information on bed bug control, please visit our website for Horizon’s Bed Bug Control Service.

 

4 Easy Ways to Know if You’ve been Bitten by Bed Bugs

Filed under: Bed Bug,Bed Bug Extermination,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 5:47 pm September 23, 2013

Bed bugs are very tiny. They can live in a variety of places such as in floorboards, walls, furniture, and other locations in hotels, shelters, and apartment complexes. They actually do not live in mattresses, but they commonly travel to our sleeping areas so that they can feed on us at night. Bed bugs like people and animals and they painlessly sip a few drops of blood when they are asleep. While they feed, they will inject a tiny amount of their saliva on the skin of their victim. The skin lesion created by their bite is similar to many other types of blood feeding insects such as mosquitoes and fleas.

Feeding Habits

Bed bugs are mostly active during the night and they are at peak about an hour before dawn. If their circumstances are right, they can feed at any other times of day. They are attracted to our warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide and with the use of their two hollow tubes, they will pierce through the skin of their victim. They use the first tube to inject their saliva that contains anticoagulants and anaesthetics. The second tube withdraws the blood of its host. After feeding for about five minutes, the bug returns to their homes.

While they feed, their victims will not feel anything, but after some minutes or hours later, their victims will feel some irritation as a dermatological reaction to the injected agents. Though bed bugs can live for up to 18 months without feeding, they still seek for blood every five to ten days.

What They Leave

Bed bugs leave very itchy bites on the skin, commonly on exposed areas such as the arms. These pesky insects are more annoying than harmful – the chances of developing an infection through scratching is higher than getting a disease from them. For severe allergic reactions, take antihistamines or  bettery yet, speak with your doctor.

Determining a Bed bug Bite

It is not possible to feel their bites when we are fast asleep because they inject a numbing agent and a substance to keep out blood smoothly flowing. However, you may notice some signs that they bit you, after you wake up.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to indicate if you have been their meal:

1. Do you feel itchy anywhere on your body? Itchiness is a sign of bed bug bites. Those who are bitten may develop itching followed by a slight burning sensation, then develop into red wells or swelling throughout the day after being bitten or the bites may become obvious for several days. The burning area then develops to red pumps, which are also known as papules or wheals or rash. In extreme cases, these bites may swell up or will become blister like skin inflammations. However, there are those lucky individuals who do not react at all to bed bug bites and the bites may go completely unnoticed.

2. Are the bites in a straight line? If the bites are in an almost straight line down your limb or any other party of your body, it is likely that you have been a victim of these bugs. Unlike any other type of insects, bed bugs create an almost straight line bite marks that easily set them apart from other insects. Also, a single bed bug may bite more than once in the same area and can be seen along an exposed area like your arm or leg. If you see bites in different parts of your body, this means that you have been bitten by many bed bugs.

Bed Bug bites

 

 

 

 

 

3. Do you see them at home? Check for actual evidence of bed bugs in your home, hotel room, or wherever you last slept. It could be possible that your bites came from other insects since there are other types of harmless insects that can bite. Bed bugs are great hitchhikers and their name tells the tale! These tiny insects can easily hide in bedding and can hitch a ride into your home aboard luggage, pets and boxes. You can easily find them if you are an astute observer since the adult bedbugs are the same size and shape of an apple seed.

After feeding, the bed bugs go back to their nesting site to hide. These insects will mostly take this chance defecate – their droppings will look like black to brown stains or mounds. You should be able to see adult bedbugs, nymphs and eggs since they usually stay  together and also have a distinctly sweet, yet unpleasant smell.

4. Does your sheets or clothing have small blood stains? Small droplets of blood on the bed sheets mean that bedbugs were present. Such spotting occurs when the bedbug has completed its meal.

Proper Elimination

Bed bugs are very intelligent creatures since they can multiply fast even when you are trying different means to eliminate them. It is not just enough to use different pesticides to control them since they also have the ability to resist pesticides. To eliminate bedbugs, you will need to maintain a thorough treatment strategy that includes different techniques together with careful attention to monitoring. However, if you are dealing with a resistant population, some products may make things worse. Better consult a qualified pest management professional to know what your next step will be and totally eliminate your bed bug problems. For professional help, contact Horizon Pest Control. Call 1.888.612.2847 or visit NJ Bed Bugs.

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Avoid Bed Bugs on Your Summer Vacation

Filed under: Bed Bug Extermination,Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 1:41 am September 5, 2013

Bed bugs are common during the summer months since they grow alarmingly as the temperature climates speed up their reproduction. Not only would they be able to grow significantly, but they can also spread out easily from one place to the next because of the increase in tourism during those months. Bed bugs are also adaptable to change and they can quickly overwhelm a home once inside, which could result to a homeowners nightmare. While there are professional pest control to aid most homes in getting rid of these pests, it is still necessary to first prevent these bugs from ever entering a home.

Bed Bugs on mattree

Where are the Bed Bugs?

A recent study made by the National Pest Management Association or NPMA declared that bed bug infestations are on the rise and is one of the most difficult pests to eliminate. And, the way they transfer to homes are also alarming with 80% of pest professionals admit that most of their clients are from hotels and motels. Bed bugs can be found in places where people are commonly doing their vacation. They are found in hotels, cabins, airports, and resorts. Once a guest stay, he may be unknowingly bring bed bugs back to his home.

Don’t be a Victim

While we love to explore the world we live in, it is important to take the necessary precaution to stop these bugs from entering our home. Here are some tips to get you started:

Research your accommodations first before booking. Since bed bugs are common in hotels better find out if they do not have a bad reputation when it comes to such infestation. Take the time to read reviews and focus what they say on their negative reviews. If they say anything about bed bugs, do not book there and find another place.

Bring a luggage encasement. A luggage encasement will work as a protective plastic cover for your luggage. Bed bugs have the capability to secure themselves on clothes and bags, which can remain unnoticed for a long time. Placing your suitcase along an infested piece of luggage on a flight could cause you to unknowingly bringing bed bugs home. But, with a luggage encasement, you can reduce the risk significantly.

Inspect your hotel room. Bed bugs can be commonly found on mattresses and box spring. If you have a flashlight with you inspect those areas. Inspect the bed, near piping, seams and tags of the mattress and box spring. Also, check in cracks on the bed frame and headboard, furniture, and in closet and drawers. Search for any rusty or reddish stains on the mattress or sheets that will indicate the presence of bedbugs.

Inspect your Hotel room for Bed Bugs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transfer to another room. If you find any signs of bed bugs ask for another room that is far away from your current room. Make certain that your suitcases are off of the floor. Put them on a luggage stand, table or other hard surface.

What to Do After Vacation

Once you come home, other precautionary steps should take into effect since you may not know if you are bringing these bugs with you.

Wash everything. All items that you have used for the trip, even if you did not use them should go to the laundry. Put them straight into the washing machine. Wash everything using the highest temperature for your clothes and make sure to dry everything on the highest heat after washing.

Freeze them. For items that cannot be laundered such as books, put them in a freezer. Place them in sealed plastic bags, then place them in a freezer for at least five days.

Inspect all your electronics before coming home. Bed bugs can hide inside laptops and other electronics. If it is possible, remove the keyboard of your laptop to check underneath.

Check the lining and seams of you backpacks or bags. These bugs may be lurking in the pockets, folds, and seams. Use a steam cleaner to treat your bags backpacks.

Don’t bring bed bugs home with you! If you have a current bed bug problem or if you are concerned about possible infestation, go to New Jersey Bed Bugs to schedule a free consultation.

Getting Rid of Bed Bugs with These Bed Bug Control Tips

Filed under: Bed Bug Extermination,Commercial Pest Control,Pest Control,Pest Management — Megan Howard @ 12:26 am June 2, 2013

Bed bugs are wingless, oval and flat with a dark chestnut color especially after feeding. They are as small as an apple seed. They are attracted by our warm bodies and the carbon dioxide we exhale. We do not usually see them when they bite us because they are nocturnal and just come out while we sleep, and then hide back from where they came once they are done with us. While bed bugs seek human blood, they still do not transmit diseases to humans. However, this does not mean that we will just ignore their presence since many people are found not enjoying a rested sleep because of itching and may even wake up early in the morning with red spots or bites on their arms and legs. Their bites can still cause discomfort, irritation and may even lead to some psychological problems for some.

These bugs can be picked up in almost any place. They are found in offices, hotels, stores, gyms, and so many other places where they can hide during the day and infest during the night. At home, they are present in beds, sofa sets, furniture and even electrical outlets. They are also in hotels because they can easily travel from one room to the next, and easily crawl to bags or other belongings where the traveler will not notice that he is already bringing a bug back with him.

Bed bug infested mattress

Although their presence may not be easily detected since they hide in cracks and crevices during the day, they can still be eliminated by following these easy bed bug control tips.

Indication of an infestation

  • Seeing the bed bugs
  • Seeing bugs case skin
  • Appearance of stains and mounds on surfaces
  • Bite marks on skin after sleeping
  • Blood smears on bedding, along with bed bug feces
  • Peculiar musty sweet odor of bed bug secretions

Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

Keep your environment clean

Although sanitizing everything is not a guarantee of a pest free home since they can clearly travel with you. But, making sure that your home is always free of unnecessary dirt will also guarantee that they will not live long. Change your bed sheets, bed spreads, and blankets regularly and always inspect your mattresses. Your mattresses are always a great hiding place for bed bugs since they always have corners you don’t normally see. Inspect your pillows and mattresses and under the bed sheets to find signs of bed bugs.

You should also vacuum the house regularly.  The pesky bugs can be eliminated through thorough vacuuming. Vacuum the floor, under furniture, as well as all the crevices that you can find.

Bed bugs in a mattress

 

Buy protective mattresses or mattress covers

Protective mattresses have a special lining or pockets that can trap bed bugs and dust mites. These encasements are made of soft material and usually have zippers that will prevent bed bugs from escaping. In most cases, the box springs are the usual dwelling place of these bugs, any bugs that are trapped inside the covers will not be able to bite and will eventually die.

Use insecticides

There are many improved and less harmful insecticides these days, read the instructions carefully and decide what suits you best. Some pesticides can be sprayed on the surface while others need a special steam spray. However, these insecticides should not be sprayed directly on bed as it can be dangerous to those who sleep on it. If still confuse about what spray to use, better ask a professional.

Get help

If all else fail and you are still infested by these bugs, call Horizon Pest Control. We will help you handle these pests until you are bug free. To set an appointment, click New Jersey Termite Control.

An Overview of Common Winter Pests

When winter comes, animals start retreating into burrows and dens to hibernate the season away, waking up only when spring comes around. Unfortunately, that doesn’t apply to every animal, and despite the frigid cold weather there are still plenty of pests people need to worry about while they’re getting ready to enjoy the warmth and comfort of their homes.

Below is a quick rundown of the most common wintertime pests encountered in North America.

1. Carpenter ants

These ants don’t usually bother people, even during the summer when they’re active. Their presence in your home during the winter, however, indicates that there is a nest in your home somewhere that needs to be dealt with. The biggest problem with carpenter ants is that they make their homes within wood, tunneling through it to create the chambers they live in. This weakens and damages the wood, endangering the structural integrity of your home and leading to costly repairs.

Carepenter Ants eating your home

2. Mice

One of the most common pests in America, these creatures often seek food and shelter within the walls of your home when the weather is cold. They can squeeze through the smallest of cracks, and have the tendency to breed very quickly, leading to massive infestations in short periods of time.

Common Household Mouse

3. Rats

The bigger, badder counterpart to the mouse, rats are just like mice in a lot of ways, and arguably worse. They breed just as fast as mice, and like to make their homes within attics, between walls, and under the foundations of human homes. They’re known disease carriers, have a tendency to chew through things like electrical wiring, and like to tear open exposed trash bags to scavenge for food scraps in your trash.

4. Firewood pests

This category consists of several insects, including various ants, beetles, carpenter bees, and termites. If you stack firewood outside your home, take steps to ensure that they are properly stored so that they stay dry and don’t gather moisture. Damp firewood attracts a insects that build their homes within the wood, making them all but impossible to remove with traditional surface treatments, like pesticides. A word of warning: burning firewood that’s been treated with pesticides will release toxic fumes that are harmful to humans.

Termites on a wood pile

Why should your holiday season be ruined by annoying pests? If you’ve got a pest problem that you can’t handle, contact us for assistance. To know more about our affordable and effective treatment programs, visit Residential Pest Control Programs.

Bed Bug Infestation Forces Student to Leave Home

Filed under: Bed Bug Extermination,Pest Control — admin @ 2:42 pm October 26, 2012

Since late August, Jordan Little has been forced to live on the streets as Merrimac home has been overrun with bed bugs. He and his two other roommates have spent nearly US$3,000 in rent for a house they could not live in.

Moreover, the landlord has ordered to pay for the extermination, which was haphazardly done. The Psychology senior said he signed the lease last July and have paid for rent all through September. Because of their plight, Director of Off-Campus Student Services Dan Ryan together with City of Buffalo inspectors met with the many other students who have been affected by the bed bug infestation in the area.

As a result, he has been left penniless paying for the rent of a home he cannot live in and is forced to sleep on a friend’s couch. He has been working to break the lease but has been unsuccessful so far.

Little relates, “The landlord said he needed the money in order to pay for the extermination. I expected [the exterminator] to spray everything, but he only sprayed the bedrooms. After that, my roommate still got bit.”

According to Buffalo City Building Inspector Charles Didio, the extermination was one improperly and was likely done by an individual who is not a professional exterminator.

While his two other roommates have not indicated where they live, Little is limited in his options as he has no family he can live with in the area. The high prices of North Campus apartments are limiting his options he and his parents are trying to figure out.

Little added, “I didn’t expect things to be like this for the first semester but it is what it is. I’m not fed up with the Heights. I’m just more cautious now.”

Little is also an aspiring singer known by his stage name Jayo LeGrand. This creates special problems as he has to adjust to his friend’s schedule. While he is an active personality on campus, he has to deal with a very unpredictable schedule on top of his uncertain living arrangements.

He related that after moving into the 97 Merrimac St. home he had rented, he went back to New York City to wait out until the opening of the semester. Upon his return, he found out his apartment was infested with bed bugs. After several phone calls, emails and text messages with his landlord known only as “Victor”, the home was scheduled for fumigation on September 8. Unfortunately, the work was poorly done and after some time, the bed bug infestation returned. Now, each room in the home has been stripped bare with thick covering of an unknown pesticide on the bedroom floors. Hundreds of dollars of bedding and furniture are scattered all over the backyard and side porch of the residence due to the bed bug menace.

According Didio, “We don’t usually see them in Buffalo. They more than likely came from somewhere else and were brought here, but there is really no way to tell how they got there.” Didio explains that an adult bed bug of average size grows to the size of a bean and bugs can spread easily and rapidly throughout a home.  He added that the duplex, which can be home for up to six people, cannot be inhabited until the whole house has been properly treated and not just the bedrooms at the top floor.

To this Little responds, “I’ve just got to figure out where I’m moving now. I mean, I can’t stay on a couch forever.”

Bed bugs in a mattress

Aside from the bed bug issue on 97 Merrimac St., other homes have been properly inspected. 240 Merrimac St was found to have serious plumbing and heating issues. The current residents of the home, Zhen Pan and Seng Gao, both second year graduate students of electrical engineering, were dumbfounded to find out that the debris surrounding an open pipe at the basement floor was actually hardened raw sewage.  Didio discovered this after he followed the steady dripping sound and saw a previous sewage drain had backed up. He also found that an individual had attached a lower grade plastic drain to the exterior area of the apartment building. What should have been attached, according to the Buffalo City Building Inspector, was a heat rated PVC boiler exhaust pipe.

To this Didio said, “[The plastic drain] is homemade and not meant to do that.”

Another problem area is 49 Merrimac Street. The resident, Sean McGiveron who is taking up exercise science as a junior, related that his landlord Jeremy Dunn does not respond to his tenant’s complaints in a timely manner.

He intimates, “I don’t want to say he’s bad, but he’s definitely lacking.”

After an inspection of the basement of the home inhabited by McGiveron, the heating ducts were held together with towels and bandages, with windows in the basement broken that can result in drafts and other safety issues.

The roommate of McGiveron, Benjamin DiCesare who is in his third year in accounting, is very much concerned about the mildew and mold from the toilet flooding in the basement.  DiCesare relates, “So we called [Dunn] and he really didn’t do anything about it until weeks later when he popped in at 8 am one morning without notice. “

McGiveron and other students said that the main benefit of living in the Heights is its proximity to the South Campus. He did say “The area is not good at all. My car just got vandalized. Someone threw a garden gnome into my car window and smashed it. I mean, who does that?”

While there are minor violations such as misuse of hasp locks, lack of smoke and detectors and handrails on stairwells, these are but light compared to Little, who up to now is still searching for a bed bug free place to live.

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