Bed bugs

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service


As we spend time with our loved ones this Christmas season, it is a good time to be able to look back and reminisce on the passing year. It has been a joyful year for us here at Arrow Pest Service. We have had a successful year and have continued to serve our existing customers and we have grown to serve new areas as well.

Our success and wellbeing is in large part due to you, our customer.

Your continued reliance on us as your pest control provider has allowed us to in turn provide for our own families, and for that reason we are very thankful to you. We have always tried to operate with integrity, and we have always wanted those who we serve to feel more like friends and neighbors than just customers. We hope to continue to grow and provide service into the next year and beyond!

 So from our family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas.

We are thankful to you for your business, and we hope that you enjoy days of festive cheer with your family and friends!

And remember, if you need a reliable service to keep your home free of pests (including any humbugs!) you can always call us at 850-874-1900!

 

Merry Christmas, and happy New Year!

 

 

 

Helpful tips on how to prevent bed bugs-Panama City, FL – Arrow Pest Service

Watch the short video above for some helpful tips on bed bug prevention!

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How to avoid bed bugs, Panama City, FL -Arrow Pest Service

If you are like most people, you are probably well aware of the infamous bed bug and the risks that it can pose to your home or to a hotel. Most people are aware and practice the necessary safety tips when staying away from home to make sure that they do not bring bed bugs back home with them. However, hotels and homes are not the only places bed bugs roam. In fact, the threat of bed bug infestation is much more widespread than most people realize.

Recently, a news story emerged about a woman and her family who found bed bugs infesting their seats while on a flight. While this is certainly not a frequent occurrence, the truth is that bed bugs can infest almost any seats, beds, and furniture.

Bed bugs have been found on planes, busses, movie theaters, and a variety of other areas that have a lot of human foot traffic.

Bed bugs thrive in environments that have low light and lots of cracks and gaps to hide within, and with their rapid reproductive rate they can easily infest a new space within just a few days. Due to their secretive nature, it can be quite difficult to spot signs of bed bug activity, especially on a plane where their presence is typically not expected.

Unfortunately, without professional training, you will probably be unable to determine whether or not bed bugs are active when you are on a flight. However, there a few steps you can take to protect yourself. Firstly, you should wear clothing with a lot of skin coverage, as bed bugs cannot bite through most fabrics. If bed bugs do come out to feed, you will immediately recognize them with their distinct flat, oval bodies and reddish-brown coloration.

If you are unlucky enough to find bed bugs on your flight or in your luggage after a flight, it is critical that you notify any airlines or hotels that you stayed with. The truth is, it is entirely possible to carry bed bugs with you for a few days before you are aware of their presence, and most of the time bites from bed bugs do not show up for at least 24 hours. These authorities need to be notified so that they can both warn other passengers and begin the process of removing the bed bugs.

The most important step to staying bed bug free is to avoid bringing the bed bugs into your home.

The best way to do this is to carefully inspect any luggage for signs of bed bug activity before you bring them into your home. While it can be tedious to entirely unpack your luggage outside of your home, it is well worth it to avoid the expense and frustration of treating bed bugs.

While the number of cases of bed bug activity on airlines is fairly low, it is still a risk that frequent travelers should consider. Just taking these few precautions will drastically reduce your chances of dealing with an out of control bed bug infestation.

If you are concerned about potential bed bug activity already in your home, you should call Arrow Pest Service, ASAP.

The fact is, while DIY treatments exist for bed bugs, most of the time these treatments are insufficient to deal with the entire population. Oftentimes, these treatments leave a remnant of the infestation, and in future the bed bugs will return in full force. By calling in a professional pest service, you can ensure that treatment is properly and thoroughly applied.

At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience serving as a leading pest control provider for the Panama City, Florida area. Our team of pest experts have formulated a wide range of treatment options that we custom fit to your specific pest situations. This ensures that we provide you with the safest, fastest treatment possible.

All of these treatments come backed up by our customer satisfaction guarantee, and are available at prices that fit your budget!

So if you are dealing with bed bugs, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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Bed Bug Heat Treatment

Get Rid of Bed Bugs FAST!

Here at Arrow Pest Service we get a ton of calls every day about Bed Bugs.

Some of the most common questions we get about Bed Bugs are:

  1. What do Bed Bugs look like?
  2. How do we get rid of Bed Bugs?
  3. How long does it take to KILL Bed Bugs?

Watch the video below and you will see exactly what Bed Bugs are and how we get rid of them FAST!

 

So if you need help with bed bugs, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

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How to avoid bed bugs while traveling-Panama City, FL -Arrow Pest Service

If you are traveling anytime in the near future, you should be aware of the potential risk of picking up bed bugs during your travel.

While many people know about how frustrating a bed bug infestation in your home can be, there is a surprising lack of information about how exactly bed bugs most often gain access to your home in the first place.

So what are the facts about bed bug infestations?

The most common way bed bugs gain access to your home is when they are carried into the home after travel. Bed bugs will often hide inside luggage and other containers. They will emerge from their hiding places once inside the home and quickly establish an active infestation. Because bed bugs are able to reproduce rapidly, it can sometimes only require a single female of the species to build a new population. All of this to say that, when traveling, it is critical to avoid picking up stray bed bugs from any hotels, condos, or other areas you might stay.

So at this point you might be thinking, what should you be looking out for?

When you first arrive in a new hotel or condo while traveling, it is important to inspect the room to ensure there are no signs of pest activity BEFORE you unpack. Bed bugs like to hide near areas that humans lay dormant, so the first places to check are beds, couches, and other lounging areas.

For beds, start by checking behind the headboard as well as around any side framing. After that, look on and beneath the mattress. If you see any signs such as small brown marks on the mattress, it is possible that there are bed bugs living nearby.

You should also search beneath the cushions on couches and chairs, and inspect any closets or other areas that previous occupants might have left luggage. Because bed bugs are nocturnal, it is unlikely that you will spot the bugs themselves. However a significant infestation will leave behind obvious signs of activity.

It is important to note even clean, new rooms can still be susceptible to bed bug infestation, so any room you visit should be inspected regardless of its quality.

If you find bed bugs in your room, it is critical to make the hotel staff aware of the situation. Bed bugs can quickly spread from room to room in a large building, and if left unchecked they can be a nightmare for a hotel and its guests.

If you have been staying in a room and find bed bugs after a few days, there are several steps you can take to minimize your frustration and loss.

The first thing you should do is throw away any nonessential items you brought that may have been exposed to bed bugs and thoroughly clean any other items. Then you should document the bed bug activity so that you have proof in case you need to make a claim for losses to the hotel. Most hotels will gladly provide you with a full refund and recompense for damages in these cases, but it is better to be safe than sorry!

If you are concerned that you might have possibly brought bed bugs into your home from travel, DON’T WAIT!

Call in a licensed pest company to inspect your home. You may be tempted initially to attempt to treat bed bugs with DIY products, however these are often ineffective and can give the infestation more time to spread.

Treating bed bugs effectively requires a multi-step approach, and you can save yourself a lot of frustration and expense by calling in a reliable pest control company to treat the home. At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. We approach each treatment as a unique situation, and use a combination of data gathered from inspections of the property and advice from our in-house pest experts to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan guaranteed to deal with your pest problems!

 

So if you need help with bed bugs, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

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Bed bug myths, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service, Inc.

In the past few weeks, we have created several articles on our website discussing bed bugs. We have covered what they are, how they are a pest, and how they get into your home. With these questions all covered, the final important topic in the discussion of bed bugs is to cover the wide variety of myths that surround bed bugs. Clearing up various misconceptions can help to give a clear picture of the bed bug and the threat that it poses to your home.

Myth 1: Bed bugs only infest old, dirty buildings and homes

 This myth most likely arose due to the widely held belief that pests congregate to areas that are dirty or in disrepair. While there are certain types of pests that are attracted to these types of conditions, bed bugs are not among them. Bed bugs are attracted to blood, carbon dioxide, and warm, secluded spaces. For this reason, many homes and structures can be an ideal home for bed bugs. Even the nicest hotels and brand new homes have sometimes can be at risk for bed bug infestation.

 Myth 2: Bed bugs cannot be seen/ are too small to be seen

While bed bugs are very reclusive pests, it is not impossible for humans to spot them. Adult bed bugs grow to around 5mm, and are usually bright red in color. This myth most likely became popular due to the fact that bed bugs, as nocturnal creatures, only emerge late at night to feed. Because of this, it can seem like the bed bugs are completely invisible, leaving signs of activity but disappearing from sight by morning.

Myth 3: Bed bugs will not enter well lit spaces

 Bed bugs are creatures that prefer to be in darkness. As nocturnal feeders, they usually leave their hiding spaces after dark. However, while that may be their preference, they are not deterred by light, and they will still emerge to feed in rooms that are lit if necessary.

Myth 4: Bed bugs transmit diseases

 This misconception is probably due to the tendency for most blood feeding pests, such as mosquitoes, to be vectors of disease. While bed bugs certainly feed on blood, there has been no presented case in which a disease was spread by a bed bug. Despite this, they are still listed as a public health pest by the CDC and the EPA.

Myth 5: Pesticide products alone can treat bed bugs

 

This is by far one of the most problematic misconceptions about bed bugs. Many people, including some pest control companies, are of the belief that a simple application of product can completely deal with be bugs. However, this is untrue. Not only are pesticides typically unable to target the entire population, bed bugs in particular regions can develop a resistance to certain products, making them ineffective against the infestation. While pesticides can certainly be a part of the solution, completely eliminating a bed bug infestation requires a targeted strategy with multiple parts. These treatment strategies are not generalized, and typically each infestation requires a unique approach formulated by a pest control professional.

Conclusion:

Bed bugs are one of the most difficult to eliminate pests that homeowners can face. They are tenacious and can create a great degree of frustration. Because of this, it is important that homeowners have a company that they can trust to help them deal with their bed bug problems in the best possible way.

At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Our technicians are highly trained, and begin any treatment process with a thorough inspection of your home. After this we formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to completely eliminate any pest presence in your home as well as any conditions that might be conducive to future infestation!

 

So if you are dealing with bed bugs, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

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How do you keep your home bed bug free? Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

In our previous articles, we have discussed how a homeowner might be able to identify bed bugs, as well as the ways bed bugs tend to access your home. However, one big question remains: how do you keep your home bed bug free?

 The fact is, once bed bugs have established themselves in your home, it is significantly more difficult to keep them out as opposed to taking measures to keep your home bed bug free to begin with. In our previous article, (Check that article out here: http://arrowps.com/uncategorized/1091/) we discussed how bed bugs often enter homes traveling inside luggage or furniture. Due to this, one of the best steps homeowners can take to keep their homes free of bedbugs is to carefully inspect and clean any luggage or furniture before it is brought into the home. This can help to significantly reduce the chances of bed bugs being brought into the home in the first place.

 Like many other pests, bed bugs prefer to hide in secluded, cluttered areas.

Cleaning up areas with clutter can help to expose any active infestations and reduce possible habitation areas. Another important step is to regularly wash an linens and sheets with the hottest possible temperature, as these are common hiding areas for bed bugs. The heat from this washing will kill any bed bugs inside and destroy any eggs.

 If you are already dealing with an active infestation, your best option is to call Arrow Pest Service.

While there are a variety of products marketed for bed bug treatment, many of these products are Kill-On-Contact, which means that they are only effective against pests that are directly exposed to them. Since the majority of the typical bed bug population remains in hiding, these products will do nothing to deal with the larger problem. Due to this, the best option for treatment is a professional technician inspecting the property and applying treatment capable of completely eradicating the infestation.

 At Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience dealing with bed bugs. Our technicians are highly trained, and begin any service with a thorough inspection of your property. Once we have identified any signs of pest activity or conditions conducive to infestation, we will formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to completely deal with your pest problems!

 

So if you are dealing with bed bugs, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

PS. Don’t Forget to ask about our 3 Months FREE Pest Control Offer & 1 Month FREE Lawn Spraying!!!

PPS. Ask about our FREE Exclusive 58 Point

 

How do bed bugs get inside my house?, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Last week, we discussed how homeowners can identify signs of bed bug activity in their home. Unfortunately, even if homeowners are able to identify bed bugs, there is a great deal of misinformation surrounding bed bugs that can make it difficult to understand what they are and how they are able to access your home. In this article, I hope to to explain what exactly bed bugs are, and how they are able to get inside your home.

 What are they?

 Bed bugs are members of the the taxonomical family Cimicidae, which contains a variety of parasitic insects. Not all members of Cimicidae are bed bugs, and in fact this family contains certain species that prefer the blood of other species, such as the bat bug. The name bed bug typically refers to Cimex lectularius, also known as the common bed bug. This name was given due to the pest’s tendency to hide in sheets and beneath mattresses.

 As parasites, bed bugs feed exclusively on the blood of an external host. Unlike other common blood sucking insects such as mosquitoes, the common bed bug has a preference for human blood, and will seek it out over the blood of other creatures.

 There is a common misconception that bed bugs spread bacteria and diseases when feeding. Fortunately, there has been no recorded instance of a bed bug spreading a pathogen or illness to a host by feeding. While this is fortunate, their bites can still cause problems such as itchiness, rashes, and sometimes symptoms similar to an allergic reaction.

 Bed bugs have been a pest for thousands of years, while they were almost completely wiped out at one point in the United States, they have become a growing problem in recent years. While the main cause of their return is up for debate, most experts believe that increased international travel and the banning of more powerful pesticides have contributed to increased activity. Whatever the reason, bed bugs are tenacious pests, and they are difficult to completely eradicate.

 How do they access your home?

 Bed bugs are often spread due to travel. They often move from location to location inside of luggage from travelers. This can be especially difficult when they are released in hotels, as this allows them the chance to spread to many different places as guests check in and then leave, unknowingly carrying stray bed bugs. It is important that to note that bed bugs are not just found in dirty or unkempt places. They are not attracted to filth, and can infest even the cleanest homes and most luxurious hotels. Because of this, it is always important for travelers to carefully check their luggage to make sure that they have not picked up any bed bugs.

Bed bugs are excellent survivalists, able to go without eating for up to a year and survive in a fairly wide temperature range. They are naturally attracted to blood and warmth, and this will often lead them into secluded parts of your home that offer close access to a blood host. One of the most common areas that fulfills these two conditions is your mattress itself. This provides another avenue for bed bugs to access your home by hiding inside furniture, mattresses, and sheets, which can be donated or moved into a new space.

 Homeowners are often surprised to find a massive infestation of bed bugs that seemingly appeared in their home out of thin air. This is due to the incredible reproductive rate of the bed bug. A few female bed bugs can quickly create a large population in a new area, all the while remaining completely hidden from homeowners. For this reason, it is possible that bed bugs you find in your home may have enter weeks prior to when they are found, and this can make it difficult to identify the source of the infestation.

 The fact is, bed bugs are difficult to find, and they have recently become more resistant to certain pesticides. This can make it difficult to keep your home completely safe from bed bugs. For this reason, it is extremely important to reduce the likelihood of bed bugs accessing your home in the first place. By carefully checking any luggage or furniture before bringing it into your home, you can mitigate the risk of bed bug infestation. If you are already dealing with a bed bug infestation, it is essential to call in a professional pest service that can provide the necessary treatment plan to deal with the problem before it gets out of hand.

 At Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience treating bed bugs. Our technicians can thoroughly inspect your home, identify any signs of pest activity, and formulate a safe, efficient, and targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems once and for all!

 If you are concerned about the risk bed bugs pose to your home, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

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Bed bug problem, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

The bed bug is a pest that is viewed with fear and repugnance.

A bed bug infestation is a nightmare that owners of homes and hotels fear, and for good reason. Bed bugs are very difficult to deal with, and it can take months to fully eliminate an infestation from a home. For this reason, it is very important to be informed about bed bugs and the ways to mitigate the risk they pose to your home.

Bed bugs are small, round insects with a red and brown body coloration. While they are easy to identify when spotted, their reclusive nature can make them difficult to identify until they have built up a significant population inside your home.

 Due to their secluded nature, bed bugs will often hide in areas around the home that are both well hidden and offer access to a host for blood meals, be that a person or a pet. They are commonly found in areas such as mattress seams, sheets, furniture, near baseboards, or in closets.

Bed bugs are nocturnal insects, and therefore they will remain hidden until they emerge to feed after dark. Often, the first evidence of bed bug activity are the bites found on people and pets in the home. Another common sign of bed bug activity are the skins left behind by young, developing bed bugs as they grow. Bed bugs also leave behind black or brown stains from defecation, which will often be found around their hiding areas.

 Bed bugs are a problematic and tenacious pest.

Homeowners who see any possible signs of bed bug activity should have call in a professional pest service to inspect and treat their property.

 At Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience treating bed bugs. Our technicians can thoroughly inspect your home, identifying any signs of bed bug activity, and then provide you with a safe and targeted treatment plan to solve your pest problems once and for all!

 

So if you are concerned about potential bed bug activity in your home, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 Here’s to YOU living pest free!

 Mack

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