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Bed Bug Problems | MI Pest Control Services

Bedbugs get their name because of where they prefer to live and eat It’s all about the bed. It’s where they find and feast upon your blood, they’re only food source. They often remain right on that bed, hiding while they digest their food and eliminate wastes. It’s also where they transition with life, mating and laying eggs. The little ones grow and shed their skin, multiple times.

You just don’t really know that bed bugs are right there in your bed, or very close by it.

They are nocturnal and do their moving around and eating at night. After a good meal, thanks to you, they hide and may not eat again for a week. They don’t all share the same schedule so you could be fed upon multiple times during the week. It takes awhile to discover this because not everyone reacts to their bites.

Those that do have a reaction will itch with perhaps raised, red areas. Pay attention to the location of the irritation. They would be on exposed skin, maybe in a linear pattern. If you find this to be your situation or a family member’s and you haven’t been around mosquitoes lately, investigate.

They cozy up in any type of seam you can find and there are plenty of them. They are a part of all the linens, mattress and box spring. Should there be any tears in that last item, boy does that provide all types of hiding places for them. There are so many boards, bolts and fabric.

Look closely. Do you see any blood or peppered looking stains? See any flakes of skin or tiny eggs? Do you see the real deal? Them? They look like thin apple seeds. Call a professional bed bug exterminator as soon as possible. They can also be anywhere near the bed whether that’s furniture, carpet, electronics, or curtains. They’re challenging to get rid of and may require multiple treatments to affect all life cycles of this pest!

If you think you have an infestation of bed bugs or any other type of pest in your home or business call Hi-Tech Pest Control. Hi-Tech Pest Control is Michigan’s #1 bed bug exterminator and is the only Michigan bed bug company to offer a 6-month warranty on all bed bug extermination services We have been successfully exterminating pests for over 30 years. Call us today for a free inspection!

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Bed Bugs and Midnight Cravings

Think about midnight cravings as you are watching a late-night movie. Those cravings seem to intensify when a little one is expected. This is all about the human, but what about another living creature, a pest really. When it comes to bedbugs, their general meal time is midnight until 5:00am, depending on their human host’s schedule.

Bed bugs live a cryptic life style and hide during the day, often with others within cracks and crevices. They don’t want to be seen. They don’t want to be disturbed.

After the female bedbug’s traumatic insemination, she can be independent for quite some time without a male in her life. She can ever create an infestation within your home all by herself. All she needs to do is have her regular bloodmeals. The more she eats, the more eggs she can produce. Weekly feedings can really promote this versus monthly ones.

The female bed bug can get things started so that the end result is the possibility of a bedbug population doubling every sixteen days! She will most likely lay one to seven eggs in a little over a week. She has the potential though to lay five to twenty eggs during a ten-day span after one bloodmeal. In order to produce more eggs, she needs to eat again.

She can continue with this pattern until she runs out of sperm. To obtain that she doesn’t have to look far. A grown up male offspring can be called upon. The eggs she lays are a pretty fair ratio of males and females.

The female bedbug is pretty active at night. She might lay her eggs in groups or as she wanders around anywhere within a room. Those eggs could be almost anywhere. Sixty percent of them will hatch when six days old. Ninety percent hatch by the ninth day. All in all, ninety-seven percent of them will survive and hatch. This female alone has the capacity to lay one hundred and forty eggs within her lifetime, which is about a year.

Remember that this lady needs to eat to produce those eggs. The little ones, they go through five stages before they grow up. Just like she needs to eat to produce, they need to eat to make it to the next stage. Those meals are all close to midnight, before dawn. Whether you’re in a deep sleep in your cozy bed, or have crashed on the couch, you’re their meal ticket. They know how to find you!

Hi-Tech Pest Control is Michigan’s #1 bed bug exterminator and is the only Michigan bed bug company to offer a 6-month warranty on all bed bug extermination services! If you think you have been invaded by bed bugs or any other type of pest in your home or business, call Hi-Tech Pest Control. We have been successfully exterminating pests for over 30 years. Call us today for a free inspection!

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Types of Ants in Michigan | Pest Control Services

Michigan has 113 species of ants! Some of them colonize on property and are destructive. The three focused on here are Allegheny, Odorous House, and Carpenter. You may discover some on your yard, maybe some in your home. It’s good to know what type of ant you are dealing with.

A colony of ants in your home or business is never wanted so a pest control service can help.

Walking around your yard you may see dead patches of grass. Look closely. It could be something else altogether. That’s what appears for the allegheny ants. Should this patch begin to mound, rising up from the grass then you have discovered their colony after years of work! From here it will extend four feet above ground and three feet below. Plants, grasses and trees within fifty-foot circle of their nests are in danger. They bite and deposit deadly formic acid. The residents include many queens and about 200,000 workers. They don’t sting, but with such strong mandibles they can give you a painful bite! Their positive contribution to the world is that they eat lots of bugs.

Odorous ants get their name because they smell when crushed. It resembles a rotten coconut or blue cheese dressing. This is the most common ant in Michigan and all of North America. They are attracted to sweet, sugary foods and you just may find some on your counter tops or on your table.

Don’t be surprised if they show up in your food pantry and destroy your edibles. You won’t be happy with what they can do to your garden plants either. They can create colonies in your home, hiding within moist flooring, hollow walls, or any termite ravished wood. You will most likely find nests under rocks or wooden planks. This group is smaller with around a population of 1,000.

Carpenter ants are the giants of the ant population and are one of our most common ones. They like to nest in stumps and hollow tree trunks. They are quite the builders, or excavators! Their home develops with tunnels, nesting galleries, and satellite colonies full of workers. It’s possible for them to find their way into your home if you have rotting wood. If you see one roaming in your home in the summer, it probably got lost on its journey. If you see one in the winter, you’ve probably got a colony within your own structure. They can really wreak havoc on foundations and weaken wooden structures.

Quite the trio! Inside or out, ants are certainly unwanted pests so once you have identified a problem calling a professional exterminator is next. Hi-Tech Pest Control Services has been eradicating bedbugs and all types of pests for over 30 years!

At Hi-Tech Pest Control, we pride ourselves on doing the jobs those other guys can’t do. Whether it stings, crawls, flies, bites, or destroys, our professional exterminators can solve it – including cockroaches, yellow jackets, mice, carpenter ants, wasps, and other stinging insects! Call today for a Free inspection!

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The World of Wasps | Pest Control Services

They look so much like bees. Not that you would wish for a close inspection, but if you were you would see pointed abdomens and a narrow area leading up to their thorax. They all build nests that look papery because they chew wood fibers into a pulp to build. Coming in a variety of colors, the more colorful tend to the ones that sting.

We don’t really consider good things about wasps, other than they sting and it’s a pest we do not want in or around our home.

Many of us have memories of encountering a nest, being chased, being stung, being in pain! What could possibly be good about them? There are two categories of them: social and solitary. The latter are helpful to nature.

Solitary wasps are helpful for the ecosystem. They prey upon so many pests and help to control a number of populations. In fact, in the agriculture industry, they are deployed to protect crops from others. They rely on the venom of their stingers to hunt. Should you come into contact with their nest, use caution. Professionals can relocate them.

The social ones are probably the ones from our nightmares. They include the yellow jackets and hornets. The season begins with one and ends with around 5,000! Each spring, a queen fertilized from the previous year survived the winter by hibernating in a warmer spot. She emerges, builds a small nest and rears her starter brood. They are worker females.

 

Wasps are diligent workers. The nest evolves with six-sided cells and the queen continues laying her eggs throughout the expanded home. By the end of summer all 5,000 of them and their queen die. Only the newly fertilized queens survive and then it starts all over.

Now their stingers are for defense. Wasps don’t like being disturbed. Remember they’re social and where there’s one there’s a ton! If you disturb just one, the others know right away and look out! The one you had the misfortune of coming into contact with emits a pheromone, a chemical and this has all of them headed your way. When a wasp is unhappy, it can sting and sting and sting repeatedly. The females are the defenders because they are the ones with the stingers. In the wasp world, girls rule!

If you think you have wasps in or around your home a professional exterminator such as Hi-Tech Pest Control can help. Hi-Tech Pest Control Services has been eradicating bedbugs and all types of pests for over 30 years. Whether it stings, crawls, flies, bites, or destroys, our professional exterminators can solve it – including cockroaches, yellow jackets, mice, carpenter ants, wasps, and other stinging insects!

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Bed bugs and Diseases

Bedbugs are a nuisance! There’s no argument there. They are challenging to get rid of and the thought that you’ve got this challenge is enough to lose a lot of sleep over. A professional bed bug exterminator can help by eradicating the problem. Beyond that, do bed bugs pose any danger to humans?

If someone was already dealing with anemia issue, having bedbugs certainly wouldn’t help the situation. Having something drain any amount of your blood of a regular basis could make the problem worse.

With any bedbug bite, it isn’t initially felt. A reaction can occur days later for some, if not most.

Those that do react may find that too much scratching has the potential to open an area. Any wound not treated properly does run the risk of infection. Do any dangers exist beyond that regarding the dreaded bedbug?

A general understanding of bedbugs transmitting diseases to people is that they don’t. However, they do have a cousin that does. It’s called the Chagas Disease, named after the doctor that discovered his patients being infected with it in Brazil. This bug is officially called Triatomine. It has nicknames such as the assassin or the kissing bug and it is a cousin to the bedbug. Although this disease is most prevalent in South American, that is changing due to more outbreaks further north than usual. It has now been found in Europe and in southern parts of the United States. This is most likely due to travel, immigration and infected blood transfusions. The U.S. is starting to screen donated blood to prevent the spread.

This crazy bug and bedbugs are related. They also share feeding habits. That is feasting on humans while they are asleep. If this kissing bug can pass this disease on, can its cousin? Within laboratory experiments, it would appear that the answer is yes.

Mice with the disease were with bedbugs for a month. After this time, the bugs did acquire the parasite that carries the disease. Having these bedbugs with uninfected mice for a month found they did transfer this disease. Things are very different in a lab and in real life though.

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One thing that may put us to rest about these finding is an additional detail about those kissing bugs. They get that name because unlike bedbugs that bite any exposed skin, their cousins bite the face! Not only that, following their feast, they defecate there near that wound that creates the problem. Bedbugs are too private for that. They go right into hiding to take care of business. For now, we can conclude that when it comes to this disease, we’re safe. If you think you have a bed bug problem, or any other pest infestation call a professional exterminator today.

Hi-Tech Pest Control is Michigan’s #1 bed bug exterminator and is the only Michigan bed bug company to offer a 6-month warranty on all bed bug extermination services! If you think you have been invaded by bed bugs or any other type of pest in your home or business, call Hi-Tech Pest Control. We have been successfully exterminating pests for over 30 years. Call us today for a free inspection!

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Bedbugs continue to invade homes and businesses mainly because they are not seasonal pests. They only need blood to survive. If the adults need to fast, no problem. They go to the end of their life expectancy, a year, only to be able to then lay eggs and start over. Not only do they invade homes and businesses, but department stores, tourist attractions and movie theaters!

New York City is famous for movies involving an attack from creatures. In real life, several years ago, they were. The creatures involved were bedbugs. Just like so many residents and tourists loving the theater, so did the bugs! The famous Carnegie Hall had a problem.

Bedbugs were reportedly a problem throughout all of New York that year and then went for the big time.

Due to the problem they had become, the theater had preventative measures taken. There were having monthly inspections conducted with a canine unit. Upon discovering some bedbugs in an isolated area backstage, they went in for a complete treatment. Employees removed all belonging from lockers for two weeks. They never found the bug in any of the three auditoriums but did a thorough job to make the place a desired destination once again.

In the summer of that year, bedbugs went to the movies. Literally! They invaded Time Square’s twenty-five screen movie theater. A guest had reported being bitten. The bugs themselves were found to be in two seats within the theater. Those seats were taken out and new ones brought in and installed. A proper treatment was applied throughout and repeated two weeks later. Then it happened again. Another guest had been bitten. It is really difficult to get rid of bedbugs and numerous treatments are needed. It was closed, inspected and more bugs found within the auditorium. Treatments continued until they felt it was an attraction to reopen to the public. After bedbug bites reported in their theater in Harlem, all theaters received inspections and necessary attention.

As it stands now in 2018, New York City is not number four on the list of infestations within populated cities. The now occupy the number 8 spot. Baltimore holds the number one position. Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, and Columbus, Ohio are the nation’s top five. Our Detroit isn’t far behind, holding the number seven spot. Wherever to are, wherever you go, you stand the risk of coming into contact with these hitchhikers.

Hi-Tech Pest Control Services has been eradicating bedbugs and all types of pests for over 30 years and is the only Michigan bed bug company to offer a 6-month warranty on all bed bug extermination services! If you think you have been invaded by bed bugs or any other type of pest in your home or business, call Hi-Tech Pest Control. We have been successfully exterminating pests for over 30 years. Call us today for a free inspection! To learn more visit

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Bed Bugs and Pets

Bedbugs are a blood-sucking insect that negatively impact public health and well-being of all socioeconomic classes. They don’t even have a preference of dirty over clean. Everyone is at risk, even household pets. They really took off in the late 1990’s as household pests in developed countries around the world.

Bed bugs are a problem in both residential and commercial places. Although not as common, household pets can be at risk as well.

These pests can potentially feed on any warm-blooded animals. They do prefer people though. If they do feast on your pet, it would be in an area with less hair or feathers. They like to hide after eating so it would be very unlikely for them to remain on your pet. They may take refuge in pet bedding or pet carriers and that could create a problem. Should these get transported to other areas, other homes, then there is the risk for them to spread to new sites.

Many people have their dogs protected from fleas and ticks with treatment. This protects them from bed bugs as well. Never use this treatment on humans as it is not safe nor has it ever shown to be of any help. It is potentially deadly to use on cats and poisonous to other animals. Always utilize any flea and tick treatment that is animal specific to keep them safe.

Should you have the misfortune of experiencing bedbugs, professional treatment is key. They are difficult to treat with their resilient life cycle. It will most likely require return visits from a professional exterminator to be sure the problem is resolved. During any treatment you will most likely be asked to stay away from home for a number of hours as it dries. This applies to your pets too. Off for an outing perhaps with multiple cat carriers depending on your family size. Should you have an aquarium, be sure to cover it and protect that water from absorbing those chemicals and tainting that environment.

If you have pets in your home and think you may have a pest infestation of any kind, call your vet immediately. The next step is to call professional pest control. Hi-Tech Pest Control Services has been eradicating bedbugs and all types of pests for over 30 years. Whether it stings, crawls, flies, bites, or destroys, our professional exterminators can solve it – including cockroaches, yellow jackets, mice, carpenter ants, wasps, and other stinging insects!

Call us today for a free inspection!

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Bed Bugs were Early Cave Dwellers

When we think of cave dwellers from long ago, that generally creates images of humans surviving in those environments. They often left behind signs of their existence. Now, consider another living thing thriving within those caves. Bedbugs! They were cave dwellers before humans took up residence. Well, the bedbugs’ ancestors certainly were!

Bedbugs are descendants of cave dwelling bugs that originally feasted on the blood of bats.

Once humans began living there, the bugs started feasting on their blood. In time, the people moved out and started agricultural civilizations. Those bugs moved right out with them. Since then, humans have carried them all around the world.

The only thing a bedbug really needs to live on is blood. That puts them in the insect family of Cimicidae, feeding exclusively on blood. The common bedbug has five development life stages. It must feed to evolve into the next stage. This creates growth spurts too.

This means they have to make room to grow by shedding their exoskeleton. They need a meal to molt. The timing to go from egg to adult is about thirty-seven days. During those days, it hides by day and feasts by night, often in the comfort of your home, not far from your bed.

A female bedbug can be quite an independent “woman”. She can produce her eggs for a long period of time after mating only once. In fact, one session can generate 25% more eggs. In fact, one session is her preference. The whole ordeal is a painful one that is called traumatic insemination. The male’s reproductive organ actually stabs through her body wall into a specialized organ located on her right side. It’s called the organ of Berlese. The sperm is released into this body cavity and then migrates to her ovaries to fertilize her eggs. She can produce her eggs without even looking at that male for quite a long time. Along the way her wound heals. She recuperates and begins her family in places much nicer than any caves her relatives occupied.

Today we can find bed bugs anywhere, not just in the bed. If you think your home or business has been occupied by bed bugs call a bed bug exterminator immediately. Hi-Tech Pest Control Services has been eradicating bedbugs and all types of pests for over 30 years.

Hi-Tech Pest Control is Michigan’s #1 bed bug exterminator and is the only Michigan bed bug company to offer a 6-month warranty on all bed bug extermination services!

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How to Keep the Bed Bugs Away

We often advise each other to never pick up hitchhikers! Bedbugs are hitchhikers and you would never give them a lift home! They just may take it any way. There was a time when the bedbug population was greatly reduced. With an increase in travel nationally and internationally they have become more abundant. Wherever people gather and especially sleep, the potential to unknowingly pick up a hitchhiker is much more probable.

There are ways to be proactive and protect yourself, home and business from a bed bug infestation.

First, use hard sided suitcases. These are the best ones to prevent unwanted passengers. It is easier to hide in seams in fabric ones. Regardless of the type you use, inspect it thoroughly when you return home. You might want to do this out of your home as well, perhaps the garage. Look closely at the handle, wheels and any seams. Look inside it too.

When you pack your clothes, place them in sealable plastic bags. Keep your clothing packed during your trip if you can, if it’s a short duration. Keep your suitcase on the dresser, table, luggage rack and never on the floor.

Upon your return home, unpack with the lights on. A good place to do this is the laundry room. Shake out your clothes and place them right in the washing machine. Do this with all washable items before putting anything away.

Let’s say you find out that you stayed at a place that did have bedbugs and now you’ve got some serious worries. First of all, wash everything before returning home. Thoroughly wash your luggage inside and out. If you have a valued item that would be destroyed if washed, place it in a sealed bag for a year. Yes, an entire year. These pests can go that long as an adult.

Have a bed and surrounding area inspection become part of your routine whenever you changed your sheets. Check all bedding, bed and surrounding area. Focus on seams. They are small and hard to find these apple sized pests. You may see smudges of blood, shed skin, or peppered stains. These pests can be brought in by guest, kids from sleepovers, and time at camp. Be very careful when purchasing old furniture. Clean it completely! You might want to think twice about that used bed and be cautious about used couches.

Should you suspect having a bedbug problem, call pest control. Hi-Tech Pest Control services can help! It is important to catch it early. The correct treatment is needed multiple times. If a few bugs or eggs are missed, it starts all over.

Hi-Tech Pest Control is Michigan’s #1 bed bug exterminator and is the only Michigan bed bug company to offer a 6-month warranty on all bed bug extermination services! If you think you have been invaded by bed bugs or any other type of pest in your home or business, call Hi-Tech Pest Control. We have been successfully exterminating pests for over 30 years. Call us today for a free inspection!

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Bed Bugs Don’t Discriminate

As children grow, they certainly have growth spurts. There may be an increase in the amount of food they eat and how often. This is true for other living things, such as bedbugs. Although if times are tough, these bug adults can go almost a year without eating. This is close to their life expectancy, but if they can get that last meal in, then they can also lay more eggs.

Unlike full grown bed bugs, baby bed bugs can’t survive without eating.

They go through five stages before they grow up. A meal is necessary between each of them too. It generally takes thirty-five days to reach maturity. Then they lay their own eggs. The meals that enable bed bugs to grow into adulthood come from people and they don’t discriminate.

They hitchhike to new places to call home. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich, poor, or somewhere in the middle. It doesn’t matter if you’re sloppy and dirty or neat and meticulous. They don’t really care. They only thing they do care about is your blood. That is all they eat. If humans are at a shortage, pets may be preyed upon, but that’s not what they prefer.

They know how to find you because you exhale carbon dioxide when you breathe. They don’t like to be found and are really nocturnal. As you sleep, they come. The warmth of your body attracts them. After feasting, they retreat somewhere close by. It is often right there in the seams of your bed, bedding, or bed furniture. That’s how they got their name in the first place!

The need for another meal will be in about two to fives days. During that time away they digest, mate, and lay eggs. You’ll suspect a problem if you itch within a few days along with red, raised linear bites. You may not react at all, but a partner might. Only in time with either reactions or an infestation will you know of your existing problem.

They hide and do this very well. If they aren’t in some aspect of the bed, they aren’t far from it. Seventy percent of an infestation is associated with your bed and the area nearby.

This includes any top, side, or bottom of furniture. They also hide inside your electronics, outlets, books, cracks in walls. They only move onto another room when things have gotten too crowded for them. That means you have at least 80 in close proximity to your sleeping quarters. Calling a professional exterminator such as Hi-Tech Pest Control servicing Oakland County, MI is your next step! You will need them to inspect to make an accurate assessment and treatment, which may require multiple applications.

Hi-Tech Pest Control is Michigan’s #1 bed bug exterminator and is the only Michigan bed bug company to offer a 6-month warranty on all bed bug extermination services! If you think you have been invaded by bed bugs or any other type of pest in your home or business, call Hi-Tech Pest Control. We have been successfully exterminating pests for over 30 years. Call us today for a free inspection!

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