Pest Control FAQ’s West Palm Beach
After eliminating roaches, is it possible to keep them from coming back?
Cockroaches are in up to 90% of all U.S. homes at any given time, but expert pest control services can do the best job of keeping them away. There are different strategies for keeping out different species of cockroaches. Florida Environmental Pest Management (FEPM) is familiar with the most common types of local infestations in South Florida and the effective ways to stop them from getting into homes. Sealing all cracks, holes, and opening in exterior walls is important. Entering into a General Household Pest Control Agreement with FEPM provides ongoing protection against roaches as well as spiders, wasps, ants, silverfish, and grain/flour beetles.
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How can I avoid bringing bed bugs back with me from vacation?
Bed bugs tend to make their way into even the finest homes and hotels. There are some steps you can take to ensure that you don’t bring any bed bugs home with you after traveling:
- Prior to booking a hotel, read a lot of reviews, to see if there are multiple reports of bed bugs, so you know places to avoid.
- Before unpacking anything, place luggage in the tub and look for signs of bed bugs in the room. Use a flashlight to check the headboard at the front and back, bed frame, mattress, box springs and pictures for such things as blood spots, eggs, and tiny, almost translucent baby bed bugs. Remove pillowcases and inspect the seams of the pillowcases.
- Even if there are no obvious signs of bed bugs, keep luggage up on a luggage rack instead of on the bed or floor.
- Avoid using the dresser drawers.
- Hang as many clothes as possible.
- Don’t leave your computer or other items in the room on upholstered furniture.
- Since bed bugs die at temperatures above 120 degrees F, when you get home, place dirty clothes in your washing machine. Then put clothes in a loosely filled dryer and dry them on high.
- Leave your luggage in the basement or garage, instead of the living area.
- If you suspect that your luggage was exposed to bed bugs, put it in a sealed plastic bag and leave it in a hot car parked under the sun.
Contact Florida Environmental Pest Management to get rid of a bed bug infestation.
How can I keep ants from getting into my kitchen?
Ants are usually found inside cabinets, on counters, and around the dishwasher. Getting rid of ants begins with identifying the type of ant in your home. Our pest control experts at Florida Environmental Pest Management know which treatments work on the various ant species. Some can be controlled using bait, for example. FEPM offers a General Household Pest Control Agreement that covers ants and other pests.
Are mosquitos a genuine health threat?
There are at least three human diseases mosquitoes are known to transmit in the United States, and each is potentially fatal. Those diseases are: West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, and Malaria. Experts say that Zika arrived in Florida in the summer of 2016. Zika is only truly dangerous to pregnant women, since it causes microcephaly, a birth defect. No vaccine or treatment currently exists for Zika virus. Florida Environmental Pest Management offers effective, eco-friendly mosquito control services.
Can pest control help to alleviate asthma in children?
The leading trigger of allergies and asthma attacks in children is exposure to roaches. The saliva, droppings, and decomposing bodies of roaches contain allergen proteins that have proven to trigger allergies and increase the seriousness of asthma symptoms, particularly in children. With reliable pest control from Florida Environmental Pest Management, you can eliminate roaches in your home and keep them away.