Monday, July 27, 2009

Tips on protecting your home castle from home invasion of bedbugs Part I

New York City has been invaded. And as goes New York, so goes the nation. These ugly blood suckers are not only here in the Big Apple but they have hitched free rides by unsuspecting and unaware travelers spreading their generations out across the nation to many of the finest apartments, homes and hotels.

Major cities are affected the most but small towns, USA, are not spared either.

In fact, it has finally gotten so bad that the major news media outlets, such as Fox News, NBC, and even weekly local papers, such as the Queens Chronicle, are finally shouting it from the roof tops what has already become a living nightmare to many thousands of New Yorkers on a nightly basis.

There can be no doubt that these disgusting tiny vampires gained a huge beach head in their invasion because of two responses of ours as a society.... the first one is embarrassment, to admit the problem, to get help. The second is the "help" wasn't much help. DDT, the best chemical weapon we humans had to beat bedbug population down was outlawed awhile ago and many of the professional exterminators wouldn't even touch a bedbug problem up until a few short years ago. CONNEX Environmental was among the first to answer the call.

So, you may be wondering just how long can you escape from the clutches of such a nasty curse when they seem to be everywhere and closing in?

Well, I have some news that should have you sleeping better at night. If you follow these safety tips you should be able to reduce the odds immensely of your home or apartment ever getting invaded by this sleep destroying army of insects.

And if through no fault of your own, should you become one of the Big Apple bedbug statistics - you know you have a seasoned professional exterminator to come to your rescue: CONNEX Environmental. We are available 24/7. You can sleep safely at night knowing that CONNEX Environmental is on guard to defend your home from invasion whenever you need us. We have the solution to your bedbug problem. Call and ask us about our green solutions and people with allergies.

Since bedbug extermination is not a do-it yourself job -- here are some things you can do to protect yourself and your home:

#1 Never, never and I repeat never, bring home a mattress you found in the street. Or a chair. Or a bookcase. Or a (fill in the blank). You get the idea, no? Now to most people this sounds like common sense and you are saying to yourself that you would never do such a thing.... but there are hundreds, and thousands of people who think they just won the dumpster diving lottery when they see that almost brand new Sealy posture pedic kicked to the curb. It doesn't occur to them that it was thrown out for a reason. This includes ANY furniture. Bedbugs hide in wood joints too. New York has rich garbage, some of the richest on the planet.... much of it is tempting to drag home.... but please don't. Those innocent days are over.

#2 Never buy a mattress from someone who collects and recycles old mattresses then flips them, selling them as new. Do I need to explain this one after reading #1? If you see a neighbor bringing in a recycled mattress better educate them quickly or soon his/her bedbug problem will be yours, I can guarantee it. Especially if your live in an apartment building. The more neighbors you educate about where they buy their mattresses, the safer you will be.

#3 - Even when you buy a new mattress from a reputable mattress company or store.... if they pick up your old mattress well, guess what? They are picking up other people's old mattresses that very well may have been bedbug infested. And those mattresses go on their truck uncovered with bedbugs and bedbug eggs dripping all over the cab of the truck and your new mattress even though plastic covered comes into your home with some of them tiny bastards stuck on the new mattress covering or the delivery men's shoes or pants cuffs. Remember, all it takes is one determined bug or egg sack and your are infested. Buy only from stores that do NOT take away the old mattress. Gone are the days when removal of the old mattress is considered a buying perk.

#3 - When moving and using a moving truck, ask them how often they spray their trucks. If they look at you like they don't understand... get a moving quote from someone else. Insist on them doing a bug treatment before they pick up your stuff. Otherwise, seriously consider renting a U-Haul and get the cab sprayed by a professional. The peace of mind is worth it. You wouldn't sit on a public toilet seat would you? In most cases, ANY moving expenses are a tax write off... check with your accountant. If your employer is relocating you, chances are they won't mind picking up the tab if you explain why.

#4 - Have your new EMPTY home or apartment sprayed THOROUGHLY by a professional exterminator BEFORE you move in your things. If renting, your landlord should not have a problem providing this service. And unless you are buying a brand new home, never assume a home is clean of pests because it's been empty for a time. Bed bugs can live up to a year without feasting on flesh. Insist that it is bedbug treated which is different from other pest control measures.

A professional exterminator will see to it that your new home is free not only of night time creepy crawlies but of any other household vermin that love to live rent free and make our lives miserable.

Next up, tips on how to protect yourself when traveling
or when you have a house guest visit you.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Why Fly Swatters Work

Q. - what's the last thing to go through a fly's brain just before it hits your car windshield?

A. - it's @sshole.

And that is why flies are known as the A-holes of the insect world. They are a major filthy pain in the ass whether they, or you, are indoors or outdoors. Flies can sense the opportunity of an open door or window in a heartbeat and zoom right into your home. They are also amazing escape artists.

So back to why fly swatters work -- they work because they are scientifically designed to work against the fly's natural defenses to be swatted. Forget the rolled up newspaper, that's for intimidating your dog when he messed up on your new wall to wall. Forget using your flip flop sandal or your baseball cap, that tiny high pitch noise is the little bugger laughing at you as it zeroes in on your ham sandwich as it's next landing zone.

The fly escapes swatting because it has to ability to sense the whoosh of in-coming air in it's general direction from whatever you may have in hand to smash it to smithereenies. And unless you are some sort of kung-fu master, you'll never catch one with your bare hands.

The simply ordinary fly swatter however, has holes or slots cut out of the swat head.
And this greatly reduces the air whoosh which the fly uses to calculate take off and escape. Still it does take some speed on your part because the little nasty bugger has eyes that see in every direction imaginable. But you can get good at this, you really can. I smashed four flies the other day before my morning coffee. Even my cats were impressed... they look at me like it's my job now to keep the vermin out of their litter box.

I have fly swatters strategically placed all around my home especially in the summer months. But some hardy flies will survive even in winter. I keep my eye on the target, wait for it to land, while reaching for the swatter and I try to come from the side instead of from the top.... oh, make sure you cover your drink if you have one near by.... and execute. Literally.

Many times when your make your hit, the fly does a screaming death flip and you never know where it may land.... so take precautions to cover or remove your food or drink, if possible.

Fly tape is also simply, cheap and works remarkable well. However, it is extremely ugly to have hanging in your home especially if you entertain a lot. Fly swatting is so much more satisfying and if you make a game of it, it can be fun.
It's much cheaper than chasing flies with your Buick and who knows, if you get good enough you may even be able to challenge Mr. Obama to a fly swatting contest.

Practice makes perfect -- check this out - before PETA has it removed: