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It’s Bed Bug Awareness Week!

Remind Your Customers of the Importance of Early Detection

It’s Bed Bug Awareness Week! The campaign taking place this week of June 4-10, 2017 is led each year by the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA). The goal is simple: spread consumer awareness about protecting against bed bugs. This well-timed campaign kicks off at the start of the busy summer travel season, a prime time to come into contact with the dreaded bed bug.

As those of us who work in the industry understand, early detection of bed bugs is key to prompt control. The market certainly doesn’t lack in bed bug monitors or devices to detect bed bugs early. Most are great products but often time’s price, aesthetics or some other reason will cause resistance on the part of the customer. Perhaps the key to monitoring is this: keep it simple.

Having been out on a lot of bed bug jobs and doing my own field research I am convinced that installing glue monitors in sleeping areas is an excellent means in which we can detect bed bugs early. While it may seem overly simple, it truly is a versatile piece that can be placed nearly anywhere, is reasonably priced and most importantly, it is effective. And beyond just finding bed bugs, of course, glue boards are going to catch a lot of other pests should they be present. They offer peace of mind to homeowners who have concerns or are at high risk of an infestation.

Multi-unit housing offers our industry an excellent opportunity to start a proactive bed bug monitoring program. Multi-unit housing is certainly at high-risk for a bed bug infestation as bed bugs, being as thin as a credit card, can easily slip between cracks and crevices in the walls and infest neighboring units. Recently a new law is forcing landlords in New York City to disclose if their building has bed bugs. It is possible for other cities across the nation to follow suit.

While landlords may not want to or may not be able to consider high-priced bed bug monitoring programs, a simple one that includes the installation of glue monitors such as our BDS 2.0 or Slider seems realistic. Glue monitors are simple and affordable and they give peace of mind to not only residents but also to landlords and property managers who can do something to make an effort to monitor for pests that may affect their residents.

When installing glue monitors into a bedroom it is ideal to place them near the sleeping area. We know that bed bugs, in general, live as close to their food source as possible. When considering placement around a sleeping area consider this: a person’s head gives off the most body heat and bed bugs are attracted to heat and CO2 among other things. This makes behind the headboard or the head of the bed a prime location to monitor in many instances.

If you have an existing infestation in one unit consider utilizing standard monitors such as our 100i, 288i or even our 72TB on neighboring unit floors.

You may want to decide if you will be the prime person to check monitors or if you will have landlords or residents keep an eye on them. Regardless of who reports hits be sure to remind your accounts that one of the biggest reasons for continued or ongoing infestations are DIY remedies. When residents become aware of a problem they often try to take matters into their own hands with products that may not be suited or labeled for bedbugs. Home remedies are often used with potentially serious harmful results. Spraying chemicals without a thorough understanding of the behavior of bed bugs can not only be dangerous but often results in the bed bugs dispersing throughout the room or house.
Bed bugs are simply not a DIY pest.

Ed Dolshun is Vice President of Business Development for Atlantic Paste & Glue Company located in Bayonne, NJ


Creating an Effective, Profitable Stink Bug Program with Immediate Results


Well the predictions were wrong and the invasive pest from Asia, the stink bug, did not freeze to death during this past winter’s polar vortex. We bet you have mixed feelings about that! We understand just how frustrating stink bug work can be for a pest professional. You communicate time and again how important a timely outdoor spray is to control indoor stink bug populations and yet nobody seems to hear you. Homeowners don’t seem to pick up the phone until stink bugs are falling off of their ceilings and onto their dinner tables in the spring. Then they call you to treat the problem and you have to sell them a program that they probably won’t see the benefits of until next spring when they see less stink bugs inside of their home. It’s just not an easy sell and many pest professionals have felt that their hands were tied with treatment options to put to use inside of homes for stink bugs.

Now you can stop selling a treatment program that your home or business owners won’t see the benefits of until the following season. You can complement your current program with a couple of indoor products that will help you achieve immediate results. The Catchmaster® GLOstik™ combo can be used in the attics or top floors of your client’s structure, place them on the south and west sides, which is where stink bugs are known to enter. One of the most exciting features of the GLOstik™ is you can use it in areas where there is no outlet! The light attracts stink bugs to the trap and the glue ensures that they stay there for good.

You can also offer control for stink bugs that are already in the living areas of your client’s homes! Our SilenTrap™ Flying Insect Trap is small light and decorative enough to be used within a room where stink bugs are present. The light can be simply placed on a tabletop or even hung in the room if space allows. There is no annoying zap sounds or an unhygienic mess like that found with other traps on the market. The SilenTrap™ is perfect for indoor use in a residential or business setting.

Now you CAN offer indoor stink bug control for those active infestations inside of homes and businesses with these two innovative products. What makes them even better is your clients will love that they catch not only stink bugs but other flying insects as well! Learn more about the Catchmaster® GLOstick™ and SilenTrap™, visit us online today.


The Secret EVERY PMP Should Know About Baiting for Mice and Rats


Catchmaster_TECH TIP_Cotton Whisp_602PE TrapGot a tough rodent infested account that you are struggling with? We know the feeling, we’re from New York, home of the roughest, toughest, and we will even say smartest rodents around! If the peanut butter, snickers, bacon or bait just isn’t cutting it inside your account, then you came to the right place. Our sales force goes out and gets dirty! From the underground of the NYC subways to suburban homes plagued by rodents from our harsh winter, they have seen it all. And, they have a secret to share about baiting for rats and mice.

For time savings and a lasting bait for your toughest accounts try this special rodent bait recipe:

  1. Females are always searching for nesting materials. Cotton balls or small pieces of thread or twine will do the job.
  2. Add a fragrant attractant such as bacon grease, anchovy paste or vanilla extract to the cotton (you are now appealing to both sexes).
  3. Pre-load your rat and mouse snap traps with the scented cotton whisps placed under the “C” on the trap trigger.
  4. Voila! You have a new, varied and unusual bait to try which could mean the difference between success and failure!

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