“With 97 percent of U.S. pest professionals reporting they have treated for bed bugs in the past year, it’s clear that bed bugs remain a pervasive problem,” said Cindy Mannes, executive director of PPMA. “What’s more alarming, is that an overwhelming majority of bed bug calls originate as a customer calling for another type of pest, such as fleas. This extreme rate of misidentification underscores the need for public understanding of how to spot an infestation, and to hire a professional before it gets out of hand.”
Below are some key highlights from PPMA’s 2018 Bugs Without Borders survey:
1) Almost all (97 percent) pest professionals have treated bed bugs in the past year. A majority of them say that overall bed bug service work (69 percent) and the prevalence of these pests (66 percent) are increasing.
2) Bed bugs may be easily confused with other pests, as 84 percent of pest control professionals were initially contacted about a different type of pest before identifying them as bed bugs. The majority of these contacts (71 percent) were about fleas, followed by cockroaches (28 percent).
3) More than half of pest control professionals noted that they receive the most bed bug complaints during the summer, as increased travel during this time of the year may help spread bed bugs from vacation destinations to homes or even college lodgings to homes as students go on summer break.
4) The top three places where pest professionals encounter bed bugs are single-family homes (91 percent), apartments/condominiums (89 percent), and hotels/motels (68 percent). However, bed bugs can be found in high numbers in a variety of other places:
• Nursing Homes – 59 percent
• Schools & Day Care Centers – 47 percent
• Office Buildings – 46 percent
• College Dorms – 45 percent
• Hospitals – 36 percent
• Public Transportation – 19 percent
5) Bites are the most commonly reported sign of an infestation (92 percent) and more than half of people reach out for treatment after discovering bites and welts on their bodies. Although some people immediately develop a skin reaction to bites, others may take two to three days before showing obvious symptoms or any symptoms at all, meaning that people could be unaware of a bed bug problem until a full-blown infestation has taken root.
6) Typically found in couches and bed frames, bed bugs can also be found in some of the most unexpected places, including stuffed animals, wheelchairs, airplanes, school buses, purses and even inside bedside lamps.
PPMA is leading the charge for public vigilance with the launch of various media relations and social media campaigns. Industry members are encouraged to join the cause by devoting their company social media pages to bed bugs during Bed Bug Awareness Week and using the hashtag #BedBugWeek on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
The toolkit, available for download on http://ppmamainframe.org/, contains a customizable press release, suggested social media content, Bed Bug Awareness Week logos, high resolution photography, media training documents and a list of video content that can be directly embedded on a company’s website.
For more information about PPMA and its marketing programs or to subscribe to Mainframe, please visit http://www.NPMApestworld.org/PPMA.
(Pictured: In front of the Watchmaker's Initiative Building, are (kneeling, left to right): Corey Hoban (Tri-County), Jeff Moran (Tri-County), Tre Evins (The Bug Guy) and Jim Cannon (The Bug Guy); Standing (left to right): Jim Murphy (Tri-County), Jason Adam (Watchmaker student), Sam Canon (Watchmaker Instructor), Jim Gardner (Watchmaker student), Don Morton (Watchmaker student) and Ralph Taylor (The Bug Guy).)
Editor’s note: In May, pest control companies from Pennsylvania (Tri-County Pest Control, Inc.) and Delaware (The Bug Guy), with products donated by BASF, volunteered time and labor to treat the training facility for the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative, a program in which war veterans — especially disabled veterans — are taught the highly skilled art of watchmaking so that they can find employment in this field. Jean Taylor, president of the Bug Guy, Dover, Del., and Jim Murphy, president of Tri-County Pest Control, Inc., Aston, Pa., shared this experience in the following article.
In our industry, every now and again we are offered an opportunity to be a part of an amazing adventure. The collaborative efforts of Tri-County Pest Control, Inc., The Bug Guy, and BASF Pest Control Solutions was one such journey.
Few people know of the amazing horology program that is happening in the small town of Odessa, Del. A very humble gentleman, Sam Cannan, has started a world-class training program called Veterans Watchmaker Initiative. He now oversees the school and provides watchmaking training and support to honorably discharged, combat wounded and disabled veterans. These men and women learn skills that will allow them to be financially independent and all training is done at no cost to the veteran. Unfortunately, many disabled veterans struggle to find employment, so providing a viable career opportunity for our honored veterans is one of the most important things that can be done to offset this national tragedy.
The program is going exceptionally well. The school has been receiving donations from all over the world from others in the field of horology; they recognize the incredible contribution this school will make and the various lives that will be touched and changed by the mission of Veterans Watchmaker Initiative.
In April, it was discovered that termites were beginning to surface in various parts of the training facility. The school did not have the funds to deal with this issue, so Jim Murphy, president of Tri-County Pest Control, Inc., recognized the opportunity to assist. Reaching out to Ralph and Jean Taylor of Bug Guy, Dover, Del., as a show of unity between the Pennsylvania company (Tri-County) and the Delaware company (The Bug Guy). The two companies made a plan to move forward and offer the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative a gratis termite treatment as a way to show appreciation and support to this awesome organization. BASF Pest Control Solutions was pleased to assist by supplying the two companies with Termidor HE, a premium termiticide, to accomplish the job.
Each company chose a portion of the facility to provide the treatment necessary, ensuring that no areas were left unprotected. A full exterior treatment of the structure was performed; drilling and trenching were done where necessary. The interior hot-spots were drilled and treated, and certain areas, such as partition walls, were foamed between wall studs to relieve the necessity of drilling newly tiled and carpeted floors.
The two companies, previously unknown to each other, showed that amazing accomplishments can happen when the willingness and desire to help others in need takes precedent. It was a great day of collaboration and professional unity as the two companies teamed up together to assist this awesome group. What a pleasure, and honor, to share in dignity of purpose!
ORLANDO, Fla. — Harvey L. Massey, chairman and CEO of Massey Services, announces the purchase of Pest Shield Pest Control of San Antonio, Texas.
Pest Shield Pest Control employs more than 40 team members serving the greater San Antonio area. The joining of the two companies further expands Massey Services’ presence in the Texas market. Massey first entered Texas in 2012 and since then has expanded to 15 service centers operating in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio and the surrounding areas.
Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Massey Services provides service to over 550,000 customers throughout Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina and Oklahoma.
“We are pleased to welcome the Pest Shield Pest Control team members and customers to the Massey Services organization,” said Mr. Massey. “We look for companies who have a reputation for exceptional customer service and Pest Shield Pest Control has demonstrated a strong commitment to their team members and a guarantee to providing peace of mind for their customers.”
Harvey L. Massey, an industry leader and 54-year veteran of the pest management and landscape services industries, founded Massey Services in 1985. Massey Services is the fifth largest pest management company in the industry. In addition, Massey Services is the largest, privately owned family company in the industry.
The following companies are now QualityPro accredited:
- Integrity Pest Management of Fallon, Nev.
- Harris Pest Control of Effingham, S.C.
Learn more about QualityPro at https://www.npmaqualitypro.org/