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Your Guide to Prepping Facilities for Winter

When we think of winterizing, we often simply think about preparing for the colder temperatures, ensuring that pipes don’t burst and the like. But proper winterization is about more than inspecting pipes. It’s about improving the heating efficiency in your facilities, increasing safety and workflows, and ensuring that the occupants are comfortable and content throughout the cooler months.

If you own facilities that need to get ready for winter, then you’ve come to the right place. Here is your guide to getting ready, including the importance of removing and replacing old insulation in your attic or crawlspace.

The Importance of Removing Insulation
One of the first things that we recommend anyone do when winterizing a facility is removing old insulation in the attic or crawlspaces. This is absolutely vital for a number of reasons, some of which we will cover later in this article. The two we will focus on here are health and air quality.

While increasingly rare in many states and counties across the United States, asbestos insulation is still in our facilities. In fact, asbestos is still legally allowed to be used in some commercial and industrial environments in the US. While it can be safe if never disturbed, the truth is that asbestos insulation can cause a lot of health issues for people inside the building. Especially if that insulation was blown-in, which means it can be loose and end up floating around.

Asbestos has been linked to a number of health issues, including increased instances of lung disease and lung cancer that can ultimately be fatal. It’s for this reason that you should have any insulation in your attic and crawlspaces removed by professionals who know how to handle asbestos.

The second reason you will want to remove old insulation is air quality. Just as asbestos can get into the air throughout a facility, so can dust, mold and other particles and contaminants that get into the air and lower the overall quality. Mold can also pose certain health risks, and wet or dusty insulation can create a musty smell that can be distracting and intrusive.

Why You Should Replace Your Existing Insulation
Removing old insulation is the first step for winterizing your facilities. The second step is replacing that old insulation with the new. Depending on the type of attics and/or crawlspaces, you may have multiple options for insulation, including blown-in insulation that can easily fill a space and improve your facility’s heating efficiency.

The most immediate benefit to insulation replacement is this increased efficiency, which will likely lower your monthly heating bills. It can also help keep a space cool in the summertime, lowering your air conditioning and cooling expenses as well. So, while we think of insulation as a winterizing tactic, it actually pays for itself year-round.

High-quality insulation replacement doesn’t just replace insulation, either. When you choose professionals, they can also offer additional services while they replace insulation that can improve efficiencies. These services can include air sealing, sanitization, and deodorizing, all of which can improve the air quality, mood of the occupants, and safety at the same time.

The Costs Associated with Improper Winterizing
There are a number of costs associated with improper winterization, or simply ignoring the important work of preparing for winter. Probably the most obvious is the increased heating costs that you can experience throughout the winter. Next would be emergency repairs needed to fix issues like burst pipes. Since water damage can be extremely expensive, it’s always better to perform preventative maintenance through inspections and turning off outside water when it isn’t required.

The major cost that can potentially result from failing to winterize, however, is related to safety. Things like fire routes being blocked, slippery surfaces, and other issues can all arise, putting people at risk while increasing your liability. It’s always better to properly prepare for the cooler months to keep people safe and avoid these potential costs.

Other Important Tips for Winterizing Your Facilities
Once you have removed and replaced all of your insulation, it’s time to look at other ways to winterize your facilities. Here are just a few tips that we recommend that can lower your monthly bills while keeping people safe and comfortable.

Take a look at your outside grounds and make sure that your sprinkler faucets and outside faucets are shut off. This will reduce the chances of pipes bursting during the colder months, especially if the area experiences unexpected cold snaps.

Look at all of your doors and windows. Replacing old windows with energy-efficient ones is a great way to reduce heating and cooling costs. Window frames and door frames also tend to leak, so sealing them can control heat, humidity, and cold.

Your roof could be an issue as well. Have someone inspect your roof for potential damage, such as storm damage, tree damage, or signs of excess moss or mold. Repairing this damage can help improve overall safety and ensure your roof is doing its part in helping insulate the facilities.

Pipes can burst in the winter, especially if you experience cold snaps. Be sure to check pipes inside and outdoors for any that need new insulation or could potentially burst. At the same time, make sure your fire pumps are working properly as well.

Housekeeping is also important in prepping for the winter. Since summer activities can use spaces differently, ensuring everything is stored safely can improve access and increase safety.
This is especially true for facilities that can accidentally have emergency exits blocked with stuff that isn’t used during the season.

Preparing for winter is key to ensuring that your facilities are ready for the cooler weather. Not only does proper winterization help lower monthly utility bills, it can also increase safety and leave you with happier employees and visitors. Of course, the major key to any winterization strategy is removing and replacing old insulation, especially in attics and crawlspaces. Once that insulation is brand new, you may experience noticeable and immediate benefits, both at your facilities and in your wallet.

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When and Why You Should Remove and Replace Your Attic Insulation

Keeping your home warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and energy-efficient all year-round is important. The key factor in achieving this is a properly insulated home. You may think of wall insulation as what ensures your home has adequate temperature control throughout the seasons, but your attic insulation is important too.

You may have a full-height, completely accessible attic in your home, or you may have something closer to a crawl space, all attics are different. What they should all have in common is a healthy layer of insulation that prevents heat loss in the winter and prevents too much heat from getting into the house during the summer.

R-Value

You need a certain amount of R-value in your attic, which is a rating given to insulation based on how well it reduces heat loss. Different areas of your home require different amounts of R-value to adhere to building codes and keep you comfortable. Attics should be insulated with an R-value of 50 or 60 for optimal heat retention, but your climate and region may dictate a different value. You can layer lower R-value insulation to achieve a higher value, as required. Different types of insulation come with different price tags, as well as different qualities. Review and compare all these qualities before choosing which is best for your home.

Insulation

Blown insulation, which is a loose style, and batt insulation is the pink fluffy layered insulation that most people are familiar with. These are the two most common types of insulation to find in an attic, and both are easy to add to if you find that your attic is under-insulated. A home inspector can tell you whether your attic is adequately insulated or not, and it is something you should inquire about when purchasing a home. Investing in sufficient insulation now will save you money on your heating and cooling costs later.

Reason to Remove Insulation

There are a few instances when you will need to remove and replace insulation in your attic. The most common reasons are water damage, pest infestation and vermin. Let’s look at these issues more closely.

Water Damage

A leaky roof that goes unnoticed can result in mold growing in your insulation. A flash leak that is caught quickly and repaired will allow your insulation to dry properly and shouldn’t be a problem, however, if you have an ongoing problem or a severe leak that causes widespread damage, you’ll need to replace your insulation. Mold can grow inside insulation easily and be difficult to spot, particularly if your attic space is not easy to get into. Mold and mildew have a telltale musty odor that will be a dead giveaway, whether or not you can see physical signs of it.

The major issue with mold is that it affects the air quality in the home, and if left unchecked in a humid area, like an attic, it can grow wildly out of control and infiltrate other areas of your home. Mold loves porous materials like wood, which means roof trusses, joists, and plywood sheathing are excellent growth mediums.

Pests

Termites may nest and hide inside or under insulation. An attic covered in a layer of insulation shields them well from plain site. If your home has suffered from termites or carpenter ants before, having the insulation inspected in your attic is important. Not only will you need to replace anything that was damaged, but you’ll also want to remove anything that appears to have been infiltrated to ensure you are removing any eggs the insects left behind.

Vermin

Rodent’s love nothing more than burrowing into the warmth of insulation. It is the perfect winter hideaway that they can easily manipulate, chew through, and create a highway of tunnels. Rodent urine and feces can have serious consequences for your health and cause damage to plywood and floor joists. If you don’t have plywood between your insulation and your ceiling, then the only thing separating you from them is some drywall. Drywall is porous so any moisture left on it, like urine, will be absorbed and can result in mold growth and visible staining on the interior of the home.

TAP Insulation

Thermal Acoustical Pest (TAP) insulation is a revolutionary product that is perfect for attics and ticks all the boxes in terms of quality. It’s eco-friendly, being comprised of mostly recycled material. It is pest-proof as it features boric acid which eliminates pests. It is highly fire-resistant and holds up superiorly to mold and mildew. This blown type of insulation also has acoustic control value, assisting in reducing noise transference.

Insulation Removal and Installation

No matter what type of insulation your home uses currently, it can be a real pain and mess to remove or add to on your own. Batt insulation is made of fiberglass that can be highly irritating to the skin and blown insulation can be very messy. When handling insulation, you should wear appropriate clothing and personal protective equipment to shield you from exposure to the tiny, irritating, insulation fibers and from breathing in any contaminants it might be harboring, like mold or rodent feces.

Alliance Environmental for Your Project

Using professionals to repair or remove your attic insulation (or bring it up to code) is the best way to ensure the job is done right. At Alliance Environmental Group our team has over 100 years of combined experience in removal and remediation services. We take the health and safety of our clients as seriously as we take the health and safety of the environment, which is why we recommend TAP Insulation for your attic.

Our Team Heat division is perfectly suited to assist you with your attic, whether it’s a simple removal, or you need a removal and entirely new insulation, on top of tackling a pest problem – we have you covered. Our non-invasive heat method is sure to rid you of pests and is safe for your home, the environment, and your family. Request a Free Quote today.

Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs – What to do if you find bed bugs in your home or hotel

Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs – What to do if you find bed bugs in your home or hotel

With summer in full swing, that means many of us are traveling. That also means many of us are staying in hotels and sleeping in beds that are not ours. With that, comes fear for many travelers: bed bugs.

Bed bugs were first referenced in the 11th century, and have been a staple pest ever since the 1500s. Many believe that bed bugs only affect those with poor hygiene, but in actuality, even the cleanest hotels and homes can have bed bug infestations. Bed bugs, from the Cimex genus, are attracted to high-density areas and like to hide in dark, compact locations. This means they are often transported by travelers in their luggage, or found in hotel mattress seams, or even cracks in the walls.

Although bed bugs are an unfortunate fact of travel, there are ways to avoid them, and there are also ways to get rid of them – safely and effectively.

Spotting Bed Bugs While on Vacation
There are a few tips and tricks to follow when traveling so you can spot bed bugs, and avoid bringing the dreaded pests home as a souvenir.
Know what you are looking for. Bed bugs range between 1 and 7 mm and will appear as light brown, to reddish, with black spots. Their movements appear ant-like and some have reported that they emit a smell similar to coriander. Others have reported that they smell similar to spoiled raspberries, or marzipan (almonds). So even if you don’t see the bed bugs, you may be able to smell them.
Bites are generally found on areas of skin that are exposed during sleep. The face, neck, hands, and feet are all very vulnerable to bed bug bites. However, arms, legs, and backs are also commonly affected areas. Everyone will react differently to bed bug bites. Some bites will go completely unnoticed, while others will become red, raised, and itchy. In very extreme cases, the person bitten may develop blisters.

Bed bugs are most commonly found hiding along the cracks and piping in the mattress edges and corners. We recommend starting at the beds when looking for these pests in your hotel whether you are the proprietor or a guest. Remove the bedding and sheets, and carefully look along with the piping and seams of the mattress. You may also need to lift the mattress and inspect between the mattress and box spring, as this is a great hideaway for tiny bugs. A flashlight may be a helpful tool in locating bed bugs.

Many hotels have headboards that are attached to the wall. The seam between the wall and the headboard is a perfect spot for bed bugs and is often overlooked. Be sure to thoroughly check here as well. Also check the drawers in nightstands, as bed bugs can go up to 70 days without feeding! This means they will not always be found on or near the bed.

Check other soft furniture and furniture pieces that fellow travelers’ luggage comes in contact with. This means sofas, chairs, cushions, pullout couches, curtains, and luggage racks. Luggage racks can often be forgotten in your bed bug search, but they are often one of the biggest culprits because bed bugs come in on people’s luggage. Be sure to check all the nooks and crevices, and use a flashlight if you can’t see.

Bed bugs in one hotel room do not mean bed bugs in the entire hotel but are still a cause for concern if found.

You’ve Found a Stow-Away
You did all the right things on vacation to make sure you wouldn’t bring bed bugs home with you, and you still found a stow-away? Or maybe you own the hotel, Airbnb, or are the property manager and have found bed bugs in your establishment. Now what?

Heat treatment is a great option for exterminating those pesky intruders! Heat treatment is a great chemical-free alternative and is extremely effective for both localized treatments or treating large shared structures like a chain hotel. Heat treatment is very environmentally friendly and is compliant with all OSHA and environmental laws.

Bed bugs hate extreme temperatures and will die at temperatures at or above 45°C (113°F), if exposed for 90 or more minutes. If you have an infestation, the best chance of remediation is through a professional company offering heat treatment for bed bugs and mites. The professionals have large heaters with fans to distribute the heat evenly throughout the space, ensuring proper temperatures have been met to kill every bed bug in the room.

After the treatment, it is important to give your space one last thorough cleaning to remove any bed bug exoskeletons (dead bed bugs) that may be left. Use a vacuum crevice tool to vacuum in along the piping of your mattress and along baseboards and walls, clean out lint traps, and be sure to clean out the vacuum too when you are finished.

Relying on the professionals at Alliance-Environmental means a fast, effective, OSHA compliant and chemical-free way to remove bed bugs and mites from residences or commercial establishments. Contact us today. We are ready and backed by years of experience to help you get rid of those pesky pests.

Rest Easy: Avoid These Three Bed Bug Removal Mistakes

There are actually bed bug removal mistakes people try that make the problem worse. Depend on bed bug removal companies for trusted advice, effective elimination processes, and reassurance that promises the rest people deserve.

When our parents used to tuck us in saying, “don’t let the bed bugs bite,” they weren’t kidding. Is there anything that can make our skin crawl and incite night terrors like the thought of bed bugs? We think not. Thankfully, bed bug removal companies are coming to our rescue, stepping up as the superheroes of our nights. While they can take care of the problem and eliminate these invasive intruders, there are a few key mistakes people make time and again that can be avoided to preserve the health of our sleeping environments.

One: bedbugs are on the move

When we suspect bed bugs have infested and invaded our beds, it’s really easy to think, “well, I’ll move to the couch until I have time to handle this situation.” Changing location is simply not a solution. Bed bugs move fast. In fact, some professionals say they travel 30 feet in under 10 minutes. Furthermore, because bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale, they’re coming for us no matter where we sleep. Moving locations is only going to spread the bed bug infestation, making it tougher for bed bug removal companies to clean up the mess when they finally do come in to save us.

Two: mattress covers are our shield

When bed bugs strike, they typically infest our mattresses and box springs. Keeping in mind that we may need to wait a few days for pest control to rescue us – unless we have the ultimate bed bug removal service provider with 24/7 protection – covering both our mattresses and box springs can be a powerful defense. While it doesn’t eliminate the bed bug infestation, it does prevent the bed bugs from emerging and attacking us. It also blocks them from getting into these sleeping components that we’ve invested into bigtime to support our restful times. By reducing exposure to bed bugs and sealing the mattress and box spring, mattress covers are a cost-effective option that helps us deal with the devastation of bed bug infestations. They’re actually one of the top defenses bed bug removal companies promote to improve our safety.

Three: depend on the professionals

Dealing with bed bugs properly should begin with a thorough inspection prior to the expert service provider outlining their treatment options and providing a cost estimation. Should their services not include such honest transparency, buyers should beware; this is a red flag. Professional and effective treatment doesn’t come cheap. Smart investment can run the average client one to three dollars per square foot. However, it’s the best way to guarantee peace of mind around bed bug eradication and to allow us to get the rest we deserve these days. Buyer beware: DIY treatments can actually spread bed bug infestations or inundate your space with harmful chemicals. Even worse, should the issue spread to neighbors, how embarrassing would that be? There are trusted extermination services out there that eliminate bed bugs, as well as guarantee their services, even up to 60 days after their initial treatment and service. Don’t let the bed bugs bite into another minute of your beauty rest. When people have questions or need advice, the best bed bug removal companies are happy to hear from them, answer any questions, and ultimately, come in and clean up the mess.

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Looking for a personalized service that can help you make your home or business more environmentally responsible, health-and-safety compliant, and adapted to the rapidly changing industry guidelines and regulations? From residential duct removals to full-scale commercial building abatement, to bed bug removal companies, you need the most experienced environmental remediation company in the west. Contact Alliance Environmental Group today.

Attic Insulation Removal: How Does It Work?

Attic insulation is instrumental in keeping your home comfortable, but sometimes it needs to be replaced. Smoke from a small or nearby fire can cause health concerns, as can rodent, bird, or bug infestations that could require repair. Or you could just be remodelling and need to change up your attic’s layout. Either way, attic insulation can be tricky, so it’s best to talk to the professionals. This way, you’ll be sure that they maintain proper airflow for your attic space and have all the proper equipment to handle the work safely.

Preparing the Workspace 

The best way to be sure how best to prepare your site is to contact a local contractor and have them visit your site to inspect the project and assess it’s needs. If your attic is used for storage, your attic materials will likely need to be removed and stored elsewhere for the project. Attic insulation isn’t safe to be in significant contact with, so the work crew will wear protective gear and masks during the work, and they will likely cover the walls and flooring of the area leading into your attic with a plastic sheeting.

Insulation Removal

This will vary depending on your type of insulation.

Insulation that was applied by the roll must be rolled up by hand and will be put into sealed bags for removal. Your contractor will remove these bags from site and dispose of them properly. They will then vacuum your space, including up in and around your roof’s joists, to remove any contaminants (such as rodent or bird droppings) or leftover scraps of insulation that came loose from the rolled pieces.

If your structure uses the “blown-in” type of insulation, the removal crew will feed a large hose up into the attic space to vacuum it all out, along with any other debris. The hose will be fed outside of the structure so there’s no risk of contaminating any of the rest of your home.

Cleanup and Decontamination

Once the insulation is out, your professional insulation crew should inspect for any further signs of rodent or mold infestations in your attic space. Both mold and rodent waste contain harmful allergens and can even carry disease into your home. Mold growth can also eat away at some load-bearing beams in your roofing and weaken them, so it’s very important to take this opportunity to look for these signs closely.

If your contractor does discover unforeseen infestations, they can further assess how to proceed. Many insulation installation companies are also certified to decontaminate rodent or mold colonies, so they’ll know exactly how to handle them professionally. If they do not, they likely have a close professional relationship with another contractor who does; this isn’t rare in attic insulation projects.

Installation

Obviously, replacing your insulation is a very important part after the removal is complete! Your roofing insulation in your attic is crucial to keeping your home warm in the freezing winters and cooler in the summers under the hot sun.

Replacing your insulation gives you many different options. It’s best to talk to your contractor about what they might recommend for your space. Experienced quality contractors will definitely have several recommendations for an eco-friendlier option or application that could not only make your home healthier and more comfortable, but that may also provide energy savings!

Looking for a personalized service that can help you make your home or business more environmentally responsible, health-and-safety compliant, and adapted to the rapidly changing industry guidelines and regulations? From residential duct removals to full-scale commercial building abatement, to Attic Insulation Removal, you need the most experienced environmental remediation company in the west. Contact Alliance Environmental Group today.

Drywood Termite Treatment Case Study

In the summer of 2018, Alliance received a call from Mark Russell with California Termite Solutions representing a homeowner with a property in escrow. The homeowner needed to clear up a termite infestation before the sale could be closed. Looking to complete the sale within days, they did not have time to use a traditional chemical fumigation process that could take up to a week to complete. They needed the problem resolved, fast. That’s where Alliance stepped in.

In the summer of 2018, Alliance received a call from Mark Russell with California Termite Solutions representing a homeowner with a property in escrow. The homeowner needed to clear up a termite infestation before the sale could be closed. Looking to complete the sale within days, they did not have time to use a traditional chemical fumigation process that could take up to a week to complete. They needed the problem resolved, fast. That’s where Alliance stepped in.

The National Pest Management Association estimates that termites cause of $5 billion in property damage annually, most of which is not covered by homeowners’ insurance plans. Termites live in colonies that can range in size from a few thousand to several million, depending on their species. The largest colonies can eat up to a pound of wood per day, which can quickly cause significant damage to the structure of a home or business. A termite colony that goes unchecked can prevent a sale or possibly lead to a building being condemned. Thankfully, termites can be eradicated using a variety of methods. The fastest and most eco-friendly of these methods is heat.

After assessing the property, Alliance determined that the extermination could be executed in just one day. Alliance uses a non-chemical, non-toxic heating process to introduce clean, dry heat into a structure in order to eliminate drywood termites. This process doesn’t reach a temperature that will damage electronics, and it’s specially designed to kill termites, as well as bed bugs, mold, bacteria, and more. The heat level is about equivalent to the inside of a car on a hot summer day.

To perform the termite elimination process, our technicians tented off the structure, then gradually increased the temperature of the site to between 140 and 155 degrees Fahrenheit. The magic number is a wood core temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. To ensure a complete kill of the whole termite colony, our techs maintained the temperature at or above this level for 90 minutes.

Unlike our heat treatment, fumigation works by saturating a building with pesticides until toxic chemicals permeate into the wood in the structure’s frame. This is a time-consuming process. In a situation where traditional fumigation would have taken three days or more to ensure complete colony eradication, Alliance’s non-toxic process got the job done in just eight hours. This quick process relieves some of the inconveniences typically associated with fumigation, such as displacement, loss of revenue, and finding accommodations.

After the procedure, Alliance conducted a thorough investigation of the Johnson Drive property and found no living termites, allowing the sale to move out of escrow and close.

Interested in heat treatment for your termite infestation?

Protecting Workers in Excessive Heat Conditions

The past few years have been some of the highest temperatures on record. Although the humidity and temperatures are rising, outdoor jobs and projects must still be completed. Any construction, landscaping, or other physical laborious tasks can cause workers to be at a high risk of catching heat stroke and other heat related illnesses.

It is important to understand what heat stroke is, how to spot the symptoms, what to do in the event of heat stroke, and (most importantly), how to prevent it. Heat stroke is considered a medical emergency and can cause brain damage. In some cases, it can be fatal. Please call 911 in the event of a heat related illness.

Heat stroke is commonly caused by the combination of prolonged exposure to high temperatures and dehydration. Your body reaches a core temperature of 104 F and begins to effect the nervous system. It often progresses from milder symptoms.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness

  • Headaches
  • Muscle weakness or cramps
  • Confusion or dizziness
  • Flushed skin
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Racing heat rate
  • Loss of coordination
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unconsciousness/fainting
  • Seizures

If someone around you is experiencing these symptoms from excessive heat, it is imperative that you help treat them within 30 minutes. Immersing the patient in ice water is the best course of action. If you do not have that available, bring him/her to a shady area, fan them, and pour ice or water on their body. The basic principal here is to decrease their temperature as rapidly as possible.

 

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), high risk conditions are when the heat index is between 103 and 115 degrees F. If the outside temperature/working conditions are within this frame, please use caution and follow these tips for prevention of heat stroke:

  • Alert workers and educate
  • Be sure to educate your workers on heat-related illness symptoms and signs, the corresponding safety procedures, who to call in the event of an emergency, etc.
  • Provide plenty of cool drinking water – have them drink small amounts often
  • Make sure it stays cool in a shady area and is visible and easily accessible to the workers. OSHA states the workers should drink about 4 cups of water every hour.
  • Accommodate a healthy work/rest schedule
  • Be sure to allow for breaks often – it may take longer to get the job done, but safety is always number one priority. Provide shaded areas for the breaks. Perhaps even implement a rotation system among the workers.
  • Adjust work levels/time if possible
  • If it is possible to do the more physically laborious tasks earlier in the day, schedule to do so.
  • Encourage protection
  • Tell your employees it would be a good idea to wear hats and sunscreen

 

It is better to avoid heat stroke than to treat it. The key is to spread awareness and take precaution when the conditions are dangerous. Work needs to be completed, but not at the risk of peoples’ safety. Be sure to follow these guidelines if you have jobs or projects in the excessive heat.

Why Bed Bugs Are Hard to Kill

“Every living thing on Earth has a unique set of strategies to adapt to life-threatening situations in the environment,” says Fang Zhu, Ph.D., a leader of an international research at the American Chemical Society (ACS). Bed bugs are no different. In 2015, a University of Kentucky survey found that 68% of pest management professionals agreed that bed bugs are the most difficult pest to eliminate. Why are they so difficult to kill? Bed bugs, like all living beings, have adapted and developed a resistance to common pesticides and chemical treatments.

Chemical treatments used by pest control companies, also known as the dusting method, is widely known for being the easiest and cheapest method for bed bug extermination. Everyone desires the easiest and cheapest option; however, recent studies are showing that when taking the cheap and easy way out of pest elimination, you are not always utilizing the most effective treatment – thus, causing the pests to linger and continue to cause problems. Purdue University conducted a research study from ten different bed bug populations over six different states and exposed the bed bugs to chemicals for seven days. Eight out of the ten populations showed a developed resistance amongst the bed bugs to the chemicals, and five of those eight had more than 25% of bed bugs survive the entire treatment. Zhu cited evidence that bed bugs in laboratory colonies exposed to lethal doses of chemicals can begin to develop resistance in less than one year.

Why are bed bugs developing resistance? One of the most common insecticide chemicals, bifenthrin, is also used in over-the-counter pest control products. The continued use of this chemical will only decrease its effectiveness. People should be aware of this and be sure to only use over-the-counter products sparingly. Non-chemical methods should be considered either in place of or in addition to chemical treatments in order to ensure a complete kill of the pests.

One non-chemical method to consider for bed bug extermination is heat treatments. The use of electric or propane heaters is an effective way of completely eliminating a bed bug infestation. Alliance Environmental Group’s Team Heat utilizes the ThermaPureHeat system to treat small and large bed bug problems and provides free estimates. There is less prep involved with the heat treatment process. No clothes need to be bagged. Large heaters are brought into the affected areas and are generated directly from our Team Heat truck. Small probes are drilled into the walls to monitor the temperatures and make sure we are reaching the correct temperatures for an effective kill. Our Team Heat staff enters the area and moves couch cushions, pillows, clothes, to deliver the necessary heat to hidden places the bed bugs might try to escape to. The heat kills bed bugs of all living stages- including the eggs. Bed bugs will never be able to adapt to heat; they will never be able to withstand the high temperatures used during the ThermaPurHeat process.

 

About Alliance Environmental

With more than 75 years of experience, Alliance Environmental Group, Inc. is one of the leading environmental contractors in California. Alliance Environmental provides innovative solutions in the areas of asbestos, lead, and mold abatement; air and HVAC duct cleaning; heat treatment for pest control; structural pasteurization; demolition and emergency response. The company has successfully completed more than 120,000 remediation projects in California and surrounding areas. For more information, go to www.alliance-enviro.com.

Increase of Bedbug Insurance Claims by U.S. Businesses

According to Allianz, a financial services company, there has been a recent spike in bedbugs for animal insurance claims. U.S. claims involving bed bugs has increased 50% between 2014 and 2015. These findings analyzed more than 100,000 corporate liability claims from roughly over 100 countries totaling $9.3 billion. Of these claims, 1,880 United State animal-related business liability claims represented 2% of all commercial claims.

The top contender for bedbugs in the commercial claims department is hotels. They typically file claims to reimburse their guests who brought bedbugs home after their stay in the hotel. According to Allianz, commercial bedbug claims average $5,660.

Animal claims in general increased 28% between 2011 and 2015, with an average liability claim equaling $10,400 – a whopping $20 million for animal-related claims! Accounting for 21% of U.S. business liability claims, bedbugs are becoming an increasingly problem year after year. They are found on every continent except Antarctica. While one of the most common methods of elimination includes pesticides, bedbugs have developed a resistance and adapted to become prone to the chemical treatments.

Alliance Environmental Group provides an alternative to the chemical pesticide treatments. ThermaPureHeat is a method that includes bringing in electrical or propane heaters to heat the inside of the affected area(s). Unlike the chemical treatments, bedbugs cannot adapt to heat – the high temperatures kill the eggs as well so there is typically no need for multiple visits. The idea is to turn the room or home into a giant dryer – holding temperatures between 130 and 150 degrees for a few hours. There is very little prep involved and can usually be completed in one working day. Bedbug infestations are a growing issue, but Alliance Environmental Group can help eliminate your bedbug problems today. For a free estimate on your commercial or residential property, call (877) 858-6220 today.

 

About Alliance Environmental

With more than 75 years of experience, Alliance Environmental Group, Inc. is one of the leading environmental contractors in California. Alliance Environmental provides innovative solutions in the areas of asbestos, lead, and mold abatement; air and HVAC duct cleaning; heat treatment for pest control; structural pasteurization; demolition and emergency response. The company has successfully completed more than 120,000 remediation projects in California and surrounding areas. For more information, go to www.alliance-enviro.com.

Bed Bug Season is Among Us

We’ve all heard the expression ’sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!’ but when is it time to truly worry about bed bugs? The answer is now! As the weather begins to warm up, unwanted pests are beginning to move around. Travel season is among us – with Spring break just passing, Memorial day in our foresights, and Summer time right around the corner! Prime time bed bug season is typically lasts from March until November. The more people travel, the more likely bed bugs are to latch on for a ride.

Be aware of where you are traveling. An online registry exists (bedbugregistry.com) where you can look up hotels with reported bed bug complaints. Be sure to check out our past blog on the top 50 cities with bed bugs problems (Top Cities with Bed Bug Infestations). Bed bugs can be found at any hotel, whether it is expensive or cheap. If you see an insect while you’re staying in a hotel, report it. Do not use the hotel drawers to store your clothes. Keep your luggage elevated on a luggage rack and away from the bed. A common myth is that you cannot see bed bugs; but you CAN see a bed bug with the naked eye.

Signs that bed bugs may be present are small blood or brown spots near your mattress or headboard. Check under the mattress and by the baseboards and outlet coverings. If you are staying in a hotel where they have a bed bug cover (zipped mattress cover), be sure to investigate as this could mean they have had bed bug infestations in the past. If you are in an apartment complex or multi-family housing, please report your bed bug findings to the property manager. The infestation could possibly be affecting neighboring units as well.

There are many methods for exterminating bed bugs, but the heat treatment method is the most effective. It kills all present bed bugs as well as any eggs. Bed bugs are adapting and building a resistance to certain chemicals. Heat treatments can be a more costly process, but are typically limited to one treatment instead of multiple site visits to ensure a full kill.

Alliance Environmental Group in full bed bug season will run every single Team Heat crew on staff. Currently, we are at 50% capacity, but within 60 days we will be up at 100% with a backlog of 3-7 days due to the high demand from bed bug season. We will double our crews statewide to ensure all bed bug cases are be handled properly and in a timely manner. To learn more about Alliance Environmental’s Team Heat, click here.

 

About Alliance Environmental

With more than 75 years of experience, Alliance Environmental Group, Inc. is one of the leading environmental contractors in California. Alliance Environmental provides innovative solutions in the areas of asbestos, lead, and mold abatement; air and HVAC duct cleaning; heat treatment for pest control; structural pasteurization; demolition and emergency response. The company has successfully completed more than 120,000 remediation projects in California and surrounding areas. For more information, go to www.alliance-enviro.com.