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3 Biggest Bed Bug Myths Debunked @ BOMA

IMG_20170526_155559Red Coat attended the BOMA show for the first time last week. It was a great event and we met lots of new people!  Everyone loved meeting Sadie as she ran the bed bug carousel.  By the end of the day she was so exhausted she just laid down on top of the bugs!

Meeting new people in a new industry brought a few new questions and stories to the forefront.  There is a great deal of mis-information about bed bugs in the world today.  Here are the 3 most common myths we discussed with attendees:

1) “I don’t have BEDS on my property, so I’m good!”

Do not let the name confuse you. They will live on any surface excluding glass or porcelain.  In more “mature” bed bug markets, OFFICE infestations are the fastest growing area for bed bug finds and treatments.  They are coming to an office chair near you!  Are you ready?

2) “I thought they were microscopic!”

Oh no! The adult bed bug is about the size of an apple seed.  The babies are quite small and very often overlooked.  But these bugs are messy and leave behind clear feces markings and shed skins.  Yes, one bug can be hard to find, but more often the infestation is very evident.

3) “I didn’t know dogs can find bed bugs?”

Yes, Bed Bug Detection Dogs are working animals trained on the odor of the insects. They are the fastest, most effective tool in identifying the location of the infestation. The best dogs can clear 200-300 chairs and desks in 2 hours.

Don’t be mistaken, bed bugs are everywhere we go now.  Know the signs and how to protect yourself when in public!

May the Heat Be With You!

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

 

Red Coat is Hiring Treatment Technicians

Bed Bug Heat Technician

Get in early with a fast growing pest control company (bed bug specialists) hiring bed bug treatment technicians.  Our proven treatment program is chemical free and utilizes electric heat to fully remediate bed bugs. Clients include residential, hospitality & multifamily industries as well as other pest control companies. Various levels and positions available.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Deliver heat remediation bed bug treatments throughout the Greater Atlanta area utilizing state of the art heating equipment
  • Inspect residential and commercial properties for bed bug infestations
  • Estimate bed bug remediation services

Desired Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Knowledge of multifamily and residential construction, electrical and plumbing
  • Knowledge of generators, heaters and basic electrical trouble shooting
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, be professional and present him/herself well
  • High attention to detail and be reliable
  • Prior experience in apartment maintenance or hotel engineering a plus

Training Requirements:

  • No pest control experience necessary, paid training provided during probationary period
  • Must successfully pass GA Registered Technician Pest Control Exam

Job Conditions:

  • Position is full time
  • Jobs range from 8-12 hours each and occur during week days
  • Work is physically demanding, on feet all day and must be able to move 50lbs without assistance

Job Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must successfully pass background investigation and 10 panel drug test
  • Own reliable transportation

Compensation:

  • Hourly pay rate will range from $10/hr to $20/hr commensurate with experience and abilities
  • 5 paid holiday days annually, eligible to earn 10 days paid-time-off in first 12 months
  • Medical reimbursement provided after 3 months of employment
  • IRA & Profit Sharing program in year 3 of eligible employment
  • Red Coat Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer

To Apply:

Submit resume and cover letter to employment@redcoatservices.com or fax to 1-866-821-7684.  Only complete applications will be considered.

 

Red Coat is Hiring K9 Handlers

Bed Bug Canine Handler & Technician

Summary:  Fast growing pest control company (bed bug specialists) looking for experienced canine handlers to deliver bed bug detection and investigation services to commercial and residential clients.  Highest level of professionalism and attention to detail a must.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Handle bed bug detection canine
  • Inspect residential and commercial properties for bed bug infestations – both visual and canine
  • Estimate, recommend and sell bed bug remediation services

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Daily maintenance of canine’s training and health
  • Completion of appropriate paperwork
  • Occasional public speaking on bed bugs
  • Assist with bed bug treatments as necessary

Job Requirements:

  • Minimum of two years training and/or handling professional/agility canines of any type
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must successfully pass background investigation and drug test
  • Own reliable transportation
  • Desire to work with dogs and people
  • Able to keep, care for, and maintain dog in residence

Training Requirements:

  • No pest control experience necessary, paid training provided during probationary period
  • Must successfully pass GA Registered Technician Pest Control Exam
  • Must successfully complete training and certification prior to full time employment

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Be professional and present him/herself well
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Excellent attention to detail

Job Conditions:

  • Handler must be able to operate independently at client site
  • Work is physically demanding, on feet all day and must be able to move 50 pounds without assistance

Travel:

  • 100% daily regional travel
  • Occasional overnight travel to other states for training or for work assignments

Compensation:

  • Salary negotiable based on experience & skills
  • Mileage reimbursement or company vehicle
  • Medical reimbursement provided after 3 months of employment
  • Red Coat Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer

To Apply:

Submit resume and cover letter to employment@redcoatservices.com or fax to 1-866-821-7684.

Bed Bug Success Stories – Episode 1

Our company, Red Coat Services, has been working with a variety of multifamily clients over the years.  They come to us exasperated by a constantly expanding bed bug problem.  Through frequent visibility and vigilance we have conquered the problem.  Here are their stories….(names have been changed to protect the innocent and the guilty)

CLIENT XYZ

The client owned a 175 unit high end apartment complex with college student and young professional residents.  Property Management knew of 7 units that had bed bug problems in the past and had already been treated by another company.  When those treatments were not successful, management contracted with Red Coat to perform full property quarterly canine inspections and whole unit heat remediation for active infestations.

Red Coat’s initial canine inspection identified 27 of 175 (15%) units infested which was a significant increase over the 7 known units.  Whole unit heat treatments were completed for all active units.

The second quarterly inspection identified 5 new units infested (3%). The third quarterly inspection identified 1 unit infested (1%).  The fourth quarterly inspection identified ZERO infested units.

Management promptly sold the property following resolution of bed bug problem.

I hope this gives you inspiration.  A big problem is not the end of your reputation or your property.  Red Coat can fix it for you!

May the Heat Be With You!

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

 

Bed Bug Epidemic Survey

NPMA Bed Bug

NPMA Bed Bug

Forget the Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List, it only tells you where a certain, specific pest control company is doing the most bed bug treatments and since any bed bug’s favorite hangout is at the buffet (ie. any place where humans spend a significant amount of time) it should come as no surprise that cities with high population and travel rates would also have more issues with bed bugs.

If you really want to learn about this epidemic, check out this survey from NPMA (National Pest Management Association).

Alana, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

$800K Bed Bug Suit!

Attention all Managers, Landlords, and Property Owners!

If you haven’t read this article already, you need to. The jury really nailed this guy and likely set a precedent for other cases similar in nature. The situation could EASILY have been avoided had he just called a bed bug specialist to begin with. At the very least, he would have saved a ton of money and a massive headache! Not to mention the fact that he could have very easily burned the entire place down performing his own “home heat treatment.”

One of the things we at Red Coat Services constantly harp on with those who manage/own properties is liability! It is critical to educate yourself as well as your staff on bed bug biology so you at least know what you’re dealing with. Additionally, work with your local bed bug specialist to get a plan in place, so when a problem does arise (and it will eventually), they can take care of it as soon as possible. Because as we all know, the longer an infestation sits, the worse it gets and the chance of spreading grows astronomically.

However, the responsibility doesn’t sit on the shoulders of managers/owners alone. It is also crucial for tenants to learn about these vicious little blood suckers and how to look for signs of an infestation. If there is any indication whatsoever, call your local bed bug specialist K9 team to come out and take a look so they may determine the severity and extent of an infestation, or just simply give you peace of mind.

Don’t let the bed bugs bite!

Alana, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

Chicago’s Bed Bug Regulations Closer to Approval

Illinois getting closer to strict bed bug regulation for land lords.  This multiple iteration proposal keeps getting shut down, but it is only a matter of time.  Florida has already declared bed bugs a nuisance pest and requires action by the landlord.  Here is the article from the Chicago Tribune and their summary of the regulations:

“The proposal would declare bedbugs a public nuisance and require landlords of multi-unit buildings to hire licensed professionals to eradicate bedbugs in units where they are found. Landlords also must inspect neighboring units and, if bedbugs are found in those, provide additional extermination services.

The proposal also would bar landlords from renting units with active bedbug infestations. Failure to comply with provisions of the measure could result in fines of up to $500 a day for a first violation, $1,000 for a second and $2,000 for a third or subsequent violation.

To address concerns expressed by renters’ advocates, the proposed ordinance bars landlords from ending a lease, increasing rent, decreasing services or suing a tenant because a renter has reported a bedbug infestation. If landlords take such retaliatory action, they would have to pay the renter two months rent, other damages and legal fees.

Tenants, in turn, are required to report bedbug infestations within five days of discovering it and must cooperate with the landlord in efforts to eradicate the pests. But it was unclear what penalties they would face, other than being subject to a lengthy eviction process that could allow infestations to fester and grow.”

May the Heat Be With You!

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

Bed Bug Mattress Covers for Hospitality – The True Cover Up

In theory, mattress covers sound like a good idea if you own or run a hotel.  But in practice, and without the marketing hype, the story is a bit different.
  1. The functional purpose of a mattress and box spring encasement is to keep bed bugs away from the person sleeping in the bed. The encasements for each are unique and should not be switched.
  2. If the room was previously infested it will cover up old unsightly stains (for the guest) and provide a “clean slate” for future pest control inspections.
  3. You can use them to protect your bedding investment before or after an infestation.  There is one called “protect a bed” – note, this does not mean “protect a guest”.

However:bed bug

  1. They can be a huge investment if you have lots and lots of beds.  Prices range from $20.00 for a vinyl box spring cover to $150 for really nice, fully lined mattress covers.  Inexpensive ones are not durable and once ripped they must be replaced.
  2. They do not and will not stop a bed bug infestation!  Bed bugs are brought in by your guest and can live anywhere in a room, not just the mattress.
  3. Savvy guests tend to suspect that a mattress cover means the room has been treated for bed bugs at some point in time.  It is a red flag.

I rarely recommend these products to hotel clients but there are situations that warrant them.   If you would like to explore the options for your establishment we are happy to help guide you in your purchase.

May the Heat Be With You!

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

Avoid Bed Bug Hitchhikers this Spring

Adult Bed Bug

Adult Bed Bug

Spring is here and summer is soon to follow, bringing warmer weather and an increase in travel, of course resulting in a steady rise of bed bug incidents. While bed bugs remain active throughout the year, they do prefer warmer temperatures (around 78-80 degrees is preferable) and thusly become more active, meaning higher reproduction rates and shorter growth periods. This results in more bugs in a shorter period of time!When traveling on our spring and summer breaks, how can we possibly protect ourselves from bringing the little vampires home with us? Precautions can start before you make your hotel reservation. You can check travel websites to see what travelers have to say about the hotel, but even when you are satisfied that you have found a bed bug free hotel, there is no guarantee that this is actually the case. It is only a matter of time, so even hotels with shining recommendations will get them eventually.

We must keep in mind that the hotel wants to have bed bugs about as much as you do, so for everyone’s sake, we must educate ourselves, our family and our friends about the bed bug, signs, symptoms, and prevention techniques.

Once you (or your family) return home, check your suitcase outside if possible, or in the bathroom. Catch any bugs you see with a piece of tape then treat your items in the dryer on hot for a full cycle before washing and drying them again and call your local bed bug specialist. For larger items that cannot fit into the dryer, such as your suitcase, you can rent a steamer.

Safe travels and don’t let the bed bugs bite!

Alana, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

Bed Bug Killers are Hiring

Red Coat Services has just released that they are hiring part-time technicians for the season!  Bed bugs are back!  If you can get excited about killing bed bugs give them a ring!

Here is their posting on Monster:

Maintenance Technician

Fast growing company looking for RELIABLE technicians to assist with bed bug heat remediation jobs.  Immediate openings available! Work is “by the job” and successful candidates will be considered for a full-time position. Hours are weekdays, jobs are 9-15 hours each and physically demanding.

The qualified candidate for this opportunity will

* Be clean cut, dress well, and represent our business professionally

* Have a working knowledge of building construction, generators, electrical systems, and basic trouble shooting

* Have high attention to detail, be a good problem solver and a good communicator

* High School Diploma / GED

* Have transportation to and from job site

* Must have a clean MVR and willing to undergo a comprehensive background check

* Must sign a confidentiality statement and non-compete

* Must pass 10 panel drug test in first week of work

Previous hotel and apartment maintenance experience a plus.

Please email your experience & contact information to employment@redcoatservices.com

More information on the company may be found at http://www.redcoatservices.com

May the Heat Be With You!

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist