Can I get Bed Bugs while Traveling?

Bed Bug Travel Tips

Prevent Bed Bugs from coming home with you

Luxury Hotel RoomBed bugs have become a huge problem throughout the United States. Once they are carried into a home, they breed quickly which leads to an infestation that can be difficult to manage. When traveling, you will want to use caution. Bed bugs can be picked up at hotels or even when visiting friends and relatives among various other places. It only takes one bed bug to cause a large problem.

Bed bugs can be found in bedding, in between sheets and on the mattress. They can also be found in carpet and furniture. They will be found wherever there are humans as they feed on human blood. If you are traveling and staying at a dwelling other than your own home, you should check for any signs of bed bugs. If you do see a bed bug where you are staying you can either find another place to stay or you can take the risk of being bitten by bed bugs and carrying them back home with you. If you do have no other choice but to stay in a place known to have bed bugs, it is essential that you shower before entering your home or another dwelling to prevent the spread of bed bugs. You must also wash all clothing and other washables as soon as you get home. You should use the hottest water setting available. Heat kills bed bugs. If you have items, such as luggage that you cannot wash, seal it in a plastic bag for several weeks. This will kill any bed bugs that you were not able to kill in the washing machine.

Know when to contact a professional bed bug exterminator above All Termite and Pest Control

If you find that your home has already been invaded by bed bugs, we suggest you use a professional pest control service. Above All will be able to eliminate the problem. Please read our hundreds of reviews and wonderful comments from our bed bug customers on web sites such as Angies list, networx exterminators and home advisor. Call our beg bug specailist today and let us EARN your business  

Do Bed Bug Steam Treatments Work?

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Bed bugs are becoming a widespread problem in the United States, and New Jersey is no exception. Bed bugs are very small, and hide in tiny cracks and crevices in your home. They are active at night, and drawn to humans by the carbon dioxide in exhaled breath. Their bites are incredibly itchy, and the number of bites you will have on your body will steadily grow until you have treated your bed bug problem. Above All is your local bed bug control professional. . Our professional exterminators specialize in steam treatments to eliminate your bed bugs.

There are two main problems with trying to treat bed bugs on your own. First, bed bugs are incredibly small insects, which makes them hard to spot and allows them to hide in hard-to-find areas like behind electrical outlet covers. Without comprehensive whole-house treatment, you will never be able to fully eliminate all the bedbugs in your home. Second, bed bugs have incredibly tough impermeable carapaces. This makes them nearly immune to any insecticide you are able to buy on the market.

Thankfully, we are able to fully eliminate any bed bug infestation using state of the art steam treatment technology. Bed bugs can be killed by exposing them to the extreme heat of steam. The steam is able to permeate cracks where bed bugs may be hiding, so steam treatment for bed bugs is able to eliminate your entire infestation. Steam can kill bed bugs in all stages of development; the heat will destroy any bed bug eggs, larva and mature adults.

Know when to call a professional exterminator

Although many homeowners think they can perform steam treatments themselves, it’s very difficult to spot all the places bedbugs could be nesting unless you are a trained professional. You may think you have successfully treated your bed bug infestation, but you may have missed a bed bug breeding ground behind your electrical outlets or near the zipper of your mattress cover. It takes a trained professional with an experienced eye to spot where bedbugs may be able to hide.

Above All has experience in treating bed bug infestations. In order to successfully eliminate all bed bugs from the home, it’s important to be very thorough when performing steam treatment. All possible hiding places for bedbugs must be exposed to steam. It may require multiple visits to treat the entire infestation and make sure your home is free from bed bugs. Call our bed bug specialist today and let us EARN your business 732-600-3447

Bed Bug Habits

 Bed Bug Habits

Bedbug - 5Bed bugs are generally active only at night, and their peak attack period is usually roughly an hour before local dawn. They will sometimes, however, attempt to feed at other times of day if food is near. Attracted by warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide, the bug pierces the skin of its host with two hollow tubes. With one tube, it injects its saliva, which contains anticoagulants and anesthetics. With the other, it withdraws the blood of its host. (Thanks to the anesthetics, when the host actually feels a ‘bite’ sensation, that is skin’s reaction to the bite, not the bite itself.) After feeding — a typical meal lasts about 5 minutes — the bug returns to its lair. Above All is your New Jersey bed bug control expert. We offer bed bug extermination throughout New Jersey.

Understanding bed bug feeding habits

Although bed bugs can live for up to 18 months without a food source, they will not voluntarily abstain from food for that entire time; if a food source is available, they will usually seek food on a weekly basis. Many individuals erroneously associate bedbugs with filthy conditions. In truth, as mentioned above, they are attracted by exhaled carbon dioxide and not dirt, and feed off blood, not waste. They are found as often in immaculately clean locations as in poorly kept conditions. While bed bugs have been known to harbor pathogens in their bodies, including plague and hepatitis B, they have not been linked to the transmission of any disease and are not regarded as a medical threat.

Our bed bug treatment services provide a comprehensive system to effectively detect, eliminate, and prevent re-infestation. Unlike other exterminator services, our professionals don’t rely on simple visual inspections. We have a specialized bed bug detection system to find adult bed bugs, and utilize a combination of dry steam, non-chemical and chemical techniques to effectively exterminate the bugs. After treatment, we also install bed bug monitors around bed posts and will provide mattress encasement at an addition cost  to prevent re-infestation.

Above All is your bed bug control professional

Female bed bugs can lay up to five eggs in a day and 500 during a lifetime. It is very important to contact a professional to assess your bed bug infestation. Contact us today for a free quote.

The Signs of Bed Bugs

Do you have bed bugs?

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Most people would quickly answer yea or nay, but is it that simple? While most homes and businesses do not have a bed bug infestation, that’s rapidly changing. Bed bugs are making a comeback. If you think you have bed bugs at your home then contact Above All for an bed bug inspection and treatment today.Though bed bugs were once nearly eradicated from all but third world countries, that is no longer the case. If anyone in your family has spent any time in hotels, motels, dorm rooms, or even the home of someone else may who have spent time in these places, you should consider having a periodic inspection done to be sure.

How do bed bugs travel?

Bed bugs are very easily transported from place to place. They are so small they can hitchhike on luggage or inside electronics without being noticed. Once an adult male and female are taken to a new place, they get busy creating a new family and a new infestation.

While some people have a skin reaction to bed bug bites, not everyone does. As well, bed bugs are tiny creatures, well suited to the human environment. They can often only be detected through thorough investigation. You may not be aware you are being victimized by these parasites as you sleep.

Contact a professional bed bug exterminator – Above All Termite and Pest Control

If you suspect there is a chance you may have bed bugs, you should call Above All who’s specialists are well trained in the detection and eradication of bed bugs. We will come to your home with our detection equipment and complete a thorough inspection. As bed bugs have a distinct odor and behavior, and leave behind tiny trails of evidence, our experts will be able to determine not only if you have a problem, but where it is concentrated and what treatments might be most effective.

Our Professionals can give you true piece of mind if you suspect you may have a bed bug problem.

Read our hundrends of reviews on websites such as Angie’s List, Networx Exterminators and Home Advisor. We are proud of our success in the bed bug industry. 

Physical Characteristics of Bed Bugs

Physical Characteristics of Bed Bugs

BedbugNewly hatched bed bug nymphs are translucent and lighter in color than adults. They continue to become browner and molt as they reach maturity. Nymphs go through five stages of growth and can range in size from 1.5 mm to 4.5 mm. Adult bedbugs are reddish brown, flattened, oval, and wingless, with microscopic hairs that give them a banded appearance. A common misconception is that they are invisible to the naked eye, but adults grow to about 5 mm (three-sixteenths of an inch) in length and do not move quickly enough to escape the notice of an attentive observer.

Contact a professional

When dealing with a bed bug infestation in your home or business, it’s important to call a professional exterminator. Above All offers bed bug control services throughout the Jersey Shore and the entire state. It’s important to contact a professional exterminator immediately when dealing with bed bugs to prevent them from spreading throughout your home.

Termite Swarms (Swarmers)

Termite Swarms (Swarmers)

Swarming TermitesTermites cause many homeowners thousands of dollars in damages every year in New Jersey. These wood-eating pests may or may not have wings. The most common ways termites are identified are by their body shape, wings and antennas. When one termite is captured and identified, it is important to look for others.

Signs Of Termite Swarms

While some termites live under ground or near damp wood (Subterranean termites), others live on dry wood and need no moisture to survive (Drywood termites)are most common in areas near the Gulf Coast and in Southern California. Drywood termites usually enter the home through small crevices or cracks around doors and windows. They may chew any type of wood in the home but are frequently found in attics. Subterranean termites are usually found outdoors under piles of wood or under the house near a leaky pipe. One of the surest signs of an infestation is a swarm of flying pests. When this is spotted, you should not delay a moment in contacting a pest control professional. Some additional signs of termites include the following:

  • Wood that is supposed to be solid will sound hollow when you knock on it.
  • You notice small dirt tubes along the outside of the house or along baseboards.
  • There are piles of discarded wings in one or more areas.

How Termites Enter New Jersey Homes.

Subterranean termites usually enter the home through dirt tubes or tunnels. Some are capable of tunneling underground, which means they will attack basement, crawlspace and slab contructed homes through the hollow block foundation or expantion joints. The most common areas or conducive areas vulnerable to termites are: Dirt filled porch, damp crawl space or basement, expansion joints (seperate poured foundations or where different type foundations meet) and leaky areas such as windows and or pipes. No home will be safe from a future termite problem. Above All Termite & Pest Control employs the termite specialists needed to identify these areas and offer you a protection plan needed to protect your investment.

Call today with your Termite concerns and let us EARN your business 732-600-3447!

How much damage termites cause depends on where they attack. They can completely destroy homes or chew wood that is replaceable. The key is to call us for a free estimate the minute you suspect an infestation. We offer fast, effective and professional service. Call Above All Termite and Pest Control and let our termite specialist ease you fear of termites destroying your home 732-600-3447

Termidor Liquid Defense Program

Termidor Liquid Defense Program

Eliminate Termites

Above All Termite & Pest Control Termidor Termite TreatmentAbove All’s Liquid Defense treatment, one of the fastest and most effective termite control solutions, utilizes the #1 termite treatment product in America to protect homes from termites throughout New Jersey.

Termidor, since 2000 over 2,000,000 homes have been successfully treated. No other termite control system of any type has ever achieved such a high level of effectiveness.

The Liquid Defense treatment, utilizing Termidor, is the only one to completely eliminate termites in all tests and in all locations. Before Termidor was made available to American homeowners through professional companies like Above All Termite & Pest Control, it was put through some of the toughest efficacy and environmental tests in history. For 10+ years of testing, Termidor has proven to be an effective liquid termite treatment against subterranean termites, including dreaded Formosans, in even the most challenging situations, climates and environments.

Above All’s Liquid Defense Unique Advantages:

  • Manages colonies up to 6 times faster than bait systems.
  • Eliminates termites by ingestion, contact, and the “Transfer Effect,” meaning affected insects help spread Termidor throughout the colony before dying themselves.
  • Has virtually no odor and meets the stringent standards of the Food Quality Protection Act.
  • The fastest at eliminating termites: When it comes to getting rid of termites, nothing does the job quicker than Above All termite & pest Control’s Liquid Defense with Termidor.

How Above All’s Liquid Defense with Termidor Work?

termidor-certified-professionalTermidor is made from a revolutionary new nonrepellent or “undetectable” liquid technology treatment. That means termites cannot see, smell, taste or avoid Termidor. Instead they contact, ingest, and share it with their nest mates. This is in sharp contrast to older liquid termite controls, which rely on repellent barriers that termites can find breaks in or avoid completely.

After Termidor is applied, termites come in contact with it and transfer it to every other termite they in turn contact in a unique process called the “Transfer Effect.” The termites spread it throughout their entire population leading to colony elimination.

Above All’s Liquid Defense treatment is the best in the business!

Our technicians are trained on the newest and most modern treatment methods available.  Above All uses only the highest quality products and backs its services with a re-treatment or repair guarantee!

Above All Termite & Pest Control’s repair warranty is truly unique!  Our Subterranean termite damage agreement covers not only wood, but contents as well; everything from pianos to jewelry boxes, including furniture, wall paper, and the painting of repaired areas if you qualify and up to a disclosed amount given on warranty.

With your annual termite renewal Above All Termite & Pest Control also provides you with a complimentary perimeter spray. Plus, if you ever sell your home, the service agreement is transferable to the new homeowner.

Termite Baiting Systems

Advanced Termite Baiting Systems

Above All Termite & Pest Control uses only the most effective termite baiting system available to protect the homes of New Jersey. It’s being called the next generation of bait systems by industry professionals and everything you may have heard about other bait stations does not apply. While original, first-generation bait systems presented a new way to control termites that was more aggressive at attacking the colony and less invasive than some other forms of termite control, it soon became apparent that the systems faced a variety of challenges. Older bait stations had less ability to control termites quickly, they were difficult to service by pest management professionals and ultimately homeowners were dissatisfied.

ATBS has changed termite baiting

The Advance Termite Bait System (ATBS) with its patented dual-stage, two food source design provides the advantages of a bait system in a faster, more aesthetically pleasing design that effectively provides these critical performance benefits.

  • Faster station hits – Termites “hit” within 15 to 45 days of installation.
  • Colony elimination – ATBS offers fast, more effective colony elimination, in as little as 120 days.
  • Large bait load – ATBS features a very large containerized bait load to effectively eliminate termite colonies. First-generation stations only accommodated 25 to 35 grams of bait, greatly limiting speed of elimination.
  • Ultra low disturbance – A unique dual-stage design with a lower stage wood aggregation base and an upper stage compressed Puri-Cell™ preferred food matrix allows ATBS to be serviced by your pest management professional without disturbing and chasing away termites before they can be eliminated.
  • Peace of mind – Advance protects your home with 24/7 monitoring capabilities superior to previous designs.

Sleep Easier Knowing Your Manasquan Home is Termite Free

In the field ATBS intercepts termites in as little as 15 to 45 days and eliminates colonies in as little time as 120 days. Low impact to your family and pets, ATBS relentlessly and quickly offers outstanding performance, making it a superior option to all other types of termite control.

Bait vs Liquid Termite Treatment

Bait or Liquid for Termite Treatment?

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Many areas in New Jersey are susceptible to subterranean termite infestations. Large underground termite colonies can contain millions of termites and cover up to half an acre of land. Smaller colonies may contain several thousand termites and target a much smaller space. Termites consume wood, and they can cause massive structural damage to homes over time. Knowing how to control and get rid of termites requires a great deal of information. When dealing with termites, it is a good idea to know the differences between using liquid treatments or bait to control the infestation.

Bait vs Liquid Termite Treatment

Liquid termite pesticide was the standard treatment for exterminating termites for many years. This method uses liquid pesticide to create a barrier around and under an affected building. Termites in the treated soil are either killed or repelled. Liquid treatments can be difficult to execute effectively. Termite entry points are often small and hidden by obstacles. Liquid treatments also involve drilling holes to inject hundreds of gallons of pesticide into the foundation of the house. Some homeowners may find this disruptive.

Baiting is more targeted, monitoring termites and leaving poisoned food sources in specific areas. However, the process takes longer, and termites may continue to be a problem for months. Baiting also tends to be more expensive than liquid treatment, and the bait must be regularly replenished. Unlike liquid treatments, termite bait does not leave residual pesticide in the soil.

Liquid termite treatments and termite bait each have their merits. Different methods may be better for different properties, or even for different areas of a single property. A professional pest control service is the best way to ensure that the extermination is carried out successfully. Our pest control service has the knowledge and expertise necessary to choose the correct method of termite extermination.

Subterranean Termite Swarms

Subterranean Termite Swarms

Swarming TermitesWhile everyone knows that subterranean termite swarms can cause a lot of damage, the fact is that there is more that the homeowner needs to understand about them. In many cases, a homeowner panics quicker than they should or they do not panic enough. As a New Jersey homeowner, you really need to know whether you actually have termites or not.

A lot of people tend to confuse termites with ants. There are species of winged ants that look very similar to termites. The main way to tell them apart is their antennae. Winged ants basically have antennae that are bent and look like elbows. Termites have straight antennae.

Should you discover that it is a swarm of subterranean termites, it is very important that take notice of approximately how big the swarm is and how much damage can be seen from your view. Many homeowners do not like to get too close, but this information is vital in determining whether or not you will need to seek assistance from a professional. If you are unsure, contact our termite specialists to offer you a free inspection.Our company covers the counties of Ocean, Monmouth, Atlantic, Middlesex and Mercer.

Most species of termites are not going to be easy for the homeowner to get rid of themselves. While you can purchase the chemicals to get the job done yourself, you will more than likely not have access to the right equipment, and you may not even know what species of termite that you have feeding on your home. You could easily waste hundreds of dollars on the wrong product and still be left with the problem.

Know when to call a professional termite exterminator in New Jersey

As a professional pest control company, we will come to your home and do a thorough investigation. Our quality experts will determine which species of termite you have and will provide you with an estimate for ridding your home of this pest that can cause a lot of damage. You may prefer DIY projects, but when it comes to termites, you may prefer to let the experts take care of the problem.