What to do when you find Bed Bugs #whatbugsme

OK, so you just found bed bugs in your home and your freak out meter is about to blow the mercury. STOP. This is a critical time when you can either do the right thing or you can go nuclear in some incessant need to “do something” and in the process make it all worse.…

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Bed Bug Heat Treatments in Knoxville TN

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Bed Bug Heat Timeline You want to know what bugs me?  Heat!  Heat treatments for bed bugs annoy me and I will tell you why.  First, we’re going to have to talk about how things work in this industry.  What happens is a new fangle dangle widget comes out for pest control to kill bugs…

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Bed Bug Brain

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Bed Bug Brain #whatbugsme You want to know what bugs me?  Bed bugs and how they drive my customers crazy!  Anytime I have a bed bug customer, there’s a massive amount of stress involved.  They’re worried about getting bitten. They’re worried about people thinking they’re nasty or gross which is not true.   You are the…

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Bed Bug Bites

Do you want to know what bugs me?  Bed bugs and their bites! The reason I’m writing this post is that I’ve been seeing a lot of crappy information on the internet.  Part of that has to do with people’s obsession with the formulation and the shape of bed bug bites. If you’re too lazy…

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Earwig

     Do earwigs crawl into your ear and drill into your brain? #whatbugsme As you sleep all buttoned up in your bed, teddy bear under arm and ocean noises on the air, a demon is lurking around the corner in Maryville TN seeking out an ear canal to access your medulla oblongata.  As it creeps…

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Arachnophobia

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Arachnophobia: A Thrill-omedy 1990 PG-13 #whatbugsme #movies      Ever  since I started reviewing bug movies I knew Arachnophobia would be on the list. It is a must watch movie for any PCO (Pest Control Operator). Kinda like Full Metal Jacket was for me headed to Marine Corps boot camp, Star Wars for my generation, Dazed…

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Mosquito season in Knoxville TN

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It is Mosquito season in Knoxville TN #whatbugsme Here in Knoxville TN there are 49 species of mosquitoes. Most are just annoying but there are a couple that go beyond annoyance and pose a safety risk. Mosquitoes are the deadliest species on the planet transmitting malaria that kills one child every 30 seconds mostly in …

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Waterbugs VS Roaches

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Waterbugs VS Roaches. What is the difference? #whatbugsme      What is a waterbug? What is a Roach? Are they the same thing? In every region of the country there are local names for things. In the south all soft drinks are referred to as “coke” where as in the north it is “pop”. It is…

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Roaches and cats will make you go blind

   Roaches and cats will make you go blind #whatbugsme A new study shows that allergens in cats and roaches can be problematic for increased glaucoma risk.  Whether you believe the hype or not I can tell you that cockroaches definitely cause issues for the respiratory system.  I can give you all the facts and links…

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Fleas #whatbugsme

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Ain’t no Fleas on me #whatbugsme              Every year it seems that there are 1 or 2 pests that are more numerous than normal. There is no definitive way to predict which they will be each year. In 2017 it seems to be fleas and yellow Jackets in Blount and…

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5 Tips to Prevent Bed Bugs

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Preventing Bed Bugs #whatbugsme 1. Don’t go to hotels       Here are 5 tips to help you prevent bed bugs. Almost half of the people I talk to about their bed bug infestation have recently been on vacation or a business trip.  Unfortunately, the quality of the establishment has little to do with whether they…

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Bed Bug Service

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Bed Bug Service #whatbugsme Before We Start The number 1 step in all bed bug services is to get you to stop trying to fix it yourself. You will not be able to fix this problem without extensive knowledge of bed bug biology, product knowledge and a ton of experience. I don’t care if you…

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Can you Guarantee a Pest Control Service?

Can you Guarantee a Pest Control Service? #whatbugsme           Everyone wants a guarantee, a sure thing.  In this day and age the only things you can count on are death and taxes.  It is no wonder that many want some assurance that the hard-earned money they spend is not wasted. I see companies guarantee things…

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Bed Bugs: Do I have them?

Do I Have Bed Bugs? #whatbugsme I truly hope you do not have bed bugs.  These little vampires feeding only on blood are so disruptive, they have replaced the cockroach as the most feared pest to have in your home.  Even here in Knoxville, bed bugs are a concern. How do you know if you…

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Ladybugs, boxelders, kudzu bugs, and stink bugs Hiding In My walls

Bugs Hiding In My walls #whatbugsme                                    In the Knoxville area, ladybugs, boxelder bugs, brown marmorated stink bugs, and the new kudzu bug are overwintering pests many people have problems with.  Besides the annoyance and sometimes the smell, they are not a danger…

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Insect Bites. What Bit Me?

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What Bit Me? #whatbugsme Bed Bug, Mosquito, Flea, Tick, or Spider Bites? It’s unsettling to find itchy red spots or bites on your body but what do you do about it? Most of the time it is no more than an annoyance. However some people are more sensitive than others and can have different reactions.…

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Antlion Craters in my Yard?

Antlion craters in my yard? #whatbugsme Have you ever seen these holes in sandy soil around your house and wondered what they are?  They were obviously created by something for a purpose.  This is the trap constructed by an antlion, sometimes called the doodlebug. The larval form digs the crater in order to catch prey…

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The Zika Scare in Knoxville TN

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The Zika Scare in Knoxville TN #whatbugsme I am sick and tired of the sensationalist media scaring my customers when it comes to Zika, West Nile, and Chagas disease.  You wanna know the worst part?  Even pest control companies are using scare tactics as well.  They should know better and be ashamed of themselves.  Sure,…

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