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Preparing your Apartment for Bed Bug Treatment

For apartment complexes and multi-families in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Eastern Connecticut

Did you see a bedbug? Wake up with bite marks? You are not alone. There has been a tremendous surge in bedbug infestations in the last 10 years. 

Thankfully, there is a lot that Debug can do to help you with your bed bug problem.  With a little bit of elbow grease and prep-work,  you can help Debug’s bed bug control treatments can take effect faster and be more efficient.

Help your Pest Control Technician rid your home of a bed bugs by completing these simple steps before the Technician arrives:

Your Bed

  1. Remove everything that is under your beds. Articles under your bed provide bedbugs places to hide and multiply. 
  2. Leave the contents that were kept under your beds in the bedrooms. Do not move those contents into other rooms before they are inspected by our technician. If you move the contents into other rooms, you can make the infestation spread.
  3. For good measure, avoid storing anything under your  beds in the future.

Your Closets

  1. Remove everything from your closets. This includes: items placed on the floor, hanging clothes and articles stored on shelving units. 
  2. Do not move these contents into other rooms before they are inspected by our technician.  If you move the contents into other rooms, you can make the infestation spread.

Your Clutter

  1. Reduce the amount of clutter in your unit as much as possible. Clutter in your unit provides bed bugs a safe place to hide. Examples of clutter include: clothing on the floor, extra pieces of furniture, and overly packed closets. 
  2. Place your items in an outdoor trash receptacle or a storage unit. (Note that if you use a storage unit, you should have your items inspected for the presence of bedbugs. Bedbugs can live in storage units for up to a year and reinfest your apartment.
  3. For good measure, try to keep clutter to a minimum in your bedroom in the future.

These simple steps can make your treatment faster and more efficient.

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Bonus Blog Article

Why 2017 may be a very bad year for Lyme disease in Rhode Island

An unusually large amount of acorns falling from oak trees in the northeast two years ago fed a population boom of mice last year.

And those tiny mice fed ticks their blood, and transmitted the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

A field mouse, typical of Rhode Island.

Now, scientists are predicting a sharp increase in the number of Lyme-carrying ticks for 2017.

Rhode Island has long had a high rate of the disease, in part because of home expansion into tick country.

Ticks must be attached to humans (or pets) for 36 to 48 hours before the Lyme bacteria can be transmitted. If detected early, the disease can be treated successfully with antibiotics. If left untreated, it can lead to serious heart and nervous system problems. Long-term effects include chronic headaches, stiffness of joints, and speech impairment.

The most common infected tick in Rhode Island, the deer tick, will feed on just about any animal they can attach themselves to. And although they are often found on deer, it’s typically mice that infect ticks with the bacteria that cause Lyme disease (borrelia burgdorferi).

How does Debug stop them?

By treating the “transition zone” (5-10 feet into the woods that surround the lawn) and shaded garden beds, we can reduce your exposure to ticks and lyme disease. This service is provided three times per year (Spring/Summer/Fall). This program is ideal to pair with our mosquito program. We offer package deals when both services are purchased together.

Scared of lyme disease? We are too. Debug offers respected tick control solutions in Rhode Island, Eastern Connecticut, and Southeastern Massachusetts, including major cities like Providence, Woonsocket, Pawtucket, Cranston, Warwick, Newport, Worcester, Fall River, and New Bedford. Call us today to schedule treatments: 401-992-9000.

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