Monday, April 16, 2018

The Benefits of Pest Management

It’s no secret that most of the time all of the creepy, crawly critters and insects that we see in our home can cause quite the disturbance! A shared meal with friends and family can quickly become panicked when a guest spots a spider or mouse run across the kitchen floor, and beyond just being distracting- having pests in the home can cause many other issues as well. Here at Border Pest Control in Las Cruces, New Mexico, we strive to solve all of your pest issues with a strong and educated approach designed specifically for your situation. Choosing to have contact us to get your pest situation under control will not only put your mind at ease, but pest management has many other benefits as well.

Reduces Health Risks

Insects and rodents are often carriers of many diseases and other harmful pathogens and as they make themselves comfortable in your home, your risk of contracting whatever they are carrying around increases. Even common house pests such as fleas, mosquitoes and cockroaches could be transmitting harmful diseases such as malaria and plague!

Aside from carrying diseases that you don’t want anywhere near you or your family, pests also often wreak havoc on your skin when the come in contact with you and/or bite you. Some insect bites can cause swelling and itching that lasts for days and sometimes you find out the hard way that you are having an allergic reaction to a particular type of insect bite. Having a pest management plan in effect helps reduce your health risks overall and keeps those itchy bumps to a minimum!

Assists with Damage Prevention in Your Home

There are some pests that cause very obvious damage on your home, such as termites. But even other small pests can be creating a lot more damage than you might think. Pests will often burrow and chew on the materials holding your home together, such as the wooden frame of your home. Over time, as they continue to eat away the materials and nest in the framing of your home, the structural integrity can become compromised. Other pests such as rodents also like to nest in tight spaces in your walls and crawl spaces and they frequently use the materials that your home is made of to make homes of their own.

Saves you Money!

Many of us are always looking for ways to save a penny or two and surprisingly enough hiring a pest control company to work on your pest problems will save you money in the long run. Homeowners frequently try to diagnose and treat the pest invaded areas themselves, costing them hundreds of dollars in over the counter solutions. Those that are not trained in pest control management techniques are 67 times more likely to incorrectly apply insecticides. And in some cases the over application of certain over the counter harmful toxins could actually be making the problem worse! It will be more beneficial to invest in getting our team of experts to your home to properly assess the situation instead of throwing money away on multiple bottles and treatments at the store.

Less Cleaning

Keeping your home clean can sometimes feel like a full time job, especially when you’ve got unwanted guests such as insects and rodents making even more of a mess. Having a pest problem can be gross overall and pests often leave quite the trail of evidence behind them. Some of the debri left behind can sometimes include droppings and even dead bodies- yuck! By taking control of the situation early on you’ll be saving yourself a lot of time in the cleaning department.

Peace of Mind

All of the above benefits are certainly wonderful in their own way, but one of the most important things you can gain from acquiring a team of experts to tackle your pest problem is the peace of mind it will give you. Having pests running around your home is an unsettling feeling and can easily make home feel not as comfortable to you and your family.

Hiring our team of professionals to assess the situation will help you put the issue on the back burner, allowing you to get back to the important things in life. We will be able to properly identify what the pest is and what the correct plan of action should be to eradicate the pests as quickly as possible.

If you suspect you might have a pest issue, don’t hesitate to contact our team of professionals today!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Border Pest Control "Pest-Pros" was started as a family business in December 1973.  I was attending college at NMSU and worked with Dad in Summer back then.  Here I am 45 years later wondering where did the time go?  It's been a great ride!  We cover 8 counties in 2 states and have 11 technicians and 4 customer service representatives.  Our customers have made us the largest locally owned company in the region. THANK YOU to all our wonderful customers and friends for helping make us the BEST!
Jim Dye is a Associate Certified Entomologist and Owner of Border Pest Control “Pest-Pros”. You can reach us by calling
575-523-7222 in Las Cruces or 575-546-7863 in Deming.    @BorderPestPros   @LasCrucesPestPros

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Bed Bugs: Forecasting the Year Ahead and Prevention Methods

The new year is in full swing and here at Border Pest Control in Las Cruces, New Mexico, we are getting ready for another busy year. And of course one of the most troublesome pests continues to be the bed bug, with experts continue predicting an increase in bed bugs in the U.S.

What is the forecast for bed bugs in 2018?

Recently Orkin released the top 50 cities in the United States predicted to have the most infestations in the coming year. This list was based off of data of metro areas where the company had performed the most bed bug treatments during the majority of last year. The cities that arrived at the top of this list were:

1) Baltimore
2) Washington, D.C.
3) Chicago
4) Los Angeles
5) Columbus, OH

In order to be as thorough as possible, Orkin included both residential and commercial treatments when compiling all of their data. With the development of recent statistics, experts in the field are predicting a continued increase in the amount of bed bug infestations in the years ahead.

Why does the number of bed bug infestations continue to increase?

For most homeowners and frequent travelers, a potential increase in bed bug infestations is not exactly the best news to hear. And there are quite a few factors that are aiding in the increase of these pests, including their general characteristics and behaviors. Since bed bugs are extremely tiny, this makes them almost impossible to see with the naked eye. The combination of their small size and ability to hide make them very difficult to track down when scanning an area. For this reason, it is easier to look for evidence that they will be leaving behind such as black ink like stains on furniture and belongings.

In addition to being very tiny, bed bugs are capable of rapid population growth with the average adult female laying 2-5 eggs per day. This adds up to around 500 eggs in the lifetime of one female bed bug! Those are a lot of opportunities for successful population grown among this species. Biologically they are also equipped to survive in a large variety of climates and environments. This means that they can continue to invade throughout the entire year and are not relying on seasonal changes to survive. Bed bugs only need blood to live, so with the determination to find this one source they have everything to be fighting for.

Aside from their adaptation to survive, it is also difficult to completely prevent bed bugs because they are always in motion and can travel from place to place very easily on objects we carry around on a regular basis. They can quickly latch onto luggage, clothing, books and other belongings and within hours they are transported for free to their new home. It is also a common misconception that houses or facilities that have poor sanitation are more prone to these unwanted visitors getting comfortable. However, most living and working spaces are susceptible to bed bugs including public housing and upscale new construction.  

Can anything be done to help prevent an infestation?

This is a common question in the industry of pest control and management, and although you may not be able to prevent an infestation in unique scenarios, there are certain practices to adopt that will aid in keeping these troublesome visitors out of your home. One of the easiest ways to help prevent an infestation is to simply check for them regularly. This includes checking places that they may be hiding such as mattress tags and seams, behind baseboards, electrical outlets, headboards, old books and picture frames. Another easy way to create a not so friendly space for these pests is to decrease clutter in your home. And always inspect second hand furniture and items before bringing them into your home!

Lastly, for those out there that are traveling often and are concerned about bringing home more than memories and tan lines- follow this helpful acronym (S.L.E.E.P) to keep bed bugs out!

Survey the hotel room when traveling for signs of infestation
Lift and look under possible hiding spots such as furniture and mattresses
Elevate your luggage and belongings away from the bed and wall when staying in a hotel
Examine your luggage very thoroughly when repacking and when you return back home
Place all of your clothing that is dryer friendly from your luggage in the dryer for at least 15 minutes as soon as you get home

With the continued growth of bed bug infestations in major cities across the country, all of our professionals here at Border Pest Control in Las Cruces, New Mexico, are well equipped and knowledgeable to handle any situation you may have. If you are concerned that you might have an infestation of bed bugs, do not hesitate to give us a call!