The TRS Extermination Bed Bug Blog

Miscellaneous thoughts about killing bed bugs and other pests with heat to keep your family, property, and business safe.

What are these black, winged insects flying around my home?

April 17, 2019

It’s spring and the termite “swarmers” are coming out! Adult reproductive termites are dark-brown to blackish insects, about 3/8 inch-long. They are called “swarmers”, their job is to mate and start new colonies.... Read more

Bed bugs continue to cost hotels dearly

March 7, 2019

Dr. Michael Potter, entomologist at the University of Kentucky and long-time researcher on bed bugs, teamed with the Department of Agricultural Economics in a study to understand consumer preferences when choosing a hotel and the economic costs of bed bugs in the hospitality industry... Read more

Eliminate all sorts of odors with heat

February 18, 2019

At one time or another, I’m sure each of us has walked into a room and said, “Yuck! It stinks in here!” That odiferous room might have been... a hotel or motel room... a room with the overpowering reek of dog urine or cat urine... Read more

People Call Them Bed Bugs

January 4, 2019

There are several treatment methods commonly used by the pest control industry to kill and get rid of bed bugs. Each treatment has varying success against these blood-sucking insects... and many do-it-yourself treatments are not very effective at all! When choosing a treatment method, we consider things like... Read more

Why choose a heat treatment to kill bed bugs?

January 11, 2019

People call them bed bugs. The name makes people think they only infest beds. However, we see bed bugs everywhere. Of course, we see them most often in beds, couches, and chairs. These are places we sit or lay still which allows the bugs time to feed. We also see them in unusual places around the home like bathrooms, kitchens, garages, outside on the front porch, and climbing up exterior walls... Read more

Holiday travel brings people and bed bugs together

November 17, 2018

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This weekend marks the busiest travel days of the year. Lumped together with the rest of the Winter holidays, we are coming into a season that rivals the summer for bed bug feeding opportunities... Read more

Heat tents fall short when treating bed bugs

October 17, 2018

A few years ago I heard a story of a someone who discovered she had bedbugs. She lived in a beautiful apartment in New York City, and bed bugs were much more than just an annoying pest — a bed bug infestation is comparable to a modern-day scarlet letter... Read more

Mistakes people make when they discover bed bugs

September 21, 2018

What are some mistakes people make when they find out they have bed bugs? 1. They throw out their bed, couch, or chair. 2. They rip up, remove, and replace their carpeting and padding... Read more

The Chemical Challenge

August 17, 2018

Do chemicals work to kill bed bugs? Seems like a straight-forward, yes or no question, right? The answer is a confusing “sometimes”. Here are the reasons why the answer isn’t a simple yes or no... Read more

I found bed bugs in my hotel room

For quite some time now many of our customers have told us our Titans produce more heat energy than any other heater they have used. Some have used “significantly” with the word “more” when describing the heat output. Read more

Killing bed bugs in the cold and snow

You may wonder why I included the bed bug photo of this red truck in this post. I oversaw cold-weather heat treatment development testing several years ago during a typical upstate New York January. I recall there being several feet of snow on the ground and it had snowed overnight. That day’s high was 18°F... Read more

The EPA’s Top Ten Tips for Dealing with Bed Bugs

I was surfing with purpose the other day and came across a page on the EPA’s website with their top ten tips for dealing with bed bugs. While I have directly reproduced their tips, the suggestions following the headlines are ours.... Read more