OUCH! A True story, By Brent Russell

It all happened yesterday. Here’s how it all went down. First we went to church and enjoyed a wonderful Easter service. After church we went home to cook hotdogs on the grill and enjoy the beautiful day. That’s when it started. We were sitting on the patio and a wasp flew by us then a few minutes later three more wasps came by so I got some of my wasp spray out and sprayed them. So I’m thinking problem solved now I can go back to enjoying this beautiful day. Man was I wrong about that. Next thing I know five or six wasps were flying around my patio. When I looked around in my backyard I noticed at least another dozen wasps all over the place. They were all over the backyard and on the side of my house so I went out front and there were so many wasps I couldn’t even count them. They were all over in the holly bushes, under the eves, around the garage and trying to make wasp nests all around the house under the eaves. And while I was standing there looking at all of this that’s when it happened. All of the sudden BAM a wasp stung me on the leg. I’m thinking to myself, that wasp has no idea who he’s messing with. NOW ALL WASP MUST DIE!

The first thing I did was get out my hand pump sprayer and mixed up an insecticide called transport. This product works really well on ants and wasps because like the name says when they get it on them they transported it back to the nest and it helps wipe out the colony.

But that alone wasn’t enough to take care of the large-scale wasp problem I was having. And after all, I had been stung. This was personal, this was war. It was time to bring out the big guns. So I loaded up the big spray rig thats mounted in back of my truck and began spraying down everything. I sprayed down the patio, the walls, the yard, the bushes and the eves all the way around the house at maximum strength. After it all dried I had to get out the broom and sweep away all the dead bugs and wasps. That wasp that stung me may have won the battle but I won the war. Now I can sit on my patio and not be terrorized.

It looks like spring is here and the bugs and wasps are out in force. So if you are allergic to bee or wasp stings be on the alert. If you would like me to do a treatment like this on your house just give me a call to set an appointment.

Brent Russell, owner of Tarrant County Pest Control 817-465-PEST

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How to keep from bringing bed bugs home with you.

Staying in a hotel can be a lot of fun but bringing bedbugs home with you can be a nightmare. The most common way bedbugs are spread is by bringing them home in your suitcase.
How to keep from bringing bed bugs home with you.
1. Do not put your luggage on a bed in a hotel room. The first thing most of us do when we arrive in a hotel room is to put our luggage on the bed. Bed bugs are nocturnal, feed only on blood and do not move far from their food source. Therefore the most common place to find bed bugs, as their name suggest, is in or around the bed. And the most common way they are transported is in luggage. So do not set your luggage on the bed. Keep it on a luggage rack as far away from the bed as possible.

2. When you get home wash and dry all the clothes in your suitcase whether you wore them or not. The heat from the dryer will kill any bed bugs or their eggs and help prevent them from spreading into your home. Keep in mind that bedbugs can hide in the cracks and crevices of a suitcase as well. So if you suspect you might have stayed somewhere that had bed bugs it would be a good idea to spray the suitcase down with a safe insecticide or put it inside of a trash bag and seal it up tight for storage. Personally I would probably just throw the suitcase away and get another one next time I travel. Bedbugs can go up-to one year without feeding. So it can be very difficult to get rid of them once they get into your luggage.

How to look for bedbugs in your hotel room.
I always carry a flashlight with me when I travel and the first thing I do when I get in a hotel room is check between the mattress and box springs and the bead that goes around the edge of the mattress. I pull the sheets back and lift the mattress up looking for any small bugs or small black spots. Also I look on the mattress and the sheets for any blood spots. Then finally the last place I looked is between the headboard and the wall. If there are any bedbugs in that room I will find them in one of those places.

My wife is a flight attendant and travels every week and by following these simple rules we have been able to keep the bugs out of our house. But I also can’t help thinking about how I run more bed bug jobs every year then I did the year before. And this year there have been bedbugs reported in every state in the United States. By being aware of the severity of this problem and following these simple steps you too can head off the nightmare of living with bed bugs.

If you have any questions or think you might have brought bedbugs home and would like me to give you a free inspection just give me a call. Or if you are staying in a hotel and see something that you think might be bedbugs but are not sure feel free to take a picture of it and text it to me. I will look at the picture and see if I can tell you if it is bedbugs or not and text you back right away.

I hope this information has been helpful and you have a great spring break.

Brent Russell, owner, Tarrant County Pest Control
My cell phone number is 817-705-7171
Tarrant County Pest Control

Thank you, Brent Russell