Monthly Archives: February 2013

Benefits of Roach Bait

Many people, when thinking of roach control methods, still have in mind an image of exterminators coming through the door in hazmat suits, spraying pesticides with abandon. While those methods can still be used in industrial applications, thankfully we now have roach baits, which are highly effective, extremely targeted, and most importantly, safe around humans for residential use.

Cockroaches live in nests in the darkest shelter available. Being that they are nocturnal, their appearance during the daytime may be a sign that individuals were forced out by overcrowding, which could be a sign of a severe infestation.

Traps that only attract a number of individual roaches are not going to make a significant impact on their population, since live eggs will remain in the nest and eventually hatch. Roach bait that makes it back to the nest may be a much more effective option.

Roaches feed on other roaches, as well as their feces. Certain types of bait have delayed toxicant activity, which means that for hours or even days after consuming such bait, a roach will return to the nest and excrete feces. The waste, as well as the eventual corpse, will contain enough residual pesticide to infect other roaches, turning both into bait as well.

Unlike sprays and pesticides, cockroach bait doesn’t have any foul smell. It’s also difficult to aerosolize, meaning that it’s generally safe around asthmatics and those with allergies. And it can be placed in out of the way areas, like behind baseboards or in closets and walls, to provide discreet, long lasting protection against subsequent invasions.

Bait must be placed as close to the nest as possible for maximum effectiveness. Our experienced pest exterminators know all the places where roaches like to hide. Even putting bait as little as 18 inches away from the nest reduces the bait’s effectiveness by half. This is where having someone who’s ‘seen it all’ is a definite benefit.

If you have a roach problem, call the best pest exterminators around at (703) 368-8000 or (800) 457-3785. You can also visit us at


Bed Bugs Symptoms

As pest management experts with more than 25 years experience, we know that bed bugs are the nightmare of many a homeowner and apartment dweller. Bed bugs can spread from mattresses, box springs and bed frames to carpets, cushions and curtains. They’re tough to kill, and once present in a home, if they are not caught and exterminated quickly, they might require whole-home fumigation, and the removal and destruction of ‘soft’ goods.

When news reports start mentioning ‘bedbug outbreaks’ even the most laid-back person can start to peer suspiciously at bedding and couch cushions. But many people don’t even know what they’re looking for. So if you think you may have bedbug symptoms, here’s how to tell.

One obvious symptom of bed bugs is the presence of bite marks. Itchy, red spots may appear in a row of several welts, especially on exposed skin not covered by your sleepwear. Not all people have this reaction, though, so there are other symptoms to look for.

Tiny bloodstains on your bedsheets, pillowcases or blankets, especially in conjunction with bite marks, are another indication. Similarly, bed bug fecal matter may appear as light brown spots on your sheets or mattress. Close inspection of box springs or the creases in your mattress may yield the discovery of small white eggs. And since bed bugs shed their skin five times before they are full-grown, you may also find casings or skin sheddings.

Being very small, bed bugs can be difficult to spot, but another clue to their presence is a moldy, musty smell. Bed bugs are drawn to heat and warmth, so check underneath your mattress, underneath chair or sofa cushions, and inside of drawers for those unpleasant odors.

Of course, if you see something you don’t like the looks of, the easiest way to tell for sure is just to call your friendly pest management company, Triple S, at or (703) 368-8000 or (800) 457-3785