August 2012 Newsletter


Mystery Bug

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National Tom Sawyer Days




Employee of the Month: Aaron Cummings

Get to know our Featured Employee for the Month for August 2012: Aaron Cummings!

Job Title: Service Technician
First Car: "1983 Chevy Celebrity"
Hobbies: "Gardening, antique tractors, tractor pulls"

Favorite Movie: ""Facing the Giants""
Favorite Food: "Pizza"
Favorite Book: "The Bible"
Favorite Quote: "Prepare yourself as a man, I will question you and you shall answer me." -God (Job 38:3)



Our on staff entolomogolost tip of the month:  Bed Bugs “They’re back”


Today’s headlines: “Bed bugs reach epidemic proportions.”

Dr. Michael Potter, University of Kentucky entomologist, was quoted recently as saying, “Bed bugs are just going ballistic everywhere. It is going to really rock this country.”

Bed bugs are found today in hotels, apartments, dorm rooms, delivery vehicles, dry cleaners, jails, hospitals, churches, cruise ships, furniture rental stores and private homes. Bed Bug bites, while Rare for a time, are again becoming all too common. One of the primary reasons for the recent resurgence is that the pesticides used for treatment in the past are losing their effectiveness at treating bed bugs today; the search is on for new ways to eliminate infestations.

There is only one sure way:  Thermal Remediation (HEAT) properly done.  There is a difference in Heat Treatments and Reliable Pest Solutions is the areas exclusive provider of Thermal Remediation® from TEMP-AIR, recognized as the most successful treatment available.

 First, let’s look at the problem, the Bed Bug:

What are Bed Bugs?


Cimex lectularius Linnaeus


Bed bugs are small, oval insects that live in dark spaces close to their food source and feed at night. They range in size from 1/4” to 3/8” long and are mahogany or reddish-brown in color.


Bed bugs were widespread before World War II in homes, hotels, and boardinghouses, but were greatly reduced with the use of the pesticide DDT. Bed bugs have been making resurgence in recent years due to the banning of DDT, an increase in international travel, and a developing resistance to pesticides.


Bed bugs commonly reside in the seams of mattresses, in the edges of carpeting, in the bed frame behind baseboards, in window and door casings, picture frames, loosened wallpaper, and other cracks and crevices.


Bed bugs can enter a structure by attaching themselves or their eggs to clothing and bedding and by hiding in luggage. They have often been brought into homes in used furniture and mattresses. In certain cases the pests may be brought in by birds or even bats.


Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite    Kill Bed Bugs with Heat™


Reliable Pest Solutions Thermal Remediation® from TEMP-AIR is a superior solution to eliminate bed bug infestations. This non-chemical, non-toxic approach penetrates wall cavities, mattresses and other hard to reach locations to kill bed bugs. By applying heat evenly throughout a structure, we are able to kill bed bugs wherever they are hiding, something many other treatments cannot achieve in a single treatment. Thermal Remediation® from TEMP-AIR will kill all of the growth stages of the bed bug including the eggs. This is an important fact given that not all current pesticide control methods kill bed bug eggs. This means that many times Reliable’s Thermal Remediation® can eradicate the entire bed bug population in a single treatment.


Why is Reliable Thermal Remediation® Better than Using Chemicals?

Historically, bed bug treatments have relied on the use of chemicals to reduce and control the pest. Recently, pesticides have shown to be ineffective in managing infestations with a single bed bug treatment. An informal survey of pest control operators conducted by an entomologist at the University of Massachusetts found that 68% of all bedbug infestations require three or more chemical treatments, 26% require two treatments, and just 6% require one treatment.


All “heat” treatments are not equal.  The time it takes to get to the needed temperature, the monitoring needed, holding and distributing the temperature to effectively kill the adults AND the eggs takes real training, experience and skill.

With equipment designed specifically for the application of heat to kill bed bugs, our highly effective process relies on three main keys to a successful treatment:

1.  Apply Heat. Electric bed bug heaters are placed within the space; introducing and recirculating heated air with a target temperature not to exceed 135°F for the controlled application of heat.

2.  Monitor. Temperatures are monitored in real time from a remote location using wireless sensors to ensure lethal temperatures are reached without damaging the space and its contents.

3.  Move Air. High temperature fans move heated air throughout the space to reach insects in cracks and crevices or high infestation zones.


Reliable uses specialized equipment, a self-contained generator, sophisticated, wireless monitors and computer equipment along with air movement devices to be sure the treatment is right the first time.  If you suspect Bed Bugs in your home or business, give the Experts at Reliable Pest Solutions a call today.  We will advise you on the proper inspection techniques, treatment options and investment.   Investing in a cut rate treatment that does not solve your problem the first time cost money.  It also adds to the danger of ongoing Bed Bug infestations.  One call does it all:  Rely on Reliable!


Gene Scholes is a State Certified and Licensed Professional Pest Solution Specialist with over 45 years’ experience.  He is also a Board Certified Entomologist (A.C.E.).  He can be reached at 1-888-777-3542 or on line at



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