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No matter how clean you keep your home, bed bugs can easily be tracked in by family members or house guests. The little parasitic pests are also no stranger to college dorm rooms, camp facilities, military barracks, or even luxury hotels.

“Bed bugs don’t discriminate,” says James P. McHale Jr., CEO of JP McHale Pest Management, Inc. in Buchanan, N.Y. “Bed bugs bite—they hurt— and you don’t want to have to deal with the mental anguish that comes along with bed bug infestation.”

McHale explains that early detection is the key to reducing your risk and cutting costs associated with this ongoing epidemic.

To stop bed bugs from hitchhiking into your living space:

• When houseguests and family members arrive following a stay at camp, a recent trip, or a semester at college, don’t be shy to ask if there were any recent bed bug incidents.

• Look for signs of bites or rashes.

• Leave luggage outside until it can be thoroughly vacuumed.

• Immediately wash and dry clothes brought into your home from other locations.

Be vigilant, says McHale, a Cornell-educated entomologist. “Examining high-risk areas on a regular basis is a key component to early interception,” he notes.

McHale recommends looking for dark, sand-like fecal droppings, blood smears, and empty exoskeletons in common bed bug locations, such as behind the headboard, where the nightstand meets the mattress, around clock radios, in the seams around the mattress, and around the bed frame.

“By carefully following these procedures, you can ensure that your home remains bed bug free,” McHale says.

With more than 40 years’ experience working to exterminate bed bugs and other pests from homes in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, JP McHale has established itself as a regional expert at providing thorough examinations and identifying the right home pest solutions for each situation. McHale’s pest management team has deployed a host of effective strategic monitoring devices to expose the most elusive bed bugs, even examining rooms with a professional canine team.

Recognizing that every bed bug infestation is unique in culture, setting, and structure, JP McHale also offers cost-effective products that ward off these “crimson ramblers.” One revolutionary option is the ActiveGuard Encasement, which sits in the frame of a bed and intercepts early stages of infestation.

If the culprits turn up, JP McHale assists homeowners dealing with bed bug invasions by arranging elimination programs and services. These range from low-rise applications to Hepa vacuum treatments. Thermal pest solutions are also available, whereby target areas are heated up to a “thermal death point” of at least 114 degrees. Strategic movement of heated air penetrates an entire structure, including walls, floors, and ceiling cavities where pests often harbor. All stages of pest life are eliminated after roughly three hours.

Along with a standard service warranty, JP McHale also offers an annual Bed Bug Elimination Program service agreement which includes an inspection to detect early stages of re-infestation and the application of environmentally sustainable treatments behind the head board, adjacent to the night stand, and around electrical outlets.

“We are known for thinking outside of the box,” McHale says. “This ensures all potential avenues of entry that bed bugs might use to infest your home or business are revealed and treated.”

J.P. McHale Pest Management, Inc. has been in the urban pest and green industry for more than 30 years.

J.P. McHale Pest Management, Inc.

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