About Sawyer Pest Management
June 3, 2013
After working for a large national pest control company, Ryan Sawyer founded Sawyer
Pest Management Inc. Our mission is to create a quality-oriented, serviced-based company dedicated to exceeding industry safety, service and environmental standards, while providing long-term pest control solutions for each of our clients.
Sawyer Pest Management is an industry leader in the development and implementation of pro-active, preventative, environmentally friendly solutions utilizing the most current Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to eliminate pest activity and prevent re-occurrences from happening in your home or business.
Sawyer Pest Management`s goal is to build strong, long-term partnerships with each of our clients by providing the highest level of customer service and eco-friendly programs. We are locally owned and operated, fully insured and are licensed by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. We provide service in the London Ontario, Strathroy, Ingersoll, Dorchester, Exeter, Lucan, Goderich, Grandbend, and Bayfield Ontario areas.
As a leading specialist, Ryan Sawyer graduated from the Environmental Pest Management program at Sir Sandford Fleming College in 1997. Since graduating, he has been employed in the pest control industry in the areas of service, technical support/quality assurance and management. In addition to working in the pest control industry since 1997, he has kept himself current by attending conferences, seminars and courses related to the pest control industry. Some examples of this continued training are:
Successful completion of the American Institute of Baking (AIB) Food Safety and Hygiene course
Successful completion of the Middlesex London Health Unit’s Food Safety Food Handler Certification Program
Obtained Copesan Services Signature Care Program Designation for Food Processing Facilities as an IPM Specialist
Completed training and attained certification as a Certified Bird Control Specialist
Successful completion of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) Pest Management in Food Plants Exam
Received a certification of excellence from Quality Pro Canada by meeting the Quality Pro Canada requirements and achieving the mark of excellence in Pest Management
In addition to completing the above list of continued education, he currently holds the following Exterminators Licences issued by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment:
Structural Exterminator’s License
Fumigation General Exterminator’s License
Mosquito/Biting Flies Exterminator’s License
Landscape Exterminator’s License
While employed in the pest control industry Ryan has serviced, developed,implemented and audited professional Environmental Pest Management Programs (EPM) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs. These programs are effective at reducing or eliminating pesticide usage, while maintaining a pest-free environment for Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Agricultural clients. Ryan has extensive experience developing individualized programs that use a variety of methods and tools which identify conditions conducive to pest development. These programs allow for the early detection of activity and allow for the elimination of early stage pest activity, and/ or eliminate heavy infestations through clean-out programs.
Ryan and Sawyer Pest Management will work with you to customize and implement a program that protects your home or business from pest infestation. We Service; London Ontario, Strathroy, Ingersoll, Dorchester, Exeter, Lucan, Goderich, Grandbend, and Bayfield Ontario
Where to find bedbugs:
Bedbugs are most commonly found in bedrooms but infestations can also occur in other rooms such as bathrooms, living rooms, and laundry rooms. Top bedbug hiding spots are
- Box Springs
- Bed frame/headboard
Other common hiding bedbug spots:
- Bedside table clutter – books, picture frames, clocks, etc
- Quilts, blankets, sheets
- Around window and door frames
- Behind electrical outlet covers and phone jack plates
- Between flooring and baseboards
- Inside hollow items such as table lamps
- Between the folds of drapery, curtains or bed skirts
- In items stored under the bed
- Between couch cushions
What to look for:
Finding bedbugs can be difficult because they can be very small and flat and can hide in tiny spaces and climb through thin cracks the width of a credit card.
Look for blood spots and smears on bedding, pajamas, or mattresses and other areas close to the bed – these may indicate that bedbugs have been feeding.
Adult bedbugs are oval in shape and smaller than an apple seed – usually 4 – 9mm. Their color varies depending on where they are in their life cycle. Newly hatched bedbugs are 1.5mm and nearly colorless – although they turn red after feeding. Adult bedbugs are generally brown but turn reddish-brown after feeding. As young bedbugs grow and mature, they shed their exoskeleton several times. Look for shed exoskeletons while searching for signs of bedbugs.
In some cases, the accumulation of bedbug cast skins, and fecal spots, and bedbug eggs are visible under close inspection.
What to do if you find bedbugs:
Discard you mattress or seal your mattress and pillows with a plastic or hypoallergenic zipped covers. A young bedbug can live for several months without feeding and an adult bedbugs can survive for up to a year. Sealing mattresses this traps the bedbugs inside and prevents them from feeding which will kill them the bedbugs over time.
Do not apply any pesticide to mattresses or other surfaces that will come in contact with the human skin unless the pesticide specifically states that the product can be used in this manner. Food grade diatomaceous earth is an all natural pesticide and one of the best kept secrets in the war against bed bugs. Try sprinkling food grade diatomaceous earth inside your mattress cover before sealing it up.
Wash all your sheets, mattress pads, pillows, and other washable materials that could have come into contact with bedbugs in the hottest water possible to use without damaging your items. Place them in a hot dryer – again on the hottest setting possible.
You can vacuum to capture bed bugs and their eggs, but be sure to immediately place the vacuum bag into a plastic bad, seal it tight and dispose of it immediately.
How to Check Your Bed for Bedbugs
Killing Bedbugs – Tips and Tricks
Bedbug Signs – 4 Signs You Have Bedbugs
External Link – University of Kentucky Bedbug FAQ
Bed Bugs: General Information
After 50 years as a rarity in the North American residential sectors, bed bugs have made a resurgence in urban housing markets and, increasingly, in suburban and rural communities. Partly a product of changes to pesticides laws and regulations and partly the result of increased international travel, bed bugs are increasingly found in communities across the province, in households of all types and all income levels.
About Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are brown, flightless, nocturnal insects. There are a variety of different species of bed bugs; however they all feed on the blood of mammals and birds. Domestic species prefer to feed on people who are asleep, however they will also bite household pets and other pests (e.g. rodents).
An adult bed bug is five to seven millimeters in size, approximately the size of an apple seed. Prior to feeding bed bugs are flat, approximately the thickness of a business card. When they have fed, they increase in size and thickness. Bed bug eggs are almost white in colour and are shaped like small grains of rice.
The Bed Bug Life Cycle
The bed bug life cycle has seven stages: egg, five nymph or larva stages, and adult. A female bed bug will lay eggs every few days and typically will lay 300 to 500 eggs in her life time. The offspring must have a blood meal between each stage. Under ideal conditions the complete bed bug life cycle is four to six weeks. The short maturation period of bed bugs and abundant egg production of female bed bugs means that untreated infestations can grow very quickly.
Adult bed bugs can live for approximately one year, but can hibernate and live longer if they are unable to access food sources. A bed bug’s feeding can last three to 10 minutes. While usually painless, the resulting bite can develop into an itchy welt that may last for several weeks. The bites are also prone to infection if scratched. Some people may develop severe skin conditions or experience allergic reactions to the bites.
Where do they come from and where do they live
There are popular misconceptions that suggest that bed bugs are a “low income” or a “city” problem; both are untrue. Bed bugs can now be found anywhere where a lot of people come together, particularly places like hotels, apartment and condominium buildings, and hospitals. They have been found in movie theatres, on subways, and in luxury hotel suites. They are not a problem faced only by the poor; they are a problem faced by all of us. They are hitchhikers, hiding in luggage, laundry, and in objects, waiting to be brought to a new home.
Given their size, bed bugs are able to hide in any type of crack or crevice found in a typical home. They will typically be found hiding on or around mattresses, box springs, and bed frames, as well as in upholstered furniture. This is not surprising given their nocturnal feeding habits. Depending on the infestation they can also be found under and behind baseboards, on curtains, in clothing, and even in electronics; they can be found almost anywhere!
Click here for more bed bug resources from ONPHA.
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Anyone who has ever had problems with bed bugs knows that it can be a lengthy process that requires patience and plenty of follow up. One of the reasons that many people have trouble killing bed bugs is because they forget to treat many of the places bed bugs use as secret hiding places.
While it is true that they gravitate towards warmth and blood, there are specific areas of the home that must be pre-treated, treated and followed up on in order to fully get rid of bed bugs. Today we’re covering 10 placed that bed bugs are often found and need to be on your checklist for bed bug treatment plan.
Since you spend 1/3 of the day in bed asleep it is very important to fully inspect and treat any mattresses in your home. Use a magnifying glass to check for bed bugs and eggs on all sides of the mattress, paying careful attention to tufts and folds where bed bugs might go unseen. .
Look carefully at products used to get rid of bed bugs because many sprays and powders are unsafe for direct use on mattresses.
2. Box Springs
When getting rid of bed bugs many people disregard the box spring which is unfortunate because it provides a good hiding place for bed bugs. Because it is hollow there is plenty of room for bed bugs to hide. Hold a light up to the transparent fabric on the box springs to check for eggs and bugs.
Treat all sides of the box springs and if you buy encasements, make sure to get one for box springs.
3. Bed Frame
One of the reasons getting rid of bed bugs is so hard is because they hide everywhere! The nooks and crannies and crevices of bed frames provide a dark and warm place to hide. This is why any bed bug treatment plan you use should entail disassembling your bed frame and treating the entire frame as well as head and foot boards.
This means you will have to completely dismantle your bedroom furniture in order to treat it and encase it, when necessary.
Most of us have drawers in nearly every room of our house including the kitchen, bathroom and even hallways. These are places most people don’t think to inspect and treat for bed bugs, but this is favorite hiding place for bed bugs thanks to its warm dark climate.
Remove all drawers that have signs of bed bugs, eggs, blood or bed bug feces. Treat them particularly in the corners and hard to reach edges where bed bugs are likely to hide. To successfully get rid of bed bugs remember to treat the underside of the drawers as well.
Curtains can easily be laundered in hot water to help get rid of bed bugs. However you may also want to vacuum prior to a heat treatment. If curtains have special cleaning instructions you can use a steamer to kill any bed bugs or eggs that are there or have them dry cleaned.
Before using any bed bug products on curtains, do a spot test so the fabric doesn’t stain or tear.
6. Pictures, Wall Fixtures & Hangings
Any treatment plan for getting rid of bed bugs will require you to consider your walls as potential hiding places. Remove all photos, wall hangings and other fixtures including light fixtures. Walls can provide a great source of heat and a great dark place to hide.
Treat the wall fixtures and photos then seal them up until treatment is over.
Treating baseboards to get rid of bed bugs is a two-step process. First you will need to treat the space underneath baseboards to eliminate a path for bed bugs to travel from one room to the next. Then you will need to seal up any cracks in or under the baseboards to disallow more bed bugs from entering your home.
Once you have inspected your carpets you will need to vacuum all areas thoroughly and treat with steam. When possible you should lift up carpets to treat corners and edges of the floor with a spray, dust or powder to kill bed bugs. Keep carpets (including bathroom and area rugs) vacuumed regularly to permanently get rid of bed bugs.
9. Upholstered Furniture
In addition to bed, box springs and carpets you will need to inspect and treat all upholstered furniture in your home. This means cotton, wool, suede, polyester and any other cloth material. Furniture like leather may seem exempt however the corners and underneath the sofas will still need to be treated. This includes dining room chairs and ottomans.
Furniture legs provide a dark hiding place for bed bugs during the daytime. During treatment of bed bugs you need to inspect all furniture legs, wheels, posts and casters. If possible remove the legs and clean thoroughly before replacing. These are good places to lay eggs because they are rarely disturbed.
Make sure you all 10 of these locations to your bed bugs treatment checklist to get rid of bed bugs permanently!