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Bed bug Scars Leads to Million-Dollar Settlement

A California family is awarded 1.6 million dollars in a victory over an Inglewood apartment complex that failed to adhere to proper procedures in eradicating a several months-long bed bug infestation.

 

The family had two young children, the infant daughter who slept in the crib, and a toddler. Both children were victims of excessive bug bites. The 3-year old was in such a state of discomfort that he scratched himself constantly causing scars that still exist today; 6 years after the bed bug ordeal.

 

What happened next? The family alerted the management of the apartment complex once the bite diagnosis was confirmed as bed bugs. Once alerted, the management team at Kahala Islander Apartments instructed Mrs. Martinez to immediately throw her furniture away. The next step the apartment complex took was to treat the infestation with chemicals. Use of toxic chemicals unfortunately, is often the default method used when treating for bed bugs.

 

With no furniture and no other place to stay, the family was forced to sleep on the chemical-treated floors of the apartment once it was safe to re-enter the home.

 

It did not take long for the insects to return and biting to begin again. Like in most cases, treating a bed bug infestation is challenging and often requires repeated applications or routine maintenance to make sure that the entire population is wiped out.

 

If only the family or the hired pest control company was are aware of EcoRaider. To integrate natural product like EcoRaider, eliminates the need for evacuation of any kind. Leaving your home is a hassle but with young babes to care for, this creates more of a situation.

EcoRaider’s customer service team accurately points out what the EPA regulation allows. For example, it is not necessary to discard salvageable furniture because it can be treated. Laid out in EcoRaider’s step-by-step instruction plan are explicit details on how to go about applying the spray to furniture, i.e. beds, clothing, and linens.

 

Think about the sleeplessness, the anxiety, humiliation, shame that followed in the weeks and months ahead that would permit this small family of four the largest monetary sum in such a case. Now, six years after the ordeal, the court wisely granted this family some piece of mind.

Though this is extraordinary outcome, such human interest stories are important to illuminate because the content is so relatable. Insect and vermin infestations are common problems among millions of Americans households. It is important to know why certain treatments are not always effective.

 

Resistance to certain insecticides is the main cause behind persistent infestations. Rotation of chemicals and substituting insecticides routinely will combat resistance problems. Also, it is important to read and follow the label instructions carefully to verify that the ingredients differ from recent treatments.

 

EcoRaider can be used as a standalone treatment or as part of a rotation program to control resistant bedbug strains while avoiding further resistance programs.

 

It is a botanical based insecticide that attacks receptors that do not exist in vertebrates. It does not contain any synthetic compounds that bedbugs have demonstrated resistance to.

 

Virag, the family’s attorney and who specializes in bedbug litigation through his firm, says he hopes the verdict sends a wake-up call to other management companies when it comes to being proactive—rather than reactive—when responding to bedbug complaints from tenants.

 

Incorporating EcoRaider into the bug treatment rotation will cut the need to follow the foolish advice of discarding household items. Doing this can cause others problems like financial distress and agitate physical discomfort in the home.

 

EcoRaider is also a safe, non-toxic alternative used by pest control companies that allow families access to the home while spraying is taking place and there is no need to relocate.

 

We can only hope the mismanagement shown on part by the owners of Kahala Islander complex, along with thousands of other low-income apartment dwellings will learn from this punishment, and incorporate tested and safer methods for eliminating parasitic insect infestations.

 

Source: People.com California Family Gets $1.6 Million after 3-Year-Old Is Scarred by Bedbug Bites

Battling Resistance and A Review of the Pesticide Webinar

EcoRaider recently sponsored a comprehensive video that compiled the work of industry expert Dennis Judy in a Webinar entitled, Pesticide Resistance. The aim was to aid pest professionals and teaches them new treatment techniques when servicing customers, in addition to informing independent consumers on the best practices in resistance management.

Resistance is the issue of synthetic pesticides becoming less effective over time in killing or controlling various pests. As species of pests evolve, they become more resistant to existing chemicals and harder to control.

Judy, a longtime industry expert, discussed resistance overall, how it came to occur, best practices for resistance management, and the products that are experiencing issues with bed bug resistance. Mr. Judy has over 30 years in the pest control industry and began his career with Orkin. He is a member of the Georgia Pest Control Association’s Hall of Fame. He now serves as the technical adviser for EcoRaider.

Ever wonder why you see one, two, or twenty bugs still crawling across your bedroom floor after you shelled out a hefty sum of that rainy-day fund to hire a professional exterminator to come and eradicate an awful bug infestation that’s disrupted your home life and caused many sleepless nights? Now, to your dismay, the bugs have returned. Well, Dennis Judy’s webinar explores this phenomenon.

Mr. Judy attributes four main factors why pests become resistant to insecticides. Professionals and homeowners can benefit gravely from applying this knowledge and choose better methods of treatments.

How do insects become resistant to insecticides?

The first is Behavior- insects can sense and stay clear of insecticide dangers.

The second is Metabolic- over time an insect can develop the ability to break down and clear its body of a toxin.

Next he looks at the Target Site- The insecticide can no longer connect at its target site at a molecular level in an insect.

And finally Penetration- The insect’s shell more slowly absorbs the insecticide. This will eventually lead to passing on adaptable genes to offspring and future generations of the insects will no longer be negatively affected by the poison.

The first way to combat resistance is to apply pesticides only when needed. Do not rely on the same trusted chemicals continuously because this method will fail.

The applicator of a treatment should abide by the practice of rotation and explicitly follow the label instructions. Even if the labels are different, that doesn’t necessarily mean they use different chemicals- so attention to detail is important.

Rotate between different classes of pesticides during the year and from year to year. If the resistance is managed effectively, the pesticides will remain useful to operators.

As a consumer, it is not necessary to unpack every morsel of information. You are busy with your lives, jobs, and families. It might be interesting for some to know why extermination methods are not as full-proof as one hopes but it’s usually not in the customer’s interest to know the minutia of method of pest control treatment.

But, when it comes to matters of the wallet it is wise to make an informed decision and choose a pest management company that encompasses the strategies laid out in Judy’s lecture.

Studies show that there are more and more products that fail in the combating resistance – common pesticides are showing more resistance. Ways to approach this issue is to rotate pesticide classes. Look up the active ingredients. Incorporate IPM methods. Incorporate products like EcoRaider that do not fall into the resistance and add program.

EcoRaider is successful because it does not fall into the resistance program.

It is a botanical based insecticide that attacks receptors that do not exist in vertebrates. It does not contain any synthetic compounds that bedbugs have demonstrated resistance to.

Therefore, EcoRaider can be used as a standalone treatment or as part of a rotation program to control resistant bedbug strains while avoiding further resistance programs. And since EcoRaider is not a typical insecticide, the four resistant measures can ultimately be avoided.

EcoRaider is a useful treatment for both the pest management companies and is easily applied by private consumers. EcoRaider works as an ideal solution for the resistance problems because it often integrated into pest control rotation and used as a stand-alone treatment.

For more on details, we invite you to watch Pesticide Resistance

It Works on Contact

Ants in your pants, find yourself swatting away pests in the middle of your kitchen, or do you feel little nips on your exposed skin in the middle of the night and don’t know who the culprit is? EcoRaider kills on contact, with up 100% accuracy quickly and chemical-free.

The Journal of Economic Entomology can attest that among all 12 tested pesticides, only EcoRaider caused 100% mortality of bed bugs. However, what happens outside the laboratory is what really matters. Through dialogue with the public, I have compiled some insight into what is working for our customers.

That is what the science tells us but let’s takes a look and see, what customers are saying about EcoRaider fast acting effects. According to one verified customer, “This stuff is definite killing machine bed bugs did not like this at all. Definite started killing process on contact maybe up to 10 seconds for full death. Our headboard had a lot of crevices and this soaked into a lot of those having them crawl out and die,” received by S. Reedon. We urge all treatments to focus on spraying inside cracks and crevices.

Patricia says the Bed Bug Killer Spray I was skeptical at first, since I’ve tried so many products to rid my place of these stupid bugs.

I have to say, this is an excellent product!!! It went to work immediately!! The scent was a little strong at first but when I sprayed the “affected” areas, it changed to a sawdust smell, indicating that it was killing on contact.

Feedback is helpful in spreading the word about the positive outcome EcoRaider provides and it is also crucial to have when customers run into problems applying treatment.

S. Reedon runs into some trouble and we at EcoRaider want to illuminate the correct methods to use to get all benefits from the bed bug spray. He states, “It’s not bait nor stays active long. So don’t expect a set it and forget it with this. But it will actively kill what it finds. There is a strong cedar type smell to it, but I got used to it pretty fast.”

The Bed Bug Killer solution does have a cedar wood scent comes from natural ingredients extracted from plants; it is non-toxic and dissipates fast. Based on our survey, 90% of users find the scent is acceptable, 5% tell us they like the scent and about 5% of users are not in favor of the scent. In cases where the cedar wood is too overwhelming, we recommend that you can try our All Purpose Insect Killer that attacks and kills bed bugs with a citrus aroma.

We can discern from the S. Reedon’s remarks that they happy with the death on-contact results, but seems to suggest that they are unsure of EcoRaider’s potency long-term.

EcoRaider’s strength is really where it’s emboldened. It is highly effective during this period of time, 97.5% of exposed bed bugs die within 2 weeks after exposure at all life stages.

As spring closes in and temperatures lift and signs of life are on display everywhere. The warm winds blow in the slimy things, the crawly things, and the flying-pesky things with the fresh dampen conditions of the season. Eradicating all mosquitoes, ants, and other undesirables would be ideal, but that is neither realistic nor beneficial to the overall ecosystem.

What we can settle on eliminating these households’ terrorists from invading our personal halcyon by arming ourselves with EcoRaider’s Ant Killer & Crawling Insect Killer and the Mosquito 3-In-One Spray.

An Amazon customer uses Ant Killer Spray, “This product actually works! I have used other all natural ant killers and had no luck. The very first time I used this product, it worked, it killed the ants right away and it keeps them away.”

“I used it against the small black ants here, swarming over a potato chip that one of my roommates dropped and didn’t bother cleaned up. It managed to kill them like right away,” exclaims, Brandon another satisfied customer.

The boasts don’t end there, The Mosquito 3-in-One is just what you’re looking for when tackling garden work; Works great! According to another verified Amazon customer. Anonymous continues,”I was searching for a safe mosquito killer since my husband is allergy to lots of chemicals. He actually has no reactions to this bottle when I tried to spread a bit out. And it kills the small flying insects as well. Those bugs bother me all the time in summer. This product was made to kill insects safely.”

However, success is not always the case, as Shelia briefly exclaims “It doesn’t work.” To her and others, we urge you to follow the simple steps that could improve the results drastically. My advice is to check all areas that might be infested by mosquitoes that could have gone unchecked or neglected during the first go-round.

It is imperative to spray clothing when wearing for personal use, spray screens, windows and perimeters of the residence – also spray under bushes, around houses, in damp areas, and under appliances and around pipes.

A major culprit is standing water; this is where larvae and mosquitoes tend to breed. Spray into these stagnant bodies of water. These include fountains, bird feeders, catch basins, trench drains and other similar areas. Treating these areas guarantees that the mosquito population will dissipate.

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