Where are Bed Bugs Found? 6 Places You Wouldn’t Expect to Find Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have the physique that allows them to hide under, behind, and in anything. They will typically hide within five feet of their food source, which correlates with where you spend most of your time, likely where you sleep.

Bed bugs are found in many places, not limited to any one specific type of dwelling. Infestations have been reported everywhere including single family homes, multi-family housing, apartments, hotels, hospitals, schools and college campuses, office buildings and even retail stores. Even five-star hotels and high-end clothing stores are susceptible to infestations. While there are the typical places bed bugs are found, they might be found in a few unlikely places as well, including:

  1. Movie theaters
  2. Waiting areas – doctor’s offices, government buildings, office lobbies
  3. Libraries
  4. Public Transportation – buses, taxi cabs, trains
  5. Locker rooms
  6. Airplanes

So how do they get to these unlikely places?

Steve Counsell, Training and Development Manager, explains, “Female bed bugs are the most likely to hitchhike, which causes trouble for us. If the female is pregnant, she is bringing with her a bunch of potential little bed bugs. Pregnant females will typically migrate away from the bed to unusual places throughout a room.” From here, they are likely to get picked up by accident and transported to one of the places listed above.

It is important to remember no place is a guaranteed bed bug free zone. Any place humans sit, rest or sleep gives bed bugs the opportunity to feed and multiply. In order to protect yourself as best as possible, inspect public areas before you take a seat or set down your belongings.

Bed Bug Protocol for Apartments, Hotels, and Hospitals

If you manage an apartment building, hotel, hospital, or any other multi-unit complex, knowing how to handle bed bugs is an absolute necessity. All it takes is one infested piece of luggage, furniture, or clothing entering your building for an infestation to take hold and spread to multiple units.

If a tenant or guest gives any indication that bed bugs are present, you can do a quick visual inspection, looking out for the bugs themselves and small dark spots on sheets, in the seams of mattresses, and on bed frames and headboards. If any sign of an infestation exists, call a professional bed bug service provider immediately!

Batzner’s Bed Bug Treatment of Multi-Unit Complexes Consists Of:

1. Inspection of unit reporting the issue (K-9 recommended).
2. Inspection of adjacent units, even across the hall (K-9 recommended).
3. Questioning of tenant:
– Have you traveled?
– Have you bought any used furniture?
– Have you had any guests over recently?
– Do you frequent other units or common areas?
– Have you self-treated? (this can disrupt our own inspection and treatment)
4. Treatment by either chemicals or heat, depending on the situation.
5. Follow-up and final inspection.

Cooperation between the manager, tenant, and Batzner is vital for success in dealing with bed bugs. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure you know exactly what we are doing to fix your problem, just contact us at the earliest sign of infestation!

Why You Shouldn’t DIY Stinging Insects: Bees, Wasps, Hornets

Now that summer is in full swing, I bet your grill has been getting a work out. The last thing you want is for your barbecue to be interrupted by pesky stinging insects. Whether it’s hornets, wasps, or bees, they can send you and your family running back in the house abandoning your perfectly grilled burgers. Your first instinct might be to run to the closest store to pick a can of something claiming it will get rid of your problem. The over-the-counter product you buy might work for a day or two, but the truth is that it can only address insects present at the time of treatment, which is why this DIY method often does not work. Insects that were out of the nest during the treatment will not be affected by the product when they return back to the nest. When choosing a do-it-yourself treatment, your problems will likely persist.

A pest control company can correctly identify the breed of stinging insects in order to safely and thoroughly treat the infestation. Highly trained and certified professionals know the difference between all breeds of stinging insects and treat nests based on that determination. A pharmaceutical-grade product is used that not only addresses present insects, but the residual properties of the product also takes care of insects that were absent from the nest at the time of treatment.

Batzner Pest Control’s service is about a trained, certified professional knowing how to identify and treat an issue safely and thoroughly, and a service that is guaranteed. Our services carry a warranty until the end of the calendar year which allows for additional services at no charge if the problem is not resolved. Call Batzner Pest Control at 866-591-3519 or contact us online for your free estimate so you can get back outside and enjoy your burgers!

The Importance of Bird Management For Your Business

The threats to a business posed by birds are not as well-known as those from mice or cockroaches, but they can be equally as damaging. As the weather warms, you will likely experience more and more birds at your business on ledges and rooftops, in nearby trees, or just hanging out in the parking lot. It is important to stay well-informed and vigilant of these birds in order to protect yourself and your employees as well as your business’ physical property, reputation, and bottom line.

The physical damage caused by birds can be extensive, and very expensive to clean up and repair. For example, pigeon droppings, carcasses, and nesting materials are heavy and can clog drains. If left unchecked, this causes the potential for a roof to collapse due to water not draining off properly. Additionally, the acidity of bird droppings can do great damage to air conditioning equipment and machinery, and can strip the paint from siding and vehicles.

The physical damage and other bird activity can also affect your business’ image and reputation. Nesting in store signs, droppings on sidewalks and customers’ vehicles, and dive-bombing by territorial birds reflects poorly on your business for obvious reasons, and can discourage customers from returning. The last thing you want is for your business to be more associated with the number of gulls in your parking lot than for the great work you do!

Most importantly, birds need to be kept under control due to the health risks that they present for your employees and customers. Birds’ nests and droppings host a large number of parasites and diseases that can be passed to humans. These include harbor ticks, fleas, mites, salmonella, histoplasmosis, encephalitis, and meningitis, among many others. It is also dangerous for employees to be unknowingly working with equipment that has been contaminated.

You can help limit these issues by patching and/or screening all outside openings or cleaning up food debris, but you also must be mindful when it comes to bird management since many species are protected. If your business is experiencing issues with birds, call 866-591-3519 or fill out a form online and a representative will be able assist you. Batzner offers the best line of defense against birds and other pests.

Proactive Bed Bug Control Using Bed Bug Sniffing Dogs in Hotels, Apartments, and Hospitals

Be Proactive About Bed Bugs; Implement Our Regularly Scheduled Canine Inspections!

Brenda Borgman, Batzner’s Account Executive Manager, sums up the benefits of proactive bed bug canine inspections: “Doing proactive sweeps cuts down on heavy infestations by allowing us to detect and treat a problem early on. This reduces the chance of it spreading to more parts of the building, which can be expensive and a hassle for owners and managers to deal with. Overall, the proactive approach is a much more cost-effective way to handle bed bugs in multi-unit properties.”

Difference between Inspections and Treatment

What are proactive bed bug sweeps? By contracting to have bed bug sniffing dogs come in at regular intervals, bed bug problems are caught before they are able to take hold and spread into a full-blown infestation. The cost of proactive inspections compared to the steep cost of eliminating heavy infestations multiple times means they pay for themselves.

Frequency of Inspections

The frequency of these inspections is determined by the clients’ needs. For college dorms this is often just once a year before the fall semester or twice a year in the fall and during the winter break. Other properties, such as apartments, hotels, hospitals, and social service training facilities require more frequent visits, usually quarterly but sometimes monthly.

How Proactive Inspections Work

Our highly-trained Bed Bug Canine Team performs sweeps of critical areas where bed bugs are likely. In dorms, apartments, and hotels, this covers the rooms, hallways, and lobbies where there are many people coming and going, with particular focus paid to the bed area and furniture where a tenant/guest might be sleeping. Similarly, in social service and healthcare facilities, the waiting areas, training areas, and emergency rooms are considered critical areas due to the amount of people going in and out who are potential carriers for bed bugs.

Remember, early detection is the key to preventing bed bugs from becoming a major problem. Randy Rupert, our Bed Bug Team Leader, adds that, “In addition to the cost saved by avoiding multi-unit infestations, preventative canine inspections’ high detection rate provides property owners and managers peace of mind that bed bugs won’t be shutting down their business.”

Learn more about our bed bug Canine Team!

Call 866-591-3519 or contact Batzner online today for more information about our proactive canine inspections!

Spring into Residential or Commercial Pest Control

Spring is a great time to consider the benefits of pest control. Whether you’re a homeowner, business owner, or facilities manager, the last thing you need in your busy schedule is a nasty pest invasion. Luckily, Batzner Pest Control has solutions for a long list of pest control issues.


The pestfree365 program is a great solution for ongoing pest maintenance. Seasonal visits during peak times ensure your home is continually pest free. The pestfree365 system covers 36 pests, including the usual culprits listed below.

CommercialIf you’re struggling with a particular pest, Batzner is here to help. Specialized services are tailored to identify, treat and prevent pest invasions in the future. A few typical pests we encounter are bed bugs, cockroaches and Asian lady beetles, but our team of experts can take care of just about every pest you might come across in Wisconsin.

Batzner Pest Control has been a trusted business partner for decades. If you’re looking for emergency services, or ongoing care with the BAN™ Brand Protection, Batzner is a cost-effective and environmentally responsible pest control partner.

A few benefits of becoming a valued commercial client of Batzner’s include:

  • Recurring service program reviews
  • Thorough documentation including a Client Care Binder, scanned equipment, pest logs, detailed service report and special service requests
  • Standard Operating Procedures that outline best practices in pest control and sanitation
  • Ongoing communication with your Batzner Service Team
  • Rapid response times with additional service visits, as requested
  • Pre-audits and onsite pest control representation during audits such as FDA, USDA, and more
  • Commitment to continuing education in advanced pest control practices

If your business requires, or is committed to environmentally-friendly practices, Batzner’s Green Services is a great solution. Third parties GreenPro and Green Shield have certified Batzner, and continue to audit our practices to ensure we follow the strict guidelines each organization has set forth.

A new season has begun, and it’s a great time to consider your pest control needs. Call 866-591-3519 or contact Batzner online today to get a free estimate to protect your home or business.

7 Tips for Preventing Ants from Entering Your House

Spring is approaching and the temperature is on the rise. That always lifts your spirits after the long, cold winter. But green grass and flowers aren’t the only thing on its way. ANTS!

You may have begun to spot a few ants in your home or business. Don’t stress out! Here are a few simple prevention methods, and a solution if you believe you might have an ant infestation.

  1. Clean up any food or liquid spills immediately. Ants will most likely come into your home or business to look for foods, so you’ll find them most frequently where food is kept.
  2. Sweep up any crumbs or food particles under kitchen appliances. You know that toaster oven on your countertop that always seems to have crumbs hidden underneath? Or those mystery food particles lurking under your refrigerator?
  3. Store food in airtight containers. Believe it or not, ants certainly do have a sweet tooth. Leaving items like baking sugar or sweet cereal boxes barely closed is like a written invitation to ants and other crawling critters.
  4. Clean up any leftover pet food. Pet food dishes may also be the culprit of any ants that may have taken up residence in your home. If Fido hasn’t finished his meal, or made a mess, be sure to clean it up immediately.
  5. Seal up any cracks or crevices in doorways, windows and any other access points to the outside. That draft does more than raise your energy bill and give you a chill, it may also be an open walkway for ants into your home or business.
  6. Keep compost and garbage bins enclosed. Compost is an amazing source of nutrients for your growing garden, but it’s also a dream food source for ants.
  7. Inspect mulch, remove leaves in gutters and downspouts. On the exterior of your home, landscaping may play a role in any ant activity you may see in your home. Keep trees and shrubs from directly touching your home.

Keep in mind that once an ant has found a food source, they leave a pheromone trail behind them, alerting other ants within the colony that they’ve located food. It’s a strong possibility that if you’ve seen one ant, others aren’t far behind.

If you suspect an ant infestation, contact Batzner Pest Control as soon as possible to speak with an expert.

Proven Pest Control Solutions for Audited Facilities

We understand that inspections by the FDA, USDA or other third-party audits can be a stressful situation. A pest control problem can result in an unsatisfactory report or even put you out of business! If you manage one of the many audited facilities in Wisconsin or Illinois, put your trust in a pest control provider who understands the most up-to-date regulations.

Batzner Pest Control is here to be your one stop shop for everything you need to keep your business pest free!

Pre-audits and onsite pest control representation during audits for:

  • FDA
  • USDA
  • BRC
  • AIB
  • SQF
  • FS 22000
  • Silliker
  • Recurring service program reviews
  • Ongoing communication between your staff and Batzner Service Team
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) that outline the best practices in pest control using the most up-to-date service standards and equipment
  • Documentation including an On-Site Client Care Binder, scanned equipment, pest logs, service and trending reports
  • Rapid response time with additional service visits, as requested

Our sales and service specialists have earned the highest industry training and QualityPro Food Plant certifications that ensure we go above and beyond state requirements in service expertise.

Our BAN™ Brand Protection Program provides highly-effective, environmentally-responsible protection on which you can rely. A partnership with Batzner provides a relationship with an industry leader, known for legendary service and complete customer satisfaction. You’ll receive brand protection, guaranteed results and ongoing, thorough communication. It’s the ultimate in peace of mind.

Let Batzner provide you with a no obligation inspection and detailed service program today to help you protect your brand with our proven pest control solutions!

Bioremediation: Commercial Drain Line Maintenance Solutions

Odors of rotting garbage and drain back-ups are two issues that can quickly become a manager’s worse nightmare. Many commercial businesses face the problem of drain line and grease trap back-up every year. Grease and organic matter can takeover inside of the drain lines, which can be unpleasant for employees and customers as well.

To solve these problems, don’t reach for an over-the-counter drain cleaner. Solvents, acids, and heavy surfactants can eat away at pipe linings and PVC pipes can become brittle. Instead, consider bioremediation.

What is Bioremediation?

It is an innovative technology, which uses live microorganisms injected into drain lines to maintain and ensure proper function. These live microorganisms digest fat, oil and grease and convert them into water and carbon dioxide.

The process helps to keep your drains clear and save your business from common problems that can develop from badly maintained drains. Specifically tailored for the food service industry, bioremediation is a part of Batzner’s innovative Integrated Pest Management program that will help save time and money.

Bioremediation saves time, money and protects your reputation by:
  • Reducing drain-related odors
  • Reducing small fly (fruit fly, moth fly, phorid fly) breeding sites
  • Eliminating drain problems that can lead to pest problems
  • Increasing drain flow capacity
  • Reducing outdoor grease interceptor pumping frequency by at least 50%
Flexible Service Options

Batzner offers flexible service options, including drain line injection, floor and beverage drains, small fly, and full-service bioremediation services. Learn more about our bioremediation services.

Four Wisconsin Cockroaches to Watch out For

Cockroaches are a common residential pest in New Berlin WI - Batzner Pest Control

In Wisconsin, there are four common species and four occasional species of cockroaches. Traditionally, cockroaches are oval-shaped, flattened, reddish-brown to black in color, and around 1 1/8 to 2 inches long. They hide in dark, damp, confined places during the day and are active at night. This pest poses severe health risks once indoors, especially as an asthma trigger in children.

  1. The most common cockroach in Wisconsin is the German cockroach. They have two dark stripes behind their head, and can be up to 5/8 inch long. They breed around three to four generations per year, making them the fastest breeding cockroach. This type of cockroach needs a source of water, and is often found in bathrooms and kitchens.
  2. Next up is the adult Brownbanded cockroach. They are light brown to glossy dark brown, as the name suggests, and are about 5/8 inch long. They prefer warm temperatures of at least 80 degrees, so they are often found in false ceilings and around appliance motors, light switches, and picture frames. They have lower water needs than German cockroaches, so they can be found in any room.
  3. The third most common cockroach in Wisconsin is the American cockroach. These cockroaches are reddish-chestnut brown in color with light markings behind the head and can be up to 1 ½ inches long. They are most likely to be spotted in large commercial buildings such as hospitals, grocery stores, and bakeries. They can also be found in warmer climates and is nicknamed things like “palmetto bug” and “water bug”.
  4. The final, most common cockroach in Wisconsin is the Oriental cockroach. These cockroaches are dark brown to shiny black and can be up to 1 inch in length. They prefer cool areas with high humidity, so they are often found in damp crawl spaces, basements, and floor drains. Nymphs are found in spring and early summer, while adults are found in late summer.

The only native cockroaches in Wisconsin are the wood cockroaches. They look similar to small American cockroaches, are dark brown and up to 1 ½ inch long. They live under bark of dead trees and can be brought indoors with firewood. Male wood cockroaches can actually fly, and are attracted to lights at night.

As for the occasional cockroaches, the light green Cuban cockroach is often found in bananas. The Surinam cockroach is a plant feeding species found in greenhouses and tropical plants. The Australian and smoky brown cockroaches arrive in various shipments and pallets from the southern United States.

It is important for people to take preventative measures to protect their families and properties from the health threats associated with cockroaches. Cockroaches thrive in conditions of poor sanitation and areas where there is a large amount of food available. Following certain rules and eliminating those attractive environments can help prevent cockroach infestations.

Cockroaches are more difficult to control in apartment buildings. Some sprays simply repel the cockroaches and drive them into untreated areas. All units may need to be treated to prevent reinfestation. Tenants should keep trash rooms clean, and allow free access to pest control professionals.

As always, if you are experiencing a pest problem, we are happy to help.