13 Apr EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BED BUGS
An estimated 1 in 5 people have had a bed bug infestation or knows someone who has. The nightmare begins when a bed bug finds its way into your clothing; it usually happens at a hotel but can start anywhere. Hospitals, businesses, homes, buses, apartments, movie theaters, and hotels are just a few places where bed bugs are being reported. It is said that bed bugs don’t transmit disease from feeding on your blood; however, an engorged bedbug can burst at the slightest bit of pressure exposing you to human blood.
Finding bed bugs in your home has nothing to do with poor hygiene! It takes only one bed bug to hitch a ride on your clothing (furniture, suitcase, etc) and infest your residence. What’s worse is that they can live up to one year without drinking a drop of your blood. Feeding takes about 10 to 15 minutes for adults and less for the nymphs; they feed about every three days. Depending on the conditions, bed bug nymphs can survive for months without feeding.
People can suffer physically from the effects of bed bugs, but the bites go away…… what may not go away and has happened to some is PBBSD (Post Bed Bug Disorder) an illness characterized by irritability, sleeplessness, anxiety, and bed bug hallucinations.
Once you find bed bugs it is important to call a pest control company right away because they are known multiplying fast and being difficult to treat on your own.
Signs of Bed Bugs
The first sign of bed bugs is red, inflamed, and sometimes itchy bites on your skin. These bites tend to be in a line of 2, 3 or more bites but can be in a zig zag pattern or random. Although not every person gets the physical symptoms of bed bugs, other signs are:
· Blood spots on your bed linen, clothing, or skin
· Musty, unpleasant odor in your bedroom from the pheromones bed bugs release
· Dark/rust color on your mattress or walls from bedbug fecal matter
· Finding bedbug eggs or shells
Approach to Treating Bed Bugs
Inspection and Identification
It is important to identify bed bugs quickly and before they reproduce. The average female bed bug will anywhere from 1 to 7 eggs a day for about 10 days after a single meal. The average female can produce anywhere between 5 and 20 eggs from a single meal.
Bed bugs feed at night and return to their hiding spots during the day but can be found if you know where to look.
The main areas to look for bed bugs will be:
· Seams of the mattress and box spring
· In the cushions and seams of sofas
· Between your bedframe and headboard
· Along the seams of carpet
Develop a Plan of Action
Once you recognize that you have an infestation it is time for the preparation. Preparation is an important step in bed bug elimination.
Using insecticides is the most effective and fast acting way to eliminate bed bugs. Your home will be treated from the perimeter of your home to your mattress. These insecticides are thoroughly tested and guaranteed to be safe when instructions on the label is followed.
Avoid treatments that are not effective. We use EPA registered pesticides labeled for bed bugs
Follow up treatments are recommended due hatched eggs. Inspect your bedding and furniture every few days for any bed bug evidence in case any eggs remain.
· Use a mattress cover on your mattress and box spring..
· Vacuum and reduce clutter to prevent bed bug hiding spots.
· When you stay away from home, put your bag on a suitcase stand, dresser, or table rather than on the bed or floor. When you get home, wash all the clothes from your trip and dry them in a hot dryer.
· Avoid used mattresses, furniture, and bedding.How to prepare for your bed bug treatment
Bed bugs are tough to control. They hide in many places…in beds, closets, furniture, behind
pictures, in tiny cracks in the wall… so inspections and treatments must be thorough.
Pest control technicians need your cooperation in order to control bed bugs
Before technicians can treat your home, you must prepare your home for service. Here is how:
Strip your beds: Remove all sheets, blankets, mattress covers, pillowcases, etc. from your beds and wash.
Fold them and place them in plastic garbage bags. Do not put them back on the bed until the evening after pest
Remove everything from bedroom and hall closets: Your closets must be empty. Empty all dresser
drawers and nightstand drawers. Take everything out of nightstands and other furniture near the beds. Dresser
drawers and nightstands must be empty. Remove all clothing, toys, boxes, etc. from bedroom floors. Place items
in the living room.
Wash ALL clothing, towels, and other linens: This means everything… and place the clean items
inside plastic storage bins or plastic garbage bags. Store them in the living room until after treatment.
Vacuum: Vacuum floors, furniture, and inside closets, dresser drawers, and bed stands. Also vacuum
mattresses and box springs. Dispose of vacuum bag.
Provide access for pest control technician: Make sure the technician can get into all closets. If possible,
move bedroom furniture away from walls so there is a 3-foot space between the furniture and walls.
Avoid contact with insecticide until dry: Make sure there are no animals or people in the apartment
during treatment and for at least 2 hours after wards (check with the pest control technician for the exact time).
PLEASE REFRAME FROM USING ANY CLEANING PRODUCTS OR ANY OTHER
PESTICIDES AFTER THE TREATMENT WAS PERFORMED IN ALL THE AREA’S THAT
WERE TREATED FOR COMPLETE EFFECTIVENESS OF TREATMENT.
*WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND A FOLLOW UP TREATMENT 2 WEEKS AFTER INITIAL TREATMENT. *
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