How To Protect Yourself From Bed Bugs
Because it is so difficult to try and prevent bed bugs from entering a living area, the best thing to do is educate yourself. Know the signs that indicate the presence of bed bugs and be vigilant when you visit a friend’s house, hotel, shelter, movie theater, store, and just about anywhere else you go. Know the types of stains that bed bugs leave behind and where they are most likely to hide. Some of the most obvious signs include their fecal matter, which are black spots that resemble specs of black pepper, and tiny red dots on sheets or mattresses, which are blood stains.
Do not put any of your clothes in bureaus at a friend’s house or a hotel room. When you arrive home, place all of your belongings into your dryer at the hottest temperature possible for approximately 20 minutes; this will kill any unwanted visitors who may have been brought home with you.
Things To Know About Bed Bugs
While bed bugs are primarily active at night, they are willing to feed whenever a food source (human blood) is available. Much like a mosquito, a bed bug will bite a human host and inject a numbing agent, which makes difficult for a human to feel that he or she has been bitten.
Reactions to the bites vary depending on the host; some will see visible signs, specifically several welts in a row that are often very itchy. Others, however, have no reaction at all.
It is important to note that reactions can take up to 2 weeks to appear on the skin, which can make it very difficult to determine when and where the problem started. While bed bugs prefer to feed every 5 to 10 days, they are able to live for over 1 year without feeding on a host. This hibernation occurs when ideal feeding conditions are not met.
Recently, a new product has come on the market that proved to be extremely effective in combating bed bugs. Typically, a minimum of two services are scheduled approximately two weeks apart. Depending upon the level of infestation and the particular circumstances, additional treatments may be required. During each service, the technician will inspect the property for bed bugs and treat all areas of concerns. We provide a preparation sheet to our customers prior to the service to help ensure we are able to provide the most effective treatment possible.
Scent Detection Canines
Bed bug detection canines, also known as bed bug sniffing dogs, are the most effective way to determine whether a structure has a problem with bed bugs. Both the canines and their handlers have undergone rigorous training. The canines have the ability to search apartment buildings, hotels, single-family homes, office buildings, and just about any other area in a fraction of the time that it would take for a visual inspection performed by a pest control technician. They search for the scent of live bed bugs and viable eggs and are able to find as little as one of each.
The canines and their handlers are professional, thorough, and confidential during all inspections. The handlers arrive in unmarked vehicles and in plain clothes in an effort to be discreet about your possible problem. Bed Bug Scent Detection dogs are very efficient and far more accurate than the human eye. Dogs are also trained to work for food and love and not for profit!
The pest control industry is constantly evolving. As such, the most effective treatment methods, particularly for bed bugs, frequently change.
While effective options in the past have included thermal heat remediation, steam and vacuum and disposing of furniture, new innovations in the industry have resulted in liquid applications quickly becoming the preferred treatment option.
If you have questions about other types of treatments, please do not hesitate to ask us!
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