Bed bug information sheet
The following are some useful background information on Bedbugs
- After nearly 40 years of no sightings of bed bugs in the US, they started to re-emerge in the 1990s, and now in the past 5 years, they’ve become a plague to homes, schools, hotels, offices and so on all across the US.
- Bed bugs are not an indication that a home if dirty, but an unclean environment can help them thrive
- Bed bugs have to be carried to a new environment as they do not fly or jump
- Bed bugs are can not transmit any disease
- A pest management professional is usually equipped to help you combat any of your bed bug problems.
Detection of bed bugs
- Prompt detection of these tiny creatures is vital, and it can help the pest management professional carry out swift treatment procedures and gain control of your home.
- A good sign of bed bugs infestation is waking up to different sets of bite marks on your body. Bed bugs usually bite just about anywhere in the body, most especially exposed skin such as the face, legs, arms, neck, and shoulders. Different people react in different ways to bites from bed bugs. Whereas some persons will have rashes, and welt, others won’t show any reaction. Bed bug bites usually occur in clusters or in rows of three bites
- Bed bugs are nocturnal insects that mean they fed at night and rest during the day. Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown and usually have the size of an apple seed when thoroughly fed. Nymphs are immature bed bugs that are a bit translucent in color and smaller in size than adults bed bugs.
- Bed bugs usually leave stains in clothing, mattresses, pillowcases, and sheets. The stains include; Blood stains, dark spots, and fecal stains.
Service call criteria
Depending on our findings and discovery, we may employ a variety of control measures such as;
- Thorough inspection to find evidence of bed bugs
- Physical removal of any eggs and bed bugs found with a vacuum
- Physical elimination of any eggs and bed bugs found using steam
- Using encasement on mattresses to help with easy identification of bed bugs for future purposes.
- Utilization of certain pesticides where appropriate.
What you should expect
Treating bed bugs isn’t a one-day affair, and truthfully it takes an extended period to eliminate all the bed bugs in your home completely. After the initial treatment, we would employ a follow-up procedure that will ensure the complete removal of bed bugs. Even with the treatment in place, you will still expect bed bugs to show their heads now and again, and you can also expect a couple of eggs to hatch as well. You should expect the following
- An increase of bed bugs activities in the first few days of the treatment because they are all coming out from their hiding places
- Their activities should reduce gradually after a couple of days
- Expect some bed bug bites at night until the last bed bug is eradicated
- Complete elimination of bed bugs may take up to 45 days.
What you should not do
- Don’t utilize any DIY methods to fend of bed bugs
- Leave all items in the infested room
- Keep the same sleeping position so as not to facilitate the spread of bed bugs to other parts of the house
- Do not utilize any pesticides
How you can help
- Remove all clutter in your life home and wash all clothing with hot water and dry on maximum setting for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Wash all bag items thoroughly with hot water, and hot dry for at least 30 minutes