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This is one of the favorite pictures that I have taken of a bed bug aggregation. Everything from the adult bed bugs, a few exoskeletons, a bunch of eggs can be seen. You will also notice the staining that the bugs have left behind after they digested their blood meal. When I am doing a bed bug inspection, this is what I am looking for.
Do you have a few questions about these bugs? I have a few of the most frequently asked questions about bed bugs with bullet points to educate yourself quickly with.
Our Process to control Bed bugs
We do a Bed bug inspection
Bed bug inspections are crucial since other insects like carpet beetles or even fleas have been mistaken for bed bugs. Carpet beetles will infest a mattress, however, the beetles are not biting the person. The larvae of Carpet Beetles have tiny hairs with tiny barbs on them and they can poke into a persons skin and cause a spot which looks like a bite.
Fleas have been mistaken for bed bugs, as well as booklice, mites and Bat Bugs. This is why it is important to have a pest professional come out and verify an infestation.
Treatment Methods for Bed bugs
There are various methods of treating for bed bugs. There are pros and cons to each treatment method. Here is the run-down of each of your options.
Bed bug Treatment
Liquid bed bug treatments are most popular treatment method for bedbugs. Over the years where a pest company comes in and has you launder all your clothes, remove all the personal Items from your room and the mattress. Your furniture, fixtures, all the cracks, and crevices are treated with a residual pesticide that may last for 3 months or so. This has been the most popular method over the years. The Pros of this type of service are that it is generally one of the most cost-effective ways to handle a bed bug issue. However, the cons are that some people may be allergic or sensitive to the products being used. Generally, the service will cost around $350-$450 per room if all the preparation has been done by the person living there.
Bed bug Steam Treatment
Bed bug steam treatments are
Bed bug fumigations are perfect for larger homes that may have a lot of furniture and personal items. This will kill all the bedbugs and their eggs instantly. However, you must do some extensive prep-work before and must vacate the property for 4 days. Generally, this service costs anywhere from $1400-$2800 depending on the size of the home.
Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs
Bed Bug heat treatments are an effective way of treating bed bugs at a home with lots of clutter, just like the fumigation, allows a minimal amount of preparation, and you will only need to be out of the house for a day only as opposed to the fumigation that is 4 days. The average house takes about 12 hours total from start to finish. This is the most convenient method in some ways, however, this treatment requires an entire crew to come out and treat. The cost for a heat treatment is around $3500-6000 for most homes in the Modesto Area.
There is no right or wrong method of treating bed bugs, but there is a way that is right for your family. Call us up for a consultation and we can go deeper into our options and help you find the solution that works best for you.
Frequently asked Questions about Bed Bugs
What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, flat parasitic insects. Feeding solely on blood Bed Bugs feed on people and animals while they sleep. Growing to about the size of an apple seed and are reddish brown in color when they are mature. 3 months is how long Bed bugs can live without a blood meal in 70-degree weather and have been observed up to 8 months in a cooler environment (think
Where did Bed bugs come from?
Across the world. They used to be very active in North America until the 40’s before the introduction of DDT. Bed bugs in North America were nothing more than a bedtime cliché (don’t let the
Where are Bed bugs found?
Bed bugs can be found any place where people spend the majority of their time (Beds, Couches, easy chairs, and yes even toilets!). Mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, nightstands, under baseboards and dressers. behind picture frames, wall ornaments, electrical sockets, cracks or crevices of any kind, behind and wallpaper. Clutter, in the curtains, in electrical appliances and pretty much everywhere. Homes, apartments, hotels, movies theaters, buses, cruise ships, trains, dorm rooms, shelters.
Bed bugs carry or spread disease?
Bed bugs are no known to spread disease like Mosquitos do, however, they can wreak havoc on a home causing loss of sleep and itching and sometimes when scratched can open the door to secondary infections from viruses and bacteria in the environment.
What health risks do bed bugs bring?
Each person is affected differently, Some people do not react to bed bug bites. Other people show the effects in a mild manner and others actually can have an intense allergic reaction. Bed bugs, however, are not considered to be dangerous; however, an allergic reaction to several bites may need medical attention.
How do I know if I have a bed bug infestation?
When bed bugs actually bite, they inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevents a person from realizing they are being bitten. Most people do not realize they have been bitten until bite marks appear anywhere from one to several days after the initial bite. The bite marks can look like small or large blotches, which may be raised from the skin, some even creating boils in people who have a severe allergic reaction. The bites may appear at random, but many times will be in a straight line. Visual sightings of the bed bugs themselves Bed bug exoskeletons from their previous molts. Small black splotches from their fecal matter.A sweet musty odor.
How do you get bed bugs?
Bed bugs are able to hide very easily and are also very opportunistic and are usually transported by people as they travel and stay the night somewhere that has been infested by bed bugs, or if someone who is already infested travels, they are more than likely to bring the bugs with them. Most people do not even realize they spreading bed bugs. We have been asked if Mice or Rats are factors in the spread of bed bugs. Bed bugs will feed on Rodents in the absence of humans, however, there is no evidence that they are vectors of these bugs.
How to get rid of bed bugs?
Bed bug removal is a very time-consuming process since every crack and crevice of a room must be addressed. A professional bed bug exterminator like Byrd Pest Control uses a combination of a vacuuming, heat treatments, steam, and appropriate dust and liquid products can be very effective in eliminating an infestation.
How do I prevent
Bed bugs from infesting my home in the first place?
Whenever you travel be sure you check the bed that you will be sleeping in. The most common area to find an infestation quickly is to roll up the sheets from the mattress at the head of the mattress and check from spotting and bed bugs in the creases of the mattress. If you do find bed bugs, find a new room and ask for a refund from the hotel you may be staying at. Hotels do their best to manage the bed bug situation and they want to know if a room has bed bugs so they can treat it immediately. You will find most hotels to be very proactive with bed bugs. FYI all hotels get bed bugs, it goes with being in that business no matter how many stars.