It’s important to act quickly if you suspect bed bugs in your home. The truth is, it’s easy to kill bed bugs, but difficult to eliminate infestations. The sooner the problem is identified, the simpler–and less costly–the solution will be. If you suspect bed bugs in your home, a knowledgeable expert must confirm the problem is truly bed bugs. If you reside in an apartment building, you should contact the building owner or manager immediately.
The internet is rich with many products that claim to eliminate bed bug infestations. The vast majority of these offerings are ineffective and misleading. We have many attendees in our training programs who give first hand accounts of how they were misled, ripped-off, or dissatisfied with these products. Aerosol “bombs”, botanical oils (cedar spray), and other “miraculous” potions exacerbate the problem. They should never be used.
They are small, feed on human blood and may be taking up residence in your establishment. We’re talking about bed bugs and there’s no doubt about it — the are back! After many decades of virtual extinction in the United States, bed bugs are now found in almost every region of the world as well as all 50 states. In fact, one-out-of-five Americans has come in contact with these bloodthirsty creatures or knows someone who has encountered them. Pest control companies regularly find infestations everywhere:
Bed bugs are small insects with flat, wingless, oval-shaped bodies. They have six legs and two antennae. Other distinguishing characteristics include:
Unlike residential locations, bed bugs in commercial settings tend to spread widely while looking for hosts. As a result, infestations sometimes become full-blown before people realize there is a problem. Some places bed bugs are found include:
An early warning indicator of bed bug presence is small reddish-brown fecal spots on fabrics or spotting a bug directly. Bed bugs also leave behind molted skins and white, sticky eggs. Another sign that bed bugs may be present in your business environment is if employees complain of swelling and itchy, red welts on legs, arms and other body parts. Although bed bug bites are painless upon first contact, most people develop an allergic reaction to the saliva injected by the bug as it feeds, which may itch for days. However, some people do not have reactions to bed bug bites at all.
Unlike many other pests, bed bugs are not known to spread any specific diseases. However, they are considered to be a public health pest due to the extreme difficulty of controlling them and the mental health implications often triggered by infestations such as sleeplessness, anxiety and social isolation.
If someone reports bed bugs, it is important to respond immediately to the situation. The suspected area should be checked and the specimen collected, if possible, for identification by a pest professional. In addition, the finding of bed bugs should be disclosed to employees at this time.
Then, a pest management professional experienced in bed bug control should thoroughly inspect the area as soon as possible, confirm the presence of bed bugs and develop a treatment and control strategy. The rooms adjacent to any area found positive for bed bugs should also be inspected. Other valid inspection tools may include specially trained bed bug scent detection canine teams or bed bug monitors.
Monitors, dogs, and other tools have advantages and disadvantages depending on the situation; a trained pest professional can help guide you through the process. There are multiple treatment options available for professionals to eliminate bed bug infestations including:
However, it can take several treatments, often using a combination of strategies, to control bed bugs, and follow up visits by a pest professional are often necessary.
There are many things you can do to minimize future bed bug problems on your property. Here are some proactive steps to take in preventing an infestation:
There are many pest control companies touting their method as “the best.” In reality, there’s no such thing. With the exception of true fumigation (a rarity in the Northeast), no method currently available is one-hundred percent effective, one hundred percent of the time. Every situation needs to be assessed to determine the best course of action. If you’re spending a lot of money on failed treatments, STOP.
We don’t subscribe to the “one method is best” mentality. We prescribe whichever method, or combination of methods, is most suitable for the situation. Just as a doctors doesn’t prescribe one pill for every condition, we don’t prescribe one treatment for every situation. Standardized remediation ignores on-site realities, and wastes money on treatment failures.
We strictly follow a customized Integrated Pest Management Plan to control your problem pest. We pride ourselves in not over promising and underdelivering. Our technicians are required to perform a thorough inspection on each visit. We work with homeowners and business owners to eliminate the issue and work with you for further prevention. We also do not require yearly service plans. However it may be necessary to return for future inspections and treatments to completely eliminate your pests.
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