As your pest control experts in Brantford and surrounding areas, Arrow Pest Control not only provides effective and lasting solutions, we also believe in educating customers. Please keep reading to learn more about bed bugs and be sure to check out our section on preparing for your bed bug treatment. If you are concerned you might have an infestation, contact the professionals at Arrow Pest Control.
Bed Bugs Have Made a Comeback
Bed bugs have reached an alarming state of infiltration throughout the world. In the past, bed bugs have taken a back role to other nasty pests and were nearly exterminated due to the widespread use of DDT. But because of international travel and more concern about pesticide use, bed bugs have made a significant comeback in our society.
Do I Have Bed Bugs?
How do you know if you have bed bugs? If you have been travelling, bed bug bites can result in excessive itching. You might find oval-shaped insect bite marks that are often mistaken for mosquito or dust mite bites. Bed bugs are small, approximately 1/5th of an inch long (about the size of a ladybug). Although they are small, they can be seen by the naked eye and may appear as little black spots on your sheets or furniture. Bed bugs are wingless, oval and flattened in appearance. They are typically rusty-red or mahogany in colour, although the nymphs (or young) are yellowish-white in colour and are a bit smaller. Newly hatched bed bugs are nearly colourless and are harder to spot. They can crawl around at a steady rate. Eggs of bed bugs are white and only about 1/31th of an inch long.
Nocturnal Critters Hiding under Your Sheets
Bed bugs are most active at night and move about to seek out human blood. The best time to see if you have bed bugs is in the middle of the night. Check your bed linens at that time to see if there is anything moving around. You may also find little spots of blood on your sheets where the bed bugs may have bitten you.
Any cracks or crevices in upholstery or bedding can serve as a refuge for bed bugs during the day. The best places to look for bed bugs are under folds in mattresses, along seams, and between bed posts and bed slats.
You may also find that bed bugs leave a distinctive, pungent odour, especially when larger numbers are present. They secrete this odour through their scent glands. You may also notice dark or reddish brown fecal spots on linens near cracks and crevices that can indicate you may have a bed bug infestation.
Bed Bugs Invade More than Your Beds
Although bed bugs are typically known to infest your bed or bedding, they can also be found in wallpaper, bed springs and even in clothing in your dresser. Other areas bed bugs can be found include upholstered pieces like couches or fabric chairs and wood. In fact, any place where a person sits or lies for extended periods of time should be checked for bed bugs.
Getting Rid of the Problem
Getting rid of bed bugs can be quite a problem. Normal methods of using household sprays that are used to kill cockroaches or mosquitoes just don’t work for bed bugs. It is much harder to get rid of bed bugs than one might think since those nasty little critters can infest so many places. Consider a single female bed bug lays about 300 eggs. After 10 days, the bed bug nymphs are hatched and ready to infest your household. An adult bed bug can live 12 months or longer without feeding. They will just stay in their hiding place until a host comes along for them to feed on.
Although it is possible to get rid of bed bugs on your own, it is best to hire professionals to deal with the problem. A professional pest control operator like Arrow Pest Control will know where to look for these awful pests and what steps to take to eradicate the problem. Services may involve everything from spraying the approved pesticides to thoroughly vacuuming and cleaning the premises
Preparing for Bed Bug Treatment
It is necessary for people to leave the treatment area and stay away for at least 4 to 6 hours after the treatment is completed. For pregnant ladies or people with respiratory problems (such as asthma), it is mandatory that they remain off-premises for at least 24 hours after the bed bug treatment.
Pets such as dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, lizards, snakes, etc., should be removed from the premises before treatment begins and should be kept away for at least 4 to 6 hours after treatment. Aquariums can remain in place, but the filtration and aeration systems should be turned off and the tank should be adequately covered. The filtration and aeration systems may be turned back on 6 hours after the treatment.
The following is the client’s responsibility:
Due to safety and regulations, only some areas and articles will be treated with insecticide. The bed bug treatment may consist of steaming, vacuuming, residual spray, contact spray and a dust-formulated pesticide. Closets, drawers, couches, chairs, bed frames, boxes, mattresses, baseboards, cracks, outlet covers and surrounding areas may be some of the places where treatment is applied.
After Your Bed Bug Treatment
It may take 3 to 5 weeks for the infestation to be eliminated. It is recommended that you schedule a follow-up treatment approximately 2 to 3 weeks from the initial treatment to ensure that the infestation levels are decreasing and that no new activity is evident.
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