Bed Bug Extermination and Control
For many years, bed bugs (or "bed bugs" -- either is correct) were thought to have been eliminated from the United States. But recently, bed bugs have made a comeback. They're one of the most frequently-encountered pests in most of the country. There's even a bed bug blog.
Bed bugs are also very difficult to control. Their tiny size and stealthy habits enable them to hide in hard-to-find (and hard-to-treat) areas such as bed frames, mattresses, box springs, and other furnishings; behind baseboards and other trim; inside electrical conduit and wall and ceiling voids; and even in picture frames. They're also able to travel between rooms in a house (or units in an apartment house or condo), as well as hitchhike in luggage or on a person's clothing.
Bed Bug Control
The longer a bed bug problem is left untreated, the more difficult it will be to control; so call us at the first sign of a bed bug problem.
Even when caught early on, bed bugs are difficult to control. Even professional exterminators find bed bug control challenging. Do-it-yourself bed bug control rarely works.
Professional bed bug control requires a specially trained pest control operator and a systematic control plan including the following steps:
- An intensive inspection to determine the extent of the infestation.
- Counseling to help the customer prepare for the treatment and help avoid reinfestation.
- Detailed, meticulous, precision treatment of the infested area(s), using specialized products and treatment methods to eliminate the bed bug problem.
- Return visits to follow up on the effectiveness of the treatment, and to perform touch-up treatments if needed.
Preparing for a Bed Bug Treatment
Bed bug control is one of those jobs that we can't do alone. We need the customer's cooperation to eliminate a bed bug problem. It's absolutely essential that customers take the following steps to help assure successful bed bug elimination:
- Obtain some plastic storage bins with tight-fitting lids. Heavy-duty plastic bags can also be used.
- Remove all clothing, bed sheets, linens, curtains, plush toys, and other fabric products from the infested room(s), and wash or dry-clean them. This includes items in dressers and closets.
- When the items are cleaned and thoroughly dried, place them in the bins or tightly-sealed plastic bags, and store them somewhere away from the infested room(s).
- Remove all cardboard boxes, bags, and other clutter from the room(s), seal it in plastic bags, and discard of it in the trash, outside the house.
- Thoroughly vacuum the entire room, including mattresses, flooring or carpeting, and the interiors of dressers and closets.
- If you've been thinking about replacing your mattresses and box springs, this would be a good time to do it. But don't just drag infested mattresses and box springs through the house or you may spread the bed bugs throughout your home! Ask your pest control professional how to best discard of them, instead.
- Some items, such as toys, cannot be safely treated or may required special methods. Ask your pest control operator for guidance during the initial inspection.
For more information, or to schedule an inspection, please contact us.
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