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Once a mere afterthought, bed bugs have made a nationwide comeback. Traditionally, the creepy, blood-sucking creatures have been associated with overcrowded and derelict housing environments but that is no longer the case. Today, BedBugs.org reports that even the cleanest residences, hotel, and modern apartment buildings are easily falling victim to bed bug infestations.
The exact reason for their comeback is unknown, but experts believe their rapid spread is partly due to the increased local and global travel. Bed bugs can easily attach to people, luggage and other items normally carried during travel. When the carriers arrive at their destination, bed bugs will have found their new home as long as there is a human host to provide food.
The sad reality of bed bugs is that unlike other pests, they can live for long (between 7-12 months) periods with an adequate food supply. Even without food, a bed bug can stay alive for many weeks. They also multiply exponentially. A female bed bug is capable of depositing 1-5 eggs a day, and lays between 200-500 eggs in its entire lifetime.
Even though bed bugs are not known to transit diseases to humans, they feed on human blood and the last thing you need in your home is thousands of these creatures attacking you and your loved ones every night. It’s worth noting that when bed bugs feed, they can retreat into hiding for days and weeks, making it extremely difficult for a homeowner to determine the full extent of an infestation.
Even if you’re convinced you live in a clean bug-free environment, Emergency Pest Control advises that you should perform regular bed bug checks in your residence especially if you receive visitors regularly. It’s important to know the chief areas where bed bugs are likely to be found. They include crevices and cracks, sheets, furniture (loose joints), mattress seams, picture frames, electrical outlet plates, and behind baseboards, among other concealed spaces. How can you tell there’s a possible bed bug infestation in your home?
1. Live sightings: One of the surest signs of a possible bed bug infestation is a live sighting of the bugs. Adult bed bugs are flat in shape and red-brown in color. They are about 4mm-5mm in size. After a blood meal, they become swollen and dark red in color.
2. Case skins: As the bugs grow, they normally shed their skin, and seeing such remains may indicate their presence.
3. Defecation: This is another sign of a possible infestation. When the bugs retreat to their hiding places after feeding, they will defecate, leaving brown stains on porous surfaces, and black-brown mounds on nonporous ones.
4. Bed bug bites: Even though bites on the skin may be signs of bed bugs’ presence, further investigation may be necessary to ascertain the pests are indeed responsible, since red bite marks on the skin may result from other factors.
Bed bug extermination is not a job for the average pest control company. In fact, since bugs are introduced to homes and other establishments from the outside, no single company can guarantee that your home will never have bed bugs again.
A reliable and trustworthy pest control company should be able to eliminate the current infestation and offer recommendation on how to avoid future occurrences. The pest management team at Emergency Pest Control relies on an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to combat bed bugs. The plan involves:
When it comes to bed bug extermination, early interception and detection is key to prevent widespread infestation, which can take months to contain and eliminate completely. Inspection is the main starting point of the extermination procedure. The trained and certified team of professionals from Emergency Pest Control will begin the home inspection in your bedroom and work their way outwards to other rooms.
They will, of course, be looking for the signs listed above. The team will inspect your furniture, rugs, linens, bed, and the fixtures that serve as common hiding places for bed bugs. Cracks and crevices are not left behind. In case the signs are positive, they move on to the next step.
2. Treatment and Elimination
There are many recommended way of combating a bed bug infestation, and each has its own degree of effectiveness. Our experts rely on years of experience to determine the best solution for your home. Some of the popular options include:
a) Hepa vacuum treatments
b) Ambient heating services
c) Freezing using liquid CO2
d) Low-risk pesticide application
e) Mattress encasements and covers
We also employ canine detection technology, which relies on dogs professionally trained to sniff out both live bed bugs and their eggs. The dogs are handled by professionals and their success rate in detecting bugs is over 90%. All these measures are taken to ensure that no corner is left unturned.
3. Year-Round Follow-up
Professional bed bug management and extermination is not a one-day affair. It can take up to four visits that are several weeks apart, to rid your house off the bed bug menace. We will make periodic follow-up visits to your home to monitor it and prevent further infestation.
During the follow-up visits, our experts will also monitor for other pests that may be creeping into your living space. To ensure the process is thorough and effective, our experts document every step of the treatment process and note down any emerging issues.
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In case you’re not sure the kind of pest currently disturbing your peace at home, contact us on 914-290-5383 and schedule your free consultation with one of our pest management experts. When the pest is identified and requires immediate attention, out pest control experts will take over.
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