Bed Bug Control

The last thing you want to think about before you go to sleep at night are bed bugs. They’re pests who leave itchy, painful bites and feed off of your blood. Being forced awake by irritating rashes is absolutely no way to live. If you have bed bugs, or think you may have them, you likely want to get rid of them immediately. But before you do anything we’d like to share some information on bed bugs which should help you decide what to do next.

What Are Bed Bugs?

bed bugsBed bugs are red or brown in color and are about 5 millimeters long. They’re oval-shaped, flat insects but after feeding they tend to appear more swollen and red. Bed bugs are most active at night and they feed on blood. What can make them hard to identify at times, is the fact that they’re capable of going a year without eating, in certain conditions. And while beds are their most common habitats, hence the name, they are not only confined there. They’ve been known to slip into mattresses, sheets and baseboards. Because of their size they’re able to worm their way into just about any nook and cranny in your home, including picture frames or electrical outlets. Even worse, they reproduce incredibly quickly and a female is capable of laying up to 500 eggs during its lifespan. In ideal conditions they’re able to live for almost a year. We can  all agree that bed bugs are disgusting but luckily they pose no serious threats–at least not in terms of carrying diseases.

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    How Bed Bug Infestations Start

    bed bug life cycleIt’s important to note that getting a bed bug infestation has nothing to do with cleanliness. It’s possible to pick them up anywhere during your travels. You can find them in hotels, gyms, offices or even the mall. It’s important to keep this in mind as you going through your daily routine. They’re also present in every part of the country–even though they’re more plentiful in certain areas. That’s why when you are traveling it’s important to check all of your luggage and belongings before you head home. It’s important to do everything possible to prevent any of these bugs from entering your home. Because once there they can reproduce incredibly quickly until you’re afflicted with a full blown infestation. But if you do think you’ve brought some into your home or office there are a number of techniques we can deploy to rid you of their presence. Despite all of the misery they’re capable of inflicting it can be difficult to spot them when they’re being transported between places. Below we’ve provided several signs to be on the look for which should help you spot a potential infestation.

    4 Signs of an Infestation

    It’s important to know what they look like, how they enter your home and how they behave to be able to root them out. Here are the telltale signs of a bed bug infestation:

    1. Bed bug skins left behind on furniture or sheets.
    2. The bug’s droppings which will appear as black or brown stains on your sheets.
    3. Itching row of red welts from their bites.
    4. And of course, the bed bugs themselves.

    What To Do If You Think You Have Bed Bugs

    If you’ve decided that you do have bed bugs, or suspect that you may, then it is time to call the trained exterminators at EcoTek. There are a number of things we’ll do to help you with an existing infestation. To begin, we will perform a free bed bug inspection which will highlight the extent of the infestation, and we will also provide you with the costs associated with eliminating them.

    Free Bed Bug Inspection

    During the inspection we will look through everything in your home. So, all of the furnishings, rugs, curtains, beds and more. Everything will be inspected by the keen eye of a trained exterminator. We make sure to detect any skins that have been shed as the bed bugs molt–as well as locate any of their fecal matter.

    EcoTek will also be on the lookout for their cream colored eggs which are usually hidden in dark cracks. Once we’ve found all of their hiding places and have provided you with a free estimate–we will being the process of eliminating them,

    The EcoTek Bed Bug Treatment Plan

    bed bug treatmentOnce bed bugs have been verified on site We will begin our treatment plan. We use a strong insecticide to kill the bed bugs. The application can take more time than our other pest control treatments. It may take up to an hour per room that is being treated. Bed bugs may also need multiple treatments in order to completely eliminate them.

    How to Prepare for an EcoTek Bed Bug Treatment

    Our bed bug thermal remediation treatment will quickly get rid of your infestation. There are a number of things you can do to prepare for the process and make the process easier.

    1. Remove any unnecessary clutter in the home. This is important because it makes it easier to find the bed bugs. In addition you should wash all of your bed linens at the highest possible temperature. And then dry them on high heat just to be safe.
    2. And to help prevent any future infestations you should carefully inspect any second-hand furniture you’re thinking of buying. Also, as stated above, take a very good look when coming home from a trip. One thorough check could save you from a ton of misery down the road.

    Following the initial treatment, EcoTek will return to make sure all of the bed bugs have been eliminated. And if they’re still present in any capacity we will continue our treatments. Bed bugs can be very difficult to fully get rid of but you can rest assured that EcoTek will do everything in our power to make sure your home is completely bed bug free.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    I thought bed bugs were eliminated in the United States. How did they come back?

    There was a period of time from the 1950s to the 1990s when bed bugs were nearly eliminated in the United States. However, they have returned with a strong resistance to traditional treatments. The bed bugs may have returned when people traveled out of the country and spread from there.

    What are signs of bed bugs?

    The most common sign of bed bugs is the bites that occur in straight lines on your body. You may also notice blood stains in your sheets and droppings or bug casings in your bedding. You may be able too see signs of droppings along the wall behind your headboard.

    How can I avoid bringing them home?

    Bed bugs can catch a ride in your luggage or any other bags that you bring home. You can pick them up in an infested hotel room or even at the gym. The best way to prevent them is to carefully check your hotel room. Never put your suitcase on your bed or on the ground—instead use the luggage racks that are provided for you. Treat you clothes by washing them and drying them at a high heat when you come home. You can also purchase a luggage heater that can treat your luggage on your return.

    Are bed bugs resistant to chemical treatments?

    Bed bugs have become resistant to some types of treatment. The overuse of insecticides in some areas and failure to follow up with treatments has allowed some bed bugs to become resistant to the insecticides. However, the insecticide we use is still effective at eliminating bed bugs in your home.

    Do bed bugs spread disease?

    Fortunately, bed bugs are not known to spread disease from person to person. They can catch and carry diseases, but they do not pass them onto a new host. However, the bites can be itchy and some people may have an allergic reaction to them.

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