BED BUG

FACT SHEET

Here Are Just Few Reasons For The Current Bed Bug Epidemic:

  • Lack of public awareness and real education about these hard to kill pests
  • Use of resale and rent-to-own stores for furniture and clothes without thorough inspection
  • Embarrassment, guilt and shame about reporting the problem
  • Failure to detect early signs of bed bug infestations
  • Growing bed bug resistance to MOST insecticides
  • Proper treatment is expensive. People try to cut corners and only make things worse
  • Increase in international travel
  • Some individuals don’t react to bed bug bites at all

No matter what the reasons are, the question YOU should be asking yourself is this: What should I do if a bed bug infestation occurs in my home, apartment or rental property?

FOR BEST RESULTS YOU MUST CALL A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL; Having the necessary training, experience, and equipment, we know how to safely eliminate bed bugs.

Bed bugs are nocturnal and are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale. This means they are most active at night; and unlike roaches or ants, Bed Bugs don’t forage for their food. When we’re in a room long enough, they’re attracted to our breath & body heat…that’s when they emerge from their hiding places seeking a blood meal.

Bed bugs reproduce at an extremely high rate. Male bed bugs force themselves on the females during a process called traumatic insemination. Many males will attempt to mate with a female simultaneously, which can be fatal for her. Once impregnated each female bed bug lays 5 eggs a day on average. That equals 150 EGGS EVERY 30 DAYS (5X30 = 150).

Because of the male bed bug aggressive mating habits, females tend to migrate away from any one location and lay eggs randomly in and on clothing, bedding, shoes, slippers, bed frames, inside mattresses, box springs, night stands, electronics, books, mail, paper, CD’s, DVD’s, items on the wall and electrical outlets. We recommend using garbage bags or totes to isolate these items during the treatment process. Clear bags and totes allow for easier identification of stored items.

The eggs hatch in 7-10 days. They are HUNGRY. The 1st stage instars (nymphs) and all subsequent instars must have a blood meal in order to develop to the next state. They are tiny and clear, but you can see them. They locate us by the carbon dioxide we exhale and the heat that radiates from our bodies.

  1. Heat (>113F) will kill all stages of bed bugs including eggs. Use your washer and dryer on the highest temperature setting. Dry cleaning is another option, but you must inform them about the bed bugs.

 

  1. Bed bugs come out to feed every few weeks, so retreatment is critical. Bed bugs can survive for up to a year without a blood meal.

Bed Bug Mistakes

What’s the first thing people do when they think they have bed bugs? They panic; a natural reaction. The moment you discover bed bugs in your home, it is normal to feel violated, disgusted, and a sense of urgency to get rid of all you own and get out of your house! Unfortunately, these steps only worsen the infestation and prolong the length of the bed bug treatment process.

The common mistakes people make when they discover their home has been infiltrated by BED BUGS, and why it only makes the problem worse.

Mistake No. 1: They stop sleeping in the bug-infested bed. As difficult as it is, it’s imperative that you continue sleeping in your bed once you discover bed bugs and during the treatment process. Many victims decide to begin sleeping on the couch, and this is not a solution. Bed bugs are fast movers! Bed bugs are also attracted to the carbon dioxide that we emit when we exhale—and will come to you wherever you are sleeping. Sleeping on your couch will do nothing but spread the infestation to your couch and every place in between.  

Mistake No. 2: They don’t buy mattress covers. It may take up to three days to a week for a pest control professional to come to your home. In the meantime, purchase bed bug covers for both your mattress and box spring. This will not end your infestation; However, this will prevent live bed bugs from coming out, prevent other bed bugs from getting in and significantly reduce the amount of bed bugs that are free to feed on you during the night.

Perfecting Pest Elimination provides mattress encasements as well as ALL the Preparation to its clients as part of its complete Bed Bug Elimination service!

Mistake No. 3: They sleep at a friend’s or relative’s house. You do not want to be the one to give bed bugs to someone you care about! Take comfort in knowing that bed bugs do not spread disease, and that thousands of others have successfully eradicated the same problem.

Mistake No. 4: They hide it from their landlord. It is crucial that you notify your landlord immediately once you discover bed bugs; Because it is difficult to track the source of bed bugs, they may have come into your apartment from a neighbor. In this case, surrounding units—or the entire building—may need to be treated. In most cases landlords are required to have infested units treated by a professional pest elimination company.

Mistake No. 5: They try to treat the problem themselves. While professional treatments aren’t cheap—usually about $0.75-$3 per square foot—it’s the best way eradicate the problem. Do-it-yourself treatments tend to spread bed bugs within the home and, if you live in an apartment building, among neighbors. When choosing an exterminator, make sure to ask for references from customers and if that the company will guarantee its work. Typically, a guarantee is for 45 to 90 days following treatment.

If they do not offer a guarantee, go elsewhere! Perfecting Pest Elimination offers 9-12 months!

Mistake No. 6: They don’t insist on an inspection. The pest control operator should ask questions about what you have seen and the symptoms you’ve experienced. If they do not inspect the bedroom before they begin discussing treatment options, go elsewhere. Honest professionals will want to make sure you truly have bed bugs before they begin treatment.


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BED BUG PREVENTION RECOMMENDATIONS:

  1. Isolate your clean items. Keep soiled clothing in bags until you can wash and /or dry at high temperatures.

 

  1. Don’t give bedbugs a place to hide. Eliminate and reduce clutter. Do not store anything under or beside your bed as it is considered a hot zone.

 

  1. Three (3) things that should not go into the bedroom and/or around the bed are... Bags (book/duffel), Coats (jackets), or Shoes.  

 

  1. Invest in Bed Bug Proof Encasements (Protect-A-Bed or Mattress Safe) for all mattresses and box springs.

 

  1. Look for eggs, nymphs or adult bed bugs, which may be coming out of hiding for a blood meal (see Michigan fact sheet). Between 2:30-5am is the best time.

 

  1. If possible stay away from, or at least be very careful when using resale or rent centers for furniture and/or clothes!

 

  1. 70% to 91% isopropyl rubbing alcohol is lethal to bed bugs ONLY when sprayed directly on them (Contact Spray Only). Spray any bugs you discover during inspections. Be VERY careful when spraying alcohol it’s HIGHLY flammable, and it may damage certain wood  & plastic finishes.

 

  1. Use solid, light colored sheets on your beds. They will facilitate your late night and early morning inspections making the bed bugs and blood spots easier to see. 

 

  1. Be sure to launder bedding on a weekly basis, in addition to vacuuming baseboards and furniture regularly!

 

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Traveling Tips

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BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

• Encase your bed with a protective covering, which prevents them from entering your mattress or box spring and makes it easier to detect them.

• Place plastic lawn and leaf bags in the trunk of your car so that you can seal your suitcases after you leave a hotel.

AT THE HOTEL (or HOME)

Check mattress seams, look under corners of box spring and use a flashlight and a small mirror, if necessary, to look behind the headboard. Bedbugs are flat, brown, wingless insects. After a feeding, they are purplish-red and more cigar-shaped. Young bedbugs are smaller and nearly colorless except after feeding. Fecal deposits (composed of digested blood) look like a scattering of pepper. If you detect signs, contact the management. Low-level infestations are difficult to detect.

Do not put luggage on the bed or floor. Use the luggage rack {**INSPECT FIRST**} or set it on the dresser. Keep the clothing you wear in a sealed bag separate from your other clothing.

• Don't forget to put luggage in plastic bags before loading into the trunk.

WHEN YOU RETURN

• Keep luggage out of the house or in plastic bags while you unpack. Because high heat kills bedbugs and their eggs, wash and dry items at the hottest setting the fabric can withstand. For dry cleaning, keep items in plastic and tell the cleaner that items may have been exposed to bedbugs.

• For non-washable items and smaller suitcases, consider investing in a Compact heating unit, a collapsible chamber that heats to 145 degrees. It can accommodate an overnight bag, computer bag or other non-launder able items that do not melt!

• Most suitcases can be hand-washed. The University of Minnesota Extension recommends using soapy water and the hottest water possible -- 100 to 120 degrees. Use a scrub brush or old toothbrush along the seams and folds. Carryall and Duffle bags need to be put in the drier (high heat) for at least 30 minutes.

 

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