22 Jul 2014

Everything You Need to Know About Bed Bugs

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professional bed bug treatmentSleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite. But if they do, you will probably need to call a professional bed bug treatment company to get rid of those pests.

About Bed Bugs: These tiny critters are small, round, and brown in color, though they can turn a reddish brown after feeding on blood. Bed bug hatchlings are very small and can often crawl through a stitch-hole in a mattress. The adult females can lay one to five eggs each day — that’s more than 500 in a lifetime!

One good thing about bed bugs is that they don’t fly. However, they have been known to travel over 100 feet in a night, but tend to live only within eight feet of where we sleep. Another plus about bed bugs: They do not transmit diseases, but they are very difficult to kill, which is why you will need professional bed bug treatment.

Where They Live: Bed bug infestations are three times higher in urban areas than in rural settings because urban centers have a dense population and increased mobility. These bugs can enter your home via luggage, clothing, and used beds and couches.

After initially moving in by means of those items, they can scatter throughout the bedroom, moving into protected locations (such as the cracks between the floor boards) in order to avoid being killed.

Signs of an Invasion: One in five people has either had a bed bug infestation in their home, or at least knows someone who has encountered bed bugs. You may have a bed bug problem if there are small blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases or dark spots of bed bug excrement on your sheets, and there will often be a musty odor released from the bugs’ scent glands.

Extermination: It may be useful to take steps to prevent the spread of bed bugs, but you will need to exterminate them to fully be rid of the problem. Modern bed bug populations are often very resistant to chemical treatments and insecticides. Instead, a non-toxic bed bug treatment may be used, such as thermal remediation for bed bugs.

These bugs can withstand quite a range of temperatures, from around freezing to 122 degrees F. Thermal heaters to kill bed bugs are usually the most effective bed bug treatment and are installed by a professional. Chemical treatments may also get the job done, but you run the risk of ruining your sheets and mattress. Heat is non-toxic, and can kill the bugs in every stage of its life cycle — making it a very efficient remediation choice.

The thermal heaters to kill bed bugs are set to 140 degrees F. The temperature is maintained there for around two hours. You can also opt for the temperature to be 130 degrees F, but the heater will then need to be on for three hours.

Calling in a professional bed bug treatment company is generally the safest and most effective way to rid yourself of these pests.


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