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Bed Bugs – Q&A


How do I know I have bed bugs?

The only way to know for sure if you have bed bugs is to produce an actual sample of the bug itself. Do not automatically assume that any bite-like mark is a bed bug bite. Also it is important to realize that medical professionals cannot give a positive diagnosis simply by examining bite symptoms, they can only suggest some possible explanations for what may have caused the bites/symptoms to occur.

If you are experiencing bites but have not seen any bugs, you should consider how the bites may have occurred.  For instance, if you went to bed without bites and noticed bites in the morning when you woke up, this would be a good reason to determine if you have a bed bug problem.

Some of the methods to determine if you have bed bugs are:

  1. Visual inspection of sleeping and resting areas such as beds and upholstered furniture.
  2. Installation of interception devices or active monitors.
  3. Installation of mattress and box spring encasements.
Are bed bugs difficult to control?

Bed Bugs are the most challenging pest problem being faced by the pest control industry. Reduction of bed bug populations is not difficult in most cases, but it would be difficult to eliminate them, even if a single bed bug is left. If even one adult female survives, the environment may become re-infested. Even if a single bed bug is present in a tiny hole of a house it would be impossible to eliminate them.

When dealing with a company that is offering a guarantee, consumers should inquire what the guarantee really covers, does it guarantee complete elimination and how long is the guarantee? Most guarantees will be limited to no longer than a few months due to the potential for re-introduction of new bugs into the environment.

The bottom line is that bed bug eradication takes hard work, follow-up efforts and can be expensive.

What should I do if I have bed bugs?

Remove the bed bugs. Don’t wait for a professional to kill them. You can use products available to kill them or simply crush them with a rag (although this may stain surfaces) or remove them with a vacuum.

Eliminate clutter. Clutter is a bed bug’s best friend. Clutter provides an infinite number of areas for bed bugs to hide and creates areas that cannot be effectively treated by your pest management professional. These areas are a safe haven for bed bugs. Cluttered areas can cause the complete failure of a bed bug control program.

Do not store items under your bed. They act as a shield for bed bugs to protect themselves from any kind of chemical treatment.

Install mattress and box spring encasements that are specially treated for bed bugs.

Do not change where you sleep in. Some people believe that they can avoid bed bugs by sleeping in a different area of their home. Bed bugs have evolved over millions of years to be very adept at locating potential hosts to feed on. This could cause the infestation to spread.

Do not immediately throw items away. Don’t immediately throw the infested items away. This is unnecessary and could possibly make the problem worse. As items are carried through the home to be discarded, bed bugs can fall off of the item and be spread throughout the home to uninfested areas.

What product works best?

This is a very common and difficult question. The fact is that there are a number of products available in the market to control the bed bugs and it is somewhat impossible to have information on every single one of them, although some natural control sprays are said to be more effective, less harmful and have a residual effect. Therefore, when using a chemical pesticide and treating for bed bugs you should view it as a contact spray and expect it to not have much residual effect.

Fogging applications are one of the other methods which are recommended by companies in order to control the infestation. But on the same hand it is not recommended as it not economically viable and also it leads bedbugs hide deep into their harborage.

Rather than debating which product is most effective, greater attention should be placed on the ability of you or the pest management professional that is implementing the control program. The quality of the bed bug management effort and the level of consumer cooperation will ultimately determine the level of control that will be achieved.

Did you know?
  • Bed Bugs are the size of Apple Seeds
  • Bed Bugs are brown in color
  • Bed Bugs hide in dark places and crevices
  • Bed Bugs are transported by humans
  • Bed Bugs can go for as much as 200 days without food
  • 1 fertilized female can lay 500 eggs in one year.
  • Bed Bug droppings are dark, rusty spots
  • Bed Bugs have developed strong resistance to many chemical solutions
  • Bed Bugs bites can show as rashes or welts on the skin

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