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Cimex lectularius or bedbugs are problematic pests because they feed on human blood. They will consume animal blood, but they prefer your blood. They hide on your mattress because they want to stay as close to you as possible. These pests grow up to 3/16th of an inch meaning they can hide in the smallest cracks and folds. Even though they’re hiding on your mattress, you likely won’t realize it.
Why Bedbugs Invade Dwellings
Bedbugs invade residential dwellings because they’re thirsty for blood. They always enter residential dwellings for this reason. However, they can enter a home using several techniques. Homeowners usually experience problems after staying at a motel. The motel had bedbugs so those bugs climbed into your luggage. Now, they’re going to go home with you. Some of the bedbugs will continue hiding in your luggage but others hiding in your mattress.
There is also a risk that homeowners will experience an infestation after purchasing used clothes or furniture. Bedbugs can hide on these items so you may bring them home with you. Finally, there is a chance that you’ll get bedbugs because a neighbor has them. They can crawl from your neighbor’s house to yours.
Many are worried about the health hazards associated with bedbugs. Since they bite, you’re likely concerned that they’re going to transmit serious illnesses. However, this isn’t the case. Thankfully, bedbugs do not transmit dangerous illnesses. Their bites can lead to a red welt but it usually isn’t serious.
Professional Bedbug Treatments
Bedbugs are hard to eliminate. Therefore, it is generally not a good idea to address the problem on your own. Doing so could lead to issues and disappointment. With that being said, we recommend working with a qualified bedbug exterminator. Using our bedbug canine inspection services is recommended so you can identify and fix the problem quicker. Once we’ve identified an infestation in your home, you’ll want to use one of our services.
Our manual bedbug services are recommended for immediately treating a room in a building. We can manually remove bedbugs with or without chemicals. The only downside is that the client will need to complete extensive repairs before we can manually remove the bedbugs.
Many of our clients prefer heat treatments because it requires one visit to wipe out the infestation. Plus, it can kill bedbugs and eggs simultaneously. The required preparations are lower. You won’t need to do much and you can likely return to your home on the same day. Our heat treatments only take a few hours to complete.
We generally do not use chemicals when providing heat treatments.
We generally only offer our fumigation services to commercial clients. It works well for wiping our large infestations in big structures. The client will not need to prepare extensively but they cannot stay in the building. They typically need to stay away from the structure for 24 to 48 hours. We eliminate bedbugs using Vikane when relying on fumigation services.
Handling It Yourself
Could you eliminate a bedbug infestation without hiring a professional? Although there is a chance, it isn’t worth it. Trying to fix the problem with DIY products could lead to bigger issues and risks. We generally feel it is better to eliminate the bugs by hiring a professional exterminator.
Our exterminators provide themselves on providing safe solutions. They’re instructed to use products registered with the EPA because these products work without causing risks. They are safe for humans and pets. Still, they’ll eliminate the pests swiftly.
Many of our clients are worried about the costs of our services. In most cases, we only need to use the standard services. When this happens, we charge a price that is based on the size of the dwelling. You’ll receive a bid price before the process begins. It is up to you to accept or deny our bid price.
Preventing Bedbug Infestations
You can take steps to minimize the risk of future bedbug infestations. For starters, focus on protecting yourself when traveling. Pick motels that are free of bedbugs. Also, be cautious when purchasing used items.