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What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are parasitic insects that feed exclusively on human and mammalian blood at night. Bed bugs are small and flat; and they bite during sleep. They can trigger dangerous allergic reactions or spread dangerous blood-borne diseases among people and animals.

What do bed bugs look like?

Bed bugs are red, rust-colored, or brown in color. Bed bugs do not fly; they are wingless. Adult bed bugs can be as small as 1mm or they can grow as large as 7mm long, but typically they average around 2-4mm in length, around the size of Lincoln’s head on a penny or FDR’s head on a dime. Bed bugs are almost impossible to starve since they can survive for almost a year without a single blood meal.

What are the common signs of a bed bug infestation?

The presence of a bed bug infestation is often apparent from the small bite marks that form on your skin after a bed bug bite. Unfortunately, bed bug bite marks can take up to 2 weeks to become noticeable, so you should look for other common signs of infestations such as:

  • Discarded bed bugs exoskeletons from previous molting
  • Bed bugs inside mattresses and sheets
  • Small blood spots on sheets from small bed bug feces and excrement
  • Unusual and unexplainable odors in sheets, mattresses, or pillows
What are the main causes of bed bugs?

Travel is a frequent and common cause of bed bug infestations. Often unbeknownst to the unsuspecting travelers, bed bugs will hitchhike on people, clothing, luggage, or other personal belongings from an infested site to an uninfested site.  Because bed bugs are small and nocturnal, they are extremely adept at going unnoticed by humans.

Am I at risk for bed bugs?

Unfortunately, yes. Bed bugs target anyone and everyone. If you have visited an area infested with bed bugs, whether you realized it or not, you are at risk of bringing bed bugs home on your clothing or personal items and developing an infestation. If you travel frequently or if you share a communal living or bedroom space with others, you have a higher risk of being exposed to or accidentally spreading a bed bug infestation.

How can I tell if we have bed bugs?
Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed. Dark spots (about this size: •), which are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric as a marker would. Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm), and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger.
How can I get rid of bed bugs fast?

How to Help Get Rid of Bed Bugs Fast: 5 Steps to Take Now

  1. Reduce Hiding Spots and Cut Down on Clutter. Consider getting rid of anything unneeded such as old magazines and newspapers. …
  2. Clean the Infested Space. …
  3. Make it Hard for Bed Bugs to hide. …
  4. Be Mindful of Your Bed. …
  5. Give the Experts Access.
How much does it cost to treat bed bugs?

How much does it cost to professionally remove bed bugs? For a full bed bug removal, expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $1,500, depending on the method you choose and the experience of your exterminator. Most will charge you a fee for consultation, which includes visiting your home and doing a thorough inspection.

What does an exterminator do to get rid of bed bugs?

Exterminators use a variety of strategies to get rid of bed bugs such as heat treatment, mattress encasements, crack and crevice injection/spot treatment, and pesticide dust.

What do bed bugs hate?

Lavender oil is a known insect repellent that effectively destroys all bed bugs and their eggs. It is one of the best natural remedies for these persistent pests as they hate its taste, smell, and aroma.

How long does it take an exterminator to get rid of bed bugs?

A thorough insecticide treatment should involve 2-3 visits from the PMP, as it is unlikely all the bed bugs will be killed in the initial treatment. An insecticide treatment typically takes about 30 minutes to 2 hours per room depending on the size and condition of the room.

Are bed bugs hard to get rid of?

Don’t panic! It can be difficult to eliminate bed bugs, but it’s not impossible. Don’t throw out all of your things because most of them can be treated and saved. Throwing stuff out is expensive, may spread the bed bugs to other people’s homes, and could cause more stress. Heat treatments and pesticide treatments can be utilized to reduce the impact of bed bug infestations.

How long does it take to kill bed bugs with heat?

Bed bugs ex- posed to 113°F will die if they receive constant exposure to that temperature for 90 minutes or more. However, they will die within 20 minutes if exposed to 118°F. Interestingly, bed bug eggs must be exposed to 118°F for 90 minutes to reach 100% mortality.

Can bed bugs survive after heat treatment?

Heat kills all life stages of bed bugs, from egg to adult. A heat treatment only requires one treatment visit, and it can be accomplished in one day. Therefore, no follow-up visits are required. So, your bugs will be gone in a single day, instead of weeks.

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