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“Rescuing a homeowner from the nightmare of a bed bug infestation is the job for a professional exterminator!”
Successful bed bug eradication requires a thorough inspection and precise application. Often success is achieved with a combination of heat, pesticide application(s) and proper sanitation methods. Attention to detail is critical to eliminating these micro sized blood suckers. Unfortunately this is generally not a do-it-yourself project. Complete bed bug eradication can be a challenge for even the most experienced exterminator.
The first step is to determine all areas that are infested. Bedrooms and/or sleeping quarters are the principal locations for bed bugs; however, any room where people sleep and/or rest during the hours of midnight and 6 AM can have these critters nesting out of sight. Living rooms with sofas, sofa beds, and recliners are the next most common sites for bed bugs. Typically an infestation starts in one room and as population levels increase competition for blood meals will send bed bugs to other locations. The sooner you find and treat bed bugs the easier it will be to get rid of them. Wait too long and bed bugs may be entrenched throughout your home.
It’s generally unnecessary to throw these and bed linens away beds. It is expensive to replace bedding, and chances are that any new mattresses, box springs or beds you bring into the home will quickly become re-infested. The money to replace a bed or mattress is better being spent on bed bug elimination.
When you discover an infestation create a safe place to sleep ASAP. This is critical because staying in your own bed will reduce the risk of bed bugs spreading throughout your home. If you move to another room to sleep, the bed bugs will migrate. Then you’ll have multiple areas needing treatment.
Make your bed a safe place to sleep by: Stripping and vacuuming the mattresses and box springs, and encasing them. Wash all bed linen in hot water and dry for at least 30 minutes. Vacuum the bed, take your vacuum cleaner outdoors and remove and discard the bag. Purchase a good quality set of bed-bug-proof encasements for your mattresses and box springs. Bed bug-proof encasements are fabric sacks into which you slide your mattress or your box spring. The zippers on bed bug encasements are designed to be tight enough to prevent even the smallest life stages of the bed bugs from escaping. Also, good bed bug-proof encasements are woven to prevent bed bugs from biting you through the encasement. A good encasement will trap all bed bugs in the mattress and box spring inside, and will be smooth on the outside, providing few places for bed bugs to hide.
Killing all bed bugs on your bed frame and headboard is best done by a professional exterminator. Approximately 70% of all bed bugs in a typical infestation are found in and around the mattress, box spring and bed frame. Encasing the mattress and box spring will eliminate these harborage areas. Vacuuming can remove most of the adults and nymphs, but it isn’t very good at removing eggs. For this job using heat is the safest and generally most effective approach.
Using a bed frame to keep your mattresses off the floor is critical to isolating hiding areas for these critters, don’t put clean bed linens back on until the bed has been treated (and dried), encasements installed and the mattress taken off the floor. It’s important that beds and bedding not touch the floor, furniture or walls. This would provide bed bugs other areas to hide.
Treat other areas can be challenging even for experienced exterminators. If an infestation is caught early successful bed bug control may only require treating a bedroom. But if an infestation has spread to other parts of the home additional treatment is necessary
Treating other rooms may involve servicing furniture, carpet, pillows and/or rugs. The process is important because if you treat half of the items in a room and leave other areas untreated, bed bugs may return to the previously treated areas from untreated sites.
Systematically treating infested rooms–all cracks and crevices around windows, outlets, blinds, pictures, posters and clocks on walls, baseboards, under edges of carpets and any other crevices or void areas is important. Immature bed bugs are very tiny and dozens can hide in a recessed screw hole in a bed frame or dresser. It’s important to be thorough and that no hiding place is overlooked. Treatment can include vacuuming, but should not be limited to vacuuming only. Vacuums do not always remove eggs, and will likely not remove adults from deeply infested cracks and crevices. Vacuums can remove most adult bed bugs from mattresses and the exterior of box springs. Sticky tape is another method of picking up bed bugs from furniture, walls, etc.
Systematically examine and/or treating all furniture (beds, bed frames, dressers, chairs, couches, night stands, etc.) is important. Do not reintroduce any furniture or other items to the treated room until they have been thoroughly cleaned, inspected or treated.
Experience proves that washing all bed linens and infested clothing in hot water for 30 minutes, or tumble drying for 30 minutes on high will kill all stages of bed bugs including unhatched eggs. Non-washables are a little trickier. Items that aren’t needed for a while can just be stored. It takes 2-5 months to kill bed bugs by isolating them in bags (the warmer the temperature, the shorter the survival time for starving bed bugs). Heating bags by placing them in the Arizona sunlight is very effective during the summer. Placing infested items in a freezer (0 degrees F) for 8-10 hours has proven lethal for bed bugs and their eggs.
In general using pesticides for getting rid of bed bugs yields poor results. Most commercial insecticides will kill bed bugs if applied carefully and directly to the insects and/or their hiding places. However finding and getting at hiding areas can be a challenge. “Bug Bombs” are mostly ineffective in controlling bed bugs. Because bed bugs hide in crevices and voids where aerosols do not penetrate, they are able to avoid contact with these insecticides. Their use is not recommended.
For more information about bed bug eradication, best treatment for bed bugs or to schedule a free evaluation give us a call today. Get back on the road to getting a good nights sleep today! Phoenix Bed Bugs.
Best Treatment for Bed Bugs Phoenix Az – Get the Best Treatment for Bed Bugs from your hometown exterminator today and sleep in a pest free home tonight. Pest & Termite Control Phoenix Exterminators is your hometown exterminator and experts at eradicating bed bugs.
“The best treatment for bed bugs is the one that kills them all quickly!”
Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pest problems to eradicate quickly and completely. They can be a problem pest for even the most experienced exterminator. Getting the best treatment for bed bugs involves hiring a professional exterminator with experience and the right equipment to rescue you from this living nightmare. Unfortunately, getting the best treatment for bed bugs is more expensive than the average monthly pest spray. Approaching this problem is rarely successful and an almost sure recipe for disaster. It takes diligence, patience and a lot of expertise to have a fighting chance of ridding your home of these little blood sucking monsters.
If you live in multi-unit housing, it’s best to alert the property manager, HOA, or whoever might be in charge. A coordinated bed bug control effort using a professional exterminator is generally needed in such situations. Bed bugs readily move from unit to unit, with many residents unaware that they have a problem. If one unit is infested, adjoining units (left side, right side, above and below) should be assumed to be infested unless shown otherwise through inspection and/or monitoring. Simply asking residents if they have bed bugs is not enough as is attempting to service only your unit.
Given the nature of these critters pesticides alone are not the answer to bed bugs. Most of the commonly used pesticides today, including “strong” professional sprays and over-the-counter products are at best moderately effective at controlling these pests. In general these are contact sprays, meaning in order to be effective they must get on the bugs. Bed bugs are excellent at hiding in hard to reach areas. Additionally even some of the best products will not penetrate egg capsules. These little monsters nest in close proximity to wear people sleep increasing the risk of exposure. Pesticides must be used with care for safety and with attention to detail to work well. Aerosol “bug bombs” or “fumigators” are also mostly ineffective in eliminating bed bugs. Aerosol insecticides mainly kill insects that are exposed, and out of their hiding places, not those hidden behind baseboards, in cracks and crevices of the bed, under carpet edging and in walls.
Getting the best treatment for bed bugs starts with a thorough inspection. Unfortunately there is not one-fits-all service that is best for every situation. In general some form of heat treatment combined with sanitation and possibly a pest application seems to be the best approach to achieving complete eradication. For more information about the best treatment for bed bugs, bed bug eradication or to schedule a free inspection call Arizona’s pest experts today.