Bed Bug Removal Services and Treatment Tips
As global travel is increasing, the prevalence of bed bugs is becoming a fast-growing problem for premium hotels. Humans have lived with bed bugs for a very long time, and in other words, we can say bed bugs have lived with humans for a very long time as well. Although bed bugs are human parasites, our survival is critical to theirs. It is one of the crucial reasons that bed bugs have not been known to transmit diseases to humans.
What are bed bugs and are they dangerous?
Bed bugs are a group of parasites that live in our surroundings, especially where we sleep or take rest. The feeding behavior of these bugs makes them a specific problem. Bed bugs are pretty annoying, but what about them makes them so bad?
By living near humans, bed bugs can wait to feed when the person is not likely to see, and then they return to hiding to avoid getting noticed. Bed bugs usually bite people when they are sleeping, resting, or sitting for long periods of time. Hungry bed bugs will come out from their hiding places of your home, in search of their food, when they find the person is distracted. To find a feeding site, these creepy bugs may also move into folds of clothing or under sheets. Once fed, bed bugs will get back to their specialized behavior of hiding, and this behavior is what makes bed bugs completely different when compared to other parasites.
If bed bugs bite any individual, itching will start at site of the bitten area. After some time passes, the people who did not initially react may develop a response to the bites, but it will vary with person and the number of bugs.
The most common health issue is related to the itching that often comes along with bed bug bites. Many people experience red bumps on their skin within a few days of the bed bug attack. Some individuals react to infection within a week or two, and some people do not react at all. The bumps look very similar to a mosquito bite but tend to stay with the affected person for a long duration of time. These bites can create an itching sensation on that affected area, one that you cannot resist from scratching. That is where the danger comes in.
Because scratching can cause damage to the skin that may allow for the introduction of organisms of infection, some of them very dangerous.
Identifying bed bugs
Bed bugs are around 5 mm long. Bed bugs are light brown and are a flattened oval shape but become rounder and darker after feeding. They appear at night and are attracted to the warmth of our bodies and the carbon dioxide in our breath. The most common place where the probability of finding bed bugs increases is in the seam of mattresses, in the bed frame, behind furniture surrounding the bed, or where the wall meets the floor.
Bed bugs occur at any specific area by being carried on clothing or inside furniture. The most common places where chances are high for bed bugs to survive are hotels, lodges, auditorium, and overnight buses. Bed bugs, or their eggs, enter clothing or suitcases and are then carried away to our home. If you feel any symptoms of bed bugs when staying at a hotel, specifically being bitten while sleeping, take great care when bringing your personal belongings home.
In some cases, we offer K9 inspections, where you can take help from dogs who are trained to sniff out live bed bugs and pest infestations. They will pick up on the smell of even one bed bug. We can’t see or smell bed bugs with the naked eye, but we do pick up their alarm pheromone when they are disturbed, which smells like coriander. If there are a huge number of live bugs, there may be smell of blood, which is similar to that of rusty iron. If you are traveling, you should look at the headboard in your hotel room prior to unpacking.
Take care at regular intervals; inspect the following areas of all rooms:
- Between timber floorboards
- Under skirting boards
- Inside electrical plugs, and fittings
How do you get rid of them?
Most of the time you must search for the services of a pest control expert who has had a lot of expertise in this area. You don’t have to get rid of your furniture to remove bed bugs. Insecticides can fix this problem when sprayed on furniture. Furniture can also be taken apart and treated.
Another non-chemical way to remove bed bugs includes low-vapor steam treatments, which are done for mattresses and furniture.
Thermal heat treatments are among the most effective of bed bug removal methods. This heat
treatment kills all bed bugs touched by the extreme heat. We crank up the heat in a dedicated
area to rid the place of any bed bug infestation.
On the other hand, cold treatments are also effective for killing bed bugs and their eggs. The
crinite treatment causes beg bugs to freeze, leaving your home free from the threat of more bed bugs.
Also, carefully inspect anything that comes into your home for the first time. Furniture, timber materials, new clothing, even stuffed animals for the kids, could all be infested with bed bugs. Always check your bed thoroughly each time you change the bedding. Bed bugs can feed and go undetected for months in some cases.
When you return from any overnight trips, or from any places where you may have contact with pests, leave your suitcase in the garage or in any other area away from the places you spend most of your time. For further protection, wash travel clothes immediately when you get home and blow-dry the clothes for 20 to 30 minutes. The clothes dryer gets hot enough to kill all stages of bed bugs, as well as their eggs too.
The best and effective way to eradicate bed bugs is to take the help of a pest control professional like Bug Busters. We provide specialist solutions, such as heat treatments, targeting bed bugs at every stage of their life cycle. Bed bugs are an annoying and creepy pest, and one of the toughest to eradicate. High levels of hygiene such as deep, regular cleanings will help to keep bed bug numbers under control. However, professional help will be required to eradicate the infestation.
If you are concerned that you may have a bed bug problem and would like to arrange a visit from a specialist regarding bed bug removal services, call Bug Busters today at (434) 392-7814.Request Free Inspection