14 Oct Bedbug Infestation
Bedbug infestations have become a serious problem in residential housing throughout the country. Properties are not immune to infestations, anyone or any home can get bedbugs. Bedbugs live on human and animal blood and typically hide and live in cracks and crevices in dark and undisturbed locations close to their hosts. They can live for long periods of time and although visible to the naked eye, they may be difficult to detect.
It can be difficult to eliminate bedbugs, but it’s not impossible, especially with our Eco Advantage exterminator professionals in your corner. 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.
What are they?
Bedbugs are parasitic insects that feed exclusively on blood, especially human blood. They are mostly active at night but can be observed during the day in large populations. Bed bugs generally are attracted to the sleeping host by carbon dioxide exhaled during breathing. Prior to feeding, the bugs insert their mouthparts, which resemble a syringe, into the skin and inject saliva. The saliva contains an anticoagulant and a painkiller. Unfortunately, people do not feel the bite.
• Inspect in and around sleeping and resting areas at home once a month.
• Look for signs of bedbug activity, active infestations will have fecal spotting, live or dead bedbugs, shed skins and bedbug eggs.
• Avoid used furniture and mattresses, especially discarded furniture and mattresses. Used furniture and refurbished mattresses may have bedbugs and bedbug eggs that are difficult to see.
• Inspect for the signs of bedbugs when traveling away from home. Look for live or dead bedbugs, shed bedbug skins or bedbug eggs and fecal spots on mattresses, clothing or dark cracks and crevices. Wood, metal or plastic furniture, sofas, chairs, tables and many other items may be infested with bedbugs.
• If contact with an active bedbug infestation is suspected away from home, segregate and isolate in sealed plastic bags any exposed luggage, clothing and personal effects until inspection and decontamination can be completed.
• Bedbugs prefer to live in cracks and crevices in areas like baseboards, moldings, window/door frames, and seams in walls and furniture, especially headboards and bed frames and screw holes.
• Seal baseboards, cracks, crevices, heat, plumbing and electrical services shared between apartments with pest-proofing sealants.
• Encase mattresses and box springs. Seal box springs in an appropriate zippered encasement to prevent bedbugs hiding inside from escaping; this location is commonly affected in bedbug infestations and yet difficult to inspect.
• Thoroughly vacuum apartment, furniture and all belongings and use crevice tools and other attachments where feasible. Place the contents of the vacuum in a tightly sealed disposable bag and remove.
• Using a vacuum cleaner, remove the bugs and their cast skins from all observed and suspected harborage sites during the initial inspection, and periodically. The vacuum bag should be removed immediately afterward, sealed tightly inside a larger plastic bag, and that bag incinerated or placed in the next normal trash collection.
• Launder all infested cloth items in hot water, 120 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter for at least 10 minutes, with soap or detergent, then dry in a warm or hot dryer of at least 140 degrees for at least 20 minutes, or dry clean to kill all bedbug life stages present.
• Enclose each mattress and box spring in a sealed plastic cover, like those sold commercially. These types of encasements should be of high quality and bedbug puncture proof to limit exposure to house dust mites or bedbugs.
• Place and seal all recently laundered cloth items inside new large plastic bags or tightly closed bins to prevent any bedbugs from re-infesting them.
• Seal shut all cracks, crevices, and entry points to wall voids, using a high-quality silicone-based sealant, especially within a 20 foot radius of any spot where bedbug bites have been reported, or where the bugs have actually been collected.
• Electrical outlet boxes, and similar voids that cannot be readily sealed, should be treated with an appropriately labeled insecticidal dust.
• DO NOT use any over the counter “foggers. They are not very effective and may cause bedbugs to scatter.
• Fumigation or heat treatment of batches of furniture, clothing or other items within chambers may be warranted, but whole-structure fumigation to control bedbugs is seldom practical or economically feasible. And such treatments provide no residual effects at all.
• Re-inspection of infested structures and sites should be done about 10-21 days after any initial treatment.
A bed bug infestation can quickly become overwhelming. They are almost impossible to get rid of on your own. That’s why you have to stop the bed bugs once and for all with a pest management professional like Eco Advantage exterminators. Our bed bug treatment is the solution to get rid of your bed bugs! Eco Advantage offers a free estimate of our pest control, termite control and extermination services in Hope mills, Fayetteville, NC and surrounding areas.
When you’re ready to begin bed bug removal, or if you have any questions, contact us today 910-423-6415!