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I think my mattress is infested with bed bugs! What do I do now?
Don’t panic. We are fully licensed and insured professionals trained to deal with removing furniture and household items from bed bug infestations.
First let’s look at the signs of bed bug infestation. It is hard to determine an infestation based solely on bite marks or finding strange bugs. Carpet beetles are often misidentified as bed bugs which prolongs treatment so it is important to identify what bed bugs look like first:
Bed bug bites are no easier to identify so it’s easier to look for physical signs of bed bug infestation including:
- - Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed.
- - Dark spots which are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric like a marker would.
- - Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger
- - Live bed bugs
Okay so you have bed bugs. Now’s the time to call us to get rid of those pesky bugs from your home. You could take care of the problem yourself but why go through all that stress when you can just leave it to the professionals instead.
1. Whole Room Heat Treatments
Bed bugs and bed bug eggs die within 90 minutes of exposure to temperature of 118 degrees Fahrenheit and up. In whole room heat treatments, the entire room is heated using special equipment to temperatures between 135 degrees and 145 degrees. The specialist will monitor the temperatures using thermometers placed strategically throughout the house. You should expect the whole process to take anywhere between 6-8 hours. This is not a permanent solution to bed bugs but it will kill them for the time being.
2. Insecticide Treatments
There are three types of insecticides that a professional might use to contain and exterminate the bed bugs. When used together, these products are highly effective and can be combined with other treatments in order to prevent recurrence. For surfaces that are touched frequently such as counter tops, appliances, sofas, a fast acting contact insecticide can be used. For cracks and crevices, a residual insecticide can be used to exterminate bed bugs from within furniture. Dust insecticides are used on cracks, electrical outlets and baseboards to prevent bed bugs from hiding in these areas. These treatments occur 2-3 times to ensure thorough extermination and each treatment can last up to 2 hours.