About Bed Bugs
December 6, 2016
The common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, has been a pest for humans since the dawn of time. The itchy, irritating bites of those little pests can make people’s skin crawl by just thinking about it. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) all label bed bugs as public health pests. However, bed bugs are not known to spread diseases like other public health pests. Unfortunately, bed bugs can still have a huge impact on our lives by making our sleeping and living arrangements unbearable! I don’t know about you, but my bed is something I love and I will not lose it to these pesky creatures. But how do you know if you have them and what do you do if you do have them?
How do you avoid bed bugs?
Bed bugs are called the “hitchhikers” of the pest community because they move from one infested site to a new place by catching a ride on furniture, bedding, luggage, boxes, and clothing. Travel is a leading reason for how bed bugs spread to different locations. When traveling to new places, make sure to check the hotel room or the place you’re staying for bed bugs. You should check any secondhand furniture before you buy it for bed bug infestations as well. In addition, be wary of using shared laundry facilities. Doing these little checks will help you prevent bringing any unwanted visitors home with you.
Do I have bed bugs?
A question most people never want to ask themselves, but in the unfortunate case that you do, here’s how you will know. Obviously, the sooner you catch the infestation, the better. This minimizes the amount of damage and makes treatment much easier. The best way to determine if you have a bed bug infestation is to look for physical signs of bed bugs. The first place to look is the bed. Bed sheets may contain reddish stains due to bed bugs being crushed. You should also look for dark spots on sheets which would be bed bug excrement; yuck! Finally, look for live bed bugs moving around. When bed bugs aren’t feeding they like to hide in a few different places. You can often find them in seams and tags of the mattress or box spring, cracks in the bed frame and the headboard. If the infestation has spread throughout the room, then bed bugs could be found in the seams of couches and chairs, drawer joints, under loose wall paper, and in electrical appliances. Once you know that you have a bed bug problem, what do you do?
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
There are multiple ways to rid your home of these pesky creatures, both chemical and non-chemical. Home remedies are not that effective so it’s better to leave it to the professionals. Luckily the professionals at Nozzle Nolen offer three different and effective treatments for bed bugs. The first is the new, and extremely effective, heat treatment process. This treatment works best when the infestation is contained to a single room, apartment or hotel. This process works by literally over heating the bed bugs. When a bed bug is exposed to heat of over 114 degrees Fahrenheit its exoskeleton begins to fall apart and they will die. This process is 100% green, environmentally friendly, and very easy for the customers. Nozzle Nolen professionals will come to your residence and vacuum all furniture and beds to remove all exposed bed bugs, eggs, and skins. After that, they will remove anything that could be harmed by the treatment and treat it separately. Next, they use heaters to heat the room/s to a temperature between 120 and 135 degrees Fahrenheit and keep it there for three hours. After the heat treatment is complete, they will do a crack and crevice dry steam treatment on all furniture joints, baseboards, moldings, etc. As I stated before, this treatment is their most eco-friendly and chemical free solution. Nozzle Nolen also offers other effective options such as structural fumigation and conventional treatment. Structural fumigation is typically done on single family homes with heavy bed bug infestations. This treatment is similar to the treatment of termites. Conventional treatment of bed bugs is used for treating an isolated infestation with an insecticide. Nozzle Nolen also offers treatments for commercial buildings as well! Any one of these treatments is very effective and choosing which treatment is best for your situation will depend on the size of the building and the size of the infestation.
If you have any questions, concerns or want to schedule a free inspection, please call 888-685-0376.
US Environmental Protection Agency
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