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By now everyone has heard of Bed Bugs at this point in their life. Bed Bugs have become an epidemic and a huge one at that. Not only in the Greater Daytona Beach area but nationwide. These insects have made their way to bus seats, movie theater seats, hotel beds, etc. These hitchhikers can come in at any time and cause terror, fear, secondary infections, and a huge headache when trying to get rid of them In this Bed Bug web page section, you will be guided and likely have all questions you may have regarding Bed Bugs answered. This page will take you through the basics of what they look like all the way down to treatments, what to expect during Bed Bug Exterminator treatments, and after your bed bug removal service is executed. Upon hiring Imperial Pest Prevention, we have Bed Bug Preparation Sheets you will be guided to use to prepare for your Bed Bug treatment and to ensure you have a smooth and easy Bed Bug Extermination treatment. Call us at 386-956-9506 with any questions.
What Are Bed Bugs?
A: Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans.
Do they cause disease?
A. Please see the link here for more detail on case studies.
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
A: Adult Bed bugs look something like an apple seed, and are small (approximately ¼ inch long), oval in shape, and are reddish-brown in color. Juvenile Bed bugs, known as nymphs, differ from adults in that they are often much smaller (1 millimeter) and may appear clear or tan in color.
Can I see Bed Bugs?
A: While Bed bugs are visible to the naked eye, they are most active at night and due to their cryptic nature, they are not often seen during the day.
Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?
A: Because Bed bugs are small and flat, they can squeeze into tiny cracks and crevices on the mattress and box spring, behind headboards, and inside furniture. They prefer to live in groups and are often found in clusters where the adults, nymphs, and eggs are together in a protected area.
How Did I Get Them?
A: Bed bugs are adept hitchhikers. They travel in luggage, on clothing, and inside furniture. They are found in hotels, movie theaters, train cars, airplanes, and many other public places where people are at rest for a period of time.
What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
A: Bed bug bites are difficult to distinguish from flea or mosquito bites because (as with all biting insects) not all skin reactions are the same. Bed bugs bite the exposed skin of humans while they are sleeping or at rest, often including the neck, face, arms, and hands.
Why Am I Being Bitten and My “Significant Other” Isn’t?
A: The anesthetic that a Bed bug uses to numb your skin so you won’t feel the bite-may or may not cause a visible allergic reaction. This allergic reaction may cause raised, red bumps or blemish-like skin irritation, accompanied by an itching sensation. While some people find that they observe mild to severe discomfort and itchiness, others may observe no discomfort or bite marks at all.
Can I Treat for Bed Bugs Myself?
A: Bed bugs are “maddeningly difficult” to treat, even for our well-trained pest control technicians. You should not attempt to control an infestation with do-it-yourself products, but rather leave the treatment to the pest control professionals of Imperial Pest Prevention.
How Does Imperial Pest Prevention Treat for Bed Bugs?
A: Imperial Pest Prevention uses the latest products and techniques in the battle against these blood-sucking arthropods during our Bed Bug Treatments. While individual circumstances vary from household to household, Imperial Pest Prevention Pest Control Service Technicians may use a combination of techniques that include traditional insecticide treatments, fogging, and steam/ heat treatments in conjunction with.
How Many Treatments Will It Take to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
A: Typically, at least two treatments are needed. This is because bed bugs eggs, which are very small, hard to locate, and may survive treatment, may hatch into tiny bed bug nymphs which are often unaffected by the pesticide residue of the prior Bed Bug Pest Control treatments.
Should I Throw Out My Mattress and Furniture?
A: In most cases Imperial Pest Prevention does not recommend that you discard mattresses unless heavily infested, box springs, or furniture, these items can be inspected and treated successfully, However, discarding a contaminated mattress will expedite the treatment and allow a smoother bed bug pest control service. Imperial Pest Prevention also sells mattress and box spring covers for bed bug services which may be purchased through our website or call us directly.
How Do I Prepare for a Bed Bug Treatment?
A: The following Bed Bug Treatment document and checklist is designed to ensure you receive the most out of your Bed bug treatment. If you should have further questions regarding Bed bugs or treatment preparedness call us.
PREPARING FOR YOUR BED BUG TREATMENT | BED BUG EXTERMINATION SERVICE
Proper preparation is an essential step for ensuring the most effective results from your upcoming Bed Bug Exterminating service. Imperial Pest Prevention will provide detailed instructions on what you need to do before your scheduled Bed Bug treatment in the following document. Preparation involves everything from providing adequate access to your unit or property to cleaning and post-treatment recommendations. We understand that appropriate preparation can be difficult to achieve in a short period of time and that senior citizens or handicapped individuals may need additional assistance and time considerations For the Bed Bug Pest Control service.
Please note: Imperial Pest Prevention will not be able to guarantee any Bed Bug Pest Control treatment to any structure that has not met the preparations that follow in this instructional document.
PACKING AND FURNITURE PREPARATION
All furniture should be pulled away from the walls and baseboards at least 2 feet. It is common for items that could potentially provide hiding places for bed bugs, such as bookcases and desks, be emptied of their contents, and remain empty for treatment. Items previously-stored in sealed containers may remain unopened.
1. Lift mattresses and box springs out of the bed frame and stand them up against a wall.
2. Empty closets of remaining (un-laundered) items and stored items, placing them in plastic bags, and moving them to the center of the living room.
3. Remove contents from dressers and nightstands so that the interiors may be treated. Items should be placed in plastic bags and moved to the center of the living room.
4. Remove books from shelving and place them in boxes in the center of the living room.
5. Remove all pictures, mirrors, and hanging items from the walls so that they may be inspected for treatment.
6. Open any sleeper sofas, futons, or convertible beds for treatment.
Please note: All homes or apartment/condo units that are noted to have excess clutter will NOT be treated. A thorough and successful Bed Bug treatment cannot be achieved while there are excess clutter and untidiness in the home. Once the clutter has been removed your Bed Bug treatment can be rendered.
Everything that can be laundered, should be laundered and placed in clean/new plastic bags or plastic containers and sealed prior to the Bed Bug treatment. The list of items that should be included in laundering are listed at the end of this document and include such items as drapes, stuffed animals, bed skirts, etc.
1. Launder all items (including linens and bedding) according to the manufacturer's label, however, whenever possible use the highest allowable heat settings in both the washer and drier. Temperatures reaching 140 degrees (or above) have been proven to kill all stages of bed bug development.
2. Bags used to transport laundry prior to the washing/drying cycles should never be reused and should be discarded outside of the property after transportation. All clean items should be placed in new bags, sealed tightly, and remain sealed during the treatment process.
3. Items that cannot be washed but that can be dried in the dryer at a high heat temperature should be for a minimum of 30 minutes. Discard debris collected in the lint trap after each cycle.
4. Items that cannot be laundered should be taken to the dry cleaner.
The mechanical removal of bed bugs by vacuuming thoroughly is an important part of preparing for treatment. The use of a crevice attachment is imperative to access bed bugs hiding inside mattress seams, furniture interiors, baseboards, and any place that could accommodate them.
1. Vacuum floors, carpets and area rugs
2. Vacuum mattresses including all crevices, handles, or buttons
3. Vacuum the baseboards, bed frame, sofas, futons, recliners and other over-stuffed and upholstered furniture
4. Discard all vacuum bags immediately after each use
Disposal of Furniture
There are differing opinions as to whether it is necessary to dispose of mattresses, box springs, futons, sofas, and other furniture. The cost involved in the replacement of beds and other furniture is something to consider when deciding what works for you. Replacing these items alone will not solve a bed bug problem. The decision to replace the bed unit and other furniture often depends on the condition and the level of infestation within the items, the comfort of the owner, and whether the owner can afford a replacement. Imperial Pest Prevention recommends the installation of Bed Bug mattress encasement. Any need to discard the mattress and box spring is often eliminated once it has been treated and covered by a high-quality, Bed Bug mattress encasement. Accurate measurements are taken by an Imperial Pest Prevention representative and the encasement covers are typically installed during the initial treatment. The mattress and box spring encasement will further serve to reduce the likelihood that Bed Bugs will continue to live upon the mattress and box spring.
If You Decide to Throw Out Your Furniture
Deface, or otherwise damage any furniture items so they will not be used by others. Mattresses should be slashed or otherwise damaged to make them unusable and should be wrapped in plastic before being removed from the bedroom. *Note: moving beds without completely enclosing the mattress and box spring in plastic may spread the infestation by allowing eggs, bed bug nymphs, and adult bed bugs to drop from the item as it is moved which can result in the need for additional Bed Bug Treatments.
Once the initial Bed Bug Exterminator treatment service has been completed, we recommend staying out of the treated home or unit for a minimum of four hours. This allows for an appropriate amount of time for the materials used to dry completely. Only after four hours should you, your children, and/or your pets resume residence in the home or apartment. From this point forward you may carry on with your normal household activities; however, in order to prevent the need to repeat many of the steps necessary to prepare for your follow-up Bed Bug treatment, we do recommend that you not move your furniture and items back into place if at all possible. In most cases, a follow-up Bed Bug treatment has already been scheduled for you and generally will fall within 2-3 weeks from the initial treatment. We do understand that thorough preparation may present a considerable hardship for some, but we cannot stress the importance that it has on the overall effectiveness of the Bed Bug treatment. If you should have any questions regarding the content included in this preparation guideline or in the checklist that follows, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here for you!
All content within the Imperial Pest Prevention Bed Bug web page and PDF Bed Bug Preparation Sheets have been handwritten in natural form by Entomologist Jonathan Stoddard with references from US National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health and may be subject to copyright.