Bed bugs invade your personal space in an aggressive way, Bug Free Services reacts in a similar manner by using high-output propane heaters that can raise the interior temperature of a structure to over 150 degrees.
Step 1: Inspect
Bug Free Services is a the forefront of the battle against bed bugs in Florida, our technicians perform thorough inspections to detect traces of bed bugs in selected areas.
Step 2: Treat
Bed bugs will die quickly when exposed to heat. We have pioneered the most effective way to treat bed bugs using propane heaters and other tools.
Step 3: Monitor
Using expertly trained canines, we can guarantee an accurate monitoring post-treatment to ensure there are no remaining bed bugs hiding in your mattress or other small spaces.
Bed bugs don’t bite with the lights on… Sadly, this is an urban myth. Sure, they like to be active at night. But this fact is only relevant because you are an easy target for them while you lay still in deep slumber.
Pesticides are enough to eliminate infestations… Another commonly cited myth, bed bugs like tiny spaces that are almost impossible to target with liquid or powder pesticides. Without a proper inspection of every possible infected area, your efforts will be in vain because one or two bed bugs will repopulate their environment in a matter of weeks.
Infested items like clothing and bedding can’t be saved… Another myth, just because there are remnants of bed bugs, doesn’t mean you can’t clean it. The first step towards treating an infestation is to thoroughly wash and dry all your clothing and bedding. This is a myth. If it can’t be cleaned, put it in a garbage bag for later. But we suggest letting it sit in the trunk of your car during a hot summer day or two. The key here is to manage future outbreaks by treating smaller individual items before a large treatment.
Bed bugs don’t transmit diseases… A verified fact, albeit surprising, it’s true. There is credible evidence that shows bed bugs in fact do not transmit any illnesses.
All bites leave you itching and scarred… This can be true, it solely depends on an individual’s sensitivity to general bug bites. If you summer from bug allergies, there is often a stronger reaction to bites than a person who isn’t allergic.
They cannot be seen by the naked eye… While bed bugs can be small, they can still be spotted by the naked eye. Using high powered lights will make easier to spot bed bugs and their residual tracks.
All it takes is one treatment… Depending on the type of treatment you contract, this could be true. Although we always like to schedule an appointment after the initial treatment to search for bed bugs using our canine search dog, Allie.
You have to be dirty to get bed bugs… Not true whatsoever, in fact, anyone can get bed bugs. All it takes is a single female to hitch a ride in your suitcase from that fancy hotel and your home will be prone to a complete infestation.
Bed Bug Behavior& Diet
Bed bugs can only consume warm blood, mostly from larger mammals, especially humans. As their only source of nutrients and subsistence, they tend to feed up to twice a week. Their life cycle can last up to 50 weeks, sometimes more. Even if there is no source of food, bed bugs can survive in limbo as long as the temperature stays within the cooler range.
Bed bugs become full fertile adults once they reach the 5 week mark, assuming they have consumed the allotted number of blood meals required to advance their growth from small nymph to adult bed bug.
They like to crawl and bite on humans while we sleep, their ability to spread depends on avoiding detection at all costs. Therefore most of the activity will occur during the night. Their favorite places to hide include mattresses and small spaces in furniture. This includes rugs and chairs which may need to be treated individually depending on the intensity of the infestation.
Bed bugs are most commonly spread when multiple guests visit an infected room in a hotel, although recently there have been reports of severe infestations in the New York City subways. Bed bugs can travel undetected through most public transportation, while remaining hidden from the new host until they arrive at their final destination. Infestations can spread incredibly fast if the bed bugs are not discovered quickly.
Bed bugs have a very active reproductive cycle, demanding weekly feedings which allow their growth to be incredibly fast. From hatched nymph to adult, the bed bug will experience five phases of shedding their outer shell. This of course depends on the amount of resources available as they grow. See: Bed bug life cycle.
Female bed bugs also depend on food supply to grow their offspring. At a rate of up to 5 eggs per day, female bed bugs are known to consume blood meals twice as often due to their high energy output. Female bed bugs can easily breed 300 to 600 eggs during the span of their lifespan. On average, bed bugs can stay alive for over a year!
Although bed bugs are known to be good at hiding, the initial inspection will require visual confirmation of the presence of bed bugs. This may not apply if you are suffering from bites and our expert technician cannot locate any bed bugs, which will prompt a deployment of a bed bug canine. Upon confirmation, we can then continue inspecting other known hiding spots like carpets, behind wallpaper, inside fabric cushions, and inside electrical outlets.
If all else fails, the bed bugs will often leave their old dark brown skin behind. Another clear indication that will prompt a heat treatment. As bed bugs become adults from the early nymph stage, they are forced out of the comfort of their exoskeletons. Normally this happens up to 5 times, multiply that by several bed bugs, and one can easily determine an infestation by the hundreds of left-over shells where the bed bug was previously hiding.
Another definitive means of identifying a bed bug infestation is by looking for dark stains, the excrement derived from the absorption of the blood meal. This dark brown waste is a definitive answer to your question, do I have bed bugs?
After completing their feeding, bed bugs will return to a safe place, away from interruptions while the blood meal is absorbed. Which in turn will leave behind excrement or waste, making the identification process a little more definitive. The waste is defined by dark brown stains on surfaces with texture, as well as small mounds of brown matter in nonporous areas. The most definitive way to tell if there are bed bugs in your home is by inspecting yourself, bites will certainly be present if there are bed bugs. (See: Bed Bug Bites)
Bed bugs are a worldwide problem, our spanish neighbors call them “chinches” and are also commonly referred to as “red coats” or “mahogany flat.” Bed bugs have no wings, contrary to how they look, their oblong bodies cannot take flight.
Sure, bed bugs are hard to detect. But they tend to hide in large groups together, creating a very distinct smell which is sweet, yet very displeasing. The feces bed bugs produce can stain sheets, mattresses, and every possible porous surface within their vicinity.
Bed bugs come in different species, the most common one is called Cimex lectularius. This bed bug species has the advantage over all others because it’s more adaptable to living inside homes and other human environments. Other species are also relatively common in the animal kingdom, although they prefer small mammals like birds. All bed bug species can feast on human blood, even those known to prefer other mammals.
How To Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling
- Hotels and other public places will leave you and your family exposed to bed bugs. While traveling, here are some key points to remember in order to decrease your chances of a bed bug tagging along inside your personal belongings:
- Look for obvious signs of bed bugs, like small colored spots on bed sheets, seams, and bed skirts.
- Lift the mattress on each corner to ensure there are no bed bugs hiding under the mattress or bed frame. As long as you maintain a radius of 3 to 5 feet from the bed.
- Place your luggage on the rack provided, away from the bed. Also avoid placing it near large pieces of furniture or walls adjacent to the bed. They like hiding, think like a bug!
- Always perform a thorough inspection of your bags when repacking, avoid using the provided storage as that increases the chances of a bed bug traveling into your luggage undetected.
- Store your luggage in quarantine, somewhere isolated and away from any possible food source.
- Place all your clothes in the dryer at the hottest setting for at least 20 minutes. This will ensure no bed bugs survive the trip back into your bedroom.
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