A-1 SPECIALIZES IN
bed bug treatment
HOW DO I KNOW IT’S A BED BUG?
Adults are about ¼ inch long and reddish brown to dark brown in color.
• They have oval, flattened bodies that resemble apple seeds.
• Can’t fly, but can run quickly and disperse throughout a structure, much like roaches.
- Feed at night using a piercing beak. These bites can cause an allergic reaction, producing red welts that look – and itch – like mosquito bites.
- Prefer to feed on humans, but will feed on other animals, including pets such as dogs, cats and birds
- Can live for months without a blood meal – which means they can survive while you’re away on vacation or while an unoccupied home is waiting on the market.
- Despite the fact that they feed on blood, they are not known to spread any diseases. However, they can cause health issues.
- Loss of sleep is the most common effect of a bed bug infestation – along with the issues caused by sleep deprivation, such as (but not limited to):
– Inability to concentrate
– Decreased energy
- Bed bug bites can cause itchy skin rashes or welts
- Some people have allergic reactions to the bites.
- Secondary infections can also be a risk* when itchy bites are scratched open.
*Please note: At-risk populations, such as diabetics or people with compromised immune systems are especially susceptible to secondary infections.
HOW DO THEY SPREAD?
• Spread easily by “hitch-hiking” on people, clothing, and luggage – including computer bags.
• Females lay 1 to 5 eggs per day and 200 to 500 eggs in a lifetime. A bed bug can develop into an adult in just 5 weeks.
“Proper use of pesticides may be part of the strategy, but will not by itself eliminate bed bugs. In addition, bed bug populations in different areas of the country have developed resistance to the ways many pesticides work to kill pests. If you’re dealing with a resistant population, some products and application methods may not work. It is a good idea to consult a qualified pest management professional if you have bed bugs in your home.” – Environmental Protection Agency EPA.gov
PHYSICAL SIGNS OF BED BUGS:
- Red, welt-like bites that itch and occur while sleeping
- Dark brown or rusty excrement (spots of dried blood) on mattresses, linens or near the bed
- A peculiar musty, sweet odor may be present in heavily infested areas.
- Insects found in cracks and crevices in bedding, nearby furniture, drapes, carpeting, or behind headboards and picture frames, etc. Bed bugs prefer wood and fabric surfaces to metal and plastic.
If you see any of these signs or suspect that bed bugs are present, contact A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc, to determine if you have a bed bug infestation and to discuss an appropriate treatment plan.
A-1 Pest Control thoroughly inspects your property to properly establish what pests we are dealing with, and their colony size.
Once the pest is isolated we find ways to effectively remove the pest from your living area.
Once your pests are eliminated, we ensure they don’t come back.
SOLUTIONS FOR BED BUGS
Each bed bug infestation is unique and, therefore, requires a customized treatment plan. Fumigation is the gold standard approach to bed bug control and required for moderate to severe infestations.
However, treatment with residual insecticides can be effective for mild to moderate infestations.
Multiple treatments are required because it is difficult to locate all the areas bed bugs are hiding. Bed bugs can fit into a space the thickness of a business card and infestations are often widely dispersed. In some cases, bed bugs have become increasingly resistant to many residual insecticides, increasing the need for bed bug fumigation.
FUMIGATION IS THE BEST OPTION TO TREAT A BED BUG INFESTATION WHEN
• Infestation is moderate to severe.
• Immediate eradication of bed bugs is required, such as in multi-unit dwellings (hotels, apartments and dormitories), when occupants are highly allergic to bites or when there is zero tolerance for the infestation.
• Repeated crack and crevice applications (liquids, dust and aerosols) have failed.
• Treatments may damage infested materials, such as high value furnishings or custom mattresses.
- Application of residual insecticides (liquids, dusts, aerosols) to all voids, cracks and crevices where bed bugs could hide.
If you see any of these signs or suspect that bed bugs are present, contact A-1 Bonded Termite today at (714) 502-9230.
Good night, sleep tight – don’t let the bed bugs bite!
Localized Bed Bug Treatment
Localized treatments can be a very effective way of controlling mild to moderate infestations of bed bugs. There are different applications based upon the infestations that can be used to achieve the optimal results.
Fast-acting, contact treatment for use on surfaces that humans frequently touch, i.e. sofas.
Residual treatment for inside furniture, cracks and crevices and the underside of surfaces we touch.
Dust insecticide for cracks, crevices and voids, such as electrical outlets and baseboards.
A direct treatment to mattress including all cracks and crevices and a specialized protective mattress encasement.
Thorough treatment usually involves 2-3 visits as it is unlikely all bed bugs will go in the initial treatment.