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​If you notice signs of bed bugs or suspect you have a bed bug infestation,  it is important to contact a licensed pest control professional to confirm the infestation and recommend a course of treatment. If you live in an apartment complex, contact the property manager and report the suspected activity as soon as possible. 
A bed bug infestation must be dealt with quickly and efficiently. You have come to the right place if you are looking for expert advice to help in getting rid of those pesky bugs. 
  1. History
    Bed bugs have been a household pest issue for more than 3,300 years, dating back to ancient Egypt. Bed bugs most likely received their common name from their habit of feeding on humans while they sleep in their beds. Bed bugs have also been called "red coates," "mahogany flats," and "wall-lice."
  2. Biology
    Scientific family name: Climex lectularius Linnaeus. They have 6-legs. Unfed adults bed bugs are rusty brown color. Engorged bed bugs are red-brown color after a blood meal & can reach a size of about 1/4 inch long. Nymphs are nearly colorless when they first hatch and become brownish as they mature & range from 1.3mm to 4-5mm in size.
  3. Life Cycle / Infestation
    Female bed bugs lay one to five eggs per day, or an average of 540 eggs in a lifetime. They typically lay their eggs in cracks or rough surfaces. Bed bug nymphs grow to full adulthood in about 21 days and go through five stages of development before they reach maturity. A bed bug will molt once during each stage of development. An adult bed bug can live for several months without a blood meal.
  4. Feeding
    Bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide emitted by their hosts. For this reason, they tend to feed at night on bare skin that is exposed while sleeping. However, they will consume a blood meal during the day, especially in heavily-infested areas. Although bed bugs prefer to feed on humans, they will feed on other warm-blooded hosts as well.
  5. Signs to look for
    Small red to reddish brown fecal spots on mattresses, upholstery or walls. Molt bed bug skins, their white, sticky eggs or empty eggshells Red, itchy bite marks, especially on the legs, arms and other body parts exposed while sleeping.
  6. The Bite
    Although the actual bite of bed bugs is painless, most people develop an allergic reaction to the saliva (which also acts as a numbing agent) injected by the bug as it feeds. Swelling and itchy, red welts can be signs of a bed bug infestation. However, some people do not have reactions to bed bug bites at all.
 Bed bugs do not enter homes from the natural outdoor environment, instead they must be introduced into the home from a previously infested environment. This can occur by picking them up during travel, bringing them in on rented or used furniture, introduction by guests or visitors or other means.  Often the exact source of the infestation is unknown.       

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Bed Bug Prep Sheet
    

Our Bug Prep Sheet includes everything needed to ensure a successful bed bug preparation. By completing every task on our bed bug prep sheet bellow, we are able to provide the most thorough and effective bed bug preparation services available.    

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Preparation
    

Bed bug preparation is the process of decluttering and cleaning the home or apartment so that products can be easily and safely applied. It is a highly detailed bed bug treatment method, that when done properly, can eliminate most of a bed bug infestation without the use of additional products. Most bed bug exterminators will not perform any treatment until this stage is complete, so it is one of the most important methods to consider.    

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Clutter Clearing
    

Clutter clearing is essential in bed bug prep, because it eliminates bed bug hiding places and makes product easier to apply. It is best to place clutter in clear plastic bags for treatment. When clutter clearing, we always make sure to do the following:   
   
1. Pack away all loose papers, knack knacks, and anything else blocking a table, counter, or other surface.
2. Remove picture frames, posters, clocks, etc. from walls
3. Empty closets, dressers, nightstands, and drawers.
4. Clear bookshelves, TV Stands, and filing cabinets
5. Pull furniture away from the walls, remove cushions from the couch
6. Remove sheets and linens from bed and wash in hot water and dry for at least 30 minutes. 
    Do not store items under beds. 
     

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Laundry
    

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A proper bed bug laundry & dry cleaning treatment should eliminate all traces of bed bug infestation from washable items. Just be sure everything is packed up properly and kept away from the infested area until treatment is complete.

1. Launder clothing, drapes, linens, blankets, sheets, stuffed animals, towels, and any other items that are safe to put in a washing machine. Make sure to separate washable items from dry cleaning.
2. Make sure to have two sets of bags. One set of bags to transport the laundry prior to being washed, and another set to transport and store it afterwards. Bags used to transport washable items prior to treatment should be discarded immediately, and never reused.
    

Vacuuming    

Vacuuming and cleaning the property from top to bottom can often eliminate a large majority of bed bug infestation without the use of products or chemicals. HEPA industrial vacuums are best suited for this, as the HEPA filters trap microscopic particles that the average household vacuum would release back into the air.
1. Vacuum hardwood floors, carpets and area rugs.
2. Vacuum all furniture and upholstery, including couches, armchairs, mattresses, and box springs.
3. Vacuum closets, shelving units, bookcases, baseboards, bed frames, drawers, and night stands.
4. Remove face plates and vacuum inside/behind electrical outlets.
5. Vacuum between nooks and crannies in the walls and floor.
6. Discard vacuum bags immediately after use (sealed tightly inside a larger plastic bag.)
    

Remove any pets and be prepared to vacate premesis

1. Remove any pets and seal any fish tanks (turn off the filter and air supply and wrap tank with plastic wrap.)
2. Be prepared to vacate the dwelling during service for about 3-4 hours from the time that we arrive on site.