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How To Control Bed Bugs

We’ve all heard the old saying, “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” but the truth is, we can’t not let bed bugs bite us--they’re going to do it anyway! Bed bugs are among the most frustrating insects to come in contact with and are even more frustrating to get rid of. The bed bug (Cimex lectularius) has long been a common household pest – feeding on blood, causing itchy bites and being an extreme nuisance to humans. Bed Bugs are considered a public health pest, but unlike most pests, bed bugs are not known to carry diseases. 

Bed bugs didn’t use to be a big issue in the U.S. but there has been an increase in bed bug outbreaks in recent years mainly due to international travel. They are known to hitchhike into luggage and even onto people themselves by hiding in clothing. Removing bed bugs can be extremely expensive if you hire professionals to take care of it and even then, pros may not be able to eliminate all of the bugs in a home. However, it is possible to get rid of bed bugs yourself and eliminate the infestation with the right products.

Follow our 5 step process and we guarantee 100% that you can eliminate bed bugs yourself. The most important part of an effective bed bug chemical application is that it is done thoroughly and if you follow our treatment method you will get the results that tens of thousands of people who have shopped with us have seen over the years.

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How to Control Bed Bugs (4 Step Process)

There is a large selection of products that are labeled for use to kill bed bugs, what is important to remember in the DIY pest control industry, is that the product does not matter as much as the application. The reason professionals are able to control them with chemicals is they know the proper application methods and areas. Certain products are created specifically to be applied in certain ways and on certain types of surfaces. By following our 5 step process to eliminate bed bugs we offer a 100% guarantee that your home or office will be bed bug-free.

Step 1: The first step to removing bed bugs from your home is physical control. This involves vacuuming up the majority of the insects you can visibly see. You will want to use either a bagged vacuum or a canister vacuum (clean and sanitize immediately after). Vacuum all areas where bed bugs infest which include, mattress tufts, box springs, dressers/nightstands, baseboards, bed frames, electronics, etc. Any crack and crevice should be vacuumed. This removes the adults and some eggs providing a bit of immediate relief. Disassembling furniture is also recommended along with washing and drying all clothing and quarantining clothing from the area by placing them in bags.


Step 2:
The next step is putting down a fast killing chemical called Flex 10-10 Insecticide. This product is first mixed at a rate of 6.4oz/gal and applied as a broadcast spray over the entire room surface; floors, bed frames, mattress, box spring, furniture. You will want to add a growth regulator, such as Gentrol, after you spray the mattress to ensure long term control. (Gentrol is not labeled for mattress application) It is also important to treat adjacent rooms, hallways, and other furniture in the home/business with a preventative spray so the insects are not transferred between areas. 


Step 3:
After the chemical dries, go back and treat the inaccessible cracks and crevices with D-Fense Dust. This product can reach those tough to reach areas that liqud sprays can not reach. Apply the dust under the baseboards, electrical outlets, light switches, under the bed frame legs, etc. This dust will provide a long term (7 month+) residual that will prevent stragglers from re-infesting the area. 


Step 4:
Place mattress and box spring encasements over all beds in the building and leave in place for at least a year as bed bugs can live without taking a blood meal for up to 1 year. It may be necessary to treat again in 2-3 weeks if an infestation is particularly bad but our base sizes of chemical come with enough to treat a typical structure 4 times. For best results, we suggest treating 3 times in a 30 day period.


If for some reason you are not getting control with our methods give us a call at (800) 479-6583 and we will provide a free consultation to determine your specific issues and ensure you eliminate the issue free of charge.


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Bed Bug Killer & Treatment

Bed bugs are tiny, brown, parasitic insects that survive off of blood from humans and animals. After 1940, bedbugs seemed to be all but eliminated in the US. However, they can be moved through travel, so you can still get an infestation. Bedbugs can reproduce rapidly, so even having just a few bedbugs on your luggage can become a huge problem.

 

Adult bedbugs are only the size of an apple seed, inherently nocturnal, and like to live in small spaces like crevices and cracks, which makes them incredibly difficult to spot. While bedbugs are not deadly and have not been found to transmit any diseases, they can leave painful rashes, and if you find yourself with a bedbug infestation, you should try to eliminate it as soon as possible.

 

Bed bugs live in colonies of hundreds, and females lay eggs after blood meals. The life cycle of the bedbug includes egg, nymph and adult. The bedbug female can lay about 200 eggs at a rate of three to four a day, and are normally laid in cracks and crevices found in the floor and bed. The eggs will hatch in one or two weeks into Nymphs, which will begin feeding immediately, and this period will last from fourteen to thirty days. The bedbugs will shed five times before becoming adults, where they will mate after maturing. Total time from hatch to egg-laying is four to nine weeks. Because their life cycle is so short, leaving the problem unattended could result in you dealing with a full-blown infestation within a few months.

 

CAUSES OF BED BUG INFESTATIONS:

 

Many times, the way that bedbugs spread is through frequent travel. They are becoming increasingly more common on airplanes and in hotels, and unknowing travelers have stowaway bugs in their luggage as they go from place to place. So, if you get a bedbug infestation, it isn’t because your home is dirty, it’s probably because you or someone you know traveled to a place with bedbugs and then brought them to your home.

 

HOW TO SPOT A BED BUG INFESTATION:

 

Although bedbugs have been less of an issue in the US than in earlier decades, their presence is on the rise. Bed bugs can be incredibly harmful to your family’s health, because, by nature, they are a parasitic species. Bed bugs feed on the blood of humans and animals, which, if you have an infestation, is dangerous for your family and your pets. But, there are some easy ways to spot a bedbug infestation.

 

Any furniture or floor cracks or beds, upholstered areas, or other small areas are goldmines for infestation. Because they like small areas so much, checking inside clocks, radios, and laptops wouldn’t be a bad idea. Bed bugs are also most active at night, which means that this is also the most popular time for them to feed. They normally feed when you are asleep, and common areas for bedbug bites are the face, neck, and hands. These bites will appear as bumps and may look like a rash.

 

One trait of bedbugs is that they have a sickly sweet smell about them. This smell usually smells like raspberries, but can also just smell overly sweet. Other signs of an infestation include: seeing brown spots (fecal stains), blood, or shells of dead skin from the bedbugs on your sheets. They also will leave tiny bites on your body. The tiny bites normally don’t have to be treated with anything except an over-the-counter anti-itch cream, but they can be a leading sign that you have a bug infestation. If you experience any of these signs, it’s important to seek help immediately.

 

SOLUTIONS PEST & LAWN WANTS TO HELP YOU:

 

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to eliminate your bed bug problem with a wide selection of bed bug killers. Solutions Pest & Lawn has everything you could want to help you get rid of bedbugs in your home. With our full line of professional bed bug killer supplies, there’s no need to worry about bedbugs at night. We have bed bug sprays, dusts, aerosols, bedbug pesticide, insect growth regulators, and pesticides for the DIY Pest Control homeowner. We even have luggage sprays, so that you don’t bring bedbugs back from your travels into your house. These professional bedbug killers, insecticides, baits and traps once were not available to the general public, but now you can use the same products the professional pest control technicians use at a fraction of the cost. The professional quality bed bug control products we offer will be sure to get the job done right, the first time, and you won’t have to worry about those pesky bugs anymore.

 

OUR PRODUCTS FIT YOUR NEEDS:

We carry the full line of mattress and box spring covers, to protect your bedding and eliminate bed bugs. Another product we have and love are our various bed bug serosol sprays. You can take these sprays with you on your travels, so that you’re sure not to bring any unwanted guests back to your house in your suitcase. If you’re treating an infestation in your home, insecticide products that can get into small spaces are ideal.

 

If bed bugs seem like they’re going to be a persistent problem or you are a professional exterminator, you may want to invest in the Vapamore Steam Cleaner for killing bedbugs. This impressive machine can reach temperatures of 180 degrees Fahrenheit, which will instantaneously kill the bed bugs in an infested area. This is also a chemical free and eco-friendly way to kill bed bugs, which is great if you are concerned about releasing toxins into your home with pets and young children.

 

Our bed bug control products are as versatile as our clientele’s needs. No matter the situation, Solutions Pest & Lawn can help you find exactly the product to get rid of those bed bugs.

 

STEPS TO TAKE TO ELIMINATE BED BUGS:

 

If you believe that you have a bedbug infestation and have identified some of the warning signs, you should begin by taking everything out of the infested room. If it’s in the bedroom, you should disassemble your bed, clean your bedframe, and wash all sheets, pillows, and mattress pads on the bed. After they are all washed, you should put the linens in an airtight bag. You should do the same with any towels that also are in the room.

 

Next, remove any toys, clothes, boxes, or anything else that can be moved, out of the room so that you can vacuum the entire area. And when we say the entire area, we mean everything. Closets, inside drawers, on mattresses, in the hard to reach areas—everywhere. Finally, you’re ready to spread a repellent and get rid of the bugs. Dusting insecticide repellent works the best because it can reach all of the nooks and crannies that normally get missed. And, everything in the room should be spread with dust, including electrical switch plates and any other crevice. You should also dust inside your box spring and inside furniture. Once you’re ready to reassemble the room, you can use bait traps to catch any bedbugs you didn’t get in the initial dusting of the room. Your room should now be bed bug-free, and your family can be safe and happy.

 

PREVENTING BED BUGS IN THE FUTURE:

 

Once you have bedbugs out of your house, you don’t want them to come back. There are certain, easy steps that you can take to reduce the risk of your home being infested with bedbugs. For instance, you can store your luggage in the basement instead of under your bed. You can never be positive if bedbugs are in your baggage, and it’s best to keep the bugs away from your bedroom, where they can easily move to your bed and bite you in the middle of the night.

Another way in which you can protect your home, is by keeping it clean in general. Basic vacuuming can help create an uninhabitable environment for bedbugs, which keeps them out of your hair. Taking as many precautions as possible to eliminate bedbugs will decrease your chance for an infestation in your home. But, if your bed 
bugs come back into your home, you shouldn’t worry. ePestSolutions is here to stand by your side and help you through every minute of your infestation problem.

 

WE KNOW WHAT WE’RE DOING:

At Solutions Pest & Lawn, we take the time to know about our products. We know exactly what will be the best for your business, and we have products for every budget. Whether you are trying to prevent the spread of bedbugs after a vacation to Mexico or you’ve already seen some in your home, Solutions Pest & Lawn has the best bed bug control products for you.

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