Bed Bug Eradication Tips
It takes a while to sit down and read information about bed bugs. I often wonder whether people that are looking for how to get rid of bed bugs are trying to figure out a way to get rid of them on their own or understand what the process is for a Bed Bug Exterminator. I guess I should assume it’s both. One difficult part of being in the bed bug industry is that there are a lot of pushy sales and too many companies make revenue the priority. I think it takes 15 years in the industry and experience to have the patience to understand that helping people is just as valuable as making money. But enough about me and EnviroPest. Let’s talk about how to get rid of bed bugs, that’s the reason you’re here right.
How to Get Rid Of Bed Bugs | Bed Bug Exterminator Saratoga Guide
More than likely you got here because you or someone is getting bit. Even though each bed bug situation is unique, it’s important to remember one thing: the biology is always the same. As someone who has worked in the pest control industry for decades, the one thing you learn from experience it that you can count on the pest’s habit, behavior and instincts. Understand how your enemy thinks and you will find your game plan. Pest control is no different. Let’s understand some quick bed bug facts so we can get to you some answer on how to get rid of bed bugs.
Important Facts About Bed Bugs | How to Get Rid Of A Bed Bug:
Remember this info because you will need it as we get into the other sections. No slacking, your dealing with bed bugs here. These guys are one if not the toughest pests in the lineup. We need you’re “A” game here.
- These pests are nocturnal meaning they only come out on the dark or at night.
- Bed Bugs are almost invisible to the naked eye until about the 4th stage of development.
- Their bites are almost impossible to detect or feel because they have anesthetic compounds in their saliva.
There is a lot more, but I’ve got to keep you moving on. Most people aren’t interested in too many facts and there are some points in these facts that make it very difficult to get rid of. If you want to find out more about bed bug biology check out the recent article I wrote about how many treatments it takes to get rid of bed bugs and their eggs. Or you can check out this article from pest world, they are a resource in the industry that many Saratoga exterminators use to get information and understand the advancements in technology.
IDENTIFY | Step One: Bed Bug Exterminator
Not sure if you have found bed bugs or you’re here because you think you might have them. Let’s talk about how to look for bed bugs. I can’t stress enough how this should be done with diligence. Right now, my daughter is running around dancing and play music on her phone. This is not recommended when doing a bed bug inspection. Take your time and go slow. You will not find anything in the early weeks and months of an infestation. Remember from above that bed bugs are almost invisible to the naked eye. Well that poses a specific problem when looking for them.
It is easier after bed bugs have taken a blood meal, but the eggs and the first three stages of development are almost impossible to see without some type of magnification. Take out your cell phone and download a magnifying app or get a magnifying glass. Put on some calming music and check the following places:
The Saratoga Bed Bug Exterminator Recommended Checklist:
- Look in the seams of the mattress and box spring or around the mattress tags
- Check in the bed frame and headboard – check the cracks and crevices
- Review all baseboards and trim or any cracks in the walls or wood trim
- Inspect and take apart the entire couch
- Peek in every furniture joint and seam
- Open electrical outlets inside and out
- Peel and look behind wallpaper
- Pop and check pictures, posters and paintings, and anything hanging on the walls
- Baseboard heaters or radiators can be a big issue as well – check where pipes or electric go into the walls
Look for These Bed Bug Signs:
- Live bed bugs, which are reddish and about ¼-inch long
- Dark spots about the size of a period — these are bed bug droppings
- Reddish stains on your mattress from bugs that have been crushed
- Small, pale yellow eggs, eggshells, and yellowish skins that young bed bugs shed
- More signs and Info: “Bed Bugs Biology and Treatment”
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CONTROL | Step Two: The Bed Bug Exterminator Saratoga Guide – Ref Article: : “Steam Bed Bug Treatment”
If you are reading this section, I should say sorry because you most likely found some of the signs of bed bugs from above or your pretty sure you have an issue. Let’s just say at this point you have some choices to make. Once you start on the Do It Yourself (DIY) process and you start spending money or throwing out furniture remember my number is on the bottom of this and you can call. We can walk through the cost. You will have to buy a steamer to clean the fabrics and tight spaces.
Once you start spending money on sprays and throwing out furniture the cost can sometimes be equal or greater than hiring a bed bug company that guarantees the work for no less than a year. It’s tempting to run to the big box stores and buy a store-bought item that says “Guaranteed.” Wonder how many people got their money back. Also, even if your going the spray and treat yourself route your going to want to do it right so don’t give up on me now. Let’s talk about whether your doing it yourself or your going to call and find out what processes people are going to use.
Assess | Step Three: How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs In Your Home
Figure out what rooms you believe are infested and come up with a plan. Be sure to assume infestation and be aware that livings rooms, couches and recliners can be concerning areas.
QUICK WARNING: Per Room Scam – This is when you get scammed by the per room guys. There are a few bed bug pest control companies in the area that charge per room. 4 bedrooms and adjacent rooms are usually more than a whole house contract and then they guarantee just the room so it works out for them because they can just charge every time they come back. I never understood why someone wouldn’t want to treat every area possible on the first application and do it right the first time. But hey, if you can get people to believe its only $149.00 for bed bugs then you can get your foot in the door and their wallets.
Vacuum like you’ve never vacuumed before. Start with the cracks and crevices. Take apart the bed and pull the mattress up. Look under baseboards and vacuum the curtains. Remember that the bed bug eggs, and bed bug nymphs, are practically invisible so it will feel like a pointless endeavor. Once you finish vacuuming, do it again.
Assess | Step Three: Cont’d
Once your done with vacuuming the bed bug eggs and looking for adults start bagging up all the linens. Take these rights to the washer and dryer and anything you cant fit take to the garage or put outside in a bag. If you’re not going to use anything in the next 6 months, seal the bag and leave it. Any bed bugs inside will die after 6 months so save yourself the hassle. Go through the room and start the process of throwing out anything you don’t need.
If the furniture is getting thrown out be sure to destroy or label it to avoid someone else picking up off the street or out of the garbage and getting your infestation. You know what they will have to go through. Place a mattress cover over your mattress. Be sure it’s a bed bug approved mattress cover. Check out covers and order them for every mattress in the house.
PREPARE | Step Four: Bed Bug Exterminator Saratoga – Ref Article: “Preparing For Bed Bugs Post”
Ok, you are getting close. Don’t forget that you should be doing the above and this process for all the rooms of the house. The more thorough you are and more areas you cover the better results. In order to prepare for spraying and/or steam treatment move all furniture your keep a foot away from the wall. Make sure you take apart and remove all drawers in the dresser. Be aware once you spray you need to seal off the area and probably leave the home regardless of the chemical you have decided to spray.
KILL | Step Five: How to Get Rid of A Bed Bug Exterminator Saratoga Guide– Ref Article: “Bed Bug Heat Treatment”
Option 1 Spray
Alright, I’m getting a little excited because this means we get to finally kill some bed bugs. There is some concern about what type of chemical we are going to use. We use adulticide and we use an insect growth regulator (IGR). These will get rid of the eggs and reproductive cycles happening to insect with complete life cycles. Unfortunately, these products are restricted and only for use by a registered company and technician in New York State. I will tell you that I get a lot of calls for people that are desperate to find out what products to use.
A lot of folks ask about Crossfire or other products and if we can sell them something. We can’t sell it and products like crossfire used to be available through amazon, but they were moving pesticides across state lines illegally so that whole things has stopped. Guess what, there is a reason the products are restricted for use by the public.
Here’s a list of the types of products.
- Pyrethrins and pyrethroids are the most common chemicals for bed bugs. There has been resistance to them so be aware it may not work.
- Pyrroles like chlorfenapyr kill bedbugs disrupting their cells.
- Neonicotinoids damage the bugs’ nervous system. are man-made versions of nicotine. The answer to the resistant bed bugs.
- Dessicants are substances that destroy the bugs’ protective coating. Two examples of dessicants are silica aerogel (Tri-Die and CimeXa) and diatomaceous earth. These products can take a few months to kill off all the bugs.
- Foggers or bug bombs kill bed bugs, but they can’t get into cracks and crevices where these bugs hide. They can also be toxic to humans if you use them incorrectly. Read the label carefully. Leave the room before you set off a fogger. Don’t burn your house down!
- Plant oil-based products like EcoRaider or Bed Bug Patrolare less toxic than chemical insecticides, reviews are always great online but they have a hard time getting rid of eggs cycles and nymphs.
Happy hunting but be aware the word guaranteed is thrown around a lot. Also READ THE LABEL, there is nothing worse than going to a home or talking with someone that has kids or pets and hearing that they over sprayed and just used the stuff like its water. Don’t put your family at risk or exposure. Over application is pointless and a health risk that’s worse than the bed bug problem or bed bug troubles you had in the first place.
Option 2 Steam: How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Remember to buy a steamer because steaming is hard without one. Make sure it’s a unit that can reach 115 degrees and start steaming every square inch of the entire room and all the target rooms. Then do it again. Don’t miss a spot. Be sure your clothing is getting washed in hot water and the dryer will kill bed bugs even without washing from the heat. Be sure to run one the heat cycle! Use this checklist when steaming:
- Steam and wash any fabric in the room that isn’t going through the washer / dryer – Stuffed animals, drapes, etc.
- Steam the entire baseboard, room and cracks and crevices in the entire room and target rooms
- Take bed apart and be sure to steam the entire bed
- Remove all drawers and steam inside and outside of dresser; Turn upside down
- Don’t forget about the closets – be sure there is nothing in the closets
- Steam like you’ve never steamed before
MONITOR / REAPPLY | Step Six: Bed Bug Exterminator Saratoga, NY – Ref Article: “Bed Bug Inspection”
Ok, So this is where the patience kicks in. I would sleep somewhere else for a few days and give the product a chance to work. I would keep an open mind when moving anything back into the room that you have about a 25% chance that you have killed them. This is just a percentage that I use after dealing with bed bug extermination for over 10 years. There is no statistic on success rates of individuals. Most people aren’t excited to share their Saratoga bed bug problem with their friends. Before moving back in do another inspection.
CALL ENVIROPEST | Step Seven: How to Get Rid of Bed Bug Exterminator Saratoga, NY – Ref Article: “Bed Bug Exterminator”
If you’ve gotten here you are either looking for another way to kill bed bugs or are deciding whether to call a pro after seeing the steps. Remember these are just some guidelines and some ways to go through the standard process. Each and every service is different and of course we are available. When we were talking about the risks when we started it was health and safety or those who live in a home. Be careful with what your using around your families and pets. Not only is it what your applying but how your applying it. You would be surprised to see how some people just start spraying and then its just over applied and these hazardous materials. Look at what is happening with round-up. You could buy that anywhere; these are the same risks associated with what pesticides are being sold in Home Depot or Lowes. Whatever you choose for your Saratoga bed bug problem, we wish you the best and please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.
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