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Think you might have bed bugs? Are you waking up to find itchy bug bites all over you but can't find any bugs? We will show you how to identify bed bug bites and bed bugs and the most accurate way to find them. Please read more...More
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Bed Bug Removal NYC: Advice For Home Owners Post Extermination
18 Jul 2013 at 7:00am
Just recently, you had a bed bug problem, but you took the necessary steps to get rid of them. You checked for signs of the little critters. You found the evidence that you knew was there. And then you enlisted the best experts at bed bug removal NYC has to offer. Your nightmare is finally over ... right?Wrong!The harsh truth is that you still have work to do if you hope to keep your family safe and avoid a second infestation. Luckily for you, we're here to tell you exactly how to do that.The reality of your home, post exterminationPest control experts are very good at their jobs. But even the best bed bug removal NYC professionals can sometimes be imperfect. This imperfection, however, has nothing to do with the pest control company or its employees. Rather, it all has to do with the bed bugs themselves.Bed bugs are resilient. They're also great hiders. Not only will they hide in every crevice and corner in your furniture, they'll squeeze into far-off recesses within your walls. Pest control experts are armed with the most powerful chemicals and techniques known to man, but even their high-tech equipment has limits. This isn't to say that pest control companies aren't effective. On the contrary, most infestations could not be stopped without them. But it is virtually impossible to ensure that every last bed bug has been eliminated. Yes, you will receive a guarantee based on a resurgence of bed bugs for a certain period of time, but it's also up to you to avoid this.What you can do, post exterminationIt all comes down to two factors: awareness and inspection. First, you must be aware of the threat of a second infestation. Even though a professional took great care in getting rid of your home's bed bugs, you must still be watchful. Pay attention to any signs, including waking up with red spots that might indicate a bed bug bite.The second part is inspection. Once an extermination has occurred, be sure not to let your guard down. To ensure that you avoid a second infestation, you need to be diligent. Start with a visual inspection of your walls, furniture, etc. Follow that up by checking for feces in the folds of your furniture with a latex glove. Just a little effort each week will help prevent future problems. Photo Credit: alexa fades away via Flickr
Bed Bug Colonies: The Different Types of Bed Bug Infestations
16 Jul 2013 at 7:30am
When we refer to bed bug colonies, we're not indicating the traditional idea of a colony. With a number of insects -- ants, termites, even bees and wasps -- a group forms a home, whether it's in the ground, within the wood of your home, or hanging from a tree. These insects work together as one unit to find food, perform menial jobs required for the colony as a whole, and overall do whatever it takes to survive.A bed bug colony is different because it simply refers to a large number of the pests all gathered in one place. Several of them may siphon off the blood from the same host, but they're doing so as individuals, not as one living, breathing hive mind.Bed bug colonies in your furnitureFinding a colony of bed bugs in your furniture can be one of the most horrendous, disgusting experiences you'll ever have as a homeowner. This can happen over time because of their ability to hide during the day and only come out at night. When you realize you have a problem -- often indicated by red spots on your body when you wake up in the morning -- and start searching for the culprits, you may find yourself facing dozens or possibly hundreds of the parasites. And your bed isn't the only problem. Many infestations have been found in a person's couch. A popular method of searching for a possible presence of bed bugs is to slip on a latex glove and run your hand inside the folds. If you get black spots on the glove, this indicates feces.Bed bug colonies in your wallsWhen they're not busy feeding on the blood on you and your loved ones, bed bugs must congregate somewhere. One big possibility is within the walls of your house. Your walls offer great protection for them and because of all the little nooks and crannies inside, bed bugs can easily hide in places where you can't find them easily. Even in large numbers, quite a few bed bugs can hide in one location, even if they have to squeeze into a small space to get there. Getting them out can be tricky, since pesticides have a low probability of reaching them in such tight spaces. Most of the time, it takes a professional pest control company that is well-versed in handling these pests to get rid of them.
2 Bed Bugs Remedies To Keep Them Away During Warm Weather
11 Jul 2013 at 7:09am
During the winter, bed bugs typically keep a low profile. These annoying little critters don't like the cold, so they often stay hidden in your walls and anywhere else they can squeeze into. And since they can often live up to a year without feeding, they're not at risk of dying while they're hiding out.Once the warm weather arrives and these parasites literally start coming out of the woodwork to feed, it's important that you concentrate on bed bug remedies for your home. By learning how to keep them away during these warmer months, you'll save your family a lot of grief.To help you out, here are two bed bug remedies that will keep them away:Remedy #1: Set up bed bug traps.Since bed bugs live in areas that are often very hard to reach, poison sprays and bug bombs will only kill a small number of them. Which means that spending time and money on these things is little more than a waste. Instead, you should concentrate on the use of bed bug traps.Insect traps are often the best way to rid your home of unwelcome guests. Bed bug traps come in two varieties. The first is an inactive trap. These traps are set under each leg of your bed and utilize two "bowls" -- one that catches bed bugs when they crawl up the bed and one that catches any that leave. The second trap is an active type. These traps include an attractant that lures the bed bugs into the trap. Both of these traps can be used to get rid of a small number of bed bugs, not to mention early detection of them.Remedy #2: Conduct regular inspections.This is where many people drop the ball when it comes to bed bug remedies. If you get to the point where you can see multiple bed bugs crawling under your mattress at night, you've already waited too long. The point here is to be proactive by inspecting your home on a regular basis.Bed bugs are small, but they can be seen by the human eye, so visually inspect your furniture and walls. Another great way to check for bed bugs is by picking up latex gloves and sliding a hand inside the folds of your furniture like your couch and bed. If your glove gets black spots, that indicates bed bug feces. Photo Credit: davedehetre via Flickr
Bed Bug Dog New York: How To Help Your Dog Fight Off Bites
9 Jul 2013 at 7:06am
When we start discussing bed bugs, the conversation usually focuses on how to inspect your home, what to do on vacation to avoid problems, and ways to alleviate the effects of being bitten. We're always focused on steps that should be taken to protect both our home and family. And, obviously, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.But what about our four-legged canine friends? For homeowners and apartment dwellers who own dogs, it's important to protect them from bed bugs as well. How exactly is that accomplished? Don't worry about it ... we've already compiled a few strategies to help keep them safe from the nasty parasites.Bed Bug Dog New York Strategy #1: Realize that, yes, dogs can get bed bugs.Many people don't believe that dogs can be affected by bed bugs, so the first step is getting away from that misconception. For the most part, bed bugs stick with humans when they need to feed. Why? Because we aren't covered by thick fur, which makes feeding more difficult for the insects. However, if a bed bug needs to feed and we're nowhere to be found, your dog makes a respectable second choice. The good news is that it doesn't happen too often, so protecting them isn't very difficult.Bed Bug Dog New York Strategy #2: Be aware of where your dog is playing.Flea and tick collars will do nothing to keep bed bugs away from your dog. In fact, nothing on the market will do much good at repelling the little beasts. This is why it's important to be aware of your surroundings when you let your dog out into your backyard or take them to a park. Bed bugs want to be inside your home, but often find themselves outside. If they're in the grass and they have a chance to hitch a ride on your pooch, they'll take it.Bed Bug Dog New York Strategy #3: Inspect your dog and his or her bed regularly.The trick to keeping bed bugs away from your home is to follow an inspection regimen. This includes your dog once he or she has been outside if you suspect a bed bug problem in the area. This only takes seconds and can save you headaches later on. Plus, when you're inspecting your own furniture, don't forget to check your dog's bed, where bed bugs may be waiting to strike.
5 Unusual and Interesting Bed Bug Facts
4 Jul 2013 at 7:10am
You might believe that you know everything there is to know about bed bugs, but we'd bet that isn't true. To prove this point, here are five unusual and interesting bed bug facts:Bed Bug Facts #1: They can live up to a year without feeding.While this fact has been covered before, it's so fascinating that it deserves to be on this list. Human beings have a hard time going half a day without a hearty meal. But not bed bugs. These little creatures must feed in order to grow into each life cycle, but they can hold out for up to a year, in many cases. Where do they hide during this time? In your walls ... under your floor boards ... anywhere they can find refuge for an extended period of time.Bed Bug Facts #2: They have a distinctive smell.If you have a bad bed bug infestation, a professional will often be able to tell by the musky scent in a particular room. If the scent isn't strong enough for humans to perceive them, bed bug dogs can be used to find their hiding spots. Where does the smell come from? Very simple: their feces.Bed Bug Facts #3: Their bites are nearly painless.Have you ever woken up in the morning with bed bug bites and wondered why you didn't wake up while the insect was sucking your blood in the middle of the night? This is because the saliva of a bed bug acts as an anesthetic and increases blood flow. So even though your blood is being harvested, you'll keep right on sleeping without knowing it.Bed Bug Facts #4: They don't live where you might think.Many people are still under the impression that bed bugs are limited to dirty homes or those in rural areas where insects breed. This couldn't be further from the truth. Bed bugs, sadly, are everywhere. In fact, they are more prevalent in urban areas due to increased travel, apartment living, and other factors.Bed Bug Facts #5: Professional removal is usually best.Due to their ability to hide in small spaces, bed bugs are notoriously difficult to find and eliminate. Even professionals can sometimes have a tough time, because removal is extremely time-consuming. Many of them employ bed bug dogs to help locate the parasites, and then a methodical plan to get rid of them is undertaken. Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks via Flickr
Bed Bug Removal NYC: Why Are Bed Bugs So Hard To Get Rid Of?
2 Jul 2013 at 7:01am
We've all heard the tales of bed bug infestations and what they can mean to the average homeowner. Although these parasites don't carry disease or anything quite as harmful as that, no one wants them in their home. The problem is that bed bug removal NYC can be quite difficult.Why are these pests so hard to get rid of? Let's take a look at a few factors.Bed Bug Removal NYC Factor #1: They are quite small.If you've ever seen a bed bug, you know what we mean. Even though bed bugs go through several life cycle stages, they are quite small in each stage. Thankfully, they're not microscopic, and they are visible to the naked eye, but that's little comfort. The fact is they can often be difficult to see, even when you know what you're looking for. Because of this, bed bugs often go unnoticed in a person's home. Until the biting begins, of course.Bed Bug Removal NYC Factor #2: They are fantastic hiders.A bed bug's size not only makes them hard to spot, but also enables them to hide in small spaces where you might not even think to look. Many people believe that they are limited to furniture, hence the name "bed bug." But in reality, they can be located in various places around your home. In fact, they love to hunker down inside your walls -- completely hidden from view -- until they're ready to feed. The worst part is that this ability to squeeze into tight spots means that spraying poison and using bug bombs will often do nothing to eliminate the pests, because the poison will never reach them.Bed Bug Removal NYC Factor #3: They aren't part of a colony.Some types of household bugs, such as ants and termites, are a part of a colony. The advantage with a colony is that, in many cases, you can eliminate all of the pests at one time. Termites build a home inside your basement or other area of your home where wood is plentiful. An ant colony will be located outside most of the time, but even if you don't know where it is, you can use ant traps wherein the little critters take poison back to their colony for dispersal. Bed bugs are often spread out, however, which means you must painstakingly check every nook and cranny of your home. Photo Credit: ? SimonPix via Flickr
Are There Factors That Affect Your Chance At Bed Bug Infestations?
27 Jun 2013 at 7:00am
For many years, bed bug infestations were a thing of the past in the United States. Once a menace to many citizens, these little parasites were nearly a plague on our existence. But with hard work, dedication, and a solid eradication plan, bed bugs all but disappeared from our shores.Approximately sixty years later, though, they began to crop back up, most likely due to increased travel both to and from foreign countries. And now bed bugs are once again causing trouble for many homeowners. To help keep their numbers low, let's take a look at a few factors that may affect your chance of getting a bed bug infestation in your home.Constant travelAlthough it is entirely possible for bed bugs to come in off the street, they often get into your home in suitcases, on your clothing, etc. If you travel a lot, your exposure could easily increase since some countries have a much higher rate of bed bug infestations. The important thing to remember here is to always check any bags or clothing you're wearing when returning home from a trip. And if your area has had infestations in the past, you may want to do the same even if you've only been out for a couple hours.Hotel roomsThis can be the big one, and is inexplicably linked to the travel discussed above. If you're traveling a lot, there's a good chance you'll be staying at a number of hotels. Although hotels are routinely cleaned and checked for bed bugs, it's better to be safe than sorry. You can start by searching online for any reports of bed bugs at that particular hotel. But even if you don't find any evidence of past bed bug infestations before you arrived, it's important to check the bed and other areas for any possible signs.Lack of inspectionsIt happens all the time. A homeowner discovers that he or she is the victim of a bed bug infestation, and it comes as a complete surprise. This is because the homeowner hasn't been conducting any inspections of their homes that might have allowed them to quell the problem before it got too big. Homeowners who conduct weekly checks of their home are less likely to suffer from an infestation. Inspecting your furniture is crucial, but also be sure to check your walls and any other nooks and crannies. Photo Credit: MAClarke21 via Flickr
Bed Bug Infestations Behind the Wheel: Is Your Car Safe?
25 Jun 2013 at 7:17am
You hear all the time about how bad bed bug infestations can get in a person's home. Waking up with red spots on your skin is only the beginning. Soon, you find yourself fighting an enemy that is extremely hard to get rid of. Not to mention costly and time consuming.That's why protecting yourself is important. But many homeowners and apartment dwellers only think about these little parasites getting into their walls, bed, couch, etc. If this describes you, then you may be missing out on a very important location that should be periodically checked: your car.The reality of an infestationMany people believe that bed bug infestations are only a concern inside their homes. But the reality is that these infestations must begin somewhere, and your car (or truck) can be a great starting point. Why? Because bed bugs don't always just stroll into your home from off the street. It's very common for bed bugs to take refuge in someone's bag, purse, or even on clothing that a person is wearing. Then, once inside your home, these annoying insects can crawl off and begin causing trouble.Hiding inside your carIf you've ever dropped something beside the seat of your car (and who hasn't?), then you are surely aware of how many nooks and crannies are inside your automobile. Your back seat, for example, is probably home to lost change, gum wrappers, and a whole slew of other items. These are areas where bed bugs strive. Although they do need to feed on blood in order to survive, bed bugs can live without sustenance for as long as a year -- plenty of time to set up shop in a recess of your car. Avoiding a bed bug problemThe good news is that inspecting your car or truck for bed bugs is a much simpler task than checking your house. After all, your automobile has a much smaller area to check. Look under the front seats, inside the folds of the back seat, and the trunk, and that's really about it. For the most part, all of this will be a visual inspection. No need for bed bug traps of any kind. The hardest part will be your backseat, where you'll need to follow the regimen of searching inside your couch -- slip on a pair of latex gloves and check for black spots that indicate feces. Photo Credit: epSos.de via Flickr
Detection Bed Bugs: What Do Bed Bug Casts Look Like?
20 Jun 2013 at 7:03am
A bed bug infestation is serious business. While these parasites don't carry disease or damage your home, per se, they can be quite disruptive. Plus, getting rid of them can be a time consuming venture. Many people believe that bed bugs will only infest homes that are dirty, but this is a misconception. These insects don't care how clean or dirty your home is. If you want to make sure you keep your home free of bed bugs, detection of the creatures is absolutely essential. Detection can often come in the form of a visual sighting or the presence of red, itchy spots on your skin when you wake up in the morning. Another possibility is the sighting of bed bug casts, which refers to the skin (exoskeleton) left behind as a bed bug matures.Detection bed bugs: Five stages of moltingLike other insects, bed bugs must molt -- lose their skin -- in order to move through their life cycle as they approach adulthood. Bed bugs shed their skin a total of five times before this process is complete. Each time they pass from one life cycle stage to the next, they must feed. Starving a bed bug to keep them from growing is a difficult endeavor, because most of the time, these insects can live up to a year without feeding. This means that bed bugs that were unable to feed before the winter months may be in your home right now, lying in wait. Once a bed bug has fed, they will lose their skin and discard them wherever they happen to be in your home.Detection bed bugs: Finding skin casts in your homeAs previously mentioned, when a bed bug sheds its skin, it will do so wherever it happens to be at the time. It doesn't need to go off to be alone in order for the process to start. This means that if you have a number of bed bugs going through various stages of their life cycle, you potentially have a number of skins that might be found around your home. These skin casts have the appearance that you probably assume -- they have the outline of a bed bug and look like a transparent shell. The size of the skin cast you might find depends on which life cycle stage the bed bug was on, but its basic appearance will remain the same. Photo Credit: Joanna Bourne via Flickr
Bed Bug Inspection NYC: 3 Signs You Might Need an Inspection in Your Restaurant
18 Jun 2013 at 7:55am
Bed bugs are on the rise all over the country, and New York City is no exception. When they invade our homes, getting rid of them can be a time consuming, harrowing ordeal. But our houses and apartments are only part of the problem. These parasites can be found in clothing stores, gyms, and even restaurants.If you own or manage a restaurant, it is important that you protect the business against bed bugs. No matter what type of establishment you're referring to, a bed bug infestation can wreak havoc with your business' reputation and profits. To help you decide if bed bugs might be a problem, let's take a look at three signs that you might be a professional inspection.Bed Bug Inspection NYC sign #1: Visual sighting by employeesIf an employee believes that he or she has seen a bed bug anywhere in the restaurant, don't simply ignore the possibility. The truth is, restaurants have a lot of foot traffic and the likelihood that someone has entered your business with a bed bug that decided to hitch a ride is very possible. Bed bugs do not discriminate, so even the best dressed patrons could bring one in.Bed Bug Inspection NYC sign #2: Lobby furniture has black spots.Almost every restaurant has some type of furniture in its lobby for customers to wait until a table to become available. Some of these are hard benches, but others are very nice, comfortable couches. These are the ones you really have to worry about, because bed bugs will treat your restaurant couch just like they would the one you have at home. To check for bed bugs, all you need is one latex glove. Slide your hand between the creases of the couch (or even a soft bench with cushions). If black spots appear, you may have bed bugs.Bed Bug Inspection NYC sign #3: Customers have spotted them.This is the dreaded sign that you want to avoid. You never want your patrons to realize that you might have bed bugs. If this happens, act immediately. Ask for specific details and explain that regular inspections are done (which they should be), so a few might have been brought in recently without your knowledge. Ensure the customer that you will take action right away. The important thing here is to actually follow up and search for any signs yourself. Photo Credit: dalbera via Flickr
Bed Bug Inspections Tip: Fleas or Bed Bugs?
13 Jun 2013 at 7:09am
Whether you own or rent your home, bed bug inspections should be a normal part of your routine. This may seem like a chore from time to time, but trust us -- it's much better than actually being infested by the little critters. There are instances, however, when you may believe that your home has bed bugs, only to discover that you're dealing with some other type of insect. This is why it's important that you do your due diligence.One such insect is the flea. Both are small, both are parasites, and both like to bite. Today, we'll take a look at the differences between bed bugs and fleas to help ensure that your bed bug inspections go off without a hitch.What they look likeIf you're able to see the little critter, you can probably differentiate between a bed bug and a flea rather easily. Although both are small, bed bugs are flat in appearance, whereas a flea is long. Their colors are similar, but while a flea is either red or brown, a bed bug is typically a reddish brown. Similar, but not exactly the same.How they can inside your homeThe people who should be most concerned with getting fleas are the ones who have pets. Catching a ride on your pooch or feline is typically the way that fleas get inside your home. A flea and tick collar on your pet will work wonders. Bed bugs, on the other hand, may use your pet as their ticket in, but more than likely, they'll stow aboard suitcases, gym bags, or even on a person.The effects of bitingBed bugs and fleas both bite. Although fleas are more likely to attack your pet, they will bite you just as easily. The bites of these two insects can differ greatly. Fleas, for example, will hurt when they bite you. There may also be some swelling. And, of course, you need to worry about the spreading of disease. Bed bugs, on the other hand, won't hurt when they bite, but the area will become red and itchy.Prevention of fleas and bed bugsNo matter which insect problem you have, prevention is important. If you have pets, flea collars and shampoos will help control any issues you may have with fleas. For the other, periodic bed bug inspections are a great way to keep them at bay. Photo Credit: Megadeth's Girl via Flickr
Mattress Disposing and Other Things You Shouldn?t Do With Bed Bug Infestations
11 Jun 2013 at 7:00am
When you first learn that your home is the site of a bed bug infestation, there's a tendency to go a little ballistic. After all, we've all heard the horror stories, which explains why some homeowners will immediately begin throwing out their mattresses or even burning them. Okay, maybe not actually burning them (we hope), but homeowners do get rather desperate at times. But will these drastic actions succeed in getting rid of bed bugs? For the most part, the answer is a resounding "no." Let's take a look at why such actions aren't effective for stopping bed bug infestations.Disposing of your mattressBed bug infestations are scary, no doubt about it. Throwing out your mattress does seem to make sense on the surface ... throw out the source and the problem will go away, right? The problem with this logic is that bed bugs can exist in a number of other places, like your couch, lounge chair, and walls. So unless you're willing to toss out every bit of furniture and even the walls separating the rooms of your house, you need to treat the problem in a different way.Spraying like crazyWhen we see bugs in our home, our first tendency is often to grab the closest bug spray and kill them instantly. Bed bugs, however, will take refuge in all the nooks and crannies in your walls, and in the folds of your furniture, making it very difficult -- if not impossible -- to reach the little parasites. Bug bombs fall into this category as well. Other insects will be greatly affected by filling your home with pesticide. But many bed bugs will stay hidden, untouched by the poison.Refusing professional helpAs a homeowner, you probably want to do as much as possible all by yourself. That's definitely a commendable attitude to take. When it comes to bed bug infestations, however, it's also a risky attitude to take. Bed bugs are often difficult to find and professionals know what to look for. Plus, if you miss only a few bed bugs, you might be looking at subsequent infestations in the future, and you'll have to start all over again. Not only will a professional company get rid of your bed bug infestation problem, they'll guarantee their work. Which means that if any are missed and the critters come back, these pros will return to finish the job. Photo Credit: USCPSC via Flickr
The Reason Behind Bed Bug Infestations in New York Libraries and Museums
6 Jun 2013 at 7:26am
Whether you own your home, rent an apartment, or have some other living arrangement, bed bug infestations in New York are a concern for everyone. In the past, we've talked about the possibility of finding these nasty critters on a city bus, in a clothing store, or even at your local gym.Some areas have been excluded, however. For example, bed bug problems can even stem from libraries and museums. Today, we'll discuss the reasons behind this and how you can protect yourself.Foot traffic: good for tourism, bad for bed bugsAt the current time, there are no bed bug inspection requirements when people travel. New York City is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world, and this includes a number of popular museums in the area. This means we get a lot of visitors from all across the globe, and it's impossible to track everyone. Bed bugs often spread from one area to another by hiding inside suitcases and on clothes. The millions upon millions of tourists that visit here make bed bug infestations an even bigger problem than they already are.Daily deliveries: the perfect conduit for an infestationAs it's been mentioned many times in the past, bed bugs will hitch a ride on a number of items, and once those items reach their destination, the bed bugs will disembark. Libraries and museums are always receiving deliveries of a variety of packages, often on a daily basis. If several bed bugs come all at once on something that's been received, those pesky critters will begin the mating process once they're ready. If not properly controlled, your local museums or libraries could then be ripe for full-blown bed bug infestations in New York.Lack of inspections: their ultimate downfallWhen it comes to avoiding or getting rid of a bed bug infestation, an important part of the process is conducting a thorough inspection. This includes not only an inspection of the area itself (such as your home), but also one of everything that comes into it. These inspections don't take long and are a great way to avoid bed bug infestations in New York. Unfortunately, many museums and libraries may not take the proper precautions. The reasons for this are probably due to the types of items they receive, but bed bugs can just as easily arrive in cardboard boxes as they do in luggage. Photo Credit: thejester100 via Flickr
Bed bug Monitoring After An Infestation
4 Jun 2013 at 7:13am
If you've ever had a bed bug infestation in your home, you know how extremely stressful it can be. It's bad enough that you wake up with red spots on your skin from being bitten during the night. But compared with getting rid of them, that initial encounter is a cake walk.Your job continues after the infestation has been taken care of. If you want to avoid another infestation somewhere down the road, it's important to begin bed bug monitoring immediately afterwards. Let's take a look at a few different techniques you can employ in order to protect yourself.Routinely check your furniture for signsThe best way to conduct successful bed bug monitoring is to check your furniture at least once a week for any signs of them. A visual inspection is the first step. Even though bed bugs are quite small, you should be able to see them without the use of a magnifying glass, especially since they move around quite a bit. Another useful technique is the use of a latex glove to check between the cushions of your sofa and bed. The presence of black (feces) on your gloves indicate that you have a problem.Be more aware of red spots on your skinIn the past, maybe you ignored red spots that would appear on your skin from time to time. Many people don't immediately take action or even consider the possibility of bed bugs, even when presented with physical evidence. Once you've had an infestation, though, you should be especially aware of any red marks on your body, no matter where you find them. Although there may be other explanations, or possibly even other pests to blame, bed bugs are definitely a possibility.Inspect all incoming packages and bagsBed bugs get from place to place by catching rides inside luggage, gym bags, cardboard boxes, and anywhere else they can successfully hide. If you want bed bug monitoring to be effective in preventing future infestations, it's important that you check any of these that come into your home. It doesn't matter if friends are visiting or if these items are brought in by your own household members. The key here is to check every single package coming into your home that may be harboring these little pests. Then, and only then, can you be sure that your home is safe from another infestation. Photo Credit: marc falardeau via Flickr
Should You Still Donate Clothes After You Have a Bed Bug Inspection?
30 May 2013 at 7:00am
When someone experiences a bed bug infestation, their entire life can be flipped upside down for a period of time. Experts are brought in, maybe even bed bug sniffing dogs, and a campaign to put an end to the threat is put into motion. Even if you simply have a bed bug inspection that doesn't yield any results, the threat often stays with you. One targeted area is clothing. Pest control experts will make sure that a person's clothing (and everywhere else) is free of bed bugs. But what if you want to donate some of your clothing after a bed bug inspection? Is it safe to do so?Bed bugs often hitch a ride on clothingWhen bed bugs move from one place to another, they will do so by hitching a ride however they can. Crawling into your clothes is one such possibility. This is the typical way that these little blood suckers get into public transportation and similar areas. They stay on your clothing until a more enticing area presents itself. When a bed bug inspection occurs, a pest control expert will search a variety of places, including your furniture, walls, closets, suitcases, clothing, and other locations where bed bugs might be hiding.Treatment of clothes during a bed bug exterminationIf a bed bug inspection leads to actual treatment, your entire home will be treated. This includes any clothes in your house. Drying clothes in a regular dryer can do the trick, but specific bed bug heat treatments can also do the trick. This will remove the threat of any bed bugs that might be hiding out in your clothes. After all the bed bugs are gone, it's easy to periodically check your clothing for any signs of a second infestation, whether you plan to donate the clothes or not.Clothing should be cleaned thoroughly If you want to donate some of your clothes, the most important thing is to make sure they're free of any possible bed bugs. Even if the bed bug inspection didn't find any proof of the parasites, it's better to be safe than sorry. After all, if you do happen to have a bed bug or two that have gone undetected, you don't want to unknowingly introduce them into a place where the bed bugs might infest more clothes. All you need to do is clean and inspect any outgoing clothes. Photo Credit: brianjmatis via Flickr
How to Stay Bed Bug Free After an Infestation
28 May 2013 at 7:04am
Going through the ordeal of a bed bug infestation can be difficult for many homeowners. It takes time, patience, resilience, and often a good amount of money to get the job done right. It's a great feeling when the process is finally complete. However, it's important that you continue to stay bed bug free. This can be a challenge all its own. After all, now you know what it takes to battle an infestation, and the last thing you want is for it to happen again. To help you out, we've compiled some tips to help you remain bed bug free after an infestation:Seek expert help -- If you used a professional pest control company to make your home bed bug free, they'll conduct an evaluation once the job is finished to make sure the parasites are all gone. If you performed the job yourself, however, it's a good idea to bring in an expert to search for any signs of leftover bed bugs. It never hurts to have a second set of eyes, especially when those eyes are well trained.Conduct periodic evaluations -- This step will probably come naturally. Most homeowners are much more aware of their homes once they go through a bed bug infestation. On a regular basis -- say, weekly -- it's a good idea to check for any signs of more bed bugs. Start with a visual inspection of your furniture. Then search for fecal matter in your couch and bed by running a latex gloved hand between their folds.Monitor clothing and luggage -- Since there's no way to know how bed bugs go inside your home in the first place, it's important to inspect incoming clothes and luggage. Bed bugs will often hitch a ride on these types of items. Whenever someone knowingly brings one inside your home, check for the presence of bed bugs right away. This will go a long way to keeping your home bed bug free.Avoid buying used furniture -- We're always looking for a great deal in furniture, and many of us aren't against purchasing used items that are in good condition. Unfortunately, you don't know the bed bug situation of where that piece of furniture was originally located. The easiest solution is to never buy used furniture, but you don't necessarily have to go quite that far. Just be sure that you thoroughly inspect each piece that enters your home. Photo Credit: .reid. via Flickr
3 New Facts About Bed Bug Treatment in Your Home
23 May 2013 at 7:00am
The rise of bed bugs in the past twenty years is an inescapable fact. All but eliminated in the early 20th century, these small parasites are once again at the top of every homeowner's "worry list." Anyone who has ever experienced a bed bug infestation or known someone who has gone through it is aware of how disturbing it can be. Bed bug treatment in your home has changed dramatically over the years, as basic knowledge about these little parasites have become more widespread. Here are three new facts about bed bug treatment that you might not be aware of:Fact #1: Sprays and bug bombs don't work.When you see any kind of bug in your house, your first inclination may be to reach for a poison. That's fine with for the ones that you can actually see, but bed bugs are great at hiding in all the little cracks and crevices in your walls, furniture, and pretty much everywhere else. This means that poisons are not likely to reach those that aren't in plain view. Same goes for bug bombs that blanket your home. Although effective against other insects, their poison won't reach the bed bugs, either. In fact, bug bombs are probably the least useful form of bed bug elimination.Fact #2: Detection is sometimes difficult.Bed bug treatment starts with detection. You need to know if you have a problem before you actually take any action. The problem is that bed bugs are very small, which makes them hard to see. A good form of detection is to use a latex glove in the folds of your couch and bed to check for feces. If you're still not sure if you have bed bugs, hire a professional pest control company to conduct an inspection for you. They may be able to detect an infestation themselves or choose to use bed bug dogs for the inspection.Fact #3: Heating your home may work, but it can be dangerous.Bed bugs cannot survive a great deal of heat. For this reason, many people decide to turn up the heat and kill the critters that way. However, although this is an effective treatment, it can also be a dangerous one. Heating your home to the degree that's required can put your home and valuables at risk. If you decide to attempt heating your home, definitely consult with a professional. Photo Credit:L?u Ly via wikimedia
Products That Kill Bed Bugs: Heat Versus Cold Treatment
21 May 2013 at 7:03am
In our fight against those nefarious parasites known as bed bugs, a number of products that kill bed bugs have been developed, especially in recent years. This is due to their resurgence since the 1990s after a 50 year absence. Once you discover that your home has been infested with bed bugs, it's important that you get the annoying creatures out of your house as soon as possible. Bed bugs don't do well in extreme weather. But can products that utilize heat or cold be used to rid your home of an infestation? Let's take a look at the possibilities.Heat treatmenttoo big, handheld steamers can work wonders, especially when it comes to treating one small area at a time. Not only do they not use dangerous chemicals in order to eliminate the critters, the attachments that are typically included with a steamer will allow you to reach all the corners and cracks where bed bugs love to hide. In addition to steamers, there are also portable products that you can use when away from home to treat your clothes using heat.As for whole-house treatment, this consists of a series of heaters being placed in each room of your home that raising the temperature throughout your entire home. While this is very effective most of the time, the temperature that must be achieved in order to eliminate the bed bugs is quite high, which means you'll need to take precautions (such as removing some items from your home) to avoid a risk of fire or melting of certain items).Cold treatmentWith products that kill bed bugs everywhere at this point, it was only a matter of time before someone came up with a way to freeze the little suckers. After all, these parasites can't survive in extreme cold temperatures either. Although some have tried to use freezers as a way to kill bed bugs, the unfortunate truth is that portable versions don't seem to be very practical. There are no effective products on the market, for example, that utilize extreme cold to get rid of bed bugs on your clothes when you're on vacation. A whole-house treatment is possible, but the below freezing temperatures that must be maintained are often difficult to reach at home.
Can Bed Bug Infestations in New York Cause Harmful Blood Loss?
16 May 2013 at 8:44am
Bed bug infestations in New York are on the rise, whether we like it or not. These little critters are not only troublesome, they're downright nasty. After all, how else would you describe an insect that sneaks into your bed while you're sleeping and sucks your blood?Speaking of sucking your blood, is it possible that bed bug infestations in New York can actually cause harmful blood loss? Most people would probably say no. After all, bed bugs are quite small. How much blood could they really ingest? Fast reproductionOne big problem with fighting bed bug infestations in New York -- or anywhere, for that matter -- is the fact that they can reproduce quite fast. Two measly little bed bugs can become thousands within weeks. Each of these must pass through several life cycles, which rely on the ingestion of blood to do so. This means that it's very possible that thousands of bed bugs will be seeing you as one big blood supply. And while one, two, or even a dozen bed bugs isn't enough to cause harmful blood loss, if thousands were to suck your blood, this could turn into a significant health hazard.Speed of reproduction definitely a factorWhen you wake up with a bed bug bite, the affected area is quite small. This might be annoying or even disgusting, but most people don't worry about it to a great degree. However, as illustrated above, bed bugs reproduce quite fast. How quickly do they reproduce? According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Florida, a pair of bed bugs can produce enough offspring in 11 weeks to cause harmful blood loss in children. For adults, the magic number would be reached in approximately 15 weeks.The possible harm caused by bed bug bitesWhen we say that harmful blood loss can result from bed bug infestations in New York, we're not referring to the idea of someone dying from bed bug bites. But while that may be a relief of sorts, this doesn't change the fact that blood loss can be dangerous. If left untreated, a loss of blood can make a person anemic, which can, in turn, cause other serious health problems to develop. Other possible effects of blood loss include an iron level that is too low and a high level of stress being placed on other parts of the body. Photo Credit: Ollie Crafoord via Flickr
3 Bed Bug Infested Vacation Destinations
14 May 2013 at 7:02am
Back in the 1930's, the bed bug infested United States began to change. A movement to eliminate the little parasites began, and it wasn't long before they were no longer a problem. Citizens all over the country breathed a well-deserved sigh of relief. In recent years, though, the bed bug problem has become a global problem. Let's take a look at 3 bed bug infested vacation destinations:The United KingdomAlways considered to be a vacation hotspot, the UK has also become a target for bed bugs, especially over the past few decades. London has been cited as a bed bug infested city in some reports, but the problem is widespread. Each year it gets worse, endangering both local residents and those from other countries who are visiting with their families.AustraliaIn recent years, Australia has become a huge tourist attraction. Perhaps the Crocodile Dundee films had a lot to do with this. But, no matter the reason, people flock to the country/continent every chance they get. Unfortunately, these visitors have very likely brought bed bugs with them, because Australia appears to be getting record numbers of the critters. And, according to certain pest control experts, the problem will continue to get worse if the issue isn't locked down quickly.The United StatesWe can't talk about bed bug infested areas without referring to the United States. After all, our country has many vacation destinations and they're usually much more affordable. Where are the biggest bed bug problems? Each year, there are fluctuations, but three of our most populous cities -- Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York -- seem to always be teetering near the front of the list, if not topping it.How to protect yourselfOne way to protect yourself from bed bug infested vacation destinations is to simply stay home and not go anywhere. But who wants to do that? Instead, follow these simple guidelines to help you avoid any problems while you travel: Research the area and hotel -- A quick online inquiry should give you a pretty good idea of any specific hotels or areas to avoid. Check your luggage -- Bed bugs love to hitch a ride inside your bags. Be sure that you check all the cracks where they could hide. Inspect the bed -- Don't rely on the hotel to be diligent about your safety. Inspect the bed each time you stay at a new hotel. Photo Credit: rapidtravelchai via Flickr
How to Use Professional Bed Bug Inspection Services and Products Together
9 May 2013 at 7:00am
Waking up in the morning to find itchy red spots on your skin can sometimes send shivers down a person's spine. After all, no one wants to consider the idea that they might have bed bugs in their home. But unfortunately, with infestations on the rise, it is a reality that you may have to deal with someday.So what do you do if you think your home might be full of the little nuisances? Is it better to call a professional to conduct a bed bug inspection or deal with it yourself? Actually, the best plan could be to join forces and take care of the threat together. You can do this by following these simple steps:Step #1: Identify your problem.Your first step should be to check your home to make sure you're right. A visual inspection of your bed, couch, and other areas may turn up results, but their size can make a visual bed bug inspection quite difficult sometimes. Pick up some latex gloves and carefully slide them between the creases of your furniture. Black spots on the gloves will indicate bed bug feces.Step #2: Set up traps.Once the bed bug inspection is complete, it's time to start dealing with the problem. There are two types of bed bug traps on the market: active and inactive. The active type includes a carbon monoxide concoction that will draw the bed bugs toward the trap. Inactive ones are placed under the legs of your bed to catch them as they're trying to make their way to you at night.Step #3: Use a steamer.Bed bugs hide in all the little nooks and crannies of your home. This means that they can often be difficult to reach. A handheld steamer will not only kill these parasites upon exposure (they don't do well with extreme heat), these devices use no chemicals and include attachments that can fit into those hard-to-reach places.Step #4: Call a professional.Bed bugs can be a real hassle to get rid of, even for professionals at times. If your infestation is too big for you to handle, it's time to call the experts. A pest control company that is well versed in the elimination of bed bugs will evaluate your home's needs and provide you with a realistic course of action that will get them out of your home quickly. Photo Credit: Jmabel via Wikimedia
How to Know If Your Bed Bugs Infestations Are Gone
7 May 2013 at 9:55am
Anyone who has dealt with bed bugs in their home knows just how difficult it can be to get rid of these pests. A small number of them can typically be handled by the homeowner, but it often takes a professional to handle bed bug infestations. Regardless of how you eliminate this threat, it is important to know whether or not the bed bugs are all gone once a treatment has been performed. To help you out, here are a few indications that the infestation is over once you or your professional have conducted an extermination:The itching has finally stopped.With a bed bug infestation comes a great deal of itching and redness on your skin where the parasite had been sucking your blood at night. In fact, this is often the first indication of bed bug infestations. Luckily, these insects do not carry any diseases, so the danger element is very low, but for sensitive skin, there's some irritation and a slight chance of infection. If your extermination has been successful, you'll start waking up in the morning free of any bed bug bites.Your furniture no longer has any feces.One of the signs of bed bugs is the discovery of feces in a piece of furniture, such as a couch, chair, or bed. Testing for feces is quite simple. All you need to do is slip on a disposable rubber glove and slide your hand inside the folds of the furniture. If you hand comes back with black markings, those are feces. Before an extermination is conducted, be sure to clean these areas thoroughly. That way, you can test for feces again without it being a false positive. If you hand comes back without any feces, you're in the clear.Bed bug traps yield no results.There are two variety of traps used to both test for and help prevent bed bug infestations. The first is an active trap, where bed bugs are attracted to the trap because of the bait inside. The second are inactive traps, which are typically placed around the legs of your bed, When the bed bugs try to get to you at night in order to suck your blood, they just fall right in. After your extermination is complete, set up a few traps and see if you catch any. If not, then there's a great likelihood that they're all gone. Photo Credit: Ke7dbx via Flickr
Are Heat Products That Kill Bed Bugs Safe?
2 May 2013 at 7:00am
Whether or not you've had bed bugs in the past, it's a good idea to be aware of ways to kill them just in case an infestation occurs. There are several types of products that kill bed bugs on the market, with some being much more effective than others.A few of these products include some type of heat application. The question is, are they safe? Should you trust the use of extreme heat as a way to help quell a bed bug infestation? Let's take a look at three possible heat treatments and how safe they may.Steam CleanersWhen it comes to products that kill bed bugs, it's hard to beat a steam cleaner. This basically comes down to two reasons. First, the heat emanating from the device is powerful enough to kill bed beds upon contact, without a chance of them escaping. Second, attachments allow you to get inside the cracks and crevices in your house where the parasites are hiding. The only drawback is that you can only treat your house one area at a time.Bug OvenOver the years, facilities such as dorms and elderly centers have employed the use of what is known as a "bug oven." The device is the size of a duffel bag and its concept is simple. As residents enter the building, they are asked to place clothes and other belongings inside the device, which uses heat to kill any offending critters. Unfortunately, the heat is quite intense and has been known to start fires if caution isn't utilized at all times.Whole House Heat TreatmentThis isn't a product, per se, but it's worth mentioning because it is a technique employed by many pest control experts, in addition to being something you can do yourself, if you're so inclined. Think of it as a fumigation process, but with the use of heat in place of toxic chemicals. But is this safe? Most of the time, nothing bad will happen, but it's important that you be aware of the risks. The process itself uses heat of up to 120 degrees fahrenheit for a period as long as 8 hours. This extended exposure to such intense heat is a bit risky and has, on several occasions, started a fire. But even if a fire doesn't occur, you need to be aware of other effects, such as melting and other damage. Photo Credit: zackzen via Flickr
New York Bed Bug Treatment Products Myths
30 Apr 2013 at 7:00am
In all honestly, it can sometimes seem that getting rid of bed bugs is worse than actually having them. Exterminating these infuriating parasites can take both time and money, and most people would prefer not to use much of either. There are a number of bed bug treatment products on the market. Some are specifically made for bed bugs. Others are made for different insects, but are believed to be effective in fighting bed bugs, as well. To help you weed out the ones that won't be too helpful, we've compiled a few myths about some of these bed bug treatment products.Myth #1: Sprays are highly effective in combating a bed bug infestation.There's no reason to deny it. When most of us see a bug in the house, our first inclination is to reach for the poison under our sink. While that they be a quick solution to a line of ants or maybe even a cockroach skittering across the floor, it won't help you get rid of a bed bug infestation. Yes, you may be able to spray a single bed bug that you find on a mattress, but these parasites hide in your walls where a spray won't reach.Myth #2: Bug bombs will clear out a bed bug infestation.You've probably known someone who had to employ the use of a bug bomb to eliminate certain pests. For the most part, these devices are very effective. Unfortunately, this isn't the case with bed bugs. The reason for this is the same as above. Bed bugs are very good at hiding in your walls and other places such as the creases in your couch or bed. A bug bomb will coat your home, or a specific room, with poison, but it won't get to those hard-to-reach places where bed bugs have taken up residence.Myth #3: Any type of insect bait trap will work with bed bugs.Insect traps can be a highly effective form of pest control. Not only are they safer to use than sprays that expose children and pets to toxic chemicals, you can kill many bugs at once. However, bed bug treatment products are typically very specific to the insects they are meant to be targeting, and this goes for traps as well. So if you're looking for a baiting system, be sure to choose one that is designed for bed bugs. Photo Credit: rakkhi via Flickr
Can You Sue Your Landlord Over a Bed Bug Infestation?
25 Apr 2013 at 7:50am
If you're renting a house or apartment, you might wonder who is responsible for insect removal. Bed bugs are a big part of this concern. We can all hope that a landlord will respond immediately to a request for extermination, but we don't live in a perfect world, so sometimes, renters need to know if a landlord can be sued for a bed bug infestation if they don't take care of the problem.The landlord's duty in regards to bed bugsBefore you contact your landlord, it's important to know whether or not he or she has any responsibility regarding a bed bug infestation. The legality of dealing with bed bugs differs between states. In some areas, for example, the landlord of an apartment complex is only responsible for getting rid of bed bugs if they are discovered in more than one apartment. Of course, it may be in their best interest to be proactive, but some of them won't follow the law until they have no other choice.The good news for residents of New York City is that landlords here absolutely have a responsibility for bed bug extermination. In fact, while some states may simply refer to "vermin" or something similar, NYC rental agreements specifically mention the removal of bed bugs. All you have to do is be willing to submit to a series of visits by the exterminator.The possibility of suing over bed bugsIf your landlord refuses to take care of the problem or drags his heels, you may be in for a fight. If the problem is big enough for you to move, it's usually not too difficult to get back your security deposit, in addition to getting out of your lease. But you may be entitled to much more. In the past several years, a number of lawsuits have been fought and won by tenants who had bed bug problems that were not taken care of in a timely manner.How much you can get will depend on the severity of the problem that you can prove. In some cases, tenants have been rewarded a sizable portion of the rent that they were continuing to pay during the infestation. In extreme circumstances, you may be able to receive punitive damages, which can be substantial. It really all comes down to what you can prove and what you experienced during the bed bug infestation. Photo Credit: faul via Flickr
Can Bed Bugs Infestations Occur In My Attic?
23 Apr 2013 at 7:38am
You need to worry about bed bugs in a lot of places?both inside and outside your home?but your attic usually isn?t one of them. That?s because bed bug infestations are usually focused near bed bugs' food source, which is human blood. That explains bed bugs' affinity for beds?they don?t have to crawl far to feed, and no one notices them while sleeping. Unless it?s being lived in, an attic is simply too far from any food source for bed bugs to choose to live there. If you bring bed bugs home with you (which is the leading cause of bed bug infestations), they?re probably not going to make their way to the attic! They?re going to find a place close to you to hide. But does that mean you shouldn?t be concerned about bed bugs infestations in your attic? Not at all. Bed bug infestations in attics aren't common, but they can happen. Be Cautious Moving In When you move into a new home, you might not know the history of the attic. Don?t be afraid to ask if people slept in it. If the answer is ?yes,? then inspect the attic for signs of infestation. Bed bugs can live for months without a food source?sometimes longer than a year. A preexisting bed bug infestation in the attic could easily be spread to the rest of the home if you?re not aware of it. If there are bed bugs up there, you can be sure they?re just waiting to hitch-hike a ride down to where the humans stay. Be Careful What You Store Bed bugs are notorious for crawling into luggage, which many people throw right into the attic when returning from trips. Used furniture can also be a problem. You might bring home a piece that you plan to use later and store it in the attic until then. You shouldn?t bring used furniture into your home at all without thoroughly inspecting it for bed bugs, and sticking it in the attic certainly won?t keep an infestation from spreading. Maybe They?re Bat Bugs What you think are bed bugs in your attic may actually be bat bugs, which are related to bed bugs and look almost the same. As with bed bugs, you?ll need a professional exterminator to eradicate this problem, as well as the bats that are bringing them in. Photo Credit: Infrogmation via Flickr
Bed Bug Facts: What's The Difference Between Bed Bugs & Bat Bugs
18 Apr 2013 at 7:01am
Among the bed bug facts that many people don?t know is that bed bugs probably descended from bat bugs. In fact, a theory is that the predecessors of bed bugs began feeding on humans when our prehistoric ancestors figured out how to chase bats out of caves. To this day, many people confuse bat bugs with bed bugs because they look so similar. But at the top of the list of bed bug facts you should keep in mind is that bed bugs feed on human blood. That?s the critical difference between bed bugs and bat bugs?when given the choice, bat bugs would rather suck the blood of bats. What If There Are No Bats Around? You might think: I don?t have any bats in my house, so any bugs I see that look like bed bugs aren?t going to be bat bugs. You might also decide that you don?t have to worry about bat bugs because, after all, you?re not a bat. The problem is that?going back to bed bug facts?bed bugs prefer human blood, but lacking that, they?ll victimize any warm-blooded mammal, including dogs and cats. Likewise, bat bugs prefer bat blood, but they?ll settle for human (or pet) blood. And just because you aren?t aware of any bats in your home, that doesn?t mean they might simply be undetected, or just paying a visit as they fly around. You might have a bat problem, as well as a bat bug problem. How to Tell the Difference A ?trick? you can use is to look at the length of the hair on the upper part of the bug's thorax (between the neck and abdomen). A bat bug?s hair in this area will come up above its eyes, while a bed bug?s won?t reach its eyes. Not a lot to go on, is it? Well, here?s another one of those important bed bug facts you should know?bed bugs (and bat bugs) are extremely reclusive. You?ll be lucky to even be able to capture one to examine it. More likely, you?ll be noticing itchy welts from being bitten?or your pets will be scratching such welts. At this point, you?re going to need professional extermination whether you have bed bugs or bat bugs?both are worrisome pests. A pest-control specialist can tell you which type of bug you have, and then get rid of them (and bats, too, if necessary!) Photo Credit: The Itsy Bitsy Spider via Flickr
Can Human Hair Help Stop Bed Bugs Bites
16 Apr 2013 at 6:57am
Bed bug bites can be an extremely annoying prospect. It isn't bad enough to wake up one morning to discover that your house or apartment may have an issue with the small critters, but you have to deal with the itching and irritation that goes hand in hand with being bitten at night as well.Many people wonder if human hair can stop bed bug bites from occurring. After all, in order for bed bugs to suck your blood in the first place, they must be able to reach your skin. This means that any interference could, theoretically, stop these parasites from sucking your blood. Today we'll take a look at some facts concerning bed bug bites and what might stop or treat them.Don't fool yourself. Thick hair won't work.Let's qualify that statement first. Some people have such thick hair that any insect would be hard-pressed to get close to your skin. Even if the hair on your body isn't too thick, you might have felt an insect on your arm, just to discover that it can't penetrate this Fortress of Follicle you've set up (apologies for the pun). Bed bugs, however, are rather small. This means that, on occasion, a bed bug may wade through the hair on your body and begin feasting upon your blood. While it may theoretically be possible for very thick hair to block their entrance into your skin, this is definitely not something you should count on.What to do once they get through your hair...Now that you're aware that trying to grow out your hair to werewolf standards is not a sound approach to avoiding bed bug bites, you'll want to learn what to do once they reach your skin. The good news is that bed bugs have never been shown to carry disease. So there's no reason to worry about contracting something harmful from them. Of course, if you have sensitive skin, you may have a reaction to the simple act of these parasites piercing your skin.If you're experiencing bed bug bites, you should definitely treat the area. Although the red spots and irritation will often go away after a week or so, maybe less, it's an annoying thing to deal with. The best thing you can do is take a hot shower to dry them out, and apply some type of topical cream or aloe vera product. Photo Credit: stevendepolo via Flickr
3 Tips to Protect Yourself From Bed Bugs in Dorms
11 Apr 2013 at 6:07am
When you decided to leave home and go off to college to live in a dorm, the last thing you probably thought you'd have to worry about was parasites. As if being in a strange place and doing mounds of homework wasn't enough, now you have to worry about bed bugs in dorms.The unfortunate truth is that dorms are ripe for a bed bug infestation. College students are constantly on the move, whether it's going back home for the weekends or being exposed to other students. Additional exposure means that you could easily find yourself with an infestation without even knowing it. To help avoid any problems, here are 3 tips to protect yourself from bed bugs in dorms:Tip #1: Perform daily checks of your furniture.This shouldn't be too difficult. After all, most dorms aren't exactly spacious. You might even have a bed, desk, and nothing else. But regardless, be sure to make inspections of whatever furniture is in your dorm. In all likelihood, you'll have a roommate, so make sure you have him or her check as well. Remember, there's no reason to be embarrassed about this. Despite popular belief, bed bugs will show up in places no matter how dirty or clean it is.Tip #2: Check all incoming and outgoing suitcases and bags.It's not like bed bugs traverse the dorm hallways to get from one room to the next. Instead, bed bugs in dorms are often a result of these insects hitching rides inside bags and suitcases. This is because they often find a small place to hide, which is something that bed bugs absolutely love. To avoid having bed bugs in dorms, it is important that you inspect all incoming and outgoing suitcases and bags. Although incoming might seem more essential, you also don't want to send bed bugs out into an unsuspecting world if your dorm already has them.Tip #3: Fortify your dorm room.Some bed bugs will enter your dorm through cracks and gaps that they find in your walls, window frames, and door frames. After all, these insects are quite small. To keep this from happening, be sure that these gaps in your room are filled in somehow. This will go a long way to avoiding bed bugs in dorms. In fact, this will also assist you with keeping a number of other insects out of your room. Photo Credit: borman818 via Flickr
Lower Frustration About Finding Bed Bugs With These Tips
9 Apr 2013 at 6:03am
Finding bed bugs in your home can be a time-consuming, frustrating ordeal. It's not enough that you wake up with red spots on your skin where they've been biting and sucking your blood at night. Now you're forced to put forth an effort to locate the little parasites.Easier said than done. Bed bugs are masters at hiding. Not only are they difficult to see due to their size, being small allows them to squeeze into every little crack and crevice in your home they can find.If you need assistance with finding bed bugs, try following these simple tips:Tip #1: Don't limit your search to your bed.Since these little parasites are called "bed" bugs, many people believe that beds are the only place where you might need to look. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Despite their name, bed bugs can take refuge in a number of small places throughout your home. They might be hiding in other types of furniture such as a couch or recliner. To check these locations, buy some latex gloves and run your hand within the folds of the couch, chair, or bed. Black on the gloves indicates bed bug feces. Also, don't forget to check inside your walls. They love hiding in there until you go to bed. Tip #2: Break out the magnifying glass.One issue with finding bed bugs is their small size. Although they are visible to the human eye, they are sometimes difficult to see, especially when they're in the early stages of their development. If you don't feel confident about being able to see the critters on your furniture or in your walls, be sure to carry around a magnifying glass during any inspection of your home.Tip #3: Consider the use of a pest control company.Since the resurgence of these parasites a couple of decades ago, many pest control professionals have gotten quite adept at finding bed bugs. Many can actually recognize the smell that occurs when bed bugs have congregated in an area. Some pest control companies also employ the use of bed bug dogs as a means of detection. These highly trained canines can be much more effective than humans in finding bed bugs. Keep in mind, however, that locating them is only the first step. Once you've done that, it's time to come up with a plan to eliminate them. Photo Credit: katerha via Flickr
What To Do If Your Neighbor Has A Bed Bug Infestation
4 Apr 2013 at 7:15am
Speak with someone who has dealt with a bed bug infestation, and you'll be met with disdain over the process. Realizing that you have bed bugs in your home isn't too difficult. Simply look for red bites on your skin or fecal matter in your furniture. The real trick is getting rid of them. The awful truth is that your home isn't the only one you need to be worried about. What if you find out that your neighbor has bed bugs? Would you know what to do? Protect your own home If you discover that your neighbor's home has bed bugs, it's a good idea to conduct daily inspections of your own house, if only for your own peace of mind. While the little critters may stay in only one residence, spreading from house to house is a very real possibility that you'll want to avoid at all costs. Be sure to check any bags or boxes being brought into your home, especially if you or your family frequent the neighbor's house. Politely ask them about the problem Homeowners are often embarrassed when they discover a bed bug infestation. This is because of the stigma attached to the idea of having bed bugs. Many people still believe that if a person has bed bugs, their house must be filthy. But bed bugs don't care if your residence is dirty or sparkly clean. They'll set up shop anywhere. When you speak with the neighbor about the problem, make them feel at ease. After all, a bed bug infestation is no longer uncommon. No need to make them feel worse about the situation than they already do. Make suggestions on how to deal with it Many homeowners have no idea how to deal with a bed bug infestation. It never hurts to go over the finer points of getting rid of these parasites. Inform them of different treatments they can try, whether it's traps, sprays, or steamers. Explain that they can look for evidence of bed bugs in their couch by slipping on a latex glove and carefully checking for fecal matter in its folds. If all else fails, suggest that they contact a professional pest control company that is well-versed in dealing with a bed bug infestation. Experts will have both the knowledge and tools to remove the creatures, and will guarantee their work so that you can breathe easy. Photo Credit: Tonp1 via Flickr
3 Tips for Bed Bug Detection You Can Do Yourself
2 Apr 2013 at 9:45am
Bed bugs can be extremely difficult to get rid of. But before you come up with a strategy to either kill or remove these parasites from your home, you'll first need to find them. After all, if you can't find the bed bugs, there's a very small chance that you'll be able to get them out of your house. This is where bed bug detectors come in. In order to locate these insects, there are a few different techniques you can utilize for detection. Let's take a look at these: Detection technique #1: your own eyes Believe it or not, but one of the best bed bug detectors are your very own eyes. While some people are under the impression that these insects are too small to be seen without a magnifying class, this isn't true. The only real problem is that, in the early stages of development, they are especially small. Other than that, you can spot them by simply inspecting areas where they may be hiding. Plus, you can also look for their feces. If you slip on a latex glove and slide it in the folds of your couch, you might get black spots on it. This would indicate bed bug feces in your home. Detection technique #2: pest control expert If you're having problems finding evidence of bed bugs in your home, it might be time to call in the help of a professional. After all, bed bug problems have cropped up quite a bit in the past twenty years, and this has given pest control companies more than enough time to understand how to deal with such a menace. And, of course, pest control experts tend to be great bed bug detectors. Detection technique #3: bed bug dogs This is a technique employed by a number of pest control experts. As previously stated, bed bugs can be extremely difficult to locate. This is because they can hide in all the tight little spots in your home, whether it's inside your couch or bed, or even the walls of your house. Bed bug dogs are a somewhat new technique, and for the most part, they make excellent bed bug detectors. Their sense of smell can be an amazing asset, and is much more powerful than a human's sense of smell, which can also reduce the time spent trying to find bed bugs in the first place. Photo Credit: Mikleman via Flickr
What To Look For In Bed Bug Elimination Consulting
28 Mar 2013 at 8:13am
It's been well documented how well bed bugs can hide within the confines of your house. Despite their given moniker, they'll invade other areas aside from your bed. In fact, they'll squeeze inside anywhere they can, and since they're so small, that leaves them with a lot of choices.Bed bug elimination can be a tricky endeavor. We often can't do it alone, due to the difficulty of finding these little parasites in the first place. But when consulting with a professional pest control company, what should you look for?Knowledge of bed bugs is essentialYou'll want to choose a company that is well-versed in where bed bugs hide, how to locate them inside your home, and the best techniques to get rid of them. Luckily, this shouldn't be too hard to accomplish. Since their resurgence around twenty years ago, pest control companies have taken it upon themselves to learn as much about bed bugs as they possibly can. Ask the company what types of techniques and tools are available, and their strategy for clearing the insects from your home within a timely manner.Success in the past will mean integrityIf a pest control company claims to be the perfect choice for your bed bug elimination, this should be easy for them to prove. All you need to do is ask for references from past clients. They should at least be able to provide between three and five solid references. Get a guarantee in writingAs previously stated, bed bug elimination is tricky. Not only for the homeowners, but even for professionals who have several years of experience. The truth is that even pest control experts sometimes have a difficult time determining whether the extermination was completely successful because of these insects' ability to hide. Before you hire a professional to deal with your bed bug elimination needs, be sure that there is some kind of guarantee of the service. This guarantee should cover follow-up visits over a reasonable amount of time if the bed bugs happen to come back fairly soon after treatment. Photo Credit: Penarc via Wikimedia
3 Treatment Tips For Bed Bugs In New York
26 Mar 2013 at 12:46pm
You've been denying the signs for weeks, but you finally have to admit it ... the bed bugs in New York have found their way into your home.If you're like many homeowners, there's a good chance that you have no idea what to do next. You've heard the horror stories, and now you're panicking. The trick, though, is to remain calm and think things through. Before you call on the help of a professional, start by following these three simple treatments:Treatment #1: poisonous spraysIf you only have a few bed bugs in your home, and a spray conveniently located under your kitchen sink, it doesn't hurt to spray a little in areas where you think they might be gathering. However, keep in mind that bed bugs are great at hiding in the little cracks and crevices all over your house, which means that no matter how much you spray, the poison may not reach them. Plus, the toxicity of over-the-counter products can be harmful to children and pets, and natural types might prove difficult to use.Treatment #2: bed bug trapsThese can be quite effective in getting rid of bed bugs in New York. You can choose to use either active or non-active traps. Active traps will attract bed bugs out of their hiding spots and trap them inside the unit. Non-active traps are set under the legs of your bed and are contingent on the bed bugs being trapped inside as they make their way either in or out of your bed when they go to feed on you at night. This latter type doesn't use any type of bait. But in a sense, you are the bait in this scenario.Treatment #3: steamers By and large, the use of a steamer is the most efficient way to get rid of the annoying bed bugs in New York. These annoying parasites are very susceptible to heat, and all it takes is a little steam to kill them. There are actually steamers on the market that are specifically designed to take care of bed bugs. Remember, however, these insects will hide in every crack and crevice they can find, whether it's in your couch, bed, or walls. These devices will typically include attachments that allow you to reach all those hiding spots. Don't forget about cleanup, though. We recommend a vacuum cleaner attachment to suck them up. Photo Credit: i_yudai via Flickr
Bed Bug Facts: Are Bed Bugs Only Active At Night?
21 Mar 2013 at 1:11pm
Bed bugs get their name because they like to make their homes in mattresses, bed frames, box springs, and headboards. Those are perfect places for them to live because their favorite food source?human blood?is readily available every night. You're sleeping, so you don't notice that you're being bitten. When you wake up, you won't know then either because bed bug bites don't hurt until they become itchy red welts, which can take several days to happen. Some people don?t even have a reaction at all. Because of this nocturnal feeding pattern, many people assume that bed bugs only come out at night. But that's not the case. If you think you only have to worry about bed bugs at night, there are a couple basic bed bug facts you should know.Bed Bug Facts: They Like to Hitchhike Among bed bug facts, one of the most important to understand is that when bed bugs are "in transit," they will behave differently than bed bugs who've found an ideal place to nest, such as in the seams of a mattress or a crack in the headboard. When bed bugs find themselves without a "home," their natural instinct is to hitchhike on clothing and other personal items (e.g., luggage, books, even smartphones and laptops) in order to find a place to settle. And in this ?homeless? state, bed bugs will brave the daytime. Bed Bug Facts: They Come Out When They're HungryBed bugs get into the habit of eating at night when they have sleeping humans to feed on, but lacking that, they'll come out whenever humans are around. So, for example, you could go to a movie theater during the daytime and bed bugs could be out, because humans are always there at that time. Conclusion Don't assume you're safe from bed bugs just because it's daytime. Bed bugs prefer the night, but when they?re displaced or hungry, they?ll come out in the day. The reality is that bed bugs are always a threat when you?re in public places. You should constantly be vigilant to the possibility of bringing them home with you, no matter what time of day it is. Photo Credit: shahbasharat via Flickr
What Are The Most Common Causes Of Bed Bug Infestation?
19 Mar 2013 at 7:00am
Getting a bed bug infestation has nothing to do with leaving out food or dirty dishes or not cleaning up spills. Bed bugs don?t eat human food. Instead, they sustain themselves on animal blood, preferably human. That?s why they like beds so much?they give them plenty of places to hide and they?re close to their food source, which conveniently is asleep most of the time. But just sleeping in your bed isn?t a cause of a bed bug infestation. They have to come from somewhere. To help you prevent a bed bug infestation, you need to understand the real causes of a bed bug infestation in a particular home. Hitchhiking By far the most common way that bed bugs find their way into homes is on people?s clothes (or in luggage). You can pick up bed bugs almost anywhere. Bed bugs can be in workplaces, schools, movie theaters, laundries?any place where a lot of people come and go. The more traffic through a building, the more likely it has bed bugs. Hotels are particularly troublesome because not only do a lot of people come and go?from many different places?they are sleeping in beds, making them perfect bed bug victims. Therefore, it?s crucial to look for a bed bug infestation in every hotel room before you accept it. You should also take precautions in case you miss them in your inspection. For example, keep your clothes bagged in sealable plastic bags until you return from your trip and wash them in hot water, which will kill the bed bugs. As far as simply going out into public places, if you?re worried that you might have picked up bed bugs, you can immediately wash the clothes you were wearing, or bag them up until you do wash them. Other Causes You can also get bed bugs from people visiting your home, from indoor/outdoor pets that bring them inside, or by having openings to the outside in the exterior of your home. You can seal up the openings, but unfortunately the other two are almost impossible to prevent. Takeaway The possible causes of bed bug infestations all have to do with access to your home. The best you can do to protect yourself is to make sure your home is properly sealed to the outside and, most importantly, to take every precaution not to let them hitchhike inside with you. Photo Credit: || UggBoy?UggGirl ||
Bed Bug Facts: What Are The Typical Feeding Habits of Bed Bugs?
14 Mar 2013 at 7:20am
The threat of bed bugs has many people concerned. As these pests have reemerged in North America, so has a desire to know more bed bug facts. People want to know how bed bugs operate in order to prevent infestations. Bed bug facts are also important in identifying existing infestations. Some of the most important and interesting bed bug facts relate to their feeding habits. Bed bug reproduction and maturation is dependent on animal blood. Adult females must eat a blood meal before laying eggs. And once the eggs hatch, the bed bug nymphs must molt (shed their skin) five times before they reach maturity. For each molting to occur, they must first eat a blood meal. Their preferred blood of choice is human, but they will also feed on pets. Bed bugs can live for months without feeding. At temperatures below 55°F, they can potentially live longer than a year. In normal temperature-controlled conditions, they usually can go 2-6 months. So just because a house or apartment has been vacant, don?t assume it?s free of bed bugs. Bed bugs feed mainly at night. Bed bugs typically feed on their victims while the victims are sleeping. This is so you don?t notice you?re being bitten because the bites are painless and won?t wake you up. Bed bugs like to live near their food source. This explains why they like to live in beds so much that it gave them their name. But other nearby furniture, such as a nightstand, are also likely places for bed bugs to live. After they feed, they crawl to their nearby hiding place to digest their meal. Bed bugs use an elongated beak to pierce your skin when sucking blood.For some people, these piercings become itchy welts. For reasons not entirely understood, bed bug bites tend to be in patterns of three bites in a row, which is sometimes called their ?breakfast, lunch, dinner? pattern. After feeding, bed bugs excrete on their way back to their hiding places.You can sometimes see this as dark spots on your sheets. Left-out food doesn?t attract bed bugs. Although often taken as one of the most-obvious of bed bug facts, it?s simply not true that poor housekeeping leads to bed bugs. Photo Credit: grenade via Flickr
What Are Other Symptoms of Bed Bug Bites
12 Mar 2013 at 7:07am
If you develop itchy red welts on your body, and you can?t figure out where they?re coming from, you?re right to think it might be from bed bug bites. But it?s not a conclusion you should jump to. The welts could be from numerous causes, such as common mosquito bites. There are some indications that the bites are from bed bugs?such as patterns of three bites right in a row?but even doctors can?t be sure of the cause based just on the appearance of the bites. Other Symptoms? Unfortunately, there really aren?t any physical symptoms that are clearly the result of bed bug bites. Scratching the itchy welts can lead to infection, but you still won?t know what caused the welts. Nor can you be sure that bed bug bites caused an allergy without some evidence to indicate that the bites are actually from bed bugs. So the ?symptoms? of bed bug bites you?re looking for aren?t on your body?they?re in your home. What Bed Bugs Look Like Adult bed bugs have a reddish-brown color. They are flat, oval, and usually just less than a quarter-of-an-inch long. But bed bugs by their nature stay well hidden. They usually only come out at night while you?re sleeping. The rest of the time, they live in clusters in the most out-of-the way places they can find that are also near to sleeping (and therefore unaware) victims. So it's not likely you'll just see them. Dark Spots on Your Sheets After feasting on human (or pet) blood, bed bugs excrete as they make their way back to their hiding place. This can appear as dark spots on your sheets. You might also crush a blood-engorged bed bug as you move in your sleep, producing a reddish smear on the sheets. Signs Around Your Home If you think you have bed bug bites, you?re not going to want to wait to catch a bed bug in the open, or even for evidence on your sheets. To find out immediately if you have a bed bug problem, you?ll need to thoroughly inspect your bed (mattress, box springs, frame, headboard) and the rest of your home, looking for bed bug signs such as unhatched eggs and discarded exoskeletons. Because of the difficulty of finding evidence of bed bugs, many people rely on professional pest-control specialists, who will also be necessary to get rid of any infestation.
Bed Bug Facts: Are Hotels In Warm Weather Climates Susceptible?
7 Mar 2013 at 7:30am
One of the bed bug facts that you might have heard is that they can be killed with heat. But does that mean you don?t have to worry about bed bugs in hotels that are in warm climates? Not at all. Hotels in hot places are just as susceptible to bed bugs as hotels anywhere else. Not Hot EnoughVery few places stay hot enough to kill bed bugs outside. To kill all stages of bed bugs, it takes at least seven minutes of exposure to temperatures of 115 degrees Fahrenheit or more. Even the hottest places in the world don?t consistently reach that level of heat. So while the hottest climates might hamper the spread of bed bugs, they won?t completely eradicate the problem. Counting on hot weather to kill bed bugs or keep them from reproducing is a misreading of the bed bug facts regarding heat. Heading south isn?t a way to escape the threat. Hotels Aren?t Hot AnywayOne of the lesser known bed bug facts is that they thrive in temperature of 70 to 80 degrees?which is the temperature range most hotel rooms are kept at. So, even if the weather outside is a blistering 115 degrees, bed bugs that have been brought into the room during cooler times will be protected from the heat by AC. And don?t even think about trying to keep the room cold enough to get rid of bed bugs. It takes temperatures well below freezing to kill them. So add this to your list of bed bug facts to remember?bed bugs are comfortable at the same temperatures that you?re comfortable at. Unless you plan on roasting or freezing in your hotel, you?re not going to kill bed bugs with temperature?regardless of how warm the weather is outside. Take PrecautionsUnderstanding the bed bug facts regarding temperature sensitivity should make it clear that you need to take the same precautions at hotels in hot climates as you would in hotels in cooler locations. Check out the hotels you?re considering online to see if they have repeated reports of bed bug infestations, inspect your room before accepting it, keep your clothes in sealable plastic bags, and immediately wash your clothes in hot water when you get home and treat your luggage with heat above 115 degrees. Photo Credit: ajcreencia via Flickr
How To Avoid Bed Bugs While On Spring Break
5 Mar 2013 at 7:30am
Spring break is a time of sun, fun, and friends. It?s a time to leave the worries of school behind. The last thing you want to think about during this annual getaway is how to avoid bed bugs. But bed bugs are a real threat when traveling, and it only takes a few simple steps to virtually eliminate the chance of them hitchhiking back home with you in your clothes or luggage. 1. Research hotels before you make a reservation.There are numerous websites where you can view the bed bug histories of hotels. Bed bugs can be brought into hotels that treat regularly treat for bed bugs, so one bed bug sighting doesn?t indict a hotel?as long as it immediately treats the problem. But if a hotel has repeated reports of bed bugs, you probably should look for another hotel. 2. Inspect hotel rooms before accepting them.Look for bed bugs and sings of them in the bed and furniture. To be thorough, you need to look on the underside of the mattress, check out the box springs, and examine the headboard. A fundamental point to keep in mind when thinking about how to avoid bed bugs is that they like to hide in cracks and crevices, as well as in places such as mattress seams. 3. Protect your clothes and luggage.Maybe you?re just not going to worry enough to inspect your hotel room at the beginning of spring break! Or maybe you do inspect, but miss bed bugs because they?re so hard to spot. To be safe even if the room is infested, keep your clothes (clean and dirty) in sealable plastic bags. Also, keep your luggage off the ground on the luggage rack (checking it first for bed bugs). 4. Treat your clothes and luggage with heat when you get home.Place your clothes into your washing machine directly from the sealable plastic bags and wash them in hot water. You can of course also go to a commercial laundry. The important thing is not to just dump out your clothes at home. Before you bring your luggage inside, it also needs to be treated. Putting the luggage in a hot car in the sun often works to heat the luggage to the 120 degrees necessary to kill bed bugs. The best solution, however, is a PackTite portable heating unit designed just for that purpose. Photo Credit: jeeheon via Flickr
How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs Using A Heating Unit
28 Feb 2013 at 7:30am
In this day and age, everyone should know how to get rid of bed bugs. After all, since their resurgence back in the 1990s, these tiny parasites have once again become worrisome pests. If left unchecked, these bloodsuckers will hide in your walls, sneak into your bed, and take some of your blood, leaving you to deal with the itching. A number of ways have been discussed over the years on how to get rid of bed bugs. One successful way employed by homeowners and professionals alike is the use of heat. Bed bugs can't survive in rising temperatures, making heating units a great way to kill the little pests without the use of dangerous chemicals. Heating Unit SystemsThere are a number of heating units on the market that are designed to effectively kill all the bed bugs in your home. These systems often include two primary components: the electric heating unit itself and a series of fans. The heating unit generates a good amount of heat, but it's limited to a small area surrounding it. In order to distribute the heat throughout the room, a series of fans are set up in strategic locations. This allows the heat to reach the bed bugs no matter where they're hiding. Keep in mind, however, that larger homes may need to utilize more than one heating unit in order to completely get rid of the pests. Portable Heating UnitsUnfortunately, bed bugs aren't just a problem when we're at home. They're also as issue when we go on trips and stay in strange hotels. Although hotels typically have a policy of specifically inspecting their rooms for bed bugs and disposing of them accordingly, you shouldn't leave it up to someone else to protect you against them. A portable heating unit is a great way to ensure that you won't have a problem. These smaller units can be taken anywhere and are used to treat your personal items for bed bugs. No ChemicalsThe best part for many homeowners when it comes to heating units is their lack of any chemicals. Some treatments utilize chemicals that could be harmful to pets, children, and even some adults. The last thing you want to do is breathe in toxic materials. Heating units have no need to utilize any type of chemicals when getting rid of bed bugs. All they need to use is heat. Photo Credit: comedy_nose via Flickr
How To Protect Your Gym Bag From Bed Bugs Infestations
26 Feb 2013 at 7:30am
As the years go by, more people are realizing the importance of good health. Part of this involves going to a gym. Whether it's for a quick workout, strength training, aerobics, or a game of hoops, gym memberships seem to be on the rise. Although the last thing any of these gym goers want to think about are insects, it's important to realize that bed bug infestations can occur when you least expect them, and from the least likely of sources. You may not think that your gym bag is susceptible, but bed bugs will hitch a ride in anything they can find. To help prevent the spread of bed bug infestations, let's take a look at how you can protect your gym bag. Check your bag before leaving the house.As much as you want to avoid bringing bed bugs home with you, there's something to be said about having the common courtesy of making sure you don't spread an infestation to others. Bed bugs are notorious for crawling into places such as suitcases, and a gym bag can be a perfect conduit to get out of your house. Don't concentrate solely on the primary part of the bag. Many gym bags have separate pockets for smaller items. Bed bugs are tiny, so it's vital that you check those areas, too. Check your bag before leaving the gym.People file in and out of the gym on a regular basis, and it's impossible to know who might be dealing with a bed bug infestation. Many people bring along a gym bag, and any of these can be carrying bed bugs without even knowing it. Of course, you'll want to keep your bag inside a locker, but there are times when it may be exposed. Your best course of action is to check your gym before you leave. Take out all your clothes and check them, as well. Don't loan out your gym bag.While it might seem rude not to loan out certain items, protecting yourself against bed bug infestations should be a priority. Knowing what you know about how easily bed bugs can get inside your gym bag either directly or by taking refuge in clothes or gym towels, you should think twice before loaning it out. If you decide to loan our your gym bag, make sure the person borrowing it checks the bag upon its return. Photo Credit: dmjarvey via Flickr
Choosing The Right Bed Bug Mattress Cover For Your Home
21 Feb 2013 at 7:30am
Homeowners seem to have a lot of questions when it comes to bed bugs. One of those questions is how to protect against the little critters. Whether or not you already have a problem with them, a bed bug mattress cover will go a long way to keeping these insects away from you and your family.A bed bug mattress cover will trap bed bugs inside your box springBox springs are notorious for harboring bed bugs. There are many small places in a box spring where bed bugs can easily hide. Even if you know they're inside, it's often hard to get rid of them due to its design. A bed bug mattress cover designed for a box spring will help keep any existing critters inside so that they won't be able to reach you.A bed bug mattress cover will protect against tearsIf your mattress has a lot of wear, it's possible that you may have tears in the fabric. This is the perfect opportunity for bed bugs to get inside your mattress. And once they're gotten inside, you might find it very difficult to get rid of them. Like a box spring, a mattress cover will help keep these little parasites inside the mattress, which means they will be unable to get to you.A bed bug mattress cover will keep them out These mattress covers aren't only for use after a bed bug infestation has occurred. While they will protect you from the parasites that have already made their way inside your box spring or mattress, this is only one of their advantages. The other advantage is the fact that these covers will keep them out during any future invasion. The bed bugs will be unable to penetrate the mattress covers, which means they'll have fewer places to hide.A bed bug mattress cover will provide an easier viewOne thing to remember is that these mattress covers will not protect you completely. That is to say, bed bugs might not be able to get inside your mattress in order to hide or wait until you're asleep, but they are still going to attempt to get to you. The good news is that mattress covers will ensure that any bed bugs who try to stir up trouble will be easily found because they have no place to hide. This can make the them easy targets. Photo Credit: Robert S. Donovan via Flickr
How To Soothe The Itch Of Bed Bug Bites
19 Feb 2013 at 7:30am
When dealing with a bed bug infestation, most homeowners are focused on how to get rid of the parasitic pests. Although they don't carry disease or destroy your home like other pests are likely to do, no one wants to think about bed bugs lying in wait somewhere in their house, tucked into all the little nooks and crannies. Another major concern, apart from simply getting them out of your house, are the bed bug bites that come with their presence. In order to grow from one life cycle stage to the next, these parasites must feed on blood, and that's where you come in. Luckily, though, it's not the end of the world and there are a number of ways to soothe the itch of bed bug bites. Here are a few of the most common techniques: ShoweringIf you wake up with bed bug bites on your skin, the first thing you should do is take a shower. The hot water will open up your pores and remove toxins and oils from your skin, which will help dry up the bites. Also be sure to use an anti-bacterial soap, which can go a long way to relieving the itching sensation. LotionsThere are a number of lotions available that are intended to soothe a variety of skin irritations, and they can work wonders on the effects of bed bug bites. You may choose to use calamine lotion, for instance, or cortisone cream. In fact, any lotion that contains pramoxine will help alleviate the itching. PillsSwelling often accompanies the itching caused by bed bug bites. To help the swelling go down, you might want to consider taking an over-the-counter medication. You can choose from different types of pain relievers, such as Ibuprofen, or you can opt for Benadryl or some other similar anti-histamine. By lessening the swelling, the itching will get better as well. Natural RemediesMany people swear by natural remedies, and they can definitely work wonders. Some of them are quite popular, such as St. John's Wart or witch hazel. Lemon juice is another solid choice. All of these work by removing the desire to scratch. Other sufferers of bed bug bites swear by the use of the aloe plant. While there are several lotions and sprays that contain aloe available, many people prefer the actual plant, which can be purchased for only a few bucks. Photo Credit: sarahemcc via Flickr
Bed Bug Colonies: Shouldn't Bugs Live Outside?
14 Feb 2013 at 7:30am
You?ve probably heard a lot lately about bed bugs. Infestations by bed bug colonies have risen rapidly in recent years, and people are understandably concerned. No one wants bed bug colonies to invade their home. Bed bugs make it psychologically uncomfortable for the people (and pets) who live there, their bites itch like crazy, and they can cause infections and allergic reactions. You might be thinking to yourself, ?OK, I know it?s a problem for some people, but not for me. Why would a bed bug want to come into my home? I don?t leave food or trash out.? The reality is that it doesn?t matter how clean your home is. These are the real reasons bed bugs could end up inside with you: You?re what they eat. Bed bugs don?t feed on left-out food or sticky spills. They feed on blood, preferably human. They will also feed on animal blood if they can?t find human, so your pets can be targets as well. What better place for bed bugs to live than in the same place as their food source? You?re inviting bed bugs to a meal each night when you go to sleep. Bed bugs need to feed on people who are asleep so that their bites won?t be detected. Where are they going to find people asleep? In homes, of course. Every night when you go to sleep, you?re putting an ?Open for Dinner? sign out for bed bugs. Bed bugs don?t like extreme weather. Temperatures that are too hot or too cold can kill bed bugs. Their instinct is to form bed bug colonies where the temperature is moderate?like your home! You (or someone else) might bring them inside. Bed bugs don?t attach themselves to their victims--they feed and move on. And they aren?t very mobile on their own. Their solution is to get around on people?s clothes, luggage, pocketbooks, smartphones, etc. This hitchhiking is instinctual?and a cause for caution every time you come home from public places. If you bring bed bugs home with you, you?re likely to have full-blown bed bug colonies before long, and the only way to get rid of them at that point is with a professional pest control service. Photo Credit: Rennett Stowe Via Flickr
Vacationing To Your Beach House? Keep Bed Bug Colonies Away!
12 Feb 2013 at 7:30am
With the warm months just around the corner, you may be planning a trip to the beach. If you?re heading off for sun and fun, the last thing you want to disrupt your vacation is bed bug colonies in your beach house. But what can you do to prevent it? OwnersIf you own the beach house, and you?re the only one who ever stays there, then you can simply take the same general precautions you should take while staying at home: Immediately wash your clothes in the hottest water possible when returning from public places, or bag them in sealable plastic bags until you do wash them. Never bring used furniture into the home. Consider investing in bed bug prevention products such as ActiveGuard mattress liners, which trap and kill bed bugs, and Climbup Insect Interceptors, which you place under the legs of beds and furniture to trap bed bugs and other pests as they try to climb. If you sometimes rent out your beach house and want to be sure bed bug colonies don?t take hold due to the renter traffic, a solution is to hire experts in bed bug removal and prevention to regularly inspect and treat the house. RentersIf you?re renting a beach house for your vacation, then you?ll need to handle it just as you would a hotel room, because whoever has stayed there before you could easily have brought in bed bugs on their clothes or luggage. That means that before you settle in, you need to thoroughly inspect for signs of bed bug colonies. Check both sides of all mattresses and examine all the nooks and crannies in box springs and headboards. Also check furniture, as well as any apparent cracks or crevices, such as where walls join floors. Even if you find no evidence of bed bug colonies, you still can?t be sure they?re not around, because they?re masters at staying hidden. So, just as in a hotel, keep your clothes in sealable plastic bags to keep bed bugs from crawling into them, or from your dirties into your luggage. Then, as soon as you get home, wash the clothes in hot water and treat your luggage with heat, possibly in the sun if it?s hot enough outside (putting it in a car can raise the heat), or better yet, in a PackTite portable heating unit designed for that purpose. Photo Credit: brittreints via Flickr
Home Remedies For Bed Bugs: What To Use When You're Away From Home
7 Feb 2013 at 7:30am
Most home remedies for bed bugs are ultimately losing efforts. You might slow the tide, but once you have a bed bug infestation, you?re going to need professional pest control assistance to get rid of them. The reality is that the best "home remedies for bed bugs" take place outside of the home. Change clothes when coming home.Bed begs can be almost anywhere you go?the office, school, restaurants, laundries, movie theaters, doctors' offices, you name it. The place may be infested, or the bed bugs may have just jumped off one host and are looking to hitchhike home with someone. Any time you?re in a place where a lot of other people have also been, there?s a risk of picking up bed bugs. This might seem like overkill?and many people aren?t going to do it?but changing clothes when you come home and immediately sealing the dirties in a sealable plastic bag until you wash them will help keep bed bugs you?ve picked up from crawling off your clothes into your home. Take precautions in hotels.The first precaution you can take when traveling is to research websites devoted to reports of bed bug infestations in hotels. If a particular hotel is repeatedly reported, avoid that hotel. Before you accept your room, inspect it for signs of bed bugs. Check out both sides of the mattress, the box springs, and the headboard. Also be sure to inspect the nightstand, chairs, and other furniture. Keep your luggage on the luggage rack (after you?ve made sure there are no bed bugs on it!). If you put clothes in drawers, keep them in sealable plastic bags. Also bag your dirties as soon as you take them off. Treat everything when you return from trips.Even if you take all the right preventative measures when staying in hotels, when you return home, you should still treat your clothes and luggage. Keep your clothes bagged until you wash them in hot water, which will kill any bed bugs. And heat your luggage before bringing it inside. (A PackTite portable heating unit works great.) ConclusionMost ?home remedies for bed bugs? are too late?they can do some good, but they aren?t going to remedy anything. The real remedy is to keep bed bugs from ever getting into your home in the first place. Photo Credit: slightly everything via Flickr
Home Remedies For Bed Bugs: New Trending Practices
5 Feb 2013 at 7:30am
With the resurgence of bed bugs in this country, there are a lot of people seeking home remedies for bed bugs. Here are some that have become the most popular. Vacuuming.One of the simplest home remedies for bed bugs, vacuuming can be modestly effective?but only if you can see and reach them, which isn?t likely. Bed bugs hide in nooks and crannies where consumer vacuums can?t reach. However, if you suspect a bed bug infestation in mattresses or pieces of furniture, thoroughly going over them with a vacuum might get rid of some of the bed bugs. Washing everything you can.Bed bugs can be brought into your home on clothes, and they can live in items like stuffed animals, so using hot water to wash everything you can put into your washing machine is one of the home remedies for bed bugs that always makes sense. Unfortunately, bed bugs rapidly spread, so washing clothes is more of a preventative step than a way to get rid of a bed bug infestation. Dry Heat.On very hot days, you can place items in the sun (perhaps in a car) to kill any bed bugs, or you can use a PackTite portable heating unit. Caulk.Caulking all holes and cracks in your floors and walls is not only one of the best bed bug home remedies?potentially trapping some of the bed bugs?it also will help keep out other pests and probably improve your energy efficiency. Products to get rid of bed bugs.In response to the dramatic increase in bed bug infestations over the past few years, there?s been a flood of products that claim to kill bed bugs?from actual insecticides to natural products with ingredients such as cinnamon, lemongrass, and cedar oil. These are not good home remedies. The insecticides are largely ineffective and they can be dangerous, and most of the other products simply don?t work. Just last fall, the Federal Trade Commission charged two companies for deceptive advertising related to so-called bed bug products that don?t actually kill bed bugs. ConclusionSome home remedies for bed bugs are a waste of money and effort, but others are good steps to take, even though at best they?ll probably only slow down an infestation. Once bed bugs are inside your home, anyone will tell you that the only real solution is to call a professional pest-control service. Photo Credit: Anna Oates via Flickr
Can Bed Bug Colonies Migrate Within Your Home?
31 Jan 2013 at 7:30am
As if the idea of a bed bug infestation wasn't scary enough, now some individuals are talking about the idea of bed bug colonies. The fear is that these bed bug colonies will not only migrate from one home to another, but will migrate within your home, moving from one central location to another. It's a somewhat frightening concept, because moving en masse could provide a way for bed bugs to take over your entire home. But is migration of these parasites possible? And if they are, will they migrate within your home? Do bed bugs colonies exist at all? That's exactly what we're here to find out. Understand insect coloniesMany types of insects are loners. They forage for food, attempt to find shelter, and do pretty much everything else without a lot of other bugs around. Even when others of the same species are sharing a similar space, they do not work together very often. Unless, of course, mating season is upon them. Other species are very social, gathering together as a colony. This colony works together to hunt and store food, search for a place to live, and maintain their residence once it has been constructed. Insects such as ants and honey bees, for example, belong to a colony. This group works so well together, in such an organized, efficient matter, that scientists say they operate as if the entire colony is one complete individual. All those ants you see scurrying around are simply extensions of the whole. Bed bugs are not social insectsBed bug colonies do not exist, which means that an entire group will not migrate from one part of your house to another. These small parasites do not work together in any way when it comes to their survival. While they will often collect together in a confined space, when it comes to survival, each bug is on its own. This is good news to us. Imagine if bed bugs did act as one single unit. They would very likely work together in a concentrated effort of moving as many bed bugs into the next stage of their life cycle as possible. This means that a well organized group could systematically attack you and your household members while you're asleep. If there's any way to count our blessings when it comes to these little parasites, the nonexistence of bed bug colonies is it. Photo Credit: BFS Man via Flickr
How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs This Winter
29 Jan 2013 at 7:30am
Many insects want nothing more than to find a warm place to call home. For bed bugs, your walls and furniture can act as their sanctuary. The question of how to get rid of bed bugs during the winter is one that you can use all year long, but you must first realize that these insects can still be a problem even though it's cold. Bed bugs hide out in your home during the winterBefore we tackle how to get rid of bed bugs during the colder months of the year, it's important to realize that these parasites are a problem in the first place. Too many people believe that bed bugs don't like the cold and will therefore not be found during the winter. This couldn't be further from the truth. The fact is that bed bugs do not have the ability to hibernate. When winter arrives, they have no choice but to push through it and try to survive. The best way for them to do this is to find a warm place to hide out. If they can get inside your home, this becomes their warm place. And since bed bugs can often live up to a year without feeding, they can stay hidden for a good long while. How to get rid of bed bugs during these colder monthsThe above information is given to demonstrate that when it's cold outside, you may not see the bed bugs, but that doesn't mean they're not there. Exterminating the buggers can be done in the same fashion that you might take care of them during the warmer months. You can try using poisons, but because they're so hard to find at times, a baiting system might work much better. If you already know where the bugs are hiding out, a bed bug steamer is a great way to kill them without any mess or fuss. If you have difficulty locating them or getting rid of them, it is a good idea to call a professional. With the increase of bed bug infestations over the years, pest control experts are well versed on how to get rid of bed bugs. If needed, they may suggest that you employ the use of bed bug dogs in order to locate them. At that point, these professionals will evaluate your needs and recommend what would be best in your specific situation. Photo Credit: mtphelm via Flickr
About our method
Because the majority of people have no reaction to bed bug bites, it can be difficult and costly to determine when there are live bugs present. The traditional method of detection is using trained technicians who visually inspect for bed bugs and their evidence. It has been proven that a trained canine's accuracy rate is significantly higher than even the best trained technician due to a olfactory system that can detect scent molecules in the parts per trillion.
It takes a trained pest control professional several hours to visually inspect a site for bed bugs and it can often require the moving of items and dismantling of furniture. Even after all that hard work, visual evidence can be very difficult to find. The complete life cycle of the bed bug is "cryptozoic" or living in concealed places, and their survival depends on their ability to find and hide in any crack or crevice. An inspection provided by a scientifically trained and NESDCA certified bed bug detection canine is the most accurate tool available, is non-invasive and is performed in a fraction of the time of a traditional inspection.
Through the use of scientifically trained canines, Good Night Sleep Tight is able to efficiently locate the presence of live bed bugs in almost any environment. Average size hotels room can be inspected in just minutes, allowing our teams to cover large areas in much less time than a human inspection.
Because of the accuracy of our canine detection, we can pinpoint the exact location of bed bugs. This means treatment can be applied to the precise area of the problem without having to treat an entire site. Knowing exactly where to focus remediation efforts is the first step to successful and 5efficient eradication.
The prevalence of bedbugs in the United States is increasing quickly and with no indications of slowing down. Unfortunately, no place is bed bug proof. Vigilance by all is a prudent practice. Partnered with education, a proactive approach can help avoid a few bed bugs from turning into an infestation. When bed bugs are even suspected as being the problem, our trained and certified canines are just the solution you need.More
Our Mission Statement
As president of Good Night Sleep Tight, I personally want to thank you for taking a minute to read about who we are as individuals and the relationships we each have with our four legged partners.
Every story differs slightly from the next, however they all end with the realization that dogs are much more than just dogs. While I have been around dogs longer than I can remember, my own moment came 5 years ago with a yellow lab named Emma. She was my grandparents dog, often found near any sunny part of the house doing what she does best, lounging.
My grandfathers dementia had progressed very steadily and very rapidly. Within months, it seemed like his entire memory had been wiped clean, except for two things - his wife and the path he and I had walked with every dog he ever had.
The call came at 1 am, my grandfather had been missing for several hours. Police, search and rescue, along with the fire department where already looking when I arrived. I did not join the search. For reasons I still do not know, I bypassed everyone, the police, the firemen, even my grandmother, and went directly to Emma the dog, his dog. I said two words "Where's Grandy?" and opened the front door. Within 5 minutes, she located him trapped in a crawl space under a neighbours front porch, bleeding severely from a large laceration that would have eventually killed him. Countless people had unknowingly passed within feet of him. His dog saved his life.
Little did I realize how that night would shape my future. The right people at the right time eventually led me to Pepe Peruyero and a rescued beagle named Dino. They are the foundation that our company is continuing to build upon every day, 4 paws at a time. The values necessary in achieving a great canine team are indeed the same values needed to operate a company the only way we know how, the right way. We must lead with love and truth, unselfishness and loyalty. Each and every day, I learn something new from our dogs. Often, it is something that's easily applied to life and my fellow man. I am simply thankful that dogs exist, and I am humbly aware of how much less a human I would be - how less a person - if they did not exist.
We realize the importance of a company's commitment to quality, professional personnel, proactive programs and innovative solutions. We will always strive to be part of your solution.
Our mission, our promise is simple: Do one thing, do it with honesty, do it with integrity and above all, do it with our clients best interests at the heart of every decision. Every time.
Good Night Sleep Tight offers over 80 years of canine scent detection work. Each member of our team is carefully selected, fully vetted and properly trained before having the privilege of becoming the team mate of a canine partner. Our backgrounds include law enforcement and public safety; we are first responders who specialized in canine scent detection and understand not only the nature of their dog, but also the long term commitment required in handling these amazing creatures.
Good Night Sleep Tight annually certifies each bed bug detection team through NESDCA. In addition to certification, all team members participate in state of the art training on a daily basis and are regularly evaluated by the staff at J & K Canine Academy, Inc., ensuring that our teams have maintained the high standards that our clients have come to expect.
Good Night Sleep Tight has held positions and contracted with the US Government in areas such as the Department of Homeland Security, US Treasury, Military, FDA and NYPD.More
What People Are Saying About Us
"After a year or so of repetitive and expensive bed bug treatments from a local exterminator, my daughter was still getting bites from the bed bugs. We figured that they were still somewhere that the chemical spray was not reaching. I saw an article in my local newspaper about a bed bug sniffing dog named Dino, and his handler Jason from Good Night Sleep Tight, that could locate the exact locations of the bed bugs in your home.
Polite and professional, Dino sniffed every room and gave the alert to several spots where the bed bugs still were. One particular spot was behind the headboard in MY bedroom (a room that we did not know there were even any bed bugs) and inside the screw hole in the bed frame. Jason marked all of the spots that Dino alerted of the bed bugs and I immediately called the exterminator to treat these spots right away. Dino was right on, I used a Q tip with Vicks on it inserted into the screw hole and there the little devils adhered to the q-tip.
Without Dino, we never would have found the places we needed to treat and solved our year long issue!" - John M, Pittsburgh, PAMore
March 29, 2012
The tenants had a problem. So did the homeowners. Bedbugs. The tenants returned from a European vacation, didn't notice some parasitic hitchhikers had latched on to their luggage, and brought them into the...More
March 29, 2012
One hundred first-grade students shrieked with delight when a detection dog named Dino bounded out of his crate and sniffed their backpacks. Was the little beagle searching for drugs or weapons? Nope...More
April 24, 2009
While doing an investigation, Jumpin' Jack Flash and his skilled nose are all business. Jack sniff-sniffs-sniffs the floor and couch cushions, especially focusing on seams and creases where those...More
September 7, 2009
Jack sniffs his way through a client's bedroom. The Jack Russel terrier-mix paws a spot on the bed to alert his handler he has detected the target. Sure enough, hidden in a mattress seam rests a tiny, flattened brown...More
Our dedication to top quality service and ethical business practices extends beyond our company. Our affiliates represent a very powerful channel of canine bed bug services by maintaining regular contact, consistent monitoring of our program, providing support, advice and consulting for the day to day operations assuring the same level of service and continuity to our clients. Together, we are setting the industry standards with mans best friend leading the way.More
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Whether it is a one bedroom efficiency apartment or a million square foot office building, the Good Night Sleep Tight canine teams are capable of providing superior inspections to fit each of our client's needs. While there is nothing more capable than the canine nose, clients do need to understand the nature of the process in order to receive the most accurate and effective inspection possible.
Canines do not find bed bugs visually; the entire inspection is done with their noses. The dogs develop a "scent picture" of their environment with the odors available and alert their handler when they detect the odor of live bugs or viable eggs. In order to do this, the scent must be available to the dog. This holds true in absolutely any environment and is imperative for a successful search.
Clients are often surprised by how noninvasive the canine search is. The typical search pattern is around the perimeter of the room, then around the perimeter of objects in the room and up onto objects if necessary. Having good access to all areas to be inspected results in a very accurate inspection.
Safety is a top priority, both for our canines and our handlers. Any type of chemical application, either by a pest control company or by the homeowner, will require a 28-day waiting period before a canine inspection can take place. Objects that could be harmful to either canines or handlers cannot be accessible.
Good Night Sleep Tight has extensive experience with many types of clients, especially those in the health care field. Our capabilities extend to most locations in North America and include single team canine inspections along with multiple team canine inspections. Our clients can rest assured our professional, discreet teams arrive prepared to exceed your expectations.More
Residential Bed Bug Services
With the resurgence of bed bugs, you no longer need be a world traveler to have a run in with one of natures most cryptic and resilient monsters. Bed bugs will have emotional, physical and financial impacts for Homeowners and Tenants. Bed bugs will alter your way of living for a significant period of time and chemical treatments present additional health and safety hazards for you, your family and friends, even your pets.
Our highly trained canines are a Homeowners first line of defense against bed bugs. Early detection is of utmost importance as it will save you time, money and the undo stress associated with bed bug infestations and treatments. Good Night Sleep Tight will thoroughly inspect your entire living space for the presence of live bed bugs and viable bed bug eggs. If detected, Homeowners/Tenants will know the precise location of the bed bugs to make informed, educated decisions regarding remediation.
Each and every Good Night Sleep Tight customer can expect our teams to be:
Professional, both in appearance and manner. You will never have any concern over safety, privacy or possessions.
Respectful, both our handlers and canines will treat your as home as you would.
Knowledgeable and experienced.
Discreet, we arrive in an unmarked vehicle with no lettering or graphics. Our customers often dictate our appearance, even the canines have black tie attire.More
What is your bed bug plan?
Bed bug infestations are no longer limited to hotels and dormitories. Businesses across the United States are feeling the impact bed bugs make in day to day operations, client satisfaction and work environment safety. From reception areas to a CEO's corner office, nothing is off limits. In addition to providing top quality canine inspections, Good Night Sleep Tight has the resources and experience to build your business custom tailored protocols specific to your needs.
Proactive programs use the canine inspections as the starting point for building preventative practices. Good Night Sleep Tight can develop protocols for each of the following:
Education is key. Proper education for staff, customers and employees greatly affect the reaction to an incident. Good Night Sleep Tight will help ensure that the direction it goes is calm and positive.
Management of human resources, creating a chain of command. Knowing who to call and when to call in the event of an incident will save time and limit the chances of spreading.
Management of public perception. In today's world social media allows unrestrained, often inaccurate information to be posted for all to see. Knowing what to say and when to say it provides honest and accurate information detailing your action plan.
Reduction of legal liabilities. Lawsuits are possible claiming commercial buildings or businesses have not properly handled the pests or have not mitigated the risk factors. Having a proactive plan in place can protect you in court.More
Why Canine Detection? Our services are:
Accurate and sensitive, the nose knows. While we have yet to fully determine just how capable the canine olfactory system is, we do know how capable it is compared to human technology. The United States federal government spent 6 years and 19 billion dollars testing technology designed to detect explosives compared to canine detection. The victor? A dogs nose. It takes much less time and money for our canines to prove their God given talent for our clients.
Safe and clean. According to a new Center for Disease Control report, exposure to insecticides used to control bedbugs led to one death and more than 100 illnesses between 2003 and 2010. Excessive use of insecticides can raise the potential for human toxicity. Good Night Sleep Tight offers a 100% green service. We leave paw prints, not chemicals.
Less expensive. Canine detection is cost effective and can reduce remediation efforts and pesticide application. Why pay to treat your entire facility when you can isolate and treat the infested area? This will decrease the amount of cost and effort exerted in treatment, while saving time and preventing unnecessary treatment in areas that are not infected.
Proactive. Through canine detection you can be proactive with regular inspections of your property. By maintaining regular inspections you can prevent client complaints or legal action which can lead to financial loss. This could in turn reduce liability, litigation and fraud.
Fast. Our canines can inspect a room in minutes, and can cover whole buildings quickly. Human technicians take much longer to inspect a site as thoroughly. We are available when you need us, with as many dogs as you may need. Canine inspections can eliminate areas of non-infestation and expedite treatment.More
Bug Bed Dogs Training
Our dogs have been scientifically trained by J & K Canine Academy, Inc. (the Gold Standard in scent detection dogs) in conjunction with staff entomologists at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Each Good Night Sleep Tight canine team is certified by the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA).
Our dogs detect the scent of live bed bugs and viable eggs, not dead bugs or cast-off skins. As part of our protocol and ongoing training, they detect live bed bugs several times daily. Our dogs have been shown to be able to detect as little as one bed bug or one viable egg.
According to the University of Florida, bed bug detection dogs can be 95% accurate in locating live bed bugs. With our dog's extensive training and ability, along with our handlers' experience and knowledge, we are confident that we can help you in your battle against bed bugs.More
Each and every Good Night Sleep Tight canine team is annually certified with NESDCA. This is a third party certifying organization assuring the highest quality standards for scent detection canine teams. NESDCA was formed by pest control professionals and law enforcement officers with canine backgrounds to ensure the highest standards are met by each and every team. The evaluation process is designed to make sure our canine teams are operating to their highest potential.More
How do bed bugs reproduce?
A female bed bug only needs to mate once in her lifetime. She is then capable of laying up to 500 eggs, or about 5 per day. After the eggs are laid, it only takes 6 to 20 days for them to hatch. A single female bed bug can increase to over 5,000 bed bugs in just six months.
What does a bed bug look like?
Adult bed bugs are almost 1/4" long (about the size of an apple seed), brownish and paper thin and have a flat oval shaped body enabling them to hide in literally any place that they can wedge their bodies into.
The nymphs are a miniature replica of the adult but straw-colored and all but microscopic. They are slightly larger than a pinhead.
The eggs are white and difficult to see on most surfaces without magnification. Individual eggs are about the size of a dust speck. When first laid they are sticky causing them to adhere to surfaces.
How do bed bugs survive?
Bed bugs are extremely resilient and the adults can survive up to a year without feeding. This is one reason why infestations are unlikely to diminish by leaving the premises unoccupied. While mainly active at night, they bite people while they are sleeping. Attracted to their host by heat and carbon dioxide, they feed by piercing the skin with an elongated beak through which they draw blood. Engorgement takes about 3 to 10 minutes, yet the person seldom knows they are being bitten. Immediately after feeding they crawl off and reside elsewhere to digest their meal. In 3 to 5 days they will begin searching for another meal.
How do I know if I've been bitten?
Symptoms after being bitten vary with the individual. Around 70% of people have no reaction to being bitten by a bed bug, while some people will have a severe, immediate reaction. Symptoms are extremely similar to that of a mosquito bite. Bites will increase as the bed bug population rises. Often multiple bites will appear in "rows" on exposed areas, such as the neck, face, arms and legs.
Where do bed bugs live?
Bed bugs prefer to hide close to where they feed. However, if necessary, they will travel to obtain a blood meal. For a small insect, bed bugs can move rapidly over floors, walls, ceilings and other surfaces. Initial infestations tend to be in areas around beds, but the bugs eventually may become scattered throughout the environment, occupying any item that provides access. They can hide in extremely small cracks and crevices making it difficult to locate breeding sites. Bed bugs may also spread to adjacent rooms or apartments.
How do bed bugs spread or travel?
It often seems that bed bugs arise from nowhere. The bugs are efficient hitchhikers and are usually transported on luggage, clothing, beds, furniture and other items. This is particularly a problem for hotels, dormitories and apartments where turnover of occupants is constant. Bed bugs can survive, and thrive, in any indoor environment that people occupy for any reason. Once introduced, they often spread throughout a building. The bugs travel from room to room or floor to floor either by crawling or via a person. The level of cleanliness has little to do with most bed bug infestations. Pristine homes and apartments have plenty of hiding places and an abundance of warm-blooded hosts.
How do you get rid of bed bugs?
Exterminating an infestation requires persistence and the services of a professional.
Bed Bugs Bites
Bed bugs are masters of the sneak attack. The manner in which they feed is unnoticed by most people until long after they have eaten and scurried back to safety. The mouthparts are shaped into an elongated, needle-like proboscis that injects an anesthetic so you do not feel the bite and an anticoagulant so your blood will flow freely. They feed rapidly, becoming engorged with blood in less than ten minutes. Bed bugs need blood meals to molt and reproduce.
Bed bug bites can be hard to diagnose, they can look like any other insect bite and sometimes do not show up until days after. Usually there is an allergic reaction to the bed bugs saliva that produces a colorless wheal or lump. Discomfort, including itching, burning, swelling and inflammation may last a week or more. Other symptoms of bed bugs bites can include insomnia, anxiety and emotional distress.
Bed bug bites affect each individual differently; some people show no signs of being bitten. Other people may be allergic to the bed bug bites, reacting adversely to the bites immediately with enlarged bite marks and painful swelling. On rare occasions, anaphylaxis may occur.
The bite marks may be random or in a straight line. Occasional and few bite marks often indicate a light presence of bed bugs. As the population of bed bugs reproduces and grows, the frequency and the number of bites will increase.
Despite the fact that the bed bug can acquire many human blood borne pathogens during feeding, there have been no documented cases of disease transmission as a result of bites. Secondary skin infections are common because scratching the bite site often breaks the skin, introducing bacteria and requiring medical attention. The best way to treat a bite is to avoid scratching the area (especially with unwashed hands) and applying antiseptic and/or antihistamine creams or lotions. An oral dose of antihistamine will also relieve bite symptoms.More
Bed Bug Tips For Travelers
Concerned travelers may want to get in the habit of checking their hotel room for signs of bed bugs. This practice would entail examining the bed sheets and upper and lower seams of the mattress and box springs, especially along the head of the bed. Do not limit the search to just the bed. Dressers, picture frames and desk chairs are often likely harborage spots. Some professionals also suggest removal and examination behind the headboard, which is a frequent hiding place of bed bugs in hotel rooms. Headboards are heavy and cumbersome, however, and an untrained person should not attempt removal themselves.
If bed bugs are discovered, travelers should request another room, preferably in another area of the building. If possible, try to capture a live specimen to show the hotel management.
Vigilant travelers should elevate suitcases off the floor on a luggage stand, tabletop or other hard surface. Never place a suitcase on a bed. Refrain from placing clothes in dressers unless protected in sealed plastic bags. When returning home from a trip, do not take your luggage inside your home. Place all clothing (even unworn clothing) in the drier on the hottest cycle possible for at least 30 minutes prior to washing them. Inspecting or vacuuming luggage upon arrival home is less useful since it is hard to spot bed bugs inside a suitcase. If a suitcase is infested, it can either be treated or discarded. Light colored bed sheets will show signs of bed bug activity more readily than darker colors.More