Bed bugs occur worldwide and bridge all economic and social strata. Bed bug infestations in North America have become much more common over the past 10 years. Adult bed bugs are brown to reddish-brown, approximately 3/16-inch long, 1/8-inch wide, broadly oval, and flat. Immature bed bugs (nymphs) are tiny and appear translucent or pale in color. The eggs are pearly white in colour and only 1mm in length, thus they can be very difficult to detect with the naked eye. Inspections for bed bugs include looking for live bugs, shed exoskeletons and characteristic black stains created by fecal droppings. These insects feed exclusively on blood however, there has been no evidence to suggest that bed bugs transmit any diseases.
Bed bugs can be extremely difficult to detect. Proper diagnosis requires highly trained professionals.
Unwanted Guests Are Brought in from a Previously Infested Environment
Bed bugs do not enter homes from the natural outdoor environment. Instead, they must be introduced into the home from a previously infested environment. This can occur by picking them up during travel, bringing them in on rented or used furniture, introduction by guests or visitors, or other means. Often the exact source of the infestation is unknown.
Bed Bugs Can Hide Almost Anywhere – Not Just in Beds
Once in the home, bed bugs will seek small, protected areas to hide. Although called bed bugs, they can live in almost any area of the home such as beds, couches, picture frames, night stands, wall voids, under carpeting, or virtually any available small crack or crevice. However, they will most likely try to live very close to where people sleep. Only highly trained professionals can correctly identify and treat all of these potential harbourages.
Infestations Grow Rapidly If Not Treated
Bed bugs are nocturnal insects and therefore usually hide during the day and are most active at night when they leave their harbourages to seek a blood meal. Bed bug bites are essentially painless and often go unnoticed while the bugs are feeding. Bed bugs mature quickly, lay hundreds of eggs, and can live almost a year. Therefore, infestations can grow rapidly and persist indefinitely until proper corrective actions are taken.
The Bed Bug Treatment Process
Bed bugs are particularly difficult to treat if adequate measures are not taken to prepare the room(s) for treatment before the service technician arrives. The following is a list of things which will aid in the effectiveness of treatment.
Client Preparation - Pre-Treatment:
Client Preparation: Treatment (Once the service technician arrives):
Ace Pest Control will do a thorough treatment of the mattress, floor space, as well as cracks and crevices. This treatment will consist of a residual spray, contact spray and a dust formulated pesticide. A follow-up treatment/inspection may be necessary approximately 14-21 days after the initial treatment. The follow-up treatment/inspection is needed to ensure newly hatched insects are exposed to a pesticide treatment. It is best to keep clothing out of the area until after the re-treatment so that it does not become infested.