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What To Do If You Think You Have Bed Bugs

Advice From Moyer Indoor | Outdoor

  1. Call Moyer at your first thought that you might have bed bugs; the sooner you call us and we can schedule a Canine Inspection, the sooner we can isolate and treat(if needed).

  2. If you suspect there are bed bugs where you sleep, don’t begin sleeping in another bed, or on the sofa. Do not go to stay with someone else. The bugs may follow you to your guest room or sofa and then it will be much harder to get rid of them. They may hitch a ride to your relative’s home and you can cause your relatives to become infested. Also, staying outside of your home means the bugs may become dormant. We’re told they may live without feeding for up to 18 months. When you come back, they can begin biting you again. Moyer can supply you with out Protect-a-Bed Mattress cover bed bug encasements.

  3. Do save any bed bugs you find. Do not part with these– you may need to show them to landlords, pest control professionals and so on.

  4. Don’t start buying a load of chemicals and treating your property yourself. Do not apply any chemicals – an incorrect application can spread the bed bugs. Bed bugs are probably the most complicated pests you’ve ever encountered at home. If you start spraying pesticides, you may disperse the bugs and the professionals may have trouble treating them. You may spread them around your home. Get good professional help and follow instructions.

  5. Don’t assume you are the only one being bitten. Remember that some people do not react to bed bug bites at all. Bed bug bites are an allergic reaction and reactions vary from nothing to serious allergic reactions. Research released in 2010 by Dr. Michael Potter suggests 70% of people do react and 30% of people do not react to bed bug bites.

  6. Don’t start throwing your bed and other furniture out. Most furniture, including mattresses and sofas, can be treated by a technician and you can ask them if throwing them out is a good idea. And he or she can help you do it safely, so as not to spread the bugs around your home or building and so that others do not pick up infested items. Finding bed bugs in your home has nothing to do with poor hygiene! It takes only one bed bug to hitch a ride on your clothing (furniture, suitcase, etc) and infest your residence.

Quick Tips To Help Remove Bed Bugs

  • The best way to deal with bed bugs is by sealing your mattress and pillows with a Bed Bug mattress encasement zipped cover. This traps the bugs that are inside your pillow and prevents them from feeding and kills them over time - remember, a nymph can live for two months without feeding, an adult can survive more than 12 months!

  • Wash all your linens and place them in a hot dryer for 20 minutes (or you can freeze them at -5 C or below for five days).

  • You can vacuum to capture bed bugs and their eggs, but because the eggs are embedded in the fabric, you may have to scrape the surface. Once you have vacuumed everything, immediately place the vacuum bag into a plastic bag, seal it tightly and dispose (outside).

Facts About Bed Bugs

  • Bed Bugs are flat, brown, wingless and about 1/4 of an inch.

  • They have 6 legs, are shiny reddish-brown in color, but after a good serving of your blood, they appear dark brown and swollen as in the picture below.

  • They can be seen with the human eye, but do a great job at hiding.

  • Bed bugs are not known to carry diseases as of yet.

  • They feed on human blood, preferring to do it in the dark when you're sleeping.

  • Simply using chemical treatments will not remove the infestation.

Likely Places To Find Bed Bugs Hiding

  • Sofa seams

  • Cracks in the bed frame and or headboard

  • Under chairs, couches, beds and dust covers

  • Under rugs, edges of carpets, drawers, baseboards and window casings

  • Behind light switches, electrical outlet plates, cracks in plaster

  • Televisions, radio clocks and phones

  • Backpacks, sleeping bags, clothes

  • Behind wallpaper, picture frames and other dark areas

How To Spot Bed Bug Activity

There are several telltale signs that bed bugs are present;

Bites – Note: Not all bites suffered at night are from bed bugs

Fecal Spots – Dots of dried blood along mattress seams, the boxspring, behind the headboard, or anywhere else bed bugs harbor

Cast Skins – These appear to be hollowed out bed bugs and are the shed skins from the nymphal stage

To be 100% certain that bed bugs are present, it is best to have a reputable pest professional perform an inspection.

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