Bedbugs are parasites that feed on human blood and are found all over the world. They increased in the developed world after the decline of bedbug incidences in the early 20th century. Increased foreign travel, immigration and increased resistance to pests might be responsible for the resurgence. Bedbugs are segmented with microscopic hairs. They resemble booklice, carpet beetles and small cockroaches. The adults are brown and oval shaped and close to 5 millimeters long. They feed on human and animal blood. Their habitat is in warm houses and near or inside beds. Bedbugs are not exclusively nocturnal creatures but function highly at night. Bedbugs can cause skin rashes and other allergic symptoms. Houses become infected from infested items and wild animals. Signs of bed bug infestations include fecal spots, blood smears on bed sheets and empty exoskeletons on the bed sheets. They reside in furniture, luggages and inside vehicles. Bedbugs live also on cats and dogs. They smell like rotten strawberries. Various methods are used to eradicate bedbugs.
Our Bedbug treatment programs are the best way to take action against a bedbug infestation. JoeBlue Pest Control technicians are extensively trained skilled and experienced professionals. They understand the habits of bed bugs and use their knowledge to choose the correct control methods and materials to develop an effective management program. Our innovative range of treatment options will quickly, effectively and discreetly treat bedbugs in your home or business. We can respond to your call out within 24 hours to arrange an inspection of your property to identify the need for control. Once all the treatment options have been discussed and a treatment plan is agreed, a JoeBlue Technician will to commence the treatment.
Included in our bedbug arsenal is our innovative Heat treatment, which minimizes the use of chemicals on items that come into contact with your guests. Killing all stages of the bed bug lifecycle in one treatment, this chemical-free treatment is the most effective AND safest way to control bedbugs. Inspection Process; as part of our service, we offer a proactive inspection service to reduce future risks. Our recommendation is to inspect all high risk areas of your business, and homes, the exact details will be agreed with you when one of our professional is on site.
Ways to Prevent Bedbugs: Make sure you really have bedbugs, not fleas, ticks or other insects. Don’t throw out all of your things because most of them can be treated and saved. Throwing stuff out is expensive, may spread the bedbugs to other people’s homes and could cause more stress. Thirdly, Think through your treatment options — Don’t immediately reach for the spray can. Be comprehensive in your approach. Reduce the number of hiding places — Clean up the clutter. A cluttered home provides more places for bedbugs to hide and makes locating and treating them harder. If bedbugs are in your mattress, using special bed bug covers (encasements) on your mattress and box springs makes it harder for bedbugs to get to you while you sleep. Leave the encasements on for a year. Be sure to buy a product that has been tested for bed bugs and is strong enough to last for the full year without tearing. Regularly wash and heat-dry your bed sheets, blankets, bedspreads and any clothing that touches the floor. This reduces the number of bedbugs. Bedbugs and their eggs can hide in laundry containers/hampers Remember to clean them when you do the laundry.
Do-it-yourself freezing may not be a reliable method for bed bug control. While freezing can kill bed bugs, temperatures must remain very low for a long time. Home freezers may not be cold enough to kill bedbugs; always use a thermometer to accurately check the temperature. Putting things outside in freezing temperatures could kill bed bugs, but there are many factors that can affect the success of this method. Kill bedbugs with heat, but be very careful. Raising the indoor temperature with the thermostat or space heaters won’t do the job. Special equipment and very high temperatures are necessary for successful heat treatment. Black plastic bags in the sun might work to kill bedbugs in luggage or small items, if the contents become hot enough. Bedbugs die when their body temperatures reaches 45°C (113°F). To kill bedbugs with heat, the room or container must be even hotter to ensure sustained heat reaches the bugs no matter where they are hiding. Don’t pass your bedbugs on to others. Bedbugs are good hitchhikers. If you throw out a mattress or furniture that has bedbugs in it, you should slash or in some way destroy it so that no one else takes it and gets bedbugs. Reduce the number of bedbugs to reduce bites. Thorough vacuuming can get rid of some of your bedbugs. Carefully vacuum rugs, floors, upholstered furniture, bed frames, under beds, around bed legs, and all cracks and crevices around the room. Change the bag after each use so the bed bugs can’t escape. Place the used bag in a tightly sealed plastic bag and in an outside garbage bin.
Ways to prepare for the Treatment of bedbugs before and after are listed below:
- Remove clutter from floors and away from walls.
- Launder bed linens, bedspread, etc. in “hot” water. Leave bed unmade.
- Wash clothes in “hot” water or have them dry cleaned, if required. After cleaned, store in sealed garbage bags or zip lock bags.
- Remove all items from furniture (nightstands, dressers, desks, etc.). All drawers must be treated. Clean each piece, place in a plastic bag and then seal it tightly.
- Closets must be completely emptied. All clothing, shoes, boxes, suitcases, etc., must be removed.
- Remove and/or loosen all switch plates from outlets and light switches.
- Remove any items that are mounted to the walls (i.e. – pictures, mirrors, but do not remove these items from the room). Clean each piece, place in a plastic bag and then seal it tightly.
- Furniture should be removed at least 2 feet from the wall.
- Bags, hats, shoes, books, magazines, papers, etc., must be thoroughly inspected and vacuumed, if possible, before being stored away.
- All books should be removed from shelves. Books should be inspected and vacuumed, if possible, before storing them away.
- (Every day) Vacuum bag must be discarded outside, immediately after use.
- Purchase covers for mattress and box spring. Mattress covers can be purchased from Pest Control in Queens, NY.
- Arrangements must be made to have any pets out of the apartment prior to treatment. Water filters on fish tanks must be turned off and the fish tank covered properly.
- Please remember to safeguard all valuables and remove all breakables from all treatable areas.
- Make sure the technician has access to all rooms and closets to be sure that an inspection and treatment can be done properly.
AFTER 1st TREATMENT:
- Open as many windows as possible (weather permitting).
- Leave your home for 4 hours, or until the spray has dried. Keep pets and children off treated surfaces until the spray has dried. Any infants, pregnant women, or anyone with respiratory issues must be out of the unit for 48 hours after treatment.
- Allow mattresses to dry completely before putting mattress covers on.
- Do not mop floor for 2-3 weeks
AFTER 2nd TREATMENT:
- You should leave your home for 4 hours.
- You may start to put your belongings back in place. Your clothing can go back into the closets and drawers. You can return books to the bookshelves.
Note! It is not uncommon to be bitten following treatment. You need to give the treatment time to work; at least 7-10 days. If instructions are not followed, you will significantly reduce the chances of eliminating the bedbug problem.
Note! DO NOT UNPACK ANY ITEMS UNTIL THE BED BUG PROBLEM HAS BEEN ERADICATED.