“Don’t let the bed bugs bite…” Unfortunately this sentiment is once again true in the United States. Due to the increase in international travel, immigration, change in pesticides and the bugs’ resistance to many insecticides, the problem which was once eliminated in the United States is back. Bed Bug infestations are not dependant on cleanliness or socioeconomic boundaries either. The cleanest, most luxurious hotel or house could play host to Bed Bugs.
One of the reasons for the resurgence is the “hitch hiking” nature of the bugs. They can be brought into homes through our luggage, clothes, and even furniture. Just because you may not see Bed Bugs, does not mean that you do not have an infestation as they are difficult to detect. Some common signs to look for are bites, small blood spots on sheets and mattresses, and black fecal droppings.
- Inspect the hotel room and mattress before unpacking luggage.
- Store your luggage in the bathtub or bathroom. Do not store luggage and clothes in the hotel dresser, luggage racks, beds or upholstered furniture.
- Inspect your luggage and clothes before bringing them into your home.
- Inspect furniture before bringing it into your home.
Blue Ridge Pest Control’s Treatment Method
If you think you have Bed Bugs, call a professional pest management company immediately. Bed Bugs cannot be treated properly by the homeowner. The treatment is a process that requires the cooperation of the customer with the professional technician. Pesticides alone should not be used to control Bed Bugs. The most effective program for eliminating Bed Bugs is one that uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM is the use of all possible methods in a logical combination that minimizes the risk of pesticide exposure, safeguards the environment and maximizes effectiveness.
- Inspect infested areas plus surround living spaces
- Correctly identify the pest
- Clean all items within the Bed Bug infested living area
- Wash and dry all linens and clothes in hot water and high heat
- Reduce clutter where Bed Bugs can hide
- Physically remove bugs through cleaning and vacuuming
- Pesticide use with caution
- Steam treating when necessary