After Bed Bug Extermination: What To Know

Recently have bed bug extermination on your property? So what's next? Your pest control technician likely informed you of the steps to take post-treatment for bed bugs. Even so, it's important to cover all bases, not only for safety but to make sure you get the most from the treatment(s).

Let’s look at the things to consider and things that you need to know after a bed bug extermination and what to expect.

Premature Re-Entry To Treated Room Is Not Recommended

If you have used a PMP (pest management professional) for the process, be sure to follow all of their recommendations.

For example, you will be informed about how long you should wait before re-entering the treated area or room.

This is typically between 2-4 hours after the extermination and the same goes for instances when you personally sprayed or treated the space.

Having said that, you might be asked to wait longer depending on factors like severity of the …

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Signs That You May Have Bed Bugs

If you think that you may have a bed bug infestation, there are several things to look for when confirming your suspicions. Knowing where to look and what you are looking for is the first step to spotting an infestation. Calling a professional exterminator to scope out your house is the best way to find out if you have a bed bug problem. If you see any signs of bed bugs in your home you should be sure to call a professional right away to avoid an out of control infestation. 

Where To Look & What To Look For

Blood Stains - Bed bugs eat blood meals and therefore they leave a stain when smashed. These bloodstains tend to be very noticeable on bedding.

Dark Spots - Dark, brownish-red spots on your bedding that are not bloodstains could be fecal matter from bed bugs which is also a big telltale of an infestation. They can be located on your bedding, walls, or other rooms that the bugs may have entered.

Actual Bed Bugs - The biggest…

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Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?

While there may still be a few people who haven't really been educated about bed bugs, with the recent rise in incidents and infestations just about everyone is aware of what a bed bug is. But where do bed bugs come from? They can come from a variety of places because they are some of the best hitchhikers and their tiny size makes it hard to notice them. Therefore, you're likely not going to realize when you're carrying them in your home; or when/if anyone else is for that matter.

Helpful Tips for Preventing a Bed Bug Problem

#1 - When buying used furniture, have it inspected before bringing it into your home. These tiny bugs can hide in the smallest of crevices and cracks and you could easily not 'see' them. It's best to let a professional handle it.

#2 - When traveling take care to inspect your hotel room upon arrival and before departing. You might also want to inspect your own clothing if you traveled by airplane as a safety precaution.

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What Are Bed Bugs?

You’ve likely heard that dreadful word...bed bugs. What are bed bugs? If you have never had an experience with these tiny pests you may not fully be aware of what they are. A lot of people aren’t really familiar with them because they’ve never had an issue with them. It’s helpful to educate yourself on different bugs, even if you’ve never seen them or had them in your home. This way, should you come across one at any given time, you’ll have an idea of what to do; this is especially helpful for bed bugs. In fact, you could have bed bugs in your home right now and not know it. They could be in your bed, your carpets, your bedroom furniture and other areas throughout your room or home. When bed bugs are left untreated they’ll have an opportunity to spread to other rooms so it’s important that you take action immediately once you discover signs of them. It’s helpful to educate yourself on different bugs, should you come across one at any given time, you’ll have an idea of what t…
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Essential Oils & Bed Bugs

If you are like most who are battling a bed bug problem or are looking for ways to help prevent an infestation, you probably first look for a more 'natural' approach. Obviously you don't want to use toxic products inside your home if you don't have to.

The findings of this study are quite interesting and prove that we could see a more 'green' approach to effective bed bug control and removal in the near future. 15 essential oil compounds were analyzed in this study and the most effective were lemongrass, clove and thyme.

Read the full article by Purdue University.

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5 Facts About Bed Bugs

5 Important Facts to Better Understand Bed Bugs Bed bugs are those little hitchhikers that come into your home and feed on your blood while you’re sleeping leaving little red bumps all over you. They can make it into your home by latching onto used furniture, bedding, and more. Many people do not know much about these mysterious little bloodsuckers, at least until they have to deal with an infestation. 1. They can live literally anywhere. When people think of bed bugs, seedy hotel rooms are usually what comes to mind. In reality, a bed bug can live almost anywhere from retail stores to office buildings and even schools. 2. They can go months without feeding. A bed bug can survive for approximately a year without feeding on blood even once. This makes preventing an infestation harder than normal as they can hide in your home for a long time without having to come out to eat. There aptitude for survival makes DIY measures ineffective against an infestation. 3. They are elusive.…
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Overview of Bed Bug History

Ever wonder just where bed bugs came from and how long they’ve been a devastating pest to people? Bed bugs are, amazingly, one of the strongest animal species simply because they have accomplished so much during their time on Earth. And judging by their continuous presence it doesn’t look like they will be going anywhere anytime soon, although it’s understandable that we all wish they would go extinct! Bed Bugs Lived Thousands of Years Ago If you look at the history of bed bugs you’ll be surprised to learn that they’ve been discovered in ancient writings. This means they have probably been around for as long as humans have been on Earth; maybe even longer. In the 17th century the bed bug was deemed a pest. These little nuisances traveled with the colonists to America, infesting the luggage and valuables of the vessels and immigrants who were aboard. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); DDT First Used to Treat Bed Bugs Back in the 1940’s and 50’s the product…
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How to Choose a Bed Bug Exterminator – 7 Tips

Are you looking for help with bed bugs? That’s definitely unfortunate because these are among the worst pests in the world and are getting harder to eradicate than in past years. So rather than slowing down, their appearances are drastically increasing just about everywhere in the United States. So when you decide to hire a professional bed bug exterminator you don’t want to go with the first company you call. Here are seven helpful tips to help you find the best bed bug service provider in your local area. Tip #1 - Specialized Bed Bug Exterminator When you start searching and looking at the companies near you it’s important to decide if you want to go with a company that offers a variety of services, including bed bugs, or do you want to go with a company that specializes in bed bugs? Meaning they focus 100% if not close to 100% on bed bugs and not other pests. This is a personal preference and selection but definitely a factor to consider when choosing an exterminator. Tip #…
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Bed Bug Inspection Checklist

If you have a suspicion that bed bugs may be sharing your personal space it may be time to call on a bed bug exterminator. However, you can also perform your own inspection to see if you uncover these tiny pests. While it's best to let a professional inspect because they know what they're looking for, if you educate yourself on what they look like and where/how to find them you could easily spot them yourself. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Below is a helpful checklist to help you inspect your own property for bed bugs. Just a few key points before you continue reading: This is best done at night because bed bugs are nocturnal and will be moving about looking for a blood meal. You'll need a good flashlight, or a penlight to use during the inspection. These little pests are pretty small so be patient and be diligent. If all else fails you know you can count on a professional to inspect the property for you. Deciding on what to do about treatm…
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