How do you get Bed Bugs?
You can pick up bed bugs almost anywhere — offices, stores, hotels and gyms for starters. They’re great at hiding and have been known to hitchhike in luggage, personal belongings or even you. Once indoors, they can be very difficult to control without the help of an experienced pest specialist. You can reduce your chances of a costly bed bug infestation by catching them early.
Bed Bug Tips
Remove all clutter from your home, which makes finding bed bugs easier.
Wash and dry your bed linens on the hottest temperature permitted.
Closely inspect any second-hand furniture before bringing it in your home.
Inspect your home after moving, trips, service calls or overnight guests.
How serious are Bed Bugs?
Females can deposit one to five eggs a day, and may lay 200 to 500 eggs in a Bed Bug’s lifetime. Under normal room temperatures and with an adequate food supply, they can live for more than 300 days.
Bed Bugs and Disease
It is possible that Bed Bugs can carry diseases, however, they are not known to transmit diseases to people. To learn more, see Bed Bugs and Disease.
Bed Bug Bites
Bed Bugs feed exclusively on blood, and people have various responses to Bed Bug Bites. To identify, learn about symptoms etc, see Bed Bug Bites.
Don’t Let Bed Bugs Ruin Your Home
If you wake up with unexplained bug bites or rashes or odd spots, bloodstains on sheets, pillowcases, and mattresses, you may have bed bugs. Bed bugs feed on human blood and sometimes on your pets. The itchy rashes you get after a bug bites are due to an allergic reaction. You should seek medical attention if any infection is present. You can also try antihistamine medications, calamine lotion, oatmeal baths, corticosteroid cream, or medications like ibuprofen for treatment of the allergic reaction.
How Do Bed Bugs Infest Your Home?
Bed bugs can invade your home when they hitch a ride in your luggage or you buy soft goods at a secondhand store or at a garage or yard sale.
They can also come in when your cleaning service brings their vacuum and cleaning rags from someone’s home. Bed bugs could already be hiding in the carpet when you move in, or they can migrate from adjoining apartments and condos.
It is impossible to get rid of bed bugs without specialized treatment from knowledgeable professionals. About Time Pest & Weed of Scottsdale, AZ uses state-of-the-art methods to remove all bed bugs from your home. About Time’s Pest products are safe for both children and pets.
What To Do Before We Arrive
Arizona is one of those states where many of our cities like Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Carefree, Paradise Valley… they get crowded and commute time varies, but we do always try to be at each of our appointments before our actual scheduled time just in case. In any case, here is what you should do before you call us or before we show up: First vacuum throughout your home, place the vacuum bag in a plastic garbage bag, and take it promptly out of the house. For a bag-less vacuum, wash the dust cup in hot, soapy water.
Besides carpets and rugs, vacuum draperies and upholstered furniture and all mattress and box springs on both sides, taking care to get into all cracks and seams. Pay attention to baseboards and along walls after moving furniture at least 18 inches from the walls.
Put all of your clothes into heavy-duty plastic bags for treatment.
All pillowcases, blankets, and towels should also be placed into heavy-duty plastic bags for us to treat.
The kid’s stuffed animals and the dog or cat’s bed also needs to be placed into heavy-duty plastic bags, ready for our treatment.
Buy zippered covers for your mattress and box springs to place on after treatment.
Call Rick @ About Time PWC 602-579-6273.
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