BED BUGS – “They’re Back!” Don’t think Bed Bugs are here?
Bill Clark Pest Control receives numerous calls daily regarding local infestations of this re-surging pest.
Bed bugs have become a major threat for residential and commercial property owners, and the Southeast Texas region is no exception. These pests went dormant over the past 60 plus years due to the widespread use of DDT, but resurgence has escalated since the late 1990’s.
Entomologists speculate that the resurgence of bed bugs may be due to increased international travel, the ban on DDT, and a higher resistance to pesticides that are currently being used. Bed bugs present a significant risk and challenge to both homeowners and businesses alike. Bill Clark Pest Control has developed an extensive protocol of bed bug services to help owners of commercial and residential properties deal with this invasive pest.
At Bill Clark Pest Control, we provide thorough inspections to homes, motels, hotels, apartments, dormitories, living centers and other residential/commercial/industrial facilities.
Bed Bug consulting, inspections and treatments are performed by highly trained Bugsperts who continually undergo on-going training to keep up with the latest information and trends in the industry. Bill Clark Pest Control also offers bed bug monitoring services that seek to detect Bed Bug activity at its earliest stages.
The traditional method for the control of bed bugs, conventional pesticide treatments target the insects where they reside after bed linens and clothes have been laundered.
The baseboards, along with cracks and crevices in the walls are treated with an EPA labeled pesticide that is approved to control bed bugs on contact. Select furniture may also be treated including bed frames, head boards, sofas and nightstands.
Mattress and box spring encasements are recommended for control against bed bugs, especially in hotels/motels and dwellings of high occupancy. The encasements can be zipped shut to keep bed bugs out which will ensure your mattress and box spring will not need to be thrown away in the event of an infestation.
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BITS ABOUT BED BUGS
- Reddish brown oval shaped insects (adult stage about the size of an apple seed).
- They are cryptic and prefer dark places.
- Most active between 2:00am-6:00am.
- Bed bugs can consume 7x their body weight in 5 minutes.
- They generally require a blood meal about once a week.
- Must have a blood meal to reproduce.
- The 1st instar nymph is about 1mm so it enables them to infest the internal areas of mattresses and furniture.
- Products/Materials which are applied to the mattress surface will not control those internal bed bug nymphs.
- Bed bugs inject an anesthetic into a person’s body so that the bite is not noticeable in the beginning. Later the saliva creates a very uncomfortable sensation causing people to itch.
- Indifferent than other insects, bed bugs don’t have pads on the bottom of their feet. This prevents residual products from killing the bed bugs.
BED BUG TRAVEL TIPS
- At hotels, thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in furniture. Pull back the bed sheets and check the mattress seams and box springs for pepper-like stains that may be evidence of bed bug activity.
- If you suspect an infestation or problem, notify management and change rooms immediately. Be sure the new room is not adjacent to or directly below or above the possibly infested room.
- Keep suitcases in plastic trash bags or protective covers during a hotel stay to prevent bed bugs from nesting there. Do not put them on the beds.
- Storing your suitcases in the bathtub is a great place to store them as Bed Bugs are unable to climb up the sides of most tubs.
- Upon returning home from a trip, inspect all suitcases and other belongings before bringing them into the house.
- Wash all clothes – even those that have not been worn – in hot water and dry them using an extra-hot dryer setting.
- If you suspect you have a Bed Bug problem, act on it quickly by calling us for an inspection.