Quick & Reliable Bed Bug Control
ABC utilizes two primary methods for bed bug control. The first is to apply a localized treatment solution to areas where bed bugs often hide, such as headboards, baseboards, wall joints and under carpet edging. Although this option is more cost-effective, applying spot treatments is less effective since these pests and their eggs are small enough to fit into virtually any cracks or crevices in your home.
Bed bugs can hide in many different places in your home and can fit into cracks the width of a credit card.
Some of the places you can find these pests include:
- In cracks on your headboard and bed frame
- Near the piping, seams and tags of your mattress and box spring
- In between the cushions or seams of your chairs and couches
- In the folds of your curtains
- In between your drawers
- In electrical outlets and appliances
- Where the wall and ceiling meet
Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
The best way to tell if you have a bed bug infestation is to look for physical signs:
- Red or rust-colored stains on your sheets or mattresses, from the waste materials produced after they have fed on human blood.
- Tiny eggs, eggshells and light yellow exoskeletons bed bugs shed as they grow into adulthood.
- Living bed bugs.
Another sign that you might need bed bug treatment is the appearance of itchy, flat red bites on your arms and other areas which might be exposed while you are sleeping. Bed bugs are attracted to the body temperature and scent of a sleeping person and feed on their blood at night. That said, not everyone reacts to bed bug bites, and these bites can often be confused with bites from other insects.
A bed bug infestation has nothing to do with level of cleanliness. They are typically brought into your home after a trip, hitching a ride in luggage. Any bedroom can be invaded by bed bugs—even at 5 star hotels which is why bed bug inspections are important if you suspect an infestation.
Our customers count on us to treat their homes with the same care and attention that we would our own. While an ABC technician is working in your home, you can trust that your home is in good hands.
Is this method friendly for pets and children?
The process is friendly to both pets and children, but due to the nature of the treatment, people and pets will need to vacate the home during the service. The product acts both on contact and as a persistent barrier for anything that tries to sneak by. Once dry, people and pets may continue using the space as usual with the added protection of the product keeping them pest free.
Are bed bugs dangerous?
Not generally. They don’t carry diseases like mosquitoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not consider bed bugs to pose a public health problem. Their bites can sometimes cause itching and skin infections, however, and some people may suffer allergic reactions to bed bug bites.
How can I prevent bed bugs from returning after treatment?
Passive monitoring is one way to stop bed bugs in their tracks.
Maybe the most effective passive device we’ve come across is the ClimbUp®, which is a cup lined with slippery talcum powder. These cups are placed under the legs of furniture and will trap any bed bugs that try to make their way up to your furniture. Give us a call to find out more about the preventative and follow-up options we offer.