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When can someone from ABC get to my home to begin resolving the problem?

We understand the impact that bed bugs can have. If you suspect you have bed bugs or have seen evidence of these pests yourself, contact us and we will schedule an inspection at the earliest opportunity. When we come to your home, we will offer you a complimentary inspection and estimate and, upon your approval of our estimate, we can begin treatment.

What can I expect to happen during the complimentary inspection?

At ABC, we understand that no two pest problems are the same, which is why may request to come to inspect your home. During this visit, we will start by asking you questions about the problems you’ve been having so we can have a better understanding of the severity and extent of your infestation. After we have a good understanding of your issue, we will perform an inspection of your home to find evidence of where bed bugs are hiding in your home and, if possible, determine where the infestation originated. 

A specialist reviewing bed bug extermination options with a customer

When we have finished our inspection, we will give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding our treatment methods. Finally, we will present you with a complimentary estimate that is tailored to your property. Upon your approval of our estimate, we will get you on the calendar. 

What methods does ABC recommend to control a bed bug infestation?

Bed bugs may be the most difficult pest to control, which is why it's important to call in a professional if you think you may have a problem. One reason do-it-yourself methods for bed bug control commonly fail is that these pests are excellent at hiding. They can conceal themselves in nearly any crevice in your home, including within the seams of your mattress, on and around furniture, near baseboards and in bedding. As the population of bed bugs starts to grow in your home, these creatures will start hiding in even more inconspicuous areas, such as near wall outlets, nightstands and even in your wall hangings. 

Bed bugs can be hard to detect because they normally feed on us when we are asleep, and their bite isn't painful enough to wake us. Once a bed bug has taken a blood meal, it can go long periods of time without feeding, and will often retreat deeper into its hiding spot. This phenomenon is what can convince homeowners that they have successfully eliminated these pests, only to discover the problem is not under control.  

Depending on the extent and nature of your problem, we may recommend one or both of the following treatment methods: 

  • Spot treatments to areas with bed bug activity, as well as to other areas that are common bed bug problem spots 
  • A broader spectrum treatment applied throughout your home that provides more holistic protection against bed bugs

Some preventative measures our technicians may suggest as your home is underground treatment include purchasing special casements for your pillows, box springs and mattresses; washing your sheets and other linens in hot water; thoroughly examining any secondhand items such as bags, clothing or furniture before bringing it into your home and avoiding clutter that may provide bed bugs and other pests with a place to hide. 

How might I know if I have bed bugs?

Because bed bugs are tiny and nocturnal, it can be hard to spot these pests. You may need to rely on other common signs of bed bugs to determine whether or not you have a problem. Common indicators of a bed bug infestation include:

  • Small bloodstains on sheets or pillowcases 
  • Bed bug excrement that looks like rusty spots on your mattresses or furniture 
  • Egg shells or shed bed bug skins in common bed bug hiding spots 

Of all of the signs of a bed bug infestation, the most common is the itchy bites that you may wake up with. These bites are commonly found on areas that we don’t cover while we’re sleeping, such as our hands, face, feet, arms and legs. Keep in mind that not everyone reacts to bed bug bites and that there are other bugs that are mistaken for bed bugs that can make their way into our home. To confirm what pest is on your property, it’s best to contact a pest control professional who can assess the situation and recommend an effective course of action.

Where do bed bugs hide?

Due to their tiny size, bed bugs can hide nearly anywhere in your home. Some examples of where these pests may rest while waiting for their next blood meal include:

  • In your bedframe or headboard
  • In the seams, tags or piping of your mattress or box spring 
  • In the folds of your curtains 
  • In small cracks between dresser drawers 
  • In appliances, wall outlets and covers 
  • Junctions in walls and other areas where wooden components meet
How can I prevent bed bugs from returning after treatment?

A major reason why bed bugs are such a widespread concern is because it’s extremely difficult to prevent these bugs from entering your home. Many times, travelers are unaware they have even brought these pests home with them until they start waking up with bites. Bed bug problems can take homeowners months to resolve, especially if they try to handle the infestation themselves before calling in a professional. Often, home sprays meant to kill bed bugs just drive them further into their hiding spots, only for them to come back out when they need to take a blood meal. 

Usually, bed bugs hitch a ride in our luggage after we’ve visited a place that is infested. If you’ve had a problem or want to prevent one, you can check your hotel room for signs of dark, rust-colored spots on sheets and furniture with a flashlight. Upon arriving home, put all of your clothes in the washing machine and then dry them at your dryer's hottest setting, as this can kill eggs that may have been laid in your clothing. To prevent adult bed bugs from making their way into your home, leave luggage and other bags you brought with you in the garage. 

Bed bugs also make their way inside homes by hitching a ride on second-hand furniture and clothes. Before bringing any second-hand items into your home, examine them thoroughly for signs of bed bugs. 

Are your bed bug treatment methods friendly for pets and children?

As a family-owned and run business, our top priority is our customers and our community. When selecting the products we use, we only choose solutions that are specially formulated for residential use in the lowest concentration of chemicals possible. Our technicians are careful to spot treat for bed bugs in areas with pest activity and common pest nesting and breeding grounds. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our treatment methods or options, your technician would be happy to address them.   

Are your specialists available to treat for bed bugs at businesses?

Yes, we can treat your business for bed bugs. ABC has specially trained technicians who know where bed bugs like to hide in commercial spaces and how to effectively treat them. We can service many different types of commercial properties, including hotels. 

Why should I hire ABC?

With over 60 years of experience in the industry, ABC has special expertise in eradicating all types of pests. We know exactly where these uninvited guests like to hide and know what products are most useful and low-impact, so you can feel confident that our treatments will be effective.

In addition, you can have peace of mind knowing that all of our team members go through an extensive hiring process, which includes a drug test and a background check. Before performing service calls, our team members also go through an in-house training program so they are able to handle any type of pest control problem you may have. Finally, as a family run business, our top priority is your family so we will always treat your home as if it was our own.