Barry did a very thorough inspection and found a bed bug still living (although not thriving) in a knothole of the boxspring frame. I was impressed at his thoroughness. He was professional yet very friendly. Fortunately, everything passed with flying colors.
Bed bugs are experts at hiding, which is just one of the reasons they are the most difficult pest to treat. So, we understand that once you think you might have bed bugs, you’ll quickly want to enlist the help of a pest control company. Give us a call at (281) 730-9500, and we’ll send out an inspector as soon as possible to your property to confirm that you do have a bed bug problem. Once we have identified your problem, we'll schedule the first service call to begin treatment.
Our highly-trained, background-checked technicians will thoroughly inspect your property and determine the best course of treatment based on the extent of your infestation. In addition to our knowledgeable technicians, ABC also brings a specially-trained bed bug dog to sniff out these tiny pests. After the inspection, we will provide you with a plan of action and associated costs. Once you approve our estimate, we can quickly get started on treatment.
ABC utilizes two primary methods to treat for bed bugs. The first is to apply a 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 bed bugs are experts at hiding and are small enough to fit into virtually any cracks or crevices in your home.
The best way to eliminate bed bugs is through heat remediation. Heat remediation is a chemical-free alternative which relies on high temperatures to kill bed bugs in all their stages of development in affected areas. Once the treatment is complete, no harmful residue remains in your home. You should only need one heat remediation treatment. However, as part of our treatment services we offer a follow-up treatment to ensure that no bed bugs remain on your property.
Even after your home has been treated for bed bugs, these pests can be reintroduced. The best way to prevent bed bugs from entering your home is to be very cautious about what you are bringing into your home. When you travel, inspect your sleeping accommodations to ensure that the mattress, box spring, headboard and sheets are free of bugs themselves or the small dark or red spots or stains which might indicate a problem.
When you return, unpack your suitcase in your garage and place your clothes directly into your washer and wash them with hot water or run a dry cycle. Inspect your luggage carefully before bringing it inside or put it in a large garbage bag with no-pest strips for a few weeks to eliminate any potential stowaways.
If you buy used furniture or clothing, examine it carefully for bed bugs, droppings or other warning signs before bringing it into your home. Bed bugs are opportunistic, so if you don’t give them the opportunity to get into your home, they can’t become established. If you see any signs bed bugs have returned, contact us immediately so we can take care of the problem.
The best way to tell if you have a bed bug infestation is to look for physical signs. These might include:
Red or rust-colored stains on your sheets or mattresses, from the waste materials produced after the bed bugs 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 have a bed bug problem 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.
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 join
Because of the high temperatures required for this type of treatment, heat remediation is scheduled during a time when your family and pets are away from your home. Once the treatment is complete, everyone can return to your home with no fear of any lasting impacts or chemical residue.
ABC is committed to the health and safety of our clients as well as to doing our part to protect the environment. After decades in the pest control business, we are experts at selecting treatments which are effective, but yet have a minimal impact on the environment. Our customers can request to see the Material Safety Data Sheet on any products we use.
Yes! ABC provides a full range of commercial services to businesses in a variety of industries, including bed bug treatment services.