Bed bugs spend a majority of their lives in the narrowest cracks and crevices around your bed and other areas we rest, including in the folds of your sheets and in and around your mattress, box spring, pillows, cushions and blankets. Once a population becomes established, these pesky pests can then move onto other parts of your home, hiding in and around your nightstand, baseboards, wall outlets and even within your picture frames.
One of the challenges about a bed bug infestation is that these pests can easily return. That’s why our treatment methods address not only the current bed bug population, but also how the problem originated so that you can protect your home from future problems.
Our experts use a variety techniques to get rid of bed bugs, including:
- Spot treatments to target known bed bug-infested parts of your home, plus other potential problem areas
- Broader treatment products to prevent bed bugs from moving to other parts of your home
Once the living bed bugs and their eggs are eliminated, we can work with you to recommend methods to keep your home bed-bug free, which may include adding encasements to your mattress, box spring and pillows; washing all your linens in hot water; checking second-hand furniture, clothing and bags before they enter your home and keeping clutter to a minimum.
Since bed bugs are most active at night when we are sleeping, we often need to look for other signs these pests are lurking around. You may have a bed bug problem if you notice:
- Pale yellow exoskeletons or tiny eggs in bedrooms and living rooms.
- Stains that are rust or dark red-colored that bed bugs leave behind on sheets, beds and comforters after these pests feed on our blood.
- Living bed bugs which are oval-shaped, flat and about the size of an apple seed.
Of course, the main reason homeowners contact us is when someone in the household starts getting red, itchy bites on their arms, face and hands after waking up in the morning. Not all people react to bed bug bites, but for those that do, these bites can be very irritating. Since bed bug bites can often be confused with other insect bites, enlisting the help of a professional is important to determine the best ways to deal with the problem.
At ABC, the well-being of your family is our top priority. That’s why we don’t use any products that we wouldn’t use in our own home. We choose treatments which are effective while being low-impact. Our technicians are trained to very carefully apply any chemical products in small amounts, and we only use products which are formulated for residential use.
Should you have any concerns about the products we use, we will be happy to answer any questions you might have and address your concerns.
How quickly can you start working on my bed bug problem?
We completely understand that when you suspect you might have bed bugs, you want your problem solved—as soon as possible. That’s why we do our best to get you on the schedule within 24 hours so that a trained inspector can meet you at your property to provide you with a free estimate for recommended services. Once you approve our treatment plan, we can schedule your first service call.
What does ABC do during the free inspection?
Each pest problem is slightly different and requires a unique approach to ensure long-term results. That’s why ABC provides you with a free inspection and a customized, no-obligation treatment plan.
When our trained inspector meets you at your home, he or she will ask you a series of questions to gather more information about your uninvited guests. Then, the inspector will conduct an inspection of your home to confirm that it is bed bugs that have invaded your home and to pinpoint problem areas.
After the inspector has gathered all the necessary information to create a list of recommended next steps, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about different treatment options and what you can expect as an ABC customer.
After you have a chance to review and approve your free, no-obligation estimate, treatment can begin.
What can I do to keep bed bugs from coming back?
One of the reasons that bed bugs have become a problem again across the country is that once they find their way inside your home, they are very difficult to remove. Another surprising fact is that bed bugs can go up to three months without having a blood meal. So a bed bug can hide within your walls for quite some time undetected before coming out at night and biting you while you are sleeping.
One of the most common ways bed bugs make their way inside is in a piece of luggage or bag that you have brought back from a trip. You can check a hotel room for bed bugs by looking closely at the sheets for dark red blood spots and to check in and around beds and sofas with a flashlight for bed bug activity.
Keeping your luggage in your garage after your trip and putting clothes directly into the washing machine with hot water can prevent bed bugs from coming inside.
Carefully inspect any second-hand items you might have purchased before entering your home. Look at clothing, purses, coats and furniture for droppings or blood spots that might indicate the item is infested.
Where are the places bed bugs hide?
Your home provides countless places for bed bugs to digest their last blood meal and remain protected until the next feeding. Some of the areas which bed bugs can hide include:
- In the smallest cracks on your bed frame and headboard
- Near the tag, seams and piping of your box spring and mattress
- Within the seams or cushions of your couches and chairs
- Inside of your curtain folds
- Inside your dresser, between drawers
- Inside of appliances and your wall outlets and plates
- In the joint between the wall and ceiling
Can you handle bed bug problems in commercial facilities?
Bed bug problems tend to be concentrated in areas with dense concentrations of people, including hotels and even call centers. Our team of commercial pest specialists is especially well-versed to handle the unique challenges of bed bug control in these environments.