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ABOUT BED BUGS
ALL ABOUT BED BUGS
How do you know if you have bed bugs?
Detecting bed bugs can sometimes be complex, however, there are several signs that may indicate their presence:
1. Bites on the body: Bed bug bites are usually found on exposed skin during sleep. They are often aligned or clustered and usually cause itching.
2. Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases: Bed bugs feed on blood, so you may notice blood stains on your bedding.
3. Black dots on your mattress or furniture: These dots could be the droppings of bed bugs.
4. Tiny eggshells or molted skins in areas where bed bugs hide: Bed bugs are small creatures (about the size of an apple seed), and their translucent eggshells or molted skins may be visible to the naked eye.
5. An unpleasant odour: Bed bugs have a characteristic odour, often described as sweet and unpleasant.
If you notice one or more of these signs, it’s best to call a exterminator professional to confirm the presence of bed bugs and establish an appropriate treatment plan.
I have bed bugs, what should I do?
Discovering that you have bed bugs can be an unpleasant experience, but don’t worry, there are solutions to deal with this problem:
1. Identification: First, make sure they are bed bugs. Their correct identification is essential to implement the right treatment plan.
2. Call in a professional: Bed bugs are tough and difficult to eradicate completely without the help of a professional. Exterminators have the tools, knowledge and experience to effectively treat a bed bug infestation.
3. Preparing your home: Follow the exterminator’s instructions to prepare your home before treatment. This can include cleaning your home, washing and bagging your clothes and bedding, and moving your furniture.
4. Treatment: The professional will apply specialized treatment to eliminate bed bugs from your home. This process may require several visits to ensure that all bed bugs and their eggs have been eliminated.
5. Prevention of future infestations: Once the infestation is treated, take steps to prevent re-infestation. This can include using bed bug-resistant mattress covers, avoiding buying used furniture, and being vigilant when travelling.
Remember, it’s important to act quickly when you discover bed bugs. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to eliminate them.
When to worry about bed bugs?
It is important to take any suspicion of a bed bug infestation very seriously at the first sign. Here are some situations where it is essential to be concerned:
1. Physical signs: You notice stings on your body when you wake up. Although some people do not react to bed bug bites, others may develop itching, redness or rashes.
2. Stains on the bedding: You observe small blood or feces stains (blackheads) on your sheets or mattress.
3. Odor: Bed bugs have a distinctive odour, often described as sweet. If you detect an unusual odour in your bedroom or other sleeping areas, it could be a sign of infestation.
4. Presence of insects: You find bed bug-like insects in your bed, on your mattress, in the seams of your mattress, in your headboard, or in other furniture nearby.
If you notice one or more of these signs, it is recommended that you contact a exterminator professional who can confirm the presence of bed bugs and suggest an appropriate treatment plan.
How do bed bugs appear?
Bed bugs are clever pests that can get into our living spaces in many different ways. They are mainly carried by humans and their possessions, and can be spread in several ways:
1. Travel: Hotels, hostels and other places of stay are common places where bed bugs can be picked up. They hide in luggage, clothing or personal items and are then carried home.
2. Used furniture: Bed bugs may be present in used furniture, such as beds, sofas or chairs. It is therefore recommended that you carefully inspect these items before taking them home.
3. Neighborhood: In apartment buildings, bed bugs can move from one unit to another through walls, floors and ceilings.
4. Visitors: Bed bugs can also arrive at your home on the clothes or bags of visitors.
It is important to note that the presence of bed bugs is not necessarily related to the cleanliness of your home. These insects are attracted to heat, carbon dioxide and blood, not dirt or clutter.
What is the bed bug season?
Unlike many other insects, bed bugs are not specifically seasonal. They can infest your home at any time of the year. However, it is true that infestations may seem more common at certain times.
Bed bug activity can increase in the summer for several reasons. First, people generally travel more during the summer months, increasing the risk of carrying bed bugs from one place to another. In addition, bed bugs can grow faster in warmer conditions, which can contribute to a more rapid spread in the summer.
However, it is crucial to understand that bed bugs can survive and remain active in a wide range of temperatures, provided they have access to a food source. Therefore, you must remain vigilant about bed bugs throughout the year.
|French name||Punaises de lit|
|Latin name||Cimex lectularius|
|Length||4 to 8 mm|
|Life||6 and 12 months|
DETECT THE PRESENCE OF BED BUGS AND DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM
People can sometimes roll around on bed bugs while they sleep, causing blood stains on the sheets. Live Bed Bugs will leave black or dark brown patches of dry fecal matter on infested surfaces after their meal and these pests can also give off a sweet musty odor that is very subtle.
WHY A BEDBUG EXTERMINATOR?
Your health and peace of mind are well worth the price of a professional extermination to eliminate bedbugs. A certified exterminator is your best ally in the fight against pests, for several reasons. First of all, you will have the certainty that the extermination work will be done according to the standards. In addition, you avoid handling hazardous products that may not be suitable for your environment. Insecticides can also make bed bugs more resistant to treatment if used improperly.
HELP HIM TO HELP YOU
You’ve made it clear that you need an exterminator. At the base, avoid leaving objects or clothes lying around. This will limit the places where bed bugs can hide. Before the exterminator arrives, declutter all rooms. Think about making it easy for him, he will surely be grateful! To do this, empty drawers and closets in infested rooms. Also remove curtains and rugs and treat them. Check the condition of mattresses, box springs and upholstery. If they are not damaged, treat them on site at high temperature with high steam.
The exterminator uses more effective (and probably more dangerous) products than those available on the market. The handling of chemical agents is always a delicate act, that is why the professional is equipped accordingly. He also has the appropriate techniques to identify and eradicate the pests that are bothering you. The exterminator will also be able to give you sound advice and more in-depth information while providing you with effective prevention tips. Our products respect the regulations of the Quebec associations and the Ministry of Sustainable Development. File
AFTER THE EXTERMINATION
Following the elimination of bedbugs, it is strongly advised not to walk barefoot in the treated areas for at least 48 hours. Otherwise, get back into your routine. Air out the treated rooms, reinstall your curtains, rehang your rugs and live in peace!
Make it a habit to regularly check treated areas for bed bugs. If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact our experts who will be able to take care of any inconvenience.
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DESCRIPTION OF THE BED BUG:
The bed bug (Cimex lectularius L. ) is a hemimetabolous insect of the order Hemiptera. It measures 5 mm long and is of brown-red color (rather red after its meals). It has an oval body and flattened dorso-ventrally, which allows it to infiltrate narrow cracks, such as the seams of mattresses. Its eyes are relatively small and its mouth parts, of the sucking type, allow it to pierce the skin of its host to then suck its blood.
The female can lay up to 200 eggs, at a rate of two per day. She sticks them to surfaces so that when they hatch after one to three weeks, they will be near a food source. The nymph, which resembles the adult, undergoes five moults before reaching the adult stage, after 14 to 30 days. After each moult, the nymph must feed on blood. The length of the life cycle is very variable. On average, it takes 4 to 9 weeks to complete, although sometimes it can take a full year.
- Avoid picking up mattresses or furniture left on the curb.
- If you are moving into a building, check with the landlord to see if there is a management policy regarding bed bugs. In some municipalities, it is a reportable insect.
- Before you sign a contract with movers, find out what measures they take to deal with fleas.
- Once in your new home, vacuum everything before bringing in your furniture. Dispose of vacuum bags outside in closed garbage cans. Check moldings at the bottom of walls, baseboards and other places where a small insect that is the shape and size of a flattened apple seed may hide. Look in bedrooms around electrical outlets and along moldings for bedbug droppings. Contact your landlord immediately if you have any doubts, so you don’t appear to be responsible for the infestation.
- In buildings, bed bugs can travel from one dwelling to another: be vigilant the first few weeks!
- When staying in a hotel, do not put your luggage on the floor or on the bed: store it in the bathtub or on a luggage rack.
- If you detect small blood stains on your sheets or pillows, call an exterminator from A-Extermination.
- Check the bed: mattress, box spring, zippers, seams, upholstery, behind and around the headboard.
- Check furniture and walls: furniture frames and upholstery, using an object with a hard corner like a credit card.
- Check behind paintings, posters, photos, mirrors and around moldings, woodwork, baseboards and window frames.
- Check for cracks in the plaster and peeling wallpaper.
- Inspect electrical outlets, light switches, telephones and clocks as well as carpeting and rugs, especially around beds.
I HAVE BED BUGS, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
- Don’t throw anything away. Any object can be rid of bed bugs.
- Do not apply any insecticide yourself. In addition to representing a health risk for you and your loved ones if misused, most pesticides available on the market have a repellent effect. That is, the product releases vapors strong enough to repel other bugs to more distant locations, making it difficult for the pest management technician to intervene.
- If you find even one bed bug, contact us. Immediate action is needed to contain and eradicate the infestation.
If you detect bed bugs in your home, don’t hesitate to call A-EXTERMINATION. Our exterminators will give you advice adapted to your situation to prepare you for the intervention. Bed bug treatment is a safe, targeted and environmentally responsible procedure.
Bed bugs infestation in your house? Our exterminators are trained in the use of safe and effective methods and products to get rid of these small unwanted insects.