Bed Bug FAQ (frequently asked questions)
What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are small insects that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. Adult bed bugs are oval,
wingless and rusty red colored, and have flat bodies, antennae and small eyes. They are visible to the
naked eye, but often hide in cracks and crevices. When bed bugs feed, their bodies swell and become a
brighter red. In homes, bed bugs feed primarily on the blood of humans, usually at night when people are sleeping. Bed bugs are not considered dangerous; however the bites, debris (droppings and shells), and other infestation symptoms are very unpleasant.
How do I know if my home is infested with bed bugs?
If you have bed bugs, you may also notice itchy welts on you or your family member’s skin. You may also see the bed bugs themselves, small bloodstains from crushed bed bugs, or dark spots from bed bug droppings in your home. Bed bugs often hide in or near beds and bedroom furniture, and in the tufts, seams, and folds of mattresses and daybed covers. In more severe infestations, bed bugs may spread to cracks and crevices in bed frames and box springs; behind headboards; inside nightstands; behind baseboards, window and door casings, pictures, and moldings; and in nearby furniture, loosened wallpaper, and cracks in plaster and flooring. Bed bugs may also hide in piles of books, papers, boxes, and other clutter near sleeping areas.
What can we do to help get rid of these bed bugs?
Thoroughly clean all bedding, linens, curtains, rugs, carpets, and clothes. Washing items in hot water and drying them on the highest dryer setting will kill bed bugs. Wipe away or vacuum all dust from the bed frame, nearby furniture, floors and carpets. Use a hepa vacuum that uses disposable cleaner bags. After vacuuming, immediately place the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag, seal it tightly, and throw the bag away in an outdoor container.
Throw away and replace an infested box spring if necessary.
Remove all clutter from bedrooms and any other furniture that people may sleep or nap upon. Place this clutter into a plastic garbage bag, seal it tightly, and throw it away. If you need to save it, make sure it stays sealed up for a year.
How does IPMNOCO treat for bed bugs
Bed bug extermination is done in six week treatment cycles. Bed bugs are considered chemical resistant and are one of the most difficult insects to control in the pest control industry. IPMNOCO’s bed bug control process includes multiple liquid adulticide chemistries for bug elimination, insect growth regulators that sterilize the bugs and eggs, desiccating agents in powder form to dry out and destroy the bugs, and mechanical control and cleanup of the bugs. There is a final inspection at the end of the six week treatment cycle.
Safety is first and foremost. All pest controls are applied in an effective, safe, and environmentally responsible manner as per industry standard integrated pest management practices.