The assumption one must be a poor housekeeper or have poor hygiene to have bed bugs is simply untrue. Bed bugs have adapted well to live with humans and infestations have no link to socioeconomic status. They are extremely good hitchhikers and can easily be transported from place to place as people travel hiding in luggage, folded clothes, bedding, furniture, and boxes and can also hide in discarded furniture and electronics that people unwittingly bring into their homes. Peak bed bug season is typically between June and October, when Canadian weather is warmest and the insects reproduce fastest.
No business or residence is safe from a bed bug infestation. They have been found in hotels, trains, dorms, and hospitals. Although it can be difficult to eliminate bed bugs, it's not impossible – especially with the Truly Nolen experts on your side. Don't panic. Don't throw out all of your belongings. Most can be treated and saved. Getting your Truly Nolen pest management professional involved as soon as possible can help prevent the infestation from spreading.
The best way to properly and accurately identify a potential bed bug infestation is to have a qualified pest professional conduct a thorough inspection. The infestation usually starts in and around the bed. The bed bugs' flat bodies allow them to hide in the mattress tufts, seams, and around the mattress buttons. A bed bug infestation can be extremely messy. You may see dark red and brown spots on the mattress and on the bedding. As the infestation grows, bed bugs venture out and can be found in the headboard and night tables. These pesky bloodsuckers will travel up to 4.5 meters for a meal.
Bed bugs come out at night to feed, attracted by the carbon dioxide we exhale. They will feed on both people and pets. Keep in mind that bed bugs will hide out in any tiny crack that offers protection. Besides mattresses, common hiding areas include draperies, upholstered furniture, under wallpaper, behind picture frames, and in electrical outlets. A cluttered home provides more places for bed bugs to hide and makes locating and treating them harder.
Once your Truly Nolen technician has found evidence of a bed bug infestation, the area will be prepared for treatment. Truly Nolen's bed bug control program features a patent-pending high pressure misting system that effectively pushes control material into seams, cracks, and voids where bed bugs hide. All of Truly Nolen's products are registered with Health Canada ensuring that they meet Canada's high standards for health and environmental safety.
Step 1: Bedding
First the technician will treat all of your bedding - the mattress, box spring, and bed frame. We will also treat the rest of the bedroom hiding places like the headboard, nightstand, dresser, armoire, and upholstered furniture.
Step 2: Cracks and Crevices
Second, the technician will treat all the cracks and crevices where bed bugs can hide like where the carpeting meets the baseboards or wall, cracks around doorframes, and where crown mouldings meet the wall and ceiling.
Step 3: Wall Voids
Next, the technician will inject material into each wall void to treat the hiding bed bug population.
Step 4: Aerosol Treatment
Finally, the technician will treat artwork and other moisture sensitive items like books in a plastic bag, by cinching the opening of the bag and emitting a one-second blast. The contents remain sealed in the bag to allow the material to eradicate any bed bugs.
A complete integrated pest management program is essential to bed bug control and should address sanitation, material application, and exclusion. Hiring an experienced pest control professional like Truly Nolen is your best chance of successfully getting rid of bed bugs.
Truly Nolen recommends that you install an encasement system on each bed following treatment to protect your mattress and box spring to prevent future infestations. The system consists of a fully sealed cover for the mattress and box spring and works in two ways: If you have already had bed bugs in your home, the encasement seals the bugs that are already inside, where they will die off in a few months. The encasement system also acts as barrier as it seals bed bugs out so the beds can't become infested again. It is a cost effective alternative to buying new beds.
Truly Nolen will conduct a follow-up inspection 10 days after your eradication service to ensure that the infestation has been completely eliminated. If any activity is detected, we will continue to perform any necessary control measures and re-inspect as until the bed bug population has been eradicated and the area is pest free.
Unfortunately, you can be re-infested by any traveling guests. The good news is that Truly Nolen's products will prevent bed bug eggs from hatching and will control adult insects. Our technicians will show you where to look and how to recognize the early warning signs of a repeat infestation so you can proactively identify the problem early on.
Bed bugs come out at night to feed, attracted by the carbon dioxide we exhale. They will feed on both people and pets. Fast-moving bed bugs reproduce quickly. The female bed bug lays at least 200 eggs in her lifetime, at a rate of about two to four each day. They usually hatch in 6 to 17 days. Adults usually live for around 10 months, but can live for a year or more in a home where the environment is good for reproduction (with temperatures ranging between 21°C and 28°C). When a bed bug bites, they inject saliva containing an anesthetic that prevents a person from realizing they are being bitten and an anticoagulant to thin the blood and increase its blood meal. Bed bug bites may not be noticed right away because bed bugs typically feed at night when people are asleep. It may take up to 14 days after the initial bite for the mark to show up.
Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. However their presence may result in lack of sleep. Some people do not react at all to the bites, while others may have small skin reactions. The bite marks are similar to mosquitoes – a slightly swollen and red area that may itch and be irritating. To avoid infection, try not to scratch the bites and keep the bite sites clean. In rare cases, some people may have severe allergic reactions, developing painful lesions and requiring medical attention.