Have you noticed tiny red stains on your bedsheets, woken up with a cluster of strange, itchy bites on your skin, or spotted little brown bugs scurrying across your floor? If so, you may have a bed bug problem.
Don’t worry — it’s possible to get rid of them! Before you try to DIY a bed bug removal mission, read through the following information to determine why self-treatment for bed bug control may not be a good idea and learn more about ridding your home of these pests.
Bed bugs hitch rides on clothes, furniture, moving supplies, and even your kids’ school backpacks. They can go just about anywhere. In fact, it’s a myth that only dirty homes and unhygienic areas are home to these pests.
Bed bugs often spread in the fall and winter, but it’s not necessarily because they’re trying to get away from cold Canadian weather. People tend to travel more during these seasons, and in doing so, they’re unknowingly spreading bed bugs.
Bed bugs are small, flat, and medium-brown in colour. They don’t fly, but they’re great at hiding in mattress seams, clothing, and even beneath buttons and zippers. Like in the nursery rhyme, they tend to bite at night because they’re attracted to our exhaled carbon dioxide. Their bites aren’t poisonous, but they’re often extremely itchy and can take a while to heal — especially if they keep biting you every night! Some people are allergic to bed bug bites.
Bed bugs multiply quickly, which makes it all the more important to call a professional pest control service for eradication instead of trying to get rid of them by yourself. Even if you throw out your mattress and blankets, there’s a good chance that more are hiding where you’re not looking.
You may not be aware that different pests thrive during different seasons. For example, rodents will likely find their way into your walls during the fall and your holiday decorations in the wintertime. In the summer, you’ll see ants, wasps, and other insects. Our Four Seasons Program is our unique, innovative approach to keeping your residence pest-free year-round.
Through this program, we strive to keep your home free of pests throughout the seasons by taking into account the types of pests found in your area and putting as many preventive measures in place as possible. Contact us to learn more.
Take a few steps to prevent bed bugs from coming into your home or returning after you’ve called pest control to get rid of them. It is highly recommended to reduce the amount of clutter in your home. By doing so this will give bed bugs and other pests fewer spaces to hide. Vacuuming on a regular basis can help get rid of single bugs that have gotten into your home. Be very, very careful when buying used or secondhand couches, chairs, or anything covered with cloth.
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.