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.