5 Things to Know about Bed Bugs

Bad news from the pest control world: Atlanta has moved up in the ranking of America’s top cities for bed bug infestations. The metro Atlanta region ranks 16 this year, which is up 3 spots from the 2016 list. Here’s what Acworth homeowners need to know about bed bugs.

5 Things You Need to Know about Bed Bugs

  1. bed bugsThey’re a major problem. Hotels aren’t the only places that deal with bed bug infestations. Homes, apartments, dorm rooms, office buildings, and even local transit can become infested with these pests.
  2. They like cities (but live in the country, too). Bed bugs can thrive almost anywhere, from crowded city hotels to clean, rural homes. Why do they have a reputation as city-dwellers? Bed bugs incidents are three times as common in cities because close-quarters living makes it easier for them to spread.
  3. They’re tough. Think leaving your mattress in the cold overnight is enough to kill a bed bug infestation? Think again. They can survive in temperatures from around freezing to 122 degrees. Professional pest control is the only sure way to contain a bed bug infestation.
  4. They’re sneaky. Try to catch a glimpse of them in daylight, and they’ll hide in boxsprings, picture frames, electrical switchboards, and any other crevice they can find. They’re lured out at night by the temptation of a tasty bite while you’re asleep.
  5. They’re subtle. Bed bugs have saliva with an anesthetic quality, making bites almost pain-free. You may notice red marks on exposed skin after you wake up.

Got bed bugs? Call Protect All Pest Control in Acworth.

Control And Banish Bed Bugs!

They’re not attracted to dirt, they’re small, and they can’t fly…but they can bite! Bed bugs are commonly found in hotels and inns. They tend to crawl from the infested bedding and furniture into your luggage, ready to infest your home (and your body) when you return home. Once introduced in your home, they can spread easily from one room to another, and once spread, can take weeks to months to control. Luckily, you can prevent bugs when you travel and while in your home.

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Here’s a few things you can do to get rid of bed bugs!

1. Inspect. Bed bugs most often hide near where you sleep because you are their food source. Also, remember that they tend to prefer wood or fabric over plastic and metal. When inspecting for bed bugs, check for live and dead bugs, rusty stains, small spots of red/black fecal matter, tiny cream-colored eggs, and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow. Look in cushions, carpet edges, loose wallpaper, dark cracks, headboards, etc.

2. Declutter. Cluttered areas are bad because it allows the bugs a place to hide. Cleaning regularly will make inspection easier and prevent bugs from gathering. Get rid of items that you no longer use, or that cannot be washed, heated or steam cleaned. If your mattress has holes or multiple tears, think about replacing it!

3. Vaccuum. Suck up those bugs, and their eggs! You may have to take the attachment off the vaccuum to really get in those deep crevices. The floor is only the start; consider vacuuming your mattress, bed seams, box spring, bed frame, joints and bed curtains.

4. Do Laundry. Wash and dry your infested clothes and bedding with warm water and high heat. Around 120 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal. To be completely safe, consider washing and drying twice. For items that can only be dry cleaned, use a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes.

5. Steam. Steam cleaners emit steam at a minimum temperature of 100 degrees Celsius and bed bugs generally die at 50 degrees Celsius, or about 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Steam clean mattresses, upholstery and items that can’t be washed. You can choose a dry steam or a low vapor steamer that leaves behind less moisture.

Protect All Pest Control specializes in bed bug infestations! You’ll be on your way to a stress free and pest free house with our quick and effective services. Contact us at 770-212-9990!

Summer is Prime Time for Bed Bug Infestations

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The only things you should bring home from your summer vacation are happy memories!

Here in Woodstock, Kennesaw, and Acworth, summer is the season when we celebrate the little things in life- a cold popsicle on a blazing hot Georgia afternoon, watching fireflies from the front porch on a sultry evening, backyard barbecues with friends on the weekend- but unfortunately those are not the only “little things” that come with summer. It’s also a major season for bed bug infestations!

Increased need for professional bed bug treatment

Pest control companies have been seeing more and more cases of bed bug infestations over the last decade. According to this year’s survey of pest control professionals by the National Pest Management Association, 99.6 percent had applied bed bug treatment in the past year. But 15 years prior, that number was only 25 percent.

Why is summer the season of bed bugs?

While a bed bug infestation can happen at any time of the year, summer is particularly risky due to summer vacations. Increased travel from home to hotel means that unsuspecting homeowners end up bringing bed bugs home in their clothes and luggage. Missy Henriksen of the National Pest Management Association says,

Our survey has found that residential settings and hotels continue to be the top places where pest professionals are finding and treating for bed bugs. As summer travelers eagerly visit destinations, new and familiar, it’s important to remind them that the best way to stem the spread of bed bugs is to be vigilant during and after their trip.

How to banish bed bugs

At Protect All Pest Control, we provide bed bug treatments in Kennesaw, Woodstock, Acworth, and throughout the north metro Atlanta area. By the time you see the signs of an infestation, it’s already a pest control code red, so don’t wait– call us immediately for bed bug treatment so we can help you banish bugs from your home or business!

Give us a call at 770-212-9990 to discuss our residential and commercial pest control services today, and be sure to check out our tips to avoid bringing bed bugs back from vacation.

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