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AllPest Bed Bug Treatments vs. Thermal Remediation

At AllPest, we use the most effective products available, including steam heat, organic dusts, growth regulators and approved sprays. Of course, bed bugs are tough to control and a few treatments may be required. The longer you wait, the longer it may take. However, we will work with you to get them under control and help you keep it that way, and we also do what we can to keep our prices low while still offering a excellent bed bug treatment.

Our bed bug treatments are affordable. The products we use are scientifically proven to kill bed bugs and stop them from reproducing. We treat cracks and crevices with approved & proven bed bug control products. We dry steam mattresses and box springs to help remove bed bugs, bed bug larvae and bed bug eggs. We apply organic dusts in and behind wall voids where applicable, around electrical wall outlets and switch plates. We treat dressers, night stands, book cases, bed frames, etc. We also recommend and can provide you with high quality bed bug proof mattress and box spring encasements that you can purchase from our online store for placement on all of your beds. We can bring them with us or ship them directly to you. With your cooperation and proper preparation as instructed, our bed bug control treatment program can be successful and cost effective. Our bed bug treatments and EPA approved professional products are formulated by their manufacturers to work against bed bug infestations. Some for for up to 3 months. However, controlling bed bugs can be tough and we do recommend follow up inspections and/or retreatments every 2 weeks or as requested untill your Bed bugs are completely eliminated.

Even after a successful treatment, you must continue to be on guard against introducing a new bed bug infestation.

We recommend never bringing used furniture or appliances into your home. When staying in hotels or your favorite resorts, check your room for Bed bugs, and when you return home, check all your bags and other belongings to make sure you haven't picked up any unwelcome hitchhikers. Immediatley launder your clothing or place it in a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes. You should eliminate clutter in the bedroom and try not to use your bedroom or other sleeping rooms as a storage area. This just gives Bed bugs more places to hide and breed. Do regular bedding changes, vacuum sleeping areas and furniture often and keep bed bug proof encasements on you mattresses and box spring's

Thermal Remediation

Thermal Heat treatments, although very effective for eliminating a high percentage of bed bugs quicker than some chemical treatments, are none the less fairly expensive and may be way outside most people's budgets. Heat treatments do not mean you will never have to deal with Bed Bugs again. Bed Bugs can always be reintroduced. There are thermal heat remediation companies that offer a limited time insurance/warranty against bed bugs. However, most of these companies do charge a deductible (Extra Fee) to do additional thermal heating procedures. This is to be expected as heat treating equipment is expensive to purchase and maintain.

Never attempt to do a heat treatment yourself!

Should you need a heat treatment, call us for a recommendation.

Bed Bugs BaltimoreBED BUGS

Bed bugs are in the insect family Cimicidae and include three species that attack people. Of these, the most important is Cimex lectularius, which may also bite bats, birds, and rodents.

Cimex lectularius is a cosmopolitan species, most frequently found in the northern temperate climates of North America, Europe, and Central Asia. It occurs more sporadically in southern temperate regions. In Florida and tropical regions it is replaced by C. hemipterus. Problems with bed bug infestations used to be quite severe, but with the use of DDT after World War II the incidence of these pests has been greatly reduced, although infestations still do occur. Currently this insect can be a pest wherever sanitary conditions are primitive, or if there are birds or mammals nesting on or near a house. Crowded and dilapidated housing can also facilitate the insect's movement between residences.

Adult bed bugs are oval, wingless, about 1/5 inch long, and rusty red or mahogany in color. Their bodies are flattened, they have well-developed antennae, their compound eyes are small, and the area behind the head (the prothorax) expands forward on either side of the head. The immatures appear identical to the adults except for their smaller size, thinner cuticle, and a lighter, yellowish white color. Bed bugs are readily distinguished from another more common bloodsucking species, conenose bugs, by their smaller size, more rounded shape, and lack of wings as adults.

Female bed bugs lay from 200 to 500 eggs (in batches of 10 to 50) on rough surfaces such as wood or paper. Eggs are covered with a glue and hatch in about 10 days. After hatching, the egg shells frequently remain on the substrate. There are five progressively larger nymphal stages, each requiring a single blood meal before molting to the next stage. The entire life cycle from egg to adult requires anywhere from 5 weeks to 4 months, depending on temperature. When temperatures are in the range of 70° to 82°F, development occurs most rapidly. Nymphs and adults generally feed at night and hide in crevices during the day. Common hiding places include seams in mattresses and box springs, cracks in bed frames, under loose wallpaper, behind picture frames, and inside furniture and upholstery.

Bed bugs can go without feeding for 80 to 140 days; older stages can survive longer without feeding than younger ones. Adults have survived without food for as long as 550 days. A bed bug can take six times its weight in blood, and feeding can take 3 to 10 minutes. Adults live about 10 months and there can be up to 3 to 4 generations of bed bugs per year.

Occasionally bed bugs may be picked up in theaters, on buses and trains, or brought into homes on clothing, bedding, luggage, or firewood. Bed bugs that live on other mammals and birds found near the home (chickens, mice, rats, and rabbits) may under certain circumstances feed on humans if their primary hosts are removed.

Bed bugs are not usually considered to be disease carriers. They do suck blood from their host with piercing mouthparts that contain two stylets: one stylet has a groove that carries saliva into the wound, while the other has a groove through which body fluids from the host are imbibed. Saliva that is injected during the feeding can produce large swellings on the skin that itch and may become irritated and infected when scratched. In addition, bed bugs have stink glands that leave odors; they also leave fecal spots on bed sheets and around their hiding places.

Infestations of bed bugs can be detected by looking for their fecal spots, egg cases, and exuviae (shed skins) under wallpaper, behind picture frames, and inside cracks and crevices near beds. Carefully inspect the bed frame, undersides of windows, door casings, and loose moldings.

Indirect measures can go a long way in controlling bed bugs: keep bats and birds away from houses; clean furnishings, launder bedding and mattress pads, and steam-clean mattresses; and prevent bed bugs from getting into homes by removing debris from around the house, repairing cracks in walls, and caulking windows and doors.

Simple physical control methods include standing the legs of beds in soapy water, coating the legs with petroleum jelly or double-sided sticky tape. Bed bugs cannot climb polished glass or metal easily and they don't fly, so that the legs of beds can also be placed inside glass jars or metal cans.

Bed Bug control includes the use of a residual insecticide (usually pyrethroids) in cracks and crevices. Sprays containing natural pyrethrins can also be used. Dusts or powder such as fumed silica (also called Drione dust) are useful in closed, hard-to-reach places.

TIP: Check your hotel room for Bed Bugs and inspect your suitcase's when you get home, before taking them into the house

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