Patton Termite and Pest Control has been treating bed bugs in the greater Wichita area for well over a decade. Bed bugs are a pest that require specialized treatment by experienced professionals. They can cause many different health problems including skin rashes, dermatitis, skin infections, allergic symptoms, and even emotional distress.
On otherwise clean home can become infested with bed bugs in a variety of ways such as:
“Hitchhiking” on clothes and people, used furniture, backpacks, stuffed animals, and luggage.
Spreading from nearby dwellings that are infested such as adjacent apartments or office spaces. Bed bugs can travel easily through ductwork and false ceilings, especially in apartments and motels.
How can I tell if I have bed bugs?
Bed bugs are often discovered by seeing the bug itself or by noticing tiny dark dots lining your bedding. If you suspect they are in your bed, carefully examine the mattress and along the edges of the mattress piping. If no bugs or evidence of bugs are found on the mattress, remove it and inspect the box spring. Pay close attention to the four corners under the plastic corner guards and the on the underside of the box spring where the dust cover is stapled to the frame. Check the bed skirt, if you have one, and look carefully at all linens, including crocheted or knitted blankets, throw blankets, and all pillows.
Keep in mind that bed bugs can easily be missed during a visual inspection. It is better to have someone with a trained eye from a reputable pest control company perform the inspection.
What if I don’t take care of it?
If measures aren’t taken to eliminate the bed bug population, they will continue to breed and multiply. A pregnant female can cause an infestation to escalate to the thousands in only half a year. They can also survive up to a year without feeding. Excessive reproduction or lack of food will eventually force the bedbugs to other areas of the house, making the treatment much more expensive and time consuming.
Can I prevent bed bugs?
You can never completely guarantee that bed bugs won’t be brought into your home. However, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk, such as:
Making sure used furniture is thoroughly inspected for any sign of bedbug activity (spotting from fecal matter, shed skins, eggs clustered in cracks and screw holes)
Quarantine college children’s clothing in the garage in sealed bags when they return home then run the clothing through a dryer.
Keep your suitcase in the garage after staying at a hotel and immediately run your clothing through a dryer.
Can you treat bed bugs by yourself, without a professional?
Bed bugs have evolved over the last 5 decades to become resistant to the traditional classes of chemicals. Most commercially available pesticides (available at hardware stores or big box stores) are not designed for bed bugs. The use of these products (while they may kill some bed bugs) may actually spread the bed bugs to remote areas of the home and make the problem much more difficult (and expensive) to solve. The chemicals needed to effectively eliminate bedbugs are quite specialized and only available to licensed pest professionals. While chemical remedies should only be handled by professionals, vacuuming infested furniture can help reduce the number of bugs and speed up the results of your bed bug program.
How long does a bed bug treatment typically take?
The time it takes to complete bed bug treatments will depend on the severity and extent of the infestation. As a general rule, most residents would need to vacate the home for 4 hours (two hours during service and two hours following). Treatment does not require the resident to be gone overnight.
How Do I Prepare for Bed Bug Treatment?
Proper preparation is an essential step for ensuring the most effective results for your upcoming bed bug treatment. We understand that preparation can be difficult, but it is also essential in helping to eliminate the bed bugs. Please do your absolute best to follow the steps below:
- Plan to have all pets and persons out of the home for 3-4 hours during treatment and while it dries and odors settle. (All three services.)
- Remove all sheets, pillow cases, bed skirts, and blankets from the beds that will be treated. Wash and dry items on high heat in order to kill eggs and any life stages of bed bugs. (All three services.)
- Remove as many items as possible from the floor and underneath the bed. Reduce as much storage and clutter as possible. (All three services.)
- Empty nightstands with all papers, books, clothing, etc. and pull drawers out of the stands so that they can be treated. If the dresser is within a three-foot radius of the bed, empty drawers of the dresser as well. (First service.)
- Remove books, CDs, movies, DVDs from any shelving and carefully inspect them and then place in a sealed tote or bag.
- Clean clothes can be dried in a dryer for 20 minutes on high heat to kill bed bugs. Wash any and all items suspected of having bed bugs. (First service.)
- Put clothing and clean linens in a large trash bag or similar sealing container. (Can be removed after the first service is completed and put back.)
- Do no remove or move any insect monitors (traps.) (All three services.)
- Any bags that are used to carry questionable infested clothing or linens should be thrown away and not used again.