Bed Bug FAQ

Q: Why do I have bed bugs?

A: Bed bugs are attracted to warmth and carbon dioxide and feed on warm-blooded hosts, usually humans and potentially other warm-blooded animals.

Q: When are bed bugs most active?

A: Bed bugs are nocturnal insects and feed at night and hide during the day.

Q: Can I see bed bugs?

A: Bed bug adults are big enough to be seen. They are mahogany to rusty brown in their natural state and red after a blood meal. Bed bug eggs and immature bed bugs are extremely difficult to see.

Q: What are the signs that bed bugs are present?

A: In addition to visually identifying adults and eggs, darkish brown or red spots (fecal stains) on bedding and furniture are a good indicator. Bed bugs do shed so skin remnants may be found.

Q: Where are bed bugs hiding?

A: Bed bugs live in cracks and crevices, electrical outlets, wall voids, behind wallpaper, base boards and picture frames, mattresses, box springs and headboards and in bedding materials as well as other upholstered furniture.

Q: What do bed bugs look like?

A: Bed bug adults have six legs, are flat and oval shaped and are no more than ¼ inch in length.

Q: What does a bed bug bite look like?

A: Bites may not be visible for some people. For others, a small, red irritated and/or itchy spot will appear. Bed bugs are not known to carry diseases and their bites usually do not require medical treatment unless symptoms are severe or persistent.

Q: Will I know when I’m being bitten by a bed bug?

A: Bed bugs feed for 2-5 minutes and are not felt by humans while biting.

Q: How do they spread and what can I do to keep them out of my home?

A: Bed bugs are hitch-hikers – they crawl into purses and bags, move into furniture and generally transfer via close contact. At home, remove clutter that makes bed bugs hard to find and treat. Carefully inspect any second-hand furniture before bringing it i

Q: How long does a heat treatment take?

A: A heat treatment will last about 8-10 hours depending on infestation levels. Our heat team arrives between 6:30 and 7:00 AM to make sure we have time to address extreme infestation levels. Clients can generally return to their home in the early evening.

Q: Do I need to throw away all my furniture and pull everything out of my closets to prepare for a heat treatment?

A: No, not at this time. All infested items should stay in the home to be heat treated. In some cases, heavily infested furniture may need to be discarded. Clothing and other items should remain in closets for treatment. Extreme clutter in closets can prohib

Q: I have a lot of “stuff” in my home, what should I do?

A: If there are multiple furniture items and a lot of other clutter in your home, a heat treatment may not be effective due to penetration of the heat. All situations are different and a heat technician may need to visit your home to assess the situation.

 

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