1. If I wake up with bites or marks on my body, does it mean I have bed bugs?
No. The best thing to do is call a professional who will ask some important questions. We understand the biology and habits of bed bugs and 80% of the time, we tell callers not to worry as they don’t have bed bugs.
2. Do bites look like 3 little marks in a line?
No. This is something that was initially thought and further studies determined, it’s not the case. The information on the web is sometimes outdated.
3. Where have you been finding the bed bugs?
These pests are not limited to any one specific type of dwelling. Pest control companies have been reporting the infestations in multi-family housing, apartments, hotels and even hospitals. They can look very different depending on their maturity.
4. Why are bed bugs so hard to treat?
Bed bugs should not be equated with filth or sanitation problems — in hotels or in homes, for that matter. Bed bugs are very elusive, transient and nocturnal pests. They are often found in other areas besides the bed. They can live for seventy (70) days without a blood meal and can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Bed bugs must be treated by a professional with a systematic approach. Over the counter products may reduce populations but will not eradicate them completely.
5. What can a consumer do to protect themselves from bed bug infestations?
To prevent bed bug infestations, consumers need to be vigilant. When returning from a trip, check your luggage and clothing. Place clothing in a dryer for 20 minutes and If you think you may have a bed bug problem, contact a pest control professional. Any used clothing (from a thrift store or hand-me-downs from a friend) need to be placed in a dryer for 20 minutes. Do not purchase used mattresses and take caution when obtaining used furniture. Inspect closely.
6. Why are bed bugs an issue for hotels, visitors, and homeowners?
Once inside a hotel or home, bed bugs spread rapidly from room to room – through pipes, in vacuum cleaners, on clothing and luggage etc. In a hotel, bed bugs can even spread to neighboring rooms.
7. Are bed bugs just in beds?
Bed bugs are not just in beds. They can be in chair cushions, sofas, behind electrical outlets, cracks and crevices around baseboards, or even behind picture frames. In other words, they can be live pretty much anywhere.
8. What can a consumer do if they find they have bed bugs?
Any effective bed bug control strategy should start with a careful, thorough inspection by a pest control professional of all known and suspected spots where the bugs may be harboring. This is not a pest that can be controlled effectively with do-it-yourself measures. Pest control professionals will develop a treatment strategy with the customer depending on the extent of the infestation.