Bed Bug General Facts

Know exactly what you're up against when you're trying to get rid of bed bugs. Here are some basic facts, so you are aware of what you're dealing with:

  • Bed bug eggs are the size of a pinhead.
  • Adult bed bugs can be ¼ inches or longer.
  • Bed bugs feed off of blood – not just human blood.
  • They lay up to 5 eggs per day.
  • Bed bugs can go over a year without feeding.
  • Bed bug saliva contains both an anesthetic to numb the sensation of the bite and an anti-coagulant to keep blood from clotting.
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Bed Bug Precautions

Protect against bed bugs using these methods:

  • Bed bugs can hide in almost any location. Inside bed mattresses, electronics, and even inside cracks in the foundation or fire walls.
  • Bed bugs can be found anywhere. Taking electronics, furniture and clothing from dumpsters can have nasty results. Be careful of items that have been left sitting outside for extended periods.
  • Excessive clutter maximizes possible hiding spots. Before a treatment can be done, the home must be free of clutter and have minimal furniture or containers near walls.
  • A K-9 inspection dog can provide excellent results. Minimizing odours is important for all inspection dogs, as their noses are very sensitive.

Treatment Options

There are a variety of ways to take care of your bed bug infestation:

K-9 bed bug inspecting dog

  • A K-9 inspection dog can use their acute sense of smell to detect the bed bugs in your home. Our trained dogs have found single eggs hiding in roof venting.

heat treated home

  • Heat treatments: the entire affected space is heated to a temperature that ensures death of all bed bugs.

fumigation

  • Dusts and chemical sprays: the baseboards and edges of carpet are sprayed with a suppressant chemical.

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