What to do about Bed Bugs?
How to inspect your hotel room for Bed Bugs?
Bed bug problems have unfortunately become more and more common throughout Atlanta. It's quite easy to pick up a bed bug hitch-hiker while travelling on business or vacation (click for travel tips). Once inside your home, they will quickly find a host to feed on and will begin to reproduce.
In addition to our other pest control services, Arbor Pest Management also provides reliable and effective bed bug inspections and extermination. We are skilled and experienced to assist you with any and all bed bug problems you are experiencing. We will remove adult bed bugs and stifle their reproduction cycle to eradicate them and keep them from spreading. You can get a good night’s rest knowing that our expert bedbug team is on the job! We provide a level of service that cannot be beat.
If you think you might have bed bugs, call us today. We will perform a complete inspection for $150. If we find that you have bed bugs we will put together a plan that fits your needs. 100% of the inspection fee will be deducted from the price of the treatment.
Whole room heat treatments involve us bringing in specially designed equipment to raise the temperature in your home to kill the bed bugs. Bed bugs and eggs die within 90 minutes at 118°F (48°C) or immediately at 122°F (50°C). During a heat treatment, the air temperature in the room is typically between 135°F (57.2°C) and 145°F (62.7 °C). We will place remote thermometers throughout the room/home, to make sure the right temperatures are reached. We will monitor the rooms closely to ensure that it gets hot enough to kill bed bugs. A heat treatment typically takes between six and eight hours, depending on the condition of the area being treated.
During the heat treatment pets and any heat sensitive items that may melt or be damaged at temperatures up to 150°F degrees should be removed from the area being treated. Make sure you discuss this with us as anything not treated with heat will need to be treated in another way.
Often, a residual insecticide will be applied to the border of the home/room being treated for bed bugs as a prevention step.
Why choose heat?
Although bed bugs may be a nuisance to people, they are not known to spread disease. They are known to cause allergic reactions from their saliva in sensitive people.
If you have bed bugs, you may also notice itchy welts on you or your family member’s skin. You may also see the bed bugs themselves, small bloodstains from crushed bed bugs, or dark spots from bed bug droppings in your home. Bed bugs often hide in or near beds and bedroom furniture, and in the tufts, seams, and folds of mattresses and daybed covers. In more severe infestations, bed bugs may spread to cracks and crevices in bed frames and box springs; behind headboards; inside nightstands; behind baseboards, window and door casings, pictures, and moldings; and in nearby furniture, loosened wallpaper, and cracks in plaster and flooring. Bed bugs may also hide in piles of books, papers, boxes, and other clutter near sleeping areas.
Typically, the bite is painless and rarely awakens a sleeping person. However, it can produce large, itchy welts on the skin. Welts from bedbugs do not have a red spot in the center, those welts are more characteristic of fleas bites.
In most cases, bed bugs are transported from infested areas to non-infested areas. They can cling onto someone’s clothing, or crawl into luggage, furniture or bedding that is then brought into homes.