Archive for April, 2017

You Think You Have Bed Bugs. What Do You Do Now?

You’re doing laundry and today is bedding day. When you remove all the bedding, you notice some markings on your mattress. Upon closer inspection, the markings look like reddish brown stains. You recall that these markings could be signs of bed bugs and remember that you have also had red bumps on your arm, but thought nothing of them. These two things together make for promising signs that you think you have bed bugs. What do you do now?

What to Do About Bed Bugs | Maine Bed Bugs & Pest Control

 

Keep Calm

Your first instinct will be to panic and start hauling things out of the bedroom straight to the trash. Don’t do that. If you move infested items throughout the house, this allows the bed bugs to travel as well, spreading to other areas of your home. You don’t want them spreading, so remain calm and move on to inspection.

Inspect

There are other insects that have similar signs to bed bugs. These pests include carpet beetles, spider beetles, roach nymphs, and bat bugs. You want to inspect closely to make sure it is in fact bed bugs you are seeing. Take a flashlight and inspect underneath your mattress, in the seams of your mattress, in cracks and crevices around the bed, and the baseboards near your bed. Adult bed bugs and even bed bug eggs are visible to the naked eye so you won’t have trouble finding signs of an infestation.

Bring in Professionals

There are DIY treatments you can try to exterminate the bed bugs with, but a sure fire way to be positively rid of your unwanted guests is to call a professional. And not just any professional, Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control. We are a family-oriented company and want to help you eliminate your infestation so you can go on with your life. We are trained with the safest extermination techniques available so you and your family don’t have to worry. Call (207) 650-8654 today to set your appointment!

Bed Bug Travel Protection and Tips

Bed bugs are nasty little creatures that can be difficult to get rid of. Having them in your own home is bad enough, but coming across bed bugs while traveling can sometimes be worse. When you are traveling, the last thing you want to think about is having to deal with bed bugs.

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Tips for Bed Bug Travel Protection

If you’re staying someplace other than home, here are some bed bug travel protection and tips to keep in mind:

  • Bathroom first. Before dumping your luggage and going out to see the view, head straight to the bathroom, dragging your luggage with you. Bed bugs are least likely to be found in the bathroom so your luggage will be safe from infestation while you scope out the rest of the place.
  • Bed inspection. Pull back the sheets and check all the way around and under the bed for signs of bed bugs. You should also check around the headboard. Signs can include reddish brown or black stains or the little critters themselves.
  • Check surrounding areas. Bed bugs are known to be found within 15 feet of the bed so broaden your search to items surrounding the bed. For example, behind picture frames, under the phone, in the drawer of the bedside table, and chairs or couches in the vicinity, etc.
  • Keep items off the ground. Even if your room doesn’t appear to have an infestation, a room close by might and bed bugs can move around. Don’t leave your suitcase on the ground and don’t leave clothes lying out either. Items left on the floor make for the perfect bed bug home.
  • Ask about prevention. Before checking in, ask the staff about what sort of prevention practices they have in place for bed bugs and what treatments they use in case of an infestation.

After Travel Bed Bug Protection

When you return home, have a protection plan already in place. Wash all of your clothing, even items you didn’t wear, in hot water right when you get home. Bed bugs can’t survive in extreme heat so this will prevent them from taking up residency in your closet and then spreading to the rest of your home. Inspect all your luggage before putting it away and vacuum it out for further protection. If you find that you’ve brought some unwanted guests home, call Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control at (207) 650-8654.