Archive for May, 2017

How to Find Bed Bugs in Your Home

Bed bugs are not something you want in your home. They burrow into your mattress, your clothes, other furniture, and leave you covered with bite marks. Most bite marks just cause irritation and an itching sensation, but some bites can cause allergic reactions that require medical attention. Although bed bugs are not considered dangerous, they are a nuisance. You need to know how to find bed bugs in your home in case you need an extermination expert.

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Signs of Bed Bugs

To identify a possible bed bug infestation, you need to look for physical signs that they are there. Whenever you change your bedding or are staying somewhere other than your home, it is always a good idea to look for these signs:

  • Reddish brown stains on the sheets or the mattress itself. This is caused by bed bugs being crushed while you sleep.
  • Blackish dark spots in the shape of a circle or smeared across the mattress. This is bed bug excrement.
  • Pale yellow eggs that are about 1mm in size.
  • Live bed bugs. Bed bugs are visible to the naked eye so you will be able to see one scuttle across your sheets or mattress.

How to Find Where Bed Bugs Hide In Your Home

When bed bugs aren’t busy feeding on your blood, they can hide in a variety of places. Mostly you’ll find bed bugs around the mattress, in the piping, seams and tags of the mattress and box spring, and in cracks in the headboard. Other places you might find bed bugs include:

  • Seams of chairs and couches.
  • Under furniture cushions.
  • In the folds of curtains.
  • Drawer joints.
  • Under loose wallpaper or wall hangings.
  • Around electrical sockets.
  • Even in the corner where the wall and ceiling meet.

For more information on how to find bed bugs in your home and how to get rid of them, call Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control today at (207) 650-8654.

FDA-approved Treatments for Head Lice

When you see your kid vigorously scratching their head, your immediate thought is head lice. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Not only do these little critters make your kids miserable, they can spread like wildfire. Contrary to popular belief, head lice is not a result of poor hygiene. Head lice is spread through head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice and you can only get it from a human, no pets. Since children play in such close quarters, head lice is easy to pass around.

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What is Head Lice?

Head lice are tiny, blood-sucking insects. They are about the size of a sesame seed and are grayish-white. When they get into your kid’s hair, they attach themselves to the skin of the scalp and then proceed to lay eggs, keeping the cycle going. You can easily spot lice and the eggs by parting the hair and using a magnifying glass or a bright light. Although the eggs can appear similar to dandruff, you can tell the difference by dragging your fingernail over them. Dandruff will remove easily, whereas the eggs will remain firmly attached to the head.

Steps for FDA-approved Treatments for Head Lice

While there are home remedy treatments you can use, FDA-approved treatments for head lice include both over-the-counter and prescription drugs. For example, Nix and Rid in the form of shampoos, creams, and lotions. Your healthcare professional may prescribe FDA-approved treatments such as Ulesfia, Natroba, or Sklice. When treating head lice, follow the directions on the medication. Start by applying the treatment to the hair and scalp, no other part of the body. Let the treatment sit as long as directed. After rinsing out the treatment, use a fine-toothed comb to remove the dead head lice and eggs. Wash all the bedding in your home to prevent the spread of head lice to other members of your family. For more information on how to treat head lice, contact Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control today at (207) 650-8654.