Archive for July, 2017

Bed Bug Control DOs and DON’Ts

Bed bug infestation are three words no one wants to hear. You can try and deny it all you want, but if the signs are there, you have a bed bug problem. If you don’t want to call a professional exterminator, there are ways you can get rid of these pesky bugs yourself. However, there are bed bug control DOs and DON’Ts that you need to be aware of before you jump in head-first.

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Bed Bug Control DOs

Once you’ve nailed down that you indeed have a bed bug problem, here are some DOs to consider before attacking:

●        Declutter your home. Clutter provides places for bed bugs to hide. Don’t hide things under your bed and try to keep your floor as tidy as possible.

●        Make an educated attack plan. Getting rid of bed bugs can be an intensive process that you’re going to want to stick around for.  Make sure you choose a plan that you can complete.

●        Mattress protection. Encasing your mattress and box spring can keep the bed bugs from biting you and make it easier to spot the bed bugs.

●        Vacuum often. Vacuuming is one of the most effective ways of removing bed bugs. Be sure to vacuum around nooks and crannies where bed bugs often like to hide.

●        Call a bed bug professional. To be absolutely sure that your bed bug problem goes away, call a professional bed bug exterminator.

Bed Bug Control DON’Ts

When dealing with bed bugs, keep in mind these DON’Ts:

●        Don’t sleep in a different room to avoid getting a bite. The bed bugs will just follow you and spread the infestation to the rest of your home.

●        Don’t stay with someone else. All you will do is drag the bed bugs to your friends house, extending the infestation.

●        Don’t throw your bed out. Often to popular belief, throwing your bed out will not remove your bed bugs, but can instead actually make things worse. You can spread the infestation to the rest of your home instead of keeping it contained in one room.

●        Don’t try heat treatments yourself. Heat treatments are very effective at removing bed bugs, but it can be extremely dangerous if not done properly. It is best to call a professional exterminator.

If you find yourself with a bed bug infestation and you have tried every do-it-yourself, at-home technique and your bed bugs are still around, call Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control today at (207) 650-8654.

Do You Have Bed Bugs: 4 Sure Signs

One of the most common questions regarding your home is “Do I have bed bugs?” The answer? You might, you might not, but panicking about it is not going to help anyone. Yes, bed bugs are a nuisance to have in your home, but that is why professionals like Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control are around. If you find yourself asking the question over and over again, focus and look for signs because if you do have a bed bug infestation, the sooner you find out, the sooner and easier it will be to exterminate them. Here are 4 sure signs to look for to answer the question if you have bed bugs:

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One of the most common signs of bed bugs are their bites on your skin. The bites will appear as raised, red welts, usually itchy, and in groups. They primarily appear on the chest, neck, hands, and feet. They can also sometimes show up on your face and appear as though you’ve become a teenager again with pimples. Since reactions to bed bugs can vary and because bed bugs bites can resemble other bug bites, simply going off of bite marks is not enough to identify whether or not you have bed bugs.

Blood Stains

Do You Have Bed Bugs: 4 Sure SignsIf you’re sleeping on light-colored sheets and find blood smears or stains, it could be a sign of bed bug activity. The stains are due to you moving around at night and unknowingly crushing the bed bugs. This sign can easily be dismissed because the stains can appear similar to scratching mosquito bites in your sleep.

Blood stains combined with bite marks is a pretty good indication of bed bugs, but not a definitive one. With this next sign, however, is a pretty strong sign that your have bed bugs.

Fecal Matter

Bed bug fecal matter will appear as dark stains like the tip of a felt pen bleed into your sheets. Hate to break it to you, but it is not pen on your bed, it is fecal matter. Usually, bed bugs will leave fecal matter while they are eating again which is why it will appear on your sheets. If you don’t see any on your sheets, look around your mattress seams and the corners of your box spring. To confirm that it is fecal matter, take a wet towel and wipe it. If it smears, you definitely have bed bugs.

Eggs and Eggshells

The last tell-tale sign that you have a bed bug infestation is the appearance of bed bug eggs and empty eggshells. The eggs are translucent to almost pearly white in color and have a sticky outer coating to stick to surfaces. All eggshells are the shape and size of a grain of rice which makes them visible to the eye.

There are more signs of bed bugs like their musty odor, but these 4 sure signs will help you decide if you should call Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control today to eliminate your unwanted guests. Call us today at (207) 650-8654.