For Maine residents, bed bugs can be a nightmare. Whether they are in your home or in your vacation rental, bed bugs surely mean disruptions to day-to-day life.

Who Gets Bed Bugs

Pest Management Industry FactsBed bug infestations are insidious and notoriously difficult to get rid of. Relying on professional services and advice is necessary to fully clear an infestation. It is no surprise that nearly 100% of pest management professionals have dealt with bed bugs in the past twelve months.

Apartments, condos, and houses get bed bugs at the same rate. Hotels get them slightly less (about 20% less), but still at an alarmingly common rate. About 20% of Americans are personally familiar with a bed bug infestation, either their own or a friend’s. Bed bugs are equal opportunity offenders. Even the cleanest homes are susceptible.

What Is An Infestation like?

The infestations cluster, often in fabric. A well-known place to look is the edge seam of a mattress. There fecal matter from the bugs may be obvious. They feed on blood and will bite humans while sleeping, leaving obvious bite marks. Tiny bloodstains on sheets are also a telltale sign.

Besides the general ick factor of bed bugs, they can rarely cause serious health issues. It is thought insomnia they can cause is linked to anxiety and depression in some unlucky victims. Fortunately, bed bugs do not carry illnesses, but bites could become secondarily infected.

You’ve Got Them, Now Get Rid of Them

It is reasonable to attempt to rid yourself of bedbugs. Washing all washable fabrics in hot water is one important step. Thoroughly vacuuming is another. Some layered fabric items, like mattresses, may need to be disposed of.

However, if your infestation is hard to kick, calling in the professionals like us from Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control may be your only option. Extermination options consist of the following:

  • Thorough cleaning and disposal of items
  • Fogging
  • Insecticides
  • Heat treatment

Professionals have access to the most effective and safer option of heat treatment. By exposing the bed bugs to the high heat of 118 degrees Fahrenheit,  we ensure the bed bugs are exterminated without a chance of coming back due to resistance to the chemical treatments. Heat treatments are safe for your family, while being extremely effective against bed bugs and their eggs, and it assures that soon you’ll have your bed back to yourself.

Seeing some spots on the sheets? Feeling something crawl across your skin in the night? You aren’t crazy, you’re infested—and Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control can help get your house back. Call us today at (207) 650-8654.