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How Did Bed Bugs Get in My Home?

How Did Bed Bugs Get in My Home?

Bed bugs – those tiny, tenacious health hazards can cause anxiety with the mere mention of their name. But what happens when you have your own bed bug battle on your grounds? You may be wondering how they got there and what you can do to kick them to the curb for good. Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control can help you narrow down their likely journey, so that you can try to avoid crossing paths in the future, as well as get rid of the unwanted house guests.

How Do I Know I Have Bed Bugs?

Bed Bugs | 207-650-8654 | Maine Bed Bugs and Pest ControlPeople often think that waking up to a several little red bumps or big bites on their skin is a sure sign of bed bugs. That’s simply not the case. Many different bugs leave bite marks similar to bed bugs and some people have no reaction at all to the bites. If you suspect bed bugs, check the corners of your mattress, mattress pad and pillow cases. Tiny, rust-colored dots (dried blood) may indicate bed bugs. Also check bed frames, nearby end tables and under hanging pictures. These are all places that the tiny brown bugs like to hide. The bugs themselves are about the size of Lincoln’s head on a penny.

Where Did the Bed Bugs Come From?

Bed Bugs | 207-650-8654 | Maine Bed Bugs and Pest ControlBed bugs are fantastic hitch hikers and hiders. If you have found bed bugs in your home, they could have rode in on a number of hosts. Luggage and hand bags are the most common mode of transportation. If you travel and bed bugs were present anywhere you stayed, they could have hopped on your luggage and hid in the seams. You could even pick up the bed bugs if you visited a friend or family member’s house who unknowingly had an infestation. Just setting your hand bag down gives them enough time to get in. The little blood suckers are sly, so it’s hard to prevent what you can’t see.

If you travel a lot or suspect anywhere you are going may have bed bugs, one form of protection is to carry with you a giant plastic bag, like a vacuum storage bag. When you arrive at your destination, place your luggage in the bag and seal it, only opening it to get your items out and put them back in.

How do I Get Rid of Them?

One of the trickiest and most frustrating aspects of bed bugs is how tough they can be to eradicate. Because they can lie dormant for months, their eggs can go months before hatching, and they hide in tiny crevices like electrical outlets and baseboards, traditional pest control sprays and treatments don’t affect them. They’ll just wait it out and emerge when the coast is clear. Experienced professionals like Maine Bed Bug and Pest Control have discovered the most effective treatment on bed bugs is a chemical-free heat treatment. Heat will kill both bugs and their eggs without any dangerous fumes and no residue left behind.

At Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control, bed bugs are literally our business. We know how to find them and eliminate them. Owner Dale Carlson got to know the pesky critters when he had his own personal encounter with them, which inspired him to find and use the most effective processes available. You can rest assured that with Dale and Maine Bed Bugs on the case, the bed bugs have hit the road! Call (207) 650-8654 today for an estimate!


How To Prepare For A Bed Bugs Heat Treatment In Orrs Island Maine

How To Prepare For A Bed Bugs Heat Treatment In Orrs Island Maine

The best way to kill bed bugs in Orrs Island, Maine (or anywhere for that matter) is by using Thermal Remediation. Thermal Remediation, or Heat Treatment, has proven 99% effective at removing bed bug infestations. Prior to the actual heat treatment though, there is some preparation involved. A pest control specialist such as Maine Bed Bug and Pest Control will walk you through this preparatory process. Below are a few things to remember when preparing for your heat treatment.

1) Remove items that cannot tolerate heat.

Bed Bugs Heat Treatment In Orrs IslandItems such as aerosols, pressurized cans, flammable liquids, solvents, explosives, ammunition, candles, oil paintings, musical instruments, make-up, medications, and VCR tapes should be removed from the heating area. At Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control, we suggest boxing these items and marking “DO NOT HEAT” on the outside. These items can be removed and treated by other means while the large areas and items are being heated.

2) Place other items in the refrigerator.

Items such as chocolate (and other foods that will melt), fresh produce, and medicines that can be refrigerated should be stored in the refrigerator until after the heat treatment is concluded. This ensures that these substances will not be ruined.

3) Store other liquids in the bathtub.

All other liquid that will remain in the house should be placed in the bathtub or shower because they could leak or break from the heat. Valuable liquids such as perfumes should be boxed and removed (see step 1).

4) Unplug all electronics.

This will allow the heat to penetrate into interior spaces providing to ensure that no bed bugs are missed.

5) Take down wall-mounted pictures.

As with unplugging electronics, taking down wall-mounted items allows heat to affect all surfaces of house and contents.

6) Secure knick knacks

Powerful fans are used to circulate the heat to all areas of the house so nothing should be left free to blow around. Knick knacks can be knocked off shelves by the force of the circulating air so anything that you do not want broken should be secured or perhaps placed on the floor. Tall, skinny objects should be placed on the floor on their side so they don’t blow over and break.

7) Place loose paper in a box.

Any papers left loose are sure to be carried around by the powerful fans used to circulate the heat to all areas of the house. Flying paper causes a mess and can be potentially hazardous in that it could come in contact with the heaters and combust.

8) Drain waterbed or airbed

The high heat can cause the contents of waterbeds and airbeds to expand which can cause damage or leaks in these pieces of furniture. It is highly advisable that both types of beds be drained to avoid future problems.

9) Remove all trash

All trash should be bagged, sealed, removed from the house, and placed in a metal or plastic dumpster.

10) Empty and open all suitcases.

Suitcases are potential hiding places for bed bugs so it is important that they be subjected to the same amount of heat as everything else. This is especially important as the bed bugs may have made their way into your home from somewhere else. As such, we ask that you empty all suitcases and set them out in the open position so the heat can penetrate to all crevices.

11) Stow area rugs

Area rugs and all other unsecured floor coverings should be rolled up andBed Bugs Heat Treatment In Orrs Island stood on end. This allows the heat to reach the maximum surface area.

12) Remove other living items.

Make sure all plants, pets, and fish are removed from the premises prior to the heat treatment. Just like you and me, these living things can’t tolerate the high temperatures associated with this method of bed bug extermination.

13) Laminates can be damaged

Laminated furniture (and laminates in general) can be damaged by the high heat so be prepared for the possibility. To prevent this damage, take these valuables with you or remove them to an outdoor location.

14) Increase in electric bill

Because of the heaters and fans incorporated to kill the bed bugs, a moderate increase in your electric bill will occur.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. Your pest control specialist will provide detailed instructions as to the process of preparation. If you have any questions or concerns, it is always a good idea to voice these before the heat treatment gets underway.

At Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control, we are proud to offer Thermal Remediation to the residents of southern Maine. We also offer methods for the elimination of carpenter ants, roaches and fleas to York County, Cumberland County, and surrounding areas.

Contact us today for an estimate. You can trust that your pest control needs will be handled professionally and safely by:

Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control

(207) 650-8654


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