Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Gray ME

If you live in Gray ME, or in any of the surrounding towns, you have access to one of the best methods to get rid of bed bugs.  Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control uses a patented heat treatment that kills bed bugs AND their eggs.

Problems with Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are actually an epidemic across the United States. They were a real problem in this country after World War II, when American GIs came back from deployment all over the world. They brought these pesky little bugs in the soldiers’ clothes and belongings.

Massive efforts to get rid of bed bugs worked in those days, because they used of DDT. That, obviously, was a terrible idea. Now, with so many people traveling the world, bed bugs are carried all across the country once again. They populate hotels and motels, and stow-away in your luggage so they can come home with you.

Dormant Bugs

Bed bugs can live for months without food. They just go dormant, and sleep tucked away in the creases of your suitcases. Then, when you pack for your next trip, they find themselves near their favorite food source once again – you. Their eggs are just as durable, waiting until the time is right to hatch.

Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Gray ME

Carbon Dioxide

The reason you seldom see bed bugs is because they are attracted by the carbon dioxide you exhale when you sleep. They hide in the creases and piping around the edges of your mattress, in the hem of your sheets, and even in the joints of your bed frame. They will snuggle down into your carpet and under the edge of your baseboards. You may not see them, until the infestation is so severe that they simply can’t hide, anymore.

When you go to sleep at night, you exhale more deeply, breathing out more carbon dioxide than usual. The darkness, combined with the extra CO2, is a dinner bell to bed bugs.

Signs of Bed Bugs

Your first hint that there may be bed bugs in your home, or in the hotel in which you stayed, may be tiny spots of blood on your sheets. You may wonder where they came from. Later in the day, you may start to itch somewhere, and see a line of 2 to 4 bumps. All of this is the result of bed bug bites. Each bug will bite you several times, traveling along as they feed. This is why you’ll find a row of bumps. The bugs excrete an analgesic so that you don’t feel the bite. There is a little bit of bleeding after each bite, and that’s what stains your sheets. Every time they grow, they shed their skin. You may start to find bed bug dirt, which is their feces and shed skin.


Bed bugs, for the most part, look like tiny ticks. In fact, you may have mistaken a bed bug for a tick at some point. The nymphs are white, almost clear, and don’t have color until they feed for the first time. They are tiny, but not microscopic. The nymphs will barely cover Lincoln’s beard on a penny.

Once they have fed, they turn red, then the color settles into a reddish brown. Their maximum size may be as big as 3/16 of an inch.

How to Kill Bed Bugs

Many exterminators use chemicals to kill bed bugs. This can be quite effective. The only problem is that CO2 traps for bed bugs. These have some success, but are not effective in killing the eggs.

The best treatment for killing bed bugs is to use heat. With the heaters used by Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control, you can be sure that the mature bugs, the nymphs in each stage, and the eggs are all killed. Since the bugs are killed at the same time, all stages of the life cycle are stopped. This ceases the breeding, ridding your home of bed bugs once and for all.

For information about how to kill bed bugs in Gray ME and the surrounding areas:

Call Dale Carlson at 207-650-8654 today.

He can give you an estimate, and make an appointment for your eco-friendly bed bug treatment.