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Bed Bug Control

The resurgence of bed bugs in recent years has brought back new meaning to that old saying "Sleep tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite." Almost unheard of after World War II, the ban on DDT and the increase in international travel are blamed for their reemergence and while beds may be ground zero for these pesky bugs, they can be found almost anywhere including hospitals, airplanes, movie theaters and even department stores.

The Health Risks Associated with Bed Bugs

Unless a person has an allergic reaction to a bed bug bite, the physical health effects consist of "itchy and "annoying" unsightly red welts. These can be treated with an oral antibiotic or hydrocortisone cream. While there is no evidence that bed bugs spread any diseases, there can be lasting emotional and psychological effects from an infestation.

Anyone can get bed bugs

Bed bugs are prolific little pests. An adult female can lay up to 5 eggs a day, which, under the right circumstances, can cause a small infestation to become a large problem very quickly. Bed bugs will hitch a ride in luggage, backpacks, on clothing or in shoes to travel from place to place. They are impartial snackers, feeding on any warm body regardless of status or cleanliness. Even the most expensive hotels are reporting bed bug problems these days.

Identifying a Bed Bug Problem

  1. Red, itchy welts on your skin (a red dot with a lighter red ring around it) are the most obvious sign that you have been bitten by a bed bug.
  2. Look for small reddish brown dots (droppings and blood spots) on bed linens.
  3. You may find eggs or molted skin on bed linens or the mattress.
  4. Bed bugs themselves are often hard to spot, since they typically come out at night. Look for a small reddish brown oval-shaped bug about the size of an apple seed.
  5. In severe cases with heavy infestation, a sweet smelling "buggy" odor may be noticeable.

How to avoid bed bugs

  • Check the seams and backs of airline seats and movie theater seats before sitting. Keep purses and backpacks off the floor and Store your carry-on bags in the overhead compartment whenever possible.
  • When traveling, thoroughly inspect your hotel room BEFORE unpacking. Look on the sheets, around the mattress and behind the headboard and box spring for signs of bed bugs.
  • Place luggage on dressers to avoid taking any stow-away bugs home with you.
  • Keep suitcases, brief cases or computers closed when not in use.
  • When you arrive home, check your luggage and belongings again to make sure you did not take any bed bugs home with you. Wash all clothing in hot water. You can even vacuum out luggage as an extra precaution.
  • Report any signs of bed bugs immediately. With the help of informed citizens and trained pest professionals, we can hopefully make these breakouts, once again, a thing of the past!

Bed Bug Protection from Arrow Exterminators

Arrow's bed bug control professionals protect homes & businesses from pest infestations with the STEPS® Total Protection System, an industry-leading process that utilizes Integrated Pest Management. STEPS includes a full inspection of the home and property to pinpoint pest control issues; identification of not only the pest, but the true cause of the problem; and treatment in the most environmentally responsible way to alleviate current issues and to help prevent future recurrences.

If you suspect an infestation call our bed bug control experts immediately at 1-888-GO-ARROW for a comprehensive evaluation of your home or business.


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