Bed bugs are small bugs that mainly invade sleeping areas such as beds, sofas and armchairs.
They are recognizable by their reddish color, flat shape and apple seed size.
These insects can be vectors for the transmission of Chagas disease, according to reports published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Research in the journal identified instances of disease transmission between mice and bed bugs. If the conditions are present, they can also transmit hepatitis B.
Another point is that while many people do not show reactions to the bites, others may develop allergies and even skin problems.
Bed bugs attack primarily at night. Their bites may leave small red spots on the arm, neck or trunk areas, but they can bite anywhere on the body.
Their reddish color allows you to see them with the naked eye, if you look carefully at the bedding: look for small spots that look like rust, as these are remnants of the blood they fed on. The black dots are their droppings.
As pest control professionals, we have noticed that bed bug problems have proliferated in Canada.
This increase has taken place over the past decade, and it is possible that its causes include the increase in travel by people.
If we arrive at a site infested with this pest, they will surely climb into our suitcases or clothes, and leave with us, to reproduce quietly at home.
Where do bed bugs take refuge in my home?
Because they are so small and live at night, bed bugs can go unnoticed by us. To detect their presence, carefully check all sleeping areas of your home.
Carefully check the bedding, as well as the covers of sofas, chairs or other sleeping furniture. Also look at the seams of these pieces of furniture, as they are clustered and easy to spot.
Bed bugs are not exclusive to one environment, as they can enter our home without us even noticing. A contaminated suitcase or piece of clothing can set off a plague.
If you put the contaminated suitcase or clothing on a chair or bed, the infestation will first occur on that object.
They then cleverly migrate into cracks or crevices: even if the room has loose wallpaper, they can lodge in these spaces.
Bed bugs can also take refuge in the seams of chairs, the seams of curtains, the bottoms of boxes and drawers, appliances and bed backs.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
Successful bed bug removal requires the presence of a pest controller in more than one case.
Why is a professional service of certified exterminators necessary? Because bed bugs have developed a resistance to most insecticides and household sprays.
A treatment provided by our team of professional exterminators is an effective and safe way to get rid of these insects.
Trust us, as our team is at the forefront of effective pest control and eradication techniques, and we have all the tools necessary to handle the substances safely.
After our intervention, you will be able to implement other internal control measures to eradicate this invasion once and for all.
It is important that you remove all the bedding, trying not to contaminate it with the rest. Wash them at a temperature higher than 60°C, using an abundant detergent. Then you need to dry it at least at 40 °C, for half an hour or more.
You can cover your bed with a special cover that protects you from bed bugs.
The washable covers we provide are guaranteed for up to 10 years and protect you from allergens, micro-toxins, bed bugs, dust mites and their droppings, which accumulate over time.
You can also vacuum regularly, but dispose of the remains in an airtight bag to prevent them from spreading.
If you are returning from a trip, disinfect your suitcase and wash all your clothes, even if they are clean. Bed bugs can still be found in the most beautiful and seemingly neatest places. They are frequent travelers, so don’t get too confident.
Avoid bringing second-hand furniture into your home and, if you do, disinfect it thoroughly before it touches your space.
Using a broad-spectrum insecticide can also be very helpful in maintaining control, after professional exterminators have been involved.
If you need to control a bed bug infestation, don’t hesitate to call us. At AKL Exterminator, we are pest control professionals and will give you the peace of mind of having a healthy home.
If you need help acquiring an effective insecticide, we can also advise you on its effectiveness and safe handling.
You can trust us: we will be happy to clarify your doubts and keep your spaces free of pests.