You need to consider hiring a professional San Jose bed bug exterminator even if you have only found one. Reports of bed bug infestation have been soaring. It is especially rampant in buildings where people live very closely together like apartment buildings, condos, hotels or motels and dorm rooms.
The cause of the most recent spike in these infestations, is thought to be because of increased global travel. These nasty little biting bugs can hide in a person’s luggage and hitchhike around the world.
California Bed Bug Exterminator Removes These Pest Infestations
Part of the issue contributing to this problem is that the bed bug infestations are a relatively new problem, a lot of exterminators aren’t trained in how to do a proper bed bug treatment. Another big issue is that the bedbugs have become more resistant to insecticides than in the past.
When an inexperienced bed bug exterminator comes across an infestation, they often try to treat it the same as they would other bugs. This is a novice bed bug exterminator mistake that just doesn’t work. However, you may need to adopt a new strategy if nothing is working.
Most San Jose bed bug infestations are in areas where people sleep. The bed bug is a nocturnal pest insect that generally likes to feed in the hours just before dawn. You, are what’s for dinner! And, it’s not unusual for the victim to be unaware of their bedroom infestation or need of a bed bug exterminator until they notice the first bed bug bite.
A San Jose Bed Bug Treatment Plan That Will Succeed
A successful bed bug treatment plan should include these steps:
- Verify that you’ve got an actual bed bug infestation
- De-clutter the infested area to limit hiding places
- You’ll need a brush to loosen eggs from the bed
- Vacuum the mattresses and box springs thoroughly
- Clean and vacuum the floors and furniture in all affected areas
- Wash or dispose of all bedding and clothes in the area. Use hot water if possible and dry with extra high heat
- Next, use chemical bed bug treatments in the area to get rid of bed bug offspring and immature generations
- Chemically treat any locations where they might gain access your home
- Re-treat and re-clean those areas weekly for 3 to 4 weeks to kill any missed eggs
- If you’re concerned with a infestation in your expensive mattress, you could buy a seal-able cover for your mattress, box springs and pillows. This is a sure way to keep any pest out and help prevent further need of a bed bug exterminator. Just make sure your mattress covers clearly state they’re effective against bed bugs.
Like most other household pests, they can also flourish in places where sanitation is poor. To add to the difficulty of detecting them, bed bugs are extremely small. They can easily be carried unknowingly from one place to another. They will stay on your furniture, clothing, and can find their way into your luggage. A person can easily be used in the spreading of bed bugs without their knowledge.
These little pests are often described as sweet-smelling, with an odor close to the scent of putrid raspberries. Infested bedrooms on the other hand, are said to smell of almond nuts, which may or may not be enticing to humans. Another good way for a bed bug exterminator to practice good pest control, is to closely check the bed sheets for black specs of feces.
Since they have a natural brown color, they can easily camouflage with furniture, upholstery, and bedding that has darker colors. Specifically, those that are a shade of black, red, or both. Some motel rooms also post signs if there has been recent bed bug exterminator treatment. Be sure to make a point to avoid physical contact with this area, or place your luggage near it.
Call Out Our Bed Bug Exterminator If:
When you see signs of bed bugs, chances are they already hopping on your clothes or other items in your possession that have loose fabric. If there’s no warning signs, it’s still a good idea to place your bags in designated areas instead of on the bed.
If in the event you know you’ve recently visited a place that’s infested with this type of pest, you may want to take your own preventive measures. This includes avoiding bug bites, vacuuming out your luggage, and washing your clothes in hot water. Make sure you thoroughly vacuum all areas of the bag that may contain and hiding bed bugs. As for washing your clothes, using hot water to exterminate bed bugs that are found in your clothing will work well too.
Bed Bug Exterminator Removal Methods To Try While Waiting:
- Find and remove as many insects as possible. A crevice tool on a vacuum can be used for the tight areas where bed bugs like to hide. Immediately seal and dispose of the vacuum bag if bed bugs are suspected to be present. Clear packing tape or extra sticky lint rollers can also be used to remove bugs and eggs from surfaces.
- For bedding, clothing, and other heat durable items, drying them on high heat for 30 minutes will kill all bed bugs, including the eggs. Use dissolvable laundry bags or plastic bags that can be disposed of outside to transport clothing to shared laundromats. After drying, items should be stored in sealable plastic bins or bags to stop bugs from moving back in.
- If you discard infested items, clearly mark them by drawing a picture of a bug on the item(s), which can be understood by people who speak a different language. Also, wrap your items before moving them to keep bed bugs from spreading.
Make Your Bed Bug-Free With These Bed Bug Exterminator Tips:
- A bed bug exterminator would pull your bed away from the wall and other furniture. Inspect your bed frame, box spring, and mattress thoroughly and remove any bugs you find.
- Place traps under your bed legs to stop bed bugs from climbing up to bite during the night. You can buy traps or build your own. Do not allow linens to touch the floor.
- Mattress and box spring encasements can be used to salvage infested beds or protect replacement beds. They will trap bugs inside that are already present, remove hiding areas, and make future inspections much easier. If only one encasement can be afforded, the box spring should be encased first.
Common Chemical Use Methods:
- Always read and follow the label directions for any bed bug exterminator products, and make sure the pesticide is intended for treating bed bugs. The EPA has a bed bug exterminator product search tool.
- If you are working with a bed bug exterminator or landlord, talk to them before using any pesticides on your own.
- Do not use more of a pesticide than the label directions say to use. It could make the problem worse by causing bed bugs to disperse. It could also cause health effects.
- Avoid daily spot treatments for bed bugs. It can cause a pesticide-resistant population to grow, making elimination of the bed bugs more difficult.
- “Bug bombs” or total release foggers are not effective against bed bugs according to the National Center for Healthy Housing. The pesticide droplets generated by foggers typically do not penetrate the hiding spaces used by bed bugs.
- Typically, dust products should be applied in small amounts within the cracks and crevices where bed bugs hide. Read the label to be sure.
- Infested items that cannot be treated with pesticides (bedding, clothing, electronic items) can be treated with heat or cold to kill hidden bed bugs. See the resources below for the specific treatment methods.
- Large infestations may also be treated by a bed bug exterminator using structural fumigation or tenting.
If you’re still waking up in the morning with bed bug bites, your best bet is to contact San Jose Pest Control for a professional bed bug exterminator that can provide assistance with your pest problem.