A common misconception about bed bugs is that they are only found in beds, bedding, mattresses, sheets, etc. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
We find them also in closets and dressers, behind picture frames, in the folds of clothing, in furniture crevasses, and just about anywhere there is clutter.
This makes eradication of them more of a challenge, and that's why we recommend a thorough HEAT-INTENSIVE approach, using either steam, or our unique and exclusive PORTABLE THERMAL HEAT CHAMBER.
In order to truly eradicate an infestation, the bed bugs, their nymphs and unhatched eggs all need to be eliminated. Unhatched nymphs can survive in the washing machine at all temperatures – even in "hot" water. Bed bugs can burrow into mattresses and furniture, even inside walls, where chemicals cannot reach them.But our comprehensive Bed Bug HEAT Cleaning program, which uses temperatures well beyond the survival point for bed bugs, not only saves time and money – it works using only WATER or THERMAL HEAT: no possibly-harmful chemicals! We recognize that today's consumers are looking for non-chemical solutions that are effective and that kill the bugs without destroying the items they have infested! Our thermal heat portable system brings that extreme, bed-bug-killing heat to you, without needing large trucks. We can go anywhere, and treat your furniture, furnishings and possessions safely at your location.
The benefits of this are readily apparent. The combination of our advanced steam cleaning machines and our thermal heat chamber thoroughly clean mattresses, box springs, pillows/pillowcases, curtains, upholstery, closets, dressers, cabinets, couches, shoes, bags, accessories ... they allow us to clean bathrooms, closets, bedrooms, dens, living rooms, hallways: anywhere and everywhere we've detected bed bug infestation!
Combined with our dogs and our confirmation methods, HIGH TEMPERATURE CLEANING with steam and thermal heat is the final part of a truly modern, ecologically-friendly, effective and permanent solution to bed bugs!
Call us today and we'll start in relieving your mind, and your home or institution!
In addition to the above, here are some very specific answers to questions about bed bug infestation:
The first thing you should do is call Regional Bed Bug Detection at 1-800-365-7827. Our expert technicians can help determine if your suspicions are true. Because several different kinds of insects resemble bed bugs, specimens must be carefully examined.
Once bed bug infestation is confirmed, Regional Bed Bug Detection will give you a written integrated pest management (IPM) plan that details the methods and insecticides to be used, and that will eliminate the bed bugs in a manner that promotes success while limiting unnecessary costs and exposure to insecticides.
We also will give you a very detailed PREPARATION SHEET that states exactly what you should do in advance of our visit. See above to DOWNLOAD this form.
Although each IPM is specialized to its location, in general, managing bed bugs requires a multi-faceted approach that generally includes cleaning, room modifications, and insecticidal treatments.
For instance, you should reduce clutter to limit hiding places for bed bugs. Then, thoroughly clean the infested rooms as well as others in the residence. Scrub infested surfaces with a stiff brush to dislodge eggs, and use a powerful vacuum to remove bed bugs from cracks and crevices. Dismantling bed frames will expose additional bug hiding sites. Remove drawers from desks and dressers and turn furniture over, if possible, to inspect and clean all hiding spots.
Mattresses and box springs can be permanently encased within special mattress bags, which Regional Bed Bug Detection can supply (see below). Any bugs trapped within these sealed bags will eventually die.
To prevent bed bugs from crawling onto a bed, pull the bed frame away from the wall, tuck sheets and blankets so they do not touch the floor, and place the frame legs into dishes or cups of mineral oil.
Caulk and seal all holes where pipes and wires penetrate walls and floor, and fill cracks around baseboards and cove moldings to further reduce harborages.
Because bed bugs and other pests may spread through cracks and holes in the walls, ceilings and floors, it is wise to inspect adjoining rooms on the same floor as well as those directly above and below.
First and foremost, don't panic! Although bed bugs can be annoying, they can be battled safely and successfully if you adopt a well-considered strategy with the help of the professionals from Regional Bed Bug Detection.
Do not apply pesticides yourself! Remember, you are legally liable if you misapply a pesticide, or apply it without a license to the property of another (including common spaces in apartment buildings). Generally, landlords, owners and building managers cannot legally apply pesticides. That's why hiring Regional Bed Bug Detection, a credentialed pest control operator, to confirm the infestation and to develop an integrated pest management plan, is always the best course.
You do not even need to dispose of infested furniture—it can be cleaned and treated. Placing infested furniture (particularly mattresses) into common areas or on the street may simply spread bed bugs to other people's homes. So don't discard furniture and don't treat the problem yourself—instead, call Regional Bed Bug Detection and get a plan!
Regional Bed Bug Detection tailors the treatment to the situation, frequently using clean STEAM to eradicate the problem. However, if circumstances indicate it, we also use the following types of insecticides, as appropriate:
Dry insecticidal dusts, which abrade the insect's outer waxy coat and cause the bugs to dry out and die, are applied in cracks and crevices, as well as within the hollow interior of a tubular bed frame.
Contact insecticides, which kill the bugs shortly after they come into direct contact with the product or its residue, are now available in products that do not repel bugs (thus making it more likely that they will come into contact with the insecticide, and die) and are effective for a longer period.
Insect Growth Regulators (IGR) affect the development and reproduction of insects, but do not kill bugs quickly. These products are used as a supplement to other kinds of insecticides.
Yes. Cool, chemical-free, easy to use and comfortable to sleep on, modern bedding encasement systems as offered by Regional Bed Bug Detection are a proven winner in the fight against bed bugs. Installed properly, they can "crash" an infestation and seal it away from humans and pets. Regional Bed Bug Detection recommends the PROTECT-A-BED line of bedding encasement systems; for more information, click here for a 3-page brochure in PDF format, suitable for printing.