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BED BUGS

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We will keep coming back until all the bed bugs are gone.

What should you do if you suspect you have bed bugs? Don’t touch anything if you can. Call in our professionals to inspect for you. You risk spreading the bugs by moving things around. Don’t do it!

 

Bed bugs are one of the most challenging pests in the pest control industry. They are a pest that hides very well and generally comes out only at night. They feed on our blood and then they retreat to their hiding spots where they breed and wait. The bites can leave a very itchy welt that lasts for quite a while. About forty percent of people do not react to the bites at all, so the infestation can grow quite a bit before the bed bugs are detected.

 
Bed bug Biology

Adult bed bugs are about the size and shape of an apple seed (5-7 mm or 3/16 - 1/4 inch long). They have a distinctive odour, like coriander or cilantro. The smell is produced through glands on the lower side of the body.

 

Adult female bed bugs lay about 5 eggs a day with a lifetime total of about 500. These eggs hatch in 3 to 10 days on average and go through 5 instar or nymph stages before adulthood. A blood meal is required for each stage. The nymphs look very similar to a smaller version of an adult. This reproductive rate translates to 1 pregnant female having up to 90,000 descendants in 9 months. This is why it is imperative that all the bugs are eliminated.

 

Bed bug eggs are the size of a pinhead and are pearly white. They are sticky and will stay where the adult lays them, normally near the hiding spot. These areas are known as aggregations. They are marked by dirty splotches of fecal matter that appear like black stains. These stains will not rub off.

Our Approach to Bed Bug Control

The starting point of a successful bed bug treatment is a very thorough inspection. We need to identify all the places that they are hiding. Our trained staff are very good at finding all the hiding spots.

 

Once we have located all the places that the bed bugs are hiding we develop a plan of action to eliminate them. This is more of a program than a one time treatment. We use a combination of techniques to quickly reduce and then eliminate every last bed bug. We may use vacuum cleaners to remove the obvious exposed insects. We may use insecticide dusts to eliminate hidden populations. And we may use sprays as a treatment. We also occasionally can treat some items with heat to control bed bugs, although this is time consuming and normally more expensive.

 

Our technicians can decide with you the best plan of action to rid you of every last bed bug. We require at least two inspections after the last treatment with no live bugs found to be sure that the issue is solved.

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Aprehend is a revolutionary biopesticide for the elimination and prevention of bed bugs.

  • Results in days, up to 3-month residual
  • Minimal resident preparation required
  • Biopesticide with a non-toxic mode of action
  • No chemicals, no odor, no dilution
  • Can be used as a stand-alone treatment or as part of any protocol
  • Avoid repeat visits
  • EPA-registered and registered for use in Canada
  • Ideal for use as a proactive bed bug treatment