Bed Bugs are small, nocturnal insects that feed exclusively on blood. Despite their name, they can live in a variety of environments other than beds, so they will disperse throughout a dwelling and can even live in places like office buildings. Bed Bugs are also capable of going for months without feeding, but they tend to wait a few days after feeding to seek another meal. They are also very secretive insects that hide on or in objects, not on you, and can therefore be hard to locate and control.
Contrary to what some people think, having bed bugs is not a reflection upon personal hygiene, sanitation, or social class. Bed bugs are not concerned with cleanliness or relative wealth—a five-star hotel can get bed bugs just as easily as a homeless shelter if the bugs are introduced to the environment. Infestations start when bed bugs, or their eggs, find their way onto an item that is then transported to a new location.
Bed Bugs, unlike other insects that feed on blood, have never been proven to transmit disease to humans. However, bed bugs bites can cause itchy red welts in some people and are often confused with poison ivy or an allergic reaction of some kind. Many people also find the presence of bed bugs distressing and may have trouble sleeping. Some people even misuse pesticides and attempt other home remedies trying to rid their homes of them which can be dangerous and is often ineffective.
Bed Bugs are incredibly difficult to get rid of, and it is almost impossible to accomplish without the help of a professional. Since Bed Bugs are capable of withstanding a lot and going months at a time without eating it can be hard to tell if you have truly eliminated the problem without confirmation from an expert. Bed Bugs can be killed when they are exposed to very high temperatures (roughly 135 °F), by structural fumigation, and by some pesticides. Leaving your home or sleeping somewhere other than your bed will not get rid of bed bugs and often will cause them to spread to new areas.
Cooper Pest Solutions is equipped to carry out every step of the bed bug elimination process from proactive measures to treating with chemicals, steam, and heat. Cooper′s highly skilled representatives and technicians will inspect your home for signs of a bed bug infestation and determine the severity of the infestation. Treatment will be carried out according to the needs of your particular situation. Unlike other companies Cooper′s treatments do not require prep on your part.
There is not much that you can do by yourself to combat an established bed bug problem aside from keeping your home as free of clutter as possible and working with a professional to solve the issue. The majority of useful DIY options are aimed at preventing a problem with bed bugs from occurring to begin with. There are a variety of products that will help you to reduce your chances of introducing bed bugs into your home and help you to catch any infestations while they are still in the early stages, which makes them easier to eliminate. Two of the most important resources for early detection of bed bugs are specially designed passive monitors (BlackOuts™) and mattress encasements. The monitors will catch stray bugs that you would not see otherwise, and the white mattress encasements make it easier to spot bugs, prevent bed bugs from getting into your mattress, and stops any bugs in your mattress from biting you. Educating yourself through reputable sources, such as bedbugcentral.com (Cooper′s sister company) is also helpful in separating fact from myth when it comes to avoiding bed bugs.
At Cooper Pest Solutions, our goal is to provide fast, convenient service, with the peace of mind that you are in good hands. We understand that pest problems can be stressful and overwhelming, so we strive to have one of our representatives meet with you the same day or very next day.
There are many eco-friendly options available for bed bug control. In addition, all products used by Cooper Pest Solutions are EPA registered for pest control use. Our highly trained pest control professionals will follow all appropriate label requirements in an effort to keep pets and humans safe.
The two best ways to keep from introducing bed bugs into your home are avoiding the purchase of second hand furniture and bedding and avoiding travel. Of course, it is not always possible to avoid traveling, but there are precautions you can take when you do that will reduce your risk of bringing bed bugs home, including things such as making sure that you put all of you clothing through the dryer before re-introducing it to your home after travel. The subject of travel precautions is an extensive topic though and cannot be entirely covered here; however our travel guide may be purchased on bedbugcentral.com.