At Solutions Pest Control, we strive to stay on the cutting edge of all Bed Bug Control. Whether it’s training with larger American Bed Bug companies, attending bed bug specific conferences annually, or trial and error, we are always in search of the best bed bug control solutions for our customers. Learn more about the bed bug treatment Vancouver ! Our bed bug treatments options are available to you across the lower mainland.
Common Bed Bug Questions
What do bed bugs look like?
Bed bugs are small, reddish-brown insects that feed on human blood leaving itchy red welts.
Do Bed Bugs carry diseases?
No, a bed bug does not carry disease
What does a bed bug bite feel like?
Bed bug bites can be itchy and irritating. Here are answers to some of the most common bed bug questions to we get asked regularly.
Where are bed bugs found usually?
They are mostly active at night and are commonly found in mattresses, box springs and bed frames, where they are close to their source of food. However, with their flat shape, they can fit in spaces as thin as a credit card and can hide in cracks in the floor or wall, smoke detectors, and electrical sockets.
How do I know if I have bed bugs?
The most obvious sign of a bed bug infestation is waking up with itchy, red bites on your skin. You may also see blood spots on your sheets or mattress from where bed bugs have been crushed, or shed skins or eggs in the seams of your mattress or other furniture.
How do bed bugs spread?
Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers and can easily travel from one location to another on clothing, luggage, or furniture. They are often found in hotels, but can also infest homes, apartments, and other places where people live or stay for extended periods.
Can bed bugs fly or jump?
No, bed bugs cannot fly or jump. They crawl from one place to another, which is why they are such effective hitchhikers.
Are bed bug bites dangerous?
Bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases, but their bites can be itchy and uncomfortable. In rare cases, people may have an allergic reaction to bed bug bites that can cause swelling, difficulty breathing, or other serious symptoms.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
Getting rid of bed bugs can be difficult and often requires professional pest control services. Treatment typically involves a combination of insecticides and non-chemical methods such as vacuuming, steaming, and heat treatments.
Can bed bugs live in electronics?
Yes, bed bugs can hide in electronics such as TVs, computers, and alarm clocks. They are attracted to the heat and carbon dioxide that these devices emit, and can easily crawl inside through small openings or gaps in the casing.
Do bed bugs only infest dirty or cluttered homes?
No, bed bugs can infest any home or building regardless of how clean or cluttered it is. They are attracted to human blood, not dirt or clutter, and can be found in the cleanest of homes and hotels.
Can bed bugs be prevented?
While it can be difficult to completely prevent bed bug infestations, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk. When staying in hotels or other accommodations, inspect the room for signs of bed bugs and keep your luggage on a hard surface off the floor. When returning home, inspect your luggage and clothing before bringing them inside. Regularly vacuum and declutter your home to reduce hiding places for bed bugs.
Can bed bugs be killed with heat?
Yes, bed bugs can be killed with heat. Exposing them to temperatures of 120°F (49°C) or higher for several hours can kill all life stages of bed bugs, including eggs, nymphs, and adults. Learn more about the bed bug heat treatment options now.
How long do bed bugs live?
Bed bugs can live for several months to a year, depending on temperature and availability of food (i.e., blood). Females can lay hundreds of eggs in their lifetime, which hatch in about a week and take several weeks to mature into adults.
What are the signs of a bed bug infestation?
- Red, itchy welts on areas of skin that are exposed while sleeping
- A strong, musty odour
- Dark coloured feces near hiding places
- And, of course, live bed bugs
The first thing to do if you suspect you have bed bugs is to search your mattress and box spring carefully.
Do I have a bed bug problem?
- If you are still confused about whether you have bed bugs at home or not after self-diagnosing with the signs listed above, it may be helpful to check out our page on Bed Bug Information. Here we give more information on bed bugs, what they look like, how they feed and live, as well as the inspection types that we use to detect bed bugs. Learn about bed bug bites, in general, to help determine if you have you might have bed bugs.
Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?
Bed Bugs can arrive in the home in luggage, clothes, used furniture, and other items, and quickly spread to other rooms or from one apartment to the next. If you think you have bed bugs, take action as soon as possible, as the infestation will only become harder to eliminate over time. If you are unsure, give us a call, we can help you understand what to look for.
Bed Bug Inspection Services
Let’s face it – if we all knew how to inspect for bed bugs, we would probably all be sleeping a little better at night. But we don’t. Bed bug inspections can take on many meanings in today’s world; however, we prefer to stick with the tools that we know best. We have been performing many visual bed bug inspections per month for the last number of years. We have developed a pretty keen eye, so rest assured, you are getting the best bed bug inspection technicians available.
Bed Bug Control – Timing is urgent!
A female bed bug can lay hundreds of eggs in her lifetime, and, in ideal conditions, one of those eggs can hatch and reach maturity in as little as one month, and produce as many as three generations in a year.
- BED BUG CONTROL FACT:
- In less than three months, a pregnant female bed bug can produce up to 1,000 offspring (including eggs)
Bed Bug Detection options
In some rare situations, when the likelihood of visually locating a single bed bug early on is going to be difficult (think office or theatre), we have trained & certified K9’s available to assist. Need more still? We are also proud to offer the latest verification tools in the bed bug inspection & monitoring game: The Verifi bed bug detector. Designed for verification of an infestation, these new traps, with replaceable internal attractants, work exceptionally well with an ongoing preventative bed bug program.
Bed Bug Treatments
Bed Bug Control can be performed using traditional pesticide sprays, heat, steam, vacuums and more. It doesn’t take long to find a particular method on the internet that people both love and hate based on their experience. There are benefits and downfalls to each kind of bedbug control method, so choosing a specific one that best suits you should be a decision that is not jumped into quickly.
By the time you suspect a bed bug infestation and call a professional to confirm it, the bed bugs have likely been there at minimum, a few weeks. An extra day to properly vet a pest control professional and research the best methods will give you some peace of mind. Here are some qualifications, tips or questions to ask a potential bed bug expert before booking your bed bug treatment.
- Are they Quality Pro Canada certified?
- What bed bug treatment methods do you offer? (more options for you)
- How long have you been providing each method?
- How long have you been in pest control? (experience speaks for itself)
- Do you attend any bed bug-specific conferences? (they are up to date)
- Are you a member of the local Pest Control Association?
- Are you insured and bonded? (it’s your home – protect it)
- What is your rating with the BBB of BC? Are you a member?
- Can you provide references from past bed bug treatments?
- What are the star ratings and comments from independent testimonial sites like Google, Yelp, etc?
Bed Bug Heat Treatments
Heat treatment for bed bugs is the extermination of bed bugs using heat in place of traditional pesticides. The heat kills all stages from juvenile bed bugs to adults, including the eggs, by penetrating all areas bed bugs hide, leaving no area safe for survival. It is a one-day service with 100% elimination guaranteed. We employ the use of both electric and external, diesel-powered heaters (not propane), depending on the customer’s needs and the layout of the home.
Learn more about our bed bug heat Treatments and Mobile Bed Bug Treatment services.
Traditional Bed Bug Treatments
A traditional bed bug treatment is heavily reliant on the use of various pesticides for the elimination of bed bugs. This treatment method may sound far more simplistic than it is. When appropriately implemented and not rushed, this is still a very effective and affordable treatment option. There is a growing number of pesticides being used in Canada that bed bugs are becoming resistant to, so knowing which products to use in the proper places is key to the successful extermination of a bedbug infestation. Our technicians receive ongoing training to stay on top of what products are the most successful and employ them in our treatment practices.
Traditional bed bug control treatments are generally performed over a minimum of 2 separate visits, specifically timed for proper elimination. Wait too long for a follow-up visit or come back too soon, and the infestation will likely return. Taking the proper amount of time to be thorough, from the inspection to the treatment, is key to success and frequently overlooked by many pest control providers.
The most beneficial part of the traditional treatment is the economic one. Additionally, there is no limit to the size of an infestation that traditional bed bug treatments can be limited to treating.
In addition to these traditional bed bug treatments highlighted above, we frequently employ the use of:
- Vacuums (physically removing the bed bugs from the residence before heat or spray)
- Steamers (great for specific circumstances & spot treatments)
- Passive bed bug traps (no attractants & catch bed bugs usually while traveling)
- Active bed bug traps (use attractants that impersonate the food source)
- Mattress Encasements (much cheaper than throwing out the bed)
- Bed Bug Information Presentations (so you’ll know what to look for next time)
Complete Bed Bug Treatment Services
Bed bugs can be a nuisance and difficult to get rid of. They do not transmit diseases and can be prevented with proper bed bug inspections and bed bug control measures. If you suspect a bed bug infestation in your home or other location, it is important to take prompt action to prevent it from spreading.
At Solutions Pest Control, we strive to stay on the cutting edge of all Bed Bug Control. Through training with larger American bed bug companies, attending bed bug specific conferences annually, and our proprietary pest control research, we are constantly in search of the best bed bug control solutions for our customers. Call today and let us prove it to you!