What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans. Adult bed bugs look similar to an apple seed, and are small (approximately 1⁄4 inch long), oval in shape, and are reddish-brown in color. Juvenile bed bugs, known as nymphs, differ from adults in that they are often much smaller (1 millimeter) and may appear clear or tan in color. Bed bugs prefer to live in protected areas near to where people sleep or rest for periods of time, such as the seams of mattresses, behind headboards and baseboards, or inside furniture. It is also common to find bed bugs in high-traffic areas where people are present, such as busses, trains, airports, movie theaters, and office buildings.
How Do You Get Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are adept hitchhikers. They travel in luggage, on clothing, and inside furniture or other items that have been in infested areas. They are found in homes, apartment & office buildings, hotels, train cars, airplanes and many other places where people are at rest for a period of time. In multiple unit housing facilities bed bugs will often infest surrounding units and in single family homes it is also common for bed bugs to be found in living rooms as well as bedrooms and laundry areas.
How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs?
While bed bugs are visible to the naked eye, they are most active at night, and due to their cryptic nature they are not often seen during the day. Because bed bugs are small and flat, they are able to squeeze into tiny cracks and crevices on the mattress and box spring, behind headboards, and inside furniture, sometimes making them virtually undetectable. With the exception of seeing live or dead bed bugs, one common sign is the presence of dark ink-like stains on the mattress or bedding materials and on furniture itself. Skins that are shed from bed bugs during the molting process may also be found near to where they hide. It is important to know and understand that while some people show symptoms resulting from bed bug bites, many will observe no symptoms at all.
How Can You Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
There are a number of methods to treat for bed bugs. Common practices include the use of residual insecticide applications, exposure to extreme temperatures, or fumigation. It is important to know that in many situations a combination of procedures may be used to ensure the highest efficacy in eliminating bed bugs—as when used alone, some products and procedures may not be effective on all stages of bed bugs.
An advanced technology known as Thermal Remediation (heat treatment) is a safe, efficient and effective solution for the control of bed bugs. Specialized mobile heating units are used within bed bug infested areas to heat and maintain air temperatures between 120°F to 135°F—the temperature range known to kill all stages of bed bug development.
Why Is Thermal Remediation Right For Me?
Thermal remediation is the preferred treatment process for the complete elimination of Bed Bugs.
It kills all stages of bed bug life, including the eggs.
It is a safe and environmentally responsible solution.
The process takes only one day and only one treatment is required.
How Much Does a Heat Treatment Cost?
Several factors impact the cost of thermal remediation treatments, including the severity of the infestation and the number and sizes of the rooms that need to be treated. For a friendly, no-obligation estimate, customized to your unique situation, please contact Environ today.
How Do I Schedule a Heat Treatment?
Scheduling a bed bug heat treatment is easy—simply contact Environ to request a needs assessment and to schedule treatment.
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