All About Bed Bugs and How DeBoer Pest Control Can Eliminate Them

Bed bugs are blood-feeders, also known as parasitic insects.  When an adult, a bed bug will be reddish-brown in color, oval-shaped and flat. They do not have wings so bed bugs cannot fly.  Adults are usually 1/4″-1/2″ long  and 1.5-3 mm wide.  Bed bugs will go through five nymph life stages before it becomes an adult. During each stage a bed bug will molt. Molting is a when a bed bug will shed its exterior layer of protection in order to grow larger in size. Before a bed bug’s first molt, an immature nymph bed bug will be clear in color until it has had a blood meal. Bed bugs need blood meals in order to advance to the next stage in life.

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Treatment of Bed Bugs

DeBoer Pest Control uses a state of the art heat treatment system which provides fast results that kill all stages of bed bugs and their eggs. Heat Treatment is effective for both single family and multi-unit complexes. Our equipment and proven techniques provide control for even the toughest situations.

We specialize in providing treatment options where conventional pesticide applications are not possible or wanted. Conventional pesticide applications require time consuming preparation before the initial treatment can be performed. It also leaves unwanted pesticide residue behind. Our heat treatment service requires: minimal prep time, little to no invasive pesticides, and is done in one day.  

Life stages of a bed bug.

The Different Life Stages of a Bed Bug

Get Rid of Bed Bugs in ONE DAY

The DeBoer Pest Control heat treatment service not only has minimal prep time with little to no invasive pesticides – it is done in ONE day.

How Does Someone Get Bed Bugs?

There are a variety of ways someone can get bed bugs. Staying in a hotel, visiting the hospital, or even going to a movie at the movie theatre are common ways someone can pick-up bed bugs. Bed bugs love to travel, especially in a luggage bag, a carry-on or in a purse.  To prevent this from happening, do not bring luggage into a vehicle or in your home before it has been inspected thoroughly. When staying at a hotel, keep all luggage in the shower/tub of the bathroom or on top of the sink. This will make it harder for bed bugs to find your luggage and hide inside without being discovered.  

If bed bugs are found inside the luggage, remove all clothes and towels and place them in a dryer immediately. Run the dryer at high heat for at least an hour. If your luggage bag cannot be put into a dryer, our recommendation is to either discard the luggage bag or call us to treat the infected luggage.

 

Common Spots to Find Bed Bugs

One common area where someone would find a bed bug is underneath the seam of a mattress. Mattress seams make an excellent hiding spot for bed bugs and keeps them at a close proximity to their blood meal. If the mattress is ripped, bed bugs can find shelter inside the mattress.

The box spring is also a location where bed bugs are often found, as well the head board of the bed. Other areas where bed bugs can be found are:

  • Dressers
  • Closets
  • Clothes
  • Laundry baskets
  • Rugs
  • Carpet areas
  • Baseboards
  • Couches
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Pipe chases