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Professional Bed Bug Pest Control Charlottesville VA

The bed bug “Cimex lectularius” is a parasitic insect that feeds on blood meals. The insect’s saliva contains numbing properties that allow for more discrete feeding. Before feeding, the bed bug secretes saliva to numb the victim’s skin. The entire feeding process can take between 2 and 10 minutes. Most bed bugs feedings take place when the host is asleep. This rule applies to nocturnal and daytime feedings. What most people do not know about the bed bug is it has a natural instinct to acclimate to its host’s sleeping behavior. For example, the host is a day sleeper, the bed bug(s) will feed during the day and hide at night.

The mature bed bug is about 3/16 of an inch long. Before feeding, the bed bug’s abdomen is flat and shaped like an apple seed. During feeding, the abdomen becomes engorged with blood, giving the appearance of bright red coloration.

Why Is My Charlottesville Home Infested With Bed Bugs?

Have you recently traveled to a high-risk destination? According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “CDC”, bed bugs are more problematic in developing countries than in developed countries. Travelers visiting developing countries should be on the lookout for bed bugs. Outbreaks have been reported in developed countries – the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.

Some US states are reporting higher than usual bed bug infestations. Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Miami, and Dallas are just a few examples. The CDC recommends travelers, visiting the aforementioned states, take special precautions to protect their assets. Bed bugs travel from location to location in suitcases, overnight bags, purses, clothing, footwear, backpacks, and other assets.

Hot spots include everything from motels to country inns to bed & breakfasts. Any temporary rental facility is at a high risk of a bed bug infestation. It is crucial to be fully prepared to conduct routine inspections of overnight accommodations and assets.

Do Bed Bugs Carry Disease And Parasites?

No, bed bugs do not spread disease or parasites. The biggest threat of the bed bug is an allergic reaction. The allergic reaction is most often associated with the bed bug’s saliva, which contains antigens that the human immune system perceives as toxic.

In severe bed bug infestation, victims have reported numerous bites scattered over their bodies. An allergic reaction to a bed bug bite generally begins as a pinpoint-sized red spot. The secondary symptoms include redness, itchiness, and swelling. In rare cases, a pustule will appear at the bite site.

What Is The Most Effective Bed Bug Management Technique?

As a parasite, the bed bug is an aggressive insect species. It only makes sense, the bed bug must feed every at intervals. When a host is accessible, the bed bug will feed every few days. Evidence shows an adult bed bug can survive up to 5 months between meals.

Bed bugs do not colonize, as there is no king or queen. However, the insects do group together to create an infestation. The female does not build a nest for her young. But, instead, deposits her eggs, where they can access food immediately upon hatching.

As mentioned previously, the bed bug is an aggressive insect species. When it comes to exterminating aggressive insect species, an aggressive pest control approach is a necessity. When a bed bug infestation is present, the treatment option is limited to professional pest control. We combine industrial-strength insecticides, regular home inspections, and adhesive traps into a custom treatment plan to ensure 100 percent extermination.

Our Professional Bed Bug Management Solutions

Our bed bug treatment strategies consist of both conventional and eco-friendly. We believe in giving our clients a decent selection of pest control options. The client chooses a treatment, which will be customized to ensure maximum results. Each strategy has unique capabilities. For example, our professional heat treatment utilizes high temperatures to eradicate bed bugs within 15 minutes of exposure.

Our professional bed bug control strategies include the following:

Bed Bug Steam Treatment – Utilizes state-of-the-art equipment to generate steam, measuring around 212 degrees Fahrenheit. We utilize large steamers to produce temperatures high enough to kill bed bugs on contact. Safety barriers are installed to protect the non-impacted areas of the infested property.

Our professional steam treatment is cost-efficient, safe when applied per the manufacturer’s recommendations, and effective. We can adjust any steam treatment to ensure the best results in the shortest duration. We do this without compromising the client’s health and personal belongings.

Bed Bug Cryonite Treatment – Utilizes carbon dioxide “CO2” to generate temperatures low enough to eradicate bed bugs within 15 minutes of exposure. Our professional cryonite treatment converts liquid carbon dioxide to frozen CO2 or “dry ice.”

Our professional cryonite management is cost-efficient, effective, safe, and environmentally friendly. But, only when applied per the manufacturer’s directions.

Bed Bug Heat Treatment – Utilizes high-temperature heat, generated by heavy-duty heaters. Temperatures can reach up to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. These high temperatures are necessary for eradicating bed bugs on contact. Once the heat reaches the maximum temperature, the home is sealed to keep the heat trapped inside. It can take between 5 and 20 minutes to eradicate bed bugs

Our professional heat treatment is cost-efficient, effective, and safe when applied per the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Does DIY Bed Bug Pesticide Deliver 100% Effective?

It depends on the severity level of the bed bug infiltration or infestation. Of course, infiltration of bed bugs is less severe than a full-blown infestation. DIY pest control relies on over-the-counter insecticides that are standard-grade formulas. Professional pest control, on the other hand, is compatible with mild, moderate, and severe infestations.

OTC pesticides are barely effective, if at all, potent enough to eradicate bed bugs. But, will not decrease the severity of a full-blown bed bug infestation.

Is Professional Bed Bug Control Affordable?

When our professional pest control services are compared to over-the-counter pesticides, there is no comparison when it comes to price. Yes, professional bed bug management is more expensive than DIY pest control. However, when you compare the number of required treatments of both DIY and professional, it may be possible to save money with the latter treatment option.

Professional pest control can offer 100 percent effectiveness with as little as two separate treatments. There is an initial treatment that is initiated, following the consultation. The initial treatment is followed by a thorough inspection of the impacted home. The purpose of the inspection is to determine its level of effectiveness. If bed bugs are detected during the inspection, the treatment is obviously not working.

If no bed bugs are detected, the treatment is working. So, it will not need to be altered. A separation of 4 to 6 weeks is required before the second treatment is administered. The separation between the initial and follow-up treatment is necessary to allow enough time for any potential bed bug eggs to have and larvae to mature.

What Is The Most Effective Bed Bug Strategy?

A strategy that targets the contributor of the bed bug infestation and client involvement is guaranteed to be more effective than a basic prevention plan. We customize each bed bug prevention strategy, with the client’s help. We target the home’s vulnerable structural components responsible for the infestation. To learn more contact our Charlottesville pest control experts.

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