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At Bed Bugs all Gone, we work hard to provide all of our customers with a safe, effective, and long-lasting solution to their bed bug problem. Because we only deal with bed bugs and have years of experience in this field, we have a comprehensive understanding of how to treat bedbug infestations We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns. Contact us today. Your bites will generally stop the very day we are on the job.
How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs?
The only sure-fire way to know you have bed bugs is to see them. Take a picture of “your” bug with a smart phone and text the picture to us at (925) 216-6779 with your name and address. We will ID it at no charge and then you have a starting point from which to make decisions.
What is K-9 Scent Detection?
Dogs are a very accurate way to determine if you have bed bugs. A K-9 bed bug scent detecting dog is specially trained to smell bed bugs. Since the bed bugs hide by day in tight, dark places, the dog can smell what we cannot see. The dog’s sense of smell is thousands of times greater than ours. Click here for a University of Florida canine study showing K-9 effectiveness.
Tiny bites on your skin, blood spots on your bedding, and cast-off exo-skeletons are also indicative of a bed bug infestation. If you have not seen a bug, and been able to catch it or get a picture of it for identification, the best way to determine the extent of a possible bed bug infestation is by K-9 scent detection.
How Do You Get Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are tiny and easily transferable, which is why they are so easy to attain. They are hard to eliminate because they can live up to 400 days without a blood meal, hiding in walls, behind baseboards, and in furniture. It generally takes an expert to deal with this kind of thing.
Bed bugs can latch themselves onto boxes, clothing, backpacks, purses, furniture, luggage and any other physical object. They hitchhike back to your home and set up housekeeping for the duration.
It is very difficult to determine how bedbugs came to be living in your home. Did you take a trip or did a child return from college? Those are possibilities. But just like catching the flu, who really knows and at this point it probably does not matter. What does matter is how are you going to get them under control and eliminate them from your life over the long haul. Call Bed Bugs all Gone at (844)-416-4999 for a complete solution to your bedbug problem.
Where Do Bed Bugs Live?
Bed bugs usually live where people sit or sleep. Infestations have been increasing for the past two decades at a rate of 15 to 20% per year. Bed bugs like dark, tight, undisturbed places where they can hibernate until the next meal or their next hitchhiking opportunity. Bed bugs do not live outdoors. Bed bugs do not live on mammals. Bed bugs can live just about anywhere else.
Will Bed Bugs Travel On Me?
Bed bugs can travel on you and your clothing or your belongings, but this is very rare and should not be worried about.
How Do I Minimize Getting Bed Bugs Again?
Make your home bed bug resistant so bed bugs cannot set up housekeeping there.
How Do I Make My Home Bed Bug Resistant?
Let us turn your beds into “Island Fortresses.” We will encapsulate your mattresses and box springs with bed bug proof, cloth encapsulations, sterilize your bed frames with steam under pressure so you start out with a zero baseline, spray all of these bed parts and the carpets with non-toxic Cimi-Shield to create a “Virtual Minefields” around your sleeping areas. We will then isolate your beds from the floors with isolators and from the walls and other furniture with an air-gap of at least three to six inches so that bed bugs cannot walk off of any surfaces on to the beds.
After this is accomplished, minimize the probability of introducing new bed bugs into your sleeping environment. Avoid setting backpacks, dirty clothes purses and other items that have been in the public on the bed. Instead, set them on tables, shelves, or other raised areas.
If you or someone else is coming in from a trip, avoid bringing in bed bugs in the following manner:
Unpack your bags outside. Put any clean clothes into the clothes drier for 30 minutes or more on medium heat or higher. Put all of your dirty clothes, including the ones you are wearing through the washer at appropriate temperature for the item; then dry them at a medium to high temperature as you normally do.
Everything that cannot go into the washer or drier such as shoes, luggage, electronics, books, etc. can be put into a heat tent and “baked” at 140 degrees for an hour or two to kill the bed bugs. These heat tents can be found on the internet for about $200.