Despite modern pesticides and precautions, bed bugs are still a huge problem in many hotels and motels that see high rate of occupant turnover. Even five star hotels are not safe from these tiny pests. Bed bugs are one of the tiniest pests that infest our residences. Common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) adults grow only about ¼ of an inch long and eggs are about the size of a pin head. This makes them especially hard to see and what’s scary is that females can lay 1-5 eggs per day or 200-300 during their lifetime. In 180 days, one mated adult female can result in 7,848 adults; 121,449 nymphs; 69,909 eggs and 169,490 bites.

How Bed Bug Infestation Spread

Bed bugs can spread very easily by hitchhiking between host to host on many different items found in the home. These items include clothing, luggage, furniture, bedding, backpacks, animal cages, and more.

Bed bugs can infest almost any space they are able to fit into, although, typically, they prefer wood and cloth surfaces. They have also been known to inhabit hollow bird perches in cages and even electronic devices such as alarm clocks.

In order to keep these pests under control, proper inspections are crucial.

Signs of Bed Bug Infestation

Typically, the first signs of an infestation is often the presence of itching bites. However due to the varied reactions of bed bugs bites, the presence itching bites is not conclusive for bed bugs. Other, more concrete signs of Bed Bug Infestations include:

  • Blackish stains (blood) on mattresses and box springs, and the edges of carpet where it meets the moldings.
  • Shed exoskeletons along mattress seams, behind headboards, in ceiling/wall junctions, along baseboards and stuck to personal belongings.
  • Look for fecal spots along the mattress seams and on the tag, on the wood frame of the box springs, behind the headboard, along the tops of baseboards or the edge of carpeting, ceiling/wall junctions and behind pictures on the wall, at electrical outlets, and in curtain seams where they gather at the rod.

If you notice any of these signs, you need to call Bingham’s Professional Pest Management right away.

Contact Bingham’s Professional Pest Management to discuss:

·        Bed Bug Inspection

·        Bed Bug Treatment

·        Bed Bug Monitoring

Bingham's Professional Pest Management will be happy to answer your bed bug questions and advise you on the best solution.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

It’s possible to pick up bed bugs almost any place – they've infested offices, stores, hotels, gyms and countless other places we never would have imagined just 10 years ago. They can hide in your luggage, personal belongings, or even on you, and hitchhike a ride back to your home, condo, townhouse or apartment. Once indoors, they can be extremely difficult to eradicate without the help of an experienced pest control professional.

A bed bug infestation has nothing to do with cleanliness – you can pick them up in even the finest hotels, and they can hitchhike into the cleanest homes at any time. But, you can help reduce your chances of a costly bed bug infestation by catching them early.

Some treatment options include:

Heat Treatment- Infested clothing and sheet can be placed in a dryer on the highest temperature setting. This will kill all stages of bed bugs in approximately 12 minutes.

Steam Treatment- This option can be very expensive and only has a success rate of 65% there are hundreds of steam machines you can buy for bed bug work.  

Cold Treatments- This treatment kills bed bugs when the snow crystals land on the bug and convert to CO2 gas. You still have to bag clothes and wash with hot water, clean up areas, and vacuum before treatment.

Bed Bug Fumigation- Fumigation is 100% effective on infestations if performed properly. Fumigation controls all infested articles no matter the sanitation condition of the structure. 100% eradication of all life cycles including Bed Bug eggs.

Protecting Yourself Against Bed Bugs

Follow these recommendations to reduce the risk picking up bed bugs:

·        Know or ask ahead of time whether the room or space has bed bugs.

·        Do not bring bags or personal belongings inside the room, carry as little as possible with you.

·        For cleaning and maintenance crews, wear a Tyvek brand suit or similar protective coveralls that will prevent bed bugs from hitching a ride on the clothes or shoes.  Discard the coveralls by changing immediately and by sealing the suit in a plastic bag.

·        Dissolving plastic bags are available that allow the user to isolate infested clothing until it can be placed in the wash. These bags dissolve in the laundry

·        For social and medical service providers, bring a portable stool to sit on and remain in the middle of the room. If this is not possible be sure to sit on a hard chair, not on plush furniture.

·        Carefully shake out your clothes while standing outside before returning to your car or office. 

·        Bring a change of clothes for working in the field, change clothes at work and keep the field clothes and shoes in a sealed bag for laundering.