Terminix Bed Bug Treatment Plans
A bed bug infestation shouldn’t grind your busy life to a halt. With targeted and integrative bed bug control, the expert team at Terminix works quickly and effectively to stop an infestation before it grows out of control.
Bed bugs are master travelers, often hiding away in luggage before making their way to your mattresses, bedding, and furniture to wait for the evening. Quite often, the telltale line of bed bug bites often alerts homeowners of a problem before actually spotting the bugs themselves. No matter how far your bed bug problem has developed, Terminix can provide an immediate inspection of mattresses, bedding, and furniture for both living bed bugs and their eggs.
Are Bed Bugs Harmful to Your Health?
The fear of bed bugs runs deep, especially if you’ve had a scare in the past. But how dangerous to your health and home are these small nuisances? When it comes to spreading disease, bed bugs are unlikely to cause significant health issues like ticks or mosquitoes.
However, their ability to spread quickly and cause multiple bites over a short period of time is nothing to ignore. Welts and rashes can become infected due to the high level of itching caused by each bite.
Bed bugs are also highly detrimental to your home once the infestation has grown to a large enough extent. In some cases, bed bugs can burrow so widely throughout your furniture, that it can be much harder to eradicate them from your space entirely.
All You Need to Know About Stopping Bed Bugs
For the past several decades, bed bug infestations have been on the rise, especially as we travel more broadly and frequently. These barely visible biting insects latch on to our clothing, suitcases, and shoes to hitch a ride back to our living spaces.
Bed bugs are also highly resilient creatures with long lifespans of up to a year, giving them plenty of time to reproduce on a large scale once they settle in. When bed bugs hibernate inside an empty space, they can last months without a meal before encountering a new host.
Here’s how to spot a bed bug infestation and how to protect yourself against their spread.
Spot the Bed Bug Trail
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to find. They often nestle in out-of-site spaces close to where you spend the majority of your time resting or lounging. If you do spot one of these elusive bugs, they will often:
- Have oval-shaped, seed-like bodies
- Range in size from 5-7mm
- Be reddish-brown in color
A lack of visible bed bugs unfortunately does not rule out an infestation. Bed bugs are known for leaving behind obvious signs that they’re building a nest, including:
- Empty exoskeletons
- Bloodstains on your bedding
- Small stains from fecal matter
Focus on the potential hiding places where bed bugs may be concealing themselves such as the seams of your mattress, corners of furniture, and inside your luggage.
Recognize Bed Bug Bites
Though everyone’s body responds a bit differently to insect bites, bed bug bites are pretty unique in several ways. Bed bug bites typically:
- Occur in lines, since bed bugs can bite the same host several times in a short period
- Cause swollen, red welts
- Lead to a rash around the area
- Cause severe itching and burning
Know Where They Hide
One of the hardest things about protecting against bed bugs is their ability to hideout in a range of materials. Bed bugs will nest and conceal themselves in places where they can access warm bodies. These typically include:
- Box springs
- Dressers and closets
- Couches and chairs
- Fixtures close to your bed
You can also pick up bed bugs common travel spaces shared with others such as taxis, theaters, hotels, and even restaurants.
How to Protect Yourself
Most importantly, bed bugs need to travel with you or a pet from somewhere outside your home. Whenever you travel to a new place—or a familiar area that recently reported a bed bug outbreak—check your luggage, clothing, and mattress in the first few days after returning home. Bed bugs only need to feed once before retreating, so it can take some time to know you have a problem.
To keep yourself safe:
- Only stay in hotels or hostels with top-notch reviews for cleanliness and that do not have a history of bed bugs
- Keep your clothing and suitcase off the floor, preferably opting for the closet or luggage rack
- Check both your hotel room and your own bed during and after your trip
- Address any unknown bug bites as quickly as possible
The Terminix Bed Bug Control Process
Stopping bed bugs is all about acting quickly and effectively. After 90 years in the business, Terminix is ready to inspect your home with precision, eliminate bed bugs and their nests, and keep them from coming back. Most importantly, they work with quick precision to remove bed bugs without disrupting your busy schedule.
Here’s how Terminix eliminates bed bugs from your home:
The moment you detect signs of bed bugs or bed bug bites, call your local Terminix team for a free inspection. They will check all the difficult hiding spots where bed bugs often hide, ensuring that both their hideouts and their nests are located for complete elimination.
2. Safe Elimination
The comfort and safety of your family and pets are always our top priorities. The team uses a range of rapid, non-toxic treatments such as steam and CO2-based RapidFreezeⓇ treatment developed by Terminix.
3. The Bed Bug Guarantee
Like all of their pest control treatments, Terminix will make sure that your infestation is completely eradicated before closing up a contract. Any bed bugs present within 30 days in the treated space will receive free follow-up treatments. You can even extend the free follow-up treatment window to 90 days if you purchase and install mattress encasements for the treated bedrooms.
If you suspect a bed bug infestation, there is no reason to panic with the Terminix team nearby. Their attentive, highly experienced teams will work one-on-one with you to build a bed bug plan customized to your home. They always work with your schedule so you can keep on living as they work to keep your home safe and bug-free. Call them today for a free bed bug inspection for peace of mind and speedy treatment.