Best Bed Bug Exterminator In South Florida
Bed bugs are notoriously hard to get rid of once they find their way into your south Florida home. You’ve probably heard the phrase, "Sleep tight; don’t let the bed bugs bite." It’s a cute little phrase that children often hear as they’re tucked into bed at night. However, in reality, when bed bugs do invade your home, the rhyme takes on a whole new meaning.
Bed bugs are a prolific insect that can easily hitchhike into homes on clothing or other personal belongings. Once they find a suitable ride, they will infest new places in our south Florida service area, including your home. Most people pick up bed bugs in public places when they crawl onto their clothing, purse, baggage, or other belongings. Once on your personal items, they will eventually wind up in your home.
Bed Bug Control With GOTBUGSIKILL
As you can imagine, bed bug infestations are more than a minor inconvenience. Though bed bugs are not particularly dangerous, dealing with them is stressful. They only cause minor physical harm to those they bite. Bed bug bites appear in linear or zig-zag patterns on the skin, and most people are alerted to their presence by the uncomfortable itching sensation that accompanies their bites. Bed bugs also cause a significant amount of anxiety and stress for homeowners with an infestation.
Dealing with bed bugs is more than challenging – it's practically impossible without help from a local pest control company. You may consider trying do-it-yourself methods, but these creatures are tenacious. Not only are they small in size, but they love hiding in hard-to-reach cracks and crevices of your home. In fact, a recently fed adult can survive up to a year without a blood meal. To completely solve a bed bug problem, you have to get rid of every single adult, nymph, and egg.
That’s why we’re here to help. GOTBUGSIKILL is a top-rated exterminating company that specializes in bed bug elimination. We know that no bed bug problem is exactly alike. That’s why we utilize a variety of proven methods to rid your home of these unwanted critters so that you can enjoy the peace-of-mind that comes with a bed bug-free home.
Bed bugs are without a doubt the most challenging household pest to get rid of in Boca Raton and surrounding south Florida communities, which is why reaching out to the experts at the first sign of bed bug activity in your home or business is so important.
At GOTBUGSIKILL, our technicians are bed bug experts who are highly trained and knowledgeable in bed bug habits and life cycles. When you partner with us, we will go the extra mile to explain every part of our treatment protocol and how it will eliminate bed bugs from your home in just one treatment.
Multi-Tool & Multi-Mode Of Action Bed Bug Treatment Process
To get the process started, we first perform a thorough inspection of all the areas bed bugs are commonly found, such as mattress seams, box springs, headboard and footer, bed frame, baseboards, picture frames, electrical plates, the edge of the ceiling, and every piece of furniture throughout the home. This helps us determine the areas of your home where this pest is active and where the vacuum and steamer are going to be needed the most.
After we complete the inspection and asses the infestation, we will move forward with the elimination process. We will waive the inspection fee if we start the treatment on the same day.
Our bed bug elimination process involves two phases for complete eradication of the pest. First, we vacuum and steam. Then, we apply a series of insecticides to ensure that your bed bug problem is entirely eliminated. We care about your home and your health which is why our licensed technicians only use the highest quality products and tools when eliminating bed bugs from your home. Most importantly, our treatments are completely safe for people and pets, so you will not have to worry about jeopardizing the health of those you love.
We begin by using a vacuum and a specialized bed bug steamer. The vacuum and the steamer are useful tools for cleaning up heavily infested areas. This powerful unit produces a super-heated steam that kills any bed bugs and eggs with one pass. Bed bugs cannot survive temperatures over 122 degrees Fahrenheit, and the steamer reaches a temperature of 356 degrees Fahrenheit.
Furthermore, our steamers produce enough pressure to penetrate cracks, crevices, and other hard-to-reach places where bed bugs love to hide. Whether it’s your mattress, box spring, sofa, or other upholstered pieces of furniture, water vapor transfers heat deep into the fabric killing bed bugs hiding out of sight. In the end, this initial phase of the treatment will kill over 95% of bed bugs present in the home.
After vacuuming and steaming, eliminating the small number of remaining bed bugs and preventing re-infestation comes with our next phase - the chemical treatment.
The use of steam and vacuum are the first tools we utilize in our bed bug treatment protocol. Following the initial cleanup, our technicians will treat all hiding spots and the highways bed bugs use to find a blood meal. We know what products to use, how to apply them, and where to treat. Days later, any hidden bed bug that comes out to feed will intercept the active ingredients and die.
We use synthetic and natural insecticides that complement each other to successfully eradicate all bed bugs for good. At GOTBUGSIKILL, we use products that are safe and effective. It will not harm you, your family, or your pets – only bed bugs.
Choosing the right chemical treatment involves research and experience. In the end, we chose to use a combination of products with different modes of action to ensure that all bed bugs are eliminated for good.
We begin by applying a desiccant dust to cracks & crevices and to various voids throughout the home. Desiccant insecticides disrupt the protective waxy coating of the insect’s cuticle. When any pest comes into contact with the dust, they will begin to lose body fluids resulting in death from dehydration or desiccation. Juveniles are killed in a matter of hours, and adults may take 3 to 4 days to die. The application of dust will last for years if undisturbed.
Next, we apply two solutions. The first one targets the nervous system of the insect causing paralysis and death. The spray is also effective at killing the eggs. The second solution is a fungal spore spray. The spores attach to the cuticle of the insect and begin to colonize inside resulting in death in three to seven days
3. Follow Up
Finally, we will return after 30 days to ensure that your home is completely devoid of bed bugs. Should we find any bed bug activity, we will do a spot treatment and return two weeks later for a second follow-up inspection. We stand by our methods, and we will make sure that your bed bug problem is eliminated entirely. In south Florida, no other pest control company is as detailed as GOTBUGSIKILL.
How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs cannot survive temperatures above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. A specialized bed bug steamer reaches temperatures of over 300 degrees Fahrenheit killing bed bugs and eggs on contact. Steam also penetrates hard to reach areas in the mattress, box spring, and other furniture.
There are a number of EPA approved insecticides registered for treating bed bugs. These products are applied to areas where bed bugs like to hide and along the pathways they use to find a blood meal.
Bed bugs cannot survive high temperatures, so heat treatments use specially designed equipment to raise the temperature of a space. Once temperatures reach 122 degrees Fahrenheit for a few hours, bed bugs and their eggs will die. Heat treatments are expensive and need to be combined with chemical treatments to be completely effective.
Rapid Freeze Treatment
Bed bugs cannot survive extreme cold temperatures. In freeze treatments, bed bugs are exposed to temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Rapid freeze uses a pressure hose to propel dry ice solid killing the bed bugs on contact. Unlike steam treatment, this method fails to penetrate soft fabrics.
With fumigation, specialized companies tent the home and pump sulfuryl fluoride gas into the enclosed space. The gas molecules will penetrate hard materials such as wood. Fumigations are effectively done to eliminate drywood termites & powderpost beetles infestations. Because the gas can travel far and penetrate every single square inch of the home, it is also effective at killing bed bugs, including their eggs. After the fumigation is complete, there is no residue left behind. If bed bugs are reintroduced, they will bounce back. Fumigation treatments are very costly and require occupants to stay out of their home for two nights before returning.
90 Day Warranty
We strongly believe in the effectiveness of our bed bug treatment and guarantee that you will be 100% satisfied with our services. Our multi-tool approach with the vacuum and steamer will kill almost every single bed bug. The insecticide treatments that follow will remain active for weeks to ensure that your bed bug problem is under control and completely gone.
If you detect bed bug activity within 90 days of our treatment, GOTBUGSIKILL will return to your home and retreat, free of charge. We aim to do an effective and thorough job of eliminating bed bugs every time we treat.
Say Goodbye To Bed Bugs!
This pest doesn’t stand a chance against our knowledgeable technicians and our industry-leading bed bug control process. At GOTBUGSIKILL, we know that when you detect an infestation, you want it gone as soon as possible. That’s why we offer same-day availability and 24/7 service. Reach out to us for a free phone quote and ask about our financing options.
You can rest easy knowing your nights will be bed bug-free. For reliable bed bug control in Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, Parkland, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and other areas throughout south Florida, GOTBUGSIKILL pest control is the answer. Reach out to us today to get started!
Safe For Family & Pets
We understand the importance of keeping all of the members of your family safe! Because of this our treatments are 100% safe for people and their pets.
Same Day Services
We know that when you detect a pest problem, you want it serviced immediately. We provide same-day service and are available to help you with your bed bug problem 24/7.
Fully Licensed Technicians
All of our technicians have been trained and are skilled in eliminating bed bugs from every part of your home or business. Our technicians will work with you to determine the best treatment options for you.
High Quality Services
We only use treatment methods that are proven to work at eliminating bed bugs in all stages. No one wants a bed bug infestation to reoccur, which is why we offer our satisfaction guarantee!
Free Phone Quote
Although tackling a bed bug problem can seem like a daunting task, it doesn't have to be! With our free quote, we will review your treatment options and leave you with no surprises.
Affordable Treatment Options
We want to make sure our bed bug service is affordable, so we partnered with a third-party financial company. We can offer payment options that fit your budget –subject to credit approval. Call today to learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do bed bug treatments cost?
The cost of bed bug extermination is determined by the square footage of the home and the level of infestation. Usually, bed bug elimination costs range from $500 to $1,500.
We will provide you with a phone quote based on the information we gather during the call. We understand professional bed bug control is not cheap, so we have partnered with a third-party financial company. We are now able to offer payment plan options that fit your budget – subject to credit approval.
How do I know if I have bed bugs?
Bed bugs are hard to detect, and an infestation can go unnoticed for weeks, especially in situations when people are asymptomatic to bites.
Typically, you know you have a bed bug problem when you start experiencing bites. Bed bugs will bite any area of exposed skin in a linear, zig-zag, or cluster pattern. Their bites are usually swollen and red, with a dark spot at the center. For some, they cause minor itching and irritation. For others, symptoms will be more severe. Symptoms can develop within hours or take a few days.
Bed bugs will leave behind blood stains which is their fecal matter. It appears as brown spots on your sheets or mattress. You will also notice smears of blood on your bed linens from where the victim bleeds after being bitten or from where the victim crushes a fully engorged bed bug after its feeding. You may also find translucent cast skins from the molting process during the nymphal stages.
Bed bugs live and reproduce where they have access to a human host. This pest feeds primarily at night because this is the time people usually rest. Therefore, they are thought of as nocturnal insects; however, they can feed any time of the day.
If you begin to see bites or are worried about bed bugs in your home, start looking for them in your bedroom. With the aid of a flashlight, you may spot them at the seams of the mattress or along the edge the box spring where the dust cloth is stapled. Pay close attention to any cracks and crevices around the bed. And don’t forget to look behind the headboard!
GOTBUGSIKILL is here to help. If you find something suspicious and want a fast answer, take a picture and send it via text or email. We are the most experienced bed bug company in south Florida.
What do bed bugs look like?
Bed bugs are small and therefore hard to find unless you look carefully and closely. Adults are mahogany-brown and reach about ¼ inch in size. This is about the length of an apple seed. Before feeding, they are flat and shaped like a brown oval. After feeding, they become swollen and engorged making them slightly larger in size and appear more reddish in color from the undigested blood. Bed bugs will gain 130% to 200% of their unfed body weight after taking a blood meal. Newly hatched nymphs are 1/25 inch long, thus more difficult to find. First instar nymphs are creamy-white or even translucent.
How quickly do bed bugs breed?
Once inside your home, these unwanted critters breed quickly. In fact, an impregnated female bed bug can lay 200-500 eggs in a life span of about six to twelve months. In a matter of weeks, a single bed bug can become a full-blown infestation.
From the moment the first female is introduced, she will begin to lay two-five eggs per day. The eggs hatch in seven to ten days and become reproductive adults in 45 to 60 days. At that point, the problem becomes explosive as now you have dozens of females laying upwards of five eggs per day. A bed bug population can double every 16 days, and they have an equal number of males and females. About 15% to 30% of the population are adults.
Because of their high reproductive potential, it is important you call a bed bug exterminator at the first sight of bed bug activity.
Can I see bed bugs without a microscope?
Yes, bed bugs are visible to the naked eye. Adults, being ¼ inch in size are easier to spot. However, baby bed bugs are as little as 1/25 inch in size and translucent before their first blood meal.
What do I do if I think I have a bed bug problem in my home?
It’s important to handle a bed bug infestation immediately. If you suspect a bed bug problem in your home, contact a professional pest control company and inquire about same-day service options. GOTBUGSIKILL’s licensed technicians are the best in south Florida.
Should I be ashamed about bed bugs in my home?
No, you should not. If you find bed bugs in your home, it is not an indicator of poor housekeeping or uncleanliness. In fact, bed bugs can get inside regardless of how clean you keep your home. A single impregnated female that hitchhiked into your home is all it takes to start an infestation.
Our professionals, however, understand that dealing with a bed bug infestation can be upsetting. Therefore, we will handle your problem discreetly and quickly.
How do bed bugs get inside my home?
First of all, bed bugs will find their way into almost any home, despite the cleanliness, size, or location. This pest can be found in every public place where people visit including movie theaters, hotels, taxis, trains, airplanes, subways, hospitals, stores, office buildings, libraries, and other public spaces. They hitchhike into homes on people and their belongings. Once inside, they hide in cracks and crevices throughout the home, particularly in areas where people sleep.
Not only will bed bugs come inside on your belongings, but they also find their way in by hitchhiking on guests, furniture, or clothing. Never bring second-hand furniture into the home. It could be a very costly mistake. Besides mosquitoes, bed bugs and German roaches are probably two of the most dreadful insects of all time. Avoid the temptation of picking up that nice piece of furniture or appliance sitting on the side of the street.
After returning from a trip or a stay at a hotel, be sure to inspect your luggage carefully and unpack all the items in the garage. Wash all the clothing and dry it on high heat for 45 minutes. If possible, keep your luggage in a plastic trash bag while visiting a hotel or utilizing public transportation. This will help safeguard your belongings from bed bug activity.
What kind of DIY methods work for bed bug control?
None. DIY methods for bed bugs simply won’t work. In order to eradicate a bed bug infestation, you have to kill every last bed bug. This is impossible without professional training, specialized tools, and scientifically proven insecticides. At GOTBUGSIKILL, we have done the research, and you can rest assure our methods are 100% effective and safe.
The best recommendation for families that cannot afford an exterminator is to vacuum frequently and remove as many adults and juveniles as possible. Although you will never eliminate the infestation, you can slow it down considerably until you can hire a pest control company. Also, installing encasements will protect the mattress and box spring from blood stains.
Do not purchase over the counter foggers. They don’t work. Most bed bugs will survive the fog, and to make things worse, they will travel to other areas of your home that were previously not infected.
How do you treat for bed bugs?
Eliminating bed bugs is a tedious process as every single one needs to be successfully eradicated to solve the problem.
At GOTBUGSIKILL, our technicians have the highest training in the industry. We are a successful pest control company because we utilize cutting edge technology. Few exterminators in the nation have the knowledge and advanced equipment to handle a bed bug infestation. Our team of experts are comfortable handling any bed bug problem – large or small. Our refined multi-tool process uses a powerful vacuum, steamer, natural solutions, and synthetic insecticides to tackle your bed bug problem.
We call the first step of our process “the cleanup”. The vacuum removes all visible bed bugs, and the superheat vapor generated by the steamer penetrates deep into upholstery and mattresses killing many eggs and hidden bed bugs. This first step reduces the bed bug population to almost nothing. The instant relief resulting from little to no bites will make you feel at ease in your home once again.
Our next step involves chemical treatments that will kill all remaining bed bugs that are hiding in your home. Bed bugs will disappear behind baseboards, behind electrical outlets, and deep within voids of your home. After ample testing, we have found that a combination of technologies and chemistries are necessary to destroy an entire population. When we treat chemically, we use a collection of different products with different modes of action aimed to stop bed bugs from biting, to stop females from laying eggs, and to kill bed bugs entirely.
What kind of chemicals do you use to treat bed bugs?
There are lots of insecticides available that claim to eliminate bed bugs. Some work, and some don’t.
Bed bugs have built up an immunity to pyrethroids, a class of insecticide frequently used by exterminators for years. Over time, bed bugs evolved and developed enzymes that quickly rid their bodies of these toxins. This trait has been passed from generation to generation, and today many products have become ineffective.
The team of experts at GOTBUGSIKILL has seen firsthand the resistance bed bugs and other pests have gained to pyrethroids. Thanks to technological advancements, we now have access to a new class of insecticide which is the neonicotinoids. Both classes of insecticides disrupt the nervous system of the insect. However, neonicotinoids affect the nerve impulse at the synapses rather than along the axons. Because they target different areas of the nerve impulse, bed bugs have yet to build resistance to this new class of chemicals. Additionally, neonicotinoids are less toxic to humans, so some products can be applied safely to sensitive areas such as on mattresses.
After extensive research surrounding the biology of bed bugs as well as the effectiveness of various compounds, we found a collection of products that work together the best to eliminate a population in its entirety. Each one of these products has different modes of action ensuring that all bed bugs die one way or another.
One key tool in our arsenal is an electronic duster loaded with a desiccant dust. This device allows us to accurately apply dust in deep voids, and cracks & crevices. When bed bugs contact this dust, they eventually die three to four days later from dehydration or desiccation.
Afterward, we apply two solutions. The first spray is the neonicotinoid which targets the nervous system causing death by paralysis. The spray also kills the eggs on contact. The second spray is a fungal spore solution. When a bed bug intercepts the spores, the spores attach to the exoskeleton and begin to germinate, piercing through the cuticle and colonizing inside of the bed bug. After being infected by the fungus, bed bugs die three to seven days later.
If you are looking for a reliable pest control company that knows exactly how to kill bed bugs, has a 5-star rating, and stands behind their work with a lengthy warranty, look no further than GOTBUGSIKILL.
Do your treatments kill bed bug eggs?
Yes, within our multi-stage treatment plan, bed bugs and their eggs are destroyed. Because we use a combination of equipment and insecticides, we can eliminate all bed bugs and their offspring.
Where do bed bugs hide and where do you treat?
We treat wherever bed bugs hide. Most bed bug harborage locations are in close proximity to a human host, so they can quickly obtain blood meals. However, they can be up to 20 feet away. Look for places that offer darkness and isolation such as:
- On mattresses, specifically around buttons, in folds and seams, and between the mattress and box spring
- In the junctures between headboards and bed frames
- Around and in nightstands or other furniture adjacent to the beds
- In appliances such as clocks or telephones next to the bed
- Within the folds of tufted quilts, blankets, bedspreads, and pillows
- Behind electrical outlet faceplates and electrical boxes
- Behind wood trim and paneling
- Between carpeting and baseboards as well as under carpeting
- Inside and in between the cracks and crevices of upholstered furniture
- In and around curtains or drapes
- Behind wallpaper that is damaged or separated from the wall
- In cracks or gaps in walls, ceilings, window sills, door frames, and floor surfaces
- In and behind hanging pictures and mirrors
- In the cracks around water pipe fittings
- In or around televisions, computers, smoke detectors, or other appliances
- In piles of clothing or clutter such as piles of books, paper, or magazines
At GOTBUGSIKILL, we know where to find bed bugs and implement the right control measures that will eliminate your bed bug problem for good.
Why is getting rid of bed bugs so hard?
If you ask a pest professional which is the hardest insect to get rid of, everyone will tell you bed bugs. Here is why:
- Bed Bugs have a high reproductive potential. Females lay two to five eggs per day and over 200 eggs in a lifetime. It is estimated that a bed bug population doubles every 16 days.
- Over the years, bed bugs have developed a resistance to many insecticides. DIY treatments are ineffective. You will be wasting time and money for little or no relief at all. GOTBUGSIKILL has a proven multi-tool treatment that is effective and safe.
- Adult bed bugs can survive for up to a year without taking a blood meal.
- Bed bugs are hard to see, and they hide extremely well. Only the trained eye of an experienced exterminator can find all hiding spots and target the appropriate treatments.
How long does it take to stop seeing bed bugs after the treatment?
The initial treatment is very aggressive, and once it is done, over 95% of the bed bug population will be eliminated. The insecticides we apply after vacuuming and steaming will kill the remaining population. For homes with light bed bug activity, it is possible to stop seeing bed bugs right after the first treatment. However, a recently fed adult hiding in a void, for example behind a baseboard, may take a few days to get hungry and start looking for another blood meal. As soon as they come out to feed, they will intercept our chemical treatments and every single one will die. Most customers stop seeing bed bugs two to three weeks after the initial treatment. Regardless, every bed bug service includes a follow-up inspection 30 days later by an expert technician to be certain they are completely gone. If needed, we will do a touch-up service and come back for a second inspection.
What happens if bed bugs come back?
Our treatment is 100% effective, and we guarantee all bed bugs will be destroyed. We stand by our services which is why we offer a 90-day warranty. If you detect bed bugs after we’ve treated, we will come back and re-treat your home at no additional charge.
When you hire GOTBUGSIKILL, we will ask questions to figure out how bed bugs found their way inside your home in the first place. For that reason, it is important you follow or recommendations, so you never have to call a bed bug company in the future. We will be by your side through the end of this process, and should you have any questions or concerns, you can count on us to be available 24/7. You can text or call us at any time.
Can bed bugs live in my car?
One of the benefits of living in south Florida is the warm weather we enjoy year-round. Simply parking your car in direct sunlight for a few hours is enough to kill all bed bugs. When temperatures outside range from 80 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature inside the car will quickly climb between 130 to 172 degrees. All bed bug life stages die above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are concerned about bed bugs in your car, we will certainly take a look and treat if needed.
Do freezing temperatures kill bed bugs?
Yes. Bed bugs cannot survive temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. All life stages are killed below the freezing point.
One tool in the battle against bed bugs is Rapid Freeze technology or Cryonite. This rapid freeze treatment uses a pressure hose to expel dry ice solid at a high velocity, killing bed bugs on contact. However, Cryonite fails to penetrate underneath soft fabrics, and some bed bugs may survive the application of dry ice.
Does heat treatment kill bed bugs?
Heat treatment is a method used by other pest control companies. The purpose of heat treatments is to raise the temperature of the room above 122 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended period of time, usually for six hours. In order to reach this threshold, companies that offer heat exterminating services use powerful heaters and fans to evenly heat all the items in the room. During this process, technicians have to rotate infected furniture and beds to make sure there are no cold spots left behind. Wall voids are particularly hard to heat, and some bed bugs may survive the heat treatment. Unless heat treatment is coupled with chemical treatments, bed bugs will bounce back.
Furthermore, It is very difficult to heat up large homes, for that reason heat treatments are primarily done in small units such as apartments and condominiums. One advantage of this process is the instant relief families notice after a heat treatment. However, heat treatments are very costly, as much as $800 per room. GOTBUGSIKILL can achieve the same quick results and sense of relief with the vacuum and steamer for a fraction of the price.
What do bed bug bites look like?
Much like mosquitoes, the reaction from bed bug bites is not always the same among the population. In fact, about 30% of people are asymptomatic to bed bug bites. Most bites are usually swollen and red, with a dark spot at the center. Other bites may have a raised itchy bump with a clear center.
Bed bugs have a piercing, sucking mouthpart that punctures through the skin enabling them to suck blood. When bed bugs bite, they inject an anesthetic and anticoagulant which prevents a person from knowing they are being bitten. This also keeps the victim's blood vessels dilated and prevents the blood from coagulating. The salivary secretion bed bugs inject while feeding for ten to fifteen minutes results in irritation, redness, and sometimes severe rashes or pustulates. The size of the welts varies from person to person and by the number of times a person was bitten. Bed bug bites can cause itchiness. Avoid scratching the affected area as it exacerbates the symptoms and can become infected. The welts usually go away in a couple of days. A scratched pustule may become infected and take longer to heal.
Bed bug bites appear anywhere the skin is exposed while sleeping (face, neck, shoulders, arms, legs, back, etc.). Unlike fleas, bed bug bites are linear or zig-zag. You can think of bed bugs as boats coming onto shore. Bed bugs inject their long beak looking to tap into a blood capillary, so a single bed bug may bite more than one time until it finds a suitable blood vessel. If the host moves around while sleeping, the bed bug may pull out the beak and move to another area to resume feeding.
If you or any of your family members are getting bites, do a thorough inspection of the bedroom with a flashlight, and contact our professionals at GOTBUGSIKILL if you find something suspicious. Do not assume the bites on your body are mosquito bites.
How do bed bugs find me?
Bed Bugs have a keen ability for finding humans. They can sense the warmth of the victim, the carbon dioxide from breeding, and body odors from the host. Bed bugs are attracted to temperatures up to 109 degrees Fahrenheit and can detect a human host five feet away.
Do bed bugs transmit disease?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that bed bugs are not known to transfer or vector human diseases. However, an article from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) states that this research is old, and the studies lacked the modern equipment required to conclude that bed bugs do not spread diseases. According to this article, bed bugs carry over 40 microorganisms in their stomachs, feces, and/or saliva.
Laboratory testing has found that bed bugs are able to carry pathogens of several human diseases including plague, anthrax, tularemia, yellow fever, relapsing fever, and typhus. To date, there is poor evidence to suggest that bed bugs are competent vectors of human disease pathogens, including HIV or Hepatitis B virus. So far, the medical community does not consider bed bugs to be an important factor in any disease transmission.
Regardless, bed bugs will reduce your quality of life by causing sleep deprivation, anxiety, and discomfort.
What is the life cycle of a bed bug?
Bed bug development from egg to nymph to adult is called “gradual metamorphosis”. Eggs are 0.4 in long and opaque white. Once they hatch in seven to ten days, the young nymph begins to look for a blood meal. Nymphs go through five molting processes before becoming an adult. Each nymphal stage is called an instar. For the nymph to molt through each successive instar, they must obtain a blood meal. The first instar nymph cannot survive more than a few days without feeding. During each molting process, the nymph will shed its skin.
Under ideal conditions, the availability of blood meals, and favorable temperatures, the life cycle time from egg to adult is 45 to 60 days. A female bed bug can lay two to five eggs per day and 200 to 500 eggs in her life span. Adult bed bugs usually feed once a week. Under field conditions, this feeding, mating, and laying egg cycle spans for six to twelve months.
Do bed bugs feed on dogs or cats?
Humans are the primary host of bed bugs. However, if necessary, they will feed on other animals such as dogs, cats, birds, poultry, bats, mice, and rats. There are no products that can help prevent bed bug bites on dogs or cats. The only course of action is to eradicate every single bed bug from the home.
Do pets spread bed bugs?
Bed bugs do not live outdoors. Unlike fleas or ticks, you don’t have to worry about your pets picking up bed bugs from your yard.
Are bed bug sniffing dogs accurate?
Canine scent detection has been effectively used in many fields. Dogs are used to detect drugs, bombs, cadavers, fugitives, mold, termites, rodents, and of course, bed bugs.
Bed bug inspections are time-consuming as every piece of furniture and bed items need to be turned over and carefully examined with a flashlight. Finding one or two bed bugs can be challenging, even for the experienced inspector. Well trained detection dogs will discover bed bug activity that otherwise would have gone unnoticed.
Sniffing dogs add a new dimension to bed bug inspections. However, there are limitations that need to be considered before you hire a scent detection company. Poorly trained dogs that are more interested in getting a treat will alert to live bed bug activity when there is none.
Bed bug treatments are expensive, and for most people, they are hard to pay for. Before spending a couple of grand on a treatment, most of us will want to see concrete evidence of live activity. A well-trained bed bug detection dog should be able to detect as little as one live bed bug. Furthermore, they should be able to discriminate live bed bugs versus a previous infestation with old fecal stains and dead bed bugs.
In 2008, the University of Florida conducted a study on the ability of dogs to detect bed bugs. The researchers found that dogs were able to discriminate bed bugs from carpenter ants, German roaches, and subterranean termites with a 97.5% success rate. Additionally, the dogs were able to differentiate between live and dead bed bugs with a 95% success rate.
In 2014, however, a study conducted by researchers at Rutgers University found sniffing dogs to be less reliable. The study evaluated the accuracy of 11 teams (dog and handler) to detected bed bugs in naturally infested apartments. The experiment revealed a 44% success rate and a 15% false-positive rate.
Luckily, the National Pest Management Association “NPMA” has provided guidance for pest management professionals and consumers when considering canine scent detection. Before you hire a scent company, ask for independent third-party documentation that proves the team has been certified to accurately detect live bed bugs and viable eggs.
Are your bed bug treatments safe for pets?
Absolutely. Our treatments are 100% safe for people and their pets.
Do you offer same-day services for bed bug problems?
Yes. We know that when you detect a pest problem, you want it serviced immediately. We provide same-day service and are available to help you with your bed bug problem 24/7.
Do you offer financing or a payment plan for bed bug treatments?
Yes. We want to make our bed bug service affordable, so we partnered with a third-party financial company. We can offer payment options that fit your budget –subject to credit approval. Call today to learn more.
Do you offer bed bug control for businesses?
Yes, we can provide bed bug extermination services to hotels, transient facilities, college dormitories, hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. Give us a call, we will be happy to visit your facility and come up with a treatment plan that will not interrupt your operations.
What do I need to do before the bed bug treatment?
At GOTBGUSIKILL we believe in smart preparation. While most pest control companies have a strict checklist, we only ask your help with a few things before our technicians arrive. With your cooperation, we will successfully rid your home of your bed bug problem in very few days.
- Do not remove any bed linens or bedding materials.
- Do not move/flip beds or furniture, including sofas and cushions.
- Inspect cloth in closets & drawers, including stuffed animals. Wash and dry only the items that are infested.
- Leave shoes, backpacks, and luggage in place.
- Inspect curtains and leave in place if you see no bed bugs. Otherwise, wash and dry.
- Do not vacuum before treatment. We have powerful vacuums that do a better job.
- Remove pets and cover any tank fish with a blanket or wrap with plastic wrap (turn off the filter and air supply).
- Pick up any personal items from the floors so the technician can access and treat all areas.
- Secure away any valuable or private items. We will inspect everything!
Do I have to be away during a bed bug treatment?
Yes. With any kind of treatment, the customer has to vacate the home for a few hours. For chemical treatments, you need to be out of the home for about 6 hours. Per label instructions, all pesticides have to dry completely before people or pets are allowed to occupy the property.
Heat treatments may take 6-8 hours to complete. The treatment that takes the longest is fumigation. Customers have to spend 2 nights away from home. It is only safe to come back on the third day after being instructed by the fumigation company.
How long does a bed bug treatment last?
Most chemical treatments last 4 weeks. This is enough time to kill any leftover adult, nymphs, or eggs after the initial clean up with a vacuum and steamer. However, the fungal spore solution we spray is labeled to last up to 90 days. And the desiccant dust we apply to cracks and crevices can last several years undisturbed.
On the other hand, heat and fumigation treatments do not leave any residue. Unless you hire a pest control company that follows up with some sort of chemical treatment, bed bugs will bounce back.
Is it safe to sleep on my bed after a bed bug treatment?
Yes. A responsible pest control company will train its technicians to apply products as instructed on the label. Some products are safe to use directly on mattresses, others are not. Regardless, make sure you have a clean set of bed linens ready for use after the treatment.
At GOTBUGSIKILL, we encourage our customers to sleep on their beds from day one. Bed bugs are more motivated to come out from hiding when they can detect a host. While looking for a blood meal, the few bed bugs left over after the initial treatment will die as they cross over the various products we applied.
Where do you service for bed bugs in Florida?
GOTBUGSIKILL has helped many families and businesses throughout the tri-counties: Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. We can travel as far as Kendall, Coral Gables, Miami, Miami Beach, Doral, Hialeah, Miami Lakes, Aventura, Pembroke Pines, Weston, Hollywood, Miramar, Cooper City, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Sunrise, Tamarac, Lauderhill, Lauderdale Lakes, Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point, Deerfield Beach, Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Parkland, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Wellington, and Greenacres, West Palm Beach, and Palm Beach Gardens. If you live in an area not listed and are curious about our services, reach out to us today. We are happy to help!
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