Bed Bugs Questions and Answers

Bed Bug Control, what are the bed bugs?

1. What are bed bugs?

Scientific naming and distribution

Scientific name: Cimex lectularius
Common name: Bed bug
Family: Cimicidae
Order: Hemiptera (true bugs)
U.S. Distribution: all states
World Distribution: All temperate areas


2. What do bed bugs look like?

  • Broad, oval shape with a flattened body when unfed
  • They do not have wings and do not fly
  • They have a pair of antennae that have 4 segments to it
  • Their feeding beak is usually tucked underside, separated into 3 segments and used as a piercing and sucking mouth-part
  • Adults are about 1/5 inch long and easily visible if out in the open

3. What are the feeding habits of bed bugs?

  • All forms, except eggs, require a blood meal and thus feed on a variety of animals.
  • Humans are a preferred host in many cases.
  • Bed bugs feed mainly at night. Some research shows they prefer the hours of 2-5am.
  • A single bed bug can inflict multiple bite sites when feeding, looking for a good blood source.
  • Bed bugs first inject a salivary gland substance that numbs the area so their host (you!) cannot detect. Their mouthpart puncturing your skin to siphon up a blood meal.
  • Believe it or not! Bed bugs can travel 20-100 feet for a blood meal. So, even though you do not see them, they are coming from significant distances in a room to reach you.

4. What is the impact of DDT and other Insecticides on bed bugs?

  • By 1950′s bed bugs were a seldom heard of problem, due to strong pesticides such as DDT. However, resistance appeared within a few years but, control remained effective due to other chlorinated hydrocarbons like lindane and organophosphates like malathion.
  • Those bed bugs surviving via resistance however, continued to multiply and we are seeing these offspring and bugs as well as those not treated then.
5. Why are bed bugs coming back?
  • Increased Worldwide travel.
  • Underground economy.
  • Increase in secondhand merchandise.
  • Changes in bed bug biology/habits.
  • The public does not recognize the bugs or signs of an infestation.
  • Pesticides today are less toxic.
  • Pesticides today are less broadcast spraying oriented and more oriented towards baits.
6. How do I know if I have got bed bugs?

I see a bug

If possible, capture the insect. Take a piece of scotch tape and gentle place on top of the insect. Then place the scotch tape with insect onto a piece of paper. You can then put this in a envelope and give to your Pest Management Professional when they arrive for an inspection.

Bite marks on body

Some people are allergic to the salivary gland injection made by a bed bug and thus show mosquito-like welts on their body where the insect has fed.

No visible bite marks on body

Not everyone is allergic to the bed bug salivary gland excretion, therefore, one person may show signs while a partner sleeping in the same bed at the same time shows no signs on their body, when in fact the bug has fed on them too.

Spotting on bed linens and mattress/box spring, etc

Bed bugs many times will defecate while feeding and thus leave dark fecal spots, (which is partially digested blood) on their host, mattresses, clothing, bedding, walls, ceiling and every place you can imagine in a room.

Odor in room

When an infestation is particularly large, the scent glands on the insect emit a sickly sweet odor. Do not use this as the only means of determining if bed bugs exist. The absence of this odor does not indicate there is no infestation.

How to find bed bugs when traveling

Concerned travelers may want to check their bed for telltale signs of the bugs — a common practice years ago. This would entail examining the bedsheets and upper and lower seams of the mattress. Some professionals also suggest removal and examination behind the headboard, a frequent hiding place for the bugs in hotel rooms. If bed bugs are detected, travelers can request another room. Concerned travelers may also want to elevate suitcases off the floor (e.g. on a luggage stand).
Inspecting or vacuuming luggage upon arriving home is less useful since it is hard to detect bedbugs inside a suitcase.

I know I have bed bugs, but I can’t seem to actually FIND any. Where do these suckers hide out when they aren’t eating me?

You have to look very carefully to locate where the bed bugs are hiding. It will be someplace close to their food source, but where they are not disturbed during the day. Some common bed bug harborages include:

Inside mattress folds, creases, zippers, and tags

Anything attached to the wall or ceiling: mirrors, picture frames, electrical conduits, smoke detectors, etc.

Areas where hardware for window finishings mount to the wall Within the folds of drapes and curtains.

Furniture such as sofas and chairs: Check the undersides, wooden framework, and within upholstered seams.

Inside the cracks and crevices of drawers and nightstands. On recessed nail and screw heads.

What is the difference between a bed bug and flea bite?

A bed bug bite starts out painless and later becomes an itchy, red welt. These welts may occasionally bleed. The main difference between bed bug and flea bites is that a flea bite has a red dot in the center of it, while the bed bug bite does not have any red dot.

Will I get sick from bed bugs?

While bed bug bites are uncomfortable, bed bugs are not known to transmit disease and are not considered harmful.

I have tried to control the bed bugs myself, but don’t seem to be getting anywhere. When should I call a professional?

If you feel at all uncomfortable performing your own bed bug inspection and treatment, or the infestation seems to be out of your control, it is best to call in a pest control professional.

I keep my home very clean. Where did these bed bugs come from?

Unfortunately, a clean home is just as susceptible to bed bugs as a filthy one. All that is needed for an infestation to occur is for an infested item to be introduced into an un-infested environment. Bed bugs are most likely to be introduced upon returning from travel or when overnight guests are entertained. They can also hitch a ride into your home on items purchased second-hand, or furniture and bedding that is delivered to your home. Immediately after any of these events have taken place would be the ideal time to inspect for live bed bugs and other signs of nfestation.

How can I get rid of bed bugs without exposing my family to so many chemicals?

There is much you can do in the way of non-chemical control to prevent and control bed bugs. Some methods include the use of specially designed mattress encasements, vacuums, steamers, hot washer and dryer settings, the disposal of infested items, and the use of a non-chemical disinfectant like Sterifab.

What is all this about special bed bug mattress covers? Can’t I just buy a regular mattress cover?

For bed bug prevention and control, an ordinary mattress cover will not suffice. The reason for this is that bed bugs are able to escape or feed through the fibers of an ordinary cover. Bed Bugs are also able to find their way through the loose teeth of the side zipper unless it is specially designed. Using an ineffective ncasement that was not designed for bed bug control will actually prove more etrimental than not using an encasement at all. We carry the full line of Protecta Bed Bug Mattress and Box Spring Covers that are bug entry, escape and bite roof.

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Once I start a control program, how long will it take to achieve complete control?

You will see a significant improvement after the initial bed bug treatment. However, complete bed bug elimination takes patience, persistence, and time. Following an initial treatment and program implementation, you should continue to actively inspect the infested area for signs of bed bug infestation on a regular schedule (every 2 or 3 weeks) to monitor populations. Treatment will then need to be repeated on a bi-monthly to monthly bases until all signs of infestation disappear completely.

7. Where do bed bugs come from?
  • In temperate zones on the planet
  • Bed bugs have always been with us. However, their populations have been so small since the late 1950′s due to the powerful pesticides used during that time. Those insects that survived the onslaught of these control measures have slowly rebuilt their populations. In addition, the world has become a more accessible place for travelers and goods, making it easier for the insect to find new hosts.
  • Bed bugs usually hide during the day. If you see them frequently during the day, this is usually an indication that an infestation is quite severe.
  • They will usually hide near sleeping areas due to the host being available for longer periods of uninterrupted time in order for them to feed.
  • They will hide behind the headboard, in the box spring, in furniture, behind wall hangings and baseboards, under wallpaper and rugs, in drapes and bed skirts. In such as luggage, used furniture, beds or bedding and/or clothing.
  • They will migrate through a building using the wiring and pipe runs in the wall voids.
  • Most often found in hotels, apartments, rooming houses, schools, private homes, homeless shelters, hostels. Also found in hospitals, nursing homes, trains, planes, buses, cruise ships, theaters, and moving vans.
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8. Why should I be concerned about bed bugs?
  • Bed bugs are parasites that feed on the blood of certain animals and people.
  • Bed bugs typically bite people on the head and neck, but will also bite bare arms, torso, hands and legs.
  • If you have as few as 40 bed bugs in your home, it is possible for them to reproduce to about 6,000 bugs in six months if there is sufficient food¬°¬¶.you.
  • The insect is easily spread and as such control becomes more difficult or sometimes impossible if left unchecked.
  • Bed bugs have been discovered to harbor 28 different human pathogens, but fortunately, the transmission of these diseases to people has not been demonstrated.
9. Will bed bugs crawl through the zipper?
  • Yes, they are quite capable of getting through a zipper unless this mechanism has been specifically chosen and tested to exclude bed bugs from penetrating this area.
  • Zipper design is one of the most important aspects of a bed bug encasement product. The teeth must be small and tight enough to exclude bed bugs from moving through them. The end or closure of the zipper should have a mechanism or be constructed in a manner that prevents the insect from getting into or out of the encasement should it not be in a completely closed position.
10. I’ve seen/heard about other mattress covers. Some others seem flimsy. Will these tear/rip/develop holes as easily as those others.
  • An encasement fabric and its construction should be able to withstand the rigors of continued use, including people jumping on beds, rubbing against the walls or edges of the mattress or box spring. There is nothing worse then taking the preventative or control measure of an encasement only to find it has torn.
11. I had bed bugs on my mattress and box spring. Don’t I have to throw them away?

No. If treated with a pesticide labeled for use on your mattress and box spring:

  • Your PMP should do an inspection around 2 weeks after treatment to make sure any bed bugs or eggs that have survived the treatment are eliminated on this second visit. This may require another chemical application.
  • If you have encased your mattress and box spring you do not need to throw them out. Remember, use a quality, laboratory tested product specifically.
12. I’m moving to another home/apartment. Should I cover my mattress and box spring with these products to protect them while in transit?


  • It is common for a delivery truck moving your items to be infested with bed bugs. Encasements can be one way of protecting your box spring and mattress.
  • You may not know you have a problem with bed bugs. Moving your items to a new location may only be transferring the problem there.
  • If moving into a multi-unit housing building or a single family structure, you protect your mattress and box spring in case there is an existing problem.
13. Can I treat the cover with insecticides?
  • Make sure the pesticide chosen is labeled for use on a mattress, box spring and encasement.
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Date: Monday, 4. January 2010 13:19
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  1. Kelley A. Young, DVM
    Monday, 22. February 2010 16:32

    A client called to ask whether pets could carry and transmit bedbugs to a home or grooming shop. She also wanted to know what to do to treat the pets if they can carry them. I didn’t know what to tell her – I’ve not seen any information on this! Thanks.

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    Yes, it is possible to have bedbugs transmitted through pets although it normally doesn’t occur.
    As for treating for bedbugs in pets (or on pets), we don’t really recommend any insecticide.
    The problem with using insecticide on pets is the health and well being of the pets,
    as any insecticide that are strong enough to kill bedbugs can also cause harms to pets.
    Only thing I can recommend is Pyrethrins, which is a natural ingredient, that can kill not only bedbugs,
    but also fleas, ticks, lice and mosquitoes.

    There is a pest control product called Petcor Flea Spray for Dogs, Puppies, Cats & Kittens.
    I know for the fact that this product do have Pyrethrins in it.

    However, I think the best way is to give him a real clean wash up.
    And after pet-bathing, do inspections on him.

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    hello i found bed bugs in december my apartment had lots of them. i have been through a very bad time i sleep with lights on and im still scared to sleep in my bed i had to replace my bed and couch there was a company called ORKID that came to my house they did the first treatment.then about maybe one week after replacing coach and all bed matriess they started comming out of my new couch everywheres.i have 2 kids i couldnt stay here so the board of edcuation payed for me to stay in a motel room for a week…thought relif me my kids finally could get some rest sounds good until the next day when the owner of the motel couldnt figure out why i lived right up the road and why i was staying there in the motel..he did some research sure enough i was kicked out the next day with 2 kids so i stayed here and there because i had no safe home..30 days later they come and spray again ok i think my life is back to normal the ORKID people said they would be gone for good but sure enough i found one crawling on my 11 year son so i killed it back where i started again…ORKID came yesterday and spayed alittle around the floor by the walls last night i was in my bathroom sure enough i found one on a dirty shirt in the laundry my nightmare will never end how do i keep the head up im so tired they also checked my kids at school for bites it really been a bad time for me and my babbies….will it ever end??????

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    It’s so tragic to hear what had happened to you and your family.
    Home should be a safe haven for those who live there,
    and to be driven out from one motel to another for a month sounds so horrible.

    Orkin usually does a good job in pest control, but it sounds very unlike them
    to treat their customer’s like the way they’ve been treating you.
    However, it’s really hard to treat your apartment. Due to the structure of apartments,
    pests can easily travel from one house to the other,
    so when you treat your home, they will simply move out of your place and return later on.

    I would check with the Tenant law of your states and see if you qualify to break lease
    without any penalties. But for whatever reason you cannot leave your current home,
    let’s try controlling your home, and try blocking all the entry points from neighbors.

    But do consider the fact that Orkin is a very good company,
    and they probably have done most of the treatment that I tell you.
    You might, however, want to redo them just in case.

    I normally tell people that they have to do two things.
    1. Kill the bed bugs that have already hatched.
    2. Use growth regulator to stop the hatching eggs becoming adult.

    Only adult insects have reproduce, meaning if you stop the larvae from reaching its adulthood, it will not reproduce.
    This is really important because bed bug eggs cannot be killed with insecticides.
    You will use the insecticides to kill the bed bugs (including the larvae),
    but for all the eggs that’s been placed inside your bed, mattress, carpet, wherever it may be,
    insecticides will not cut through.

    Another thing is that you have to wash all your cloth, linens in hot, boiling water.
    If you have pets, wash them thoroughly, and remove and kill any pests you see on them.
    Of course, boiling your colored cloth will discolor them.
    For colors, you would want to get a Nuvan Prostrip and a large seal-able plastic bags.
    Throw your clothes in there, and a Nuvan Prostrip, and seal it tight.
    Leave it like that for a week, and wash them in hot water.

    You’ll also want to treat your closet. I recommend using Bedlam Bedbug Spray Insecticide for the closet.
    Completely soak the carpets inside the closet, and also all crevices and cracks.

    About your couch, I know you already threw away one and got a new one,
    only to have the problem back. The problem can be that the bed bugs were not
    completely gone, or were just hiding in your neighbors’ places, or even inside the
    wall voids in between the apartments.

    I normally tell people to just throw the couch away if the infestation is severe.
    It’s really difficult to treat inside the couch and mattresses. If the couch / sofa is leather,
    you can treat the bottom frame where the leather is either glued or nailed to the frame.
    However, if the infestation is really severe, it would not be sufficient.

    For your mattresses, I recommend people getting bed bug mattress encasements and also
    box spring encasements, and pillow encasements. Just encase all the beddings and it will
    trap the bed bugs inside. And in between the mattress and box springs, I recommend using Mother Earth D
    around the frame, so that any bed bugs in there cannot come out (think of it as a barrier).
    And also place bed bug interceptors at the foot of the frame posts.

    For the carpet, use Cyonara concentrate mixed with water, and also add Gentrol IGR
    and completely soak the carpet.

    After that, you’ll have to treat the walls. Remove the skirting of the wall
    and also the edge of the carpet. What you’ll find is little gaps between the walls
    and the floor. Use Delta dust with Bellow Bulb duster. After that, seal it back.

    However, I think Orkin has already treated your carpets and walls.
    I’m not sure if they used the growth regulator, although I believe they probably have.
    But let’s not leave anything hanging.

    About treating your walls, you may be able to contact your property management / leasing office
    and ask them to do it. However, repeat this treatment 4 to 5 times. You won’t be able to get rid of the bed bugs
    with just one time treatment.

    I hope this helps. And I certainly hope that you’ll see the end of this.

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    I had a friend of the family stay with us and 2 weeks latter I found a really big bed bug on my daughters bed I killed it.On Feb11th I call some one to come out they had sprayed my daughters bed and box spring I got zipper covers thats what he told me to do .I had to throw out her computer there was one in there he did not dust nothing,I throw out her desk and all her stuff animales,I had to get rid of her vcr and all her movies,I went to home depot and I bought a gallon of Hot Shot,and I sprayed every thing I washed all my daughters clothing in her draws there was none in the becaues I did not is any droppings put I have been vacumming every day and washing her beding and my bedding every other day I also have zipper covers on my new bed.I sprayed almost every 2 days I do not see anything any more.I am a disabiled person I have a fobey of bugs,I put flea sprays on my dogs I feal so bad I dried there skin out so much I feal so up set.It is almost the end of March AND i Came here to this site and I bought more stuff.I clean every day I look at my daughters bed every other day there are no blood stains,or droppings.There are none on my bed.I vacume my draws and her draws there is nothing there but I really cant stand it that it was on my daughters bed.I sprayed the whole houes when I had the gallon of Hot Shot and I dont know if I still have any more.I spray under the recklaner chair becaues it dose not have no covering on it.I dont know what to do now I dont see any thing.I clean every day but I read up so much stuff from other pepole and I am still scard.Help How long should I waite now to spray when the stuff comes,should i dust every thing and use one gallone of the stuff they told me to by.

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    Dear Anna,

    It’s really sad to see people suffering from bedbug problems.
    As I mentioned over the phone, what you are doing right now is more of a prevention,
    and prevention is always the best method in pest control–including bedbugs.

    You are on the right track, for that matter,
    and you don’t have to worry too much. YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK.

    I’ll say just wait couple weeks and treat the areas. Both Cyonara 9.7 and IGR are long lasting,
    and you won’t have to worry too much for 2 months after the application.

    Here’s what you do with your products:
    1. Broadcast treatment with Cyonara 9.7 + IGR mixed with water.
    Use this product for all purpose broadcast treatment. Do not use this product inside the wall void, near electronics, electrical circuits, etc.
    After treating your carpet, let it completely dry. Then, vacuum the carpet and refresh the air.
    Do not let any children in the area of treatment.

    2. Mother Earth dust with bellow bulb duster
    Use this near electricity, circuits, electronics, etc. You do not need to worry about your computer / vcr, television.
    But you do want to dust the electric circuits, because bedbugs travel through the circuits inside the wall.

    Also, remove the skirting of the wall, dust the perimeter of the skirting (there’s usually big void / hole behind these),
    and put the skirting back on the wall. This will prevent bedbugs from entering any room through the skirting.

    I don’t really think you have bedbug problem at your house at the moment.
    However, just as I said over the phone, you do want to prevent any future infestations.
    Do this every 2-3 months, and you’ll be fine.

    Bedbugs can be infested through human / pets. However, most of these infestation will be minor,
    meaning you’ll only get one or two bedbugs attached to a person / pet. If you spot any infestation via host,
    just do the spot treatment. However, if you start seeing one or two bedbugs, it could mean that
    your treatment is wearing out (probably after couple months). In that case, you would want to treat
    your house again.

    I wish this will help you feel secure.

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    I liven in a apartment and the pest control person can not find any evidence of bed bugs. But every morning I wake up with more bites. They are starting to spray every other week. I change bedding every week wash in hot water and dry in dryer. I am embarresed to ware shorts or short sleeve shirts. I feel so depressed I don’t know what to do. The manager says if they had evidence of bed bugs they would treat my apartment for them.

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    Hey Patricia,

    I am so sorry to hear about that. I got bit by fleas and have scars on my legs as well :(
    Bed bugs only come out at night, about an hour or two before dawn, and they have many hiding spots, so it will be very hard to spot one.
    If you are able to spot even one during the day, I would consider that you have a very heavy infestation.

    We actually have a BedBugs Trap Climb Up that is a trap for bed bugs. You would place four traps, each on the legs of your bed, so they cannot climb up and maybe you can trap a bed bug in there and get proof so the manager can treat your room for bed bugs!

    With bed bug treatment, though, it must be very consistent. It is impossible to get rid of bed bugs in one treatment. They are one of the hardest pests to get rid of. I wish you the best of luck with this!

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    Can you tell me where I can purchase Cyonara concentate 9.7 as well as Gentrol IGR? Is there any place in Hawaii on the island of Oahu?
    Thank you for your help

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    Hey Noe,

    All the products that we sell are professionally used products and you would need a license to purchase them.
    However, because we obtain a broker’s license, we are aloud to maintain an internet shopping mall business to sell these products to the general public. If you would like to purchase this product somewhere locally, you would have to find a company on the island of Hawaii that has a broker’s license. Best of luck!

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    We discovered bedbugs last summer in one bedroom. We treated everything as much as possible and thought we had won the battle. One year later, they were found in another bedroom. As I was treating the wall near the bed, I discovered a bunch of them in between the mattress and boxsprings. Both had been encased (part of the previous year’s preventive treatments), but my quick reaction was to spray them with bedlam. Now the nice white cases are quite disgusting -all brown smears. Now what would you recommend? I certainly don’t want to remove the covers and wash in case there is anything inside. Any help would be appreciated.

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    If you close your home up for an extended time–like several months–how long will the bed bugs survive without a feeding source?

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    Hello Sue!

    Bed bugs can survive for up to 18 months without a food source, however, during that time, they could reproduce as well and keep the infestation surviving. If you are planning on closing your home, I would recommend doing some treatment prior to closing it off. The one thing I will strongly recommend for you would be the Gentrol IGR (insect growth regulator). It will prevent whichever bed bugs come in contact with the product from being able to reproduce. I would recommend doing a very thorough treatment. If you have any other questions or feedback, feel free to post again and good luck!

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    Hello Lois,

    The first thing I would recommend is to apply any type of DUST insecticide around the perimeter of the infested room.
    The reason for this would be to confine the infestation to one room, and prevent it from spreading.
    We have dust insecticides such as, Delta Dust, MotherEarth D, PyGanic Dust , etc.
    All of these dust insecticides would be effective for controlling bed bugs, it dehydrates bed bugs through contact.

    After you do this, it is safe to switch out to new encasements for sanitary reasons.
    I would also recommend you to look at our bed bug kits, which all contain Gentrol IGR (insect growth refulator).
    It will prevent whichever bed bugs that come in contact with it from being able to reproduce.

    After you replace the encasements, or wash them, I would recommend going over the encasements with Bedlam Insecticide Spray.
    It will be safe to come into contact with the encasements once the insecticide has dried completely.

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    I discovered I had bedbugs about two weeks ago I can not afford an exterminator right now (I can barely afford food) There is so much stuff in my house that I inherited from my in-laws in September (they were pack rats just shy of being hoarders). My problem is that I cannot afford to get rid of anything (or store it) I don’t know if this is were I should be asking this but does anyone know of any financial assistance available? I am willing to do all the work and I am slowly getting rid of things and getting mattress covers as I can afford it. I have three kids and my oldest (10) breaks out terribly from the bites and my youngest (3) thinks the “mean ants are coming out of her bad dreams” It broke my heart to here her say that this morning and see how miserable she was from all the bites. I’ve taken apart vacuumed and sprayed all the beds and as much of the other areas as I can but I just have too much stuff, I have been slowly going through things since last year but I was not being too gung ho about it till now, I’ve called every atate and toen agency I can think of and they all tell me I’m on my own. I’m desperate. Any advice anyone has would be greatly appreciated.

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    Hi Tiffany,
    I’m sorry to hear of your situation. The best thing for you to do would be to get rid of any clutters around your home. Clutters are potential hiding places for the bed bugs. After you have finished encasing your mattresses, make sure all clutters are gone and you can begin by using Cyonara and Gentrol IGR. These two insecticides will last up to 3 months once applied. This would be the most simplest yet efficient way of getting rid of bed bugs. Good luck!

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    I have bites up and down my arms, no where else. THey look like the bites pictured but I haven’t seen anything.
    My daughter laid on my bed today (around noon) and when she got up she noticed the same red bumps on her arms.
    I don’t have them anywhere else. and the rest of the apartment doesn’t seem to have them. My room only shares walls with the rest of my apartment and the upstairs neighbor.
    Could it be bed bugs or am I freaking out over nothing?

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    What if you have plastic on your boxspring or mattress? Would that prevent any further infestations?

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    will the insecticides they use affect my computer or electronic equiment

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    Hi Lori! It is actually hard to identify a pest just by bites because there are a LOT of insects that will bite. There are parasitic insects like fleas, ticks, a variety of mite species, mosquitoes, and bed bugs that will bite people. Even dust mites in your bed can cause an allergic reaction. Also, non-parasitic insects like ants, spiders and a lot more have the potential of biting people if they are threatened. The best thing i can tell you is to get a professional inspection done in your room. You can always do follow up treatments yourself with the same products that the professionals are using. Once you are able to diagnose the problem, you can always give us a call at 1-800-788-4142 and we will be able to give you all the products you need to take care of the infestation. I’m sorry I was not able to help as much, but Good Luck! :)

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    Hi Toni, I don’t know if it will PREVENT infestations because bed bugs can hide elsewhere like in the head board of the bed, in surrounding furniture, on fixtures on the walls, etc. It may prevent them getting in and around your mattress though which is one of the most common places that they will hide.

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    Hello Steven,

    The liquids and aerosols will most likely damage your electronic equipment if you apply the products directly on the materials. Also, dust products may slow down or even break your equipment as well. It is hard to treat electronic materials that are infested with bed bugs. You may want to consider using an air tight bag to keep your electronic materials in it and use a Nuvan Pro Strip inside the air tight bag. For directions on how to use it, call us at 1-800-788-4142. It is important you receive directions on how to use it because Nuvan Pro Strips are highly toxic and can be harmful if used incorrectly.

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    I have a bed bug problem and have been trying to get rid of them for about 2 months now! my questions are how long do they live without feeding on a host? and if you cant see them how do you know if you got rid them? I am going to be buy some of the products on this page and I just want to know is that in a couple of weeks after spray are we going to know that there gone or are going to spray for the rest of our lives? PLEASE HELP! I have a 4 year old and he woke up the other day with about 150 bites and this is after spraying for nearly 2 months!

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    Hello Carrie,
    Bed bug treatment can be difficult because it is not a one treatment eradication. It takes patience and multiple treatments to eliminate bed bugs. Bed bugs can actually live a little more than a year without their first feed, but at the same time, they are unable to reproduce unless they have their first feeding. To know if you got rid of them, you need a trapping and monitoring device. We have a new product called Eco-Keeper Bed Bug Monitor and Glue Trap that will definitely help you with monitoring for bed bugs. The glue on the trap lasts virtually up to a year without dust debris and such but because all environments are vulnerable to debris build-up, the traps will last up to 4 months. If there is heavy build up, you should change out the traps as needed. These types of monitoring traps are crucial to bed bug control, because, just like your situation, you must know what you are fighting in order to get rid of them. Also, you will NOT need to spray forever. If treatment is done right, then it will only take a few months to a couple years to completely get rid of them. This depends on the size of your infestation, however, it is not impossible. If your son woke up with 150 bites, it seems like its a heavy infestation. Consider getting a Bed Bug Kit so that you can save yourself money. Although they seem expensive, in the long run, it will include all the products you need to a totally complete control. The key to bed bug control is consistency as well as thoroughness. You must be thorough because they can hide virtually anywhere and you must regularly maintain treatments. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call and we can explain to you how and where to apply each product in the kit as well as how the Eco Keeper Bed Bug Monitor and Glue Trap works at 1-800-788-4142.

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    I have found bed bugs on my couch. I am about to purchase all the products such as Delta Dust, Gentrol IGR, and Bedlam spray. I also plan on getting a new couch as soon as it is possible. My question is, I have 2 dogs that are inside most of the day because it is so hot outside, are these products safe with the dogs around? If not, can you recommend products for the couch fabric and the carpet?

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    Any dust product is usually not safe for dogs because they tend to be so hyper and active. However, as long as you apply it in areas where your dogs do not come in contact with (such as behind your couch or under it), your dogs should be safe from inhaling the dust. Otherwise, the other products are safe to use around your pets as long as you do not let them come in contact with ANY treated areas until the pesticide is completely dry (usu. takes 1+ hours, depending on how many and how much product you use). When you dispose of your couch, please make sure you do so properly! Do not place it in any areas where someone else might pick it up.

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    How do i make sur that the bed bugs aren’t in me and my childrens clothes i was told to dry them for 20 to 30 minutes then put them in a plastic bag for about a week. is there anything else that i may need to do.

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    Hi Jelissa,
    The best thing to do is wash AND dry all the clothes on high heat to kill any that may be on the clothes. Make sure that these clothes never come into contact with infested furniture or bedding. Putting them in plastic bags for only a week will not work. If you would like to seal your clothes to kill bed bugs, then you will need to purchase a product such as Nuvan Pro Strips to place inside the sealed bag along with your clothes. Bed bugs can go up to 1 year without feeding, so they would still be alive even if you sealed your clothes for a week.

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    Do they die right away or take couple weeks

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    can bed bug live if in close in plastic
    wood the plastic kill them as well
    for instinct i wrap some boxs in wraping plastic
    wraping the boxs well. air tightand all
    need to know if this can help to kill them if they are in the boxs the ones i miss or did not see.

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    Hello! You may see signs of control immediately. Many of the chemicals that are used to control bed bugs are a contact kill. However, to completely eradicate an infestation, it may take several weeks or even several months, which will completely depend on the size of the infestation, how consistent you are with treatment, and how thorough your treatments are.

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    Of course, naturally over time, they will die because of the lack of oxygen. However, this may take up to several weeks or even months, therefore, it is undoubtedly, NOT a method of control.

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    yes hi i was just wondering if bed bugs travel in computers and hard wood and fans and things like that is it possible for them to travel in your kitchen wear i am in the processes of moving this week and need to no asap im currently living in an infested apartment wit my husband and 3 kids so i really need to know before i move thanks

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    Hi Becky,
    Unfortunately, they are able to hide in just about anything. Except, I guess, the fan…since the fan is blowing air in such a way where the bed bugs would not be able to stay hidden. However, unless it is a huge infestation where it is totally out of control, bed bugs usually stay close to their food source (unfortunately, that would be you) and so that’s why they won’t stray far from the bedroom or maybe even other common areas like the living room. Although it might seem extremely inconvenient and tiring, it is best to wash fabrics and clothes in hot water and hot dry before you unpack. Also, as you are unpacking, you may want to thoroughly inspect for bed bugs and use something like Steri-fab. Steri-fab will kill bed bugs on contact and is safe to come in contact with after it dries. Once its dry, it will no longer have a residual, but it is a great product for a one treatment process.

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    I am pretty sure I have a bed bug infestation. I have seen them, and killed some that had blood in them.I am treating the house with Diatomaceous earth, hot shot bed bug spray approved for furniture, Kitchen hot shot bed bug spray, and seven dust outside Lice spray For my car. I plan on doing the outlets and all. Get rid of excess clutter too. I have I have some questions that I hope you can answer for me. One is, in addition to finding adult and baby bed bugs some times I will go into an area of the house,with shortas on, and I can feel a sensation of tiny bugs jumping on me. But even with a hand held magnifying glass, I can not see it possible that its the bed bugs at the very early stage are invisible? Or do I have a secondary problem like mites or something? I also feel them junping on me in my car, as well as walking in my yard. Also do or can microsopic bed bugs jump on and off in the yard outside, and kind of live there too? I also had a stray cat that looked like it was infested with something that made it look like it was near death, it jumped in my open window and was around my two cats. And shortly there after, my cats were infested with ear mites.What are these invisible bugs I feel jumping on me? Your response would be greatly appreciated. Windex,(amonia) sprayed on my legs seems to stop them from jumping on me at least until it dries off. I plan to post my results of my arsenal against the bed bugs.

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    Bed bug nymphs are translucent but they will rarely come out of their hiding spaces. They also do not jump nor do they thrive outdoors. I do not think they are the smaller stages of bed bugs. I also do NOT recommend that you spray Windex on your skin. It’s extremely dangerous and can cause major skin irritation. Unfortunately, we cannot help you identify pests that you are unable to see. Mites are in fact very tiny so you may have a mite infestation, however, because we cannot evaluate the situation there, we will not be able to better assist you. I apologize for that but I hope you get everything cleared up! Good luck!

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    my question is can creams or lotions , neosporin or anything in that matter kill them or no ?? i havent seen any kind of bug but one of the kids have bites in a swirly line only on one side of the body the arm !! no one else in the house has bites but that one chilkd but i dnt know if it bed bugs its very scary to read every ones posts im so sry for all the familys that are dealing wit bed bugs and i pray i dnt have them but please any info u can give me will b gretly appreciated !!!

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    Hi Deanna,
    Unfortunately, we don’t carry any creams or lotions that will kill bed bugs, nor do we know of any in the market right now. You will have to do chemical control and our bed bug kits are great because they include all the necessary products that you need to cover your entire home. Some people get reactions as far as red bites or swelling. Fascinatingly enough, other people don’t get any reactions to bed bug bites. So that may be why you are noticing that only one person is getting bit. I hope you do find some luck with treatment though!

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    Can someone who has a clue about bedbugs help us?

    We have bedbugs…. and a few questions. 1) We already have our mattress encased for dust mites with encasements from the Allergy Solution company. Even though they’re primarily for dust mites, they say the encasements have a “Bedbug Lock Zipper & bite-proof fabric.” Is it safe to assume that I don’t need to go out and buy specifically-stated “bedbug encasements”? 2) Do you know if this is a reputable company when it comes to bedbug encasements? 3) I know that zippers can be a fault of some encasements, and these are over 7 years old when they might not have been as concerned with bedbugs, so are they still viable? Would it be added protection to tape the zippers?

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    Hi Grant. Usually when the mattress encasement encases dust mites, it will definitely encase bed bugs as well. We won’t be able to tell you how efficient the company is since we don’t carry any of their materials and we do not have a lot of information on the company. Lastly, you are correct. Sometimes, the zipper is not made correctly or not specifically for bed bugs and so it can be of fault when there are bed bugs still crawling out of the encasement. However, like stated before, if the encasement is made primarily for dust mites, the sizes and measurements for all pieces of the encasement are calculated so that dust mites will not escape, therefore, bed bugs will also not be able to escape. There is one thing you may want to consider. Since you have to remove the mattress encasement to “re-encase” your mattress to control bed bugs, you will want to wash it in hot temperatures and clean it thoroughly and then chemically treat your mattress before encasing it again. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 1-800-788-4142. Hope that helped!

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    Can I use teatree spray?

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    Hello Joseph, Unfortunately, I won’t be able to give you a definitive answer. There are a lot of myths about using natural means to get rid of bed bugs but honestly, I don’t know how effective teatree spray is for bed bug treatment. But we do carry an extensive collection of bed bug killers and also Diatomaceous Earth which is a fossilized material and more natural than chemical. If you have any questions about our products, feel free to contact us again or by phone at 1-800-788-4142.

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    what chemical can i treat my beding with

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    Hello Rita. It really depends on what method you want to go with. There are a lot of different chemicals available. Two of the most popular are going to be Phantom Aerosol or Bedlam Bed Bug Spray. You will apply either of these products on the seams and tufts of the mattress and make sure to get the cracks, crevices, seams, edges of the box spring and also on the bed frame as well. This may not kill all the bed bugs right away, so in the mean time, let me recommend Eco-Keepers Bed Bug Tent to you which will definitely provide a complete protection so that you are not bit at night by the bed bugs. So even while you are doing your bed bug treatment, you can protect yourself from them while you sleep.

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    Will the cold kill bed bugs?i have stored most my wooden item summer clothing anything not being used in the outside shed because of bed bugs

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    Hi Amanda,

    Usually, freezing temperatures will kill bed bugs if the bed bugs are exposed to temperatures for over 2 weeks. For assurance though, you may want to use bed bug spray like BedLam or Steri-fab on your items before bringing them in. Also, as you are bringing them in, just try to wash the machine washable materials in hot water and with a hot temperature dry. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us again.

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    I bought a wood bunkbed set 3 weeks ago on Kijiji. We just noticed a few days ago that my son had bite marks on his neck and chest. We did an inspection of the bed and sure enough there are bed bugs in the cracks of the wood. We through the bed in the dump and the mattress aswell. Ive cleaned all the linens, clothes and toys. Do we have to do the full house extermination routine that will cost over $1000.00. Thanks Michelle

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    Hi Michelle,
    Honestly, simply throwing away the mattress and the bunkbed will not rid you of the infestation completely. That is because bed bugs can hide in virtually any crack or crevice and they are not limited to infesting just the bed. You definitely want to take some precautionary measures like encasing your new mattress and boxspring (if you have one) and continue to thoroughly inspect not just the bed, but the furniture around the bed as well. Also consider checking behind hanging picture frames, fixtures on the wall, the cracks and crevices around the baseboard, and etc. Extermination from a professional can be expensive because bed bugs cannot be rid of with just one treatment. It takes multiple treatments and if you hire a professional, they will charge for every visit to your home. We have bed bug kits that include all the professional grade insecticides that professionals are using. If you have questions on the products or bed bug control with the bed bug kits, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-788-4142.

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    I moved some furniture into an apt.that had been previously bombed for bedbugs but did not move in. I found out that the apt. next to us still found bugs. I moved the furniture out the next day. What are the chances of having bed bug on my furniture?

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    Hi Anne,
    It really depends on how bad the infestation is next door. There is a possibility, but most likely, chances are low. You can use something like Bedlam Plus to spray or Sterifab to spray on the furniture to make sure you kill the bed bugs on the furniture. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    I recently just got back from China and brought bed bug back with me. Terminix is coming to take care of the problem. I know I have to run my clothing through the dryer on high for 30 minutes to kill them, but what do I do about my delicates, gowns, and leather jackets? How do I make sure my shoes are unaffected?

    - Kelly

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    Hi Kelly,

    If they are hiding in those areas you can use a product like Steri-fab. Steri-fab is not a residual insecticide so it is safe for such products as the ones you have mentioned. Most of Steri-fab’s content is alcohol based. Once you soak it in the Steri-fab I would recommend that you wash them if possible. An alternative option is to use the Nuvan Pro Strips and bag up the delicate clothes and shoes inside a large trash bag with the Nuvan Pro Strips. We recommend that you keep the strips bagged with the clothes for at least 7 days. Good luck with your treatment!

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    I had a neighbor come over and wanted to dry a pair of pants in my dryer, I dried it for about 25 min. I later found out she had bed bugs in her house. I dried some of my own clothes in the dryer after her, what is the chance I now have bed bugs? I didn’t see any bugs in the dryer, would they be invisible or would I be able to see them! and also I just had an exterminator spray my house before she came over will that help if any were on her pants?

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    I don’t think you will have to worry because extreme amounts of heat will be effective in killing bed bugs. Therefore even if any bed bugs were to be in the dryer they should all be dead by now.

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