Bed Bug Treatment
Bed bugs are one of the fastest growing, hard-to-eradicate infestation problems in the Jacksonville / First Coast area. They’re also the number one pest problem in the United States, making them a nationwide epidemic. An itchy, creepy crawly, blood-sucking epidemic.
What is a Bed Bug?
Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans, usually while they sleep at night. The most common type of bed bug is Cimex lectularius, a species which feeds mostly on human blood, making them an insect “vampire.” Adults have a flat oval-shaped body measuring up to 1/5 inch in length. Once it takes a blood meal, it becomes engorged and turns dark red. Females can lay 200-300 eggs in batches of 10 to 50 and hatch in approximately 10 days. They have five progressive nymphal stages, which grow larger with each blood meal. Development from egg to adult can vary from 40-120 days, depending on temperatures. A number of health problems may occur as a result of bed bug bites, including skin rashes, allergic symptoms, and psychological effects.
How do you get them?
Bed bugs usually get into a home or hotel by way of used furniture or bed bugs “hitching a ride” on clothing or luggage. Most commonly, they arrive with people traveling to Jacksonville and they transfer bed bugs from other infested areas. Bed bugs in your home are not a statement on the cleanliness of your home.
How do you get rid of them?
Bed bugs are stubborn little critters – living in nooks, crannies, crevices, mattresses, drawers, bed frames, clothing, pillows, carpets – anywhere they can hide. Adult bed bugs can survive up to one year without a blood meal. And they’re very hard to remove. A recent story published by Action News illustrates how difficult bed bugs are to remove. Read the bed bug story here. Astonishingly, just a few bed bugs can multiply to more than 1,000 in less than 90 days without professional treatment. It takes a thorough, knowledgeable professional to eliminate these annoying hard-to-get pests from your home.
Why are they becoming such a big problem?
The number of reported bed bug infestations has jumped significantly in the past several years. The National Pest Management Association reports a 71% increase in bed bug calls between 2005 and 2010. The bugs themselves are reproducing in alarming numbers, by more than 500 percent over the past few years. There’s no set answer as to why the recent uptick, but one theory is the 1972 ban of the pesticide DDT, which was one of the most effective controls for bed bugs. In addition, people are trending toward less pesticide use in homes and businesses and increasing their international and domestic travel – both of which may be increasing the migration and infestation of bed bugs.
Bug Evictors uses equipment and treatment options providing eco-friendly and effective control of bed bugs. Our main concern for our customers is safe, quick and effective treatment. Before any treatment, our trained professionals do a thorough inspection and confirm that there is indeed a bed bug infestation. Treatments may differ from one home to another, depending on circumstances and severity. All of the products we use for bed bug treatment are insecticides registered for this purpose only – and the most effective and environmentally-friendly treatment products available.
Environmentally Friendly Products
Heat Treatment System – Heat is a very effective bed bug killing system. We use this treatment in conjunction with our other treatments, or sometimes as a stand-alone treatment, depending on each individual circumstance. Heat is non-toxic and can kill all bed bug life stages, including their eggs. Our Heat Treatment is one of the most effective tools we provide for controlling bed bugs. Call us TODAY for details and a free inspection. 783-2425
Vacuum System – Bug Evictors uses a high quality HEPA filtration system which traps 99.99% of all particles as tiny as 0.3 micron. When air enters the vacuum, it’s cleaned through a system of several filters, ending up cleaner exhausted than when it enters the vacuum.
Steamers – Another way we treat mattresses, sofas, chairs, furniture, walls, carpets and many other furnishings is through our professional-grade steaming equipment. Our steamers produce steam more than 200 degrees Farenheit –more than enough to kill bed bugs and their eggs on contact. (add bed bugs with babies)
Mother Earth D Pest Control Dust – An organic, broad spectrum desiccant dust containing 100% high purity, fresh water diatomaceous earth. “DE” consists of skeletal remains of fresh water diatoms and amorphous silicone dioxide, which naturally cuts insects’ protective shells like sharp ground-up glass and kills them.
Active Guard™ Mattress Liners – After treatment, we recommend using ActiveGuard™ mattress liners to kill any missed bugs or eggs and to prevent your mattresses from being reinfested. Active Guard™ Mattress Liners are impregnated with permethrin, which kills bed bugs.
Bed Bug Moat – Since bed bugs can easily climb up legs and into your bed or furniture, we place Bed Bug Moats at the base of all your furniture legs. Bed bugs climb the specially-designed rough outer wall then drop into the slick inner part and become trapped. The Bed Bug Moat can also capture bugs leaving the bed. So we’re getting them coming and going!
Call us today!
We provide bed bug treatments for homes, hotels and motels, apartment complexes and multi-unit dwellings, hospitals, long-term care facilities – anywhere bed bug activity occurs. If you suspect or know you have a bed bug infestation, contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-783-2425 to arrange for an in-home inspection or treatment. Our team will professionally and thoroughly eliminate this aggravating household pest from your home.
Welcome to Bug Evictors!
Kent Justice interviews David Wiggins, owner of Bug Evictors, Inc. regarding bed bugs and a local bed bug situation.
Bug Evictor’s David Wiggins explains the importance of proper bed bug treatment.