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Bed Bugs

Physical Controls and Bed Bugs

PHYSICAL CONTROL OF BED BUGS
Physical control is the use of hands-on methods to physically remove bedbugs from, or keep bed bugs out of the home.  These include methods like vacuuming or steam-treating an area to collect or destroy bedbugs, eggs, shells, or nymphs that are in a target area or location. When using this method it is important to remember that bed bugs

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Mechanical Controls and Bedbugs

MECHANICAL CONTROL OF BED BUGS
Mechanical control utilizes either simple cost effective devices or expensive, industrial specialized equipment to control bed bugs.  Mechanical trapping devices can effectively trap or kill bed bugs but more importantly they can help you estimate how many bedbugs are in an area using sampling methods. Mechanical control of bed bugs does not provide a realistic offer towards total eradication

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Cultural Controls and Bedbugs

CULTURAL CONTROL FOR BED BUGS
Cultural control focuses on any environmental changes that may have contributed to the initial introduction of bedbugs, or other factors which may allow or promote a re-introduction of infestation. During an in-depth inspection or in-home consultation, the pest professional has an opportunity to help better understand various behaviors which may be contributing to the infestation.  By identifying the hidden

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Bed Bugs And Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

BED BUGS AND INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT
Using all parts of a system known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the most effective way to control a bed bug infestation. With IPM we use a variety of methods in logical combination which maximizes efficacy of control and minimizes pesticide exposure to people, pets and our environment.  If you have any reason to suspect bed bugs

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After Bedbug Treatment

AFTER TREATMENT FOR BED BUGS
Recommendations may vary based on the complexity or severity of an infestation. Also, the method of treatment deployed may have specific follow-up recommendations that the exterminator will cover with you. It is important to remember that it is common to still see bed bugs after the initial treatment takes place.  This is due to the fact that bed bugs

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Before Bedbug Treatment

BEFORE BED BUG TREATMENT
There are various approaches to bed bug control, each method does have advantages and shortcomings when compared to other methods. There may never be a single method or form of treatment which can provide a silver bullet solution for all possible scenarios involving bed bug infestation. Short of this, the method of extermination Alert #1 recommends will be based on

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What To Do When Bedbugs Are Found

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND BED BUGS?
Bed bugs aren’t hard to kill, but they can be very difficult to find. If you happen to spot a bedbug in your home, don’t panic. Instead, capture the insect and call a pest management professional for positive identification.  The easiest way to capture a bed bug is by hand, with tissue, or by using adhesive

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Bed Bug Eggs, Nymphs and Adult Characteristics

BED BUG CHARACTERISTICS
Bed bugs fall into the insect family having six legs and three body parts known as the head, thorax, and abdomen. Bedbugs are also known as true bugs and that places them in the order of Hemiptera along with all other true bugs. Most insects that are in the “true bug” category are easily recognized by the fact that they use

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Identify Early Signs & Symptoms of Bedbugs

IDENTIFY EARLY WARNING SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF BED BUG INFESTATION
There are a few very important things to remember when trying to determine if bed bugs are present.  We should all become familiar with the signs & symptoms of a bed bug problem. If you find a possible bed bug, capture the insect for identification. Take note of its size and color and the

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Early Detection of Bedbugs

EARLY DETECTION IS KEY
Bed bugs are difficult to detect, but a sharp eye can find visible evidence in the areas bed bugs infest. Fecal deposits from bed bugs are probably the most visible evidence and appear as small, inky black spots which will smear when wetted with a damp cloth. Bedbugs feed on human blood roughly every 7 to 14 days, and much of

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