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Having a bed bug problem or infestation at your Edmonton property is certainly a nuisance and an inconvenience. You can rest assured that when you hire a quality focused pest control company, your bed bug issue will be addressed in a timely manner, and your pests will be eliminated from your Edmonton home or business, very soon.
Bed Bug Problems In Edmonton
Edmonton's highly acclaimed entertainment, educational, military and industry sectors, play host to thousands of visitors every year. Unfortunately, anywhere people gather in large numbers, the potential for bed bug problems increases dramatically. Attaching themselves to luggage, furniture, overnight bags, these guys can cause mental distress, sleepless nights and anxiety. As the rise in bed bug problems has taken hold of Edmonton in recent years, bedbugs have made their way into our commercial properties and into our homes. At Tango Down Pest Control, we recommend that all Edmonton homeowners, commercial property owners, property managers, and renters, educate themselves on bed bug behavior to help prevent bed bugs from being introduced to their living space and causing problems.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are small insects that feed exclusively on blood. They lack wings so thankfully they don't fly, but they move swiftly on horizontal and vertical surfaces. Adult bed bugs are brown to reddish in color, relatively flat, oval-shaped, and less than 1/4” long and wide. Their eggs and newly hatched nymphs are translucent in color, turning browner as they mature. Typically, bed bugs bite their hosts when they are asleep, and prefer to be in and near sleeping areas or where extended time is spent (living rooms, recreational rooms etc).
Are Bed Bugs Harmful To Me Or My Family?
A number of adverse health effects may result from bed bug bites, including skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms. Thankfully, bed bugs are not known to transmit any pathogens as disease vectors. Because bites affect everyone differently, some people may have no reaction and will not develop bite marks or any other visible signs of being bitten. Other people develop an allergic reaction with symptoms such as enlarged bite marks, itchiness, painful swelling at the bite site, and on rare occasions, anaphylaxis.
Signs Of A Bed Bug Problem
There are a number of other signs that will also help with determining if your Edmonton property is suffering from a bed bug problem or infestation. As bed bugs grow, they shed their skin and the shells are left behind. These shells are brown in color and are extremely fragile. Another obvious sign is the traces that are left after they have defecated. The areas where defecation has occurred will have small dots that will appear to be black or brown stains, most commonly found on boxsprings, mattresses, and bed frames. Another obvious way to tell if you have a bed bug problem or infestation is by sighting the bugs themselves. Although, because bed bugs prefer to remain undetected, if you are sighting active bed bugs crawling on you or the top of your bed, it would be safe to assume that the problem is not in its early stages of development.
How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs may be small in size and somewhat difficult to spot at the low level, but here is a list to break down the signs that will help to determine an infestation or problem within your living space:
1. Bed Bug Bites
Although they are not conclusive, waking up with itchy red dots on your skin, may be an indication that bed bugs are present.
2. Little Black Dots
A series of little black or near-brown dots on mattress seams, bed frames, bedding, or in the box spring can be a clear indication.
3. Eggs And Shells
Bed bug egg deposits are white and about the size of a miniature grain of rice. They also shed their skins as they grow and develop, these skins are brown in color. These two signs are a sure sign of a bed bug infestation.
If bed bugs have infested an area for a prolonged period, and the infestation is considered to be a "high-level infestation" or severe problem, a strong odor will be noticeable within the room or living space. Bedbugs release a pheromone and when found in large populations, have a distinct and pungent odor. This is a really good non-visual sign of a substantial problem that can be picked up just by smell.
5. Live/Dead Bed Bugs
Even though bed bugs can move relatively quickly, you may spot some hiding in a bed frame, bed rails, and possible other furniture that is around the bed. They may also be found throughout the house, showing up in other rooms or areas depending on the severity or extent of the problem, the number of occupants within the living space, etc.
Bed bug Infestations Can Happen To Anyone
Bed bug issues are not caused by poor hygiene or poor housekeeping practices. Bed bugs are experts at hiding. Their slim flat bodies allow them to fit into the smallest of spaces and stay there for long periods of time. Bed bugs are usually transported from place to place as people travel. They travel in the seams and folds of luggage, overnight bags, folded clothes, bedding, furniture, and anywhere else where they can hide. Most people do not even realize they could be transporting bed bugs as they travel from location to location.
Here Are Some Tips And Practices To Help You When Traveling
Before You Book
One of the best ways to prevent bed bugs from affecting your Edmonton property is to avoid staying in places that have them. Unfortunately, there's no way to absolutely guarantee that your hotel won't have any, but it's still a good idea to check out hotel reviews to see if a lot of people are complaining. If they are, you're probably better off booking a different hotel. Websites like TripAdvisor and the Bed Bug Registry are pretty good for this.
When You Arrive
Check the mattress and surrounding areas for any signs of bed bug activity. Pull back the mattress cover and flip the pillows. Lift the mattress and boxspring to inspect them. Take notice of any red or black spotting. If you do find bed bug activity, contact the hotel management. Inform them of the problem, and request to be moved to another room. It's likely that other rooms in the same hotel will also have bed bugs though. If feeling too uncomfortable to stay, ask for a reimbursement and stay at a different location.
When You Get Back
If you suspect that you may have accidentally brought bed bugs home with you, leave your luggage outside on the porch or in the garage. Launder the fabrics that were taken in hot water and dry on high heat. Inspect and vacuum out the cracks and folds of the luggage or bags that were holding your belongings. In the event that bed bugs get introduced, vacuuming of the folds of mattresses and box springs, as well as the vacuuming of cracks and crevices of bed frames, will help to slow down the infestation before professional help arrives. Washing and drying sheets, clothing, and other bedding material on high heat will kill all life stages of bed bugs that may be on them.
Other Preventative Measures
Avoid used furniture if possible. If acquiring new furniture is simply not feasible or practical, be sure to thoroughly inspect any items you plan on introducing to your home. Acquiring a used bed frame, mattress, boxspring, dresser, nightstand, couch or recliner could be a costly mistake.
Clear any clutter that is in or around sleeping areas. The more cluttered an area is, and the more stuff that is around beds and couches, the easier it is for bed bugs to hide. Clutter can add complexities to the control process and cause delays for your exterminator.
Residents living in an apartment, townhouse, or any other shared living arrangement are more at risk than those who live in single-family homes. Bedbugs can travel between units along wiring and piping, down hallways, and between walls. People living in this arrangement need to be more aware and more proactive when it comes to detecting and reporting bed bug activity.
Preparing Your Home For Treatment
Bed bugs can be tough to control. They can hide in small spaces. So inspections and treatments need to be extremely thorough. Before we can exterminate the bed bugs that are affecting your living space, it must first be prepared. We provide complete guidelines for successful bed bug extermination. Stop by preparations page for details!
Our Calculated Approach To Bed Bug Extermination
At Tango Down Pest Control we take a multi-tactic approach, whether the infestation is in a house, apartment, office or hotel. With a thorough understanding of bed bug biology and behavior, experience, industry-leading products, tactics, and equipment, we have designed a specific protocol to manage your particular bed bug problem. When you hire us as your Edmonton bed bug exterminator, we break down your bed bug infestation and determine the level of severity. We don't group bed bug problems together and use only one particular strategy to treat all levels. Your trained and certified Tango Down Pest Control tech will formulate a safe and environmentally responsible plan to exterminate the problem using the latest, most technologically advanced integrated methods and procedures to get your home back to bedbug-free, and ensure you and your family starts getting the sleep they deserve.
Exterminating Bed Bugs From Your Edmonton Property
To ensure the life cycle of the bed bug problem/infestation is broken, the extermination process requires two scheduled appointments 14 days apart.
In both service appointments, a combination of a variety of different techniques, equipment, and products are used but are not limited to:
Targeted heat remediation, commercial grade pesticide application, vacuuming of bed bugs and bed bug eggs and shells, insecticide dust for bedroom outlets and switches. In places where bug bugs or bed bug eggs cannot be physically removed, we use super-heated, non-toxic vapor to target those areas and deliver a thermal shock that kills all life stages of bed bugs. Being both beneficial and cost-effective, our thorough, multi-layered bed bug extermination delivers an extremely high level of control. Along with our bed bug extermination services, we also carry hypoallergenic bed bug mattress encasements for queen size and single size beds as an option.
How Much Do Bed Bug Treatments In Edmonton Cost?
When it comes to prices for bed bug removal, there are three main factors that determine what it will cost.
1. The size of the service area that is being treated
2. The severity and the extent of the infestation or problem
3. Overall job complexity
Bed bug extermination in Edmonton can be charged a number of different ways depending on the company that is providing the service. Some pest control service providers may charge by the square foot, while others may charge per bedroom, per appointment, or by the job. Prices for bed bug extermination throughout Canada widely vary. For instance, bed bug treatments in Toronto start at around $450 dollars per bedroom, whereas prices in Saskatchewan can found as low as $200.00. We've found that prices for professional bed bug control in Edmonton typically start at around $300.00, but can be as high as $4000.00+. Prices are determined by the three factors above but also many others, so it really ranges.
In our experience speaking with former clients of various pest control companies has shown us that pest control prices, share a relationship with the quality of the service, as well as the value that was received. We price our extermination services to be economically feasible to you, but we also price our services to retain the values required for fixing your problem in order to deliver you the best service experience possible, that we feel, you deserve.
Bed Bug Treatment Options
When we discuss bed bug treatments with you, we can examine a few different options. One treatment option for bed bugs is a whole house heat treatment, which uses high temperatures to kill the bed bugs and their eggs. Although effective, it's not without its downsides. Whole house heat treatment costs are significantly higher than other options, and the control efforts can fail. Along with the high cost and potential for failure, another thing to consider is that when a living environment is subjected to extreme temperatures for a sustained period of time, it has the potential to cause damage to wood floors, carpet, cabinets, and other temperature sensitive materials.
Another treatment option is an integrated pest management approach to killing bed bugs. This option can be a combination of several different components such as spray, vacuuming, targeted heat application, mattress encasements, dust, traps, monitors, and others. This is a relatively cost-effective option compared to a whole house heat treatment, but just like the whole house heat treatments, it's also, not without its downsides. One downside to an integrated pest management approach is that it can take longer to gain control in high-level infestations.
In conclusion, when performed correctly, both treatment options are extremely effective at killing and controlling bed bugs. With only about 10 percent of all bed bug extermination being done by way of whole house heat treatments, and the other 90 or so percent being eliminated by integrated pest management, the choice of what option is the right one, is really up to you.
Timing Is Everything!
The probability of delays when controlling bed bugs using either IPM, whole house heat treatment, or combinations of the two, goes up exponentially when the severity of the infestation is high. When a bed bug infestation reaches a high level, bed bugs can become entrenched in the structure of the building and the control prosses will naturally take longer when compared to a low or mid-level infestation. The earlier that a problem is detected and reported, the faster it will be to achieve total elimination. If a bed bug problem is left untreated for a prolonged period of time, the control prosses can take several months or more to eliminate the large population that has formed over that period.
D-I-Y Bed Bug Control Advisory
When it comes to bed bugs, people have tried just about everything to stop them. Unfortunately, bed bugs can be extremely difficult to control without the help of a professional pest control company. We strongly advise against anyone putting Raid, flammable substances, or any other harmful over the counter products, on or around bedding or sleeping areas. Domestic class insecticides such as Raid and other over the counter aerosol type products are very toxic and are not designed for use on materials that will be in contact with skin. Be sure to read and follow any instructions on any over the counter pest control products you plan to use in your home. We never recommend using any over the counter products for bed bug control. Ever. These products can cause complexities in the control prosses and extend control time. Store bought over the counter pest products can push bed bugs into places they wouldn't otherwise go unless the infestation was much more severe. You are always better off calling a professional exterminator for removal right away. Should you choose to use an over the counter product for bed bug control, it should be used only according to the instructions on the label from the manufacturer. It would be a health hazard as well as unlawful to use any class of pesticide product in any way other than what is described.
Life After Bed Bugs
After your bed bug problem has been eliminated, it may take some time to adjust to not having them. Some people adjust quickly to the fact that they are gone, while for others it may take awhile. As good practice, we recommend checking for any bed bug activity at least once a month after they have been eliminated from your living space. One habit that has helped us, is scanning our mattresses and boxsprings everytime we change our linen. If your laundry day is every Sunday, we suggest incorporating a quick bed scan into your routine, and if for whatever reason you or someone you know discover something their not sure about, you can take comfort in knowing that all it takes is a phone call.
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