Albany Bed Bugs
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Albany Bed Bugs Exterminators – How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs
If you’re reading this you’ve probably gotten here because you have seen or been bitten by bed bugs. Writing a guide on how to get rid of bed bugs is something I have been thinking about for a while. As a company, we have made it a mission to try and give our customers and potential clients as much information as we can. Unlike most companies, we are not against clients understanding how to get rid of bed bugs by themselves.
There are risks and costs involved so be aware of these before you move forward. Spend some time coming up with a plan. It’s easy to react and spray ineffective chemicals, or hire some bed bug company that’s cheap. After a few weeks and repeated infestations it could be a very frustrating approach. Some of the steps and info below from a bed bug company that knows how to eliminate them will help you understand how to get through the process.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs – Albany Bed Bugs Tips
Let’s take a moment to understand that bed bugs can be a very difficult pest to get rid of. There are 5 stages in the life cycle of a bed bug, and they must feed in between each stage of development. That’s right – by the time you notice them biting you they have already been feeding off you or some other host.
No matter how many times I deal with these pests it always gets me slightly grossed out to think of them all feeding on me at night. Oddly, I have been in the worst infestations you can imagine but I have never had them myself, so I can only imagine and see the horror in my customers’ faces when they talk about it.
Bed bugs generally feed in groups, so look for that when you're wondering whether you have been bitten.
Important Facts About Bed Bugs | How to Get Rid Of Albany Bed Bugs
Before we begin, read some of these bed bug facts. It’s always important to know your enemy before entering battle. Take the time to evaluate your pest and be sure to start a plan on how you are going to prepare your family or other people in the home for the upcoming steps.
They don’t only come out in the dark or at night.
These pests are almost invisible to the naked eye during the first stage of development
Bites are almost impossible to detect or feel because they have anesthetic compounds in their saliva.
Bed bugs typically bite in groups. The lower the stage of development the smaller the bite.
I would encourage you to do some more research. If you want to find out more about biology check out the recent article I wrote about how many treatments it takes to get rid of bed bugs and their eggs. Or you can get some further information from pestworld.org, as they are a resource in the industry that many Albany exterminators use to get information updates or resources.
IDENTIFY – Step One: Albany Bed Bugs
So, I’m not sure whether or not you have identified the issue or not. Bed bugs can be very difficult to see at first, If it’s not obvious whether you have them or not you may be trying to figure out the bites you’re getting. If you know you’ve got an issue and want to get a good look at everything going on below is a great checklist. Bed bugs are much easier to see once they have had a blood meal and have become engorged with your blood. Gross, I know. Remember, the early stages are small, and you need to be thorough. Take your time and go through every square inch.
The Albany Bed Bug Exterminator Checklist:
Look in the seams of the mattress and box spring or around the mattress tags.
Check in the bed frame and headboard – check the cracks and crevices.
Review all baseboards and trim or any cracks in the walls or wood trim.
Inspect and take apart the entire couch.
Peek in every furniture joint and seam.
Look at electrical outlets inside and out.
Review pictures, posters and paintings. Anything hanging on the walls.
Baseboard heaters or radiators can be a big issue as well. Where pipes or wires go into the wall.
Look for These Bed Bug Signs: Albany Bed Bugs Exterminator Recommendations
live bedbugs, which are reddish and about ¼-inch long
dark spots about the size of a period—these are bed bug droppings
reddish stains on your mattress from bugs that have been crushed
small, pale yellow eggs, eggshells, and yellowish skins that young bed bugs shed
More signs and info can be found at www.doihavebedbugs.com
Quarantine – Step Two: Albany Bed Bugs Exterminator Guide
If you get to this section on bed bugs , you have most likely found signs of them from above. Let me be the first to say sorry. The first thing would be to quarantine the area(s) you think are infested. Then the decisions about what you are going to do are the next step. If you are a Do-It-Yourself bed bug kind of person, then be aware of some of the recommendations below like Read The Label and don’t spread the issue. Of course, getting a professional to handle the process is not a bad idea. Just know we can help with questions as well so give us a call if you feel like there are some things you want to work out before moving forward.
ASSESS – Step Three: How to Get Rid of Albany Bed Bugs
Figure out what rooms you believe are infested and come up with a plan. You’re going to need to begin looking at cleaning the carpets and rugs for bed bugs and bed bugs fecal matter. Be sure to assume the infestation is widespread, and be aware that living rooms, couches and recliners can be concerning areas.
Start to vacuum and clean the floors like you’ve never cleaned before. The eggs, the feces and the byproduct of the shedding from these pests just needs to be cleaned. Remember, you can’t see the eggs so when you’re cleaning you probably won't see anything. That means just keep at it. Cover every square inch from top to bottom.
Continue Assessing – Step Three | How to Get Rid of Albany Bed Bugs
Once you’re done with vacuuming the bed bug eggs and looking for adults, start bagging up all the personal items. Anything you’re not going to use for the next 6 months put in the basement in sealed bags or in the garage. Don’t open them for the next 6 months and any bed bugs in the bags will die.
Next take all the linens and anything fabric and start the process of bagging them up. Don’t open them inside the house. Take them to a loading storage area and then move the bags one by one to the laundry room. From there open the bag and put in the washer or the dryer. Begin the process of washing and cleaning all the clothing. Any clean clothes should not be put back into the same bags or the same rooms until the entire process below is completed.
PREPARE – Step Four: Albany Bed Bugs Exterminator
Ok, you are getting close. Don’t forget that you should be doing each step of the process for all the rooms of the house. The more thorough you are and the more areas you cover the better the results. In order to prepare for spraying and/or steam treatment move all furniture you kept in place a foot away from the wall. Make sure you take apart and remove all drawers in the dressers. Be aware once you spray you need to seal off the area and probably leave the home regardless of the chemical you have decided to spray.
KILL – Step Five: How to Get Rid – Albany Bed Bugs Exterminator Guide
Option 1 Spray
Looks like we are getting to the point where we are going to start killing some bed bugs. There is some concern about what type of chemical we are going to use. We use adulticide and we use an insect growth regulator (IGR). These will get rid of the eggs and reproductive cycles happening to insects with complete life cycles. Unfortunately, these products are restricted and only for use by a registered company and technician in New York State. I will tell you that I get a lot of calls for people that are desperate to find out what products to use.
A lot of folks ask about Crossfire or other products and if we can sell them something. We can’t sell it and products like Crossfire used to be available through amazon, but they were moving pesticides across state lines illegally so that whole thing has stopped. Guess what, there is a reason the products are restricted for use by the public.
Some helpful products can be found at www.bedbugwarehouse.com
Here’s a list of the types of products
Pyrethrins and pyrethroids are the most common chemicals for Albany bed bugs. There has been resistance to them so be aware it may not work.
Pyrroles like chlorfenapyr kill bedbugs disrupting their cells.
Neonicotinoids damage the bugs’ nervous system. are man-made versions of nicotine. The answer to the resistant bed bugs.
Desiccants are substances that destroy the bugs’ protective coating. Two examples of desiccants are silica aerogel (Tri-Die and CimeXa) and diatomaceous earth. These products can take a few months to kill off all the bugs.
Foggers or bug bombs kill bed bugs - Don’t use these! They will only cause the Bed Bugs to spread.
Plant oil-based products like EcoRaider or Bed Bug Patrol are less toxic than chemical insecticides, reviews are always great online but they have a hard time getting rid of eggs cycles and nymphs. These products can also risk spreading them.
Happy hunting – but be aware the word guaranteed is thrown around a lot. Also READ THE LABEL – please read it. There is nothing worse than hearing from someone they over-apply or misapplied with pets and children. Don’t put your family at risk or exposure. Over application is pointless and a health risk that’s worse than the bed bug problem or bed bug troubles you had in the first place.
Option 2 Steam
In this part you're going to need a steamer. Go out and find one. Make sure it’s a unit that can reach 115 degrees and start steaming every square inch of the entire room and all the target rooms. Then do it again. Don’t miss a spot. Be sure your clothing is getting washed in hot water and the dryer will kill bed bugs even without washing from the heat. Be sure to run on the heat cycle!
Use this checklist when steaming: Albany Bed Bugs
Steam and wash any fabric in the room that isn’t going through the washer / dryer. Stuff animals, drapes etc.
Steam the entire baseboard, room and cracks and crevices in the entire room and target rooms.
Take the bed apart and be sure to steam the entire bed.
Remove all drawers and steam inside and outside of the dresser. Turn upside down
Don’t forget about the closets. Be sure there is nothing in the closets.
Steam like you’ve never steamed before.
MONITOR / REAPPLY – Step Six: Albany Bed Bugs Exterminator
So this is where patience kicks in.
CALL CNY Bed Bug Extermination – Step Seven: How to Get Rid Of Albany Bed Bugs
If you’ve gotten here you’re either deciding whether to call a pro after seeing the steps, or have tried without complete success. Remember these are just some guidelines and some ways to go through the standard process. Each and every service is different and of course we are available.
Be careful with what you're using around your families and pets. Not only is it what your applying but how you’re applying it. Likewise, I would be surprised to see how some people just start spraying and then it’s just over applied and these hazardous materials. Look at what is happening with round-up and the lawsuits with cancer. You could buy that anywhere; these are the same risks associated with what pesticides are being sold in Home Depot or Lowes. Whatever you choose for your bed bug problem, we wish you the best and please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.
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Albany Bed Bugs
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If you discover bed bugs in your Albany area home, contact CNY Bed Bug Extermination for immediate relief. Our certified team is educated in the most advanced bed bug protocols and equipped with the state-of-the-art resources necessary for complete eradication of these pests. You can also sign up online by clicking this sign up page and following the directions. Once submitted you will be scheduled for a service and receive contact from your technician. It’s how to get rid of bed bugs Albany!
Keep in mind that we also service all of upstate New York, so if you are moving, or have friends within the state, we can help with any bed bug problem. We cover the state from Albany and Saratoga all the way to Albany and Niagara Falls.