Bed Bug Removal FAQs

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Bed Bug Removal FAQs

  1. 1. Capital K9 Bed Bug Solutions Answers To Commonly Asked Bed Bug Questions
  2. 2. What does a bed bug look like?  There are seven stages to the bed bug life cycle – a bed bug will look different during each of these separate stages. Bed bugs can also look different depending on when and how often they’ve fed. If it’s flying or jumping, it’s not a bed bug; bed bugs do not have wings and do not fly or jump.
  3. 3. Can I still have bed bugs even if I’m not getting bitten?  About one-third of the population does not react to bed bug bites. We have encountered numerous situations where two people are sharing a bed and one person is reacting to bites and the other is not. It is unlikely that you will feel a bed bug bite, as the bug is able to anesthetize the food source (you!) while feeding. Visible bed bug bites serve as an early warning sign that there may be a bed bug problem, so those who don’t react run the risk of a bug infestation quickly getting out of hand because it takes longer to see physical evidence of the problem.
  4. 4. What does a bed bug bite look like?  Everyone reacts to the bites differently. Some people don’t react, some react immediately, and some react after a few days. The bites can result in large welts or rashes. Bed bugs often (but not always) leave a row of bites, which is one way to distinguish these bites from mosquitos or fleas. It is difficult to diagnose a bed bug infestation based solely on bites.
  5. 5. Are there any other signs of bed bug activity?  An unchecked bed bug introduction will eventually be very evident in your home and you will see molted bed bug castings, fecal spotting, and eventually live bugs. Low-level bed bug infestations are difficult to detect because bed bugs are nocturnal, generally feeding between 3-5 am. They like to hide in tight cracks and crevices and may be very difficult to find in the early stages. In more advanced infestations, bugs will be seen crawling on the walls during the day and night, and fecal spotting is often seen on mattresses, in the corners of rooms near the ceilings and around electrical sockets.
  6. 6. What do I do if I see a bug?  If you see a bug that you believe might be a bed bug, your best bet is to contain the bug for identification. Take a piece of clear tape and pick up the bug with the sticky side of the tape and place it in a zip lock bag. Alternatively, if you have a high- resolution camera, take a picture of the bug so you can share it with your pest control professional. Your next step is to contact a pest control company. Bed bugs are ranked as the most difficult pest to treat by pest control operators and the over–the-counter remedies available are not as effective as the products available to licensed pest professionals. Further, if you are considering having a k9 come out to search your home, do not spray any over-the-counter chemicals, as we will have to wait 30 days before we can conduct a search. Lastly, try not to disturb the area where you initially saw the bug, as this might cause the bugs to scatter making treatment more difficult.
  7. 7. What about do-it-yourself treatments?  The resurgence of bed bugs has created a huge market for over- the-counter bed bug products and natural remedies. Many products available to customers make big promises but lack scientific research to support their claims. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission has gotten involved, warning consumers against deceptive marketing claims with different natural bed bug remedies. Some of more well- known brands do offer sprays and fogs that will kill some bed bugs on contact. The challenges with these products is that bed bugs have increasingly become resistant to chemicals, making these products ineffective in many cases and you must kill each bug on contact in order to be effective. Since bed bugs are nocturnal and like to hide, finding each bug and eliminating every bug on your own presents a real problem. Using too many chemicals or using them incorrectly can be hazardous to your health. Given your poor likelihood of success combined with the potential risks posed by using the chemicals, experts agree that bed bug treatments should be left to the professionals.
  8. 8. If you come out to my home will all my neighbors know that I’m concerned about bed bugs?  Our vehicles are unmarked and our clothing is inconspicuous. Further, we are completely committed to total confidentiality. We will only share information if directed by you.
  9. 9. What happens if I have bed bugs?  We are a fully licensed pest control company and we specialize in bed bug extermination. If we conduct a search and determine you have bed bugs, you are under no obligation to go with us for the treatment. However, we believe that once you meet our trained technicians you will want to use us for the remediation and in most cases we are able to deduct the price of the inspection from the treatment costs.
  10. 10. Why our Process is Better  Capital K9 Pest Solutions specializes in the detection and elimination of bed bugs. We use the most effective products on the market applied by some of the most skilled and knowledgeable technicians in the industry. Our confidence in our technicians and technique allows us to offer guaranteed quality service to all of our customers. When dealing with Capital K9 as a customer, you will see that we strive to go above and beyond expectations of your typical pest control company.
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