If You Have a Bed Bug Problem in Markham, Don’t Panic Call Greenleaf Pest Control Today
If you are a Markham resident who suspects a bed bug infestation, it is normal to panic—but not necessary. The creatures are notoriously difficult to find and remove, and there is an unwarranted stigma about having them in your home or business. Fortunately, the experts at Greenleaf Pest Control are fully trained and ready to deal with the problem. We will conduct a thorough investigation to find the source of the insects. Once we locate them, we will create a unique plan for removing the bed bugs and will instruct you in how to prepare for the treatment.
Recognizing Bed Bugs
Not sure what a bed bug looks like? Here’s how to recognize them:
- Bed bugs are small, wingless insects that are about ¼inch long. They are reddish brown, feed on blood –preferably human blood –and look somewhat like an apple seed.
- Bed bugs cannot grow, or molt, without eating blood. They can often live up to a year on
Recognizing Bed Bug Behavior
If you are still not sure whether or not you have bed bugs, they can also be identified by their distinct behavior:
- They live in clusters.
- The mainly eat at night when you are asleep.
- They stay hidden during the day.
- They live as close to their host (you, your family, coworkers, or pets) as possible.
- They move fast.
- They often take up residence in the seams or folds of a mattress before moving to the headboards and box springs.
- They prefer living in fabric, wood, or paper, and can often live in spaces as small as one millimeter wide.
- In particularly bad infestations, they may live behind wallpaper, under carpet, between floorboards, and in curtains, electrical boxes, smoke detectors, and door frames.
Recognizing Bed Bug Bites:
- Everyone has different reactions to bed bug bites, ranging from no reaction at all to severe. 60% of people do not react to them at all.
- The symptoms of bed bug bites can appear between 2 days and 4 weeks later.
- Bed bugs have a beak-like protrusion which pierces the skin and injects a coagulant, which helps them to harvest more blood.
- Bed bug saliva is what causes a reaction in the host. This reaction usually includes mild irritation and inflammation.
- Bed bugs almost always eat when you are asleep, and you may never see them. This means that it is easy to mistake bed bug bites for another type of bite or allergic reaction.
- Some people suffer severe anxiety, stress, and insomnia over bed bug bites. Sometimes, it can be so severe that a bed bug infestation disrupts their entire life.
- Bed bugs can carry up to 28 different diseases, but scientists have not proven that these diseases are transmittable to human beings.
Recognizing a Bed Bug Infestation in Your Markham Home or Business
- The most obvious place to find bed bugs is in your bed and bedroom. Make a thorough investigation of the room, examining your mattress, box springs, bed frames, floorboards, carpet, and behind wallpaper, pictures, and wall hangings.
- There may also be dark spots of blood on sheets and bedding, signs that bed bugs have been feeding.
- Bed bugs also shed their skins when they are molting, another visible sign of an infestation.
The Life Cycle of a Bed Bug
- Bed bugs usually live 12 to 18 months.
- A bed bug can lay up to 12 eggs per day. These eggs are coated in a sticky substance that allows them to adhere to almost any surface.
- Eggs hatch in 6 to 10 days, and the nymphs are ready to feed immediately after hatching.
- Bed bugs cannot grow, or molt, without feeding. After they molt five times, they have reached full maturity.
- Three generations of bed bugs may be born each year.
Greenleaf Pest Control Provides Personal and Comprehensive Extermination Services for a Markham Bed Bug Infestation
If you suspect a bed bug infestation, you should immediately call Greenleaf Pest Control. We will ask you about the signs of infestation and help you prepare your home or business for treatment. We will then send either a certified technician or a specially trained bed bug sniffing dog and handler to investigate and find the source of your infestation. Once we find it, we will create a pest control plan that is specially adapted to your Markham home or business and the severity of your infestation. Most treatment plans include the following:
–One of the most important things you can do to ensure a successful bed bug removal is to work closely with your exterminators to properly prepare your home or business. We provide our clients with a Bed Bug Preparation Sheet, which gives you steps to make sure you are ready for our services.
Vacuuming –We have specially equipped, high-powered vacuums that can reach into even the tiniest crevices to physically remove the creatures from your home.
Steaming –We use high heat, commercial steamers to heat your home up to 120 degrees Celsius, killing all eggs, bed bugs, lice, and fleas. This is a safe and natural treatment process that does not damage furniture or release any toxic chemicals into the air.
Residual Treatment –After vacuuming and steaming, we often dust cracks and crevices with diatomaceous earth, a natural pesticide. This is particularly helpful in areas that cannot be treated with steam, such as electrical outlets. In cases of severe infestation, we may use small amounts of pesticides.
Encasement and Monitors –We will seal off any beds, couches, chairs, or other pieces of furniture that played a role in your infestation and place monitors around them. We will return for a follow-up inspection two weeks later to make sure that the bed bugs are completely gone.