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Bed Bug Questions

1. What are bed bugs? What does a bed bug look like? Can I see bed bugs? Do bed bugs fly, jump or burrow into skin? What other names do bed bugs have? If you ever heard that nursery rhyme Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite,” you know these critters bite in the night. But most of us never heard of them in real life until now. What do bed bugs look like? Briefly: 1/4” long, oval, flat, 6 legs, and reddish-brown. Some fast facts… Life Stages: Eggs hatch into nymphs. Newly hatched nymphs are tiny—about 1/16th of an inch. Nymphs—which look like small adults—become adults in 5 weeks. They go through 5 molts to reach adult size—meaning they shed their old, smaller skin 5 times. They must feed before each molt. Females can produce 5-7 eggs per week, laying up to 500 in a lifetime. Bed bugs grow fastest and lay most eggs at about 80°F. They feed only on blood. They feed when people are sleeping or sitting quietly, often when it’s dark. They seek shelter in cracks and crevices when not feeding. They poop out “blood spots.” Spots look like dots made by a fine felt-tipped marker. You’d see them near where they fed and near their hideouts. Adults can live over a year without a meal. Adults, nymphs and eggs can survive sustained heat and cold if given time to adjust. Can be found in the cleanest of clean places. But clutter makes them harder to get rid of. They have no “grooming behavior”—meaning that insecticides meant to be swallowed by roaches and flies won’t work on bed bugs. A little more… Anatomy: A bed bug has 6 legs. Its antennae point forward and are about half as long as the body—not longer. Its head is broadly attached to its body and it has no wings. Eight legs indicate a tick or mite. Six legs and long antennae with two spikes coming off the back (cerci) might be a roach nymph. Carpet beetle larvae have hairs all over their bodies. Carpet beetle adults have two hard wings. Color: A “drop of blood with legs” is probably a recently fed bed bug....

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Questions on Bed Bug Extermination

Q.        What’s the Best Way to Kill Bed Bugs? A.         Hire a Bed Bug Specialist whom only uses HEAT!  Someone only doing Bed Bug Exterminating and only uses HEAT.  That’s all they do and they do it better than the others. The Best Exterminators offer You a Guarantee/Warranty. Q.        Why Heat??? A.         Heat is the safest, fastest and most effective.  Bed Bugs have developed a very high resistant’s to pesticides but have no Resistance to HEAT. If done properly a Heat Treatment is 100% effective. Also, it is Fast, Safe and Highly Effective for you and your whole family Q.        Does any Bed Bug Treatment work every time?? A.         NO. Bed bugs are hardy and the hardest pest to kill. Bed Bugs’ high resistance to pesticide, their secretive nature and the ability of these pests to live for several months without a blood meal; makes them the hardest pest to kill. (EVER) This means they can linger in furniture, bags and suitcases for a long periods of time, and live up to 18 months without food; YOUR BLOOD. In addition, bed bugs can survive temperatures of below freezing to 122 degrees. Because of this, bed bugs are not a pest that can be treated with DIY measures. Most Professional pest control companies claim Insecticides alone probably won’t work: The EPA Experts (Environmental Protection Agency) states Insecticides alone are unlikely to defeat bedbugs, and recommend Heat as the most effective way to treat an infestation.   Q.        What is the Number #1 cause of a Bed Bug Treatment FAILURE? A.         Using a Pesticide Treatment for Exterminating Bed Bugs!  WHY?  Bed Bugs have become Highly Resistant to Pesticides, require over 1,000 times more pesticides today to kill a single bed bug than it did 30 years ago.  Even Worst, the over the counter pesticides, the DIY chemical treatments, are not strong enough to kill most Bed Bugs.  Recent surveys have shown Chemicals spray treatments have around a 50% success rate after 3 treatments.  The U of M Minneapolis Campus Dr. Stephen Kills and the EPA Experts (Environmental Protection Agency) states Insecticides alone are unlikely to defeat bedbugs, and recommend Heat as the most effective way to treat an infestation. Q.        What...

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