Bed Bug Extermination
Bedbug Pest Control: Greater Kalamazoo, Michigan
Integrity Pest Management offers bed bug extermination for Kalamazoo and surrounding areas. Bed bugs feed exclusively on blood. The name “bed bug” comes from the preferred habitat of warm houses and especially near or inside beds and bedding or other sleep areas. They usually feed on their hosts without being noticed.
A number of adverse health effects may result from bed bug bites, including skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms. They are not known to transmit any pathogens as disease vectors. Certain signs and symptoms suggest the presence of bed bugs; finding the insects confirms the diagnosis.
Bed bugs have been known as human parasites for thousands of years. At a point in the early 1940s, they were mostly eradicated in the developed world, but have increased in prevalence since 1995, likely due to pesticide resistance. Because infestation of human habitats has been on the increase, bed bug bites and related conditions have been on the rise as well.
Humans are being significantly impacted by bed bugs, which started to re-emerge in the 1990s as important household pests in developed countries throughout the world. If untreated or improperly treated such as by the home owner, the bed bug populations rapidly increase, and infestations will quickly spread to impact others. In multi-family living dwelling, they can impact surrounding neighbors by traveling through the walls and ductwork as well as electrical outlets.
Compared to other insects, bed bugs are more difficult and very expensive to control. Bed bug extermination can require a wide variety of treatments and necessitate multiple integrated pest management (IPM) strategies of professional pest management services. However, in part due to the high cost of professional bed bug control, the public has increasingly turned to over-the-counter (OTC) chemical products as a low-cost alternative for bed bugs. These methods applied by non-professionals could create a wider spread of the Bed bug population.
If you suspect you have bedbugs, call Integrity Pest Management today at (269) 430-1980 to get your free inspection and quote.
More About Bed Bugs
Where Bed Bugs May Be Hiding:
Controlling, let alone eradicating, this pest is extremely difficult, as bed bug resistance to insecticidal control measures to date is significant. Their ability to hide means that treatment must be extremely thorough, and it is highly recommended that the services of a professional pest control company be used. Integrity Pest Management uses highly effective treatments for bed bug extermination. You should never use bug bombs or foggers on bed bugs; they will have little effect and cause the bed bugs to move around your space even more. Even after treatment by a professional, infested mattresses or furniture may need to be discarded. Your pest control technician from Integrity Pest Management will take the time to thoroughly explain the pre-treatment and treatment process to you.
What Are Bed Bugs & How Can I Prevent Them?
Bed bugs are small, flat insects that are reddish-brown in color. Adults are about 3/16 of an inch long. Newly hatched bed bugs (nymphs) are lighter in color and about the size of a pin head. Bed bugs can’t fly but can move quickly. Bed bugs hide in small cracks and crevasses feeding primarily on human blood but will feed on other mammals if necessary. They can also live for over a year without a blood meal. Signs of bed bugs can include red spots on your mattress or bed linens, molted or shed skins and tiny red bites on your skin upon waking. However; 20% of the human population will not show any allergic reaction to the bite.
The resurgence of bed bugs has created significant concern in the pest management industry and in society overall with an increasing number of cases cropping up in apartments, hotels, homes and schools. They’re more likely to appear in a household where an individual has been traveling or has had visitors who’ve recently traveled and tend to show up in homes where used mattresses, bed frames, and other pieces of furniture have been acquired.
Bed bug infestations are difficult to prevent, given their ability to enter the home in several different ways. It’s best to call Integrity Pest Management for bed bug extermination as soon as you spot bed bugs to reduce the risk of major infestation. Read more about bed bugs here.
How to Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling:
The most common source of developing a bed bug infestation in your home is to inadvertently bring bed bugs home with you when traveling. The following is are tips from Integrity Pest Management to help you avoid bed bugs while traveling:
- Pack clothing in sealable plastic bags
- Inspect hotel rooms, especially bed mattresses, for signs of bed bug activity such as blood spots or shed bed bug skins
- Inspect your room before unpacking any luggage
- Store your luggage on a stand instead of the floor and keep it closed except when you’re using it
- Do not put your clothing in the closet or dresser
- When you return home, complete a thorough inspection of your suitcase before bringing it inside
- Immediately wash all clothing and dry on the hottest temperature acceptable to kill any bed bugs or eggs
- Vacuum your luggage before storing them again, seal the vacuum bag in a plastic bag and discard outside
Bed bugs feed exclusively on mammal blood, and most species prefer human blood. They will bite any exposed skin and their bites can cause varied reactions. Twenty percent of the population experience little or no reaction while in some the reaction can be delayed, making it difficult to identify the cause. Others may have itchy welts and some swelling. It is possible for a bite to induce a severe allergic reaction that requires treatment.
Integrity Pest Management Bed Bug Control Service:
Our process involves five steps: (1) Inspection/assessment, (2) proposal agreement/down payment & scheduling (3) Insecticide treatment (4) Follow-up inspection/treatment (5) Final, follow-up inspection/treatment
If bed bugs are confirmed, your technician will provide a proposal quote for your consideration.
Once the agreement has been accepted, we will schedule conventional or heat treatment and provide you with a pre-treatment preparation task list to prepare your home for service.
To eliminate bed bugs, our treatment protocol involves application of residual insecticides
Two additional post treatment follow-up visits, 1-2 weeks later, are performed to confirm complete control.
Integrity Pest Management’s whole home treatments come with a 30-day guarantee. Some restrictions apply.