In most cases, we can't be sure where the bedbugs come from. However, we know one thing for sure....you want to be rid of them!
That said, many of our clients have questions regarding bedbugs. We have compiled a list of the most common questions that our clients ask us regarding bedbugs. Click on the blocks to the right (or below on a mobile phoe) to see the answers.
Bedbugs can enter your house in a variety of ways, including through
luggage or clothing after travelling. They can also be brought in with used furniture or bedding, or by
hitching a ride on pets or other animals.
These are the top 5 ways that You might have gotten Bedbugs.
Have you been travelling recently?
Have you recently stayed at a hotel, air Airbnb, or regular Bed and Breakfast?
Have you recently stayed or visited a friends house and found out later that they had bedbugs?
Have you purchased a piece of second hand furniture recently?
You may see live bedbugs, they are typically
reddish-brown in colour, and about the size and shape of an apple seed.
If you are lucky, there are still only a few.
You may get bites, especially while sleepingbecause Bedbugs typically feed on your blood while you're sleeping,
leaving behind itchy, red bite marks on your skin. These bites may be
grouped together in a line or cluster.
When they are present in larger numbers:
You may see blood stains. After feeding, bedbugs may leave small bloodstains on your bedding or clothing.
You may see fecal matterwhich looks like small, dark specks.
You may find this on your bedding or near the areas where bedbugs are
Eventually, when there are enough of them, they will be hard to miss!
Allergic Reactions. While bedbugs don't usually spred disease, sometimes you can get a moderate or severe allergic reaction to their saliva. This could require medical intervention.
Secondary Infections. The bites itch. Sometimes way more than a mosquito bite, and for longer. When scratched or irritated by clothing the bites can become raw and infections can occur.
Property Damage. While bedbugs don't actively destroy houses and furniture like termites, they do make a huge mess when an infestation occurrs. Also, when furniture gets too infested it is often easier to throw it out than it is to repeatedly spray it until att the bedbugs are gone. Also, mattresses and bedding can become stained with bllod and bedbug fecal material.
Insomnia. People often worry about being bitten during the night. So much so that they are unable to sleep, or end up on the couch. Either way, lack of sleep will affect your mental and physical health.
Isolation. Bedbugs can be carried to your friends homes in your clothing etc. This is not a present that you wont to give to any of your friends or family. Until you ar rid of them, you should more or less quarrantine yourselves from other homes. If the recent pandemic taught us anything, it is that people do not like being isolated from friends and family.
Retail sprays may slow the spread of bedbugs, but will rarely eradicate them. Professional application of high quality treatments offer you the best chance of complete eradication. There are 2 industry standard treatments for bedbugs. Insecicides & heat treatment.
This treatment involves sparaying the affected area with a pesticide that works well on bedbugs. This includes, baseboards, under beds and in any cracks that the bedbugs could hide in.
This treatment involves connecting a powerful furnace to your home and heating your home to 50+ degrees for a period of 3-4 hours. This ussually kills all of the bedbugs, but is very expensive.
we go the extra mile
In addition to these treatments, we perform several other treatments that other pest control companies don't do. Our proprietary extras significantly increase the likelihood that we get the bedbugs the first time around. Give us a call at (416) 646-9711 (or email us)
, and we'll explain how our process is simply better.
Once the bedbugs have been eradicated you will have to take a few simple steps to prevent a re-infestation.
While it is likely that all the bedbugs were killd when exposed to the insecticide, it is recommended that you cover your boxspring, and mattress with a "bite proof" bedbug cover. Any bugs hidden in the mattress will die.
If you travel a lot and stay in hotels you might want to consider bagging your clothing and laundering it as soon as you get home.
Read what our customers say
Our clients are the reason that we exist. That's why we love it when they are happy with our work. Here's just a couple of comments:
Our technician "Brian" was very professional with excellent customer service. He was at my house taking care of my problem within a couple of hours of my phone call. He was very attentive to the situation and checked in often with his findings and how to proceed. He provided me with advice and even took the time to give my neighbour advice too. I would highly recommend them!