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Professional Bed Bug Removal

We always recommend calling a professional vs. attempting to solve a bed bug problem yourself. Professionals have the experience, equipment and access to insecticides that aren't always as easily available to home owners. The biggest downside of hiring a bed bug exterminator is cost, which can include a charge for the inspection and a separate charge for treatment. Together this can cost $750 or more. For this reason we suggest:

Don't be shy about asking questions as they move through the home. Reputable contractors should be willing and able to explain to you what they're doing, why they're doing it and how they're going to treat your problem. Some also offer or refer dog services, employing specially trained dogs to sniff out evidence of bugs.

Be advised: Sprays merely kill the adult bed bugs which means the eggs that have already been laid will hatch into the same problem approximately one month later. This is why other exterminators will tell you it will take multiple treatments

Bed Bugs Size

As you can see from the image below, this bug could easily be missed; the baby (1st instar) is extremely hard to find and is almost transparent until its first feeding! Notice how their body elongates and turn a reddish-brow color as they fill themselves with blood?

When Bed Bugs Die

Bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide emitted by their hosts. For this reason, they tend to feed at night on bare skin that is exposed while sleeping. However, they are opportunistic insects and will consume a blood meal during the day, especially in heavily-infested areas. Although bed bugs prefer to feed on humans, they will feed on other warm-blooded hosts as well.

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Thanks loubugs. I thought it was a 1st instar, so it's helpful to know it isn't the smallest size. I thought only the 1st instars were clear like that. It was about the size of a tick. The ones the exterminator found were like the size of a poppy seed and were barely visible. I was told that all bed bugs still look like bugs and are visible to the naked eye.But maybe they were in fact 1st instars. They were just so, so small I could barely see them.

Who Get Bed Bugs

Because many of the pictures I’m showing you are close ups, you might not realize how small they really are; an adult bed bug is the size of an apple seed except that it has legs and skin-piercing mouthparts to bite you with! And get this, when they are born, they are only a millimeter in size and because they are almost transparent, they blend in with the background (like your body).

This image is a great example of what you’ll look for when trying to spot an infestation. Simply lift up the mattress out of the frame and if you see something that looks like this, then you need to act, and fast! Send us a photo if you do!

Where Bed Bugs From

When completely fed, the bed bug changes its form slightly. It becomes a little longer and thinner. If you notice any of these, it means they’ve just finished feeding and best to not be smashed as it this will leave a blood spot on your sheet, mattress or furniture.

robinsmom, You have to be able to see the insect and a magnifier helps. I don't know why the PCO only found the small ones except if females had laid eggs and these hatched on or about the same time, there would be a small mass of a few of them.

Without exception, the bed bugs grows exponentially with additional 0.5mm and becomes 2.5mm long. It still needs another blood meal for the next molt stage and doesn’t change its appearance significantly

What Bed Bugs Are Attracted To

Fleas are significantly smaller than the bed bugs but this can hardly be seen with naked eye. The average size of an adult flea is 3mm which is about 2 times smaller then the average adult bed bug (5.5mm – 6mm).

Why Bed Bugs Stink

How big do bed bugs get, you probably wonder, don’t you? When completely grown, adult bed bugs can reach a size of about 5.5mm long. While feeding with blood their diameter grows mostly in length. This means that right after the feast a bed bug can significantly increase the size of its diameter and becomes about 6mm long.

Bed bug biology naturally promotes infestation. Female bed bugs lay one to five eggs per day, or an average of 540 eggs in a lifetime. They typically lay their eggs in cracks or rough surfaces. Bed bug nymphs grow to full adulthood in about 21 days and go through five stages of development before they reach maturity. A bed bug will molt once during each stage of development, though a blood meal is required for a molt. An adult bed bug can live for several months without a blood meal.

Bed Bugs Without Infestation

During the first stage of the larva, the bed bug grows in size a little bit and reaches a length of about 1.5mm. In this phase, the bed bug isn’t sexually mature yet and the nymph need to complete a molt stage that may happen only after the first blood meal. In this phase the insect is usually white or light yellow.

Why Bed Bugs Come Out At Night

This is the last larva stage of the bed bug and it’s also the phase during which the bed bug goes through molt stage for the last time. At this time the bed bug increases its size significantly with about 1.5mm and becomes 4.5mm long. This growth is 3 times higher than in the previous stages.

When Bed Bugs Attack

That's a bed bug nymph. Not a 1st instar nymph, but a few more sizes down the line. Not sure of its relative size. The first instars are around 1 mm. Too bad you hadn't posted any pictures of what the PCO was IDing from your bed.

When Bed Bugs Bite Does It Hurt

Before viewing the following slides, let me first give you an idea of what you’ll be looking at by showing you bed bugs caught in their natural habitat! Let’s start with a close up picture of an entire life-cycle, from eggs, to shell casings, and finally to maturity. Keep in mind that this infestation went hidden for a very long time before being discovered!

The first things to look out for is bug bite marks on the skin and other possible symptoms before assuming a bug invasion. A correct identification is necessary for the proper treatment needed, if any. The picture below shows what bed bug bites look like. If you or one of your children have bites likes this and they are sore and itchy, it could well be the result of bedbugs. It’s always best to check with a doctor just to make sure it isn’t some other condition. See the bed bug pictures and photos below to get an idea of what to look out for. For pictures of baby bed bugs click here

Bed Bugs With Infants

Adult males are smaller than females and are uniformly brown in color. Nymphs are between 1-2 mm long, also eight-legged and larvae are less than 1 mm long (about poppy seed sized) and have only 6 legs.

This is the 7th and final phase of the bed bug’s life cycle. It’s the time when the bed bugs reaches its limits in terms of size and maturity. It becomes about 5.5mm long and is now able to take repeated meals instead of just one. There aren’t any molt stages at this time.

The company that prepped me said that they too found no signs of infestation in my apartment and they think that Bell might be making up that they found the bugs in my boxspring, particularly because what Bell showed me were so tiny. Are there any bugs that are that small? What incentive or motivation would a PCO have to lie about finding actual bugs? Is it really possible to just have one bug at this nymph stage? Very confused, and I'm moving across the country in 3 weeks and trying to decide how I treat this infestation (or not). Thanks for the advice.

Can Bed Bugs Live On Your Body

My building responded immediately by having a K9 inspection of all surrounding units and found no other signs of bugs, and while the nymph clearly has blood, I did not have responses to bites until a few days later which appeared on my hands (3 sets in lines of 3). I prepped by apartment to be treated and when they arrived for the first treatment, the actual exterminators inspected while spraying and claimed they found the bugs in my boxspring. My encasement had torn. He showed me a number of dots of what they claimed were bed bugs on a sticky piece of paper. They were hardly visible to the naked eye and were smaller than the size of poppy seeds. They did not look like bugs - almost like specs of dust. I was so freaked out and didn't take pics or ask further questions, except "how do you see that"? And they said it was that they are experienced and had been doing it a long time.

General Bed Bug Information

Bed Bug Specialists Near Me

Andy calmly walked me through everything that needed to be done, and responded quickly every time I called. He easily accommodated my tricky timing of things, and 2 weeks after moving no sign of bugs at new place (though our apt was never really infested, the one downstairs was)

Bed Bug Treatment Cost

If you have ever called around to get information regarding bed bug control services, you’ve likely noticed that it isn’t exactly cheap. Be assured that Superb Bed Bug Treatment Specialists offers competitive pricing and rates for every service offered, including bed bugs.

This review is coming a bit late, as I was pretty busy with my move. I have to say though - if i could give 10 stars I would. Andy is an angel. He walked me through everything and answered all my questions calmly and professionally (and so nicely!!!). When my movers backed out because of the bugs, I freaked out to him and he gave me a list of moving companies they've worked with in the past. I picked one and the price, the customer service, really the entire experience couldn't have gone smoother or been easier. Seriously. I can't stress enough how amazing BBFS was. Now, 2 weeks out of my move with no sign of any bugs, I know that vikane with BBFS was the way to go! Plus they have a guarantee for a YEAR. So, I mean, come on. Bed bugs are a nightmare, and BBFS is the remedy. 10 million stars for BBFS. For real.

Bed Bug Treatment With Pets

As with any pest, if you suspect or realize you have bed bugs you’re likely trying to figure out where they may have come from. Unfortunately, they’re becoming more common in many places so it’s hard to rule out any destination where people can be found frequently.

Bed Bug Treatment For Dogs

An inspection helps us determine the right course of action and the level of severity in your particular case. If you do something about it quickly when you suspect the pests, it will be less stressful to eliminate them. It is not a cheap pest to treat for so it’s always best to avoid and prevent them as best as you can.

Bed bugs are small, apple-seed size pests that like to feed on your blood at night and hide during the day time. Their flat and oval and while mostly brown in color, if you discover one that just finished feeding it will be elongated in size and more red in color. Because of their delicate size it’s hard to spot them if you aren’t aware of where to look. If something is biting you at night it’s likely that bed bugs are a potential cause, however fleas and other pests can also bite. For that reason we suggest, and sometimes require, a bed bug inspection so that you can receive the appropriate treatment for the right pest.

Look no further. This is the only sure, one stop shop to get rid of all the bedbugs+eggs in all your clothes, furniture, matress and electronics overnight. Literally. I have used Andy 's services twice now and it has been a godsend. The first was about three years ago when I was leaving an infestated apartment. Management wouldn't do anything so I call Andy and loaded everything into the truck. Drop it off and the next day everything is killed. The eggs, everything. It is very satisfying unpacking and finding dead bugs. Then a few months ago I found myself in the same situation and I immedeatly called Andy. He is attentive, compassionate and readily available to answer any and all questions.   This is the only way to KNOW everything is taken care of. LOOK NO FURTHER.

What Is Bed Bug Treatment

We specialize in bed bugs so we have the skill and experience to properly inspect, advise and treat the issue correctly. Our bed bug control technicians know where to look for these pesky little bed bugs and signs to look for that indicate active bed bugs.

Wow is all I can say. After dealing with BBs for almost a year, we decided we had two options: throw out all of our things and buy all new things, or fumigate with Vikane gas.  After doing research on Vikane and the two companies that perform the fumigation in NY, we decided on BBFS.  I called and spoke directly with Andy.  He not only told us what to do (how to pack, what could be fumigated, etc) but he gave us several options for movers (++ choose your own!) and a K9 inspection team. Leading up to the fumigation, Andy was available for my paranoid questions (ha) minor freak outs (haha) and random emails (I really hate these bugs).  Although I never met him in person, he was friendly, efficient on the phone and accessible. Granted, we are early to determine if this was a full on victory - however - there is a 90 day guarantee that if we have bugs again, we will be refumigated for free. (Since we got the K9 inspection...SO WORTH THE PIECE OF MIND!)  Andy's knowledge, calming personality/demeanor and excellent customer service helped us through an extremely stressful time. As the other poster mentioned...the paranoia is starting to go away, very slowly.  I really hope I never have to talk to Andy again-but if you need fumigation and want to deal with professionals all the way, BBFS is the way to go.

The short review - Andy is amazing. If you have Bed Bugs, or think you have them, call Bed Bug Fumigation Specialists. It doesn't matter where you live (ie- not in NY), Andy will help and he will refer you to an affiliated local Bed Bug Specialist. The long review - keep reading. Andy is amazing. He returned my call in less than 5 minutes - and it was fortunate the company stays open until 7pm! I was panicking because I have a Bed Bug infestation in the condo I leased, and I have less than 48 hours before I have to move out. And what I fear most is the Bed Bugs following me to my new home. I "thought" the Bed Bugs were gone since the landlords had hired their preferred pest company to treat the demons. However, it was clear from the continual bites and welts on my skin, the two "treatments" hadn't worked. I won't dwell on the obvious --- Bed Bug eggs, the trail of their dung and bits of blood on the sheets, not to mention the lint filter in the dryer that continued to collect hundreds of dead and dehydrated Bed Bugs. Apparently, the bugs were alive and well and breeding. Back to Andy. Thankfully, (yet unfortunate they had to suffer the BB wrath) a friend referred me to Bed Bug Fumigation Specialists - and Andy. He patiently and thoroughly answered all of my questions. He explained in layman terms the lifecycle of Bed Bugs, what they look like, what kills them, why I was still being devoured, and he continued to answer more than a dozen other questions. Andy then referred me to a local BB Specialist (I am in FL). I am confident my vehicle, clothes and other items will be treated ASAP, and that this will be the first, last and only BB incident I ever have. Stay tuned.

I called Andy based on recommendations from others even though I do not live in the area. He took the time to explain to me how to handle an unfortunate situation where I moved into an apartment that had bedbugs. After assuring me that Vikane was the only way to go and explaining why, he referred me to places in Los Angeles that perform the service. I appreciated that he shared his knowledge with me. Anyone who has had bedbugs will know how emotionally draining it can be, and how meaningful it is when someone takes the time to help you.

Bed Bug Fumigation Specialists is quite simply the best in the business! After a failed heat treatment with another company left me feeling hopeless, I was fortunate enough to call BBFS. With Andy's help and a successful fumigation I am now bed bug free! First of all the customer service that this company provides goes above and beyond. At this point in my bed bug nightmare I was a depressed, neurotic mess - I called way too many times, kept asking the same questions albeit worded slightly differently, and yeah I even broke down in tears. None of that deterred Andy. He personally answered every call, patiently listened to every question (sometimes more than once),and was detailed and thorough when explaining the fumigation process. He assured me that the fumigation would work for me and kept my (fragile) sanity in check. He is extremely knowledgeable, trustworthy,  and most importantly helped me get rid of the bugs. Also the cost of fumigation treatment is surprisingly affordable compared to other options. There are no words that can adequately express my gratitude for how Andy helped me and my family. Thank you Andy, you are a gentleman and a scholar!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Bed Bug Removal:

Did The Mexicans Bring Bed Bugs To The Us?
I'Ve Been Wondering That Since A Lot Of My Neighbors Claim That'S Where They Originated From Before They Infested The United States. We Can'T Get Rid Of Them Because We Live In A Town Full Of Mexicans. And We Did Everything You Could Think Of To Get Rid Of Them:Wash Bedding & Clothes, Discard Our Old Furniture And Got New Furniture, And Have Weekly Or Monthly Extermination Spraying!

No, your neighbors must be a bunch of ignorant racists. Bedbugs were brought to the New World by European colonists.

From Wiki:
"Bed bugs were mentioned in ancient Greece as early as 400 BC, and were later mentioned by Aristotle. Pliny's Natural History, first published circa 77 AD in Rome."

Bed Bug Treatments That Work?
Hi, I Have Been Dealing With Bed Bugs For About Two Months Now. I Had To Throw Away My Bed And Box Spring. Found Out They Were Also In My Brothers Room. I Have Tryed The Typical Sprays And Since Ive Thrown My Bed Set Away They Have Gotten Much Better But Still Seeing Them. But Im So Miserable Since I Found Them And Had To Get Rid Of My Bed, Its Just Been A Nightmare. I Just Want To Know What Truly Works So I Can Be Bed Bug Free. And Not Ripped Off. But I Cant Afford And Exterminator. And I Feel I Am At The End Of The Infestation But Just Need A Boost To Knock Them Out Completely. Please Help Me So I Can Live In Peace Again And Start Being Happy :( Im So Tired And Strung Out From The Stress And Frustration. I Hear So Much Different Things. This Works Great! Then Same Product, This Was Terrible And Didnt Work For Me! I Just Wanna Know What Does Work So I Can Get A New Bed And Move Past This Nightmare. Thank Fully They Are Only In My Room Though And Not The Living Room Or Anything. Thank You For Your Time And Consideration. :)

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs – used by Pest Control Companies
The method most used by pest control companies is a mixture of steam treatment and insecticide, usually a solution with d-Phenothrin mixed in. d-Phenothrin is a non-systemic insecticide which is effective by contact and as a stomach poison. Used for power-spray, mist, thermal fog, aerosol and ULV applications. The major use of d-phenothrin is in the control of nuisance insects such as bed bugs and human lice.
There is mixed opinions on the bed bugs ability to detect insecticide; because of this, some companies are now using Chlorfenapyr which is non-repellent and effective for a period of ti
Below, we cover steam treatment and what you need to know, plus mention a few other methods of pest control.
Steam Treatment
Steam is the most common method of pest control and will eliminate all stages of the bed bug, but not necessarily all bedbugs. Studies suggest that steam treatment followed by insecticides is a better solution than insecticides alone; the bugs that steam misses will be have to make it through the insecticide increasing your odds of success.
Not all steam cleaners work and it’s suggested that you select a cleaner that has the following:

Heat Treatment
Bed bugs are very sensitive to heat and are rapidly killed when exposed to temperatures over 45°C. If your are using heat to kill the bed bugs, it needs to happen as fast as possible or the gradual temperature increase will cause the bugs to scatter and possibly lead to further infestation, such as to the room next door or the floor above, etc.
When using heat to control your infestation, remember that some material is more resistant to heat than others, such as your mattress or couch; if they are in there, the temperature may not be as hot as the surrounding area.
WARNING: Also be aware that some items will explode, such as aerosol can which state on the label of the container to not store them in temperatures greater than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. 114 degrees Fahrenheit is recommended for bed bugs and care should be taken not to exceed this temperature! Also consider photographs and heat sensitive materials when considering this type of pest control.

What Causes Bed Bugs?
Please Help And How Do I Get Rid Of Them

Either sleeping in a bed that has them, or having someone sleep in your bed that has them.

A professional is the BEST way to get rid of them.

Where Can I Buy Bed Bug Mattress Protectors?
I'Ve Got Bed Bugs In My Mattress And I Want To Get A Mattress Protector To Keep Them From Biting Me. I Saw Protect-A-Bed But It'S Way To Expensive! Is There A Good Site Where They'Re More Affordable?

Putting a protector on your mattress won't keep them from biting you as they are probably nesting somewhere besides your mattress anyway. The protectors can be found at any big store like walmart...just a plain old plastic mattress cover is what it'll be. You need to call an exterminator to rid your home of these very very hard to kill pests. Extreme heat is the only sure fire (no pun intended) thing that will get rid of them. The treatment consists of heating your house to almost oven like temperatures for a specific amount of time and sealing everything off.

Can A Flea Bomb Kill Bed Bugs?
I Think I Have Bed Bugs And Am Using A Bedbug /Flea Spray But Not Working .

You have to spray directly on the bed bugs. Locate them by looking into creases and folds where they hide then treat directly.
There are very inexpensive traps (composed of sticky substance and cardboard) that can be placed under legs of furniture to prevent them form crawling aboard, but if they're already aboard then it is what it is.

When you do see them, use sticky tape "Packing tape" to remove the eggs and bugs that are present. (It's very effective) and a good way to hold them in place to get a good look under a magnifying glass. A good idea being you indicated you may not be sure you have them. Find a few and find out for sure. Here's a few images of them for reference.
Bombs typically never work because the bugs (Living in folds and creases) are not exposed to the poison. Locate them, remove as many as possible with sticky tape, then spot treat their location found.
Placing any loose bedding and other items in a dryer on high for 15-20 minutes would be a good precaution to kill the ones you may not locate.
If possible placing items outside in freezing temps for a few days will kill them too.

If You Sit Something With Bed Bugs In It Outside Would The Bed Bugs Leave?
If You Sit Something With Bed Bugs In It Outside Would The Bed Bugs Leave

One common natural remedy people propose for bed bugs is to leave things that are infested outdoors, hoping that either cold weather or the heat will kill them off. This is a remedy that will get you mixed results. For some people, it works very well - which is why people keep telling everyone to use it. Often, however, there will still be some alive even if you've put stuff out in extreme temperatures. Why? Because the temperature isn't evenly distributed, for one. Let's say you put a mattress outside in the winter. Parts of it will get very cold, especially the exterior. But inside, it wouldn't get that cold - and it might not be cold enough to get rid of them. For another, it takes pretty extreme temperatures - either above 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below zero. If you're trying to freeze them out, it takes a week or two for them to die.

Bed Bugs?? Where Do They Live?
Do Bed Bugs Live Only In Matress?? Xd

They can, do, and will live ANYWHERE in your home. On the carpet, in the rugs, on the couch, in the TV, in your computer, in the electrical sockets, on your bed, in your bed, in your box spring, in your comforter, in your clothes, in your bookcases, your desk, literally anywhere.

I know all about this wicked problem. I've dealt with it myself. They can live anywhere. But they like your bed the most, because that's where they can eat your blood the easiest. They know you'll be laying there like an all-you-can-eat buffet all night.

I hate bed bugs. I hope they all suffer miserable deaths and go to bed bug hell.

I Found One Bed Bug, What Should I Do To Prevent More?
So I Felt Something Crawling On Me When I Was Sleeping And I Automactically Slapped It, When I Check What It Was It Was Just Lots Of Blood On My Hand And What I Found Was A Bug When I Showed My Boyfriend, He Said It Was A Bed Bug, I Know For A Fact He Brought It From His Aunts House Where They Once Had Complete Infestation And From What I Heard They'Re Not As Bas As They Use To Be.. I'M All Freaking Out Because I Know How Bad They Can Be My House Is Old And Full Of Holes And Cracks And I'M Just Scared That I Won'T Be Able To Get To Them In Time For Anymore , Keep In Mind I'Ve Only Killed One So Far .... What Measures Should I Take??

First off, I am a licensed Pest Control Technician.

Do not throw your bed out.. that is ridiculous and will cost you more money to replace than the cost of most professional treatments.

One bed bug does not mean more bed bugs. Only the females lay eggs if it was a lone male that you picked up in Your travels it could be the only one.

Heat does work to kill bed bugs. Some research shows that it is very difficult to heat the void between the inner wall and the outer wall of the home where bed bugs harbor themselves... so negative on that.

There is a product called Climb-up Insect Interceptor. Look them up on the internet. They might be on sale at Bed Bath & Beyond. The are simply installed under the legs of your bed and will catch any bed bugs trying to get at you during the night.

If you find bed bugs it is best to call in a licensed pest control professional. They have products available that you as a consumer cannot purchases that if used correctly willeradicatee the Bed Bugs.

Bed Bugs? What Should They Do?
So I Go To Job Corps In Eastern Nc, And I Am A Very Clean Person. I Wash My Clothes And Shower Twice Daily. It Has Came Out That There Is A Epidemic Of People With Bed Bugs. Im So Worried. We All Use The Same Washing Machines, None Of My Roommates Have It Because I Consulted With Them. What Can I Do Im So Worried. We Go Home In A Week For Thanksgiving. Anything I Can Buy Or Do?

Bed bugs are nasty little critters, and a pain to get rid of.
Avoiding people who have them, or their clothes, will make no difference, they nest inside little holes (in the wood of your bed, where the screws are for example) in your bed, not in clothes.
That's all I know,
I hope you don't get them.

Bug Bites?
Every Time My Daughter Wakes Up In The Morning It Looks Like She Has A Bug Bite. The Red Puffy Part Will Go Away But Now She Has Little White Bumps.Not Alot But A Few. Any Idea On What It Might Be.She Is Only 8 Months Old.

Sounds to me like you need to get rid of her bed in her crib or wherever she is sleeping.You need to inspect the area to where she lays.Could be bed bugs if they are bumps close to eachother.One can bite and she could have a reaction to them.If she is only getting them when she gets up then that is a strong possibility.You should take her to a doctor because you don't know if she could be allergic to something.The red bumps i would think a bug bite but the white bumps not sure.Have you changed detergents?Soap?etc.Go check it out this can be dangerous especially for an 8 month old.

Bed Bug Situation...?
This Might Be A Little Long So I'M Sorry For That :) My Boyfriend And I Moved Into An Apartment The Last Week In April. The First Week In May We Discovered We Had Bed Bugs. We Notified The Complex Immediately And They Sent Over An Exterminator. We Started The Two Month Extermination The First Week Of June. We Have No Idea Where The Bed Bugs Originated From. It Could Be Our Neighbors (Im Pretty Sure Were Are Not The Only Unit That Has Them In A 200 Unit Complex), Maybe A Friend That Stopped By. Anyway, We Had Our Last Extermination Last Monday And We Still Have Them. We Feel Sort Of Stuck. The Apartment Did Pay For The Whole Thing (Washington State Law I Think) What Steps Do We Take? We Have Written Them Two E-Mails And Told The Complex That We Still Have The Bugs, And No Response. What Can We Do Legally? Should I Contact The Health Department? Demand A Different Unit? Break The Lease? I Guess I Just Need Some Guidance!

I'd get me a good atty who specializes in this area. Best Wishes!!!

Bites, Droppings? Do I Have Bed Bugs?
I Keep Waking Up With Red Bites That Look Like Mosquito Bites, With Visible Holes Where The Bite Makes Are. The Bites Don'T Line Up, But Are Scattered Across My Arms And Legs. I'Ve Scoured My Mattress And Found Small Black Solid Specks With In The Divets Of The Mattress. (Droppings?) For The Past Two Weeks, My Room Has Smelled Like A Teenage Boy... I Live In A Duplex In Chicago. I Take Public Transit Regularly. Please Help.

Bed bugs hide during the day so you have to look under pillows and in the crooks and cracks around the bed.

But with the droppings and bites you most likely do have them. It takes a LOT to get rid of them too.

Bed Bugs In Building, Not My Unit : Throw Mattress Away When I Move Anyway Or Keep It?
3 Or 4 Apartments That I Know Of Have Been Infested With Bed Bugs In The B Uilding I Live In. None Of The Ones I Know Of Are Adjoining To Mine. There Are Some On The Same Floor Which There Is A Big Hallway The Bed Bugs Could Have Travelled Down. Were Not Getting Bites And I Examined My Matttress Did Not Find Any Signs Of Bed Bugs (The Poop Stains Etc..) Were Moving To A New Place. Do I Need To Throw Out Our Mattresses ??? To Be On The Safe Side, Or No Since We Dont Have Them (As Far As I Can Tell)

No matter what you do use caution. Bed bugs can spread from units above and below yours (7% chance).

I wouldn't throw out the mattress, however, I would protect it in a bed bug proof zippered cover. You can buy a lower cost one from WalMart or Amazon (links provided below). I would also protect the box spring.

Bed bugs can travel in any item you remove from the building, and as you noted, they can hop on during transport through the building. Some suggestions for you include:

1. Packing everything in sealed containers. A very inexpensive approach is to use Ziploc Double Zipper Big bags.
2. Wash all clothes when you arrive in hot water.
3. Use a mover that has a heat chamber. This is a big room where all of your belongings (including the mattress) can be heated to the temperatures required to kill bed bugs and bed bug eggs (120 to 140F).
4. Buy a packtite. These units are about the size of a piece of luggage and are like a mini portable heat chamber. You can treat items yourself before bringing them into your new home.

There Are Bugs In My Bed - But Where?
I Keep Getting Bitten By Bugs Whenever I Sleep In My Bed. My Room Is Spotless. I Never Have Any Sort Of Food In There And All My Stuff Is Washed Thoroughly And Often. That Includes My Sheets, Blankets, Pillow Cases, And The Pillows Themselves. I Can'T Figure Out What'S Going On. Should I Just Replace The Mattress Itself Or What? The Floor Is Marble Through The Entire Apartment, So They'Re Not Hiding In The Carpet Or Something.

Bed bugs hide in the seams of your mattress. You may have brought them in on a piece of luggage from a recent trip to somewhere. At any rate try using your favorite search engine and search on how to get rid of bedbugs.
After-wards, placing your mattress into a plastic envelope will help keep any residual begs from accessing you. (The kind of plastic case like one would use for bed wetters). It envelopes the entire mattress all the way around. Walmart and other fine stores have them. :-)
Eventually they will starve and die inside the plastic case. muhahahahahahaha

Where Else Do Bed Bugs Live Besides Beds?
Can Bed Bugs Jump From The Bed To Carpet Or Clothes Or Where Else Can They Live And How Can I Prevent Them From Getting In My House? Any Good Bedbug Spray?

Hey Seán,

As previously mentioned, bed bugs cannot jump and they are wingless, which means they have little chance of traveling any distance in the air besides what gravity will offer them ;)

I have seen them climbing up onto beds, to prevent this I have used double sided tape on the legs of my bed and furniture as shown here (around the 4th picture or so)

Otherwise, there is a substance called Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) that is a safe, non-toxic method of getting rid of bed bugs, highly recommended.

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Bed Bugs, Ew.??
I Think I May Have Bed Bugs. I Have A Few Little Bites All Over My Body And I Got Back From A Trip 3 Weeks Ago. But I Am The Only One Being Bitten. My Boyfriend Is Not Being Bitten, And Our Roommate Is Not Either (In Another Room). I Haven'T Noticed Any Blood On My Sheets. If There Are Only A Few, Can I Get Rid Of Them Easily?

remove the sheets from the bed and check along the seems of the mattress. thats where they like to hide. if you have bed bugs at all then say goodbye to your mattress. you have to throw it out. they get into the actual inside and lay eggs. then you need someone to come and spray the entire house. I worked with a lady who's apartment building got infested with them and she had to throw away the mattress and the whole building needed to be evacuated. there is no easy way to get rid of them. for the future...when you go on vacation, always check the beds for bed bugs before settling in.

If I Move Out Of An Apartment With Bed Bugs, Will I Take Them With Me?
My Bedroom Is Infected With Bed Bugs. They Came And Sprayed On Thursday, Today Is Sunday And I'M Still Waking Up With New Bites. They'Ve Offered To Move Me To A Different Building, But How Do I Know I'M Not Going To Bring All The Bed Bugs With Me?

Bed bugs are simple to deal with if you are willing to put forth some effort.

You did the first step, you sprayed.

Wash ALL bedding and pillows in hot water. Dry on warm to hot setting.

Vacuum the bed. Not just the top, but the sides, and bottom.

Inspect the bed to see if there are any nests, and vacuum those up. Vacuum all around where the bed is.

Once you do all that, you may want to consider, if you are moving, to have your mattress covered in plastic and sealed. That way any surviving bed bugs can't really get to you.

Bed bugs also tend to come out about an hour before daybreak (how they know the time is beyond me :) ). If you are willing, you can use a flashlight to try to figure out where they are coming from, to see if maybe there is a nest somewhere you didn't find.

May be easier to do that then move, but that's a person decision.

Good luck, and hope you get your infestation cleared out. But key thing is vacuum your bed completely and wash all bedding, even pillows, in hot water.

Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?
Yesterday I Hoovered My Matress And Changed My Bed Clothes With Fresh Clean Ones. Then Last Night I Got Bitten Twice...Strangely Enough In The Exact Same Place On Each Leg - On The Inside Thigh. I Haven'T Been Bitten In Bed For A Good While, So Would Least Expect It To Happen After Hoovering And Change The Bed Cloths. Any Ideas?

There are a couple of common ways you can get an infestation:

1) Living in an apartment. Bed bugs often live or crawl in the spaces in between walls as well, and if your neighbors have them, you could as well. That also can make it harder for you to permanently get rid of them, since you've got a potential source until your neighbors take care of their own infestation.

2) Travel. Many hotels have infestations. With international travel, this is even more likely. Bed bugs will often crawl into your luggage and get carried back into your home, and all it takes is one to get an infestation started there, too.

3) Clothing. Sometimes they could get into your house by crawling onto your clothes randomly - but this is actually pretty rare.

4) Used furniture or clothing. This is more common - if you buy used clothes or used furniture, sometimes there can be bed bugs in them (they don't just live in beds, but anywhere near where people sleep). If you bought something used and bring it into your house, that could be where you picked up your own set of bugs.

5) Your occupation. If you regularly go into other people's houses for some reason, you could easily bring bed bugs back with you that way. If you're the cable guy, a plumber, or anybody who goes into other people's houses, you're at risk.

6) Guests. If someone stays at your house, they could bring them over with them. One big source of this is students coming home for the holidays - the dorm rooms could easily pick up an infestation given how many people are coming in and out all the time from all over.

7) Wild animals. This is a kind of rare way people have gotten them, but sometimes people have had animals get into their house for a short period and bring them in with them. Birds and bats are the most common offenders.

Nearly eradicated for the past half-century in the industrialized world, Bed Bugs are now making a come back.


How Do I Check A Possible Rental Apartment For Bed Bugs?
Im Going To See An Apartment I'M Interested In And It Is Not Listed On The Bed Bug Registry... But Is There A Way I Can Look While I'M Viewing The Apartment To See If There Could Be Bed Bugs (Just In Case)?

Bed bugs can hide in the baseboards, inside the walls and in the typical hiding places such as a mattress. The best way to do it is to purchase an inexpensive bed bug trap that uses carbon dioxide to draw out the bed bugs. I've attached a resource where you can get an inexpensive unit. Leave it in the apartment overnight to see what it traps.

If you cannot buy a trap, you can hire an exterminator with a bed bug sniffing dog. This is 98% accurate and will also detect bedbugs hiding in the walls. If this isn't an option, check along and under the baseboards in the bedroom. Take a thin object such as a wire brush or even a credit card and pull it under the baseboard. See if you dislodge any hiding bed bugs. Another trick is to hold a hair dryer for about 30 seconds on a few sections of baseboard. The heat should cause the bed bugs to move.

Last, ask the landlord. In Maine and New York City as landlord has to disclose if their were bed bug treatments in the past 12 months. Also, ask tenants who live on each side of the apartment, and also the tenant that lives above and below the apartment you are thinking of renting. Tips are provided in the second resource.

How Do I Get Rid Of Bed Bugs?
I Have Tried Everything From Bug Bombs To Hiring A Exterminator, But I Still Have Them

Bug bombs are ineffective for eliminating bed bugs. Several products and steps are needed to get rid of this problem, which are outlined in the resource below.

Specifically you will need a bed bug mattress safe spray that kills bed bugs and bed bug eggs, a vacuum, a crack and crevice spray and bed bug dust. You will also need zippered covers for the mattress and box spring. All items that can be washed should be washed on hot water followed by 20 to 30 minutes in the dryer.

Also, most exterminators gaurantee their work. It is common for exterminators to come back 2 or 3 times to finish their work. The reason is that bed bugs eggs are very hard to spot and kill. Late hatching bed bugs will reinfest a room. The bed bug dust is used as a last step in the process to attach to any of these missed bugs.

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