Bed Bugs: Prevention

In this post we’ll be talking about prevention.If you’ve been lucky enough to never had bed bugs and want to keep it that way or if you’ve had them and gotten rid of them and now just want to prevent ever getting them again, keep reading.

 

As I stated in the Bed Bugs. What are they ANYONE can get bed bugs, even the cleanest homes and hotels are not immune, so there are steps you can take in order to try and prevent your home from getting bed bugs.

 

Regular inspection and house cleaning can help prevent an infestation of bed bugs and can also help discover if you have bed bugs. If you are regularly inspecting you bed and furniture then you will be able to catch them before you have a really bad infestation.

 

Cleaning up clutter, sealing cracks and crevices and fixing peeling wallpaper can help to prevent an infestation as well because it will reduce the number of places available to bed bugs for hiding and living.

 

Other ways to prevent bringing bed bugs into your home include being extremely cautious when buying second-hand furniture and clothing as you could potentially bring bed bugs home this way. While on the point of used furniture, I cannot stress this enough, NEVER bring home discarded furniture, bed frames, mattresses, box springs or electronics from the side of the road as they could have bed bugs on or in them.

 

Traveling is a big concern for people what with all the stories of bed bugs in hotels, on cruise ships, etc. There are some very handy tips you can follow when traveling to help prevent bring a creepy crawly souvenir home from your trip.

 

1. Always inspect the room and furniture for blood spots, bug droppings or live insects–if you find any evidence of possible bed bugs then request a new room

 

2. Pack your clothing in over sized, resealable plastic bags before packing them and keep your belongings in the bags or hanging up during your trip (don’t put things on the floor or bed)

 

3. Before leaving the hotel, inspect all your belongings and luggage carefully

 

4. When you return home, inspect your luggage and belongings again (it’s recommended you do this outside as a precaution) and wash your clothing in the hottest water possible before putting them in the dryer for at least 30 minutes

 

So there, you have it. Some tips for preventing bed bugs, but of course if you do find yourself with bed bugs Cottage Country Pest Control can help eliminate them.

 

Email or call us 705-534-7863 to book your appointment today.

Bed Bugs. What are they?

Fun times, right? Okay, so today’s post is about how to identify if you have them. Bed bugs have been talked about on our blog a bunch of times (you can find our post about Bed Bugs and travel here, if you are so inclined), or you can just keep reading.
What they are:
Bed bugs are small parasitic insect, commonly compared in size to that of an apple seed. They have oval-shaped, reddish-brown bodies and no wings. The common bed bug or Cimex Lectularius, generally grow to 4–5 mm in length and 1.5–3 mm wide.
Where are they found:
It’s very important to stress that ANYONE can get bed bugs. One of the biggest misconceptions about bed bugs is that they only occur in filthy conditions. This cannot be stressed enough, but that IS NOT TRUE! Bed bugs don’t care where they live as long as there is at least one human living in an environment between 32 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit then they will be happy. A few major reasons for the return of bed bugs include the ban on DDT (one of the most well-known synthetic insecticides) and other organophosphates, increased international travel, modern lack of familiarity and social stigma which results in a lack of willingness by some to request help.
Bed bugs can be found in lots of places in your home such as:
*Behind headboards and around crack and crevices of your bed
*In the seams of your mattress
*Inside your box spring and along the bed frame
*Along baseboard cracks
*In and around your nightstands
*In and around other items such as window and door frames, pictures, moldings, nearby furniture, loose wallpaper, cracks in plaster and in clutterBite identification:Most often, bed bug bite are harmless. Generally there is no pain caused from the bite, however sometimes a person will have a strong or allergic reaction to a bite, which can cause large itchy welts to appear. Bed bug bites will go away on their own and do not normally need medical attention from a Dr., however if you do react badly to a bite you can apply an anti-itch ointment or see a Dr. for a prescription. Bed bug bites also typically look a lot like a mosquito bite and the bites often appear to as itchy, flat sores that often appear in groups of 3.It’s also important to know that bed bug bites are not currently known to spread disease. It is believed that they could in future and that it’s only a matter of time, but right now, they do not. Currently, the most significant health affect is psychological including stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue which is caused by the presence of bed bugs.If you think you have bed bugs, call Cottage Country Pest Control at (705)534-7863 today or email us at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com to book your appointment!Check back tomorrow for part 2 of Bed Bugs and how to identify their bites or for more information on where bed bugs have been found check out www.bedbugregistry.com

Bed Bugs

Spring is here and soon it will be summer, which means that people will be traveling more, whether it is to a newly opened cottage or to visit family or whatever. That’s great but there is a downside to travel and no I don’t mean the packing and the leaving early to avoid traffic or the sunburns and mosquitoes (although mosquitoes are a pain and there will undoubtedly be a blog post about mosquitoes shortly). I am talking about BED BUGS! Bed bugs can travel–they are sneaky little pests and if you aren’t careful you may just end up with an unwanted souvenir from your trip.

You have probably heard about bed bugs but do you actually know what they look like or what they actually are and how to figure out if you have them? Bed bugs are small parasitic insect, commonly compared in size to that of an apple seed. They have oval-shaped, reddish-brown bodies and no wings. The common bed bug or Cimex Lectularius, generally grow to 4–5 mm in length and 1.5–3 mm wide.
For those who are traveling this spring or summer here are some tips for helping to prevent bringing anything home with you.

1. Always inspect the room and furniture for blood spots, bug droppings or live insects–if you find any evidence of possible bed bugs then request a new room. Bedbugs like to hide in places like cracks, crevices, folds, and ruffles. Use a flashlight if you have to in order to thoroughly check for any signs of bed bugs.

2. Pack your clothing in over sized, resealable plastic bags before packing them and keep your belongings in the bags or hanging up during your trip (don’t put things on the floor or bed). Use a luggage rack to store your belongings during your stay in hotels.

3. Before leaving the hotel, inspect all your belongings and luggage carefully

4. When you return home, inspect your luggage and belongings again (it’s recommended you do this outside as a precaution) or if its too cold outside, use your bathtub as bed bugs have a hard time climbing smooth surfaces. Always wash your clothing in the hottest water possible before putting them in the dryer for at least 30 minutes.
Also I cannot stress this enough, but ANYONE can get bed bugs. All it takes is a stay in the wrong hotel, a visit to the “wrong” friend or a trip on the wrong plane or cruise ship, for starters.

If you unfortunately do wind up bringing some unwanted visitors home with you, give Cottage Country Pest Control a call at 705-534-7863 or email us. It’s important that as soon as you think you have an infestation or if you know you do, to treat it quickly and properly. The longer you wait, the harder and more expensive it can be to treat later.

 

Warm Weather Friends

Apparently, bed bugs aren’t all that much different than many Canadians.

When it’s cold out, they prefer to hunker down and wait for warmer weather… once it warms up, they are far more inclined to get active and get going.

Which is not to say they aren’t around at this time of year – we are still getting some calls to treat them in Midland, and in Tiny and Tay Townships … but according to new research by the  Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) population densities and new infestation reports tend to follow a “steep and seasonal cycle.”

For more information, you can visit the Pest Control Technology website.

Here’s hoping you never have to deal with bedbugs – but rest assured that if you do, Cottage Country Pest Control will be there to solve the problem for you. If you have  – or think you might have – a problem with bedbugs, give us a call at 705-534-7863 or email us at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com . Ross will be happy to help.

Got Bedbugs?

bedbug-150x150Not that its much consolation, but you’ve got lots of company right now at least … we’re getting a lot of bedbug calls this week…  a couple in Barrie, and others in Waubaushene, Victoria Harbour and Penetanguishene.

The sad reality is that anyone can get bedbugs – it really is more a matter of bad luck than any other factor.  They can be brought home in any number of ways – in luggage, clothing, a library book…. once they’re in though, they are major pain in the butt!

If you have found bedbugs – or maybe not yet found them, but suspect you might have a problem (keep in mind that not everyone reacts to bites) give us a call at (705)534-7863, or email us at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com and Ross will be happy to help you.

If you have not had a problem and would like to keep it that way, there are strategies which can help you to minimize your risk. For example, when travelling, check the corners of mattresses for any evidence of bedbugs (dirty brown/red spots around corners, seams) BEFORE you bring your luggage in.

But with so many possible ways of transmission, you might also want to consider in-home prevention/early warning measures. You can purchase bedbug moats, which go under the legs of the bed to trap the little ~darlings~ … or another approach Ross recommends is to wrap the legs of your beds in double-sided sticky tape. He also notes that bed skirts that touch the floor be avoided, and that, if possible, beds not be touching walls. And of course, good quality bedbug covers for mattresses and pillows are a good thing.

If you have questions or concerns about the possibility of bedbugs in your home or cottage, please don’t wait – the earlier an infestation is treated, the better!

Thunder Bay bedbug infestation

Happened across this article about a severe infestation of bedbugs in a building in Thunder Bay http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2013/09/11/tby-thunder-bay-bedbugs-infestation.html – fun times!

Bed bugs have been coming up in a lot of ways this week – my kids are looking for a new apartment, too – and have been hearing which buildings in Oshawa have had problems, which deal with them when they show up, and which are less likely to. The joys of living near other people, eh?

On the plus side, though, we did not see a huge increase in bed bug calls here in cottage country this summer. Last year, it seemed as though people were having company who were perhaps prone to bringing a few unwanted guests with them! This year, not so much. Still seeing them in some residential type places, but not cottages, at least.

In any case, as always, if you are having any sort of pest problems, even bed bugs, do send us an email at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com, or give us a call at 707-534-7863 and Ross will be happy to solve your problem for you. We’re hear year round to provide you with environmentally responsible pest control services in Tiny, Tay, Simcoe, Muskoka, Severn … what am I missing? … oh well… you get the idea, right?

Drat! Now I’m all itchy!! Hate it when that happens!

Bed Bugs in Public Places

Bed bugs are just icky…no one wants them but unfortunately sometimes you can’t avoid them…they are relatively easy to get if you visit a someone’s home who has them and unfortunately you can get them just from visiting public places as well.

To read more about bed bugs in public places, you can read previous posts “Bed Bugs and Public Places” and “Bed Bugs and Public Places (continued)

If you have any questions or concerns please give Cottage Country Pest Control a call at 705-534-7863 or email us today. We are always happy to help you to solve your pest problems – yes, even bed bugs.

We are based in Victoria Harbour, but cover Barrie, Midland, Orillia, Muskoka, Tiny, Tay and Simcoe County as well.