Bed Bug Control

Bed bug nympg on human skin

Bed bugs are small, flattened, wingless, parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans, usually while they are asleep. For a long time they were considered extinct in the United States, but they've experienced a major resurgence in the past few decades. Bed bug control is now one of the most in-demand pest control services, especially in big cities like Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

During the day bed bugs live in cracks, crevices, and voids in or near the room where the person sleeps, including quite often in the mattresses, box springs, and frames of beds, which is why they're called bed bugs. But bed bugs are often found in picture frames, under carpets, in wall voids or electrical conduit, or even in the tubes of roll-up window shades.

Their small size and secretive habits are some of the reasons why they're so hard to control: Bed bugs can hide pretty much anywhere. They're also highly resistant to many common insecticides, and because they're blood feeders, don't pick up residual insecticides on their feet and ingest them the way that cockroaches or ants do. Bed bug problems are very difficult to treat using conventional pest control methods.

Bed Bugs and Human Health

Bed bug bites on someone's arm

Like all parasites, bed bugs are generally considered public health pests. But it's not clear whether bed bugs in North America actually transmit disease. There have been some studies that suggest the possibility that bed bugs can transmit methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE), but no firm evidence that it actually happens.

One thing that we are sure about is that most people do react to bed bug bites with rashes like the one in the picture here. They can be very itchy and sometimes painful, and can appear anywhere on the body. But because the bed bugs usually have gone into hiding by morning, many people will attribute the rashes to some other cause, like an allergy.

One telltale sign of a bed bug problem is very small red or reddish-brown blood spots on the bed sheets. In very serious infestations, there will also be a foul, dank odor and there may be fecal stains on the bedding or near other places where the bed bugs hide during the day.

Bed Bug Control

At Dayton Pest Control, we treat most bed bug problems non-chemically using heat treatment. It works better and it avoids the use of chemicals in and around the areas where people live and sleep. Whenever possible, it's the way to go to solve a bed bug problem. We have heavy-duty, purpose-built equipment designed to keep the temperature right where it needs to be to maximize bed bug kill without damaging the building or your belongings.

Heat treatment is also the bed bug control treatment of choice in places like schools and day care centers, where bed bugs often become a problem in nap areas. Integrated Pest Management is the law in all child-care facilities, and heat treatment avoids all use of chemical insecticides.

On those rare occasions when heat treatment is not practical, we can also perform conventional bed bug control using insecticides. Sometimes we may also suggest a hybrid approach consisting mainly of heat, but with localized insecticide application in certain areas.

We also provide bed bug monitoring and control services for hotels, motels, and other hospitality establishments, as well as retail stores and other businesses.

For help with bed bugs or any pest problem in our service area, please call the experts at Dayton Pest Control. We look forward to hearing from you.


Jarrod's Corner

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