Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite

  • September 6, 2011
What To Know About Bed Bugs
    • Unfortunetly Bed Bugs do bite … at night. Next morning you may see dots of blood on bed linen. Also look for dried blood deposits around edge and piping of mattress and box spring.
    • Bed Bugs are blood-suckers commonly found in motels, hotels or boarding houses where itinerant travelers stay overnight. Bed bugs are often found in buildings used to store second-hand furniture or clothing.




      Dear Tom,

      I would like to thank you and Stephen from the bottom of my heart for the incredible work you did to get rid of my bed bug infestation.  I had them for months but didn’t know it because I did not know what one looked like.  I saw two of them but did not think they were bed bugs because they did not look like the pictures I had seen on the internet (the pictures I had looked at were of enlarged views, not actual views).

      When I woke up at 3:00 a.m. one Saturday morning I had them crawling on me, my mattress, and all over my curtains.  I was suspicious they were bed bugs and had a daunting feeling that I was in big trouble.  I got your name from my neighbor who had a less severe bed bug infestation and had been very happy with your services.

      I called you Saturday morning in a panic and you called me back  within 45 minutes.  Stephen was at the house within 2 or 3 hours that same Saturday and he confirmed that I had a very bad bed bug infestation on my box spring.  We looked into the other bedroom and found some there, and eventually some were found on my couch as well.  Stephen took the time to kill what infestation he could during that emergency call.  You and he both gave me step by step verbal and written instructions on what I had to do to get ready for them to be exterminated.  I had to prepare the entire house by myself in 4 very long and hard days.

      I followed your instructions EXACTLY to the letter.  When ever I had a question, day or night, either you or Stephen returned my calls immediately.  Stephen and his cousin came by the next Tuesday and did the initial treatment.  By that time I was exhausted beyond belief and could only see the bad that had happened.  I lived out of bags for the next 5 weeks and it wasn’t easy but I did it.  Stephen came by on two subsequent Saturdays and did the last two treatments.  I trusted him completely and left him in the house alone one Saturday because we had a time schedule conflict.

      Stephen came, did his job, and left my house as he had found it, leaving a note behind to let me know that he had been there and he locked the door on his way out.  Now, here we are 5 weeks later and I am unpacking.  The good thing that has come out of this is that I got rid of unnecessary and unused items in my house.  Now that I am putting things away again, I am putting them away in an organized fashion and everything is clean again.  This was a unfortunate and expensive ordeal but you gave me a price that was more than reasonable and for that I am eternally grateful.  Again…thank you and Stephen so much and may God bless you both.


      Sincerely yours,
      Debbie Wilkinson

  • How do Bed Bugs get into bed? Bed bugs are transported with luggage, clothing and other articles, but not on the person. It is not possible to know if someone is a ‘bed bug carrier’.

  • Bed bugs life cycle: From the egg, the bed bug has five nymphal stages before becoming an adult. The adults and nymphs leave their harborage area to feed every 2 to 3 days. They feed for 3 to 5 minutes at night, in the early morning hours, before returning to their harborage area, usually located within a few meters from their feeding area. Bed bugs can survive for long periods without a blood meal.
  • Adverse skin reactions: Some people have an adverse skin reaction to the bite of bed bugs. The bed bug injects an anti-coagulant chemical into the bloodstream of it’s host which prevents the blood from clotting. This allows the bed bug to suck out the blood until it is fully engorged.
  • NOTE: The resulting irritancy of the anti-coagulant chemical around the bite site can be severe, particularly to people with soft sensitive skin. Scratching is difficult to resist but this can cause infection of the bite area. If this is a likely problem, you should consult a doctor or chemist to obtain appropriate medication.


Custom Pest Solutions & Bed Bugs

  • A professional pest control technician should be engaged to ensure safe effective control of a bed bug infestation. Firstly, a thorough inspection of the area of infestation is carried out before proceeding with control procedures. All potential daytime harborage areas must be located and treated with an insecticide registered for this purpose.
  • DO NOT ATTEMPT A DO IT YOURSELF surface spray on bed-linen or mattress. Such a use could be a DANGER to the health and safety of the occupants.
  • Custom Pest Solutions  can use specialized equipment with a variety of insecticide formulations depending upon the circumstances. We recommend the safer synthetic pyrethroid insecticide dust or spray be used in certain locations.
  • What You Can Do: All clothing, bed linen, curtains, fabrics, hangings and the like must laundered prior to insecticidal treatment. Wrap mattresses in bed bug proof encasement. Seal gaps in furniture, floor boards and cracks in wallpaper and other such areas where bed bugs can hide during the day light hours.
  • High standards of sanitation and hygiene, helps as an on-going preventive measure. The entire premises should be inspected regularly for signs of bed bug infestation. Prevention of a severe bed bug infestation throughout an entire building (Apartments, High rise Apartments and condos) more likely if regular attention is provided. Use a professional pest controller for periodic insecticide treatment in any commercial lodgings situation where bed bug infestations are likely to be a problem. 

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