• DIY Bed Bugs Treatments: Facts and Myths

    23 August 2018
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    DIY Bed Bugs Treatments: Facts and Myths

    Bed bugs are horrifying for homeowners and business owners. Instead of hiring a professional bed bug exterminator, some people try to get rid of them on their own. While there are DIY bed bugs treatments; there are some facts and myths that need to be confirmed.

    Itching caused by the bites from these blood-sucking bugs lasts for hours while their tiny size helps them to hide under sheets and in crevices. They thrive quickly and are difficult to control.

    People turn to do-it-yourself bed bug treatments to get rid of these nasty bugs, but not all known remedies are effective.

    Here we will break down the facts and myths of bed bug treatments you can do on your own:

    DIY Bed Bugs Treatments Myths

    • Ultrasonic Devices

    Many people believe ultrasonic devices to be effective bed bug repellants. The belief is that high-frequency sound emitted forces bed bugs to leave. Factually, these types of devices have no real effect on bed bugs, and cannot repel them.

    • Baking Soda

    Baking soda is a popular myth in DIY remedies. Supposedly if you sprinkle baking soda on the mattress and other areas inhabited by bed bugs, it’ll help in killing them. The myth is that the baking soda will dehydrate and kill them off.

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    There is no scientific evidence to support the myth that baking soda is a remedy for bed bugs.

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    There’s a popular baking soda mixture for killing ants and other pests, but not so much bed bugs.

    Baking soda will break down when it comes into contact with the thick fluid of bed bugs, and won’t be effective in dehydrating them. It may be effective in some rare instances, but it is not a practical solution against an infestation of bed bugs.

    • Mothballs

    Considered an effective DIY repellant to get rid of various pests including bed bugs. The assumption is that the pungent smell of mothballs will repel bed bugs which are true. 

    However, it will NOT kill them. So, you may be able to repel them from your bed, but bed bugs will just find another place in your home to infest.

    Research has shown that mothballs failed to kill bed bugs even after a week. Although some adults were killed in a few instances, they remained ineffective against eggs and nymphs of bed bugs.

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    Bed bug stains on a mattress

    • Talcum Powder

    Talcum powder is also considered as a helpful DIY remedy against bed bugs. It was speculated that sprinkling talcum powder around beddings and under furniture will kill bed bugs by dehydrating them. 

    The fact is scientifical there is no evidence to support this remedy. The granules of talcum powder are not sharp, and can’t penetrate the bed bug’s exoskeleton.

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    Related Article: “DIY Bed Bug Removal: How to Keep Your Vacation Bed Bug Free”

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    DIY Bed Bugs Treatments Facts

    • Wash Bedding and Dry It

    Beddings are the most common places to be infested by bed bugs. So, simply washing your bedding is an efficient DIY remedy against bed bugs.

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    You should wash beddings at the hottest setting for at least 90 minutes. Afterward, it should be placed in a dryer set at high heat.

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    This remedy is effective because of the usage of heat to kill bed bugs as the high temperature is the worst enemy of these bugs. Washing machines’ high temperature combined with dryers’ high heat not only kills adults but also help in eradicating nymphs and eggs.

    • Freezing

    The popular notion that bed bugs can’t survive extreme temperatures is true. Therefore, besides heating, freezing can also be used for effective removal of these bugs from your place. Pillows, duvets, and bed linens should be placed in a freezer at -170 °C for at least 10 hours to kill bed bugs in them successfully.

    • Vacuuming

    Vacuuming is regarded as one of the most useful DIY remedies against bed bugs, and it is. Simply vacuum your house thoroughly with the help of attachments, and cleaning the areas under furniture and other hard to reach places around beddings, will help in sucking out bed bugs present there. 

    A disposable vacuum bag should always be used always. After finishing the cleaning, the bag should be disposed of in an outside bin. Vacuuming not only wipes out adults but also aids in eradicating nymphs and eggs.

    • Diatomaceous Earth

    This should be evenly applied in the crevices of mattresses, furniture, beddings, and other infested areas. It will eventually kill them by dehydrating them. Make sure to use food grade Diatomaceous Earth.

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    Diatomaceous earth is a proven organic insect killer and is as efficient in killing bed bugs as it is against other insects.

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    The above mentioned DIY remedies are proven to be effective against bed bugs and successfully kill them. However, none of them promise to give 100% results and wipe out all traces of bed bugs. It is always better to get help from an expert exterminator in NYC to effectively treat an infestation of bed bugs.***

     

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  • How to Keep Your Vacation Bed Bug Free

    25 July 2018
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    DIY Bed Bug Removal

    How to Keep Your Vacation Bed Bug Free

    While the home may be a heavily guarded sanctuary against bed bugs, you might worry about your travels this summer and beyond.

    Bed bugs are most typically picked up by travelers, transmitted in hotel rooms, and even on airplane seats. It’s important to protect yourself against bed bugs while you are traveling.

    Equally important is to understand that as vigilant as you may be against an infestation, you could still pick up some of these unwanted hitchhikers while you’re out and about. Therefore, you should also be well versed in how to get rid of an infestation should one appear.

    Things Vacationers Can Do Themselves

    While DIY methods don’t always work to get rid of a bed bug infestation, it can be a good first line of defense. Also, they usually consist of natural ingredients which you may already have in your home.

    For example, soap and water can help repel and kill bed bugs. Wrapping your mattress in plastic can also prevent these traveling pests from settling in for the long-term.

    While you’re traveling, consider bringing a spray bottle filled with 100% essential oils. Then you can douse your bedding or sleeping space in the hotel with these oils.

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    The best oils to repel bed bugs include cinnamon oil, lemongrass oil, lavender oil, and tea tree oil.

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    You can also cover your luggage to help prevent bed bugs from traveling home with you. A mixture of all of these, or just one or two, can significantly reduce the likelihood of bed bugs hitching a ride.

    Petroleum jelly is another effective bed bug repellent. Simply apply it to the legs of the bed on which you plan to sleep. The idea is that the bugs won’t be able to get traction and will remain on the floor instead of crawling up into your bed.

    Neem oil, Diatomaceous Earth, and alcohol are other home remedies that are proven to be effective at repelling bed bugs. And the best part is you can do all of these without endangering your health with nasty synthetic chemicals.

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    “Petroleum jelly is another effective bed bug repellent. Simply apply it to the legs of the bed on which you plan to sleep.”

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    Know the signs of an infestation so that you don’t waste any time in treating it. You will likely notice small blood stains on your bed or linens, or you might even detect the bites on your skin.

    The first thing you should do, aside from washing all of your linens and fabrics in the hottest setting possible, is to vacuum all other chairs and soft furnishings in your home. These pests can hide anywhere and everywhere, including in upholstered furniture or even electrical appliances.

    Vacuum thoroughly at least once a week, and make sure you dispose of the bag when you’re done. Steam cleaning is another great way to get rid of bed bugs.

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    Bed bugs are quickly killed when temperatures rise above 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

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    So treating an infestation with steam can get rid of them quite effectively. Plus, a steam cleaner can reach places that a vacuum cleaner can’t, such as between crevices and in sharp corners. You can also apply baking soda, oregano, or ginger to cracks and crevices to help get rid of these pests.

    What Should I Do If DIY Bed Bug Removal Doesn’t Work?

    You might do everything in your power to protect against a bed bug infestation, but you need to understand that infestations can’t always be prevented or treated without the help of professionals.

    In this case, it’s best to hire a certified pest control company.

    Control Exterminating is one of the best pest control companies in the area. We offer a range of services to deal with any infestation and make your bed bug experience disappear. We will work with you to develop a solution that addresses your budget, health and safety concerns, and the current level of infestation.

    Also, we don’t just work to eliminate the current problem – we also look at how the bed bugs entered your home in the first place, and develop a plan to keep them out in the future – permanently.

    If you’re tired of having to worry about bringing home these pesky hitchhikers, don’t stress another minute. Contact Control Exterminating, and we will get to the root of your problem.***

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  • Mosquito Bites vs. Bed Bug Bites

    5 July 2018
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    Mosquito Bites vs. Bed Bug Bites:

    What You Need to Know About the Bloodsuckers’ Bites

    Their bites look all the same, but there are some differences. Upon knowing which bite it is, it makes rather helpful in providing the first aid and necessary treatment.

    The mosquitoes and the bed bugs are the most common insects to be found in every household. Both the insects are irritating due to their bites, which are sometimes very harmful.

    Here we will describe all the facts that you need to know about a mosquito bite and a bed bug bite.

    Mosquito Bites

    Compared to bed bug bites, mosquito bites are more itchy with red bumps appearing on the skin after the bite. Some effects which a mosquito bite can cause are redness, soreness, and swelling. Usually, they feed on the blood, so they puncture the skin to suck the blood.

    There are certain parasites and virus which can enter your skin while a mosquito bites you. These bites can cause severe damage to your health. The West Nile Virus is mostly transmitted to the human body all over the world by mosquitoes.

    Other than that, they can cause some other infections and diseases like encephalitis (a type of brain infection), malaria, and yellow fever.

    Bed Bug Bites

    The symptoms which you will face if you are bitten by a bed bug are itchiness, sores, and irritation. The bed bug bites can be found in different places of your body like neck, face, hands, shoulders, arms, and legs.

    Usually, it depends on the area of the body which you left exposed while sleeping. There are different reactions which can be visible after the bed bug bites like difficulties in breathing, blisters, fever, feeling nauseous, feeling like flu, irregular heartbeat, and swollen tongue.

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    “There are certain parasites and virus which can enter your skin while a mosquito bites you. These bites can cause severe damage to your health.”

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    Difference Between Mosquito Bites and Bed Bug Bites

    Now there is a debate that what are possible symptoms, which differentiate the bite of a mosquito and the bite of a bed bug. Here are a few details which will help you understand the difference.

    Bed Bug Bites: What Do They Look Like?

    The bed bug bite is reddish in color and had a dark spot in the center. The symptoms of these bites only occur after some time after the bite and not instantly.

    At first, it swells and after some time becomes itchy. The bites get more infected when you scratch that. Also, the bite pattern is not random as bed bug bites appear in a cluster or in arranged lines. If you have this kind of bites, then it’s likely to be the signs of bed bugs.

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    Bed Bug Bites. Own work. By James Heilman, MD [CC BY-SA 3.0]

    Mosquito Bites: What Do They Look Like?

    These bites are somewhat pinkish or reddish in color. The main difference it has with the bed bug bite is that not only the bitten area but the area surrounding the bite can be itchy too.

    It also has a tendency to get infected when scratched. A mosquito bite markings are random and isolated because they can’t bite through linen/ clothes as bed bugs can.

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    Mosquito Bites

    How to Treat the Bites Naturally

    There are certain things which you can do while you are bitten by a mosquito or a bed bug. They are not too dangerous but to avoid having severe symptoms, try to cure it before it’s out of hand.

    DIY Mosquito Bite Treatment

    • Use a menthol flavor toothpaste over the bitten are to get rid of the itch.
    • Apply honey as it is a natural antibiotic.
    • Rub the fleshy side of the banana peel on the bitten area, and the natural oils will help to fade the itch.
    • Rubbing ice is another good idea.
    • Some other things which can be used over the bitten area to stop the irritation are Vapour Rub and Aloe Vera.

    DIY Bed Bug Bite Treatment

    • The bitten are must be washed first with soapy water to prevent any infection. It will reduce the itchiness too.
    • If the bite itches more, you can apply a corticosteroid cream to the area. You can get the cream from any local medicine store.

    The bites from both the insects can be harmful at times, so you need to be careful and don’t forget to follow the tips provided here or consult a doctor if you feel uneasy or there are allergic reactions.

    So make sure you don’t delay when you notice such bites on your body. If the pain increases or bite gets severe, immediately visit a doctor and take medications or treatment as prescribed.

    If you have a mosquito or bed bug infestation that you can’t handle, don’t wait to call us at Control Exterminating. We offer an effective mosquito control and bed bug removal to completely get rid of the pesky critters. ***

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  • Bed Bug Life Cycle [Infographic]

    23 April 2018
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    Bed Bug Life Cycle:

    How Long Can Bed Bugs Live?

    Understanding the bed bug life cycle will help you know them better, and with the knowledge, you’ll be in a good position to avoid them. When you need a bed bug exterminator, call Control Exterminating.

    Bed bugs have been a major nuisance in homes as well as the hospitality and travel industries as far as pest problems are concerned. These bloodsuckers wait for you to sleep so that they can quietly and painlessly suck your blood before leaving you with some itchy bites. 

    Understanding the bed bug life cycle will help you know them better, and with the knowledge, you’ll be in a good position to avoid them. The lifecycle of a bed bug includes several developmental stages. See the infographic and information below that gets into the details. 

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    Bed Bug Life Cycle (Infographic)

    Bed Bug Life Cycle: #1. Egg Stage  

    The life of a bed bug starts with an egg which is very tiny and pearl white. The size of the egg is about 1mm long, almost equal to the size of two salt grains, mustard seed or a pinhead. An adult female bed bug lays between one and five eggs daily, and by the time it dies, it might have laid up to 500 of them. 

    Bed bug eggs are usually found in tiny cracks and crevices in human resting areas, especially bedrooms and in public chairs and seats or even household furniture like couches.

    A bed bug egg takes approximately 6 to 17 days to hatch. From the fifth day after being laid, the egg is marked by an eye spot, an indication that it is almost ready to hatch.

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    “Bed bug eggs are usually found in tiny cracks and crevices in human resting areas, especially bedrooms and in public chairs and seats or even household furniture like couches.”

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    Bed Bug Life Cycle: #2. Nymph Stage

    A bed bug egg hatches to a nymph, a young bed bug which looks almost similar to an adult bed bug but it is smaller in size, and its body has a different color. Besides, unlike an adult, a nymph is yet to mature sexually. 

    The young bed bugs undergo five molts before developing into adults. Each molting is characterized by the shedding of the bug’s exoskeletons. During the first nymph stage, the bug is approximately 1.5mm long and appears transparent, hence difficult to notice, until it takes its first blood meal. 

     

    The young bedbug is 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm and 4.5 mm during the second, third, fourth and fifth nymph developmental stages, respectively. An older nymph has a reddish-brown body just like an adult but is smaller in size.

    A young bed bug needs a blood meal to complete each of the above five molting stages. For that reason, it can bite and suck blood from a human being or an animal such as a cat or dog,  despite it having a very tiny body. A nymph bug takes approximately five weeks to become an adult when it is at room temperature.

    There’s No Bed Bug Larvae

    Some think larvae is same as nymph but the fact is that the former is not a real term when it comes to bed bug life cycle. There’s nothing like bed bug larvae; from nymph stage, bed bugs develop to adults.

    Bed Bug Life Cycle: #3. Adult Stage

    When the conditions and temperatures are favorable, a bed bug can take approximately 37 days to develop from the egg stage to the adult stage. Warmer climates boost the development and reproduction of bed bugs. 

    The size of an adult bed bug is almost the same as that of an apple seed (5-7 mm long) while the color of its body ranges from brown to reddish brown, depending on the time it fed last. 

    At nymph and adult stages, a bed bug has flattened body which enables it to hide in tiny cracks and crevices, in bed joints, under carpets as well as in upholstered furniture like sofas.

     

    “Warmer climates boost the development and reproduction of bed bugs.” 

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    Bed Bug Life Span

    The lifespan of the majority of bed bugs is usually four, five or six months, although a few of them can live even for one year when they are under cold conditions. 

    Bed bugs die faster in warm temperatures as compared to when subjected to cold temperatures. For instance, a starved male bed bug can remain alive for a year at a temperature of 50F but may die within a month when it is in an environment with 80F temperature.

    If you have bed bugs in NYC, call Control Exterminating Company’s bed bug inspection NYC service.***

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  • Watch Out for These Signs of Bed Bugs in NYC

    9 March 2018
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    Bed Bug Inspection:

    Watch Out for These Signs of Bed Bugs in NYC

    New York City, just like any city, is vulnerable to bed bug infestations. If you live in this county, you should always be ready to face these bugs since they spread very easily due to local as well as international travels to areas with bed bugs. 

    Interestingly, you can have these bugs at your place without your knowledge since they are extremely good at hiding. Luckily, there are signs of bed bugs in NYC that you can look for in your home or business to determine if there’s an infestation. These signs will give you clear reason to call a professional bed bug exterminator for a full inspection. 

    Signs of Bed Bugs

    #1. Live small, brown or red crawling insects

    Bed bugs are relatively small bugs, the length of each adult ranging from 4mm to 5mm. An adult bed bug is wingless but has the vestiges of wings known as wing pads which don’t develop fully to functional wings.  

    The bug is brown but the color changed to rusty red once the bug has just fed. Although bed bugs are big enough to be seen with naked human eyes, seeing them moving around, especially during the daytime, is not easy. 

    They come out of their hideouts at nights when you are asleep so that they can bite and suck blood from your without you noticing them.  

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    Bed bug infestation on a curtain

    #2. White, oval eggs in cracks, crevices or along mattress seams

    However, in case your area has an infestation, you can find these pests under your mattress, inside spring boxes, under a pillow or/ and in the cracks and crevices of your bed or chair or any other upholstered furniture in your bedroom. 

    When you are faced with a heavy bed bug infestation, the live bugs can even be found in your carpet edges, behind wallpapers, inside electronics as well as in wall cracks and crevices.

    You can use a bright spotlight look for the pests in these areas if you suspect them in your home or commercial area.

    Young bed bugs, with translucent or whitish-yellow bodies, are also another sign of a bed bugs in NYC. However, a juvenile bed bug that has just fed is reddish. 

    The nymphs look almost the same as adult bed bugs, only that they are smaller and, of course, the difference in body colors. Check for these small bugs in the above-mentioned bed bug hideouts/resting grounds.

    After mating, female bed bugs lay white eggs which are oval in shape in small hidden cracks and crevices in your bedroom or along mattress seams. The eggs are as tiny as 1/16″ long and are covered with a film which enables them to stick to surfaces. A single female bed bug is capable of laying up to 250 eggs during her lifetime.

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    #3. Musty odor

    Bed bugs produce odors known as alarm pheromones through their body glands as a way of conveying particular messages amongst themselves, especially when disturbed. The musty odor may also come from the fecal materials of the bugs.  

    Some people claim that a low concentration of the odor smells like the scent of coriander but at a high concentration, the smell is unpleasant; almost similar to that of moldy wet clothes.

    #4. Empty shells in hidden voids

    During their development, young bed bugs shed their exoskeletons for about five times before they reach maturity. These shells look like empty bed bugs or popcorn kernels. 

    They are usually found in the common bed bug resting places such as bed’s cracks and crevices, under a mattress, inside spring boxes in electrical appliances near your bed and at the corners and edges of your bookshelf, among other hidden areas (especially tiny spaces) in your bedroom, living room or office.

    Bed Bug Detection NYC

    Detecting bed bugs is a difficult task because bed bugs are tiny creatures and can hide and lay their eggs in cracks and crevices where you can’t find them. Our team of experts and NYC bed bug dogs have all the required knowledge and equipment to efficiently detect the presence of bed bugs in your home and business.

    Calling a bed bug inspection team in NYC before the exterminators can save you a huge sum of money. Instead of holding all-out extermination of bed bugs, you should first call a professional bed bug inspector that will determine which parts of your building require bed bug treatment

    Basing on this report, you can later instruct the exterminators to clean only the specific areas. This might sound like a small thing, but it can save you a lot of money, especially if it’s a large commercial space. An all-out bed bug removal service is always costlier. 

    Once the detection is over, then we can go ahead and eradicate the bed bugs for you. It is the most customizable, affordable, and efficient bed bug removal service. Another reason to get an inspection is if you are moving into a new apartment. Many posh looking apartments shelter filthy bed bugs in their furniture. Don’t fall for it.

    Apart from inspecting your new home, we also examine the moving vans/trucks so that any chance of you transferring bed bugs from your old home to the new one is eliminated. 

    Bed bugs often travel from one place to another by clinging on to moving boxes and clothes. Prevention is better than cure. By choosing us, you will avail the best bed bug inspection we can offer

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    Bed Bug Dog

    Bed Bug Dogs

    We use our well-trained bed bug dogs to find bed bugs in the inaccessible corners of your furniture. Human inspection is only 25-30-% effective when it comes to pests like bed bugs since humans depend on their eyes to do the searching. 

    Our NYC bed bug dogs have noses 100 times more powerful than humans which means the bed bug inspection accuracy is much higher than other standard pest control agencies.

    Another advantage of choosing us is that we give our customers precise reports about the infestation. Instead of spending a lot of money on cleaning the whole space, our reports enable our customers to direct their efforts during the removal process towards the places that are infested the most.

    Bed Bug Detection Brooklyn

    With our bed bug dogs, we also provide excellent bed bug inspection Brooklyn services. Brooklyn bugs do not stand a chance when faced with our exterminator and bed bug inspecting canine.

    If you think you may have bed bugs in Brooklyn, ease your stress and call on our Brooklyn bed bug inspection service. We’ll educate you on the matter and provide instructions for moving forward if bed bugs are detected.

    Bed Bug Detection Queens

    Queens, New York, like Brooklyn, has a lot of people tightly packed in the area. When living in a densely populated area like Queens, there is a much higher chance of getting bed bugs.

    If you start to feel itchy when sleeping, or just have a really bad feeling you might have bed bugs, call on our bed bug inspection Queens service to find out once and for all. Not only will we inspect the whole property to find where the bed bugs reside, we will also properly remove them.

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    “Human inspection is only 25-30-% effective when it comes to pests like bed bugs since humans depend on their eyes to do the searching.”

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    Discreet Bed Bug Inspections NYC

    Plenty of pest control services in NYC offer complete bed bugs removal packages, but if they aren’t discrete, they risk hurting your business’ reputation. If it’s a commercial space, the consequences of having bed bugs can be very severe. 

    Lawsuits have been filed in the past against hotels and restaurants that had bed bugs. Your business will face a massive drop in customer turnout, and in case of an inspection from civil authorities, you may even have to shut down your business temporarily.

    As far as residential establishments are concerned, a rumor about bed bugs in your house can affect how your neighbors look at you. You shouldn’t be embarrassed about having bed bugs, anyone can get them, but they can be quite embarrassing to admit to having. By choosing Control Exterminating, you can forget your worries about neighbors or authorities coming to know about your situation. 

    Call Today for Your Bed Bug Inspection NYC with our NYC Bed Bug Dogs!

    We value your need for discretion. You can arrange the inspection at an optimal time when there aren’t many people around. Moreover, our vehicles don’t have tags on them, and our employees are well trained to handle questions from onlookers. 

    We will not give you away. Our bed bug treatment offers you a few options, but choosing the right one makes all the difference.***

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  • Bed Bug Prevention After Traveling

    14 December 2017
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    Bed Bug Prevention:

    Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home After Traveling

    It is believed that the increase in international travel is the reason bed bugs have had the resurgence in recent years. 

    For a good while, it seemed as if bed bugs had disappeared. Well, that is a thing of the past. Bed bugs are incredibly prevalent now, and they are here to stay. Many people question why these pests are so common now, as opposed to decades ago.

    A little more than a century ago, it was very uncommon to see bed bugs, but now these wingless, rust-colored insects have infested homes, hotels, movie theaters, and a host of businesses, airports, buildings, and schools.

    How Did Bed Bugs Find Their Way Back

    It seems that these insects have found a way to outsmart some treatment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) removed certain pesticides to reduce the risk of cancer. One pesticide, DDT, was released around the time of World War II, and it helped to reduce the presence of bed bugs in the United States almost near the point of eradication.

    These types of pesticides were causing harm to the foods we eat, and our environment, which is why the EPA removed them. This has caused bed bugs to return.

    Increased International Travel

    Bed bugs are common today because of the increased international business and leisure travel. Many people travel with pets, and bed bugs are known to be carried into the homes on pets. A dog’s acute smell can sniff out bed bugs, and they usually attempt to warn their owners.

    Carrying ballistic fiber luggage, as opposed to hard plastic luggage, is one of the reasons why travel adds to the prevalence of bed bugs today. These pests can not only hide in luggage; it gives them a pressurized cargo hold to survive in. Areas, where international travel is the highest, tend to have high bed bug activity.

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    Bed bug infestation on the curtain

    “A little more than a century ago, it was very uncommon to see bed bugs, but now these wingless, rust-colored insects have infested homes, hotels, movie theaters, and a host of businesses, airports, buildings, and schools.”

    -Control Exterminating

    Dealing with Bed Bugs

    Although bed bugs are common, they can be removed from your home or business. You will need to hire an experienced pest control company that has success with controlling bed bugs.

    A professional pest control company will know how to use pesticides safely, applying the chemicals with proper application techniques. There is no magic “poof be gone” spray that you can use.

    These chemicals have to be applied directly to the insects, as well as their hiding places, to irritate their nervous system, and make them come out. Some of their hiding places include cracks and crevices.

    Knowing exactly where to look and spray is a skill that a professional exterminator will have. With bed bugs so common these days, you want to hire a professional pest control company to remove these insects, and advise you on how to keep them out!

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    “With bed bugs so common these days, you want to hire a professional pest control company to remove these insects, and advise you on how to keep them out!”

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    Simple Steps to Ensure You Don’t Bring Bed Bugs Home

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    Even if you’re not doing much international travel, it is still possible for you to bring home bed bugs wherever you may travel to. You could bring them home by being in any public place, such as airplanes, movie theater and even on public transportation.

    If you can avoid bringing them home with you, you won’t have to worry about being bitten and having a bed bug problem spread. Here are simple steps to avoid bringing bed bugs home after traveling:

    Identify What They Look Like

    This isn’t always easy, but you can look on the Internet to get a visual of what you should be looking for if you decide to perform a visual bed bug inspection while staying in a hotel or at friends.

    Always Be Prepared While Traveling

    If you’re going to perform a visual inspection of the hotel you’re staying in; you’ll need a magnifying glass and flashlight. Most cell phones have a flashlight feature but if yours doesn’t, keep one in your luggage to ensure you always have it when you need it.

    Even if you are in a luxury hotel, bed bugs can unknowingly be transferred there also.

    Don’t Take Luggage in the House

    This doesn’t mean you can’t ever take your luggage inside the house, but you should make a thorough and complete inspection of it before doing so. This is to ensure that if there are any bed bugs in your luggage, you can address it before bringing it inside.***

     

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  • Bed Bug Bites NYC

    12 October 2017
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    Bed Bug Bites NYC:

    Beware of the Signs of These Bloodsuckers’ Bites

    We know that most people don’t know what causes bed bugs but they do know that they are real and that they can easily be in their homes or hotels. At Control Exterminating we treat both residential and commercial properties.

    Our bed bug exterminators have successfully treated many hotel bed bugs. No matter the extent of the problem, you can rely on Control Exterminating.

    You can easily bring in bedbugs from anywhere you’ve been. That is why it helps to know who to turn to when you need the services of a bed bug exterminator. We don’t know what causes bed bugs either but we do know that our exterminators are capable of getting rid of them for you. 

    Identifying Bed Bug Bites

    If you suspect that you have bed bugs, you will likely have evidence of this. In some cases, people experience fever while most experience a rash. In some instances, those who have a high immune system do not experience any visible signs of being bitten. If you notice several areas of your skin where itchy rashes have developed, you may have been bitten by bed bugs.

    However, to determine for sure, you may need to seek the advice of your primary care physician. They will be in a better position to advise you of the bites you’re experience than our bed bug exterminator. Surely, if they conclusively identify the bites as bed bugs, you’ll need bed bugs treatment as soon as possible.

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    Bed bug bites by James Heilman, MD [CC BY-SA 3.0]

    How to Check for Bed Bugs on Your Own

    If you would like to do your own bed bug inspection, you’ll need to know what you are looking for.

    Do you know what bed bugs look like? They are very hard to find due to their size but if you decide to turn your mattress over to check for bed bugs, you should look for small, pale-colored bugs.

    They may even be red if they have had a blood meal. Checking for them before calling a bed bug service for bedbug help is a good idea so that the problem can be quickly addressed by one of our NYC bed bug exterminators.

    Get Rid of Bed Bugs

    If discovered, you should know how to get rid of bed bugs. We might suggest that you allow us to use a bed bug dog. They can find bed bug eggs. If they do, we will be able to quickly eliminate the problem by killing the bed bug eggs. We find great success in using a bed bug dog.

    If you’re wondering, what do exterminators use to kill bed bugs, this depends on the extent of your problem. Our bed bug terminator will perform a free bed bug inspection to determine the extent of the problem. Based on the problem, they may determine that using environmental pest control is best.***

     

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  • Exterminator Nassau County

    8 September 2017
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    Control Exterminating in Nassau County

    If you contact Control Exterminating, the preferred pest control in Nassau County, you can have your bed bug problem eliminated quickly. Calling on a locally owned and operated pest control service means that we’re right here in the community and can service your needs immediately.

    We understand how upsetting it can be to speak to someone from a call center but you’ll be happy to know that you can always speak directly to one of our local representatives. We will schedule an appointment with you at a time and on a day that is most convenient for you. Control Exterminating is one of the most reliable bed bug exterminators.

    Our Nassau County exterminators are carefully chosen based on their proven ability to effectively handle bed bug infestations of various sizes, big, medium, and small. Our exterminators receive training in a traditional classroom setting and on the job. This level of training prepares our exterminators for anything that comes their way.

    We always take the time to explain our processes to our customers. You’ll find out everything you need to know about the services that we have to offer to you. Give us a call and allow us to provide you with the services you’ll need to eradicate your bed bug infestation.

    Approach to Treating Bed Bugs

    bed bug sniffing dog is detecting bed bugsAt Control Exterminating, our bed bug exterminator uses a systematic approach to treating your problem. They have been successful in eliminating bed bugs in hotels and other commercial spaces. First, we perform a thorough and complete inspection of your home. Our inspection is performed so that we can find the source of your trouble.

    When we find the source, we can treat the source and then control the problem. Once the problem is controlled, you will not have to worry about bed bugs again. Controlling them means our exterminators can completely eliminate the problem.

    Second, we’ll work with our customer to develop a protection plan that will help prevent another bed bug infestation from developing. Lastly, we will completely eliminate your bed bug problem with our proven effective pest control methods. Why not contact us now for a free estimate.

    Bed Bug Habits and Characteristics

    An adult bed bug is only about ¼ inches long and is visible by sight. They are usually a light pale color until they have fed on human or animal blood. After they have fed on blood, they will turn a darker reddish brown color or burnt orange. While the adult bed bug can be seen the bed bug larva and infant cannot be seen with the naked eye.

    This is why it is often difficult to detect when you have a bed bug problem. In this stage, they are very translucent. When a bed bug does bite it is usually painless. The only thing that you’ll experience is irritation of the skin that presents itself in the form of a rash. There is no particular time of the year that they are more active; although some say believe they are more active during the winter months, this hasn’t been proven. From our experience, bed bugs are active year round and are nocturnal.

    Why Get Immediate Attention

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    Bed bug infestation

    If you don’t want to carry the stigma of associated with having bed bugs, you should do something to rid yourself of the problem right away. People will avoid you and they will likely avoid asking you out or to their homes.

    Most people understand that a bed bug problem can be difficult to find and even more difficult to treat. You don’t have to worry about whether or not the problem you’re experiencing will be effectively treated when you rely on Control Exterminating, we have a proven track record of effectively treating hotel bed bug infestations.***

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  • Preparation & Process of Treating Bed Bugs

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    Preparation & Process of Treating Bed Bugs

    Bed bugs are one of the most difficult insects to remove from home and require a professional bed bug exterminator to eradicate them from a property completely.

    We know how bed bugs get into your home and the signs they leave behind. Many people associate bed bugs with only areas that are dirty, dark and musty but more and more bed bugs are finding their way into clean homes.

    Homeowners are often quite surprised to find out that they have a bed bug infestation in their home that is cleaned regularly. Control Exterminating Company will remove bed bugs from your home and make sure they do not return.

    What Causes Bed Bugs?

    Bed bugs are great at climbing into luggage or attaching themselves onto other belongings to gain access into your home. Bed bugs will latch onto clothing, suitcases and other personal items while you are on vacation, a business trip or other outing.

    You or a family member are often the ones that carry them right through your front door. Many homeowners have unknowingly brought bed bugs into their home when purchasing used furniture from a yard sale or online. Bed bugs can hide in cushion creases on furniture to go unnoticed, and while that used sofa may be the couch you needed, it came with unwanted visitors.

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    “Bed bugs are great at climbing into luggage or attaching themselves onto other belongings to gain access into your home.”

    -Control Exterminating

    Are Bed Bugs Harmful?

    Can you feel them when they suck your blood? No. They usually begin looking for their host at night, and this is often why people wake up with signs that a bed bug has bitten them

    They aren’t harmful, but some people are allergic to the saliva of them. This allergic reaction isn’t usually severe or deadly. A doctor can usually treat the problem with antihistamines or corticosteroids. The worst thing that a person can do is start scratching the infected area; this will cause the problem to spread.

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    Signs of Bed Bugs on the Mattresses, Sheets & Furniture in Your Home

    There are a handful of signs that may indicate bed bugs are already inside of your home. Bed bugs are extremely sneaky due to their size and nocturnal nature. Bed bugs are often compared to the shape and size of an apple seed; flat, round and dark in color. This appearance gives the bed bug an advantage when it comes to hiding out during the day.

    Bed bugs are nocturnal and will patiently await the night time when you go to sleep, and they can crawl out of their hiding space, latch onto your skin and begin sucking your blood until they are engorged.

    They will then detach themselves and head back to their hiding space until the next feeding. Bed bugs will often leave blood stains behind on your sheets or bedding; they will also leave bite marks on your body. Another sign that bed bugs may be inside of your home is that they leave a musty foul odor behind. Bed bug casings can also be left behind in mattress creases and other areas.

    There are different warning signs that bed bugs could have infested your home, including:

    • Bite marks on your body

    • Shed skins in the areas that bed bugs are known to hide (cracks and crevices)

    • Musty odors – due to the bug’s sweat glands

    • Blood stains on your sheets and pillowcases

    • Rusty, or dark spots, on your clothes, walls, and mattresses

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    Bed Bug Treatment Preparation Checklist

    Make sure you complete this checklist when prepping for bed bug extermination:

    • Remove curtains from your windows, and bedding from your bed

    • Empty your bedroom closets

    • Empty the drawers of your nightstands, dressers, bookshelves, and other furniture in the rooms that will be treated (Store these items securely in a garbage bag)

    • Empty linen closets, as well as all closets where bed bugs have been found

    • Wash all of the linens in your room in hot water, with regular detergent

    • If you are unable to wash your linens, place them in the dryer for at least 20 minutes (place clothes in a garbage bag – do not store them in rooms that are being treated)

    • Take apart your bed frame

    • Unplug electronic devices

    • Remove all wall hangings, including clocks, pictures, and posters

    • Move objects in the room (such as furniture), making sure furniture is at least three feet away from the walls – this gives the exterminators plenty of access once they are inside of the room

    • Vacuum the rooms of your home thoroughly

    • Take apart your bed frame

     

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    “Bed bugs are nocturnal and will patiently await the night time when you go to sleep, and they can crawl out of their hiding space, latch onto your skin and begin sucking your blood until they are engorged.”

    -Control Exterminating

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    The Process of Treating Bed Bugs

    Although you have the option to treat your home for bed bugs, it is not recommended. You will need a professional exterminator to treat your home for bed bugs, for the insecticides to be applied correctly. If you spray and bed bugs are hidden, they will not go away, and your infestation problem could get worse.

    Finding the bed bugs is always an issue for anyone except a professional exterminator. Bed bugs have been known to enter the home through pets, and some people believe that dogs can sniff out bed bugs. 

    While a dog’s acute smell can find beg bugs in some cases, these pets usually give off a false positive, which is why you should always call a pest control company to inspect your property, instead of assuming you have bed bugs.

    To exterminate your home properly, a pest control company will need to safely and adequately spray your house with EPA approved insecticide. These chemicals have been proven to kill insects on contact when appropriately applied.

    An experienced exterminator will find the hiding areas of bed bugs and use the insecticide to irritate the nervous system of the insects, which causes them to come out. 

    Remember that while most chemicals kill the eggs of bed bugs, there are some that do not. You will need to continually vacuum your home to make sure the eggs and bugs are gone after your home has been treated.

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    “Bed bugs have been known to enter the home through pets, and some people believe that dogs can sniff out bed bugs.”

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    Post Bed Bug Treatment

    If you have not been bitten, or you do not see blood stains on your linens, and sheds of skin in the cracks or crevices within your home, this is a good sign that the bugs are gone; however, this is not always an indicator that the bed bugs have been exterminated. 

    To ensure that the actual bed bug treatment process was successful, a pest control company will follow up, at least two times. This allows the exterminator to treat areas that they may have missed during the initial treatment. These follow-up visits are typically spread out in two-week intervals – this will vary, depending on the pest control company that you hire.

    Remember that even if the extermination is complete, a pest control company cannot guarantee that the bed bugs will not return. Sometimes the primary infestation was not at your home, which could cause the pests to return if your neighbors do not deal with their infestation problem.

    If you’re looking for bed bug treatment in New York, we offer bed bug treatment in Brooklyn and Queen’s services as well as NYC. ***

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