I suspect that I have Bed Bugs in the Atlanta Area. What Do I Do ?
Author: Garey Clark
First of all you need to be sure that it is bed bugs. There are other insects that bite. There also are other situations that can simulate a bite. This is a picture of a typical adult bed bug. The little black stain is an excrement mark. Bed Bugs only feed on blood so their excrement is a liquid and soaks into cloth making a “Sharpie Marker” type stain.
Adult Bed Bug on Mattress in Atlanta Georgia
You should check around the bedding,headboard and mattress seams first. Why ? Because if you find them there you can stop looking. The First Step is over when you have found live infestation.
Bed Bug in seams of couch in Atlanta,Georgia
If you don’t see any signals you can at that point continue further or call in a pro. Try not to disturb the situation if you are planning on calling in a pro. If you are going to tear into it I recommend having some alcohol spray and a ziplock bag nearby. If you run into a nest you want to contain them and kill them immediately. Also save some specimens.
We have recently found a monitoring device with a lure that works very well. This can help with an ongoing monitoring program. The lure is placed inside the station. the lure mimmicks the human skin which attracts bed bugs into the device. The lure according to the manufacturer lasts for 90 days. It can then be replaced to have a constant program. We can give you an estimate based upon the units and amount to be monitored. This device is called Sensci.
Once you have determined you have activity I suggest you call in a pro. Why?
Because spraying and dusting and fogging can be very dangerous and also ineffective in dealing with Bed Bugs. It actually can make the problem worse. If you kill 50% of the adults but they spread because they were disturbed have you helped or hurt the situation ? If they are only in the bedroom lets keep it that way until the treatment is completed.. Below is a picture of an infested mattress with encasement on it. A pretty bad one.
Heavy Bed Bugs Infestation
Thermal Remediation Heat Treatments are the Best Method Available.
If you have a small house or apartment it is better to of course treat the entire unit. For Instance if you have a house that is 1300 sq ft and Bed Bugs are found in a bedroom and the couch area. We would always treat the entire house in this situation. If that same situation occurred in a very large home then sectioning is an option worth considering due to cost differences. Our Truck and Trailer units all have generators installed to produce the power for the Electric Heating Equipment. We bring the correct amount of equipment to the job site and set up outside. We then run a cord from the generator into the residence usually through a window opening and then seal it. The Heaters are placed strategically throughout the area of treatment. The heaters are then turned on and heatup starts. It usually takes about an hour or so to heat the area up to 130 degrees. We stay between 130-135 and hold for 4 hours. High speed fans are introduced to get the heat moving thus entering cracks and cloth. During this heatup time we treat around infested areas with Sprays and Dusts to give us additional protection and some residual. Electric Outlet plates are a common hiding place for bed bugs. Also picture frames close to a host area is a high risk nesting area. At the very end of the treatment while we are putting the beds back together we install encasements on any box springs and mattresses that are going to be kept. Bed Bugs can not endure temperatures above 120 degrees. The adults will die within a few minutes of being introduced to the heat. The eggs however need to heated for at least 1-2 hours to make them unviable. Because of cloth thickness and clothes we found that holding the heat for 4 hours has helped us to not have reinfestation.
Heat Treatment Beds Setup
If you need help with Cimexa – Bed Bugs in the State of Georgia give us a call and we will be glad to help you with information so you can make a good decision about what to do. We are very cautious about treatment until activity has been confirmed. If you use a K-9 Service do not treat without visual confirmation. We have a K-9 service but do not use it from a sales standpoint. It is a tool that we use to help us locate visible evidence. In large homes it can be a very helpful tool in possible sectioning situations.
Call Us Today at 770-957-1915 and we will be glad to discuss bed bugs with you confidentially.