College Students tend to move quite often and they also tend to obtain used furniture and clothing. They also usually have a lot of visitors in and out of their living areas.
Couch infested in Statesboro,Ga. College Student
We do a lot of work in Dormitories and Student Housing in regards to bed bug infestation. If not detected quickly they can spread throughout a dorm area very easily. Students are constantly in and out of each others rooms and using each others chairs, clothes, etc.
Unfortunately we also do a lot of work at their parents homes when they come home from college and bring bed bugs with them.
Bed Bug Dog in Athens inspecting and finding bed bugs.
We use specially trained K9 dogs that can detect live bed bugs even when they are hard to find. Often they are visible and tenants know they are present. Many times people are getting bit but unaware of the source. We do not recommend treating or discarding of furniture or items without some evidence of bed bugs being present. We do large projects where a K9 team can check hundreds of dorm rooms or living quarters and give a report on findings afterwards.
Aaron the Bed Bug Dog
Students move furniture and clothing from one location to another many times spreading the problem
K9 Bed Bug Dog Training with handler.
Early Detection is a huge help in keeping it manageable.
Dog Training Calibration Wheel
If you have a student away at school I would recommend making them put any clothes they bring home straight into the dryer for a 40 minutes heatup. Also don’t bring their suitcase inside without checking very well.
Bed Post monitoring Devices for Bed Bugs.
We use Thermal Remediation Electric Heat Treatment process to eliminate Bed Bugs in structures. They have no resistance to temperatures above 118 degrees.
Bed Setup for Heat Treatment
For more information please call us today at 770-957-1915
Other than bites, here are some things to look for.
Bed Bug excrement on Mattress – Hilton Head, S.C.
As you see the black excrement marks, this is a signal of fairly heavy activity. Their excrement actually is in an ink type form and sinks into cloth making a permanent mark similar to a Sharpie Marker.
Bed Bugs at bottom of Box Springs
As you see from the picture Bed Bugs will infest Box Springs very easily. Actually this is the number 1 place for Bed Bugs and I think it is because they are not disturbed as much there as the mattress is.
Infested Box Springs
Where do they hide ?
Don’t overlook Couches and Recliners.
The problem with Couches is that everyone uses it and they can easily be spread from there.
Recliners are another area that has a lot of places for
Bed Bugs to hide.
Below is a video of a recliner during heat treatment Scramble. When the temperature start getting up over 100 degrees the bed bugs start moving before they die.
We have Electric Thermal Remediation Heat Equipment that is specially designed for Bed Bugs Extermination.
Bed Bugs have no resistance to temperatures above 118 degrees.
It is more of a process than treatment.
Bed Bug Heat Truck
Here is a typical setup with heater and fans.
Heating Bedroom to 130 -135 degrees.
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They can find Bed Bugs even when they are inaccessible to visual inspection.
Here is a link to a video of one of the dogs (Aaron) with a GoPro Camera on his back doing a training exercise.
The Dogs enjoy working every day. They can distinguish between bed bugs and other insects very easily. They know the difference just like we know red and blue. As humans we think in terms of vision because that is our main sense. “You should see what I saw yesterday”. “I saw it that way.” ” See what you can do about it”.
If the dogs could talk they would say “you should have smelled what I smelled yesterday”
Bennie – Atlanta – Bed Bug Dog
These dogs are like little biological x-ray machines that are portable and have great personalities. They help us to quickly determine which areas are infested and which are not, making remediation much more accurate and thorough.
The dogs are paired with a handler and trained to work daily with their “Best Friend” This handler is responsible for their every whim. Feeding, Grooming, Training constantly, Safety. But most of all there is a bond that develops that makes the dog want to please their handler. Yes they are rewarded for finding them just as we are rewarded for work. It is like a fun game for the dogs and they are proud of their finds. We have many customers that find them fun to watch. We do many High-Rise, Assisted Living, Hotels where the dogs can inspect a room in just a few minutes with accuracy. Its not uncommon for them to complete 40-60 units a day. Heat is a factor as we must keep the dogs cool. We are very mindful of the animals safety and living conditions. The handlers always fall in love with their dogs. This is because they watch the dogs perform so well and realize that they are solely working to please them. It is only natural to immensely love them also. It is not uncommon for a dog to follow their handler everywhere they go.
They usually don’t want their handler out of sight. So they tag along everywhere, just being a regular dog when off-duty.
After the K9 does their job we are making notes to help us do a great job of elimination.
We use Thermal Remediation Heat Equipment to eliminate bed bugs. Bed Bugs have no resistance to temperatures above 118 degrees. We use electric equipment (No Propane) and create our own power with installed generators in our trailers or trucks.
It is typical for a Heat Treatment to take 5-7 hours to complete. There is some preparation that needs to take place by the resident.
If you have a bed bug issue or you think you may have a problem and want the K9 service to be sure give us a call at 770-957-1915 and we will get the ball rolling to get you bed bug free and keep it that way.