Don’t get fixated on Bed Bugs just because you have a few bites.
It very well could be another insect or some type of reaction.
We get a lot of calls from customers with bites of some type. In many cases it is Mosquitoes, Chiggers, Sand Fleas, Seed Ticks or some other outside type insect.
I did an inspection for a man the other day that was convinced he had bed bugs. He was a Tennis Instructor and wore shorts all day.
When I saw his legs he had at least 50 bitemarks. Before we brought the K9 in, I inspected his beds and couches and found zero evidence. I knew before we brought the dog in he did not have bed bugs. For him to have that many bites he would have seen them long before now. And there would be visual evidence with that many bugs. One or two bugs did not make all of those bites. I asked him if he had been in any wooded areas. He said that he had not.
We inspected and the K9 did not have any responses or interest in any of his belongings. I told him I did not know what made the bites but it was not bed bugs. He called me the next day and told me he figured it out and I was right. He gives Tennis lessons and his students hit a lot of balls over the fence. He said he forgot about going in the woods with a bucket to retrieve balls. He said he went again today and got smoked by chiggers.
Another common error is misdiagnosing Carpet Beetles for Bed Bugs. There are many unneccessary treatments done in this area.
Below is a Carpet Beetle that a client was told by another company was bed bugs. The treatment estimate was $1800.
Carpet Beetle on Box Springs
They don’t really look alike to me. This is a Bed Bug.
What Does Look Like Bed Bugs ?
Bat Bugs !!!!
When there are Bats Present in a Structure or If there has been Bat Exclusion work done it is common for a homeowner to find bat bugs roaming around. They look very much like bed bugs because bed bugs originated from Bat Bugs. I actually can not visually verify this out in the field without magnification. There are some slight differences however these can easily be misdiagnosed by even professionals in some situations.
Bat Bug VS. Bed Bug
If you need an inspection and/or treatment we suggest you look into Thermal Remediation Heat Treatment. This is the most effective and less intrusive treatment method. It is more of a process than a treatment. The Process generally takes about 5-6 hours.
And Then “Bed Bug Freedom”
90 day warranty for any Live Bugs Found after Treatment.
Call 770-957-1915 – Atlanta – North Georgia
Call 912-433-3671 – Savannah, Hilton Head, St. Simons.
This is a video of a Leather Recliner we recently treated.
During Heat Up when Temperature reaches 110-112 any bugs start scrambling trying to find a cooler place. Notice the small white dots. Those are eggs. Anyone sitting on this recliner is very likely to have the eggs stick to their clothes and spread them to their home
Visitors to your home that come from an infested environment can easily spread them into your home.
Infested Mattress – Bed Bugs Atlanta
These are just some of the high percentage ways you can get infested with bed bugs. There are many other possibilities but these cover 90% of the infestations we see.
Bed Bugs can be brought into your residence by many different ways.
Used Furniture – Bedding, Couches, etc.
Visitors (That have infestation)
You visiting someone that has infestation.
Camps ,YMCA, 4H, Church, etc
College students bring them home for the weekend.
Adult Bed Bug – Atlanta
You just can’t go to Yard Sales and bring anything back into your home. You just can’t bring used clothing and furniture into your home when you have no idea where its been. Just keep doing that and you will eventually get bed bugs. They do not come from outside. They are almost always brought into your home. Occasionally we see multi-unit apartments where heavily infested units will cause adjoining units to be infested however that is not usually the case.
Often we can do a visual inspection (No Charge) and determine bed bug activity. When you have a small living area it is recommended to treat the entire unit with our Thermal Remediation Electric Heat Treatment when activity is found. When looking at larger homes the problem comes up about doing sectional treatments. We can do that but normally we recommend a Sensor Dog Inspection prior to treatment to assure that there is no activity in other areas. Sensor Dogs can find Bed Bugs by using their olfactoral senses. They are trained to respond to only live bugs. They help us by clearing areas that are not infested. Sometimes they help us to simply do the right treatment.
Sensor Dog Found Bed Bugs – Excited.
When bed bugs first came to Atlanta we had training classes using pesticides for extermination of bed bugs. Why not? We were used to killing bugs with pesticides. After doing a few jobs I ran into big time resistance. I was seeing them nest in areas that had been recently treated and it was very frustrating for us. I called some expert entomologist research people and shed my frustrations. They assured me that I was not alone and there was much resistance to pesticides by these insects. One of them – Paul Bello had recently did some research on using heat temperature to remove bed bugs.
I checked on some of the equipment that was available and found the Thermal Remediation process to be quite intriguing but also very expensive. I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a 4 heater trailer unit. After extensive training we started offering heat treatments in the Atlanta area. In just a few months we were backlogged for 2 weeks. We added a Box Truck and after a year we were backlogged again. We keep adding equipment and widened our area for treatment to include Macon, Savannah, Hilton Head, St. Simons and the surrounding areas. We have completed a few thousand treatments and I must tell you this is the best and safest method available. Is it perfect ? No However very close. We occasionally have an issue but rarely. The hardest jobs for us to be successful is when people have a lot of bugs and a lot of stuff. Our enemy with Heat Treatments is density. Piles of clothes, Thick couches, Clutter etc. Some preparation is necessary to be successful with treatment. Bed Bugs die at 118 degrees. We treat at 130 – 135 degrees for many hours. Our units are self contained in that we have generators that provide the power for the electric heaters. We simply park close to the structure and run a large cord from the generator into the residence (usually through a window). We then place the heaters strategically in the residence and turn everything on. It generally takes 1 – 1/2 hours to heat the unit to kill temperature (118) We hold the above kill temp for 3-4 hours. The treatment will typically take 5-6 hours total and sometimes longer.
While waiting for heatup we also treat along the inner walls for containment along with dusting electric plates outlet areas.
The last part of the treatment is to place encasements on all of the mattressess and box springs that are present. We send the proper amount and sizes with the technician and they install them at the end of treatment. Encasments are a good tool in elimination of bed bugs. They also help us to monitor the situation properly.
Bed Bugs Heat Treatment Bed Setup
If you think you may have Bed Bugs Call us today and get this nightmare over with.
Bed Bugs can transfer into any property where transient situations are found. They have no preference to rich or poor. However I must say that you no doubt have a better chance at picking them up in a less expensive place merely because of management indifference.
Bed Bug Heat Treatment – Hilton Head
Infested Mattress – Hilton Head
Most higher end resorts and hotels are going to be more proactive in detection and treatment. This is not always true !
A management company should use the Sensor Bed Bug Dogs on a regular basis to uncover infestation as quickly as possible.
Bennie the Bed Bug Dog – Hilton Head
You can hire the dog to inspect your home or multiple units at a property. Call 678-873-5785 for pricing.
We raise the temperature in the treatment area to 130-135 degrees for many hours and use fans to simulate a convection oven type atmosphere. By exposing everything to the extreme temperatures all bed bugs are eliminated. Even the eggs. We do not carry any furniture out of the unit. When you do this you are taking a chance of spread. We also do not rely on pesticides ! While we do use some dusts and sprays, these are placed for containment purposes.
Bed Bugs have much resistance to most pesticides on the market today.
You will find Bed Bug Treatments overall to be expensive. Many companies do not even treat for bed bugs. If they do treat, most give no warranty or very little warranty.
Bed Bugs – Hilton Head
We give a 90 day warranty and use encasements along with heat treatment. We have been specializing in Bed Bugs for many years and have completed thousands of successful treatments.
Call 912-433-3671 – Savannah – St. Simons – Brunswick
Call 843-476-4301 Hilton Head – Hardeeville – Charleston
Have Questions or send us a pic to verify – Text 678-873-5785