Winchester Pest Control
Winchester Pest Control

Winchester Pest Control

 Integrated Pest Management

 Telephone - 781-729-1893

 General Bed Bug Information - The common bed bug adult is about 3/16" long, reddish brown in color, oval shaped, and flat (unless engorged with blood). They feed on the blood of humans or other animals and typically feed as little as once a week, but adults can survive long periods of time without feeding. If a bed bug is between meals it may not come in contact with any treated areas for at least a few days. After feeding usually at night, they return to residing in cracks & crevices in a bed, dresser, nightstand, or nearby baseboard areas, etc. The bed bug lifespan can average up to one year; adult females can lay 1-5 eggs per day and the time from egg to adult can average from 21 to 60 days under normal conditions. Although primarily nocturnal and immobile during the day, they can be transported on clothing, miscellaneous belongings, or moving furniture. As a general rule it is strongly recommended to never accept or bring in any unknown used furniture, beds, bed frames, or miscellaneous items.

Points of interest when dealing with bed bug infestations
  • Regular inspections and vacuuming throughout the premises should be performed especially near sleeping areas such as under & around bed & bed frames, night tables, along baseboard areas, couches, recliners, etc. Vacuum bags should be removed immediately afterwards, sealed in plastic bags & removed from the premises.
  • As an ongoing priority to monitor any evidence of activity, all cluttered conditions such as crowded closets, boxes full of miscellaneous items, stacks of old magazines, newspapers, etc. should be eliminated. Items placed in tightly sealed plastic containers can be safe from bed bug infestation and may not need to be emptied.
  • Certain items to be laundered could be washed using the Hot Water Cycle. If items do not need laundering, a Clothes Dryer can be used by setting at High Temperature for a minimum of 25 minutes to kill bed bugs.
  • Rips, tears, or holes in misc. furniture; box springs and mattresses can provide access for bed bug nesting sites. Replacing infested bedding alone, with a new mattress & box spring usually will not eliminate the problem. The use of "bed bug certified" box spring & mattress encasements could be thought of as an integral part in eliminating these pests. One respected brand backed with independent research is "Protect-A-Bed" mattress & box spring encasement covers. Once installed on the box spring & mattress, they should never be removed.
  • It is important to understand that bed bugs only crawl; they cannot fly, jump or hop. Before sleeping, bed frame head boards should be pulled away from the wall and special care be made so bedding will not touch the floor.
  • The use of monitors & catch traps can be a helpful tool in eliminating these pests. "Climb-up" is a brand name of a trap & monitor device that attaches under bed legs, and prevents bugs from climbing up the bed legs. Two sided tape can also be wrapped around each bed leg or bed frame areas to help prevent bed bug access.
  • If individual live bed bugs are seen, they can be captured by pressing a general use tape on them, or they can also be killed by capturing them in a tissue, crushing and discarding of them properly. There are a number of "over the counter" non-residual products that can kill individual bed bugs if sighted. These products should only be used to treat a specific spot or area, so as to not interfere with any professional treatment procedures.
  • The information printed here is only intended as a general information guide. It is incomplete and does not cover all bed bug information, living situations or infestation possibilities, etc.