FAQs

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Why have bed bugs made such a reappearance?

A

There is no one answer.  It is a combination of many factors.   Pesticides that used to be effective aren’t as effective today on the strains of bed bugs coming into the U.S.  Another problem is the number of people bringing home used furniture.  Still another problem comes from the amount of international travel and the amount of immigration coming into our area.

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How is it that people get bites but never see any trace of bed bugs?

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First of all, bed bugs survive because of their ability to hide.  Though you occasionally see one or two during the day, they usually come out at night in search of a blood meal, then crawl back into their hiding place till they feed again.  Another problem is that many skin irritations resemble bites.  Often people assume they are being bitten by bed bugs, when in reality, they are having a reaction to some other cause.

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Why is it that people think they are free and clear of bed bugs only to have them show up again in several weeks?

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Again, there are several possible answers.  Sometimes people have the bad luck of getting re-infested from a new source.  Other times, they simply weren’t rid of them to begin with.  Still other times bed bugs will go into a semi-hibernation state if the host (a person) is removed.  Once the host returns, they will become active again.

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If I've seen bed bugs in my home, do I need to get rid of my furniture?

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People spend thousands of dollars needlessly replacing furniture that may have bed bugs.  Truthfully, most infested furniture can be effectively treated for bed bugs.  It may require some effort, but usually it is worth it in the long run.

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Do mattress encasements really work?

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Yes.  But make sure you get ones that are rated for bed bugs.  Cheap plastic ones tend to rip easily which defeats their purpose.  A mattress encasement will “seal in” bed bugs residing in a mattress or box springs.   And they will eventually die.  The other benefit is that an encasement takes away a bed bugs most favored hiding place and makes them an easier target for eradication.

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How accurate are bed bug dogs?

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A bed bug dog's accuracy is tied directly to the amount of preparation done by the client prior to the inspection.  Three areas should be addressed.  1. Remove pets (dogs and cats) and set food bowls up.  2.  Sweep or vaacum the floors to remove food particles or anything else that the dog might think is food.  3. Make things accessible for the dog to sniff.  Open bags of clothes and remove lids of containers.  If possible, pull the bed away from the wall so the dog can sniff on all sides.  Reduce clutter so the dog can have easy access to items being inspected.

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If I already know I have bed bugs, should I still have a canine inspection?

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Yes.  The purpose of a canine inspection is to show you where the bed bugs are.  This enables you to focus your efforts on the places where the dog alerts.  A secondary benefit is by showing you where the bed bugs are located, the dog is also showing you where the bed bugs aren't.  This lets you know the areas that are still bug-free so you can use caution not to spread the infestation.

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