Bed Bug Proactive
Bed Bug Control Through Bed Bug ProActive®
Bed Bug ProActive® is here! It is an innovative inspection and treatment strategy for bed bug control and prevention. Developed by the pest professionals at American Pest Management, Inc., it is designed to control and eliminate bed bug infestations.
Bed Bug ProActive® uses proven and effective products that are labeled for use against bed bugs. Our specially trained technicians thoroughly inspect and treat your home and business with these products to banish bed bugs. Get rid of bed bugs once and for all. In addition to eliminating a current bed bug infestation, our Bed Bug ProActive® family of treatment strategies can help to prevent future infestations of bed bugs (or other pests). We have several new treatment programs featuring Bed Bug ProActive®.
Programs Designed For:
This program is designed to inspect rental units for the presence of bed bugs before a new tenant moves in to it. We will provide certification the unit is free of bed bugs and treat the unit to help prevent an infestation from starting. If bed bugs are found we can take care of them on the spot!
2. Bed Bug ProActive™ for Property Management
Twice a year we will proactively treat for bed bugs in your units to help prevent bed bug infestations. This program can be integrated into a general pest control program for optimal protection from all insects. Treatment with our Bed Bug ProActive™ will save you time and money for future bed bug calls! Call us now to find out more!
3. Bed Bug ProActive™ for Hotels/Motels
We will visit your business 4 times a year. We will treat proactively for bed bugs and inspect in an alternating cycle. This program can be seamlessly integrated into your current pest control program to provide ultimate protection for your customers. There are many other benefits this program has to offer. Please call us for more information!
4. Bed Bug ProActive™ for Your Home
Perfect for the frequent traveler or for anyone that wants the best protection available from bed bugs and other insects. Bed Bug ProActive™ can be added to any of the quarterly programs offered by American Pest Management. Call today for more information! Remember, our services are guaranteed! If you find bed bugs while on a current Bed Bug ProActive™ program we will treat them at no additional cost to you!
Bed Bugs On The Rise
Once nearly eliminated from the U.S., bed bugs are back – with a vengeance!
Bed bug problems were nearly eliminated from the U.S. around WWII, due to the widespread use of DDT. For decades, cases of bed bugs were rare. However, bed bugs’ resistance to DDT grew over time. When DDT was banned in the U.S., it didn’t take long for the bugs to begin a slow and steady comeback.
Bed bugs can now be found in every state in the United States due to:
- Increased frequency of international travel.
- Lack of societal vigilance and awareness.
- Changing pest control practices.
- Resistance to available insecticides.
Because bed bugs’ resistance to DDT has grown over the past 40 years, re-introducing the chemical as a form of bed bug control would be ineffective.
Bed bug populations are flourishing – and their rapid increase is creating a serious threat to American hospitality, housing, and healthcare businesses.
Anyone who sits or sleeps on a piece of furniture for two-four hours is at risk for bed bug bites. Once bed bugs arrive, they can hide anywhere: in mattresses and box springs, bed frames, furniture, televisions, lamps, dressers, behind pictures, in thick carpeting. They can even hide under baseboards or in the walls.
Bed bugs infest anywhere they can find shelter and food: hotels, hospitals, apartments, school dormitories, nursing homes, buses, taxis, theatres. If they can find a meal, they can survive.
They reproduce and spread rapidly and can travel through walls to neighboring rooms. This fact makes hotels, apartment complexes, jails, nursing homes, hospitals, and dormitories especially prone to an infestation. Bed bug control is extremely important to shared communal living places.
How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs?
The following are common signs of bed bugs and can be symptoms of a possible infestation:
- Small red to reddish brown fecal spots on mattresses, upholstery, or walls
- Molted bed bug skin, white, sticky eggs, or empty eggshells
- A characteristically sweet odor, a tell-tale sign of a particularly heavily infested area
- Red, itchy bite marks, especially on the legs, arms, and other body parts exposed while sleeping.
DIY Bed Bug Control | Check For Bed Bugs In Hotel Rooms
If you’re traveling, the last thing you want is to wake up with itchy bites. Although the bite of bed bugs is painless, most people develop an allergic reaction to the saliva (which also acts as a numbing agent) that’s injected by the bug as it feeds. Besides the annoyance of the bite, it is likely you will take the pests home. One of the best tactics for bed bug control is to avoid them altogether.
Next time you check in, follow these steps to find out if your room is infested with bed bugs.
One easy way to increase your chances for a bed bug-free room is to research a hotel online before you book. Most travel sites have a review section where previous guests will share about their stay.
Leave your Luggage Outside the Door
Once you get to your room, leave your luggage outside the door, or park it in the bathroom until you have completed a room inspection. Like many other pests, bed bugs have been known to travel inside luggage … you don’t want to give them the chance to move into yours.
Check the Bed
Bed bugs are usually found around the headboard, bed frame, mattress or box springs, so it is important to thoroughly inspect the bed. You will need to look for small, brown fecal matter stains, and translucent light brown exoskeletons that have been shed or live bed bugs. Start by pulling the bed away from the wall and use a flashlight to inspect the headboard and wall behind the bed. If the headboard is bolted to the wall, take a hair dryer, put it on high heat and run it along the crack of the headboard. Unfortunately, this will not kill the bed bugs, but you will be able to see them run from the flow of hot air. Once you are sure that area is clear, strip the bed so you can check the mattress and mattress pad. Then, lift the mattress and box spring up so you can inspect beneath them.
Inspect the Rest of the Room
Look over the rest of the room including nightstands, luggage racks, couches, dresser, and any other furniture in the room.
In order to be completely sure your room is free of bed bugs, you should re-examine your sheets the next morning.
If you follow these directions, you will greatly reduce your chances of staying in a bed bug-infested room.
Why Is Bed Bug Control So Important?
According to the NPMA’s 2015 bed bug survey, more than 90% of professionals battled bed bugs in apartments, condominiums, and single-family homes, and three-fourths (74%) encountered infestations in hotels and motels. Since 2013, occurrences have also spiked in such places as nursing homes, office buildings, and on public transportation. Respondents also report infestations in shelters, college dorms, day-care centers, health care facilities, stores, libraries, and movie theaters.
Specifically, bed bug infestations are often found in:
- Nursing homes – 58 percent (46 percent in 2013)
- Office buildings – 45 percent (36 percent in 2013)
- Schools and day care centers – 43 percent (41 percent in 2013)
- Hospitals – 36 percent (33 percent in 2013)
- Doctor’s offices/outpatient facilities – 33 percent (26 percent in 2013)
- Transportation (train/bus/taxi) – 29 percent (21 percent in 2013)
- Retail stores – 20 percent (15 percent in 2013)
- Movie theaters – 16 percent (10 percent in 2013)
What Bed Bug Bites Look Like
Unfortunately, you can’t know 100% if you have been bitten by a bed bug unless you can produce a sample of the bug so it can be identified. However, bed bug bites tend to have similarities and patterns. They almost always move in a straight line down your skin (like they are at a buffet) and most people bitten tend to experience itching, sometimes mild or severe, depending on the individual’s reaction to the bite. There are usually numerous bites in a line down a limb or another part of your body. If you have a singular, itchy bite, it most likely came from another type of pest.
If you wake up with bites in this pattern, immediately check your clothing and sheets. They often leave behind small blood stains after feeding.
Also, check the seams of your mattress and box spring, under the bed, along floorboards, and any other cool, dark crevices around your bed.
Even if you do not find any signs of bed bugs, but wake up with the bites, call Bed Bug ProActive® immediately to schedule your free 20-minute pest audit!