Bed Bug Proactive
Bed Bug ProActive® is here! Working as an innovative inspection and treatment strategy for preventing, controlling, and eliminating bed bug infestations, developed by your pest professionals at American Pest Management, Inc.
Bed Bug ProActive® uses proven and effective products that are labeled for use against bed bugs. We combine those products with a thorough inspection/treatment strategy and specially trained technicians to rid your home or business 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 an introduction of bed bugs (or other pests) from becoming an infestation. We have several new treatment programs featuring Bed Bug ProActive®.
Treatment Programs We Offer
- Multi-family (apartment buildings)
- Senior Living
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, over time it became prevalent that Bed Bugs were being resistant to DDT over time. It was then that DDT became banned in the U.S. It didn’t take long for the bugs to begin a slow, but steady comeback. Due to factors such as: increasing international travel, lack of societal vigilance and awareness, changing pest control practices, and resistance to available insecticides, bed bugs can now be found in every state in the United States. Any re-introduction of DDT would become ineffective, due to Bed Bugs becoming totally resistant to the chemical over the past 40 years.
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 – wherever they can find a blood meal.
They reproduce and spread rapidly, and can travel through walls to neighboring rooms, making hotels, apartment complexes, jails, nursing homes, hospitals, and dormitories especially prone to an infestation.
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.
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 getting bitten, you will also likely take the little pests home.
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.
Did You Know?
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:
- 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 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 person’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!