Preparing For Bedbug Treatment In Your Bedroom

How does one start preparing for bedbug treatment? It may seem daunting after getting told your have a bedbug problem or infestation. However, if you break it up into smaller steps, you’ll be ready in no time. See the steps below and contact us if you have any further questions.

Step 1

Bed Bugs can hide anywherePreparing for bedbug treatment starts with your bed. Next, remove all of the bedding. And, remove anything stored under the bed. You need to eliminate places for the bedbugs to hide.

Although, you have removed everything under your bed, you will leave it in the room to be treated. However, moving items occupied by bedbugs furthers the infestation. And, it can create more problems and cost for you.

Step 2

Next up in preparing for bedbug treatment is the closet. Similar to cleaning out under the bed, you need to clean out the closet. Be careful to keep the affected items in the room(s) being treated. This is a good time to reduce some of your unneeded clothing, shoes, etc. And, it will leave less places for pests to hide. The trash receptacle must be kept a far distance to the house until pickup time.

Step 3

Last in preparing for bedbug treatment is to make sure there are no further piles or items in the hallway outside the bedroom. Don’t give the bedbugs another safe haven during treatment. Keep the area clean for trained technicians. And, leave halls clean of debris for safety.

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Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?

The name Bed Bug likely comes from the fact that they are small bugs found feeding on humans while they are asleep in their beds. Don’t quote us on that! They are found pretty much anywhere people are gathered. This includes: homes, apartments, churches, hotels, schools, offices, retail stores, and public transportation (buses, subways, etc.).

Some Fascinating Information About Bed Bugs:

Unfed bed bugs are a translucent brown. Well-fed ones are a dark brownish red in color. And, nymphs are translucent. They have 6 legs. Their shape is oval and flat when hungry. And then, oval and puffed up when engorged with blood. The length of the average bed bug is 1/4 inch long. These pest also come with antennae.

Where Are Bed Bugs:

Bed bugs are all over the United States.

Where Do Bed Bugs Live?

Bed bugs live in cracks and small cervices near humans. Because human beings are their food source. They can live in baseboards, mattresses, couches, behind wall paper, in upholstery, and other furniture. When they are hitching a ride from one place to another, they have been found in backpacks, public transportation, and in cars.

Will A Bite From A Bed Bug Kill Me?

It is extremely rare for a these pests bite to kill a human. At times, there are allergic reactions to bed bugs.

How Will I Know A Bed Bug Bit Me?

Bed bugs leave a red, swollen, itchy welt on your skin. People are most often bitten in the abdomen; but the bites can be anywhere on your body.

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Above all, Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home or home away from home safe for you family. If you have a question about pests or any other pest problem, please call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us. We service most of Middle Tennessee including Smyrna, Murfreesboro, and LaVergne

3 Reasons Why You Should Use An Expert To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

3 Reasons Why You Should Use An Expert To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs do not play. To rid your home of this insect you have to employ the aid of an expert; anything less than that could mean you are leaving your house open to infestation. The use of an expert, like Absolute Pest Control, to get rid of a bed bug cannot be over emphasized. Here are 3 reasons why you should use an expert to get rid of bed bugs.

BED BUGS ARE SMART

Have you ever noticed that a bed bug only feed on their hosts when they are asleep? Or that they have developed such a scary survival instinct where they do not have to eat for a year? Scary, right? These smart, wingless, annoying insects has also developed a means of survival even after you think you have gotten rid of them? Ever wondered why bed bugs come back even after you think you have gotten rid of them? It is because you never got rid of them in the first place. Which is why you need an expert who has spent years evolving with these insects to help you get rid of them forever! Our steam bed bug removal system is revolutionary.

BED BUGS ARE DANGEROUS

Bed bugs are known to cause harm to humans which is more than just the usual skin rash. These pests are known to cause psychological effects and allergic symptoms on their victims. It is very important to find bed bugs and destroy them for good. Sometimes people don’t respond to a bed bug bite immediately, other times couples complain that one partner is getting bitten. A large population of people don’t react to bed bug bites immediately and this is a problem because these people may not even know that they have a bed bug infestation in the first place. In severe cases of an infestation, people can become anemic.

AN EXPERT IS AN EXPERT

If you decide to get rid of bed bugs on your own, your go-to a solution would probably be to take out your bed and mattress. Leave it to sun dry for a while. And, vacuum your home. Then, hope you have gotten rid of these insects. NO! It does not work like that. If an expert walks into a home infested with bed bugs, he knows, just by the odor bed bugs give. Sometimes it is hard to know when you are under attack except you wake up in the middle of the night and see them. If you hire an expert, his priority will be a thorough inspection to ascertain the degree of infestation. Our technicians will rid your home of bed bugs and guarantee that they will not return.

Always employ the aid of experts during an infestation. It is safer, faster and easier.

Using Steam To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs With Steam

A bed bug infestation can prove to be very difficult to get rid of in it’s entirety. Bed bugs are able to travel on clothes or in luggage and immune to insecticides. They are very persistent bugs.

However, there is one way to eradicate them for good. Steam. Because it’s vital you act fast to avoid any infestation spreading, or getting worse. We’ve compiled a ‘how to’ guide for getting rid of bed bugs with steam.

 

Why steam?

Bed bugs may not be permanently removed with chemicals. But, the one thing they can’t survive is heat. Anything over 120 degrees is too hot to handle.

At around 140 degrees, steam has the power to infiltrate all of the hard to reach areas in your home, including the inside of mattresses, curtains and carpet effectively. And, without damaging the environment, which is an added bonus.

It also has the advantage of acting as a sanitizer and gets rid of unwanted smells, like cigarette smoke, so you’re basically deep cleaning your home while you’re at it.

We have specialized steam cleaning equipment that will make the whole process quick and easy.

 

How to Identify Bed Bugs!

Bed Bugs can hide anywhereIf you think you may have bed bugs here are some things to look for:

  1. Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses.
  2. Dark spots, which are bed bug excrement and may bled on fabrics much like a marker would.
  3. Eggs and eggshells (which are about 1mm) and pale yellow skins that Nymphs shed as they grow bigger.
  4. Live bed bugs.

We have another blog article called Bed Bugs 101. You can get more information about where they live and hide. Click HERE to read the full article.

A word of warning!

You may purchase a steamer and try this yourself, which we understand. But beware, the steam is very hot and just a small amount can produce burns. Also, keep children and animals away from a steaming device. Read more HERE about DIY steam treatment.

 

Why call us?

Our highly trained technicians will evaluate the situation, give you a fair estimate and can return to get rid of bed bugs quickly and safely. Your technician will use steam at 140 degrees for 2 to 4 hours (depending on how big the infestation is) to eradicate those bed bugs. We offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee.

 

If you need further assistance or just don’t want to deal with the mess of getting rid of Bed Bugs with steam please give us a call at 615-220-1933. We are the area experts and can quickly and efficiently take care of your bed bug issues.

Steam Treatment For Bed Bugs

Steam Treatment for Bed Bugs

steam treatment for bed bugsIs it possible to use steam treatment for bed bugs? It is a viable answer to bed bug infestations that is extremely effective, cheaper and quick. High temperature steam kills bed bugs and essentially sterilizes your furniture/home. We have trained our technicians to properly administer this new method to alleviate bed bug problems will a 100% money back guarantee.

How does it work?

By utilizing the high temperatures of steam, it creates an environment that the bed bugs simply cannot survive in. Our technician will fill the room with steam of 140 degrees for 2-4 hours (longer in larger infestations) using one of our new machines. This process will sanitize your room and rid it of odors (if you have them) like cigarette smoke or pets.

What’s the Cost?

The cost varies by how large of a space that needs to be treated and how intense the infestation is in your home. The cost is less than traditional treatment. We also offer a 100% money back guarantee.

Can Anyone Do It?

While there are videos out on Youtube showing people how steam treatment for Bed Bugs can work, some also talk about using chemicals and buying expensive equipment. You can see one of the videos here. But if you think about the time, energy and equipment – not to mention no warranty on the work, you’re better off hiring us to complete the project for you!

We have additional information here on our website.

Nashville Ranks 23rd in the Country For Bed Bugs!

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If you have any pest control needs or questions our staff is here to assist you. Please call our office at 615-220-1933 to book an appointment or get answers to your questions.

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Bug of the Month for January: Bed Bug

 

Bug of the Month for January: Bed Bug

Unlike a lot of pests, the bed bug is not known for carrying any infectious diseases. However, they can and do bite, leaving itchy, unsightly red bumps and can cause allergic reactions.

Bed bugs are especially annoying because they are very hard to get rid of once they have made their home in your bed. So, if you think your home is being infested by bed bugs, here’s how to tell for sure and what to do about it.

What do bed bugs look like?Bed_bug,_Cimex_lectularius

Bed bugs are brown and about ¼ inch long. They are round, and if they have fed recently, they are swollen. If not, they lie flat. They have antennas and wings, but can’t fly.

Baby bed bugs are a translucent, yellow color and very hard to spot. Bed bug eggs are all but invisible to the naked eye.

What are some bed bug behaviors?

Bed bugs feed on mammals, particularly humans. They will travel a few feet in order to feed on their host. Bed bugs mostly come out at night and will sometimes leave a rusty-brown colored spot on fabric while feeding. The female bed bug can produce 200-300 offspring in her lifetime.

Where do bed bugs live?

Where there are people, you can find bed bugs. They can live in any climate a human can.

Bed bugs love to hang around furniture, in the cracks and crevices. This includes beds (hence the name), chairs, couches, and tables. They can also be found in electrical appliances and around water pipes.

How do I spot bed bug bites, and what should I do about them?

Bed bug bites are red and are sometimes itchy. There are usually multiple bite marks, most often on one side of the body.

Some symptoms of bed bug bites are allergic skin reactions, secondary infections, and even mental health problems like anxiety and insomnia.

Most of the time, bed bug bites will go away by themselves. This can usually take one week to a month, depending on the severity and if there are any allergic reactions.

If you develop a reaction, you should seek medical help immediately.

How can I get rid of bed bugs?

Bed bugs can be incredibly difficult to get rid of. There are a variety of insecticides available that can kill them, but there are other ways to control bed bugs such as vacuuming, getting rid of things they may have infested, and getting rid of clutter in your home.

Perhaps the most effective way to get rid of bed bugs is with heat. Bed bugs cannot survive temperatures higher than 145 degrees Fahrenheit for extended periods of time. Wash your sheets on hot and then dry with heat to keep them away from your bed. You can also use a blow dryer for five minutes or so, then vacuum them away.

If you’ve tried everything and can’t get rid of the bed bugs on your own, you should call Absolute Pest Control at (615)220-1933 or click here to schedule an appointment.

To learn more about our new steam cleaning bed bug service, click here.

Source:

http://www2.epa.gov/bedbugs

Our Commercial Bed Bug Removal Service

Our Commercial Bed Bug Removal Service

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Here at Absolute Pest Control, we know how much of a nuisance bed bugs can be. Their bites are itchy and annoying and can drive customers and tenants away. But don’t worry! We specialize in the prevention and extermination of bed bug infestations in your commercial property.

Whether you own a hotel or apartment complex, we can help you get rid of your bed bug problem with our commercial bed bug removal services.

Prevention

We inspect your property on a regular basis to make sure there are no bed bug infestations. We work hard to keep your property bed bug-free so you don’t have to worry about losing precious time and resources.

Extermination

We use the latest technology and methods, including our steam-cleaning bed bug removal service, to make sure your property is ridden of bed bugs should an infestation occur. Our staff is properly trained and able to take care of the problem quickly and with as little interruption to your business as possible.

If you suspect your property is infested with bed bugs, call us at (615)220-1933 or click here to set up an appointment or inspection schedule for our commercial bed bug removal services today.

5 Most Common Winter Pests

What Are The 5 Most Common Winter Pests?

common-house-spiders.jpgAnts, bed bugs, birds, cockroaches, flies, rodents, spiders, termites….is your skin crawling yet? But rest assured, in the winter, some of those pests magically disappear into the great wilderness of not-in-my-house. However, it is important to note the word some here, mostly because it is not the word all. That’s right, they aren’t all gone. This means right now, buzzers and crawlers could be moving through the fabrics in your carpet or in your kids’ bedsheets. You should be able to experience the peace and comfort of knowing that you are safe. Knowledge is power and you should certainly keep your home safe. So here are the 5 Most Common Winter Pests and how you can identify them.

  1. Firewood pests usually enter through wood used in certain stoves and fireplaces. Wood which hasn’t been left in the summer to kill insects is prone to harbor insects. Wood which has been stored near a building, or on the ground can harbor rodents which can ride their way into your kitchen. If you brought any sticks or chop wood into or within fifty feet of your home in the last six months, did you look over every piece to visually inspect for insects and rodents? There’s something to think about. The best tool to fight these pests is with professional treatment.

  2. Overwintering insects are basically bugs that are hibernating. In Tennessee, they are adjusted to a long period of cold, brittle temperatures. When these particular insects take up residence in your home, they will come out of hibernation and emerge into the warmth of your winter home, thinking they have arrived at spring. So go ahead, turn it up to seventy-two.

  3. The house mouse might be two to two and a half inches long and carries a hairless tail twice as long as its body. If you see a light brown or gray ball of fur streak by you on the floor, it’s time to call the exterminator. They will eat through any food container, leave droppings all over the house or carry anyy of 35 diseases.

  4. Rats are not mice. They are usually brown with a gray underbelly. Your rat can grow up to 16 inches long from head to tail. Because of their size, they can cause real damage when they burrow in your backyard or climb up into the attic space and begin chewing on wires.

  5. The dreaded bed bug is not just a fair-thee-well when putting the kids to bed. Bed bugs have exploded back into American mattresses in the last few years. They were practically non-existent before World War II, but the swell lately is certainly worth watching. You can put on a mattress cover, but if you don’t have one now, read on. Bed bugs are very small (about 5 millimeters) and brown. They look a lot like ticks. Bed bugs feed on human blood and can live a year without a host. The good news is that they do not transmit diseases to humans, but they will crawl all over your skin and keep you awake. Every. Single. Night.

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Keeping yourself safe is not a difficult thing to do in the home. When you have a good pest control professional like Absolute Pest Control, you can rest assured that these pests as well as dozens of others will be cared for without you having to worry. Our Platinum Plan offers safety, security and affordability. See the plan here.

Take a moment today and look through your house for these 5 Most Common Winter Pests. Check the headboards, around the trashcans and take a peek at the baseboards. Make sure you are safe and enjoy the peace of a protected home. If you find a problem, call our professional technicians at 615-220-1933.

Winter's 5 Most Common Pests

Winter’s 5 Most Common Pests

What are Winter’s 5 most common pests? Ants, bed bugs, birds, cockroaches, flies, rodents, spiders, termites….is your skin crawling yet? But rest assured, in the winter, some of those pests magically disappear into the great wilderness of not-in-my-house. However, it is important to note the word some here, mostly because it is not the word all. That’s right, they aren’t all gone. This means right now, buzzers and crawlers could be moving through the fabrics in your carpet or in your kids’ bedsheets. You should be able to experience the peace and comfort of knowing that you are safe. Knowledge is power and you should certainly keep your home safe. So here are Winter’s 5 most common pests and how you can identify them.

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1. Firewood pests usually enter through wood used in certain stoves and fireplaces. Wood which hasn’t been left in the summer to kill insects is prone to harbor insects. Wood which has been stored near a building, or on the ground can harbor rodents which can ride their way into your kitchen. If you brought any sticks or chop wood into or within fifty feet of your home in the last six months, did you look over every piece to visually inspect for insects and rodents? There’s something to think about. The best tool to fight these pests is with professional treatment from Absolute Pest Control Service. Click here to contact us.

2. Overwintering insects are basically bugs that are hibernating. In Tennessee (are you in Nashville, Murfreesboro or Brentwood), they are adjusted to a long period of cold, brittle temperatures. When these particular insects take up residence in your home, they will come out of hibernation and emerge into the warmth of your winter home, thinking they have arrived at spring. So go ahead, turn it up to seventy-two.

3. The house mouse might be two to two and a half inches long and carries a hairless tail twice as long as its body. If you see a light brown or gray ball of fur streak by you on the floor, it’s time to call the exterminator. They will eat through any food container, leave droppings all over the house or carry any of 35 diseases. This is high on the list of Winter’s 5 most common pests.

4. Rats are not mice. They are usually brown with a gray underbelly. Your rat can grow up to 16 inches long from head to tail. Because of their size, they can cause real damage when they burrow in your backyard or climb up into the attic space and begin chewing on wires.

How to get rid of Bed Bugs

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5. The dreaded bed bug is not just a fair-thee-well when putting the kids to bed. Bed bugs have exploded back into American mattresses in the last few years. They were practically non-existent before World War II, but the swell lately is certainly worth watching. You can put on a mattress cover, but if you don’t have one now, read on. Bed bugs are very small (about 5 millimeters) and brown. They look a lot like ticks. Bed bugs feed on human blood and can live a year without a host. The good news is that they do not transmit diseases to humans, but they will crawl all over your skin and keep you awake. Every. Single. Night.

Keeping yourself safe from Winter’s 5 most common pests is not a difficult thing to do in the home. When you have a good pest control professional, you can rest assured that these pests as well as dozens of others will be cared for. We guarantee our service and want to be your pest control partner. If you have any questions or are ready to book your appointment, please call us 615-220-1933.

Take a moment today and look through your house. Check the headboards, around the trashcans and take a peek at the baseboards. Make sure you are safe and enjoy the peace of a protected home.

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Bed Bugs, Costs Factors and Psychological Sleep Issues

Bed Bugs, Costs and Sleep Issues

Having a bed bug infestation will effect several different aspects of your life. The big one can often be your long term sleep. Other areas that may be an issue can be cost, embarrassment, overcoming the “dirty house” reputation and/or future travel doubt. This article will offer some helpful ideas to increase your comfort after a bed bug invasion.

The first step after finding out you have a bed bug problem is get treatment. Not all treatment companies are the same. Always ask for recommendations, check local BBB website or other reputable directories. When speaking to the companies ask what their services include. One really important question people don’t ask but should is what happens if the bed bug return? Is that covered in the initial fees? Will I incur additional costs for treatment if it does not work the first time? This is important because bed bugs can be difficult to treat. You do not want unexpected add on fees if they bed bugs return. We stand behind our treatment and offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee. Our trained technicians will rid your home of unwanted pests including bed bugs!

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Other hidden costs can be things like new beds. Bed bugs love to hide in the creases and seam of your mattress and box springs. If your mattress and box spring is old, you may be better off purchasing a new queen mattress and a high quality bed bug encasement. Encasement botcher because you want a full level of protection. The cheap ones may rip or tear, offering easy entrance to the bed bugs. Also, you want want an encasement that is made of a material that won’t bother you as you sleep. Think noise or scratchy materials.

The treatment of a bed bug infestation will bring a pest control company and their technicians to your home. many neighbors will be inquiring about what you bug has taken your home hostage. It is normal to question because they are thinking about if it will become a problem fr them as feel. Most neighbors understand bed bugs are not there because you have a “dirty” home. If you have spiders, snakes, ants or other common pest, they need to be on the look out too. Additionally, what if you just gave your neighbor the old mattress from your kids room? Oh boy, the bed bugs would be something they need to know about stat! Bed bugs do not target “dirty” homes. They are brought into the home most often by traveling. Don’t be too embarrassed to get treatment.

Some people have been highly traumatized by the infestation of ned bugs and have compared their feelings afterward similar to those who have been victim to a crime. The anxiety and stress can be labeled as PTSD. Without quality sleep people can be agitated and very stressed. Don’t fall victim to this! Your stress during the day can lead to problems in your job performance, then following up with an over active mind during the time when you should be sleeping and you will have long term sleep pattern issues. If you continue to have issues after getting treatment, please consult a professional to help you get through this problem. And, if the problem brings distress to your children, explain that the bugs are gone and that they won’t return. Make sure you do not add stress to your children. Their sleep patterns are developed when they are young. We don’t want to increase sleeping issues to affect their adult life.Bed Bugs can hide anywhere

Will you will be able to travel comfortably again? That is up to you. Be proactive in reading reviews of the hotels you will be staying. Check several websites for reviews and look back more than month. Most people don’t realize they have a problem immediately. Read our article that has what to look for when you stay in a hotel and you have checked into your room: here! Here is one site that travelers can check to see about bed bug infections: www.bedbugregistry.com.* Travel alone won’t bring a new infestation, so don’t let an infestation stop you from seeing the world. Some people purchase an RV or Trailer to travel to reduce their chances of getting infested by bed bugs. Remember, there is a bed there too. Always think about your choices and how they will effect your future.

If any pest is bothering your family, home, yard or business, we are highly trained to make sure that your treated fairly, with the best products for the situation and that you are happy with the service you received. At Absolute Pest Control we service all of Middle Tennessee and parts of Kentucky. Many residents is Smyrna, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin and Lebanon Tennessee are serviced by Absolute Pest Control. Please call us for your next appointment today at 615-220-1933. If you prefer email, click here for our contact form!

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