Last updated 3 days ago
Traveling is one of the most common ways to pick up bed bugs and bring them home. A few simple tips can help you prevent an infestation by keeping bed bugs from finding a way to stow away in your luggage. If you do suspect your belongings were exposed to bed bugs during a trip, contact Burns Bed Bug Control immediately to schedule a home inspection.
Do Your Research
Before booking a hotel, check online for reviews to determine if bed bugs have been reported in the establishment. In most cases, a single bad report does not mean the hotel has a widespread problem. However, if a hotel has gotten numerous bad reviews and reports of bed bugs, you should consider staying somewhere else.
Inspect Your Room
Upon arriving in any hotel room, inspect the area for bed bugs. Take the sheets off the bed to get a close look at the mattress for signs of insects or their excrement. Also look along the base of the bed frame and the headboard for signs of pests. Check any upholstered furniture as well—bed bugs often hide out in the cushions of sofas and chairs. If you have any doubt as to whether your room could be infested, contact the hotel management and ask for a different room.
Take Care With Belongings
Even if your room looks bed bug-free, take precautions with your luggage to avoid picking up stowaways. Never place your suitcase on a bed, couch, or chair—instead, use the luggage stands provided with your room to keep suitcases off the floor. Store your clothing in the closet on hangers and avoid laying out items on the bed.
Burns Bed Bug Control is here to help you handle these unwanted pests in your home or business. Our website features a full list of our residential and commercial bed bug detection and elimination services in the Phoenix and Tucson areas. You can reach a pest elimination expert by calling (602) 814-0439 for the answers to your questions and concerns.
Last updated 10 days ago
Thermal remediation is a fast, effective, and environmentally safe method of removing bed bugs. During thermal remediation pest elimination, up to four rooms at once are thermally isolated and connected to a portable generator. The rooms are then heated to a temperature of 120-135 degrees Fahrenheit, which kills bed bugs in all four stages of life. As the rooms are heated, pest control experts will periodically rotate cushions and other items to ensure they are heated evenly and all bed bugs are killed. Once heating is complete and the bed bugs have been eliminated, the rooms are allowed to cool and may be re-occupied in a short period of time. No chemicals or pesticides are required, making thermal remediation an eco-friendly and healthy bed bug elimination choice.
Do you have a bed bug problem in Phoenix or Tucson? Contact Burns Bed Bug Control by calling (602) 814-0439 to find out more about our treatment options, including integrated pest management and thermal remediation. Check us out on the web for more information about bed bugs and other common Arizona pests.
Last updated 17 days ago
Although bed bug infestations were once quite common, by the end of the 1950s these pests had all but disappeared from the public eye. Unfortunately, bed bugs have made a recent resurgence in homes, hotels, schools, hospitals, and many other locations. Although these insects’ name implies that they prefer your bed as a habitat, bed bugs can be found occupying many other places in your home as well.
Bed bugs may move from your bed to other upholstered furniture such as sofas, recliners, and ottomans. Pull up the cushions of your couches and chairs to look for signs of bed bug activity if you think you may have an infestation. These pests may also move into the framed inner portions of furniture, making them even more difficult to detect.
If you encounter bed bugs in your travels, chances are these pests have stowed away in your luggage. You can prevent bringing bed bugs into your home after a trip by unpacking your luggage outside your home and storing suitcases, backpacks, and other items in a garage or outdoor closet. If you believe your luggage is infested with bed bugs, either throw it away or clean it out thoroughly by scrubbing, steam cleaning, and vacuuming each item to remove pests before you travel again.
Baseboards and Cracks
Although bed bugs seem to prefer upholstery and other fabrics, they can be found hiding behind baseboards, trim, and moulding as well. Bed bugs may also find refuge in small cracks or holes in your walls, emerging at night to look for a meal. Insects may sometimes be seen along walls and windowsills, particularly in heavily infested homes.
Burns Bed Bug Control offers K9 bed bug detection to ensure any and all pests are identified and eliminated from your Phoenix home. Contact us by calling (602) 814-0439 to speak with a pest elimination expert in your area about your bed bug control options. You can learn more about bed bugs and their habits on our blog.
Last updated 1 month ago
Bed bugs find nourishment by feeding on your blood while you sleep. When a bed bug bites you, it also injects an anesthetic into your skin so you remain unaware of the bite. Most people sleep right through a bed bug bite, only to find evidence of the insect’s activities in the morning. Bed bug bites can be difficult to distinguish from other insect bites, and are often confused with mosquito or flea bites. A bed bug bite often looks like a small raised bump of reddened skin that itches. Bites can appear singly or in clusters or lines. While most people are only mildly allergic to bed bug bites, some people may develop a more severe reaction. Large bite marks, excessive itching or irritation, and even trouble breathing may occur. Seek medical care immediately if any of these reactions occur.
Burns Bed Bug Control has been serving the Phoenix area since 1983. We offer the latest, safest, and most effective bed bug elimination techniques to handle infestations quickly. Click through our website or call us at (602) 814-0439 to learn more about our latest offers and pest control services.
Last updated 1 month ago
In recent years, bed bugs have become a growing concern for many homeowners. These insects are small, persistent, and sometimes difficult to remove once they have taken hold in your home. Preventing a bed bug infestation is the best way to protect your family and your home from these troublesome pests.
Inspect Hotel Rooms
One of the easiest ways to transport bed bugs into your home is by staying in an infested hotel room. Many hotels have taken extensive steps to eliminate bed bugs, but it’s still important to inspect any hotel room before staying the night. Pull the sheets off the bed to inspect the mattress for brown or rust-colored smudges. You may also be able to see the insects themselves. You should also inspect the cushions of any upholstered chairs or sofas in your hotel room. If you suspect a bed bug problem, let the hotel management know immediately.
Take Precautions Away From Home
When staying in a hotel or guest room, a few simple precautions can also guard against bed bugs even if you haven’t found signs of activity. Never place your luggage directly on the bed or other furniture—instead, store it on a luggage rack off the floor. Don’t lay out clothing on the bed or chairs. Hang clothes in the closet where bed bugs can’t reach them.
If you suspect you may have encountered bed bugs on your travels, unpack your suitcase outside your home. Wash all clothing immediately on a setting of 120 degrees or higher, followed by at least 20 minutes in the dryer on the hottest setting. Throw away contaminated luggage or treat it with pest elimination strips sealed inside a plastic bag with the luggage for at least two weeks.
Don’t let bed bugs turn into unwanted houseguests—contact Burns Bed Bug Control by calling (602) 814-0439 to schedule an inspection today. We utilize the newest, most effective detection and elimination techniques to handle any bed bug problem. Check out our blog to learn more about preventing a bed bug infestation in your home.