Last updated 16 days ago
With the worldwide resurgence of bed bug infestations, there’s a lot more to worry about these days when you lay down to sleep at night. More of a nuisance than a health hazard, these tiny bloodsuckers can be found everywhere across the United States. Bed bugs are small, flat, and wingless. They range in color from white to brown, but they turn orange-red after feeding. Because they inject a numbing agent into your body, you won’t feel a bed bug bite until you wake up. If you notice straight rows of itchy, red bites on the skin around your arms, shoulders, and back, you may have a bed bug problem.
If you live in Phoenix, contact Burns Bed Bug Control at the first sign of a bed bug infestation. Our specially-trained bed bug inspectors can find these tiny insects and eliminate them for good. To learn more about our bed bug elimination services, visit our website or give us a call at (602) 814-0439.
Last updated 21 days ago
There are plenty of furniture bargains at garage sales and consignment stores, but who knows what you might bring home hidden inside that gently used chair or bedside table. From Philadelphia, PA to Phoenix, AZ, bed bugs are found in everywhere in the United States. They are also incredibly hard to kill, and can even survive for up to a year without a blood meal. All of this means that you need to be careful when buying used furniture to avoid bringing bed bugs into your home.
Avoid Abandoned Furniture
If you spot an old mattress in a dumpster or a used sofa in an alley, leave it where it is. It’s hard enough to check for signs of bed bugs in items that seem relatively clean and safe, so avoid scavenging furniture finds that are abandoned around the city. If an object looks destined for the dump, don’t try to intervene. If you do, you may get more than you bargained for in the form of a full blown bed bug infestation.
Stay Away from Upholstered Furniture
Upholstered furniture can be a safe haven for bed bugs. Once inside, they are nearly impossible to detect and even harder to eliminate. Steam cleaning won’t eradicate bed bugs from upholstered furniture, and extreme heat won’t penetrate into the padding to eliminate bed bugs and their eggs. In other words, try to avoid buying used upholstery furniture at all costs.
Carefully Inspect the Items You Buy
No matter what item you purchase or where you found it, make sure to inspect any used furniture before you bring it inside of your home. Bed bugs deposit small black spots after feeding, although fabrics may also show reddish streaks or smears. Make sure to also look in cracks and crevices for live bugs or molted skins.
To be on the safe side, contact Burns Bed Bug Control of Phoenix to treat your used furniture piece for bed bugs. And if these critters do make their way into your home, we provide full-home bed bug elimination solutions. Visit our website to learn more about our bed bug services, or schedule an appointment today by calling (602) 814-0439.
Last updated 27 days ago
The first settlers to arrive in the United States brought with them bed bugs from Europe. Since then, bed bugs have been getting around the U.S. pretty much the same way—by hitching a ride. Hotel rooms are notorious for harboring these tiny bloodsuckers, so be sure to carefully inspect the room for any signs of bed bugs before settling down. You should also inspect your clothing and luggage before coming home to make sure there aren’t any unwelcome guests on your belongings. For more tips on how to avoid bed bugs while traveling, watch this video from About.com.
Bed bugs in your home? Don’t worry; simply call Burns Bed Bug Control of Phoenix. We are one of the Valley’s most trusted bed bug detection and elimination companies. Contact us online to learn more about our bed bug services, or call us at (602) 814-0439 to schedule an inspection today.
Last updated 1 month ago
Cities across the United States are being plagued by a massive resurgence of bed bugs, the tiny brown insects that love to infiltrate the mattresses and feed on the blood of their human hosts. According to a survey by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky, bed bugs calls to exterminators have nearly tripled in the last decade. But this is not the first time mankind has had to deal with bed bugs, and it certainly won’t be the last. Here is a brief look back at the history between humans and bed bugs.
Ancient Evidence of Bed Bugs
There is ample evidence that suggests that humans have been battling bed bugs for thousands of years. In the 1990s, for example, archaeologists found fossilized bed bugs while excavating a site in Egypt that is believed to be 3,500 years old. Bed bugs also make an appearance in several plays by the ancient Greek writer Aristophanes, who died in 386 B.C.
Bed Bugs Come to America
Most of the sea-faring vessels of the 17th century harbored bed bugs, so the colonists who first came to America from Europe brought these tiny blood suckers with them. There is also no record of a Native American word for bed bugs, which serves as yet another indication of their colonial origins.
Bed Bug Resurgence
In the 1940s, pest control experts started using DDT to eliminate bed bugs. DDT proved so effective against bed bugs that their numbers dwindled for almost 30 years. Then, in the 1970s and 1980s, the Environmental Protection Agency outlawed DDT and other insecticides that had helped quell the bed bug epidemic. Since then, the bed bug population in the United States has made a huge comeback.
If you suspect that you are sharing your bed with these tiny pests, contact Burns Bed Bug Control of Phoenix. Our inspectors are certified in multi-stage bed bug detection, and we offer thorough extermination solutions to keep your home free of bed bugs. Contact us online or call us at (602) 814-0439 to schedule a bed bug inspection today.
Last updated 1 month ago
If you start seeing red bumps on your skin and black spots in your mattress, you likely have bed bugs. To get rid of these parasites for good, you’ll need to have a team of professionals provide one of three bed bug elimination options.
Integrated pest management involves the application of EPA-approved products to the cracks and crevices where bed bugs are thought to be hiding. Then, the experts remove the remaining bed bugs and eggs with a special vacuum and re-inspect the area. Thermal remediation uses Enviro Heat to eliminate bed bugs at any life stage, and can treat up to 16 rooms at once. Thermal container remediation uses the same technology, only it treats smaller areas at a time. This method uses temperatures of up to 135 degrees, ensuring total elimination.
If you suspect that bed bugs have taken over your home, contact the pest elimination experts at Burns Bed Bug Control. We’ve spend the last three decades battling bed bug infestations throughout the Phoenix area. Call us at (602) 814-0439 or visit our website if you have any questions.