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Does Your Hotel Room Have Bed Bugs?

Filed under: Bed Bug — admin @ 8:43 am May 19, 2015

Bed Bug ControlIf you stay in a hotel room that is also occupied by bed bugs you can be sure these small insects will travel with you when you check out. You will not recognize that they have gained access to your luggage and clothing. Bed bugs will then infect your home with rapid reproduction. Since bed bugs are the size of an apple seed, detecting them requires a careful inspection of the room. If you find signs of bed bugs, ask for another room immediately.

How To Check Your Hotel Room For Bed bugs

Inspect your room when you arrive. The first step is to place your luggage in the bath tub since this is a hard surface which is less likely to be a home for bed bugs. Never put your luggage or any item of clothing on the bed, and don’t place your luggage on the luggage rack.

Begin your inspection with a flashlight by closely examining the mattress, Bed bugs are most likely to live in the bedding since this where they find their food source. Carefully remove the bedding and the mattress pad while inspecting the four corners of the mattress and the box spring.. Check the edging, seams and other small areas of the mattress and the pillow covers. Lift the box springs up to a vertical position and thoroughly check the box spring.

Look behind the headboard by removing it if possible. Otherwise, pull it out as much as you can. If this is not possible, then slide a piece of cardboard between the headboard and the wall. This may bring out parts of bed bugs which will tell you to look further. Inspect every area of the night stand including under the drawers and behind the night stand. Next, check any upholstered chairs by carefully examining the seams and under any cushion that is a separate part of the furniture. Look at any welting or piping that may decorate the upholstery. Check the luggage rack also.

 Signs To Look For

Don’t just look for live bed bugs. Look for droppings, cast off skins or staining.

If you need help in dealing with pests in your hotels, Horizon has the best pest hospitality program for you.

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Identifying Bed Bug Bites

Filed under: Bed Bug — admin @ 6:53 am March 27, 2015

ImageBed bugs are rarely caught in the act because they are nocturnal and usually bite people while they are sleeping. Additionally, bed bugs inject an anesthetic when they bite that prevents the bite from being felt and possibly waking the sleeper. So how do you know if those red, itchy bites you woke up with are from bed bugs?

 

 

 

Recognizing Bed Bug Bites

 

What do bed bug bites look like?

The bitten area may be red, with the surrounded skin appearing swollen or inflamed. Unlike flea bites, bed bug bites do not have a red spot in the center. The skin around the bite may be irritated or itchy. Since a single bed bug may bite multiple times, bites may be found in clusters of three or more. These bites can occur in a straight line or a random pattern.

Where do bed bugs bite?

While flea bites are usually found near the ankles, bed bug bites tend to be on the face, neck, arms, and hands. Although, bed bug bites can be found on any part of the body that is exposed during sleep.

Other Signs of Infestation

If you’ve examined your bites and you’re still not sure if bedbugs are the culprit, there are a few other signs and symptoms of bed bug investigation.

  • Molted Exoskeletons: Bed bugs shed their exoskeletons after feeding as they mature.
  • Blood Spots: The fecal material of bed bugs is laden with blood and may leave rusty colored spots on sheets, mattresses, or nearby furniture.
  • Smell: Bed bug scent glands produce a sweet, musty odor

If you wake up with bug bites and have any of the above symptoms, you may have a bed bug infestation.

 

What To Do If You’ve Been Bitten by Bed Bugs

 

Medical Concerns

The good news is that for most people, bed bugs do not cause medical concerns. Symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as painful swelling near the bite, may need to be evaluated by a medical professional.

Contact a Pest Professional

Some pest concerns can be handled by homeowners, but bed bugs are particularly difficult to eradicate and should be dealt with by a professional.

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Ways to Know if Your House has Bed Bugs and Ways to Get Rid of Them

Filed under: Bed Bug,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 9:00 am December 26, 2014

Bed Bug Control

Bed bugs are great at hiding and you may not even realize they are there until you find some signs of their presence. One of the most common signs of a bed bug invasion is when you find bite-marks after you have woken up from a nights rest. However, it is still difficult to say or to blame bed bugs for your bite marks since there are many different insects that can also bite you while you sleep. Mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks are just some of the insects that can also cause bite-marks. So, until you find a bed bug and have it properly identified, it can be a bit ambiguous to know if you indeed have bed bugs in the house.

Ways to Know if Your House has Bed Bugs

Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattress

Bed bugs commonly feed at night while most of us are asleep. But, while these pests feed on us, they may also get crushed as we scratch them off unintentionally. We might also crush them without knowing. Finding some rusty or reddish stains on the bed sheet or the mattress may lead you to suspect their presence.

Finding their excrement

These excrements are small, dark spots that may also bleed on the fabric like how a marker pen would.

Sweet odor

Bed bugs usually emit a musty sweet odor from their scent glands where they are usually congregated in one corner.

Having bite marks

Although your bite-marks may also be the making of other insects, there may be some ways to determine if they really came from a bed bug. You may be unaware that these bugs are crawling and biting on you in the middle of the night. As they bite you, they will inject you with an anesthetic and an anticoagulant the stops you from realizing that they are sucking your blood. Most people do not even realize that they have been bitten until they find the bite marks. The bite marks may be itchy and irritating. Some bite marks may be in a straight line while other bites may be in random position.

Seeing bed bugs

If you find a bed bug crawling on you, on your bed, or in any places where they might have an easy access to you, then you have bed bugs in the house.

How to Get Rid of Them

It is not easy to get rid of bed bugs. It will take time to totally get rid of them. Getting rid of bed bugs will depend on the type of home you have and the extremity of the infestation. If you are able to find the bed bugs early before they have created a large infestation, then your home may be saved pretty quickly. For multi-house dwellings, the infestation may get worse if the bed bugs travel from one house to the next.

Everyone is at risk of getting bed bugs since we constantly travel, and bed bugs are great travelers. To help your home and to get rid of these bugs, consult a pest control specialist. While there are some home remedies that you can do on your own, time is critical when it comes to bed bugs. They know how to travel well, and they can hide well too. In most cases, regular vacuuming, laundering and drying of suspected and even unsuspected clothes and linens on high heat, and applying pesticides directly on the bugs can help in getting rid of them.

Don’t let the bed bugs bite! Horizon Pest Control offers affordable and effective Bed Bug Control in New Jersey. Call 1.888.612.2847 today!

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Self-Inspection Tips from Bed Bugs

Filed under: Bed Bug — Megan Howard @ 5:56 am September 5, 2014

Bed Bug Control

We have seen the rise of bed bug infestations in recent years and it is not a joke to carry these blood-sucking creatures at home. Getting rid of these bed bugs once it settled in our homes can be quite difficult. It will mostly require the need to call a pest control professional to finally get rid of them. Some homes may just even rely on their own do-it-yourself bed bug control, which would probably fail. However, there are ways to stop these bugs from even entering our home premises and start a long cycle of problems for homeowners.

The Travelling Bed Bug

Bed bugs are great travelers. They probably travel more than we do, and because their population and their habitat range have increased significantly. It is up to us to stop them from spreading further. So, how do you stop a great traveler from travelling?

Since these bugs will travel with the help of a person, it is your task to check on yourself before you even go back home.

Where are The Bed Bugs?

If you commonly travel or you are going on a vacation, it is necessary to check on the place you are staying. Inspect your room before settling in. Do not place your luggage on the floor or bed yet. Place it down on the bathroom first. Checking your hotel room may take time and you are probably tired from your trip. But doing this safety precaution before putting your luggage on the floor or bed will avoid further headaches down the road.

Ways to Help You Find These Bugs

Check your bed

This will include your search for tiny blood spots on the sheets or mattress. Inspect the mattress carefully and pay attention to the seams. Use a flashlight to search for them on the bed frame, foot boards, and under the bed.

Check the entire bedroom

Search for bed bugs in drawers, cabinets, electronics, narrow spaces and crevices. Check drapes and wall decoration since they may just be hiding there.

Once you are satisfied and your room is cleared, then you can enjoy the rest of your vacation. However, if these bugs are present in your room, asked the hotel if you could stay on a different floor and in a different room, away from the infestation.

Don’t Let Them Get You

These bed bugs know how to travel in style and they will let you carry them with you once you decide to go home. You may be carrying them on your suitcase or on your clothes. Before you enter your home, make sure to:

Inspect your luggage

Inspect everything. From the clothes that you wore during the trip and even those that you did not use.

Wash your clothes in hot water

Wash everything that you brought with you during your trip. Bed bugs cannot stand the heat so if you are going to wash your clothes in hot water, these bugs will die. Follow this immediately with drying all of your clothes on low heat for 20 to 30 minutes to effectively kill them.

Although some may think that this is hard work and you are just being paranoid for thinking that you have brought bed bugs with you. However, cases where they easily infest homes are getting higher by the day. You definitely do not want to be part of that great number. So before you go home from that great adventure you had, better inspect yourself from bed bugs.

Horizon Pest Control knows the difficulties of continuously controlling bed bugs. We know that they have already drank too much of you and will continuously do until they are finally eradicated from your home. To stop these bed bugs from further harming you and your family, schedule an appointment with us now and learn about our Bed Bug Control.

How to Prevent Bed Bugs while Traveling

Filed under: Bed Bug — Megan Howard @ 9:38 am June 20, 2014

Bed Bug ControlOne of the easiest ways of encountering bed bugs is when you travel. Whether traveling locally or internationally, your luggage might come across with bed bugs. Bed bugs might be in your hotel room, in the trunk of the taxi, in the luggage compartment of the airplane, and so on. While you may not be able to control bed bugs while you are traveling, you can also do some ways to prevent them from coming home with you.

Preventing Bed Bugs when Traveling

Research your hotel

Before booking for a certain hotel, do some research first. Search TripAdvisor.com about the hotel you want to book and see if there are complaints about bed bugs. You can also go to BedbugRegistry.com and check if there have been complaints at a specific hotel. However, you also need to consider that bed bugs are becoming prevalent and a hotel that you like should still not be blacklisted from your list. If you are still going to check-in on a place where there is a history of bed bugs, make sure to ask for a room that has never had a bed bug problem or a room that has been thoroughly treated.

Invest in your luggage

It is most likely that bed bugs will come with you on your luggage since they like to hitchhike and attach themselves to the seams and zippers of soft-sided suitcases. When purchasing a new luggage better invest in hard-sided luggage, which bed bugs will have a hard time attaching themselves in. The hard-sided luggage have latches and not zippers. This type of luggage does not have folds or seams where bed bugs can hide, and it closes completely so pests cannot get inside.

You can also consider getting a collapsible luggage, where you can place your bags in the dryer for 30 minutes at high heat, as soon as you return home from your trip. If you must use soft-sided luggage, use lighter colored bags since it is also going to be difficult for you to spot bed bugs if your luggage is black or dark colored.

Pack your clothes smartly

Pack your belongings, such as your clothes, toiletries, and shoes in sealable plastic bags before putting them in your luggage. Make sure to seal everything you can inside since even a tiny opening can allow a bed bug to get in. When in a hotel room, keep your sealable bags zipped shut unless you need to access an item inside.

Spray your luggage with a bed bug deterrent spray

Before you travel, buy a bed bug deterrent spray and spray them all around and even inside your luggage. These sprays use lime and cedar, which bed bugs hate.

Inspect your room

Once inside your hotel room, do not put your luggage on the bed or on the floor of the room. Better bring your luggage inside the bathroom or in the bathtub. Have a little flashlight with you and start inspecting common hiding places of these bugs. The three most common places where they hide are on the headboard, nightstand and mattress.

Don’t bring your suitcase in with you once you get home

Conduct a thorough inspection of your suitcase outdoors or in the garage. Make sure you are away from furniture and sleeping areas when you do this. If you live in an apartment, you can use your balcony, bathtub, or shower (bed bugs have a harder time crawling up smooth surfaces and can easily be seen against light colors). Pay close attention to pockets, linings and seams. While you may be tired from traveling, but it is mostly important to first wash all your clothes in hot water and dry them for at least half an hour with heat before bringing them inside your room. Wash all your clothes, even those unworn on a high-heat setting, and dry them for at least 30 minutes to kill any bugs that might have traveled with you.

Make your Home Bed Bug Free

Since you like to travel make certain ways to also stop them from entering. It will take a lot of discipline on your part on how you view your travels. From inspecting the right rental car, to getting your suitcase protected when you travel by plane, and how you inspect your hotel may take a lot of your time. However, this will benefit your home if you can do it right. Your home in return should also be protected by placing mattress covers, avoid storing stuff under your bed, unless they are tightly sealed, throw out cardboard and paper, and so on.

Is your property infested with bed bugs? We can help you! Call 1.888.612.2847 today and ask about our Bed Bug Control services.

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How to Avoid Bed Bugs while Travelling

Filed under: Bed Bug — Megan Howard @ 7:07 pm February 26, 2014

 

 

Bed Bug Bites Hospitalize a Man

Bed bugs are not just your average night crawlers since they mainly use us as their source of food. We are actually their food as they suck our blood while we sleep. Bed bug infestations can be a real nightmare for some especially if these bugs are  the cause of your health to deteriorate.

Take an example of a man who was hospitalize because of bed bug bites. Robert Malcolm who stayed in a motel and suffered from continuous bed bugs bite that led him to his numerous scars and created more stress to his already weakened heart. Eventually, the situation landed him in the hospital.

Travellers Beware what you bring home

While stories such as this, are not telltales and they really do exist, getting safe while you travel should be a top priority. It is not paranoia that you want to become more conscious when you travel. Keep in mind that bed bugs are known travellers. They do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. They can easily enter homes undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and the like.

How to avoid and prevent bed bugs on vacation

How to Avoid Bed Bugs while traveling

  • If your plans of travel include a hotel stay make certain that you check for complaints from previous guests in their hotel registries.
  • Search for patterns in complaints such as date of complaints, actual bed bugs and reported bed bug bites
  • Check for bed bugs at your selected hotel
  • Check them in your room
  • Use a good flashlight to check these pests around the bed area
  • Do not put your luggage on the bed until the inspection is complete
  • Check around the bed, nightstand, headboard, and bed skirt, underneath and behind the night stand
  • Search for them at the piping around the mattress
  • Look for live insects, shed bed bug skins and peppery fecal spots that are found in areas where bed bugs live
  • Search for them in furniture cracks and crevices and folds of linens and bed skirts

If bed bugs are found, do not move your clothes into dresser drawers since this will increase the chance of having your clothes infested

Once you return from your trip, keep your suitcase in a garage and unload your clothes directly into the clothes dryer for a precautionary treatment. All stages of bed bugs can be killed by letting it be heated for twenty minutes in the dryer. The heat of a clothes dryer is known to be effective at killing these bugs. If clothes are wet when placed in the dryer, the 20 minutes of heat time will begin after the clothes are dry. If possible, add 20 more minutes of heat time on your clothes even after they are dry.

Accidentally brought bed bugs home? Contact Horizon Pest Control now! Visit New Jersey Bed Bugs to schedule a FREE appointment.

 

 

Bed Bug Continue to Plague Americans

Filed under: Bed Bug — Megan Howard @ 6:01 pm February 19, 2014

Oh boy is it Winter here on the East Coast! And for pest control, that means bed bug encounters are on the rise again. The National Pest Management Association put together this infographic to help us protect ourselves from picking up bed bugs while out and brnging them home with us.

bedbug-infographic

Stay warm out there and remember to check your clothing when you get home get home. If you see any red bites on your body, visit Bed Bug Control to schedule an inspection today!

Bed Bugs are on the Rise!

Filed under: Bed Bug,Bed Bug Extermination — Megan Howard @ 8:05 pm December 11, 2013

Bed Bug Control Service

A bed bug infestation is on the rise in the United States. And, while people are bed bug magnets, these pests are even harder to detect. Bed bugs can be found in places beyond just a bed. They can be found in houses, planes, luggage and even clothing. They can also be found in five-star hotels. These little creatures will not stop until they get what they want, and that is to feed on our blood.

They mostly look like an apple seed, flat and brown and they are commonly found in places where people sleep and those who travel. But anyone is at risk in bringing bed bugs with them. With the winter here, most are thinking if they will have a break with bed bugs just like some animals and insects that commonly hibernate. However, as the weather cools, and people stay indoors, they are more exposed to bed bugs.

But how? A number of animals are known to hibernate during winter. While there are other insects and animals that tend to slow or alter their normal activities during this time. The reason for this is that their bodies cannot adapt to the cold weather, which would result for these animals and insects to feel more sluggish. Insects mostly are unable to cope in the cold, so they become rare than usual.

What Happens to Bedbugs During Winter

Bed bugs on the other hand knows the trouble that will happen to them when they come out from their hiding. If bedbugs attempt to stay outside during winter, they would not be able to survive since they would quickly die off. These smart bugs do not even attempt to survive outside in the cold, and they also do not hibernate like some animals do. So, in an attempt to save themselves, they will just stay in your home and pretend it is just any other day.

Protecting Yourself from Bed bugs

So where do bed bugs hide inside the home during winter? Bed bugs hide in the same places where they commonly stay. Pay close attention to places that are heated during the winter. For instance, instead of concentrating of finding them in attics or basements where it is cold, look in warmer places such as your bedrooms. These bugs will hide in cracks and holes, inside mattresses and other furniture, and so on.

Bed bugs are resilient to cold. According to a new research bed bugs have a high cold tolerance, but they will eventually succumb to the cold after several days of exposure. Spraying these insects with the use of over-the-counter pesticide fogger will just drive the insects into the cracks and walls, and will not eradicate them. The best way to get rid of these insects is to wash the linens and clothes in hot water and drying them on high heat.

Ways to protect you from bed bugs

  • Eliminate them with the use of heat
  • Use special mattress encasement to trap the bugs inside the mattresses and prevent them from getting in
  • There are also interceptor devices that can be installed in on the bed’s legs to trap the bugs as they try to enter or leave the bed
  • Contact a bed bug exterminator that uses special trucks to heat furniture that can kill the bugs

For more information on bed bug control, please visit our website for Horizon’s Bed Bug Control Service.

 

4 Easy Ways to Know if You’ve been Bitten by Bed Bugs

Filed under: Bed Bug,Bed Bug Extermination,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 5:47 pm September 23, 2013

Bed bugs are very tiny. They can live in a variety of places such as in floorboards, walls, furniture, and other locations in hotels, shelters, and apartment complexes. They actually do not live in mattresses, but they commonly travel to our sleeping areas so that they can feed on us at night. Bed bugs like people and animals and they painlessly sip a few drops of blood when they are asleep. While they feed, they will inject a tiny amount of their saliva on the skin of their victim. The skin lesion created by their bite is similar to many other types of blood feeding insects such as mosquitoes and fleas.

Feeding Habits

Bed bugs are mostly active during the night and they are at peak about an hour before dawn. If their circumstances are right, they can feed at any other times of day. They are attracted to our warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide and with the use of their two hollow tubes, they will pierce through the skin of their victim. They use the first tube to inject their saliva that contains anticoagulants and anaesthetics. The second tube withdraws the blood of its host. After feeding for about five minutes, the bug returns to their homes.

While they feed, their victims will not feel anything, but after some minutes or hours later, their victims will feel some irritation as a dermatological reaction to the injected agents. Though bed bugs can live for up to 18 months without feeding, they still seek for blood every five to ten days.

What They Leave

Bed bugs leave very itchy bites on the skin, commonly on exposed areas such as the arms. These pesky insects are more annoying than harmful – the chances of developing an infection through scratching is higher than getting a disease from them. For severe allergic reactions, take antihistamines or  bettery yet, speak with your doctor.

Determining a Bed bug Bite

It is not possible to feel their bites when we are fast asleep because they inject a numbing agent and a substance to keep out blood smoothly flowing. However, you may notice some signs that they bit you, after you wake up.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to indicate if you have been their meal:

1. Do you feel itchy anywhere on your body? Itchiness is a sign of bed bug bites. Those who are bitten may develop itching followed by a slight burning sensation, then develop into red wells or swelling throughout the day after being bitten or the bites may become obvious for several days. The burning area then develops to red pumps, which are also known as papules or wheals or rash. In extreme cases, these bites may swell up or will become blister like skin inflammations. However, there are those lucky individuals who do not react at all to bed bug bites and the bites may go completely unnoticed.

2. Are the bites in a straight line? If the bites are in an almost straight line down your limb or any other party of your body, it is likely that you have been a victim of these bugs. Unlike any other type of insects, bed bugs create an almost straight line bite marks that easily set them apart from other insects. Also, a single bed bug may bite more than once in the same area and can be seen along an exposed area like your arm or leg. If you see bites in different parts of your body, this means that you have been bitten by many bed bugs.

Bed Bug bites

 

 

 

 

 

3. Do you see them at home? Check for actual evidence of bed bugs in your home, hotel room, or wherever you last slept. It could be possible that your bites came from other insects since there are other types of harmless insects that can bite. Bed bugs are great hitchhikers and their name tells the tale! These tiny insects can easily hide in bedding and can hitch a ride into your home aboard luggage, pets and boxes. You can easily find them if you are an astute observer since the adult bedbugs are the same size and shape of an apple seed.

After feeding, the bed bugs go back to their nesting site to hide. These insects will mostly take this chance defecate – their droppings will look like black to brown stains or mounds. You should be able to see adult bedbugs, nymphs and eggs since they usually stay  together and also have a distinctly sweet, yet unpleasant smell.

4. Does your sheets or clothing have small blood stains? Small droplets of blood on the bed sheets mean that bedbugs were present. Such spotting occurs when the bedbug has completed its meal.

Proper Elimination

Bed bugs are very intelligent creatures since they can multiply fast even when you are trying different means to eliminate them. It is not just enough to use different pesticides to control them since they also have the ability to resist pesticides. To eliminate bedbugs, you will need to maintain a thorough treatment strategy that includes different techniques together with careful attention to monitoring. However, if you are dealing with a resistant population, some products may make things worse. Better consult a qualified pest management professional to know what your next step will be and totally eliminate your bed bug problems. For professional help, contact Horizon Pest Control. Call 1.888.612.2847 or visit NJ Bed Bugs.

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Bed-Bugs And How They Have Been Consistently Found In Public Places

Filed under: Bed Bug,Bed Bug Extermination — Tags: — Megan Howard @ 5:49 pm March 2, 2012

Bed-bugs found in movie theatre:

Bed-bugs can invade any snug and cozy environment. It is not necessary that they are only found in your home and it is becoming more and more common to hear about bed bugs at businesses. In August last year, the AMC Empire 25 found bed-bugs in the seats after receiving complaints from customers that they had been bitten. The theater was forced to close for two full days in order to complete a full inspection and extermination.

bed bug on a skin

Bed-bugs creep into Google’s offices in New York!

The world’s favorite search engine Google had its headquarters on 9th avenue in Manhattan raided by bed-bugs. Known for its perks and fun-filled work atmosphere, Google workers got a shock as they discovered that their offices had been invaded by bed-bugs!

Goldman Sachs gets a dose of bed-bugs!!

The famous financial company Goldman Sachs also had to call in professional exterminators to get rid of bed-bugs in their offices. In fact employees were evacuated from certain floors and areas when the pest control operations were going on.

These incidents go on to show that no place is bed-bug free. No matter how posh or exclusive is immune to the influence of bed-bugs. Bed-bugs are silent enough and resilient to slip into any public place and lie in wait for their next victim. The best way to prevent the spread of bed bugs from your business is to work closely with your pest control company and schedule consistent inspections. The trained eye of a pest control professional can help save your company thousands of dollars a year.

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