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Of all the bugs that you have to worry about during the Denver summers, bed bugs might be the most worrisome. The creepy crawling bugs seem to come out of nowhere and all of a sudden you’re having to deal with an infestation. In a previous post, we talked about where bed bugs come from, but possibly more importantly, is how to keep them from entering the home or business in the first place.

If you are dealing with an infestation, call the bed bug exterminators at Thermanator. We offer innovative equipment and proven methods that will ensure the bugs are completely eliminated from your home. Before the problem spreads around your home or to other homes in the area, call an expert today for heat treatments.

Vacuum

A misunderstanding about bed bugs is that they only live in your mattress. However, they can be found wherever they can find a reliable meal, which could be your living room couch. To ensure that bed bugs don’t spread from room to room, vacuum the floors thoroughly. Pay special attention to the corners of rooms where walls and the floor meet. After vacuuming, remove the bag or the contents of the vacuum and close it up tightly to prevent them from getting back in your house.

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Remove Clutter

Messy closets are a common culprit of allowing bed bugs an extra place to hide in. Clothes or other items laying on the floor give bed bugs protection and can make getting rid of an infestation even harder. If possible, clean up, donate, or recycle any piles of clutter that have accumulated.

Cover Your Mattress

There are a variety of options for mattress covers that will protect the mattress from bed bugs setting up home there. Look for one that is made of durable fabric that won’t tear and doesn’t have any folds around the zipper for bugs to hide in. A mattress cover will protect your mattress, but it doesn’t prevent an infestation or get rid of an existing one. Call a bed bug exterminator in Denver for professional treatment.

Check Used Items

Everyone loves a good find at a thrift store, right? Except when you get a surprise bed bug infestation. Whether you’re shopping for a used couch, a t-shirt, or even used electronics, these sorts of items are more susceptible to bed bugs looking to catch a ride to your home. If you do purchase used items, make sure to inspect them thoroughly, and if possible, wash or have them professionally cleaned before bringing them into your home.

Bed Bug Exterminator DenverAvoid Moving Blankets

Along those same lines, if you’re planning on moving to or from the Denver area, avoid using used moving blankets. Rarely are these items cleaned and you don’t know where they have been. If you use a moving blanket for your couch, dresser, or kitchen appliances, bed bugs can transfer to these items, and then to your new home.

Inspect Furniture

Regularly inspect your furniture, including end tables, chairs, couches, and your mattress and boxspring, for signs of bed bugs. You will see signs of the bugs defecating on the folds, old shells, or even the bugs themselves. If you do see anything, even if you’re unsure whether or not it’s bed bugs, call an exterminator for a bed bug inspection.

Public Places

The next time you go shopping, be wary of the dressing room. Use the wall hooks to hang all of your clothes instead of placing them on cushioned chairs or the floor. And remember, bed bugs don’t discriminate, you can find them in high-end shops, thrift stores, and everything in between.

No one wants to worry about bed bugs, but if you always have these tips in mind, and know what to look for, you can better prevent an infestation. At the first sign, give the bed bug exterminators at Thermanator a call for quick, reliable, and effective treatment.

The more you know about bed bugs, the better you can protect your home and the faster you can get them out when you do have an infestation. But where do you start? You may be surprised to hear this, but there’s actually a lot to know about bed bugs, so let’s start at the beginning.

If you suspect bed bugs in your home, don’t wait to call a bug bed exterminator from Thermanator who will thoroughly and completely rid your home of the infestation.

Nymphs

Bed Bug Exterminator DenverDuring their life cycle, bed bugs go through several stages of development. After bed bugs hatch from the egg, these baby bugs are known as nymphs. Nymphs will mature at different speeds depending on the temperature in the space and how often they are able to get a meal. In a room temperature space, with an available host, nymphs will mature into adults within about 21 days.

Females lay single eggs and can lay between one and 12 eggs in a day. Eggs are typically laid in spaces with other adult bugs. These spaces are often tight crevices, including mattress edges, box springs, and bed frames. Eggs generally take between six and 10 days to hatch.

Eggs and the nymphs begin nearly colorless and are incredibly small, between 1.3 to 4 millimeters in length. This is similar in size to a sesame seed and is partly why they are often so hard to find in your home. Since female bed bugs can lay between one and 12 eggs each day, nymphs can many times make up the majority of the infestation.

As nymphs continue to grow, their color will darken and can appear slightly red after feeding. After the nymph stage, bed bugs go through five stages of larva before they become an adult. The nymph to adult journey takes around five weeks.

If you’re concerned about bed bugs in your home, get in touch with a professional bed bug exterminator as soon as possible. When an infestation is left untreated, it can quickly spread from room to room in your home, or if you live in an apartment, from unit to unit.

Call Thermanator Today

At Thermanator, our Denver technicians are highly trained and experienced to detect bed bugs and effectively kill them. We use only the best equipment and will always offer an honest opinion about the best course of action. If you’ve seen bed bugs around your home, or if you’re experiencing bites, give us a call today.

When you see the first signs of bed bugs in your home (blood, shells, or skins on your sheets or mattress, bites on your arms or legs), the first thing that may come to mind is, “gross!” And then you may begin to wonder where the infestation came from. You keep your house or apartment clean, you vacuum regularly, and you keep the kitchen clear, but somehow the tiny bugs found a way into your home. But how? Keep reading to learn where bed bugs come from and call a bed bug exterminator in Denver for quick and efficient results.

Bed Bugs Are Great at Hiding

The first thing to understand about bed bugs is that they are highly skilled at hiding in small spaces. Unless you have seen signs of an infestation and look closely for the bugs, eggs, or molted skin, they can be very hard to see. Adult bed bugs are between four and five millimeters long and nymph bed bugs are incredibly small, making it hard to see them with the naked eye. Bed bugs do become slightly swollen after feeding, but can still be hard to see without knowing that they’re there.

Bed bugs like to hide during the day when it is less likely that they can feed. They tend to hide in small spaces, including:

They’re Also Great at Hitching a Ride

Bed bugs and are also very adept at hitching a ride from place to place, especially during travel. If you spend time traveling and stay at a hotel, be sure to thoroughly inspect the room for bed bugs, paying special attention to the above list. Look for the most common signs of bed bugs, including the bugs themselves, blood on the sheets, or shed skins.

To be sure that you don’t pick up any hitchhikers, keep your luggage up off of the floor using a stand, or place it on a chair or desk. Avoid putting clothes or shoes on the bed. It’s also important to understand that bed bugs don’t only hide in the bed, so be wary of what surfaces your things come in contact with. Bed bugs will gladly attach to your belongings and enjoy a free ride to your home.

When bed bugs have reached your home, they can quickly spread throughout the home, in bedrooms as well as living spaces. Female bed bugs can lay up to five eggs each day, making it possible for an infestation to quickly become a serious problem. Even though bed bugs aren’t known to spread disease, the itchiness that results from the bites can be incredibly frustrating.

Bed Bug Exterminator DenverThey’re Not Just in Hotels

Stereotypically, bed bugs find a home in spaces that are dirty or messy or in inexpensive, unclean motels. However, bed bugs will infest a space regardless of the cleanliness of the space and they will take up residence in various buildings. Along with five-star hotels, homes, and apartments, bed bugs can also be found in dorm rooms, nursing homes, jails, hospitals, schools, and libraries. Some bed bug exterminators believe that bed bugs are becoming more common due to an increase in international travel as well as an improved resistance to insecticides.

What to do About It

There are several DIY bed bug extermination methods; however, they are often not enough to eliminate the infestation and are potentially dangerous. Because bed bugs have built up a tolerance to many insecticides, it takes a professional bed bug exterminator with the appropriate equipment to rid your home of the bed bugs and their eggs.

At Thermanator, our Denver experts use innovative methods to ensure the infestation is properly taken care of. Unlike many exterminators in Northern and Southern Colorado, we use heat to eliminate bed bugs from your home. Chemicals simply aren’t a reliable way of removing bed bugs, so we use powerful heaters to ensure that bugs, eggs, and even dormant bugs are killed. When eggs are killed, you can be confident that the infestation won’t come back.

If you are struggling with an infestation, call the expert bed bug exterminators at Thermanator. We’ll be there throughout the process to ensure complete satisfaction. Learn more about our residential bed bug exterminators and call today for an estimate.

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