Bed bug lifecycle & habits
Learn about the biology and behavior of bed bugs
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Small and stealthy, bed bugs are a source of great stress and worry for many homeowners and businesses. Bed bugs are on the rise in the United States. According to the National Pest Management Association, 1 in 5 people have had bed bugs in their home or know someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel.
Just a few bed bugs can completely destroy the reputation that you have been building with your brand for years. A bed bug infestation can spread and cause loss of income due to decreased room rentals and even lead to lawsuits.
Rentokil bed bug control solution, From chemical-free heat treatments to our canine bed bug inspections, Rentokil offers its customers the latest advances in bed bug treatments. Bed bugs cause psychological and physical harm by leaving itchy bites and spreading panic. For businesses, bed bugs can cripple an establishment’s reputation and result in a downturn in revenue.
Call Rentokil at 1-800-837-5520 or contact us online to speak with a bed bug expert whether you’re experiencing an infestation or want to prevent potential bed bug problems.
Bed bug fact: Do bed bugs spread quickly? A female bed bug can lay 200-500 eggs in 3 months.
Inspection - Rentokil's bed bug treatment programs always begin with an inspection of the property. Our Technicians are trained to accurately identify bed bugs from pests that are often confused with bed bugs like bat bugs or stink bugs. We will also use our specially trained bed bugs dogs to assist in tracking down the source of the problem.
Treatment - After the inspection is fully completed, your Technician will present to you the bed bug treatment options available and recommend the best solution for the situation. Different treatment options are recommended depending on multiple factors, including the type of property, size of the infestation and customer preferences for non-chemical treatment. Once a solution is selected, the treatment will be carried out by a licensed professional on an agreed upon date.
Follow up - After the initial treatment is applied, your Rentokil technician will stay in contact with you and schedule a follow up inspection to determine if additional treatments are warranted.
As evidenced by their massive resurgence in the last decade, bed bugs are very elusive, secretive pests. The parasitic insects are highly difficult to get rid of through do-it-yourself solutions. It’s always best to hire an experienced pest control company to provide bed bug control services.
With over 90 years in the industry, Rentokil has developed a full complement of bed bug solutions for homes and commercial spaces.
Conventional treatments - Rentokil conventional treatment is the most commonly used solution for the elimination of bed bugs. Our state-licensed Technicians apply formulations to the infested areas of a space, making sure all potential bed bug hiding spaces receive treatment.
Heat treatments - Entotherm heat treatments are commonly used to treat bed bugs. The one-day treatment uses minimal pesticides, providing customers with a quick and environmentally friendly solution. Using portable heaters, infested spaces are gradually heated to 120ºF, killing all presence of bed bugs at all life stages.
Bed bug dogs - Bed bug dog inspections - In some cases, your Technician may recommend a K-9 bed bug inspection. Dogs have the ability to detect odors that are completely unnoticeable to humans, including bed bugs. Our bed bug dogs have been trained using the same methodology as bomb-sniffing dogs.
Steam treatments - Similar to heat treatments, steam can be used to kill bed bugs through subjecting them to high temperatures. A great alternative to using pesticides, steaming a space also has the benefit of reaching deeper recesses of a space.
As bed bugs have made a resurgence in the United States, infestations have become increasingly more common in residential homes. Bed bugs are often brought into homes when travelers unknowingly transport the parasitic insects into the residence on their luggage.
Bed bugs can infest homes when second-hand or rented furniture is brought into homes. Homeowners should always be wary of second-hand furniture and closely inspect them for bed bugs prior to purchasing.
If you do have a bed bug infestation in your home, your Technician will inspect your property thoroughly and present the best solutions for your residence.
Rentokil offers various non-chemical bed bug treatments along with conventional bed bug solutions. Rentokil Technicians can also advise homeowners on steps they can take to prevent bed bug problems from occurring in the future.
A bed bug infestation in a commercial property can have devastating consequences that can affect the customer experience and the bottom line.
Potential risks bed bugs pose for businesses, include:
If you believe your business may be experiencing a bed bug infestation, we recommend quickly contacting your local Rentokil office to set up an inspection.
You can prevent a bed bug infestation in your home by being careful to not bring bed bugs back to your residence when traveling.
Tips to keep bed bugs from hitching a ride home:
To further help prevent the return of bed bugs, Rentokil offers mattress encasements and box-spring encasements that make it impossible for bed bugs to get through and start an infestation again. They can also guard against dust mites and mold.
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