Beginners guide to bed bugs in the Tulsa Metro

Guide to bed bugs, Beginners guide to bed bugs in the Tulsa Metro, Dead Bug Walkin LLC

What are bed bugs?…

Bed bugs are brown-reddish, small, flat parasitic insects without wings. They can be up to 7 mms long. They live off of the blood of people and animals. They get the blood when a person or animal is sleeping. Surprisingly bed bugs can live up to a year without feeding, but most that cannot feed will die within 4-7 months unless they do feed.

Picture shows an adult bed bug (right) and a nymph baby bed bug (left).
Picture shows an adult bed bug (right) and a nymph baby bed bug (left).

Where are bed bugs found?…

Bed bugs have been found in some of the nicest hotels, resorts, movie theaters, stores, especially clothing stores, hospitals, emergency rooms, doctors offices and all service related places that have seating or beds. Really any place humans go can have the possibility of bed bugs waiting for a ride or ride and a meal. Being clean or dirty does not matter. We have serviced mansions and we have serviced the poorest of the poor, it doesn’t matter who you are, as long as you have blood coursing through your veins. Bed bugs usually live around or near where people sleep or sit. They hide in places like seams of mattresses, box springs underneath or on top of the cheese cloth stapled to the bottom of the box springs, bed frames, headboards, dresser tables, pictures, behind wallpaper, inside any crack and crevice, behind the face plate of plug-in receptacles and light switches or in clutter and objects under or around a bed or sitting area. Bed bugs live within 8 feet of places where people may sleep or sit like: beds, sofas and chairs. They can move up to 100 feet in one night or even the day time depending on your sleep schedule. They adjust to you.

Bed bug covers on mattresses and box springs pictured.
Bed bug covers on mattresses and box springs pictured.

Are bed bugs dangerous to my health?…

Bed bugs are now recently known to be carriers of diseases although this is rare compared top is other insects like roaches. Scientists used to not think this, but now know that they can. Their excrement is one known disease carrier, according to scientists. Bed bug bites affect everyone differently. You can either be allergic or not allergic to the anti coagulant they inject into you when feeding. When your allergic to the anti coagulant your bites will become red, itchy and irritated. Bed bugs can cause itching and loss of sleep in many. Scratching excessively can sometimes cause a secondary skin infection. Bites can cause no reaction at all in a person who is not allergic to the anti coagulant. A small bite mark, to a serious allergic reaction, everyone is different. An allergic reaction may need medical attention in severe cases. Normally Benadryl works well to reduce swelling from a bite. Before taking benadryl make sure your not allergic to its active ingredient. (Comments made are NOT meant to be medical advice in any way, it is best to consult a physician).

Bed bug bites
Bed bug bites

How can I know if I’ve been bitten by a bed bug?…

Most people don’t know they’ve even been bitten until one to three days after the initial bite. A bite mark is slightly swollen and red area that may itch and be irritating. The bite marks may be random, appear in a straight line or even circles. This is because a female will lead a group of bed bugs with a pheromone trail to what’s deemed a safe feeding spot. The pheremone trail will be used to lead the bed bug group back to their hiding spot. Bed bugs spend most of their lives hiding in the same area. Bite marks may not show up for up to 14 days from the time of the feeding, so look for other symptoms. Other human symptoms of bed bug bites include loss of sleep, anxiety, and skin problems from scratching the bites. The scratching may create a rash. If allergic to the bite some may need to seek medical attention. Physical signs of bed bugs include blackish colored droppings or poop left behind, shed skins and bed bugs themselves. Generally speaking, one can only speculate if it’s bed bugs until you have found a bed bug, that has been correctly Identified by a professional bed bug specialist, university entomologist or state entomologist. A much easier route to take would be to have a paid inspection done by a professional bed bug specialist such as our head specialist who currently performs all inspections for Dead Bug Walkin LLC. A specialist will know exactly where to look. “Most times a good specialist can find bed bugs immediately upon entering the home”. An inspection is more than just an inspection though, it’s an assessment of everything. It’s how our team can know and relay to you the best options for service to save you the most money but still take care of the entire infestation the correct way. Inspection/assessments are also a time when preparing the home or business can be explained and gone over with the client. This is what we do (teach our clients how to prepare their home for a bed bug treatment). Prep work is extremely important. Without prep work it can take more than one service appointment and when your trying to save money return trips are the last thing any body wants. Inspecting a property for bed bugs and teaching our clients how to prep their home, is what allows us to completely kill every last bed bug and their eggs in just one appointment. A home can be completly rid of bed bugs in 8 hours or less when using heat.

What are the signs of a bed bug infestation?…

Bite marks on your body can be a sign of bed bugs, but it can also be a sign of any other biting insect. Especially during warmer seasons. On some people bites don’t show up at all, so you’ll want to look for other signs of bed bugs. Search beds and around beds for signs of bed bugs in the fold of mattresses, box springs and sheets. Also search on or around couches and chairs. A majority of bed bugs and their eggs will be no more than 10 feet from beds, couches or chairs. Signs include molting, rusty–colored blood spots, blackish excrement that resembles cigarette ash droppings or black mold, sweet musty odor, to some the odor of their pheromones will smell like crayons or ripe rasberries and the bugs themselves.

Like what is pictured, the easiest way to spot bed bug activity is to locate their poop or excrement. The shed skins shown are also a big tell that bed bugs are present.
Like what is pictured, the easiest way to spot bed bug activity is to locate their poop or excrement. The shed skins shown are also a big tell that bed bugs are present.

How are bed bug infestations treated?…

We use chemical and heat treatments applied together for best results, but also service for heat only bed bug treatments or chemical only bed bug treatments to rid your home of bed bugs. Using heat remediation is the quickest way to get rid of bed bugs, only needing one appointment or treatment in most cases. Bed bugs can’t live in extreme heat so we bring professional diesel indirect fired heaters and high temp fans to heat a designated area being treated to around 150°F. At this high temperature the bugs die instantly. It takes our bed bug heating equipment on average less than 5 minutes to reach a temperature of 140-150 degrees Fahrenheit. To ensure your home is bed bug free even after your heat remediation treatment, we also safely apply chemicals that bed bugs cannot detect. We will always make sure your home is safe for your family and pets before allowing you to re-enter. You’re able to return to your give after a dry and cool down waiting period, which is usually no longer than 3 hours. Not all pest control companys approach bed bug infestations like we do at Dead Bug Walkin LLC. Be sure to ask about bed bug warranties or guarantees before purchasing or signing any documents. Make sure your chosen bed bug pest control company will return to retreat if bed bugs are found again, even if the bed bugs are brought back into the home. Most companies will not retreat if the bed bugs found were brought back into the home. Dead Bug Walkin LLC’s warranty covers even if bed bugs are brought back into the home.

NOTICE: Nothing in this post is intended to be medical advise or to diagnose anyone. Please seek medical help with any concerns.


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