The bed bug menace has not spared Arizona. More and more people are complaining of sleepless nights courtesy of these little buggers. But the good news is that there is a solution to the problem at hand. In this piece, we explore the treatment options you have and how we can help.
But first, some quick facts.
As of 2019, Arizona had a population of 7.279 million.
How Many Counties Are in Arizona?
There are 15 counties in Arizona. Four of these, including Yuma, Yavapai, Pima, and Mohave were made in 1864.
How Many Cities Are in Arizona?
Arizona has 450 cities, including:
How Many Are Towns in Arizona?
Arizona has 45 towns, including;
- Cave Creek
Professional Sports Teams in Arizona
There are four major league sports teams in Arizona. These include;
- Arizona Cardinals (Football)
- Phoenix Suns(Basketball)
- Arizona Diamondbacks (Baseball)
- Arizona Coyotes (Hockey)
Arizona Bed Bug Laws
The landlord is required to provide any new and existing tenants with educational material to educate them on bed bugs. Moreover, it is illegal for them to lease or rent a residence that is infested with bed bugs.
Tenants should not move items into the building, knowing that they are infested with bed bugs. Once they move in, they should ensure the space remains bed bug-free by taking necessary steps at any signs of infestation.
Bed Bug Services
To wage war with an enemy, you need to study and understand their ways. The same is true for bed bugs. So before taking action, you should have the hard facts. Below is everything you need to know.
Bed Bug Myths
Bed bugs only bite in the dark
This could not be further from the truth. Also, some people believe that bed bugs are nocturnal; this too is a lie. Bed bugs can feed at any time. They only seem to come out at night because that’s when you are asleep, and they can feed in peace. But if you change your seeping routine and pattern, you will find that bed bugs will feed during the day as well. Generally, they need blood meals to survive and often hide close to the food source.
Bed bugs love cluttered and dirty homes
This too is false. Bed bugs aren’t attracted to filth. However, cluttered space provides bed bugs with lots of hiding places. So even if your space is clean, you might have a bed bug infestation on your hands.
You cannot see bed bugs with the naked eye
An adult bed bug is the size of an apple seed. It is easy to spot it. But on the flip side, nymphs are small, and you will have to use a magnifying glass to spot them. The nymphs are the size of poppy seeds.
Bite marks automatically point to a bed bug problem
This is also not true. Many insects could bite you in your sleep, including mosquitoes. And what’s worse, the bite marks of these are similar. The main difference is that mosquito bites are random, but bed bug bites are clustered or linear.
Bed bugs cause diseases
According to research, bed bugs cannot spread or cause diseases. Depending on your immunity, you will experience some allergic reactions to the bite marks. And if you scratch, they might get secondary infections. Luckily there are ways to minimize the irritations and ease the bites.
Bed bugs fly and jump from the floor to the beds
Bed bugs are resilient animals, but they do not have wings. Therefore, they cannot fly. On the other hand, they cannot hop or jump. They are only limited to crawling. Bed bugs can crawl up to a meter every minute.
I can kill a bed bug infestation by starving it
Bed bugs cause sleepless nights through their bites. It’s therefore understandable why one might opt to move to another room to spend the night. And while this solves the bite problem, it doesn’t get rid of bed bugs. In such cases, the bed bugs either follow you to the room you migrate to in time or, they wait it out. Generally, an adult bed bug can survive up to twelve months without a blood meal.
Bed bug inspection always requires trained scent dogs
Dogs have a strong sense of smell and definitely make the inspection process easier. They can detect an infestation in its early stages. However, even with these dogs, the results aren’t always conclusive. This is because it depends on the experience of the handler, the training of the dog, and other factors. You don’t always need a dog to confirm a bed bug infestation.
Below are some steps on how to check for a bed bug infestation
Bed bugs resemble other insects like bird bugs. To be sure of a bed bug infestation, here are some factors to consider.
- Shed skins – once a bed bug egg hatches, it will molt and shed its skin to progress to the next stage until it’s an adult. The shed skins are left lying close to hiding spots, including the edges of the bed, on the mattress seams, in the closet among other dark spots.
- Fecal matter – bed bugs feed and go into hiding for about a week. Therefore, they need all the space they can get to feed. Usually, they create room for a larger meal by excreting fecal matter. The fecal matter is like tiny black dots. You can see these on the mattress covers and the fabrics.
- Blood – when they bite, bed bugs inject an anti-coagulant and anesthetic into your skin. Because of these chemicals, you will not feel the pierce. You might, however, bleed a little. If you find smear spots on your mattress, chair, or sofa, along with bite marks on your arms or back, it could mean you have a bed bug problem.
- Eggs – although bed bug eggs are tiny and difficult to see with the naked eye, you can spot them if you use a magnifying lens. They are white in color, narrow, and almost translucent. You can find these in their hiding spots.
- Nymphs – even if you don’t spot an adult bed bug, seeing a nymph is proof enough, there are at least a male and female bed bug in your home. Also, if there is one nymph, there are bound to be more; enough to offset an infestation in a couple of months.
- Odor – any building that is heavily infested with bed bugs develops a strong and unmistakable bed bug odor. By the time you smell the bed bugs, the infestation is big, and you need to act fast.
Once you determine you have a bed bug problem on your hands, you should call in a professional bed bug exterminator.
We offer both commercial and residential bed bug treatment services. Below is the process we follow in delivering our service.
Whether you have inspected your home or not, we shall come in to assess the size of the infestation. This evaluation is free and helps us to determine the best bed bug treatment plan to follow.
Bed bug infestation is different for everyone. Moreover, the situations surrounding the infestation and the client preferences and budget vary. Depending on our findings, we advise you on the best treatment plan to follow and then implement it in a time that is most convenient for you.
Once the treatment is complete, we shall come back after a couple of weeks to confirm the infestation is gone. We are all about delivering quality service.
Our bed bug treatment options include:
- Heat treatment – bed bugs cannot stand high heat levels for prolonged periods. During this treatment, we seal off the rooms and use special tools to raise the temperatures. The heat kills the eggs and bed bugs in their hiding places.
- Steam – this works like heat treatment only that we deliver hot steam to the bed bug hiding places. We use specialized tools that protect your furniture and home as a whole from the steam.
- Fumigation – we often recommend this treatment method when the infestation is big. The fumigation process is controlled and is supervised. However, we require all pets, kids, and adults to vacate the home until the fumes are gone. You might have to make other sleeping arrangements.
What You Get From Us
Professionalism and experience
Bed bugs are hard to get rid of. It takes a skilled and experienced hand to get it right with the first go. Our team has handled bed bug extermination numerous times and know the tips and tricks for a successful treatment.
We love working with our clients’ schedules. This is especially important when treating a commercial space. We do not want you to go out of business. And since most treatment options take long to complete, we can come in early in the morning or late at night and complete before opening hours.
High tech equipment
For safe and efficient treatment, we use equipment with the latest technology in the industry. You can rest assured our results will be spot on.
Are you battling with bed bugs in Arizona? Call us today at 888-681-5908 to book a free inspection or learn more about how we can help you fight bed bugs.