Bed Bug Control
Don't let bed bugs take away your peace of mind. At Premier Pest Control, we use professional and state-of-the-art methods for bed bug treatments. If you want to learn more about bed bugs, read some of the facts below:
- After a single blood meal, a female bed bug will produce between 1- 7 eggs per day for about 10 days. To produce more eggs, the female must feed again.
- From a single blood meal, a female can produce between 5 and 20 eggs.
- In her whole life, a single female can produce about 113 eggs.
- The number of male and female eggs produced is about the same (1:1 ratio).
- A wandering female can lay an egg anywhere in a room. Eggs can be laid singly or in groups.
- Under finest conditions, egg mortality is low and roughly 97% of the bed bug eggs hatch successfully.
- 60 percent of the eggs will hatch when they are 6 days old, at room temperature (>70° F); >90 percent will have hatched by the time they are 9 days old.
- Lowering ambient temperature (to 50° F), egg hatch time can be increased by several days.
- Due to a large amount of eggs a female can produce under optimal conditions (temperatures >70° F but < 90° F, and in the presence of a host), a bed bug population can double every 16 days.
Molted bed bug skins can be found:
- Near mattress seams
- Behind head boards
- On the ceiling/wall junctions
- Near baseboards
- Attached to personal belongings
Fecal Spots can be found:
- Near the mattress seams and on the tag
- On top of the wood frame of the box springs
- Behind the head board
- Along the tops of baseboards or the edge of carpeting
- On the Ceiling/wall junctions and behind pictures on the wall
- At and around electrical outlets
- In the curtain seams where they group at the rod
How to Identify Bed Bug Aggregations
- Living Bed Bugs
- Bed Bug Fecal spots
- Bed Bug Cast skins (from nymphs that have molted)
- Live Bed Bugs and hatched eggs
Where to look for and find bed bug aggregations:
- Along mattress seams, in the tufts and under the mattress tags
- Behind the headboard
- Inside the holes of set-in screws
- Beside wood creases in the box springs or in bed frames
- Where the box springs fabric is stapled to the wood frame
- Behind loose wallpaper
- Behind chipped paint
- Under the base of the air conditioner
- Beneath the wood framing that holds the bar in the closet
- Next to the interior frame of closet doors
- Behind baseboards
- Inside the baseboard heaters
- On curtains near the top where they are pleated and inside curtain rods
- In and on personal things, which include books, stuffed animals, picture frames as well as so many other locations
- Insecticide sprays will be sprayed and used in cracks and crevices, along the ceiling-wall and floor-wall junctions, inside closets, behind any crown molding, and along all windows and door frames. All of these locations are to spot treat bed bug harborages.
- Aerosol formulations will be used to kill any bed bug eggs. Aerosol formulations are used in cracks and crevices, the under sides of drawers, drawer slides, nail holes, chipped paint, carpet tack strips, and in the wood framing of the box springs.
- Insecticidal dust has an advantage over liquid insecticides in that bed bugs walking on dusted surfaces will become covered in the dust resulting in a superior kill. Insecticidal dust will be used to treat all wall voids and electrical outlets.
- Desiccant dusts are designed to kill bed bugs by absorbing the protective wax layer on the outside of their body. The bed bugs will dry out and die within a couple of days. Diatomaceous Earth is a desiccant dust that is very safe to use around children and pets. Diatomaceous Earth can be used on mattresses, carpeting, pet bedding and in many locations where insecticidal dusts cannot.