When you have bed bugs in your Bronx, NY, home, you want to get rid of them as quickly and completely as possible. Preparing your home correctly can help speed the process along. Follow these tips to prepare your home for the bed bug exterminator’s service visit.
How to Identify Bed Bugs
If you wake up in the morning with itchy, tiny red spots on your shoulders and arms, you could have bed bugs. These bugs, about the size of an apple seed, come out at night looking for a meal—and your exposed arms and shoulders could be providing just that.
Bed bugs tend to leave tiny, rust colored spots on mattresses from when they feed. Most spots can be found near the corners of the bed and could be accompanied by the outer skeleton remains after the bed bugs shed their skin.
When there are many bed bugs, the room can have a vague musty smell like a locker room. You could inspect the mattress, fabric corners of the headboard, the corners of the room, and inside a closet as bed bugs can cling to clothing, suitcases, and any fabric furniture. Our highly trained dogs can confirm your suspicions during an inspection if indeed bed bugs are present.
Tips for a Bed Bug Service Visit
Our bug-sniffing dogs have been trained by a master canine instructor for over 800 hours. These dogs will sniff the nooks and crannies of your home and are successful at locating bed bugs with 94%-96% positive detection. After positive confirmation of bed bugs in the home, here are the ways to prepare for extermination.
You may want to make accommodations to remove your pets to a safe location during bed bug treatment. While the Cryonite freezing we use to rid homes of bed bugs is nontoxic to humans, animals, and the environment, the treatment can be more effectively applied when beloved pets are not underfoot.
We recommend that you turn off air-conditioning, fans, and close all windows prior to treatment. You may also want to vacuum the floors to remove any debris that is littering the floor and empty the vacuum cleaner immediately. But in general we recommend that you keep everything as it is so we can ensure treatment is applied effectively. We take care of moving things around if necessary and put things back where we found them.
The bed bug exterminator will use our non-toxic bed bug treatment that eliminates bed bugs in all stages of life by rapidly freezing them. The rapid cooling properties of liquid CO2, carbon dioxide “snow” at a temperature of -110° F, literally freezes bed bugs dead in their tracks. With our 100% satisfaction guarantee, you have nothing to lose but the bugs.
For maximum effectiveness, the best action to take is a call to your bed bug exterminator. Bed bugs can multiply quickly, and you want to rid your home and belongings of these problematic pests as soon as possible. Our dog inspectors can pinpoint where the bugs are hiding, and our bed bug exterminators will act fast so that you can get your home back to normal.