Regardless of demographics, bed bug infestations can occur to anyone. Infestations occur when people encounter an existing bed bug infestation without knowing it. Hotels and Airlines can be the hotspots for these infestations, where your personal belongings encounter areas where bed bugs are located.
According to research conducted by Colorado State University, bed bugs (Cimex Lectularius) are a part of the Cimicidae family of blood-sucking insects. Their relatives include spider beetles, carpet beetles, and ticks. After WW2, bed bugs were largely eradicated from the United States and have only resurged in the past decade.
Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live off the blood of animals or humans. Adults have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color.
Females lay clutches of two to five eggs per clutch, ultimately laying over 200 eggs in their lives. These eggs are often found along mattresses' folds, cracks, crevices, joints at bed frames, and behind the molding. Adult bed bugs can also bury themselves into mattresses and box springs, hide under bedside lamps, and other places where they have cover. These eggs will hatch within six to ten days of being laid, and nymphs will immediately seek out their first blood meal.
Bed bugs exclusively feed at night on blood, using carbon monoxide and heat to find their host. Bed Bugs can become fully grown in one and a half months and typically live up to nine months. Their overall productivity will decline in temperatures below 60° F. Fully grown adult bed bugs can tolerate starvation for up to a year, whereas nymphs can live up to three months without a blood meal.
Bed bug treatments should be inspected and treated by a pest control professional. As a consumer, you should always request and check references for bed bug removal companies. Some companies will use chemical treatments, while others, like Buffalo Restoration, utilize a more eco-friendly solution to treat bed bug infestations. We use high heat to eradicate all the bed bugs in the area.
Make sure your prospective bed bug company demonstrates a vast knowledge and experience of dealing with bed bug control, a willingness to listen to any questions or concerns you may have, and the ability to explain clearly what steps are needed to get rid of your bed bug infestation.
Buffalo Restoration uses high-heat treatments to kill bed bugs in a living space effectively. The customer is responsible for securing and removing items from the affected area. Additional labor needed to move contents will be billed on an hourly basis by Buffalo Restoration if content manipulation is needed to follow industry standards.
We will treat the property and the contents with a standard process of heat. Then, physical monitoring of the temperatures of contents and the structure to a condition that would, in most cases, create an environment that would not support the habitability of the bugs and the eggs. Buffalo Restoration will heat the inside of the wall cavity and the contents of the affected area to a temperature of 130° for two hours.
As stated above, success will be determined by a visual bed bug inspection of common areas. Internal temperature times and locations will be documented on our treatment logs. Post-treatment procedures include cooling the dwelling to below 100°. Some content manipulation will be performed to return the dwelling to a condition that will facilitate the client's move-back process.
The benefit to you, as a customer, is that Buffalo Restoration uses a chemical-free solution to complete bed bug mitigation.