17 24th St. , Bristol , TN 37620
P.O. Box 3241 Bristol, TN 37625

Pest Control Questions in Bristol, Tennessee

Property Owner Preparation for Bed Bug Treatment

Any/all clothing must be washed in the hottest water using label recommended detergent and dried on the hottest temperature that may be used without damaging the clothing. After washing and drying, all the clothing must be removed from the premises or put in plastic bags and sealed tightly or put in plastic containers with tight fitting lids until all signs of bed begs are gone. This also applies to any/all bedding.

Children's stuffed toys must be inspected for bed bugs and washed if possible then stored in containers as stated above.

Any shoes or other items usually stored on the floor area under beds or in closets will have to be picked up and stored in containers.

There can be no items (other than furniture) left on the floor.

The premises should be vacuumed very well and the vacuum bag thrown in the trash outside of the premises to be treated.

Please note the home - especially the bedroom area will be taken apart during this treatment. Your bed will be taken apart (and left apart) the night stands will have drawers taken out. Any cushions or pillows will be moved. Pictures may be taken off the wall.

Slagle recommends purchase of mattress and box spring covers designated so that the bed bugs cannot crawl through the zipper. Slagle will order the covers when sizes of mattress and box springs are known. Slagle will also return and put the covers on the beds if they are not available at time of treatment. This is the best way to ensure that if any bed bugs survive the treatment they cannot get out of the harborage area and will die. Prices of the mattress and box spring covers will vary according to the size and thickness of your mattress and box springs.

Residents will need to be out of the premises for 48 hours.

Slagle will return in two weeks to check the premises for any signs of bed bugs. If any additional treatment is required it will be priced if needed.

Bed bugs are difficult to eradicate. Bed bugs hide in any very small crack or crevice and can live a very long time without a blood meal. In many instances one treatment will not kill all bed bugs.

Bed Bug Facts

Bed bugs are small insects that feed parasitically on humans or other animals. Although they typically prefer human blood, they are known to feed on any warm blooded animal.

When a bed bug feeds on a human, health effect can result. The most common is skin rashes and bite marks. A select number of people can develop severe allergic reactions. They also have been known to cause psychological effects such as anxiety and depression. When a person is bitten by bed bugs, there are many symptoms that may occur. The bites can appear similar to a pimple or a spider bite, but they typically take much longer to heal. Sometimes the bites can develop into a large rash, especially if the host has an allergic reaction. Although bed bugs can become infected with human diseases, it is rare that they actually transfer these diseases to another person.

Bed bugs have been around for thousands of years. In the western world, they were almost completely eliminated around 1940. However, in the past decade they have been making a large comeback. One reason is that people travel more than ever, sometimes internationally. Bed bugs hitch a ride in luggage. Also transporting of furniture (especially used or antique) can move them from one place to another.

The name "bed bug" comes from the fact that they most prefer living in and around the beds of human beings. However, they can often be found living in and among other areas of homes, such as couches, chairs, and floorboards. They prefer to feed at night when the host is sleeping or very still. Therefore they are mostly active at night, but can adjust to the sleeping habits of the host.

Bed bugs are typically a brownish or reddish color. they will particularly take on a more reddish appearance after they have fed and are full of human blood. Adults are about a half a centimeter in length, and about 2 millimeters in width. Younger bed bugs are a bit lighter in color, almost to the point where you can see through them. Bed bugs can live for a long time, but it is dependent upon the particular species. They communicate silently using chemical and pheromones communication much like ants do. Bed bugs go through multiple stages of life before they become full adults. They must often molt their skin as they grow out of it, and they will leave a clear shell behind when they do this.

The only source of food for bed bugs are the blood of warm-blooded mammals. Without a source of blood they will soon die. They seek out and find human blood to suck by tracking carbon dioxide emissions, body heat and human pheromones.

When a bed bug sucks blood, it uses two separate tubes that it injects into the host's body. The first tube injects an anesthetic so that the human cannot feel the bug and an anticoagulant so that the blood will not quickly clot. The other tube sucks blood from the host into the bug's body. The entire process takes about five to ten minutes. After this time, the bed bug retreats to its hiding place, and will not need to feed again for several days.

Bed bugs prefer to feed about once a week, they can survive without any blood for up to a year. Even if a bed bug remains unoccupied for many months, the bugs can bide their time and wait for the host to return. However, newer strains of bed bugs are not as hardy and will sometimes die after only two months of no blood.
If you're experiencing issues with bed bugs, give us a call at 423-968-1011.