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Do I Need Professional Help To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In Honolulu?

July 30, 2021 - Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small, wingless insects with a flat and oval-shaped body with six legs and antennae. When viewed with the naked eye, these pests often are compared to an apple seed. Bed bugs are parasites that use their “proboscis” mouthpart to consume blood, with humans being their preferred hosts.

Bed Bug Basics

A common misconception exists that bed bugs are most likely found in homes that are dirty or unkempt. Actually, bed bugs are usually brought into homes unknowingly within people’s suitcases, bags, or clothing, particularly among travelers staying in hotels or using modes of mass transit. They are primarily nocturnal and tend to remain hidden during the daylight hours near bedroom areas. 

Unlike many parasitic creatures such as fleas or ticks, bed bugs are not known for spreading disease and are unlikely to pose a serious risk to human health. Bed bug victims often wake to find red and itchy marks on their skin. Agencies of public health advise against excessively scratching these patches of skin to avoid creating the possibility of developing a secondary infection. Those with a bed bug infestation often notice minor blood stains or small smears of excrement on mattress covers and other bedding materials. 

The Truth About Retail Treatment Options

Today, online retailers and local home improvement stores are marketing various do-it-yourself treatment options, including aerosol sprays, fogging systems, and traps that are touted as a quick and easy solution to bed bug infestations. Many of the claims made regarding these mass-marketed products are highly embellished and can only generate lackluster results that create further frustration. Also, some of these options might contain harsh chemical formulas that could pose health risks. 

Preventing Future Bed Bug Problems 

We have some helpful tips that can assist you in avoiding bed bugs invading, to begin with:

  • Remember to check suitcases, bags, and other belongings for evidence of bed bugs before entering your home when you are returning from overnight travel. 
  • Upon entering a hotel room, be sure to closely examine the bed area for any signs of bed bug activity and place belongings on hard surfaces rather than on the bed, carpeting, or upholstered furniture.
  • Thoroughly inspect second-hand appliances or furniture before bringing them indoors.
  • If you suspect clothing was exposed to bed bugs, promptly wash the articles and machine dry them on a heated setting.
  • Vacuum your home regularly and reduce piles of clutter in bedroom areas that could become hiding spots.

Getting Assistance From A Pest Control Professional 

Did you know that the trained team of technicians with Pest Tech Hawaii has many years of experience eliminating pests such as bed bugs and termites using fumigation? The fumigation process we deploy has four distinct steps or phases to ensure that these pests are exposed to the treatment, regardless of whether they are deeply entrenched within walls, below floors, or other hard-to-reach areas. Our staff will fully enclose the property in a tent that allows for eradicating live pests, their eggs, or those in other stages of development. 

Leading Pest Extermination Company In Honolulu

With more than 100 years of combined experience, the specialists with Pest Tech Hawaii have been delivering positive outcomes for home and business owners in this region that are plagued with termites, cockroaches, rodents, and many other harmful creatures. We credit much of our long track record of success to an enduring commitment to customer service and conducting diligent follow-up. One of our seasoned professionals will visit your property to complete a detailed inspection of both the interior and exterior areas to assess the extent of the pest intrusion. Our treatment plans are also completed using products and methods that will protect the health and safety of our customers as well as the local environment. Contact our office today for a consultation.

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