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Bed Bugs Get Around

Did you know that Bed Bugs love to travel? It’s true. That’s why it’s especially important to be on the lookout for signs of the dreaded insects during the holidays, when the number of visitors entering your home is at an all-time high. They can secure handy spots to stow away in clothing, purses, bags, luggage, and shoes. So what’s the best way to detect and protect your home and family from Bed Bugs?

The First Step:

Knowing what you’re looking for. Bed Bugs are:

  1. Small reddish brown insects
  2. Most often found on your mattress near the seams and edges, often appearing as dots
  3. Bed Bugs lay little white eggs, and shed crusty skin as they progress through life cycles
  4. Often indicated in large numbers by the detection of an oddly sweet smell in an area
  5. Known for leaving swollen red bite marks on skin exposed while sleeping

Second Step:

Clean your home thoroughly, especially all places where guests are likely to place their belongings while visiting.

Third Step:

In the case of overnight guests, be sure to change all bedsheets to light colors. That will make it easier to detect the presence of invading insects.

Fourth Step:

When guests arrive, prepare a singular location for all coats & belongings to be stored, such as a hall closet, and clean immediately upon guest’s departure. If coats are to be stored upon a fabric surface such as a bed or sofa, cover the surface with a clean, sturdy sheet before guests arrive, and toss directly into a hot water wash as soon as the last guests leave.

Fifth Step:

If you’ve detected Bed Bugs in your home, don’t try to go it alone. Call HonorGuard Pest Management as soon as possible. We’ve got all the experience you need to help you eliminate Bed Bugs from your home thoroughly, and permanently.

Protect Your Home and Family From Bed Bugs

With HonorGuard Pest Management of Nashville, your family and home will be free once more from the bane of Bed Bugs. As your Middle Tennessee Pest Management Experts we are happy to help you find lasting results for all your pest elimination issues. Give us a call at HonorGuard Pest Management Services at (615) 242-5440. We look forward to serving you!

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All You Wanted to Know About Bed Bugs

No Bed Bugs SignAt HonorGuard Pest, we take the war against pest infestations seriously. When bed bugs invade your home, WebMD recommends you turn to the professional exterminators to rid you of this parasitic insect. HonorGuard Pest specializes in bed bug management by using a team approach with our certified technicians who are trained in exterminating bed bugs. Although bed bugs do not transmit any diseases, these insects do leave behind itchy bite marks and welts. Bed bugs can be incredibly difficult to spot, but if you ever wake up with itchy marks that were not there the day before, it is possible you have bed bugs in your home. We would like to share with you some facts about bed bugs to help you be informed about the signs and symptoms of an infestation.

How Bed Bugs Enter Your Home and Where They Hide 

With flat bodies about the width of a credit card, tiny bed bugs can sneak into small spaces, including your luggage, clothing, and any type of used furniture. Arriving undetected into your home, bed bugs tend to travel in groups and live in hiding places. Since they live on blood, these bugs tend to hide out in mattresses, box springs, headboards, and bed frames to have be in close proximity to people to bite overnight in their sleep. It is a myth that bed bugs are a sign of dirtiness because eventually these bugs spread throughout a property as they populate.

Bed Bug Bite Symptoms

Using their long beaks, bed bugs pierce the skin of sleeping victims and feed on their blood for three to ten minutes. Once bed bugs become engorged with blood, they sneak back into hiding. At first, the bites are unnoticable but soon develop into red welts that itch. Unlike fleas who tend to only bite around ankles, bed bugs will bite any exposed part of your body. To truly know if you have an infestation of bed bugs, you need to call HonorGuard Pest to schedule an inspection of your home to locate and identify these insects.

Signs of Bed Bug Infestation 

Besides waking up with itchy welts that were not there the day before, you should also look for the following signs:

  • blood stains on pillowcases and sheets
  • dark or rusty bed bug fecal stains on bedding and walls
  • bed bug egg shells and shedded skin in typical hiding places

an unpleasant, musty smell caused by the scent glands of bed bugs

Steps to Take to Clean Up Bed Bug Infestations

Although you will need to call Honorguard Pest to completely get rid of bed bugs, you can do a few things to start the cleanup process, including:

  • clean all bedding items, curtains, and clothes in hot water and then dry them on the highest setting of your dryer
  • vacuum frequently around your bed and immediately dispose of the vacuum bag in your trash can outside
  • encase your mattress and box springs in a plastic zippered cover to keep bugs from entering or escaping

If you suspect your home is infested with bed bugs, contact HonorGuard Pest today. We can schedule an appointment for a bed bug inspection to see if we need to proceed with the extermination process.

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Bed Bug F.A.Q.

Been dying to get a good night's sleep due to those annoying bed bugs? Have them exterminated by our professionals so you can sleep soundly every night.

Been dying to get a good night’s sleep due to those annoying bed bugs? Have them exterminated by our professionals so you can sleep soundly every night.

Bed bugs are a big nuisance—considered a public health pest by the EPA—but they do not transmit or spread disease. They do, however, feed on human blood and may cause very itchy bites. We hear more about them now because their prevalence in the U.S. is unfortunately up at the moment. All of HonorGuard Pest Management Services’ locations—in Nashville, Knoxville, and Atlanta—get numerous calls each month about bed bugs. We are happy to answer questions about this tiny, irritating pest. Here are some of the ones we hear most often:

How do I know if I have bed bugs?

Some reliable signs of bed bugs include rust-colored stains on your bed sheets or mattress or dark spots (bed bugs’ excrement) or bed bugs themselves. Bed bugs are active mostly at night, and their bites will create red, itchy bumps, most often on the face, neck, arms, and hands.

What do bed bug bites look like?

Bed bugs are about a quarter of an inch long (about the size of an apple seed) and are long, oval-shaped, flat, and reddish-brown in color. They even have a smell, described as musty and sweet, produced by the glands on their underside. Meanwhile, bed bug eggs are white and the size of a pinhead. There are many bugs that look similar to bed bugs, such as carpet beetles, so it is important to have a professional identify this pest for you.

What can I do to get rid of bed bugs?

To help eradicate your bed bug population, you may want to clean up any clutter near your mattress and vacuum around your bed very thoroughly, regularly wash and heat-dry your sheets and blankets, and purchase a bed bug cover for your mattress and box springs.

How do professionals get rid of bed bugs?

The EPA has approved  more than 300 products in seven chemical classes to treat bed bugs; some of these may only be used by specially trained professionally, including those of us at HonorGuard Pest Management Services. Pyrethrins, pyrethroids, desiccants, biochemicals, pyrroles, neonicotinoids, and insect growth regulators are among those approved for use. The treatment used will depend on the extent of the bed bug problem. If you live in Nashville, Knoxville, or Atlanta and think you have a bed bug problem, HonorGuard Pest Management Services would love to create a bed bug management plan for you.

Among our many residential pest control services, we are able to treat termites, mosquitoes, spiders, and ants.

Bed Bugs?

Bed bug infestations used to be very common in the United States before World War II; improvements in hygiene and the widespread use of DDT during the 1940s and 1950s all but wiped the bed bug population out.  In recent years, bed bugs have made a dramatic comeback in the U.S.  Immigration and international travel have contributed to the resurgence of bed bugs in the U.S.

Concerned about bed bugs? Call Honorguard today and lets get started making this a worry no more.

Concerned about bed bugs? Call Honorguard today and lets get started making this a worry no more.

So You Think You’ve Got Bed Bugs   Bed bugs are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals.  They are reddish-brown in color, wingless, range from 1mm to 7mm (which equates roughly to the size of President Lincoln’s head on a penny), and can live several months without a blood meal.  Bed bugs can live anywhere in the home – from cracks in furniture to any type of textile, including upholstered furniture.  They are most common in beds (obviously), including the mattress, box springs, and bed frames.  Bed bugs are most active at night and may bite any exposed areas of skin while an individual is sleeping.  Common locations for bed bug bites are the face, neck, hands, and arms.

Bed Bug Myths and Misconceptions Exposed   There are numerous myths and misconceptions associated with bed bugs.  MYTH #1: You can’t see a bed bug.  You should actually be able to see adult bed bugs, nymphs and eggs with your naked eye.  Myth #2: Bed bugs only live in dirty places.  Bed bugs are not attracted to dirt and grime; they’re attracted to warmth, blood and CO2.  Clutter does, however, provide them with more hiding places.  Myth #3: Bed bugs transmit diseases.  There have been no cases or studies that indicate bed bugs pass diseases from one host to another.  Myth #4: Bed bugs won’t come out if the room is brightly lit.  Although bed bugs may prefer darkness, keeping the light on at night won’t stop them from biting you.

The EPA, CDC, and USDA all consider bed bugs a public health pest; however, unlike most public health pests, bed bugs are not known to transmit or spread disease.  Getting a pest control professional involved as soon as possible rather than taking time to try to treat the problem yourself can be very effective at preventing further infestations.  One of our professionals will create a customized treatment for your bed bugs.  Because bed bugs can multiply so quickly, early detection is critical to help prevent an even larger infestation.  If you live in either the Nashville, Knoxville, or Atlanta metropolitan areas and suspect you have a bed bug problem, contact HonorGuard Pest Management Services today!

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