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Not only are bed bugs disgusting, but they’re also dangerous. Left unchecked they can cause health problems, especially for those who are allergic to them. While bed bugs disproportionately affect lower-income people, just about anyone can find themselves with a serious infestation. These are tracked home from work, public transportation, or any of a myriad of other places.
If you have a bed bug infestation, the time to act is immediately after noticing it. Ultimately, it is important to understand bed bug infestations and how they’re handled by professional exterminators like Amco Ranger in St. Louis.
Bed Bugs Are A Serious Health Problem
There’s no evidence to suggest that bed bugs can transmit blood-borne illnesses from one person to another. However, there are some individuals who are allergic to bed bugs. These individuals can suffer severe symptoms and in rare cases, anaphylactic shock. When bed bug bites become infected, they cause conditions such as impetigo, ecthyma, and lymphangitis.
For those who have bed bug infestations, sleep becomes more difficult and anxiety and insomnia become more common. These can weaken the immune system making an infection more likely.
Methods Of Bed Bug Control
There are a number of different tools at the professional exterminator’s disposal that is not available to the general public. For the worst infestations, we may employ a number of methods to exterminate the bed bugs. In other cases, especially those where the infestation is contained in one room, treatment may be easier. Below, there’s a list of various methods to deal with bed bugs.
- Chemical treatments – Chemical treatments require two different methods of deployment. What works against adult bed bugs will not work against eggs. Usually, a liquid spray is used to kill off the adult population. Then a powder is used as a residual bed bug pesticide to ensure that the bed bugs are killed once they hatch.
- Heat treatments – Whole-room heat treatments work by subjecting a room to a temporary of 135℉ for 90 minutes or longer. This treatment has the advantage of killing off both the eggs and the adults. Heat treatments can be used in tandem with other methods for best results.
- HEPA filter vacuums – In some cases, HEPA filter vacuums can be used on carpet infestations. They have the advantage of dealing with both eggs and adults but have a limited scope of usefulness.
- Thoroughly washing clothes and curtains – One of the reasons why bed bugs are so resilient is because they can lodge themselves just about anywhere. Washing your clothing after a whole-room or home treatment at very high temperatures kills the bugs that may stow away in your clothing. Once the infestation has advanced, dealing with carpeting, curtains, and other issues becomes a concern. Steam treatments on carpets can be effective. These would be employed alongside chemical treatments.
Each of these methods has advantages and disadvantages. Amco Ranger generally employs the use of both chemical applications and heat to kill bed bugs. In some cases, eradicating the population will require multiple treatments.
Amco Ranger Can Help You Manage Your St. Louis Bed Bug Problem
Amco Ranger tailors each treatment to your individual needs. In cases where there is only one room that has an infestation, we can limit our treatments and save you money. If the infestation has expanded beyond a single room, we may need to provide a range of treatments in order to deal with the problem.
Amco Ranger offers free inspections to all of our prospective clients. We will visit your home and take a look at the scope of the problem. We will then devise a strategy that ensures that your home is free of bed bugs. Contact us today!
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