Mother Nature threw some weird spins at us this year. Extreme heat, drought, cold rains, etc. One thing remained constant despite these abnormal changes:

Bed bugs Chicago

Infamous hitchhikers, old nursery rhyme come true, vampire-like creatures and hardy survivors, bed bug occurences are not effected by weather patterns like most bugs. They’re transferred from person to person, object to object. Think about the most public places you frequent…

  • Hotels
  • Public transportation (planes, trains, taxis)
  • Apartment complexes
  • College dorms
  • Flea markets
  • Movie theaters
  • Resale warehouses

If you’re not aware of your personal risk, now’s the time to get the quick facts. Knowledge is the power of preventing bed bugs.

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Know what to look for

Are you waking up with weird itchy bites? Or did you notice a freaky mark on your sheets? Are you asking yourself Do I Have Bed Bugs? Here’s what to look for:

  • Dark flecks or spots on your mattress or box spring
  • Insects in the seams of your bedding or mattress
  • Linear patterned bites on your body
  • Translucent insect shells (shed skins) on or around your bed

bed bug cast skins
The dark bed bugs have consumed blood. The lighter insects are actually shed exoskeletons of the bed bugs, or cast skins.

If you suspect you have bed bugs

  • Don’t Panic. Help is a phone call or click away!
  • Contact a professional pest control company to inspect and verify the presence of bed bugs. Or, produce a sample of the insect in question to a pest control professional to be properly identified.
  • Don’t throw your mattress and furniture away! They are treatable and moving them will only contribute to spreading bed bugs even more.
  • Launder bedding and clothing in hot water, then a high heat dryer. A high heated dryer will kill all stages of bed bugs, including eggs. Transport clothing carefully in bags to avoid transfer of insects to other rooms or buildings.
  • Purchase mattress and box spring encasements. This is a smart idea even if you don’t currently have bed bug activity. Make sure the encasements specify that the fabric has bed bug locking technology. Once you put them on, DO NOT take them off.

mattress encasement
You can purchase bedbug locking technology mattress encasements from us or certain local stores. Be sure to choose one that is specifically for bed bug locking!

More than one way to kill bed bugs

What is the best way to kill bed bugs? Unfortunately, there’s no black and white answer. That’s because it depends on the level of infestation, the amount of clutter in the room with the problem, the structure of the building that’s infested and many other factors. What we do know is that we’ve got what it takes no matter what combination of circumstances are present with your bed bug situation.

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Conventional bed bug treatment

This treatment method utilizes specific pesticides labeled for bed bug control. Not all pesticides can kill bed bugs. While they may be completely successful for killing cockroaches or ants, they may have no effect whatsoever on the bed bug. Rose professionals are privy to the products that will work. We’re constantly attending seminars and training workshops to learn the latest science and technology involved with defeating these pests. We’ve seen countless cases and different scenarios that teach us what works, what doesn’t and the best methods to give you peace of mind as quickly as possible.

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Photo by Ricky Kluge

Beware of gimmicks!

One thing to be aware of involves over-the-counter products that say they kill bed bugs. There’s been a good amount of coverage in the news lately about foggers that say they kill fleas and bed bugs. Not only are bed bugs resistant to the active ingredients in these products, but foggers and bombs simply don’t penetrate important cracks and crevices where bed bugs will most likely be hiding. It’s a waste of money, ineffective and more often than not, the use of the product itself is more dangerous to consumers than the insect you’re trying to kill.

 

Bed bug heat treatment

Rose’s Special Services division has equipment to treat for your bed bugs using heat. It’s proven to be very effective and penetrates the nooks and crannies bed bugs hide in.

bed bug heat thermometer

What is Thermal RemediationTM?

  • An extremely effective method of controlling bed bug infestations with the reduced use of pesticides.
  • A process that uses electric heaters and powerful fans specifically designed for the pest control industry to raise a room’s temperature to between 120 and 135 degrees.
  • Kills all life cycles of bed bugs, including the eggs.

Fumigation for items you don’t want to throw away

Furniture, bags of clothing, personal items, and luggage are a few examples of things that can be fumigated to completely kill any bed bugs or eggs that may be on them. 100% guaranteed. This is so much more cost effective than throwing everything away and buying new! Our fumigation facility is located at O’Hare airport. One of our representatives can talk to you about drop off/pick up services for fumigation facility use.

Read more about fumigation services.

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