FAQ's: Bed Bugs

What Are Bed Bugs?

Cimex Lectularius, otherwise known as the Common Bed Bug is a small, wingless, flightless, flat bodied parasitic insect that feeds on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. 

How Did I Get Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are world renowned hitch-hikers, stowing away in luggage and on clothing, nearly undetectable to us.  A presence of bed bugs is no indication of a structure's cleanliness. Hotels with even the most rigorous heath standards are at risk of bed bugs. 

Do Bed Bugs Spread Disease?

Although bed bugs have not been known to spread disease,  symptoms of bed bug bites often manifest as bouts of itchiness, stress, and sleep loss. 

How Do I Know Ive Been Bitten?

Determining whether you've been bitten by a bed bug can be tricky. Bites tend to show up as itchy red, raised bumps in straight lines or groups of three to five. In some instances bed bug bites may not show up at all. 

What Are The Signs of A Bed Bug Infestation?

There are several things to look for if you're concerned that you're experiencing a bed bug infestation. 

  • Red, raised, itchy bumps on exposed skin. 
  • Molt-skins near feet of bedding or other furnishings.
  • A sweet, musty odor.
  • Bed Bugs in and on mattresses, sheets and box springs.

FAQ's: Heat Treatment

What Is Heat Treatment, and How Does It Work?

Heat treatment is the practice of using energized, concentrated thermal vortexes to dry out and exterminate pests. 

Utilizing an array of electric and propane heaters, hot air  is ducted into the structure where it is channeled by fans into vortex like currents. These currents are lethal to bed bugs and can dry them out in a matter of minutes. A full structure heat treatment can take anywhere from four to ten hours for larger structures. 

Can't Bed Bugs Escape to Cooler Areas?

      Although bed bugs are remarkably resilient heat is their Achilles heel. High temperatures cause intense disorientation to bed bugs as they desiccate. Unable to accurately navigate their surroundings, the bugs quickly expire. 

      Concerning bed bugs that do manage to make it cooler areas; (clutter piles, underneath carpeting, etc.) the cooler area is swiftly cleared as the temperature climbs higher. Once exposed, desiccation takes only moments.  

Will The High Temperatures Hurt My Electronics?

While careless applications of high temperatures can damage wood flooring or varnished furniture, electronics are relatively safe. Many electronics reach similarly high temperatures during production and shipment, and are built to withstand long-term exposure to heat. 

Our technicians are specially trained to protect your electronics, using a variety of techniques to ensure your devices remain safe.

Do I Need To Empty My Home Prior To Treatment?

No. A common misconception is that heat treatments require that the client remove furniture, electronics, or anything of value from the treatment area. Bed Bugs have been known to harbor inside T.V.'s, cupboards, chairs, stereo systems, as well as many other common household items. Most items in the treatment area will be safe during the process. Only heat sensitive items: waxy, oily, or cheap plastic materials should be removed.

Our technicians will walk you through the preparation process, letting you know exactly what needs to be removed. 

Can't Bed Bugs Be Hiding In Any Items I Remove From The Structure?

Technically, yes. Clean Heat Defense strongly recommends leaving any clothing or fabric material in the structure. Bed bugs tend to hide in warmer, softer places close to their hosts. Nearly all items removed from the structure will either be too small, or inconvenient for bed bugs to be harboring in them.