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Unless every bed bug in your home or business is exterminated the bed bugs will reproduce and the same bed bug infestation problem will persist. All our bed bug extermination Toronto services are backed by a 100% Money Back Guarantee. If we do not completely exterminate all bed bugs we will refund your money! When you choose Pestend you can rest assured that the bed bugs wont be there once we are done our work.
Why Select Pestend For Bed Bug Extermination?
- We specialize in bed bug extermination – this is our bread and butter. Pestend Pest Control Toronto has been exterminating bed bugs in Toronto & the greater Toronto area for over a decade. We have the tools, techniques and we are all government licensed technicians fully insured, certified, bonded and capable of completely exterminating bed bugs from your residential or commercial property.
- Our Toronto bed bug extermination services are much cheaper than other bed bug exterminators in Toronto. We encourage you to call us and other Toronto bed bug exterminators to find out for yourself. Our 10% off limited time coupon will even reduce your bed bug extermination price further if you call us before the promotion ends!
- All our bed bug extermination services are backed by a 100% Money Back Guarantee. If we are not able to remove all bed bugs from your premises, we will re-treat the area until all bed bugs are complete exterminated. If you are not 100% satisfied we will refund all your money.
- Our Toronto bed bug exterminators use eco friendly bed bug extermination techniques which ensure our environment and your health are not compromised, while all the bed bugs are exterminated!
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Below are some photos of bed bugs, bed bug bites, bed bug homes and bed bug feces. These photos should give you an idea of what to look for to determine if you have bed bugs. Please read on for more information.
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Marked/Unmarked Bed Bug Extermination Trucks
We know that having bed bugs is embarrassing and so we offer unmarked trucks upon request in case you don’t want any neighbours to know about your bed bug issue. We have marked and unmarked bed bug control trucks for bed bug extermination in the following cities: Bed bugs Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Markham, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Newmarket, Scarborough, Vaughan, Peterborough,as well as all other cities and towns in Southern Ontario.
How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs?
If you have detected that you have a bed bug problem, and the bed bugs have not spread all over you property, then you may be able to get rid of the bed bugs by yourself. If you suspect that the bed bugs have spread (based on the severity of the bed bug bites) then you will most likely need to hire a professional bed bug exterminator in Toronto.
Step 1: You will first have to identify the location of all the bed bugs in your property. To do this follow the instructions in the Bed Bug preparation section below.
Step 2: You will have to wash all you laundry by following the laundry instructions section below.
Step 3: Purchase rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and vigorously spray the areas where you suspect the bed bugs to be. Re-spray the area several times during the day. Its even more effective if you use an all natural bed bug spray, but the alcohol should work fine.
Step 4: Using a vacuum, vacuum all the cracks and holes and the entire room that may be effected. Take your time while vacuuming in order to suck in all bed bugs from the cracks and holes. It’s important to use a strong vacuum. However, without professional knowledge and experience, you may not be able to remove all the bedbugs. For complete and 100% guaranteed bed bug extermination hire Pest Control Toronto.
What Causes Bed Bugs?
- You can pick up bed bugs riding on public transport, at public libraries, schools, workplaces, theatres or parks.
- Travellers can pick up bed bugs in their luggage or bags while staying in hotels, cottages, resorts, or cruise ships.
- Visitors in your home who picked up bed bugs can bring them into your home in used cloths, mattresses, or furniture.
- Rented furniture that has not been inspected can contain hidden bed bugs.
- Bringing used electronics that have bed bugs hiding inside.
- Items brought into your home on a delivery truck that may be exposed to bed bugs.
- Items brought into home from a storage facility.
- If you just moved into a home that was occupied previously it can have bed bugs.
- Buildings tend to have more bed bug issues since bed bugs can more effortlessly spread from apartment to apartment.
Bed Bugs Treatment Preparation
Client Preparation For Bed Bugs Treatment
Preparation is key, in order to have a successful bed bug control treatment. Please complete the following checklist so that we can perform the best bed bug extermination treatment as possible.
- Get rid of clutter to reduce places where bedbugs can hide. Bag and discard any items that you no longer use into outdoor garbage bins.
- Strip your beds, place all bedding, spreadsheets, comforters, and pillows in plastic bags to wash.
- Remove any plastic covers from mattresses or box springs. Plastic covers do not protect mattresses or box springs from bed bug infestations.
- Remove clothing and other belongings out of all drawers, night tables, closets, and similar storage areas and place in plastic bags to wash.
- Remove drapery from bedrooms, any loose clothing or garments found outside of dressers, under beds or closets must be removed, put them in plastic bags to wash. Remove paintings, pictures, posters and mirrors from bedroom walls.
- Remove vacuum bags and discard into outdoor garbage bin, vacuum and other electrical appliances should remain in place for extermination treatment.
- Throw away any items that were stored under the bed, or leave them in place for the bed bug extermination treatment.
- Aquariums may remain in place as long as the filtrations and aeration systems are turned off for at least six hours and the tank is adequately covered.
- Please make sure all laundry bags be sealed properly before transporting to the laundry facility.
- All occupants, including pets, must leave the unit and not enter for a minimum of 4 to 6 hours after the bed bug exterminator leaves.
- It is essential to empty all laundry bags directly into the washing machine and wash items in a hot water cycle.
- Immediately dispose of used plastic bags into outdoor garbage bin.
- Some items that cannot be washed can be successfully disinfected using the dryer. For example, duffel bags, pocketbooks, backpacks, stuffed animals and other soft toys.
- Items that are too large to be washed at home such as area rugs should be brought to a commercial Laundromat such as Love Your Rug Cleaning.
- Dry items at high heat for at least 30 minutes. Do not load your dryer more than 50% capacity.
- Once clothing and other items have been laundered, seal them tightly in new plastic bags and keep them away from bed bug treatment areas.
- All laundered items must remain in sealed plastic bags where possible to prevent potential bed bug re-infestation until the issue is completely resolved.
Bed Bugs Prevention
The bed bug exterminators at Pestend Pest Control are dedicated to helping our clients with bed bug prevention, and below we provide you with some tips to help guard against bed bugs in your home:
- Refrain from picking up used items off the street like upholstered furniture to bring into your home. The same applies to mattresses, box springs or bed frames. The better it looks the more likely it is to be infested with bed bugs.
- Do not buy used furniture from internet websites like Kijiji or alike. The seller may not be aware of bed bugs in this furniture.
- If you absolutely must buy used furniture from someone inspect it thoroughly. Also check the location of the place where the used furniture is being picked up from, on The Bed Bug Registry. This website will tell you if any bed bug reports were made at that location in the past.
- Check all rented furniture and appliances for bed bugs and other pests before bringing these items into your home. Click here to see where bed bugs like to nest
- Examine both the bed and furniture when vacationing or traveling. Avoid placing suitcases on the bed and floor and search bags and luggage before leaving.
- If you think you have been in contact with bed bugs, use the highest heat setting available to wash and dry clothing at once, or put these items aside in an airtight plastic bag. This may shrink your clothes, so to avoid this you can take it to your local cleaner in Toronto like Love Your Leather Cleaning.
- Whether or not you have bed bugs, using caulk to seal up cracks and crevices will help to prevent these types of pests from finding their way into a town home or apartment building.
- Avoid visiting any place you might know that has bed bugs until the issue is resolved. Always try to remember to check the bed bug registry when visiting areas that you suspect have bed bug infestations.
What Are Bed Bugs
Physical Characteristics and Dimensions
Length: 4.5 mm.
Colour: Reddish brown.
Other features: The adults are wingless, possessing vestigial wing pads.
What Are Bed Bugs & What Makes Them Unique
Bed bugs are tiny and oval shaped and they are generally flat. They are insects that suck blood and infest areas where humans and other animals sleep. Bed bug infestations are not always the result of having a dirty home because bed bugs can find their way into your home even if all the necessary precautions have been taken. Once they do get in, they can multiply quickly and become a problem to the lives and welfare of everyone inside the residence or workplace. Although Canada generally only has an issue with one species of bed bugs, they like to live in a variety of places like houses, condos, apartments, motels and hotels as well as barns and in a variety of other buildings where warm-blooded animals live.
Although bed bugs are rare in Ontario, there have been cases where bedbugs associated with bats and swallows have been discovered. These insects are nocturnal feeders that suck on blood when the victim is tight asleep. In dim lighting conditions, they will feed during the day only if they are extremely hungry, which is very unlikely since they get enough blood while humans sleep. An anticoagulant is injected by these pests to prevent clotting. This makes the skin inflamed with welts developing and itching as a result.
These insects molt at various stages in their lives. The discarded exoskeletons are clear. Bedbugs molt five times before reaching adulthood.
About Bed Bugs and How They Feed:
Bed bugs spend most of their time huddling together in cracks and crevices so they can stay unnoticed and so that they can reproduce. They are nocturnal and most of their activity happens between midnight and 5 am. Unfortunately, this optimal feeding time for bed bugs is also the time that humans are in their deepest sleep and they will even travel several yards to find their human meal. These insects love the carbon dioxide produced by nighttime breathing, and body heat is another feature that attracts them. They look for a capillary space with their mouths that will allow for the best blood flow. They might even try several different spots before finding the right feeding space so a human host might get several bites from the same bug. When the feeding site has been decided on, the entire process usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes. After the meal is over, these insects generally find their way back to the crevice where the other bugs are resting. That’s the location where they will digest and excrete after their weekly feedings. These bugs are digesting and not feeding most of the time.
About Bed Bugs and Mating:
After they eat, the male bed bugs look for a suitable mate and the technique employed is called traumatic insemination. It is called traumatic because the male stabs through the female’s body wall into the Organ of Berlese which is located on the right side of the female bed bug body. Sperm is released into the female and it takes a few hours to move to her ovaries where the eggs are fertilized. The female is scared and hurt from the whole procedure. Because the female must heal after every mating session, they are known to leave the aggregates after several sessions.
Research also shows this healing process impacts the ability to produce eggs. In fact, females that only mate one time will produce 25% more eggs. However, even a female without a male can use her store of sperm to fertilize eggs. Even when she runs out of sperm she can mate with one of her adult offspring.
The quantity of egg batches a female will produce depends on how many meals she can get. The more meals, the more eggs. A female can make somewhere in the neighbourhood of 5 to 20 eggs from only one meal of blood. A lone female bed bug has the ability to produce 200 eggs over the course of her life. These eggs are laid in groups or just in singles. A female that wanders around can lay an egg almost anywhere. Under good conditions, the number of eggs that don’t survive is small and about 97% of the eggs hatch and live.
Room temperature which is under 21°C is best for the bed bug eggs. Sixty percent of the eggs hatch after six days and by the time they are nine days old, ninety percent of them will have hatched.
With conditions like favourable indoor room temperature, most nymphs develop in 5 days. If the molted instar is able to find a meal within the first 24 hours, it will remain in that instar stage for 5-8 days before it molts again. However, if a bed bug nymph can’t eat, it will stay in that instar state until it eats or dies. Under the best conditions, the time through all five nymphal instars to adult is about 37 days.
Adult Bed Bug Life Span:
Latest research reveals that, in a lab environment, healthy bed bugs can live up to around 300 days. (Source) This doesn’t account for their lifespan in a home or apartment, which could be slightly different and has not been tested. Starved insects die within 70 days, and the most likely reason is that these insects are dying from dehydration and not starvation. Because bed bugs only hydrate with a blood meal, dehydration is the number one killer of these bugs indoors. A micro-habitat of just the right temperature and humidity allows them to get through periods where they don’t eat and these conditions can be found in crevices.
Where These Bed Bugs Like To Nest:
Because these insects have flat sides they can fit into a space as thin as a credit card. They don’t nest like other insects so while they’re not like ants and bees in that respect, they hide out together in groups. The best case scenario for nesting is close to a host’s bed and they like to hide in mattresses and box springs when they are not eating. However, large numbers of bed bugs in one place means others might have to nest several yards away from the host’s bed.
|Bed bugs nesting inside power outlets.||Bed bug fecal matter evidence on box spring.|
|Bed bugs nesting behind baseboard through a very small hole.||Bed bugs breeding site found under the night table.|
|Female bed bugs next to her eggs.||Bed bugs nest inside bed frame bolt.|
|Bed bugs nesting colony between bed frame joint.||Adult size bed bugs.|
Symptoms, Bed Bug Bites and Signs of Bed Bug Infestation:
The symptoms associated with bedbug bites are usually mild, although some people experience no symptoms at all. Exposed areas such as the face and neck, as well as hands and arms are where these bites usually occur. People who are bitten most often complain of a red, itchy area on the skin resembling either a welt or a bump which can appear within minutes after a bite or even days later. Frequently, the bites are found grouped together in a clump on the skin or patterned along more of a line. These bites generally disappear within 7-14 days. Sometimes it’s difficult to determine a bedbug bite because it looks similar to other types of insect bites.
Finding small black residue and dried up blood stains on bedding is a definite indication you may have an infestation of bed bugs. The blood stains could result from a person rolling over and crushing an adult bed bug filled with blood after feeding, or the anticoagulant injected by one of these pests creates a continued blood flow after the meal. There is a likelihood of bed bugs if you notice any kind of blood stain around your bed, or even empty clear skins from molting.
Health Concerns From Bed Bugs:
Bed bugs are not identified with spreading disease although these insects and their bites are a problem. Most bites start out painless, but can develop into large welts on the skin for some people characterized by itching, while others feel no reaction whatsoever. Most bites require no treatment and eventually disappear on their own, while others can become infected due to excessive scratching or may cause allergic reactions. By far, psychological effects such as stress, anxiety, tiredness and depression from the existence of bed bugs in the home appear to be the major health concerns. In fact, some people go so far as to use banned or excess amounts of pesticides that can be toxic.
Treatment For Bed Bugs:
A program that advances the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the most effective way to get rid of bed bugs. IPM reasonably combines all the ways to not only maximize effectiveness, but also reduce the risk of exposure to pesticide and protect the environment.
Got Bedbugs? We’re Here To Help!
Here at Pestend Pest Control Toronto, we know that of all the different pests that you can encounter, bedbugs are one of the worst for the average homeowner. Remember these pests only come out at night to feed so they can be quite hard to find. Unfortunately, they feed on human blood and the females can lay anywhere from 1 to 5 eggs a day.
If you go to bed at night and wake up with what you thought were mosquito bites, you might have a bed bug infestation. If you do, you can rely on the professional, reliable and prompt services that you will get from Pestend Pest Control.
Our residential pest control services are staffed by our highly trained, certified, licensed and bonded technicians that have over 10 years of experience in bed bug control, mice control, and ant control to name just a few.
Think you might have a bedbug problem?
Try taking the bed sheets off and looking for the little black spots they might be leaving on the seam between the mattress and box spring. These are generally proof that there is an issue and if you’re concerned, we offer a free estimate for both residential and commercial Toronto bed bug pest control services with a Pestend money back guarantee.
Below are some more facts from your Bed bug exterminator Toronto experts:
Finding the right pest control company when it comes to bed bugs in Toronto is a lot easier when you know what you should expect from a Bed bug exterminator.
For example, here at Pestend Pest Control, we understand that these pests are particularly nocturnal. They come out to feed at night and hide during the day but we know where to look for them because our trained and certified technicians know they don’t fly or jump and are large enough to be seen with the naked eye.
If you work in an environment where you think there’s a possibility of these little rascals hitching a ride home with you, putting your work clothes in the dryer for thirty minutes after the day is over lessens the chance you’ll have an infestation to deal with.
In fact, if you need to go into a place that’s been infected on a regular basis, wearing protective foot coverings that you can dispose of is a great idea. If you even think there’s a possibility you’ve got a pest control problem and need our Bed Bug pest control Toronto and Bed bug exterminator Toronto services, we offer our customers a free consultation as part of our complete professional package.
Scholarly Sources & References
Miller, Dini (2008). “Bed bugs (hemiptera: cimicidae: Cimex spp.)”. In Capinera, John L. Encyclopedia of Entomology (Second ed.). Springer. p. 414.
Encyclopedia Americana, 1996 ed., v. 3, p. 413
I. Thomas; G. G. Kihiczak; R. A. Schwartz (2004). “Bed bug bites: a review”. International Journal of Dermatology 43 (6): 430433.
Berg, Rebecca (2010). “Bed Bugs: The Pesticide Dilemma”. Journal of Environmental Health 72 (10): 3235
Owen, James (13 May 2004). “Bloodthirsty Bedbugs Stage Comeback in U.S., Europe”. National Geographic News. National Geographic. Retrieved 31 May 2010.