Orkin technician inspecting a mattress for bed bugs

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Your Home

Although bed bugs don’t pose any serious health concerns they do live and hide in the areas where we sleep. They are mostly found in bedding, mattresses, on headboards and in bed frames and box springs. Due to their size and nocturnal nature bed bugs can easily go undetected. Dark spots and small blood stains may indicate the presence of bed bugs. Bed bugs also give off a sweet musty odour and will often leave their eggs and molted skins near areas they have infested. Good housekeeping may not eliminate the problem. Even upscale hotels are not immune – bed bugs can thrive in a spotlessly clean room. Bed Bug infestations are difficult to deal with, and success depends on the thoroughness of the preparation, treatment and the follow-up. One of the most important steps in effective bed bug control is the accurate identification of bed bugs presence before starting any treatments. Home remedies, available in stores, are not very effective getting rid of a bed bug infestation. If you do choose to use an over-the-counter insecticide, make sure to read the label closely and follow directions. Your best course of action is to immediately contact your local Orkin Canada branch as we have extensive experience dealing with bed bugs. orkin technician treating a bed bug infested mattressPest control professionals administer the most effective treatments. It is advised that anyone with a suspected bed bug infestation contact their local expert to arrange an inspection and consultation.

Bed Bug Prevention

How Can I Prevent Bed Bugs?

There is no way to prevent bed bugs entirely; however, experts agree that early detection is the best way to prevent them from establishing themselves. A bed bug dog is your best tool for early detection. To prevent bed bug infestations you need to be vigilant in examining your surroundings. When returning from a trip, or a night out check both your clothing and luggage. If you think you may have a bed bug infestation, contact a pest control professional. This is not a pest that can be controlled with do-it-yourself measures.

Why are bedbugs so hard to treat?

Bed bugs are small, nocturnal and very difficult to detect. They are also very rugged insects and that can live for up to a year without feeding. They can hide in cracks and crevices and in hard to find spots and can withstand a temperature from almost freezing up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. All of these facts make treating bed bugs very difficult and should always be done by a professional pest control technician such as your local highly trained Orkin Canada Technician.

Bed Bug Infestation

Stopping Infestations Before They Hatch

Short of inspecting your own or a guests’ luggage and belongings as they come in, there is no known way to completely prevent bed bugs from entering a property. And once they are inside, two bed bugs can lay up to ten eggs in one day. That’s why it is important to have any rooms with a bed bug problem treated immediately to prevent them from becoming a widespread infestation.

Orkin Canada’s Corrective Treatment Program

To address current infestations, Orkin Canada will provide an aggressive treatment strategy that includes a thorough inspection of areas of concern to locate harbourage sites, as well as treatment of both infested and potentially infested areas. Orkin Canada will also conduct a follow-up inspection to ensure that the treatment was effective.

Orkin Canada Provides The Hospitality Industry With Bed Bug Training For Your Staff

The threat of bed bugs is always present – but Orkin Canada is always ready. Armed with the best training in the industry – plus over 71 years of experience and success – Orkin professionals will provide training for your housekeeping and engineering staff on proactive bed bug measures. A favourite spot for bed bugs to hide is under the seams of box springs and mattresses. Orkin Canada will teach the housekeeping staff to inspect for bed bugs while servicing rooms and thus helping identifiy bed bugs in hotels rooms.

How do you control bed bugs?

An effective bed bug control strategy must start with an inspection. A highly trained pest control professional, such as your local Orkin Canada technician, would start with a thorough inspection of all known and suspected spots where bed bugs might be hiding. Bed bugs are not pests that can be effectively controlled by do-it-yourself means. If bed bugs are detected your pest control professional will develop a customized treatment and control strategy with you that depends on the size of the infestation.

Why Do You Need Orkin Canada’s Bed Bug Control Program?

Bed bug sightings and infestations can cost you customers and reduce profits.

Rising complaints about these unwelcome guests are leading to red faces at the reception desks of hotels and an increase in the number of help calls. Even though they don’t pose a health threat, bed bugs, which live off human blood, can take a nasty bite out of a hotel’s reputation and business.

A Guide To Effective Control Of Bed Bugs

Orkin Canada recommends that you follow A.I.M. for the best results, when dealing with bed bug infestations. Assess the Situation: Your Orkin Canada Technician performs a thorough inspection of your home to locate any current bed bug infestations. Implement a customized treatment plan: Every bed bug problem is different; so is every treatment. Your Orkin Canada Technician is an expert on the entomology and life cycle of bed bugs and uses the appropriate treatment to match the extent of your problem. To protect your family and pets, your technician uses integrated pest control methods – safely applying products only when needed. Monitor Results: With our established Quality Assurance regimens we will document everything & follow-up. Bed bugs are extremely hardy. A return visit from your technician helps ensure the maximum effectiveness of your program. In addition, we offer protective mattress covers to help prevent future infestations.

Once Bed Bugs Are Suspected

  • Do not remove anything from the suspected area until the “bugs” have been positively identified.
  • Have the area inspected thoroughly, as well as all other areas in close proximity.
  • All clothing or linens to be cleaned need to be sealed in plastic bags and taken immediately to the laundry area. (Typical laundering and tumble drying on HOT will kill bed bugs).
  • Empty all closets, wardrobes & drawers… and, if free of bed bugs, place contents in sealed plastic bags.
  • Vacuum thoroughly, especially along carpet edges, baseboards, shelves, mattress seams and bed frame & headboard. (Dispose of vacuum bag immediately)
  • A treatment with dry steam will kill bed bugs on contact… or,
  • Utilize a properly labeled, and approved, insecticide to treat all cracks and crevices where bed bugs have been found, or are suspect.
  • NEVER treat mattresses, or other contact surfaces with an insecticide. Instead, utilize a bed bug certified mattress encasement to protect your mattress.
If you suspect a bed bug problem, for best results, you should immediately contact a professional pest control company such as Orkin Canada and our highly trained technicians.