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Bedbugs

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Reports of bedbug infestations have been on the rise across the country during the last few years including northeastern Oklahoma and are known carriers of viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and parasitic worms. Bedbugs are primarily nocturnal parasites that feed on blood exclusively and tend to prefer human blood. They detect carbon dioxide exhaled by the host during periods of inactivity and also detect the warmth of the host to zero in on a blood meal.

Bedbugs prefer a warm environment to live and flourish. However, heat of above 120 degrees Fahrenheit applied directly to bedbugs will kill them. This is why you can use heat on personal items to eradicate not only bedbugs but their eggs as well (the female typically lays 200 – 400 eggs in her one-year lifespan)!  Ban-A-Pest uses state-of-the-art products such as Phantom® to help you get rid of these unwanted parasitic stowaways.

BEFORE THE CERTIFIED TECHNICIAN ARRIVES

Try to eliminate all clutter around the affected area. Remove all bed linens and personal possessions from around the affected area(s) and isolate them in a plastic bag and tie the top to secure until these items can be treated with heat or some other source of bed bug treatment such as NUVAN. If the affected area is around a bed, do not move or otherwise disturb the bed frame or mattress once linens have been removed. Do not attempt to use any pesticides to kill or treat for bedbugs as this may significantly interfere with professional treatment rendering our products useless. Be prepared to provide the service technician with the location of any bedbugs discovered and with information that could help to identify the host (source of the problem) so that future problems may be avoided. We treat structure and furniture only. Be prepared with mattress encasements to cover treated mattresses or new mattresses.

AFTER THE SERVICE TECHNICIAN LEAVES

Keep in mind that bedbugs are not introduced into your home or dwelling by the means that most common household pests do but instead they must have a host as parasites do. If you have a visitor(s) to your home frequently (especially if they sleep in your home or dwelling), if you frequent motels or other temporary lodging accommodations, if you use public transportation regularly, be vigilant so as to prevent bedbugs from entering your home via clothing that has come in contact with bed linens from an overnight stay at a hotel or luggage that may have come in contact with that of others.

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