Bedbugs? Our Professional Services Group Has the Answer


Bedbugs are an increasingly common problem in businesses, primarily affecting the hospitality and healthcare industries. If you suspect your facility may have a problem with bedbugs, you must act quickly using effective and proven eradication techniques.

Our Professional Services Group is certified as Pest Control technicians. Using our state of the art sanitation and remediation process, our Service Solutions™ specializes in the on-site, disinfection, deodorizing, and antimicrobial protection of commercial and residential surfaces against dangerous bacteria, mold, mildew, pests, fungi and virus. Pro-active organizations are addressing dangerous microbial concerns such as mold, malodors, and dangerous pathogens by implementing our proprietary Property Protection Program.

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What Are Bedbugs?

Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color.

Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime.

Immature bedbugs, called nymphs, shed their skins five times before reaching maturity and require a meal of blood before each shedding. Under favorable conditions the bugs can develop fully in as little as a month and produce three or more generations per year.

Bedbugs may enter your facility undetected. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night.

Over time, however, they may scatter through your facility, moving into any crevice or protected location.

When Bedbugs Bite

Bedbugs are active mainly at night and usually bite people while they are sleeping. They feed by piercing the skin and withdrawing blood through an elongated beak. The bugs feed from three to 10 minutes to become engorged and then crawl away unnoticed.

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Most bedbug bites are painless at first, but later turn into itchy welts. Unlike flea bites that are mainly around the ankles, bedbug bites are on any area of skin exposed while sleeping. Also, the bites do not have a red spot in the center like flea bites do.

People who don't realize they have a bedbug infestation may attribute the itching and welts to other causes, such as mosquitoes. To confirm bedbug bites, you must find and identify the bugs themselves.

Signs of Infestation

If you or visitors to your facility complain of itchy areas they didn't have when arrived, you may have bedbugs. Other signs that you have bedbugs include:

  • Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases
  • Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls
  • Bedbug fecal spots, egg shells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide
  • An offensive, musty odor from the bugs' scent glands

If you suspect an infestation, remove all bedding and check it carefully for signs of the bugs or their excrement. Remove the dust cover over the bottom of the box springs and examine the seams in the wood framing. Peel back the fabric where it is stapled to the wood frame.

Also, check the area around the bed, including inside books, telephones or radios, the edge of the carpet, and even in electrical outlets. Check your closet, because bedbugs can attach to clothing.

If you find signs of infestation, contact our Professional Services Group to begin steps to get rid of the bugs and prevent their return.