Bed Bug Free Zone?

bedbugsUnfortunately,  “they can show up just about anywhere imaginable”. With the bed bug population increasing, so is there survival rate. The link below shows you all the places bed bugs can be now a days. We are a call away from inspecting and treating your home. Let Eco Bed Bug Exterminator Washington D.C. help!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/you-wont-believe-where-you-might-encounter-bedbugs-these-days/2017/09/22/78d22f98-93e8-11e7-aace-04b862b2b3f3_story.html?utm_term=.a6e958a5d7cd

Bed bugs here, bed bugs there, bed bugs everywhere!

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“Bedbugs have been around for years but experts believe their populations are now growing and the bloodsuckers are more resilient than ever.”

“The increase in bedbug populations has been seen not only in the U.S. but internationally as well. From hotels, to apartments, to homes and, in some cases, even offices, outbreaks have been reported.”

“This summer, Airlines for America is predicting a 4 percent increase in U.S. airline travel, and if you’re flying the friendly skies or shacking up in a hotel that means there’s a much greater chance of encountering bed bugs during the warmer months, according to experts from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).”

http://loyaltylobby.com/2016/07/20/american-airlines-bedbug-infestations-on-many-aircraft-terrify-crews-and-passengers/

 

 

Bed Bug Signs and Symptoms

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Waking up with bites and not sure whether it was an annoying mosquito in the house, or even worse bed bugs! Here I will list signs and symptoms that will either put your mind at ease about not having bed bugs, or will lead you to discover you unfortunately have them. If you have one or more of these signs and symptoms please contact us immediately for an estimate of your home, we are here to help!

“RED, ITCHY BITES

People don’t often consider bed bugs until they’ve left their mark. The appearance of flat, red welts in zigzag lines or small clusters is a key sign of bed bugs on humans. Bed bugs can also leave their bites in straight rows and, while they don’t spread diseases to humans, their bites are quite irritating and scratching them can lead to bleeding and infection.

UNCOMFORTABLE NIGHTS

Bed bugs are most often found in the bed, where humans spend most of their nights. It makes logical sense for bed bugs to be most active at night while humans are in bed with them. Should you find yourself developing those itchy welts while laying in bed sleeping (or trying to sleep), it’s likely bed bugs are the problem.

MARKED ARMS AND SHOULDERS

Bed bugs tend to feed on exposed skin such as that on your arms and shoulders, which you may tend to leave uncovered while sleeping. This is different from, say, fleas and chiggers, which tend to bite around the ankles.

A BUGGY BED

The first sign of a bed bug problem is obvious: the bed. After bed bugs feed on humans, they’ll leave behind blood stains resembling small rust spots. These will usually be found near the corners and edges of the bed. Bed bugs also shed their skin, or molt, several times as they mature, so you may find their oval brown exoskeletons during your search.

THE NOSE HAS IT

A strong, unpleasant, musty odor like that of a wet towel is another common bed bug symptom. Bed bugs release pheromones, and when in large numbers, the smell can be quite strong. Should you find your bedroom smelling like a dirty locker room, you may want to perform an inspection.

Remember, bed bugs aren’t confined to your home. They can be found wherever you sleep, including hotel rooms.

Here are some quick inspection tips to help you avoid a serious problem, whether on the road or at home:

INSPECT THE BED

Strip the mattress and box spring and thoroughly inspect the corners and seams. Use a magnifying glass and a flashlight. You’re looking for rust-colored, reddish-brown blood stains and/or small brown ovals (molted bed bug skin).

INSPECT THE ROOM

After searching the bed, it’s time to move to the rest of the room. Check anything upholstered, including chairs, couches, curtains and the edges of the carpet. Look in and behind dressers, underneath the bed and if possible, behind the headboard. Always be on the lookout for the signature reddish-brown spots.

OPEN THE CLOSET

Bed bugs can also cling to clothing, which is how they can travel and spread so adeptly. Be sure to look in your closets and check your clothing thoroughly. Bed bugs on clothes means bed bugs on humans.

USE YOUR NOSE

As stated above, one way detect bed bugs is their smell. The scent of their pheromones can be quite strong. It’s often described as a musty odor.

Since it’s possible for people to go for long periods without being aware they have a bed bug infestation, knowing the key bed bug symptoms and how to find these pests will go a long way in combating them.”

Bed Bugs Biting.. at School?

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Moms, dads just because our home might be tidy and we believe it’s bed bug free doesn’t mean it wont happen to us! We have worked school cases where we’ve found bed bug infestations where the children have brought them into their home. Savoy Elementary School is one among other Washington, D.C. schools that have been affected by bed bugs. Please be aware that bed bugs will travel in belongings such as bookbags. http://dcist.com/2017/02/savoy_closed_bed_bugs.php

Airbnb Bed Bug Outbreak!

Renting-your-home-on-AirbnbAirbnb has become a go-to for booking travel stays, but what the hosts are failing to let you know is if their home has been exposed to bed bugs. We have treated well over a hundred Airbnb homes this year alone in Washington, DC and surrounding cities . When staying at an Airbnb home please be very cautious of the signs. Most cases don’t expose the bed bug itself, be on the look out for these signs: Tiny black dots around the mattress, sheets, and bed frame; Light colored exoskeleton, small bump or redness, itching or swelling. “Bedbugs are a sore topic for guests and hosts alike. Firstly, there often isn’t any physical evidence of an infestation because the bugs hide so well and bites don’t show up on some people, so hosts can dispute that the bedbugs even exist. Secondly, it’s hard to tell how and infestation started and hosts may accuse a complaining guest of bringing the bedbugs to their home. “Thankfully, our host gave us a refund and promised to get pest control in to investigate; we felt morally obligated to mention what had happened in our review to warn future travellers.” As told by and Airbnb guest.