Our Bed Bug Service:

Bed Bugs are back

Bed Bugs in the United States have made a strong comeback since nearly being eradicated decades ago. Changes in our pesticide legislation, a lack of public awareness, in addition to an increase in international travel, have given this blood sucking pest the opportunity to flourish again in this country. Bed Bugs are a hitchhiking pest, latching themselves onto luggage, bags and clothing. They can be found in homes, apartments, hotels, dormitories, schools, hospitals, movie theaters and virtually any public space where people gather. A common misconception about what causes Bed Bug infestations in the first place is a lack of cleanliness. Although lack of cleanliness and clutter are not the cause of an infestation, they can make a successful Bed Bug treatment a challenge. The more clutter, the more places for them to hide and breed. Their flattened bodies allow them to virtually hide and travel undetected within any cracks or crevices such as behind electrical wall plates, behind baseboards, behind picture frames, inside mattresses and box springs, and behind bed headboards. Their cryptic and nocturnal behaviors can make them very difficult to detect as they usually feed at night on their warm-blooded human hosts and while remaining hidden during the day.

What do they look like?

Adult bed bugs are about ¼ inch long, wingless, oval in shape and reddish-brown in color. The nymph stage of the Bed Bug is lighter in color and much smaller.

What are the signs?

Bed Bugs are nocturnal feeders that usually need to feed every few days. Dark environments in addition to the carbon dioxide emissions from their hosts act as triggers, alerting Bed Bugs that a blood meal is nearby. A single Bed Bug feeds for about 10 minutes until it engorges itself with a full blood meal. The most common sign of a Bed Bug infestation are the telltale feces stains or spots, left behind on mattresses and other infested items, which appear reddish-brown in color from the digested blood they have excreted.

Our Inspection and Treatment

Before any treatment is performed, one of our expert inspectors will first conduct a thorough inspection of all affected areas, including all adjacent rooms and areas of the premises. Our inspector's expertise and knowledge of Bed Bugs and their behaviors will ensure that you receive the most effective treatment plan. After the inspection, your treatment will be scheduled. Our Bed Bug technicians will then utilize a combination of chemical and dust applications, as well as specialized eyewear technology that allow them to see bed bug eggs. The specialized eyewear technology will help them to zero in on those affected areas where eggs are present as well any additional areas where the Bed Bugs may be seeking shelter. In addition to the material applications, Humphreys will also install Bed Bug covers on all mattresses within the affected areas as an additional safeguard. They will also install Bed Bug Climbup Interceptors under the bed's legs that will act as a monitoring device. A follow-up inspection service will then be scheduled shortly after to ensure all Bed Bugs have been eradicated and retreat any areas if necessary.