Understanding Bed Bugs

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We’ve been told it our whole lives: “goodnight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” but few of us have asked ourselves…What are bed bugs? Why do they bite? Can they be stopped?

What are bed bugs?

They are small (slightly larger than a grain of rice), flat, slightly brown-to-reddish bugs that survive on the blood of a host. They are more active at night, and prefer beds or areas near where people/animals sleep, but can be found in crevices all over the house.

What am I responsible for when it comes to bed bugs?

The Aurora Tenant Handbook Section 3.3.16 notes that residents are responsible for routine pest control…but we’re here to help! Our on-staff pest control experts can provide consultations and resources to help you eliminate bed bugs.

How do I know if I have them?

Bites alone aren’t a sign of bed bugs, as the symptom- itchy bumps, can have various causes and not everyone has a reaction to the bites. To confirm infestation, you have to confirm the actual bugs are in your home.

What is the best way to prevent bed bugs?

Be wary of secondhand items

Purchasing used items, such as pillows, books, couches, linens, bedding, mattresses, nightstands and beds can introduce bed bugs into your home.

Clean linens

Wash linens and dry on high heat frequently.

Check routinely

Periodic inspections of mattresses (like checking under the crevice on the side of the mattress) are a must.

Traveling precautions

Bed bugs can often be picked up in hotels and other shared spaces. Check your luggage before unpacking for signs of bed bugs.

Install bed bug traps

Little cups that sit under each leg of the bed can prevent bed bugs from climbing up.

Mitigation Tactics

Step 1: Contact Maintenance

Our bed bug experts will come to your home and perform an evaluation. We use various pieces of technology, and may take samples of bugs, to determine if bed bugs are in your home. This consultation comes at no cost to you.

Step 2: Take Action

There are two major types of bed bug treatments available.

Chemical Treatment: Involves the application of insecticides on three separate occasions.
Heat Treatment: Involves using specialized machinery to raise the temperature in the room above 120°F, the temperature in which bed bugs die. This treatment can be completed in a single visit, however if preventative measures aren’t followed after treatment, re-infestation can occur.

Costs and duration vary for both treatments.

Step 3: Follow Up

We will place a bed bug monitoring device in your home to ensure they do not return post- treatment.