We are happy announce our new guide on how to know if you have bed bugs. This guide covers how to know if you have bugs, how to produce a sample and what next steps are to solve the problem. Read more from our recent press release below.

The only way to be certain if you have bed bugs is to have an actual sample of the bug. There can be many explanations for bites and symptoms. A doctor can only suggest possible explanations such as bed bugs.

The first step in determining if it is bed bugs after concerns have been raised is to look at symptoms. Unlike many bugs that bite at random, bed bug bites tend to be itchy and red and occur in a line as the bugs bite and hop.

There are also other preliminary ways to find an infestation. One common way is to find fecal stains from the bugs. These stains are partially digested blood but will not be red. It tends to be black and will look like a cluster of black droppings and cannot be rubbed off. They will smear if rubbed with a wet rag.

However the only sure way to know is to produce a sample. Here are a couple of ways to get one:

•Visual Inspection: Examine corners and crevices around the mattress and sheets. If nothing is found in these places pull up the mattress and inspect the box spring. Again, look in the crevices and hardest to reach areas. Bed Bugs are notoriously sneaky and will hide in the darkest and most secure place they can during the day while still being close to their host.

•Install Interception Devices: If a visual inspection does not reveal an infestation another way to catch them is to trap them during the night when they are active. Something as simple as sticky two sided tape can be put around the base of the bed and near the sleeping individual. This way when the bugs are active one may be caught to take to an exterminator.

•Encasement: Another option is to encase the mattress in a plastic sheath. The plastic will restrict the movement of the bugs and aid in detection. Encasement won’t stop them reproducing and spreading necessarily, but it is a good preliminary step.

•Contact an Expert: The best option is to contact an expert. A pest control expert will know exactly what to look for and can very quickly enact a treatment plan to stop the bugs before they spread and multiply. Early treatment is critical to stop the bugs from becoming a long term problem.

Ultimately once bed bugs are found, or even if they aren’t found, it’s advisable to seek professional help because an infestation that is not caught quickly can spiral out of control.

Read the full press release from PRWEB here
 http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10761914.htm

Do you know how to avoid getting bed bugs?


Bed bug infestations are steadily on the rise. Bed bugs reproduce rapidly, travel from place to place, and may require multiple pest control visits to be exterminated. It’s important to keep bed bugs from getting inside your home to start with. In order to protect your home from bed bugs, you first need to understand where bed bugs come from and how they get into your home.

To learn more, take a look at this video from Howcast.com. You’ll hear about some of the most common ways people get bed bugs and a few tips on how to avoid bringing them into your home.

 

If you suspect that bed bugs have already made their way into your home, don’t hesitate to contact Rest Assured Pest Control at (410) 317-8510. Call or visit us online to schedule your free home inspection

Bug bites, ventilation & bed bugs


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Lately we’ve been discussing the benefits of bug removal and how to keep them out of your home. If you’re interested in finding out more about these topics, check out the following online resources. For a solution to your pest problems, contact Rest Assured Pest Control at (410) 317-8510.

  • Many people don’t realize how dangerous bug bites are. The Huffington Post explains the damage bug bites can cause.
  • It’s commonly believed that bed bugs are just an irritant and rarely carry disease. The Washington Post explores a new study that suggests bed bugs spread bacteria resistant to drugs.
  • This article offers tips for proper ventilation—follow suit to save energy and diminish the opportunity for insects to want to invade your home.
  • This helpful guide from About.com explains how to prevent all bugs and pests, in multiple areas of your home.

Bed bugs 101


In a single night, bed bugs can bite a person 500 times. Whether they travel in on a piece of luggage or through a crack in an outlet, these tiny bugs have many ways to penetrate your home. Watch the following full clip to see how bed bugs get inside your home and bite through your flesh without you noticing. Once bedbugs make it inside, however, removing them will probably require the expertise of a professional.

 

For help removing bed bugs or any kind of pest in your home or commercial property, contact Rest Assured Pest Control for an affordable, permanent solution. For more information or to set up a free home inspection, give us a call at (410) 317-8510.

Protecting yourself while you travel this summer


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Summertime is perfect for visiting the beach, catching up with family, and traveling. Great deals on hotels and flights make visiting new and exciting places more accessible and affordable for everyone. However, there is one problem that travelers should be aware of whether they are staying in a motel or in a five-star penthouse suite: bed bugs.

These pests hide inside of mattresses or furniture, and since they are active at night, you might not know that they are there until you wake up the next morning with bites or irritated skin. If they infiltrate your luggage, they can end up in your home with you. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself from bed bugs while you travel:

Read Reviews: Look at online reviews of hotels and pay close attention to any reviews involving insects or bed bugs. The increasing frequency of international travel makes it inevitable that some hotel guests are going to bring along unwanted pests on their clothes or in their luggage. If a review mentions bedbugs, make sure you ask the hotel if they’ve been eliminated.

Stow Your Luggage: When staying in a hotel, do not place your luggage and items on upholstered furniture. Bed bugs are found in soft, warm surfaces, and can leap from one item to another, including your suitcase. If they make their way into the seams of your luggage, you might be taking these bloodsuckers home with you.

Inspect Your Hotel Room: Look around the room for bed bugs. The room itself might be clean, but maids do not always vacuum around and under the furniture. Avoid sitting on couches or carpeted floor, if possible.

Clean Up: Wash all of your clothes and vacuum your suitcases after you return home. It might be a hassle, but it is better to not take chances.

If bedbugs have infested your home, Rest Assured Pest Control has the tools and knowledge to eliminate them. If you have any questions or need a bed bug exterminator in the Baltimore, Maryland area, call us at (410) 317-8510, or visit our website.

How do you keep your vacation bed bug free? Ask the Pest Expert!


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Question: Our family will be taking a cruise this summer and will be staying in hotels during our vacation. How can we protect ourselves from bed bugs?
Connie in Ellicott City

Answer: There’s no doubt about it, bed bugs are a problem that is not going to go away anytime soon. But there’s good news: they can’t come into your home unless you carry them in. They don’t wander in from outside like an ant or a mouse; bed bug infestations can only occur if you bring them into your home. As long as you take proper precautions when traveling, you should be able to enjoy your vacation without bringing home any unwanted souvenirs. There are some simple steps that you can take to minimize your risk of bringing them home.

An Ounce of Prevention:

  • Pack light, taking only what you can wash in hot water. It’s also easier to move your things to a new hotel room or cabin if you do find a problem.
  • Choose the right luggage. Bed bugs have a definite preference for cloth luggage and can get through even a closed zipper. So choose metal or plastic luggage (hard-case) with tight closures.
  • Protect your belongings. Seal your clothes (and everything else) in airtight bags and keep them inside your luggage when you’re not using them.

During and After Your Trip:

  • Protect your luggage. Keep your suitcase on a luggage rack, never put it on your bed and resist the urge to use your cabin/hotel room dressers. If there is not a luggage rack in your room, you can request one or find a hard surface (the lighter the color the better) or keep it in your bathtub.
  • Check your room. One thing you definitely want to pack is a flashlight. Check the mattress, mattress seams, under the bed, behind the headboard, creases of drapes, couch cushions, behind picture frames and any visible cracks in the floor, walls or furniture.
  • Once Home, Unpack Safely. Keep your suitcases away from your bedroom and your living room. If possible, unpack directly into your washing machine and launder your clothes immediately. After unpacking, vacuum your luggage and put in a garbage bag in the back seat of your car on a hot day before your store it away.

Bill Brown currently serves as our resident pest expert and is happy to answer all your questions about protecting your home from rodents, bugs, termites and pests of all types.

Want to submit a question? Fill out the form on our contact page or email nobugs@thepestexperts.com today! For more helpful tips from our pest expert, call (410) 317-8510

How to Identify Bedbugs


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Bed bugs were all but completely eradicated in developed countries by the mid 1900’s, but they have been coming back in significant numbers more recently because of increased foreign travel and less toxic pesticides. With the resurgence and prevalence of bed bugs today, it has become important that you know how to identify them and, once you do find them, call a pest control company as soon as possible. Here are some tips on how to identify bed bugs:

Physical Appearance: Bed bugs are easily recognizable if you know what to look for. They have brownish red bodies and are about the size of an apple seed. Bed bugs have six legs, their bodies have strips of microscopic hairs that make them look banded, and they do not have wings during stage of their lives. Young ones are similar, but translucent and much smaller.

Evidence: Because they are small and mainly active at night, spotting a bed bug may prove to be quite difficult. Evidence of their presence, however, includes itchy rashes and tiny bite marks, small spots of dried blood, or little black fecal spots on your bedding.

Locations: Their tiny size makes it possible for bed bugs to hide in hard to find places. Good places to look for bed bugs include the seams of your mattress and bedding, between your mattress and box spring, and along your bed frame. They don’t limit themselves to beds, though. Check your dresser and night stand drawers, including the side facing the wall. Also inspect any upholstered furniture for signs of these blood sucking pests.

If you think that you might have a bed bug infestation, then call Rest Assured Pest Control at (410) 317-8510 and schedule an inspection. We provide expert pest control services in both residential and commercial environments with extraordinary customer care. Visit Bed Bug Central to learn more.