JACKSON PEST MANAGEMENT LLC
(260) 747-9772 • www.jacksonpm.com
5819 Hollopeter Rd, Leo, IN 46765
Are they bedbugs?
Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. 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 the bedroom, moving into any crevice or protected location. They may also spread to nearby rooms or apartments.
Because bedbugs live solely on blood, having them in your home is not a sign of dirtiness. You are as likely to find them in immaculate homes and hotel rooms as in filthy ones.
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.
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.
You do not have to have a pet to have fleas.
Bites are usually on the legs and ankles.
Fleas are hard to find, and maybe a soapy water dish on the floor around the house might help detect the fleas.
Ticks or Spiders
Usually 1 or 2 bites and sometimes is infected with a ring or bullseye sore.
Usually 1 or 2 bites, but usually is noticed immediately, like a bee sting or mosquito.
Scabies or other reaction
Scabies require a doctor or dermatologist diagnosis. They are difficult to see, and treatment is prescribed by a doctor.
Jackson Pest Management
Our treatment uses the IPM approach in managing bedbugs. (Beyond pesticides).
• Heat Chamber Treatments (for furniture)
• Steam Treatments (Using steam to kill bedbugs)
• Mattress encasements (included in our treatments)
• Use Properly labels insecticides that are designed to kill with residual, as opposed to contact only kill.
• Provide 180 day warranty for follow-up treatments.
Treatments for houses and apartments typically prices between $400-$700 per bedroom.
(3 bedroom house = $1200-$2100)
An accurate estimate can be done with an inspection, to determine how and what needs to be treated.
It can be done...
Getting rid of bedbugs begins with cleaning up the places where bedbugs live. This should include the following:
Clean bedding, linens, curtains, and clothing in hot water and dry them on the highest dryer setting. Place stuffed animals, shoes, and other items that can't be washed in the dryer and run on high for 30 minutes.
Use a stiff brush to scrub mattress seams to remove bedbugs and their eggs before vacuuming.
Vacuum your bed and surrounding area frequently. After vacuuming, immediately place the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag and place in garbage can outdoors.
Encase mattress and box springs with a tightly woven, zippered cover to keep bedbugs from entering or escaping. Bedbugs may live up to a year without feeding, so keep the cover on your mattress for at least a year to make sure all bugs in the mattress are dead.
Repair cracks in plaster and glue down peeling wallpaper to get rid of places bedbugs can hide.
Get rid of clutter around the bed.
If your mattress is infested, you may want to get rid of it and get a new one, but take care to rid the rest of your home of bedbugs or they will infest your new mattress.
While cleaning up infested areas will be helpful in controlling bedbugs, getting rid of them usually requires chemical treatments. Because treating your bed and bedroom with insecticides can be harmful, it is important to use products that can be used safely in bedrooms. Do not treat mattresses and bedding unless the label specifically says you can use them on bedding.
Generally it is safest and most effective to hire an experienced pest control professional for bedbug extermination.
JACKSON PEST MANAGEMENT LLC • (260) 747-9772 • www.jacksonpm.com