Bakersfield Bed Bug Exterminators
Get Rid of Bed Bugs for Good
The thought of bed bugs is rightfully discomfiting to many homeowners. While these pests were relatively uncommon in the U.S., they have had a resurgence in the last thirty years. Experts speculate that this is because of increasing globalization and more frequent travel. Regardless of the reason, these insects are notoriously difficult to get rid of, and they can make your life a nightmare. If you are worried that you have bed bugs, call Oxley Pest Control, Inc. right away. We will send a Bakersfield bed bug expert out to your home in 24 to 48 hours to assess the situation. When you hire Oxley Pest Control, Inc., you are saying goodbye to your bed bug issues for good.
For a free bed bug inspection, contact Oxley Pest Control, Inc. at (661) 270-7738. We service Bakersfield and all of Kern County.
Identifying Bed Bugs
These flightless insects are oval-shaped, dark brown to a reddish-brown, and have six legs. They tend to be flat, but if they have just eaten, they may appear more rounded. Because they are so small, they are very good at hiding. They frequently live in mattresses and box springs, hence their name. However, they also congregate around headboards, nightstands and picture frames, and inside electrical sockets.
Signs you have bed bugs include:
Red blood stains on your sheets
Dark brown or black spots on your sheets or mattress (bed bug droppings)
Seeing bed bug eggs or eggshells in mattress seams or along your headboard
Finding discarded bed bug skins
Bites on your arms, legs, neck, and face
Seeing a bed bug – where there is one, there are more
Many people think that bed bugs are an indication that you are a messy person. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Bed bugs are attracted to people because they feed on blood to stay alive. The cleanliness of your home has nothing to do with it. Do not be embarrassed by bed bugs. Instead, call Oxley Pest Control, Inc. right away for comprehensive bed bug extermination.
Treating Bed Bugs
Bed bugs can find their way into your home in many different ways. They can ride in on luggage and clothing after a trip. Before unpacking, you should inspect your luggage and wash all the clothing thoroughly. Another common way is through second-hand furniture or mattresses that have been picked up off of the street. Do not bring home furniture like this. Instead, purchase these items from reputable second-hand shops.
Exterminating bed bugs can be tricky because these creatures:
Are very tiny and good at hiding
Can go weeks or months without feeding
Are nocturnal, and people often don't spot them until they have a significant infestation
Can handle very extreme temperatures and do not die off in winter months
One of the most effective ways to treat bed bugs is with heat treatment. Temperatures of 115° will kill bed bugs and eggs instantly. When utilizing this method, the temperature in your space will reach up to 125° to ensure that it is warm enough to kill the bed bugs effectively. Another treatment option is the use of insecticides. Your bed bug exterminator will identify which method is best for your situation.
Before our professional exterminators arrive to take care of a bed bug infestation, here is customer protocol that must be handled beforehand to ensure an effective and efficient service:
- All items must be removed from the floor and underneath the bed.
- Remove all clothing and items from dresser(s) and leave drawers open to be treated if needed.
- Remove items from the floor of the closet.
- Discard all clothes hangers with cardboard covers, boxes, etc.
- Place stuffed animals in clothes dryer on high heat, for at least 3 to 5 minutes.
- Move all furnishings 2 to 3 feet from the wall.
- Remove all pictures/wall hangings from walls.
- Remove all electrical outlets and switch plate covers.
- Peel the netting cover off the back of the box springs.
- People and pets must vacate the premises for 4 hours unless technician tells them otherwise.
- After the treatment, wash all removable bedding, on normal cycle wash, high heat on dryer. This will eliminate any remaining eggs, and help prevent any possible future outbreaks.
- Wash baskets/hampers in warm soapy water after the treatment before reusing.
- Heat treatment only – pull blinds down from windows onto floor.
Prevent Bed Bugs from Coming Back
After we treat your home for bed bugs, you must clean all clothing, bedding, and other soft furnishings. You will also want to vacuum thoroughly and clean any upholstered furniture. We also recommend signing up for annual pest control services and pest control inspections. Oxley Pest Control, Inc. is committed to helping residents in Bakersfield protect their homes from pests like bed bugs. We are members of Pest Control Operators of California, and strive to provide honest, reliable service to every client.
Receive $75 off your initial services when you sign up for an annual pest control contract. Contact Oxley Pest Control, Inc. today to learn more about your options.