Massey Services Will Eliminate Your Bed Bug Problem
What Are Bed Bugs And What Do They Look Like?
Bed bugs, a classic travel pest, are small parasitic insects that feed on human blood. Bed bugs are tiny, oval, brown and wingless insects approximately 1/4” to 3/8” long (5-9 mm). Bed bugs get their name from their habit of hiding near beds, which allows them to feed on human hosts while they sleep. Bed bugs were mostly eradicated in the developed world for many years until a resurgence in the 1990s. Today, one out of five Americans has had an infestation or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs.
“Massey did a great job for me. I had bed bugs and they got rid of them. Thank you!” -G. Fellows
Did You Know? Bed bugs…
- lay 1-5 eggs in a day and up to 500 eggs in a lifetime
- live for several months without eating
- withstand temperatures from nearly freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit
- ingest seven times their weight in blood, equivalent to an average male drinking 120 gallons of liquid
What are signs of bed bugs?
- Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed
- Dark spots which are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric like a marker would
- Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger
“Massey has been absolutely fantastic! All the staff is friendly and goes out of their way. They were great when I lived in an apartment that had bed bugs.” -J. Leclerc
How do you get bed bugs?
Travel is widely recognized as the most common cause of bed bug infestations. Often unbeknownst to the traveler, bed bugs will hitchhike on people, clothing, luggage, or other personal belongings and be accidentally transported to other properties. Bed bugs are extremely proficient at going unnoticed by humans.
How do you get rid of bed bugs?
- 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
- 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
- To successfully get rid of bedbugs a professional service is usually required. Services can either use traditional methods or heat service programs, both are very successful at getting rid of bed bugs
“The technician at my apartment helped me with my bed bug issue – now I can sleep better!” -N. Bernard
Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers. They will hide in luggage, purses, laptop cases and other personal belongings in an effort to find a host. They are elusive creatures. They can hide in bedding and mattresses. Bed bugs can also hide behind baseboards, in electrical switch plates and picture frames, behind wallpaper and nearly anywhere inside a home, car, bus, hotel, college dorm, etc.
Bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases, but their bites can become red, itchy welts. People with infestations may experience sleeplessness, anxiety and social isolation.
Bed Bug Control at Massey Services
Massey’s proprietary treatment uses forced air heaters to raise the temperature in bed bug-infested areas. The high temperature is raised slowly, causing no damage to room contents, and is maintained for four hours. Massey also uses traditional methods of beg bed elimination. Contact us today to see which is best for your bed bug infestation.
“I bought a couch from a furniture warehouse and it ended up being infested with bed bugs. Massey was awesome. They came to inspect my home and prove that the couch was the source. The technicians were nice enough help me get the couch out of my home before providing treatment. I definitely recommend them.” -D. Cook