What are bed bugs? (MedicineNet.Com)

  • Bedbugs are small oval, red-brown insects that feed by sucking blood from humans or animals. Bedbugs don’t have wings. They are infesting North America with tremendous pace and are a problem in many household across the US and Canada.
  • Bedbugs can live anywhere in the home. They can live in cracks in furniture or in any type of textile, such as carpets, clothing, and pillows. They are most common in beds, including the mattress, box springs, and bed frames, however if sense threat, such as chemicals or a human nearby, they may resort to clothing in the closet, carpet, and get inside the mattress cracks.
  • Bedbugs are most active at night, and therefore difficult to detect. They may bite any exposed areas of skin while an individual is sleeping. Most susceptible are women, and young children, mostly due to lack of bodily hair. Common locations for bedbug bites are the face, neck, hands, and arms.
  • A bedbug bite is painless and is generally not noticed. The bites may be mistaken for arash of another cause. Small reddened bumps are common, but may present as warm red area around the bite due to allergy reaction. Symptoms include redness, swelling, and itching and discomfort.
  • Typically, no treatment is required for bites. If itching and swelling is severe, steroid creams or oral antihistamines may be used for symptom relief.
  • Adult bed bugs take blood meals from humans which they use to produce eggs, while nymphs need blood to develop into adult bed bugs. Bed bugs usually feed for 3 to 15 minutes, depending on the stage. After feeding, bed bugs return to their hiding places which are usually close to where people sleep.
  • Fecal stains, egg cases, and shed skins of bedbugs in cracks on or near beds are suggestive that bedbugs may be present. As professionals, we can assist you in identifying the sings of bed bugs and its source.

How Do Bed Bugs Effect our Health?

Bed Bugs bites may create allergic reactions such as swelling, redness, itchiness, discomfort. Reactions vary from in different people, and so are not easily identifiable. Scratching at the bites could cause skin breakdown and an infection, causing harmful bacteria to infest the area and create pain, swelling, fever or discomfort. Although uncommon in adults, young children are likely to scratch the area and introduce harmful microorganisms to the body systems. Protect your children. There have been clinical studies that shows a risk of skin and infectious diseases transmission to humans. For more information refer to our blog: http://ontariobedbugs.ca/category/blog/
Some beg bugs are immune to some chemical killers, due to random DNA mutations or acquired immunity. Once exposed to the chemicals they can ingest it and pass it to humans through their bites. These chemicals may cause toxic reactions, infections and discomfort especially in children, whose immune system is developing.

If family or friends notice bed bugs activity in your home, or as bites on your skin, they may be reluctant to alienate themselves until the issue is resolved. That is because bed bugs are highly likely to transfer to others’ clothing, carpets, home furniture, and other surfaces if they have a chance to enter a new environment. Also, some people may mistake your rash for an unknown disease and avoid being close to you. Eliminate these social stigmas by eliminating bed bugs from your life.

How Do Bed Bugs Get Into My Home?

Bed bugs in your house are not directly your fault. Bed bugs can travel on household item such as luggage, bags, toys, and furniture or household goods that are moved from one place to another, and brought from other houses, restaurants, offices, and the outside environment. They can be found almost anywhere, including textiles, mattresses, box springs, couches and other furniture, as well as dark places such as big electronic appliances, cars, pictures, bookcases, and more.
This fact makes the beg bugs very undetectable and unpredictable, and it is highly unlikely to get rid of them with small amounts of chemicals and pesticides. We provide a systemic treatment of the whole environment to make sure all possible locations are being treated.
Post treatment and eradication of the bed bugs it is important to make sure that all possible outside sources of bed bugs are being examined and the cleanliness of the house is maintained. It is highly unlikely that a random re-infestation occurs unless brought home by you or someone else.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

Getting rid of bed bugs can be difficult for a homeowner. If you think you find bite marks or think you may have bed bugs:

  • Contact Ontario Bed Bugs Heat Solution at 647-409-4850 and book an assessment and treatment of your home.
    • Vacuum or steam clean floors and carpets as a temporarily minimal measure.
    • Clothing and bedding can be put away in bags; dry cleaned, or put in the washer and dryer in high heat.
    • Chemical sprays, dusts or powders may be available retail, but we highly recommend to avoid using them if you have small children or animals in the house or your environment. .

How Harmful are Chemical?

All chemicals that kill insects are harmful to humans, pets and even your furniture and appliances. All chemicals are toxic with different degrees of harmfulness, from mild rash to fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea to poisoning.  The possible side effects for all chemicals are available in Material Safety Data Sheets online. Exposure to young children and pets are most harmful are very likely to occur.
Young infants and toddlers are in a sensorimotor life stage, which means they are very fond of touching and feeling objects and surfaces, touching their faces or putting things in the mouth. This may cause chemicals to reach their eyes and body system. These chemicals may cause very harmful damage very fast.

Long term impacts of insecticides and pesticides include :

  • People who work with pesticides have an increased risk of fertility problems, such as an increase in spontaneous abortion and miscarriage.
  • Women who are exposed to common pesticides during early pregnancy have an increased risk of a baby with birth defects.
  • Exposure in the womb to very low levels of some pesticide ingredients may cause reproductive system abnormalities and may increase the risk of getting certain types of cancers.
  • Pesticides exposure is thought to be linked to an increased risk of Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Studies have found that people who work with pesticides have a higher risk for many different types of cancers, including leukemia, kidney, brain, testicular, prostate and cervical cancers, and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL).

How Big of an Area Can be Treated?

We can treat up to 5,000 square feet of normal residential living space with the Heat Assault 500X, which is our innovative, environmental equipment. However, time of treatment varies depending on the size of your home.

Can bed bugs escape the hot air?

Bed bugs will mistaken the heat as a human natural body heat and may actually be drawn to it. Bed bugs will not feel threatened and as are not exposed to toxic chemicals. This makes The bed bug heat treatment system more effective than any other method.

Will the heat trigger fire alarm?

As the temperature is controlled by us, it should not be high enough to set off an alarm or sprinkler. The desired temperature will be slightly above 50 Celsius, which does not trigger any temperature alarms.

What is heat treatment?

For a typical use the bed bug heat system should run about six to eight hours, although varies based on the size of your home. The process uses warm air to kill the insects. The room and all its contents which might be infested with bed bugs will be exposed to hot air at over 122F or 50 Celsius (the kill zone) and as high as 145F (63 C). After a desired temperature is reached, the bed bugs are exposed to it for a few hours to ensure effectiveness.  A check list which indicated your actions and the few items to be removed will be included in your check list upon assessment.

Is the treatment safe?

As safe as the furnace in your basement! The Heat Assault equipment uses environmentally benign propylene glycol that is heated in HA500X far from the treatment area. There are three levels of control to ensure that the system does not overheat and works as needed. All of the hoses are self sealing to eliminate the chance of leakage. The air temperature does not ruse above 140 F (60 C) in the target area, which is absolutely safe.

Is the equipment loud or creates smell?

This is the quietest system, and many are surprised by how quiet it is. It is designed for operation in residential settings, and will not be a discomfort for neighbours. This allows the treatment to be as discreet as possible, since confidentiality is an important focus of our service.
The heat treatment does not create smell and in fact, customers have noticed that some unpleasant past odors from smoking or cooking odors has been eliminated from belongings after a heat treatment.

What else is eradicated?

Heat treatment will kill eggs, larvae, pupae, and adult insects so it eliminates the need for a costly return visit to kill the newly hatched insects.
 It also kills mold, but will not remove the dead spores that can still be an irritant.
It also targets dust mites, which are tiny insects that inhibit dusty carpets, curtains and beds. They trigger most of asthma attacks in young children and adults.
Other tiny insects that are sensitive to heat will be also reduced in numbers or destroyed.

For all other questions, comments or inquiries, contact us by phone at 647-409-4850 or E-mail at bedbugsheat@gmail.com.

 

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