Bed Bugs In Portland And Seattle

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Bed Bug Information And Identification

Bed bugs are reappearing in hotels and multi-unit lodging properties across the country including in Seattle, Portland, Boise and Salt Lake City. Bed bugs feed on blood and come out at night to search for food. They are small, flattened insects that easily fit into small cracks and crevices. They can be found in mattresses, mattress frames, behind headboards, behind baseboards and behind pictures. Bed bugs can crawl up to 100 feet in search of food.

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What Does A Bed Bug Bite Look Like?

Bed bugs are attracted to sleeping people by their body temperature and odors. Bed bug bites are generally painless but occasionally a person will wake up to find bed bugs feeding. The bite site may turn red within hours or a reaction may be delayed by a few days.

Signs Of Bed Bugs

Because of their habits, bed bugs are often not detected even when they feed on room occupants. Dark fecal spots, cast skins and crushed bed bugs are all signs of possible infestation. Bites may come from a variety of other insects, but when combined with the other signs of bed bugs, they can be a good indicator that live bed bugs are still present.  

Why Are Bed Bugs Different Than Other Pests?

Most insect pests, such as cockroaches or ants, can be eliminated with improvements in sanitation and minimal disruption of normal operations. Bed bugs are different. They are not an indicator of poor sanitation or structural conditions. In most – if not all – situations, bed bugs are transported into a building in the luggage, clothing and belongings of people.

Early identification of bed bugs is critical! Your best defense is to prepare yourselve and your team to EXPECT bed bugs, solidify a Bed Bug Response plan in case they are discovered and partner with an experienced, professional pest services company. Sprague Pest Solutions is uniquely qualified to be your pest management and prevention partner.

Solving bed bug problems requires full cooperation from the home owner, tenant and/or building management and hard, persistent work on the part of your professional Sprague Service Specialist. The presence of bed bugs in a building must be seen as a very serious matter.

Preventing Bed Bugs

Taking these steps mitigates the risk of spreading bed bugs.

  1. Nothing should be removed from an infested room(s) unless it is tightly sealed in a plastic bag.
  2. Placing pillows, bedspreads and linens in a dryer on high heat for 20 minutes is effective at killing bed bugs and eggs. Small loads are recommended for better heat distribution.
  3. Any discarded items (e.g., mattress, plastic bags, etc.) should be destroyed and immediately taken off-site so no person can salvage it.
  4. Replacement mattresses and box springs should be protected in mattress cover encasements and placed into treated rooms only after follow-up inspections have not found evidence of live bed bugs. Infested mattresses and box springs should be encased immediately to lock in bed bugs and prevent them from spreading.

The only way to slow the spread of bed bugs is to prevent people from being exposed to them.

Sprague's Bed Bug Solutions

At Sprague Pest Solutions we offer our effective Bed Bug Services for businesses with bed bugs in Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, Salt Lake City, Utah and Boise, Idaho as well as and throughout the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain regions.  Our bed bug solutions include highly effective bed bug heat treatments and  bed bug dog inspectionsContact Sprague Pest Solutions today to find out more about our Bed Bug Services.