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Test Your Knowledge of Bed Bugs

I know, I know…Why would anyone want to know that much about bed bugs let alone want to test your knowledge about them?
Do you start itching just thinking about them? Me too! Holper’s continues to receive calls and Internet inquiries about bed bugs on a daily basis. It seems like most of our recent blogs have been about Bed Bugs. More and more people on the Internet are searching for information or some understanding about how bed bugs came into their lives and how to get rid of them.

Below is a short quiz to test your knowledge of Bed Bugs and a few links to our past Bed Bug blogs as a resource to your questions.

Test Your Bed Bug Knowledge: Bed Bug Trivia

  1. How do bed bugs arrive in your home?
  2. What are two signs of a bed bug infestation?
  3. True or False? You can only be bitten by a bed bug in your bed.
  4. Do bed bugs transmit disease?
  5. True or False: About 20 percent of the population is not sensitive to bed bug bites, even when bitten frequently over time.

Answers:

  1. Bed bugs arrive in your home a couple of different ways, although you may never know how you got bed bugs. The ways we know about include visiting a bed bug infested motel or public area where these bugs climb onto your clothing or your personal belongings. From here they travel with you back to your home, drop off your belongings and look for a safe place to hide. Bed bugs can come into your home on friends and neighbors as well, but they don’t typically crawl into your home on their own, unless you live in an apartment building where bed bugs are infesting a nearby unit.
  2. Signs of a bed bug infestation include little red bites on your skin (usually in clusters of 2, 3 or more), bed bug fecal spots, shedding bed bug skins and in large infestations, some people recognize the scent of over-ripened raspberries to be present. Obviously seeing actual bed bugs in your home is proof of a bed bug infestation, so contacting Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions at the first sign of these pests can help eliminate the problem.
  3. False! Bed bugs can bite you in other places of your home, or even in public! You can be bitten while lounging on your couch or while spending time on public transportation, including trains, buses and airplanes. These bugs only need to find you sitting still for a little while and you can pick up bed bug bites.
  4. No! Bed Bugs are usually considered disease-free nuisances whose victims are left with only itchy welts from bites and sleepless nights. However, secondary infections may result if someone fails to keep the bites clean and disinfected, leading to swelling and bleeding of the bites.
  5. False! Only about 20% of the population is sensitive to bed bug bites. What that means is that only about 20% of people will show signs of being bitten by bed bugs and suffer the subsequent symptoms. This means that two people sharing an apartment or hotel room may both be bitten, but only the person who is allergic will wake up with bites, itching and discomfort. The non-allergic person will not notice anything different. However, even though the non-allergic person will not display bites or suffer from itching, that person is equally at risk as the allergic person for contracting secondary infections from bed bugs.

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions would love to treat your home or business with the same care as we treat our own. We take pride in helping to solve all your pest control problems. That’s why “solutions” is part of our name!
Find out the difference in St. Louis pest control by calling us today at 314-544-7378 and learning more about Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions!

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How do Bed Bugs Travel?

“How do Bed Bugs travel” has been a very popular search recently.  It’s a very good question…you may not want to hear the answer to, but should be aware of the problem.

I recently wrote a blog on this issue called Bed Bugs: Not Just in Beds! Please click on this link, to read the blog:

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Bed Bugs: Not Just in Beds!

Unfortunately, bed bugs are all too common today, and there are many other ways people can encounter bed bugs, inadvertently taking them home.

Bed bugs are most commonly found in residential homes, hotels, hospitals, schools, warehouses, office buildings and on the seats of transportation vehicles, but there are many other places that are susceptible to infestations.

Schools & Daycares – Bed bugs in dorms, school and daycares have many places to hide, so treatment needs to be thorough to prevent an infestation.

Gyms – Commonly found in gym locker rooms and in shoe storage shelves or “cubbies,” bed bugs often find their way into these public places. When personal items are placed in these spaces, the pests will hop on for a ride back to the owner’s home.  A regular treatment in these shared spaces will help prevent these pests from returning.

Hospitals – Beds are an obvious location to find bed bugs within a hospital, but waiting rooms, visitor chairs and nurse’s stations may also be homes to the pests.

Rental Cars – Bed Bugs hidden in or on purses, luggage or jackets can easily make their way into the crevices of rental cars while the driver heads to their destination.

Coat Check – Coat closets can become dens for bed bugs during a short time.  If one jacket is infested, all jackets near it are at risk of bringing the pests home.

Libraries – Bed bug populations can soar within libraries – living within the pages, bindings and jackets of books and on furniture and carpets.  Because of the high-traffic nature of libraries, bed bugs can enter the building on someone’s bag, book, coat and more, making prevention difficult.

Courthouses – With people constantly coming and going, courthouses are a common place for bed bug infestations to take hold.

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions would love to treat your business or home with the same care as we treat our own, and we take pride in helping to solve all your pest control problems. That’s why “solutions” is part of our name!

Find out the difference in St. Louis pest control by calling us today at 314-544-7378 and learning more about Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions!

 

 

 

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Do Bed Bugs Freeze?

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BED BUGS: Teensy Mutant Travelers

Bed bugs are small.  And they get EVERYWHERE:  deep into clutter, upholstery and every nook and cranny from fabric seams to crew holes.

Bed bug bites are often mistaken for mosquito bites or bites from other insects, and some people show no reaction at all to bed bug bites. So it’s no wonder they go undetected for long periods.
However, if you know the right place to look, you may be able to spot bed bugs. Adult bed bugs can be seen with the naked eye—no equipment is required. Check:
  1. Headboards
  2. Bedside tables
  3. Ceiling/wall junctions
  4. Loose wallpaper or paneling
  5. Wherever you find a crease or crevice near where a person sleeps. This includes baseboards, mattress seams and personal belongings
If you are interested in keeping your home free from bed bugs, read our blog post on “How to Prevent Bed Bugs” today!
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Will Bed Bugs Die On Your Body?

You just never know what is on people’s minds! One recent question we received was, “Will bed bugs die on your body?” We are happy to tell you that no, bed bugs will not die on your body. They are actually energized by feeding on you! That is literally their lifeblood!

For more information on bed bugs, read our recent blog, How to Prevent Bed Bugs.

How to Prevent Bed Bugs

The thought of an insect crawling on you while you sleep makes most people squirm.  As unsettling as the thought is, the reality becomes worse if you discover the bug crawling on you is a bed bug. A discovery of that nature quickly leads to wondering how to prevent bed bugs.

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

bed-bug-treatmentsLess than ¼” long, adult bed bugs are flat, wingless, oval-shaped insects which are brown in color. Younger bed bugs are lighter in color and tinier. The eggs that bed bugs lay are minute and white in color.  It is important to know how bed bugs live and eat to properly eradicate them. Bed bugs at all phases of development need a blood meal to advance to the next stage.  Their favorite meal source is a sleeping human or animal.  A single feeding can supply life to a bed bug for up to an entire year.

How Do Bed Bugs Spread?

Bed bug mobility is accomplished by attaching to, and catching a ride on, clothing, bedding, furniture, and luggage.  They expand their territory by letting you take them there!

Bed Bug Bites

bed-bug-eggsWhile not known carriers of any diseases, bites do cause allergic reactions such as redness, swelling, and itching in some people.  Infection and scarring can arise as a result of scratching the bite. Since the majority of people do not react to bed bug bites, the colony of bed bugs living in your mattress grows unchecked for a long period of time.  The bigger the infestation, the harder it is to treat all the areas where they have spread.

Bed Bug Bombs and Other Ineffective Treatments

It is common for homeowners to try a DIY approach. If you want to bomb out in your attack on bed bugs, use a bed bug bomb! Bed bug bombs are often tried first with the erroneous belief that the fog will penetrate all areas to kill the bed bugs. In actuality, it cannot reach the cracks and crevices where the bugs and eggs are hidden. Other ineffective treatments include boric acid, household bug sprays, Lysol-type products, household chemicals and bleach.

Holper’s Expertise With Bed Bug Services

Your advantage in using Holper’s begins with the inspection process. The extent to which the infestation has spread will determine the treatment plan your technician creates for you, as all infestations are unique.  The infestation size will also determine how long it will take to eradicate the bed bugs. As St. Louis leaders in bed bug control, Holper’s has found heat to be an unnecessary (and often unsuccessful) step in the treatment process, potentially saving homeowners thousands of dollars. Using integrated pest management (IPM) Holper’s utilizes the most up-to-date technologies and materials available to pest management professionals to eradicate your infestation without the disruption of a heat treatment.

Holper’s is nearing the launch of its Bed Bug Protection Plus service. Holper’s is so confident of the effectiveness of the technology and materials used in this treatment plan that they will be guaranteeing you will never get bed bugs or they will treat your home for free!

Preventing Future Infestations

bedbugsThe quest for how to prevent bed bugs is difficult because of their tiny size, night feeding, and ability to hitchhike. Finding bed bugs early is the key to preventing their spread. Here are a few ways you can lessen the likelihood of infestation or re-infestation:

  • Watch carefully for signs of bed bugs: waking up with bites; seeing live bugs; or finding dark red or black spots on bedding, carpets, walls, and furniture.
  • Paint and/or caulk near sleeping areas – such as along baseboards, windows and bed frames – to seal hiding spots.
  • Closely inspect used furniture before bringing it into your home. Look for signs of infestations in cushions, zippers, seams, and underneath (including springs and frames). If possible, use a magnifying glass. Beware of items left in alleys and dumpsters!
  • Thoroughly inspect your surroundings when staying in an unfamiliar place. Bed bugs can hitch a ride home on your clothing or luggage.

Most importantly, Holper’s bed bug treatments applied on a regular schedule greatly lessen your possibility of infestation. Holper’s will take care of you every step of the way until you are free of bed bugs. So put down that bed bug bomb and call 314-732-1413 because Holper’s knows how to prevent bed bugs.

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If I Get Bed Bugs, Do I Need to Change My Mattress?

Good question! The first reaction that many people have when they discover bed bugs is to throw out everything they have–an understandable knee-jerk reaction. The thought of bed bugs in your mattress causes discomfort when wondering how you’d ever feel relaxed again in your bed!

But there is good news! There is no need to go to that extreme with your mattress. Once the infestation has been eradicated over the course of the few necessary treatments (to cover all stages of the bed bug growth cycle), there are two preventative measures you can take to protect your mattress from being infested again. A mattress encasement is one option to take for proactive action against future bed bugs. As the name implies, an encasement fully encloses your mattress. This encasement should be laundered a minimum of every three months.

But even easier mattress protection option exists and Holper’s is proud to provide it! ActiveGuard Mattress Liners are installed on the box spring, without the hassle of trying to maneuver a mattress inside of an encasement every three months. There is a minute level of bed bug insecticide in the liner that is completely safe to people and pets, but lethal to bed bugs. One of these protectors lasts up to two years and is much easier to deal with than a full encasement.

To order your ActiveGuard Mattress Liners, call Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions at 314-732-1413! We can take care of ALL your pest and wildlife control needs.

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How Do You Get Bed Bugs?

Of all the pests people hate to find in their homes, bed bugs are always at the top of the list. Even for the hardiest among us, the thought of these blood suckers using us for dinner while we sleep is disturbing. Because they usually have become quite numerous before they are noticed, professional exterminating is a necessity to defeat them in your home. But how do you get bed bugs in the first place?

 

How Do Bed Bugs Spread?

Bed bugs are hitchhikers, plain and simple. Any time you leave your home, you potentially come in contact with bed bugs that have caught a ride on another person. Staying in hotels has become a very common way to get bed bugs, but it could just as easily be the matinee you caught last weekend at your local movie theater. You also could get bug bugs by simply being at home–if someone with bed bugs visits you, they could unknowingly bring them along with them. Bed bugs expand their foothold by riding to new locations on clothing, bedding, furniture, and luggage. They expand their territory by letting you take them there!

 

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

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Bed Bug

Less than ¼” long, adult bed bugs are flat, wingless, oval-shaped insects which are brown in color. Younger bed bugs are lighter in color and tinier. The eggs that bed bugs lay are minute and white in color. Bed bugs at all phases of development need a blood meal to advance to the next stage. Their favorite meal source is a sleeping human or animal.

 

 

Bed Bug Bites

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Bed Bug Bites

While not known carriers of any diseases, bites do cause allergic reactions such as redness, swelling, and itching in some people. Infection and scarring can arise as a result of scratching the bite. Since the majority of people do not react to bed bug bites, the colony of bed bugs living in your mattress grows unchecked for a long period of time. The bigger the infestation, the harder it is to treat all the areas where they have spread.

 

 

Holper’s Expertise With Bed Bug Services

Your advantage in using Holper’s begins with the inspection process. As St. Louis leaders in bed bug control, Holper’s has found heat to be an unnecessary (and often unsuccessful) step in the treatment process, potentially saving homeowners thousands of dollars. Using integrated pest management (IPM) Holper’s utilizes the most up-to-date technologies and materials available to pest management professionals to eradicate your infestation without the disruption of a heat treatment.

 

Holper’s To The Rescue

You know the answer to the question of “How Do I Get Bed Bugs?” So how do you get rid of bed bugs? Holper’s will take care of you every step of the way until you are free of bed bugs. Put down that bed bug bomb and call 314-732-1413 because Holper’s knows how to exterminate bed bugs.

 

 

 

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Are There Home Remedies For Bed Bugs?

Homeowners have a lot of questions these days about bed bugs and the treatment thereof. Some wonder about home remedies for bed bugs, some are curious about how to wash clothes with bed bugs, and others ask how to get bed bugs out of carpets. Read on for some helpful answers.

Are There Home Remedies That Work For Bed Bugs?

The short answer is no. DIYers may try boric acid around the perimeter of beds and rooms, attempt to kill bed bugs with a regular steamer, or even douse their home and belongings with OTC pesticides. The reason that none of these will work is that pest control professionals have materials available to them that are superior formulations which are needed to specifically target the life cycle of bed bugs. For this reason it is imperative to call on the expertise of a professional pest control company with experience in successfully ridding homes of bed bugs.

How Do I Wash Clothing With Bed Bugs?

While part of the process to get rid of bed bugs, washing bed bug infested clothes is not a solution in and of itself. When professionals prepare to treat your home, one of the things you will need to do beforehand is wash your clothing in hot water, and then transfer them to a dryer for 90 minutes on high heat. There are clothing treatment options available from pest control specialists that yield better results when used in conjunction with washing your clothing according to the above directions. Increase your odds of success with a one-two punch!

How Do I Get Bed Bugs Out of Carpets?

Professional treatment is the only way to accomplish this. Trained technicians need to apply bed bug-specific insecticide to all carpeting, as well as furniture, in an affected area to completely rid your home of all stages of bed bug infestations.

Who Can Solve My Bed Bug Problems?

The trained professionals of Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions are your most cost effective treatment option to kill bed bugs! From the first visit for a thorough inspection, to the complete eradication of your bed bug infestation, Holper’s treats your home with TLC to give you back your peace of mind. Don’t throw away money and time on treatments that fail. Whether you are wondering if there are home remedies to get rid of bed bugs, are curious how to wash clothing with bed bugs, or are concerned about how to get bed bugs out of carpets, call 314-732-1413 to let Holper’s give you cost effective bed bug treatments that work!