Bed Bug Removal

bedbug-controlIf you suspect that you may have a bedbug infestation, Southland Pest Control will send a technician and specially certified bedbug detecting dog to inspect your home. If the dog alerts to the presence of bedbugs, the technician will treat your property using low impact chemicals, heat or fumigation, depending on what makes the most sense for your home and budget.


Cimicidae (commonly called bedbugs) are small parasitic insects that prefer to feed on human blood. All insects in this family live by feeding exclusively on the blood of warm-blooded animals. The name “bed bug” is derived from the insect’s preferred habitat of houses and especially beds or other areas where people sleep. Although bed bugs are not strictly nocturnal, they’re mostly active at night and are capable of feeding unnoticed on their hosts.

By the 1940s, bedbugs were considered to have been eradicated in developed countries like the USA. Due to increased international travel, however, and changes in pest control practices and insecticide resistance, bedbugs have made a resurgence in these same countries. It is important to understand that bedbug females can lay more than 200 eggs in her 10 month lifespan. Newly hatched bedbugs are almost colorless and this trait makes them hard to spot. As they grow, they’ll shed their skin five times and require a blood meal for each molt.


Cleanliness cannot prevent bedbugs. They only need a warm host and plenty of hiding spaces. Even the most pristine homes, businesses or hotels can harbor bedbugs. This is because bedbugs don’t typically stay on their human hosts after eating, instead they take refuge in clothes or luggage left nearby. As a result, you may bring them home with you after a vacation or business trip. They can also travel with second-hand furniture. Other varieties of bedbugs prefer to feed on birds or bats, and they may take up residence in your attic or eaves. When these animals migrate, it is possible for the bedbugs to stay in the home and feed on humans living there.


Bedbugs can be found all over the world, including southern California. In homes, hotels and offices, bedbugs can be found in mattresses, box springs, bed frames and headboards. They can also be found in upholstered furniture seams, under carpeting near baseboards, under peeling paint and loose wallpaper, as well as under light switch plates or electrical outlets.


Common signs of bedbug infestations are dark specks found along mattress or furniture seams, bloody smears on bed sheets and empty exoskeletons. The best method to find out if you have an infestation is to contact our pest professionals at Southland Pest Control for an inspection.


Other Orange county pest control companies rely solely on chemical, heat or fumigation treatments to remove a bedbug infestation. These methods may work temporarily, but if they do not treat the entire structure, there is a possibility that bedbugs could return. To prevent another infestation, Southland Pest Control uses certified and trained bed bug detecting dogs to find and identify all hiding places of the bed bugs. Once the problem areas have been identified, the pest technician will then treat your home using a chemicals, heat or fumigation.


There are several alternatives to localized chemical treatments. There are, however, only two methods for whole-house eradication of dry wood termites: fumigation and whole-house heat treatment. Other methods such as electro gun, microwave, and freez­ing with liquid nitrogen are local or spot treat­ments designed to eradicate termites in a specific area. However, they are not intended for whole house eradication and therefore are NOT alternatives to fumigation. The University of California, Berkeley, conducted a study for the California Structural Pest Control Board on these methods. A free, condensed version is available on the California Structural Pest Control Board’s web site.


Heat is an ecological and technological breakthrough in treating entire structures like single family homes, apartments, condominiums, hospitals, nursing facilities, medical laboratories, offices and industrial complexes. Heat eliminates drywood termites, powderpost beetles, carpenter ants and other wood destroying insects.


In a five year study of termite eradication methods, ordered by the California Structural Pest Control Board and conducted by the University of California, heat was the only non-chemical method to successfully treat entire structures. Other non-chemical methods such as Freezing, Electrogun and Microwave may be effective in small areas, but cannot treat entire structures in one application.


Trained service technicians use specially designed heaters. The Heat flows through Mylar ducts to the designated treatment areas and is confined by thermal drapes. Inside temperatures are monitored by a stat-of-the-art digital thermometer and needle thin temperature probes to ensure that wood core temperatures are maintained at levels which are lethal to wood destroying insects.


Traditional bed bug detection methods are time consuming, labor intensive, and error prone.  If clients can’t be certain of the exact locations of their bed bug infections, they often discard furniture and belongings and treat their entire home just to be safe.  Because bed bug detection dogs can search an average room in less than 2 minutes with over 95% accuracy, property disposal and over-treatment costs will be reduced.


After the initial inspection and treatment, Southland Pest Control will return to your home within 3-7 days to inspect with our service dog. If the dog alerts to the presence of bedbugs, a free re-treatment of the affected areas will be performed until the problem has been controlled. Call today for more information about our residential bedbug service.