Exterminating Bed Bugs In Southern California Since 1994
Bed Bug Control in LA, Orange Co. and San Diego
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are small, reddish orange bloodsucking parasites that feed on humans and animals. They are nocturnal creatures and they're attracted to their prey by warmth and carbon dioxide release. This is why they often strike humans sleeping during the night and why they have earned their name Bed Bugs. They often lodge in dark crevices like bed or furniture creases, which makes them hard to spot.
Why Do I Have Bed Bugs?
A common misconception about bed bugs is that they are caused by unhygienic living conditions. This is simply not true. Bed bugs are prolific breeders and they can travel easily between hotel room walls, luggage hold areas, cab trunks and furniture. They can also hitch a ride on clothing and have been known to infest movie theaters. Bed bug infestations can happen to anyone and it doesn’t matter how clean you keep your home or office.
Bed Bug Bites
Bed bugs feed on their prey at night and often leave bite marks on the back, sides, and under arm areas. Their presence can also be detected by small blood stains or fecal spots left on sheets. While they have not been known to spread human pathogens, they can cause skin rashes, psychological effects and allergic symptoms.
Over the last 5 years, bed bug control has become a real problem in southern California. Bed bugs were once looked at as a third-world only pest, but as these nations develop, world travelers and shipped goods are beginning to cause their resurgence in southern California. Bed bugs are a reddish brown pest, roughly 4 to 5 mm in length. Bed bugs like to nestle into tight spaces for protection and are able to fit into cracks the thickness of a credit card. Bed bugs typically congregate in groups, but can be found on their own. Bed bugs generally bite just before dawn, though they have been known to feed at other times. Attracted by warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide, the bed bug pierces the skin of it’s host with two hollow tubes. With one tube it injects anticoagulants and anesthetics, while the other withdraws blood. The bites cannot usually be felt until some time later, as a reaction to the injected agents. Small infestations are difficult to detect, and most victims don’t realize they have bed bugs until the infestation is out of control.
Bed Bug Treatments
Bed bugs are one of the greatest nuisances to humans in the pest industry. They can leave a family feeling violated in that they are being fed on. Griffin Pest Management offers different forms of treatment for Bed Bugs. Preparation for each treatment is different and the costs will vary based upon the type of treatment. If you have seen evidence of Bed Bugs call us right away and we will get an inspector out there to confirm that it is bed bugs and what type of treatment is recommended and the cost.
Bed Bug Fumigation
In rare instances, bed bug infestations can be so severe that a thermal or localized treatment may not be enough. This can be with an entire house showing evidence in multiple rooms or a multi unit apartment complex where they are present in multiple units. Fumigation can be used, like it is with termites, to rid bed bugs of a structure. The gas dose of a bed bug fumigation is higher than that of termites so the cost is greater, however if you are fuming for bed bugs you will also rid the structure of any dry wood termite infestation that may be present. Again, in order for a bed bug fumigation to be successful it is important that the bed bugs are not reintroduced after fumigation. Griffin Pest Management will provide you with the information necessary to make sure that this does not happen.
Bed Bug Heat Treatments
The service will begin with a Griffin technician inspecting your home or office for the problem areas. Once identified, the technician will recommend using a chemical free heat treatment. Heat treatments are the most effective way to treat bed bugs because the heat penetrates areas that are hard to reach with traditional pesticide. Heat also destroys bed bug eggs which are also hard to eradicate with pesticides.
Heat treatments are scheduled with the home owner and do not require being out of the home for more than a couple of hours. This service can easily be done while you are at work. Our technicians bring specialized heat treatment equipment that raises the temperature of your home or office to about 140 degrees. This temperature is hot enough to destroy bed bugs, without damaging your electronics or other belongings.
These targeted treatments involve the use of chemicals in the infested area which is typically found close to where you sleep, hiding in your baseboards, bed frame, box spring, cabinets, furniture, head board, matress night stands, picture frames and even behind elicitral plate covers in wall voids.
Items Commonly Used During Localized Treatment
- Encasements - Bed bugs need a blood meal to reproduce. Encasements stop the bed bug feeding cycle. Encasements are used to seal off furniture and bedding to prevent bed bugs from entering or escaping.
- Chemical treatments - Available in the form of liquids dusts and aerosols, these chemicals offer quick knockdown and residual protection against bed bugs.
- Steam applications – Used to eliminate bed gugs where traditional treatments for bed bugs cannot like fabrics and bedding materials.
- Monitoring devices – Help to determine the level and and if bed bug activity is present. Can be used before a treatment is necessary or after a treatment has been completed.
Quick Facts About Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are obligatory hematophagous (bloodsucking) insects. Most species feed on humans only when other prey are unavailable. Bed bugs are attracted to their hosts primarily by carbon dioxide, secondarily by warmth, and also by certain chemicals.
Bed bugs are elusive and usually nocturnal, which can make them hard to spot. They often lodge unnoticed in dark crevices, and eggs can be nestled in fabric seams. Aside from bite symptoms, signs include fecal spots, blood smears on sheets, and molts.
A number of health effects may occur due to bed bugs including skin rashes, psychological effects and allergic symptoms. Although bed bugs are able to be infected by at least 28 human pathogens, no study has ever found that the insect is able to transmit the pathogen to a human being. Bed bug bites or cimicosis may lead to a range of skin manifestations from no visible effects to prominent blisters.
Eradication of bed bugs frequently requires a combination of pesticide and non-pesticide approaches. Pesticides that have historically been found to be effective include: pyrethroids, dichlorvos and malathion. Resistance to pesticides has increased significantly over time. Mechanical approaches such as vacuuming up the insects and heat treating or wrapping mattresses are recommended.
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We used Griffin Pest Management for bed bugs in our beach house a few months back and could not have been more impressed with their service and office manager Jake Hannaford. We were a giant pain in the butt with scheduling a tenting due to local construction in the community which prevented them from tenting. That being said, Jake was extremely accommodating to our unique situation and eventually got the job done without any additional cost to us despite having to come out several times to tent. I could not have asked for anything more than what Griffin Pest Management and Jake provided and would refer them to anyone considering pest management services.
- Scott D.
I just want to thank you, Becca, Joe, Mike, Roger and team for helping me define and treat this bed bug problem so expeditiously. I've never experienced this as I usually live on my boat and not at one of my properties. I am so grateful to have your company as such a trusted and professional resource. I look forward to no longer being eaten alive and having a peaceful nights sleep. Mike inspected the unit next door except they wouldn't allow him in the bedroom. Lol. I hope they aren't in there as well. You guys have definitely taught me a lot and I appreciate all your help.
- Betsy A.