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Bed bugs are parasites that have existed since ancient times. For nearly 50 years, they have been dormant, but unfortunately we are now experiencing a widespread recurrence of bed bugs in Hawaii and all across the United States. They are small wingless insects that are reddish brown, flattened, oval, with microscopic hairs that give them a banded appearance. They grow to about 1/8" in length. Bed bugs are generally nocturnal and feed exclusively upon the blood of humans and warm-blooded animals.
It is important to remember that a bed bug infestation is not a sanitation or housekeeping issue. They are resourceful hitchhikers and are typically transported in or on luggage, clothing, or other belongings unknowingly by individuals as they travel. Current outbreaks have been traced to increased domestic and international travel. Bed bugs are a particular problem for hotels, motels, hospitals and apartments, where the turnover rate of occupants is constant. Infestations can also occur accidentally by bringing home infested furniture, mattresses or used clothing.
Bed bugs will feed on any warm-blooded animal, but they prefer the blood of humans. Fortunately, they are not known carriers of any diseases, but bed bug bites often cause red, itchy welts. Antihistamines and corticosteroids may be given to help relieve the itching. Approximately 50% of bed bug victims do not show any evidence of bites.
Bed bugs are very difficult to get rid of once they have infested a property. Sandwich Isle offers conventional treatments that involve steaming, vacuuming, chemical application, tent fumigation and EnviroPureHeat services as well as K9 scent detection. We begin by scheduling a thorough and detailed inspection of your property to determine the extent of your infestation. With this information, our pest control team will customize a program to your specific needs, treating not only the infested rooms and furniture, but surrounding areas as well.
Due to the complexity of treatment and the time required, bed bugs are generally not a pest many people have success in eradicating without professional help. Beware when purchasing pesticides and other products online as many simply do not work and pesticides can be harmful to people and pets if they are misused or mixed improperly.
Sandwich Isle uses vacuuming and steaming as well as the option of mattress encasements to limit the amount of chemical applied in your home. Our chemical treatments are limited as much as possible to remain effective. With conventional pesticides, we follow very strict guidelines for the use of the product so that it poses no threat to people, pets or plants. All products are EPA registered. Our service technicians will inform you of any specific safety measures that need to be taken prior to service.
Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions is committed helping you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.
If you are not satisfied with the results of Sandwich Isle's Pest Prevention Service, we will provide the necessary service at no additional charge. After 30 days, should your pest problem persist, we will continue to provide service at no additional charge until you are satisfied, or we will refund half of your last regular service payment.
Bed bugs are very difficult to prevent, given their ability to enter the home in a number of different ways. The best thing to do is remain vigilant. Be aware of the signs of bed bug activity and continue with proactive K-9 inspections.