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Frequently Asked Questions - Bed Bugs

Q.-What are Bedbugs?
A.-Bedbugs are pasitic insects that resemble flat ticks.  Adult Bedbugs may grow to 1/4”.  They hide in the corners of rooms, behind walls, in beds and furnishings.  Bedbugs come out at night and feed on human blood.  While feeding, they inject a tiny amount of their saliva into the skin to keep the blood from coagulating. The females must feed 5 times before laying up to 5 eggs a day as many as 300 in a lifetime.  The eggs hatch every 8-10 days. 

Q. Where do Bedbugs come from, I've never heard of them?
A.-Bedbugs have been invading our homes again after many years of absence from this country. People are traveling more to exotic locals, and we don't use DDT anymore to eliminate them (for obvious reasons).

Q.- Why can't I use something from the internet or the hardware store to kill them myself?

A.- Bed bugs are not hard to kill. Unfortnately, bombs and sprays that are available to residents are frequently insufficient to kill them all, and their eggs. With Bedbugs, even one viable female left alive can reinfest an entire house in a matter of weeks. The nests can be anywhere in the room, including the walls, which commercial products cannot penetrate. This is why exterminators usually do anywhere from 2-5 treatments.

Q.- Why are they attacking me(us), I keep a clean house?
Bedbugs do not discriminate by neighborhood, income, or how clean your home is, they are only interested in one thing, their next meal. They do, however, prefer some people to others.

Q.-Will my Apartment/Condo Management pay for A Healthy Home to treat my Bedbug Infestation?
Most management companies have a contract with a regular pest control company. Ask, but if you want a healthier way to kill your bugs, you may have to pay for our service yourself, and many do just that, for peace of mind!

Q.-Are Bedbug bites harmful?
Although Bedbugs bites are not normally harmful, most people become allergic to the bites just as the Bedbugs have established their colony in your home.  These bites then leave itchy bumps or welts that can last 1-2 weeks without treatment.  Most of the harm is psychological. Just the idea of blood sucking bugs crawling on the bed at night is frightening to most people, keeping them up at night. 

Q.-How do you kill the Bed Bugs?

A.-A Healthy Home has a simple solution that won't require people to throw out their furniture, have all of their clothing bagged or dry cleaned and their lives disrupted by this annoying pest. First we use our industrial vacuum on carpeting to remove and kill any Bed Bugs or eggs which may be around the Bed, Box, or the surrounding floor. Next we apply our special Dual Action Non Hazardous Insecticides. Most infestations are completely removed with 1 to 2 treatments. A Healthy Home can retreat your home as soon as necessary, not wait the usual 2 weeks between treatments that companies which use toxic pesticides have to by law. We warranty our work, because it works.

Call A Healthy Home now 240-351-6604 or 571-247-4447 for a free consultation


The views, suggestions and opinions contained herein are put forward by A Healthy Home as possible contributions to raising allergen awareness and avoidance measures. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of statements made, A Healthy Home cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, damage or injury sustained through compliance with such statements.

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