Frequently Asked Questions

What does a bed bug bite look like?

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If you’re waking up covered in curious bites it may be time to seriously consider whether or not you may have bed bugs. Because different people experience different reactions to bites from bed bugs, there’s no one specific way to describe how they appear. However, they do tend to appear as raised red bumps and also usually in clusters or patterns of three or four.

How do I know if I have bed bugs?

Waking up with bites would probably be the first indication [see above]. Also, since bed bugs can travel easily in between walls, if you find out that any of your neighbors or people living in apartments that are adjacent to yours have bed bugs, it would also probably be a good idea to get your apartment checked out. At M&M, we work with teams of bed bug detecting canines who have a 98% success rate in sniffing out bed bugs in residential and commercial buildings. These canines were trained and certified by the National Entomology Scent Detection Association and are conditioned regularly, multiple times a day.

How long does it take to get rid of them?

Different treatment methods take different amounts of time. Generally, using eco-friendly pesticides and treating all of your own personal contents usually takes a series of two treatments, spaced two weeks apart. You’ll also be required to follow all of the pre- and post- treatment instructions in order for that treatment to work. Heating treatments are another quicker alternative.

How do I know if they are gone for good?

Once you are no longer seeing any overt signs of bed bugs or receiving bites, it should be safe to say that they are gone for good. Granted, this must be after you’ve received proper treatment from a reliable pest control company, and followed all of the pre- and post- treatment instructions in a disciplined and detailed manner.

Do they spread disease?

Bed bugs have not been proven to be related to the spread of infectious disease.

How did they get here in the first place?

It’s false to assume that the eradication of DDT in the 1950’s has a direct relationship to the current resurgence of bed bug populations. The most reasonable factors used to explain this current resurgence are linked to an increase in global travel and the evolution of a build up to resistance of active ingredients in pesticides.

 

 

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