INSPECTION SERVICES

$95
  • A Power Pest Control Technician will conduct a through inspection within your home. Examples from the diagram below are the following:
  • Headboard, night stand, bedframe, mattress, boxspring, dresser drawers, baseboards
  • We will look for the signs of infestations such as fecal matter, castings(skin cells), and live or dead bedbugs. A detailed a report with findings will be presented to you and with a proper course of action in terms of preparation for the actual treatment
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Bedbugs in Toronto: Everything You Need to Know

Bedbugs are everywhere these days. From retirement homes to private residences to college dorm rooms, this once eradicated pest is back and growing strong. They are even found in some of the most prestigious hotels, which is why it is imperative you always check the BedBug Registry before booking your stay in the United States or Canada.[1]

While they are insects, they are not as easy to remove as other types of insects.

Instead, it is best if you contact a bedbug specialist in Toronto the moment you suspect you have a bedbug issue.

The team at Power Pest Control can help you with your bedbug infestation.

We offer our services for residential and commercial properties, including communities, apartment complexes, retail locations, and hotels.

The Basic Facts About Bedbugs

    • Before a bedbug feeds for the first time, it is only a ¼ inch long and difficult to see.
    • After the bedbug feeds, it plumps and becomes a dark red bloated insect.[2]
    • Bedbugs can lay up to 200 eggs in their lifetime, and adults are up to 10 millimeters in length.[3]
    • Eggs from bedbugs hatch quickly, taking only six to 17 days to complete the cycle.
    • Bedbugs can distribute two to four eggs per day, and these eggs are stuck to surfaces around your home and in your mattress.
    • Bites from bedbugs are not always apparent and might take as long as two weeks to appear.
    • Bedbugs have an increased resistance to pesticides, so DIY treatments rarely work.
    • These insects can travel domestically and from abroad, making them hard to eradicate.
    • Bedbugs feed on the blood of their host (human or pet) at night, but they can still bite and feed during the day. They prefer humans because animals’ fur serves as a barrier.[4]

 

Where Will You Find Bedbugs in Toronto?

Bedbugs can live anywhere in your home, but also be in public places.

The most common place they nest, however, are in mattresses, including the bed frame, mattress, and box spring. Therefore, they are more common in hotel settings and private residences.[5]

The biggest issue with bedbugs is that they will move between units, especially in a multi-occupancy setting.

So, retirement homes, college dormitories, hotels, hospitals, and more are at high risk for bedbug infestations — and they will spread quickly if the entire facility is not treated properly.

If you run a multi-unit facility of any kind, you must regularly check with all residents to see if they have any signs of a bedbug infestation.

Consider hiring Power Pest Control annually or bi-annually for an inspection of each unit to ensure there are no bedbugs.

Early detection is critical, and it could save you thousands in treatment costs.

Also, it could prevent you from facing any fines or penalties by the government for having bedbug-infested units.

Beware! Bedbugs Can Get into Your Home

You can protect yourself from bedbug infestations.

Some things you can do to avoid bringing bedbugs home or inviting them in include:

  • Put your luggage in the bathtub instead of on a luggage rack any time you stay at a hotel or overnight at someone’s house.[6] This will help you avoid bringing them home in the first place.
  • Bag all clothes from your travels and sanitize them with the hottest water and hottest dryer setting once home to kill any that did manage to get into your luggage.
  • At a hotel, check the furniture, walls, frames, cushions, and mattress for any signs of bedbugs.
  • Bedbugs can enter your home through cracks in your plaster too. So do not assume that the only way they enter is if you bring them back; they can find a way if they want to get in.
  • Never store your personal items, especially clothing, with other people. When visiting a hotel, do not use the dresser drawers. Instead, remove clothes as they are needed from your luggage only.
  • Reduce clutter in your home. When you have clutter, it can allow bedbugs to enter and give them plenty of areas to hide.[7]
  • Avoid purchasing second-hand furniture items like couches, mattresses, and other fabric materials.[8]

Signs You Have a Bedbug Problem on Your Hands

There are a variety of signals indicating that you might have a bedbug infestation.

Knowing these signs is best, because the sooner you contact a bedbug exterminator in Toronto, the better your chances are for removing them and keeping them from coming back.

Signs you might have a bedbug infestation include:

  • Odor: Bedbugs release pheromones just like other insects. When the group of bedbugs is disturbed, you can smell that hormone released. It smells like that of a stink bug. You need a high concentration of bedbugs to catch the odor, but you’ll recognize it easily because it is highly unpleasant.
  • Visual Inspection: Look at the areas under your fitted sheets and mattress covers. You will want to look along the edges of the mattress for droppings or bugs. Bedbugs, however, are easily missed during the visual inspection phase.
  • Shed Skins: Shed skins and eggs on the sofa or mattress, which are hard to see unless you know what you are looking for, are indications of a bedbug infestation.[9]
  • Bites: Bites can occur anywhere on your skin, but you are more likely to notice them on the face, legs, arms, and chest that have been exposed to your sheets and are not covered with clothing. Small, itchy bites in little patches along these areas are common indicators of a problem. Bites are usually painless but do form itchy welts later. There is no red centre to the bites like flea bites.[10]

Quick Tips for Preparing for Bedbug Removal in Toronto

If you have hired a professional for bedbug control in Toronto, you must prepare your home. Your exterminator should provide you with a preparation sheet, but some steps you can expect to complete before they arrive are:

  • Removing all switch plates and outlets.
  • Removing curtains, paintings, and anything mounted to the wall.
  • Separating linens and putting them in bags.
  • Taking apart your bed so that it is easily accessed for treatment.
  • Emptying closets and drawers.
  • Moving furniture from walls.
  • Removing baseboards (if the heavy infestation is present).
  • Vacuuming floors along the edges of walls and throwing out the container immediately after use.
  • Washing all clothes at a temperature greater than 40 degrees Celsius for at least 30 minutes to kill all life stages of bedbugs.

Why Some Bedbug Removals in Toronto Fail

There are plenty of do-it-yourself methods out there, but most are ineffective when it comes to bedbug removal in Toronto.

This is because these methods will kill some of the bugs, but not all of them. This allows the adults to lay eggs and rebuild their colony once again.

Also, bedbugs have a high tolerance for insecticide sprays, so most will not kill them. Natural treatments, like alcohol or peppermint oil, will do nothing to kill or deter bedbugs either. These are common myths circulating the internet.

In the past, chemicals were used to treat bedbugs, but these chemicals have now been banned in Canada and the United States. The chemicals DDT and Malathion were effective treatments and long-term solutions, but with those treatments came high health risks.

Also, clutter is one of the biggest hurdles for bedbug removals. If your home is extremely cluttered, even the best exterminator may not successfully treat your home.

So, it is advised that before you have a treatment, you prepare the space according to the exterminator’s directions, but also that you remove as much clutter as possible. Discard items you do not need or use — that way bedbugs have nowhere to set up their nest and start laying eggs.

There are bedbug covers out there that will prevent bedbugs from infesting or coming back after treatment. However, not all covers are equal. Most bedbug specialists in Toronto will recommend a cover that has a very thin zipper (so that there is no room for a bedbug to hide) and fits snugly over the mattress to prevent any existing bedbugs in the bed from escaping.

Types of Bedbug Encasements and Covers

  • Mattress Encasement – This is used on the outside of your mattress to prevent bugs from entering, but also kill bugs that are on the mattress. The bugs will no longer be able to feed and will eventually die. Those used for a bedbug treatment are known as reactive encasements, while those used to prevent are preventative encasements. Reactive covers are often pesticide impregnated to combat bedbugs that might remain in the mattress after
  • Vinyl Cover – Vinyl covers are easier to clean and used for dorms, overnight camping, and hospitals that need sanitation.
  • Fabric Covers – The fabric versions are used for personal home, hotels, and resorts because they are still easy to clean, but more comfortable.
  • Hybrid Covers – A hybrid cover uses polyester and knit with a urethane barrier. It is self-locking too.

Dormitories, hospitals, retirement homes, and other facilities that offer beds to their customers should consider an encasement for the pillows, mattresses, and box springs. Not only will it kill any bedbugs already present, but it will prevent guests from bringing bedbugs and creating an infestation in your facility.

Warning: Avoid Bedbug Exterminators in Toronto that Do Not Offer Inspections

While the inspection does cost money from Power Pest Control, you want someone to come to your home and perform a thorough inspection to find all bedbugs. There are some companies out there that will offer free consultations or guarantee they’ll correct your bedbug infestation without ever doing an initial consult.

These companies do not realize the extent of your infestation, will not know which rooms are also infected, and will only treat the one room you specified at the time of your appointment.

When all the bedbugs are not treated appropriately, they will come back and continue to spread through your home. Not only will this cost more money to treat, but it will create further hassles for you and your family.

What is the Most Effective Tool for Bedbug Control in Toronto?

The best treatment for bedbugs is that from a professional. A professional will first do an in-depth investigation to find where the bedbugs are in your home, where they might have entered, and then work to eliminate the population. It might require multiple treatments to eradicate the problem fully.

Using a structural fumigation technique and extremely high temperatures of steam, Power Pest Control can remove bedbugs from your home, personal belongings, and prevent them from coming back. We use a multi-system approach that targets bedbugs, their eggs, and deters them from returning.

Contact a Bedbug Exterminator in Toronto to Help with Your Bedbug Problem

If your home is riddled with bedbugs, you have options for ridding your home of them for good. At Power Pest Control, you can book your initial inspection for $95, and a technician will come to your home and do a complete work-up.

We will examine every spot where we know bedbugs hide and lay their eggs. We will also look for signs of infestation in every room, including those you might not know have bedbugs.

Our removal services are tailored to the extent of your infestation, and we use a follow-up treatment two weeks after the initial treatment to ensure bedbugs do not come back.

Are you ready for professional bedbug removal in Toronto? Call the bedbug experts at Power Pest Control to schedule your consultation at 647-708-7378 or contact us online.

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Below are some references to help you understand your bedbug problem within your home

https://www.tuck.com/bed-bug-guide/

[1] Bed Bug Registry, http://bedbugregistry.com/

[2] City of Toronto, Bed Bug Fact Sheet, https://www1.toronto.ca/city_of_toronto/toronto_public_health/healthy_environment/bed_bugs/files/pdf/bedbugs_factsheet.pdf

[3] Government of Canada, Bedbugs – What are They?, https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/pest-control-tips/bedbugs-what-are-they.html

[4] Scientific American, Bed Bug Confidential: An Expert Explains How to Defense against the Dreaded Pests, https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bed-bug-expert-explains-defend-yourself/

[5] MedicineNet, Bedbug Facts, http://www.medicinenet.com/bed_bugs/article.htm

[6] Health Canada, Stop Bedbugs! Start by Checking Your Room, http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/pest/_fact-fiche/bedbug_room-punaises_chambre/index-eng.php

[7] EPA, Bedbugs, https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs/protecting-yourself-bed-bugs-public-places

[8] MedicinePlus, Bed Bugs, https://medlineplus.gov/bedbugs.html#cat78

[9] BedBug Central, How Do I Know if I Have Bed Bugs?, http://www.bedbugcentral.com/bed-bug-detection

[10] WebMD, Signs of a Bedbug Infestation…,http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/bedbugs-infestation#1

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