Bed bugs are everywhere, even in Hawaii! Eradicated in Western countries by insecticides such as DDT in the 1940s, bed bugs have experienced a resurgence since the 1990s. Due to the high number of tourists who visit our beautiful state each year, bed bugs are coming into the state. The best way to get rid of bed bugs in Hawaii is by securing the services of the best pest control in Hawaii, Bullseye K9 Detection. Our team of licensed professionals will eliminate your bed bug problem.
Unlikely Places Bed Bugs Could Be Living
Although commonly associated with hotels, bed bugs spread wherever people congregate. Bed bugs are hitchhikers; they take rides from one location to another on pant legs, suitcases, and bedsheets. Other places bed bugs hide include:
- Mattress seams
- Box springs
- Bed frames
- Inside cracks
- Behind wallpaper
These 1/4 inch long bugs are mahogany in color when unfed and become redder after feeding. Because they are so small and hide in out-of-sight locations, it can be a challenge to find where bed bugs are living.
How To Kill Bed Bugs Quickly
Vacuuming may help reduce the number of bed bugs, but it is not 100% effective at eliminating them. A carpet vacuum will not completely stop a bed bug infestation for the following reasons:
- The suction may not be strong enough.
- Attachments may not be able to access all crevices.
- Eggs of bed bugs may be flicked off of the upholstery while vacuuming.
- Vacuuming does not kill bed bugs; they can survive a trip through the vacuum hose.
- While vacuuming may help reduce the bed bug population in your home, it is not a way to completely get rid of bed bugs.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bed Bugs
How do you identify a bed bug? Adult bed bugs are easier to see than immature bed bugs (nymphs). An adult bed bug has the following characteristics:
- Oval in shape
- 3/16 to 1/4 inch in size
- Brown and flat before eating
- Red, swollen, and elongated when fed
How do you know if you have an infestation of bed bugs? Bed bugs are hard to notice since they hide in cracks, crevices, and seams, but there are signs of an infestation. If you see bites on your body and reddish-brown stains in your house, you have an infestation. More evidence includes molted skins, hatched or unhatched eggs, and sightings of bed bugs themselves.
Will high heat kill the bed bugs? The Hawaiian heat we enjoy on the beach or hiking in the mountains will not kill bed bugs. One hour of concentrated steam heat above 120-140°F (around 50-60°C) will kill bed bugs. Steam heat can kill bed bugs in carpet, upholstery, and behind baseboards. You can kill bed bugs in your clothing and linen by washing the laundry in the hottest water the fabrics can withstand and drying them on high heat.
Can home treatments such as heat and vacuuming eliminate my bed bug problem? It is unlikely that home treatments alone will be effective. In a survey conducted by the National Property Management Association, 76% of pest control professionals stated that bed bugs are difficult for them to eliminate.
Total Bed Bug Control For Hawaii Business Owners
In Hawaii, the best way to obtain total bed bug control is with the expert services of Bullseye K9 Detection. We possess the tools, training, and experience to get rid of bed bugs. Because we get rid of bed bugs fast, you don’t have to live with itchy bed bug bites or the embarrassment of reddish-brown fecal stains on your mattresses, walls, and upholstery. Be sure to call Bullseye K9 Detection and let us get rid of your bed bugs fast.