If bed bugs are found, we treat the whole house to prevent spreading. (We also recommend the use of a treated zip-able mattress slipcover to help kill bedbugs at the source.)

Bed bugs are one of the few bugs which aren't poisonous, don't destroy property, and yet give almost everyone the 'heebie jeebies.'  Because, face it, bed bugs are difficult to erradicate.

 

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs, members of the Cimex genus, are a parasitic insect which greatly favors human victims to other hosts, specifically, human blood. Because of the phases in their development, bed bugs can start out as tiny, so tiny that they're barely discernible by the human eye. In addition, they reproduce quickly and are quite mobile. 

How Do You Get Bed Bugs?

Because bed bugs are both mobile and predatory, bed bugs migrate on luggage, shoes, clothing, and and other personal articles. Once thought to be the byproduct of staying in dirty motels, it's now as easy to pick up bed bugs from a five-star resort as it is from a city bus, school, movie theater, office building, or airport lounge.

 

Life Cycle of a Bed Bug in Phoenix

When bed bugs newly hatch from eggs, they begin their life as immature nymphs. As they grow, they molt five times before reaching adulthood, when they can breed and reproduce. Eggs take anywhere from six to ten days to hatch, with one female laying up to a dozen eggs per day and between 100-500 in her lifetime. These progeny quickly grow and reproduce, as well. 

Treatment Options

A combination of heat, cleaning, and chemical treatments are needed to eradicate bed bugs. Fortunately, 160-degree heat will kill an average bedbug in short order, for example, a hot water wash and hot dryer. However, many things can't be put in the washing machine or dryer, which means the heat treatment has to be brought into the home.