If you've been waking up in the morning covered in what appear to be mosquito or flea bites, then there's a good chance you have some unwelcome guests in your home. These bites could be a sign of an infestation of Bed Bugs, as they prefer feeding during the night while you sleep. Bed Bugs are small wingless insects that look either white, light tan, dark brown, or burnt orange and generally take shelter in dark places.
Due to this inclination for dark places, bed bugs typically prefer to nest where people like to sleep, like beds, bed frames, mattresses, and box springs. Having a cluttered room provides bed bugs with additional hiding places, so keeping areas organized helps prevent an infestation. Additionally, pet owners who have pet bedding in their homes can experience a bed bug problem with their animals. Not only can humans and animals experience red itchy skin and allergic reactions from these insects, bed bugs can also transmit disease.
These unwelcome pests can often infiltrate your home through luggage, furniture, pillows, clothing, boxes, etc. Generally, if you're purchasing used furniture, ensure you inspect it beforehand as there is the possibility of bringing home bed bugs that have already made their nest inside.
Man’s Best Bed Bug Inspector
Should you suspect that you have an infestation of bed bugs in your home, Hill Country Pest Control of Kerrville has a noninvasive detection method with our K9 bed bug detection services. Much like how dogs can be trained to detect bombs and other foreign substances, this new innovative bed bug detection med has a 97% accuracy rate. We're proud to say that we are among the earliest adopters in Texas of this method of organic pest control.
Sniffing Out The Bed Bugs
While bed bug detection might be difficult for humans for dogs, it takes only a couple of sniffs. Unlike us, dogs have a powerful sense of smell, which allows them to sniff out bed bugs faster and with more accurate results than we can. These highly trained dogs are capable of searching entire rooms in about three minutes.
Highly Trained K-9
Our bed bug detecting K-9s have gone through over 1000 hours of extensive training at the Florida Canine Academy by Master Trainer Bill Whitestine. Through their training, they have learned how to pinpoint any adult bed bugs and their eggs. If a bed bug infestation is discovered, our human staff will go in for extermination. Once treatment is administered, the dogs will do a confirmation sweep.
Thermal Heat Remediation
Hill Country Pest is one of the first Texas pest control companies to have bed bug exterminators employ thermal remediation. This eco-friendly approach isn't just good for the environment, but it's also practical, requiring only one treatment without pesticides. With a proven 97% effective rate, using thermal remediation involves raising the affected structure's temperature to 130 degrees Fahrenheit for three hours. Since bed bugs have a heat threshold of 113 degrees Fahrenheit, this will kill bed bugs at all stages.
For an effective means of exterminating bed bugs without the use of chemicals contact Hill Country Pest for a K-9 inspection and thermal remediation treatment.