Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q – What are bedbugs?
A – Bedbugs are small parasites, which means they live off of other organisms, or hosts. Bedbugs feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals, like humans. They got their name because beds and bedding are some of their favorite hiding places. Bedbugs are mostly active at night, though you may not feel a bedbug bite.
Q – Where do bedbugs come from?
A – Bedbugs occur nearly worldwide and have been documented as pests since the 17th century. They were introduced in the United States by early colonists and were common until WWII, when the use of the pesticide DDT greatly reduced their numbers. However, bedbugs have made a comeback in recent years. Bedbug infestations have increased 500 percent in the past few years and have been reported in all 50 states.
Q – Why are there so many bedbugs now?
A – International travel and commerce are thought to be the major reason bedbugs have made a comeback. Today, bedbugs are most often found in dwellings with a high turnover of occupants, such as hotels, dormitories, apartment complexes and shelters. While bedbugs aren’t a result of poor hygiene or bad housekeeping, clutter can make them hard to find and get rid of.
Q – Where do bedbugs hide?
A –Bedbugs are mostly nocturnal and hide during the day in dark, protected areas such as cracks and crevices of furniture, walls, baseboards, electrical boxes, floor cracks, baseboards and curtains. They are commonly found in rooms where people sleep and feed on their host’s blood when sleeping.
Q – How do you know you have bedbugs?
A – Small, itchy red welts on exposed skin are common signs of bedbugs. If you suspect a bedbug problem, carefully inspect the bed frame, mattress and other bedroom furniture for signs of the bugs, their eggs, their skin casings or their droppings, which look like small red spots on sheets and bedding.
Q – How do you get rid of bedbugs?
A – Once you determine you have bedbugs you must act quickly— females can lay hundreds and hundreds of eggs. They go through a life cycle every 30-50 days.
- Keep your house clean and clutter-free. Any nook or cranny is another place for beg bugs to hide.
- Spray mattresses with Pronto Plus® Household Spray, particularly around tufts and seams. Take beds or any offending furniture apart and spray in all joints. Allow sprayed articles to dry thoroughly before use.
- Vacuum frequently with a HEPA vacuum cleaner, paying special attention to the crevices and corners in and around the mattress – seams, edges, between the mattresses and box springs, corners.
- Mattresses and box springs can be permanently encased with special mattress bags. Any bugs trapped in these bags will eventually die.
- Firmly scrub infested surfaces with a stiff brush to dislodge eggs – and then vacuum some more!
- Wash bedding regularly in hot water and dry at the hottest setting.
Q – Are bedbugs harmful?
A – Bedbugs are not regarded as disease carriers but their blood feeding can cause severe irritation in some people, resulting in loss of sleep and lack of energy, particularly in children.
Q – Is Pronto Plus® Bedbug Spray safe?
A – Yes, Pronto Plus® Household Spray is EPA-approved for treatment of bedbug outbreaks.