Hello and welcome again to the faith pest control podcast your community service podcast to teach you about the pests in north Georgia Jasper, Georgia Blue Ridge, Georgia, and pretty much all the neighboring neighborhoods in the north Georgia mountains today we got pest expert Fred Talley to talk about something that I don’t want in my bed bed bugs. What’s going on with bedbugs? Do we have them in north Georgia and what can you guys do to make sure that it’s not a problem? So my keep bedbugs and yes, we do have a problem with bedbugs in North Georgia, mainly with in some of the motels and rental property the the short term rental property, but bedbugs feed mainly on the blood of humans, but they can also feed on the blood of other animals in birds and bats. Bedbugs normally feed at night when people are asleep. And as they feed they’ll inject a secretion within their saliva into the wound where they penetrate to suck the blood and this generally causes somewhat of an allergic reaction and people that’s what causes their skin to itch and they then they scratch and you know they create the sores. If you haven’t seen a bedbug bedbugs are very small insects. They’re adults are brown color, they have no wings, they crawl on their with their legs. There may be at the most a quarter inch long. The newly hatched bedbugs are virtually colorless. Similar to the adult and appearance, they’re just a lot smaller. The newly hatched juveniles are extremely small and if you’re not accustomed to looking for them, you’ll you’ll most likely miss them you probably won’t even realize they’re there. But when full of blood their body does become swollen in the color of change to a dark red. During the day. Bedbugs will hide in the cracks in the walls behind baseboards, my wallpaper and pictures were parts of the bed are joined together around the slats where the rails meet the headboard in the footboard. A lot of manufacturers will countersink the little screw holes where the where the pieces are held together. They will bedbugs will congregate in those holes. They’ll get around the tufts of the mattresses in the bed clothes you know your mattress cover. They can have a bad odor caused by the you know oily liquid that they met. But now bedbugs are not necessarily are not generally an outside bug they’re carried into your home, on your clothes on your neighbor’s clothes, from secondhand beds, secondhand mattresses, furniture that you might buy at a thrift store. suitcases are a prime example. Because people especially traveling abroad and in third world countries, it’s very common for them to bring bedbugs back. The exit the bugs, the bag bed bugs layer are extremely small, and they are basically glued to cracks and crevices of or other rough surfaces near where the adults kind of hang out. As we said earlier, the newly hatched NAMP does almost now is almost colorless, but after getting a blood meal the nymph would turns red or purple in color. Do the blood and its body. There are five stages of the nymphal stages and it normally takes basically five to seven weeks for for a Nance to mature. The female bedbugs will deposit from between 10 to 10 to 50 eggs at a time, but in their lifetime a female can lay a total of 200 to 500 eggs. The eggs hatch in one to three weeks. Adult bedbugs can survive six to seven months without a blood meal. That means they can hang out in your house never buy it you never come out of the wall void for six or seven months. They have the all the nutrition they need.
They have been known to live in abandoned houses up to a year and a half. In some cases they do survive without humans by utilizing other animals. Birds road dogs cats, bedbugs can be extremely difficult to kill with insecticides. As a matter of fact, the I would say the method of choice anymore is heat, heat and or steam. Bedbugs do not have sticky pads on their feet like most like you know a lot of insects do. So when they crawl across a, a residual insecticide or an insecticide that’s placed in an area poor they would have to walk across it. The insecticide doesn’t adhere to their body, therefore they don’t ingest and it doesn’t kill them. In order to be effective insecticides need to be applied directly to the insect. As you can imagine, this would require searching every room every nook and every cranny in every room for every bedbug in a room that can be found in spraying it directly. Eggs are not affected by the spray. That is one reason why the heat and or steam would be a good alternative. If you’re going with an insecticide treatment, it’ll need to be repeated after about two weeks. In order to cure kill the newly hatched naps, dust, dust and dust formulations of insecticides can be a little bit better than sprays. Because the it’s the bedbug when they crawl through them, they will get some of that on their body. But Big Bad Bugs are I’m getting tongue tied this morning bedbugs are known to be can be extremely resistant to many insects. Another reason that they’re hard to control with insecticide is because of the sites where they live so to speak, can’t be treated with residual insecticides, mattresses, pillows, cushions on your couch clothing, stuffed animals, you’re there just that you can’t treat those items with a you know with a with a residual insecticide because a human is gonna lay on it, wear it get close to it, hug it. There are some non residual products that can be applied to these sensitive items in areas. But the takeaway here is that mattresses and other items should not be drenched with a residual insecticide to control the infestation. Despite intensive control measures, it’s very common for bedbugs to re establish themselves. Many cases, you know a resident or tenant will complain that the bedbugs are back several weeks, two months later, but many cases the either the property owner, the tenant, whoever were working for, you know, they took a piece of clothing or other item out of the room that that was being treated and return them at a later date in the in. Like I said earlier, a bedbug can live six to seven months without a blood meal. Another cause for for what would might be considered a treatment failure would be the movement of bedbugs through walls, especially in multifamily housing or nursing homes. It’s if you’re going to use an insecticide or it is normal, or it is a good idea to schedule follow up inspections to locate those infestations of the of the emerging nips in get on those, you know quick so they don’t spread, fake pest control, we offer a free consultation as well as 100% make you happy money back guarantee. If you hire faith pest control to get rid of your bedbug problem, the end of 30 days you’re not 100% Happy, we’ll come back and retreat your home for free. And we’ll keep on trading it for free and till you tell us that you are happy. That still doesn’t make you happy. We’ll give you back every penny you spent on the original treatment. Plus we’ll pay you an additional $25 for your time and trouble just for fooling with us.
Bottom line is I want you to be happy with the service we provide her you will owe us a penny period. Do you feel like excuse me if you feel like what I’ve said makes sense. Call fakes pest control today 770-823-9202 and asked to speak to me Fred tally. I’ll be more than happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have. Well Fred that Great information, you know, last thing I want to do is be sleeping with bedbugs. Just they sound like they’re, they’re terrible and and you know, they’re a problem and we know that we can call you and rely on you to take care of that problem. What we ask you to do is if you like this information, please share it with your friends. It’s absolutely free and a customer service to all the fine folks in North Georgia, Jasper, Georgia, Blue Ridge and surrounding areas. And you can get our podcast on Apple, Audible, Amazon, Spotify, and Google wherever there are podcasts. You can listen to the podcast online on your phone. And we want you to share this information because we want to help all the folks in north Georgia be pest free and until next time. This is Mike Stewart for the faith pest control podcast.