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"Do natural products really work to kill bed bugs?"

bb-bullets.jpgYes, natural treatments are extremely effective in killing bed bugs.* We have the lab results and thousands of customer testimonials saying how well our bed bug treatments work.

"Why should I use Bed Bug Patrol over less expensive bed bug killers?"

Bed Bug Patrol only uses premium natural ingredients that are proven to kill bed bugs and are safe to use around children and pets. Less expensive chemical bed bug killers can be dangerous to your environment and your loved ones. Bed bugs evolve quickly and become immune to traditional chemical treatments wasting your time & money. 

"Why should I trust you?" 

We have been selling natural products online for over ten years with thousands of positive five star reviews. We have an A+ BBB rating for customer satisfaction, plus our 90 day 100% satisfaction guarantee the best guarantee in the industry. 

"When should I order and how long does it take to see results?"

You should order immediately. The faster you treat the bed bugs the less time they have to reproduce and create a bigger problem of them spreading. Bed Bug Patrol is a kill on contact spray so you will see instant results and along with the crawling insect dust it will keep killing the bed bugs even while you sleep.  

"Do you have a live person I can ask about my Bed Bug problem?"

Yes we do. You can reach us Monday thru Friday from 9am to 5pm EST and we'll be happy to answer any question you have. Just call us at 1-866-371-2499 

"How fast can bed bugs crawl?"

Bed bugs are able to get around quickly by crawling anywhere from 3 to 5 feet per minute.

Being that bed bugs are wingless they cannot fly. They also cannot jump. They make their way onto beds by crawling up the legs of bed frames.  They can also crawl up bed skirts, blankets or any other bedding that touches the floor.  

Bed bugs also like to hide behind cracks and crevices in walls and will eventually crawl onto headboards and mattresses to get closer to their food source.

Bed bugs also prefer natural and textured surfaces to crawl on and don't travel as well on slick surfaces.

"How do bed bugs detect humans?"

There are two things that attract bed bugs to humans.

Bed bugs are attracted to our body heat and it only takes a matter of seconds for them to feel your body heat and begin to feed off of you.

Bed bugs are also attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale.  As soon as bed bugs detect the presence of carbon dioxide, they will come out from hiding to begin feeding.

"How can I prevent bed bugs in my home?"

Bed bugs are on the rise and according to recent headlines, they can appear just about anywhere. With such a resurgence of bed bugs, the biggest thing you want to avoid is accidentally bringing one home with you.

Here are several precautions you can take to help prevent bed bugs from entering your home:

Bed Bug Prevention

The best thing you can do is keep an eye out for bed bugs in your home before it becomes an infestation. You will want to look for signs of bed bugs where you sleep or rest (beds, recliner, sofa).

Bed bugs are very good at hiding in all kinds of cracks and crevices so you will want to grab a flashlight and check behind wall paper, picture frames, under the edges of carpeting, any cracks in wood floors, and inside of all furniture.

If you travel, you'll want to check your luggage and the area where you store it for signs of bed bugs.

"How do I avoid bringing home bed bugs when traveling?"

The greatest risk of bed bugs is when traveling.  This is where most people tend to pick up bed bugs and bring them back home. Regardless of the type of accommodations you have, you should always inspect your room. You'll want to pull back the sheets and for signs of bed bugs.  Check behind the headboard, in the seams of upholstered furniture, etc.

If you see any signs of bed bugs, let the hotel management know immediately and ask for another room, in another part of the hotel.

If you do not see any obvious signs of bed bugs, it is still advisable that you do not leave any luggage on the bed or the floor and avoid placing your belongings inside dressers. Place your clothing on hangers in hang them in the closet. Store your luggage off the floor and on luggage racks away from the walls.

When returning home from a trip, keep your luggage in the garage and carefully inspect it for signs of bed bugs. Place all washable items in a plastic bag and immediately wash your clothes in very hot water and place in the dryer on high heat to disinfect clothing from possible bed bugs.

Thoroughly vacuum luggage or steam heat luggage.  Carefully inspect all seams and luggage lining before bringing luggage into your home.

"What are bed bugs attracted to?"

We are aware that bed bugs are attracted to carbon dioxide.  When we fall into a deep sleep, as we exhale, we emit carbon dioxide which attracts bed bugs to come out from hiding. Bed bugs are also attracted to body heat that is generated by humans.

But here's something interesting we bet you haven't heard of before.  According to an article published in Newsweek Magazine, bed bugs are also attracted to color.

The article states that bed bug are specifically attracted to the colors black and red, and do not like the colors green, yellow and white.

Bed bugs are not picky about cleanliness or hygiene. It simply doesn't matter how clean or dirty your home is.  Their only objective it to seek out warmth, carbon dioxide, and finally, a blood meal.

There is a way to attract bed bugs in order to determine if you do have an infestation. This will not kill them, but can be helpful to alert you of an infestation in its early stages.

Here's how to make a simple DIY bed bug trap according to this National Geographic article:

Fill an old coffee cup with ten tablespoons (150 grams) of sugar, two tablespoons (30 grams) of yeast, and one and a half quarts (one and a half liters) of water, and put it in the middle of an upturned dog bowl.

Voila! You have just made a bedbug detector that beats others on the market and is much cheaper.

When you the yeast mixes with sugar, it releases carbon dioxide, which is what will attract the bed bugs.

"What do bed bugs eat?"

Bed bugs are blood sucking parasites that feed off of human blood.  They like to hide by day and mostly come out at night while you sleep.  When you fall into the deep cycle of sleep, your breath emits carbon dioxide, which has been found to be what attracts bed bugs to their victim.

While bed bugs will feed off of warm blooded mammals, their main food source of choice are humans.

Bed bugs do not feed off of anything other than blood.  

A bed bug will feed off of you anywhere from 3 minutes to 12 minutes or until it is full.

"What bed bugs do not like?"

Bed bugs do not like essential oils such as lavender oil and tea tree oil. Bed Bug Patrol is a natural bed bug killer product that uses essential oils as part of its formula to kill bed bugs.

Bed bugs also do not like excessive heat because they cannot survive high temperatures.  That’s why one of the best ways to sanitize your clothing and bedding from bed bugs, is to wash them using hot water and then putting them in the dryer at a high temperature.

For items that you cannot wash, steam heat is also very effective in killing bed bugs and their eggs. Take caution when using a steamer, and opt for a dry steamer over a wet steamer so that your furniture and carpeting do not get wet. This reduces the risk of mold and moisture damage.  Dry steam heating is effective on rugs, carpeting, box springs, mattresses, headboards, flooring, and most other surfaces.

"When bed bugs bite: What do bed bugs do to your skin?"

Bed bugs are primarily nocturnal creatures that like to come out at night. Their main source of food is your blood.  

Bed bugs are attracted to human body heat and carbon dioxide you exhale while sleeping.  As soon as they detect carbon dioxide, they will come out of hiding for nice blood meal. These pests will feed off of you, drawing blood anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes, or until they've had their fill and crawl back to their hiding place.

When bed bugs bite, they feed on you by piercing the skin and withdrawing blood with their elongated beaks.  You will not feel the bed bug biting you because they inject an anesthetic, numbing chemical and an anti-clotting agent so your blood flows freely. A bed bug will feed on you anywhere from three to ten minutes while you sleep and then quickly go back into hiding once they've had their fill.

When you are initially bitten by bed bugs while you sleep, you will not feel it and it will not awaken you. Bed bug bites turn into red itchy welts on your skin, appearing on any areas where skin is exposed while sleeping.

If you've been bitten by bed bugs, depending on how you react to the bite, you may not show any signs of having been bitten. Bites may not appear the same day you've been bitten and may take a few days to show signs of bed bug bites. Bed bug bites commonly occur in clusters or zig zag lines appearing as small red welts on areas where skin has been exposed during sleep.

The bites can be itchy and depending on the severity of how an individual reacts, the itching can become severe. Depending on the severity of the itch or if you already have some signs of infection, you may want to see your doctor.

Over time, people become increasingly sensitive to bed bug bites, so the red welts and itching will grow in intensity the more often you are bitten. The symptoms of bed bug bites usually last around one to two weeks.  

If you do find yourself with bed bug bites you will want to wash the bites with mild soap and water.  This will help reduce itchiness and help prevent infection. You can also use an over the counter anti-itch cream or ointment to help relieve the irritation and itch, as well as to help prevent infections as a result from scratching.

"What do bed bug eggs look like?"

Bed bug eggs are translucent white in color and are about the size of a grain of uncooked white rice.

They tend to be sticky and are usually found clustered together.   A female bed bug will lay 1-5 eggs per day. They can be laid on almost any surface but are typically found in cracks or rough surfaces, especially around your mattress seams and hatch in about one week.

"What do bed bugs look like?"

It’s important to know what bed bugs look like so that you don't confuse them for a different type of insect and are able to determine quickly whether or not you have bed bugs.

Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed.  They are wingless and have a flat, oval shaped body if they have not recently fed. They will be reddish brown in color.  If they have recently had a blood meal, their shape will be more elongated and full, and they will be darker brown in color.

Young (nymph) bed bugs are smaller than adults and are about the size of a pinhead.  They are translucent or a whitish-yellow color.

"What do bed bugs look like on a mattress?"

In order to determine if you do indeed have bed bugs, you will want to inspect your mattress and box spring for any signs of them.

You will first want to check your bed sheets and mattress for rust-colored or reddish stains which occur when bed bugs get crushed.

You will also want to look for any dark spots that are about the size of a pin head (look like this “•”) on your mattress or box spring.  These dark spots are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric like a marker would.

Look for eggs and egg shells that are about 1 millimeter in size, as well as pale yellow ‘skins’ which the nymphs shed as they grow.

"When are bed bugs most active?"

Bed bugs are generally the most active at night when you are sleeping. This their optimal time to feed on you undetected.  

Research has shown that bed bugs tend to come out between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., which is when you are in your deepest sleep.  When you are in a deep sleep, you emit carbon dioxide as you breathe. Bed bugs are very attracted to carbon dioxide and it serves as a signal for them to come out and feed.

Although bed bugs are active year-round, they tend to become more active in warmer weather or in warm climates, although cold weather climates such as Alaska are also dealing with bed bug infestations.

"Will bed bugs come back?"

Post Bed Bug Treatment

We know that bed bugs are really good at hiding, so if you've had your home treated for bed bugs, it is possible that you may see them after treatment.  It is also possible that if some of the eggs survived the treatment, you will see more bed bugs.

Another reason why you may see bed bugs after treatment can be caused by reintroduction of infested items. A reputable pest management company will include a follow up visit 30 days after treatment to make sure bed bugs are gone and re-treat if necessary.

After your home has been treated for bed bugs: Here are some tips to help prevent a re-infestation:

  • To help ensure you don't have bed bugs, place a bed bug trap under the legs of your bed. You can also use bed bug traps when you travel to make sure you don't bring any bed bugs home with you.

  • Place encasements on your box spring and mattress which will prevent any surviving bed bugs to escape the encasement.

  • Vacuum daily in the first few weeks after treatment. Immediately dispose of the vacuum bag after cleaning. Even if you do not see signs of bed bugs, the eggs could still be around.

Protect yourself from bringing bed bugs home with you when you travel:

Bed bugs are expert hitchhikers, latching on to your luggage and clothes when traveling and winding up in your home.

  • Upon your return, immediately wash all your clothing in very hot water and dry your clothes on high heat to kill any bed bugs.

  • Be sure to examine the seams and zippers of your luggage before bringing luggage into your home.

Purchasing furniture:

If you're buying new or used furniture, inspect all furniture before bringing it into your home.  A bed bug detection UV light can help you spot signs of bed bug droppings and eggs preventing an infestation.

Never ever bring home discarded furniture, mattresses, bed frames or headboards.  There's a good chance they are infested with bed bugs and have been discarded for a reason.

"How do bed bugs reproduce?"

The way bed bugs reproduce can be very traumatic for the female bed bug. In order to inseminate the female, the male bed bug first has to pierce her belly. Because the mating process can be traumatic for the female, she will isolate herself and travel to an area where she can feed.

Due to the fact that pregnant female bed bugs are more likely to travel to isolated areas away from other bed bugs, it is more likely that any bed bug you do accidentally pick up, will be a pregnant female.

After a blood feeding, a female bed bug can lay one to seven eggs per day and will lay anywhere from 200 - 300 eggs during her lifetime and can cause an infestation of 5,000 bed bugs within a six-month period. Eggs are laid singly or in clusters and are placed within tight cracks or crevices.  This can include electrical outlets, inside wood frames, inside boxes or shoes stored under beds, sofas, chairs, recliners, etc.

The eggs hatch in about 6 -10 days.  The newly hatched nymphs will then begin to travel on their own to seek out a blood meal.

"Does rubbing alcohol kill bed bugs?"

Although helpful, rubbing alcohol only provides temporary relief against bed bugs. According to an article in Science News, during their test, rubbing alcohol killed only half of the bed bugs that were sprayed directly with it. 

Rubbing alcohol comes in 70% and 91% concentrations.  If you are going to spray bed bugs with rubbing alcohol, it is recommended that you use 91% Isopropyl rubbing alcohol.  

Spraying bed bugs with 90% isopropyl rubbing alcohol will kill them on contact, however, Isopropyl alcohol should only be used for spot treatment to kill single insects, not an infestation. For a full and proper treatment of an infestation, Bed Bug Patrol is a much safer and effective solution that is safe for use around the home, and once dry, is safe around children and pets.

"Which hotels have bed bugs?"

Hotels have a high turnover of people and have had their fair share of dealing with bed bug infestations.  

Bed bugs don't care how clean or dirty you are so even the swankiest of hotels can be infested with bed bugs.

Bed bugs are always on the hunt for a human host to feed off of.  Where there are people, there are bed bugs - especially in areas where there is a high turnover of people because bed bugs love to hitchhike and infest new places.

They generally tend to infest public places and spread to new locations via purses, backpacks, clothing or coats.

When staying at any hotel, particularly located in a major metropolitan city, there is a good chance you may encounter bed bugs during your stay.

If you are staying at any of the hotels that are in popular tourist cities, here are some tips to help prevent being bitten by bed bugs or transporting them:

  • Check hotel headboards, mattresses and box springs for live bed bugs, their exoskeletons and/or dark blood spots.

  • Hang all clothing. Leave nothing lying on the bed or furniture.

  • Avoid storing clothing in a hotel's furniture drawers.

  • Store suitcases on a luggage rack as far away from the bed as possible.

  • Vacuum suitcases when returning home, and immediately wash clothing in hot water.

  • Between trips, store luggage in a sealed plastic bag in a garage or basement, away from bedrooms.

  • If you suspect you have bedbugs, you can eliminate them safely with all natural Bed Bug Patrol Spray.

"Which pesticide kills bed bugs?"

There are more than 300 products registered with the EPA for use against bed bugs.  Most of these products can be used by consumers, while a select few are registered for use only by trained professionals because they can be hazardous.

Bed bugs are now becoming immune to the most common pesticides, so the EPA requires that any product that claims to kill bed bugs must be supported by data showing that the product will kill bed bugs when applied according to the label. Although the data may show that the pesticide can kill bed bugs, how effective the pesticide works will depend on other factors.

According to the EPA, not all treatments will work in all situations so you'll want to carefully weigh all your options.

While hiring a professional to treat bed bugs can be quite costly and beyond and beyond the means of most people, many people opt for a DIY solution.

All natural, cost effective pesticide that kills bed bugs

Fortunately, there is an a safe, cost effective, all natural pesticide that has been proven to kill bed bugs.

Bed Bug Patrol Bed Bug Killer is an all natural, cost effective pesticide that kills bed bugs.  Not only works, it is safe to use around pets and children.  Bed Bug Patrol contains natural essential oils  that kills bed bugs on contact within 30 minutes to 24 hours.

Unlike many of the pesticides on the market, bed bugs are not resistant to Bed Bug Patrol Bed Bug Killer.

"Which temperature kills bed bugs?"

Using heat treatment to kill bed bugs

Bed bugs are pesky creatures that can be difficult to kill., however one way to control and eliminate bed bugs from bedding, clothing, and rugs for example – is by using heat. The advantages of using heat to kill bed bugs is that heat is non-toxic and can kill all bed bugs including their eggs.

Research has determined that lethal temperatures for bed bugs range from 117 - 122 degrees Fahrenheit. While temperature is important when using heat to eliminate bed bugs, so is the actual exposure time to the heat source.

Bed bugs exposed to 113°F will die if they receive constant exposure to that temperature for at least 90 minutes or more. However, they will die within 20 minutes if exposed to 118°F. Interestingly, bed bug eggs must be exposed to 118°F for 90 minutes to reach 100% mortality.

Depending on what you are treating, here are a few heat treatment methods to kill bed bugs.

Steam

Steam heat can be applied to carpet, upholstered furniture, mattresses, box springs, bed frames, blankets/sheets, curtains and pillows without causing damage.

Clothes Dryer

While washing clothes and bedding in hot soapy water can kill bed bugs, there are items you may not be able to wash and this is where a clothes dryer can be very effective at killing bed bugs.  You can effectively kill bed bugs running items in a clothes dryer on high heat for at least 20 minutes.

Who exterminates bed bugs? Who treats bed bugs?

Bed bugs can be very difficult to get rid of.  When bed bugs are detected, many people will seek out a professional service to exterminate bed bugs.

What should you expect when calling a professional service to eliminate bed bugs?

Many professional bed bug exterminators will provide a free inspection to determine if you do have bed bugs and the degree of infestation. Once an infestation is confirmed, the exterminator will recommend the best course of action based on your preferences.

Because bed bugs can be difficult to kill, most bed bug exterminators will use Integrated Pest Management which includes a combination of treatment methods that range from steam heat, to freezing, to the use of pesticides. Most reputable professional bed bug exterminators will offer a 30-day guarantee after completion of service and will re-treat at no additional charge.

With bed bug infestations on the rise, bed bugs have become a booming business. While there are some reputable companies out there who are more qualified than others to treat bed bugs, beware of other -less reputable and unqualified companies who have hopped on the bed bug extermination wagon.

Before hiring a bed bug extermination company, you may want to check to see that company and technician you are hiring is licensed in your state. You may also want to check the Better Business Bureau for any complaints filed against the exterminators you are considering.

Bed bug treatments can get expensive so you do want to make sure to do your research prior to either hiring a professional or taking on the extermination yourself. Depending on the size of the infestation and treatment used, you may end up paying as much as $5,000 to hire a service company to eliminate bed bugs.

Initially, most pest control companies will do a free inspection to determine if you do have bed bugs.  Other companies may charge anywhere from $100 - $250 to inspect your home for bed bugs.

Before signing with an exterminator, being that it's almost impossible to kill all bed bugs in one treatment, you'll want to make sure that they make at least one follow up visit.  You'll also want to find out if follow up visits are included in the price they quoted you.

 

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