Bed Bug Treatment in Michigan and Beyond
Griffin Pest Solutions provides bed bug removal for homes and businesses in Michigan’s lower peninsula, Northern Indiana and Northern Ohio. Our experts identify and utilize the most effective possible treatment for your particular infestation to ensure they wipe out your problem completely. If you think you have bed bugs, contact Griffin now!
What bed bug treatment does Griffin provide?
During our bed bug removal service, Griffin’s pest control experts inspect your infested site and recommend the right treatment for you. We have the resources, expertise, and experience to provide a wide variety of bed bug treatments to suit any particular infestation, including:
Heat treatment uses direct heat to dehydrate and kill all bed bugs inhabiting a given space. During treatment, Griffin’s experts prepare an area heating plan to ensure that the entire infested area reaches the appropriate, bed bug-lethal temperatures. Heat treatments may take 8 to 10 hours.
Heat treatments are highly effective, but they may not be right for every infestation. If we can’t use heat treatments on your infestation, we may recommend a safe, non-toxic chemical pesticide treatment instead. Griffin’s chemical treatments reliably wipe out bed bugs at every stage of development.
Bed Bug Treatment Available Now
If you live in Michigan, Indiana, or Ohio and think you have a bed bug problem, don’t hesitate: get in touch with Griffin right away! The faster you contact us, the faster our pest management experts find your bugs, identify the best treatment solution, and implement it as quickly and effectively as possible. We’ll make sure we remove your bed bugs right now–no ifs, ants, or bugs!
Unsure if you have a bed bug problem? Here’s what you should know about how to tell if you have an infestation right now:
What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are tiny insects in the Cimex genus that feed on human blood. While you may imagine them larger, bed bug actual size is about that of an apple seed. All Michigan bed bugs are Cimex lectularius, or common bed bugs. These parasitic pests live near hosts and feed at night every five to seven days. Their bites don’t transmit diseases, but they could itch and trigger allergic reactions.
What do bed bugs look like?
Adult bed bug size is around 3/16” long. Bed bug shape is oval with a flattened body. Before feeding, they’re brown or mahogany colored and about the size, shape, and color of an apple seed. Bed bug shape and size alter after feeding. An engorged bug’s abdomen fills with blood, elongates, becomes rounder, and turns reddish brown in color.
How do you get bed bugs?
Bed bugs primarily spread by stowing away inside items people travel with or transport. When travelers bring luggage, boxes, bags, or even shoes into an infested area, the bugs naturally use them as a hiding place. Then, the traveler accidentally carries these hiding pests with them everywhere they go.
Cleanliness is not a factor in infestation. These pests are simply more likely to end up in any location a lot of people transport their belongings into and out of frequently. They tend to be a particularly common problem for hotels, apartment complexes, hospitals, and college dorms.
How to check for bed bugs
When conducting a bed bug inspection, check for the following signs:
- Live or dead bed bugs: If you find even one live bug or bed bug carcass in your home, then you have an infestation. A single female adult bug can produce up to 250 eggs in her lifetime.
- Bites: Bed bug bites are small, circular red marks that may itch, swell, or look puffy. They often bite an area of the body multiple times in lines or clusters. Bites are common on any skin that is exposed while you’re sleeping, such as the face or arms.
- Stains: Bed bugs leave behind dark or rust-colored, greasy stains on surfaces when they’re crushed or when they produce waste. Look for small, dark, dirt-like smears or dot-shaped marks around the corners and bottom of your bed. They may also produce small, dot-shaped blood stains where they feed.
- Shed skin: Bed bugs return to their hiding spots to molt after every blood meal. Shed skin is a translucent tan color and often becomes crusty, flakey, or hard still holding the bug shapes. Check for the remains of shed skin around cracks and crevices near your bed and headboard.
How to prevent bed bugs
Though any home can suffer infestation regardless of cleanliness, there are ways to minimize your home’s risk. Start by regularly taking the following steps:
- Clean up clutter: A cluttered home provides great hiding places. The easier it is for bed bugs to hide in and around your home, the easier it is for infestations to grow and spread.
- Wash Bedding & Clothing Regularly: Washing your bedding and clothing won’t kill existing infestations, but it will eliminate any eggs and reduce the number of pests living around your bed. Laundry hampers and containers are also a common place for the pests to lay their eggs. Learn how to check if a mattress has bed bugs before you lay on it.
- Check rooms when traveling: Check any place you stay while traveling for infestation signs before you unpack your luggage. Pay particular attention to the bed and surrounding area. Check nearby picture frames, headboards, furniture, phones, and alarm clocks. Most bed bugs are found within 15 feet of the bed.
- Heat treat luggage when returning home: Run all of your luggage through a dryer on a high heat setting to kill bugs clinging to it as soon as you get home. If you need to unpack anything you can’t dry, thoroughly inspect and wash it outside.
How to get rid of bed bugs
Unfortunately, the only way to truly end an infestation is to locate and wipe out every single adult bed bug, larvae, and egg completely. It’s very difficult to do this without professional treatments. If you suspect you have an infestation, get in touch right away.
UPDATE: Bed Bug Control and Removal During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Yes, Griffin IS still offering bed bug removal and control treatments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our technicians are taking necessary precautions while conducting the treatment, including wearing full protective gear at all times while on your property. These changes do NOT impact the efficacy of our treatments.
For more information about how Griffin is responding to COVID-19, see our full COVID-19 update. For more exterior treatments and specials you can share with anyone else who needs them, check out our Stay Safe Special.
Bed bug FAQ
Bed bug bites are small, circular red marks or welts on the skin. They usually itch and may swell up. The nocturnal bloodsuckers usually bite in lines or zigzag patterns around areas of the body that are exposed while sleeping such as the face, neck, shoulders, hands, armpits, or ankles.
Bed bugs are associated with beds because they survive by hiding in dark, covered hiding spots near food sources. They frequently nestle themselves in among mattress seams, ridges, folds, zippers, and other crevices. They also frequently hide on bed frames, furniture such as headboards or nightstands, and even electrical outlets.
Bed bugs have reemerged as a major pest nuisance through the united states relatively recently because they’ve developed resistances to pesticides that formerly wiped them out. They’ve proliferated so widely in Michigan because they’ve been able to spread along with travelers and commuters driving to and from our major cities.
- Research where you’re staying and avoid likely hotspots
- Keep your luggage and other belongings off of the floor
- Use a hard shell suitcase and plastic bags
- Inspect your sleeping area before using it
- Check your bags before unpacking when you get home
Yes. Unfortunately, bed bugs can travel and even temporarily live inside your car. They can enter your car the same way they enter your home: you inadvertently carry them in on luggage, bags, or boxes. Once inside, they’ll crawl to hiding places and wait for likely food sources.
Do Dryer Sheets Repel Bed Bugs?
While some sources suggest that bed bugs hate the scent of dryer sheets, there is no scientific evidence to back this up. While you could try stuffing dryer sheets in and around your mattress, it’s no substitute for the preventative measures outlined above.