Signs You May Have Bed Bugs

When a bed bug infestation starts, it can be very subtle, so subtle in fact that you probably won't even notice an infestation has taken root. There are many reasons for this. In this article, we're going to take a look at some of those reasons because understanding how bed bug infestations start will help you to notice the subtle signs those bed bugs leave behind.

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Bed bugs are hitchhiking pests. When they first come into your home, they're probably going to be hidden inside something. They may climb into a pocketbook or other bag. They may hide inside a sleeping bag. They may hitch a ride inside a suitcase, duffle bag, or other luggage items. And if you have bed bugs in your items, they aren't going to make it easy for you to find them. When they get into these items, they'll hide in the seams, creases, pockets, and other hiding places. So you'll have to use a flashlight and look in these common hiding places in order to find them. If you have bed bugs in your belongings, you'll see small rusty brown colored insects (adults), tiny pale or tan colored insects (nymphs), or tiny white bed bug eggs.
 
Those bed bugs will then emerge from these items and travel to other areas of your home, usually under the cover of night. These parasitic pests will usually hide in locations near a food source, and since they feed on blood, they're likely to establish themselves in beds or in pieces of furniture near beds. They can also hide under carpets and behind baseboards or molding. If you have bed bugs in your bed or near your bed, you may be able to tell. Bed bugs leave black streaks of excrement as they travel. Look for these black streaks on your baseboards, bedding, sheets, pillowcases, and furniture. You can also look for dried blood stains on bedding and fabric items to help identify a bed bug infestation.
 
At night, those bed bugs will come out of hiding to bite you and feed on your blood as we sleep since they need blood in order to lay their eggs and grow their populations. But those initial bites can be often be shrugged off as bites from spiders, mosquitoes, or fleas. However, it is important to catch these initial warning bites to be able to seize your infestation before it gets out of hand. Bites from bed bugs are somewhat unique because they will bite more than once, often three times. These bites are often arranged in clusters or trails on the skin. Mosquito bites are arranged more randomly because mosquitoes typically only bite once. The same thing applies to flea bites. And spiders aren't prone to bite, so you're not likely to have multiple spider bites. So if you’re seeing clusters of red bumps or paths or bug bites trailing up your skin, you’re most likely dealing with bed bugs.
 
Safely hidden in their hiding place and filled with a blood meal, the invading bed bugs will begin laying eggs. When these eggs hatch, immature bed bug nymphs will emerge. These immature nymphs are tiny and are a different color than adult bed bugs. They're a pale color when they hatch and then slowly become more of a tan color as they mature. Since they don't look like the adult bed bugs people see on the news, many people don’t even realize that they have bed bugs, even if they actually see them. Don't let that be the case with you! If you see six-legged, pale insects crawling around in your house, take notice. It could be a bed bug!
 
The bites these immature bed bugs leave on the skin aren't as noticeable as adult bed bug bites. They may only result in small red dots on the skin. Those tiny bites will be arranged in a line or path, just like the bites from the adults. So make sure to look closely at the pattern of the bites on your skin to detect if they’re from bed bugs.
 
When those immature nymphs develop into adults, that’s usually we get a phone call as this is when people notice they have a serious problem. And though not every infestation works exactly like this, you can use this as a simplified guide to how bed bugs may get into your home. If you see early warning signs, the late warning signs, or bed bugs themselves in your home, give us a call at A-1 Pest Control! Our team uses industry-leading methods and technologies to track down bed bugs and completely eliminate them.
 
If you haven't seen warning signs yet, but you want to find out if you have bed bugs in your home, we can help with that too! Our service team is one of the best in the business. They have the training and experience needed to locate bugs, even when they are in hard-to-reach places such as wall voids, crown molding, and beneath carpets. Reach out to us at A-1 Pest Control today for immediate assistance with bed bug control!

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    [content] => <p><br>&nbsp;<br>Some insects are just plain irritating. On the other hand, some insects can pose a real danger to humans through physical and economic harm. So which pests are significantly (or even life-threateningly) dangerous, and which are less dangerous? We put together what we&rsquo;re calling the &ldquo;pest danger index&rdquo; to help you determine that. &nbsp;</p>
<h3>&nbsp;<br>Level 1 - A Little Dangerous&nbsp;</h3>
<p>&nbsp;<br>Level 1 pests are the sort of pests that pose their own sort of danger, but they aren&rsquo;t the type to pose a major threat.&nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Ladybug on persons hand" height="366" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/ladybug-391310_640.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><br>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/ladybugs"><strong>Ladybugs -</strong></a> Ladybugs don&rsquo;t cause any sort of destruction, and they don&rsquo;t bite or spread disease. They can infest your home in large numbers, but their biggest crime is just being an annoyance and an unwanted guest inside your home. Ladybugs eat all sorts of harmful garden pests, so ladybugs in your garden can actually be a good thing. &nbsp;</p>
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<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Indian meal moth close up" height="413" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/43890223691_60619bcb07_c-min.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><em>("<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Plodia_interpunctella_-_Indian_meal_moth_-_%D0%AE%D0%B6%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%8F_%D0%B0%D0%BC%D0%B1%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%8F_%D0%BE%D0%B3%D0%BD%D1%91%D0%B2%D0%BA%D0%B0_(43890223691).jpg">Indian Meal Moth</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/155939562@N05">Ilia Ustyantsev</a> is licensed by <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 2.0)</a></em></p>
<p>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/indian-meal-moths"><strong>Indian Meal Moths -</strong></a> Sure, you don&rsquo;t want Indian meal moths flapping around your home and causing trouble in your pantry. These moths can definitely be an irritant with their ability to contaminate food, but as far as pests go, they&rsquo;re a nuisance and nothing more. &nbsp;</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Stink bug on a leaf" height="413" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/640px-Stink_bug_7757617824.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/47108884@N07/7757617824">Stink bug</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/47108884@N07/">Ton Rulkens</a> is licensed by <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)</em></p>
<p>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/stink-bugs"><strong>Stink Bugs -</strong></a> Stink bugs aren&rsquo;t a direct threat to humans -- mostly they just, well, stink. It&rsquo;s a bit of a different story when it comes to agriculture, as stink bugs can be a serious threat to crops. But as far as house pests go? Stink bugs aren&rsquo;t much of a problem -- besides their smell.</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ant on a leaf" height="413" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/640px-Ant_on_leaf.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><br><em>(<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ant_on_leaf.jpg">"Ant on Leaf"</a> by Luke Elstad is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)</em></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><br><a href="/pest-library/profile/ants"><strong>Most Ants -</strong></a> Excluding carpenter ants and fire ants, the majority of ant species that occupy homes pose hardly any threat at all. You still don&rsquo;t want these insects wandering about your home, but they won&rsquo;t hurt you and they aren&rsquo;t big disease spreaders.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p>
<h3>Level 2 - Somewhat Dangerous&nbsp;</h3>
<p>&nbsp;<br>Level 2 pests pose some threats to humans, but for the most part, they aren&rsquo;t major disease spreaders, health risks, or causing serious home damage -- although some can trigger allergies, which is no joke!&nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Carpet beetle crawling around" height="367" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/26103053207_b5fb73b305_c.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/26757955908/">Varied Carpet Beetle</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/">AJC1</a> is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)</em></p>
<p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/carpet-beetles"><strong>Carpet Beetles -</strong></a> For the most part, carpet beetles aren&rsquo;t a big problem. However, they can contaminate food and cause damage to clothing, blankets, and carpeting. They can trigger allergies in some people, which puts them a tier above ladybugs, moths, ants, and stink bugs. &nbsp;</p>
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<p><img alt="Lunging wolf spider" height="413" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/640px-Wolf_Spider_rpp.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wolf_Spider_rpp.jpg">Wolf Spider</a>" by Rapha&euml;l Poupon is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 4.0)</a></em></p>
<p><br>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/spiders"><strong>Most Spiders -</strong></a> Outside of black widows and brown recluse spiders, the vast majority of spiders found in North Carolina pose little threat to humans. In fact, these spiders can do a nice job killing any other, smaller nuisance pests that live in your home, because many of those pests are spider food. Still, as unlikely as it may be, there&rsquo;s a slight chance that some spiders will bite you, and even though bites from most common house spiders can&rsquo;t even puncture human skin, it still makes them marginally more dangerous than level 1 pests. &nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Fly resting on a twig" height="367" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/640px-Blue_Bottle_Fly_10.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blue_Bottle_Fly_10.jpg">Blue Bottle Fly</a>" by <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Azimronnie">Azim Khan Ronnie</a> is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>)</em></p>
<p><br>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/flies"><strong>Flies -</strong></a> It&rsquo;s true that flies can spread germs and bacteria because they do tend to hang out in unsavory places like garbage cans and sometimes even on feces. So obviously this is gross, but is it actually a serious threat? For the most part, no. <a href="https://globalnews.ca/news/3883353/houseflies-bacteria-sick-reality-check/">According to a recent study</a>, the amount of bacteria a fly can transmit to a person isn&rsquo;t really enough to make them sick, with the exception being babies, the elderly, and people in hospitals with lowered immune systems. They aren&rsquo;t a non-threat, but they don&rsquo;t match up to the pests in our next section.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p>
<h3>Level 3 - Dangerous &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</h3>
<p>This group of pests moves out of the &ldquo;slight risk&rdquo; category and qualify as downright dangerous, capable of causing health problems for some.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Wasp climbing its nest" height="367" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/earth-wasp-5879353_640.jpg" width="550"></p>
<p>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/stinging-insects"><strong>Stinging Insects -</strong></a> Although not every species of bee, wasp, and hornet are equally dangerous, on the whole, it hurts us to say that stinging insects are quite dangerous. Their stings can be quite painful and even life-threatening to those with allergies, and their nesting habits can at times cause serious structural damage to homes and other structures. They get a few bonus points for being the world&rsquo;s pollinators, but that fact doesn&rsquo;t make them any less dangerous. &nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Number of cockroaches crawling on branch" height="364" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/wildlife-insect-fauna-invertebrate-animals-hornet-1006014-pxhere.com.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/cockroaches"><strong>Cockroaches -</strong></a> Cockroaches might be one of the most hated creatures on this whole list, and for good reason: They are capable of spreading bacteria and disease because of their penchant for hanging out in dirty places, and can contaminate surfaces with that bacteria causing diarrhea, dysentery, and salmonella. They are also capable of triggering asthma attacks in asthmatic individuals, and top of all that, they&rsquo;re sort of terrifying. &nbsp;</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Bed bug in hair" height="364" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/5975912718_af791e6685_c.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><em>("<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sanmartin/5975917188">Cimex lectularius (bed bug)</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sanmartin/">Gilles San Martin</a> is liscensable under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)</em></p>
<p style="text-align: left;"><strong><a href="/pest-library/profile/bed-bugs">Bed Bugs -</a></strong> While it might seem strange to loop bed bugs in with some of these dangerous insects- they don&rsquo;t spread disease, and their bites at worst cause an allergic reaction- we think the psychological effects of bed bugs make them nearly pretty dangerous. In fact, those psychological effects are significant enough that there have been <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22195533/#:~:text=Background%3A%20In%20some%20individuals%2C%20psychological,posttraumatic%20stress%20disorder%20(PTSD).">entire studies done on them and their potential to cause PTSD</a>. We think that&rsquo;s serious stuff. &nbsp;</p>
<h3>Level 4 - Very Dangerous &nbsp;</h3>
<p>&nbsp;<br>This category is reserved for the pests that can really do some real damage, whether that&rsquo;s to a person&rsquo;s health or to a person&rsquo;s living space. In our eyes, these are the worst of the worst. &nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Engorged tick " height="356" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/tick-2371782_640.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><br>&nbsp;<br><strong><a href="/pest-library/profile/ticks">Ticks -</a></strong> Ticks are usually not all that dangerous to humans. In fact, chances are you&rsquo;ve gotten a tick before, and it hasn&rsquo;t really been much of an issue. However, ticks do carry a number of diseases that can cause various health issues- like Lyme Disease- and even some that can be fatal, like Tularemia. That doesn&rsquo;t mean you should panic if you get a tick bite, but it does definitely make ticks very dangerous on the whole. &nbsp;</p>
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<p><img alt="Mosquito sucking blood from a fingertip up close" height="359" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/PIXNIO-46056-725x473.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/14954552817">Dengue Mosquito</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/">Oregon State University</a> is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0)</a></em></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/pest-library/profile/mosquitoes"><strong>Mosquitoes -</strong></a> Mosquitoes are a lot like ticks: usually not a huge problem, but on occasion a major problem. They transmit a whole host of serious diseases, most notably West Nile Virus and encephalitis. So, while those itchy bites do not seem serious at first, they are worth avoiding if you can.</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Group of termites up close" height="366" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/CSIRO_ScienceImage_3639_Mastotermes_darwiniensis_Giant_Northern_Termite.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CSIRO_ScienceImage_3639_Mastotermes_darwiniensis_Giant_Northern_Termite.jpg">Giant Northern Termite</a>" by CSIRO is licensed by <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en">CC BY 3.0</a>)</em></p>
<p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;<br><a href="/control/blog/Termites%20-">Termites -</a> Termites are a strange case, because you can go years with a termite infestation without even knowing they&rsquo;re slowly gnawing away at your home. However, they are very dangerous insects for one simple reason: they can do serious and expensive damage to your home. It&rsquo;s even possible for a termite infestation to get so bad that a structural collapse occurs. That financial risk puts them in the &ldquo;very dangerous&rdquo; category for us.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>Are you having problems with any of these dangerous (and not-so-dangerous) pests? A-1 Pest Control can help! We can help you with treatment for each and every one of these invasive insects; just <a href="/contact-us#schedule">get in touch with us</a> and we&rsquo;ll help you with any problem that you&rsquo;re having ASAP. &nbsp;</p>
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 Some insects are just plain irritating. On the other hand, some insects can pose a real danger to humans through physical and economic harm. So which pests are significantly (or even…

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    [content] => <h4 style="text-align: center;">How Can I Detect Bedbugs?</h4>

<p>While visible to the naked eye, bedbugs are very small, good at hiding, and can be easily confused for other bugs, which makes actually spotting them a less effective way to recognize an infestation than other signs. Despite this, it&rsquo;s still good to know what bedbugs look like, in case you do spot them; here&rsquo;s a photo: <strong>&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;<img alt="" height="126" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/bed-bugs.png" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="200"></p>

<p>Note the ovular shape and reddish color; this is what a bedbug will look like after feeding on blood. An engorged bedbug will be easier to spot, because of the increase in size and distinct coloring. Still, they can be difficult to spot, even in this enlarged state. Luckily, they do leave behind a number of other easy to detect signs:</p>

<ol>

<li><strong>Bites&nbsp;</strong>- The most notorious sign of bedbugs is their bites, and they can come in a variety of different patterns. Clusters of small, red, itchy welts that weren&rsquo;t there before you went to bed, and/or welts that appear on uncovered areas in zig-zagged bite formations or straight rows, are all signs that there are bedbugs in your home. Be cautious about using bites as the surefire sign of an infestation, though: bites can be easily mistaken for other bug bites or skin conditions (like eczema), and some people don&rsquo;t even have a reaction to bedbug bites.</li>

<li><strong>Spots on your bed&nbsp;</strong>- Bedbugs leave behind visible signs that aside from the bites on exposed skin. Because bedbugs feast on blood, they leave behind small blood stains after feeding; these stains are rust colored, and can usually be found spotting your sheets and pillow casings. While searching for blood stains, also keep an eye out for small, brown, oval shaped objects on your bedding and dark spots: bedbugs molt multiple times as they mature, leaving behind small exoskeletons which are often visible on bedding and mattresses, and will also sometimes leave dark excrement spots on the bed.</li>

<li><strong>Sniff them out&nbsp;</strong>- Another telltale sign that can let you know you have bedbugs is their distinct smell. Bedbugs emit a particularly stinky and detectable pheromone that smells a bit like a wet towel; if you notice that, &ldquo;wet towel&rdquo; smell in your room (assuming you don&rsquo;t have wet towels strewn about the room) in tandem with one or more of the other signs outlined above, there&rsquo;s a significant chance that you&rsquo;re dealing with bedbugs.</li>

<li><strong>Eggs&nbsp;</strong>- Bedbug eggs, while small, are detectable by the human eye, and are easier to spot than a live bedbug. Roughly 1 mm in length, and off-white in color, the eggs are often laid in cracks and crevasses; if you&rsquo;re searching for eggs to confirm suspicion of an infestation, check the buttons and edges of your mattress, the boxframe, and bedframe.</li>

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<h4 style="text-align: center;">How Can I Prevent Bedbugs?</h4>

<p>There are a couple of fairly simple precautions that you can take to help reduce the chances of bedbugs getting into your home:</p>

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<li>If you have a hankering for finding or buying previously owned furniture into your living space, do so with caution! Do a very careful check of any furniture that you&rsquo;re bringing indoors to ensure that there are no signs of bedbugs.</li>

<li>Try to keep living spaces clean. While bedbugs do not have a preference for clean or dirty environments, if you have a lot of clutter around it will be easier for them to find hiding places. Making sure you vacuum regularly can also help; it can suck up any stray bedbugs that might have gotten into your home before they can start multiplying, spreading around your home, and become an infestation.</li>

<li>Covering any cracks or openings that could act as access points or hidey holes for bedbugs are smart preventative measures to take if you&rsquo;re concerned about bedbugs getting in.</li>

<li>Mattress and furniture covers are a great precautionary step to take to keep bedbugs out of your furniture: the slippery layer makes your furniture significantly more difficult to cling onto, and leaves fewer of the cracks and crevasses that bedbugs like to hide inaccessible.</li>

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<h4 style="text-align: center;">What Can I Do If I Do Have An Infestation?</h4>

<p>If you do find that you have bedbugs in your home or business, there are options. A1 offers a <a href="/bed-bug-extermination">comprehensive bed bug control service</a>, and we have expert experience eliminating them from all kinds of environments, from homes to churches to hotels. We have a four-step process rooted in getting bed bugs out of your space, and making sure that they are gone for good:</p>

<ol>

<li><strong>Inspection</strong>: We send out an expert tech to the site of the infestation, and do a comprehensive inspection to assess the problem and then recommend treatment options and schedule extermination.</li>

<li><strong>Preparation</strong>: Once it&rsquo;s clear that you&rsquo;ll need treatment, our tech will consult with you to give you instructions for treatment preparation; this can include removing plants or pets from the home, getting rid of clutter, and removing and washing bedbug susceptible fabrics, amongst other things.</li>

<li><strong>Treatment</strong>: Based on our assessment and your needs, we will deploy a heat-based or chemical-based bedbug treatment to effectively kill the infestation.</li>

<li><strong>Follow Up</strong>: Our tech will schedule a follow-up visit with you to ensure that the pests are completely gone.</li>

</ol>

<p>Because of our certainty in the comprehensive, effective nature of our four-step <a href="/bed-bug-extermination">bed bug elimination</a> process, we offer a 60 day bed bug free guarantee. If our treatment doesn&rsquo;t totally eradicate the bugs from your home or business, we&rsquo;ll be back to finish them off for good.</p>
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    [openingParagraph] => <p>Recent years have seen an increase in pesticides that dub themselves &ldquo;green.&rdquo; These pesticides promise to be more friendly to the earth than conventional pesticides, while also being safer for humans. However, often these &ldquo;green&rdquo; pesticides are not all that they seem to be. In this post, we&rsquo;ll take a look at some studies on green and natural pesticides, and debunk some of the common myths about green pest control.</p>
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<p>This is one of the big problems with the term &ldquo;green&rdquo; or &ldquo;natural&rdquo; when it comes to pesticides: there isn&rsquo;t an established standard that sets parameters for being categorized as green or natural. Under EPA regulations, the only term that is cleared for use is &ldquo;organic,&rdquo; which leaves the possibility open that the sorts of pesticides being used by companies dubbing themselves green are not actually all that they claim to be. In some cases, companies may be using the term &ldquo;green&rdquo; or &ldquo;natural&rdquo; to make their pesticides more appealing to customers who are looking for alternative options. Because there is no regulatory mechanism that defines &ldquo;green&rdquo; and &ldquo;natural&rdquo; pesticides what they actually are can vary wildly--they might not all be as eco-friendly as they&rsquo;re advertised.</p>

<p>To get a better understanding of green pesticides and pesticides in general, here are some frequently asked questions.</p>

<p><strong>Q:</strong> What are the benefits of green pesticides, when compared to more conventional pesticides?</p>

<p><strong>A:</strong> That&rsquo;s sort of a difficult question to answer, because the term &ldquo;green pesticides&rdquo; isn&rsquo;t exactly well defined. But generally we&rsquo;ve observed that pesticides that call themselves green work less effectively than the traditional ones.<br><br></p>

<p><strong>Q:</strong> Really? Less effective?</p>

<p><strong>A:</strong> Yes. Because they aren&rsquo;t standardized there&rsquo;s a lot more product variability. We can&rsquo;t say for sure that they&rsquo;re all less effective, we&rsquo;ve just found that they don&rsquo;t always do the job as well as other pesticides.<br><br></p>

<p><strong>Q:</strong> Would you recommend using them?</p>

<p><strong>A:</strong> We wouldn&rsquo;t recommend using something with so little oversight.</p>

<h4><br>So, How Safe are Common Pesticides?</h4>

<p>Common pesticides can be safe, when they&rsquo;re applied properly. Many of the concerns that common pesticides and herbicides elicit are caused by improper use or application. Proper application of a pesticide requires a careful analysis of the surrounding area (to ensure none gets into a water supply), correct decision making when choosing the kind of pesticide, properly following label directions, wearing the proper protective gear, and using the correct amount of the actual product to ensure that there is no damage or danger, just to name a few. That&rsquo;s why, when it comes to making these decisions and deploying properly, <a href="/">we recommend consulting a professional</a>--and no one lives up to high standards of effectiveness and professionalism like A1 Pest Control.</p>
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