Jim Muir, of AAA Exterminating in Noblesville, Indiana, says everyone is susceptible to bed bugs.
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"There's no difference whether it’s a clean home or dirty home," Muir says. "All they care about is that you have blood in your veins.”
Bed bugs like to hibernate. They can go up to 18 months between meals. If they find a warm, dark place in your home, they’ll stay there until you do something about it.
“Bed bugs are something you want to address immediately or they become a problem," says Angie Hicks, Angie's List founder. "It’s not just treating your bed; you want to check your bed frame, the carpet, really the whole room to make sure you’ve gotten rid of them completely.”
You know you have bed bugs if you get bite marks in groups of three. They may also leave small red and brown stains at the top of your mattress.
“Don’t panic if you have bed bugs," Hicks says. "Call your pest control company and talk to them about the process because, what people don’t realize, is oftentimes you are going to be out of your home for several hours, so you want to be sure you pick a time and day that is convenient for you.”
Muir says there are typically two ways to treat bed bugs.
"One we recommend highly is the heat treatment," he says. "We bring in up to eight furnaces. We heat the structure up to somewhere between 130 to 150 degrees … everything inside, clothing, bedding and everything.”
A typical heat treatment will run you 1,200 to 1,800 dollars depending on the method used and the size of your home. You may also want to follow that up with monthly chemical treatments, otherwise they may return and you’ll have to go through the entire process again.