Bed bugs can be stopped cold in their tracks by your Broken Arrow pest control company. These insects are blood feeders that feed exclusively on the blood of humans. They attack us at our most vulnerable point, when we sleep at night. At this time, there’s nothing you can do to stop them from attacking you. Because of this, it is important that we protect ourselves from these insects, and know as much as we can about them in order to do that. So in this article, let us take a good hard look at bed bugs, their life cycle, and what you and your Broken Arrow pest control company can do to protect yourselves from bed bugs.


Bed bugs use a needle like set of mouth parts to siphon blood from your bloodstream. They inject this tube into your skin and then draw blood like a syringe would. With another insects, such as fleas and ticks, there can be a transfer fluid in both directions, this is not true of the bed bug. Suction from its mouth parts start from the bed bug before it injects its mouth parts all the way through to when it removes small parts from your skin. Because of this, there’s no opportunity for backwash into your system. So because of this, bed bugs do not transfer disease to us through their bites. While this is good news, that doesn’t mean that they don’t cause issues in our homes.

Bed bugs can cause a psychological stress that is just as bad as any physical disease. Knowing that you’re in a bed with insects is very unnerving. No one should have to share their bed with anything other than those who they choose to. And the fact that these insects take advantage of us and feed off our blood as we sleep is another vulnerable area that can be very unnerving. Because of this, it’s really important that we contact our Broken Arrow pest control company to get rid of these insects and get them out of our homes.


In order to keep these bugs at bay, it’s important that we understand the treatments and how they work. Bed bugs are somewhat unique in the fact that they not only feed on us when we sleep, but also take up residence in our beds and couches. Because of this, it’s important that the right pesticides are used against them. When people sleep, they are usually wearing the least amount of clothes they will wear for their entire day. This means that there’s a lot of skin to sheet contact when you’re asleep. Because of this, many pesticides are off the table when it comes to dealing with bed bugs. It’s important that you’re not putting yourself in an unsafe situation by using the wrong chemical in the wrong place.


So there are two essential ways that we deal with bed bugs. First of all, we use chemical treatments. Here at TermMax pest control, we use Aprehend as a major portion of our chemical treatment. This pesticide is a biological control of the bed bug. This means that the fluid that we spray upon the box springs and bed frames carries a natural predator of the bed bug. This is a spore that becomes a fungus that feeds upon the bed bug. As the bed bug walks through the pesticide, it will pick up the spores and go back to its harborage point. Here it will pass the spores around and allow them to germinate. The spores will go underneath the exoskeleton, and then feed upon the bed bug killing it. 

Bed bugs are very good at developing an immunity to normal pesticidal treatments, so this is an effective treatment to keep them from being able to actually build up any sort of immunity to it. Contact your Broken Arrow pest control company for help with bed bugs.


Bed bugs are also very susceptible to changes in heat. While you can drop the temperature down very low and kill them off that way, this process is very slow. In colder weather situations, these insects will go into a dormant state. At a certain point, they will die, but this can take a long time. Going the opposite direction is much more effective. Heating a bed bugs body temperature over 120°F will kill it within a matter of minutes. Because of this, heat treatments are common. This is an attempt to heat up the entirety of your home over 120°F. 

The problem with this, is that bed bugs may be found deep inside a mattress or the center of a wall. In order to get those places hot enough to kill bed bugs, the internal temperature of the building must be very high. Sometimes it’s impossible to get hot enough to get to all of these places and bed bugs can hide. A better solution is to use a localized heat treatment such as a steamer. This way you can heat up localized areas that are dangerous spots for bed bugs. Contact your Broken Arrow pest control company for help with dealing with bed bugs.


Over the counter pesticides are not a good idea. These pesticides are almost always pyrethrins. Pyrethrins are a form of pesticide derived from a natural pesticide found in chrysanthemum plants. These pesticides were used extensively against bed bugs in the 90s with a lot of success. But unfortunately the bed bugs developed an immunity to these pesticides, and now they no longer work against them. Because of this, over the counter solutions are simply an effective.

If you’re having an issue with bed bugs, or any other pests, then it’s time to contact your Broken Arrow pest control company. Here at TermMax pest control, we are the best in the business when it comes to dealing with bed bugs, or any other insects. We service the greater Tulsa area, including Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Claremore, Catoosa, Coweta, Sapulpa, Prattville, Sand Springs, Owasso, Turley, Bixby, so much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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