Valley’s experienced team has taken many hours of specialized training in pest management for bed bug control in residential, senior, and commercial facilities. Not only that, but Valley offers services that its competitors do not, such as canine detection, furniture bagging, fumigation, and training for your employees. We also offer specialized services to senior daycare facilities, nursing homes, transit services, public housing, schools, and churches. That makes Valley the one-stop shop for beg bugs! There are various treatment plans available:

Preventive: Being proactive and practicing prevention is the best defense. Treating your home before the insects arrive assures that there is protection to help you avoid pest issues. Be sure to scroll down this page and check out the Tips & Tricks for bed bug prevention.

Monthly: Regular monthly service ensures that protection has lasting results. This is the most popular service option, and offers the best plan of action at the most affordable rate. Be sure to visit the Other Pests page to see the list of common insects that are treated.

Every Other Month: Treating your home or business every other month replenishes protection on a recurring basis. It is recommended in cases where monthly treatment is not required. Be sure to visit the Other Pests page to see the list of common insects that are treated.

Quarterly: Treatment every three months, or quarterly, is recommended for homes and businesses that need protection only with seasonal changes. Be sure to visit the Other Pests page to see the list of common insects that are treated.


What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

In the initial egg stage, bed bugs look like a curved, whitish-clear grain of salt. The eggs hatch small, just 1/25”, and remain light-colored at first, then get darker and bigger with each blood meal. During the 5th instar stage, the dark center is the blood meal being digested and ready to be excreted. If a blood host is available, bed bugs can live to see three generations of offspring ready to prey on their human hosts.

Females deposit three to eight eggs at a time, for a total of 200-500 eggs in their lifetime. The eggs are often deposited in clusters and attached to cracks, crevices, or rough surfaces near adult harborages, with a sticky epoxy-like substance. Adults can live without feeding for several months (in some reports, for more than 1 year), and nymphs, for at least 3 months.

Canine Scent Detection

Lifecycle of the Common Bed Bug


DETECTION & PREVENTION

The classic signs of bed bug infestations are itchy, reddish-colored bites, dark fecal spotting on mattresses, blood smears, adult bugs, molts of the shell that are left behind, small bed bugs, and tiny, whitish-colored eggs. Bed Bugs are traveling insects, or "hitchhikers", and leaving your items lying around is the perfect way for them to crawl in and hitch a ride home with you.

If you suspect a place may have bed bugs, leave purses and bags in your vehicle before entering to inspect. If you discover them during a visit, change your clothes and place them in a sealed Ziploc bag before leaving so that you do not bring any bed bugs or their eggs into your vehicle. After arriving home, wash and dry your clothing immediately. Check any items or bags that you did bring in for signs of bed bugs. Treat these items if necessary, by washing and drying them, spraying or dusting them with a residual product, or having them fumigated.
If you would like to rest assured that there are no bed bugs in your home, consider having Valley Termite & Pest Control perform a canine detection service, the fastest and most accurate way to detect bed bug infestations.
The City of Cincinnati has determined that bed bugs are now officially considered a vermin. By adding them to Cincinnati Municipal Code Section 1601-17, bed bugs are among the critters the city ordinance requires owners and occupants of buildings to control. Click here to learn more about tenant/landlord regulations.
Valley Termite & Pest Control is the only company in the region that offers public education seminars on bed bug treatment and prevention. Click here to learn more.

TIPS & TRICKS

Wash and dry bedding and clothing regularly at the highest temperatures possible: 120 degrees or more is best.
Vacuum floors regularly. Use the brush tool of your vacuum to clean your mattress. Use the crevice tool to vacuum baseboards and crevices in mattresses.
Use a cloth mattress protector over both your mattress and box springs to prevent from having to treat or throw them away.
Do not purchase or bring home any used furniture, or if you do, make sure to examine it for signs of bed bugs. Pay special attention to dark fecal spots that may be on the inside seams and corners of used mattresses and bed frames.
Check your bed for signs of bed bugs from time to time. Catching bed bugs early makes bed bug treatments easier and allows you to get rid of them faster.
Store laundered items inside large, sealed Ziploc bags, air-tight containers, or large trash bags. The best place to keep your bagged items is on cold tile floors of bathrooms and kitchens. The more you can clear away from a bed, couch, or chair, and keep off of the floor, the better.
Always keep personal belongings, such as your purse, bag, book bag, briefcase, or coat, on your lap whenever possible. Avoid putting these items on the floor, chair, or a coat rack.
When traveling, ask the hotel receptionist what their bed bug history is before making your travel selections. Before bringing your luggage in the room, check for signs of bed bugs. The headboard is the first place to check for dark fecal spotting, along with picture frames above the bed, night stands, and of course, beds and chairs. Be wary of any peeled wall paper at the top of the walls, and check for dark spotting from fecal matter.

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