Bed Bug FAQ
Here are some answers to your most frequently asked questions about bed bugs.
Q: Why are bed bugs making a comeback?
A: Several factors have contributed to the resurgence of bed bugs, including globalization, increased international travel, resistance to chemicals currently on the market and a reduction of more toxic products.
Q: Do I have bed bugs because my house is dirty?
A: Bed bugs are not a sanitation issue. They can infest even the most immaculate homes and businesses. Excessive clutter does make them more difficult to get rid of because there are more places for bed bugs to hide.
Q: Can you see bed bugs with the naked eye?
A: Yes, adult bed bugs are very visible. They are about the size of an apple seed. Bed bug eggs and juveniles (instars) are very difficult to see. The eggs are approximately the size of a grain of salt.
Q: Do bed bugs carry disease?
A: There have been no known cases of bed bugs transferring disease, but they can cause secondary infections from scratching the bites. Infestations may result in stress, loss of work, loss of sleep and financial burden.
Q: Do store bought pesticides work on bed bugs?
A: Over the counter products may work on some bed bugs but not all. There are strains of bed bugs that are resistant to the chemicals currently on the market. To overcome this resistance, Rottler uses a combination of chemical and heat treatments. Early detection is crucial. If you suspect that you may have bed bugs, contact a professional immediately.
Q: Are bed bugs easy to find?
A: Due to their size and evasive nature, bed bugs are extremely difficult to locate. Bed bugs spend most of their time hiding in tiny cracks and crevices to protect themselves from being caught or crushed. They emerge at night to feed when their hosts are still and sleeping. Bed bugs tend to run away and seek shelter when they are disturbed or exposed. For this reason, scent detection dogs were trained to locate bed bugs.
Q: Will the Rottler dogs bring bed bugs into my home?
A: Bed bug infestations are handled with the utmost care. The Rottler bed bug team takes every precaution to prevent the spread of bed bugs. Rottler's bed bug dogs visit a licensed veterinarian and are bathed regularly for good hygiene.