Local Pest Control Company Receives Bed Bug Treatment Approval

KnoxNews.com
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Dayton's Pest Control in Knoxville received approval for BedbugFREE membership in the national network of pest management firms committed to the guidelines, practices and treatment methods of Bedbug Central.

Bedbug Central, based in New Jersey, is an information resource for professionals and consumers regarding bedbug products, research, prevention and treatment methodology.

"Our staff completed a rigorous training process to become approved as a BedbugFREE company, and we are well-versed in the most effective treatment methods to eliminate bedbug infestation," said Dayton Hylton, owner of Dayton's Pest Control.

Hylton also offers tips for avoiding and controlling bedbugs.

They are reddish-brown in color, approximately the size of an apple seed and feed on the blood of humans and animals. They prefer areas such as bedding, mattresses and bed frames. They are mostly active at night and can bite any exposed area of the skin which causes red bumps and itching.

One misconception is that having bedbugs is a sign of unsanitary or dirty environments. This assumption is false, for bedbugs are simply insects that breed rapidly and can be easily picked up via clothing, suitcases and other portable items, especially when traveling.

Before booking a hotel, check out customer reviews to see if other travelers have reported bedbugs. Start with sites like IgoUgo, TripAdvisor and Bedbug Registry. When you first enter a hotel room, be careful about placing luggage away from the bed.

In the case of a home infestation, Dayton's advises bringing in a professional that is well-educated in effective pest management techniques to eliminate bedbug infestation instead of treating them with an over-the-counter remedy.

Cleaning up clutter can reduce the number of places bedbugs can hide and makes locating and treating them easier.

Frequently wash and heat-dry bed linens to reduce bedbug populations. Bedbugs and their eggs can also hide in laundry containers and hampers.

When getting rid of furniture that is harboring bedbugs, take steps to destroy the item so that no one else gets them.

Thorough vacuuming helps reduce populations and the likelihood of getting bitten. Carefully vacuum rugs, floors, under beds, around bed legs, bed frames, all cracks/crevices around the room and upholstered furniture. Change the vacuum bag after each use so the bedbugs can't escape. Place the used bag in a tightly sealed plastic bag and in an outside garbage bin.