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AR1 Group, LLC is a dedicated building maintenance and preventive maintenance company based in the DC metropolitan area. We have purposely sought to establish a model that brings you the highest level of service and quality. AR1 Group, LLC performs routine inspections of each client’s premises to ensure that all their specifications are carried out accordingly and consistently maintained. If deficiencies are noted steps are immediately taken to rectify them.

AR1 Group, LLC provides sufficient on site supervision to ensure that our staff routinely performs their duties in a professional and responsible fashion. We will ensure all of our clients requirements are carried out in an efficient and timely manner while maintaining a high level of service at all times. We will put your mind at ease with our superior strategies and ethics. If you are in the DC metropolitan area, then look no further!

Bed Bugs

Where Bed Bugs Come From

Bed bugs have been in the news recently with stories of people being attacked by bed bugs while on a cruise or while staying in a hotel room.

  • Bed bugs may be brought into your home on clothing, bedding, luggage, or firewood.
  • Bed bugs can live in bird nests.
  • Bed bugs may also be present on other mammals and birds around your home.

Bed Bug Prevention Tips

  • Avoid buying used bedding and upholstered furniture.
  • If you purchase used upholsetered furniture, inspect it carefully.
  • Be vigilant when travelling and inspect your luggage on returning home.
  • Keep bats and birds away from houses. Remove abandoned birds nests around the eaves of your home.
  • In apartments and other multi-unit residences, bed bugs may spread from one unit to another. All units should be inspected.
  • Clean furnishings, launder bedding and mattress pads frequently.
  • Remove debris from around the house; repair cracks in walls; caulk windows and doors.Detection and Habitat At the beginning of an infestation, common bed bug hiding places are likely to be:
    • In the tufts, seams, and folds of mattresses, box springs, and bed covers, or in cracks in bed frames.
    • Under loose wallpaper, behind picture frames, and inside furniture and upholstery.
    • Infestations of bed bugs can be detected by: Looking for their fecal spots, egg cases, and shedded skins under or on bed sheets and around their usual hiding places.
    • Bed frames, undersides of windows, door casings, and loose moldings should all be inspected carefully.

 

About Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are from the insect family Cimicidae and include three species that attack people.

Of these, Cimex lectularius, is a cosmopolitan species, most frequently found in the northern temperate climates of North America, Europe, and Central Asia.

  • Adult bed bugs are oval, wingless, about 1/5 inch long, and rusty red or mahogany in color. Their bodies are flattened with well-developed antennae. Immature bed bugs are a lighter, yellowish white color. As adults, they lack wings.
  • Females lay about 200 eggs, usually at the rate of three or four a day in cracks and crevices in the floor or bed. The eggs hatch in about 10 days.
  • Newly hatched bugs begin feeding immediately. They shed their skin five times before becoming adults. Each phase of their development requires a single blood meal before molting to the next stage.
  • The entire life cycle from egg to adult takes anywhere from 5 weeks to 4 months.
  • Adults live about 10 months and there can be up to 3 to 4 generations of bed bugs per year.

What Bed Bugs Feed On

Bed bugs can go without feeding for as long as 140 days; older bed bugs can survive longer without feeding than younger ones. Some adults have survived much longer.

  • A bed bug can take six times its weight in blood, and feeding can take 3 to 10 minutes.
  • Nymphs and adults generally feed at night and hide in crevices during the day.
  • Bed bugs suck blood from their host with piercing mouthparts that contain two stylets: one has a groove that carries the bed bug’s saliva into the wound, while the other has a groove through which body fluids from the host are imbibed.
  • Bed bug saliva that is injected during the feeding can produce large swellings on the skin that itch and may become irritated and infected when scratched.
  • Fortunately, bed bugs are not known as disease carriers. bed-bug-bites Reaction to Bed Bug BitesSource: Dave Murphy, Flickr

Where Bed Bugs Come From

Bed bugs have been in the news recently with stories of people being attacked by bed bugs while on a cruise or while staying in a hotel room.

  • Bed bugs may be brought into your home on clothing, bedding, luggage, or firewood.
  • Bed bugs can live in bird nests.
  • Bed bugs may also be present on other mammals and birds around your home.

Bed Bug Prevention Tips

  • Avoid buying used bedding and upholstered furniture.
  • If you purchase used upholsetered furniture, inspect it carefully.
  • Be vigilant when travelling and inspect your luggage on returning home.
  • Keep bats and birds away from houses. Remove abandoned birds nests around the eaves of your home.
  • In apartments and other multi-unit residences, bed bugs may spread from one unit to another. All units should be inspected.
  • Clean furnishings, launder bedding and mattress pads frequently.
  • Remove debris from around the house; repair cracks in walls; caulk windows and doors.

Detection and Habitat

At the beginning of an infestation, common bed bug hiding places are likely to be:

  • In the tufts, seams, and folds of mattresses, box springs, and bed covers, or in cracks in bed frames.
  • Under loose wallpaper, behind picture frames, and inside furniture and upholstery.
  • Infestations of bed bugs can be detected by: Looking for their fecal spots, egg cases, and shedded skins under or on bed sheets and around their usual hiding places.
  • Bed frames, undersides of windows, door casings, and loose moldings should all be inspected carefully.

Eradication and Control

Physical Control Methods

  • Heating to 140 F/60c for 10 minutes will kill all life cycle stages of most bed bugs. (Put clothes in the dryer on high heat without washing them first, then wash them and dry again.)
  • Temperatures below 27F/5C for a sustained period of five days will also kill most bed bugs.

Chemical Control Methods

  • Pyrethroids are commonly used for bed bug eradication. A pyrethroid is a synthetic chemical compound similar to the natural chemical pyrethrins produced by the flowers of pyrethrums (Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium and C. coccineum). Pyrethroids are man made in labs and are available in liquids, powders, and granules.
  • Tri-Die and Drione dust are two additional treatment options for bed bugs. Tri-Die aerosol combines the repellency of a pyrethrin with the long-term stability and repellency of silica dust. Drione is a non-staining and relatively odorless insecticide dust that provides quick knock-down and residual control.