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Pine State Pest Solution's Bed Bug Division

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At Pine State Pest Solutions, we specialize in bed bug detection and remediation.  Providing bed bug control to Portland, Augusta, and the entire state of Maine, we offer proven solutions for bed bug infestations in:

  • single-family homes

  • condos and apartments

  • schools & daycare facilities

  • hotels and motels

  • fitness centers

  • nursing homes

  • other commercial properties

Ignoring bed bug bites or throwing out your mattress will not resolve your bed bug problem, contact Pine State's Bed Bug Division today for help!

 


MAINE’S SPECIALISTS
IN BED BUG INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT!

In addition to offering K-9 bed bug inspections and highly effective and eco-friendly bed bug heat treatments, Pine State Pest Solutions provides conventional bed bug treatments that are more than just spraying pesticides at the problem.  Our integrated pest management solution for bed bugs is ideal for light infestations or as a preventative to keep these biting insects out. 

We start with a full inspection of the house, including areas around the bed and living spaces and then move on to treat infested areas with steam and/or vacuum.  Areas we target include mattresses, box springs, furniture, and any other areas where our team is able to see bed bugs and eggs.  When you choose this bed bug treatment option, we’ll also install special monitoring devices and high quality, flexible fabric, water proof bed bug certified mattress and box encasements.  Not only will this protect you and your bed while the treatment is in process, it protects against future bed bug infestations.  Lastly, our technicians will strategically apply kid-safe and pet-friendly pesticides to kill hiding bed bugs and unhatched eggs. 

If you’re not currently dealing with a bed bug problem and want to keep it that way, you might consider our preventative treatment program.  An integrated pest management solution, this option is best way to protect homes, offices, apartment buildings, etc.  It includes ongoing monitoring and education as well as monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly residual pesticide treatments to catch and kill bed bugs before they have time to establish.  We customize our program to fit your needs and most importantly, to keep bed bugs out of your home or business!

 

WHAT DO BED BUGS LOOK LIKE?

BED BUG ANATOMY

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Appearance

  • Eggs are pearl white and only 1mm long
  • Nymphs are almost translucent and also about 1mm long
  • Adults are about ¼ inch long and reddish-brown

BED BUG LIFE CYCLE

lifecycle chart of bed bugs


HOW TO SPOT THE SIGNS OF A  BED BUG INFESTATION

Bed bugs were given their name because they are most typically found in the bedroom hiding in bedding, mattresses and box springs as well as bed frames, headboards, night stands and dressers. Here are some helpful tips to help you identify bed bugs in your bedroom or hotel room:

  • Remove the sheets, checking for blood spots. (Dried feces appear as dark spots and stains. Engorged bed bugs leave reddish-brown colored blood smears when crushed.)

  • Using a flashlight, inspect the mattress paying close attention to the seams and inspect inside and under the box spring.

  • Check any head and foot boards as well as anything stored under the bed.

  • Check inside all drawers, crevices, and narrow spaces. Look under electronics, behind pictures, and in stacks of clothing

  • When traveling, consider leaving your luggage outside the room or in bath tub while inspecting room and keeping suitcases off the floor and bed during your stay.

  • Inspect your luggage carefully when packing to leave.

  • For extra precaution, consider washing your clothes in hot water and drying for at least 20 minutes on high to ensure any hitchhiker bed bugs are killed.

In addition to the bedroom, bed bugs like to hide out in the following spots:

  • Lamps, clocks, telephones
  • Flooring, carpets, baseboards and wood trim
  • Curtains and upholstery
  • Wallpaper and picture frames
  • Electrical switches and outlets
  • Sofas or chairs 

Bed bugs will not go away unless treated.  It might seem embarrassing but bed bugs can happen to anyone at anytime, get help quickly to avoid a much larger infestation. 

 

WHAT DOES A BED BUG TREATMENT ENTAIL?

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After you schedule a complementary bed bug inspection, Pine State Solutions will contact you to make an introduction and schedule the best time to come out to your property.

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Next, we will offer you several solutions for removal of the bed bugs – as well as optional preventive self-control steps you can perform to keep the bed bugs out.

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While on-site, our professional bed bug experts will perform a detailed 10-point inspection of your home or office to locate the infestation.

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Finally, you will receive a follow-up call to ensure your inspection experience went well – and if you had any additional questions for our technicians.


ECO-FRIENDLY BED BUG HEAT TREATMENTS

Pine State Pest Solutions uses Thermal Remediation®: a safe, effective, chemical-free process using dry heat to kill the entire life cycle of bed bugs. The target temperature during this heat treatment is between 120-135°F, the temperature necessary to kill bed bugs and their eggs.

Bed Bug Heat Treatment Advantages:

  • Kills every life stage from egg to adult.
  • Bed bugs are attracted to heat which increases the effectiveness of treatment.
  • No damage to contents
  • Our trucks are discrete and the process is completed in one working day. (The treatment will take between 7 and 12 hours depending on the square footage of the infested space.)
  • Heat treatments have been found to kill many other insects and also remove odors.

 

HOW DO BED BUG HEAT TREATMENTS WORK?

At Pine State Pest Solutions, our heat treatments are successful because we follow a proven process every time. 

  1. Bring Heat.  Electric bed bug heaters are placed within the space; introducing and recirculating heated air with a target temperature not to exceed 135°F. 
  2. Monitor. Temperatures are monitored in real time from a remote location using wireless sensors to ensure lethal temperatures are reached without damaging the space and its contents.
  3. Move Air. High temperature fans move heated air throughout the space to reach insects in cracks and crevices or high infestation zones. 

 

HOW DOES  K9 BED BUG DOG DETECTION WORK?

More than man’s best friend, dogs are leading the charge in bed bug detection and with good reason.  Canines have an incredible sense of smell that allows them to detect the presence of bed bugs even when they aren’t visible.  While trained bed bug inspectors are skilled at identifying bed bug infestations, they are limited by their visibility.  Without lifting up a carpet or moving beds and furniture around, they cannot accurately identify a bed bug infestation.  Trained bed bug dogs can. 

At Pine State Pest Solutions, our dogs were rescued from the Florida Humane Society, and trained at the Florida Canine Academy by legendary trainer Bill Whitstine.   Our expert team of bed bug dogs and handlers travel across the state of Maine and are ready to help you find out if bed bugs are a problem in your home or business. 

 

WHY USE K9 BED BUG DETECTION?

Dependable
Dogs have shown to be extremely accurate in detecting and pinpointing the location of bed bugs.

Trusted
Dogs are trained to work for food and love—not profits.

Cost Effective
Bug detection dogs generate much quicker and more accurate results, meaning less expensive remediation costs.

Peace of Mind
Reasonable certainty of the presence of bed bugs.

 

 


SCHEDULE A FREE BED BUG INSPECTION

If you're concerned about bed bugs and want to schedule a free bed bug inspection, simply fill out the form below and we’ll contact you soon.  You can also give us a call at (207) 806-5449.

 


ADDITIONAL BED BUG RESOURCES

Maine.gov: Got Pests?

Maine Bed Bug Legislation

University of Kentucky: Bed Bug Information

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