At Merkem, less is more.
We’ve managed to greatly reduce the amount of pesticides used by increasing the diversity of our control practices. We’ve designed our bed bug treatment protocols around working in teams, which allows us to be more effective in a single visit than another company’s two or three combined. We know that the less you see us the better. We won’t take it personally. We're the smart new bed bug exterminator Toronto has been waiting for.
Most homeowners don’t realize they have a bed bug problem until they’ve been bit, and what makes things worse is that 1 in 3 people don't even react to the bites.
When an infestation has been detected, ridding yourself of the problem is complicated by the fact that a large percentage of the species has developed resistances to the pesticides used by most pest control companies. Due to their biological resilience and newly developed defence mechanisms, most companies need 2 – 3 treatments to control a bed bug infestation; Bringing 2 to 3 times more chemicals into your home.
We offer bed bug extermination services that can eliminate bed bugs from your home with one treatment. All of our bed bug services begin with an inspection by a team of professional exterminators. We have performed exhaustive research and have invested a lot of time into developing the comprehensive extermination techniques that we use every day. Once we determine that bed bugs are present in your home, there's no need to worry; we already have the environmentally friendly solution for you.
We know the thought of having bed bugs can be unsettling, which is why we offer same-day service; 24-hours a day, seven days a week. To learn more about our Bed Bug Control Treatment or to schedule an inspection, contact Merkem Pest Solutions today.
Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Your Toronto Home
With one female bed bug being able to lay five eggs per day, it’s critical to take immediate action to get rid of bed bugs in Toronto to avoid a more substantial infestation. While you have your choice of Toronto bed bug exterminators, we highly recommend contacting us to schedule a Bed Bug Control Treatment the moment you see evidence of bed bug activity.
When you use our bed bug removal services, you will be able to sleep in your own bed on the same day that we treat your property. As a trusted Toronto bed bug exterminator, we use the latest insecticides, paired with several other treatment techniques in order to exterminate bed bugs at every stage of their life-cycle.
Environmentally Friendly Bed Bug Extermination
Our experience with bed bug removal in Toronto has shown that diatomaceous earth is not particularly effective and its use makes it difficult to detect future bed bug activity. Heat is a great way to get rid of bed bugs on things that can be laundered, such as throw blankets and bedding, but using heat alone is rarely effective enough to completely remove bed bugs from your home, no matter the size or state of infestation. Our bed bug treatments, which combine all of the most effective extermination methods, are far better at eliminating bed bug populations, and they’re considerably more economical for you.
If you’re concerned you may have a bed bug infestation in your home, contact Merkem Pest Solutions. We’ll perform a free inspection of your residence when it’s convenient for you. Even if we do see evidence of bed bugs, there’s no reason to panic, because we already have the proven solution to your problem. Give us a call to schedule your free bed bug inspection today.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What does a bed bug look like?
Adult bed bugs present a reddish brown hue (with the red becoming more prevalent after feeding). They are flat, ovular and wingless, with microscopic hairs that give them a banded appearance. Adult bugs tend to be between 4 to 5mm and have often been compared and mistaken with flax seeds and other dark grains. In their nymphal stages bed bugs appear translucent and lighter in colour with the development of darker hues becoming more apparent as they molt and develop into their later stages.
What do bed bug bites look like?
Though bed bug bites can occur singularly, they often follow a distinctive patten of a linear group of three bites, sometimes referred to as ‘breakfast, lunch and dinner’. These patterns are cause by human movements that disrupt the bed bug’s feeding attempts. The lines created by these biting patterns often occur in parallel with blood vessels running close to the surface of the skin.
Welts, swelling, redness and itchiness vary from person to person with one in three individuals having little to no reaction to the bites. Delayed reactions and prolonged irritation may also occur in certain cases. Visiting your doctor or dermatologist is always beneficial but there is no definitive way to know or identify the specificity or cause of the bites without a inspection by a trained professional.
How did I get bed bugs?
In most cases, pinpointing exactly how or where you contracted bed bugs is an extremely difficult thing to do. While bed bugs don’t attach themselves to people, they can be transferred from place to place on articles of clothing, bags or luggage and are usually encountered in highly-frequented public places like waiting rooms, public transit and shared workplaces. Toronto’s growing urban density, in combination with yearly increases in global travel and trade, makes the recent rise in the city’s bed bug population unsurprising. The good news is that although contracting bed bugs is common, it is usually a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. For those in higher risk situations, whether it be jobs that require close contact with strangers, frequent travellers or residents of building complexes, it’s important to be aware of the signs in order to identify an infestation as early as possible.
How long does it take for one bug to become a problem?
A female bed bug can lay up to 5 eggs a day and 500 over the course of a complete lifecycle. It only takes a matter of weeks for a few bugs contained to a single bed to multiply into a full-blown infestation. Most infestations begin in a single bedroom and quickly spread outwards into surrounding furniture and other areas of the house. With bed bugs, a singular bug is already a problem and immediate action is the only way to stop it from becoming a much more difficult one.
Are there a lot of bed bugs in Toronto?
Any metropolitan centre carries a greater risk of the harbouring and transference of insect populations. Bed bugs thrive anywhere there is high population density and a lack of understanding or concern for their existence. A large portion of individuals (one in three) don’t show any signs of bed bug bites, which makes the insect's detection all the more unlikely. When infestations are allowed to develop freely, their potential transference from unit to unit or person to person increases significantly.
Can you always see them?
In the early stages of an infestation, it's highly likely that there are only a few – and more commonly, a solitary adult specimen. Finding a single bug can be difficult for both residents and trained professionals alike. They are so we have invested extensive research and time into creating inspection methods that simply have not been paralleled. If you've been waking up with bites marks and are unsure what's causing them, contact us to schedule an inspection.
Should I throw out my mattress and purchase protective bed bug covers?
Throwing out any furniture (unless for cosmetic purposes) is not only unnecessary but in some cases counter-intuitive. Bed bugs do not penetrate into fabrics or burrow, they remain on the surfaces of any objects they have infested. This does not mean getting rid of a bed bug problem isn’t difficult in cases where there are folds and crevasses that allow for more intricate shelters. Using a protective cover can be beneficial but unless warranted we tend to stray away from their use as it simply acts as another surface for the bugs to live on. We use the most advanced residual spray in conjunction with various other control techniques to erase any concern of concealed bugs, as their movement out of these hiding places will result in continued control on contact.
Do bed bugs live in my dresser?
Though it is possible for bed bugs to infest numerous materials and structures within your home, it is highly unlikely that an infestation has initially taken place outside direct sleeping or living quarters. Beds and couches are the initial points of contact for any bed bug population as they are simply the most practical surfaces for their continued survival. Other furniture and objects should be thought of as a last resort as it becomes far more impractical for their detection and feeding patterns. Mattresses, box springs and couches should be considered to be the paths of least resistance.
Do bed bugs carry diseases?
While bedbugs have been known to harbour pathogens in their bodies, they have yet to be directly linked to the transmission of any diseases. They are however a serious mental health risk, causing significant levels of stress and in some cases and other psychosomatic disorders.
What about heat treatments?
Heat treatments are extremely time consuming and even more so, expensive. Although heat is a very effective in getting rid of a bed bug infestation, it’s not the only way and definitely not the best way. We’ve found that using heat in combination with other control practices is not only more effective, but substantially more economical for both your wallet and the environment – allowing us to maneuver in ways that are far more focused in terms of our application and contact with the areas to be treated.
Should I use Diatomaceous earth?
Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring siliceous sedimentary rock used in both professional and non professional circumstances. At Merkem we have an aversion to its use for the simple fact that our control practices are more effective and far less detectible. The residue left by diatomaceous earth not only makes detecting future activity more difficult, but is also an eye sore in any interior.
When should I launder?
Depending on the circumstances, laundering is highly effective either pre or post treatment. Everything that can be laundered should be laundered as it is the most productive way to protect the problem from spreading. That being said, in most cases and especially in more severe infestations, it is recommended that the bulk of the laundry be done post treatment to avoid potentially infested materials from making contact with other surfaces throughout the home. If something can’t be washed make sure to put these items in a dryer or use steam as it is the heat that kills the bugs.