Why you should call the experts if you suspect a bed bug infestation:
Cleanliness is not an indicator or primary cause of bed bug infestations – it can happen to anyone! Bed bugs are mobile insects that have been feeding on human blood for thousands of years. These insects have a knack for hiding in cracks and crevices, and they are very resilient and can live without a blood meal for long periods of time. This makes them easy to transfer from place to place and difficult to treat – especially in multifamily living communities.
Although bed bugs are not known to transmit blood borne diseases, they can cause stress to people and their bites can lead to skin infections and allergic reactions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classify bed bugs as a pest of public health significance.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs – Methods of Treatment
We employ a number of bed bug treatment methods at Stop Bugging Me Pest Control because we understand that your home or business may have specific needs. Each individual home, multi-family housing unit, apartment community or business presents different challenges when it comes to bed bug extermination. Both chemical and heat methods are used to stop bed bugs from bugging your home or business.
Stop Bugging Me Pest Control’s Bed Bug Service includes the following:
1. Inspection and initial treatment – Our technicians will apply an initial treatment to all bed bug harborage areas, including cracks and crevices, furniture, mattresses, and wall voids, to kill existing bed bugs, interrupt their life cycle, and eliminate future hiding spots. Climb-up bed bug interceptors and mattress encasements are highly recommended for additional prevention and monitoring.
2. Follow-up service – After the initial visit, your Stop Bugging Me Pest Control technician will provide a thorough follow-up service, included at no extra charge. During this service, the technician will look for remaining bed bugs, treat any areas of harborage where eggs may have hatched after the initial service, and remove bugs that are still present.
Bed bugs are often confused with fleas. Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed (4 -5 mm) and are reddish brown in color. Their bodies are flat and they do not have wings. Immature bed bugs are visible to the naked eye. However, unlike adult bed bugs, they are smaller in size and are a translucent whitest-yellow color.
What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
Symptoms of a bed bug bite can vary depending on the person. Some people may not even experience any symptoms at all. Bed bugs will bite any exposed part of the body including the face, neck, arms and hands. Signs of bed bug bites can appear in minutes or even days after the initial bite. The most common symptom of a bed bug bite is itchiness and red skin lesions that look like small, raised bumps or flat welts. These lesions often appear in clusters or a linear pattern and can take up to two weeks to go away. Individuals that experience allergic reactions to bed bug bites will have symptoms ranging from scarring to more serious skin infections and rashes.
Avoid Bed Bug Infestations with These Tips:
- Inspect suitcases after a trip – Don’t bring bed bugs home from vacation. Vacuum suitcases after returning from trips. Don’t place baggage on the bed as this can easily transfer the bugs to the mattress. Place luggage on the suitcase holders in hotel rooms.
- Check your bed sheets – This is a good practice to put into place when traveling. Bed bugs excrete blood-filled fecal matter on mattresses and nearby furniture. Check hotel bed sheets and routinely check bed sheets at home for rusty-colored blood spots.
- Examine second-hand furniture before introducing it into your home – Check wood or upholstered furniture, especially along crevices and seams. Bed bugs prefer wood and fabric furniture to plastic and metal but they can hide anywhere so look closely before bringing items into your home.