Bed bugs become an exceptional problem during the summer months. With college kids coming home for the summer, vacations, and frequent visitors to your home; it is the perfect recipe for a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are hitchhikers that grip or climb into or on backpacks, purses and even clothing. It is not surprising that summer is one of the busiest times of the year for pest control companies that do bed bug removal and control. Exterminating Unlimited, Inc will share more about the bed bug and how they are removed and can be prevented.
Bed Bug Bites
Bed bugs are tiny insects that typically get from place to place by hitchhiking as stated. They feed on warm blooded mammals, most especially humans over cats and dogs since we don’t have thick fur covering our body and bed bugs can easily navigate round our skin. Bed bugs are about the same size of an apple seed and are brown in color. The nymphs are cream in color and slowly darken as they mature. They are nocturnal creatures, coming out at night to feed on a sleeping host. Bed bugs retreat into dark places during the day. Some sure signs that you have bed bugs are: bug bites, small brown or reddish spots that stain your sheets, shed exoskeletans, a pungent odor and of course, visual evidence of their presence. The first sign of bedbugs may be red, itchy bites on the skin, usually on the arms or shoulders. Bedbugs tend to leave straight rows of bites, unlike some other insects that leave bites here and there.
Where Do Bed Bugs Live & Hide?
Bed bugs are known to hide in the cracks, underneath box springs, mattresses, and bedding, along with couches, clothes and wooden furniture. They hide in the cracks of carpet, baseboards, and in curtains. Bed bugs can’t climb on smooth surfaces and they shy away from cold surfaces, which is why you typically don’t find them in bathrooms or kitchen or other similar areas. Bed bugs can be difficult to locate and often it take an experienced bed bug inspector to locate where the bed bugs are hiding.
Bed Bug Treatment
After your home is inspected, and bed bugs are located, the pest control company will begin treatment. Most treatments involve heating up the interior of the home or building. Bed bugs are sensitive to heat over 114 degrees. Heaters are placed throughout the home. The high temperatures kill bed bugs and their eggs. However, there are times that multiple treatments are needed.
Bed Bug Prevention
After your home is treated for bed bugs, it is up to the homeowner to prevent future invasions. This is done by being aware of bed bugs and how they can get into your home. Additionally, it helps to reduce a bed bug invasion by regularly cleaning the home and by washing bedding with hot water and then drying them with high heat. Wash curtains and vacuum carpets, rugs and even furniture and mattresses often. Be aware when you travel and use temporary lodging. In these places, you run the risk of inviting extra passengers home with you. Make sure to check your lodgings for bed bug before bringing your luggage into the room. When you return home, wash all linens immediately and vacuum out bags and luggage in the event you have an unknown passenger.
Bed Bug Inspections & Removal
If you found bed bugs in your home, or believe your home has been invaded by bed bugs, contact Exterminating Unlimited Inc. Our experienced bed bug inspectors and treatment specialists can help rid your home of these blood sucking pests. Contact Exterminating Unlimited, Inc to schedule your bed bug inspection and treatments today!