Bed bugs aren’t just part of an age-old nursery rhyme. Bed Bugs lurk in cracks and crevices and they've been living on human blood for centuries.
Looking for bed bugs:
When cleaning, changing bedding, or staying away from home, look for...
Adult bed bugs, in general, are:
Young bed bugs (also called nymphs), in general, are:
Bed bug eggs, in general, are:
Is there a way to prevent bed bugs?
The short answer is no. But since the number one cause of bed bug infestations is previously infected furniture and people, here are a few precautions you can take to prevent bed bugs from getting into your home:
There are several steps we take in order to get rid of a bed bug problem:
Inspection - our trained technicians will complete a thorough inspection to determine the presence of bed bugs. Areas such as mattresses, box springs, headboards are usually the first place bed bugs are spotted. But they can also be found in sofas, other furniture, and even in tiny cracks and crevices in the wall.
Treatment - we offer both chemical and heat treatment options. Our technicians will discuss the process of both and help you make a decision based off your needs.
Control - control has been achieved when no more bed bugs are observed during the final inspection visit and the client has not reported any activity or experienced any bites during the fourteen-day period after the treatment.
Education - our technicians will offer information on prevention, identification, and even tips for travel!
Understand that control of an infestation can be difficult and will require time. Our pest control technicians are trained to apply treatments that involve heat and/or pesticides. During the treatment process, total cooperation from the resident or homeowner is needed. Do Not purchase or use chemicals that are not labeled for Bed Bug control. Home remedies and concoctions are likely to have little effect on the bed bugs but can have detrimental health effects on you, your family or your home.
Bed bugs can live anywhere. When most people think of bed bugs, they think of hotels. But the truth is, bed bugs can thrive in single-family homes, apartments, hospitals, college dorm rooms, office buildings, schools, buses, trains, movie theaters, retail stores and just about anywhere that humans are.
Bed bugs aren't just city dwellers. Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs are not just in big cities or third-world countries. They are found in all 50 states. The NPMA's " Bed Bugs in America" survey found that 17 percent of those surveyed reported having bed bugs in the Northeast; 20 percent in the Midwest; 20 percent in the South; and 19 percent in the West. However, the incidence of bed bugs is three times higher in urban areas than in rural areas due to factors such as larger population size, apartment living and increased mobility, which are conducive to the rapid spread and breeding of bed bugs.
Bed bugs are hardy. These pests can live for several months without a blood meal. This means they can linger in furniture, bags and suitcases for a long time until they are near a human host again. In addition, bed bugs can survive temperatures of nearly freezing to 122 degrees. Because of this, bed bugs are not a pest that can be treated with DIY measures. Professional pest control is the most effective way to treat an infestation.
Bed bugs are smart. As a survival instinct, bed bugs are elusive. They know to stay out of view during the daytime, hiding in mattress crevices, box springs, baseboards, behind electrical switch plates, in picture frames, and even behind wallpaper. But at nighttime, the carbon dioxide we exhale often tempts them out of their hiding spots.
Bed bugs are methodical. Bed bugs have a predictable feeding pattern. Once a bed bug finds a host, it will usually feed for 5 to 10 minutes until repletion. Sometimes the pattern of bed bugs feeing is jokingly referred to as breakfast, lunch and dinner as bites will often be found in a pattern. But the bite marks they leave behind - often in clusters or in a row on exposed skin on the chest, arms or legs - are telltale signs of a bed bug infestation.
Bed bugs could have a degree in anesthesiology. People often wonder why a biting bed bug doesn't wake up its human host when it feeds. The answer is that components in bed bug saliva act as an anesthetic and promote increased blood flow at the bite site, making the feeding process quick and nearly painless. After feeding, bed bugs move to secluded places and hide for 5-10 days. During this time, they do not feed but instead digest their meal, mate and lay eggs.