Bed bug infestations are on the rise with many pest management companies reporting a drastic increase of bed bug calls over the last few years. Bed bugs are considered the hardest pest to eliminate and sometimes hard to notice by most pest professionals. Many people equate bed bugs with unsanitary conditions, but the reality is that even world-class hotels have suffered infestations.
Do-It-Yourself methods do not work, since bed bugs are resistant to many of these products. If you suspect you have bed bugs, our team will locate them, apply the proper treatment to infested areas, and provide the necessary follow-up to eradicate your issue. We will also offer precautions on how to prevent future infestations.
Identifying the Problem
Bed bugs are flat, wingless, and oval-shaped, but young bed bugs can almost be too small for the naked eye to spot for some. The adults are mahogany in color when unfed but change to a rust brown/red color when filled with blood. Bed bugs have six legs, some short golden body hair, and two antennae.
Typically, the first sign of a bed bug infestation is the appearance of small brownish or reddish dots on bed linens and mattresses. These are bed bug fecal spots. Eggs and molt skins may also be visible. Bed bugs feed on any exposed bare skin, and their bites often result in reddish, itchy welts. However, there are many people who do not react at all to their bites.
What Causes Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs hitch rides in luggage, boxes, shoes, backpacks, purses, and other mobile objects. Once they find a way into your home, their hiding places include bed frames, mattresses, box springs, furniture crevices, electrical outlets, the areas behind wallpaper and picture frames, amongst other locations that gives them access to their hosts.
Bed Bug Prevention
When traveling, you want to avoid bringing bugs back into your house. Here are some tips for preventing an infestation:
- When booking a hotel, check the online reviews.
- When you check into a hotel, inspect along the mattress seams for any signs of bed bug activity. A bright flashlight will help with your inspection.
- Store your luggage on a luggage rack rather than under the bed or on the floor.
- Hang clothes when possible and avoid using dresser drawers.
- Upon returning home, unpack directly into a washing machine and inspect your luggage carefully. Time in a dryer at high temperatures kills bed bugs. Simply washing clothing will generally not kill bed bugs.