Pest Control Near Me For Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are small, flat, oval-shaped insects that are reddish-brown in color and measure around 4–5 millimeters long. They have 6 legs and 2 antennae, and they are sometimes mistaken to be ticks.
They can live for 6 months up to years. A female bed bug can lay 5 to 12 eggs per day and up to 500 in her lifetime.
These insects don’t just stay and hang out in beds, they can be anywhere around your household. Besides in bed, they can also be found in other textile materials at home, other furniture, luggage, boxes, and other storage material. They don’t have the ability to fly or jump, but they are hard to find and most active and attack during the night while humans are sleeping. They suck and feed on human blood and other warm-blooded animals such as cats and dogs. Their bites are usually painless and not noticeable but may later result in raised, rash-like itchy bumps on affected area that should heal after a few days and do not usually require medical attention. There are also some people who do not display any reaction to bed bug bites. Common body areas where they bite are in the exposed skin such as hands, arms, neck, and face. They stay in their host’s skin until they are full and engorged which can take about 10 minutes.
Bed Bug Infestation
Having bed bugs at home is not a sign of poor sanitation. Bed bugs can enter your home, apartment, office, theater, and other structures by hiding and being transported through human’s bag, suitcase, and even clothes and shoes.
A bed bug infestation can be found once you clean your home, like when you change your bedding. These creatures can be seen with naked human eye and usually have a distinctive odor, which some people describe as a sweet musty smell or almond-like smell. Bed bugs may also leave stains of feces and blood on your sheets. Feces are from their own digestive tract, while the blood is from their host. When a bed bug is feeding and the host suddenly moves, they may squeeze and die resulting to blood stains on bed sheets.
Bed Bug Control
• Reduce fabric materials at home. Avoid displaying unused stuffed animal toys in an exposed area. Place it in glass display cabinet or keep them put away.
• Change bed sheets regularly. Beds are bed bugs favorite hang-out spots especially those with box springs. Vacuum clean the foam, if it was heavily infested do not just throw it away. Destroy it first by cutting it into small pieces. Wash the pillows using hot water.
• Inspect the whole house while you clean. While poor sanitation is not the reason for bed bug to infest, it is still best to clean your house regularly so you can also inspect for bed bugs and other insects at home. Using a vacuum cleaner is the best and safe way to get rid varieties of insects and their eggs.
• Use silica gel. Sprinkle it into the sofa, into the bed before putting the sheets on. Put a bag of it inside closets, boxes and other storage materials.