Bed bugs are developing hardier skins making them even tougher to control. These small rust colored bugs have oval shaped bodies, and they sustain themselves by drinking the blood of humans and animals. Nighttime is their preferred activity hours since people and pets are easier dining targets when they are sleeping. When it comes to size, adult bed bugs are often compared to apple seeds. These creatures are large enough to see with the naked eye, but they are able to hide out in small cracks and crevices.
Spotting Bed Bug Bites
In most cases, bed bug bites are painless. Later, the bites can become large welts that itch. If you see a mark on your body, inspect it carefully before calling in the pest experts. A bed bug bite will not include a red spot in the center, so if you see one, you may have a bite from another pest.
How Do Bed Bugs Get Into Homes?
Often, people bring bed bugs home with them from other locations. If you spend time in a place that is infested, then the creatures can travel with you in suitcases, on a piece of clothing or by hitching a ride in your purse or backpack.
Initial infestations are tough to spot because the signs are subtle until the bugs really make themselves at home by reproducing. However, if you have unexplained itchy welts on your body, you may have a bed bug infestation. As more of them appear, you could see defecation marks on your sheets or other fabric covered items. You may also spot an adult. Over time, the pests will begin to emit a musty odor.
Getting Rid of Them
The most effective method for dealing with bed bugs is to let a pest control company handle it. Often, when homeowners attempt to tackle bed bug infestations with commercial products, they fail. With bed bug exterminations, the cheapest option isn’t the best choice.
We use a combination of treatment methods to get rid of these pests in your home. Our technicians are trained to manage liquid chemicals in addition to aerosols. This step may require three different substances. For professional bed bug extermination, we typically use a chemical that kills the bugs as soon as the substance comes into contact with them. We may also use one that is lasting to continue eliminating them. The third chemical is a specially formulated dust, and this works by settling into your home’s cracks and crevices to kill the bugs in the places where they hide. Depending on the infestation level, we may need to complete a heat treatment. Our experts will assess the infestation before recommending a treatment option.
Bring in the Professionals
While it may be tempting to purchase a chemical agent in the store or online to get rid of bed bugs, fight the urge. These are not your grandmother’s bed bugs, so bring in the professionals. Contact us at Extermitech for all of your pest control needs.