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There is no need to suffer from Bed Bugs!

Who are you sleeping with tonight?

The common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, is fast becoming the most worrisome indoor pest of this generation.  In a few short years, bed bugs have become a global pandemic. Bed bugs are changing the way people live and travel – just like they did in the past. Bed bugs are wingless, oval shaped, flattened bugs, about 6 mm long and resembling an apple seed.

When they have not had a blood meal they are pale brown in color but become reddish brown to mahogany when fully fed on blood.  The head has fairly large antennae and the mouthparts are well adapted to piercing the skin. Young bed bugs (nymphs) are nearly colorless and become brownish as they mature. Bed bugs can crawl up vertical surfaces of wood, paper and plaster, but are unable to crawl up smooth polished surfaces.

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A bed bug infestation, unless caught early, is probably the hardest pest infestation a pest management

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Where do they live?

Bed bugs are found wherever people sleep within a property.  They can be carried into the home on luggage brought in after a stay in an infested home or dwelling.  Bed bugs can also enter the home on second-hand furniture and in rare cases brought in on a person’s clothes.  Bed bugs do not have a preference on dirty or clean.

Bed bugs are nocturnal and spend most of their time hiding in areas such as floor cracks, under carpets, behind loose wallpaper or pictures, loose skirting boards and door frames, and the surrounding areas of infested rooms.  They commonly appear in the seams, piping and buttons of bed mattresses and in/on/around bedroom furniture.

Modern buildings often allow bed bugs to migrate along between apartments, condominiums, hotel rooms, offices, all with common walls, spreading the problem to areas away from the original infestation.

What do they eat?

Bed bugs feed exclusively on blood, normally every 3-4 days and generally only in darkness.  Although human blood is preferred, they can survive on blood from dogs, cats, rabbits and rodents etc.  Bed bugs can survive extreme starvation and have been known to survive for up to 12 months without feeding.

What are the signs of infestation?

Aside from live sightings, evidence of fecal spots near cracks and crevices, on bed linen and bed frames can be signs of infestation.  If there are bed bugs in sufficient numbers, an unpleasant almond-like smell may be detected in infested rooms.  A thorough inspection by one of our technicians is highly advised if you suspect anything at all.

Are bed bugs a health hazard?

The close association of bed bugs with humans can cause a substantial nuisance through the blood feeding habits.  Bites often result in a hard, white swelling – unlike flea bites, which leave a dark red spot.  Itching caused by bites and the possibility of secondary infection caused by scratching is most common.  If infestation is severe then there can be risk of anemia.

Bed bugs are not known at this time to be carriers of human disease.

How can I prevent a bed bug infestation?

Bed bugs are often carried from infested premises in luggage, second hand furniture etc.  Careful inspection of these articles should be made if there are any doubts about their origin.  This is not an easy task.  If you suspect a bed bug infestation, do NOT remove anything (especially lines, luggage, vacuums, or furniture) from that room.  If there is an infestation, you will likely spread it to other parts of the building by hitchhiking bed bugs.

Whether you live in a single family home, apartment, or condominium we have the solution for any bed bug problem.  Our methods include tent fumigation, heat and steam treatment, insecticide application and on-going monitoring.  Whatever bed bug needs you have, we have the solution.  Call today for an on-site analysis and let us customize a program for you.

Good night. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.

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