About Bed Bugs
These tenacious pests are about 3/8″ long and are visible to the naked eye in their adult form. Amazingly, they are able to go without food for as long as a year. After getting their fill of blood, the females will lay eggs in batches of up to 200 at a time.
A bed bug will feed on your blood while you are sleeping. You cannot feel its bite, even though it is actually piercing the skin. Although some saliva will get into the bite, bed bugs are not known to pass on any diseases to humans. An unexplained rash on the skin may be your first sign that you have bed bugs. Keep in mind that about half of all folks bitten will not get this irritating rash.
Bed bugs are not limited to the bed and bedding, some will hide in mattresses, some may also hide in a sofa or chair, or behind wall paper or pictures. Getting rid of your mattress will not solve your bed bug problem. Bed bugs are very small and are excellent hiders.
How Bed Bugs Enter Your Home
We are experiencing a widespread recurrence of bed bugs in the United States and abroad. The most significant factor that explains their return is the increase in international travel. Bed bugs easily hitchhike on your clothing or luggage and are brought into your home where they reproduce rapidly and turn into an infestation. Cleanliness makes no difference although clutter can make control difficult. Even the finest hotels are not immune to a bed bug infestation.
If you are concerned about an infestation you can learn more from the National Pest Management Association on how to conduct your own bed bug inspection.
Controlling Bed Bugs:
Control requires a thorough treatment plan and the help of a pest professional. Bed bugs are not a do-it-yourself pest and at-home measures will only allow the pest to further infest your dwelling ultimately making control that much harder.
To properly prepare for our bed bug service we ask that you follow these guidelines (link to bed bug preparation guide).