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BED BUGS AND YOU

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Bed bugs are worrisome household pests. They can be extremely hard to find and can pose potential health risks for you and your family. Bed bugs multiply quickly, so early detection is critical to help prevent an even larger infestation. A bed bugs only source of nutrition is blood. In order to mature into adults a bed bug must feed once during each of the stages in their life cycle. Adult females also need blood in order to produce eggs. Although bedbugs do bite humans, they are not known to transmit diseases to people and describe the services you offer. Let us alleviate the anxiety of a bed bug infestation. Call  us today to come up with a bed bug treatment plan. 

HOW DID I GET BED BUGS?

Bed bugs can come from other infested areas or from used furniture. Bed bugs can be brought home from populated public areas such as movie theaters, buses, or classrooms. Bed bugs can travel between rooms in multi-unit buildings, such as apartment complexes and hotels. They are hitchhikers and can ride in luggage, purses, backpacks, or other items placed on soft or upholstered surfaces. Bed bugs can also be brought into the home in used clothes and furniture.

SIGNS OF BED BUG ACTIVITY

The presence of bed bug feces on mattresses, blood spots found on sheets, shed exoskeleton’s, and bites are some of the indications of a bed bug infestation. Bites are commonly found on the parts of the body that are more likely to be exposed to bed bugs during sleep – the hands, neck, face, shoulders, legs and arms. While not always true, bed bug bites can be together in groups of three in a small area and seen occurring in a line or a zig-zag pattern.

Bed Bug Feces

Feces can appear to be tiny black dots and can be found anywhere a bed bug may live including in your bed, linen, leather couch, sofa, recliner, cushions, mattress, dresser, furniture, clothes, sheets. They often look like tiny black dots from the tip of a marker. 

Eggs and Shed Casings 

When bed bugs molt into their next life stage, they shed the old skin casings. Bed bug shed casings look like empty bed bug shells, only lighter. Bed bug eggs are smaller and are more difficult to see than feces or shed casings but can provide another sign of bed bug presence. Eggs are pearly white, found in small groupings, and are one millimeter long or roughly the size of a grain of rice.

Bed Bug Bites

Bites are commonly found on the parts of the body that are more likely to be exposed to bed bugs during sleep – the hands, neck, face, shoulders, legs, and arms. While not always true, bed bug bites can be together in groups of three in a small area and seen occurring in a line or a zig-zag pattern.

WHAT DO BED BUGS LOOK LIKE?

Bedbugs are small, rust colored or brownish, have a flat, oval-shaped body, six legs each, two antennae, and do not have wings. Adolescent, or nymph, bed bugs can be 2 millimeters to 5 millimeters in length. A fully grown adult bed bug are normally a quarter of an inch long or larger. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed.

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WHAT DO BED BUGS EAT?

A bed bugs only source of nutrition is blood. To mature into adults a bed bug must feed once during each of the stages in their life cycle. Adult females also need blood to produce eggs. Although bedbugs do bite humans, they are not known to transmit diseases to people.

DO HOME REMEDIES, ALCOHOL, OR STORE-BOUGHT CHEMICALS WORK?

Many people when discovering they have bed bugs try a variety of different treatment methods to get rid of their bed bug infestation. Unfortunately, these methods do not work on bed bugs. Diatomaceous Earth, natural oils, and or dryer sheets will not kill bed bugs in most cases. Many of the over-the-counter chemicals, foggers, or “bug bombs” listed to kill bed bugs will have no effect on them unless coming in direct contact with them and in heavy or dangerous doses. Finally, alcohol will not kill bed bugs either. So much alcohol must be used that the bed bugs are essentially being drowned and in this case the alcohol can pose as a serious fire hazard.

HOW CAN I AVOID BRINGING BED BUGS INTO MY HOME?

When travelling, smooth, hard-cased luggage is recommended as bed bugs will have difficulty climbing the smooth surfaces and hiding in the lack of cracks and crevices. When staying in a hotel, always place your bag on a suitcase stand rather than on the bed or floor. Keep the rack away from walls or furniture so bed bugs cannot climb up the wall and onto the luggage. When returning home, wash the clothes from your trip and put them in a hot dryer. Before bringing new or used furniture into the home be sure to inspect them thoroughly. Look in seams, tufts and under cushions of furniture. Wash and dry any used clothing such as those found at thrift stores. If you believe you were in a place that could have had bed bugs or met someone that could possibly have had bed bugs, taking the clothes off you were wearing in the garage the putting them directly in the washer and dryer can help lower the possibility of infecting your home.

SLEEP WELL TONIGHT, DON'T LET THE BED BUGS BITE

An Elite Pest and Termite bed bug service always starts with a thorough inspection of your home including mattresses, box springs, couches, and other possible harborage areas. Our Elite Team uses state-of-the-art tools and products and is more than equipped to assess your bed bug problem and design a proper response to liberate your home from bed bug activity and provide protection as well as ensure your peace of mind.

WE CAN HELP YOU!

An Elite Pest and Termite bed bug treatment always starts with a thorough inspection of your home including mattresses, box springs, couches, and other possible harborage areas. Elite Pest and Termite uses state-of-the-art tools and products and is more than equipped to assess your bed bug problem and design a proper response to rid your home of bed bug activity and provide protection as well as ensure your peace of mind.

Let us alleviate the anxiety of a bed bug infestation in your home. Call us today to come up with a bed bug treatment plan.

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