Bed Bug Infestations
Words can play tricks with our minds, take the word infestation, this is not a good sounding word. Make that bed bug infestations, and it becomes a really discomforting phrase. But, this phrase describes something that’s going on around us every day. Loyal Termite & Pest Control want you to know about this.
Recent data collected by the National Pest Management Association from among 1000 pest control company’s, interviewed showed:
- Bed bug calls have increased 81% since 2000
- 76% of the companies said that bed bugs are the most difficult pest to remove
- 90% of companies have treated bed bugs in homes or apartments
- A female bed bug can produce up to 400 offspring
Controlling a Bed Bug Infestation
It all begins with your taking early and swift action. Loyal Termite & Pest Control recommends that you begin by “knowing your enemy.” If asked, most people could not describe a bed bug. With this in mind here’s a thumbnail sketch for you.
- Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown, wingless, can easily be seen with the naked eye, and are about the size of an apple seed.
- Immature bed bugs are also visible to the naked eye but they are smaller than adults, and translucent whitish-yellow.
- Bed bug eggs are also tiny, about the size of the head of a pin.
- Depending on their feeding cycle an unfed bed bug can look like a flat disc. Once the bed bug downs its meal of blood it blows up like a balloon.
Other signs of a possible bed bug infestation include the presence of itching bites. Fecal spots, molted skins, and aggregations. If heavily infested your home will have an offensive, sweet, musty scent released from the bed bug sweat glands. You may also notice fecal matter, shed skins, eggs cases in the seams and cracks of your mattress. If you are noticing these symptoms of a bedbug infestation it is time to call Loyal Termite & Pest Control.
Where is Bed Bug Infestations Most Likely to Occur?
- Along mattress seams, in the tufts, and under the mattress tags
- Behind the headboard
- Inside the holes for set-in screws
- Along wood creases in the box springs or in bed frames
- Where the box springs fabric is stapled to the wood frame
- Behind loose wallpaper or chipped paint
- Under the base of the air conditioner
- Beneath the wood framing that holds the bar in the closet
- Along the interior frame of closet doors
- Behind baseboards
- Inside the baseboard heaters
- Inside curtain rods, and on the curtains near the top where they are pleated
- In personal belongings, including books, stuffed animals, picture frames
- and hundreds of other locations
So You Suspect a Bed Bug Infestation…What’s Next?
If you suspect a bed bug infestation or find symptoms of bed bugs the first thing you need to know is that as long as they have a meal in the form of a sleeping body their number will grow. That bed bug infestation will not just “go away.” The only way to rid your home of the bed bug is through eradication.
Here are two tips from Loyal Termite & Pest Control.
- Attempt to identify and isolate the bed bug infestations habitat.
- Call or contact Loyal Termite & Pest Control for quick service with proven results.