Don't Suffer From Biting Bed Bugs

Detection

Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown, oval wingless insects about 3/16 inch long (or the size of an apple seed) that belong to the Cimicidae family. They hide in cracks and crevices including mattress seams, sheets, furniture, baseboards and electrical outlet plates. Often found in hotels where they can travel from room to room and in visitors’ luggage. Females can lay between one and five eggs each day and may lay 200-500 eggs in their lifetime. In normal room temperatures, and with adequate food supply, they can live for more than 300 days. Bed bugs are difficult to detect, but are often found close together and have a distinctive sweet, but unpleasant, smell. Blood spotting on mattresses and nearby furnishings are one of the most common signs of a bed bug infestation. Their bites leave itchy welts on the skin and can cause allergic reactions that include severe itching. Bed bugs are distributed worldwide due to human travelers transporting luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture.

Treatment

Bed bugs can hitch a ride on people, in luggage and personal belongings. Once indoors they can be very difficult to eradicate without the help of an experienced pest control professional. A bed bug infestation by itself has nothing to do with cleanliness, but you can reduce your chances of a costly bed bug infestation by catching them early. Treatment of active bed bugs is done using a variety of methods including steam to kill the bed bugs and their eggs in places with likely human contact followed by residual treatments in box springs, hard furniture and wall voids to provide long-term control. Heat is an environmentally friendly process that involves heating the infested area and its contents to a high temperature and holding it for a predetermined amount of time to eradicate bed bugs as well as a variety of other pests.

Prevention

Encasements for beds stop bed bug infestations from spreading and help prevent future infestations. These encasements are soft to the touch and conform to fit any mattress, box spring or pillow and are also available for sofas, love seats and recliners.

When Traveling

Simply following a few basic tips will help you to reduce the chances of introducing bed bugs into your home or business.

  • Look for tiny, rust-colored spots on bed sheets, mattresses and bed skirts
  • Look under mattresses, bed frames, behind headboards, drawers and furniture
  • Keep your luggage off the floor and away from walls and picture frames
  • Examine your luggage and belongings carefully while repacking and upon returning home
  • Put all clothing from your luggage immediately in the clothes dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest heat setting

Think You Might Have A Bed Bug Infestation?

Contact us immediately or contact your property management if you are renting. Bed bugs can multiply quickly and early detection is critical to prevent an even larger infestation.