In the last few years, bed bugs have made a huge resurgence. Bed bugs can be flat or round-shaped and the adult is about the size of an apple seed. These insects are very good at hiding in small cracks or crevices. Good places to inspect for them include mattress folds, box springs, behind the headboard, electrical outlets, baseboards, end tables, drapes, etc.
Bed bugs are found across the world and are not limited to certain economic areas and locations. They have been found everywhere from cheap motels to five-star resorts to buses. It doesn’t matter how clean a place is, either. They are most commonly found where people sleep and usually not more than eight feet from these areas.
Bed bugs feed on the blood of specific mammals, some of which require certain blood to produce eggs. Warm blood is preferable, but they are known to seek food wherever they can. These insects are not just on your bed and are active at night.
The bites will be swollen and red and they may also itch. They can appear in a straight line or be randomly placed along different areas of the body. Symptoms include insomnia, skin problems, and anxiety. Severe symptoms include enlarged bites and even anaphylaxis in the worst cases.
Even if you don’t find much, if you suspect you have a bed bug infestation, call us immediately to control them. We can also develop a monitoring and protection plan for your home or office to help prevent future infestations.
Pest management professionals will inspect your home when you call for bed bug treatments. They can locate areas of infestation and recommend a treatment plan. A combination of formulations (dusts, liquids, aerosols), can be used to treat bed bugs. Prevention methods can also be discussed for protection after an infestation has been eliminated.
When should you get treatment?