Bed bugs tend to bite at night when you are still and sleeping. Bed bug bites are not known to be painful, but they do cause an itchy welt. Unlike fleas, which tend to bite you only around your feet and ankles, bed bugs bite you anywhere there is exposed skin. The bites are red but don't have a red dot in the middle as a flea bite does. Most people don’t know they have bed bugs. If they do have bites on their skin, they usually associate the bites with other insects like mosquitoes. To confirm you have bed bugs, you must inspect your beds and furniture. Call us to help you with the inspection of your home for bed bugs.
This Is How To Deal With Bed Bugs
Because bed bugs are so small and can hide in tiny, hard to see areas, getting rid of them for good requires a multi-step process. Your linens and other clothing shouldn't be treated with pesticide, so you would have to wash/launder all the washable items from the infected area in hot water. The water has to be about 120 degrees to kill off any bed bugs or eggs on the linens and clothing. To treat the infected room, call upon Pest Proof Pest Management to fumigate your room. After you treat the place, it would be a good idea to dismantle all the furniture, remove all dresser drawers and give everything a thorough wipe down. Vacuum the room or rooms thoroughly and extensively. Use your vacuum attachments to reach all crevices and corners. Do not use the brush attachment to vacuum for bed bugs as you may transfer bed bugs and their eggs to other rooms through the bristles. Our pest control company wants to be your first line of attack at those pesky bed bugs. Call us at your earliest convenience.
Useful Information About Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are a huge nuisance. They do not live in colonies like ants or nests like bees and wasps. Bed bugs tend to stick together in groups. They usually live in bed mattresses, box springs and headboards; there they have easy access to their meals, you. Bed bugs feed off of your blood. Their bites are not fatal, but they do itch and are annoying. A bed bug can go from egg to full-sized adult in about a month. During that transition, they must feed. The immature bed bugs often called “Nymphs”, shed their skin five times before reaching full adult size. Bed bugs have to feed before shedding their skin.
Bed bugs produce three or more generations in a year. The females lay a few hundred eggs that are the size of a speck of dust. A bed bugs’ bite is not proven to carry disease, but they do cause itching and irritation on the area where bitten. If you are visiting a hotel, it is a good rule of thumb to check the mattress and linens for bed bugs before you or your family lay in it. This same rule can go for your beds at home as well. If you have any doubts, feel free to call on us, to come and inspect your home for those pesky bed bugs.
Bed bugs can’t fly, but they can travel very quickly across your floor. They mostly find their way into homes, undetected, by luggage, clothing or used furniture. Their flat bodies make it easy to conceal themselves deep within cracks and crevices of said items. Bed bugs stay in groups, but in time they do scatter throughout your home. They may move to other rooms and other pieces of furniture. With the breeding rate, this type of migration can become a big problem if not treated quickly.
How To Identify Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are hard to see if you are not directly looking at them. They are typically flat, oval and a brownish or black color. Once the bed bugs feed, their bodies expand, and they turn a reddish hue. A bed bug’s body is made of a head, thorax and abdomen. The proboscis is a small tube located under the bed bug’s mouth and elongates when the bed bug is ready to feed. Although bed bugs do have wings in a sense, they cannot fly. They cannot fly because the wings are not fully grown and are considered wing pads which are underdeveloped wings. Pest Proof Pest Management wants to help you prevent bed bugs from attacking your or your family.