Bed bugs only feed on blood. Under cool conditions, bed bugs have been able to survive up to a year without a meal. They prefer to be more active at night when the host is asleep.
Bed bugs are found in cracks and crevices, including mattress seams, sheets, furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames. Often found in hotels, where they can travel from room to room and in visitors’ luggage or other personal belongings such as purses and briefcases.
Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
Seeing the bugs. Adult bed bugs are about the shape and size of an apple seed.
Case skins. As the juvenile bugs grow, they shed their skins, discovery of which can indicate their presence.
Defecation. After feeding, bed bugs return to their harborage to hide where they defecate
black to brown stains on porous surfaces or black to brown mounds on nonporous surfaces.
Bites also may indicate bed bug activity, but further signs will need to be found, since other sources can cause red welts on the skin.
Cultural Control & Preventative Measures
You can pick up bed bugs almost anywhere — offices, stores, hotels and gyms for starters. They’re great at hiding and have been known to hitchhike in luggage, personal belongings or even you. Once indoors, they can be very difficult to control without the help of an experienced pest specialist. You can reduce your chances of a costly bed bug infestation by catching them early.
Remove all clutter from your home, which makes finding bed bugs easier.
Wash and dry your bed linens on the hottest temperature permitted.
Closely inspect any second-hand furniture before bringing it in your home.
Inspect your home after moving, trips, service calls or overnight guests.
Professional Control Inspection
If you have seen evidence of bed bugs or want to help protect your home against this multiplying intruder, your A Pest City Professional will come and inspect your home.
Bed bugs are sneaky and hard to find, but your Pest City Professional is trained to pinpoint evidence if they are around. On the first visit, he will examine your entire home including the bed, furniture, rugs, and linens. He will conduct an inspection of target areas, and if required, use tools to check cracks and crevices.
Your Pest City Professional will usually start in the bedroom and work his way through your home, concentrating on the furniture and the areas immediately surrounding the furniture. He will look for signs of bed bugs including:
Live or dead bed bugs
Skins cast off during the molting process
Small spots of reddish-black fecal material
Tiny cream-colored eggs usually found in dark crevices
Getting the Job Done
Upon completion of the inspection and an assessment of the situation, your Pest City Professional will recommend the best course of action. If the inspection confirms an infestation, your Pest City Professional will recommend a treatment plan based on the severity of the infestation and your preferences.He will use the best tools and science to address the causes and treat your bed bug problem in the best way for your family, pets, and the environment. This implementation method targets bed bugs as well as the bed bug larvae — preventing them from maturing into breeding, biting, and potentially disease-carrying adults.
A Year-Round Solution
Bed bugs never sleep, and unfortunately, they can visit any time without notice. Professional treatments can take three to four visits to eradicate the problem. Because early detection is so critical, The Pest City Professional can come back periodically to monitor your home and help prevent an infestation. During these visits he will also check for new pests while making sure bed bugs have not arrived unannounced. If he sees something new or suspicious, he will investigate. Your Pest City Professional will document your progress and any problems that may arise to ensure the best maintenance approach for your home.