Bed bugs are tiny insects that feed on warm-blooded animals, often humans, and also birds, rodents, cats, and dogs. They feed mostly at night and are often only detected after the victim starts seeing telltale bed bug bites, which look like a rash, reddened skin, or blisters.
Let a YardDoc pest technician evaluate the extent of the infestation and design a treatment program to get rid of them.
Apart from bite marks, you may see live bed bugs, red or rust-colored stains on your bedding, small white eggs or egg casings, or brown excrement. Bed bugs are about 3/16 of an inch long with a flattened, oval, reddish-brown body. They are sometimes mistaken for fleas; but unlike fleas, bedbugs don’t jump.
Do it yourself pest control usually doesn’t work, but here are some methods you can try.
They spread in very much the same way that fleas do, by a host (luggage, furniture, etc.) that travels from place to place. Hotels are considered the main channel through which bed bugs are spread. They can also be spread when an item of infested furniture or other material is brought inside your home, such as a mattress, couch, duffle bag, suitcase, or clothing.
Females lay their eggs in secluded places, with one female able to lay hundreds of eggs during her lifetime. The eggs are tiny and hard to see without a magnifying device. Eggs hatch in about a week and the nymphs are straw-colored, about the size of a pinhead.
Like fleas, bed bugs can survive months without feeding. They hide during the day, staying close to nighttime food sources (like you and your pets). They prefer the seams of mattresses and box springs, bed frames and headboards, tiny cracks in baseboard, and even inside nightstands.
However, they will feed by day when a food source is offered. You could get bit while you’re watching television in an infested reclining chair or sofa; or while taking an afternoon nap in your bedroom. Usually, you won’t feel them biting you.
Do not bring used mattresses, furniture, or clothing into your home without a meticulous inspection. Also, check your sleeping and resting areas every few months for signs so you can eradicate them before they grow to an infestation.
It takes several treatments, over several weeks, to inspect, treat, and exterminate bed bugs. Practice prevention techniques and monitor hiding places even after treatment exterminates them.
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