Bed Bug Pest Control
What gives you the creeps? Is it something that goes bump in the night, a howling wind, thoughts of ghosts and goblins or … blood sucking minions living in your mattress? It could be Bed Bugs. These blood suckers get their name from their preference to feed on a bed’s occupants at night, while people sleep comfortably. The good news is that they don’t transmit disease, although some people may have an allergic reaction. The bad news is that they are very difficult to eliminate. If you suspect you are being bitten by Bed Bugs, if you have red itchy marks or see small reddish bugs in your sleeping quarters, read on and call us for more information. You need a professional to identify and eradicate Bed Bugs.
Bed Bug Treatment
Bed Bugs are “hitchhikers” extraordinaire! They will hide in suitcases, boxes and shoes to be near a food supply. They are elusive, nocturnal creatures and can hide behind baseboards, electrical switch plates, picture frames, even wall paper. But, they prefer to be in bed with you. They feed for a few minutes at night and hide in your mattress, box spring or favorite recliner, all the while making more Bed Bugs!
Bed Bugs feed only on blood, usually from mammals or birds. Their life cycle, under good conditions, takes 4-5 weeks. They attach their small pearly-whitish eggs to surfaces, usually in crevices (harborages) where the bugs hide in loose groups or clusters. A female may lay 200 – 500 eggs in her lifetime. These bugs will often produce a series of bites in “rows,” or fairly straight lines, usually along an edge beside an item of clothing or a bed sheet which was lying against their human host’s skin at the time the bugs fed. Bed Bugs give off a distinctive, “musty, sweetish” odor, which may be obvious to many humans’ sense of smell, where a number of bugs have congregated in a shared harborage. Fewer than 50 adult bugs (based on actual collected specimens), along with their offspring, present for no more than a few weeks, have been observed to produce such a detectable odor. They routinely deposit partially digested remnants of prior blood meals in their hiding places, as a “rusty” or tarry residue.
Treatment and Customer Preparation
Graduate recommends traditional spray treatments to our customers. It represents the best value as it is more affordable compared to alternative heat treatments.
There is a lot that goes into a successful series of treatments (3) so please call our office for a free consultation and preparation information.
When traveling, and occasionally at home, remember to check your bed sheets for tell-tale blood spots or active bugs. When traveling, remember to check suitcases after returning home. Bed Bugs are elusive creatures, so it is imperative to seek professional pest control services to address an infestation.