Everyone has heard the old saying “goodnight don't let the Bed bugs bite”. But if you have Bed bugs then it's out of your control. Bed bugs are parasites that feed on blood. They hitchhike from place to place by their hosts in material items like furniture, clothing, and electronics. The most common place Bed bugs are found are in hotels / motels, apartments, and homes. Bed bugs have been found in other places like schools, hospitals, public transportation and even retail stores. This means that if you have been to or visited one of these places than you could have been exposed to Bed bugs. When Bed bugs are introduced into your home it doesn't take long for an infestation to occur.
Bed bugs: The common Bed bug is visible to the naked eye. Adult Bed bugs are brown to reddish-brown, oval shaped, flattened, and about 1/4 to 5/8 inch long. Their flat shape enables them to hide in cracks and crevices. After a blood meal, the body elongates and becomes swollen. Eggs are not known to be placed on the host’s body but are found on surfaces near where the host sleeps or nests. Bed bugs have a beak like piercing/sucking mouth part system. Adults have small, stubby, nonfunctional wing pads. Newly hatched nymphs are nearly colorless, becoming brownish as they mature. Nymphs have the general appearance of adults. Eggs are white and about 1/32 inch long.
Although the preferred host is human, Bed bugs will feed on other animals, such as poultry, mice, rats, birds, dogs, and cats if necessary. They normally feed at night, but may feed in the daylight in rooms that are not used at night. The life cycle stages of a Bed bug are egg, nymph, and adult. The females lay about 200 eggs, usually at the rate of three or four a day, in cracks and crevices in the floor or bed. Females lay eggs after a blood meal. Eggs will hatch in one or two weeks into nymphs. Newly hatched nymphs begin feeding immediately. At room temperature, and with an available food supply, the nymph period will last 14 to 30 days. Bed bugs shed their skin five times before becoming adults. They will mate soon after becoming mature, so under favorable conditions, the time from egg hatching to egg producing will be four to nine weeks.
Bed bugs are not usually considered to be disease carriers. They do suck blood from their host with piercing mouth parts but the bite is painless. The skin may become irritated or inflamed due to the salivary fluid injected by the Bed bugs. A small, hard, swollen, white welt may develop at the site of each bite. Bed bugs do not live under the skin. If you experience biting sensations during the day, it may be an allergic condition.
To prepare for treatment, a customer should: wash and dry all bedding at hot temperatures, remove all pillows and either dry clean or replace them, inspect mattress for brown or black spots, and vacuum to remove dust, lint, and other matter from the mattress, its cover and the box springs. After vacuuming, remove the vacuum bag, place it in a sealed plastic bag and discard it.
If you think you have a Bed bug problem then there are a few signs to look for.
# 1. Seeing the Bed bugs of course is the number 1 sign of a Bed bug issue. Adult Bed bugs are brown to reddish-brown, oval shaped, flattened, and about 1/4 to 5/8 inch long.
# 2. Bites... The skin may become irritated or inflamed due to the salivary fluid injected by the Bed bugs. A small, hard, swollen, white welt may develop at the site of each bite. Bed bugs do not live under the skin. If you experience biting sensations during the day, it may be an allergic condition.
# 3. Spots on your bedding. These spots are more than likely dark brown to black in color and resemble a pepper like substance. After Bed bugs feed they return to their harborage area and defecate, this is dried up and digested blood.
# 4. Finding Bed bug skins around your bedding means that you have a real infestation on your hands. Bed bugs shed their skin or molt their skin after they feed, this is a sign that they are feeding and healthy and happy.
If you are still not sure, Affordable Termite & Pest Control, LLC can come out to your home and inspect it. There is a Bed bug inspection fee. Bed bug inspections take time and can be very labor intensive. BED BUG INSPECTIONS ARE NOT FREE. Now if you know you have Bed bugs, then Affordable Termite & Pest Control, LLC can give you a Free Estimate to control them.
Affordable Termite & Pest Control LLC only offers a chemical treatment using professional chemicals designed specifically to target and treat Bed bugs. The actual Bed bug treatment is done by not only treating your home, but by treating infested furniture like mattresses, box springs, headboards, bed frame railing, night stands, dressers, tables, desks...etc. We recommend that if a certain item is heavily infested with Bed bugs that it be removed from the home and taken to your local city dump. Bed bug treatments are very time consuming and labor intensive, treating an average size home can take all day for a technician sometimes, depending on how much furniture and size of home that is being treated. Affordable Termite & Pest Control, LLC does not warranty or guarantee Bed bug work. A one-time Bed bug treatment will not totally control A Bed bug infestation. It is always recommended to have multiple follow up treatments for Bed bug Control, all at additional costs.
For more information, please call Affordable Termite & Pest Control, LLC. (254) 368-1206