If you are reading this, you are having a bedbug problem, or you suspect that you have a problem.
What we do at the time of the inspection is to check the rooms or areas of infestation carefully. Depending on the level of infestation, we may ask you to wash all linens, clothes, or drapes in the room.
For the actual treatment, we would ask that the beds and furniture are off the walls to give us room to maneuver easily.
A variety of treatment options are used to treat the area, including steaming and vacuuming.
We follow up with an inspection within 3 - 4 weeks of the initial treatment. In the event of re-infestation, we would offer to carry out remedial treatments to exterminate the bedbugs.
Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color.
Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime.
Immature bedbugs, called nymphs, shed their skins five times before reaching maturity and require a meal of blood before each shedding.
Under favorable conditions, the bugs can develop fully in as little as a month and produce three or more generations per year.
Although they are a nuisance, they do not transmit diseases.
Where Bed Bugs Hide
Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card.
Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night.
Signs of Infestation
If you wake up with itchy areas you didn't have when you went to sleep, you may have bedbugs, particularly if you got a used bed or other used furniture around the time the bites started. Other signs that you have bedbugs include:
Bloodstains on your sheets or pillowcases
Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bedclothes, and walls.
Bedbug fecal spots, eggshells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide
An offensive, musty odor from the bugs' scent glands
If you suspect an infestation, remove all bedding and check it carefully for signs of the bugs or their excrement.
Remove the dust cover over the bottom of the box springs and examine the seams in the wood framing. Peel back the fabric where it is stapled to the wood frame.
Also, check the area around the bed, including inside books, telephones or radios, the edge of the carpet, and even in electrical outlets.
Check your closet, because bedbugs can attach to clothing. Our professionals providing up-to-date pest control services are equipped to handle from the biggest to the smallest outbreak of bedbug infestation.