Bed Bugs Pest Control
Bed bugs are small wingless creatures that feed on human blood as a parasite. They belong to the family Cimicidae and have been a persistent problem to the human community throughout the world. Their naming was done because of their notorious behavior for bedding and furniture. They look oval with a reddish-brown color and is 5-7 millimeters in length. All of them are nocturnal animals who come out at night and feed on their hosts. You can rarely find them for direct interaction because of their unique ability to hide in small cracks and crevices.
Though bed bugs don’t transmit any disease to humans, their bites are intensely itchy, irritating, and uncomfortable. The bite marks are visible as small, red welts and are arranged as a line or cluster. They can infest anywhere – from homes to hospitals. And since bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers who attach themselves to objects and people, they can easily travel from one place to another. Bed bugs are the most resilient pest which can survive for several months without feeding. Almost all bed bug infestation needs a professional pest control service due to the challenges and for effective eradication. Address the bed bugs infestation at 402-691-2920 to Pratt Termite & Pest Control, Inc. so you can be free of these unwanted pest issues.
Signs of Bed Bugs
Unlike other pest infestations, bed bugs leave a lot of signs around your house. The most common sign of a bed bug infestation is the random unexplained bites on your body that are unnecessarily itchy but still, small. It's not necessary to have these reactions with the bites but most people are allergic which means you need to contact a bed bug control professional in case of any bed bug interactions. However, even if you have no reactions to these bites, you are likely to find some small blood stains on your beds or clothes.
The excretion of bed bugs is so dark that they stain fabrics and surfaces. When added with some shed exoskeleton from their molting, you may notice some unusual spots around your house if its infested. While these creatures are small and flat, they are easily visible to the naked eye and you might directly interact with them in case of severe infestations. Further, they have a musty or sweet odor as a result of pheromones which can be a nuisance to you.
Finally, we have the left-behind exoskeletons when they leave the translucent, empty skins around almost anywhere.
Bed bugs are a big challenge for any household, commercial holds, or public spaces like hospitals and parks. You should not engage in any bed bug control operation by yourself without proper guidance because it might backfire and cause serious problems.
Risks and concerns from bed bugs
There are no severe diseases that be caused or transmitted by bed bugs. However, they are still a threat to human and pet health with many secondary concerns.
- Bed bugs can cause skin irritations with their bites that result in redness, itching, and swelling. Some people might even develop severe conditions due to these reactions by scratching the hives excessively leading to blisters or hives.
- People seem to develop a toll on their mental well-being apart from the physical issues due to bed bugs. There are cases of increased anxiety, stress, sleep disturbances, and so on. In addition, they face shame and go for social isolation due to the stigma associated with bed bugs.
- Since these creatures are more active at night and feed on the hosts for their blood during that time, people suffer from sleep deprivation that subsequently goes to fatigue, less productivity, and impaired cognitive function.
- Though this is rare, some people experience respiratory issues like asthma when exposed to bed bugs.
- Some people are seen to have severe risks due to pre-existing conditions. These are usually seen in the elderly or infants or those with compromised immune systems.
How to control bed bugs?
We generally start pest control for bed bugs with a thorough inspection of the areas to know the extent and severity of the infestation. Depending on the reports from the inspection, we create a treatment plan. There are chemical treatments, heat treatments, steam treatments, vacuuming, and freezing treatments. Among these methods, heat treatment is usually better for most situations. Heat can be lethal to bed bugs with temperatures between 1200-1400F or 490-600C.
Then, we have regular follow-up treatments to ensure the working of the treatment method. To prevent future big infestations, we also apply some precautions and provide ongoing bed bugs control services.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Can I use natural remedies to get rid of bed bugs?
Yes, there are some natural remedies for the pest control bed bug but due to the challenges that might occur, we recommend you ask the help from a professional bed bug control service.
- Can a bed bug survive in a clean environment?
Yes, a bed bug can survive in both clean and dirty environments. They depend on the presence of humans and the warmth of their bodies but never care for the cleanliness of their surroundings.
- Can a bed bug fly?
No, bed bugs are incapable of flying due to the lack of wings. However, they can crawl on surfaces and take a hike by attaching themselves to objects or people.
- Can bed bugs be prevented?
It is not possible to guarantee the prevention of bed bugs but you can certainly take some precautions like inspecting a hotel room while traveling, avoiding bringing used furniture without inspection, regularly vacuuming and decluttering the living spaces, etc.
- How long does pest control bed bug treatment take?
The duration of bed bug treatment depends on the extent and severity of the infestation alongside the treatment methods used for eradication. The time might be a few weeks to some months as well.
- Are bed bugs only found in beds?
No, bed bugs are commonly found in beds but they can also infest furniture, wall cracks, floors, baseboards, etc.