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Contact A-1 Bonded Termite for a professional Pest Inspection to determine if you have a bed bug infestation.
Adults are about ¼ inch long and reddish brown to dark brown in color.
- They have oval, flattened bodies that resemble apple seeds.
- They can’t fly, but can run quickly and disperse throughout a structure, much like roaches.
- They feed at night using a piercing beak. These bites can cause an allergic reaction, producing red welts that look – and itch – like mosquito bites.
- They prefer to feed on humans, but will feed on other animals, including pets such as dogs, cats and birds
- They can live for months without a blood meal – which means they can survive while you’re away on vacation or while an unoccupied home is waiting to be sold.
- Despite the fact that they feed on blood, they are not known to spread any diseases. However, they can cause health issues.
- Loss of sleep is the most common effect of a bed bug infestation – along with the issues caused by sleep deprivation, such as (but not limited to):
– Inability to concentrate
– Decreased energy
- Bed bug bites can cause itchy skin rashes or welts
- Some people have allergic reactions to the bites.
- Secondary infections can also be a risk* when itchy bites are scratched open.
*Please note: At-risk populations, such as diabetics or people with compromised immune systems are especially susceptible to secondary infections.
- They spread easily by “hitch-hiking” on people, clothing, and luggage – including computer bags.
- Females lay 1 to 5 eggs per day and 200 to 500 eggs in a lifetime. A bed bug can develop into an adult in just 5 weeks.
- Red, welt-like bites that itch and occur while sleeping
- Dark brown or rusty excrement (spots of dried blood) on mattresses, linens or near the bed
- A peculiar musty, sweet odor may be present in heavily infested areas.
- Insects found in cracks and crevices in bedding, nearby furniture, drapes, carpeting, or behind headboards and picture frames, etc. Bed bugs prefer wood and fabric surfaces to metal and plastic.
If you see any of these signs or suspect that bed bugs are present, contact A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc, to determine if you have a bed bug infestation and to discuss an appropriate treatment plan.
SOLUTIONS FOR BED BUGS:
Each bed bug infestation is unique and, therefore, requires a customized treatment plan. Fumigation is the gold standard approach to bed bug control and required for moderate to severe infestations. However, treatment with residual insecticides can be effective for mild to moderate infestations. Multiple treatments are required because it is difficult to locate all the areas bed bugs are hiding. Bed bugs can fit into a space the thickness of a business card and infestations are often widely dispersed. In some cases, bed bugs have become increasingly resistant to many residual insecticides, increasing the need for bed bug fumigation.
FUMIGATION IS THE BEST OPTION TO TREAT A BED BUG INFESTATION WHEN:
- Infestation is moderate to severe.
- Immediate eradication of bed bugs is required, such as in multi-unit dwellings (hotels, apartments and dormitories), when occupants are highly allergic to bites or when there is zero tolerance for the infestation.
- Repeated crack and crevice applications (liquids, dust and aerosols) have failed.
- Treatments may damage infested materials, such as high value furnishings or custom mattresses.
- Application of residual insecticides (liquids, dusts, aerosols) to all voids, cracks and crevices where bed bugs could hide.