Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are a small wingless bug which feed on blood, normally at night.  They prefer human blood but will also feed on other warm blooded animals.  Bed bug pest control is not recommended for do it  yourself methods.  Signs of bed bugs have started to re-appear across America and are now a widespread problem.

 

Why do I have bed bugs?

Pictures of Bed Bugs - bed bug exterminationBed bugs are transported about on their host either on their clothes or in their luggage, perhaps after a vacation or business trip.  You may not know that you have them at first as they are extremely shy and wary.  Bed bugs are not a sign of bad sanitation or housekeeping issues but tend to be a problem in areas with high occupancy turnover rates.  Homes, commercial buildings, dormitories, libraries, hospitals are just some of the places that bed bugs get into.

 

Signs of bed bugs

Signs of bed bugs can be initially found in the mattress as they like to hide in the tufts, folds and seams.  If you see any small black or brown stains on the mattress then it’s very likely these are fecal spots from the bed bugs.

Once they start to spread out in the room they like to hide behind baseboards, cracks in plaster or behind loosened wallpaper.  You may find molted “skins” near these places in which case it’s likely that you have a bed bug infestation.  Seriously bed bug infested homes may have a “buggy” smell which is an odor that has been described as obnoxious sweetness.

As to what a bed bug looks like, then an adult bed bugs can be seen with the naked eye and are reddish brown in colour and about the size of an apple seed.

 

Getting rid of bed bugs

signs of bed bugs - bed bug exterminationBed bugs are extremely hard to get rid of, just because they are so small and the areas where they like to hide.  A bed bug exterminator like Four Seasons or HomeTown is best called to deal with any bed bug infestation.

 

What can I do in the future to prevent bed bugs

  • After travelling make sure that you wash all clothes and vacuum suitcases.
  • Checking bedsheets for signs like tell tale blood spots.  Bed bugs feed every 5-7 days and their appearance changes to a more prominent red color.  Blood contains a lot of water so bed bugs condense their meals and excrete some of the excess liquid as waste.  Signs of this can be easily seen on surfaces of mattress and are fecal spots which are black in color.
  • Bed bugs like to hide not only in the bed but in cracks and crevices.
  • Don’t bring in second hand furniture in off the street.

 

Can I get rid of bed bugs myself?

Because of their elusive nature and the fact they can hide in the smallest crack bed bugs are really hard to get rid of.  The do it yourself bed bug repellants don’t work as they are just not effective.  It has been known that people have died from the misuse of bed bug foggers and on that basis we do not recommend these types of treatments.

 

Fast, effective bed bug extermination

Bed bugs are hard to find because they like to hide in cracks and crevices.  During our bed bug pest control inspection we complete a thorough investigation throughout your property.  Based on our findings we advise the best way forward based on your circumstances and we also provide preventive pest control measures.

At Four Seasons and HomeTown Pest Control we understand bed bugs and where they like to hide.  By using a professional pest control company like ourselves you don’t have to worry about the dangers of home treatments for bed bug treatments or other pest problems.  If you think you have bed bugs, get in contact with us today to see how we can help.