Bed Bug Control For South Florida
Even the cleanest of homes here in the South Florida area can become infested by bed bugs. Whether they were accidentally brought in on already infested furniture or clothing or carried in from a suitcase that may have recently been in a hotel room with bed bugs, Native Pest Management has a solution.
By calling the bed bug control professionals at Native Pest Management, you can rest easy knowing that your home can be free of bed bugs. Continue reading below to learn more about bed bugs and the issues that a bed bug infestation might pose to your home.
Bed Bug Identification
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are small, oval-shaped insects that feed exclusively on the blood of humans and warm-blooded animals. They begin their lives in the nymph stage as a creamy white color and darken as they grow into adults, becoming reddish-brown over time.
Bed bugs are tiny, growing only to around five to seven millimeters - about the size of an apple seed - making infestations difficult to see with the naked eye, especially in the nymph stage of growth.
Bed bugs live all throughout your home and usually gravitate to small fabric areas like the cracks between cushions, mattresses, box springs, and any other upholstered furniture. They will also hide behind electrical outlets and picture frames and even in popcorn ceilings.
What Does A Bed Bug Bite Look Like?
Bed bugs are most active at night, feeding on the blood of unsuspecting homeowners as they sleep. Since bed bugs usually only come out at night, most people don't realize they have bed bugs until bites show up on their bodies.
Since not everyone reacts to bed bug bites, it's possible not to know you have a bed bug problem until someone else in your family starts complaining about bug bites.
Bed bug bites may take anywhere from a few hours to as long as nine days to show up. Some people will have a sensitivity to bed bug saliva, which will cause them to develop lesions that may closely resemble mosquito bites. However, bed bug bites usually do not have a red dot in the center.
Bed bug bites are often mistaken for flea bites, but there are a couple of differences. First, fleas tend to bite around the ankles and extremities while bed bugs prefer to bite on the trunk of your body. Second, fleas tend to bite in random patterns, while bed bug bites tend to be in linear patterns.
How To Determine If You Have Bed Bugs
Bed bugs prefer to hide near where you spend most of your time sleeping or resting. They are attracted to us by our warmth and by the CO2 (carbon dioxide) produced when we exhale.
To determine if your home is infested with bed bugs, it is best to begin by carefully searching along the seams of your bed and box spring with a flashlight. We recommend thoroughly inspecting your headboard and any furniture where you or your family spend a significant amount of time resting. You'll find approximately 80% of bed bugs within three to five feet of your bed's headboard.
Besides looking for bed bugs themselves, there are several signs of their presence that can alert you to an infestation. Small red dots of blood on your sheets or blankets, brown or tan streaks of fecal matter, and discarded skins and egg casings are all signs of a bed bug infestation.
Call Native Pest Management today to schedule your FREE same day bed bug inspection - servicing all of Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Leon counties.
Our Bed Bug Control Process
If you cannot visibly see any signs of bed bugs, but think you may have them, contact the bed bug control experts here at Native Pest Management. One of our entomologist-trained technicians will provide a FREE bed bug inspection at your home or business to give you the peace of mind you need.
For bed bug treatments that work, it's important to partner with us at Native Pest Management. We offer effective bed bug control because we're a company that is trained and experienced in dealing with bed bug infestations.
We will return to your home fourteen days after your initial treatment. During this follow-up visit, we'll inspect your home for any signs of remaining bed bug activity. If we find any, we'll perform a complimentary re-treatment.
Our Bed Bug Treatment
When it comes to treating different pests in homes, bed bugs are by far the hardest to eliminate. They are incredibly small and often hide in tiny cracks or crevices in furniture and bedding. They can also hide within your walls and go dormant for months before becoming active again.
How To Prepare For A Bed Bug Treatment
If we determine that bed bugs are present during our inspection, we will provide you with a bed bug treatment prep sheet. Proper preparation is critical to ensure a successful bed bug treatment. You can help reduce the spread of bed bugs by properly preparing a room for a bed bug treatment.
Before treatment, we will ask you to remove all sheets and blankets from beds and mattresses in the affected rooms. You'll need to launder these items in a hot wash cycle and hot dry cycle to eliminate any active bed bugs, larvae, or eggs.
It is important not to remove any furniture before a bed bug treatment unless the items of furniture are first wrapped tightly in plastic sheeting. Many people remove mattresses and box springs from their homes immediately upon finding bed bugs.
If not done carefully, bed bugs can fall off the items while being moved and spread to different areas of your home. You'll need to remove all loose items and clothing from dressers, nightstands, and closet floors. Hanging clothes can remain in closets.
Before a bed bug treatment, all occupants and pets must leave the structure for a minimum of four hours. While all of the products we use are labeled as safe for bed bug control and used in nursing homes and hospitals, the products must dry per label instructions before you return.
Native Pest Management's Bed Bug Treatment
Once a thorough inspection identifies the presence of bed bugs, and the structure is properly prepped, we are ready to begin our bed bug treatment.
We start by using an EPA-registered product specifically labeled for bed bug control, focusing on the cracks and crevices that are most often used as harborage areas by bed bugs. These harborage areas include the seams of mattresses and box springs, along baseboards, and the tracks within dressers.
We will then use long-lasting dusts, such as boric acid, in wall voids, and electrical outlets. This product eliminates the bed bugs that may try to hide within the walls.
Because bed bugs can be evasive and tolerant to treatment strategies if not done correctly, your bed bug treatment must be carefully planned and executed. Native Pest Management has the knowledge, experience, and skill to do the job properly.
Call Native Pest Management today to schedule your FREE bed bug inspection!
Our Bed Bug Warranty
Our bed bug service comes with a 60-day warranty that begins upon the completion of our initial treatment. If you find signs of bed bug activity in your house within those 60 days, we will return to your home to re-treat it at no additional cost.
If you suspect bed bugs have gotten into your home or business, be sure to contact Native Pest Management today. Our bed bug inspections are FREE, and we are standing by, ready to help on properties throughout South Florida and the West Palm Beach region.