Even the cleanest of homes here in West Palm Beach can become infested bed bugs. Whether they were accidentally brought in by infested furniture or clothing, or from a suitcase that may have recently been in a hotel room with bed bugs, we have a solution. By calling the bed bug control professionals here at Native Pest Management you can rest easy knowing that your home is bed bug-free — and that it will stay that way. Continue reading below to learn more about bed bugs, and the issues that a bed bug infestation might pose to your West Palm Beach area home.

What Is A Bed Bug?

Bed bugs are small oval-shaped insects that feed exclusively on the blood of humans and warm-blooded animals. Bed bugs are extremely small, growing at their largest to around five to seven millimeters, making infestations difficult to discover with the naked eye — especially in their nymphal stage of growth. Bed bugs can live in many different parts of your home — contrary to their name — finding small fabric areas like the cracks between cushions, mattress box springs, and any other upholstered furniture.   

What Does A Bed Bug Look Like?

Bed bugs are most active at night, feeding on the blood of unsuspecting homeowners as they sleep. Most people actually don’t realize they have bed bugs until bites show up all over their body. Bed bugs will only come out at night to feed for a few minutes and then will go back to their dark hiding places in cracks and crevices, being why the infestation may not be visible during the daytime.

Bites may take anywhere from a few hours or 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. Usually, bed bug bites will not have a red dot in the center. Bites are often made in rows. To complicate the difficulty in determining if you were bitten by bed bugs, about 50% of people don’t show any symptoms at all after being bitten. Because female bed bugs lay about five eggs a day, their population can grow exponentially in your home if left untreated.

How To Determine If You Have A Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bug’s preferred habitats are wherever you spend most of your time sleeping or resting. They are attracted to us by both your warmth and by the CO2 (Carbon dioxide) that is expelled from your body when you exhale. To determine if your home is in infested with bed bugs it is best to carefully search your bed with a flashlight, searching between the mattress and the box spring, as well as under the sheets of your bed.

If you cannot visibly see any bed bugs, but do have marking resembling bed bugs such as those that were discussed above, we urge you to contact the bed bug control specialists here at native Pest Management.

Native Pest Management: Your Local Bed Bug Control Experts

When you call Native Pest Management, your local bed bug treatment specialists, you can expect a few things, the first being information regarding how to determine if you have a bed bug infestation. Second, you will receive a free quote for the costs associated with bed bug control in your home. Lastly, you will receive a team of dedicated integrated pest management specialists at your doorstep, prepared to exterminate the pests that are present in your home, as well as to provide you with resources and tools to ensure that the pests do not return.

To get rid of the bed bugs in your home, and to keep them out, be sure to contact us today at Native Pest Management.