Bed Bug Control In West Palm Beach
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.
How Do We Treat Bed Bugs?
When it comes to treating pests in a home or commercial hotel residence bed bugs are by far the hardest to get rid of. Why? Bed bugs are incredibly small and they thrive in tiny cracks or crevices in furniture and bedding. Unlike other pests, the treatment of bed bugs must be carefully planned — being that they can be evasive and tolerant to treatment strategies if they are not done correctly. But what strategies to we utilize here at Native Pest Management?
At Native Pest Management, we attack every pest control project with the same principles. As firm believers in integrated pest management (IPM) we believe that various considerations should be made before treatment. Considerations such as the size of the pest population, the location of the pest population, and the lifecycle of the pest population. In doing so, we can create a pest management plan that allows for the highest success rate of treating the pests now and preventing them from coming back at a later date. But What are the types of treatment that can be used to exterminate bed bugs?
Heat Treatment – While not it is not incredibly common for whole room heat treatments to be used, more serious infestations of bed bugs can be effectively treated using heat. If your home or commercial property needs heat treatment to deal with your bed bug problem, our pest management professional will bring a heating unit into the infested room and raise the temperature of the room so that the pests experience relative temperatures of around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. After 90 minutes, both the bed bugs and the bed bug eggs will die. While heat treatment is effective, there is no reason that it can prevent the pests from coming back once the room has been infested.
Insecticide Treatments – At Native Pest Management, we are more partial to using insecticides to treat bed bugs. Why is this? As practitioners of integrated pest management plans, we prefer to treat pests in such a way that the effects will last beyond the extermination of the pest — acting as a preventative measure for future bed bug infestations. There are many different insecticides that we might use ranging from fast-acting insecticides to apply to surfaces that are frequently touched, residual insecticides that are placed in furniture cracks and hard to reach crevices, and insecticide dust in crevices and voids like baseboards and electrical outlets. Each insecticide acts in a way that makes the treatment process safer for you, and more lethal to the pests.
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.