Bed Bug Control
Even the cleanest of homes here in the South Florida area 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. Continue reading below to learn more about bed bugs, and the issues that a bed bug infestation might pose to your 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 the nymph stage of growth.
Bed bugs can live in many different parts of your home, finding small fabric areas like the cracks between cushions, mattress box springs, and any other upholstered furniture. They will also hide behind electrical outlets and even in popcorn ceilings.
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. Many people will not even show symptoms of bites but will learn they have bed bugs when others in the home find bites.
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 day.
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. 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 Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs prefer to hide near to wherever you spend most of your time sleeping or resting. They are attracted to us by our warmth and by the CO2 (Carbon dioxide) that is produced when we exhale.
To determine if your home is in infested with bed bugs, it is best to carefully search the seams of your bed and box spring with a flashlight. We also recommend carefully inspecting your headboard and any furniture where you or your family spend a significant amount of time resting. Approximately 80% of bed bugs will be found within 3-5 feet of your bed’s headboard.
If you cannot visibly see any bed bugs, but think you may have bed bug bites, 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.
How to Prepare for a Bed Bug Treatment?
Once we determine that bed bugs are present, we will provide you with a bed bug treatment prep sheet. Proper preparation is critical to ensure a successful bed bug treatment. Proper preparation of a room for bed bug treatment will reduce the spread of bed bugs.
Prior to treatment, you will be advised to remove all sheets and blankets from all beds and mattresses in the affected rooms. These items will need to be laundered in a hot wash cycle and also on a hot dry cycle.
It is important to not remove any furniture prior to 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 home immediately upon finding bed bugs. If this is not done carefully, bed bugs can fall off while being moved and spread to different areas of your home.
All loose items and clothing will need to be removed from dresses and nightstands. While hanging clothes can remain in closets, all materials from the floor of closets will need to be removed.
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 are often using in nursing homes and hospitals, the products must dry per label instructions.
How to Treat Bed Bugs?
When it comes to treating different pests in homes, bed bugs are by far the hardest to get rid of. Why? Bed bugs are incredibly small and often hide in tiny cracks or crevices in furniture and bedding.
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 will 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.
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.
Native Pest Management: Your Local Bed Bug Control Experts
To get rid of the bed bugs, be sure to contact us today at Native Pest Management to schedule a free bed bug inspection at your home or business.